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2 years ago

Xbox 360 Impressions: Kinect Nat Geo TV and Sesame Street TV

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While the Kinect has yet to win over a sizable portion of gamers, I’ve always been a fan. Anything that gets me off the couch and moving while still earning Xbox Live Achievements is okay with me! Of course, previous Kinect games have all been positioned as either entertainment or fitness products. Microsoft’s new Playful Learning initiative takes a new approach: making learning both fun and physical. Lofty aspirations!

I’ve spent some time with both Playful Learning launch titles, Kinect Nat Geo TV and Kinect Sesame Street TV. Check out my full impressions after the break.

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia Windows Phone challenge heads to Sweden

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A new video has been published on YouTube that shows the Nokia Lumia team in Sweden challenging the general public to see if their competitor smartphone can best a Windows Phone at common tasks. We've previously seen similar campaigns in the UK with the "Dare to Live" tour and Ben Rudolph's Smoked by Windows Phone that started the challenges off at MWC 2012.

You know the drill already, whether it be uploading a photo to Facebook or locating the nearest restaurant for directions, the smartphone to complete said task is crowned the winner. As one can see from the video, the Nokia Lumia held its ground.

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2 years ago

German retailer Handytick listing HTC 8X for pre-order and Nokia Lumia 920 coming October 17th

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German electronics retailer, Handytick, has updated their website in anticipation of offering the flagship Windows Phone 8 devices by HTC and Nokia. The HTC 8X is already available for pre-order for €549.00 ($711.00) straight up, or at varying prices on-contract. Choose from two colors, California Blue or Graphite Black, on five different carriers: Telekom, Vodaphone, O2, e-plus and BASE.

Handytick is also advertising that they will be offering the Nokia Lumia 920 starting October 17. It is expected to fetch €749.00 ($970.00) unlocked and without a contract. No carriers are listed yet, but colors include black, white, yellow and red.

Source: Handytick; Via: Ubergizmo

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2 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: CamVintagizer

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CamVintagizer is a photo effects app for your Windows Phone that allows you to apply some interesting special effects to your photos. If my count is correct, CamVintagizer has thirty eight effects spread across nine categories. Effects can be stacked and edited images can be shared on Facebook or saved to your Windows Phone.

CamVintagizer is a nice photo effects app for your Windows Phone and nice addition to your photo editing library.

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2 years ago

Let's Golf 2 bringing home the cup as the Xbox Live Deal of the Week

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It’s Gameloft week on Windows Phone, folks. Not only do we get a long, long, long-awaited new Xbox release from the big G (Real Soccer), but another one of their titles is going on sale as well. Let’s Golf 2, normally priced at $4.99, drops down to an affordable $1.99 this Wednesday. This continues the awesome trend of greater-than-50-percent discounts on Xbox titles.

Let’s Golf 2 is an arcade-style golf game modeled after Sony’s popular Hot Shots Golf franchise. Features include cartoony players, clean 3D graphics, six 18-hole courses, and both Career and Challenge modes. Even if you don’t care about the sport of golf at all (like me), the game is actually very enjoyable and easy to learn. Check out our full review for more details.

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2 years ago

Amazon UK lists unlocked HTC 8X Windows Phone for £531.43

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We previously covered UK retailer Unlocked Mobiles who has the HTC 8X listed for just £399. Now we've got Amazon UK who has published the product page for the recently announced Windows Phone, and the price tag is a steep one - £531.43 (SIM-free). 

We're yet to see final pricing which will be available near or after Windows Phone 8 launches and the new Apollo hardware is released to consumers, but at least we can have an idea as to what we'll be looking at in the near future. The product page also states November 8, 2012 as the release date.

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2 years ago

Real Soccer finally coming to Xbox on Windows Phone this week

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The July release of Gameloft’s Asphalt 5 surprised us in more ways than one. First, a non-Mango Xbox Live game in mid-2012 is entirely unheard of. Second, before hearing otherwise from Microsoft, I’d have bet money that the game was quietly cancelled. Asphalt 5 was one of 50 Windows Phone 7 launch titles announced way back in 2010, so clearly the game endured a series of delays before managing to launch at last.

This week another of those ‘launch titles’ finally squeaks out of the gate: Real Soccer, also from Gameloft. Color me surprised again!

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2 years ago

Viber HD for Lumia Windows Phones pulled from the Marketplace?

