3 years ago
Star Ninja - Review
3 years ago
Windows Phone Developer Certification [Developers]
I'm sure you're more than aware of certification offered by Zend, Microsoft and more, but were you aware of a Windows Phone developer certification? It seems Microsoft wish to offer a way for developers to validate their experience, knowledge and skill in time for the predicted 2015 overtaking of the smartphone market.
Why should you bother to become a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD)? We'll allow the big M to explain the benefits:
"Earning an MCPD shows hiring managers your commitment to your own professional growth and to staying up to date on the latest technologies. Maintaining an MCPD certification complements your experience, providing a key factor that differentiates your resume from those of other job candidates who have similar experience."
As with all other certifications, applicants are to take examinations that test their knowledge and expertise in the field. There are three exams present, first two are prerequisites while the third is the MCPD required exam:
- Exam 70-506 - MCTS prerequisite: TS: Silverlight 4, Development
- Exam 70-516 - MCTS prerequisite: TS: Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
- Exam 70-599 - MCPD requirement: PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Phone Applications
Certified developers will be required to show competence by completing a re-certification every two years as the platform updates frequently, thus the skill required to be a successful developer will evolve rapidly. For more information and to view the available preparation material, head on over to Microsoft Learning via the link below.
Please note that the MCPD: Windows Phone Developer certification will not be visible on your transcript until September 2011 and Course 10554A for Exam 70-506 is not available until August 2011.
Source: Microsoft Learning
3 years ago
Microsoft registers domains using Sony brand
Could Microsoft's recent domain acquisition signify a possible future collaboration between Sony Ericsson and Microsoft? It's surely debatable, but the domain names are so vague that it could cover a joint-venture between Sony itself and Microsoft (in entertainment etc.), as opposed to Sony Ericsson with Windows Phone 7. See the domains for yourself, sony-microsoft.com and microsoft-sony.com (both redirect to Bing SERPs), not really 'WP7 friendly' right?
Forum users at Neogaf discovered the domain names that were registered to Microsoft through Corporation Service Company (CSC), a corporate identity protection firm. The replies in the thread contain ideas that range from the software giant possibly taking over Sony (or vice versa), a Sony Vs Microsoft fighting game, Microsoft trolling, or -- of course -- Sony Ericsson WP7 handsets.
Sony Ericsson, once named as a key partner, had produced prototypes of a WP7 handset (with some cool concepts being designed), but the manufacturer never came to light with volume and a release. We mustn't forget that the two companies may be strong competitors in the gaming market, but Sony works with Microsoft and Windows so something could relate to the Vaio product line. Then again, these are mere domain names, Microsoft has a catalog of registrations. What do you guys think, what's most probable to come out of this should anything actually happen?
Source: Neogaf, via: WinRumors
3 years ago
Perfect Scan - Review
3 years ago
Paper Dash being delivered to your Windows Phone
Not sure how many paper routes are still being done by bicycle but Paper Dash is bringing the bicycle paper route to your Windows Phone. Reminiscent of the arcade game Paper Boy, Paper Dash places you in the role of the paper delivery person (boy/girl character customization available).
You run your routes collecting soda cans for extra cash, avoid obstacles such as traffic cones and neighborhood dogs, all while tossing newspapers into mailboxes. The game is set up with thirty levels each with performance goals.
Game controls have you steering the bicycle with the Windows Phone accelerometer and papers being thrown by tap/drag motions. Controls may be the weakest/most challenging part of the game in that you don't have much room for maneuverability and I often hit the back button while aiming my throws. I don't know if it would have been better to have a simple tap control the paper throws.
As you earn money by delivering papers and collecting cans, you can spend your earnings at the local store (accessible through the Main Menu) on bonus items. Prices are a little steep ($20 for a bicycle basket?) but it doesn't take long to rake in the dough.
All in all, Paper Dash is a nice game for your Windows Phone well worth a try. Paper Dash is an free, ad-supported game and you can download it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.
3 years ago
WAZUp App Spotlight
WAZUp is a Windows Azure management app for Windows Phone that allows the user to view all current deployments and instances found on your account. The app asks for credentials prior to using the app in each instance, this is the login information for the app itself (registration steps can be found below) and not your Live ID.
