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3 years ago

Remember, Trine's Hangman goes on sale tomorrow

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Just a quick reminder that on Sunday, August 28, 2011 Trine's Hangman will be on sale for $.99. The popular hangman game for your Windows Phone was recently updated to version 1.11 with more updates already in the works.

Trine's has a free ad-supported version that you can find here and the paid version (normally $1.99) can be found here (both links opens Zune).  The only difference between the two is the presence of ads and if you're looking to get rid of the ads at a reduced cost, Sunday is your chance.

You might want to start checking now (hint, hint) to see if the price drop has taken effect. 

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3 years ago

Pictures Lab moves up to version 2.0

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Described as the Swiss Army Knife of photo apps for your Windows Phone, Pictures Lab has recently been updated to version 2.0. Along with the customary performance tweaks, here are the new features that the update adds to the mix.

  • Added 11 borders, which can be applied on top of an effect and work with any aspect ratio
  • Added an integrated Facebook photo upload functionality
  • Added the new HDR effect
  • Added 3 new vintage effects: Koda, 1991 and Kolor
  • Reduced the vignette of most vintage effects, since the phopt was too dark most of the times
  • Reordered the effects preview list
  • Added Twitter's own, new image service. It's NOT the default Twitter image service since Twitter has some bugs at the moment. The used image service can be changed in the Settings.

Another nice feature of version 2.0 is that it is compatible with both NoDo and Mango devices.

In just tinkering with Pictures Lab for a short period, it comes across as a very simple yet effective photo enhancement app. Filters and effects are previewed in thumbnails, making it easy to choose what direction you want to take your photo. Adding the Facebook and Twitter integration makes it easier to share your photos when your through adjusting them.

There is a free trial version available for Pictures Lab with the full version running $1.99. You can download both here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

Thanks Rene for sharing this with us!

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3 years ago

Hurricane Season on your Windows Phone

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With Hurricane Irene knocking on the East Coast's door, we thought we would take a look at two hurricane tracking apps for your Windows Phone. Two apps stood out when we searched the Marketplace, Hurricane Tracker and Hurricane Software.

Granted if you're already using the Weather Channel app, there is a Tropical Summary within the app's Severe Weather Center that will give you a decent amount of information on hurricanes.  You also have other weather apps (here's our roundup) that will also touch on tropical systems.  But these two apps focus solely on global tropical systems.

To read more on Hurricane Tracker and Hurricane Software, blow on past the break.

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3 years ago

ZDNet's Matt Miller calls Windows Phone 7 "most stable OS"

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Sure it's one man's opinion, but that man is ZDNet's Matthew Miller who has quite the experience with mobile technology, often owning multiple devices with varying OSs. From that perspective and long lineage of knowledge, Miller has come to the conclusion that Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is the most solid operating system when compared to iOS, Symbian, Android, BlackBerry and webOS:

"Zero! That is how many times I have seen a reset on ANY Windows Phone 7 device that I have been using in over a year. During that time I have used at least six WP7 devices on all four wireless carriers. This includes running the early tech preview on the first WP7 device all the way through the latest RTM version of Mango I have on my HTC HD7. I even have the Dell Venue Pro, with a 32GB microSD card in it, that has been rock solid stable even though I have read a number of reports of issues with that device. I don’t know if I have just been blessed with an uncanny knack for using stable WP7 devices, but from what I read online there are many more customers just as pleased as I am with the stability of Windows Phone 7."

Miller's thoughts on WP7 as well as the other operating systems are informative, precise and telling. We know we're sort of preaching to the choir here as Miller's experience mirrors or own (though we have less experience) and we bet our readers are in agreement, regardless, sound off on comments with your thoughts!

Source: ZDNet; Thanks, Tim, for the tip

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3 years ago

Xbox LIVE Extras gets updated to 7.1, gets new Mango features

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Although Xbox LIVE Extras is now basically just the Xbox LIVE Marketplace app (seriously, they should just rename it), we're sure there's a handful of you who may need to dress your avatar on the go. If that's the case, the Mango version of the app went live recently, hitting v7.1.

Since loading Mango back in June, there has always been a "beta" version for Mango in the Marketplace, but this looks to have been recompiled with the latest SDK, enabling fast app switching and more language support including Japanese. It's also significantly smaller now, weighing in at just 8MB as opposed to the old version which was 30MB--of course that's partially because Extras is more stripped down now. But if you need this badboy ASAP, grab it here in the Marketplace.

Thanks, András Velvárt & Vlad D., for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Transitioning to Windows Phones: Device Roundup

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With the future of webOS still being anyone's guess, transitioning to a Windows Phone might be an attractive alternative for the webOS crowd to consider. We've touched on transitioning from webOS to a Windows Phone and now we thought we would toss together a quick round-up of the Windows Phones that are currently available.

Mango is set to be released later this Fall and will bring a handful of new phones to the market. Understandably some may decide to hold off and wait a few months for the second generation of Windows Phones to become available.  However, without official specifications available, we'll keep this roundup focused on Windows Phones you can get your hands.

We've got them broken down by carrier and to see what's available, slide on past the break.

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3 years ago

Palette FX - Finger doodling good

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3 years ago

Sonic CD coming to Xbox Live, Sonic 4 Episode II planned for 2012

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Sega surprised everyone today by announcing a new Sonic the Hedgehog game for Windows Phone. No, it’s not a surprise that they’re doing a second one after Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I turned out so well (see our review). What we didn’t expect from the next mobile Sonic game is that it would be a port of… Sonic CD.

