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3 years ago

Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst gone for good? Say it ain't so...

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We reported on Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst being pulled from the Marketplace just recently--a shock to many because even though the game had a few issues, it was still quite playable (and other games have the same or worse issues).

The trend of pulling troubled apps/games and then re-submitting them once they are fixed is becoming and unfortunate trend of late and there was no reason not to expect Project Sunburst to return at some point (heck, Twin Blades was gone for months...).

Unfortunately, it looks like the developers of Crackdown 2 have had enough and are throwing in the towel. From their Facebook page:

"As many of you know, Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst has been removed from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace on Windows Phone. If you purchased the game in the past 60 days, you will receive a refund credited to your account. Please note: with the removal of this game from the Marketplace, we will be discontinuing this page on Wednesday, July 27."

Ouch. This is a first for an Xbox LIVE game and quite a shame. Project Sunburst was the first game to feature asynchronous gameplay and use GPS/Bing Maps as the playboard--in other words, it was completely unique and imaginative, something that really stood out (even if gameplay was a bit boring after awhile). We really hope that this turns around but it sure doesn't sound like it. Sorry for the bad news folks, we're a bit crushed too.

Thanks, northernpipeman

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3 years ago

'Weather Live' returning to Marketplace, new features! [Updated]

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Update: You can download v1.2 in the Marketplace right now. V1.3 is pending approval.

This should brighten everyone's day, even if it is rainy where you are. 'Weather Live', one of the most popular weather apps in the Marketplace, should be returning within the next few days, pending Marketplace approval.

To refresh, 'Weather Live' came out a few weeks ago, we covered it and you folks agreed that it was pretty great as it skyrocketed to the #1 Weather app in the Marketplace. It was then pulled by the developer due to issues with the weather feed--specifically it was from Google and they were cutting off some access. In order to prevent mass outages from new users, the developer pulled it until further notice.

Since then, the developer has found a workaround for the back-end, meaning that should not be an issue any longer. In addition, new features are on board--many of which have been requested by you:

  • Location/city name based on GPS coordinates
  • Live Tile customizations

The first fixes the issue whereby you just had geo-coordinates instead of a city name. This gives users piece of mind that the app has the correct location. The second will allow people to set 12/24 hr time and turn on/off time stamp, temp range and temperature scale--giving you much more control over the look. Most excellent.

Check the updated screenshots to get an idea. We'll keep you posted when it's live in the Marketplace!

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3 years ago

WPCentral Podcast 119

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WPCentral Podcast 119


And we're back for another exciting Windows Phone podcast, once again with Daniel Rubino and Jay Bennett. This week, we just can't stop talking about all the big stories, new software and why/why not Sally's Salon is okay for guys to play in public. Listen in for a good laugh!

Full show notes after the break...

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3 years ago

KAYAK Flight & Hotel Search app finally back in the Marketplace

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Good news everyone! Kayak.com's official travel assistance app has just made a comeback in the Marketplace. The app was unceremoniously pulled a few weeks ago, due in part to changes in the back-end breaking the app (at least that's what we've deduced). 

The popular travel service is great for those planning an upcoming vacation or for those who just travel a lot -- see their site here. Anyways, you probably already know that so head to the Marketplace to grab it here. Interestingly, since it was yanked from the Marketplace it had to be resubmitted meaning we're dealing with a v1.0 app now, though we figure it's more like a v1.2 if you're really keeping track. It's nice to have it back again. And hey, if you're traveling, check out FlightAware we just hit v1.1, getting a much needed speed boost.

Thanks, Steve S., sixseven and SEKKDS for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Beta program for WPCentral v1.3 [Updated]

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Hey every, no we haven't forgotten about the official WPCentral app. In fact, v1.3 is right around the corner. So close in fact we're opening it up to beta testers this week for some final polishing, so if you're interested read on for the details.

