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3 years ago

'The Colbert Report’s The Word' & 'VH1 To Go' also hit the Marketplace

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Phew. Sure has been a busy day for "official" apps from our corporate media overlords. First was NBC News, then came MTV and now we have 'The Colbert Report's Word' and 'VH1 To Go' both from MTV Networks aka Viacom (who own Comedy Central).

Of the two, we're more keen on Colbert's app, which is not for the whole show, but does catalog and make available all of his "The Word" segments available for streaming by date or alphabetically. Though we enjoy his show tremendously, this segment is always one of the more poignant and well written aspects, so kind of neat having it all the at your fingertips. You can grab that app for free in the Marketplace here. [Bonus: It has a Live Tile]

The second, is for VH1, a channel much like MTV that used to actually show videos but now plays celebrity entertainment and other...stuff. To quote from the description:

"Get your VH1 fix wherever you are, with VH1 To Go! Watch video and browse photos from all the current VH1 shows, music events and hits from the past. And, get exclusive first looks at upcoming episodes and new series by checking out the Sneak Peeks category. The app is updated daily with fresh content."

Not our bag of tea but it's still nice to see some official love from Viacom's all powerful bag of networks. You can grab the 'VH1 To Go' app here in the Marketplace.

Thanks, Avi Franchise, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Mobile Nations 1: Where the magic happens

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Mobile Nations 1: Where the magic happens

Mobile Nations is our brand new podcast, bringing together the heads of state from Android, BlackBerry, iOS, webOS, and Windows Phone for full on round-table action. This week Phil, Kevin, Dan and Rene discuss Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, the new Verizon data caps, and the state of the BlackBerry. This is Mobile Nations!

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Got something to say? Agree or disagree with something we said? Have something you want us to discuss on a future show? Don't just sit there yelling at the screen, dammit, let us know!

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  • Phil Nickinson (@philnickinson)
  • Kevin Michaluk (@crackberrykevin)
  • Daniel Rubino (@Malatesta77)
  • Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie)
  • Credits

    Our music is pROgraM vs. Us3R by by morgantj. Thanks to the Smartphone Experts network of store for sponsoring this podcast, and to our fantastic live chat members for keeping us honest and making us smart!

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    3 years ago

    Study finds WP7 hardware more reliable than Android

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    A WDS study of 600,000 support calls across Europe, North America, South Africa and Australia shows that the WP7 devices are less susceptible to hardware failure than their Android counterparts.  In the year-long study that included WP7, Android, iOS and RIM devices, WDS compared the number of calls per OS with the ones where hardware failure was the culprit.  Though WP7's 9% hardware failure out-performed Android's 14%, it still finished in a close third behind iOS' 8%.  Surprisingly, RIM came in at number one with a meager 3.7% failure rate.

    The primary reason given for the differences between brands was the number of OEMs who manufacture devices for each company.  Android, licensed as open source, is used by 35 different manufacturers, some of which were much more likely to produce failing devices than others.  Microsoft also licenses out WP7, but with stricter hardware requirements.  Meanwhile, Apple and RIM produce their own software and hardware, and thus have tighter quality control.

    WDS admits that the study is not fool proof, as it could only determine what percentage of calls could be attributed to hardware, but not the percentage of over all calls in comparison to the over all number of phones shipped in that period of time.  Either way, the outcome is pretty positive for Microsoft, whose hardware reliability rate will likely see a boost once Nokia's WP7 handsets hit the market.  Recently we caught a glimpse of what's in store.  Nokia has near spotless reputation when it comes to their hardware.

    Source: PCMag; Via: WPSauce

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    3 years ago

    Voice Navigation Round-up (part two): aSpass vs. Silver Navigator

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    In the second part of our Windows Phone voice navigation round-up, we set our sites on aSpass and Silver Navigator. In part one of the round-up we took a look at GPS Voice Navigation and Turn by Turn Navigation. Both were very good navigation apps but we gave the edge to Turn by Turn Navigation.

    aSpass and Silver Navigator aren't as feature heavy as GPS Voice or Turn by Turn nor are they as expensive. aSpass is running $3.99 while Silver Navigator runs $2.99.

    Over the past week we took both voice navigation apps on the road to see how they performed. We hit neighborhood streets, highways and by-ways. Areas where signal strength was strong and where it was dismal. Does the lack of features hurt these apps or is simpler better? We'll break things down after the break.

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    3 years ago

    MTV News brings music news to WP7

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    MTV News brings music news to WP7

    Keeping suit with the news app releases, MTV News has entered the mix bringing you all the pop culture news to your Windows Phone. Now I haven't followed MTV since the days they actually play music videos and Martha Quinn was a VJ. MTV News was a fifteen second plug that appeared at the top and bottom of the hours in between videos.

