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3 years ago

Microsoft's Big Box of Awesome 2

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Microsoft's Big Box of Awesome 2

We previously covered the first Big Box of Awesome that featured a good load of prizes, now we're back with a second that sports a HTC Titan handset! So how does one enter? Well, visit the Microsoft Facebook profile, "Like" the profile and enter the sweepstake. A good bonus to note: should you share the sweepstake to a friend, their entry will count as a second entry for yourself too (up to 100 additional entries per person).

I know what you're all thinking, "what are the prizes?":

  • One (1) Sony® Vaio L Series All-In-One Touchscreen PC running Windows 7. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $1,800
  • One (1) Xbox 360® 250 GB console with Kinect™. ARV $399.00.
  • One (1) copy of Microsoft Office Home and Business 2010. ARV $279
  • One (1) Microsoft LifeCam Studio Webcam. ARV $59
  • One (1) Xbox LIVE® 12-month Gold Membership. ARV $59.00.
  • One (1) HTC TITAN Windows® Phone. ARV $499.00
  • Three (3) Xbox 360 game titles (ARV $50 each):
    • Dance Central 2
    • Kinect Sports: Season 2
    • Forza Motorsport® 4
  • One (1) Wireless N Router ARV $100

The total ARV of the Grand Prize is $3,346. Be sure to check the requirements for eligibility - "resident of the 50 United States and District of Columbia, and are 18 years of age or older". The sweepstake ends on October 31, 2011. Do note that this contest requires personal information and an active Facebook account.

Source: Microsoft Facebook

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3 years ago

Comics Trivia - App Spotlight

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Comics Trivia - App Spotlight

If you think you know your comics, check out Comics Trivia. The Windows Phone game is full of over 2,000 questions from your favorite comics.

When you first launch the app you will need establish a user name for the online leaderboard and after that, get ready to be humble. The questions cover a lot of ground from the classic titles to the new age comics. Thankfully, the questions are multiple choice so you can always get lucky if you have no clue on the answer.  Each game is ten questions and the leaderboard scores are cumulative.

Graphically, Comics Trivia is nicely done with various comic book heroes filling up the background as you are quizzed.  The developer should consider adding a gallery page to the game to showcase some of these graphics.  Settings are simple, covering music on/off and vibration on/off.

All in all, Comics Trivia is a fun game to pass the time. Comics Trivia is a free, ad-supported game and you can find it here at the Windows Phone Web Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Game spotlight: Rainbow Rapture [Video]

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We love silly games. Especially when they're good. And free. Rainbow Rapture by Kindling meets all of these criterion. The premise? "Rainbow is unhappy with the way things turned out down below. He wants a clean slate. Help him wipe humanity off the face of the Earth."

Awesome.

The game has strong, bold graphics, smooth gameplay, a catchy jingle and high re-playability, making it our new addiction. It's like those jumper games, but instead you need to try to go a certain distance, all while catching mad air and eating people.

We would like to see some type of leaderboard system thrown in for extra value and perhaps some achievements--even if those are for a paid version of the app, it'd add extra value to an already strong title. Still, being free, we really like this little game. At first, the controls are a bit strange, but after a few tries, mastery is possible.

Pick it up here in the Marketplace (Zune link).

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3 years ago

Zune Media Player goes out with a whimper [Update: False]

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We've been wondering for a long time whether Microsoft would end the Zune Player line of devices sometime in the future, and finally it looks like that future has come. The company has made two small changes on the Zune.net website today to reflect what looks like the immediate removal of the Zune Player from their sales channels. No longer is there a mention of the Zune Player on the homepage, and even if you try digging to find the device for sale, you'll see that it is out of stock and not available to be purchased.

This isn't the end of the Zune software or service, by any means, but it certainly does show the shift in focus for Microsoft's mobile division. Zune will continue to live on in the desktop environment, Xbox and on your WP7 devices, but if you were looking to buy a Zune Media Player any time soon, you might want to start looking elsewhere. You were good to us for what you were, Zune Player, but it's time we move on to bigger and better things.

Update: Michael Yaeger, who works on the Zune team has noted that this was a mistake: "Zune HD product page is still on Zune.net - publishing mishap when we pushed out the CA work."

