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3 years ago

"Extras!" companion app for "I'm a WP7!" goes the extra mile

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We know a lot of you folks enjoy your "I'm a WP7!". The free Windows Phone enthusiast app has had constant updates not for bug fixes but for new features nearly every few weeks. The developer, Liquid Daffodil has done a knock out job with the program by developing one of the most unique and dedicated communities around (well, except for our forums, ahem!). He's done all of this, remarkably, for free as that app doesn't even have ads in it--just straight gorgeous content.

Now, he's released a companion app called appropriately "I'm a WP7 Extras!" which brings a lot of advanced features that many users have been demanding. Of course, there is a price for those "premium" items which is $2.99. While some may balk at such a price, many users are more than pleased as the app sits with 5 out of 5 stars in the Marketplace right now. So, what do you get for the cost of a cup of coffee?

  • Change your Hive! (Actually “Swap” Hives with another user!
  • Use an image or photo as your Profile Pic!
  • Get access to ALL the Today’s Picks and Category Wallpapers for your own use!
  • Unlock the full Forums, GamerHub™, and all the Extras and other cool features of ...i’m a WP7!

In other words, some pretty cool features that make the main app and experience much better. Sure, not everyone needs all of those additional items and luckily for us the main app "I'm a WP7!" is still free and was just recently updated to version 3.9. But for those who want those bonus items, well, we have to give a thumbs up to "Extras!". Plus, if you use the main app, this is a great way to show the dev some appreciation for him keeping it free and ad-free.

Pick up "Extras!" here in the Marketplace for $2.99 and give the main app, "I'm a WP7!" a spin for free right here. We'll also see about doing a new review for the both of them later this week.

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3 years ago

DoDonPachi Maximum officially coming to Xbox Live

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Way back in July, WPCentral first reported that Japanese developer Cave would be developing a Windows Phone exclusive shoot-em-up game. But we only knew the genre, not the name of the game or much else. At last, Cave has officially announced DoDonPachi Maximum for Windows Phone.

DoDonPachi is Cave’s most popular shmup series. It’s your basic vertically-scrolling bullet hell shooter, packed with intense gameplay and large, impressive bosses. Strangely, the only American release has been the excellent iPhone version, DoDonPachi Resurrection. The Xbox 360 version of DoDonPachi Resurrection did come out in Europe though, and it’s mercifully region free, so it will play on US consoles.

While the DoDonPachi Maximum teaser website has gone live, it’s still scant in the way of details. We do know it will be an Xbox Live game with tough-as-nails Achievements. If the iOS version is any indication, expect a $6.99 price. Some folks will never be happy paying more than a handful of pennies for a phone game, and I doubt they will care for Maximum. But shmup fans are used to paying $50+ to import Cave’s games, making the phone versions a steal by comparison.

We’ll have some exclusive details on DoDonPachi Maximum in the weeks to come, so stay tuned!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Summary of the Week: January 16 - 22, 2012

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Welcome to your weekly roundup of Windows Phone news from WPCentral. We're slightly on the late side unfortunately due to time restraints and the lack of energy (not even a pack of Red Bull and countless coffees could beef up the energy bar). Kicking us off is episode 135 of the WPCentral podcast, where we have Rene Ritchie from our sister website iMore joining Dan and Jay.

The official WPCentral app has reached version 2.0, with 2.1 well on its way. A massive thanks to Jay for the incredible development that continues to splat bugs and introduce new features. Dave from the forums takes a minute to remind readers of the WPCentral Meta forum where suggestions can be posted and site announcements can be read. If that wasn't enough community action for you, why not dive into CES 2012 discussions? If development is more your thing, then we can cater for your needs with our newer developer section.

Be sure to head on past the break for the full weekly summary.

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3 years ago

From the Windows Phone Central Forums

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From the Windows Phone Central Forums

This week in the forums we are talking about the 8107 OS update. Microsoft started rolling out their 8107 update to unlocked phones, the Lumia 710 in Spain got it, the HTC Ultimate (aka TITAN) got it, even the Venue Pro got it. Did you get it? Jump in the forums and let us know. You can pick up all the important information about what's in the update from our main page: New Windows Phone OS update rolling out. Addresses disappearing keyboard and more.