    Now you can keep up to date with all the news on music, movies, television, celebrities and gaming while on the go. A Hollywood Reporter of sorts for the younger crowd. Features of the MTV News app include:

    • Exclusive Videos, updated throughout the day from everywhere MTV News has access
    • Articles by categories. Customize with My News to get just the stories on the celebs you care about
    • MTV News, Shows, Music, Movies, and Gaming Blogs
    • Exclusive celeb Photos from MTV events and beyond

    MTV News also has live tile support and push notifications.  MTV News is a free, ad-supported app that you can download here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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    3 years ago

    Seeds on the Wind - Review

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    3 years ago

    WP7 emulator N9 skin

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    WP7 emulator N9 skin

    Oh, now this is rather lovely. Fancy jazzing up the Windows Phone 7 emulator with some Nokia N9 goodness? Of course you do! You can now with a skin designed by tezawaly, which when implemented provides the user with a choice of three colors (as shown above).

    It seems every time I see more images of the proposed Sea Ray device, I look at my current device (Omnia 7) and want Nokia to come to arms ASAP. You can find out more information and download the skin by using the link below. Did we mention it looks great in landscape too?

    Source: Nanapho.jp

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    3 years ago

    FoodSpotting app hits Marketplace

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    FoodSpotting app hits Marketplace

    The official WP7 app for FoodSpotting has made its way to the Marketplace.  Just like the site itself, the new app helps users find nearby restaurants and review them, right down to the individual tasty tidbit.  Take photos of your favorite dish, upload it, and share it with others.  You can search by map or genre and even bookmark foods you want to try.  And all of this can be shared with other FoodSpotting users.

    You can get it here.

    Source: FoodSpotting Thanks goes out to Nicolas for the tip!

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    3 years ago

    NBC Nightly News enters the Marketplace

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    You've got USA Today, BBC News, AP News (recently updated) and other news apps over at the Windows Phone Marketplace. Now you can add NBC Nightly News to your news app line up.

    Taking full advantage of the metro design, NBC Nightly News lays all the daily news items across a five page hub. The app does feature Brian Williams a lot but also brings you news videos, full broadcasts of the news show, and categorized stories ranging from politics to weather.

    There is also a Facebook tie in that allows you to share stories on your Facebook wall. NBC Nightly News is a free app and you can find it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

    Thanks goes out to Amir for the tip!

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    3 years ago

    Android is Nokia's backup plan? [Rumor]

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    Android is Nokia's backup plan? [Rumor]

    According to a report over at the Fone Arena, Nokia have undergone some experiments in the Android field as well as Windows Phone 7, which is expected when they were deciding on a different OS to focus on since Symbian was a losing cause.

    Our dear friend Eldar Murtazin has remained adamant that we can look forward to some Android devices in 2012 should the WP7 partnership with Microsoft fall through. I don't believe Nokia should have any problems with selling any devices should they stick to their incredible N9 design approach and engage in some effective marketing. Let's just see what happens when Sea Ray hits the shelves before anything else.

    Via: Fone Arena

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    3 years ago

    Pigs Fly - Review

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    3 years ago

    High res Nokia Sea Ray mockups based off of N9 show potential

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    We've seen the video a few times already today, but in case you wanted a better idea of what the 'Sea Ray' will look like in some professional shots, here's your chance.

    Taken from the official Nokia N9 shots, Downright Wireless has re-imagined the device with familiar WP7 start screen (and extra camera button). In addition to the black, we can see the alternate colors would bring to the table as well. That baby blue? Not too shabby of a choice, that's for sure.

    Head to Downright Wireless for a few more shots of their excellent work.

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    3 years ago

    Creepy transparent spider wallpaper is creepy

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    Creepy transparent spider wallpaper is creepy

    We don't have arachnophobia per se, more or less just an aversion. But that's us. For all we know, you're a bunch of tarantula fiends who yearn desperately to have one big spider prominently displayed on your pretty little Windows Phone.

    Well, tonight's your night as Downright Wireless has taken the Samsung Infuse 4G's spider (see commercial here for reference) and transplanted him to Windows Phone, ala transparent wallpaper for maximum effect. Like we said, it's not our thing, but darn it all...creepy or not, it is pretty awesome looking.

    Grab the wallpaper and matching Tiles for your device right here with instructions.

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    3 years ago

    Video tour of Microsoft Houston store opening

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    Though we don't have too many of these Microsoft stores, they are starting to roll out across a few malls in the U.S. and we say, bring it on. As an obvious attempt to jump on the popularity of Apple's stores, which are notoriously busy, it's still nice to see Microsoft try to compete with them and even the playing field.

    The Houston store looks nice enough and more natural than than the all white, antiseptic feel of Apple's stores (and we seem to be lacking the all to pretentious 'Genius Bar', thankfully). Personally, we can't wait till Microsoft brings one of these to New York City, hopefully in a grand way.

    Video by Greg McClendon Jr.; thanks for the tip

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    3 years ago

    Windows Phone Word Game Round-up

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    Windows Phone Word Game Round-up

    To many, word games on your Windows Phone are a great way to pass the time with. These games can be challenging and mentally stimulating. Heck, you might even learn a few new words from some of these games.

    You can compete against yourself, time, the phone or other gamers that are a bazillion miles away. You can find words, create words, and complete words.

    Personally, I like the word games that developers have brought to the Windows Phone table and thought it was time to round up a collection. We'll break them down into three categories; Scrabble types, Word Search types, and Hangman types.

    To see a list of our favorites from each, ease on past the break.

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