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3 years ago

How to Knot a Tie - App Spotlight

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How to Knot a Tie - App Spotlight

Here's a different Windows Phone app for you to consider if you feel the need to move away from those clip on ties and need to learn the various neck tie knots. How to Knot a Tie is a Windows Phone app that includes step by step instructions to tie various knots including:

  • Four in Hand
  • Half Windsor
  • Double Windsor
  • Pratt (Shelby)
  • Prince Albert
  • Bow Tie

Once you pick your knot, tap details and a step by step illustration will appear. Just side swipe between the steps to learn the knot.

Personally, I think neck ties should be abolished but recognize that they do have a time and place (funerals, weddings, criminal trials, etc.).  If you have the need to wear a tie and need to learn your way around the knots, How to Knot a Tie might be worth a gander.

There is a trial version available (limited to the first step of each knot) and the full version runs you $.99. You can find How to Knot a Tie here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Future of Microsoft TellMe on Windows Phone

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3 years ago

Tap Shot moves to v1.2

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Tap Shot moves to v1.2

Tap Shot is an entertaining target game for you Windows Phone that has you taking out targets as fast as you can tap them. We liked the game when we first looked at Tap Shot but the one thing missing was an online leaderboard.

Tap Shot was recently update to version 1.2 and adds an online leaderboard to see how your speed shooting compares to others. You can also tag friends who also play Tap Shot and follow their progress. There is also a few design changes that gives the game a little bit of a facelift to the menus.  All in all, the update improves the look, feel and performance of Tap Shot.

Tap Shot still has three shooting galleries to choose from (each with unique target challenges) and a fourth gallery marked as "coming soon". The goal of Tap Shot is simple. Shoot as many targets before the count down timer hits zero with as few misses as possible. Targets range from stationary targets to bats.

If you haven't tried Tap Shot, it's a fun game to pass the time with. There is a free trial available and the full game will run you $.99. You can find Tap Shot here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Verizon Trophy for a penny at Amazon

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Verizon Trophy for a penny at Amazon

If you have been holding out on getting a Verizon Trophy, wait no more.  Amazon is selling them for a single penny with free shipping when you open a new line of service.  This deal is part of a larger Verizon "Penny-pincher"  promotion on Amazon that features all of their Verizon handsets for one cent.  The offer runs between 5:00 p.m. PDT October 11, 2011, through 11:59 p.m. PDT October 17, 2011, or while supplies last.

Source: Amazon

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3 years ago

Omnia 7 on SFR in France now getting Mango update

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Omnia 7 users in France and who are on SFR will be happy to note that you should be getting your Mango update today. As noted on the official Windows Phone Blog, Eric Hautala details a bit about the update and tries to reassure others who own phones that are still "in testing" to sit tight, your update is coming too.

Not much else to say on the matter outside of plug in your phones and check for that Mango!

Source: Windows Phone Blog

Side note: Doing a Bing image search for "france sfr" results in some interesting finds.

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3 years ago

Official WordPress app updated to fix previous bug

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If you will recall, the official WordPress app for WP7 was updated to version 1.3 to support Mango, but was quickly pulled from the Marketplace due to a bug that the developers found.  WordPress has made its way to version 1.4, which has resolved the issue and still also sports the Mango support of its predecessor.  Along with fast-switching, the updated WordPress also has the following new features from 1.3:

"You can now share pictures directly from your photo album to a new post in the app, as well as pin your blog to the start screen for quick access."

You can download WordPress 1.4 here.  Happy blogging!

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3 years ago

LG Germany confirms a small update for Internet Sharing is coming

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Assuming LG Germany isn't fibbing here, users of the Optimus 7 can expect sometime in the (near) future a small firmware update to enable internet sharing aka tethering. We know the phone's chipset supports the function but since it was a late-added feature to Mango, most OEMs have had only a little time to play with the drivers. Looks like LG though is prepped to enable this for its users, which will involve updating the firmware in a quick and painless fashion.

Lets hope it comes this year.

Source: @LGBlog; Thanks, Cyruss1989, for finding out!

