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3 years ago

Pocket God - Review

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Pocket God - Review

Have you ever had the desire to play the role of a god? Control the weather, wildlife and decide the fate of your world's inhabitants? Ngmoco is offering Pocket God for your Windows Phone that puts you in the role of god over a prehistoric land and a tribe of pygmies.

Exercise your powers by controling all aspects of the resident pygmy's environment. You have multiple locations to choose from (island, graveyard, iceberg) and a handful of tools to either make the pygmy's life pleasant or disasterous.

The game has experienced popularity on other formats and to see how it shakes out on Windows Phone 7, ease on past the break.

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3 years ago

Trine's Hangman - Review

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Trine's Hangman - Review

Looking for an addictive game for your Windows Phone? Like word puzzles? Look no further than Trine's Hangman. Gydar Industries has developed a hangman fashioned word game for Windows Phone 7 that is highly addictive and very entertaining.

The game itself is simple. You try to guess the word, one letter at a time. Each wrong letter ads a piece of the gallows and your hangman's body. Your afforded nine wrong guesses before the picture is complete and you loose.

One of the great things about Trine's Hangman is that your scores are a collective of all the puzzles. So while you may miss a word, your game continues. Don't worry about running out of words any time soon. Trine's comes loaded with 10,000 words and phrases.

But there's a lot more to Trine's Hangman than simply guessing letters. To find out more on this Windows Phone game, follow the break.

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3 years ago

Full Interview with Windows Phone 7 Head Joe Belfiore [Video]

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We all remember that now famous interview with Joe Belfiore at the "D: Dive into Mobile" a few weeks ago, most notoriously because when pressured, Belfiore would not reveal any sales numbers (they later reneged). While some members of the elite press were allowed to attend, us plebeians had to settle for 2nd hand reporting, not being able to see the whole thing.

Now, All Things D has posted the entire video for your holiday viewing pleasure. So why not grab your morning coffee, hopefully your new Windows Phone and curl up to your square-headed family member for an early tech nerd out? Length 36mins.

Oh and try to rage too hard at ol' Mossy. (Although we're sending him the bill for our destroyed monitor)

Source: All Things D

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3 years ago

Browser To WP7 steps up the features for link & text sharing

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Update: There's a $0.99 version which also features a Live tile/counter, seen above

We reviewed Send to WP7 a few weeks ago, the little app that allows you to send links and text to your phone through your browser, but now a new competitor is in town: Browser To Windows Phone 7

Although the theory and setup is the same, Browser to... goes further as far as options. For one, it divides up text vs links. Second, doing a long press on the text or link allows you to "act on" the information in a much more useful way. Specifically:

After link is sent , you can:

  • navigate the link with Browser
  • send the link via SMS
  • send the link via EMail
  • delete links

After selection/custom text is sent, you can:

  • search text with Google
  • search text with Bing
  • dial
  • send text via SMS
  • send text via EMail
  • delete a text

Of course, Send to WP7 could enable those features too, but for now, we like the more robust features in Browser to Windows Phone 7. Seems like a real great way for saving information "offline" for later use. The app is free and can be found here in the Marketplace and here is the developer's page for more info.

Browser To Windows Phone 7

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3 years ago

Keep up to date with world events using United Nations News [Video]

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United Nations News is a free app by developer Justin Angel (see "Neurons" video) that pulls down all the top news right from the United Nations, including articles, video, radio and pictures.

Although many people don't follow the U.N. directly, this app makes a strong case to get you to do just that due to its excellent user experience and UI layout. In short, it's just darn nice to look at (even if the news is a bit sullen).

The app is of course free, open source and now award-winning. Those are three reasons why you should give it a spin, plus, it might make you a better global citizen if you know what's going on in the world. Just sayin'. Grab it here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

CarneyVale: Showtime - Review + Video

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Have you ever wanted to hop into a canon and blast yourself through a flaming hoop? We've all been there, obviously. Not all of us have ever had the chance to follow through with that lofty goal but we can at least live vicariously through Slinky the clown. As Slinky, the ambitious big-top star of Carneyvale: Showtime, you'll be able to live the dream.

