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3 years ago

Remove Side Load limit from unlocked Windows Phones [Homebrew]

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An odd limit of unlocked Window Phones (even our sanctioned developed unlocked device) is the ability to side load more than 10 apps on the device--you simply can't do it. Reportedly, this was put into place to prevent developers from creating a ton of "cheap" apps.

One repercussion of this limit is it severely hampers the hombrew scene--after all if you're installing shortcuts to your WiFI, Bluetooth, Accent Changers, flashlights, a compass, etc. it doesn't take long to hit ten. Awhile back, Thomas Hounsell modified ChevronWP7 to disable this limit, but ChevronWP7 has it's own issues including being disabled in the future.

Now, (nico) over at XDA has created a program that goes on the device itself to remove this limit, making it a lot easier for developers to bypass the ten-app barrier. It works on Samsung, LG and HTC, though we're not sure abou Dell--so your mileage may vary. The good news is there is a rollback feature in case it doesn't work out. We know for our purpose on this site, bypassing this limit helps out tremendously.

Source: XDA

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3 years ago

Wiki Bee - Review

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Wiki Bee - Review

Hekool is offering a Wikipedia app over at the Marketplace, Wiki Bee. Wiki Bee is a straight forward, simple to use, Wikipedia portal for Windows Phone 7.

The Windows Phone app comes in two flavors; a free version (Wiki Bee Free) and a paid version (Wiki Bee). Both versions allow you to search in 35 languages, auto-complete searches, quick navigation through a table of contents, and the means to immediately return to your most recent topic searched.

The differences rest with the paid version of Wiki Bee. With the pay version you add the ability to save topics as favorites, jump to any topic in your search history, and have offline access to your history and favorites.

For more on the Wiki Bee apps, buzz on past the break.

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3 years ago

Splash! - Review

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Splash! - Review

The Windows Phone game Splash! puts a new twist on dodge ball. Similar to the Windows Phone 7 game Dodge These Balls, Splash! allows you to be more offensive in protecting your ball.

The premise of the game is that you control a white ball and try to avoid hitting the other balls that appear on the screen. You move your ball around by tilting your Windows Phone. The more severe the tilt, the faster the ball moves.

To help you protect your ball, Splash! allows you to splatter the colored balls for points. The balls sprout up from the gaming screen and while you can splat them as they grow, you get more points by splattering the full sized balls. The only ball you can't splat is the black balls (which you'll need to avoid). The longer you play, the quicker the colored balls are generated and the more black balls you'll have to dodge.  I have to admit it was challenging trying to move the white ball to safety while tapping the colored balls into oblivion.

Splash! is a fun game that ran smoothly and there is a slight addictive quality to the game.  Being able to squish the colored balls helps keep things from getting stale too quick.  There is a trial version available with the full version running $.99.

You can find Splash! here (opens your Zune desktop) at the Marketplace and after the break you can catch a video of the game in action.

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3 years ago

Bubble Burst - Review

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Bubble Burst - Review

Do you miss the Bubble Burst game that was pre-installed on just about every Windows Mobile phone? If so, Z Games has just what you need. Bubble Burst for Windows Phone 7 brings you the classic Windows Phone game and takes it a step further.  You've got a few new game modes and a challenge feature that helps add a little variety to the game.

To see what's new with this classic game, follow the break.

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3 years ago

OneNote over the cloud synchronization [How To]

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OneNote over the cloud synchronization [How To]

Do you find yourself using tabbed OneNote Notebook with Microsoft Office on your computer? Do you use a Windows Phone 7 device? Why not have your Notebook synchronized to your device and note on the go? Follow the below step-by-step instructions to get yourself set up.

  1. Go to office.live.com on your PC, and make sure that you have a OneNote file created. If you've used OneNote from your PC, there should be a Personal (Web) file. If not, create it..
  2. If you have OneNote on your PC, you can open it from office.live.com; just hover over the file, and click Open in OneNote. OneNote will save a book tab on the left side (in rotated print).
  3. On your phone, set OneNote sync on (from Settings / Applications / Office / OneNote). Make sure to set Internet Explorer to default to mobile version (important!) and navigate to office.live.com in the Browser.
  4. Go to the folder you have the OneNote Notebook, and tap it to open it. This automatically adds the Notebook to your OneNote on the phone, and opens it in OneNote. The tabs will all sync.

That's it complete! If you're like me who always forgets everything from passwords to your own name, this guide will come in handy indeed.

Source: Talys at XDA Forums

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 - 2 Million Shipped

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Windows Phone 7 - 2 Million Shipped

Microsoft is reporting that two million Windows Phone 7 units shipped last quarter. This isn't too far from the early indications that 1.5 million phones sold in the first six weeks after release.

