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3 years ago

Microsoft offers up icon overlay for Mango-ized apps [Developers]

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In an email sent out to registered developers, Microsoft introduced overlay badges that can be added to screenshots of their apps to show that they are Mango-ready.  The "New for 7.5" icons will indicate that an application is optimized for Mango, and will be the only graphics of their kind that will make it through certification.  The email urged developers to getting cracking on updating for WP 7.5 and utilizing its exclusive functionality, such as multiple live tiles and fast application switching.

Microsoft pointed out that Mango devices are already available in Japan and Russia, with more on the way (very soon!).  And despite an earlier edict that updates would not be allowed to 7.0 versions of apps once their 7.5 counterparts were released, it was announced that that would no longer be the case.  By popular demand, Microsoft will enable App Hub functionality which will allow devs to update both 7.0 and 7.5 versions of their products come the end of October.

You can click the thumbnail below for the full content of the email, which further descibes the update process.

You can download the overlays here.

Source: Microsoft; Via: WPSauce

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3 years ago

Apple denied Multitouch trademark

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Apple denied Multitouch trademark

In an interesting ruling just handed down last week from the USPTO, Apple has been denied the usage of the term "Multi-Touch" as a trademark, at least in the United States (they're still arguing for it in other countries).

In short, the reason for the denial is that the term has become to generic and is merely descriptive of a feature but does not meet the criteria of "acquired distinctiveness", which is determined by such things as sales success, length and exclusivity of use, and advertising expenditures. Evidently, the ruling board did not think Apple met the requirements, which is an interesting if not surprising decision. For everyone else in the smartphone business, they can now breathe a little lighter knowing "Multi-Touch" as a term is not Apple owned.

Note: For clarification, Apple still has a patent on Multitouch, but not the trademark.

Source: MacRumors

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3 years ago

Pimp my Ringtone - Mango App Spotlight

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With Mango comes expanded ringtone capabilities. With expanded ringtone capabilities comes Windows Phone apps such as Pimp my Ringtone.

Pimp my Ringtones is a collection of twenty-one ringtones that can be saved to your Windows Phone. They range from the cute Pikachu ringtone to the R-Rated Samual Jackson ringtone. You also have Yoda making an appearance as well as a rather unnerving ringtone entitled "A very funny ringtone".

You can preview the tunes and when you settle on one you like, tap the cell phone icon to save the ringtone to your Windows Phone. You'll have the option of renaming when you save the ringtone.

Pimp my Ringtones has a nice collection of ringtones and hopefully the selection will grow with each update. If you're running Mango on your Windows Phone, you can find Pimp my Ringtone here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace for $.99.

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3 years ago

Cracked Reader - Review

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3 years ago

More on the Mango Friends and Family Pre-Cleanup

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We reported sitings of a new update that has surfaced that is designed to clean up Windows Phones running the Mango Beta so that such devices can recieve updates from Micrsoft. There was speculation that this update will negate the need for such Windows Phone from having to roll back to Nodo before moving forward with Mango.

Brandon Watson has confirmed this belief over on Twitter that puts it out there short and sweet. Those running Mango Beta will not have to roll back to Nodo.

In reading the comments from earlier posts, it doesn't look like the Friends and Family Pre-Cleanup is being circulated just yet.  It may be a case that those of us running Mango Beta will see these updates first before hitting the regular RTM update.

This is really good news for those running the Mango Beta, especially if you are amongst the many of us who forgot where that pesky back-up file is.

Source: @BrandonWatson

Update: Watson was asked just a few minutes ago "what about those running leaked RTM versions of Mango?".  His response, "It's unsupported and I don't want to make any claims/statements about what will happen."

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3 years ago

Fake Windows Phone Marketplace lets you test app appearance

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Rudy Huyn posted a new tool for developers, aptly titled Fake Windows Phone Marketplace, which enables users to see how prospective submissions will be displayed in the Marketplace.  Using a model of the 7.5 marketplace, developers can load their app images and then tweak features like tile, background, description, and subtitle.

Fake Windows Phone Marketplace allows you to:

- To visualize the appearance of the marketplace if your application is "application of the day".
- Adjust the "short description" of your application to not be cropped
- How your application will be displayed in the "new"
- How your application will be displayed in the "featured"
- How your application will be displayed in the "top"
- See the detailed page of your application

You can download FWPM here.

