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2 years ago

Fruit Ninja: Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 Review

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The first Xbox-enabled version of Fruit Ninja launched shortly after Windows Phone 7 itself way back in December 2010. As the months rolled by, the iOS and Android versions received a number of updates while the Windows Phone game did not. Developer Halfbrick released a Kinect-enabled Xbox 360 version in 2011, and an Xbox Windows 8 version in 2012 – but still no update to the original Windows Phone game.

Things finally took a turn for the better this month when a Windows Phone 8-specific version of Fruit Ninja finally showed up to the party. The decrepit Windows Phone 7 version simultaneously got partially delisted from the Store, though Windows Phone 7 users can apparently still download it. The new Windows Phone 8 Fruit Ninja is identical in features to the Windows 8 version, so we’ll review them both and point out the improvements to the original game.

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2 years ago

No excuses developers: Microsoft extends $19 registration fee for Windows Phone Dev Center indefinitely

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Back when Windows Phone launched, developers had to fork over $99 a year for access to the Dev Center (then it was called App Hub).  However, at the beginning of this summer, Microsoft slashed the price to just $19, or as they aptly put it “the cost of a pizza”. That special offer was to expire yesterday, but Microsoft’s Todd Brix has taken to Twitter to announce that the price is staying for the near future (he actually announced it yesterday, but we missed it).

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2 years ago

Foursquare launches gorgeous new app on Windows 8/RT hardware

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Foursquare is pretty big. It's the one service you turn to when wanting to check-in and share your current location with friends and the general public. Whether you've just managed to hit up a superb coffee shop or simply on holiday abroad, Foursquare will let you boast about how active you are in the big bad world with locations being pinned, points of interests stored and badges rewarded.

Now the company has released an official app for Windows 8. We'll take a quick look and see what's what.

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2 years ago

Whenever, wherever: Why you can't just use any phone on any carrier - Talk Mobile

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Chances are you've encountered it at some point. You go out into the country, or into a certain part of town, and you lose signal from your carrier. But another network is out there, and it picks up the slack. You're roaming.

Unlike the buffalo of yore, roaming onto other carriers isn't a carefree experience. It wasn't until recently that no-cost-to-you roaming agreements were in place for most major carriers, at least domestically. International roaming's a different beast, and as it would turn out, a very expensive one.

Things have been complicated by the introduction of varying implementations of LTE. The phones might support it, but the carriers being large multinational telecommunications conglomerates are slow to adapt to changing circumstances, even if they've already overcome similar circumstances before.

So what's it going to take to have more devices that support every carrier? What's holding up LTE agreements? And just why is international roaming so damn expensive?

2 years ago

Reminder: Preorders for the AT&T Nokia Lumia 925 are now live

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Just in case you needed a little jolt to your memory, AT&T has now put up the all black Nokia Lumia 925 up for preorder today, with an anticipated ship date of September 11th. The device should be in stores on the 13th and if you preorder we bet a few of you will get the device a day early for some bragging rights.

The AT&T Nokia Lumia 925 will set you back $99 on contract, $21 a month with the Next upgrade program or a flat $429 off-contract. Featuring a 4.5” PureMotion HD+ AMOLED display, all black color scheme with an aluminum chassis and that 8.7MP PureView camera (with an added sixth lens element for increased sharpness), the Lumia 925 is one looker of a device. In fact while we gloat about the Lumia 1020’s photographic abilities, our Lumia 925 is constantly going with us too due to its fantastic design.

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2 years ago

Official ‘Copy’ app from Barracuda Networks offers yet another cloud storage option for Windows Phone 8

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When it comes to cloud storage on Windows Phone, most users seem content to utilize Microsoft’s SkyDrive system. After all, it ties into Xbox, PC, tablets, Windows Phone itself, the web and it is constantly being improved upon by the company.

However, people live different lives and have different circumstances, including having job requirements that require access to other cloud storage options. So with that, it’s good to see Copy (www.copy.com), an official app from Barracuda Networks, land on Windows Phone 8 (they already have clients for iOS and Android).

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2 years ago

Nokia Audio gets a rare update, though changes remain a mystery

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Besides PhotoBeamer, Nokia is also pushing out an update out for Audio today with a minor version change. For those who aren’t familiar, Nokia Audio is a sound settings app that gives access to the 7-band equalizer with 20 presets in addition to Dolby Headphone, Audio Leveling and now Flip to Silence in Amber devices (for phone calls). In short, it’s a pretty serious app if you listen to music on your Lumia (and after the update for Nokia Music yesterday, who isn’t these days?).

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2 years ago

Partnering with MyAppFree, Fly Johnny Fly has you flinging a dummy around for free

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We've covered MyAppFree deals in the past so you already know the drill, folks. This week we're looking at Fly Johnny Fly, a humorous indie Windows Phone game that's currently available for free. You're tasked with aiding medical science development by flinging a test dummy, called Johnny, around multiple levels with interesting hardware available (dynamite, etc.) to get Johnny in between two designated flags.

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2 years ago

Surge, a Windows Phone game that combines arcade features with a little strategery

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Surge is a Windows Phone game that is a unique version of the board game RISK but with an arcade game replacing the dice throws with the combat phase of the game. It mixes the strategy of RISK with the action of an arcade game.

Game play is very similar to what you would find with RISK and just as challenging. The game pace is a little slower due to the transition from board game to arcade which may not appeal to everyone. Surge has multi-player support for up to six players that can be a combination of computer or human (pass and play)

Surge is an interesting twist on a classic board game but isn't for those looking for a fast paced game for their Windows Phone.

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2 years ago

Pick up the Samsung ATIV S for just £199 from Expansys UK

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The Samsung ATIV S is a premium smartphone running Windows Phone, but it's currently on sale at Expansys UK. Available for just £199, this is an absolute bargain for anyone who's looking for a new Windows Phone. It's the perfect time to get cracking with Samsung too as the manufacturer has started releasing regular updates for exclusive apps, as well as releasing new solutions.

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2 years ago

Nokia updates PhotoBeamer with higher image resolution support

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Nokia has pushed through an update for its magical image transfer app, PhotoBeamer. The Windows Phone app enables you to fire across images from a smartphone to a web browser, using the PhotoBeamer website. The best part about the service is that its all done wirelessly through WiFi or a mobile network - no need to plug your phone in to pull that single image to show others on a larger screen.

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2 years ago

GM: OnStar RemoteLink for Windows Phone might not work with all vehicles, may require user to re-pair

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We first reported about an OnStar app for Windows Phone in development back in early April. It took four and a half months, but last week the official OnStar RemoteLink app for Windows Phone hit the Store. The comment section in that article showed a lot of you with Camaros, Silverados, and other cars from General Motors as happy campers. But does it work for all OnStar equipped vehicles?

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2 years ago

GDR2 for the HTC 8X on Verizon shows up on support page, could be coming soon

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2 years ago

Wireless charging cover for Nokia Lumia 1020 back in stock on Amazon, both black and yellow are available

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2 years ago

Download these now: Breez, TinyDO and Flashlite are visually stunning apps for Windows Phone 8

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Every once in a while, we come across a developer who really grabs our attention, whose creations make us go ‘whoa’. Today, that developer is vivmotion, who has a small collection of very impressive, visually pleasing and highly useful apps for common everyday tasks.

Because of just how fantastic these apps are, we’re doing a triple threat post highlighting all of them as they truly show off, in our opinion, the Windows Phone design aesthetic. You can read below or just to skip to our hands on video to see them in action.

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