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3 years ago

International unlocked HTC TITAN now receiving 8107 OS update

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We've been waiting on our unlocked, international HTC TITAN to get the notification for the 8107 OS update which fixes the disappearing keyboard (and a half dozen other items) and today is that day. Reader Israel I. alerted us to his TITAN getting the update so we just plugged ours in and bam, 8107 is ready to be installed.

While this means little for AT&T users (no, this does not mean you're getting 8107. as that's AT&T's decision) it's a good sign for many of us who use HTC's flagship phone in its pristine and unlocked state. The 8107 patch seems like the final refinement of the Mango update from this summer and we look forward to other Windows Phones joining the crowd.

Still no word on any US carriers deploying 8107, but we'll keep an eye out.

Update: And no, no new firmware was loaded. Same builds as from the December update.

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3 years ago

SEGA Gamegear-Master emulator on the way to Windows Phone Marketplace

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Game emulators are always popular and so long as they don't offer the ROMs on board, they seem to be okay in the Windows Phone Marketplace. So it's with great excitement that we're anticipating the first SEGA Gamegear-Master emulator to land within a few days for your purchase.

The emulator, seen above in below in some screenshots, will cost $1.29 and there will be a trial for you to take for a spin. Named Sonic's Jewels, the emulator seems to be a spin off of the popular homebrew app Wario's Jewels 7 (WJ7) and features URL importation for games as well as Skydrive integration. In addition, game saves and even GameGenie codes are supported meaning this should be a fairly solid emulator, assuming the frame-rate and controls are good.

We'll see about getting an early hands on. In the meantime, start looking for some games you may want to play as over 500 are supported.

Source: Facebook

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3 years ago

GasBuddy for Windows Phone gets updated

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The Windows Phone app GasBuddy has been updated to version 2.0. GasBuddy helps find the best gas prices in your location and allows you to report gas prices for others to take advantage of.

The updated version brings:

  • Directions provided by BING Maps
  • Easier gas price posting
  • An auto completion feature for searches
  • User awards/achievements
  • Improved GPS performance

The update also includes the customary bug fixes/performance improvements.

GasBuddy has a free membership option that allows you report local gas prices. In doing so, you earn points that can be redeemed for chances to win free gas. If you don't want to sign up for a membership, you can still use the Windows Phone app to find the best gas prices in your area. You can search for gas prices by city, state, zip code or just tap the gas pump icon to pull up prices based on your current location.

We've only tinkered with GasBuddy for a short time but it looks like an easy way to help save gasoline costs.  GasBuddy currently covers the U.S. and Canadian markets and is a free, ad-supported app that you can grab here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Thanks, Jed, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Microsoft nixes MIX 2012

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Microsoft nixes MIX 2012

Microsoft has announced that there will not be a MIX Developer conference this year. Instead, Microsoft will merge the spring conference for web developers and designers into the company's next major developer's conference that will come about in the coming year.

A combination of factors led to this decision. Microsoft believes that the notion that the web community of developers is separate and distinct from the community of developers no longer exists. Instead, web discussion should be a part of any development discussion. There was also feedback from the developers voicing confusion over which event to attend.

Posting on the Microsoft Blog Tim O'Brien, Microsoft's General Manager - Developer and Platform Evangelism, states:

"As we look ahead to 2012 and beyond, the goal is to ensure that global Microsoft developer events are of the caliber that many of you experienced at BUILD last September, in addition to the thousands of online and local developer events we host around the world to support communities and connect directly with developers."

There were no specifics on the when and where of Microsoft's new developer event. While MIX began as a web oriented developer conference, it did seem to expand into other areas.  MIX 11 was heavily concentrated with Windows Phone development issues.  All of which leaves us with the question, is cancelling MIX and creating a larger more inclusive developer event a good thing or bad?

source: Microsoft Blog

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3 years ago

Rumor: Microsoft doing away with Microsoft Points system

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Here’s a rumor that many gamers probably hope will come true: Microsoft may be doing away with the Microsoft Points virtual currency system. According to Inside Mobile Apps, who cites an inside source, the change will take place by the end of the year.

Microsoft Points have been around since the Xbox 360 launched in 2005. MS Points were originally used to buy Xbox Live Arcade games and downloadable content for Xbox 360 games, though their use has expanded to include purchases for Games for Windows Live (PC), Zune media, and DLC for a handful of Windows Phone games (Beards & Beaks, Gravity Guy, and Bug Village). 400 Microsoft Points equals five US dollars, though the exchange rate varies in other regions.

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3 years ago

Free XBOX's with the Nokia Lumia 800 in South Africa

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The official date for the Lumia 800 release in South Africa was set for the 7th of February, but Simon Dingle has just tweeted out the image above.

If you struggle to read white on red, then here's the breakdown: The Nokia Lumia 800 will see it's first promotion on the 26'th January starting at 8AM. The first 200 people to purchase will get a free XBOX (presumably a 360). Seems like a pretty good deal, although obviously there is no pricing mentioned.

