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3 years ago

Windows Phone gets a new king of YouTube HD players

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If you caught our hands-on with YouTube Pro, the new HD/HQ video app for watching YouTube on-the-go, you'll be as excited as we are to see it is now on the Marketplace. Fetching for free (with ads) or $0.99 (no ads), the app looks to rock those who want a solid MetroTube replacement.

YouTube Pro is made by the same company who released SuperTube. The latter should be getting an update within the next few weeks and it won't be a directly updatable to YouTube Pro. However, we're told that YouTube Pro will remain at $0.99 till March 31, 2012 at which point it will bounce to the higher $1.29, so you'll want to lock in that price now if you like the app.

Feature-wise, YouTube Pro is similar to SuperTube but it has a much nicer, more Metro-influenced UI. You can play videos in HQ and HD resolutions, download (and save) videos, access your account, like/dislike videos, upload new videos to your account, push notifications with Live Tiles and more. Really, it's the full package and when we tried it a few weeks ago, we were impressed with it. But now it's your turn to have at a go and see if this fits the bill for the "ultimate YouTube app."  (Although we do worry about the name as YouTube proper could force them to rename the app).

Pick up YouTube Pro (paid with trial) here for $0.99 or opt for the free, ad-supported version right here. Let us know your thoughts in comments. Watch our video walk-through and get the QR codes after the break...

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3 years ago

WPDevCon announced as first independent Windows Phone developer conference

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Good news for devs out there and a sign that Windows Phone is gaining traction. WPDevCon, a three day conference taking place in San Francisco on October 22-24, was just announced and is being sponsored by BZ Media LLC, which

"...publishes SD Times, the leading magazine for the software development industry. BZ Media also produces AnDevCon: The Android Development Conference; iPhone/iPad DevCon, an independent conference focused on Apple’s mobile platforms; and SPTechCon: The SharePoint Technology Conference."

The conference is the first of its kind, an event 100% focused on Windows Phone development that is independent of Microsoft. The event itself is open to all developers of all skill ranges and will have three areas of focus. From the press briefing:

  • WP Essentials: These technical classes and workshops are for all Windows Phone developers, and cover all programming topics.
  • WP Enterprise: These technical sessions cover topics specific to building and managing apps for employees, business customers and partners, such as back-end integration with corporate applications and the Cloud.
  • WP Marketing: These business-oriented sessions cover everything you need to know about the Windows Phone marketplace, including app marketing and distribution.

Currently, the conference organizers are looking for speakers and other sponsors. For more information, head to their website: WPDevCon. This news helps demonstrate that the platform is finally growing beyond just Microsoft and hopefully it will be well attended with good organization. Speaking of, we're pretty sure we'll be there to cover it, maybe with a Rafael Rivera in tow for his technical expertise.

Source: SD Times; Thanks, gibbyhome, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Wal-mart deal alert on the Lumia 710

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The Nokia Lumia 710 has only been available for a few days and we are seeing some really good Wal-mart deals on the newest T-Mobile Windows Phone. You can find it free from Wal-mart.com (with qualifying data plan and two year contract) and one of our readers in Hawaii spotted the Lumia 710 in stores for $18.88. Either offer is a really good deal on a very good Windows Phone.

Now if we can just get Wal-mart (and others) to get the sales displays right.  The local Wal-mart in Hawaii lists the Nokia Lumia 4G as running Windows Mobile 7.5 and that the phone syncs with MS Outlook. Luckily the company's online advertisement displays the correct information and even refers to Windows Phone 7.5 as Mango.

I guess you could call that progress...

Mahalo to Marcus for the tip and photo!

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3 years ago

Video Teaser: EA Games for Nokia Windows Phone

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EA Mobile Games has released a video teaser highlighting eleven (if my count is right) gaming titles that will be heading to the Nokia Windows Phones. We first heard about the exclusive partnership during Nokia World and again during the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show.

The titles spotted in the minute long video include:

  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour
  • Monopoly
  • Spy Mouse
  • Yahtzee
  • The Game of Life
  • Spy Mouse
  • Vampire Rush
  • Mirrors Edge
  • SIMS Medieval
  • Parking Mania
  • 2 Real Racing
  • Picnic Wars.

The video doesn't show much of each title but just enough to spark your interest. Nokia is due to have over twenty titles for an exclusive period available for their Lumia Windows Phones. It will be interesting to see what the remaining titles will be.

source: YouTube; Thanks, pedenske, for the tip!

Update: Additional upcoming titles from EA Games include:

  • FIFA 12
  • Madden 12
  • NBA Jam
  • Dead Space
  • Bejeweled 2
  • Connect 4
  • Risk
  • Trivial Pursuit
  • Bop It!

We've got an all out discussion on these titles over in the forums that you can find here.

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3 years ago

Xbox Live: Spider Jack picks up a minor update, more levels on the way

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The Xbox Live updates continue to flood in. Multiple EA Mobile games have been updated since the new year began, including The Sims 3 and Tetris. Now we can add Spider Jack to the list. Of course, Spider Jack actually comes from original Russian developer MaxNick, but EA is still the publisher.

