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3 years ago

Opera for WP7 launching at CTIA

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Opera for WP7 launching at CTIA

Opera has announced that it will be releasing its first WP7 browser, Opera Mobile 11, at CTIA next week.  Along with Mobile 11, the launch will also include Opera Mini 6.  Between the two versions Opera plans to cover a wide range of mobile operating systems: Windows Phone 7, Android, iOS, Blackberry, Symbian/Series 60, J2ME and MeeGo. Commenting on the versatility of the cross-platform browser, Lars Boilesen, CEO, had this to say:

"In our lineup, all players are equally important--we leave no device behind. Our small and clever pieces of software will give you a 5-star experience, no matter what hardware you prefer"

Details are scarce, so we'll just have to wait and see develops at CTIA.  If this holds true, Windows Phone 7 users will finally have an alternative to Internet Explorer.  It will also be interesting to see how the Opera announcement will effect the Mango update and IE9's transition to the mobile platform. 

Source: Opera; Via: PocketNow

Update: False alarm

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3 years ago

TVShow with Live Tile is a go in the Marketplace

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The other day we mentioned about Rudy Hyun and his TVShow app which was coded in 30 hours. That was the free "lite" version and we were anxiously awaiting his $0.99 paid one with a Live Tile and more features. Well, as you can guess it's here and it rocks.

As you can see in the above pic, I have 3 upcoming shows with the next one being 'Community' (aka the best show on TV right now). The Live Tile update is practically instant after you add your shows (remember to hold down/press to mark all previous episodes as "seen"). What can we say? We're impressed and we highly recommend it. Outstanding work by the developer.

Rudy also lets us know that he already submitted the next update, which should be out in a few days. That willll bring the following features:

  • support utf-8 subtitles
  • rate episodes
  • reorder tv show
  • speed up the launch
  • Fix the silverlight toolkit bug (the application may close when we added an tvshow)
  • 'press and hold" on a tv show marks all episodes as seen.
  • and a feature requested by US citizen for US tv shows: the possibility to have first aired datetime (Eastern time) or your local aired time (+3 for pacific time zone, +1 for mountain time zone)

Sounds good to us. Grab the "lite" version here and the new paid one here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Microsoft releases Onit, a guy’s guide, for Windows Phone 7

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Not feeling manly yet with your Windows Phone in hand? You may want to check out Microsoft's new 'Onit' app just released to the Marketplace. Billed as "a guy's guide to girls, cars, gadgets, fitness and life advice".

From the app description:

MSN Onit brings you the best men’s lifestyle content to help you stay on top of recent information and trends, then pairs it with local activities so you can hit the town. MSN Onit brings you a weekly dose of beautiful women, financial tips, the gadgets you need, the technology you lust after, and local news.

MSN Onit also blends the power and hyper-local convenience of Bing™ with the best social networking features. Login to Facebook so you can share MSN Onit content with your friends.

Don’t have time to get to it all today? We’ve built in a handy “To Go” list to help you make the most of MSN Onit. Whenever you see a check mark at the bottom of the screen, just tap it for a list of “extras” to save for later.

Login with your Windows® Live ID to sync your MSN Onit settings and To Go list between devices.

Feels a bit like pandering to male stereotypes, but whatevs. Get your alpha-male on and grab this doozy of an app here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Developers: Pitch Microsoft your app at CTIA, win big prizes

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CTIA is just around the corner and Microsoft will be there doing what they do best: getting new developers to their platform. This year, they're having a "fast pitch contest" whereby you have 10 minutes to "sell" your app idea to a panel of judges. It doesn't matter what stage your app is at, from "idea" to "ready to ship", they want to hear it.

So, what could you win? Seems the Grand Prize is pretty darn grand:

  • An invitation to participate in the Windows Phone Depth V2 program
  • $30,000 (USD) in co-development and marketing funds.
  • Two (2) Windows Phone redemption codes, approximate retail value $1,000.00 (USD)
  • One (1) annual App Hub membership

Approximate retail value $31,100 (USD)

That sounds pretty huge to us and worth your 10 minutes, no? The runner up prize is a free phone, free AppHub membership and an Xbox 360 w/Kinect. The winning app is judged on 30% Originality (Is this a new fresh idea?), 30% Creativity (Does this address a common issue in a different way?) and 40% Use of Windows Phone features (Does the application taking full advantage of Windows Phone platform? ). Read the full contest rules here and good luck!

