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3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: Monsters Pinball

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Monster's Pinball, as you would guess, is a pinball game for your Windows Phone that pays tribute to the what is described as the cult classic pinball games of the past. Nicely animated with simple controls, Monsters Pinball is more than just a typical pinball game.

You have experience levels, tasks, power-ups and online scoreboards. Monster's Pinball has over one hundred bonus items to unlock. Add two pinball tables into the mix and Monster's Pinball has plenty of gaming to it.

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3 years ago

Malaysia: Nokia launching the Lumia 710 and 800 today

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If you're in Malaysia, you best get your spare cash together as today you can finally purchase the Nokia Lumia 710 or 800 (see our earlier coverage). At about 5:30 pm local time, Nokia's big push into that market will finally begin and the first 100 buyers of the Lumia 800 will get a pair of Nokia Purity HD Stereo headset by Monster, Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse and an "exclusive Nokia premium worth up to RM 1,000". Not too shabby!

Though they have a few hours before all of this happens, people are already lining up. The last count was about 80 people with 5 or so hours before the purchases can be made--not huge but that's not bad either.

The blog Smashpop.net is covering as it happens, adding new photos as the day goes on so make sure to keep up. You can also follow them on Twitter for live updates @smashpop.

To all of Malaysia...congrats! (I've always wanted to say that)

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3 years ago

Zombies Night Out looking for beta testers, teases with video

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Zombies Night Out by EvoFX studio is getting ready for release but before they do, the first-person zombie shoot'em up needs your help. That's right, you can get some early beta action going and see what the next big game for Windows Phone may be.

As posted in our forums, you can email the company to be a part of test driving the new game which is previewed above. The first person shooter powered by the EvoFX engine looks to be buttery smooth and lots of fun at this early stage (official release seems to be around April).

  • Beta is free and won't ever lock or stop working
  • Your name will be included in the credits
  • No NDA--tell everyone, make videos

We're not one to tell you what to do with your free time, but why would you not want to participate in this? If it sounds good, head to our forums to learn the details.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 710 and Twitter app featured in new Flo Rida video

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We really don't have any idea who Flo Rida is nor how popular they may be but it's still nice to see some Windows Phone product placement.

Eagle-eyed reader Benjamin C. caught the Nokia Lumia 710 being briefly shown around the one-minute mark in the video. You can clearly see the Nokia branding as the user hammers out a Tweet using the official Twitter app for Windows Phone.  Sure, it's not a game changer but we suppose these little nuggets of pop-culture visibility help the image of Windows Phone.

Update: Evidently, Flo Rida is very popular and we're very lame for not knowing that. Whatevs, punk rock for life!

Video after the break, if you dare.

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3 years ago

Aviary photo SDK coming to Windows Phone, featured on Nokia

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Good news for your shutterbugs out there, Aviary (Aviary.com), a photo-editing startup company will be releasing an SDK within the next two months for Windows Phone. The company specializes in image enhancements and providing effects for on-board photo editing on mobile phones. The system is already available on iOS, Android and web applications, so Windows Phone seems like the next logical step.

The company's decision was partially driven by Nokia's focus on photography, especially their use of Carl-Zeiss lenses. According to Paul Murphy, a vice president at Aviary, “At a hardware level they’ve just done everything right".

Interestingly, Paul Murphy is also an ex-Microsoftie and used to work under current Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, so we imagine having some of those connections played a roll too. The SDK will be free to anyone for all Windows Phones but will be first "showcased" on Nokia to show the potential of their software. While the SDK is free, the company brings in revenue by offering more premium features at a cost to developers. Finally, the company has close to 400 partners which they hope to leverage in getting more Windows Phone photo apps created.

Good news all around and we look forward to seeing Aviary tech in future software packages from devs.

Source: GeekWire; Eiffel Tower image via Shutterstock; Thanks, Stephen M., for the link!

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3 years ago

Reddit app Baconit goes to v1.6 & gets donation version

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We're pretty sure that Baconit is the best Reddit.com app on the Windows Phone Marketplace today. Developed by Quinn Damerell, the app is constantly in development with beta tests and updates coming nearly every two weeks. In fact, since its release in late December the app has been updated three times, including today's release which brings it to version 1.6:

  • Better images on live tiles
  • Edit / delete posts and comments
  • Speed increases of up to 2-3x
  • Tons of performance / UI tweaks

There's a lot more too which you can read here (opens Word Web app). The app is of course free and ad-free, which is remarkable for such a gorgeous and highly functional app. So if you want to show Damerell some thanks, you can grab the "donation version" for $1.99 here in the Marketplace. You don't get any new features (yet) but you do get the satisfaction of helping a dev out and perhaps giving him a little encouragement.

