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3 years ago

You, Me and Words - Review

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You, Me and Words - Review

You, Me and Words joins the healthy list of Boggle type games on the Windows Phone Marketplace. But there's something different about You, Me and Words that sets it apart from the other games such as Wordrix and Word Arena.

For starters, instead of a 4x4 grid of letters, You, Me and Words has a 3x3 grid. If my math is correct, that means you have seven fewer letters to build words off of. You also don't have to link the letters together, you simply tap the letters in sequence to build the word.

To read more on You, Me and Words just follow the break.

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3 years ago

easyRing - App Spotlight (Updated)

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easyRing - App Spotlight (Updated)

We received several tips to take a look at the Windows Phone app easyRing. So we did.

easyRing is a ringtone app for Windows Phones running Mango (Windows Phone 7.5) that taps into millions of free and legally obtained mp3 tones that are on Amazon.com and Mobiles24.com.

easyRing lays everything out nicely with a page to search ringtones by keyword or browse by about a dozen categories. Once you find a ringtone you are interested in, there are two button controls at the bottom of the page. One to preview the tone and one to download it to your phone.

Once you've downloaded a few tones, you can review what you've collected through easyRing from the Downloaded page and save them to your phone or delete them from your collection.  Once saved to the phone you can find them under settings>ringtones+sounds as a custom ringtone.

The ringtones range from Bollywood tunes to Funny tunes to Video Game Music tunes. It's a decent collection of ringtones and you only download the tones you want. There is a free trial version available for easyRing that will let you search and preview the tones but to download the tunes, you'll need the $.99 full version.

You can find easyRing over here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Update:  We recieved a little clarification on the trial version limitations.  Here's what easyRing's support had to offer,

The trial version allows you to search and download unlimited mp3 files. But to install those as your ringtones you need to copy them to the tone folder, and you are allowed 3 times with the trial. In another word, you can freely search, download and listen but can have only 3 ringtones installed.

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3 years ago

Impossible Mountain - Review

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3 years ago

Progressive Credo Mobile to offer Windows Phone later this year

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Progressive cellular company CREDO Mobile (web site) told Kevyn, over at Glance and Go Radio, that they will be adding a WP7 handset to their lineup later this year.  While they did not specify exactly what models they will be offering, the HTC Arrive is a likely candidate, as CREDO is a reseller of Sprint's network, and not a carrier themselves. Still, we could see the CDMA Trophy or even perhaps a new Mango device as well.

For those of you unfamiliar with CREDO Mobile, they are a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) who donates a portion of their proceeds to non-profit groups such as Rainforest Action Network, Project Vote, Human Rights Watch, and the American Foundation for Equal Rights.  Every year, members nominate what groups they would like to support and then vote on how much funding each group gets.  You can see a list of organizations that they currently support here.

In addition to supporting social change groups, CREDO also plants 100 trees per ton of recycled paper they use, offer solar chargers, recycle old phones, and work with Carbonfund.org to offset their own electricity usage.  And if doing good for the world weren't enough, they also offer contract buyout credits and phone number porting for prospective customers.

Being that Sprint seems to be giving up on the Windows Phone for the time being, it's wonderful to see that the HTC Arrive could get put to some good use.

Source: Glance and Go Radio; Thanks, Kevyn, for the tip!

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3 years ago

HTC Surround being discontinued

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HTC Surround being discontinued

A rather depressing way to finish off the weekend, but it seems as though the HTC Surround is being discontinued at more than one source. On AT&T and Telus, both websites report that the Windows Phone handset is no longer available, although AT&T simply removed the product page with a substitute notice of unavailability. This news is almost as sad as Sprint deciding to use the HTC Arrive as a "handset recycle" example for the iPhone 4S.

What can we hope to see in the near future? Nokia, HTC and Acer to name but a few should look to push the platform harder in the US (with Microsoft's marketing support) as well as on a global scale. First-generation handsets appear to be the old with Mango devices ready and able to take their place.

Source: Telus Cell Phones, AT&T, via: Windows Phone Daily

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3 years ago

See where you're going with See Through Messaging

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Note this as a strange, but useful app. See Through Messaging for Windows Phone allows the user to create SMS messages and emails on an overlay on top of a real time view of what's behind your handset via the camera. Basically, you can type while looking through your phone.

We've seen this before with TransparentTXT, which runs for $2.49, but See Through Messaging goes for the low, low price of free. (And of course LG users have had 'Look N Type' for free for ages through their app store).

Should you find yourself on the move while contacting other people, See Through Message could save you some embarrassment when not paying attention to what's in front of you. Only downside we noticed was there's not auto-correct nor word suggestions, which means your texting perambulations will be filled with errors, unless you're careful.

Download See Through Messaging from the Marketplace for nothing at all.

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3 years ago

CTIA 2011: a missed marketing opportunity for Windows Phone?

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It seems as though Microsoft isn't taking the platform's position in terms of marketshare seriously as they've missed a prime opportunity to promote Windows Phone at CTIA, according to Jessica Dolcourt, Senior associate editor at CNET. Dolcourt explains in-depth how the software giant could have used CTIA to capitalise on Google and Samsung's delayed announcements for the Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Galaxy Nexus. Heck, we were expecting Samsung to show off the Focus S, finally, at the big event but alas, it was no where to be seen as confirmed by our own folks who were there.

While a lot is banking on what's to be unveiled at Nokia World later this month, the team should use more resources for advertising and promotion at events and stores across the world. Relying solely on manufacturers and carriers is going to prove tough with the iPhone and Android locked in battle for the front display and this report is an interesting read to say the least.

