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3 years ago

Nokia and MS giving 100 Windows phones to devs in Czech Republic

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Now that Nokia's Lumia 710 and 800 have made it to the Czech Republic, Microsoft and Nokia have teamed up to try to spark up some developer interest in them.  In a new contest, they will be awarding Lumia 800s to the first 100 developers who get three apps to the Marketplace and total fifty downloads.  The contest has been running since February 1 and will continue until May 31, or until the 100 phones have been given out.  

Early reports are that Nokia sales have been pretty strong since coming to the Czech Republic.  The combined effort by Microsoft and Nokia to market their products to both consumers and developers alike seem to be paying off.  Hopefully, the strategy proves to be successful in other parts of the world as well.

Source: MobileMania; Thanks for the tip, Michal!

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3 years ago

Nokia Netherlands introduces Lumia 800 white [Video]

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It's a Lumia 800 white announcement day today it seems, and now Nokia Netherlands has decided to join in with a video introduction of the handset. This is a perfect addition to the Lumia family of Windows Phones from the Finnish manufacturer, we've got a number of black handsets so it's good to see some opposite options being made available (and we know Apple fans go crazy for white versions of the iProducts).

As mentioned in the announcement, the white Lumia 800 will be heading to the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Finland, Poland and Switzerland first, with other countries to follow.

Source: YouTube, thanks Peter for the tip!

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3 years ago

Lumia 800 white version announced and hands on [Video]

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To fit in nicely with Nokia showing off the upcoming Lumia 800 white version, SlashGear have got their hands on the device. Looking fairly impressive, this handset features a unique feature that differentiates this version from the other themed 800s. As can be seen in the above video (as well as the photo shots below) the white 800 sports a glossy finish, bouncing light in all manner of directions, and looks almost identical to the N9 variant. 

Don't allow the glossy look to fool you though, this is still a polycarbonate unibody that has been dyed all the way through. The white Lumia 800 is expected to be available later this month in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Finland, Poland and Switzerland, with other countries to follow. Check out a few shots of the handset after the break. So, what colour are you?

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3 years ago

The Rise & Fall of a Windows Phone Marketplace Scammer

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: River Pirates

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The majority of the Windows Phones tower defense games take place on dry land. River Pirates is the latest tower defense game for your Windows Phone that adds a little water into the mix.

River Pirates has an invading horde of pirates sailing up river to attack your stronghold. You defend your keep by placing a variety of defenses along the river's banks to prevent the pirates from navigating the river from one side of the screen to the other.

River Pirates is a simple tower defense game that has enough challenge to it to keep you interested. Graphics and animations are nice but also simple. There's just not a lot of pop to the game but for some reason River Pirates kept pulling me back in.

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3 years ago

Monday Brief: WP8 Features, Fitness Month, Free PlayBooks, and an iPad 3 Giveaway

3 years ago

Nokia teases white Lumia 800 Windows Phone

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Nokia has published a new photo on their Facebook page which shows three Lumia 800s being held for display, while a fourth hand poses in the same position but holds no handset. What's significant about this photo are the nails. We have colours matching the 800 that's being held, but the fourth hand (which isn't holding a device) has white nails. Anyone remember a white Lumia 800 coming soon? 

Source: Facebook (Nokia), thanks to everyone who tipped us on this!

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3 years ago

Post everywhere with Seesmic Ping on Windows Phone

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Seesmic has come out with an interesting app that some of you will find interesting. It's a post-everywhere type app where you just fill out one field and send it off to the interwebs.

Perfect for those with multiple Twitter profiles, a Facebook account or two and even throw in a LinkedIn for safe keeping, Seesmic Ping seems to have it all covered.  What's unique about Ping though is the ability to add as many accounts as you want, allowing you to post to one or all per post. You can even share links and add photos with a thumbnail view with ease.

Even better, it allows you to write drafts for later, allowing the system to "auto post" for you at a specific date or time. This is all done not so much via the app but by using Seesmic's "log in" system where they basically maintain all of your accounts for you, much like their Desktop app. It's a neat little service and for those on the go who need to remote post, probably one of the best (and perhaps only) solution for Windows Phone.

We've been playing with the app and ran it through some test posts with no problem. We have to admit, it is convenient to use and to the point. Plus it's free so there's not too much to complain about here. The Ping service was recently launched across iOS and Android too so it's nice to see Seesmic giving Windows Phone the nod too as it came out at the same time.

Pick it up here in the Marketplace for free. Thanks, Amir, for the heads up

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3 years ago

Developer Interview: keyboardP of Air Pick Voice

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3 years ago

Native YouTube playback gets updated for Windows Phone

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Looks like those cats at YouTube are doing some background changes to their player. Although the "player" aka browser app for Windows Phone is still at a paltry v1.0, the actual streaming handled via HTML5 seems to be now more robust.

Take a gander at our screenshot above and you can now see the "HQ" option now shows up. As a result, the quality has dramatically improved to the point that we could actually, you know, use it. Sure, it's no YouTube Pro but for the occasional use, we're happier with this level of playback than the previous version. Anyone else noticing the changes?

