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3 years ago

Executive Caddie is now available for free over Christmas

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Enjoy golf? Own a Windows Phone? Fancy saving $30 on a top golf app available on the platform? Executive Caddie, winner of the Windows Phone App Challenge, has had its price slashed to $0 and is within reach for anyone on a tight budget after the present purchasing spree. The 20 year old golf analysis software is a golfer's best friend when aiming for the hole-in-one. 

The Windows Phone app sports a highly accurate golf course database, on-course GPS and scorecard functionality (for up to four golfers). The GPS assistance boasts some impressive features:

  • Easily see distance to front, back, and center of the green.
  • Easily see layup distance to the 100, 150, and 200.
  • Aerial Map View showing the entire course layout.
  • Map View fairway markers and rings for the 100, 150, and 200.
  • Waypoints/markers for front, back, center, layups, bunkers, hazards, etc.
  • Zoom to your current position, the green, or the fairway.

You can download Executive Caddie from the Marketplace for absolutely nothing over the festive holiday (normally $30).

 

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3 years ago

Mystery Windows Phone: Nokia Lumia 800 or something else?

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We have a little discussion going on amongst the WPCentral writers concerning the Windows Phone used in Microsoft's Hotmail advertisement.  At first we thought it could be the HTC Titan until we noticed the Nokia apps (Drive, Maps, and Music).

We now have two schools of thought. One side of the coin has this being the Nokia Lumia 800 and the actress has small hands (hobbit hands was the description actually used). The mystery device appears to share the 800's buttons and silver strip on the back.

The other side of the coin calls for this to be a new Nokia, maybe the Lumia 900? Should the actress have average hands, the screen appears to be much larger than the Lumia 800 and the backing seems more gray than black.

So, what do you guys and gals think? Lumia 800, 900 or something else?

source: Windows Live UK Thanks goes out to Dan (the other one) for the tip!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone beats Android and is top rated at Amazon

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Nothing beats more feel good stories for Windows Phone as we countdown to the big day (should you celebrate Christmas of course). We've witnessed the Nokia Lumia 800 taking top spots around the globe in terms of orders/sales. Now it's Amazon's turn with three Windows Phones taking the top three positions (beating multiple Android handsets) on the top rated, contract-bound mobile phones list. We have the HTC Titan, Samsung Focus S (4G), and the HTC Trophy. Take that Google.

Source: Amazon, thanks kooksta for the tip!

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3 years ago

Dell Venue Pro on offer from $.99 on T-Mobile or $299 unlocked

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The Venue Pro, Dell's poor first generation Windows Phone, has found itself in trouble being plagued by issues (as well as lagging behind OS updates), been at the front of some good deals, and is tagged as Dell's only contribution to the platform for the foreseeable future. Should you be after the handset which sports a 4.1" AMOLED display, 1Ghz processor, 5MP camera, and a vertical slide-out QWERTY keyboard, you can pick one up for $299 unlocked. If contracts are more your scene, T-Mobile is offering the Venue Pro on a two-year plan for just $.99, not bad. 

While it's a solid deal for a Windows Phone that runs Mango smoothly, do note that there's no tethering and the compass is out of service. Be sure to check out our review for more information, and head on over to the source below to take advantage of the deals.

Source: Dell, thanks Kyle for the heads up!

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3 years ago

LG Fantasy leaked on XDA Developers

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LG Fantasy leaked on XDA Developers

The LG Fantasy (the LS831, which passed through FCC earlier this year?) has been spotted on the XDA Developers forum. untitledmangxg has got his paws on the upcoming Windows Phone, and has published some photos to back up his claims (see above). While he hasn't provided any detail surrounding the specifications of the device, untitledmangxg does note that it sports a very nice 4" IPS display and is powered by Mango.

We've reached out to untitledmangxg for more information. It doesn't look half bad for a second generation device. What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments.

