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3 years ago

Shake it, Make it: It's what's for dinner

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3 years ago

Supertube update in the pipeline, adding desktop sync

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Supertube is a popular Windows Phone app that is slated for an update. The YouTube client is moving to version 1.8 will add the ability to sync videos downloaded to your PC with your Windows Phone.

Supertube allows you to stream and download Youtube videos in HQ and HD over 3G and WiFi. The app lays everything out nicely taking full advantage of the Windows Phone Metro design. Pages include a Category page to filter video suggestions, Search page, Hot Videos page (from your categories), Subscriptions and Favorites pages (from your YouTube account) and a Download Page detailing all your downloads.

To sync videos downloaded to your PC, you will need to install a client program to your computer that is compatible with Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7. You can find the client program here along with installation/set-up documentation.

Additional features already in place with the current version of Supertube include:

  • YouTube Account support to view, edit subscriptions and favorites.
  • Nearby Video feature that will map out videos uploaded near your location.
  • Custom background. Hub History can be hidden or displayed.
  • Share videos through Facebook, Twitter, SMS and Email.
  • Multi-language support.

In giving the updated version of Supertube a short test drive, we found it to be a quality Windows Phone app for viewing and accessing YouTube. We'd easily rate it a 7.5 as a very good app for your Windows Phone.

The update has been submitted to the Marketplace for certification and should be distributed any day now.  In the meantime, if you haven't given Supertube a try, the YouTube app comes in two versions.

Supertube Lite is a free, ad-supported version and lacks the ability to download videos or sync with your PC.

Supertube is a paid, ad-free version that will run you $1.29 and has a free trial version. You can find the paid version of Supertube here and Supertube Lite here (both links opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Sea Ray not to be in attendance at Gamescom event

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Looks like the possibility of Nokia and Microsoft showing off a new Windows Phone at Gamescom is fading with the sunset. We first caught wind of a Nokia/Microsoft event scheduled for August 17, 2011 at Gamescom. With promises of exciting actions and surprises, we all hoped to see the Sea Ray in action.

The Seattle PI has reached out to Nokia and they clarified the event a little. Nick Eaton reporting writes,

"Nokia finally got back to me. Spokeswoman Marianne Holmlund said the event is a local business-to-businesses event organized by Nokia’s Germany arm. “The ‘save the date’ is misleading,” she wrote."

Nokia will be raffling off Windows Phones but you'll have to wait until they are available to claim your prize.  So while Mango is steaming right along, it appears Nokia is holding tight on the Q4 shipping projection. We'll still keep an eye on Gamescom just in case things change.

via: Liveside.net source: Seattle PI

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3 years ago

DC Comics gets updated

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DC Comics gets updated

DC Comics hit the Windows Phone Marketplace towards the latter part of June, received it's first update on July 2, 2011 and one month later has been updated yet again. With no change log posted, we can only assume the updates address the stability and download issues present with the comic book app.

DC Comics is still a fantastic looking application that delivers titles such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Green Lantern to your Windows Phone. You still have free and paid (about $1.99 an issue) comics you can download. As well as the ability to order print versions from the Windows Phone app.

But, based on the comments on our original post and over at the Marketplace DC Comics had a tendency to crash and deliver incomplete downloads. While the comics are impressive, receiving half a comic or having the app crash in mid-sentence is never a good thing.

We've downloaded to updated version (v1.2) to see if the stability and download issues are still around. If you're a regular patron of DC Comics, do you see a difference with the update?

DC Comics is a free app over at the Marketplace and you can download the updated version here (opens Zune).

Thanks goes out to Shipwreck for the tip!

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3 years ago

IS12T updated to RTM build, adds system info

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The Fujitsu-Toshiba IS12T handset, which is to be released this year in Japan, has been updated to RTM build (7720) of Windows Phone "Mango". Previously the device had been reporting 7716.WM7_Main as the OS and NA for name, model and carrier fields. If you glance at the photo above, you'll see "FujitsuToshibaMobileCommun IS12T" has populated the missing labels, with KDDI for carrier and "Windows Phone Mango RTM" for OS.

