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3 years ago

Quick Easy Note - App Spotlight

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Quick Easy Note - App Spotlight

Quick Easy Note by Erlensoft is a temporary note taking app for your Windows Phone. Designed to jot down short notes that you don't need to save for prolonged use. Notes such as phone numbers, your parking space number, a car tag, or other bits of information you need to preserve for a short period.

Your notes are saved automatically when you exit Quick Easy Note and will remain in the text field when you re-launch the app. Once you've transferred the information or no longer need it, a clear text command is in the pull up menu. I could see Quick Easy Note being useful for shopping lists that you don't necessarily need to save and would discard when you are finished shopping.

There are two versions of Quick Easy Note, a free version that is ad supported and a non-ad supported version that will run you $.99. You can find the free version here (opens Zune) and the paid version here at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Four avatar items on sale through April 1st

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One of the fun benefits of Xbox Live integration on Windows Phone 7 is that users can view and edit their avatars on the go. Some avatar items are free, while many of them cost money.

A quartet of avatar goods are currently on sale for fifty percent off. These must be purchased through a PC or Mac web browser or an Xbox 360 console before equipping them to your avatar.

Ninjas - Black Horned Samurai Outfit (Male or Female) - 120 Microsoft Points ($1.50) - 50% off Star Wars - Chewbacca Wookie Costume (Male or Female) - 160 Microsoft Points ($2) - 50% off

Avatar pets are not currently viewable on Windows Phone 7. The Fierce Moves item is actually a break dancing animation for your avatar. We can’t confirm whether premium avatar moves are actually viewable on Microsoft’s mobile platform, but we’ll update if we find out.

The sale runs through April 1st, no fooling. A ton of Xbox Live Arcade games (Xbox 360 only) are on sale during the same time period. Head past the break for the full list.

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3 years ago

Screenshots of Windows 8 installation shows Metro influence

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3 years ago

Xbox 360: System Update Preview program begins in 2 weeks, apply now

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Many Windows Phone owners also have Xbox 360s, so we’re bringing you this bit of Xbox 360 news.

The Xbox 360 receives system updates once or twice a year (no carrier blocking either, thank goodness). Before these big updates come around, Microsoft usually runs an open beta to eliminate the kinks and make sure everything’s working right. Sign-up for this year’s open beta has just started.

Some notes about Xbox 360 System Update Preview program:

  • The program is open to US residents only.
  • Thousands of applicants will be selected. Still, signing up early is recommended.
  • Xbox Live Gold members will receive priority, but 'lowly' Silver members can sign up too.

What changes will the update feature? One is a new Xbox 360 disc format is coming. This could be an anti-piracy measure. But the big feature is of course Kinect improvements including the rollout of avatarKinect, which gives your Avatar a new lease on life, hosting shows and making videos--very cool stuff. We would love to see some Windows Phone 7 integration on the dashboard too. It does currently have some ads and videos, but that’s it.

WPCentral’s Daniel Rubino has already completed registration. I tried but received an error after confirming my email address. To throw your hat in, Sign up for the Xbox LIVE Update Preview Program. Good luck!

UPDATE: Good news: participants in the preview will receive a free copy of Halo Reach. Bad news: registration is now closed. Hope you got in, everybody.

Source: Major Nelson

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3 years ago

Three in the UK pushing NoDo as well

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Three in the UK pushing NoDo as well

We're getting word that users in the UK on Three are getting NoDo too. As can be seen to the right, developer Jay Bennett received his NoDo (7389) to his Omnia 7 this afternoon. However, our own Richard Edmonds is still waiting on his, so it looks to be a trickle update so far.

Still, it looks like Wave 1 is going well at this point, with no reports of any issues, just happy customers.

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3 years ago

WP7 on its way to the #2 spot?

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WP7 on its way to the #2 spot?

