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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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3 years ago

InterSceptre - App Spotlight

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InterSceptre - App Spotlight

Leda Entertainment has a breakout styled game over at the Windows Phone Marketplace. InterSceptre is a simple yet competitive game that has you trying to blast your way through your opponents wall while defending yours from attack.

You use your ship not only to shoot holes in your opponents wall but also to bounce your opponents shots back at them. Using their shots against them so to speak.

Fire controls are hidden in the lower right corner of your screen and your movement controls (left/right) are in the lower left corner. You can modify the control placements slightly by placing movement controls to the left and right edge, with firing done by tapping anywhere on the playing field.

InterSceptre is a fast paced game with a bit of challenge to it. I would have liked to have seen the accelerometer come into play. InterSceptre was originally released without a trial version but the developers have since made a free trial version available.  The full version of InterSceptre is still running $1.29.

You can find InterSceptre here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Kik Messenger and .co.uk email addresses [How To]

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Kik is here, but there's a slight issue that we picked up on a while back when it was released. Being in the UK I attempted to use my .co.uk email address. Unfortunately Kik seems to have a slight issue with registering email addresses using this country code.

Fortunately, after much frustration, I used my GMail address and of course it worked. I don't really use my Google account for email so I decided to have a good look through the settings within the app and sure enough there's an option to change the account email address. Entering my .co.uk address seemed to work and I received an email from Kik confirming the change.

It seems as though it's limited to registration only, so use a .com email for signup and then simply make the change in the app settings. Job done! Kik have said they are working on the fix. Are you using a country code which is not .com and are experiencing the same issue? Let us know in the comments.

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3 years ago

Travelnapp - Review

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Travelnapp - Review

I'm sure I wouldn't be the only commuter to admit that after a few drinks at work sometimes my sense of location (on trains between stations) would be slightly inaccurate, by about twenty or so miles. I would continuously fall to sleep then wake up after a few minutes thinking I'm somewhere I'm not. Luckily, when I used to commute to London, my station (Shoeburyness) is at the end of the c2c line and the security guards used to wake me should I be out of it.

Unfortunately, not everyone shares the same luxury as myself and whether under the influence of an adult beverage or not, sleep can often be the cause of missing a desired stop. This is a real pain should you be on a long distance line - for example London Kings Cross to Glasgow in Scotland and the distance between stops is massive. So what can your Windows Phone 7 do to help you out? Allow me to introduce Travelnapp by Mendzapp.

Read on past the break for the full walkthrough and review of Travelnapp.

Pros: 
free easy to use ingenious idea good amount of configuration
Cons: 
interface is ugly back button doesn't return to main menu
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3 years ago

Zune absent from fall Xbox 360 dashboard update? [Updated]

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It’s no secret that Microsoft is consolidating several of its brands into the uber-successful Xbox brand. Just last week we reported that the Games for Windows website is moving to Xbox.com. In the last few days, Microsoft phased out Zune original sales on their site. And of course, it’s long been rumored that the Zune brand will split up into several tiny robot lion brands.

That rumor gains more credence thanks to some recently-released screenshots of the upcoming fall Xbox 360 dashboard update. Not only does it look super slick and Windows 8-ey, but it’s also lacking the Zune logo in its music and videos sections. Zune, we’ll always have Paris.

The big question though: How will this matter to Windows Phone, going forward?


Update: Looks like Thurrott may have been a a little quick on the gun. Zune is still listed as an App in the new Xbox hub, as seen above. It's just not named for Music/Music, which may be the area in which you access local media, whereas Zune is for streaming, etc. Read more at They Lyons Den.

Source: Supersite for Windows, Live Side

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3 years ago

3D maps on WP7 [Developers]

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3D maps on WP7 [Developers]

This is pretty neat. Tim James, over at EMC Consulting, has provided a detailed how to (if you will) of bringing depth to a 2D map to Windows Phone 7. Namely, wrapping a map around a 3D sphere. Tim also explains how building a 3D map using a flat image can show signs of distortion among and top and bottom halves, while the equatorial area covers much more surface space.  All of which could give added dimension to apps.

On a side note, while reading the article I'm heavily reminded of Street Slide, except this isn't improving street view and making it appear as a more constant 3D 'walkthrough'. Check out the video below for the app Stars3D (opens Zune), which is really impressive and runs along the same idea but instead we're inside the sphere looking out.

Source: EMC Consulting

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3 years ago

AT&T testing update for Samsung Focus v1.4 devices

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The update is almost here. I'm sure Focus owners have gone beyond pulling out their hair and have waited enough, but it seems as though you'll have to wait just a bit longer. AT&T are now testing updates for v1.4 Focus handsets so we should expect to hear more information sometime next week. Hopefully it wont be a continuous drag from here on out. To refresh, the Focus comes in two hardware variations, with the v1.4 having different memory modules on board, resulting in update headaches for Microsoft.

As always with any update news for the Focus device, users are expressing both anger towards and dissapointment in Samsung, Microsoft and AT&T over the delay that has been caused. Microsoft rolled out NoDo on March 22nd. Some four months later and we're almost there and it's been over two months since Microsoft explained the issue.

Source: Windows Team Blog 

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