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3 years ago

Zune/Windows Phone Marketplace launches in India

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In what looks like a big move for Microsoft, they have finally launched their Zune Marketplace in India, opening a potentially huge market to Windows Phone.

Windows Phone Sauce (who we are gathering are based in India) have been able to confirm that the Marketplace is live and kicking, accepting payments in Rupees (see screenshot above). Microsoft themselves have not made any official announcement, so this still may be a soft launch for the marketplace as they test the waters, so to speak.

Either way, this is a good sign as this may be the beginning of Microsoft's larger push into regions not previously covered by Windows Phone. Currently, the HTC HD7 and Dell Venue Pro are being sold in India, even though MS didn't officially offer any support there, until today that is.

Source: Windows Phone Sauce

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3 years ago

Miso TV/Movie checkin app now available

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For those who use Foursquare, Twitter and even Facebook (phew), you may have heard of the big "media checkin" apps like GetGlue and Miso. If so, you'll be glad to know we finally get an official version of the latter, Miso, for Windows Phone 7, right in the Marketplace:

Use Miso to check-in to what you're watching and earn points and badges! Add your Facebook and Twitter accounts to share and connect with your friends. See what shows and movies are currently trending and submit your comments.

Features:

  • Use Miso to check-in, track, and share all the TV shows and movies you watch.
  • Connect Miso with Facebook/Twitter to share and see what your friends watch.
  • Search for TV shows and movies from an extensive online database and see what hot new shows are trending.
  • See a list of your favorite shows and how many times you've watched them.

We took the app for a spin and...meh. Needs a bit of work. It looks swell but loading times are long and slow (we never finished downloading the artwork for the Rachel Maddow Show).Coupled with the fact you have to manually search for what you are watching and we're not that impressed...yet. With an update or two we're sure the developers can hammer out any performance issues and make it a little more appealing. Actually though, we're way more interested in IntoNow (see video demo)--it's like Shazam but for TV, meaning you just hold your phone out and it will ID the show/episode for you, then allow you to "share it"  or "check in". That seems way cooler and is rumored to be coming to Windows Phone 7, but no ETA.

Miso is of course free and you'll need to create an account for it. Grab it here in the Marketplace. And go here to learn more about Miso: http://www.gomiso.com/

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3 years ago

Dude, Where is my Update? Released

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Dude, Where is my Update? Released

Dude, Where is my Update?

A question most Windows Phone owners have been asking lately and now there's an app to help answer that question.  Unfortunately, some of us still may not like the answer.

"Dude, Where is my Update?" taps into the Microsoft Update Page and pulls up the latest Nodo update status, based on your location and phone. Your status is aptly illustrated with the appropriate smiley faces and the date/time of the last time the status was updated.

"Dude, Where is my Update?" is an interesting way to keep up with your update status while on the run. The app is free and you can download your copy here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.  Oh...and from your Windows Phone, just search "Dude WIMU" to find it through your Marketplace app.

Source: Emad Ibrahim  via: @BrandonWatson

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3 years ago

T-Mobile's HD7 still lacks multi-lingual keyboard after promised fix

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Everyone hates un-finished products, but to have a smartphone only limited to one language? If you aren't familiar with what I mean, back in December we covered how the HTC HD7 on T-Mobile was the only device which was limited to having English as the only available language setting. As one would expect, many have been relatively annoyed by the lack of multi-lingual support - in this case, Spanish speaking Americans.

As well as explaining the problem and why it occurred (due to "lack of time"), HTC also stated to Jeff (he got in touch with HTC about the problem and tipped us originally) that "by February this should not be an issue", meaning the NoDo update should see more languages supported by the device.

It seems HTC (or T-Mobile) hasn't lived up to their promise and Jeff has now reported to us that multi-lingual keyboard support is still missing. Bizarre, more than anything. On one side of the wall you have Microsoft being beaten to death by an angry mob while desperately attempting to apologize for previous mistakes, and on the opposite side you have HTC making promises they don't seem able to keep.

Looking at the same thread at the T-Mobile forums that Jeff brought to our attention months ago, a few recent, post-update, concerns have been voiced.

Alternative explanation? With Samsung and Dell shipping firmware updates in addition to the February/March updates, perhaps, just perhaps, the HD7 will also be getting a separate firmware update that will fix this as well as other "issues". We'll keep an eye out.

Thanks for the tip, Jeff!

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3 years ago

Follow up: Bringing your Xbox Live Avatar to life

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Some time ago we reported that Microsoft was partnering with two companies to created detailed 3D figurines and posters of your Xbox Live Avatar. In a way, bringing your avatar to life.  While the 6ft tall poster from Fathead wasn't personally appealing, Dan and I both took the plunge and had FigurePrints create a figurine of our avatars.

It took about four weeks for the little guys to make it to from the assembly line to the doorstep and they look good. The figurine is about four inches high (five inches if you include the base) and base displays your gamer tag.  Underneath the base is a Microsoft Tag that will link to your Xbox Live Gamer Card so you can easily share all your Xbox Live info.

