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3 years ago

SoundHound get its first update--fixes problems, gets faster

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In the land of music identifying apps, we fall into the SoundHound camp (versus Shazam). Yes, we know Bing can ID music and it is pretty good, but SoundHound right now has the better library for IDing songs, making it more accurate for us--plus we dig that one-button tagging option.

While version 1.0 was pretty solid for a first-release, it did have at least one major issue: the Facebook posting did not work for many. That's now fixed in v1.1 which just hit the Marketplace. In addition, v1.1 brings "faster search results"  and "artist social channels" which allows to easily follow musicians on social networks...or something. Also, the quick Tile graphics have been updated wit a more identifiable look.

Pick it up for free here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

WPCentral Podcast 133

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WPCentral Podcast 133


We're back for another exciting week in Windows Phone news--we take your questions, discuss new software and go over this weeks major events. T-Mobile gets the Nokia Lumia 710, Daniel gets a new pillow, Jay talks about is Lumia 800 and both debate if British food is any good.

Listen above or watch the whole thing below in HD. Show notes after the break!

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3 years ago

YuleTile celebrates the festive season with free Windows Phone Christmas card

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We previously touched on YuleTile, an app to get everyone into the Christmas spirit. According to the developer, Mendzapp, 10% of the revenue earned from sales of YuleTile will be donated to charity (Railway Children). But if the app and charity donations weren't enough to put you in a good mood, how about a Windows Phone Christmas card design? That's right, now you can send Metro UI festive cards to family and friends.

If you're not aware of YuleTile, it's a Christmas advent calendar app that features wallpapers, ringtones and an ingenious use of the live tiles. Each day the live tile updates to show the appropriate advent window. From here the app can be entered, window opened and one of the twenty-five hand-painted images revealed. This image is now featured on your home-screen until tomorrow’s window is ready to be opened. Really neat for all those Scrooges.

Head on over to MyKindofPhone's Posterous page below to download the design. You can download YuleTile from the Marketplace for 79p ($0.99), remember that 10% goes to a good cause.

Source: Windows Phone UK

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3 years ago

T-Mobile 4G Super Sale: December 17-18th

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T-Mobile has an awesome sale starting up on December 17th, and ending on the 18th. For just two days, 4G handsets stocked by the carrier will be available for purchase for $0 after a mail-in-rebate. A few Windows Phones are included in this deal, the HTC Radar and HTC HD7. Handsets require a two-year contract (qualifying Value Plan) to be taken out, but for Christmas, a brand new 4G Windows Phone with a packed plan is a perfect present.

Source: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

Nokia launches Lumia 710 and 800 and plans marketing push in India

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We've witnessed the marketing power of the Nokia "The Amazing Everyday" campaign throughout Europe, and the public in New York and Paris have had the opportunity to stand in awe at the sight of a giant Windows Phone. Now it seems Nokia wishes to push its way through India, launching the Lumia 710 and 800 today, with a planned marketing campaign - and it's big.

To give an idea as to how massive this campaign will be, check out the list below:

  • Impromptu dance performance in Mumbai with free food and drink.
  • Luxury helicopter ride for consumers in Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Chennai.
  • Exclusive premiere for pre-bookers with tennis star Sania Mirza at the Ambience Mall in Gurgaon.
  • Musical event, and artificial snow zones recreated at certain PVR outlets, in Delhi.
  • Toll exemption for more than 15,000 vehicles on the DND freeway, connecting Delhi and Noida.
  • Salt Lake will feature a "winter wonderland" created with artificial snow in Kolkata.

As well as the above list, we'll be excited to see an "aggressive" promotion and advertising strategy being put into effect. We've already had a flash mob performance at malls in five cities, so it'll be interesting to see how the manufacturer expands on this throughout the country. The Lumia 710 and 800 can be picked up for Rs 18,999 ($360) and Rs 29,999 ($570) respectively. 

