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3 years ago

Vote for Nokia Lumia 800 in Gizmodo poll

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Vote for Nokia Lumia 800 in Gizmodo poll

Here's an interesting poll that we should all be voting in. The Nokia Lumia 800 (our review) is up against the Android powered Samsung Galaxy Nexus in Gizmodo's "Most Important Gadget of the Year" tournament. Think of it as Unreal Tournament -- not the most recent title, we're on about 2004 or even GOTY -- and it's all about ridiculously over-powered Redeemer and body parts flying everywhere. Or we could bring the image back down to Earth and state it's merely two devices going head-to-head.

No iPhone 4S though, shame. Guess Siri isn't everything after all. Be sure to head on over to Gizmodo (link below) to vote for the Lumia 800, and Windows Phone.

Source: Gizmodo; via WMPU

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3 years ago

Orb is free to download...for now

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Orb is free to download...for now

For a two-day stint, Palladium Power has made their game Orb available for free in the Marketplace.  Orb is a tilt-based game where you navigate your sphere through a series of tiled obstacle courses.  Along the way you must use your skill, along with specialized tiles, to avoid holes and traps.

This isn't the first time Palladium power has offered up this deal.  We saw the free download back in June as well.  If you are interested (which you should be because, if nothing else, it's free!), you can click here, or use the tag below.

Cheers, TheWeeBear, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Torchbear bumped to version 1.3

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Torchbear bumped to version 1.3

Torchbear, a mobile geolocation based social network game, which went live on the Marketplace a few months ago, has been updated to version 1.3. The update is pretty big with more features and improvements being applied to the app. A quick walkthrough on what's included:

  • Added Search for player and torches to the main page
  • Added World News and Local News
  • Added auto exchanges for pending torches longer than 3 days
  • Added instant exchanges for players who have stopped playing
  • Exchange distance has been increased
  • Added support for Miles or Kilometers
  • New Player Points system
  • Improved loading performance
  • New Leaderboards (World, Nearby, and Following)
  • Ability to save any photo to your phone (including profile pics)
  • Can now exchange torches with a person who has held the torch before

You can download Torchbear for free from the Marketplace. Be sure to check out the official website too.

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3 years ago

Microsoft confirmed to be working on SMS bug fix

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We previously covered the "Windows Phone SMS bug" that would disable the messaging hub on the victim's handset, which was discovered (and reported) by Khaled Salameh. Just two days after the bug was made public by WinRumors, we learnt that Microsoft was looking into the issue. Today we have further news surrounding the bug, Salameh has been contacted by the Microsoft Security Team and informed that they've located the root cause and a fix is currently being tested.

While it's highly unlikely to affect users, it's good to know Microsoft is on top of potential security issues. Now we just need the disappearing keyboard to be looked at. We're getting there.

Source: Twitter (@KSalameh)

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3 years ago

Mother turns son away from the iPhone to Windows Phone

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This isn't exactly anything groundbreaking, but it's interesting nonetheless. Christina Tynan-Wood has published an article over at Momster where it's explained how she managed (somewhat accidentally) to turn her son away from Apple, and has bought him a Windows Phone for Christmas. The son's desire for an iPhone stems from friends and the enticing brand which is the big fruit, but this desperation for the iProduct was cut when his mother received a Samsung Focus Flash from Microsoft.

Leaving the device on the counter in the kitchen, the intrigued son picked up the Focus Flash and played around the OS, while checking out the Xbox Live integration. Blown away by how different Windows Phone is, Christina was given a revised Christmas wish list with the iPhone crossed out, replaced by "phone like yours". The main benefits for her son are Xbox Live, Facebook and Metro UI simplicity, but the lack of apps compared to other platforms is also noted.

Head on over to Momster to read the full article.

Source: Momster, thanks Aston for the tip!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone App Short Take: Connection Tiles

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3 years ago

NCIS and two other Game House games will no longer be Xbox Live titles

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Back in August, Game House, the makers of Doodle Jump and Tiki Towers, informed WPCentral that they had five mobile Xbox Live titles in the works. These included Collapse!, Delicious!, TextTwist 2, Cake Mania Main Street, and NCIS: The TV Game. And now, for better or worse, three of those titles won’t be attaining Xbox Live status.