Just on the heels of Ovum's prediction of WP7 overtaking RIM in smartphone market share by 2016, comes more encouraging projections by International Data Corporation (IDC).  In a press release today, IDC's Ramon Llamas said that "by 2015, IDC expects Windows Phone to be number 2 operating system worldwide behind Android."  IDC credits this move up the ladder to Microsoft's partnership with Nokia

"Up until the launch of Windows Phone 7 last year, Microsoft has steadily lost market share while other operating systems have brought forth new and appealing experiences," added Llamas. "The new alliance brings together Nokia's hardware capabilities and Windows Phone's differentiated platform."

Android is expected to remain the top dog, while iOS, Blackberry and others will see a slight drop-off.  IDC estimates that worldwide smartphone market will grow at four times the rate of mobile phones and is expected to increase from 303.4 million smartphones shipped to over 450 million, a rise of 49.2%.

Whether WP7 flourishes or crashes and burns, it seems that the outcome of the deal with Nokia will be a key determining factor.

Source: International Data Corporation; Graph Picture:FinkOrSwim

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3 years ago

LiveShare group photo app is pretty slick

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You have your Twitpic for Twitter sharing, Skydrive for backup, Bubblegum for sharing single photos, Flickr for the serious stuff and now you have LiveShare.

What's LiveShare? Good question, we were curious too and if you watch the above demo, you should get an idea. Based on BlueVia platform and Windows Azure, it's a way for you and your group of friends or co-workers to share a photo-stream via your phones. Say you all went to a party last night or some event, you can create a group and then your cohorts can add photos to it:

  • Start a photo stream for any occasion
  • Invite friends to share photos into your stream
  • Then watch everyone's photos flow in live

LiveShare is the answer to the question, “Where's everyone’s photos from the party?”

With LiveShare, it's easy for you and your friends to snap photos at parties, get-togethers and other shared experiences, and enjoy them all in one place, in real-time. No more need to hunt through emails, social networks and photo sites to see everyone’s photos.

Whether it’s the bachelor party that needs to stay in Vegas, seeing what your best friends are doing right now or your group ski trip, LiveShare lets you create groups anytime and invite as many or few friends as you like to view and contribute to your shared photo streams.

The app is certainly polished and since it's free, there's really no commitment. Oh and it IS on Android and iPhone, meaning all your friends can join in. It also looks to have notifications for new activity. Sweet. Downside? It uses Facebook to login, blech. Take it for a spin here in the Marketplace. Thanks, @depper2k, for the heads up Go to LiveShare.com for more info.


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3 years ago

AT&T offering Windows Phones at discount prices (again)

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AT&T is having a spring sale on 5 smartphones, including the Samsung Focus and LG Quantum.  You can grab either one for a slim $49.99 with a new two-year commitment.  This deal is good on AT&T's website or at any company-owned retail store.

Actually, this is interesting because the prices went up from $0.01 a few days ago for some of these (but not others) but hey, what's $50 between friends? (Even if it is AT&T).

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Microsoft WP7 App Challenge contest is now live [Developers]

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Attention developers, if you think your app is got what it takes, you may want to enter into Microsoft's App Challenge contest, which is now taking submissions.

The prize is not nearly as big as what was offered at CTIA recently--but it's still not shabby--they pay your way to the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in LA, this July. Plus you get bragging rights, we suppose. Here are the dates to remember:

  • Begin:March 25, 2011
  • End:June 6, 2011
  • Final judging:July 10-14, 2011

More information here, including registration.

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3 years ago

Samsung Focus owners now hacking on NoDo too

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Here's a bit of surprise, evidently that earlier hack we posted also works on the Samsung Focus. You first need to alter the registry to "unbrand" the phone using SamsungRegistry.xap, but once doing so combined with this trick, gave user John973 at XDA to the "March update" aka NoDo.

He's up and running as can be seen from the screen shots he took of the update process and "device info" screen confirming he has NoDo on board. Anyone else feeling risky?

Update: Raphael Rivera has modified the registry app to sideload; change string value to '000-88'

Update 2: The whole process take about 10 minutes and is a little tricky but it totally works. Of course, you'll need a developer unlocked device and some patience. The process is painless though as our device was left exactly as it were before we flashed, so kudos to MS for a smooth updating process.

