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3 years ago

International HTC Titan getting new software update

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HTC seems keen on keeping their titan of a Titan in tip-top shape--whew that was a mouthful. We're getting word from reader Rajinder, located in Denmark, that their HTC Titan just got a nice firmware/radio/bootloader refresh. It's only been about three weeks since the last update, so kudos to HTC on their diligence here.

  • Firmware Version: 20104 (old: 10902)
  • Radio Software: 03.17  (old: 02.09)
  • Boot Loader-version: 2.1  (old: 1.8)

No word on exact changes just yet, so that's where you come in. Let us know in comments if you received the update, what carrier you're on and country. And if you think you've noticed some changes, you can add that too. (Unfortunately our unlocked Titan is at home, taking a rest--we can only carry so many phones around with us!).

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3 years ago

"Beaming" coming to Windows Phone, Xbox 360 and Windows 8? [Rumor]

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For those of you who were original Zune 30 owners in 2006, you may remember in the first iteration of that device and service had a feature called "Squirting". While hands down the worst name ever given to a function it was ingenious at the time. Basically it allowed you to share music with other Zune players via WiFi, something that was as far as we know not done at the time by anyone else. The Zune would detect other Zunes within 30 feet and allow you to effortlessly send over a song (or photo, podcast). After three days though (or a couple plays) DRM'd music would disappear--Microsoft wasn't inventing illegal file sharing for mobile here, folks. While brilliant, many complained it didn't go far enough (what about video?) and for various reasons, "squirting" was phased out.

Now rumor-starter MS_Nerd has Tweeted that Microsoft is bringing back "squirting", albeit with a new name simply "beaming". What's more, it will reportedly use NFC, WiFi and Bluetooth (depending on the devices) and will work seamlessly between the Xbox 360, Windows 8 and Windows Phone. It's not clear when this would happen e.g. Windows Phone "Tango" (early 2012) or Windows Phone 8 aka "Apollo" (second half 2012) nor what types of media would be allowed to be transferred.

Couple of things. Is this rumor legit? There's no confirmation, but in the video above from Infusion/Microsoft's 'The Future of Retail Banking' video, you can clearly see "beaming" in action between Windows Phone and a TV and then later, a tablet--perhaps this is what MS_Nerd was referring to in the first place? Regardless, it seems fairly obvious that Microsoft has Squirting v2 in mind. In addition, if Microsoft isn't thinking of rolling this out then shame on them because everyone else is doing nearly the same thing with NFC on board (e.g. Android, Nokia N900) and they did sort of pioneer such technology back in 2006.

We'll have to wait till 2012 though to see if any of this happens, but if we were a gambling site, we would put our money on Microsoft bringing this to their '3 screens'.

via: LiveSide

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3 years ago

Funny Faces allows you to embarrass your family for the holidays

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If you haven't tried Funny Faces yet, the augmented reality app from Schulte Software Development, then you really should. The app allows you to use the camera to take pictures of people and then add hats, mustaches, pacifiers, etc. to them in real time. And since the app has a custom facial-recognition algorithm, you can effortlessly make someone look ridiculously silly just by pointing your camera at them.

Now in version 1.4, you can go back and add over-lays to existing photos in addition to the new Santa Clause hat and beard-- seasons greeting! Just ask legendary metal singer Glen Danzig! He loves his fluffy new beard and hat.

Anyways, we love this app as it's pretty hilarious and perfect for those holiday parties. You can even share to Facebook or Twitter for rapid humiliation. The app fetches for $0.99 and has a free trial, give it a go here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Unlocked Nokia Lumia 800 available in Canada, has AT&T 3G+ bands

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For those with an extra $689 CAD ($682 US) to spare, you can pick up the Nokia Lumia 800 unlocked from NCIX. The phone is normally $50 more but there's a special web-only deal till December 14th. For those curious on the bands:

GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz; HSPA/WCDMA: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz.

What makes that cool is even folks here on AT&T can pick up this bad boy and get HSPA+ due to the inclusion of their 1900MHz WCDMA frequency--just something to think about.