Collapse! is already available (with super easy Achievements to boot) and TextTwist 2 is still coming to Xbox Live, so it’s the other three titles that Game House will publish as indie games. In fact, NCIS: The TV Game recently arrived in the Marketplace at the lower-than-Xbox Live cost of $1.99.

Many developers either publish Xbox Live games or indie games, but not both. In this case, Game House basically looked at the three games and decided that retooling them as Xbox Live titles would be more trouble than it’s worth. They have also decided to publish their indie games under the Real Networks label rather than Game House Live like their Xbox Live titles.

This switch may disappoint Achievement fans, but the subject matter of the games probably wouldn’t have greatly appealed to the more hardcore members of the Xbox Live crowd. On the plus side, we’ve learned that Game House has a secret Xbox Live title in the works that many of our readers will dig. Hopefully we can talk about it soon.

NCIS: The TV Game is a hidden-object game with some minigames and mystery thrown in for good measure. It costs $1.99; unfortunately there is no trial. Fans of the show can pick the game up here on the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Xbox Live: Spider Jack climbs onto the Marketplace, courtesy of Electronic Arts

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While iOS hit Cut the Rope has yet to migrate to Windows Phone, today we get the next best thing with Spider Jack, an Xbox Live title from developer MaxNick and EA Games. Yes, EA is still apparently making Windows Phone games (that aren’t exclusive to Nokia handsets).

The goal in Spider Jack is to get the titular arachnid to his food. To do this, you attach the spider’s thread to a knob. He’ll then swing around, collecting anything he touches. You’ll also need to cut the rope, err, thread in order to drop Jack onto items. With 75 levels (many with multiple possible solutions), this should be a fun physics-based puzzler that stands out from other games on the platform - if not the title that inspired it.

Spider Jack costs $2.99 and there is a free trial. Swing over here on the Marketplace to get it.

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3 years ago

Cro-Mag Rally is the Xbox Live Deal of the Week and an easy 200 GamerScore too

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How much do you like Achievements? That may very well be the factor that helps many people to decide whether or not to purchase the latest Xbox Live Deal of the Week game, Cro-Mag Rally. It’s now on sale for $1.99, down from $2.99.

Cro-Mag Rally is a prehistoric-themed kart racer from Pangaea Software and Citizen 12 Studio. Kart racers are usually pretty fun, but I just didn’t enjoy my time with CMR. As our review indicates, the two primary problems are visuals and track design. CMR originated as a Mac game in 1998, and it shows its age with heinous character designs and terrible 3D graphics. Plus the tracks are just randomly littered with way too many obstacles and tight turns that don’t match the style of game or controls at all. On the other hand, CMR’s Achievements are quite easy, and two bucks isn’t a bad price for another 200 GamerScore.

Cro-Mag Rally is $1.99 for one week only and there is a free trial. Pick it up here on the Marketplace, Achievement hunters.

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3 years ago

Music Cloud - music player and downloader for SoundCloud now available

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If you're a fan of the free "sound hosting" site SoundCloud, you may want to sneak a peek at Music Cloud. From the developers of SuperTube, Free Ringtones and SuperMusic comes a new way to get music and sounds from yet another site. The app itself is well designed and has a ton of features, including background downloading, streaming, manage your SoundCloud account, listen to favorite tracks, etc.

  • View hot music
  • Search music by tracks or groups
  • Save tracks on the phone for offline listening
  • Background and foreground downloads support
  • Background plays support
  • Shuffle tracks
  • Create playlist
  • Shuffle and repeat play supports
  • Play music in the full screen mode or normal mode
  • Sign in your SoundCloud account, and view your dashboard, Tracks, Groups, Favorites, Followers, Friends
  • Listen to your and others Favorite tracks
  • Listen to tracks from other artists or users

The app comes in two versions and is now available: free (ad-supported) and paid ($1.29, no ads). For just a recorder for SoundCloud, check out CloudRecorder here.

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3 years ago

Free 12 month Gold Xbox Live subscription offer in Canada

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We've continuously received complaints from residents who live in Canada for the lack of Windows Phone presence in the country compared to Europe (and the U.S. to an extent). This news will please some however, particularly potential buyers. Should you pick up a LG Optimus 7 before January 31st, you'll receive a free 12 month Gold subscription to the Xbox Live service (worth £40).

