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3 years ago

Nokia bringing "a number of phones" to Canada in early 2012

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It was but yesterday that we were lamenting the state of Windows Phone in Canada and wondering when we might hear about some Gen-2 devices heading that way.  Apparently, in all of the Nokia World hub-bub on October 26, we missed that Nokia Canada held a media event of their own in Toronto, showcasing the Lumia 710 and Lumia 800.  According to Richard White, General Manager of Nokia Canada, who was at the event, both Lumias (and possibly other Nokia handsets) should hit Canadian shelves in early 2012.

“We’ll have a number of Windows Phone devices, these or similarly spec’d devices, from multiple carriers available to Canadians in early 2012″

White did not elaborate on what models would be available, nor did he provide a specific timetable for their arrival.  He simply noted that Nokia is "working hard to make sure they’re here as soon as possible”.  That should be refreshing news to anyone who was worried about the Canadian coldspell.

Source: MobileSyrup, Thanks for the tip, Marcus!

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3 years ago

Rain Will Fall heading to the Marketplace

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Rain Will Fall is a new game in development for your Windows Phone that will feature real time, multi-player mode. With the multi-player mode you can play against other Rain Will Fall players anywhere at anytime.

The game will also feature two game modes, Story and Mission along with online leaderboards. Just from the trailer Rain Will Fall comes across as a fast paced, fantasy game for your Windows Phone.

No word on pricing and according to the developer, we should see Rain Will Fall in the Marketplace sometime next week.

Thanks goes out to Tishawn for sharing this tip!

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3 years ago

Student "idea of the week" competition with Amazon gift card prize

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The Windows Phone team is choosing a winner per-week, through December 25th, for the best app idea that's designed through Sketchflow and published online. To be in with a chance to win the prize one week, you need to be a student and have an idea for an innovative and unique app. Follow the following steps to enter your name (and app) into the hat:

  • Sign up for DreamSpark, get Expression Studio (free of charge for students from the DreamSpark site) and the Sketchflow Template for Windows Phone
  • Create a Sketchflow prototype of your app idea and post the prototype online
  • Tweet out the link to your prototype using the hashtag "#wpappitup". For example, "Check out my idea, UltimateApp, at http://www.findyourcolony.com #wpappitup"

Two winners have been announced already; Johnny Simmons with GPSTreasueHunt and Carlos Barreto with LevelThroughCamera. Be sure to check out the rules for the competition and note that this is not available for those who reside in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.

Source: Windows Phone Developer Blog

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3 years ago

Microsoft's Mango Truck is making the rounds in New York City

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Who say's Microsoft isn't being creative or trying to market Windows Phone? On Monday they put a 55 foot giant Windows Phone in Herald Square, threw two hit parties and now there's an official Mango-truck making the rounds of AT&T stores.  From site fan electricbopeep, who was kind enough to send us these pics:

"After I recovered from the pleasant shock of such a sight, I asked the driver for the details. According to him, the truck will be making stops at ATT stores to celebrate the release of Mango hardware. The truck is serving mango-inspired street food to get everyone in the Mango spirit. Definitely more evidence of Microsoft's big marketing push - what a difference a year makes!"

Agreed. Microsoft is not only promoting their OS, they're doing in unique, eye-catching ways. We applaud. Heck, we saw the Radar 4G commercial on Xbox-Hulu last night too. Refreshing change and we're hoping to see even more from Microsoft in the coming weeks.

By the way, you can follow the Mango Truck here on Twitter: @CafeMangoToGo and see where they will be next!

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3 years ago

Rainbow Rapture gets an ad-free paid version

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We're big fans of Rainbow Rapture (see video and app spotlight), the free game about a rapacious cloud/rainbow who decides to devour humanity. It has catchy music, smooth graphics, achievements and online scores. What's not to love?

Well, ads.

