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3 years ago

Windows Phone developer Elbert Perez reaches a million downloads

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More good news for Elbert Perez and OccassionalGamer. Collectively, Perez's Windows Phone games has passed the millionth download mark. As of January 14, 2012 OccassionalGamer titles have recorded 1,002,760 downloads. Not too shabby.

The titles leading the download parade include Armored Drive at 224,875 downloads and Impossible Shoota at 156,267 downloads.

There's little doubt of Perez's success with Windows Phone game development. From the number of downloads to the revenue they generate, OccassionalGamer is definitely one of Windows Phone's success stories.  

You can catch our roundup of OccassionalGamer titles here.

Source: OccassionalGamer

 

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3 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: AutoPanorama

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AutoPanorama, as the name implies, is a panorama app for your Windows Phone. The app is very similar to Pano and will stitch two or more images together to create that wide panoramic look for landscapes, indoor shots or any other situation where you can't step back far enough to get everything captured in one shot.

AutoPanorama can do a decent job at merging the individual photographs to create panoramas.  But I found that the app struggles more times than not to create a seamless, level stitching or merging of the photographs.  AutoPanorama is a nice option for Windows Phone cameras that lack a native panorama feature but you need a bit of patience and a sturdy tripod.

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3 years ago

US Cellular brings 8107 Windows Phone update to HTC 7 Pro

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In a first for a US carrier, US Cellular has reportedly begun distributing the 8107 OS update to the HTC 7 Pro (aka Arrive) owners. We've had numerous reports come in from readers that they started receiving the update within the last 48 hours with more reports coming in.

That's both exciting and frustrating as US Cellular is the "sixth largest" carrier here in the States, serving up CDMA coverage to 6.1 million subscribers. Sprint too has the the HTC 7 Pro (aka Arrive) with CDMA bands meaning this update could, theoretically, be ready to roll out there--should Sprint choose to do so. Likewise, it's a bit funny to see the small carrier outshining the likes of AT&T, who has eight Windows Phones (if counting Venue Pro) and yet has not rolled out this update nor the previous 7740 just yet.

Still, with at least one US carrier now pushing this out, it gives some hope to Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T and of course Sprint. But we're not betting anything here just yet.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Deal Alert: Unlocked Dell Venue Pro at Buy.com for $269

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Looks like Buy.com merchants are starting to get a little WP7-happy.  First, we saw the Samsung Focus on sale for a cool $215, and now you can find the unlocked Dell Venue Pro for a low $269.  This is nearly 30% less than its usual $379 and $30 less than Dell's own website.  The DVP is the only Windows Phone with a vertical-sliding QWERTY keyboard.   And...Dell just released the 8107 OS update, so what's stopping you?!

Source: Buy.com; Thanks for the tip, santacruz20000!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Marketplace outage in regions?

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We've received a number of reports that the Windows Phone Marketplace has been causing some issues at some point today, with the infamous "c101b001" error code when attempting to purchase (or download) an app. So far we're aware of trouble for the UK, U.S., Ireland, Netherlands and Italy.

The UK now has access again, so hopefully this is just a maintenance outage. Let us know in the comments should you be encountering problems, and which region you're accessing from. Some users have taken the issue to Microsoft Answers to seek assistance and populate a list of affected markets.

Thanks David (and everyone else) for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Dell shocks world, releases 8107 OS update for unlocked Venue Pro?

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In what is undoubtedly a very pleasant surprise if you're an owner of an unlocked Dell Venue Pro, you can now reportedly upgrade your device to OS 8107.

For those unfamiliar, OS 8107 addresses the disappearing keyboard issue as well as other security fixes and patches. In addition, prior to receiving 8107 the user will be prompt for 7740, a previous update which also addresses some bugs e.g. voicemail notifications and Exchange 2003 email errors.

We received numerous reports of the DVP getting the update (although our is just showing 7740 as being the latest).  If accurate, this is great news for Dell owners, especially as the OEM has unceremoniously dropped out from further smartphone development for the foreseeable future.

Hit us up on comments if your DVP has received 8107 in the last 24 hours.

Thanks, Arnout and Sven Z., for the tips!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone to overtake iOS in 2015?

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IHS iSuppli Mobile & Wireless Communications Service is inclined to believe that Windows Phone will overtake Apple's share of the smartphone market by 2015.  Their projections show Microsoft's market share taking a huge leap from 2011's 1.9% to 9% by the end of this year.  From there, they predict another jump in 2013, where things will level off to slow and steady growth, eventually overtaking Apple's iOS by one tenth of one percent.

IHS gives credit for this rise almost entirely to Nokia, who garnered huge praise for their Lumia 900 at CES and announced their line of 4G phones for the US. 

“One of the hottest new products unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show was the Lumia 900, a Windows Phone-based smartphone sporting a flashy set of features that makes it competitive with the best alternatives offered by the Android camp,” said Wayne Lam, senior analyst for wireless communications at IHS. “This hot product represents Nokia’s first step to reclaim its market share. Combined with Nokia’s efforts to drive the development of the Windows Phone ecosystem, the Lumia 900 and its successors will help Microsoft to reclaim its No. 2 ranking in smartphone operating system market share in 2015.”

We've heard this kind of prediction before and remain skeptical, as always.  While it looks like Windows Phone will indeed catch on and become a force in the smartphone market, claims like this should always be taken with a grain of salt.

Source: iSuppli; Thanks, damthman, for the tip yesterday

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3 years ago

Entertainment Weekly shows off TITAN II, mention Lumia 900

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Entertainment Weekly, one of the most popular pop-culture mags here in the States had a nice but prominent mention of the HTC TITAN II and the Nokia Lumia 900 in their January 27th edition (page 25). The magazine praises the TITAN II as being "zippy and smooth", "brilliant 4.7" screen" and of course positive mention of its 16MP camera (see samples).

