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3 years ago

Windows Phone games often arrive after other platforms. Here's why

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Last week we revealed that Gameloft, one of the largest mobile game publishers in the world would be bringing 15 new games to both Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. Since then, a scrappy little site has reported that “future [Gameloft] Windows Phone titles will be released day and date with iOS and Android ones.” Release date parity is something that Windows Phone gamers have long clamored for.

Well, I hate to take the wind out of anyone’s sails, but Gameloft has informed us that the “day and date” story is definitely incorrect. Read Gameloft’s official quote and our detailed analysis after the break!

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3 years ago

[UPDATE] Xbox One will only support voice commands in a handful of countries at launch

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Xbox, encienda… Xbox, accendere… Xbox, on.

Users in many foreign countries won’t be able to command their Xbox One via voice command this November when the console launches. Sources are beginning to report that the fine print on Microsoft’s website (you know, that little bit of text you never read) states that the voice command feature will be limited to only a few areas at launch.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 925 has its price dropped in Russia, now listed for 21,990 rubles

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The Lumia 925 has had its priced dropped slightly in Russia. The premium Windows Phone launched last month and pre-ordering set one back by 24,990 rubles ($750). Today you'll be able to pick one up for 21,990 rubles ($660) with the choice of white, grey and black. If you've been holding off for that perfect opportunity, now's your chance to act.

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3 years ago

Implode explodes as the Xbox Windows Phone Red Stripe Deal once again

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It’s another sad week with no new Xbox Windows Phone game release – Tetris Blitz never showed up yesterday. As such, the Xbox Red Stripe Deal must provide hungry Windows Phone gamers with sustenance. Well, this week’s deal game has gone on twice sale before, but more than a year ago and never for as cheap. Physics puzzler Implode from IUGO is now on sale for 99 cents, down from $2.99. Probably what it should cost all the time, but who are we to judge?

Rounding out this week’s Red Stripe Deals are Darts Arena Online from E-Bouma and Week View 8, a calendar app from Hannes Biribauer. Both are on sale for 99 cents. Descriptions, free candy, and store links after the break!

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3 years ago

Microsoft refuses to sell Xbox One without Kinect - will win the motion gaming space as a result

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Microsoft has been facing a slew of battles with the announcement of its latest Xbox One console. The launch event was riddled with DRM woes, a required Kinect accessory and a higher price tag that Sony’s PlayStation 4. The company has backtracked on its original DRM mission, making players more comfortable with the idea of purchasing games for the unit, but questions about the Kinect sensor still remain.

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3 years ago

Can we end carrier exclusives and bloatware? - Talk Mobile

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We will always advocate picking your carrier before picking your phone, but sometimes the allure of a specific phone can be too much to overcome. Millions switched to AT&T to get access to the first four iPhones, BlackBerry faithful jumped to Verizon and Vodafone to get the first BlackBerry Storm, and old Palm fans moved to Sprint to pick up a Palm Pre. They made these moves not out of interest in monthly savings or coverage, but for a specific device - one exclusive to that carrier.

These carrier exclusives have long been a fact of life in the smartphone space, but with smartphones becoming something that even the average consumer has an opinion on, they're increasingly becoming more of a headache. When it comes to smartphones, there's little worse than the new hotness landing on a different carrier than yours and you finding yourself a year away from getting out of your contract without forking over a heft ETF.

Exclusives can be good for manufacturers, no doubt. But can they be bad for them too? And are they bad for consumers outside of the frustration of denial? And what about all of the apps and services that the carrier insists on loading on these handsets - are they useful, or just useless bloat?

3 years ago

Nokia teases HERE Maps imminent announcement with automakers

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3 years ago

Vodafone, O2 begin 4G roll-out in the UK while Three plans for December

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The UK is still catching up when it comes to 4G. Even though major operators are backing LTE with new plans and upgrades in the works, the process is slow and consumers are having to deal with a rather long wait. While EE continues to expand on its LTE lead, Vodafone and O2 have begun slowly rolling out upgrades across their networks. Three on the other hand are looking at December to unleash the high five kitty. 

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3 years ago

Official Facebook app for Windows Phone gets updated

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3 years ago

Developers: Work some magic with App to App and connect to Liquid Daffodil apps

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Liquid Daffodil is quite the name within the Windows Phone community. We've covered the developer numerous times here with multiple apps, services and incredible deals and offers for both consumers and developers to get involved. Through receiving a number of requests from developers, today we'll be looking at App to App protocols and how simple it is to connect to Liquid Daffodil apps.

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3 years ago

Terraria launches on iOS; Android and Windows Phone to follow along with 1.2 update for PC

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Terraria is a popular indie RPG (think 2D Minecraft with more focus on adventure) on its way to mobile platforms. Launching today on iOS (iPhone and iPad), the title is being ported by Codeglue who also plan to release the title on Android and Windows Phone. 505 Games (who developed the Xbox 360 version) has announced on fan website Terraria Online that both Google and Microsoft's platforms will see Terraria soon.

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3 years ago

MonsterCam for Windows Phone 8 gets a face lift, adds new user interface and taps into Nokia's Imaging SDK

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MonsterCam is a special effects photography app for our Windows Phone 8 devices. The app was recently updated to version 2.0.0.2 that gives the app a new layout and makes use of the Nokia Imaging SDK.

MonsterCam takes an ordinary portrait and give you the ability to monsterfy the image through a small collection of transformation filters. The use of Nokia's Imaging SDK that helps the app match up better with Nokia's hardware and provides full resolution support.  Additionally, the updated version gives the interface a more fluid feel to things and adds real time effects in your camera's view finder.

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3 years ago

According to Nokia you don’t need the gym with the Lumia 625 (video)

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3 years ago

Nokia and National Geographic partner up to highlight the Lumia 1020, produce incredible results

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What you’re about to see is pretty incredible when you think about it. These aren’t images from a DSRL, they’re from a smartphone. One that a lot of you are fairly familiar with. You either have it or you’ve seen us wax on about how awesome it. National Geographic’s Stephen Alvarez recently took the Nokia Lumia 1020 to the Southwestern United States. What happens when you give 41 million pixels to an award winning photographer from National Geographic? Incredible things.

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3 years ago

Audiocloud updated on Windows Phone, squashes bugs and enhances stability

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The development community around Windows Phone may be small, but it is incredibly passionate and talented. There are times when an official app doesn’t exist on Windows Phone. And it’s those situations where developers rise to the occasion and create either killer alternatives or amazing unofficial versions of those apps. Audiocloud is an app that fits that description if you’re wanting to get your SoundCloud fix on Windows Phone. It also just picked up an update.

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