All this comes to light through a Bloomberg interview with Greg Sullivan, a Microsoft senior product manager. Sullivan also stated that customer satisfaction for Windows Phone 7 is at 93% and brand awareness is increasing, up 22 points to 66%. The bump in awareness shouldn't be that surprising with the half-a-billion dollars that was made available for marketing the new Windows Phone.

No argument with customer satisfaction either. While there is room for growth with Windows Phone 7, Microsoft has laid a nice foundation to build upon. So how would you rate customer satisfaction? Is Microsoft on the mark or being too optimistic?

Source: Bloomberg Via: LiveSide 

Thanks to Philipp for the tip!

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3 years ago

Li'Messenger MSN client now in Marketplace

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New to the Marketplace is C&R Holding's Li'Messenger, a chat client for both MSN and Facebook.  The app communicates directly with Windows Live servers, for a private chatting experience.  The best part is that it is free of charge.  And unlike many free apps, Li'Messenger is also free of advertisements.

 

Li'Messenger supports Multiple Points of Presence, but due to its direct line to Windows Live servers, it does not receive notifications.  It will, however, run in low-power mode while your phone is in lock-screen. 

You can download Li'Messenger here.

Update: We just got word that this app has to be pulled from the Marketplace, so you may want to grab it now before it's gone. We're not sure why this is...

Source: C&R Holdings

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3 years ago

Deluxe Moon Lite now available

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Deluxe Moon Lite now available

Deluxe Moon is an impressive Windows Phone 7 application that helps you track lunar activity (here's our review). Lifeware Solutions has now released Deluxe Moon Lite, a free version of Deluxe Moon for those curious about moon phases but not ready to invest in the full application.

Deluxe Moon Lite, being a lite version, doesn't have all the features of the full version but can hold its own. Key features include:

  • Touch-n-turn the moon to change the date
  • Phase scan tells you when the next moon phase is
  • Automatic positioning by GPS or cellular network
  • Network independence: the app works anywhere without Internet or cellular connections
  • Flexibility: you can manually set any location, time, date and UTC offset
  • Displays current moon’s age: how far along the moon is in its full cycle and percent of the illuminated moon area
  • Full names of all moon phases
  • Zodiac sign (either Tropical or Sidereal) the moon is in
  • Moonrise and moonset times for your location as well as a Moon Timer to show the amount of time since moonrise and until moonset.

While Deluxe Moon Lite lacks the Zodiac charts, moon compass, lunar/zodiac calendar and other features found in the full version, it still offers a considerable amount of data on lunar activity. Just as with the full version, Deluxe Moon Lite presents everything in a graphically impressive manner.

You can find your free copy of Deluxe Moon Lite here (opens your Zune desktop) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Marketplace hits 7,000 apps, no end in sight

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Like clockwork, the Marketplace for Windows Phone has hit 7,000 apps. Not bad for being just three and half months after launch, no? The last milestone was on January 11th meaning we're just over that two-week average that Microsoft is real good at maintaining (see the other dates here).

And yup. We're gonna keep doing this till we hit 10,000 at which point we'll only report on...we dunno...every 5,000 new apps. Cool

But serious question: What are your thoughts on quality of the software these days? We really like all the 2.x app updates we're seeing more live tiles and generally we're happy with the way things are going. But of course we also see room for improvement, like anyone else. Sound off in comments.

Source: Monsmartphone.net; Thanks, Giles

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3 years ago

Parachute Panic now available in the Marketplace

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Just a small heads up, the popular Parachute Panic for Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone (phew, that's a mouthful) is now ready for your testing. The game is fetching for a very reasonable $2.99 and should be available worldwide.

Our initial impression? Get it. The graphics are really stunning (for that hand-drawn thing), we really like the Achievements and the game play is quite addictive. We do wonder if we'll still want to play in say, two or three weeks, but for now it has our attention. Of course you can trial it before you buy. Grab it here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Journey planning comes to London Travel app

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Not only has the London Tube app altered its brand name to London Travel (this comes with the recent update), Irtiqa have brought the much sought-after feature from user reviews - Journey planning.

We previously reviewed London Tube prior to the update and found that the features and design both complimented the effort and creativity that were present in the appeal, along with the cheap price tag. Although the majority of reviews on the Marketplace were requests for an ability to plan a journey through the boroughs of London, the presence of a live Oyster Card balance was warmly welcomed.

With the newly added journey planner, there isn’t a restriction to only tube journeys. You have the option to filter plans by; National Rail, DLR, tram, bus, coach and river boat. If that wasn’t enough, you can use your location to find nearby stations and services.

