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3 years ago

Building Windows Phone Apps: A Developer’s Guide [eBook, Developers]

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Microsoft's Mike Ormond has gone ahead and finally published a nice eBook called "Building Windows Phone Apps: A Developer's Guide", which looks to give a "puddy up" "into developing on the platform and, importantly, helps you to avoid making the same mistakes others have made".

The book was done as a collaboration between various volunteers in the community, including Colin Eberhardt, Pete Vickers, Andy Gore, Mike Hole, Gergely Orosz, Sasha Kotlyar, Dominic Betts, Will Johnson, Ben Cameron, James Bearne, Samidip Basu, Paul Marsh, Stuart Lodge and looks to be dynamic, with new chapters added over time.

"The plan was always to publish an initial set of chapters and then iterate, adding new chapters and updating / refining existing chapters as we went."

Seems like a good resource for devs out there and seeing as it is free, there's little reason to not grab it. More info can be found on Mke Ormond's blog here. Thanks, Aleksandr (Sasha) K., for the tip!

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3 years ago

Plants vs Zombies version 1.2 update kills nasty weed, err bug

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Joining the many Xbox Live games that have been updated lately is Plants vs. Zombies, the enchanting tower defense game from PopCap. The version 1.2 update fixes a longstanding issue with Zen Garden plants.

As our review explains, the Zen Garden is a meta game mode that ties Plants vs. Zombies’ Adventure Mode and many minigames together. Players randomly find seed packets during normal game play, which can then be planted in the Zen Garden, tended, and eventually harvested for money. Previously, fertilizing certain sprouts caused the game to crash. A couple of months and a little patch action later, those sprouts can finally be fertilized like any other. Just what kind of plants do the problem sprouts grow into? Why, Kernel-pults, the game’s combat corn on the cobs.

Now that Zen Garden is fixed up, the Windows Phone version of Plants. Vs. Zombies really is just about perfect. It's the only game I've reviewed to receive a 10 so far. Nice as it runs now, we can still expect a Mango update to come along and enable fast-app switching sometime in the near future. Already beaten the game inside and out? Check out our interview with PopCap Games that looks into the history of PvZ's development.

Plants vs. Zombies costs $4.99 and there is a free trial. Hurry up and grab it here (Zune link) on the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

AT&T on time with Mango?

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AT&T on time with Mango?

Yes, you read that title correctly.

There are those who remain skeptical about AT&T and the upcoming update that looms over the community on Windows Phone. Hopefully the above conversation could possibly shed light on lessons being learned from NoDo problems - here's one of our experiences with updating.

While the representative couldn't provide our reader with confirmation if Mango would be rolled out by the end of September, he was told that it could be within the next week.  We'll cross our toes and fingers that the rep is correct.

Thanks Joe for the image and tip!

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3 years ago

HTC Titan available already?

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HTC Titan available already?

Here's a tip that might spark some interest in the HTC Titan fans in the house. MyTrendyPhone.com, a European electronics website, has the HTC Titan (Black) listed for 646.10 Euros (about $870 US).

While the price tag will make you pause, what makes you pause even further is that the website is showing the Titan in stock and ready to ship. As I'm writing this post, if I place my order within the next 4 hours and 40 some odd minutes, the Titan will be dispatched today.

With the HTC Titan, everything we have heard pointed to a release in early October. Is it too far of a stretch to believe that someone already has the Titan in stock now? If you happen to take the plunge and add the Titan to your cart, let us know how it goes.

Thanks goes out to elversson for the tip!

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3 years ago

Nokia names Henry Tirri as new CTO

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Nokia names Henry Tirri as new CTO

Today Nokia announced that Henry Tirri will be their new CTO, effective immediately.  Tirri will work out of Sunnyvale, CA and will report directly to CEO Stephen Elop, setting the Finnish company's technical roadmap.  Speaking of the decision, Elop said of the once head of the Nokia Research Center: "During his time at Nokia, Henry has provided Nokia technical leadership and challenged us to explore forward-looking technologies.  In his new role, Henry will have the opportunity to make a greater impact and set the course for Nokia and our role in the mobile industry."

Tirri goes on to replace Richard Green, who you may remember took a leave of absence back in June for "personal reasons."  It was widely thought that Green's leave was actually prompted by his strong disagreement with Nokia's decision to scrap Symbian in favor of Windows Phone.  According to Nokia, Green is departing to go to the United States full-time to "pursue new opportunities."

Source: Business & Leadership; Via: PocketNow

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3 years ago

Buddy platform launches with push and live tile [Developers]

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A new start up called Buddy launched today with two ex-Microsoft employees at the helm. Why is this of interest to you? Because this is a cross-platform cloud service for mobile app developers, with push notification and live tile support for Windows Phone developers in a PaaS (Platform as a Service) offering.

The service starts at a cost of $4.95, which includes 100MB worth of hosting space with 10,000 API transactions. For more information about the service and what's on offer for your apps, head on over to the Buddy website and read up on the press release (link to website and press release found after the break). 

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3 years ago

Trine's Hangman quietly gets updated

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The popular Windows Phone word game Trine's Hangman was recently updated to version 1.12.0. The update fixes a few bugs, improves performance and merges the high score page and sharing page to give the game more of a metro feel.