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3 years ago

Official Windows Phone UK review competition

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I'm sure we're all aware of (and are actually fairly stunned by) how committed Microsoft is to customers with Windows Phone. I think it's fair to say that we have the best support of all products in the software giant's portfolio, and now the UK branch of the platform has set up a customer review section on their website and Facebook page. Should you love your windows Phone dearly, or have a few suggestions on how the operating system can be improved, then leaving a review of your experience and thoughts will be worth while. There's a prize involved too!

Phones that can be reviewed are; HTC 7 Mozart, HTC HD7, HTC 7 Trophy, HTC Radar, HTC Titan, Samsung Omnia 7, and LG Optimus 7. The team has kindly asked WPCentral to take part in the judging process as well as Stuart Miles from Pocket-lint. Entered reviews will be collected and shortlisted for a winner to be chosen from a handful of well written submissions. I'm sure you're wandering what the prize is? It's a Windows Phone-themed goodie bag including:

  • square umbrella
  • USB stick
  • notebook
  • stickers

To get your review in and to have a chance of winning the goodie bag, head on over to the review section of the Windows Phone website or their Facebook page. Please note that this is a UK only competition and will end on October 20th at 6PM (GMT) - be sure to read the T&Cs. Good luck!

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3 years ago

Pictures Lab on sale for $0.99 for one-year anniversary

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Pictures Lab is one of the top photo editors for a reason on Windows Phone. It's also one of the oldest, now coming up on its first birthday. As a celebration of that milestone and for hitting v3.2 in the last 24 hours, the app is on sale for $0.99, down from its original $1.99. The app went all Mango on us with v3.0 and you can see it in action here.

If that seems like a good deal or you just want to try the trial, head here to the Marketplace.

via @rschu

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3 years ago

DFT Custom ROM #2 for Windows Phone to feature Internet Sharing, CDMA support

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It's been awhile since we talked about DFT's custom ROMs for Windows Phone 7, specifically those ROMs for Gen 1 HTC devices. Part of that is because most of us are pretty happy with our ROMs and the other is most of us have the latest version to boot. Still, the appeal of having a completely unlocked OS with a few bonus features is appealing.

DFT is hard at work with the follow up to their original release and in a threat at ol' XDA they have an informal poll about how to support languages (keep the same, go back to an older style, WWE + one language).  But in a small P.S. to the users, they drop the fact that they've figured out WiFi tethering/Internet Shaing for HTC devices--something that's been tough for 1st Gen HTC phones to hack on as of this moment.

And as a nugget of hope for our CDMA friends, when asked about future CDMA support which so far has gone missing, they chime in with "you will get it soon". Sounds good to us and certainly makes the idea of a custom ROM a little more tempting. Then again, you'll still have to wipe the device clean to do this, a hurdle which won't be fixed in #2, so maybe not.

Thanks, Chris P., for the tip using our app!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Internet Sharing put to the test

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In a great write up at WP Down Under by guest contributor DZX, the Windows Phone Internet Sharing option is put to the test on a Samsung Focus (using the same methods we used to load it up on ours). Our experience with Internet Sharing is like many others: simply great. It's fast, easy to use and works every time. But that's a non-critical, non-scientific opinion. What do the numbers say?

DZX looked at three important areas in testing Windows Phone Internet Sharing: speed, battery and range

On speed, it was noted that there was no difference between the speed of the Focus itself versus when being used as a modem. What that means is that you'll experience no loss is 3G speeds when tethering--it's as efficient as you can get with not a drop of bandwidth wasted. Win.

Probably the biggest concern with tethering is the battery. Traditionally, using your phone as a modem drains the battery extremely quickly and while the temperature increased 5°C from idle, it was well within the limits of the device. So how'd the battery do? Turns out, very well. After about 30 minutes of browsing the web on the laptop (consuming 26.6MB and uploading 3.41MB of data), the battery was down 3% or about an hour of 'estimated time remaining'. Translation: Battery life is not significantly impacted by tethering. Win x2.

