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Lync 2010 app updated for Windows Phone

Lync 2010

It's been awhile since we've seen any movement on the Lync front for Windows Phone, so it's nice to see the app get a small update to version 4.1.

The popular enterprise messaging and conference app for the Lync service had been a much anticipated release for Windows Phone and it finally came last December.

Unfortunately, there is no changelog published to detail what, if anything, is new (although more language support is a good bet). If you notice anything different, comment below for the rest of us!

Pick up Lync 2010 for Windows Phone here in the Marketplace. Thanks, Eduardo V., for the heads up

QR: Lync

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No official word on any Lumia 900 release yet for AT&T (though there are mints floating around), but that hasn't stopped some new rumors from springing up. This one comes from a poster at the Verge forums who claims to work for AT&T. The latest date? Sunday, April 8th aka Easter:

"I'm an assistant manager with an att store in California. We are gearing up for the Nokia lumia launch and were going all out. cant say much more but its tentative for April 8 as far as I understand. I And other sales reps are having mandatory trainings on the Nokia 900 soon and that usually means its launching shortly after. You don't have to believe me but just giving you a heads up. I think early reports said April 18th so its a little earlier than that. Cant wait! we got the demo in last week and I've been very impressed with the phone. Its a sexy b---. As far as colors go we are only getting black and cyan. the white one will come when the phone performs well, like we did with the sky rocket "

Interestingly, we also have a comment from Jess82 responding to our post who says nearly the same thing:

"I work for att and were training for the 900. I've been told its April 8th."

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Gerbil Physics photo

WPCentral broke the news that Pencel Games’ Gerbil Physics would be coming to Xbox Live this week a little early. So it’s only fair that we should also reveal that the game has hit the Marketplace a few hours ahead of time as well. That’s right, you can get Gerbil Physics right now.

Gerbil Physics is a physics-based puzzle game that’s overflowing with cute and dripping with adorable. Each level presents stacks of adorable, well drawn gerbils which players must then knock over with well-placed bombs. The Windows Phone version includes 72 levels (three times as many levels as the original Xbox 360 game), lots of new animations, music, and some entertaining story sequences, too.

Gerbil Physics

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Both AT&T and Nokia are still preparing to launch the much anticipated Lumia 900 LTE Windows Phone, which is rumoured to be delayed until April 22nd. The release date is surely drawing closer as Lumia 900 promotion material is featured in AT&T stores, including the above Nokia Lumia mints found at the AT&T store in the Arizona Mills mall.

No official date has been provided, so it looks like we'll have to sit tight and hold off on rumours that are flying by.

Thanks Brandon for sending in the photo!

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LG releases Photo Exhibition for Windows Phone

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LG has released another app for their Windows Phone OEM store collection titled Photo Exhibition. As the name suggests, the app is a photo editing tool that enables the user to create humorous effects, add filters / frames, and more. Clipart and effects can be applied to any photo that is imported from the library.

Photo Exhibition also sports Facebook sharing, so friends will be able to see your handy work. Of course, should you not have an LG Windows Phone, there are a handful of decent photo manipulation apps available for all, including Pictures Lab.

Via: Plaffo (translation)

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Applyf are pleased to announce that the much anticipated YouTube client PrimeTube is now available on the Marketplace. We previously took the app for a spin in a preview of the client and immediately noticed the heavy Metro focus. So what's great about PrimeTube? Features include:

  • Search for videos; filter and sort results.
  • Like/Dislike videos, read and reply to comments.
  • Pin videos, playlists and authors (featuring live tile support) for instant access.
  • Share videos via social networks, email and SMS.
  • Create playlists and manage your subscriptions.
  • Complete music + video hub integration.
  • Multi-region support.
  • Supports Fast-App Switching.

Applyf states that the app adheres to the YouTube ToS and will be updated when API changes are published. The next version is already in the works, which will see video recording / direct uploading support, upload queue management (with background transfers and notifications), list of live events, as well as a number of minor bug fixes in the subscriptions section.

PrimeTube App

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Windows Phone User Group London meeting - March 21st

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The Windows Phone User Group (WPUG) are having another meeting in merry ol' London next Wednesday (March 21st), which will see developers getting together to share experiences, knowledge and achieve slight intoxication. If you're in and around the area on the day, be sure to register for the event and head on down to The Vibe Bar on Brick Lane (it's a sweet little venue in the midst of restaurants and pubs).

