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3 years ago

Minesweeper - Review

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Minesweeper - Review

Minesweeper as we know it was created in 1990 and has been bundled with every new version of Windows since 1992. The mobile Xbox Live version, developed by Babaroga and published by Microsoft, is one of the first two free ad-supported games for Xbox Live and the first to be available in regions outside of North America. This game shares much in common with its fellow free game Sudoku, though the actual gameplay is completely different, with a much higher learning curve. Get past that and you’ll find an enjoyable logic puzzle game.

Step carefully over the mines and past the break for our full review.

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3 years ago

Implode: Xbox Windows Phone Review

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Implode: Xbox Windows Phone Review

I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing three mobile Xbox Live physics puzzlers so far: iBlast Moki, Tiki Towers, and Enigmo. Now that IUGO’s popular Implode! has come to the Windows Phone, could the genre be getting too crowded for its own good? That depends on how much you like a cerebral challenge. After braving Implode!’s vast quantity of levels, I’m pleased to report that my brain has yet to be tapped out. More importantly, Implode! is good enough and different enough to justify its place on the platform.

Put on your hard hat and head past the break for our full review.

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3 years ago

Gravity Guy - Review

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Gravity Guy - Review

There are many different approaches to adapting traditional genres to mobile platforms. Take platformers, for example. Sonic the Hedgehog 4 brings an Xbox 360 title to Windows Phone with touch-screen controls. I love the game, but some people either can’t or don’t want to adapt to touch-screen controls. Doodle Jump, designed purely for mobile phones, simply relies on tilt-control to steer its ever-jumping hero from platform to platform. Gravity Guy from Miniclip falls somewhere between the two extremes.

Flip past the break for our full review.

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3 years ago

Collapse! - Xbox Windows Phone Review

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How much do Xbox Live Achievements affect your enjoyment of a game? The best Achievements enhance the gameplay experience, simultaneously rewarding progress and encouraging players to experience the game in new ways. Sometimes we see games whose Achievement difficulty doesn’t match their casual nature – Doodle Jump and Harbor Master to name only two. There are also poor games whose only redeeming value is the easiness of their Achievements (hello, Butterfly!). And then comes Collapse! from GameHouse. A good game with easy Achievements, but there is such a thing as too easy.

Head past the jump for our full review.

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3 years ago

Tower Bloxx: New York - Xbox Windows Phone Review

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After the huge disappointment of 3D Brick Breaker Revolution from Digital Chocolate, I wasn’t exactly eager to play any more of their games. That title sported an awful 3D graphics engine, poor controls, and overly difficult gameplay and Achievements. Surprisingly, Digital Chocolate’s other Xbox Live title, Tower Bloxx: New York is far less offensive. It’s still nothing special, but fans of casual games may enjoy it.

Climb the stairs past the break for our full review.

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3 years ago

Elop confirms first Nokia phones this quarter

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Nokia's CEO, Stephen Elop confirmed today what was expected all along, the first Nokia Windows Phones will be coming very soon. It has been long suspected that the Finnish manufacturer would unveil the first of their WP7 devices at the Nokia World conference in London on October 26th, and at a Helsinki technology fair this morning, Elop spoke of introducing "products" in the current quarter. What's exciting here is his use of the plural form, denoting that we can expect at least a couple models this year. With Apple's new iPhone about to launch, Elop said, "Our belief is that there is a clear opportunity for an alternative ecosystem."

Elop compared the company's decision to abandon Symbian for Windows Phone to jumping off of a burning oil platform, which is pretty accurate. Nokia saw Symbian steadily losing ground and had to act, though moving to a completely new platform left them in a state of financial limbo with nothing to offer investors or consumers for eight months. With that stagnancy drawing to an end, we're close to seeing if the gamble paid off.

Source: Reuters; Via: PhoneScoop

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3 years ago

Unlocked HTC Titan now available via Clove Technology

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For those looking for an unlocked, SIM-free version of the HTC Titan, Clove Technology has you covered as that device is now in stock and ready to be ordered. Fetching for £498.00 (incl. VAT) or about $767, you can order the biggest, baddest Windows Phone to date.

