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4 years ago

Software Review (WP7): Popper 2

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Software Review (WP7): Popper 2

Miss Bubble Breaker from your old Windows Mobile Phone? Have no fear, Blue Rose Systems has just what you need. Popper 2 (link will open your Zune browser) is a bubble-breaker styled game that has three game modes to give it a unique feel and sets it apart from the traditional game we've grown accustomed to.

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4 years ago

Anag7ams - Review

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4 years ago

Sandisk pulls "approved" SD cards for Samsung Focus

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Well, some have called it a scam from the begining (with those outrageous prices) but it looks like Sandisk has pulled down the whole "approved" for the Samsung Focus  selection of SD cards.

Not too surprising as it turns out some of our readers have had problems with these (assuming they were legit cards to begin with, since Sandisk cards are easy to fake). Lets just hope those who have purchased can do a full-refund for their purchase.

This went from confusing to not bad to okay to just awful pretty quickly.

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4 years ago

Dell talks about the Venue Pro's availability and microSD slot

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Dell's building up to a re-launch of sorts for the Dell Venue Pro. The Windows Phone 7 device has been hard to find since it launched a few weeks ago but Dell is reporting that production is being ramped up so the phone can be launched on a bigger scale. It's as if Dell's announcing they're taking a mulligan or a do-over on the Venue Pro's launch.

According to Dell's Blog Site,

"Bottom line, Dell wants to be sure when you place an order that we can ship your Venue Pro in a timely manner."

While it's nice to see Dell working towards such a standard, there was no mention as to when we'll see the "bigger scaled launch". When Dell recognized problems with the Venue Pro's Wi-fi, they expected shipments to resume on November 19th.  Add the issues experienced in the U.K. causing shipments delayed until January 2011, we might be in for a longer than expected wait.

Now as far as the expansion card, in the same post, Dell will only support the micro-SD card configuration that you order. They warn if you remove the Venue Pro's microSD card, the phone will not work. While there may be a way to dismantle the Venue Pro, the microSD cared slot was designed not to be user-accessible.

Source: Dell; via TMoNews, Engadget

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4 years ago

Ask WPCentral: Importing Contacts from your SIM Card

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We received an email asking about importing contacts, photos, and documents that are stored on a SIM card. Mike writes that he's using a Samsung Jack and wants to move to the LG Quantum.

My contacts are all on my sim card. My email and calendar are gmail/google, so that's not a concern. I have a windows live ID (xbox gaming) but not a hotmail email address. The stuff I'm concerned about transferring over are my sim card info (contacts), storage card info (mostly documents), text messages, videos, and photos.

For the photos, videos and documents our suggestion is to sync the Samsung Jack with your computer and then transfer the photos and videos through your Zune software. The easiest way to transfer the documents is via email or you could use Sharepoint or try this method.

The contacts is the simplest item on the SIM to transfer. After you plug in your SIM and get your Windows Phone 7 up and running, go into the Settings Menu. Swipe over to the Applications Page and down to the "People" settings. Here you will find a button labeled "import SIM contacts".

Thanks goes out to Mike for emailing us this question. If you have any questions about Windows Phone 7, feel free to send them to us via our contact form.

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4 years ago

Slacker Radio Giveaway Contest Winners!

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WPCentral and Slacker Radio would like to thank everyone who participated in the Giveaway Contest. We've randomly selected six winners from the discussion going on over in the forums on the Windows Phone 7 update and they are:

  • rbmehta
  • LCyberfox,
  • Electricbopeep
  • Chief7
  • Subarunut
  • Gumbo1919

We'll be sending out emails to the lucky winners shortly with information on the three month subscription to Slacker Radio they have won!

Again, we would like to thank our readers for participating in the discussion as well as Slacker Radio for sponsoring the event.

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4 years ago

Browser Plus gets update, adds landscape support

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The other day we reported on the new $0.99 Browser Plus, which adds tabbed browsing to Mobile Internet Explorer. One downside was the lack of landscape support and also some complained it was slow on loading.

Now the developer, Sriram Krishnan who works for Microsoft, has already cranked out an update and we have to give it a huge thumbs up. Landscape support is now enabled and works extremely well and allowing tabs to be fully visible. It also seems to load web pages more quickly and "Private Mod" has been fixed to read just "Private" now, which allows traceless browsing.

If you were hesitant before, you shouldn't be now as this is now our default browser on our phone. Watch the video to see the new features in action.

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4 years ago

WPCentral Tip: Check the battery percentage on the Samsung Focus

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Although the little battery meter on all Windows Phone 7 devices gives you a rough idea of remaining juice, if it's one thing Windows Mobile users of past want it's 1% battery readings (we're a finicky bunch, aren't we?)

Luckily on the Samsung Focus there is a way to find out the exact battery level. While not the easiest method, it's far from hard either. As I demonstrate in the video above, you can simply enter the diagnostic menu (Dialer --> ##634# and select “Call“) then enter in *#2*# to reveal the battery level.  The next time you want to check, just run the "Diagnosis" program in your program menu list and dial in *#2*# for easier reference.

Check out the video to see it in action.

Source: MobilityMinded

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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson shoots down Windows Phone 7 rumors

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Looks like Tim's skepticism regarding Sony Ericsson jumping on board Windows Phone 7 was justified, though perhaps for other reasons. While no mention of conflicting interests in gaming (Playstation vs Xbox), SE seems to be not too excited about the strict hardware requirements and lack of customization allowed on Microsoft's OS.

Sony Ericsson France CEO Pierre Perron summed up their position as thus:

With Windows 7 we run the risk of standardising our smartphones. We would be obliged to compete only on design on price, which we want to avoid.