So what is the significance of the 26'th? That's the morning after the Nokia Lumia 800 launch event held at the Vodacom Dome, which is tomorrow.

Stay frosty, and lookout for our report from the launch tomorrow!

Source: Simon Dingle

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Accessory Review: RF3 ENVi Headphone

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Here's a relatively new Windows Phone accessory that jumped off the computer screen at me. The RF3 ENVi corded headsets use AirCom2 technology to keep potentially harmful radiation away from your noggin'. Using natural wood earpieces is another feature that makes these corded headsets unique.

We took a look at the Mono-earphone model (comes in a two piece stereo model as well) and the RF3 performed really well. The ENVi headphone does approach things a little differently than your typical corded headset. Typical headsets send the audio signals through wires directly to a speaker that sits in your ear. The ENVi uses a SPL enhanced sound chamber that then channels the sounds up air tubes to a natural wood earbud. It basically puts the speaker down from the earpiece.

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3 years ago

Samsung Omnia W headed Down Under

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Samsung Omnia W headed Down Under

Australia is getting their first second generation Windows Phone, the Samsung Omnia W. The Windows Phone will launch on Telstra and will run $528 AU out of contract. You can snatch the Omnia W for $0 upfront on a $59 Freedom Connect Plan.

The Omnia W is essentially the Focus Flash that is being offered here in the States by AT&T. It sports a 3.7" Super AMOLED screen, 8gb of storage, a 1.4ghz processor and 5mp rear/VGA front cameras. While considered an entry or baseline Windows Phone, the Omnia W/Focus Flash is a solid performer. I have to agree with Wpdownunder's assessment that the Omnia W is a Windows Phone Pocket Rocket.

source: wpdownunder; Thanks, Sheeds, for the tip!

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3 years ago

8 Must-have tools for Windows Phone developers

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8 Must-have tools for Windows Phone developers

Here's something developers both new and experienced can all enjoy together. Doug Rathbone, writer of Diary of a Ninja has posted a very useful list of tools Windows Phone developers can use to make life that little bit simpler.

I'll let the full list do most of the talking as Doug has done an excellent job of summarising each of these tools and exactly why you should consider using them, but suffice to say there are several here that I hadn't heard of before. I'm particularly keen to try out SilverLight Spy, a Firebug-like tool for tweaking and adjusting your app's GUI on the fly.

Have you used these tools? Are there any you swear by that don't appear on this list? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Diary of a Ninja; via @WPUG

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3 years ago

"Extras!" companion app for "I'm a WP7!" goes the extra mile

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We know a lot of you folks enjoy your "I'm a WP7!". The free Windows Phone enthusiast app has had constant updates not for bug fixes but for new features nearly every few weeks. The developer, Liquid Daffodil has done a knock out job with the program by developing one of the most unique and dedicated communities around (well, except for our forums, ahem!). He's done all of this, remarkably, for free as that app doesn't even have ads in it--just straight gorgeous content.

Now, he's released a companion app called appropriately "I'm a WP7 Extras!" which brings a lot of advanced features that many users have been demanding. Of course, there is a price for those "premium" items which is $2.99. While some may balk at such a price, many users are more than pleased as the app sits with 5 out of 5 stars in the Marketplace right now. So, what do you get for the cost of a cup of coffee?

  • Change your Hive! (Actually “Swap” Hives with another user!
  • Use an image or photo as your Profile Pic!
  • Get access to ALL the Today’s Picks and Category Wallpapers for your own use!
  • Unlock the full Forums, GamerHub™, and all the Extras and other cool features of ...i’m a WP7!

In other words, some pretty cool features that make the main app and experience much better. Sure, not everyone needs all of those additional items and luckily for us the main app "I'm a WP7!" is still free and was just recently updated to version 3.9. But for those who want those bonus items, well, we have to give a thumbs up to "Extras!". Plus, if you use the main app, this is a great way to show the dev some appreciation for him keeping it free and ad-free.

Pick up "Extras!" here in the Marketplace for $2.99 and give the main app, "I'm a WP7!" a spin for free right here. We'll also see about doing a new review for the both of them later this week.

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3 years ago

DoDonPachi Maximum officially coming to Xbox Live

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Way back in July, WPCentral first reported that Japanese developer Cave would be developing a Windows Phone exclusive shoot-em-up game. But we only knew the genre, not the name of the game or much else. At last, Cave has officially announced DoDonPachi Maximum for Windows Phone.

DoDonPachi is Cave’s most popular shmup series. It’s your basic vertically-scrolling bullet hell shooter, packed with intense gameplay and large, impressive bosses. Strangely, the only American release has been the excellent iPhone version, DoDonPachi Resurrection. The Xbox 360 version of DoDonPachi Resurrection did come out in Europe though, and it’s mercifully region free, so it will play on US consoles.

