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3 years ago

AT&T Lumia 900 gets firmware update, fixes display issue and more

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Good news for those on AT&T with the Lumia 900, Nokia in conjunction with Microsoft are now pushing out a firmware update to fix numerous lingering issues with the premier phone. 

The following are the main changes:

  • Fixes purple display issue - In short, when the screen would dim down to "low" greys would become purple across the whole display, including on graphics and photos
  • Proximity sensor - minor adjustments to the sensitivity of the proximity sensor should make phone calls more pleasant when the user puts the phone to their face
  • Others - We're still getting details but there are also a multitude of other smaller fixes that will greatly enhance the user experience

The update went live 10 am PDT and users should be able to plug their devices into their computers (Desktop Zune) and pick up the new firmware. Note, this is NOT an OS upgrade and it does not contain "Tango"--this is simply a maintenance release for firmware. However, Nokia does note:

"...we’ll be rolling out new updates and surprises in the near future to all Lumia 900 users, so stay tuned!"

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3 years ago

Does having a gyroscope affect PhotoSynth?

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When PhotoSynth for Windows Phone 7 hit the marketplace last week, we knew there would be discussions over the requirement of a gyroscope - and there was.

When users try download the app with a phone that doesn't have a gyroscope, they are presented with an error that reads "Some features in this application might not work because your phone doesn't have..gyroscope" - this does not stop the download though. Users of any 1st gen Windows Phone (HD7, Focus, Omnia 7, Trophy etc) will get this message, along with any users of a 2nd gen phone that is missing the gyroscope (most notably the Nokia Lumia 710 and 800). We don't know why the 710 and 800 do not have a gyro, but it may have simply come down to a cost-benefit decision, as the flagship 900 does have one. So what does a gryo do, and do you really need one? Read on to find out.

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3 years ago

Doodle God: Xbox Windows Phone Review

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Doodle God: Xbox Windows Phone Review

Windows Phone already had an Xbox Live ‘god’ game before JoyBits’ Doodle God graduated from indie to Xbox Live status. That title was Pocket God, an ill-supported and underwhelming port of the hit iOS game. Regardless, Doodle God and Pocket God couldn’t be any more different. Pocket God is all about teasing hapless worshippers via minigames, whereas Doodle God focuses on the creation aspect of godhood. As it turns out, creating a world and populating it with new things takes a sharp mind and plenty of trial and error. No wonder that one guy needed a rest after six days!

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3 years ago

Assassin's Creed slays its own price as the Xbox Live Deal of the Week

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 Today at E3 we had the pleasure of meeting a few of the fine folks at Gameloft. And what a coincidence, a Gameloft title is now the Xbox Live Deal of the Week. Assassin’s Creed is on sale for $2.99, down from $4.99. While it has experienced a price drop (down from a wallet-killing $6.99) and was part of last year’s Black Friday sale, this is its first official appointment as the DOTW.

Assassin’s Creed: Altair’s Chronicles (review) is a 3D platformer/action title set in the middle ages. With great graphics and full voice acting (though the acting is atrocious), it feels like a DS game squeezed into a mobile title (‘cause it is). The controls are fiddly and the platforming can be frustrating, but the story and action mostly make up for it.

Assassin’s Creed is on sale for $2.99 for one week only. Get it here on the Marketplace as you prepare for the upcoming console release of Assassin’s Creed 3 (pictured).

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3 years ago

Battleship now sinking ships on Xbox Live for Windows Phone

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Even though we’re knee deep in E3 2012 coverage, the regular Xbox Live release schedule rolls on. This week’s mobile Live game, Battleship from Electronic Arts is now available to entertain the folks at home.

Battleship is an adaptation of the popular board game from Milton Bradley. In the Classic game type, two sides take turns blindly firing at each other, trying to find and destroy the other’s ships. Salvo mode works much like classic, but moves faster than traditional games because you’re allowed to fire as many shots per turn as you have remaining ships. The new Superweapon mode adds a variety of weapons to the gameplay, mixing up the traditional dynamics. All three modes feature 3D attack animations, giving the beloved game a little extra punch.

