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SOLVED! Me-tile does not post new tweets on WindowsPhone

SOLVED:

Windows Phone Support Team has recently informed us that the problem is solved now. I tested it with some tweets, it seems all is working again now. I tried to get more information on what was the reason, but it seems they do not have any info at the moment. I asked them to keep me informed, so I will update this post if I get some information.

Old Post:

Since yesterday the baked in twitter integration on Windows Phone seems to be not working properly.

There are several reports from users around the globe who are not able to post a new tweet via the Me-tile. It seems the tweet is posted, no error is showing up, but tweets never Show up on twitter.

Update 1:
Mentions and retweeting as well as answering tweets seem to work.

For all WPDev: this affects also your apps which are using the integrated sharing function. On Facebook posting is ok.  Twitter sharing seems to work, but does nothing.

I contacted the Windows Phone support team via twitter (@winphonesupport), they are investigating.

Update 2:
Windows Phone Support has stated they are looking into the issue we all have with our Me-tile. No more Information at this moment. I will update my post as soon as I got any new information. I think they registered now that it is a global problem.

Update 3:
Windows Phone Support also told me they have enough examples for the moment, so we do not get them posted our device data any more.

Please feel still free to leave a comment below.

Hopefully this problem will be saved soon.

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Posted by msicc in Windows Phone, 8 comments
(Updated) What will be new in Windows Phone Tango (WindowsPhone 7.5 Refresh)

(Updated) What will be new in Windows Phone Tango (WindowsPhone 7.5 Refresh)

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In the last days several news about Tango where made public, where some new screen shots from an Windows Phone Tango (although Microsoft does not call it like this) ROM are imaged. The images are originally from xda-developers and WP7forum.ru.

So here is what is new in short:

Update 1: More apps in TaskSwitcher – NOT!

Tango Multitasking

Yesterday I reported about the leaked news that Tango will have an increased task ability of 8 apps. As stated by HD2Owner on xda, this is a cooked in feature, not a real one. Sorry for the confusion.

Far less memory usage

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As you can see on this picture, the xda-devs made a comparison between the actual version 8107 and the awaited Mango refresh with version 8773 (a cooked ROM). There is less memory usage on the newer build. Whether this is on final build like this or not, we can actually not say. It makes sense that the new version does use less memory, as there will be certain devices with only 256 MB. And Microsoft will for sure make Windows Phone as fast and fluid as we know already also on these devices.

Evolved MMS settings

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As you can see on this shot, there are new settings for delivery confirmation and acknowledgement.

We will also be able to use multiple attachments in one MMS, but his might be a carrier-dependent settings. Background info: there are certain carriers which have a size limit on MMS, so this will maybe not available on all devices.

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Updated Marketplace

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If an app is not able to run on a 256 MB-device, the marketplace tells you that for your device the app is not available. So this will lead to an still fast and fluid user experience, just because you cannot install memory-eating apps .

I will update this post as soon as new information are showing up.

Sources: xda-developers, WP7forum.ru, WP7forum.ru

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Nokia Lumia 610 will get two additional cover colors and will launch as prepaid-bundle

Nokia Lumia 610 will get two additional cover colors and will launch as prepaid-bundle

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The German Windows Phone news page wpnewsflip.de recently posted an article about the Lumia 610.

The Lumia 610 is supposed to launch as prepaid-bundle-device. This might mean some restrictions, as these devices are often delivered SIM- or net-locked. More details on this are not available at the moment.

To achieve their goal to reach out to as  many  young people as possible, Nokia will threat two additional colors to their 610 product line. These colors are orange and purple.

Nokia wants their new Lumia 610 to be “hip and flip”, as the said on a blogger meeting in Düsseldorf, Germany. Launch of this device will be in May this year.

It is also said that the Lumia 610 will be delivered with Mango, and will get an update to the Mango refresh (read here more about it).

So I am curios about how this will end, but as a father with a son who wants a Windows Phone device to own (he is playing a lot with my phone), I really do not have a problem to buy it as prepaid-bundle. Only thing I hope it will be a net-lock on my carrier, not a SIM-lock.

Also with only a net-lock there is the possibility to buy it as a bundle and use your mobile contract SIM in it.

As soon as I get new information about this, I will update this post.

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Confirmed: Google is working on a G+ app for WindowsPhone

Confirmed: Google is working on a G+ app for WindowsPhone

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Just a few minutes after I switched off my PC today, I received a note that is worth to share.

According to Google Germany´s press spokesperson Stefan Keuchel, Google is working on an app for their social network.

