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Top Trucks - Mango App Spotlight

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Top Trucks - Mango App Spotlight

The developers of Bike Mania is offering a car crushing Windows Phone game over at the Marketplace. Top Trucks places you in the driver's seat of various Monster Trucks with the goal of collecting tokens and crushing cars along the way.

The multi-level game offers four different trucks, ten re-playable levels and plenty of jumps and rock obstacles to negotiate around. There's even a crowd meter to measure how excited the crowd is about your performance.

Trucks are controlled by directional arrows and your balance can be controlled one of two ways. You can use the phone's accelerometer or by an on-screen slider. In using the accelerometer you simply tilt your phone to the right or left to lean forwards or backwards. The on-screen slider appears to the lower left corner while the directional arrows line up along the lower right. In playing Top Trucks, I found the accelerometer is the best way to control balance but others may see things differently.

All in all Top Trucks is an entertaining, fun pass-the-time-with game for your Windows Phone.  The only downside to Top Trucks is that it needs more levels.  Top Trucks comes in two versions in the Windows Phone Marketplace; a free ad-supported version that you can find here and a $.99 ad-free version that you can find here.  Keep in mind, Top Trucks is a Mango app so you'll need to update your Windows Phone.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Summary of the Week: November 14-20, 2011

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Welcome to a belated weekly summary, apologies for the absence of one last week. Kicking us off is episode 129 and episode 130 (with video) of the WPCentral podcast and our weekly developer interview where we're joined by Long Zheng. We're going through some radical changes (as well as the entire Mobile Nations network), which will bring some outage and site issues, but will be worth the trouble with more features and functionality.

Moving onto this weeks highlights, we have a report from Appcelerator, which pins Windows Phone as the third most interesting platform for developers. Brandon Watson, the chosen one in the eyes of developers, has written up an insightful article on his personal blog covering lessons learned by the team with how the platform has evolved in the past year. For Australians, they will be able to enjoy unlimited access to music and more with the Zune Pass now available in the region.

After the ChevronWP7 Labs was opened to the public, the team had to quickly iron out some issues that arose. Now the service is back online and Windows Phone owners are able to unlock their handsets for a minute fee. Nokia is continuing marketing efforts with more Lumia 800s being given away on Facebook for free, nice! Steve Ballmer took the stage to talk about Windows 8, Windows Phone and other Microsoft products and how visual integration is key.

The platform has not only been nominated for the TechFlash Flashie award, but the Nokia Lumia 800 has been awarded the title "phone of the year" at the What Mobile Awards 2011 at London’s Whisky Mist. A friendly reminder for those who are eligible for the prepaid app card program that you'll want to purchase a Windows Phone now if you haven't done so already to receive a $50 card, which can be spent on the Marketplace. Lastly, it would appear as though AT&T has not learned lessons from previous reports and complaints about how the carrier retail stores downplay Windows Phone.

Kicking us off for the games section of this summary is this week's Xbox Live Deal of the Week, which is Enigmo. OSR: Unhinged is a new indie Xbox Live game to be hitting the Marketplace soon. According to the CEO of Unity Technologies, the company will not be bringing their game engine to the platform and will be "skipping" it due to the closed ecosystem. The popular puzzle arcade game, ilomilo, has received a Mango update, but unfortunately doesn't bring any new content or features.

Three Xbox Live titles have been put on sale including: Full House Poker, Somic the Hedgehog, and Assassin's Creed. Halo Waypoint has been Mango updated in time for the anniversary and falls nothing short of being the slickest looking app available. Our Paul Acevedo walks us through the integration that's available with Fusion: Sentient and Fusions: Genesis. Survivalcraft, a Minecraft clone (drumroll), has entered the Marketplace and is proving to be extremely popular. A horror game that's scheduled to arrive later this month, Ghostscape, has been attacked by the camera and we can witness some action in screenshots.

There have been a few updates this week, software wise. We'll kick off with myAT&T being bumped to version 2.0, and is now an actual app (which is more than what can be said for the Three UK app) that doesn't rely on IE! Tango version 1.1 has been released which now ensures the service works on the Samsung Omnia 7 and Focus. The Official Twitter app gets minor update but is now Mango ready with little else being added. We want live tiles!

Nokia Music, the OEM app that was leaked for all to use, is now at 1.6 with both performance and functionality being improved. Good news for those who are able to use the service, WiMP is now available for Windows Phone, with a 30 day free trial available for new accounts. Microsoft is delivering updates to Samsung Focus 1.4 owners and details the mysterious 7740 OS patch. 4th & Mayor is now Mango optimised with being updated to version 3.0

There's word on the street that Nokia Drive, the free OEM GPS turn-by-turn navigation app, will be receiving an update for offline navigation/route updates - handy for those on tight data plans or are abroad. If you remember the days of ICQ then you'll rejoice as a client is on its way to Windows Phone. IM+ is the last update of this summary with adding numerous improvements and features in version 1.9.

The news has followed the Nokia Lumia 800 everywhere, and now it's headed to Orange France. The 800 will be joining its brother, the 710, in December when Nokia will be launching the handsets in India (and Hong Kong) to hit the Eastern market. SFR appears to be stocking a white label ZTE Windows Phone, which resembles the ZTE Tania. Back onto Nokia news, the long-awaited 800 has been successfully launched in the UK (as well as a few other European countries) and is taking the lines of people by storm.

