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3 years ago

Zune Desktop getting ready for Mango

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Zune Desktop getting ready for Mango

If you blink, you might have missed it but Zune's desktop software has been updated to version 4.8. The update will allow Zune to communicate correctly with Windows Phone 7.5 (more affectionately known as Mango). So if you're planning to update your Windows Phone, you'll need to update Zune.

According to the update's release, the update has the following features to make the update process go smoother and faster.

  • Progressive updates: In Zune 4.8, you only have to click the update button once for multiple updates. Once an update is finished, the software automatically checks for more and repeats the installation process until your phone is completely up to date.
  • Streamlined backup: By synching media separately from other phone content, we’ve lowered the overall time it takes to back up your phone. The backup file is also more compact, so it should take up less space on your computer.
  • Skip phone backup: If you don’t have enough room on your computer to store a phone backup file, you’ll now have the option to skip this step so you’re not blocked from updating your phone.

The process is painless and takes about five minutes. Just go into your Zune Settings, choose Software and General Category (column on the left). Towards the bottom of the screen you'll see a button to "check for updates". Follow the update steps, accept the terms, then sit back and relax. If you are new to Windows Phones and haven't installed Zune, you can find the updated version here.

Now for the speculation. With Microsoft releasing the update to Zune, could Mango be right around the corner?

source: windowsteamblog

Thanks goes out to Shipwreck, David and everyone else who tipped us on this!

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3 years ago

Torchbear, a social networking game, needs your help

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Torchbear is a unique application for your Windows Phone that has hit the beta stages of development. Torchbear is described as a mobile geolocation based social network game.

It appears to be part social networking app and part chain letter app (and that's not necessarily a bad thing). Torchbear is a way to share your thoughts, ideas or images with others around the world.  Each torch has a mission and accomplishing that mission is likely the gaming aspect of this new app.

Based on the promo video, Torchbear looks interesting but the developer needs your help. Entering the beta stages, the Torchbear developers are looking for beta testers. If your interested in helping knock the bugs out of this Windows Phone app, shoot an email over to contact@torchbear.com with your Windows Live ID.  Use "Torchbear Beta Tester Request" as the subject line.  The developers will then get back in touch with you with the Marketplace beta link.

The concept definitely looks interesting and we'll be curious to see how the developers transfer that into a Windows Phone app.

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3 years ago

From the WPCentral forums...

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From the WPCentral forums...

"Let the grand webOS migration of 2011 commence!" That just about says it all. This week the big news in the forums is HP closing the doors on webOS. Now you webOS hold outs have a decision to make and a lot of you are making the right one by choosing Windows Phone as your next OS. I want to personally say a big WPCentral "Howdy Y'all and welcome" to all our new webOS migrants.

We have a few threads for you so jump in and sound off. Show your webOS pride and ask questions about your new favorite OS Window Phone 7. We already have some great threads started. You can let those feelings out in this thread "Man the webOS deal has me pretty sad." You shouldn't keep that stuff bottled up. You can show your webOS pride in our meet and greet thread "webOS Refugees - Meet Here" or just "Pay our respects to the final days of webOS..."

In other forums news here is a great feel good story "Can't do that with an iPhone!!". You know what? He's right.

Don't forget to stop in at our Developer Spotlight forums to pick up some great apps and games. Please take a minute to support all those great developers who are posting there Apps and Games in the WPC forums.

Games:

Apps:

Welcome again to all the new migrants I am sure you will find that WP7 is a great platform. We can't replace webOS but given a chance I am confidant that you will love WP7 just as much. Just remember to get registered. I want you to join the fun.

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3 years ago

WPCentral Podcast 123

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WPCentral Podcast 123


We're back again with Daniel and Jay (who's returning from Italy) for another exciting podcast, discussing the HP webOS news and what it means for Windows Phone, Mango, new and updated apps, what Daniel thinks of Sally's Salon and why Jay thinks Incubus is good.

Listen in! Show notes after the break.

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3 years ago

Mario and friends WP7 wallpapers

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Mario and friends WP7 wallpapers

Fan of the jumping cartoon with continuous growth spurs? You can no get Mario and friends on your Windows Phone as a cool wallpaper after some cropping of Cenix13xpe's designs for the iPhone and iPod. Wallpapers included in the pack:

  • Princess Peach
  • Yoshi
  • Toad
  • Princess Daisy
  • Bowser
  • Mario

Head on over to 1800PocketPC (link below) for the Windows Phone wallpapers and visit Cenix13xpe's DeviantART profile for the original wallpaper for iPhones etc. The wallpapers, once added to your handset, look awesome.

