Unique Autosport is a popular automotive detailing, customization company that offers everything from custom wheels to audio systems to custom painting to custom graphics. They are now offering cases for Windows Phones.
The top loading, leather case is adorned with the companies "UA" logo and sports a rotating belt clip. A magnetic flap folds over the top of your Windows Phone to keep the phone securely in place.
There's a discussion going on over in the WPCentral Forums concerning Windows Phone 7 apps and what to do if you accidentally delete one from your phone. Unlike Windows Mobile, there isn't a centralize listing of the Marketplace apps your purchased to re-install from. This doesn't mean all is lost.
You'll need to access the Marketplace from your Windows Phone. From there all you need to do is go into the Marketplace, find the app you need to re-install and go through the installation/purchase steps. Instead of choosing how to pay for the app, you'll be notified, "You've already purchased this app. Would you like to install it again?".
Just tap "install" and you'll re-install the app. You'll find the full discussion over here in the forums.
One of the popular complaints of Windows Phone 7 is the lack of native Twitter integration. Fortunately for those of us that are regulars in the twitterverse there are several Twitter clients in the Windows Phone 7 marketplace. Keep reading for a quick look at the Twitter clients that are available for Windows Phone 7. (You should also follow us on Twitter if you're not already. We are @wpcentral. Individual writers are @malatesta77, @coppertop004, @tferrill. Other Smartphone Experts that we recommend are @backlon, @philnickinson, and @palmsolo.)
Monopoly, the family game night classic, has made its way to the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. Offering all of the strategy and fun of the original, Monopoly for Windows Phone 7 is the perfect game for casual gamers looking to kill some time with their Windows Phone. To see what makes Monopoly stand out, see the full review after the jump.
Although MS Tag has been around for a few years now, it really didn't launch till early 2009. The big competitor to Microsoft's High Capacity Color Barcode (HCCB) system would be the more universal QR Code, which is popular in Japan and has been adopted by the Google juggernaut and Android.
So it's interesting to see MS Tag appearing in a commercial on the Independent Film Channel (IFC) for the new series Portlandia. The Tag appears at the end of the commercial and upon scanning it, it takes you to YouTube to watch an extended preview of the show.
Once again, nothing revolutionary here nor unique but it's good to see Microsoft's much nicer looking Tag getting a bit more mainstream. One hopes that these "partner" barcodes get more widespread as scanning for more information, apps, links, etc. is a great use of smartphone technology.
Bluetooth headphones come in a variety of shapes and sizes. I’ve had the opportunity to review several different models in the past, and they all have different strengths. My Samsung SBH600 headphones are perfect for listening to music or watching a movie for a long period of time while the Motorola S305’s are my personal favorite in terms of comfort and portability. When it comes to using Bluetooth headphones for exercising, Motorola’s S10-HD sets the bar.
Sweatproof, perfect for use while exercising
Not the most comfortable or best sounding headphones.
Have you ever had the desire to play the role of a god? Control the weather, wildlife and decide the fate of your world's inhabitants? Ngmoco is offering Pocket God for your Windows Phone that puts you in the role of god over a prehistoric land and a tribe of pygmies.
Exercise your powers by controling all aspects of the resident pygmy's environment. You have multiple locations to choose from (island, graveyard, iceberg) and a handful of tools to either make the pygmy's life pleasant or disasterous.
The game has experienced popularity on other formats and to see how it shakes out on Windows Phone 7, ease on past the break.
Looking for an addictive game for your Windows Phone? Like word puzzles? Look no further than Trine's Hangman. Gydar Industries has developed a hangman fashioned word game for Windows Phone 7 that is highly addictive and very entertaining.
The game itself is simple. You try to guess the word, one letter at a time. Each wrong letter ads a piece of the gallows and your hangman's body. Your afforded nine wrong guesses before the picture is complete and you loose.
One of the great things about Trine's Hangman is that your scores are a collective of all the puzzles. So while you may miss a word, your game continues. Don't worry about running out of words any time soon. Trine's comes loaded with 10,000 words and phrases.
