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2 years ago

Game Insight brings Rule the Kingdom to Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8; more on the way

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Casual Connect presented some great opportunities to get to know Windows Phone game publishers. One of those publishers is Game Insight, makers of our own Rich Edmonds’ favorite Windows Phone 8/Windows 8 game My Country.

Game Insight has also recently published Rule the Kingdom, an exciting RPG/city building hybrid game for both Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. And they have more games in the works for both platforms! Get the full scoop (and our video interview with Game Insight’s PR director John Kopp) after the break.

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2 years ago

IM+ Pro for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 gets a back to school discount

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If you’re in the market for an all-in-one messaging app for either your Windows Phone 8 or Windows 8 device, you may want to take a gander at SHAPE Service’s IM+ Pro app, a long running staple for instant messaging.

The apps usually runs for $3.99 (Windows Phone 8) and $4.99 (Windows 8) but both versions have dropped to $2.49 and $2.99, respectively. While that’s still a bit pricey for an all in one messenger, IM+ has a fairly solid reputation after being around for years on various platforms. Plus if you have both versions, they will reportedly keep in sync with each other, which is kind of awesome.

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2 years ago

Surface lands in Taiwan; Microsoft set on global tablet expansion

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Many of us have been enjoying Microsoft’s latest tablets – the Surface RT and Surface Pro, but today’s announcement that the tablet has just launched in Taiwan reminds us that the product isn’t exactly global. Just earlier this year, the Surface RT became available in 13 additional including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland

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2 years ago

Microsoft cuts Surface Pro price by $100 for the month of August (US, Canada, Hong Kong, and Taiwan)

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Good news if you’ve been camping out for a chance to grab Microsoft’s Surface Pro; the famous Windows 8 tablet has received a price cut of $100 brining the unit down to a starting price of $799. According to The Verge, the price cut will be available to customers in Canada, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the US from August 4th to August 29th.

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2 years ago

GDR2 update for Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 show up on Nokia’s servers, can be flashed now for the daring

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For those of you who are super anxious to get Microsoft’s latest OS release, Windows Phone 8 build 10327 (GDR2) along with Nokia’s highly anticipated Amber firmware update, there’s some good news for you today.

Users in our forums and on other sites have noticed that the files are now available on Nokia’s servers for the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920. The files can be downloaded and you can flash your device directly. The bad news is you need to flash your device, which means wiping out your current data and starting fresh as you install this new ROM. That’s opposed to the carrier-sanctioned method that will preserve your data. In addition, you are likely going to miss any custom firmware for your carrier, including possibly Data Sense, should you go down this route. [Note: checking under Settings > Phone Update won't yield any results]

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2 years ago

Popular Russian network VK Client now available for Windows 8, offering a rich social experience

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Digital Cloud Technologies has published VK (www.vk.com) apps for Windows 8 and RT. These clients will enable users to log into their VK accounts and enjoy social features within the familiar Windows 8 experience - perfect for tablets. If you're not into Facebook and would like to try out something new, it's certainly worth looking into (rather humorously, Facebook Connect is supported by VK). VK is the second most popular social network in Europe, but it is used particularly by Russian-speaking users, not being widely known in the US.

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2 years ago

Royal Revolt developer reveals Windows Phone and Windows 8 download numbers, sequel plans

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Next up in our coverage of Casual Connect USA is an interview regarding one of our favorite Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 games: Royal Revolt. The game comes from a collaboration between two German studios, Flare Games and Keen Games.

During last week’s event, we spoke with Georg Broxtermann, the Co-founder and Director of Business Development at Flare. He revealed how Royal Revolt came to mobile Windows platforms, some very encouraging performance numbers, and what we can expect from Flare Games in the future. See the video after the break!

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2 years ago

FlyNet, building a better fly trap on your Windows Phone

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FlyNet is a speed oriented puzzle game for you Windows Phone. It is a game where you build webs to capture flying bugs then spin your web around them and gobble them up.

Sound simple, right? Except you only have so many bugs you can let escape your grasp. Your webs will weaken after each capture and some bugs will simply bust outta the web. Either way it's a constant battle to keep your webs built up and not let the bugs escape.

