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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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2 years ago

Take some hilarious selfies with Warp Photo Booth for Windows Phone 8

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The word of the year for 2013 was ‘selfie.’ If you want to have some fun with selfies, then definitely check out Warp Photo Booth for Windows Phone 8. Just launch the application, and take a picture with a very funny distortion effect. It’s a really simple photo app and we’re having a lot of fun with it.

Head past the break to watch our hands on video and walkthrough.

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2 years ago

Weatherfrog joins the ranks of Windows Phone 8 weather apps

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Some may argue there are way too many weather apps available for our Windows Phone. However, having such a vast selection the odds of finding that one Windows Phone weather app that matches your needs and tastes increases.  If you are looking for a simple, picturesque weather app for Windows Phone 8, Weatherfrog hopes to make your short list of choices.

The app features dynamic background images that match your current location and a modest amount of forecast information. Weatherfrog hit the Windows Phone Store shelves about a month ago and is yet another weather app option worth considering for your Windows Phone.

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2 years ago

Save the world from rabid llamas in the new 3D shooter for Windows Phone

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While aliens, monsters, and zombies have attempted to take over the world in several movies and games, a new 3D shooter game for Windows Phone has pegged the doom on hordes of llamas!

Developed by Matt, better known as RogueCode, Vicious Attack Llama Apocalypse: Alpha, or VALA: Alpha is a full 3D top-down shooter for Windows Phone 8 devices where your aim to save the world from rampaging llamas. Matt is a Microsoft MVP for Windows Phone development, a Nokia Developer Champion for Windows Phone and even used to write for us some time ago.

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2 years ago

Samsung’s upcoming Windows Phone stops by the FCC, Verizon next

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2 years ago

Exclusive: Zeebox TV app coming soon to Windows 8

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I went to this week’s Apps World event in San Francisco to search for mobile Windows games and apps. Wouldn’t you know it? I’ve turned up a few! Before we roll out the games coverage, we’ll first reveal a find that came within the Apps World TV Hackfest area. That section of the show deals specifically with video viewing apps, technology, and lots of coughing. Okay, probably not the coughing.

Within the TV Hackfest area, we met with Anthony Rose, Co-founder and CTO of Zeebox. The Zeebox second-screen TV app offers a customizable TV guide, news feeds for users’ favorite shows, discussion rooms for those shows, and more. Lucky for us, Zeebox and Microsoft are partnering to bring a Zeebox app to Windows 8 and RT in the coming weeks! Check out our video interview to see how Zeebox will make watching the shows you like better and easier – with the help of your Windows tablet.

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2 years ago

Tell us: how does your smartphone factor into your sex life?

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Here at Mobile Nations we like to think of ourselves as being real tech for real people. And we know that in addition to owning smartphones, real people go on dates, send each other photos, have sex, and all sorts of other stuff. The smartphone is playing a greater and greater role in all of that, so we wanted to know just how you are using your smartphone to get it on.

We're not afraid to ask the prickly questions. Even that leads to us finding out you're into prickly things (to each their own).

Now, I know where your brain is going, and we're not suggesting that you engage in sexy times with your smartphone (that's weird and a potential trip to the ER), but we know that plenty of you use your smartphone to facilitate said sexy times. So we've put together this little survey that delves into how you use your smartphone in kinky and not so kinky ways

We want you to be fully honest with us, and to have some fun. After all, there's nothing at stake here. Except for maybe your dignity. So hit the link below and, uh, get it on.

Smartphones and sex — the survey

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2 years ago

Need a case for your Lumia 2520? Check out the Watson Wallet Folio from Incipio

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Rocking a Nokia Lumia 2520? It’s a killer tablet with an amazing display. And unlike the Surface 2, it’s truly mobile by incorporating LTE in the device. Add the Nokia Power Keyboard and you’ve got yourself a nice little mobile station for being productive. You might want to check out the Watson Wallet Folio from Incipio if you don’t plan on typing much on the Lumia 2520 and are still looking for a good case.

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