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3 years ago

London Bikes hits the Marketplace

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London Bikes hits the Marketplace

Kalezo has released London Bikes over at the Windows Phone Marketplace that helps you find the nearest bike station in the London area. For those not familiar with bike stations, in the broadest sense, a bike station is similar to an Interstate Rest Area. The stations offer bathrooms, shelter, food/beverages, air pumps and other amenities to help those who bicycle about London.

London Bikes utilizes your Windows Phone locations services and Bing Maps to where the available stations are located, mark stations as your favourite, as well as turn by turn directions to your station of choice.

London Bikes is a free application and you can find it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

Update: Just got word from the developer that confirms the comments that London Bikes does deal with the public bike rental scheme (Barclays Hire Cycle).

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3 years ago

LazyWorm YouTube gets makeover and new features

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If you are looking for a good YouTube app for WP7, head over to XDA and check out the latest version of LazyWormApp's YouTube.  This stunning client is packed with features, including customized searching, favorites, full comment support and streaming of HQ videos over 3G and Wifi.  You can watch videos in preview form, or rotate your phone for full size.  There are a number of new features and improvements over the previous version:

New features
- Lazylist (customizable video feed)
- Author details and subscription
- Regional settings
- Recently played videos (history)

Improvements
- Subtle interface animations
- Selectable description text (Nodo only)
- Preview playback while browsing comments & author
- Usability improvements
- Bug fixes

You can download the Marketplace or from the original thread.

Source: XDA

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3 years ago

The Harvest is now on sale, and Super Monkey Ball gets a price drop

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Many of us have been waiting for The Harvest to drop to its $4.99 Deal of the Week sale price. The good news, it has! You can find it here (Zune link) on the Marketplace. If you’re not seeing the sale price yet, just try back a little later.

We weren’t expecting another Xbox Live game to get a price drop today. Surprisingly, Sega’s Super Monkey Ball is now $2.99, down from $4.99. This is likely a permanent price drop since The Harvest is the actual Deal of the Week.

As I’ve said before, Super Monkey Ball places players in control of one of several monkeys-inside-a-ball. Actually, you don’t control the monkey ball directly. By tilting the course itself, you can try to collect bananas and navigate the ball towards each level’s goal, all without falling off the course’s edge. This version of the game uses tilt controls exclusively for steering while the touch screen rotates the camera. The courses feature some pretty basic 3D graphics but the monkey balls themselves are 2D sprites. Mini-games, for which the Super Monkey Ball series is famous, are not present in the first mobile Super Monkey Ball. Still, the game has over 100 stages, so it should keep players busy for a good while.

Super Monkey Ball is actually a pretty fun game, with the exception of the tilt controls. It’s way too hard to make minor adjustments and move slowly, so expect to fly off the edges of levels and die a lot. Somebody needs to tell developers that hardly anybody likes tilt controls and they shouldn’t be attempted unless they are fine-tuned to perfection.

If you can stomach a few too many tilt-related deaths, pick up Super Monkey Ball here (Zune link) for $2.99. There’s also a free trial.

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3 years ago

Lushington Springs - Review

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Lushington Springs - Review

Windows Phone games that have descriptions that read, "Please Note: This game is intentionally difficult" tends to attract attention. Such is the case with Lushington Springs.

Lushington Springs is a tower defense game that will eventually throw everything at you (maybe even the kitchen sink). The story goes that Lushington Springs needs help in defending the territory from hostile attacks (as if there was friendly attacks). Terrain ranges from forests to snowy passes to deserts to urban areas.

Follow the break to find out more about this fast paced tower defense game.

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3 years ago

Analyst: WP7 to beat Android by 2013, not 2015

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Not so long ago we wrote up how an analyst predicted the Windows Phone platform to overtake Android by 2015 as the number one smartphone operating system. Now that same analyst, Pyramid Research's Senior Analyst and Practice Leader for Mobile Devices, Stela Bokun, has stated that her findings were misinterpreted and the platform is actually set to take the market by storm in 2013. If that's not wishful thinking then it's an incredible prediction.

But is it far-fetched? A fast exploding Windows Phone might not be such a crazy idea in two years time. We're just behind RIM, iOS is next and then Symbian. RIM is losing marketshare as it is, iOS is failing to keep up with Android and Google's OS is a huge fragmented beast. This is -- of course -- dependant on Microsoft and how they approach their consumer base from here on out, not to mention the Nokia partnership.

Source: Pyramid Research, via: BGR; Thanks, Philipp, for the heads up

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3 years ago

Xbox Live game 'Lunar Lander' now available

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Hooray! After a nice 18-20 hour delay, Game Room: Lunar Lander is now finally available in the Marketplace. While not many are expecting great things from this game, there's no reason not to try it, just in case.

