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3 years ago

Get ready for a throwdown. Square Off is 99 cents this weekend

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We’d like to call your attention to Gnomic Studios’ indie game Square Off today. Not just because of the amazing papercraft shown above that I designed for WPCentral’s Square Off review, though it would seem I am happy to show it off again. No, the big news about Square Off is that’s it on sale this weekend. The sale price is 99 cents, a 66% discount off the regular price.

Square Off is a 2D arena-based shooter. Players take control of a Square Avenger – a human/alien hybrid with a jetpack – as he defends the earth from nefarious one-eyed aliens. The game’s got seven levels to blast through, each of which can be played in a never-ending survival mode.

Square Off’s 2.5D graphics (hand-drawn characters on 3D backgrounds) and tight controls really won us over. The full game is on sale for 99 cents until Monday and there is a free trial, so give it a try now while the getting’s good. You’ll find Square Off here on the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Mobile Nations Podcast: Episode Zero

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Mobile Nations Podcast: Episode Zero

Introducing our cross-platform podcast, the state of the union for Android, BlackBerry, iOS, webOS, and Windows Phone!

Mobile Nations is our brand new podcast, bringing together the heads of state from Android Central, CrackBerry.com, PreCentral.net, TiPb.com and WPCentral for full on round-table action. This week Phil, Kevin, and Rene discuss new Gingerbread phones, iOS 5 and iCloud, Playbook updates, and Apple stealing back. This is Mobile Nations!

Meta Talk

  • Do we go clean or explicit?
  • Do we use theme music or smash cut straight to the talk?
  • Should we stick to a bi-weekly schedule?
  • What should our album art be?

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  • Phil Nickinson (@philnickinson)
  • Kevin Michaluk (@crackberrykevin)
  • Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie)
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    3 years ago

    Microsoft's update on the Windows Phone Update

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    Microsoft has posted an update on the Windows Phone Update and you can add Telefonica in Spain to the list of Windows Phones on the verge of receiving the pre-Nodo, Nodo and Security Updates. Testing is done and the rollout should begin shortly.

    Omnia 7 owners on Orange are also in line for the updates and scheduling should begin shortly as well.

    In other news, Microsoft wants to assure Samsung Focus owners that they are continuing to work on the solution to get these updates to your phone. Eric Hautala, GM, Customer Experience Engineering states,

    "We want to make sure you have a quality experience with the update. That is taking time, but we’re not resting until it’s done."

    So.. the February Nodo has stretched to become a June Nodo for some. Let us just hope that a)Everyone is learning from this experience to make the Mango update flow with better efficiency and b) Nobody tags Mango with a month (e.g. the November Mango Update) which may likely jinx things and we won't see it until March 2012.

    Remember, you can check your update status over at Microsoft's Windows Phone Update page or download the "Dude, Where's my Update" app here in the Marketplace.

    Source: Windowsteamblog Thanks goes out to D-Bur for the tip!

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    3 years ago

    Update: Mango does support IPv6

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    Update: Mango does support IPv6

    A few days ago, it was rumored that IPv6 (see Wikipedia), the upcoming network protocol was currently not supported in Windows Phone 7.0 (evidently started because our browser cannot connect to a IPv6 website).

    Fast forward today and now there's information through Microsoft that suggests that this is "fixed" in WP7 Mango. If you head to MSDN, you'll see listed under 'Fields' what appears to be full-support for IPv6 on board in OS v7.1 aka Mango.

    What that all means of course is there's nothing to see here, don't worry, our new OS does not have an Achilles heel when it comes to web-browsing--assuming nothing major happens in the next 6 months.

    Source: MSDN; via Plaffo

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    3 years ago

    HD7s for $50 at Best Buy

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    HD7s for $50 at Best Buy

    Never to shy away from a deal, we've been tipped that the AT&T HTC HD7s is being offered over at Best Buy for $49.99 (after contractual discounts). The offer also includes free shipping.

    Not a bad deal but the catch is finding one. If Best Buy's inventory of HD7s units is similar to AT&T Premiere Site, it may be a tough deal to locate. A quick store inventory search indicates not a single Best Buy in Alabama are showing the Windows Phone in stock. The online listing indicates the phone usually ships within 2-5 business days but "usually" isn't a guarantee the phones are in stock.

    Still, if you're in the market for an HD7S it might be worth a call to Best Buy to see if your local store has them in stock.

    Thanks goes out to Ben for the tip!

