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3 years ago

Microsoft continuing to roll out new Windows Phone Marketplace design and improvements

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Say hello to semi-Live Tiles

Yesterday we covered new changes being applied to the Windows Phone web Marketplace Store, which started rolling out in Australia and New Zealand. Microsoft has dived right in and the end result is fairly impressive with the use of tiles that show details on hover as a useful example of what improvements are being implemented.

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3 years ago

My Next Windows Phone - Robert Brand

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My Next Windows Phone - Robert Brand

We have all been asked to write about our next Windows Phone, of course it will be Windows Phone 8. It is a tricky proposition as I have yet to see what HTC are going to bring and I haven’t yet had the chance to touch an ATIV S or Lumia 920. Regardless of that, I’m at the point where I can be fairly certain what I’m going to get when the time finally comes..

There is still much to learn about future Windows Phone 8 devices, but I think it’s reasonable to say that HTC and Samsung are simply recycling their recent Android flagships and using those for their next generation Windows Phone handsets. Based on the leaked specs we have seen, at least one HTC unit could be based on the One X. I wrote a detailed article about the new HTC and Samsung Windows Phone 8 hardware, in case you missed it.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone App Short Take: Badgework

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If you've got any Boy Scouts in the house, you may want to take a look at Badgework for your Windows Phone. Badgework helps you keep track of all the requirements to achieve rank in the Boy Scouts from Scout to Eagle.

Each rank within the Boy Scouts requires a series of accomplishments or achievements. They range from earning a certain number of merit badges, displaying a certain skills, and participating in community projects.

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3 years ago

Monster Island gets super cheap as the Xbox Live Deal of the Week on Windows Phone

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Last week’s Xbox Live Deal of the Week marked the return of the popular sales program, but it failed to impress due to the subterranean quality of the game on sale, Fusion: Sentient. Still, the DOTW’s return promised brighter days to come, and quickly, too. This week’s deal is Monster Island, widely regarded as the best Angry Birds-type game currently available on Windows Phone. Plus it’s on sale for not just $1.99 like we’ve come to expect from a discounted $2.99 game, but only 99 cents!

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3 years ago

Apple’s new Nano and iPods vaguely remind us of Nokia Lumias

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Design and innovation is hard. And a lot of times, those in the industry tend to arrive at the same conclusion, even if designers took different paths and they weren’t watching the competition. Such is the case when two things look 'inspired' by each other. But all too often accusations of "copying" abound when in fact, it was more a meeting of general design trends.

The Zeitgeist of Style, if you will.

In other words, we’re not accusing Apple of anything here except maybe of not being too different than current fashions. (It's cool, Apple. You don't always need to lead.) What we are saying is that these two “technology things" look very familiar. Kind of.

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3 years ago

Microsoft accepting developer requests for the Windows Phone 8 SDK

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The Windows Phone 8 SDK came a little closer to being released today with Microsoft announcing they accepting requests for access from developers. This will allow qualified developers to begin optimizing existing apps for Windows Phone 8.

Microsoft explains that the SDK for Windows Phone 8 isn't being publicly released due to the presence of features that haven't been announced.

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3 years ago

Apple underwhelms with the iPhone 5. Here's why the Nokia Lumia 920 is better.

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Today's winner is...

Today, Apple finally took the wraps off of the long-awaited iPhone 5 (you can get all the dirty details at our sister site iMore). Funny thing happened along the way though to the announcement: many leaks came forward early on that turned out to be highly accurate, taking the punch out of a lot of the new features. What’s more, even the media started to get a bit bored with Apple’s plans for the next-gen device.

The question for our readers though is in terms of raw technology—who came out on top? We say that because we know Apple will win the PR and hype war, but for the first time a Windows Phone has gone toe-to-toe and in terms of specs, has beat out the next-generation iPhone.

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3 years ago

New look and features rolling out for the Windows Phone website and Marketplace

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Windows Phone Marketplace is now the Windows Phone Store

We've heard rumblings that the Windows Phone website and Marketplace had been redesigned to give things a more friendlier approach. Microsoft has now made it official that they are rolling out these changes, globally, beginning with Australia and New Zealand.