All data sent back and forth is sent via HTTPS and certification is used for full Windows Azure API security. The password is not stored locally and thus the app will ask you each time you open the app. Deployments listed in the app are color coordinated, matching those used in the web management portal (red - off, green - live, blue - starting). The user is able to start and stop deployments in a few finger pressing actions.
Registering for the service and carrying out the necessary preparations should be completed using the walk through found on the app website. The walk through steps involve registering an account, bringing across the subscription ID of the service you wish to have connected to the app, implementing security certificates and setting up the app.
You can download WAZUp from the Marketplace for $9.99. More info can be found on the app website and after the break, you can catch a video demo of WAZUp.
3 years ago
Office 365 demo with WP7 [Video]
In the above video we have Kirk Koenigsbauer, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Corporation, who demonstrates how Office 365 on the PC, in web browsers and on the Windows Phone can integrate together. Kirk uses OneNote as the example and shows how more than one user can collaborate in real-time even if they're currently on a different platform.
Simply capturing a photo, attaching it and synchronizing that note will reflect the changes on other systems that currently have that note open. This will of course work with adding (or removing) text and more. OneNote makes use of the screen space available. We can see on the PC screen that the user is able to view all the content at first glance. Since the phone has a smaller screen, OneNote for WP7 optimizes the content in the note and brings all the sections together in one column.
3 years ago
Microsoft playing with a social search service called Tulalip?
All the rage these days is around Google and their "+" network, which many are laughing off and just as many others are hailing as the next big thing. Microsoft obviously has a great ride going with Facebook but there is something still missing from the equation perhaps, something related to Bing, searching, sharing information and more.
The website Fusible learned that Microsoft has purchased the domain http://www.socl.com/ and today a teaser page had gone up with a new service called 'Tulalip'--the very image you see above. What is clear is that Microsoft is definitely working on something social related as that image touts the message “With Tulalip you can Find what you need and Share what you know easier than ever” with logins for Twitter and Facebook (good news for those who don't want a new account). The design is clearly Metro-inspired, looking very much like the Live Tiles in Windows Phone.
Of course, the page is no longer up and instead we have a message from Microsoft Research stating:
“Thanks for stopping by. Socl.com is an internal design project from a team in Microsoft Research which was mistakenly published to the web. We didn’t mean to, honest,”
While that could be plausible, we think this is something closer to launch than just an internal design project. The "Terms of Service" and "Privacy Statement" suggest that this wasn't just meant for internal purposes. The big question of course is what exactly does it do? For that, we'll have to wait. Of course if it is an official project, will we see integration with "Mango" come fall?
Update: Read Mary Jo Foley's excellent write up this morning on her thoughts about Tulalip (including its name)
Source: Fusible; via VentureBeat
3 years ago
Deal Alert: Unlocked Venue Pro now $299 on Dell's site too
A few days ago, we ran the story about how Dell's eBay account was selling "limited stock" of carrier unlocked Dell Venue Pros (16GB) compatible with T-Mobile or AT&T for $299. Since then, they've revised "limited stock" to just available.
Now, perhaps due to the popularity of the offer (or they recognize the reduced value), Dell is offering the same deal through their website which was just selling the device for $499 yesterday: 16GB, unlocked with T-Mo or AT&T radios (your choice). This way you can do Dell credit if you want. Initial ship date is tomorrow for the devices.
We're not going to tell you how to spend your money and you can wait for our review as soon as we get ours, but this is still a sweet deal for one of the most unique Windows Phone's out there.
Update: We should also note that new-contract for T-Mobile, you can get the 8GB for just $0.99, 16GB for $49 and the biggy 32GB for $99. That's pretty cheap. AT&T contract phones are out of stock, so it's unknown if they'll follow the same pricing.
Source: Dell Online; Thanks, Ashish A. for the tip!
3 years ago
Infinite Flight adds a touch of France
The developers over at Flying Development Studio have been busy updating Infinite Flight. What could be considered the ultimate flight simulator for your Windows Phone is now on version 1.7.
The update most notably adds the Airbus A380-800 (Air France Livery) on to the flight line. Other items on the v1.7 change log includes:
- Added airport names/distances in the 3D view
- Added more options in the settings page
- Added quick calibration option (to skip the wizard when calibrating in game)
- More performance improvements
Infinite Flight isn't for the faint of heart but if you like flight simulators, there's a trial version available to tempt you with. The full version runs $4.99 and you can find them both here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.