The bit of silver lining here is that SE is in talks with Microsoft about carrying the OS, so that part is true.  But considering how unremarkable SE's offerings have been of late, we can't say we're exactly forlorn over this decision if it sticks. If it's one thing SE should avoid, is adding their "special touch to the software. Take a hint, guys.

Source: TelecomPaper; via wmpoweruser

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4 years ago

Marketplace Browser makes it even easier to find WP7 apps

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While we like the Zune Desktop client quite a bit, sometimes finding apps or browsing for them can be a little sluggish. Luckily, a new website has launched that helps to cut all the fluff out and get right to the point.

Marketplace Browser is a streamlined site that references all the apps in the Marketplace, allowing you to search or just browse apps, including the Top 100 or Categories (no "latest" but we're sure that's coming).

Once you find an app, you can read about it, see screenshots and the best part: click to load it up in Zune Desktop to install. This last trick is the sweet spot as it works in Chrome and Firefox (not just IE) and will allow very quick installations of found apps.

The developer Paul Willen considers it a work in progress, so we can expect additions and improvements in the future. Regardless, we recommend it right now.

Source: Marketplace Browser; via Mobile Jaw

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4 years ago

Software Review (WP7): Oregon Trail

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Software Review (WP7): Oregon Trail

Gameloft has released Oregon Trail HD over at the Marketplace. The Windows Phone 7 application is an entertaining and addictive game with an educational twist to it.

The game is based in the mid-1800's as you travel west along the Oregon Trail with your family. As you travel west, you have the opportunity to test your skills in several mini-games to replenish your food supply or earn money as well as dodge the various dangers the trail presents (indian raids, bandits, foul weather, etc.).

It's one of the higher priced gaming titles and to see if we think it's worth the $4.99 price tag, ease on past the break.

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4 years ago

Ask WPCentral: Approved Sandisk 32GB card crashed my Focus. Now what?

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While we don't have a lot of these coming in, we do have one report from a reader of having severe issues on their Focus after installing an "approved" 32GB card from Sandisk.

I have a Focus with a Sandisk 32 gig micro sd card which Sandisk said was approved by them. Well today it crashed (reset and wiped all info & apps off the device). It looks like the card is fried - only show 85 meg. What should I do ? (About the phone and the card)

In a situation like this, the only real solution is to remove the card and hard reset the device through Settings. If the device is unable to factory reset through the software i.e. the phone is unbootable, then you need to use the hardware buttons to do the factory hard reset:

1. Press and hold the Camera, Volume Down, and Power buttons simultaneously.

2. Release Power when the phone vibrates, but continue to hold down Camera and Volume Down.

3. Release Camera and Volume Down when the Format prompt is displayed on screen.

4. Press .

5. Press again to confirm the hard reset.

Regarding the microSD card, outside of trying to reformat it with a Nokia N8 (seriously, that's the only known method), we're not sure what to suggest besides trying to return/exchange the card with Sandisk (assuming you bought through them). You could also try to factory reset the phone, put in the card and see if it can reformat it that way, though we're not hopeful.

Update: Reader Elan S is having the same issue with a Sandisk-approved 16GB Class 2 card.

Read the Samsung FAQ on SD cards for the Focus here. Thanks Paul for the question and let us know how you proceed! Anyone have a better answer? Tell us in comments.

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4 years ago

Augmented reality is possible on Windows Phone 7 (with native app access)

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While we believe Microsoft themselves will enable the APIs to access the camera for third party apps, rooting the device as seen days ago allows developers to do it now. In turn, so called augmented reality apps are possible, if one can sideload an app written in native  code on their device.

In the case above, Clarity Consulting threw together this demo app written Silverlight to show off the potential Windows Phone 7 and AR can have together.

Lets hope that Microsoft, busy as they are, can get around to delivering the goods sooner than later. Otherwise, rooted devices, here we come! Seriously, I need some Star Wars Falcon Gunner nao.

Source: Clarity Consulting; via iStartedSomething

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4 years ago

Microsoft KIN now available at Verizon, again

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Microsoft's KIN phones have risen from the dead and are once again available through Verizon Wireless. Verizon is listing them under their Feature Phone category with a slight name change. The KIN ONEm is the smaller, bottom slide-out keyboard model and the KIN TWOm is the larger, side slide-out keyboard model.

The KIN ONEm is priced at $19.99 with contractual discounts and the KIN TWOm is priced at $49.99 with the discounts. Either phone will require a voice package of at least $39.99 and it doesn't appear a data package is required (as it was for the previous release). There is no indication as to what the "m" designation is in reference to.  "Much Cheaper" maybe?

I'm not sure how attractive the KIN will be without data but maybe Verizon will have some success this go around by not treating the KIN as a feature phone as opposed to a smartphone.

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4 years ago

Socialwok for WP7 brings the social to Google Apps

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Here's an interesting alternative to Microsoft's Office and Sharepoint ecosystem: Socialwok. It's advertised as the "social layer for Google Apps", almost like Google Wave but better thought out. In short, you can share, edit and collaborate on Google Presentation, Google Spreadsheet, Google Doc, post messages, photos, emails and files with your co-workers or collaborators.

For your computer, it just integrates with your existing Google account. But now you can also use it on-the-go with Socialwok's mobile application, just released to the Marketplace for Windows Phone 7.

We loaded up the free app for quick tour and it's pretty straightforward: login in to your Google account, give Google permission to allow Socialwok access and that's it. Seems like a quick, painless solution for those who need to do this kind of work--in fact we may give it a shot here at WPCentral for a week to see if it helps us out.

Grab it in the Marketplace now. If anyone has experience with this service, hit us up in comments, because we're curious.

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