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3 years ago

Fable Coin Golf and Tetris get Mango updates

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We’ve been bombarded by a slew of Xbox Live updates this week. Some, like Gravity Guy’s, are quite significant. Others just add Fast App Switching support, which still ain't half bad!

Fable Coin Golf: Straight from the mouths of our friends at Microsoft, Fast App Switching support is the only new feature of the version 1.1 update. Still, that should make using the Achievement Guide much more convenient.

Tetris: The only change I’ve discovered is Fast App Switching support. It’s been tough finding anyone involved with the Windows Phone Tetris port – be sure to chime in if you know anybody.

Both Fable Coin Golf (review) and Tetris (review) cost $4.99. You’ll find them here and here on the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Need to find that cheap gas? Gas Up has you covered.

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Though there is an official GasBuddy app in the Marketplace it lacks quite a lot of features. In that sense, we're always glad to see 3rd parties step up and fill the void.

Gas Up Free is now available for you to get started on finding the lowest gas prices around you. The app is laid out quiet nicely and features individual gas stations that are pinnable to your Start screen. That's pretty cool if you have a favorite station and want to keep tabs on the price. The app will update once a day and you have as many tiles as you want (one for home, one for work, one for near the mistress). Other features include:

  • search with current location
  • create your own searches
  • create favorites
  • sorting option
  • show route
  • report prices
  • visual decision support

Not bad. Our only complaints are you cannot switch between km and miles and the search radius is not selecting, meaning you're stuck with the default. Other than those minor things though, it's a pretty solid app and the Live Tiles make it an easy sell. You can of course login to your GasBuddy account through this too, making the official app less than necessary.

You can pick up Gas Up Free here in the Marketplace (ad supported) or opt for the ad-free experience, which will set you back $1.99 .

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3 years ago

Xbox Live: Gravity Guy update adds Rescue Chapter, PDLC

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When Gravity Guy launched last year, two of its Achievements were unavailable to players. This was not due to glitches but by design – quite unusual for an Xbox Live game. Fast forward to today and Gravity Guy’s version 1.1 update has arrived. It packs quite a lot for an update, including a few surprises.

Gravity Guy version 1.1 release notes:

  • Added Fast App Switching support
  • Added the Rescue chapter to Story Mode (29 new levels)
  • Added paid DLCs:
    Slowdowns: Slows down the game for 90 seconds. It's like "bullet time"

The paid DLC (PDLC) is the big news here. Gravity Guy has officially become the first third-party Xbox Live game to offer PDLC, a bit ahead of Bug Village and Zombies!!!. Players automatically get three free Slowdowns, which can be used by tapping the new icon in the top-left corner of the screen. Slowdowns typically last for about one and a half levels – if the player doesn’t make any mistakes. Use up your free Slowdowns and it costs 160 Microsoft Points ($2) to buy a pack of 5 more.

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3 years ago

Video Diary hits v2.0 and gets Skydrive support

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We showed you Video Diary by Lance McCarthy sometime ago. The app acts as a way to record regular video diaries, keeping them separated from the camera's video roll  and also has reminders to keep you on schedule. The app hit the Marketplace a few days ago but had an error in it resulting from the Marketplace submission. It also lacked Skydrive support, something the developer said he was actively working on .

Now version 2.0 is here with that Skydrive support and works just great. You log in, it creates a Video Diary folder and away you go. Other fixes to v2.0 include:

  • Numerous tweaks and polishing to the UI
  • Data connection testing enhanced
  • Certification capability issue solved

Overall a nice update and a great feature set for a free app. The Skydrive support should also make a lot of you happy, seeing as we get so much free storage there. Pick up Video Diary here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Lumia 800 coming to Belgium January 20

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Nokia Belgium announced on their Facebook that the Lumia 800 will be sprouting up in Brussels on January 20 for an exclusive event.  The event will signify the launch of the 800 in Belgium and you can be a part of it.  Nokia has set up an online entry form where you can apply for one of 30 seats to the showcase.  To enter, send your name, email address and a short blurb explaining why you want to attend.  Bonne chance!

