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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 helped solve a mystery on 'Bones' last night

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Okay, not really. But WP7 did get another product placement last night when Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan received an important text message during an interrogation.

Once again, it was LG that received the honor of placement, much like last week on The Vampire Diaries and earlier this week on Hawaii Five-0. We're not sure how they get all the promo spots, but hey, seems to work.

What show will our trusty new OS appear on next? Stay tuned!

Thanks, Jamie P, for the tip

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4 years ago

First Look: go down the wiki-hole with WikiRand on WP7 [Video]

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While we like to showcase the "big" apps here at WPCentral, we can't forget the thousands of indy develoeprs out there.

WikiRand is one of my new favorite apps due to its simplicity and feeding on my unsatiiable quest for odd knowledge. The program adds a Tile to your start screen and it randomly downloads articles from Wikipedia. It then displays the image from that article and title, giving you a sneak peak.

The app automatically updates, though I'm not sure how often (looks to be every hour) and wile you can turn that on/off, you can't set the interval. It doesn't use much data as the article is only downloaded if you click the tile. It can take a few seconds to load over 3G but it's fast over Wi-Fi. Other than that though, for $0.99 (Try-before-you-buy is available) you can't beat it.

Highly recommended for you wiki addicts.

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4 years ago

Facebook users don't want Windows Phone 7

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Out of an online poll of 42,000+ respondents, a whopping 76% responded in the negative AT&Ts question on whether they would buy a Windows Phone 7 device.

Ouch.

Considering how well Windows Phone 7 works with Facebook and Microsoft's deep connections to the social site (via Bing), those sure are some high negatives. Microsoft certainly has their work cut out for them, but this is a marathon, not a sprint. I'd also make some joke about teenagers and Facebook, but I think there are more older folk than younger ones these days. Could also be that they're thinking of Windows Mobile, not WP7.

[Related note: everyone who sees my Samsung Focus is pretty blown away by it]

Source: @manan

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4 years ago

Review: Samsung Focus

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Review: Samsung Focus

One of the more anticipated Windows Phone 7 releases was the Samsung Focus. The black slab phone gained appeal with its 4" super-AMOLED screen and thin form factor making it one of the more anticipated Windows Phone 7 releases.

The tell of the tape has the Focus measuring in at 4.8" tall x 2.5" wide x .4" thick and weighing a meager 3.88 ounces. The Focus sports a glossy black and gray finish with chrome accents. It feels solid in the hand with just enough curves to eliminate a boxy feel.

Join us after the break for more on the Samsung Focus.

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4 years ago

Deal alert: HTC HD7 for $75 at Wirefly starting 11/12? [Confirmed!]

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Evidently Black Friday starts a week early now. Go America. (I Have to put this with a question mark because the wording is a bit unclear/almost too good to be true.)

Starting tomorrow, you can pick up the HTC HD7 at Wirefly for $99.99

  1. Free activation
  2. Free shipping
  3. Use coupon WIREFLYHD79 for $25 off

Using that coupon gets you to $74.99 which is ridiculously low. What's unclear is the order of the pricing: is it $99 after the $25 coupon or before? I'm leaning towards before, making this a heck of  deal. We'll update as soon as it becomes clear.

Update: Indeed, the price is just $74.99 after doing the above! Great time to pick up that HD7.

Source: i4U.com

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4 years ago

Radio Shack on board with Windows Phone 7

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Looks like your local Radio Shack will also carry a few Windows Phone 7 handsets, starting "this week".  The Shack will carry three devices for around the same prices as everyone else:

  • LG Quantum: $179
  • HTC HD7: $199 ($249 for upgrades)
  • Samsung Focus: $199

You can also order them through their Direct2U service if you're too lazy to head to the mall.

Source: MarketWatch

 

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4 years ago

HTC Surround, LG Quantum: $0.01 till Monday on Amazon Wireless

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Title says it all. Till Monday, you can grab yourself a new HTC Surround or LG Quantum (no Focus, sorry) for a low one-cent with a new contract. You'll have to "add to cart" to see the price:  LG Quantum, HTC Surround.  Of note is that the Surround is the #2 best selling phone, followed by the LG.

Part of Amazon's running deals, including a few other phones like the LG eXpo. Seems like a great deal to us.

Source: Amazon Wireless; via Phone Arena, Mobile Crunch; Thanks, @mearsfan25

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4 years ago

Dell admits to Wi-Fi issues, expects to resume shipments 11/19

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In the on going saga of the Venue Pro, Dell finally had to come clean on the matter. Faced with shipping delays, lack of availability and Wi-Fi connection issue (can't connect to secured networks), the hardware maker is not off to a great start despite much customer anticipation.

The Wi-Fi issue stems from an error during production, which seems sort of obvious at this point. Devices purchased at the Microsoft store can be exchanged for new ones starting at the end of next week. Likewise, some of the Venue Pros were sold with mislabeled batteries, stating that they were "engineering" i.e. not for retail versions.

No word on whether production can or will be ramped up or whether you'll be able to get your hands on one anytime soon. We already mentioned the delay at Clove UK and it seems that at least for a few months, Venue Pros will be tough to come by. Hopefully Dell can get this all figured out as the Venue is one slick looking device.

Source: Direct2Dell Company Blog; via BGR

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4 years ago

AT&T offering $100 savings with online purchases

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Holding out on a Windows Phone 7 device until the holiday savings hit? Your wait is over.

