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3 years ago

IM+ Pro and Surfcube 3D get Black Friday sale prices

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In case you needed some apps today, especially ones that are on sale, we have two to mention for you.

IM+ Pro, the all inclusive instant messaging app with push notifications and Mango-optimizations, is 50% off from its usual $4.99 to a more reasonable $2.49. The app just hit v1.9 recently, adding more improvements. There is of course a free version of the app with ads, but with the Pro you get a less cluttered, more streamlined look--which is what we personally opt for. Seems like a good deal though, so grab it here in the Marketplace if interested.

Likewise, Surfcube 3D browser, which sets the standard for a great UI while browsing, is also on sale for $0.99. Surfcube 3D is a great tabbed browsing experience that allows you use gestures to "rotate" the screen around for quick access to the address bar, tabs and options. You also get full-screen browsing and some great share features as well. The app recently under went some Mango-upgrades itself and if you surf a lot, you'll want to give this great app a trial run too. Pick that up here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

SIM unlocked Nokia Lumia 800 also available at Expansys USA and Phones4U

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Yesterday, we mentioned that Clove UK was going to begin offering the Nokia Lumia 800, unlocked and SIM free in December. Now we got word that Expansys USA and Phones4U are both offering the same deal--one cheaper, one more expensive.

First, Expansys USA is offering the black Lumia 800 for a whopping $789. So, you should probably start saving now if you want it by Christmas and we doubt anyone will be picking it up as a gift. The phone will work on AT&T's 3G network but lacks the HSPA+ bands, so keep that in mind--you may want to wait a few months for an "official" offering from the Death Star, especially since you'll not only get HSPA+ but rumored LTE as well.

Next up is Phones4U. They too have the black, unlocked Lumia 800 that you can buy now, so forget that pre-order. The price there is £399.95, which isn't half bad--heck, at $618 it is cheaper for Americans to order it overseas than locally (too bad Phones4U doens't ship overseas). Plus, they also have the Cyan version available, which is a bit of a rarity and we think gives Phones4U the edge here.

Source: Expansys USA; Phones4U (and Cyan); Thanks, c03105780, for the tip in comments

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 diagnostic tools get detailed

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Now this is pretty exciting (unless you couldn't give two hoots about diagnostic reporting). Nanapho.jp has come across the Nokia Lumia 800 On-Device Diagnostic Tool, which will enable the user to perform tests and receive readouts for the accelerometer, battery, gyroscope (if supported), and more.

What's semi-interesting is the Gyroscope test reports that the Lumia 800 doesn't have support, which we're already aware of, but the tools are still an insight should you be into this kind of access. To access the tools, simply enter "##634#" on the call screen and it'll load up. 

Source: nanpho.jp (translate)

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Apps Magazine #2 is now out

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Back in May, the Windows Phone UK Blog launched an "Apps Magazine" which was a digital periodical for getting info on some of the latest offerings from the Marketplace. It was a done extremely well and many had positive things to say of the project.

Now, Edition #2 is out and it has a ton of new info that's great for those new to the platform. For instance, some of the early pages discuss the new features in Mango, customizing your phone and general usage tips. Later chapters deal with specific app selections, like movies, travelers, folk music fans and more. It's certainly a fun read and very nicely laid out, so we recommend a quick peruse as maybe you'll discover something for yourself. And if not for you, you can share it on Facebook for others that are perhaps unfamiliar or not convinced yet of Windows Phone.

Source: Windows Phone UK; Thanks, theWeeBear, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

The Onion 7 Mango updated

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The Onion 7 Mango updated

The Onion 7 (see our review) is an unofficial client for the news website that covers news, sports, politics, and more with a humorous twist. The stories, including Russian hackers targeting a water pump in Illinois, are guaranteed to lighten up your mood, or simply make you giggle on the train to yourself. The app has recently been Mango updated (version 2.0) and brings the following to the table:

  • Updated for Mango (fast-app switching, etc.)
  • Correctly shows apostrophe's that used to look garbled
  • Article images post correctly on Facebook in more cases now

It's well worth the download and is an interesting take on news reporting. Should the water pump story not catch you, how about a robot warning you when someone's about to walk in on you pulling Peter?

You can download The Onion 7 from the Marketplace for free (or £1.49 for ad-free version).

