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3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: Robots from Mars

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Here's a simple game for your Windows Phone that has a lot of potential but a decent amount of room for improvement. Robots from Mars is a 3D platformer styled game that has you controlling a robot across the Mars' countryside.

Along the way you have to use your rocket boosters to navigate over obstacles.  Your robot is also equipped with a weapon to help defend off any Martians that may appear.  The 3D graphics are nice and gives the game a little bit of a retro feel.  Robots from Mars is a decent game for your Windows Phone but still has some room for improvement.

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3 years ago

2012 CES Keynote, the last for Microsoft

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2012 CES Keynote, the last for Microsoft

The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show is just right around the corner and Microsoft is scheduled to give the keynote address on Monday, January 9, 2012 which will mark the last keynote Microsoft at CES.

Microsoft recognizes that their industry is fast moving and the manner in which they communicate with consumers must keep pace. Frank X. Shaw, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President over Corporate Communications states,

"We have decided that this coming January will be our last keynote presentation and booth at CES. We’ll continue to participate in CES as a great place to connect with partners and customers across the PC, phone and entertainment industries, but we won’t have a keynote or booth after this year because our product news milestones generally don’t align with the show’s January timing."

Microsoft will now turn to special events to share new products, services and innovations with consumers such as the Big Windows Phone event that was held in New York, through social networking resources and their retail stores. Microsoft won't disappear completely from CES with their partners likely taking the lead in making product announcements at future CES events.  While the approach makes sense, it's going to be strange not to have Ballmer take center stage at CES.

Oh and speaking of the 2012 CES Keynote, as we understand things Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will focus on Windows Phones and the XBox this year. Don't expect significant news but more of a wrap up on the past year. Microsoft may be taking a step back and let Nokia's Operation Rolling Thunder take center stage.

Source: Microsoft Blog

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3 years ago

O2 is supporting the Nokia Lumia 800, just sold out

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Yesterday we published an article that went into the confusion surrounding O2 and the Nokia Lumia 800, specifically the product page of the handset being no longer available on the web store, but is being pushed out in high street carrier stores. We contacted O2 and popped in-store to see if we could dig up any information that would explain the situation, and we came away with the possibility of the carrier dropping support, or simply being out of stock for the website.

O2 has since contacted us to clarify (third time lucky!) what's actually happening. Turns out, the carrier is set to continue to support Nokia's handset -- and Windows Phone for that matter. They've simply sold out on the web store, so fear not if you're after the Mango device and are tied to the network. An official statement from O2 can be found below:

"The Nokia 800 is currently out of stock online but is available in O2 stores - it'll be back in stock online soon. Customers who've already purchased Nokia 800's without O2 apps pre-installed will be able to download them separately - we will be including them on Nokia 800's later in 2012."

Popping into your local O2 store should result in a Lumia 800 purchase. While this doesn't explain why the representative would state that the carrier is dropping support, it does send a strong message to customers that O2 is behind the platform. 

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3 years ago

'The Amazing Everyday' Indian commercial [Video]

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3 years ago

Windows Phone emulator skin switcher [Developers]

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Geert van der Cruijsen, a Windows Phone development enthusiast, has created a skin switcher which can be used to easily alternate between community created themes when developing apps for the platform. The software is beta, so all feedback is welcome (comments on his blog or via Twitter). The download package includes not only the skin switcher, but the following skins too:

  • Default skin (Microsoft)
  • Nokia Lumia 710 Black Blue (Geert van der Cruijsen)
  • Nokia Lumia 710 Black Yellow
  • Nokia Lumia 710 White Black
  • Nokia Lumia 710 White Blue
  • Nokia Lumia 710 White Pink (Georg Kalus)
  • Nokia Lumia 800 Black (Pedro Lamas)
  • Nokia Lumia 800 Blue (Georg Kalus)
  • Nokia Lumia 800 Pink (Geert van der Cruijsen)

Head on over to Geert's blog to download his tool, and hopefully your time spent developing feature-rich apps will be more aesthetically pleasing.

