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3 years ago

ESPN ScoreCenter - First Look

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ESPN ScoreCenter - First Look

ESPN has released their official ScoreCenter application for Windows Phone 7. ScoreCenter is a free application and brings you scores, news, standings, videos for your favorite sports teams and leagues.  ScoreCenter makes a good first impression with a clean appearance and brings plenty of sports information to your Windows Phone.

Features include:

  • Personalized scoreboards and live look-ins into ESPN Gamecasts for play by play, in-game stats, box scores and game summaries.
  • The Lead Page that keeps you on top of the most important sports news, scores and videos of the day.
  • You can follow your favorite teams and sports leagues from the NFL, NBA, NCAA, NHL, MLB, NASCAR, Golf, MMA and more.
  • Sports Ticker runs across the bottom of the screen with your latest sports stories.
  • Integration with your myESPN account to view your favorite teams and sports.

You can download your free copy of ScoreCenter here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

I Love Katamari - Review

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I Love Katamari - Review

The original Katamari Damacy was a sleeper hit when it launched on Playstation 2. It featured a rather unique premise, with the King of All Cosmos requiring the young Prince to roll up tons of objects into a sticky ball called a Katamari. The prince goes from picking up small objects like pencils to gigantic fare like buildings and even islands, creating an amazing sense of scale. Japanese wackiness and humor abounds.

There really is nothing like the Katamari Damacy series, so I was thrilled when Namco released the game on Windows Phone 7 as an Xbox Live title. Then again, I love Katamari comes from the same developer who brought a rather lackluster Pac-Man port to Windows Phone 7, so quality was not guaranteed. I’m pleased to report that while I Love Katamari has a couple of serious issues, its personality and spirit still remain intact.

Roll past the break for our full review.

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3 years ago

Why you should care about IE9 on WP7

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Why you should care about IE9 on WP7

At Mobile Word Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore gave a demonstration of some of the new features coming to Windows Phone 7 in an update to come later this year. The touted features include multitasking, which is for some the Holy Grail of mobile platforms. Somewhat overshadowed by the multitasking features was the demonstration of Internet Explorer 9 for Windows Phone, which is to include many of the features of its desktop counterpart.

The real issue for some WPCentral readers is why they should care about Internet Explorer on Windows Phone? IE has long been the whipping boy among browsers, at least from a PC enthusiast’s standpoint. Lambasted for its lack of security and standards support, Internet Explorer has been losing market share to Google Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox.

Follow the break to learn why Internet Explorer 9 is the single biggest feature coming to Windows Phone 7 in 2011, at least in this writers estimation.

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3 years ago

Microsoft gives AT&T users some hope for NoDo

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In the wake of the uproar over their lack of communication on their update strategy, Microsoft created a web page to communicate with users on the status of their updates. Up until now AT&T users were left wondering what "Testing" meant, and how long that would take. The bad news is that all three Windows Phone 7 devices on AT&T are still in the testing phase, but the good news is that there are target dates attached now.

According to Microsoft’s website, testing for both the NoDo and Pre-Nodo updates are estimated to be completed early next month. While this is obviously later than anyone wants, at least we have a time frame to mark on the calendar.

What do you think? Is this too late? Are you at least glad that there is some communication rolling at this point? Get your rant on in the comments.

Source: Microsoft; Thanks to Bryan for the tip!

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3 years ago

Nodo Update being distributed at Rogers

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Samsung Focus owners on the Rogers network are reporting that they are receiving the March Nodo Update today. We've gotten a handful of tips from Roger's customers who were pleasantly surprised that when they hooked their carrier locked Focus up to Zune, the update notification was there.

We can only hope that AT&T isn't too far behind.  So for the Roger's customers in the crowd, how's the update process going?

Thanks to Sean, Rob and everyone else who tipped us on this!

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3 years ago

Super Monkey Ball rolling to Xbox Live on April 6

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Since the debut of Xbox Live on Windows Phone 7, we’ve seen games from a few large console developers like Konami and Namco. Sega is finally throwing its hat into the ring with next week’s Xbox Live title, Super Monkey Ball.

Super Monkey Ball 2 was previously thought to be coming to Xbox Live based on its Achievements listing at Xbox360Achievements. Achievements listings don’t always turn out to be correct, though – the same site listed Katamari Damacy as coming to Windows Phone 7, but then the actual game ended up being I Love Katamari. It now looks like instead of porting the (much superior) Super Monkey Ball 2 from iPhone, Sega chose to start with the original.