Source: 1800PocketPC, original image credit: Cenix13xpe

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3 years ago

Japanese SDK 7.1 RC available [Developers]

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This is interesting to say the least. The Japanese version of the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 RC is now available to download for developers based in the country of the upcoming IS12T handset from Fujitsu, which is to launch in the next couple of days. Reported reasoning for the addition of a second language is the high priority for Japanese developers to get apps built for the platform.

We covered the release of version 7.1 of the SDK yesterday, as well as the opening of "Mango" app submissions. All systems are green and our Daniel Rubino rightfully put it: 'go, go, go!'. You can download the Japanese version of the SDK from the Microsoft Download Center.

Source: MSDN (Microsoft Translator)

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3 years ago

Houston, we have Mango app submission [Developers]

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We were told not so long ago by the software giant that app submissions would be turned on for "Mango" late August. Well, it's now late August and Todd Brix has published an update on the Windows Phone Developer blog detailing the gradual enabling of the submission process in AppHub.

A more detailed overview of the submission process will be posted within 24 hours so we'll keep an eye out for juicy bits. Be sure to have your apps at the ready.

Source: Windows Phone Developer Blog

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3 years ago

It's official: KDDI launching Fujitsu IS12T starting August 25th

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We've been talking up the Fujitsu IS12T for some time now. Not only is it Japan's first Windows Phone, it's also the first Windows Phone with Mango and some killer new specs to hit the market. We've heard that it was coming August 25th and sure enough, it's now official. Makes sense now why the Windows Phone developer tools (RC) was pushed today with Japanese language support.

KDDI has posted on their site that the IS12T will be available in certain regions starting on the 25th, which is in just two days--lucky! Those regions and dates, according to KKDI are as follows:

  • August 25 (Thursday): Hokkaido · Tohoku · Kanto · Central · Kansai · Kyushu · Okinawa
  • August 26 (Friday): Chugoku
  • August 27 (Sat): Shikoku

The 32GB phone with a 13.2MP camera, water proof case and latest-generation Qualcomm chipset/GPU (see benchmarks) makes this one unique and tempting device. Big congrats to Japan, KDDI and Fujitsu for the launch and being the first.

Source: KDDI; via NanaPho

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3 years ago

LG E906 running Mango shows up as Jil Sander Design

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Pocketnow has managed to grab some pics of the LG E906 (referenced here) with as the title says, "Jil Sander Design House Branded". We're not sure what the deal with this phone is, but it's running Mango 7706 and looks to have (gasp) physical buttons on it, which means we're getting ready for a stampede of you folks demanding this thing. We don't blame ya, as it looks pretty great, even if it's just an Optimus 7 with a different back and slight changes.

Evidently, Jil Sander is a German design house. Yeah, we had no idea either nor do we know why they want in on an LG phone. But scrape that hideous logo off the front and we'd throw some money down on this device. It's nice to see LG bucking the trend a bit here with physical buttons, something we hope they stick with. Odd thing? The Windows Phone logo is the old, round one not the redesign. Tsk, tsk.

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3 years ago

Weave (free) hits v3.0 and is now live in the Marketplace

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There are a few "must have" apps for Windows Phone and we think Weave is one of 'em (see early review). So it's exciting to see it hit the big version 3.0 after some extensive beta testing, which we were lucky to see first hand. The free version (ad-supported) is now available for your usage and the paid, no-ad version is coming later this week (selectable backgrounds held it up, but hey...as SelesGames says, you get selectable backgrounds). The new animations, design and features make this app even better, so we so no reason why if you haven't already, you shouldn't give it a spin.

Features include:

  • 33 pre-loaded categories including world, financial, deals, fashion, video games, technology, and sports news just to name a few!
  • Add new categories at any time
  • Over 180 pre-loaded, high-quality news sources including CNN, Wall Street Journal, ESPN, Engadget, USA Today, NY Times, IGN, Entertainment Weekly, and many more!
  • Feed search – you can search for new feeds by topic or website name
  • Easily manage your feeds and categories via the settings screen
  • Preview articles with a touch of a finger
  • View full articles at your leisure
  • Share articles with your friends, via email!
  • Post an article to your Facebook wall!
  • Tweet an article to your Twitter followers!
  • Send an article to Instapaper!

