The Weekly Wrap: MegaRamp and Me, a smartphone sprinkler, a new Windows Phone challenge

The Weekly Wrap: MegaRamp and Me, a smartphone sprinkler, a new Windows Phone challenge

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A quick look at the world of Windows Phone this past week.


A phone fit for MegaRamp

It’s Windows Phone vs. MegaRamp in the latest installment of the Windows Phone Me video series. Since its debut in 2004, MegaRamp has transformed both skateboarding and BMX events, sending top athletes skyborne on its monster 90-foot ramp. This video provides a deeper look into the MegaRamp event team and top skater Jake Brown. It also spotlights how these daredevil dudes use their Windows Phones to film and critique skaters, and update and share Word documents, schedules, and scorecards in real time.

Tips & tricks: Must-know Settings tweaks

This is for anyone trying to get a jump start on using their new Windows Phone. The folks over at Device Mag have some handy tips and tricks for tweaking the settings on your phone. Knowing what options you can customize is a vital part of making sure you’re getting the most out of your phone, so take a minute to read it here.

Windows Phone sprinkler system 
One for the Make crowd. When I saw Windows Phone for the first time, I can’t say I expected it to do my gardening. But DIY-er Mike Linnen created a way to manually control his sprinkler system with it. His system also pays attention to weather forecasts: if the chance of rain is over 39%, it cancels all sprinkler activity for the day to save water. I know that if I were to build one here in the drizzly Pacific Northwest, my phone wouldn’t get much of a workout. Here’s how he did it: Part 1|Part 2.

Round up: Hot apps

Looking for some hot apps to download? Then you’ll want to check out Microsoft’s ever-entertaining Laura Foy and her weekly Windows Phone app show “Hot Apps.” Watch the latest episode. Looking for even more ? Check out PocketNow’s weekly roll up below.

And finally…

So Dilbert ended up loving Windows Phone, but CNET’s Molly Wood had mixed feelings. That makes it 1-1 in the Windows Phone Challenge. But now a new challenger has stepped up. Looks like NBA star Blake Griffin is ready to give Windows Phone a try. Our very own Brandon Watson recently tweeted at Griffin with an invitation to the challenge, which he accepted. Think he’ll be joining the Windows Phone family soon?

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  • KR
    503 Posts


    Thanks for the info,it doesn't surprise me

  • tsrblke
    327 Posts

    Ok regarding Molly Wood's restarts, I had the exact same problem with my surround before it started giving me the crazy "Your SD card is not supported" errors (No, I didn't mod it).  I'm wondering if HTC cheaped out with the SD cards, and they're giving out.

  • @Kenny Rawlins, I guess that's something that's region and carrier dependent.  I'm running Beta 2 and the search button uses Bing.  I looked in both the search settings and IE9 settings and I don't see any way to change default search engines.

    I'll just add here, though, that I am really pleased with Mango (even though I'm only using Beta 2).  I love the app jumplist, I love the additional tile functionality, the groups, the threads, the task switcher, the voice-to-text (though I agree with some that it should be much more pervasive).  And it's so much faster.  It was snappy before, but I'm diggin' this even more now.  I like the improvements in mobile Office, but there are still some things I think they should continue working on.  I'm still trying to get my head around the Skydrive improvements...I suspect part of that is because the Skydrive itself is still not "feature-complete" rather than blaming WP7.   The deeper integration just really puts to shame the other platforms.  My wife was getting frustrated with her iPhone 4 compared to how easily I could carry on communication with people across the different social media.  I'm anxious to get the full version of Mango.

  • KR
    503 Posts

    Please can someone tell me if IE9 in mango will still have the phone's search button sending you to the Yahoo search page(which is depressing and the results are dumb),i'll like a way to assign it to Google search(like it or not its the best search engine)

    Coz right now bing gives me dumb results(I guess because i'm not in the USA)

    So my search button is currently useless(if only I could assign it to the Google search app!)

  • It strikes me as very strange that the Windows Phone does not support one of Microsofts own formats:  Protected WMA that is used for audio books, etc. (Overdrive Audiobook content is almost exclusively WMA)  I can listen to that content on an iPhone but not a Microsoft phone?  As much as I like my WP7 better than my iPhone.  It is very puzzling what does and does not work.

  • @ Patrik Jonsson – Why? Because MS does everything in an inverted way.  It’s like the analogy ScubaDog2011 made about MS processes, the one about the plane that it’s launched to fly with only the frame and as it gains altitude, MS begins to add all different sections to it.  

    You guys know what it reminds of? The movie Madagascar Escape 2 Africa! The badly patched plane is WP7, the penguins are Michael, Brian and others, the Lemurs are MS, and Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria are us! LMAO…

  • Microsoft has announced that it is now open for developers to submit Mango-apps. How come Microsoft has yet to do this with so many of your own apps? Every single Microsoft-app should have been prepared for this the day Markeplace opened up for Mango-apps.

  • @Sam Rees i saw the videos perfectly fine on my LG Quantum. did you download the youtube apps?

  • Amazing how I can't watch these videos on ny windows phone but I can on every other platform?? Reallllyyyy????

  • jwolffie
    13 Posts

    Microsoft, are you ever going to update your "where is my phone update" page? it has been way over a month now.

  • Anyone know if we'll finally get a Screenshot/Capture app in Mango?

  • Actually, give him a iPhone 4 instead, instead of an outdated 3gs.  The contest should be fair that way.  iPhone 4 isn't that great at all, my son has one.  I have a Samsung Focus, by choice.

  • Fatawan
    4 Posts

    Why doesn't Brandon team up with Nokia and give Blake Griffin a phone that's actually decent!