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3 years ago

PLATFORMANCE Temple Death released to the Marketplace

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We covered the original Platformance way back in February and really loved it. The game is an old school platformer that is, um, really hard. But it's done so well we can almost forgive how hard it is. Almost. Seriously, you'll die like a hundred times in the first 10 minutes.

Still, we're pretty excited to see that Magiko Gaming was happy enough with Windows Phone that they're back for more with 'Temple Death':

"While filming her latest movie, famous starlet Grace Belly gets abducted by a sect of evil savages. You decide to go and rescue her down the ‘Temple Death’- a place filled with evil traps where only the fools can survive. Just like its predecessor “PLATFORMANCE: Castle Pain” (already available on WP7), “PLATFORMANCE: Temple Death” is a challenging platformer that takes place in a giant single level filled with deadly traps and puzzles."

Features:

  • over 40 challenges to overcome
  • zoom in on the action or zoom out to see the whole level
  • 3 difficulty modes with their own traps configuration
  • take screenshots to send to your friends or brag over the internet
  • Local scoreboards
  • Rewards
  • Flopwards!
  • chiptune music
  • once at the end, experience the game backward

Play the game backwards? Guys, you had us at 'Flopwards'. Take our money, now! There's a trial version and the full version will fetch you an extremely reasonable $0.99. Pick it up here in the Marketplace.

via: BestWP7 Games

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3 years ago

AVG antivirus pulled until investigation completed

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Just a quick update to our story yesterday regarding the AVG antivirus app, which is claimed to be spyware by Justin Angel, Rafael Rivera and others. Evidently, the app has been pulled by Microsoft until further notice.

That doesn't mean they've necessarily found anything that violates the Marketplace, but they are erring on the side of caution.  Brandon Watson gave an update via Twitter stating:

"AVG app pulled from marketplace. Doing some investigations, but want functionality certainty. Thanks for headsup."

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Needless to say, AVG has a pretty bad PR problem now to overcome.

via: WPHome; Thanks, Sander G., for the link

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3 years ago

Microsoft looking for sales training manager

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Microsoft appears to be taking sales staff who don't consider Windows Phone as a competitive platform extremely seriously, and rightly so. We ran an article a while back that broke light on Robert McLaws creating a web site that users can report on experiences with carrier (or store) salesmen when enquiring about Windows Phone. Results were far from positive.

Now that HTC are making a big push for WP Mango with the HTC Radar and Titan, it makes sense for Microsoft to really clamp down on biassed sales work. A job opening at Redmond has arisen for a Training Manager in Services and Support. This could well be the first step in the battle against the sales reps, then again I'm sure Mango devices will begin to speak for themselves.

Check out the full job vacancy after the break. 

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3 years ago

Scoble gets a peek at Nokia Windows Phone? Not so fast...

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Robert Scoble was in the midst of travels when he ran into Reno Marioni, who runs global partnerships for Nokia. Scoble was able to glance at one Nokia phone (seen above) and learned that there was a "secret" phone in the man's briefcase that he couldn't not check out.

We really want to believe what we see above is a Nokia Windows Phone with NFC on board--after all, he's blocking those distinctive Windows keys, right? Unfortunately, no. If you look at the top bar with the service icons (battery, time, signal) you'll see these match up with the N9 exactly. So that's a shame.

The good news is Scoble was quite impressed with what he saw from Nokia: "...but the current phone he did show me is damn nice. I might have to rethink Nokia's chances. We'll be paying attention this fall to what they announce.", lending credence to the idea that we're in for a nice ride come later this year.

Source: Google+; Thanks, Amir, for the tip!

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3 years ago

KDDI People Hub Generator shows the power of Windows Phone

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Oh Japan and KDDI, you're sure showing us Yanks up on how to market your phones. In what has to be one of the coolest demonstrations of Windows Phone, KDDI, who has released the Fujitsu IS12T in Japan, made a Flash animation project called a People Hub Generator.

In short, you allow it connect to your Facebook where it pulls in your friend's photos, your info etc. (don't worry, it's for a cool reason). You then watch a bunch of Windows Phone workers running around "making" your People Hub, but on the tiles instead of generic people you'll find all of your friends and even your profile picture within the mini-film itself. Yes, George Lucas would be impressed.

