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4 years ago

Official StubHub app comes to Windows Phone

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It's been a good week for official apps on Windows Phone, with NBC Nightly NewsFoodSpotting, MTV News, Steven Colbert's The Word, VH1 to Go and probably a few others we missed, it shows that big companies and services are recognizing the increasing popularity of WP7.

Today, StubHub's official free app launched (see their site). For those unfamiliar, StubHub is a website where you can buy and sell tickets for just about anything (sports, concerts and theater) at a reasonable price. It's like legalized scalping without the huge markup in price.

The app is simple enough with a nice design. It allows you to have your "favorites" including by venue, search, upcoming events, all events and access to your account. For venues, you even get a nice "seat map", can of course buy tickets right from your phone and in some cases, have the tickets "electronically delivered" making this pretty great if you're already near the venue at the moment but it's sold out. Our only complaint? It's sometimes a little sluggish switching menus, something we think a v1.1 update will address at some point. Now excuse us, we're off to see Bootsy Collins...awww yeah.

Grab it here in the Marketplace. Thanks, Jeremy H., for the tip

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4 years ago

I Dig It update stuck in certification limbo

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I Dig It (review) from InMotion Software is a fun little Xbox Live game. Unfortunately, since its release it has been plagued by severely glitched Achievements. In our Broken Achievements article, I stated:

“As of April 11, InMotion had submitted an update that corrected all of I Dig It’s known issues. Two months later, Microsoft has not chosen to publish the update. I feel for your plight, I Dig It players.”

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4 years ago

Pirate's Mind updated to version 1.4 and still completely free

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A while ago we reported that indie puzzle game Pirate’s Mind would be free for a limited time. Good news for gamers: developer M80 Games has decided to continue offering their game free definitely.

Pirates love free things, but that doesn’t mean they don’t like updates too. M80 has updated Pirate’s Mind a whopping three times in the month of June. Let’s look at what's changed.

Pirate’s Mind version 1.4 changelog:

  • Repositioned the Multiplier starburst to be more visible during play.
  • Adjusted particle effects for better presentation
  • Optimized graphics to consume less memory and increase performance.
  • Fixed bug where if all coins on the playfield were the same, the game couldn't continue.

Pirate’s Mind version 1.3 changelog:

  • Game now saves audio settings between play sessions
  • Fixed high score name entry to remember last used name
  • More bugfixes.
  • LG Phone users, we are still working on the issues some of you are experiencing. Please email us if you would like to help: contact@m80games.com

Pirate’s Mind version 1.2 changelog:

  • New game mode "Dash"
  • Adjusted the difficulty progression  to be more challenging
  • Added a "Rate This Game" button. PLEASE EVERYONE...USE THIS :)
  • Many bug-fixes and optimizations
  • HTC crash issues hopefully resolved

As you can see, the move to a completely free model (with no ads!) hasn’t diminished the developer’s desire to sharpen the game. In our review, I mentioned that games were too easy and went on a bit too long. The new 3-minute Dash mode and difficulty changes to the standard mode really make Pirate’s Mind work better as a mobile game.

You’ll find Pirate’s Mind here (Zune link) on the Marketplace. Get it now before scurvy gets you!

We’ve also learned that M80 is working on a new puzzle game, tentatively titled Buzzwords. WPCentral will bring you an exclusive first look soon.

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4 years ago

Xbox Kinect and WP7 integration

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Xbox Kinect and WP7 integration

The video above shows how the Xbox Kinect can interact with your Windows Phone 7 handset to make your life easier with certain tasks. An example shown in the video is an advert for Toyota. Simply activating Kinect's voice control and announcing "Near Me" will bring up a map showing the nearby locations of Toyota garages. Then a simple text message or email can be sent to your WP7 with the co-ordinates.

This example aids in local advertising and minimises time for the end-user compared to opening a browser, searching Bing etc.

Source: DailyMobile

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4 years ago

WP7 to feature Gameboy emulator [Homebrew]

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You could well have Pikachu following Ash around Pallet Town soon enough with the actively developed project Wario's Jewels 7 (WJ7), the first Windows Phone 7 Gameboy emulator. XDA Developers Forum member Badcam3 is collaborating with other developers including Samuel Blanchard to turn this idea into reality.

We know Microsoft doesn't play ball with emulators in the Marketplace (for a good number of reasons), but this is the first sign of light for the homebrew community. To find out more information, check the link below or follow the team on Twitter. The video below shows how you can create your game lists.

