Over the past year, Microsoft has opened 35 stores with now a total of 83 full-line and specialty stores across North America. They are pushing forward by announcing the locations of the first three new stores for 2014. Is Microsoft putting a new location near you? Let's find out.
Need some games to fill up your Windows Phone device? Now may be the perfect time because Gameloft, a popular video game developer and publisher based in France, has just reduced prices on nine of their best games for Windows Phone by at least 50% for the Holidays. Check out the discounted titles after the break. You might find something you like.
Not long ago, we published an in-depth preview of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare for Xbox One and 360. Electronic Arts had invited us to play the game’s competitive Team Vanquish mode, which proved to be tons of fun. Somehow, the transition from tower defense to third-person shooter works really well with Plants vs. Zombies.
Of course, most decent shooters have more than one game type. Garden Warfare is no exception. This week, PopCap revealed a gameplay video and new details about the game’s “Gardens and Graveyards” game type. The capture and defense-based mode will require serious teamwork in order for one of the game’s rival factions to succeed. Check out the video and our impressions after the break.
Following on the heels of AccuWeather’s update for Windows Phone is WeatherBug, who lands at the 3.0 marker today. If you know updates, a whole number change means “big” and that’s the case here. How significant is this? Well, our records last show an update for this app back in May. Wait sorry, that’s May 2012.
WeatherBug 3.0 has been completely overhauled and it’s more in line with their iOS and Android designs. That’s not to say they haven’t flatten some of the graphics and adapted it for Windows Phone, but rather the menu system is a bit odd for Windows Phone users. Having said, we would be lying if we didn’t say it was feature packed. Let’s take a look.
There’s an app all of you should have on your Windows Phone right now. It’s ours and it’s made by Jay Bennett. As you may have noticed, our app hit version 4.4 nearly a month ago. It wasn’t a big update in terms of features. Instead, it was a refinement of what was already a killer app. How did Jay refine it? With a bit of help from feedback from both users and a recent design review with Nokia and Microsoft. Let’s check out the video from that design review.
Fujitsu isn’t the most popular computer manufacturer here in the United States, but they are putting up their new Q584 tablet for sale within the United States. Accessories are available with the unit, including an optional keyboard docking station and keyboard cover. The Q584 is aimed at the business crowd with an integrated TPM chip, fingerprint scanner, and pen input compatibility.
Nokia is currently sponsoring drama on Channel 4 here in the UK. This campaign covers the popular TV show Homeland and the Finnish manufacturer has tasked consumers to send in their most dramatic shots on Twitter, using the hashtag #nokia4drama.
To get more folks involved in the run up to Christmas, Nokia is asking everyone to tweet in their "Christmas S-elfie' to be eligible for a chance to appear on TV. Not only will you grow a following with your dramatic expression aired on TV, but there's a Lumia Windows Phone (hint: Lumia 1020) up for grabs too.
If you’re like us, you’re pretty excited about getting a new OS and firmware update this afternoon from Nokia on your AT&T Lumia 1020. While we’ve known that Lumia Black (new Nokia firmware) and Update 3 (new version of Windows Phone 8) were on the horizon, no one saw them being released this early. But you may be asking yourself, what’s new?
Luckily for you, we have all the details. You don’t have an AT&T Lumia 1020? Don’t fret. Your update will be coming too, but for now, you can crib off of this list to get an idea of what’s coming.
It’s been a busy day for Windows Phone OS updates. Earlier we sat AT&T customers pick up firmware and software updates for their Nokia Lumia 1020s and Lumia 1520s. The Lumia 1020 is currently getting the Lumia Black update (and an OS patch for Update 3) on Windows Phone 8, while the Lumia 1520 is getting a firmware update. Not to be left, there’s an update for the Nokia Lumia 925 on T-Mobile. What’s new?
The latest app to land on the Windows Store is quite epic. The new EPIX app allows users to stream over 3,000 Hollywood blockbusters to their Windows 8 device, but that’s not all; use EPIX to gain access to the latest concert performances, standup comedy shows, and documentaries.