Other than that it doesn't do anything but you can then share the film on Facebook. We think it's a neat way to show off Windows Phone though. Give it a shot here: http://www.au-windowsphone.jp/

via: NanaPho

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3 years ago

Free Music Downloader lands in the Marketplace

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Fast Code, the developers of SuperTube, has released Free Music Downloader over at the Windows Phone Marketplace. Free Music Downloader is a free, ad-supported version of SuperMusic that was released just a few days ago. I know... it's a little confusing.

Why the developer didn't go with "SuperMusic Free" or "SuperMusic Lite" for the free version is a bit of a mystery but variety is the spice of life.  Both apps are basically the same.  Free Music Downloader has the ad banners and SuperMusic allows you to sync your downloaded music files with your computer. Beyond that, the layout is identical.

Free Music Downloader and SuperMusic allows you to download free music, audiobooks and podcasts from various websites and organize them into playlists. You can customize the app with background images from your Pictures Hub and add your favorite download sites to the existing list of about forteen download sites.

To download a tune, simply tap on the website listing on the Favorites Page and a web browser will open up to that website. From there all you need to do is find the song, tap the download link on the webpage and the download begins.

The artists don't appear to be mainstream bands but the music selection is wide ranging and some of the tunes aren't too shabby. All in all, if your looking for a music download app either version is worth looking into.

Free Music Downloader is a free, ad supported app that you can download here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace. SuperMusic has a free trial version with the full version running $1.29 which you can find here at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

This or That? - Review

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3 years ago

LG E906 gets GCF certification

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LG E906 gets GCF certification

The LG E906, which recently cropped up as a "Jil Sander branded design" has earned its GCF (Global Certification Forum) wings.  This is significant, as GCF is typically the last certification a device gets before hitting the shelves.  The E906 will support both GSM (850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz) and W-CDMA (2100(I)/1900(II)/900(V) MHz) frequencies.  Though most of the technical details are not known, the Mango phone will have a WVGA display, presumably 3.8 inches, like its predecessor, the Optimus 7.  It wouldn't be surprising to see a 8MP camera, 512MB RAM and 1GHz processor as well.  There's no release date announced for the E906 yet, but it shouldn't be long now, given this last hurdle has been passed.

Source: PocketNow; Via: GCF    

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3 years ago

Microsoft scheduled to share apps with Symbian

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Microsoft and Nokia announced today that they would deliver Symbian software updates called Microsoft Apps. The updates will add business productivity tools for the new Symbian Belle device and further bolster Microsoft and Nokia's business relationship.  Plus give a boost to Symbian's business use.

The apps will also be available for anyone looking to upgrade from Symbian Anna to Belle. The free apps include:

  • Microsoft Lync 2010 Mobile – for cost efficient IM, presence, audio and web meetings on-the-go
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Broadcast – quick broadcast of presentations directly from PC to mobile
  • Microsoft OneNote – rich note taking with images
  • Syncs with Microsoft SkyDrive. Microsoft Document Connection – single view to documents stored on mobile, including email attachments as well as documents on Microsoft SharePoint 2010 sites.

Expect to see these apps during the fourth quarter of 2011. Additional updates are scheduled for 2012 which will add Microsoft OneNote sync with Sharepoint and native applications for Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.

source: nokia conversations

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3 years ago

Average app in WP Marketplace downloaded more times than Android and iOS

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This is an interesting calculation, Research2Guidance has published a report that features a chart which illustrates the comparison of average downloads per app on a number of platforms to iOS. Looking at that chart above, you can see that OVI Store (Symbian) has +160% more downloads per app on average than iOS, while Windows Phone comes second in at +80%.

Surprisingly, BlackBerry came in third at +43%. Many users on competitor platforms may complain and make remarks about the amount of apps available to WP users, but we sure have quality over quantity and it goes to show with the amount of downloads apps are accumulating. Check out our article covering Marketplace statistics and case study for more insight on WP.

Source: Research2Guidance, via: WMPU

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3 years ago

HTC shipped Mango ROMs leak on XDA including Verizon Trophy

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We covered the unbranded Mozart Mango ROM the other day and now like dominoes, the rest are here too--well most of them. Yes folks, leaked "final" builds of Mango updates for numerous HTC devices are now available for your unauthorized usage, meaning you are taking matters into your own hands.