The Figureprint will run you $60 (including shipping) and the only downside, as mentioned earlier, is that some elements are not available due to licensing restrictions. It would have been nice to have my mini-me wearing its Auburn University t-shirt.  Regardless, I think Figureprints did an exceptionally good job at creating these figurines. 

Oh...and for the World of Warcraft fans, Figureprints will also create a 3D figuring of your Warcraft character as well. You can find all the information on the World of Warcraft Figureprints here.

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3 years ago

Win a Tablet of your choice from TouchType!

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To celebrate one million downloads of their SwiftKey keyboard app, TouchType is giving away a tablet each to THREE lucky winners! Which tablets? Whichever the winner chooses so long as they're available for purchase for up to $800 where he or she lives. iPad 2, PlayBook, Xoom, Galaxy Tab are all on the table.

How do you enter? TouchType has put together a small survey which shouldn't take more than five or ten minutes to complete. That's it - well, that and a quick perusal of the official entry rules just to make sure you're eligible (sorry minors and SPE employees). The contest is open to readers of Android Central, CrackBerry.com, TiPb, and WPCentral and ends at midnight Pacific on April 14th.

Not familiar with TouchType? You may have also seen that TouchType made a splash at this year's CTIA with their tablet keyboard for Honeycomb - that's coming soon, but SwiftKey is available now for Android devices. 

So get cracking on the survey, folks - these tablets aren't going to give themselves away.

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3 years ago

Paste multiple times on WP7 [How To]

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Paste multiple times on WP7 [How To]

Handy tip that will prove useful for anyone who requires to paste copied text more than once in a single instance or across multiple apps. A hidden icon located on the predicted text bar, which pops up with the keyboard when typing in a supported field allows one to quickly paste the contents of the clipboard multiple times.

To view this icon when typing (and predictions are present in the bar), or when not typing (and the bar is empty), simply swipe your finger to the right and the paste icon will be displayed. Not too sure why this function is hidden as the average user wont know how to paste the clipboard more than once.

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3 years ago

o2 brining NoDo on April 5th

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o2 brining NoDo on April 5th

Recently we announced that o2 UK are looking to bring NoDo to customers early April, now we can confim this with the above tweet on their Twitter profile, which clearly states they are expecting to begin the roll-out on April 5th. Fantastic news for all o2 WP7 customers.

One thing that should be noted is that the updates are all being distributed gradually, and isn't as bundled like iOS. You may be on o2, you might not receive the update for another week, but it will come. 

Source: o2 Twitter

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3 years ago

Samsung Focus on Rogers/Bell getting a firmware update?

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We have a report (and screenshot seen above) that users on Rogers/Bell may be getting a firmware and radio update to their phones post-NoDo. According to WPCentral reader TToP:

I have a Rogers Samsung Focus unlocked and running on the Bell Network. I unlocked, and unbranded my phone to install the NoDo update on Sunday, and this morning received a update prompt on my phone. Hooked it up to Zune, and found there was an "Available Update" tagged as "Samsung update for windows Phone." Did the update and found that the Firmware and Radio revision numbers changed. FW and radio versions are now 2124.10.12.2. Took about a half hour for the update.

We already know Dell is scheduling a firmware update for the Venue Pro that is separate from the February/March OS updates, so Samsung doing the same would fit in line with that model. Any other of our readers want to confirm? For the record, we tried it on our unlocked and unbranded Samsung Focus (on AT&T) and got nothin' (we're rocking 2103.10.10.1 for Firmware). Thanks, TToP, for the tip!


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3 years ago

SuperTube hits v1.1, adds YouTube login

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Even though Google is accused of blocking Microsoft's high quality YouTube client, it hasn't stopped SuperTube from going forward.

We covered the app last week here (video) and it just received a nice upgrade, including the much coveted YouTube login feature allowing you to view your subscriptions. Here is the rest of the changelog:

  • Video Player supports full-screen mode to watch videos
  • Login Youtube account to view subscription and favorites
  • Check the most viewed videos by updated time
  • Optimize the performance of the Video Player
  • View videos by author and relevance in the video details page
  • Optimize the scroll bar of video lists

The app still fetches for $1.29 with a free trial (limit of 3 downloads). Linky to the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

BitBop – Review

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BitBop – Review

Streaming TV and Movies over 3G or Wi-Fi to your phone is without a doubt one of the cooler capabilities of a modern smart-phone. There are several well known applications for Windows Phones that provide this functionality through different methods. Netflix connects to the popular subscription service and streams video to your device while Sling Player streams video directly from your home TV connection.

A less well-known service that offers a Windows Phone application is BitBop. As an up-and-coming competitor to Hulu Plus BitBop offers streaming and downloadable content to your smart-phone. Our review of BitBop is after the jump.

Pros: 
Option to stream or download content, current tv shows.
Cons: 
Service cost is pretty high, app has some kinks to work out.
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3 years ago

Revolution - Review

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Revolution - Review

When Microsoft announced Xbox Live support for Windows Phone 7, they appealed to developers to use a control set that was natural to the device. For example Microsoft doesn’t want developers to settle for creating virtual buttons and joysticks on the screen, they want to see user interfaces that consist of using touch and gestures to navigate the experience. One of the games that best exemplifies this push towards a simplified UI is Revolution.

