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4 years ago

Score Media announces ScoreMobile for Windows Phone 7

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Canadian based Score Media has announced that ScoreMobile will be available for Windows Phone 7 during the first quarter of 2011.

The popular sports app is already available on Android, Blackberry and iPhone devices and provides the latest sports scores, stats, standings and news.

Dan Fallon, Director of Score Media states,

"We expect Windows Phone 7 to become a major player in the smartphone space and our team is working hard to engineer the best possible experience for serious sports fans."

You can find out more about ScoreMobile here and read the full presser here.

via: MobileSyrup Thanks goes out to Alan P. for the tip!

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4 years ago

Fast & Furious Adrenaline - First Look

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The Fast & Furious Adrenaline game for Xbox Live has been released today, bringing some more racing excitement to the mix. For $4.99 the game can be yours or you can do the try-before-you-buy thing, which we highly recommend.

We played with the game for a few minutes and while it's not bad, it's not great either. Handling is very sensitive and the graphics are OK. Need for Speed (see review and video) appears to be much more polished. But hey, if you like these games, it is certainly worth the demo download.

Watch the video for a sneak peak and grab the game here (launches Zune desktop).

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4 years ago

GVoice (Google Voice) app with push notifications now live

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Update: v1.1 should be hitting the Marketplace soon; here's a list of fixes & features

For those who like to use Google Voice, there's a new app in town that may be the one everyone has been waiting for: GVoice.

The app will push messages to you, transcribe voicemail, allow you to enable/disable devices and even pull down contact photos. It fetches for $3.99, which is a bit pricey, but we imagine that's to cover the costs of running a push server. There's a free trial too but it has no push notifications.

Is it better than GoVoice ($2.99)? Hard to say but we'll put the through their paces and compare/contrast the two. Stay tuned.

Grab it here (opens Zune Desktop)

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4 years ago

Flixster update delivers live tile support

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Speaking of live tiles and push notifications, looks like Flixster finally figured how to get theirs to work as they flipped the switch on their servers. Flixster, the movie info application that shows local showtimes, trailers and reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, came out with their update (version 1.3) that has live tile functionality and bugfixes, though it took them 3 days to turn it on.

As you can see, the tile is quite nice though nothing radical. All it shows is "...the latest weekly box office hit right on your Start screen". Sure, it's not the most crazy thing out there but we're very glad to see developers offering live tile support and we kind of dig Flixster's take on it. Of course, it's optional and can be disabled in Settings.

Update: Reader jconroe contacted Flixster and they noted that they push the update out once a week. Since the #1 movie is figured out on the weekend, it makes sense that we received the update on Monday, which is probably when most readers will see theirs change--at least that's our guess.

Grab Flixster here (opens Zune Desktop)

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4 years ago

Software Review: OMG (Our Manic Game) + Video

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OMG brings back some of the best things that were left behind in the late 80's arcade halls. Dark atmospheres and neon lights, simple graphics set to totally rad sound, and best of all - addictive gaming urging you on to beat the highest score. Our Manic Game by Arkedo Studios is certainly no throwback either. It isn't nearly as aggressive at destroying your stock as those old cabinets were for some more quarters and the controls are nearly sublime. All that's really missing here is the pizza shop and someone pestering you for next game.

Read on for Rob's full review, including a sweet video that shows off gameplay and offers some gaming tips as well!

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4 years ago

Streaming Zune music to two devices: solution offered

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Back a few weeks ago, we detailed a small and unique problem when you tried to stream music from two Zune devices, serially:  Basically you would pause music on one device e.g. your phone and then you would try to stream it on your Xbox.  While this was supported, it would result in an error only solvable by rebooting your phone.

Microsoft has now responded to the problem by adding a small note on the Zune how-to on their site, which shows how to get around the streaming error:

If you have a Zune Pass, keep in mind that you can play streaming music on only one device at a time. (For example, you can't simultaneously play Zune Marketplace streams on your phone and your PC.) In certain circumstances, Zune Marketplace might think you're still playing a stream on your phone when you've stopped playback and temporarily block you from playing streams on your PC. If you encounter this problem on your PC (sometimes identified as streaming error C101A9CA), go back to your phone and play something that isn't streamed (for example, a song that you ripped from a CD or bought from Zune Marketplace). Then go back to your PC and try playing the stream again.

Seems easy enough to us and according to Steve M who sent us the tip, it works just fine. Thanks, Steve.

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4 years ago

Software shootout: Image search apps [Video]

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Unfortunately, searching for images and just images on Windows Phone 7 is not so easy, despite having Bing built in. Sure, you could fire up the browser and do it the old manual way, but we're looking for a more elegant solution.

Two image viewers are put to the test: Easy Image Collector ($0.99; store link) and ImageSearch ($0.99; store link). Both offer try-before-you-buy options and each has it strenths and quirks, leading to no clear winner but instead two pretty solid performers that greatly enhance image searching.

Watch the fulll video to see the differences.

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4 years ago

Beezz (Twitter) update adds live tile, push notifications later today

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We mentioned an update was in the works when we first took a look at the Twitter app Beezz. We are now learning that the update is on schedule for release tomorrow.

Along with adding a Live Tile to Beezz, the update will also include new features such as:

  • Toast for direct message and mentions
  • An innovative way to access writing a tweet
  • Choose your language in the preferences panel
  • Enhanced Search
  • Bugs fixed
  • New organization of the lists in the pivot.

