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3 years ago

MyCraigsAds updated to v2.5 with Mango support

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MyCraigsAds has been updated to version 2.5, which brings with it support for Mango.  The new version also brings along a couple new features, toast alerts and the ability to add live tiles.  We gave the previous version a solid 7.0 rating back in November, and the new features only adds to it.  If you are looking for a Craigs List app, check it out.

You can pick it up in the Marketplace for a reasonable $1.99 by clicking here with a free trial. There's also a free, lite version here.

via WPCentral Forums

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3 years ago

Sonic 4 Mango update turns the music back on

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The arrival of the Mango update has been a great thing for Windows Phone Xbox Live gamers, with a few exceptions. Specifically, Twin Blades couldn’t run on Mango until it got patched, and Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I began to experience a nasty sound bug. Thankfully Sonic 4 received a Mango update today that fixes things right up.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I version 1.1 release notes

  • Added Fast App Switching support
  • Fixed sound bug that occurred when players earned an extra life, causing the music to stop

Sonic 4 is a great touch-screen platformer that captures nearly all of the magic of its console counterpart. Now that its tunes are working properly again, fans of the blue hedgehog can step into his shoes and thwart Dr. Eggman’s plans as intended. If you haven’t played the game yet, give our review a look.

Sonic 4 costs $6.99 and there is a free trial. Pick it up here on the Marketplace. To learn about Sonic CD, the follow up/prequel to Sonic 4, check out our developer interview.

Thanks to Mark Tepper for the tip!

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3 years ago

NFC already supported in Windows Phone 7.5 [Updated]

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Near field communication (NFC) is certainly one of the bigger technologies to come out in mobile phones in the last year, but its mainstream appeal won't become evident till 2012. Whether or not Windows Phone currently supports it though has not been well understood. While Microsoft (and Nokia) have made it  clear that NFC is on their roadmap, we don't know if if and when that will happen.

Now in an interview with TechRadar, Will Coleman, developer evangelist and product manager at Microsoft UK, has stated that our current OS does have NFC on board but no OEM has added it to their hardware yet:

"As far as I'm aware, NFC is supported by [Windows Phone], but needs to be enabled by the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer). So, if any OEM wants to enable it, that can be done by all means. Think it's about just about timing, in the not too distant future there are some exciting things that will be coming through with NFC from Microsoft."

That is certainly interesting. We can of course speculate why no one has added NFC including lack of wide-spread support, Microsoft has yet to roll out any supporting services and cost-reduction in devices. Of course to our enthusiasts out there, no reason would be satisfactory.

Even Keith Varty, head of apps and partnerships for Nokia has chimed in on the matter:

"NFC isn't an if, it's a when, it will happen. Obviously there's no NFC on our launch devices, so it's difficult to comment too much on that, but the main divisions between secure and non-secure [NFC] mean there's bags of opportunity for the technology [on our phones] especially with so many operators launching services. We need to get a [Windows Phone] device into the marketplace with NFC capabilities, and when we do we can really start to showcase our services".

For some of us, the benefit of NFC is a bit weak right now without any official services to support--we don't have a Google Wallet and 'beaming' still looks like a ways off. But we think the next round for Nokia and other OEMs should finally see NFC being added and used to a significant degree.

Updated: There once again looks to be some confusion around this issue and we're now being told that NFC is not currently supported in Windows Phone 7.5 but of course that it is coming in 2012--obviously there is some nitty-gritty tech bits that are being glossed over, but Microsoft is taking the line that it is not currently on board in any form. Take that as you will. From Microsoft:

"While Near Field Communications is not currently supported on Windows Phone 7.5, it is coming. We expect NFC-enabled Windows Phone devices to ship within the next year."

Source: TechRadar; via Windows Phone Metro; Thanks, Steven S, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Thanks to divine intervention, two games coming to Xbox Live next week

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We’ve already mentioned that our friends at IronSun Studios (that’s SUN, not SON) will be releasing Battlewagon on Xbox Live next week. But that is only half of next week’s story. WPCentral is proud to announce that there will be two Xbox Live releases on December 14!  Joining Battlewagon will be Doodle God, from the fine folks at JoyBits.

Doodle God surprisingly doesn’t have much to do with doodles, but it’s got the god part pretty well covered. Players take on the role of a creator by combining numerous elements to create even more elements. Discovering every element will take lots of time and creativity. It’s like chemistry, but fun!

Interestingly, Doodle God was previously available as an indie title but has now been removed from the Marketplace - just like IonBall disappearing when IonBallEX came out. Doodle God is also the second Xbox Live title from a Russian developer, following last month’s strange and addictive Farm Frenzy 2.

Doodle God and Battlewagon will both be available on Wednesday, December 14. Each game will cost $2.99. You can try the free Flash version of Doodle God right now.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 710 begins global roll out

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We've seen leaked images of the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 and now Nokia has officially announced that their latest Windows Phone is available today in Taiwan and shipping to Singapore, Hong Kong, India and Russia within the next seven days. The global roll-out will expand to other markets in the coming weeks.

