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3 years ago

Platformance and Pixel Man: two great classic platformers for Windows Phone

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Classic platformer games are always a blast--they're fun, sot of easy and bring back memories (well, if you're old enough, that is).

Two great games on Windows Phone are 'Platformance: Castle Pain' by Magiko Gaming and 'Pixel Man' by Nick Gravelyn. The former is a visually rich, humorous take on an old style of knight rescuing a princess. Filled with tons of traps and difficult jumps, the game is well worth the modest $0.99 (plus a free trial). 'Pixel Man' is a minimalist platformer with simple pixel graphics, but a still challenging adventure. The game looks like something off of an Atari and that's a good thing. That game is also $0.99 but there is a free alternative called 'Pixel Man Zero' which is ad supported--a great option for the casual gamer. And when 5,000 people download 'Pixel Man Zero', Nick's going to release 'Pixel Man 2'--sounds like a challenge.

Grab 'Platformance' here and 'Pixel Man' (or 'Pixel Man Zero') here and here.

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3 years ago

Microsoft pushing new Windows Phone update in 3 days to address "bricking" issue?

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Looks like our initial assessment of the first Windows Phone update was a little rosy for some users, specifically those of Samsung phones (even a few Focus users are having problems). For a handful of unlucky folks, the Windows Phone update is actually "bricking" their phone after Step 6 of the update. However, it's not universal as many Omnia users are updating fine--in fact, the errors almost seem random, with no clear pattern yet as to the cause.

Reportedly it's a firmware issue with Samsung, more accurately those with firmware versions JI9 and JJ4 are experiencing problems, while the JK1 firmware, according to ZDnet, are doing okay. While we have no way to confirm that 100%, it seems best for those users to avoid the update. In fact, that may be easier than it looks since from our perspective (here in the States) Microsoft has either yet to or has indeed put a halt to rolling out the update (both my Quantum and HD7 have yet to be flagged for an update, even when force-checked in Zune desktop. Edit: Carriers may be blocking this update).

Microsoft is evidently set to push out a "fix" update within three days time, noting in their support forum:

We would recommend at this time, not to retry the update, as subsequent attempts will fail similarly. While we continue to investigate the issue, we would ask that you not attempt the update until your device alerts you of another update opportunity, in approximately 3 days’ time.

Microsoft offers some advice if your phone gets stuck during the update process, including disconnect the device, pull the battery and put back in to reboot. For those who have a "bricked" device i.e. it won't boot at all and cannot be hard-reset, you are advised to contact your carrier--reportedly AT&T is being cooperative in this regard and covering the phone under warranty.

Post comments on your experience and/or join our discussion in the forums if you want to trouble shoot the problem. All we know is this is probably the worst publicity Microsoft could have received on this topic as it will dominate the tech media today.

Source: Microsoft Support forums, ZDNet

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3 years ago

Samsung Omnia 7 having problems with the Zune update

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Looks like all is not going well with that Windows Phone update that are rolling out today as reports are coming in that the Samsung Omnia 7 is having some stability issues when updating.

Specifically, we're told that the "backup gets stuck at 100% (Step 7 of 10) and the update doesn't carry on". So while the phone is still usable (luckily), users can't proceed with the update which also means the 'NoDo' update will be out of reach as well. This isn't just one or two people either as @winhonesupport is dealing with quite a number of user-generated problems with the same description.

Windows Phone Support is already on the case, looking into what is happening exactly. So far though, this seems to be Samsung/Omnia 7 specific, so for now we'll have to advise those to wait a bit before updating.

Thanks, Steve F, for letting us know!

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3 years ago

Sprint 7 Pro is the HTC T7575; What's the Samsung GT-I8703?

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Some info we received seems to confirm that the upcoming Sprint 7 Pro goes by the model number HTC T7575. This comes from the breakdown of the ROM, which yielded some interesting, but still cursory information. For instance, it will have

  • Qualcomm and Broadcom chipsets on board
  • Broadcom 802.11 DHD Network Adapter ("with 11nmode disabled")
  • Sprint Navigator is there
  • Sprint Zone
  • HTC Hub, Stocks
  • WM7_7.0_11_JAN" "ParentBranchBuild"="7389" aka 'NoDo'
  • "TimeStamp"="20110124-1636" (Finalized 1/24/2011)

Interestingly, there's a few AT&T references thrown in, suggesting that Ma Bell may get this device too, which would not surprise us in the least. As to the bad news, there's really no evidence that this has WiMax (4G) on board, so never say never, but don't get your hopes up either--not looking good.