Super Monkey Ball places players in control of one of several monkeys-inside-a-ball. Actually, you don’t control the monkey ball directly. By tilting the course itself, you can try to collect bananas and navigate the ball towards each level’s goal, all without falling off the course’s edge. This version of the game uses tilt controls exclusively for steering while the touch screen rotates the camera. The courses feature some pretty basic 3D graphics but the monkey balls themselves are 2D sprites. Mini-games, for which the Super Monkey Ball series is famous, are not present in the first mobile Super Monkey Ball. Still, the game has over 100 stages, so it should keep players busy for a good while.

Super Monkey Ball comes to Xbox Live on Wednesday, April 6. It will cost $4.99. Xbox Live games always have free trials, so smart gamers will give those tilt controls a try before rolling out money for a purchase.

Thanks to Whitney Strong at Edelman for the screens and info!

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3 years ago

Verizon HTC Trophy to land April 15th?

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It was earlier thought that the Verizon HTC Trophy would hit the market on March 24th but that date has long since come and gone.  We've also seen rumors that the release date would be some time in June.

Now, through a leaked Verizon Spring road map, it looks like the Windows Phone 7 device will should hit stores on April 15.  It joins a handful of Android devices being released by Verizon during April and, as previously reported, will be featuring the NoDo update.

No details on pricing have surfaced but we're thinking $199 with contractual discounts might be in the ball park.  We'll have our fingers crossed (again) that the April 15th date holds true.


Source: phandroid via: AndroidCentral  Thanks goes out to D.J. Richard for the tip!

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3 years ago

AlphaJax version 1.7 brings new player rating system and matchmaking

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AlphaJax -Everyone’s favorite Scrabble clone, I mean, word game - has received a steady stream of updates since its release in October. We were excited when a February update added unlimited, ad-supported play to the trial version of the game as well as user statistic tracking.

Today’s update overhauls stat tracking. Previously, the leader board just put the players with the highest number of wins at the top. Now player skill is also a factor. The new rating system is based on the Elo rating system. Gamers increase their rank via wins, but rank goes up a lot more by defeating a higher ranked opponent. On Xbox 360, the Xbox Live TrueSkill system works much the same way.

How does AlphaJax’s rating system affect people who are new to the game? Players aren’t ranked until they complete ten online games. Pass-and-play (local multiplayer) doesn’t affect rank. Even if someone loses all ten of their starting games, they won’t receive a negative rank. When they finally do win, they should jump up in rank a fair bit since other players are likely ranked higher than zero.

Now that players have a proper skill rating, random matchmaking has significantly improved. There are two options: Skill Match and Random Game. Random works just like it did before, throwing one player up against a completely random opponent. Skill Match, however, pits the player against someone with a similar skill rating. This should result in much more competitive games. Winning a Skill Match is also more likely to have a significant impact on a player’s rating. A high AlphaJax rating, I assume, helps you get all the girls. I’m… not quite there yet. ;)

AlphaJax, is the leading Scrabble-style game for Windows Phone 7. It supports two-player online play against friends or random players as well as local multiplayer. Our review praises AlphaJax’s features and presentation. Even now, AlphaJax remains quite possibly the most polished and addictive indie game on the platform.

AlphaJax is available in ad-supported and ad-free ($2.99) flavors. You can pick it up here (Zune link) on the Marketplace. WPCentral staffers Daniel Rubino (Malatesta), George Ponder (coppertop) and Paul Acevedo (eastx) are accepting challenges!

Head past the jump for the full version 1.7 changelog.

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3 years ago

Need a new WP7 Lock Screen wallpaper?

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Need a new WP7 Lock Screen wallpaper?

Growing tired of your Windows Phone's lock screen? Looking for a new wallpaper? eMobilez has collected a vast assortment of 480x800 resolution wallpapers (and other sizes) that range from the abstract to cartoons.

All totaled (if my math is correct) the site offers 803 wallpaper images from nine categories. The only drawback is that the wallpapers aren't keyword searchable but you won't grow tired of surfing through them.

Installation is simple. Just find the wallpaper of your liking, download it to your computer and then transfer it to your Windows Phone via Zune. Then venture into settings and change your Lock Screen setting.

source: eMobilez via: monsmartphone Thanks goes out to Gilles for the tip!

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3 years ago

Microsoft's Mobile Studio, Kin Studio Part Two?

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Could the Kin Studio be rising from the ashes and headed to the Windows Phone as the Mobile Studio? For those not familiar with Microsoft's Kin, in many ways it was a scaled down Windows Phone for teenagers. A social networking phone of sorts.

It failed and had a life span measured in months but one glowing success of the Kin experiment was the Kin Studio. The Kin Studio was an online portal to your phone where photos, videos, status updates and messages were synced to. Similar to Windows Live but with more pizzazz.

