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3 years ago

Here are the game developers that Xbox Windows Phone desperately needs

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Last week, Gameloft kicked off their much anticipated wave of Xbox releases for Windows Phone 8 with Asphalt 7, a game I call the best racer on the platform in our review. They’ve followed up this week with the very strong The Amazing Spider-Man and the not-so-strong and highly skippable Real Soccer 2013. With at least 9 more games coming, including first-person shooters, action games, and even an MMORPG, it’s safe to say that Gameloft will keep Windows Phone gamers pretty busy this year.

Similarly, Electronics Arts and its subsidiaries Chillingo and PopCap have produced a ton of fine mobile Xbox games as Nokia exclusives within the past few months. All of the Nokia EA games are expected to become available to general Windows Phone audiences six months after release, so they really do benefit the platform as a whole.

However large and prolific they might be, publishers Gameloft and Electronic Arts can’t keep the Xbox Windows Phone lineup afloat all by themselves. The world of smartphone gaming is vast indeed. iOS and Android thrive thanks to many game developers and publishers, both great and small. Today we continue our ‘How Microsoft can save Xbox Games for Windows Phone’ editorial series with a look at the game makers that our platform needs in order to thrive.

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3 years ago

BW Camera, Windows Phone photography where color is optional

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BW Camera is a Windows Phone app designed to take black and white images. It's a rather nice photography app that allows you to capture images from default settings or tweak the relative amounts of red, green and blue channels to match your own tastes.

Black and White photography has always been an interest and BW Camera does a good job of capturing gray scale images. There's still some ironing out to do but BW Camera is a nice addition to the Windows Phone photography library of apps.

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3 years ago

Nokia beginning to take potential Surface Phone from Microsoft seriously?

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Nokia has begun to take a potential Surface Phone from Microsoft rather seriously, according to risks detailed in a SEC filing. The company has bet everything on Windows Phone and many would naturally assume that Stephen Elop and co. made the leap to Microsoft's mobile platform with enough security in-mind. So what's going on to make the company reveal some new threats that weren't noted previously?

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3 years ago

How dust gets inside your Nokia Lumia 920's front facing camera

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The Windows Phone Central Forums are a place of immense knowledge, resources and camaraderie. There is no better place on the web to hang out if you’re a fan or user of any Windows Phone device. Here is some proof of the kind of content you’ll find inside – this is some Sherlock Holmes level work regarding dust, the front-facing camera, and the proximity sensor on the Nokia Lumia 920.

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3 years ago

Viber CEO confirms update coming to Windows Phone

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3 years ago

Amazon Mobile gets updated with Canadian support and more

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3 years ago

Memorylage for Windows Phone 8 updated, more collage layouts and fixes in tow

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Memorylage is a nifty Windows Phone 8 app that taps into your Pictures Hub as an alternative viewer for your pictures. Memorylage displays the galleries in collage form and has the ability to create collages from selected images that can be used as lockscreens or shared as stand alone images.

The version 1.1 is more or less a maintenance update that addresses issues that were present in the original release such as fixing the caption of the lockscreen button in the Photo Booth, fixed a color theme issue, and dealt with some stability issues. While fixes are in place, you also get a few new features added to the mix.

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3 years ago

Get this now: Chronos Calendar for Windows Phone is not only great but it’s free

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We don’t cover calendar issues here too frequently if only because we know the native calendar app for Windows Phone is “meh” and third-party apps are hit and miss. Toss in the fact that everyone has their own idea of what makes a good calendar and it’s a hard topic to cover.

But we were recommended Chronos Calendar by a reader today and upon trying it, we were kind of blown away.

For one, it’s in our opinion gorgeous. The app supports high resolution graphics and boy do they shine on a Windows Phone 8 device.  With bold, crisp visuals, we really enjoy checking out the split view (day on top, monthly below) for our appointments. Navigation is also simple with the 3 button center console: view toggle, jump list, settings. Tapping any day will cycle through that selection on to the top window, allowing you to quickly visualize your tasks.

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3 years ago

SurfCube 5 for Windows Phone introduces cinema-like article reader

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SurfCube 5 for Windows Phone 8 is now available to consumers. This major release of the popular web browser introduces a number of new features, including support for the new speech API in Windows Phone 8. The app is a popular choice for those who require that little bit extra which Internet Explorer doesn't quite provide. So what joins speech in version 5?

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3 years ago

Official Hurl video sharing app comes to Windows Phone 8 and it’s glorious

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Ever want to share a video from your phone onto a PC? Want to make the experience social and open platform too so your iPhone and Android friends can jump in? Then you’ll want to take a peep at the official Hurl app for Windows Phone 8, which came out yesterday.

Hurl is like a DNLA service but for PCs, but it also adds some social aspects as well. The system works by simply downloading their app to your phone and setting up a page on the Hurl website (www.hurl.net). Using your phone’s GPS (and your label) you can then connect up. From there, you can search online for videos, which you then add to the queue. Those videos will then play on the PC and your phone acts like a remote for it—it’s like SmartGlass but for everything else.

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3 years ago

Access your Nokia Music mixes easily with Mix NFC Tag Writer

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If you use Nokia Music and are looking for a quick way to access your song mixes, take a gander at Mix NFC Tag Writer for your Windows Phone 8 device.

Mix NFC Tag Writer will let you generate and write links to your favorite Nokia Music Mixes to NFC tags. To tune into the mixes, just scan the NFC tag.  Mix NFC Tag Writer may not be an official Nokia app but it can come in handy when you want to access your favorite Nokia Music mixes with ease.

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3 years ago

The colorful and affordable Nokia Lumia 620 now available in India

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If there was on market the affordable and adored Lumia 620 could make a large impact on it would be India, so it’s great to see that the phone is officially now available there for purchase. We reported a few days ago that the 620 was available from Flipkart for preorder at 15199 rupees, but now users can get it right from Nokia too.

The phone can be bought direct for 14999 rupees ($275 USD) and comes in all six colors, including white, matte black, magenta, cyan, yellow and green.

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3 years ago

USAA pulls Windows Phone app, claims there's simply not enough consumer interest

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It's unfortunate that we have to break the run of banking apps being released for Windows Phone with news of the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) app being pulled. The app has been available on the platform for quite some time, but will not be updated for Windows Phone 8 and will no longer be supported. So what's happened?

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3 years ago

Official Newegg.com app gets full Windows Phone 8 support in latest update

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Newegg.com, the one-stop place for all computer geeks and nerds, is one of our top official apps on the platform. It’s always been well designed and even has some unique features, like the ‘time machine’ feature added to the last update.

Version 1.4 is now live in the Store, and although it’s not a huge update, it’s important enough for HTC 8X and ATIV S users out there, as you can now finally take advantage of the full-resolution support it brings. The latest update also brings some more “bug fixes” but the main take away here is the WP8 support.

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3 years ago

Nokia HERE Transit for Windows Phone updated with some minor improvements

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