Google Maps Navigation is arguably the biggest thing to hit GPS navigation since its inception. I use it pretty much where ever I go, not because I don’t know how to get where I’m going, but because of dynamic re-routing and near-real-time traffic data. Combine these two and I can avoid congestion, accidents, and road hazards, and be directed through the side-streets with which I might be unfamiliar.
One of the biggest complaints about Google Maps Navigation has been its lack of availability outside the United States. There are some hacks that allowed foreign access [...]
After having reviewed many Windows Phones where I logged into the Marketplace for Mobile, it appears that I can no longer log in to my Windows Live account. This error message says that I must use another Windows Live ID if I want to get access to applications. Anyone else ever run into this?
Developers and users are reporting problems finding apps in the Android Market. Google is either unaware of the problem, or they aren’t commenting about it. What’s worse, this news comes on the heals of the recently announced iOS4 and iPhone 4.
According to some developers, the Market is no longer displaying certain applications. It doesn’t look like this is any kind of censorship or app filtering since the majority of the missing apps have been listed in the market previously without any complaints from Google. Additionally, the problem seems only to be [...]
If you were one of the brave souls that installed the leaked Froyo Release Candidate on their Nexus One and miss being able to download and install protected apps from the Market, you’re in luck — as long as you have ADB or SuperUser access.
If you have SU access on your phone, grab the froyo.zip file from XDA-Developers.com and copy it to the root of your sdcard.
From your Nexus One, open your terminal emulator and type in the following (press “enter” at the end of each line).
sumount -o remount,rw /systemcd /systemmv build.prop [...]
Spore, which was created by the genius behind the Sims series of games, has now evolved to another chapter in this sequel called Spore Creatures. In the previous game your Spore was stuck under the sea trying to defend itself while rising to the top of the food chain. In this new edition the Spores have come out of the water to find themselves on land. Like the computer game, after evolving your Spore to have legs and various defenses you are now capable of attacking other Spore Creatures while trekking over obstacles through the 12 new levels. Spore Creatures is $6.99 on Windows [...]
If you’re in the US and in the market for a new home, there’s an app that can help you research and it’s accessible on several mobile platforms. Until now, the Zillow app has only been available for the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. Fortunately, the developers decided to include Windows Phone users with their latest release. The app for Windows Mobile allows you to search for houses on a map and view their estimated values, detailed info (bed/bath/year built/property description), and photos.
Whether you’re looking to pack up and find a new place [...]
Pin Manager is an all-in-one secure password keeper. The program is capable of holding a nearly infinite amount of passwords, pin numbers, credit card numbers, insurance information, and much more. If you need to keep a copy of any document, just snap a photo to be saved directly with the information. You may register for a free account on Value Phone to sync up your secure information. Pin Manager is free on Windows Mobile Marketplace.
Auto Reset is a great utility to schedule any time during the day for your Windows Phone to automatically reset itself. By resetting periodically the phone will free up RAM being used by the device. With a bunch of RAM being used the phone will experience severe battery drainage and lag while trying to navigate to other programs or features. This program makes it much more convenient than to take out the battery or pushing a small pointed object into the reset button, usually under the battery cover on newer devices. Auto Reset costs $0.99 USD on Windows Mobile Marketplace.
Next2Me is a free search-practically-anything in my proximity application. The program features 30 different categories such as hotels, restaurants, stores, ATMs and many more. There is even direct integration with Wikipedia to search out historical and fun points-of-interest. Next2Me has a calling feature that allows the place of business to be dialed directly from the program and saved as a contact for future reference. Next2Me uses both cell phone tower triangulation and GPS proximity to locate what is around you. The program is free on Windows Mobile Marketplace.
WeatherBug is a free weather application that provides users access with up-to-date weather information from stations in the U.S. and around the world. WeatherBug gives current conditions, forecasts, radar and maps and as well as severe weather alerts. The program can even display camera views from major cities. The ad-supported application is free on Windows Mobile Marketplace.
Edgeway Turbo21 is a blackjack variant in which you need to make as many sets of 21 as you can in the allotted time. The game is $1.99 on Windows Mobile Marketplace.
It looks like some game houses are dedicating large amounts of talent to developing for the i-ecosystem, which will now encompass the iPod Touch, iPhone, and the iPad–a device that is backward compatible with apps designed for the former two. The Wall Street Journal is saying that app developer Social Gaming Network is devoting up to 90% of its employees to creating content for iPhone OS apps, which already has 70 million devices in circulation and is expected to grow by about 5-10 million more with iPad sales this year by analyst forecasts. The dedication to the iPad may cause a [...]