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3 years ago

Nokia deadmau5 event details and live stream

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Nokia's Lumia Live event planned for November 28th is drawing closer and details have now been published on Facebook with an RSVP event listing. The one-off night, starting at 21:00 and finishing at 21:30, will see deadmau5 performing live with a 4D visual presentation being run on the Millbank Tower.

Should you not be able to attend the event, fear not as there will be a live stream available. We'll be there taking photos and mingling with everyone so if you're down be sure to pop by.

Source: Facebook (Nokia)

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3 years ago

Interop unlock found for the Lumia 800, intervened by Nokia

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Over at the XDA Develop forum, HeathCliff has located a vulnerability in the Nokia Network Setup app, which would allow interop unlock and provide full root access to a developer/Chevron unlocked Lumia 800. Unfortunately, because of the publicity this hack has received, nanapho.jp reports that Nokia has unpublished the Network Setup app and that it's no longer downloadable from the Marketplace, though access to the xap appears to be still available but comes with installation issues.

Should you be interested in checking out the hack, head on over to the thread at the XDA Developer forum (link below) to keep up with the latest developments.

Source: XDA Developer Forum, nanapho.jp, via: WPSauce

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3 years ago

AT&T HTC Titan - Review

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AT&T HTC Titan - Review

While I was impressed with the Samsung Focus S, Dan kept telling me "wait until you get your hands on the Titan." I expected to see a quality Windows Phone in the HTC Titan but was very skeptical of the 4.7" big screen. The Focus S was large enough with the 4.3" screen but would a 4.7" screen be too big?

Short answer... No.

HTC engineers have done a fantastic job of balancing a large screened device on a thin platform to minimize the bulk. The Titan feels comfortable in the hand, thanks to more beveled or curved sides and the 4.7" screen really shines. Add an 8mp camera with all the bells and whistles, a 1.5ghz processor, 16gb of storage, and a 1650mah battery and the Titan becomes a very strong performer.

Don't get me wrong, the Samsung Focus S is also a quality, large screen Windows Phone but the Titan has just as strong (some may say stronger) of an appeal. While the Titan may have an lengthy model designation (HTC PI39100) it's a solid Windows Phone. To read more on the AT&T HTC Titan, hit the break.

 

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3 years ago

SIM unlocked Nokia Lumia 800 coming to Clove Dec 1st, pre-order now

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A while back Clove, a UK mobile phone retailer, announced on their blog that their stock of unlocked Nokia Lumia 800s would be delayed until January 2012. Today, they've stated that the date has been pushed forward to December 1st. Ordering via Clove will set the buyer back by £369 (excluding VAT), not a bad price at all.

So how many of you will be picking one up? Remember, it requires a microSIM card, so hot-swapping phones on your carrier of choice could be an issue. And while you wait, check out our review of the Lumia 800.

Source: Clove Blog

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3 years ago

Parcel Tracker goes Mango with pinnable tracking

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Ti's the season to be shopping and for a lot of us, shopping online is the preferred method for our consumer indulgence. That involves shipping and package tracking and what better way to keep abreast of all of that than your phone? Parcel Tracker (see review) has been around for quite some time and is considered to be the best package tracker out there. Now with version 4.0, the app has gone Mango and boy is kewl.

Besides the fact that it loads and scrolls more quickly now and you get fast-app switching, you can now also pin your individual packages right to your Start screen for 1-click access to that package's whereabouts. And it's sharp looking too with the shipper's corporate icon on one side, the package details on the other. We like. A lot.

That's on top of the existing live tile, which shows number of update notifications and push-toast notifications when the package details have been updated. Throw in a barcode scanner and what's not to love about this app?

Parcel Tracker goes for $1.49 in the Marketplace with a free trial and gets our seal of approval.

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3 years ago

USA Today: Windows Phone is a joy to use

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Some good exposure for Windows Phone on USA Today with Mark Smith talking about how he's enjoyed using the HTC Radar and to him the OS is a refreshing change from iOS and Android. He holds a strong emphasis on icons vs tiles throughout the article.

"Where Apple and Android have settled on home screens of small square app icons, Windows has created a vertical column of interactive tiles that display information — unread e-mails, missed calls, weather, etc."

Smith noted that Microsoft's TellMe functionality isn't as advanced as Siri on the iPhone 4S. To be honest, Siri comes across as more of a gimmick to the majority, where as TellMe actually does something. You don't need to ask a Windows Phone for the weather, you'll see it on the home screen. You can -- however -- open an app by voice command and other functions that Siri flops at.