We think it's a great investment and anxiously await further updates to Baconit. Pick up Baconit v1.6 here in the Marketplace or grab the donation version here.

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3 years ago

Mobile Nations Fitness Month continues with Week Two

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The quest to get thinner, stronger, faster, and healthier with WPCentral and Mobile Nations continues!

We’ve survived the first week. We’ve set our goals and whether we achieved them or are still working on them, we’re feeling better and doing better because of it. And we’re getting tons of great feedback. This might just be the year where mobile and lifestyle fully come together and finally start making the impact we’ve all been waiting for. It’s gone from being a token arm band case to being an entire ecosystem of highly specialized companion apps and accessories.

We recorded a special edition of ZEN and TECH with CrackBerry.com’ Kevin Michaluk, where we answered a lot of questions, cleared up some big misconceptions, and went over a lot of dos and don’ts to get things going.  Also Kevin produced the single greatest (or most terrifying) fitness video in the history of YouTube. Watch his Sexy and you know it workout (do so at your own risk).

So let’s keep it going! Once again, we’re setting reasonable, attainable goals, and we’re going to take advantage of our awesome community to make sure we attain them. We have a special edition of our Mobile Nations ZEN and TECH Superfunctional podcast coming your way this weekend to help keep you motivated, and as always we’re running everything through this discussion over at the WPCentral Forums to keep us focused, keep us accountable, and keep us keeping on!  We've already updated the discussion with week 2 goals.

Oh, and we’re still giving away WPCentral Accessory Store gift certificates every week and an Xbox 360 w/Kinect at the end of the month.  To see who won this week's gift certificate, just go to this post in the Fitness Month discussion.  If you didn't win this week, don't give up.  We'll draw another gift certificate next week.

So hurry up and jump into our Fitness Month discussion and pick your goal for week 2.

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3 years ago

Preview of new third-party YouTube app for Windows Phone

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We know there's never enough YouTube players out there to satisfy you folks, especially with MetroTube going way recently. A new app is around the corner though called PrimeTube developed by Applyf and we have some early info on it:

  • Full control over your YouTube account: manage subscriptions, playlists favorites etc.
  • Search and play videos
  • Sort and filter
  • Comment and reply to comments, like/dislike and favorite videos, add to playlists etc.
  • Pin playlists, favorites, authors and videos
  • Pinned items feature live tile functionality

Overall it's not too shabby and with that strong Metro design, should appeal to a lot of you who watch a lot of vids on the go. No word on ETA but we hear it's not too far. We'll have more as the app gets closer to release.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: My Blood Pressure

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3 years ago

History of the unique Nokia Lumia colouring

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Nokia Conversations has published an article that walks us through how the colours came to be for the N9 and Lumia 800/900 handsets. Tiina Aarras works at Nokia as a materials designer and is responsible for the intense colour choices we have with Nokia Windows Phones. The average consumer wouldn't believe there to be much thought behind the process, but Aarras explains how complicated it was to get it 'just right'.

"There are hundreds of colours to choose from, but it’s not just about picking a colour. The start of this project was dominated by working on which colours work with the right materials and finishes. These products are about what you hold in your hand, and what you see on the screen. It was about taking away everything that is not needed, and leaving you with the best."

Everything came together for the handsets with the use of premium plastic (for enhanced antenna performance), since more colours were available compared to the choice with metal. Aarras and the team worked with 100 colours to narrow them down to just four, which are what we see today - black, magenta, cyan and white. Being inspired by the CMYK group (Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-Black), Aarras ensured that the idea of purity shown in the end result. Would be interesting to see a yellow version too?

"Those colours are pure, defined and exceptional. They’re distinctive modern design icons and people recognise them. Because these are primary colours they contrast with each other – put them together with a black glass screen, and they are ideal for producing a bold and confident approach."

As well as choosing the right colours, Aarras explains that their next mountain to climb was to have the colours permeate the whole product. Close collaboration between chemists and dye suppliers was required for the team to achieve exactly the right pigment. 

"The beauty of these phones is that different people can use these colours and give a totally different expression to them." 

