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3 years ago

Developer interview: Dave Amenta of Send to WP7

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3 years ago

1,777 Ringtones and SoundFX Ultimate - Mango App Spotlight

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Here's one more ringtone app for your Windows Phone and it's a doozy. 1,777 Ringtones and SoundFx Ultimate is one healthy collection of ringtones and sounds that you can save to your Mango updated Windows Phone.

The app is laid out fairly simple. You have category files up top and the ringtones specific to each category appear in the bottom half of the screen. A preview button sits in the middle along with an "add to favorites" button and a repeat tool. There is also a keyword search field at the very top of the screen to make finding that special sound a little easier.

There are over 100 folders ranging from Baby Sounds to Funny Animal sounds to Rubber Ducky sounds. Each folder contains anywhere from two to three to more sounds. All totaled, the app offers you 1,777 ringtones and sounds to choose from. When you find a sound you like, just tap and hold to pull up the "save to phone" menu. The sound will be saved to your Settings>Ringtones and Sounds menu under Custom Ringtones.

1,777 Ringtones and SoundFX Ultimate has some decent sounds but the app also contains sounds I can't imagine anyone would choose as thier ringtone. Luckily there is a free trial available to let you preview the ringtones before you buy the app. In order to save the sounds, you'll have to fork over the $2.99 for the full version.

You can find 1,777 Ringtones and SoundFX Ultimate here at the Windows Phone Web Marketplace.

Wrapping things up, we've looked at three ringtone apps that range from a handful of ringtones to more sounds than you can shake a stick at (Pimp my Ringtones, Ringtone Maker (which really isn't a ringtone maker) and 1,777 Ringtones). When all is said and done I can't help but think the best way to get a custom ringtone on to your Windows Phone is to make it yourself.

The ringtone apps are an easy way to get custom ringtones but there's no guarantee they contain that ringtone that reflects your personality the best.

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3 years ago

Hands on with the Radar 4g

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Hands on with the Radar 4g

Here's a hands-on video of the HTC Radar 4G that is headed to T-Mobile. Technobuffalo got their hands on one during a dinner party hosted by T-Mobile and was impressed with the phones' build quality and all the goodness of Windows Phone 7.5.

Technobuffalo wasn't a fan of the double-chin bottom that gives the phone an appearance of being thicker than it actually is. Still, the first impressions were good and unfortunately, T-Mobile wouldn't tip their hat on a release date beyond "in time for the holidays".

There's no word if one of these demo units were left at the bar of the restaurant but we'll keep an eye on Ebay just in case. Still not sure if the white body works or not.  What do you guys and gals think? Will T-Mobile customers be happy?

source: Technobuffalo via: wmpu

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3 years ago

Should Dropbox offer a Windows Phone App?

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Dropbox is conducting a poll to see if there is enough interest to develop a Windows Phone application. Dropbox recently upgraded their mobile website and is now looking into building a Windows Phone app.

Dropbox's mobile website received a hefty facelift in early September that brought new features into the mix such as,

  • Search: You can search your Dropbox for that e-book that was such a pain to browse to.
  • File quick actions: Whether you are browsing or searching for files, now in addition to downloading a file, there is also a quick action menu dropdown that gives you access to additional things you can do to your files. For now, that means sharing and deleting.
  • Share: Dropbox will generate a link that helps you quickly share a file or folder with your friends. Simply copy a link to your device clipboard or email the link on.
  • Delete: There's a new delete functionality and clean up your Dropbox.
  • Account settings: New account settings tab has been added to make it easier to view or modify your account settings.
  • Internationalization: Dropbox now supports 5 different languages: English, Spanish, French, German, and Japanese.

You can visit Dropbox's mobile interface by pointing your Windows Phone to http://www.dropbox.com/m. And if you agree that Dropbox should develop a mobile app, head on over here to Votebox (you have to register with Dropbox to vote).  Last time I checked, the yes voted totaled 5,765.

Thanks goes out to Leonal for the tip!

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3 years ago

Scam alert: NES titles being sold in the Windows Phone Marketplace [Updated]

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There has been a watchful eye on the amount of spam that's been unleashed into the Marketplace and just after the recent announcement by Microsoft to tackle the issue, we have arrived at yet another hurdle - copyright. Nudua was notified about the presence of a NES emulator with ROMs being sold and quickly checked to see if his emulator (vNESLight) had been submitted. Turns out, a copy/port of XNASharpNES, an abandoned project over at the XDA Developer forum, has made its way onto the Marketplace and is available for download. 

Jesse Dudley is the developer that's behind the uploads which include Metroid, Punch Out and Golf. Metroid was the most recently submitted (and approved) title that hit the Marketplace only yesterday while Golf is being sold at a staggering $2.49 per download. [We should note that the apps lack sound completely and have reversed buttons and with no trial, you're taking a risk. This developer won't be able to "fix" anything since it's not his app to fix.]

