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3 years ago

Wikirama - App Spotlight

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Wikirama - App Spotlight

Wikirama is a Wikipedia portal for your Windows Phone. Wikirama lays everything out nicely making use of the Metro style panorama.  The app was recently updated to give Wikirama a cleaner appearance and a settings page.  Having first tinkered with the previous version, the updated version is a noticeable improvement.  Here's how Wikirama breaks down.

Wikirama supports twenty-one languages and has an auto-complete search feature. Your search history appears just below the search field (eliminates the previous History page).  Wikirama allows you to open up to six concurrently open tabs for your searches and you can add topics to your favorites page.  Wikirama supports both landscape and portrait viewing.

Your search result page gives you a window view of the Wikipage that is touch scrollable.  You can also pull the Wikipage full screen to access the full version of the topic page.

Overall impression: WikiRama is a clean, simple Wikipedia client.  I liked the auto-complete feature and that the search history was moved to the search page.  It gives the app a cleaner look and hunting down your search topic a little more efficient.  If you tinker with Wikipedia often, Wikirama is worth checking into.

There are two versions available for Wikirama. There is a free version, Wikirama Free that is ad supported that you can find here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace. You also have an ad-free version of Wikirama that will run you $.99 and you can find it here at the Marketplace. There is a trial version for the ad-free option.

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3 years ago

Penny Drop Decision - App Spotlight

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Penny Drop Decision - App Spotlight

Penny Drop Decision brings a new twist to the coin toss to your Windows Phone. The decision app has a series of answers along the bottom of the screen and you drop a penny down a series of pegs. Where the penny lands is your decision.

You can customize your choices to reflect whatever the need. Plus there are several pre-set choices that include choices of beverages, the loves me/loves me not saga, and the days of the week. The coin isn't the easiest to get started but you essentially tap, drag and release to get the penny moving.

Penny Drop Decision is a different way to toss a coin to make a call by. The app is free, ad-supported and you can download it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Summary of the Week: July 25-31, 2011

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Yet another busy week at WPCentral HQ. We've begun a weekly update from our community that is to be ran by Dave Blake, a member of our forum staff, so be sure to keep an eye out on future updates and head on over to our forums to join in the Windows Phone discussion!

Three more WPCentral related highlights that occurred this past week include the WPCentral Podcast: episode 119, the beta program for version 1.3 of our app and our weekly developer interview. This week we had the pleasure in being joined by Nice Touch Games, a newly formed British games studio based in London.

To continue with the weekly run-down, head on past the break.

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3 years ago

Metro inspired UberMusic Android app released

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We previously covered the Metro UI inspired media player for Android when it was still in development. Federico Carnales has now released the app to the Android Marketplace and is readily available for download and installment. So, how accurate is the design to the real deal on WP7/Zune? Check the above video.

As one can see it's a very well crafted look-alike. The animations, positioning and pivot menus are pretty much identical and if the chrome wasn't present at the top of both devices, you'd have a fairly hard time deciding which was the fake. The app is fully customizable so this is merely a single theme, third parties have the ability to 'skin' the media player as they so see it - even the widgets.

UberMusic sitting on the Marketplace shelves at a pricey $3.49 (wait, you didn't think everything on Android was free did you?) and a free version is apparently on its way with in-app advertising support. With how Google is advancing with Metro UI implementation, I wouldn't be surprised with adopting this media player as the default for Android. What are your thoughts? Should we feel flattered or concerned that other platforms are slowly turning in WP7 wannabes instead of fully migrating to the platform?

Source: UberMusic, via: Engadget, thanks John for the heads up! 

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3 years ago

Tiki Towers - Review

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Tiki Towers - Review

When you think of puzzle games, falling-block games like Tetris and match-three games such as Bejeweled probably spring to mind. But there is another type of puzzler that differs greatly from those games. I speak, of course, of the physics-based puzzle game. These games challenge players to place items throughout a level, using their interaction with the level and the game’s physics to accomplish a goal. Tiki Towers from Game House falls into this cerebral sub-genre.

