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3 years ago

WeatherDuck brings Live Tile, simplicity to the mix

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Although we have the staples like WeatherBug and The Weather Channel, there has been...lets just say, less attention given to 3rd party weather apps on the Windows Phone platform. Sure, there are a few out there, but the competition/creativity is nothing like Twitter or tabbed-browser development.

So WeatherDuck is the first 3rd party weather app that caught out eye. It's nothing radically amazing, but rather simple, light and fast. The app is free with ads (we'd like to see a non-ad version for $0.99) and even boasts a Live Tile seen above. One thing we like is how the Live Tile matches your accent color, making it look more natural (though WeatherBug's "ambient" weather color is kind of neat). [Note: default is Celsius, which is why is says 5 degrees above--we're waiting for the LT to refresh for Fahrenheit]

The app doesn't give super details--rather just days broken into four increments 2am, 8am, 2pm and 8pm along with temperature, wind direction/speed and precipitation. Point being, it's free, light and it works so we think you should at least take a look if you're looking for an alternative. Grab it here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Microsoft gearing up for SSL cert update to Windows Phone?

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While far from exciting, as it won't bring any new features, Microsoft is rumored to be working on an update to fix fraudulent SSL certificates in a hacking attempt that took aim at many web browser. Microsoft just published a security advisory on the issue to address the bogus SSL certs. As Bruce Cowper, manager of the Microsoft Trustworthy group states:

This is not a Microsoft security vulnerability; however, one of the certificates potentially affects Windows Live ID users via login.live.com...These certificates may be used to spoof content, perform phishing attacks, or perform man-in-the-middle attacks against end users. We are unaware of any active attacks.

Microsoft has since patched Internet Explorer against the attack is reportedly mulling over an update, even possibly an over-the-air (OTA) one for Windows Phone, though nothing is certain at this point. No time line was given either. It will be interesting to see if Microsoft utilizes the OTA update capability for Windows Phone, a feature which was originally thought to be used for adding copy/paste but has since taken a back seat due to reliability concerns.

Edit: For those curious about SSL certs and how they work, see VeriSign

Source: WinRumors

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3 years ago

In defense of Microsoft and the 'NoDo' update

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Let's start with some disclaimers. First of all I am a Windows Phone fanboy, so I may be slightly biased toward Microsoft. Secondly I am a Windows Phone fanboy, and I want my update right the heck now. Now that we've got that out of the way, let's move on.

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3 years ago

Smart Tile updated to version 1.1

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Smart Tile updated to version 1.1

Smart Tile is a live tile application that places notes/reminders on your Windows Phone Start Screen. The application was recently updated to version 1.1 to address a few minor bugs and maintenance issues.

Smart Tile displays up to four lines of text for your handy little notes/reminders on a live tile so you don’t forget about them. Smart Tile is for items that may not need to be considered an appointment on you calendar.

Smart Tile allows you to personalize the tile color as well as add a helpful tile background image. In giving Smart Tile a try, it works as advertised. The customization of the tile makes it easier to pick up on at a glance. The only downside is that while the tile provides four lines of text, the characters are limited to about 17.

Smart Tile is a handy little app and worth a try. It is a free application and you can download Smart Tile here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

'Space Tube' 3D speed game hands on

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'Space Tube' 3D speed game hands on

Months ago we took a look at 'Descent', a 3D racing clone that pits you in a high-speed "tube" for some dizzying adventures.

Fast forward to today and 'Space Tube' hits the Marketplace for a pricey $2.99. However, this game is a little more polished: better music, easier controls, better graphics (for cut scenes, at least) and more robust game play. We took it for a spin and enjoyed it, though found the price a bit high. The game has a trial available, which we recommend you at least give a try.

Try it out here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Quick Fingers - Review

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Quick Fingers - Review

Do you think that you've got fast reflexes? Quick Fingers for Windows Phone is a gaming application that will put even the fastest of fingers to shame. It reminded me a little of the Moron Test but on steroids.

The concept is simple. Quick Fingers presents you with various tests spread over fifteen levels that gauges your reaction speed. Move too slow, you fail. Don't tap the screen enough, you fail. Luckily, there are three levels of difficulty (easy, medium and hard) to lessen the agony of defeat.

Follow the break for more on Quick Fingers and a video demo.

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3 years ago

Steam Castle - Review

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Steam Castle - Review

The developers who brought Impossible Shoota and Traffic Cop to Windows Phone 7 are now offering Steam Castle.  The Windows Phone game is a tower defense game where you defend your castle and surrounding forest from a barrage of missiles.

The story line of the game goes that you are the last fortress of hope for humanity. You are fighting a losing war against the Mechanitrons and must fall back to Steam Castle to use the advanced steam compression technology to fend off the Mechanitrons as best as possible.

To see if all hope is lost and whether or not Steam Castle is worth the download, blast on past the break.

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3 years ago

Some carriers blame MS for NoDo delays

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Some carriers blame MS for NoDo delays

Tired of waiting for NoDo to hit your device?  Well, despite some reports that the carriers are to blame for the hold-up, it could in fact be Microsoft's doing.  Two European carriers have said that they have approved the NoDo update and are waiting on Microsoft to roll it out.

Vodaphone UK was quoted on the record today that updates for the LG Optimus 7 and HTC 7 Trophy have “been approved by Vodafone and will be distributed by Microsoft in due course.”  They did not have any information on when the rollout would begin, but did say they would notify their customers via eForum as soon as they knew.

Orange, another UK carrier, also said that they were waiting on Microsoft to initiate the NoDo push.  A representative stated that, “the current plan is for Microsoft to roll out our approved version on the 29th March."  WinRumors has written that an third European carrier, who asked not to be named, told them that they, too, have approved the update, but that Microsoft was “treading slowly” in the wake of their recent mishaps.

