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3 years ago

Windows Phone Central Photosynth contest - Win a Samsung Focus 2!

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WPCentral's Photosynth Contest - your chance to win a Samsung Focus 2

Photosynth is a great Windows Phone app for capturing panoramic images and we want to see what you with the photography app. For motivation, we've got two Samsung Focus 2s to giveaway courtesy of AT&T.

Just go out and capture panorama images using Photosynth and post your best work here in the WPCentral discussion forums. You'll have until 5:00pm PST on Saturday, July 14th to submit your entries and from there, we'll pick the best two images to receive the AT&T Samsung Focus 2.

Now for the fine print.

  • Entries must be captured by Photosynth
  • Entries must be captured by a Windows Phone or iPhone
  • Only one entry per person
  • While you can edit the entry, do not crop the image (much like the sample above)

You'll need to register to participate and you can do that here. Once the entry period closes, we'll announce the winners as soon as we can. The last photo contest had so many fantastic entries it took a while to sort things out.

Good luck everyone and if you haven't installed Photosynth, it's a free app for your Windows Phone and you can find it here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Red Badger - Windows Phone Developer Insight

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Red Badger – Developer Insight

Back when Windows Phone 7 was new on the smartphone scene the choice of Twitter apps was limited. Birdsong was one of the most interesting clients of the time, it was 100% accurate in getting the aesthetics right for how an app should look and work on WP7. Making good use of smooth scrolling, panoramic slide overs whilst embracing the best feature of Windows Phone, Metro.

At the time Birdsong was innovative, indeed Red badger became a poster child for how Metro style apps should look and feel, receiving praise from its users and even Microsoft. I wanted to catch up with the team and see how their start-up is going and what brought them back to re-kindling development for Birdsong. I met with one of the founders, Cain Ullah and Red Badgers newest team member, Joe Stanton to see what’s happening...

 

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3 years ago

Mysterious Lumia 910 device pops up on Nokia's RDA tools

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Although we’re not expecting any Windows Phone 8 devices for months, it looks like Nokia may have a new device kicking around.

The Lumia 910 briefly popped up in Nokia’s Remote Device Access (RDA) tools which developer’s use to get access to the latest info on existing hardware.

So what is the Lumia 910? Some have speculated it may be a new Windows Phone 8 device but we’ve heard from sources that “910” is the designation for T-Mobile and that this is a variation of the Lumia 900. If true that would make this a Windows Phone 7.x device and not WP8. On the other hand, there’s little evidence suggesting T-Mobile is planning on releasing a Lumia 900-esque device anymore, especially with the no WP8 update happening.

We also saw the Lumia 910 pop u on a Dutch site with a 12MP camera instead of the normal 8MP on the 900, though nothing ever came of it.

We’ll have to keep an eye out to see if we can find any more on this device but we’d say to calm your expectations a bit for now.

Via: Nieuwemobiel.nl; Thanks, Martijn R., for the heads up

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3 years ago

CBC News app for Windows Phone updated with push notifications

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The Canadian news app CBC has been updated to version 1.1, which introduces push notifications.  The app enables users to keep up to date with content from the CBC website. With the added push notifications, CBC News now offers a rich reading experience with full-screen video, high quality image galleries, and more.

We like the design and feel of the interface, which provides the user with an extremely easy to use service. You can download CBC News from the Marketplace for free (restricted to Canadian Marketplace). Thanks, Crushing Destroyer, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Marketplace experiencing global outage with error c101a249?

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According to some of our readers, the Windows Phone Marketplace appears to experiencing some issues. We've confirmed ourselves that the UK and US Marketplaces are down, throwing a "c101a249" error when an attempt is made to download an app. As was the case with previous outages, we'll not get too worked up about potential maintenance.

Hopefully this downtime will be minimal. Have you experienced any issues today? Let us know in the comments. 

Update: Xbox LIVE and Zune are also down for a lot of users, so evidently the two are connected

Thanks, revamp, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

MonsterUp Adventures now on Windows Phone and free through Sunday

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MonsterUp Adventures, sequel to the hit indie jumping game MonsterUp from Karios Games, is now available on the Marketplace. Even better, it’s free through Saturday! Time to start downloading if you enjoy platformers or games like Doodle Jump

We’ve been excited about Adventures since first learning about it way back in spring 2011. Karios has taken the endless jumping game formula and married with a more traditional and robust game structure. Players now venture across an island map, taking on individual stages rather than just endlessly jumping after a better high score. Stages last about 10 minutes apiece and have specific goals like collecting different numbers of gems along the way. A bar at the right of the screen shows progress so you can know when you’re getting close to the top. Check out our video preview to see how it all works.

