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3 years ago

ilomilo gets updated with new levels, features and story

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Personal opinion here: most Xbox LIVE titles on Windows Phone have been underwhelming, to say the least. But there are a few gems out there and 'ilomilo' is definitely one of them (see our review). (Plus for early adopters on AT&T, you got the game for free).

So it's nice to see Southend Interactive rolling out a substantial update to the game that delivers more content, bonuses and story. Check it out in the above video. In fact, you get all of this:

  • The story of ilo and milo continue through two new gorgeous worlds.
  • 23 new levels of cubistic puzzles!
  • New eggs to find in order to unlock two new challenging bonus levels!
  • New brain teasing cubes!

We like every one of those bullets, so much so we're gonna go play the game right now. Grab it here in the Marketplace.

Source: Blog ilomilo; via wmpoweruser

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3 years ago

Sprint search teases us to pre-order the HTC Arrive aka 7 Pro

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Sure, we'll probably know way more in another few hours, but lets tease a bit more, shall we?

Evidently, if you search on Sprint.com for "Arrive" you get this little result above, confirming what everyone already suspected: the HTC 7 Pro is going to be the Sprint HTC Arrive. We also like the emphasis on the wording here: "the first Windows Phone from Sprint", strongly hinting that the carrier is just getting started.

We also know that we'll have to pre-order the phone, meaning tomorrow is not the release but the announcement (also pretty normal for Sprint). Anyone want to take a guess on shipping? And lets hope we don't actually have to go to a Sprint store to pre-order....

Thanks, Matthew, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Updates from Microsoft on the WP7 Update

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Microsoft, in an effort to "keep us in the loop", has posted more information on the first Windows Phone 7 update. The latest info echoes the earlier reports that 90% of the update installations have been successful. Understandably, Microsoft recognizes that if your in the 10% who didn't have such good luck or are still waiting for the update notification, things can be a little aggravating.

Microsoft is recommending for those still receiving the update notification to take a few precautions before starting the update process.

"Given what we’ve learned so far, the best way to prepare for your update is to make sure your computer has an Internet connection and plenty of disk space before you begin. Why? Because before updating your phone, the Zune software and Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac attempt to back up your phone data as a precaution."

In diplomatic fashion, Microsoft does places some of the responsibility for update delays with the individual carriers.  In explaining why the update process is taking so long to get to everyone Microsoft comments,

"Another reason is that Microsoft and the carriers we’ve partnered with around the world need time to test phone updates to make sure they meet our joint quality, performance, and reliability standards. Testing schedules can vary, and that affects when you’ll be able to download an update."

A rather diplomatic way of putting it and Microsoft is looking into ways of improving the process.  If you have problems with the update, Microsoft has a Troubleshooter guide that addresses several of the known update related problems.

Lastly, if you choose to skip this update you shouldn't worry. The patches will be bundled with the next update (presumably the Nodo Update) so you will get it then. Hopefully Microsoft can iron out the issues with Samsung before then.

Source: WindowsTeamBlog

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3 years ago

Microsoft comments on the Update woes

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Microsoft comments on the Update woes

A Microsoft Spokesperson took the time to answer a few questions on the recent Windows Phone 7 update problems. Microsoft has identified a technical issue with the Windows Phone update process that is acting too kindly towards Samsung Windows Phones (both the Omnia 7 and Focus). They are in the process of taking down the update for the Samsung Phones with the update remaining in place for others.

How many users are affected?  According to Microsoft,

"Worldwide, we’ve seen a 90% success rate for customers attempting to install this update. Of the remaining ten percent, the top two issues encountered are the result of customer internet connectivity issues, and inadequate storage space on the phone or PC. These account for over half of the reported issues with this update."

Microsoft hopes to have the "technical issues" resolved shortly and re-distribute the update as soon as possible.

Oh...and Microsoft's response when asked what customers should do if their Windows Phone was bricked or put "in an unrecoverable state" as a result of the update, Microsoft recommends contacting your mobile operator or device manufacturer regarding the options for repairing your device.