Sonic CD (AKA Sonic the Hedgehog CD) was originally released on the Sega CD/Mega CD, a CD-ROM add-on for the 16-bit Sega Genesis/Mega Drive console, back in 1993. It marks the first appearances of Sonic’s would-be girlfriend Amy Rose and fan-favorite villain Metal Sonic. Sonic CD has seven huge zones, each with three acts, as well as unique 3D special stages. Most uniquely, Sonic can travel into past and future versions of most stages by passing through time portals at high-speeds. Successfully defeating Eggman’s Robot Generators in the past actually changes the future for the better. Sonic CD also features a fully animated intro and two different endings. By the way, it's my all-time favorite Sonic game.

Head past the break for details on the new Sonic CD port and the concept video that helped make this port a reality!

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3 years ago

HTC Omega pictures surface and it's different

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We are expecting to see two new Windows Phones at the HTC event on September 1st, the Eternity and the Omega. Beyond the casing for the two phones we haven't seen much on them. Until now with the above press shot.

The Omega will be offered in a white/silver color pattern and there is some speculation it may have a name change to Radar upon release. And do pray tell, could that be a front facing camera we see?  Now we just need to have the HTC Eternity to come out of hiding.

If this image holds true, it will be different to see a white Windows Phone enter the mix.  But then again, the Fujitsu IS12T comes in a rainbow of colors.  Not sure if I like all this color.

Source: Pocketnow; Thanks, Atit D, for the tip!

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3 years ago

AppFlow - Quick Look

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3 years ago

No LED API available for Developers

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No LED API available for Developers

Hussein over at WinMobile.se got in touch with Brandon Watson via Twitter with regards to LED (flashlight) API support in Mango for developers to use. While fairly obvious, it seems as though developers will not be able to manipulate the LED due to no API being available.

Then again, do we need the API? Microsoft could release a free torch app that would use the LED backlight in favor of "white screen" apps currently available. 

Source: WinMobile.se

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3 years ago

Sneak Peak: Fuse RSS reader sets the standard for Windows Phone [Video]

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There are plenty of RSS readers on Windows Phone, but few look as good or unique as Rudy Huyn's (TVShow) latest.

Fuse is nothing short of breath-taking. The app comes with three themes: ribbon, ipsum and square and the toughest decision you'll have to make is which to use, since they all look so good. The app also supports Google Reader, Instapaper, Read it later, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and has the ability to generate unique QR codes to share an article with others.

We like the ability to search for RSS feeds instead of entering the address manually, the super smooth and eye-popping graphics, tutorial and just over all ease of use. The app will be released in a few days to the Marketplace at which point we'll post our full review. But right now, we're leaning towards calling this one of the nicest, smoothest apps we have seen yet on Windows Phone. A real gem.

Update: Price will be $1.29 on release. Visit the website for the app for more information: http://feelmygeek.com/fuse/

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3 years ago

Unknown LG-T130L Windows Phone shows up on Occasional Gamer

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Continuing with yesterday's trend of new "Mango" phones showing up in Windows Phone apps that collect data, today we bring you the LG-T130L.

If that name doesn't inspire awe, well sir, you have some issues! But in all seriousness, we have no idea beyond that title nor LG's other unknown handset, the LG-LS831. But combined with their other upcoming phone, the LG E906 and we can see LG seems to have a growing stable of Mango phones. It remains to be seen, however, if they will sell better this time around.

Source: Occasional Gamer; vai MonWindowsPhone

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3 years ago

Lync Mobile for Windows Phone and more FF camera talk

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In the above video you can see a demo at TechED 2011 in New Zealand for Microsoft's Lync, which is the inter-office communication and VoIP system. The app is slated for a Q4 release and will also be coming to iOS, Android and Symbian with Windows Phone said to receive the first and best. Other platforms will receive a fully featured app with integration, not just a mere port.

A question from the audience was greeted by a fairly exciting response with the final goal in WP7 being to integrate Lync into hubs in favour of a stand-alone application. Communication will be handled by the messaging hub and anything from the cloud will be handled in the Office hub. Voice and video will be dependant on the handset and OS.

You may also have noticed in the video we hear some talk surrounding front-facing cameras on Windows Phone handsets, which further confirms our recent article covering Skype and the secondary camera support. Are you excited for FF cameras, or wont you use them?

Source: GoWindowsGo, video: alanburchill; Thanks, Sam S., for the Twitter tip!

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3 years ago

MS confirms front-facing cameras with Skype support

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Just one day after spotting an Asus WP7 phone with what looked like a front-facing camera, Windows Phone NZ is now reporting that Microsoft has confirmed at Tech Ed New Zealand that Mango phones will indeed come equipped with them.  Furthermore, it was also said that Skype integration will be coming soon and that it will make use of them. 

Front-facing cameras have been one of the features that users have requested the most and we've seen hints in the developer tools before.  Now that it has become a reality, will we see them on all, most or some of the new Mango handsets?  With Microsoft's semi-standardization of hardware across manufacturers, we are willing to bet that most of them will.  It will be an integral part of WP7 competing with the allure of Apple's Facetime application. 

Source: WindowsPhoneNZ; Via: Windows Phone Network; Thanks, Smith, for the tip!

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