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3 years ago

Weave updated to v3.5 adds YouTube, mp4, and podcast support

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Weave (see review) is a superb looking news reader app for Windows Phone. The built-in categories contain top sites and resources, with users being able to add more to any category. Articles can be shared with friends via social networking and email. Weave has recently been updated to 3.5, which brings YouTube, mp4, and podcast support.

If you're not aware of Weave, some app highlights:

  • 33 pre-loaded categories including world, financial, deals, fashion, video games, technology, and sports news just to name a few!
  • Add new categories at any time 
  • Over 180 pre-loaded, high-quality news sources including CNN, Wall Street Journal, ESPN, Engadget, USA Today, NY Times, IGN, Entertainment Weekly, and many more!
  • Feed search – you can search for new feeds by topic or website name
  • Easily manage your feeds and categories via the settings screen
  • Preview articles with a touch of a finger
  • View full articles at your leisure
  • Share articles with your friends, via email
  • Post an article to your Facebook wall
  • Tweet an article to your Twitter followers
  • Send an article to Instapaper

You can download Weave from the Marketplace for free (ad supported) with a paid version available.

Via: @SelesGames

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3 years ago

Android costing carriers $2B a year in service with Windows Phone faring better

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We know a few things about about Android: they're ubiquitous, have fragmentation, range from super cheaper to top of the line and now evidently they cost carriers a lot of money in service calls and repairs. Up to $2 billion a year, at least according to a white paper by Wireless Dat Service.

The study looked at over 600,000 support calls to carriers over the last 12 months. The results highlight that 14% of support calls dealing with Android related to hardware repairs whereas Windows Phone 7 came in at 11%. By comparison, BlackBerry was at 5.5% and the iPhone at 7%.

The results are clear: the tighter the grip the OS developer has on the hardware, the more reliable it is. RIM and Apple control their hardware in every which way since they literally design the OS and hardware together. Microsoft certainly has more control with their chassis requirements but ultimately it is up to OEMs like Samsung and HTC to make the device. Google is even more lax with Android, allowing anything and everything to go, hence a little more chaotic.

However, Tim Deluca-Smith, vice president of marketing at WDS does point out that it is because of Android's wild and uninhibited nature that it now commands much of the market, albeit at a price to customers--more hardware failures due to rush to market and less frequent OS updates. On that latter point, the report cites a 2010 study which notes "of 18 Android devices from the US, 10 were at least two major versions behind within their two-year contract period."

Microsoft truly has a middle of the road approach which is giving them more stable hardware and consistent user experience across devices. In addition, major OS updates like Mango seem to be going very well with nearly 50% of current phones already upgraded just five weeks after a slowly expanding rollout.

Perhaps the report will get carriers to reconsider betting everything on Android and look for a more cost-effective and reliable OS like Windows Phone.

Source: WDS (registration req); via Fierce Wireless, After Dawn

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3 years ago

Quick tease with the Nokia Lumia 800

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Quick tease with the Nokia Lumia 800

Allow this teaser to quench your appetite, we have a hands on coming up with the Nokia Lumia 800, and it's in the quiet rooms of a home instead of the busy bustle at Nokia World. Be sure to get in some microwave popcorn, stock up the beer fridge and join us when we take the handset for a spin and give our thoughts.

Until we publish the review, be sure to check out our quick run through of the Lumia 800, at Nokia World, after the break. 

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3 years ago

Offline navigation comes to Australia, New Zealand and Europe with Turn-by-Turn

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We've covered Turn-By-Turn before and recently reviewed their off-line mapping solution for the United States. The (relatively) more affordable navigation app was the first to offer regional and local downloading of offline data, which makes the app a bit faster, saves on precious battery life and uses no-data saving some money.

The catalog of offerings has expand greatly to many other countries and regions, as can be seen below. And now one of the more difficult areas has finally received its own custom maps: Australia. We've heard about folks in this region having a difficult time finding a GPS navigation app for Windows Phone, so they should be pretty excited. However, it comes at a cost: $40.99 for the app and maps.

