3 years ago
Pangea's Enigmo is now available on Xbox Live. Cro-Mag rally coming too!
After three weeks of Game Room releases, we finally have a modern game for this week’s Xbox Live title. Enigmo, from Austin-based developers Pangea Soft and Chaotic Moon Studios (makers of The Revenants, see review), has now made the jump from iPhone and Windows Mobile to Windows Phone 7.
Enigmo features 50 levels of physics-based puzzles. The goal is always to force one or more liquids (water, etc.) into their matching receptacles. Players have a limited number of gadgets at their disposal to reflect and filter fluids in the right direction. Enigmo’s realistic physics are brought to life with some very clean 3D graphics. You’ll find more details and a list of Enigmo’s Xbox Live Achievements here.
Enigmo costs $2.99 and there is a free trial. Grab the enigmatic puzzler here (Zune link) on the Marketplace.
But wait, there’s more! We’ve also learned that Pangea Software’s Cro-Mag Rally is coming to Xbox Live for Windows Phone. Indie developer Citizen 12 is very secretively handling the port. Yet we do know that Cro-Mag Rally is a caveman-themed kart racing game with 9 tracks and 11 drivable vehicles. Windows Phone needs a kart racer, so let’s hope it races to market soon.
3 years ago
Early look at file:recon download manager for WHS11 and Windows Phone
For those itching to take advantage of your Windows Home Server 2011 (aka 'Vail'), especially for add-ins like that cool Service Transfer Manager by Christof Rakowski, you'll be excited about this forthcoming app for your Windows Phone. [See our earlier coverage of Vail & Windows Phone compatibility]
First about Service Transfer Manager:
Server Transfer Manager is an automatic download client for Vail (Windows Home Server 2011), allowing the scheduling of uploads and downloads to the server from websites and FTP servers. The add-in will also be compatible with the forthcoming Windows Phone Server Transfer Manager which allows downloads to be controlled from a Windows Phone 7 device.
See where this is going? Pixel Valley has created an app for Windows Phone 7 called file:recon that serves as an interface for STM:
Simply put file:recon gives you control over all the features of the server addin. It's the power of the WHS 2011 Server Transfer-Manager on the palm of your hand. Wherever you might be.
- adding new up-/downloads with full html/ftp/filehoster support (filehosters will we added one by one)
- editing transfers
- schedule transfers
Sa-weet. The app is still in early design phase (and WHS 2011 was just released a few weeks ago) but Pixel Valley is aiming for a June release. We'll keep an eye out. See also our coverage of 'WHS Phone', available now, that allows streaming between your phone and server.
Source: Pixel Valley; via We Got Served; Thanks, HD7guy, for the tip!
3 years ago
Square Off is now On... the Marketplace
Back in March we announced that Square Off, Gnomic Studios' popular indie game for Xbox 360, was coming to Windows Phone. We wouldn't lie to you. Just two months later, the game is now available on the Marketplace.
Square Off is a twin-stick shooter (now without physical sticks). Players take control of a Square Avenger who straps on a jetpack, a gun, and a smile in order to save the earth from alien invasion. Square Off has seven levels and a tutorial level. After each stage ends, the player can choose to Fight On and tackle endless waves of enemies until the Square Avenger is finally overwhelmed. The game features impressive 2.5D graphics in which 2D cartoon characters battle in front of detailed 3D backgrounds.
We’ve already put both console and mobile versions of Square Off through their paces. Check back this afternoon for our full Windows Phone review.
Square Off costs $2.99 and there is a free trial. If you agree it’s hip to be square, grab it here (Zune link) on the Marketplace.
Note: Daniel Rubino here, been playing this for a week--you'll definitely want to try it. Soo cool.
3 years ago
Microsoft details NoDo-update issues on Samung Focus, Omnia 7
The Windows Phone Blog has been updated again to give details on a few lingering issues users may be facing, the HTC Surround NoDo update and Deutsche Telekom (which we covered yesterday).
For Omnia 7 issues regarding the NoDo update, Microsoft has this to say:
As some of you know, we recently halted delivery of updates to Samsung Omnia 7s after learning of a technical issue that required a new update software package. The new package is nearly ready, and we’re eager to resume updates to this model. Once I have a start date, I’ll let you know.
So a fix is in the works but you'll still have to stand by for a little while.
The other problem that has popped up is in regards to the Samsung Focus--though it seems much more rare. As it turns out, there are two hardware versions: REV1.3 and REV1.4. The latter, v1.4 has different memory modules on board (evidently due to high demand, Samsung had to switch components) and it's causing a minor conflict with the update:
To accommodate high demand for the Focus last year, two separate sources of flash memory components were required during manufacturing. Focus models are identical in all other ways. Most Focus owners are receiving our updates. But some customers with handsets containing the alternative memory component aren’t. We’re now working closely with Samsung and AT&T to test and deliver an update for this group. As soon as I have more specifics, I’ll let you know.