Source: Nanapho.jp, thanks tezawaly for the tip!

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3 years ago

gMaps hits v1.10 and gets real good

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gMaps hits v1.10 and gets real good

Speaking of Google apps, gMaps (free) and gMaps Pro ($1.99) are fairly popular unofficial Google Maps applications that have been around for awhile. Version 1.10 just hit the Marketplace and as with each version, it keeps getting better and better--so good in fact, we're ready to give it a big thumbs up.

The latest version gets some theme support (uses your accent color), zoom buttons, geo-location info for any object and a few other tidying up features.

We like it for the alternate view to Bing maps, the traffic info (including "follow me" for tracking) and the layers for viewing (street, hybrid, physical, water-overlay, satellite). The ability to "screen shot" the map to send to others is pretty smart and if you're in the city like us, the public transport layer is quite handy for finding that subway.

So if you're looking for one of the best non-official Google Maps out there, here you go. Free version is here in the Marketplace and the $1.99 ad-free version is here.

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3 years ago

Does Google+ for Windows Phone actually exist? [Photo]

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We're going to put this under rumor for now, though certainly plausible.

Kevin Marshall for Clarity Consulting, a group very familiar with Windows Phone (hint: the Facebook app), has posted an image via his Twitter account showing what looks like a Google+ app for Windows Phone. The hashtag is #wp7, the phone is an HTC Trophy and it clearly says Google+.

Of course with no other info, it's hard to tell if it's real or not--after all, it's not hard to put an image on the phone and call it an app. Still, Marshall doesn't seem the type to fib on the internet either. So...interesting.

Source: Twitter (@ksmarshall); via Mobility Digest

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3 years ago

Fujitsu IS12T features earthquake early warning system

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File this under: cool feature

Turns out a lot of phones in Japan have an earthquake early warning system built in, giving notice to the user via an alert before an earthquake which may just give the user enough time to find that door frame for safety.

Luckily, the Toshiba-Fujitsu IS12T is no different as it features the app/system built into the phone. Tezawaly from NanaPho lets us know that it works too:

"On August 1st, 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Shizuoka Japan. The warning arrived on IS12T a few seconds before the earthquake hit. It has two button "save" and "close". You can save it as a SMS clicking on the save button."

Now that's a smartphone if you ask us and we're glad those in Japan can have this potential life-saving tool built into that Windows Phone, exclusively for KDDI.

Source: NanaPho

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3 years ago

Official WPCentral App hits v1.3, available now

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Hey look at that! Our beta wrapped up a few days ago and v1.3 is now live in the Marketplace for your pleasure. Seeing as we had about 50 beta testers this time around, we're confident that just about every little bug and user-issues were addressed.

Of course we still have loads of work to do, including comment support which is the sole focus in v1.4. And we've already started toying with advanced Mango features, like playing the podcast in the background and quick resume for multitasking.

Full change-log is after the break, in the meantime grab the app here in the Marketplace and like always, hit us with your feedback! Don't forget, give a big thanks to our developer & podcast co-host, Jay Bennett (@jaytbennett; site) and our own Richard Edmonds for the updated graphics.

And just like before, the app comes in two varieties: Free (ad-supported, limited features) or paid ($0.99). To get the free version, just download and use the Trial--that's the free version and doesn't expire.

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3 years ago

WPCentral Podcast 120

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WPCentral Podcast 120


Another week, another podcast. This week Dan and Jay actually recorded live, for what we intend to be a weekly feature. You can join us Mondays at 2PM EST for our live broadcast and chat--either listen here, through UStream or via the UStream client for Windows Phone (Channel = WPCentral Pocast LIVE!).

This week we pound through all the Mango news, software updates and that Toshiba device, plus answer some of your questions along the way. Show notes after the break. Listen in now!

