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Windows Phone App Review: Microsoft HealthVault

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3 years ago

Press Play to open source their Unity 3D Windows Phone porting toolset

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Unity Technologies, the company behind the Unity gaming engine, previously announced they would be 'skipping' Windows Phone 7.x due to a closed environment being present, much like Epic Games with Unreal. For those who have games built using said engines this was a fairly confusing situation, especially since Microsoft is actively pushing the mobile platform as a gaming platform.

Current gaming development is aided by both Silverlight and XNA. Cue Press Play, developer of the Xbox LIVE games Tentacles (our review) and Max & the Magic Marker (our review), who have announced in a Facebook post that they will be releasing their Unity 3D porting toolkit to the community as open source. This move will enable developers who have built games using the Unity engine to bring across their titles to the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Check out the post in full detail below. Good news for both game studios and consumers alike, bravo Press Play. Let us hope that we see some exciting titles brought over to fill up the catalogue of games.

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3 years ago

New WizTiles web app enables easy Windows Phone tiles theme creation

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WizTiles (see our review) enables any Windows Phone owner to customise their home screen live tiles with different colours and themes, which can then be shared with the community (as well as downloading themes created by other users).

The developers of the app have just released an interesting Silverlight web app that allows one to conveniently create custom themes (using your own photos) that can be subsequently deployed on a Windows Phone. The app supports front and back tiles too, and themes created will be automatically packaged and hosted.

We've been informed that the Windows Phone apps will be sporting this feature in the near future. Be sure to head on over to the WizTiles website (tool linked below) to try out version 1.0 of the new web app, and join in the discussion over on our forum. As for the Windows Phone apps themselves, you can grab Wiztiles Pro here on the Marketplace. Wiztiles (free) is available here.

Source: WizTiles Designer

             

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone survives MACH 5 wind tunnel test [Video]

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Feel free to file this under "why the <insert favourite obscene word> would I need to know this?" or 'unbelievably pointless', but should you so happen to own a fighter jet and are able to take off from your driveway you will at least have some peace of mind that your Lumia 800 would survive MACH 5 speeds should it be thrown out of said jet in mid-flight.

NokNok decided to put the toughened Windows Phone to the test with a wind tunnel capable of blasting air at MACH 5. Unfortunately you would need to have a cushion for the handset to land on, or you could be a real 'badass' and swoop down in your fancy jet to catch it before the device ultimately crashes into the Earth. 

So, should anyone query your vast knowledge of smartphones for a handset that can withstand MACH 5 speeds and be a unique user experience, you'll know which direction to point them in.

Source: NokNok, YouTube

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3 years ago

Win an Xbox 360 with Vodafone Ireland Lumia 800 Windows Phone draw

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To celebrate the launch of the Lumia 800 in Ireland, Vodafone has an enticing offer active should you look to purchase Nokia's Windows Phone on contract or PAYG (Pay-as-you-go). By investing in a shiny new 800 before March 1st, you'll automatically be entered into a draw for a chance to win an Xbox 360 console along with 12 months of Xbox LIVE Gold membership.

Source: Vodafone

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3 years ago

Nokia launches Lumia 800 in Ireland [Video]

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Nokia has officially launched the Lumia 800 in Ireland, with the above video capturing the action at (and around) Grafton Street, Dublin. We can see the Nokia team handing out free hot beverages, invading carrier and retail stores to effectively showcase the Lumia 800. There was also a prize draw for a handset giveaway.

Are you planning to get your hands on the "sexy, elegant, beautiful, wonderful, functional" Lumia 800? The handset is available from Vodafone on contract at €30/mo or for €429 without a tied plan, as well as usual retailers.

Source: YouTube (Nokia IRL), thanks Ellis for the tip!

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3 years ago

Facebook Events menu entry making a return in an imminent app update

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The team behind the Facebook for Windows Phone app has announced an imminent update that will address an issue, which was introduced in the recent 2.3 update. A number of our readers noticed that you could no longer access the Events from the main menu (this now requires hitting the "..." menu and filtering our the news feed).

Good news for those who utilise this feature often and miss the easy menu entry. We'll update you all when the fix has been approved and rolled out on the Marketplace.

Source: Facebook, via: Plaffo, thanks Antonino for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Monday Brief: BlackBerry 10 OS images, Microsoft's rumored new music service, and more!

3 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: Image Map

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Windows Phone App Review: Image Map

Here's a neat Windows Phone app to help you remember where a photo was taken. Image Map will not only map out where your photos were taken but also display the Exchangeable Image File Format (EXIF) information on your images. The EXIF information will reveal every little tid bit of information on your photo including the camera used, the camera settings, and software used to edit the image.

Image Map pulls everything together in a very nice package to give you a easy to follow road map for your photos.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia Windows Phones headed to Optus and VirginMobile

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The Nokia Lumia 710 and 800 Windows Phones became available for pre-order today (or was it yesterday?) through the Australian wireless carrier Optus. Plans range from $19 to $79 with varying features and if you're in the market for either Windows Phone, WPDownUnder has worked up a rather detailed analysis of each plan. Pre-orders placed by February 26th will ship on March 1st.

VirginMobile, who will be offering the Lumia 710, has yet to release plan pricing and details. It has also been confirmed that select Nokia partners in Australia will have an unlocked version of the Lumia 710 available in March that will be compatible with Telstra's and Vodafone's 3G networks.

March seems to be shaping up to be a big month in Australia for the Nokia Lumia line of Windows Phones.

Source: WPDownUnder; thanks, Sheeds, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 bundle now available online at the Microsoft Store

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If you have $900 to spare and really want that AT&T compatible Lumia 800 bundle (which also includes the Purity HD headphones, Luna Bluetooth headset and Play 360°), you don't have to have to travel to a physical Microsoft Store as you can now order it online and direct from Microsoft (save some tax money too).

