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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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3 years ago

Tango v1.1 in Marketplace; updated for Samsung Omnia7 & Focus

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Tango, which was released last week, has now been updated to version 1.1.  The only change to the video chat app is the addition of support for the Samsung Focus and Omnia 7, which previously had issues running it.  A Samsung-branded iteration of Tango, also labeled v1.1 made a brief appearance in the Marketplace, but has since disappeared.

Samsung owners, rejoice, and get your chat on here.

Thanks for the tip, Dmitry!

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3 years ago

Head to Head: HTC Radar vs. Samsung Focus Flash

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The HTC Radar and Samsung Focus Flash can both be considered entry level or budget Windows Phones. They both have low pricing points when compared to their big brothers the HTC Titan and Samsung Focus S. And they both have scaled back features (smaller screen, less memory) but meet minimum specs.

While both may be considered an entry level Windows Phone, both are solid performers within their own right.  We've reviewed both and find them both be be quality Windows Phones in their own right.

Now we'll see how both measure up against one another.  And for that, you'll need to slide on past the break.

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3 years ago

Dilbert Hub goes Mango

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Dilbert Hub goes Mango

The Dilbert Hub has gone Mango.  For those not familiar with the Dilbert Hub it's a Windows Phone app that brings all the Dilbert comics you can handle to your Windows Phone.

The update, version 3.0, Mango features such as fast resume and Live Tiles into the mix but also the comic strips are now touch zoomable. While the Dilbert Hub supports landscape view which enlarges the strip somewhat, being able to zoom into the strip is a nice bonus.

The Live Tile support brings the "Daily Dilbert" comic strip to your Start Screen. Once pinned, there is a little bit of a delay (up to thirty minutes) in initiating the tile where it will display the "Daily Dilbert" tile.

The Dilbert Hub is still laid out nicely giving you access to over twenty years of archived comic strips, featured strips, and the ability to search the strips by keyword. Add the ability to share comics via Facebook, email or SMS and you've got a fairly complete Dilbert resource.

The Dilbert Hub is a free, ad supported app for your Windows Phone. You can download the updated, mango version of the Dilbert Hub here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Cincinnati Bell now offering HTC Radar for $99

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The HTC Radar 4G is now available at Cincinnati Bell for $99 with a two-year contract.  The price includes a $50 mail-in rebate, as well a $35 "web special."  That $35 special discount offsets the activation fee of the same price.

If you are one who tends to fear commitment, you can go contract-free for $299.99, after $50 instant savings and a $50 rebate.  Free shipping is also included.

The Radar runs a 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM and 8GB storage, along with a 3.7" screen and 5MP camera.  It is a middle-of-the-road Mango phone, and a favorite amongst our crew.

Source: CincinnatiBell (Thanks for the tip, Josh!)

UPDATE: One of our readers, Gary, pointed out something that slipped by us.  Unbeknownst to us, apparently the HTC Radar is an Android device...or so it says under the Tutorials tab on Cincinnati Bell's site.  We have left a voicemail with their media relations department to make them aware of the faux pas. Thanks, Gary!

UPDATE #2: It looks like word got to the right people.  The good folks over at Cincinnati Bell emailed us to let us know that the Android reference has been removed, along with the entire Tutorials tab.  We would have liked to have seen a similar tab praising WP7 in its stead, but at least potential customers won't get something they are not expecting.  Thanks to Eric at Cincinnati Bell!

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