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3 years ago

Tip: Halo Reach WP7 Lockscreen wallpapers

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Tip: Halo Reach WP7 Lockscreen wallpapers

Like Halo Reach? Have a Windows Phone? Good, because now you can have some Halo Reach lockscreen wallpapers for your device. In fact, here, have 44 different types, all perfectly cut at 480x800 at 96dpi, making the most of your screen when it's doing nothin'.

The wallpapers come courtesy of Mike "stuckart" Stuckers over at DeviantArt who is making them available in two download packs: Pack 1, Pack 2. We loaded a few up and have to admit, they look darn sharp. So go grab yourself a few and geek out your phone already. And in case you missed it, here is another pack from VanSoaked who has 70 HQ ones of the scenic variety.

Thanks, Mike and Brandon for the tip!

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3 years ago

Telstra launching HD7 on March 29th

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Telstra launching HD7 on March 29th

Good news for our friends down-under in Australia and New Zealand, it looks like you'll be getting the HTC HD7 (but not the "S" variant) on March 29th.  In an official press release, the carrier announced all the details:

“We are pleased to announce the HTC HD7 will be available exclusively on the Telstra Next G® Network in March,” said Ben Hodgson, Country Manager, HTC Australia and New Zealand. “HTC has shown strong leadership in developing Windows® based devices in the past, illustrating our ability to be first-to-market. The HTC HD7 continues along this tradition with its focus on providing the ultimate multimedia experience coupled with a nice simple user interface and access to a broad range of useful applications.”

The HTC HD7 is available for RRP $768 which can be repaid over 24 months when purchased in conjunction with a Consumer Telstra Next G® Cap plan or a Telstra Business Mobile PLUS Plan. It is available from 29 March from Telstra Stores and partners.

While it makes no mention of the 'NoDo' update, we would be very surprised if this HD7 didn't come with the latest OS build already on it, making it even more of a great deal for first-time WP7 adopters.

Thanks, Soundman, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Chicks n' Vixens v1.0 update on the way

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We just received word that Chicks n' Vixens is once again being updated to version 1.0, which should be available within the next week. But the update comes with a twist in that the Windows Phone game is now a paid app over at the Marketplace.

The developer, Ahmed Hakeem, tells us the pricing was a mistake. According to Hakeem, when submitting the v0.9 update part of the submission process is setting a price for the app. Which was set at $.99. As he understands Microsoft's policies, that price will be carried over to any future updates of the game.

It is Hakeem's understanding that those who installed the free version of Chicks n Vixens will not be charged for future updates. However, he emphasized that this is based on current Microsoft policies, which are subject to change.

The pricing error has a silver lining though. Chicks n' Vixens has a healthy following and was on the Marketplace's Top Ten List for free apps. We're not sure when it happened but, now that Chicks n Vixens is a paid app, the game has moved into the #1 slot on the Marketplace's Top Ten Paid Apps list.

There is a free trial version of Chicks n Vixens available if you haven't given it a try. Both the trial and full version can be downloaded here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.  There is also a discussion going on here in our Forums on Chicks n Vixens with the developer popping in from time to time.

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3 years ago

Hack for unlocked HTC phones gets NoDo right now

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Hack for unlocked HTC phones gets NoDo right now

We now know that Microsoft is doing a controlled, phased roll-out of 'NoDo', starting with unbranded phones evidently in Europe. That means a potentially prolonged delay for many users (and between us, we've just heard that AT&T users have a looong wait).

The good news is there is a 'hack' that can be done for HTC phones that will basically "unbrand" them allowing them to get 'NoDo', well, right now. Coming from some of team ChevronWP7 (Chris Walsh and Raphael Rivera) is a tricky edit that will enable this to be done:

Your device needs to be dev-unlocked for this to work. Sorry folks.

  1. Download this zip file and deploy the 3 xap files onto your device.
  2. Run the ChevronWP7.Ringtones.xap and wait till it displays “Ringtones added… and CustClear.provxml underneath”
  3. Run the TouchXplorer app, navigate to My DocumentsMy Ringtones click on CustClear.provxml and select Copy from the Application Bar.
  4. Navigate back inside TouchXplorer to the Windows folder.
  5. Select paste from the Application Bar, this should scroll right to the bottom and put a copy of CustClear.provxml in the Windows folder.
  6. Now run the Connection Setup application and click on the Ok button (it’s the one with the tick).

And now you’re done and free to re-connect to Zune and check for updates.

Now there is one caveat here we can think of: T-Mobile HD7 users may want to hold off. That's because that device has the special T-Mo bands and radio while the unlocked HD7 does not (or at the very least, could complicate things), so you may want to consider that if you're in that situation. Still, for the AT&T Surround users, sounds like you could do this, assuming you've jailbroken your phone for one last hoorah.

Update: Chris Walsh lets us know T-Mo HD7 users are good to go (hey, that rhymed); the update only modifies the OS, not the radio.

