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3 years ago

Pirate's Mind - Review

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Pirate's Mind - Review

Puzzle games are a great fit for mobile gaming. They’re playable in short bursts and appeal to a wide audience. They’re also very easy to create, as every seemingly Indie developer and his brother has at least a couple of the Marketplace. Developer M80 games’ Pirate’s Mind manages to stand out from the crowd thanks to its unique game play and high-quality presentation.

Pirates are a greedy sort, spending much of their time thinking about treasure. So a pirate themed puzzle game must naturally revolve around collecting money. In Pirate’s Mind, the playing field consists of 30 coins. Every coin’s back looks identical, but there are actually three kinds of coins to match: bronze, silver, and gold. Matching coins works kind of like the card game Memory in that after flipping two coins, if they aren’t a match, those two coins will still be in the same place. Then you can flip a new, random coin and try to match it with the ones you’ve already seen.

Learn more of Pirate’s Mind’s secrets after the jump.

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3 years ago

'4th & Mayor' Foursquare app now available

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Just another small heads up: '4th and Mayor', the excellently designed Foursquare app is now available in the Marketplace. Total cost to you? $0.00, so there's little reason not to grab it, well, unless you don't use Foursquare, we suppose...even then you should still try it.

See our hands-on video from a few days ago for a recap. And get it here in the Marketplace. Hit us up in comments and let us know your thoughts...

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3 years ago

Shopsavvy - App Spotlight

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Shopsavvy - App Spotlight

ShopSavvy is being billed as the latest and greatest in barcode scanning mobile technologies. The Windows Phone 7 application uses your Windows Phone camera to take a picture of any barcode and ShopSavvy will provide you with a list of online and local prices.

Compare prices to shop or use competitors' prices to reduce your costs. Results are returned with listings found with online retailers, as well as local merchants. Shopsavvy will also find any reviews on the merchandise and a map to local retailers offering the items.

Trouble scanning the bar code? A recent update adds the ability to manually enter the code's numbers.

Shopsavvy is a free application and you can download it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Tiinx - App Spotlight

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Tiinx - App Spotlight

Tiinx is a social news portal that allows users to aggregate content from several parts and report them directly to the Tiinx community.  Tiinx the Windows Phone 7 application, brings this portal to your Windows Phone and as an added bonus, included a car finder utility.

Tiinx offers the following functions:

  • "Social News" allows you to write or report items of your interest to share with the community, vote and comment on them
  • "Find my car" allows you to store your car's GPS position and review it later through Bing Maps. The location can be stored on Tiinx Social and displayed on the web with Bing Maps on Tinx.com.

Registration with Tiinx is required and free. The Windows Phone app is free and you can download it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

TapSplosion now available in the Marketplace

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We heard it was coming, showed you guys an early hands-on (video) and now TapSplosion available. Fetching for $1.29 / £0.99 with a free trial, you can grab it here in the Marketplace:

TapSplosion is an accelerometer based action game, you tilt your phone to control the player and tap the screen to place explosions in that position. You have to battle an oncoming enemy hoard which is constantly increasing in size and complexity and always tracking your every move. If one of these enemies touches you, you will explode and it’s game over for you! You get points based on combo kills, time alive and number of enemies on the screen and you can submit your score to global leaderboards and compete with other players from around the world!

The game is a quick time-killer and is certainly challenging enough. Give the developer some feedback on his blog and give the app a shot if you have the time.

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3 years ago

AT&T buys T-Mobile US for $39 billion

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Although Sprint was rumored to be a contender, in swoops AT&T to buy T-Mobile US from Deutsche Telekom for a healthy $39 billion, pending regulatory approval which could take a year. The deal will make AT&T the largest carrier in the US with a huge base of 140 million subscribers (Verizon has 93 million, Sprint just 50).

From the presser:

With this transaction, AT&T commits to a significant expansion of robust 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) deployment to 95 percent of the U.S. population to reach an additional 46.5 million Americans beyond current plans – including rural communities and small towns. This helps achieve the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and President Obama’s goals to connect “every part of America to the digital age.” T-Mobile USA does not have a clear path to delivering LTE.

“This transaction represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand critical infrastructure for our nation’s future,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman and CEO. “It will improve network quality, and it will bring advanced LTE capabilities to more than 294 million people. Mobile broadband networks drive economic opportunity everywhere, and they enable the expanding high-tech ecosystem that includes device makers, cloud and content providers, app developers, customers, and more. During the past few years, America’s high-tech industry has delivered innovation at unprecedented speed, and this combination will accelerate its continued growth.”

Pretty huge deal but considering how T-Mobile has been floundering for the last few years, it makes sense someone would buy them. But will Sprint be able to continue competing against AT&T/Verizon or will the invevitable happen and someone swoop them up too?

