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3 years ago

Xbox LIVE's Z0MB1ES!!1 (on teh ph0ne) coming January 4th

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The wildly popular Xbox title I MAED A GAEM W1TH Z0MB1ES 1N IT!!1 has been ported to Windows Phone as one of three games within the new title Z0MB1ES!!1 (on teh ph0ne), which we broke news of back in September. Now it looks like the game is set for release this coming week as the main Xbox LIVE title for Windows Phone. It will run for the very reasonable $2.99.

Back from our interview, the games within Z0MB1ES!!1 (on teh ph0ne) were described:

"Endless Zombies takes place in a little, infinitely looping labyrinth that has a room-by-room progression similar to that of Smash TV. It’s a neat challenge mode for some twin-stick time killing, but it’s definitely not nearly as epic as I MAED A GAM3."

Q: Gotcha. Time Viking, on the other hand, is a brand new game. How does it fit in with the two Z0MB1ES titles?

"It’s sort of the followup to I MAED A GAM3 that I’ve been wanting to make for a while. It’s got the same epic rock ballad progression as Z0MB1ES but a little (not too much) more polish. The economic logic of Z0MB1ES on teh ph0ne is amazing: Z0MB1ES on XBLIG was $1, therefore a $3 game on the phone must have three times as much stuff in it or else everyone will hate me. (If only publishers felt this way about iPhone ports. –ed.)"

Q: What is Time Viking's premise? Does the game have an ending?

"Time Viking is a twin-stick side-scroller where you control a time-travelling Viking who uses his telekinetic power to explode an endless barrage of robot ninjas whose exploded scrap in turn helps the Viking build a tower to the moon. It has an ending!"

Sounds pretty good to us and like we'll have another solid, exclusive game for Windows Phone to enjoy for the new year!

Source: Ska Studios; Thanks, Jamie, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II officially announced

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Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I, the long-awaited return to 2D gameplay for the Sonic series, met with a mixed reception when it debuted on consoles in 2010. The Windows Phone version debuted several months later. In WPCentral’s Sonic 4 review, I praised its faithfulness to the console game (outside of a crummy pinball level exclusive to the mobile game) and touch screen controls. While the retro remake of Sonic CD is still due to arrive sometime (having already hit consoles and iOS), many fans have been left wondering about the fate of Sonic 4: Episode II.

Good news today then, as Sega has finally released a teaser trailer for Episode II. The trailer is devoid of gameplay footage, but it does at least promise the return of two popular characters: Tails the fox, Sonic’s young sidekick, and Metal Sonic, one of the main enemies in Sonic CD.

Head past the break for another video and more gameplay details!

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3 years ago

Tweet it! A Windows Phone Twitter app with a lot of personality [Video]

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We have a lot of Twitter apps for Windows Phones and everyone has their preference. And while we're hard pressed to name one as the end-all, be-all we're going to give a strong endorsement here for Tweet it! from the developers My Amazing Big Fork. Reasons?

  1. It has a lot of character--great animation effects, layout and a bold, unique design
  2. Lots of options and features not found on other Twitter apps

We've been using Tweet it! from its 1.0 days where it was a simple app that allowed you to just rapidly Tweet a message with a few clicks. But once it hit 2.x it received a major overhaul and a ton of features. Now sitting at v2.6, the app is really a fantastic option for those looking for something different, something that will make you smile when you use it. Some of the features of Tweet it! include:

  • Pinnable sub-sections: Drafts (offline support), Tweet direct, Timeline, Now playing (music) and photos (awesome Polaroid effect)
  • Modes - Night Mode (dimmed), Street mode (uses camera for background), Fast Tweet (pops up keyboard), Bed mode (orientation lock), Filters, etc.
  • Ringtones - yes, it even features two really good ringtones

There's even more, so take a look at the above video to get an idea. We're pretty smitten with the app and the dev seems keen on delivering regular updates (we really like the holiday/Christmas theme with the bird). We find it fast, smooth and like we said, it kind of makes us smile when we use it. The app has a free trial and can be had for a very reasonable $0.99. Highly recommend.

Pick it up here in the Marketplace and let us know in comments what you think.

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3 years ago

Renders of the Nokia 900 show up with AT&T branding?

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Pocketnow have images reportedly from Microsoft-partner Christmas card and the featured item is a Nokia device with AT&T branding on board, presumably the Nokia "Ace" 900.