Update 2: Bad news is we're hearing non-Euro users are only getting the pre-NoDo update with this technique :-/

Source: My Coding Adventures (blog); via @ChrisWalshie

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3 years ago

Official Foursquare app gets updated, fixes login issues

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We reported last week about how the official Foursquare app for Windows Phone was preventing users from logging in, making it essentially useless. Since, Jeff Wilcox has stolen the show, releasing his '4th & Mayor' app which trounced the official one in terms of features and design.

But for those who still like the official version, it has been bumped to v1.5 which you can grab in the Marketplace. No word on any "fixes" or new features but we have confirmed you can login at least, so that's, you know a start.

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3 years ago

Verizon HTC Trophy is close, but it won't be the 24th

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Not too shocking here that hopeful Verizon customers won't be getting the HTC Trophy this week. The rumored date was the 24th or rather, that was the goal. So that's the bad news.

The good news is it is very close to release. We can share this bit of info regarding big red's first Windows Phone:

  • Testing is going well
  • The device is being evaluated for standards certification right now
  • Still waiting to announce a launch date but "it will be very soon"

We can say with confidence that the above information is from Verizon internal and very recent. So while folk will have to wait just a little while longer, Verizon looks to be dotting the i's and crossing the t's for launch, meaning we're in the final lap.

Thanks, Eric M., for the tip!

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3 years ago

Hands-On with the HTC HD7S

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Hands-On with the HTC HD7S

What can you say about the HTC HD7S, announced for AT&T earlier this morning? You can say that it will be availalbe in the 'coming weeks' and you can also say that it's virtually identical to the T-Mobile HD7. With one notable exceptoin: the HD7S sports a "Super LCD" screen instead of the standard fare on the HD7. We didn't really have any complains about the latter before, but he have to say this S-LCD looks incredible and combined with its size makes this phone the de-facto best screen available for a Windows Phone 7 device - sorry Samsung Focus.

Beyond that build-quality is top-notch. We like the metallic yellow under the kickstand especially. Grab a few more images after the break!

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3 years ago

Telus users not getting 'NoDo' till March 29th, could take weeks

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While the news of unbranded devices seems confirmed, the Windows Phone world is frantically checking (and re-checking) to see if their carrier has released the long-awaited NoDo update.

We'll repeat/rephrase what we said earlier: the chances of you getting NoDo today on a carrier device are slim.

Microsoft is doing a phased rollout (like the last update) and it could be weeks before your carrier and your device are flagged for an update. Case in point: Telus is now telling users that they won't even begin to get the update till next Tuesday, March 29th:

The earliest date that a TELUS customer can receive the Windows Phone 7 software update is Tuesday March 29th, 2011. Microsoft is releasing the software update in a phased approach and it may take up to four weeks for all TELUS customers to have the option to receive the update and upgrade their device software.

So that's one carrier who's come clean. We expect the same from AT&T, T-Mobile and Euro carriers as well. If you find some info, hit us up with our contact form. [Edit: it looks like some users are getting the pre-NoDo update today instead]

Source: Telus, 2

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3 years ago

'NoDo' update starting today; full list of changes published

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WinRumors reports that the NoDo update should be coming today for some phones--namely unbranded ones. No source is given, just that they heard users should be getting an update notification sometime soon. We just checked our AT&T and T-Mo Windows Phones and no dice there, so we'll have to wait and see about when the carriers unleash NoDo--our bet is it could be a few days.

Adding legitimacy though to the claim is the fact that Microsoft just updated their support page to list the full changelog of NoDo. While we knew copy/paste, faster performance and better Marketplace search were on board, we noticed a few other changes unmentioned (e.g. the Marketplace update process). Now, Microsoft has given all the details, published after the break and they may be small, but are still important. Thanks to everyone who sent this in...

Update: Reader Morten Romslo confirms on his non-branded HTC Trophy: "...just conected my HTC Tropy to Zune, and the NoDo update was ready for install. No carrier phone europe"

See the full changelog for 'NoDo' after the break...it's pretty lengthy!...

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3 years ago

Nokia: “Our go-forward smartphone platform for CDMA will be Windows [Phones]”

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While no deals have been struck (as far as we know), Nokia is looking forward to leveraging Windows Phone for their CDMA market re-entry, passing up any attempt on getting Symbian on the network standard.

Nokia faces a bit of an uphill battle with regards to CDMA coverage, having not had a Sprint or Verizon handset in a very long time (seriously, we don't remember the last one; shout out in comments if you do). Part of the problem went back years ago when the largest CDMA chip provider, Qualcomm was engaged in massive patent lawsuits with Nokia, causing the latter to back out of the U.S. market. Since then, Qualcomm and Nokia have buried the hatchet and even partnered together, meaning the technical issues should be resolved.

In an interview at CTIA '11, Nokia USA Vice President and General Manager Mark Slater told Forbes that the company was waiting on Windows Phone for CDMA, skipping Symbian: “Our go-forward smartphone platform for CDMA will be Windows..."

We're just excited to see Nokia mentioning CDMA in the same breath again and we look forward to our 2012 Sprint Nokia Windows Phone.