GpsSpot from Cradle Software uses the onboard or attached GPS device to help save and recall nearly any previously visited site on Earth. Want to know where you parked your car? Where that great spot was the last time you went hiking? Just snap a photo and GpsSpot will save it for future recall. To get back to the exact location saved just follow the arrow. The program shows exact mileage or kilometers to the destination as well as how fast you are traveling. GpsSpot costs $3.99 on Windows Mobile Marketplace.
Mobile Translator is a free application on Windows Mobile Marketplace that is capable of translating many different languages. The program utilizes the Bing translator service to provide a bi-direction translation of languages such as: Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Thai. Some languages require a matching Unicode font be installed to properly render that character set.
xMaps is an offline map application that allows you to download worldwide map data from Openstreetmaps directly to your phone. The program will show your current GPS position along with your speed and altitude. Tag your favorite places with a marker for future reference. xMaps is an ideal program for bike tours, hiking, or venturing out where there is either roaming data or no data. The program costs $1.99 on Windows Mobile Marketplace.
In this video we demonstrate probably one of the most addictive games ever, Hunting. Protect your homeland and earn food by preventing the enemies from reaching the exit. The strategic placement of your warriors will keep the ememies at bay. The game becomes progressively more difficult throughout each round. When you have proven yourself worthy and all of the levels have been unlocked you may challenge your friends in the multiplayer arena over a Bluetooth connection. Hunting is $1.99 on Windows Mobile Marketplace but there is a trial available.
My extended family is quickly becoming an Android family. At each gathering we compare what phones everyone else is using and Bump our updated contact information to each other. After a little while I noticed a trend: even with my aging G1, my Android was much faster than everyone else’s, including a pair of Motorola Droids.
That just didn’t make sense. Sure, I was using CyanogenMod ROM with a swap partition which speed things up considerably, but could Cyanogen really have made the relatively slow G1 outperform the super-fast Droid?
It turns out my suspicions [...]
Extra…Extra…Read all about it! The Daily News Mobile, created by Handmark, is a news application that focuses around the news of New York and the world. There are many topics to choose; from local, world, sports, gossip, and political. It is like having the biggest-selling paper in the delivered to you everyday without the cost. The news application is free on Windows Mobile Marketplace.
Tangram Pro is a fun puzzle game that uses tangrams to solve various image configurations. Tangrams have been played for over 3000 years and apparently still just as fun. Tangram Pro has over 200 image puzzles to solve. The game is $0.99 USD on Windows Mobile Marketplace, but there is no trial available.
One of the best features about Windows Phones is the ability to backup contacts to either Outlook or to the Microsoft MyPhone service. For some reason when you input a new contact into your device the phone will arrange them by last name. Contact Changer will help rearrange those contacts into the order that suits you better. This simple program will change all of your contacts either by “First name Last name”, “Last name First name, or “First name Middle name Last name” with just a tap of the Change button. There is even an option to add [...]
According to Microsoft, a new DRM code that is different than what is available for apps purchased today on Marketplace for Mobile for Windows Mobile 6.x will be used for the new Marketplace for Windows Phone 7 Series. The new DRM code will make it more secure for developers to protect their rights and combat app piracy while still providing an easy to use experience for consumers. We’ll try to find out more about DRM on Windows Phone 7 Series Marketplace and apps, but for now, just know that it’s a different standard that’s probably a lot more tough to crack than [...]
Marketplace for Mobile was initially introduced for Windows Mobile 6.x devices with the launch of Windows Mobile 6.5, and since then, Microsoft has allowed consumers to purchase apps and games via the web browser on the desktop or on device. With Windows Phone 7 Series, things are going to change a bit. Still present is the convenience of on-device app purchase through Marketplace for Windows phone 7 Series on the device, but desktop apps, games, music, and videos will be handled by the Zune Dorado client.
We asked Microsoft during our personal time with the company’s [...]
Further revealing its plans for Marketplace for Windows Phone 7 Series–the official and only destination for most to get apps, games, and music for their devices–Microsoft is stating that it will set “guidance and certifications” for applications submitted to Marketplace. While exact details of what the approval process would entail are not available at this time, Microsoft is stating that it is taking a middle of the road approach, providing clear, set expectations to developers and in turn will be providing users with a consistent and high user [...]