3 years ago
Li'Messenger MSN client now in Marketplace
New to the Marketplace is C&R Holding's Li'Messenger, a chat client for both MSN and Facebook. The app communicates directly with Windows Live servers, for a private chatting experience. The best part is that it is free of charge. And unlike many free apps, Li'Messenger is also free of advertisements.
Li'Messenger supports Multiple Points of Presence, but due to its direct line to Windows Live servers, it does not receive notifications. It will, however, run in low-power mode while your phone is in lock-screen.
You can download Li'Messenger here.
Update: We just got word that this app has to be pulled from the Marketplace, so you may want to grab it now before it's gone. We're not sure why this is...
Source: C&R Holdings
3 years ago
Deluxe Moon Lite now available
Deluxe Moon is an impressive Windows Phone 7 application that helps you track lunar activity (here's our review). Lifeware Solutions has now released Deluxe Moon Lite, a free version of Deluxe Moon for those curious about moon phases but not ready to invest in the full application.
Deluxe Moon Lite, being a lite version, doesn't have all the features of the full version but can hold its own. Key features include:
- Touch-n-turn the moon to change the date
- Phase scan tells you when the next moon phase is
- Automatic positioning by GPS or cellular network
- Network independence: the app works anywhere without Internet or cellular connections
- Flexibility: you can manually set any location, time, date and UTC offset
- Displays current moon’s age: how far along the moon is in its full cycle and percent of the illuminated moon area
- Full names of all moon phases
- Zodiac sign (either Tropical or Sidereal) the moon is in
- Moonrise and moonset times for your location as well as a Moon Timer to show the amount of time since moonrise and until moonset.
While Deluxe Moon Lite lacks the Zodiac charts, moon compass, lunar/zodiac calendar and other features found in the full version, it still offers a considerable amount of data on lunar activity. Just as with the full version, Deluxe Moon Lite presents everything in a graphically impressive manner.
You can find your free copy of Deluxe Moon Lite here (opens your Zune desktop) at the Marketplace.
3 years ago
Windows Phone Marketplace hits 7,000 apps, no end in sight
Like clockwork, the Marketplace for Windows Phone has hit 7,000 apps. Not bad for being just three and half months after launch, no? The last milestone was on January 11th meaning we're just over that two-week average that Microsoft is real good at maintaining (see the other dates here).
And yup. We're gonna keep doing this till we hit 10,000 at which point we'll only report on...we dunno...every 5,000 new apps. Cool?
But serious question: What are your thoughts on quality of the software these days? We really like all the 2.x app updates we're seeing more live tiles and generally we're happy with the way things are going. But of course we also see room for improvement, like anyone else. Sound off in comments.
Source: Monsmartphone.net; Thanks, Giles
3 years ago
Parachute Panic now available in the Marketplace
Just a small heads up, the popular Parachute Panic for Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone (phew, that's a mouthful) is now ready for your testing. The game is fetching for a very reasonable $2.99 and should be available worldwide.
Our initial impression? Get it. The graphics are really stunning (for that hand-drawn thing), we really like the Achievements and the game play is quite addictive. We do wonder if we'll still want to play in say, two or three weeks, but for now it has our attention. Of course you can trial it before you buy. Grab it here in the Marketplace.
3 years ago
Journey planning comes to London Travel app
Not only has the London Tube app altered its brand name to London Travel (this comes with the recent update), Irtiqa have brought the much sought-after feature from user reviews - Journey planning.
We previously reviewed London Tube prior to the update and found that the features and design both complimented the effort and creativity that were present in the appeal, along with the cheap price tag. Although the majority of reviews on the Marketplace were requests for an ability to plan a journey through the boroughs of London, the presence of a live Oyster Card balance was warmly welcomed.
With the newly added journey planner, there isn’t a restriction to only tube journeys. You have the option to filter plans by; National Rail, DLR, tram, bus, coach and river boat. If that wasn’t enough, you can use your location to find nearby stations and services.
There is only one drawback from this update (for those who work in London) - the excuse for being late due to commute problems is becoming less acceptable, which is a slight pain.
3 years ago
Sound stuttering problems for Samsung
There seems to be (and has been for some time) an apparent uproar about the Zune software on the Samsung Focus device over on the Microsoft forums. There appears to be an issue, which many are experiencing with ZunePass content and synchronised playlist.
During the remaining ten seconds of a song it will freeze for a moment or two, play the following second, lock-up once again and continue this loop until the media is finished. Both owners of installed microSD cards, and without have reported this.
