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3 years ago

Learn how to build your own Augmented Reality apps in Mango

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Augmented reality apps have always been something of an amazing concept for mobile device owners. Well executed apps that take advantage of the Windows Phone 7 Mango APIs to create cool experiences always get a lot of good attention for the platform and developers, and the novelty of it all does not easily wear off.

Shank, an NTU Intern at Microsoft Singapore, has realized that many app developers are interested in building their own agumented reality apps but don't have all of the know-how necessary to make that interest a reality. He's created a set of videos and articles on Innovate Singapore to help get developers started; from learning how to setup the camera to using the motion sensors and finally packaging it all together. With a little elbow grease and understanding of how the development tools work, you too can watch through the extensive tutorials and start work on your on augmented reality apps sooner rather than later.

Developers, it's time to stop thinking about that app concept you've been daydreaming on for so long and take the first steps needed to get the job done. While the tutorials may not be for the lighthearted or those brand new to app development, we've looked through the work that Shank has done ourselves and found it to be very complete and fairly simple to follow along.

Do you have an idea for an augmented reality app that you'd like to see made? Leave some thoughts in the comments below and maybe a developer can put the two together, your idea and Shank's tutorials, to get your app in the store. 

Source: Innovate Singapore; Thanks, Shank

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3 years ago

Microsoft's Charlie Kindel is leaving to start a new adventure

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Charlie Kindel, General Manager of the Windows Phone Developer Ecosystem, has announced his departure this morning from Microsoft after an astonishing 21 years with the company to start his own business. Playing a major role in Microsoft's conversion from Windows Mobile to Windows Phone and getting that system to its current state, Kindel is wanting to try his hand at a new challenge and is grabbing the opportunity.

For those of you who don't know, Charlie Kindel has had quite the career at Microsoft. A few of his accomplishments are listed below and they're nothing but amazing: 

  • Founded Premier support
  • Built ActiveX and DCOM
  • Shipped Internet Explorer 3.0
  • Drove the development of the home networking features in Windows XP
  • Founded eHome and shipped the first version of Windows Media Center
  • Drove the invention of Windows Smart Displays and Windows Media Center Extenders
  • Served Bob Muglia as executive technical assistant as he ran the Enterprise Storage business through to him running the Server and Tools Division.
  • Was the driving force behind Windows Home Server.
  • Led the design and development of the Windows Phone 7 Application Platform.
  • Drove the Windows Phone 7 application platform ecosystem development and evangelism effort.

Needless to say, his enthusiasm and contributions from Microsoft and Windows Phone will be greatly missed. Kindel is one of those people though who's always looking for a new adventure and his new company, focusing on "advertising, mobile, cloud computing, and youth athletics" will surely keep him busy and in the forefront of new media.  He'll remain in the Seattle area with his family as he pushes forward with his new endevour.

By the way, if you don't follow Kindel on Twitter, you can find him here. We highly recommend following him too as he is quite the personality: guns, technology, photography, cars, you name, he does it.

From everyone here at WPCentral, good luck Charlie and thanks for all that you've done! Check out a great video interview with the man after the break...

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3 years ago

Fruit Ninja Kinect chops its way to Xbox 360 this week

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Seeing as how Fruit Ninja is so popular with the Windows Phone crowd, we thought our readers might be excited to know that Fruit Ninja Kinect is coming out this Wednesday on Xbox 360.

Fruit Ninja Kinect is the same game that fans know and love, only with much nicer HD visuals and of course Kinect motion control. Players swipe with their hands to chop the fruit now instead of just their fingers. It’s actually a much more exciting (and tiring) take on the original concept. In addition to the standard Classic, Zen, and Arcade modes, the Kinect version introduces something missing from the Windows Phone game: multiplayer. It supports both co-operative and competitive gameplay for two players. This makes Fruit Ninja Kinect the perfect party game – it’s an active new spin on a game everybody knows and loves, plus others can join in the fun.

Fruit Ninja Kinect will cost 800 Microsoft Points ($10) when it debuts this Wednesday. Of course Xbox 360 owners will also need a Kinect peripheral in order to play it. Kinect players who aren’t in a huge hurry may prefer to wait for the retail release of The Gunstringer (from developer Twisted Pixel) on September 13. It costs $30 and includes both The Gunstringer on disc and a download code for Fruit Ninja Kinect.

