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3 years ago

Live ID WP7 app integration [Developers]

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Live ID WP7 app integration [Developers]

An in-depth article has been published over at BuildMobile, which covers how Windows Live ID can be integrated into a Windows Phone application. The app will then be able to gain access to the user's contacts, profile detail, information from Messenger and SkyDrive, and everything else that's available via the Messenger Connect API.

What should be noted (as mentioned in the article) is that a Live ID is required, much like Facebook Connect and Twitter requiring accounts. You wont be able to transfer an app from one Live ID to another, so if you are creating an app with a Live ID account, you may wish to use an ID specifically made for the app, especially if you plan to sell the app, have multiple developers working, etc.

As well as following the steps and reading up on the detail, more information can be found over at the Windows Live Developer Portal and in the Messenger Connect documentation

Source: BuildMobile

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3 years ago

Microsoft sued over Windows Phone "Really" ads, really

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Where we normally expect patents and copyright litigation these days to involve hardware or technology issues, Microsoft finds itself being sued for infringing upon copyrighted content in their Windows Phone ads.

Cellrderm, a company that manufactures novelty cellular abuse aids, is claiming that Microsoft's Windows Phone "Really" ads features similar content that is copyrighted by Cellrderm and it's ad agency. The suit centers around the "Bathroom Really" and "Bedroom Really" ads. No response from Microsoft on the law suit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

While there are similarities in the commercials, it's hard to say they are carbon copies. If you make the jump past the break you can see all four ads and decide for yourself. The ads might also shed some light on what exactly a cellular abuse aid is.

Source: winrumors

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3 years ago

GroupMe now available for WP7

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GroupMe now available for WP7

GroupMe, the popular group-texting service, has hit the Marketplace.  The WP7 version, which was the second-most requested platform by users, was actually spear-headed by an intern HackNY's Summer Fellows Program.

Using a data connection and/or texting, GroupMe allows users to create different user groups.  Any time a member of the group sends a message, the other members will be notified.  In addition, GroupMe assigns each group a common phone number, so any single member can start conference calls on the fly.  And while you can use this snazzy app to communicate with your friends through GroupMe, it is not necessary.  Any phone that can text can create groups and get started.  Best of all, the service, just like the app, is free.

The current iteration only supports the group messaging, chat and conference calling, but more features, such as location tracking and photo sharing are expected to follow in the near future.  The startup has gained a fast following, and has even gotten the attention of celebs, like Paris Hilton, who recently tapped them as her go-to forum for viewers of her upcoming show on cable network Oxygen.

Get GroupMe here.

Source: GroupMe

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3 years ago

Watch out - Tentacles is crawling to Xbox Live on July 20

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Now that Windows Phone-exclusive Beards and Beaks is available on the Marketplace, would you expect Microsoft to follow up next week with something less exciting? An iPhone puzzle game port, maybe? I mean, we can all agree that there simply aren’t enough puzzle games on Windows Phone... Well too bad, suckas! Next week marks two big Xbox Live releases in a row as Tentacles from Press Play comes to the Marketplace.

Tentacles is a top-down platformer starring Lemmy, a microscopic tentacled creature. Lemmy journeys through the body of the scientist who created him, eating eyeballs (?) and battling dangerous creatures along the way. Tapping the screen moves the little hero one tentacle at a time, and he also has a clawed tentacle for attacks. Press Play’s latest game has impressive 3D graphics and a subversive sense of humor – no surprise as they are the team who brought us the highly creative Max and the Magic Marker, which happens to be the Deal of the Week right now.

Tentacles crawls to the Marketplace on Wednesday, July 20 for the price of $4.99. That’s like $1.25 per tentacle! Read WPCentral’s interview with developer Press Play for more screens and details.

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3 years ago

Weight Watchers app redesigned and "must-have"

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Maintaining one's diet, er...lifestyle change, can be pretty tricky when you're on the go.  However, the newly-designed Weight Watchers official app, PointsPlus Calculator, makes it easier.  Whether you're out to dinner or picking up groceries for the week, all you need to do is enter the nutritional information into the calculator to find out how many points-per-serving an item will be.  The app will also let you log activity to see how many points you have burned by exercising.  The interface is simple and sleek.  PointsPlus is free to download, but is only available for Weight Watchers Online and eTools subscribers.  Due to the nature of the subscriptions, users are required to log into the app on a monthly basis.

Weight Watchers is just one of a plethora of companies to release "official" apps for for WP7 in recent weeks.  Microsoft likes this one so much that they listed it as one of their "must-have" apps in their Best of Marketplace.  Click on the Via link below to see the others that made the list.

Download the PointsPlus Calculator here (opens Zune).

Source: Weight Watchers; Via: Microsoft

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Cameo: Sonic the Hedgehog [Video]

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We've had Windows Phone cameo appearances in episodes of Hawaii Five-O, Castle, Human Target and several other television series. Now it appears the Windows Phone product placement may be reaching to video games.

In Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 1, if you keep Sonic idle for a for a minute he appears to pull out a Windows Phone and begin to listen to the Music Hub.

We've got a full review in the works for Sonic 4 and you can download the game here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace to judge for yourself if that's truly a Windows Phone he's using.  But in the meantime, make the jump after the break to view a video clip of this mysterious phone and let us know what you think? Is Sonic a Windows Phone user?

Source: Windowsphonemetro Thanks goes out to Treiz for the tip!

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3 years ago

Microsoft signs licensing agreement with GeoVector for mobile augmented reality patents

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Good news everyone! Microsoft has signed a licensing agreement with GeoVector Corporation, a company who actually held the original trademark on "Augmented Reality". The deal is to bring GeoVector patented "Augmented Reality, pointing-based local search and other aspects of spatially aware mobile computing" to what else, but Windows Phones.

The deal is non-exclusive, meaning our rivals can still have access to GeoVector's technology (they already have "World Surfer" on Android and the iPhone), but since this licensing is being done by Microsoft, we're more likely to see this technology embedded into the OS directly, enhancing Bing services, rather than just "add on" software like other mobile OSs.

As you can see above, their big claim to fame is their "pointing-based local search" where the phone is like a computer mouse "...for the real world" allowing the user to point and click in any direction, identifying objects in its path. No word on when we can see the results of a GeoVector/Microsoft collaboration, but hopefully it'll be in time for "Apollo" aka Winodws Phone 8.

Check out the press release after the break.

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3 years ago

Google lifting more UI stylings from Windows Phone?

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We're not shy about calling out Google and more specifically Android on their terrible UI--it lacks coherence, style and underlying philosophy of what it should be. It looks like it was designed by computer nerds and not, well, designers. In that sense, it's nice to see Google overhauling their Android Market which always looked like it was beaten with an ugly stick.

Still, we've received quite a few emails noting that their new Marketplace seems to take some liberties with Windows Phone's Metro UI: text based, no chrome, pivot controls, etc. We're not prepared to say that Google sought to make a copy-cat UI here, but it is clear that they are moving in a more minimalist, text-driven direction that seems to becoming popular these days. It's not as bad as their ad that completely ripped off a few weeks ago, but it does show that they're taking their cues from Metro or at the very least, they know they have a UI problem and need to spice things up a bit.

For years people said that the incremental changes to Windows Mobile was just "lipstick on a pig". Well, here's looking at you, Android.

Source: Google; via Android Central; Thanks, Carlos, dtboos and others

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3 years ago

Beards & Beaks first Xbox LIVE for Windows Phone game to feature DLC

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Here's quite the surprise: Beards & Beaks ($2.99) features downloadable content (DLC) i.e. extra levels and add ons that can be purchased from within the game itself.

Up to now, our games have been fairly limited, requiring a whole new download to bring new levels, like IloMilo. Now, developers evidently can start offering extra levels, new mini-games, etc. as an extension of the main game (as well as charge for it, hello!).

Luckily the "Forest Map" add on here for Beards & Beaks is completely free. What's more, it's mean this game can get extended life out of it since MSG can keep creating new levels and features.

Ah, the future of Windows Phone gaming is looking good. Grab the game here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Facebook app having issues with photos?

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Facebook app having issues with photos?

Maybe it's just us, but we've been asked whether our Facebook photos and galleries were loading in the official app. Sure enough, we can see the galleries but when we click on an image, we get the above error message, which is quite interesting (and annoying).

Photos seem to load in our Mango Picture Hub, but some are having problems there too.  The issue seems to be hit or miss with some users reporting to us no problems at all while quite a few others are getting the "Unable to load this page" message.

If it's the latter case, then it seems something on Facebook's end and not the app itself, presumably meaning no "fix" is needed for our app. We'll keep an eye on this one... Report in comments on your situation. (Thanks, Amir and our Twitter followers!)

[Oh and yes, notifications are wonky. All we can say on the matter is they work better in Mango than NoDO.]

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3 years ago

Deal Alert: Dell selling unlocked Venue Pros for $299 on eBay (AT&T/T-Mobile)

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Here's a deal that you won't want to miss: Dell's official eBay account is selling in "limited quantities" unlocked Venue Pros for AT&T and T-Mobile for a nice $299 (+ sales tax). That's a $200 savings, in case you were wondering.

The Venue Pro features 16GB of internal memory, a 4.1" AMOLED curved screen and the only vertical sliding keyboard. While the device has had its share of problems, related to firmware (WiFi and SD card stability), the latest firmware update reportedly fixes all of these bumping this unique phone from "caution" to "serious consideration". No word if these AT&T devices ship with the latest firmware, so you may have to update in a few weeks to flash it.

