3 years ago
PhotoWeather Live in the Marketplace forecast [Mango]
The developers of the Windows Phone weather app, Photoweather, have a new weather app in the works for Windows Phone Mango. At this point, we aren't sure if this will be an update to Photoweather or a stand alone app. The app is close to being submitted for certification and while there are a few bugs present, we thought we'd offer you a preview of Photoweather Live.
For those not familiar, Photoweather is a basic weather app for your Windows Phone. Photoweather not only offers you the current conditions and forecast for your selected city but also photos of local attractions. Photoweather Live will bring Mango features into the mix but as well as giving things a bit of a face lift. Instead of having all the information displayed on one page, you now have the same information spread out across three pages.
The Today Page provides you with the current conditions for your forecast city, the Week Page offers a four day forecast, and the About Page provides the local photos. Settings touch on using your Windows Phone location data, turning on/off an illustrated background, and how you want the weather information displayed.
The new Live Tile and Push Notifications allow you to pin weather tiles for each forecast city on your Start Screen. One side of the tile will display an icon for your current conditions and temp. The other side offers your forecast for the day.
Live notifications can be customized to alert you when a particular weather condition exists for a location. The conditions include not only weather forecasts (snow, rain, storms, etc.) but also will alert on a particular temperature. Additional updates are already in the planning stages that should give Photoweather Live the ability to use your photos as the background image or add your photos to the local photo mix.
We aren't sure of the timing for Photoweather Live but wanted to share what was headed to the Marketplace. For the time being you can find the pre-Mango version of Photoweather here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.
3 years ago
Official Microsoft SharePoint 11 conference app released [Developers]
For those developers who will be attending the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2011 (website), happening from October 3-6 in Anaheim, CA, you'll want to grab the official app for that event.
"With MySPC mobile you can browse or search for conference session information, view event maps, build your personal event schedule, fill in session evaluations and more. MySPC mobile automatically syncs your personal schedule with the conference website so you can view or build it in either place..
MySPC mobile will also work offline, so if you are stuck without a data connection or WiFi you can still see your schedule or find sessions to attend"
Sounds pretty killer to us, so why wouldn't you grab this? The app is NoDo ready, so anyone can use this. Pick it up here in the Marketplace.
3 years ago
Microsoft going big at Nokia World as guest speaker list is revealed
Nokia World is akin to Microsoft's BUILD or MIX events--think developers, rallying the troops, showing off the next big thing from the company. This year, Nokia World is happening in London in October and clearly all eyes will be on Nokia to see what they have up their sleeves. With their stock not performing to well and the obvious lag between Symbian and new Windows Phones, everyone is expecting Nokia to show off their first Mango device next month at this event.
The guest speaker list for said show has just been revealed and sure enough, we get a who's who from Microsoft and the Windows Phone team who will be there, presumably to not only show us Nokia's new phone but what Nokia has done with the OS and services--which is really the big story, after all.
So who will be there? Joe Belfiore, who oversees Windows Phone Program Management, Albert Shum, Director of Mobile Experience Design at Microsoft and Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s Bing and MSN head for the first day keynotes. On day two, Brandon Watson, Senior Director of Windows Phone 7 development and Matthew Bencke, General Manager of Developer and Marketplace will be on hand for some talks. And finally Achim Berg, Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketing chief will be part of a roundtable panel discussion with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop with Vodafone and Orange on day three.
Sounds like an exciting month as we're sure Nokia and Microsoft will unveil what they've been doing for the last eight months.
3 years ago
First look: WhatsApp for Windows Phone [Video]
This morning there was a bit of a false alarm as a private beta link for WhatsApp made its way around the 'nets. The app is clearly close to being released and for all intents and purposes, is done.
Someone managed to rip the XAP from the private Marketplace (you can rip free apps using a number of Windows programs) and we went ahead and sideloaded it to see what all the fuss was about. So quick take:
- For Mango only (fully integrates with your Contacts DB)
- Very fast, smooth UI with fast app resume
- Push Notifications
- Minimalist almost sparse UI
- Very few features or bells and whistles
- You can message, share location and send images
- No landscape support (at least in this version, perhaps this will change upon final release)
- Green checks seem to indicate sent/received status--not as rich as Kik's system though
The app in our opinion is exactly like Kik Messenger but a little more boring. It feels like they rushed it through a bit, which would not be surprising. However, it is fast and smooth, meaning a lot of folks will like its "to the point" design. We just hope it gets landscape support on release as that'd be pretty nasty for messaging on our Focus. Check out the video to see it in action.
