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3 years ago

Zune ToS issue creating endless loop

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Zune ToS issue creating endless loop

Seems as though some users are experiencing some issues with Zune, with regards to agreeing to the ToS (Terms of Service). It's been widely reported on Twitter and other social networks with many users feeling frustrated with not being able to login to their account due to an endless loop being present when attempting to sign into an account. In the above image we can see the three screens that are in a constant loop.

While local playback and Windows Phone synchronisation can be achieved, streaming and Marketplace downloading is a flop without the ability to sign into an account. Neowin reports that Microsoft has put up a KB article to help users who are experiencing this problem. Are you experiencing this problem, and has the KB helped you find a solution? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: WPSauce, Neowin

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3 years ago

Poynt growth moves past 11 million users

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Poynt is a popular search engine for your Windows Phone and the company announced today that the application has surpassed 11 million users and over 2.1 billion interactions globally. The stats represent a collective between the companies Windows Phone, Android, Nokia, Blackberry and iPhone apps. The growth also represents a 158% boost in overall growth in it's user base since March of 2011.

For those not familiar with Poynt, it's a localized search application that points you in the right direction for what your searching for. Search features include quick search tiles for restaurants and businesses, weather information, turn by turn mapping, and live tile support.

Poynt is a free, Mango app and is available in India, Canada, the U.S., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Australia and the United Kingdom. You can find Poynt here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Source: Poynt

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3 years ago

Microsoft's Andy Lees and the Windows Phone re-launch on Reuters [Video]

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There's little doubt in our mind that Microsoft is treating Windows Phone "Mango" and the four new phones here in the U.S. as a re-launch of sort. Between Monday's "Big Phone" event and the ensuing after-parties, Microsoft is finally getting some much due attention from the public and media.

In this Reuters piece, Microsoft's attempt to get back into the mobile market is described along in addition to Windows Phone Division President Andy Lees, who talks us through some of the OS features and benefits. While the inevitable Android/iPhone references were made, including the uphill battle Microsoft faces, the phones and OS come off as looking like capable under-dog--not a bad position to be in.

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3 years ago

Adobe to quit development of mobile Flash player for browsers

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Although we still hear the occasional clamor for Flash on IE9 for Windows Phone 7, the masses have pretty much moved on. Good thing for us too as Adobe is expected to announce later today that they will no longer be porting or making Flash for any mobile OS or browser going forward. Some rudimentary support for Android is expected to remain e.g. security fixes, but if Android changes in a significant way (which it usually does), there will be no new support for those devices. From ZDNet's source:

"Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates."

Of course it was way back to February 2010, we heard Microsoft and Adobe were working on Flash for Windows Phone 7. There was further mention in June of that year including promises of Adobe AIR support,  but by February 2011, Microsoft had clearly moved on, betting it all on HTML5 and IE9. In the end, this seemed like a good decision by Microsoft (removing a feature is never received as well as adding one, even if it is janky). But now we know, we'll never have the frustration of watching Flash bring our devices to a crawl.

Well, we're not sad in the least.

Source: ZDNet; via Android Central

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3 years ago

Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night returns as the Xbox Live Deal of the Week

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If you’ll pardon the pun, Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night is a hidden gem in the mobile Xbox Live lineup. The $6.99 price has kept many gamers from entering Dracula’s labyrinthine castle… Until now! Castlevania Puzzle is finally on sale for $4.99 this week. Encore of the Night reworks Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, the most beloved entry in the Castlevania franchise, as a puzzle RPG. It offers 15-20 hours of adventuring, a fine story, and some of the best music of any Windows Phone game, hands down. Puzzle Quest 2 fans will find Castlevania’s puzzle battles are much more frantic and challenging since here your pieces never stop dropping, nor do the enemy’s. For an in-depth look at the puzzle and RPG mechanics, check out our full review. Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night is on sale for one week only. Grab it here on the Marketplace

If you’ll pardon the pun, Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night is a hidden gem in the mobile Xbox Live lineup. The $6.99 price has kept many gamers from entering Dracula’s labyrinthine castle… Until now! Castlevania Puzzle is finally on sale for $4.99 this week.

Encore of the Night reworks Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, the most beloved entry in the Castlevania franchise, as a puzzle RPG. It offers 15-20 hours of adventuring, a fine story, and some of the best music of any Windows Phone game, hands down. Puzzle Quest 2 fans will find Castlevania’s puzzle battles are much more frantic and challenging since here your pieces never stop dropping, nor do the enemy’s. For an in-depth look at the puzzle and RPG mechanics, check out our full review.

Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night is on sale for one week only. Grab it here on the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Fusion Sentient for Xbox is alive and self-aware on the Marketplace

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Fusion: Sentient, the mobile tie-in game to new XBLA release Fusion: Sentient is now available. For those keeping score, this marks two weeks in a row of Windows Phone-exclusive games that feature connectivity with an Xbox 360 title. Not too shabby!

