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3 years ago

New unified My Windows Phone page brings all your accounts together

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One of the neat new changes to the Windows Phone page is the "My Windows Phone" section which now unifies your Xbox LIVE profile, LIVE Mail, SkyDrive and Find My Phone into one, svelte section. Other features include seeing your purchase history, reinstalling your apps and customizing your avatar. Not bad.

Overall, this makes maintaining and keeping track of your Windows Phone and various accounts that much easier and we have to admit, it looks sharp too. Head over to your Account page to get a look.

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3 years ago

Microsoft launches Scrapbook powered by Bing and Windows Phone to keep track of your memories

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This is a bit out of the blue with the Mango news, but it looks like Microsoft has launched a new service called "Scrapbook" that utilizes the Windows Phone Live checkins (found on Mango phones, so we guess it does tie in). Brought to our attention by Long Zheng of iStartedSomething, what happens is your checkins are saved to this digital Scrapbook which is just Bing Maps with your history saved--you click on a number and it zooms over to where it was, getting the location info, a picture and anything else associated with that entry.

And yes, you can even delete your checkins, which is good because when I did the one above two weeks ago, I didn't get the location correct. Overall, it's a pretty simple yet smart tie in from Microsoft and for some odd reason, we expect a mobile app to appear any moment...

Source: Scrapbook; via @longzheng

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3 years ago

It's Here! Microsoft Windows Phone sites tout Mango release

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For those in the UK, you'll be happy to see this on the Windows Phone site. While we expect some phones to not get the update right away, it sure looks like Microsoft is expecting a big roll out over the next few days for nearly everyone there.

So get ready!

Update: Evidently the whole world is now getting this message. We're okay with making that mistake.

Source: Windows Phone UK; Thanks, Little_Jumper and Jan, for the tips!

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3 years ago

AT&T updates their support page for Mango

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AT&T is gearing up to roll out Mango today and presumably over the next few weeks. In doing so, they've updated their support page for customers to grab some information on the whole process.  The update advisory states:

AT&T and Microsoft have released software updates for the LG Quantum, HTC Surround, and Samsung Focus with Windows Phone 7. This update will install Windows Phone 7.5 (AKA "Mango"), and includes the following changes:

  • LinkedIn and Twitter integration
  • Contact groups
  • Facebook chat, check-ins, and photo tagging
  • New Bing search features including music and vision search
  • Improved web browser
  • Local Scout
  • Many more updates and improvements

While still not the update itself, it's more than obvious that AT&T wants to be out the gate here with Mango. Hopefully you'll be getting your notification soon.

Source: AT&T Support; Thanks, Tom A., for the tip!

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3 years ago

Microsoft's Where's My Phone Update? page gets a refresh--Mango scheduled worldwide

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Here we go folks! Microsoft just refreshed their "Where's my phone update?" web page with Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" information for various countries. The good news? Most of you are going live soon. To refresh, Microsoft users the term "scheduling" to mean "Microsoft is scheduling the update for delivery. This phase typically lasts 10 business days or less". Here are the list of countries scheduled (and all carriers):

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Mexico
  • Singapore
  • O2
  • Hutchinson Group
  • Vodafone Group
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • Orange Group
  • Open Market phones

Odd man out? Spain. You're still testing.

For the U.S. carriers that are scheduling:

  • AT&T
  • T-mobile
  • Verizon
  • Open market

Interestingly, Sprint is listed as "testing" even though their support page is showing it as imminent.

Now we should caution: (1) Microsoft still needs to "Deliver" this update, which is a different status, but we expect those to change real soon over the  next few days (2) They will trickle out the update at first, getting feedback and diagnostics--if positive, they will open up more batches for updating. So don't expect everyone to get it all at once--we're talking a few weeks here. Still, this is looking much better than NoDo, for sure.

Thanks, ChabacO, Vanessa and Anastasios-Antonios T., for the tip!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Web Marketplace starts to go live around the world

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We're getting reports that the much anticipated web version of the Marketplace, which will allow you to try and buy apps and have them sent directly to your Mango phone, is going live.

The site can be accessed through the newly redesign portal both in Germany and here in the US. Going to the Marketplace, you can browser, search and try out any of the 30,000+ apps that are available, however if you try to buy an app or use the trial, an error will come back--meaning that Microsoft is still loading up this thing as we speak.

