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3 years ago

Swamp Defense - Review

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Swamp Defense - Review

EntwicklerX, developers of Dodge the Balls, are now offering Swamp Defense over at the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. Swamp Defense is a tower defense game that pits you against mutant swamp creatures.

What makes this Windows Phone game apart from other tower defense games is that your towers are family members. Swamp Defense is a multi-level each with endless waves of monsters to crush. To read more on Swamp Defense and the family members there to help, just slide on past the break.

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3 years ago

SurfCube 2.5 is here; now ad supported

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Kinabalu Innovation Limited has informed us that SurfCube is making the move to being ad supported, starting with version 2.5.  The trial version will no longer be capped at 20 uses, but will display a small advertisement.  Anyone who purchases the 3D browser will be able to use it free of ads.

Due to popular demand, SurfCube 2.5 will also include the ability to save JPEGs directly to the phone.  The people spoke and Kinabalu listened.

If you want to check out SurfCube Free 2.5 you can get it here.

The full paid version ($1.99) can be found here.

Source: Kinabalu Innovation Limited

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3 years ago

Full House Poker - Review

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Full House Poker - Review

One of the most exciting benefits of Xbox Live games on Windows Phone 7 is the possibility of connectivity. Crackdown: Project Sunburst unlocks a few bonus features in Crackdown 2 on Xbox 360, but that’s only the tip of the ice berg. Full House Poker, developed by Krome Studios and published by Microsoft, integrates more fully with its Xbox 360 counterpart than any game yet.

Full House Poker is a Texas hold ‘em poker simulator. Poker is very well-suited to mobile game play as you can play a hand in no time at all. Full House Poker’s affordable price and the fact that practically everybody loves poker means the game was bound to sell well on Windows Phone 7 no matter what. Thankfully the developers went the full mile and made not just a mobile poker game but a top-notch one as well.

Head past the break for our full house review.

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3 years ago

'4th & Mayor' goes to v1.1, adds "specials"

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'4th & Mayor' goes to v1.1, adds "specials"

Even though the app has only been out for less than a week, Jeff Wilcox is delivering an update already to the popular Foursquare app '4th & Mayor' (see past coverage).

Version 1.1 just went live in the Marketplace an adds support for "specials", a feature just added to Foursquare this month. Foursquare specials allow business to deliver, well, special deals and offers to customers directly through Foursquare and checkins (hello merger of the social and commerce!). So here's how '4th & Mayor' uses this new feature:

  • Nearby specials shown in the “places” pivot item
  • When you check-in to a place with specials, you’ll get notified in the “what’s new” page with information about the special (click to redeem, too)
  • When you view the details for a venue, any special there will be shown before the mayorship information
  • Swiping left a few from the “info” pivot item of a place will give you a “specials” list, both at the venue you’re looking at, as well as nearby places with specials.

We're in mid-town Manhattan right now and we gotta say, this "special" thing...kind of cool. If you're a "mayor" of some of these businesses, kudos to the freebies you get.

Grab it here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Microsoft posts NoDo update status page, comes clean on process

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Yesterday began the big 'NoDo' update push to bring copy paste to Windows Phone 7. But what quickly became clear was that this was another scheduled roll-out, meaning it could be weeks before specific devices on various carriers get the update (see O2, Telus & Deutsche Telekom). That's all fine and dandy but what people really wanted was some kind of rough idea as to when the update is coming.

Good on Microsoft for posting a new blog entry where they explain a bit more about the process and respond to some criticism:

But it was clear from your comments that many of you want a better idea of when to expect your update. Is it on the way—or weeks away? These are natural questions.

To help answer them, we’ve created a new online resource called Where’s my phone update? that provides some insight into where we are, and where your phone is, in the multi-stage update process.

Much like when you buy a PC online, you’ll be able to see when the update is being tested and packaged, when it’s about to ship, and when it’s “left the warehouse.” We’ll update the site once a week with the latest status changes.

While we imagine this won't silence all the critics of late, this goes a long way, we imagine, in alleviating concern for customers. At the very least, it gives a little more info/insight into what is going on and to be honest, that's all people want. We know folks are patient for things (we waited a long time for WP7 to arrive), so long as we have time-frames and communication. (And, btw, it looks like the T-Mo HD7 and Dell Venue Pro are getting an update in a few days, woohoo! You go, T-Mo.)

So bookmark this page: Where's My Update?

