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3 years ago

HeyTell cross-platform voice messenger released for Windows Phone

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HeyTell, a popular cross-platform voice messaging service, has released an app for Windows Phone. HeyTell allows one to send and receive voice recorded messages, which can prove more efficient than standard SMS. The service requires no account to be created, just add an email and/or phone number and you're good to go.

Some highlighted features:

  • Send/Receive messages to and from contacts on Android and iOS.
  • Low data usage.
  • Toast notifications.
  • Messages can be saved and played offline.
  • Send/Receive current GPS location.

You can download HeyTell from the Marketplace for free. Note you may occur charges from your carrier from usage.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile HTC Radar getting the 8107 update

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If you own a T-Mobile HTC Radar 4G, check your phone for updates. We are getting reports that T-Mobile has begun distribution of the Windows Phone 8107 update today.

The 8107 update will improve the proximity sensor and Gmail contact sync as well as correct problems with visual voicemail, Microsoft security and the Arizona time zone.

You should receive a pop-up message alerting you of the update or you can connect to your Zune desktop client and check for the update under the phone's settings. The update will bump your software version to v7.10.8107.79. Let us know in the comments if you've gotten the update and any additional tweaks it may hold.

Dare we hope that AT&T's update will be next?

source: tmonews

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3 years ago

Leaked shots of Windows Phone Tango reveal improvements and limitations

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Tango has been in the spotlight for some time - the upcoming version of Windows Phone for emerging markets. We've already heard that Tango will lower the minimum RAM requirements to just 256MB, as well as a few tips detailing a few feature implementations. Now wp7forum.ru has leaked some screenshots of a Tango Windows Phone, and as well as some improvements being displayed, we can also see some drawbacks (see above shots).

wp7forum.ru reports that camera hardware will be dropped to just 3MP, while the lower RAM requirements may see users being greeted with potential Marketplace warnings due to not enough system resources being available. This could lead to some degree of fragmentation and will prevent users on low-end hardware being able to run certain apps, with the possibility of 3rd party Live Tiles not updating automatically. 

On the bright side, there were a few new features present. In the above shots we can see more functionality added to messaging, including the ability to record voice, attach videos as well as multiple photos to a single MMS. Microsoft will also be increasing the allowance for OEM/carrier installed applications from 16 to 40.

As we previously covered, Tango is set to be an update targeted at emerging markets. This could potentially mean the rest of the Windows Phone user base may not be receiving Tango as an update, and may experience a longer wait until Apollo is rolled out. 

Source: wp7forum.ru, via: WMPU, thanks to those who sent tips in!

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3 years ago

Chickens Can't Fly invades Windows 7

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We mentioned it briefly but the new Windows Phone Xbox Live game Chickens Can't Fly now has its own Windows 7 theme. It joins other gaming title themes such as Fruit Ninja, Angry Birds and the Xbox Kinect game Gunstringer.

The Chickens Can't Fly theme includes wallpapers, sounds, and colors (no screen saver). The graphics look great and the sounds unique. But I have to admit it takes some time to get used to the chicken cluck as your alert sound.

You can find the Chickens Can't Fly Windows 7 theme pack here at the Windows download page.

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3 years ago

Tango PC app lets users break into any Tango account [Updated]

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Tango, the cross-platform video calling application, appears to following in the footsteps of iPhone's Path application when it comes to the poor management of private account data. (Not to be confused with the Windows Phone update, codenamed Tango.) Today, a reader wrote in detailing how the PC client (version 1.6.14117 at time of writing) allows one armed with simply a mobile number access to any Tango user's contact data -- and account -- by simply using the application in a specific manner. While we won't share exact details, we must admit it's not hard to figure out. And just a few months ago, Tango was discovered to be downloading contact details without permission.

Using the steps provided, we were able to download a colleague's Tango contact data, make Tango calls, and manage account details with ease. This possibly indicates that Tango's security code-based account validation is simply an arbitrary client-side check -- a big no-no.

Update: Tango let us know the issue has been fixed and an update has been pushed out to users. Kudos to the Tango team for the quick response.

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3 years ago

Marketplacebrowser.com closes its doors

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Marketplacebrowser.com closes its doors

Prior to Microsoft launching it's Marketplace web browser, most of us relied on third party websites to browse through all the Windows Phone apps. One of the first (if not the first) such site was Marketplacebrowser.com. It was a great resource and we have just learned that the site was shut down as of February 6, 2012.

