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3 years ago

geoDefense is the Deal of the Week. Ghostscape and Shuffle Party are the new Xbox LIVE titles.

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Although the last few Deals of the Week have been "meh", this week's is pretty exciting. geoDefense, the futuristic tower-defense game with wowee-zowee sound effects will be going on sale from $2.99 to (we're guessing) the usual $1.99 price-point starting this Wednesday, November 30th.

In our review, we summarized the game as thus:

"geoDefense may not be the absolute finest tower defense game on Xbox Live (that honor goes to Plants vs. Zombies) but it is still a terrific title. Nothing it does rocks the boat, but that makes the game easy to understand and get into. Spikes in difficulty and the variable nature of tower costs and powers are minor annoyances that keep geoDefense away from perfection. But the game offers plenty of strategic fun and easy Achievements at a relatively low price, so strategy fans should lower their defenses and consider an immediate purchase."

The game is quite a lot of fun and well worth the $2.99 price. At $1.99 it's a steal, meaning we think you should give that trial a spin now so you'll be ready to purchase come Wednesday night. Seriously, once you upgrade your laser to max and hear that thing fire, obliterating everything in its path...you'll be sold. Or at least we were. Try out geoDefense right now here in the Marketplace.

And don't forget this week, Ghostscape and Shuffle Party will be both available as new Xbox LIVE titles, with of course the latter only being available in the U.S. for now. Sorry.

via: @KarlStricker; Thanks, DarkSynopsis, for the heads up.

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3 years ago

CNET UK Editor choose Windows Phone

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Add Rich Trenholm to the list of Windows Phone users. Rich is the News Editor over at CNET UK and had been using an iPhone. That is until he spent some time with the Nokia Lumia 800.

He notes that interface is king when it comes to measuring an OS and Windows Phone has it while the iPhone has been left behind. Trenholm does recognize the importance of processors, screen sizes, app stores and other aspects of a smartphone but if the interface is a chore to deal with the phone will falter.

"Windows Phone strikes the perfect middle ground between the two (the iPhone and Android). The slick, instantly recognisable and totally intuitive live tile interface is playful without being toylike, knocking Apple's once-revolutionary front end into a cocked hat. And on the other hand, widgets and dynamic live tiles give you the flexibility that marks Android."

Trenholm doesn't believe Windows Phone is perfect, noting, "the pool of apps is more like a muddy puddle" but sees the choice of the Lumia 800 over the iPhone as "utterly compelling".

source: CNET UK Thanks goes out to everyone who tipped us on this!

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3 years ago

AT&T Samsung Focus S now on back order?

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It looks like the HTC Titan isn't the only AT&T Windows Phone on back order these days. We've received numerous tips in the last thirty minutes from readers who have received emails this afternoon from AT&T with news on their Samsung Focus S order.

Unfortunately the emails weren't shipping confirmations but rather notifications that the Samsung Focus S they ordered is on back order. So far there hasn't been any indication when the Focus S will be back in stock.  Oddly, if you check out AT&T website, the Focus S appears to still be in stock.  

The news comes with mixed blessings.  Nice to see the new Windows Phones flying off the shelves and bad that AT&T wasn't better prepared.  Looking over at Amazon Wireless, they are showing the Focus S as shipping in 1 to 2 weeks. Hopefully, that's a good measure of time and everyone getting the back order emails won't have to wait for long.

Thanks for everyone who tipped us on this and thanks goes out to ninja1043 for the pic!

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3 years ago

Sneak Peek: CarbonWP Twitter client for Windows Phone

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If you've followed webOS at all, you'll know of a very popular Twitter client on that platform called Carbon. The developers of that spectacular app have ported it over to Windows Phone, now called CarbonWP, and it's nearly ready for release to the Marketplace. Actually, to say this is a port is not correct as the devs have taken months to work on taking advantage of all of Mango's abilities and really make this a Metro-Twitter app. We've seen it grow from early alpha-release to today and it's been a fun ride.

We've got our hands on the release candidate (RC1) and take it for a spin. Our thoughts? It's good, damn good. These guys are coming out swinging on v1.0 with a full-featured client that is exceptionally smooth and offers a lot of desired functionality, especially if you have multiple accounts. It's fast, fluid and smart. Will it be for everyone? Nope. Twitter clients are very personal choices, but we like what we see from these guys.

Peep after the break for the full list of features, watch the video to see it in action and gander at the pics to get an idea if this is something you'll want when released. We think it'll be a hit in the Marketplace. You?

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia Live event - the before

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Nokia Lumia Live event - the before

While the Nokia Lumia Live event featuring Deadmau5 is still going on (catch it live here) we thought we'd share a few pictures captured before the event.  There's no telling how many cables, screens, computer and other gizmos were needed to transform the 800 windows of the 120 meter high Millbank Tower but from the looks of the live stream, Nokia did a good job of it.

We'll get some first hand observations up in a little while but based on the crowds it looks like the Nokia Lumia Live Event is a big success.  

Source: winphonexap

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3 years ago

STREAMING: Deadmau5 rocking atop Millbank Tower for Nokia Lumia Live

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As we post, Canadian artist Deadmau5 is atop Millbank Tower in London to performing live in a 4D extravaganza.  The event is sponsored by Nokia as part of their Nokia Lumia Live series, and our very own Rich Edmonds and Jay Bennett are there.  800 windows of Millbank Tower have been transformed into a screen for a gigantic visual presentation (here's the teaser video).

If you are lucky enough to be there, say hello to our peeps.  If not, be sure to catch the live stream above, and keep up with the action on FaceBook.  You can also check out the teaser for some behind-the-scenes goodness.

