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3 years ago

Harbor Master for Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone leaks in Marketplace

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Although next week's game will be Pro Evolution Soccer 2011, it looks like another game is close to release and this one no one knew about: Harbor Master.

By clicking this link (either on your phone or desktop) you'll be taken to the Zune Marketplace where you'll see the placeholder for the Xbox LIVE game, including a single screenshot. Unfortunately, you can't download and are met with an error if you try to do so.

Harbor Master, one of the most popular games for mobile devices, is essentially the water version of Flight Control. Up till now, this game hasn't been known about as it wasn't listed in the original 50 nor the upcoming big-releases for April. From the description:

"The best selling addictive action game Harbor Master is now available on Windows Phone 7!

Relax and let the sounds of te sea transport you far away. You are the Harbor Master in a busy harbor. Direct boats into the docks, watch them upload their cargo, and direct them off the screen. But be careful not to let the boats crash, and watch out for the pirates, monsters and cyclones!

With seven maps to explore, each with its own twist and challenge, and Xbox LIVE leaderboards and achievements to compete on, you won't be able to put it down!"

Original release date was 3/9/2011 but we're hoping for this Wednesday instead. Reportedly, the game will fetch for $2.99 and will have 20 achievements.

via: 1 Million Gamerscore; Thanks, mydefposse, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Sprint HTC Arrive: 720p Video Test [Follow-up]

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3 years ago

Video preview of '4th & Mayor' Foursquare app for WP7

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Looks like the Foursquare app '4th & Mayor' by Jeff Wilcox (see previous coverage here and here) is getting close to release. This is v1.1.03 just released late last night and features a few fixes.

What can we say outside we think this is a killer app? Jeff wants to add more features later and is "rushing" this to market due to the official Foursquare app not working for many. Even in this "rushed" stage though it's leaps and bounds better than the official version.

Read more on the official site here. And see Jeff's own video after the break.

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3 years ago

'Marketplace Search' gets a Live Tile

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'Marketplace Search' gets a Live Tile

'Marketplace Search' by Touchality just came out with a new update to v1.6, adding a Live Tile to the mix. The app itself is kind of neat, allowing you to search by categories, free, paid and new.

The Live Tile, as seen above, shows you how many apps in the Marketplace (they show 9,745) as well as the latest apps icons. That app number is below the 10,672 WP7Applist shows and the "new" apps listed seem to be a day or two behind, so we're not sure what metric they're using.

While kind of gimmicky, it is free, so it may be worth a shot for those who like more refined Marketplace searchers (something that NoDo addresses a bit). Grab it here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Hands on with Sprint Radio for Windows Phone 7

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Hands on with Sprint Radio for Windows Phone 7

The Sprint Arrive (see review) barely has any Sprint software on it. One of the apps though (not pre-loaded, either) is Sprint Radio.

Two versions exist within the app: free, with 60 stations and some commercials and "extra" which costs $5.95 a month. The latter is for all intents and purposes, Pandora Radio (but it's actually mSpot). It allows you to create radio stations based on your bands/likes, skip tracks, dislike songs, etc. It also has news, sports radio, weather and some other premium content.

For once, we can actually say we're mpressed with the service and if you don't have a Zune Pass, it is worth considering.

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3 years ago

Nokia's Elop says work has begun on WP7 phones

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Nokia CEO (and former Microsoft bigwig), Stephen Elop has told Reuters that they are "right now, today, having people work on the first Windows Phone devices from Nokia." This comes just over a month after the partnership between Nokia and Microsoft was announced. [Edit: Though at Mobile World Congress, it was revealed that Nokia and Microsoft had been working together for "months" already at the engineering level]

When asked about a possible acquistion of Nokia by his former company, Elop sounded doubtful, saying:

 I’m not aware of a strategic interest that Microsoft would have in the rest of the business.

To the extent that a partnership has been formed around what they’re really interested in, then what would an acquisition bring other than a good year of anti-trust investigation, huge turmoil, delays?

Elop hopes to see a Nokia hadnset by the end of the year, but had previously stated that they would realistically be "be shipping in volume in 2012.” Despite falling stock prices and unhappy workers walking out after the announcement, we are excited to see what the two technology giants' partnership produces. Until that time, we only have some concpets dreamed up by Nokia and their fans.

Source: Reuters; Via: TechCrunch

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3 years ago

Unhappy UK WP7 developer receives MS call

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3 years ago

KD Helper - App Spotlight

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KD Helper - App Spotlight

KD Helper is a Windows Phone 7 application designed to help you not only calculate your K/D (kill/death) Ratio, but work out what you need to do in order to improve your video gaming productivity. The application takes your Kills, Deaths, Wins and Losses from your video game of choice and uses these stats to calculate various stats that include:

  • KD ratio
  • Average kills
  • Average deaths
  • Average KD per match
  • Required kills to increase KD
  • Amount of matches needed to increase KD

KD Helper also calculates your average Kills/Deaths and will then tell you how many matches, based on your average, it will take you to go up to the next K/D Ratio. So if you need to see what your productivity is while playing Halo, Gears of War, or any other combat oriented game KD Helper might do the trick.

