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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Manage Your Picasa Library With Picaser

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 10:00 AM

It's not the most original app name in the world, but you certainly can't miss the reference. Picaser is an app that allows you to view and manage your albums and photos on Google's Picasa, with multiple account support (including third party accounts) and the ability to upload directly from your phone. It isn't a free app, but it won't break the bank either at $0.99. Hit the link if you want to try it out.

Monday, February 20, 2012

proSearch: You're All-In-One Search Client

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 02:00 AM

"All search-sites in one! Beautiful, superfast search app, with all the biggest sites, and many categories for each site. It's the fastest way to find what you are looking for."

Ever been frustrated by Bing? And don't have the patience to install and use all the different search clients? Well proSearch might just be what you've been looking for. proSearch aggregates in one app most of what people would normally use, including Bing, Google, and Yahoo as well as Facebook, eBay and Amazon. There's still some rough edges like no user settings or live tiles - strictly no frills - and it would be nice to be able to search multiple providers at once. If you're interested, the price is reasonable (free!) and you can have a look at the app on the Windows marketplace.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Hipstar: Vintage Camera Effects App

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 09:00 AM

"Now any image you take with your Windows Mobile 7 Phone can look like it was taken with a vintage camera. Light leak and vignette effects add depth and dimension, and color filters alter the mood of any photo!"

Photo "enhancing" programs have been around on mobile phones since onboard cameras started getting good enough to actually take decent pictures, maybe about 5-6 years ago. MobileMatiq's unique take on this with Hipstar is to allow you to "age" your photographs, so they'll look like you took them in the 1970s...or even further back. I used to be a huge WWII history buff, and some of the Hipstar samples look pretty convincing to me. Hipstar is available for $1.99 through the WP7 Marketplace.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Weather Channel App Makeover

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 10:00 AM

Version 1.4.0 was released today and includes some nice improvements:

  1. Wallpaper that reflects current conditions;
  2. Facebook and email sharing

The Weather Channel app is free, though you'll have to deal with adverts. You can get it through the Marketplace.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Social Responsibility and WP7

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 07:00 PM

"The Love Clean London Windows Phone 7 app makes it easier for Londoners to report environmental crimes, receive feedback from London boroughs on progress and save London boroughs money...The system gives people an easy way to help their borough keep communities clean, receive prompt action when a report is sent and help boroughs direct their resources to the areas that need them most."

Stuff like this fascinate me - a new way for governments to interact with their constituents, and for people to act individually for the betterment of society. Gadgets and technological change has in some ways isolated humans from each other, but every now and again something crops up to bridge that gap again. I can't imagine that London's the only city that needs cleaning up, nor many others that are about to hold the Olympics, but this imaginative use of existing platforms and technology could serve as a model for a whole host of service improvements - if anyone's listening. Yeah, I can see the flip-side (for instance if something like this was available in pre-Glasnost Russia, or present day Libya), but I prefer to have some faith in the basic altrusim of mankind. The Love Clean London app is a free download from Windows Marketplace.


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Microsoft Removes Twin Blades From Marketplace

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 07:30 PM

"It has been revealed that Microsoft has pulled one of the Windows Phone 7's Xbox LIVE enabled launch titles from the Zune Marketplace. Press Start Studio's Twin Blades: The Reaping Vanguard is no longer available for download in any territory, with little explanation being offered as to why...An undeniably violent game, Twin Blades: The Reaping Vanguard sets the scene of a bloody battle against zombies in a small town, and also tells the tale of a lesbian romance between two nuns (one of which dies during the course of the game). Which aspect of this premise Microsoft deemed inappropriate is not yet known."

Microsoft has so far been easy going regarding what get in, and stays in, Windows Phone 7's Marketplace. But as perhaps a portent of things to come, one of the initial launch titles - and a LIVE-enabled one at that - has been pulled from the Marketplace with very little fanfare. Twin Blades has some elements that might be objectionable to some, but the fact that Microsoft allowed it in in the first place, and let it sell for over four months before pulling it, suggests that some rethinking has been going on. Personally, I'd prefer some kind of rating system, such as practiced for PC games - inform me and let me make the choice - rather than a potentially arbitrary corporate decision restricting what I can or can't do. But maybe that's just me.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 09:30 AM

"SPB TV has been around for ages on Windows Mobile and is the second port by the popular software company to Windows Phone, the other being Brain Evolution 2. Offering free streaming TV from around the globe, SPB TV is quite popular outside the U.S. (US channel selection is limited, but it's still a great app to have on hand) and offers a excellent streaming experience."