First, lets cover what's new in v1.3:

  • Overhaul of article reading display – inline images & formatting
  • Dedicated comments pivot
  • Editable tweets
  • Facebook integration with posting articles to wall
  • Shareable links to each article
  • New image viewer with pinch to zoom
  • Save images to your phone
  • Fixed a rare crash when navigating the app
  • Fixed a situation where the Live Tile could become stuck
  • Article list position is correctly resumed after tombstoning for Videos or app downloads
  • Minor speed optimizations to improve scrolling on pre-Mango devices

So that's the good news. As you can see, there's plenty of lil' changes on board to greatly enhance the user experience and make things smoother. We've also responded to a lot of your requests for features and added those, making the app that much better. The bad news is of course is still no ability to comment on articles. The reason for that is we're still doing some back-end server work, which may take a few more weeks to complete. That work will (fingers crossed) enhance commenting on the main site, which once completed we can port over to the app. Cool? So expect comments in v1.4 which will be pretty much the only feature in that version as we're gonna pump it out ASAP.

Update: Beta applications are now closed! You can still send in a request but it is unlikely that a second round of invites will be sent out. Hold tight for the full release soon!

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3 years ago

Japan gearing up for Mango press event, live on 27th via UStream

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We've been talking about how July 27th will be the big day for Microsoft, KDDI (AU) and Toshiba-Fujitsu for a a few days. As we're getting close to the hour (10am Tokyo), news and more details are now leaking out.

The press event is expected to have Microsoft Japan officially unveil Windows Phone Mango localized for the Nippon masses as well as Toshiba-Fujitsu showing off, in detail, the IS12T which is expected to be the first Mango device sold on the market.

The good news for those who cannot be there live is the event will be live on UStream at 10:00 am in Tokyo. (UTC+09:00; 9pm EST on the 26th). That channel can be found here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/au-happyoukai

In addition, the IS12T was spotted in some source code for AU's website, but it was commented out from public eyes. When brought up, you can see the image above with the now yellow device sporting Windows Phone on board. Since we've already seen a pink version and now yellow, it's not too hard to imagine this device coming in a variety of colors. Combined with some localized apps on board, Japan is looking to have an exciting next few days.

Via: NanaPho 1, 2

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3 years ago

Crazy Horses stampeding into the Marketplace

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3 years ago

Marketplace deal alert : Calorie Tracker-LiveStrong

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Looking for a good calorie counter for your Windows Phone? One that will sync with an online service? Have we gotta deal for you.

For a limited time only (until the end of August 2011), the Windows Phone app Calorie Tracker-LiveStrong will be free. As the title implies, Calorie Tracker is part of the Lance Armstrong foundation and normally runs $2.99 over at the Marketplace.

LiveStrong has a searchable database of over 625,00 foods and will display the nutritional information (calories, protien, fat, sugars, carbs, etc.) for each. If you need to find and track the calories you burn during workouts, Calorie Tracker will do that too. Everything can be tracked on your phone and synced with free online service at Livestrong.com, The Daily Plate.

So if you're dieting, need to keep track of what you eat or track your workouts Calorie Tracker is worth checking out. Especially during this freebie offer. You can find Calorie Tracker here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Bing Get Me There helps you around London

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Bing has published an app for London called Bing Get Me There. Perfect if you're frustrated and need to launch it in front of hundreds of people, one would shout at the voice recognition system: "BING GET ME THERE!" The app itself is really nice and looks great. It's simple functionality offers the user full tube maps (offline), service updates on the lines and the ability to plan journeys.

Some highlighted features:

  • Plan journeys using Bing maps and the London Underground network
  • Full tube maps and live service updates
  • Live departures and status updates by tube station
  • Nearest tube stations (with map and walking directions)
  • Set up favourite journeys with ‘live tile’ alerts on your home screen
  • Weekend service updates
  • Offline access to tube maps (great for when you are on the tube)

Of course if you're a frequent tube/bus user, you'll be more suited to the likes of London Travel, which provides better journey planning functionality between stations etc. as opposed to addresses and the like. The massive advantage it has over other journey planners is the live tile alert feature which is just impressive.

The app is perfect if you're a tourist in the big city or plan to visit for the 2012 Olympics when all the tubes will be either closed or over-crowded. You can download Bing Get Me There from the Marketplace.

Thanks goes out to Amir for the tip!

