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3 years ago

Play the classic game of Snake online and waste time

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Nokia has blown us away with the continued marketing efforts, and today is no different. Should you be a frequent MSN UK user (or have happened to visit it at some point today) you will be aware of the Lumia 800 advertising that's plastered everywhere, but did you see the Snake game? Hitting the advertisement square on the right will load up the Snake overlay. 

Don't be fooled thinking this is a mere 2D version of the classic title as this game features what would appear to be live tiles and multiple colours making up the snake (resembling the advertising campaign material for the handset). Also, the game makes use of the MSN webpage for elements to be eaten. It's well put together. As well as MSN, Snake will be making an appearance on Yahoo from tomorrow and will be on The Sun’s website from November 21st.

Source: MSN UK via: ElectricPig

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3 years ago

Nokia Ace/900 in promotion video?

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Nokia Ace/900 in promotion video?

Take this how you will, but MyNokiaBlog has found something quite interesting. A promotion video has appeared on the Nokia Developer YouTube account, which shows off a particular handset. Could be a concept and a filler, or perhaps the mysterious Nokia Ace/900? Yep, we're still on the Ace. Whatever it may be, the colour and elegance remains, which are both present in the Lumia 710 and 800.

 

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: MyNokiaBlog, thanks JustVisiting for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Pulse app updated to v1.1, gets less laggy

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The popular (and free) Pulse RSS news app just got a bump this morning to version 1.1 adding some background-updating and some Mango fast-app switching. It's also substantially less laggy now, no doubt due to the Magno-recompile.

Unfortunately, not too many other features were added as far as we can tell--still no Google Reader integration, nor ability to add custom feeds (just search). Nor are there any Live Tiles, so in that sense, the alternate Fuse app is still significantly out pacing it and may be a good choice for those who need more.

Edit: Ah yes, as some folks in comments remind us, this app has always been Mango-ized and has a uncustomizable Live Tile. So what's new? Perhaps just bug fixes and generic "performance enhancments". Enjoy! We're sticking with Fuse.

For those who like free, basic but still solid, you can pick up Pulse v1.1 here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 now available, with free coffee in the UK

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As we previously covered throughout the marketing campaign Nokia has thrown at us the past few weeks, the Lumia 800 is now available at retail stores (and for delivery through pre-ordering) in the UK and a handful of European countries. The handset, available in black, was greeted by queues of potential buyers outside retail stores across the UK.

The Lumia 800 is being carried by Orange, T-Mobile, Three and Vodafone (Phones4U & Carphonewarehouse, etc. too). O2 were in talks with Nokia to also stock the Windows Phone, but communications broke down with the companies not agreeing on strict criteria laid down by the manufacturer. After today, the next step in Nokia's plan for market domination is a free, public event in London on November 28th, which will see 4D projections being beamed onto the Millbank Tower with deadmau5 performing some numbers.

The above shot illustrates the service Nokia was running for those who were patiently awaiting their turn to get their hands on the new Windows Phone. Rightly so, the queues should be fairly large and sales should be relatively good, with the sheer scale of promotion Nokia has carried out being pretty massive. We had Nokia World, the introduction of the Arch in Stratford's Westfield shopping centre, and roof-hung display boards at Heathrow Airport being overtaken by the handset maker to name but a few.

2012 will prove to be an interesting year for the platform to say the least, but one thing is for sure - we're lucky to have Nokia dedicating all resources. Cyan and magenta choices will arrive later this month for the Lumia 800 (November 28th for magenta) and we expect (and hope) networks to begin pushing Windows Phone as well as Android and the iPhone in the near future.

Let us know in the comments if you went out to get one.

Image credit: Nokia, thanks TheWeeBearUK for the tip!

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3 years ago

Let's Golf 2 now available in the Marketplace for $4.99 [Xbox LIVE]

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Golf fan? Neither are we. But we have to admit that Let's Golf 2 actually looks kind of fun, mostly because it's not a "dead serious" golf game (translation: boring), but rather more in the vein of "lets have fun with this". We're okay with that. As we wrote earlier on the game:

"First revealed during E3 in June, Let’s Golf 2 is a port of the popular iPhone game. It’s got attractive and stylized 3D graphics (based on Sony’s Hot Shots Golf series), 8 different golfers, and 6 courses containing a total of 108 holes in total. That’s a lot of golfing!"

