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3 years ago

Harbor Master version 1.2 release notes have arrived

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Imangi Studios, makers of Harbor Master, just released another patch for its fine line-drawing game. WPCentral has bravely fought off a nasty batch of pirates in order to deliver the patch’s contents.

Harbor Master version 1.2 change log:

  • Fixed the Xbox Live leaderboards to show all time high scores instead of weekly high scores
  • …and that’s it.

Not a huge change, but it’s certainly nice to have the leaderboards working right!

In Harbor Master, players direct ships to port by drawing lines on the touch screen. After a ship has unloaded its cargo, it must also be steered safely away. Seven levels with hazards like cyclones and sea monsters, plus some fairly tough Achievements, will keep players busy for a long time. For more details, check our preview here. Our full review will arrive to port any day now.

Harbor Master costs $2.99 and has a free trial. Pick it up here (Zune link) on the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Indoor Bing maps on Mango

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Indoor Bing maps on Mango

Another awesome feature (should it be gradually made available for users globally) that has come to light is indoor Bing maps on Mango. Thinking about going to a nearby shopping mall, but can't be bothered to visit the website and check the map? Soon your Windows Phone might be able to lend you a helping hand.

Mango will feature Bing indoor maps so users can view the insides of locations and buildings - stores in a shopping mall for example. Unfortunately this is still in apparent early stages, but I can't think of another smartphone off the top of my head that features this unique functionality. There's also a button in the top-right corner that allows you to switch between levels in multi-story buildings/locations.

Here are some indoor maps that Microsoft has added to the desktop version of Bing maps. What do you guys think of this feature? Neat, eh?

Source: PocketNow

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3 years ago

Garmin StreetPilot - Review

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Garmin StreetPilot - Review

Garmin recently released StreetPilot over at the Windows Phone Marketplace. StreetPilot looks really good, is feature rich but carries a healthy price tag ($39.99). While the high price might be justified, Garmin doesn't provide a trial version to StreetPilot to allow Windows Phone users a chance to try it out first before investing the non-refundable $40.

Over the past few days we've taken StreetPilot out for a test drive and after tinkering with StreetPilot, it appears the navigation app is worth the $40 based on the number of features.  But, is it worth the $40 with regards to performance? Well...that may be a different story.

Ease on past the break to read more on StreetPilot and see how it measures up to the sticker price.

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3 years ago

Developer Interview: Red Badger

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Developer Interview: Red Badger

This weekend we have the delight in publishing an interview with Cain Ullah from Red Badger, the team behind Birdsong. Being among the top rated social apps on the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace, Birdsong is a simple, quick and good looking Twitter client. Cain quickly runs us through how focus and deployment is everything and how he views WP7.

Fly on past the break for the interview. 

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3 years ago

Windows Phone used for tracking in Rallye International de Bourgogne

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We've seen Windows Phone in space, now we can see it being used in a full on rally race. Evidently, 10 cars in the Rallye International de Bourgogne for 2011 will be sportin' a Windows Phone with custom GPS tracking software. Reason? So you can follow where the cars are on the live Bing maps, of course. Granted, there are a 120 cars involved, so 10 is but a drop in the bucket, but with distributing the phones according to  "the top seed in the back of the pack", there should be a relatively even distribution amongst all the racers.

The race evidently will run for two days and instead of having the phones plugged in (what, no cigarette lighters in rally cars?), the phones will be running with the screen off and all services turned off except phone and data. The phones are reportedly HTC Mozarts running NoDo (guess they couldn't get dev unlocked).

Anyways, it sounds like a cool use of GPS, Windows Phone and custom software by Vivien Chevallier and we look forward to seeing how the whole experiment works out.

Read more at MonSmartphone (French) and follow the race here with the Live Map. (Thanks, Michael B., for the heads up!)

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3 years ago

Colbert Report, MTV News, Kayak.com pulled from the Marketplace?

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Unfortunately we have no info on this, but yes, evidently the Colbert Report's The Word, MTV News and Kayak.com apps have been pulled from the Marketplace. And that's just what we know of  (anyone else see any others?).

Usually this happens because the app is broken, violates something in the Marketplace or perhaps the companies aren't happy with the app and what them redesigned (e.g. what happened with the Engadget app). It's even more odd since Colbert has been updated twice since its release, though it still shows v1.00.

We'll keep an ear out both as to a reason and if they return, but for now if you have 'em, best not to uninstall them.