3 years ago
RemoteDesktop updated to 1.5 with Mango support and more [Mango]
RemoteDesktop, an app that pretty much does exactly what it says on the tin, has been updated to version 1,5, which brings with it Mango support and sheds the requirement of using Topperware servers. The updated client will now be able to connect directly to host machines and will run with increased performance.
The app will allow the user to connect to any host running a professional or above version Windows XP, Vista, 7, 2003 Server, etc. and sports:
- support for standard security, or Network Level Authentication.
- screen resolutions from native Windows Phone 7 resolution upto 1600 x 1200 and in 256 colour or 64 thousand colours.
- support for advanced RDP draw orders for high performance on low bandwidth connections.
You can download RemoteDesktop from the Marketplace (as version 1.4) for a reduced price of $5.99.
3 years ago
French carrier SFR ready to roll out Mango
Another carrier is jumping on the "I'M READY!" wagon, this time it's France-based SFR. The above screenshot shows a detailed page about Mango (basically how to update handsets via Zune), however the "continue" link is pointing at Microsoft's Windows Phone website.
We recently covered a leaked Orange FR memo that detailed the 15th (now gone) as the roll-out day for Mango and how they are even possibly exchanging broken devices with preloaded Mango ones. While we've had a limited release of the update, it seems as though some carriers are still playing catch up for now. Let's not forget that "this fall" begins soon.
3 years ago
Xbox Live: Three Namco Bandai titles updated
Three of Namco Bandai’s Xbox Live titles received updates last week, and we’ve tracked down their details. First off, the Pac-Man version 1.2 and I Love Katamari version 1.1 updates add Japanese language support to both games. Good timing, because Windows Phone 7 launched in Japan in August. Beyond the localization, both games remain identical to their previous versions.
More exciting is More Brain Exercise’s version 1.1 update. Here are its release notes:
- Enhanced graphics
- Improved responsiveness of swipe gestures
- Fixed minor bugs: Achievements and date recording
Do the graphics look better? Maybe just a bit. But the important thing is those bug fixes. More Brain Exercise previously contained a Broken Achievement – “It’s Not Temporary,” which requires players to earn 100 points for Temporal Lobe exercises during Daily Training. The Achievement is now fixed; players who have already met its requirements just need to complete one more day of Brain Training to unlock it.
As for the date recording bug, previously the game would sometime skip ahead three calendar days. This made it impossible for players to complete training during the missed days. Thankfully that will no longer be a problem.
Oddly, the game’s start up screen still displays an ad for Xbox 360 Kinect title Body and Brain Connection that says “Coming in 2011” even though it’s been out for most of the year. More Brain Exercise also badly needs a “Restart Exercise” option in the Pause menu. Still, it’s great to see that Namco didn’t leave the game hanging with a broken Achievement and other nasty bugs.
All three of these Namco titles cost $4.99 each. You can find Pac-Man here (Zune link), I Love Katamari here, and More Brain Exercise here on the Marketplace.
A high five to anyone who can tell me what show the papercraft in the picture is from!
3 years ago
WhatsApp in the Marketplace? Nope, just private beta.
This is a bit odd, but the highly anticipated WhatsApp is listed the Marketplace but it looks like you can't download it yet. The app will return an error saying "Can't Download: Sorry, You don't have permission to download this app".
Combine that with the app not showing up under new listings, the lack of description and images (there's one) and you know what guys? We're looking at an internal, private beta testing link. This is basically what happens when you try to download an app that you were not invited for to be evaluated--that's why it's not listed, there's no description, there is just one image, etc.
So our bet? This link (found here) won't be the final Marketplace link and we're still a few days from final release. So we're calling false alarm on this folks, sorry. Thanks, Maneesh V., for the link
Extra: For those who can side load, Giuseppe Spagnolo in WMPU comments, managed to rip the XAP from the Marketplace (there are legal programs that rip only free apps) and posted it here. You can get that here directly.
3 years ago
Windows Phone Starter Kit for WordPress
This is a little something for bloggers and web developers who use WordPress as a CMS. Should you not have the necessary knowledge and experience to confidently develop an app to compliment your website, fear not as help is at hand with the Windows Phone Starter Kit for WordPress.
It's a simple package that includes a skeleton app, which only requires you to alter one line of code and insert the blog URL, and a plugin .zip that is to be uploaded and installed on the website. Full instructions located below:
- Open the MainPage.xaml.cs file in Visual Studio
- Update the siteURL parameter to the location of your WordPress blog
- Log into your WordPress blog using an account that has administrative access
- Click on the "Plugins" link from the navigation bar on the Dashboard
- Click on the "Add New" button on the Plugins page
- Select the "Upload" link from those choices presented on the Plugins page
- Click the browse button and navigate to the location of the WPSKPlugin.zip (usually \WordPressPlugin\WPSKPlugin.zip
- Click the "Install Now" button to perform the upload.