Source: vdcruijsen, via: @gcaughey

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: Santa Racer

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3 years ago

Microsoft prevails in patent complaint

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Microsoft prevails in patent complaint

Amongst all the recent patent litigation, Microsoft filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission claiming that Motorola violated six of their smartphone patents. An Administrative Judge has ruled in favor of Microsoft in one of these complaints and dismissed the other five. Both sides have proclaimed victory.

The patent in question deals with generating meeting requests and group scheduling from a mobile device and involves the Motorola Droid 2, Droid X, Cliq XT, Devour and Backflip. The ruling could be seen as a victory for either side.  Motorola skated on the majority of the claims but won't get off scot free.  Motorola faces importation bans and will either have to develop/tweak the technology to avoid the infringement or pay licensing fees to Microsoft.  Still, Motorola is seeing the glass half full.  Motorola's Senior VP and General Counsel stated,

""We are very pleased that the majority of the rulings were favorable to Motorola Mobility. The ALJ’s initial determination may provide clarity on the definition of the Microsoft 566 patent for which a violation was found and will help us avoid infringement of this patent in the US market."

In a similar statement from Microsoft's Deputy General Counsel David Howard, Microsoft claims victory in winning one of six complaints by stating,

“We are pleased with the ITC’s initial determination finding Motorola violated four claims of a Microsoft patent. As Samsung, HTC, Acer and other companies have recognized, respecting others’ intellectual property through licensing is the right path forward.”

So what does all this mean? The Administrative Judge's ruling is the first step in resolving things. The ruling will now go to the full ITC Commission, who will likely support it, and an appropriate action will be determined that may include a ban on importing the devices in question. The ITC's final ruling is then subject to a sixty day review by President Obama.

The ITC final ruling is expected by April 20, 2012. 

source: tgdaily, allthingsd

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3 years ago

Xbox Live: MiniSquadron touches down onto the Marketplace

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MiniSquadron is one of those Xbox Live games that was announced back in 2010 and yet never seemed to materialize. We even ran an exclusive preview of the Windows Phone version all the way back in April. The wait is finally over, as MiniSquadron has finally emerged from the Bermuda Triangle of Xbox Live certification and onto the Marketplace.

MiniSquadron is a 2-dimensional aerial combat game, originally developed by Supermono Studios and ported by Fat Pebble. Players start out with a single plane, but as they defeat enemies they’ll eventually unlock a total of 60 unique aircraft. You’ll do that unlocking via two gameplay modes – Classic, which involves taking on the game’s 9 stages one at a time, and Survival, a battle against endless waves of enemies. The aerial action is accompanied by an appropriate soundtrack of classical tunes.

MiniSquadron costs $2.99 – quite a bit less than most holiday air travel, I can tell you. Pick it up here on the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

The Sims 3 is the Xbox Live Deal of the Week again, plus exclusive update details

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Good news for bargain hunting gamers: in addition to the Countdown to 2012 sale, we still get the regularly-scheduled Xbox Live Deal of the Week. Now the (kinda) bad news: the DOTW is The Sims 3, on sale for $4.99.

Why is this bad news, other than the fact that the iOS version regularly goes on sale for a dollar? Well, The Sims 3 on Windows Phone doesn’t quite match up in quality to the PC and console versions. As our review points out, the character customization is extremely limited. Load times are lengthy and frequent and menu navigation is clumsy. Worse, the game has a habit of losing save files; it happened to me once.

All of those problems mean The Sims 3 is badly overdue for an update. WPCentral has learned from the game’s developer that an update is indeed coming. But again, it’s not the best of news. The impending update adds Fast App Switching support and nothing else. EA did not commission a single bug fix from the team behind the Windows Phone port.