There have been hints that Microsoft hasn't completely scrapped the Kin Studio concept and a recent job posting might be another such hint. Microsoft is advertising for positions to the Mobile Studio Team. As described in the announcement,

"The Mobile Studio will redefine the mobile phone for millions of everyday users around the world. We are looking for an intuitive and driven User Interface Designer with the ability to conceptualize and lead the design of features built for mobile phones...The candidate will be part of a team that is responsible for extending and evolving the functionality of Windows Phone."

Could the Mobile Studio be a new version of the Kin Studio? Maybe a new addition to the Windows Live services?  Or are we just reading too much into the job posting?

Source: ZDNet

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3 years ago

Glow Artisan is Deal of the Week: $1.99

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Glow Artisan is Deal of the Week: $1.99

Another Wednesday and we get to see another Xbox LIVE for Windows Phone title drop. Glow Artisan (see review) was originally $4.99, then dropped to $2.99 a few weeks ago. Now the we received puzzle game is going for a very fair $1.99.

Remember, the DotW is just that...for one week. So grab the trial now and give it a spin to see if it's worth the $1.99--we think it is. Here's your link to the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Dell Venue Pro getting NoDo starting today, separate firmware update coming later

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Looks like there has been some confusion regarding the Dell Venue Pro and the NoDo update, which started coming out today for the HD7. Many users have successfully received the pre-NoDo February update, but few if anyone has received the big NoDo one itself. As Lionel Menchaca, Chief Blogger for Dell Inc. states, users can expect NoDo to "rolled out...over time starting today" and a second firmware update from Dell "coming later".

That second bit hints at something we've been hearing--a firmware update that will fix some outstanding issues that DVP has been plagued with since launch. What exactly this firmware update will fix is not clear yet, so we'll be awaiting for details in Menchaca's Dell post which should be forthcoming soon.

Source: Twitter; Thanks, pjfan75, for the heads up

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3 years ago

T-Mobile makes it official: HD7 getting NoDo, not yet for Dell Venue Pro; Changelog posted too

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By now, a lot of T-Mobile US customers have received their alert about the February and March updates for their HD7s. T-Mobile has published a step-by-step guide on the process, which can be found here.

What is obvious is that the HD7, but not the Dell Venue Pro is getting NoDo today. The DVP did receive the February pre-NoDo update but we've heard, but not confirmed, that NoDo will be hitting the Dell phone in mid-April (April 18th?)--has to do with more "fixes" being on board in addition to NoDo. Hopefully we'll hear more about that later.

In addition, what is curious is the changelog for the HD7:

  • Adds the ability to copy and paste text.
  • Stops unnecessary data connectivity and lowers data usage while using Yahoo! Mail.
  • Improved Marketplace search
  • While connected to Wi-Fi, customers will now see different background images in the Search screen.

We haven't heard about the Yahoo! Mail bug being fixed in this update before, nor about the the "background images" being different during search when over WiFi--more subtle changes we suppose.

Source: T-Mobile 1, T-Mobile 2

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3 years ago

Tarot - App Spotlight

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Tarot - App Spotlight

Carlo Milian, developer of Windows Phone apps such as SoundEscape 7, Twitter Translator, and Palm Reader 7, is offering Tarot over at the Marketplace. The free fortune telling application brings the art of Tarot Card reading to your Windows Phone.

Billed as being able to help guide you through your troubled emotions and clouded thoughts, by offering a reflection of your past, present and possible future and showing you a fresh perspective on your life. Tarot lays out predictions for your past, present and future in a nice looking application.

To begin the reading you tap the Tarot Card deck to shuffle and tap the deck again to deal your hand. From there just tap each card to flip them over and tap them again to read your fortune. Tarot also provides a view of the full deck of cards on a second page of the applications hub.

Tarot is a free application and ad supported. If your curious what the cards have to say about your fortune, Tarot can be downloaded here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Audio Phone 7 - App Spotlight

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Audio Phone 7 - App Spotlight

While there are a handful of note taking apps in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace, some prefer audio notes to serve as a reminder. Enter Audio Phone 7 from Redtalon.

Audio Phone 7 is an ad supported voice recorder for your Windows Phone. When the application launches, it goes directly to the recording page of the hub. From there you simply type in a title for your recording and record away.

Audio Phone 7 also includes pages to view your past recordings as well as links to other applications by the developer. The only drawback I could see while giving Audio Phone 7 a quick test is that you have to enter a title to the recording. If your on the go and need to record a quick voice memo, you may not have the time to enter a title. Then again, you could always just type a few random characters.

Audio Phone 7 is a free application, allowing you to see for yourself if it's worth keeping on your phone. You can download your copy of Audio Phone 7 here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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