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3 years ago

WhatsApp messenger working on a Windows Phone client?

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This could be read a few different ways but it looks like that WhatsApp may be looking to make a Windows Phone client after all. The super popular messaging client, found on the iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Nokia devices is only missing Windows Phone from its dominant lineup.

Through a recent job posting, we can see one of the job requirements for a mobile client is programming in C#. The only mobile platform that uses C# is of course, Windows Phone. So that's the good news as WhatsApp is easily the most requested program for Windows Phone that we get around here and with Mango's access to the contacts database, the company has little excuse to not do an app.

The downside is this may mean that an official app is still months out from happening, as we would think it would take a minimum of 3-4 months to get a program up an running. But we're speaking from not knowing all the details and perhaps they're looking for additional help and are not starting from scratch.

Source: WhatsApp; via Plaffo

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3 years ago

Samsung responds to Omnia 7 users with fix

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Back in May, editors of French website MonWindowsPhone compiled a list of complaints and bug reports from Samsung Omnia 7 users on their forums.  The issues ranged from error messages, to battery life, to minor annoyances.  MonWindowsPhone then drafted a letter including over 100 things that they would like to see fixed and sent it to Samsung France.

Samsung responded in July, saying that they were taking action based on the reports of the user community.  Now MonWindowsPhone is reporting that a software update is due out in a few weeks that will address many of those issues.  The update will also help prepare the device to be upgraded to Mango.

Here's to community action and companies that listen!

Source: MonWindowsPhone

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3 years ago

HD/HQ issue fixed with YouTube Apps

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The other day we reported that YouTube client apps such as Supertube and LazyTube lost the ability to stream or download HD/HQ videos from Youtube. The problem stemmed from YouTube changing resource addresses of videos.

Fortunately, the developers of these fine Windows Phone applications were already working on a solution. Both Supertube and LazyTube have updated versions available to once again allow you to enjoy HD/HQ videos from your Windows Phone.

"YouTube", Lazyworm's free version still has an update pending certification with Microsoft that will fix this issue. We are told that update should be pushed out very soon.

You can find the updated version of Supertube here and LazyTube here (both links open Zune) over at the Marketplace.

Thanks goes out to Atta and Kevin for the tips!

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3 years ago

Elop on MeeGo and WP7

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Elop on MeeGo and WP7

Some bitterness has remained with Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia, announcing the N9 on MeeGo and then somewhat shifting all focus onto "SeaRay". Many MeeGo fans are slightly confounded as to whether Nokia will be supporting their platform or will Windows Phone receive more attention in favour with Microsoft.

Michael Faro-Tusino, of MyNokiaBlog, decided to get in touch with Elop and get some answers. He was greeted with the following reply:

"Thanks for your note.  The second button on the side is indeed the power/screen lock button. We are not confirming the sequencing of markets, as they each have unique requirements that must be considered and it is hard to predict the precise order as we go through various national certification programs. The N9 will be supported by Nokia in the years to come to ensure customers are well served.  And finally, elements of the N9 will live on in the future, although we are deliberately not sharing all details, although we have noted that elements of industrial design, user interface and the development environment are of particular interest. In our strategic assessment, we determined that the MeeGo effort could not quickly enough deliver us a range of solutions across price points, radio technologies, etc. for us to effectively compete, so we had to make an alternative decision."

It's interesting to note the last sentence about covering multiple price points and radio technologies. If this is the case then one could confirm everyone's suspicion that Nokia will be pumping out entry-level handsets as well as power horses in their volume shipping frenzy.

Coming to a personal opinion, I still stand by what I've continuously said to everyone when this topic is discussed: "it's really a no-brainer". Microsoft supports the platform they're developing (we've all witnessed how much funding they can splash out) and it's still being painted as number three after iOS and Android. At least the N9 will be out and Nokia fans will have a choice between the two platforms. Who knows? If the N9 is incredibly successful then the mobile giant could be saved by not just one OS, but two. 

Source: MyNokiaBlog; via WMPU

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3 years ago

App Developer Hackathon announced for October

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Engage Digital has announced the App Developer Hackathon and Bootcamp for Windows Phone developers and those working on other mobile platforms. The Hackathon will take place on October 27, 2011 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. During the day long event developers will learn new skills, build mobile apps, compete for prizes and network within the mobile app development community.

