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3 years ago

Windows Phone - You are what you app

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Windows Phone's Facebook page has a new gadget. The "You are what you app" gadget allows you to pin your friends to a virtual Windows Phone and app tiles to complete phrases.

You have fifteen templates that range from "Did you hear (insert Friend) won't (insert app) or (insert app) unless no one is looking?" to "If I was younger, I'd (insert app) more, (insert app) less, and (insert app) about as much as I do now."  There is also a free-form template where you add the text to the story board tiles.

You have access to ten categories of apps and access to your Facebook Friends to complete the story. You can even click on the pre-set tiles to modify the text. Once you're done, you can share your creation with all your Facebook buddies.

Only downside to this gadget is the WPCentral app isn't on the list of tiles you can use. You can find the "You are what you app" feature here at the Windows Phone Facebook page.

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3 years ago

AT&T Samsung Focus Flash - Review

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AT&T Samsung Focus Flash - Review

As far as Windows Phones are concerned, Samsung has enjoyed a good bit of success with the Focus. The company recently released two new Windows Phones they hope will enjoy the same amount of success, the Focus S and Focus Flash. We first turn our sites first to the Focus Flash.

The Focus Flash is one of the more compact Windows Phones available and follows the same design of Samsung's successful, overseas Windows Phone the Omnia 7. Sporting a 3.7" Super AMOLED screen the build quality of the Flash is very good and the phone fits snugly in your hand. While the Flash makes a very good first impression, the compact size may not appeal to everyone. There's not a lot of elbow room with the on-screen keyboard and I often found myself activating the Search or Back Button when I held the phone too tightly.

Another concern with the Flash is the amount of storage space available. The Flash is fitted with 8GB of storage and once you've loaded all the software, only 6.33GB of storage remains. Many will find this unappealing in that they will have to be more selective on what is loaded onto the Flash.

The performance, build quality and price does make the Flash an attractive Windows Phone but the reservations illustrate what may be the state of Windows Phones today. There simply isn't a bad phone out there, it's just a matter of finding which fits your needs, budget or tastes the best. If you like a more compact feel to your Windows Phone and storage isn't an issue, the Flash will do nicely.

To read more on the Flash, follow the break.

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3 years ago

Microsoft launches "I love you guys" marketing campaign in India

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Microsoft has launched a new website "I love you guys", which highlights the social functionality and integration of Windows Phone. This marketing effort is a follow up on their recent launch in India last month. Visitors are able to connect to their Facebook account to pull down friends and organise parties among other events.

The above intro video provides a humorous look on how friends can be terrible liars, via a HTC Radar. Anyone else notice a slight confusion in terms of UI?

via: WinRumors

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3 years ago

Samsung releases Wireless Manager app

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Samsung releases Wireless Manager app

Not exactly the most exciting app to hit the Samsung Zone, but if you need call forwarding on the new Focus S or Flash, you'll want to make sure you grab this.

"Wireless Manager allows Samsung Windows Phone users to easily apply settings for call forwarding, call waiting and APN."

Hey, we just said that Mr. app description! The program won't work on the Focus/Cetus. Those users are instructed to use the already exiting Network Profile app.

Grab Wireless Manager here in the Samsung Zone.

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3 years ago

Fox News app updated to v3.0 for Mango

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The official Fox News app has been updated for Mango, complete with fast-app switching.  The new 3.0 version also lets you pin multiple live tiles to the start screen.  Tiles can be created for Fox News shows or news categories.  We thiink it's a pretty slick app, but we only report...you decide.

You can get it here, spin-free; Thanks for the tip, Steve!

PS Do us a solid and keep comments political-free on this one, m'kay?

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3 years ago

DFT releases version 2 of their Freedom ROM, brings tethering to all

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For those who are into the whole custom ROM scene--a small but dedicated crowd--you'll be excited to know that DFT have finally released their v2 of their Freedom ROM. We reported back in October that this was in the works and Dark Forces Team has come through, as usual.

This version has quite a few suprises on board including:

  • Support for 20 languages
  • Internet sharing for gen 1 HTC devices
  • Updated HTC XAPs from Titan/Radar
  • Fully unlock with IE download XAP

The ROM is only available for generation 1 HTC devices e.g. Trophy, HD7, Mozart, 7 Pro and Surround) that are GSM. However, the team has noted that they are working on a CDMA versions for our Trophy and Arrive friends too.