The Lumia 800 has won multiple awards at the CES 2012 convention and continues to grab the attention of those who see the handsets in use or on promotional material. The Lumia family is rumoured to receive more varients should demand call for more choice. What do you make of the available colours? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Nokia Conversation, via: EverythingWM

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3 years ago

GroupMe looking for Windows Phone users in NY on 2/16

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Queue "Eye Of The Tiger," as it looks like group-texting app GroupMe is looking to make a comeback to Windows Phone.  The developers have put out a call across the Twittersphere for Windows Phone users in New York to do some testing on the evening of February 16.  GroupMe first cropped up in the Marketplace in July, and a month later, it was announced that it had been bought out by Skype (pronounced: Microsoft).  There was very little action post-announcement, until a major update was announced in December.  However, since then, GroupMe has been MIA from the Marketplace. 

There are no details on what is on the horizon for February 16, but if you want to be a guinea pig for GroupMe, you can sign up directly here, or via the source link.

Source: GroupMe (via Twitter); Thanks for the tip, Travis!

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3 years ago

Rocket Riot gets explosive new update with Mango bonuses

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One of our favorite Xbox LIVE games for Windows Phone, Rocket Riot, has received quite a major update a few days ago with version 1.4. We've reached out to the devs at Code Glu for a specific changelog but they're off having croissants or something, so we're winging it:

  • New icon - The old Rocket guys are gone and instead we have...rockets. Makes sense.
  • Two ringtones - We love when devs do this and Rocket Riot certainly has one of the most addicting (borderline annoying) theme songs in history. We're not actually crazy enough to use these to spare our sanity, but we're pretty excited that they're on board
  • Pin campaign to your homescreen - quick access to your campaign, perfect!
  • Rated E10+ (Everyone 10+) - part of that mobile ESRB thing we covered earlier

Overall this is a superb update. It gives users a few new options and breathes life into a game you may have put aside for awhile, so kudos to Code Glue for improvements! Read our full review of Rocket Riot and grab it in the Marketplace for $4.99 with trial.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 gaining traction amongst Windows Phone users

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Developer András Velvárt has posted some interesting date regarding which devices are using his popular alternative browser SurfCube (which just had an update). While we don't see many mystery devices on the list (nice to see the Lumia 900 though) we do get an idea of device breakdown and popularity.

The Nokia Lumia 800, arguably one of the most promoted Windows Phones yet is really gaining traction. In fact, it's number one with nearly 14% of usage on SurfCube. That's compared to the HTC HD7 at 11.7% and the Samsung Focus with 9.3% which is astonishing because as you can figure out, those devices have been out much longer than Nokia's offering.

There should be little doubt that Nokia's ad campaigns and ability to launch in many smaller markets is really paying off. Of course, there is some wiggle room here too. For comparison, in the app "I'm a WP7!" we can see the Lumia 800 at 6% which is half that of the Focus and HD7--still, even those numbers are impressive as it Nokia is clearly starting to eat up the Windows Phone market.

Pick up SurfCube v4.2 here in the Marketplace and "I'm a WP7!" here.

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3 years ago

Lumia 710 Windows Phone available at Vodafone and Three UK

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The Nokia Lumia 710 (our review) is now available for purchase from both Three and Vodafone in the UK, with contract prices starting from just £20. Should you wish to buy the handset outright, Three is offering this option for £199 - not a bad price for a Windows Phone Mango handset.

The Lumia 710 packs a 1.4 Ghz processor, 3.7" screen, 5MP camera, 8GB storage, and -of course- comes loaded with the exclusive Nokia Lumia app bundle. Both networks also offer the Lumia 800, should you require some extra umph.

Source: Three, Vodafone

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3 years ago

Dark Forces Team prepping Windows Phone 8750 build for custom ROMs

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Although many of us are yearning for Windows Phone 8107 to grace our devices, Microsoft is still pushing forward with regular builds of the OS, adding new features along the way.

The latest build now seen is 8750 and those hacker cats at Dark Forces Team (DFT) out East have managed to get their hands on it, even loading it on an HTC Schubert/Mozart. OS 8750 is by the far the highest builds we've seen of Windows Phone yet. [Note: 8750 isn't a final build but most likely internal and interim for Microsoft]

Unfortunately, no details yet have come forth as to the changes but we're betting there will be quite a few under-the-hood modifications. DFT are looking to push this out soon and we're sure some ROMs at XDA will appear shortly thereafter. Stay tuned...

Source: DFT; Thanks, mwang!

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