Source: Zune.net; Via: Neowin.net; Thanks, Cori, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Official Yammer app for Windows Phone now available

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We covered Yammer back in July, when it was first announced that it was headed to Windows Phone and now the corporate social-network is available for our devices.

"Stay connected to your business wherever you go with Yammer for Windows Phone. Yammer is a private, secure social network for your company. No matter what type of business you're in, Yammer let's you connect with your coworkers to collaborate, share ideas, and be more productive. This application offers on-the-go access to real-time conversations happening inside your organization. View messages, post updates, and receive important notifications no matter where you are, because the conversation doesn’t end when you leave the office."

Features include:

  • Threaded Conversations - Post, reply and like messages. Easily follow conversations with replies displayed underneath the original message.
  • Multi-Feed Access - Quickly navigate between My Feed, Group Feeds and Company Feed to find relevant conversations.
  • Multi-Network Access - Switch between various internal and external networks.
  • Member Directory and Profiles - Find updates, links and files posted by a specific colleague in addition to contact information.
  • Private Messages - Communicate privately with one or more colleagues.
  • Live Tile Integration - Receive real-time notifications from Yammer about new conversations and messages on your Windows Phone Start screen, all without opening the application.

The app is Mango compatible and looks to be pretty killer for those of you in enterprise who need this functionality. You can pick it up here in the Web Marketplace.

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3 years ago

App Update Roundup: GChat, 4th & Mayor, Forecast, Slacker Radio and Pictures Lab

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Busy weekend for developers as they've been pushing out update after update lately--see Flickr, Lindy Comics and Mixtapes. A few more have slipped by and we figured we'd quickly run through 'em in case you were curious. Check out the video for a  fast run through of the apps in action.

  • GChat hit v1.2, bringing it with it some bug fixes and more importantly, contact picture support (for non-mobile contacts). The app looks a little nicer now with photos of your contacts, especially when you pin them to the start screen. The app is free and open source, which is pretty awesome, though we still find IM+ more reliable for now. Grab it here in the Marketplace.
  • 4th & Mayor jumped to v2.9 bringing with it rudimentary support for notifications--the structure is there but they're not working, yet. A few other bug fixes on board too and while the app is still not Mango-ready yet, it looks to be getting there. And it's still way faster than the official Foursquare app. Pick up the update here in the web Marketplace.
  • Forecast went to v2.0, getting a Mango make-over. The app now supports double-side Live Tiles, multiple live tiles for locations and of course fast-app resume. In addition, the app has some new features and customizations that we really dig. The app is free (ad-supported) or $1.99 for no ads. Overall a solid update for a solid weather program. Grab the update here in the web Marketplace.
  • Slacker Radio is finally Mango-ready for the masses. Bringing with it background-audio support and fast-app resume, the popular music streaming service (and nice alternative to Pandora) feels much more native to Windows Phone now that it can run in the background. In addition, you can pin individual stations to your start screen for quick access. Grab the update here in the web Marketplace.
  • Finally Pictures Lab, like Thumba, has received a Mango update. Now at v3.0, the popular photo editing app now supports direct-camera access, including touch-focus and gyroscope support for image stabilization. That custom camera app is also pinnable to the Start screen for quick access. In addition, you get fast-app switching, performance improvements and Pictures Hub integration returns. Grab the update here in the web Marketplace.

Thanks to all who sent in tips!

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3 years ago

Silverlight built MMORPG on Windows Phone?

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Right, so this is just friggin' awesome (in the words of our oversea brothers). An MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) called Wowo World has sprung up that is developed with Microsoft Silverlight. In the video above we can see a working client for Windows Phone, something that would surely excite a number of Xbox Live players who are migrating to the mobile platform.

While this title might not be of interest for those who don't speak and understand fluent Chinese, hopefully they will release an international English version or other MMORPG developers who are in the same boat would spark interest in developing a client for Windows Phone. We've previously covered Microsoft further researching into technologies that combat ping and latency with mobile connectivity, so this would certainly be something of interest to real-time multiplayer fans.

Source: WP7 Connect & Wowo World, thanks Se1fcr3ation for the tip!

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3 years ago

HTC Titan and Radar available for pre-order in Poland

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Good news for those who reside in Poland. The HTC Titan and Radar handsets, running Windows Phone Mango, have appeared on RTV EURO, an online retailer in Poland. The devices are available for pre-order are are priced at 2599zł (£500) and 1799zł (£350) respectively. Poland now joins the UK among other countries who are preparing to release the second generation HTC handsets.