Indeed. The game is a massive 168MB in size, so get your WiFi ready for the download. Now grab your white pants, gloves and head over here to the Marketplace to get downloading, you'll want to start before the sunrise!

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3 years ago

Three other Xbox LIVE titles discounted: Full House Poker, Sonic the Hedgehog and Assassin's Creed

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Microsoft has pulled off a nice little surprise this week. Not only does the puzzler Enigmo get a discount, but three other titles are also getting price breaks, two of which we recently seen as Deals of the Week:

Not bad deals at all, especially if you missed past DotW or you really want Assassin's Creed for some reason.

via: Plaffo

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3 years ago

Enigmo Deal of the Week is now active [Xbox LIVE]

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For those waiting with bated breath, you can now pick up Enigmo, admittedly an intriguing game, for $1.99. The game is normally a fair $2.99 but hey, we'll take a 33% discount on a fun puzzler any day.

As Paul wrote earlier on the game:

Enigmo’s 50 levels are all about getting water, oil, and lava from their starting points into matching receptacles. You’ll need to use 8 different tools to steer, bounce, and filter the drops in the right direction. See our review to learn more about how the gameplay works.

Enigmo is the only Xbox Live physics puzzle game with 3D graphics, and it has a catchy and romantic soundtrack to boot. The only downside? One of its Achievements is broken, and the update to fix it has languished in certification hell for 6 months now. That’s a bit too long for a simple fix, guys…

Hopefully we'll see that fix soon. In the meantime, score yourself this game right here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Xbox LIVE title ilomilo gets a Mango update

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It's been awhile since we've seen ilomilo get an attention. In fact the premier launch game hasn't been touched since February when it received a hefty update, including a whole new story. The popular puzzle game is a great example of an original title for the platform, with great level design and a well executed UI (see our review). One could argue it's one of the best Xbox LIVE titles out there.

Unfortunately while version 1.2 does bring Mango support e.g. fast-app switching (perhaps 60 FPS), no new story was added nor any bells and whistles ala ringtones. In fact, we haven't seen any other changes, but like always we'll get a full changelog as soon as we can and let you know.

Anyways, for those who want it, you can grab the new version right here in the Marketplace. Thanks, Harry, for the tip!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile's 1-day sale reduces Radar 4G to $49.99

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So T-Mobile is having a one-day sale, called Magenta Day, where they will be offering pretty much all of their smartphones for $49.99. And since the new HTC Radar 4G falls into that category, it too is getting a temporary reduction from its usual $99 asking price.

Of course you still have their lame $50 rebate to get through first, meaning you'll be paying $100 upfront. But if you're into buying from T-Mobile direct, then this is your chance. Personally, we much prefer the Wirefly offer where you just pay $50 now and anytime with no rebates, but that's us. Either way, the $59.99 a month Unlimited Plus Value plan (unlimited minutes & text, plus 2 GB of data, 4G) is a pretty killer offer--just sayin'.

The sale is occurring this Saturday, November 19th.  So head on down to your local store if you're interested.

Source: T-Mobile; via Windows Phone Daily, TMoNews

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3 years ago

Official Twitter app gets minor update but is now Mango ready

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Those of you waiting on the Official Twitter app to get a Facebook-like major update will be dissapointed to know that's not happening.  A new, minor version was just pushed to the Marketplace and while it is now Mango-ready (meaning fast-app switching) there are no new features on board--no Live Tile, push notifications or anything significant we've noticed. The version number was minor too going from 1.13944.31667 to version 1.14329.14900--so try to calm you excitement.

It is relatively fast, supports multiple accounts and looks decent enough. So for those with basic Twitter needs, it should be all right. You can grab the official Twitter app here in the Marketplace.

Update: So there are a few more updates in here. For one, you can use Twitter's pic service for your photos (thanks, Amir). Two, it's in the Russian Marketplace now (thanks, @achkasov) and three, it has Arabic language support (thanks, @HmoudAdel). So that ain't half bad, we suppose.

via: WMPU

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3 years ago

Microsoft giving away Xbox 10th anniversary avatar item

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As many of you know, Microsoft is celebrating 10 years of the Xbox this week and in turn, there's also sorts of interesting info and items coming out e.g. Halo Anniversary edition.

