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3 years ago

Dailymotion also gets an official app on Windows Phone

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I get an app, you get an app, they get an app...everyone gets an app! Flickr, Machinima, the Daily Show, Amazon.com, eBay...the list goes on and on and now the popular video site Dailymotion gets its official app today as well.

Offering access to seemingly all of its online video content, you can browse, search, favorite and email an endless supply of video content all form your phone--especially that messed up avocado commercial from JibJiab. W-T-...

We just gave it a spin: they done well and it's worth checking out. Videos (over WiFi) looks great and we really like their video-player interface plus ability to share content with others (really a must on mobile phones, amiright?).  Link is here for the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Official Amazon.com app launches for Windows Phone

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As previewed back at CES in early January (along with Flickr and Bank of America), the official Amazon.com app is now out for Windows Phone 7. The app will allow users to browse the popular shopping site without having to use the web, enabling ease of access to 1-click ordering, Wish Lists, package tracking, reviews and related items. Combined with the Kindle app, Amazon looks to have embraced Windows Phone, giving customers plenty to do on their devices.

Grab the app here in the Marketplace right now.

via @ckindel

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3 years ago

Surfcube 2.0 is now live in the Marketplace

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Hopefully you've seen the Surfcube 2.0 preview vid from few days ago. If so, you're probably as excited as we are that the 3D spinny browser has hit the Marketplace. (Remember to do the force-update trick to grab the new version). Featuring tabs (yusss!) and a new navigation mechasims (the joystick), the new version is quite worth the wait (and price).

So far, it's pretty darn cool. The joystick takes a bit to get used to but once you get the physics, it's quite fun to use--which is something we usually don't say about browsers. Go get yours in the Marketplace here.

via: @vibandi

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3 years ago

Balloon Gunner - Review

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Balloon Gunner - Review

Balloon Gunner is an interesting game for your Windows Phone. The Windows Phone 7 game is a 3D shooter that has you piloting an air balloon, conquering the skies over an island chain.

At your disposal, you have an assortment of weapons including a machine gun, rockets and bombs. You pilot your balloon with the Windows Phone's g-sensor and fire your weapons by tapping the screen. Sounds simple enough, right?

Follow the break to read more on Balloon Gunner and catch a video of the game in action.

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3 years ago

Shift2 - Review

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Shift2 - Review

Looking for a cool game for your Windows Phone? Something with a little twist? If so, check out the Windows Phone 7 game Shift2.

Shift2 is part platform game and part puzzle game. Your goal is to work your player from one side of the screen to a door that appears at various locations throughout the games levels. All in an effort to escape the experimental lab you're trapped inside.

The puzzle challenge comes into play because the route to the door is never direct. You have a shift button that will flip the screen, moving the floor to the roof. It turns towering obstacles into dangerous pits.

Follow the break to read more on Shift2 and to see a video of the game in action.

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3 years ago

WP7 Apps for Valentine's Day

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WP7 Apps for Valentine's Day

Love is spreading throughout Microsoft with a section of the Windows Phone website now dedicated to the upcoming Valentine's Day, featuring the top picks of apps for finding that one true love, seducing the colleague you have a crush on at work, or simply making a restaurant reservation for your partner.

Valentine's Day can be difficult to consider, especially in a relationship. I, myself, can confirm the daunting fear in experiencing the inability to conceive the perfect plan ensuring the partner feels special on the day of love (arguably an excuse for media and businesses to earn more revenue). Why not turn to your WP7 device (Man's best friend) to aid you in Man's most troubled yearly event?

Some of the featured apps on the Windows Phone 7 website include Match.com, Love Quotes, Seymour and OpenTable. Have any of the apps on the Marketplace aided you with Valentine's Day?

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3 years ago

AT&T not giving SIM unlock codes to Samsung Focus owners

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For those of us who may travel outside of the United States, taking the Samsung Focus with us to use on Europe's vast GSM network seems like a no-brainer. Of course, lets assume we're going for an extended time and/or just don't want to use AT&T's high-priced voice/data roaming--what do you do? You carrier unlock of course, enabling the use of non-AT&T SIM cards on the phone and you're in pre-paid GSM heaven.

Not so fast there buddy, says AT&T.

Evidently, AT&T has an exclusive deal on the Focus till, we hear, at least May 2011. What that means is if you call them, regardless of your sob story, they will not give you a SIM unlock code for your Samsung Focus.  Many have tried and as far as we can tell, none have succeeded.

