Recent Articles

Headlines

3 years ago

Phone backups coming to next version of Windows Phone

23

A recent posting on Microsoft's jobs site reveals that phone backup and easy restore will be available in the next version of Windows Phone.  The post is for a Redmond-based Software Development Engineer to join Microsoft's Windows Phone Backup, Migrate and Restore team and reads:

Come join the Windows Phone Backup, Migrate, and Restore team. Our goal is to ensure that no matter if someone loses their phone, drops their phone in a lake, buys a new windows phone, or just has their toddler wipe their phone by entering the wrong PIN over and over, a user can quickly and seamlessly get their phone back to a good state. The features we are producing will be new for the next version of Windows Phone and will help ensure Microsoft stays ahead of the competition when it comes to disaster recovery. Come be a part of defining this area.

This is exciting but perhaps not unexpected news for Windows Phone users, as there is currently no way to regularly back up your device unless you go the homebrew route.  And while the homebrew backup tool is great, this function is just something that should be built into the OS.  The posting does not go into detail, so it is unclear whether backups will be done solely using Zune on a local computer or if there will be a cloud component using Skydrive as well.  Either way, it's a welcome addition.

Source: Microsoft; Via: WMPU / MK for the tip

More →
0
0
0
0
3 years ago

Buzzwords now available, doesn't sting the wallet

1

I’ve never been crazy about bees. Ever since one of the little honey-makers stung me on the leg without warning inside a convenience store, I’ve made it a point not to make conversation with them or invite them to social gatherings. Bee that as it may, I’m still psyched that M80 Games’ Buzzwords finally reached the Marketplace today.

The object of Buzzwords is to find as many words as possible in a field of random letters. After completing a word, you have a brief window to build another word using one or more of the previous one’s letters, thus starting a combo and eventually catching the letters on fire. Spelling words also empties honey into your pot, which provides a score or time bonus, depending on the mode. On top of the timer, you’ll need to watch out for the blue beetles that periodically pop up and threaten to end the game if not vanquished.

Buzzwords is a highly polished game right out of the gate. Not only is the gameplay fun for word-fans, but it looks and sounds fantastic. The list of all the words you found at the end of a game is a nice touch. Online leaderboards courtesy of Mogade as well as unlockable Boosters provide a good deal of replay value. Even if you hate bees like me (I was more of an ‘A’ student anyway), Buzzwords is worth a try.

Buzzwords costs 99 cents and there is a free trial. Scoop it up here on the Marketplace.

More →
0
0
0
0
3 years ago

Nokia Collection starts showing up in France's Marketplace

8

Reports are coming in that a new Nokia Collection has startled showing up in France's Marketplace.  Much like the HTC, AT&T and other brand-centric app groupings, the Nokia Collection gives customers a central place to go in the Marketplace to download all of Nokia's apps.  The collection is divvied up into categories: Applications, Games, Music and Podcasts.

Due to Marketplace caching, you may not see the Nokia Collection on your phone just yet.  Should you fall in that category, give it a day or two to trickle down.  For those of you who can access it, what do you think?  Have any of our readers outside of France seen this yet?

Source: ProfesseurThibault; Thanks,Professor, for the heads up!

More →
0
0
0
0
3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: Rummycomb

0
0

Windows Phone Game Review: Rummycomb

Rummycomb is a Bejeweled inspired game for your Windows Phone that was recently updated to version 1.2. The update brings a Christmas theme to the game and resolved a few issues the game was experiencing.

You face a hexagonal grid of various objects and your job is to find matching suits of these objects based on suit or color. You build connections of three or more objects to earn points.  Rummycomb has three game modes and a handful of themes to keep things interesting.

More →
0
0
0
0
3 years ago

AT&T Microcell draining batteries?

33
33

AT&T Microcell draining batteries?

Is the AT&T Microcell sucking the life out of your Windows Phone batteries? Apparently there are a few Windows Phone owners who believe so.

For those not familiar, AT&T's Microcell is a gadget that picks up your cellular signal and carries it over your local internet service. It is designed for households and businesses that are in poor reception areas.

A short discussion has developed over at AT&T with one commenter stating with the microcell plugged in his battery drain on his Samsung Focus S is in the neighborhood of 15-20% per hour. Unplug the microcell and the battery drain pulls back to about 1% over two hours.

Now we are not certain if those complaining are using their microcell for data or connecting to their wifi internet network. If they are relying on the microcell for data, that could contribute to the increase drain.  But not knowing for certain, this is only a guess.  Personally, I've had an AT&T Microcell since day one (without it I only have half a bar of coverage at the house) and have yet to notice any increase in battery drain on any of the phones in the house.

AT&T hasn't commented on this issue and if there is a bug with some of the microcells, hopefully it can be addressed quickly. Curious, has anyone experience faster battery drain rates when your Windows Phone is connected to the microcell?

Source: AT&T; Thanks, Ronald, for the tip!

More →
1
0
0
0
3 years ago

Want to dev-unlock your Windows Phone? Here are your options.

