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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 survives multiple drops and screen damage test

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We previously covered the accidental dropping of a Nokia Lumia 800 by a one year-old, yes a one year-old. Now we can take a look at multiple drops to test the strength of not only the shell of the device, but the Corning Gorilla Glass too (see previous screen scratch resistant test). Scratching and scraping is also carried out on the toughened screen, but leave no visible marks.

Please note WPCentral does not recommend that you have your Lumia 800 dropped numerous times, by numerous people.

Source: YouTube (singtel)

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3 years ago

Wordfeud coming to Windows Phone

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Wordfeud coming to Windows Phone

Wordfeud (Wordfeud.com), a cross-platform multiplayer word game, is coming to Windows Phone, according to an email sent from a member of the team. The game allows players to go up against other players at a personal pace. Multiple games can be played (as illustrated in the above screenshot) and multiple dictionaries are supported (English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish).

Snippet of the email response that was sent to WordFeudPro from the Wordfeud team a month ago:

"At this point we do not have any plans for a BlackBerry version of Wordfeud. This May change in the future though. However, we have started working on Windows Phone 7 version yesterday."

Good news for those who are fans of the game, be sure to keep an eye on the development blog for any articles or announcements relating to the Windows Phone app that may be published there.

Source: WordFeudPro (Translate), thanks Lobbie1978 for the tip!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: Sleep Bug

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Windows Phone App Review: Sleep Bug

Sleep Bug is a Windows Phone health/fitness app that produces ambient scene music to help you relax and doze off to sleep. There are two versions available, Sleep Bug (free) and Sleep Bug Pro ($1.99). For the most part, both versions are essentially identical but Sleep Bug Pro has seven additional sound scenes or themes and Sleep Bug has only nine sound scenes and is ad supported.

The nine scenes that are available across the board include Beach, Music Box, River, Jungle, Weather, Horror, City, and Sci-Fi. Sleep Bug Pro adds Zen Garden, Forest, Train, Dreams, Outback, Airport and Underwater to the mix. Still not sure where Horror comes into play to help you relax and sleep.

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3 years ago

10 Windows Phone apps play "Jingle Bells" [Video]

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Should you be looking for some creative festive fun, then look no further. The above video, directed and produced by "WPMom", features 10 applications and a little girl performing "Jingle Bells". The apps used in the video can be found below (in order of appearance):

  • Xmas Tambourine
  • Sleigh
  • Sleigh Bells Ring
  • Toy Xylophone
  • Christmas Lyrics
  • Christmas Bells Free
  • Holiday Musicbox
  • Happy Xmas Game
  • Holidays Slurpy
  • Tiny Christmas Tree

Anything to get everyone in the Christmas spirit!

Source: YouTube (WindowsPhoneParent), via: WPSauce

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 tops o2 Germany best selling list

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The Nokia Lumia 800 seems to be selling relatively well, probably thanks to the sheer size of the marketing campaign that the Finnish handset manufacturer has embarked on across Europe, and soon the U.S. Websites such as Expansys in Australia have the Lumia 800 ranking #1 in top seller lists. The handset is also packing a punch in Germany (on o2 of all carriers), beating the Samsung Galaxy S II, Nexus, and more.

Nokia were previously setting up blocks of ice that contained a Lumia 800, which made it possible for viewers to watch as the public attempted to smash through the element and get their paws on the Windows Phone. It's good to see the German public are actually purchasing the device as well as wandering around with a pickaxe.

Source: o2, thanks Dirk for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Buzzwords bringing word-finding fun and lots of honey to Windows Phone

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In WPCentral’s review of indie puzzler Pirate’s Mind, I praised the game’s polish and professional-quality graphics. We learned soon after that M80 Games had a follow-up game in development. The wait will soon be over, as Buzzwords will soon reach the marketplace.

Buzzwords is a puzzle game that draws clear inspiration from the original Bookworm. In both games, you try to spell as many words as possible from a field of letters. Buzzwords adds several unique touches to the formula, such as a cool combo system. After spelling a word, you’re given a brief time to build another word off of the previous one, increasing your combo multiplier. You’ll also have to watch out for beetles; if they reach your honey pot at the bottom of the screen, it’s game over. Stars earned from gameplay can be spent on game modifiers, enhancing replay value.

