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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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3 years ago

Verizon Ultimate Game Sweepstakes

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Verizon Ultimate Game Sweepstakes

Fancy winning some awesome prizes? Of course you do! First place in this Verizon sweepstakes will receive (hold your breath) a HTC Trophy, Xbox 360 console, three (3) 360 games, 8000 Xbox Live points, and a $125 Verizon Wireless gift card. Ten runners up (first place winners) will earn 1600 Xbox Live points. Not bad eh?

To enter, simply fill out the sweepstake entry form (for US souls only - check the Ts&Cs) and a random draw will be held after the closing date of July 13th.

Source: Verizon Insider

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3 years ago

HTC 7 Pro now available on Cellular South for $199

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Remember when we covered the news that Cellular South may be getting the HTC 7 Pro (read our review)? Well, now it has become reality. The "largest privately-held wireless provider in the United States" is now offering the beast of a handset for $199 on a two-year contract after a $50 mail-in reward card, pretty standard in comparison to other carriers with Windows Phone 7.

Are you with this network and are awaiting a WP7 device?

Source: Business Wire

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3 years ago

WP7 on Fox 5 DC Smart Phone Zone [Video]

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The Smart Phone Zone over at Fox 5 D.C. have just covered the Windows Phone 7 with a quick look at what the platform offers. Dave Wolf, Vice President of Strategy at Cynergy, runs Lauren through the multiple hubs, Xbox Live, apps, the Marketplace and more.

Yes, it's painful to watch the continuous stream of "Windows 7 Phone". Funny how he couldn't wake up the iPhone on first attempt. They also mention how the Samsung Focus out-did the iPhone on AT&T, so when the local mainstream media chooses to cover our platform, it's not all dim and negative - good to see.

Source: Fox 5 D.C., thanks Martin for tipping us!

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3 years ago

SketchFlow template for WP7 [Developers]

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Make way for SketchFlow, a template which allows you to muster up prototype apps for Windows Phone 7 using SketchFlow features and controls, which are then ran in the SketchFlow player (not the emulator) for quick testing, feedback from clients and more. You can check out the documentation for it over at CodePlex, it's really interesting.

"For the phone template we have added a number of unique phone features to speed up the prototyping process such as pivot and panorama, date and time pickers, map controls, the application bar as well full screen mockups of features such as the camera, Bing search, the app list and home screen."

Please note that you'll need to be using Blend 4 with SketchFlow enabled (this is the version of Blend that comes with both Expression Studio 4 Ultimate and Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate) you also need to have the Mango developer tools for Windows Phone installed.

Source: SketchFlow

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3 years ago

Nokia closing online stores, UK next to go

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Seems each month this year will see us witnessing the gradual decay of what's left of Nokia, it's a horrible sight to see. We've recently heard that the company has already closed a few of it's online stores, including Netherlands, Spain and France. It's been reported that UK is next in line to be smashed by the hammer at the end of June this year.

The Nokia affiliate team spilt the beans to the affiliate network in an email:

"This message is to inform you that Nokia is closing their affiliate programme… in keeping with a strategic business decision to close down the Nokia UK online shop."

Unfortunately, this wont aid the company with their hold off until Windows Phone 7. In a strange sense you could look at Nokia members of staff as the people of Rohan from Lord of the Rings attempting to defend Helms Deep (Nokia), while everything is being thrown at them (Orcs and Uruk-hai). WP7 is Gandalf and the Rohirrim, just visible in the distance but still have a few months ride to go.

But this move is required, especially since carriers and retailers are able to offer enticing deals to consumers, so not many would choose to shop at Nokia when Amazon and high street stores are able to provide better offers. Let's hope the focus remains as I'm sure we will all remain truly excited to see what they'll bring to the table late this fall.