There are a number of WPUG regulars lined up for the presentations, including Slodge (MVVM), Pauliom (porting apps between iOS and WP7), Dominique and Dean (MonoGame and XNA). If you'd like to showcase your app at the event, get in contact with the team via communication channels or on Twitter. We will -of course- be heading on down, so be sure to say hello (we're relatively approachable before pint number 27).

Source: EventBrite (WPUG)

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Twin Blades R.I.P.

Press Start Studio’s Xbox Live hack-and-slash game Twin Blades has had a rough time of things. Last year it was pulled from the Marketplace over concerns about its violent content, only to return four months later with the zombie blood replaced by harmless green goo.  But even then, the game proved to be incompatible with the Windows Phone Mango update, which wasn’t rectified for another three months.

Fast-forward to March of this year, and Twin Blades is once again gone from the Marketplace. Not only that, but the Xbox 360 indie and iOS versions, as well as Press Start’s other Windows Phone title, Butterfly, are also gone. As usual, they all disappeared without warning.

We contacted Microsoft about the delistings and received this response:

Due to unforeseen circumstances both Microsoft and the developer are unable to make these games available in the Mobile Marketplace going forward.  We have appreciated the opportunity to share these games with our customers.”

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Nokia's WP7 devices coming to China March 28

Just days after a Chinese Lumia 800 surfaced sporting an updated version of Tango, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop told media outlets that the first Chinese Nokia Windows Phone devices will launch on March 28.  Elop did not confirm what model that first device would be, but it is expected to be the Lumia 800, which has been in testing for some time.  Other Lumia phones, will follow sometime in April and beyond.  Word has it those models will include the 710, 900, 610, and as one Weibo user discovered, possibly even the 719:

Nokia's 719 and 800 coming to China?


Nokia is looking to capitalize on what was a good chunk of business for their Symbian operating system.  They were beaten to the Windows Phone punch by HTC, who just launched in China, but it looks like they will give HTC a run for their money with a wide offering of devices.

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Lumia 710 Windows Phone vs Samsung Galaxy Note

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Laptop Mag is hosting game two of the 2012 Smartphone Madness competition, which has the Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone up against the Android powered Samsung Galaxy Note. The low-end Windows Phone is competing with a 5.3" monster of a smartphone. Something even the HTC TITAN could have trouble taking on with regards to screen size.

We're also talking dual-core, 1GB RAM and 16GB storage (with Micro-SD support). But what the Lumia 710 has over the Samsung behemoth is not only the latest version of Microsoft's mobile OS, but a more affordable price point, a solid manufacturer brand, and a choice of colours.

Be sure to spare a few seconds of your time to vote for the Lumia 710.

Source: Laptop Mag

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AdDuplex has ran another marketing and monetization interview with a Windows Phone developer. This time they've managed to get 4Bros Studio, developers of the incredibly successful Taptitude, on board for some insightful answers.  

Taptitude passed the 100,000 downloads checkpoint earlier in January and is arguably the best rated app for Windows Phone. This positively reflects just how much revenue the free ad-supported indie game is raking in. While no exact numbers have been published as-of-yet, they do note in the interview that they've earned over $70,000.

"Taptitude has been out for just over a year but in the first 4 months we only made $500.  At the time we were pretty happy with that, but in reality it wasn't even enough to cover a much needed server upgrade. Our great user community ended up donating the required funds for the upgrade.

Despite being a slow start, we're now pulling in 10-15k per month in ad revenue, and yet we've never been very highly downloaded (ranked 150th ATM). The lesson here is to never give up, just make the game you want to play and you’ll be rewarded one way or another. If nothing else, you'll learn something that can be applied to your next project."

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Stefania Duico, head of the Windows Phone division in Italy, was interviewed by an Italian fan blog, revealing some interesting details surrounding platform updates - namely the official title of upcoming Windows Phone "Tango". This OS update, which will target emerging mobile markets, will be referred to as "Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh".

Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh will help Microsoft and OEMs produce devices for said markets with lower specifications. There will be some resource intensive features (such as multitasking, Live Tiles, etc.) disabled, no background tasks running, as well as some apps not being able to be installed (depending on the developer), but the experience should be silky smooth as one would expect with a high-end device on the platform.

Source: Windows Phone Italy

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Our own Matt aka RogueCode has a new app heading to the Windows Phone Marketplace this week. Built off of the success of the Ffffound app (plus Tweet This Song! and Project Mosaic) but going further, Pocket Meme is an app for accessing those popular single-panel comics from QuickMeme.com directly to your phone--no ads, no chrome, just hilarity.