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Now you see it, now you may not.

Viber has been pulled from the Marketplace, according to multiple sources which include reports from Windows Phone Central readers. The app, which is currently a Nokia exclusive, was released over the weekend but is no longer available to a number of consumers. We're still able to access the listing and download the Nokia exclusive Viber from the UK. So, has it vanished? If so, why?

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2 years ago

How To: Set up and manage safe and blocked senders in Outlook.com

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Spam? SPAM!? No spam for me!

We've continuously explored the functionality of Microsoft's Outlook.com, the Hotmail email service successor, in our how to / tutorial series of articles. Today we'll be looking at setting up and managing blocked and safe senders that protect against spam and useless emails but ensure all wanted mail gets through filters and junk protection to your desktop and Windows Phone.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone app MintWallet wins MintChip Challenge

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The Windows Phone app MintWallet has been tapped as the Best Overall App in the Royal Canadian Mint MintChip Challenge. What is the Royal Canadian Mint MintChip Challenge you ask?

The Royal Canadian Mint has developed an digital currency, the MintChip. To promote this new technology, the Royal Canadian Mint sponsored the MintChip Challenge and invited software developers to create innovative digital payment applications using MintChip. The Mint was looking for apps that best demonstrated the potential value of the MintChip technology and the greatest potential impact on the technology. Overall, $50,000 (in gold) worth of prizes was at stake.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone users still excited over Nokia, warm up to HTC and feel cold about Samsung

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Our poll results show Nokia still riding high

Windows Phone Central conducted a poll over the weekend about which “hero” Windows Phone 8 device readers were yearning to make their own. And although carrier offerings will ultimately affect user choice, word on the street is that a lot of these flagship phones will be widely available on launch in early November.

With this poll, we had the largest turnout of respondents, resulting in some solid data. The question of which is the most desired Windows Phone 8 device is quite stark and will make for some interesting discussion on Windows Phone 8, OEMs and where the market is headed.

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2 years ago

Video hands on with the Windows Phone 7.8 beta and custom ROM

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A custom ROM with Windows Phone 7.8 bits on the HTC Titan

Although Windows Phone 7.8 is not expected to arrive until after Windows Phone 8 launces, bits of the OS are evidently floating around and are being incorporated in custom ROMs for various 1st and 2nd gen Windows Phones.

One of those is the ‘EB Edition’ found at XDA Forums and meant for the venerable HTC Titan. We decided to flash it on to one of our devices and give it a go, so make sure to check out the video after the break…

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2 years ago

Windows Phone Central Store: now supporting recently announced Windows Phone 8 hardware

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The Windows Phone Central Store has been updated to feature accessories and products for the recently announced Windows Phone 8 hardware. The Nokia Lumia 920, 820, as well as the Samsung ATIV S and HTC 8X, 8S are all now supported by our popular store, which has shipped more than 2 million orders.

We previously looked at the Windows Phone Central Store (as well as other stores within the Mobile Nations network) taking advantage of cheaper shipping to provide a first class service to a larger audience. With international shipping a breeze our readers can get the most out of their Windows Phone(s) with a full range of accessories for all handsets on the platform.

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2 years ago

Can't get Windows Phone accessories? Print them in 3D!

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It’s no secret that Windows Phone accessories aren’t exactly flooding the market at the moment. And while there are great places like the WPCentral store, here in South Africa our choices are more limited.

You see, many local stores don’t stock anything, and shipping items from the states just isn’t worth it most of the time. I even went to an official Nokia store here to get a cyan cover for my Lumia 800, and not only did they not have any colors besides black, their black ones were 3rd party products. Yep, the Nokia store did not sell Nokia covers.

Recently I have been wanting a dock or stand for my Lumia 900 to prop it up on my desk, but of course, I couldn’t find one. Rather than waiting to get one shipped, I thought I would make my own.

Enter: 3D Printers.

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2 years ago

Xbox on Windows Phone: Rocket Riot update brings Avatar Awards and more

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Rocket Riot was among the first Xbox Live games released on Windows Phone, way back at the end of 2010. Despite the game’s age, developer Code Glue continues to pump out updates for it, with a new one arriving within the last few days. The previous patch, version 1.4 was fairly substantial as Windows Phone updates go, and yet this latest, version 1.5 actually manages to top it by adding Avatar Awards, asynchronous multiplayer, and more.

Check out the full release notes and our impressions after the break.

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