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3 years ago

BBC Radio Player gets Mango background streaming [Video]

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We're big fans of the app BBC Radio Player, mostly because it's an elegant design with a ton of stations to listen to. Plus the ability to see what's coming up next on live radio is pretty useful.

One minor complaint we had though, because we're spoiled Mango brats over here, is the inability to stream audio in the background with the app. See, once you get used to background audio streaming in Mango, you'll never want to go back to the current NoDo way of doing things. Luckily, the devs have addressed this by making a Mango version of the app, just in time for this week's big Mango push by Microsoft.

Features include background audio, Zune player controls and fast app switching. You can pick up BBC Radio Player here in the Marketplace for £0.99 ($1.29).

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3 years ago

The Guardian app for Windows Phone is now available [Mango]

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The Guardian, my personal favourite British newspaper, has released a superb looking Mango app for Windows Phone. Making good use of the Metro UI, which fits in nicely with the design of The Guardian website, users will be able to read stories, view videos and galleries to stay up-to-date with latest news across a variety of topics.

If you're a fan of The Guardian and/or The Observer, then this app is a must have. Best of all, it's free! Some highlighted features:

  • Multiple Live Tiles – categories can be pinned to the start screen.
  • Watch various videos embedded in articles
  • Listen to podcasts (background audio streaming supported)
  • Stunning full-screen picture galleries
  • Articles are shareable online via social media

You can check out and download The Guardian for free from the Marketplace.

Via: My Kind of Phone

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3 years ago

Microsoft files for trademark on "Put People First"

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Microsft has filed for a trademark on the tagline "Put People First". It's the latest slogan for the platform in light of the Windows Phone Mango update. The tagline has appeared not only on social networking but in videos posted by the software giant on their Youtube channel. Shortening down their previous tagline into a more digestible snack is a smart move, remember "It’s time for a phone to save us from our phones … Designed to get you in and out and back to life" and "Get in, out and on with your life"?

Source: TradeMarkia, via: TechCrunch

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3 years ago

ZTE Tania makes an appearance running Windows Phone 7.5

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Although we're not expecting ZTE to launch any Windows Phones near the shores of Europe or North America anytime soon, the company is expected to be a big player in spreading Windows Phone goodness in East Asia.

The ZTE Tania is their first attempt into the market and it doesn't look half bad.

  • UMTS / HSPA + 900/2100MHz bands
  • 800 × 480 WVGA 4.3-inch TFT screen
  • 3D acceleration
  • 1GHZ processor
  • 512MB of cache
  • 4GB storage
  • 1400mAh battery
  • 5 megapixel autofocus camera
  • 10.5mm slim

The device comes in white or black and honestly, looks a lot like a Samsung Focus, which isn't a bad thing either. No word on availability, but it's probably closer than we expect.

Source: WPXap forums; Thanks, Talan1314, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Mango Friends and Family Update

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Everyone is anticipating that the Windows Phone Mango update will begin rolling out this week. We are now seeing yet another indicator to support that thought, the Mango Friends and Family Bundle: Pre-Clean update.

The update appears to be a two step process that will clean up any phones running the Mango Beta. According to the screen description,

This is the first of two updates which will clean up any Beta update provisioning on your phone so that it can begin receiving updates from production Microsoft Update servers.

It is believed that these updates will negate the need to roll those devices running the Mango Beta back to Nodo before they can receive the official Mango update. If this is true, that will be a good news for those running the Beta. We aren't sure who is seeing this update but if you are, let us know in the comments.

As we learn more on this Mango Friends and Family Bundle, we'll pass it on.

via: Neowin

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3 years ago

Samsung Omnia W Windows Phone announced with detailed specs

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Samsung has announced the Omnia W, the Omnia 7 successor, and it's set to sport a 3.7" Super AMOLED screen, 1.4Ghz processor and a 5MP rear camera (with FF VGA camera). We previously caught a brief overlook of the specifications from SamFirmware and they stated that the handset will be available at stores in October starting with Italy and advancing through Europe.

What's yet to be decided is how Samsung will price the device, probably aiming to battle with the HTC Radar. The Omnia W will be powering Windows Phone Mango. Check out the full specification chart after the break.

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3 years ago

My Live Tile - Mango App Spotlight

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One of the nice new features heading to your Windows Phone with the Mango update is the enhanced live tiles. My Live Tile is a Mango App the allows you to create your own double sided tile plus four additional secondary tiles.

My Live Tile's interface is simple and straight forward. You first create the primary tile by adding photos and text. You can then create up to four additional tiles in the same manner. Once created, pin the app to your Start Screen and your done.

The nice thing about My Live Tile is that it saves the tiles so you can go back to the app and edit them as needed. Another nice thing about My Live Tile is that it's a free app.

