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3 years ago

Mini-Review: World Weather

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Mini-Review: World Weather

Your Windows Phone helps you stay in touch with friends, family, news, sports, and weather. World Weather is one app that hopes to keep you up to date with current weather conditions and forecasts.

Key features include:

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Stencil Kit

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Windows Phone 7 Stencil Kit

UIstencils has released a Windows Phone 7 stencil kit coupled with a sketch pad, and it looks damn impressive. The stencil itself works precisely with the pad thanks to the involvement of the Windows Phone internal design team.

The sheer brilliance of this product will allow not only developers/designers to create hundreds of concepts with minimal effort, but it may appeal to any end-user who may wish to redecorate their house without the approval of their parent(s)/wife. What's included in the stencil kit?

  • Stainless steel stencil
  • Zebra mechanical pencil
  • Plastic protector wallet
  • 2 UI stencil stickers

You can grab the Windows Phone 7 kit for $24.95 and the pads are available at $12.95 each. Check out more photos after the break

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3 years ago

Stephen Elop to Keynote at Qualcomm's Uplinq 2011 Conference

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More interesting news on the Nokia front, along with Qualcomm. While both companies have a history in having a somewhat distant relationship, it seems they are really starting to come together, especially with Nokia's entry into Windows Phone 7.5 being just around the corner. The CEO of Nokia, Stephon Elop, will be keynoting at Qualcomm's Uplinq 2011 conference on June 2nd in San Diego.

Brilliant news for the Qualcomm and Nokia partnership, should the handset giant make a positive re-entrance into the competition under Microsoft's flag, since Qualcomm see promise with the handset manufacturer. Along with Nokia, HP and HTC are to be present at the conference.

Source: Qualcomm, via: MobileTechWorld

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Supporting Nancy Davis Foundation

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Daisy Fuentes (model and TV personality should you not know -- anybody remember her on MTV?) has recently tweeted about Windows Phone pledging to donate $500 to the Nancy Davis Foundation, should she publish a tweet and attach a photo. Which she (thankfully) has done. And we're perfectly OK with her doing so without actually showing a Windows Phone.

It's Nice to see Windows Phone (and Microsoft) back organizations such as this, especially after Bill Gates set up his incredible charity.

Oh, and after the break, a picture of an actual Windows Phone, just to cover all the bases.

Source: Twitter

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3 years ago

User Experience vs Statistics on AdDuplex [Developers]

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The AdDuplex team has posted an interesting article on their blog that goes into how some clicks aren’t registered in the system to maximise the user experience. Alan Mendelevich, a developer, explains:

As you probably know, there’s no multitasking in current version of Windows Phone. So as soon as you open a marketplace app via MarketplaceDetailTask the control is transferred to the MP app and the call to register the click on your server gets killed. There are 2 general ways to overcome this:

  1. Route all the taps through your web server.
  2. Delay opening the marketplace app until the click is registered with you server.

We’ve dismissed both of these approaches because of the effect they have on user experience and based on the understanding of what is the end goal for our clients.

The overall just of the click being counted is when a user taps on an advert, this click event is saved in Isolated Storage and the user is transferred to the Marketplace. Should that user return to the app where he/she performed the tap on the advert, the user is checked against a saved click. If one’s present it’s reported to the server.

Alan ran a short experiment to check how much CTR is actually lost due to the above user experience adjustments. Estimating from two identical adverts (one going to the Marketplace and the other via the web) Alan reached a conclusion that approximately 20% of the Marketplace links are not registered.

What do you think about this as a developer who uses the service? Should you have any suggestions or feedback, check the article via the link below to voice your opinion - every little shout helps.

Source: AdDuplex

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3 years ago

A Better OS, a Better Keyboard

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A Better OS, a Better Keyboard

If you’ve used a competitive OS to Windows Phone 7 that features an on-screen keyboard (notably Android and iOS) you will surely agree with me when I say that the keyboard present on our WP7 devices blows everything else out the water. Sure, it’s not perfect, but it’s close.

Microsoft Research has published an article that provides a fantastic insight into the keyboard and how it has been developed to adapt to users with how the habit of typing isn’t entirely accurate (for some key presses we may place our finger on the top-right of a key almost touching a neigh-borough key). Read on after the break.

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3 years ago

More Verizon Windows Phone rumors: training begins, launching May 12th?

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File this all under unconfirmed/you've heard this all before/we like to torture thee:

From the above Tweet, word has it Verizon employees are starting to receive training on Windows Phone 7--which makes sense as their next step with their forums being cleaned out and the Best Buy listing. So we wouldn't be surprised if we start hearing a bit more about such events over the next few days...

The other thing is we're hearing about a May 12th date. Once again, we've had many, many dates in the past and we really have nothing to show you that this is real this time, but if you believe the stars are aligning for a launch, Thursday May 12th may be your day. Or it might not.

You may now all remount your tin-foil hats. Thanks, @ThePhilFletcher and anonymous, for the info

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3 years ago

iOS to WP7 API Mapping Tool [Developers]

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Should you posess incredible coding skill in the iOS realm and be interested in the Windows Phone platform, we have some good news for you for the gap between the two operating systems. Over on the Windows Team blog, they've announced the launch of of their new WP7 API mapping tool. So, what exactly does this bring to the table for developers? Find out after the break.