Spider Jack version 1.1 release notes

  • Made a small change to the Achievement icon

Nothing to write home about there, but we do have some good news. The next Spider Jack update will contain 50 new levels for players to swing through! The developers hope to release it in February.

Spider Jack is all about getting the titular arachnid to his food. To do this, you attach the spider’s thread to a knob. He’ll then swing around, collecting anything he touches. You’ll also need to cut the rope, err, thread in order to drop Jack onto items. Obstacles like electric gates and teleportation portals add to the challenge. The short levels and simple controls are perfect for mobile play. We’ll have a full review soon.

Spider Jack costs $2.99 and there is a free trial. Climb over here on the Marketplace to get it.

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3 years ago

Lumia 710 and 800 coming to TMN Portugal

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The Lumia 710 and 800 have been infiltrating a number of countries, and now Portugal is set to receive Nokia's first family of Windows Phones. The carrier that they'll be coming to is TMN, but it's not stated when the handsets will be available. For now, you can register your interest (as is the case when carriers announce upcoming hardware). Good news nonetheless!

Source: TMN, via: PocketPT, thanks Luis for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Sneak Peek: Square sharing app for Windows Phone

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Sharing is cool. We all love to share things, whether it be what we're currently up to on Twitter, or by publishing photos to Facebook from our Windows Phone, it walks hand-in-hand with being intrigued by what our friends are up to. Square, by Lawrence Gripper (the developer behind the BBC News Mobile app), Chris Sienkiewicz and Dave Crawford, is a new solution to contact and image sharing between platforms using QR codes. It's a fairly simple concept, but ingeniously executed.

Square will enable the user to grab an image from the Pictures Hub (providing choice of camera roll, SkyDrive or Facebook albums) and share it to another device with a generic QR code scanner. Not only that, but contacts on the Windows Phone can also be shared to another device with a scanner (and support for vCards). If you're one who detests carrying around business cards as much as I, Square also sports a contact card option for yourself (basically choosing "you" from your contact list to import your details), which can be pinned to the home screen for quick access and turns your contact information into a handy QR code (in vCard format).

Of course, the app wouldn't be complete without a scanner. Square comes kitted out with the tools to scan QR codes and import images and contacts. It all works flawlessly, and the UI (although there's not much depth) is simply gorgeous. When will we see Square on the Marketplace? In the next couple of weeks. To see the app in action, head on past the break for a quick demonstration.

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3 years ago

Xbox Live: Let's Golf 2 update comes in one over par

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In our Let’s Golf 2 review, we praised the game’s smooth 3D graphics and wealth of content. Unfortunately, it suffered from two broken Achievements, and nobody likes those. Gameloft had a great chance to fix them with this week’s title update. Did they succeed?

Let’s Golf 2 version 1.3 update (listed as version 1.2 in-game)

  • ‘Junior Golfer’ Achievement now attainable on fresh installs

Let’s look at that. The ‘Junior Golfer’ Achievement is for finishing your first mission in Career Mode – i.e. completing a single event. It can now be obtained, but existing players will need to reinstall the game and lose all of their progress. Anyone who hasn’t unlocked ‘Wise One’ for maxing out a character will probably want to hold off on the reinstall. If only the developers had considered everyone who already bought the game when instituting the fix…

Even worse, the ‘Secret Code Achievement remains unobtainable. In the iOS version, players have to enter a special code in the name entry screen in order to unlock the ninth character. The Windows Phone version has no name entry screen, so the Achievement is just a big, baffling error on the part of the developers and Microsoft certification team.

Let’s Golf 2 is a fantastic golf game mired only by Achievement problems. The version 1.3 update (skipping versions 1.1 and 1.2 even though it contains only a single minor fix) is a step in the right direction, but it fails to make everything right. Perhaps Gameloft will issue another update (version 1.6?) in the future.

Let’s Golf 2 costs $4.99 and there is a free trial. Pick it up here on the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

4th & Mayor gets Live Tile & push notifications in version 3.1

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We love ourselves some 4th & Mayor, the wildly popular Foursquare app for Windows Phone which has outpaced the official app. We're now happy to announce that version 3.1 is live in the Marketplace. What are the biggest changes? Only the ones you have been asking for the most:

  • The back of the app tile is now a Live Tile leaderboard
  • Toast notifications when friends check-in near to you

That right there are some cool features for such a great app. We're busy taking it through its paces right now, so we'll let you go download it here in the Marketplace for free. Oh and since it is free, if you ever feel like buying the developer, Jeff Wilcox, a beer for his efforts, you can do that very easily by clicking this link.

There's much more too though with version 3.1 with the full changelog after the break...

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3 years ago

WPCentral Applications Spotlight Forums for developers

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We've had our Spotlight forum for quite awhile now where developers can post their newly published apps and games for our community to enjoy, for others to post a review or make comments directly to devs. This is a great place for developers to get some attention and some feedback for their hard work. We did however make a mistake when making these forums: we underestimated their popularity.