No other details can be discerned from the device except for a front-facing camera (upper left), which seems imperative for US markets now and for 2nd gen Windows Phones. The device is expected to feature a large 4.3" screen, AT&T LTE 4G and some other ample specs making it a decent competitor for the US and Windows Phone in general. Still, it is not clear if this device is just a revamped 800 with higher specs or truly a different device.

More info is expected in a few days as we approach CES where all is expected to be revealed. Our only criticism? We hope black isn't the only color option as it is getting a tad old these days--gives us some reds, whites and blues to make us really interested.

Source: Pocketnow; Thanks, pezman726, for the tip!

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3 years ago

12-month XBox Live subscription for $39.99 on Amazon

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For the Xbox Live gamers in the house, Amazon has a 12-month XBox Live Gold subsciption for $39.99, about one third off the regular price.  Click on the source link below and choose Online Game Code under the Format section.  This is an instant code retrieval, as opposed to being mailed a card with the code on it, which will run you an extra $5.  Even you aren't up for renewal, you can pick it up now and tack it on to your current subscription. 

Source: Amazon

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3 years ago

Face Swap & Mask get updated to v1.1 with crash fixes

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For those of you who like the Microsoft Research branded Face Swap and Face Mask you'll want to pick up v1.1 which just went live.

The popular Face Swap app allows you to take a photo with two people and then switch their faces. The app uses a sophisticated face recognition algorithm to accurately and seamlessly swap faces between your two victims, giving a bizarre and creepy effect. Likewise, Face Mask does the same but with goofy cartoon effects, making your victim look exceptionally silly.

Both apps got bumped to version 1.1 and finally fix the link to "other" Face Party apps (before it read "coming soon") and also addresses a common crash when there were too many photos within the app. No other changes are noted, but we can't complain for what are two of the most fun and free apps around. Grab it Face Swap here in the Marketplace and Face Mask here.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone still dropping marketshare according to ComScore

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When these agencies release marketshare data at intervals throughout the year, it's never a particularly positive story for Microsoft's Windows Phone. The platform has seen a steady decline in share (but not as harsh as RIM), but what could be the reasons for the constant drop?

We shouldn't look into it too much, nor should the data be taken at face value. The total number of smartphones is growing, and Apple and Google are the two players that are increasing rapidly. Windows Phone isn't performing as good as the both of them so marketshare may drop to reflect the increase in the total number of smartphones in the market. Sure, RIM isn't doing too well (losing 3%), but Windows Phone is selling, perhaps just not well enough.

Source: ComScore via: GigaOM

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 makes an appearance on Ebay

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With about two weeks away from becoming reality, the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 is making an appearance over at Ebay. The 3.7" screened Windows Phone is the all black model is listed as "brand new unopened".

We're expecting the Lumia 710 to run $49.99 after contractual discounts. At last check, after 28 bids, the current bid on the "out of contract" model is $565. You've got little over five days left on the bidding or you can wait just a tad longer and snatch one up directly from T-Mobile.

You can find the T-Mobile Lumia 710 Ebay listing here.

source: tmonews

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: MagicBalls

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3 years ago

WhatsApp bumps to v1.5, gets group chat

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WhatsApp is continuing its slow and gradual ascent by going to v1.5 tonight. While once again nothing major has happened, it did manage to pick up the ability to create group chats, which we suppose will be important for many of you.

The popular chat client came to Windows Phone just over 3-months ago and since has received an update every few weeks. While it still lacks features of its iOS sibling, it's clear the developers of WhatsApp are committed to updating the app on a regular basis and that's a good thing. Other changes:

  • able to delete large conversations
  • faster insertion and removal of messages to and from local storage
  • faster creation of favorites

Pick up WhatsApp v1.5 here in the Marketplace. Thanks, Jun H., for the tip!

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3 years ago

Surfcube 3D browser 50% off till New Year's Day

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Heads up folks, if you're looking to spice up your Internet Explorer experience, we should steer you towards Surfcube. A browser-wrapper of sorts (it uses IE9 as the core), Surfcube gives the user a whole new way to interact with their web browser with a 3D rotation cube that enables full-screen browsing and a simple way to access tabs and bookmarks.

The app is normally priced at $1.99 but is now 50% off till January 1st, which we think is a pretty good deal. The app of course has a free trial or you could use the free, ad-supported version if you want. But at $0.99 this is a pretty great price for one of the top-rated apps around.  Grab it here in the Marketplace to take it for a spin.

