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3 years ago

Vodafone AU approves HTC Internet Sharing update, roll-out soon

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Good news for those on Vodafone in Australia: the carrier has approved the HTC update that will enable WiFi internet sharing on the 7 Trophy, this just weeks after announcing that they were testing it:

Windows Phone 7.10.7720.68

Maintenance Release MCR1 (Internet Sharing Update)

Vodafone has granted technical approval of a new maintenance release. Roll-out will begin soon; keep an eye on our blog for further details.

This is excellent news as HTC certainly seems committed to their customers in getting this update to as many devices and carriers as possible. We'll keep an eye out for when it goes live.

Source: Vodafone Blog; Thanks, Gary H., for the heads up!

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3 years ago

KeyboardP developing wireless media player voice control

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KeyboardP, a Windows Phone enthusiast and developer, has been busy creating an awesome system where Windows users can control a media player (Zune in this case) by voice commands. By simply saying the artist and song title into a microphone, the developed software will initialise playback through Zune. Commands are also available including pause, play, next, etc. Check out the above video to see it in action.

We don't stop here however, as KeyboardP wanted a solution to being possibly out the room where the computer and/or microphone is located. Introducing PhoneZune, a Windows Phone app that will connect to your PC over WiFi and will act as a wireless microphone. Should you be in the kitchen while your music is playing for example, this will come in handy instead of rushing to the PC to choose a track. If that wasn't enough, you can also browse YouTube for music videos. Here's a quick list of the features:

  • Launch a song with your voice using any microphone (standard, webcam, Kinect, etc.)
  • Control the media player (Zune) with voice commands (play, pause, next, etc.)
  • You can use your Windows Phone to launch the song with PhoneZune.
  • Voice control YouTube to find music videos.

No word yet on when we will be seeing the software and app being made available, and this is merely a proof of concept.

Source: KeyboardP, via: 1800PocketPC

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3 years ago

Windows Phone demo for other platforms to try

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Microsoft has set up a demo for iPhone and Android owners to hit up on their mobile web browsers. This demo will allow the visitor to witness what Windows Phone has to offer. The above screenshots were taken on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus and as you can see the demo looks as it should on a mobile browser, taking up the screen and showcasing the Metro UI. There are also visual guides that show where to swipe and tap.

Windows Phone isn't supported (along with Safari on the Mac), which is no surprise as those who already own a handset shouldn't need to run through a demo. Check out the demo at the source link below.

Source: Microsoft WP Demo, thanks for everyone who tipped us, and to Richard for the pics!

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3 years ago

Livescape - Mango App Spotlight

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Livescape - Mango App Spotlight

With New Year's fast approaching we're sure there will be plenty of resolutions on weight loss and living healthier. New Year's resolution or not, there's a feature rich app over at the Windows Phone Marketplace designed to help track your pursuit of a healthier lifestyle. Livescape, previously known as Life Tracker, is an activity and nutrition journal for your Windows Phone.

Livescape features GPS tracking that will help track and log activities such as walking or hiking. Additional features of Livescape include:

  • Keep a log of your daily activities.
  • Consumption tracking to monitor what you eat/drink.
  • Calculate the number of calories burned during exercise.
  • Track your weight, calorie intake.
  • Calculate Body Fat, Lean Mass, and Fat Mass based on waist, hip and neck measurements.
  • BMI and BMR Calculation. Track ailments such as allergies, headaches, fevers, flu, etc.
  • Fertility calculator.
  • Monitor your Nutrition Facts from day to day.
  • Import Nutrition Facts using your phone's camera with the help of OCR.
  • Review your trends using any of the built in graphing features, synchronize with Microsoft® HealthVault®.

Livescape is a mango app so you'll have Live Tile and Notification support. The app also supports multiple profiles so more than one person can track their health habits and activities.  The application is well laid out and through out the app there are on screen tips that appear to help you get familiar with features. If you're looking for a way to track your activities, monitor your diet and keep tabs on your general health, Livescape is worth looking into.

