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3 years ago

Office File Uploader is direct portal from PC to phone [Homebrew]

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XDA forum member Thunder_ has created an app called Office File Uploader that allows you to move MS Office files directly from your PC to your phone's Office Hub.  Using it is easy. Simply extract the ZIP file from the source link below, connect your phone to your PC and double-click the bookloader.exe file.  Once connected, go to the Office tab and choose what file you want to add to your device by clicking on the upload arrow icon at the bottom.  Make sure your phone is not screen-locked.

Thunder_ discovered that Office File Uploader will also port PDFs over to the Office Hub, which displays them with the red PDF icon that launches Adobe Reader.  However, because the Adobe Reader app does not have access to the My Documents folder on the phone it fails to open them.

Source: XDA; Via: Plaffo

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: Bubble Popper XXL

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Bubble Popper XXL isn't your bubble popping game for your Windows Phone. Sure, you have to pop bubbles of two or more of the same style to gain points but there's a little more to it with Bubble Popper XXL.

Bubble Popper XXL is a multi-level game that calls upon you to remove a certain number of bubbles in a limited number of moves per level. You've got a few bonus bubbles to help you along the way and even with the help, Bubble Popper XXL can be somewhat of a challenge.

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3 years ago

WPCentral mockup: HTC Radiant

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WPCentral mockup: HTC Radiant

Our go-to-guy for device renders, Brian, is back with another high quality mockup of the HTC Radiant (click to zoom) The Radiant is thought to be basically the HTC Titan but with LTE on board, slightly thicker for the larger battery and some minor cosmetic changes.

Pocketnow leaked the blurry image the other day and now Brian has gone ahead and made it much nicer to look at with more detail. By all accounts, it looks like a Titan to our eyes, but we're sure once we hold one the differences will become more obvious.

Follow Brian here on Twitter and see his work with the LG Fantasy and Nokia 900.

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3 years ago

Pre-order T-Mobile Lumia 710 from Wirefly for $0 on contract or $359 without

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For those looking to pick up the T-Mobile Lumia 710, you may want to head to Wirefly. The site is now taking pre-orders for the phone, available in white or black and they're offering it for $0 on new contracts. That's not too shabby of a deal if you ask us.

Oh, what's that? You want it without contract? We can do that too for a very fair $359

The Lumia 710 comes with a 1.4GHz CPU, 3.7" ClearBlack screen, 5MP camera and 8GB of on board storage. While not a flagship phone by most standards, it is a very nice mid-level device and makes a perfect give for a friend or family member who's not as into phones as you. No word on when Wirefly will ship it, but you should have it by the 11th.

Source: Wirefly (black), (white)

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3 years ago

Mysterious LG Windows Phone shows up on Sina Weibo

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Not much to go on here folks which is what usually happens before CES. But what we have here in a new LG Windows Phone that hasn't seen before. It also doesn't look like the LG Fantasy, which we saw a few days ago, unless this is a later build.

For one, the front-facing camera is more to the right than the Fantasy. Also, the Bing Search button is designed a bit differently. All we know is what the poster of the image has told us (translated):

"LG's engineering machine, etc. when you can see at CES. Not for sale."

So there you go. Is it something to get excited about? As of late, LG has hardly thrilled us with their devices but as far as mid-range ones go, they do all right. We'll make sure to swing by the LG booth though next week to see what this thing is.

Source: chenkaiHome (Sina Weibo); Thanks, Talan1314, for the tip!

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3 years ago

From the WPCentral Forums: Come see our new look!

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We have been hard at work in the forums making changes and thanks to the ONE of a kind talents of Cory Streater, Mobile Nations Admin Extraordinaire, we now have the greatest Forums on the Internet. (I might be biased on this but I am entitled to my opinion, or maybe not.) If you haven't been in the WPCentral Forums lately, you should stop in and take a look around. It's a brand new year so it's time for a new 2012 look. In addition, we have a new set of forums tools and gadgets to get us all started.

It's not just the look that has changed though. This face lift involved a total rebuild of the website. We added the WPCentral ad banner to the right hand side of the forums home page. This is where WPCentral will place ads (you know, a place to help pay the bills) but you wont see this ad space if your signed in to the forums. Our registered Members get to enjoy the forums ad banner free.

What else is new? I'm glad you asked. Look under the Search for more search options

  • Tag search
  • Advanced search
  • All Thanked posts
  • Unanswered threads
  • My threads
  • My posts

Look under Community Links to find

  • Forums leaders
  • Social Groups
  • Pictures and Albums
  • Contacts & Friends
  • Members List

When you have a second, check out Pictures and Albums. This is where you can put those pics then add them via image links to your posts in the forums. And that is just a few of the gadgets and tools that were added. The groundwork has been laid for even more so jump in the forums and take advantage of all WPCentral has to offer. So get registered today.  

