3 years ago
Xbox Live - Sid Meier's Pirates raids the Windows Phone Marketplace
It’s time to put on your black caps and eyepatches, Windows Phone gamers. Sid Meier’s Pirates! from 2K Games is now available on the Marketplace.
In Pirates! gamers play as the son of a man whose family was unjustly imprisoned by a nobleman in the 1600s. The path to rescue them is fraught with peril, as he’s forced into the life of a pirate. From there, players must form alliances with some nations while warring on others, collecting treasure, upgrading their ship, and hiring new crewmen all the while. Pirates! is ostensibly a strategy title, but it packs a wide variety of gameplay, including ship battles, sword fighting, city bombardment, and even dancing. How else are you going to romance those ladies?
We noticed last week’s Xbox Live title, Civilization Revolution, which is also a Sid Meier property from 2K Games, suffered a noticeable visual downgrade during the transition from iPhone to Windows Phone. Still an awesome game, but that’s beside the point. Pirates! comes to Windows Phone straight from iPad, having never materialized on iPhone for some reason. Thankfully this version’s visuals are quite clean and attractive, with no aliasing problems to speak of. It looks and plays like a faithful port of the 2004 Xbox version. Pirates! is also a whopping 225 MB download, thanks in part to several FMV sequences taken from its big brother.
Sid Meier’s Pirates! costs $2.99 and there is a free trial. Set your sails toward the Marketplace and grab it here. Thanks to Jimbob73 for the tip!
3 years ago
3D Brick Breaker Revolution stinks up the Xbox Live Deal of the Week
After a fantastic seven game Easter sale, it’s only natural that the next Xbox Live sale wouldn’t match up. And this one really doesn’t match up! The Deal of the Week is 3D Brick Breaker Revolution from Digital Chocolate. Its sale price is $1.99, down from $2.99.
3D Brick Breaker Revolution is an Arkanoid-style brick breaking game. It has lots of levels. Now that we’ve got the good parts out of the way, let’s talk about the bad. The game’s 3D graphics run really poorly on Windows Phone. I find this annoying because not only are they the opposite of complex, but a game like this doesn’t need to be in 3D in the first place. The Marketplace screenshots aren't even from the Windows Phone version, as they show the wrong aspect ratio. 3D Brick Breaker Revolution's controls are just awful and add unnecessary challenge to an already tough game. The Achievements are super hard and you’re never going to get all of them. Check out our review to learn why we rated it a 3.5, back in our scoring days.
If you want a good brick breaking game, check out Xbox Live title IonBallEX from IronSun Studios. At least they put a little care into porting their title. Is there a best brick breaker in existence? On PC and Xbox 360, it’s Wizorb, which may eventually find its way to Windows Phone, I’m told.
3D Brick Breaker Revolution is on sale for $1.99 for one week only. You can find it here on the Marketplace.
3 years ago
Nokia acknowledges data connectivity bug in some Lumia 900s, giving everyone $100 for their troubles
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the definition of a win-win. See, there's been this little bug in the Lumia 900 (by the way, you've read our Lumia 900 review, right?) that has been causing some early adopters -- regular consumers as well as reviewers -- to lose all data connectivity. As in, the phone kinda forgets the fact that, in fact, it is a phone. Not good, to say the least.
Nokia, in a blog post this evening, starts off on a positive note. "Award-winning CES product" blah blah blah. "Stars aligned for a successful sales start on AT&T" blah blah blah."Very positive response on Day 1" blah blah blah.
Oh, and, yeah. A "memory management issue was discovered that could, in some cases, lead to loss of data connectivity." That's kinda a biggie. The good news is that Nokia's found the issue. Here's what's going to happen next:
On or around April 16 (that's next Monday), an update will be made available via Zune. That should fix all this nonsense.
Or, you can swap your current phone for a new one that will already have the updated software.
And Nokia's doing even one better. If you've already bought a Lumia 900, you're getting a $100 credit on your AT&T bill. If you're going to buy a Lumia 900, do it before April 21. Because you'll also get a $100 credit on your bill. That covers the cost of the phone on contract. So, you're basically getting a free Lumia 900 for your troubles. Or for trouble you might have had. Either way. It's a sweet deal.
And good on Nokia for making it right. But that doesn't change the fact that black eyes do sting for a little while. Read more on the issue and join the discussion in our Lumia 900 forum.
Source: Nokia Conversation
3 years ago
Windows Phone 8 build shows up in social networking app
Although we're still tinkering with Windows Phone 7 Mango CR2 and Tango is floating around, it makes sense that Microsoft already has early builds of Windows Phone 8 in the works. Perhaps it's already on some hardware and someone has installed the fan app "I'm a WP7!" (though it's not too smart).
Windows Phone 8 "Apollo" build 8.0.9662.0 is now recorded in that app and visible under the device statistics sections. The obvious question though is it real or fake? From our discussions with the developer, Scott Peterson, it's a bit difficult to "spoof" the device ID checks that he has in place (though we certainly wouldn't rule out the possibility either). For this reason, we're treating this with a grain of salt.