So even though Microsoft has applied a more controllable limit on the amount of apps that are submitted on a daily basis, their approval team seems to still be having too many late nights at the Redmond bar. Remember back in January when they rejected a NES emulator? Action required is the removal of these titles and any more that infringe copyright. More lessons to be learnt for your approval process Microsoft.

Thanks Nudua for the heads up!

Update:  By way of another tipster, we have just been informed that Microsoft has been alerted to these apps and are in the process of removing them from the Marketplace.  Not sure how long the process takes but it is nice to see Microsoft responding to these issues.

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3 years ago

Viber VOIP solution coming to Windows Phone in early 2012

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Good news for those of you like Viber (see site), the mobile VOIP solution that millions are using on the iPhone and Android these days, as the app is set to come to Windows Phone in early 2012.

Viber has an interesting history with Windows Phone. They lamented the "closed" system very early on, noting that they would not bring their app over simply because they could not due to the lack of codec support. In turn, they were quite public with their dissatisfaction with the Windows Phone development process.

Fast forward and guess who got involved? Yup, Brandon Watson. Back in July, Watson stepped into the Twitter conversation with Talmon Marco, founder of Viber. Watson simply asked "...Have you had a conversation with anyone on #wp7dev phone team yet? Can we start one?" which from what we understand, go the ball rolling.

Since the, the Viber team has worked with Microsoft and got the native access they needed for their codecs. In turn, with the increased market share for Windows Phone, means we should see a Viber client in the next few months, according to their Facebook page. Sounds like another win for Windows Phone and with Kik Messenger and WhatsApp, should bring some new folks over. It also demonstrates how Microsoft is flexible and willing to work with devs, who ask.

Source: Twitter, Facebook; Additional info via Gizmo Digit; Windows Phone Daily

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3 years ago

T-Mobile UK expects to land Mango update within several weeks

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It won't be too long before WP7 Mango is updated on every available device available, no matter which carrier they're on. According to an announcement on T-Mobile UK's customer support forums, the service provider is already working to bring Mango to the current lineup of devices.

The update isn't expected for a couple of weeks, but if you're a T-Mobile customer in the UK, at least you have something cool to look forward to. We're pretty happy with what Mango has brought already, and there's no doubt that you will be as well, in the coming weeks.

Source: T-Mobile UK Support Forums; Via: Twitter (@topleya)

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3 years ago

Tip: T-Mobile HD7 Mango gets Search Engine option

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T-Mobile, for some reason (we bet they signed something), evidently insists on making Google the default search engine for their phones, including the HTC HD7. It's sort of annoying for many because Bing is actually really good at what it does.

In the Mango update for the HD7 for T-Mobile (in the US at least), users have an extra option under the IE9 settings--basically they get to choose Google as default or switch to Bing, which is migh-tee nice of them, no? Of course, you're probably wondering why the rest of us don't have that option to go in reverse, right? Yeah, we don't know either.

But at least for T-Mo users, feel free to switch back to Bing now and take a shower to wash the ick off. Thanks, Prakash G., for the tip and photo!

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3 years ago

HTC Titan coming to Vodafone Ireland soon

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It looks like Vodafone Ireland will be adding the HTC Titan to its WP7 offerings, which currently only consists of the LG Optimus7 (E-900).  They have added a "Coming Soon" page for the 4.7" monster where you can register to be notified when it is available.  The Titan is available for pre-order on Clove, who says that initial stock arrives in "early October" and we know it will be hitting the Netherlands on October 7th, so it hopefully will arrive in Ireland around the same time.

Source: Vodafone Ireland (Thanks for the tip, Mike!)

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3 years ago

Nokia's Windows Phone to sport 3D voice navigation?

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WinRumors has received a tip that includes promotion material for T-Mobile in Germany. The poster shows that the carrier is preparing for Nokia handsets and were briefly displayed at T-Mobile’s on-site shop at the company’s corporate headquarters in Bonn, Germany.

The promotion shows the handset (possibly the revealed Sabre) with T-Mobile's Media Center and Top Apps installed. Description reads:

"With Nokia drive safely at the finish – including 3D representation and voice-controlled navigation.

New operating system: Windows phone 7.5 (Mango)

Brilliant 3.7 ” convex Amoled display"

Featuring improved GPS navigation, this news will hopefully indicate handset availability soon after announcements made at the upcoming Nokia World event.

Source: WinRumors

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3 years ago

HTC Radar and Titan to go on sale tomorrow through UK Phones4U

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Good news for those wanting to get their hands on the HTC Radar or HTC TItan--Phones4U, a UK-based retailer, is spreading the word everywhere that tomorrow, they'll be the first to sell the new phones.

