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3 years ago

Smoked by Windows Phone challenge hits Web Days 2012 in Stockholm

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Microsoft's Robert "The Phone Guy" Luciani brought the Smoked by Windows Phone challenge to attendees at the Web Days 2012 event, which was held in Stockholm. Should contestants beat the Windows Phone with a competitive handset, they pocketed 500kr. Rules were identical to Ben Rudolph's version with simple smartphone tasks being used as testing grounds.

Thirty-four challenges were conducted over two days with 33 wins and only a single loss.

Source: YouTube, via: WindowsPhone.nu; thanks Christian for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Custom Windows Phone Tango ROM for Samsung Omnia 7 v3.1 released

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Little over two weeks since it was released, the custom Windows Phone "Tango" (build 8773) ROM for the Samsung Omnia 7 has been bumped to version 3.1. The Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh contains a number of minor changes (most notably lower RAM requirements), including MMS improvements and an SMS bug fix.

The changelog for the v.3.1 custom ROM is as follows:

  • Image update now working
  • Custom apps updated
  • CSC file cleaned
  • Removed HTC drivers
  • Fixed known glitches & carried out optimisation
  • Pagepool set back to 3/1 mb

Be sure to head on over to the XDA thread to download the custom Windows Phone "Tango" (build 8773) ROM for the Samsung Omnia 7.

Source: XDA, via: Plaffo

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3 years ago

DecisionMaster decides to update to version 2.0

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DecisionMaster is a problem solving app for your Windows Phone (here's our review from way back when) where you input multiple options and criteria, compare these options, and find out which is the best option to pursue. In many ways, DecisionMaster weighs the pros and cons of a decision to help you choose the best course of action.

DecisionMaster was recently updated to version 2.0 which most notably adds the ability to send decisions via email and adds a trial version to let Windows Phone users try before they buy. The user interface received a slight face lift and there were a few customary performance tweaks with the update.

The premise of DecisionMaster is the same. You enter your choices/options, then your evaluation criteria, and then compare or rank each option based on the criteria. DecisionMaster then spits out how the options rank amongst one another. Once the numbers are crunched you have the options to save the decision or email your results.

For example, if you are shopping for a new car and have the choices down to a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Mustang, or a Mini-Cooper you would decide your evaluation criteria. Say...fuel economy, cost, leg room, off-road capability, top speed, or resale value. You then compare each choice against one another based on these criteria and you get your results.

All in all, the update improves DecisionMaster. I like how you can now share your results by email and having a trial version available is nice to let you try before you buy. The full version of DecisionMaster will run you $.99 and you can find it here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

MetroTwit Plus License Winners!

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MetroTwit Plus License Winners!

Last week we announced the update to the popular Metro styled Twitter client for the PC, MetroTwit. To celebrate the update, we had ten licenses to the "Plus" version to give away. The "Plus" license will allow you to use multiple accounts and no ads.

We randomly drew the ten winners from the 257 comments the MetroTwit update post generated. Our lucky winners are:

  • luimende
  • npyle4
  • syang87
  • lozenp
  • xeean
  • dancerjude
  • yus
  • columnbreak
  • Snow
  • RacoonTech

We will get all the details on how to claim your license to the winners shortly.  If you're just tuning in and are curious about Metrotwit, you can find more information about MetroTwit and download your free, ad-supported version here from the MetroTwit website.  

Congratulations to our winners and thanks to everyone for participating.

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3 years ago

Co-Founder of Plex shares view on Windows Phone development

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Elan Feingold, co-founder of Plex, has shared his thoughts on the experience the company has had with development on the platform thus far. Plex recently released the official app for Windows Phone, which enables the user to stream movies, music and photos to their device(s) on the go.

Feingold is a longtime iPhone user who has never had any interest in Android, due to the mess of the system itself, fragmentation and how much work is involved into personalising the experience to suit the user's needs. He was introduced to Windows Phone ("Mango") by his brother, and explains his initial reaction:

"When Windows Phone 7 was released, I was intrigued by the design and typography [...] my initial impression (this was pre-Mango) was lukewarm, and I was obsessed with the iPhone at that point anyway, so I just went all fanboy on his ass and mostly ignored it."

