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2 years ago

Burn the Rope - Review

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Burn the Rope - Review

One of the things I love about reviewing mobile games is that I get to play things that would never get released on consoles – at least, not unless they had already made a splash on mobile phones first. Burn the Rope from Big Blue Bubble definitely falls into that category. While its gameplay could technically work with an analog stick, Burn the Rope is designed entirely around rotating the phone in crazy directions.

Burn past the break for our full review.

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2 years ago

Minecraft-clone Survivalcraft now available in the Marketplace

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Into Minecraft? Of course you are. That also means you're an addict! Admit it, you builder block junkie. Well, the bad news is there is no official Minecraft game for Windows Phone (though we could envision that happening someday), the good news is there is an unofficial clone now available.

Survivalcraft, which we mentioned a few days ago,  is now available for a modest $1.99 with a free trial. From the app description:

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2 years ago

Site Annoucement: Changes are upon us

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Site Annoucement: Changes are upon us

Howdy folks, just a quick heads up the site is under going some backend changes over the next few days. As a result, the WPCentral app may be busted for a bit, at least until the updated version passes certification (it's already been submitted for approval in the Marketplace).

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2 years ago

Microsoft reportedly rolling out 7740 OS update for Windows Phone

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According to Neowin, Microsoft has begun pushing out Windows Phone 7740. Current "Mango" release is of course 7720 making this a minor but still interesting update to the OS. Not to mention a completely unexpected and unannounced OS update. According to the changelog, it fixes two issues

Of course the one everyone wants is a fix for the disappearing keyboard issue, but alas that seems to have escaped this update.
The big question though is who is getting this and when? Neowin does not mention which device or devices are slated to get this and the Windows Phone Blog is quiet on the matter. We just checked our HTC Titan, Radar and Samsung Focus S and have not noticed any updates. Commenters at Neowin are also not received this.

So until we get some confirmation, we're going to hesitantly put this under rumor, even though it seems like a legit and reasonable update.

Update: Kane Gao letus know that a fellow LG Optimus user in China is running 7740. Anyone else?

Thanks, Tim S., for the tip!

 

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2 years ago

HTC Titan also receiving a software update

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We've had a few reports and can confirm ourselves that the HTC Titan has also just received a software update, making this a big day for HTC and firmware. No details are available as to what is different as tracking down a changelog has proved elusive so far, but here's what we do know:

  • Firmware revision number old: 1600.2200.10806.401
  • Firmware revision number new: 1600.2200.10902.401
  • Bootloader version old: 1.8.160015.3(132000)
  • Bootloader version new: 1.9.160015.3(132193)

Some speculation hints that perhaps the WiFi reception issue that some have experienced has been improved. We'll play around for the next few hours and update this if (a) we find anything new (b) you report to us anything new. Cool?

Thanks, Nathan and Smartphone France, for the info!

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2 years ago

Updates out for HTC HD7, Mozart and Samsung Focus, bringing tethering to many

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2 years ago

AT&T HTC Titan coming to Costco on November 23rd

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The AT&T HTC Titan is slated to launch in the next few days, specifically this Sunday, November 20th for $199. While the AT&T price ain't bad for such a massive phone, you just know somebody like Costco will be able to under cut that a bit.

And if you're like us, you enjoy buying massive things in bulk. The good news is Costco's will be offering the Titan right quick on November 23rd, presumably for a cheaper price (and we hear better return policy, though it's been ages for us). But if you were planning on getting the huge 4.7" inch Windows Phone 7.5 device and you have a Costco membership, you may want to hold off a few days till you hear what their offering will be.

Thanks, anon, for the pic!

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2 years ago

Xbox Live - Fusion: Sentient connectivity demonstration

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Xbox Live - Fusion: Sentient connectivity demonstration

Few things inspire as much excitement in dedicated Windows Phone gamers as connectivity between mobile Xbox Live titles and their Xbox 360 counterparts. Having logged a number of hours with the latest ‘connected’ Windows Phone game, Fusion: Sentient, as well as its Xbox 360 big brother Fusion: Genesis, I thought a demonstration might be in order.

As explained in the video, Fusion: Sentient players can auction or transfer (gift) Sentients (mechs) to Xbox 360 players. In the console game, Sentients provide a number of useful services, including attacking enemies, healing and buffing players, mining for resources, and grabbing loot. Not all Sentients are created equal, and the rarer, more useful types can command a high price in the Auction House.

