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3 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: Sound Asleep

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3 years ago

The New Zealand Herald releases Windows Phone app

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The NZ Herald, popular newspaper in New Zealand, has released an app for Windows Phone, providing frequent readers on the mobile platform with more convenient access to articles. Though it should be noted that to read full news stories IE is required. Some highlighted features:

  • View all your favourite sections of the Herald - National, World, Business, Sport, Technology, Video, Entertainment, Motoring, Lifestyle, Travel and Opinion.
  • Swipe between sections, tap on a headline to preview and read the full story if you want more.
  • Easily share stories with your social networks.
  • View the latest photo galleries and video in full screen.

Hopefully we'll see more integration, with support for full articles, offline reading, etc. in future updates. It's good to see more official support for Windows Phone nonetheless. You can download NZ Herald from the Marketplace for free. 

Source: NZ Herald

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3 years ago

Mobile Nations Fitness Month continues...

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The Mobile Nations Fitness month continues!

If you're joining us while we're already in progress, it's never too late and you can go read all about Mobile Nations Fitness Month in our first WPCentral Forums installment. Here's where week two leaves off and week three begins. This is where we're setting reasonable, attainable goals. This is where we're starting our pattern for pure win. This is where we're engaging the awesome!

We've started another discussion group in the WPCentral Forums to start week 3 where you can find week three's goals as well as our latest weekly prize winner!.

Remember we will randomly select one reader who chimes in on their fitness adventure weekly to win a WPCentral Accessory Store gift card. At the end of the month, we'll draw one lucky winner to take home a Xbox 360 and Kinect!

There is a special edition of Zen and Tech that has plenty of tips to stay motivated with your fitness goals but if you need more inspiration, hit the break to see the iMore and Crackberry motivational videos. Please understand we are not responsible for the trauma that might result in viewing these videos. It may be advisable to remove children and small pets from the room before viewing.

Good luck with it and let us know in the forums how it's going.

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3 years ago

WPCentral Nokia Lumia 710 Giveaway

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We're giving away a T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710! All you need to do is snap a photo with your Windows Phone, post it in this WPCentral Forums discussion and we'll select the best photo out of the bunch to take home the Lumia 710.

Sounds easy right?

Here's the fine print. Only one entry per reader and the photo must be taken by a Windows Phone camera (we'll stretch it to any smartphone camera). The photo theme - Black and White.  You can submit a photo of people, places or things but it needs to be presented in black and white (grayscale to some). You can use apps such as Thumba or Fhotoroom to convert the picture to black and white or use desktop software (e.g. Photoshop) to take care of things. Image size? Keep it around 5x7 at 72 dpi.

You have until February 24, 2012 until 5:00pm CST to submit your photos. Give us a few days to judge everything and one lucky contestant will win the Lumia 710 and one runner up will walk away with a $75 gift certificate to the WPCentral Store.

Good luck everyone!

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3 years ago

Z0MB1ES!!1 (on teh ph0ne): Xbox Windows Phone Review

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Few professionally-made games attempt to embrace the punk rock culture. After all, most games strive to look and sound as professional as possible rather than adhere to a DIY philosophy. But that’s just what Ska Studios’ I Made a Game with Zombies in It!!! (aka I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MBIES 1N IT!!!1) did in 2009. Released as an Xbox Live Indie Game on the Xbox 360 and sold for a mere 80 Microsoft Points ($1), it quickly became a big hit among cost-conscious 360 gamers. With the move to Windows Phone, the game received official Xbox Live status. The mobile version couldn’t be sold for a dollar since Live titles start at $2.99. Thus the developers threw in a couple of new game modes, and Zombies on the Phone (Z0MB1ES!!1 (on teh ph0ne) was born.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 710 & 800 now available in Indonesia [Photos]

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We mentioned that Indonesia was slated to receive the Lumia 710 and 800 sometime in February and it looks like that day is today February 17trh. We have some photos from one of the launch events, presumably Jakarta, and it looks to be quite a blast.

And in the image below is a shot of some of the 800 coders on hand for Nokia Developer Day which was run in conjunction with Microsoft. The goal: 800 devs for 800 new apps. Now that's a way to kick start development in Indonesia.

Seems like a lot of action is going on in Indonesia as Nokia also appointed a new country manager in the last day. As reported in the Jakarta Post, Martin Chirotarrab is taking over operations in that country and will focus on the Windows Phone Lumia devices and developers “One of the keys is to let consumers know what the Lumia phone is. We are going to put forward ways for people to experience the phone”.