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3 years ago

Microsoft putting Windows Phone 7 on promotional tour...in France

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Well, who says Microsoft isn't trying? Between the ads, TV show placements, developer out reach and evidently now putting the phone "on tour", Microsoft at least seems to be trying to get the word out.

From March 16th to May 7th, they'll be going around France giving demos of the phone and even raffling off an HD7 to a few lucky peeps. We suppose it's a good idea that can't hurt, but lets see if it drums up sales.

Source: Microsoft France; via Monsmartpone

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3 years ago

Sprint Arrive gets some software updates, Sprint Radio now live

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Although the HTC Arrive is yet to come out, looks like Sprint is pushing some updates to the few carrier apps that are on board (seriously, it's sparse). Both the 'Sprint  Zone' and 'TeleNav GPS Nav' programs received some 0.1 updates with, of course, no change-log to be noted. However, we can now at least use TeleNav as before we were unable to register the device, so perhaps that's the fix.

'Sprint Zone' is the carriers "hub" for the phone, offering software, tips and other Sprint news delivered to the phone (see it in our video hands on), whereas TeleNav GPS is a full-featured turn-by-turn navigation system (works in landscape too, woohoo).

Interestingly, it looks like Sprint is still finishing up some apps for Windows Phone as the Sprint Zone lists 'Sprint TV & Movies' but it's not available. However, 'Sprint Radio' ("powered by mSpot") is and it delivers "over 60 channels of crystal-clear music in all genres" and is free with your data plan (eat that, AT&T). Of course there is also 'Sprint Radio Extra' which you can pay $5.95/month for, zinger. Sprint Radio Extra is commercial-free and has ABC News, Fox Sports, NPR, etc. with customizations. It's like Pandora. We'll have more on Sprint Radio later.

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3 years ago

Marketplace Spotlight - Word Tangle Free

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Word Tangle Free is a word puzzle game being offered over at the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace.  Reading from the Marketplace description, "The scoring is dynamic while the graphics and sound effects are second to none. This is not your Grandpa's Boggle, so dont expect it to be! Try to get as many words possible within the time limit (that you set). Same word is allowed more than once as long as it's built differently each time."

Word Tangle Free features include:

  • Multiple dictionaries (US/UK English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Swedish)
  • Multiple player profiles
  • 4x4 on up to 8x8 letter game board -Multiple time limits
  • Tilt the phone to rotate letters
  • Shake the phone for a new game

You can download your free copy of Word Tangle Free here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Simple WP7 app creation with FollowMyFeed

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The majority of us are by no means tech savvy and we are sometimes found to be stuck at a wall when attempting to accomplish something that requires some technical knowledge and/or skill. To name a specific situation - bloggers or website owners who wish to publish an app that allows readers (and visitors) to use the website or services through a customised environment, instead of the web browser.

This is where FollowMyFeed comes into play for Windows Phone 7. Any website owner who wishes to feature an app, one can simply input their RSS feed into the system, which then creates an application based solely on that feed. Very handy for end-users with the included availability of faster loading times, offline usage and a Metro UI feel. The only perk is you will need to be able to submit the application to the Marketplace, which requires an annual subscription of $99 over at the App Hub.

There have already been successful implementations similar to this idea on other platforms. Invision Power Services, who specialise in community software (namely IP.Board), introduced means for forum owners to use the official app on the iOS platform that took advantage of the mobile template offered and allowed for a more enjoyable experience for end-users.

FollowMyFeed is a great option to aid sites and blogs with easily creating an app for the platform quickly and effectively. While not perfect by any means, and not entirely comparable to full personalised apps with huge lists of features, it’s a step in the right direction for more exposure with the growing Windows Phone 7 community.

Source: Go Microsoft; via 1800PocketPC

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3 years ago

HTC 7 Pro (Europe) 'NoDo' ROM leaked on XDA

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Although the Sprint HTC Arrive (aka CDMA 7 Pro) comes with 'NoDo' built in, thankfully avoiding any needed "updates", the European 7 Pro which came out a a few months ago, obviously does not.