Source: India Times, Think Digit, thanks Rohit for the tip!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: Flying Tiles

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Sometimes the simplest games are the most enjoyable. The Windows Phone game Flying Tiles qualifies for both. It is a Windows Phone game that is simple to play, has simple graphics, has a simple object and is most enjoyable to play.

The concept has a series of flying tiles racing across your Windows Phone screen. Your job is to catch the colored tiles and avoid the black tiles. The more tiles you catch, the more points you earn. Along the way you have bonus items that appear as question marks. The bonus items include slowing the tiles down, speeding them up, shrinking the size of your catcher, turning all tiles into color, and applying gravity to your catcher to pull the colored tiles to you.

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3 years ago

Last.fm takes on the Samsung Omnia W

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We saw the other day YouTube featuring Windows Phone on its front page and tonight it's Last.fm's turn. Hopping over to the site and heading to the Radio area, you'll have your browser overtaken by the Samsung Omnia W and Windows Phone, including that $25 app card good for the Marketplace.

Although people have rightly complained about lack of exposure for Windows Phone in the past, it seems clear that everyone is stepping up a bit on the second go-around. Hopefully it will pay off in some sales.

Thanks, Sayon, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Stitcher reportedly coming for Windows Phone Q1 2012

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For those of you who use Stitcher on the desktop and wish you could so on your phone, your days of waiting are shrinking. In an email from the "Stitcher Team" it states clearly that they have plans for a Windows Phone app and they're looking for an early 2012 release:

"Hello Trey, thanks for your email. We hope to come out with a version of Stitcher for Windows Mobile in the first quarter of 2012, so stay tuned!

Sincerely, The Stitcher Team"

Stitcher is a popular web-based internet radio provider akin to Weave for RSS--basically it gives you categories to listen to and it "stitches" content for you, giving a more personalized experience with little updating on your part. The service is quite prominent and they already have apps for iOS, Android, BlackBerry and even webOS--so adding Windows Phone to that roster is hardly a stretch of the imagination. The only question was when and not will they--and at least we now have a timeframe. Combined with Audible and we should have a nice selection come early 2012.

Thanks, Trey W., for the tip!

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3 years ago

Sports Tracker coming to Lumias tomorrow [Updated with link]

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One of the most popular apps on Nokia's previous mobile operating systems is making its way to the Lumia 710 and 800 tomorrow all devices, now. Sports Tracker is an application designed to help users log their physical activity, as well as share it via social networks.  The development team who originally designed it has decided to bring it to Nokia's newest platform of choice, Windows Phone.  Ykä Huhtala, one of the developers of Sports Tracker, said of the decision:

“Windows Phone is a very competitive platform for mobile development especially if you have any previous experience in developing with Microsoft’s tools.  The same tools can be used in developing for mobile devices and it’s extremely easy and fast to get up to speed in developing apps.”

In order to celebrate the launch of Sports Tracker for WP7, the makers will be giving away a Nokia Lumia 800 on their Facebook page

The application will be available for free in the Marketplace.  You can also keep an eye out for details on their website.

Update: And here's the link for it. We hear it's already available in some areas. Thanks, Clinton J., for the tip!

Updated 2: And it looks like it's available everywhere, US included and for all devices!

Source: Nokia (Thanks for the tip, @TheWeeBear!)

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3 years ago

Samsung Focus Flash goes shopping in new ad

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One of the more recent Windows Phone commercials keys in on the Samsung Focus Flash and group messaging. Plus it highlights one of man's worst shopping nightmares.

The commercial has aired with some frequency here in the States and I've also notice Microsoft has sponsored several USA Network shows such as Psych. The ads and show sponsorships definitely pushes Windows Phones more into the spotlight.

Now if we could only get the carriers to join in on the push.

source: Youtube

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3 years ago

CloudMusic is looking for Beta Testers

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CloudMusic is looking for Beta Testers

Celltrac Software is working on the Windows Phone App CloudMusic, a SkyDrive music app, and is looking for a few beta testers. The application taps into your SkyDrive account and allows you to play any music files that you have stored in the cloud.