3 years ago
Google+ Mobile site now compatible with IE
Okay, so we might or might not be getting an official app from Google anytime soon, but the day is not a complete waste as they finally enabled (fixed?) their mobile version of the site.
Up until recently, if you navigated to plus.google.com in IE on Windows Phone NoDo (or earlier), you would have been greeted with a message saying your browser was incompatible, which is pretty lame. On top of that, Google's site still only lists Windows Mobile for mobile site access (c'mon, guys, show some respect!). Now at least, you can use Google Plus via Mobile Internet Explorer with ease.
While not a full dedicated app, at least this gives you basic access. Of course, the point is a bit moot if you run "Mango" as IE9 acts like a desktop browser--so that was always working with the site. (Thanks, loof, for the heads up!)
3 years ago
Getting around with INRIX Traffic [Video]
INRIX Traffic has hit the Windows Phone Marketplace. INRIX is a traffic information app that will highlight reported traffic delays in your area. INRIX pulls from over 5 billion data points from commercial fleets, in-dash GPS units and other consumer devices to collect traffic information to make your travels as smooth flowing as possible.
INRIX Traffic also pulls anonymous data from users to determine traffic flow. The information is layed out nicely on INRIX's maps with highlighted roadways that indicate trouble spots (e.g green highlight for fast/smooth flow, red highlights for stop and go traffic). Additionally, traffic cone icons are available to pull up additional information on the traffic conditions.
Additional features include:
- Real-time traffic conditions: Quickly view real-time traffic flow maps in cities across 20+ countries; this includes freeways and arterial roadways.
- View traffic incidents – including construction, accidents, and live police.
- Local events: Games, concerts, construction and road closures can significantly affect driving times; knowing when and where these happen can help you better plan your route.
INRIX Traffic is a free app available here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.
3 years ago
Cartoon TV is back!
Just over a week ago, several apps were mysteriously pulled from the Marketplace. One of which was Cartoon TV. While MTV Newsm Colbert Report's The Word and Kayak.com are still missing, Cartoon TV has been re-released and is now available at the Marketplace.
Even better, Cartoon TV has returned as a free app. For those not familiar, Cartoon TV streams classic cartoons to your Windows Phone such as Betty Boop, Bugs Bunny, and The Flintstones.
No telling why it was pulled but it's nice to see it back. You can download your free copy of Cartoon TV here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.
Thanks goes out to David for the tip!
3 years ago
BBC News Mobile Mango beta [Video]
We recently interviewed the developer behind the BBC News Mobile app, Lawrence Gripper, and he went into detail about how he came about crafting the app along with what he thought of the development process on the Windows Phone platform. He's been a busy bee with getting the app up to scratch with the upcoming Mango update.
In the video above, you can see Lawrence giving us a run through of some new features that have been added into the app. These include:
- Double Sided Live Tiles
- Pin individual feeds to home screen
- Background service meaning improved live tile and breaking news notifications
- Background caching if wifi is available to speed up the app
You can check up on the progress of BBC News Mobile and more on Lawrence's blog.
3 years ago
Microsoft looking to sell 100 million devices a year
With Nokia on board, Microsoft are making some pretty big bets, and so they should if they're to remain to be seen as serious and in it for the long run. Microsoft’s COO Kevin Turner announced at WPC'11 that the company hopes to sell up to 100 million Windows Phone devices a year. Targeting and catering for a larger user base is the first baby step in achieving this goal.
What's also interesting is how Microsoft showed Apple's current ecosystem and how they plan to build a completely connected Windows/Xbox map to combat the fruit. Both companies are known for bashing one another at any given chance but the slides below are actually spot on. Being both a Windows and OS X user myself, I can whole-heartedly agree that there's a gap between my MacBook and iOS devices (iPad 2 and Apple TV).
It's one of the reasons why I prefer PC and WP7 over OS X and iOS. With the iPhone its a different OS altogether, a different store and a different UI. With the proposed plan by Microsoft, Metro UI will unite all their products and I can't think of a word to describe this development other than ingenious. The future of Microsoft is set to be 3 screens.
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