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3 years ago

Dropbox security, how secure is your data?

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The more we come to rely on cloud services with our Windows Phones, the more we need to have assurances that our information is protected from unlawful or unauthorized access. The tie in with SkyDrive is obvious but we are also seeing more apps incorporate Dropbox support to store and share data. Password Manager for example is an app where you can manage all your bank account information, passwords, and PIN numbers. Password Manager supports Dropbox to backup and share that information with your home computer. We expect Dropbox to protect this data from unlawful and unauthorized access.

Dropbox Reader is a new tool that gives us pause. Dropbox Reader is a forensic investigative tool that basically breaks through the security encryption on Dropbox and allows anyone with the tool the ability to view your data and account information. At first we thought this might be a tool limited to law enforcement investigations but in reading the licensing information,

"You may use this software freely for forensic investigation purposes, personal study, or research and development."

I guess identity theft could be twisted to mean "research and development". Such programs should be regulated to prevent the average joe from hacking into your information.

Cloud services such as Dropbox and Skydrive have the customary clauses in the Terms of Service that allow for the lawful access to your information by a third party (e.g. search warrant) which is reasonable. What isn't reasonable is allowing a third party app to access your information without permission or authority.  We'll always have hackers out there trying to by-pass cloud security but it shouldn't be this easy.

Dropbox Reader is another reason to be careful on what your put out in the cloud as well as what service you choose. We hope Dropbox will address this issue to prevent anyone from downloading programs such as Dropbox Reader and accessing our accounts without the proper authorizations.

source: betanews

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3 years ago

Developer Interview: Lawrence Gripper

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3 years ago

Galaxium from Karios Games now available on the Marketplace

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It’s been a while since we heard from Karios Games, makers of the indie hit MonsterUp. While that game continues to receive regular updates, Karios has recently released a new title to the Marketplace: Galaxium.

Galaxium is a vertically-scrolling 2D shooter, not unlike OMG and Impossible Shoota. Players can select from three different ships, each with its own speed and shield stats. Speed is crucial to dodging enemy fire, but shields are also important since you only have a single life per game. The ship fires automatically, so gamers can concentrate on lining up with enemies, dodging their fire, and collecting powerups.

Speaking of powerups, Galaxium’s powerup system is modeled after the Gradius series. A meter at the bottom of the screen displays a variety of potential ship upgrades, from speed to diagonal fire to firing rate. There is only one kind of powerup in the game – each time one is collected, the meter fills up a unit. When the upgrade you want to use is highlighted, tap the screen with two fingers to spend your powerups and activate it. The choice between various upgrades and spending or saving powerup units helps Galaxium stand out from other Windows Phone shooters.

Galaxium also features VortexLink, Karios Games’ online leaderboard system. If you already own MonsterUp, the game automatically detects your VortexLink profile, which is very convenient. Online leaderboards always bring welcome competition and replay value to score-based games like this.

Fans of shoot-em-ups won’t have to spend much to climb into Galaxium’s selection of ships. The game is available in either a paid version for 99 cents or a free ad-supported version. You can find the paid version here (Zune link) and the free version here on the Marketplace. We’ll have a full review soon.

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3 years ago

Data use on the rise for Windows Phone users

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The latest Nielsen report on cell phone indicates that data usage is up. In the U.S. smartphone data usage is up 89% compared to last year and the average Windows Phone user has doubled their data usage over the past two quarters.

From the November launch (4th Quarter 2010) to the end of the first quarter 2011 (March 2011) data usage climbed from 149mb to 317mb. 

And Windows Phone users aren't alone.  The report shows that all the major smartphone systems are experiencing a steady climb with respect to data usage. Except one, Windows Mobile that is steadily declining (no surprise there).  On the plus side, the Nielson report indicates that the average smartphone user pays almost 50% less per megabyte of data from last year. The price per data unit has dropped from 14 cents per mb to 8 cents.

It's no secret that Windows Phones are more data dependent. From updating Facebook statuses of contacts to downloading apps to uploading scores to leader boards to checking your email, there are very few aspects of the Windows Phones that don't tap into some form of data.

