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3 years ago

Unhappy UK WP7 developer receives MS call

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3 years ago

KD Helper - App Spotlight

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KD Helper is a Windows Phone 7 application designed to help you not only calculate your K/D (kill/death) Ratio, but work out what you need to do in order to improve your video gaming productivity. The application takes your Kills, Deaths, Wins and Losses from your video game of choice and uses these stats to calculate various stats that include:

  • KD ratio
  • Average kills
  • Average deaths
  • Average KD per match
  • Required kills to increase KD
  • Amount of matches needed to increase KD

KD Helper also calculates your average Kills/Deaths and will then tell you how many matches, based on your average, it will take you to go up to the next K/D Ratio. So if you need to see what your productivity is while playing Halo, Gears of War, or any other combat oriented game KD Helper might do the trick.

There isn't a trial version available and the full version of KD Helper is running $.99. You can find the app here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Stacks for Instapaper - App Spotlight

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Stacks for Instapaper is being offered over at the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace for $2.99. Stacks is a Instapaper companion app for your Windows Phone that allows you to access your Instapaper account while on the go.

Instapaper is a popular web service that allows you to save web pages that you discover during the day but don't have time to read. The service saves these pages for later when you do have the time to take it all in.

Stacks allows subscribers to organize and read their bookmarks on their Windows Phone. Log in and view all your folders. Progress bars let you know what's left to read. Pick your favorite font and size, switch to Night Mode and multitask all you want: bookmarks reopen exactly where you left off!

You need a paid subscription to Instapaper to use this app. There is a free trial version available for Stacks and again, the full version runs $2.99. You can download the Windows Phone app here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

3D Brick Breaker Revolution : Xbox Windows Phone Review

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Like Tetris, Brick Breaker is one of those games that I consider one of the classic arcade games. I’ve played a number of variations of Brick Breaker over the years, so I was pretty excited when 3D Brick Breaker Revolution made it into the Marketplace.

If you are a Brick Breaker addict, see the full review of 3D Brick Breaker Revolution after the break.

Pros: 
Classic Brick Breaker game-play with some twists, earn Xbox Live achievements, trial version available
Cons: 
Doesn't feel like a classic game, the graphics look cheesy
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3 years ago

Your Ideal Weight - App Spotlight

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Your Ideal Weight - App Spotlight

Movisol is offering Your Ideal Weight over at the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. The Windows Phone app estimates what you should ideally weigh, based on your Body Mass Index and the preferred weight, based on height and age. According to the Marketplace description, the app then uses both to calculate your ideal weight.

The developer cautions that if you are a child, a bodybuilder or pregnant, this app will not give you accurate advice.

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

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3 years ago

Online pre-order for Sprint HTC Arrive for Premier customers

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If you're a Sprint Premier Customer (10 years or longer, or in a certain price range per month), you can now pre-order the Sprint HTC Arrive onine: http://www.sprint.com/ftbarrive

Up till now, you had to physically walk into a store and hand the $50 for a gift-card which "reserved" you a phone for release on Sunday, the 20th. This secondary option is a lot easier those too busy to bother with the store and at least shows general, online orders for the phone should be happening soon.

Look for our full review of the Sprint HTC Arrive in the AM.

Thanks, David Strait, for the heads up!

http://www.sprint.com/ftbarrivehttp://www.sprint.com/ftbarrive
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3 years ago

Marketplace Spotlight - Connect 4

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Marketplace Spotlight - Connect 4

Connect 4 is a simple game for your Windows Phone. Dumbnose Studios is offering their version of this classic game over at the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace.

Game play is simple in that you and your opponent take turns dropping colored disks into the playing field. The goal is to connect four (vertically, horizontally, or diagonally) of your disks before your opponent does.

