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3 years ago

Full House Poker coming to Xbox Live on March 16

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It’s not often we learn about a Windows Phone 7 Xbox Live title’s release date more than a few days before the game comes out, so this announcement comes as a special treat. Full House Poker, developed by Krome Studios and published by Microsoft Game Studios, is the March 16 Xbox Live title!

Full House Poker is a special release for a number of reasons. First, it will be the first Xbox Live title on WP7 to have full avatar support (we won’t count Avatar Gadgets). That means you can play the game as your Xbox Live avatar. Even more exciting for Xbox 360 owners is the mobile version of Full House Poker’s integration with the console version. The Xbox 360 game launches on the same day as the WP7 game. Experience and money is shared across both platforms, so progress made in one game automatically transfers to the other. It’s the most complete console-to-WP7 integration so far. Will all that be enough to get WPCentral's Daniel Rubino excited for it? Only time will tell!

Full House Poker on Windows Phone 7 will cost $2.99. The Xbox 360 version will cost 800 Microsoft Points ($10). Each game has its own set of Achievements worth 200 points. Both will launch on Wednesday, March 16.  

See our video hands on from CES after the break...

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3 years ago

Microsoft Support: Samsung Focus update was supposed to be on Monday

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Although we all know the whole 'NoDo' situation, with it being delayed for a few weeks. But going back a few days ago, we first reported that AT&T was scheduled to role out the update to Focus owners on the 7th. Of course that didn't happen, leading many to question whether it was ever legit or not.

At least according to Microsoft Support, it was indeed scheduled for the 7th:

You are right, the NoDo update was suppose to be released on March 7th, but it has been postponed. We don't know a date yet, but Microsoft will push the update soon.

Like previous dates, what is happening here is obvious: Microsoft sets an internal window-for-release, first it was January, then February, then early March, now late March...but due to ongoing issues with carriers, OEM support/Samsung problems, the dates keep getting pushed back. So when these "rumored" dates appear, they are true...for the moment. But things change and they evidently change quickly.

At least we get the "update soon" part, but who knows if that will stick. So close, so close...

Source: Microsoft Answers; via @AdamUCF (Twitter)

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3 years ago

Terra Explorer heading to Windows Phone 7

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Ryan Lee, developer of the Favorites Hub, has submitted an interesting application for Windows Phone 7 Marketplace certification. Terra Explorer is a web browser that uses a search engine as a central theme for the browsing experience. Instead of entering a URL, you explorer the internet by searching keywords.  You then have an internal mobile browser to view specific search results.

Searches are returned in a nice range of categories, spread out on hub pages that includes web, news, video, images and wiki results. You can disable the search categories in the settings.  Searches and specific results  can be saved to a favorites list.  Terra Explorer also has theme support with five pre-installed themes and the ability to create custom themes.

Based on the demo video, the app has a clean look to it and a straightforward interface. It will support five languages (French, German, Italian, Spanish and English) and is being submitted as a free application with ad support.  There isn't a time frame for when Terra Explorer will be available at the Marketplace but once it becomes available, we'll get a full review up for it.

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3 years ago

Arcadia Scan - Review

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Arcadia Scan - Review

Arcadia Scan is one of those apps that you can use either to a) impress your mates, b) quickly check network connections (be it WiFi or 3G), or c) mess around for a few minutes when you’re utterly bored off your face (hopefully not on drugs). Unfortunately, before I continue, I must point out to you wannabe script-kiddies that this app is no ettercap.

Pros: 
Useful for simple network diagnostics Excellent for showing off your device Features some interesting functions
Cons: 
Horrible looking, should stick to plain Metro Default language is set to French Expensive for what's offered Main menu seems to be missing two options
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3 years ago

LG Optimus 7 is the top 100 smartphone in Italy

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When people say LG and Windows Phone 7, one remembers the comments made about the platform by the device vendor, which explained how they had high expectations but were utterly dissapointed from a consumer perspective. Advancing months into the future and here we stand with Wired Italy awarding the LG Optimus 7 as best smartphone for value. Not bad, eh?

Stated on the article is an interesting claim that the device is a best-selling model. Are you an owner of the Optimus, and if so how are you finding the experience?

Source: Wired.it; via WMPU

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3 years ago

Turn a photo into live tiles [How To]

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3 years ago

MS France: "NoDo coming second half of March"

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While mum has been the word from Redmond, Microsoft France has officially announced that the long-awaited NoDo update will arrive in the second half of March.  Still, this is a bit nebulous, as details of the release are unclear.  What is the exact release date?  Will the rollout be staggered or across the board for everyone?  MS insider, Mary-Jo Foley, has tapped her sources to no avail, other than one WP7 contact telling her that the new target is the week of March 21.  We shall see.

Recent leaks of HTC Mozart, Trophy and HD7 ROMs sporting the update have got everyone chomping at the bit for the copy/paste functionality that we so desparately crave.

Source: MS France (FRogz); Via: ZDNet

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3 years ago

MoTweets 2.1 for WP7 delayed

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MoTweets 2.1 for WP7 delayed

Panoramic Software reports via Twitter that MoTweets v2.1 for Windows Phone 7 has been delayed.  They have not offered up a timeline for the release, but they have made a list of features available:

  • More robust timeline Tap’n’Hold for quicker interactions
  • Fixed an issue with White theme post screen
  • Better handling of twitter errors in Tweet details and User details screen
  • Fixed Hashtag issue on posting tweets
  • Fixed List selection bug
  • Added “more” at the bottom of timelines to load older tweets
  • Option to keep 200 tweets
  • Better handling and more access to create DM’s
  • Showing new icon for new RSS items
  • Progressbar for translate option
  • After timeline refresh, animates to first new tweet arrived
  • Option for Vibrate on/off
  • Reply All option
  • Speed and stability improvements
  • Several smaller fixes

Update: Panoramic tells us that they are hoping for a Friday release, pending Microsoft's verification process.