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3 years ago

New Microsoft vid demos Japanese Mango, new exclusive apps

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Good news for our Japanese readers expecting their first Windows Phone next month (or thereabout), Microsoft has posted a video overview of Mango, including demoing a few unannounced apps that we can expect to see on launch. From NanaPho, who kindly explained it all to us:

  • mixi - Mixi is the most popular social networking service (SNS) in Japan. While Facebook has only 3.85 million users, mixi has 23 million users.
  • NAVITIME - Navitime is one of popular navigation services in Japan including roadmaps, transit information for train & bus.
  • Hotpepper - Hotpepper is popular gourmet and coupon service in Japan.
  • Jorudan Norikae-Annai - Jorudan is popular train route finder service in Japan.

And is it us or does Windows Phone look pretty awesome with kana/kanji? Microsoft looks like they're finally set to take on the Japanse market, launching a new website, they got the phone--great news for them and great news for Japanese consumers.

Source: Microsoft; via NanaPho

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3 years ago

HTC Eternity and Omega cases

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HTC Eternity and Omega cases

The above image shows cases that are apparently for the proposed HTC Eternity and HTC Omega upcoming Mango handsets. The case for HTC Eternity looks to fit nicely with the leaked device image we covered late last month.

The rumored specifications of the HTC Eternity were as follows:

  • 1.5GHz single-core processor
  • 8MP camera with dual-LED flash and 720p video
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • 16GB of storage
  • DLNA, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • 1650mAh battery

Let's hope that HTC decide to take technology further with beefing up their devices above and beyond the minimum requirements set by Microsoft. Still, at least we can attach a case from the above image to cover the common HTC color/design.

Via: PocketNow

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3 years ago

New unsigned Samsung Omnia 7 firmware leaked: I8700XXKD1

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Over at Samfirmware, new Omnia 7 firmware has been leaked - I8700XXKD1. Dated back to April this year, we're currently not aware of differences from the previous 18700XXKC1 and the update rolled out the past week. Flashing our device proves to be nothing better than a problem. According to comments over at MobileTechWorld, the binary is not signed for retail use and can only be used on OEM samples.

Source: Samfirmware, MobileTechWorld, thanks Philipp for the tip!

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3 years ago

Brandon Watson betting $1,000 on WP7

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Brandon Watson betting $1,000 on WP7

 

Brandon Watson, Senior Director of Windows Phone 7 development, is bringing out the big guns by staking $1,000 on Mango. Scott Adams, author of popular comic strip Dilbert, in a recent blog post has expressed disappointment in both the iPhone and with Android. Watson saw the opportunity and dropped a bombshell of an offer:

"Scott -

My name is Brandon Watson and I am responsible for the developer platform on Windows Phone. Since your readership has a high probability of cross over with our developer base, how about I make you a deal with one of the phones we reserve for developers. Take Windows Phone for a spin. I’ll send you a developer phone with the new Mango OS on it. Give it an honest run, and if you don’t love it more than either of your iPhone or Android experiences, I’ll make a $1000 donation to the charity of your choice. You can’t really lose on this deal.

Do we have 500K apps? No. Do we have 25K, growing as fast as iPhone did, and 2x as fast as Android? Yes. Do developers love the dev environment? Uh huh. Do we have the only phone that puts people and communications first? You bet. If Androids dream of electronic iSheep, people dream about people – and that’s what you will get with Windows Phone. Keep in constant contact with those most important to you with Live Tiles, groups, messaging threads, and native Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. And no special instructions on how to hold the phone to make calls. Oh, and the battery lasts a long time.

I can be reached at ThePhone [at] microsoft. You can call me if you want – 425-985-5568. Windows Phone devs will tell you that’s the right contact info, because it’s shared with every one of them.

I hope you take me up on this one…there’s no reason to hate your phone."

Should Adams take this offer up, he will receive a free Mango developer device (presumably with Twitter integration) and will give the platform a test run to determine whether or not he enjoys the experience compared to competitors. If the results are positive then great. If not, Watson will donate $1,000 to a charity of his choice.

The head of Windows Phone didn't stop there as he set sights on Molly Wood, CNET reporter, on Twitter who was/is experiencing some issues with her Droid. Hopefully this work will pay off, especially if we look at a recent customer satisfaction survey that puts WP7 above Andorid. Social media has a good-will category 'Social Good', we now have 'WP7 Good'. Bravo Watson.

Source: Scott's blog, via: WinRumors

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