Source: ZDNet

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3 years ago

WPCentral Podcast 113 - Updates and Nokia

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3 years ago

Sprint definitely confirms Windows Phone for tomorrow

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3 years ago

Microsoft pulling update for Samsung phones? It hasn't happened yet...

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Over at WinRumors, they're reporting that Microsoft has pulled the update for Samsung Windows Phones due to those ongoing technical issues:

“In response to this emerging issue, we have temporarily taken down the latest software update for Samsung phones in order to correct the issue and as soon as possible will redistribute the update.”

They've also supposedly identified the problem and are working on a fix, noting it is only affecting a "small number" of devices. (Ahem, ok)

What's curious though is as of now, it does not look like Microsoft has successfully pulled the update as our own Rich Edmonds just went through the flashing process minutes ago with his Omnia 7 in the UK. Of course it failed to finish the update, so no news there, but if Microsoft is pulling this for Samsung, they evidently need to take hours to do so. Perhaps this is a "rolling recall", which seems kind of a bad idea from our viewpoint right about now.

Thanks, Adrian W., for the heads up

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3 years ago

LG releases four new apps for their Windows Phones

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LG may be hot on Android, but we'll still go to bat for them by saying they offer the best free software of any Windows Phone OEM. We covered their Augmented Reality software (Metro Scanner)and Voice to Text earlier, and just a few days ago they pushed out four new solid titles:

  • Today - Local weather, forecast, news feed, Twitter and currency
  • Weather & Clock - Local weather, "away" weather + clock and world map
  • QR Reader - a live scanning QR reader
  • Post Note - note + cork-board

While a little slow to load, the apps are certainly gorgeous looking in our opinion. Sure, a Live Tile would have been nice, but we think the Today app beats out Samsung's and HTC's offerings easily. Likewise, the QR Reader with live scanning is certainly great and combined with ScanSearch (live scanning barcode), it's quite the powerful combo. Finally, Post Note just looks real pretty but similar to HTC's Notes.

All can be grabbed for free in the LG app store but only on your LG phone, of course.

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3 years ago

New Xbox LIVE games for Windows Phone: 'Deer Hunter 3D' and 'Zombie Attack!'

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It's Xbox Wednesday, which means of course we have new games to report on. This week we're back to two releases, although they're a bit niche, if you ask us.

First one is Deer Hunter 3D, which at first we thought was a 3D game version of the 1978 Cimino film. How disappointed we were to find out instead of being De Niro we're an actual deer hunter, plucking off 3D models of cute furry animals.  If "devastating kills" are your thing, you can fork over $4.99 for the simulation of blowing away Bambi's mom, repeatedly, while pretending you're paying attention in that morning meeting. You can grab that game here for a trial, but men are hunters and men don't use trials, so just buy it.

The second is 'Zombie Attack! 2' from IUGO, which is evidently an alarming event, judging by the exclamation point. Adding to the surfeit of tower-defense games in the Marketplace, 'ZA! 2' (hip folk can abbreviate) brings tons of weapons, zombie apocalypse and your normal tower game play to your Windows Phone. It certainly looks colorful. 'ZA! 2' fetches for a fair $2.99 and you can grab that bad boy right here.

As usual, hit us up in comments with your thoughts. We're getting back to our favorite game, 'Shift 2'...

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3 years ago

SlideShow - Review

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SlideShow - Review

Wiggins Professional Services is offering SlideShow over at the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace for $.99. It's a simple application for your Windows Phone that generates slide shows from your picture folders.

Slideshow only has one page of interface and from this main page you select which folder you want to show, the transition style, and duration each image is seen. You also have the ability to disable the Lock Screen.

Read more on SlideShow after the break.

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3 years ago

Photo Hub - Review

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Photo Hub - Review

Not to be confused with your Windows Phone Pictures Hub, Photo Hub is a photo processing application for Windows Phone 7. Photo Hub places the basic editing tools for your photos in a simple, straight forward package.