If you're running Mango, you can find My Live Tile here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Darts Champ Free - Review

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3 years ago

Bobble Biker - Review

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Bobble Biker - Review

The developers of Juice Factory have a new Windows Phone game over at the Marketplace. Bobble Biker is a motorcycle race game that has you navigate through a series of jumps, bumps and hazards without crashing or losing your head.

Bobble Biker has the multi-level race game, a race track creator and access to other user-created race tracks. Along the way you can earn cash to unlock addition bikes, upgrades and get new racers.

To read more on Bobble Biker, make the jump past the break.

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3 years ago

Microsoft Italy hosting Mango press event September 29th

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This is hands down going to be one of the biggest weeks for Microsoft and Windows Phone with official Mango updates rolling out worldwide.

One country we haven't heard much from has been Italy, but it looks like they're in luck too. On September 29th, Microsoft Italy will be hosting a presentation event to demo off Mango's new features, possibly those new HTC phones and hopefully get some much needed positive media coverage.

The event will be held at Casa Kinect at Officine Stendha in Milan at 5:30pm, invite only.

Source: Windows Phone Magazine Italy

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3 years ago

WhatsApp to be updated in future with more features

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We now have WhatsApp on the Marketplace for Mango users as of yesterday, which turned out to be relatively bare in terms of features, but functionality is present. We've now caught word of Simon Luk from WeLoveWP.hk contacting the developers asking whether or not more functionality will be implemented in the future.

In the above image we see Jan Koum from WhatsApp stating that the team is "committed very strongly" to Windows Phone and will be adding many features as well as fixing reported bugs. So sit tight with what we have thus far, the future is looking bright for WhatsApp.

Source: WeLoveWP

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3 years ago

Pulse heading to Windows Phone [Update--now available]

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As far as RSS readers go, Pulse set the standard a few years ago by releasing their award-winning app for the iPad. Since then, the app has gone to the iPhone and Android as well, bringing it's unique and stunning UI along the way.

Today, Pulse has announced that they have developed a version of their news aggregating application for Windows Phone.  The Pulse app lets readers track their favorite news sites by displaying them in a mosaic that updates as content changes.  The WP7 will take this even further, utilizing live tiles, to bring new content to your home screen.  Users can list up to 20 sites from Pulse's 200+ content partners, as well as other sites of their choosing. Of note, this is just the first step in bringing Pulse to Windows Phone, so users should expect more features and a richer client with future updates.

Pulse also allows makes for easy sharing, via Twitter, Facebook and email buttons.  Content can also be texted to users' contacts.

Pulse has been submitted for certification to the Marketplace and it is expected to be available any day now.  We do know that Pulse will be a free app and once a Marketplace link becomes available, we'll update the post.  In the meantime, check out a video demonstration after the break. 

Update: Pulse is now available. Grab it here in the Marketplace. (Thanks, Mike P., for the heads up!)

Source: Pulse

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3 years ago

Handyscan updated to version 3.0

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Handyscan updated to version 3.0

For those not familiar, HandyScan is an application for your Windows Phone that allows you to take a picture of a document, convert it to .PDF format, and share it through email.  We reviewed Handyscan way back when and found it to be a very nice document scanner for your Windows Phone.

The app was recently updated to bring some new features into the mix. Features that only add to the quality of this app.  You have a new, flexible cropping tool with perspective/skew correction, more streamlined process for sending documents and Dropbox support.

You also have a few performance tweaks such as an increased connection time out when sending an email over slow connections, disabling the phone's sleep function while sending or uploading files to Dropbox and matching the app's tile icon to your phone's theme color.

There is a free trial for Handyscan available and the full version runs $2.99. You also have a free version of HandyScan that lacks .PDF conversion (documents are saved as .JPG files). You can find the full version of Handyscan here and the free version here (both links opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Official eBay app gets a Mango makeover [Video]

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Now that Mango is so close you can taste it, we're starting to see the big guns land in the Marketplace. One of those is the official eBay app, as it just got bumped from 1.12 to 1.13. More interestingly, it's listed as a second app instead of an update to your existing version. Now worries, we have the new link below.

The app has had a UI change with the main start screen showing more info on a single page and smaller icons. But the big Mango features are:

  • Pin searches or individual auctions to your Start screen
  • Fast app resume
  • Live barcode scanner

That last one is kind of neat. Now that devs have the camera API, they can make live scanners for barcodes (instead of taking a photo and analyzing). The feature is self explanatory: you scan the item and it searches eBay for the best price. Of course you'll need decent lighting but it worked like a charm for us.

Finally, the last feature is a shopping assistant called eBay Explorer (beta). Using the Metro tiles, it allows you to drill down items in eBay based on your responses e.g. category, gender, price, occasions, etc. It works pretty well and should help us men who need last minute gifts for like everyone. Amirite, guys? [@J45PER lets us know that Explorer ssems to be US-only at this time]

Pick up the new eBay app in the Marketplace. Thanks, @ogracia, for the tip!

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