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2 years ago

Speed through highways with Traffic Racer for Windows Phone 8

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If you’ve got the need for speed, you’re going to like Traffic Racer. The endless racing game has been available for iOS and Android, but it’s now on Windows Phone 8 as well. Drive your car through highway traffic, earn cash, upgrade your car and buy new ones. It has great 3D graphics with smooth and realistic car handling.

Head past the break for our hands on video and walkthrough.

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2 years ago

Restoring your app purchases after a Windows Phone hard reset

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So you are new to Windows Phone, loaded a ton of apps and games on to your phone and now face a hard reset that will wipe out everything. Or even better, you bought a new Windows Phone. The good news is that all the apps and games you’ve purchased won’t have to be re-purchased, as those licenses are linked to your Microsoft Account. The better news is that you can backup your app listings to make re-installing things a lot easier.

While many of the seasoned Windows Phone users already know this, we have a few discussions going on in the Windows Phone Central Forums asking about re-installing apps and games after a hard reset. WPCentral reader WaseemAkram poses that very question in this forums discussion and several readers quickly stepped up to offer reassurances that he would not have to re-purchase all his apps and games.

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2 years ago

Weather+ renaming contest: Vote for your favorite new name!

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Last Thursday, we asked for your help rename Weather+ for Windows Phone. The app, developed by Bailey Stein, had received a ‘Content infringement claim’ from an iOS developer who had an app of the same name. So what to do? Why not ask you folks, since you use it!

The rules were simple: suggest a new name in comments. We would then pick five from the more than 1000 entries, and hold a poll where you can vote for your favorite. Well, that time is upon us, so head past the break for the five winners or round one, and vote for your favorite!

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2 years ago

Nokia returns Storyteller to Lumia Windows Phones, updates Nokia Camera

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Nokia Storyteller was removed from the Windows Phone Store after the most recent update caused issues for consumers. The Nokia app allows consumers to sort through their galleries and categorise photos into easy-to-navigate albums. An interesting twist to the story was only low-end hardware were unaffected by the issues, leaving those with more powerful smartphones in the dark with no working app.

The manufacturer has since published the app on the Nokia Collection with a new release, not only that but we have a minor update for Nokia Camera too. 

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2 years ago

SSH client PuTTY moves into closed beta; available on the Windows Phone Store

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The popular telnet/SSH client for Windows, PuTTY has finally gone into closed beta for Windows Phone. Should you be on the beta list from when we last covered the app being in development, you'll be able to get a first look at what's coming to the mobile platform. For those who aren't sure what PuTTY does, the app essentially enables you to connect to remote machines through a terminal.

With PuTTY being in beta as we speak, we can't see it being long for the testing phase to complete and the app be published for everyone to download. Pass the break for some details and screenshots.

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2 years ago

Space Shooter X, a fast-paced, outer space shoot 'em up type game for Windows Phone

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If you are in the mood for a fast-paced sci-fi shooter game for your Windows Phone, take a gander at Space Shooter X. Inspired by old school Japanese shooters, the game has fantastic graphics, an edgy pace and plenty of bosses to battle.

Ships can be upgraded with a vast assortment of weapons and you have full power and bombing options to help you obliterate your enemies. Speaking of which, while some space shooters have your enemies approach you head on, Space Shooter X has them coming from all directions. Space Shooter X is a fun game to play and will definitely keep you on your toes.

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2 years ago

EE launches ticket service to provide discounted access to music, comedy, family friendly and other attractions

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From today, EE Windows Phone users in the UK can now take advantage of a new service launched by the network called EE Tickets. For those of you that like to go to music concerts, theatre shows etc., you can sign up with the new service and receive notifications when new deals are available. With many tickets being offered at a discounted rate what's not to like? 

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2 years ago

Big Indie Pitch winning game Revel coming to Windows Phone

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Last week’s Apps World was an event dedicated to mobile games and apps - and the craft of making them. Apps World culminated with the Big Indie Pitch, a contest in which game developers pitched their games to members of the press. I look forward to telling you all about my experience with the Pitch very soon.