T-Mobile is still scheduled to hold an event in New York on December 14th which will be a shocker if it's not about the Lumia 710.

The Lumia 710 will sport a 3.7" screen, 5mp camera, 8GB of storage and weighs in at 4.4 ounces. Like the Lumia 800, the 710 lacks a front facing camera.  The Lumia 710 will also sport swappable battery covers so you can personalize things a bit.  

Estimated retail price is 270 Euro (about $361 US).

source: Nokia

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3 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: Security Toolkit

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While it has practical applications, Security Toolkit for your Windows Phone is just a neat app to play with. It turns your Windows Phone into a mobile security system with alarms and surveillance abilities.  To do so, Security Toolkit makes use of your Windows Phone camera, microphone and Wifi.

Security Toolkit does go beyond the coolness factor by offering you a discreet, mobile security system.  While I can see Security Toolkit being featured on Hawaii Five-O to help McGarrett solve the next big case it can easily be used in every day adventures.  The motion camera can be used to see who's been sneaking into the break room refrigerator or while traveling to help keep an eye on your hotel room. The remote camera can be used to monitor your children playing in another room or for use as a baby monitor.  The motion alarm can be used to keep your Windows Phone safe from curious hands.  

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3 years ago

Windows Phone ad focuses on the Samsung Omnia W

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There's a new Windows Phone advertisement out on Youtube that is highlighting the Samsung Omnia W that hit overseas markets late last month. The Omnia W succeeds the Omnia 7 and is basically the overseas version of the AT&T Samsung Focus Flash.

The minute long ad focuses on the Super AMOLED screen of the Omnia W and covers key features of the Windows Phone platform including the Peoples Hub, SkyDrive, Video Calling and gaming. It's a nice looking advertisement that not only shows you the capabilities of a Windows Phone but also the wide range of consumers the Omnia W can appeal to.

via: wmpoweruser

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3 years ago

AT&T stores stepping up advertising a tad?

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AT&T is in a tight pickle around this site: they're at once awesome, for having the Focus S, Titan and Flash in addition to being the largest carrier in the US. That's good for Windows Phone. On the other hand, they tend be a bit sloppy sometimes and at their support for Microsoft has been bit under whelming (but we're a bit biased here too).

Some of that may be changing. We've seen some effective commercials, they do have plans for Nokia and though their stores are a bit haphazard, at least we now see some in-store promotion going on. From this pic from reader Jeff B., we can see AT&T pushing the $25-app card that Microsoft is sponsoring for new phone purchases.

Game changer? No. But we think AT&T is trying here so we'll give a tiny golf clap. Let us know if you see anything similar in your local AT&T store. Now give us an epic Titan commercial and we'll be happy ;-)

Thanks, Jeff, for the report!

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3 years ago

Fujitsu IS12T receives 7740 update too

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Remember the Fujitsu IS12T? The funky, totally unique Windows Phone sold primarily in Japan has been the envy for many of us but has been overshadowed in recent months (mostly due to Nokia, ahem).

Not to be forgotten, Fujitsu and KDDI have announced that the 7740 OS update should be hitting that phone basically right now. We're told that since IS12T doesn't have voicemail in the traditional sense, that aspect of the OS update is negligible here. So only the Exchange 2003 bug fix is really all users will be getting--which makes us wonder why US carriers are so trigger-shy about rolling out here.

For the record, the IS12T is the only Windows Phone with 32GB of memory on board, a 3.7" screen, 13.2 MP camera and is waterproof. That's right, it's a super phone. It's also had three previous software updates, meaning Fujitsu seems keen on keeping it in shape. Now excuse us as we think about buying one...

via: Nanapho

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3 years ago

Santa Claus shows up in France; brings giant Nokia Lumia 800 and joy to the world [More Photos]

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Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, and this year he's bringing you a Giant frickin' Windows Phone. On the Champs Elysees in Paris, France, there has arrived a 30 foot tall Nokia Lumia 800 (which we told you about earlier). We've gotten a few more photos from the event unfolding just off of the main street, and it turns out that the phone does indeed bring peace and joy to the masses; Santa Claus himself is the star of the show for each person that comes up to see the magnificent display. Children are accompanied by parents as they all file through and call, text or video chat with Santa Claus himself right up on the big screen. WP7 has scored a double-win in their market this month: parents get a chance to make thier kids excrutiatingly happy with each mega-sized phone call, and they also get to check out the latest new smartphone offerings from Nokia.

The innards of the giant phone remind us a bit of the 55 foot tall Windows Phone that was put on display in New York City. While passers-by only see a giant working screen (because yes, this is a real, live, working Mango phone out there), behind the scenes is a myriad of technicians, computers, engineers and one jolly St. Nick working to make every transition, phone call, text message and video call as enjoyable (and fluid) as possible. Away from the giant phone is a display-walkway of other more easily-grasped phones for people to try out, and we can't forget Santa's Helpers milling about and answering people's questions as they stop to look.

