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3 years ago

Darts Champ Free - Review

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3 years ago

Bobble Biker - Review

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Bobble Biker - Review

The developers of Juice Factory have a new Windows Phone game over at the Marketplace. Bobble Biker is a motorcycle race game that has you navigate through a series of jumps, bumps and hazards without crashing or losing your head.

Bobble Biker has the multi-level race game, a race track creator and access to other user-created race tracks. Along the way you can earn cash to unlock addition bikes, upgrades and get new racers.

To read more on Bobble Biker, make the jump past the break.

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3 years ago

Microsoft Italy hosting Mango press event September 29th

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This is hands down going to be one of the biggest weeks for Microsoft and Windows Phone with official Mango updates rolling out worldwide.

One country we haven't heard much from has been Italy, but it looks like they're in luck too. On September 29th, Microsoft Italy will be hosting a presentation event to demo off Mango's new features, possibly those new HTC phones and hopefully get some much needed positive media coverage.

The event will be held at Casa Kinect at Officine Stendha in Milan at 5:30pm, invite only.

Source: Windows Phone Magazine Italy

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3 years ago

WhatsApp to be updated in future with more features

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We now have WhatsApp on the Marketplace for Mango users as of yesterday, which turned out to be relatively bare in terms of features, but functionality is present. We've now caught word of Simon Luk from WeLoveWP.hk contacting the developers asking whether or not more functionality will be implemented in the future.

In the above image we see Jan Koum from WhatsApp stating that the team is "committed very strongly" to Windows Phone and will be adding many features as well as fixing reported bugs. So sit tight with what we have thus far, the future is looking bright for WhatsApp.

Source: WeLoveWP

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3 years ago

Pulse heading to Windows Phone [Update--now available]

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As far as RSS readers go, Pulse set the standard a few years ago by releasing their award-winning app for the iPad. Since then, the app has gone to the iPhone and Android as well, bringing it's unique and stunning UI along the way.

Today, Pulse has announced that they have developed a version of their news aggregating application for Windows Phone.  The Pulse app lets readers track their favorite news sites by displaying them in a mosaic that updates as content changes.  The WP7 will take this even further, utilizing live tiles, to bring new content to your home screen.  Users can list up to 20 sites from Pulse's 200+ content partners, as well as other sites of their choosing. Of note, this is just the first step in bringing Pulse to Windows Phone, so users should expect more features and a richer client with future updates.

Pulse also allows makes for easy sharing, via Twitter, Facebook and email buttons.  Content can also be texted to users' contacts.

Pulse has been submitted for certification to the Marketplace and it is expected to be available any day now.  We do know that Pulse will be a free app and once a Marketplace link becomes available, we'll update the post.  In the meantime, check out a video demonstration after the break. 

Update: Pulse is now available. Grab it here in the Marketplace. (Thanks, Mike P., for the heads up!)

Source: Pulse

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3 years ago

Handyscan updated to version 3.0

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Handyscan updated to version 3.0

For those not familiar, HandyScan is an application for your Windows Phone that allows you to take a picture of a document, convert it to .PDF format, and share it through email.  We reviewed Handyscan way back when and found it to be a very nice document scanner for your Windows Phone.

The app was recently updated to bring some new features into the mix. Features that only add to the quality of this app.  You have a new, flexible cropping tool with perspective/skew correction, more streamlined process for sending documents and Dropbox support.

You also have a few performance tweaks such as an increased connection time out when sending an email over slow connections, disabling the phone's sleep function while sending or uploading files to Dropbox and matching the app's tile icon to your phone's theme color.

There is a free trial for Handyscan available and the full version runs $2.99. You also have a free version of HandyScan that lacks .PDF conversion (documents are saved as .JPG files). You can find the full version of Handyscan here and the free version here (both links opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Official eBay app gets a Mango makeover [Video]

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Now that Mango is so close you can taste it, we're starting to see the big guns land in the Marketplace. One of those is the official eBay app, as it just got bumped from 1.12 to 1.13. More interestingly, it's listed as a second app instead of an update to your existing version. Now worries, we have the new link below.

The app has had a UI change with the main start screen showing more info on a single page and smaller icons. But the big Mango features are:

  • Pin searches or individual auctions to your Start screen
  • Fast app resume
  • Live barcode scanner

That last one is kind of neat. Now that devs have the camera API, they can make live scanners for barcodes (instead of taking a photo and analyzing). The feature is self explanatory: you scan the item and it searches eBay for the best price. Of course you'll need decent lighting but it worked like a charm for us.

Finally, the last feature is a shopping assistant called eBay Explorer (beta). Using the Metro tiles, it allows you to drill down items in eBay based on your responses e.g. category, gender, price, occasions, etc. It works pretty well and should help us men who need last minute gifts for like everyone. Amirite, guys? [@J45PER lets us know that Explorer ssems to be US-only at this time]

Pick up the new eBay app in the Marketplace. Thanks, @ogracia, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Minimalistic superhero Windows Phone wallpapers

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Remember the minimalistic Pokemon wallpapers? Well, if you happen to be a fan of superheroes like Captain America then these wallpapers will be right up your street. 1800PocketPC has cropped some wallpapers created by artlambi to the resolution which fits your windows Phone.