Battleship supports two forms of multiplayer: pass-and-play and Xbox Live multiplayer. That’s right, Battleship will be the first mobile Live game to support asynchronous head-to-head multiplayer! Our hands-on-demonstration at E3 couldn’t show the Live multiplayer in action due to lack of network access, but now you can simply buy it for yourself and start sinking friends’ ships. The invite system is rudimentary at best - you simply send invites to friends via email or GamerTag from the same interface. The lack of matchmaking means you'll need some friends who own the game to play online. Still better than no online at all though!

Battleship costs $2.99 (a bit more than the iOS version, unlike Feed Me Oil) and there is a free trial. Set course here to the Marketplace to get it.

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3 years ago

Microsoft Account goes minimalist in latest redesign for consumers

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3 years ago

Early look at Shoot1Up for Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone -- E3 2012

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Back in October, we were happy to present to you an exclusive look at Shoot1UP from Mommy's Best Games but since then we haven't heard much on the title. The shoot 'em-up/bullet hell game brings some unique controls and exciting arcade gameplay to our trusty phones. Plus it comes with three free ringtones. Holla.

The game is here at E3, which is a bit of a pleasant surprise. What does that tell us? That this game is finally getting ready for its debut and we're stoked. The game should not be as hard as DoDonPachi which should be relief for many of you but it will still be challenging.

Shoot1Up features dense, detailed graphics with smooth gameplay. There's a lot going on here both in terms of moves, skills and goals so it should keep many of us busy. Read our detailed write up about the style and features of this game for more info.

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3 years ago

Reminder: All Liquid Daffodil apps now freely available through June 8th

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Liquid Daffodil arranged with Windows Phone Central for their apps to be made available for free until June 7th. We published an announcement yesterday, but banked on Microsoft carrying out the pricing alterations in a speedy manner. Unfortunately this never occurred and we were left with only two of the four apps updating to reflect the 'free' price tag.

We're now happy to announce, along with the developer, that all four apps are now free and have been confirmed in multiple markets. The time has been extended an extra 24 hours due to the confusion. Please find the links and QR codes below to take advantage of this offer. The deal for all four listed apps ends on June 8th when original prices will be reinstated. We apologise for the confusion this may have caused.

A big thank you to Scott Peterson and company for enabling this offer! QR codes after the break...

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3 years ago

Microsoft set to open up a store in Puerto Rico?

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According to a report over on El Nuevo Dia, Microsoft is set to open up an store in Puerto Rico by the end of 2012. The new store is planned for Plaza las Americas, a sizeable shopping complex located on the island.  

The software giant is also opening up new stores across the states, at locations including Boston and Orlando. Here's hoping they'll continue to expand beyond the borders, and maybe plonk one in merry ol' London to enjoy the constant downpour.

Source: El Nuevo Dia, via: MiWindowsPhone; thanks, Edwin, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Hands on with SmartGlass at E3 2012 – Windows Phone, Windows 8 & Xbox 360

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Microsoft's SmartGlass on Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8

As E3 is just getting started we managed to sit down with Microsoft's Peter Orullian who not only has the most wicked ponytail ever but also gave us a personal tour of SmartGlass. As many of you know, Microsoft yesterday pulled the cover's off of the new technology which looks to unify media playback and enable "second screening" while watching a movie or TV Show.

SmartGlass will be device agnostic as there will be companion apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8 and of course it's all powered by Xbox 360. 

Many in our audience are already familiar with the Xbox Companion app for Windows Phone--a virtual remote control for the Xbox 360. From our discussion and hands on with SmartGlass we can tell you that this is in essence version 2.0 of the Xbox Companion app. Although SmartGlass won't be ready until this holiday season, the app in its early stages looks very similar to Xbox Companion and is in fact built off of the concept and UI, making this app feel quite familiar.

SmartGlass for Windows Phone looks a lot like the Xbox Companion app

From our demonstration, we were impressed. Although "School of Rock" is a test movie for the system, the ability to see dynamically as characters came on and off the screen reflected on the tablet was simply amazing. What's really neat about the SmartGlass concept is that creators are free to do whatever they want with the system, giving them powerful leeway to make new experiences. It's universal, optional and will deliver a similar experience across platforms.