Paul Willen, the sites creator, has posted a brief message on the site explaining that since Microsoft has launched their own Marketplace website, the task for Marketplacebrowser.com has been fullfilled.  All is not lost though.  Willen will now focus his efforts to a new website focused on the Windows Phone Community, WP7.nl.

We'd like to wish Paul the best in continuing his efforts to support and promote Windows Phones in the Netherlands and on the web.

Thanks, hd7guy, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Job posting confirms Mango app compatibility in Apollo

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There has been speculation previously that Mango apps wont be able to run on Apollo-powered Windows Phones, especially from rumour preacher Eldar Murtazin which were subsequently squashed by Brandon Watson. We've been fairly sure (and hoping) that apps would run on the next version of Windows Phone, and now WPSauce has come across a job posting at Redmond that confirms compatibility.

The job description for the position of contains the following:

"Automated testing of marketplace applications written for Mango, but running on Apollo. Write code, file bugs."

While this is further confirmation, we'll have to see what resources Microsoft provide to the developers in the coming months. With the Apollo update (Windows Phone 8) looking set to be a massive overhaul, it'll be interesting to see how the software giant plays this out. Perhaps we'll learn more at MWC.

Source: MyVisaJobs, via: WPSauce

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3 years ago

Gravity Guy flips out as the Xbox Live Deal of the Week

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Windows Phone gamers may be busy with this week’s new Xbox Live release, Chickens Can’t Fly. But as I’ve told my friends, loved ones, and the people at the mental asylum, you can never have too many games. That’s why we should all give the Xbox Live Deal of the Week, Gravity Guy, a good looking over too. It’s on sale for $1.99.

Gravity Guy is a slick, fast-paced platformer in which the hero flips between floors and ceilings rather than jumping. See our review for more details. It packs a lot of content ever since the last update doubled the game’s length and added PDLC. The added bits feel like they were designed just to make you spend money on DLC though – they’re more frustrating than fun. Still, some people like a challenge!

Gravity Guy is on sale for $1.99 for one week only. Get it here on the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

360 Fashion for Windows Phone released

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The 360 Fashion Network has released an app for Windows Phone (also available for iOS and Android), which enables lifestyle and fashion followers to keep up-to-date with the latest news and gossip within the fashion industry. Using the Mippin App Factory, 360 Fashion is a simple reader that sports some interesting features:

  • Pulls down articles from multiple sources.
  • Ability to save articles for offline reading.
  • Share articles to contacts via social networks, SMS, email, etc.
  • Pin articles to the home screen.

You can download 360 Fashion from the Marketplace for free. 

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3 years ago

Nokia to announce Euro 900 and 610 Windows phones at MWC?

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Rumor has it that Nokia will be unveiling six phones at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, among them, two Windows phones.  PocketNow is reporting that Nokia's lineup will include a European version of the Lumia 900, as well as a new model, the Lumia 610.  The 610 may or may not be the elusive Lumia 601 that popped up in a promo video back in November, the only details of which were that it had a 8mp f2.8 camera on the back.  Whether the 610 and 601 are the same or not, the 610 is expected to be a budget model for economy or even pay-as-you-go plans.

As is the case with any upcoming event, we will likely see a swarm of reports in the weeks leading up to MWC 2012.  While it's always fun to speculate and discuss, it's also important to treat them as exactly what they are, rumors.

Source: PocketNow; Via: CNET

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Xbox Live Review: Bug Village

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For the longest time, microtransactions were prohibited in Windows Phone games. Microsoft’s Beards & Beaks dabbled in offering PDLC (premium downloadable content) last July. But no third party games offered PDLC until Gravity Guy’s January update. Before you can buy extra stuff for those games, you’ll first need to purchase the game itself. Bug Village, on the other hand, is the only freemium Xbox Live title so far. The game itself is completely free; developer Glu Mobile makes its profits from the title’s optional content purchases. While this style of game won’t be for everybody, you can color me excited for the potential of future freemium Live titles.

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3 years ago

More 'crap apps' being let loose in the Marketplace

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We previously assumed the Windows Phone Marketplace submission review team had a ritual to get unbelievably intoxicated every Friday night, return back to the offices and let through whatever humorous apps they saw, regardless of functionality. We've now had to revise our assumption, as it would appear that the team is simply having some giggles behind the scene throughout the week.