Overall, positive words for the platform and any exposure is good exposure. Head on over to USA Today to read his impresions.

Source: USA Today; Thanks, Harold W., for the heads up!

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3 years ago

WPCentral Podcast 131

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WPCentral Podcast 131


Our pre-Thanksgiving show is in full effect! Jay and Daniel discuss the new AT&T TItan, Nokia's ongoing media campaign, lots of software news including MetroTube, Mehdoh, Nokia Drive (and piracy) and more.

See the full show notes after the break. Sadly, the video from the Live podcast was lost. RIP. (We'll have those bugs worked out for next week).

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3 years ago

Exclusive: Shuffle Party coming to Xbox Live in the US November 30 - Free!

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Remember Minesweeper and Sudoku, the free Xbox Live titles from Babaroga and Microsoft Studios? Soon they will be joined by Shuffle Party, another free game from the same developer and publisher team.

Shuffle Party is a shuffleboard game that players can enjoy even if they’re never been on a cruise ship. Microsoft’s Windows Phone team proposed the initial concept, with the folks at Babaroga developing and adding to the design.

MS and Babaroga’s latest collaboration boasts stylish 3D graphics set against a Chicago skyline (home of Babaroga’s main office) and realistic physics. The simple touch-screen controls allow players to shift the puck horizontally and set its angle before launching. Swipe forward and off it goes!

Shuffle Party has several ways to play:

  • Bowling: Slide a puck (called a biscuit in shuffleboard lingo) down the lane, picking up spares and strikes as the pins come tumbling down.
  • Challenge: Slide the pick around obstacles, collecting coins, and landing in the Goal Zone. Think Fable Coin Golf, but more realistic.
  • Shuffleboard: The traditional vacationers’ game. Send the biscuit down the lane into a triangular scoring zone, with some spots offering more points than others. Sort of like a combination of darts and air hockey.
  • Pass n Play: Local multiplayer built around the main shuffleboard game (not bowling). Not only do you try to land in goals, you get the satisfaction of knocking your friends’ pucks off the table – and vice versa.

Money earned in the various game modes can be spent in the Pro Shop, tying the whole experience together. The shop sells unique pucks, pins, and frames. Naturally, buying every single item nets you an Achievement.

Speaking of which, Shuffle Party includes 50 GamerScore worth of Achievements, just like its two free predecessors. And like those games, banner advertisements run across the top of the screen during gameplay. There won't be any waiting through ads between menus or anything obtrusive like that, thankfully.

Shuffle Party comes to Xbox Live in the US on Wednesday, November 30 – the same day Ghostscape is scheduled to emerge. It will require the Windows Phone Mango update. No word on release dates outside of the US, but it will come to other regions eventually.

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3 years ago

Google Voice client GoVoice with Mango support now available

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It was just over a week ago when we broke the news of GoVoice's impending Mango update. The popular and free Google Voice client is one of the better options out there for those who rely on Google's single phone number convenience as well as free text-messaging ability (it uses data).

GoVoice hadn't been updated in awhile and users feared the project had been abandoned. But with version 3.2 now out, those concerns can be put to rest. We gave an early thumbs up to the changelog in the new version and for the most part, it seems to be working out well. Perfect? Nope, but it gets the job done. Here are the changes:

  • Supports Mango with fast resume and background tile update
  • Smart dial
  • Simplified notification setup with just one click
  • Clickable email, URL, and phone numbers within conversations
  • Direct call using GSM instead of through Google Voice
  • Bug fixes to improve reliability

Let us know in comments how it's working out for you. You can pick up GoVoice v3.2 here in the Marketplace for free. Thanks for the heads up, Amir!

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3 years ago

Jewel Miner - Review

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Jewel Miner - Review

Jewel Miner is an interesting game for your Windows Phone where you play the role of a miner trying to fill up mining carts with crushed jewels.  You have to match three or more jewels of the same style and color before you can crush them.  The more jewels you crush, the more cash you earn, the further you progress in the game.

The game menu gives you options to play the game, view the only leader boards, access gaming options (sound/music on/off) and help section, and check out other games from the developer.  The game does have a Bejeweled like appearance to it but once you get to playing the game, you realize that the similarity is with appearance only.

Continued after the break.

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