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3 years ago

Bowling XX - Review

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Bowling XX - Review

Finally, a bowling game has landed at the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace! Bowling XX by Perlo Games brings the bowling alley to your Windows Phone in a graphically pleasing manner.

Bowling XX has two game modes; Single and Multi-player games. The Multi-player game supports up to four local players (pass the phone around style) who compete in a bowling tournament.  Bowling XX is an entertaining game for your Windows Phone but there is some room for improvement.

To read more on Bowling XX, follow the break.

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3 years ago

HTC Arrive available March 17th in the Seattle area?

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File this under unconfirmed, but probable.

We have a report that people in the Seattle area may have early access to the Sprint HTC Arrive, which will hit Sprint stores around the 20th of this month. Evidently, some Sprint stores are telling customers that they can pick up their phones on the 17th instead--okay, so three whole days is nothing extraordinary, but it's still, not shabby.

Interestingly enough, the reason given for the early release? Microsoft. We know those employees get to pre-order theirs, with the corp paying for each employee to have a phone and we hare they're nearby Seattle. Furthermore, we're told each store should have one Arrive on hand to play with right now...so maybe go hit up your local store and get some one-on-one time, eh? Let us know if you if you do.

Thanks, Bryce, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Marketplace only allows 5 re-installations of paid apps? Not true...

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In case you see a few sites running a story about being only to install paid-software five times on your Windows Phone before you are basically forced to re-buy the app for the sixth installation, we'd just like to point out that it is false. Or rather, things were lost in translation. The mistake was easy and innocent enough to make: throw in a French Microsoft support forum, some mis-communication and Google translation and you can see how one could confuse five installations vs five devices.

In case anyone remembers, going back to the Windows Mobile days with that Marketplace [Flashback: May, 2009!], you can only install an application on five devices under your Live ID. Anymore than that and you had to login to the Marketplace and literally de-register some phones. This was done to prevent piracy by people just giving out their Live ID and having like 10 people all using the same apps. Well, the same rule applies to Windows Phone 7--if you are lucky enough to have six phones, you'll have to re-purchase apps for one of them--sorry!

This is all spelled out in the Microsoft official knowledge base article on downloads and installations, found here.

Is there a limit to how many devices I can download to?

Yes. According to the licensing terms, customers are allowed to download an application to 5 phones at a time that use the same Windows Live ID.

So put down your pitchforks, take a deep breath and we'll probably have to revisit this topic with Windows Phone 8, won't we?

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3 years ago

GoVoice 3.0 coming soon, going free in later versions

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One of our favorite Google Voice applications is 'GoVoice' (you can't beat free SMS and a single, global number) and while the developer, Nicholai Yu has been busy with other work projects, he does have a shiny new v3.0 of the app headed to the Marketplace. The improvements are many and in our opinion, make this app a lot better.

We got a sneak peak at the app, which is near completion and we can say it is much faster now due to the caching of messages, meaning it doesn't have to re-sync everything on launch. We also like the new counter number and overall added options. Look for it soon in the Marketplace (we'll do a post on it). And we'll let Nick announce the full feature set when he's ready, but it's significant.

The other big news is after version 3.0, Nick plans to make the app completely free. The good news is that we won't loose push functionality and current GoVoice users who paid will stay on the GoVoice servers. For the "free" version, GoVoice will "...provide a way for new users to receive Push" but with different servers than the GoVoice ones. As Nick writes on his blog:

The conclusion is: everyone will still get the exact the same functionality as before. If you need Push and you already paid for it, you will still get it. If you need Push and you didn’t get it through the paid version, we will have a way for you to get it.

He's also not abandoning the project and he does plan to add more features, but he is winding down a bit (and honestly, you can only do so much without having native code or direct access to the system address book). Read more on Nick's blog here and grab 'GoVoice' here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Full House Poker coming to Xbox Live on March 16

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It’s not often we learn about a Windows Phone 7 Xbox Live title’s release date more than a few days before the game comes out, so this announcement comes as a special treat. Full House Poker, developed by Krome Studios and published by Microsoft Game Studios, is the March 16 Xbox Live title!

Full House Poker is a special release for a number of reasons. First, it will be the first Xbox Live title on WP7 to have full avatar support (we won’t count Avatar Gadgets). That means you can play the game as your Xbox Live avatar. Even more exciting for Xbox 360 owners is the mobile version of Full House Poker’s integration with the console version. The Xbox 360 game launches on the same day as the WP7 game. Experience and money is shared across both platforms, so progress made in one game automatically transfers to the other. It’s the most complete console-to-WP7 integration so far. Will all that be enough to get WPCentral's Daniel Rubino excited for it? Only time will tell!

Full House Poker on Windows Phone 7 will cost $2.99. The Xbox 360 version will cost 800 Microsoft Points ($10). Each game has its own set of Achievements worth 200 points. Both will launch on Wednesday, March 16.  

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

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3 years ago

Microsoft Support: Samsung Focus update was supposed to be on Monday

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Although we all know the whole 'NoDo' situation, with it being delayed for a few weeks. But going back a few days ago, we first reported that AT&T was scheduled to role out the update to Focus owners on the 7th. Of course that didn't happen, leading many to question whether it was ever legit or not.

At least according to Microsoft Support, it was indeed scheduled for the 7th:

You are right, the NoDo update was suppose to be released on March 7th, but it has been postponed. We don't know a date yet, but Microsoft will push the update soon.

Like previous dates, what is happening here is obvious: Microsoft sets an internal window-for-release, first it was January, then February, then early March, now late March...but due to ongoing issues with carriers, OEM support/Samsung problems, the dates keep getting pushed back. So when these "rumored" dates appear, they are true...for the moment. But things change and they evidently change quickly.

