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3 years ago

Terra Explorer - Review

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Terra Explorer - Review

We mentioned Terra Explorer some time ago when the app first hit the Marketplace and liked what we saw. To refresh everyone's memory, Terra Explorer is a browser for your Windows Phone that is driven by the search.

The developer saw the need to base Terra Explorer on how many people explore the web, by searching. Instead of entering a URL, with Terra Explorer you enter your subject matter.  You essentially surf the web by searching the web.  Terra Explorer taps into Google, Bing and Yahoo search engines and segregates the results across a multi-page hub making things easier to identify.

To read more on Terra Explorer, surf on past the break.

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3 years ago

Nodo to T-Mo tomorrow? [UPDATED 2]

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There is some speculation going around that the Nodo update will hit the T-Mobile HD7 tomorrow. According to Microsoft's "Where's my update page" T-Mobile is still showing in the "Scheduling" phase.

It's our understanding that when "Scheduling" appears on this chart, the update is within about ten days of being distributed. The chart went live on March 23rd so if the rumor holds true, tomorrow would be within that ten day window.  Granted that T-Mobile began testing on or about the 23rd.

Yet we have all learned that the best plans can always be delayed. So for now, we'll file this under "hopeful rumor" and find out soon enough if things hold true. To all the T-Mobile HD7 owners, good luck and we'll keep our fingers crossed.

Source: TMoNews

Update:  It appears, based on the tips we've received from a number of readers (thanks as always) that T-Mobile has unleashed an update for the HD7 and Dell Venue Pro today.  T-Mobile began distributing the February pre-Nodo update today and while it's not the March Nodo update, it is a step in the right direction.

Update 2: Reports are coming in that the NoDo is being pushed after the February update as well. For those waiting, give the servers time to populate and push.

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3 years ago

Weather4me - Review

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Weather4me - Review

Weather4me is a basic weather app for your Windows Phone that provides current conditions, what to expect for the rest of the day and a five day forecast for cities worldwide.

Weather4me pulls weather information from Accuweather.com and has a direct link to Accuweather's website for more detailed information. The apps lays the information out in a three page hub. Cities are searchable by name or zip code and you can build up a list of favorites to make switching from city to city easier.

More after the break.

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3 years ago

New hack brings NoDo to some unbranded Windows Phones

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So long as the carriers delay the NoDo update, it looks like people will find a way to force it to happen. Earlier we showed you how to do it on the T-Mobile US HD7, now some folks have figured out how to force it on unbranded/carrier unlocked devices, including the Omnia 7 and 7 Pro. [Update: but others are reporting it not working on the Surround or Mozart, in short, your mileage may vary]

While not hard per se, it is a bit tricky and involves evidently spoofing the Zune server into pushing you the update. One thing is certain, timing is everything as you need to make sure your data connection is turned off at the right moment.

We obviously haven't tried this ourselves, so we encourage you to be careful, but it at least appears many are having success in using this method. Check out the directions after the break and read what others are saying at XDA about it here.

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3 years ago

Sneak peak: Rowi's auto-complete feature for Twitter

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Rowi Lite has been on the Windows Phone Twitter scene for awhile and it's a pretty solid, lite Twitter app.

Version 0.9.4 is slated for release sometime this week and it features quite a number of enhancements, including an auto-complete feature for contacts:

  • Bug fixes
  • Profile cleaned up (switched to pivot view, moved a few things around, made tweets, follwers, following on profile clickable)
  • Added translate menu item on tweet page (translates tweet to current locale of your phone using Bing)
  • Auto-Complete Usernames on New Tweet page

We took the release-candidate for a spin and left impressed as we haven't seen an auto-complete feature instantiated as well as this yet in any Twitter app (Twitt comes close). Overall, if you're looking for a clean, lite and fast Twitter app, Rowi fills those requirements admirably. Also, look for a paid ad-free version in a few weeks, featuring push notifications. Grab Rowi Lite here in the Marketplace and look for v0.9.4 later this week, assuming Marketplace clearance.