The app will allow you to save, view in high res and share (SMS, Email, Social), giving you full access to both the front-page as well as each meme's own section. Plus the coolest part: the random Meme selector (a 3D cube that you spin around).

Pocket Meme

Other features include the ability to Pin-to-Start individual memes, shake to randomize and in a future update, Live Tile support. All in all a fun app if you're a fan of QuickMeme (we are, in fact we asked Matt to make this!).

The app should be hitting the Marketplace this week and will fetch for $0.99.

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Retro

We always like to spice things up around here with some kitsch and rock it like it was the early 80's (we are that old after all). So it's with pleasure to find these wallpapers created by Go Windows Go for your Windows Phone lock screen.

Retro

You get three colors to choose from: black, white and navy blue, which should suit most of your needs. If they sound like something you'd like, head over to Go Windows Go to grab 'em.

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Hey DJ

We covered the app Speak to Play at the end of January as being one of the first voice-controlled music apps for Windows Phone. In short, you tap the button, tell it to play <artist>, <song>, <playlist> or <genre> and the app will start up whatever matches in your music collection.

From our opinion, the app worked quite flawlessly but we lamented that you still had to find the app, launch it then hit the microphone button--a few too many steps in our mind. Luckily, the app has under-gone a little makeover since we last reported on it and it has the following new features:

Hey DJ

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Sydney's giant Lumia 800

Speaking of Australia, it shouldn't be a surprise that Nokia has ramped up advertising what with the Lumia 800 launching there this week (see WPDownUnder's coverage of the launch).

Now we're seeing some of that creativity pay off with a few "giant" interactive Lumia 800s on bus stops throughout the city. It's a great way to show off the UI by simply going, touching and interacting with it right there on the street.

If you want to see it yourself, according the Nokia Australia Facebook page, you can find them in Sydney at these locations:

  • Martin Place
  • Pitt St.
  • Darling Harbour
  • Haymarket
  • Circular Quay

Hopefully this will gain some attention for the fledgling device.

Source: Nokia AU Facebook; Thanks, Doktor G, for the tip

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HTC TITAN II destined for Telstra in early April

TITAN II

Though we still don't have a confirmed release date here on AT&T for the HTC TITAN II with its 16MP camera (rumored: March 18th) and we haven't heard officially that it's going overseas, WPDownunder reported last week that Australia will be grabbing the device very soon.

Now however, we have a time-frame for release: Telstra will begin advertising the device on March 27th with an anticipated release date during the first two weeks of April. That's even ahead of the Lumia 900 (unlocked) which is expected to ship at the end of April (no word yet on a carrier release, though mid-year has been talked about).

It will be certainly interesting to see if Australia does indeed get the TITAN II this early. We reported yesterday that the first TITAN had been removed from some UK online stores, perhaps in anticipation of the TITAN II's launch--things do seem to moving in that direction.

Source: WPDownUnder

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Symbio created a 12x12 Windows Phone formed display, totaling 144 devices, at the TechDays 2012 event in Helsinki, Finland. The display is able to take input from a single Windows Phone for control and relay content beamed from a web server (over WiFi). The result is pretty spectacular and is also a world record. 

Impressive stuff. What do you guys make of this? 144 phones would be a fairly expensive investment (in cost and power), so we'd still recommend a decent 50" TV instead.

Source: YouTube, via: WMPU, thanks to everyone who tipped us!

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The Nokia Lab at SXSW [Pics]

Nokia Lab SXSW

Nokia has uploaded a number of photos from the Nokia Lab at SXSW (South by Southwest), showing devices, coloured test tubes, live music, presentations and general enjoyment. There were some photos in the album of particular interest, including a "SmokedbyWindowsPhone" type promotion. "Are you the fastest draw at SXSW?" provided guests with the opportunity to try and best the Lumia 900 at snapping a photo.

The manufacturer gave Windows Phone developers the opportunity to have their app showcased on Lumia demo units in the Lab for more exposure. Check out some more shots after the break, as well as the rest of the slideshow at Nokia's Flickr album.

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Low cost Lumia 610 headed to India for Rs 11,000

Lumia 610 coming to India

According to a MWC12 announcement made by Nokia India’s marketing director, Viral Oza, Nokia "will be launching Lumia 610 soon in the Indian market and at an affordable price.” It turns out that the price for the affordable Tango-equipped handset will be Rs 11,000 (about $220), which is almost a third cheaper than its current Windows Phone brethren, the Samsung Omnia W and Nokia Lumia 710 and about half as much as most Android phones.  Though the Lumia 610 will be running Tango, a less feature-rich version of Windows Phone, it is still nothing to sneeze at, sporting a 3.7-inch screen, 8GB memory, and a 5 megapixel camera.

