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3 years ago

Free UK Microsoft Windows Phone Camps [Developers]

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Looking at Microsoft's mobile platform for your next project but don't have the knowledge or experience yet? These events are for you should you reside in the UK (or be able to attend). Microsoft is holding two developer training events, one in London (17th September) and the other in Manchester (24th September), both starting at 09:30 and ending at 18:30.

What's required to attend? Absolutely nothing at all. You don't even have to understand the basic functionality of the OS, it will all be covered on the day and will include the starter skills for app development. Some Mango features will be discussed as well including multi-tasking and advertising SDK. You are - however - required to bring your own laptop with the Windows Phone Developer Tools installed.

Did we mention that it's free? Also, attendees will each receive a Windows Phone Design Guide Sketch Pad of their own. Can't make it to these events? Don't fear, they've stated that this is merely the start of the series and more will open up across the UK. For more detail on future events, be sure to follow @UKMSDN on Twitter.

Register for the events below and be sure to check out the FAQ and details on the announcement post (link below):

London - Saturday 17th September

Manchester - Saturday 24th September

Source: MSDN

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3 years ago

Acer says Microsoft is the real winner from Google-Moto deal

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In what is becoming almost routine (see INQ), another OEM has come out and said that the Google-Motorola deal works out better for Microsoft than Google's Android. This time it was Walter Deppeler, president of Acer's operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa. At the Berlin IFA consumer conference on Friday, he was quoted by Reuters as saying "It was a good gift to Microsoft", that Google "work against some of their clients" and finally that Acer would consider the implications of the deal before committing further to an OS.

Acer, who makes low to mid-range handsets, especially in important emerging markets, has recently started using Android in 2010 and is now actively developing Windows Phone devices (see the W4). While their phones won't compete in the U.S. or Europe, they are expected to be important players in Asian markets in the future. Either way, it's telling to hear OEMs publicly state what is becoming more obvious: this Google-Motorola deal and their continued legal quagmires are not helping to boost OEM confidence in Android.

Source: Yahoo Finance

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3 years ago

Official HTC Mango ROM for unbranded Mozart leaked

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HTC is known to leak like a sieve and that hasn't changed in 2011 at all. Which is good if you have an unbranded, unlocked HTC Mozart as you can now flash the official HTC ROM with Mango on it. We must stress, if you have the Mozart on Orange or any other carrier to not do this flash and to remember that this is still taking a risk. The details are as follows:

  • OS Version: 7.10.7720.68
  • Firmware: 2250.21.40600.401
  • Radio Software: 5.69.09.05a_22.50.50.21U
  • Bootloader Version: 4.6.2250.0(129193)

Reportedly it runs pretty well, though GPS still may be flaky. A good tutorial on the process can be found at WindowsPhoneReview. Now if we can just get our hands on the Sprint Arrive official ROM, we'll be happy...

Source: XDA; via WMPU, WindowsPhoneReview

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3 years ago

Unofficial Cracked.com app looking for beta testers

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This will fill up pretty quickly but Nash Bansal is looking for a few good beta testers for his new Cracked.com app. The app itself looks pretty great and the developer has previously made Meme Generator, Bash.org reader and Quote Reader.

The app is expected to be a pay app, so testers are expected to give feedback and to really give it a trial and error.  To participate, just contact the dev by leaving a comment on his blog, DM him on Twitter or email him directly.

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3 years ago

YouTube Mobile in HTML5, supports IE9 in Mango

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While Microsoft's YouTube app leaves much to be desired (granted, it's not their fault), it seems light is at the end of the tunnel for fans of the video sharing website with HTML5. As IE9 in Mango will be making short work of HTML5 we were hoping that Google would make the mobile version of their media community portal open to Windows Phone Mango.

Alas, it seems as though we've conquered video playback via IE9 in Mango, thanks to Google. This is a massive improvement over what was available to WP7 users. A sleeker interface is present with playlist access, commenting and more. It's still not a full-featured app with account management and more, but hey it's something. Don't forget Lazyworm.

Source: Plaffo (Bing Translate)

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Samsung Omnia 7 I8700XXKH2 ROM

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SamFirmware has released two unofficial ROMs for the Samsung Omnia 7, one for NoDo and the other for Mango. Check out the listed known features in this post for more info and remember that you flash your Windows Phone at your own risk.