The only bad thing about this is the color: black. Sure, black is always awesome but we wouldn't mind picking up this guy in Cyan at all--stand out a little, you know? Still, we'll take what we can so head on over to NCIX to place your order.

Source: NCIX; Thanks, Baljinder, for the tip!

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3 years ago

WPDoodle - Bow before the almighty Titan! Yes, even you 'Droid and Lloyd

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Hey everyone, we're adding a new feature here at WPCentral--WPDoodle. from Jason Harrison, founder of BrowCo.com, whose work you may have seen before in the form of PreDoodles on PreCentral.net and BBDoodles on Crackberry.com (see this week's for a laugh). Look for more Doodles on all of our Mobile Nations sites soon too! Have a great idea for a WPDoodle? Send an email to doodles@mobilenations.com and Jason'll take a gander.

A lot can be said about the HTC TITAN (yes, technically all caps), but most of all, it commands awe. With a 4.7" Super LCD screen, remarkably thin metal body that's cool to the touch and a blazing 1.5 GHz CPU on board, the Titan in our opinion is the stand-out-phone for WP7 right now. It's the one phone that's truly wow-worthy and just as importantly, available nearly world-wide.

The Nokia Lumia 800 is a close second, but with a 1.3MP front-facing camera, gyroscope and even slightly better rear 8MP camera, we think the Titan just edges it out. Plus that massive screen makes this a web-browsing juggernaut.

Because of that, we think Android users (and that Lloyd guy) may act a bit like the man-apes in 2001: A Space Odyssey if they saw the Titan--a modern day Monolith/TMA-0 for unknowing eyes.  Perhaps the Titan too will spurn them on to better, greater things? ;-)

See our review of the AT&T HTC TITAN right here.

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3 years ago

WhatsApp gets updated adds voice notes

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WhatsApp, the cross platform messenger for your Windows Phone, has been updated to version 1.4. Along with the ability to text across platforms (available for Android, Blackberry and the iPhone) WhatsApp also gives you the ability to send pictures, video messages and now voice notes.

While no official change log is available, it is our understanding that text is larger and sending images is now problem free. If you're seeing additional changes with the update, feel free to share them in the comments section.

You can grab WhatsApp here at the Marketplace. Keep in mind WhatsApp is a mango app so you'll need to be running Windows Phone 7.5.

Thanks goes out to Jon B for the tip!

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3 years ago

Xbox Companion app for Windows Phone [Video]

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Well look at that, we've finally got the Xbox Companion app for Windows Phone and now follows an entertaining video showing the app off. Highlighting the features available to users, the Metro UI shines as the presentation flips between the phone and the Xbox system, painting the console as an entertainment hub. Best of all, all this Xbox Live integration is unique to the platform.

Source: YouTube

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 - confirmed through FCC manual

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3 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: KITT

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Windows Phone App Review: KITT

Fan of the 1980's television show Knight Rider? How about the short-lived re-make of the show in 2008? For those not familiar, Knight Rider was a television action/adventure show about a high-tech, crime fighting car that was controlled by a computer named KITT.  Now KITT has invaded your Windows Phone.

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3 years ago

Xbox Live app released for iOS

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Xbox Live app released for iOS

This will either please you or make you extremely upset that you'd enjoy smashing up an iDevice without a second thought, but Microsoft has released an Xbox Live app for iOS (available for free). The app will allow users to keep track of their Xbox Live account and check out what their friends are up to. To be honest, it's a smart move. It shows Microsoft is not attempting to create a monopoly with Windows, but allow other platforms to have some kind of connectivity with the software giant's product line and services. Sure, Apple fans will now have an app that will allow them to perform tasks that we can accomplish on our Windows Phones, but can they play Xbox Live titles? No. Do they have integration with the OS? No. Do they have as many features as we do altogether? Certainly not.

