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2 years ago

DragManArds, one tough Windows Phone tower defense game

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There are plenty of tower defense games available for your Windows Phone and DragManArd may be one of the more challenging options out there. You are tasked with rebuilding your Dragon Manor and defend it from pesky little demons.

You make use of the legendary Dragon Manor Guards called DragManArds for short. You also have a few magic spells available to help you along the way.

There are thirty levels to DragManArds and two difficulty settings (Beginner and Expert). Luckily, troops can be upgraded otherwise you wouldn't have a fighting chance against the invading demons.  Otherwise your goose would be cooked rather quickly by the invading hordes.

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2 years ago

The Nokia Lumia 925 Pureview Camera, it won't turn you into a Zombie

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Nokia has unleashed the zombie apocalypse in support of the new Lumia 925 Windows Phone. Well... sort of.

The latest ad focuses on how the Lumia 925's low-light camera performance can reduce the need for a flash. All the while suggesting that the flash dependency other smartphones have will turn you into the walking dead (red-eye and all).  Shame the Lumia 925 couldn't have turned the afflicted back to normal by snapping a picture of them.  

Then again, part of me had hoped the commercial ended with the zombies breaking out to a rendition of Michael Jackson's "Thriller".

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2 years ago

Microsoft restructuring plans expected by July 1st, leaving some execs worried

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is likely to reveal his plans to restructure the massive company to executives by July 1st, according to AllThingsD's sources. The thought of the shuffle has reportedly made multiple top managers concerned about just what Ballmer's significant plans will entail. Sources state the CEO has only been consulting with a small group of direct reports, as well as some board members.

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2 years ago

Microsoft expands Bing Music Search, supporting more regions

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It has been revealed on Reddit and confirmed by other users that Microsoft has unleashed Bing Music Search support in more regions. Numerous owners have replied to the Reddit thread from across Europe in markets where the feature was previously absent (we know of Finland, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland thus far). Bing Music Search enables consumers to find out the artist or song name to a track that's currently being played in the vicinity. 

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2 years ago

Disqus for Windows Phone updated, SDK and version 2.0 coming soon

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The past few months we’ve seen a crazy high number of official apps hit the Windows Phone Store. One of those was from commenting system and online discussion service Disqus. What was really interesting about that whole situation was the fact that Windows Phone beat out both iOS and Android in getting the official Disqus app first. Disqus for Windows Phone has been well received by our readers and the Windows Phone community-at-large. Today Disqus for Windows Phone gets a little update and more.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone Store weakness makes exclusive apps accessible to all, we explain how

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Earlier today, we reported on a Windows Phone Store weakness allowing savvy users to download Nokia-exclusive applications onto non-Nokia hardware (well, try to at least, as often those apps are API dependent). But we did a little more digging and discovered the weakness doesn't just cover Nokia apps. You can manipulate the Store into providing any device or operator-exclusive app for your device.

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2 years ago

Priceline Hotels updated; Nokia giving away $50 coupon to Lumia owners for first hotel bookings

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The popular app Priceline has been bumped to a new release, but what's more exciting is Nokia is giving away a $50 coupon to each and every Lumia owner with the first hotel booking made through the app. If you're not familiar with Priceline, it's an app that helps consumers find and book hotels based on an individual search. This deal simply makes it that much sweeter for Nokia Windows Phone owners.

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2 years ago

Waiting for official Windows Phone support from Starbucks? Don't hold your breath

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Starbucks has remained on the side lines when it came to Windows Phone and this doesn't look to be changing any time soon. We've witnessed numerous unofficial apps hitting the store from eager developers, but what about official support from the popular coffee house chain? One of our readers provided some feedback about a need for a Windows Phone client and received a response from the company. Cut short: don't hold your breath for one in the near future.

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2 years ago

Reminder: Verizon Lumia 928 photo contest ends tonight!

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A few days ago, we told you about a way to win a brand new, Verizon Nokia Lumia 928. All you needed to do was submit a photo to our contest forums to get a chance to win.

With over 300 entries, it will sure be hard to pick just one to win the contest—but maybe it can be you! (Those aren’t bad odds, if you think about it).

Remember to follow the rules and submit the photo to our forum thread. We’ll announce a winner tomorrow. Forums: http://forums.windowscentral.com/windows-phone-central-contests/230662-wpcentral-microsoft-verizon-lumia-928-photo-contest.html

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 928 Tip: Save 2.5 GB of space by deleting offline Maps

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By now, the notion that Windows Phone 8 can store its maps offline should be familiar to most of you. Instead of pulling data “from the cloud”, your phone can simply have whole swaths of areas already on board, leaving the CPU (and battery) for other tasks.

While supremely useful, it can be overkill too. Specifically we mean if you spend a majority of your time in one region (or state), it doesn’t make sense to fill up your phone with say the whole United States. Yet that is exactly how the Verizon Nokia Lumia 928 is set up, including maps for the Cayman Islands (21.8 MB) and the Bahamas (24.9 MB) and USA (2,518.8 MB, or about 2.4GB).

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2 years ago

Glitch spotted in Windows Phone Store, allows installation of Nokia exclusive apps on all phones [Updated]

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At last count, Nokia had well over 50 exclusive apps or games in its Collection, giving Lumia owners a slight edge in features.

But that advantage may be no more, at least temporarily. According to Chinese site WPDang, there is a freshly spotted glitch in Windows Phone Store that could enable everyone to download exclusive apps from the Nokia Collection.

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 920 taken for a spin on a roller coster, records the frantic action

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We've been sent a link to a video captured by Windows Phone Central reader Daniel Smith, which shows an exciting ride on a roller coaster - the Cheetah at Busch Gardens theme park, Virginia. As one can see from the above footage, the Lumia 920 did a superb job at capturing the excitement as the carts travelled along the winding track.

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2 years ago

Liquid Daffodil makes it easier for Windows developers to support Unification

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We've been informed by the developer behind Unification that Nuget support is now available for developers. Nuget is a tool present in Microsoft Visual Studio for developers to easily manage SDKs, libraries and other elements. Liquid Daffodil has also opened up identity management across all supported platforms - Windows Phone 7 & 8, Windows 8 and the web. Developers can now access authentication and identity elements of Unification to get a "universal, user-specific" Microsoft Id across all platforms. So, why is this a big deal? 

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2 years ago

TuneWiki, a popular lyrics app on Windows Phone, is shutting down

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Remember TuneWiki? It’s an app we talked about way back at the end of 2011. The popular service provided users with scrolling lyrics for their music in addition to meanings behind songs. And unlike most services, they had an app for Windows Phone relatively early in the lifecycle of the OS. Not bad for a startup. Unfortunately, the service is shutting down at the end of this month.

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2 years ago

Remain up-to-date with celebrity gossip with the official E! Online app for Windows Phone 8

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Popular entertainment news and celebrity gossip website E! Online (www.eonline.com) has released an official app for Windows Phone. The resource is an arm of the E! cable and satellite network, owned by NBCUniversal. If you're an avid follower of the online publication, you'll definitely want to check out their new native app, which sports numerous features any Windows Phone owner would expect to see here.

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