Source: XDA Developers Forum, via: WPSauce

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4 years ago

Developer Interview: Babaroga, makers of Zombies!!!

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Zombies!!! (review) was one of the first Xbox Live games I bought after jumping on the Windows Phone bandwagon. A survival horror-themed board game, it’s like nothing else on the platform. The game’s developer, Babaroga has made it no secret that they are working on a major update for the game. That’s good because I hate secrets almost as much as black licorice. Putting the devil candy aside for the moment, WPCentral is excited to bring you something much tastier: our interview with Andreja Djokovic, CEO and Founder of Babaroga, about their future plans for the Zombies!!! franchise and Windows Phone.

Grab a snack if you like and head past the jump for the full interview.

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4 years ago

Some homebrew apps are currently blocked in Mango? Yes.

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Question: Can you currently install homebrew apps on Windows Phone 'Mango'? 

Answer: No, you cannot

One of the firs things we did with the Samung Focus with "Mango" (see review) was to developer-unlock the device using our AppHub account--no problems there. We were also able to sideload official apps from developers not yet released to the Marketplace (e.g. beta testing, early reviews, etc.). However, when it came to side-loading XAP files from say, XDA or other developers, they would not load. Things like Registry editors, themes changers, etc. would result in Error 0×81030120 (see above image).

A few days ago, Rafael Rivera, of ChevronWP7, gave some details about the situation on his blog, which you can read in detail here. [Warning: only developers will understand the lingo]. In short, the technical reason is "Mango won’t officially support the deployment of custom applications with the ID_CAP_INTEROPSERVICES capability flag".

What is not clear at the moment is (a) Is this is a permanent change that will be in the final build of "Mango"? and/or (b) Can there can be a work around for it? (Rivera notes that he hasn't "...figured that out yet, you'll need to standby." in response to developer). It is quite perceivable that Microsoft will keep this as a way to prevent communities like XDA and the homebrew crowd from running Interopservices aka native code on Windows Phones, which will negate a lot of the homebrew communities work. As alternative, developers can release apps to the Beta Marketplace, however even there, running native code (the point of homebrew for many) would not be acceptable there either.

Update: Scratch (a) up above. The final version of "Mango" will have this limitation, according to Rivera, which means the fate of homebrew is up to some ambitious devs.

All we can say is stay tuned.

Source: Within Windows; via NanaPho

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4 years ago

'The Colbert Report’s The Word' & 'VH1 To Go' also hit the Marketplace

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Phew. Sure has been a busy day for "official" apps from our corporate media overlords. First was NBC News, then came MTV and now we have 'The Colbert Report's Word' and 'VH1 To Go' both from MTV Networks aka Viacom (who own Comedy Central).

Of the two, we're more keen on Colbert's app, which is not for the whole show, but does catalog and make available all of his "The Word" segments available for streaming by date or alphabetically. Though we enjoy his show tremendously, this segment is always one of the more poignant and well written aspects, so kind of neat having it all the at your fingertips. You can grab that app for free in the Marketplace here. [Bonus: It has a Live Tile]

The second, is for VH1, a channel much like MTV that used to actually show videos but now plays celebrity entertainment and other...stuff. To quote from the description:

"Get your VH1 fix wherever you are, with VH1 To Go! Watch video and browse photos from all the current VH1 shows, music events and hits from the past. And, get exclusive first looks at upcoming episodes and new series by checking out the Sneak Peeks category. The app is updated daily with fresh content."

Not our bag of tea but it's still nice to see some official love from Viacom's all powerful bag of networks. You can grab the 'VH1 To Go' app here in the Marketplace.

Thanks, Avi Franchise, for the heads up!

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4 years ago

Mobile Nations 1: Where the magic happens

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Mobile Nations 1: Where the magic happens

Mobile Nations is our brand new podcast, bringing together the heads of state from Android, BlackBerry, iOS, webOS, and Windows Phone for full on round-table action. This week Phil, Kevin, Dan and Rene discuss Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, the new Verizon data caps, and the state of the BlackBerry. This is Mobile Nations!

Topics

Feedback

Got something to say? Agree or disagree with something we said? Have something you want us to discuss on a future show? Don't just sit there yelling at the screen, dammit, let us know!

Hosts

  • Phil Nickinson (@philnickinson)
  • Kevin Michaluk (@crackberrykevin)
  • Daniel Rubino (@Malatesta77)
  • Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie)
  • Credits

    Our music is pROgraM vs. Us3R by by morgantj. Thanks to the Smartphone Experts network of store for sponsoring this podcast, and to our fantastic live chat members for keeping us honest and making us smart!