The App Development Hackathon is being described as being for both coding gurus and beginners. There will be beginner classes plus the opportunity to tap into the expertise of the more seasoned developers in attendance. The Hackathon is a part of the App Developer Conference that runs from October 26-27, 2011. Sponsors and participants of the Conference include Pandora, Wal-Mart, Samsung, AT&T, Netflix, Qualcomm and many other industry leaders.

If you're going to be in the Santa Clara area in late October, you can find all the details on the Hackathon at AppDevHackathon.com and information on the App Developer Conference here at AppDevConf.com.

Thanks Chris for the tip!

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3 years ago

Activity Roulette - Review

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Activity Roulette - Review

Having a hard time deciding what to do? There's a Windows Phone app to help you with that.

Activity Roulette is available over at the Marketplace to help you make those tough choices on dinner, recreational activities, movies, office pranks and more. Activity Roulette includes a series of preset topics that can be listed by popularity or newness. The topics include not only social activities but roulettes for more personal activities such as studying, doing your homework, and choosing a color.

Continued after the break.

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3 years ago

Google responds to Microsoft and vice-versa

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We're almost over this whole Google/Microsoft catfight that's been happening. Almost. While good theater, it's not really solving any problems nor addressing them and it makes both companies look bad. Of course we'll start the blame with Google, who's original missive was more PR than anything and most agree, poorly planned.

Last night, Microsoft seemingly pulled the rug from underneath Google by noting they offered the search company a role in the Novell patent purchase. Google turned them down and didn't bother revealing any of this info in the original post, which was deceptive at best.

We'll save the rest for the break...

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3 years ago

3rd party YouTube apps can no longer stream in HD--here's why

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If you use SuperTube, LazyTube or any other 3rd party YouTube app, you may have noticed you've lost the ability to stream or even download videos in HQ/HD resolution. Instead, you're left only with "low quality" which is not exactly ideal.

Here's the situation, as explained to us by the developers of SuperTube:

"Today Youtube changed the resources address of videos. All Youtube client app can't stream the video in HQ or HD. The downloading video function doesn't work as well."

So that's the bad news and the reason why. The good news is that the developers of SuperTube have finished a v1.9 update, which we have on hand and we can say this fixes the issues. Version 1.9 for SuperTube has been submitted to the Marketplace and pending approval, should be available in 2-3 days.

We'll also bet that LazyTube will have a similar fix on the way, meaning this is just a temporary issue that we can all blame on Google :-P

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3 years ago

Monkey Mini Golf - Review

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Monkey Mini Golf - Review

There simply is not enough golf games over at the Windows Phone Marketplace. But things are looking better with the release of Monkey Mini-Golf.

While it's a miniature golf game (nothing wrong with that but would it be so bad to have an 18 hole EA Sports golf game?), it has a certain appeal to it. Graphically, it reminds me a lot of the Donkey Kong games that hit later in that titles lifespan. The miniature golf holes do have a degree of challenge to them and gaming controls are simple, yet effective.

To read more on Monkey Mini Golf, ease on past the break.

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3 years ago

First look at Windows Phone Tango and Content Search?

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We heard about build 8200 of Windows Phone 7 floating around recently. The build was speculated to be the next iteration of the OS after Mango. Code-named "Tango" (keeping up with the "last letter is O" naming) build 8200 and beyond are thought to be another interim release bringing new features, bug fixes and act as a hold over till "Apollo" aka Windows Phone 8 hits.

Indeed, it looks to be the case and what you see to the right is reportedly a shot from the OS. Specifically you're looking at "Content Search" or rather the OS's ability to first search within the device before going to the Web i.e. it's basically a global search tool:

"Content Search (Build 8200 Tango), it more or less works, first it´s finding content directly on the phone, and then on the web, the good thing is that Facebook pages work now (finally), i don´t know about twitter/LinkedIn, i haven´t them synced up, voice activated searching is also possible, similar function what iPhone has."

Pretty impressive as a new feature and it shows that Microsoft is barreling down on the OS, pumping out builds as fast as they can complie them. Good news for us.

Source: Pretaktovanie.sk; Big thanks to Wictory, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Best time to go to the bathroom during a movie? RunPee has you covered.