Features include:

  • Read and send messages to friends
  • Manage your friends list, invite new friends
  • Read and Edit your full LIVE profile (name, bio, motto)
  • Change your avatar features/items with the avatar closet
  • View and compare your achievement progress with friends

Should iOS users want the full experience, they can come to Windows Phone, but should they be avid Xbox gamers, then there's no harm in Microsoft allowing them to use the service while on the go (but with limits of course). An interesting feature is beacons, which will alert friends that you wish them to join you on an activity. Don't forget that we have the Xbox Companion app in our arsenal too. Even on my iPad 2, Metro UI looks sweet. You can download the free app from the App Store.

Source: Major Nelson, thanks to everyone who tipped us!

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3 years ago

Update rolling out for Nokia Lumia 800

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Update rolling out for Nokia Lumia 800

Looks like we have an update for the Nokia Lumia 800 rolling out. According to an article over at Nokia Conversations, the update includes the following:

  • Charging improvements
  • Voicemail notification improvement
  • Replying to mail improved for Microsoft Exchange 2003 users
  • Improved display switching in bright light
  • Improved audio quality

While charging improvements is indeed listed, we should not confuse this with the planned battery capacity increase (currently being limited by software), which Nokia has said will arrive early next year and will be accompanied by more improvements (fixing anything that's not included in this one). We took a look at issues reported by early adopters of the Lumia 800, so these two updates are welcome indeed. Unfortunately, no Internet Sharing was included in this update for us, there's always next month.

  • Firmware version: 1600.2475.7720.11414 > 1600.2479.7740.11451

Thanks to everyone who sent in the tips!

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3 years ago

Nokia and T-Mobile bringing 'something exciting' to NYC on Dec. 14

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Nokia and T-Mobile are teaming up for an event Dec. 14 in New York City, and it looks like we might well get our first glimpse of some sweet, sweet Nokia Windows Phone love here in the United States.

As you'll recall, we've already seen the Lumia 710 pass the FCC with its AWS bands intact, so that's a strong bet. Hopefully we'll get the Lumia 800 here as well. We've got our invite in hand. Guess we'll see what's what in a week.

More: Lumia 800 hands-on; Lumia 710 hands-on

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3 years ago

Xbox Companion Windows Phone app now available

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The Xbox Companion app for Windows Phone is now available to download from the Marketplace after an anxious wait by Xbox 360 owners since the app and dashboard UI update were announced earlier this year. From being able to control playback and view friend activity, all the way to browse media content and having the ability to pull information on what's currently playing (cast background from a movie as an example).

Although it's a day late, it's sure to be well worth the wait. You can download Xbox Companion from the Marketplace for free.

Thanks everyone who sent tips in!

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3 years ago

Shazam Mango updated to version 2.2

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Shazam Mango updated to version 2.2

Shazam Encore, which has been updated as a game in the past, has finally received Mango treatment and has brought along some goodies. As well as fast-app switching, you're now able to pin the tagging functionality to the home screen to allow quick access. While Shazam is useful, Bing also offers music identification from a recording snippet too (for free).

You can pick up Shazam Encore for $5.99 from the Marketplace. What do you use? Bing or Shazam?

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3 years ago

Win €1000 from the Nokia Mapstronaut

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Win €1000 from the Nokia Mapstronaut

Does €1,000 sound like a good prize to you? The Nokia Mapstronaut has completed his travels, is returning to space and would like to give away the lump sum to a lucky winner. So how does one enter? Simply find your favourite place on Nokia Maps (add the location should it not already be listed), and tweet it to @Nokia_Connects. There are certain themes available:

  1. Shopping.
  2. Eat & Drink.
  3. Going Out.
  4. Sights & Museums.
  5. Wildcard (basically anywhere that isn’t covered in the above categories).

An entry example: "@Nokia_Connects, THE MAPSTRONAUT LOVES THE VINTAGE MAGAZINE STORE IN LONDON – HIS THEME IS SHOPPING http://nka.fi/TG3SJ #NokiaMaps".  Should you enter one from each theme you'll have a better chance of being selected. We're told that Mapstronaut favours less-known locations with photos, information and reviews.

Be sure to get your entries in by Wednesday, December 14th, by which point the entry period would have closed and the Mapstronaut will select a winner.  After the break, you can catch a video documenting the Mapstronaut's adventures.

Source: Nokia

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