Windows Phone players don’t benefit much from shipping and selling off their Sentients other than earning credits. What do can you do with those credits on the go? Nothing at all. But there is an Achievement for selling over 200,000 credits worth of Sentients. That would take either tons of raising and selling the little guys, or simply getting somebody to big crazy amounts on one or more of your auctions.

The most ideal connectivity between a console and mobile game would involve both the Windows Phone and Xbox 360 versions benefitting equally from the exchange of data. Fusion: Sentient’s connectivity could be better since it leans heavily towards the console game. Still, Fusion: Genesis players will appreciate the influx of rare Sentients that the phone game brings to the table. Let’s hope future Xbox Live titles on Windows Phone evolve the cross-platform connectivity even further.

Fusion: Sentient costs only $2.99 and there is a free trial. Score it here on the Marketplace. Fusion: Genesis for Xbox 360 costs 800 Microsoft Points ($10) right here. We’ll have a full review of Fusion: Sentient soon.

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2 years ago

Nokia to aggressively target U.S. and competitors

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Nokia has a not-so-now secret plan, which they aim to stick to when battling it out against Apple and Google's Android. We've witnessed the opening page of this design in the past few weeks with the scale of the advertising and how the two first handsets are priced. Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecoms Conference in Barcelona, Stephen Elop had a quick interview with Reuters.

"In the early days our first competitors are the other ecosystems. You see us pricing the devices so that that we can get what we think will be a good volume."

The Lumia 710 is being priced at €270, while the 800 is available at €420 (and was released today in Europe). With giving away 25,000 devices to developers, the manufacturer hopes the attractive prices and relationship building will pay off with sales. It's always been about volume with 2012 being the year when Nokia opens up the flood gates for Windows Phone. Elop moved onto explain that both high and low priced handsets will be brought to the table to combat other platforms.

"Our intent is to go very aggressively to the U.S. market."

Good news for our U.S. friends, Nokia will be hitting the shores hard, and if what they've done in the UK is anything to go by, there should be some exciting devices on the way. Also, Elop mentioned they have no plans for any Windows 8 tablets, but do find the prospect interesting.

Source: Reuters

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2 years ago

Halo Waypoint Mango updated in time for the Anniversary

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To celebrate this week’s release of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, the mobile Halo Waypoint app has received a significant update. Waypoint is now one of the sleekest-looking Windows Phone apps around thanks to a complete visual overhaul. Mango features include Fast App Switching and the ability to pin specific pages to the start screen. I also love that you can listen to podcasts and even watch episodes of Red vs. Blue from directly within the app. Both audio and video playback utilize a unique interface that keeps them feeling like a part of the app instead of just weblinks. Finally, Custom Challenges are a-go.

The only feature that doesn’t seem to have made it past the finish line yet is the ATLAS map system. ATLAS promises to connect with the Xbox 360 version of Halo Reach (and Anniversary) and provide real-time maps of multiplayer games. ATLAS should hopefully arrive with the next Waypoint update.

Halo Waypoint becomes more useful with each update. While it won’t quite become indispensible until ATLAS joins the party, it’s still a great free download for any serious Halo fan. Grab it here on the Marketplace.

Thanks to The WeeBear and Mosammey for the tip!

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2 years ago

Let's Golf 2's online features score a double bogey [UPDATED x2]

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Many gamers were justifiably excited about the release of Let’s Golf 2 this week. Let’s count the reasons: it’s a high-quality golf game and clone of Hot Shots Golf, the 3D graphics are pretty for a mobile title, and it proves that Gameloft continues to support Windows Phone, if only a tiny bit. Every new title Gameloft produces (even semi-B-list stuff) potentially brings us one step closer to getting their newer stuff like Dungeon Hunter III, we can only hope.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Let’s Golf 2 is extremely borked. I also hate saying ‘bork,’ but we’re a family-friendly site. While the game looks and plays great, its Xbox Live functionality is completely broken. Busted leaderboards are one thing, but we’re talking Achievements here! You can view them just fine and they pop in-game, but they aren’t associated with your GamerTag. That makes ‘em useless, sadly.