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As you can see, @dominiksichling asked him on Twitter whether and when an G+ app for Windows Phone will be released.

Google´s answer: there is no date yet, but it is coming.

Good to see that also Microsoft competitors are working on apps for Windows Phone. This shows that Windows Phone finally is gaining really some attention.

Feel free to leave your thinkings in comments below.

Thx to @dominiksichling for sharing this news.

Posted by msicc in Windows Phone, 2 comments

Bing and Nokia Maps – finally unified

Last year Microsoft and Nokia announced their strategic partnership. One point of this partnership is also their maps.

Bing and Nokia Maps designers have been working hard to offer an unique experience to us. Yesterday, both posted about the result of this work.

The new Maps will be available through web version as well as on Windows Phone.

New color palette for road map style

Bing and Nokia updated both their coloring of the maps, which leads to a more streamlined look. It is now easier to interpret roads on the map, as shown here:

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Typography and Visual Hierarchy

With updated fonts, a new structure on labels more based on zoom levels, Bing and Nokia are providing a more clear readability as well as usability. Only information which is necessary and sense-full will be provided. Both learned that to much information creates an overload, which cuts deep into the user experience.

New Bing Maps also on Windows Phone

Also on Windows Phone the changes will be applied. Look at these two shots to compare the old map style and the new one.

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Bing Maps has grown mapping coverage to a bunch of new countries, like Egypt, Israel, Malta, Philippines, Uruguay and Venezuela.

It´s good to see another fruit of the strategic partnership between Microsoft and Nokia.

You can read the full post over at Bing´s Blog as well as on Nokia´s Blog.

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What´s up for Microsoft in 2012?

What´s up for Microsoft in 2012?

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Today I want to give a sneak preview of what we can expect from Microsoft this year.

Several dates are just fixed:

January 10-13: CES

This will be Microsoft´s last appearance on the Consumer Electronic Show. While this decision started a controversial discussion last year, we will sure see some new features for our Xbox, Windows Phone and probably on Windows 8. Also Nokia is located with a big stand, so I guess there will sure be some Windows Phone news. Maybe we developers will get again some beta of the next Windows Phone version? Or a Windows Phone by Sony (Ericsson)?

February 27 –  March 1: Mobile World Congress

Well, this will be an interesting thing for me from two parts: first as an employee of Telefonicá, which has always something big to tell about their on-going projects like BlueVia, the API-program of them. The world central is also located in Spain, so it is only natural that there will be a huge presence of Telefonicá.  Second part is from my part as Microsoft fan. I expect further details about the next version of Windows Phone, and also some news about the tablet capabilities of Windows 8.

March 9-18: SWSX Interactive

Last year, we all received our fantastic IE9. What happens this year? IE10? Windows 8? Xbox? Well, actually there is nothing concrete, so I have to update this when there will be news.

April: MIX

Well, if you click on that site, there are no news about a conference this year. Maybe it will be mashed up in this years Build. MS itself has no information to share at the moment.

June 5-7: E3 Expo

This is Microsoft´s primary Xbox Stage, and so we will normally see a lot of new Games both for Windows Phone and Xbox (like in 2011). I think there will be also some new apps around there, as the Xbox is now our multimedia centre in our living rooms.

June 11-14: TechEd 2012 

This is for pros and devs and is normally about already announced products. This is primarily for North America.

June 25-29: TechEd Europe 2012

After cancelling last year’s TechEd Europe, Microsoft is set to hold this year´s event.

July 9-13 Worldwide Partner Conference 2012

Microsoft is annually holding this event to thank their partners, show their roadmaps. As the trend for cloud computing continues, I guess there will be a large time of talking about the cloud, the cloud and the cloud.

November 12-15 SharePoint Conference 2012

As until now there is nothing about Office, Office 365 and SharePoint around, I guess this will be the scheduled launch conference for the updated 2012 product line.

So now you have a smart oversight about this years Microsoft events. Surely this list will be updated from time to time, as there are missing some events:

Build 2012

As it seems without a doubt the year of Windows 8 and the next version of Windows Phone, I am sure there will be an event. At this moment there is no information about it, but the missing MIX-conference is another indicator for this event to happen.

As I mentioned above, I will steadily update this post to keep the list up to date.

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My Top 10 Must-Have apps for WindowsPhone (December 2011)

My Top 10 Must-Have apps for WindowsPhone (December 2011)

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On request from some of you I present you today my Top 10 Must-Have apps for Windows Phone. If you want to download one of those apps, just click on the image.