There isn't a trial version available and the full version of KD Helper is running $.99. You can find the app here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Stacks for Instapaper - App Spotlight

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Stacks for Instapaper - App Spotlight

Stacks for Instapaper is being offered over at the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace for $2.99. Stacks is a Instapaper companion app for your Windows Phone that allows you to access your Instapaper account while on the go.

Instapaper is a popular web service that allows you to save web pages that you discover during the day but don't have time to read. The service saves these pages for later when you do have the time to take it all in.

Stacks allows subscribers to organize and read their bookmarks on their Windows Phone. Log in and view all your folders. Progress bars let you know what's left to read. Pick your favorite font and size, switch to Night Mode and multitask all you want: bookmarks reopen exactly where you left off!

You need a paid subscription to Instapaper to use this app. There is a free trial version available for Stacks and again, the full version runs $2.99. You can download the Windows Phone app here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

3D Brick Breaker Revolution : Xbox Windows Phone Review

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Like Tetris, Brick Breaker is one of those games that I consider one of the classic arcade games. I’ve played a number of variations of Brick Breaker over the years, so I was pretty excited when 3D Brick Breaker Revolution made it into the Marketplace.

If you are a Brick Breaker addict, see the full review of 3D Brick Breaker Revolution after the break.

Pros: 
Classic Brick Breaker game-play with some twists, earn Xbox Live achievements, trial version available
Cons: 
Doesn't feel like a classic game, the graphics look cheesy
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3 years ago

Your Ideal Weight - App Spotlight

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Your Ideal Weight - App Spotlight

Movisol is offering Your Ideal Weight over at the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. The Windows Phone app estimates what you should ideally weigh, based on your Body Mass Index and the preferred weight, based on height and age. According to the Marketplace description, the app then uses both to calculate your ideal weight.

The developer cautions that if you are a child, a bodybuilder or pregnant, this app will not give you accurate advice.

Your Ideal Weight is a free application and you can download it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Online pre-order for Sprint HTC Arrive for Premier customers

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If you're a Sprint Premier Customer (10 years or longer, or in a certain price range per month), you can now pre-order the Sprint HTC Arrive onine: http://www.sprint.com/ftbarrive

Up till now, you had to physically walk into a store and hand the $50 for a gift-card which "reserved" you a phone for release on Sunday, the 20th. This secondary option is a lot easier those too busy to bother with the store and at least shows general, online orders for the phone should be happening soon.

Look for our full review of the Sprint HTC Arrive in the AM.

Thanks, David Strait, for the heads up!

http://www.sprint.com/ftbarrivehttp://www.sprint.com/ftbarrive
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3 years ago

Marketplace Spotlight - Connect 4

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Marketplace Spotlight - Connect 4

Connect 4 is a simple game for your Windows Phone. Dumbnose Studios is offering their version of this classic game over at the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace.

Game play is simple in that you and your opponent take turns dropping colored disks into the playing field. The goal is to connect four (vertically, horizontally, or diagonally) of your disks before your opponent does.

Features of Connect 4 include:

  • Strong computer opponent with 4 difficulty levels (Beginner, Novice, Intermediate and Expert)
  • Computer can go first or second
  • Two-player mode

You can download your free copy of Connect 4 here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Xbox.com Windows Phone 7 page now lists the Xbox Live Deal of the Week

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A few readers have asked us about the official place to check for the Xbox Live Deal of the Week. The best place, of course, is WPCentral. But now there is an official web portal for the Deal of the Week: Xbox.com’s Windows Phone 7 page.

The official Windows Phone 7 page has actually been around for a while, but it’s recently received a major revamp. This is what you’ll find there:

  • The week’s new Xbox Live release(s) is displayed near the top of the page.
  • Featured games highlights a selection of Xbox Live titles. They’re not necessarily good games, mind you – the dismal 3D Brick Breaker Revolution is a featured game at the moment.
  • The 6 weeks of Must-Have Games that we mentioned a while back have their own dedicated page. I’m still surprised that Geo Defense is on that list, but maybe it’ll end up being something special and not just another annoyingly-hard tower defense game.
  • The Tons of Games page has a nearly complete list of Xbox Live titles (Star Wars Cantina is conspicuously absent), including a few games that haven’t actually been released yet. We already have a list like that in the WPCentral forums, divided by released and upcoming games. It links to both the official Xbox.com product pages and our reviews for each title.
  • All the way at the bottom, the Deal of the Week is listed.

It’s good to see the Xbox.com Windows Phone 7 page becoming more useful. I’d like to see more information about each game and larger screen shots (they are tiny). If Microsoft adds more significant features to the page, we’ll be sure to let you know.

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3 years ago

Fix in the works for Facebook for WP7 [Update: New version is now live!]

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According to Jaime Rodriguez on Twitter, a client evangelist at Redmond, the Facebook for Windows Phone 7 team is working on a fix for the problems some users have been experiencing with the official Facebook app. Until the fix is cleared and the app updated on the Marketplace, we recommend to continue using built-in integration, albeit slightly less feature rich. 

Stay tuned for an announcement as to when the update is available for download!

Update: The update has been released on the Marketplace and is ready to download. Please update when possible to fix the crashing issues present.

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