The changes cover everything from how the Marketplace looks to a new name for our app store. For starters, say goodbye to the Windows Phone Marketplace and hello to the Windows Phone Store.  This will bring our store in line with the upcoming Windows 8 Store, the Windows Store.  You will also see the menu option on the Windowsphone.com website will shift from Marketplace to Apps+Games.

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3 years ago

Business more excited about Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 tablets than Apple devices?

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Interestingly on the eve of another iOS announcement, there are signs that business leaders could be more excited about the combined possibilities of Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 than iOS.  Jason Hiner spoke to some IT leaders to see what they were waiting for. The results were surprising.

Its no secret that IT departments have begrudgingly come to the current ethos of bringing your own device to work. Ever since the iPhone caught on, they have been forced to find ways to lock down and secure them, all the time trying to protect precious corporate data. I have personally worked in IT departments where they have been forced to relax corporate security by allowing iPads and iPhones and Android devices access to the network. It’s not a pretty sight, often times it has meant implementing a solution like Good to ensure that the device can provide a secure environment for email.  

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3 years ago

Name theft troubling Chinese Windows 8 developers already. New policy may come to Windows Phone 8.

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3 years ago

Deal Reminder: glƏƏk! for Windows Phone free for another 24 hours

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Not too long ago Liquid Daffodil offered all their Windows Phone apps for free.  Due to a glitch in the system the freebie offer for glƏƏk! was delayed just a bit.  glƏƏk! is a very nice Twitter client for your Windows Phone and we wanted to remind you that the free offer from Liquid Daffodil runs out in 24 hours.

The other apps from Liquid Daffodil have already returned to their regularly scheduled pricing points and once this special ends, glƏƏk! will return to it's $1.99 price.

If you're looking for a feature rich Twitter app for your Windows Phone at a steal of a deal, give glƏƏk! a try.  You can find glƏƏk! here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

More Microsoft pop-up stores listed for Windows 8 launch and holiday period

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Microsoft has revealed the entire list of pop-up stores (or holiday stores) it plans to open throughout North America this coming holiday season. It's a positive sign to see Microsoft build a larger retail presence to combat its main competitor - Apple. 32 stores will open up shop in 20 US states, as well as shops in British Columbia, Toronto, and Alberta, Canada. 

With the imminent release of Windows 8, coupled with new Office, Surface tablets and Windows Phone hardware, there's plenty of opportunity for Microsoft to build on its branding revamp to a more simplistic and modern feel. It's a common thought that Microsoft has almost become a new company to what consumers have grown accustomed to.

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3 years ago

My Next Windows Phone - George Ponder

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My Next Windows Phone - George Ponder

We've been asked to share with you which of the new Windows Phone 8 devices we'll be getting. It's a trick question on my end because I'll likely get two, maybe three of the new Windows Phone because of my work. To be true to the spirit of the question, I need to share which of the new Windows Phone 8 devices I'll be using as my daily device.

While the Samsung ATIV S and HTC 8X both seem to be quality Windows Phones, the photographer in me can't ignore the potential the Nokia Lumia 920's Pureview Camera has. Combined with a unibody design that I like and the 4.5" screen that my aging eyes like then the Lumia 920 becomes my choice for everyday use. I'm just not sure if I'll stick with my conservative black or take a step on the wild side and go with yellow.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Xbox Live Review: Galaga Legions DX

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Last year, Namco Bandai released a Windows Phone-exclusive port of XBLA/PSN hit Pac-Man Championship Edition DX. I was concerned about the amount of content that was needlessly cut from the port and its high price, but still gave it a positive review and named it a Must-Have title. More than a year (and several intermediate releases) later, Namco follows up with Galaga Legions DX. Like Pac-Man CE DX before it, this latest release is an exclusive port of a console title and it carries the seldom-used $6.99 price. However, this version of Galaga doesn’t quite reach the same standards of quality as Pac-Man CE DX, making it a much tougher sell.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: Word Sleuth

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Windows Phone Game Review: Word Sleuth

Word Sleuth is a Find-a-Word type puzzle game for your Windows Phone that dares you to find the 25,000+ words that are spread across 35 word categories. Word Sleuth adds a decent amount of customizations to give a very simple word puzzle a little pop.

You'll find Scoreloop integration for your leaderboards, customizable backgrounds, three difficulty levels, and four game modes to keep things interesting. If you like find-a-word type word puzzles, Word Sleuth is worth a try.

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