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3 years ago

Nokia Pure: A new font for a new era

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Nokia Pure: A new font for a new era

In light of recent move to partner with Microsoft and Windows Phone 7, Nokia has revealed a new typeface, dubbed Nokia Pure.  Working with well-known typographic designer, Bruno Maag, the aim was to to create something distinct and recognizable, while allowing for sharpness and clarity at various font sizes.  Here is the result:

Here is a comparison of Nokia Pure, Helvetica and Nokia Sans:

We knew that the Nokia's new relationship with MS would bring the ability for them to add some of their own features to Windows Phone.  This looks like it could be the first step in doing just that.  Let's hope that their next additions to WP7 are just as slick.

Source: Nokia; Via: Gadgetell

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3 years ago

Flash NoDo on your T-Mobile (US) HD7 right now [Hack]

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For those who just can't wait another 2 weeks or so, you can go the guerilla route and just directly flash NoDo (7389) on your T-Mobile HD7 today, if you wanted. The process is actually quite simple: you download two ROM files (the old school "ROM Update Utility") and simple flash one, then flash the other.

The first ROM puts a signed Telstra version on your phone, the second, which is much smaller, NoDo (7389). The difference here is the Telstra ROM has the T-Mobile US radios on board, keeping the important part the same and since NoDo doesn't touch the radio, the second ROM is just an OS upgrade.

All in all, the process takes about 10 minutes. You won't be able to backup anything, so this is a clean install, meaning you'll lose any pics or data not saved elsewhere. The other thing is you'll rock some Telstra branding on the bootscreen and a few OEM apps (that of course can be removed), however once you throw in your T-Mo SIM, you can re-download their OEM apps instead.

So how is it? Well, it's NoDo so it fast as heck and we haven't noticed any downsides (it does make the camera better, less pink; also Bing Voice now speaks the Queens English, no joke). On the other hand, it's probably best to just wait a few weeks for the official version. But, if you want to go ahead, read all the directions here at XDA.

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3 years ago

Endless Shooter - Review

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Endless Shooter - Review

Endless Shooter is a Window Phone 7 game that has you battling waves upon waves of enemy space ships. The Windows Phone game is billed as a fast paced shooter with a relentless onslaught of enemy shifts.  No argument here.

Graphics are simple with your space craft being represented by a green arrow, enemy ships are red arrows and yellow orbs. Your ships health is represented by a green and red ring that surrounds your ship.

Read more about Endless Shooter after the break.

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3 years ago

Lifepics - App Spotlight

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Lifepics - App Spotlight

Lifepics is available over at the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace that gives you the ability to order prints from your Windows Phone to a local store. Prints can be taken from your Windows Phone or simply loaded from another source (e.g. loaded from your Zune desktop).

Registration is required (free) and you are provided a list of participating stores in your area. Participating stores include Ritz Camera, Office Depot, and various independent photo labs. All in all there are over 12,000 participating stores world wide and at anytime you can switch store locations in the apps settings.

Prints can be ordered up to 11x14 in size and you pay in store when you pick up your prints. To order prints, the app accesses your Photo Hub and from there, you choose which picture you want printed. Lifepics will then upload the picture and send it to the store location of your choice for printing.

Lifepics is a handy way to turn your Windows Phone pictures into prints. You can download your free copy of Lifepics here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

PC Remote - App Spotlight

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PC Remote - App Spotlight

PC Remote is a Windows Phone 7 app that turns your Windows Phone into a remote control for your computer. You'll need to download a server program to your computer from PCRemoteServer.com to get started. From there, you'll tap the "+" sign on the main page of PC Remote, enter the computer name and IP Address, and your in business.

Features of PC Remote include:

  • Mouse: your phone will act as mouse. You can move cursor and click from your phone.
  • Keyboard: your phone will act as keyboard. You can type from your phone.
  • Volume: you can control PC volume from your phone.
  • Audio and Video Player: you can control songs and videos running on multimedia software like Windows Media Player, iTunes, etc.
  • Windows Media Center: you can control Windows Media Center from your phone. Support for Turn off, Hibernate, Sleep or Logout operations on your PC.