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3 years ago

TuneWiki makes its way over to Windows Phone, available now

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TuneWiki is a pretty cool website where you can check out not only the lyrics for your favorite song but also discuss song meanings--always a favorite pastime. The site has apps for that are very popular on Android and iOS and now we're pleased to see it has arrived on Windows Phone too. Best part? We're not looking at some generic port but what looks like an honest attempt to embrace the Windows Phone UI. Here are the features:

  • Listen to any music with synced lyrics
  • Share lyrics from your favorite songs with your network of friends
  • Get lyrics instantly translated into 40+ languages
  • What does that song mean? Comment on and discuss the meaning of lyrics and songs
  • Discover new music in your SongBox – songs that are being played and recommended by your friends
  • Explore Song Maps and real-time Top Charts to discover popular songs nearby and around the world

We just gave the free app a spin on our phone and boy do we like it--its clean, bold, pulls down the lyrics and plays them "Karaoke style" i.e. no scrolling and even has a neat mapping feature. We can see now why ~5 million people are using the service as it's presented very well.

Anyways, if it sounds like something you'd be into, don't worry as the app is free and available now. Head here to the Marketplace to give it a go. Thanks, Andy, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Unofficial Klout app coming to Windows Phone. We're impressed. [Video]

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For those of you who are social-media junkies, you'll no doubt have heard of Klout (see site). It's a social-networking ranking system that basically tells you how influential you are based on amount of Tweets, reTweets, Facebook likes, who follows you, how many follow you and who you interact with. It's a weird thing and one more metric to worry yourself over ("OMG, I dropped a point! Why don't they like me!").

Still, it's important for some and Klout offers "perks" aka free offers to those who are socially powerful e.g. a free Windows Phone on top of being a free service that actually has a nice design. In that regard, it's great that Julien Dollon has whipped up an exquisite little app for the service that allows you to check all of your stats dynamically and even keep track of your Klout score via the Live Tile. It's free and amazingly was put together in just six-hours by Julien and his wife, so kudos to them for their talent. Other features include:

  • See and Share your klout score with 2 theme (black/light)
  • Auto update your klout score in the tile each day
  • See your favorite topics and ask for +K
  • See influencers and influencees

We're very impressed with the app--it's smooth, fast, minimalist and just gorgeous to look at. The app will be free and should be available either this week or next as soon as it clears Microsoft's certification. We'll keep you posted. In the meantime, check out Julien's site here.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 710 heading to Verizon, no LTE love

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Paul Thurrott, over at his supersite for Windows, has revealed some information that will be later announced at the upcoming CES.   In the article Thurrott notes the carrier will be shipping the Nokia Lumia 710 (code name "Sword" a name we've seen before) in April 2012, and it's not certain what the plan is with Verizon and an LTE Windows Phone. Hopefully a more powerful handset will be featured in the next year. We'll have to see how Microsoft and manufacturers plan to push forward.

What is clear though, assuming this is accurate, is that Verizon is not at all keen on Windows Phone, with our without LTE or with Nokia's backing. That's some cojones, in our opinion and a big middle finger to their customers.

The Lumia 710 will be available on T-Mobile in January 2012, which will provide the T-Mobile three months exclusivity before Verizon begins shipping.

Source: WinSuperSite

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3 years ago

Compasses by Palladium Power lands later today in the Marketplace [Video]

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We get a lot of requests from you folks regarding what's a good compass app for your Windows Phone. To be honest, there's quite a bit out there and while some are great, there's a lot of 'meh' out there too.

Palladium Power, the folks behind the popular game Orb (which is temporarily free again) have make what we think is a top-notch and exquisite compass app that will please your senses as well as show you where to go. The app, called Compasses,  is very clean and minimalist, making you Metro-heads happy. It features two different modes: Analog and Digital with a third being reserved for Maps.  The Analog mode looks like a standard compass including directional setting and highly detailed design. In addition, you can select from five different "skins" including Standard, Metro, Camouflage, Rusty and Contrast, which gives the compass a unique look. The Digital version also has these same five skins lending consistency to the design.

The Maps option is much like the HTC Compass app where it allows you to pull down Bing maps (either satellite or street) as a backdrop for the compass, giving you real-time directional support. While HTC devices have had this option, those with a Nokia, Samsung or LG device have not been as fortunate. Finally, there's a auto night-mode, which adjusts the colors for nocturnal usage, the ability to email your current position and adjust the size of the compass rose--all great touches.

Overall this is easily one of the snazziest compass apps we've come across and if you need such a tool we have to highly recommend it. The app has been published to the Marketplace today and should be going live within the next 12 hours. You can keep checking the link here for when it does show up and it will priced at $1.49 / 1,49€ / 1,29£.

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