31

So you got a Windows Phone for Christmas? Sweet. If you're a developer, you're probably itching to start writing code for the device. If an advanced hobbyist, homebrew software may be more of your interest. While the emulator -- a part of the Windows Phone SDK -- rocks for testing locally, you'll eventually want to try the real deal by loading up XAPs on your phone. We'll cover the pros and cons of each approach to do so.
 

More →
2
0
0
0
3 years ago

Blame Canada, for an awesome competition [Developers]

10

Did you get a shiny lump of coal for Christmas? Not planning on keeping it until the world's reserves run low? Don't worry, Microsoft has your back! The good people over at Microsoft Canada have just started a promotion entitled "The Developer Movement" where they are handing out cool toys to dev's just for publishing high-quality apps to the Windows Phone Marketplace up until May 20'th 2012.

So what do you get? It's based on how many apps you publish within that time, and here are the rewards:

PUBLISH 1 QUALITY APP  
       Select a reward below:

  • A Kinect™ Sensor for Xbox 360®
  • 10,000 Microsoft Points
  • Monster® Beats™ Headphones
  • A 1TB External HD

PUBLISH 2 QUALITY APPS
      Select a reward below:

  •     A Windows® Phone 7
  •     A $500 Gift Voucher
  •     35,000 Microsoft Points
  •     An Xbox 360® with Kinect Bundle

PUBLISH 3 QUALITY APPS
      Your apps will be considered by our judges for publicity across:

  •     The Xbox Newsletter
  •     The Xbox Live Dashboard
  •     MSDN Website
  •     MSDN Flash Newsletter
  •     Canadian Developer Blog

The website also mentions that the first 200 people that register (for the Developer Movement) may get their AppHub account for free. So if you're a Canadian developer then what are you waiting for? It really is a win-win offer.

Cool, eh?

Source: The Developer Movement; Thanks, @archiecoder, for the tip!

More →
0
0
0
0
3 years ago

German "Windows Phone 7.5 Hotel" event looks to scare up some curiosity

5

We're trying to wrap our heads around this one but aren't getting very far--so maybe our German friends can assist. Microsoft Germany put up a trailer video that you see above for "Windows Phone 7.5 Hotel" which was an event that took place in Berlin on December 15th.

The trailer is mostly CGI and has haunted-house like implications, what with that eerie lightning and all. There also seems to be a map and trying to find something, we're guessing. Next up is another video, evidently form the actual event from folks who traveled to the haunted hotel.

The good part in the video starts at around 2:25 where we start to get an idea of what this looks to be: a type of mass entertainment event where they have actors role-play specific parts and you, the bystander, become a participant in the charade--much like a murder-mystery cruise. This time there's something about the undead, people dressed in hazmat suits, reporters, etc. You can never go wrong with zombies, right?

Yeah, we're pretty baffled too but also intrigued as once again, we're seeing some real creative advertising here. Too bad we're just hearing of it now but hopefully we'll learn a bit more soon enough. Oh and that video is one of three, so maybe the other two parts will shed some light on the matter.

Update: Yup, WP7App.de confirmed with us what we suspected: "That windows phone hotel was a PR event where you had to chase ghosts (ghostbusters-style) with an app on a Lumia." Pretty cool idea.

Big thanks to Heiko R., for the tip!

More →
0
0
0
0
3 years ago

Deal Alert: Sale continues on NAVIGON

8

A few weeks ago NAVIGON for Windows Phone was updated to version 4.1 which added the MyMaps feature to the navigation app. MyMaps allows you to download only the maps you need.  As opposed to downloading the full 1.6gb of maps.

After the update, NAVIGON dropped the price of their U.S. map version down from $49.99 to $29.99. The European version fell from 84.99€ to 59.99€. The sale ends on January 5, 2012 and if you've got some Christmas cash lying around (or a Microsoft Marketplace Gift Card) this is a great deal on a very good Windows Phone navigation app.

You can find the U.S. version of NAVIGON here and the European version of NAVIGON here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

     

Thanks, Tim, for the tip!

More →
0
0
0
0
3 years ago

Space Weather is now free...but only for a few more hours

6

We joked around about the Windows Phone app Space Weather a few months ago. We pointed out how it's a gorgeous, well written app that we (personally) had no use for--but we really wish we did, because it's so cool. For those who don't know what Space Weather is:

"Space weather is the concept of changing environmental conditions in near-Earth space or the space from the Sun's atmosphere to the Earth's atmosphere. Space weather affects our planet, our technology, and all living things in many different ways. Solar flares, geomagnetic storms, and solar radiation are a few ways space weather can wreak havoc on the earth. It can also create beautiful auroras can that be seen near the poles and sometimes much further."

Neat stuff and the app has had a few updates since we wrote about it back in August. Evidently, the app went on a temporary sale from $1.99 to free for Christmas and we just go word that sale is ending soon--like today/in a few hours. So we recommend you go get it now and add it to your Marketplace for safe keeping--once you lock in the free price, it's yours forever, so what's to lose?

In exchange for the developers giving it to you for free, they ask the simple: help spread the word! Leave them feedback/ratings in the Marketplace, Tweet and share it on Facebook, etc. Seems like a fair deal if you like the app, no?

