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3 years ago

Endless Shooter - Review

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Endless Shooter - Review

Endless Shooter is a Window Phone 7 game that has you battling waves upon waves of enemy space ships. The Windows Phone game is billed as a fast paced shooter with a relentless onslaught of enemy shifts.  No argument here.

Graphics are simple with your space craft being represented by a green arrow, enemy ships are red arrows and yellow orbs. Your ships health is represented by a green and red ring that surrounds your ship.

Read more about Endless Shooter after the break.

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3 years ago

Lifepics - App Spotlight

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Lifepics - App Spotlight

Lifepics is available over at the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace that gives you the ability to order prints from your Windows Phone to a local store. Prints can be taken from your Windows Phone or simply loaded from another source (e.g. loaded from your Zune desktop).

Registration is required (free) and you are provided a list of participating stores in your area. Participating stores include Ritz Camera, Office Depot, and various independent photo labs. All in all there are over 12,000 participating stores world wide and at anytime you can switch store locations in the apps settings.

Prints can be ordered up to 11x14 in size and you pay in store when you pick up your prints. To order prints, the app accesses your Photo Hub and from there, you choose which picture you want printed. Lifepics will then upload the picture and send it to the store location of your choice for printing.

Lifepics is a handy way to turn your Windows Phone pictures into prints. You can download your free copy of Lifepics here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

PC Remote - App Spotlight

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PC Remote - App Spotlight

PC Remote is a Windows Phone 7 app that turns your Windows Phone into a remote control for your computer. You'll need to download a server program to your computer from PCRemoteServer.com to get started. From there, you'll tap the "+" sign on the main page of PC Remote, enter the computer name and IP Address, and your in business.

Features of PC Remote include:

  • Mouse: your phone will act as mouse. You can move cursor and click from your phone.
  • Keyboard: your phone will act as keyboard. You can type from your phone.
  • Volume: you can control PC volume from your phone.
  • Audio and Video Player: you can control songs and videos running on multimedia software like Windows Media Player, iTunes, etc.
  • Windows Media Center: you can control Windows Media Center from your phone. Support for Turn off, Hibernate, Sleep or Logout operations on your PC.

PC Remote also has a Facebook portal to their Facebook page so you can keep up with what other PC Remote users. PC Remote is a free application and you can find it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

HTC releases a native compass app

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HTC releases a native compass app

If you have an HTC branded Windows Phone, you may want to check out their new free compass app pushed to the Marketplace (though oddly, not available in the HTC Hub just yet).

The app is not as nifty as LG's augmented reality apps but it's not half bad either, allowing you to have a dynamic magnetic compass plus use "walking directions" to some nearby location can be pretty useful. Plus, it's free and is fun to play around with (the app will even keep your screen on while running, which was smart).

Just click the link here to open up the Marketplace either via Zune or on your phone. Only HTC devices need apply, unless you have an unlocked/developer phone then you can try the .XAP file here.

via wmpoweruser

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3 years ago

Joe Belfiore responds to update criticism

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Lots of folks may be upset with Microsoft and the update process (we're getting a little tired of the drama ourselves) but you have to give them credit: they're listening and trying to make things right. You may not like their response, but at least they're giving a response.

To recap: this week we saw the beginning of the NoDo update, then came the outrage that it could take "weeks" to get it people, then Microsoft gave us a way to check our update status. Last night on Microsoft's Channel 9, Joe Belfiore gave a cheery interview which though entertaining, didn't reveal too much. However, lots of people were miffed to see him saying things were going well and appearing a bit out of touch.

Fast forward 24 hours and he's responding to the criticism, which like we said above, is good damage control. The message, re-posted in its entirety after the break, is quite forthcoming and sincere. A lot can be said about the update process but we do appreciate Microsoft's position in trying to reach out to consumers and developers alike. Like before, sound of in comments on your thoughts.

Keep reading Joe Belfiore's response from Channel 9; Thanks, Windows Phone Metro, for the heads up

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Connector 1.1 released

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Windows Phone 7 Connector 1.1 released

Attention fellow OS X users, Windows Phone 7 Connector 1.1 is here! Not much to report on (feature wise) since their gold release, but there is one huge improvement in functionality for majority of users. The software can now be configured to start up automatically when a supported device is detected. I was always unsure as to why this wasn't available from the off.

As well as the above change, we have performance improvements and high CPU synchronisation issues solved which is a welcomed fix. The only feature we need now is actual Zune service integration so we can use our passes without firing up the web browser.

If you haven't done so already, download the connector now.

Thanks Ali for the tip!