To our T-Mo users, how does this effect your future plans? We imagine many of you are on T-Mo to get away from AT&T. For us, we're having flashbacks to 1934. Full press release after the break.

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3 years ago

Prof. Stone - Review

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Prof. Stone - Review

In the spirit of Pac-Man, MaSta Software is offering the Windows Phone 7 game Prof. Stone over at the Marketplace. The Windows Phone game has you playing the role of Professor Stone who has to work his way through a multitude of mazes, collecting diamonds along the way.

While Pac-Man had cute little ghosts such as Blinky, Pinky and Inky that chased you about the screen, Professor Stone has various monsters (they appear to be an alien, wild boar, and mutant chicken) that chase you down. To help combat the monster, torches are scattered about the maze that will fend off the monsters and make them vulnerable to attack (you simply walk over them and they go running away).

Continued after the break...

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3 years ago

The Sprint Arrive is now available--all you need to know

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Today is the day folks, the first CDMA Windows Phone, the HTC Arrive, is now available on Sprint (actually, some people were able to get theirs a few days ago). Not only is it the first CDMA Windows Phone, but it's also the first phone in the U.S. to ship with 'NoDo' (copy paste, performance enhancements, better search)--which is actually nicer than we thought.

For those who are new, take a look at our past coverage and catch up on all you need to know:

Itching to talk about your new device? Have questions? Head over to our new forum dedicated to the Arrive and ask away or share your story: HTC Arrive - Windows Phone Forums at WPCentral

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3 years ago

Around Here - App Spotlight

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Around Here - App Spotlight

Around Here is a location based search app for Windows Phone 7. With the Windows Phone app you can quickly discover restaurants, bars, parking, gas and more around you. It was developed with one thing in mind, getting you where you need to go fast.

Around Here automatically returns results by quickly identifying your current location using GPS and then provides you with the closest Bank, Bar, Gas Station, Hospital, Hotel, Movie Theatre, Parking, Pharmacy, Pub, Restaurant, Supermarket, Theatre or Taxi.

In one click Around Here will give you information on the business along with distances from where you are! From the map view you can call the business and get turn by turn directions. In just tinkering with Around Here for a few seconds, it looks like a nice travel companion for your Windows Phone.

You can download your free copy of Around Here here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Samsung Windows Phones get a Kobo eBook reader

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For those of you with Samsung Windows Phones, it looks like they've made their own eBook reader (via Kobo) for your device.

First impressions? Very nicely done by Sammy, but we have question its usefulness with the ubiquity of Amazon's Kindle/Marketplace. With Kobo, you'll have to create a userID if you don't have one and login under an Adobe account as well (ugh).However, if you're already a Kobo user, you'll love this app. If you're not, you'll admire it but pass.

Unfortunately it's not listed (yet) under the 'Samsung Zone' but you can get their by clicking here on your phone or just by doing the "find more SAMSUNG..." trick.

via: MobilityDigest

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3 years ago

U.N.I. Mini BBall - Review

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3 years ago

Roboprint - App Spotlight [Updated]

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Roboprint - App Spotlight [Updated]

RoboPrint is being billed as the first Windows Phone 7 application to let you print to any printer, anywhere, at anytime.

And it's not restricted to just one printer. Roboprint allows you to have multiple printer profiles for your home printer, your office printer, your friends printer, or your secretaries printer. As long as it is reachable on the internet Roboprint will access it.

RoboPrint provides you with a free Windows host application (available at Roboprint's website) that you install on a computer attached to your printer (either directly or via a share), and from that Host RoboPrint will connect to the Windows Phone 7 application and printing can begin. You can install the host program on as many computers as you want.

Roboprint is limited on the content you can print though. You can print emails, web pages or photos.  It's a free application and you can download it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

Update: Just heard back from the Developer.  The app was pulled temporarily to fix a bug.  Blue Planet states Roboprint should return to the Marketplace very shortly.

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3 years ago

Travel Advisor - Review

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Travel Advisor - Review

Heading overseas anytime soon? Curious about the local customs, weather, entry requirements, and currency conversions? The Windows Phone 7 application Weather Advisor hopes to help you with all your international travel questions.

The travel application for your Windows Phone has a healthy list of international destinations. Pulling data from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Travel Advisor offers users update travel information ranging from Embassy Contacts to health issues common to your destination.

More on Travel Advisor after the break.

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3 years ago

U.N.I. Jewel Puzzle - Review

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.NET Architects Inc. has released a handful of Windows Phone 7 games over at the Marketplace. One game that stands out is a Bejeweled-styled game, U.N.I. Jewel Puzzle.

The game concept is similar to that game it is modeled after. Swap out jewels to create combination of three or more of the same jewel to earn points. As you create these combination's, the jewels disappear and the playing field is replenished from the top of the screen.

To read more on U.N.I. Jewel Puzzle, follow the break.

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