AT&T is offering a $100 discount on select phones that includes the Samsung Focus and HTC Surround. As with most offers, there are a few catches.

The offer requires online activation on qualified rate plans $39.99 or more with a two year agreement. The iPhone, Gophones, netbooks and other devices are not eligible but we did add both the Focus and Surround to a shopping cart and their price dropped from $199.99 to $99.99.

There was no indication on AT&T's site on how long this promotion will last. Oh, and as an added bonus, you get free two-day Priority Shipping on your order.

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4 years ago

New AT&T Windows Phone 7 ads are cute & effective

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Finally some decent looking AT&T ads are showing up on TV and the internets. What's nice is that these commercials focus on the phones themselves, demonstrating some of their unique capabilities. One shows the awe inducing screen of the Samsung Focus the other the great speakers of the Surround (see review) While short, they're at least headed in the right direction.

Now if AT&T could only get some Focus's in stock! Let us know what you think in comments.

One more after the break!

Source: ShareATT ; via everythingwm

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4 years ago

Your Angry Birds for WP7 update: They're looking into it

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For those of you who are very anxious to get Angry Birds on Windows Phone 7 (see this forum thread), the developers of said super popular game, Rovio, have chimed in on the matter. Kind of.

As you can see above, in response to the question of them making a port for our beloved phones, they said "We are looking into that, nothing to announce quite yet".

It's almost sad that the above quote is news-worthy, but darn it all if that game is not in high demand by people these days. Now stop asking already!

Source: @roviomobile

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4 years ago

USB Tethering support discovered for Samsung Focus & Omnia 7

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Looks like a good morning for Samsung users! Taking that diagnostic menu one step further has allowed folks to figure out how to tether their Samsung WP7 devices, in addition to (the less exciting) MAC ID address.

The hack is pretty straightforward, though it will hose your Zune-over-3G sync option (leaving Wi-Fi sync intact). Overall it sounds like a good solution, so long as you don't run over your cap (2GB for most on AT&T).

Registering may fail on the first attempt, but try a second time and it should succeed.

    1. Open your phone and dial “##634#” then press call. You’ll go into the Diagnosis Menu (going forward this icon appears in your programs so you don’t need to dal that again). This is just a phone dialer with a little icon and note on top.
    2. In diagnosis mode (phone dialer) dial “*#7284#” and a dialogue will pop up letting you change the settings from Zune to modem or “Modem, USB dialog.”. You want to go with “Modem, Tethered Call”. It will restart you phone after a few seconds. Once it restarts, connect to your PC over USB and drivers will be installed on your computer. Now go to your connections on your PC and you’ll see that a Samsung modem was added.
    3. On your PC you need to change the setting for the Samsung modem. If you set it to prompt for user name you’ll be able to put in the login info. This is all it is:

      number: *99***1#

      user name: WAP@CINGULARGPRS.COM

      password: CINGULAR1

      Source: Mobility Digest

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      4 years ago

      Windows Phone 7 and OS updates: lots of speculation, little to go on

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      Lately, there has been a lot of talk about how updates will work on Windows Phone 7. Now there's talk about talk about talk in Ars Technica's latest article on the subject. Much of this we find amusing but not too illuminating. Still, we'll take a crack at why some of this is wrong and misguided.

      The issue, we believe, starts from what Microsoft's Charlie Kindel said awhile back about WP7:

      "We want everyone on the same version of the OS." He continued, "Updates will be available through the Zune desktop or over the air." Larger updates would be handled through the Zune software while minor updates would be handled OTA.

      Recently however, Windows Phone Thoughts had an in-depth interview with Andrew Brown, Program Manager for Windows Phone Update who stated that OTA updates are now out of the picture.

      Reason? Read more to find out why and why some of Ars Technica's arguments are either incorrect or unimportant.

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      4 years ago

      Find your MAC address on the Samsung Focus

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      One complaint we've seen in regards to Windows Phone 7 is when people have tried to set up Wi-Fi on their secured home network. In short, there is no easy easy way to grab your MAC address for configurations that require it.

      Luckily in this case, the Samsung Focus is different from the others by having a diagnostic screen that reveals this info. The directions are easy enough, as described by Mobility Minded, reminiscent of older tricks from Windows Mobile:

      • Go to the Phone section (as if you were going to make a call)
      • Enter ##634# and select “Call“
      • It did not call anything. There should now be a “Diagnosis” option on the top of your screen;
      • Go to Diagnosis and a keypad comes up and enter *#1234# –It should bring up a menu that includes the WiFi Mac Address

      Source: Mobility Minded; via wmpoweruser

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      4 years ago

      WPCentral Interview: The 1st person to buy Windows Phone 7 in the U.S. (Richard Mungeer)

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      Monday was a big day with a few of us trekking around to find ourselves a new Windows Phone 7 device, including the elusive Samsung Focus.

      Richard Mungeer was deemed by Microsoft to be the first person in the U.S. to pick up the phone, similar to Jourdan Templeton in New Zealand from the international launch.

      We thought it was a cool honor by Microsoft, even if technically some AT&T stores broke the embargo and allegedly sold some devices on Sunday (curses!). Anyways, we had a chance to speak with Richard about the whole thing, including how it happened and about his phone choice (Focus), and about camping out at 1am in front of the store, in anticipation. That's right folks, he has us beat for dedication.

      Take a read after the break for six short questions with the only person who can say "First!" here at WPCentral!

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