Edit: Add 'Cartoon TV' to the list of missing apps and which we reviewed here.

(Thanks, SEKKDS, for the heads up)

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3 years ago

Ultimate Guitar Tabs, hitting the Marketplace chords

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Ulitmate Guitar USA is offering Ultimate Guitar Tabs over at the Windows Phone Marketplace. The app is an easy, well laid out means for viewing guitar, bass and drum tabulatures and chords.

Tapping into the Ultimate-Guitar.com database, Ultimate Guitar Tabs has access to over 300,000 tabs. You can search tunes two ways. Simple Search finds your tabs by artist or song title. Advanced Search allows you to search by tab type, a portion of the song, difficulty level, tuning, and rating. Other key features of the Ultimate Guitar Tabs includes:

  • UG Authorization: Sign in with your Ultimate Guitar account, or create a new one directly from the app.
  • Favorites: Add Tabs to your Favorites to make them available for offline browsing. Synchronize Tabs between the app and your online account!
  • Chords: View chord diagrams while reading Chords, transpose chords easily.
  • Tab Packs: Collections of pre-selected Tabs. Tab Packs are based on skills level (Easy, Medium, Advanced), music genres (Rock, Metal, Punk), and special occasions (Love songs, Xmas songs).
  • Top 100 Tabs list for each Tab type (Guitar, Bass, Chords, Drums or overall).
  • Auto-scroll feature: View Tablature in the text viewer using the handy Auto-Scroll functionality, the App will scroll Tabs for you!
  • Random Tab: Load Tab for a random song.

Ultimate Guitar also supports both landscape and portrait modes. If you're learning the guitar or wanting a hefty database of tunes to play, Ultimate Guitar is worth a look. The only downside is that there's no trial version available but the full version is only running $2.99. You can find Ultimate Guitar Tabs here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

Thanks goes out to Sean for the tip!

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3 years ago

4th & Mayor v2.2 hits the Marketplace, fixes issues

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For those who rely on 4th & Mayor for your Foursquare checkins, you'll be pleased to know that version 2.2 is hitting the Marketplace now. The app just showed up in our Marketplace, meaning it should be propagating everywhere very soon.

To refresh, 4th & Mayor had a bug this week caused by changes on Foursquare's end, resulting in a 'What's New' page popping up when trying to checkin to a location (see more here). Version 2.2 fixes that as well as addresses a few other issues:

  • Updated to work with latest foursquare services.
  • Adding a place/venue bug fixes.
  • Friend requests now show up in your profile more clearly
  • Added a link in the About menu to the official foursquare app

As usual, you can grab the install file here from the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

WorldCard Mobile for WP7

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WorldCard Mobile for WP7

A carry over from our Windows Mobile days, WorldCard Mobile, has made the transition to Windows Phone 7. WorldCard Mobile for Windows Phone allows you to scan business cards with your phone's camera, dissect the information and create contacts from that information.

Additional features include:

  • Support business cards in five languages: English, French, German, Italian and Spanish; with more to in the works
  • Auto entry of your contact info into your phone
  • Make phone calls, emailing, texting, looking up location on maps, visiting websites
  • Manage contacts with groups and in alphabetical order
  • Keyword search (full name, company name, email)
  • Browse business card images
  • Support for social networks such as Twitter and Facebook

WorldCard Mobile was a successful Windows Mobile app and based on the looks of things, it will be equally well received on the Windows Phone. If you want to get rid of those stacks of business cards or need an easier way to transfer the info to your Windows Phone, WorldCard is worth a try.

There is a free trial version of WorldCard Mobile available with the full version running $9.99. You can find both here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Multiple Google calendars in Mango [How to]

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Multiple Google calendars in Mango [How to]

 

Should you have multiple Google calendars set up and used frequently you'll smacking your head against a brick wall when it comes to adding them in Windows Phone 7. Luckily, with Mango, Anthony Chu (lead developer of Wonder Reader for WP7) has posted a tutorial on how to enable multiple Google calendars. It's actually really simple and takes no more than five minutes (unlike attempting to use other Google services).

Requirements for this are as follows:

  • WP7 device running Mango
  • More than one Google calendar set up
  • Safari (for Windows/OS X) 

With the above requirements met, what we need to do is get to the section on the Google website where you can select which calendars to synchronise with devices that are connected to your account. By default, this seems only viewable to iOS devices and presumably Android handsets. We need to change our user agent in our browser to fool Google into believing we're Safari on iOS.