What about the other route? Paying a third party for the database access, like cellunlocker.net who are charging a modest $4.99 for the code. Nope, won't work either.  In fact calling Samsung directly is even resulting in the run-around (though at least a few have succeeded). Unlocker sites will return with "not found in database" (true) and Samsung will point you back at AT&T. Pretty lame.

The only solution we heard about (and we confirm works) is FastGSM.com, who provide a software tool to do it. This process will set you back though about $20, which is hardly ideal but at least works. If you go this route, make sure you follow the video and not the software-tool's instructions. To verify your unlock status, follow these directions. To get an idea of what to expect, you can see the video after the break...

Anyone have other solutions that worked or advice? Share in comments.

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3 years ago

Hacked HD2 runs WP7 faster than HD7

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Hacked HD2 runs WP7 faster than HD7

The title says it all, folks.  According to a video posted by YouTube user kendimcefg, a HTC HD2, hacked to run WP7, runs many basic functions faster than a HD7 which natively runs it.  We knew that the HD2 was a versatile device, but this is pretty amazing, if accurate.  If seeing is believing, then color us impressed.  Check out the video for yourself, but try not to rock too hard to the soundtrack.

Source: Kendimcefg (YouTube); via: Ali Waqas

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3 years ago

Official Machinima.com app released for Windows Phone

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Official Machinima.com app released for Windows Phone

For those of you who know about Machinima.com, you'll be pleased to know they just published an official app for Windows Phone.  Machinima is basically a top-rated gamer site, that features news, reviews and general entertainment, including some humor--all nicely laid out and professionally done. The Windows Phone app, likewise, is also extremely well executed. From the app descritiption:

Machinima.com is the premier online network providing entertainment for the gaming culture, showing game trailers, gameplay videos and tips, video game reviews, first looks, and original series created in video games. One of the most viewed YouTube channels in the world!

  • Watch your favorite Machinima shows
  • Sort through top videos of the day, week, month, and of all-time.
  • Watch the most popular videos on the Machinima Network including all your favorite gameplay videos.
  • Keep up with gaming news, reviews, behind the scenes and Machinima videos

From our quick run, the app has beautiful graphics, the videos play well and the layout is nice. Scrolling though is a bit laggy what with all of those graphics. But we always see this with v1.0 apps--build the foundation, optimize later, so we can't be too harsh, especially since for Machinima fans, this app is pretty golden. Grab the free app right here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

HTC 7 Pro (GSM) gets reviewed: one of the best landscape keyboards, unremarkable screen

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UK site ElectricPig got their hands on a GSM HTC 7 Pro, which just hit the market there. Putting it through its paces, EP concluded that the 7 Pro is "absolutely" the best Windows Phone 7 device out there, if you "prioritize email over anything else".

The review highlighted the outstanding keyboard, both in terms of flat out typing and its excellent hinge mechanism, an improvement of the "laggy" Touch Pro 2 of past. Battery life also was very good, allowing them to run it all day with WiFi, 3G and ample usage--which is great news for the device which sports 1500mah  of juice. Likewise, the camera was also received well with low noise demonstrated in photos taken (though video was not as smooth).

Some downfalls are the obvious: the LCD screen pales in comparison to AMOLED and is "unremarkable, if not its weakest aspect"--a common theme with HTC's latest LCD choices (contra CNet's findings). The other obvious criticism is size: coming in at 185g and 15.5mm thick, the device is quite chunky for the pocket, but we think it's a valued trade off with that great keyboard. Having said that, build quality was deemed "seriously sturdy, and the metal and plastic edges shrug off fingerprints".

Overall, EP seemed quite pleased with the phone, giving it rather high praises. What weakness were present (including rough landscape support in the OS) are sort of run of the mill for HTC these days. One area they need to obviously invest is in screen quality--if not AMOLED than something more impressive than their current supplier is offering. Regardless, we still can't wait till Sprint gets this bad boy, as EP notes, the 7 Pro is "the most productive Windows Phone 7 model yet". We like the sound of that.

Source: ElectricPig

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3 years ago

Arcane's Tower Defense teases us with amazing graphics, endless gameplay

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One thing there is not a shortage of in the Marketplace are "tower defense" games. To be sure, there are some real good ones out there (Confession: big fan of Next War)--but hey, we can always use something that raises the bar a bit, right?

Arcane's Tower Defense, still in development but making big strides, looks to be quite the end-all-be-all of TD type games. If you recall, back in October, Arcane's won the French Microsoft application contest.--nice to see it's alive!