That's certainly on the high end, though we imagine the cost is largely dictated the licensing fees that developer GPS Tuner needs to pay NAVTEQ to have access. But hey, at least you have an option now.

Likewise, in case you're a big Europe traveler, you can now just buy access to all of Europe's maps instead of country by country. That too will set you back some cash, about $50.99 to be exact, but at least you'll have everything you ever need right there on your phone.

Pick up Turn-By-Turn Australia & New Zealand here and the comprehensive Europe version here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Advertsing Nokia versus Apple at Phones 4U

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3 years ago

T-Mobile kicks off Radar 4G launch with new ad

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Tonight, Microsoft and T-Mobile held another Inner Circle event and kicked off the launch of the HTC Radar 4G (review coming up soon, we have a few in the house now). And as if by actual planning, T-Mobile actually has a real live TV commercial to show off the slick little device.

That's the good news. The bad news is it is just the same Radar commercial that is airing in the UK but re-dubbed. It's not really a bad thing though, after all outside of you and us who's gonna notice? Plus the commercial, while not focusing on the brand Windows Phone, does do a decent job of showing off the phone.

Yeah yeah, we know T-Mobile still needs an HD7 replacement. But lets allow the Radar 4G to have its moment in the sun, it deserves it. And our OS needs the attention too.

via: Windows Phone Daily

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3 years ago

RIM's woes gives Windows Phone the chance for third

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Funny how different things can be in two yearsr on the mobile front.

Early last year, Palm was still Palm, teetering under competition, but then got a life-saver by being purchased by HP. Of course that turned out to be a disaster and now Palm, webOS and that company's legacy seems to be sentenced to irrelevance. Symbian was still controlling large swaths of the market as was RIM, makers of the enterprise-friendly BlackBerry.  In fact, just two years ago, RIM was sitting in first place with a whopping 42% of the device market. Now in late 2011 in the US? Just 9% according to the latest numbers from Canalys.

Things are so bad for RIM right now that its stocks, valued at US $18.91 a share, just dropped below their book value of $18.92. Book value roughly translates to "cash, inventories, real estate and intellectual property minus its liabilities" (according to the Sydney Morning Herald). Yup, the stock is worth less than what the actual company is valued at. And even that valuation, especially in patents, may be over-stated according to some, due to their age.  RIM does supposedly have a trick up its sleeve: BBX, its new mobile platform. But all signs point to it not only being delayed but underwhelming as well, much like the PlayBook.

Microsoft was and some would say still is, in a precarious situation analogous to RIM. But Microsoft launched Windows Phone 7 just over a year ago and by all accounts, it's a critical success (that has yet to materialize into solid market share). But it also has a successful ecosystem with Windows, Office, Exchange, Xbox, Kinect  and its myriad of cloud-services. In other words, Microsoft can literally afford to lose money until the world wakes up and their mobile OS takes off. RIM? Not so much as they have no other source of income.

So in that sense, it's no surprise to hear calls for RIM to be chopped up and sold off, like a foreclosed home to the highest bidder (see CNet) There is no faith that RIM can pull itself out of this hole, catch up and over pass Microsoft, who now have spiritually become the third major mobile OS. The tone has shifted in the last few months, can you hear it? It's due mostly due to the successful launch of Windows Phone 7.5 aka "Mango"--people now mention Windows Phone in the same breath as Android and the iPhone. BlackBerry or webOS? Not at all. A year ago, we had to wave our hands to get attention from the big developers, but no longer. Remember the blitz this summer? And with Nokia and Skype on board, things are only looking better.

Sure, two years from now we could see another massive restructuring of the players involved. But we're betting Apple, Google and Microsoft will be the only three names mentioned in mobile, with RIM retired along with webOS and Symbian. From RIM's failure to successfully compete comes Microsoft's entry as the third-way. What's more, Microsoft is poised to go even further in the next few years as its "three screens and a cloud" vision becomes a reality. Here's looking at you, 2015. We can't wait.

