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3 years ago

Reminder - WPCentral Contest: What mobile game would you like ported to Windows Phone?

Here's a reminder just in case you missed our initial mention of this contest or were unclear on the rules.

We want to know what games you’d like to see ported from another mobile OS to Windows Phone, and we’re giving away Xbox Live Avatar props for your trouble. To enter, visit this forum thread and tell us the following:

What one game would you most like to see ported from another mobile OS to Windows Phone as an Xbox Live title, and why? Remember, we’re only asking about games that are already available on other cell phones – not console games. Try to name the developer as well. You only get one entry, so make it count.

We will choose the nine most interesting and/or convincing responses and give their writers a redeemable code for a Beards and Beaks Avatar prop that can’t be purchased on the Marketplace. This contest is open to readers from any nation, but we can’t guarantee the codes will work outside of the US. It’s the journey that matters, not the destination!

Entries must be received by 10 AM PST on Tuesday, July 26.  Good luck everyone.

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3 years ago

Official 'Need For Speed Autolog' released

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Official 'Need For Speed Autolog' released

For those of you who are Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit freak (see review), you'll want to get this companion app ASAP. Official released via EA, it's similar to Halo Waypoint, allowing you to track and follow your friends playing N4S on console or PC:

The award-winning Need For Speed Hot Pursuit is built around Autolog. It’s the intelligent engine and the centre of the most connected Need For Speed ever, keeping you in the middle of the action both in and out of the game. Autolog is created to allow you to connect, compare and compete with your Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Friends. When playing as a Cop or a Racer, your accomplishments are constantly compared against your friends to deliver the very best in connected social competition. Features:

  • Recommendations
  • Wall
  • Profile
  • News
  • Photos

Overall, the app looks well polished and a great way to extend your racing stats and keep "social" with your competition. Plus it's free, of course. If it appeals to you, race on over to the Marketplace to pick it up.

(Thanks, VisceralBishop, for the heads up!)

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3 years ago

Facebook updated to 2.1

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Facebook updated to 2.1

Back on the 18th Facebook posted that they were aware of the problems loading images with Facebook for Windows Phone and were working on a fix. The fix landed this morning with the version 2.1 update.

The problem was that users couldn't see picture galleries of friends. An annoying little bug seeing that part of the Facebook attraction is the ability to share photos as well as thoughts.

Version 2.1 was pushed out this morning and now we can see photos from all our friends. If you haven't downloaded your free copy of the Facebook for Windows Phone app, you can find it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

Thanks goes out to Shipwreck for the tip!

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3 years ago

Phonealytics - Review

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Phonealytics - Review

Analytics, the right-hand man for any web developer or e-consultant, is the base of all marketing campaigns, social expeditions and performance reports for any website. Google Analytics is the freely available and widely used software offered by the search giant for webmasters to take advantage of. The beauty of Google Analytics is the integration it has with Feedburner and Adsense as well as available APIs. It's freely available and offers webmasters with a fairly accurate picture of how a web property is performing (should visitors have JavaScript enabled). Although one must remember that nothing can compare to server-side software like AWStats etc. with accuracy.

The most useful data that's looked at includes visits/visitors, bounce rate, time-on-site and sources. As mentioned above, it's vital for marketing, reports and optimization of software or pages. Visits and visitors are counted and recorded to calculate the ratio for new visits against returning visitors. Bounce rate determines how relevant or effective your site is to captured audience. Time-on-site is pretty self-explanatory, while sources covers where visitors came from (be it search engines, direct or referring sites).

Unfortunately, since Google Analytics makes use of Flash for graph rendering, the service is less-than available on smartphone platforms that do not support Flash. How would a Windows Phone user keep up with site statistics while on the go? Allow me to introduce Phonealytics, by Luke Lowrey. 

Pros: 
Fantastic Metro UI design Google Analytics on the go Fast and simple
Cons: 
Could do with more reports (Adsense etc.)
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3 years ago

Developer Interview: James Mundy of Travelnapp

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This week James Mundy is our Windows Phone developer interviewee. Being the brains (and brawn) behind Travelnapp, he has allowed WP7 commuters to take a break from busy city life and zone out to their imaginary realm without missing their train stop. As well as travelling on rails, the app works for just about anything, travelling by car, bus or even walking (if you somehow manage to sleepwalk).

Check out the interview after the break.

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3 years ago

WPCentral Contest: What mobile game would you like ported to Windows Phone?

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We want to know what games you’d like to see ported from another mobile OS to Windows Phone, and we’re giving away Xbox Live Avatar props for your trouble. To enter, visit this forum thread and tell us the following:

What one game would you most like to see ported from another mobile OS to Windows Phone as an Xbox Live title, and why? Remember, we’re only asking about games that are already available on other cell phones – not console games. Try to name the developer as well. You only get one entry, so make it count.

