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3 years ago

Amazon Kindle app now available for Windows Phone 7

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Good news folks as Amazon's Kindle app has finally hit the Marketplace. Well, they said "by the holidays" and though they're a few days late, we'll accept the ever so slight delay.

Considering the Kindle was one of the top selling gadgets of 2010, we're betting many of you got one for the holidays, making this app a natrual extension. What's cool of course about Kindle is the fact it keeps all your periodicals synced up, meaning you can read your Kindle then pick up your phone and continue that newspaper from right where you left off.

Our initial impression? It's pretty, darn pretty. And we like it.

Anyways, grab it here now.

via: ZDnet/@palmsolo & @derbrotkasten

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3 years ago

WikiPanda - Review

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WikiPanda - Review

Wikipedia has grown into one of the largest reference sources on the planet. WikiPanda, on the other hand, is a Windows Phone 7 application that will make tapping into Wikipedia from your Windows Phone easy.

Developed by PandaBits, WikiPanda offers you a hub interface with Wikipedia that will let you search by topic, view featured articles and historical facts for that particular date. WikiPanda presents the information nicely with a clean looking, easily navigated layout.

To read a bit more on this reference application for your Windows Phone, slide on past the break.

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3 years ago

Rise of Glory - Review

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Rise of Glory - Review

Microsoft Game Studios and Revo Solutions Games is offering Rise of Glory, a World War I air combat game for Windows Phone 7. The game puts you in the cockpit of World War I era fighting planes where you can fight your way through a single player campaign or battle through user defined missions.

Flight controls takes full advantage of your Windows Phones sensors and the game is presented with high graphic quality. Rise of Glory is also integrated with Xbox Live to allow you to share achievements and scores with your online friends. The only downside to the Xbox integration is that there isn't a multi-player mode available.

To read more on Rise of Glory, fly on past the break.

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3 years ago

Lucky 7 - Review

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Lucky 7 - Review

IronSunStudios, developer of Ionball, is offering a casino oriented game for Windows Phone 7. Lucky 7 puts you behind a one-armed bandit to try your luck at slots and to see how large a fortune you can build.

Lucky 7 does have a companion game to the slot machine and two game modes to keep things interesting. But for the most part, it's a slot game.  Lucky 7 has an easy interface, nice graphics, and can be a fun way to pass the time.

To see if Lucky 7 comes up all 7's, ease on past the break.

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3 years ago

Thurrott details 2011 WP7 updates Mango and NoDo (as in No Donuts)

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Microsoft insider and author of Windows Phone Secrets Paul Thurrott has revealed some additional details about some of the Windows Phone 7 updates we can expect in 2011. We’ve discussed several of the rumors that have been floating around, and Thurrott confirms much of what we’ve been hearing.

The first update, rumored to be announced tomorrow night at the opening keynote at CES in Las Vegas, is entitled “NoDo” (No Donuts) reportedly in response to Android 1.6 (Donut). Thurrott reports that NoDo will RTM in January, with consumers seeing the update in the early February timeframe, after testing by carriers. NoDo will have copy and paste, CDMA support, and supports Qualcomm’s 7x30 chipset.

Thurrott also confirms what we’ve been hearing about Mango, which has been termed a “Major” update to Windows Phone 7. Mango should see HTML5 and Silverlight support within the browser, also bits of the Trident 5 rendering engine contained within Internet Explorer 9. Referred to within Microsoft as the “entertainment” branch, Mango is something we will definitely be looking forward to.

From a scheduling standpoint, Thurrott makes it clear that we should expect more updates between NoDo and Mango, though he doesn’t go into additional detail.

We’ll be on hand at CES this week to keep you up to date. For the latest and greatest news, follow us on Twitter (@wpcentral, @backlon, @philnickinson, @tferrill).

Source: WindowsPhoneSecrets

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3 years ago

New Xbox LIVE titles Pac-Man & Tower Bloxx: New York coming tonight

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Oh how we love Tuesday nights around here as it's time for some new Xbox LIVE titles. As you probably guessed from reading the headline, Pac-Man from Namco and Tower Bloxx: New York are on tonight's list. We all know Pac-Man but Tower Bloxx is a popular Facebook game, meaning lots of you can take your addiction on the go.

We can expect them go live in the next few hours, so keep your eyes out.

Source: @karlstricker

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3 years ago

Resco is back with Radio for Windows Phone 7 [Video]

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For those Windows Mobile users, Resco was a standard name for software on that platform, delivering us the much needed Explorer, Radio, Audio Recorder, Contact Manger, etc.

So it's great to see them return to our new OS with an updated and very solid Resco Radio v1.0. Fetching for a modest $1.99 (and no monthly subscriptions). Radio brings straight up internet radio streaming to your phone, with some advanced features like sleep, add station, location search and of course the ability to play under the lock screen (no background though).

We decided to give it a spin and as you can see in the video, we're impressed. We highly recommend for music and talk radio addicts to take it for a trial run. Grab it here in the Marketplace for $1.99.

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3 years ago

Evernote for Windows Phone 7 coming this winter

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Good news for you Evernote fans (see review for Windows Moible). The popular note-taking application is finally coming to Windows Phone 7 and judging by their time frame, we're talking weeks, not months.

A brand new Windows Phone 7 version of Evernote will launch this winter...

Allowing you to take photos, save webpages, basically any bit of info you can grab, Evernote brings note-taking and cloud-computing to another level.

We'll keep an eye out for when its released.

