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4 years ago

First! (Windows Phone 7 now on sale)

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First! (Windows Phone 7 now on sale)

According to Brad Bor, this is the first person to buy a Windows Phone 7 device as the new OS and phones have officially gone on sale...in New Zealand!

Don't worry folks, only a few more weeks till that sweet November 8th. Until then, you'll have to be like us and continue to read about it.

Congrats to this young man and his fine, fine purchase. Let the Windows Phone 7 era begin!

(Okay, there's no real way to know if he's really the first, but symbolically, he's it.)

Update: His name is Robert Paulson. His name is Robert Paulson....errr... His name is Jourdan Templeton. His name is Jourdan Templeton.

Source Twitter (@bradbor)

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4 years ago

Ask WPCentral: Should I upgrade my HD2 to an HD7?

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Ask WPCentral: Should I upgrade my HD2 to an HD7?

We're starting a new column here: 'Ask WPCentral' where we once or twice a week pick one of the many questions we get here.We often take these on the podcast (coming back soon, don't fret), but sometimes they're so good, we figured we would feature them on the site.

The first one goes to Jerry King who tweeted me a question regarding his HTC HD2 and it's pretty straightforward. It's also one we think many of you may be facing, hence the post.

Anyways, this isn't a black and white issue. But we'll do our best after the jump to break down the issue and help you to make a decision!

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4 years ago

Software developer throws down gauntlet to Google: shows how to code Google Maps in WP7

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Now here's a bold challenge: Joost van Schaik has demonstrated how easy it is to code Google Maps into a Windows Phone 7 application (taking advantage of Bing Map Control to do so; The image above is a Google Map satellite layer on top the Street layer, done with actual coding).

He dares Google to make a Google Maps application, suggesting if they don't, someone else will and they'll do it quickly.

While the rest of the post is coding-nerd material, the gist is obvious: Google Maps, if that's your thing*, should come to Windows Phone 7 by choice or by force. So which will it be Google?

* Yeah, I know. Who would want to use Google Maps when Bing kicks so much butt? Actually, the one pro for Google doing something official is the promise of Latitude/Buzz, which Microsoft still needs a competitive solution for...

Source: .NET by Example; via @SilverlightNews

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4 years ago

Board Express heading to Windows Phone 7

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We ran across an interesting app that's headed to the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. Board-Express is an app that allows you to connect to thousands of internet forums.

Board-Express will allow you to view, post and receive PM messages from about 8,000 different forums. There will be three versions of Board Express available for Windows Phones:

  • Board Express (free): Allows you to read from the forums but does not have the ability to post or access your PM messages.
  •  Board Express Pro ($2.99): Allows you to read, post, distinguish new threads and send PM messages.
  • Board Express Re-branding (for forum owners): This allows forum owners to publish a customized version with their own logo, name, splash screen, etc.

Board-Express has a search function to allow you to sift through the thousands of participating forums and the ability to tag your favorite forums. Board-Express uses the Tapatalk plugin which is currently installed on more than 8,000 forums including XDA Developers, HTC Mania and our personal favorite, WPCentral.

Board-Express will be available over at the Marketplace when Windows Phone 7 launches. It looks like an interesting way to stay in touch with all your discussion forums.

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4 years ago

Marketplace Spotlight: Hangman

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4 years ago

Verizon updates Network Extender to include 3G

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Verizon has updated it's Network Extender to offer 3G data coverage. Earlier models offers slower data connections but the updated version allows you to surf the web, download applications, send/receive text messages, and check your email at five bars of 3G speed.

The Samsung network extender will cost you $249.99 and provides up to 40 feet of coverage. There is no additional monthly charge for using the Verizon Wireless 3G Network Extender. According to the FAQ Section on Verizon's website,

"There are no additional costs to use just the Network Extender. You can simply purchase the unit and enjoy the benefit of enhanced in-home coverage. All rates and policies associated with your chosen calling plan will apply when connected to the Network Extender."

Which is a round about way of saying that the data and voice calls made through your Network Extender will eat into your package minutes and data plan.

If you live in an area that has poor coverage, these extenders are worth every penny. You can find out more about the Network Extender at Verizon and follow the break for the full presser.

via AndroidCentral

 

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4 years ago

HTC denies shipment delay problem

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HTC denies shipment delay problem

In a follow up to yesterday's story in which HTC's stock plummeted upon news of "shipment delays" in regards to Windows Phone 7, HTC has come out denying such charges.

ZDnet is reporting by personal communication with HTC that no such delays are occurring and that HTC are shipping devices this week as planned.

However, they are not denying earlier reports that they have had some issues "here and there" with the new devices (specifically, the proximity sensor having problems when on a call). They have said that things have "popped up" but they are addressing them as they occur. Of course, when launching a new OS on new hardware, we can expect the occasional issue to be found, though HTC seems to be a step ahead in combating such problems.

Source: ZDNet

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4 years ago

WPCentral interview with IdentityMine--developers of Twitter, IMDb & Graphic.ly for WP7

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We had a chance to chat with Jonah Sterling, Group Creative Director for IdentityMine, for a quick Q&A regarding their company, the software they have developed for Windows Phone 7 and their views on the development platform that Microsoft has laid out so far.

Being responsible for the official Twitter app on Windows Phone 7 (which does allow photo uploads despite earlier reports, more on that below), Graphic.ly (comic viewer), IMDb and SBB (train schedule), IdentityMine is at the forefront of some of the biggest name titles for Microsof'ts new mobile OS. If you want to know why they were chosen, please read on, as the interview is chock full of information and you may find yourself wanting to work for them--I know I do.

Take a coffee break and cozy on up for our 10 questions with IdentityMine after the break!