We should note: they've already sold 95 at the time of this posting and quantities are limited (in fact, the AT&T version is "not available" on Dell's own site, which is kind of undercutting themselves). So act fast and remember to select AT&T or T-Mobile as those obviously have different bands.

And since Dell wouldn't supply us with one for a review, (bad Dell, bad!) we ordered up ourselves a nice one for AT&T. Awww yeah.

Source: Ebay; Thanks, Treiz, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Mango's IE9 browser still trounces iOS5 beta 3 in HTML5 speed test

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Browser wars are always fun. Not because they are definitive or slam dunk tests that once and for all decide which is the best browser, but because they induce so much chest thumping about standards, specs and specific environments for testing. It's like saying your football team is the best--sure it may or may not be true, but sometimes it's fun to throw the war paint on and act like it is.

In this case, Derek Snyder of Microsoft demonstrates once again the famous "HTML5 fish test" (see MIX 11), comparing it between a BlackBerry, Samsung Android Charge and an iPhone 4. And once again, Windows Phone Mango clearly beats everyone, coming in at an astounding 50 FPS. But what makes this test more interesting is the fact that the iPhone 4 is running the iOS5 beta 3 (just released) which puts Apple's "fall update" up against Microsoft's "fall update", making it a more realistic comparison.

Your move, Apple. 

Source: WMPU

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3 years ago

Beards and Beaks - together at last on the Marketplace!

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Ready for a new Windows Phone exclusive, Xbox Live gamers? Beards and Beaks fits the beak, I mean, bill. It’s out now on the Marketplace.

Beards and Beaks is not actually about birds wearing beaks as you might think. It’s actually the tale of an evil group of crows (much like Sheryl Crow, only with feathers) who invade a village of gnomes in order to steal their riches. It soon becomes an out and out war, with gnomes invading crow bases and vice versa.

Beards and Beaks may look like a tower defense game at first glance, but it’s actually an action-strategy title (sans towers). Players bring one or more gnomes into a level and control their actions via touch-screen flicks. The object is to collect treasures and prevent the crows from doing the same. In addition to the standard flicks, mushroom-fueled special powers can help turn the tide in battle. Don’t let the bad birds win!

As we’ve said before, Beards and Beaks is the first Windows Phone game developed entirely in-house by Microsoft Game Studios. WPCentral will soon bring you the full scoop on the development process with an exclusive interview with the developers!

Beards and Beaks costs $2.99 and there is a free trial. Put down the ‘shrooms and pick up the game here (Zune link) on the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

'I'm a WP7!' gets major bump to v2.5 with new features

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The app 'I'm a WP7!' (see AppSpotlight) is certainly one of the more unique programs available to Windows Phone. It's a social network created by and for Windows Phone users, a way to share tips, communicate and even know who's around you with a similar phone.  On top of that, it's one heck of a polished app--excellent Metro layout, smooth scrolling, beautiful dialog boxes and all sorts of options.

Version 2.5 just came out today and it's a pretty major one--so major that we felt the need to do this post. For those of you who use the app, you should be getting notified about the update. For those who have never used it: we strongly encourage you to give it a spin. It's free and has zero ads--what's not to love about that?

Here are the new changes:

  • Push Notifications for messages
  • Individual status and status updates
  • GamerTag/Avatar integration
  • MAJOR Search and Map enhancements
  • Windows Phone Tips & Tricks
  • Latest Windows Phone News
  • Member Apps
  • More statistics
  • More themes, including a new "Mango" theme

The GamerTag/Avatar integration is great as it gives your ID some personality. The options to share (or not share) your location, device info, etc. will give those who are shy some reprieve as you can choose how much (or little) to share with others.

What can we say--we love the design and operation. If you dig Windows Phone, this is a great app for building up the community and being a part of something. The app is free, in the top Top 20 of social network apps and just a great example of ingenuity on our platform. Oh and the developer has graciously integrated our RSS feed for the Windows Phone news, meaning you have yet another easy way to stay on top of the latest info out there. Huzzah!

Give it a go here in the Marketplace and join the party!

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3 years ago

Factory ROM (7004) available for Samsung Focus

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PavelX1, a registered user over at the XDA Developers Forum, has provided links to uploaded Samsung Focus ROMs. Two firmwares are available, one for AT&T (plus a 4K option) and the other for Rogers, both able to return the device to 7004.

This could prove useful for folk who need to return to factory status with losing a pre-Mango backup, reverting Chevron unlocking, etc. To load the firmware onto your device, one will have to enter download mode. This can be achieved by holding the power, volume up and camera keys while the device is powered down and hold until you see the yellow exclamation mark.

Usual boring disclamer stuff: WPCentral doesn't take any reposnibility for your device becoming unusable (bricked) or if it explodes in your pocket after flashing.

Source: XDA Developers Forum, via: @Dauvx

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