The package, though seemingly expensive at first glance, is actually not a bad deal considering what you are getting:

  • Nokia Lumia 800 with 16GB of storage in black or magenta (shame on no cyan)
  • Purity HD stereo headphones feature Windows Phone Media playback controls, ControlTalk Universal for hands-free calling, and a tangle-resistant cable, and come with a hard shell carrying case
  • Luna Bluetooth headset has automatic volume adjustment, provides up to eight hours of extended talk time, and can store and charge the headset at the same time. NFC compatible.
  • Play 360° gives you up to 21 hours of operating time and includes an integrated microphone for hands-free calling. NFC compatible.

Of course while we really like the Lumia 800 we can't help but think the 900 coming to AT&T in just a few weeks might not be a better deal what with 4G LTE, a front-facing camera and a 4.3" screen. But hey, we also know some of you really like and want this phone and not everyone wants 4.3" inches of glory--so for you folks, we present you this offer. Slap down your credit cards and treat yourself or a loved one.

Source: Micrsoft Store Online; via Windows Phone Daily

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3 years ago

AT&T brings secure messaging for government & enterprise to Windows Phone with new app

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Here's an interesting little gem: On February 1st, AT&T pushed out a new app to the Marketplace called "AT&T Secure Messaging". Part of their new service, the app looks to be an excellent addition for Windows Phone users on the all-powerful network. From the app's description:

"AT&T Secure Messaging enables the exchange of encrypted messages between businesses, enterprises and government agencies who are using AT&T's Global Smart Messaging Suite powered by Soprano. AT&T Secure Messaging ensures your sensitive personal data is protected -  for example, a one-time password from your bank/online payment broker or a healthcare appointment reminder. Your secure messages are encrypted, then sent to the AT&T Secure Messaging mobile application and decoded, ready for you to read."

Fascinating stuff, especially for Windows Phone users in those key industries. For perhaps obvious reasons, we have no experience with AT&T's Global Smart Messaging Suite, but a quick trip to their site gives a plethora of details on the service which even regular consumer can opt-into (for a hefty price):

"The AT&T Global Smart Messaging Suite is a powerful web-based application designed for large enterprise messaging and communication. The AT&T Global SMS service enables 2-way communication (via SMS or e-mail), and can reach employees and opted in consumer subscribers at most wireless carriers globally. AT&T can help organizations get started using domestic short codes for cross-carrier SMS messaging, and the AT&T platform can also be extended on a global scale for messaging to employees and consumers worldwide."

Think of it as an in-house messaging service akin to Exchange. This push by AT&T into secure message delivery seems to be relatively new. A quick glance on YouTube shows a recently uploaded video detailing how this service can benefit the healthcare industry like hospitals in protecting vital doctor-patient data. Of course in the demonstration Android and RIM are shown using the service but it's now clear that AT&T also intend for Windows Phone to be there too as the app and service are both ready to use. That's good news as this could be a big area for AT&T to be entering especially as institutions look to support the many different devices of their end users.

If you're on AT&T you can find the app here in the Marketplace. QR code and video demonstration of the service can be found after the break. Thanks, Ben H., for the find!

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3 years ago

Nokia "Amazing Everyday" for Madrid and Barcelona show off giant Windows Phone [Videos]

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Not a week goes by without Nokia getting some exposure via their "Amazing Everyday" campaign. This week we get two new videos, one from Madrid (Marquesinas Autobus) and Barcelona (Marquesinas Metro) with the latter being especially pertinent as we're on the cusp of Mobile World Congress 2012 which occurs in that very city starting in one week.

In these new videos we see a four-foot interactive Windows Phone that allows passerbys to take a few minutes to try the amazing UI. Come to think of it, this is a great idea as many of you will agree that the Metro UI is one of the key selling points of Windows Phone (and by extension Nokia). So allowing users to play with a giant phone while waiting for the subway or bus seems like a great way to get folks to experience the new design.

We've said it a million times already and we'll say it again, it's great to have Nokia out there pushing Windows Phone.

Source:  BensonSenoraProd (YouTube); Thanks, Ellis B., for the tip!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Summary of the Week: February 13 - 19 2012

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It's that time of the week folks! This is when we fill you in on your Windows Phone news and where you can catch up with any stories you might have missed through the week. We had a special guest on episode 137 of the WPCentral podcast, Jeff Wilcox from Microsoft. Should you want to enter some exciting contests, we've got you covered with both the Reinstaller app competition and a T-Mobile Lumia 710 giveaway.

Mobile Nations, the umbrella of related mobile websites, is running a survey to calculate which tablet our readers (from all sites/platforms) desire the most. Don't forget we're still running through the month of fitness! We're still not done with the positive stuff here guys as the WPCentral Store is offering a whopping 15% off on all Windows Phone accessories with the President's Day Sale. This offer ends tomorrow (February 20th). Over on our busy forums, we've got the weekly update on what topics are hot. Now we've got everything WPCentral related out the way, head on past the break for the weekly summary.

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3 years ago

WP7 Root Tools 0.9 coming soon with new features

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Well known Windows Phone hacker Heathcliff74 announced an upcoming revision to his homebrew suite of tools on Twitter today. He noted WP7 Root Tools 0.9 will bring additional device support and allow homebrew developers to mark their applications as "trusted", opening up unfettered access to the file system and Windows APIs.

He also noted that he'll release a mini SDK, allowing developers to use both Windows APIs and use model-specific functionality without infringing on the copyright of any major carriers, OEMs, or Microsoft [ed: like Julien Schapman's TouchXperience].

Keep your ear to the ground, we'll let you know the moment it's ready!

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