At least we get the "update soon" part, but who knows if that will stick. So close, so close...

Source: Microsoft Answers; via @AdamUCF (Twitter)

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3 years ago

Terra Explorer heading to Windows Phone 7

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Ryan Lee, developer of the Favorites Hub, has submitted an interesting application for Windows Phone 7 Marketplace certification. Terra Explorer is a web browser that uses a search engine as a central theme for the browsing experience. Instead of entering a URL, you explorer the internet by searching keywords.  You then have an internal mobile browser to view specific search results.

Searches are returned in a nice range of categories, spread out on hub pages that includes web, news, video, images and wiki results. You can disable the search categories in the settings.  Searches and specific results  can be saved to a favorites list.  Terra Explorer also has theme support with five pre-installed themes and the ability to create custom themes.

Based on the demo video, the app has a clean look to it and a straightforward interface. It will support five languages (French, German, Italian, Spanish and English) and is being submitted as a free application with ad support.  There isn't a time frame for when Terra Explorer will be available at the Marketplace but once it becomes available, we'll get a full review up for it.

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3 years ago

Arcadia Scan - Review

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Arcadia Scan - Review

Arcadia Scan is one of those apps that you can use either to a) impress your mates, b) quickly check network connections (be it WiFi or 3G), or c) mess around for a few minutes when you’re utterly bored off your face (hopefully not on drugs). Unfortunately, before I continue, I must point out to you wannabe script-kiddies that this app is no ettercap.

Pros: 
Useful for simple network diagnostics Excellent for showing off your device Features some interesting functions
Cons: 
Horrible looking, should stick to plain Metro Default language is set to French Expensive for what's offered Main menu seems to be missing two options
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3 years ago

LG Optimus 7 is the top 100 smartphone in Italy

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When people say LG and Windows Phone 7, one remembers the comments made about the platform by the device vendor, which explained how they had high expectations but were utterly dissapointed from a consumer perspective. Advancing months into the future and here we stand with Wired Italy awarding the LG Optimus 7 as best smartphone for value. Not bad, eh?

Stated on the article is an interesting claim that the device is a best-selling model. Are you an owner of the Optimus, and if so how are you finding the experience?

Source: Wired.it; via WMPU

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3 years ago

Turn a photo into live tiles [How To]

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3 years ago

MS France: "NoDo coming second half of March"

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While mum has been the word from Redmond, Microsoft France has officially announced that the long-awaited NoDo update will arrive in the second half of March.  Still, this is a bit nebulous, as details of the release are unclear.  What is the exact release date?  Will the rollout be staggered or across the board for everyone?  MS insider, Mary-Jo Foley, has tapped her sources to no avail, other than one WP7 contact telling her that the new target is the week of March 21.  We shall see.

Recent leaks of HTC Mozart, Trophy and HD7 ROMs sporting the update have got everyone chomping at the bit for the copy/paste functionality that we so desparately crave.

Source: MS France (FRogz); Via: ZDNet

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3 years ago

MoTweets 2.1 for WP7 delayed

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MoTweets 2.1 for WP7 delayed

Panoramic Software reports via Twitter that MoTweets v2.1 for Windows Phone 7 has been delayed.  They have not offered up a timeline for the release, but they have made a list of features available:

  • More robust timeline Tap’n’Hold for quicker interactions
  • Fixed an issue with White theme post screen
  • Better handling of twitter errors in Tweet details and User details screen
  • Fixed Hashtag issue on posting tweets
  • Fixed List selection bug
  • Added “more” at the bottom of timelines to load older tweets
  • Option to keep 200 tweets
  • Better handling and more access to create DM’s
  • Showing new icon for new RSS items
  • Progressbar for translate option
  • After timeline refresh, animates to first new tweet arrived
  • Option for Vibrate on/off
  • Reply All option
  • Speed and stability improvements
  • Several smaller fixes

Update: Panoramic tells us that they are hoping for a Friday release, pending Microsoft's verification process.

Source: Panoramic Software (1, 2)

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3 years ago

RunKeeper released for WP7

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RunKeeper released for WP7

RunKeeper is an extremely successful (more than 5 million downloads on iPhone/Android) exercise tracking application. As of today, Windows Phone 7 devices have a RunKeeper app of their own. RunKeeper will use your phone’s GPS to record your path and speed, and will even allow you to share your statistics on Facebook and Twitter.

RunKeeper is a free download from the Zune Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Foursquare jumps to version 3, working hard on WP7 version

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In short, Foursquare is a location-based social networking engine. Using the app on your phone you can “check in” to the locations you visit. These check-ins allow you to earn points, badges, and other rewards. Foursquare 3 adds functionality to be able to find specials near you, and leader boards to allow you to compete against your friends.

The bad news is that the Foursquare app for Windows Phone 7 (which is killer by the way) hasn’t been updated yet. The good news is that the fine folks at Foursquare are working hard to get that rectified. Stay tuned here for updates.

Source: Foursquare blog

 

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3 years ago

Microsoft setting sights on Pandora?

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Pandora is one of those services that use databases and high end math to answer a simple question, what music would I like? Sadly, Pandora hasn’t made an appearance on Windows Phone 7 yet; though Slacker Radio is a good alternative.

The rumor mill is starting to churn at the possibility that Microsoft is building a social-centric music discovery service codenamed Ventura. Obviously details like cost and scope are unavailable but the thought of having a service like this definitely has us chomping at the bit, especially since Windows Phone would be the perfect platform to push such a service on.

Our hope is that Ventura is a piece to the puzzle as to why the Mango update has been referred to as the "entertainment" branch.

Source: Mary Jo Foley; Via: Business Insider

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