Source: FakeMarketplace; Via: @Rudy Huyn

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3 years ago

Hyper Defence XT - Review

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Hyper Defence XT - Review

We first mentioned Hyper Defence XT when it first hit the beta stages. The Windows Phone game has now hit the open Marketplace and our first impressions hold true.

Not much has changed with Hyper Defence XT since we last visited the pre-release version.  The tower defense game is set in the fictional Outpost 26 where you have to defend the outpost from invading aliens. There are a wide assortment of weapons to buy and upgrade to wipe out the invading hords.

Continued after the break.

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3 years ago

Nokia UK General Manager says device is absolutely stunning

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Conor Pierce, general manager for the UK and Ireland at Nokia, has said that their first Windows Phone handset is "absolutely stunning" in an interview with Pocket-lint.

"To the partners we have shown the device to, their words, not necessarily mine - although I agree - upon showing it to them. It's spontaneous and unprompted. They say ‘the first Nokia Windows Phone is absolutely stunning’ and that’s die hard gurus in this business, who have thick skin. For them to say that spontaneously without any sales pitch shows what we are bringing is pretty spectacular. And that’s only the beginning."

Pierce went onto say that he has the device on him right this moment but is not able to show us what we're soon to be expecting. He mentions that this device is the success that Nokia so desperately needs and Windows Phone is the right choice for the company.

"Nokia has made a decision to play hard on Windows Phone. That is our primary operating system. The scale and quality that we will bring to the WP7 ecosystem is unique. We aren’t dividing our time with other platforms. We will deliver a very superior smartphone, a very different experience."

While we're all excited to see what Nokia brings to the table, it should be an interesting end of the year to say the least. Nokia World looks to be the event where the handset will be unveiled and Microsoft is certainly not to be absent when the fireworks are released.

Source: Pocket-lint, via: WinRumors

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3 years ago

From the WPCentral forums...Mango edition

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Y’all want Mango talk? We have it all in our forums!

We have been discussing Mango and the update for a while now and some folks here have made some bold predictions in this thread: "Mango coming in a week or two". Do you have a device on AT&T? Well then, you should check out this thread: "Mango For (Most) AT&T Devices Tuesday the 27th".

Verizon Trophy users are told their Mango update is coming soon. No one is more surprised than I that Verizon is on board with the Trophy and yet still nothing official from Sprint? I said nothing official but it looks like unofficially, Sprint is launching Mango with the rest of the carriers. Plus tethering!

When you get done making the rounds in those threads, grab a drink and come join us as we share the first Mango thing you'll do after your update.

Here are some other great Mango discussions:

Don't' forget, our forums are the best place to discuss, share and get advice during the Mango update period this week. If you learn something new, share it. If you can help someone else, let them know! Join the growing Windows Phone community and give us your thoughts.

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3 years ago

Captain Movie app brings all the cinema info to your Windows Phone [Mango]

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Confession: I watch between 5-7 movies a week, some in the cinema, some at home, never on my phone. Heck, I saw three movies just on Saturday. So needless to say, looking up info on movies (actors, awards, year of release, who directed, etc.) is one of those things I do a lot of, in fact you'll find me fiddling with my phone during a movie, because I need to know something. Yeah, sorry I'm that guy.

While we have apps like iMDB, Flixster, etc. on our phones, they're not for everyone. Captain Movie, which just hit v1.7 and is set for Mango, is a "wrapper" app meaning it scrapes info from iMDB, Rotten Tomatoes and TMDB.org and gives it to you in a nice, Metro-y format. More interestingly, it shows you on the first screen what just opened this weekend and then you scroll over and see what's coming for the next few weeks--that's imporant for myself, because it's hard to keep track of all the different little films out there. Under each movie, you get things like cast, crew, links to trailers, trivia, comments, pictures and more--it's all the info you could want right at your finger tips.

