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Ringtone Maker - Mango App Spotlight

Next up in our ringtone spotlight series is Ringtone Maker. While the app title leads one to believe it is a ringtone maker for your Windows Phone, it is another collection of ringtones that you can save to your Windows Phone.

Where Pimp my Ringtone has 21 ringtones, Ringtone Maker has thirteen categories of ringtones. Each category has anywhere from six to ten ringtones. The choices include animal, fart, jungle, WWE, TV Themes, video game and bollywood ringtones.

To save a ringtone to your Windows Phone, tap and hold on the ringtone of your liking to pull up the utility menu. From the utility menu you can save the ringtone to your phone, delete the ringtone, or add it to the favorites page.

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Looks like HTC may have a little problem on their hands. We've heard numerous complaints that the Music player in Mango is crashing for people. Its an odd claim seeing as we've had no issues with ours whatsoever (Focus, Dell Venue Pro) though in fairness, we've neglected our HTC phones.

Turns out, at least HD7 users are complaining of such crashes and the culprit many believe is the optional Sound Enhancer app (which went Mango recently). Now, HTC has pulled the app from the Marketplace (verified) which somewhat confirms people's suspicions on the matter.

So our recommendation: If your HTC Windows Phone is crashing while playing music, disable the HTC Sound Enhancer app and wait for a new, updated version. We'll keep you posted.

Thanks, Christian L., for the tip!

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Windows Phone App Review: WPRemote for Roku

Here’s something I’ve been wishing Windows Phone would get for quite a while: a Roku remote control app. It’s called WPRemote for Roku and it comes from indie developer Localyf. (Note that this app was previously called ROKUbox before the Roku company asked Localyf to change its name.)

“What’s a Roku?” you might wonder. That’s what I love about you, dear reader – your inquisitive nature.

Had past the break for our full review.

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TuneIn Radio hits v2.0 for Mango

Few apps are as good as TuneIn Radio, which features 50,000 free internet stations all from your Windows Phone. And while the app has an impressive 4 1/2 star rating (from over 800 reviews), it still could be better. How so? How about getting Mangoized in v2.0, allowing it to stream and play in the background. And while that is awesome, it's even cooler to be able to pin each station to your Start screen for quick 1-touch play. Awww yeah.

Take our money, TuneIn Radio! Oh what's that? You're free?  Well then, even better... Get the app here in the Marketplace. And if you're logged in to the Web Marketplace, try this link and see if that sends it to your phone. (Thanks, NickP for the tip!)

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Accuweather.com brings Mango into the forecast

The popular Windows Phone weather app, Accuweather.com, has gone Mango. The update gives the app the fast resume feature and, most notably, the ability to pin multiple weather tiles to your Start Screen.

Just go to your locations, tap hold on a forecast city and you can choose to pin the location to your Start Screen and give it a custom name. Tapping on one of these tiles launches the Accuweather.com app and sets the weather information to that location.

Accuweather.com is a free application for your Windows Phone and you can download it here at the Windows Phone Web Marketplace.  If you happen to see any additional changes to Accuweather.com feel free to share in the comments.

Thanks goes out to Miguel for tipping us on this!

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Although none of us can use it due to the lack of a front-facing camera, Samsung's new Video Call app just landed in the Marketplace.

"3G video call lets you talk to your family and friends with both voice and video. To use 3G video call, the caller must have a 3G mobile phone capable of 3G video call too. Please note that 3G video call rate can be different from your normal voice call rate. Also, different rate is applied to roaming video call."

Okay, so it's not exactly the killer video call app out there, but it could be cool if you know some folks with Samsung phones, we suppose. That and while we all await the arrive of Skype of course. You can download here, though it won't launch on your phone--unless you have a Focus S, of course.

via: WMPU

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Happy Mango day everyone! After a lot of hard work I'm pleased to announce that WPCentral has officially gone Mango, so for those of you rocking the developer previews, or those lucky enough to have mango today you should see an update to v1.4 in the Marketplace very soon.

