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3 years ago

Tentacles updated with 'Dog Eat Dog' DLC now available

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The popular and highly rated Xbox Live title Tentacles (check our review) has just received an update. This latest version includes level and gameplay tweaks (including challenges being reset after death), along with a number of minor bug fixes. But that's not all, as the "Dog Eat Dog" DLC is now available for purchase (for 80 MS Points).

What's included in the Downloadable Content?

  • New electrifying gameplay mechanic!
  • New enemies to satisfy your appetite!
  • 15 levels in brand new worlds!
  • 2 new bosses to beat!
  • Another chapter in the absurd story of Dr. Phluff!

This is next to follow Beards and Beaks, which was the first Windows Phone game to feature DLC. You can download Tentacles from the Marketplace for $2.99 (£2.29), should you not have the Xbox Live game already.

Thanks to everyone who tipped us!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: Skyrim Guide

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Skyrim is a popular, addictive game that is available on your Xbox 360 console (as well as PC and Playstation 3). Skyrim Guide is a rather nice resource guide for the console game that is available over at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

I've just discovered Skyrim and there is a lot to this game.  Every where you turn an new cave, village, or encampment pops up. Skyrim Guide is designed to help you make heads and tales of all the quests, skills, character types, spells and other aspects of the game. Having all this information on your Windows Phone may help you avoid taking an arrow to the knee.

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3 years ago

Pinsation: a Pinterest client for Windows Phone

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Should you be an avid Pinterest user, you'll want to check out Pinsation for Windows Phone. Using official APIs, Pinsation provides a seamless experience with facebook connectivity and all the features you'd expect - upload pins, re-pin, like pins, create boards, delete pins, comment on pins, and more.

If you haven't heard of Pinterest before, it's a startup that allows users to find and "pin" useful content that's discovered around the web. Think of an e-pinboard and you'll understand the concept.

Pinsation also enables the user to pin categories, searches and favourite boards right to the home screen for more convenient access. You can download Pinsation from the Marketplace for free.

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3 years ago

Sonic the Hedgehog: Ep II to feature synchronous gaming between Xbox & Windows Phone

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Back in 2010, we first reported that Microsoft was planning to bring the ability of "three screens and a cloud" to modern devices. That involved a demonstration of playing a game on the a Windows Phone 7 Series device, pausing it and then picking it up on the Xbox 360.

Users salivated over such a feature, yet here we are in 2012 and it still does not exist between the Xbox 360, Windows Phone nor the PC. However... Sonic the Hedgehog: Episode II, due later this Spring, is evidently going to be the first title to support such a feature.

The Official Xbox Magazine site (oxmonline.com) ran a story this evening featuring a "hands on" demo of the new Sonic game destined for Xbox 360, Playstation, iOS and Windows Phone (called erroneously "Windows Mobile 7", grrr...). At about the 4:20 mark, we can hear Ken Balough, Digital Grand Manager on Sonic Episode II, talk about this unprecedented new feature:

"...and one of the cool things about it is that the Windows Mobile 7 (sic) and the Xbox are going to be able to work in tandem in ways that are completely new. So when you pick up the Windows Mobile 7 and you'll be able to play Sonic Episode II, save it, stop, boot up your Xbox 360 and pick up right where you left off. And that's a really cool thing Microsoft has going between the devices and I'm a huge fan of it..."

Call us crazy, but that sounds exactly like the feature first demonstrated two years ago that the world has been waiting for on their phones, perhaps the coup d'état between gaming and mobile that Microsoft desperately needs.

Could this Spring be the begriming of a whole new Xbox-Windows Phone interaction? We anxiously await. Check both videos after the break...

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3 years ago

Windows Phone AppHub accepting submissions for 23 new markets soon

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The Windows Phone team is set to enable AppHub access for developers to 23 more countries, which were announced late last month by Joe Belfiore, in the next two weeks. Where will we be seeing this new support? Bahrain, Bulgaria, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Estonia, Iceland, Iraq, Israel, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

Todd Brix states that after this batch of countries is rolled out, the total number of supported countries will be bumped to 63 - an impressive amount of targetable markets for platform developers. Do note, however, that there may be some issues with some of the newly added markets, as Brix explains (and Carbon found out):

"Keep in mind that some new markets— Bahrain, China, Indonesia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE—are subject to additional certification requirements due to local laws or norms. Check Section 3.10 of our content policy for more details."

As a final note, it's warned that app submissions are taking up to seven days to certify due to volumes, and this delay may well increase. Something for developers to be aware of when submitting apps with a published date in mind.