Head on over to CNET to read up on Dolcourt's review of Microsoft's marketing efforts.

Source: CNET

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3 years ago

Saveman - Review

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3 years ago

Microsoft launches their own Skype site

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While it doesn't contain the Windows Phone app for Skype, Microsoft has gone ahead and made their marriage to the VOIP company official by launching their own site.

Nothing new is revealed outside of some future promise of deep integration, which is the most obvious outcome of the billion dollar acquisition:

"Together we will bring innovative technology to friends, families and colleagues everywhere. And now the future possibilities for our customers are even more exciting. We will enable more people to connect in more ways that transform and enhance their lives. And this is just the beginning."

Still, it's kind of cool to see those two names together finally. Here's hoping to the Xbox 360 Fall Dashboard refresh contains some Skype goodness as earlier rumored.Find the site here. Thanks, TheWeeBear, for the heads up

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3 years ago

PAC MAN CE DX and Twin Blades get updates

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A dirty open secret about Twin Blades (see our review), even after it returned to the Marketplace, was that it didn't work on phones with Windows Phone 7.5--it literally would crash upon launch. That made it the first (and to our knowledge only) game/app that would completely die in Mango.

Now with version 1.3, all of that seems to be behind us as the game now works in Mango. We say works in Mango but it is not, we repeat not Mango-ready. Yeah, super lame. No fast app resume here folks. Although a somewhat repetitive game, it's well worth a trial run and you can grab that here.

[Correction: Hey, look at that. For some reason our fast-app resume was not working but now it is. So yes, looks like Twin Blades is Mango ready--so that's something.]

Likewise PAC MAN CE DX version 1.1 got updated but there's no clear indication of what was fixed, so we'll have to try to find out for you. You can pick up that game here--and as far as Pac Man games go, that one is pretty great (see our review). But at $6.99 and no fast-app switching, ouch, we think waiting for a deal-of-the-week may be apropos here.

We're reaching out to both companies to try and pry a full change log from their hands and will post if there's anything significant regarding achievements or bug fixes.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Summary of the Week: October 10 - 16, 2011

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We're kicking off this week's summary with Dave Blake listing hot discussions you could be missing out on over at our Windows Phone forum. If you're residing in the UK and are an owner of a Windows Phone, have you heard about the new review section at the official Windows Phone UK website? A small competition is being ran which we're helping to judge! Simply review your experience and be in with a chance to win. Head on past the short break for the full summary.

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3 years ago

Bing Maps gets new color scheme and more legible features

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It's always kind of cool when Microsoft updates that back-end of Bing Maps because you don't need to, you know, do anything. Sure, it's not better voice-navigation nor Ovi Maps, but the changes are not exactly subtle either. Instead, what we have in the mobile version of Bing Maps more closely matching the desktop version.

Most of the changes deal with the color scheme of roads, with purple denoting major highways, blue secondary roads and grey for back roads. Text looks a bit easier to read and perhaps its just us, but the app seems to handle downloading and caching maps a lot easier, resulting in faster scrolling. Other than that, we're not noticing too much else but we're betting this may be a regional thing too.

Shout out in comments if you noticing anything and we'll add it.

Source: MobileTechWorld; via Pocketnow

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3 years ago

Official Groupon app now Windows Phone 7.5 compatible

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Love it or hate (we're the latter, but whatever), Groupon is big and their official app just got the Mango treatment is rightly deserves. So for those of you who have it or for those who didn't know about it, you'll want to go and get this admittedly nice looking app a spin.

Hitting version 2.0, the developers went beyond the usual fast-app switching which is automatic for a Mango app. Instead, they've embraced a bunch of Mango features, making this quite a worthy update:

"You can now browse, purchase, and redeem Groupon Now! deals, as well as pin any division or Groupon Now! to the home screen as two-sided live tiles. We've also updated our push notification service so that you get notified when deals are available for you!"

What's to not like about all of that? Not much, so head here to the Marketplace and get it now. Thanks, Matthew S., for the tip using our app!

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3 years ago

Nokia 710 Windows Phone specs revealed on developer page

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We've reported on the Nokia 703 Windows Phone in the past and even a possible image, but a 710? That's certainly new but it does hint that this may be a variation of the 703/Sabre, perhaps for a carrier or maybe unlocked international edition.

The info comes way of My Nokia Blog note that it was found on Nokia's developer page. They're not 100% sure if it's a Windows Phone, but all the specs suggest that it is:

  • 1.4GHz Cortex A8
  • 3.7″, 800×480 Clear Black TFT
  • 119 x 62.4 x 12.48mm
  • 125.5g
  • 28mm wide angle but 5MP camera
  • 720p, 30FPS
  • 8GB Internal memory
  • 512mb RAM
  • Browser undisclosed
  • Bit scary - BL-5B 3.7V 820mAh (820mAh) – 400 hours standby (more than iPhone 4S), 5H 3G browsing, 7H GSM talk time. MicroSIM.

Yup. That's pretty much in line with everything else we've been hearing about Nokia's offerings for their Windows Phones. But there are some anomalies, like the Cortex A8 which we don't think goes to 1.4 GHz and the Java/Flash part certainly doesn't fit. But perhaps those are just fillers or errors.

Want more proof? The Nokia 710 has shown up on Occasional Gamer's game stats page, which collects data from Windows Phones running some of his twelve different games in the Marketplace. So this seems pretty solid.

Source: My Nokia Blog; Thanks, Remus, for the tip!

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