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3 years ago

Unofficial Klout app coming to Windows Phone. We're impressed. [Video]

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For those of you who are social-media junkies, you'll no doubt have heard of Klout (see site). It's a social-networking ranking system that basically tells you how influential you are based on amount of Tweets, reTweets, Facebook likes, who follows you, how many follow you and who you interact with. It's a weird thing and one more metric to worry yourself over ("OMG, I dropped a point! Why don't they like me!").

Still, it's important for some and Klout offers "perks" aka free offers to those who are socially powerful e.g. a free Windows Phone on top of being a free service that actually has a nice design. In that regard, it's great that Julien Dollon has whipped up an exquisite little app for the service that allows you to check all of your stats dynamically and even keep track of your Klout score via the Live Tile. It's free and amazingly was put together in just six-hours by Julien and his wife, so kudos to them for their talent. Other features include:

  • See and Share your klout score with 2 theme (black/light)
  • Auto update your klout score in the tile each day
  • See your favorite topics and ask for +K
  • See influencers and influencees

We're very impressed with the app--it's smooth, fast, minimalist and just gorgeous to look at. The app will be free and should be available either this week or next as soon as it clears Microsoft's certification. We'll keep you posted. In the meantime, check out Julien's site here.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 710 heading to Verizon, no LTE love

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Paul Thurrott, over at his supersite for Windows, has revealed some information that will be later announced at the upcoming CES.   In the article Thurrott notes the carrier will be shipping the Nokia Lumia 710 (code name "Sword" a name we've seen before) in April 2012, and it's not certain what the plan is with Verizon and an LTE Windows Phone. Hopefully a more powerful handset will be featured in the next year. We'll have to see how Microsoft and manufacturers plan to push forward.

What is clear though, assuming this is accurate, is that Verizon is not at all keen on Windows Phone, with our without LTE or with Nokia's backing. That's some cojones, in our opinion and a big middle finger to their customers.

The Lumia 710 will be available on T-Mobile in January 2012, which will provide the T-Mobile three months exclusivity before Verizon begins shipping.

Source: WinSuperSite

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3 years ago

Compasses by Palladium Power lands later today in the Marketplace [Video]

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We get a lot of requests from you folks regarding what's a good compass app for your Windows Phone. To be honest, there's quite a bit out there and while some are great, there's a lot of 'meh' out there too.

Palladium Power, the folks behind the popular game Orb (which is temporarily free again) have make what we think is a top-notch and exquisite compass app that will please your senses as well as show you where to go. The app, called Compasses,  is very clean and minimalist, making you Metro-heads happy. It features two different modes: Analog and Digital with a third being reserved for Maps.  The Analog mode looks like a standard compass including directional setting and highly detailed design. In addition, you can select from five different "skins" including Standard, Metro, Camouflage, Rusty and Contrast, which gives the compass a unique look. The Digital version also has these same five skins lending consistency to the design.

The Maps option is much like the HTC Compass app where it allows you to pull down Bing maps (either satellite or street) as a backdrop for the compass, giving you real-time directional support. While HTC devices have had this option, those with a Nokia, Samsung or LG device have not been as fortunate. Finally, there's a auto night-mode, which adjusts the colors for nocturnal usage, the ability to email your current position and adjust the size of the compass rose--all great touches.

Overall this is easily one of the snazziest compass apps we've come across and if you need such a tool we have to highly recommend it. The app has been published to the Marketplace today and should be going live within the next 12 hours. You can keep checking the link here for when it does show up and it will priced at $1.49 / 1,49€ / 1,29£.

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3 years ago

Metro newspaper app hits the Marketplace

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Metro, a commuter newspaper, is available in a number of cities across the UK and at major stations on a number of rail networks. Not only has the paper sported Windows Phone advertisements for HTC Mango handsets, but now we have an official app being made available. As is with the newspaper in its physical publication, the app is free of charge accompanied by advertisements. The app itself is well designed and effectively shows off the Metro UI.

Some available features:

  • Comment on articles.
  • Share articles with friends.
  • Categories can be pinned to the home screen.
  • Galleries from a variety of topics.
  • Content is stored locally for offline viewing.

Being already present on Android and iOS, this is a positive step for Windows Phone. You can download the Metro app from the Marketplace for nothing at all (advertisement supported).

Thanks TheWeeBear for the tip!

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3 years ago

Mobilewalla lists top-rated apps of 2011

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It just wouldn't be late-December without a horde of "Top (fill in the blank) of the Year" lists.  In that tradition, mobile analytics group Mobilewalla has posted their top-rated apps of 2011 list.  However, where most list makers simply compile the most popular or their favorites, Mobilewalla took a different approach.  Using an algorithm consisting of ratings, position within category, popularity, social media, etc., lovingly referred to as the "Mobilewalla Score," they compiled a list based on a score of 100.  From greatest to least, here are the results (click links to download):

 

  1. TuneIn Radio (Free): 96.7
  2. Penguin (Free): 96.0
  3. Dictionary.com – Dictionary and Thesaurus (Free): 95.7
  4. gMaps (Free): 95.7
  5. PhotoFunia (Free): 95.7
  6. Phone 8 (Paid - $.99): 92.2
  7. Weather Live (Paid - $1.49): 91.7
  8. Fuse (Paid - $1.29): 89
  9. iFun (Paid - $.99): 89
  10. SuperTube (Paid - $1.29): 88.4

Apps from other platforms were also rated.  You can click the via link for the entire thing.

