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3 years ago

What grinds our Gears? The game Gears, which just got a free version.

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Last year we mentioned the game Gears on the Windows Phone Marketplace, noting it was quite a fun little puzzler. The goal of the game is to connect two stationary gears on the screen with a finite selection of variable sized gears from your collection. You simply drag-n-drop them on screen, connecting them up to each other and the gears start spinning.

The game starts off easy but quickly ramps up to being more challenging. With 100 levels it should keep most users busy for sometime but replay value is obviously low since the puzzles aren’t randomized.

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3 years ago

Keep Alive for maintaining Wi-Fi connections now available in the Windows Phone Marketplace

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From homebrew to err...publicbrew

A few days ago we reported on a new homebrew app called Keep Alive from Windows Phone Hacker. The app basically pings a server every once in awhile to maintain a constant Wi-Fi connection. It’s better than having to reconnect to your Wi-Fi connection each time you turn the display back on and has little impact on battery.

The app though was homebrew meaning only those with developer-unlocked phones could take part by sideloading the XAP file. Since the program itself does not use any illegal hooks, Jaxbot, the developer behind it has submitted it to the Marketplace and almost surprisingly it has passed.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Hurricane Season

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Windows Phone Central's Roundup of Hurricane Apps

We've touched on Windows Phone apps to help everyone stay up on Hurricanes at the start of Hurricane Season back in May. With Tropical Storm Isaac brewing in the Caribbean we thought it would be a good time to revisit the Hurricane app roundup.

These Windows Phone apps keep you informed of the tropical systems as they develop into hurricanes, monitor the storms track, help you weather out the storm, and monitor any systems that may follow Isaac.  So far this season tropical activity has been light and hopefully it will continue to be quiet once Isaac passes.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Accessory Review: NRGdeck Power Bank 5000

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If you use your Windows Phone a lot on the go – whether to play games, watch videos, or plain old make calls and text – you’ve probably run into the dreaded ‘Critical Battery Warning’ once or twice. As the phone’s battery ages, it starts holding less of a charge, thus making battery life an even greater concern. You can always buy a new battery, but people like me who plan to replace their existing phones with a shiny new Windows Phone 8 handset later this year probably don’t want to spend too much on an accessory they won’t be needing any more in a few months. That’s where the NRGdeck Power Bank from Porta Solutions USA comes in.

The NRGdeck is an external battery pack/charger for USB devices, so it’s not strictly a Windows Phone accessory. But it is a versatile charging product that can power two devices at once, helping keep your phone and other electronics going when wall outlets are in short supply.

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3 years ago

From the Forums: Other Windows Phone manufacturers and what keeps you around?

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The Windows Phone Central community forums is a top destination for all platform followers and fans to mingle and engage in lengthy discussions and heated debates. This series of roundups are for those who have been absent for the past number of days and will serve as a notification of sorts for all popular threads on the forums.

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3 years ago

Samsung found guilty of most patent-infringement charges from Apple. Fined $1 billion.

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Samsung got served.

With a slow day suddenly getting very exciting, the jury-verdict for the Apple versus Samsung case is just coming in over the wires.

Like the trial itself, things are quite complicated as the verdict is spread over various devices, including the Captivate, Continuum, Showcase, Gem, Indulge, Infuse 4G, Mesmerize, Vibrant, Galaxy Tab and others.

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3 years ago

What would you do for a Lumia Windows Phone? Would you allow Nokia to paint your car?

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Nokia has painted a Peugeot 107 in Lumia colours following a tweet from Damien in Wexford, Ireland, who stated that he’d let the Finnish Windows Phone manufacturer add something extra to his car for a new Lumia 900. This was an odd request, but one Nokia simply couldn’t pass on. 

Not only does it provide free advertising for the Windows Phone platform and the Lumia family of smartphones, but it also engages the social community with another "wow" marketing stunt. 

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 710 available once again at The Carphone Warehouse from just £7.50 a month

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The Carphone Warehouse has revealled an exciting deal for the Lumia 710, available on most major UK carriers. The Windows Phone, which sports a 3.7" display, 5MP rear shooter and 1.4Ghz chip, is now available on contract from just £7.50 a month.

Those familiar with Lumia 710 deals will remember the same price tag being covered earlier in the month for The Carphone Warehouse Smart Deal of the Week. This is a perfect opportunity for those who may have missed out on the previous deal. Included in the cheapest plan (with TalkMobile - The Carphone Warehouse's virtual UK mobile operator running on the Vodafone network) are 100 minutes per month, accompanied by 5000 SMS and 250MBs of data.