There are other updates this week as well like the Lumia 800: "Lumia 800 'battery fix' update" but there are some issues. Join us in the forums to discuss the situation: Nokia Lumia 800 Battery Update Starts Today.

8107 Update on Vzw? What is this is Big Red giving some attention to Windows Phone? New Verizon Update - Not 8107 Though ...Thats right folks NOT 8107 come join us in the forums for the full discussion also you can get the full story from our Main page: Verizon Trophy users now getting radio update

Forums member btbam91 wants to tell us "One of the very few times I've ran into another WP!" Have you seen a Windows Phone in the wild? Come tell us your story.

While we are discussing updates why not talk about Apollo Rumors and Expectations. Got any? Let us know.

Our developers have been busy again this week we have lots of new additions to check out. Who doesn't have time for new apps and games so come check out our Application and Games Spotlight forums to pick up on all the "New Goodness"! Here are a few examples of this weeks additions:

Applications Spotlight

Games Spotlight

Remember the forums are more fun when you register so sign up today

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3 years ago

Nokia believed to have shipped 1 million Lumia Windows Phones

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Bloomberg has compiled an average estimation of 22 analysts for just how many Lumia Windows Phones the Finnish manufacturer has shipped. According to the compiled data, the estimated figure is 1.3 million. The projections range from 2 million to a single analyst predicting under the 1 million marker - 800 thousand.

Lee Simpson, a London-based analyst at Jefferies International, had the following to say on the estimations.

"There weren’t a lot of the hero handsets out there -- HTC were struggling, RIM didn’t have a show-me device, Sony Ericsson and Motorola weren’t really stepping into the mix, so there was probably enough space for Nokia to be able to point to fourth- quarter numbers they were happy with."

This fits in with what Morgan Stanley had in their chart for the 37 million Nokia handsets being shipped in 2012 prediction. If investors regain confidence in the company, and analysts continue to calculate impressive figures for the platform, we could hopefully see some positive marketing come from the headlines that will be pumped out.

Source: Bloomberg, via: Business Week

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3 years ago

Win a home office makeover with Windows Phone Twitter competition

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Are you working from home and still sport a CRT monitor with a keyboard that was manufactured in the 90s? Well this competition could be for you. The Windows Phone team are offering a chance for a lucky winner to receive a home office makeover, with celebrity designer and media personality Courtney Cachet. 

The prize will include:

  • A home office makeover consultation with Courtney Cachet.
  • A package from Microsoft - including a new Windows Phone, a Windows PC, and Microsoft Office.
  • Home office décor and accessories from popular online retailer hayneedle.com.

Entering the competition is simple (should you live in the U.S. of course - not eligible for everyone else) just send a tweet to both @WindowsPhone and @CACHETLIFESTYLE on the social network, that includes a picture or description of your home office and why it needs a makeover. Be sure to include the hashtag #WindowsPhoneWorks.

Check out the video after the break where we see Cachet handing out free Windows Phones to the public after a quick demonstration on features available, as well as a quick run through of the competition. For more information and the fine print, check out the official blog post over on the Windows Phone team blog.

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3 years ago

Official Your Shape app gets a major makeover for Windows Phone

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We've covered Your Shape: Fitness Evolved and its companion app before but for those who don't remember, Your Shape is a Xbox 360 Kinect title that helps you exercise and get fit. The corresponding companion app allowed you to track your progress, see your rankings, get Your Shape news, etc and it was a pretty nifty thing to have.

With the new year, UBI Soft released Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 for Kinect. That game is a big overhaul of the 2011 version with a new UI, many more exercises and just overall a much better experience (we picked up ours for $29 on Amazon.com, which was a steal). So it's nice to see that the companion app too received a makeover and we really like the changes:

  • Brand new design and accessibility improved.
  • Guest mode for players without a Uplay account.
  • Live Tile to display your current level and calories burned.
  • You will now be able to interact into the application: create, join and abandon current competitions

Nice changes indeed. The ability to create goals is quite useful and the Live Tile with calorie counter is a a great way to stay motivated. Look, we're not going to get all preachy about health, but if you have a Kinect you owe yourself to get this game (or any other Kinect fitness title) and really use your Xbox 360 to help better yourself as well as have fun. Having this Windows Phone tie-in makes it that much cooler and we hope we see more instances like this in 2012 (except for you, Dance Central 2--get back in the corner).