Pick up Space Weather here in the Marketplace--but only for today! Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

More →
1
0
0
0
3 years ago

From the WPCentral Forums...

1
1

From the WPCentral Forums...

It's been a busy week in the WPCentral forums even with the holiday break. Our Members have had a lot of things to talk about including questions from all the new Windows Phone adopters that were lucky enough to get a new device for the holidays. We have 'Newbie questions' from oly666--he needs your help and advice so jump in that thread and lets help him see the light.

Forums member KingCrimson says 'Nokia Lumia sales are disastrous'. He also posted "Guys it time to admit, it's over for Windows Phone and Microsoft better just shut the division down" Our Forums Members  have brought up a lot of good points in this thread--do you have an opinion on this? Come join us in the discussion.

I think we can all agree that there are some things that Windows Phone could do to make the OS better. So lets toss around some ideas, shall we?  Forums member mkr10001 has started this thread: 'Things windows phone needs to improve on'. Also did you know we have an app for that? Get more information from Forums Moderator duvi in this thread: 'Microsoft's Suggestion Box for Windows Phone'.

I posted earlier in the week about some bugs members are having with the HTC Titan. As we approached the end of the 30 day trial-period for those who bought the Titan from AT&T for 1 cent, some have taken their Titans back--most are changing to the Samsung Focus S. Forums member Rocket_Girl is doing just that--is it a good idea? You can join the discussion and weigh in with your thoughts in this thread: 'Tried to save the relationship, but it was doomed...'

I had a personal tragedy this week--check out my nonsense in this thread: 'Soldier Down' In the end AT&T saved the day and my family holiday party. What's this all about? You'll have to read the thread...

Once you catch up on all that join us in our Applications Spotlight and Games Spotlight forums where you can help support our developers. Here are some of the great titles posted this week:

Applications Spotlight:

Games Spotlight:

Don't forget to get registered I want you to join the fun.

More →
0
0
0
0
3 years ago

Mobile Nations Monday Brief: December 26, 2011

3 years ago

Microsoft to disarm Xbox Live Avatars

19

One of the cool features of XBox Live on your Windows Phone is the ability to pull your avatar into the mix. We see it in the gaming hub and featured on Xbox Live games such as Shuffle Party and now games like PES 2012 will even award 'em for gameplay--obviously they're becoming more and more important on WP7.

One customization component of your avatar is the ability to purchase and add props. We've seen everything from a light saber to a limited-edition Windows Phone prop available for your avatar to tinker. According to various reports online, one prop class will be gone with the wind starting January 1, 2012.

According to a post over at the Epic Games Forums (Gears of War):

Heads up! Starting on Jan. 1, 2012, the Lancer and Hammerburst avatar items will no longer be available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace. If you’ve purchased the items prior to Jan. 1, you will be able to keep them. A new policy goes into effect for all gun-like avatar items on the Marketplace, so get them while they’re hot.

There are already restrictions on your avatar prohibiting violence that causes blood, gore, dismemberment, decapitation, maiming or mutilation as well as prohibitions on sexual acts, allowing the avatar to excrete obscene bodily fluids or substances and acts of aggressive or threatening manners. Reportedly,  Microsoft will be amending this policy to prohibit "gun-like" avatar items on the Marketplace as well.

Some of these props, due to licensing issues, won't transfer over to your Windows Phone and you may not be impacted by this new policy as a result. Still, it seems ridiculous that we can shoot up enemy troops, blast alien hordes, and have our avatar wield a light saber that can slice through flesh as it was butter but our avatars can't carry a toy gun? What do you folks think: good idea to appeal to the masses (with children) or is Microsoft trying too hard to be like Nintendo? We've already seen their green-blood and "adult content" policy take its toll--is Microsoft going too far?

source: g4tv

More →
0
0
0
0
3 years ago

Microsoft's Suggestion Box Windows Phone app

7

Microsoft has released an app for Windows Phone to complement the suggestion website that's up and running where visitors can submit and/or rate suggestions for the platform. Users are able to login with the website credentials (sign up should you not already have an account - can be achieved within the app), and are then able to contribute to the feedback queue while on the go.

Some highlighted features of the app include:

  • This app connects your Windows Phone to the Windows Phone Suggestion Box forum (http://windowsphone.uservoice.com)
  • Suggest new capabilities and features
  • Browse current suggestions (sortable by top ideas, hot ideas and new ideas)
  • Comment on submitted suggestions
  • Add up to three votes to suggestions

The Suggestion Box app can be downloaded from the Marketplace for free. 

More →
0
0
0
0
3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: Running Dude

1

Here's a challenging run, jump and shoot type game that will keep you on your toes. Running Dude is a retro styled game that has you running across a series of platforms to see how far you can make it before falling to your fate.

Running Dude is controlled by two buttons at the bottom sides of the screen. The right button controls your jump, the left controls your weapon. No need to worry about your running speed. It's automatic and set to fast.

More →
0
0
0
0
Show More Headlines

Pages