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3 years ago

Music Cloud - music player and downloader for SoundCloud now available

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If you're a fan of the free "sound hosting" site SoundCloud, you may want to sneak a peek at Music Cloud. From the developers of SuperTube, Free Ringtones and SuperMusic comes a new way to get music and sounds from yet another site. The app itself is well designed and has a ton of features, including background downloading, streaming, manage your SoundCloud account, listen to favorite tracks, etc.

  • View hot music
  • Search music by tracks or groups
  • Save tracks on the phone for offline listening
  • Background and foreground downloads support
  • Background plays support
  • Shuffle tracks
  • Create playlist
  • Shuffle and repeat play supports
  • Play music in the full screen mode or normal mode
  • Sign in your SoundCloud account, and view your dashboard, Tracks, Groups, Favorites, Followers, Friends
  • Listen to your and others Favorite tracks
  • Listen to tracks from other artists or users

The app comes in two versions and is now available: free (ad-supported) and paid ($1.29, no ads). For just a recorder for SoundCloud, check out CloudRecorder here.

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3 years ago

Free 12 month Gold Xbox Live subscription offer in Canada

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We've continuously received complaints from residents who live in Canada for the lack of Windows Phone presence in the country compared to Europe (and the U.S. to an extent). This news will please some however, particularly potential buyers. Should you pick up a LG Optimus 7 before January 31st, you'll receive a free 12 month Gold subscription to the Xbox Live service (worth £40).

The offer (and handset) is available at Telus and Future Shop. Do hurry should you wish to take advantage of this offer as there are only 1250 codes being distributed. After you've made the purchase, head on over to the promotion website to enter your details and receive your code.

Source: Microsoftthanks, Matthew for the tip!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: HoloPhone 3D

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Here's a neat app for your Windows Phone. HoloPhone 3D combines games and interactive displays to bring a decent 3D experience to the Windows Phone.

Key features include:

  • 24 interactive hologram experiences
  • Stunning 3D graphics rendered in silky smooth 30 fps
  • Amazing physics environments with full multi-touch support
  • 10 marble maze mini-game levels with scores and ratings
  • New 'Asteroid Attack' mini-game - imagine "Fruit Ninja meets Asteroids in 3D"

A recent update to HoloPhone 3D also adds an interactive winter snow globe into the mix just in time for the Holidays.

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3 years ago

Free gadgets for UK dev's [Developers]

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Free gadgets for UK dev's [Developers]

Yesterday we covered The Developer Movement where Microsoft Canada was giving away goodies to developers for publishing apps.
Apologies for this being rather delayed but we have good news for those of you in the UK! A while back MSDN UK started their own promotion where you get 1 point for every app you publish in the Marketplace.  You can then redeem those points for gadgetry by either saving up the points for something big, or just redeeming them for prizes as you go.

Here's a brief summary of some of the prizes, but be sure to hit the source link to go find out the rest:

For 1 point:
  • Pure One Mini Black Compact Radio
  • A 12 month magazine subscription
  • A Champagne Afternoon Tea for 2
     
For 4 points:
  • A Pocket Cinema Projector
  • An Xbox 360 Console (250GB HDD)
  • A Performance Car Experience

There are additional benefits if you are a student.

The closing date is the 5th of February, so I recommend stocking up on your energy drink of choice ASAP.

Source: MSDN UK Team Blog

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3 years ago

iMissal lands at the Marketplace

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iMissal lands at the Marketplace

Here's another iPhone app that has migrated to the Windows Phone side of things. iMissal is a Windows Phone app that brings the Catholic Missal to your Windows Phone.

For those not familiar, a Catholic Missal is similar to a hymnal but covers all the Mass readings, songs, and prayers used in Catholic service. A playbook if you will for the Catholic Mass. If I remember correctly from my Catholic School days the Missal was printed on a monthly basis, covering all the services performed during the year.

iMissal brings the printed Missal to your phone and includes:

  • Audio and Text versions of the Mass Readings.
  • Order of the Mass including prayers and responses.
  • Our Daily Bread which is a unique Bible verse for every day of the year.
  • Missals and Verses are updated daily.

iMissal also includes over one hundred common Catholic prayers and a Catholic News Feed. Three Bible translations are available (NAB, NIV, KJV) and verses can be saved, searched and shared via email or SMS. Missals are approved for use by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for use in the dioceses of the U.S.

iMissal isn't going to be something for everyone but might come in handy should you be of Catholic faith or wanting to learn more about the church. iMissal is running $6.99 and you can find it here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Why a 4chan app probably won't appear in the Marketplace

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For those familiar with 4chan, wondering why there isn't a Windows Phone app is probably not too much of a mystery. For those not familiar with the site, lets just say 4chan is considered to the creepy basement of the internet, the source of almost all memes, the origins of 'Anonymous'  a "wretched hive of scum and villainy". [Seriously, don't go there on your work computer. Save it for home, late at night, when no one is around. Then get the cold-shower ready.]

Having said that, one developer at least attempted to get a 4chan app approved in the marketplace. The image below (you'll have to clock to zoom) shows the hilarious results--basically failing for three violations of "Adult Content/Nudity", one violation of "Violence" and another for "Excessive Profanity". Hurrah!