Gems collected throughout your adventures can be spent on unlocking new characters and even a ringtone. Adventures also features a PDLC system in which players can purchase gems to hurry along the unlocking process. These optional code purchases must be made through the Karios website, which provides codes instantly upon purchase. Just input the code into the game and the shiny gems are yours.

The original MonsterUp (review) was the best endless jumping game on Windows Phone at the time of its release, and the same applies to the sequel as well. MonsterUp Adventures is a welcome advancement of the genre that should appeal to an even wider audience. Grab it here on the Marketplace while it’s free! After this weekend, the price goes back up to $1.99.

Update: The free offer has been extended to Monday morning.

Thanks to Matt C. for the tip!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone App Roundup - Kids + Family

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This weeks Windows Phone app roundup is focused at our smaller audience. Games that will keep our children entertained and possibly teach them a thing or two. Some of these apps may be appealing to our older readers as well. We've even thrown in a few apps that will help you keep your children safe.

We searched the top Kids + Family apps on the Marketplace and put together a collection of a handful of these apps. These titles may not appeal to everyone, but if you have children (especially infants) these apps may come in handy. Keep in mind, if an app doesn't make the roundup it should not reflect poorly on things. These are just a collection of apps or games that have stood and if we've missed an app, sound off in the comments and share a recommendation.

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3 years ago

Carphone Warehouse offering Lumia 800 on contract for free

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Today the Carphone Warehouse has announced their "Smart Deal" for the Lumia 800. For the next week (7 days), the Lumia 800 will be available for free on contract with supporting UK carriers. The minimum price plan fee is £15.50/mo (24-months), which will provide the customer with 50 minutes, unlimited SMS, as well as 250MB of data as month allowances.

Should Orange not take your fancy and T-Mobile be more your thing, the entry contract price is £21/mo (24-months) which bundles 100 minutes, unlimited SMS and 750MB of data.

Be sure to head on over to the Carphone Warehouse website (or pop in-store) to check out this offer.

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3 years ago

Nokia announces launch of the Lumia 610 and Dark Knight Lumia 800 in India

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Nokia has today announced The Dark Knight Rises limited edition Lumia 800 in India. The unique Windows Phone will be a steal with only 200 being made available for retail. The limited edition smartphone sports a laser etched Batman logo on the rear of the device, and will be made available from Nokia's website mid-July. 

Reportedly priced at Rs. 24,999, which shares the same tag as the listed standard Lumia 800, it appears to be a solid deal for those interested in the franchise. As with The Dark Knight Rises Nokia Windows Phones launched elsewhere, the lucky owner will be able to take advantage of exclusive content, as well as an interactive game. Lumia owners can also download and install the exclusive app from the Marketplace.

If the Lumia 800 (or the Batman edition) isn't your cup of tea, the manufacturer also revealed the launch of the Lumia 610, which is priced at Rs. 12,999. Unfortunately, we're still waiting for the Lumia 900, and with Windows Phone 8 ("Apollo") drawing ever closer, it's looking less likely that many will choose to adopt such a late release.

Source: NDTV

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3 years ago

Nokia prepping post-Tango 8779 Windows Phone OS updates for Lumia 710 and 800

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Nokia is keeping up with developing OS updates for its Lumia line of devices or at least they keep priming them for release. The latest update, found on the NaviFirm servers, is for build 8779 which is just slightly ahead of build 8773 aka Tango. Tango just started rolling out by various carriers and OEMs last week (see out documented features list for Tango here).

What’s new in 8779? We’re actually not sure. Support for the location-based alert icon is thought to be one, but we’ve seen it on a Lumia 610 with specific firmware (not ours though). Due to the regions where this is being prepped for—Thailand, Pakistan, India, Lebanon, Tunisia—we’re going to guess that better support for specific markets could be another feature.  Other features like static-IP for WiFi and more SIM options may also be available are other possible options.

Windows Phone 8779 showing up in NaviFirm Plus for the Lumia 710 & 800

The OS update is unofficially available for the Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 (nothing for the 900 just yet) and can be downloaded using NaviFirm Plus and flashing your device. It’s a tricky process but technically legit as it uses Nokia’s own methods. However, there are still risks involved including not being able to flash back and due to the language issue (we’re not sure what language packs are onboard) you may not be able to read your device again.

For that reason, we can’t recommend trying this out but we’ll keep an eye out if and when more region- or carrier-specific versions pop up. Thanks, Melicaster, for the tip

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3 years ago

Did Nokia make a mistake by going with Windows Phone?

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Nokia Lumia 900 with Android 4.x?

Should Nokia have chosen Android over Windows Phone? Many think so, including one former Apple executive.

