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3 years ago

DioDict added to Samsung Zone

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DioDict added to Samsung Zone

The DioDict dictionary app has been added to the Samsung App Zone in the Marketplace. The dictionary application is being described as bringing together "the most comprehensive lexical contents over the world with the rich-functional dictionary search engine."

DioDict taps into the Collins Dictionary library that includes multi-language dictionaries including English, Portuguese, French, German, Italian and Spanish. The dictionary application also has a flash card feature to help memorize definitions.

It's a nice looking dictionary application and it's free. If you own a Samsung Windows Phone 7 device, you can find in your Marketplace application in the Samsung App Zone.

Thanks goes out to David for the tip!

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3 years ago

AT&T lays out their 4G plans

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AT&T lays out their 4G plans

Today, AT&T unveiled it's plans to deliver the "Nation's most advanced mobile broadband experience" by adding 4G. The announcement came today at AT&T's Developer's Conference that leads up to the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show.

The initiative includes three areas of concentration.

  • AT&T plans to accelerate its LTE network build and launch the services mid-2011. The network is expected to be largely completed by year end 2013.  AT&T is quickly expanding ethernet and fiber to cell sites nationwide as well as adding new cell sites to the network.  By the end of the 2011, AT&T expects that nearly two-thirds of its mobile broadband traffic will be on expanded backhaul.
  • AT&T plans to introduce 20 4G compatible smartphones by the end of 2011. Some of these phones will be exclusive to AT&T. Five to seven of these devices are expected to be available by the first half of 2011.
  • AT&T also plans to provide customers access to more mobile applications. The wireless company plans to expand it's leadership in apps with new initiatives to speed collaboration with developers.

Android will likely lead the charge with the initial 4G push by AT&T and maybe a few Windows Phones will surface within the twenty expected devices that are 4G capable.  The twenty new devices sounds promising but it's our understanding this includes not only smartphones but also wireless devices such modems, air cards, etc.

Hopefully more will be revealed on AT&T's push for 4G in the coming days at the 2011 CES.

Source: AT&T; via: BGR

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3 years ago

STIML brings first live tile currency converter to Marketplace

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Tired of those embarrassing moments holding your hand out to the Parisian street vendor, eagerly expecting more change back for your Nutella crepe, only to find that the exchange rate on your currency calculator is wrong? Sigh no more. STIML (Smart Technologies In Modern Life) has created the first WP7 currency calculator with live tile updates so you can avoid such an international disaster.

Currency Tile receives live updates of exchange rates for over 150 currencies without having to run the application itself. Aside from the built-in calculator, it also offers graphs of past exchange rates for 1-day, 5-days, 1-month, 3-months, 6-months, 1-year and 5-years. Currency Tile also supports Yahoo data source.

Full features include:

  • Live Tile currencies rates
  • Currency Charts with both landscape and portrait orientations
  • 150 currencies from around the world
  • Easy-to-use interface
  • Built-in convenient calculator
  • Favorite currencies
  • Regional format support

Source: STIML; via: 1800PocketPC

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3 years ago

Angry Birds is coming, just not yet

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Angry Birds is coming, just not yet

Angry Birds, the massively popular game that has found its glory on both the iOS and Android platforms, but has failed yet to flood the Windows Phone 7 MarketPlace, and another tweet has confirmed a further wait. A continuous stream of ETA updates from Rovio have had numerous news sites and blogs fall over each other in reporting duplicate stories of “Angry Birds app on the way!”. But are we all really that excited about its arrival?

I pose that question as a person who has not yet had the pleasure in playing Angry Birds myself, but have witnessed it in action many times and I must admit it does look like a fun little game that can absorb a few hours of your spare time. This would be why it is such a popular title on the iPhone and Android due to the majority of games these platforms have are all from small developers.