Featuring stunning graphics, including shimmering water, textured layers and detailed movement, Arcane's is shaping up quite nicely as demoed in the video above. But probably one of the more unique elements demonstrated later in the video is the level-editor, enabling you to create your own levels for what we imagine an endless amount of replay value.  This last part is no small achievement either and we're quite excited about giving the app a spin, once it sees the light of day (hopefully soon).

Check out Graphic Stream's web page here. Thanks, Alexandre, for sharing with us--now finish it! ;-)

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3 years ago

Japanese text entry comes to Windows Phone via JPinput

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Leave it up to a crafty highschool student, @shugonta, to fill a gaping hole in Windows Phone 7: lack of Japanese language support.

JPinput is a free app available in the Marketplace to all and will allow our Nipponese friends to finally text, email and search in their native Kana/Kanji. From the app description:

The input system is "Kana-mekuri", used by many cell-phones in Japan. This app provide two ways to convert "Kana" into "Kanji". One of them is "Predict conversion". The app predict what you want to type automatically,when you type a letter. The other is "Kana-kanji conversion". After you write up the sentence, you can transfer it to "Web search","e-mail", and "SMS" with using the icons of the application bar.

And considering the NoDo update is right around the corner, this app will be even more useful what with that whole copy/paste feature, allowing the Kana/Kanji to be used in nearly every app.

Nice work done here by the dev community. The developer's team "PAKEN" won the ImagineCup 2010 Japan last year and he just received an Optimus 7. He's obviously put it to good use, making life easier for a whole demographic. Grab the app here in the Marketplace. See the developer's blog here.

via: Nanapho.jp; Thanks, tezawaly, for the heads up

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3 years ago

Tiki Towers is the Xbox LIVE for Windows Phone game of the week

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Looks like for some reason we're down to just one title a week on Xbox LIVE for Windows Phone. Perhaps Microsoft wanted to burn through those 50 titles as quickly as possible and now we're on the "regular" schedule. Either way, this weeks title is a puzzler type game from GameHouse called TikiTowers.

The description is as follows:

Save the monkeys! Only you can lead them to safety in this amazing new puzzle game featuring construction, destruction and problem-solving! Travel between five tropical islands, leading your tribe of monkeys to safety by building bridges and towers out of bamboo, coconuts, and vines. If you're not careful, your structures will collapse and your monkeys will perish. Clear all the levels to acquire the ceremonial masks of an ancient tribe and discover their mythical lost treasure. Tiki Towers is action and puzzle gaming at its best!

It did win some awards including “Best Casual Game” – 5th Annual International Mobile Game Awards 2009. Meh, maybe it'll be good but it's sort of hard to excited about. The game will probably go live sometime late tonight/early tomorrow.

via: @karlstricker

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3 years ago

National Geographic World Atlas - Review

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National Geographic World Atlas - Review

We’ve looked at dictionaries before, but the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace offers other reference applications as well. National Geographic World Atlas is one such program aimed at geography students and enthusiasts. And who doesn’t like learning about far away lands or the shape of the world?

National Geographic is one of the largest educational institutions in the existence. Does the mobile World Atlas live up to their usual high standards? Read on past the break to find out.

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3 years ago

Zune update gets pushed out in preparation for Windows Phone 'NoDo'

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We've heard that a new version of the Zune Desktop application is required for the upcoming Windows Phone 'NoDo' update and sure enough, an update just went live.

If you go to your Zune Desktop --> Settings --> Software --> General, you can force an update-check to grab v4.7.1404.0--which seems to be the same version as before, so we're unclear of any direct changes.

The new version of Zune Desktop is suppose to allow your Windows Phone to be backed up in preparation for 'NoDo', allowing you roll back if there are any problems during the flash. Of course the bigger news is this probably signifies that the actual Windows Phone update is only days, if not weeks away or that MS is gearing up for some changes in anticipation. (And call us crazy, but Zune seems to load a lot faster now).

Update: Cursory look so far reveals no significant changes besides perfomance. Find anything? Tell us in comments.

Update 2: While the overall version number is the same, two components have changed as noted by reader mparker: ZuneWmdu.dll and ZuneWmduResources.dll are both now v4.7.1407. Microsoft's support page in fact mentions these as needed for the software backup: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2498092 So this does look like a prep for the 'NoDo' update.

Thanks, David M., for the great observation!

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2498092
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