For those looking for network compatibility, you have 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz covered for voice and 850, 900, 2100 Mhz for 3G data on board. Everything else looks the same as expected.

Source: Clove.co.uk; Thanks, Jubbin G., for the Twitter tip!

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3 years ago

HTC Radar available at MobiCity

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HTC Radar available at MobiCity

Good news for those who reside in Australia and are eagerly awaiting the HTC Radar handset, MobiCity is now stocking HTC's Mango-powered white gem and it's available for purchase at $549.99. It's not tied to any network (unlocked), is available in white or silver and is ready to ship on order. Unfortunately when choosing a free accessory, the HTC dock isn't listed (due to delay?) and it's not Telstra NextG compatible showing that this could well be an imported model.

If you're a power house fan, then the HTC Titan will be more up your street, but is still tied to pre-ordering for now.

Source: MobiCity, thanks Gibbo for the tip!

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3 years ago

Microsoft releases SharePoint Hub for developers

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For those who work with SharePoint, you may want to take a look at the little app Microsoft just pushed out called SharePoint Hub. It features the SharePoint official blog, Twitter and Facebook integration and basically keeps you abreast of what is happening in that small corner of the world. By no means is it a killer app, it's still a neat little info app that we imagine some of you will make use of:

"Connect to the Microsoft SharePoint community via your phone. The SharePoint Community app connects you to the latest information direct from the SharePoint product group blog, as well as information on news events. You can also connect directly with the SharePoint community via Facebook and Twitter."

Grab it here in the Marketplace (Web version).

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3 years ago

Tip: Pin the Web Marketplace to your Task-bar and get a free jump list

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Here's a neat little trick. If you have Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 9 installed, you can browse over to WindowsPhone.com and pin that site to your Taskbar for quick access. Simply drag-n-drop the icon in the address field to your Task Bar and you'll have a quick shortcut right to the new Web Marketplace. What's even cooler though is the built in jump-list that you get by right-clicking that shortcut. In short, it'll bring up the site's various sub-sections, like Marketplace, My Phone, How To, etc. for super quick access.

Neat-o.

via: Windows Phone Daily

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3 years ago

Facebook feed issues in People Hub? You're not alone!

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We've received reports from readers that they seem to be experiencing some trouble with the Facebook feed in People Hub where updates aren't appearing from friends and contacts. The good news is that it's not an actual bug or problem but more of the social network viewing the Facebook integration in Windows Phone as a third-party app, not an official app.

As each registered account has control over who can view and access status updates as well as personal details it's up to that contact to set privacy controls accordingly. Should they not allow status updates through third-party apps then you will unfortunately not be able to view when they visit the bathroom or when their mood changes.

Here's an official response from Microsoft in a support thread:

"Facebook considers Windows Phone to be a third-party app, rather than an official Facebook app. This means Windows Phone only has access to information that is shared with apps and websites.

Each individual has control over what they share (Account > Privacy Settings > Apps and Websites: Edit your settings > Info accessible through your friends: Edit settings). If someone disables "My status updates," their friends will be not be able to see the updates in third-party apps. They will, however, show up on the Facebook website and in official Facebook-branded apps. Turning off platform apps entirely makes the user's whole Facebook profile disappear from Windows Phone.

This can be very annoying, but people should be able to control what they share. The ideal solution would be for Facebook to make Windows Phone an official app. Until that happens, updates from some friends may not appear in the People Hub."

Join the discussion over on our forums!

Update: To be able to see your contact updates in the People Hub, that contact will need to alter their privacy settings and enable "status updates" in the following area: "> Privacy Settings > Apps and Websites: Edit your settings > How people bring your info to apps they use: Edit your settings"

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Homebrew app roundup

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Windows Phone Homebrew app roundup

Lots of little things have been happening if you have a developer unlocked device, preferably with the new interop level needed to side-load some more advance apps.

First off, over at Windows Phone Hacker they've detailed a more simple method for getting Internet Sharing onto your Samsung Mango phone (Omnia 7, Focus). Once you have your developer unlocked device also interop-unlocked, it only takes two files and a reboot to get the much-coveted feature on to your phone. As you can see from the pic below, we manged to do it for our AT&T Focus and it works like a charm (seriously, it's a nice tethering solution).

