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3 years ago

Xbox Live: Hexic Rush is the Deal of the Week, Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 launches

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When Microsoft announced last week’s Xbox Live Deal of the Week was Rocket Riot, much fanfare ensued. Will this week’s deal be as exciting? It’s…

Hexic Rush, on sale for $1.99 (down from $2.99).

Hexic Rush comes from developer Carbonated Games and publisher Microsoft Game Studios. Rush is a port of the Xbox 360 pack-in title Hexic, which was created by Alexey Pajitnov, the inventor of Tetris. Our review recommends Hexic Rush to fans of Tetris and Bejeweled, especially given that its price is lower than both of those titles. Personally, I rate Hexic only slightly above Flowerz and below pretty much every other puzzle game or watching the Weather Channel on TV. It’s also tough to unlock the full 200 GamerScore in Hexic Rush, so Achievement hunters beware.

Hexic Rush’s sale price will go live on Wednesday morning. You can grab Hexic Rush on the Marketplace here (opens a link in your Zune browser). There is a free trial, so don’t hesitate to give it a shot if you like puzzle games.

Also launching this Wednesday on Xbox Live is Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer 2011. It will cost $4.99. It looks like an impressive soccer/football title, with 3D graphics and multiple control options. Learn more about its features in our previous article.

Remember, you can also find the Deal of the Week and new Xbox release every Wednesday on the Xbox.com Windows Phone 7 page.

 

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3 years ago

SeeMe - App Spotlight

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SeeMe - App Spotlight

A spotlight might be the only thing missing from this Windows Phone application. SeeME is a one-of-a-kind app that lets you been noticed anywhere! It combines a series of flashing lights, shapes and signs that is sure to get the attention of anyone within eye shot of your Windows Phone.

The shapes also contain messages for the social atmosphere. For example, you have an animated Call Me sign that will bounce around the screen to catch the attention of that bar fly that has caught your eye. Then there's the beating heart to show that someone special just how you feel.

Asides from the shapes, SeeMe also has four strobes (blue, red, b&w and full color) that gives your Windows Phone that disco feel. On a more serious note, the strobe feature could help signal help should you break down on the side of the road.

SeeMe is running $.99 over at the Marketplace and you can download your copy here (opens Zune).

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3 years ago

HTC Trophy just around the corner?

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HTC Trophy just around the corner?

Back in November, we covered the confirmation of the HTC Trophy coming to Verizon early this year. Earlier this month we posted some information pointing to a launch on March, 24th.  Now we are seeing offers on the Verizon website that details an offer for Microsoft Employees that expires April 1, 2011.  It may be an indication that the Trophy isn't too far away from hitting the shelves.

The offers for Microsoft employees (lucky) seems like a very attractive deal indeed. One would simply contact Verizon and extend the service contract for a further two years, then you will receive $100 in billing credit (per line) on your account. Verizon would then email you as to when the Trophy arrives onto the network and for a fee of $199 the phone is yours, which is coupled with free case and vehicle power charger.  Then to sweeten the deal further, Microsoft employees will be reimbursed the $199 cost by Microsoft.  This is likely an extension of Microsoft's "free phone program" for employees.

The device, as previously reported, will be featuring the NoDo update (though not the latest), quadband and is said to have 16GB memory, but is the HTC Wildfire counterpart for WP7. I actually bought this device for my partner for £300, so this deal is a real catch for eligible employees.

Thanks Kiel for the tip!

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3 years ago

Seidio Surface Case Give Away Winners!

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WPCentral and Seidio would like to congratulate our five lucky winners in the Seidio Surface Case Giveaway.  We had over fifty comments in the forums discussion on what accessories you would like to see come to Windows Phone 7 and randomly drew five names from those entries.

The winners are: ctt1wbw, anglirich, PTK8ofBH, mvierling, and hawkstone.

They will have won thier choice (from what's available) of the Innocase Surface Combo Case from Seidio.  Confirmation emails will be sent out shortly to our lucky winners.  WPCentral would again like to thank Seidio for sponsoring this give away.

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3 years ago

'NoDo' fixes Marketplace update bug too

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Since the HTC Arrive on Sprint comes with 'NoDo' built in, we've been obviously testing what has/has not changed. And although we know it has copy/paste, refined Marketplace search and performance enhancements, one other little thing we noticed is fixed: the Marketplace app update bug.

If you recall, we did a video ("Tip: Force an app update in the Windows Phone Marketplace") showing how when a new update is available for an app you have installed, sometimes there's a delay with the Marketplace reflecting that. So you would navigate over to see the new version listed but no way to update it manually. The trick was to hit the back button, then go back to the app description and then you would see the "update" option (just watch the video).

Long story short, 'NoDo' fixes that so the first time you go to the updated application in the Marketplace, it shows "Update", making one less step in the process. Revolutionary? Game shifting? Hardly. But it's attention to the details that matters in making a good OS, so we're glad to see it.

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3 years ago

HTC HD7 originally called HD3, FCC teardown pics released

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Just as we get word that AT&T is getting an updated version of the venerable HD7, the FCC finally publicly releases the internal teardown photos of the device.

Turns out, there's no hidden treasure, but we do see the 16GB microSD card and even see that it was originally called the 'HD3' which to be honest, we actually like better (HTC's obsession with the '7' branding is confusing as heck). Other than that, it has your usual Qualcomm chipsets, Samsung SDRAM and a Broadcom WiFi transceiver. So if you're bored, check out the whole gallery at WirelessGoodness.

Source: FCC; via WirelessGoodness

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3 years ago

HTC HD7S for AT&T hitting 'in coming weeks'

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HTC and AT&T have taken the lid off the HTC HD7S, a Windows Phone 7 device sporting HTC's now-favorite 4.3 inch screen with Super LCD technology, a 1GHz processor, SRS WOW / Dolby Audio,  and a 5MP camera 'round back capable of 720p HD video recording flanked by a dual-LED flash. NoDo / Copy/Pase will also be on board.

