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3 years ago

Android is stealing our Metro mojo

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Android is stealing our Metro mojo

As if the iPhone-WP7 launcher wasn't enough, someone has gone and created a pretty thorough Metro launcher for Android called 'Launcher7'.

Featuring tiles, customization and the normal shoddy icons, the app is actually pretty good for Android (so far, they've had less than stellar WP7 "clones"). Anyways, watch the video above from our sister-site Android Central to get an idea. Hey, imitation is flattery and lets be honest, Android never looked so good.

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3 years ago

Accumulus develops credit card payment application for WP7

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Businesses are constantly trying to capitalize on the ever-increasing number of smartphone users out there.  We've seen Acculynk bring PaySecure debit processing system to phones, Starbucks accepting payments via apps, and Jack Dorsey (co-founder of Twitter) launch credit card-reading platform Square.  Now, billing subscription management company Accumulus has developed their own credit card payment application for Windows Phone 7.

Using a direct connection to Authorize.net, Accumulus's product can charge, refund and view credit card history right from any WP7 device.  Its versatility allows businesses to conduct transactions from the tradeshows and showroom floors alike.

Check out the video...head to the 2 minute mark to see the WP app in action.

Source: WinExtra

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3 years ago

A little hands-on time with the Terrestar Genus

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Back before Windows Phone 7 hit the market, one of the interesting developments for Windows Mobile was the Terrestar satellite phones. The sat phone was designed to be a hybrid, utilizing conventional, earthly bound, wireless networks but when no such network was available, the phone could tap into a an orbiting satellite to make calls.

A key feature of the Terrestar Satellite Phone, the Genus, was its size. Most sat phones were bulky with a big fold-away antenna. The Genus was compact, not much larger than the Treo Pro and lacked that big, bulky antenna.

The New York Times was able to spend some hands-on time with the Genus and found it to be a series of compromises. While it lacked the fold-away antenna, if you held the phone a certain way you would block the signal. You would also have to make sure the Genus was oriented towards the Terrastar satellite and you needed to use the ear facing the satellite or your head would block the signal.

Then you have the lag times with it taking up to two minutes for the Genus to initialize and connect to the satellite. You also have pauses between you speaking and the listener hearing what you’ve said. With all the performance issues, the $1,070 price tag (optional external antenna runs $300) one has to wonder why bother.

I guess if you frequently travel out into the great beyond and loose all your wireless reception, having to wait a few minutes to make a call via satellite might be a compromise worth making.

The Terrestar Genus is being offered over at AT&T and will run $1,070 ($800 for AT&T’s Small Business and Government customers). The Genus isn’t available through AT&T Retail and for more information you’ll need to contact AT&T’s Business Programs.

Source: Gadgetwise

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3 years ago

'SendStuffNow' for Windows Phone: a cloud-based file transfer service

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Smith Micro Software have released 'SendStuffNow' for Windows Phone 7 (previously available on iPhone and Android). The app is part of their "cloud-based managed file transfer service", which is fancy talk for sending big files to and fro when email is not an option.

This is mostly geared for business/enterprise environments as you have to pay for the file storage/hosting (starts at $120 a year for 2GB), but it offers a nice streamlined method by which many users or team members can actively work on and exchange large files, even on their mobile:

SendStuffNow offers an easy-to-use, secure file-sharing service that overcomes the file size limitations of email, FTP, or MMS. SendStuffNow uploads the large files to a cloud based service from which users can share them with coworkers, customers, and other collaborators. Recipients receive an invitation from you via SendStuffNow and can then download the shared files using a web browser. Recipients do not need any accounts or special software.

Actually, that does sound kind of useful. For more info, head to Smith Micro's site right here and you can download the software for your phone here. You can read more on the release and its importance to IT and enterprise here at The Street.

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3 years ago

Flickr app updated, adds ability to download photos

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There was a lot of hubbub yesterday about Yahoo "launching" the Flickr app for Windows Phone...even though it came out last month and has had one update already. There was talk of another update but nothing happened...till now.

