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4 years ago

HTC rolls out Touch Pro2 stability update

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The HTC Touch Pro2 has not been forgotten by the Taiwanese manufacturer and they have just released an official system stability update, being the first official update since 2009. Since there are no patch release notes we can't confirm concrete fixes or information, but according to some comments on the article at PocketNow it's a European only patch and fixes the SoD (Sleep of Death) issue reported on the XDA forum.

Let us know should you find anything while/after updating in the comments below. 

Source: HTC, via: PocketNow

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4 years ago

Windows Phone Radio on updates, ChevronWP7.updater not FUD

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Windows Phone Radio, Microsoft's official Windows Phone 7 podcast, returns with hosts Brian Seitz and Matt Akers to discuss the weekly update blog posts by Eric Hatula (NoDo) and later joined by Brandon Watson to talk about the ChevronWP7.updater.

Firstly, let's cover what is really meant when updates are in the "testing" stage over on Where's my update?...

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4 years ago

MIX'11 Cocktails for WP7

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MIX'11 Cocktails for WP7

Thinking of throwing a party with some cocktails featured in the Windows Phone 7 Cocktail Flow app? Some good news for you - the app is available for free via an unlock code which includes a special MIX'11 package that bundles an array of mixes named and mixed after Microsoft products. You can view the drinks and more information on this offer over at the promotion page. I'll have a Visualtini. Shaken, not stirred.

Being a favorite in the Marketplace with high ratings and amount of downloads, the Cocktail Flow app really shines through the incredible Metro UI implementation and high resolution illustration. The Cocktail Flow team are planning in giving away these promo codes throughout the week of the MIX gathering in Las Vegas (11-15 April).

To get your hands on a code and receive the app for free (including the new MIX'11 package), simply look out for guys in Cocktail Flow shirts at MIX, or (if you're not attending or are impatient) you can follow them on Twitter. Let us know how your mixing goes and should they go horribly wrong (in either taste or color), take a pic and show us in the comments.

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4 years ago

Win prizes in UK WP7 app development student competition

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Due to the over-powering excitement surrounding Windows Phone 7 (and not too long after the UK Hackathons), there are two competitions being ran, both student only and an incentive programme that is open for all (within the UK it seems). If you're lucky enough to be a student, you are allowed to enter both programmes with the same WP7 app - pretty neat.

To enter the student competition, all that is required of you is to successfully publish an app in the WP7 Marketplace, email ukstucom@microsoft.com with your publisher name, app title coupled with a screenshot and they do the rest. Requires almost no effort on your part. Should you win this competition, you could find yourself claiming a Microsoft LifeCam Show and/or Windows Phone 7 t-shirts in each round of the competition (six rounds total), while one of the six winners (one from each round) will win the grand prize of a HTC 7 trophy! But wait, there's more...

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4 years ago

Special offer for Telstra HD7 purchases

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We previously covered Telstra bringing the HD7 to their network, now there is a special offer being ran where should you purchase the HD7 on Telstra you are entitled to either 3000 Microsoft Points or two Xbox 360 games. Though we're not certain what titles are available in this limited offer, Halo:Reach and Kinect Joy Ride are present in the promotional illustration. Fantastic news for our Australian/Kiwis friends!

To be eligible for the above prizes, you must purchase your device before the 31st May, competition doors close on the 6th June. According to Gizmodo, the offer is limited to 5000 prizes and the redemption period is activated on April 13th for which you are required to provide proof of purchase and have a valid Live ID.

Source: Xbox,via: Gizmodo

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4 years ago

SharePoint on WP7 authentication issues?

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wp7geek, over at myWindowsPhone, has gone into some detail about how he couldn't access SharePoint via the Office Hub, but could successfully connect in the IE mobile browser. Upon attempting to connect from the Office Hub, the following error message was displayed: 

Sharepoint doesn't support this authentication scheme. For assistance contact the person who manages this SharePoint site. You can try opening the content in your web browser instead. 

wp7geek moved onto explain the cause of this error, which is apparently due to WP7 not supporting NTLM authentication that is used to login on hosted SharePoint servers. While a workaround is possible until Office Hub is updated, it requires changes on the server side of the connection, which involves contacting your host. They would need to either:

  • Deploy a Forefront UAG server (UAG settings are built into Office hub)
  • Enable Forms Based Authentication on the SharePoint Site

Forms Based Authentication (FBA) is basically creating your own login method. To authenticate, a SQL Server, XML, Windows Live IDs, etc can be used. Existing Windows Identities must be migrated to FBA identities to avoid multiple SharePoint identities for a single person. This makes it problematic for hosting companies who may have huge internal SharePoint deployments which reply on windows authentication.