But is this an increase or Windows Phone users hitting a plateau? Or is it the end result of more apps hitting the Marketplace increasing the phone's capabilities? In looking at my data usage since November 2010, asides from two spikes, my data usage has remained fairly consistent (300-400mb per month).

What's your data usage look like? Has your usage doubled since Windows Phone 7 launched?

Source: nielsonwire via: wpsauce

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3 years ago

Voice Navigation Round-up: GPS Voice vs. Turn by Turn Navigation

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Voice navigation has landed on your Windows Phone by way of apps such as GPS Voice Navigation, Silver Navigator, aSpass and Turn by Turn Navigation. These navigation apps bring the spoken word to your travel directions, But which is better?  Prices range from $2.99 to $6.99 but which are worth the price of admission and which aren't?

We decided to do a head to head comparison of the various voice navigation apps available for your Windows Phone.  First up, we take a look at GPS Voice Navigation and Turn by Turn Navigation.  They are the heavy weights of the group (both in price and features) and we'll turn our sights on Silver Navigator and aSpass next.

We recently took both GPS Voice and Turn by Turn out for a road trip to see how well both performed. Did GPS Voice Navigation out perform Turn by Turn or did it land us in the middle of nowhere? Did Turn by Turn steer us into a cow pasture or did was it the shiny coin between the two?

You know the drill. To find out how these two navigation apps shook out, navigate your way past the break.

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3 years ago

Microsoft's Skype acquisition approved by FTC

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The Federal Trade Commission has approved the deal which will see Skype being bought (for $8.5 billion) by and integrated into Microsoft with further development cross-platform and additional implementation of the technology into Office and other communication services already developed by Microsoft.

There has been no word surrounding antitrust, fingers crossed everything goes through. Incase you missed it, the press release covering the deal (which we covered last month) can be found after the break.

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3 years ago

Updates hitting Orange, AT&T LG Quantum scheduling

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Rejoice Orange customer, updates (NoDo and the security fix) are heading your way. A million miles away from us, the LG Quantum on AT&T has joined HTC handsets and is now being scheduled so owners of this device should receive the 7392 notification soon.

As for the Samsung Focus, well, we still have hope right? Be sure to keep a watchful eye on the Microsoft update page or download the "Dude, where's my update" app.

Source: Windows Team Blog

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3 years ago

Nokia reportedly working on a QWERTY design for 1st Windows Phone

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It should be not too shocking that Nokia will produce numerous styled devices for Windows Phones--after all, they're quite creative over there. So the rumor that one of Nokia's first devices will feature a full QWERTY keyboard should not be too much a surprise.

According to ShinyShiny, who were at a Nokia event yesterday, a rep for the company was a little loose lipped on some details about their foray into Windows Phones:

"...expect a Blackberry-rivalling QWERTY phone in that line-up of phones out this year. Nokia have a A rep said that Nokia wanted to cater to the business market, that Windows Phone was a natural choice for the business user and that business users wanted QWERTY keyboards. I'm taking that as "yes we are releasing a QWERTY phone in our 2011 line-up"."

Sounds plausible. Then again, we're expecting a bit of everything from these guys, so it's just a matter of time anyways. Regarding the release date, nothing too new their either, but like Mango, things look to be ahead of schedule:

"The official release date for the phones is quarter 4 - the last three months of the year - but given that there was a Nokia Windows phone floating around at a Nokia event last night (apparently), I suspect we'll be seeing one sometime round the beginning of that period - September."

Yup, we imagine we could "see" a device in September with a release in October/November. Remember, Nokia has said they won't show the phone till it's close to its final release date. We just know that the next six months should be very exciting.

Source: ShinyShiny; via WPCentral forums (Thanks, @BurnEthanol); Concept phone credit: EagleEye

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3 years ago

Infinite Flight soaring to version 1.5

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The Flying Development Studio has recently submitted an update to their Windows Phone flight simulator, Infinite Flight for certification.

