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3 years ago

Microsoft, Samsung team up for new Focus Flash commercial

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While we haven't heard of any reports yet of this being shown on TV, it sure looks like it was made for it and we hope to see it soon.

The ad features the Focus Flash (see review), AT&T's name for the Omnia W, and two guys joking around, showing off the social-network integration, including live updates, photo uploads and more. It's fairly effective.

Lots of folks have asked for these ads to show off the actual OS and how it's easier--we think this goes in that direction and adds a few laughs too. While it's a different approach than the Radar 4G ad, we think bother offer interesting glimpses into Windows Phone--plus it's just nice to see ads for once.

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3 years ago

Xbox Live: IronSun Studios follows up IonBallEX with Battlewagon

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IronSun Studios' IonBallEX (review) nicely filled a niche in the Xbox lineup. Their new title BattleWagon looks to do the same, but this time it doesn't fit an established genre so closely.

The developer describes Battlewagon as an arcade action/strategy game. Players equip a medieval Battlewagon with various weapons and upgrades and then send it to invade enemy castles. Combat uses simple, one-touch controls that should be well-suited to mobile play. With 68 levels that take place across the four seasons and some lovely Amiga-esque graphics, Battlewagon should provide a fresh and lengthy gameplay experience.

Battlewagon is currently targeted for a late December release. It will require Mango out of the gate, which shouldn't be a problem by then. We’ll let you know when the release date and price become official.

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3 years ago

Flash game Ghostscape materializes on Xbox Live on November 30

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It’s been a while since we learned about a mobile Xbox Live game’s release date more than a week in advance. Well, we can now mark November 30 on our calendars, as that’s when Ghostscape is coming to Windows Phone, according to the friendly and communicative developer, Psionic Games.

Ghostscape originated as a free flash game, which you can play right here on Kongregate. It is an old-school adventure game, played from a first-person perspective. Enter a creepy haunted house, solve puzzles, and take photographs of ghosts to eliminate them. Along the way you’ll collect diary pages and piece together the house’s sordid history. It was once the location of the Republican Convention. BOO! Just kidding.

The Windows Phone version adds new puzzles, areas, and items to the original design. The Achievements mostly revolve around photographing everything in the game, but there’s also one for beating it in less than 20 minutes. Hope you like speed runs!

Ghostscape comes to life on Wednesday, November 30. It will cost $2.99. 

ViaWP7 Connect

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3 years ago

Find WP wallpapers easily at WPWallpaper.com

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We've covered some wallpaper packs before, not to mention full size wallpapers being trimmed to fit the 480x800 resolution on Windows Phones. Unfortunately, should one not be familiar with a photo editing suite, then creating wallpapers can be a daunting task. Thankfully, WPWallpapers has been launched. This new website will focus on building a database of wallpapers that are ready for deployment, and can be downloaded easily.

But, how easy? Scanning Microsoft Tags easy. Each submitted (and approved) wallpaper will have a tag associated with it and will allow easy download by scanning away. A handy resource for those who change wallpapers often.

Source: WPWallpaper

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3 years ago

Homebrew app to restart your Windows Phone

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Here's another cool and useful tool for you Homebrew folks: Mang Restart.

The app comes from singularity0821, the same XDA'er who gave us that Battery Live Tile app that we reported on the other day. In a similar fashion, this app can be run as a standalone or pinned to your Start screen as a Tile for quick access. In the app itself you have an toggle for a confirmation screen to pop up to prevent accidental presses.

We just installed it on three phones (you don't need interop unlock status) and it has worked without a glitch. Pretty cool if you need to occasionally restart or just want the option (and you find holding down the power button too hard, ya lazy bum). Head to the source link for the XAP file to sideload up.

Source: XDA Forums; via WPXbox

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3 years ago

Microsoft celebrates Windows Phone with NYC mash-up video

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Besides that New York City party vid, Microsoft also had the big Monday-Herald Square celebration summarized in a neat "mash up" video. And although we were there for the whole thing, we have to admit, Micrososft hired some awesome videographers and editors and they made it look waaay exciting and cool.