Version 1.2 is now available here and it adds one single, but extremely valuable function: the ability to download photos to the phone. We like that and it nearly completes the app, in our eyes.

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3 years ago

The price of an open market: Google pulls 21 Android apps for malware

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Yesterday, the Android market had 21 applications pulled by Google and force-removed from users' devices due to them containing an exploit called 'rageagainstthecage'. And while Google successfully and quickly pulled the software from the market and from devices ("kill switch"), those 21 apps were downloaded over 50,000 times (bigger market, bigger target).

It was bound to happen. We've been bombarded for years about the threat of computer viruses, exploits, Trojans, etc. and if there was ever a viable target today, Android would be it. It has an open market (no approval processes), huge market share and one heck of a hacker community. How serious is the exploit? Our sister site Android Central says:

rageagainstthecage...opens the door for the app to do anything with your data -- like send it to a remote server. Of course with root it can do much worse as well.

If you installed any of these applications, they should have been pulled off your phone, but that's not enough. You need to do a full system wipe and reset your phone completely, the data wipe and reset from settings may not be enough. This means ODIN, RUU's, .sbf files or a trip to your carrier store if this is beyond your capabilities.

Mind you, all 21 apps were uploaded by one person. Going further, Android Police, who originally broke the story says

...it steals nearly everything it can: product ID, model, partner (provider?), language, country, and userID. But that’s all child’s play; the true pièce de résistance is that it has the ability to download more code. In other words, there’s no way to know what the app does after it’s installed, and the possibilities are nearly endless.

Egads. While we hope nothing too nefarious has happened, it goes to show that having a regulated Marketplace, like Windows Phone, where the code is checked for such things can be quite valuable when compared to what Android users are now facing. Will this become a regular occurrence? What will Google do to address the problem? It will be interesting to see in the next couple of days the fallout from this breach.

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3 years ago

Reminder: 'I Love Katamari' is now available for Xbox LIVE for Windows Phone

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We mentioned it the other day and now 'I Love Katamari" from Namco is now available in the Marketplace. And like we speculated, Namco is charging a $2 premium over the iPhone version, bringing the price to a whopping $6.99 for this sought after title.

Is it worth it for all that Xbox LIVE goodness? Possibly. It's certainly not a bad game and though we're not big on the whole Katamari thing, it looks well done and quite fun. Still, $7 is a bit high for such a game, so it depends on how you feel after the trial (seen above). Grab hit here in the Marketplace and give it ...a roll (rim shot!).

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3 years ago

Microsoft unleashes big Times Square ad blitz

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3 years ago

WP7applist receives a major update

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WP7applist receives a major update

We’ve all browsed the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace on our phones. You may have even purchased an app or two directly through the Zune Marketplace on your PC. Both are fine ways of buying something when you basically know what you’re looking for, but what if you don’t?

WP7applist is a website that makes browsing the WP7 Marketplace incredibly easy. Created by Italian videogame enthusiast and programmer Luigi Violin, the WP7applist makes it easy to keep track of new apps as well as updates and price drops to existing apps. We at WPCentral owe many an app’s discovery to this fine site.

As good as WP7applist has been from the outset, things can always improve; today the website received a major update. Follow the jump for release notes and our impressions.

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3 years ago

Two Xbox Live games get price drops and one goes on sale

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The last Xbox Live title we saw drop in price on Windows Phone 7 was Glow Artisan (Review) way back on February 10. I’m pleased to report that this week an astonishing three games have been reduced in price!

  • Max and the Magic Marker dropped from $6.99 to $4.99.
  • Rocket Riot is back to $4.99 again, down from $6.99.
  • Frogger was $2.99, but now it’s just $1.99. Frogger is the Xbox Live Deal of the Week.

Max and the Magic Marker is a puzzle-platformer in which the player draws objects directly into the game world via the touch screen. Our review found it to be extremely creative, though a tad overpriced at $6.99. The new price should be just right.

Rocket Riot is a side-view shooter with retro-inspired graphics. It controls exceptionally well for a touch-screen game and is just plain fun. At $6.99 I would have recommended that readers try before they buy, but $4.99 makes it a much more compelling purchase.