We will choose the nine most interesting and/or convincing responses and give their writers a redeemable code for a Beards and Beaks Avatar prop that can’t be purchased on the Marketplace. This contest is open to readers from any nation, but we can’t guarantee the codes will work outside of the US. It’s the journey that matters, not the destination! Entries must be received by 10 AM PST on Tuesday, July 26.

Head past the break for additional contest details and free cookies!

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3 years ago

Mobile Nations 3

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Mobile Nations 3

Phil, Kevin, Derek, Dan, and Rene talk Netflix on Android, media on Mobile, the RIM-pire striking back, news execs at webOS, Nokia Windows Phones, 20 million iPhones, and hitting the budget buyer sweet spot. Bringing together the heads of state of Android, BlackBerry, iOS, webOS, and Windows Phone for full on round-table action. This is Mobile Nations!

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3 years ago

AT&T customers file arbitration against T-Mobile merger

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A New York law firm, Bursor & Fisher, has filed arbitration against ATT in a bid to prevent the purchase of T-Mobile.  The eleven separate cases come on behalf of ATT custromers who claim that the acquisition violates the Clayton Antitrust Act and will negatively affect consumers.

The merger still needs to make it through the Department of Justice and FCC gauntlets, but attorney Steve Brusor sees this as one more measure that can be taken to prevent it:

“Government enforcement is an important part of the antitrust laws, but the Clayton Act also permits private parties who may be adversely affected to challenge a proposed merger. That means any AT&T cellphone, data or iPad customer who will suffer higher prices and diminished service because of this merger can sue to stop it from happening.”

His firm has created a website, in hopes of finding more ATT users who want to join the fight.  The strategy is simple, yet brilliant.  Ma Bell requires customers to agree to a contract that prohibits them from filing class-action lawsuits, instead forcing them into mediated arbitration, at ATT's expense nonetheless.  The plan is to bring as many arbitration cases against ATT as possible, in hopes of getting at least one mediator to rule in favor of the plaintiff.  If that happens, Bursor thinks there is a strong case to shoot down the deal. 

Despite this, as well as the joint efforts of consumer advocate groups and wireless carriers like Sprint, it's still an uphill battle.  ATT is a huge company and has gained the support of countless politicians, lobbyists and other corporations.  And although ATT was not available to comment on the arbitration cases directly, they seemed confident during an earnings call yesterday that the deal would go through as early as Q1 2012.

Source: AllThingsD

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3 years ago

AT&T Dell Venue Pro not shipping till 8/30, getting Mango? [Speculation]

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Here's some speculation that sort of makes sense: we just reported that the AT&T Venue Pro is available to purchase again direct from Dell. What's odd (and what we missed) was the expected ship date: 8/30

That's a long time off for a phone that has been out for awhile. Considering that we just got word of "Mango" being RTM'd and sent to carriers, could this 6 week delay be due to Dell putting Mango on board? Dell did just pull the Streak to load some new update, so it's not unprecedented and AT&T is pretty aggressive in the Windows Phone area.

We've heard that Toshiba-Fujitsu are launching a Mango device in August, so why not Dell? Then again, this is Dell, so lets not put it past them that this is just NoDo.

Source: Dell; (Thanks for catching this, @wp7ap)

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3 years ago

Fight Game: Rivals coming this fall exclusively to Xbox LIVE for Windows Phone

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You know what we lack on Windows Phone? A good strategy turn-based fighting game. Yeah, never thought of it, did you? Luckily, "Fight Game: Rivals" seems likely to fill that roll. From Dutch based Khaeon Studios, the game is a MMA style with fairly impressive graphics and seemingly rich player content.

What's really kind of neat is how the fighting styles and even fighters themselves are based on real life e.g. the studio worked with experts to replicate as much as they can.

  • Prove yourself in underground fighting tournaments all over the world to earn the chance to go toe to toe with world-famous martial art champions like Alistair Overeem and Sem Schilt!
  • Striking visuals with highly detailed environments and characters
  • Unlock a large variety of unique moves, skills and abilities with detailed animations throughout your fighting career
  • Genre-bending 'strategy, turn-based, fighting game', optimized for mobile devices and touch screen operated game-play
  • Earn 20 unique Xbox LIVE Achievements

"With Fight Game: Rivals; here is your chance to become the king of kings amongst tournament fighters around the world! Fight the opposition on distinct locations in Europe, Asia and America and unlock a wide variety of devastating attacks and skills. Grow ever stronger, prove yourself in fighting tournaments all over the world and get ready to face the elite of combat sports, world-famous martial arts champions Sem Schilt and Alistair Overeem, and become the new champion!"

