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3 years ago

TheChive comes to Windows Phone

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TheChive comes to Windows Phone

We're not sure if this an officially endorsed TheChive app or not, but it's nice enough to pass along. TheChive is a pretty popular photo-entertainment/humor site (link) that has also pulled off some funny pranks/memes in the past.

Basically, it's a great time waster and the app by Full Revolution, Inc. is pretty minimalist but slick. As a result, the app is too the point and zippy for what it does: deliver the latest, greatest photos to your phone. It has all the major categories and even allows you to save the pics. There's no direct sharing option though nor search but ads are barely there (they show up only if you click a photo).

So if you like TheChive and/or like looking at interesting pics, here you go. Pick it up for free in the Marketplace here.

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3 years ago

MSN Postbox for Windows Phone -- a new photo sharing venture from Microsoft

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Looks like Microsoft is continuing to explore various new social outlets via the internet, this time it's a new service called "MSN Postbox" (side note: it was earlier speculated by TechCrunch that "Postbox" was a Yelp competitor). What makes this service unique is two fold: it allow you to share photos along with comments to the "community" and two, there's a Windows Phone app now available to help make it easier.

Photos need to be "approved" before they are posted, so don't expect to go hog wild with it. It is a bit confusing as to the purpose, so we'll let Microsoft explain:

"Share your photos with millions of MSN readers directly from your phone with the MSN Postbox app. Also browse other readers’ submissions to see the best of what’s happening all around the United States.

MSN Postbox is a new curated photo-sharing site (part of the MSN.com web portal) that goes beyond your friends to connect with a bigger community about what going in on in your town, your life.

Offer city and people shots, with your captions, as well as photos and tips about restaurants and events. And you can photos immediately after taking them, or share photos you’ve already taken. (After downloading the app, reboot your phone – turn it off and back on – to activate the “share” function for Postbox to your phone’s camera.)"

It's kind of neat but not "OMG that's awesome!" neat. The design is like a combo of Metro and KIN, which makes us wonder if this was an extension of the KIN ecosystem that we never saw flourish, perhaps a left over project? Anways, it's free and the app runs "ok". It is a bit sluggish for our likes, but it looks nice and keeps with the other "MSN" apps e.g. Movies.

You can grab the app here in the Marketplace or go to the website to get a flavor of what it's all about here: http://postbox.msn.com/.

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3 years ago

Sally's Salon Luxury Edition is wild, carefree, and on the Marketplace (Xbox LIVE)

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Game House initially expected their Xbox Live title Sally’s Salon Luxury Edition to debut in August, but certification went faster than planned. Sally’s got her roots dyed, hair curled, and she is good to go. Thus Sally’s Salon is now available on the Marketplace.

Until now, Star Wars Cantina was the only game in town for Diner Dash fans. Thankfully Sally’s Salon is a much nicer (and frillier) game. Customers enter the salon with their hair all frizz-ay and it’s up to Sally to get them seated and trimmed to perfection. Seating each customer, meeting her styling needs, and checking her out - all while dealing with new customers requires fast tapping and dragging skills.  When the profits start rolling in, players can hire new employees, upgrade salon stations, and add new amenities such as magazines and coffee machines. Nine different locations and some tough looking Achievements should give Sally some staying power. Just try to ignore the elevator music.

Sally’s Salon Luxury Edition costs $4.99 and there is a free trial. Female gamers and male gamers who are comfortable in their masculinity can get the game here (Zune link) on the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Xbox Live Deal of the Week: Parachute Panic's price is falling down

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Hectic week at work? Would a simple, lighthearted Xbox Live game going on sale lift your sagging spirits? Don’t worry, Microsoft and FDG Entertainment have you covered with Parachute Panic. It’s on sale this week for $1.99, down from the original price of $2.99.

The object of Parachute Panic is to help stick figure parachuters land safely on ocean-going ships. Players tap the little guys to open their chutes and then swipe to create gusts of wind, steering them towards safety. Threats like UFOs, helicopters, and extremely annoying thunderclouds must be avoided as well. Parachute Panic gets by mostly with its artistic charm. Our review praises the game’s hand drawn graphics and snappy music.

In my opinion, the game is fun but doesn’t have the lasting value of other popular casual games like Angry Birds and Doodle Jump. It does, however, have an awesome cameo by Doodle Jump's Doodler. Cross-game cameos are common among popular iPhone titles, but Windows Phone ports tend to leave them on the cutting room floor (Pocket God’s many cameos, Harbor Master’s Pocket God cameo, and even Doodle Jump is missing its Pocket God cameo).