Head on over to the product pages below to kick-start the ordering process.

Source: RTV EURO Titan and Radar product pages, via: wp7.com.pl

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3 years ago

New build of Xbox 360 Fall 2011 Dashboard Update revealed

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We first showed you a video of the upcoming fall Xbox 360 dashboard update back in August. A new video leaked recently that better reflects what the final update will look like. The only catch: the dashboard depicted is set to French instead of English. Brave the language barrier and you’ll see how various sections of the dashboard like the Games Marketplace actually look, as well as Kinect controls.

The fall 2011 dashboard update is rumored to debut on November 15. The update’s design philosophy should be immediately apparent to Windows Phone users: it’s Metro. I’m excited about the clean, streamlined appearance. What about you guys? Do you think Metro will work well as a console interface?

Source: NeoGAF forums via Kotaku

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3 years ago

Samsung launches Omnia W in India

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Samsung launches Omnia W in India

Not so long after the announcement, Samsung are to launch the first Windows Phone Mango device in India, the Omnia W. Featuring a 3.7" Super AMOLED screen, 1.4Ghz processor and a 5MP rear camera (with FF VGA camera) the handset is no slouch in terms of power and functionality. 

BGR reports that the mid-level Omnia W is to be priced at Rs 19,990 (about $400) and will be available sometime in November.

Source: BGR, Fone Arena

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3 years ago

HTC Ultimate Windows Phone looks to be the Titan in disguise

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About two weeks ago we broke the news of some new device names appearing in the app "I'm a WP7!". The first was the Radar 4G which within days became to be known as T-Mobile's new Mango phone coming this holiday season. Now, we can shed some light on another mystery phone: the HTC Ultimate.

The Ultimate, by name alone, sounds to be a massive offering and indeed it appears to be the HTC Titan, but for other markets. In this case, the Ultimate is the official name of the Titan for Brazil. The information comes by way of the Brazilian ANATEL, the regulatory agency analogous to the FCC in that country. The full device manual has been posted (and shared with us) including photos of the Ultimate along with its accessories.

Now, to be clear, we don't have the specifications of the Ultimate except for the battery: 1600 mAh, the same size as the Titan. In addition, from the photos, it looks to be an exact match so we're going to just assume they're the same phones--but you can be the final judge.

The good news is the Titan née Ultimate, is coming to Brazil. The bad news is the Ultimate née Titan, is not some super-awesome unannounced Windows Phone and instead, HTC appears to be just offering two Mango devices this holiday season.

Big thanks to Albert P., for the information!

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3 years ago

SniperBoy - Review

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Smart Weather - Review

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3 years ago

Jabra Drive - Review

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Jabra Drive - Review

For those who have never gotten used to the Bluetooth headsets and still need a hands-free solution for their Windows Phone, enter the Bluetooth Speakerphone. Jabra makes a nice assortment of speakerphones and today we turn our sights on to the Jabra Drive.

The Jabra Drive is a basic Bluetooth speakerphone that is solidly built, has just enough features to make it appealing and decent call quality. Moderately priced at $49.95, the Drive might be a good choice for those looking for a hands-free solution that doesn't have too many bells and whistles. To see how well the Drive performed, follow the break.

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3 years ago

From the WPCentral Forums....

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From the WPCentral Forums....

What a busy week in the WPCentral Forums with the launch of Mango this week we have a lot to talk about. Join us in the Forums we are talking Mango everywhere. 

Did you get your device update? Did you know you could trick your phone to recognize the update?  If you still don’t have Mango sound off in this thread asking carriers where your Mango update is. 

When you complete the update process, how did it go?  Chime in and let us know if your experience was good or bad?  How about a little help with your Mango update or maybe you found something new and want to share?  Here's a discussion on tips and tricks our readers have discovered

It hasn’t all been fun and games with the update there have been some issues such as problems with Twitter integration.  Luckily, Microsoft has found a solution to the Twitter issues.  If you've found other issues with mango you can share them over in the Mango complaints and bugs discussion going on here.  Then there's the discussion where Mango destroyed your Windows Phone battery and some are wanting more themes.

WHAT?! I told you Mango is everywhere in the forums.  Read more on what's in the forums, after the break.

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