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3 years ago

Indie game IonBall gets Xbox Live sequel with all the trimmings

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Xbox Live isn’t exactly crawling with brick-breaking games at the moment. The only such game, 3D Brick Breaker Revolution (review), is ten kinds of terrible. Gamers looking for a Breakout-style fix have had to make do with indie games, such as IronSun StudiosIonBall, which we reviewed in December.

Great news for fans of that game and brick-breaking games in general – IonBall is getting a sequel, and it will be an Xbox Live title to boot.

Head past the break for more exclusive IonBall EX details and screens!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Summary of the Week: August 1-7, 2011

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We're at the beginning of yet another week in the Windows Phone world, pressing on forwards through the holidays and heading ever closer to the looming "Mango" update. We've had our Mobile Nations breif (and podcast), ensuring we're all up-to-date with news and happenings while we have published another WPCentral podcast (this time it was live).

Jay has been hard at work brining version 1.3 of the official WPCentral app to the Marketplace, boasting more Metro UI aesthetics. Before we crack on with the summary, Google has thrown its toys out the pram while Microsoft tells them to grow up. Always good fun, right (it carries on)? Head on past the break for the summary and links. 

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3 years ago

Developer Interview: Alexey Strakh of gMaps

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3 years ago

Kik gets SSL encryption, bug fixes

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Kik gets SSL encryption, bug fixes

Kik Messenger for WP7 has received its first update, bringing it to version 1.1.  While the patch does not bring any major new user-facing features to the table, it does resolve a couple of significant bugs that were present in the initial release.  The most noteworthy addition to v1.1 is SSL encryption.  If you'll recall, IT specialist, Mike Cardwell, reported that though passwords were encrypted within Kik, messages themselves were sent in plain text.  The developers later added SSL encryption in Android, Blackberry and iOS, but upon launching Kik for WP7, SSL remained absent.

The other fix worth mentioning is a resolution to the ".co.uk bug."  Users trying to register on Kik for WP7 using an email address ending with ".co.uk" were unable to do so.  A workaround was quickly found, but it's nice to know that it is no longer needed.

Kik is a great messaging app that's gotten that much better, so check it out here.

Source: Kik

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3 years ago

From the forums...

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From the forums...

Busy week in the forums, lots of posts, lots of new members. Come join the discussion, trade tips, ask questions or just rant away. What better way to spend a Sunday? Grab a beer, a keyboard and jump in!

We have been talking a lot about the future of Windows Phone, whats going to happen, where do you see things going?

What's good and what's bad about Windows Phone? Lets debate!

Developer Willen.august has an interesting twist on pong check it out in our Games spotlight forums.

Check out Not Greg Olympic countdown timer to the London 2012 Olympic games posted it in our Applications Spotlight forums. Check out the app and give him some feedback.

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3 years ago

Xbox Live Indie Games in the works for Windows Phone 7

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Following in the steps of our announcement yesterday from Gamehouse about five new games coming to Xbox Live on WP7, we've found some more gaming news from the world of XLIG (Xbox Live Indie Gaming). After being nominated for awards at Indie Games Uprising, three great Indie game development teams; EversoreITA (Doom & Destiny), iO (KamiCats) and Phoenix Game Studios (T.E.C. 3001); were all interviewed by WP7Connect to get the inside scoop on what might be in the pipe for Windows Phone 7 users, and we aren't disappointed by what we've learned.

Over the next several months, not only will these games be continuing their success as Xbox Live Indie Games, but they'll be bringing that success and fun to WP7 devices as well. Whether you're into racing around the world as a quick-paced robot in T.E.C. 3001, jumping from platform to platform as a catwarrior in KamiCats, or going oldschool with a Zelda-esque game as four young heroes in Doom & Destiny; these three titles are sure to give many of you that special gaming fix that only Indie Games have a way of satisfying.

While there haven't been any specific dates set for when we'll start seeing these titles, all three companies have made statements that they'll be coming to your phones over the next several months. Check out some gameplay videos (from the Xbox360 versions of the games) after the break and keep checking back here for more info on when these games are released. We'll be sure to get you more info and reviews first here as soon as they can be gotten.

Thanks, Carl P. and Matthew M., for the tip! Videos after the break!

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3 years ago

Exclusive: GameHouse announces five new Xbox Live titles

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WPCentral recently interviewed Ken Murphy of GameHouse, who filled us in on the company’s existing Xbox Live portfolio as well as their philosophy on the casual games market. He also gave us first news of five upcoming GameHouse titles. That's a lot! All five games will be Xbox Live titles.