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3 years ago

Redminder - Mango App Spotlight

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Redminder - Mango App Spotlight

Redminder is a simply and free app for your Windows Phone to help remind you when your Redbox or Blockbuster rental is due. Interface is simple. The main page lists all your reminders and to set a reminder, just tap the "Add Alarm" switch.

The due date is set automatically for 24 hours (can be modified) and the name of the rental can be customized. Once you save the reminder, a Live Tile is created for your start screen that will display the title of the rental and expand to show your return date/time.

You can turn this feature off in the settings if you don't need the Live Tile. Redminder is a Mango App and supports fast resume and multiple live tile support. So, if you have five rentals you can have five Live Tile reminders.

Redminder comes in two varieties. A free, ad supported version and an ad-free, $.99 version. You can find the free version of Redminder here and the paid version here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

eHow hits the Marketplace

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eHow hits the Marketplace

eHow is a popular do-it-yourself website and you can now pull all the DIY knowledge to your Windows Phone with the eHow app. The eHow topics include home repair, food, finances, health, style and much more.

Key features for eHow include:

  • Keyword search of eHow's entire library of articles
  • Save your favorite eHow articles to your Favorites Page
  • Share articles through Facebook and Twitter
  • Browse featured articles for six popular categories; Home, Money, Family, Food, Health and Style

The eHow Hub lays everything out nicely with pages for featured articles, the category browser, and your favorites page. Keyword search is accessible throughout the app through the eyeglass button at the bottom of the page.

If you need a handy "how-to" reference application for your Windows Phone, eHow is worth checking out. eHow is a free Windows Phone app and you can download it here at the Marketplace.  eHow is a Mango app so you'll need to update to Windows Phone 7.5.

Thanks goes out to SEKKDS for the tip!

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3 years ago

Rise of Glory gets a ringtone and other fancy Mango features

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When the Rise of Glory version 1.2 update (which fixed the game’s broken Xbox Live Achievements) landed a few months ago, we mentioned that Revo Solutions had a more significant Mango update in the works. That update arrived today, skipping a version number and going straight to 1.4.

Rise of Glory version 1.4 Mango update release notes

  • Increased frame rate from 30fps to 60fps
  • Fully supports Fast App Switching
  • Added the ability to set the menu music as the phone's ringtone via the sound options screen
  • Various small fixes - Achievements are now localized correctly within the game and there should be no more unlock issues.
  • Support for background music has been greatly improved. The game will no longer shut down the music you are playing.
  • Added live tile functionality: 
  1. The main game tile will show the progression in the campaign
  2. You can pin a secondary tile to start which will directly start a custom match with a set of options you have picked in the 'Create custom game' screen.

That is a lot for one update. Improved frame rate, a ring tone, and double live tile action. We couldn’t ask for much more besides multiplayer support, which of course Microsoft isn’t allowing just yet. For more details on Rise of Glory, check out our full review.

Rise of Glory costs $2.99 and there is a free trial. Fly over here to the Marketplace to get it.

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3 years ago

Take screen captures of Windows Phone games

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Take screen captures of Windows Phone games

We covered the screen capturing app for Windows Phone Mango not so long ago, but it's noted that the app is not able to take screen shots of games. The guys at Nanapho.jp have come across an easy work around that involves little effort. 

As one can see in the above photo, simply using the multi-task functionality, the user is able to save the screenshot of the game while in the task selection screen. Then simply use a photo editor to rotate and crop the image. There is a downside to this, as mentioned in their article, where the resolution of the captured images are 432×259 instead of 800x400. Check out an example below.

As well as gaming, this technique works when using the camera app as well as watching a movie. There's a slight sacrifice, but the functionality is worth it.

