3 years ago
Park It hits v2.0 with Mango update and Live Tile
Park It is a nice little freebie app that helps you find your car once you parked it in a city, shopping mall or just the wrong side of town. In that sense, it's nothing really new as there are plenty of these apps in the Marketplace.
Good news though as Part It got bumped to v2.0 this week and joins our growing list of Mango-enabled apps. The best part is it does some things we hadn't thought about before for a parking app, but make total sense:
- Live Tile Support: Pin your saved parking spot to your home screen for one-touch access to directions and the back of the tile gives you your approximate distance from your spot
- Turn-by-Turn Voice Directions: Use the integrated Bing turn-by-turn voice directions to get back to your saved spot
That last one, using Bing voice? Brilliant (just make sure to set to walking directions). We just tried out the app for a quick test run and although we don't much care for the Tile design, the app itself is very nice and even cooler with those Mango features enabled. For instance, tapping our custom Live Tile for our parked car looks it up on the map and gets ready to dictate directions back to you, without touching it--very smart. Hey, we're keeping it, after all it is free. Give her a test spin here in the Marketplace.
3 years ago
NAVIGON GPS navigation announced for Windows Phone 7
Looking for a new GPS navigation solution for your Windows Phone? Well the good news is NAVIGON, your favorite German nav company, is bringing their flashy and admittedly powerful app from iOS and Android to our very own Windows Phone 7 "later this year". (Up till now, a limited version was available for German T-Mobile users.) From the press release:
"NAVIGON’s premium navigation app soon will be available for Windows Phone 7 users. The app includes many signature features that have made NAVIGON’s apps successful on Android devices and the iPhone, including on-board maps, spoken turn-by-turn directions, visual lane guidance, live traffic information and rerouting, among many other features. NAVIGON’s new app runs on Windows Phone 7.5 and also takes advantage of new features made available to developers with this new release. These features include the augmented reality function Reality Scanner, which provides an instant and effortless way of identifying nearby destinations while on foot; an option to select address information directly from the phone’s contact list; and the ability to save a favorite or home address as a shortcut on the start screen."
The only thing we want is to have this now. Come on, it has a Reality Scanner! Also notice that this is a Windows Phone 7.5 app? We have a feeling we'll be seeing more of these big name software developers making announcements over the next few weeks as Microsoft goes forward with Windows Phone Mango.
We're pretty excited about NAVIGON, if only because they seem to be pushing the envelope on GPS navigation, offering features their competition do not have. Hopefully we'll see it in action in a few weeks.
3 years ago
Nokia Windows Phone confirmed for Mexico?
Coming straight from the mouth of a Microsoft employee Omar Aviles (LinkedIn) comes word that Mexico, at some point, will be getting a Nokia Windows Phone.
The news came about a comment in regards to a contest/promotion that Microsoft Mexico is having aka the return of the 3x1 contest whereby you have to publish three apps by November 4, 2011. At least one of those apps must feature some new Mango functionality, as that just makes sense. In turn, you're eligible to win 1 of 30 new Windows Phones direct from Microsoft--sounds pretty good.
But which phones could you win, asks Giovanni in comments? Aviles responds (translated):
"LG are teams that are upgradeable to handle (all registered developers APP HUB can update your Windows Phone and Mango), we will also have Nokia equipment but the winners have to decide if they want to wait until they are available in Mexico."
So that seems pretty cut and dry. And while we don't have a firm date, our friends in Mexico should be pretty excited that they too, shall be touched by the Nokia phone gods. Thanks, Luis Jaime G., for the tip!
3 years ago
Nokia Academy prepares for Windows Phone 7 training
Nokia's decision to go all-in with Windows Phone 7 might have only been a few weeks ago, but Nokia Academy, the training division of the device manufacturer, is already laying the groundwork for their distribution channels to become familiar with Microsoft's mobile platform.
