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Windows Phone App Review: Zero

Zero for Windows Phone

Zero is a task manager of sorts for your Windows Phone that, in many ways, marches to a different drummer. It might be more appropriate to call Zero a gesture based  "To Do" list manager than a task manager though. 

There's really not too much to Zero but there is a learning curve unlike any other Windows Phone app that you may run across. Zero relies on screen gestures for navigation and while the gestures aren't difficult, if you forget to swipe right when you swipe left you could have problems.

Once you get the hang of Zero, it's a really nice Windows Phone app that helps you tackle your To-do lists.

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Windows Phone App Review: WeatherPro

WeatherPro for Windows Phone

There's little argument that there is no great shortage of Weather apps for your Windows Phone these days.  WeatherPro is one such Windows Phone app that was recently updated and after receiving several requests, we took a peek at it. With regards to features, WeatherPro is a notch above your basic weather app by providing both forecast information and animated weather radars.

Weatherpro is a nice app but its weakness rests within its navigation. While you can find what you're looking for fairly easy, there's a little inconsistency in how certain screens react.  It's nothing detrimental but rather something that I couldn't help but feel could be better.  The update (version 2.0) brings live tiles into the mix and mangofies the app, all of which helps WeatherPro's overall impression.

WeatherPro isn't a bad weather app, I just expected more for the $2.99 price tag.

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Windows Phone App Review: Newsy

Newsy for Windows Phone

Here's an interesting news reader for your Windows Phone.  Newsy is a news app that presents two minute videos on daily news stories that are compiled from various sources. A summary video of sorts that puts all you need to know on a current event/news item in a nice, two minute package.  As the Newsy tag line reads, "multiple sources, the real story".

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Windows Phone Game Review: Tennis Pro

Tennis Pro for Windows Phone

Looking for a solid tennis game for your Windows Phone? Tennis Pro hit the Marketplace the other day and has potential. It does take a little time to get used to the game's physical engine but it's not too shabby of a tennis game.

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Windows Phone Accessory Review: Otterbox 2000

Otterbox 2000 Waterproof Case

If you're looking for a waterproof case for your Windows Phone, take a gander at the Otterbox 2000. The case is waterproof (submersible up to 100 feet), crush proof and airtight.  The Otterbox 2000 is a nice option if you're looking for a solution to protect your Windows Phone from the elements.  I can see it come in handy on the beach, in the boat, on the four wheeler or any where else dust, water, grit and grime needs to stay away from your Windows Phone.

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Windows Phone Game Review: Laser Leisure

Laser Leisure for Windows Phone

Laser Leisure is a rather interesting game for your Windows Phone. The game is challenging, yet mildly frustrating. Game play is simple but requires well thought out strategy. I'm still not sure if I like Laser Leisure. There were a few glitches along the way and some of the levels are down right frustrating. However, if you like puzzle and logic type games, it's worth a try (glitches and all).

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Windows Phone Game Review: Atomix

Atomix for Windows Phone

Here's a short look at an interesting game for your Windows Phone, Atomix. Atomix is a puzzle game where you are presented with a series of colored dots that are connected to each other. The patterns resemble molecular or atomic structures.

Your job is to eliminate all the dots and to do so you tap on one of the highlight dots that will start a chain reaction that will merge and destroy the adjacent dots. Atomix is a multi-level game (100 of them) and the further you progress, the more challenging the puzzles get. You have a set time to solve the puzzle and your score is based on how fast you eliminate the dots and the number of clicks you use.

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Windows Phone App Review: FlightPredictor

FlightPredictor for Windows Phone

FlightPredictor is a Windows Phone app that delivers a hefty amount of flight information to your Windows Phone. FlightPredictor covers flight times, status, and also has a series of major airport maps to help navigate the friendly skies.  Flight information is provided by FlightCaster.com and if you need to keep track of flight times, delays, along with a little help finding your way around airports, FlightPredictor is worth a try.

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Windows Phone Game Review: Finger Bowling

Finger Bowling for Windows Phone

Bowling games on your Windows Phone may not be everyone's cup of tea but I've found them to be fun games to pass the time with. Finger Bowling is a relatively new bowling game for your Windows Phone that has potential but falls a little short of the mark.

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Windows Phone App Review: Weather Flow

Weather Flow for Windows Phone

Looking for a basic weather forecast app? Take a look at the Windows Phone app Weather Flow. The app is from the developers of AppFlow and Cocktail Flow and is a visually appealing app that presents you with current conditions and a five day forecast.

Throw in an hourly forecast, two design layouts and an interesting live tile and Weather Flow is a basic, very nice looking weather app worth considering.

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Arkon Handlebar Mount and Holder

If you're wanting to be more mobile with your Windows Phone and biking (pedal or motor driven type) is cup of tea, look at Arkon's Handlebar Mount with Water Resistant Holder. It's not a bad way to bring your Windows Phone along for the ride.

The Arkon's advantage over carrying your Windows Phone in a belt case is that it allows you to view your phone while on the go (e.g. to view maps, music player, etc.) without taking a hand off the handle bars.

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Windows Phone Review: Photo Booth

Photo Booth for Windows Phone

Sometimes there's a lot to be said about simplicity and the Windows Phone app Photo Booth is definitely a simple app. Photo Booth is a photography app that helps you build the classic photo booth picture strips.

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Splinter Cell: Conviction - Xbox Windows Phone Review

Splinter Cell: Conviction Lead

On Windows Phone, Gameloft is known for producing some glitchy games. There’s Brain Challenge, a game with an amazing six broken Xbox Live Achievements; and even the otherwise great Let’s Golf 2 has one Achievements that’s impossible by design. Yet on the iOS platform, the ‘Loft has a much different reputation. They’ve made a name for themselves by either porting or cloning big-name console titles to iPhone, usually quite competently. Splinter Cell: Conviction falls into the licensed game category. And luckily for Windows Phone gamers, it’s free of technical problems and glitched Achievements that have plagued previous Gameloft ports.