For those of you who like Xbox avatar items (but hate paying for them), you may want to head over here to grab yourself their "Xbox Anniversary Prop". The item is basically a gift box that you open with exploding fireworks. You can see "me" above sporting my Fruit Ninja outfit...awww yeah. Okay, it's not exactly the coolest thing we've seen (we like our Windows Phone prop, personally), but it's free and adds a little spice--especially if you have no props currently.

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3 years ago

Google Voice client GoVoice is getting a Mango update soon--first look and changelog

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For those who use Google Voice (hey, some of us have 4 carrier accounts and need number management!), you've been probably hurting since Mango came out with the app selection. Our go-to app has always been GoVoice, which while not perfect is by far "the best of the bunch" in our opinion. Still, while it's a solid app it hasn't had an update in a while, has an issue with the counter ("1" would permanently be on the Live Tile) and it certainly is not Mango-optimized.

Now the developer, Nick Yu, is back working on version 3.2 which is nearing completion. In fact, we're running it right now with great success. Here's the changelog:

  • Smart dialing/texting - Type the phone/name of a contact without going into the contact picker
  • Hyperlink within a message - click on the link, email, or phone number directly in text messages
  • Better notification setup - eliminating the need to leave app to setup GVMax. All gmail forwarding is set up in the app
  • Better tombstoning and Mango support - resume app faster
  • Better scrolling within conversations
  • Added the ability to call phones directly and not through GoVoice
  • Minor other fixes

The biggest thing we've noticed? Speed. It's so much faster now both in terms of launching and scrolling. In turn, this has made using GoVoice much more "native" like since it doesn't feel tedious to load or use like the current situation. Also, notifications are quicker and more reliable. We don't have a release date, but since we're running a near-final version, you can bet it's real close. Grab the non-Mango version of GoVoice v3.1 for free here in the Marketplace. We'll keep you posted when version 3.2 lands.

Between this app and 4th & Mayor's impending Mango-makeover, our week has been made.

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3 years ago

WPCentral Podcast 130--now with video!

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WPCentral Podcast 130--now with video!


We're back this week for another exciting podcast. We go over this week's big news, software updates, Jay rants a few times about Xbox LVIE games and we cover some hardware news. We should also note we're doing the podcast not only live on Monday's but now with video (and very soon with HD), so you can creepily watch us instead of listen.

In fact, after the break not only can see the show notes, but you can watch the podcast. Welcome to the future!

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3 years ago

Unity gaming engine "skipping" Windows Phone 7

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Unity Technologies, maker of the ubiquitous gaming engine of the same name, will be "skipping" Windows Phone 7, according to their CEO, David Helgason.  He explained that the decision was made based on the fact that WP7 is closed environment:

"[WP7] is a relatively closed system so you can't run native content, which means we can't really support it.  We could, in theory, do what we've done with Flash, which is to rewrite the engine so it works inside a non-native environment. So it could be done, in theory, but it's very much in theory because that would require a huge amount of work and uncertain results."

The good news is that Unity is taking a close look at Windows Phone 8, hoping that it will be more open and better suited for their content.  In the meantime, Microsoft will be missing out, while its competitors, iOS and Android benefit from the hundreds of apps created with Unity's engine.

This is not the first time that WP7 has been bypassed by a major gaming engine.  Epic Games put forth an effort to port their Unreal Engine over to Windows Phone, but Microsoft refused to give them native access, despite a very amicable relationship between the two companies.  While it is understandable that MS wants to avoid opening up their OS completely, it could be a bit misguided to cut off these opportunities, especially considering that they are heavily pushing Windows Phone as a mobile gaming platform. 

Source: Develop; Via: Joystiq

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3 years ago

WP7.5 up for Flashie Award

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WP7.5 up for Flashie Award

Seattle-based technology website, TechFlash, is kicking off voting for their annual Flashie Awards.  The first category to be decided is Tech Platform of the Year, for which Windows Phone 7.5 Mango is a nominee.  Microsoft also has Kinect and Windows 8 contending for the same award and is going up against Apple's iOS, Android and Amazon's Kindle Fire. 

Winners will be announced at the Flashie Awards ceremony on December 1 at Seattle's Music Experience Project. 

If you want to show your love, click the source link below to place your vote.

Source: TechFlash (Thanks, Derek!)

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