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3 years ago

GroupMe looking for Windows Phone users in NY on 2/16

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Queue "Eye Of The Tiger," as it looks like group-texting app GroupMe is looking to make a comeback to Windows Phone.  The developers have put out a call across the Twittersphere for Windows Phone users in New York to do some testing on the evening of February 16.  GroupMe first cropped up in the Marketplace in July, and a month later, it was announced that it had been bought out by Skype (pronounced: Microsoft).  There was very little action post-announcement, until a major update was announced in December.  However, since then, GroupMe has been MIA from the Marketplace. 

There are no details on what is on the horizon for February 16, but if you want to be a guinea pig for GroupMe, you can sign up directly here, or via the source link.

Source: GroupMe (via Twitter); Thanks for the tip, Travis!

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3 years ago

Rocket Riot gets explosive new update with Mango bonuses

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One of our favorite Xbox LIVE games for Windows Phone, Rocket Riot, has received quite a major update a few days ago with version 1.4. We've reached out to the devs at Code Glu for a specific changelog but they're off having croissants or something, so we're winging it:

  • New icon - The old Rocket guys are gone and instead we have...rockets. Makes sense.
  • Two ringtones - We love when devs do this and Rocket Riot certainly has one of the most addicting (borderline annoying) theme songs in history. We're not actually crazy enough to use these to spare our sanity, but we're pretty excited that they're on board
  • Pin campaign to your homescreen - quick access to your campaign, perfect!
  • Rated E10+ (Everyone 10+) - part of that mobile ESRB thing we covered earlier

Overall this is a superb update. It gives users a few new options and breathes life into a game you may have put aside for awhile, so kudos to Code Glue for improvements! Read our full review of Rocket Riot and grab it in the Marketplace for $4.99 with trial.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 gaining traction amongst Windows Phone users

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Developer András Velvárt has posted some interesting date regarding which devices are using his popular alternative browser SurfCube (which just had an update). While we don't see many mystery devices on the list (nice to see the Lumia 900 though) we do get an idea of device breakdown and popularity.

The Nokia Lumia 800, arguably one of the most promoted Windows Phones yet is really gaining traction. In fact, it's number one with nearly 14% of usage on SurfCube. That's compared to the HTC HD7 at 11.7% and the Samsung Focus with 9.3% which is astonishing because as you can figure out, those devices have been out much longer than Nokia's offering.

There should be little doubt that Nokia's ad campaigns and ability to launch in many smaller markets is really paying off. Of course, there is some wiggle room here too. For comparison, in the app "I'm a WP7!" we can see the Lumia 800 at 6% which is half that of the Focus and HD7--still, even those numbers are impressive as it Nokia is clearly starting to eat up the Windows Phone market.

Pick up SurfCube v4.2 here in the Marketplace and "I'm a WP7!" here.

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3 years ago

Lumia 710 Windows Phone available at Vodafone and Three UK

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The Nokia Lumia 710 (our review) is now available for purchase from both Three and Vodafone in the UK, with contract prices starting from just £20. Should you wish to buy the handset outright, Three is offering this option for £199 - not a bad price for a Windows Phone Mango handset.

The Lumia 710 packs a 1.4 Ghz processor, 3.7" screen, 5MP camera, 8GB storage, and -of course- comes loaded with the exclusive Nokia Lumia app bundle. Both networks also offer the Lumia 800, should you require some extra umph.

Source: Three, Vodafone

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3 years ago

Dark Forces Team prepping Windows Phone 8750 build for custom ROMs

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Although many of us are yearning for Windows Phone 8107 to grace our devices, Microsoft is still pushing forward with regular builds of the OS, adding new features along the way.

The latest build now seen is 8750 and those hacker cats at Dark Forces Team (DFT) out East have managed to get their hands on it, even loading it on an HTC Schubert/Mozart. OS 8750 is by the far the highest builds we've seen of Windows Phone yet. [Note: 8750 isn't a final build but most likely internal and interim for Microsoft]

Unfortunately, no details yet have come forth as to the changes but we're betting there will be quite a few under-the-hood modifications. DFT are looking to push this out soon and we're sure some ROMs at XDA will appear shortly thereafter. Stay tuned...