Source: Nokia Belgium (Facebook); via: MonWindowsPhone

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3 years ago

Fake Spotify app removed from Marketplace

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Although on occasion certain apps may get by on the Marketplace, it seems once we get wind of it Microsoft acts swiftly. Such is the case with "spotify" a $0.99 app that reportedly looked like the official Spotify app.

It was unclear at the time of what the developer's motivation was here though it certainly looked suspicious. Now, Microsoft has reacted by removing the trademark-infringing app from the Marketplace. It does not appear that any action has been taken against the developer as his other apps, Stock Today and AllSportz which are legitimate and free are still available.

At least new customers won't be caught off guard by the Doppelganger anymore and hopefully this will a rare happening in our Marketplace.

Thanks, Den, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

WPCentral 134: New Year's resolutions and the Lumia 900

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This week we're back after a lil' hiatus. Join Jay Bennett, Daniel Rubino and our latest contributor to the site, Rafael Rivera for a discussion of Nokia's 900, OS update 8107, ChevronWP7 Labs (and tokens) plus our favorite apps.

Full show notes and HD video after the break...

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3 years ago

Xbox Live games expanding to other mobile platforms?

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Microsoft has already released Kinectimals and the Xbox Live app for the iPhone and the company may be looking to continue that expansion.

In a recent jobs posting over at Microsoft Careers, there is a listing for a Software Development Engineer for Xbox Live Mobile. What has caught the attention of several is this part of the job description.

"...we work closely with console software team and Xbox LIVE services team to bring the latest and greatest gaming and entertainment experience to mobile platforms including Windows Phone, iOS and other mobile platforms."

The job description also notes in the qualifications,

"Experience of Windows Phone, iOS or Android development is a big plus."

We can only speculate what's up Microsoft's sleeve as far as the future of Xbox Live mobile games is concerned but the listing does look like expansion is up for consideration.

From a purely business point of view, if Microsoft can tap into the iOS and Android markets it could be a good business decision by increasing their customer base.  It not only has the potential of generating more revenue from the games but also attract more customers to the Xbox Live console.

From a Windows Phone perspective, such a move has a little sting to it. While Xbox Live games are not the sole benefit or attraction of a Windows Phone, it is a center piece feature.  If expansion is in the works, hopefully Microsoft will keep some Xbox Live titles (or features) exclusive to the Windows Phone. Otherwise they may lose a key marketing point.

So what do our reader's think? Is Xbox Live expansion good or bad for our Windows Phone?

via: LiveSide, Thanks to everyone who tipped us on this.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: GeoFlick

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Marketplace Expansion announced [Developers]

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Over at the Windows Phone Developer Blog Todd Brix just announced that with the new year comes new markets for Windows Phone. Since the initial release of Windows Phone the geographic availability of the Marketplace has been spreading, and with this there are 6 new markets: Argentina, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Peru and the Philippines.

In the post he mentions that this does not mean that those markets are available to WP7 users there just yet, but rather that developers can now publish their application there in anticipation.

There are also a few extra rules which govern what content will pass certification. So if you have an application that may possibly have questionable content I would suggest publishing it first to the rest of the world, and then these new markets, to make sure you don't get stuck in certification hell.

With the these new rules in-place I imagine that quite a few developers will not be able to get their applications to these areas:

Examples of potentially offensive content in certain countries/regions include, but are not limited to the following:
• People in revealing clothing or in sexually suggestive poses
• Religious references
• Alcohol references
• Sexual or bathroom humor
• Simulated or actual gambling

However that's not totally a bad thing, because from the look of it these markets will never have to deal with any fart-apps!

Source: Windows Phone Developer Blog

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3 years ago

Free Nokias for Australian Developers!

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Free Nokias for Australian Developers!

If you needed any more convincing that Microsoft is serious about pushing development on their mobile platform, then here's the next episode in our series on Microsoft-giving-stuff-to-devs-for-work-they-would-have-done-anyway. And before you ask, yeah, that title is a work in progress.

Previously we saw promotions for UK developers to get free gadgets, and giveaways for Canadian developers, now all you Australian dev's can get in on the action.
The requirements are pretty much in-line with the other promo's where all you need to do is publish a certain number of apps to the Windows Phone Marketplace by a certain date, and then receive either a Lumia 710, or a Lumia 800 depending on how many you can get out by then.
 