Source: XDA Developers Forum, thanks chaitanya91845 for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Something's amiss about Twitter...

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Something's amiss about Twitter...

Consider this a public announcement fellow Windows Phone users, you might notice some strange behaviour in several of your favourite Twitter-enabled apps, ours included.

We kept an eye on this story yesterday when we were alerted by Chris Field (the mind behind MehDoh) that he was spotting errors being returned by the Hammock library (a popular .NET library used for accessing RESTful web services). Specifically, it appears that Twitter have changed their API slightly, or introduced a small bug, which is causing errors when users try and log in to Twitter within third party apps.

The issue is not affecting everyone. In fact I can authorise all my Twitter apps and use all tweeting, replying and retweeting functionality, however I've also seen users of our v2.0 app beta sending me bug reports that are caused by this issue. If it happens to you, try again, it might authorise second time around.

Jump past the break if you want to know more...

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3 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: easyHeartRate

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We all know that our Windows Phones have tremendous capabilities but did you know that there's an app out there that turns your Windows Phone into a heart rate monitor? easyHeartRate is a Windows Phone app that uses your camera to measure your heart rate. easyHeartRate not only gives you a decent heart rate reading but you also have the ability to record and monitor your heart rate history, and calculate the various heart rate zones.

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3 years ago

The Lumia 800 guide on What Not To Do

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Most people like starting things off on a positive note, but I’m of the belief that you should get the horrid stuff out of the way first, and go uphill from there.

Since I got my Windows Phone 7 I have taken it upon myself to bring as many people as I can over to our side. You can think of me as one of the Microsoft WP7 Evangelists – but without the, you know, money. So I was rather pleased when I found out a family member was getting the Nokia Lumia 800. Nokia took their sweet time to finally get a phone to market so it could only be assumed that it would be a really rockin’ device, right?

After playing with the phone I immediately realized that was only half true.  As a developer I pride myself in knowing that I have developed great stuff. It isn’t perfect (else I would be Popcap),  but I avoid the obvious pitfalls as much as I can, and for the most part, do lots of QA before publishing.  Sadly, it looks like Nokia (and Microsoft), who must have approved it all, didn’t focus too much on the software side. Here’s why…

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3 years ago

WPCentral new writers: RogueCode and Rafael Rivera

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Howdy folks, as we prepare to head into 2012, WPCentral is going full speed ahead with continued changes and expansion. Recently you may have noticed our side bar (to the right) got a minimalist make-over, stripping it down to the basics as well as adding new functions (e.g. latest forum posts). That should help with load times as well as make the site cleaner and less cluttered. We've also added a 'Developers' category a the top-bar, which will just show dev related stories.

That leads us to our two new contributors to the site:

  • 'Roguecode/RogueMat' - A Windows Phone developer by trade, he's been responsible for such apps as Ffffound, Tweet this Song, Metro Wall and Relaxify. He also has a few things to say which is why he'll be occasionally writing some posts for us from a developer's perspective. In addition, he'll be helping out in our forums, specifically the Dev section. Follow Matt on Twitter @roguecode and check is swanky website here.
  • Rafael Rivera - Does he need an introduction? He's one-third of the ChevronWP7 Labs team (Long Zheng and Chris Walsh being his partners in crime). He's also quite versed in all-things Microsoft, often tearing and breaking down apps to find how they work. Heck, even co-wrote a book. He's also not shy about leveling criticism where he thinks it is due--which is why he'll probably yell at us for posting this ;-) Having already written a few stories for us, Rafael will be concentrating primarily on security and privacy in relation to Windows Phone, but in reality he can write on whatever he feels. Have questions about an app? Wonder how something works? Ask him and he'll probably get cracking on it. Find him on Twitter @withinrafael, read up on his thoughts at his site WithinWindows and check his about page to learn more.