Previously, we had them as sub forums under Marketplace Applications and Marketplace Games. We are proud to say we are correcting this mistake today.

We now have a Developers Spotlight Forums this will give these areas more viability. With threads started by only developers, this will give our devs an even better place to showcase their new applications and games. If you're wondering what this is all about, here are some examples added to these forums just this week.

Applications Spotlight:

Games Spotlight:

Remember, what is listed above is what has been added just this week. With 5 pages of applications and 4 pages of games there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.

For developers: Register and post those Applications and Games. Remember, these forums are for you and we will keep all other thread topics out so your hard work will get the attention is deserves.

The forums are more fun when you are registered so sign up today.

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3 years ago

MS creates Retail Insider app for Windows phone sellers

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Microsoft's Ben Rudolph tweeted to let Windows Phone retailers that there's a new app designed just for them.  Retail Insider offers vendors news, tips, info about the Windows Phone products they sell.  It also alerts them to promotions, contests and learning content exclusively for retail sellers.  The app fully integrates with Facebook, Twitter and email.  Key Features include:

  • Multiple Live tiles you can pin to your Start Screen that show the latest content updates
  • A device library with demo suggestions and selling tips
  • A curated list of the best Windows Phone apps with links to Marketplace
  • Easy sharing of app content via Facebook, Twitter and e-mail
  • An aggregated stream of updates from Microsoft’s social media channels for retail sellers
  • One-click access to customer demo videos that help you show your customers the best features of Windows Phone
  • Built-in Windows Phone FAQ and quick links to step-by-step how-to’s

You can download for free here.

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3 years ago

Add to Contacts now available in the Marketplace [Video]

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We covered an app a week ago that filled in a big hole in the Windows Phone OS, specifically you can't save Bing searches to the People Hub. This inability is quite inconvenient as it means you have to manually copy information to your contacts, which if you have a few restaurants to add, can take some time.

Now, Add to Contacts, a different and in many ways a better app,  is available from the developer of "I'm a WP7!" meaning you expect quality from the design and implementation. Very Metro-influenced, the app is fast and has great options including the ability to save photos where available.

"With Add to Contacts, the entire process is automated for you, including retrieving an image for your Contact if it’s available!

PRIMARY USE: Go to Bing Search, get local or Local Scout results, go to the apps tab, then tap 'Add to Contacts'!

SECONDARY USE: Search for local results from within the app itself and add them directly to your contacts!

The app provides integrated Local and Nearby search, with the ability so save your most recent search, but the real power comes from tapping Add to Contacts right from your search result profile!"

The app fetches for $0.99 with a free trial. If you need this feature then we have to give a recommendation for this app as it does its job quite admirably. Pick it up here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Folders Homebrew app gets on-device creation & editing

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We've covered "Folders" before, the app from Windows Phone hacker which allows you to add folders to the Start screen. The first release involved using an editor on your desktop to make the folders and was a bit tedious.

Now, a new branch of development has occurred and it has become infinitely more useful in our opinion. Starting today, you can load a XAP file (and an optional secondary one) and just create folders on-the-go without the need for a desktop. The task is simple: create and name a folder, add apps by using a Marketplace-lookup or System apps (e.g. Zune) then pin to the Start screen.

The trick does not require interop access meaning anyone with a developer unlocked device can do this and due to its simplicity, we have to give a big thumbs up to this homebrew tool. Read more at Windows Phone Hacker where you can download the XAP files right now.

Thanks, Maximilian, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 900 to arrive on March 18?

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Since Nokia unveiled the Lumia 900 (Ace) at CES on Monday, people have been salivating and waiting eagerly to hear when it would be available to the masses.  Sadly, the only tidbit anyone got was that it would hit shelves in the next few months.  Thanks to Mary Jo Foley and Paul Thurrott, who hosted an episode of TWiT together, we may now know that the exact date will be March 18.  The two techies discussed the latest issue of Nokia's developers news letter, in which a March release on AT&T was listed.  Although no source was given, Thurrott added that it would in fact be March 18.

The Lumia 900 was a hit at CES, and we were more than pleased with our first look at it.  Even if the March 18 release date turns out to be inaccurate, its still exciting to know that the Ace is coming fairly soon. 

Source: Windows Weekly (TWiT); Via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Windows Phone User Group London meeting - Jan 31st

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If you happen to be in the UK and near London on January 31st then this might just interest you. The Windows Phone User Group (an independent group dedicated to helping developers interested in the Windows Phone platform) are having another monthly meeting just next to Liverpool Street station.

This month they have Alan Mendelvich of AdDuplex providing a guide to monetizing apps on the Windows Phone platform, as well as demonstrations, socializing and beer. This all sounds excellent to me so I've decided to join this month's meeting as well, if you want to come along an say hi, you can register for free at the source link.

Source: Windows Phone User Group

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