What say you? Did Microsoft do the right thing here and is it enough? (We think so). Thanks, TimN_FL, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Connector - App Spotlight

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Connector - App Spotlight

Connector is a Windows Phone 7 is a rather interesting multi-level puzzle game where you have to connect various towers that appear on your Windows Phone screen. You do so by drawing a line from tower to tower (tap, hold and drag on the screen) and connect them in pairs. Lines can be drawn in segments (to create bends and turns) to help connect the towers. Sounds simple enough but there are some rules that adds to the challenge of the game.

  • You can only connect towers of the same color.
  • Lines may not collide with obstacles.
  • Lines may not cross each other.
  • The more line segments used, the worse your score.

Connector shows a tutorial before you attempt the earlier stages to better acclimate you to the game. All in all, there are 60 levels to tackle with new challenges every twenty levels. This gives Connector plenty of playing time.

There is a trial version avaiable for Connector and the full version will run you $1.99. You can find both versions of Connector here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

The Imp - App Spotlight

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The Imp - App Spotlight

Jammerware is offering a League of Legends companion app for your Windows Phone. The Imp is a free app over at the Marketplace and offers a complete breakdown of all the champions, items, runes, and summoner spells in the game and the ability to create and save your own builds.

If you're a League of Legends aficionado, The Imp may help you get through the game a with fewer bumps and bruises. You can download your copy of The Imp here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Morfo - App Spotlight

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Morfo - App Spotlight

SunSpark Labs is offering a unique photo manipulation app over at the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. Morfo can quickly turn a photo of your friend's face into a talking, dancing, crazy 3D character.

Once captured, you can make your friend speak in a silly voice, disco dance, wear makeup, sport a pair of huge green cat eyes, suddenly gain 300lbs, and more.  Morfo will also let you manipulate existing or imported images on your Windows Phone.  All that is required is a few steps to identify feature points on your subject and you can start manipulating things.  With Morfo you can:

  • Turn friends, pets or objects into fun, life-like 3D characters.
  • Play with or modify any of 6 ready-made characters.
  • Make your friends say anything you want in a silly voice.
  • Apply embarrassing makeup schemes to their faces.
  • Make faces appear Super Fat with the click of a single, evil button.
  • Wave a magic wand and watch your friend become goofy-eyed with amazement.
  • Make faces rock out to crazy speed metal, disco, or just about any song on your phone.
  • Save Screen Shots, so you can email your handiwork to your real-world friends later.

Morfo also comes with six, ready-made characters that you can play with right away.  Future updates will bring the ability to share your creations on Facebook. There is a free trial version available for Morfo to let you try before you buy. The full version will run you $1.99 and both can be downloaded here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

WP7 Developer Handsets available in more Countries

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Microsoft sent out it's latest edition of the Windows Phone Marketplace Developer Newsletter today. Asides from announcing that Windows Phone OS Updates, fondly known as Nodo, have started to be delivered (they just don't say where it's being delivered) it looks like app development will continue to grown globally.

Microsoft has partnered with Zones.com to provide WP7 developer handsets and this partnership has been extended to more markets are for sale now in twenty-four countries ranging from Ireland to Sweden to Portugal to Switzerland.

Microsoft is also providing vouchers that will discount or reimburse developers for the purchase of the developers handset. After you make your purchase, developers simply need to reach out to their local evangelists for details on the voucher.  Seeing that the phones are running upwards of $500 USD, it's nice to see Microsoft offering some help with the cost.

You can find out more information on this program as well as other development programs over at Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 development site.

Source: Windows Phone 7 Developer Newsletter, March Edition

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3 years ago

Microsoft announces speaker lineup for MIX conference

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Last year, Microsoft’s MIX conference offered the first real glimpse of what Windows Phone 7 was to offer. This year’s event will be a source of information on the major functionality coming in the Mango update. For those interested, Microsoft has announced their speaker lineup. Keynote speakers will include Joe Belfiore and Scott Guthrie of the Windows Phone team and .Net development respectively. Also of note will be a keynote featuring Dean Hachamovitch of the Internet Explorer team.

Conference sessions will include topics on everything from XNA to Application design to overviews of the various development tools.

Source: MIX11 (Keynotes and Windows Phone Sessions)

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3 years ago

WP7 device management coming to SCCM 2012

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WP7 device management coming to SCCM 2012

Microsoft’s imposing array of cloud services and server tools are an area that they have very little competition. The promise of integration of those tools and services into Windows Phone 7 are a major topic of interest for many in the tech industry.

