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3 years ago

Windows Phone Xbox Live Review: Shuffle Party

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Shuffle Party is the latest free Xbox Live game developed by Babaroga and published by Microsoft Studios. Unlike its predecessors Minesweeper and Sudoku, Shuffle Party even had the good manners to release simultaneously worldwide. Whereas the other two games are cerebral logic puzzlers with sizable learning curves, Babaroga’s latest offering is a far more accessible sports game. The sport? Why, shuffleboard and bowling, of course.

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3 years ago

Battlewagon storms to Xbox Live next week

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A few weeks ago, we mentioned that IronSun Studios’ Battlewagon would be coming to Xbox Live soon. At last, Battlewagon has a release date: December 14, next week!

Battlewagon is a lot like Robin Hood, but with a rolling death machine instead of a bow and arrows. Four evil Barons have taken the player’s kingdom, and it’s time to get it back! Equip your wagon with instruments of destruction and then storm the bad guys’ fortifications in 68 levels of medieval mayhem. Not only is Battlewagon a totally fresh premise, it also has that lovable Amiga-like British artwork that has all but disappeared these days.

Battlewagon debuts on Wednesday, December 14. It will cost $2.99.

Head past the jump for the full Battlewagon announcement press release.

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3 years ago

Twitter images now rendering in People and Picture hubs

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It seems Microsoft has worked some magic on backend services for Windows Phone, as users and sites alike are reporting they're now able to view images that are attached to tweets in the People and Picture hubs. Twitter integration is handled via Windows Live, which was introduced in the Mango update, but was limited to displaying text-only tweets. Now when viewing "What's new?" in the People hub (and Pictures hub) images are now displayed along with the tweet.

Have you noticed the change on your handset(s)? Let us know in the comments!

Source: LiveSide; Thanks, thenet, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Microsoft updates EULA for Windows Phone, focuses on data collection

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If you've downloaded an app from the Marketplace in the last few hours, you may have received the above pop-up screen before being allowed to continue. The "accept" part is for a new end-user licensing agreements (EULA) that seems to address the user-location tracking controversy that erupted a few weeks ago with a lawsuit. In that filing, it was alleged Microsoft was collecting user data without user consent. Microsoft at first hedged but later admitted that yes, there was a bug which sent user data before they had a chance to accept or opt-out of the location collection.

That bug was of course eliminated with the Mango update but there persisted another bug in the People Hub which is still present. That bug is set to be fixed in a later software refresh, presumably Tango. In the meantime, Microsoft is spelling all of this out in the new updated EULA where they tell us they are not using the data nefariously and how important our information is to them, yadda yadda.

The document is itself nearly 19 pages of text that explains how specific parts of the OS work when collecting data--what is being sent, can you be identified ("no"), why the information is being sent.  They do this for email, internet, Office, Phone Feedback, People Hub, Facebook, Phone Update, Pictures Hub, etc. After explaining, Microsoft then shows you how to opt out or better control what information is being sent out--it's a pretty good guide, albeit a bit dry and lengthy.

What we quickly learn is wow, a lot of info is being sent to Microsoft and it'd take awhile to turn off. But we also learn that information cannot be used to track you, identify you or reveal personal information. In light of the Carrier IQ controversy, Microsoft seems to be showing all of their cards on the matter. Of course, only you know what you are comfortable with so head on over to the new EULA, read through it and you can decide your course of action: Windows Phone Privacy Statement.

Big thanks to Brandon H. for the photo and link!

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3 years ago

Supreme Shortcuts is the end all be all of shortcut apps [Homebrew]

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We've seen our fair share of shortcut apps in the Marketplace--you know, the apps that allows you to pin "WiFi" to your start screen for quick access, amongst others.

But Supreme Shortcuts (free, XDA) by MJCS is really the Alpha and Omega here. The app so far has nearly 30 shortcuts on board which can be added to your Start screen with a simple click.  Just a few of those shortcuts include Brightness, Email Compose, Find My Phone, IE Settings, Internet Sharing, Lock and Wallpaper to give you an idea. Some are even just replacements for existing shortcuts like Zune or Games, giving you a more traditional Metro Tile instead.

We've been running it for a little bit here and have no complaints. Sure, we may not use even half of these, but considering it is free and if we could get just one or two unique shortcuts out of it, it's totally worth it.  You do need a developer unlocked device (or ChevronWP7 Labs). Head here to the XDA thread to grab it and participate.

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3 years ago

Official Engadget app goes to version 2.0 with Mango

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Though the updates are few and far between, the official Engadget app managed to get a significant bump to version 2.0 tonight. New features include a slight re-design of the UI, fast-app switching, Live Tile, background updating (over WiFi when on AC) and an overall smooth performance.

Of course that's on top of the already existing features including photo galleries, full articles, ability to comment, podcasts and more. Plus you can even submit tips via the app, allowing you to generously give them plenty of WPCentral links, amirite? Overall a pretty solid app and a great update. You can pick up Engadget v2.0 here for free in the Marketplace. Thanks, Peter M., for the tip!

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3 years ago

Folks line up for Nokia Lumia launch in Singapore

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Here's a site we hope to see more of: ordinary people lining up to get a Nokia Windows Phone. We mentioned the Singapore launch for the Lumia 800 a few days ago and now we have some photos of people braving the...ummm...temperate conditions for nearly 8 hours to get their 800's.

Of course those first 100 people did get a free Xbox 360 with a Kinect for their suffering, so we suppose we'd line up for that too. Great to see, regardless.

