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3 years ago

Verizon Trophy for the 19th & now with free Xbox game? [Rumor]

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So obviously the 12th has come and gone and there's still a ton of signs that the Verizon Trophy is afoot. We know Best Buy's were getting them, employees trained...heck, you know the history and still a no-go. Still, once Microsoft/Verizon pulled those Xbox gamer pics & themes, we knew it didn't look too good.

But with May 24th looming, our bet is Verizon would like to have the phone out before that event (though, missing CTIA in March and MIX11 in April didn't stop them either). WPCentral forum member Aog, who has multiple accounts with Verizon, received a call back today from a Verizon rep--so right there your warning lights should go off--and they claim 19th is the new target date:

"VZW rep called back today. Said trophy was releasing May 19th with a voucher for a free xbox game that can be played on xbox and phone."

Yeah, we hate playing this game too, but we know you Verizon folk want anything to hang on to, even if they are unicorn dreams and fairy musings. Still, like the other release targets, this is very plausible as we know big Red has all their pins lined up here.

Oh and that free Xbox game for the 360/phone--Full House Poker or Ilomilo? We're leaning towards the former. And we're putting that under "plausible" since Verizon does have an Xbox theme/gamer pic tie-in. Anyways, join us in the forums and vent or conspiracy-theorize away.

Source: WPCentral forums (Aog); Thanks, peinao, for the heads up

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3 years ago

IM+ beta will be public, more details soon

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IM+ beta will be public, more details soon

Besides apps like Trapster, the other big program everyone is waiting for is ShapeService's IM+ which we know is in the works. We heard January/February, then April and here we are in May and still nothing yet. Well, good news is we're almost there.

Dear WP7 users! Thank you so much for your interest to be the first to try IM+ on WP7 platform!

We're sorry for the delay, the development for this platform takes a bit longer than we expected. Anyway, good news for today: the beta testing will be public. However due to technical restrictions you will need the Developer' phone to participate in beta testing. More details on beta will be announced next week

So good news for us with dev devices as it looks like we'll be able to join the pre-party. The bad news is it's still in development, which means we're at least 30-60 days off from Marketplace release. But hey, at least it still exists!

Source: IM+ Facebook; Thanks, Alan P, for the tip!

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3 years ago

The secret behind Windows Phone code names

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In a live Webcast today hosted by ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley from All About Microsoft gave an excellent presentation on the 'past, present and future' of Windows Phone, including what she thinks will happen with Windows Phone 8 aka 'Apollo'.

One interesting tidbit that she mentioned was in regards to those code names--specifically that they will all end in 'o' e.g. NoDo, Apollo, etc. Why such an odd requirement? We have no idea, but we can expect more 'o' names as Microsoft churns out more updates over the next few years.

So file that under your technically useless but still interesting Windows Phone news of the day.

Edit: Well, we're not as sharp as we used to be. Looks like Microsoft's Joe Belfiore is the one who revealed this info and we missed it. Watch here at 5:38. Thanks, MCgee is comments

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3 years ago

TVShow goes to v2.0, gets major overhaul [Video]

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TVShow goes to v2.0, gets major overhaul [Video]

We first looked at TVShow 1.0 back in March. The app was coded in 30 hours by Rudy Huyn and we walked away impressed.

Now that he's had more than 30 hours to work on the app, he's released 2.0 and wow, is it impressive. The UI has been modified, many more options added (including a customizable live tile), social networking, YouTube and even the ability to choose those awesome backgrounds from your favorite show:

  • Get a quick overview of the all the upcoming episodes for all of your favorite shows
  • Get synopsis, screen captures, rates, news, subtitles, youtube videos and recaps for each episodes
  • Mark seen and unseen episodes
  • be notified right before a new episode of your favorite TV Shows aired even if the app is not launched.
  • Share comments with friends on facebook/twitter and with other users
  • offline mode with cache feature for pictures
  • rate episodes
  • Use your phone as a remote screen for subtitles
  • translation feature for recaps and summaries
  • for U.S. residents only: adjust air date/times of U.S. tv shows to your local time zone

Check out the video above as we give a tour of the features. We're throwing this up there with '4th & Mayor', 'Rowi', 'Amazon.com' as must-have apps for your phone. Truly some exceptional development by Huyn. The app fetches for $0.99 in the Marketplace here that has a fully-functional trial e.g. it's like the old 'lite' version.

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3 years ago

TapSplosion 2.0 hits Marketplace, now has Achievements

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In a surprising approval by Microsoft, TapSplosion 2.0 just became available in the Marketplace. Why surprising? The developer wanted to add a bunch of Achievements to the game but was worried Microsoft may consider that term 'exclusive' for Xbox Live titles--which is not too far fetched--and deny approval.

Luckily, it made it through and is available in the paid version of the app (he may add it to the free version eventually, but the dev believes such things should be reserved for full editions of the game). Sure, none of the achievements count towards your Xbox Gamerscore, but it still adds a nice extra bonus to the mix for 3rd party games and something else to strive for.