Version 1.5 brings the following features to your inflight experience.

  • New scenery area: Southern California (LAX, Edwards, Palm Springs, San Diego...)
  • Instrument Landing System (ILS) enabled for all runways for now
  • Mini-Map for the HUD view
  • Adjustable controls sensitivity
  • Fixed flight model issues
  • Redesigned Airport Page
  • Customary performance enhancements

Oh.. and if you missed it, previous updates increase the app's fleet of airplanes. You can now pilot a Boeing 737-800, Cessna 172SP, Cirrus SR22, and Super Decathlon. We liked Infinite Flight but recognize a flight simulator isn't for everyone. Luckily there's a trial version available to let you try before you buy. The full version runs $4.99.

At last check, the Marketplace was still showing v1.4 but we have been told by the developer that v1.5 should be showing up anytime now.  You can download Infinite Flight here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

ChevronWP7 Labs to bring new dev-unlocking tool to WP7 (for a small fee)

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It's been awhile since we've heard much from the homebrew crowd, in fact once everyone went to 'NoDo' and the door was shut on home-unlocked devices, the amount of side-loading software declined dramatically. That wasn't a terrible thing either, as Mango's "500 features" goes along way in "fixing" any complaints users may have with the OS.

Still, for those developers who either cannot afford the $99 or for those just starting out, there's an odd solution coming forth from the ChevronWP7 team. Evidently they are set to release a new unlocker, but this time with the blessings of Microsoft. It's called ChevronWP7 Labs.  The catch? It won't be free this time:

"The service will require a small fee — currently via PayPal — to offset costs but we assure you it will be more affordable than the App Hub. Those who wish to write and immediately publish apps are recommended to sign up to the App Hub instead.

We’re excited to be making this service available to users with the support of the Windows Phone team."

Now, before we can pass judgement on this, we'd have to know how much we're talking here. That range can be from $1 to $98, we suppose and that's a large range. If we're talking $5-15 we can kind of look past it and almost think of it as a tip to the Team for their work; more than that and it starts looking like opportunism (and we'd be surprised Microsoft would be okay in losing that money).

For now though, we can at least be happy that an unofficial/official solution is coming to the platform, which may still allow a homebrew community to grow on the sides and allow devs of all ranges to play with the platform. Stay tuned...

Source: ChevronWP7 Blog; ChevronWP7 Labs

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Halo 4 Wallpapers and Themes

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If you're a Halo fan, you're going to want to check out Conflicting Gamers latest Windows Phone Wallpapers and Theme. Much like theo L.A. Noire and Portal 2 wallpapers and themes, there are four transparent wallpapers to choose from as well was eight Live Tiles and four Picture Hub backgrounds.

And they look really good.

You can download the complete set over at Conflictinggamers along with directions on how to install each (it's really easy). As much as my son plays the Halo series, I'll probably download the Master Chief to use as his Contact Photo.

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3 years ago

Evernote bug discovered, along with workaround [Updated]

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Since Evernote for WP7 appeared on the scene yesterday, there have been reports of a bug that causes a white screen that locks the application up.  This  will apparently happen after installing Evernote on some devices, then pressing the "Sign in" button.  And while it is both expected and disappointing that any highly-anticipated app has bugs in its initial release, it is good to know that a workaround has already been found.

If you experience the Evernote white screen of death, here's what you should do:

  1. Uninstall Evernote from your phone
  2. Turn on Airplane Mode
  3. Turn on your wireless and connect to a network
  4. Download and install Evernote from the Marketplace

If you make it to the point where you can log in and create notes, then you can safely turn off Airplane Mode and continue living your newly-organized life.

UPDATE: According to one of our readers, you do not actually need to turn on Airplane Mode, nor uninstall the application. If you can connect to a wireless network, log in, and do the initial sync, then you should be good to go.  Thanks for the tip, da4thrza!

Source: Plaffo

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3 years ago

Windows Phone to get dual-core Qualcomm chipset

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Well, it's just a matter of time before our Windows Phones get a dual-core processor, right? Currently, we have just single-core, up to 1GHz CPUs on our phones, but Qualcomm looks to change that with their MSM8x60 chipset.

