3 years ago
Mobile Nations 12: 2011 Mobile Gift Guide
Kevin, Phil, Derek, Dan, and Rene discuss the future of phone fashion, how to pick a tablet for the holidays, and what happens when all phones are smart. Plus, our holiday gift guide! This is Mobile Nations!
3 years ago
Rainbow Rapture receives massive Mango update, ringtones and wallpaper
Rainbow Rapture (free and paid) just received a huge Mango update today and boy is it impressive. Sure, we love the game as much as the thousands of others (4.5 stars out of 926 reviews) but guess what? The developer evidently loves us by giving us some awesome new features in both versions:
Fast app switching
Improved frame-rate (60FPS)
Added level 12 & 13
Fixed leaderboard crash bug
And the paid version gets even more with three ringtones (music from the game) and two custom wallpapers. Do you know how cool it is to have that theme song as your ringtone? We're totally thrilled with this update and at 60FPS, this game looks spetacular and plays even more smoothly.
Bravo to Kindling for putting out such a rewarding update. Pick up the paid version ($1.49) here in the Marketplace or the free, ad-supported version here.
3 years ago
Official Nokia-Deadmau5 event now available in HD
We mentioned just a few hours ago that Nokia would be bringing the video of Deadmau5 event from yesterday to the masses and they delivered. Heck, it's more than just the live stream too as it's been edited with details of the event, new shots and new angles to really bring a new feel to it. (We bet some editors were up all night cranking this thing out).
Best part you can even watch it in 1080P if your computer can handle it. So enjoy and congrats to Nokia to making some history.
3 years ago
Video Diary - App Preview
Video Diary is a video diary app that's heading to the Windows Phone Marketplace that we've been able to get a sneak peak of. The application is well laid out and segregates your video diary recordings from your People Hub (for privacy).
The main page of Video Diary has tile buttons to create a new video entry, access the app's help section, upload videos to your Dropbox account, access the settings, rate the app and view contact information for the developer. The second page of the app is your diary entry list. After you record a video, it is dated, time stamped and added to the list. To view a entry, just tap on it.
The settings are singular in that you have the ability to turn on/off a reminder feature to help you remember when to record your thoughts. Video Diary does have Live Tile support to remind you the reminder is set. Beyond that, Video Diary's interface is simple and straight forward.
To record an entry, just tap on the New Tile and your Windows Phone camera is launched. You have button controls to start/stop the recording. After you record a video, it is dated, time stamped and added to the list. To view a entry, just tap on it. Dropbox integration is just as simple. Tap on the Dropbox Tile and then tap on the listed video to upload.
All in all, Video Diary looks good. I like the simple lay out, straight forward interface, and the reminder feature is a nice touch. The only downside to Video Diary is that it doesn't support the front facing camera on second generation Windows Phones. Hopefully this will be a feature of future updates.
Look for Video Diary in the Marketplace within the next week or so. It is expected to be a free, ad-supported app and once we have the Windows Phone Marketplace link, we'll update the post.
3 years ago
Nokia to disappear in 2012?
Remember about a little over a year ago it was predicted that T-Mobile would disappear? Well the same group that predicted TMo's fate is now predicting that Nokia could close its doors in 2012.
24/7 Wall Street is predicting Nokia, along with other notables as Sony Ericsson, Sears, Saab and Kellogg's Corn Pops could disappear in 2012. Quoting from their reasoning behind predicting the demise of Nokia the articles states,
"Nokia is dead. Shareholders are just waiting for an undertaker. The world’s largest handset company has one asset: Nokia sold 25% of the global total of 428 million units sold in the first quarter. Its problem is that in the industry, the company is viewed as a falling knife."
24/7 does recognize that Nokia is in the process of changing over to "Microsoft Window mobile OS" but doesn't see that as helping because "Window mobile" has a tiny share of the market. The most likely scenario is that Nokia will be purchased potentially by HTC, Samsung or LG Electronics. The possibility of Microsoft buying Nokia is also mentioned.
We're not sure how much stock to put into these predictions of fate. In 2011 the list of companies predicted to fail included Blockbuster, Zales, RadioShack, Reader's Digest, and Thrift Auto Rental. Last I checked, along with T-Mobile, all of these companies are still around. We see Nokia as a strong contender in the smartphone market and that their partnership with Microsoft and Windows Phone will be a positive for the company.
I guess only time will tell which prediction is right.
source: 24/7 Wall Street Thanks goes out to the Doctor for tipping us on this!
3 years ago
MetroTube finally available in the Marketplace--launches with special offer
MetroTube, the rebranded, updated version of LazyTube, has finally launched in the Marketplace. Yes folks, the much anticipated YouTube client for Windows Phone that includes many new features, Live Tiles and a smooth, elegant interface that embraces the Metro UI is finally here for you to download and use daily. What's more, we're told it's launching with a special offer: an unrestricted, unlimited, ad-free trial in which you only pay the $0.99 if you feel the app is worth it.
That's some confidence right there.
A free, ad-supported version is in the final process of being approved for the Marketplace and in addition, we're told video-uploading will be featured in the next major update. So sit tight for that one. For those who opt for this $0.99 edition, you get
HD video streaming
Early access to new features
Chameleon tiles adapt to phone theme
Warm fuzzy feeling for supporting developers!