Heck, maybe you don’t mind a few bugs and loading screens. If so, you can find The Sims 3 here on the Marketplace. The $4.99 sale price lasts for one week.

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3 years ago

Nokia, Microsoft have been in talks with RIM

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Hot on the heels of that analyst calling for RIM to adopt Windows Phone OS comes this report from the Wall Street Journal which claims that Nokia and Microsoft considered making a joint bid for RIM in recent months. Nothing of course is actually in the works nor are there any impending announcements, but reportedly Microsoft and Nokia regularly meet with RIM to discuss industry and partnerships--which shouldn't be to much of a surprise. But now that reports are swirling that both companies are at least considering such a bid is certainly enticing.

The WSJ suggests that Co-Chief Executive Jim Balsillie is not seriously considering a bid until the company sees how their new OS, not expected till late 2012, performs on the market. Presumably if the OS does well, no sale. But if the company continues to sink in market share, running into the arms of a Microsoft/Nokia partnership could be an emergency 'Plan B'.

So for now, it looks like RIM will try their hand at Blackberry 10 but they appear to be lining up the life-boats in case it all goes south. Certainly having Microsoft-Nokia on the sidelines could only mean good things for Windows Phone. But for now, we wait. As an interesting side note, Amazon reportedly attempted to get talks started on a take-over of RIM but was rejected. Even more interesting of a side note? We found a story here on WPCentral from January 2009 which said if RIM's stock drops low enough, Microsoft will "snap them up". In other words, this may not be that new.

Source Wall Street Journal

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3 years ago

Mobile Nations 12: 2011 Year in Review

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Mobile Nations 12: 2011 Year in Review

Kevin, Phil, Derek, Daniel, Georgia, and Rene take at look at the year in mobile, from BlackBerry to Android, webOS to Windows Phone, iPad to iPhone. Highs, lows, great new devices, frustrating delays, devastating losses, and a look ahead to 2012. This is Mobile Nations!

 

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3 years ago

Handelsbanken financial app lands in the Marketplace

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Sweden's largest bank, Handelsbanken, has released its official app over on the Windows Phone Marketplace. The Handelsbanken app gives customers access to a wide range of banking services including:

  • Balance and transactions
  • Transfers between own and others' accounts
  • Open and close bank cards for internet purchases
  • Open and close bank cards for purchases and withdrawals abroad

You also have the ability to find branch office locations, view current mortgage rates, and access tv feeds from Handelsbanken TV. The ability to close bank cards to prevent them from being used is lost or stolen is a very nice feature.

Handelsbanken is a free app over at the Windows Phone Marketplace and you can grab it here.

source: wingadget thanks goes out to Peter for the tip!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone snubbed by Live Messenger

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Here's an awkward oversight by Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger. You have an ad for the Live Messenger app for the iPhone and it lists all the platforms Messenger will reach out to.

You have the iPhone, Android devices, Blackberry devices and the PC. Wait... what's missing?

We all make editing blunders but to forget your own mobile platform? Microsoft is gaining momentum with Windows Phone and really should be missing any opportunities for exposure. Especially when they are advertising their own services.

source: @CJSCO via: wp7connect

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3 years ago

Doodle Grub wiggles into the Marketplace

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3 years ago

o2 no longer stocking the Lumia 800? Not quite

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Feel free to file this under "What the fudge?", because the reasons provided by the carrier are even weirder. o2, the UK network that had issues with Nokia a while back before the Lumia 800 was unveiled at Nokia World, has been stocking the handset and has actually been selling numbers. We took a trip to Lakeside, in Essex, and were told the store there sold out delivered stock in just 24 hours. Stores elsewhere have displays set up or have the 800 in-line with competitor handsets, but the online store tells a completely different story.

Should you search for "Nokia Lumia 800" on the o2 store, one can select the phone's product page from the results. But wait, there is no page. 

So one can only come to the conclusion that o2 is no longer stocking the Lumia 800, correct? Wrong...

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