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3 years ago

XBLIG indie stunt racer OSR Unhinged coming to Windows Phone

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Riddlersoft Games, the UK indie developer responsible for A Robot’s Conundrum and Abyss: The Great Ascent, will soon publish a new indie Windows Phone title: OSR: Unhinged.

OSR, aka Old School Racer, first debuted on consoles as an Xbox Live Indie Game. It’s basically a Trials HD-style physics-based stunt game. If you haven’t played Trials, think Jet Car Stunts but in 2D. Not my kind of game, but lots of people love ‘em. The mobile version adds some extra content, which is always welcome.

Here’s the feature list for the Windows Phone version:

  • 30 Unique levels with alternative roots and hidden tokens.
  • 6 mini games.
  • 200 tokens to collect
  • 10 bikes to unlock
  • Your own ghost to race against.
  • Leaderboards for every level and mini games
  • Elite Leaderboards that give your overall rank as well as interesting statistics.
  • Smooth performance and tight controls.
  • Lots of options to set the game up as you want.

OSR Unhinged should be available on Windows Phone later this month. If you can’t wait, the Xbox 360 version is now available for 80 Microsoft Points ($1). Grab it here from a PC or Mac.

Source: WP7Connect; Thanks, Dale, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

4th & Mayor v3.0 teaser shots appear with new features

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If you're like us, you're waiting anxiously for Jeff Wilcox to get a Mango version of his uber-popular '4th & Mayor' Foursquare app out. And while simply re-encoding for fast-app switching is an easy task, Jeff is doing more than just that for version 3.0.

In a few teaser shots seen above, we can get a glimpse of what is coming down the pipe. First, you can now see your friends and where they checked in on a map, which makes total sense to us to have as a feature. Next you can see how you can customize the multiple-live tiles you'll be able to pin, including changing the tile or the photo for it for quick checkins. Finally, checkin deep-links and those multiple live tiles are shown on the start screen.

Release date? We hear that the app was submitted to the Marketplace on Sunday, which means we should be seeing this this week sometime. We're pretty excited about this one! Grab version 2.9 of 4th & Mayor here in the Marketplace for free.

Source: @JeffWilcox 1, 2, 3; via WindowsPhone Daily

Update: Jeff was kind enough to provide the full changelog for v3.0. Curious about all the new features? Head past the break!

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3 years ago

ChevronWP7 Labs resumes unlocking services

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Just over a week ago, the homebrew unlocker tool ChevronWP7 Labs was released in the wild. A joint venture by Rafael Rivera, Chris Walsh and Long Zheng, the officially sanctioned tool was a bold and complicated project: unlock phones so that apps can be side-loaded for a modest $9. The challenge of course was the myriad of PC setups, devices, OS versions and miscellaneous that could complicate things.

As a result, there were some issues people were having and within a few hours, ChevronWP7 Labs briefly suspended services until the team could feel more confident in the service working as intended.

In a new blog post, the group members go over the history of what happened, discuss some of the problems (including if people want refunds who can't get it to work) and that after some server re-workings, the token-purchasing is back. While the team still expects a few users to have difficulty with the process, they are evidently satisfied that most people should be able to successfully unlock their phones now. Sounds good to us. So any of you take the plunge yet?

Source: ChevronWP7

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3 years ago

Zune Pass now available in Australia

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Zune Pass now available in Australia

It was announced just a few weeks ago that Zune Pass was finally coming to Australia. Then we got wind of a few more details from WPDownUnder what exactly it would and wouldn't have to offer (e.g. no podcast support, lame).

The date to launch was November 16th, that day is upon us and according to Chris Walsh, it's now available.

So, to our Aussie friends--you down with the Zune Pass?

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3 years ago

Minimalist Star Wars wallpapers for Windows Phone are awesome

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We're always looking to refresh our lock screen on our ten Windows Phones. Okay, well you probably don't have that big of a problem but still, if you're like us and a bit geeky, these "minimalist" Star Wars wallpapers will suit your needs.

Created by Rafal Rola and cropped/re-sized by 1800PocketPC, there are the six posters for the Star Wars films (although lets be honest, there are only three real films, amiright?) and another nine for specific characters, including yes, Mr. Bobba Fett (Boba Fett, where?!).

So haul yourself on over, get your downloading on and represent some Star Wars.