We took the app for a spin last week and walked away very impressed with the redesign and new features, so we have to give the thumbs up to this app for you YouTube fans. Certainly we expect this app to climb to the top of the most-downloaded on Windows Phone as it deserves a lot of the praise it is getting. So without further ado, here's the download link to the Marketplace.
Sound off in comments on your thoughts!
3 years ago
HTC facing tough times with Android; looks to a better 2012
It is hard to believe that HTC is having a rough year. After all, it seems like nearly every other day on Android Central a new phone of theirs is being released. Still, while they've shipped 25 million phones this year and their name is now well known, Samsung and Motorola have been grabbing the spotlight too, resulting in a less-than-stellar quarter in profits for smartphone manufacture. They're banking on a better year in 2012 where they estimate they'll ship 45 million phones and have some new "flagship" Android devices--devices which we already thought existed.
So why the sudden downturn? Over at PaidContent, they suggest two reasons:
They're betting a lot on Android. With its cutthroat competition in Android hardware, banking on the lil' robot has high rewards as well as high risks. If you're a hit with consumers, you win big. But if you don't have a "killer device" that year, you can flounder. This is why Nokia went with Windows Phone--the competition was less one-upmanship and they could really stake their ground instead of being just another player.
Patent costs. While Android once promised to be the "free OS" for OEMs in which they could reap pure profit, it turns out a lot customization to the OS by HTC in addition to the patent costs (due to Microsoft gaining licensing agreements with them) has hit their bottom line.
Of course this doesn't mean that Windows Phone will be their savior either, as our market share is still tiny. But perhaps if HTC starts putting more resources into that camp and growing the market, they could hedge off any looming Nokia threat. And yes, HTC should be very concerned with a looming Nokia, especially in the U.S. come 2012.
Source: PaidContent/Yahoo! Finance
3 years ago
Nokia posting live-stream of Deadmau5 tomorrow, catch most of it now
If you were like us, you watched a lot of the Nokia-Deadmau5 show via their Facebook page, only to have it cut off numerous times due to high server demand. Luckily, Nokia is planning on releasing the full-video sometime today on YouTube, Facebook and even Twitter. From the Nokia UK Facebook page:
"We’re sorry that some of you didn’t get to see the show tonight. We had some technical difficulties due to high demand, and are working through the night to get you the full show in HD tomorrow. Watch this space."
"deadmau5 live stream will be shown again tomorrow - we'll share the video with you all on our Facebook, YouTube and Twitter profiles. Keep your eyes peeled tomorrow for the link"
Not bad. But in the meantime, you can watched this "ripped" version (above) from the event via Ivegtononick on YouTube. Since it's taken from the Nokia stream, it's pretty stellar quality. You'll also find a fan-video after the break if you want to feel what it was like fro the audience's perspective. Reader Marco300, who sent that video, also lets us know that it was so packed with fans that the police had to be brought in to control crowds. His only major complaint of the event? The show was too short with Deadmau5 only getting a few minutes of prime time.
Still, we can't think what an awesome commercial this will make. Our favorite part? Watch it 0:56 and 1:45--pretty amazing effect, if you ask us. Nice job, Nokia. Check out Marco300's video after the jump.
3 years ago
RIM adding "security features" to iOS, Android through Mobile Fusion. Windows Phone, not yet.
To fight off the inevitable, RIM is looking to expand into security services to other mobile platforms which they hope will add some much needed cash to their dwindling reserves. The service, called Mobile Fusion, is expected to launch in Q1 on iOS and Android. Citing security concerns and their robust history of delivering device management via their NOC servers, RIM is looking for a new angle in the mobile industry. The new service will allow "...corporate IT staff to set and monitor rules for passwords, apps and software on a range of devices" and will also add remote find, lock and erase features.
"We will take full advantage of whatever security capabilities are provided by the core operating system. We're not going to hold that back in any way, shape or form."
Windows Phone is currently not on their plans for support, but they do note that if there is enough demand, they will certainly consider adding Windows Phone. That's fine for RIM and we're glad they're moving beyond smartphones, which is clearly not their forte anymore. But do we really need their services? We suppose from an IT perspective, if they can control iPhones, Androids and Windows Phone with all the same "switch" that my be a good sell, but obviously Windows Phone has a lot of this already built in via the Find My Phone feature. private Marketplace for app distribution and Exchange support.
So RIM, thanks but no thanks for reinventing the wheel. Still, Windows Phones does need beefier security (device encryption, etc.) which RIM can't fix as it's too deep in the OS. So Microsoft, we're looking at you.
3 years ago
geoDefense is the Deal of the Week. Ghostscape and Shuffle Party are the new Xbox LIVE titles.
Although the last few Deals of the Week have been "meh", this week's is pretty exciting. geoDefense, the futuristic tower-defense game with wowee-zowee sound effects will be going on sale from $2.99 to (we're guessing) the usual $1.99 price-point starting this Wednesday, November 30th.