The game fetches for $2.99 and as always, here's your link to the Marketplace. As our resident gaming expert Paul Acevedo notes:

Lunar Lander is a classic 1979 arcade game from Atari. Gamers pilot the titular spacecraft as they attempt to set down safely on the moon. Land on a crag or come down too fast and it’s curtains for the little lander, kind of like the opening of Superman II. Poor astronauts!

As a Game Room title, Lunar Lander comes equipped with friends and global leaderboards that are shared with the Xbox 360 and PC versions. Integration between the various platforms is one of the Windows Phone Game Room games’ strengths: medals and playtime earned in this version carry over to the others and vice-versa. It also has a 3D arcade cabinet replica.

Lunar Lander isn’t a game that anyone was crying out for to be released on Windows Phone, especially not as the only new Xbox Live title in a given week. But it’s here now (after a bit of a Marketplace delay), and we might as well try the demo for ourselves before deciding on a purchase.

We're still waiting on The Harvest dropping to $4.99 as the 'Deal of the Week' but our friend Matthew Miller of ZDNet mentions he's seeing it, so just a matter of time.

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3 years ago

Police Scanner 7 drops to $0.99 in the Marketplace

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For you police and emergency response types, hunkering over your scanner to listen to the latest happening in your town is a norm (shoot, I had a rockin' portable scanner as a kid, could pick up satellites, so awesome). 

We mentioned way back in October about Police Scanner coming over to Windows Phone (it's huge on iOS) and sure enough the app has been on the Marketplace for months now, fetching for $2.99. That price is a little on the high end, but to be honest, this is a slick, well polished and simply really cool app.

The good news is it just hit v2.2 a little while ago and in turn, has received a price drop. No word if it is permanent or just a sale, but that's a huge discount for a solid app. The bad news is there is no trial, so make sure you really want a police scanner on your phone before you commit (then again at $0.99, hardly a commitment here). It does run under the lock screena and with the screen off, so that's a nice plus.

I've been listening to the Suffolk County police for awhile now and it's pretty darn hilarious. Just sayin', Long Island is full of stupid and crazy.

Grab the app here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Pandas vs Ninjas - Review

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Pandas vs Ninjas - Review

I never knew that Pandas and Ninjas didn't get along. Apparently they don't or the Windows Phone game, Pandas vs. Ninjas, wouldn't have been developed.

In the spirit of Angry Birds, XIMAD Inc. has created a puzzle game of destruction where you (the panda) attempts to take out ninja strongholds.  You do so by hurling an assortment of critters, with various abilities, at the ninjas. The ninjas are protected by an assortment of bamboo, stone, and metal structures.

I've gotta admit Panda vs. Ninjas is a fun, somewhat addictive game and to read more, slide on past the break.

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3 years ago

Pac-Man Championship Edition DX is next week's Xbox Live game. Yes!!!

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In the last few weeks, Microsoft has released so many Game Room titles to Xbox Live that even huge Game Room fans like me became weary. Next week’s Xbox Live release still has a retro flavor, but it’s actually a much newer and more exciting game: PAC-MAN: Championship Edition DX.

In our review of the original Pac-Man, I complained “This title offers so much less content than sequels like Ms. Pac-Man and Pac-Man Championship Edition.” Namco has actually done me one better this time, because they skipped Championship Edition and went straight to its superior sequel, DX.

The console version of PAC-MAN: Championship Edition DX is an absolutely fantastic game. It features 9 different mazes, numerous selectable looks for Pac-Man and the ghosts, and three main gameplay modes: Score Attack, Time Attack, and Ghost Combo. DX throws dozens of ghosts on-screen at once, which might sound too hectic but is actually quite exciting and manageable in practice. Pac-Man even gains a bomb ability that knocks ghosts back to the center of the maze but resets the player's score multiplier.

Pac-Man CE DX is much easier than the first Pac-Man game, so it should be a better fit for mobile phones. Unlike the original Pac-Man game, this one is played in landscape mode, which should reduce the number of accidental presses of the nefarious Home and Search buttons.

The only bad news is its price: $6.99. Namco’s mobile games don’t come cheap. But thousands of gamers happily paid $10 for the Xbox 360 version; if the phone version matches the console game's greatness, 7 bucks won’t sting a bit.

The Windows Phone version of PAC-MAN: Championship Edition DX will debut on Wednesday, May 18.

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3 years ago

Live Tile updates bug? [Developers]

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Live Tile updates bug? [Developers]

Doug Rathbone, a Web Applications Consultant, has published an article on his blog recently outlining a bug he has come across when developing on the Windows Phone 7 platform with regards to the 260 character limit for toast (push) notifications for live tiles, which can reportedly be a pain when pulling a tile from an SSL path that contains security keys and other parameters.

He has gone into depth about the problem and attached a sample app that one can use to reproduce the bug and "experience all the fun". Of course, if this was an issue with long paths in URLS, URL shorteners such as bit.ly could be extremely effective. A very good read nonetheless.