Should you not have the above authentication implemented then you should be able to access the server through Office Hub, but unfortunately if they're not present then you're stuck with IE on your phone for SharePoint. 

Have you experienced problems with this issue?

Source: myWindowsPhone

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4 years ago

MIX11 announcements for Windows Phone 7 [Rumors]

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(See that big ol' rumor tag? Heed it. What we have here are some rumors from a new source, who, to be honest, is not completely verified. Having said that, what they say will be announced this week at MIX11 is in line with other things we've been hearing officially and unofficially--meaning this is all very plausible. So lets get to it...)

This coming week, Microsoft is hosting their developer conference in Las Vegas, NV, aptly called MIX. They usually announce new tools for developers and roadmaps for features there as well, so it's kind of a big deal as we get a look into what is coming next. Here are a couple of things developers can expect, we're told:

  • Interoperability: devs can now use both Silverlight and XNA inside a single app
  • Bundled SQL CE on the device
  • Full camera API access e.g. for augmented reality apps
  • Live tiles and push notifications will be improved and easier for developers to use
  • Sensor framework and controls - easier access
  • Silverlight 4 for Windows Phone
  • Full network / sockets access (we've heard this before)
  • More on 'Mango'

Like we said, none of the above is exactly crazy and we can totally see Microsoft giving Windows Phone developers these tools, which would really advance the platform. Of course, there's only one way to find out and we'll be there all week covering the event to see if any of this pans out. Fingers crossed.

Source: @WindowsPhone8 (personal communication) 

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4 years ago

The Microsoft Stores are put on hold

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The Microsoft Stores are put on hold

Recent reports have suggested that the almighty powerful Steve Ballmer has shelved plans to build a staggering 300 Microsoft stores to compete with Apple. While this is probably a good move as they’re still building on WP7’s early days, the question should be put forward to them, do they need the stores? More importantly, do we need them?

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4 years ago

iBlast Moki - Review

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iBlast Moki - Review

The runaway success of Angry Birds is proof that physics-based puzzlers are a great match for mobile devices. Lots of short levels and cute characters are the key. iBlast Moki, an Xbox Live title from Godzilab Games is another high-quality game that uses physics for its puzzles. Its bright, endearing graphics and simple controls belie the game’s surprising depth and challenge.

The first thing gamers will notice about iBlast Moki is the Mokis themselves. Seemingly inspired by the PSP game Loco Roco’s character designs, Mokis are little balls with smiling faces. They display a lot of personality for body-less characters, peering around everywhere, taking naps, and looking rather surprised as they get tossed around each level.

Roll past the jump for our full review.

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 app reveals new OS test builds

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We just posted about the app 'Dude, Where is my Update?' which focuses on the NoDo OS upgrade (and presumably future ones). In version 1.1 a statistics collecting feature was added which anonymously garnered your OS version and device model numbers--something we thought would be useful.

Looks like some folks at Microsoft or partnering OEMs saw the app too and were curious. One of our readers, larryb, noticed a few hitherto unknown builds of Windows Phone 7, presumably early builds of 'Mango' or at least branches leading to that goal:

  • 7.0.7003 (old)
  • 7.0.7008 (old)
  • 7.0.7355 (old)
  • 7.10.7608 (1 user)
  • 7.10.7613 (2 users)
  • 7.10.7614 (2 users)

The builds which are in bold may signify a new milestone with the 7.1.xxxx denotation versus the earlier 7.0.xxxx. Currently, the latest confirmed build is 7.0.7390 and the most frequent for NoDo is 7.0.7389. Interestingly, we don't see any '7.0.7753' builds, leading one to believe that the Windows Phone Italy post may be hoax/faked.