Hopefully, these delays are Microsoft doing extensive testing to avoid further problems.

Source: WinRumors

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3 years ago

Swamp Defense - Review

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Swamp Defense - Review

EntwicklerX, developers of Dodge the Balls, are now offering Swamp Defense over at the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. Swamp Defense is a tower defense game that pits you against mutant swamp creatures.

What makes this Windows Phone game apart from other tower defense games is that your towers are family members. Swamp Defense is a multi-level each with endless waves of monsters to crush. To read more on Swamp Defense and the family members there to help, just slide on past the break.

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3 years ago

SurfCube 2.5 is here; now ad supported

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Kinabalu Innovation Limited has informed us that SurfCube is making the move to being ad supported, starting with version 2.5.  The trial version will no longer be capped at 20 uses, but will display a small advertisement.  Anyone who purchases the 3D browser will be able to use it free of ads.

Due to popular demand, SurfCube 2.5 will also include the ability to save JPEGs directly to the phone.  The people spoke and Kinabalu listened.

If you want to check out SurfCube Free 2.5 you can get it here.

The full paid version ($1.99) can be found here.

Source: Kinabalu Innovation Limited

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3 years ago

Full House Poker - Review

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Full House Poker - Review

One of the most exciting benefits of Xbox Live games on Windows Phone 7 is the possibility of connectivity. Crackdown: Project Sunburst unlocks a few bonus features in Crackdown 2 on Xbox 360, but that’s only the tip of the ice berg. Full House Poker, developed by Krome Studios and published by Microsoft, integrates more fully with its Xbox 360 counterpart than any game yet.

Full House Poker is a Texas hold ‘em poker simulator. Poker is very well-suited to mobile game play as you can play a hand in no time at all. Full House Poker’s affordable price and the fact that practically everybody loves poker means the game was bound to sell well on Windows Phone 7 no matter what. Thankfully the developers went the full mile and made not just a mobile poker game but a top-notch one as well.

Head past the break for our full house review.

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3 years ago

'4th & Mayor' goes to v1.1, adds "specials"

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Even though the app has only been out for less than a week, Jeff Wilcox is delivering an update already to the popular Foursquare app '4th & Mayor' (see past coverage).

Version 1.1 just went live in the Marketplace an adds support for "specials", a feature just added to Foursquare this month. Foursquare specials allow business to deliver, well, special deals and offers to customers directly through Foursquare and checkins (hello merger of the social and commerce!). So here's how '4th & Mayor' uses this new feature:

  • Nearby specials shown in the “places” pivot item
  • When you check-in to a place with specials, you’ll get notified in the “what’s new” page with information about the special (click to redeem, too)
  • When you view the details for a venue, any special there will be shown before the mayorship information
  • Swiping left a few from the “info” pivot item of a place will give you a “specials” list, both at the venue you’re looking at, as well as nearby places with specials.

We're in mid-town Manhattan right now and we gotta say, this "special" thing...kind of cool. If you're a "mayor" of some of these businesses, kudos to the freebies you get.

Grab it here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Microsoft posts NoDo update status page, comes clean on process

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Yesterday began the big 'NoDo' update push to bring copy paste to Windows Phone 7. But what quickly became clear was that this was another scheduled roll-out, meaning it could be weeks before specific devices on various carriers get the update (see O2, Telus & Deutsche Telekom). That's all fine and dandy but what people really wanted was some kind of rough idea as to when the update is coming.

Good on Microsoft for posting a new blog entry where they explain a bit more about the process and respond to some criticism:

But it was clear from your comments that many of you want a better idea of when to expect your update. Is it on the way—or weeks away? These are natural questions.

To help answer them, we’ve created a new online resource called Where’s my phone update? that provides some insight into where we are, and where your phone is, in the multi-stage update process.

Much like when you buy a PC online, you’ll be able to see when the update is being tested and packaged, when it’s about to ship, and when it’s “left the warehouse.” We’ll update the site once a week with the latest status changes.

While we imagine this won't silence all the critics of late, this goes a long way, we imagine, in alleviating concern for customers. At the very least, it gives a little more info/insight into what is going on and to be honest, that's all people want. We know folks are patient for things (we waited a long time for WP7 to arrive), so long as we have time-frames and communication. (And, btw, it looks like the T-Mo HD7 and Dell Venue Pro are getting an update in a few days, woohoo! You go, T-Mo.)

So bookmark this page: Where's My Update?

What say you? Did Microsoft do the right thing here and is it enough? (We think so). Thanks, TimN_FL, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Connector - App Spotlight

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Connector - App Spotlight

Connector is a Windows Phone 7 is a rather interesting multi-level puzzle game where you have to connect various towers that appear on your Windows Phone screen. You do so by drawing a line from tower to tower (tap, hold and drag on the screen) and connect them in pairs. Lines can be drawn in segments (to create bends and turns) to help connect the towers. Sounds simple enough but there are some rules that adds to the challenge of the game.

  • You can only connect towers of the same color.
  • Lines may not collide with obstacles.
  • Lines may not cross each other.
  • The more line segments used, the worse your score.

Connector shows a tutorial before you attempt the earlier stages to better acclimate you to the game. All in all, there are 60 levels to tackle with new challenges every twenty levels. This gives Connector plenty of playing time.

There is a trial version avaiable for Connector and the full version will run you $1.99. You can find both versions of Connector here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

The Imp - App Spotlight

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Jammerware is offering a League of Legends companion app for your Windows Phone. The Imp is a free app over at the Marketplace and offers a complete breakdown of all the champions, items, runes, and summoner spells in the game and the ability to create and save your own builds.

If you're a League of Legends aficionado, The Imp may help you get through the game a with fewer bumps and bruises. You can download your copy of The Imp here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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