In other words, we seem to be looking at an AT&T version of the HD7, albeit loaded up with AT&T's "suite" of software like U-verse for TV and tha swanky Super LCD (which fixes the HD7's biggest problem, in our opinion). We're on the ground at CTIA Spring 2011 and we'll bring you more as we get it!

Full press release after the break

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3 years ago

SuperTube streams YouTube in HD, allows downloading [Video]

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While those with HTC devices enjoy the benefit of HTC's own YouTube client which streams in HD, the rest need to use the "official" method, which is...err..lacking.

SuperTube actually outdoes the HTC app by going one-step further and allowing you download the video to your phone (in regular or HD format, to boot). The app fetches for $1.29 and there is a free trial, with ads. Our thoughts? It's slick, fast and it works, so it's a winner.  Grab it here in the Marketplace

via MobilityDigest

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3 years ago

Flory IM gets bumped to 2.0, new features & design

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Flory IM, which support Google Talk and Facebook IM, has been bumped from v1.6 to 2.0. In turn, it has received a nice UI overhaul, bringing some pizazz to the popular instant messaging client. The changelog is as follows:

  • Complete redesign of the contact list
  • On/Off buttons for each supported protocol
  • New Googletalk implementation
  • New Facebook authentication (should fix most connections issues and allows connections outside Germany)
  • Push-Notifications for Facebook IM
  • Avatars for Facebook IM and Googletalk
  • Status messages in chat view
  • Improved landscape view for chats
  • New language support: Spanish

Overall, it does look a lot nicer and since it hops to your IM list directly, makes it more logical in the layout. We still noticed a couple UI glitches, but we imagine those will get ironed out eventually. Tip: Before updating, we encourage you to sign out of Flory, uninstall the application and reset your device. Then go to the Marketplace to re-download/re-install. Otherwise, you may have some stability issues (we did).

Grab Flory IM in the market here; Thanks, Alan, for the eagle eyes

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3 years ago

Women's Murder Club - Review

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Women's Murder Club - Review

James Patterson is a best-selling author who, critics say, writes fairly crummy books. His Women’s Murder Clubs series of novels includes ten books and spawned a short-lived TV series. There have also been several video game adaptations. Windows Phone 7 gamers everywhere, surely, are clamoring for such a game, and thankfully developer Vivid Games and publisher I-Play have heard gamers’ desperate calls. Women’s Murder Club: Death in Scarlet is an Xbox Live title you won’t want to miss!

The Women’s Murder Club isn’t actually a group of people who kill women for sport. Instead, “the series revolves around the lives of four women in San Francisco – a homicide detective, an assistant district attorney, a medical examiner and a newspaper reporter – who come together to use their expertise and talents in their respective fields to solve murder cases,” says Wikipedia. Compelling! Death in Scarlet takes that exciting premise and makes a pretty decent hidden-object game.

Flip past the break for our review’s thrilling conclusion!

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3 years ago

Pirate's Mind - Review

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Pirate's Mind - Review

Puzzle games are a great fit for mobile gaming. They’re playable in short bursts and appeal to a wide audience. They’re also very easy to create, as every seemingly Indie developer and his brother has at least a couple of the Marketplace. Developer M80 games’ Pirate’s Mind manages to stand out from the crowd thanks to its unique game play and high-quality presentation.

Pirates are a greedy sort, spending much of their time thinking about treasure. So a pirate themed puzzle game must naturally revolve around collecting money. In Pirate’s Mind, the playing field consists of 30 coins. Every coin’s back looks identical, but there are actually three kinds of coins to match: bronze, silver, and gold. Matching coins works kind of like the card game Memory in that after flipping two coins, if they aren’t a match, those two coins will still be in the same place. Then you can flip a new, random coin and try to match it with the ones you’ve already seen.

Learn more of Pirate’s Mind’s secrets after the jump.

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3 years ago

'4th & Mayor' Foursquare app now available

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'4th & Mayor' Foursquare app now available

Just another small heads up: '4th and Mayor', the excellently designed Foursquare app is now available in the Marketplace. Total cost to you? $0.00, so there's little reason not to grab it, well, unless you don't use Foursquare, we suppose...even then you should still try it.

See our hands-on video from a few days ago for a recap. And get it here in the Marketplace. Hit us up in comments and let us know your thoughts...

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3 years ago

Shopsavvy - App Spotlight

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Shopsavvy - App Spotlight

ShopSavvy is being billed as the latest and greatest in barcode scanning mobile technologies. The Windows Phone 7 application uses your Windows Phone camera to take a picture of any barcode and ShopSavvy will provide you with a list of online and local prices.

Compare prices to shop or use competitors' prices to reduce your costs. Results are returned with listings found with online retailers, as well as local merchants. Shopsavvy will also find any reviews on the merchandise and a map to local retailers offering the items.

Trouble scanning the bar code? A recent update adds the ability to manually enter the code's numbers.

Shopsavvy is a free application and you can download it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Tiinx - App Spotlight

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Tiinx - App Spotlight

Tiinx is a social news portal that allows users to aggregate content from several parts and report them directly to the Tiinx community.  Tiinx the Windows Phone 7 application, brings this portal to your Windows Phone and as an added bonus, included a car finder utility.

Tiinx offers the following functions:

  • "Social News" allows you to write or report items of your interest to share with the community, vote and comment on them
  • "Find my car" allows you to store your car's GPS position and review it later through Bing Maps. The location can be stored on Tiinx Social and displayed on the web with Bing Maps on Tinx.com.

Registration with Tiinx is required and free. The Windows Phone app is free and you can download it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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