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4 years ago

Nokia's Elop talks Windows Phone: it's "possible" to see first WP device this year

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Nokia's Stephen Elop sat down for a fairly extensive interview on all things Nokia. Of course a few tidbits about Windows Phone 7 came up as well, plus Nokia's general strategy going forward.

Elop is still making the distinction between shipping in volume and when we'll 'see' the first Nokia-Windows Phone handsets--the former being in 2012, the latter end of 2011. But the distinction is a little more clear now with 2012 looking to not only be when we see mass shipping, but a whole range ("portfolio") of devices coming from Finnish company. The other date is the last quarter of 2011 where there's a good chance, according to Elop, that we'll see at least a Nokia-Windows Phone. That strategy seems to make sense to us as they want something, anything out their ASAP.

Elop also noted that release dates will be announced very close to product availability, meaning we won't be getting any large lead times on new devices, but possibly only weeks before launch (this is to aid any "delays" that may occur e.g. the Verizon router, ahem).

Edit: if the video doesn't play, just hit the link in the title above or go to the source

Source: Areena; Thanks, Aki Antman, WPSauce for the tip

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4 years ago

Flickr goes to v1.4, finally fixes 'black screen issue'

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Funny thing: the 'black screen issue is actually white if you use the "light" theme for Windows Phone 7. But that's not really what you want to hear, is it? You want to hear that Flickr finally manged to get rid of one of the most pesky bugs with their otherwise sweet app: the blank screen when launching. (Which we thought was fixed in v1.3...har har)

Well, good news is v1.4 is now live in the Marketplace and it address exactly that problem. Having tried it ourselves, we can vouch for its authenticity--it really just works now. So go ahead and grab the update or hit the link here in case you want to re-install. And if you don't care for their official version, we have to give mad props to the 3rd party app Flickr Manager, which is even better in some ways (e.g. viewing your stats). Grab that app right here.

Thanks, deeper2k, for the heads up

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4 years ago

Microsoft hosting 'Mango' event, will feature ‘wall of live tiles’

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We just got word that Microsoft is sending out some invites to developers regarding the Live Tile in their apps. In short, Microsoft is looking to host a 'Mango' event (possibly TechEd 2011) and they want a big 'ol wall of Live Tiles to show off to the crowd. Sounds a bit similar to the 'Developer Wall' at MIX11 recently, though this would obviously be digital with the Live Tiles in action. From the email:

I am reaching out to you to gauge your interest in having your app participate in an upcoming ‘Mango’ event. If you are interested in participating, please reply by Thursday of this week (April 28, 2011); we will need to receive the files by noon PDT on Thursday, May 4.

As a Windows Phone developer, you are likely aware that we unveiled the developer platform for the next major release of the Windows Phone, codenamed ‘Mango’. We have an upcoming event where we would like to feature your app as part of a ‘wall of live tiles’ display to highlight the interactivity of the Windows Phone. For this display, we will be using a series of three screens, side-by-side, to create a single logical screen that demonstrates a subset of WP7 app live tile in action. The live tiles on the screens will update at a relatively frequent pace, providing the experience of live tiles in action.

If you have an app (or apps) that you want to include in this live tile display, please respond to this email by Thursday (April 28, 2011) just so I know you are interested. Then, upload the ZIP file (described above) no later than noon (PDT) on Thursday, May 4th using the following:

I realize this is short notice but this opportunity has just come up and I want to extend the opportunity to you to show off your Live Tile vision at the event.

Sounds like a cool idea and although we probably just ruined Microsoft's plan for a surprise with a cool display (sorry guys!), we're still interested to see what it'll look like. Also, it sounds like there will be more of the 'Mango events' coming up on the road to release, which makes sense--during this time we expect to hear about new features as they become locked in to the milestone builds.

Related: Check out 'Mango's updated Live Tile/push notification system as demoed during MIX11

Thanks, anonymous

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4 years ago

Verizon.com launches WP help forum--Trophy launch imminent?

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We don't want to get your hopes up too much but it's starting to look like Verizon is gearing up to really, really (for reals) launch the HTC Trophy.

Earlier today we saw a hidden listing at Best Buy for the Trophy and now Verizon Wireless has removed the previous, generic "smartphone/pda" section on their help forum with a...wait for it... a cleaned up Windows Phone area.

As Morpheus said "I do not see coincidence, I see providence. I see purpose. I believe it our fate to be here. It is our destiny.". Or perhaps we're just being over geeky and dramatic. Nah....

Source: Verizon Wireless; big thanks to Jay for the tip!

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4 years ago

Microsoft promises HTC Surround NoDo update is in the works

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Although the Focus, HD7, Dell Venue Pro and even Quantum have all received their NoDo updates, it looks like the HTC Surround (see review) is still lagging behind, much to the frustration of users.