The premise of Tiki Towers involves an airplane dropping numerous boxes of monkeys onto several different islands. All five of a box’s monkeys must make it from their box to the goal in order to complete a level. The monkeys have their own AI and will walk and jump short distances. But each level contains peaks, pits, and other hazards that the simians can’t surmount on their own. That’s where the player comes in.

Grab a banana and swing past the break for our full review.

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3 years ago

Sally's Salon Luxury Edition - Review

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Sally's Salon Luxury Edition - Review

Sally’s Salon is cut from the same cloth as other time management games like Diner Dash. The goal in each level is to please as many customers as possible without keeping anyone waiting longer than necessary. Customers enter the establishment with five hearts floating over their heads – some empty and some filled. If they are made to wait too long at any point in the visit, the hearts will start to empty. Once they run out, the customer leaves in frustration. Performing services that please the customers will fill up their hearts. Different kinds of customers have different patience levels and tipping habits; learning which ones to prioritize is part of the fun.

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3 years ago

Custom "cute" Capt. America wallpaper for your Windows Phone

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We've seen some "epic" style Captain America wallpaper a few weeks ago, but how about some custom "cute" styled ones? In the traditional Chinese style of taking all things menacing and making them freakin' adorable, those cats at IHeartWindowsPhone have made two versions of Capt. America that are pretty slammin'. Or just cute. Whatever.

We're not even comic fans but have to admit these are pretty great and since their free, why not just grab them here. A big thanks to IHeartWindowsPhone for sharing.

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3 years ago

Team DFT gets their hands on RTM Mango build 7720

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We'll just leave this here. It should be no surprise that those savvy gurus at team DFT have not only managed to get their hands on the RTM build of Mango (7720) but they've already have it running on an HTC HD7.

No word on whether others can flash this and our Chinese-forum skills are not helping here, but we imagine we'll see this trickle out to other devices, including the HD2...why not, right?

Source: Weibo; Thanks, talan1314!

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3 years ago

So much for controlling Marketplace spam

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Not to beat a dead horse...well, actually that's exactly what we are doing, but looks like either Microsoft is becoming lax in enforcing mass-publishing of apps or we misunderstood what they meant.

Back in June, in reaction to negative complaints of a few devs "spamming" the marketplace, Microsoft posted new guidelines to cut down on these types of scenarios. Here we're referring to spamming as mass-publishing the same app but with a different location or institution, instead of having a single app with the ability to choose from within. This clutters the Marketplace, inflates numbers and just plain looks bad. And we're not even counting here the "fake" apps that don't do anything.

Part of those changes was a cap:

1. "To avoid the scenario where bulk publishing crowds out other apps in Marketplace in the future, effective immediately, we are limiting the number of apps any one developer can have certified in a single day to 20. Developers creating a large number of apps can still submit all of them for certification, but they will be certified at a maximum rate of 20 per day rather than all at once."

Evidently this does not mean publishing those apps though. We just noticed no less than 37 'MyTranso' apps being published and pushed at once to the Marketplace. That's more than 20, even if we're off by one or two. Sure, it's the weekend but we thought the change Microsoft implemented would cut down on such nonsense. Guess we were wrong, but perhaps we're just being too picky? Let us know in comments.

via: WP7AppList

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3 years ago

Bing Vision technology gets explained

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Bing Vision technology gets explained

Over at iStartedSomething, Long Zheng posted a nice little clip from Microsoft Research dealing with 2D object recognition, which for those who have been following, is instantiated in Windows Phone "Mango" as Bing Vision (see demo). The tool of course allows to you scan various 2D objects like CDs, DVDs, posters, barcodes, etc. which can then access a database for pricing and product info.

In this brief segment, Rick Szeliski from Microsoft Research’s Interactive Visual Media group goes into detail of how this works. While it's some heady stuff, most of you should be able to watch the ~4 minute segment and get an understanding of how this stuff happens and what the current limitations are--specifically 3D objects and "generics" likes recognizing your pet or people.