The almighty Windows Phone, on the other hand, boasts Xbox Live integration for big titles like Sims 3, Need For Speed: Undercover, Assassins Creed and many more. Considering how Microsoft could continue to develop the Xbox Live “to go” and make the mobile gaming experience all that more special, is pretty exciting. For me, I don’t really share the same enthusiasm as many Angry Birds fans (I guess I have taken the bench with many other WP7 owners), sure I would buy the game and it would more than likely entertain me for more than five minutes but I won’t go out of my way to hype myself about a title that (lets be honest) isn’t comparable to games that are readily available.

All in all, I would actually like to see some progress and possibly a release, rather than have everyone reposting the same old news about a game that is destined to arrive but seems to be taking a slight detour. Through outa-space.

Via: SlashGear

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3 years ago

Amazon Kindle app now available for Windows Phone 7

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Good news folks as Amazon's Kindle app has finally hit the Marketplace. Well, they said "by the holidays" and though they're a few days late, we'll accept the ever so slight delay.

Considering the Kindle was one of the top selling gadgets of 2010, we're betting many of you got one for the holidays, making this app a natrual extension. What's cool of course about Kindle is the fact it keeps all your periodicals synced up, meaning you can read your Kindle then pick up your phone and continue that newspaper from right where you left off.

Our initial impression? It's pretty, darn pretty. And we like it.

Anyways, grab it here now.

via: ZDnet/@palmsolo & @derbrotkasten

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3 years ago

WikiPanda - Review

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WikiPanda - Review

Wikipedia has grown into one of the largest reference sources on the planet. WikiPanda, on the other hand, is a Windows Phone 7 application that will make tapping into Wikipedia from your Windows Phone easy.

Developed by PandaBits, WikiPanda offers you a hub interface with Wikipedia that will let you search by topic, view featured articles and historical facts for that particular date. WikiPanda presents the information nicely with a clean looking, easily navigated layout.

To read a bit more on this reference application for your Windows Phone, slide on past the break.

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3 years ago

Rise of Glory - Review

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Rise of Glory - Review

Microsoft Game Studios and Revo Solutions Games is offering Rise of Glory, a World War I air combat game for Windows Phone 7. The game puts you in the cockpit of World War I era fighting planes where you can fight your way through a single player campaign or battle through user defined missions.

Flight controls takes full advantage of your Windows Phones sensors and the game is presented with high graphic quality. Rise of Glory is also integrated with Xbox Live to allow you to share achievements and scores with your online friends. The only downside to the Xbox integration is that there isn't a multi-player mode available.

To read more on Rise of Glory, fly on past the break.

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3 years ago

Lucky 7 - Review

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Lucky 7 - Review

IronSunStudios, developer of Ionball, is offering a casino oriented game for Windows Phone 7. Lucky 7 puts you behind a one-armed bandit to try your luck at slots and to see how large a fortune you can build.

Lucky 7 does have a companion game to the slot machine and two game modes to keep things interesting. But for the most part, it's a slot game.  Lucky 7 has an easy interface, nice graphics, and can be a fun way to pass the time.

To see if Lucky 7 comes up all 7's, ease on past the break.

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3 years ago

Thurrott details 2011 WP7 updates Mango and NoDo (as in No Donuts)

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Microsoft insider and author of Windows Phone Secrets Paul Thurrott has revealed some additional details about some of the Windows Phone 7 updates we can expect in 2011. We’ve discussed several of the rumors that have been floating around, and Thurrott confirms much of what we’ve been hearing.

The first update, rumored to be announced tomorrow night at the opening keynote at CES in Las Vegas, is entitled “NoDo” (No Donuts) reportedly in response to Android 1.6 (Donut). Thurrott reports that NoDo will RTM in January, with consumers seeing the update in the early February timeframe, after testing by carriers. NoDo will have copy and paste, CDMA support, and supports Qualcomm’s 7x30 chipset.

Thurrott also confirms what we’ve been hearing about Mango, which has been termed a “Major” update to Windows Phone 7. Mango should see HTML5 and Silverlight support within the browser, also bits of the Trident 5 rendering engine contained within Internet Explorer 9. Referred to within Microsoft as the “entertainment” branch, Mango is something we will definitely be looking forward to.