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    3 years ago

    eWallet Go - App Spotlight

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    eWallet Go - App Spotlight

    We've taken a look at Password Manager for the Windows Phone and now we'll shine the spotlight on eWallet GO. Ilium Software is offering the Windows Phone app over at the Marketplace to help you keep track of your usernames/passwords, financial accounts, credit cards, PIN Numbers and other information that needs to be secure but readily available.

    eWallet GO makes it easy to get started, with 29 ready-to-use templates for you to enter all your critical information. The app supports multiple categories, so you'll never have to second guess where you saved any of your information. eWallet Go's philosophy, "It's your info - save it however you like, and access it fast without worry."

    eWallet GO also supports Google Docs or Dropbox to help make saving your file easily. Not only can you back up and restore your wallet to your phone, but if you also purchase eWallet GO! for Windows (available from Ilium's website) you can back up and restore between your phone and your PC.

    There isn't a trial version for eWallet Go and the full version is running $4.99. You can download it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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    3 years ago

    Quadrata and Triangula - Double Header Review

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    Remember the line game squares? Some may have called it "Dots and Boxes".  You know the game.  Where you drew a grid of dots on a piece of paper and took turns connecting them to build squares? Arkady Elterman has developed two games built around the old paper and pencil game.

    These two Windows Phone games are so close, they could have been game modes under the same title. So similar that a double header of a review can cover both under the same headline.

    To read more on Quadrata and Triangula, move on past the break.

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    3 years ago

    AT&T HD7s backordered already--low stock or selling well?

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    Although the AT&T site still lists the new HTC HD7s (see review) as available, we're hearing that in fact the phone may be backordered.

    Potential customer and reader Chase ordered his HD7s a few days ago from the AT&T business direct/premier online site and just received an email noting that the phone is backordered:

    Dear CHASE xxxx,

    Thank you for your recent purchase on the AT&T Premier Online Store. We are pleased that you chose AT&T as your wireless service provider.

    Unfortunately, items in your order are out of stock and are backordered. We will ship them as soon as they are available, and notify you of the shipment by email. We will ship multiple backordered items when all items are in stock.

    If your order remains out of stock or backordered for 30 days, your order will be automatically canceled.

    You can view the status of your order on AT&T Premier Online Store at any time.

    Reference Web Order Number: 101xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Thank you,

    The AT&T Premier Team

    This of course raises the question: did AT&T just have low stock or is that phone in high-demand? Alas, we'll never really know, we suppose, but we like to think it's the latter reason. Chime in if you received a similar email from AT&T about your order.

    Thanks, Chase, for the info

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    3 years ago

    U.S. Cellular to get HTC Windows Phone device "this year"

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    Good and bad news for U.S. Cellular customers: the carrier will be getting a Windows Phone device, by HTC, but unfortunately you may have a few more months to wait as they are being hush-hush on the matter.

    According to a press release, U.S. Cellular is finally looking to bring over the nearly 1-year old OS:

    CHICAGO (June 09, 2011) – Between now and the end of the year, U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) is expanding its portfolio of cutting-edge devices with more features, handset styles and pricing options to help its customers select the one that meets their needs and helps them stay connected.

    U.S. Cellular plans to launch seven smartphones that run on the Android™ operating system, including its first 4G-enabled smartphone. Two mobile tablets are planned along with the carrier's first Windows® Phone 7 device. U.S. Cellular will also roll out its first wave of 4G LTE devices in November.

    ...U.S. Cellular plans to launch four devices from HTC Corp. beginning this summer, including the carrier's first Windows Phone device that runs the Windows 7™ operating system. The Live Tiles on the Windows 7 homescreen show all of the messages, voicemails, e-mails and social network status updates in a single glance.

    No word on which device exactly they are getting: Trophy, Arrive/7 Pro or HD7, but hey, at least there's light at the end of the tunnel for those folks still on contract on the carrier.

    Source: U.S. Cellular; via Android Central

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    3 years ago

    Pirates' Assualt updated with new level and more

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    Pirates' Assualt from Dagari Studios has been updated to add more levels of play, an additional game mode and Scoreloop integration. Pirates' Assault is a tower defense game for your Windows Phone where you defend your treasure from raiding pirates.

    With the update, Pirates' Assualt goes from four to five levels and adds a Survival Mode that boosts the difficulty of each level and randomizes the raiding ships' path. This makes that course of attack more unpredictable and defensive placements all the more important.

    The Scoreloop integration allows for an online leaderboard with profile management. Your posting to the leaderboard will also show your level completion along with your score.

    All in all the update brings more gaming to Pirate's Assault. There is a free, ad-supported version of Pirates' Assault available here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace. The ad-free version will run you $1.99 and can be found here at the Marketplace.

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    3 years ago

    AT&T Wifi coming to a NYC Park near you

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    With unlimited data packages going the route of the woolly mammoth, Windows Phone owners are leaning on Wifi connections more and more. AT&T hopes to help New York City customers this summer by providing free Wifi services at twenty six locations in twenty New York City parks.

    The Mayor's Office has signed a five year initiative to provide this free service (non-AT&T customers can enjoy the free Wifi too).  All five boroughs of the City are involved and include the following parks.

