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4 years ago

RunKeeper released for WP7

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RunKeeper is an extremely successful (more than 5 million downloads on iPhone/Android) exercise tracking application. As of today, Windows Phone 7 devices have a RunKeeper app of their own. RunKeeper will use your phone’s GPS to record your path and speed, and will even allow you to share your statistics on Facebook and Twitter.

RunKeeper is a free download from the Zune Marketplace.

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4 years ago

Foursquare jumps to version 3, working hard on WP7 version

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In short, Foursquare is a location-based social networking engine. Using the app on your phone you can “check in” to the locations you visit. These check-ins allow you to earn points, badges, and other rewards. Foursquare 3 adds functionality to be able to find specials near you, and leader boards to allow you to compete against your friends.

The bad news is that the Foursquare app for Windows Phone 7 (which is killer by the way) hasn’t been updated yet. The good news is that the fine folks at Foursquare are working hard to get that rectified. Stay tuned here for updates.

Source: Foursquare blog

 

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4 years ago

Microsoft setting sights on Pandora?

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Pandora is one of those services that use databases and high end math to answer a simple question, what music would I like? Sadly, Pandora hasn’t made an appearance on Windows Phone 7 yet; though Slacker Radio is a good alternative.

The rumor mill is starting to churn at the possibility that Microsoft is building a social-centric music discovery service codenamed Ventura. Obviously details like cost and scope are unavailable but the thought of having a service like this definitely has us chomping at the bit, especially since Windows Phone would be the perfect platform to push such a service on.

Our hope is that Ventura is a piece to the puzzle as to why the Mango update has been referred to as the "entertainment" branch.

Source: Mary Jo Foley; Via: Business Insider

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4 years ago

MS slaps Middle East developers in the face with YallaApps

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As you may or may not know, Micorsoft has a website called AppHub where developers can register to submit apps/games and get paid.  AppHub registration is also required for developers to obtain certificates to test their programs on actual hardware, rather than just emulators.  This is all fine and good, unless you live in one of the countries where site registration is unavailable...like say, every country in the Middle East. 

Microsoft announced yesterday at the Dubai Tech-Ed that they have remedied the problem, not by opening AppHub up to the Middle East, but by requiring devs to submit programs through a company called YallaApps.  As if this slap in the face were not enough, the site includes this little tidbit:

How will my application be displayed in the Windows Phone Marketplace?
The product description of your application will include the following sentence: Brought to you by Yalla Apps on behalf of [Your Developer Name].

Basically, if Mid-East devs want to submit their goods, they have to allow them to be registered under another company's name.  To add injury to insult, YallaApps' parent company, Prototype Interactive, is also in the application development business.  So not only do apps submitted this way get credited to YallaApps, they are then under the control of a competitor.  Holy Conflict of Interest, Batman!

Source: Microsoft AppHub, MicrosoftFeed ; Via: TheNextWeb

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4 years ago

'Squid Squish' wins joint University of Nevada, Reno-Microsoft Licensing contest

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Displaying once again Microsoft's abilities to reach out to current and new developers, Microsoft Licensing hooked up with the computer science department at the University of Nevada, Reno for a developer contest. Meant to encourage innovation amongst students as well as highlight Microsoft's new effort into the mobile phone business, the contest has gained some attention and publicity through local media.

The winning app of the contest is a game called 'Squid Squish' and was made by Aaron Eastburg, Hettie Zhang and John Colombo. The game involves squid and sushi and squishing...we're not really sure. Regardless, we'll be able to try it out eventually as the game gets further developed and released to the Marketplace, presumably on Microsoft's dime (we'll keep an eye out). In addition to the support, Microsoft also gave each of the young developers a new Windows Phone for their effort. Nice.

We just like seeing Microsoft doing these type of things. A big congrats to the winning team. Check the video after the break...

Source: KTVN, Channel 2 (video); RBJ.com

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4 years ago

Trophy and HD7 NoDo factory ROMS find their way to XDA

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Not long after the HTC Mozart NoDo factory ROM was leaked on XDA, ROMs for its sister devices, Trophy and HD7, have arrived as well.  They sport the same version number as the Mozart, 7355-89, and are unbranded with no carrier customizations.  The European ROMs support English, German, Spanish, French and Italian.  In case you have been living in a cave up until recently, the NoDo update most notably includes copy/paste functionality and improved performance.

One quick note on installation: If you are a T-Mobile or o2 HD7 user, you must flash it using the "Gold Card" method in order to bypass the device ID check.

Click the links to download the ROMs for Trophy and HD7.

Source: XDA (1, 2); Via: PocketNow Original Image: TechieLobang

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4 years ago

Xbox LIVE Deal of the Week is 'Star Wars: Battle for Hoth' for $2.99

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We mentioned last week that Microsoft is kicking off a 'Deal of the Week' program for Xbox LIVE games for Windows Phone. The first was 'Frogger' which dropped to $1.99 and now this week it will be 'Star Wars: Battle for Hoth' which is dropping from $4.99 to $2.99. The price drop should go into effect sometime after midnight tonight and it will be good for one-week.

