Facebook for Windows Phone gets upgrade


The Facebook client for the Windows Phone system has been updated to version 2.3, bringing with it a host of enhanced features. The precise details of these remain a bit fuzzy. An announcement on its Facebook page confirmed that the refresh will bring a redesigned profile and panoramic design, along with “news feed performance improvements,” including support for filters. Other updates with this  include support for Facebook Groups, pages and banner images, which can now be changed directly from the handset. The update is supposed to be available today but I haven’t seen it in the store yet. Here’s the link for all those who are interested: http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=135892916448833

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Windows Phone 7 SMS Bug


An SMS message on your nice new Windows 7 powered device could knock out your messaging out in a cold, a one shot kill and you can’t prepare for it.

Apparently, Windows Phone 7 devices that receive a text containing a certain string of characters will reboot and return with a non-functional messaging client which can only be restored via a hard reset. This flaw is not device-specific and has been found to affect other parts of the OS. Locking up your handset if you’ve pinned a friend as a live tile and that buddy posts the magic bug words on Facebook or Windows Live Messenger.

To fix the problem requires quick tapping fingers, as you’ve got to remove the pinned tile after rebooting before it flips and freezes the phone again.

BUT before you go abandoning WP7’s ship, just know that these sms issues are a known phenomenon and have affected all the major mobile players, iOS and Android included. Until Microsoft releases a fix, cross your fingers and hang tight.