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3 years ago

Weave (free) hits v3.0 and is now live in the Marketplace

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There are a few "must have" apps for Windows Phone and we think Weave is one of 'em (see early review). So it's exciting to see it hit the big version 3.0 after some extensive beta testing, which we were lucky to see first hand. The free version (ad-supported) is now available for your usage and the paid, no-ad version is coming later this week (selectable backgrounds held it up, but hey...as SelesGames says, you get selectable backgrounds). The new animations, design and features make this app even better, so we so no reason why if you haven't already, you shouldn't give it a spin.

Features include:

  • 33 pre-loaded categories including world, financial, deals, fashion, video games, technology, and sports news just to name a few!
  • Add new categories at any time
  • Over 180 pre-loaded, high-quality news sources including CNN, Wall Street Journal, ESPN, Engadget, USA Today, NY Times, IGN, Entertainment Weekly, and many more!
  • Feed search – you can search for new feeds by topic or website name
  • Easily manage your feeds and categories via the settings screen
  • Preview articles with a touch of a finger
  • View full articles at your leisure
  • Share articles with your friends, via email!
  • Post an article to your Facebook wall!
  • Tweet an article to your Twitter followers!
  • Send an article to Instapaper!

Personally, we're waiting for the paid version because it rocks pretty hard. But for only the occasional news reader out there, this free edition is solid as can be. Grab it here in the Marketplace, let us know in comments your thoughts on their redesign.

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3 years ago

Nokia SeaRay shows up on Perez's stat list--different than Nokia 800?

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Awhile back we reported that a "Nokia 800" device showed up on Elbert Perez's Occasional Gamer site under the stats he collects. Speculation at the time suggested this was the model number for the SeaRay. That still may be true, but to make matters a bit more complicated a device called "Nokia SeaRay" has now shown up as well.

What does this mean? Maybe a lot, maybe nothing. At the big end, it could mean there are two devices in testing or being used--one the "800" the other "SeaRay", on the other hand they could be one and the same but for different networks e.g. "Arrive" vs "7 Pro". It's fun to guess, but unfortunatley, that's all the info we have now.

Source: Occasional Gamer; via @MechaGhost

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3 years ago

Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Release Candidate now available [Developers]

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For the developers out there, you'll be psyched to know that the release candidate for the Windows Phone SDK is now available.

"The Windows Phone Software Development Kit (SDK) 7.1 provides you with all of the tools that you need to develop applications and games for both Windows Phone 7.0 and Windows Phone 7.5 devices. This download is the Release Candidate (RC) and provides a ‘Go Live’ license that enables you to develop and publish applications to the Windows Phone Marketplace."

This along with the ability for developers to submit Mango apps to the Marketplace (opening tonight) means 'go go go!' for devs out there who want to update their apps. As to what's news with the RC, you can head right here for humungo list.

To get the RC tools, you'll want to grab 'em from Microsoft. Read more at the Windows Phone Developer Blog.

Update: The RC comes in just two languages, English and Japanese. The reason for the latter, according to Shinobu Takahashi, Windows Phone developer evangelist of Microsoft Japan, is because of the high priority of getting Japanese developers to push out new apps for the IS12T, launching in two days. Thanks, tezawaly, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

WPCentral is giving away a Windows Phone (Last Reminder)

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The clock is ticking on the WPCentral Windows Phone giveaway.  You've got two days left to get your video responses in to have a chance at an AT&T HTC HD7S. 

The rules are simple.  Just post a video response to this YouTube Video telling us why we should consider you the biggest Windows Phone fan? What sets the Windows Phone apart from other systems? How does it make your life easier? Even if you don't have a Windows Phone yet, tell us how owning one would make your life easier.

Make it compelling, make it creative, and make it under three minutes. Only one entry per person and we'll give you until Wednesday, August 24th at 5:00pm EST to submit your entry. We will then take a few days to judge everything and pick three winners. The top video gets the HD7S, the first runner up gets a Qmadix Boost Pack and the third runner up get a $25 gift certificate to the WPCentral.com store.

Good luck everyone!

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3 years ago

Tanks are rolling into the Marketplace

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Windows Phone games such as Alphajax and Words by Post are turn by turn word games that you play online. But what if you want a little more action in your online gaming? Say, a need to blow things up? Tanks might do the trick.

Tanks is a turn by turn combat game that you play online with the goal of capturing cities and wiping out your opponent. You'll need to register your email address with the game's server and once that's done, you're off to battle.