For us old-timers, SPB is a familiar and welcome name, known for quality apps at affordable prices on Windows Mobile. They haven't foregone Windows Phone 7, and SPB TV is the second in their portfolio to be ported to Microsoft's new software platform. SPB TV will be offered free and should be in Windows Marketplace soon.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Amazon Joins WP7 App Parade

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 09:30 PM

If you're an Amazon devotee, this is the app for you - easier to use than the mobile web version because of support for WP7 gestures, and supports 1-Click ordering, package tracking and wishlists, among others. The app is available through Windows Marketplace (click here).

Friday, February 4, 2011

Bubblegum Enables Social Photo Sharing

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 11:00 AM

"Minority platform users are often stuck waiting for a third-party to come along and conjure up a solution with whatever bits of the API they can uncover, or hoping that someone builds a clone...That last exactly what a pair of Microsofties has done for Windows Phone 7. After growing tired of waiting for any of these picture sharing services to come to them, they built one of their own: bubblegum. And yes, it has the silly filters."

Just waiting for a social photo sharing app for your quick snaps? Bubblegum fills that niche for you, and despite being a product of days off, it's apparently fairly full featured. If you're interested, follow this link to the Marketplace.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Free Apps Do Better Than Paid Apps With Trial

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 07:00 PM

"It's been about 2 weeks since I rereleased Tic-Tac-Toe 3D for WP7 as a free version. First days have seen a peak of interest from being a "new" free app, so I waited for some time to pass before making any conclusions. It seems that usage has stabilized over the past week, so let's take a look at the stats."

The statistician in me says: not enough data. One app isn't enough of a sample to make general conclusions, even if you have lots of data points for that app. Having said that the difference in behavior is significant enough (40x greater usage) to make it worthwhile polling other developers to see what their experiences are. Funny thing is, Alan notes that the gross revenue generated is approximately the same, if you don't net off Microsoft's cut from marketplace sales. He's also got some good recommendations for changes to the Trial API that developers use. Personally I'd pay for ad-free versions of apps, but judging from this data I'm in the minority. So which is your preference - free with ads, or paid for and without?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

In The Marketplace: Altair VI

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 10:00 PM

"This is the adventure of the surviving members of the crew of USS Bodacity, stranded on Altair VI, a remote planet in the peripheral sectors of the colonized space...You are a member of the Starfleet. Many of your shipmates are here for the adventure, for the excitement, to explore the outer space. Some of them to serve the Republic, to protect the peace, to bring the law in the outer systems. A few are here because this is their only option. You... have your reason too."

Featuring over 50 monsters, 70+ items, and 4 different characters to play, Episode 1 of Altair VI ("Stranded on Altair VI") is a turn-based sci-fi action RPG that promises some fun. Apparently a lot of work went into detailing the environment, artwork (which I quite like), storyline and musical atmosphere - you can read an interview with the developer here. You can even unlock bonus items by registering on the developer's website. The trial allows completion of the first two missions, and the full app is just $1.99 (limited time promotional price). Episode 2 is promised for spring 2011.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

What's Coming In The First WP7 Update

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 09:00 PM

"It's hard to believe something like this was missing, but even more so people actually missed using it (the generic excuse from fruit phone owners when bagging the platform). Sure there are certain scenarios where it's required, but only a few...Having said that, in the first update you're getting copy and paste. For reals!"

This cat's been out of the bag so long, it's begotten a litter. But the details count - copy and paste will only be available in a text control box, which somewhat limits its usefulness. I'd be interested if it works on web pages with IE, for example. The other two big items - WP7 will work much faster than ever, and the sideloading security hole exposed by the Chevron WP7 tool will be closed. Not exactly an overhaul update, but there's meat on them thar bones.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Microsoft To Hacker: Have A Go

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 08:30 PM

"20-something firmware magician GeoHot (George Hotz) has already been sued by Sony for jailbreaking the PlayStation 3, and caused a major stir in the iPhone dev community when he released limera1n. So what next for the ambitious young hacker? How about taking a stab at Windows Phone 7?"