Source: Forbes; additional info: Slashgear

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3 years ago

moTweets 2.2 headed to the Marketplace

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We’re fans of moTweets ‘round these parts, the features and UI make it one of the top Twitter clients for Windows Phone 7 at this point. Looking at the features that are coming in version 2.2 we can’t help but get excited. In addition to fixes to GPS retrieval and some other bugs; Panoramic is adding themes, Facebook integration, and support for tools like Twitlonger and Plixi/TweetPhoto.

Keep an eye out for both the free and $0.99 versions of moTweets 2.2 in the Windows Phone Marketplace. The full moTweets 2.2 change log is after the break.

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3 years ago

Tip: Update PRL & Network Profile on CDMA Windows Phones

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For those familiar with CDMA handsets, you'll remember the old "PRL" (preferred roaming list) and "Network Profile" options. It  took a few years to get direct OS support for it (Anyone remember calling Sprint to get your PRL update "flagged"? Yeesh), but we did with later versions of Windows Mobile.

So it's nice to know that in Windows Phone 7, part of the CDMA integration that came with the 'NoDo' update on the Sprint Arrive was PRL and Network Profile support. To update them, simply go to Settings --> System --> Carrier and scroll to the bottom. There you can just tap either/or and it will walk you through the update, which takes about 30 seconds.

You can later check your PRL version under Settings --> System --> About --> More info, under PRL-ID (mine is currently v60677). For those wondering what any of this is, your PRL is a list of towers that the phone looks to for roaming and in some cases, data connections. From Wikipedia:

On many networks, regularly updating the PRL is advised if the subscriber uses the device outside the home area frequently, particularly if they do so in multiple different areas. This allows the phone to choose the best roaming carriers, particularly "roaming partners" with whom the home carrier has a cost-saving roaming agreement, rather than using non-affiliated carriers. PRL files can also be used to identify home networks along with roaming partners, thus making the PRL an actual list that determines the total coverage of the subscriber, both home and roaming coverage.

So, if you roam, it helps to have the latest version on board. Meanwhile, the Network Profile is good if you ever run into connectivity issues with the CDMA network, as on occasion, though rare, your profile may get corrupted.

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3 years ago

HTC HD7s vs HD7 - a tale of two screens

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Yesterday, it was announced that AT&T would be getting the HTC HD7-S, with the "S" standing for Super-LCD, a screen tech comparable to Super AMOLED (sans the annoying pen-tile matrix). It's a big win for the HD7, since the T-Mobile version's screen is one of the worst we've seen for Windows Phone and it's a shame, because that phone deserves better.

Pocket-lint did a quick side by side of the sister phones and to them, the Super LCD was much better:

It’s clear that the HD7S is the better of the two, plus you’ll get a phone that you can use in 2 years time after T-Mobile shuts down its spectrum if and when the AT&T merger goes through.

That last part referencing the pending AT&T/T-Mobile merger announced on Sunday. Although it's hard to tell from the pic (and differing themes don't help), we're inclined to believe just about anything is better than the T-Mo's screen. We have our crew on the ground for CTIA as well, so expect some hands on time with the HD7S shortly. Check out Engadget's write up of S-LCD vs AMOLED.

Source: Pocket-lint

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3 years ago

Outdoor Navigation now offers offline maps

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Outdoor Navigation now offers offline maps

The Windows Phone 7 navigation application, Outdoor Navigation has been recently updated to bring offline maps into play. Version 1.3 will allow you to download maps to your Windows Phone so you can use map features when you travel outside your coverage area and lose data connectivity. This feature also comes in handy if your service imposes roaming charges on data.

We felt that this was one feature missing on Outdoor Navigation (here's our review) and offline maps will only add to a very good navigation app.

Version 1.3 also has added German and Italian as language options. It is our understanding that additional languages are in the works. Lastly, Version 1.3 adds two map styles to Outdoor Navigation. OpenPisteMap with ski slopes and OpenHikingMap with trails has been added.

There is a free trial version for Outdoor Navigation with the full version running $4.99. You can download either here (opens Zune) over at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Microsoft partner exploring NFC tech for Windows Phone 7

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Near Field Communication (NFC), in our opinion, will be the big story of late 2011 as it finally becomes widely adopted in the marketplace. NFC is basically a small chipset component that can store vital information e.g. credit card data, making your phone a virtual payment system for use in stores--you simply swipe your phone near the reader, enter your pin and you're good to go.

Apple's iPhone 5 is expected to adopt the tech and Android is already doing so (Sprint's recently announced Samsung Nexus S sports it)--giving the much needed push. But according to the NY Times, a Microsoft partner (Samsung?) is already exploring adopting the tech for Windows Phone 7. And not so surprisingly, Nokia is expected to push for it as well:

"A person familiar with new iterations of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform said a partner handset manufacturer is also exploring adding this technology to the next version of a Microsoft mobile phone. This person also said the new partnership with Nokia and Microsoft could catapult this technology into the mainstream as Nokia has said in the past that it plans to add N.F.C. technology to all its new phones in 2011."

NFC is certainly the future of smartphones. WiFi, GPS, augmented reality, and 4G are all on their way, if not already, to being mainstream, but we think 2011 will be about NFC and mobile payments. At least Windows Phone won't be left on the sidelines.

Source: NYTimes

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