More after the break.

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3 years ago

Microsoft demos Kinectimals 360/WP7 integration [Video]

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Microsoft demoed some exciting integration between the mighty Xbox 360 console and Windows Phone at their GameFest conference in Seattle. We’ve previously covered Microsoft’s three screens and Metro future of gaming, computing and entertainment and this is another step in the right direction with Kinect thrown into the mix. We previously covered Kinectimals coming to Windows Phone with its interactive ability with the console version, now we get to see it in action.

What's interesting to note is that QR codes are used, not Microsoft's Tag service, to transfer data between the console and the handset. Microsoft's competing code service was reportedly shown in a separate demo so one could assume it's up to developers with a choice available. 

This connected companion experiences approach demoed in the above video by David Treadwell, Microsoft vice president, is what the software giant is aiming to provide the gaming community. It's interesting to see in a technical preview of how Microsoft views the future of their combined platforms. What do you make of the presentation?

Source: GeekWire, via: WMPU

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3 years ago

AdDuplex adds to the pot to attract developers

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While Brandon Watson is offering an alternative to webOS developers in the form of transition support, AdDuplex is offering a little help of their own. The offer is simple, port your app to Windows Phone and AdDuplex will give you 20,000 ad impressions.

As with most free offers there are rules (to prevent anyone from taking advantage of the deal) and they are as follows:

  • Have an app published in the official application store on other mobile platform before August 22, 2011.
  • Port and publish it in Windows Phone Marketplace from August 22, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
  • Request your 20,000 ad impressions coupon by sending links to your app on the other platform and Windows Phone platform to info@adduplex.com

While this will help webOS developers get started, the offer is also being extended to Android, iOS, and Blackberry developers. It's nice to see the Windows Phone community offer alternatives to webOS and other developers.

Even if webOS finds a way to survive (which we hope it will) these offers will give developers a means to diversify their lineup.

source: blog.adduplex

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3 years ago

Love Clean Streets and Windows Azure [Video]

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Remember when we covered the BBC coverage of Windows Phone (among other platforms) aiding in the battle against vandalism, fly-tipping and more? Well we're back with another video going into slightly more depth about Love Clean Streets and Windows Azure working together.

Councils across the UK as well as boroughs in London can make use of this technology to provide the public with some power with alerting appropriate authorities for quick responses in keeping Britain streets clean. As explained in the video above with Medway, all entries are categorized, location pinned and available for viewing by personnel who can co-ordinate a response.

Can it get any better? Actually, yes. Once the vandalism has been dealt with, fly-tipping cleared and graffiti washed, the authorities can take a photo of the cleaned area and the member of the public who filed the report will receive confirmation that the problem has been looked into.

You can download Love Clean Streets from the Marketplace for nothing at all.

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3 years ago

Preview: Official WPCentral app for Mango [Video]

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We're getting real close to Mango being pushed out to the masses, so it's only appropriate that we show what we've got coming up. Our developer Jay Bennett has been hard at work with v1.4 which will unleash the Mango power:

  • Multiple Live Tiles - pin sub-sections like Games, Reviews and Apps to your Start screen
  • Flipping Tiles - tile reveals latest headline, last update when it flips over
  • Toast Notifications - get alerted to the latest story within 10-20 mins of the story; notifications also deep-link to the story itself
  • Live Tile counter - Shows number of new stories awaiting your review
  • Fast app switching
  • Background downloading - app will download story text in the background, making articles load faster on launch
  • Enable/Disable System Tray - for those who insist on seeing the time, battery life, cell signal, etc. you can now have this area show within the app
  • Live Tile settings - see what tiles are enabled, when they will next update and other diagnostic info
  • Podcast overhaul - Play podcast with app in background (uses music controls); Mobile Nations podcast support, fast forward/rewind, podcast episode description and graphic, resume at last left spot if stopped
  • Etc: bug fixes, other minor enhancements, things we forgot to mention

So as you can see, this will be quite the nice update. We're nearing completion of the beta and should have in the Marketplace sooner than later. For those of you on Mango, you're sure going to love this update. Stay tuned, folks...

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3 years ago

HTC September 1st Event to focus on Mango?

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HTC is holding a public event in London on September 1st but very little details on the event have surfaced. About this time last year, HTC held a similar event to launch a handful of Android Phones.