Looking into the reports on the forum thread, people seem to be experiencing the stuttering playback issue in completely different circumstances - through the audio jack, via BlueTooth and the built-in speaker. Not only that, but there are more reports that have been posted about the Omnia 7 device that seems to stutter through playback also.
I have attempted to reproduce the problem folk are experiencing on my Omnia 7, but have failed to find anything - I have also been using it as an MP3 device for a month now through commuting and general use, and have never noticed this issue. [Edit: Our own Daniel Rubino has seen this on the Samsung Focus though, numerous times]
Should it be a Microsoft or Samsung fault, we do hope they are looked into as this could seriously impact a user's experience on WP7. Are you experiencing the same problem on your Samsung device?
Thanks Brian for the tip!
3 years ago
New Twitter app 'Birdsong' first look [Video]
We got word today of a yet another Twitter app in the Marketplace (see Beezz, Seesmic, Twitt, etc.), this one called Birdsong, which has a nice ring to it.
The app fetches for a pricey $1.99 and there is a free trial, but is it worth it? Our initial impression is for a v1.0 app it's pretty rockin' and yeah, we actually bought it. The main thing we like about is its looks: it feels almost like a native Twitter app. It also caches nicely, has threaded conversation views, retweet (old and quote), landscape support, inline pic viewing, Twitpic uploading and more. The UI is real slick and there's "infinite scrolling" so no more "load more" screens.
We look forward to seeing what comes next from the developer, who is already working on v1.1. You can check the developer's site here for more info and grab the trial here in the Marketplace.
3 years ago
Slick Deals app hits 2.0, gets a Live Tile too
You like bargains especially on tech stuff? Then Slick Deals might be your app. Based off of the website Slickdeals.net, it hails itself as
...a free, user-driven deal sharing site with a mission to provide consumers an avenue to collaborate and share information in order to make the best shopping decisions. Slickdeals achieves this by providing its users a forum for communication and various shopping tools. Slickdeals.net prides itself on being user and community focused, never allowing paid placement for frontpage deal listings.
And here's the mobile app, which just hit version 2.0. The app itself is pretty nice with configuration options, including how many days it should go back. Unfortunately going through to the links to the actual deal website might not always work but as a way to catch deals, it's pretty solid.
The newer version seems more stable and the layout has changed a bit. But what really caught our eye was the new Live Tile, which we're always a fan of. The tile here just acts as a counter, letting you know that a new deal has been posted--which is really all you can ask for with this type of app, so we're stoked.
You can grab the free app here in the Marketplace.
3 years ago
Samsung releases exclusive free 'Photo Studio' app for Windows Phone
One area where we like to see OEMs hare at work is in the "exclusive" app department. Everyone except Dell has done a real nice job of offering unique programs on their phones, free of charge, to enhance the user experience.
Samsung's niche seems be photos as they have released 'Samsung Photo Sharing', 'Photogram' (see review) and now 'Photo Studio'. This new one is actually quite nice, allowing you to shoot in different modes, including Lomo, to speed of the process. From the app description:
Photo Studio is an all-in-one solution for taking, editing and sharing pictures though your WP7. Photo Studio allows the user to take pictures with effects such as LomoShot, Beautyshot and PlusMe. All pictures can modified with various photo effects. Users also can also easily upload their pictures to the most popular Social network services including Facebook and Flickr.
- LomoShot: Users can vignette pictures in the style of softening or shading away the edges of the subject. There are four option modes: Normal, Gray, Warm and Cold
- BeautyShot: Users can brighten and sharpen the portrait
- PlusMe: Users can take two pictures separately and mix them together
- Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, MySpace, Photobucket, Friendster support
The app so far is quite decent, especially for free, but real photo hounds will want to stick with Thumba (see review) for more fine-tuned control.
You can grab the app now in the Marketplace, but you won't see it under "Samsung Zone"--instead, enter the Samsung Zone, pick any app and hit "More from SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS Co. Ltd." and now you should see it. Or just click this link.
3 years ago
Windows Phone 7 copy and paste limitations detailed
So yeah, we all know by now that copy and paste is coming to Windows Phone 7. The remaining questions deal with how it works and what are its limitations. Lots of debate has circled this area on other sites with some claiming copy and paste will only work with native apps, but not 3rd party ones. This is far from true, it will certainly work with 3rd party apps both in terms of copying materials and pasting it.
But there are some limitations and it won't be as robust as what we used to have on Windows Mobile, where you could basically copy anything. Those limitations were described by Chris Walsh of ChevronWP7 who of course received some hands on practice with the OS update.