If you haven't checked out Beezz, you can find it at the Marketplace here and if you've already installed the app, look to your Marketplace tile for indications that the update is available.

Thanks Sebastien for the tip!

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4 years ago

HTC responds to reported HD7 reception issues

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On Sunday we covered some user complaints about the reception on the HTC HD7, specifically that holding it a certain could diminish the reception significantly. While we started off skeptical about the complaint, by the end of the video we were left a little more convinced that indeed something awry.

Now HTC has responded to the charges in a statement to Computer Weekly stating:

Quality in industrial design is of key importance to HTC. To ensure the best possible signal strength, antennas are placed in the area least likely to be covered by a person's face or hands while the phone is in use.

However, it is inevitable that a phone's signal strength will weaken a little when covered in its entirety by a user's palm or fingers. We test all of our phones extensively and are confident that under normal circumstances reception strength and performance will be more than sufficient for the operation of the phone when network coverage is also adequate

While we don't think the HD7's reception issues are nearly as bad as the iPhone 4's, it certainly is demonstrably worse than other handsets available today, including HTC's own Mozart. Still, we'll take them at their word that they do testing and take this seriously but we'll still rank the HD7 has having below-average performance when it comes to reception. And T-Mobile's network doesn't help the situation either.

Source: Computer Weekly; via wmpoweruser

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4 years ago

Browser+ gets bumped to v1.5, adds Favorites support

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The popular Browser+ addon for Mobile Internet Explorer (see previous coverage) just got bumped to v1.5 and is now available in the Marketplace, still for $0.99.

Version 1.5 is pretty significant in that it adds Favorites support, a feature that many have been clamoring for since v1.0. Overall, the addition of Favorites works flawlessly, allowing easy access to your bookmarks, adding a new bookmark and seeing browser history.

No other changes are noted but we think the addition of Favorites will go a long way to getting people to use this browser full time now. Oh, and the developer, Sriram Krishnan, lets us know he has some "interesting stuff planned" for future updates.

Grab the program here (opens Zune Desktop).

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4 years ago

iPhone's Pocket God coming to Windows Phone 7 this holiday season

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One of the most popular and universally acclaimed games on the iPhone/iPad, Pocket God by Bolt Creative, is coming to Windows Phone 7 this holiday season.

Basically, you are a god-like figure in the game who rules an island of Pygmies.

Well, I'm sold!

Wielding your powers for either good or evil, the game looks like a ton of fun with a brilliantly warped sense of humor (see Bolt's "From the suggestion box" video). With over 30 free updates delivered as "episodes", the developers have won quite the following amongst fans and at least according to the press release (after the break), even a comic book had been made.

Oh and it's now on Android too, but whatever. Seriously though, the game looks to be quite a lot of fun as we currently don't have any "god" games yet, as far as we know.

via AndroidCentral

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4 years ago

HTC's Tong: Windows Phone 7 sales look promising, better picture in Q1 2011

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File it under: nice things to say

Jack Tong, VP of HTC Asia, reportedly spoke with Digitimes on all things mobile and the iPad, specifically how it hasn't had an effect on smartphone sales and that they are still considering launching tablet PCs. He evidently also had some remarks about Windows Phone 7, though nothing too surprising nor significant:

Early sales of WP7 devices look promising, but substantial market penetration will have to wait until the introduction of different language versions. Europe and US sales in the first quarter of 2011 will be a more accurate gauge of WP7's market reception, said Tong.

Well, yeah. We suppose this was the very least he could have said on the issue. Regardless of his motives, the statement is quite true though as more language support, including for China, will be coming in 2011--plus hopefully those non-EFIGS limitations will be addressed. Though it will be interesting to see how Microsoft, HTC and China workout the Facebook thing.

Source: Digitimes

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4 years ago

AT&T Windows Phones for $0.01 on Amazon Wireless

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4 years ago

Microsoft's Channel 9 discusses Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst & Live integration

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Although no release date is given (curses!), Channel 9 interviews Justin Robey and John Noonan who both worked on the Crackdown 2 game (one on the console version, the other on Windows Phone 7).

The interview is mostly an overview of both games and the future of Xbox Live services, especially with the advent of mobile gaming on Windows Phone 7. Near the end they discuss how Project Sunburst will feature "asynchronous multiplayer" gaming which basically means that your Xbox friends can jump in on your map and help defend your base while you're say, taking a nap. Sounds like a great way to start that synchronous mobile multiplayer gaming that we know is coming down the road and it's also a great way to gain points and achievements too.

Combined with the Bing maps & Geolocation integration, we have high expectations for Crackdown 2 and we hope the timing of this interview indicates it's near release.

Source: Channel 9

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4 years ago

First Look: Lyrics by musiXmatch

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Lyrics by musiXmatch is easily one of my favorite apps so far on Windows Phone 7. Not only does it expand upon Zune in an useful and intuitive way, but it's free and just really cool.

In short, the program looks up lyrics to whatever song you want--either by search, going through your library or by showing you the top artists of today. It pulls down images and bio, just like Zune does as well.  But the real big thing is how it integrates into the Zune hub, allowing you to seamlessly look up the lyrics to any song you are currently listening too. The program just "knows"what song is playing and it grabs the lyrics--very nice. Also, if the lyrics are wrong, there's a feedback mechanism to report the issue.

Overall, the program is highly accurate and pulls down all but the rarest of artists. If you enjoy reading the lyrics to some new music and want to do it effortlessly, then this app is for you. It's also completely free, so no reason to try it.

Grab Lyrics here (opens Zune Destop)

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