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3 years ago

T-mo's Dell Venue Pro firmware update delayed till next week

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New unlocked devices are shipping with it. Non-U.S. customers are getting it. But T-Mo users...not so fast. Yes, while the famed 2.12 firmware for the trouble prone Dell Venue Pro finally starts to be pushed out, T-Mobile users who were supposed to receive it today will have to wait till "next week".

Delays and more delays should be a familiar situation for frustrated DVP users. The good news is that v2.12 really does fix a lot of the remaining issues with the DVP, but the bad news of course is more waiting. Plus there's the AT&T users...

Source: Twitter

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3 years ago

Bing.com rolling out new Live Tile design

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We haven't seen this yet on our end, which means it may be "rolling" out to everyone at some point, but Rafael Rivera has posted on his blog what looks like the first shot of an updated Bing.com with "live tiles" near the bottom.

Anyone who's familiar with the amazing and extremely high rated Bing app for the iPad will recognize this is nearly the same design. Looks good to us and it's nice to see Microsoft nailing it in the looks department these days. Anyone else seeing this yet on their desktop?

Source: WithinWindows

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3 years ago

Rad Now! gets updated

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Rad Now! gets updated

Rad Now! is a carry over from the Windows Mobile days and the Windows Phone version just got a nice update. For those not familiar with Rad Now!, it is a weather radar app. Nothing more, nothing less.

The update brings a cleaner looking version of Bing Maps into the mix as well as what seems to be better integration with your Windows Phone location services. When you launch Rad Now!, it centers the map closer to your current location.  While I used to see all of the Southeastern States, the update's view is more centered on Alabama.

A little red beacon is now in place that  will flash on the map to indicate where you are in the big scheme of things.  While Rad Now! has always used your phone's location services, the update gives you the ability to turn that feature off.

You still have options to animate the radar, set the opacity level, switch between hybrid and street maps and choose between 5 and 15 frame rates.  Radar animations also seem to load a little quicker with the update.  Oh, the update also brings a cleaner looking tile to the mix.  If you need a simple, clean looking weather radar app, Rad Now! is a must have app for your Windows Phone.

Rad NOW! is a free, ad-free app for your Windows Phone and you can download the updated version here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

Thanks goes out to Shipwreck for the tip!

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3 years ago

Pandas vs. Ninjas updated, new chapter added

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XIMAD has updated the Windows Phone game Pandas vs. Ninjas. The update adds a new chapter to the mix, a tropical paradise. The new level brings the total up to six, nicely increasing the game time.

The Angry Birds like game pits you (the Panda) against pesky ninjas. You defeat the ninjas by hurling tiny red pandas at their strongholds.  Each chapter has 25 levels, each progressively unlocked as you defeat the ninjas.

Pandas vs. Ninjas comes in two versions, a free ad-supported version that you can find here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace. There is also a premium version that will run you $.99 that can be found here at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Weather App Roundup

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Windows Phone Weather App Roundup

If you search the keyword "weather" over at the Windows Phone Marketplace it will yield you about one hundred results.  Everything from Accuweather to Nude Beach Weather, the choices cover a lot of territory.  But which one is the best?

You've got Windows Phone weather apps that will deliver the basics such as your current conditions and an extended forecast. You also have weather apps that will throw radar imagery, videos, and more weather stats into the mix.  Then there are non-weather apps that have weather features.

After taking a look at a handful of the weather apps on the Marketplace, we've rounded up the ones that stood out. After the break, found out which weather apps we think should find their way to your Windows Phone.

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3 years ago

App Hub Updated, Mango app submissions a month away

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Microsoft has been busy updating their Windows Phone App Hub. This is where Windows Phone developers go to manage their accounts, change settings, submit applications to the Marketplace and generally stay up to date with everything Windows Phone.  We mentioned some of the details of the update earlier but here's how it breaks down.

The update focuses on three areas.

More geographic markets for developers: Essentially Microsoft is broadening Windows Phone's horizons by adding 19 new consumer markets that include Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, India, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and Taiwan.

There will also be 7 new developer markets that include Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, South Africa and South Korea.

In addition to market expansion the App Hub is now localized for Korean and Simplified Chinese and price tiers have been successfully modified on a country-by-country basis to adjust for fluctuations in the global currency exchange rates.

Lastly, on the geographic front, Microsoft's Advertising PubCenter support will be extended to 18 additional countries by the end of 2011. They include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. This will enable developers in these countries to receive mobile in-app advertising revenue in their local currency.

