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3 years ago

Easy fix for lock screen bug [How To]

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Easy fix for lock screen bug [How To]

It's not really news as such, but a temporary fix for the issue some of us have experienced (and still are). As you can see in the video above this issue is a lock screen bug where should you wake up your screen once the device is locked you will see a quick glimpse of your home screen. Not really a security risk and you can't manipulate the home screen but an extreme annoyance when experienced for months. It seems to be affecting not only the Samsung Omnia 7 handset, but other devices too.

There is an easy solution, well setting reversal if you will since it requires you to turn back on a default setting. It's not one you'd expect either, prepare to be astonished. Auto-brightness. Yeah, you read that correctly, having auto-brightness turned off can cause this bug to occur. Should you be like myself and prefer to turn off any kind of automatic brightness balance in favour of a more constant and brighter screen then we're hit by this insane annoyance that prevents us from enjoying the experience of using the handset as we'd like to.

"You can toggle the auto-brightness by going to Settings > Brightness."

There's been no word on a fix in the works (we held off covering this in the hope that one of the previous updates would contain the solution), hopefully Mango? If not, I may just wander into the stores and see if the future Nokia handset(s) has the same problem. I'll be buying one anyway.

Have you experienced this bug?

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3 years ago

Nokia to launch first WP7 device in 6 European countries

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At this year's Mobile Telecompaper conference Victor Saeijs, Vice President of Nokia Europe, stated to attendees that Nokia plan to launch their first Windows Phone 7 handset in six European countries. The countries named are France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the UK. Not to mention Russia is a possibility too.

Victor also said that Netherlands is especially included in the line up due to the importance of the smartphone market there, which counts for 80% while only 20% are dumbphones. He went onto mention that they're still looking at a Q4 release and he had in his possession a prototype of their first WP7 handset which he carries around with him. Unfortunately he's not allowed to whip it out and show the world.

It's coming, can you feel it in the air too?

Source: Allaboutphones, via: WMPU

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3 years ago

IM+ can't use Windows Live Messenger due to Microsoft policy

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IM+ was submitted to the Marketplace today, and we are all excited for it’s arrival (see our hands on video tour). It just cannot get approved quickly enough. But the developers, Shape Services, announced today that it will not have Windows Live Messenger support. The reason? Microsoft doesn’t allow it. They are seemingly taking Apple’s approach, and not allowing apps that they think will duplicate functionality. Of course, that functionality doesn’t exist yet, so maybe there is something else going on that we don’t know about. It is worth nothing that IM+ for Windows Mobile also doesn't support Windows Live Messenger, so it's not an OS thing.

On one hand, we all know that WLM will be one of the built in services in Mango, so the support will be seamless, and most likely excellent. On the other hand, it sure would be nice to be able to use the service now. Although Skype has more users, Windows Live Messenger is no slouch, with an estimated 330 million active users, more than AIM or Gtalk (at least, according to Wikipedia). The sooner those users see feature parity with iOS and Android, the better.

Source: Tej Palladino Peters (Facebook); via: WMPoweruser

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3 years ago

WPCentral First Look: IM+ [Video]

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WPCentral First Look: IM+ [Video]

Today it was announced that IM+ by ShapeServices has been submitted to the Marketplace. Assuming all is well, that means you folks should have it in your hands sometime this weekend or early next week.

But hey, why wait that long? Instead, take a gander at our video tour of the new, near universal instant messaging app that supports AIM, Facebook, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber, MySpace, Skype and Yahoo! The one omission is MSN, which is evidently due to a Microsoft mandate (more on that later). No biggy though, as we'll have full integration with MSN and the OS in Mango this fall.

So how's the app? Well, we couldn't get the push notifications/live tile to work, but we think that's just a temporary server issue. Point is, those features are there and should work by launch. The app design is very minimalist, which is great--it almost feels sparse, but then you remember all that it can do. Load times were decent--once again, it's a v1.0 app, so we expect performance improvements in later releases.

Overall, pretty solid start and we like what we see. Should be interesting to see how it all works out upon release.

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3 years ago

WP7 Ad Rotator rotates your ads [Developers]

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A fair few of us (web developers that is) use advertisement rotation with website ad placements ensuring that maximum revenue potential is achieved. It's easy as pie when the major networks actually have the option in adding in other network code so the rotation is automated without manual scripting. Take that idea and put it to use on Windows Phone 7. Say hello to WP7 Ad Rotator.

