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3 years ago

Xbox Companion app for Windows Phone [Video]

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Well look at that, we've finally got the Xbox Companion app for Windows Phone and now follows an entertaining video showing the app off. Highlighting the features available to users, the Metro UI shines as the presentation flips between the phone and the Xbox system, painting the console as an entertainment hub. Best of all, all this Xbox Live integration is unique to the platform.

Source: YouTube

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 - confirmed through FCC manual

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3 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: KITT

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Windows Phone App Review: KITT

Fan of the 1980's television show Knight Rider? How about the short-lived re-make of the show in 2008? For those not familiar, Knight Rider was a television action/adventure show about a high-tech, crime fighting car that was controlled by a computer named KITT.  Now KITT has invaded your Windows Phone.

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3 years ago

Xbox Live app released for iOS

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Xbox Live app released for iOS

This will either please you or make you extremely upset that you'd enjoy smashing up an iDevice without a second thought, but Microsoft has released an Xbox Live app for iOS (available for free). The app will allow users to keep track of their Xbox Live account and check out what their friends are up to. To be honest, it's a smart move. It shows Microsoft is not attempting to create a monopoly with Windows, but allow other platforms to have some kind of connectivity with the software giant's product line and services. Sure, Apple fans will now have an app that will allow them to perform tasks that we can accomplish on our Windows Phones, but can they play Xbox Live titles? No. Do they have integration with the OS? No. Do they have as many features as we do altogether? Certainly not.

Features include:

  • Read and send messages to friends
  • Manage your friends list, invite new friends
  • Read and Edit your full LIVE profile (name, bio, motto)
  • Change your avatar features/items with the avatar closet
  • View and compare your achievement progress with friends

Should iOS users want the full experience, they can come to Windows Phone, but should they be avid Xbox gamers, then there's no harm in Microsoft allowing them to use the service while on the go (but with limits of course). An interesting feature is beacons, which will alert friends that you wish them to join you on an activity. Don't forget that we have the Xbox Companion app in our arsenal too. Even on my iPad 2, Metro UI looks sweet. You can download the free app from the App Store.

Source: Major Nelson, thanks to everyone who tipped us!

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3 years ago

Update rolling out for Nokia Lumia 800

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Update rolling out for Nokia Lumia 800

Looks like we have an update for the Nokia Lumia 800 rolling out. According to an article over at Nokia Conversations, the update includes the following:

  • Charging improvements
  • Voicemail notification improvement
  • Replying to mail improved for Microsoft Exchange 2003 users
  • Improved display switching in bright light
  • Improved audio quality

While charging improvements is indeed listed, we should not confuse this with the planned battery capacity increase (currently being limited by software), which Nokia has said will arrive early next year and will be accompanied by more improvements (fixing anything that's not included in this one). We took a look at issues reported by early adopters of the Lumia 800, so these two updates are welcome indeed. Unfortunately, no Internet Sharing was included in this update for us, there's always next month.

  • Firmware version: 1600.2475.7720.11414 > 1600.2479.7740.11451

Thanks to everyone who sent in the tips!

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3 years ago

Nokia and T-Mobile bringing 'something exciting' to NYC on Dec. 14

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Nokia and T-Mobile are teaming up for an event Dec. 14 in New York City, and it looks like we might well get our first glimpse of some sweet, sweet Nokia Windows Phone love here in the United States.

As you'll recall, we've already seen the Lumia 710 pass the FCC with its AWS bands intact, so that's a strong bet. Hopefully we'll get the Lumia 800 here as well. We've got our invite in hand. Guess we'll see what's what in a week.

More: Lumia 800 hands-on; Lumia 710 hands-on

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3 years ago

Xbox Companion Windows Phone app now available

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The Xbox Companion app for Windows Phone is now available to download from the Marketplace after an anxious wait by Xbox 360 owners since the app and dashboard UI update were announced earlier this year. From being able to control playback and view friend activity, all the way to browse media content and having the ability to pull information on what's currently playing (cast background from a movie as an example).

Although it's a day late, it's sure to be well worth the wait. You can download Xbox Companion from the Marketplace for free.

Thanks everyone who sent tips in!

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3 years ago

Shazam Mango updated to version 2.2

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Shazam Mango updated to version 2.2

Shazam Encore, which has been updated as a game in the past, has finally received Mango treatment and has brought along some goodies. As well as fast-app switching, you're now able to pin the tagging functionality to the home screen to allow quick access. While Shazam is useful, Bing also offers music identification from a recording snippet too (for free).

You can pick up Shazam Encore for $5.99 from the Marketplace. What do you use? Bing or Shazam?

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3 years ago

Win €1000 from the Nokia Mapstronaut

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Win €1000 from the Nokia Mapstronaut

Does €1,000 sound like a good prize to you? The Nokia Mapstronaut has completed his travels, is returning to space and would like to give away the lump sum to a lucky winner. So how does one enter? Simply find your favourite place on Nokia Maps (add the location should it not already be listed), and tweet it to @Nokia_Connects. There are certain themes available:

  1. Shopping.
  2. Eat & Drink.
  3. Going Out.
  4. Sights & Museums.
  5. Wildcard (basically anywhere that isn’t covered in the above categories).