You can grab TapSplosion 2.0 in the Marketplace here. There's a free trial and it goes for $1.29 full.

Source: 1HouraDay

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3 years ago

London Bikes hits the Marketplace

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London Bikes hits the Marketplace

Kalezo has released London Bikes over at the Windows Phone Marketplace that helps you find the nearest bike station in the London area. For those not familiar with bike stations, in the broadest sense, a bike station is similar to an Interstate Rest Area. The stations offer bathrooms, shelter, food/beverages, air pumps and other amenities to help those who bicycle about London.

London Bikes utilizes your Windows Phone locations services and Bing Maps to where the available stations are located, mark stations as your favourite, as well as turn by turn directions to your station of choice.

London Bikes is a free application and you can find it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

Update: Just got word from the developer that confirms the comments that London Bikes does deal with the public bike rental scheme (Barclays Hire Cycle).

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3 years ago

LazyWorm YouTube gets makeover and new features

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If you are looking for a good YouTube app for WP7, head over to XDA and check out the latest version of LazyWormApp's YouTube.  This stunning client is packed with features, including customized searching, favorites, full comment support and streaming of HQ videos over 3G and Wifi.  You can watch videos in preview form, or rotate your phone for full size.  There are a number of new features and improvements over the previous version:

New features
- Lazylist (customizable video feed)
- Author details and subscription
- Regional settings
- Recently played videos (history)

Improvements
- Subtle interface animations
- Selectable description text (Nodo only)
- Preview playback while browsing comments & author
- Usability improvements
- Bug fixes

You can download the Marketplace or from the original thread.

Source: XDA

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3 years ago

The Harvest is now on sale, and Super Monkey Ball gets a price drop

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Many of us have been waiting for The Harvest to drop to its $4.99 Deal of the Week sale price. The good news, it has! You can find it here (Zune link) on the Marketplace. If you’re not seeing the sale price yet, just try back a little later.

We weren’t expecting another Xbox Live game to get a price drop today. Surprisingly, Sega’s Super Monkey Ball is now $2.99, down from $4.99. This is likely a permanent price drop since The Harvest is the actual Deal of the Week.

As I’ve said before, Super Monkey Ball places players in control of one of several monkeys-inside-a-ball. Actually, you don’t control the monkey ball directly. By tilting the course itself, you can try to collect bananas and navigate the ball towards each level’s goal, all without falling off the course’s edge. This version of the game uses tilt controls exclusively for steering while the touch screen rotates the camera. The courses feature some pretty basic 3D graphics but the monkey balls themselves are 2D sprites. Mini-games, for which the Super Monkey Ball series is famous, are not present in the first mobile Super Monkey Ball. Still, the game has over 100 stages, so it should keep players busy for a good while.

Super Monkey Ball is actually a pretty fun game, with the exception of the tilt controls. It’s way too hard to make minor adjustments and move slowly, so expect to fly off the edges of levels and die a lot. Somebody needs to tell developers that hardly anybody likes tilt controls and they shouldn’t be attempted unless they are fine-tuned to perfection.

If you can stomach a few too many tilt-related deaths, pick up Super Monkey Ball here (Zune link) for $2.99. There’s also a free trial.

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3 years ago

Lushington Springs - Review

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Lushington Springs - Review

Windows Phone games that have descriptions that read, "Please Note: This game is intentionally difficult" tends to attract attention. Such is the case with Lushington Springs.

Lushington Springs is a tower defense game that will eventually throw everything at you (maybe even the kitchen sink). The story goes that Lushington Springs needs help in defending the territory from hostile attacks (as if there was friendly attacks). Terrain ranges from forests to snowy passes to deserts to urban areas.

Follow the break to find out more about this fast paced tower defense game.

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3 years ago

Analyst: WP7 to beat Android by 2013, not 2015

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Not so long ago we wrote up how an analyst predicted the Windows Phone platform to overtake Android by 2015 as the number one smartphone operating system. Now that same analyst, Pyramid Research's Senior Analyst and Practice Leader for Mobile Devices, Stela Bokun, has stated that her findings were misinterpreted and the platform is actually set to take the market by storm in 2013. If that's not wishful thinking then it's an incredible prediction.

But is it far-fetched? A fast exploding Windows Phone might not be such a crazy idea in two years time. We're just behind RIM, iOS is next and then Symbian. RIM is losing marketshare as it is, iOS is failing to keep up with Android and Google's OS is a huge fragmented beast. This is -- of course -- dependant on Microsoft and how they approach their consumer base from here on out, not to mention the Nokia partnership.

Source: Pyramid Research, via: BGR; Thanks, Philipp, for the heads up

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3 years ago

Xbox Live game 'Lunar Lander' now available

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Xbox Live game 'Lunar Lander' now available

Hooray! After a nice 18-20 hour delay, Game Room: Lunar Lander is now finally available in the Marketplace. While not many are expecting great things from this game, there's no reason not to try it, just in case.