  • Collapse!: GameHouse’s very first PC game comes to Windows Phone. It’s a match-three puzzler in which a stack of blocks rises from the bottom of the screen. Players frantically tap groups of three of more colored blocks in order to eliminate them. Customizable characters, multiple gameplay modes, and bosses make for a full-featured package.
  • Delicious!: Like GameHouse’s Sally’s Salon Luxury Edition, Delicious! is a time management game. Players control Emily as she serves customers at a variety of food venues. Each location features unique minigames, keeping the gameplay fresh and tasty.
  • TextTwist 2: A word jumble game in which gamers receive a selection of letters and try to find all possible words that those letters can spell.
  • Cake Mania Main Street: A time management game with four totally distinct locations: a bakery, a flower shop, a fast food joint, and a sushi house. Wacky problem customers like vampires and pirates keep the pressure on.
  • NCIS: The Game from the TV show: Help the cast of the popular crime drama solve several different cases by completing various minigames. This looks a bit like Women’s Murder Club, but with a stronger focus on story and more gameplay variety.

These games don’t have prices or release dates yet, but WPCentral will be sure to keep you updated as they come closer to release.

Image: Clockwise, from top: Collapse!, Delicious!, TextTwist 2, NCIS: The Game, Cake Mania Main Street.

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3 years ago

Darks Forces Team releases Mango 7713 Custom ROM for HTC Windows Phones

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Last weekend was the release of DFT's HSPL/RSPL tools, tools which would enable one to begin the process of making a custom ROM for their HTC Windows Phone (first generation, except for the Sprint Arrive and Verizon Trophy). A few days later, we had a custom ROM for the HD7.  Flash forward to today and DFT have released their "Freedom ROM" featuring Mango build 7713 (that's one more than 7712 which developers got, but still not the RTM'd 7720).

The ROMs are ChevronWP7 unlocked, lack carrier customizations but do include your standard HTC apps. Other than that, we're talking a pretty straight port with no other discernible difference. Still, this is more about a proof-of-concept and a first step than anything else and for that, impressive.

The ROMs support 22 languages and the following phones: Gold (HTC Pro 7,T7575), Mozart (HD3,T8697,T8698,T8699), Mondrian (Surround,T8788), Spark (Trophy,T8686), Schubert (HD7, T9292,T9295,T9296) and as of now, this ROM cannot be updated via Zune though that may change later. We'll still sit on the sidelines here for a bit, but a big round of applause to DFT for this accomplishment.

Source: XDA; via: Pocketnow

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3 years ago

Minesweeper and Sudoku Mini-Interview

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Minesweeper and Sudoku Mini-Interview

At WPCentral, we’re big fans of Babaroga, makers of the unique Xbox Live game Zombies!!! Last week we revealed that Babaroga’s Minesweeper and Sudoku are both coming to Xbox Live as free, ad-supported games. Naturally the Windows Phone gaming community has a ton of interest in these two titles. So today we bring you this mini-interview with Andreja Djokovic, Babaroga CEO and Founder that delves deeper into their twists on two classic games.

Head past the break for the full interview.

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3 years ago

Xbox Live Developer Interview: Game House, makers of Doodle Jump and Sally's Salon

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WPCentral continues our Xbox Live Developer Interview series by speaking with Game House's Ken Murphy. GameHouse, a division of RealNetworks, is truly a casual gaming juggernaut, with too many PC games to count and three Windows Phone titles so far. In this interview, Ken graciously discusses the casual game genre, the Doodle Jump Achievement that nobody has unlocked, and lots more.

Head past the jump for the full, fantastic interview.

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3 years ago

Taipei has a ton of enthusiasm for Windows Phone Mango

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We're not going to lie, the 'I Love Windows Phone' site and fans have a bit more enthusiasm for the launch of Windows Phone than we had here.  What you are watching above is a fan made video made for a "Mango" preview meet-up held in Taipei a few weeks ago. Okay, so it's not like a ton of people showed, but damn these kids have spirit! Anyways, it's a fun video for the weekend and great to see our friends in the Asian markets jumping on the Windows Phone train.  You can see more pics here.

Maybe we should organize a meet-up someday. Hmmm...

Source: ILoveWP; Thanks, Nicholas, for the heads up!

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