Windows Phone 8, expected to be announced this summer and released later in 2012, is the first major overhaul of the OS since it's release in 2010. Dual core CPU support in addition to additional display resolutions, NFC and more advanced features are all expected to be introduced with the OS, though exact details are scarce at the time.
We're also reaching out trying to get more information such as the device make and carrier to see if we can discern whether this is fake or real. We'll keep you posted. In the meantime, feel free to discuss the possibilities below.
Update: From Scott Peterson, developer of "Im a WP7!":
"It’s running from an Emulator, doesn’t appear to be spoofed, is using the default Emulator location, and the Time Zone Offset lines up with Pacific Coast…"
Update 2: We have it on good word that Windows Phone 8 has begun internal testing aka "dogfooding" at Microsoft on March 30th.
Pick up I'm a WP7! here in the Marketplace; Thanks, Lee T. and clubdirthill, for the info
3 years ago
Deal Alert: Free Focus Flash for new AT&T line purchased with qualified voice and data plan
AT&T if offering a free Samsung Focus Flash for existing customers who add a new two-year contract to their account. The 4G Windows Phone (see our review) is a perfect freebie for anyone who's looking to add a second line to their account.
Sporting a 3.7" S-AMOLED display, 5MP rear-shooter (with f2.6 lens), 1.4Ghz chip, 512MB RAM and 8GB storage, the Focus Flash is no slouch when it comes to powering the latest apps and games.
Do note that this limited-time offer is not available in-store, and a $5.95 shipping and handling fee may apply. The new service line must be a 2-year agreement with voice ($9.99/mo) and data plan ($20/mo) added.
3 years ago
Nokia contacting Lumia 900 feedback study participants
Nokia has begun sending out email notifications to the first 500 Lumia 900 Windows Phone owners who put their name down to submit feedback on the product experience. The lucky 500 will receive a $50 Amazon gift card as a thank you for filling in a minimum of three web surveys.
Should you have been lucky enough to get your form in before the entry limit was surpassed, you will be receiving the following email in your inbox:
Congratulations! You are among the first 500 eligible participants and we can now confirm that you are in.
As a reminder, participation in the study involves responding to three mandatory web surveys which will be sent out within approximately 6 weeks. After responding to the three surveys you'll get the gift card as a thank you for your time.
Please use the phone as you normally would, we don't expect you to be an expert user. We are interested in what you think, so respond to all questions based on your personal experience and feelings.
Start with the first mandatory survey by clicking this link.
Once all participants have completed the required number of web forms for Nokia they will receive the Amazon gift card. It's good to see Nokia taking owner feedback into account for future products.
Thanks everyone who tipped us!
3 years ago
Monster Island coming to Xbox Live on Windows Phone next week
While Sid Meier’s Pirates! is arriving on Xbox Live this Wednesday, Microsoft has already announced next week’s new title as well. It will be Monster Island from Miniclip.
Monster Island is basically a monster-themed version of Fragger. Instead of a grenadier, you’re now a monster who must defeat invading monsters. Aim and throw five different kinds of monster grenades to destroy your stationary enemies. With four huge sets of levels, it offers plenty of bomb-throwing fun. Being a Miniclip title, Monster Island will also feature optional microtransactions, allowing players to purchase level skips and solutions with Microsoft Points.
Monster Island comes to Windows Phone on Wednesday, April 18 and will cost $2.99. If you’d like to try it sooner, check out the Flash version at Miniclip.com.
3 years ago
WP Screenshot sends screenshots from phone to PC over the network
The guys (and gals) over at XDA regularly provide the Windows Phone community with homebrew apps that fill some gap that non-native apps cannot.
One of these gaps is screenshots. The Windows Phone Operating System provides no support for taking screenshots, which can cause reviewers like ourselves some hassles. So we previously covered an app called Screen Capturer which took screenshots and saved them to your pictures hub, and now 'N37-L0RD' over at XDA has developed a similar app called WP Screenshot.
It's pretty close to Screen Capturer, except for the main feature: pictures you take are instantly transferred right onto your PC, eliminating the extra step of syncing with Zune. It is also really basic to use and setup, which you can see below:
1) Download the two files attached to this post.
2) Deploy the .XAP to your device and open it up. Also open up the desktop app.
3) Open up command and find out your IP Address, and input that into the WP Screenshot app on your phone.
4) Once it's connected, half-press (as if to focus) the camera button any time on your phone and the picture should automatically pop-up on your PC. Press Ctrl+S to save the current screenshot. And press Ctrl+H to view the other commands.
There you have it, a super simple way to get screenshots from your device. This does require your device to be dev-unlocked, but does not require Interop-unlock.
3 years ago
Lumia 900 available to pre-order at Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U
The Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U, two popular UK mobile phone retailers, have both joined Clove UK in listing the Lumia 900 (our review) on their websites for pre-order and interest registration. The handset is launching in the states on AT&T's LTE network, so it's good to see the international version (HSPA+) hit the British shores.