Source: Mobilewalla.com; Via: TechCrunch

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3 years ago

Video Diary lands in the Marketplace

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Video Diary lands in the Marketplace

Some time ago we shared a sneak peak at the Windows Phone application Video Diary. Well it's now available over at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Video Diary is an app that lets you create a private video collection of your daily thoughts and memories. Recordings remain segregated from your Pictures Hub and can be backed up through your Dropbox account.

Key features include:

  • Full recording reminders where you can set to a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis. The reminder includes a deep link that will send you directly to the app.
  • Live tile support that notifies of your reminder service.
  • Automated save system that eliminates the need to name your recordings. Each recording is automatically named with the date and time when you leave the recording screen.

While Video Diary does not support the front facing cameras of the second generation Windows Phone, it is our understanding that such support is in development.

Video Diary is a free, ad-supported Mango App that you can grab here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Jil Sander LG-E906 reduced in price...again

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Not too much of a shock here, but we surmise that the LG-E906 aka the Jil Sander phone is probably not selling too well. First made available at the end of November for £299.99 ($460) the phone dropped to £199.99 sometime before Christmas. Now the phone has taken an even further price cut, 50% from the original, to a pretty sweet £149.99 ($231) which ain't half bad for a phone with 16GB internal storage.

To recap, the Jil Sander phone is a collaboration between the famous fashion house and LG. In fact, it's the only "new" phone from LG with Mango and it's not even that original as it is basically an Optimus 7 with some new styling. In that sense, its stats are a little under whelming with a 1Ghz CPU, 3.8" screen and a 5MP camera.

Having said that it is rather stylish and for that low price with no carrier ties, something worth considering.

Source: Expansys; Thanks, Chris F., for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Hack enables any size file for alert sounds on 1st Gen Samsungs

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This is  an interesting albeit very limited hack for 1st generation Samsung phones using WP7 Root Tools. The trick allows you to use basically any size alert on your phone as opposed to the 39 second/1MB limit and you can use different formats, including .aac , .amr , .m4a , .ac3 , .aiff , .flac , .mka , .mp2 and .ogg format (with only .m4a working for SMS).

Now in order to do this, your Samsung phone needs to have interop-access -- not just unlocked -- in order to run the WP7 Root Tools. In theory, if you could get access to the registry and copy/paste files to the /windows folder, you could do this on any Windows Phone, but these tools are a bit limited now.

Finally, if you set your alerts too long, there's no way to dismiss them. It's a complicated hack and seemingly a lot of work just to have a wicked cool and long alert, but hey, it's your phone. While we want to change our email and SMS alerts like everyone else, we'll wait till Microsoft hopefully offers some more customization in further updates.

Get the instructions from XDA Developers.

via WPXBox

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3 years ago

4G phones HTC Radiant and Samsung Mandel landing early 2012?

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TheVerge is reporting that unnamed sources in the know have told them HTC and Samsung both have new 4G LTE WP7 devices on the way.  Samsung is currently calling their phone the Mandel, and rumor has it that it will be packing a larger screen than the Focus S, which sits at 4.3 inches.  HTC's phone is called the Radiant, and poked its head up earlier this year, sporting a post-Mango version of Windows Phone.  Despite early speculation that the Radiant was running Tango, TheVerge's sources claim that neither of these new phones will have it. 

No word yet on carriers, but HTC has been rumored to be working with AT&T, while Verizon has also been toying with the idea of a 4G Windows phone.  Both phones are slated for release in early 2012, though perhaps not in time for CES, like Nokia's AT&T 4G handset hopefully will.

Update: According to WinSupersite's "exclusive," both the Radiant and the Mandel (referred to as Mendel) will be on AT&T, along with the Nokia Ace.  While the release date for the HTC and Samsung handsets is listed as "before the middle of 2012," they say the Nokia Ace will be available come March 18.  It is said that all of this will be revealed at CES.

Source: TheVerge, WinSupersite; Thanks to everyone for the tips!

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3 years ago

High traffic crashes Trine's Hangman server

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If you've been having trouble playing Trine's Hangman or creating a player account, you aren't alone. The server behind the popular Windows Phone game has crashed. The silver lining in all of this is that it appears the problem is due to high traffic from Windows Phone users playing the game.