Has your mother ever said that play those darn video games will never save the planet? No, she hasn’t? Oh, well – Zoo Tycoon is teaming up with Microsoft and fellow gamers to do just that. The virtual zoo community game that launched on Xbox One will be helping to save endangered animals through a selection of upcoming community challenges.
Great British Chefs (www.greatbritishchefs.com) - Cooking With Kids is a sweet cooking companion app for anyone looking to prepare some dishes with children. The app itself delivers 210 easy-to-follow recipes, ranging from dinners such as 'pizza hearts', 'campfire chilli con carne' to special treats like 'bacon roly polies' and 'choux caterpillar'. There's something for every kid to cook and enjoy.
It was nearly a year ago that we started getting some third party apps in the Windows Phone Store for 500px. The popular photography website didn’t have any plans to make official apps for either Windows Phone or Windows 8, so we were stuck with unofficial offerings. They weren’t bad though, in fact a few of those independent apps were quite good. They just didn’t carry that badge of authenticity that an official app can.
Today that changes. 500px is now available for Windows Phone 8 users in the Windows Phone Store.
Twitter apps have become a tough business these days, especially once Twitter imposed restrictions via ‘tokens’. This artificial wall basically punished popular apps by limiting how many customers could download and use the Twitter service via third-party systems. The latest company to throw in the towel is Rowi, built by the guys at Hidden Pineapple.
First coming onto the Windows Phone scene in early 2011, Rowi quickly became to the go-to Twitter app for many people. With its deep black and minimalist design, push notifications and all-around general smoothness, it was for a long time a shining example of Windows Phone development. Later, a Windows 8 version appeared as well.
Patient UK (www.patient.co.uk) is an online resource providing consumers information on health, lifestyle, disease and other related topics within the medical realm. The website has an app available for Windows 8, which has just been refreshed for Windows 8.1. Should you be an avid user of the website and/or app, you'll want to head on past the break to see what's new.
Nokia MixRadio is the company's v2 attempt at the music streaming industry. Previously branded as Nokia Music, the new service focuses more on personalising the experience for consumers, while opening up a whole world of media just waiting to be discovered. While there's the popular client available for Windows Phone, Nokia has just updated the MixRadio apps for Windows 8.1 and RT.
If you didn’t like the dramatic Nokia Lumia 2520 video, maybe this one is better. It shows off the excellent outdoor readability of the Lumia 2520 with a nice animated story that almost makes us cry. Nokia tells us they worked with Blue Zoo, a BAFTA award winning animation studio based in central London. Watch the video after the break.
Another morning and another crop of app updates.
This morning we only have four (so far), but we’re sure that will change as the day goes on. Let’s get these four out of the way, since they’re some pretty big apps or games for your Windows Phone, including Flixster finally (finally!) getting UltraViolet support for Windows Phone 8.
Nokia Moneypenny, as it's known by codename, could well become the Lumia 630 and Lumia 635, according to reliable leakster @evleaks. All Nokia Windows Phones follow the familiar Lumia branding and the first dual-SIM smartphone from the manufacturer for Microsoft's mobile platform would not be an exception.
Update: It appears the sales price for the JBL J55 Headphones is $29.95 while supplies last.
Update 2: The $29.95 sales price was the door buster price. The sales price has jumped to $49.95, while remaining supplies last.
Day Eleven has arrived for Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals promotion with the savings spotlight being cast on the JBL J55 On-Ear Headphones. It may not be as exciting of a deal as yesterday’s free AT&T Nokia Lumia 1520, but if you are in the market for a Bluetooth speaker, it could save you a few bucks.
As with all the 12 Days of Deals specials, the sale begins at 7am PST/10am EST. We expect the first twenty customers at participating Microsoft Stores (US/Canada) and the first one hundred online customers should be able to pick the JBL Headphones for a steal of a price. After the initial door buster deals are gone, the headphones will be priced at a considerable savings while supplies last.
There’s certainly no shortage of infinite runners on Windows and Windows Phone. We’ve seen official IPs launch on both stores from not only the likes of Disney, but also familiar brands. There are hidden gems like Angry Gran Run that provide hours of entertainment. This popular game is already available on Windows Phone and competitor mobile platforms, but now we can also add Windows 8 to that list.