After playing a near-final version of the game, I’m highly impressed with it. The word-hunting gameplay is fun and easy to learn. It's also well-suited to play on the go or at home thanks to the availability of both a 3-minute game mode and a Marathon mode. Graphically, Buzzwords looks just as great as Pirate’s Mind thanks to some sharp art and visual effects. Catchy music, robust stat tracking, and online leaderboards round out the package.

Buzzwords should launch by the end of the year for 99 cents. It requires the Mango update.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 top selling phone at Expansys AU

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In what has to be a great sign for Nokia (and Windows Phone), the Lumia 800 is the top selling phone at the Australian site in the last week.  And the popular Windows Phone has some stiff competition to boot, beating out the Amazon Kindle Fire, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the iPad 2. The black, 16GB version is selling for a very reasonable $578, which is helping sales.

While reports of the Lumia 800 selling well have been coming in, they're mostly anecdotal. This information from Expansys seems to be the first, really solid evidence from a reseller that Nokia's marketing efforts are paying off and resonating with the public.

Still, the UK version of the site has the Lumia 800 at #7, which isn't too bad but obviously it can stand to gain some ground.

Source: Expansys AU; Thanks, rxsoob, for the tip!

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3 years ago

From the WPCentral Forums

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From the WPCentral Forums

Bust...Busy...Busy the forums are going crazy with everything from Tokens for the ChevronWP7 Labs unlocker to lots of new apps in our Spotlight forums. Let's talk about tokens first you can join the discussion in this thread: Tokens are available! Now that you have the necessary information to get your device unlocked it's time stop in at out Custom Windows Phone Themes forum and pick up a couple of themes. This Clear Blue theme looks really sweet I also like this Red Velvet Tile Theme so stop in and pick your favorite.

We have some good beta tests going on in our Developers Beta Testing forums, Do you feel like testing some apps what better way to help Windows Phone grow. Here are a couple of examples of beta testes that you can join:

Judge_Daniel needs your help he has broken his phone lets help him make the rite decision shale we. You can help him out in this thread; The Worst Possible Thing Happened. :P

If that's not enough to get you into the WPC Forums maybe our Applications Spotlight and Games Spotlight forums will entice you. Here are a few of the great titles posted this week:

Applications Spotlight

Games Spotlight

Just remember to get registered. I want you to join the fun.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Summary of the Week: December 12-18, 2011

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Welcome to another Windows Phone weekly recap! Kicking us off is Dave Blake from the WPCentral forum with some updates. Two new forums have been added, Custom Themes and Beta Testing will both open up new discussions to be held between developers and consumers. We've got episode 133 of the WPCentral podcast up and ready for your viewing.

We're also running a contest for wallpaper designs to be made for Windows Phones. The winning reader will receive a brand new Samsung Focus S, be sure to get your entry in now as the closing date is December 22nd. Head on past the break for the full summary.

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3 years ago

WeatherMaster gets bumped to v2.0

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WeatherMaster gets bumped to v2.0

WeatherMaster is a simple, yet detailed weather app for your Windows Phone. When we first took a look at WeatherMaster we found it to be a very nice weather app choice for your Windows Phone.  WeatherMaster was recently updated to version 2.0 to bring mango features into the mix.

Some of the key features to the update include:

  • You can add new cities/locations (unlimited) or use your current position (GPS) as well
  • Seven day forecast with detailed view and temperature chart
  • US and Metric units are supported (Fahrenheit/Celsius, mile/km)
  • Mango Live Tile support with current weather condition and two days forecast info for selected city / current location
  • Pin as many Live Tiles (with city weather) as you want
  • Weather Map with Weather/Cloud/US Radar layers to check out nearby locations quickly
  • Supports Dark/Light mode and Tile icon uses your Accent color as background to integrate perfectly
  • Intelligent caching of weather data to avoid unnecessary data transfer

You still can't animate the radar layer on the weather map view (maybe in the next update) but it's nice to be able to add locations to your city list from the map view.  There is a free, two-week trial version available that is fully functional. The full version of WeatherMaster is running $1.99 and you can find it here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Nextgen+ ROM hits version 2.0 for the HD7