Anyways, it's a great video to get you excited about using Windows Phone and being part of one of that fastet growing communities around. Oh and the "We are not robots"? Nice Android zing there, Microsoft. (Golf clap)

Source: Windows Phone YouTube

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3 years ago

Microsoft's "Spend the Night" Tour continues...

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Microsoft's "Spend the Night with Windows Phone" tour continues this weekend, stopping in Chicago tonight and tomorrow. We enjoyed the New York City stop and the only downside is that the tour can't hit more cities.

Microsoft shared their coverage of the New York City event over on their Windows Phone YouTube Channel and you can check out our coverage here.  If we aren't mistaken, around the 1:54 mark in the video we think that's Dan doing his best head-banger impersonation.  Regardless it does look like Matt and Kim rocked the house.

From Chicago, the Spend the Night tour heads to these cities

  • Dallas November 16-17th
  • Los Angeles November 30th, December 1st
  • San Francisco December 6-7th.

You can RSVP for these events over at the Windows Phone Facebook page and the first twenty people to reserve for each night will bet a VIP upgrade. Space is limited so reserve your spot today.

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3 years ago

Qualcomm working with Nokia on a Windows Phone road map

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Enrico Salvatori, president of Qualcomm CDMA technologies in Europe, has informed TechRadar that the chip geniuses are working with Nokia on a roadmap of handsets, and the single core Lumia family is just the beginning.

We are working on a road map [with Nokia] and not a single device, a single launch. It's an important collaboration for Qualcomm, so we are very excited about working together. It's been very effective in terms of time to market because we developed the phone together. It's been a very successful development.

Salvatori moves onto state that it was an achievement to get the Lumia 710 and 800 to market within a tight time frame, which no one can disagree with. He also notes that Qualcomm is proud to support Windows Phone and is currently the only chipset on the game board.

The Nokia collaboration is also very much about the Windows Phone ecosystem and, of course, we at Qualcomm, as you know, are supporting on our platform the Windows Phone software and actually at the moment we are the only supplier supporting the integrated solution.

Of course, we know that ST-Ericsson is set to supply the Finnish handset manufacturer with low-end chips for more affordable devices, which Nokia (and Microsoft) are looking to introduce. There's no denying that it's going to be exciting to see what future low-end (and more advance) hardware comes to the platform.

Source: TechRadar

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3 years ago

Nokia bringing "a number of phones" to Canada in early 2012

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It was but yesterday that we were lamenting the state of Windows Phone in Canada and wondering when we might hear about some Gen-2 devices heading that way.  Apparently, in all of the Nokia World hub-bub on October 26, we missed that Nokia Canada held a media event of their own in Toronto, showcasing the Lumia 710 and Lumia 800.  According to Richard White, General Manager of Nokia Canada, who was at the event, both Lumias (and possibly other Nokia handsets) should hit Canadian shelves in early 2012.

“We’ll have a number of Windows Phone devices, these or similarly spec’d devices, from multiple carriers available to Canadians in early 2012″

White did not elaborate on what models would be available, nor did he provide a specific timetable for their arrival.  He simply noted that Nokia is "working hard to make sure they’re here as soon as possible”.  That should be refreshing news to anyone who was worried about the Canadian coldspell.

Source: MobileSyrup, Thanks for the tip, Marcus!

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3 years ago

Rain Will Fall heading to the Marketplace

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Rain Will Fall is a new game in development for your Windows Phone that will feature real time, multi-player mode. With the multi-player mode you can play against other Rain Will Fall players anywhere at anytime.

The game will also feature two game modes, Story and Mission along with online leaderboards. Just from the trailer Rain Will Fall comes across as a fast paced, fantasy game for your Windows Phone.

No word on pricing and according to the developer, we should see Rain Will Fall in the Marketplace sometime next week.

Thanks goes out to Tishawn for sharing this tip!

