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3 years ago

Smart Weather - Review

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3 years ago

Jabra Drive - Review

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Jabra Drive - Review

For those who have never gotten used to the Bluetooth headsets and still need a hands-free solution for their Windows Phone, enter the Bluetooth Speakerphone. Jabra makes a nice assortment of speakerphones and today we turn our sights on to the Jabra Drive.

The Jabra Drive is a basic Bluetooth speakerphone that is solidly built, has just enough features to make it appealing and decent call quality. Moderately priced at $49.95, the Drive might be a good choice for those looking for a hands-free solution that doesn't have too many bells and whistles. To see how well the Drive performed, follow the break.

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3 years ago

From the WPCentral Forums....

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From the WPCentral Forums....

What a busy week in the WPCentral Forums with the launch of Mango this week we have a lot to talk about. Join us in the Forums we are talking Mango everywhere. 

Did you get your device update? Did you know you could trick your phone to recognize the update?  If you still don’t have Mango sound off in this thread asking carriers where your Mango update is. 

When you complete the update process, how did it go?  Chime in and let us know if your experience was good or bad?  How about a little help with your Mango update or maybe you found something new and want to share?  Here's a discussion on tips and tricks our readers have discovered

It hasn’t all been fun and games with the update there have been some issues such as problems with Twitter integration.  Luckily, Microsoft has found a solution to the Twitter issues.  If you've found other issues with mango you can share them over in the Mango complaints and bugs discussion going on here.  Then there's the discussion where Mango destroyed your Windows Phone battery and some are wanting more themes.

WHAT?! I told you Mango is everywhere in the forums.  Read more on what's in the forums, after the break.

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3 years ago

Mixtapes updated to version 2.0

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Mixtapes updated to version 2.0

Mixtapes is free music app for your Windows Phone that taps into the vast collection of music tracks over at 8tracks. It is a simple yet effective app that has just been updated to become mango-fied.

Version 2.0 brings the following new features into play:

  • Search by artists as well as by tags
  • Deep link into Zune marketplace from the track list
  • Instantly search for other mixes that include the same artist
  • Ability to configure Mixtapes to only play music when you have a working WiFi connection
  • Pause and skip songs or mixes even when your phone is locked
  • Find recently played mixes in the Music+Video hub and the app’s home screen

Mixtapes also has fast resume and the ability to play music in the background as you move around your Windows Phone. You still have the ability to log into your 8tracks account which will let you tag mixes as favorites, like and comment on mixes.

Mixtapes is a free application for your Windows Phone and you can find the updated version here at the Web Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Flickr and Lindy Reader joins the Mango crowd

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Add two more apps that have been updated to enjoy the Windows Phone 7.5 features. Flickr and Lindy Reader have been Mango-fied.

The official Flickr app (updated to version 2.0) not only gives you access to your Flickr account but now it is integrated with your Windows Phone camera. You can launch the camera app from within the Flickr app, place a grid overlay on top of the viewfinder to help with cropping, and access camera controls/settings.

You also have Live Tile support for the camera function, your galleries (launches directly to your photostream), contact activity, as well as the app itself. The update brings a significant amount of bells and whistles into the mix and adds a good amount of functionality as well.

We first took a look at the Lindy Reader earlier this year. It's a comic book reader that let's you download comic's save on Dropbox. The Mango update (version 2.2) improves the speed of the app, adds fast resume, thumbnails, banners, and folders to make your comic book reading easier.

The Lindy Reader does have a free, ad-supported version which you can find here at the Windows Phone Web Market. The ad-free version will run you $1.99 and you can find it here at the Web Marketplace.

Flickr is a free app which you can find here at the Web Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Summary of the Week: September 26 - October 02, 2011

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This week we have a Windows Phone developer interview with Dave Amenta (Send to WP7), definitely worth a read for any aspiring Microsoft platform developers. Dave Blake returns with his wpcentral forum update, but contains a Mango twist (and if you missed what I just wrote, here's Dave's reminder). If you missed our Mango coverage, be sure to check out our Mango summary, we'll be skipping the news in this summary to avoid repetition. 

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3 years ago

Introducing Samsung Focus S available for pre-order, running Windows 7

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We're not really sure what to make of this, could well be simply an e-commerce site being extremely lazy. On Cellhut we can see they have the Samsung Focus S unlocked and available for pre-order. It's at a discounted price of $799.99, reduced from $999.99. It's running "Windows Mobile for Smartphones" according to the specification sheet but in the images it's clearly pictured to be running Windows 7.