While ads keep a game free, sometimes we're okay with paying for an app to not have 'em and so Rainbow Rapture Free now has a kid brother for a $1.49--ad free and now cloud has some interesting rants while chowing on the peeps.

If all of this sound enticing, then head here for the new paid, ad-free version. Of course the free version is still available too.

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3 years ago

Nokia reveals plans to help developers

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Nokia has unravelled plans to attract developers to the Windows Phone platform in collaboration with Microsoft. Keith Varty, head of apps and partnerships at Nokia, told The Inquirer that the game has changed since the partnership between the two companies was formed. Microsoft already has a superb connection with new and established developers, something that Nokia can look to build ontop of.

Varty continues to explain that the manufacturer will offer marketing support to developers, and ways to reach new markets where the company has a strong presence, such as China and the far East. He moves onto say that Nokia is working with Microsoft to create a programme that will help developers translate apps for these multiple markets.

Nokia won't be abandoning those who are closer to home, however. For starters, the manufacturer will run a number of UK based workshops, which will target Symbian and Nokia developers. We've already witnessed what the Finnish phone maker can do with some funds for promotion and product advertising, so it'll be interesting to see how this partnership grows with the software giant.

Source: The Inquirer

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3 years ago

Seesmic bumped to v2.0 with Mango support

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Seesmic, the popular social networking client for Windows Phone, has been updated to version 2.0 and finally adds Mango support. Quick resume and performance improvements join the introduction of multiple live tiles, which will allow the user to pin Twitter timelines (and more) to the home screen. Should this app be too feature-rich for your liking, there are more simplistic solutions available such as Mehdoh.

You can download Seesmic from the Marketplace.

Via: WMPU

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3 years ago

Compass VO - Mango App Spotlight

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Compass VO - Mango App Spotlight

Here's a neat compass app for your Windows Phone. Compass VO is a mango app that uses your internal digital compass as well as your Windows Phone camera to guide you around the great outdoors.

The compass display has multiple themes that include:

  • Orienteering
  • Digital
  • Cardinal Rose
  • Metro Graphic
  • Night

In addition to multiple themes you can tap into your Windows Phone camera to take a photo of your map and use it as the background to the compass display. With the multiple themes and camera integration, Compass VO is a nice compass app for your Windows Phone. The only issue I encountered while testing out the app is calibrating your compass.

When you run Compass VO, you will be prompted to calibrate your Windows Phone compass by holding the phone in front of you and moving it in a Figure-8 pattern. Sometimes calibration kicks in after the first lap while other times your arm just about falls out of socket trying to achieve calibration.

All in all, if you're looking for a compass app for your Windows Phone Compass VO is worth a try. It's a free Mango application and you can download it here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

HTC releases custom version of Tango video app too

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Early this morning we reported on how Samsung released a v1.1 of the new Tango video-chat app and now HTC has followed suit as well.

We're not sure what exactly is different between this and the generic Tango app outside of the version change. The app description suggest it integrates with the People Hub but we haven't see that just yet (though perhaps they mean it looks up your contacts.) But what we do know is that HTC and Samsung both have worked closely with Tango on this app, meaning these specialized versions probably have some device-specific tweaks in them to make 'em work better.

Of course as noted in the description, this is only for the Radar and Titan, so we're assuming they're optimized for those phones.

Grab Tango for HTC v1.1 here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone - You are what you app

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Windows Phone's Facebook page has a new gadget. The "You are what you app" gadget allows you to pin your friends to a virtual Windows Phone and app tiles to complete phrases.

You have fifteen templates that range from "Did you hear (insert Friend) won't (insert app) or (insert app) unless no one is looking?" to "If I was younger, I'd (insert app) more, (insert app) less, and (insert app) about as much as I do now."  There is also a free-form template where you add the text to the story board tiles.

You have access to ten categories of apps and access to your Facebook Friends to complete the story. You can even click on the pre-set tiles to modify the text. Once you're done, you can share your creation with all your Facebook buddies.