Keeping up with the unlocked HD7, Trophy and Mozart leaked ROMs, the 7 Pro evidently now has it as well. According to forum member Football (who hails from Moscow and seems to have a solid rep at XDA), this ROM version has a filename of:

RUU_Gold_HTC_Europe_1.24.401.01_Radio_5.64.09.20_2 2.42.50.15_Signed

Not much in the way of feedback yet as far as any other HTC "fixes" or improvements, so we suggest you watch the thread for a bit to get some feedback before proceeding. Either way, looks like HTC devices luck out again, avoiding the Microsoft/carrier machine.

Source: XDA Forums; Thanks, Ali at Aliwaqas, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Facebook App experiencing intermittent crashing

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The official Facebook application, brought to you by Microsoft, is experiencing some odd crashing issues with some users. Checking the Marketplace for the application and reading some reviews featured on the app summary page displays a clear indication as to the scale of the problem.

We have attempted to reproduce the issue ourselves, and were only able to report one instance (Samsung Focus - another Focus worked however) that experienced crashes when running the Facebook app. It appears (at this early stage) to be randomly tripped with no apparent cause(s) being identified.

Reading the reviews back to the beginning of March, it seems as though it suddenly sprung on unsuspecting users, who are now understandably frustrated. Much like the Youtube offering from Microsoft being a complete flop, this is a serious concern that must be addressed soon to prevent further negativity clouding the WP7 experience and continuing the painful reminder of the pre-NoDo update.

Are you familiar with these recent issues? There is a temporary workaround for posting statuses and commenting on friends updates via the built-in integration the Windows Phone 7 platform sports. At least we have some way of spying on people we dislike while the official gateway to social goodness is unreliable or simply not working.

Thanks mk for the tip!

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3 years ago

Debugging WP7 apps [Developers]

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Debugging WP7 apps [Developers]

Den Delimarsky has posted a great video over at DZone that runs through some steps which can be carried out to debug Windows Phone 7 apps while they run with no debugger attached. Without one present, it proves to be increasingly difficult to track down every exception present. 

Source: DZone

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3 years ago

'4th & Mayor' Foursquare app coming to Windows Phone 7 soon

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We mentioned developer Jeff Wilcox the other day making his own Foursquare app...one to not only "fix" the broken one we have now but to go beyond. Jeff is on the verge of launching the app with it in final testing stages and launching a new site to promote it. And it's name? As you can guess, it's '4th & Mayor'.

We're actually in a good position to judge how good it is since we've been running it for the last 24hrs and our verdict: pure winning.  The app is gorgeous, smart, fluid and very fast. The options here go further than the current Foursquare app and it has a better, more minimalist look to it--very Windows Phone 7. We'll have more on it later, maybe even a video hands-on.

In the meantime, check out his site and the images there and get ready for some mega-checkins.

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3 years ago

Clove getting Dell Venue Pro on March 26

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Clove getting Dell Venue Pro on March 26

After a plethora of delays and limited availability through Dell, Clove's blog reports that they will be receiving SIM free stock of Dell Venue Pros for the UK on March 26.  The vertical QWERTY slider will sell for £350.00 straight-up, or £420.00 with VAT.  Clove admits that the long-awaited Venue Pro "will not be available in huge quantities at launch," so order soon if you are sick of waiting.

Source: Clove

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3 years ago

Google releases AdMob WP7 SDK Beta

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Google releases AdMob WP7 SDK Beta

Yesterday Google released AdMob Windows Phone SDK Beta for download.  The SDK, which includes HTML5 support, allows developers to "easily integrate advertising into their applications, control where the ads appear, and what types of ads are shown in their apps."  Text and banner ads can be linked to websites or directly to the Marketplace.  The SDK maintains the same look and feel as WP7 and allow users to click on an ad, then smoothly return to their current application.

AdMob WP7 SDK can be downloaded by current AdMob members by logging into their account and adding the Windows Phone 7 site type.  Google has also updated their iOS and Android SDKs to include new features, such as enhanced HTML5 support.

Source: Google Mobile Ads Blog

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3 years ago

Sprint Arrive vs Sprint Touch Pro 2 - In Pictures

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This post is for you old school kids still using the near legendary Sprint HTC Touch Pro 2--a device hacked and ROM'd to death and which approached perfection (if it weren't for that under-powered CPU). Anyways, the new Sprint HTC Arrive (aka 7 Pro) is basically a Touch Pro 3--the devices feel very similar, are nearly identical in size and quality. Still, we figured we get some close up glamor shots for you people who are curious about jumping to the new guy in town (we vote: yes, do it).

More pics after the break...

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