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Windows Phone App Review: Black Box

Black Box for Windows Phone

It may not be the flashiest Windows Phone app but Black Box is a clean, simple to use, currency converter. Black Box converts currency amounts for more than 150 currencies and you can thin out the list a bit in the settings menu.

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Windows Phone Game Review: Tile Attack

Tile Attack for Windows Phone

Looking for a challenging game for your Windows Phone? Give Tile Attack a try.

It has a little bit of a Tetris feel to it with a little Bejeweled mixed in.  Your goal is to eliminate tiles by grouping three or more of the same colored tiles.  Add three game modes with multiple levels and you've got a decent little puzzle game for your Windows Phone in Tile Attack.

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Windows Phone Xbox Live Review: Chickens Can't Fly

Chickens Can't Fly Lead

The 2012 Must Have Games consisted mostly of established console franchises – titles that are guaranteed to sell based on name alone. Yet for many gamers, the true standout title in the lineup was the sequel to a little-known indie game for Windows Phone. I speak, of course, about Chickens Can’t Fly, the follow-up to Chickens Can Dream – both from British developer AmusedSloth. In case the silly name didn’t clue you in, CCF (as I’ll now shorten it) is a highly creative title with a delightful sense of humor. Just watch out – the difficulty is sometimes less friendly than the rest of the game.

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Windows Phone App Review: Medicine Manager

Medicine Manager for Windows Phone

If you take medication with regularity, Medicine Manager is a Windows Phone application designed to help you remember to take your daily dosage. There aren't many bells and whistles to Medicine Manager but it does a decent job of listing your medications and reminding you when to take them.

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Windows Phone App Review: Skyrim Guide

Skyrim Guide for Windows Phone

Skyrim is a popular, addictive game that is available on your Xbox 360 console (as well as PC and Playstation 3). Skyrim Guide is a rather nice resource guide for the console game that is available over at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

I've just discovered Skyrim and there is a lot to this game.  Every where you turn an new cave, village, or encampment pops up. Skyrim Guide is designed to help you make heads and tales of all the quests, skills, character types, spells and other aspects of the game. Having all this information on your Windows Phone may help you avoid taking an arrow to the knee.

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Windows Phone Game Review: BlastCannon

BlastCannon for Windows Phone

Here's a fun Windows Phone game to pass the with. BlastCannon is a simple, yet challenging game that has you defending your base from falling asteroids.  

BlastCannon has a simple, minimalistic design and game play but as you progress through the various gaming levels, the pace of the game picks up. It may not have flashy graphics or complex controls but BlastCannon is a challenging, entertaining game for your Windows Phone.

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BulletAsylum: Xbox Windows Phone Review

BulletAsylum Lead

Does anybody remember the 1980 arcade game Missile Command? It was quite a hit back at the dawn of the vidja game phenomenon, though we haven’t seen too many modern sequels beyond the updated XBLA and iPhone versions. Indie developer UberGeekGames (one word) certainly seems familiar with Missile Command, and the tiny team has created a modern tribute in the form of BulletAsylum (also one word). Microsoft considers this a ‘Must Have Game,’ but sadly you won’t find much depth beneath its flashy exterior.

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Windows Phone Accessory Review: IDAPT i4

IDAPT i4 Charger

If your household is anything like mine, you face the challenge of keeping multiple Windows Phones charged without creating a tangled mess of charger cords. Add a few iPhones (yes, I'm out numbered in my house) and other electronic devices into the mix and the number of cords grows tremendously.

One possible solution is the IDAPT i4 charging solution. The i4 can charge three devices, cord free, from tip chargers and another device via the USB port.

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Calorie Counter vs Calorie Tracker

The Windows Phone Marketplace contains a number of apps for counting and tracking calories. The two most popular by far are Calorie Counter by Fat Secret.com and Calorie Tracker, from developer nVentive and LiveStrong.com. Both are currently free on the Marketplace, so which should you choose, dear fitness-conscious reader? Read on to find out.

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Windows Phone App Review: RateYourBeer

RateYourBeer for Windows Phone

Like beer? If so, take a look at the Windows Phone app RateYourBeer. It's a one stop source for beer brands and if you see something you like, you can chime in and share your comments. The app was originally released on the U.K. Windows Phone Marketplace and it has been recently unleashed on to the Marketplace in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and France.

RateYourBeer is our own Jay Bennett's home brew and was his first venture into Windows Phone development. It's a clean cut, straight forward app that presents a healthy amount of beer information. Oh, and as a way of giving back to the Windows Phone community Jay has open sourced the RateYourBeer API. Jay wanted to open up the API to everyone who might want to try their hand at Windows Phone development. You can find all the API information here at Jay's Blog and hit the break to learn more about RateYourBeer.

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Windows Phone App Review: PocketBracket

PocketBracket for Windows Phone

March Madness is upon us and PocketBracket is here to bring all the scores and bracketology to your Windows Phone.

PocketBracket helps eliminate the challenges of creating and managing your NCAA College Basketball Tournament brackets. Key features of the app include:

  • Create unlimited NCAA® tournament brackets
  • Automatic bracket scoring and ranking
  • Organize unlimited pools available across the PocketBracket Network
  • Create Private pools
  • Detailed Stats screens
  • Rotate for a full Bracket view
  • Get game scores and updates

You also have the ability to use a "SmartPick" feature to help you choose those too close to call games and share your picks through Facebook, Twitter or email.

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