Archive | May 2012

Thetrainline.com Windows Phone 7 app

 

I myself use the National Rail service allot in the UK, one thing that allways has been missing is a dedicated mobile phone app for buying, viewing and departute informatiom of tickets.

Now the National Rail do have a mobile site available and works well, but just does not give that Window Phone 7 Experience that we all know and love.

thetrainline.com is a reseller of train tickets in the UK, you can save up to 40% if you use the service and buy tickets in advance. My train journeys are used for when i need to get somewhere in a rush so the savings i don’t greatly benifit from.

The app works flawlessly and has more features than the Android Version.

  • Access train times information from the official national rail timetable (updated throughout the day).
  • See recent and save favourite journeys making it easy to re-use common journeys and stations.
  • See nearby stations in a list or on a map using your phone’s location services.
  • View station information including ticket collection kiosk locations.
  • View your ‘next train home’. The app finds the nearest station to your current location and lists departure times of the next trains to your home station.
  • Buy right up until 10 minutes before boarding the train and collect from over 1000 stations.
  • Create an account and book the same range of train tickets as on thetrainline.com website.
  • Save your preferred payment card making it simple to buy train tickets without having to hunt out your card details.
  • View ticket collection reference for tickets you’ve bought – regardless of whether you have a signal.
Source: WP Central 
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Photosyth comes to Windows Phone….last

 

Microsoft this week finally got round to publishing Photosyth for Windows Phone last off all, not sure how iOS got it before us or at all. But better late than never and it hit the app store earlier in all its Glory.

Following the Metro UI the app does  all the normall goodness from the iOS version. For anyone who has no idea about Photosynth its basically 360 Degree panaroma’s enabling you to give someone the affect of seeing everything you can’t see in a standard picture.

WP Central found some new updates about the app as of today:

Update: We should note that Windows Phones without a compass or gyroscope(e.g. the HTC Radar) can still use the app but it won’t work as fluidly. You’ll receive a message informing you as much but you can still download and use the app.

Update 2: Photosynth won’t run on Tango hardware like the Lumia 610 as it needs at least 512MB of RAM for processing.

Source: WP Central 

Nokia Lumia 610 hits the UK and to Vodafone

 

Its been romored for a while now in the UK but Vodafone UK is getting the Nokia Lumia 610 for arround for £15 and is pushing this for business users (Back in the day I worked for a mobile operator who sold business phones running Windows Mobile 7.5 and had nothing but endless problems and complaints) it seems Vodafone is pushing the new Windows Phone 7 devices as the driving force behind your business and to stop business users wanting nothing but “iphones” as its the “in” thing according to them.

porting a 3.7″ display, 256MB RAM, 5MP camera, 8GB storage and is powered by a 800Mhz chip. The phone will ship with the new repartition of Tango Refresh which will be the new standard for upcoming Windows Phone 7 devices.

T-Mobile, O2 and Orange are the other networks to have the device confirmed.

 

 

BBC iplayer coming to WP7

Well since my last post it seems that a Microsoft have s deal with the BBC for the ever popular BBC iplayer which is on all formats but WP7

Some sources indercate that its Nokia to get some sort of deal for the Lunia handsets but i don’t beleive that as Microsoft have relationships with the BBC as they have produced the iplayer app for the xbox.

Sky the bskyb team are planning to bring the sky app to Windows phone platfrom soon, I cant see any sources indercating that we will be getting 4od,5 Catchup and ITV Player.

Source: WP Centeral

BBC gets onboard with Windows Phone with the Top Gear app!

I’ve been following in the news allot the growning numbers of developers who are wanting/thinking/in development of apps. One giant to have in your app is anything from the BBC.

I posted a few weeks ago the news of the BBC not wanting to develop an iPlayer app as the formats that WP7 uses is not what they use to stream media, well this Top Gear app could change the future in terms of other big developers coming to the platform.

on to the app

If you are a petrol head, arround the world you will know of Top Gear and the fantastic series. The app covers all the basics you would expect, videos, news, behind the scenes. The all follows the famous metro style which seems the “norm” in development. An all round fantastic experiance and worth a download. The importance of this app to me is the BBC have developed for the platform and should stear some other big things our way.

First publication on the WordPress app!

Your Windows Phone 7 Device to get Windows Phone 8!

Well now this has been is speculation for awhile and I was always under the influence that Microsfot would not follow in Androids footsteps in regards to updates, but would take a more iOS approach. It appears that all current WP7 Devices are going to  receive the Apollo update.

This tweet from a well know blogger @msnerd

Waggener Edstrom person says MSFT has Windows 8 (for x86), Windows RT (for next-gen ARM), & Windows Phone 8 (for current-gen phones).

For me this really pushes home that Microsoft will support old and new divices,  apart from hardware specfics such as NFC etc…

Source: WMPoweruser

We will get flash support….

Well some good news has appeared today, seems like Microsoft is willing to listen to “user demands” and flash is getting another look, it seems that from reports from Microsoft they are going to integrate flash into internet explorer. The big question is when and it looks like Windows Phone 8.

The whole issue stems back from ARM chips not running flash on the Windows 8, since HTML5 is way off taking flash from the internet, it seems its better to still have flash support than not at all!

Source: Microsoft news