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Games development for Windows Phone 8 gets boost with confirmed Unity Engine Support

Games development for Windows Phone 8 gets boost with confirmed Unity Engine Support

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The keynote address for Unite 12 has seen the announcement that Windows Phone 8 will get full support for the Unity engine.  Unity is a very popular engine and it was notably absent from the Windows Phone 8 announcement. The next version of the OS looks to be getting some excellent gaming support with native code and these powerful rendering engines. The engine is used to power a host...

Samsung’s Marco & Odyssey Specs & Pricing Leak as Windows Phone 8 launch gets closer

Samsung’s Marco & Odyssey Specs & Pricing Leak as Windows Phone 8 launch gets closer

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We knew a while back about the proposed Odyssey and Marco handsets from Samsung. Well it looks like some more detailed specs and pricing has emerged. With Windows Phone 8 only a whisper away from being launched it seems as if the leaks just keeps on coming. Samsung are one of Microsoft’s launch partners and it looks like we can expect some impressive hardware for this round of devices....

Twitter changing how third-party apps use its services. How will it impact Windows Phone?

Twitter changing how third-party apps use its services. How will it impact Windows Phone?

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Twitter has announced some sweeping changes to their all-important application programming interface or just API. This API is essential plumbing to allow application developers access to the “fire hose” of data from twitter. It has been no secret that Twitter wish to tighten their grip ever more over whom can access their system. With their latest set of guidelines, they show they mean...

Location, Windows Phone 8 and Nokia’s plan to be the ultimate “where” platform

Location, Windows Phone 8 and Nokia’s plan to be the ultimate “where” platform

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We had a chance to sit down and chat with Thom Brenner, Vice President of Location and Commerce for Nokia and Pino Bonetti who writes about location on the Nokia Conversations blog. We wanted to hear what Nokia are planning for the future with its location services, which the company has touted as its main focus and differentiator for Windows Phone. Being number one in location and...

Xbox Live Games on Windows 8 point to exciting new gaming experiences for Windows Phone and tablets

Xbox Live Games on Windows 8 point to exciting new gaming experiences for Windows Phone and tablets

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Looks like Windows Phone’s big brother Windows 8 has coughed up some interesting details on allowing games to be paused, resumed across various platforms. The Xbox Live games, Minesweeper, Solitaire and Mahjong all seem to indicate we’ll finally experience the dream of picking up one device and resuming play on with another. Early on in Windows Phones lifecycle, we saw a demo of the...

Microsoft details features and performance of forthcoming WinRT tablets. Looking good.

Microsoft details features and performance of forthcoming WinRT tablets. Looking good.

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Microsoft has so far been rather coy when it comes to the actual performance characteristics of their forthcoming WinRT tablets. That’s to have been expected due to the new ARM requirements but many have wondered how frugal with battery and weight a Windows RT tablet could really be. Windows on ARM devices are designed to compete with existing tablets currently available in the market....

Windows Essentials 2012 drops Live branding but makes up for it with new features

Windows Essentials 2012 drops Live branding but makes up for it with new features

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Windows Live Essentials has been part of most Windows Users standard installation for many years now. This familiar and ‘essentials’ set of applications does much to make Windows come to life as a useful productivity tool. Providing photo editing, movie making, blogging, email, synchronising and instant messaging apps, ‘Essentials’ forms a solid backbone for basic computing throughput...

Windows Phone dodges Black Hat 2012 certificate vulnerability bullet - other smartphones not so lucky...

Windows Phone dodges Black Hat 2012 certificate vulnerability bullet - other smartphones not so lucky...

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A recent paper presented at Black hat 2012 by Peter Hannay has demonstrated a vulnerability in how iOS and Android deal with certificates whilst operating with an Exchange Server. The good news in this report is that Peter was unable to trick Windows Phone 7.5 devices using the same methods. Using a man in the middle attack combined with a generic fake certificate, they were able to...

Amiga inspired Windows Phone Game, Atoms - quick preview with developer Ross Gouldthorpe

Amiga inspired Windows Phone Game, Atoms - quick preview with developer Ross Gouldthorpe

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Whilst at the Windows Phone Dev Day in Bournemouth we got a chance to meet Ross Gouldthorpe, who has been developing for Windows Phone for two years. Ross was kind enough to give us a walkthrough of his upcoming Windows phone game, Atoms. The game is also currently in development for the Xbox 360 and has a Nintendo DS homebrew counterpart. The game Atoms has roots as an old Amiga game...