The offer (and handset) is available at Telus and Future Shop. Do hurry should you wish to take advantage of this offer as there are only 1250 codes being distributed. After you've made the purchase, head on over to the promotion website to enter your details and receive your code.

Source: Microsoftthanks, Matthew for the tip!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: HoloPhone 3D

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Here's a neat app for your Windows Phone. HoloPhone 3D combines games and interactive displays to bring a decent 3D experience to the Windows Phone.

Key features include:

  • 24 interactive hologram experiences
  • Stunning 3D graphics rendered in silky smooth 30 fps
  • Amazing physics environments with full multi-touch support
  • 10 marble maze mini-game levels with scores and ratings
  • New 'Asteroid Attack' mini-game - imagine "Fruit Ninja meets Asteroids in 3D"

A recent update to HoloPhone 3D also adds an interactive winter snow globe into the mix just in time for the Holidays.

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3 years ago

Free gadgets for UK dev's [Developers]

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Free gadgets for UK dev's [Developers]

Yesterday we covered The Developer Movement where Microsoft Canada was giving away goodies to developers for publishing apps.
Apologies for this being rather delayed but we have good news for those of you in the UK! A while back MSDN UK started their own promotion where you get 1 point for every app you publish in the Marketplace.  You can then redeem those points for gadgetry by either saving up the points for something big, or just redeeming them for prizes as you go.

Here's a brief summary of some of the prizes, but be sure to hit the source link to go find out the rest:

For 1 point:
  • Pure One Mini Black Compact Radio
  • A 12 month magazine subscription
  • A Champagne Afternoon Tea for 2
     
For 4 points:
  • A Pocket Cinema Projector
  • An Xbox 360 Console (250GB HDD)
  • A Performance Car Experience

There are additional benefits if you are a student.

The closing date is the 5th of February, so I recommend stocking up on your energy drink of choice ASAP.

Source: MSDN UK Team Blog

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3 years ago

iMissal lands at the Marketplace

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iMissal lands at the Marketplace

Here's another iPhone app that has migrated to the Windows Phone side of things. iMissal is a Windows Phone app that brings the Catholic Missal to your Windows Phone.

For those not familiar, a Catholic Missal is similar to a hymnal but covers all the Mass readings, songs, and prayers used in Catholic service. A playbook if you will for the Catholic Mass. If I remember correctly from my Catholic School days the Missal was printed on a monthly basis, covering all the services performed during the year.

iMissal brings the printed Missal to your phone and includes:

  • Audio and Text versions of the Mass Readings.
  • Order of the Mass including prayers and responses.
  • Our Daily Bread which is a unique Bible verse for every day of the year.
  • Missals and Verses are updated daily.

iMissal also includes over one hundred common Catholic prayers and a Catholic News Feed. Three Bible translations are available (NAB, NIV, KJV) and verses can be saved, searched and shared via email or SMS. Missals are approved for use by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for use in the dioceses of the U.S.

iMissal isn't going to be something for everyone but might come in handy should you be of Catholic faith or wanting to learn more about the church. iMissal is running $6.99 and you can find it here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Why a 4chan app probably won't appear in the Marketplace

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For those familiar with 4chan, wondering why there isn't a Windows Phone app is probably not too much of a mystery. For those not familiar with the site, lets just say 4chan is considered to the creepy basement of the internet, the source of almost all memes, the origins of 'Anonymous'  a "wretched hive of scum and villainy". [Seriously, don't go there on your work computer. Save it for home, late at night, when no one is around. Then get the cold-shower ready.]

Having said that, one developer at least attempted to get a 4chan app approved in the marketplace. The image below (you'll have to clock to zoom) shows the hilarious results--basically failing for three violations of "Adult Content/Nudity", one violation of "Violence" and another for "Excessive Profanity". Hurrah!

Of course, as someone pointed out in comments on Reddit, even iOS has a 4chan app. That's interesting because they too have strict app submission requirements, so how do they get around it? Simple, the iOS app only shows the "safe" parts of 4chan (there really are safe areas, we swear) and the user has the option of manually adding the more saucy sections themselves.

That sounds like a good compromise to our soiled and depraved ears so maybe there is still hope for such an app, yes?

Source: Reddit

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