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3 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: Time After Time

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Time After Time is an interesting reminder app for your Windows Phone. The app not only lets you set reminders for tasks, events and other what nots but also helps you manage re-occurring items or events that you may want to keep track of. Such as changing the oil in your car, taking your wife out to dinner, or treating your kids to a zoo trip.

Time After Time is a very clean looking app that utilizes tiles for quick reference to your tasks/events, offers five color themes, and a menu page gives you access to a list view, about screen and instructions page.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Central 147 - Verizon, Sprint, Nokia and Windows Phone 8

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We're back for another exciting chat on all things Windows Phone. This week we catch up with Rafael, Jay and myself for the last two-weeks of exciting Windows Phone news including a Verizon Nokia phone, Sprint going on hiatus, what September 5th will bring and the disappointing Sally's Spa. Tune in as we agree and disagree plus take your questions.

HD video and show notes after the break...

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3 years ago

Windows 8 RTM now available to DreamSpark Premium members

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We usually don’t cover these types of stories, especially since there will be many, many avenues for Windows 8 Desktop to become available over the next few weeks, but what the heck.

If you’re a DreamSpark Premium member e.g. a college student or professor engaged in science, math, engineering or other programs sponsored through the DreamSpark program. Earlier prediction via Neowin suggested the 25th was the release date, so it's a bit early. Still, if you’re a DSP member, head here to grab your order. Thanks, Jey Si, for the tip

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3 years ago

Controlling ad content with the Microsoft Personal Data Dashboard Beta

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3 years ago

Samsung and HTC changing strategies for Windows Phone. We look at who wins and who loses.

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Although Windows Phone 8 is not quite yet here, the ever-dynamic smartphone industry is once again churning and there are some big changes coming.

Today we’ve seen two stories that will both have an impact on Windows Phone--one about Samsung, the other about HTC--and we’ll see what that will mean for consumers this fall.

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3 years ago

Microsoft reduces the price of the Xbox 360 Kinect sensor amid soft console market

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Microsoft’s Xbox 360 needs only one thing to make it happy, a Kinect sensor. The news announced today is that Microsoft’s 'eyes and ears' into your living room is now getting a permanent price drop to US $109.99 (previous price was $130 USD).

There is no explanation for the price adjustment though presumably it has to do with reduced production costs and slowing sales (see the AJC report on the slowdown in the gaming industry). We’re going take it the Major just wants to give more of us the chance to jump up and down and shout at our TV sets. What a nice chap!

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3 years ago

Microsoft's Windows Phone monthly photo contest

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Microsoft's Windows Phone Monthly Photo Contest - Pets

While there have been a few hits and misses, for the most part our Windows Phone cameras have helped many capture some fantastic photos. In recognition of our Windows Phone photographic talent, Microsoft has launched a monthly photo contest.

Winning photos will be featured on the Windows Phone Blog and across Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest channels. Each month a photo theme will be tapped with the first month asking for pet photo submissions.

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3 years ago

Xbox Live's Shoot 1UP blasts its way to the Marketplace

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As expected, the Xbox Live for Windows Phone game Shoot 1UP landed in the Marketplace this morning. The vertically scrolling shoot-em up game from Mommy's Best Games and Microsoft Studios was first spotted at E3 and made a nice first impression.

Shoot 1UP's claim to fame is that unlike other shoot-em up games where you battle the enemy with one ship, Shoot 1UP allows players to build up groups of ships to take on the enemy at the same time. Instead of earning extra lives, you earn extra ships.

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3 years ago

Latest Nokia Lumia 900 gives the camera a boost and we have the pics to prove it

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The Windows Phone Tango update brought a few minor improvements to our Windows Phone but it may have served up the most noticeable improvements with the Nokia Lumia 900, well specifically Nokia's firmware that came with the update. Out of the box, we weren't' overly excited about the Lumia 900's camera performance. Comparatively, the HTC Titan II's camera was a joy to use and was rather impressive.

Enter the Windows Phone Tango update. It included a Nokia firmware component for the Lumia 900 that tweaked the camera just enough to elevate the camera's performance from "lacking" to "rather nice" status. The HTC Titan II still rules but you won't be cringing every time you take a photo with your Lumia 900, hoping things come out right.