FlyNet has sixteen levels that progressively get more challenging with more webs to maintain and more bugs to coral.  It's a buggy of a game for your Windows Phone and a nice time waster.

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2 years ago

Developer looking to kick off Wheel of Wealth v3 beta, looking for Windows Phone testers

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Wheel of Wealth is an established game for Windows Phone, having been with us for almost two years. We've covered the game multiple times in the past, but today the developer is opening up the beta for version 3 to consumers. Billed as the "first major overhaul," version 3 has been completely rewritten from the ground up and sports numerous improvements. Interested? Read on and sign-up today.

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2 years ago

Sic'em Studios bringing Detonation and Rambledam's Escape to Windows Phone 8

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At Casual Connect USA last week, I didn’t just interview big mobile studios like Handy Games and Game House. I also spoke to smaller gaming studios on the verge of releasing Windows Phone and Windows 8 games.

Take Sic’em Studios, for instance. They may not be a gaming giant, but they have sizable plans for mobile Windows platforms. Steven White, a former QA Lead at BioWare, is the owner and programmer at Sic’em. His studio will be releasing two games on Windows Phone 8 this year: Rambledam’s Escape and Detonation. See them on video after the break!

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2 years ago

FreePrints photo printing service comes to Windows Phone 8

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Casual Connect is an event dedicated to casual videogames, but you’ll often run into more than just game developers and PR people. One such attendee was Cal Morrell of Avenquest Software and Photo Affections. They’ve created a remarkable photo printing app for Windows Phone 8 that photography fans (especially Lumia 1020 owners) are going to love called FreePrints.

We sat down with Cal, who walked us through FreePrints’ features and the process of optimizing the app for Windows Phone 8. Note that this app is currently available only in the United States, but we do have good news for international users (and our hands on video footage) after the break!

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2 years ago

Enjoy free Hulu Plus access on your Xbox 360 for this weekend only

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For this weekend only, Xbox 360 owners will be able to access Hulu Plus for free through until Sunday, August 4th. If you're not familiar with the brand, the service enables you to watch TV and movies on consoles. If you're on your Xbox this weekend, you'll be able to enjoy unlimited instant streaming of top TV shows and movies on Xbox Live through Hulu Plus.

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 1020 Wireless Charging Cover available at the Microsoft Store (US)

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One of the more hard to find accessories for the Nokia Lumia 1020 is the Wireless Charging Cover. You can pre-order them through Expansys or Amazon.com and there's no telling when (or if AT&T will carry the charging cover).  However, there is a ray of hope out there.  We aren't sure as to the when but the Microsoft Store is listing the charging cover and best we can tell it is ready to ship.

The Microsoft Store is only listing the black cover (comes in white and yellow as well) at a price of $39. Standard shipping is free and you'll have to pay local taxes.

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2 years ago

Handy Games announces 1941: Frozen Front and Townsmen for Windows Phone 8

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Next up in our Casual Connect USA gaming coverage are two titles from an established Windows Phone developer. Earlier this year, Handy Games (one of Germany’s largest mobile game studios) jumped onto our platform with two impressive Windows Phone 8 titles: Epic Battle Dude – a “one-dimensional“ casual RPG and Aces of Luftwaffe – a vertically-scrolling shoot-em-up. Both are great games (especially Aces) and both are free to play.

So what does the studio have in store for us next? Quite a lot, it turns out. Christopher Kassulke, CEO and owner of Handy Games revealed to us the next two games in the pipeline for Windows Phone 8: 1941: Frozen Front and Townsmen. We were in town for a casual games conference, but both games looked deeper and more fully featured than the average casual title. Get the full scoop in our video after the break!

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 1020 makes an appearance at Carphone Warehouse

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Windows Phone users in the UK may be close to getting their hands on the Nokia Lumia 1020 with it's stunning 41MP PureView camera. We've been tipped that the Lumia 1020 has popped up in Carphone Warehouse's inventory.

The inventory screen that was sent to Windows Phone Central doesn't display any pricing information but does list the Lumia 1020 in the black, white, and yellow varieties.

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