Pick up Your Shape here in the Marketplace for free. Check the official trailer for Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 after the break...

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3 years ago

Lying in bed with your Windows Phone? Disable that accelerometer [Homebrew]

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A good developer will add this option to their app: disable accelerometer. We've seen it in some Twitter apps and even our own WPCentral app has a "lock portrait view" option. Still, there are times when you want to do this globally because perhaps you can't sleep and want to use your phone while lying on your side in bed--hey, it's your world!

In that case, Windows Phone Hacker has provided a neat homebrew tool that disables the accelerometer on a global but temporary basis--great for those odd moments when you just don't want the phone rotating your apps.

That's the good news. The bad news is this is only for interop-unlocked Samsung and LG devices, meaning if you're on HTC or Nokia, you're left in the cold. Plus, you'll have to reboot your phone in order to gain back the accelerometer functionality, suggesting this isn't as elegant as we'd like it (but that's not the fault of WPH, who did what they could).

For those of you interested, you can grab the app here at Windows Phone Hacker to side load. Remember, only Gen 1 Samsung and LG devices can use this app. Finally, check our all the other homebrew Windows Phone apps here: wpcentral.com/tags/homebrew Thanks, Carlos, for the tip!

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3 years ago

HeyWire free texting app now on Windows Phone

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HeyWire (see website) is a cross-platform app that enables users to text each other for free from the US and 45 other countries.  It sends SMS over any internet connection from iOS, Android, "dumb phones," and now, Windows Phone. 

"We are very excited to provide the only free texting app in the Microsoft Marketplace -- a platform that Gartner predicts will capture the number two smartphone spot by 2015," said HeyWire founder and CEO Meredith Flynn-Ripley. "This was an important service for our company to bring to consumers, which continues HeyWire's mission to facilitate free global communications amongst groups of friends. Now, WP7 users can send and receive text messages with friends on multiple devices, quickly and easily."

HeyWire not only lets you connect across mobile platforms, but Twitter as well.  It has a simple, straight-forward user interface and can be downloaded for free here. Thanks, Amir, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Lumia 800 goes on sale in Sweden today and Nokia steps up advertising

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This is really something. Following what we've witnessed in the UK, Sweden is witnessing some Nokia Lumia redecorating on the subway, in newspapers and on advertisement screens. Attention all Swedes - incoming "The Amazing Everyday" campaign to accompany today's launch of the Lumia 800 in that country.

We've also learned that the Lumia 800 can be had for SEK 194,50/USD 29 (for six months and 239 for the remaining 18 on a 24 months subscription plan) on Tele 2. You can pick that up here.

Check out the video after the break for a quick capture of a Lumia advertisement. 

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3 years ago

PSA: Chrome Browser scam alert in Windows Phone Marketplace

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We saw this before with a fake Spotify app that was being sold on the Windows Phone Marketplace and now we're seeing it again. Scam artist Manikandan S is selling for $1.99 (with no trial) "Chrome" which he flat out claims "is same as a google chrome web browser":

"Keep Chrome Browser handy on your device, especially for those unavoidable times you are on a slow crowded network, away from Wi-Fi. This app is same as a google chrome web browser. It has most stylish search button. Facebook, Google, Yahoo! -with Chrome Browser, all your favorite sites work great on your windows phone."

Clearly, this is not the same and both violates Google's copyright and is false advertising. Rather, it's just IE9 with a not-so-fancy wrapper around it. What's worse is the plethora of negative reviews which we could only take as an indication of numerous purchases.

Hopefully Microsoft will respond by yanking this app ASAP like the fake Spotify, but in the meantime, consider this a warning.

Source: Windows Phone Marketplace; Thanks, q21701, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Channel 5 and Nokia found in breach of advertising guidelines

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While we all want Windows Phone and Nokia to advertise the hell out of those new phones, we suppose there is such thing as going too far. At least that's what The UK's Ofcom (Office of Communication) had to say about some recent promotion by Channel 5, 5* and 5 USA and Nokia. Ofcom, is the office of regulatory controls for broadcasting in the UK, analogous to the FCC here in the US and they have some far reaching power.

