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3 years ago

Impossible Shoota developer re-releases Scribble Defense and Zombidemix for free

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As developers learn the intricacies of what sells and what does not with the Marketplace, they will adapt. Such a case presents itself with the developer of Impossible Shoota (see hands on), which has been downloaded 21,000 times already, making it one of the most popular apps out there (#6 in games). One of its secrets is that it is free.

Much like on Android and the iPhone, free apps that are ad supported tend to do the best. In response, Elbert Perez who makes Impossible Shoota, has made his other two games free too since they have not been doing nearly as well when selling for $0.99. Because the Marketplace doesn't yet allow developers to go from a paid app to free, he has to re-release them with a "+" at the end so "Scribble Defense+" and Zombiedmix+" are the new names. Later, these games along with Impossible Shoota are expected to gain ads through Microsoft's new XNA-supported ad system. Perez is hoping this works for him and us noting:

Hopefully this will be a successful business model for me because it benefits me and everyone out there looking for a quality game for free.

Even Rovio, the makers of Angry Birds have gone free with their Android version and it has been a huge success for them. Could free and ad supported be the secret developers need for success? We think so.

Download Scribble Defense+ here and Zombiedmix+ here. Videos after the break of both games.

Source: OccasionalGamer

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3 years ago

Avatar Gadgets - Review

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3 years ago

Dell trying to mend fences with Venue Pro orders

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Dell is trying to ease the pain customers are feeling with regards to the Venue Pro. We've reported that production has hit a few snags, delaying shipments of the new Windows Phone 7 device.

An updated post on Direct2Dell updates when Dell might see the Venue Pro shipped.

The January 6 date that’s being reported could be correct for some but not all, as ship times vary by customer and the date/ time that they placed an order.

While everyone waits for the new phones to ship Dell's offering a few freebies in hopes of making things right. If you ordered your Dell Venue Pro on or before December 14th you will get:

  • Free Overnight Shipping upgrade
  • A free Plantronics Explorer 240 Bluetooth headset, which will ship separately in 4-6 weeks.

The shipping bump and $30 Bluetooth headset is a nice gesture but is it enough to make customers happy? 

Source: Direct2Dell; via: MobilityDigest

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3 years ago

Microsoft prepping major update for this fall; codenamed Mango

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Microsoft watchdog Mary Jo Foley is reporting that Microsoft is prepping a major update to Windows Phone 7 for the fall timeframe. Codenamed Mango, the fall update is rumored to add Silverlight run-time and HTML 5 support as well as additional languages. Foley speculates that Microsoft may ramp up the enterprise functionality with Mango, in particular additional support for Exchange ActiveSync policies that enforce security requirements for mobile devices.

Rumors about the schedule for updates to Windows Phone 7 and what those updates will include have been flying recently. The current best guess is that we are going to see one or two updates in the January/February time frame, quite possible announced or released at CES in January. Many of the talking heads in the industry see that as a likely scenario because the rumored CDMA support would offer carriers like Sprint and Verizon the ability to announce their Windows Phone 7 launch hardware. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is delivering the pre-show keynote on January 5th. One could assume that there would be other minor updates before Mango is released in the fall. Foley also mentioned the possibility of a Windows Phone 8 (codenamed Apollo) launch in late 2012.

Source: ZDnet: All About Microsoft

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3 years ago

Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst now available for WP7

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We told you last week that Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst was due for release on this day and sure enough, here it is. Fetching for a very reasonable $2.99, the Xbox Live app looks to bring geolocation and asynchronous gaming (aka turn-based multiplayer) to Windows Phone. Very exciting, indeed. (See a video discussion with the developers + footage here)

Overall, we like what we see and you can give it a spin from the Marketplace yourself. Hit us up in comments on your thoughts of the game!

Grab Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst here (opens Zune).

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3 years ago

Official WordPress app is now live in the Marketplace for WP7

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For those mo-bloggers out there, you'll be pleased to know that WordPress has gone ahead and released a full-fledged mobile client for Windows Phone, all for free of course. The app allows you to write offline, moderate comments, publish and view your site's stats all from your phone.

WordPress is the largest blogging platform out there today, so having it on board Windows Phone is quite welcomed, especially since the choices up to now have not been that stellar (although BloghuB looks pretty good too). It's even more important since Microsoft closed down Live Spaces and managed to port their users over to WordPress in an official partnership between the two mega companies. Last we checked, about one million have made the transition so far.

You can grab the app right here (opens Zune).

Thanks, Anum (Redmond Pie), for the tip

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Marketplace hits 4,000 apps

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We're not sure if we'll keep doing this every time they hit another thousand programs in the Marketplace, but it is worth noting for now only because of the trend: the rate of submissions to the marketplace is growing, fast.

To recap:

The area of interest above is after November 4th when everyone could begin to submit apps to the Marketplace. Whereas it took three weeks to gain one thousand more apps, this time around they did it in two. Although it would not be a surprise to see it slow down a bit with the holidays, we'll be watching to see how fast the Marketplace continues to overall grow. One thing is for sure, WP7 development doesn't seem so far to be a passing fad.

And to put this all in perspective, at last count WebOS had a total of 5,000 apps back in September, a platform that has been around for 18 months already.

Source: @WP7AppList

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3 years ago

Dell offers an update on the Venue Pro delays

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We mentioned earlier that the Dell Venue Pro was once again delayed. Likely shipping out the first of January 2011.

Dell has addressed the delays in a very informal, unofficial manner (a post on their support forums) in hopes of explaining the latest delay and retaining a few customers.  It appears that the delay is due to a hardware issue with the Phone which Dell is working closely with Microsoft coordinate a plan of action.

