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2 years ago

Numerous Windows Phone 7 Xbox games delisted this week over In-App Purchase issues

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When Windows Phone 8 launched in November of last year, it soon become clear that certain Xbox Windows Phone 7 games were incompatible with the new OS. Microsoft’s immediate solution to the problem was to partially delist all of those games, removing their listings from the Windows Phone website. They did this without informing the developers of those games. After we published an article exposing the issue, the games eventually made it back to the web store with updated compatibility information.

We tell you all this because Microsoft has just made a similar but even more harmful maneuver. This week, no less than eleven Windows Phone 7 games were completely delisted from the Store. They can’t be redownloaded by people who purchased them. And several of the game’s developers were NOT informed by Microsoft of the issues leading to their removal or the removal itself. Read on for the full scoop!

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2 years ago

The self-driving, artificially intelligent, infinitely connected future - Talk Mobile

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There's one thing we can be almost certain of in the years to come: we're going to wear and carry more tech with us every day. Our smartphones will be more powerful, our watches smarter, and our glasses more connected. We'll carry sensors and radios everywhere, and they'll collect more data than ever before. But what are we going to do with that, where are we going to access it all, and how will we be entertained by it?

Increased connectivity and more devices mean new challenges to be faced. How are we to overcome the restrictions of our packet-driven internet system in order to move television from switched digital transmission to IP? How are we going to build watches that are smart enough to be useful, but still small enough to not be cumbersome, and well-designed enough that we're willing to wear and use them?

How are we going to get to a point where we have displays everywhere with an omnipresent artificially intelligent computer assistant following us everywhere and anticipating our needs? How are we going to meet the challenges of terrain, signage, weather, and - most of all - human drivers to make driverless cars a reality? It's time to talk about the connected future.

2 years ago

Double the fun as DualShot lands on the Windows Phone Store

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Last night we gave you a sneak peek at DualShot, the new app meant to replicate the popular Frontback app on iOS. That free app has now gone live in the Store for all to download (well, Windows Phone 8 users at least).

By taking two photos—one with the rear camera and one with the front—DualShot allows you to capture a new perspective on the world. Now when you share your photos, people will see your reaction to whatever it is you’re actually seeing at the moment. We could imagine a lot of hilarious images could come out of usage of this app, indeed you all can see that I’m not a morning person in the photo above (yes, my hair is even crazier).

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2 years ago

Samsung releases updates for Fun Shot, Color Effects and Artistic Effects

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Samsung continues to prove it's behind the platform by releasing app updates. The latest batch are for a selection of creative apps on the Samsung Zone. Artistic Effects, Color Effects and Fun Shot have each been bumped to a new version. So what's new? Unfortunately, we're not entirely sure, but we would love to see all three combined into a killer app (hint hint, Samsung).

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2 years ago

Nokia plays with lightning to charge a Lumia 925 Windows Phone in seconds

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Nokia has been playing with the wireless transfer of energy and mobile phones since the Lumia 920, which was the first Windows Phone to feature wireless charging - a cool concept that's incredibly useful in the field. But what if you could go one step further and charge your phone with lightning? Nokia has teamed up with the University of Southampton to achieve just that. 

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2 years ago

Say hello to the new Surface tablets with this awesome Microsoft advert

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2 years ago

Keeping tabs on the weather with our Windows Phones

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Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Weather Apps

Our Windows Phones are fantastic devices to keep us up to date on things while on the go. From email to appointments to our Twitter activity we've got apps to help us stay in tune with what's going on in our lives.

Weather apps are rather abundant over in the Windows Phone Store and a great way to stay up on what Mother Nature has in store for us. In this week's roundup, we take a look at four such Windows Phone weather apps; two of the more popular weather apps this week along with two that may have snuck under everyone's radar.

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2 years ago

Pepper update on the way; addresses NFC bug preventing the app from running on low-end hardware

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This is just a short PSA to relay news from the Pepper development team. An update for the popular live music Windows Phone app is on its way to address an NFC bug that can prevent the app from successfully starting when loaded on hardware with no NFC support (Nokia Lumia 520, etc). The fix has been submitted and should go live shortly. 

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2 years ago

Browse the latest fashion trends with ASOS Daily Edit for Windows Phone

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The weekend is approaching and you'd like to pick up a little something to treat yourself for the following week, right? A solid place to start when it comes to clothes is ASOS (www.asos.com), an online retailer specialising in the latest trends for both male and female products. We've now got an official client available for Windows Phone, enabling you to check out the new collections and quickly purchase that new dress.

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2 years ago

Xbox One will kick you into shape with Xbox Fitness

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Xbox One will kick you into shape with Xbox Fitness

We like fitness around here at Windows Phone Central and Mobile Nations. We like it so much, we dedicate the entire month of February to learning and exploring the ways technology can help improve your overall health. Throughout the year we’ll do our part to promote cool fitness apps whenever they come (like Active Fitness and Adidas miCoach). When the Xbox One launches in a two months it will be another way to use technology to stay healthy with the launch of Xbox Fitness.

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2 years ago

New 6tag update allows you to pin your favorite Instagram peeps to your Start screen and more

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Earlier this week we shared with you details on the 6tag 1.4 update coming from Rudy Huyn. And guess what? It’s here tonight.

Version 1.4 brings with it a few new features, including image rotation, which is found in the official iOS and Android apps. Now you can align and move around your photo before submitting, ensuring that your images are straight as a board. In addition, there is now a light and dark theme for the Modern UI, which should give the app a little more pizazz.

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2 years ago

Microsoft working on streaming game service. You could be playing Halo 4 on Windows Phone someday

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Halo on your phone? No, not Halo: Spartan Assault (although that is a great game), but bonafide Halo on your Windows Phone. That’s something we’ve been dreaming about since Microsoft rebooted their mobile efforts with Windows Phone 7 Series. Can you imagine a world where you prop your phone up and connect your Xbox controller to it and get some Slayer action on the bus? It could be happening sooner than most of you think.

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2 years ago

DualShot for Windows Phone launches tomorrow, here’s your first look

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2 years ago

MetroTalk gets multiple-account support for Google Voice users and more

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Before Google snatched them up, there was a cool little company called Grand Central. Grand Central’s idea, way back in 2007, was to have one phone number to call all of your phones, regardless if they were landlines or cellular. In fact, you could configure it so specific users could be routed to specific phones e.g. the wife would ring all phones, while your boss would ring none (or vice versa).  Plus, you never have to give out your real phone numbers—just the Google Voice one.

That’s why we’re big fans of MetroTalk. As you may have noticed, we have quite a few Windows Phones laying around on various carriers. MetroTalk is the solution for the Windows Phone user that Google won’t give. It allows you to make calls from your Google Voice number in addition to getting free SMS messaging (since it uses data to transmit). It’s a nifty app that has seen continued development since early 2012.

This week, version 3.4 went live and was followed by two quick patch updates. We’ll tell you what’s new.

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2 years ago

Deal alert: Lumia 520 for just $89 as an AT&T GoPhone

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