    • Bronx: Joyce Kilmer Park, Bronx River Park and Devoe Park
    • Brooklyn: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Fort Greene Park, Herbert Von King Park, McCarren Park and Prospect Park
    • Manhattan: Battery Park, Thomas Jefferson Park, Central Park (multiple locations), the High Line, Holcombe Rucker Park, Marcus Garvey Park and Tompkins Square Park
    • Queens: Astoria Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park and MacDonald Park
    • Staten Island: Clove Lake Park and South Beach

    AT&T Windows Phones will automatically connect to the Wifi Networks while others will have to select "attwifi" from the list of available networks on your phone. The free service begins today so if your based out of New York or just visiting, enjoy the free wifi.

    Hopefully this initiative will spread to other cities in the future.  You can catch the full press release from AT&T after the break.

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    3 years ago

    Microsoft releases Android to WP7 mapping tool [Developers]

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    Awhile back in an attempt to woo developers over from the iPhone, Microsoft released some dev tools to help in the transition. The tools are like a pocket-dictionary for a new language--they allow you to look up commands in one language and translate them to another (for Windows Phone). While they have no illusions that devs will just drop the iPhone development, the hope is to get devs to eventually cross-develop by making it that much easier.

    Today, the Windows Phone team has done the same but for Android. From the Windows Phone Dev Blog:

    ...although you might have a preferred language, opening your mind to others will bring considerable value to your abilities and your resume. It’s true that jumping from one platform or language to another can break your habits, but change can be stimulating and will ultimately expand your opportunities.

    To aid in this endeavor, the team is releasing two tools:

    1. Android to Windows Phone API mapping tool (mentioned above)
    2. “Windows Phone 7 Guide for Android Application Developers” white paper, 90+ pages organized in 7 chapters

    The tools aren't yet Mango-ready, though they are looking to update them over the summer for that purpose. Once again though, this shows how committed Microsoft is to making the transition for cross-development more simple for developers. And from what we've heard, going from iOS or Android to Windows Phone is quite and easy task.

    Source: Windows Phone Dev Blog

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    3 years ago

    PCMag investigates carrier salespersons negativity to WP7

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    Remember our coverage on how carriers aren't positively promoting Windows Phone 7 anywhere near well enough? Well, PCMag has done some investigating into the matter with Sara Yin (reporter at PCMag) going under cover as a potential customer who's interested in Microsoft's platform. What she found out doesn't come at a surprise.

    While a minute number of the salespeople acknowledged WP7 as an actual existing platform, they either had no demos at all or strongly advised to go with Android instead. The spokesperson at AT&T was the only one who was actively enthused about WP7, but was embarrassed about their display - this was the single demo of the LG Quantum with a damaged screen (see the image to the right). 

    You can read up on her findings in part two of her article.

    Source: PCMag, thanks Lex for the tip!

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    3 years ago

    Nokia CTO takes leave of absence - over MS deal?

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    Nokia's Chief technology Officer, Rich Green will be taking a leave of absence from the company for what is being reported as "personal reasons."  Nokia has officially confirmed Green's departure, but will not specify the length of leave, nor the reasons behind.  Finnish paper Helsingin Sanomat says that two inside sources have told them that that Green will be gone until at least the end of the year and is actually not expected to return at all.  This, they say, is due to a fundamental disagreement with the direction of the company, primarily, Nokia's decision to move exclusively to Windows Phone for their mobile devices.

    We first met and heard from Green at Mobile World Congress in February and at least publicly, he seemed absolutely enthusiastic about moving forward with Windows Phone.

    This is just more thing that Nokia did not need to happen in an already trying week.  They have recently seen their stock prices plummet, their credit ranking degraded and rumors surface of a buyout.  The partnership with Microsoft seems likely to either make or break the company, though to be a savior, it needs to happen soon.  Nokia's CEO, Stephen Elop, has big plans for WP7 and hopes to see Nokia-branded WP7 devices by Q4 this year.

    Source: Helsingin Sanomat; Via: Cellular-News

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    3 years ago

    Free Windows Phone avatar prop for Xbox 360 owners

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    The Xbox 360 is a great place to advertise Windows Phone 7 as the phone’s Xbox Live features are designed to appeal to console gamers. Now gamers can learn about Windows Phone and get a free avatar prop for their trouble.

    Here’s what to do:

    • On the Xbox 360, switch to the Inside Xbox section of the dashboard.
    •  Find the tile that reads: Get a free Windows Phone for your avatar/Your avatar is the special guest on Hot Apps with Laura Foy (it’s marked as an Advertisement).
    • Watch the video and then…
    • You’ll see a zoomed-in view of a Windows Phone. Navigate the cursor to the “Keep the phone!” tile. Click it and download the avatar prop.

    That’s it! Have your avatar call my avatar. We’ll go out for ice cream.

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