Only downside to this gadget is the WPCentral app isn't on the list of tiles you can use. You can find the "You are what you app" feature here at the Windows Phone Facebook page.

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3 years ago

AT&T Samsung Focus Flash - Review

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AT&T Samsung Focus Flash - Review

As far as Windows Phones are concerned, Samsung has enjoyed a good bit of success with the Focus. The company recently released two new Windows Phones they hope will enjoy the same amount of success, the Focus S and Focus Flash. We first turn our sites first to the Focus Flash.

The Focus Flash is one of the more compact Windows Phones available and follows the same design of Samsung's successful, overseas Windows Phone the Omnia 7. Sporting a 3.7" Super AMOLED screen the build quality of the Flash is very good and the phone fits snugly in your hand. While the Flash makes a very good first impression, the compact size may not appeal to everyone. There's not a lot of elbow room with the on-screen keyboard and I often found myself activating the Search or Back Button when I held the phone too tightly.

Another concern with the Flash is the amount of storage space available. The Flash is fitted with 8GB of storage and once you've loaded all the software, only 6.33GB of storage remains. Many will find this unappealing in that they will have to be more selective on what is loaded onto the Flash.

The performance, build quality and price does make the Flash an attractive Windows Phone but the reservations illustrate what may be the state of Windows Phones today. There simply isn't a bad phone out there, it's just a matter of finding which fits your needs, budget or tastes the best. If you like a more compact feel to your Windows Phone and storage isn't an issue, the Flash will do nicely.

To read more on the Flash, follow the break.

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3 years ago

Microsoft launches "I love you guys" marketing campaign in India

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Microsoft has launched a new website "I love you guys", which highlights the social functionality and integration of Windows Phone. This marketing effort is a follow up on their recent launch in India last month. Visitors are able to connect to their Facebook account to pull down friends and organise parties among other events.

The above intro video provides a humorous look on how friends can be terrible liars, via a HTC Radar. Anyone else notice a slight confusion in terms of UI?

via: WinRumors

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3 years ago

Samsung releases Wireless Manager app

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Samsung releases Wireless Manager app

Not exactly the most exciting app to hit the Samsung Zone, but if you need call forwarding on the new Focus S or Flash, you'll want to make sure you grab this.

"Wireless Manager allows Samsung Windows Phone users to easily apply settings for call forwarding, call waiting and APN."

Hey, we just said that Mr. app description! The program won't work on the Focus/Cetus. Those users are instructed to use the already exiting Network Profile app.

Grab Wireless Manager here in the Samsung Zone.

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3 years ago

Fox News app updated to v3.0 for Mango

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The official Fox News app has been updated for Mango, complete with fast-app switching.  The new 3.0 version also lets you pin multiple live tiles to the start screen.  Tiles can be created for Fox News shows or news categories.  We thiink it's a pretty slick app, but we only report...you decide.

You can get it here, spin-free; Thanks for the tip, Steve!

PS Do us a solid and keep comments political-free on this one, m'kay?

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3 years ago

DFT releases version 2 of their Freedom ROM, brings tethering to all

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For those who are into the whole custom ROM scene--a small but dedicated crowd--you'll be excited to know that DFT have finally released their v2 of their Freedom ROM. We reported back in October that this was in the works and Dark Forces Team has come through, as usual.

This version has quite a few suprises on board including:

  • Support for 20 languages
  • Internet sharing for gen 1 HTC devices
  • Updated HTC XAPs from Titan/Radar
  • Fully unlock with IE download XAP

The ROM is only available for generation 1 HTC devices e.g. Trophy, HD7, Mozart, 7 Pro and Surround) that are GSM. However, the team has noted that they are working on a CDMA versions for our Trophy and Arrive friends too.

While not for the casual user, custom ROMs offer some unique benefits including the ability to have tethering enabled. If you want to brave those waters, head over to XDA Forums for more info.

Thanks, Chris P for the heads up!

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