Thanks, parthp90, for the tip

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3 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: Save my Spot!

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If you've ever had trouble remember where you saw something you need Save My Spot! for your Windows Phone. Save My Spot! allows you to record the GPS coordinates of the spot you need help remembering, add tons of descriptive information on the spot, and helps track you back when the need arises.

Save My Spot! is a simple, effective way to tag favorite locations or spots. It is a handy Windows Phone app to record where you've been and help you remember how to get back there again.

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3 years ago

Hit the Bunnies bounces into the Windows Phone Marketplace

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Remember the arcade game Whak-o-Mole? There just happens to be a variation of this game over at the Windows Phone Marketplace titled Hit the Bunnies. Instead of whacking moles as they pop up from their mole holes, you're smacking bunny rabbits as they pop out of their rabbit holes.

Hit the Bunnies is a decent reaction oriented game for your Windows Phone. Simple graphics, simple animations, simple game play but you have to stay on your toes to whack all the bunnies. The main menu has options to access the games settings (sound/music on or off) and play the game.

You begin the game with three lives and for each bunny you fail to hit, you lose a life. Hit the Bunnies is a multi-level game and as you successfully make it through a level, you gain a life.  As the game progresses, the speed and agility of these furry little rabbits increases making the game more challenging. There's also a slight addictive quality to the game that keeps pulling you back to better your score.

There is a free trial version available for Hit the Bunnies (limits you to about five levels of play) and the full version will run you $.99. You can find Hit the Bunnies here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

From the WPCentral Forums: Sales reps and Windows Phone (The Good the Bad & the Ugly)

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One topic that seems to come up a lot in the forums is individual experience with sales representatives when looking at a Windows Phone. For the longest time these posts were mostly bad experiences, after all Windows Phone is the "new kid on the block" so it seems to take a beating on most occasions. Yet Windows Phone continues to get great reviews and its popularity is increasing. The positive news is on the rise and so are the forum posts about great experiences when inquiring about Windows Phone devices. Still, there are all sorts of stories that you folks are sharing with each other. Here are a few:

In the thread "Rogers impressed me today", forum member based_graham had a great experience with a sales rep:

"So I went into Rogers today and saw this sweet looking Nokia Universal Dash so I tried it out with my Lumia 800 and all goes well so at the counter I asked about the 710 and the sales guy was like "Yeah we just got them in for 255 unlocked. Amazing phone the only phone to really rival the iOS and functionality with Mango is amazing" he kept going on and on about it and briefly mentioned that they might get the Lumia 900 in March/May. He also said that Mango and Lumia phones have all been getting great reviews etc

Glad to see sales rep in Canada excited about it of course its only one store but I might pop in another Rogers and see what they have to say about it. I was going to buy it straight up but its not unlocked kinda choked."

In "Odd thing T-Mo rep told me while looking at Lumia 710 today", forum member speedtouch had an interesting interaction when inquiring about getting a Lumia 710 off contract.

"My wife and I went to T-Mo today so that I could show her the Lumia 710. I had been to a different T-Mo store last week to see it for myself. While speaking with the T-Mo rep today I told him I was not interested in getting a 2-yr contract. I want to buy the phone outright and go on a month-to-month plan. He said that's fine but I would lose access to roaming on other non-T-Mo towers. That I would only have access to T-Mo towers, not to any other towers that T-Mo has roaming agreements with. Is this true? I have never heard of that before.

He said that the only way I could get access on non-T-Mo towers is by going with a contract on T-mo. My BS meter shot up to 100% when he told me that. Am I right and he's wrong?"

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3 years ago

Pick up the Windows Phone app Colorful for free this weekend

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In celebration of the Super Bowl, Colorful Apps is offering their Windows Phone app Colorful for free.

What is Colorful? Much like the Augmented Colors app we mentioned a while back, Colorful is a color detection app for your Windows Phone. It helps color blind people recognize, tag and compare colors. Some of the key features of the app include:

  • Use advanced filters that will compensate for your specific color deficiency.
  • Recognize colors in your surroundings using the new Mango camera capabilities.
  • Save up to 3 color tags for future reference and comparison.
  • Save an image with the additional information given by Colorful algorithms.

Colorful allows you to detect colors from photos on your Windows Phone as well as tagging colors from the live camera mode. You can save an unlimited number of color tags with Colorful as well as customize selecting the detail level or mode of the color name (simple, descriptive, artistic and developer). Colorful also gives you the ability to choose your color blindness type to further dial in the app.

Even if you aren't color blind, we can see Colorful coming in handy for painters, interior decorators, and others who have the need to identify colors.

You can find Colorful here at the Windows Phone Marketplace and remember through this weekend it is a free app. There is also a Lite version of Colorful that you can find here at the Marketplace but it has some functionality limits.

          

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3 years ago

ZEN and TECH 32: Mobile Nations health and fitness kickoff

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Georgia and Rene are joined by CrackBerry Kevin Michaluk to kickoff Mobile Nations Fitness Month. We break down how best to get started, set attainable goals, and get results, and address some of the most common questions and misconceptions. This is ZEN and TECH!

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