So that too, is in the works.
Finally, Microsoft talks about the 7392 update, which we reported earlier today. They stand by the fact that there's nothing to new to see here except for the SSL security updates. This is contra Chris Walsh who insists that there are a bunch of files on board that are post-7390. These files could represent some minor bug fixes or maybe they're just updated builds for whatever reason.
Of more interest is the fact that carriers can block this update, meaning some of us won't get the update till some off-in-the-future update: "If you’ve already installed the March update, you’ll receive 7392 as a standalone download or bundled with a future update."
The good news to take away though is Microsoft is successfully pushing out another update, seemingly on time too. Perhaps it's a sign of things to come?
Source: Windows Phone Blog; Microsoft Support Forum
3 years ago
What else is on board the 7392 May 'security' update?
Chris Walsh has already broken down the files in the 7392 May Security update that is starting to roll out today. What's interesting is besides those SSL certificates, there's a whole bunch of other files that have been updated that seem to imply.
Now, we should point out that this update is cumulative--meaning it also includes the past NoDo updates, etc. But at least according to Walsh (via Twitter), the files in this cab are different from 7390--meaning these are newer ergo Post-NoDo. Russell Clark from Microsoft though disagrees (via Twitter). What exactly they all do, we're not sure yet, but Walsh promises to break them down over the next few days to find out. Till then, here's the list of reportedly changed files from 7390:
Managed Assembly Updates (IL diff changes to come)
- System.Device (location sensors)
AvCore (Camera Operations)
We'll follow up on this as it develops.
Source: Chris Walsh (Blog);
3 years ago
NoDo Update Hitting the HTC Surround
3 years ago
Official Evernote Coming Soon
In a recent podcast, the Evernote team talks about their application for Windows Phone 7, which has been somewhat neglected by talks or any information available. You can listen to the podcast on the official blog, the goodies for WP7 are located at approximately 39 min 40 seconds in. The basic gist is that the application is almost ready and should be in the Marketplace soon.
That's good news since the last we heard from the Evernote guys was that this app was due "this Winter" meaning 2010-2011 Winter. So obviously they're a whole season behind. C'mon guys...
Source: Evernote Podcast; via: WPSauce
3 years ago
May Security Update Released for WP7 [Updated--up to the carriers]
Looks like the planned May update is being rolled out, version 7.0.7392.0. This update addresses the fraudulent third-party digital certificates that could lead to potential phishing attacks or intercept web browser connections (man-in-the-middle). The update simply moves these certificates into the "Untrusted Publishers" certificate storage on your device.
More information on the update is available over on the update history page. Have you received the update notification yet?
Updated: According to Microsoft, this update is at the discretion of carriers, again, meaning some of us may not see this until it is tied with another, future update: "How you get 7392 depends on your mobile operator and what updates you’ve installed...If you’ve already installed the March update, you’ll receive 7392 as a standalone download or bundled with a future update."
Source: Microsoft Windows Phone; via WPSauce
3 years ago
Arcadia Scan Updated to 1.6
I've either fallen asleep when updating to 1.4 or they've mistaken 1.6 as 1.4 with the release notes, but the app itself is now 1.6 in the Marketplace. For a full rundown on what this app does and what tools it contains (including ping etc.) check out our Arcadia Scan review.
So what's new? According to the release notes (we'll go with that they're incorrectly titled for 1.4):
- Addition of new content (3 new pages and features)
- Added Scan-I, P, List of ports Info Device/User
- Fixed several display bugs on ping and tracer functions
- Virus-scan function associated with the new reworked database
- Page displaying new properties is improved with multi-location, good visibility
- In Credit and Help sections users can click on addresses or links
- Ports listbox now displays correctly
3 years ago
SMS Issue on HD7 Caused by NoDo?
There has been discussion on multiple sites surrounding the issue with the HTC HD7 and text messaging, where outgoing messages are failing to send and the irritating "Cannot send message. Try again" alert is constantly popping up. Is this a device issues (possibly caused by NoDo) or is it signal/carrier related?
Hard to tell really, I have experienced this problem numerous times on my Omnia 7 before and after the NoDo update, which is entirely down to signal not being strong enough (anything above one bar will work) - simply holding the device higher up in the air or walking around normally fixes the problem (Three network has very good coverage generally). Several members over at the XNA Developers forum have voiced rants and complaints about texts not sending:
I have had the HD7 for a few weeks now... before the nodo update i never had a problem with it but ever since then, i keep getting a lot of error messages for text messages saying the message wasn't sent. This usually happens when the signal is 1 bar or no bars (but signal is still there) and sometimes even happened with full bars.