As puzzle games go on Windows Phone 7 devices Revolution isn’t the most visually stimulating and it isn’t a classic like Tetris, Bejeweled, or Hexic. Revolution’s strength lies in the simplicity of its graphics and controls. Keep reading to see what I mean.

Pros: 
Simple graphics, intuitive UI.
Cons: 
Not really a classic puzzle game, some achievements require serious playing time.
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3 years ago

Unofficial WP7 Homebrew Marketplace gets a start

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While we await Microsoft's solution to the Hombrew community, something that will take a bit of a hit with NoDo (since ChevronWP7 won't work with it), developers are still going forward, regardless.

Over at XDA, developer kuerbis2 has laid the groundwork for a Homebrew Marketplace by releasing a new XAP installer and even more importantly, a protocol handler (like the “zune:”-URLs) called "wphome". That last bit sort of huge as it allows people to "register" their homebrew XAP files, thereby creating hyperlinks to allow easy distribution/installation of said files. The features so far are summarized as follows:

  • In-place update on the phone: In-place update on the phone, e.g. if you already have Version 1.0.0.0 of an app installed on the phone and install 1.0.2.0 an in-place update will performed. No more full "uninstall-new install" cycle required. Your settings, custom files etc. won't be removed (same as marketplace update)
  • Deploy from file or URL: You can either specify a file or an URL. If you enter an URL the installer will automatically download the xap.
  • Own protocol "wphome": Zune's one-click download for homebrew apps. Automatically install homebrew XAPs with a click on a hyperlink. If you want, you can register the application for the wphome protocol. The application will then be allowed to handle urls like wphome:www.test.com/test.xap and will automatically start as soon as you click on such a link

Like we said, this is pretty big news as no one has gone this far in creating a framework for a homebrew marketplace. If enough devs adopt this protocol (and we see little reason why they should not), then we'll have a standard for distribution, as opposed to just attachments in a forum. Of course, people still need a way to side-load applications i.e. developer unlocked without paying $99 a year--for that we'll have to wait for Microsoft to provide a solution, otherwise the homebrew community will be forever niche. Stay tuned for more...

Source: XDA; Thanks, Tobias, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Microsoft's Eric Hautala apologizes, provides more NoDo info

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Updating a post which he published little more than a week ago, Eric Hautala, Microsoft's GM of Customer Experience Engineering, apologizes for the sheer amount of disappointment currently felt by end users and reiterates that the update is being rolled out.

This was brought to the public eye after a mass of 500 comments (at the time of writing) swarmed his original post, majority being complaints and angered views. What can only be summarized as a carefully constructed apology, Eric reached out to those who are still awaiting the NoDo update and produced further detail with regards to the page of the update.

I know many of you are disappointed, even angry. You certainly have a right to be. We’ve fallen far short of your expectations, and our own, and for that I’m truly sorry. We didn’t set out to let you down. But it’s clear we did. Whether you’re someone who has followed our progress from the start, or are new to Windows Phone, you deserve the updates we’ve promised. My job is to get us on the right path and deliver them.

I'm not sure whether we require yet another apology, sure the drama is still present and most of the community is still highly irritated, but after Joe Belfiore's response to negative comments and criticism and UK developer Danny Tupenny receiving a phone call, we would very much like to see more action than words. The update is rolling, just not fast enough for most. Putting forward the somewhat over-asked question, have you received NoDo yet? How do you feel about the continued stream of apologies, and do you believe Microsoft has learned some valuable lessons?

Via WMPU

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3 years ago

Dell blogs about NoDo, teases about Venue Pro firmware update

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True to his word, Lionel Menchaca from Dell has taken to the Dell blog to detail the February and March Windows Phone update aka pre-NoDo and NoDo for the Venue Pro. Adding some transparency to the process, something we know all of you like, they explain a bit of their method going on with the update and when you can expect it. While nothing earth shattering is revealed, it's nice to see some info direct from Dell on the matter, as we know many of you are anxiously waiting for NoDo (unless, of course, you forced the update, cough).

  • Last week, we started a phased rollout of the Microsoft Copy and Paste update in EMEA and India.
  • On March 29, we began a phased rollout of the Copy and Paste update to T-Mobile customers in the United States.
  • There will be a Dell update that will provide additional enhancements/ fixes coming after this Copy and Paste Microsoft update. I don't have an ETA for the Dell update just yet.
  • While the Copy and Paste update rollout started yesterday, it will happen in a phased rollout over the next few weeks.

Unfortunately while the pre-NoDo/NoDo updates are discussed in detail, the big upcoming Dell firmware update, which is expected to address some system instabilities and bugs on the Venue Pro is not. But, it is confirmed that it IS coming and that it exists, which, we really like the idea of and we're sure you do too. They'll post more when they can, but we've heard mid-to-late April for this firmware update--we wouldn't bet our life on that date though. Regardless, we'll be anxiously awaiting--the DVP is one sexy device and if Dell can iron out those remaining bugs, found mostly in the 16GB versions, we'll be very happy.

Source: Direct2Dell

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