Good news though as Microsoft says they are "scheduling" updates for the Surround's February and March updates. Translation? You should have it within in the next 10 days.

HTC also tends to have a thing for delivering firmware updates as well, so we'll be expecting a few other "fixes" around the same time.

Source: Microsoft

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4 years ago

Verizon HTC Trophy shows up on Best Buy online (but you can't order it)

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Pocketnow is reporting that the long awaited Verizon HTC Trophy has showed up on Best Buy's website, though not available/in stock. Usually this would be an indication of a near-launch. When we looked though, we were unable to find the device on the site, meaning the URL may still be hidden (or we're consistently spelling 'Trophy' wrong).

The price, out of contract, is listed as $600, but that's probably just a placeholder figure and nothing official. In addition, the model number MWP6985 is also confirmed for Verizon's first Windows Phone, which is as mythical as the unicorn at this point.

So, does this mean Verizon folk will be able to pick up their phone shortly? With this device's track record, we're going with 'no'. Still, hope spring eternal that Verizon will someday launch this device and complete the Windows Phone presence in the U.S. Seriously Verizon, this looks just sad now.

Source: Best Buy; via Pocketnow

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4 years ago

Pitfall! now available on Xbox Live. Are you old enough to appreciate it?

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We were originally told that two Game Room titles, Asteroids Deluxe and Pitfall!, were coming to Xbox Live on April 20. The date rolled around and Pitfall! was nowhere to be seen, breaking my fragile gamer heart. I can stop crying man tears now as Pitfall is finally available on the Marketplace.

Pitfall! was originally an Atari 2600 game from Activision. It was a huge hit in 1982 thanks in large part to its groundbreaking graphics. The lead character, Pitfall Harry, is made up of 4 unique colors, a level of detail so amazing that - I believe - it used to give children nosebleeds. Harry must run, swing from vines, and jump on top of alligator’s mouths across 255 unique screens as he searches for 32 lost treasures. Pitfall! is an adventure so exciting that Activision legally had to include an exclamation mark in the title so as not to fatally surprise people with its awesomeness.

Being a Game Room title, Pitfall! includes a 3D recreation of an Atari 2600 console, historical data and detailed instructions, friends and global leaderboards, and 10 Achievements.

You can purchase this slice of platform gaming history for $2.99 or try the free trial. Grab it here (Zune link) on the Marketplace.

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4 years ago

Earthworm Jim HD is the Xbox Live Deal of the Week. Groovy!; Assassin's Creed too...

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Last week, a game that’s meant to multiplayer but isn’t went on sale and the Xbox Live gaming public collectively yawned. This week, we get something a little more interesting…

Earthworm Jim HD is on sale for $2.99, down from the regular price of $4.99.

Earthworm Jim is a faithful port of the classic Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo platforming game that was originally developed by Shiny Entertainment. It stars an earthworm who has been given super powers by an alien space suit. EWJ (as his friends call him) thwarts enemies both with a pistol and by whipping them with his own earthworm body. The creative cast of bosses includes Bob the Killer Goldfish, Evil the Cat, and Queen Slug-for-a-butt. In addition to lovely hand-drawn art, Earthworm Jim also features a stellar soundtrack. Just be warned that the touch-screen controls aren’t the best and the Achievements are fairly hard.

Earthworm Jim is $2.99 for one week only, and there is a free trial. Snap it up here (Zune link) on the Marketplace. 

Update: Also, Assassin's Creed - Altaïr's Chronicles HD (see our review) has also dropped from $6.99 to $4.99. That's here in the Marketplace.

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4 years ago

Avatar Gadgets now free as a bird

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Avatar Gadgets now free as a bird

Avatar Gadgets has always been an odd piece of software. It’s lumped in with the Xbox Live games, but it’s not a game. It’s just a collection of utilities. If you buy it, it sits there at the top of your games list, mocking you with its non-gameness and lack of Achievements. It does use your Xbox Live avatar though, so there is a tenuous Xbox Live connection.

Avatar-Inspector-Gadgets is also the only Xbox Live product on Windows Phone that regularly sells at the 99 cent price point (everything else starts at $2.99). At least, it used to be 99 cents… Avatar Gadgets is now free!  Our review praises the Zippo lighter gadget and the product’s overall novelty. Now that it’s free, you have no excuse not to try it for yourself - other than the aforementioned space it takes up at the top of the games list, natch.

Grab Avatar Gadgets here on the Marketplace for the low price of zero cents. Will it be free forever? Probably, but we have contacted Microsoft just in case and will update this article when we know for sure.

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4 years ago

AT&T Yellow Pages app hits the Marketplace for WP7

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While we don't have any immediate complaints about Bing and finding "stuff", including anything local e.g. businesses, we suppose options are always good. Today, AT&T Interactive (see site), launched their YP Yellow Pages mobile app for Windows Phone 7:

Need a cup of coffee, want to find a good pizza place in town? Like to read reviews before choosing a restaurant? The YP app is your easy-to-use guide for local info near you. Search. Find. And Save Local!