In fact, if you go to their website, both are listed with pricing and contract information (Radar, Titan) for pr-orders, but not that they won't deliver till October 7th. That bit of discrepancy gives us pause a bit-- after all, if you can walk in and buy it, why can't they ship it to you faster? Still, putting out a newspaper ad (Metro.co.uk) sort of commits you to the offering, so we'll be curious to see how many of you go and pick up these bad boys. Do let us know!

(For the record, I personally had the chance to play with both phones a few days ago and although I'm usually a bit harsh on HTC, these two devices really shocked me on their quality. It's as if HTC built a completely different phone from Gen1 devices, with some of the nicest screens I've seen.)

Thanks, Rob E., for the tip and @beckett1 for the image!

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3 years ago

ShopGlider gets big, Mango-ized update

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For those unfamiliar with ShopGlider, it is a site where you can keep track of your various shopping lists and recipes, as well as share them with friends and devices.  Now, the folks over at ShopGlider have updated their Windows Phone app to 3.7, which adds some great new functionality.

With the new version, you can now email store trip lists directly from the phone and perform batch operations in the Shop List section.  And the addition of Mango support now allows for fast switching.  3.7 also brings with it landscape mode, usability improvements, fast-app switching and perform enhancement, including faster syncing with ShopGlider's parent website.

ShopGlider could be the most comprehensive shopping list apps out there.  You will need to sign up for a free account to get the full benefits, which you can also do right right from the app itself. Head over to the ShopGlider website for more information and setting up a free account.

You can get ShopGlider 3.7 for free here. See the video demo after the break...

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3 years ago

Thumba Photo Editor gets updated to Mango

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The popular photo editor for your Windows Phone, Thumba Photo Editor, was updated overnight to version 3.5.0. It brings a handful of improvements to the table including the fast resume of Mango and it now appears in your Photo Hub/Camera menu under "apps" (more on this in a second). Additional improvements and changes include:

  • New icon with transparency
  • New before/after tool
  • Images can be reloaded by shaking your phone
  • Histogram display improvements
  • Manual saturation adjustment added
  • Gamma configuration added to exposure adjustments
  • Several bug fixes and performance tweaks

The updated version of Thumba Photo Editor has full integration with the Pictures Hub in that it is listed under the "Apps" menu option. With Windows Phone 7, when you pulled up the three-dot menu while viewing a photo there was the menu option "Extras". "Extras" listed every photo app installed on your phone and you could launch these apps from this menu. With Windows Phone 7.5, the "Extras" menu option has been replaced by the "Apps" option. It too lists photo apps installed on your phone but the developer must include this integration within their app. Not every photo app will be listed.

In just tinkering with the updated version of Thumba Photo Editor, it ran smoothly and the interface felt cleaner. I like the before/after button and the fast resume feature.  The fast resume brings you back to where you left, which is great feature when your photo editing gets interrupted.

If you are looking for a great photo editor with a lot of tools, Thumba Photo Editor is a steal at $.99. If you're not sure, there is a free trial available to let you try before you buy. You can find Thumba Photo Editor here at the Windows Phone Web Marketplace.

Thanks goes out to entanianick for the tip!

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3 years ago

Twitter contact integration issue in Mango resolved

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We covered a bug that many of our readers tipped us on that saw the Twitter contact integration in Mango experiencing some difficulty. The problem being that individual contacts and groups were not displaying Twitter connectivity regardless to what settings/filters where chosen. While the Twitter feed is working, there's no way to view contacts who are also on Twitter.

A work around was available that saw users re-adding the Twitter account. The reason why this occurred was due to the social network modifying their API, which broke connectivity with Live. Joe Belfiore has confirmed, via Twitter, that the team has looked into the problem and the fix should reflect across the board within 24 hours. More details below from Microsoft Answers:

"We experienced a hiccup in our Twitter connection for contacts, but the connection is up and running again. Your contacts will reappear in the next 24 hours. Your Twitter feed and ability to post to Twitter remain otherwise unaffected. You may need to re-pin Twitter contacts to Start, re-add Twitter contacts to groups and re-link any Twitter contact links done manually. Sorry for the inconvenience."

Source: Microsoft Answers, via: @JoeBelfiore

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3 years ago

HTC Dock Mode released to the Marketplace

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HTC has pushed out their Dock Mode app to the Marketplace tonight and we have to admit, it's pretty cool. More importantly, even if you don't have a dock but have an HD7 or a 7 Pro/Arrive, you can most definitely use this little app.

What it does: it's for your bedside or office desk. Basically it shows you the time, current weather conditions (with dynamic background), music, photo album and HTC Watch (for movies). It also works in portrait or landscape with a brightness control for dimming at night.

Overall, like we said, it's really unique, so you should definitely give it a go if you have a need for it. Pick it up here in the Marketplace, HTC devices only! Thanks, Ohene A., for tipping us using our app!

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