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Here's an app that slipped below the radar: RunPee. Yes, perhaps an oddly titled app, it's actually quite accurate to its purpose, which is to let you know the best time to take a bathroom break during the latest blockbuster movie at the cinemas.

The app is simple and to the point: it lists the latest films out in theaters, each film tells you the run time and three times to go during the movie. The first two "breaks" are positioned about 1/3 and 2/3 through the movie and provide cues to let you know that the scene is coming up.  While running back to the cinema, why not gander back at your phone and read what you're missing? Yup, someone has summarized the 4-5 minute interval you are given for you, so it'd be rude to not read it!

  • Every movie has a few scenes that either aren’t crucial to the plot, or can be easily summarized for you.
  • Every movie has a few minutes you can safely miss and not be lost when you sit back down.
  • We identify these times for you by watching the movie for ourselves.
  • RunPee provides you with both a cue to know when it's safe to leave, as well a summary of what you missed (no spoilers!).

RunPee adheres definitely adheres to the Metro design we love on Windows Phone, it's also fast and smooth to use, so we're more than pleased. Plus, this is actually useful, especially if you buy one of those "value" sodas like WPCentral reader Jim, who sent us this app reminder. (Thanks, Jim!)

The app is free and ad free in the Marketplace. You can pick it up here and have your bladder thank us later.

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3 years ago

Official Brother iPrint&Scan app now available

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Pretty sweet deal if you have a Brother printer on hand. The company has just put out an official app that will make your phone way more useful to use. Their app, clumsily called 'iPrint&Scan' does what it says: it allows you to print from your phone to your Brother printer as well as scan documents/photos back to your phone--that's pretty darn sweet, if you ask us. It's all done via your WiFi network and you better have a compatible printer to go with it.

  • Easy to use menu.
  • Simple steps to print your favorite photos.
  • Print photos directly from your Windows Phone 7 camera.
  • Scan directly to your Windows Phone 7 device.
  • Save scanned images to your Windows Phone 7 device.
  • No computer and no driver required.

We're kind of jealous we don't have this set up just to give it a go, because we can imagine a few scenarios where this would be helpful. The app is of course free and can be found here in the Marketplace. Thanks, jhelvie, for the tip

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3 years ago

WorldCard Mobile now allows sharing of info to People Hub (with a catch)

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WorldCard Mobile is a pretty popular app allowing you to take a picture of a business card, convert the info using OCR and adding the relevant info to a directory within the app. It basically saves you a lot of time by not having to copy the information line by line on to your phone.

The downside on Windows Phone? Third party devs don't have access to the contacts database/People Hub, meaning the information from Worldcard Mobile is siloed. This is something which "Mango" is suppose to address by allowing access to various databases on the phone, including contacts.

The good news for now is WorldCard Mobile has bumped the app to v1.2 and by first converting the scanned info into a v-card you can now export-to-create a new contact in the People Hub. Sure, it's an extra step but it sure goes a long way in making this app a lot more useful, especially for the $9.99 price tag (there is a trial). In addition, you can now export card images to the Photo Hub. Our bet of course is Penpower Inc. will update it for Mango, allowing direct access to contacts, but since that could be two months away, this is a good workaround.

Grab WorldCard Mobile here in the Marketplace if interested. Thanks, Oli S., for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Evernote gets bumped to v1.2, gets new features, encryption

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Folks who use Evernote should be getting the notice for the v1.2 update that just pushed through. Luckily the developers of the app were kind enough to make a video detailing all of the changes.

For one, the app should load and resume faster now, especially if you have lot of notes on your device. Number two, you can now edit text in rich text documents which should make some lives easier. In addition you can save photos not directly to the Picture Hub, attach an existing picture (as opposed to just using the camera), clear previous searches and use encrypted notes. Overall, a solid update if you ask us.

Check out the video walk through above to see it all in action and grab a copy in the Marketplace here.

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3 years ago

Minesweeper + Sudoku Xbox Live games coming on August 10!

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Next week, two new Xbox Live games are coming to the Marketplace! That hasn’t happened in ages. Even more unusual, both games will be free. The ‘official’ Minesweeper and Sudoku apps come to Windows Phone courtesy of developer Babaroga, who we interviewed back in June, and Microsoft Game Studios.

Head past the break for our exclusive first screenshots of the two games and lots of details!

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