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2 years ago

BigBot Audio Drop Review: Windows Phone gets an exclusive, stylish puzzle game

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After taking last week off to review Microsoft’s Xbox One console, I’m back with a look at a just-released indie game for Windows Phone 7 and 8. BigBot Audio Drop comes from Wisconsin-based indie developer BigBot Systems. Not only is it their first game, it’s also exclusive to Windows Phone.

BigBot Audio Drop blends traditional falling block gameplay with thumping electronic music and slick visuals. The gameplay and design are closely modeled after Lumines, an early PSP hit that later came to XBLA and other platforms. But Lumines never came to Windows Phone, so Audio Drop fills a nice gap in our favorite smartphone’s software lineup. It also comes in both paid and free versions, so it won’t break the bank.

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2 years ago

Nokia’s new ad with stylized animation dares Apple users to #SwitchToLumia

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Speaking of Nokia going on the offensive, a new highly stylized ad has been posted on their Germany YouTube page, daring people to think differently by switching to Lumia.

The ad, an offshoot of one from last year that targeted the iPhone 5, uses modern animation design to tell the tale of a boring life of sameness. Set in a school, the video shows students placing apples on a teacher’s desk, one after the other, in a dreary, repetitive motion. The sequence repeats numerous times but there is one child growing oranges, who finally gives one to the teacher. The teacher’s eyes light up and the children rejoice as ‘sameness’ is pushed to the side.

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2 years ago

Galaxy S4 allegedly catches fire, Nokia steps in to help after Samsung flubs support

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One of the big selling points in buying a Lumia Windows Phone, besides the unique and excellent design, is the customer support that Nokia offers. Whether they have had issues with firmware, a defective unit or just general feedback, the Finnish company has always treated their customers with respect. That hands-on sincerity has not gone unnoticed by many and it’s something that Samsung could learn a thing or two about.

Recently, an owner of a Galaxy S4 claimed that his phone caught fire during the battery charging process. The video was posted on YouTube and it quickly went viral. To be fair to Samsung, such events are super rare and are always plausible with electronics. There’s no indication that this is widespread event. Rather, it looks to be an isolated case of some defective hardware.

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2 years ago

Microsoft sells 2 million Xbox Ones, announces new support patch

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Xbox One is Microsoft's next-generation video console, which launched just shy of three weeks ago. The company has today announced that more than 2 million consoles have been sold to consumers worldwide, reportedly averaging over 111,111 (see what they did there?) units per day. 

Microsoft previously unveiled some humorous, albeit rather pointless figures that included how many zombies have been slain in Dead Rising 3, as well as how many miles have been driven in Forza 5. We now have official numbers to play with when talking about the Xbox One launch and it's looking rather positive.

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2 years ago

Doodle Kingdom is now also available for Windows 8 - create your own kingdom

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2 years ago

#CESlive sneak preview video: Check out what's coming to Vegas!

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Last week we announced our partnership with Geek Beat and the rest of the Mobile Nations crew to cover the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. CES is known as the largest electronics event in the world and it happens every year in Vegas. Also every year, we cover it as individual sites but this time around we’re going big.

Check out the preview video with Cali Lewis and John P. of Geek Beat along with Kevin Michaluk, Phil Nickinson, Rene Ritchie and myself as we talk ourselves into doing this huge, crazy project.

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2 years ago

Today only: AT&T Nokia Lumia 1020 for $99 at Microsoft Store (US/Canada)

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Microsoft is firing up deal number 3 in the 12 Days of Deals promotion. Today we'll see the Nokia Lumia 1020 on AT&T have its price tag slashed. If you're not familiar with the deals, the company is offering numerous products at discounted prices over the course of the next 12 days. 

Update: Lumia 1020 is out of stock online. They went super quick.

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2 years ago

Official Windows Phone app for the NFC Ring accessory now available for commands

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The team behind the NFC Ring, a piece of wearable technology with support for NFC, have released the official Windows Phone app. If you're not familiar with the product, think of it as a ring, but with NFC capabilities. Starting as a Kickstarter project, we became rather excited about the possibilities this technology could unlock with Windows Phone.

Should you be looking to pick up a NFC Ring for yourself or friends, you'll definitely want to check out the official app. Head on past the break for all the details.

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2 years ago

Place your bets! Official Betfred Lotto app launches on Windows 8

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Betfred Lotto (www.betfred.com/lotto) is an addictive gambling experience, which has just launched on Windows 8. From the UK bookmaker Betfred, this official app opens up access to a wide variety of lotto draws, including the UK, Irish, Euromillios and 49's. Should you be a fan of placing the odd bet or two to see if you've got the lucky charm to win, you may wish to check out Betfred Lotto for your tablet and PC.

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2 years ago

Alcometer for Windows Phone, keeping an eye on your adult beverage intake

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Alcometer is a Windows Phone app that will provide you with a rough estimate of your Blood Alcohol Content.  The results are not guaranteed and should not be used to determine your ability to drive.

Alcometer is a Windows Phone app that will help you monitor your adult beverage intake and give you a general idea on how it is affecting your body.  The app will provide an estimated blood alcohol content based on your alcoholic intake and physical characteristics, along with an approximation for how long it could take you to sober up after indulging in the adult beverages.

The app shouldn't be used to justify sobriety (or roadworthiness as the disclaimer notes) but is an interesting way to keep tabs on your adult beverage intake and the effects it could bring. 

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2 years ago

Angry Birds Go! goes live in the Windows Phone Store after false early start

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It was just four days ago that Rovio, and by extension we, teased you about Angry Birds Go! arriving for Windows Phone 8. The link for the latest and greatest in Angry Birds gaming was leaked and passed around rapidly. But the sinking realization of the app’s inability to connect to Rovio’s servers hit quickly and many were left with just a useless icon on their device.

Tonight (or even early morning for some of you), that tale has come to an end as version 1.0 of a true working version of the game is now live in the Store. That's just shy of under two-weeks after iOS got the game, which isn't too bad for platform parity.

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2 years ago

Report: Nokia Normandy, low-end hardware with forked version of Android

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Do you want a Nokia device running Android? According to The Verge, Nokia has been building it under the code name, Normandy. It runs a forked version of Android on some really low-end hardware similar to what Amazon does with the Kindle Fire.

The Verge’s sources say:

Normandy is designed as an Asha equivalent to push low-cost devices with access to more traditional smartphone apps — something the company has struggled to achieve for its Series 40-powered Asha line.

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2 years ago

Latest 6tag update brings bug fixes and improved security

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2 years ago

Dell Venue 8 Pro wireless keyboard now available with $15-off discount

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If you picked up a Dell Venue 8 Pro 8-inch tablet recently, especially with that Microsoft Store deal yesterday, you may want to consider the Dell Tablet Wireless Keyboard, which appears to be now available. Well, now available to order, as the page says “Usually Ships: 3-5 Weeks”.

Throw in the $15 discount using coupon code QG3G$33HH3QP0? and you can knock the price down from $99 to $85. That is still a bit pricey but it may well be worth it if you live-and-die by the Venue for a daily device.

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2 years ago

LinkedIn gets a rare update to better match the web experience

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If you’re a professional or semiprofessional…something, then you may be a user of LinkedIn and its companion app for Windows Phone. The popular social-networking site for your work history and resume is an important tool for many looking to network with others in their field. It’s like Facebook but without all the annoying baby photos.

Windows Phone users have had a decent LinkedIn app experience for a while now, but the last update was for version 1.5 back in April. Today, version 1.6 is on the Store  and with comes a few new changes to help mirror what you get on the web for features.

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