While not for the casual user, custom ROMs offer some unique benefits including the ability to have tethering enabled. If you want to brave those waters, head over to XDA Forums for more info.

Thanks, Chris P for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Harbor Master picks up Mango support at the docks

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Harbor Master, the more exciting nautical take on Flight Control, received a Mango update this week. As usual WPCentral has braved dangerous waters to score the details for you, our faithful readers.

Harbor Master version 1.3 release notes:

  • Adds Fast App Switching support
  • Frame rate increased from 30 FPS to 60 FPS
  • Minor bug fixes

Those changes should make chasing the 50,000 cargo Achievement (argh) a bit more palatable. Besides the annoying Achievements, I really do enjoy Harbor Master overall – see my review.

Harbor Master costs $2.99 and there is a free trial. Sail on over here to get it from the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Nokia and AT&T working on an LTE Windows Phone

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Just last night we're discussing on the podcast how Nokia wants to make a big splash here in the US. To do so, they want to launch with a flag-ship devices and what better way to do that than with AT&T--a dedicated partner of Microsoft and Windows Phone?

So perhaps it is of little surprise that The Verge are reporting that AT&T and Nokia are working together for a 4G LTE device sometime early next year. That jives with what Andy Lees told us the other day in that Nokia was being aggressive about getting LTE-supported builds of the OS to work with.

The article goes on to suggest that this device, a variant of the Lumia 800, might be running the follow up to Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" which is code-named "Tango" at this time. Likewise, Verizon is also rumored to be getting such a device, seeing as they too run an LTE network.

This all of course works well with our earlier finding of the Nokia "Champagne" Windows Phone. That device, coincidentally, is running OS 8711 which is a Tango build. The Champagne was first picked up on October 25th by the app "I'm a WP7!" making it relatively new and a prime candidate for such an AT&T/Verizon phone.

Source: The Verge

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3 years ago

Game emulators now allowed on the Windows Phone Marketplace

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We previously covered a NES emulator, which was an abandoned project on the XDA Developers forum, being ripped and sold on the Marketplace but not as a standalone emulator. Not only was the submitter making money from illegal means and someone else's hard work, but individual ROMs were being submitted and approved, which were then being sold to consumers.

Microsoft later removed the said ROMs from the Marketplace, but it would still be relatively amusing to play some "oldies" while on the go, right? Developer Nudua let us know that at least according to AppHub, emulators are now a "go" on the Marketplace. As proof he tried submitting his emulator and it was accepted.

vNESLight is a free emulator that will run NES ROMs. The version on the Marketplace does not include ROMs other than two freeware demos, but the user can easily add titles they wish to play.

Some highlighted features:

  • Responsive touch controls
  • Easily add your own ROMs from the add games tab (zip file or single roms) via the internet
  • Automatic game save states
  • Experimental real time states
  • About 95% compatibility of games
  • Delete any of your added games
  • Pin any game to the start screen
  • 60 FPS Mode
  • Separate settings for first and second generation phones
  • Frame-skipping option
  • The demo ROMs of Battle Kid 2 and Super Bat Puncher are included

Should you wish to enjoy some of the old titles that make the earlier days of gaming seem so golden to some, be sure to check out this app. You can download vNESLight from the Marketplace for free.

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3 years ago

Samsung releases modified version of Tango video app

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It was well-received when the video chat application Tango was released for WP7 a couple of days ago.  However, the news was not great for owners of the Samsung Omnia 7 who experienced several issues with it.  If you are such a person, fret no more.  Word from the developers was an update will be forthcoming to address the issues on this device and the Focus (which some have reported a few issues with as well).

Fast forward to today though and we just found a Samsung-branded version of the Tango chat app. Billed as version 1.1 we're not exactly sure what's different but it is safe to assume that this has custom Sammy APIs and drivers, making the experience more reliable and bug free than the unbranded option.

Pick up the Samsung version here in the Marketplace.