See how high into the ranks of Carnival fame you can blast yourself to in this addictive vertical scroller. Video and full review after the jump.

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3 years ago

FlickPad X2 bringing Japanese language support to WP7 [Homebrew]

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Although WP7 can support many characters (we had an email written in Thai read just beautifully), full-on language support is a whole other issue. Microsoft is busy at regionalizing WP7 for Asian markets and we can expect that in the second half of 2011. Until then, developer "kaorun" (Kaoru Nakajima) is in the early stages of bringing Japanese to Windows Phone 7 through his app called FlickPad X2.

The app is distributed via XAP file and he plans to publish it to the Marketplace in the future (whether or not it gets through is another issue). Evidently, you can do email and web searches in Japanese as well as other functions. Seems good to us and we're pretty impressed.

Check out the video after the break to see it in action.

Source: Neutral Scent; via Nanapho.jp; Thanks, tezawaly, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Petition asking for a Worldwide Marketplace

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While Windows Phone 7 devices are available in many countries the access to the Windows Phone Marketplace isn't. According to an online petition, the Marketplace is only available in seventeen countries and Windows Phone 7 owners want that to change.

The petition is directed to Microsoft and simply asks:

"We would like to ask you to allow access to the international marketplace worldwide or, at the very least, for customers in all the countries were the phones are available, as soon as possible. In case there are objective reasons why this is not possible we would kindly ask you to inform the general public of the issues involved and a roadmap for the worldwide availability of the marketplace."

The request sounds reasonable and it would be depressing to have a shiny new Samsung Focus with no bells and whistles. Granted in Microsoft's defense there could be trade restrictions, currency exchange issues, and other hurdles to overcome.

If you're interested in joining the cause and signing the online petition you can find more information here. As of this posting 416 signatures have been obtained.

Thanks goes out to Jaroslav for the tip!

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3 years ago

Custom accent colors coming for Windows Phone 7 [Homebrew]

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Back in June we mentioned about jailbreaking Windows Phone 7 and how that could lead to custom themes (aka "Accents"). Since that time, we have jailbroken our phones via ChevronWP7 and adopted their subsequent first release, custom ringtones.

Now it looks like they are moving on to app #2, those custom Accents. As can be seen above, developer Justin Angel has a custom "black" theme rocking on his device, something that looks like the rest of us will get a shot at soon. While we enjoy our current hue selection, we think a few more wouldn't hurt, right? We know Orange UK (HTC Mozart) has their own carrier theme, so why not us?

Stay tuned...

Source: @ChrisWalshie; image from @justinangel

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3 years ago

ShopSavvy deal-finder for WP7 now live in the Marketplace

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One of the most useful apps out there, ShopSavvy (see earlier coverage) is finally now live in the Marketplace. The barcode-scanning shopping assistant allows you to scan any UPC label out there for price-checks against the web. For example, scanning a book's barcdoe will bring up prices on Half.com, eBay, Amazon, etc. You can then hop to the site or "share deal" with others. In addition, if any local deals are found, it'll show them on a map based on your location as well as any reviews for the item.

After giving it a spin for ten minutes, we were left impressed. And seeing as it's free, there's no reason to not try it, especially if you like bargains. Grab it here in the Marketplace.

via: MobilityDigest

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3 years ago

HTC affirms commitment to Sense on WP7, still vague on what that means

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While "Sense 3.0" on Windows Phone 7 is a bit underwhelming (although that weather update helps), HTC is still interested in developing it further for our new OS. What exactly that means is anyone's guess because evidently, they're not talking.

In an interview with Forbes, HTC's head of UX, Drew Bamford said the following about Sense and WP7:

We have a good relationship with Microsoft so we’re continuing to work with them to figure out how to enable a Sense experience without breaking their model...Our expectation is that we will be able to do more over time.