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4 years ago

Mo-Call VoIP app available for Windows Mobile

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The Morodo Group has announced that their VoIP app, MO-Call, is now available for Windows Phones running Windows Mobile.

According to the Press Release,

"MO-Call is free to download and new users receive free credit to trial the service. After the trial is over, MO-Call customers only pay for the minutes they use. MO-Call’s low international rates start from as little as 0.7p per minute and can save customers up to 90% compared to traditional mobile and telephone network operators."

In looking at local rates, calls within the United States will run you $.01 per minute. International rates range from $.03 per minute to the United Kingdom to $.14 per minute to Tanzania.  VoIP to VoIP calls are free. You also have the capability to send SMS messages over Mo-Call.

Mo-Call can also be accessed through fixed line phones and your computer.  For the a listing of all the compatible Windows Phones, download information and rates head on over to Mo-Call.com.

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4 years ago

Web gaming coming to Xbox.com & Windows Phone 7 tomorrow

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All things much change and according to Major Nelson, the Xbox.com website gets a big overhaul tomorrow (here are a few screen shots) .

While there are many changes, the biggest one is the ability to play web games over LIVE will be available. And if you or associate happens to have a Windows Phone 7 device, you can play them over the web. Boy does that sound like a time-killer at work.

Other notable changes are:

  • Browser based Avatar editor: Edit your avatar and preview avatar items before purchase
  • Combined views for messages, friend and game requests
  • Improved notification of your account subscription
  • Leverage Family Reports to understand what your family is doing and how they are using LIVE
  • Marketplace: More powerful search and more intuitive ways to browse and filter

 

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4 years ago

Dell Venue Pro headed for UK's Clove, unlocked on Nov 8th

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While  we got the first look at the Dell Venue Pro here in the States and were expecting it here before anywhere else, guess we were wrong. Looks like Clove in the UK are set to receive the portrait slider phone on November 8th--SIM free/unlocked, no less. No word on how much internal storage though (8GB or 16GB) as that area under specs is oddly left blank.

Unlocked/SIM free though is not cheap: at £375.00 (£440 including VAT tax), the phone will run around $590 ($692 including VAT). Still, you could presumably order it now and have it sent here if you wanted to be extra cool.

Hmmmm....(looks down at wallet)

Source: Clove; via Tracy & Matt

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4 years ago

AT&T offering free Windows Phone entertainment pack

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The new Windows Phone 7 devices are headed to AT&T and to help sweeten the deal, AT&T is offering a free entertainment pack for a limited time.

The entertainment pack includes the XBox Live puzzle-game "Ilomilo", a 30 Day Zune Pass, and a free month of AT&T U-Verse Mobile. The $29.95 valued freebie will be available to AT&T customers who purchase a Windows Phone between October 25, 2010 and December 31, 2010.

You can find all the fine print on the offer over at AT&T's website.

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4 years ago

Verizon set to go to a tiered data plan

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It looks like Verizon is going to go through with tiered data plans but they aren't adding too many tiers or getting rid of the unlimited plan.

Strong indications have the new rate plans going into effect on October 28, 2010 and the data plans for 3G Smartphones will be as follows:

  • $15 per month for 150mb
  • $29.99 for unlimited data.

Overages to the base plan will cost you $15 for an additional 150mb. Existing customers can stick with their existing plan or migrate to the new plans.  AT&T has the better base deal offering 200mb at the $15 price range but eliminated their unlimited plan.

Verizon will also tier data plans for 3G Tablets; $20 for 1GB, $35 for 3GB, $50 for 5GB and $80 for 10GB. Overage fees are $10 per GB except for the $20 base plan, which will run you $20 per GB.

via AndroidCentral.com

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4 years ago

T-Mobile HD2 to get ROM update tomorrow; fixes many bugs

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Lest we forget our valiant HD2 on T-Mobile, it appears HTC is set to roll out a nice ROM update tomorrow. This will bring the software version to 3.14.531.1, will reportedly fix a lot of bugs, improve stability and introduce some new apps including Shazam and Amazon MP3. The following issues will be fixed with the update:

  • Browsing Facebook photos is slow
  • White screen while browsing the internet
  • Cannot delete GMAIL messages from the preview screen
  • SMS sends to the wrong person
  • Twitter errors
  • Cannot unlock the phone
  • Cannot unlock the phone with the correct password
  • No space bar on company directory keyboard
  • Can’t hear Visual Voicemails
  • Speakerphone stops working after using the Call Assist app to call 611

Dang, those are some serious bugs! Users can navigate to www.t-mobile.com/wmupgrade or receive a text message of the update automatically. Very cool and good luck HD2'ers!

Source: TMoNews

 

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4 years ago

Pictures Lab joins the Windows Phone 7 app lineup

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Pictures Lab is headed to Windows Phone 7. Developed by Shulte Software Development, Pictures Lab is a photo effect editor. It allows you to manipulate, adjust and add special effects to your photos.

The feature list includes:

  • Twenty-one advanced effects including; Seven different vintage and hipster-like effects, Tilt shift, Lomo, Soften, Auto Adjust, Sharpen, Comic, Bulge, B&W Conversion, Sepia, Saturate, Edge Detection, Night Vision, Negative filter and Bitmap.
  • Editable effect parameters with ready to use default values.
  • Multi-touch manipulation for certain effects.
  • Images can be saved at full resolution to allow printing straight from your Windows Phone.
  • Supports landscape and portrait orientation.
  • Trial version includes complete functionality with only the save feature disabled.

Pictures Lab is available over at the Marketplace for $1.99. After the break, catch a video demo of this interesting photo effect application.

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