Once the Finnish manufacturer has finished (pun intended) with Europe and India, we will be seeing a strong attack on the U.S. market to combat the iPhone and Android. If this wasn't enough, Virgin will also be stocking the 800. A number of handsets have been receiving updates, some enabling Internet sharing and others not, what have you received? Also, in Canada the Samsung Focus 1.3 is receiving updates. Dell has confirmed that there will be no compass support for the poor Venue Pro. 

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3 years ago

Reminder: HTC Titan in the WPCentral Forums

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3 years ago

AT&T Titan - Did you get yours?

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AT&T Titan - Did you get yours?

We ask the question even though we think we know the answer: probably not!

Yes, the HTC Titan on AT&T "launched" today (see our first impressions video) but from our experience and yours, supply seems to be might-t tight on the mammoth phone. We had to hit three AT&T stores to get one. And we mean one. The phone we bought was the only HTC Titan within 30 miles of us and we're in Long Island (metro NYC). From Texas to Alabama to Eastern Virginia to Indiana, we've heard most stores don't have them in stock. Our local AT&T store told us they were expecting some tomorrow (Monday), which is plausible.

So why the hold up? It's clear HTC missed the BIG New York City launch a couple of weeks ago. Remember the six-story Windows Phone thing? Granted, the Titan was technically there (the unbranded international version). But the AT&T one clearly was missing and our hunch tells us that AT&T and Microsoft would have preferred to launch three phones on AT&T instead of just two (Focus S and Flash).  That tells us that HTC is probably having trouble either meeting demand or fulfilling their order to AT&T--whatever the reason, it is clearly having an effect on supply.

Your best bet if you don't want to order online? Call your store, give them your name. Store reps will personally call you to make the sale, so if you let them know you're interested, they'll most likely give you a ring as soon as some arrive. We also hear that Microsoft Stores do have them in stock and available--so if you're near one, that's a safe bet.

In the meantime, feel free to vent in comments and let us know if you got one!

Missing Titan image credit: Nick S., taken in NYC

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3 years ago

First Impressions - AT&T HTC TITAN 4G [Video]

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The TITAN has finally landed on AT&T! Possibly one of the most talked about and anticipated second-generation Windows Phones, the HTC Titan (we're not capitalizing it every time, sorry) lives up to its name. It's also hard to find in stores.  But the massive 4.7" inch device with a 1.5GHz CPU, 8MP rear camera (arguably the best of the lot), a 1.3MP front camera and 16GB of storage (12.5GB available) is certainly worthy of your time to hunt down.

We managed to get our grubby hands on it and we go over it in the video after the break, comparing it to the int'l version.

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3 years ago

Nokia Drive patched to work on other Windows Phones

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Nokia Drive, their mostly-offline navigation system for the Lumia series, has been hacked off the 800 and patched to work on other Windows Phones. We loaded it up on the HTC Titan to see if this was all legit and sure enough, it is.

Coming from a Chinese forum (which we're not linking), the XAP comes in at 7.35MB but of course grows dramatically once you choose and download maps. In fact, the maps are quite massive here for the States, where it weights in at 1.9GB and took nearly an hour to download and install. It's certainly not a bad piece of software but it's also nothing to go out of your way for either.

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3 years ago

Achievement lists reveal upcoming Xbox Live titles, including two free games!

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3 years ago

Mehdoh Twitter client updated to version 1.5

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3 years ago

HTC Titan listed at Att.com

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HTC Titan listed at Att.com

We're expecting the HTC Titan to hit the shelves over at AT&T tomorrow but to wet your whistle, it's now being listed over at AT&T.com with the other Windows Phones.

As we know, the Titan sports the 4.7" WVGA screen, is .39" thin, comes with an 8mp rear camera, front facing VGA camera and 16GB of storage. Pricing for the Titan is at $199.99 with the two year discounts and $549.99 off contract.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 601 pictures surface

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3 years ago

Kleio Flashcards - Review

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Kleio Flashcards - Review

Kleio Flashcards is a learning aid application for your Windows Phone that gives you the ability to create your own flashcards as well as download pre-made flashcards from Kleio's website. You can track your progress, maintain a library of flashcards, and import files from StudyStack.com

Kleio Flashcards is a Mango App and is a well laid out, useful Windows Phone application that should be helpful to students of all ages. To read more on Kleio Flashcards, hit the jump.

Pros: 
A great mobile way to study, main pages laid out nice to show study progress and flashcard library
Cons: 
Flashcard interface could be a little better, no on-board help section
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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia - The Amazing Calls

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Nokia Lumia - The Amazing Calls

Although this commercial has been out for two weeks, we don't recall seeing it, let alone showing it to you. So in that sense, being that it's in French and we mostly live in the U.S., we consider this "new". Or at the very least, if you haven't seen it, you'll probably find it really cool and interesting.

In short, it's a commercial for the Nokia Lumia 800 set to pretty awesome music with people running towards a light. We find it amusing and effective, so kudos to Nokia for making it as Windows Phone needs all the help it can in the image department. 

via MyNokiaBlog; Thanks, Dan, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Developer Interview: Long Zheng

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Dell Venue Pro with 8GB going for $229 for 1-day only

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The website Daily Steals is offering the T-Mobile compatible Dell Venue Pro with 8GB of storage for $229 for the next...oooh 18 hours. Though the DVP gets some criticism, including no compass with Mango, it is still a solid phones in many ways and if you have some extra cash, $229 ain't so bad.

Or you could go to Dell and just buy the 16GB version for $299, making this an okay-but-not-amazing-deal. Or neither. Your choice.

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3 years ago

DFT adds custom boot loader MAGLDR to Samsung Focus?

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