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.
3 years ago
Yammer coming to Windows Phone
Yammer, the Facebook for enterprises, has announced that they're looking to launch an official app for Windows Phone 7. Built from the ground up, this soon-to-be freely available app will bring social interaction to the enterprise level for employees who use WP7. It is also stated that the app will be Mango compatible.
Some highlighted features:
- Threaded Conversations - Post, reply and like messages. Easily follow conversations with replies displayed underneath the original message.
- Multi-Feed Access - Quickly navigate between My Feed, Group Feeds and Company Feed to find relevant conversations.
- Multi-Network Access - Switch between various internal and external networks.
- Member Directory and Profiles - Find updates, links and files posted by a specific colleague in addition to contact information.
- Private Messages - Communicate privately with one or more colleagues.
- Live Tile Integration - Receive real-time notifications from Yammer about new conversations and messages on your Windows Phone Start screen, all without opening the application.
Paul Bryan, senior director of product management in Microsoft's Windows Phone Division, mentions Yammer as a cutting-edge business app:
"Windows Phone offers software developers a best in class operating system and developer tools, and Yammer is a great example of the new wave of business apps partners are creating with these new capabilities. We're excited to see new cutting-edge business apps, like Yammer, join our growing app ecosystem and pleased to offer a way to help grow their business with Windows Phone Marketplace."
David Sacks, founder and CEO, Yammer had this to say about WP7:
"Millions of Windows Phone users will be able to access Yammer to connect with their colleagues and collaborate on the go. Many of our large enterprise customers rely on Microsoft technology to run their businesses. As we rapidly advance Yammer's enterprise social networking capabilities, we will continue to partner closely with Microsoft to integrate core Yammer functionality into its offerings."
As well as the WP7 news, Yammer has also announced a new version of its integration with Microsoft SharePoint. Yammer SharePoint 3.0 Web Part provides a real-time social layer to the SharePoint platform, making it more social, mobile and engaging for enterprise employees.
Source: Marketwire, via: WPSauce
3 years ago
'3D Paperball' is pretty impressive
Normally we're not to big a fan of these paper ball games even though we know they're pretty huge in the Marketplace. Having said that, '3D Paperball' by A Trillion Games (see 'Race and Battle') is something worth trying. For one, it's free, so no risk there. Two, the "3D" in it is pretty awesome, especially with the physics and control. Just check out the video above--that's the actual game and it plays like that.
"The goal is still flicking a paperball into the bin, but this time the evil fan is gone, and you can use bounces against objects to redirect the ball into the goal, or shake the phone to slam the ball into the basket, gaining bonus shots and producing amusing visual effects.
The game features credible 3d physics, a very realistic 3d environment, multiple shooting styles, endless gameplay and the ability to compete instantly in a global leaderboard."
Granted, we're not too good at it, but that's where practice comes in and we suppose it'll keep us busy for awhile. You can pick it up here in the Marketplace.
3 years ago
Long Zheng releases Speedo Plus speedometer app
For those who don't keep track of these things, Long Zheng curates the popular iStartedSomething blog, works on the popular MetroTwit desktop app and makes up 1/3 of the ChevronWP7 team. Having been unable to find a speedometer app that he was pleased with in the Marketplace, he took it upon himself to design and code up to meet his standards. That's how Speedo Plus was born and features the following:
- Supports both metric (km/h) and imperial (mph) measurements.
- Windscreen mode optimized for glass projection
- Charts speed over time
- Calculates moving average and maximum speed during trip
- Map underlay feature
- Tap and hold screen for additional options
The app is pretty slick and free with no ads or you can purchase it for $0.99 (think of it as donation-ware). Definitely worth a spin. Grab it here in the Marketplace.
3 years ago
Bringing Kinect and gesture control to Windows Phone
Going back to the Windows Mobile 7 rumor days in 2009, we can find lots of talk about gesture and non-touch control of the OS. Of course that was Windows Mobile 'Photon' which was scrapped and replaced with Windows Phone 7.
Flash forward to today and we still don't have much in the way of "non-touch control", though we do have accelerometers, compass, aGPS and other sensors (not to mention augmented reality). But Microsoft does not appear to be moving away from gesture control, which should be obvious to anyone familiar with their Kinect sensor for the Xbox (and eventually PC). Having received a Kinect recently as a gift, we can say that the technology in the Kinect is as "alien" as anything we've seen. However, it's still a foot long device which is much bigger than even an HTC HD7.
In 2010, Microsoft bought a company called Canesta who specialize in gesture control technology, specifically chip making. The idea is that eventually this company will be able to shrink down the Kinect chip to a centimeter., From EE Times:
"Canesta’s engine is said to outperform the PrimeSensor which Microsoft is currently licensing from PrimeSense Ltd. (Tel-Aviv, Israel) for its Kinect. When Microsoft commercializes the Canesta-invented chip-level work-alike of the PrimeSensor, it will be able to downsize the foot-long Kinect to about a square centimeter, enabling tiny robots and other mobile devices, such as the Windows Phone, to perform sophisticated gesture recognition for natural user interfaces, autonomous navigation and many other tasks."