While the DoDonPachi Maximum teaser website has gone live, it’s still scant in the way of details. We do know it will be an Xbox Live game with tough-as-nails Achievements. If the iOS version is any indication, expect a $6.99 price. Some folks will never be happy paying more than a handful of pennies for a phone game, and I doubt they will care for Maximum. But shmup fans are used to paying $50+ to import Cave’s games, making the phone versions a steal by comparison.

We’ll have some exclusive details on DoDonPachi Maximum in the weeks to come, so stay tuned!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Summary of the Week: January 16 - 22, 2012

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Welcome to your weekly roundup of Windows Phone news from WPCentral. We're slightly on the late side unfortunately due to time restraints and the lack of energy (not even a pack of Red Bull and countless coffees could beef up the energy bar). Kicking us off is episode 135 of the WPCentral podcast, where we have Rene Ritchie from our sister website iMore joining Dan and Jay.

The official WPCentral app has reached version 2.0, with 2.1 well on its way. A massive thanks to Jay for the incredible development that continues to splat bugs and introduce new features. Dave from the forums takes a minute to remind readers of the WPCentral Meta forum where suggestions can be posted and site announcements can be read. If that wasn't enough community action for you, why not dive into CES 2012 discussions? If development is more your thing, then we can cater for your needs with our newer developer section.

Be sure to head on past the break for the full weekly summary.

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3 years ago

From the Windows Phone Central Forums

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From the Windows Phone Central Forums

This week in the forums we are talking about the 8107 OS update. Microsoft started rolling out their 8107 update to unlocked phones, the Lumia 710 in Spain got it, the HTC Ultimate (aka TITAN) got it, even the Venue Pro got it. Did you get it? Jump in the forums and let us know. You can pick up all the important information about what's in the update from our main page: New Windows Phone OS update rolling out. Addresses disappearing keyboard and more.

There are other updates this week as well like the Lumia 800: "Lumia 800 'battery fix' update" but there are some issues. Join us in the forums to discuss the situation: Nokia Lumia 800 Battery Update Starts Today.

8107 Update on Vzw? What is this is Big Red giving some attention to Windows Phone? New Verizon Update - Not 8107 Though ...Thats right folks NOT 8107 come join us in the forums for the full discussion also you can get the full story from our Main page: Verizon Trophy users now getting radio update

Forums member btbam91 wants to tell us "One of the very few times I've ran into another WP!" Have you seen a Windows Phone in the wild? Come tell us your story.

While we are discussing updates why not talk about Apollo Rumors and Expectations. Got any? Let us know.

Our developers have been busy again this week we have lots of new additions to check out. Who doesn't have time for new apps and games so come check out our Application and Games Spotlight forums to pick up on all the "New Goodness"! Here are a few examples of this weeks additions:

Applications Spotlight

Games Spotlight

Remember the forums are more fun when you register so sign up today

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3 years ago

Nokia believed to have shipped 1 million Lumia Windows Phones

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Bloomberg has compiled an average estimation of 22 analysts for just how many Lumia Windows Phones the Finnish manufacturer has shipped. According to the compiled data, the estimated figure is 1.3 million. The projections range from 2 million to a single analyst predicting under the 1 million marker - 800 thousand.

Lee Simpson, a London-based analyst at Jefferies International, had the following to say on the estimations.

"There weren’t a lot of the hero handsets out there -- HTC were struggling, RIM didn’t have a show-me device, Sony Ericsson and Motorola weren’t really stepping into the mix, so there was probably enough space for Nokia to be able to point to fourth- quarter numbers they were happy with."

This fits in with what Morgan Stanley had in their chart for the 37 million Nokia handsets being shipped in 2012 prediction. If investors regain confidence in the company, and analysts continue to calculate impressive figures for the platform, we could hopefully see some positive marketing come from the headlines that will be pumped out.

Source: Bloomberg, via: Business Week

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3 years ago

Win a home office makeover with Windows Phone Twitter competition

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Are you working from home and still sport a CRT monitor with a keyboard that was manufactured in the 90s? Well this competition could be for you. The Windows Phone team are offering a chance for a lucky winner to receive a home office makeover, with celebrity designer and media personality Courtney Cachet. 

The prize will include:

  • A home office makeover consultation with Courtney Cachet.
  • A package from Microsoft - including a new Windows Phone, a Windows PC, and Microsoft Office.
  • Home office décor and accessories from popular online retailer hayneedle.com.

Entering the competition is simple (should you live in the U.S. of course - not eligible for everyone else) just send a tweet to both @WindowsPhone and @CACHETLIFESTYLE on the social network, that includes a picture or description of your home office and why it needs a makeover. Be sure to include the hashtag #WindowsPhoneWorks.

Check out the video after the break where we see Cachet handing out free Windows Phones to the public after a quick demonstration on features available, as well as a quick run through of the competition. For more information and the fine print, check out the official blog post over on the Windows Phone team blog.

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