On Twitter, Dave Trevaskus (Senior Training Consultant for Nokia Academy) has sent out several updates to his followers about his excitement for working with Windows Phone on Nokia devices. With Nokia World 2011 set to go live within a matter of weeks, the crew over at Nokia will need to be fully prepared for the future of their smartphone division in North America. You can bet that we're getting ourselves prepared for upcoming announcements right along with them.
Source: Twitter (@DaveTrevaskus); Via: WMPowerUser
3 years ago
Mango compass app released in the Marketplace, works nowhere (yet)
It's kind of fun to find some new Mango apps in the Marketplace, specifically ones that take advantage of the new motion APIs that weren't available before. Case in point? Compass by Kanzsoft and fetches for a modest $0.99 (no trial though).
As to be expected, it prominently warns you that this "uses features your phones doesn't have" specifically hardware for the compass (Dell Venue Pro here). Still, you can buy it!
So what happens when you run it? An error message reading "Compass not supported on this device" at which point the app exits. Ta-da! So be warned, that app really truly won't run on non-Mango devices, at least not without some OEM APIs first--so heed that official Mango update (thanks, @Cyruss1989). We suppose if any of you have an HTC Mazaa or Toshiba IS12T, you could give it a go though...here's the link!
3 years ago
Mango update release coming September 15th? [Updated]
We have two bits of information that we received separetely, yet tell a nice story.
First, we just heard from a fairly well known commercial software company who make an app for Windows Phone (as well as Android and iOS), that the Mango release/update has been delayed:
"The (omitted) Windows dev team has just learned that Mango is delayed until September 15th."
We were surprised to receive that info because (a) we didn't know what the previous date was (September 1st?) and (b) we didn't even inquire about it. Once again, this isn't an indie developer but a commercial software company who works with Microsoft directly, so we take their word as truth on the matter. However, we're still not 100% clear on what that means exactly.
Second, the other information comes from an online chat with an HTC customer service rep and a user of the popular Chinese forum WPXAP (they're like a Chinese XDA). Normally we discount CS rep information, but here the info is detailed and interestingly jives with the information from above. In short, the release date is in September, but they were not ready to reveal the exact date. When we say "the release" it looks to be the update release, not just for new devices. HTC has received the RTM version, they are applying patches and working with Microsoft on final verification before release.
Makes sense and with the "delayed till Sept 15th" info previously mentioned, it all comes together for us. Is it a guarantee? Nope, but we feel this is close to something.
Update: Lets add a 3rd bit of info. Back in July we speculated that the AT&T Dell Venue Pro was not going to re-ship till end of August due to it getting a Mango update (it's been "out of stock" for weeks). Now if you go to that page the preliminary ship date is...wait for it...September 15th. Thanks, Azolo, in comments!
WPXAP info via WeLoveWP
3 years ago
Litigation claims Microsoft is tracking you
File this one under "you've got to be kidding me!" but a proposed class action lawsuit has been filed in Federal Court alleging that Microsoft is tracking customers through the Windows Phone camera. No... seriously.
The claim has Microsoft intentionally designing the camera software to ignore customer requests to turn off you location services and send it to Microsoft anyways. Early this year, Congress was concerned about privacy issues and technology. In response to these concerns, Microsoft wrote Congress and assured them that they only collected geolocation data with the express consent of the user.
Mrs. Rebecaa Cousineau, the plaintiff of record, claims "Microsoft's representations to Congress were false." Mrs. Cousineau further claims that Microsoft transmits data that includes approximate latitude and longitude coordinates of the user's device while the camera is activated. The lawsuit, brought about on behalf of all Windows Phone 7 users, is asking for an immediate injunction, punitive damages and other remedies.
Microsoft has yet to publicly respond to this latest round of litigation. It's true that your Windows Phone camera can record your GPS coordinates to your pictures EXIF file but you can also turn that feature off as well as the overall location services on your Windows Phone.
Whether or not you are truly turning these feature off has yet to be determined.