3 years ago
Windows Phone gets front & center on the TV show 'Castle' [Video]
Windows Phone first made an appearance on the hit TV show 'Castle' way back in mid November (see here, including video). Since then, we guess he forgot he had it since we didn't see it much...until last night.
Not only was the Samsung Focus (with 'Samsung' blacked out) featured by the main start Nathan Fillion, but also his lovely side-kick Stana Katic (who plays Kate Beckett). In fact, we saw the phone either featured or in the background being used (including once as a speakerphone) no less than four times--and that was us just skimming the show.
Some are calling the "Netflix moment" a little gratuitous and yes, perhaps it is but on the other hand, haters gonna hate, amirite?
3 years ago
Amazon Wireless, AT&T offering 3-month Zune pass for new customers
We first saw AT&T offering a free Zune pass back when Windows Phone first launched--anyone remember the "free entertainment pack"? It now looks like they are returning to a similar offer, along with Amazon Wireless, for a limited time (through June 26th) but instead of one 30-day pass, they are offering three-full months.
Valued at about $45, it's not a huge offering but lets not kid ourselves: the Zune Pass is one of the best things Windows Phone has going for it and something the competition is lacking (although Apple is making strides in this area and Google/Android is working closely with Amazon).
Your three-month Zune Pass ($44.97 value) gives you: unlimited access to over 11 million songs to stream or download; access to music on your Windows Phone 7, Xbox console or PC; and 10 free songs per month to download and keep forever (30 Songs total)
We doubt this is a make-or-break deal for potential new customers, but it sure sweetens the pot, especially since the much coveted and praised Samsung Focus goes for $49.99 at AT&T or the low-low $0.01 at Amazon Wireless. Head over to http://www.freezunemusicnow.com/ to get your Zune code.
Source: Amazon Wireless, AT&T; Thanks, Anthony, for the tip
3 years ago
Paris Hilton, other celebs with Windows Phones at charity event
Recently, on April 29th, the 18th annual Race to Erase MS gala was held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City, California.
In turn, Paris Hilton, Rachel Leigh Cook, Daniel Gillies, Musician Brett Anderson and Cindy Crawford were all there along with Microsoft, who evidently was using the event to promote Windows Phone amongst the celebs.
We're not sure if they we able to keep the HTC HD7s on hand, but from a cursory look on Twitter (yes, we went there), none so far are using for their daily driver.
...And that's your useless celeb-Windows Phone news of the day.
Source: WireImage; via 1800PocketPC
3 years ago
Official Bank of America app is now live in the Marketplace
We saw this way back in January and then we had an exclusive sneak peek a few weeks ago, but now the official Bank of America app is ready for your daily use. The app is quite smooth, fast loading and even has a svelte design, adhering to the Metro paradigm pretty well i.e. this isn't just a port. Here's the full description:
- Pay bills and transfer funds
- Review account balances
- Find ATM and banking center locations using GPS, with no address input required
- Feel secure with our industry-leading mobile security and our Online Banking Security Guarantee
MOBILE BANKING SECURITY
- You’ll enjoy peace of mind, knowing you have the same level of security as Online Banking.
- Your personal information is protected by advanced encryption technology to help prevent unauthorized access.
- As part of our Online Banking Security Guarantee, you’re not responsible for fraudulent charges made by others.
- We use the same SiteKey® technology to verify your identity as we do for Online Banking, providing an extra layer of security for your peace of mind.
- We never transmit account number information.
Anyways, give the app a spin here in the Marketplace and we'll see about doing a more in depth review later. Thanks, Steve K, for the heads up!
3 years ago
Windows Phones in times of emergency
It shouldn't be a surprise when someone comments that your Windows Phone is a great communications tool. From using the Phone as a phone to call friends, family and associates to checking your email to updating your Facebook Status, your Windows Phone keeps you in touch. While the abilities and capabilities of communications is tremendous during day to day life, it can also be very helpful in times of crisis. I personally discovered how useful my Windows Phone can be during recent events in my home State.
On April 27, 2011 the Southern States experienced a severe weather outbreak of historic proportions where storms produced a record three hundred twelve tornadoes. Alabama experienced a tornado outbreak that the State and possibly the nation has never seen before. One tornado tracked on the ground for over one hundred thirty miles in North Alabama destroying everything in its path. Another traveled over eighty miles destroying communities in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham. While property damage was extensive and catastrophic, the greatest loss was that over 300 perished in these storms.
That day started for me around 5:45am when the first line of storms came through my neighborhood and produced a tornado with winds reaching 120mph. We lost power as these storms tossed trees around as if they were match sticks. With no power, my Samsung Focus became my only means of communication. While I can't say that one application was more important than the next, my Windows Phone helped me stay in touch with family, check on the severe weather, and make it around the house when night fell.
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