Continued after the break

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3 years ago

Dell rolling out Venue Pro Firmware Update?

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The tweet from Dell says it all. The Venue Pro's firmware update is due to start rolling out to the Windows Phone today for T-Mobile Customers in the U.S. as well as other Venue Pro customers outside the U.S.  There is no mention on the AT&T updates.

We had earlier reported that T-Mobile would get the update "around the middle" of July and if the update is rolling out today, Dell's not too terribly late. So, has anyone actually seen the update in action?

Thanks goes out to the countless tipsters who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Mango Contact history and live notifications

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In a new promotional video, Microsoft's People Hub Program Manager, simply referred to as Greg, discusses some of the new features that users will find in Mango and the motivation behind them.  Greg explains that it is not only important for a phone to deliver communications by phone, text, email and social media, but to tie them all together.  With that in mind, Mango will tote a new Contact History in the People Hub.  As shown in the video, all you have to do is click on a contact to see a list of all recent communications by that contact, regardless of what medium they came from.  Simply tap on that entry, and you will be transported to that app and conversation.

Another cool feature described is live contact notifications on the Start screen.  If you have a contact pinned to Start, and they send you an email or chat, you will now see an update on their tile letting you know you have a new message from them.  Tap the tile, and find their new message in the history. 

We all know that Mango is bringing some big changes to WP7.  However, another thing that excites us is all of these thoughtful little tweaks and attention to detail that have been added.

Source: Microsoft; Via: 1800PocketPC

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3 years ago

Choose the logo design of AppTastic

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Choose the logo design of AppTastic

We recently covered the unveiling of upcoming Marketplace search app, AppTastic. While we have a few solutions already available in the Marketplace, AppTastic appears to bring some new features and functionality to the table. A feat we always welcome.

They have received a large number of concepts (35 in total) for their "Hot Windows Phone 7 App needs a logo!" project. You can choose the logo you like best from the above three shortlisted designs over at DesignCrowd.

Keep an eye out next week for news of AppTastic's arrival onto the Marketplace. We'll of course bring it to your attention and publish our thoughts.

 

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3 years ago

How quick can you get a WP7 app to the Marketplace?

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How quickly do you think someone could take an idea, build a Windows Phone 7 app, submit it to the Marketplace and the download & install it? One, two weeks? How about 5 days? Jarno Peschier (peSHIr), a .NET and general programming enthusiast, did just that. He developed an app for 3D Masters, a 3D Model Helicopter Competition, in just 5 days from conceiving the idea.

On July 15th, Jarno received an email from 3D Masters detailing the availability of an iPhone app for the event. While engaging in discussion between himself and the director of the event, Jarno eventually decided to develop an app for WP7.

Five days later (today) and the 3D Masters app is readily available on the Marketplace. It really is a neat little app for attendees and for the approval process plus development time to accumulate to under a week is pretty impressive. You can check out more about the challenge Jarno faced this week by visiting his site below and download the 3D Masters app from the Marketplace for a minimal fee.

Source: peSHIr, via: @gcaughey

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3 years ago

Microsoft shows off Twitter integration in Mango

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Here's an interesting new video from Microsoft detailing the changes in Mango, specifically related to Twitter integration (as well as Facebook and LinkedIn). We know that there is a final or near final build of the Mango OS going around, namely 7710, which is probably the same version we reported on last week in regards to Twitter usage.

In the video, Stuart Bottom, Program Manager at the Communications Group on Windows Phone, goes over how Twitter will work, notifications, the "Me Tile" and more will all come together in the update. Finally we get to see how Twitter will look (very similar to the Facebook feed) as well as those ever important notifications.

What's really convenient is being able to see when someone has replied to a Tweet or posted on your Facebook wall, right on your Me tile, which should result in more efficient use of your time. In addition, filtering of those feeds to quickly find and see what you want is also a pretty brilliant idea.

By the looks of things lately, only a few more weeks till Mango starts rolling out. We couldn't be more excited. Check out the rest of Microsoft's tour videos of other features on their YouTube channel.

Source: YouTube (WindowsPhone); via LiveSide

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3 years ago

No Hulu for Microsoft?

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No Hulu for Microsoft?

A few weeks ago we reported that Microsoft was in serious talks with Hulu to purchase the company, which was put up for sale by it's parent media company owners.