3 years ago
Fly Delta lands in the Marketplace
Delta Airlines has launched its official Windows Phone app. Fly Delta is designed to make flying the friendly skies more convenient by giving you access to flight schedules, your travel itinerary, and reminding you where you parked your car.
The app allows you to log into your Skymiles Account, which will allow you access to your Skymile balance and Medallion. You also can access the app as a guest, should you not have a Skymile Account. Additional features of Fly Delta include:
- rebook on an alternate flight when yours has been canceled or delayed
- launch an interactive seat map and pick your seat
- check your position on the upgrade or standby list
- see the latest flight status and get terminal and gate info
- map flights en route with an interactive flight tracker
- save a photo and make note of your parking spot
Delta is already working on the first update to Fly Delta and hopes to bring the ability to pay baggage fees, track checked bags, view airport maps, browse Delta Sky Club locations, and explore Delta's fleet (plane layouts).
If you are a frequent flyer on Delta, Fly Delta will surely come in handy. Fly Delta is a free application and you can download it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.
Thanks goes out to Sasa for the tip!
3 years ago
HTC Eternity passing through FCC to AT&T
The HTC Eternity (or HTC Titan X310e as we now know it) has passed FCC testing. The handset was being tested on 850 and 1900MHz bands used by AT&T, but unfortunately that's all we have to go on for now.
Reminding ourselves of the upcoming HTC Eternity/Titan, this handset may sport a 4.7 WVGA Super LCD screen, 1.5GHz single-core processor, 8MP camera with dual-LED flash, 1.3MP front-facing camera and 16GB of storage. We also expect to see (and maybe get some hands on time with) the HTC Eternity tomorrow at the HTC Public Event in London.
Let's hope it lives up to the punch in terms of specification.
3 years ago
Gravity Guy flips onto Xbox Live on September 7
If turn-based fighting is too far off the beaten path for you, then perhaps next week’s Xbox Live release will be more to your taste. Gravity Guy is a nice, simple platformer from Miniclip.
In Gravity Guy, the titular dude automatically runs from left to right as he’s chased by a Stormtrooper lookalike. GG can’t jump like in traditional platformers, but tapping the screen flips the gravity. Thus players must quickly tap the screen, flipping the Guy back and forth in order to get him past obstacles and away from the enemy. It’s simple and challenging fun in a Doodle Jump sort of way.
The Xbox Live version of Gravity Guy rolls out on Wednesday, September 7 for $2.99. Want to try it out in advance? The original Flash version is free to play at Miniclip’s site.
3 years ago
Justice steps in, sues AT&T
Just when all was quiet on the whole AT&T/T-Mobile acquisition, the U.S. Department of Justice steps in and throws a major headache into the mix.
In a nutshell, the U.S. DOJ has sued to block AT&T's $39 Billion takeover of T-Mobile USA and is holding the position that the deal would "substantially lessen competition" in the wireless market and violate U.S. antitrust laws.
AT&T's General Counsel, Wayne Watts, was surprised at this move by Justice. Watts responded by saying,
“We have met repeatedly with the Department of Justice and there was no indication from the DOJ that this action was being contemplated. We plan to ask for an expedited hearing so the enormous benefits of this merger can be fully reviewed.”
Should this deal go down the drain, AT&T would be liable to pay Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile's parent company $3 billion plus a reduction in charges for calls into AT&T's network. A cancellation package estimated at $7 billion and plenty of incentive to fight the Justice Department's claims.
While all the legal battles take place, the FCC will continue to review the proposed merger. No word from AT&T if they will continue to mention the acquisition of T-Mobile in there advertisements. Which was a little premature to begin with.
Expect this to be another long, drawn out legal battle within the wireless industry. Oh, and to add to the misery, AT&T stocks have fallen $1.33 (4.39%) to $28.31 a share as of this posting.
