There is one major country in the Western World where Windows Phones are outselling iPhones, which likely explains why the bishop in the above picture, who is taking his own picture of the canonization of John Paul II & John XXIII today,is using a Nokia Lumia rather than the ubiquitous iPhone.
The handset appears to be a Nokia Lumia 900, a sign of the early popularity of Windows Phones in Italy even before Windows Phone 8.
Given that the current Pope, Pope Francis, is from South America, another area where Windows Phone is doing better than the iPhone, it does make us wonder what handset his holiness is sporting…
We have updated Shopping List Simpe, the simplest and most beautiful grocery list app, to version 1.4. The update brings new features and a new discounted price.
- four new color themes including one base on the accent color
- smaller more readable font
- trial period extended to 14 days so you can really try the app and decide if it is worth the money
- fix for missing lockscreen icon
So far, the app has been getting very positive reviews, and it is on sale now for only $0.99. with a free 14 trial.
And we still also support Windows Phone 7 users.
Proving once and for all that you don’t exactly have to be the sharpest person to be a mugger, two muggers robbed Kevin Cook and a friend at gunpoint of his 2010 LG Quantum Windows Phone in Central park this weekend.
However on seeing the rather archaic sliding screen and keyboard they promptly returned the handset and made their getaway.
“He just took a look at it and he didn’t recognize it at all. I just assumed that he couldn’t make any money off of it. So he handed it back to me and a minute later I was able to call 911 and get the whole thing started,” Cook said.
“It’s like, finally a pro for having something out of date,” he said.
Do our readers think the thieves were right to turn down the LG Quantum, which had its own share of fans, or is this just another case of Windows Phone haters? Let us know below.
Via CBS New York
For about a week now Windows Phone developers have been unable to publish apps for Windows Phone 7 handsets.
Developers are able to post apps to the store, but when downloaded to devices the apps crash immediately.
A thread of complaints have been posted on Microsoft’s support forums, but very little appear to be happening regarding the bug.
Developer Alex Sorokoletov writes:
I want to confirm this is really urgent issue from developer’s view. We have apps in production crashing on WP7, people are posting low reviews and beta apps on WP7 are also not working. That means teams using beta for testing their products on WP7 have to stop and wait.
Almost a week passed and the issue still remains.
Please update us as soon as possible on solutions or workarounds available.
Have our readers who are still using Windows Phone 7 handsets run into this issue? Let us know below.
Via Smartphonefrance.info, thanks Christophe for the tip.
Electrodude is a collection of electronic tools containing important reference material, calculators and pin-out diagrams that are really useful for both students and professionals.
The app contains the following calculators:
- Resistor value (using color code)
- Resistor value (using SMD code)
- Inductor value (using color code)
- Ohm’s Law Calculator
- RC, LC and RL Filters
- Inductive and capacitive reactance
- Series-parallel resistance
- Battery life calculation
In addition to the above calculator it contains pin-out diagrams of:
- USB Port
- Parallel Port
- Midi Port
- S-Video Port
- VGA Port
- Serial Port
- Firewire Port
- PS/2 – AT Port
The app has both, a free and paid version. The free version has limitations, just an ad at the bottom.
Microsoft has been sending out emails to Zune and Windows Phone 7 owners informing them of future changes to Xbox Video.
The changes, which will come late February 2014, will mean video downloaded after that date will no longer work on Zune players, the Zune app and Windows Phone 7. Presumably video purchased before this date will continue to work.
According to the note the changes will allow Microsoft to “more quickly and efficiently add the highest quality video content to the Xbox Video service.”
Presumably the changes will only affect a minority of users, with less than 20% of Windows Phone users in USA still using Windows Phone 7, and presumably an even smaller fraction of these using Xbox Video.
The email can be seen here.
Are any of our readers affected by this upcoming change? Let us know below.
Yatzy Ultimate, the top cross-platform dice game on the market, boosts competition with the new Leaderboards and encourages players to beat high-scores and climb to the top. The rivalry has never been fiercer as the top Yatzy players in the world compete for the top spots in Hi-Score, Hall of Fame and Top Players leaderboard.
Yatzy players from all over the world joined the Yatzy Ultimate family and enjoy the unique roll-the-dice experience with their friends and family. Every day players place their bets and beat the scores to win Game.IO chips in Bet mode. Top Yatzy players challenge each other in Online mode, playing Yatzy, Maxi Yatzy and American Yatzy. Now, the goals have changed and beating high scores has never been more important with the new Leaderboards.
“We encouraged players to take the challenge and enter the ultimate Yatzy competition, so now it’s time to show-off their results and see who’s the best in the new Leaderboards. Who wouldn’t love to see their name on the top, so let’s start beating high scores! ” says Marija Keleshoska, marketing specialist at Game.IO.
iPhone and iPad users can download Yatzy Ultimate free of charge or get the full version on iTunes, as for owners of Windows Phone 7 and 8 devices, Yatzy Free and Yatzy are available on Windows Phone store. Players will enjoy hours of fun playing Yatzy and they are encouraged to share their thoughts and comments via reviews in the store.
To stay up to date with the latest Game.IO developments join them on Facebook, Twitter and VKontakte or simply contact them on [email protected].
