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3 years ago

Coin Toss OMG - App Spotlight

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Coin Toss OMG - App Spotlight

Coin Toss OMG is described as an ultra realistic 3D coin toss for your Windows Phone. The toss can be initiated by tapping your Windows Phone screen or shaking your phone.

While Coin Toss OMG sounds like a simple app, it has a wide range of settings that sets it apart from other coin toss apps. You have seven coin types to choose from ranging from an U.S. Indian Head penny to several versions of the Euro. You can toss multiple coins, follow the toss from multiple angles, turn on/off a gravity tilt (coin slides with the angle of the phone) and choose from multiple backgrounds.

Graphics and sound effects are really nice. I just wish it had a larger coin in the selection (say, a U.S. Silver Dollar). Regardless, if you need a coin toss app as a novelty or to use as a decision maker, Coin Toss OMG is worth a try. It's a free app and you can find it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Summary of the Week: July 18-24, 2011

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Welcome to your weekly round-up. The pre-Mobile Nations bulletin that's posted every Sunday by yours truly. Let's kick off with yet another WPCentral Podcast (episode 118), not to mention last week's Mobile Nations Monday brief accompanied by this week's episode. This week's interviewee was James Mundy, developer of Travelnapp. Head on past the short break for the lowdown and gossip. 

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3 years ago

Fotobank - App Spotlight

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Fotobank - App Spotlight

Your Windows Phone is a great way to share photos. Fotobank is a Windows Phone app that has been around for some time that allows you to search the internet for photos by keyword or category.

Categories include landscapes, flowers, buildings, sports, science and art. Fotobank also has a history of your searches for easy reference. Once you find a picture you like or need, you can save the image to your phone.

Fotobank is a free, ad-support application and you can download it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Amateur Mango advert for assignment [Video]

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3 years ago

Dell Venue Pro - Review

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Dell Venue Pro - Review

Dell made a shaky entrance into the Windows Phone 7 market. You had supply issues, quality control issues and software headaches. Slowly but surely these problems are getting ironed out with the Venue Pro but does it leave consumers with a quality Windows Phone?

While some may see this as being late to the table (Dell isn't that generous with review units), we decided to take advantage of the $299.99 sale and ordered a few on our own. Out of the box, the Venue Pro makes a nice first impression. The 4.1" AMOLED Screen has a good bit of pop to it with vibrant colors and sharp contrast. But does the positive first impression last?

Just make the jump past the break to see if the Dell Venue Pro continued to shine or dulled a little after several days of use.

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3 years ago

Words by Post now allows you to play against iPhone users

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One thing there's no shortage of in the Marketplace is Scrabble-type games. Words by Post is one of those and is very similar to Alpha Jax (see AlphaJax vs Spell It!).

The difference though is Words by Post is also on the iPhone and Android and version 2.0 of the game just hit, bringing inter-play between those platforms. Yes, now you can play against your iPhone friends (if you have those) and presumably Android as well, making this one of the first Scrabble games to bring cross platform gaming to our system.

The game comes in two variates: free (ads in game) or paid ($2.99), features rankings, push notifications for turn-taking, shake to reorder tiles, chat, etc., making quite it robust. We like the sound of this and enjoy the game design so far, so it may be worth a spin.

Pick up the paid version here in the Marketplace or try out the free, ad-supported one here.

(Thanks, Ian H., for the tip!)

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3 years ago

Lazyworm YouTube app updated 2.4, sports live tile

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The free Lazyworm YouTube app has been updated to version 2.4, which brings some new features including live tile notifications, volume slider in video playback and an option to toggle Music & video hub synchronization. The live tile supports push notifications for up to three subscriptions.

In the video above, as well as demoing version 2.4 of their app, the developer also touches on version 3.0 being worked on, hopefully arriving before Mango. Both the free and paid versions of the Lazyworm YouTube app will receive the upcoming update that will bring new features as well as sporting a new interface.

You can download the free Lazyworm Youtube app and purchase LazyTube (Zune links) from the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Reminder - WPCentral Contest: What mobile game would you like ported to Windows Phone?

Here's a reminder just in case you missed our initial mention of this contest or were unclear on the rules.

We want to know what games you’d like to see ported from another mobile OS to Windows Phone, and we’re giving away Xbox Live Avatar props for your trouble. To enter, visit this forum thread and tell us the following:

What one game would you most like to see ported from another mobile OS to Windows Phone as an Xbox Live title, and why? Remember, we’re only asking about games that are already available on other cell phones – not console games. Try to name the developer as well. You only get one entry, so make it count.

We will choose the nine most interesting and/or convincing responses and give their writers a redeemable code for a Beards and Beaks Avatar prop that can’t be purchased on the Marketplace. This contest is open to readers from any nation, but we can’t guarantee the codes will work outside of the US. It’s the journey that matters, not the destination!

Entries must be received by 10 AM PST on Tuesday, July 26.  Good luck everyone.

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3 years ago

Official 'Need For Speed Autolog' released

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For those of you who are Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit freak (see review), you'll want to get this companion app ASAP. Official released via EA, it's similar to Halo Waypoint, allowing you to track and follow your friends playing N4S on console or PC:

The award-winning Need For Speed Hot Pursuit is built around Autolog. It’s the intelligent engine and the centre of the most connected Need For Speed ever, keeping you in the middle of the action both in and out of the game. Autolog is created to allow you to connect, compare and compete with your Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Friends. When playing as a Cop or a Racer, your accomplishments are constantly compared against your friends to deliver the very best in connected social competition. Features:

  • Recommendations
  • Wall
  • Profile
  • News
  • Photos

Overall, the app looks well polished and a great way to extend your racing stats and keep "social" with your competition. Plus it's free, of course. If it appeals to you, race on over to the Marketplace to pick it up.