An invalid word was removed and the game versions recieved a name change. The free, lite version is now "Trine's Hangman" and the full, paid version is now "Trine's Hangman Pro". The developer felt that since the lite version, while ad supported, is no longer limited in functionality the name change was in order.

A Mango update is also in the works that will bring the fast resume feature into play, live tiles with information about your current position in the game's leader board, one-on-one multiplayer mode, and a deep-link tile that will go straight to the game screen.

If you haven't tried Trine's Hangman yet and are looking for a very good word game for your Windows Phone, it is definitely worth a try. You can find Trine's Hangman here (opens Zune) and Trine's Hangman Pro (running $1.99) here at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Vimeo Player - Review

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3 years ago

Orange France ready to roll out Mango

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Orange France ready to roll out Mango

While a leaked Orange memo made the 15th of September "Mango Day", we later realised that this had been pushed back a few more weeks. Here we are at the end of September and the France-based carrier has announced that testing of the update has completed and they will be rolling out Mango in a week or two.

Orange now joins SFR who are also awaiting the green light to roll out the update.

Source: @pressorange, via: MonWindowsPhone

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3 years ago

Dell Venue Pro and the Mango update

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Dell Venue Pro and the Mango update

Dell has finally released some information about the upcoming Windows Phone Mango update and their Venue Pro. In a nut shell all unlocked handsets (in supported countries) will be updated when the roll-out begins and those with T-Mobile and Cincinnati Bell SIM-locked units will also be supported.

There's no word on AT&T SIM-locked while plans are still being finalised, hopefully more details will be released sooner rather than later. Keep tight everyone.

Source: Dell, via: @DellUK

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3 years ago

AdDuplex developer interview series [Developers]

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Much like our own developer interviews, AdDuplex have begun their own series but will focus mainly on monetisation and marketing. Earning revenue on Windows Phone has always been head of many debates and forms the most used excuse by developers on competing platforms. To kick-start the series of interviews, they have been joined by René Schulte of Pictures Lab and Helium Voice.

Here's a cheeky snippet of the interview:

"Yes, for some apps. In particular long running or often executed apps (like games) benefit from the ad supported model, esp. if an impression based ad network is used, where you get paid out for every minute (?) of impression.

I think other apps which aren't used that often work better with the usual trial / paid model. Pictures Lab is an example for this. BTW, a good trial mode is very important. Many users don't even consider to download an app if it hasn't a trial mode."

We recommend developers who are starting out to keep an eye out for future consultations. Be sure to read up on advice and experience that established developers provide in their answers.

Source: AdDuplex

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3 years ago

O2 Germany ready to roll out Mango too

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O2 Germany ready to roll out Mango too

As with many carriers jumping on the "I'm ready!" train, O2 DE has said on the interwebs that they are indeed ready to push the Mango update to customers. They're now awaiting Microsoft's green light. While Deutsche Telekom is able to provide an actual handset roadmap and status per manufacturer, O2 has unfortunately not provided any further detail as to when.

Source: @o2de, via: WP7App.de

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3 years ago

Expect Mango in a few days says LG-Netherlands

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LG has released some exciting information on Twitter to a fellow user who queried as to when Windows Phone users in the Netherlands can expect to see the Mango update. The tweet below states that LG is looking to see Mango rolled out in the country in the next few days.

"Beste, Mango voor Windows phone 7 verwachten we binnen enkele dagen, Groet"

If you'd rather get a new device for Mango, remember that the massive screen-featuring HTC Titan is set to be available in the Netherlands by early October.

Source: @LG_WEBCARE_NL, thanks Rick for the heads up!

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3 years ago

3 UK to no longer carry Windows Phone? No decision yet.

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There has been some confusion surrounding a tweet posted by one of the social moderators who run the @ThreeUK Twitter account. The tweet in question (shown in the above shot) is a support answer to another Twitter user and should not be mistaken for Three UK not supporting Windows Phone as there is a massive typo at play here. See the below follow up tweet:

"That was a typo - There has NOT been any decision made about ranging windows 7 phones."

Unfortunately, Three UK still haven't got any Mango devices lined up for launch on the network - a real bummer for myself if this holds true since my contract is soon to run out and I wouldn't mind a free Mango handset upgrade (who wouldn't?). We'll keep an eye out on the coming soon section of the Three website in hope that they throw up a surprise to go next to the wide range of Blackberry and Android handsets.

As far as we're aware Three will be shipping the Mango update and they do support the platform as of now, just no news on any upcoming hardware. For the shorter version of this article: move along, nothing to see here.

Source: @ThreeUK, thanks Ro for the tip!

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3 years ago

Doodle Jump gets 2nd update this week--strictly for the Mango kids

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Earlier this week, we reported on Doodle Jump (see review) getting an v1.1 update for Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone. Surprisingly, the update was non-Mango specific and instead seemed to be for long awaited bug fixes/enhancements (we're working on the changelog, sit tight--rumor has it the busted UFO achievement is now obtainable).

Now it looks like the devs had a two-pronged approach: bug fixes/enhancements for everyone now and a separate Mango-only update for the rest. Seems like a smart way from dividing your audience. So far the only thing we noticed is fast-app switching i.e. multi-tasking, but we'll see what else we can find. You can download v1.2 now in the Marketplace right here. Thanks, Julian W., for the heads up!

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