The 'Deal of the Week' program is popular on the Xbox LIVE console and is now being brought over to Windows Phone to help drive sales of games that either have passed under the radar or are older and need more exposure. 'Frogger' and 'Star Wars: Battle for Hoth' were both at or near launch of Windows Phone 7, so it's good to see them getting re-mentioned. See our review for SW: BFH right here and the recent update changelog here.

Source: @KarlStricker

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4 years ago

Nokia fans dream up some Windows Phone concepts

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While we've seen those renderings of what Nokia may be thinking in regards to their Windows Phones, the Nokia/Symbian community too have been busy pondering what it means to them and how it may look.

Enthusiast Peter Lackman emailed some concepts to My Nokia Blog showing what Nokia may have in mind. He understands that although Nokia can change the UI drastically, they most likely won't. Going with that, he has made two themes (Blue Leather and Summer) and has made the following changes:

  • custom background wallpapers and
  • revamped, theme style dictated live tiles in homescreen view with more live tile size options
  • a reorganized App view with what looks to be
  • a very helpful AZ for easy finding of apps (at the moment all you can do is scroll. I don’t know why you can’t “search” like you can with contacts).
  • Collapsible category bars – with icons showing content of this category

The result is above. Our thoughts? Bring it. This looks really sharp and it's kind of fun seeing " it for real" on a Nokia phone. Makes this whole partnership seem that much more real, doesn't it?

Read more at My Nokia Blog. Thanks, Just Visiting, for the tip

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4 years ago

'Burn it All' coming to Xbox LIVE for Windows Phone tomorrow

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This weeks Xbox LIVE game is another puzzler with the very cool title 'Burn it All'. The game will fetch for $2.99 and was also just released recently on the iPhone/iPad, meaning we're not too far behind the curve on this one ;-) [Update: First! Turns out we're beating the iPhone/iPad with this game...wooo!; Thanks, @livetouch!]

From Touchgen.net:

Developed by Pastagames and BulkyPix, Burn It All, is a highly addictive puzzle game where your objective is to burn through everything on your path with the help of 3 little flames, each one with its own set of skills.

The game is being redistributed through Microsoft Game Studios and we imagine should be live in the Marketplace around or after midnight tonight.

Source: @KarlStricker

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4 years ago

Microsoft: consumers like Marketplace app trials [Developers]

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Today on the Windows Phone Developer Blog, Todd Brix, a senior director on Windows Phone, gives an update to the development community. One of the more interesting things that was looked at was user's response to having the trial option available when browsing for new apps in the Marketplace.

We've always taken the position here that trials are good and that developer's who don't offer a trial, risk losing significant new customers. As it turns out, we were right on that. From the Blog:

  • Users like trials. Paid apps that include trial functionality are downloaded 70 times more than paid apps that don’t include trial functionality, expanding the number of potential customers to purchase the full paid version.
  • Trials result in higher sales. Nearly 1 out of 10 trial apps downloaded convert to a purchase and
  • generate 10 times more revenue, on average, than paid apps that don’t include trial functionality.
  • Trial downloads convert to paid downloads quickly. More than half of trial downloads that convert to a sale do so within one day, and most of those within 2 hours.

We hope devs take note of those numbers and take the extra time to implement the Trial API that Microsoft has made available. As consumers, we know that we're just more likely to try your app if it has a trial--devs, don't miss out on an opportunity.

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4 years ago

Open Source Twitter client 'Mahtweets' now available

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We have yet another contender in the Twitter battle for Windows Phone (we've lost count weeks ago). Today's entry is 'Mahtweets' which is open sourced (so you can download the code and make it better). The app is free and completely functional but you can "buy" it for $0.99 if you want to support future development, something we always encourage.

So how is it? Like all other Twitter clients, it has some really good mixed with a few hiccups (but seeing as it's version 0.7, we can't be too harsh). We really like how many Tweets you can see on a single view and we think the ability to tap a message to reveal those power icons is really awesome. The lack of aggressive caching as well as the inability to run below the lock-screen make it a bit sluggish sometimes (and don't let your screen time out if composing a Tweet, you'll lose it). The option to configure your timelines is very cool but awkward and confusing (especially the checkboxes). Finally, we like the URL shortening, geotagging, photo uploads and ability to favorite--meaning this has all the core functions for a Twitter app. (And no, there's no Live Tile/Push).

Give it a spin, leave a comment as to your thoughts. Ours? We see real potential here, but it's still too early in development to make it #1. We seriously look forward to future updates. Download it here in the Marketplace.