In the walkthrough below, Anthony uses Safari as it has built-in ability to manipulate the user agent easily and quickly. Any desktop browser will do so long as you can alter the UA. Head on past the break to view the steps. 

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3 years ago

Mobile Nations 2: Not yet begun to fight!

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Mobile Nations 2: Not yet begun to fight!

Kevin, Phil, and Rene discuss whether or not Google should buy RIM, how BlackBerry can fight back, is Google MIA in the patent wars, Google+ is here, the TouchPad has landed, and will there be a second new iPad this year? Bringing together the heads of state of Android, BlackBerry, iOS, webOS, and Windows Mobile for full on round-table action. This is Mobile Nations!

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3 years ago

Mango with Marketplace on HD2

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Mango with Marketplace on HD2

Let's face it, the HTC HD2 is pretty amazing.  And the minds over at XDA are equally amazing.  Together this dynamic combination has turned a Windows phone into a dual-booting Win/Android wonder and a Mango-toting machine.  However, early iterrations of latter inovation had one big problem: Windows Live services did not work when Mango was ported over to the HD2.

Well, fear not.  The members over at XDA have done it again, working out the bugs to provide the masses with a Mango ROM for the HD2, complete with a working Marketplace.  If you are feeling adventurous, click the link below to get it.  Remember, we just bring you the news, we are not responsible for fried devices or Steve Ballmer showing up at your house with gym sock full of quarters.

Update: In an interview with All Things D, Microsoft's Bill Cox says the following about hacking the HD2: “We say tinker away with Mango and enjoy the juice...But beware the fine print — unlocking phones may void your warranty.” Nice to see Microsoft taking a more laid-back approach to the XDA devs.

Source: XDA; Via: PocketNow

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3 years ago

Foursquare v2.2 with speed improvements now available

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Foursquare seems to be on a roll, first re-releasing a much improved 2.0 last week, followed by a 2.1 bug-fix just 24 hours later and now version 2.2.

Like we predicted, Foursquare would be working on the improving the speed and handling of the official Foursquare app. Version 2.2 just went live in the Marketplace and has brought some much needed enhancements to menu transitions and loading times.

We've been running it for the last half hour and have to admit that it certainly feels much better with saner load times, finally making this app a serious contender. Kudos to Foursquare for the quick updates and improvements. (And for you '4th & Mayor' users, a bug fix should be released today for that app)

Grab version 2.2 in the Marketplace now. (Thanks, Shipwreck)

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3 years ago

Blizzard Battle.net Mobile Authenticator for Windows Phone released

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For all you World of Warcraft or Starcraft II basement dwellers who've been yearning for an "official" Battle.net Authenticator, good news as you can go and grab it now:

"Protect your Battle.net account with Blizzard's official Battle.net Mobile Authenticator app for your Windows Phone 7 device. The Battle.net Mobile Authenticator is an optional tool that offers an additional layer of security to help prevent unauthorized account access. Each time you log in to a Battle.net account, you’ll use the Battle.net Mobile Authenticator to generate a unique, one-time use password to use in addition to your regular password. Log in with both and you can rest easy knowing that the account is more secure against unauthorized access."

Rumor has it it's as good if not better than the iPhone/Android versions. There are two other third party authenticators in the Marketplace, one from Velocity Studios ($0.99) and Robert Garfoot (free). Since we don't use Blizzard for, well, anything, we'll leave it to you to discern the finer points. Version 1.0 came out three days ago and version 1.1 just went live today, so support seems to be pretty solid.

You can grab it here in the Makretplace or check our Blizzrd's blog. (Thanks, William R., for the heads up)

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3 years ago

BooksAlive series of childrens books by XIMAD

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The team at XIMAD, who have brought us  titles such as Bubble Birds, 100 Top World Wonders and an array of joke apps, have now revealed their latest project for Windows Phone 7: BooksAlive.

The BooksAlive series will offer children and their parents insteresting apps with high quality. XIMAD have just released two new titles for this series: The Little Engine That Could and The Real Princess (Zune links). Some highlight features:

  • Illustrations that respond to your hand-gestures and come to life as you flip the pages
  • Objects that move and get animated when you tilt your device and tap on its screen
  • A perfect way to get your children interested in reading and keep them entertained whenever you are busy.

Both are availabe on the Marketplace for $0.99 and appear to be popular ebooks already. Check out two videos after the break for the two ebook titles mentioned above. 

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