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3 years ago

Steve Ballmer: I'm bringing Windows back... yeah! [Updated]

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I don't know why people don't like Steve Ballmer, I think the guy is entertaining during presentations and has brought Windows a long way since the Vista flop. We now have Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Xbox set to perform increasingly well and integration has finally come around. One thing we have known for a while (since Microsoft announced they would introduce Metro UI to the Xbox and Windows 8) is that the Windows Phone platform should gain some momentum through a unified experience.

As Ballmer replied to a post-PC era question at a recent company shareholders' meeting:

"We've got broad Windows initiatives driving Windows down to the phone. With Windows 8, you'll see incredible new form factors powered by Windows from tablets, small, large, pens, smaller, bigger, room-sized displays."

The reception of the new look of not only Windows 8, but the upcoming Xbox dashboard refresh too, has been generally positive. Sure there is some skepticism as there would be with any radical alteration, but the combined eco-system will eventually prove to be the best chance for Windows Phone to pick up some speed. Metro UI will be the backbone of the Windows interface and will differentiate Microsoft's product line from competitors.

Update: Fixed the quote, which was misinterpreted.

Via: Liveside, BusinessInsider

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3 years ago

SFR offering white label ZTE Windows Phone?

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According to a report at MonWindowsPhone, SFR is offering a white label ZTE Windows Phone (the ZTE Tania?) Allow me to introduce the Windows Phone Internet 7, yup almost as good as that huge device name on Android. The ZTE handset is currently unavailable but will be priced at €269.90 (€9.90 when purchased with a package). The specifications includes a 4.3" screen, 5MP camera, 1Ghz chip and 3GB available storage.

Source: MonWindowsPhone (Translate), SFR

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3 years ago

Teaser: Nokia teams up with Deadmau5 for an epic 4D promotion on 11/28 in London

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Nokia UK just posted this amazing teaser video featuring music by Deadmau5 which promises an epic 4D promotion in (on?) Millbank Tower in London on November 28th.

The video just shows behind the scenes as engineers and lighting specialists being the preparations for what looks like an epic, end-all-be-all for Nokia's Windows Phone push in the UK. Seriously, between what just happened in New York City last week and what this video is promising, we're pretty excited. Looking to transform the building's "800 windows" into a "groundbreaking 4D audio and visual experience" in no small task.

This should certainly gain some publicity for Windows Phone and Nokia!

Thanks, Keith H., for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Get missing Zune Pass features in Australia now

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Get missing Zune Pass features in Australia now

While the full-force of the Australian Zune Pass still needs to launch tomorrow, bits and pieces of it are now available, including being able to sign up. However, if you want all the good stuff now, Chris Walsh from ChevronWP7 (and Eric Lawrence's Fiddler app) have your back.

In a post on his blog, Walsh details a relatively easy method by which you can trick the Zune Servers and get access via the Zune Desktop to those "missing features".

Looks like a fun way to kill fifteen minutes and get the good stuff now. Read more at Chris Walsh's blog here.

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3 years ago

Nokia is giving away five Lumia 800's on Facebook. Again.

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Want a Lumia 800 (see review)? Who doesn't? If so and you have a Facebook account, head over to this page to participate in a chance to win one of five devices being given out. We saw a similar contest earlier with Nokia UK and now with the main Nokia Facebook page.

All you need to do is give a photo or video of "something amazing", a theme which Nokia is pushing with the Lumia series. Looks to be a good deal to us and it cost nothing to try. Good luck!

Source: Nokia Facebook; via owindowsphone.pl

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3 years ago

XBLIG indie stunt racer OSR Unhinged coming to Windows Phone

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Riddlersoft Games, the UK indie developer responsible for A Robot’s Conundrum and Abyss: The Great Ascent, will soon publish a new indie Windows Phone title: OSR: Unhinged.

OSR, aka Old School Racer, first debuted on consoles as an Xbox Live Indie Game. It’s basically a Trials HD-style physics-based stunt game. If you haven’t played Trials, think Jet Car Stunts but in 2D. Not my kind of game, but lots of people love ‘em. The mobile version adds some extra content, which is always welcome.