We've gotten a sneak peak at CloudMusic and the app is laid out in simple fashion with pages for your SkyDrive music collection, what is now playing, recently played songs, and new songs. The app does require you to organize your music in a specific manner in order for CloudMusic to find the tunes.

Just tinkering with the Beta, it does have room for improvement but a nice step in the right direction. Songs took a while to load and you've got to get the music file organization just right. If you're interested in being a beta tester for CloudMusic just email your Windows Live ID to support@celltracsoftware.com.

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3 years ago

Mobile Nations new iTunes page, Mobile Nations Enterprise launches tomorrow!

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We've launched the Mobile Nations network brand, we've launched great new shows like Girls Gone Gadgets and Stock Talk, and while you'd think we'd be happy enough now to take some time off for holiday cheer, we figured we'd throw out just a few more things to celebrate in 2011.

Mobile Nations has partnered with iTunes to provide you an all new, all beautiful Mobile Nations artist page where you can find all our latest shows, but our essential audio shows and video shows as well. We've also done a series of Holiday Gift Guide specials, where your favorite editors and hosts share with you their favorite holiday gadgets and gifts. You can find them all at our Mobile Nations Gift Guide page on iTunes.

If you haven't already, please take a moment to subscribe to all the shows you enjoy and leave a rating or review, it really helps us out with iTunes! Also, please take a moment to subscribe to our new YouTube channel so you don't miss any of the new shows. Speaking of which...

We're launching *another* new show -- Mobile Nations Enterprise with Craig Johnston and Isaac Kendall. It's everything you love about our existing Mobile Nations shows, but targeted specifically at smartphones and tablets in business. From BES to BYOD, massive BlackBerry fleets to iPad deployments, from privacy and security concerns to balancing work and personal usage, this will be your go-to show.

Mobile Nations Enterprise launches tomorrow at 8am ET at http://www.mobilenations.com/live and we'll have YouTube, RSS, and iTunes links available as soon as possible.

So sit back, relax, get your favorite podcatcher warmed up, and get ready for even more amazing Mobile Nations content in 2012!

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3 years ago

So, um...Here's 180 wallpapers for your phone

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From AJ Troxell's offerings yesterday to our Samsung Focus S Giveaway, tis the season for free wallpapers.  MonWindowsPhone user, chefphileas, has added over 180 more to the mix.  His lot offers up a ton of high-quality TV, movie and video game themed backgrounds, as well as scenic, graphic and sexy.  There are even some holiday ones mixed in.  Take a gander over at the MWP forums.

Source: MonWindowsPhone (Thanks for the tip, Gilles!)

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3 years ago

Nokia Germany wraps the Lumia 800 in ice

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Nokia Germany wraps the Lumia 800 in ice

Either the folks at Nokia Germany have lost the plot, or they've come up with an ingenious promotional stunt. They've put Lumia 800s in ice. Yes, ice. In the above video, you'll witness the frenzied public attempting to bash, melt and shatter the ice to release the handsets (which are hopefully just props). Should they free the Lumia 800, the winners are presented with one to take away with them for free. Really cool advertising there (pun intended).

Source: YouTube (Nokia), via: My Nokia Blog

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3 years ago

Perfect Scan updated, adds SkyDrive support

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Katana Labs has recently updated their popular Windows Phone document scanner, Perfect Scan to version 1.6. The update brings fixes for Dropbox integration, document auto naming and SkyDrive support to the Windows Phone app.

Some of the key features of Perfect Scan include:

  • Scans multi page documents, Makes industry standard PDF files
  • Upload scans to email, Skydrive, Dropbox and Google Documents
  • Automatic page detection & perspective correction: straightens your page to perfect rectangle
  • Image enhancement: crop, rotation, auto contract, grayscale, black & white
  • Adds text to document: fill out forms on your phone
  • Signs documents with your scanned signatures

We reviewed Perfect Scan some time ago and found it to be a very good document scanner for your Windows Phone. Adding SkyDrive support will only make app more versatile.

There is a trial version available for Perfect Scan with the full version running $2.99. You can find Perfect Scan here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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