Make no mistake, we think SmartGlass is a game changer and can't wait till this Fall to get our hands on it. Watch our video below to see it all in action.

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3 years ago

Roger's Lumia 710 officially being powered by Windows Phone Tango. Sign of impending update?

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It would appear as though Lumia 710's at Nokia Canada HQ are powered by Windows Phone Tango - 8773 in this case. Reader Julio sent a Lumia 710 back to Nokia for repairs and found that they actually sent a replacement device, but it's running the latest versioin of the Windows Phone OS. Perahaps a sign of an impending update?

We previously looked at Tango on the Lumia 710 with our own Daniel taking the loaded ROM for a spin. We stated that Nokia is busy at getting Lumia Windows Phones updated with the Tango upgrade, and this is further proof that such efforts are taking place. We're still looking at an imminent release for Tango, so stay tuned for more information as it surfaces.

Thanks, Julio, for sending in the photo!

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3 years ago

Hands on with 'Mush' for Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone - E3 2012

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Hey look at that! Mush is finally here, at least here in Los Angeles at E3. We've talked about Mush before as the game looks to fill the gap for "super cute, slow paced, causal game" on Windows Phone, one that appeals to mom, your kid and heck, even ourselves.  From our earlier description of the game:

"A puzzle platformer that gives you control over how your character feels. Change their emotions by drawing smiles and sad faces, and by rotating or shaking the Windows Phone. Mush will be a Windows Phone exclusive."

Mush was announced last August as one of 14 new Xbox LIVE titles coming to Windows Phone. While we don't have a release date, seeing as we have a solid working demo being displayed, our bet is "within weeks". 

We really like this game from what we've seen. It has well done graphics and unique character controls which should appeal to a lot of people. Seeing as it's a Windows Phone exclusive, we're excited for this release.

Check the demo video of the game after the break for another look...

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3 years ago

First look: Battleship for Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone (Video)

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We showed you some of the early screenshots from the EA/Hasbro game Battleship and now the game is set for releases in the next day for all. 

Here at E3 which just started within the last hour, we managed to track down a working version already loaded on a phone. Our impression? We like it. It's actually quite fun and we can see how this game will be quite addictive to play--it's simple, has neat little cut screens and the game is familiar to all.

But you're wondering about multiplayer, right? From what we saw, it has two modes: pass-n-play and Xbox LIVE. Unfortunately with the latter we were unable to try it due to the phone having no connectivity (and not being signed in). But it at least looks like you can challenge and play your Xbox LIVE friends giving a real turn-by-turn gaming experience. 

Look for Battleship for Xbox LIVE to hit the Windows Phone Marketplace in the next 24 hours. We think you're going to like it.

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3 years ago

OverDrive Media Console gets updated

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OverDrive Media Console is an eBook reader for your Windows Phone which has been recently updated. It's a cross platform app that is also available on the iOS and Android platforms that taps into over 18,000 public libraries worldwide.

Digital titles from the library are borrowed and have expiration dates. Very similar to the due dates on printed books that you check out from your local library. If a title is already checked out, you can be placed on a waiting list and alerted once the title becomes available.

The version 2.42 update adds background downloads, new zoom options for images within the eBooks, improvements to the Wikipedia and dictionary look-ups, continuous playbook for audio books and the customary under-the-hood tweaks to improver performance.

OverDrive Media Console is a free app for your Windows Phone and you can grab it here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Via: Appnewser; Thanks, Gopalan, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Microsoft Store coming soon to Florida Mall in Orlando

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We just got word from a reader that a Microsoft Store is officially "coming soon" to the Florida Mall in Orlando, FL. This news makes the unofficial list of opening Microsoft Stores, which we previously published, look more likely to become reality. We expect the store that's currently behind the colourful set of tiles to open some time later this year to join the one that's also going up in Boston.

According to the Mall map, and if we're reading it correctly in relation to the image that was sent in to us, the Microsoft Store is set to open slap bang next to an existing Apple Store.

Thanks, Michael, for sending in the photo!

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