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3 years ago

Microsoft set to buy Nokia? [Rumor] [Updated]

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Microsoft set to buy Nokia? [Rumor] [Updated]

I wonder if we could have a drum roll implemented which would start as soon as you read an article such as this. This is to be treated as a big fat, yet juicy, rumor. Eldar Murtazin (a well respected leakster - see his rumor for Nokia to use WP7) has just landed one helluva mind blow with the claim that Microsoft and Nokia could look to merge.

According to Eldar, both parties are to sit around a table with jugs of gin and discuss the potential takeover, which is said to be desired ASAP by Nokia. People believed that Skype was a massive deal, wait until they see a concrete seal between the largest software company and the giant in mobile hardware, if it happens. Note that both are currently in a partnership with Nokia to provide hardware for the WP7 ship.

On a more hypothetical note, this would be an incredible advancement for WP7. If anything, Microsoft could begin tailor making their own branded device(s) for the operating system. Not sure how that would play out with other manufacturers still on the WP7 bandwagon who have given Microsoft the momentum they needed with the launch of their platform, not to mention how committed they are.

So what do you think of this rumor, and the possible merge? Check the source below for a translated version of the original article.

Update: And here's a biggy, Mark Squires who's Nokia's Comms Director, has actually responded: "We typically don’t comment on rumors. But we have to say that Eldar’s rumors are getting obviously less accurate with every passing moment." Ba-zing. That is certainly a rebuke and raises the question of why anyone would listen to such a hack like Murtazin in the first place? (Oh right...we can't retract this whole post). Thanks, dropqube, for the heads up

Source: Eldar Murtazin, via: PocketNow

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3 years ago

Get your WP7 developer unlocked for free

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We've covered quite a few events, tutorials and whatnots where Windows Phone 7 owners are able to get their devices unlocked - be it through homebrew or via the official channel with developer subscription. We've now received word from a reader who explained how signing up to DreamBuildPlay will provide you with a year developer trial, which you can use to unlock your device once you've passed authentication.

We've just tried this out for ourselves, but unfortunately we weren't given a redemption code to use for a 12 month trial with AppHub. While this competition has unfortunately filled up its redeem code limit, we urge everyone to keep the lookout for other events that offer a free developer subscription, should you be looking to unlock your device without paying the $90.

Thanks for the tip TrentTech!

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3 years ago

USB storage tool turns your WP7 into an accessible storage device

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One of the joys I had with my HTC Hero was the data storage functionality presently available right out the box with Android - something I would have missed at that time in Windows Phone 7 should it have popped up. We have now learned of a tool by MarcHoover, which allows both locked and unlocked devices to register as storage devices and enables users to drag-and-drop files.

The beauty of this tool is that (as stated above) it doesn't require any manual registry hacking and is reported to work on locked devices.  So, even if you choose not to go down the Chevron route a while back, you'll be able to reap the benefits here while still being restricted with further access. Check out the development thread for support and more information.

Source: XDA Developer Forum, via: WMPU

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3 years ago

Occupied - App Spotlight

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Occupied - App Spotlight

Here's an odd little game for your Windows Phone. Occupied has you assuming the role of the Head of Restroom Optimization. You need to direct patrons to the appropriate airport restroom before their flights depart.

Just drag the male/female symbol to the respective restroom for that particular gender. Sounds easy enough, right?

To help add to the games difficulty, there will be times when the restroom signs switch around, children symbols will begin to wander on their own into the wrong restroom, as well as that pesky timer that you are up against. Occupied has five difficulty levels; Impossible, Hard, Normal, Easy and Girly. As you progress with the levels of each difficulty the game, naturally, becomes more challenging.

Occupied is ad-supported with a small banner ad running along the bottom of the screen. In tinkering with Occupied for just a short time, I found it to be an entertaining, frustratingly addictive game. A game that really requires your undivided attention.

Occupied is a free game for your Windows Phone and you can find it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

The Onion 7 - Review

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The Onion 7 - Review

The Onion has come to your Windows Phone. The Onion is a news website that covers news, sports, politics, and other issues of the day. But with an interesting, humorist twist much along the lines of The Daily Show and SNL's Weekend Update. The Onion 7 is an unofficial companion app that brings the Onion news stories to your Windows Phone.

On the Onion you can read about HP's new non-computer for those who don't need a computer. Or sports stories such as how every MLB player begins hitting home runs after copying Albert Pujols' batting stance. The Onion 7 brings the lighter side of the news to Windows Phone 7.  There are audio casts reporting where McDonalds stock tumbles as consumers turn to food and videos reports on how an internet outage forced people into the streets to voice their opinions.

Continued after the break

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3 years ago

Manhattan 2020 - Review

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Manhattan 2020 - Review

Manhattan 2020 is an unique sort of game for your Windows Phone. It has a retro look to it with plenty of pixels and a very simple objective.

You play the role of a jetpack hero who is flying through a futuristic Manhattan. To help make your travels interesting, angry birds (that really look like bat - probably because of the pixels), helicopters and evil jetpackers try to mess you up.

While the game's objective sounds easy, Manhattan 2020 is a surprisingly challenging game. Jump on past the break to read more.