The designs look great and as always the simplistic feel suits Windows Phone perfectly.

Source: 1800PocketPC, designs by artlambi

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Summary of the Week: September 19-25, 2011

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This week has been entirely Windows Phone Mango-orientated as we await for the upcoming major update to be rolled out on a global scale. We have a special edition of the weekly summary today with the inclusion of a special Mango section that's split up between operator rumours and apps being updated to Mango. Head on past the break for this week's breakdown and the list of links.

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3 years ago

Deutsche Telekom sets Monday 26th as Mango day

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We recently caught wind of Deutsche Telekom's plan to roll out Mango to HTC devices beginning next week and later cover Samsung handsets. Chip.de now reports that the German-based operator is looking to kick start the process as early as Monday, September 26th.

Hopefully more details surrounding the Samsung wave of the roll out will be released sometime soon. 

Source: Chip.de (Bing Translate) Thanks Malte for the tip!

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3 years ago

Nokia releases first app that highlights apps

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While we're all still eagerly awaiting Nokia's first handset to hit stores before the year is out the manufacturer has decided to launch itself onto the Marketplace with Top App. "What does Top App do?" you might ask, well it highlights apps that are worthy of download in Nokia's view.

Some highlighted features:

  • Update live apps on the home screen
  • Consultation of the content featured, carefully selected each day for you
  • Lists of the best apps local and global, never miss anything Research and consultation of new apps is fast and fun.

It doesn't look like Top App is available for download just yet but you can view the Marketplace listing here (opens Zune).

Source: MonWindowsPhone Thanks to everyone who tipped us on this!

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3 years ago

Super Monkey Ball updated, fixes broken achievements

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Super Monkey Ball has been updated by Sega, which fixes the broken achievements we reported on a while back. We've received word that the achievements are now obtainable and all gamerscore can be successfully earned. The achievements in question are:

  • Crowned Champion - Get a crown on every stage of a world
  • Conquer Space Case World - Complete all of the stages of the Space Case World

If we get an official change log from Sega, we'll pass it on.  You can download Super Monkey Ball from the Marketplace. It's currently running $2.99 and there is a free trial to let you try before you buy.

Thanks Aaron and mydefposse for the heads up!

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3 years ago

WhatsApp now available [Mango]

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WhatsApp now available [Mango]

We published an article covering a potential release of WhatsApp for Windows Phone within 24 hours and here we are, announcing the availability. Be sure to check out the video review of the beta for WhatsApp. If you're not familiar with the name, it's a major cross-platform IM client.

One can download WhatsApp from the Marketplace, but keep in mind the app requires Mango.

Via: Plaffo

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3 years ago

Cro-Mag Rally version 1.1 update passes the checkered flag

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Last month, WPCentral broke the news that Cro-Mag Rally, the prehistoric-themed Xbox Live kart racer from Citizen 12, would be receiving a title update. At last that update has hit the Marketplace.

Cro-Mag Rally version 1.1 release notes:

  • Lower camera for better overall car control
  • Implement auto-accelerate.  You no longer need to hold down F to keep going. (F is still displayed on screen though.)
  • Tweak physics for cars on medium difficulty to make them a little less grippy (easier to drift through turns)
  • Tweak control response curve to make it more "linear" (and thus more responsive at smaller angles off-center)
  • Tweak dynamic range of the sensitivity setting. The least sensitive setting should require nearly 90 degree rotation of phone to achieve maximum turn. Most sensitive setting requires only about 30 degrees to achieve maximum turn. 
  • Lower maximum speed for all cars in certain tracks (the more curvy ones) in order to slow down the overall pace (and make them a little easier). Does not apply to Expert mode.
  • Tweak the wall collision code to prevent certain instances of being able to go off map

In short, karts now auto-accelerate and the camera angle offers better visibility. After putting in a quick race in the updated version, I definitely prefer auto-acceleration to holding a ‘Forward’ button. The game’s handling still feels a little wonky, but there’s only so much a developer can do post-release. Props to Citizen 12 for taking gamer feedback into account. Check out our previous article for the developer’s full explanation behind the patch.

Cro-Mag Rally costs $2.99 and there is a free trial. Gather it here (Zune link) in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Sneak peak at Evernote 2.0 [Mango]

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Sneak peak at Evernote 2.0 [Mango]

In the above video, Damian Mehers, Senior Software Engineer of Evernote, walks us through what we can look forward too in Evernote 2.0 for Windows Phone Mango. The update will bring the ability to pin notes, tags, map locations and searches to the home screen.

Background synchronisation is going to be active with any new notes created on other platforms being displayed as a counter on the app tile, should the user not run the app on the handset since. If your device is plugged in and is connected by WiFi, Evernote will download the content as well as headers. Mango search integration we've seen with IMDB etc. will now sport Evernote with notes being created easily in that moment.

Templates can be created and pinned to the home screen, in the above video Damian runs us through creating one for creating expense claims. Better social forwarding is present making use of native Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Windows Live so there's no need to re-enter account details.

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