Features of Connect 4 include:

  • Strong computer opponent with 4 difficulty levels (Beginner, Novice, Intermediate and Expert)
  • Computer can go first or second
  • Two-player mode

You can download your free copy of Connect 4 here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Xbox.com Windows Phone 7 page now lists the Xbox Live Deal of the Week

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A few readers have asked us about the official place to check for the Xbox Live Deal of the Week. The best place, of course, is WPCentral. But now there is an official web portal for the Deal of the Week: Xbox.com’s Windows Phone 7 page.

The official Windows Phone 7 page has actually been around for a while, but it’s recently received a major revamp. This is what you’ll find there:

  • The week’s new Xbox Live release(s) is displayed near the top of the page.
  • Featured games highlights a selection of Xbox Live titles. They’re not necessarily good games, mind you – the dismal 3D Brick Breaker Revolution is a featured game at the moment.
  • The 6 weeks of Must-Have Games that we mentioned a while back have their own dedicated page. I’m still surprised that Geo Defense is on that list, but maybe it’ll end up being something special and not just another annoyingly-hard tower defense game.
  • The Tons of Games page has a nearly complete list of Xbox Live titles (Star Wars Cantina is conspicuously absent), including a few games that haven’t actually been released yet. We already have a list like that in the WPCentral forums, divided by released and upcoming games. It links to both the official Xbox.com product pages and our reviews for each title.
  • All the way at the bottom, the Deal of the Week is listed.

It’s good to see the Xbox.com Windows Phone 7 page becoming more useful. I’d like to see more information about each game and larger screen shots (they are tiny). If Microsoft adds more significant features to the page, we’ll be sure to let you know.

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3 years ago

Fix in the works for Facebook for WP7 [Update: New version is now live!]

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According to Jaime Rodriguez on Twitter, a client evangelist at Redmond, the Facebook for Windows Phone 7 team is working on a fix for the problems some users have been experiencing with the official Facebook app. Until the fix is cleared and the app updated on the Marketplace, we recommend to continue using built-in integration, albeit slightly less feature rich. 

Stay tuned for an announcement as to when the update is available for download!

Update: The update has been released on the Marketplace and is ready to download. Please update when possible to fix the crashing issues present.

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3 years ago

Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 coming to Xbox Live on March 23

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Last week we brought you news of Full House Poker’s release date well in advance, and we’re pleased to be able to do it again this week. March 23’s Xbox Live game for Windows Phone 7 will be Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 from Konami.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 is the mobile edition of Konami’s popular soccer/football franchise. The Windows Phone 7 version is a port of the iPhone game. It’s a surprisingly accurate recreation of the sport, with realistic tactical game play, licensed European teams, advanced A.I. and numerous authentic animations. Pro Evolution Soccer’s 3D graphics (which these tiny screen shots may not convey) contribute to the realism as well. The player models, detailed stadiums, and weather effects all make for a very console-like presentation. The game features multiple control options: simple accelerometer and touch-screen controls or a virtual pad and buttons.

The only thing missing from the Windows Phone 7 version of the game is multi-player. We continue to hope and pray for the day that Microsoft allows mobile Xbox Live titles to have local Wi-Fi or online multi-player.  It will come to pass! For now, soccer fans will have to make due with 19 Xbox Live Achievements and friends Leaderboards.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 will debut on March 23. It will cost $4.99.

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3 years ago

Update: Opera Mobile not coming to WP7

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Earlier, it was reported that Opera would be bringing their mobile browser to Windows Phone 7.  We have now received word that Opera Mobile is not heading to our Windows Phones.  While there was a glimmer of hope that the press release from Opera Mobile contained a typo when it read,

"The Opera Mobile 11 will bring the music on the Android, Symbian, Windows 7 and MeeGo platforms."

We have received confirmation from Opera that this wasn't a typo and the company was referring to Windows 7 (the desktop OS). The reasoning, there are a few tablets out there running Windows 7, technically are mobile, and will be receiving the new Opera mobile browser in the near future. Quoting Falguni Bhuta from Opera,

"Yes indeed Opera Mobile is headed to Windows 7 - the desktop OS which is also used on certain tablets and touch desktop devices."