Our friends at BGR have received information that this year, the centerpiece of the event will be Windows Phone Mango. Specifically introducing the HTC Eternity and the HTC Omega to the public.

While the source of this information didn't disclose and particulars, speculation has the Eternity heading to AT&T and the Omega headed to T-Mobile.  One bit of promise was that the release is expected to be sooner than expected.

Nothing official from HTC and hopefully everything will come into focus on September 1st.

source: bgr

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3 years ago

De-Bugs: A buggy release from XIMAD

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De-Bugs is the latest Windows Phone release from software developers XIMAD. The game has you de-bugging 95 acres of lakes in the land of Mystery Pond.

To clear the ponds of bugs you essentially knock them into each other to get them to fly off. You have two means of accomplishing this. You can flick/swipe at the bugs to get them to slam into each other or the age-old method of tapping, pulling and launching them. You can bank the bugs off the edges of the screens as well as bouncing them off one another.

When hit, the bugs will start to flitter their wings and fly off. Only being hit by a like-colored bug will get them to fly off and to make the game challenging, your racing the clock to clear your lake.  If you miss your target or hit a bug of a different color, you'll loose points.

Another thing to be careful of is leaving a single bug of any particular color in the water. Eventually another bug of the same color will appear but it will cost you precious seconds off the clock. You get three chances per game and then it's game over.

De-Bugs does have an online leaderboard and a "secret" tilt control (hadn't figured that one out yet). De-Bugs is an entertaining, free, ad-supported game. You can download it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Case-Mate Pop - Case Review

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Case-Mate Pop - Case Review

One of the challenges of using the Samsung Focus is finding a decent case for the Windows Phone. The smartphone case industry seems to be hesitant to flood the market with cases but every now and then you run across something decent.

Case Mate has been in the smartphone case business for some time now and is offering the Pop case for the Samsung Focus. The Pop is part rubber case and part hard shell case. It get's its name because it "pops" into place but how much pop does the Pop have? Follow the break to find out.

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3 years ago

Fix for Samsung Focus SIM/MMS trouble

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Fix for Samsung Focus SIM/MMS trouble

Should you be experiencing issues with MMS on your Samsung Focus then this small fix may be just what you need. WPCentral Reader Seth has located a quick solution for his MMS problem, which occurred post-updating to Mango RTM (leaked ROM). He reported that the fix does indeed work and was tested on a Samsung Focus attached to AT&T.

Here are the steps one must take to greatness:

  1. Enter 40*047#3 in the diagnosis app.
  2. AutoSimSetting will be reported as now enabled, restart your device.

We're not currently aware of this fix working on the Omnia 7 handset or with unlocked devices. Let us know in the comments what outcome you get should you perform the above.

Source: XDA Developer Forum (post), thanks Seth for the tip!

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3 years ago

Fujitsu IS12T gets benchmarked, crushes older Windows Phones

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Tezawaly of NanaPho over in Japan managed to get his hands on the Fujitsu IS12T, which is expected to ship within 3 days. He did the smart thing and ran WP BenchMark on it to see if there was anything different. While we don't know all of the specs of the IS12T, there's little doubt that it has to have the Adreno 205 GPU chipset on board due to the outstanding performance, in addition it has the later-gen Qualcomm MSM8655 at 1GHz. You can see Tezawaly's results compared to other "normal" Windows Phone in WP Benchmark's stats below:

Needless to say, the results are impressive. Next up you can see it compared to the more popular Samsung Focus. Once again, the GPU average at 40 on the IS12T versus just 19 on the Samsung Focus. Looks like that new Mango hardware will be harder and hader to resist, no?

Source: NanaPho; Related: See the HTC Mazaa benchmark results for comparison

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3 years ago

Xbox LIVE game Flowerz gets Mango-support, more languages in update

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It's starting to happen folks: Microsoft's Xbox LIVE catalog is getting a Mango refresh, meaning more languages and just as exciting, fast-resume support for app switching.

The first game to get this is the freebie Flowerz. The game was just recently bumped to v1.2 and now features Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Czech and more languages on board, matching Mango's language expansion. In addition, we were able to confirm on our Mango phones that indeed, fast-app switching is working, meaning this was recompiled with the 7.1 dev tools.

What's interesting is that Flowerz was the very first Xbox LIVE game in the Marketplace, meaning we may expect this to happen in a sequential ordering (at least for the older games). Very cool, very cool...

Grab Flowerz here in the Marketplace to give it a go.

via: Professeur Thibault

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