Of course, as someone pointed out in comments on Reddit, even iOS has a 4chan app. That's interesting because they too have strict app submission requirements, so how do they get around it? Simple, the iOS app only shows the "safe" parts of 4chan (there really are safe areas, we swear) and the user has the option of manually adding the more saucy sections themselves.

That sounds like a good compromise to our soiled and depraved ears so maybe there is still hope for such an app, yes?

Source: Reddit

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Marketplace hits 50,000 apps

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We haven't been covering the whole "Marketplace hits XXX" for awhile now, mostly because it got old, but we're returning for 'the big fiddy' aka 50,000. According to All About Windows Phone, the app store is now at 50,126 items with 17k apps being added within the last 90 days. In fact, though it took a year to hit 40,000 apps in the Marketplace, another 10,000 were added just in the last 40 days, which hints at a strong improvement in rate-of-growth.

However, some caveats do apply here. While there are over 50k apps, not all are available in all regions and some have been pulled by the publisher or Microsoft, meaning they are no longer available. In that sense, the numbers are a little more sobering: "US (42,655), UK (40,305), France (39,235), Spain (37,027), Italy (36,944), Germany (36,958), Australia (37,024), India (36,752) and Singapore (36,922)".

All About Windows Phone also points out though that average number of submissions is now 265 a day which is almost double what it was a month ago when it was just 165--that increase in submissions is most likely due to increased awareness since the Gen 2 devices launched, especially Nokia's push in Europe and Asia.

Other interesting stats note that 58% of apps are free on the Windows Phone Marketplace, with 14% being paid with free trial and 29% are just paid. This figure puts WP7 right in between Android (69% free/31% paid) and iOS (43% free/57% paid).

Finally, rate of growth is important to look at with Windows Phone taking 14 months to reach 50k while Android took 19 months and iOS did it in just 12. The Android numbers show how even a slow-start can lead to explosive growth when all the right pieces are in place (e.g. device availability, advertising, etc.) while iOS was a bit different since it already had around 4 million users even before it launched the Marketplace (that's actually quite impressive). Sill, the Windows Phone Marketplace numbers show very strong growth and it is still very much a competitor against Android and iOS--given enough time.

Source: All About Windows Phone; Thanks, James, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Phone backups coming to next version of Windows Phone

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A recent posting on Microsoft's jobs site reveals that phone backup and easy restore will be available in the next version of Windows Phone.  The post is for a Redmond-based Software Development Engineer to join Microsoft's Windows Phone Backup, Migrate and Restore team and reads:

Come join the Windows Phone Backup, Migrate, and Restore team. Our goal is to ensure that no matter if someone loses their phone, drops their phone in a lake, buys a new windows phone, or just has their toddler wipe their phone by entering the wrong PIN over and over, a user can quickly and seamlessly get their phone back to a good state. The features we are producing will be new for the next version of Windows Phone and will help ensure Microsoft stays ahead of the competition when it comes to disaster recovery. Come be a part of defining this area.

This is exciting but perhaps not unexpected news for Windows Phone users, as there is currently no way to regularly back up your device unless you go the homebrew route.  And while the homebrew backup tool is great, this function is just something that should be built into the OS.  The posting does not go into detail, so it is unclear whether backups will be done solely using Zune on a local computer or if there will be a cloud component using Skydrive as well.  Either way, it's a welcome addition.

Source: Microsoft; Via: WMPU / MK for the tip

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3 years ago

Buzzwords now available, doesn't sting the wallet

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I’ve never been crazy about bees. Ever since one of the little honey-makers stung me on the leg without warning inside a convenience store, I’ve made it a point not to make conversation with them or invite them to social gatherings. Bee that as it may, I’m still psyched that M80 Games’ Buzzwords finally reached the Marketplace today.

The object of Buzzwords is to find as many words as possible in a field of random letters. After completing a word, you have a brief window to build another word using one or more of the previous one’s letters, thus starting a combo and eventually catching the letters on fire. Spelling words also empties honey into your pot, which provides a score or time bonus, depending on the mode. On top of the timer, you’ll need to watch out for the blue beetles that periodically pop up and threaten to end the game if not vanquished.

Buzzwords is a highly polished game right out of the gate. Not only is the gameplay fun for word-fans, but it looks and sounds fantastic. The list of all the words you found at the end of a game is a nice touch. Online leaderboards courtesy of Mogade as well as unlockable Boosters provide a good deal of replay value. Even if you hate bees like me (I was more of an ‘A’ student anyway), Buzzwords is worth a try.

Buzzwords costs 99 cents and there is a free trial. Scoop it up here on the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Nokia Collection starts showing up in France's Marketplace

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Reports are coming in that a new Nokia Collection has startled showing up in France's Marketplace.  Much like the HTC, AT&T and other brand-centric app groupings, the Nokia Collection gives customers a central place to go in the Marketplace to download all of Nokia's apps.  The collection is divvied up into categories: Applications, Games, Music and Podcasts.