There is a 14-day trial version available for Livescape and the full version is currently running at the discounted price of $2.99. The discounted price will run through the end of the week and the price will return to it's regular $4.99 mark. You can find Livescape here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

SkyDrive upgraded adding a handful of features

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SkyDrive, the Windows Live file hosting/sharing service, is set to receive a fairly major upgrade today, which will introduce a number of requested features. It's now much easier to manage office documents and other files on an account thanks to the ability to set permissions or share individual files within a folder. Not only that, but the team have now made it possible for files to be shared to social networks and for private links to be generated that can be shared with select personnel.

Multiple selections can be made to move, download or delete more than one folder. Folders can be created (and renamed) inline without having to click in multiple locations. Uploading to SkyDrive has also been improved by taking advantage of the HTML5 File API and now users can simply drag files and photos into the web browser window and onto the file listing. A upload overlay will then be display at the bottom right hand corner of the screen allowing the user to continue using the service.

 

As well as the above, support has been added for PDF and RAW file types, the photo slide show has been improved, and signing into SkyDrive is now more efficient (up to 50% faster). Check out more information on the SkyDrive blog (link below) with more screenshots. Unfortunately, still no more word on a Windows Phone app or more integration with the OS.

Source: Windows Live Blog

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 900 to hit the US in early 2012

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We've witnessed the power of Nokia's marketing efforts with the Finnish manufacturer tripling expenditure, and hosting a huge night in London, where Deadmau5 blew a number of speakers and the Millbank Tower was transformed into a massive presentation. We know that Nokia is set to move into the U.S., and their push will need to be strong to have any hope in capturing market share.

BGR now reports they have trusted sources that confirm recent Lumia 900 rumours. According to their report, the 900 will be Nokia's flagship device, which will aid the manufacturer in their U.S. campaign. The handset is set to sport a 1.4GHz processor, 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display, an 8MP camera, will share the same identity as the 800, and will ship with Windows Phone "Tango". We'll have to wait and see what happens at CES.

Source: BGR, thanks to everyone for the tips!

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3 years ago

Verizon FiOS coming to XBox 360 and special bundle

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We told you back in September that Microsoft was working with content providers to bring television and movies to XBox 360.  Verizon, one of said providers, has announced that a FiOS TV app will be coming to XBox 360 next month, which will allow subscribers to watch their FiOS channels directly through their XBox.  The app will feature an initial lineup of 26 channels, with more to come later, and will also be integrated with Kinect, so users can surf using voice and gesture commands.

If that weren't cool enough, Verizon is sweetening the deal by offering a $89.99/month bundle to new subscribers, which includes FiOS TV, 35/35Mbps internet, and voice service.  Subscribers will also get a 12-month XBox Live membership and HALO: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition.  Verizon is taking orders for this contract-free bundle from now until January 21.  Current FiOS customers can call now to sign up.

To celebrate the lunch of their new service, Verizon is partnering with gaming network Machinima to sponsor the Gamers’ Choice Award, to be announced at Machinima’s Inside Gaming Awards on Dec. 9. You can vote for your game of the year through Facebook or Twitter.  Your vote also enters you a chance to win a grand prize of two years of Verizon FiOS triple-play service, a multi-room DVR, a Microsoft Kinect and 40,000 Microsoft points.  There are also daily 4,000 MS point prizes until December 8.

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

Mobile Nations 12: 2011 Mobile Gift Guide

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3 years ago

Rainbow Rapture receives massive Mango update, ringtones and wallpaper

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Rainbow Rapture (free and paid) just received a huge Mango update today and boy is it impressive. Sure, we love the game as much as the thousands of others (4.5 stars out of 926 reviews) but guess what? The developer evidently loves us by giving us some awesome new features in both versions:

  • Fast app switching
  • Improved frame-rate (60FPS)
  • Live Tile
  • Added level 12 & 13
  • Fixed leaderboard crash bug

And the paid version gets even more with three ringtones (music from the game) and two custom wallpapers. Do you know how cool it is to have that theme song as your ringtone? We're totally thrilled with this update and at 60FPS, this game looks spetacular and plays even more smoothly.