Personally, we're waiting for the paid version because it rocks pretty hard. But for only the occasional news reader out there, this free edition is solid as can be. Grab it here in the Marketplace, let us know in comments your thoughts on their redesign.

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3 years ago

Nokia SeaRay shows up on Perez's stat list--different than Nokia 800?

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Awhile back we reported that a "Nokia 800" device showed up on Elbert Perez's Occasional Gamer site under the stats he collects. Speculation at the time suggested this was the model number for the SeaRay. That still may be true, but to make matters a bit more complicated a device called "Nokia SeaRay" has now shown up as well.

What does this mean? Maybe a lot, maybe nothing. At the big end, it could mean there are two devices in testing or being used--one the "800" the other "SeaRay", on the other hand they could be one and the same but for different networks e.g. "Arrive" vs "7 Pro". It's fun to guess, but unfortunatley, that's all the info we have now.

Source: Occasional Gamer; via @MechaGhost

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3 years ago

Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Release Candidate now available [Developers]

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For the developers out there, you'll be psyched to know that the release candidate for the Windows Phone SDK is now available.

"The Windows Phone Software Development Kit (SDK) 7.1 provides you with all of the tools that you need to develop applications and games for both Windows Phone 7.0 and Windows Phone 7.5 devices. This download is the Release Candidate (RC) and provides a ‘Go Live’ license that enables you to develop and publish applications to the Windows Phone Marketplace."

This along with the ability for developers to submit Mango apps to the Marketplace (opening tonight) means 'go go go!' for devs out there who want to update their apps. As to what's news with the RC, you can head right here for humungo list.

To get the RC tools, you'll want to grab 'em from Microsoft. Read more at the Windows Phone Developer Blog.

Update: The RC comes in just two languages, English and Japanese. The reason for the latter, according to Shinobu Takahashi, Windows Phone developer evangelist of Microsoft Japan, is because of the high priority of getting Japanese developers to push out new apps for the IS12T, launching in two days. Thanks, tezawaly, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

WPCentral is giving away a Windows Phone (Last Reminder)

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The clock is ticking on the WPCentral Windows Phone giveaway.  You've got two days left to get your video responses in to have a chance at an AT&T HTC HD7S. 

The rules are simple.  Just post a video response to this YouTube Video telling us why we should consider you the biggest Windows Phone fan? What sets the Windows Phone apart from other systems? How does it make your life easier? Even if you don't have a Windows Phone yet, tell us how owning one would make your life easier.

Make it compelling, make it creative, and make it under three minutes. Only one entry per person and we'll give you until Wednesday, August 24th at 5:00pm EST to submit your entry. We will then take a few days to judge everything and pick three winners. The top video gets the HD7S, the first runner up gets a Qmadix Boost Pack and the third runner up get a $25 gift certificate to the WPCentral.com store.

Good luck everyone!

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3 years ago

Tanks are rolling into the Marketplace

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Windows Phone games such as Alphajax and Words by Post are turn by turn word games that you play online. But what if you want a little more action in your online gaming? Say, a need to blow things up? Tanks might do the trick.

Tanks is a turn by turn combat game that you play online with the goal of capturing cities and wiping out your opponent. You'll need to register your email address with the game's server and once that's done, you're off to battle.

More after the break.

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3 years ago

Microsoft demos Kinectimals 360/WP7 integration [Video]

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Microsoft demoed some exciting integration between the mighty Xbox 360 console and Windows Phone at their GameFest conference in Seattle. We’ve previously covered Microsoft’s three screens and Metro future of gaming, computing and entertainment and this is another step in the right direction with Kinect thrown into the mix. We previously covered Kinectimals coming to Windows Phone with its interactive ability with the console version, now we get to see it in action.

What's interesting to note is that QR codes are used, not Microsoft's Tag service, to transfer data between the console and the handset. Microsoft's competing code service was reportedly shown in a separate demo so one could assume it's up to developers with a choice available. 

This connected companion experiences approach demoed in the above video by David Treadwell, Microsoft vice president, is what the software giant is aiming to provide the gaming community. It's interesting to see in a technical preview of how Microsoft views the future of their combined platforms. What do you make of the presentation?

Source: GeekWire, via: WMPU

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