Introducing the app-that-shalln't-be-named (see above photo), no it's not an app dedicated to Lord Voldemort. This is possibly the most interesting submission due to the obscene graphic as the logo (we've actually censored it to keep WPCentral safe for work), which makes us wonder how on earth something this explicit can worm its way through, especially since Microsoft believes Xbox LIVE Avatar toy guns (that don't actually fire rounds or laz0rz) are offensive to the youngsters.

It's perfectly fine to decapitate heads on Skyrim, shoot aliens in Halo, check out some naked women on the Windows Phone Marketplace, but a toy gun on your Avatar is deemed 'unacceptable'.

"Hours of fun await your fingers"

Unfortunately, should you be looking forward to checking this app out via this article, you'll be slightly disappointed. While hours of fun for our fingers is certainly intriguing to say the least, the reviews of this 'crap app' provide an insight into the app's usefulness:

  • "While quite deceiving, the actual use for this app changed my life! Now I drink champaign and flirt with movie stars all day every day!"
  • "This is by far the *** app I have ever. Downloaded even worse is the fact they use a *** chick to try to reel you in. Watching grass grow is more entertaining than this"

What's with this post, and why are we providing attention without firing out the Marketplace link left, right and centre? It's frustration. Pure and simple frustration. We have apps such as this making their way through while solid submissions such as the Carbon Twitter client and even our own WPCentral app had difficulties for various reasons. Not to mention Ffffound experiencing issues due to adult content policies. It makes one consider if all apps should have naked women as app logos to ensure a 100% chance of approval?

We've certainly been here before, and Microsoft has even responded to our cries out for tighter control with revisions being made to the limit of apps being submitted within 24 hours, but this is starting to get slightly silly now. Either the automated system needs working on, or we need some more human verification. 

Thanks goes out to everyone who tipped us on this!

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3 years ago

WPCentral Podcast with special guest Jeff Wilcox today at 5pm EST

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Today we'll be back for another WPCentral Live Podcast streaming in HD right here on the site. That'll be at 2pm PST/5pm EST (10pm GMT) where you can join us for a live chat and discussion of all the week's news so far. This week's lineup:

  • Daniel Rubino - Editor in chief
  • Jay Bennett - Windows Phone developer
  • Rafael Rivera - WPCentral contributing writer, Withinwindows.com

And what we hope is the beginning of a semi-regular feature, we'll have a special guest on board this week which will be Microsoft's Jeff Wilcox.

A lot of you will know him from his work on the Foursquare app 4th & Mayor as well as his contributions to the Windows Phone SDK where he's designed a lot of the tools that developers use for app coding. He recently announced that he was moving to the Azure team at Microsoft and we'll have him on to discuss that as well as other Windows Phone bits.

So tune to the site at 5pm for our live chat room and listen in!

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3 years ago

Chickens Can't Fly for Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone now available

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You've seen us tease it on Monday with a video review. Then we gave you even more info on it last night. Now the game can be yours.

Yes folks, Chickens Can't Fly from Amused Sloth is now available in the Marketplace. The hilarious and entertaining game is sure to bring a smile to your face and hours of fun as you answer some important questions like  Can Chickens Warm Up? Can Chicken escape witches? and more while collecting corn and earning trophies.

The game features more than 50 levels, achievements, free ringtones, Global Weekly challenges and eventually avatar awards all for $2.99. We've said it's one of our favorite games on the platform and that the developer has done a bang up job--now you can see if we're lying or not.

Grab Chicken's Can't Fly here in the Marketplace with a free trial. Hit us up in comments and let us know if we're crazy or spot on. (QR Code after the break with our video review).

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3 years ago

Website taking pre-order for White Lumia 900. We're cautious.

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The thing about pre-orders is so long as the site doesn't charge you until the item ships, companies can say whatever they want. Why we mention all of this of course is Negri Electronics are offering to take your $649.50 for an unlocked Nokia Lumia 900 in white. A device that hasn't even been announced officially yet (though we think the it probably exists). We checked out the site via Reseller Ratings and they have a respectable 7.5 out of 10--so they're not a complete scam if that makes you feel any better.

As mentioned above, they won't charge your card until it ships but either they have some early info or they're aiming for some site hits for publicity. We're about 50/50 split on that one, so we're not exactly ready to endorse this as legit, but hey it's your money.

Source: Negri Electronics; Thanks, nokiawp7, for the heads up

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