Source: DFT; Thanks, mwang!

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3 years ago

Microsoft and Nokia hosting more developer workshops in AU and NZ

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Nokia has teamed up with Microsoft to offer more support for local developers in both Australia and New Zealand with a series of Training Workshops that will provide an insight to those who are interested in building apps for the platform. The event is free of charge and prizes (Lumia handsets) will be available in an App Challenge.

The event schedule:

Be sure to get in there quickly and register should you wish to attend.

Source: Nokia Developer Events, via: WPDownUnder

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3 years ago

Nerde Bu Otobüs released for Windows Phone

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Nerde Bu Otobüs (Turkish for "Where is my bus") is an Istanbul travel app that enables the user to keep track of transport routes across the city (using data provided by İETT - İstanbul Electric Tram and Funicular Company), much like the Dublin BusFinder app we covered last week. Some highlighted features:

  • Covers every bus route in the city.
  • Displays stops on individual routes
  • Displays routes on Bing Maps.
  • Estimated times of arrival are shown per-stop.

A must-have app (which is already available on iOS and Android) developed by university students for anyone who resides in (or is visiting) Istanbul. The app itself is in Turkish. You can download Nerde Bu Otobüs from the Marketplace for free.

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3 years ago

Domino's releases Windows Phone app for UK and Ireland

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Good news Domino's Pizza lovers, the fine establishment has released a Windows Phone app (for the UK & Ireland) that conveniently allows users to order their favourite pizzas from the comfort of their handset. The Domino's iOS app is as aesthetically pleasing as they come, so our expectations are high with what can be achieved visually with the Metro UI. We have not been failed, as (can be seen above) the app is very good looking.

Should you be after drinks, sides, desserts, deals, or just the 13" beasts themselves, the Domino's Pizza app allows one to achieve this with style:

  • A Full Menu
  • Store Locator
  • All Meal Deals available
  • Ability to Customise Your Pizza with extra toppings or special requests
  • Payment via credit card, cash or on collection

The next version is already in the works that will introduce voucher usage, so we expect to see an update soon. You can download Domino's Pizza from the Marketplace for free, enjoy!

Thanks Carl for the tip!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: Weather26

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Windows Phone App Review: Weather26

The Windows Phone app Weather26 (pronounced Weather two six) provides you with a quick option to view the two and six day forecasts from your phone. The weather data is provided by met.no and Weather26 covers a healthy number of international locations. While Weather26 lacks all the weather bells and whistles of Accuweather or The Weather Channel, it's a decent basic weather app for your Windows Phone.

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3 years ago

Unofficial Windows Phone Marketplace request site launches

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While we have a nice selection of apps on the Marketplace, we can certainly always use some more. And not just random apps but specific ones for certain services. The question is how do we let devs know?

One way is to simply vote. And now you can. Using the third-party service UserVoice, anyone can create a site that allows people to solicit feedback from customers and that's exactly what Scott Dorman, a Microsoft MVP, has done with Windows Phone Marketplace Requests. Folks can go there, type in an app and others can vote, it's really that simple.

Of course what does that mean? Well, it certainly is a way to gauge interest in apps but since this is not a Microsoft site and has no affiliation with the Windows Phone Marketplace, there's nothing really binding here. Furthermore, while many of us would like a Hulu app for Windows Phone, third-party devs can't access proprietary services, so requesting one here may not be the best way to get their attention.

Certainly feedback is good but in the end, there's only one thing that will bring more apps and services to Windows Phone: marketshare. When Microsoft's OS starts picking up steam, devs and companies will notice and respond accordingly. Until then, feel free to vote away.

Source: WP Marketplace Request; Original handout image via Shutterstock

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 910 3rd party protective decal skin shows up on Amazon

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Although Nokia likes to deny that there is a Lumia 910, the supposed European counterpart to the "exclusive" AT&T Lumia 900, we have our doubts. For one, it's pretty easy for Nokia to get around an "exclusive" device if they simply make it another model number and change some aspects e.g. adding a 12MP camera.