The Windows Phone Web Marketplace, first announced months ago, is an extension of the Zune Desktop and Marketplace on the phone and will give consumers even more flexibility for finding and purchasing new apps. From our earlier coverage:

"There will be more placements for featured apps that will bring more noticeability and reach, ensuring developers receive more potential conversions while their app is in the spotlight. Users who browse the web version will be able to share apps and games via social media and email to contacts and friends."

"Bing visual search will be re-configured too. Any end-user searching for apps and games will now be linked straight to the web Marketplace on their PC, ready to download and install. Your Live ID will be integrated so you wont have to activate a separate payment gateway in order to make a purchase. Simply click and go using card details on your account.

Indeed you can now Tweet and Facebook "Like" any app you find, which should go a long way to spreading apps and helping devs out.

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

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3 years ago

Official: Sprint HTC Arrive to get Mango today

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We've seen it in the wild and now Sprint's official support page just went up detailing the Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" update. The new software version is confirmed as being 2305.13.40301.651 and should be going live today.

"Last Updated: Sep 27, 2011 - Just like your computer, your phone's software needs to be updated periodically to make sure you have all the latest fixes and enhancements to keep it running at optimal performance. Follow the steps below to check your current version and perform any needed updates."

  • Threads – Lets you switch between Text, Facebook chat, and Windows Live Messenger within the same conversation.
  • Groups – Organizes your contacts into personalized Live Tiles for status updates on Start and to quickly send a text, email, or IM to the whole group.
  • Social Network Integration - Integrate Twitter and LinkedIn feeds into contact cards.
  • Linked Inbox - View multiple email accounts in one linked inbox.
  • Hands-free messaging - Built-in voice-to-text and text-to-voice to support hands-free texting or chatting.
  • Live Tiles - Improved Live Tiles let you receive real-time information from apps without having to open them.
  • Multitasking - Lets you switch between Apps that are running and enables apps to run in the background to help preserve battery life and performance.
  • Internet Explorer on Windows Phone 7 - Includes an Internet browser based on Internet Explorer 9 including support for HTML5.
  • Local Scout - Pinpoint search results and recommendations for nearby restaurants, shopping, and activities.
  • Bing Enhancements- Includes Bing Vision, Music Search, and Voice.
  • Quick Cards - Get a quick summary of relevant information including related apps.

    The rest of the piece details all the new enhancements and features of Mango (without actually ever calling it that) and gives instructions on how to check and install the update via the Zune desktop software.

    Once again, Sprint, although quiet on the matter has once again come through and delievered a timely update (the last was the security fix). This makes the Arrive an even better phone and we're sure their customers will be excited to try out the new Mango feautres. Now if they can just get some new Generation 2 phones...

    Source: Sprint Support; Big thanks, Jetface, for the tip!

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    3 years ago

    Purported AT&T leaked memo confirms today is Mango day

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    We of course broke the news a little while ago that today, September 27th, was the day AT&T would begin to roll out Mango updates to existing handsets. The information we had was more than credible from our perspective and since then we've seen nothing but confirmation that today and this week would be heavily focused on Microsoft delivering those Mango updates.

    Now a second internal memo from AT&T has leaked, albeit a pic of a PC screen. While this internal memo could easily be faked we're quite sure that it is indeed the real thing. The memo lists a lot of the same information we posted but clearly in a different format and meant for a different audience. Still, if there was any doubt left in your minds that AT&T would start their Mango updates, we think you can put those concerns aside.

    The only remaining question is what time?

    Source: Windows Phone Metro; Thanks, Jarrod, for the heads up

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    3 years ago

    Official WPCentral app v1.4 - now with a delicious serving of Mango

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    Happy Mango day everyone! After a lot of hard work I'm pleased to announce that WPCentral has officially gone Mango, so for those of you rocking the developer previews, or those lucky enough to have mango today you should see an update to v1.4 in the Marketplace very soon.

    If you who have opted for the full version of the app here's what you can look forward to:

    • Brand new podcast player with Background Audio
    • Brand new double-sided live tile with number of new articles since last opened
    • Live tiles for each section of the app
    • Toast notifications for news
    • Background downloading of the news feed when live tiles are enabled

    Whereas if you think the best things in life should be free you'll find:

    • Brand new advertising provider (AdDuplex) making the app much more responsive
    • Fast app switching
    • Pinnable tiles for each section of the app
    • New links page for viewing articles or web pages
    • Search extensibility, the app will provide search results for Bing video games and Software
    • Toggle system tray option
    • Speed optimisations as part of Mango update
    • Fixed a bug in the article parser & Facebook authentication

    Of course with the exception of adverts the full version features all of the free features as well.

