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3 years ago

Crimson Dragon Side Story swoops back to Windows Phone 8

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It looks like there might not be a new Xbox Windows Phone release this week, as we haven’t heard news of one from Microsoft. But they like to surprise us every now and then, so time will tell. In the meantime, Windows Phone 8 users can play a new(ish) game, as in a WP7 title that was previously incompatible with the new OS. Even better, the newly returned title is one of the best from the incompatible list.

Crimson Dragon Side Story from Grounding and Microsoft has been patched for Windows Phone 8. The version 1.2 patch greatly enhances the game’s speed, but we've also heard it closes a well-liked loophole.

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3 years ago

Guns 4 Hire blasts its way to Windows Phone 8

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Guns 4 Hire is a new Windows Phone 8 game that landed in the Store the other day and calls for you to tackle a wide assortment of missions against ruthless dictators, warlords and terrorists in general.

Game play is a little like a mobile tower defense. Instead of planting stationary defense towers that defend against enemy attacks, you control a squad of four soldiers, each with unique skills, that takes the fight to the enemy. Graphic are nice, game play challenging and with 18 missions and several side objects, Guns 4 Hire won't get stale too quickly.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Tip: Importing contacts and calendars

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What would a mobile phone be without an address book of contacts to open up communication with, or a calendar to keep up-to-date with social events? Windows Phone takes strives in being more socially connected than the likes of iOS and Android by sporting integration with Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. But how does one import contacts and calendars from services that are also used on competing platforms?

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3 years ago

Giving your photos a little flair with HDR Photo Camera for Windows Phone 8

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HDR Photo Camera is a Windows Phone 8 app that gives your Windows Phone camera the capability of creating HDR (High Dynamic Range) images.

HDR images have a high dynamic range between the lightest and darkest areas of the photo than what you would see in standard photos. Typically HDR images are created by taking several photos of the same subject at various exposure levels and merging them together to create the HDR image. The end result creates an image with more vibrant colors and greater dynamic range between the lighter and darker areas.  It's a great technique for landscapes and scenes that have a nice blend of dark and light areas.

While you could use the exposure compensation setting on your Windows Phone camera, bracket several photos and merge them into one image with post-processing software, HDR Photo Camera does it all for you in a simple, straight forward package.  It's a nice camera tool to add to your Windows Phone photography app library.

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3 years ago

From the Forums: BlackBerry 10, Win Phone experiences

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Howdy, folks! Welcome to a relatively quiet From the Forums. We hope you've all had a superb day with family and friends. Fortunately, activity on our community forum doesn't appear to show signs of decrease, even up and around the festive holiday. So what's been happening on our forum, while the news has been taking a short break?

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3 years ago

MonsterUp Adventures Review: Building a bigger jumping game

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Adapting console-oriented genres like platformers to mobile phones is no easy task due to the average phone’s lack of physical d-pad and buttons. Doodle Jump achieved great success from a combination of intuitive tilt controls and stripping down the platforming game to its bare essentials. Practically anyone could play it for a few minutes and come away satisfied, regardless of their gaming skills. Karios Games’ MonsterUp built on the Doodle Jump formula, adding multiple characters with unique special moves to the mix, but otherwise hewed closely to Lima Sky’s original game.

Did you ever wonder what this offshoot genre (often called jumping games rather than platformers) would be like if some of the traditional platforming elements like structured levels and bosses were put back in? The second MonsterUp title, MonsterUp Adventures, answers that question. It certainly provides more unique content than regular jumping games, but the combination of jumper and platformer doesn’t always gel as well as I’d have hoped.

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3 years ago

Huawei Ascend W1 passes certification in China

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3 years ago

Mark Cuban swaps iPhone for Nokia Lumia Windows Phone

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American investor and businessman Mark Cuban, who owns NBA team Dallas Mavericks, recently carried out an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit. The session was hit by a number of questions from fellow users, spanning a number of topics. Most notably was a conversation that was started by ashton90, who wanted to know what kind of laptop Cuban owns, as well as MP3 player.

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3 years ago

Pencil Blade.. a simplistic approach to slicing fruit

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Okay... it's obvious that the Windows Phone game Pencil Blade is a Fruit Ninja knock off. But that doesn't mean it's not an enjoyable knock off.

Game play with Pencil Blade has you slicing pencil sketched fruit with your razor sharp pencil. Along the way you'll need to avoid slicing the drawn out bombs. Pencil Blade has three game modes and customizable pencil colors, backdrops and theme colors. It shares Fruit Ninja's addictive quality and the pencil sketchings give Pencil Blade a unique feel.

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3 years ago

SnowGlobe3D brings a touch of winter to your Windows Phone

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The Windows Phone app SnowGlobe3D is an interactive holiday snow globe for your Windows Phone. The scene has a rustic home with Christmas Tree out front that is just begging for a little snow fall.

When you launch SnowGlobe3D you will be walked through a tutorial on how to go about using the app. The hologram is best viewed from overhead in dim light. You shake the Windows Phone to make it snow, swipe left or right to add a little wind into the mix and tap the screen to turn on the tree lights.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone meets Bilbo from The Hobbit

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Microsoft has dedicated a section of the Windows Phone website for The Hobbit marketing. The webpage sports a cinematic advertisement for the film shows a customised home screen with "Home Sweet Shire" as well as the weather report for Middle-earth. Bilbo was obviously out on his adventure with his photos backed up on SkyDrive and Frodo pestering him with SMS messages and calls.

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3 years ago

Nokia's Windows 8 Tablet could get a charge out of its cover

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While speculation has Nokia lifting the curtain on a Windows 8 Tablet during the 2013 Mobile World Congress, rumors on the tablet's details continue to surface. This go around it's the cover that is getting the attention.

According to sources, the cover will be "book styled" wrapping around the tablet that provides both a keyboard and kickstand. The cover is also rumored to have a battery built into it that can be used as a reserve power source when the main battery gets low.

The main battery is reported to have a ten hour capacity. There was no report on the capacity of the keyboard battery or how long it could power the tablet.  It's an interesting design but could the battery add too much weight to the mix?

Source: The Verge

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3 years ago

PhotoFunia: Taking your Windows Phone photo editing to the Cloud

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PhotoFunia is a very nice Windows Phone app for editing and customizing your Windows Phone photos. PhotoFunia won't let you crop, adjust color balance or sharpen your photos. Instead it offers over three hundred effects that can be applied to your photos.

From adding a vintage photo filter to slapping your photo on a magazine cover, PhotoFunia offers a tremendous resource for being creative with your photos. And it all happens from the cloud in that the effects are downloaded to your Windows Phone and applied to your images. While this keeps the app on the light side (only 3MB) it does make a WiFi or data connection a must.

PhotoFunia is a great option for applying effects to your photos and dare we say it is a must have app for your Windows Phone photography app library.

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3 years ago

VLC for Windows 8, Win Phone 8 Kickstarter hits fundraising target

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The VLC team has announced on its Kicstarter project page that it has accumulated over £40,000. This was the set target for further Windows 8 / RT and Windows Phone 8 development to take place, as well as consumers being able to download VLC from the Windows Store sooner. It's an achievement that illustrates the strong backing the free media player has.

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