"Metasearch over all databases, Search for Movies, Search for Persons, Movie Starts, Search and Watch Trailers, Tile image update with current Movie Starts, Information about movies(facts, cast & crew, pictures, user comments, soundtrack, release dates, story line, editions, awards) Information about persons(facts, filmography, pictures, awards)"

Supported Databases: IMDb(en,de,es,fr,it,pt), TMDb(en,de,es,fr,it,pt), OFDb(de), Cineasten(de), moviepilot(de), FILMSTARTS(de), RottenTomatoes(en)"

In addition, you can search for any movie--not just current ones, but the whole iMDB, TMDB and Rotten Tomatoes archive, making this a very powerful app. Quickly learn what awards the film one, the soundtrack info and more.

The app does fetch for $1.99 which is on the high end, no doubt. But there is a free trial and if you're a movie buff like myself, the $1.99 is well worth the investment. You also get a swanky Live Tile that pushes the latest posters to your Start screen, updating every hour or so--nice touch. Take Captain Movie for a spin here in the Marketplace. And don't forget to grab the RunPee app too, as you'll need that to nail down some bathroom breaks during your latest silver screen viewing.

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3 years ago

AT&T Samsung Focus S in the wild, nothing else

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Not much to say about this outside of it's a pic of the Samsung Focus S, laying on a table. No info on availability, pricing or really anything we didn't know already.

To refresh, the device has a 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus screen, 1.4GHz CPU, 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front facing camera along with AT&T's "4G" on board, making it an excellent follow up to the venerable Samsung Focus.

Hopefully we'll be hearing more soon.

Source: Pocketnow

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3 years ago

BBC Radio Player gets Mango background streaming [Video]

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We're big fans of the app BBC Radio Player, mostly because it's an elegant design with a ton of stations to listen to. Plus the ability to see what's coming up next on live radio is pretty useful.

One minor complaint we had though, because we're spoiled Mango brats over here, is the inability to stream audio in the background with the app. See, once you get used to background audio streaming in Mango, you'll never want to go back to the current NoDo way of doing things. Luckily, the devs have addressed this by making a Mango version of the app, just in time for this week's big Mango push by Microsoft.

Features include background audio, Zune player controls and fast app switching. You can pick up BBC Radio Player here in the Marketplace for £0.99 ($1.29).

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3 years ago

The Guardian app for Windows Phone is now available [Mango]

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The Guardian, my personal favourite British newspaper, has released a superb looking Mango app for Windows Phone. Making good use of the Metro UI, which fits in nicely with the design of The Guardian website, users will be able to read stories, view videos and galleries to stay up-to-date with latest news across a variety of topics.

If you're a fan of The Guardian and/or The Observer, then this app is a must have. Best of all, it's free! Some highlighted features:

  • Multiple Live Tiles – categories can be pinned to the start screen.
  • Watch various videos embedded in articles
  • Listen to podcasts (background audio streaming supported)
  • Stunning full-screen picture galleries
  • Articles are shareable online via social media

You can check out and download The Guardian for free from the Marketplace.

Via: My Kind of Phone

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3 years ago

Microsoft files for trademark on "Put People First"

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Microsft has filed for a trademark on the tagline "Put People First". It's the latest slogan for the platform in light of the Windows Phone Mango update. The tagline has appeared not only on social networking but in videos posted by the software giant on their Youtube channel. Shortening down their previous tagline into a more digestible snack is a smart move, remember "It’s time for a phone to save us from our phones … Designed to get you in and out and back to life" and "Get in, out and on with your life"?

Source: TradeMarkia, via: TechCrunch

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3 years ago

ZTE Tania makes an appearance running Windows Phone 7.5

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Although we're not expecting ZTE to launch any Windows Phones near the shores of Europe or North America anytime soon, the company is expected to be a big player in spreading Windows Phone goodness in East Asia.

The ZTE Tania is their first attempt into the market and it doesn't look half bad.

  • UMTS / HSPA + 900/2100MHz bands
  • 800 × 480 WVGA 4.3-inch TFT screen
  • 3D acceleration
  • 1GHZ processor
  • 512MB of cache
  • 4GB storage
  • 1400mAh battery
  • 5 megapixel autofocus camera
  • 10.5mm slim

The device comes in white or black and honestly, looks a lot like a Samsung Focus, which isn't a bad thing either. No word on availability, but it's probably closer than we expect.

Source: WPXap forums; Thanks, Talan1314, for the tip!

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