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3 years ago

Windows Phone Central Vacation Giveaway

No... Windows Phone Central isn't giving away a vacation getaway but rather I'm on vacation and getting away for a few days. To celebrate, we thought it was a good idea to giveaway a few things.

We have the Otterbox Defender, Otterbox Communter and Amzer Shellster that was reviewed last month just lying around collecting dust. All three are fitted for the Nokia Lumia 900 and we're giving them away. All you need to do is go to this WPCentral Forums discussion and guess where the picture above was taken.

You need to guess the City and State.  "United States", "Alabama" and "on a street corner" won't count.

And you need not worry if you don't carry a Lumia 900. In your guess, just note your choice of Windows Phone and you'll get a Gift Certificate to the Accessory Store so you can pick out a case for your Windows Phone of choice. Oh... and feel free to add your favorite vacation picture to the discussion.

You'll have until August 9th at 5:00pm PST to submit your guesses. After that, we will randomly pick our winners from the correct answers. You will need to register to participate, which can be done here and make sure to note what Windows Phone you are currently using.

Good luck everyone!

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3 years ago

Battle of the titans - Nokia plan to show off Windows Phone 8 devices just before Apple’s iPhone 5

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In what has to be the biggest non-secret ever, Bloomberg note that 'sources familiar with the matter' have informed them that Nokia plans to exhibit their new Windows Phones 8 devices next month at Nokia World.  And to spice things up, according to our sister site iMore (and confirmed by other media) Apple is planning to reveal the iPhone 5 on September 12th—just one week later making the timing by Nokia seemingly perfect.

If accurate, we can’t think of a more exciting two weeks for the mobile industry, as arguably two of the best phone designers will be revealing their new devices to the world and setting the bar for everyone else.

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3 years ago

Sally's Spa opens for Xbox Live on Windows Phone this week

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Last week’s Xbox Live release, Pool Pro Online 3, boasted a highly impressive online multiplayer mode and like, three different pool games. How could this week’s release possibly hope to top that? Why, with girl power of course! Game House has exclusively revealed to Windows Phone Central that Sally’s Spa comes to Xbox Live this Wednesday.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Review: Cat Lab!

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Windows Phone Review: Cat Lab!

There is a new Windows Phone game on the Marketplace. Cat Lab! is a multi-level game that has you playing the role of a cat who must capture experimental mice that have gotten loose in the lab.

To progress to the next level you have to collect two of the three mice that are scattered about the screen. Cat Lab! starts out a little slow (not necessarily a bad thing) but the challenge grows as the game progresses.

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3 years ago

Atoms for Windows Phone now live on the Marketplace

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Atoms, the Amiga inspired board game is now available to all in the Marketplace. We previously caught up with Ross, the developer of the game at the Bournemouth Dev Day where he was kind enough to give us a first look. It’s a turn based board game that Ross has been working to release for some time. There is an Xbox360 variant in the works and a homebrew Nintendo DS version too.

The game currently supports six players, be them human or AI but presently no turn based online play. The game sports a nice Amiga style soundtrack and clean punchy graphics.

You can download Atoms from the Marketplace for £0.79p or you can run with the full, ad supported version for free. (QR code after the break)

**UPDATE**

Ross has been in touch to advise that at present the app is currently only available in the following countries US, UK, Canada, Ireland and Italy.

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3 years ago

Images of WhatsApp for Windows Phone 8 leaked early on the web

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Ealry look at WhatsApp for Windows Phone 8

Although we’re still wondering when the popular chat service WhatsApp returns to the Windows Phone Marketplace we can in the meantime gaze at what it will look like on Windows Phone 8 ‘Apollo’.

Evidently the company has left some images of their ‘Apollo’ build aka Windows Phone 8 right on their server for all the public to see. The images themselves aren’t that revealing—we see numerous sized tiles featuring the app, some in-progress chats and image examples. All in in all in looks nice but it’s not a major overhaul nor barely a minor one (not that we’re trying to pick on the team behind the app)...

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3 years ago

ESPN Radio apps lands for all Windows Phones and not just Nokia

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We’re not too sure what to make of this but here’s the deal: there’s a seemingly very official ESPN Radio app now in the Windows Phone Marketplace and you can download it to any Windows Phone not just a Nokia.