PC Remote also has a Facebook portal to their Facebook page so you can keep up with what other PC Remote users. PC Remote is a free application and you can find it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

HTC releases a native compass app

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HTC releases a native compass app

If you have an HTC branded Windows Phone, you may want to check out their new free compass app pushed to the Marketplace (though oddly, not available in the HTC Hub just yet).

The app is not as nifty as LG's augmented reality apps but it's not half bad either, allowing you to have a dynamic magnetic compass plus use "walking directions" to some nearby location can be pretty useful. Plus, it's free and is fun to play around with (the app will even keep your screen on while running, which was smart).

Just click the link here to open up the Marketplace either via Zune or on your phone. Only HTC devices need apply, unless you have an unlocked/developer phone then you can try the .XAP file here.

via wmpoweruser

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3 years ago

Joe Belfiore responds to update criticism

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Lots of folks may be upset with Microsoft and the update process (we're getting a little tired of the drama ourselves) but you have to give them credit: they're listening and trying to make things right. You may not like their response, but at least they're giving a response.

To recap: this week we saw the beginning of the NoDo update, then came the outrage that it could take "weeks" to get it people, then Microsoft gave us a way to check our update status. Last night on Microsoft's Channel 9, Joe Belfiore gave a cheery interview which though entertaining, didn't reveal too much. However, lots of people were miffed to see him saying things were going well and appearing a bit out of touch.

Fast forward 24 hours and he's responding to the criticism, which like we said above, is good damage control. The message, re-posted in its entirety after the break, is quite forthcoming and sincere. A lot can be said about the update process but we do appreciate Microsoft's position in trying to reach out to consumers and developers alike. Like before, sound of in comments on your thoughts.

Keep reading Joe Belfiore's response from Channel 9; Thanks, Windows Phone Metro, for the heads up

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Connector 1.1 released

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Windows Phone 7 Connector 1.1 released

Attention fellow OS X users, Windows Phone 7 Connector 1.1 is here! Not much to report on (feature wise) since their gold release, but there is one huge improvement in functionality for majority of users. The software can now be configured to start up automatically when a supported device is detected. I was always unsure as to why this wasn't available from the off.

As well as the above change, we have performance improvements and high CPU synchronisation issues solved which is a welcomed fix. The only feature we need now is actual Zune service integration so we can use our passes without firing up the web browser.

If you haven't done so already, download the connector now.

Thanks Ali for the tip!

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3 years ago

MonsterUp version 1.7 update brings plenty of new features

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Indie developer Karios Games’ MonsterUp is a jumping game, much like DoodleJump. Unlike DoodleJump, though, MonsterUp is a Windows Phone 7 exclusive. Our review praises its controls, character designs, and cheerful atmosphere. The dashing, eloquent reviewer just wished for more environments to jump through. With MonsterUp’s version 1.7 update, his pleas for variety have been answered.

Game designer Marios Karagiannis claims that version 1.7 is “the most important and feature rich” revision so far. He’s not lying!

Dynamic Mode

First off, the new update adds something no other jumping game (not even DoodleJump) has seen so far: the Dynamic game mode. Traditionally in these games, when the player character jumps off one side of the screen, it comes out the other side, much like Pac-Man or Asteroids. Dynamic Mode mixes things up by centering the camera firmly on the player’s monster. Instead of jumping off one side and coming out the other, the game’s platforms simply loop around the player. Gameplay does not fundamentally change – the same difficulty and game logic remain. Yet it does add a drop of flair that I quite enjoy. Standard and Dynamic Modes are selectable before each game, and they also share the same Leaderboard.

Fresh and tasty environments

The platform arrangements in jumping games are randomly generated, so each playthrough is different than the one before it. Still, without the visual variety of different environments, it can feel like you’re just playing the same level over and over. MonsterUp now has two brand themes (environments) to bounce around. Lemonade Madness drops the monsters into a giant lemonade glass, while Sweet-o-mania contains a colorful array of cupcakes, cookies, and lollipops. Both stages retain MonsterUp’s signature bright and gleeful aesthetic, plus they just taste great. The original theme, Countryside, is also selectable. I recommend against eating the countryside.

Hop past the break for more details on the update and a video of Dynamic Mode.

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