Source: 1800PocketPC

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3 years ago

myAT&T goes to version 2.0 and becomes a real app

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3 years ago

Enigmo makes a splash as the Xbox Live Deal of the Week

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Following on the heels of the gorgeous Castlevania Puzzle, another game that hasn’t been on sale before will be this week’s Xbox Live Deal of the Week... Namely Enigmo, the physics puzzler from Chaotic Moon Studios and Pangaea. On Wednesday it will go on sale for $1.99, down from $2.99.

Enigmo’s 50 levels are all about getting water, oil, and lava from their starting points into matching receptacles. You’ll need to use 8 different tools to steer, bounce, and filter the drops in the right direction. See our review to learn more about how the gameplay works.

Enigmo is the only Xbox Live physics puzzle game with 3D graphics, and it has a catchy and romantic soundtrack to boot. The only downside? One of its Achievements is broken, and the update to fix it has languished in certification hell for 6 months now. That’s a bit too long for a simple fix, guys…

Enigmo will be on sale for $1.99 starting Wednesday, November 16 for one week only. At that time you can pick it up here on the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Let's Golf 2 coming Nov 16 for Xbox LIVE with a bag full of clubs and good intentions

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Over the weekend, the makers of Ghostscape announced that it’s coming to Xbox Live on November 30. But that still left us wondering about the Live releases for this week and next week. We can stop contemplating this week’s release at least, as it turns out to be Let’s Golf 2 from Gameloft.

First revealed during E3 in June, Let’s Golf 2 is a port of the popular iPhone game. It’s got attractive and stylized 3D graphics (based on Sony’s Hot Shots Golf series), 8 different golfers, and 6 courses containing a total of 108 holes in total. That’s a lot of golfing!

Let’s Golf 2’s materialization raises hopes that Gameloft’s other announced title, the 3D stealth shooter Splinter Cell: Conviction might not be too far off. However, parental controls haven’t materialized yet and the game is rated M, so I wouldn’t expect it before that feature is added to the OS.

Let’s Golf 2 arrives on Wednesday, November 16. We don’t have a price yet, but we’ll update with one tomorrow (my money’s on $4.99).

Thanks to DarkSynopsis for the tip!

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3 years ago

Samsung Focus S keyboard oddity

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Samsung Focus S keyboard oddity

There is a discussion going on in the WPCentral.com's forums on an oddity with the Samsung Focus S's keyboard. Apparently if you get to typing really fast a lag time is created between the tapping of the key and hearing the "tap" sound.

I don't doubt that such a lag time is happening but my typing skills aren't fast enough to notice any lag time at all. The keystrokes register as you type so I'm left to ask, does such a lag time matter?

Most will be concentrating on what is being typed instead of whether or not the "tapping" sound is in sync with the keyboard strokes.  I can't say that this is a major issue or even a bug because not everyone will type fast enough to notice.  So... is this a bug the will slow down your typing or just an oddity with the Samsung Focus S?

If you've experienced this lag time or simply want to chime in on the discussion, head on over to this Forums discussion and let us know what you think?

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3 years ago

Brandon Watson: lessons learned a year on

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If you're excited about the progress the team at Microsoft has made with Windows Phone for the past year since the release back in October last year, then you're strongly urged to read Brandon Watson's latest blog post. In this article the face of Microsoft for developers goes into great detail about what lessons have been learned. Of course, not all lessons are visible to the consumer, the two most obvious being update delivery and marketing, which we've witnessed improvements for in the past few months.

Watson continues to dive into how developers were considered every step of the way, with the software giant not needing anymore brand awareness so the focus could remain on keeping the spotlight clear for app submitters. Some interesting points the article covers:

  • Inspiring developers
  • Make developers rich and famous
  • Search and discover-ability
  • Simplicity and removing friction

Watson, as well as the other faces to the Windows Phone team, continue to go out their way to ensure that the experience for not only the consumer, but for developers, is kept at the highest standard. Unlike Google and Apple, we have public faces, not a brand, to have contact with. It's for this reason why developer interest in the platform is increasing, and why Windows Phone will take the market by storm in the coming years.

I think you'll join us in taking our hats off to Brandon and the team and saying "thank you".  Check out the full post at his blog below.