Source: Nokia Devs (Facebook); via: The Nokia Blog

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3 years ago

HTC Titan and Radar get their 'Camera Modes' updated

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For those lucky enough to have a Titan or Radar on hand, you may have noticed a small update today for your 'Camera Modes' app. The update brings it to version 1.5 and the app itself is used for the Panorama and Burst Shot modes which are built into the Camera menu system. Allowing you to take 3 photos and stitch them together, the Panorama mode is something HTC has been adding to all of their phones (Android too), while 'burst' allows you to take rapid shots all by holding down the camera button.

No specific word on changes, unfortunately, as HTC likes to keep that info to themselves. Presumably then this is just some bug fixes or improvements in quality. But hey, if you notice anything, shout out in comments and share. We don't have a link for this one (hidden) so you'll just need to wait till you get the Update notification, which should be very soon.

Thanks to all who sent this in!

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3 years ago

WPCentral Podcast 132 + Video

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WPCentral Podcast 132 + Video


We're back for another action packed podcast, this time we have video not only working but in higher quality to boot (you can watch that after the break, if you so wish). Lots of hardware news, some piracy controversy, Carrier IQ, Jay gets a Nokia Lumia 800 and more all coming up!

Full show notes and video after the jump!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone emoticons cheat sheet: Part II

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Windows Phone emoticons cheat sheet: Part II

Last week the Windows Phone Blog made a nice little cheat sheet for those emoticons in Text messaging--you know, when you type a ':-)' and it turns automatically into a smiley. From that post we learned from Microsoft's Michael Stroh that while comprehensive, that list was still only partial of all the ones our phones could recognize (and you added some of your own in comments).

Now, Michael is back with a second list of more obscure emoji and boy are they unique. We've barely memorized more than a handful from last week and now we need to find room for "cat", "gift" and "the moon". Kudos to anyone who can do these on the fly and we'll still put out a soft-call for an app to store all of these for quick access, should anyone want to take the challenge.

Source: Windows Phone Blog

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3 years ago

Earthworm Jim returns as the Xbox Live Deal of the Week, still kinda slimy

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You know what hasn’t gone on sale in a while? Earthworm Jim. The last time it was the Xbox Live Deal of the Week was way back in April. Now it’s the Deal of the Week again, its price cut from $4.99 to $2.99.

The mobile version of Earthworm Jim comes from Gameloft, but it’s a far cry from the awesomeness of Let’s Golf 2. Earthworm Jim has some of the worst touch screen controls around, making it way less fun than it should be. Its Achievements are also quite tough and time consuming, but at least none of them are glitched (Ahem, Let’s Golf 2!). Despite those issues, I still had a decent time with Earthworm Jim because the original is such an off-kilter classic. See our full review for more details.

Earthworm Jim will be on sale for one week only. Pick it up here in the Marketplace – when the sale goes live Wednesday morning.

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3 years ago

Verizon draws a line in the sand with Microsoft?

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While Verizon has the HTC Trophy as it's one and only Windows Phone, the wireless provider has given Microsoft an ultimatum of sorts that could see the Verizon dropping Windows Phone all together.

In a recent interview with CNET Verizon Wireless's Chief Marketing Officer Marni Walden commented,

"We've communicated to Microsoft that LTE is critical to us. We need to see a timeline that makes sense if we want to continue to represent them."

Microsoft hasn't responded to Walden's comments but has said it would add LTE support to Windows Phone but hasn't addressed the "when" of the subject. Should Microsoft and Verizon part ways, the wireless company will focus it's smartphone line-up on Android devices and the iPhone (which doesn't support LTE).

Verizon is still working with Microsoft on this issue and hopefully common ground can be found to bring the second generation Windows Phones to Verizon. If not, does the success of Windows Phones hinge on a Verizon model or will Microsoft do just fine without?

Source: CNET  Via: Winsupersite

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3 years ago

WeatherLive sale: $0.99 for one week

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For those looking for a solid weather app, you will probably remember WeatherLive. It's one of the few weather apps we've championed around here, mostly due to its strong Metro-design and options. Featuring multiple, double-side Live Tiles, minimalist design, low-bandwidth and more, the app currently sits at the #1 spot in NEWS + WEATHER in the Marketplace. It also maintains a 4-star rating with nearly 900 reviews.

Anyways, the app normally fetches for $1.49 but for this week will be discounted at $0.99. Sure, not a huge price-drop but technically you can't go any lower in the Marketplace without going free. The app receives steady updates and recently hit v3.4 offering Bing Local Search integration. Pick it up with a free trial here in the Marketplace. And check out our video hands on with v3.0 for Mango here.

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3 years ago

GroupMe app returning with a major new update but has gone missing in the meantime

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For those of you who are still waiting on GroupMe (popular texting service) to re-release their app, be prepared to wait for another few days following a tweet published by the company. The app is currently not available on the Marketplace and the company is still working hard to get the re-written app back out in the field.

The above tweet was posted four days ago but still no news for now on availability. The app is being developed from the ground up and should be released (if not being approved by Microsoft right now) shortly. Usually an old version of an app is removed from the Marketplace if the new version is so radically different in code that an update is not possible. The good news is this sounds like the app will offer some new and tantalizing features that many users have been asking for, probably as a result of recently being acquired by Skype (which is owned by Microsoft).

Thanks Karen and Kalet for the info!

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3 years ago

T-Mo Radar and HD7 getting update tomorrow

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Beginning tomorrow, T-Mobile will be pushing out an update for their HTC Radar and HD7 phones.  The update adds a boost in performance and will resolve an error that occurs when some users try to activate Visual Voicemail.  While the Radar will also get the ability to download and customize ringtones, the real winner is the HD7, which will now connect to hidden WiFi networks and gain WiFi tethering.  Some folks, however, claim that they were able to tether after the previous update.

The patch will start making its way out into the ether tomorrow and must be installed via the Zune software to a USB-connected handset.

Source: TMoNews

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