India has historically been a huge market for Nokia, so it makes a whole lot of sense for them to offer a sensibly-priced Windows Phone option in order to hold on to that.  Of course, it's just one front in the battle for Nokia to regain its one-time dominance, since lost to competitors like Samsung.

Source: MobileIndian.com; Via: WMPUTechin5; Thanks for the tip, jubbing!

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Weatherbug

It's been awhile since we've seen WeatherBug get an update, let alone a significant one. So it's nice to see version 2.0 finally (finally!) land in the Marketplace with some advanced Live Tile and Mango support. The full change log is as follows:

  • Live Tiles - New standard live tile and Live Cam views.  We've also added detailed one-day forecast and two-day summary forecast secondary tile options.
  • Visual Forecasts - Easy-to-read, at-a-glance displays of essential weather information you need quickly and easily.
  • Bad Weather Warnings & Alerts - Receive dangerous weather alerts faster from both the National Weather Service and our exclusive WeatherBug Network
  • Live Cams - Scroll through and view live shots from HD cameras in the WeatherBug Network

New tiles

Of course the new stability (and hopefully reliable background updates) should be the real story here, but those new Live Tile options are quite nice as well. This app falls nicely after the Microsoft Weather app in that it offers many more functions but has ads for support. The app seems zippy enough and we really like the layout (though we'd gladly pay $0.99 to remove those garish ads).

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UC Browser for Windows Phone

UC Browser is an alternative to Internet Explorer on Windows Phone, one of the first of its kind. It's been around for some time (it was on Windows Mobile) but only supported Chinese for the Windows Phone build which under went beta testing a few months ago. The browser was recently updated and now has language support for English.

UC Browser is a well designed web browser and pages loaded with a little zip. There's still some work to be done to complete the transition to English and a few features we've yet to discover. But all in all, if you're looking for a change of pace from IE9, UC Browser is worth a try.

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Ronny Gydar and Gydar Industries, the developer behind the fantastic Windows Phone Game Trine's Hangman, is working on a new Windows Phone project. Nope, the new app isn't another word puzzle game but a contacts search engine for your Windows Phone.  What started out as a project to help his mom with her Windows Phone has become People Search (Finn Folk for those in Norway).

People Search Beta for Windows Phone

People Search is designed to make the process of searching for contacts and contacting them with your Windows Phone a little easier.  People Search indexes all your contacts by user selected fields (name, phone numbers, email addresses, etc.) and as you dial the number, name, email, etc. a list of contacts is generated above the dial pad.  People Search reminds me of the old Windows Mobile type that would pull up a list of contacts as you began to dial out the number.

As you see the contacts and tap on the contact of choice, you will see options to call, text, email, and other options depending on how much information you have on that particular contact.  People Search looks like it could be a useful app but Gydar Industries needs your help to iron out all the kinks.

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It's been awhile since we looked at iHeartRadio, the popular radio app available across devices and for the web. It was in October that the app went to v3.0 and received Mango support and a few days ago, version 4.1 hit the Marketplace bringing a nice make over with some bonus features on board.

Gone is the grey photo background and instead we have just pure black with red text. The UI now is much more minimalist and Metro, giving the app a fresh new bold look which we really like.

iHeartRadio

But the biggest feature is the addition of "custom radio" which is very similar to Pandora. You choose a station to create based on a song, artist or genre and iHeartRadio will select tunes based off of that criteria. You can then thumbs up/down songs and from that, refine your musical selection. Likewise you can still pull down lyrics, pin the station to your start screen and purchase/download tracks from the Zune Marketplace.

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Smoked

Microsoft has pushed out yet another update for their Insider app--the app that gives you free Bing wallpapers, ringtones, tips and more from the Windows Phone Team.

What's unique about this update though (and smart) is the inclusion of the Smoked by Windows Phone logo/wallpaper which you can then use for your Lock screen. Pretty cool idea, although if we could offer some criticism: the text on the wallpaper overlaps with the Lock screen info, making it perhaps not the smartest decision for reading visibility.

Smoked

A smaller, notable change is also the new Bing logo in the wallpaper info-bar area. Don't worry, it doesn't save like that.

The Insider app is updated about once a month to include new ringtones and wallpaper and seeing as its free, we see no reason to not have this on your phone (we really like 'Aphex' for our ringtone). Pick it up here in the Marketplace. Thanks, @WobblyChair, for the tip!

QR: Insider

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