Apparently these issues are not only effecting new orders but also delaying any replacement orders that need to be shipped. While we've heard rumors that everything should be fine and dandy by January 6, 2011, the "unofficial" update states,

"Once we have good stock in place, then we have the ability to provide replacements. Unfortunately, I can’t give you a good estimate of when that will be."

The information update continues to state,

"If you are waiting on a new order and it misses the original estimated ship date, you do have the option to cancel by contacting the sales team."

If you're waiting on the Dell Venue Pro, this isn't the most encouraging news.  We're not too confident in the January 6th target date.  Follow the break for the full, "unofficial" update from Dell.

Source: Dell; via: TMoNews

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3 years ago

HTC updates Sense Hub, adds Live Tile

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HTC has updated their Windows Phone 7 Sense Hub to version 1.5. The update has minor fixes and the option to have a Live Tile that displays your current weather conditions.

The app now supports automatic location based weather that will update the Tile every hour, every three hours, six hours, twelve hours, pr once a day. You can set the Live Tile to your location or manually to another location. 

It definitely helps give the HTC Hub a little more functionality.

via: wmpoweruser

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3 years ago

Paramount announces Silverlight Enhanced movies for Windows Phone 7

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Paramount today announced an interesting twist to movie watching on your Windows Phone: Silverlight Enhanced movies. Fetching for $9.99 and starting with School of Rock, you can download the application/movie combo from the Marketplace allowing you to watch and interact with the movie.

The best way to describe this is a DVD menu + extras on your mobile using the power of Silverlight. The features include the ability to

...create custom clips, view the movie with pop-up trivia powered by 'Scene It?', and a Movie Info feature offering users the ability to identify actors, objects, music, and places in the movie, while providing rich, contextual information, such as bios, descriptions, and even maps to the locations.

Other movies coming down the line include Zoolander, Waiting for Superman and GI Joe: the rise of Cobra. Not exactly our favorite titles, except for Zoolander, but hey it's a start. Normally, our lame-meters are going off with this kind of thing but dare we say, this might work if they get the right titles (and maybe lower the price)?

Head here to download it. Remember, $9.99 and no trial (obviously).

Source: Windows Phone Developer Blog, NewsBlaze

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 in China second half 2011, Lenovo, ZTE and Huawei on board?

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Although it's been rumored and hinted at for a little while that Microsoft was planning on releasing Windows Phone 7 in the second half of 2011 for China, today it was confirmed by Yang Tianyang, Microsoft's communications sector director for the Greater China region.

The announcement is pretty huge for a few reasons. For one, the market in China is obviously quite large, giving Microsoft ample opportunity to potentially sell millions of devices. In 2010, 62 million smartphones are expected to be sold, up from 21 million just one year earlier. Number two, historically, Windows Mobile was one of the top selling mobile OSs in that country, meaning Microsoft has some positive legacy to build off of. On the other hand, just like everywhere else in the world, China is plagued by mass iPhone and Android adoption, making the challenge their just as significant as it is here in the States.

The other big news is that Microsoft is in talks with Lenovo, ZTE and Huawei to build WP7 devices specifically for China. Huawei is already a huge contender in the Android market but who knew Lenovo was in on the game too? While we'll probably never see such devices over here, it's good for Microsoft to continue to augment that OEM portfolio.

Source: Network World

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3 years ago

Dell Venue Pro orders delayed till January 5th?

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For those of you who ordered the elusive Dell Venue Pro and were hoping for an early holiday gift, looks like you'll be waiting even longer.

Though the device was set to launch in November, it was then pushed back two weeks only to have defective devices ship to a few dozen people. Then came the actual order date and the device were expected to ship by December 15th. Well, one day out from that magical day and no signs of any stock moving, in fact quite the opposite. When Dell support was contacted, varying answers and run around were given but the short of it is the device won't ship till January 5th:

I received a call this evening (5:30pm CST) from Dell - some random call center in India - stating that the delivery of my order has been delayed to January 5, 2011. I ordered the 16GB, off-contract, on Dec 1 at 8am CST

Of course January 5th is if you can take Dell's word and at this point, we're not sure we can as they are seriously burning some bridges with potential customers. No official word from Dell.

Source: XDA Forums; via wmpoweruser, TmoNews

 

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3 years ago

Thumba Photo Editor - Review

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Thumba Photo Editor - Review

While Windows Phone cameras are improving, so are the photography apps that let you edit the pictures you take, such as Thumba Photo Editor.  Thumba is a basic photo editing application for your Windows Phone that offers a respectable amount of processing tools.

Thumba Photo Editor is a very stable application with no bugs, glitches or crashes experienced while testing the application out.  The tools available are very similar to a desktop editor only lacking a print button for your images.  Thumba gives you the ability to turn a so-so picture into a nice picture.

To read more on Thumba Photo Editor, ease on past the break.

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3 years ago

Rad Now! - Review

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3 years ago

Beanstalk Tale - Review

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Beanstalk Tale - Review

In the spirit of Jack and the Beanstalk and the Three Little Pigs, DiNoGames is offering Beanstalk Tale over at the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace.

The fairy tale oriented platform game where you play the role of a pig who is trying to bounce his way to the top of the beanstalk. You bounce from leaf to leaf by tilting your Windows Phone left or right.

You can speed things up by catching a ride on a balloon but be careful not to run into a hornet. If your balloon bursts you can land safely on a leaf and continue bouncing your way up the beanstalk or fall to your demise.

Ease on past the break to see what impression this Windows Phone game left with us.

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