If you’re in the mood for some challenging gameplay and a touch of silliness, Parachute Panic is a smart buy at this discounted price. It will be on sale for one week only before returning to regular price. Steer your way here (Zune link) to find it. 

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3 years ago

KDDI posts a few Toshiba IS12T walk-through videos, launches site [Updated]

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Need some video for the new Toshiba-Fujitsu IS12T in action? Look no further than KDDI's product page which has some nice high res pics of the device, specs and all around glossiness. Plus they have three videos up, showing the IS12T doing it's thing...

We have to admit, this looks like a fun phone and we're kinda jelly, Japan (although the screen is kind of "meh"). Also, kudos to KDDI and Toshiba for treating this like a real pre-launch.

Update: Added an "official" hands on/announcement video above.

Check out three more vids after the break...

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3 years ago

Toshiba-Fujitsu reveal IS12T with Windows Phone "Mango"

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As expected, the press conference with KDDI/AU, Microsoft Japan and Toshiba-Fujitsu just wrapped up. The big news of course those is the revealing of the IS12T, one of the first official "Mango" phones to be made available in the coming weeks.

Here are the device specs, given during the presentation:

  • 32GB memory
  • 3 colors: Yellow, Pink, Black
  • Waterproof
  • MSM8655
  • 3.7" TF LCD screen
  • 13.2 MP camera (!)
  • 59x118x10.6mm
  • 113g

Release date appears to be on track for September or after, a bit later than previously reported. We have to admit, with a 13MP camera, waterproof, 32GB of memory and those fun colors, this could be a big seller in Japan.

(Additional info via NanaPho; photo via Engadget)

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3 years ago

T-Mobile pushing out update for the HD7

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It's been a busy day for T-Mobile and Windows Phone updates. First we had the Dell Venue Pro update going through and now we are getting word that the HD7 is getting an update of their own.

According to AtomicAgeZombie, who tipped us on this, the updates deal with firmware and radio software. The old firmware (2250.09.12001.531) is updated to version 2250.21.30102.531. The old radio version (5.51.09.11a_22.31.50.09U) is updated to the new radio version 5.65.09.25a_22.45.50.21U.

T-Mobile HD7 owners should get the customary "There's an Update available" message on thei Windows Phone. If you miss it, simply connect to your Zune Desktop and check for updates under the Settings.

If you've already updated, feel free to chime in on the process and what effect the changes have in our comments section.

Thanks goes out to AtomicAgeZombie for the tip and update info!

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3 years ago

25 ways to promote your WP7 app for free

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Over at AdDuplex, Alan Mendelevich has published an insightful blog post for developers covering promotion and marketing of Windows Phone applications. Should you have a submitted app that is now available to the public, how do you go about marketing it? 

Alan has listed 22 (AdDuplex is listed four times) tips and tricks that he has seen other developers do. These are perfect for indie developers who aren't backed by brands/companies or investors. The list include the AdDuplex service, word of mouth, beta testers, social media, some cool dudes (WPCentral), website deployment and creating a demo video on media sharing portals (YouTube as an example).

Head on over to the AdDuplex blog (link below) to read the full run-down of ways to promote your app.

Source: AdDuplex Blog

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3 years ago

WP7 UK Research and Feedback Panel

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WP7 UK Research and Feedback Panel

Live in the UK and within travelling distance of London? Fancy attending a small event for the good of Windows Phone? Of course you do! Microsoft is holding a small research and feedback panel in central London on the 10th and 11th of August (6.15pm OR 8pm). Attendees (only 24 places) will receive £60 for their trouble, food (presumably accompanied by drink) as well as a few "surprises" - Microsoft funded pub crawl anyone?

What do you need to do to enter with a chance in being one of the lucky 24? Simply fill out this survey and the team will get back to you. In all honesty, we'll be attending should the pub crawl turn out to be true.

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3 years ago

Mango has been Released to Manufacturers (RTM)

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We recently reported that Windows Phone "Mango" had been released to manufacturers (RTM) and we could be heading for a potential early release of the next major update. Unfortunately, this turned out to be just slightly off. Today, Terry Myerson, over at the Windows Phone Team blog has published an article announcing the signing of the RTM build.