While Google has had Goggles for awhile and all of this is based on pre-existing tech, it's neat to see it explained. Plus it doesn't take the magic away when you actually use Bing Vision on your phone (as anyone who has demoed this to a non-techy can attest too). Pretty amazing work when you think about it.

Read moe at iStartedSomething

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3 years ago

Developer Interview: Nice Touch Games

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Developer Interview: Nice Touch Games

This week we have Richard Bunn and David Green who are the developing power behind the newly formed Nice Touch Games studio. Their first release is Windows Phone 7 exclusive Crazy Horses, which as you can hazard a guess from the title sports fairly strange but incredibly addictive and humorous game play. 

Head on past the break for the run-through. 

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3 years ago

Microsoft's WiFi database exposed by Stanford researcher

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CNET previously reported on Microsoft's lack of privacy safeguards for their database at Live.com, which both Google and Skyhook Wireless now sport. A researcher at Stanford University, Elie Bursztein, has created a web page that allows one to look up MAC addresses for pin-point location results provided by Windows Phone 7 handsets and Microsoft's army of Wi-Fi recording vehicles as to where they last connected to this device address.

Is it really that much of a problem for the average web user? We have social networking with location-based services that display where the user is currently situated and people are connecting with the www more each year. I would, however, like to see a global opt-out option for Google, Microsoft and all other data collection services should I not wish for my location to be given out.

We're not quite sure if this works with device specific addresses or simply those that are acting as a wireless access point (routers, tethered phones, MiFi, etc.). Bursztein plans to discuss his findings with two other researchers at the Black Hat security conference, being held at Las Vegas next week. Have you attempted to search for your MAC addresses and are you concerned about this information being publicly viewable?

Source: Elie Bursztein, via: CNET

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3 years ago

English photos of the Fujitsu-Toshiba IS12T

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Some pretty exciting stuff popping up at Nanapho with regards to a language change on the IS12T to English and a quick run through. One of the things you'll notice is the addition of adding a WiFi network (hidden SSID), which our Daniel Rubino previously covered as being present in the RTM build of "Mango"

The device, being shown off at the KDDI Designing Studio in Harajuku Tokyo Japan, is running the build 7716. Not 7720 RTM, but close nonetheless. Noted in the article is the handset isn't running final hardware or - of course - software. 

For more images, check out the article at the link below.

Source: Nanapho.jp

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3 years ago

Contest Results - What mobile games would our readers like to see ported to Windows Phone?

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Last weekend, we asked our readers what mobile games they would like to see ported to Windows Phone as Xbox Live titles. To make things exciting, we promised to award Beards & Beaks avatar prop codes to the nine most convincing and/or interesting entries. After pouring over the overwhelming number of entries in the contest forum thread, we have chosen nine winners.

Head past the jump for the full contest results!

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3 years ago

Angry Birds gets bumped to v1.1, gains new levels

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Just the other day we pointed out (or were moaning about) how Angry Birds was missing about 105 levels from the v1.0 release. That's due to our port being based on an older release (v1.4.2) whereas the iPhone and Android are on v1.6.1. Basically Rovio is known to frequently update the app on the other platforms, adding new levels and making the financial investment (if there was one) quite lasting--in fact it's one of the reasons people keep playing the darn game.

Good new for us is that v1.1 of Angry Birds is now live and now features 225 levels, up from the previous 135. What that translates to is the addition of Episodes 10 and 11, which were previously locked with a "coming soon" on them. This translates to the "Ham 'em High" or section 5 in the game. In addition, as can be seen by the lead pic, the design of the game has changed a bit too, but nothing that should get anyone upset.

Hey, for $2.99 and after being out for a few weeks, kudos to Rovio/MSG for pushing this update just as many of us were finishing those 135 previous levels. Hopefully we'll continue to see this trend with this game as it progresses.

If you're one of those who haven't bought it yet, you can try it out here in the Marketplace. See our review here. Thanks, Damien H., for the heads up!

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