Either way, a vendor is advertising a "protective decal skin sticker" for the Lumia 900 and 910 on Amazon.com, noting that it's a precision cut protective decal.

Proof that a 910 exists? Far from it. But combined with that earlier listing on a Dutch site and we're starting to see quite a few "910" references out there in the wild.  We'll see what Nokia brings to the table in a few weeks in Barcelona though, but we're betting a 910 is getting more and more likely.

Source: Amazon.com; Thanks, Matt, for the heads up

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3 years ago

Free Dell VoIP Windows Phone app coming for Canadians

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For those Windows Phone owners who reside in Canada and are frustrated with considerably high mobile phone bills accumulated from voice calls, Dell may have a solution for you soon. Partnering with Fongo to launch Dell Voice, a voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) service, mobile users will be able to make free calls over WiFi (or the 3G network) anywhere in Canada. A free phone number is included to accept incoming calls, and the service also includes free voicemail, Caller ID and call waiting.

The only downside is that users will exhibit advertising while using the app, and a $25 fee is charged should a user wish to transfer their phone number to the Dell Voice service. David Gair, Dell Canada's marketing director for small and medium business, states that a Windows Phone app will be developed to go alongside solutions for iOS, Android, BlackBerry (launching this coming March), and the PC. It's interesting to see the manufacturer head down this route (and to support Windows Phone), perhaps we could see them come back with another device?

Source: MSN.ca, via: iMore, thanks Mark for the tip!

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3 years ago

Microsoft Store Lumia 900 pre-order offer withdrawn

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Last week Microsoft was offering customers the chance to pre-order the AT&T Lumia 900 4G Windows Phone for a $25 up-front fee. The Verge has reported today that the software giant has retracted this offer, so those who are eagerly awaiting the handset will no longer be able to act now. A Microsoft spokesperson has stated that those who are interested "should stay tuned to the Microsoft Store Facebook Page".

Microsoft has offered no reason for the withdrawal, but sources have told The Verge that Nokia has plans to announce a price and launch date 'shortly', though it's not known if this has any relation to the offer closure. The rumoured date and pricing of the Lumia 900 were set at March 18th for $99.

Source: The Verge, thanks Brian for the tip!

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3 years ago

Lumia 710 suffering from end call prevention bug

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Nokia has announced that they are aware of a bug with the Lumia 710, where a user disconnects from a call but the screen continues to report the call as being connected. Not only is this a visual irritant, it led users to believe that they were being additionally charged for the delayed call ending.

Owners took to the Nokia support forum to cry out for assistance on the issue. This is not the first problem Nokia Windows Phone owners have come across, with the 800 being plagued by battery life issues. Official Nokia Support representative 'Unwired' published the following statement:

"Nokia is continuing to analyze this software issue and is close to a fix. The fix will be made available via Zune as soon as possible. It is difficult to say when. One other important fact about this issue is that the phone modem is responding to the call disconnect signal from the touch display, the call is taken down as it should. The issue is that the user interface displays the call disconnect button but is should not. Consequently consumer are not being excessively billed for a call that seems to be staying up."

Good news for owners of the handset that a fix is well on its way, and that no additional charges will be applied to your bill, but until the update is released a reboot will be required to rid the pesky call screen.

Source: Nokia Support, via: TNW

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: Galaxy Pong

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Simply put, Galaxy Pong is a cool game for your Windows Phone.

Remember the game Pong? The video game that started it all? Now imagine it being played on a three dimensional playing field with bonus targets scattered about between the two players. In a nutshell, that is Galaxy Pong.

To add to the coolness of Galaxy Pong you have the capability to flip a switch in the settings and play the game in classic 3D view (you've got to provide the glasses though). Galaxy Pong is an entertaining, fun, somewhat addictive game for your Windows Phone that definitely taps into the coolness factor.

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