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3 years ago

Photoweather - Review

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3 years ago

Facebook/AIM chat, Group Messaging and more coming to Windows Phone 7.5

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Another week, another leak of Windows Mobile 7.5 ('Mango') features. Once again, the chaps at Windows Phone Dev Podcast have managed to get their hands on some screen shots of reportedly new features coming this fall to Windows Phone. And once again, if true, you won't be disappointed.

  • Windows Live Messenger, Facebook chat and AOL Instant Messenger all integrated under Messaging--and remember, we heard this is rumored to be a dual data/SMS system, making it really reliable even when your connection is not. Your presence as well as your friends are displayed in the People Hub dynamically.
  • Office 365 and Skydrive built into Office hub--'nuff said
  • Group Messaging: currently there are some nice 3rd party apps that do this, but the ability to have pre-defined groups to message to will be now native, allowing to create quick groups for Family, Work, Friends, etc. This will work for Email and SMS.
  • Artist art on Lockscreen: This is very cool, especially those with Zune HD players. What this does is pull down the Zune/Artist artwork of your current selection and plays it in a marquee/banner fashion on the screen. It currently does this on your Zune desktop/Xbox (play some music and wiat a few mins, you'll see). Evidently, in WP7.5, you can do this on your phone, making the Zune HD/Windows Phone distinction even less. This was always an awesome thing on the Zune HD, so we're glad it's being brought over.
  • Games Hub gets a facelift, including 'sync' option (potentially for online-game play). We first reported this back at MIX11, so now it's confirmed.
  • Native Checkins are coming e.g. Facebook Places. More info here.
  • Visual Voicemail will use Open Mobile Terminal Platform (OMTP)
  • Battery saving features/options (under Settings)
  • WiFi Hotspot support, uses Network Communication and Information Systems (NCIS) technology

Not bad, not bad at all. The messaging features should be very popular as well as the other additions coming to Mango--an update that is rapidly turning into a major overhaul of the entire Windows Phone system. We expect to see more, of course, come May 24th in New York City, so make sure you join us for all the live coverage!

Source: Windows Phone Dev Podcast; Thanks, Brianna, for the heads up

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3 years ago

Fast and Furious: Adrenaline - Xbox Windows Phone Review

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With the recent theatrical release of Fast 5, we thought it would be a good time to look at Fast & Furious: Adrenaline from I-play. I’ve only seen the first Fast & Furious movie, but I gather the series revolve around street races, import and muscle cars, and incredibly wooden performances by Paul Walker. Everything that makes the films special is also in Adrenaline, with the exception of Walker’s acting (though he is sort of in the game).

Fast & Furious takes place within the same universe as the films. Dom (Vin “Iron Giant” Diesel’s character) has left Los Angeles, leaving a void of power in the illegal street racing world. It’s up to the player to join one of four rival racing crews and take over the city by racing, racing, and more racing. Yes, basically the same setup as Speed Racer, except there’s no monkey - unless you count Paul Walker!

Race past the break for our full of-actor-references review.

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3 years ago

Lunar Lander - review

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Lunar Lander - review

The Game Room series is a great way to enjoy nostalgic gaming experiences as well as try classic video games for the first time. I happily did both things while preparing for my Centipede and Pitfall! reviews. Unfortunately though, not every game stands the test of time. Some games are pretty tough to get into if you didn’t play them when they were first released. Lunar Lander is like that. Sure, it’s historically important, but I doubt many Windows Phone gamers will actually care to play it.

Lunar Lander blasted off into arcades in 1979, the year of my birth. Its arcade competition that year consisted primarily of Space Invaders (1978) and Galaxian. While those two games feature science fiction themes and aliens to blast, Lunar Lander is grounded in reality. The player pilots a lunar landing module as it descends to Earth’s moon. Death comes not from unfriendly visitors but from crashing into the landscape or even just landing too quickly – again, a more realistic setup than the competition. This is still a video game though, so players do get more chances to play until they run out of fuel.

Rocket past the break for our fuel review.

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3 years ago

Verizon Trophy pops again at Best Buy...to tease you

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3 years ago

Let's Jailbreak NoDo project begins

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Let's Jailbreak NoDo project begins

Over at the XDA Developer forums, Jaxbot (Editor for WindowsPhoneHacker and responsable for the de-hydration hack and near multi-task app switching) has started up a new project which will focus on jailbreaking post-NoDo devices and is requesting help from other members to make this become reality.

While little has arisen from the Microsoft and Chevron partnership for "mid-ground" official homebrew communiy support, many who are using WP7 with NoDo are expressing their thoughts on getting the ball rolling with unlocking their devices post-NoDo and not wait.

Source: XDA Developer Forum, via: WPSauce

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3 years ago

Official TechEd 2011 app

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Are you attending TechEd this year? Why not check out the app for TechEd '11? It allows a more personalized approach to the event and keeps you on track with your discussions, schedule and more.

It's freely available too, unlike other titles that have arisen. Be sure to have your registration details at hand as these are required upon launch.

Head on over to the Marketplace to download myTechEd.

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3 years ago

Walsh update-fix tool approved by Microsoft & released

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We've been covering the "Walshed" device situation where attempting to install the May security update failed for many users who used the work around to receive NoDo using the Chevronwp7.updater. A while back Chris posted on his blog that a fix was being approved by Microsoft. This tool has now been released and is available on his blog (link below).

Source: Chris Walsh

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