  • Firmware: I8700XXKD1. (NoDo)
  • Filesize: 196+/- MB (.rar file)
  • XX = Europe
  • K = 2011
  • D = April
  • 1 = Version
  • Firmware: I8700XXKH2. (Mango)
  • Filesize: 355+/- MB (.rar file)
  • XX = Europe
  • K = 2011
  • H = August
  • 2 = Version

MobileTechWorld has since posted some features found in the ROM, found below:

  1. Updated camera driver: Touch-focus now works (instead of simply touch-to-capture), Bing Vision no longer looses focus and correctly adjusts the white balance in low light environments.
  2. Updated Motion Sensors driver: Digital Compass is now faster and more accurate. The accelerator is also faster when switching orientation in Internet Explorer.
  3. Updated Radio software: WiFi and Cellular data transfers appear to be faster.
  4. The hidden WiFi Network feature is now available.
  5. Bing Music is now faster and more accurate.

You can download the ROMs from SamFirmware, link found below.

    Source: SamFirmwareMobileTechWorld, thanks Brianna for the tip!

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    3 years ago

    Shopping Assistant hits the Marketplace

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    Shopping Assistant is a new shopping list app for your Windows Phone that is being billed to make your shopping fun and pain free. Shopping Assistant supports three languages (English, French and Spanish) and stores your shopping lists and created items on the Windows Phone to avoid the need for a data connection.

    Other features of Shopping Assistant include:

    • You can create clones or copies of existing shopping lists to cover recurrent needs instead of entering the same data all over again
    • You can share your shopping lists via email to inform other people of the progress made or to just spread the word
    • Specify your own currency symbol and formatting options independently from your phone’s settings
    • Fast search through all your shopping lists and items
    • Theme friendly user interface with subtle animations

    Shopping Assistant's interface looks nice and clean. Unfortunately, the only downside to things is that there isn't a trial version available for Shopping Assistant. There is an online user guide that can be downloaded to give you more insight into the app.

    Shopping Assistant will run you $1.49 and you can find it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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    3 years ago

    Nokia contest for next ring tone

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    Nokia contest for next ring tone

    The above video will take some of us back to some childhood years. The famous Nokia tune has been around since 1994 and has evolved with technology. The phone company is now looking for the next version and will dish out a handsome $10,000 as payment to the winner. Five runner-ups will also have their ring tone available for download from Ovi store and be awarded with $1,000 each.

    The tune will be used in Nokia's 2012 portfolio of handsets and will be present on some 100 million devices. You can insert your entry here, while the rest of us can vote on our favourites. Entries must be in by October 2nd. 

    Source: Nokia Conversations, thanks Just Visiting for the heads up!

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    3 years ago

    Pre-order HTC Radar & Titan on Clove

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    Clove is offering the HTC Radar for £285 (ex. VAT) and the Titan for £498 (inc. VAT) with pre-orders for international shipping. It states that first stock is due early October, which confirms the 15th date set on Amazon. Among the feature icons found on the product page is DLNA, FF camera and more. Looking good!

    On a quick funny note, it seems as though one can pick up the Radar for £0.00 including VAT. So the taxation of the product is actually reimbursing the customer the price. We know it's a mere error but still caused a few giggles.

    Source: Clove, via: WPSauce

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    3 years ago

    Microsoft denies they are watching us

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    Last week a Federal Lawsuit was filed against Microsoft involving the Windows Phone camera. In a nutshell, the allegations claims that Microsoft is ignoring user requests to not be tracked and is collecting location data whenever the camera is used. While Microsoft has previously denied similar claims, the lawsuit alleges Microsoft was fibbing.

    So, to re-affirm their position on such issues Microsoft has issued a statement in response to the latest round of litigation to strike the smartphone industry. Commenting to the IBTimes, a Microsoft Spokesperson stated,

    "Because we do not store unique identifiers with any data transmitted to our location service database by the Windows Phone camera or any other application, the data captured and stored on our location database cannot be correlated to a specific device or user. Any transmission of location data by the Windows Phone camera would not enable Microsoft to identify an individual or 'track' his or her movements."

    Additionally, Microsoft is doing their due diligence to investigate the claims raised in the litigation. In our own, non-scientific tests we found that GPS data is not included in the image's EXIF file (file containing all the data for that particular image.) when you turn off the GPS in the camera's settings. 