Photo Hub allows you to apply the edits to saved photos as well as having the ability to launch your camera directly from the app. Once you've finished editing the photo, you can share them via Facebook or Flickr. It's an interesting application that helps extend your Windows Phone's photographic capabilities.

To read more on Photo Hub, ease on past the break.

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3 years ago

The Moron Test - Review

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The Moron Test - Review

Everyone has those moments where they feel dumber than a door knob. Those "Uh Duh" moments in life hits all of us and there's a game for your Windows Phone designed to bring them out. The Moron Test for Windows Phone 7 will reveal the moron in us all.

With four categories/rooms of testing, each with 100+ challenges, The Moron Test will dumbfound the best and have you screaming "Dohhhh" within seconds. It may not prove that you are a molecular geneticist but The Moron Test will test your powers of observation, concentration and speed.

For more on The Moron Test, just hit the jump past the break.

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3 years ago

QB Football - Review

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QB Football - Review

We ran across an interesting game for Windows Phone 7. There isn't much to QB Football compared to other sports games for your Windows Phone. No fancy graphics, no stunning animations or sound effects. QB Football is a simple, text oriented football game that pits you against your phone. 

The game has you choosing offensive and defensive plays to counter what the phone selects. Game progress is displayed on a ticker that appears just below the scoreboard and game time runs accordingly with the plays chosen. Running plays will eat more of the clock while passing options tend to run the clock more conservatively.

To read more about QB Football, hit the jump.

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3 years ago

New humorous Windows Phone 7 commercials emphasize speed

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icrosoft are bringing out the guns with their advertising campaign. Gone are the days of the simple "quick and easy so you can get back on with life" and here comes the bragging about the speed of Windows Phone 7 when compared against "Your phone" (targeted at any none WP7 owner). WinRumors have in possession a collection of the adverts in a draft variety, displaying superiority against other OSs in a  range of scenario including viewing your Xbox Live profile, informing your colleagues that you'll be late and getting directions home. What make these beauties special is that once task has been completed, the device handler begins carrying out humorous activities. Be sure to keep a sharp eye open for these commercials to air. What do you  think with first impressions from the drafts above?

Microsoft are bringing out the guns with their advertising campaign. Gone are the days of the simple "quick and easy so you can get back on with life", and here comes bragging about the speed of Windows Phone 7 when compared against "Your phone" (targeted at any none WP7 owner). Speaking on behalf of WP7 owners, this bragging is well deserved.

WinRumors have in possession a collection of the adverts in a draft variety, displaying superiority against other OSs in a range of scenarios including viewing your Xbox Live profile, informing your colleagues that you'll be late to a meeting and getting directions home. What make these beauties special is that once a task has been completed, the device handler begins carrying out humorous activities.

Be sure to keep a sharp eye open for these commercials to air. What do you think with first impressions from the drafts above?

Source: WinRumors;- thanks to reader Simon Hossain

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3 years ago

DioDict 3 pulled from Marketplace

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DioDict 3 pulled from Marketplace

For those not familiar, DioDict is a dictionary application available exclusively to Samsung Windows Phones.  If you've recently launched DioDict from your Samsung Focus, more than likely you received an alert saying,

"Only a trial version is available, as your device has not yet been authorized to run the full version."

If you attempt a search (using any dictionary style), you then will get the following alert,

"Lite version can be searched only up to "a". If you want to buy the full version, press the OK button."

Pressing the OK button sends you the Samsung Zone page in the Marketplace with no option to buy, download, or re-install.  This essentially disables DioDict from any practical use (unless you have an "A" word to search for).  In searching the Marketplace and Samsung Zone, the app is no longer listed.

We have yet to find any indication as to why DioDict was pulled.  We've seen apps pulled from the Marketplace before for certification issues, stability issues, questionable content and what not. This may be the first time we've seen a functional, working app pulled from the Marketplace as well as reverted to a trial version.

Which is a little disappointing because DioDict was a nice app.

Thanks goes out to Patrick for the tip!

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