The game is exclusive to Windows Phone 7 for the first 3 months and looks to drop "mid September"/Q3 in the Marketplace. From the graphics, new style of gameplay and overall detail, we're pretty excited about trying this one.

Check out the interview and some gamaplay from RagingNerds.net above and see the game's site here.

via: InsideGames; Big thanks to Matt B., for the heads up!

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3 years ago

"Mango" Released to Manufacturers and in carrier testing? [Updated: Not yet]

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In the recent Windows Phone Developer Podcast episode, we have some new information detailing the status of the next update for Microsoft's mobile platform - "Mango". This shouldn't come with shock to readers since we've been following the wind with the Fujitsu IS12T handset (as well as Nokia's "Sea Ray"). According to the podcast; "Mango" has been RTM (released to manufacturers) and is also with carriers for testing.

While we've had the next update on devices for some time now, this was of course only a developer preview build (7661). Our Daniel Rubino previously caught on the build number for the release of "Mango" when we covered the breaking news of the Nokia device being shown off in a factory. In fact, we didn't only have the build number, which will be 7710, but we also stated that we received word on "Mango" already being RTM.

Good news all around? We think so, what do you guys make of this somewhat re-assuring news? Do you believe these are signs of an early release?

Update: And the news has jumped the gun again. Bill Cox, Sr. Director of Communications at Microsoft for the Windows Phone Division, just tweeted:

"For those following the rumor mill, @windowsphone Mango has not yet hit RTM. We’re excited about the progress... stay tuned."

For what it's worth, we have heard that 7710 is or near final RTM though and clearly from the Sea Ray video this week, you can see the "OEM" logo as the OS boots. Still, looks like we're not quite there yet.

Source: Windows Phone Dev Podcast;  via: WMPU

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3 years ago

AT&T Dell Venue Pro gets massive discounts too

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Looks like Dell is still either trying to push the DVP (see first impressions vid) as much as possible, or they're trying to ditch them. Either way, you can benefit from their price cuts, so long as you sign a contract. Previously, Dell was out of stock on the AT&T version, but now they're back for the buyin':

  • $0.99 for 8GB
  • $49 for 16GB
  • $99 for 32GB

We think with the v2.12 firmware and adding Mango, the DVP gets a second life and is worth reconsidering. If interested, head to Dell's site. (Thanks, @wp7ap)

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3 years ago

Multiplayer gaming in "Mango" using sockets [Developers]

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Ricky Tan has published an insightful blog post on MSDN that covers implementing multiplayer gaming on the windows Phone platform. Using UdpAnySourceMulticastClient, Ricky walks us through enabling peer-to-peer support (over WiFi in this case) in a game for Mango.

Fancy carrying this out yourself? According to Ricky, it's not as difficult as one would assume. Here's some quick points to get you interested (check out the links below for the article with full code viewing, downloads, etc.):

PlatformerGame.cs: This contains the game code and is where the sockets are initialized, and where the sends and receives are handled.

UdpAnySourceMulticastChannel.cs: This contains the UDP multicast sockets code for joining the group, sending and receiving data.

OtherPlayer.cs: This is a modification of Player.cs to add other players to the game.

Ricky has added peer-to-peer support into the platformer start kit developed by David Russet. Read more information on this (plus the full download and snippets of code) over at Ricky Tan's blog. Multiplayer gaming is most definitely in the works, we also have to keep an eye on Microsoft's progress with 'Switchboard'.

Via: Channel9; Thanks, Mark!

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3 years ago

Groupon v1.3 adds live tile

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Groupon v1.3 adds live tile

Groupon has released version 1.3 of their popular WP7 app.  This latest iteration sports a live tile, so you can pounce on that 15% off Yankee Candle deal before it flickers out.  In addition to the already great features, like locating, buying, and redeeming deals right from your WP7 phone, you can now share them with friends in v1.3.  Early reviews of the update report that it is faster and smoother as well.

Get it here (Zune link).

Source: Groupon; Via: @deeper2k (Thanks for the tip!)

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3 years ago

LG Fantasy leaked

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LG Fantasy leaked

LG's fall roadmap has been leaked and while it mainly deals with Android devices, there is one lone Windows Phone listed. The LG Fantasy is being reported as a Mango device and looks a lot like the HTC HD7.

No specs were available with the listing but strong speculation is for a fourth quarter release. LG already has the side-keyboard Quantum in their Windows Phone lineup so a slab phone would help expand the companies Windows Phone offerings.

But will it have features strong enough to pull consumers away from the HD7 or HD7S? Maybe a Super AMOLED screen?  Front facing camera?

Source: Pocketnow.com

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