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3 years ago

WP7 on Fox 5 DC Smart Phone Zone [Video]

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The Smart Phone Zone over at Fox 5 D.C. have just covered the Windows Phone 7 with a quick look at what the platform offers. Dave Wolf, Vice President of Strategy at Cynergy, runs Lauren through the multiple hubs, Xbox Live, apps, the Marketplace and more.

Yes, it's painful to watch the continuous stream of "Windows 7 Phone". Funny how he couldn't wake up the iPhone on first attempt. They also mention how the Samsung Focus out-did the iPhone on AT&T, so when the local mainstream media chooses to cover our platform, it's not all dim and negative - good to see.

Source: Fox 5 D.C., thanks Martin for tipping us!

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3 years ago

SketchFlow template for WP7 [Developers]

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Make way for SketchFlow, a template which allows you to muster up prototype apps for Windows Phone 7 using SketchFlow features and controls, which are then ran in the SketchFlow player (not the emulator) for quick testing, feedback from clients and more. You can check out the documentation for it over at CodePlex, it's really interesting.

"For the phone template we have added a number of unique phone features to speed up the prototyping process such as pivot and panorama, date and time pickers, map controls, the application bar as well full screen mockups of features such as the camera, Bing search, the app list and home screen."

Please note that you'll need to be using Blend 4 with SketchFlow enabled (this is the version of Blend that comes with both Expression Studio 4 Ultimate and Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate) you also need to have the Mango developer tools for Windows Phone installed.

Source: SketchFlow

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3 years ago

Nokia closing online stores, UK next to go

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Seems each month this year will see us witnessing the gradual decay of what's left of Nokia, it's a horrible sight to see. We've recently heard that the company has already closed a few of it's online stores, including Netherlands, Spain and France. It's been reported that UK is next in line to be smashed by the hammer at the end of June this year.

The Nokia affiliate team spilt the beans to the affiliate network in an email:

"This message is to inform you that Nokia is closing their affiliate programme… in keeping with a strategic business decision to close down the Nokia UK online shop."

Unfortunately, this wont aid the company with their hold off until Windows Phone 7. In a strange sense you could look at Nokia members of staff as the people of Rohan from Lord of the Rings attempting to defend Helms Deep (Nokia), while everything is being thrown at them (Orcs and Uruk-hai). WP7 is Gandalf and the Rohirrim, just visible in the distance but still have a few months ride to go.

But this move is required, especially since carriers and retailers are able to offer enticing deals to consumers, so not many would choose to shop at Nokia when Amazon and high street stores are able to provide better offers. Let's hope the focus remains as I'm sure we will all remain truly excited to see what they'll bring to the table late this fall.

Via: TechRadar

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3 years ago

Easy fix for lock screen bug [How To]

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Easy fix for lock screen bug [How To]

It's not really news as such, but a temporary fix for the issue some of us have experienced (and still are). As you can see in the video above this issue is a lock screen bug where should you wake up your screen once the device is locked you will see a quick glimpse of your home screen. Not really a security risk and you can't manipulate the home screen but an extreme annoyance when experienced for months. It seems to be affecting not only the Samsung Omnia 7 handset, but other devices too.

There is an easy solution, well setting reversal if you will since it requires you to turn back on a default setting. It's not one you'd expect either, prepare to be astonished. Auto-brightness. Yeah, you read that correctly, having auto-brightness turned off can cause this bug to occur. Should you be like myself and prefer to turn off any kind of automatic brightness balance in favour of a more constant and brighter screen then we're hit by this insane annoyance that prevents us from enjoying the experience of using the handset as we'd like to.

"You can toggle the auto-brightness by going to Settings > Brightness."

There's been no word on a fix in the works (we held off covering this in the hope that one of the previous updates would contain the solution), hopefully Mango? If not, I may just wander into the stores and see if the future Nokia handset(s) has the same problem. I'll be buying one anyway.

Have you experienced this bug?

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3 years ago

Nokia to launch first WP7 device in 6 European countries

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At this year's Mobile Telecompaper conference Victor Saeijs, Vice President of Nokia Europe, stated to attendees that Nokia plan to launch their first Windows Phone 7 handset in six European countries. The countries named are France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the UK. Not to mention Russia is a possibility too.

Victor also said that Netherlands is especially included in the line up due to the importance of the smartphone market there, which counts for 80% while only 20% are dumbphones. He went onto mention that they're still looking at a Q4 release and he had in his possession a prototype of their first WP7 handset which he carries around with him. Unfortunately he's not allowed to whip it out and show the world.

It's coming, can you feel it in the air too?