Next up are some HTC apps. Yes, so long as HTC tirelessly works on specialized apps, those mischievous fellas over at XDA will be trying to port them. This time, they've managed to grab the Omega/Radars's OEM files, which includes that new HTC Hub. We loaded it onto our Focus and it works quite well. In addition, you can even add the Dock Mode app, which we're big fans of, for a more complete device. Stay clear though of Attentive Phone, the sound enhancer and camera apps as they won't do anything for your non-HTC phone.

Finally, there's a unique app from GoodDayToDie at XDA called MultiTaskToggle:

"Threw together something fun for you: a one-click (don't sue me, Bezos) app for enabling or disabling multitasking on Mango. Fast app switching + full multitasking = awesome! Disabling multitasking when you need to save battery = convenient!"

"Features: Secondary tile with deep linking! Shows current multitask state and toggles it when tapped. Supports HTC, LG, Samsung phones [NEW]. Works on Mango! Uses no homebrew DLLs."

Basically the app allows you to set multitasking on/off with one tap on a Live Tile. Here's we're talking about the full-fledged, instant-resuming multi-tasking. It sucks up more battery life, but it also faster and allows things to run in the background. Being able to turn it on/of with a simple touch, therefore, is a much welcomed addition for the power users out there. You can find that thread right here.

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3 years ago

NetMarketshare shows Windows Phone growing steadily

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NetMarketshare, a web analytics company that collects data on web usage, has updated their marketshare report interface to include the breakdown of mobile operating systems as well as desktop. According to the data provided, Windows Phone is growing at a steady pace in terms of marketshare.

The report shows that the platform still has yet to overtake Windows Mobile and Blackberry is still a couple of percent ahead, but it will be interesting to see the chart again in a few months time once upcoming hardware have been released. As a bonus we can filter Windows Phone and view the platform growth on its own, as shown below.

Source: NetMarketshare, thanks Keith for the heads up!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile set to launch HTC Radar 4G on November 2nd

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When T-Mobile finally announced the Radar 4G, one thing that was missing was a firm release date. We knew it cleared the FCC and we've seen it videoed already, but all we had for a time-frame was "Holiday season".

Well, consider this your clarification. The HTC Radar 4G is set to launch on T-Mobile on Wednesday, November 2nd--just under 30 days from now. Price is a sane and expected $199 on contract.

Of course, we have a feeling that a lot of you will be griping about the lack of a proper HD7 successor--notably the Titan missing from the lineup. Sadly, this launch lineup adds nothing to that disappointment, although we have to admit, the Radar 4G is a very nice phone. In fact, we're going to advise a lot of you to at least play with it in the store/get a hands on before you outright dismiss it, because its screen and build quality are some of the best we've ever seen--no joke.

Source: TmoNews

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3 years ago

Dell Wrigley Windows Phone still exists? India website lists it as launching soon.

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Dell has been completely MIA from the Mango-madness of the last few months. It all started back in May when Microsoft started leaving Dell off of any list of OEMs who are developing Windows Phones. Speculation at the time suggested that Dell had dropped out of the smartphone biz and were withdrawing and Windows Phone plan. Some of this became evident when the price of an unlocked Venue Pro dropped to $300 and AT&T seemed to have put the phone on the back, back burner.

Now, for what it's worth, which may not be much. the Dell Wrigley appears to be coming to Inida soon, listed on the sites Mobile Dekho, My India Guide and featured in a brief overview on the site Idea Marketers. The device is listed as having an 8MP camera, 4" screen and features TDMA, CDMA and GSM support. Price is listed at about Rs. 30,000 (~$600).

This exact same device with similar specs did show up on our leaked Dell road-map, lending some credence to the idea. Still, we have to ask, Dell...where are you? While the Venue Pro had a rough start, it turned out to be a solid Windows Phone and we sure hope to see more from Dell in 2011 and 2012. On the other hand, this could be an erroneous listing, so we'll just have to remain skeptical for a bit.

Thanks, Jc_Agga, for the tip!

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