Source: Doug Rathbone

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Unleashed Hackathon announced [Atlanta]

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Attending TechEd 2011 in Atlanta? Why not check out the WP7 hackathon which will be hosted at the Omni Hotel on May 16th for 5 hours? Featuring experts in the community, developers (whether beginners or experienced) should not choose to miss out on this opportunitey if one can attend. C'mon - there's even food and beverages provided!

Products covered are; Microsoft XNA Game Studio, Windows Azure and Windows Phone 7. Not only this but 50 new unlocked Samsung Focus device are rewarded to the first 50 developers attending this event who submit their apps to the Marketplace and enter their submission to the WP7 User Group developer sweepstakes.

There are a limited number of available slots (300), so RSVP ASAP. Oh, and you have to bring your own laptop too. Register to the event using the source link below.

Source: MS Events, via: Chris Williams

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3 years ago

Verizon Trophy available at Best Buy, dedicated theme at Xbox [Update]

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I think the release is becoming so close that Verizon customers can almost smell the new HTC Trophy. With the device recently showing up on Craigslist of wonders, WP7 Verizon support forum being launched, being spotted at Best Buy and rumoured employee training kicking off (plus a release date) one would assume it's coming very shortly - the rumoured date for release of tomorrow (12th May) could hold true, here's hoping!

To add yet more fuel to the fire, we have now seen the Trophy on Best Buy again, but you can add it to cart as opposed to not being able to do so previously, not to mention a dedicated Theme being available over at Xbox.com for the Trophy accompanied by the Verizon logo and a nice looking illustrated advert. Heck, there's even a Gamer Picture Pack available at Xbox.com too.

On our forums there has been a long discussion surrounding the device coming to the carrier, and it's the best place to be if you're awaiting more information or concrete updates. Sorry guys, I'm sure you've almost bitten all your nails off, but this is such a well kept secret it's rather amusing, don't you think?

Update: Xbox.com just pulled the Verizon-Trophy Theme & Gamer Pack--guess there's still some shuffling going on. Thanks, Random of Amber, for the heads up

Thanks to AJ & Jay and everyone else for tipping us!

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3 years ago

Shopglider - App Spotlight

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Shopglider - App Spotlight

While many use the old fashion pencil and paper methods to create grocery lists, ShopGlider offers you a chance to give up the ways of old an use your Windows Phone instead. In addition to creating shopping lists you can also manage recipes and coupons.

ShopGlider can be used as a stand alone application on your Windows Phone or as a companion for the ShopGlider website. From the website, you can create shopping lists and sync them with your Windows Phone. Registration is required to use the ShopGlider website but it's free.

Key features include:

  • Adding items to your grocery shopping list on the go
  • Online and offline modes
  • Real-time account sync between multiple phones and ShopGlider.com site
  • Simple intuitive user interface
  • Full access to grocery shopping lists created on ShopGlider website
  • Tight integration with ShopGlider site with its rich features such as multiple lists, account sharing, recipes, instant savings in 3,500 grocery stores and more
  • Seamless integration with the site allows you to use a single account for the site and the app.

If you need a shopping list app, with an online counterpart, ShopGlider is worth a try. It's a free app, available here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Marketplace fails to update on time. Frustrated gamers can't get their Harvest on

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As Windows Phone fans who stay up till the wee hours probably know, the Marketplace usually updates with new apps and price drops between 10 PM and midnight PST. Thus the new Xbox Live game and Deal of the Week are available by the time most people get up on Wednesday mornings.

This week, however, there seem to be a wrench and possibly a squirrel in the works. As of 10 AM PST, Lunar Lander still isn’t available for purchase and The Harvest is not showing its discounted price. There are no new Non-Xbox Live apps either.

Did the guy at Microsoft who throws the switch on Marketplace updates call in sick? Is this just some technical error? Or is there something more sinister at work? With Sony’s recent and well-publicized shutdown of PSN due to malicious hackery, many gamers are on edge where online services are concerned.

The Marketplace’s stalled update will likely be resolved later today. Cleaning squirrel guts takes time! We’ve contacted the good folks at Microsoft, who are aware of the problem. We’ll let you know as soon as they have more information to share or the update goes through.

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3 years ago

Updated Capital One Banking site doesn't work on WP7

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Seems as though Capital One may have run into some issues with the mobile banking section of their website. Windows Phone Junky reports that it was recently updated, but while improving the user experience the team behind the development seem to have broken compatibility with Windows Phone 7 devices when attempting to browse an account.

On a quick side note, found it interesting to see their main homepage throwing a compatibility warning with Firefox 4:

Are you with Capital One and use their online banking? Do you experience this problem with their mobile site on your device?

Source: Windows Phone Junky

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