There is only one drawback from this update (for those who work in London) - the excuse for being late due to commute problems is becoming less acceptable, which is a slight pain.

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3 years ago

Sound stuttering problems for Samsung

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Sound stuttering problems for Samsung

There seems to be (and has been for some time) an apparent uproar about the Zune software on the Samsung Focus device over on the Microsoft forums. There appears to be an issue, which many are experiencing with ZunePass content and synchronised playlist.

During the remaining ten seconds of a song it will freeze for a moment or two, play the following second, lock-up once again and continue this loop until the media is finished. Both owners of installed microSD cards, and without have reported this.

Looking into the reports on the forum thread, people seem to be experiencing the stuttering playback issue in completely different circumstances - through the audio jack, via BlueTooth and the built-in speaker. Not only that, but there are more reports that have been posted about the Omnia 7 device that seems to stutter through playback also.

I have attempted to reproduce the problem folk are experiencing on my Omnia 7, but have failed to find anything - I have also been using it as an MP3 device for a month now through commuting and general use, and have never noticed this issue. [Edit: Our own Daniel Rubino has seen this on the Samsung Focus though, numerous times]

Should it be a Microsoft or Samsung fault, we do hope they are looked into as this could seriously impact a user's experience on WP7. Are you experiencing the same problem on your Samsung device?

Thanks Brian for the tip!

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3 years ago

New Twitter app 'Birdsong' first look [Video]

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We got word today of a yet another Twitter app in the Marketplace (see Beezz, Seesmic, Twitt, etc.), this one called Birdsong, which has a nice ring to it.

The app fetches for a pricey $1.99 and there is a free trial, but is it worth it? Our initial impression is for a v1.0 app it's pretty rockin' and yeah, we actually bought it. The main thing we like about is its looks: it feels almost like a native Twitter app. It also caches nicely, has threaded conversation views, retweet (old and quote), landscape support, inline pic viewing, Twitpic uploading and more. The UI is real slick and there's "infinite scrolling" so no more "load more" screens.

We look forward to seeing what comes next from the developer, who is already working on v1.1. You can check the developer's site here for more info and grab the trial here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Slick Deals app hits 2.0, gets a Live Tile too

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You like bargains especially on tech stuff? Then Slick Deals might be your app. Based off of the website Slickdeals.net, it hails itself as

...a free, user-driven deal sharing site with a mission to provide consumers an avenue to collaborate and share information in order to make the best shopping decisions. Slickdeals achieves this by providing its users a forum for communication and various shopping tools. Slickdeals.net prides itself on being user and community focused, never allowing paid placement for frontpage deal listings.

And here's the mobile app, which just hit version 2.0.  The app itself is pretty nice with configuration options, including how many days it should go back. Unfortunately going through to the links to the actual deal website might not always work but as a way to catch deals, it's pretty solid.

The newer version seems more stable and the layout has changed a bit. But what really caught our eye was the new Live Tile, which we're always a fan of. The tile here just acts as a counter, letting you know that a new deal has been posted--which is really all you can ask for with this type of app, so we're stoked.

You can grab the free app here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Samsung releases exclusive free 'Photo Studio' app for Windows Phone

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One area where we like to see OEMs hare at work is in the "exclusive" app department. Everyone except Dell has done a real nice job of offering unique programs on their phones, free of charge, to enhance the user experience.

Samsung's niche seems be photos as they have released 'Samsung Photo Sharing', 'Photogram' (see review) and now 'Photo Studio'.  This new one is actually quite nice, allowing you to shoot in different modes, including Lomo, to speed of the process. From the app description:

Photo Studio is an all-in-one solution for taking, editing and sharing pictures though your WP7. Photo Studio allows the user to take pictures with effects such as LomoShot, Beautyshot and PlusMe. All pictures can modified with various photo effects. Users also can also easily upload their pictures to the most popular Social network services including Facebook and Flickr.

  • LomoShot: Users can vignette pictures in the style of softening or shading away the edges of the subject. There are four option modes: Normal, Gray, Warm and Cold
  • BeautyShot: Users can brighten and sharpen the portrait
  • PlusMe: Users can take two pictures separately and mix them together
  • Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, MySpace, Photobucket, Friendster support

The app so far is quite decent, especially for free, but real photo hounds will want to stick with Thumba (see review) for more fine-tuned control.

You can grab the app now in the Marketplace, but you won't see it under "Samsung Zone"--instead, enter the Samsung Zone, pick any app and hit "More from SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS Co. Ltd." and now you should see it. Or just click this link.

via MobilityDigest

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