After spending an hour or so with Fusion: Sentient, I can tell it's going to be addictive. It plays like a real-time strategy game, as players direct up to five units around each map. But you can also pause and issue orders at any time, making it a bit less hectic and more mobile-friendly. The graphics (excluding the general darkness from the black fog of war) are great, with highly detailed mechs, AKA Sentients. An interesting story told through digital comic panels captures some of the console game's witty humor and promises to expand on the origin of the cybernetic Sentients. With five planets worth of missions and the Ghost Fleet, an endless encounter area built for grinding, Sentient will keep strategy fans busy for a long time.

I only have two gripes so far. First, the pre-mission load times are excessive, ranging from 30-60 seconds in some cases. Not ideal for a mobile game, especially since Fusion: Sentient isn't Mango-compatible out of the gate (just like Kinectimals). Fast App Switching will hopefully cut down on the wait when resuming after visting the Home screen, etc.

Also, the game appears to have tons of choice loot to win after completing missions. But you can't tell what anything does without selecting a Sentient and finding whatever items in your inventory might be compatible with it. An auto-equip feature and a way to browse your entire inventory would make item management much easier.

As I mentione before, Fusion: Sentient connects to Fusion: Genesis on Xbox 360 in a unique way. Phone-grown Sentients can be sold or traded from the Auction House, where they then become useful AI partners in the MMO-like console game. It's a promising feature which we'll explore in greater detail after we've sunk a few more hours into both games.

Fusion: Sentient costs only $2.99 and there is a free trial. Score it here on the Marketplace. Fusion: Genesis launches today at 800 Microsoft Points ($10).

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3 years ago

Tango video chat app now live in the Marketplace

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Well, it's a day late, but Tango, the video-chat app for Windows Phone, is finally here. So for all of those folks with a Samsung Focus S, Flash, HTC Radar or Titan, you'll want to pick this little guy up and give it a go. From the app description:

Tango allows you to make free phone calls and free video calls over 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi. Make calls to any other person who has Tango installed on their smartphone, tablet or PC. Start a Tango call with just voice, and easily move into a video call when you have something to share. It’s easy to use, it’s fun, and it works.

Tango Features:

  • Free calls between Windows Phone, Android and iOS phones and tablets, and PCs
  • Save money with free international calls to other Tango members
  • Start a phone call with Tango and switch to a video call when you have something to show by tapping the camera icon
  • We automatically find the friends that already have Tango
  • No log in and password - create an account in less than five seconds
  • Invite your friends by Text and Email
  • Simple and easy to use

Cute girls in image are not included with app, nor will they be calling you. Grab the app here in the Marketplace; Thanks, Ryan R/@volvoshine, for the link!

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3 years ago

From the WPCentral forums...

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From the WPCentral forums...

We are talking hardware this week in the WPCentral Forums and Sunday we got our first taste of the next generation hardware in the US with the release of the Samsung Focus S 4G and the Samsung Focus Flash 4G on AT&T. We have been discussing the releases all week. Come read all the before-and-after reactions in this thread: "Can't wait for Sunday?

Can’t decide if the Focus S is the device for you?  Check out all the available reviews of the Focus S in this thread: "Samsung Focus S hands on and reviews combined". Forum member baseballburt says "S must stand for "snooozer" in reaction to the Focus S and its 16 GB of storage memory. What do you think? Is 16 GB enough for you?

We got news the official Chevron WP7 Labs is available this week. Forum member Figure 8 Dash wants to know "Are you gonna use the official MS/Chevron WP7 Labs unlocker?" In other fun, baseballburt wants to know "What's your ringtone?"

We hope that was enough interesting news to get you in to the forums, but if you need a little more incentive, stop in at our Applications Spotlight and Games Spotlight forums and see what our Windows Phone developers have been up to. Here are a few of the titles posted this week:

Applications Spotlight

Games Spotlight

So come join the largest Windows Phone community around and join the conversation!

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3 years ago

Deal Alert: Samsung Focus S and Flash for $149 and a penny

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Looking for a good deal on the new Samsung Focus Flash or Focus S? Got a penny? If so, head on over to AmazonWireless where not only can you find the Focus S for $149.99 and the Flash for $0.01.

The prices do require the two year service contract and the out of contract price for the Flash will run you $339.99 (not too shabby) or $589.99 for the Focus S. The not-so-good news about all this is that according to the listing, the Samsung Focus S is on back order but Amazon expects it to ship 8 to 9 days.

You can find the Samsung Focus S here at AmazonWireless and the Focus Flash here.

We're still working on full reviews of both new Windows Phones but in the mean time you can check out our first impressions videos on the Samsung Focus S and Samsung Focus Flash to give you a feel for these new phone.

Thanks goes out to everyone who tipped us on this!

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3 years ago

Next Bus UK - App Spotlight

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Next Bus UK - App Spotlight

We've already got a handful of travel aid apps for the UK, including London transport, car parking and National Rail. Allow me to introduce Next Bus UK, a helpful app that pulls realtime and scheduled timetables for bus networks across England, Wales, and Scotland. Data is provided by Traveline and will come in handy for any frequent traveller.