Finally, range of the phone as a wireless router was looked at with a surprising result. Even at 82 feet away, a considerable distance, the signal maintained a connection, even though it was very low in strength. More importantly, web pages loaded just as quick as if the phone was next to the PC. Mind you, the Focus was transmitting through the house at this point with the author in his yard. Win x3.

Conclusion? Even though most of us can't yet get internet sharing on our Windows Phone, the feature seems to be top notch, with it performing better than expected from such an option. Here's hoping for some quick fixes by OEMs or some new phones pronto.

Check out the full write up at WP Down Under.

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3 years ago

iOS 5 vs the Windows Phone Mango update

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We'll just leave this funny little result here from Engadget. Looks like Cupertino has some problems on their hands with lots of "issues" going on tonight. See TiPB for more. (Of course we can't gloat too much, after all, having your servers hammered that much isn't necessarily a bad sign for your market share, is it?)

Oh and if you want, go vote now.

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3 years ago

Microsoft's giving away Windows Phones to those frustrated with BlackBerry

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In another great publicity stunt, Microsoft, via Windows Phone evangelist Ben Rudolph, is giving away 25 Windows Phones to those with the best BlackBerry stories of why they are frustrated with the company and their phones.

In case you didn't know, RIM is undergoing some serious issues right now with their BES Email and BIS service, where customers are experiencing major issues world-wide. It's been so bad that the company had to hold a press conference to address that matter (and which did little to alleviate any concern). Needless to say, this is doing nothing for RIM's image nor their plummeting market share and stock.

So it's nice to see Microsoft taking a dig by trying to get a few users to switch over. While 25 is nice, we say Microsoft should aim a little higher though, to really drive the nail in. But that's us.

Read all the coverage on the RIM outage here at our sister site, Crackberry.com

Source: @BenThePCGuy; via @BillCox/@manan

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3 years ago

Board Express gets a major update to version 2.5

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For those of you who use Board Express, the Tapatalk client (site) which enables you to effortlessly browse and post to forums, you'll be glad to know that after an eternity, they've finally released a major update with bug fixes galore. It's last major update was in February with 2.0.The bad news, as seems to be the theme today, is it is not Mango-ready.

Still, lets not knock all the major fixes that are on board, which will hopefully resolve most of the problems some folks have been having:

  • myBB support
  • Prior to opening a forum, for security reasons, the whole path to the forum will be displayed
  • to open a link, you have to double click on it. This prevents undesired browsing to a link
  • SMF => username and account name fix
  • A fix for entering a reply: sometimes while entering a character, the last one got deleted.
  • direct registration possible for a new forum (in a web browser)
  • announcements
  • deletion of threads
  • bug-fix for reports => didn't show the reported text
  • Fix for not showing the username after login
  • MessageBox "Do you really want to Exit" can be disabled
  • Fix for some wrong error messages
  • Possibility to turn on Confirmation prior to submitting a new post or a reply (Standard: deactivated)
  • fix for attachments-text not showing using dark skins

Hopefully a v2.6 is right around the corner with fast-app switching and the ability to pin individual forums to your Start screen, 'cause that would be awesome. And as you can probably see from the video above, Board Express works really well with the WPCentral Forums, meaning you can take 'em with you when out and about, plus post just like you were at your PC. Just load up the app and search for our site and you're in. Grab the Pro version (ad free) here for $2.99 with a free trial or just try the free, ad-supported version here.

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3 years ago

IM+ v1.7 now available but still not Mango ready

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The good news is an updated version of IM+, version 1.7, has just gone live in the Marketplace. The bad news is this is not the Mango-updated version, despite earlier reports from SHAPE Services themselves on the matter.

So what is new?

  • Fast start, scrolling and contact searching;
  • New Yahoo features: "Show address book contacts" and "Logout from all location".

"Fast start" sounds a bit promising and indeed, the app does start and load a tad faster, though we can't help but imagine a Mango version would, you know feel even better (plus that fast-app resume is desperately needed). The contact searching feature is also a great option and scrolling seems a bit smoother to us as well.

We'll reach out to SHAPE Services and see what they have to say about the missing-Mango version. Grab the Pro version here in the Marketplace.

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