According to the specification read out on the product page there is no SD card slot available (a sign the Samsung is using their super fast NAND memory instead), but little else is present on the list (FF, processor, screen, etc.) to confirm what we've previously reported. Take this how you will, what we know at the moment is the Focus S sports an 8MP camera, 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus screen and supports 4G connectivity. More information will surely be made available  at a later date.

Source: Cellhut, thanks Trey for the tip!

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3 years ago

Use AllShare and DLNA on Samsung handsets [How To]

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This is pretty sweet, there's a quick trick on the Samsung Omnia 7 with the AllShare app. Should you attempt to run the app an error will pop up stating that this "This device does not support AllShare. AllShare will be terminated." What the app doesn't tell you is that it will be back (in the awesome words of Arnold Schwarzenegger).

In the above video (it's in French but you should be able to follow visually) we can see Sogalas, a MonWindowsPhone reader, walking us through how he can work around the error and actually launch the app. It's incredibly straight forward. As soon as you launch AllShare, quickly hit the home button before the error shows and the app will close. Now hold the back button to enter multi-tasking and swipe to the right to find AllShare. Selecting it will launch the app successfully, bypassing the error.

To recap, here's the full walkthrough:

  1. Download Samsung's AllShare app
  2. Launch and press the "home" button before the error message appears (if it appears before you're able to close the app, just keep trying)
  3. Return to the application by holding the "back" button and enter multi-tasking control
  4. Select AllShare and you're now inside the app, bypassing the error message
  5. You can now connect to your computer, media devices or your TV (configured with DLNA) and select multimedia content shared with your device to view on the big screen or play on the massive speakers

Let us know in the comments should you get this working. I attempted myself and successfully ran the app, however I always seem to have issues with DLNA and my router (Apple Airport Extreme) thus wasn't able to test out the streaming capabilities. We're not aware as to whether or not this trick works with the Focus so do let us know.

Update: We've confirmed that this trick works with the Focus too, updated the title. Enjoy.

Source: MonWindowsPhone

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3 years ago

Nokia Maps spotted in Marketplace

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Nokia Maps spotted in Marketplace

A placeholder application for Nokia Maps has been spotted on the Marketplace and was discussed over at the XDA Developers forum. The service, which is expected to be shipped with Nokia Windows Phone handsets, remains to have a question mark stamped with regards to availability for users on devices from other manufacturers.

The listing shows screenshots that paint a fairly accurate picture as to what's going to be included. User reviews, the ability to submit photos and directions which inform the user which public transport stop they should board and deboard. The app description reads as follows:

Nokia Maps helps you to be a local anywhere you go. See where you are and discover places nearby in a snap. Get reviews, uncover new destinations and reach them with smart routing for public transport, walking and driving.

It's worth noting that it looks like the app supports all 22 locales now present in Mango. More Nokia news has been popping up with Nokia World drawing near so it looks like we could be in for some hardware as a near certainty by the end of the month.

Source: XDA Developer forum, via: iStarted Something

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3 years ago

Nokia Sea Ray on T-Mobile Germany?

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Nokia Sea Ray on T-Mobile Germany?

We'll throw this one out there for what it's worth. A promo ad has surfaced from T-Mobile Germany featuring a new Windows Phone, the Nokia Sea Ray.

The text of the ad reads,

The new Nokia Searay.Drive safely to your destination with Nokia – including 3D. Representation and voice navigation. Windows Mobile 7.5 (Mango) operating system. Brilliant 3.7" AMOLED curved display

A few things stand out that has us scratching our heads. First the Sea Ray name. Wouldn't T-Mobile choose a name other than the prototype name? Also, the black theme.... not saying it's impossible but I don't remember a black color theme in the settings.  If T-Mobile was going to take artistic license with the ad, wouldn't they choose hot-pink?

So, what do you guys think? Real or Memorex? And if this turns out to be legit, could we see T-Mobile U.S. get this as well?

Source: thenokiablog via: mynokiablog  Thanks goes out to JustVisiting for the tip!

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3 years ago

HTC Hub gets updated and looks a lot better

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We have received numerous tips today that the HTC Hub was updated over night. Sure enough, it was and the new version is v2.2.

The update brings a few Mango features into play and gives the Hub an improved appearance. For those not familiar with the HTC Hub, the old version offered you weather information and links to featured Windows Phone apps. The new version still offers the weather and featured apps but also adds news and stock information to the Hub.

The new version spreads everything out on multiple pages while the old version had a cramped, cluttered feel to it. You can add forecast cities to the main page (tap on a city to pull up a detailed forecast), customize your stock information on the next, access customized RSS news feeds on the next and then check out featured Windows Phone apps.