Due to Marketplace caching, you may not see the Nokia Collection on your phone just yet.  Should you fall in that category, give it a day or two to trickle down.  For those of you who can access it, what do you think?  Have any of our readers outside of France seen this yet?

Source: ProfesseurThibault; Thanks,Professor, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: Rummycomb

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Windows Phone Game Review: Rummycomb

Rummycomb is a Bejeweled inspired game for your Windows Phone that was recently updated to version 1.2. The update brings a Christmas theme to the game and resolved a few issues the game was experiencing.

You face a hexagonal grid of various objects and your job is to find matching suits of these objects based on suit or color. You build connections of three or more objects to earn points.  Rummycomb has three game modes and a handful of themes to keep things interesting.

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3 years ago

AT&T Microcell draining batteries?

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AT&T Microcell draining batteries?

Is the AT&T Microcell sucking the life out of your Windows Phone batteries? Apparently there are a few Windows Phone owners who believe so.

For those not familiar, AT&T's Microcell is a gadget that picks up your cellular signal and carries it over your local internet service. It is designed for households and businesses that are in poor reception areas.

A short discussion has developed over at AT&T with one commenter stating with the microcell plugged in his battery drain on his Samsung Focus S is in the neighborhood of 15-20% per hour. Unplug the microcell and the battery drain pulls back to about 1% over two hours.

Now we are not certain if those complaining are using their microcell for data or connecting to their wifi internet network. If they are relying on the microcell for data, that could contribute to the increase drain.  But not knowing for certain, this is only a guess.  Personally, I've had an AT&T Microcell since day one (without it I only have half a bar of coverage at the house) and have yet to notice any increase in battery drain on any of the phones in the house.

AT&T hasn't commented on this issue and if there is a bug with some of the microcells, hopefully it can be addressed quickly. Curious, has anyone experience faster battery drain rates when your Windows Phone is connected to the microcell?

Source: AT&T; Thanks, Ronald, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Want to dev-unlock your Windows Phone? Here are your options.

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So you got a Windows Phone for Christmas? Sweet. If you're a developer, you're probably itching to start writing code for the device. If an advanced hobbyist, homebrew software may be more of your interest. While the emulator -- a part of the Windows Phone SDK -- rocks for testing locally, you'll eventually want to try the real deal by loading up XAPs on your phone. We'll cover the pros and cons of each approach to do so.
 

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3 years ago

Blame Canada, for an awesome competition [Developers]

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Did you get a shiny lump of coal for Christmas? Not planning on keeping it until the world's reserves run low? Don't worry, Microsoft has your back! The good people over at Microsoft Canada have just started a promotion entitled "The Developer Movement" where they are handing out cool toys to dev's just for publishing high-quality apps to the Windows Phone Marketplace up until May 20'th 2012.

So what do you get? It's based on how many apps you publish within that time, and here are the rewards:

PUBLISH 1 QUALITY APP  
       Select a reward below:

  • A Kinect™ Sensor for Xbox 360®
  • 10,000 Microsoft Points
  • Monster® Beats™ Headphones
  • A 1TB External HD

PUBLISH 2 QUALITY APPS
      Select a reward below:

  •     A Windows® Phone 7
  •     A $500 Gift Voucher
  •     35,000 Microsoft Points
  •     An Xbox 360® with Kinect Bundle

PUBLISH 3 QUALITY APPS
      Your apps will be considered by our judges for publicity across:

  •     The Xbox Newsletter
  •     The Xbox Live Dashboard
  •     MSDN Website
  •     MSDN Flash Newsletter
  •     Canadian Developer Blog

The website also mentions that the first 200 people that register (for the Developer Movement) may get their AppHub account for free. So if you're a Canadian developer then what are you waiting for? It really is a win-win offer.

Cool, eh?

Source: The Developer Movement; Thanks, @archiecoder, for the tip!

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3 years ago

German "Windows Phone 7.5 Hotel" event looks to scare up some curiosity

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We're trying to wrap our heads around this one but aren't getting very far--so maybe our German friends can assist. Microsoft Germany put up a trailer video that you see above for "Windows Phone 7.5 Hotel" which was an event that took place in Berlin on December 15th.

The trailer is mostly CGI and has haunted-house like implications, what with that eerie lightning and all. There also seems to be a map and trying to find something, we're guessing. Next up is another video, evidently form the actual event from folks who traveled to the haunted hotel.

The good part in the video starts at around 2:25 where we start to get an idea of what this looks to be: a type of mass entertainment event where they have actors role-play specific parts and you, the bystander, become a participant in the charade--much like a murder-mystery cruise. This time there's something about the undead, people dressed in hazmat suits, reporters, etc. You can never go wrong with zombies, right?

Yeah, we're pretty baffled too but also intrigued as once again, we're seeing some real creative advertising here. Too bad we're just hearing of it now but hopefully we'll learn a bit more soon enough. Oh and that video is one of three, so maybe the other two parts will shed some light on the matter.

Update: Yup, WP7App.de confirmed with us what we suspected: "That windows phone hotel was a PR event where you had to chase ghosts (ghostbusters-style) with an app on a Lumia." Pretty cool idea.

Big thanks to Heiko R., for the tip!

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