Sounds good to us. Congratulations to Indonesia on the launch! Big thanks to Aca S. (@superaca) for the images

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3 years ago

Palringo IM hits beta in the Windows Phone Marketplace. We try it out.

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For those of you who go back to the Windows Mobile days, you'll remember an instant messaging service called Palringo (www.palringo.com). The program was its own IM service, which allowed things like voice-clips to be instantly sent along with photos and files. In addition, it was also a multi-client meaning it could support and connect (by proxy) to other IM services such as AIM, Google Talk, Facebook Chat, ICQ and more. Finally, it had support for custom Groups which were basically permanent chat rooms that one could create and invite people to, in addition to supporting iOS, Android, Symbian and Mac/PC desktops.

We reported a few months ago that Palringo was finally going to support Windows Phone, heck we even showed some early screenshots. Now, v0.5 Beta is live in the Marketplace free to use for all. Of course that beta tag means it is still in development, so all won't be perfect, but we've been using it for the last day and half with little to no issues.

The app itself is fairly well designed and what it lacks in beauty it makes up for it in functionality. We hadn't logged into our Palringo account in nearly two years yet when we did, we were instantly reconnected to our old services and up and running within a few minutes (creating accounts on the device seems to be problematic for some, so perhaps use the web first, then login). Messages were sent and received instantly, the Live Tile is double sided showing the numerical notification on one side and the message on the back.

Voice clips, arguably one of the best features, were easily recorded and sent instantly. Likewise, the second device received them nearly instantly too--impressive for a 3G connection.

Overall, even for a beta we like where Palringo is heading with this app. We imagine the final version will cost a few dollars, but so long as they keep it below $4.99 (what IM+ Pro charges) we don't see a problem. For those looking for a multi-client IM app and even sending voice clips, we have to recommend you give this a go.

Pick up Palringo beta here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

WPCentral 137: Wilcox, Tango x2 and crapps

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WPCentral 137: Wilcox, Tango x2 and crapps


We're back this week with a special guest, Microsoft's Jeff Wilcox. Listen in or watch the HD video after the break!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: Yaht 3D

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Windows Phone Game Review: Yaht 3D

Yaht 3D is a simple yet entertaining game for your Windows Phone that is patterned after the legendary dice game Yahtzee. If you're familiar with Yahtzee, Yaht 3D will be an easy game to pick up and the game is a great way to pass the time with.

The graphics and animations are very nice and the game of Yahtzee always has its challenges. Yaht 3D supports single player, multiplayer or you vs the computer games. So you can pass the time to yourself or challenge your neighbor to a game.

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3 years ago

State of the Mobile Nations Survey - What's Your Next Tablet?

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The tablet wars are heating up! Apple is getting set to announce the iPad 3 next month. BlackBerry is going to release a major PlayBook OS update any day. The Kindle Fire is hot as is the Transformer Prime in a sea of Android tablets. And Windows 8 tablets are getting ready to enter the battle.

With so much going on we wanted to take a moment and find out where you weigh in on the tablet wars. We have five quick questions (and one bonus) that will take you less than a minute. Hit the link below.

Take the Survey!

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3 years ago

Cisco challenges Microsoft's acquisition of Skype - Calls for video call standards

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If you've been watching the world of Windows Phone and Microsoft you'll know that last year Microsoft bought Skype in what was it's single biggest acquisition to date (and all for a quaint $8.5 billion).

Well despite being approved by the FTC and EU courts at this point, Cisco has decided it will start legal proceedings challenging the deal on the basis that it may in fact be damaging to the competition.

Now before we all cry "foul" and question why Cisco have only just decided to make it's voice heard it's important for me to stress that Cisco are not opposed to the deal itself. Instead they are calling for the EU commission to impose standards on Microsoft to ensure that there is inter-operability between all video conferencing services.

It's hard to argue with Cisco here and when you consider that Skype now has over 650 million worldwide users, it's easy to see that Cisco realises Microsoft stands to control the video conferencing market. What is instead being suggested is that such VOIP and Video calling systems should be the same kind of experience as one would get when making any normal voice phone call.