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3 years ago

Is HTC working on an HD8? [Rumor]

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Is HTC working on an HD8? [Rumor]

The idea that HTC would be working on an HD8 is probably would not be too surprising--after all they do have an HD2 and HD7 (really it was the HD3, renamed at the last minute). So in maybe it's not that odd that we caught an HD8 showing up in some app stats recently.

By it's name alone one would think that this was destined for "Apollo" aka Windows Phone 8. However, the information we have right now via device statistics from "...I'm a WP7!" says that it is only running 7740 and it first appeared on December 30th, 2011. This could hint to some real early testing by HTC of this hardware.

We also know it is on a Romanian network (Vodafone.RO) which at first sounds odd until you remember that the recent leak of the LG Fantasy was purchased from a tester-developer in, you guessed it, Romania (and one of first pics of "Tango" came from Slovakia).

Still, we're treating this one with caution but as we mentioned earlier...this is HTC and an HD8 seems like a logical continuation of that series. Hopefully we'll find out more soon.

You can pick up "...I'm a WP7!" here in the Marketplace

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3 years ago

Indian Airline Jet Airways has planes painted with Nokia Lumia 800 ad

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Now that the Lumia 800 is going big world wide, including India (see earlier "flash mob"), we can see the fruits of their advertising campaign. Evidently, Jet Airways had made a deal with Nokia to paint their plans with the Lumia colors and Nokia banner.

Not a bad look, if we say so ourselves.

Once again, we can see the power of Nokia to turn heads and get their hardware noticed. We can't see what they have in store for the States.

Source: ZOMGITSCJ

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3 years ago

New Windows Phone OS update rolling out. Addresses disappearing keyboard and more.

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Just a few hours ago we just posted on the 810x builds of Windows Phone and now Italian site Plaffo is noting that their LG Optimus 7 just received the very same update: OS build 8107. More exciting is the news that it came with a list of changes, most of which will make most folks very happy:

  • It solves a problem of the keyboard on the screen, preventing the keyboard to disappear while typing
  • Resolves an issue with syncing Gmail
  • It solves a problem of access to the location. After the upgrade, the function IO hub sends to Microsoft anonymous information contact the Wi-Fi access points and antennas for mobile phones in the vicinity, only if you have allowed access to and use of location information from part of the "I'm here."
  • Revocation of certificates issued by DigiCert Sdn Bhd to solve a problem of encryption
  • Fixes a problem with the e-mail related to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. When you reply to or forward an email, the original message is now included in the response.
  • Fixes an issue of notification of voicemail

As you can see, this is a maintenance build, addressing many ongoing bugs and issues including the troublesome "disappearing keyboard" which plagues all Windows Phone Mango devices. That keyboard problem occurs when the on-screen keyboard will suddenly disappear when typing, due to certain background tasks "stealing" the focus, resulting in much user frustration. What is not clear, however, is what are the plans for Microsoft and the carriers for rolling this out. This looks to augment the 7740 OS package with even more fixes (if users don't have 7740, this new OS update will add those changes). Since US carriers skipped the 7740 build, they would seem obligated to roll this out to their customers.

In addition, since the Nokia Lumia 710 and 800 are running that update too, users of those devices should expect to see an update as well.

Once again, we expect more info about this OS build next week at CES but perhaps Microsoft will chime in on their blog before then with more details.

Update (6:08PM MST): Microsoft has sent us a statement:

Our engineering team has developed a service release which has been delivered to our carrier partners for their assessment. Details on specific improvements contained in these releases are available via the Windows Phone Update History page.

We're told the history page is lagging behind a bit but should reflect changes soon.

Update II: No shocker here, but the update doesn't fix the "SMS bug" according to Tom Warren who tested it. That's expected as it is not listed in the changelog.

Source: Plaffo

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3 years ago

T-Mobile U.S. stores receiving Nokia Lumia 710 handsets

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T-Mobile U.S. is set to launch the Lumia 710 in just under a week's time (for just $49.99 - not available for pre-order), and the stores are now starting to receive units (as can be seen above). The 710 is Nokia's first Windows Phone to launch in the states, and will mark the birth of a huge marketing campaign

With how Nokia has tackled Europe and the far east, it'll be interesting to see how the 710 is received in the U.S. and how the manufacturer pushes the handsets out the doors to consumers. Of course, we're still waiting on the Lumia 900 announcement, which will be the brother that's just finished working out at the gym.