Head on over to the MSDN Code project page for the Windows Phone Starter Kit below for more details and download links.
Source: MSDN, via: Nanapho.jp
3 years ago
Mobile Nations Monday Brief: September 19, 2011
3 years ago
Orange France has WP7.5 Mango devices in stock, using for exchanges?
Yesterday we reported on how Orange France was to release the update for Windows Phone 7.5 Mango beginning on September 15th. Obviously, that has not happened, but it might not be because Orange was unready but rather Microsoft has them holding off.
So it should be of no surprise that they have had their stock of Windows Phone re-flashed with Mango. Evidently, that's the case as Lionel L. can attest over at Smartphone France. Reportedly he had something wrong with his LG Optimus 7 and brought it in for an exchange/warranty repair. He ended up leaving with a brand new Optimus 7, but this time it was running "Mango". As evidence, he supplied the pic you see to the right, where the device is running 7720.68.
All we can say is we're close folks, very close.
3 years ago
Windows Phone Insider app gets Mango refresh, new features, ringtones
Windows Phone Insider is a decent little helper app that Microsoft created, but for some reason doesn't ship with, Windows Phone. It has tips, Bing wallpapers, top apps, etc.
Recently, it too got a Mango refresh and it actually has some really cool features now to take note of:
- Exclusive Ringtones! 5 free every month from musician and composer ill. Gates.
- Live Tile: Pin the Insider app to your phone's Start screen. See the Tile come alive. Enjoy the daily Bing wallpaper and see at a glance when there are new apps, games and ringtones to explore!
- Tips: To help you get started with your phone, and easily discover the 500+ new features in Windows Phone 7.5.
- Game top picks: Discover 5 new games each week
No, that's not a typo either, there really is a phat composer (his words) named ill.Gates--check his website here. We think that's pretty great that they're working with someone to create some original ringtone content each month and that alone makes this app worth it. The other stuff is just bonus material.
Grab Windows Phone Insider here from the Marketplace. Mango devices only! (Why it doesn't show on simple searches, we have no idea). Thanks, sam.amad, for the tip via our app!
3 years ago
Parachute Panic's Mango ringtone feature [Video]
The other day we reported on Parachute Panic, the fun little skill game, receiving a Mango bump. The game now supports fast app resume and that 60FPS increase, which really smooths out the game's hand-drawn and charming graphics.
One bonus feature that we missed was the unique ringtone that FDG Entertainment created for Windows Phone users. To refresh, one new feature of Mango is the ability for developers to make apps that pull down and allow you to save music as a ringtone--anyone can do this. FDG took their awesome and catchy barbershop-style music and made one right in the game.
We show it how it works and how it sounds (which is brilliant and hilarious). Our hats off to FDG for adding this little bonus.
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
3 years ago
Free US Windows Phone Camps
We have more camps being listed so be sure to get your calendars out and insert events. The array of Windows Phone developer camps will be freely available for all. Developers from other platforms are recommended to visit one of the days should they wish to expand their reach onto Microsoft's platform.
We've bolded the two special days in Boston (12-13 October) where the second day will be a hands-on for developing apps and will feature successful developers providing advice and support.
- 9/20/2011 - Charlotte NC
- 9/22/2011 - Alpharetta GA
- 9/27/2011 - Malvern PA
- 9/29/2011 - Reston VA
- 10/12/2011 - Cambridge MA (Day 1)
- 10/13/2011 - Cambridge MA (Day 2)
- 10/18/2011 - Chevy Chase MD
- 10/19/2011 - New York City
- 10/25/2011 - Tampa FL
- 10/27/2011 - Burlington VT
- 11/2/2011 - Raleigh NC
- 11/4/2011 - Ft. Lauderdale FL
- 11/8/2011 - Orlando FL
- 11/10/2011 - Coral Gables FL
- 11/10/2011 - New Paltz NY
- 11/15/2011 - Blacksburg VA
- 11/17/2011 - Washington DC
- 11/29/2011 - Atlanta GA
- 11/29/2011 - Pittsburgh PA
- 12/1/2011 - Hempstead NY
Be sure to check out the announcement article over at MSDN (link below) for more information and links to register at each event.
Source: MSDN, thanks minibeardeath for the tip!
3 years ago
Windows Phone Summary of the Week: September 12-18, 2011
Another weekend, another break for most. This week has been a Mango-focused beast with rumours and speculation coming from all directions. Dave Blake from the WPCentral forums brings across the top discussions that are being engaged with by readers. We have episode 125 of the WPCentral podcast and we were joined by Mike Newman, developer of Penguin, for this week's interview.
Head on past the break for the full summary.
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