The app, 'Dude, Where is my Update' has a "local" setting which seems to be pick up all US based users of the app who have run it, giving us a unique insight into the ongoing development of the OS. It will be interesting to see if Microsoft employees will continue to experiment with the program (the app generates an anonymized, non-reversible ID, making it impossible to trace back). You can grab the app here in the Marketplace.

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4 years ago

Reminder: Win a Tablet of your choice from TouchType!

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Just a reminder, folks that to celebrate 1 million downloads of their SwiftKey keyboard app, TouchType is giving away a tablet each to THREE lucky winners! Which tablets? Whichever the winner chooses so long as they're available for purchase for up to $800 where he or she lives. iPad 2, PlayBook, Xoom, Galaxy Tab are all on the table.

How do you enter? TouchType has put together a small survey which shouldn't take more than five or ten minutes to complete. That's it - well, that and a quick perusal of the official entry rules just to make sure you're eligible (sorry minors and SPE employees). The contest is open to readers of Android Central, CrackBerry.com, TiPb, and WPCentral and ends at midnight Pacific on April 14.

Not familiar with TouchType? You may have also seen that TouchType made a splash at this year's CTIA with their tablet keyboard for Honeycomb - that's coming soon, but SwiftKey is available now for Android devices. 

So get cracking on the survey, folks - these tablets aren't going to give themselves away.

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4 years ago

Microsoft releases TouchStudio [Developers]

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Ever wanted to list all songs on your phone that are less than 3 minutes in duration? Now you can with Microsoft's TouchStudio. Available for free on the Marketplace, TouchStudio allows one to write variables, statements and actions that manipulate the phone with use of APIs.

There's a large array of code that's available for insertion and manipulation while the app remains user-friendly throughout use to invite non-code savvy owners to turn their ideas into executable scripts. The app provides users with access to sensors, radio, media controls, emails, contacts and more.

If anything other than useful, it's a helluva lot of fun to mess around with. As mentioned already, this app is completely free and now available on the Marketplace. Comment below on what scripts you create, including their uses of course!

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4 years ago

Dude, WIMU goes to v1.1, gets statistics

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For those of you still waiting on your NoDo, or even if you're just curious about those around you, you'll want to grab the new version of 'Dude, Where's my update?'. See our original coverage here.

How it works is you choose from a menu your regional location and phone type and the app does the rest. Showing your current OS version, if you have OS updates ready and now the stats. The stats, both local and global, are actually really neat. As you can see from the above pic, here in New York City there are already 40 users at 6am with the majority running 7004 and eight running 7390. Not bad, NYC, not bad. Scrolling down and you can even see what phones are popular in your area. (Hint: Samsung Focus owns in Manhattan)

We imagine if enough people use this, it can actually be a useful guide for garnering real numbers in your area. The app is of course free and we really dig the whole concept behind it, so endorsement or whatever. You can download it here in the Marketplace.

Thanks, Alan, for the heads up

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4 years ago

Students develop WP7 app to combat malaria

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A strong team of graduates have been working on an app for Windows Phone 7 that will aid in the fight against malaria, greatly benefiting healthcare workers in remote locations who may not have an Internet connection. Before it gets much-deserved recognition, the team are looking to win the Imagine Cup 2011 national finals in Seattle. The contest, sponsored by Microsoft, invites entrants to "imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems."

Tristan Gibeau, the project's software designer, said "It's going to make a difference in trying to contain the outbreak of malaria. In the big picture, it'll hopefully help in the fight against most diseases out there and make everybody's life a little easier."

The app Tristan and his team have developed uses a a modified smartphone that features a microscopic camera lens. The application takes a photo of a blood sample and identifies malaria parasites, calculates how many are present and draws a red box around the clusters. Not only that, but the stored data can be uploaded for analysis to detect trends. Tristan is also said to be working on an app that detects sickle cells among other diseases.

Post-development and gold releases are planned to be easily adaptable for lab-based microscopes. Next steps for his team include patenting and marketing the application/technology.

What do you think of this entry into medicine for WP7, and how do you think this application (and technology) will impact healthcare workers in more remote, ill-equipped locations?

Source: Hufflngtonpost

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