We have been contacted by the developer who wants to assure everyone that he is working diligently on getting things back up as quickly as possible. With the server down, you won't be able to update or check on your world rankings, create a new player account or log in with an existing account. But you will be able to continue to play the game and once the server is back up your score and ranking will be kept.

Trine's Hangman is an enjoyable word game for your Windows Phone and hopefully things will be fixed soon. You can find Trine's Hangman Pro (currently on sale for $.99) here and a free, ad-supported version of Trine's Hangman here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

     

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3 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: Vadret

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Windows Phone App Review: Vadret

"Vadret" is Swedish for "weather" (which I've probably mispronounced terribly) and Vadret is a simple but nicely laid out weather app for your Windows Phone. It gives you quick and easy access to your basic weather conditions and forecasts for up to five of your favorite worldwide locations.

When you first launch Vadret you are prompted to go to the Settings Menu where you will choose your cities, establish the general layout of the app, how you want your live tiles to look, and which of the eleven backgrounds you want to use.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 710 shows up on T-Mobile site. No pre-orders just yet

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We know the Lumia 710 for T-Mobile, in both black and white versions, is just days from launching. In fact, it's exactly two-weeks from now on January 11th and T-Mobile already has it listed on the site as "coming soon".

The mid-range 710 features a 1.4Ghz CPU, 5MP low-aperture lens and "clear black" 3.7" LCD screen with physical buttons, making it quite the nice offering especially for the low-price point of $49.95 on contract. The device is the first Windows Phone from Nokia to land on the US shores but many are expecting it to be upstaged by whatever AT&T and Nokia have to show off at CES in the same week.

Hopefully we'll be able to pre-order this lil' guy soon as we're itching to get our hands on it ASAP.  Check our hands-on with the Lumia 710 after the break to get a quick tour.

Source: T-Mobile - Black, White; via WPCentral Forums (KingCrimson)

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3 years ago

Greece embraces Windows Phone with new holiday ad

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Greece may have 99 problems these days but Windows Phone ain't one 'em.

In a new ad from Vodafone, four Windows Phones are featured in a pretty funny take on organizing a holiday party. The ad highlights the Samsung Omnia W, HTC Titan, HTC Radar and then features the Nokia Lumia 800 in all its multi-color glory, showing how that company's namesake still carries a lot of weight in international markets.

We always like to see our friends world-wide get into the Windows Phone craze and this ad goes a long way in helping to promote these new devices.

Source: Vodafone Greece (YouTube); Thanks, Oldboy_GR, for the tip!

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3 years ago

WPCentral's Marketplace Games forum is amazing!

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Do you know Windows Phone Games? Our Forums Members do. Just a quick look at the stickies in our Marketplace Games forum will tell you that. A lot of good work is going on in there--wait a minute, can you really call it work when you're playing games? Well, you don't have to play to get all the good information. WPCentral writer Paul Acevedo has it all spelled out for us.

First, you will need an Xbox Live Games List. Next it is important to know what Games have broken Achievements or Achievements that require internet connections--very important stuff for a true gamer. That should be enough to help you get your game on. When you hit that hard spot and need a tip, just jump back in the Marketplace Games forums and let us know our crazy mad gamers will help you out.

We also have a great series of Xbox Live developer interviews you can peruse if you want the latest from the devs of Windows Phone games. Don't forget to stop in to our Games Spotlight forums where we have 100+ games posted and counting. These Games were added to these forums buy developers--they want you to try their games and give them feedback, so help 'em out if you have a chance. 

All you Developers: don't forget that the Games Spotlight forum is for you, so post up those games we love it when you do that. 

Now we know all that is going to take time to get through you don't have to do it all today. Besides sometimes you just wanna play some AlphaJax...

We told you our WPCentral Marketplace Games Forums are great!

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3 years ago

Update for Radio Controlled Pandora app right around the corner with new features

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The third-party Pandora app Radio Controlled has been met with high praise since its launch last week. It now sits with 4.5 stars out of 55 reviews, making a it quite a hit with you folks who need your music DJ on the go.

Still, a version 1.0 is only an initial attempt and the developer, Bushwood Studios is hard at work with v1.1 which adds a bunch of fixes, tweaks and a few new features as well. We've been running it for the last 24 hours and really like the changes, some of which you can see above in our screenshots:

  • History - View up to the past 10 songs that have played, with options to rate and buy from Zune or Amazon.
  • Station Details - From the Stations page you can drill into a station to Rename, Delete or Pin to the home screen
  • Stop - Some reviews asked for the ability to stop playback.  This will stop playback and remove the song from the volume controls.
  • Muic & Video integration - Radio Controlled now shows up under apps in the Music Hub
  • Bug Fixes including changing stations reverts to old station issue and some pause/resume stability fixes.

The update should be submitted very soon to the Marketplace, meaning we can expect this either this weekend or early next week--we'll keep you posted. If you want more features, contact that dev via the app and he'll start adding things for version 1.2.

For now, you can grav version 1.0 for free in the Marketplace right here or click-to-enlarge the QR code below.

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