In our review, we summarized the game as thus:
"geoDefense may not be the absolute finest tower defense game on Xbox Live (that honor goes to Plants vs. Zombies) but it is still a terrific title. Nothing it does rocks the boat, but that makes the game easy to understand and get into. Spikes in difficulty and the variable nature of tower costs and powers are minor annoyances that keep geoDefense away from perfection. But the game offers plenty of strategic fun and easy Achievements at a relatively low price, so strategy fans should lower their defenses and consider an immediate purchase."
The game is quite a lot of fun and well worth the $2.99 price. At $1.99 it's a steal, meaning we think you should give that trial a spin now so you'll be ready to purchase come Wednesday night. Seriously, once you upgrade your laser to max and hear that thing fire, obliterating everything in its path...you'll be sold. Or at least we were. Try out geoDefense right now here in the Marketplace.
And don't forget this week, Ghostscape and Shuffle Party will be both available as new Xbox LIVE titles, with of course the latter only being available in the U.S. for now. Sorry.
via: @KarlStricker; Thanks, DarkSynopsis, for the heads up.
3 years ago
CNET UK Editor choose Windows Phone
Add Rich Trenholm to the list of Windows Phone users. Rich is the News Editor over at CNET UK and had been using an iPhone. That is until he spent some time with the Nokia Lumia 800.
He notes that interface is king when it comes to measuring an OS and Windows Phone has it while the iPhone has been left behind. Trenholm does recognize the importance of processors, screen sizes, app stores and other aspects of a smartphone but if the interface is a chore to deal with the phone will falter.
"Windows Phone strikes the perfect middle ground between the two (the iPhone and Android). The slick, instantly recognisable and totally intuitive live tile interface is playful without being toylike, knocking Apple's once-revolutionary front end into a cocked hat. And on the other hand, widgets and dynamic live tiles give you the flexibility that marks Android."
Trenholm doesn't believe Windows Phone is perfect, noting, "the pool of apps is more like a muddy puddle" but sees the choice of the Lumia 800 over the iPhone as "utterly compelling".
source: CNET UK Thanks goes out to everyone who tipped us on this!
3 years ago
AT&T Samsung Focus S now on back order?
It looks like the HTC Titan isn't the only AT&T Windows Phone on back order these days. We've received numerous tips in the last thirty minutes from readers who have received emails this afternoon from AT&T with news on their Samsung Focus S order.
Unfortunately the emails weren't shipping confirmations but rather notifications that the Samsung Focus S they ordered is on back order. So far there hasn't been any indication when the Focus S will be back in stock. Oddly, if you check out AT&T website, the Focus S appears to still be in stock.
The news comes with mixed blessings. Nice to see the new Windows Phones flying off the shelves and bad that AT&T wasn't better prepared. Looking over at Amazon Wireless, they are showing the Focus S as shipping in 1 to 2 weeks. Hopefully, that's a good measure of time and everyone getting the back order emails won't have to wait for long.
Thanks for everyone who tipped us on this and thanks goes out to ninja1043 for the pic!
3 years ago
Sneak Peek: CarbonWP Twitter client for Windows Phone
If you've followed webOS at all, you'll know of a very popular Twitter client on that platform called Carbon. The developers of that spectacular app have ported it over to Windows Phone, now called CarbonWP, and it's nearly ready for release to the Marketplace. Actually, to say this is a port is not correct as the devs have taken months to work on taking advantage of all of Mango's abilities and really make this a Metro-Twitter app. We've seen it grow from early alpha-release to today and it's been a fun ride.
We've got our hands on the release candidate (RC1) and take it for a spin. Our thoughts? It's good, damn good. These guys are coming out swinging on v1.0 with a full-featured client that is exceptionally smooth and offers a lot of desired functionality, especially if you have multiple accounts. It's fast, fluid and smart. Will it be for everyone? Nope. Twitter clients are very personal choices, but we like what we see from these guys.
Peep after the break for the full list of features, watch the video to see it in action and gander at the pics to get an idea if this is something you'll want when released. We think it'll be a hit in the Marketplace. You?
3 years ago
Nokia Lumia Live event - the before
While the Nokia Lumia Live event featuring Deadmau5 is still going on (catch it live here) we thought we'd share a few pictures captured before the event. There's no telling how many cables, screens, computer and other gizmos were needed to transform the 800 windows of the 120 meter high Millbank Tower but from the looks of the live stream, Nokia did a good job of it.
We'll get some first hand observations up in a little while but based on the crowds it looks like the Nokia Lumia Live Event is a big success.
3 years ago
STREAMING: Deadmau5 rocking atop Millbank Tower for Nokia Lumia Live
As we post, Canadian artist Deadmau5 is atop Millbank Tower in London to performing live in a 4D extravaganza. The event is sponsored by Nokia as part of their Nokia Lumia Live series, and our very own Rich Edmonds and Jay Bennett are there. 800 windows of Millbank Tower have been transformed into a screen for a gigantic visual presentation (here's the teaser video).
If you are lucky enough to be there, say hello to our peeps. If not, be sure to catch the live stream above, and keep up with the action on FaceBook. You can also check out the teaser for some behind-the-scenes goodness.
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