  1. Qualifying apps must be published between Jan 1st 2012 and 12 midnight EST Mar 30th, 2012.
  2. Publish 3 new apps for a Nokia Lumia 710 or 4 new apps for a Nokia Lumia 800
  3. The sooner you publish your new apps the sooner you’ll receive your Nokia Phone (subject to availability).
  4. Apps must be new and published to the public marketplace and excludes updates to existing apps.
  5. This offer is only open to Australian based developers who submit apps to an Australian registered Windows Phone Marketplace account.
  6. For budgeting purposes, this offer is limited to the first 50 developers who publish 3 or more apps and is limited to 1 phone per developer.
  7. There are a number of promotions in progress with Nokia in Australia; the apps submitted for this challenge must differ from those submitted elsewhere. ie no double counting.

If you are an Android or iPhone (or any other platform for that matter) developer, I'm guessing promotions like this may help tip your decision in our favor. If not, maybe Indie success will.

Either way, the time is now!

Source: WPDownUnder

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3 years ago

ZTE Tania hits Europe, ready for pre-order

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We previously touched on ZTE handsets heading for Europe (and being the white label Windows Phone in France), and now it seems as though the ZTE Tania is ready for pre-order at Clove UK. The low-range handset is a fairly cheap option for those who don't require top specifications. The Tania will run a smooth experience as any other Windows Phone sporting a 1Ghz processor, but comes with limiting 4GB worth of storage. Then again, with a Zune subscription, storage wouldn't be a huge issue.

Other information on the device includes a 4.3" screen, 512MB RAM, 5MP camera (no FFC). You can pre-order your own at Clove UK for £249.99 (including VAT) unlocked.

Source: Clove UK

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3 years ago

Ffffound update lands in the Marketplace

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Ffffound was our first WPCentral App request, where we saw a need for an app and reached out to developers to make one. Ffffound is a client app for the website of the same name that is essentially a photo sharing site. Ffffound, the website, allows users to post and share their favorite images found on the web and also dynamically recommends inspirational images based on users tastes and interests.

Ffffound, the Windows Phone application, pulls all the image joy from Ffffound (the website) to your Windows Phone. Key features include:

  • Images can be save to your phone for wallpaper use
  • Share images via SMS, email, Twitter and Facebook
  • Images can be tagged as favorite for easy access
  • Live Tile support is present to view random images on your Start Screen.

Ffffound's (the app) update takes the app to version 1.2 and includes several fixes to saving images and Live Tile performance. The update also addresses speed issues and adds the option to load images sequentially.

There is a free trial version available for Ffffound and the full version is running $.99. You can grab your copy here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Nokia's Lumia 710 and 900 headed to Canada?

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Back in November, our concerns about the state of Windows Phone in Canada were somewhat alleviated when we heard that Nokia would be bringing a number of Windows phones there in 2012.  While details were scarce at the time, MobileSyrup says that they have confirmed that both the Lumia 710 and Lumia 900 (Ace) are packing their bags for the trek up North.  No timeline has been provided, but the 710 is expected to arrive first, followed by the flagship Ace shortly after. 

While Rogers is the likely carrier, TELUS and Bell are possibilities.  And since we don't even know who will be carrying the Nokia handsets, we still don't know how much they will fetch in the marketplace.  Despite the vagueness of it all, it's certainly reassuring to hear that Canada will be seeing some WP7 love.

Source: MobileSyrup; Via: UnwiredView

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3 years ago

Samsung SGH-i667 passes BT certification; Samsung Mendel?

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An unnamed Samsung phone, model SGH-i667, has passed through Bluetooth certification.  According to Blog of Mobile, the device supports LTE, which means it could very well be the Samsung Mendel.  The Mendel is one of three new 4G phones expected to hit AT&T, the others being HTC's Radiant and Nokia's Lumia 900 Ace.  If the SGH-i667 is indeed the Mendel, it is rumored be big, sporting a screen larger than the 4.3 inches found on its sister, the Focus S.  The Mendel is expected to hit the shelves sometime in the first half of 2012.

Source: Bluetooth; Via: Blog of Mobile

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