We mention that because it was only Friday that Nokia came out with the news that an ESPN Radio app should be in the Nokia Marketplace within the next day or two. Well, here we are two days later and there is a very nice ESPN Radio app but it will also load on any Windows Phone. Accident? On purpose? Does Nokia have a ‘special edition’ of the app coming out very soon too? We just don’t know…

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3 years ago

SEE Tickets updates mobile website with support for Windows Phone

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SEE Tickets is a UK tickets distributor that covers concerts, festivals, theatre, sport events and more. While no app is presently available on the Windows Phone Marketplace, the website team have refreshed the mobile version of the website for Windows Phones and have even gone as far as providing the visitor with a quick way to pin a shortcut to the home screen.

The mobile version of the SEE Tickets website allows those who are on the move to browse events that are currently scheduled. While tickets can be purchased through the website, which makes it a complete user experience, it would be great to see an official app launch on the platform. To be able to quickly view tickets, make purchases and receive notifications and reminders of upcoming booked seats would improve functionality.

Be sure to check out the new mobile version of SEE Tickets and let us know what you think in the comments. For a website to make use of the "pin to start" feature is a step in the right direction.

Thanks, pepsijosh, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

A quick look at security features on Microsoft's new Outlook.com email service

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3 years ago

Nokia offering free discount vouchers to new and existing German Lumia Windows Phone owners

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Nokia is offering vouchers for those who reside and Germany and have purchased a Lumia Windows Phone. If you didn't think the blocks of ice housing Lumia devices were enough to sway your mind, then perhaps this offer of €50 worth of vouchers for new and existing Nokia Windows Phone owners will help?

We've been informed by our tipster that entering "P9YE5Y" as the voucher code (along with your personal details) will enable you to select from a variety of discount coupons (totalling €50) for use at retailers and more. 

Not at all a bad offer, but do you believe it's almost reaching a point where we're being paid by Nokia to use their products? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Source: Nokia; thanks, Aerone, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Nokia holds Lumia Windows Phone challenge in Italy

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Nokia has taken the Lumia Challenge to Italy. The Windows Phone marketing campaign -- think Smoked by Windows Phone -- challenges participants to see if their competitor smartphone can beat a Lumia 900 at common tasks. Ranging anywhere from taking a photo and uploading to Facebook to locating a nearby restaurant, the challenges are generally won by Windows Phone thanks to the level of integration present.

Participants came wielding a variety of devices, including Samsung, HTC and the iPhone. Nokia has been extraordinarily successful in its Dare to Live campaign, which is touring the UK. We took a look at the results at the half-way marker and were able to reveal that Windows Phones were winning majority of challenges. 

Here's hoping that success is seen in these marketing stunts across the world. At the very least, this is a strong attempt to rebuild the Nokia brand as a Windows Phone OEM.

via: Plaffo (YouTube); thanks, Antonio, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Xbox Live - Farm Frenzy 2 update Old Yellering players' save files

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Saved games gone?

Title updates are usually something to look forward to: they fix bugs, add new features, or restore an Xbox Live Achievement to working order. Sometimes things go awry though. Remember the Shuffle Party update that broke many of the game’s textures? Now we have an even worse example, as the Farm Frenzy 2 version 1.2 update has actually erased multiple people’s saves!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: Kill Zombies for Money

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Zombies continue to invade the Windows Phone Marketplace. Kill Zombies for Money is one of the latest installments and is a multi-level, multi-game mode, fast action title where...wait for it...you have to obliterate zombie hordes.

You play the role of the mercenary searching various areas of the game, tackling missions, earning gold, and making sure the zombies don't make it out alive. Kill Zombies for Money is a decent game for your Windows Phone that is challenging enough to keep you interested for short bits of time.

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3 years ago

Poll – What 3 missing features do you want most in Windows Phone 8?

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Okay folks, we asked and you answered. Yesterday we posted an open discussion on what you thought were some missing features from Windows Phone 8, knowing what we know so far (which is actually a lot due to the SDK leak). We were curious and Microsoft is curious.

In turn we received over 600 well thought out and detailed comments on the issue and we poured over it, trying to distil the top requests.

Looking over the comments we picked what we thought were the top nine most requested and talked about features that are evidently missing in ‘Apollo’. You can now vote on those nine by choosing the top three features that you want the most come to Windows Phone.

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