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3 years ago

Brandon Foy lands at Microsoft

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Brandon Foy lands at Microsoft

Here's a feel good story involving Microsoft, Windows Phones, and an energetic, creative developer. Remember Brandon Foy? The young man who created the Windows Phone ad concept that took center stage at Mix 2011.

Microsoft challenged everyone that if Brandon's video hit 200K views they would turn it into a national ad. Unfortunately, the video fell short of the 200K mark but it appears Microsoft wasn't done with Brandon.

According to a tweet by Brandon (you can follow him @brandonfoy), today was his first day as a UX Designer for Microsoft.  We are sure this is a start to a successful career and would like to extend our congratulations out to Brandon!

via: Liveside.net

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3 years ago

Microsoft makes changes to geolocation service

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Microsoft has recently made changes to its geographic location service, which we reported on not so long ago as having a lack of safeguards and a privacy flaw. Elie Bursztein, a researcher at Stanford University, created a web page that allowed visitors to search the database at Live.com for locations using device MAC addresses.

Reid Kuhn, a Partner Group Program Manager on the Windows Phone engineering team, made the announcement today over at Technet and stated that while it was not possible to track a roaming mobile phone or laptop using its MAC address, they aware of the fine line Microsoft was treading on with regards to privacy issues surrounding geolocation.

"Microsoft's privacy and security team has been in contact with Elie and we will continue the ongoing dialog with experts in the privacy field to improve our service offerings. We thank Elie and his team for working with us on this issue."

Kudos to Microsoft in taking measures to address the issue head on.

Source: Microsoft, via: WinRumors

Microsoft's privacy and security team has been in contact with Elie and we will continue the ongoing dialog with experts in the privacy field to improve our service offerings.  We thank Elie and his team for working with us on this issue.
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3 years ago

Quask - Short Take

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Quask - Short Take

We present to you Quask from Skyboost. Quask is a question-answer app for your Windows Phone that responds to questions that are entered via the keyboard or submitted by voice. Quask will then try to answer your question audibly.

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3 years ago

Voice Memos Lite - App Spotlight

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Dhivehisoft is offering Voice Memos Lite over at the Windows Phone Marketplace. Voice Memos Lite offers simple design to record memos and takes advantage of the Metro Design to manage your recordings.

The Main pages offer a single button record page, a page to display your recent memos, and your settings menu. From the Recent Memo Page you can select to "view all" and you will be sent to category pages for your voice memos. Settings include setting up either a Audioboo or Soundcloud account (for sharing files), setting up PC Sync, and establishing default file names (as well as how files are handled).

To record a memo, just tap on the large "record" button on the main page of Voice Memos Lite. You have the option to edit the details of the file or you can edit things later from the file view screen. You can edit the voice file's title, category (four choices; notes, meeting, shopping, and other), description, as well as adding a picture.

It would be nice to see customizable categories and a search feature with the productivity app. The developer does mention that there are plans to release a paid version of Voice Memos Lite that will have more features. Maybe these two will be part of the mix.

Regardless, Voice Memos Lite comes across as a simple, yet effective voice memo app for your Windows Phone. Voice Memos Lite is a free, ad-free app and you can download it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

First Mango device from Nokia to "officially" appear on August 17th?

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This is very exciting news (if you're like me where you simply can't wait to have a potential uni-body Windows Phone handset) surrounding Gamescon, which is to be held at Cologne, Germany this month. It seems Nokia has some exciting news with actions and surprises that will make the 17th of August an evening to remember. Notice the new post-Mango Windows Phone logo?

Could this well be the unveiling of the earlier prototype "Sea Ray" handset? Whatever doubt you may still have floating within that mind of yours, take a gander at the raffle prizes in the bottom-left box. Three winners will receive a 250GB Xbox 360 console (with Kinect) and a Nokia Windows Phone (as soon as available - can't be long surely?).

Will we be seeing a possible pre-release announcement of the final product within three weeks time? Let's hope so. We'll of course keep you all posted with any updates regarding this event.

Source: Unwired, via: WPSauce

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