It wasn't that big a stretch to think that Opera is referring to mobile operating systems when they discuss their mobile browsers. Right?  I guess Windows Phone 7's loss is Windows 7 gain.

Thanks goes out to DavidK for tipping us on this!

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3 years ago

Sprint's HTC Arrive - Review

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Sprint's HTC Arrive - Review

Sprint customers who have been longing for a Windows Phone 7 unit are in for a treat. The latest Windows Phone, the HTC Arrive, is impressive.

We've shared a hands-on video of the new Windows Phone and now we'll take a little closer look at things.   We'll skip the formalities and jump right into it.

After the break that is.

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3 years ago

Opera for WP7 launching at CTIA

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Opera for WP7 launching at CTIA

Opera has announced that it will be releasing its first WP7 browser, Opera Mobile 11, at CTIA next week.  Along with Mobile 11, the launch will also include Opera Mini 6.  Between the two versions Opera plans to cover a wide range of mobile operating systems: Windows Phone 7, Android, iOS, Blackberry, Symbian/Series 60, J2ME and MeeGo. Commenting on the versatility of the cross-platform browser, Lars Boilesen, CEO, had this to say:

"In our lineup, all players are equally important--we leave no device behind. Our small and clever pieces of software will give you a 5-star experience, no matter what hardware you prefer"

Details are scarce, so we'll just have to wait and see develops at CTIA.  If this holds true, Windows Phone 7 users will finally have an alternative to Internet Explorer.  It will also be interesting to see how the Opera announcement will effect the Mango update and IE9's transition to the mobile platform. 

Source: Opera; Via: PocketNow

Update: False alarm

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3 years ago

TVShow with Live Tile is a go in the Marketplace

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The other day we mentioned about Rudy Hyun and his TVShow app which was coded in 30 hours. That was the free "lite" version and we were anxiously awaiting his $0.99 paid one with a Live Tile and more features. Well, as you can guess it's here and it rocks.

As you can see in the above pic, I have 3 upcoming shows with the next one being 'Community' (aka the best show on TV right now). The Live Tile update is practically instant after you add your shows (remember to hold down/press to mark all previous episodes as "seen"). What can we say? We're impressed and we highly recommend it. Outstanding work by the developer.

Rudy also lets us know that he already submitted the next update, which should be out in a few days. That willll bring the following features:

  • support utf-8 subtitles
  • rate episodes
  • reorder tv show
  • speed up the launch
  • Fix the silverlight toolkit bug (the application may close when we added an tvshow)
  • 'press and hold" on a tv show marks all episodes as seen.
  • and a feature requested by US citizen for US tv shows: the possibility to have first aired datetime (Eastern time) or your local aired time (+3 for pacific time zone, +1 for mountain time zone)

Sounds good to us. Grab the "lite" version here and the new paid one here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Microsoft releases Onit, a guy’s guide, for Windows Phone 7

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Not feeling manly yet with your Windows Phone in hand? You may want to check out Microsoft's new 'Onit' app just released to the Marketplace. Billed as "a guy's guide to girls, cars, gadgets, fitness and life advice".

From the app description:

MSN Onit brings you the best men’s lifestyle content to help you stay on top of recent information and trends, then pairs it with local activities so you can hit the town. MSN Onit brings you a weekly dose of beautiful women, financial tips, the gadgets you need, the technology you lust after, and local news.

MSN Onit also blends the power and hyper-local convenience of Bing™ with the best social networking features. Login to Facebook so you can share MSN Onit content with your friends.

Don’t have time to get to it all today? We’ve built in a handy “To Go” list to help you make the most of MSN Onit. Whenever you see a check mark at the bottom of the screen, just tap it for a list of “extras” to save for later.

Login with your Windows® Live ID to sync your MSN Onit settings and To Go list between devices.

Feels a bit like pandering to male stereotypes, but whatevs. Get your alpha-male on and grab this doozy of an app here in the Marketplace.

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