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2 years ago

Zombies!!! loses Xbox support on Windows 8, becomes a universal app

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It's not an easy being an Xbox game for Windows platforms. First you have to go through a difficult pitching process just to make it into the portfolio. If by some miracle Microsoft actually approves you for Xbox status, you then enter the equally unpleasant certification process. And once you finally make it to market, you'll probably just get pulled from the Store by Microsoft at some point. You're an endangered species, son.

That's what happened to Zombies!!! for Windows Phone back in September of last year. The game was delisted for having in-app purchases, and then returned in November without Xbox features. The Windows 8 version managed to keep its Xbox features for a time… But now that time has ended. Microsoft recently chose to stop publishing the Xbox Windows 8 version of Zombies. And so developer Babaroga has republished the game as a universal app (but without Xbox features). Zombies!!! has come back to life, you might say.

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2 years ago

Hands on with Contrast, RBI Baseball 14, and Zombie Driver – now available for Xbox One

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ID@Xbox is Microsoft's indie publishing program for Xbox One. Participating independent developers can publish their games directly to Xbox One with a greater degree of freedom than they would be afforded on Xbox 360, Windows Phone, and Windows 8. ID@Xbox is great for gamers too because it allows a steady stream of downloadable games to be released across a variety of genres.

Yesterday we published a full review of Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition, but that's only one of four ID@Xbox games released this week! Zombie Driver: Ultimate Edition from Exor Studios, R.B.I. Baseball 14 from MLB and Majesco, and Contrast from Compulsion Games have all been freshly released as well. The number of new games is overwhelming, but we've got detailed impressions and hands on videos to help you decide what to play.

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2 years ago

Which social networks do you use most frequently in Windows Phone?

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We're fairly sociable as human beings. Mobile phones paved new ways to communicate without wires, far extending the reaches of walkie-talkies and the like. Pulling up the aerial on the brick and making a call was a luxury, but in 2014 almost everyone has a mobile device, be it a smartphone or feature phone. Social networks have also evolved from the personal computer to include mobile devices.

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2 years ago

Blues Bowling, rolling strikes and picking up spares on your Windows Phone

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Blues Bowling is a Windows Phone bowling game that was released a few months ago and caught our attention with its 3D graphics and blues soundtrack. Plus I'm a fan of bowling games.

Blues Bowling has single and multi-player games, simple controls and an online leaderboard to let you brag about your high scores (so far nobody has bowled a perfect score). If bowling games are your cup of tea, Blues Bowling is a Windows Phone game worth a try.

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2 years ago

Microsoft shows you why Xbox Live Gold is a worthy upgrade

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Microsoft has released a new video showing off what feature are offered by Xbox Live Gold, the company's subscription service for its Xbox consoles and other platforms. If you haven't yet picked up Gold, but have an Xbox One (or 360) console, we strongly urge you to check out the account upgrade, which unlocks numerous social features and more.

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2 years ago

Be rewarded for watching TV and discovering new music with Viggle

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Viggle is a sweet service that rewards you for watching TV and discovering new music. An official app for Viggle is now available for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone, enabling consumers to enjoy favorite media and earn some rewards. It's a dream service for many, checking into TV shows and matching songs playing in the background to earn Viggle points is something that would fit naturally in lifestyles today.

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2 years ago

Foursquare for Windows Phone updated with instability fix for Lumia 1520, Icon owners

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2 years ago

Disney Checkout Challenge tests your grocery scanning skills

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2 years ago

Hands-on with Adobe Photoshop Express for Windows Phone

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2 years ago

Interactive Touch Books for Windows 8 (Hidden Gems)

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Learning to read is one of the best parts about growing up. The books start off simple and get progressively harder the more you learn and the older you get. Reading these days for most adults takes place on digital e-readers like the Amazon Kindle. Young kids are reading more and more on tablets. Interactive Touch Books is an award-winning app on iOS, that recently made its way to the Windows Store.

As part of our Hidden Gems series, we'll be taking a look at this app aimed at helping young children learn to read. It's sure to be a hit among kids and their parents.

Don't forget, that by leaving a constructive comment below you're entered into winning a new phone or tablet in our daily Hidden Gems contest.

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2 years ago

RED. is a badass universal game for Phone and Windows 8 that you should try

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I'm a fan of traditional stick shooter + wave games. There's something with anticipating what's coming next, and the classic arcade feel of enemy hordes attacking you that I find satisfying. RED. is a new game from Knife Media in Cape Town, South Africa. It runs for $2.99 with a free trial, but that $2.99 is for both the Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 versions. Buy once, buy everywhere. Shout-out for Windows universal apps!

RED. has some impressive 2D/3D graphics, comic book design and one hell of a sense of humor. Toss in some gratuitous gore, and I'll buy it.

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2 years ago

What is your favorite Windows Phone Navigation App?

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A conversation caught my eye over in the Windows Phone Central Forums where WPCentral reader jtsmak asks, "Are there any good Nokia Drive alternatives for Android?"

Jtsmak , for whatever reason, switches back and forth between an Android device and a Windows Phone. Having grown fond of HERE Drive on Windows Phone, jtsmak could pick up the Android version of Here Drive for about $10 but is curious if there are better alternatives.

While several good suggestions have been thrown out in the Forums discussion, it brings to mind a similar question. "What's your favorite Windows Phone navigation app?"

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2 years ago

Microsoft will open its 100th retail store Saturday ... sort of

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2 years ago

Guacamelee, Gotham City Imposters, and BattleBlock Theater are July's Games with Gold

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2 years ago

Use 'Sleep Study' to learn what drains your battery on the Surface Pro 3 and 4

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A few days ago I did a primer on InstantGo aka Connected Standby on the Surface Pro 3 and other Windows tablets. To refresh, InstantGo is a new low-power battery state the lets the system update email, Skype and other Modern apps while the device is in standby mode. But what if you think something is abnormally draining your battery?

Over on the Windows Experience Blog, Kevin Chin introduces readers to a new tool built into Windows 8.1 christened 'Sleep Study.' In short, Sleep Study is a diagnostic tool that reveals in high detail what is draining the battery on your Windows 8.1 devices with InstantGo enabled.

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