The Carphone Warehouse expects to release the handset in May, and has an interest registration page setup for alerts to be sent out when pre-ordering is available. Phones4U on the other hand has already gone live with pre-orders for both the black and white version of the Lumia 900.
What's more is the retailer is offering a free Nokia Play 360 Wireless speaker (worth £120) with a Lumia 900 pre-order. Not a bad deal. As well as the speaker, the white version is exclusive to the retailer according to the order page, and they expect to have the Windows Phone ready for delivery by April 27th.
Source: Carphone Warehouse, Phones4U, via: The Verge
3 years ago
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3 years ago
AT&T Spanish ad for Lumia 900 features singer Ricardo Arjona
Looks like AT&T is not forgetting their important demographic of Spanish speakers as they're running a new ad for the Lumia 900 featuring Ricardo Arjona. For those of you not familiar, he's a very popular and famous "Guatemalan Grammy Award- and Latin Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter" (thank you, Wikipedia!).
In other words, they landed a fairly be celeb for this ad which seems to show of the strengths of the Lumia 900 fairly well. More importantly, this commerical is targeted for Mother's Day, which is an opportune time to buy mom a $99 Cyan Lumia 900, especially if has Ricardo Arjona serenading her. (We'll stick with flowers, thanks)
Okay, perhaps it's a tad cheesy but to be honest, it's no different than any other smartphone commercial out there and the ladies deserve to have a nice phone too.
So go buy one for mom, she'll finally forgive you for not calling her more often.
Thanks, Jonathan, for the tip
3 years ago
Microsoft recaps their Free-Time Machine promotion across the country [Videos]
Today wrapped up a big day for Windows Phone with the launch of two 4G LTE devices on AT&T, the Lumia 900 (review) and Titan II (review). In celebration, Microsoft ran their Free-Time Machine promotion which basically allowed people to play with both giant Windows Phones and the real thing with the Lumia 900 taking front and center.
From New York City to Chicago to San Francisco, Microsoft had their booths set up and celebrities on hand to help draw new people into "saving time" by seeing how efficient Windows Phone can be. Oh and yeah, they also gave away a lot of gift certificates to restaurants, for gas and all sorts of things to help out folks.
Not much else to say on the events so you can watch the other two videos after the break to get an idea of what happened. And if you stopped by, feel free to post up your pics and tell us your experience in comments.
3 years ago
Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone sales going strong
It would appear that the Nokia Lumia 900 Windows has done well during it's opening weekend. While many scratched their heads at an Easter Sunday launch, the Lumia 900 was available for pre-order with many receiving the new Windows Phone on the Friday before the official launch date. The pre-launch exposure kept everyone informed and while odd, the Easter Sunday launch apparently was a non-issue.
While we don't have sales figures from AT&T we can look to another strong indicator of sales, Amazon.com's Best Sellers Lists. The Nokia Lumia 900 now holds the top two spots on Amazon.com's Best Selling Cell Phones with Service list (black #1, cyan #2).
While holding the top two spots on the Cell Phone Best Seller list by the same phone is rare, what's even more impressive is that the Nokia Windows Phones are holding high spots on the more broader reaching Cell Phones and Accessories Best Sellers list. The new Windows Phones also hold the top two spots on the "Movers and Shakers" on this Best Seller list. This list is composed with everything from phones to screen protectors to cases and everything in between. At last check, the Lumia 900 Cyan has moved from 527th to 70th and the Lumia 900 Black jumped from 192nd to 30th on this list.
It will be interesting to see what staying power the Lumia 900 will have. We know it's a quality Windows Phone but will the marketing efforts of AT&T turn others heads. How will the availability of the other quality Windows Phone, the HTC Titan II, impact the 900's sales? Also remember that we still have the white Lumia 900 heading to market on April 22nd. The white Windows Phone may help keep the Windows Phone momentum going strong.
Source: Forbes; Thanks, everyone, for tipping us on this!
3 years ago
HTC Titan II Review
3 years ago
Reminder: Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace closing up shop on May 9th
A friendly reminder to our beloved Windows Mobile 6.x users: the Windows Mobile Marketplace is to be discontinued on May 9th, 2012. From that date on, users will no longer be able to access the service to download content. All apps and games already installed on handsets will continue to work as expected after the Marketplace is closed down, but further downloading of already purchased apps will no longer be available.
Microsoft recommends users review apps and games installed on any Windows Mobile handsets and install all available updates in advance. According to the reminder email sent out by the company, all apps and games that are compatible with the platform may still be available from developers directly or via third-party Marketplaces.
Should you be looking to upgrade and leave the golden days behind, now is a perfect opportunity with Windows Phone. The Lumia family of handsets are rolling out globally, with devices from popular OEMs including HTC, Samsung and LG. Be sure to check out our reviews of any device you may be interested in for more information and a detailed walkthrough. Check out the reminder email after the break.
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