Another very nice feature of the new HTC Hub is Live Tiles for your forecast cities. Just tap and hold on the forecast city listing on the main page (you can also do this from the detailed forecast view) to create a Live Tile on your Start Menu. The Live Tile will display the current temperature and forecast high/low along with a weather icon for the current conditions.

All in all, the update vastly improves the HTC Hub. It's cleaner looking and better laid out. The Hub enjoys Mango's fast resume feature and the Live Tiles are really nice. If you're running Windows Phone 7.5 on an HTC device, you can find the HTC Hub here at the Windows Phone Web Marketplace or check your HTC Apps listing in the Windows Phone Marketplace app.

Thanks goes out to everyone who tipped us on this!

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3 years ago

Nokia Ace to have 4.3 AMOLED display and HSPA+

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Nokia Ace to have 4.3 AMOLED display and HSPA+

This is fairly interesting, but take it how you will. My Nokia Blog has received an anonymous tip containing specifications of a high-end Windows Phone handset from Nokia. The device is the "Nokia Ace" and is rumoured to be announced at the upcoming Nokia World in London later this month.

The "Nokia Ace" specifications make this device slightly more power-packed than the Sea-Ray, indicating that the handset that was unveiled earlier this year (and is presumably going to be the launch device) is mid-level with features to rival the Samsung Omnia W and HTC Radar. According to the tip My Nokia Blog received, the following will be featured in the "Nokia Ace":

  • 4.3" AMOLED
  • 1800mAh
  • Carl Zeiss
  • 8mp AF
  • Windows Phone Mango+
  • HSPA+ (AT&T/T-Mobile)
  • CBD
  • 1.4 Ghz processor
  • 16GB internal storage

    Let's see what both Nokia World and Q4 2011 bring to the Windows Phone community, but all is looking well for the future Nokia portfolio of WP devices.

    Source: My Nokia Blog, via: PocketNow

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    3 years ago

    Developer interview: Dave Amenta of Send to WP7

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    3 years ago

    1,777 Ringtones and SoundFX Ultimate - Mango App Spotlight

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    Here's one more ringtone app for your Windows Phone and it's a doozy. 1,777 Ringtones and SoundFx Ultimate is one healthy collection of ringtones and sounds that you can save to your Mango updated Windows Phone.

    The app is laid out fairly simple. You have category files up top and the ringtones specific to each category appear in the bottom half of the screen. A preview button sits in the middle along with an "add to favorites" button and a repeat tool. There is also a keyword search field at the very top of the screen to make finding that special sound a little easier.

    There are over 100 folders ranging from Baby Sounds to Funny Animal sounds to Rubber Ducky sounds. Each folder contains anywhere from two to three to more sounds. All totaled, the app offers you 1,777 ringtones and sounds to choose from. When you find a sound you like, just tap and hold to pull up the "save to phone" menu. The sound will be saved to your Settings>Ringtones and Sounds menu under Custom Ringtones.

    1,777 Ringtones and SoundFX Ultimate has some decent sounds but the app also contains sounds I can't imagine anyone would choose as thier ringtone. Luckily there is a free trial available to let you preview the ringtones before you buy the app. In order to save the sounds, you'll have to fork over the $2.99 for the full version.

    You can find 1,777 Ringtones and SoundFX Ultimate here at the Windows Phone Web Marketplace.

    Wrapping things up, we've looked at three ringtone apps that range from a handful of ringtones to more sounds than you can shake a stick at (Pimp my Ringtones, Ringtone Maker (which really isn't a ringtone maker) and 1,777 Ringtones). When all is said and done I can't help but think the best way to get a custom ringtone on to your Windows Phone is to make it yourself.

    The ringtone apps are an easy way to get custom ringtones but there's no guarantee they contain that ringtone that reflects your personality the best.

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    3 years ago

    Hands on with the Radar 4g

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    Hands on with the Radar 4g

    Here's a hands-on video of the HTC Radar 4G that is headed to T-Mobile. Technobuffalo got their hands on one during a dinner party hosted by T-Mobile and was impressed with the phones' build quality and all the goodness of Windows Phone 7.5.

    Technobuffalo wasn't a fan of the double-chin bottom that gives the phone an appearance of being thicker than it actually is. Still, the first impressions were good and unfortunately, T-Mobile wouldn't tip their hat on a release date beyond "in time for the holidays".

    There's no word if one of these demo units were left at the bar of the restaurant but we'll keep an eye on Ebay just in case. Still not sure if the white body works or not.  What do you guys and gals think? Will T-Mobile customers be happy?

    source: Technobuffalo via: wmpu

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