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

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

Kane Gao 27

New name-changes to Windows 8 could come down to Windows Phone 8 in China Less than 24 hours ago, Microsoft opened up the much anticipated app submissions to the Windows 8 store. However, the great news has been thwarted by Microsoft's new app naming policy. In the Windows Phone Marketplace, app naming follows a pretty simple rule: name your app whatever you want. If multiple...

Windows Phone ZX Spectrum emulator MetroSpec out of beta and headed for the Marketplace

Windows Phone ZX Spectrum emulator MetroSpec out of beta and headed for the Marketplace

Rich Edmonds 9

Time to visit the good ol' days MetroSpec, the Windows Phone ZX Spectrum emulator, has come out of beta and is now well on its way to the Marketplace. We originally covered the app back in July when we got some hands-on footage of the emulator in action, and were super excited to see the first Windows Phone ZX Spectrum emulator that isn't tied to a single title, where users can download...

Xbox Live Developer Interview: Mommy's Best Games, maker of Shoot 1UP and Serious Sam Double D XXL

Xbox Live Developer Interview: Mommy's Best Games, maker of Shoot 1UP and Serious Sam Double D XXL

Paul Acevedo 3

We’re back with another installment of our in-depth Xbox Live Developer Interview series. This time we probe the mind of Nathan Fouts, President of Mommy’s Best Games. MBG’s first Windows Phone game, Shoot 1UP came out a few weeks ago and I gave it a rave review. Read on to learn more about Shoot 1UP’s development process, MBG’s upcoming XBLA game Serious Sam: Double D XXL, Nathan’s...

Windows Phone 8 images reveal pinnable credit cards and new lock-screen notifications

Windows Phone 8 images reveal pinnable credit cards and new lock-screen notifications

Daniel Rubino 118

Pinnable CC's and new notifications Many of the new features of Windows Phone 8 are already known due to the leaked SDK over the summer but exactly how some of it will look is still a bit unclear. Take for example the NFC Wallet app. It’s a safe assumption that it will allow many different options—storage of coupons, deal cards, frequent flier pass and of course your credit cards. It’s...

Microsoft to formally release Kinect for Windows SDK September 15, Windows Phone team involved too?

Microsoft to formally release Kinect for Windows SDK September 15, Windows Phone team involved too?

Kane Gao 22

Let's file this under "rumors" for the time being. We know Microsoft doesn't have a great track record of keeping secrets, and China has been one major source of leaks. Combine the two factors, here comes another interesting leak. The chaps at WPDang, the Chinese Windows Phone site who has been reasonably accurate on Microsoft leaks, state that the Redmond gang will be releasing the...

Classic arcade game Jet Set Willy coming to Xbox 360 and Windows Phone this Friday

Classic arcade game Jet Set Willy coming to Xbox 360 and Windows Phone this Friday

Daniel Rubino 9

Although these are not Xbox LIVE games, the 1983 classic arcade and sequel to Manic Miner, Jet Set Willy, is headed to the Xbox 360 as an Indie Arcade game this Friday. In addition, a version for Windows Phone is coming with it at or around the same time (we all know how hard it can be for timing). The game Jet Set Willy should be a lot of fun for those who enjoy some retro gameplay on...

WPCentral gets interviewed by AdDuplex on techblogging and Windows Phone developers

WPCentral gets interviewed by AdDuplex on techblogging and Windows Phone developers

Daniel Rubino 5

Me pondering what we look for from developers If you’re a Windows Phone developer and want a peek behind the current on Windows Phone Central and our process on app reviews, you’ll want to head to the AdDuplex blog. AdDuplex as many of you know powers the developer promotion network behind many Windows Phone apps (and now Windows 8) and the service’s creator, Alan Mendelevich, was...

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?

robert brand 35

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...

Microsoft fixes Marketplace certificate issue for Windows Phone. App submissions are a go.

Microsoft fixes Marketplace certificate issue for Windows Phone. App submissions are a go.

Daniel Rubino 25

Marketplace fix has been applied but it may take a day or two deploy As expected, Microsoft has begun deploying the digital certificate fix for the Marketplace that has resulted in some Windows Phone users unable to either install or update a select few apps (notably WhatsApp, NY Times and Translator). In a recent change to the Windows Phone Developer Blog, Todd Brix notes: “We fixed...

The story that wasn't. Microsoft is not banning apps with Metro in their name.

The story that wasn't. Microsoft is not banning apps with Metro in their name.

Daniel Rubino 30

One of the bigger stories to catch fire today was the idea that Microsoft were to start denying Windows 8 app certification to developers who use ‘Metro’ in their app's name.  The story originated from documentation found on the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) that was quite crystal clear on the matter stating such apps will “…fail certification and won't be listed in the Windows...