Source: Allaboutphones, via: WMPU

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3 years ago

IM+ can't use Windows Live Messenger due to Microsoft policy

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IM+ was submitted to the Marketplace today, and we are all excited for it’s arrival (see our hands on video tour). It just cannot get approved quickly enough. But the developers, Shape Services, announced today that it will not have Windows Live Messenger support. The reason? Microsoft doesn’t allow it. They are seemingly taking Apple’s approach, and not allowing apps that they think will duplicate functionality. Of course, that functionality doesn’t exist yet, so maybe there is something else going on that we don’t know about. It is worth nothing that IM+ for Windows Mobile also doesn't support Windows Live Messenger, so it's not an OS thing.

On one hand, we all know that WLM will be one of the built in services in Mango, so the support will be seamless, and most likely excellent. On the other hand, it sure would be nice to be able to use the service now. Although Skype has more users, Windows Live Messenger is no slouch, with an estimated 330 million active users, more than AIM or Gtalk (at least, according to Wikipedia). The sooner those users see feature parity with iOS and Android, the better.

Source: Tej Palladino Peters (Facebook); via: WMPoweruser

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3 years ago

WPCentral First Look: IM+ [Video]

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WPCentral First Look: IM+ [Video]

Today it was announced that IM+ by ShapeServices has been submitted to the Marketplace. Assuming all is well, that means you folks should have it in your hands sometime this weekend or early next week.

But hey, why wait that long? Instead, take a gander at our video tour of the new, near universal instant messaging app that supports AIM, Facebook, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber, MySpace, Skype and Yahoo! The one omission is MSN, which is evidently due to a Microsoft mandate (more on that later). No biggy though, as we'll have full integration with MSN and the OS in Mango this fall.

So how's the app? Well, we couldn't get the push notifications/live tile to work, but we think that's just a temporary server issue. Point is, those features are there and should work by launch. The app design is very minimalist, which is great--it almost feels sparse, but then you remember all that it can do. Load times were decent--once again, it's a v1.0 app, so we expect performance improvements in later releases.

Overall, pretty solid start and we like what we see. Should be interesting to see how it all works out upon release.

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3 years ago

WP7 Ad Rotator rotates your ads [Developers]

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A fair few of us (web developers that is) use advertisement rotation with website ad placements ensuring that maximum revenue potential is achieved. It's easy as pie when the major networks actually have the option in adding in other network code so the rotation is automated without manual scripting. Take that idea and put it to use on Windows Phone 7. Say hello to WP7 Ad Rotator.

In a nutshell it allows you to use more than one advertising network when releasing your apps in the Marketplace for free and attempting to earn some wonga via clicks and impressions. The controls (once implemented) can be used in a number of ways, the most common being:

  • Swap ad providers on the fly - specify a single provider for the whole app and swap it to another when the eCPM goes down. E.g. have the app use PubCenter ads and if the eCPM goes down, change the remote XML and have the app switch to AdMob
  • Configure ad providers based on culture - show different ad providers for different phone region settings (which usually map to physical location as well). E.g. show PubCenter ads to US users, AdMob to German users and AdDuplex to everyone else
  • Configure probabilites of ad providers based on culture. This is the most complex (and most useful) scenario. Implement for example the following use case:
    • US: 80% PubCenter, 10% InnerActive, 5% AdMob, 5% AdDuplex ads
    • Germany: 80% AdMob, 10% PubCenter, 10% AdDuplex
    • France: 100% AdMob
    • Other: 25% PubCenter, 25% InnerActive, 25% AdMob, 25% AdDuplex

Really good stuff for attempting to maximise your earnings. Check out the documentation and downloads via the link below.

Source: WP7AdRotator, via: @shoprog

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3 years ago

BBC News Mobile updated with new look and feel

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BBC News Mobile is an app by Lawrence Gripper, which has been with us since the WinMo days (see our highlight here) and while it's been available on Windows Phone 7 since last year, the latest update to this app further improves the look and feel with aid of Metro.

It's a real blast to use and is a far more appealing solution than other offerings and is a must have for any frequent reader. Not only can you simply read news, you can pin the live tile to your home screen and send articles to your friends via email and Facebook.

You can find BBC News Mobile on the Marketplace (Zune link) downloadable for free. Lawrence also has a number of other apps including My LoveFilm and Traffic Updates UK.

Thanks Jay for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Test your websites with Microsoft Mobile Test Drive

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We love the beautiful web that is emerging, especially Microsoft with IE9 and IE10. We have seen tests and examples displaying what modern browsers can do with HTML5 and the benefits of hardware acceleration, now it's time to see all this on a mobile scale. Introducing the Mobile Test Drive.