Well, maybe even they don't know. But from an earlier report, HTC did talk about how they "...will innovate differently to improve the experience and to get some HTC unique and differentiated experience on Windows Phone 7 in the future." Once again vague.

So we'll continue to wait but to be honest, while we dig their mini-apps, we're not looking to replace our new UI anytime soon. But hey HTC, we'll see what you can do.

Source: Forbes

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3 years ago

Weave - Review

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Weave - Review

Billed as the world's best news reader exclusively for Windows Phone Weave has some big shoes to fill. Sele Games has put together a very comprehensive, easy to navigate around, stable news reader for Windows Phone 7.

Weave pulls from sources such as CNN, the Wall Street Journal, ESPN, and USA Today. You can also add feeds by topic or specific websites. Weave also includes Facebook and Twitter integration.

Weave is priced at $3.99 and to see if it's worth the bucks and fits the billing, ease on past the break.

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3 years ago

WP7 launches In Thailand, then flies off shelves

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Windows Phone 7’s launch in Thailand yesterday was a monumental success, selling out immediately.  Microsoft, partnering with HTC and Dtac, released the WP7-powered HTC HD7 to eager consumers, making Thailand the fifth country in the world to have WP7. [Well, maybe they count countries differently in Thailand, but last we checked, WP7 is in over 30 countries right now  -ed]

HTC offered the phone at a price of 22,900 baht (about $760) with a 3GB monthly plan for 799 baht (about $26.50).  According to HTC’s Nattawat Woranoppakul, the Surround was originally considered, but passed up for the HD7’s larger screen, better speakers and smaller form factor.

As we reported previously, Microsoft will not be providing WP7 Asian Language Support until the second half of 2011, so in the meantime, the HD7 is using an HTC application which makes Thai language support possible.

Source: Bangkok Post; via:wmpoweruser, Pocket Now

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3 years ago

Descent for Windows Phone 7 - one trippy racing game [Video]

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Do you like racing? Do you like racing through endless tunnels while rotating around at high speeds, losing all sense of up or down, while inducing nausea?

Then "Descent" by RH Computing is for you.

Just released to the Marketplace and fetching for $0.99 (+ trial), the game is a load of fun and will test your skills as you try to dodge obstacles, gain energy orbs and ramp up your speed. Make no mistake, not only is it a blast but it will take time to get good at it. Plus the graphics are nice and smooth as you can see from the video above. Hey, for a buck, we can think of worse things to spend your money one, so maybe give this a shot.

Grab the demo here in the Marketplace. Hit us up in comments for your thoughts on the game.

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3 years ago

HTC ROM Image Editor gets WP7 support, custom ROMs around the corner [Hacking]

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Windows Phone 7 custom ROM development got a big boost today with the advancement in two areas:

  • Custom ROM Image Editor (by AnDim)
  • Mixing of HTC ROM images & different radios (by ansar.ath.gr)

The former is what you see above and is basically a simple GUI for manipulation of ROM images, making custom ROM development that much easier. Basically it allows for the "...extraction, replacement, addition, removal" of ROM files. This is still in testing and therefore limited (only read and extract functions) but it's a big step in the process.

The other news comes by way of XDA member ansar.ath.gr. A few days ago, he garnered some attention by successfully swapping ROM images from one HTC WP7 device to another. Today, he has gone further by manipulating radio images as well. He notes:

This is a custom ROM not signed with the new and yet not completely hacked MS WP7 signer. If this is true for all operators and spl's then the game just started.

...Now there is a way to flash only the radio from other operators

Once again, for practical matters, this means little for even those who are itching to flash a new ROM. What it does mean is that progress is being made to allow custom flashing of different regional ROMs, radios and mixing and matching. Although significant, we have to wonder just how much improvement will come down the pike from such maniuplation. Still, it's fun to watch as we know these guys will keep at it, no matter what obstacles they face.

Source: XDA 1, XDA 2

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