If you who have opted for the full version of the app here's what you can look forward to:

  • Brand new podcast player with Background Audio
  • Brand new double-sided live tile with number of new articles since last opened
  • Live tiles for each section of the app
  • Toast notifications for news
  • Background downloading of the news feed when live tiles are enabled

Whereas if you think the best things in life should be free you'll find:

  • Brand new advertising provider (AdDuplex) making the app much more responsive
  • Fast app switching
  • Pinnable tiles for each section of the app
  • New links page for viewing articles or web pages
  • Search extensibility, the app will provide search results for Bing video games and Software
  • Toggle system tray option
  • Speed optimisations as part of Mango update
  • Fixed a bug in the article parser & Facebook authentication

Of course with the exception of adverts the full version features all of the free features as well.

If you missed Daniel's preview a month back then you can catch the video after the break, you can find the app here in the marketplace

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We mentioned that Evernote was getting a v2.0/Mango overhaul just two days ago and now it's available for those who are on Mango now (or will be tomorrow).

The new version brings the ability to pin notes, tags, map locations and searches to the home screen in addition to background synchronization, making this app quite powerful and a solid alternative to OneNote. Other features included better social integration and search integration.

Sounds good to us, so go pick it up here in the Marketplace.

via: WindowsPhoneThoughts

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Pimp my Ringtone - Mango App Spotlight

With Mango comes expanded ringtone capabilities. With expanded ringtone capabilities comes Windows Phone apps such as Pimp my Ringtone.

Pimp my Ringtones is a collection of twenty-one ringtones that can be saved to your Windows Phone. They range from the cute Pikachu ringtone to the R-Rated Samual Jackson ringtone. You also have Yoda making an appearance as well as a rather unnerving ringtone entitled "A very funny ringtone".

You can preview the tunes and when you settle on one you like, tap the cell phone icon to save the ringtone to your Windows Phone. You'll have the option of renaming when you save the ringtone.

Pimp my Ringtones has a nice collection of ringtones and hopefully the selection will grow with each update. If you're running Mango on your Windows Phone, you can find Pimp my Ringtone here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace for $.99.

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Rudy Huyn posted a new tool for developers, aptly titled Fake Windows Phone Marketplace, which enables users to see how prospective submissions will be displayed in the Marketplace.  Using a model of the 7.5 marketplace, developers can load their app images and then tweak features like tile, background, description, and subtitle.

Fake Windows Phone Marketplace allows you to:

- To visualize the appearance of the marketplace if your application is "application of the day".
- Adjust the "short description" of your application to not be cropped
- How your application will be displayed in the "new"
- How your application will be displayed in the "featured"
- How your application will be displayed in the "top"
- See the detailed page of your application

You can download FWPM here.

Source: FakeMarketplace; Via: @Rudy Huyn

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Confession: I watch between 5-7 movies a week, some in the cinema, some at home, never on my phone. Heck, I saw three movies just on Saturday. So needless to say, looking up info on movies (actors, awards, year of release, who directed, etc.) is one of those things I do a lot of, in fact you'll find me fiddling with my phone during a movie, because I need to know something. Yeah, sorry I'm that guy.

While we have apps like iMDB, Flixster, etc. on our phones, they're not for everyone. Captain Movie, which just hit v1.7 and is set for Mango, is a "wrapper" app meaning it scrapes info from iMDB, Rotten Tomatoes and TMDB.org and gives it to you in a nice, Metro-y format. More interestingly, it shows you on the first screen what just opened this weekend and then you scroll over and see what's coming for the next few weeks--that's imporant for myself, because it's hard to keep track of all the different little films out there. Under each movie, you get things like cast, crew, links to trailers, trivia, comments, pictures and more--it's all the info you could want right at your finger tips.

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We're big fans of the app BBC Radio Player, mostly because it's an elegant design with a ton of stations to listen to. Plus the ability to see what's coming up next on live radio is pretty useful.

One minor complaint we had though, because we're spoiled Mango brats over here, is the inability to stream audio in the background with the app. See, once you get used to background audio streaming in Mango, you'll never want to go back to the current NoDo way of doing things. Luckily, the devs have addressed this by making a Mango version of the app, just in time for this week's big Mango push by Microsoft.

