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3 years ago

TapSplosion now available in the Marketplace

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TapSplosion now available in the Marketplace

We heard it was coming, showed you guys an early hands-on (video) and now TapSplosion available. Fetching for $1.29 / £0.99 with a free trial, you can grab it here in the Marketplace:

TapSplosion is an accelerometer based action game, you tilt your phone to control the player and tap the screen to place explosions in that position. You have to battle an oncoming enemy hoard which is constantly increasing in size and complexity and always tracking your every move. If one of these enemies touches you, you will explode and it’s game over for you! You get points based on combo kills, time alive and number of enemies on the screen and you can submit your score to global leaderboards and compete with other players from around the world!

The game is a quick time-killer and is certainly challenging enough. Give the developer some feedback on his blog and give the app a shot if you have the time.

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3 years ago

AT&T buys T-Mobile US for $39 billion

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Although Sprint was rumored to be a contender, in swoops AT&T to buy T-Mobile US from Deutsche Telekom for a healthy $39 billion, pending regulatory approval which could take a year. The deal will make AT&T the largest carrier in the US with a huge base of 140 million subscribers (Verizon has 93 million, Sprint just 50).

From the presser:

With this transaction, AT&T commits to a significant expansion of robust 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) deployment to 95 percent of the U.S. population to reach an additional 46.5 million Americans beyond current plans – including rural communities and small towns. This helps achieve the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and President Obama’s goals to connect “every part of America to the digital age.” T-Mobile USA does not have a clear path to delivering LTE.

“This transaction represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand critical infrastructure for our nation’s future,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman and CEO. “It will improve network quality, and it will bring advanced LTE capabilities to more than 294 million people. Mobile broadband networks drive economic opportunity everywhere, and they enable the expanding high-tech ecosystem that includes device makers, cloud and content providers, app developers, customers, and more. During the past few years, America’s high-tech industry has delivered innovation at unprecedented speed, and this combination will accelerate its continued growth.”

Pretty huge deal but considering how T-Mobile has been floundering for the last few years, it makes sense someone would buy them. But will Sprint be able to continue competing against AT&T/Verizon or will the invevitable happen and someone swoop them up too?

To our T-Mo users, how does this effect your future plans? We imagine many of you are on T-Mo to get away from AT&T. For us, we're having flashbacks to 1934. Full press release after the break.

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3 years ago

Prof. Stone - Review

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Prof. Stone - Review

In the spirit of Pac-Man, MaSta Software is offering the Windows Phone 7 game Prof. Stone over at the Marketplace. The Windows Phone game has you playing the role of Professor Stone who has to work his way through a multitude of mazes, collecting diamonds along the way.

While Pac-Man had cute little ghosts such as Blinky, Pinky and Inky that chased you about the screen, Professor Stone has various monsters (they appear to be an alien, wild boar, and mutant chicken) that chase you down. To help combat the monster, torches are scattered about the maze that will fend off the monsters and make them vulnerable to attack (you simply walk over them and they go running away).

Continued after the break...

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3 years ago

The Sprint Arrive is now available--all you need to know

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Today is the day folks, the first CDMA Windows Phone, the HTC Arrive, is now available on Sprint (actually, some people were able to get theirs a few days ago). Not only is it the first CDMA Windows Phone, but it's also the first phone in the U.S. to ship with 'NoDo' (copy paste, performance enhancements, better search)--which is actually nicer than we thought.

For those who are new, take a look at our past coverage and catch up on all you need to know:

Itching to talk about your new device? Have questions? Head over to our new forum dedicated to the Arrive and ask away or share your story: HTC Arrive - Windows Phone Forums at WPCentral

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3 years ago

Around Here - App Spotlight

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Around Here - App Spotlight

Around Here is a location based search app for Windows Phone 7. With the Windows Phone app you can quickly discover restaurants, bars, parking, gas and more around you. It was developed with one thing in mind, getting you where you need to go fast.

Around Here automatically returns results by quickly identifying your current location using GPS and then provides you with the closest Bank, Bar, Gas Station, Hospital, Hotel, Movie Theatre, Parking, Pharmacy, Pub, Restaurant, Supermarket, Theatre or Taxi.

In one click Around Here will give you information on the business along with distances from where you are! From the map view you can call the business and get turn by turn directions. In just tinkering with Around Here for a few seconds, it looks like a nice travel companion for your Windows Phone.

You can download your free copy of Around Here here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Samsung Windows Phones get a Kobo eBook reader

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Samsung Windows Phones get a Kobo eBook reader

For those of you with Samsung Windows Phones, it looks like they've made their own eBook reader (via Kobo) for your device.

First impressions? Very nicely done by Sammy, but we have question its usefulness with the ubiquity of Amazon's Kindle/Marketplace. With Kobo, you'll have to create a userID if you don't have one and login under an Adobe account as well (ugh).However, if you're already a Kobo user, you'll love this app. If you're not, you'll admire it but pass.

Unfortunately it's not listed (yet) under the 'Samsung Zone' but you can get their by clicking here on your phone or just by doing the "find more SAMSUNG..." trick.

via: MobilityDigest

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3 years ago

U.N.I. Mini BBall - Review

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3 years ago

Roboprint - App Spotlight [Updated]

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Roboprint - App Spotlight [Updated]

RoboPrint is being billed as the first Windows Phone 7 application to let you print to any printer, anywhere, at anytime.

And it's not restricted to just one printer. Roboprint allows you to have multiple printer profiles for your home printer, your office printer, your friends printer, or your secretaries printer. As long as it is reachable on the internet Roboprint will access it.