1. WhatsApp (free for one year)

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Everyone has Whatsapp. It is not important which platform you are using. iOS, BlackBerry, Android, Soon Symbian and of course Windows Phone. WhatsApp is a messaging client which works very well and keeps you informed about new messages via Toast-Notification as well as with an counter on your live-tile. Some say that the push and the Toast are not working properly for them. This is NOT an OS-thing, but app-related. I tried WhatsApp on Android and iOS and was also not receiving Notifications. All in all a really good alternative to SMS.

2. Mehdoh (free)

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Even with twitter integration baked into the OS, you cannot go without a twitter app. Before I was using MoTweets as well as Birdsong, which were the best apps when they reached to the marketplace. But then came Mehdoh. Mehdoh is a simple styled, but heavy functional twitter client.  You can use different image-services like yfrog, TwitPic, twidvid or img.ly. You can change your profile directly on the go within the app. The app has also an option for read it later. What I like most on the app is the ability to handle a lot of tweets. Over night you miss easily around 400-600 tweets. Before I was using the mobile twitter site to read them. But now I can do this with Mehdoh – the first app I used which can really handle so many tweets. There are few more features, e.g. the ability to edit retweets (I use this to correct the hashtags to my needs). The app definitely is worth every cent!

3. AccuWeather (free)

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With Mango this becomes my primary and only weather app. AccuWeather delivers  good forecasts. You can check how the weather will be hour by hour as well day-by-day. The absolute best feature are multiple live tiles. The app itself contains a live tile for your main location. Then you can set up even more locations and pin them to start. For my needs I have my German location on the main tile, while my Italian location is on a second tile. You can even rename the tiles. Now if they add a post-to-Facebook feature, this will be really the perfect weather app.

4. TuneIn Radio (free)

TuneIn Radio

TuneIn Radio is a great app to hear you favourite radio stations around the world. The have over 50.000 radio stations as well as more than 1 million on-demand streams. I love this app, because I can hear my favourite Italian radio stations here in Germany wherever I am. TuneIn is able to detect all available streams (important to save bandwidth on a contract with bandwidth-reduction like mine). You can pin every station on your start screen, so hearing is only a tap away! If you have an TuneIn account, you can sync your station settings with the app.

5. SuperTube (free and paid 1,29 €/$, with trial)

SuperTube

SuperTube is a premium YouTube app. You can log into your account on YouTube, your lists and follows will be synced with the app. What makes this app so special? Well, a couple of things. You can download videos directly on your windows phone. You can get channel Toast Notification, e. g. for new posts of channels which you are following as well as for you inbox. You can record videos and upload them to YouTube (including resuming on broken uploads). For the last feature you can create a Tile, so recording is only two taps away. I love this this app!

6. My Football (1,99 €/$, with trial)

My Football

My Football is an app to follow your favourite soccer teams and their scores. It was the first app of its kind on Windows Phone back last year. So I bought I it. You can follow all major leagues in the world and also some international events like the EURO 2012. Toast Notification can be set up for live notification of goals of your favourite teams. On the live tile you currently can display one team. You will see the results of the last 5 games (won, draw, or lost). All in all the app is still worth its money. Hopefully there will be a real mango update soon to enhance the app with the great mango features.

7. WordPress for Windows Phone (free)

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As I am a blogger and host my blog on WordPress, surely I want to manage my blog everywhere. With the app you can check comments and approve or delete them. Once you put in your wordpress.com-API-key, you can also check your stats. You can edit and publish your posts, even with images directly from your phone. Your Blog can be pinned as a tile to the start screen, so you don´t have to go to the menu and choose your blog. This can be useful if you maintain multiple blogs.

8. NAVIGON Europe/US (84,99€/99$ for Europe, 42,49€/49,99$ for US, no trial)

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If you have a smart phone like our Windows Phone, you certainly may think: Why do I have to carry another device (navigation system) with me? Well, you don´t have to, because there is NAVIGON. It comes with a bunch of features. First is the premium navigation itself. Once you put in a route, the app lets you choose between up to three routes to your destination. While on the ride, NAVIGON checks also the traffic situation and recalculates the route for you, if there is too much traffic. There are POI´s as well, and what I really like, you can add locations as live-tile to your start screen. With this tiles, the navigation to their locations are only two taps away!

