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3 years ago

WPCentral 136: WP8, piracy and more Nokia [Updated]

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Yes, we're finally back! Jay, Daniel and Rafael are all present for another exciting and in-depth podcast where all things Windows Phone are discussed. This week we talk about Windows Phone 8, piracy and of course Nokia amongst our software picks and taking your questions. Listen in!

Full show notes and HD video after the break...

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3 years ago

3D Boat Race splashes down for free in the Marketplace

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If you like Hydro Thunder GO! but not the price or think the physics could be better, take a look at 3D Boat Race from A Trillion Games (makers of 3D Paperball). It's your typical boat racing game but (1) it's free (2) has some really nice physics and gameplay to it:

"Paint your powerful speedboat and challenge other Windows Phone users on 100 different tracks, to become the top pilot worldwide! 3D game with realistic 3d physics, smooth rendering, fantastic gameplay and real-time global leaderboards. Hours and hours of fun! "

At only 6MB in size it's pretty damn impressive and certainly a good deal for being free. Just check some of the action in the above video to get an idea. With that, we have to give a thumbs up for you to at least give it a try, after all you have nothing to lose.

Pick up 3D Boat Race here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

ZTE Tania Windows Phone receives another price drop to just £199

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The pricing for the upcoming ZTE Tania low-spec Windows Phone at Clove UK has plummeted to just £199 (from £250), a price that will interest anyone who is making the switch from feature handsets. The handset, which features a 4.3" screen, 1Ghz processor, 5MP camera, and 4GB storage is nothing short of amazing but for anyone who doesn't require storage for music and the like it's a good choice. With a 1Ghz chip, the user experience of the OS will remain stable as you'd expect on a higher end model.

Clove states that this new price reduction places ZTE's Windows Phone £95 cheaper than the Samsung Omnia W, the arguably more cost effective choice. This new pricing could be to match the Lumia 710, which can also be found at Three and Vodafone for £199 (and sports more storage, better screen and processor). Nokia is aggressively tagging their handsets so ZTE will need to react to this with more competitive pricing should they wish consumers to pick up their product.

The ZTE Tania is not yet available at Clove, but will be released in a reported ten days time. Will you be picking one up (or recommending it to someone)?

Source: Clove UK (ZTE Tania), thanks Richard for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Smoked by Windows Phone moves to Microsoft Stores in California

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Ben Rudolph has been challenging consumers who wield smartphones on other platforms to see which is faster with common tasks, which began at CES 2012 with some positive results. He's now bringing the $100 challenge to Microsoft Stores across southern California, starting today at the South Coast Plaza Microsoft Store in Costa Mesa, CA (between 2pm - 8pm).

The rules remain the same. Should a challenger win against Windows Phone they'll pocket $100. But should they lose...

Be sure to follow Ben on Twitter for updates on the action.

Source: Windows Phone Team Blog

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: Monsters Pinball

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Monster's Pinball, as you would guess, is a pinball game for your Windows Phone that pays tribute to the what is described as the cult classic pinball games of the past. Nicely animated with simple controls, Monsters Pinball is more than just a typical pinball game.

You have experience levels, tasks, power-ups and online scoreboards. Monster's Pinball has over one hundred bonus items to unlock. Add two pinball tables into the mix and Monster's Pinball has plenty of gaming to it.

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3 years ago

Malaysia: Nokia launching the Lumia 710 and 800 today

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If you're in Malaysia, you best get your spare cash together as today you can finally purchase the Nokia Lumia 710 or 800 (see our earlier coverage). At about 5:30 pm local time, Nokia's big push into that market will finally begin and the first 100 buyers of the Lumia 800 will get a pair of Nokia Purity HD Stereo headset by Monster, Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse and an "exclusive Nokia premium worth up to RM 1,000". Not too shabby!

Though they have a few hours before all of this happens, people are already lining up. The last count was about 80 people with 5 or so hours before the purchases can be made--not huge but that's not bad either.

The blog Smashpop.net is covering as it happens, adding new photos as the day goes on so make sure to keep up. You can also follow them on Twitter for live updates @smashpop.

