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4 years ago

Parcel Tracker - Review

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Parcel Tracker - Review

Need a quick and easy way to keep track of parcel packages from your Windows Phone? The Windows Phone 7 application Parcel Tracker is one way to do just that.

The hub layout is simple and straightforward. You have a page for listing all the parcels you are tracking, a pagd to add parcels, and a page to remove parcels. Easy peasy.

Parcel Tracker can track packages shipped from a dozen carriers including UPS, USPS, FedEx, and DHL. To enter a package, you choose your carrier, assign it an appropriate name (e.g. Christmas Gifts to Mom) and enter the tracking number. That package is now listed on the main page of the hub.

Catch more on Parcel Tracker after the break.

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4 years ago

AppFinder makes finding apps...well, easier

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What's the biggest complaint about the current Marketplace? Okay, besides the occasional crashing issue, the next big complaint would be that when you search for something, anything, results come up for apps and music, with no ability to filter it down. In turn, it makes finding an app quite difficult.

Step in XDA developer ebadger to rescue us (until Microsoft gets around to refining the store) with AppFinder. The app is simple enough and free: you launch it, type in what you are looking for and it dynamically shows you the results. It's even smart in that if you type in "reader" it doesn't have to be the first word, but will find all apps with the word "reader" in the title. Oh yeah, and it only searches apps.

You do need to know exactly what you want to find for it to work, but you can also browse around easy enough to discover new apps along the way. Plus we hear ebadger is going to be adding some features, so it can only get better from here.  In short, we're throwing AppFinder on our "must have" app list as it's a huge help for our Marketplace woes. Grab it here on your phone or the Zune desktop.

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4 years ago

RealNetworks bringing cloud-service to Windows Phone 7 Q2 2011. Yay?

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Anyone who started off on the internet in the 1990's will remember the ubiquitous RealPlayer from RealNetworks--it was the only real video option besides the just-as-awful QuickTime. Then, YouTube came along and the world became a better place.

Today, RealNetworks announced their next plan: a cloud-based media network.  Called Unifi, the service "...enables users to store personal media (music, videos and photos) and access it via any Web-connected device." Pretty revolutionary, if this was four years ago.

On top of the service, they plan to offer direct support for Windows Phone 7 in Q2, so like mid-year. We can't really say we're thrilled, but hey, maybe Unifi will be really awesome? Ahem, yeah.

Source: BroadcastEngineering

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4 years ago

Microsoft so far not allowing Unreal Engine on Windows Phone 7

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Epic games, creators of popular Unreal series (head shot!) and even more popular Gears of War, has been busy porting their amazing Unreal Engine 3 to mobile devices like the iPhone and evidently Android (soon).

All of this begs asking the question what about Windows Phone 7? After all, Epic games has a pretty cozy relationship with Microsoft and the Xbox universe, not to mention PC gaming. Between that relationship and knowing the Unreal Engine works well on mobile, what's the holdup?

No surprise, but it's Microsoft, despite Epic games asking them to be allowed native access, or as Mark Rein of Epic Games has said "They've been nudged but so far nothing". That's sort of a bummer, but as noted by Examiner, it's still early and Microsoft is probably busy doing all of those other fixes. But lets hope that Microsoft and Epic team up sooner than later for some mobile gaming bliss.

Source: @markrein (Epic Games); via: Examiner

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4 years ago

RealTube player brings mobile YouTube and video to all

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Although HTC users get to use a pretty solid (and free) mobile YouTube application that even handles HQ videos, the rest of us are left on the sidelines for some 3rd party developer. Luckily, one has come forward: SWFlight and their app called RealTube which fetches for $1.99 in the Marketplace. The app basically converts Flash to Silverlight. Smart.

The app is in some ways better than HTC's since it is not bound just by YouTube, but rather can play all sorts of videos found on the internet: MSN, MySpace, FunnyorDie, CNN, DailyMotion, etc all in HD (when over WiFi). The app also works over 3G for those on go. It does lack full YouTube integration, so managing your account of favorites and sharing seems like a no-go too, plus if someone sends you a link, it won't open RealTube (no file association). Still, despite the obvious limitations, video quality is quite high and the search works pretty well, even allowing filters.[Edit: Although I didn't know how to in the video, to get results from a specific web site, "...add the phrase site: to your search, for example: crazy cats site:funnyordie.com"]

While $1.99 is a bit pricey, the free trial at least lets you take it for a test drive (the trial is fully functional for a generous 15 days) and for you video hounds out there, this seems to be a solid solution, especially for a v1.0.  Grab the app here on your phone or Zune desktop.

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4 years ago

Nokia to use Windows Phone 7? We're skeptical.

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The world is aflutter today (and journalism has taken a back seat) with the unsubstantiated rumor that Nokia, under leadership of Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, who used to work with Microsoft, is in secret talks to work with Microsoft on releasing some Windows Phones. The rumor comes from Eldar Murtazin, who has attained near celebrity status with his rumor posts, despite the mediocre track record. In a post he writes (translated):

In the last month behind closed doors is a discussion of expanded cooperation Nokia and Microsoft (two-way discussion, initiated by the new leadership of Nokia). Not simply the exchange of technology, but creating an entire line of Windows Phone devices that may go under the name Nokia, through the sales channels for the company, and will also have the characteristic features of its products. This is a desperate measure of the two companies. The last step for the salvation of Android, which crushes everything in its path.

Nokia has very recently denied such future moves, instead reaffirrming their committment to Symbian and MeeGo OS, yet the rumor persists, perhaps out of wishful thinking. It is certainly possible that Nokia may release a secondary line of phones with WP7 on board--heck, Palm did the same years ago till they got back on their feet (to fall on their face again)--but we're not holding our breath on this one. For one, there is no secondary source that comes even close to backing this up and number two, financially it doesn't make much sense (see summary at ZDNet).