In a nutshell it allows you to use more than one advertising network when releasing your apps in the Marketplace for free and attempting to earn some wonga via clicks and impressions. The controls (once implemented) can be used in a number of ways, the most common being:

  • Swap ad providers on the fly - specify a single provider for the whole app and swap it to another when the eCPM goes down. E.g. have the app use PubCenter ads and if the eCPM goes down, change the remote XML and have the app switch to AdMob
  • Configure ad providers based on culture - show different ad providers for different phone region settings (which usually map to physical location as well). E.g. show PubCenter ads to US users, AdMob to German users and AdDuplex to everyone else
  • Configure probabilites of ad providers based on culture. This is the most complex (and most useful) scenario. Implement for example the following use case:
    • US: 80% PubCenter, 10% InnerActive, 5% AdMob, 5% AdDuplex ads
    • Germany: 80% AdMob, 10% PubCenter, 10% AdDuplex
    • France: 100% AdMob
    • Other: 25% PubCenter, 25% InnerActive, 25% AdMob, 25% AdDuplex

Really good stuff for attempting to maximise your earnings. Check out the documentation and downloads via the link below.

Source: WP7AdRotator, via: @shoprog

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3 years ago

BBC News Mobile updated with new look and feel

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BBC News Mobile is an app by Lawrence Gripper, which has been with us since the WinMo days (see our highlight here) and while it's been available on Windows Phone 7 since last year, the latest update to this app further improves the look and feel with aid of Metro.

It's a real blast to use and is a far more appealing solution than other offerings and is a must have for any frequent reader. Not only can you simply read news, you can pin the live tile to your home screen and send articles to your friends via email and Facebook.

You can find BBC News Mobile on the Marketplace (Zune link) downloadable for free. Lawrence also has a number of other apps including My LoveFilm and Traffic Updates UK.

Thanks Jay for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Test your websites with Microsoft Mobile Test Drive

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We love the beautiful web that is emerging, especially Microsoft with IE9 and IE10. We have seen tests and examples displaying what modern browsers can do with HTML5 and the benefits of hardware acceleration, now it's time to see all this on a mobile scale. Introducing the Mobile Test Drive.

The features of this testing environment are as follows:

  • Audio Player (from MIX11)
  • Geolocation
  • Border Radius
  • DOM Local Storage
  • Scalable Vector Graphics
  • CSS3 Media Queries
  • DOMContentLoaded
  • FishIE Tank
  • Speed Reading (from MIX11)
  • Animated Text
  • HamsterDance Revolution
  • Business Charts
  • IE Logo
  • Video Panorama
  • Browser Control Themeing

More samples will be added to the mobile test through the upcoming months to Mango and beyond so keep an eye out for changes and additions. If you're a web developer you can see how your websites will look on Mobile IE9 by downloading the Windows Phone Developer tools. Pretty neat if I do say so myself.

Source: Microsoft Blog

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3 years ago

Verizon HTC Trophy - Review

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Verizon HTC Trophy - Review

Verizon Customers may say, "It's about time" with regards to the release of the HTC Trophy but I think they will be very pleased with their first Windows Phone 7 device. The Trophy completes the Windows Phone coverage for the major U.S. Wireless Carriers and isn't a shabby addition to the Windows Phone line up.

We had the opportunity to get our hands on an HTC Trophy for a few days and the Windows Phone made a nice first impression. The phone felt good in the hand, had a nice design to it, and the 3.8" screen looked good. To see if our first impression was changed much after using the Trophy for a few days, make the jump past the break.

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3 years ago

Evernote for WP7 released [Updated with Link]

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Finally! It's here everyone. Evernote for Windows Phone 7 is soon to be available to download and boy was the wait worth it, check out the image above and the screens after the break to see what we've been eagerly awaiting for. It's the most feature-packed client they've ever developed and is applying itself to the Metro UI guidelines-for-awesomeness.

We wont copy and paste the features explained in the official announcement, but we shall highlight the 'biggies' and show some screens. For the main screen, we have some panorama goodness which contain:

  • Notes: A complete scrollable note list
  • Notebooks: Tap on a notebook to view its contents
  • Tags: Tap on a tag to see all the notes associated with it
  • Recent notes: This list lets you jump to the 20 most recently viewed notes

Evernote for WP7 also displays Notebook Stacks and hierarchical tags. They have made sure that the application bar used throughout the app is useful and feature-rich maximizing user friendliness in different sections. To read up on the feature highlights and to see some more images head on past the break.

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3 years ago

Jamie Oliver loves WP7

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Jamie Oliver loves WP7

Jamie Oliver, a famous and renowned chef, has been spotted on TV using a Windows Phone 7 handset. We recently covered a Pro Bowl Quarterback getting his hands on a device, but this is pretty big (for this side of the ocean anyway). Nice to see another popular TV idol using the platform in favour for iOS and Android. I'm suspicious as to what apps Jamie would have installed, possibly Cocktail Flow?