To all of Malaysia...congrats! (I've always wanted to say that)

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3 years ago

Zombies Night Out looking for beta testers, teases with video

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Zombies Night Out by EvoFX studio is getting ready for release but before they do, the first-person zombie shoot'em up needs your help. That's right, you can get some early beta action going and see what the next big game for Windows Phone may be.

As posted in our forums, you can email the company to be a part of test driving the new game which is previewed above. The first person shooter powered by the EvoFX engine looks to be buttery smooth and lots of fun at this early stage (official release seems to be around April).

  • Beta is free and won't ever lock or stop working
  • Your name will be included in the credits
  • No NDA--tell everyone, make videos

We're not one to tell you what to do with your free time, but why would you not want to participate in this? If it sounds good, head to our forums to learn the details.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 710 and Twitter app featured in new Flo Rida video

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We really don't have any idea who Flo Rida is nor how popular they may be but it's still nice to see some Windows Phone product placement.

Eagle-eyed reader Benjamin C. caught the Nokia Lumia 710 being briefly shown around the one-minute mark in the video. You can clearly see the Nokia branding as the user hammers out a Tweet using the official Twitter app for Windows Phone.  Sure, it's not a game changer but we suppose these little nuggets of pop-culture visibility help the image of Windows Phone.

Update: Evidently, Flo Rida is very popular and we're very lame for not knowing that. Whatevs, punk rock for life!

Video after the break, if you dare.

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3 years ago

Aviary photo SDK coming to Windows Phone, featured on Nokia

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Good news for your shutterbugs out there, Aviary (Aviary.com), a photo-editing startup company will be releasing an SDK within the next two months for Windows Phone. The company specializes in image enhancements and providing effects for on-board photo editing on mobile phones. The system is already available on iOS, Android and web applications, so Windows Phone seems like the next logical step.

The company's decision was partially driven by Nokia's focus on photography, especially their use of Carl-Zeiss lenses. According to Paul Murphy, a vice president at Aviary, “At a hardware level they’ve just done everything right".

Interestingly, Paul Murphy is also an ex-Microsoftie and used to work under current Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, so we imagine having some of those connections played a roll too. The SDK will be free to anyone for all Windows Phones but will be first "showcased" on Nokia to show the potential of their software. While the SDK is free, the company brings in revenue by offering more premium features at a cost to developers. Finally, the company has close to 400 partners which they hope to leverage in getting more Windows Phone photo apps created.

Good news all around and we look forward to seeing Aviary tech in future software packages from devs.

Source: GeekWire; Eiffel Tower image via Shutterstock; Thanks, Stephen M., for the link!

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3 years ago

Reddit app Baconit goes to v1.6 & gets donation version

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We're pretty sure that Baconit is the best Reddit.com app on the Windows Phone Marketplace today. Developed by Quinn Damerell, the app is constantly in development with beta tests and updates coming nearly every two weeks. In fact, since its release in late December the app has been updated three times, including today's release which brings it to version 1.6:

  • Better images on live tiles
  • Edit / delete posts and comments
  • Speed increases of up to 2-3x
  • Tons of performance / UI tweaks

There's a lot more too which you can read here (opens Word Web app). The app is of course free and ad-free, which is remarkable for such a gorgeous and highly functional app. So if you want to show Damerell some thanks, you can grab the "donation version" for $1.99 here in the Marketplace. You don't get any new features (yet) but you do get the satisfaction of helping a dev out and perhaps giving him a little encouragement.

We think it's a great investment and anxiously await further updates to Baconit. Pick up Baconit v1.6 here in the Marketplace or grab the donation version here.

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3 years ago

Mobile Nations Fitness Month continues with Week Two

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The quest to get thinner, stronger, faster, and healthier with WPCentral and Mobile Nations continues!

We’ve survived the first week. We’ve set our goals and whether we achieved them or are still working on them, we’re feeling better and doing better because of it. And we’re getting tons of great feedback. This might just be the year where mobile and lifestyle fully come together and finally start making the impact we’ve all been waiting for. It’s gone from being a token arm band case to being an entire ecosystem of highly specialized companion apps and accessories.

We recorded a special edition of ZEN and TECH with CrackBerry.com’ Kevin Michaluk, where we answered a lot of questions, cleared up some big misconceptions, and went over a lot of dos and don’ts to get things going.  Also Kevin produced the single greatest (or most terrifying) fitness video in the history of YouTube. Watch his Sexy and you know it workout (do so at your own risk).