Here’s the feature list for the Windows Phone version:

  • 30 Unique levels with alternative roots and hidden tokens.
  • 6 mini games.
  • 200 tokens to collect
  • 10 bikes to unlock
  • Your own ghost to race against.
  • Leaderboards for every level and mini games
  • Elite Leaderboards that give your overall rank as well as interesting statistics.
  • Smooth performance and tight controls.
  • Lots of options to set the game up as you want.

OSR Unhinged should be available on Windows Phone later this month. If you can’t wait, the Xbox 360 version is now available for 80 Microsoft Points ($1). Grab it here from a PC or Mac.

Source: WP7Connect; Thanks, Dale, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

4th & Mayor v3.0 teaser shots appear with new features

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If you're like us, you're waiting anxiously for Jeff Wilcox to get a Mango version of his uber-popular '4th & Mayor' Foursquare app out. And while simply re-encoding for fast-app switching is an easy task, Jeff is doing more than just that for version 3.0.

In a few teaser shots seen above, we can get a glimpse of what is coming down the pipe. First, you can now see your friends and where they checked in on a map, which makes total sense to us to have as a feature. Next you can see how you can customize the multiple-live tiles you'll be able to pin, including changing the tile or the photo for it for quick checkins. Finally, checkin deep-links and those multiple live tiles are shown on the start screen.

Release date? We hear that the app was submitted to the Marketplace on Sunday, which means we should be seeing this this week sometime. We're pretty excited about this one! Grab version 2.9 of 4th & Mayor here in the Marketplace for free.

Source: @JeffWilcox 1, 2, 3; via WindowsPhone Daily

Update: Jeff was kind enough to provide the full changelog for v3.0. Curious about all the new features? Head past the break!

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3 years ago

ChevronWP7 Labs resumes unlocking services

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Just over a week ago, the homebrew unlocker tool ChevronWP7 Labs was released in the wild. A joint venture by Rafael Rivera, Chris Walsh and Long Zheng, the officially sanctioned tool was a bold and complicated project: unlock phones so that apps can be side-loaded for a modest $9. The challenge of course was the myriad of PC setups, devices, OS versions and miscellaneous that could complicate things.

As a result, there were some issues people were having and within a few hours, ChevronWP7 Labs briefly suspended services until the team could feel more confident in the service working as intended.

In a new blog post, the group members go over the history of what happened, discuss some of the problems (including if people want refunds who can't get it to work) and that after some server re-workings, the token-purchasing is back. While the team still expects a few users to have difficulty with the process, they are evidently satisfied that most people should be able to successfully unlock their phones now. Sounds good to us. So any of you take the plunge yet?

Source: ChevronWP7

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3 years ago

Zune Pass now available in Australia

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Zune Pass now available in Australia

It was announced just a few weeks ago that Zune Pass was finally coming to Australia. Then we got wind of a few more details from WPDownUnder what exactly it would and wouldn't have to offer (e.g. no podcast support, lame).

The date to launch was November 16th, that day is upon us and according to Chris Walsh, it's now available.

So, to our Aussie friends--you down with the Zune Pass?

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3 years ago

Minimalist Star Wars wallpapers for Windows Phone are awesome

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We're always looking to refresh our lock screen on our ten Windows Phones. Okay, well you probably don't have that big of a problem but still, if you're like us and a bit geeky, these "minimalist" Star Wars wallpapers will suit your needs.

Created by Rafal Rola and cropped/re-sized by 1800PocketPC, there are the six posters for the Star Wars films (although lets be honest, there are only three real films, amiright?) and another nine for specific characters, including yes, Mr. Bobba Fett (Boba Fett, where?!).

So haul yourself on over, get your downloading on and represent some Star Wars.

Source: 1800PocketPC

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3 years ago

myAT&T goes to version 2.0 and becomes a real app

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For those of you on AT&T (and we know there's a lot), you'll be excited to know the myAT&T app has been bumped to version 2.0. What's more, it's an actual app now! Before, you'll recall, the app pulled your usage data down which was useful, but any further account information would require the app to launch mobile IE--making this "app" little more than a front for the AT&T website.

We call that lame here at WPCentral.

Now in version 2.0, you can nowt only see all your info but even add and manage your services from within the app. And yes, we mean it's an actual app now with no IE9 trickery on board. Dare we say it actually looks nice too? Bravo AT&T, it only took one year!