The programme where the WP7 usage was sighted was Jamie's Food Revolution Hits Hollywood, which aired Tuesday 14th in the UK. He is seen using the Bing voice search to locate a school in the area and excites "yeah, that's what I'm talking about" as the device is instantly responsive with results.

Check out the video footage of the Windows Phone (we're pretty sure it's a Focus) cameo after the break.

Thanks Gunzta for the images and video, you're a star!

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3 years ago

New Xbox LIVE Game from E3, 'Hasta La Muerte', gets demoed

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The video from Windows Phone FR is in French and is a whopping 10 mins long, but that doesn't take away from the fact that it shows the upcoming Xbox LIVE game 'Hasta La Muerte' in all its glory.

The game was recently announced at E3 as part of the new 'bit titles' for Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone. To refresh, the game is described from our previous post as:

"A Windows Phone exclusive from French developer Pohlm Studio, Hasta la Muerte places gamers in control of one of death’s emissaries. The emissary must free the souls of the dead in order to prevent them from becoming cursed lost souls. He won’t go it alone as friendly souls called Soulpets offers assistance. Hasta la Muerte features over 30 levels, boss battles, and a stark European art style that’s unlike anything else on the platform."

We think it looks pretty amazing, as we don't have a game like this in the Marketplace. According to Windows Phone FR, it should be in the Marketplace in the next few weeks.

Source: Windows Phone FR

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3 years ago

Nokia WP7 to 'blow our socks off'

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Nokia WP7 to 'blow our socks off'

I'm sure you're all excited about Nokia and how they can bring superb hardware to the table for Windows Phone 7, we are too. Now we have a tweet by Dave Trevaskus, Senior Training Consultant at Nokia (according to his Twitter bio), where he displays some real excitement about a Nokia WP7 handset running Mango and that it's going to blow our socks off (of course, he's not going to say "our devices are crap, boo!") Just a little something to keep the hype up, would be great to see some visual representation soon.

Unfortunately, the guy wasn't using a WP7 to tweet but from his statement, either he's being sarcastic and is fearful for the company, or their planned handsets really are going to remove our socks with force. We've recently covered Nokia with their camera implementation on the N8 handset, so we're expecting high standards in terms of hardware, both internal and external.

Source: @DaveTrevaskus, via: PocketNow

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3 years ago

LG Optimus 7 survives being ran over [Video]

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An LG Optimus 7 Prime WP7 device has been through the wars as can be seen above in the video. This particular handset was ran over by a car and while it may look shattered, it's still responsive and works as normal. The only downside is that you can't see the screen as well as you could.

The morale of the story is (apart from don't have your phone ran over by a vehicle) to purchase an LG device should you work in construction or any other practical careers.

Via: @EyeMen

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3 years ago

IM+ submitted to WP7 Marketplace

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IM+ submitted to WP7 Marketplace

Here we are folks, the good team at SHAPE Services have just announced that they've submitted the messaging app IM+ to the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. Not long ago we covered it going through Beta. I'll leave it to the unofficial PR on their Facebook page to do the trick:

"AAAAND IT'S FINALLY HERE! Today we're submitting IM+ for WP7 to Microsoft Marketplace. Approval process may take a while. Bloggers, beta testers and all those who are interested in getting pre-release version today, please send your contact at wp7beta@shapeservices.com with "IM+ WP7 beta" in subject line."

If you wish to get a pre-release version, ping them an email with the subject as shown above. Are you looking forward to the app? Or are you more excited about the upcoming IM integration in Mango (if you don't use every service on the planet)?

Source: IM+ Facebook, thanks everyone for the tips!

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3 years ago

Serious developers will get Mango devices says Brandon Watson

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We recently covered Microsoft's Joe Belfiore putting forward that developers will be receiving Mango and there was some information on AppHub about plans to roll out Mango loaded devices, however we had no detail as to who would be eligible and how long you'd be able to keep said devices. Now Brandon Watson has expanded slightly on what his colleague said back at MIX'11 (as well as what AppHub is reporting).

From the image above we can see Brandon mentioning local mobile champs, specifically these folk. Serious developers who network with Microsoft and their WP7 team of elite as well as provide much freshness to the app ecosystem will be more likely to receive a handset. While the developer tools and emulator is readily available for developers, what happens should you be an anti-social geek who can't network, but is a terrific developer?

We'll let you all know when we find any concrete information detailing what the process will be.

Source: Twitter

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