Despite temporarily taking down the Chevron WP7 tool that allowed sideloading of apps, Microsoft continues to be less than draconian about shutting out would-be hackers. In this instance, it's almost a dare to hacker GeoHot (mugshot above), with an offer of a free development device thrown in for good measure. I hope MS stays the course on this - I for one ain't that keen on the gated marketplace concept, especially since half the countries WP7 has been introduced in still have no official access to Windows Marketplace.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Lifehacker's Favourite WP7 Apps

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 08:00 PM

"Windows Phone 7 is the newest kid on Smartphone Street, but this kid comes highly recommended. WP7's got some great apps worth grabbing, even in its very young Market, and you can try them all free. Here are our best picks."

Even with the fairly limited choice available through the Windows Phone marketplace, there's already enough to start making must-have lists. Lifehacker's choices would probably meet most people's productivity needs, but there's always a few that have been overlooked. Sound off on your favourites - and the ones to avoid.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Accessing Windows Marketplace If Your Country's Not On The List

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 11:00 PM

There are a lot of things to like about Windows Phone 7 - the refreshing UI, the speed, the unique people centric approach to information - and Microsoft has what may be a winner on their hands. But then...there's the other stuff. Some of it will be handled in the rumoured forthcoming update, like multitasking and copy & paste functionality. Others have no apparent timeline, like actually accessing the marketplace. Read more...

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Chevron WP7 Unlocker Pulled

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 05:30 PM

"Earlier today, we were contacted by Brandon Watson, Director of Developer Experience for Windows Phone 7, to discuss the ChevronWP7 unlocking tool...we established a mutual understanding of our intent to enable homebrew opportunities and to open the Windows Phone 7 platform for broader access to developers and users...To pursue these goals with Microsoft's support, [he] has agreed to engage in futher discussions with us about officially facilitating homebrew development on WP7. To fast-track discussions, we are discontinuing the unlocking tool effective immediately."

Just days after being posted, the ChevronWP7 tool that allows sideloading of apps onto WP7 devices has been pulled - that's the bad news. The good news is that Microsoft, notwithstanding yesterday's statement, is willing to support homebrew efforts. Now the situation looks like the best of both worlds - the open free-for-all that characterised Windows Mobile development, and the locked down, officially supported marketplace approach of Apple. This is closer to what Google is doing with Android, with the crucial difference of having some official sanction; of course with the understanding that if you want to hack your device, anything bad that happens is on your head. I'm happy with this, especially since as of this moment there's no official marketplace access available in Malaysia, and sideloading is the only way to get anything on board.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Microsoft On Hacking WP7

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 07:30 PM

"We anticipated that people would attempt to unlock the phones and explore the underlying operating system. We encourage people to use their Windows Phone as supplied by the manufacturer to ensure the best possible user experience. Attempting to unlock a device could void the warranty, disable phone functionality, interrupt access to Windows Phone 7 services or render the phone permanently unusable."

Well, I thought that MS shouldn't do anything too drastic about people rooting their WP7 devices, and it appears that they won't. The statement above, in response to the ChevronWP7 app that came out a few days ago (pictured), is the equivalent of "Do what you want, but it's on your head". But I think that's the best case scenario for everybody - MS can concentrate on the vast majority who aren't power users, and disclaim any legal liability from those who want to push the boundaries a little bit.

Friday, November 26, 2010

ChevronWP7 Allows Sideloading On WP7

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 08:00 AM

Well, it had to happen. Now the real question is to see what Microsoft does about it. I don't think the full lock down treatment a'la Apple was ever really intended, but neither is the free-for-all that is Android. Some happy third way? I don't know about you, but I'd veer toward allowing a modicum of freedom - if you're going to go out of your way to root your device, then you'll know (and should be willing to bear) the consequences.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Windows Phone Designer Themes: Free to Download on October 6

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 01:00 AM

"Fashion Week is in full swing in New York City this week, and today, we're excited to announce five designer themes created just for Windows phones. The themes, which include custom palettes and wallpapers, were designed by some of today's hottest designers: Diane von Furstenberg, Vera Wang, Isaac Mizrahi, Rock & Republic and Ron Arad."

There's no denying that Microsoft does a great job at connecting with big names to produce exclusive content for its products. Just take a look at the Xbox and Zune. Come October 6, Windows Mobile will get in on the action with some exclusive themes from a handful of top designers. And best of all, they'll be free to download from the Windows Marketplace for Mobile.

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