We’ve contacted Microsoft and Gameloft about Let’s Golf 2’s problems and will update when they respond or the game’s online features get fixed. In the meantime, Achievement hunters might want to hold off on playing this one. 

UPDATE: A Microsoft representative has informed us that they're aware of the Let's Golf 2 online issues and are actively working to resolve them.

UPDATE 2: We have a report in from Brian M., that the LIVE achievement and leaderboards are now working.

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2 years ago

Play the classic game of Snake online and waste time

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Play the classic game of Snake online and waste time

Nokia has blown us away with the continued marketing efforts, and today is no different. Should you be a frequent MSN UK user (or have happened to visit it at some point today) you will be aware of the Lumia 800 advertising that's plastered everywhere, but did you see the Snake game? Hitting the advertisement square on the right will load up the Snake overlay. 

Don't be fooled thinking this is a mere 2D version of the classic title as this game features what would appear to be live tiles and multiple colours making up the snake (resembling the advertising campaign material for the handset). Also, the game makes use of the MSN webpage for elements to be eaten. It's well put together. As well as MSN, Snake will be making an appearance on Yahoo from tomorrow and will be on The Sun’s website from November 21st.

Source: MSN UK via: ElectricPig

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2 years ago

Nokia Ace/900 in promotion video?

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Nokia Ace/900 in promotion video?

Take this how you will, but MyNokiaBlog has found something quite interesting. A promotion video has appeared on the Nokia Developer YouTube account, which shows off a particular handset. Could be a concept and a filler, or perhaps the mysterious Nokia Ace/900? Yep, we're still on the Ace. Whatever it may be, the colour and elegance remains, which are both present in the Lumia 710 and 800.

 

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: MyNokiaBlog, thanks JustVisiting for the heads up!

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2 years ago

Pulse app updated to v1.1, gets less laggy

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Pulse app updated to v1.1, gets less laggy

The popular (and free) Pulse RSS news app just got a bump this morning to version 1.1 adding some background-updating and some Mango fast-app switching. It's also substantially less laggy now, no doubt due to the Magno-recompile.

Unfortunately, not too many other features were added as far as we can tell--still no Google Reader integration, nor ability to add custom feeds (just search). Nor are there any Live Tiles, so in that sense, the alternate Fuse app is still significantly out pacing it and may be a good choice for those who need more.

Edit: Ah yes, as some folks in comments remind us, this app has always been Mango-ized and has a uncustomizable Live Tile. So what's new? Perhaps just bug fixes and generic "performance enhancments". Enjoy! We're sticking with Fuse.

For those who like free, basic but still solid, you can pick up Pulse v1.1 here in the Marketplace.

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 now available, with free coffee in the UK

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As we previously covered throughout the marketing campaign Nokia has thrown at us the past few weeks, the Lumia 800 is now available at retail stores (and for delivery through pre-ordering) in the UK and a handful of European countries. The handset, available in black, was greeted by queues of potential buyers outside retail stores across the UK.

The Lumia 800 is being carried by Orange, T-Mobile, Three and Vodafone (Phones4U & Carphonewarehouse, etc. too). O2 were in talks with Nokia to also stock the Windows Phone, but communications broke down with the companies not agreeing on strict criteria laid down by the manufacturer. After today, the next step in Nokia's plan for market domination is a free, public event in London on November 28th, which will see 4D projections being beamed onto the Millbank Tower with deadmau5 performing some numbers.

The above shot illustrates the service Nokia was running for those who were patiently awaiting their turn to get their hands on the new Windows Phone. Rightly so, the queues should be fairly large and sales should be relatively good, with the sheer scale of promotion Nokia has carried out being pretty massive. We had Nokia World, the introduction of the Arch in Stratford's Westfield shopping centre, and roof-hung display boards at Heathrow Airport being overtaken by the handset maker to name but a few.

2012 will prove to be an interesting year for the platform to say the least, but one thing is for sure - we're lucky to have Nokia dedicating all resources. Cyan and magenta choices will arrive later this month for the Lumia 800 (November 28th for magenta) and we expect (and hope) networks to begin pushing Windows Phone as well as Android and the iPhone in the near future.

Let us know in the comments if you went out to get one.

Image credit: Nokia, thanks TheWeeBearUK for the tip!

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