But we'll leave the possibility open. We're just not that confident in the idea. Even if Nokia does go forward with a Windows Phone line, so what? Has Nokia hardware (in absence of their OS) been anything truly remarkable? Or has HTC, Samsung and Apple grabbed the spotlight with hardware innovation and unique design? Call us cynical, but we're going with the latter. If Nokia and Microsoft hatch out a plan though, it will only help Windows Phone presence in the market.  That is something we could live with, even if we are skeptical of the whole idea.

Source: Mobile-review; via ZDNet

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4 years ago

Quantum Jump - Review

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4 years ago

Impossible Shoota - Review [Video]

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Impossible Shoota - Review [Video]

We first mentioned Impossible Shoota when it first hit the Marketplace and have spent a little time with the Windows Phone 7 game. If you're looking for a fast paced, addictive, entertaining game Impossible Shoota will fit the bill.

The story line has you in the role of the elite pilot Starboxer. Your are the last survivor of your race and on your last mission to take out as many Sho-dan (the bad guys) ships as possible.  And they throw a lot of ships your way.

Follow the break to read more on Impossible Shoota and to catch a video of the Windows Phone game in action.

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4 years ago

Dodge These Balls - Review

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Dodge These Balls - Review

Do you need a simple game for your Windows Phone to help pass the time? Take a gander at EntwicklerX's Dodge These Balls.

The game set up for Dodge These Balls is simple. Your the red ball and you need to dodge the other balls that are bouncing around the screen. You move your ball around by tilting the phone up/down and side/side. The longer you survive, more balls are generated, increasing the challenges.

Follow the break to read more about this Windows Phone game and to catch a video of it in action.

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4 years ago

Decision Maker - Review

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Decision Maker - Review

Crimson Team is offering Decision Maker over at the Windows Phone Marketplace that may help you get past those hard decisions.

It's a simple process. Think of your question, tap the "Make Decision" bar, and Decision Maker will offer a yes or no response after consulting with aliens, Santa, Granny and many more reliable sources.

Decision Maker is a simple, stable novelty app for your Windows Phone. The $.99 price is just about right for a novelty app and there is a trial version available if you need a little help in deciding to purchase or not.

You can find Decision Maker here (opens your Zune desktop) and if you follow the break, you can catch a video of Decision Maker in action.

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4 years ago

Samsung updates Network Profile tool, fixes unlocked issues for good

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In the ongoing saga with certain Windows Phones not playing well when unlocked (specifically MMS issues), there was an official tool and an unofficial one. The former was Samsung's app located in their app store ("Samsung Zone") and it was evidently quite limited in function (going by the average rating of 1 star). Later an unofficial homebrew solution was produced though it required you to have developer access/jailbreak the device.

We then got word that Samsung was working on an official fix, allowing users of unlocked phones to reconfigure their device for other networks with a simple menu selection. That update has hit today (v1.9) and from early reports seems to work quite well, even allowing MMS on new networks. The app also goes pretty far in reminding you that if you are currently in a contract with a carrier this tool will not work, so be warned. Other than that, Samsung seems to be at parity now with HTC and LG in offering network reconfiguration tools for users. For that, we're quite happy.

Grab the program here on your phone via Zune Desktop.

Thanks, Philipp, for the tip and feedback!

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Book Roundup

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Windows Phone 7 Book Roundup

With the launch of a new platform like Windows Phone 7, there is a learning curve for everyone involved. One of the best ways to get familiar with Windows Phone 7 is to read this website, another way is to read a book. There are pros and cons to both methods; websites are more dynamic and up to date while books are easier to read cover to cover, or refer back to from time to time.

We’ve got several books in-hand, and after the jump we’ll break down the similarities and differences.

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4 years ago

Motorola Finiti Bluetooth Headset - Review

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Noise cancellation in Bluetooth headsets is something that manufacturers have thrown all kinds of technology and techniques at, with mixed results. For high end headsets like the Jawbone Icon or the Plantronics Voyager Pro, noise cancellation is a top priority.

Motorola is one of those electronics companies that seem to have their fingers in every aspect of the industry. I’ve reviewed several of Motorola’s Bluetooth offerings in the past, and have met with generally favorable results. The Motorola Finiti is the follow-on to the HX1 Endeavor, which uses bone conduction technology to achieve the highest possible sound quality.

The full review follows the break.

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Superb noise cancellation, Bluetooth audio
Cons: 
Not particularly comfortable
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4 years ago

Microsoft giving away free Xbox Games

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Microsoft is giving away free Xbox games when you purchase a new Windows Phone 7 device.  Regardless if you purchase the phone through AT&T, T-Mobile, from Amazon.com or any other Windows Phone retailer you can claim your game.

Eligible models include the Samsung Focus, LG Quantum, HTC Surround, HTC HD7, and Dell Venue Pro.

The offer is valid on purchase made between December 17, 2010 and December 31, 2010. The game titles aren't too shabby and include:

  • Kinectimals
  • Kinect Joy Ride
  • Fable III
  • Halo Reach

To claim your game, you'll need to complete a redemption form that is available at www.myfreexbox360game.com and send it in along with a copy of your purchase reciept and a copy of the UPC code from your Windows Phone packaging.  You can find the full Terms and Conditions here.

It may not match Telus's offer to give you a free Xbox 360 gaming system, but it's still a very good offer on some very entertaining games.

Thanks goes out to Robert for the tip!

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