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2 years ago

Galactic Reign becomes the first 'universal' Xbox game for Windows Phone and Windows 8

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In a recent editorial, I complained that Microsoft has largely stopped announcing or publicizing Windows Phone games in advance. Well, this week we have a prime example of that. Galactic Reign from Slant Six and Microsoft Studios has just showed on Windows 8 and RT with Xbox features and will appear for Windows Phone 7 and 8 devices (also with Xbox features) later today.

Microsoft teased the game back in October but made absolutely no mention of platforms, so nobody really knew it was coming, and especially not as a multiplatform release with connectivity features. But other than the lack of proper PR, a new game showing up on Windows Phone and Windows 8 with cross-platform asynchronous multiplayer is always good news, so we’ll stop complaining. For now.

Since the Windows 8 game launched ahead of the mobile version, we’ve already put several hours into it. Head past the break for our full impressions, plus details about buying the game on one platform and playing it from another!

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2 years ago

Activision releases Call of Duty Elite app for Windows Phone 8

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2 years ago

Use SeeClickFix for Windows Phone 8 to clean up your streets

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Pencil in another small victory for Windows Phone in your scorebooks, we just picked up SeeClickFix. It’s an app has been out for rival platforms iOS, Android and BlackBerry, but now it’s sitting in the Windows Phone Store for you to download. SeeClickFix is a simple application to help citizens interact with and report non-emergency issues to their local city governments. CitySourced is a similar app, but SeeClickFix looks and performs better. Check it out.

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2 years ago

Vevo for Windows Phone keeps pace with iOS and Android, gets Vevo TV in latest update

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2 years ago

Keep on top of monthly issues with Woman Calendar for Windows Phone 8

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It's no secret that women face challenges each month and there are solutions out there to help keep on top of everything. Woman Calendar is a Windows Phone app, developed by a small startup in Bulgaria, which aids women in keeping track of their cycle, as well as assisting in the emotional and physical changes that occur. The app is also billed to help men better understand and prepare for such times to arise.

We've previously looked at Woman Calendar a handful of times, but now the app has been bumped to support Windows Phone 8.

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2 years ago

Developer experiences revenue improvements with Nokia Ad Exchange

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Canada based Health Pack Games, the team behind titles such as Chicken Story 2 and Monster Stack 2, has been interviewed by Nokia about the company's switch to the Nokia Ad Exchange (NAX) programme. Nokia launched the developer programme late last year, which enables developers to monetise apps and games using Nokia's partnership with inneractive.

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2 years ago

Add some protection to your Nokia Lumia 920 with 3D printed cases

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Should you not be familiar with Gibbage Cases, it's a home grown venture that utilises 3D printing to produce protective cases for mobile devices. We previously looked at the HTC 8X Windows Phone, but now Kevin "Gibbage" Miller has returned to our community forum with a sequel - for the Lumia 920. The above is the current design that's being produced as we speak, but Miller is looking out for someone to test the product in every day life.

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2 years ago

HD Photo Viewer, a sharper view of your Windows Phone 8 photos?

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If your Windows Phone 8 photos look a little soft when viewed from your phone, take a look at HD Photo Viewer. The app was created from the need to view sharper images from the developer's Nokia Lumia 920.

The idea behind HD Photo Viewer is that the softness and blurry images viewed from the Picture Hub's photo viewer is that image quality is reduced to improve performance and speed when you pan/zoom about the photo. HD Photo Viewer maintains the original quality to present your photos in a sharper fashion.

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2 years ago

Shotly Golf launches its Master's Madness contest, Windows Phone prizes galore

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Shotly Golf (formerly Executive Caddie) has launched it's 2013 Masters Madness giveaway contest where over forty Windows Phone related items will be given away over the next thirty days. Prizes include Nokia Lumia 920s, Microsoft Surface RT tablets, Nokia Fatboy Charging Pillows and more.