Features include background audio, Zune player controls and fast app switching. You can pick up BBC Radio Player here in the Marketplace for £0.99 ($1.29).

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The Guardian, my personal favourite British newspaper, has released a superb looking Mango app for Windows Phone. Making good use of the Metro UI, which fits in nicely with the design of The Guardian website, users will be able to read stories, view videos and galleries to stay up-to-date with latest news across a variety of topics.

If you're a fan of The Guardian and/or The Observer, then this app is a must have. Best of all, it's free! Some highlighted features:

  • Multiple Live Tiles – categories can be pinned to the start screen.
  • Watch various videos embedded in articles
  • Listen to podcasts (background audio streaming supported)
  • Stunning full-screen picture galleries
  • Articles are shareable online via social media

You can check out and download The Guardian for free from the Marketplace.

Via: My Kind of Phone

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My Live Tile - Mango App Spotlight

One of the nice new features heading to your Windows Phone with the Mango update is the enhanced live tiles. My Live Tile is a Mango App the allows you to create your own double sided tile plus four additional secondary tiles.

My Live Tile's interface is simple and straight forward. You first create the primary tile by adding photos and text. You can then create up to four additional tiles in the same manner. Once created, pin the app to your Start Screen and your done.

The nice thing about My Live Tile is that it saves the tiles so you can go back to the app and edit them as needed. Another nice thing about My Live Tile is that it's a free app.

If you're running Mango, you can find My Live Tile here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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As far as RSS readers go, Pulse set the standard a few years ago by releasing their award-winning app for the iPad. Since then, the app has gone to the iPhone and Android as well, bringing it's unique and stunning UI along the way.

Today, Pulse has announced that they have developed a version of their news aggregating application for Windows Phone.  The Pulse app lets readers track their favorite news sites by displaying them in a mosaic that updates as content changes.  The WP7 will take this even further, utilizing live tiles, to bring new content to your home screen.  Users can list up to 20 sites from Pulse's 200+ content partners, as well as other sites of their choosing. Of note, this is just the first step in bringing Pulse to Windows Phone, so users should expect more features and a richer client with future updates.

Pulse also allows makes for easy sharing, via Twitter, Facebook and email buttons.  Content can also be texted to users' contacts.

Pulse has been submitted for certification to the Marketplace and it is expected to be available any day now.  We do know that Pulse will be a free app and once a Marketplace link becomes available, we'll update the post.  In the meantime, check out a video demonstration after the break. 

Update: Pulse is now available. Grab it here in the Marketplace. (Thanks, Mike P., for the heads up!)

Source: Pulse

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Handyscan updated to version 3.0

For those not familiar, HandyScan is an application for your Windows Phone that allows you to take a picture of a document, convert it to .PDF format, and share it through email.  We reviewed Handyscan way back when and found it to be a very nice document scanner for your Windows Phone.

The app was recently updated to bring some new features into the mix. Features that only add to the quality of this app.  You have a new, flexible cropping tool with perspective/skew correction, more streamlined process for sending documents and Dropbox support.

You also have a few performance tweaks such as an increased connection time out when sending an email over slow connections, disabling the phone's sleep function while sending or uploading files to Dropbox and matching the app's tile icon to your phone's theme color.

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Now that Mango is so close you can taste it, we're starting to see the big guns land in the Marketplace. One of those is the official eBay app, as it just got bumped from 1.12 to 1.13. More interestingly, it's listed as a second app instead of an update to your existing version. Now worries, we have the new link below.

The app has had a UI change with the main start screen showing more info on a single page and smaller icons. But the big Mango features are:

  • Pin searches or individual auctions to your Start screen
  • Fast app resume
  • Live barcode scanner

That last one is kind of neat. Now that devs have the camera API, they can make live scanners for barcodes (instead of taking a photo and analyzing). The feature is self explanatory: you scan the item and it searches eBay for the best price. Of course you'll need decent lighting but it worked like a charm for us.

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Nokia releases first app that highlights apps

While we're all still eagerly awaiting Nokia's first handset to hit stores before the year is out the manufacturer has decided to launch itself onto the Marketplace with Top App. "What does Top App do?" you might ask, well it highlights apps that are worthy of download in Nokia's view.