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    4 years ago

    Study finds WP7 hardware more reliable than Android

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    A WDS study of 600,000 support calls across Europe, North America, South Africa and Australia shows that the WP7 devices are less susceptible to hardware failure than their Android counterparts.  In the year-long study that included WP7, Android, iOS and RIM devices, WDS compared the number of calls per OS with the ones where hardware failure was the culprit.  Though WP7's 9% hardware failure out-performed Android's 14%, it still finished in a close third behind iOS' 8%.  Surprisingly, RIM came in at number one with a meager 3.7% failure rate.

    The primary reason given for the differences between brands was the number of OEMs who manufacture devices for each company.  Android, licensed as open source, is used by 35 different manufacturers, some of which were much more likely to produce failing devices than others.  Microsoft also licenses out WP7, but with stricter hardware requirements.  Meanwhile, Apple and RIM produce their own software and hardware, and thus have tighter quality control.

    WDS admits that the study is not fool proof, as it could only determine what percentage of calls could be attributed to hardware, but not the percentage of over all calls in comparison to the over all number of phones shipped in that period of time.  Either way, the outcome is pretty positive for Microsoft, whose hardware reliability rate will likely see a boost once Nokia's WP7 handsets hit the market.  Recently we caught a glimpse of what's in store.  Nokia has near spotless reputation when it comes to their hardware.

    Source: PCMag; Via: WPSauce

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    4 years ago

    Voice Navigation Round-up (part two): aSpass vs. Silver Navigator

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    In the second part of our Windows Phone voice navigation round-up, we set our sites on aSpass and Silver Navigator. In part one of the round-up we took a look at GPS Voice Navigation and Turn by Turn Navigation. Both were very good navigation apps but we gave the edge to Turn by Turn Navigation.

    aSpass and Silver Navigator aren't as feature heavy as GPS Voice or Turn by Turn nor are they as expensive. aSpass is running $3.99 while Silver Navigator runs $2.99.

    Over the past week we took both voice navigation apps on the road to see how they performed. We hit neighborhood streets, highways and by-ways. Areas where signal strength was strong and where it was dismal. Does the lack of features hurt these apps or is simpler better? We'll break things down after the break.

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    4 years ago

    MTV News brings music news to WP7

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    MTV News brings music news to WP7

    Keeping suit with the news app releases, MTV News has entered the mix bringing you all the pop culture news to your Windows Phone. Now I haven't followed MTV since the days they actually play music videos and Martha Quinn was a VJ. MTV News was a fifteen second plug that appeared at the top and bottom of the hours in between videos.

    Now you can keep up to date with all the news on music, movies, television, celebrities and gaming while on the go. A Hollywood Reporter of sorts for the younger crowd. Features of the MTV News app include:

    • Exclusive Videos, updated throughout the day from everywhere MTV News has access
    • Articles by categories. Customize with My News to get just the stories on the celebs you care about
    • MTV News, Shows, Music, Movies, and Gaming Blogs
    • Exclusive celeb Photos from MTV events and beyond

    MTV News also has live tile support and push notifications.  MTV News is a free, ad-supported app that you can download here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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    4 years ago

    Seeds on the Wind - Review

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    4 years ago

    WP7 emulator N9 skin

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    WP7 emulator N9 skin

    Oh, now this is rather lovely. Fancy jazzing up the Windows Phone 7 emulator with some Nokia N9 goodness? Of course you do! You can now with a skin designed by tezawaly, which when implemented provides the user with a choice of three colors (as shown above).

    It seems every time I see more images of the proposed Sea Ray device, I look at my current device (Omnia 7) and want Nokia to come to arms ASAP. You can find out more information and download the skin by using the link below. Did we mention it looks great in landscape too?

    Source: Nanapho.jp

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    4 years ago

    FoodSpotting app hits Marketplace

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    FoodSpotting app hits Marketplace

    The official WP7 app for FoodSpotting has made its way to the Marketplace.  Just like the site itself, the new app helps users find nearby restaurants and review them, right down to the individual tasty tidbit.  Take photos of your favorite dish, upload it, and share it with others.  You can search by map or genre and even bookmark foods you want to try.  And all of this can be shared with other FoodSpotting users.

    You can get it here.

    Source: FoodSpotting Thanks goes out to Nicolas for the tip!

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