Source: Windows Phone Developer Blog

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3 years ago

Nokia launches Windows Phone in Chile with 3D show in Santiago

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Following on from the gradual increase in advertising, Nokia has now done something special in Chile to celebrate the launch of the Lumia Windows Phones - there really doesn't appear to be a limit on marketing / promotional expenditure for the manufacturer. Much like we saw in London late last year, a 3D show was put on for attendees in the boulevard of Parque Arauco in Santiago.

Be sure to check out the video, it really is something else. We'll look to see more information being made available about both the 710 and 800 in Chile in the near future.

Source: YouTube, via: WMPU

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 advertised in Australian newspaper TeleChoice

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"The Nokia Lumia has arrived!" reads the bold headline in this Australian newspaper TeleChoice flyer. Celebrating the launch of the Lumia handsets, as well as the "Lumia Live" events that are being held this month around the country, it's good to see such exposure.

The Lumia 710 was also advertised in the MX newspaper yesterday, but these are all device specific promotions so we're still looking at Microsoft (or other OEMs) to pick up some of the weight that's holding down the platform.

Thanks Michael for sending in the photo!

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3 years ago

WPCentral 138: Justin Angel, Tango & Mobile World Congress [Video]

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We're back this week with special guest, Nokia's Justin Angel who joins Editor-in-chief Daniel Rubino and developer Jay Bennett for an interesting and exciting discussion of Windows Phone "Tango" and what it means both for fragmentation, developers and consumers. What's more crazy than that? The fact that Justin called in via his Lumia 610 on Skype.

We also go through some news, apps and take your questions.

Listen in or watch the HD video after the break!

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3 years ago

Custom Windows Phone Tango ROMs arrive for the HD2 and Omnia7

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Just a few weeks before it officially hits, Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh aka "Tango" (build 8773) has managed to be dumped onto XDA for the world to see (and use). Wasting no time, some chefs have already cooked up some custom ROMs for the HD2 (which will evidently live until the year 2031 with updates) and the Samsung Omnia7.

More ROMs will be expected to follow soon for first generation devices, notably HTC ones and the Samsung Focus. Since there are no custom ROMs for Gen 2 devices (due to a locked bootloader), we're not expecting this Tango ROM to help too much though perhaps some folks at XDA will find a way.

Tango is thought to a "refresh" of Windows Phone 7.5 with only minor, under the hood changes including support for lower-spec'd devices (256MB of RAM) as well as some MMS improvements and a fix for the SMS bug. Like all previous updates, this is expected to trickle out for current phones but only at the discretion of the carrier.

Source: HD2, Omnia 7; via XDA

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3 years ago

Update to Garmin Streetpilot adds FourSquare to the mix

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Garmin Streetpilot, the popular Windows Phone navigation app, has been updated to add a few new features to the mix. Most notably Foursquare, Facebook and Wikipedia integration.

While there isn't an official change log, here are some features we've noticed.

  • Create and save routes with multiple stops with Trip Planner
  • 3D building map layer
  • Public transportation is now displayed on the map as a layer
  • Wikipedia links map layer
  • Facebook and 4Square integration allowing you to check in/out of locations
  • Use of the compass (device dependent) 

We've also noticed the start-up time and overall speed of Garmin Streetpilot has improved as well.  Throw in a few cosmetic changes to the map view and the update covers a lot of territory.

Oh, speaking of cosmetic changes you have downloadable voices that includes a Yeti, Elfred the Elf and Dr. Nightmare voice.  You also have a healthy choice of automobile icons to download ranging from Star Wars to Sponge Bob icons.  While the update adds a lot to Garmin Streetpilot, I still wouldn't mind seeing downloadable apps come into play at some point.

There is a free trial version available for Garmin Streetpilot and the full version will run you $29.99. You can find Streetpilot here at the Windows Phone marketplace.  If you find something we've missed with this update, feel free to share in the comments.

Thanks goes out to everyone who tipped us on this!

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3 years ago

Preview: Lock Screen Widgets for Windows Phone [Homebrew]

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We previously took a look at Windows Phone Hacker's Lock Screen Widgets concept, where enough interest from the homebrew community would spark development to turn it into reality. It would appear as though enough interest was received as in the above video, we can see a working preview of said concept in an app form.

Work is still ongoing to apply UI enhancements and tidying up. Adding, re-arranging and removing widgets is fairly straightforward and selecting the Bing wallpaper is also possible. Suggestions are welcome for new widgets or on the app itself. We look set to see a beta version released next week (depending on continued progress), so stay tuned.