But there's a lot more to Trine's Hangman than simply guessing letters. To find out more on this Windows Phone game, follow the break.
We all remember that now famous interview with Joe Belfiore at the "D: Dive into Mobile" a few weeks ago, most notoriously because when pressured, Belfiore would not reveal any sales numbers (they later reneged). While some members of the elite press were allowed to attend, us plebeians had to settle for 2nd hand reporting, not being able to see the whole thing.
Now, All Things D has posted the entire video for your holiday viewing pleasure. So why not grab your morning coffee, hopefully your new Windows Phone and curl up to your square-headed family member for an early tech nerd out? Length 36mins.
Oh and try to rage too hard at ol' Mossy. (Although we're sending him the bill for our destroyed monitor)
Update: There's a $0.99 version which also features a Live tile/counter, seen above
We reviewed Send to WP7 a few weeks ago, the little app that allows you to send links and text to your phone through your browser, but now a new competitor is in town: Browser To Windows Phone 7
Although the theory and setup is the same, Browser to... goes further as far as options. For one, it divides up text vs links. Second, doing a long press on the text or link allows you to "act on" the information in a much more useful way. Specifically:
After link is sent , you can:
navigate the link with Browser
send the link via SMS
send the link via EMail
After selection/custom text is sent, you can:
search text with Google
search text with Bing
send text via SMS
send text via EMail
delete a text
Of course, Send to WP7 could enable those features too, but for now, we like the more robust features in Browser to Windows Phone 7. Seems like a real great way for saving information "offline" for later use. The app is free and can be found here in the Marketplace and here is the developer's page for more info.
United Nations News is a free app by developer Justin Angel (see "Neurons" video) that pulls down all the top news right from the United Nations, including articles, video, radio and pictures.
Although many people don't follow the U.N. directly, this app makes a strong case to get you to do just that due to its excellent user experience and UI layout. In short, it's just darn nice to lookat (even if the news is a bit sullen).
The app is of course free, open source and now award-winning. Those are three reasons why you should give it a spin, plus, it might make you a better global citizen if you know what's going on in the world. Just sayin'. Grab it here in the Marketplace.
Have you ever wanted to hop into a canon and blast yourself through a flaming hoop? We've all been there, obviously. Not all of us have ever had the chance to follow through with that lofty goal but we can at least live vicariously through Slinky the clown. As Slinky, the ambitious big-top star of Carneyvale: Showtime, you'll be able to live the dream.
See how high into the ranks of Carnival fame you can blast yourself to in this addictive vertical scroller. Video and full review after the jump.
Although WP7 can support many characters (we had an email written in Thai read just beautifully), full-on language support is a whole other issue. Microsoft is busy at regionalizing WP7 for Asian markets and we can expect that in the second half of 2011. Until then, developer "kaorun" (Kaoru Nakajima) is in the early stages of bringing Japanese to Windows Phone 7 through his app called FlickPad X2.
The app is distributed via XAP file and he plans to publish it to the Marketplace in the future (whether or not it gets through is another issue). Evidently, you can do email and web searches in Japanese as well as other functions. Seems good to us and we're pretty impressed.
Check out the video after the break to see it in action.
While Windows Phone 7 devices are available in many countries the access to the Windows Phone Marketplace isn't. According to an online petition, the Marketplace is only available in seventeen countries and Windows Phone 7 owners want that to change.
The petition is directed to Microsoft and simply asks:
"We would like to ask you to allow access to the international marketplace worldwide or, at the very least, for customers in all the countries were the phones are available, as soon as possible. In case there are objective reasons why this is not possible we would kindly ask you to inform the general public of the issues involved and a roadmap for the worldwide availability of the marketplace."
The request sounds reasonable and it would be depressing to have a shiny new Samsung Focus with no bells and whistles. Granted in Microsoft's defense there could be trade restrictions, currency exchange issues, and other hurdles to overcome.
If you're interested in joining the cause and signing the online petition you can find more information here. As of this posting 416 signatures have been obtained.