The limitations are thus:
...copy and paste is ONLY supported on the textbox control in 3rd party apps. When I say supported, I’m talking about the OS automagically recognizing the input control and giving the user the fancy text selection picker with a “copy” button
...certain apps don’t actually use the textbox to render read-only text. For example, the Twitter for Windows Phone app, when you’ve clicked on a tweet to either view it or click on a link, the text isn”t rendered in a TextBox control. Unfortunately you’re not going to get copy & paste there. The simple fix is to change to a textbox control for scenarios where a user might need to copy some text into the clipboard but it requires some effort from application developers
So that's a bummer for some apps that don't use a textbox (to see one Twitter app that does, see Twitt). The big question now is will this satisfy people? Probably the majority but not everyone. Finally, Walsh also notes the speed improvement from the update calling it "nothing short of pure awesome"--so that's good.
Source: My Coding Adventures
3 years ago
Awesome Sheep - Review
3 years ago
Parachute Panic coming to Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone this week
The wildly popular iPhone game (yes, we're taking them all, thank you) Parachute Panic by FDG (in conjunction with MGS) is coming to our Windows Phones this week.
The game is a classic "parchute game" where you try to land your hapless skydiver on a moving ship. In the meantime, aliens, birds and even a shark all try to complicate your progress. Having played the game on my iPad, I can say it's actually quite a lot of fun: addictive and yet frustrating too.
This unique casual game requires you to successfully land a host of parachutists into passing boats. Beware of imminent dangers such as helicopter blades, U.F.O´s, sharks and thunder clouds. The game offers beautiful hand drawn graphics, smooth animations, catchy acapella music and awesome sound effects. In addition to that we created funny animations for any failed enemy encounter :D We had a lot of fun creating this game and hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
No word on pricing but this should be a pretty big hit, we think. [Update: price is $2.99, available worldwide]
Source: FDG Website; via @KarlStricker
3 years ago
Unofficial Skype client coming to Windows Phone 7 [Homebrew]
Due to having no sockets support, multitasking or the ability to run native code, companies like Skype and Viber are sitting on the sidelines, preventing any true VOIP application on Windows Phone 7. So leave it up to someone at XDA to try and do it themselves instead!
Developer Jefis posted this today about the project:
Hello there fellow developers. I recently made quite a progress in developing skype for WP7.
I want to share my current progress with you, so maybe someone will want to join this little project, which, in future will be released for free, and probably with source code .
I'm not designer, as you will see from the screenshots, but, if you are, and want to join this effort in making skype, contact me asap.
Current status of project: Working contacts + ability to chat. Nothing more.
Sounds like along way to go, but even offering direct Skype chat via a client would be a welcomed addition to the homebrew community. The project is still in early stages, but we know people have been hacking away at sockets support in the community, so anything is possible.
Source: XDA; via Ali Waqas; Thanks Ali!
3 years ago
Concept grocery app '24 Seven' looks like a bargain [Video]
On the one hand, we hate concept videos only because they seem to promise more than they can deliver--it's like a big tease. On the other hand, it's nice to think big and push the boundaries a bit as it stirs innovation, design and hopefully real applications.
The above video, which is extremely well produced, was a project by Luca Trinchero (who sent this in to us) and Gianvito Toscano at the Polytechnic of Milan in 2010 and it's of a concept app called 24 Seven (catchy!). It looks like a combo of Groupon and ShopSavvy, presenting deals to you on the go, the ability to scan barcodes for price comparison and evidently a way for your roommate or partner to update your grocery list remotely (that last part is pretty darn brilliant).
Finally, the app appears to total your groceries (because you were scanning each one) and you pay using the phone. We're already seeing something like that at Stop & Shop here in the States, where they let you scan, bag and pay for your items all on your own--so very feasible. The would-be developers do tell us "..maybe we will develop it, stay tuned!"
We will guys, keep us posted.
3 years ago
Show your Windows Phone 7 pride on your lockscreen
We covered the notion of transparent wallpapers for your unlock screen before, so this is nothing new. But the design here is kind of swanky so why not show a little support for your brand by displaying the famous "I
Designed by Lee Whitington, there are three choices: black icons with transparency, color icons solid black, or color icons with transparency (see above). To get the transparent ones, remember you'll need to email them to yourself and not save to the device, but use as Wallpaper directly.
Think you can do better? Share 'em in our forum.
Source: Lee Whitington (DeviantArt); via the Windows Club
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