RoboPrint provides you with a free Windows host application (available at Roboprint's website) that you install on a computer attached to your printer (either directly or via a share), and from that Host RoboPrint will connect to the Windows Phone 7 application and printing can begin. You can install the host program on as many computers as you want.

Roboprint is limited on the content you can print though. You can print emails, web pages or photos.  It's a free application and you can download it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

Update: Just heard back from the Developer.  The app was pulled temporarily to fix a bug.  Blue Planet states Roboprint should return to the Marketplace very shortly.

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3 years ago

Travel Advisor - Review

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Travel Advisor - Review

Heading overseas anytime soon? Curious about the local customs, weather, entry requirements, and currency conversions? The Windows Phone 7 application Weather Advisor hopes to help you with all your international travel questions.

The travel application for your Windows Phone has a healthy list of international destinations. Pulling data from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Travel Advisor offers users update travel information ranging from Embassy Contacts to health issues common to your destination.

More on Travel Advisor after the break.

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3 years ago

U.N.I. Jewel Puzzle - Review

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U.N.I. Jewel Puzzle - Review

.NET Architects Inc. has released a handful of Windows Phone 7 games over at the Marketplace. One game that stands out is a Bejeweled-styled game, U.N.I. Jewel Puzzle.

The game concept is similar to that game it is modeled after. Swap out jewels to create combination of three or more of the same jewel to earn points. As you create these combination's, the jewels disappear and the playing field is replenished from the top of the screen.

To read more on U.N.I. Jewel Puzzle, follow the break.

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3 years ago

U.N.I. Game Pack - Review

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U.N.I. Game Pack - Review

.NET Architects offers a wide assortment of Windows Phone 7 games over at the Marketplace and if you're looking to pull several of their games under one roof, they are offering U.N.I. Game Pack. Game Pack is a collection of three Windows Phone games that includes U.N.I. Jump, U.N.I. Shoot and U.N.I. Air Hockey.

Follow the break to read more about U.N.I. Game Pack.

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3 years ago

DC Metro - App Spotlight

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DC Metro - App Spotlight

DC Metro is a free Windows Phone 7 app that will help guide you around the Washington DC Metro. The app will allow you to find the nearest station, check on train arrival times, get directions to a station and more.

The app lays everything out nicely using the Metro design of Windows Phone 7. Hub page also include a way to check up on the most recent disruptions, tweets, and news items published by the metro authority.  You can also monitor things via Twitter through DC Metro.

You can download your free copy of DC Metro here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 "Instant Resuming" hack makes the OS even faster [Homebrew]

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Over at Windows Phone Hacker, developer Jaxbot has figured out a way to enable "instant resuming" on Windows Phone 7.

Of course, you'll need a developer unlocked device and as they state there are some "unintended consequences" (though we don't know what those are exactly, we imagine it's memory/resource related). By using a registry editor, you can navigate to:

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\TaskHost

and set "DehydrateOnPause" to 0 (defaults to 3)

The hack takes effect immediately and as can be seen above, it makes starting/resuming any task or game nearly instant as it disables 'Tombstoning'. In fact, this feels like multi-tasking, allowing you to "go back" to the last few apps, having instant access to them. Of course the downside is you can't shut down any app either--we imagine eventually the system will force close something. Anyways, it's easily undone if something goes awry, till then, we'll leave it on and see what happens.

Source: Windows Phone Hacker

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3 years ago

Thurrot defends himself against Microsoft, stance on Windows Phone 7

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Paul Thurrott has been both a big vocal supporter and critic of Windows Phone 7, revealing key information but also giving the company "tough love", holding them to a higher standard. In turn, even some players at Microsoft are evidently getting weary of his "rants" against them, with some of them publicly "throwing him under the bus".

Here, in an excerpt for his weekly podcast, Thurrott defends himself and to be honest, we can't blame him too much--we just know that Microsoft is a lumbering juggernaut when they need to be sprite, so most of what has transpired lately is of little surprise to us. Still, we get what he's trying to say and it is meant with good intentions--he wants and more importantly thinks the platform can be a huge success.

What do you guys think? Sound off in comments.

Source: TwitTv Full Version/lokitious (YouTube); via wmpoweruser

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3 years ago

Harbor Master for Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone leaks in Marketplace

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Although next week's game will be Pro Evolution Soccer 2011, it looks like another game is close to release and this one no one knew about: Harbor Master.

By clicking this link (either on your phone or desktop) you'll be taken to the Zune Marketplace where you'll see the placeholder for the Xbox LIVE game, including a single screenshot. Unfortunately, you can't download and are met with an error if you try to do so.

Harbor Master, one of the most popular games for mobile devices, is essentially the water version of Flight Control. Up till now, this game hasn't been known about as it wasn't listed in the original 50 nor the upcoming big-releases for April. From the description:

"The best selling addictive action game Harbor Master is now available on Windows Phone 7!

Relax and let the sounds of te sea transport you far away. You are the Harbor Master in a busy harbor. Direct boats into the docks, watch them upload their cargo, and direct them off the screen. But be careful not to let the boats crash, and watch out for the pirates, monsters and cyclones!

With seven maps to explore, each with its own twist and challenge, and Xbox LIVE leaderboards and achievements to compete on, you won't be able to put it down!"

Original release date was 3/9/2011 but we're hoping for this Wednesday instead. Reportedly, the game will fetch for $2.99 and will have 20 achievements.

via: 1 Million Gamerscore; Thanks, mydefposse, for the tip!

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