Things are getting rough for Nokia. Today, their stock hit the historic low of $2 a share before closing at $2.02.  That’s bad, very bad for a company who traded for over $40 a share just a few years ago. What’s more, the “no Windows Phone 8” for current devices, especially the high-profile Lumia line, is doing nothing to inspire confidence in the company, whose primary business is selling phones. See RIM.

Recently though, some people have been clamoring for Nokia’s heyday and stating that Nokia should have gone with Android instead of Windows Phone. Others think they abandoned Symbian way too early even though Nokia’s stock crashed below $10 back in 2009. News flash: Symbian was dragging the company down and their stock price reflected this years before they announced they were going with Windows Phone.

In an interview with Computing.co.uk, a former Apple executive named Jean-Louis Gassée (he left in 1990, before the company became interesting) threw Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and the Board under a bus noting that the company should have chosen Android, like he recommended, instead. Sour grapes?

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3 years ago

Videotron stocking the Lumia 710 Windows Phone from just $29.95

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Canadian based telecommunications company Videotron is now offering the Lumia 710 Windows Phone for just $29.95 (36-month contract with a $49.95 monthly service fee). The smartphone joins the HTC Radar. Taking advantage of 4G speeds, while sporting a 3.7" screen (with ClearBlack technology), 5MP rear-shooter, 512MB RAM and a 1.4Ghz chip, the device is ready for anything you can throw at it.

With Windows Phone 8 around the corner, it might make potential buyers think twice before entering into a 36 month agreement. You can check out the Lumia 710 at Videotron on the official website for more information. 

via: Business Week

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3 years ago

Nokia teases 3D immersive map of Gotham City for the Dark Knight Rises film

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You can tell that the new Batman movie the Dark Knight Rises is getting close for release as their partner in crime Nokia is ramping up promotions. They've already released The Dark Knight Rises app for Lumia phones, Lumia 710 covers and a Lumia 900 etched with the Batman logo, but it looks like the Finns still have more.

In a new video posted to their channel, Nokia teases a 3D immersive map of Batman’s home city with the tag line “Explore Gotham City like never before”.

Not much else is revealed about the tool, what platforms it will be on, if it’s for mobile or web…we just don’t know yet. A good guess though would be that this uses Nokia Maps and is perhaps web-based, so this may not be specific for the Lumia line of devices.

Alternatively, if we look at the Batman Origins comic app released today, we noted how there is a yet-to-be-released “The Dark Knight Rises: Prologue" app—perhaps this has something to do with that?

Either way, Nokia seems to have picked a winner in terms of marketing this summer as the final Batman movie looks to be a blockbuster.

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3 years ago

Review - Body Glove case for the Samsung Focus 2 [Video]

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When it comes to cases, especially with today’s much classier looking phones, I’m not a big fan. Why cover up something that looks so great?

Well there are exceptions to everything and the Body Glove case for the Focus 2 (review) is one of them. As many of you know, I use the Focus 2 fairly regularly (though I exchange it with the Titan II and Lumia 900 often). It’s a great sized device, brilliant screen, fast and gets good battery life. Plus I like white, glossy phones. You can read more on my impressions here.

So why cover it up? Sometimes even I like a rugged phone and the Body Glove case is just excellent. For one, it fits very well for the device, a staple of all Body Glove cases from my experience. The holes are cut out very accurately, it’s not too thick, and it covers the important areas.

The back of the cover is smooth and flat making it ideal for surfaces (it won’t slide) and the sides have a grip texture to them, making it feel very secure in your hands. But due to the design, it’s very easy for sliding in and out of your pocket. Combined with the already small nature of the Focus 2 (it has a 4” screen) and the combo is a no brainer for carrying around....

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3 years ago

Nokia brings minor updates to Nokia Trailers and the Dark Knight Rises

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Speaking of Nokia and exclusive apps, the company has gone ahead and pushed out two updates today as well.  No changelog was provided so we’ll have to rely on intuition and your experiences in comments.

First up is the Dark Knight Rises which features trailers, show times (when it’s out) and mini-games using Foursquare checkins.  The app has always been a little slow and we imagine some of you experienced bugs with the mini-games so hopefully it’s improved. This is the second update for the app which is now at version 1.2.

The next one up is Nokia Trailers which is getting its first update to version 1.1. We’re glad to see this app get updated since it’s actually very useful. We knew of two issues before v1.1 specifically the geolocation option would not stick when selected and the Live Tile did not often update.

We’re unable to download either update now, blame it on the Marketplace, but we’re hoping those two bugs are gone in addition to any other fixes or new features. We’ll update this as we play around but if you notice anything else, hit us up on comments.

You can pick up The Dark Knight Rises here and Nokia Trailers here in the Marketplace.

Via: WMPU and thanks, Mark W., for the heads up

    

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