(Thanks, VisceralBishop, for the heads up!)

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3 years ago

Facebook updated to 2.1

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Facebook updated to 2.1

Back on the 18th Facebook posted that they were aware of the problems loading images with Facebook for Windows Phone and were working on a fix. The fix landed this morning with the version 2.1 update.

The problem was that users couldn't see picture galleries of friends. An annoying little bug seeing that part of the Facebook attraction is the ability to share photos as well as thoughts.

Version 2.1 was pushed out this morning and now we can see photos from all our friends. If you haven't downloaded your free copy of the Facebook for Windows Phone app, you can find it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

Thanks goes out to Shipwreck for the tip!

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3 years ago

Phonealytics - Review

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Phonealytics - Review

Analytics, the right-hand man for any web developer or e-consultant, is the base of all marketing campaigns, social expeditions and performance reports for any website. Google Analytics is the freely available and widely used software offered by the search giant for webmasters to take advantage of. The beauty of Google Analytics is the integration it has with Feedburner and Adsense as well as available APIs. It's freely available and offers webmasters with a fairly accurate picture of how a web property is performing (should visitors have JavaScript enabled). Although one must remember that nothing can compare to server-side software like AWStats etc. with accuracy.

The most useful data that's looked at includes visits/visitors, bounce rate, time-on-site and sources. As mentioned above, it's vital for marketing, reports and optimization of software or pages. Visits and visitors are counted and recorded to calculate the ratio for new visits against returning visitors. Bounce rate determines how relevant or effective your site is to captured audience. Time-on-site is pretty self-explanatory, while sources covers where visitors came from (be it search engines, direct or referring sites).

Unfortunately, since Google Analytics makes use of Flash for graph rendering, the service is less-than available on smartphone platforms that do not support Flash. How would a Windows Phone user keep up with site statistics while on the go? Allow me to introduce Phonealytics, by Luke Lowrey. 

Pros: 
Fantastic Metro UI design Google Analytics on the go Fast and simple
Cons: 
Could do with more reports (Adsense etc.)
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3 years ago

Developer Interview: James Mundy of Travelnapp

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This week James Mundy is our Windows Phone developer interviewee. Being the brains (and brawn) behind Travelnapp, he has allowed WP7 commuters to take a break from busy city life and zone out to their imaginary realm without missing their train stop. As well as travelling on rails, the app works for just about anything, travelling by car, bus or even walking (if you somehow manage to sleepwalk).

Check out the interview after the break.

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3 years ago

WPCentral Contest: What mobile game would you like ported to Windows Phone?

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We want to know what games you’d like to see ported from another mobile OS to Windows Phone, and we’re giving away Xbox Live Avatar props for your trouble. To enter, visit this forum thread and tell us the following:

What one game would you most like to see ported from another mobile OS to Windows Phone as an Xbox Live title, and why? Remember, we’re only asking about games that are already available on other cell phones – not console games. Try to name the developer as well. You only get one entry, so make it count.

We will choose the nine most interesting and/or convincing responses and give their writers a redeemable code for a Beards and Beaks Avatar prop that can’t be purchased on the Marketplace. This contest is open to readers from any nation, but we can’t guarantee the codes will work outside of the US. It’s the journey that matters, not the destination! Entries must be received by 10 AM PST on Tuesday, July 26.

Head past the break for additional contest details and free cookies!

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3 years ago

Mobile Nations 3

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Mobile Nations 3

Phil, Kevin, Derek, Dan, and Rene talk Netflix on Android, media on Mobile, the RIM-pire striking back, news execs at webOS, Nokia Windows Phones, 20 million iPhones, and hitting the budget buyer sweet spot. Bringing together the heads of state of Android, BlackBerry, iOS, webOS, and Windows Phone for full on round-table action. This is Mobile Nations!

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3 years ago

AT&T customers file arbitration against T-Mobile merger

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A New York law firm, Bursor & Fisher, has filed arbitration against ATT in a bid to prevent the purchase of T-Mobile.  The eleven separate cases come on behalf of ATT custromers who claim that the acquisition violates the Clayton Antitrust Act and will negatively affect consumers.

The merger still needs to make it through the Department of Justice and FCC gauntlets, but attorney Steve Brusor sees this as one more measure that can be taken to prevent it:

“Government enforcement is an important part of the antitrust laws, but the Clayton Act also permits private parties who may be adversely affected to challenge a proposed merger. That means any AT&T cellphone, data or iPad customer who will suffer higher prices and diminished service because of this merger can sue to stop it from happening.”

His firm has created a website, in hopes of finding more ATT users who want to join the fight.  The strategy is simple, yet brilliant.  Ma Bell requires customers to agree to a contract that prohibits them from filing class-action lawsuits, instead forcing them into mediated arbitration, at ATT's expense nonetheless.  The plan is to bring as many arbitration cases against ATT as possible, in hopes of getting at least one mediator to rule in favor of the plaintiff.  If that happens, Bursor thinks there is a strong case to shoot down the deal. 

Despite this, as well as the joint efforts of consumer advocate groups and wireless carriers like Sprint, it's still an uphill battle.  ATT is a huge company and has gained the support of countless politicians, lobbyists and other corporations.  And although ATT was not available to comment on the arbitration cases directly, they seemed confident during an earnings call yesterday that the deal would go through as early as Q1 2012.

Source: AllThingsD

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