Source: XDA, 1,

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3 years ago

Terra Explorer - Review

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Terra Explorer - Review

We mentioned Terra Explorer some time ago when the app first hit the Marketplace and liked what we saw. To refresh everyone's memory, Terra Explorer is a browser for your Windows Phone that is driven by the search.

The developer saw the need to base Terra Explorer on how many people explore the web, by searching. Instead of entering a URL, with Terra Explorer you enter your subject matter.  You essentially surf the web by searching the web.  Terra Explorer taps into Google, Bing and Yahoo search engines and segregates the results across a multi-page hub making things easier to identify.

To read more on Terra Explorer, surf on past the break.

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3 years ago

Nodo to T-Mo tomorrow? [UPDATED 2]

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There is some speculation going around that the Nodo update will hit the T-Mobile HD7 tomorrow. According to Microsoft's "Where's my update page" T-Mobile is still showing in the "Scheduling" phase.

It's our understanding that when "Scheduling" appears on this chart, the update is within about ten days of being distributed. The chart went live on March 23rd so if the rumor holds true, tomorrow would be within that ten day window.  Granted that T-Mobile began testing on or about the 23rd.

Yet we have all learned that the best plans can always be delayed. So for now, we'll file this under "hopeful rumor" and find out soon enough if things hold true. To all the T-Mobile HD7 owners, good luck and we'll keep our fingers crossed.

Source: TMoNews

Update:  It appears, based on the tips we've received from a number of readers (thanks as always) that T-Mobile has unleashed an update for the HD7 and Dell Venue Pro today.  T-Mobile began distributing the February pre-Nodo update today and while it's not the March Nodo update, it is a step in the right direction.

Update 2: Reports are coming in that the NoDo is being pushed after the February update as well. For those waiting, give the servers time to populate and push.

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3 years ago

Weather4me - Review

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Weather4me - Review

Weather4me is a basic weather app for your Windows Phone that provides current conditions, what to expect for the rest of the day and a five day forecast for cities worldwide.

Weather4me pulls weather information from Accuweather.com and has a direct link to Accuweather's website for more detailed information. The apps lays the information out in a three page hub. Cities are searchable by name or zip code and you can build up a list of favorites to make switching from city to city easier.

More after the break.

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3 years ago

New hack brings NoDo to some unbranded Windows Phones

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So long as the carriers delay the NoDo update, it looks like people will find a way to force it to happen. Earlier we showed you how to do it on the T-Mobile US HD7, now some folks have figured out how to force it on unbranded/carrier unlocked devices, including the Omnia 7 and 7 Pro. [Update: but others are reporting it not working on the Surround or Mozart, in short, your mileage may vary]

While not hard per se, it is a bit tricky and involves evidently spoofing the Zune server into pushing you the update. One thing is certain, timing is everything as you need to make sure your data connection is turned off at the right moment.

We obviously haven't tried this ourselves, so we encourage you to be careful, but it at least appears many are having success in using this method. Check out the directions after the break and read what others are saying at XDA about it here.

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3 years ago

Sneak peak: Rowi's auto-complete feature for Twitter

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Rowi Lite has been on the Windows Phone Twitter scene for awhile and it's a pretty solid, lite Twitter app.

Version 0.9.4 is slated for release sometime this week and it features quite a number of enhancements, including an auto-complete feature for contacts:

  • Bug fixes
  • Profile cleaned up (switched to pivot view, moved a few things around, made tweets, follwers, following on profile clickable)
  • Added translate menu item on tweet page (translates tweet to current locale of your phone using Bing)
  • Auto-Complete Usernames on New Tweet page

We took the release-candidate for a spin and left impressed as we haven't seen an auto-complete feature instantiated as well as this yet in any Twitter app (Twitt comes close). Overall, if you're looking for a clean, lite and fast Twitter app, Rowi fills those requirements admirably. Also, look for a paid ad-free version in a few weeks, featuring push notifications. Grab Rowi Lite here in the Marketplace and look for v0.9.4 later this week, assuming Marketplace clearance.

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