Some of the app features:

  • Find the next buses due at over 370,000 stops
  • Find the nearest stops around your location
  • Search for stops using place names, postcodes and street names
  • Save your favourite stops for quick access
  • Shows you the distance to your nearest stops in a list form
  • Choose between using Bing or Google maps
  • Designed for minimum battery usage: only searches your location when requested
  • Built in User guide
  • Easy and quick to use
  • London bus times (not realtime, yet)

A Mango update is on the way that will bring live tile support and more.

You can download Next Bus UK from the Marketplace for £1.49 ($1.99).  Check out the demo video after the break...

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3 years ago

France already seeing orders for Nokia Lumia 800 come through The Phone House

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In France, the Nokia Lumia 800 was set to be released widely on November 16th. Things change, though, and it looks like some customers of The Phone House in France have already been ordering the device through the online store, and are set to receive the phone by this Thursday or Friday. Since it is only Tuesday and deliveries aren't to be made until at least Thursday, we can't confirm that the devices are actually making it out to customers, but this tweet sent by @ThePhoneHouse should be reassuring (even if it is translated roughly using Google). They've already shipped the first Nokia Lumia to someone who ordered the device recently:

You can get the Nokia Lumia 800 of the Black or Cyan varieties from the web-store linked below for €99 with a contract, or €499 without. You can choose one of four carriers to be the home for your device: SFR, Virgin Mobile, Bouygues and Orange. If you do want to try to get the Nokia phone right now through The Phone House, let us know in the comments. You'll be among some of the first in the world to get what could be the most highly anticipated WP7 device released this year.

Source: The Phone House; Via: ProfesseurThibault

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3 years ago

Homebrew tool now allows creation of custom core Live Tiles

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While the Live Tiles on Windows Phone is by far one of the coolest and most unique aspects of our OS, like apps themselves, they are "sandboxed" and cut off from the deeper OS connections. In addition, what devs can do with the Live Tiles is limited, as there are pre-defined options when making an app.

Over at XDA, user fiinix  has detailed a new project, WP7 Custom core tiles (The DllImport Project child node), that gives the code for making a much wider, more pervasive Live Tile system for homebrew users. What this means is that devs making homebrew apps could also make them with some crazy choices for Live Tiles.

How crazy? Well peep the video above to see some of the option in action. What we hope comes from this is some new inspiration for app-ideas and maybe, just maybe, Microsoft will catch wind of these new choices and maybe allow sanctioned-devs to do the same type of tile manipulation.

Source: XDA; Thanks, neoxphuse, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Microsoft in Android-patent talks with Huawei

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It looks like Chinese telecom Huawei may be the next Android device manufacturer to start paying royalties to Microsoft.  The BBC reports that they have begun talks on a deal, as Huawei plans to expand into new markets India, Japan and the United States next year, as well as other countries in 2013.  With a huge device rollout on the horizon, it looks like Huawei wants to avoid any legal snags, though their marketing director phrased it a bit differently:

"We always respect the intellectual property of key companies," Mr Xu said. "At the moment we have more than 65,000 patents and we have enough instruments to protect our interests."

Huawei joins the ranks of Samsung, HTC, Acer, and others, who Microsoft has given the shakedown, claiming that Android infringes on MS patents.  It has been quite the windfall for Microsoft, who Goldman Sachs estimates will rake in $444 million this year from the deals, more than it will make from its own Windows Phone operating system.

Source: BBC

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3 years ago

Supertube goes Mango in v2.0 and gets video-upload support

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Supertube, the mega YouTube app for Windows Phone, finally got its Mango wings today with version 2.0. This version brings more than just fast-spp switching though as there are a ton of new features on board:

  • Record videos and upload it to YouTube (Resume broken uploads support)
  • Choose and order the sections in the main page
  • Select channel to push notification
  • Add playlist, inbox, my video
  • Background uploads and downloads
  • Loading list more quickly
  • Inbox push notification
  • Fast App Switching (FAS)

To say this is a comprehensive YouTube app is a bit of an understatement. It does waaay more than what we need iit to, but we know there are some of you out there who need these features--so here you go. We did have a little trouble getting the video-upload feature to work, but perhaps it's just our Radar 4G. Either way, it's a powerful app. It is recommended to uninstall and reinstall the app, since there are so many changes on board.

Update: The developed acknowledged a bug in the final release and noted that an update has already been submitted to the Marketplace, which should fix it. Look for it in the next 2-3 days.

Grab SuperTube here in the Marketplace for $1.29 with a free trial. There's also a free, ad-supported version right here.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 not shipped SIM-free until 2012

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According to an article on the blog of the UK smartphone retailer Clove.co.uk, the Nokia Lumia 800 will not be available SIM-free until 2012. All handsets shipped until then will be contract bound, which will begin rolling out on November 16th. While this may come across as a real pain in the butt, carriers are offering some interesting deals with Orange giving away Xbox 360s (should you be an existing customer) and Vodafone doing the same with £60 worth of vouchers.

Source: Clove.co.uk Blog

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