In the meantime, let’s look at one of the two games that won the Big Indie Pitch. New York-based developer Odin’s Hammer bought their social interaction/photo game Revel to the show. Revel is a unique scavenger hunt-style game in which players take photos of things in their environment and try to outdo their peers. And though it’s a long way off, Revel will be coming to Windows Phone!

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2 years ago

OneDrive to introduce new folder co-owner feature alongside rebranding

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Microsoft recently announced OneDrive, the rebranding of SkyDrive as we know it today, available on multiple platforms, including the web, Windows and Windows Phone. This rebranding was the result of British Sky Broadcasting complaints of trademark infringement. LiveSide has been able to grab screenshots of this new service in action, which show an exciting new feature on the horizon for consumers who actively use the service – co-owners

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2 years ago

Tile Me! gets updated with high-quality PNG image support and more

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The popular Twitter background creator for Windows Phone has been bumped to a new version, opening up high quality PNG formats for use. Tile Me! is a sweet little app, which allows you to enhance your Twitter profiles with multiple elements. Show your support for Microsoft's new UI and mobile platform with some added Live Tile effects. Pass the break to see what else is new.

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2 years ago

First screenshots of the Notification Center for Windows Phone 8.1 reveal new design

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The first images of the new Notification Center, dubbed 'Action Center', for Windows Phone 8.1 have made their way on to the web. The screenshots appeared on the site Winphollowers and Windows Phone Central is able to confirm their authenticity at this time.

The screenshots appear to have come from a confidential email sent around Microsoft, detailing various aspects of the new OS. Only one page of the email, or slide deck, is shown and it’s the one that details the Action and Notification Center.

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2 years ago

Nintendo emulators for Windows Phone get new menu themes and enhancements

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A while back, French developer M.k created a trio of well-loved emulators for Windows Phone 8 based on classic Nintendo platforms: SNES8x, VBA8, and VGBC8. Eventually M.k grew tired of Windows Phone development and surrendered his emulators to a new developer: Duc Le. And since then, Duc has worked tirelessly to add new features to all three emulators such as the much-requested MOGA controller support.

All three of Duc’s emulators have received significant updates recently, enhancing the appearance of their user interfaces, improving menu support while using MOGA controllers, and more. Head past the break for full details!

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2 years ago

Flappy Bird is never coming to Windows Phone

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Flappy Bird! It’s the game all your friends are playing and cursing over. Last week we heard from developer Dong Nguyen that a Windows Phone version of the surprise hit would be coming sometime in the near future. That near future was later clarified to be on or around February 13. The hype around this game is insane. We even had to do a public service announcement letting the Windows Phone community know that clone/fake version of the app in the Windows Phone Store wasn’t legit. Mostly because the amount of tips coming in was sky high.

Well, we’re a few days away from that date of February 13 where Flappy Bird was expected, but it’s actually not coming to Windows Phone. Ever.

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2 years ago

Poki, Ally Bank and more are your app highlights for the week!

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This past week was relatively quiet for the Windows Phone Store. Not too many high profile apps or games joined. There were a few, mostly related to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, but other than that it was fairly slow. Nonetheless we’ll pause and look back at this week and highlight any noteworthy new apps, app updates, and games. It’s time for another weekly app highlights.

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia Icon: Preorder next week, due to land on Verizon February 20th

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With yesterday’s all but obvious teaser for the Lumia Icon – otherwise known as the Lumia 929 – you would suspect that a launch date and announcement wouldn’t be too far off from now. Granted, expected dates have come and gone in the past, but now that Verizon stores are receiving inventory for accessories and Nokia US is tossing up videos, we’re much more confident this time around.

The latest intel has the Lumia Icon due for availability on Thursday, February 20th. Verizon traditionally launches new devices on that day of the week, so that lines up with expectations. It also matches anticipations that this device will come out before Mobile World Congress (so don’t expect it to be announced there).  

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