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2 years ago

Icomania, Windows Phone trivia takes on a minimalistic approach

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Icomania is a Windows Phone trivia game that caught our eye due to its minimalistic artwork. While the game is eye appealing, it's not without challenge though.

You are presented a picture representative of a movie, actor or character and you simply have to fill in the blanks. Icomania is an entertaining option for those seeking a trivia game for their Windows Phone.

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2 years ago

Umbrella 8 for Windows Phone has potential to be an elegant weather source

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Umbrella 8 is a unique and eye-catching Windows Phone 8 weather app that has a lot going for it. The app throws a lot of weather information your way and includes Flickr integration to spice up the background images.

However, while the design is appealing you have a reoccurring error and the navigation isn't as smooth as it could be. Still Umbrella 8 is an attractive weather app worth trying and has a ton of potential.

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2 years ago

Report: Official Songza app due next week for Windows Phone 8

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2 years ago

Former UX Designer for Windows Phone teams up with Nokia DVLUP Design Consultations

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Developers, looking for a way to spruce up your app? Need advice on your creation’s UI? Then you may want to take a look at Toledo Designs who just partnered up with Nokia through their popular DVLUP program.

Why go with Toledo? It’s simple. One of the founders of the company is Arturo Toledo, a former Senior User Experience Designer for Microsoft's Windows Phone Design Studio. The man certainly knows his design theory as he wrote a whole guide on UI design for Windows Phone in a series which we covered back in 2011-2012. He recently wrote an interesting piece on the new look for the Facebook app in response to those who said it wasn't Modern.

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2 years ago

Super Calendar updated. Brings Live tile customizations like no other

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Some of the out-of-the-box apps on Windows Phone don’t see updates too frequently. Sure, you’ve got Xbox Music picking up some improvements with GDR2. But other than that, most apps don’t see refreshes or updates until the next version of Windows Phone hits. Which is why there are popular calendar apps in the Windows Phone Store. One of our recent favorites, Super Calendar, just picked up an update. Let’s check it out.

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2 years ago

Skype halts development for Windows Phone 7, sets course for Windows Phone 8

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Skype not planning to release further updates for Windows Phone 7.x

The Skype team today has taken to their blog to further outline some of their plans for mobile going forward.  In the article, they highlight how Windows Phone 8 was the first OS to receive mobile HD video calling and feature the new Modern UI. They also mentioned that “the vast majority of our Windows Phone base and usage is on Windows Phone 8”.

Skype, like all companies, has to put their resources where the market is and because of that, they’re announcing that there will be no further development for Windows Phone 7.x legacy devices.

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2 years ago

Deal Alert: ASUS VivoTab RT 32GB for $289, refurbished, on eBay

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2 years ago

Nokia’s photo editing app Creative Studio gets a minor update today

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2 years ago

New photo of the Nokia Lumia 1520 from China shows off massive display

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2 years ago

Stay the course with these top Windows Phone navigation apps

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Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Navigation Apps

One of the more useful applications our Windows Phones are capable of is helping us get where we need to go. Navigation apps are rather plentiful in the Windows Phone Store and is the focus of this week's roundup.

We take a look at four feature rich navigation apps to see if you can get away with a free navigation app or if you need to invest with a paid app. Two of the titles have been around for some time and two are relatively new comers.

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2 years ago

We're at AppCampus; the joint venture for Windows Phone developers

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We're currently at Aalto University in Finland, where the AppCampus program — a joint project of Microsoft, Nokia and the university — is held for Windows Phone developers around the world to engage in. What exactly is the program all about? We covered AppCampus back in 2012 when the project kicked off. Since then, numerous apps and games have been released on the Windows Phone store, with over $1 million going to participating teams.

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2 years ago

Beem updated and brings some new tiles for Windows Phone 8

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There are more music services than you can shake a stick at. On Windows Phone you have apps for all the major music platforms. We’ve got Xbox Music, Spotify, Pandora, Vevo, Soundcloud, and more. Sure, some of those might be a third party apps, but they exist and are pretty good. Digitally Imported is bringing an official app soon, but we’ve been pretty lucky with Beem as a third party offering. Development isn’t slowing down though, the app just picked up a new update. Let’s check it out.

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2 years ago

Take the Talk Mobile Creativity survey for a chance to win a $100 Best Buy Gift Card!

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We've closed out mobile creativity week of Talk Mobile, so it's survey time! Yep, another Talk Mobile week, another Talk Mobile survey, and another chance to win some money in exchange for giving us some quantifiable data! Mobile creativity week touched on photography, videography, mobile business, and more, and it was just great.

So, without further ado, here's the mobile creativity week survey - it's not too long, tackling photos and video and business and the like. And it's multiple choice, so don't feel like you have to study or cheat or anything. And as a bit of incentive, completing the survey enters you for a chance to win a $100 gift card from Best Buy. Sounds like a good deal, eh?

Click here to take the Talk Mobile State of Mobile Creativity Survey!

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2 years ago

Ballmer regrets not redeploying more talent to Windows Mobile in early 2000s

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For Microsoft, Windows Vista took priority over Mobile. Years later, Steve Ballmer regrets that decision.

As Microsoft’s 2013 Financial Analyst Meeting wraps up, outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer fielded questions from the audience of investors about the company. In responding to one inquiry about Microsoft, its direction and reorganization, Ballmer had an interesting confession regarding the last decade at Microsoft.

Although Ballmer has previously acknowledged that Vista was something he wished he handled differently, in tonight's response he was even more specific. Ballmer regrets not putting more resources into what was then Windows Mobile. Instead, the company had invested its talent and resources into Vista, an OS that would forever blemish the reputation of the company.

It would also cause Microsoft to miss the mobile explosion just a couple years later.

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2 years ago

Ballmer sees an “upside opportunity” in having almost no market share with Windows Phone

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This evening, Microsoft is hosting their 2013 Financial Analyst Meeting, addressing shareholders about the current status of the company and its future. Most of the discussion, which is ongoing as we write, has focused on cloud computing, Xbox, Windows and all of Microsoft’s services.

Outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took the stage within the last hour and elaborated on many of these areas, including Windows Phone. While not a lot of time was spent on the growing division, Ballmer did of course talk about the recent Nokia purchase.

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