So if you were frustrated before, you'll want to grab it right now in the Marketplace (Note: link only works on your AT&T phone, not for the web Marketplace) Thanks, Anthony A.& John R., for the tip!

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3 years ago

Enigmo makes a splash as the Xbox Live Deal of the Week

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Following on the heels of the gorgeous Castlevania Puzzle, another game that hasn’t been on sale before will be this week’s Xbox Live Deal of the Week... Namely Enigmo, the physics puzzler from Chaotic Moon Studios and Pangaea. On Wednesday it will go on sale for $1.99, down from $2.99.

Enigmo’s 50 levels are all about getting water, oil, and lava from their starting points into matching receptacles. You’ll need to use 8 different tools to steer, bounce, and filter the drops in the right direction. See our review to learn more about how the gameplay works.

Enigmo is the only Xbox Live physics puzzle game with 3D graphics, and it has a catchy and romantic soundtrack to boot. The only downside? One of its Achievements is broken, and the update to fix it has languished in certification hell for 6 months now. That’s a bit too long for a simple fix, guys…

Enigmo will be on sale for $1.99 starting Wednesday, November 16 for one week only. At that time you can pick it up here on the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Let's Golf 2 coming Nov 16 for Xbox LIVE with a bag full of clubs and good intentions

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Over the weekend, the makers of Ghostscape announced that it’s coming to Xbox Live on November 30. But that still left us wondering about the Live releases for this week and next week. We can stop contemplating this week’s release at least, as it turns out to be Let’s Golf 2 from Gameloft.

First revealed during E3 in June, Let’s Golf 2 is a port of the popular iPhone game. It’s got attractive and stylized 3D graphics (based on Sony’s Hot Shots Golf series), 8 different golfers, and 6 courses containing a total of 108 holes in total. That’s a lot of golfing!

Let’s Golf 2’s materialization raises hopes that Gameloft’s other announced title, the 3D stealth shooter Splinter Cell: Conviction might not be too far off. However, parental controls haven’t materialized yet and the game is rated M, so I wouldn’t expect it before that feature is added to the OS.

Let’s Golf 2 arrives on Wednesday, November 16. We don’t have a price yet, but we’ll update with one tomorrow (my money’s on $4.99).

Thanks to DarkSynopsis for the tip!

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3 years ago

Samsung Focus S keyboard oddity

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Samsung Focus S keyboard oddity

There is a discussion going on in the WPCentral.com's forums on an oddity with the Samsung Focus S's keyboard. Apparently if you get to typing really fast a lag time is created between the tapping of the key and hearing the "tap" sound.

I don't doubt that such a lag time is happening but my typing skills aren't fast enough to notice any lag time at all. The keystrokes register as you type so I'm left to ask, does such a lag time matter?

Most will be concentrating on what is being typed instead of whether or not the "tapping" sound is in sync with the keyboard strokes.  I can't say that this is a major issue or even a bug because not everyone will type fast enough to notice.  So... is this a bug the will slow down your typing or just an oddity with the Samsung Focus S?

If you've experienced this lag time or simply want to chime in on the discussion, head on over to this Forums discussion and let us know what you think?

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3 years ago

Brandon Watson: lessons learned a year on

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If you're excited about the progress the team at Microsoft has made with Windows Phone for the past year since the release back in October last year, then you're strongly urged to read Brandon Watson's latest blog post. In this article the face of Microsoft for developers goes into great detail about what lessons have been learned. Of course, not all lessons are visible to the consumer, the two most obvious being update delivery and marketing, which we've witnessed improvements for in the past few months.

Watson continues to dive into how developers were considered every step of the way, with the software giant not needing anymore brand awareness so the focus could remain on keeping the spotlight clear for app submitters. Some interesting points the article covers:

  • Inspiring developers
  • Make developers rich and famous
  • Search and discover-ability
  • Simplicity and removing friction

Watson, as well as the other faces to the Windows Phone team, continue to go out their way to ensure that the experience for not only the consumer, but for developers, is kept at the highest standard. Unlike Google and Apple, we have public faces, not a brand, to have contact with. It's for this reason why developer interest in the platform is increasing, and why Windows Phone will take the market by storm in the coming years.

I think you'll join us in taking our hats off to Brandon and the team and saying "thank you".  Check out the full post at his blog below.

Source: Brandon Watson

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