Thanks, TahitiBob for the tip; Omnia 7 info via Plaffo

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3 years ago

Microsoft teams up with Avanade to bring enterprise solutions to Windows Phone

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Avanade, business solutions and managed services provider, has sealed a new partnership with Microsoft to develop and release enterprise solutions and services for Windows Phone. The strategic relationship, announced today, will see Avanade collaborate with Microsoft to develop said applications to enhance business productivity and increase the rate of adoption throughout the sector.

Avanade executive vice president, Ian Jordan, has said that the two companies will also be working closely with Accenture, and as additional investment into the platform, Avanade is building "Windows Phone Centers of Excellence" in the United States, Europe, China and India, which will bring foster innovations that address the specific needs of enterprises, mobile operators and original equipment manufacturers (OEM).

"Microsoft’s strength in consumer, enterprise solutions and cloud services positions it well to create a compelling mobile offering to empower a new generation of consumers and organisations. Today’s announcement will stimulate innovation in mobility, leading to new services and solutions to create greater value for mobile customers."

Avanade will also be enabling unique business productivity functionality by integrating Microsoft Dynamics, SharePoint and Lync into the mobile platform. Paul Bryan, senior director of the Windows Phone division at Microsoft, goes onto talk about businesses requesting a new wave of mobile solutions to meet the increasing expectations of both employees and consumers.

All in all, interesting stuff. It'll be interesting to see how Microsoft tackles business and the working sector with Windows Phone (and Windows 8).

Source: iTWire; Thanks, Jason F., for the tip!

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3 years ago

Nokia Champagne - New Windows Phone device name found running Tango OS

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We've had good luck with the stats from the app "I'm a WP7!" which often reveal new device names--some are carrier re-brands, like the HTC Ultimate (aka Titan) while others are completely separate like the Nokia 710 and 800 series.

Now we caught a glimpse of a new one: the Nokia "Champagne"

This is the first we've heard of this device and it was first "seen" on October 25th. Other than that, not much is known but usually once we find a thread and we start pulling, more information comes forward. This could be the Lumia branded for another country or it could be a completely new device--either option is plausible, but obviously a bit of us is hoping for the latter.  Stay tuned...

Update: And it is running OS  7.10.8711 making this a Tango phone. (Tango-builds are thought to start at 8200 and higher)

Thanks, Scott, for the info!

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3 years ago

New video documentary by Nokia on the design and creation of Lumia 800

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The Nokia Lumia 800 (see review) is certainly one of the more interesting devices to come out this year. Nokia has now put out a video documenting the process of its creation, lending an inside look into some of the though process and careful considerations that Nokia puts into making a phone.

Some new terms are introduced too, like Nokia's "Fabula" design language, which seems to compliment Microsoft's "Metro" ideas well (it's always nice when companies have specific design philosophies).

You get the see the phone designed from wax, discussions about signal reception, how plastic was used, their machining skills, etc. On the surface, it may sound a bit droll but in reality, like a lot of things Nokia, it's extremely interesting (plus we're fans of the Canadian series "How it's made").

If after watching this you don't want to man-handle one of these phones, you may want to see a doctor.

Source and more discussion: Conversations by Nokia

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3 years ago

"...I'm a WP7!" updated to 3.5, brings Foursquare check in

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The popular Windows Phone social app "...I'm a WP7!" has been updated to version 3.5, which brings with it the functionality to "check in" on multiple social networks at once, including Foursquare. It has only been just over a week since 3.4 came out, the speed of development and implementation of improvements is impressive. 

What's new in this latest version?

  • "Über Check in" - check into all your social networks, including Foursquare and "...I’m a WP7!", at the same time
  • Threaded Messaging, use it as a true SMS alternative
  • A new mini-game "Yarbles"
  • In-app How To/Tips & Tricks Videos
  • The fix for the "French Saving" bug that was a major issue with some regions

You can download "...I'm a WP7!" from the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

WPCentral Podcast 129

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WPCentral Podcast 129


Big week as we discuss all the new hardware that was released for Windows Phone--we give our opinions and in depth discussion of what works and what doesn't. Plus we go over Monday's 'Big Phone' day, parties as well as new software releases. All while I fight my laryngitis (apologies for the voice though, seriously).

Fair warning: this is our longest show yet, clocking in in just under 2 hours. So feel free to take an intermission at some point. Regardless, we guarantee an exciting and entertaining discussion.

Show notes after the break!

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