So with Skype due to be integrated into future Windows Phone versions in a big way (and an app on the way sometime soon we're assured), do you believe that a standards compliant Skype would provide a better experience to all consumers worldwide? Or do you see such standards de-valuing Skype in such a way that Microsoft's acquisition would suddenly seem all too expensive? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: BBC News, Reuters

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3 years ago

Have an idea for a Windows Phone app? Tell AppDreamr.

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The site AppDreamr has a great idea in mind for consumers and developers: submit your app ideas, including any screenshots or features you want and let the community vote on it. Then a developer will see which app "dreams" are the most popular and will basically call "dibs" on it bringing the idea to life. From Arian Kulp, the site's creator:

"This isn't just a way to suggest that apps on other platforms are ported, but to be able to pitch a great idea for a new app.  The main audience is for the end-users to dream up the app features and screen mockups, and discuss them.  The expectation is that devs will see the highest-voted app ideas and will want to produce them (less of an unknown if it will succeed).  I envision a community of passionate users dreaming up great concepts, and developers getting popular by implementing them."

It's really a great idea as users get the apps they want and devs can find work and new concepts to start off from. Plus, as pointed out, devs will have more confidence in the app being successful if folks are demanding and voting on the idea.

So devs and thinkers, head over to http://www.appdreamr.com/ to get started.

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3 years ago

Win a white Lumia 800 on Nokia's Facebook page

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Think you're fast?  Then head over to Nokia's Facebook page for a chance to win a Lumia 800...a WHITE one!  As soon as you get there, you will have 60 seconds to catch the white tile by clicking on it.  Your score will be displayed and you will be prompted to enter your information for a chance to win.  If you really want a challenge, give hyperspeed a try.  You'll need to log into your Facebook account to enter the contest.

Source: Nokia (Facebook); Via: GoWindowsGo; Thanks to Sam for the tip!

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3 years ago

From the WPCentral Forums...

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From the WPCentral Forums...

Well they went and did it. That's right AT&T doubled their upgrade fee and we're none to happy about it. "AT&T To Double Upgrade Fee (From February 12th 2012)" was our hottest thread in the forums this week. If it's all too confusing to you, jump in the forums and join the discussion even if you just need to vent a little. It has also been speculated that AT&T had this same pricing before. Forum member ninjaap says "I've been with AT&T for a long time and I'm positive the upgrade fee used to be $35 then at some point it dropped to $18. Now it's back up to $38. Oh well. If you ask, sometimes the CS rep will credit you the fee." Is this increase really that big of a deal? Join us in the forums for the discussion.

Forum member baseballbert wants to know if he should get the Nokia 900 or wait for an Apollo Nokia phone? Bert is one of our more colorful members and he is also one of our favorite thread starters. He seams to have a way with starting threads that draw a crowd and this thread is right in line with that. If your considering getting a Nokia Lumia 900 when it is released on AT&T, this is the thread for you.

My WP7 "Aha! Moment". We have all had them haven't we? Forum member GlassAdam wants you to share yours. There is even talk of turning one of these "Aha Moments" in to a commercial. Well were talking about it in that thread, who knows what could happen.

"What I want to see in Apollo" is a topic we get a lot of threads about. Forum member justwar88 has a great idea and he even provided a picture of what he would like to see.

Do you have a wish list for the Apollo update?

Forum member Oronolek has a word of advice for you Lumia 800 owners in this thread: "Word of advice, don't drop this thing" He included a picture in the thread. Ouch! That hurts just looking at it!

When you're done with those threads be sure and check out our Applications and Games Spotlight forums where our developers post up all there new App and Game goodness. Here is a small sample of what has been posted this week:

Applications Spotlight:

Games Spotlight:

Remember, the forums are more fun when you register, so sign up today.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 bundle available at Microsoft Stores

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We made mention of the Nokia Lumia 800 becoming available at Microsoft Retail Stores starting February 14th a while back. We are now hearing the phone is indeed on store shelves and available in black and magenta.  The Lumia 800 is being sold optimized for the AT&T network.

For the time being the Lumia 800 is being bundled with the Nokia Play 360 Bluetooth Speaker, Nokia Purity HD headphones and a Luna Bluetooth headset. Out the door price is $899 (plus local taxes).  While the price may seem high, you do get a lot in the bundle.

In talking to a retail associate from the Atlanta Store, there is no telling if the Lumia 800 will be offered outside the bundle or not.  Unfortunately the Lumia is only available in store. Head on over to Microsoft's store listing page to see if there's a retail store within driving distance.

Thanks, Jesse, for tipping us on this!

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