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3 years ago

HTC and Windows Phone at Paris Games Week

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HTC and Windows Phone has invaded the Paris Games Week, setting up a booth alongside Microsoft's Age of Empires Online. HTC has proved effective with improving their advertising efforts across Europe both online and in newspapers and stores. 

HTC also ran a contest with players battling against one another for a winning prize. Whoever achieved the highest score in Fruit Ninja walked away with a brand new Titan. Looking at the image below, it's good to see interest in the platform. Perfect placement being opposite Halo.

Source: MonoWindowsPhone

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3 years ago

IM+ v1.8 with Mango multitasking support now available

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Well not even a week after the last update which introduced some new features we get IM+ going to version 1.8 and adding Mango support for fast-app switching, at least according to Shape Service's Facebook page.

If there was any app that really needed this feature, it'd be IM+ just do to the nature of how instant messaging apps are used.

So how does it feel? Honestly, we still see a "resume" screen which doesn't make us feel too excited and there's no other advanced Mango features--no pinnable contacts, the live tile doesn't seem to be double sided, etc. It feels kind of the same as before. But hey, if you find anything new, hit us up on comments and let us know!

Grab IM+ v1.8 here in the Marketplace. Thanks, Sedp23, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Nokia Conversations goes Metro

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Nokia Conversations goes Metro

Nokia Conversations, the official Nokia blog, has received a boost of Metro goodness with a design revamp. They've rethought the structure of the website itself and plan to direct visitors to only the most relevant top stories. Upon visiting Nokia Conversations, you're hit by the top story immediately, with the ability to browse previous issues as if it were a magazine stand.

Check out the video walkthrough of the new design below.

Source: Nokia Conversations

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3 years ago

Xbox Live: Shoot1UP Exclusive Preview

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We briefly touched on Shoot1UP back in August when it appeared in the Gamescom WP7 sizzle reel. Today it’s time to let the cat out of the bag and reveal lots of details about this upcoming Xbox Live title.

Shoot1UP comes from Mommy’s Best Games, who are best known for their recent Serious Sam: Double D Xbox Live Arcade game. Before graduating to Xbox Live titles, they developed several Xbox 360 indie games, including Shoot1UP. The game is a vertically-scrolling shoot-em-up that stands out for several reasons.

Head past the break for our full preview and exclusive reveal of the WP7 version screenshots.

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3 years ago

Photo Editor - Review

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Photo Editor - Review

There are a handful of photo editor apps for your Windows Phone. They range from the basic to the artistic to the full editing packages. We turn our sites on Photo Editor to see how it measures up against the other options available in the Marketplace.

Photo Editor has a nice selection of editing tools ranging from cropping to filters to adding clip art to your images. The interface is nice and Photo Editor does have Facebook integration to allow you to share your photos.

To see how well Photo Editor hits the mark, slide on past the break.

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3 years ago

Zombies Attack Free - Review

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Zombies Attack Free - Review

Zombies have become a very popular character these days and Windows Phone games have their fair share of zombie games. Zombies Attack! Free is the latest incarnation of the zombie themed games.

The game premise is simple, destroy the zombies by dropping an assortment of bombs on them as they parade across your Windows Phone screen. Any zombies that make it across, will eat away at your health. To see how you prevent the undead from devouring your brains, skip on past the break.

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3 years ago

Flight Monitor - Mango App Spotlight

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Flight Monitor is a handy app for your Windows Phone that will allow you to track any flight world wide. Flight Monitor tracks flights in near real time and has live tile support so you can monitor things from your Start Screen.

Flight Monitor has a Search Page where you choose your airline and search by flight number. From there a page will be generated to display the flight information and a map that flags the flight's positioning. Down below you have a buttons to refresh the map, pin the flight to your Start Screen and return to the search page.

Flight Monitor uses a two sided live tile where one side displays a map view and the other side displays the status and arrival time.

Flight Monitor is a handy little app to help you keep track of flight status. The only issue I found in testing Flight Monitor is one of stability. That is, the app wasn't very stable.  More times than not, the app crashed when I initiated a search. Get the bugs ironed out and Flight Monitor is worth a look. As is, I'd have to give the trial version a run around the block first.

The full version of Flight Monitor is running $3.99 and you can find it here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Screenshot tool now allows use of camera button in updated version [Homebrew]

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Wow, just last night we posted about Screen Capturer v2, which allowed one to use take screen caps on their device in Mango--a first without being tethered to a PC. Then Windows Phone Hacker patched it so that you didn't need to have to be interop-unlocked, which cuts down on the requirements.

Now version 3 just hit and will you be impressed:

  • Full English version
  • Redesigned UI with Metro interface
  • No interop-unlock requirement
  • Use camera button to take screen caps (!)
  • Prevent Capture Task auto run: Capture Task uses BackgroundAgent to run and wait for Camera button event, BackgroundAgent may auto run in some case, enable this option to stop auto capture.
  • The Capture Task duration: How long will the Capture Task run before it stop to accept Camera button event.