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3 years ago

NoDo Update Ceased for Unbranded Samsung Omnia 7

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There have been a continuous stream of reports and complaints about failed updates (or no notification at all) since NoDo first began rolling out and now we've learn that the Windows Phone team have ceased the Samsung Omnia 7 NoDo roll out. From the image above, you can see a reader querying for any information regarding unbranded devices, however the answer provided by Michael Stroh (consumer writer for Microsoft) was rather generic and could either be all Omnia 7 handsets will not receive NoDo for now, or just unbranded. I would go with just unlocked since Three have successfully rolled out the update to their Omnia 7 army.

We suspect the issue will be fixed soon (which Michael stated) and the NoDo delivery promptly resumed. Have you been experiencing any issues with the Omnia 7 handset, specifically unbranded?

Source: Windows Team Blog, via: WMPU

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3 years ago

HTC 7 Mozart on Telstra gets NoDo approved, awaiting Microsoft to distribute

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Although you wouldn't know it from Microsoft's update page, there's good news for those of you on Australia's Telstra network and who own an HTC 7 Mozart: your NoDo udate has been approved and is now in Microsoft's hands for distribution. "Early May" is given as a time-frame, so basically any day now.

Kudos to Telstra for having a more, shall we say, direct way of checking on their phone's update statuses--seems like a sane approach to what AT&T does i.e. silence. And although the HD7 NoDo update is still in testing, that too should be out in a few weeks.

Update: Strider Auz/Sheeds informs us that the only reason Telstra has that awesome update page is because he lead a campaign against them. Direct action, mon ami! See his site for more info.

Source: Telstra; via @Strider_Aus, @ChrisWalshie

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3 years ago

Win Next Generation WP7 with AdDuplex

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Win Next Generation WP7 with AdDuplex

The guys over at AdDuplex are running a competition where you can get your hands on a "not yet announced Windows Phone" - this will be a chosen device released later in the year around Mango. To enter, you are required to use the AdDuplex Ad Exchange service with your WP7 application, but should you already be using the service (which I recommend you do) then you're already entered. Check the website for more information and sweepstakes rules.

Source: AdDuplex

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3 years ago

New iPhone Twitter app heavily copies Metro UI

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While not much practical use to our readers, it's nice to see Microsoft's Metro UI catching on in a big way. A new iPhone Twitter app called 'Maha' is an exact clone of some of the popular Twitter apps on Windows Phone 7 that adhere to the Metro theme e.g. Twitter (official), Rowi and Twitt.

Between what's been shown of Windows 8, Windows Phone and Xbox 360, this Metro thing seems to be catching on. Hey, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And maybe, just maybe, a few iPhoners will want a phone with the whole Metro UI.

via: nanapho

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3 years ago

moTweets hits v2.5, gets a few bug fixes

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For those who use moTweets, you should be getting a notice soon for version 2.5 in the Marketplace. While not too much in the way of new features (it already has quite a few packed in there) it does get some of those little bug fixes that may have been irking you:

  • NEW: Options for “show quick buttons” to swap behavior of tap and tap’n’hold tweets
  • Fixed an issue with current Trends not loading up properly
  • Fixed an issue where “Invalid Credentials” error message would show up
  • Fixed an issue where Twitter style retweets wouldn’t would show up as cut off

Sounds good to us. Between this app, Rowi, Seesmic and a few others, we have to admit that the Twitter field offers nice choices for users out there. Grab moTweets (paid) here and and moTweets (free) here. [We should also note that moTweets got bumped from $0.99 to $1.99 recently--so take that for what it's worth.]

Thanks, @Fisi_zubi, for the heads up

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3 years ago

ReMIX 11 and Windows Phone 7.5 info coming up in June

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We've seen some evidence that the next version of Windows Phone, code-named 'Mango' is going by 'Windows Phone 7.5' and that seems to yet again be confirmed.

The ReMIX11 event, happeing in Australia June 1-2, has their page up and registration is now available. But what's interesting is the reference again to Windows Phone 7.5 in the talk by Shane Morris & Nick Randolph called 'Real world Windows Phone 7.5'. Though we shouldn't be shocked that Microsoft wants to share more about 'Mango' (it's a pretty huge update), we are hoping some new info comes out as the milestones/feature set is locked in.

Now lets see if Microsoft amends the '7.5' reference here like they did on that Microsoft Partner Network site, ahem.

Update: Don't expect anything new on 'Mango', as Shane Morris & Nick Randolph are responsible for the Qantas app demoed during MIX11. Thanks, Chris Walsh, for the clarification

Source: ReMIX11; via 1800PocketPC

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3 years ago

Asteroids Deluxe - Review

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Asteroids Deluxe - Review

Centipede, the first Game Room title for Windows Phone, impressed many with its faithful arcade emulation and stellar presentation. Asteroids Deluxe is the second portable Game Room entry. It’s still a very faithful port (perhaps even more so than the console/PC version), but the game itself is more of an acquired taste.

Asteroids Deluxe is the 1981 arcade sequel to the original Asteroids. Players pilot a ship through an asteroid field, blasting space debris for points. Once a large asteroid is fired upon, it breaks into two smaller ones. Each of those splits into two really tiny, hard-to-hit rocks. Clear a wave of all asteroids and a new wave starts up with even more rocks to avoid and destroy.

Fly past the break and into hyperspace for our full review.

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