Search Local

  • Search 18MM+ businesses quickly by typing or browsing popular categories including restaurants, bars, hotels, mechanics, dentists, and even AT&T® Wi-Fi Hotspots
  • Find businesses faster with predictive text, and quick links to top categories.
  • Location detection pinpoints where you are to automatically deliver nearby search results.
  • Get the scoop from other locals. Access comprehensive business listings including ratings, reviews, business details, open hours, videos or click to the website.

Save Money

  • Browse through great money-saving local deals and redeem directly from your phone*

Personalize & Share

  • Share businesses you find with friends via text, email, Facebook or Twitter.

First impressions? Not too bad actually. We like the 'Metro' theme they went with and while it's a little "busy" in some areas the app actually has a lot of features and info in it, including local "deals". So we recommend giving it a go if you're constantly looking for things in your neighborhood and more so if you travel. It's here in the Marketplace.

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4 years ago

Rowi Twitter hits v1.1, loads more tweets and gets a few bug fixes

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Looks like Rowi Twitter app is doing very well in the Marketplace, averaging 4.5 stars on 62 ratings--not too shabby at all. The paid version, which features push notifications and was demoed here (video), just hit v1.1 moments ago in the market. Changes include

  • Bug fixes (probaly related to DM's not clearing on the tile)
  • Load more tweets (when there are gaps in your home timeline)

Considered to be only a "minor" update, we're still liking where this is all going. We're also expecting a larger update in the future and even multiple account support (no pressure guys!) Grab it here.

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4 years ago

Sprint TV & Movies launches for the HTC Arrive

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One app that was missing from the carrier software on the Sprint HTC Arrive was Sprint TV (see our hands on with Sprint Radio here).

Luckily, our wait is over as the app is now available in the Marketplace (hit the link here on your phone or use the Sprint hub to get to it). Featuring ESPN, NBC, Disney Channel, ABC, FOX News, you can watch a lot of live or streaming on the go, including some of the latest movies. Some of the features are free, included with your plan, while there are also "premium" features available for some extra cash e.g. Sports Xtra & Sprint TV Xtra which are $5.99 and $9.99 a month, respectively. Oh hey, there's a Looney Tunes option for $4.99 a month too...dibs. [Edit: for some reason we're getting an error when we try to subscribe--this happened on Radio too, could be Sprint's servers still catching up]

Downside? You can't use it over WiFi. Yeah, go figure--they want you to use your "unlimited" data connection.

Over all, the app is well polished and designed and takes advantage of the landscape/keyboard layout of the Arrive quite nicely. Give it a go in the Marketplace and we'll see about a video in the morning.

Thanks, @David_Strait, for the heads up!

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 'Mango' trivia: naming the milestones

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In a funny Tweet from @abhinaba, developer in the .NET Compact Framework (Windows Phone 7) team, gives details how the WP7 group was naming the 'Mango' milestones. In short, they were doing an A, B, C thing but with mango names. Kind of sounds like a certain Google/Android tactic with their dessert fetish going on.

Only problem: there's not enough mangos to keep the list going :-/

Source: @abhinaba; via @longzheng

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4 years ago

Windows Phone App Gargage: Follow-up

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Windows Phone App Gargage: Follow-up

One of the keys to Windows Phone's success is developer support. As we mentioned earlier, Microsoft is sponsoring a series of developers workshops, the Windows Phone App Garage, to help promote app development at a more local level.  We had the opportunity to attend the App Garage held in Birmingham and found it to be a great opportunity to tap into Microsoft's resources.

The Garage is conducted by a Microsoft Developer with the support of established local app developers. In Birmingham, Glenn Gordon from Microsoft and local developers Todd Miranda and Daniel Powell led the charge.  The App Garage is a free workshop but, seating is limited.  We had thirty in attendance at the Innovation Depot, Birmingham's host site, and not an empty seat could be found.  If you are planning on attending, don't delay registering or you might miss out.

While the App Garage's agenda is standard throughout the events, the presentations were fairly informal. Speakers combined structured presentations with open discussions to cover everything from the development fundamentals to online resources (such as App Makr and SocialViewer).  An overview of the developer registration and app submission process was also discussed along with tips to help get your app certified and marketed.

And that was just for the first half of the workshop.

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4 years ago

Problems synchronising WP7 with Outlook?

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Are you experiencing problems with Outlook synchronising your Windows Phone 7 device? Why not check out the available guides over at Microsoft Support? A step-by-step process is present to aid customers with any issues one may experience in syncing contacts and appointments.  The Help Guide covers Outlook version 2003, 2007 and 2010.

Join in the discussion over at our forum!

Source: Microsoft Support

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