Feingold moves onto talk about how he returned to Windows Phone in January and ordered himself a second-hand Samsung handset to aid with development. He was surprised by how impressed the operating system left him after initial use.

"Windows Phone felt original, well designed, and fun to use. The performance was great, really smooth in a way iOS is and Android isn’t even in ICS. The 'pivot' and 'panorama' UI concepts were fresh and a great way of making good use of a small screen in portrait mode. The typography was clean and brazen. The integration of Facebook and Twitter made them feel like first class citizens, not an afterthought. The live tiles on the home screen were a great way to make the phone feel alive."

The features of the OS were so appealing during and after use that it actually made Feingold almost dislike using his beloved iPhone. How was the development of the Plex app though, and does it stand up to competitor platforms? The icing on the cake is the below comment on how the development on Windows Phone compares to both iOS and Android:

"So how is the Windows Phone development environment? It’s scary good. C# is a great language, .NET is a solid framework, XAML is a really nice way to design user interfaces, and the edit-build-deploy cycle is fast. It still has a bit of growing up to do, but the proof, as they say, is in the pudding: we were able to write the app from start to finish in two months, between two engineers working part time, which is almost an order of magnitude faster than it took for the iOS and Android app."

Be sure to read the full blog post over at Elan's blog on Plex's website (see source link), and of course the official Plex app which can be found on the Marketplace.

Source: Plex

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3 years ago

See Civilization Revolution, Pinball FX2, and more upcoming Xbox Live games in action on Windows Phone

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Our friends at Xbox360Achievements.org recently spent some face time with Microsoft’s Raymond Estrada, who showcased several current and upcoming Xbox live titles for them. The video is our first chance to see several of these games in motion, plus it confirms a few choice details like Pinball FX 2’s payment structure. Head past the break for a full description of each game and links to our previous coverage.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 900 tops AT&T best seller list on Amazon Wireless

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Although it's probably too early to tell how the AT&T Lumia 900 is doing (and the brunt of its popularity will undoubtedly come months from now), it's worthy to note that on Amazon Wireless, if you sort by best-sellers you get some interesting results.

For instance, by sorting under AT&T best-sellers, we can see the Lumia 900 (Black) is currently in the number #1 spot with the Cyan version holding on to number #3 (the venerable and popular Galaxy SII is in #2). That's not too bad a showing considering we're just talking about pre-orders for the phone and it has yet to get into anyone's hands, let alone reviews for the device.

Sorting without a carrier also yields some positive news with the Lumia 900 Black sitting at #6 and the Lumia 900 Cyan at #8 across all smartphones. The current number #1 position is held by the ridiculously named 'Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX 4G' which goes to show there's no lacking of bad and kitsch taste in the smartphone world.

What is perhaps most interesting, besides those solid rankings for a pre-order phone, is the fact that the Black Lumia is selling more than the Cyan. From general feedback and conversations with AT&T and Nokia, the Cyan version seemed to be the most anticipated. In fact, we're told that advertising would use the Cyan version of Nokia's phone over the Black to its more striking visual appeal.

Finally, while these pre-orders numbers are good news and it certainly reflects the buzz around the Lumia 900, as we mentioned earlier, the real test and interest will be weeks from now after the advertising blitz has kicked in, awareness goes up and the popular culture catches on. That's when we'll see whether Nokia and AT&Ts efforts have finally paid off.

Amazon Wireless began pre-orders on March 30th and were even offering it for a penny on a new contract.

Source: Amazon Wireless 1, 2; Thanks, J4rrod, for the tip

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3 years ago

Lumia 900 heading to Italy and Brazil, 610 and 800 on the way to Mexico

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International pre-ordering of the Lumia 900 and 610 have gone under way and with AT&T busy prepping stores across the U.S. for the upcoming release of the Lumia 900, it's great to see availability surfacing in Europe (and beyond). We've combined three reports into one - Italy, Mexico and Brazil.