At the Microsoft Management Summit this week, a beta of System Center Configuration Manager 2010 (SCCM) was announced. SCCM is a tool for managing servers, workstations, and mobile devices in an enterprise environment. Microsoft introduced the ability for SCCM to handle management of multiple mobile platforms including Windows Phone 7, iPhone/iPad, and Android.

Our hope is that Microsoft will continue to integrate their tools and services into Windows Phone, positioning it as the premier option for IT shops to manage mobile devices.

Via: ZDNet

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3 years ago

Fable Coin Golf coming to Xbox Live on March 30

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Just two weeks after Full House Poker’s launch on Xbox Live, Microsoft Game Studios will debut another big first-party title. Fable Coin Golf is coming on March 30!

Fable Coin Golf’s gameplay is based on British pub games like Bar Billiards. Players try to shoot the Hero Puck into the Pillar of Light in as few shots as possible while collecting gold and other items along the way. Authentic enemies from Microsoft’s Fable role-playing franchise and other hazards ensure a lively experience. The game features sharp, cartoonish 3D graphics that really take advantage of the Windows Phone 7 hardware.

Fable Coin Golf also connects to other Fable games. Gold earned in the Windows Phone 7 version transfers to Fable III on Xbox 360 and PC. Interestingly, Fable Coin Golf was originally intended to launch on March 2, alongside the Fable III “Traitor’s Keep” DLC. Instead, I Love Katamari was the March 2 Xbox Live release. Fable Coin Golf has seen some delays, but at least we’ll still be coin golfing before March is out.

Fable Coin Golf is launching as an Xbox Live title on March 30. It will cost $4.99. We’ll have a full review shortly after its release.

See our video hands on from CES after the break...

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3 years ago

Custom ESPN Radio coming to Slacker

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Custom ESPN Radio coming to Slacker

Slacker Radio is one of our favorite streaming radio apps for both Windows Phone 7 and Windows Mobile. Sports fans can now get their fix as Slacker have partnered with ESPN to bring ESPN Radio content to your phone. We’re assuming this is going to function in a similar way to ABC news on Slacker, where basically you get individual clips that rotate through in the same way you would go through individual songs.

The really cool part of this partnership is limited to paying subscribers. If you’re paying for a Slacker account, your ESPN radio station can be fully customized to fine tune the coverage you are interested in.

Get Slacker from the Marketplace here. The full press release is after the break.

Via: Android Central

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3 years ago

LG "debranding" hack; NoDo to follow?

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LG "debranding" hack; NoDo to follow?

As we reported earlier, the NoDo update started pushing out yesterday, starting with unbranded phones, and members of the ChevronWP7 Team (Chris Walsh and Raphael Rivera) posted a hack to "debrand" HTC phones in order to get the update early.  Now another hack has surfaced; this time for LG phones.  Unlike the HTC hack, LG phones do not have to be "dev unlocked."  So far, the hack has allowed users to get the pre-NoDo update, but has not yet been proven to result in getting NoDo. If you're feeling antsy, here's how to do it:

1. Enable the MFG application by going to the dialer and dialing ##634# then pressing call.
2. Launch the MFG application and enter 277634#*# when prompted for a password.
3. Select the Engineer Menu item.
4. Select the Other Setting menu item.
5. Select the Edit registry menu item.
6. Set the input boxes on this menu as follows:

    Select ROOT_PATH: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE

    Input SUB_PATH: \System\Platform\DeviceTargetingInfo\

    Input KEY: MobileOperator

    Data Type: STRING

7. Select Query and write down the result in case you need to re-brand for some reason.
8. To debrand just enter the same information above and leave the input data field blank. The tool will say fail but it really did set correctly.

    You can now connect to Zune and check for updates.

Source: WMPowerUser

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3 years ago

o2 rolling out NoDo in early April

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o2 rolling out NoDo in early April

o2 have announced on Twitter that they are working with Microsoft to bring the NoDo update to Windows Phone 7 (HTC HD 7) customers in early April. This is great news for everyone who is awaiting the update (and cut & paste) who is on the network. However, it should be noted (just like pre-NoDo) that this isn’t concrete, and could be delayed.

Are you on o2, and patiently awaiting NoDo? Join in the conversation covering the NoDo rollout on our forums!

Source: o2 on Twitter

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