The game fetches for $2.99 and as always, here's your link to the Marketplace. As our resident gaming expert Paul Acevedo notes:

Lunar Lander is a classic 1979 arcade game from Atari. Gamers pilot the titular spacecraft as they attempt to set down safely on the moon. Land on a crag or come down too fast and it’s curtains for the little lander, kind of like the opening of Superman II. Poor astronauts!

As a Game Room title, Lunar Lander comes equipped with friends and global leaderboards that are shared with the Xbox 360 and PC versions. Integration between the various platforms is one of the Windows Phone Game Room games’ strengths: medals and playtime earned in this version carry over to the others and vice-versa. It also has a 3D arcade cabinet replica.

Lunar Lander isn’t a game that anyone was crying out for to be released on Windows Phone, especially not as the only new Xbox Live title in a given week. But it’s here now (after a bit of a Marketplace delay), and we might as well try the demo for ourselves before deciding on a purchase.

We're still waiting on The Harvest dropping to $4.99 as the 'Deal of the Week' but our friend Matthew Miller of ZDNet mentions he's seeing it, so just a matter of time.

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3 years ago

Police Scanner 7 drops to $0.99 in the Marketplace

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Police Scanner 7 drops to $0.99 in the Marketplace

For you police and emergency response types, hunkering over your scanner to listen to the latest happening in your town is a norm (shoot, I had a rockin' portable scanner as a kid, could pick up satellites, so awesome). 

We mentioned way back in October about Police Scanner coming over to Windows Phone (it's huge on iOS) and sure enough the app has been on the Marketplace for months now, fetching for $2.99. That price is a little on the high end, but to be honest, this is a slick, well polished and simply really cool app.

The good news is it just hit v2.2 a little while ago and in turn, has received a price drop. No word if it is permanent or just a sale, but that's a huge discount for a solid app. The bad news is there is no trial, so make sure you really want a police scanner on your phone before you commit (then again at $0.99, hardly a commitment here). It does run under the lock screena and with the screen off, so that's a nice plus.

I've been listening to the Suffolk County police for awhile now and it's pretty darn hilarious. Just sayin', Long Island is full of stupid and crazy.

Grab the app here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Pandas vs Ninjas - Review

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Pandas vs Ninjas - Review

I never knew that Pandas and Ninjas didn't get along. Apparently they don't or the Windows Phone game, Pandas vs. Ninjas, wouldn't have been developed.

In the spirit of Angry Birds, XIMAD Inc. has created a puzzle game of destruction where you (the panda) attempts to take out ninja strongholds.  You do so by hurling an assortment of critters, with various abilities, at the ninjas. The ninjas are protected by an assortment of bamboo, stone, and metal structures.

I've gotta admit Panda vs. Ninjas is a fun, somewhat addictive game and to read more, slide on past the break.

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3 years ago

Pac-Man Championship Edition DX is next week's Xbox Live game. Yes!!!

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In the last few weeks, Microsoft has released so many Game Room titles to Xbox Live that even huge Game Room fans like me became weary. Next week’s Xbox Live release still has a retro flavor, but it’s actually a much newer and more exciting game: PAC-MAN: Championship Edition DX.

In our review of the original Pac-Man, I complained “This title offers so much less content than sequels like Ms. Pac-Man and Pac-Man Championship Edition.” Namco has actually done me one better this time, because they skipped Championship Edition and went straight to its superior sequel, DX.

The console version of PAC-MAN: Championship Edition DX is an absolutely fantastic game. It features 9 different mazes, numerous selectable looks for Pac-Man and the ghosts, and three main gameplay modes: Score Attack, Time Attack, and Ghost Combo. DX throws dozens of ghosts on-screen at once, which might sound too hectic but is actually quite exciting and manageable in practice. Pac-Man even gains a bomb ability that knocks ghosts back to the center of the maze but resets the player's score multiplier.

Pac-Man CE DX is much easier than the first Pac-Man game, so it should be a better fit for mobile phones. Unlike the original Pac-Man game, this one is played in landscape mode, which should reduce the number of accidental presses of the nefarious Home and Search buttons.

The only bad news is its price: $6.99. Namco’s mobile games don’t come cheap. But thousands of gamers happily paid $10 for the Xbox 360 version; if the phone version matches the console game's greatness, 7 bucks won’t sting a bit.

The Windows Phone version of PAC-MAN: Championship Edition DX will debut on Wednesday, May 18.

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3 years ago

Live Tile updates bug? [Developers]

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Live Tile updates bug? [Developers]

Doug Rathbone, a Web Applications Consultant, has published an article on his blog recently outlining a bug he has come across when developing on the Windows Phone 7 platform with regards to the 260 character limit for toast (push) notifications for live tiles, which can reportedly be a pain when pulling a tile from an SSL path that contains security keys and other parameters.

He has gone into depth about the problem and attached a sample app that one can use to reproduce the bug and "experience all the fun". Of course, if this was an issue with long paths in URLS, URL shorteners such as bit.ly could be extremely effective. A very good read nonetheless.

Source: Doug Rathbone

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