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3 years ago

Student "idea of the week" competition with Amazon gift card prize

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The Windows Phone team is choosing a winner per-week, through December 25th, for the best app idea that's designed through Sketchflow and published online. To be in with a chance to win the prize one week, you need to be a student and have an idea for an innovative and unique app. Follow the following steps to enter your name (and app) into the hat:

  • Sign up for DreamSpark, get Expression Studio (free of charge for students from the DreamSpark site) and the Sketchflow Template for Windows Phone
  • Create a Sketchflow prototype of your app idea and post the prototype online
  • Tweet out the link to your prototype using the hashtag "#wpappitup". For example, "Check out my idea, UltimateApp, at http://www.findyourcolony.com #wpappitup"

Two winners have been announced already; Johnny Simmons with GPSTreasueHunt and Carlos Barreto with LevelThroughCamera. Be sure to check out the rules for the competition and note that this is not available for those who reside in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.

Source: Windows Phone Developer Blog

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3 years ago

Microsoft's Mango Truck is making the rounds in New York City

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Who say's Microsoft isn't being creative or trying to market Windows Phone? On Monday they put a 55 foot giant Windows Phone in Herald Square, threw two hit parties and now there's an official Mango-truck making the rounds of AT&T stores.  From site fan electricbopeep, who was kind enough to send us these pics:

"After I recovered from the pleasant shock of such a sight, I asked the driver for the details. According to him, the truck will be making stops at ATT stores to celebrate the release of Mango hardware. The truck is serving mango-inspired street food to get everyone in the Mango spirit. Definitely more evidence of Microsoft's big marketing push - what a difference a year makes!"

Agreed. Microsoft is not only promoting their OS, they're doing in unique, eye-catching ways. We applaud. Heck, we saw the Radar 4G commercial on Xbox-Hulu last night too. Refreshing change and we're hoping to see even more from Microsoft in the coming weeks.

By the way, you can follow the Mango Truck here on Twitter: @CafeMangoToGo and see where they will be next!

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3 years ago

Rainbow Rapture gets an ad-free paid version

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We're big fans of Rainbow Rapture (see video and app spotlight), the free game about a rapacious cloud/rainbow who decides to devour humanity. It has catchy music, smooth graphics, achievements and online scores. What's not to love?

Well, ads.

While ads keep a game free, sometimes we're okay with paying for an app to not have 'em and so Rainbow Rapture Free now has a kid brother for a $1.49--ad free and now cloud has some interesting rants while chowing on the peeps.

If all of this sound enticing, then head here for the new paid, ad-free version. Of course the free version is still available too.

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3 years ago

Nokia reveals plans to help developers

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Nokia has unravelled plans to attract developers to the Windows Phone platform in collaboration with Microsoft. Keith Varty, head of apps and partnerships at Nokia, told The Inquirer that the game has changed since the partnership between the two companies was formed. Microsoft already has a superb connection with new and established developers, something that Nokia can look to build ontop of.

Varty continues to explain that the manufacturer will offer marketing support to developers, and ways to reach new markets where the company has a strong presence, such as China and the far East. He moves onto say that Nokia is working with Microsoft to create a programme that will help developers translate apps for these multiple markets.

Nokia won't be abandoning those who are closer to home, however. For starters, the manufacturer will run a number of UK based workshops, which will target Symbian and Nokia developers. We've already witnessed what the Finnish phone maker can do with some funds for promotion and product advertising, so it'll be interesting to see how this partnership grows with the software giant.

Source: The Inquirer

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3 years ago

Seesmic bumped to v2.0 with Mango support

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Seesmic, the popular social networking client for Windows Phone, has been updated to version 2.0 and finally adds Mango support. Quick resume and performance improvements join the introduction of multiple live tiles, which will allow the user to pin Twitter timelines (and more) to the home screen. Should this app be too feature-rich for your liking, there are more simplistic solutions available such as Mehdoh.

You can download Seesmic from the Marketplace.

Via: WMPU

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