Of course we were supportive of such a proposed purchase since it would guarantee more exclusive integration with PC, Xbox and Windows Phone, the latter of which has yet to see a native client. With the purchase of Skype under their belt, bringing Hulu into the fold would have been a great leg up on the competition.

However, according to Bloomberg, Microsoft has now dropped out of contention for the streaming TV site. No reason was given, though usually it has to do with perceived cost vs value. Yahoo!, ironically is reportedly ready to fork over $2 billion for the company, though it is expected that negotiations will continue for the next few weeks. Reportedly Microsoft has also not ruled out stepping back into talks later if terms become more favorable.

Microsoft has yet to publicly confirm the story, so it remains to be seen how this progresses, but as of right now it's not looking to good for our side.

Source: Bloomberg

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3 years ago

Tentacles emerges onto the Marketplace, looking for eyeballs

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When Max and the Magic Marker went on sale last week, bargain-minded gamers got their shot at Press Play’s creative platformer. But that was then, and this is now. It’s time for something new from the Danish developer. I speak, of course, of the Windows Phone-exclusive Xbox Live title: Tentacles. It’s out now on the Marketplace.

Tentacles is a top-down platformer starring Lemmy, a microscopic tentacled creature. Lemmy journeys through the body of the scientist who created him, battling the dangerous creatures he encounters and eating their eyeballs (seriously). Don’t worry, they’re jerks and deserve whatever they get. Tapping the screen moves the little hero one tentacle at a time, and he also has a clawed tentacle for attacks. The 3D graphics look great and the game has a ton of personality.

Tentacles costs $4.99 and there is a free trial. Use your own tentacles to grab it here (Zune link) on the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Whoo hoo, The Sims 3 is the Xbox Live Deal of the Week

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We’ve got good news and bad news for you, faithful readers.  The good news: this week’s Xbox Live Deal of the Week title definitely needed a discount. The bad news: it’s not much of a discount. I refer, of course, to The Sims 3 from EA. It’s on sale for $4.99, down from $6.99.

The Sims 3 is a mobile version of the hit life-simulation game. Players create and customize a Sim and then try to complete various goals with him or her, such as getting a promotion at work and kissing another Sim. It makes for a great game, on PC and consoles at least. But the Windows Phone version doesn’t quite match up. As our review points out, the character customization is extremely limited. Load times are lengthy and frequent and menu navigation is clumsy. Worst, the game has a habit of losing save files; it happened to me once. The Windows Phone port badly needs updating but EA hasn’t touched it since launch.

Maybe you don’t mind a few bugs and loading screens. If so, you can find The Sims 3 here (Zune link) on the Marketplace. The $4.99 sale price lasts for one week.

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3 years ago

Dell Venue Pro - First Impressions

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Dell Venue Pro - First Impressions

With Dell offering the Venue Pro for $299.99 out of contract, it was a Windows Phone deal too hard to pass on. So, we ordered one (actually two). Over the next few days we'll put it through the ringer and give you our thoughts on Dell's Windows Phone but as far as first impressions goes, the Venue Pro isn't too shabby.

The Venue Pro has two standout features; the 4.1" AMOLED screen and bottom slide-out keyboard. The screen looks really good. It's bright, full of contrast and has a bit of a pop to it. Compared to the Super AMOLED screen of the Samsung Focus and SVGA screen of the HTC HD7S, the Venue Pro holds its own.

The fit and feel of the phone is comfortable in the hand. The jury is still out on the power button though. It's tiny and sits back on the top of the phone. Not the easiest to access and might have been better off on the side of the phone. The Venue Pro has a solid feel about it but does feel a little awkward when you extend the keyboard. Maybe a little top heavy. Speaking of which, the keyboard reminds me of the front facing keyboards we saw on Windows Mobile phones such as the Samsung Jack. It'll do but after handling the Venue Pro for a short time, I'm beginning to wonder if Dell would have been better off by scrapping the keyboard and opting for a thinner phone.

As far as software is concerned, the Venue Pro is running the current version of Windows Phone 7 with copy/paste and Firmware version 2.12.  For the record, the OS version is 7.0.7392.0 and the firmware version is 2250.1800.7392.212.

I've been spoiled by the thinner Windows Phones so the thicker Venue Pro will take some getting used to but all in all, the Venue Pro makes a nice first impression.  We'll charge the Venue Pro up, slap in the SIM card, take it out for a test drive to see how well that impression lasts. 

We will get a full review and a few additional posts up on the site in the coming days. If there's anything in particular you would like us to look at, feel free to ask in the comments or use the contact page.

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