Hearing that of course brings us back full-circle to those 2009 rumors of non-touch control and a mobile phone. Perhaps Microsoft was ahead of itself at the time, but it's becoming obvious that in the near future, such technology shrunken down to our phone will be a reality. And considering how Microsoft is quite a bit ahead of Google and Apple in terms of gesture recognition/control, they're positioned for great things in the mobile world. In fact, according to the NY Times, Microsoft may have a lock on this technology:
Last year, Microsoft acquired 3DV systems, a company with similar gesture recognition technology. That deal coupled with the Canesta purchase may prevent competitors from acquiring these 3-D abilities and cut off potential intellectual property squabbles. Canesta has secured 44 patents in this area and has more pending.
Anyone else think Microsoft is a sleeping beast?
Source: EE Times; via GigaOm
3 years ago
Microsoft testing out new build of Mango with Twitter enabled?
It's no surprise that Windows Phone "Mango" is getting Twitter in the fall. The feature is currently disabled in the beta builds given out to developers though, so it's fun to track its development along the Microsfot pipeline. What we can figure is this: a few Microsoft devs have been using it on their phones since May in a limited capacity, but recently new users have been given later builds of Mango with the feature enabled (see above image). Even Joe Belfiore is now using it.
In the last few days a few more folks on Twitter have started tweeting with "via Windows Phone (via Windows Live)" as the tweet source. Clicking the link redirects you to Microsoft's Windows Phone site. This was similar to another build from April where it said "via Windows Phone(via Windows Live)INT". (The difference there is of course "INT" which probably stood for "internal", as in development purposes).
One of the tweets comes from Ken Dacey of Microsoft, who was also the one responsible for the earlier "INT" Twitter posts a few months ago. He's been using Twitter on his phone since May, but another from @MSWindowsPhone only appeared in the last day (they won't confirm if it's a newer build, however).
Either way, Microsoft is making progress as expected. Hopefully registered AppHub devs will get a new beta build too.
Source: Twitter 1, 2, 3; Thanks, @Fisi_zubi for helping us out on this
3 years ago
Captain America wallpaper pack for Windows Phone
We hear some super hero film called "Captain America" is opening soon and that this cap'n has some fans. What better way to demonstrate your patriotism (and comic book geekiness) than throwing him on your Windows Phone?
Techie writer Manan Kakkar has assembled some pretty sweet shots of the first avenger and made them 800x480 at a nice tight resolution. Result? They look pretty great, especially with those bold colors on a Super AMOLED screen.
Hop to Manan's blog to grab the pack which contains seven pics, including a NSFW (language) one that makes a...strong statement.
Bonus: he also has them for your OS desktop for a power punching patriotic combo.
3 years ago
Spotify coming to the U.S. tomorrow, sign up now. Windows Phone app soon?
To all the U.S. peeps out there who've been waiting on Spotify, the Swedish music streaming site, you'll be happy to know it's launching tomorrow. More importantly, if you sign up now you can get an invite as soon as it goes live (guess they're doing the Google model of things with invites, blarg).
Sure, we don't yet have an official Spotify app for Windows Phone, but there are third party apps in the Marketplace. More importantly, there is an official app coming, as demonstrated at MIX11 a few months back. The "Mango" version will of course allow your music to stream in the background, much like Zune player does currently.
Our big question though: Could we see a non-Mango version launch in the next few days? Seems like something Microsoft would do, what with that marquee app blitz they did a few weeks ago. Plus we've seen some non-Mango versions of apps like Best Buy and British Airways released, even though they were first demoed with Mango features. Hmm...
Head here for the signup!
3 years ago
Mango coming in September? Imagine Cup winners announced.
This could well be looking into something that's not there and we're all reading far too much into the above tweet. But, it does seem like the best time for the release of the update and upcoming devices (remember the handsets we covered that were shown at WPC'11?). With iOS5 coming up as well as the rumored iPhone 5, this is the perfect time for Microsoft to provide even the most avid Apple fans with a second choice.
So, this could well be nothing, or it could be a solid hint at a possible date for Mango. What do you think? Sound off in the comments with when you believe Microsoft will bring us Mango, and if you reckon September (or prior, since they mentioned 'by September') is a solid time frame for the release.
Also of interest is once again the reference to "Mango" as 7.5, seemingly confirming what we've suspected for some time now.
And last but not least, the winners for Imagine Cup were announced. We'll just focus on mobile:
- First Place: Geekologic (France) with 'Brainergy', physics puzzler that requires you to use various equipment to convert renewal energy sources to do work
- Second Place: Close World Mobile (France) for 'Hilomi' focusing on environmental sustainability
- Third Place: Team Dragon (United States) for their asthma game 'Azmo the Dragon'
Videos of the winners after the break
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