This current offer is open until August 30th, celebrating the month's bank holiday so be sure to act quickly should interest spark. Of course, one who does not desire the Windows Phone on contract can pick up a SIM-free version for £99.95 - an irresistible bargain for anyone seeking a cheap-yet-sturdy smartphone. 

Source: The Carphone Warehouse

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Short-take: Net Swiss Knife

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If you're looking for a simple network utility app you might want to give Net Swiss Knife a try on your Windows Phone. Net Swiss Knife has four main tools plus access to your Windows Phone network settings.

With Net Swiss Knife you can scan a local network by IP Address, conduct a DNS query, run a WHOIS search and set up a Wake-On-LAN command. Input is straight forward and from the three-dot menu you can access a series of walkthrough tutorials and your Windows Phone network settings.

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3 years ago

Fairway Solitaire Windows Phone 8 interview, Part Two

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After running part one of our interview with Patrick Wylie, the VP of Big Fish Game Studios, your friendly neighborhood gaming journalist got sidetracked a bit with health problems. Don't worry, I seem to have pulled through okay. In case you missed the interview, Big Fish - one of the leaders in casual gaming on PC - has announced both Xbox Live Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 ports of their marquee title Fairway Solitaire. The game is already a huge hit on PC, Mac, and iOS – even people who don’t normally care for Solitaire games (like me) love it.

Check out part two of our exclusive video interview after the break!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Football Apps

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Windows Phone Central's Football App Roundup

Football season is upon us and there are plenty of Windows Phone apps to help bring all the gridiron action to our phones. Sure, you have sports apps such as ESPN and Score Mobile that will bring your all the scores, news and videos from the sports world but what about those that just focus on football?

We've collected a handful of apps that place football center stage. We've got a few professional football apps and a few college oriented apps for those who prefer the NCAA over the NFL. We even toss in a football app for those who see football in a different light.

As always, if you have a favorite football app that didn't make it to the roundup, sound off in the comments section and share.

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3 years ago

Surface Tablet ads begin appearing, Microsoft gets fresh with urban art

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Looks like Microsoft might be trying its hand at a viral advertising campaign in the lead up to the release of its Surface tablet.  The advertising, in the form of hipster compatible urban art has been spotted in a couple of locations such as the one above in Brooklyn. The pseudo graffiti seems to continue with the imagery we first saw at the Surface reveal.  The theme is of an elegant two-part diagram, depicting tablet with detachable keyboard.

The Surface device is going to be big news for Microsoft on a number of levels. Surface is not only going to be the first Microsoft designed computer, it will be the poster child for Windows 8. When we see the new OS advertised and demoed, we can be pretty certain it will be on a Surface tablet. We’re expecting a marketing tsunami with the combined Windows 8 and Surface product launches. 

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3 years ago

HTC Windows Phone passes Bluetooth Certification, destined for Verizon with LTE

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We've heard rumors of a handful of HTC Windows Phone 8 devices and now we are seeing a HTC Windows Phone device pass Bluetooth Certification.

The request for certification was filed on July 16, 2012 and passed August 13, 2012. Not much to see other than the HTC 6990 LVW is LTE equipped and likely headed to Verizon. The LVW corresponds to the method of communications for the Verizon Wireless LTE Network here in the States. Much like with SGH-T is what T-Mobile Samsung devices use.  

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3 years ago

Homebrew BluePhoto beta looks to fill in missing transfer gap on Windows Phone

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Pretty app but needs work

Over at XDA, the lads are focused again on adding new homebrew features to our current Windows Phone devices. One of the big complaints from a handful of users is the inability to share photos or documents via Bluetooth. Windows Phone 8 will fix this by adding that function (and of course its newest brother, NFC) but what about current phones?

Navisluni has released a beta of an app he calls BluePhoto that should give you the ability to share photos via your phone’s precious Bluetooth. We say ‘should’ because it is a hack and it doesn’t work as universally as one would like.

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3 years ago

When old becomes new. Samsung and HTC’s Windows Phone 8 rumoured launch hardware.

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The last few weeks have been exciting for Windows Phone with all the leaks concerning Windows Phone 8 hardware. The launch is almost upon us and of course, we’re all excited about the phones we’re likely to see. The next gen specs, even on the rumoured low end devices, are a big jump for Windows Phone. But will high-end devices from Samsung and HTC excite? Let’s look at the situation.

As we only have rumours so far, you’ll have to take the following with pinches of salt as we speculate somewhat. To start with, let’s cast our eye over the proposed Samsung devices. No doubt on paper these devices look the part but delving deeper we can clearly see that their high-end device is likely along the lines of a Galaxy S3. Will a recent flagship Android device serve as the high-end launch device for Windows Phone 8?

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