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If you fancy yourself a custom ROM, you may want to take a peek at the latest version of Nextgen+ which just received a nice little makeover. We covered the previous release here, noting that it offered some very interesting additions, including a stripped down core and new color emoticons for things like messaging and system icons. Version 2.0 looks to go even further and is now available in 'lite' or 'full':

  • Windows Phone 7.5 (Build 7740.16)
  • MultiLanguage (in Full Version)
  • High Speed
  • Full-Unlocked
  • Installing *.xap from IE
  • The easy, optimized and modified ROM
  • New exclusive iconpack
  • OEM apps, Wallpapers, ringtones, sounds from Nokia Lumia 710 / 800
  • Internet Sharing
  • Visual Studio Debugging
  • Colored Themes
  • New, great wallpapers, pictures, sounds
  • Some minor reg Tweaks
  • OEM apps from HTC Omega / Eternity

Not a bad set of features, in fact we may have to fire up our HD7 and throw this on there to see how it performs. Plus you can expect some excellent battery life and the usual speed improvements, which is great for that Gen1 hardware.

Source: XDA Forums; Thanks, volpi3000, for the link!

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3 years ago

Another Windows Phone wallpaper site pops up

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We're certainly not having a shortage of wallpaper sites these days and this morning, we have another. This one comes from reader Criss and while the selection isn't massive, they are unique and minimalist, featuring the Windows Phone logo and a variety of colors. We're actually digging some of these, especially the variety of colors to match your preferred accent. [Edit: Heads up, if you keep scrolling down, you might see some scantaliy clad ladies]

It certainly wouldn't hurt to browse over there on your phone and take a gander: http://wpwalls.wordpress.com/

And don't forget if you're into making wallpaper, we're having a neat-ol little contest here where you can win a brand-new Samsung Focus S. We already have some amazing entries here in our forum but maybe yours will be the winner? Runner-ups will also get featured here on the site and within version 2.0 of our official app, so crack open that Photoshop on this idyllic Sunday and go for it!

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3 years ago

Mugen Power selling 1950mAh extended battery for HTC Titan

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Love your Titan? Use it so much that you're killing the battery prematurely? We actually doubt there are many of you who are doing that as the Titan gets excellent battery life, but hypothetically speaking, lets say you wanted a bigger battery for your monster device. Mugen Power is now selling a slim-extended 1950mAh at a reasonable price.

Slim-extended means no new cover--this will take simply replace your existing battery and presumably add a bit of weight. At 1950mAh, you're getting about 18% more battery than the standard 1600mAh that comes with the Titan and Mugen claims it will last 1.22 as long. The battery is fetching for a reasonable $44.95 and you can save $3 with the coupon 'FACEBOOKSPECIAL'--that's the good news. The bad news is that it is currently out of stock and won't ship till after the 30th--so if you order now, don't expect it till the new year.

Now Mugen batteries, especially when they're "the same but bigger" are always a bit controversial with folks, which we understand. So we ordered one for ourselves and will put it through the tests after the new year to see if it really delivers. Sound good? In the meantime, you can ponder if you need it or not.

Source: Mugen Power

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3 years ago

eBuddy XMS for Windows Phone beta now live

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We previously touched on eBuddy earlier this year when we noticed a job posting for a Windows Phone app, now Mi Móvil Windows has cooked up an article briefly covering the eBuddy XMS beta for Windows Phone, which was made available to selected users yesterday. They note that while the app lacks features sported in other messaging apps that are already available on the platform, it does have an attractive UI.

Some features highlighted in the version 0.9 beta:

  • Ability to add contacts by scanning the handset address book, Facebook contacts, directly with PIN or eBuddy
  • Allows you to copy and delete entire conversation threads
  • Push Notifications of received messages
  • Displays the contact's online status
  • Displays information about the delivery status of a message
  • Phone Compatible with Windows 7.5 and higher Mango
  • Languages ​​available: English, Dutch and Russian

Limitations to take note of:

  • Does not allow to send or receive images
  • Does not display emotions sent from other platforms
  • Only allows text chat

Keep an eye out on this space should you be looking forward to eBuddy making an appearance.

Source: Mi Móvil Windows (translate)

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