Source: Evernote blog; via: @edbott

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3 years ago

Metro Home brings WP7 to your Windows 7 desktop

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We've seen some attempts at bringing the Windows Phone 7 Metro UI goodness to your desktop before and now the makers of HTC Home have a "special" version of their Vista/Windows 7 widgets available.

Called Metro Home, it brings the usual widget functions including "date and time, weather information for the current day and next four days, and picture slideshow" and allows limited customization.

Oh and its donation-ware so no big commitment if you like it or don't. We're loading it up right now because we keep it geeky-real, son.

Source: HTC Home; via: InToWindows

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3 years ago

We take the WP7 NES emulator for a spin - MegaMan 2 [Video]

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The NES EMU 7 project, which made headlines over the weekend for reportedly not being allowed in the Marketplace (even though no has tried to submit it), is back with some improvements.

In fact, if you have some techy knowledge and an unlocked device you can now make your own emulator + NES game to load on your phone. We did just that with MegaMan 2 (ka-lassic!) and gave it a spin on our Focus.

The NES EMU 7 project is being done by one person right now and it still has some ways to go, but so far it's looks promising. We'll check back in a few weeks to see how it progresses.

Source: NES EMU 7

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3 years ago

Glyder: Adventure Worlds - Review + Video

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Glyder: Adventure Worlds is a flying simulation game. You can think of it as a mobile cousin to Pilotwings. A strange cousin that no one really wants to hang out with for too long. You know the kind. They're actually pretty cool at first and can be a lot of fun but after about an hour with them you begin to realize that, in reality, they're annoying and only seemed fun because you were bored in the first place.

So why should you consider spending any time with Glyder: Adventure Worlds? Read on to see how this strange cousin performs as a substantial time killer.

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3 years ago

iOS developer reviews WP7, we summarize

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Justin Williams, owner and developer at Second Gear LLC, is an experienced OS X and iOS developer who has ventured over to Android for a week to see how he rated day-to-day usage in comparison to the iPhone. Justin has now had a good look at Windows Phone 7, and has made his opinions known to the world.

Although reviewing the software, the Samsung Focus was also a main point when creating the opinionated review and wasn’t positive when covering the hardware.

“The rest of the hardware? It’s pretty cheap. Apple hit a home run in the ‘feel’ aspect of the iPhone 4. When you hold it in your hand, it feels hefty (but not too hefty), solid and substantial. The Focus, on the other hand, feels light, cheap and full of air.”

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3 years ago

Weatherbug live tile not updating? There may be a temporary fix...

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Yes, like you our WeatherBug Live Tile had stopped updating quite a few days ago. And yes, probably like you we went with the Weather Channel's app as an alternative (see review).

It turns out WeatherBug is well aware of the problem and it has to do with a bug related to interval times and updates. They seem to be on top of the issue, trying to resolve it with Microsoft. But until an update for the app comes out, they evidently recommend you set the update interval to 60 minutes.

Now, we had that as our update time on our HD7 earlier today and it still wasn't updating, so your milage may vary. Let us know if it worked for you or like us, you simply went to the Weather Channel.

Source: @WeatherBugMedia

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 sending large chunks of unexplained data?

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According to Thurrott's WinSuperSite, Windows Phone 7 may be sending large chunks of 3G data behind our backs, data that is not easily explained by any apps and regardless of WiFi availability. This is actually the first we've heard of this issue, but Thurrott claims this is "widely reported" so we're not sure what to make of it.

According to one reader who wrote into WinSuperSite:

I went and looked at my AT&T account online and noticed that my phone was sending huge chunks of data seemingly in patterns. For instance on November 21-24 it sent between 30 and 50 MB of data at 10:41pm each day and Dec 1-4 it sent between 30 and 50 MB of data at 9:41am each day. On December 23rd I turned on airplane mode so my phone could no longer send data. I turned airplane mode off briefly on December 23rd and the phone sent 400 MB of data.

Curious. Personaly speaking, I have a lot of 3rd party apps installed--66 to be exact--and when I just checked my AT&T data usage, I'm below 700MB with 5 days left on my bill-cycle. Translation: I'm certainly not having this problem. Granted, I don't use Facebook nor have my pictures backed up to SkyDrive, so those two may be the culprit. [Update: And yes, I have my "send feedback" enabled for Microsoft, so that's not it either]

But enough jibber-jabbing, any of you experiencing this supposed wide-spread issue or is this just a fluke? Sound off in comments.

Source: WinSuperSite Mailbag

Related: How's your data consumption since going to WP7?

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3 years ago

GooNews - fast and light Google News reader for WP7 [Video]

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For those who like Google's news feed, you may want to check out the new freeware app GooNews by Shawn Wildermuth (a well known .NET developer and author, also worth following on Twitter). Released today, the app brings Google's news feeds right to your device quickly with a smooth, clean UI.

Besides bringing in Google's default feeds, the app has two excellent features:

  • Ability to add custom feeds based on keywords
  • InstaPaper account integration for offline or later viewing

In case you're wondering why he went with Google and not Bing news, he has an interesting explanation: "As an aside, I tried to use Bing News but its license was too limiting and custom feeds were too difficult. So I fell back into Google News and it worked great."

We've been running the app for the last few hours and really enjoy its speed and ease of use. It still requires the usage of Mobile Internet Explorer to view articles (nothing much can be done about that) but as a front-end, we really like the design and spryness. Grab the app here in the Marketplace for free.

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