    From the Windows Phone Settings Menu, go to Applications and choose Pictures and Camera. From there all you have to do is turn off the GPS settings and that particular data point will not be collected. The first image on this rainy day was taken with the GPS on, the second with the GPS off.  The inserts are the EXIF data and clearly shows the absence of any GPS data when the setting is turned off.

    Granted, Microsoft could still be secretly ignoring these settings and transmitting the data to servers hidden deep beneath the Redmond Campus. But for now, we'll lean towards Microsoft being on the up and up with this issue.  No date has been set for the Court to hear this case and it's even possible the suit could be dismissed in the pre-trial motion phases.

    source: IBTimes

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    3 years ago

    Acer W4 Hands-on at IFA 2011 [Video]

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    The gentlemen over at WMPU have published this pretty neat video of the Acer W4 at IFA 2011. Bare with us when watching the footage and try to refrain from shouting at your screen, especially when the two demo devices are thrown about at the start of the video, ouch.

    Although the Acer W4 only comes in 8GB flavouring, there is an LED notification light that a large majority of users desire. Also, much like the HTC Radar, it features DLNA and is going to be available in two colours - black and white. Lastly, the Acer W4 is to sport Acer FastCharge, which will enable the device to charge at a faster rate when connected to a Acer desktop or laptop.

    Reminder of the specification sheet we posted:

    • 3.6-inch WVGA Capacitive screen,
    • Screen Resolution: 480×800
    • 5mp Camera with auto-focus.
    • HSPA 850/1900 or 900/2100 /GSM quad band 850/900/ 1800/ 1900 MHz Support.
    • Qualcomm MSM 8255 running at 1GHz (same processor as in the Xperia Play)
    • Wifi, Bluetooth 2.1
    • DLNA Support
    • Windows Phone Mango
    • 8GB Storage

    While in previous photos we've all been slightly cautious about the Acer handset it does look much smarter in a real life video and is worth of running Mango. What do you make of it now we've seen more angles?

    Source: WMPU

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    3 years ago

    Corona - Review

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    Corona - Review

    While puzzles games may be the easiest genre of game to develop, resulting in hundreds of them clogging up the Marketplace, 2D shooters (aka shoot-em-ups or shmups) are pretty common as well. Simple shooters with procedurally-generated levels and generic, lifeless backgrounds are a dime a dozen. While these games are fun in small doses, it’s easy to become apathetic toward them given their sheer numbers, generic designs, and how little content they really contain. That makes Finnish developer Kajak Games’ Corona all the more impressive. It packs all the content and personality of a real arcade shoot-em-up into an exclusive Windows Phone game at a fraction of the cost.

    Fly past the break to see exclusive Corona concept art and, of course, our full review.

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    3 years ago

    Fight Game: Rivals - Review

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    Fight Game: Rivals - Review

    The last few years have seen a revival of the fighting game genre, thanks in no small part to Capcom’s Street Fighter IV. That game even made the trip to iPhone intact, with simplified touch screen controls keeping the portable version fun and playable. Since Street Fighter IV hasn’t been ported to Windows Phone yet, the platform is wide open for a fighter.

    Enter Fight Game: Rivals from Dutch developer Khaeon GameStudio. Rivals takes an entirely different approach to touch-screen fighting, replacing a virtual stick and buttons with turn-based strategy and minigames. It’s a clever approach, though the gameplay itself lacks variety.

    Jump kick past the break for our full review.

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    3 years ago

    IonBallEX - Review

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    IonBallEX - Review

    The Atari classic Breakout may have started the brick-breaking genre, but Taito’s Arkanoid took it to the next level, adding enemies and powerups into the mix. Enter indie developer IronSun Studios, whose IonBallEX draws liberal inspiration from Arkanoid while adding a few unique twists.

    Before we get to the nuts and bolts, a history lesson: IonBallEX (a title which could seriously use one or two spaces) is the Xbox Live sequel to the original IonBall, which debuted as an indie game on Windows Phone (see our review). It then migrated to Xbox 360, also as an indie game. The only Xbox Live brick-breaking competition on Windows Phone is the abysmal 3D Brick Breaker Revolution (review), so IonBallEX is automatically the best game of its type by default. Thankfully it’s actually pretty good.

    Slide past the break for our full review.

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