Manufacturers and carriers will now begin tweaking/optimizing, testing and preparing for the roll out, which will hopefully run without problem and/or delay. At least this gives AT&T a few months in advanced to get everything in place on their end before their WP7 customers begin to revolt.

So, I put forward the question again, what do you make of this announcement and do you believe "Mango" will be sent out within a reasonable time frame?

Update: Looks like build 7720 is the final, RTM one according to Microsoft's Matthijs Hoekstra. Pretty close to our reported 7710 from one week ago.

Source: Windows Phone Team Blog and thanks to everyone who tipped us on this!

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3 years ago

Dell Venue Pro update for T-Mobile

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Dell Venue Pro update for T-Mobile

Good news Venue Pro users! Lionel Menchaca, from Dell, has announced that their Windows Phone handset on T-Mobile U.S will be receiving updates within the next few hours after being delayed for a week. The v2.12 firmware brings with it a whole load of fixes for the device, something users have been enjoying on unlocked handsets. Let us know in the comments when you receive the notifications.

Source: Twitter, thanks for everyone who tipped us!

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3 years ago

AppTastic logo design contest winner

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AppTastic logo design contest winner

Remember the AppTastic logo design contest we covered not-so-long ago? Well, after 35 submissions, a winner has been announced through user votes and you can witness the glory of the winning logo above (and below). We'd like to pass onto our readers a warm thank you from the AppZotic team for showing both interest and support in picking your favourites - because you guys rock! 

What is AppTastic all about? It's set to improve the user experience of the Windows Phone Marketplace with filtering and other useful features not found in the default app. As a small bonus, it is set to be submitted either today or tomorrow depending on how quickly they implement the remaining features and ensure quality is consistent. 

What do you make of the winning design, and will you be checking out the app when it hits the Marketplace? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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3 years ago

New XBL headset lets you go from office space to space ranger

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XBox Live's Major Nelson, aka Larry Hyrb, helped announce the arrival of a new bluetooth-enabled headset for XBox 360.  The headset is equipped with a switch that will toggle it between XBox and Bluetooth modes, allowing users to connect to mobile phones, computers and more.  In addition, the power/mute button will now double as the "action" button for answering calls, etc. while connected to Bluetooth.

The new addition to the XBox accessories arsenal will go on to replace the current Xbox standard when it is released in November.  It will retail for $59.99.  The ability to switch from talking on the phone to communicating on a PC or over XBox Live is one more move in the Microsoft's direction of tying all of its platforms together with its "3 screens" approach.  The size and aesthetic lends itself a little better to playing Gears of War in the living room than to wearing around the office or into your local Starbucks, but the versatility is great.

Major Nelson posted a short video describing the features in greater detail on the XBox YouTube page .  You can also see a gallery of the new headgear, along with a new XBox media remote, here.

Source: Major Nelson

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3 years ago

YallaApps to bring in ad network support soon

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YallaApps recently added paid app support (to complement free submissions), as well as setting up a new payment gateway with MoneyBookers enabling an easy way for developers to pay (and be paid from purchases). The service, unfortunately, doesn't currently sport in-app advertising options for free submissions, thus not having adverts displayed in free apps.

One of our readers decided to get in touch with YallaApps and query whether or not they are looking to bring this option to the table. The response was somewhat positive:

"Microsoft Ads are currently not supported in our market. However we are working on a few options to get ad support to all our users.

We are expecting for this to be implemented within the next 2 months."

By somewhat I mean it's not a definite answer as to what this implementation will be. But it is good news for developers who use YallaApps, as an option for advertising in freely submitted apps will open up a new path for revenue streaming, which can prove effective should the app in question have high usage.

We recently covered how Microsoft Advertising yields 71% higher than Google AdMob. Having this network implemented in YallaApps would be sweet, but we don't see it happening, especially when it's not available anywhere else but in the U.S.

Thanks Hazem for the heads up!

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3 years ago

TodayXLive gives Windows Mobile a WP7 makeover

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Still holding out on making the jump from WinMo 6.X, but want the look of WP7?  If so, TodayXLive is the app for you.  TodayXLive is a plugin for your Today screen that gives you a tile-based start page, complete with live updating.  The plugin works for Windows Mobile Pocket PC 5 and 6 and requires .NET Compact Framework 3.5.

Loffactory, the developer of TodayXLive, recommends disabling all Today items that you are not using, so you can save some battery life.  If you want to give it a go, you can download it here. (Anyone tempted to fire up their old WinMo device, for old times sake?)

Source: FreewarePocketPC

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