So please give them both a warm welcome. This is all part of our continued effort to bring you the latest, informed news as well as original content to help you better understand Windows Phone and perhaps maybe gain some new insight. Don't forget, in a few weeks version 2.0 of our app will be ringing in the new year too in addition to some more changes!

-the WPCentral Team

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3 years ago

Reddit users, your Baconit is here

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Reddit users, your Baconit is here

We've mentioned in the past that Reddit (site link) is our favorite learning tool time waster and we've always enjoyed having a mobile-Reddit option. The web site is a massive collection of user-submitted stories, pictures and news where "Redditors" can up-vote or down-vote what they like. Going deeper, there are s sub-reddits for specific topics. It's a hilarious, often witty community where we often do learn a few things (as well as being entertained--hello F7U12)

Unfortunately, some of the past apps have not gone "Mango", which is a shame as fast-app switching, Live Tiles, notifications, etc. all seem very useful things for such a website. Now Quinn Damerell has made a dedicated, Mango app called 'Baconit' (the title itself is a bit of an inside joke). In development for sometime, Damerell has made quite the killer Reddit app in our opinion. No doubt he learned a thing or two interning at Microsoft last year (we hear he's also returning to join the Windows Phone team--big congrats!).

We've been running the beta for awhile now and the full version just went live in the Marketplace. The app is free, which is amazing for such quality and features everything you would want in a mobile Reddit app:

  • Full Mango Support   
  • Message Inbox with background updates
  • Unread Message / Karma Live Tile
  • Pinning of SubReddits and stories [Bug: fix coming in v1.4]
  • Endlesss SubReddit browsing
  • Fast App Switching / Multitasking
  • Local caching of all data
  • Easy voting for stories and comments
  • Logical browsing and reading of comments
  • Commenting support for stories and other comments
  • Account control and details

Like we said, it's free so if you're a Reddit user there's not reason not to use it--it's simply gorgeous and fluid, the way app should be. Pick it up here in the Marketplace and enjoy. [Edit: App appears to be US-only at this point. We've contaced the developer to inquire about future Marketplace expansion]

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3 years ago

Xbox Live: MiniSquadron control bug discovered, plus an easy workaround

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Since its announcement, we at WPCentral have been eagerly anticipating the release of MiniSquadron on Xbox Live. Imagine my disappointment then when I booted the game up on Wednesday only to discover that the virtual stick simply did not work. As a result, I couldn’t steer the plane or do much of anything besides get an Achievement for bouncing into the walls. A quick check of the comments section on Wednesday’s announcement article and other gaming forums reveals the problem is fairly widespread, though it doesn’t affect everyone.

Thankfully there is a fix for MiniSquadron’s control problem. If your game’s virtual stick isn’t working, simply restart your phone. The next time you boot up the game, the controls should be fixed. You’re then set to enjoy some 2D aerial combat!

Fat Pebble, the developer responsible for the Windows Phone port of MiniSquadron, is aware of the control bug. They have promised to fix it as soon as possible. While the inconvenience of the bug seems like a total downer, it’s actually a boon for gamers. You see, MiniSquadron was developed prior to the Windows Phone Mango update and therefore doesn’t support Fast App Switching. Now that the devs have to update the game to fix the bug, it will be easy for them to throw in Fast App Switching at the same time. Let’s just hope Microsoft allows the update to pass quickly (as they seldom do).

In the meantime, don’t let the presence of a little bug keep you from buying MiniSquadron. The workaround is a very minor inconvenience in the grand scheme of things.  MiniSquadron costs $2.99 and there is a free trial. Touch down here on the Marketplace to get it.

Update: MiniSquadron may not receive an update to fix the control bug and its broken Achievement after all. We'll post again if things change.

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3 years ago

Trine's Hangman updated and going on sale

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Gydar Industries is at it again. They have released another update to the popular Windows Phone game Trine's Hangman and will also be offering it at half price for the Holidays. Version 1.14 adds more words into the mix, fixes a few bugs, and adds two Christmas themed wallpapers to the game.