From a scheduling standpoint, Thurrott makes it clear that we should expect more updates between NoDo and Mango, though he doesn’t go into additional detail.

We’ll be on hand at CES this week to keep you up to date. For the latest and greatest news, follow us on Twitter (@wpcentral, @backlon, @philnickinson, @tferrill).

Source: WindowsPhoneSecrets

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3 years ago

New Xbox LIVE titles Pac-Man & Tower Bloxx: New York coming tonight

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Oh how we love Tuesday nights around here as it's time for some new Xbox LIVE titles. As you probably guessed from reading the headline, Pac-Man from Namco and Tower Bloxx: New York are on tonight's list. We all know Pac-Man but Tower Bloxx is a popular Facebook game, meaning lots of you can take your addiction on the go.

We can expect them go live in the next few hours, so keep your eyes out.

Source: @karlstricker

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3 years ago

Resco is back with Radio for Windows Phone 7 [Video]

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For those Windows Mobile users, Resco was a standard name for software on that platform, delivering us the much needed Explorer, Radio, Audio Recorder, Contact Manger, etc.

So it's great to see them return to our new OS with an updated and very solid Resco Radio v1.0. Fetching for a modest $1.99 (and no monthly subscriptions). Radio brings straight up internet radio streaming to your phone, with some advanced features like sleep, add station, location search and of course the ability to play under the lock screen (no background though).

We decided to give it a spin and as you can see in the video, we're impressed. We highly recommend for music and talk radio addicts to take it for a trial run. Grab it here in the Marketplace for $1.99.

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3 years ago

Evernote for Windows Phone 7 coming this winter

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Good news for you Evernote fans (see review for Windows Moible). The popular note-taking application is finally coming to Windows Phone 7 and judging by their time frame, we're talking weeks, not months.

A brand new Windows Phone 7 version of Evernote will launch this winter...

Allowing you to take photos, save webpages, basically any bit of info you can grab, Evernote brings note-taking and cloud-computing to another level.

We'll keep an eye out for when its released.

Source: Evernote blog; via: @edbott

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3 years ago

Metro Home brings WP7 to your Windows 7 desktop

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We've seen some attempts at bringing the Windows Phone 7 Metro UI goodness to your desktop before and now the makers of HTC Home have a "special" version of their Vista/Windows 7 widgets available.

Called Metro Home, it brings the usual widget functions including "date and time, weather information for the current day and next four days, and picture slideshow" and allows limited customization.

Oh and its donation-ware so no big commitment if you like it or don't. We're loading it up right now because we keep it geeky-real, son.

Source: HTC Home; via: InToWindows

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3 years ago

We take the WP7 NES emulator for a spin - MegaMan 2 [Video]

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The NES EMU 7 project, which made headlines over the weekend for reportedly not being allowed in the Marketplace (even though no has tried to submit it), is back with some improvements.

In fact, if you have some techy knowledge and an unlocked device you can now make your own emulator + NES game to load on your phone. We did just that with MegaMan 2 (ka-lassic!) and gave it a spin on our Focus.

The NES EMU 7 project is being done by one person right now and it still has some ways to go, but so far it's looks promising. We'll check back in a few weeks to see how it progresses.

Source: NES EMU 7

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3 years ago

Glyder: Adventure Worlds - Review + Video

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Glyder: Adventure Worlds - Review + Video

Glyder: Adventure Worlds is a flying simulation game. You can think of it as a mobile cousin to Pilotwings. A strange cousin that no one really wants to hang out with for too long. You know the kind. They're actually pretty cool at first and can be a lot of fun but after about an hour with them you begin to realize that, in reality, they're annoying and only seemed fun because you were bored in the first place.

So why should you consider spending any time with Glyder: Adventure Worlds? Read on to see how this strange cousin performs as a substantial time killer.

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