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4 years ago

Microsoft brings their 'Lunchbox' to Windows Phone

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Some folks over at Microsoft have gone ahead and released a new program called 'Lunchbox' in the Marketpalce that's available for free. So what is 'Lunchbox'? That's almost a tough one to answer as the apps description is more a declaration of philosophy rather than specific purpose:

Collaboration and communication technology is liberating information workers from the physical constraints of time and location. In terms of flexibility, efficiency and productivity, there are gains to the employees and their companies. It is easy to focus only on the measurable benefits of the technology and overlook consequences of such a fundamental change in the landscape.

Liberation from rigid location and time requirements has consequences: reduced face-time in the office, less chance of spontaneous coffee-machine encounters that spark ideas and the increasing tendency to communicate only on a targeted/as-needed basis. Lunchbox is a small countermeasure to add back some spontaneous connection. It’s a virtual coffee machine, facilitating chance encounters without any pretext beyond working in the same company or sharing the same interest.

Conceived to increase connection in large companies and organizations, Lunchbox works for everyone. It uses the concept of user-definable “universes” to find matches for you… create a universe for your company or any other group of people you want to meet up with on the fly.

In other words it's like Match.com but for work? All kidding aside, it seems a neat way to meet and collaborate with people in your company, department or creative group whom you would never normally meet face to face. It seeks to avoid non-personal communication with the personal. Anyone else see the potential of this technology to be integrated later into Office? Powered by Azsure, it will be interesting to see where it goes and if groups adopt it. Grab it here in the Marketplace for a go.

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4 years ago

No surprises in 'NoDo' Trophy update

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While we all know the core features of the 'NoDo' update (improved Marketplace, copy paste, better performance), it is safe to say many of us are hoping for some, extra features? Sort of like those little things which may not be huge changes but nonetheless are nice to find?

Well, sorry to burst anyone's bubble, but 'NoDo' is pretty much exactly what Microsoft said it would be, no more, no less. In that regard at least they're not being coy with us, but still, who would not have liked to find something more significant?

Monsmartphone has managed to load the update on their Trophy and while it works quite well, there isn't much else to say. Although there are a few more ringtones (but no custom ability) and Bluetooth has some better support, there are no bonus features.  That being said, there's no reason to be disappointed since nothing more was promised. And perhaps it is cynical of us to even question it, but hey, we're a greedy bunch who see 'Mango' on the horizon and are full of hope for this OS--it's okay to dream a bit ;-) Having said that, there is room for OEM improvements to ROMs, like maybe an T-Mobile HD7 pink camera/languages fix--we'll keep an eye out.

Source: Monsmartphone, Thanks, Gilles Dedisse, for keeping us in the loop!

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4 years ago

MonsterUp versions 1.5 and 1.6 updates and the future of MonsterUp

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Since we reviewed MonsterUp, the awesome DoodleJump clone for Windows Phone 7, developer Karios Games has continued honing the game, pushing out two new updates. MonsterUp was already a very slick indie title, so how has it improved?

MonsterUp v1.5.0.0 changelog:

  • View more online rankings in scoreboard screen
  • Concrete platform breaks with shield bonus
  • Minor tweak to concrete platform graphics
  • Minor tweaks to game fonts
  • View and beat online high scores in-game
  • View your all-time best and current leaderboard position in-game
  • Transition effects in loading screens
  • Reduced special power recharging time by 20%

MonsterUp v1.6.0.0 changelog (pending certification):

  • Graphics color banding bug fixed
  • Bigger in-game buttons
  • In-game buttons’ position changed
  • Small graphics tweaks
  • Minor tweaks to game fonts
  • Made in-game info more visible

Most impressive about these updates is the online high score integration. Score in MonsterUp is actually a measure of height; your high score is the greatest height you have reached. With the new online high score integration, every other MonsterUp player’s best height is clearly marked on-screen. This makes their scores far more tangible than simply viewing them from a Leaderboard. It’s easy to imagine a player trying just a bit harder when he sees the next best score just a little bit above hum on the screen… The Karios Games website has also been fully redesigned to include (among other things) the online scoreboards, further encouraging competition.

Follow the jump for exclusive information about Karios Games’ future plans for MonsterUp - and a new game announcement!

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4 years ago

Dell Venue Pro coming to Rogers on March 17th?

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The next Windows Phone 7 device hitting Canada is the Dell Venue Pro that is reportedly arriving through Rogers at the suspected date of March 17th.

As previously mentioned, tipsters have supplied pricing information on the vertical-sliding device at $149.99 with a 3-year contract or $599.99 without a contracted commitment. As our Seth Brodeur pointed out in the article, $149.99 seems fairly expensive for a three year bound contract. Since then, there has been word that the prices could be slightly lower at $449.99 and $99.99 respectively. We will inform you as to when we confirm these new rumours.

Source: MobileSyrup

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