Now if only Santa would grant my wish and bring a Nokia Lumia 800 to my house this year. It doesn't even have to be a big one, I'll take anything! Hit the break to see a few more photos from the structure's first night alive in the city, and let it sink in that Santa really can make dreams come true.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone still struggling Down Under

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While we've seen our fair share of sloppy marketing of Windows Phone by carriers here in the States, Australia seems to be taking it on the chin. We've mentioned the weak marketing efforts with stores continuing to push out other handsets and now it looks like Australia's largest carrier isn't making life easy for the Windows Phone either.

Madprops.org tried to purchase a Windows Phone from Telstra online and had some surprising results. It seems if you go to Telstra's website to buy a Windows Phone it's not the easiest task around. Telstra does give Windows Phones a category of their own and while Windows Phones are eligible for the penny shipping only one model is available online. The HTC HD7.

To buy the phone you have to choose a wireless plan (Small, Medium, Large and X-Large) that are listed just below the HD7 listing. But when you pull up the plans, the HD7 is no where in sight.  It would appear the only way to buy a Windows Phone from Telstra is to find a store that has one in stock.  Online, Telstra has the Windows Phones doing a vanishing act.

And Telstra isn't alone.  Optus lists the platform as Windows 7, not Windows Phone 7.  Even when the Australian online mobile retailer MobiCity offers a Windows Phone (the Lumia 800) they incorrectly advertise it as having extra memory options.  While the effort should be recognized, it shouldn't be this hard.

While we've seen some great promotions on Windows Phone by manufacturers such as Nokia (as we've seen in Paris and Hong Kong) and HTC.  Even Microsoft has done a good job at promotion with the Spend the Night Tour and sponsoring events like we saw on the Ellen Degeneres Show.  But where Microsoft appears to be lacking is with the carriers.  Somehow they need to light a fire under the carriers retail wing and get them excited about promoting Windows Phones as everyone else is.

Source: madprops

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3 years ago

Tele2 offering HTC Radar with Xbox 360s + Forza for 244 SEK

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For those of you on Tele2 looking for a killer deal, may we direct your attention towards this offer for the HTC Radar? The Swedish based carrier evidently just got the Radar in stock and they're going all out by offering it for 244 SEK a month (on a 24 month contract) and they'll also throw in an Xbox 360 Slim plus the popular game Forza. Huzzah!

This isn't the first time we've seen Xbox 360's given away with Windows Phone--in fact Singapore offered free gaming systems to the first 100 people who bought the Lumia 800. The HTC Radar, while a mid-range phone, is one of favorites around here at WPCentral (see review), so we recommend those even with the slightest interest to perhaps take a close look at this deal.

Source: Tele2; via WINgadget.se; Thanks, Peter A., for the tip!

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3 years ago

Unlocked Lumia 800 now available at Australia's MobiCity

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Australia's online mobile retailer MobiCity is now offering the Nokia Lumia 800 for $679.  The unlocked handset can be used on Optus, Telstra, Vodaphone and Three.  It carries a 12-month warranty, though an extended one can be added at the time of purchase.  In addition to the standard accessories, MobiCity is offering a free gift, which includes your choice of a case, screen protector, car charger, or free gift wrapping.  You can also opt for a discounted Jawbone Prime headset instead.

Note: They have an "add extra memory" option but don't fooled, the Lumia 800 cannot take additional memory cards to expand memory.

Click the source link below to order.

Source: MobiCity (Thanks for the tip, James!)

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3 years ago

Lync Mobile for Windows Phone shows up in Marketplace but you can't have it yet

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We know that Lync Mobile for Windows Phone or just 'Lync 2010' is wanted by many, being one of the most anticipated apps this year. In fact, we saw it in action at Nokia World and heard a few weeks ago that its availability was imminent. By allowing workers to stay connected via the mobile phones, employees can now easily initiate conference calls, meetings and keep in touch all within the tightly controlled Microsoft Lync system for enterprise.

So it's a good sign that we've been able to actually see it in the Windows Phone Marketplace but alas, you can't actually download it just yet. Evidently, if you click on a meeting request URL in Internet Explorer 9 on your phone, you get the above dialog screen, asking if you want to download the app. You are then taken to the Marketplace where the app description and screenshots are visible.

In other words, Microsoft has the deep linking already in motion for Lync Mobile, they're just waiting for the go ahead to actually publish. Massive teaser, yes. But at least you know you should have this app well before Christmas.

via: Matt Landis at WindowsPBX; More on Lync Mobile from Microsoft

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 Accessories sheet leaked

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We're already aware of the upcoming T-Mobile/Nokia event (we'll be there), and that the Lumia 710 is making its way to the U.S. thanks to an FCC manual, but in case there's any doubt left in some minds it's certainly clear by looking at the above image that the handset is making it's way onto T-Mobile's network. What will remain to be seen is if any other announcements will be made. Nokia is yet to hit the U.S. with a promotion campaign to the likes of what we've witnessed in Europe (especially the UK).

T-Mobile looks set to push accessories (as expected) when they launch the Lumia 710, but will you be picking one up or going with the HTC Radar?

Source: The Verge

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