To enter your chance at the giveaway, write a review (good or bad) of Shotly Golf in the Windows Phone Store then comment on the daily drawing post over on Shotly Golf's Facebook page with the word "done".

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2 years ago

Deal Alert: Amazing Weather HD now on sale for 50% off for one week

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If there is one thing Windows Phone users like it’s weather apps. And it’s even better, when they are sale.

Such is the case with Amazing Weather HD, which normally goes for $1.99 (though it was at $1.49 recently) but for at least the next week it can be had for a more reasonable $0.99. The sale only applies to US, UK, France, Spain, Finland and Germany marketplaces.

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2 years ago

Rumor: Instagram, Real Racing 3 and Temple Run for Windows Phone coming in May

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Yesterday we brought you the story about Instagram reportedly already in the Windows Phone Store. The app is hidden, presumably for Microsoft eyes only, and we argued that if Microsoft had built the app they could be waiting on some last minute negotiations with Instagram to use their APIs legally.

Now, the same source, @anontechleaks, has a few more tidbits including images of Real Racing 3 and Temple Run—two huge titles that Windows Phone desperately needs. Real Racing 3 evidently requires 1.7GB of free space, putting it probably in 800MB range.

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2 years ago

Microsoft rolls out Flash and firmware update for Windows 8, Surface devices

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It’s Patch Tuesday, Microsoft’s semi-regular time to push out OS and software updates to our computers. Today is no different, and if you’re on Windows 8 you’ll get at least 13 important updates (83MB) and if you’re on Surface, you’re looking at 14 patches (38-118MB) and a firmware update. (Some of that will vary for you as different Office 2010 and Office 2013 updates are included.)

So what’s new? Well, the biggest news is that Microsoft has enabled Flash to work now in Internet Explorer 10 for RT. If you recall, Microsoft only allowed a few, specific websites with Flash to work on Internet Explorer 10 citing performance and battery life reasons. There was even a neat little work around that you could do yourself to bypass this. Now, Microsoft have reversed that decision, which they say is due to more sites becoming IE10 compatible.

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2 years ago

HTC looking to get into the mapping business?

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HTC looking to get into the mapping business?

HTC, much like Samsung, has been targeted by not only ourselves, but consumers too. The companies have been in the heat of complaints when it comes to lack of support for Windows Phone, when compared to Nokia. We'll attempt to not sound like a broken record, but it's long been the case where Nokia has pushed the platform forward, with Samsung and HTC (as well as other manufacturers) taking more of a back seat approach. 

Despite what we all may think of HTC, the company may yet show consumers that the towel hasn't been thrown in when it comes to Windows Phone. The news website Windows Phone Italy has contacted sources familiar with HTC plans in Taiwan and have learnt that the company is looking at a navigation solution for its family of Windows Phones. Could we see the first sign of the company looking to match its unique hardware with software?

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2 years ago

Don’t get stuck in traffic: INRIX updates with new Live Tiles and bug fixes for Windows Phone

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We’re one of the few lucky ones who don’t have to do a daily commute anymore (something for which we’re grateful) but on the occasion we need to venture against a sea of cars INRIX TRAFFIC comes to mind as a great planner tool.

For those of you who aren’t aware, INRIX monitors traffic around you in real-time but perhaps more importantly, it predicts traffic hours ahead based on current conditions. That means you can better plan by entering in routes and getting a deeper sense if you’ll be angry or happy during your commute.  Using that information, INRIX can give you an estimated time that you should leave, making it quite a unique app.

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2 years ago

Microsoft to take cross-platform gaming seriously with new titles on the way

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Microsoft hasn't pushed gaming enough on Windows Phone, which has been adequately covered in our series of editorials by Paul Acevedo. We've gone into some detail as to who Microsoft can save Xbox Games for Windows Phone, but it seems the company does have plans to tackle the issue. Still aiming for the "Three Screens" goal, Microsoft is looking to release some titles in the future to take advantage of cross-platform support.

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