The half off sale will drop the price of Trines Hangman Pro from $1.99 to $.99. The Holiday sale will run from December 25, 2011 to January 1, 2012. You still have Trine's Hangman available which is a free, ad-supported version but at $.99, the Pro version is a real steal of a deal.

For those not familiar with Trine's Hangman, it is a hangman game for your Windows Phone that has you playing against a global online community of thousands for leaderboard braggin' rights. The game can be personalized with wallpapers and the music can be saved as a custom ringtone for your Windows Phone. There's even an online braggin' rights page you can share via email, Facebook, Twitter or SMS message (here's mine).

If you haven't tried Trine's Hangman now is your chance to take advantage of a great offer on the ad-free version. You can find Trine's Hangman Pro here (remember starting Dec. 25th it's half off) at the Windows Phone Marketplace and Trine's Hangman (the ad supported version) here.  Trine's is a mango app so you'll need to be running Windows Phone 7.5.

     

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3 years ago

Ring Ball Christmas Edition hits the Marketplace

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There are a handful of Holiday themed games hitting the Windows Marketplace and you can add Ring Ball to the growing list.

Ring Ball is a simple game where you have a ball that changes colors that you use to collect matching colored rings. Ring Ball makes use of your Windows Phone accelerometer and you roll the ball around the screen by tilting your Windows Phone this way and that.  You collect rings of matching color to earn points, while avoiding non-matching colored rings.

Once you collect a ring, the color of the ball changes. Should you make contact with a non-matching color ring, you lose one of your three lives. There are bonus items that pop up from time to time such as the psychedelic rainbow that allows you to collect any ring, regardless of the color.

In tinkering with Ring Ball it comes across as an entertaining game that will test your skills of balance. My only nit after spending a short time with the game is that the ball movement seemed a little sluggish.  Unfortunately, there isn't any settings to adjust the accelerometer's sensitivity.

There is a free trial available with the full version of Ring Ball running $.99. You can grab it here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Microsoft releases WPDev Feedback app [Developers]

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Here's a very cool thing that Microsoft has done (and probably should have done awhile ago)--an app designed for the sole purpose of getting user-submitted feedback on things they want for the platform.:

The WPDev Feedback app allows you to provide feedback and make your voice heard to the teams building the Windows Phone application platform. Suggestions provided via the WPDev UserVoice forum and this app will be reviewed and read by the Windows Phone application platform team, providing feedback to help with planning ideas and to better understand how developers are using the WP development platform, and all suggestions will be considered.
Key Features:

  • This tool connects your Windows Phone to the WPDev UserVoice forum (http://wpdev.uservoice.com)
  • Suggest new application platform capabilities and features
  • Browse current suggestions (sortable by top ideas, hot ideas, new ideas, and your ideas)
  • Comment on submitted suggestions
  • Add up to three votes to suggestions

Note that this isn't for consumers but developers who have specific things they want or need to make great apps for Windows Phone. Going further, comments are moderated so don't think of trying to spam them for requests either. Having said that we think this is an invaluable tool for devs and a great idea by Microsoft to continue their great interaction with the community. Pick it up here in the Marketplace or click to enlarge the QR code below.

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3 years ago

Microsoft Research releases Face Mask

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Microsoft Research releases Face Mask

Just a couple days after releasing Face Swap, Microsoft Research is at it again with Face Mask.  Where Face Swap used facial recognition to let you move mugs between bodies, this new app adds humorous features people's faces.  Choose between 20 different masks, rotate or resize them, then make your friends look ridiculous.  Face Mask can identify multiple faces in a snapshot and can randomize masks between them simply by shaking your phone.  Pictures can be saved to the People Hub, as well as shared via Facebook, Twitter and Sina Weibo.

Like its sister app, Face Swap, Face Mask is free.  You can get it here.  Also, if you enjoy this app, check out Funny Faces too. Thanks for the tip, Shadi!

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