Bravo to Kindling for putting out such a rewarding update. Pick up the paid version ($1.49) here in the Marketplace or the free, ad-supported version here.

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3 years ago

Official Nokia-Deadmau5 event now available in HD

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We mentioned just a few hours ago that Nokia would be bringing the video of  Deadmau5 event from yesterday to the masses and they delivered. Heck, it's more than just the live stream too as it's been edited with details of the event, new shots and new angles to really bring a new feel to it. (We bet some editors were up all night cranking this thing out).

Best part you can even watch it in 1080P if your computer can handle it. So enjoy and congrats to Nokia to making some history.

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3 years ago

Video Diary - App Preview

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Video Diary - App Preview

Video Diary is a video diary app that's heading to the Windows Phone Marketplace that we've been able to get a sneak peak of. The application is well laid out and segregates your video diary recordings from your People Hub (for privacy).

The main page of Video Diary has tile buttons to create a new video entry, access the app's help section, upload videos to your Dropbox account, access the settings, rate the app and view contact information for the developer.  The second page of the app is your diary entry list. After you record a video, it is dated, time stamped and added to the list. To view a entry, just tap on it.

The settings are singular in that you have the ability to turn on/off a reminder feature to help you remember when to record your thoughts.  Video Diary does have Live Tile support to remind you the reminder is set.  Beyond that, Video Diary's interface is simple and straight forward.

To record an entry, just tap on the New Tile and your Windows Phone camera is launched. You have button controls to start/stop the recording. After you record a video, it is dated, time stamped and added to the list. To view a entry, just tap on it.  Dropbox integration is just as simple. Tap on the Dropbox Tile and then tap on the listed video to upload.

All in all, Video Diary looks good.  I like the simple lay out, straight forward interface, and the reminder feature is a nice touch.  The only downside to Video Diary is that it doesn't support the front facing camera on second generation Windows Phones. Hopefully this will be a feature of future updates.

Look for Video Diary in the Marketplace within the next week or so. It is expected to be a free, ad-supported app and once we have the Windows Phone Marketplace link, we'll update the post.

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3 years ago

Nokia to disappear in 2012?

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Nokia to disappear in 2012?

Remember about a little over a year ago it was predicted that T-Mobile would disappear? Well the same group that predicted TMo's fate is now predicting that Nokia could close its doors in 2012.

24/7 Wall Street is predicting Nokia, along with other notables as Sony Ericsson, Sears, Saab and Kellogg's Corn Pops could disappear in 2012. Quoting from their reasoning behind predicting the demise of Nokia the articles states,

"Nokia is dead. Shareholders are just waiting for an undertaker. The world’s largest handset company has one asset: Nokia sold 25% of the global total of 428 million units sold in the first quarter. Its problem is that in the industry, the company is viewed as a falling knife."

24/7 does recognize that Nokia is in the process of changing over to "Microsoft Window mobile OS" but doesn't see that as helping because "Window mobile" has a tiny share of the market. The most likely scenario is that Nokia will be purchased potentially by HTC, Samsung or LG Electronics. The possibility of Microsoft buying Nokia is also mentioned.

We're not sure how much stock to put into these predictions of fate. In 2011 the list of companies predicted to fail included Blockbuster, Zales, RadioShack, Reader's Digest, and Thrift Auto Rental. Last I checked, along with T-Mobile, all of these companies are still around. We see Nokia as a strong contender in the smartphone market and that their partnership with Microsoft and Windows Phone will be a positive for the company.

I guess only time will tell which prediction is right.

source: 24/7 Wall Street Thanks goes out to the Doctor for tipping us on this!