About Game.io: Game.IO is exclusive social casino multiplayer platform with Casino, Board and Dice reinvented games. Game.IO provides the players with the best of classic and modern games in a new and exciting game range. More at [email protected].
Posting on their blog, Skype announced that they will not be developing the Windows Phone 7 version of their app any further, but will in fact be concentrating on Windows Phone 8 development.
Earlier this year we outlined Skype’s Mobile Future, where our work on Windows Phone has been leading the way in a number of key areas. Skype for Windows Phone was the first Skype mobile app to have HD Video Calling, the new Modern user interface and be always on and power efficient. The Windows Phone 8 platform is gaining good momentum in the marketplace and at Skype the vast majority of our Windows Phone base and usage is on Windows Phone 8.
Just recently we released Video Messaging for our Windows Phone 8 app, enabling you to record and share messages, even when friends and loved ones are not available for a call. As we look ahead to the future, we are focusing all our efforts to bring great experiences and improved performance to Windows Phone 8, building on the capabilities of the platform. As a result we are not planning to release further updates to Skype for Windows Phone 7. However the Windows Phone 7 app will remain available to download in the Windows Phone Store, so users can still keep using the core Skype experiences, such as Chat, Voice and Video Calls.
While Windows Phone 8 is likely the majority of the market, there are still many millions of Windows Phone 7 users, making the decision unfortunate. On the other hand the current app will continue to remain available, and Windows Phone 8 APIs allow features which are just not possible on Windows Phone 7.
Do our readers think this is a reasonable decision, or should Skype, which after all belongs to Microsoft, be going out of their way to support all their Microsoft mobile customers? Let us know below.
WNM Live, the social network that lets you meet new people living near you, has just released a major update for both their Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 apps. The update contains an entirely reworked UX. Probably the most noticeable change is that the app has adopted the same slide-out navigation menu as the latest Facebook app:
From looking at the app’s recent reviews, it looks like although there are a few users that are unhappy with the new change, the vast majority are happy with the change. This could be the start of a new standard UI paradigm on Windows Phone for those apps with very complex navigational structures. The existing “Central Hub + Menu” navigation structure really never fully fit for applications such as the Facebook App or the WNM Live app.
In addition to the slide-out navigation menu, a new top bar has been added to each screen:
This top bar allows quick access to the navigation menu, your latest messages, latest watched posts, and latest group posts. It also allows you to pivot between different views of the current screen.
Besides for the vastly overhauled UX in this latest update, it looks like a handful of other features have been added, including the ability to delete posts and comments, an infinite scrolling activity list on user profiles, and the ability to save photos to your phone. Many of the reviews that users have left also say that the app seems to be much more responsive overall.
If you want to learn more about the redesigned UX and the thought process behind the changes, you can head over to the WNM Live blog to read the full details.
The app is free and available for both Windows Phone 7 and 8. You can download the latest version from the Windows Phone store using the link below:
The new Facebook beta app for Windows Phone 7 has been updated to version 220.127.116.11, and brings along a slew of bug fixes.
The update adds a loading message, fixes an issue with the send message button being greyed out, and issues with not being able to load older messages by scrolling was also fixed.
The app also appears smoother, and has better language support. Issues with the wide tile in Windows Phone 7.8 has also been fixed.
The app now also supports 256 MB devices.
The beta version can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
Joe Belfiore has just tweeted that an updated version of the Facebook app for Windows Phone which supports Windows Phone 7 has just been submitted to the Windows Phone Store.
The app is expected to bring much of the improvements in the new Windows Phone 8 version to Windows Phone 7 handsets.
The app will bring faster performance, a new user interface, improved navigation, support for multiple resolutions and tile sizes, and more.
It should become available in a matter of hours to a few days.
Update: The Facebook Beta for WP7 is now available here.
For those who haven’t heard Film Closet, is a full movie database where the user can find information about any film in an easy, quick and intuitive way. At this time, it contains information for more than 120.000 movies (number rising at a fast pace)!
Film Closet has more than 3000 reviews with average 4.17 and has been downloaded over 56.000 times
in less than 5 months!
The new version of Film Closet adds the following features:
- Change LockScreen Wallpaper (when you select a movie || randomly every 30 minutes)
- Voice Commands: jump to any page of Film Closet
- Text-to-Speech: relax and listen the overviews of the movies and the biographies of the persons
- multiple-resolution support
- donate with In-App Purchase
- Login to TheMovieDB
- Favorites list *
- Watchlist *
- Custom user lists *
- User rated movies list *
- Rate a movie *
- Discover Movies page: sort by vote average, release date, popularity and filter by genre, rating
- Shuffle page: get random movies
- Find the collection where the movie belongs
- User reviews
- Link to write a review
* (requires login)
Help us improve the app and provide future updates by donating…
You can find more informations and download film Closet in the Windows Phone Store, here.
Windows Phone 7 users, who are still around 1/3 of the platform, have been waiting with various degrees of patience for the long promised updated Windows Phone 7 Facebook app to arrive.
Today Joe Belfiore finally addressed the issue, and revealed that the app is “coming along”, and should be available in beta form this month.
Joe also posted that they are aware of issues with push notifications from Facebook to their Windows Phone app and that “improvements are coming”
Are many of our readers still waiting for the Windows Phone 7 FB app? Let us know below.