3 years ago
Star Wars Cantina and Battle for Hoth can still be downloaded -but you might want to hurry
When three Xbox Live games were pulled from the Marketplace in a single day, gamers were justifiably upset. The delisted games include Fast & Furious: Adrenaline (review), Star Wars: Battle for Hoth (review), and Star Wars Cantina. All three games are based on licensed properties, and those licenses seemed to expire simultaneously. Sure, the publishers should have notified us that the licenses were ending in advance so as to reap last-minute sales, but that would actually make sense…
Good news for Star Wars fans then, as working Zune links for both Cantina and Battle for Hoth have been discovered. Neither game shows up when browsing the Marketplace, but with these links they can still be purchased. Should you buy them though? Battle for Hoth may be the worst Xbox Live tower defense game in my opinion, due to its absurd difficulty and general jankiness. Cantina, on the other hand, is a decent time-management game. It’s nowhere near as good as Sally’s Salon Luxury Edition (review) due to its short length and poor controls, but still worth a play if you’ve already finished Sally’s Salon and crave more customers to serve. Plus, unlike Hoth it’s got easy Achievements.
You can find Star Wars: Battle for Hoth here (Zune link) and Star Wars Cantina here, hidden away in the Marketplace. There’s no telling how much longer the links will work, so commence to downloading if they catch your fancy.
3 years ago
Microsoft pairs with PEGI for WP7 game rating
This is news that many of us have been waiting for, especially those who have children that own a Windows Phone and frequently play games. Microsoft has announced that they will be pairing with PEGI (Pan-European Game Information) to begin rating games on the Marketplace.
The age ranking will provide a clear indication to parents for better control over what games their children can download and/or play. Developers will be able to submit ratings for their titles via PEGI Express. Chris Lewis, VP IEB, Microsoft EMEA, had this to say:
"At Microsoft, providing parents with the tools to help keep their children safe online is a top priority, and we have made considerable investments in this area both in our Windows environment as well as on the Xbox 360. Given the fast growing popularity of mobile gaming amongst a younger age group, we felt that it was critical to apply those same rigorous standards to our Windows Phone devices as currently apply to Xbox and Games for Windows titles.
PEGI continues to play a crucial role in the interactive entertainment sector. As a founding member of PEGI, Microsoft continues its strong commitment to safe entertainment, by working together with PEGI to help developers rate their games quickly and effectively"
There's already a PEGI app available in the Marketplace (which came in the submission blitz), but it would be much more effective if ratings are displayed on game download pages within the Marketplace etc.
3 years ago
Rumor: Image of Nokia 703 Windows Phone leaks?
Just the other day we broke the news about the Nokia 703 device showing up in app-stats from "I'm a WP7!". Now today, we have what is reportedly a leaked image of said device coming from some type of presentation.
It's too early to tell if this is a fake or not (and it's easy enough to do that these days), but if true, it's a heck of a coincidence. Anyone want to scan it for authenticity?
3 years ago
Free Stopwatch app gets Mango update to run in the background
We're not prepared to say this is the "best" stopwatch app in the Marketplace. There are dozens of those out there and we have yet to take the time to give 'em all a go (though perhaps our Mr. Ponder would like the challenge?).
Either way, Stopwatch by Johnny Westlake (he also makes 'Bing Image Search' and 'Imgur Uploader' in addition to other apps) is no frills: it has a stopwatch (with laps) and a countdown timer. The app is simple, Metro and to the point.
But, version 1.3 just hit and it's been Mango-ized, meaning it can now run in the background--this is actually very useful for a stopwatch or timer app if you think about it! Only downside is during a countdown, if it runs out of time while the app is "in the background", it won't go off till you "resume" it. In other words, the countdown works in the background, but the alarm doesn't. Leave it on under lockscreen though and you're golden. But for a stopwatch feature in the background, it works perfectly.
And that's all there's to it. It's free so why not grab it here if you need it? Thanks, TheMoose76, for the heads up!
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