Some highlighted features:

  • Update live apps on the home screen
  • Consultation of the content featured, carefully selected each day for you
  • Lists of the best apps local and global, never miss anything Research and consultation of new apps is fast and fun.

It doesn't look like Top App is available for download just yet but you can view the Marketplace listing here (opens Zune).

Source: MonWindowsPhone Thanks to everyone who tipped us on this!

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Sneak peak at Evernote 2.0 [Mango]

In the above video, Damian Mehers, Senior Software Engineer of Evernote, walks us through what we can look forward too in Evernote 2.0 for Windows Phone Mango. The update will bring the ability to pin notes, tags, map locations and searches to the home screen.

Background synchronisation is going to be active with any new notes created on other platforms being displayed as a counter on the app tile, should the user not run the app on the handset since. If your device is plugged in and is connected by WiFi, Evernote will download the content as well as headers. Mango search integration we've seen with IMDB etc. will now sport Evernote with notes being created easily in that moment.

Templates can be created and pinned to the home screen, in the above video Damian runs us through creating one for creating expense claims. Better social forwarding is present making use of native Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Windows Live so there's no need to re-enter account details.

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We saw earlier in this week (video review) the private beta version of WhatsApp, the super popular IM program that's on all other platforms. While minimalist and sparse, the app seems solid, fast and should a great addition for Mango users.

Seeing as it was v1.01 and in private beta, we could surmise that its release is imminent and indeed, that seems to be the case. In an email to the developers, it was asked if they were still accepting people into the private beta. The response speaks for itself:

"Thank you for your message and your interest. We should release a public version on the marketplace within the next 24 hours, so I do not think it makes sense to send a link to the closed group of beta."

Sounds like a done deal to us. So to our eagle-eyed readers, keep a look out for this a-bomb of an app to land in the Marketplace. We'll leave a little wiggle room and give them the weekend though, as sometimes the release process is a little slow.

Via: Plaffo.com

See our hands on experience after the break to get an idea of how it works...

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Good news for users of IM+ (both the Pro and free versions), you can now update to v1.6. The new version brings some pretty cool new features that we're liking a lot. Via their Facebook page:

  • Send photo option
  • Message delivery confirmation
  • Spanish, German, French, Italian language support

The send photo option is what it sounds like--you select a photo, it sends, they receive a in-chat bubble that they tap to open the photo. Worked like a charm for us. The "message delivery confirmation" is even nicer--now when you send a message, the bubble is yellow till it's received by the user, at which point it goes green in color. That's a great addition and gives a little peace of mind.

*Remember, this version does not have MSN/Live Messenger--so if you're still on v1.2, do not upgrade if you want to keep that feature.

This is still the NoDo version though and we can expect update soon: "Mango support will come to IM+ along with the official release of Mango. Thank you for understanding!"--so hopefully next week sometime? If one app could really benefit from fast-app resume, it's IM programs. We can't wait. Get IM+ Pro in the Marketplace here.

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Unofficial Lync app for Windows Phone on the way

While we're still waiting on Lync to arrive with Mango, hopefully within the next two weeks, we've also found out that Damaka, a mobile unified communications company in Texas, is planning to bring Xync to the platform. Xync is their answer for mobile Lync across a number of platforms including Android, iOS and Symbian.

Matt Landis recently interviewed Ramesh Chaturvedi from Damaka and received the following answer to one of the questions:

Definitely Windows Phone will be targeted. Remember our history with Windows Mobile? We made video on WM6.1 back in 2006 and Windows is important to us. We definitely will target Windows Phone. Up until now the lack of Windows Phone camera API has been the hold up. The camera API should be available to us this month and then we will start work.

Interesting stuff, it will be great to see what Microsoft brings with its offering. We did see a demo at TechEd 2011 in New Zealand of Lync for Windows Phone by Microsoft and found out they were looking to bring the client to other platforms too. Check out the full interview over at Matt's blog (link below).

Source: Matt Landis, via: WPSauce

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