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Apr
13
2012

Camera Tip: Taking better photos with your new Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone

Nokia Lumia 900 Carl Zeiss Lens

As I’m sure many of you figured out in the last couple days… that fancy f2.2 camera on your brand spanking new Nokia Lumia 900 seems to take some awfully disappointing photos – particularly in low-light situations. Maybe you’ve even started to wonder who this Mr. Carl Zeiss is and whether he even had anything to do with this camera. Anyway – the good news is that most of the issues seem to be software-based, and […]

Oct
6
2011

Quick Tip: Pandora now works on Windows Phone 7 Mango!

Pandora on Windows Phone 7 Mango IE9 browser

No, Pandora hasn’t created a Windows Phone 7 app – at least not yet. And yes, every night I pray with the rest of you, hoping that they change their mind – but until then, we *finally* have a solution to Pandora on WP7!! Avid listeners probably already know that Pandora has recently updated their website to support HTML5. This brilliant decision to transform their site to use the newest media standards has really helped […]

Aug
3
2011

Quick Tip: View the iPhone/Android optimized Gmail mobile site on your Windows Phone 7!!

Gmail iPhone/Android Optimized Mobile Site

FINALLY! Man, this was a big one for me and many others I know that rely on Gmail’s mobile website to quickly check or search for super old emails and perform Gmail-specific functions such as “Mark as Unread”, “Star”, “Report Spam”, and so on. NOTE: I’m using a WP7 device running Mango and with the latest IE9 mobile – so I don’t know if this will work for those without Mango. If anyone can try […]

Jul
17
2011

Quick Tip: How to create a combined, unified email inbox on Windows Phone 7 Mango

Combined Inbox in WP7 Mango

Firstly, this mini tutorial will only work if you have a Windows Phone 7 device running the latest beta of Mango. If you aren’t running Mango yet, you might want to check out this tutorial if you’re a student, or this other tutorial for non-students on how to get your WP7 updated to Mango! If you’d rather not update just yet – feel free to read on and learn about one of the cool new […]

Jul
12
2011

Tutorial: The best & quickest way to convert your videos for Windows Phone 7

Regardless how you eventually end up with videos on your computer – I know that there are many of us out there that do. Personally, I love being able to watch all my TV shows and movies on my Windows Phone 7 device in the comfort of my couch, bed or simply while I’m waiting around with time to blow. As a result, I’ve done a good amount of research on how to convert optimize […]

Jul
6
2011

NEW Tutorial to install Mango on any Windows Phone

If you guys read the previous post, then you’ll know we have one method of installing Mango; and that is if you have an unlocked device. Fortunately, the folks at WindowsPhoneHacker have figured out a way to get the Mango update on any Windows Phone without having a developer unlocked device. Be warned though, as doing this will void your warranty. The tool also offers a way to backup your phone, and I highly recommend doing […]

Jul
5
2011

STUDENTS: How to developer-unlock (jailbreak) your Windows Phone 7 device for FREE

If you’re a student and you have a Windows Phone 7 device – there’s absolutely no reason (aside from laziness, durr) why you shouldn’t already have a developer-unlocked device. Now you might be asking yourself – why would you want a developer-unlocked device? What does it mean? What are the benefits? Essentially, a developer-unlocked device allows you to sideload apps on your WP7 device. Sideloading is the process of installing wp7 applications directly on your […]

Feb
6
2011

WP7 Tip: Enable/fix local search results in Bing Search/Maps (For Canadian and other non-US users)

Local Bing Map Search

If you’re in Canada (or anywhere else outside USA), and have been trying to use Bing Maps to return local listings of businesses – you might have been wondering why Bing Maps seems to be broken. And by broken, I mean that searching for local businesses doesn’t seem to be working. If so, you need to read on! I actually found this bug (or limitation by-design) by accident one day when I was playing around […]

Jan
30
2011

WP7 Tip: Viewing the iPhone/Android optimized Google Reader mobile site on your Windows Phone 7!

Windows Phone 7 Google Reader mobile site

Alright, so maybe it’s not the “best” Google Reader App in the world – but it definitely does the job, and does it surprisingly well. Anyway, let me explain. A quick search in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace tells me there’s about 10-15 different Google Reader Apps. The first problem – is that the Marketplace doesn’t tell you which ones are free in the search results (ugh). So I ended up going through each and […]

Jan
17
2011

WP7 Tip: Pinning Office OneNote to start and syncing it with Skydrive to create a killer Notepad app!

Oddly enough – when I first got my Windows Phone 7  – I was mind boggled by the lack (or so I thought) of a simple notepad/tasks lists/todo list! Every other smartphone I’ve used came with some sort of notepad (BlackBerry – Tasks List, iPhone – Notepad) – but I couldn’t seem to find the equivalent on my Windows Phone 7. Regardless – it took me a month with the phone until I figured out […]

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