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3 years ago

MetroTube finally available in the Marketplace--launches with special offer

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MetroTube, the rebranded, updated version of LazyTube, has finally launched in the Marketplace. Yes folks, the much anticipated YouTube client for Windows Phone that includes many new features, Live Tiles and a smooth, elegant interface that embraces the Metro UI is finally here for you to download and use daily. What's more, we're told it's launching with a special offer: an unrestricted, unlimited, ad-free trial in which you only pay the $0.99 if you feel the app is worth it.

That's some confidence right there.

A free, ad-supported version is in the final process of being approved for the Marketplace and in addition, we're told video-uploading will be featured in the next major update. So sit tight for that one. For those who opt for this $0.99 edition, you get

  • HD video streaming
  • Early access to new features
  • Chameleon tiles adapt to phone theme
  • Warm fuzzy feeling for supporting developers!

We took the app for a spin last week and walked away very impressed with the redesign and new features, so we have to give the thumbs up to this app for you YouTube fans. Certainly we expect this app to climb to the top of the most-downloaded on Windows Phone as it deserves a lot of the praise it is getting. So without further ado, here's the download link to the Marketplace.

Sound off in comments on your thoughts!

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3 years ago

HTC facing tough times with Android; looks to a better 2012

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It is hard to believe that HTC is having a rough year. After all, it seems like nearly every other day on Android Central a new phone of theirs is being released. Still, while they've shipped 25 million phones this year and their name is now well known, Samsung and Motorola have been grabbing the spotlight too, resulting in a less-than-stellar quarter in profits for smartphone manufacture. They're banking on a better year in 2012 where they estimate they'll ship 45 million phones and have some new "flagship" Android devices--devices which we already thought existed.

So why the sudden downturn? Over at PaidContent, they suggest two reasons:

  1. They're betting a lot on Android. With its cutthroat competition in Android hardware, banking on the lil' robot has high rewards as well as high risks. If you're a hit with consumers, you win big. But if you don't have a "killer device" that year, you can flounder. This is why Nokia went with Windows Phone--the competition was less one-upmanship and they could really stake their ground instead of being just another player.
  2. Patent costs. While Android once promised to be the "free OS" for OEMs in which they could reap pure profit, it turns out a lot customization to the OS by HTC in addition to the patent costs (due to Microsoft gaining licensing agreements with them) has hit their bottom line.

Of course this doesn't mean that Windows Phone will be their savior either, as our market share is still tiny. But perhaps if HTC starts putting more resources into that camp and growing the market, they could hedge off any looming Nokia threat. And yes, HTC should be very concerned with a looming Nokia, especially in the U.S. come 2012.

Source: PaidContent/Yahoo! Finance

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3 years ago

Nokia posting live-stream of Deadmau5 tomorrow, catch most of it now

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If you were like us, you watched a lot of the Nokia-Deadmau5 show via their Facebook page, only to have it cut off numerous times due to high server demand. Luckily, Nokia is planning on releasing the full-video sometime today on YouTube, Facebook and even Twitter. From the Nokia UK Facebook page:

"We’re sorry that some of you didn’t get to see the show tonight. We had some technical difficulties due to high demand, and are working through the night to get you the full show in HD tomorrow. Watch this space."

"deadmau5 live stream will be shown again tomorrow - we'll share the video with you all on our Facebook, YouTube and Twitter profiles. Keep your eyes peeled tomorrow for the link"

Not bad. But in the meantime, you can watched this "ripped" version (above) from the event via Ivegtononick on YouTube. Since it's taken from the Nokia stream, it's pretty stellar quality. You'll also find a fan-video after the break if you want to feel what it was like fro the audience's perspective. Reader Marco300, who sent that video, also lets us know that it was so packed with fans that the police had to be brought in to control crowds. His only major complaint of the event? The show was too short with Deadmau5 only getting a few minutes of prime time.

Still, we can't think what an awesome commercial this will make. Our favorite part? Watch it 0:56 and 1:45--pretty amazing effect, if you ask us. Nice job, Nokia. Check out Marco300's video after the jump.

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