The features of this testing environment are as follows:

  • Audio Player (from MIX11)
  • Geolocation
  • Border Radius
  • DOM Local Storage
  • Scalable Vector Graphics
  • CSS3 Media Queries
  • DOMContentLoaded
  • FishIE Tank
  • Speed Reading (from MIX11)
  • Animated Text
  • HamsterDance Revolution
  • Business Charts
  • IE Logo
  • Video Panorama
  • Browser Control Themeing

More samples will be added to the mobile test through the upcoming months to Mango and beyond so keep an eye out for changes and additions. If you're a web developer you can see how your websites will look on Mobile IE9 by downloading the Windows Phone Developer tools. Pretty neat if I do say so myself.

Source: Microsoft Blog

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3 years ago

Verizon HTC Trophy - Review

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Verizon HTC Trophy - Review

Verizon Customers may say, "It's about time" with regards to the release of the HTC Trophy but I think they will be very pleased with their first Windows Phone 7 device. The Trophy completes the Windows Phone coverage for the major U.S. Wireless Carriers and isn't a shabby addition to the Windows Phone line up.

We had the opportunity to get our hands on an HTC Trophy for a few days and the Windows Phone made a nice first impression. The phone felt good in the hand, had a nice design to it, and the 3.8" screen looked good. To see if our first impression was changed much after using the Trophy for a few days, make the jump past the break.

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3 years ago

Evernote for WP7 released [Updated with Link]

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Finally! It's here everyone. Evernote for Windows Phone 7 is soon to be available to download and boy was the wait worth it, check out the image above and the screens after the break to see what we've been eagerly awaiting for. It's the most feature-packed client they've ever developed and is applying itself to the Metro UI guidelines-for-awesomeness.

We wont copy and paste the features explained in the official announcement, but we shall highlight the 'biggies' and show some screens. For the main screen, we have some panorama goodness which contain:

  • Notes: A complete scrollable note list
  • Notebooks: Tap on a notebook to view its contents
  • Tags: Tap on a tag to see all the notes associated with it
  • Recent notes: This list lets you jump to the 20 most recently viewed notes

Evernote for WP7 also displays Notebook Stacks and hierarchical tags. They have made sure that the application bar used throughout the app is useful and feature-rich maximizing user friendliness in different sections. To read up on the feature highlights and to see some more images head on past the break.

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3 years ago

Jamie Oliver loves WP7

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Jamie Oliver loves WP7

Jamie Oliver, a famous and renowned chef, has been spotted on TV using a Windows Phone 7 handset. We recently covered a Pro Bowl Quarterback getting his hands on a device, but this is pretty big (for this side of the ocean anyway). Nice to see another popular TV idol using the platform in favour for iOS and Android. I'm suspicious as to what apps Jamie would have installed, possibly Cocktail Flow?

The programme where the WP7 usage was sighted was Jamie's Food Revolution Hits Hollywood, which aired Tuesday 14th in the UK. He is seen using the Bing voice search to locate a school in the area and excites "yeah, that's what I'm talking about" as the device is instantly responsive with results.

Check out the video footage of the Windows Phone (we're pretty sure it's a Focus) cameo after the break.

Thanks Gunzta for the images and video, you're a star!

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3 years ago

New Xbox LIVE Game from E3, 'Hasta La Muerte', gets demoed

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The video from Windows Phone FR is in French and is a whopping 10 mins long, but that doesn't take away from the fact that it shows the upcoming Xbox LIVE game 'Hasta La Muerte' in all its glory.

The game was recently announced at E3 as part of the new 'bit titles' for Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone. To refresh, the game is described from our previous post as:

"A Windows Phone exclusive from French developer Pohlm Studio, Hasta la Muerte places gamers in control of one of death’s emissaries. The emissary must free the souls of the dead in order to prevent them from becoming cursed lost souls. He won’t go it alone as friendly souls called Soulpets offers assistance. Hasta la Muerte features over 30 levels, boss battles, and a stark European art style that’s unlike anything else on the platform."

We think it looks pretty amazing, as we don't have a game like this in the Marketplace. According to Windows Phone FR, it should be in the Marketplace in the next few weeks.

Source: Windows Phone FR

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3 years ago

Nokia WP7 to 'blow our socks off'

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Nokia WP7 to 'blow our socks off'

I'm sure you're all excited about Nokia and how they can bring superb hardware to the table for Windows Phone 7, we are too. Now we have a tweet by Dave Trevaskus, Senior Training Consultant at Nokia (according to his Twitter bio), where he displays some real excitement about a Nokia WP7 handset running Mango and that it's going to blow our socks off (of course, he's not going to say "our devices are crap, boo!") Just a little something to keep the hype up, would be great to see some visual representation soon.

Unfortunately, the guy wasn't using a WP7 to tweet but from his statement, either he's being sarcastic and is fearful for the company, or their planned handsets really are going to remove our socks with force. We've recently covered Nokia with their camera implementation on the N8 handset, so we're expecting high standards in terms of hardware, both internal and external.

Source: @DaveTrevaskus, via: PocketNow

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