What these ROMs (7720.68) offer over the RTM build is of course updated radios, some HTC customizations, presumably specific APIs for things like the compass and other unique tweaks to improve the Mango experience. So here's what's available:

  • 7 Pro - RUU_Gold_S_HTC_Europe_3.02.401.01_Radio_5.69.09.29 a_22.50.50.21_Signed_GOLD_RELEASE.exe
  • Mozart - RUU_Mozart_S_HTC_Europe_4.06.401.00_5.69.09_RELEAS E.exe
  • Mozart - RUU_Mozart_S_HTC_RUS_4.06.411.00_5.69.09_RELEASE.exe
  • HD7 - RUU_Schubert_S_HTC_Europe_4.05.401.02_Radio_5.69.0 9.29a_22.50.50.21_Signed_SCHUBERT_RELEASE.exe
  • Trophy - RUU_Spark_S_HTC_Europe_4.06.401.00_5.69.09_RELEASE .exe
  • Trophy - RUU_Spark_W_S_VERIZON_WWE_2.01.605.04_2K_new_parti tion_RELEASE.exe

Most of those are Europe-only ROMs, so take heed but look at that last one--yup, for once Verizon HTC Trophy (review) users get something early! Head on over to XDA for all the goodness.

Source: XDA; via Pocketnow

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3 years ago

My Assistant reminder app free for a limited time [Mango]

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Some of the cool things about Windows Phone Mango for developers is the ability to access alarms, contacts and reminders, allowing the creation of a new category of apps. In this case, Yuv Apps have made a neat little program called 'My Assistant' and while a little bit rough around the edges is still worth a look.

The app features the ability to create two types of reminders: regular reminders e.g. notes to yourself and call reminders. The first one allows you to type out a little reminder note, time and date while the second allows you to pick a contact, date and time to call them. You then have the ability to make them active/inactive. Once set that's it--the app service now runs in the background and will pop up a reminder at the designated time. After that, you can back to the app and hit "completed" and the reminder will become "inactive".

The app could use a loading screen, a Live Tile showing how many active reminders you have and auto-suggest when typing a note, but the developers are open to new ideas/improvements and the app is free for a limited time. In that sense, we dig it and think it's worth your time if you have a Mango phone. You can pick it up here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

BallBuster - Review

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3 years ago

PhoneGap beta supports Windows Phone Mango

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This is something that will be of interest to the developer side of our readers. There's now a beta version of PhoneGap available that supports Windows Phone Mango. What is PhoneGap you ask? It's a mobile framework that enables developers to build and launch cross-platform apps easily through standard web technologies including HTML5, CSS and JavaScript.

The Windows Phone team have been in touch with the creators of this framework (André Charland and Brian Leroux - Nitobi) to help speed up development with engineering resources and aid. There's a growing interest in WP Mango within the PhoneGap community, which can only mean positive outcomes for the platform with higher quality apps through easier deployment for developers who are more comfortable with web technologies.

The beta of PhoneGap includes majority of the basic functions, and includes JavaScript APIs to use Mango features, such as:

  • Access Device Information (UDDI and stuff)
  • Add and search Contacts
  • Connection status (network / wifi connection status)
  • Alerts/Notification (alert and confirm)
  • Media Capture (Image and Audio)
  • Camera
  • Accelerometer
  • Geolocation

If you're interested in testing the beta and leaving much desired feedback, head on over to the PhoneGap Github project page. What's also interesting about this announcement is that Windows 8 will be utilising HTML etc. so it would be exciting to see support for Windows Phone apps on the desktop.

Source: Nitobi, via: Windows Phone Developer Blog

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3 years ago

Mango marketing launch today in Taiwan? [Updated]

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Microsoft's strategy for launching Mango in various regions is a bit up in the air--in a lot of places it's up to the OEMs/carriers to roll out the update or release new devices.

If you go to this page: http://www.microsoft.com/taiwan/promo/wpmango/ You'll notice the big ol' "Coming soon on 9/9" which last we checked is today (in HK, tomorrow for us). The fan site We Love Windows Phone HK notes that marketing in Hong Kong and by assumption Taiwan, don't speak of dates or promotions unless that product has been launched already. Translation: this date could be the very same date that Microsoft begins to push out Mango--either by promotion or perhaps carriers.

On the other hand, this could be an older page, dates could have changed, etc. We do know that Mango is close for a lot of folks and this is clearly one more indication.

update: And like all things too good to be true, this looks to be a misunderstanding. Evidently there were two promotional events for Mango launched by MSTW and neither is the actual launch.

via: We Love Windows Phone HK

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