    If you missed Daniel's preview a month back then you can catch the video after the break, you can find the app here in the marketplace

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    3 years ago

    Old Windows Phone updates are turned off in preparation for Mango

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    All signs point to tomorrow as a big day for Windows Phone and Mango, so it shouldn't be of too much surprise that those same servers that will be pushing out Mango to the masses have been turned off.

    Specifically, some folks are now trying to upgrade to the developer build (7712) or even the security update (7392) for various reasons and they are finding that Microsoft's servers are reporting their phones as being "up to date" even though they were on the very old 7004 (aka pre-NoDo). Users at XDA and WPCentral forums have both reported the same phenomenon of not being able to do any updates.

    The speculation is of course that MS is prepping their servers for Mango and therefore have disabled all further updates. We've also noticed the Marketplace has ceased publishing new apps (though old ones are being updated). We're gonna call this a pretty good sign that something big is about to happen and we're not writing it off as coincidence.

    Thanks, Ashish Mohta, for the tip!

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    3 years ago

    Evernote 2.0 for Mango now available in the Marketplace

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    We mentioned that Evernote was getting a v2.0/Mango overhaul just two days ago and now it's available for those who are on Mango now (or will be tomorrow).

    The new version brings the ability to pin notes, tags, map locations and searches to the home screen in addition to background synchronization, making this app quite powerful and a solid alternative to OneNote. Other features included better social integration and search integration.

    Sounds good to us, so go pick it up here in the Marketplace.

    via: WindowsPhoneThoughts

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    3 years ago

    Microsoft offers up icon overlay for Mango-ized apps [Developers]

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    In an email sent out to registered developers, Microsoft introduced overlay badges that can be added to screenshots of their apps to show that they are Mango-ready.  The "New for 7.5" icons will indicate that an application is optimized for Mango, and will be the only graphics of their kind that will make it through certification.  The email urged developers to getting cracking on updating for WP 7.5 and utilizing its exclusive functionality, such as multiple live tiles and fast application switching.

    Microsoft pointed out that Mango devices are already available in Japan and Russia, with more on the way (very soon!).  And despite an earlier edict that updates would not be allowed to 7.0 versions of apps once their 7.5 counterparts were released, it was announced that that would no longer be the case.  By popular demand, Microsoft will enable App Hub functionality which will allow devs to update both 7.0 and 7.5 versions of their products come the end of October.

    You can click the thumbnail below for the full content of the email, which further descibes the update process.

    You can download the overlays here.

    Source: Microsoft; Via: WPSauce

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    3 years ago

    Apple denied Multitouch trademark

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    Apple denied Multitouch trademark

    In an interesting ruling just handed down last week from the USPTO, Apple has been denied the usage of the term "Multi-Touch" as a trademark, at least in the United States (they're still arguing for it in other countries).

    In short, the reason for the denial is that the term has become to generic and is merely descriptive of a feature but does not meet the criteria of "acquired distinctiveness", which is determined by such things as sales success, length and exclusivity of use, and advertising expenditures. Evidently, the ruling board did not think Apple met the requirements, which is an interesting if not surprising decision. For everyone else in the smartphone business, they can now breathe a little lighter knowing "Multi-Touch" as a term is not Apple owned.

    Note: For clarification, Apple still has a patent on Multitouch, but not the trademark.

    Source: MacRumors

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    3 years ago

    Pimp my Ringtone - Mango App Spotlight

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    With Mango comes expanded ringtone capabilities. With expanded ringtone capabilities comes Windows Phone apps such as Pimp my Ringtone.

    Pimp my Ringtones is a collection of twenty-one ringtones that can be saved to your Windows Phone. They range from the cute Pikachu ringtone to the R-Rated Samual Jackson ringtone. You also have Yoda making an appearance as well as a rather unnerving ringtone entitled "A very funny ringtone".

    You can preview the tunes and when you settle on one you like, tap the cell phone icon to save the ringtone to your Windows Phone. You'll have the option of renaming when you save the ringtone.

    Pimp my Ringtones has a nice collection of ringtones and hopefully the selection will grow with each update. If you're running Mango on your Windows Phone, you can find Pimp my Ringtone here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace for $.99.

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    3 years ago

    Cracked Reader - Review

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