Italy

As one can see in the above screen capture, the Lumia 900 international version is available for €599, with a €99 pre-order fee / deposit, at NStore in Italy. The low-budget Lumia 610 is available at just €199, with a €49 pre-order fee / deposit (deducted from total cost). The 256MB RAM Windows Phone is also headed for the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, and India to name a few more destinations.

Mexico

As well as Italy, we've had reports coming in that the Facebook page for Nokia Mexico features a countdown to when the "Amazing Everyday" will kick off with Lumia Windows Phones (Lumia 710 and 800) - 16 days from now. Unfortunately no information is currently displayed on the Nokia Lumia Momentum map.

Brazil

Finally Brazil have had the Lumia 710 and 800 since March 22nd, but it would appear as though the Lumia 900 is on the way, with Gizmodo reporting that the handset has passed through Anatel (the country's equivalent of the FCC). Should you be holding off on something slightly larger than the 800, you may want to keep an eye out for 900 availability.

That's it for now.  We'll continue to keep you posted as the Nokia Lumia's availability continues to span the globe.

Source: NStore (Lumia 610 / Lumia 900), Nokia MexicoGizmodo, via: Plaffo, MiProximoMovil; thanks eveyrone who tipped us!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Accessory Review: Overboard Waterproof Headphones

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The other day we took a look at the Otterbox 2000 waterproof case for your Windows Phone. In the past, we've also looked at waterproof solutions such as the Overboard Waterproof Case to keep your Windows Phone dry. But what if you want to listen to music while your Windows Phone is high and dry? If your waterproof solution has a port for headphones, take a look at the Overboard Waterproof Headphones.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Summary of the Week: March 26 - April 1 2012

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It's time for your weekly recap on the world of Windows Phone. Everything WPCentral has covered the past week in a digestible walkthrough (with a list of links for even faster browsing) with every news story that's worthy of your attention. Before we crack on with the summary, we've hosted a poll for readers to engage in that asks the question: Lumia 900 or TITAN II?

Episode 139 of the WPCentral Podcast is live, which covers everything to do with the Lumia 900 and AT&T. Should you be interested in the Lumia 900, you might want to check out our forums where hot threads have hosted some interesting discussion from members. We have interviewed Richard Castle of Igneous Solutions, who is the brains behind the BBC Radio apps and upcoming BBC Podcast Lounge.  Be sure to head on past the break for the full summary.

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3 years ago

Official Plex Mobile Media app now available for Windows Phone

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We broke the news just the other day that Plex (see site), a popular application for Home Theater PC users, was about to release their official app for Windows Phone which would enable users to stream movies, music and photos to their devices on the go.

That app is now live in the Marketplace and user reviews so far have been quite high for the app although some users are reporting a few errors. Still, due the popularity of Plex and the responsiveness of their developers, any issues present in a 1.0 release will surely be worked on soon enough. From the app description:

"The Plex application allows you to use your Windows Phone to browse and play your media (video, photos and music) using the Plex Media Server installed on your PC, Mac or Linux system. You can also view online media from a variety of sources.

YOU MUST HAVE THE PLEX MEDIA SERVER (version v0.9.6 beta or higher) INSTALLED AND RUNNING TO STREAM LOCAL MEDIA: http://www.plexapp.com/getplex"

The app fetches for $4.99 although there is a free, fully-functional trial that is limited to 30-second playback of media. You can pick it up here in the Marketplace.

Read more on Plex media and their desktop server apps at their site: http://www.plexapp.com/ Thanks, Bearach, for the tip

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3 years ago

From the WPCentral Forums -- Nokia Lumia 900: Week one recap

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Wow! What a week we have been having so far. If you haven’t heard, Nokia is launching a new device in the US on AT&T called a Lumia 900/ We have all the news on the front page and even more discussions in our forums.

This week we are approaching the April 8th release date of the Lumia 900 so we are trying to curve our excitement by talking with some AT&T reps that already have the device.  If you are interested in talking with an employee of AT&T that has a Lumia 900, you can check out one of these threads.