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3 years ago

MonsterUp version 1.7 update brings plenty of new features

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Indie developer Karios Games’ MonsterUp is a jumping game, much like DoodleJump. Unlike DoodleJump, though, MonsterUp is a Windows Phone 7 exclusive. Our review praises its controls, character designs, and cheerful atmosphere. The dashing, eloquent reviewer just wished for more environments to jump through. With MonsterUp’s version 1.7 update, his pleas for variety have been answered.

Game designer Marios Karagiannis claims that version 1.7 is “the most important and feature rich” revision so far. He’s not lying!

Dynamic Mode

First off, the new update adds something no other jumping game (not even DoodleJump) has seen so far: the Dynamic game mode. Traditionally in these games, when the player character jumps off one side of the screen, it comes out the other side, much like Pac-Man or Asteroids. Dynamic Mode mixes things up by centering the camera firmly on the player’s monster. Instead of jumping off one side and coming out the other, the game’s platforms simply loop around the player. Gameplay does not fundamentally change – the same difficulty and game logic remain. Yet it does add a drop of flair that I quite enjoy. Standard and Dynamic Modes are selectable before each game, and they also share the same Leaderboard.

Fresh and tasty environments

The platform arrangements in jumping games are randomly generated, so each playthrough is different than the one before it. Still, without the visual variety of different environments, it can feel like you’re just playing the same level over and over. MonsterUp now has two brand themes (environments) to bounce around. Lemonade Madness drops the monsters into a giant lemonade glass, while Sweet-o-mania contains a colorful array of cupcakes, cookies, and lollipops. Both stages retain MonsterUp’s signature bright and gleeful aesthetic, plus they just taste great. The original theme, Countryside, is also selectable. I recommend against eating the countryside.

Hop past the break for more details on the update and a video of Dynamic Mode.

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3 years ago

Xbox Live: April 13 game releases leaked 2 weeks early?

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There was a time when we didn’t know what games were coming out on Xbox Live until the night before they launched. Those dark ages are behind us now, thank goodness. Lately we’ve been alerted to Xbox Live release dates more and more in advance. Now, it seems we may have learned about the release date of two Xbox Live titles more than two weeks before the fact!

Has my intensive course in astrology finally paid off? Venus isn’t in the right house to say for sure. Instead, the Xbox.com Windows Phone 7 page has provided a possible glimpse of the future. We’ve mentioned before that the page’s Too Many Games section lists a few unreleased games along with most current Xbox Live titles. The release dates of upcoming games are usually left blank. While pouring over each game’s product pages, however, we discovered two games with April 13 release dates listed. The date could be a placeholder or an error, but it’s tantalizing to think about.

What do we know about these April 13 maybes? Head past the jump and all your questions will be answered.

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3 years ago

Joe Belfiore talks Windows Phone, updates and more

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Okay, news flash: Microsoft's own people at Channel 9 don't grill the VP of Windows Phone Management on updates, performance or any other controversial issue regarding the platform.  In that sense, there is nothing new here nor revelatory.

Having said that, it is a bit interesting to see the emphasis placed on mobile operators regarding the update, some of the processes involved and, well, lots of laughing. The big news if any is what we already know: MIX11 will have a lot more info about the platform, OS updates (including 'Mango') and hopefully a few surprises.

Source: Channel 9; via  Windows Phone Metro (Thanks, Steven)

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3 years ago

Windows Phone poised to overtake RIM?

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The technology research group Ovum is predicting that Android will drive smartphone market growth that is expected to double by 2016. The predictions will see Android owning 38% of the market, Apple owning 17.5% and Blackberry holding 16.5%.

What is interesting is that despite all the doom and gloom surrounding the NoDo headaches, Ovum has Windows Phone 7 claiming 17.2% of the market that will put it in the number three spot, ahead of RIM and not too far behind Apple. Ovum credits much of the predicted growth to help given by Nokia and their partnership with Microsoft.

However, Ovum points out that while there are potential rewards to the Nokia/Microsoft deal it also comes with risks. Ovum principal analyst Adam Leach states in the research release,

“For Microsoft the deal provides a committed handset partner that has the potential to make Windows Phone a mainstream smartphone platform. The risk to Microsoft is that other handset makers may choose not to compete with Nokia and may turn their backs on Windows Phone.”

While we all share frustrations over the update woes, this report is just a friendly reminder of the potential Windows Phone 7 has. Who knows, if Microsoft and the carriers can get this update process down pat and Ovum's predictions hold true, Windows Phone 7 might even overtake Apple.

Source: Ovum Via: BGR

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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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