This info comes by way of Qualcomm's own site which lists Windows Phone as a supported OS (they need special drivers to interact with the chipset, see Qualcomm's discussion here). What makes all of this interesting is we know that the Qualcomm MSM7X30 and MSM8X55 chipsets have been approved for the Windows Phone chassis specifications, but this is the first we're hearing of a dual-core MSM8x60 chipset and Windows Phone mentioned together.

We should note though that just because it supports Windows Phone doesn't mean it's a chassis option, at leastd for right now. But it does show that evidently, a lot of the leg-work is already done in porting the chipset to our OS.

The MSM8x60, is currently featured in the new HTC EVO 3D and features a strong arsenal of technology, including:

  • Dual Scorpion-cores up to 1.5GHz
  • Adreno 220 GPU
  • 1080P video and playback
  • HDMI mirroring
  • Dolby 5.1
  • 3D capturing and playback
  • 16MP dual-camera support

Sounds good to us, now hopefully we can see some phones this fall, rocking some Mango with this bad boy on board.

Source: Qualcomm; via MonSmartphone

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3 years ago

SuiteLinq launches WP7 app, improves customer hotel experience

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SuiteLinq, provider of all things technology and entertainment to Hoteliers and to guests of properties, are launching a Windows Phone 7 app. The app integrates with and improves user-friendliness and connectivity to hotels that use SuiteLinq's Digital Host. But you don't want to know all that, you want to know what's in it for you (as a customer), right?

"Featuring interactive hotel information, room service ordering, property way-finding, human or data-triggered alerts and more, the mobile product aims to help hoteliers connect to, inform, and engage in commerce with guests both on-site and in-transit."

Not too shabby by making it easier for guests to interact with their booking, in fact this is was smartphones should be doing--making the boring things in life easier. Re-branding is available (just like some CMS and forum software apps) to further personalize the experience per-hotel and establishment. The app will be demonstrated for the first time to attendees at this week's HITEC 2011 conference in Austin, TX. For more information, visit SuiteLinq's website.

Source: SocialMedia Portal

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3 years ago

IM+ verifies push services now enabled, were temporarily disabled

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And, our questions are (partially) answered. Shape Services (the makers of IM+) made a statement today on their facebook page: Hi everyone,  just a few quick announcements: 1) Push feature is now temporarily disabled, sorry for that. We will enable it within 24 hours. No application update will be needed. 2) Windows Live Messenger (formerly known as MSN) service support has been removed due to Microsoft Marketplace request. Hopefully, we will be able to add it back some time soon. We appreciate your interest in beta round. Please send us all your comments and suggestions. Daniel mentioned in his video that push notifications weren't working, and now we know why! The servers are turned off. Also, the folks at Shape verified that Microsoft asked them to remove WLM support. Not terribly surprising, but it's nice to know we were right on both cur questions are (partially) answered. Shape Services (the makers of IM+) made a statement today on their facebook page:

Our questions are partially answered. Shape Services, the makers of IM+ (see video review), posted the following on their facebook page:

Hi everyone, just a few quick announcements:
1) Push feature is now temporarily disabled, sorry for that. We will enable it within 24 hours. No application update will be needed.
2) Windows Live Messenger (formerly known as MSN) service support has been removed due to Microsoft Marketplace request. Hopefully, we will be able to add it back some time soon.
We appreciate your interest in beta round.Please send us all your comments and suggestions.

Daniel mentioned in his video that push notifications weren't working, and now we know why! The service was disabled on the back end, but has been turned back on:

"Great news! Push notifications are now functional. Please re-connect with your accounts."

Also, the folks at Shape verified that Microsoft asked them to remove WLM support. Not terribly surprising, but it's nice to know we were right on both counts! (If you are looking for this post, it is comment number 75 on the 'AAAAND, IT'S FINALLY HERE!' post)

Source: IM+ Facebook Page

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