Also of note, when we used WP7 game developer's Elbert Perez's stats page, we saw a few listings for unknown phones, evidently being used in testing:

  1. HTC T7575 (now known as the CDMA 7 Pro)
  2. Samsung GT-I8703 - ?
  3. HTC MWP6985 - ?

The Samsung was speculated by other sites to be an Android device, but alas, it's playing Elbert's games meaning this is a hitherto unknown Samsung Windows Phone, quite possibly a CDMA variant of the Focus or Omnia 7. Likewise, the HTC MWP6985 is also a Windows Phone, but we have no info on it (the CDMA Trophy is the HTC PC40200, so probably not that).

Anyone have anything they'd like to add to the discussion?

Thanks, Manos P., for getting us started

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3 years ago

Update: Confirmed, Sprint announcing HTC 7 Pro this Thursday

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Sprint just had another Tweet which not-so-cryptically reads:

"If you could design a brand new phone, what would it have? Ours will have a hub for gaming, music, pictures and video."

That's only one OS in the world and it ain't Android, baby! (Although technically, Samsung has been swiping "hubs" for their Galaxy SII phones...) We imagine in the next 48hrs a ton of info should be coming out regarding availability, pricing, etc. All we know is we can't wait and we'll be the first to order.

Finally, Windows Phone on CDMA.

Source: @sprint; Thanks, @bdattilo, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Panoramic's moTweets nears release on Windows Phone [Video]

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One of the staple Twitter apps for Windows Mobile, moTweets, is near release on Windows Phone 7. Panoramic, who we reported was working on a client for WP7, has published screen shots and a video (seen above) that demonstrates the app's capabilities. Fetching for a very fair $0.99 (or free, but ad-supported), the Twitter program will feature:

  • Use up to six (6) Twitter accounts simultaneously
  • Upload pictures using your device’s camera or from the photo album
  • Add your location to your Twitter post using your phone's GPS
  • tinyurl.com, bit.ly, twitpic.com, and yfrog.com support
  • View Trends, Lists and Conversations
  • View user’s background in the user details screen
  • Live Tile display your account image(s)
  • Streams allow you to add and view multiple timelines including Search results and RSS feeds
  • View tweets near your location and view them on a Bing map
  • Image Wall displays all images from your timeline as well as ones you've uploaded
  • Translate Tweets, Search Twitter topics, locations and users with ease
  • ReTweet, Follow, Unfollow, Direct messages, RSS Feeds, Favorites and much more!

The Live Tile with your images is a neat twist for a v1.0 app and at least in the video, at the 1:25 mark, it seems to show Tile notifications--let's hope they're in the final version! The app has been submitted to the Marketplace for testing, meaning a full release is right around the corner (~48 hours).

Till then, here are some images after the break to keep you curious...

Source: Panoramic

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3 years ago

Video demo of Google Sky on Windows Phone 7 [Homebrew]

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In a neat experiment, developer Colin Eberhardt shows how it is possible to import Google's Sky Maps into a Windows Phone 7 application, using the same mapping APIs as Bing. This is a popular trick that we've seen with TA Maps and other programs that access 3rd party mapping databases.

The downside here though is that this is far from what they have on Android--which is an augmented reality application used for discovering and showing celestial objects in the sky using the phone's compass and accelerometers. Instead, this just shows the Sky Map with some pre-defined  objects for viewing. Furthermore, Google evidently is not allowing use of the data outside of their services, so we'll have to either wait for an official Google solution or some really ambitious home-coder.

Read more on how Colin did it here. Via @gcaughey

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3 years ago

AlphaJax wins New Zealand ONYA award

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One our favorite games on Windows Phone is of course AlphaJax, so it's nice to see them take away an ONYA award in New Zeland. The ONYAs "...celebrate those who design, develop and create New Zealand's best websites and applications. They're awards by the industry, for the industry."

There were three finalists, including one for the iOS system, which AlphaJax was able to beat out. Anyways, a big congrats to the Keith Patton and the folks at Marker for their success. See the video of the three finalists and acceptance speech after the break.

Source: Microsoft New Zealand; @alphajax

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3 years ago

Microsoft getting ready to push pre-NoDO update for Windows Phone [Updated]

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A rumor was circulating recently that Microsoft would be pushing a mini-ROM update for Windows Phone that would precede the big 'NoDo' ROM. It was speculated that this may be a test-run for the update but in fact, it looks to be a mini bug fix to ensure that NoDo and future updates are installed correctly. In fact, it sounds analogous to the Zune Desktop update that was recently rolled out for the same reason.

MonSmartphone.net is reporting that Microsoft France themselves have confirmed that an update will be pushed out to all users within in the next few days (we're actually told "today evening or tomorrow"). It's not clear if all devices are affected by this bug, therefore we might not see everyone get this update. Stay tuned.

Update: Confirmed by Microsoft US. All the details can be found here.