An entry example: "@Nokia_Connects, THE MAPSTRONAUT LOVES THE VINTAGE MAGAZINE STORE IN LONDON – HIS THEME IS SHOPPING http://nka.fi/TG3SJ #NokiaMaps".  Should you enter one from each theme you'll have a better chance of being selected. We're told that Mapstronaut favours less-known locations with photos, information and reviews.

Be sure to get your entries in by Wednesday, December 14th, by which point the entry period would have closed and the Mapstronaut will select a winner.  After the break, you can catch a video documenting the Mapstronaut's adventures.

Source: Nokia

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3 years ago

Xbox Live - Hasta la Muerte ya está aquí. Err, it's here!

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Emily Dickinson would be happy to know that Death has finally stopped for Xbox Live gamers. And by that I mean, Hasta la Muerte (Until Death or To the Death) is now available on Xbox Live.

A Windows Phone exclusive from French developer Pohlm Studio, Hasta la Muerte places gamers in control of one of death’s emissaries. The emissary must free the souls of the dead in order to prevent them from becoming cursed lost souls. He won’t go it alone as friendly souls called Soulpets offers assistance. Hasta la Muerte features over 30 levels, boss battles, and a stark European art style that’s unlike anything else on the platform.

Is anyone else curious why a French developer chose a Spanish title for their game? The French translation of Until Death is Jusqu'à la Mort. Or maybe Pour la Mort, that works too. Either way, it doesn’t roll of the tongue as easily, does it?

Hasta la Muerte costs $2.99 and there is a free trial. Pick it up here on the Marketplace. To view the game’s trailer, check out our previous post.

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3 years ago

Microsoft updates Terms of Service [Part Two]

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Xbox Live Review: Shuffle Party

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Shuffle Party is the latest free Xbox Live game developed by Babaroga and published by Microsoft Studios. Unlike its predecessors Minesweeper and Sudoku, Shuffle Party even had the good manners to release simultaneously worldwide. Whereas the other two games are cerebral logic puzzlers with sizable learning curves, Babaroga’s latest offering is a far more accessible sports game. The sport? Why, shuffleboard and bowling, of course.

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3 years ago

Battlewagon storms to Xbox Live next week

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A few weeks ago, we mentioned that IronSun Studios’ Battlewagon would be coming to Xbox Live soon. At last, Battlewagon has a release date: December 14, next week!

Battlewagon is a lot like Robin Hood, but with a rolling death machine instead of a bow and arrows. Four evil Barons have taken the player’s kingdom, and it’s time to get it back! Equip your wagon with instruments of destruction and then storm the bad guys’ fortifications in 68 levels of medieval mayhem. Not only is Battlewagon a totally fresh premise, it also has that lovable Amiga-like British artwork that has all but disappeared these days.

Battlewagon debuts on Wednesday, December 14. It will cost $2.99.

Head past the jump for the full Battlewagon announcement press release.

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3 years ago

Twitter images now rendering in People and Picture hubs

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It seems Microsoft has worked some magic on backend services for Windows Phone, as users and sites alike are reporting they're now able to view images that are attached to tweets in the People and Picture hubs. Twitter integration is handled via Windows Live, which was introduced in the Mango update, but was limited to displaying text-only tweets. Now when viewing "What's new?" in the People hub (and Pictures hub) images are now displayed along with the tweet.

Have you noticed the change on your handset(s)? Let us know in the comments!

Source: LiveSide; Thanks, thenet, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Microsoft updates EULA for Windows Phone, focuses on data collection

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If you've downloaded an app from the Marketplace in the last few hours, you may have received the above pop-up screen before being allowed to continue. The "accept" part is for a new end-user licensing agreements (EULA) that seems to address the user-location tracking controversy that erupted a few weeks ago with a lawsuit. In that filing, it was alleged Microsoft was collecting user data without user consent. Microsoft at first hedged but later admitted that yes, there was a bug which sent user data before they had a chance to accept or opt-out of the location collection.

That bug was of course eliminated with the Mango update but there persisted another bug in the People Hub which is still present. That bug is set to be fixed in a later software refresh, presumably Tango. In the meantime, Microsoft is spelling all of this out in the new updated EULA where they tell us they are not using the data nefariously and how important our information is to them, yadda yadda.

The document is itself nearly 19 pages of text that explains how specific parts of the OS work when collecting data--what is being sent, can you be identified ("no"), why the information is being sent.  They do this for email, internet, Office, Phone Feedback, People Hub, Facebook, Phone Update, Pictures Hub, etc. After explaining, Microsoft then shows you how to opt out or better control what information is being sent out--it's a pretty good guide, albeit a bit dry and lengthy.

What we quickly learn is wow, a lot of info is being sent to Microsoft and it'd take awhile to turn off. But we also learn that information cannot be used to track you, identify you or reveal personal information. In light of the Carrier IQ controversy, Microsoft seems to be showing all of their cards on the matter. Of course, only you know what you are comfortable with so head on over to the new EULA, read through it and you can decide your course of action: Windows Phone Privacy Statement.

Big thanks to Brandon H. for the photo and link!

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