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3 years ago

Games development for Windows Phone 8 gets boost with confirmed Unity Engine Support

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The keynote address for Unite 12 has seen the announcement that Windows Phone 8 will get full support for the Unity engine.  Unity is a very popular engine and it was notably absent from the Windows Phone 8 announcement. The next version of the OS looks to be getting some excellent gaming support with native code and these powerful rendering engines.

The engine is used to power a host of games across and number of platforms and hopefully this means rapid porting of those games to WP8 devices. Unity is one of the top engines on the market so this support is pretty exciting for Windows Phone. 

Here is what David Helgason, CEO of Unity Technologies, had to say on Windows Phone 8.

 “Our mission at Unity has always been to provide solutions for developers to effortlessly bring their work to as many different platforms as possible. The Unity community has been asking for access to Windows Phones and have been eagerly anticipating the release of Windows 8. We’re happy to announce that we will support both.”

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review - Dream Sleuth

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Dream Sleuth isn't your run of the mill Windows Phone game. It's part I SPY, part puzzle game, and party mystery novel. You play the role of Catherine, who must figure out all the clues to a mystery through her dreams.

Dream Sleuth start out a little on the slow side but once you get into the game portion of the adventure, it picks up a little steam.

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3 years ago

Report: Verizon will have a new Nokia Windows Phone 8 device later this year

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Finally coming this fall?

Bloomberg is going on record tonight claiming that Verizon will launch a new Windows Phone 8 device this year from Nokia. The online news site generally has a strict policy on reporting these types of stories, lending a lot of credence to its trust-worthiness (81% on Tracour)—that and of course it’s basically what we’re expecting to hear.

News that Verizon will be launching a Nokia Windows Phone is not very shocking—in fact, it may have been more news if they weren’t at this point. Verizon was critical of Windows Phone for not having LTE early on and then evidently they caught wind of the Windows Phone 7 phase-out with new, more powerful ‘Apollo’ devices.

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3 years ago

Sprint says goodbye to the HTC Arrive with no new Windows Phone in sight

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Good night, sweet prince: HTC Arrrive 2011-2012

We reported a few weeks ago that Sprint threw down the flag on the venerable HTC Arrive, giving the device end-of-life (EOL) status.  Now tonight, we can sadly report that Sprint has all but wiped the device from its online site, making the Arrive officially a has-been. Store availability is expected to be very limited with only replacement devices available for order.

Launched in March 2011 the Arrive was Sprint’s only Windows Phone offered on the CDMA network and the only other Windows Phone with a horizontal physical keyboard (the other being the LG Quantum), carving itself a nice little niche for itself. Though slightly bulky with an underwhelming LCD screen (as was common with Gen 1 devices), the phone has a loyal following and some of the highest satisfaction ratings from customers...

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3 years ago

Apple on the Nokia Lumia in court “Not every smartphone needs to look like an iPhone."

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Your honor, we present Exhibit A

Today are the closing arguments in the highly watched Apple versus Samsung patent trial, meaning there is a lot of ‘Law & Order’ type drama occurring. Or at least that’s what we like to believe in reading the many live-blogs that are covering the case right now.

Probably one of the most entertaining moments came from Apple’s lawyers who were presenting their final case to the jury. At around 1:38 PM PT their lawyer, Harold McElhinny, evidently held up a unspecified Nokia Lumia Windows Phone and exclaimed...

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3 years ago

Nokia teases PureView for Windows Phone but what would it look like?

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The Nokia PureView 808

It’s a big question whether or not Nokia’s upcoming lineup will feature any PureView technology in it. While it’s nice to dream of a 41MP camera alongside Windows Phone 8, we’re holding down our excitement until we learn more because so far we have seen little to make us believe otherwise.

Now, the Nokia team (via Twitter) have teased users with the following exchange between themselves and Philip G. He was asking and hoping for some PureView love in the next Lumia series form Nokia. Nokia replied with the following:

“Just keep your eyes and ears open in the next coming weeks....”

That certainly seems like a reference to the joint Microsoft announcement that Nokia is hosting in a few weeks here in New York.  From our own sources, we’ve been leaning towards no PureView device this time but instead slightly further down the road, as Nokia plans to release numerous Windows Phones over the next year.

With Nokia’s tweet though, we could be looking at something sooner. But the question for us is What is PureView exactly?

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