Frogger is a classic arcade game that, like Pac-Man, just doesn’t control well on a touch screen. But hey, it’s cheap! And we haven’t seen the $1.99 price point on Xbox Live titles before. Maybe other $3 games will become $2 games in the future too.

Every Xbox Live game for Windows Phone 7 has a free trial (not to mention delicious Achievements). You can get Max and the Magic Marker here (opens a link to your Zune software), Rocket Riot here, and Frogger h-e-r-e on the Marketplace. These price drops may not last forever, so don’t hesitate if you’re interested!

Update: We've learned that Frogger is on sale for one week, while Max and the Magic Marker and Rocket Riot's price drops are permanent.

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3 years ago

Deer Hunter 3D - Review

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Deer Hunter 3D - Review

Big game hunting has come to Windows Phone 7. Deer Hunter 3D was released a short time ago that not only brings deer hunting to your Windows Phone but also other big game such as bear, moose, and turkey.

Hunt game from various world wide venues, using a wide range of weapons. From the Russian forests to Mid-western plains you can track game on hunting trips or jump right into the action with a Quick Game mode.

To read more on Deer Hunter 3D, shoot on past the break.

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3 years ago

Verizon Trophy photos, running 'NoDo' Update

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Interested in using a Windows Phone 7 device on Verizon? Of course you are. We're hoping the Trophy will arrive sometime in March. Those hopes are a little brighter now that a tipster has sent in a few photos of the device live with Verizon's branding. Our tipster tells us that the "NoDo" update with Copy & Paste is definitely on board and also that launching apps feels significantly faster. 

As you can see above HTC's hub is also in full effect and it looks like Verizon has gone ahead and made an account management app as well - no surprise there (flashback: Verizon apps published in Marketplace). So who is planning on laying down the expected $199 on-contract price for this baby?

Thanks Anonymous!

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3 years ago

Chicks n Vixens gets a Beta update

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The popular Windows Phone 7 game, Chicks n Vixens, continues to roll through the Beta updates.  Jabberworx, the games developer, has submitted v0.8 to Microsoft and the update brings a significant face lift to the game.

From the demo video we received, the graphics are a lot cleaner and the overall feel of the game seems to have a little more pop to it. There was no mention of when the update will become available.  The game development has progressed nicely since we were first introduced to the "Angry Birds" styled game.  It is our understand, depending on the certification process, Version 1.0 isn't too far away.

You can find your free copy of Chicks n Vixens here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace and follow the break for a video demo of v0.8.

Thanks goes out to Ahmed for the tip!

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3 years ago

Devs show off Lync client for WP7

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We’ve talked about Microsoft Lync Server before. The follow-up to Office Communication Server does a number of cool things like handle chat and voice communication in an Enterprise environment. Lync is also included in Microsoft Office 365 which is a cloud-based solution for small-to-medium businesses that also provides access to Exchange and SharePoint.

An official Lync client for Windows Phone 7 is supposed to be on the way, but that’s not stopping some enterprising developers from building their own app. The video is awfully boring, but it gives you an idea of some of the things that you’ll be able to do with a Lync client for Windows Phone 7.

Thanks Ron!

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3 years ago

moTweets Twitter app finally gets released

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We mentioned it last week and here it is, moTweets has finally cleared the Marketplace certification. Made by Panoramic, moTweets was a favorite app on Windows Mobile and it has now finally transitioned over to Windows Phone. Even though the app is "only" v2.0 (technically, the first release), it packs a huge amount of features that will rival any other Twitter app on the market today.

The app comes in two version: free and 'premier' (or Pro). The former is supported by ads and costs nothing, while the latter goes for $0.99 and has no ads. We always like choice and that applies here too. Anyways, we're gonna go give it a spin. Let us know how it works for you in comments.

Our initial impression? It's nice but a bit slow and cumbersome. That's not unusual with initial releases though, so hopefully it'll speed up in future updates. Still, it's not immediately replacing our number one favorite Twitter app which is...

Grab moTweets (Free) here and moTweets 'premier' here.

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