Just another example of how Windows Phone is steadily leeching into the mainstream media and being featured with other big tech stories.

Thanks, Darrell D., for the photo!

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 900 headed to Portugal, elsewhere?

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Even though officially Nokia is suppose to be mum on the issue, that hasn't stopped Nokia Portugal via their Facebook page from speaking about the 900 availability there.

In a comment on their wall they explicitly state that the Lumia 900 will be launching there at some point:

"Por fim, respondendo à questão do Daniel, sim, vamos também lançar o Nokia 900 em Portugal." / "Finally, answering the question Daniel, yes, we will also launch the Nokia 900 in Portugal. "

And no, they don't seem to be confusing it with the Lumia 800 which is what the original discussion was about. The Lumia 900 was announced as an AT&T "exclusive" but many believe that deal to only last from anywhere from 45 days to 3 months, with world-wide launches coming by mid 2012. Next month, Mobile World Congress is occurring in Barcelona and it may be a good time for Nokia to start announcing when that device will launch for the rest of the world. At any rate, we're seeing more and more of these smaller Nokia channels mentioning the device, which is a good sign.

Source: Facebook; Thanks, João and Francisco F, for the tips!

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3 years ago

NASA ringtones for WP7 free until the end of February

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In space, no one can hear you scream...but thanks to Help Software, they can at least hear your phone ring.  Their NASA ringtones, which will normally run you $.99 are now free until the end of February.  The set includes sounds from Apollo and Mercury missions, Sputnik’s beeping, shuttle launches and more. 

“NASA has been making historic sounds for over 50 years,” said Jerry Colen, NASA App project manager at the agency’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.  "Now we’re making some of these memorable sounds easy to find and use.”

The app contains 24 different ringtones that you can preview and save to your phone. 

Get them here before they fly away.

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3 years ago

Square sharing app released to the Windows Phone Marketplace

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We previously took a sneak peek at the app Square (with a quick video demo), developed by Lawrence Gripper (the developer behind the BBC News Mobile app), Chris Sienkiewicz and Dave Crawford. Square is a photo and contact sharing app which uses QR codes allowing for seamless transfers to be carried out between platforms.  

One can download Square from the Marketplace for free. Check out (and "like") the Facebook page for more information and updates.

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3 years ago

Torchbear for Windows Phone updated to version 1.4

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Torchbear, the popular social location based game for your Windows Phone, has been updated. Version 1.4 allows users to exchange with at least three of the nearest torches with no distance limitations. For those not familiar with Torchbear, you create a torch that is passed around from player to player to see who's torch travels the furthest. A torch is a message with a mission and purpose. For example, your favorite dessert is chocolate cream pie and you want to have others share what their favorite dessert is.

Other changes that come along with version 1.4 include:

  • Total Distance now displayed in the player summary screen
  • Players receive one point for unique torch exchanges greater than 10 miles
  • Maps now autozoom to show all torch positions
  • A menu option has been added to "Tell a Friend" about torchbear

You also have the customary minor bug fixes and game flow changes to improve the experience. Torchbear is a free application and does require member registration (free) to participate in the game.

You can grab your copy of Torchbear here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

BoxShot updated, bringing 'pinnable' folder functionality to your Windows Phone

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BoxShot, a light Dropbox app for Windows Phone, has been updated to 2.2. In this update we now have pinnable folder functionality, allowing users to pin individual folders from their Dropbox account to the home screen for more convenient access. The app will also now be displayed in the Pictures Hub under the "Applications" pivot, and a few fixes were thrown into the mix.

You can download Boxshot from the Marketplace for just $.99 (79p), with a free (ad-supported) version available. Be sure to check out our full review of the app too.

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3 years ago

Puzzle Quest 2: Xbox Windows Phone Review

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Puzzles games often feature enjoyable gameplay, but they rarely give users a reason to keep on playing beyond chasing high scores (or Achievements). That’s what made the original Puzzle Quest so special. Australian developer Infinite Interactive (later bought out by Firemint) had the revolutionary idea of combining the core gameplay of a puzzle game with a sizable RPG adventure. Naturally a slightly less-inspired sequel followed, this time branching out to even more platforms. Namco handled the Windows Phone port of Puzzle Quest 2, squeezing the lengthy console game into a tiny mobile package.

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3 years ago

Grooveshark support for Windows Phone hangs on IE bug fix

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James Hartig has published a blog article that outlines the reasoning behind the Grooveshark music streaming service not working on Windows Phone (via HTML5). It's all down to... hold your breath... a bug in Internet Explorer. Who would have thought, eh? According to Hartig, once he looked into the problem (after a number of Windows Phone owners complained that streaming could not be achieved) he came up with the following conclusion.

"It seems that the AJAX calls we were making to our API were failing when they were requested over HTTPS. The Microsoft team states that it is a bug with IE8 that you cannot do AJAX calls through XDomainRequest to HTTPS pages from HTTP pages. They never bothered to fix it for IE9. The simple solution would be to just load the site in HTTPS and make all calls in HTTPS, however that is not possible right now.

We only have 1 call to HTTPS on the site right now, but in the future, users will need to login and perform actions that require HTTPS, so this issue is quite the show-stopper."

So it seems we will not be seeing support for Grooveshark anytime soon, and with the issues they're having with apps on iOS and Android (pressure from record labels), we doubt we'll be seeing an official Windows Phone app anytime soon. We did have Music Shark for a while, but this app doesn't appear to be available.

Source: James Hartig, via: WPSauce

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