Source: Nanapho.jp (Translate)

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3 years ago

Chaotic Moon demos the Pizza Hut App

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Chaotic Moon demos the Pizza Hut App

As we reported earlier, the official Pizza Hut app launched today. It’s got all the features you could want from such an app like finding local stores, viewing their full menus, and checking out with or without an account.

A short while ago, WPCentral sat down with Matthew McCabe, Senior Project Manager at Chaotic Moon Studios, to preview the Pizza Hut app. Chaotic Moon is responsible for a wide variety of official apps on Windows Phone, including the Best Buy, Groupon, and Betty Crocker apps. We wanted to show you the video a little sooner, but permission came later than anicipated. Better late than never!

The Pizza Hut app is free and you can download it here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

A flying fox joins the cast of Sonic CD

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We’ve already mentioned that the upcoming Xbox Live remake of Sonic CD will have several improvements over the original, including a proper widescreen aspect ratio and the ability to switch between two different styles of spin-dashing and physics. But today Sega knocks off the socks of Sonic fans everywhere by announcing a completely unexpected addition…

Sonic’s sidekick Tails is an unlockable character in the new Sonic CD! The two-tailed fox debuted in Sonic 2 but didn’t show up in the original Sonic CD due to the two games’ simultaneous but separate development. Now, for the first time ever, Sonic CD players will gain the ability to play as Tails after completing the game once. It’s an awesome extra that should lend an already fantastic game even more replay value. Somebody find my socks.

Sonic CD has no official release date but we hear it will spin-dash to all platforms in December. The Android version, however, is available right now exclusively at GameStop, where it’s packaged with the Samsung Galaxy, Acer 100, and ASUS Transformer tablets. Hurry up and release some equivalent tablets, Microsoft! In the meantime, feast on the first mobile screenshots (above) or check out the latest trailer.

Source: Sega Blog

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3 years ago

Microsoft rejecting social apps in Japan

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So we've had trouble in the U.S. and Europe surrounding submission approval for apps, as well as flaws in the system which allow spam and useless apps to flood the Marketplace. We now turn to Japan where a social bookmarking app, Hatena Viewer, has been rejected due to links within the app pointing to 2ch/Futaba (Japanese 4chan equivalent).

Hatena Viewer is a Hatena Bookmark client, which shares the same functionality as Digg. AppHub stated the rejection reason as the following:

"It appears the application contains several articles linking to 2chan."

They really don't like anything 2ch4chan, etc. related, and this is what bothers the Japanese developers. Due to this type of app publishing user generated content, the developers can't control what is linked to or submitted. Also, what's more interesting, Hatena Bookmark for iOS is available without age restrictions (link below).

As well as the Hatena Viewer app being rejected, a 2ch viewer app was also turned down due to the following reason, provided by the Windows Phone Policy Team:

"Windows Marketplace does not currently support age restricted content. Therefore all content must be appropriate for users to the of 13. It has been determined that content from sources such as 2chan and 4chan are not allowed in the Marketplace.

While we cannot provide specific instruction to you as to how you can modify your application, we would recommend ensuring all content is appropriate for users to the age of 13 and the adult categories are removed."

Nanapho.jp sums it up pretty effectively:

  • Currently there's no mechanism in place on the Marketplace with regards to content with age requirements
  • All content must suit 13 year olds
  • 2ch and 4chan's content is not permitted
  • Adapt to the age of 13 if you want to update all of the content within application, to remove the adult appeal

What do you make of the situation?

Source: iOS Hatena BookmarkNanapho.jp (Translate) & Nanapho.jp (Translate)

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3 years ago

The Nokia Arch at Westfield, Stratford

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The Nokia Arch at Westfield, Stratford

We recently covered Nokia launching their Arch promotion stand in the new Stratford Westfield shopping centre. We popped by today to take some photos using the Nokia Lumia 800, so feel free to gander at the three shots in this article. Not only do they display how serious Nokia is with promoting the platform, but also how decent the camera is too.

Check out two more shots after the break.

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