We just loaded it up and it works like a charm--so simple and easy to use, plus you can keep the "task" open for a few minutes, allowing you to take numerous screenshots without having to reenter the app. Simply brilliant and a must have for anyone who is dev unlocked.

Grab the app here at XDA.

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3 years ago

Microsoft signs patent licensing deal with Compal

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Compal, a Taiwanese manufacturer, has signed a patent deal with Microsoft that will see the company pay the software giant licensing fees on sold Android and Chrome products. Compal now joins Samsung, HTC, Acer and Viewsonic in Microsoft's patent portfolio licensing handbook.

Microsoft continues to work with manufacturers directly with regards to IP licensing, which could further increase the likelihood of them looking at Windows Phone more seriously. With the platform turning one year old, more revenue from patent licensing can possibly mean increased investment in development.

Source: CNET

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3 years ago

First photos taken with the Nokia 800 Lumia found online

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Just a few more days before we get to see the Nokia 800/Lumia/SeaRay in person, but until then, you can take a gander at some photos taken by that device. We know that phone will feature an 8MP camera with an F/2.2 Carl Zeiss lens, the same as found on the Nokia N9.

Overall the quality seems solid enough but without seeing the full size version, it's of course hard to tell. Then again, Nokia optics have rarely failed to impress. We'll see more Wednesday of course when WPCentral will be live from Nokia World in London.

Source: Flickr; via The Nokia Blog; Thanks, Mark G., for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Happy 1st Birthday Windows Phone 7

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Happy 1st Birthday Windows Phone 7

This week marks the week when Windows Phone was officially released in Europe last year. The platform has turned one and boy what a year it has been! We've gone through two updates since launch, NoDo and Mango, and the future looks bright with Nokia coming on board.

It's been a year, how do you think Windows Phone has done so far, and what are you looking forward to most next year? Happy Birthday Windows Phone. Feel like reliving some memories? Click here to see our coverage a year ago of the Windows phone 7 launch.

Thanks TheWeeBearUK for the image!

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3 years ago

Google Talk app OctroTalk returns to Windows Phone

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For those who remember OctroTalk, it goes back to the Windows Mobile days, like the 2008-2009 era. Heck, we worked with the developer on the earliest alpha version.

So it was a pleasant surprise to see them return to form with a Windows Phone edition of the app, supporting Mango no less. The app is v1.0 and does fetch for $4.99, which when compared to the multi-client app IM+, seems a bit high to us.

OctroTalk only supports Google Talk but it is laid out nicely and seem to work a bit better (plus with fast-app resume, handles better than IM+).  It supports pre-set statuses, push and toast notifications and even has a flipping Live Tile. The app looks to be a port of the older Windows Mobile version and so isn't completely Metro UI. It also doesn't play too well with those who use GV Max for monitoring their Google Voice information aka GoVoice e.g. our contact list turns into GVMax contact.

All in all, if you need a solid Google Talk app, this is certainly one to consider. But at $4.99, casual users would be best served with GChat or IM+. You can give the app a try here in the Marketplace with a free trial. (Incidentally, we don't know the limitations of the free trial as the app seems to work just fine and in full).

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Summary of the Week: October 17 - 23, 2011

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Another week, another summary. We've got episode 127 of the WPCentral podcast to begin with as well as Dave's Windows Phone forum highlights. Nokia World is in a couple of days and we'll be sure to attend. Hopefully Nokia reveals some exciting handsets. This is also the summary that covers Windows Phone turning one year old! For the summary and links, head on past the break.

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3 years ago

WP7 Halloween Wallpapers are a little spooky but mostly just cute

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Taiwanese blog I Heart Windows Phone has released a set of three Halloween-themed wallpapers for Windows Phone 7. All three feature what appears to be the site’s mascot in different costumes, drawn with an attractive cartoonish art style. These wallpapers are an adorable way to show your Halloween spirit on the go, perhaps as you make a trip to the store to pick up some candy for the trick-or-treaters.

To get the images, use one of the following methods:

  1. Visit the blog on your phone (Google Translate it for a nice introduction to Halloween for foreign readers)
  2. Tap on one of the images to display the full version
  3. Tap and hold on the image and then select ‘save picture.’
  4. Once saved, find the image in your phone’s Photo section
  5. Tap the … button at the bottom of the screen to bring up the menu
  6. Select ‘use as wallpaper’

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  1. Download the zip file from your phone using this link
  2. Select one of the three images
  3. Tap the … button at the bottom of the screen to bring up the menu
  4. Select ‘use as wallpaper.’

Source: I Heart Windows Phone  Thanks to Grace for the tip!

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