The complaint stems from the use of "advertisement separators‟ or "break flashes (1/2 second in length) which juxtaposed the Channel 5 logo with Nokia Lumia but gave no clear indication of the relationship implied e.g. sponsorship. As it turns out, these "break flashes" are rarely used for advertising and Channel 5 decided to leave off “Channel Sponsor Nokia Lumia” from the flashes as the consumer would not have time to read them (remember, 1/2 second flash here).

Channel 5 defends their actions by saying in isolation, such flashes could be seen as violating Rule 9.19 of the code which states such sponsorship must be obvious but in context, with the rest of the Channel 5-Nokia ads running at the beginning and end of the show, the consumer would "get the connection".

Well, long story short, Ofcom found Channel 5 in breach of Rule 9.19 anyways:

"While recognising Channel 5‟s arguments, in particular that the channel sponsorship relationship would over a relatively short time be apparent to viewers from the longer idents, it is nevertheless the case that all sponsorship credits must comply with Rule 9.19.

Where commercial exposure can be achieved for a sponsor, as it was in the flashes by using branding and the Nokia Lumia name, the material must in every case make clear the sponsorship arrangement. If an item cannot be made compliant with the rules, i.e. it is too brief for text or audio to convey the necessary sponsorship relationship, the item should not be used as a sponsorship vehicle"

What this demonstrates of course is Nokia (and its partners) are being very aggressive with advertising, so much so that they are pushing some boundaries with how far they can go, especially in the UK. While a technical matter, it's still a bit fun to read that a Windows Phone partner (and affiliates) may be going too far at times with their promotions.

Source: Ofcom (pdf); Thanks, Shaun, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 900 expected in June worldwide, pre-register now at Carphone Warehouse

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Some great new for those of you not on AT&T yearning for the Nokia Lumia 900--looks like June, 2012 is your month. That's the month that retail re-seller Carphone Warehouse is expected to start selling the phone to regular folks around Europe. (AT&T users in the States are still expecting a March release).

What makes this astonishing is this is the first official confirmation that indeed, the Lumia 900 with it's 4.3" screen is coming elsewhere besides AT&T here in the States. While we have heard of rumors, some indirect confirmations, etc. now we're seeing that not only will this phone be released world-wide but that a mid-year time-frame is expected.

No other information is teased on the site but they do have the full specs and everything looks like on the up and up. So start saving now. We can also expect much more detail next month at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Source: Carphone Warehouse; Thanks, Mark E., for the tip!

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3 years ago

CarbonWP still not getting through Windows Phone Marketplace checks

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This is almost becoming a television soap script. CarbonWP is an intriguing Twitter client (popular on webOS) that's currently in the process of being made available on the Marketplace. There have been a number of issues in the recent past with submissions and the approval process, but the app has now been denied for the fourth time. Announcing on Twitter (as can be seen above) the developers are losing interest - and we can't blame them.

But hope is not all lost. Some of those who are looking forward to seeing the Twitter client arrive on Windows Phone got in touch with a few members of the WP team and now Brandon Watson (and co.) are looking into what's going wrong with CarbonWP. Here's hoping we'll see this app on the Marketplace soon.

Source: Twitter (@CarbonWP); thanks, Mark, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Zip Line smoked by a Windows Phone

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Zip Line smoked by a Windows Phone

While Ben the PC Guy was busy smoking the competition at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show with his Windows Phone, Jimmy Lee over at Nokia Innovation was tackling a challenge of his own.

The challenge was to take a photo, upload it to Facebook and tag a friend with a Nokia Lumia 710. Simple task, right? Toss in that you have to do all this while riding a zip line down a mountain and finish the tasks before you reach the bottom and it gets interesting. The tasks were completed with time to spare.

The challenge not only demonstrates the speed of Windows Phone and the Lumia but also the ease in which you can accomplish tasks. I guess if you ever find yourself racing down a mountain on a zip line, you know you have plenty of time to snap a few shots and post them to Facebook.

Source: YouTube; Thanks, ballroomdru, for the tip!

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