This first update for Windows Phone is designed to improve the software update process itself. So while it might not sound exciting, it’s still important because it’s paving the way for all future goodie-filled updates to your phone, such as copy and paste or improved Marketplace search.

Source: MonSmartphone.net, wmpoweruser

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3 years ago

Sprint teases HTC 7 Pro for Thursday announcement?

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Here's what we know:

  1. The Sprint 7 Pro ROM is finalized, ready for shipment
  2. They were waiting on the NoDo update for CDMA support
  3. We've heard that it's coming in early March from Raphael Rivera
  4. Sprint is announcing a new phone this Thursday

Call us crazy, but we think this is the big announcement for the HTC 7 Pro which many of us have been waiting on since...well October when we were first told Sprint was getting it. The slider device has an excellent keyboard, 3.6" screen and an excellent build quality (here's a review of the GSM version, which should tell you everything). Sure, this could be another Android device but we're leaning towards definitely HTC 7 Pro.

Update: Seems to be confirmed now, see this post.

Source: Sprint (Twitter)

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3 years ago

NoDo update starting to show up on retail WP7 phones?

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While we don't have any visual confirmation of this, lets just say it makes sense. We're getting a report that the Dell Venue Pro is already shipping with the NoDo update on board, ready for some copy-n-paste action---at least in India (did we just let you down a bit? Sorry.). Reader Vinod writes to tell us:

"My friend just picked up a new Dell Venue Pro in India. And it has the NoDo (copy-paste) update already applied! The moment I saw the copy icon appearing on his phone, I yelled and started trying it out! Works exactly as advertised and in the emulator"

Like we said, it makes sense. Just like how that leaked Sprint 7 Pro finalized ROM has now been confirmed to have NoDo on board, we can expect some devices rolling off the factory floors to have the update already applied, as OEMs have been working with the update for a few months already. All we know is we're getting darn close! (Interestingly enough, we tried every single WP7 device on display at Mobile World Congress, not one had the update applied--looks like MS didn't let anyone slip it there)

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3 years ago

Seeking to secure their flair, Microsoft seeks a trademark for WP7

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One thing that deserves being pointed out, repeatedly, about Windows Phone 7 is how the UI is pretty much unlike anything out on the market today. Whether it's iOS (who lifted their layout from Palm's Garnet), Android (same) or even WebOS (more unique than the first wo), the Windows Phone 7 "style" is  certainly eye catching.

So much, in fact, that Microsoft has filed an application for a trademark on it--guess they're fearing the rise of the clones, at some point, eh? Of course just because you file doesn't mean it will be granted, but it's probably always smart to get these things in writing, in case lawsuits start flying again later on. Also, lets just say they're very specific on the filing:

The literal element of the mark consists of PHONE PEOPLE MESSAGING OUTLOOK. The mark consists of eight boxes; the upper left-hand box containing the word "PHONE" along with a telephone receiver; the upper right-hand box containing the word "PEOPLE"; the lower left-hand box containing the word "MESSAGING" along with a character face; the lower right-hand box containing the word "OUTLOOK" along with the letter "O", an envelope and a check mark; the lower four boxes are empty.

Source: US Patent & Trademark Office; via Mobile Crunch

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3 years ago

Sharing images and web pages [How To]

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Sharing images and web pages [How To]

Everyone loves to share, which is why there is a huge part of Windows Phone 7 that is focused on social connections and platforms. As well as engaging with your friends while on the go, you may find yourself browsing the web within Internet Explorer an feel the need to share an image you see on a website, or the web page itself.

While offline and browsing through our photo albums there is fantastic social integration with the ability to share images to your online profiles and through other services, but what about while online? Via email, you can send any image or web page straight from your browser to a recipient of your choice, which can come in handy should you be the sharing type and wish to save a good number of clicks (or in our case – presses) when sending some useful content to your contact(s).

Sending an image from a current web page is simple enough, simply press and hold on the picture you wish to share and a menu will pop up with a “share” option. Then select your desired email account to send from and an email composition window will then slide into view. If you wish to send the entire web page as opposed to just an image, press on the “…” at the bottom left of the browser and select “share”. Again, an email account selection will appear and then a composition window. 

Windows Phone 7 makes simple tasks easier and faster for people to complete and communicating in more complex ways is possible, rivaling with competing platforms. What do you share while browsing around; do you use this feature regularly?

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3 years ago

Body Glove Landmark Case (HTC Surround) - Review

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We've looked at the Body Glove Landmark series of cases before. We liked the case with the HTC Touch Pro as well as for the Samsung Jack. Now we turn our sites on the top case for the HTC Surround.

The soft brown case is well made, looks nice but how does it make the transition to the new Windows Phone? Does the Landmark make the grade with Surround or does it fall short of expectations?

Hit the break to read more and view a hands on video.

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