9. Thumba Photo Editor (0,99 €/$, with trial)

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Thumba Photo Editor was also one of the first apps I tried and bought on my Windows Phone. As I often do snap shots of my children or my cat, I love the possibilities of this app. It is a really fast little app, which integrates into the pictures hub (check menu and then apps). There are a lot of adjustments like auto contrast, normalize, brightness and contrast, hue and saturation, sharpness, exposure, white balance, shadows and highlights, color balance, colorize, grayscale, multiply, remove noise or posterize. You can also add effects to your photo like HDR, soften portrait, skin treatment, 3D glasses, Velvia, lomo, cross processing, vignette, black and white, retro, vintage, old photo, tilt-shift, lens flare, pencil sketch, zoom blur and many, many others.  The app is under constant maintenance, which means that there are updates with new improvements all the time. Worth every cent!

10. EasyRing&Music (0,99 €/$, with trial)

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With the Mango update came the ability to add your own ringtones. EasyRing&Music makes this as easy as you can think. Search amazon.mp3, zedge and Myxer as well as some mp3-sites like mp3.com. Also SoundCloud is integrated. Once you found a suitable ringtone you can download it and add it to ringtone list. The developers are currently running a special offer: pay if you want. All functionalities are available for free as well as in the paid version. So if you want e. g. specific ringtones on contacts like me, this is your app!

I hope this article helps you to find new inspiration for apps you can use. There are certainly more apps which are useful, I will post them in a new series which will be category based (like photo apps, social networking apps, etc.).

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Baked in Emoticons on WindowsPhone

You might have seen several posts on that on other pages in the last days and weeks, but they all were separated in two threads.

However I decided to take the two lists together to get you the whole experience of the baked in Emoticons on Windows Phone.

You can save them either on your phone or your PC with a right click.

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XBOX Live Update is coming today – Germany Edition

XBOX Live Update is coming today – Germany Edition

Major Nelson announced via his blog the new Xbox Dashboard Update.

I will focus this post on what we will get here in Germany.

First, I will show you some shots of the new Dashboard:

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As you can see, it is very metro-inspired and integrates into Microsoft´s Metro Design language.

Here are the special functions which were announced to launch worldwide:

Signals

signalsSignals allow you to your Xbox LIVE friends and Facebook contacts communicated that you would like to like to play a particular game online. On the other hand it works as well: one of your friends play a game that you play a note makes you point out, so that you can play with the same.

 

Cloud

cloudIn the future you can to fall 360 ®, which is connected to the Internet from any Xbox to your player profile. This means that you no longer need to copy your profile on a USB storage device, if you want to play on a different Xbox 360. You log in you simply on Xbox LIVE and play go!

 

 

 

Facebook

facebookIt is now even easier to tell all your Facebook friends that you have set a new record or a tricky success played freely. Cool thing: you do not even have to leave the running game to post such messages.

 

 

Here are the Movie-services, which will be launched with the update. Click the image to go to each service´s site.

With Sky Go you can enjoy the movie offers of Sky Germany. You will need a Gold membership as well as a subscription with Sky.

 

ZDF

ZDFmediathek for Xbox. The famous video portal of ZDF from the PC.  The ZDF is a state television in Germany.

 

Stream a wide range of movies now directly through your Xbox! LOVEFiLM members with a loan package of 7.29€ or more can choose from Germany’s largest film selection and top movies directly look at no extra cost.

 

 

 

You can watch YouTube as well as MSN Germany´s videos on your Xbox.

Daily motion offers the latest content by independent content providers and premium partners. Thanks to use of the most advanced technology, we offer top quality and videos in HD, which a quick and easy-to-use online service can be used. Copyright violations are automatically reviewed and filtered.

MUZU.TV offers almost 80,000 music videos and songs of the world’s most famous artists. Music of the stars of today and tomorrow, all news and interviews of your favorite artists.

The easiest way to select movies. And the coolest anyway. Simply watch trailer, determine seasons, see stars. For each film, there are user ratings, FILM launches criticism and press review. With FILM STARTS your get the fun guarantee cinema evenings!

But that´s not all at least! If you have a Windows Phone, you will get the XBOX Companion app! This is a remote app for the new Xbox Dashboard. Check some Screenshots here or check this article.

The Update will appear today on your Xbox.

I will do some reviews in the next days after the update, stay tuned folks!

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Fishing Knots 1.4 is available & on Christmas Sale!

Fishing Knots 1.4 is available & on Christmas Sale!

My Fishing Knots app has been updated to version 1.4

What´s new?

I added completely reworked graphics to the app. The images are now also following your background color (black or white).

Of course you have still the former features like:

  • controllable animations
  • read aloud the instructions for a knot
  • 3-step instructions with image and text

Of course the German an the Italian version have this update, too.

Check here some screenshots:

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X-Mas sale:

From now until December, 31st you can buy my app for a reduced price!

Check out the marketplace:

English:       Download-EN-Med

German:    

Italian:       

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