So let’s keep it going! Once again, we’re setting reasonable, attainable goals, and we’re going to take advantage of our awesome community to make sure we attain them. We have a special edition of our Mobile Nations ZEN and TECH Superfunctional podcast coming your way this weekend to help keep you motivated, and as always we’re running everything through this discussion over at the WPCentral Forums to keep us focused, keep us accountable, and keep us keeping on!  We've already updated the discussion with week 2 goals.

Oh, and we’re still giving away WPCentral Accessory Store gift certificates every week and an Xbox 360 w/Kinect at the end of the month.  To see who won this week's gift certificate, just go to this post in the Fitness Month discussion.  If you didn't win this week, don't give up.  We'll draw another gift certificate next week.

So hurry up and jump into our Fitness Month discussion and pick your goal for week 2.

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3 years ago

Preview of new third-party YouTube app for Windows Phone

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We know there's never enough YouTube players out there to satisfy you folks, especially with MetroTube going way recently. A new app is around the corner though called PrimeTube developed by Applyf and we have some early info on it:

  • Full control over your YouTube account: manage subscriptions, playlists favorites etc.
  • Search and play videos
  • Sort and filter
  • Comment and reply to comments, like/dislike and favorite videos, add to playlists etc.
  • Pin playlists, favorites, authors and videos
  • Pinned items feature live tile functionality

Overall it's not too shabby and with that strong Metro design, should appeal to a lot of you who watch a lot of vids on the go. No word on ETA but we hear it's not too far. We'll have more as the app gets closer to release.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: My Blood Pressure

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3 years ago

History of the unique Nokia Lumia colouring

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Nokia Conversations has published an article that walks us through how the colours came to be for the N9 and Lumia 800/900 handsets. Tiina Aarras works at Nokia as a materials designer and is responsible for the intense colour choices we have with Nokia Windows Phones. The average consumer wouldn't believe there to be much thought behind the process, but Aarras explains how complicated it was to get it 'just right'.

"There are hundreds of colours to choose from, but it’s not just about picking a colour. The start of this project was dominated by working on which colours work with the right materials and finishes. These products are about what you hold in your hand, and what you see on the screen. It was about taking away everything that is not needed, and leaving you with the best."

Everything came together for the handsets with the use of premium plastic (for enhanced antenna performance), since more colours were available compared to the choice with metal. Aarras and the team worked with 100 colours to narrow them down to just four, which are what we see today - black, magenta, cyan and white. Being inspired by the CMYK group (Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-Black), Aarras ensured that the idea of purity shown in the end result. Would be interesting to see a yellow version too?

"Those colours are pure, defined and exceptional. They’re distinctive modern design icons and people recognise them. Because these are primary colours they contrast with each other – put them together with a black glass screen, and they are ideal for producing a bold and confident approach."

As well as choosing the right colours, Aarras explains that their next mountain to climb was to have the colours permeate the whole product. Close collaboration between chemists and dye suppliers was required for the team to achieve exactly the right pigment. 

"The beauty of these phones is that different people can use these colours and give a totally different expression to them." 

The Lumia 800 has won multiple awards at the CES 2012 convention and continues to grab the attention of those who see the handsets in use or on promotional material. The Lumia family is rumoured to receive more varients should demand call for more choice. What do you make of the available colours? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Nokia Conversation, via: EverythingWM

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3 years ago

GroupMe looking for Windows Phone users in NY on 2/16

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Queue "Eye Of The Tiger," as it looks like group-texting app GroupMe is looking to make a comeback to Windows Phone.  The developers have put out a call across the Twittersphere for Windows Phone users in New York to do some testing on the evening of February 16.  GroupMe first cropped up in the Marketplace in July, and a month later, it was announced that it had been bought out by Skype (pronounced: Microsoft).  There was very little action post-announcement, until a major update was announced in December.  However, since then, GroupMe has been MIA from the Marketplace. 

There are no details on what is on the horizon for February 16, but if you want to be a guinea pig for GroupMe, you can sign up directly here, or via the source link.

Source: GroupMe (via Twitter); Thanks for the tip, Travis!

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