Source: TmoNews

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3 years ago

Microsoft settles advertising lawsuit

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Microsoft settles advertising lawsuit

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It is being reported that Microsoft has settled with the novelty company Cellrderm following mediation. The litigation, filed back in July, that claimed Microsoft infringed upon copyrighted content with their "Really?" Windows Phone ad campaign.  Cellrderm ran a similar set of commercials for their novelty cellular abuse aids.

The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Who knows if Cellrderm had a leg to stand on in this suit but with Microsoft settling, they can concentrate on more important matters at hand. Like the U.S. launch of the Nokia Windows Phone and a $100M+ marketing campaign for Windows Phone.

If you're curious how similar the Microsoft and Cellrderms ads are, just hit the break to catch all four.

Source: paidcontent; Via: neowin

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3 years ago

Upcoming app allows you to save Bing search results to People Hub [Video]

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Though we love our Windows Phone, there are certain areas that need work. Certain areas that we know Microsoft will fix, given enough time and feedback, of course.  Such is this scenario: You do a Bing search for a local business, restaurant, etc. Upon glancing over the results, you decide you would like to save this company's information to your People Hub which is when you realize you can't do it.

As it turns out, if you want to save a Bing search result to your People Hub, you'll have to do it the old fashion way: by hand. Very frustrating, to say the least.

Now, a new app landing next week in the Marketplace promises to fix that problem. The app is called BizSaver and is made by BC3 Technologies and we got an early look at the app which you can see in the above video. In short, once you install this app you really don't run it anymore. It simply adds itself to the related-apps under your search results, allowing you to directly save the contact's information to your People Hub with a couple of taps.

It's easy, elegant and just works. The best part? As usual it will be completely free with one-nary ad. Look for the app next week in the Marketplace and we'll of course let you know when it is available.

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3 years ago

Site announcement: We're now IE9 compatible with jump lists

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You asked, we listened.

As part of our continuing re-development of our site we're happy to finally bring you proper Internet Explorer 9 support for making the site pinnable (drag our favicon to your Start bar) and jump lists (right click on the icon to quickly jump to specific areas, like our Forums). Also, our old WMExperts favicon has been updated with one that matches our app.

Of course, there may be some other IE9 issues with the site. If you have some, note them in comments and we'll pass them along. And we still have more to come e.g. MS Tag support.

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3 years ago

Nokia's playing with newer OS builds on Lumia 900 and 800 [Photo]

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As expected, Nokia appears to have some newer versions of the Windows Phone OS--specifically interim builds between "Mango" and "Tango" that adds LTE support and presumably other fixes not yet detailed.

Now we have confirmation that this is the case and even the version numbers. Reader Lukas E. has sent us a photo of his new Lumia 800 which he won directly from Nokia. Where it gets interesting, however, is his OS build which is pegged at  7.10.8107 (pictured above), a significant bump from 7.10.7740 which is found on a lot of devices today.

More interestingly, we found that the Nokia 900 which is expected to be announced next Monday at CES, is running a similar build: 7.10.8104. This info was gleaned from Lynx Interactive who makes various games for Windows Phone and collects device/OS information for their statistics.

The 810x branch of the OS seems to be an official interim build that many OEMS are using, including the unannounced Samsung Monument, the Samsung Focus, some HTC devices and the Lumia 710. What is not clear, of course, is if this will be released as an OS update or is just for upcoming 4G/LTE enabled phones but it does appear that this branch is getting ready to go public. The fact that a Lumia 800 is running the updated OS is a positive sign that this may be an official update. (There is an even later build, 8714, which may be Tango-proper.)

Perhaps we'll find out more at CES next week. Until then, we'll continue to see if we can find any other changes to the OS--so far, there is no Internet Sharing on Lukas's Lumia 800 and no other discenrable changes that he has noted, meaning this could new hardware preperation.

Thanks, Lukas E., for the photo and info!

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3 years ago

A closer look: LG Fantasy mockups

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A closer look: LG Fantasy mockups

We saw some leaked images of the LG Fantasty recently, a phone long in the making and which passed the FCC earlier in 2011 with CDMA bands. The phone appeared over at XDA and while there is not a lot of info on the device, here is what we know:

  • 4" IPS display
  • 1GHz second generation CPU, scoring 85.7 on WP Bench (similar to HTC Radar)
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera; Rear camera (5MP?)
  • The device is very light
  • Three front capacitive buttons

No word if this will see the light of day anywhere--perhaps LG took too long and no carriers will pick it up? Either way, reader Brian has thrown together some high res, detailed mockups for us to compensate for those less-than-spectacular leaked images. While not a top-tier phone, it doesn't look too bad for a mid-range device and that IPS screen has us intrigued.

You can follow Brian and is work here on Twitter: @BrianMFB,

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