Source: WindowsPhoneHacker, YouTube

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3 years ago

WPRemote for Roku adds YouTube video playback to Roku devices

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Back in September we reviewed a handy remote control app for the Roku video streaming devices called ROKUbox. It mostly provided a convenient substitute for a real Roku remote control, plus a few extra features. Fast forward to 2012 and ROKUbox has now become WPRemote for Roku. The name change is a result of the Roku company’s desire for keeping 3rd-party apps from being confused with official ones. Of course, there is no official Roku remote app for Windows Phone, but you know legal types are.

Additionally, the app’s version 2.0 update added a handy YouTube video playback function. See, for some crazy reason the Roku company doesn’t want to pay Google for the rights to provide an official YouTube channel on the Roku. Never mind that the Xbox 360, Sony Blu-Ray players, and myriad other devices have such channels. Thankfully the folks at Localyf have created their own custom Roku channel that plays YouTube videos.

To enable the feature, you’ll need to follow the instructions provided in the WPRemote for Roku app. Basically it involves going to the Channel Store on the Roku device and inputting a code to download Localyf’s channel. Once you’ve done that, simply press the YouTube button at the bottom of the WPRemote app. The app’s YouTube section allows you to search for YouTube videos by name and view recently played videos. Once you choose a video, it immediately starts playing on the Roku and your HDTV. You can also pin a live tile for the YouTube search function to your phone.

YouTube playback is the one glaringly missing feature of Roku devices, so it’s awesome that Localyf has found a workaround. There are other Roku remote apps for Windows Phone, but WPRemote for Roku appears to be the only one with a YouTube feature. That should be enough to make it a must-buy for Roku owners.

WPRemote for Roku costs $1.99 and there is a free trial. Get it here on the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Gameboy Pocket emulator for Windows Phone now available on the Marketplace [Video]

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We first broke the news that the developer behind Blue Tomato (aka Sonic's Jewels, the Sega Master emulator) was wrapping up work on Purple Cherry.

Purple Cherry, in keeping up with generic, non-copyright infringing names, is the re-working on Wario's Jewels (WJ7), a Gameboy Pocket emulator that came out last year but was only homebrew i.e. you had to sideload it to your device. That prevented many of you from using it as you need a developer unlocked device to enjoy that feature.

While WJ7 was nice, it also lacked the finesse that Blue Tomato had like Skydrive support and that beautiful new UI. So the developer, BeGood1 Soft, reworked various aspects including improving the core emulator, giving reportedly much better performance during game plays across devices.

Overall, this looks to be a killer purchase if you like playing old school games on your phone, so it seems well worth the price of $1.29 should you choose to buy it after using the free trial.

(Note: For initial release, there is no sound. But like Blue Tomato, Purple Cherry will be getting sound emulation in the near future. Stay tuned as we'll keep you posted.)

Pick it up here in the Marketplace and let us know in comments if you like it or not.

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3 years ago

Review your favourite must-have game and win a Nokia Lumia 800

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Windows Phone UK has announced an exciting competition that celebrates the must-have Xbox Live games of 2012 that have arrived onto the Marketplace - Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, BulletAsylum, Chickens Can’t Fly, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction and Toy Soldiers: Boot Camp.

The team have decided to give away a shiny new Lumia 800 (see our review) Windows Phone as the prize for the best review. To enter the competition and have a chance of winning the Lumia 800, you'll need to:

  1. Review one of the five must-have games listed above. Be sure to include details such as why it's your favourite, what you liked / disliked, etc.
  2. Publish the review on a blog (can be Tumblr, WordPress hosted, Blogger, etc.)
  3. Enter said review by commenting on the Windows Phone UK competition announcement article only (link below).

We're helping to judge this contest, so we'll be selecting the winning review which displays the most originality, relevancy and humour. So head on over to Windows Phone UK to read up on the T&Cs and put forward your entry. Remember that this is for UK residents only and you have until 5pm (GMT) on March 22nd.

Source: Windows Phone UK

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3 years ago

From the Forums...Barter Forum is live

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From the Forums...Barter Forum is live

We have seen many requests for a area in the forums to buy and trade devices. We love to abide so with no further delay come join us in the Windows Phone Central Barter Forum.

Note: you must have 50 posts to sell your wares. For a complete list of rules please see this thread: Rules for posting in the Barter Forum

Remember, the forums are more fun when you register, so sign up today.

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