Via: TechRadar

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3 years ago

Easy fix for lock screen bug [How To]

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Easy fix for lock screen bug [How To]

It's not really news as such, but a temporary fix for the issue some of us have experienced (and still are). As you can see in the video above this issue is a lock screen bug where should you wake up your screen once the device is locked you will see a quick glimpse of your home screen. Not really a security risk and you can't manipulate the home screen but an extreme annoyance when experienced for months. It seems to be affecting not only the Samsung Omnia 7 handset, but other devices too.

There is an easy solution, well setting reversal if you will since it requires you to turn back on a default setting. It's not one you'd expect either, prepare to be astonished. Auto-brightness. Yeah, you read that correctly, having auto-brightness turned off can cause this bug to occur. Should you be like myself and prefer to turn off any kind of automatic brightness balance in favour of a more constant and brighter screen then we're hit by this insane annoyance that prevents us from enjoying the experience of using the handset as we'd like to.

"You can toggle the auto-brightness by going to Settings > Brightness."

There's been no word on a fix in the works (we held off covering this in the hope that one of the previous updates would contain the solution), hopefully Mango? If not, I may just wander into the stores and see if the future Nokia handset(s) has the same problem. I'll be buying one anyway.

Have you experienced this bug?

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3 years ago

Nokia to launch first WP7 device in 6 European countries

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At this year's Mobile Telecompaper conference Victor Saeijs, Vice President of Nokia Europe, stated to attendees that Nokia plan to launch their first Windows Phone 7 handset in six European countries. The countries named are France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the UK. Not to mention Russia is a possibility too.

Victor also said that Netherlands is especially included in the line up due to the importance of the smartphone market there, which counts for 80% while only 20% are dumbphones. He went onto mention that they're still looking at a Q4 release and he had in his possession a prototype of their first WP7 handset which he carries around with him. Unfortunately he's not allowed to whip it out and show the world.

It's coming, can you feel it in the air too?

Source: Allaboutphones, via: WMPU

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3 years ago

IM+ can't use Windows Live Messenger due to Microsoft policy

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IM+ was submitted to the Marketplace today, and we are all excited for it’s arrival (see our hands on video tour). It just cannot get approved quickly enough. But the developers, Shape Services, announced today that it will not have Windows Live Messenger support. The reason? Microsoft doesn’t allow it. They are seemingly taking Apple’s approach, and not allowing apps that they think will duplicate functionality. Of course, that functionality doesn’t exist yet, so maybe there is something else going on that we don’t know about. It is worth nothing that IM+ for Windows Mobile also doesn't support Windows Live Messenger, so it's not an OS thing.

On one hand, we all know that WLM will be one of the built in services in Mango, so the support will be seamless, and most likely excellent. On the other hand, it sure would be nice to be able to use the service now. Although Skype has more users, Windows Live Messenger is no slouch, with an estimated 330 million active users, more than AIM or Gtalk (at least, according to Wikipedia). The sooner those users see feature parity with iOS and Android, the better.

Source: Tej Palladino Peters (Facebook); via: WMPoweruser

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3 years ago

WPCentral First Look: IM+ [Video]

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WPCentral First Look: IM+ [Video]

Today it was announced that IM+ by ShapeServices has been submitted to the Marketplace. Assuming all is well, that means you folks should have it in your hands sometime this weekend or early next week.

But hey, why wait that long? Instead, take a gander at our video tour of the new, near universal instant messaging app that supports AIM, Facebook, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber, MySpace, Skype and Yahoo! The one omission is MSN, which is evidently due to a Microsoft mandate (more on that later). No biggy though, as we'll have full integration with MSN and the OS in Mango this fall.

So how's the app? Well, we couldn't get the push notifications/live tile to work, but we think that's just a temporary server issue. Point is, those features are there and should work by launch. The app design is very minimalist, which is great--it almost feels sparse, but then you remember all that it can do. Load times were decent--once again, it's a v1.0 app, so we expect performance improvements in later releases.

Overall, pretty solid start and we like what we see. Should be interesting to see how it all works out upon release.

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