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3 years ago

NinjasFate creates Avatar Awards site just for WP7 users

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NinjasFate is a site that has gained some popularity amongst gamers for its aggregation of info on XBox games that offer Avatar Awards.  Now they have created a mobile site for WP7 users to visit on their phones that uses the Metro UI style and emulates a WP7 app.  The site mimics Windows Phone so closely that users are even asked to select a color theme and can then scroll through tiles for each game.

What's great about the new design is that you can set http://avatarawards.ninjasfate.com/wp7 as a favorite in your browser, then add it to the home screen as a tile.  When you select the tile, you are transported to a browser window that looks and navigates just like an app would.  We must admit, it's an ingenious way to design a site to cater to WP7 users, and could start quite a trend. 

Source: NinjasFate (Thanks for the tip, 24AMonth!)

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3 years ago

Hands on with the first Pandora app for Windows Phone: MetroRadio

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Yesterday we broke the news of the first Pandora app for Windows Phone called MetroRadio. Built off of the public SDK for Pandora by Justin Angel, developer Mustafa Taleb (see his other apps) has been quickly working to get to this app to the Marketplace. We now have our hands on the XAP file for this sneak peek.

Keep in mind, the app is still in development so this isn't the final version. Overall though, it works as advertised bringing down your radio stations, allowing you to add and rename stations, like/dislike and skip-track. It's a bit vanilla in design, but clearly these are things that can be addressed in later versions. Being a full Mango app, it of course uses the Zune controls and plays in the background.

Not bad at all for an early attempt and assuming it gets past the Marketplace, it should fill the void many are feeling with no official Pandora application.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 available in cyan at The Phone House

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We previously reported, back at Nokia World '11, that the Lumia 800 will be available in black only for some time across Europe, with cyan and magenta arriving at a later date. We contacted Three UK for details as to when cyan is set to be stocked and we were informed that November 28th (today) would be when they expect to be able to ship the color.

Unfortunately, Three has not updated their website yet to show that the cyan Lumia 800 is available, but The Phone House in France has. Phones4U has had the cyan color on their website for some time now, available on Orange, Vodafone, and O2 of all carriers (they had issues with Nokia regarding marketing conflicts with the iPhone). Orange has the cyan Lumia 800 listed on site, but is "coming soon". Looks like cyan will be hitting shelves soon enough for those who don't wish to have yet another black handset in your arsenal. 

Source: Orange, The Phone House, via: MonWindowsPhone

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3 years ago

The Little Amazing Show ad-campaign: Episode 2

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Last week Nokia kicked off a new series of adverts that focused on life itself, rather than a mobile phone, and was shot in Berlin. Today we have episode two, which invites viewers on a trip around merry old London. With how impressive the Lumia 800 marketing campaigns have proved to be, these small clips are a breathe of fresh air.

Source: Nokia YouTube, via: MonWindowsPhone

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3 years ago

AT&T has sold out the HTC Titan

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AT&T has sold out the HTC Titan

We had a feeling the HTC Titan would take off with a storm simply because it sports a massive screen and is well built (see our review), so it's good to see the AT&T website displaying a "SOLD OUT" notice for the Windows Phone. Unfortunately, this means you'll have to wait some time to get one yourself, but Best Buy currently has the Titan stocked for free, all that's required is a new two year contract to be taken out.

Source: AT&T, thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Change your Oil - Mango App Spotlight

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Change Your Oil is a Windows Phone apps (mango) from the indie developer webdad2 technologies that is a car maintenance reminder/tracker app. It is designed to replace that plastic reminder windshield sticker that is often ignored.

The layout is simple with the main page being your Garage that lists all your vehicles. With each vehicle you can add information such as mileage, tag number, oil and air filter information, oil weight, brand of oil, tire pressure information, and view your maintenance history for that vehicle.

You can edit the settings assigned to your vehicles that will enable toast notifications and your Live Tile to remind you when your next oil change is due. All in all, Change Your Oil is a simple way of keeping track of your routine car maintenance. It ran smoothly and was easy to navigate around.

There is a free trial version available for Change Your Oil that is limited to tracking one vehicle. The full version, that lets you track multiple vehicles, will run you $.99. You can find Change Your Oil here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Ocado releases Windows Phone app

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Ocado releases Windows Phone app

We're slightly late to the party, but Ocado (an online UK supermarket) has indeed released an app for Windows Phone. The advert found below, containing some humorous elements, walks you through not only a lamppost but the app itself. It looks awesome. Blowing the iOS, Blackberry, and Android counterparts out the water in terms of uniqueness and of course Metro UI.

As well as the functionality to shop, add items to your basket and arrange a delivery through checking out, the Ocado On The Go app features the following:

  • An entire supermarket at your fingertips. Shop for everything from food and drink to housewares, books, toys and much more.
  • Shop for groceries on the move. Place a brand new order or just add an item you've forgotten to your next order.
  • Works in complete harmony with ocado.com. Seamless syncing means you can start an order on one and complete it on the other.
  • Get your next order started in no time. Use Your Instant Shop to create a typical order for you, based on your previous deliveries.
  • Shop even if you're offline. Our catalogue of over 22,000 products is stored on your phone, so you can keep shopping even if you lose signal. As soon as your Internet connection returns, your order will update automatically. 

Should you have any questions about the app, Ocado have set up an FAQ on their website. You can download Ocado from the Marketplace.

Thanks hwangeruk for the tip!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Summary of the Week: November 21-27, 2011

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Welcome to your weekly Windows Phone summary, where you're kept in the loop with all the top news this week. To kick us off is this week's interview, where we were joined by Chris Field, developer of Mehdoh. If you're not already, you should be tuning into our weekly podcast, with episode 131 being published this week. We've had version 1.7 of the WPCentral app approved, which brings hot fixes with website development. 

For the upcoming festive holiday, we have some gift ideas for automotive accessories and Windows Phones themselves. Right, let's get started, eh?

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