We started the week in anticipation of the March 30th date when we would be able to pre-order our Lumia 900. Forum member scrapple started this thread “Preorder time on the 30th?” so we would have a place to talk about something we could only wait to do and we spent the 30th talking about who has already pre ordered there Lumia 900. Then comes this thread “Backordered Status?” where we discuss our order statuses. You can catch our official opinion on this topic on our main page: AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 sold out of pre-orders? Probably not.

If you’re in the St. Louis area, sporting a Windows Phone (Lumia 900) and if you would like a chance to hang out with other people who love Windows Phone, come join speedtouch at our first ever Windows Phone Meet up. You can get the full details in this threads: [April 14] St. Louis Windows Phone Meet up.

Our developers have been hard at work giving us lots of new Windows phone apps. You will have to visit our Spotlight forums to get in on all the App goodness. Here are just a few of the titles that have been posted:

Applications Spotlight:

Games Spotlight:

Remember, the forums are more fun when you register, so sign up today.

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3 years ago

Nokia kicks off US advertising campaign with a Beta Test, takes on the iPhone

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There is little doubt that Nokia has the deep pockets, ingenuity and cleverness to make an effective advertising campaign for the AT&T Lumia 900. The question is, when will "Operation Rolling Thunder", their nickname for their advertising bombardment of the US begin and what will it entail?

Part of that question is now answered with the site 'Smartphone Beta Test' (www.smartphonebetatest.com) which is a bold and humorous attempt on taking on Apple's iPhone. The site features a countdown clock that expires on April 6th and a video of a man who looks a whole lot like ex-Saturday Night Live alum Chris Parnell sitting in a chair, being bored as he waits for the countdown to expire.

Below that section we see three videos that directly take on the iPhone: Exhibit A "Outside", Exhibit B "Sick Golfer" and Exhibit C "Death Grip". All three videos feature marketing people sitting around a conference room discussing a blurred out, un-named device that is clearly an iPhone. One of the members raises a problem with the device e.g. the famed iPhone death-grip while the other two mercilessly mock him for even caring.

From here we can see one of Nokia's angles for selling the Lumia 900: they will directly be picking a fight with AT&T's former 'hero' device, Apple's iPhone (in addition to possibly any other "beta" phones, which for us brings to mind Google's Android). It is certainly a risky move but if any company can do this, it would be Nokia.

What's interesting is the site currently has the Nokia name crossed out and there is no mention of the Lumia 900 just yet, but we know it's them. For one, the colors of the site are very much a part of the Nokia "Amazing Everyday" campaign and the whole design screams Nokia. And while their domain lookup tells us little (it was registered by proxy, so no information), there is some solid proof it is them behind the site. By looking at the source code for the web page we can see a single Java script link-back to Nokia.com (see above image), which seals the deal for us.

We look forward to see what happens with the site in 5 days and the following Tweets (#BetaPhone) that go with it. Currently those hashtag tweets are done by just a few people, notably from Butler, Shine, Stern and Partners an ad agency which is probably behind this whole Nokia project.

Update: As noted in comments by wp7rocks, going to the site's images directory reveals AT&T and Nokia items. The most curious is this one, calling every other smartphone in "the last 5 year years" a "tester".

Update 2: Reports have come in noting that a teaser ad of this has shown on TV during some NBA games today. You can watch it here.

Source: Smartphone Beta Test; Thanks, cmunic8r99, for the link

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3 years ago

Techark Solutions giving away Mood Swing shirts and mugs

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Techark Solutions, the company behind a number of Windows Phone apps including Mood Swing and RedMinder, is giving away Mood Swing branded t-shirts and mugs on Facebook. Mood Swing, which is available for both Windows Phone and iOS, features the following:

  • Easily track your moods using our beautiful expressions
  • Pick from a personalized list of mood images
  • Attach a photo with your mood entry (camera or pick from gallery)
  • Share your Mood Swing on both facebook & twitter in one easy step
  • Become aware of your own emotions and improve your life
  • Customize your specific mood situations and categories

Be sure to enter the giveaway, by providing your name, gender, email and desired shirt size, before the closing date of April 12th. Open to U.S. residents only (T&Cs). What mood are you in?

Source: Facebook (Techark Solutions)

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