Source: Brandon Watson

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3 years ago

NextGen Reader gets major speed improvements in v2.2

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For those of you who use Google Reader on-the-go, you probably know about NextGen Reader. If not, you'll want to definitely check out new version 2.2 which has a nice package of new features, including a very impressive improvement in data delivery (always a huge addition to any update).

If you recall, version 2.x went Mango, giving some Live Tiles and custom feeds for your Start screen. Now in v2.2 the developer has gone even further:

  • Fixed live tile issues.
  • Faster sync. (changes synced immediately)
  • Huge bandwidth savings. (up to 6-10x times)
  • Google Reader service does not supports like and share in reader feature anymore.
  • Option to sort articles by oldest first.
  • Mark above as read. (tap and hold on 51st item to mark above 50 items as read)
  • Hap-tic feedback. (vibrate when download completes, or star icon tapped)
  • Display name of the folder when inside a category instead of "All Items".
  • Support for awesome readability mobilizer.
  • Lock orientation option now works in mobilizer page as well.
  • Live tile doesn't display '999' if you've more than 1000 unread items.
  • several bug fixes and improvements.

If you haven't seen our earlier hands on with v2, check out the video after the break. We're big fans of a dedicated, Metro-inspired Google Reader app and this fits the bill perfectly. You can pick up NextGen Reader here for $1.99 in the Marketplace and yes, there's an ad-free trial too.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 710 and 800 headed to India in December

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Nokia has announced that both of their new Lumia handsets, the 710 and the 800, will be coming to India.  Though no specific date was given, they did say that both should be available come mid-December.  Details were also scarce on how much each device would run or which carriers would offer them.  Vodaphone is taking orders for the Lumia 800 in the UK, so it wouldn't be crazy to think they will be game to offer the same in India as well. 

Both the 710 and 800 are pretty comparable, with 1.4GHz processors, 512MB RAM, and run Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) on 3.7" AMOLED screens.  However, the Lumia 800 trumps the 710's 8GB storage and 5MP camera with its own 16GB and 8MP Carl Zeiss camera, while the more playful 710 has interchangeable back plates of varying colors.

Source: IBNLive (Thanks for the tip, Vedavyas!); Photo: FoneArena

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3 years ago

Appcelerator: Windows Phone now third most interesting for developers

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According to the November '11 report by Appcelerator, Windows Phone has overtaken RIM to become the third platform with regards to developer interest. What could be the factors that have boosted interest for the platform? The superb developer relationship Microsoft has in place is bound to be attractive, not to mention Nokia's announced dedication to the app craftsmen.

Android is sitting comfortably in second, while iOS (both iPhone and iPad) is the reigning champion for developers. It will be interesting to see how HTML mobile web, as well as Windows Phone, increases with hardware acceleration and how Metro UI will take off across Microsoft's product line. 

On an off note, do try to ignore the fact that the 68% and 66% lines are above the 70% marker.

Source: Appcelerator, via: SlashGear

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3 years ago

Microsoft AU marketing position open

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Microsoft AU marketing position open

Microsoft has been advertising an opening for a retail sales and marketing position in Sydney, Australia. This should come as no surprise with the recent improvements being made to promotion and advertising by the software giant and manufacturers. The marketing position will see the successful applicant take command of Microsoft's promotion efforts in Australia.

Check out the primary job functions, as well as a link to view the positing, after the break. 

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3 years ago

Does the Samsung Focus S and Flash have Gorilla Glass?

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A question many have asked and we are now seeing indications that the new Windows Phones from Samsung, the Focus S and Focus Flash, have Gorilla Glass.

For those not familiar, Gorilla Glass is super strong, scratch resistance, super glass from Corning. Here's Corning's demo of the glass at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show.

Gsmarena and Infotech are both reporting that the Samsung Focus Flash is fitted with Gorilla Glass. The Samsung Focus S is being reported as having Gorilla Glass via Samsung's Online Support. Granted online support reps have been known to be misunderstood, but with the Samsung Focus S being patterned after the Galaxy II (which has Gorilla Glass) this isn't too far a stretch.

We have inquiries out to Samsung and if we hear different, we'll pass it on. Samsung has strong ties with Gorilla Glass and Corning using the damage resistant glass in Windows Phones, tablets, and Android devices. It shouldn't be any surprise if Samsung's latest Windows Phones aren't following suit.

via: XDADevelopers  Thanks goes out to @AndreHBuss for the Twitter tip!

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