Source: Panoramic Software (1, 2)

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3 years ago

RunKeeper released for WP7

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RunKeeper is an extremely successful (more than 5 million downloads on iPhone/Android) exercise tracking application. As of today, Windows Phone 7 devices have a RunKeeper app of their own. RunKeeper will use your phone’s GPS to record your path and speed, and will even allow you to share your statistics on Facebook and Twitter.

RunKeeper is a free download from the Zune Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Foursquare jumps to version 3, working hard on WP7 version

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In short, Foursquare is a location-based social networking engine. Using the app on your phone you can “check in” to the locations you visit. These check-ins allow you to earn points, badges, and other rewards. Foursquare 3 adds functionality to be able to find specials near you, and leader boards to allow you to compete against your friends.

The bad news is that the Foursquare app for Windows Phone 7 (which is killer by the way) hasn’t been updated yet. The good news is that the fine folks at Foursquare are working hard to get that rectified. Stay tuned here for updates.

Source: Foursquare blog

 

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3 years ago

Microsoft setting sights on Pandora?

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Pandora is one of those services that use databases and high end math to answer a simple question, what music would I like? Sadly, Pandora hasn’t made an appearance on Windows Phone 7 yet; though Slacker Radio is a good alternative.

The rumor mill is starting to churn at the possibility that Microsoft is building a social-centric music discovery service codenamed Ventura. Obviously details like cost and scope are unavailable but the thought of having a service like this definitely has us chomping at the bit, especially since Windows Phone would be the perfect platform to push such a service on.

Our hope is that Ventura is a piece to the puzzle as to why the Mango update has been referred to as the "entertainment" branch.

Source: Mary Jo Foley; Via: Business Insider

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3 years ago

MS slaps Middle East developers in the face with YallaApps

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As you may or may not know, Micorsoft has a website called AppHub where developers can register to submit apps/games and get paid.  AppHub registration is also required for developers to obtain certificates to test their programs on actual hardware, rather than just emulators.  This is all fine and good, unless you live in one of the countries where site registration is unavailable...like say, every country in the Middle East. 

Microsoft announced yesterday at the Dubai Tech-Ed that they have remedied the problem, not by opening AppHub up to the Middle East, but by requiring devs to submit programs through a company called YallaApps.  As if this slap in the face were not enough, the site includes this little tidbit:

How will my application be displayed in the Windows Phone Marketplace?
The product description of your application will include the following sentence: Brought to you by Yalla Apps on behalf of [Your Developer Name].

Basically, if Mid-East devs want to submit their goods, they have to allow them to be registered under another company's name.  To add injury to insult, YallaApps' parent company, Prototype Interactive, is also in the application development business.  So not only do apps submitted this way get credited to YallaApps, they are then under the control of a competitor.  Holy Conflict of Interest, Batman!

Source: Microsoft AppHub, MicrosoftFeed ; Via: TheNextWeb

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3 years ago

'Squid Squish' wins joint University of Nevada, Reno-Microsoft Licensing contest

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Displaying once again Microsoft's abilities to reach out to current and new developers, Microsoft Licensing hooked up with the computer science department at the University of Nevada, Reno for a developer contest. Meant to encourage innovation amongst students as well as highlight Microsoft's new effort into the mobile phone business, the contest has gained some attention and publicity through local media.

The winning app of the contest is a game called 'Squid Squish' and was made by Aaron Eastburg, Hettie Zhang and John Colombo. The game involves squid and sushi and squishing...we're not really sure. Regardless, we'll be able to try it out eventually as the game gets further developed and released to the Marketplace, presumably on Microsoft's dime (we'll keep an eye out). In addition to the support, Microsoft also gave each of the young developers a new Windows Phone for their effort. Nice.

We just like seeing Microsoft doing these type of things. A big congrats to the winning team. Check the video after the break...

Source: KTVN, Channel 2 (video); RBJ.com

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3 years ago

Trophy and HD7 NoDo factory ROMS find their way to XDA

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Not long after the HTC Mozart NoDo factory ROM was leaked on XDA, ROMs for its sister devices, Trophy and HD7, have arrived as well.  They sport the same version number as the Mozart, 7355-89, and are unbranded with no carrier customizations.  The European ROMs support English, German, Spanish, French and Italian.  In case you have been living in a cave up until recently, the NoDo update most notably includes copy/paste functionality and improved performance.

One quick note on installation: If you are a T-Mobile or o2 HD7 user, you must flash it using the "Gold Card" method in order to bypass the device ID check.

Click the links to download the ROMs for Trophy and HD7.

Source: XDA (1, 2); Via: PocketNow Original Image: TechieLobang

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3 years ago

Xbox LIVE Deal of the Week is 'Star Wars: Battle for Hoth' for $2.99

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We mentioned last week that Microsoft is kicking off a 'Deal of the Week' program for Xbox LIVE games for Windows Phone. The first was 'Frogger' which dropped to $1.99 and now this week it will be 'Star Wars: Battle for Hoth' which is dropping from $4.99 to $2.99. The price drop should go into effect sometime after midnight tonight and it will be good for one-week.

The 'Deal of the Week' program is popular on the Xbox LIVE console and is now being brought over to Windows Phone to help drive sales of games that either have passed under the radar or are older and need more exposure. 'Frogger' and 'Star Wars: Battle for Hoth' were both at or near launch of Windows Phone 7, so it's good to see them getting re-mentioned. See our review for SW: BFH right here and the recent update changelog here.

Source: @KarlStricker

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