As the Tweet above says, tomorrow is Xbox LIVE Wednesday (one of our favorite days) and tomorrow's releases both come from Microsoft Game Studios (MGS). One is 'Rise of Glory' and the other is 'Revolution'.
Unfortunately, we have no idea what these game are about nor have any screenshots but we'll keep an eye out.
Just being a little over two months old, 2010 was a very short year for the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. Having recently passed the 5,000 app mark the Marketplace offers a wide range of applications for your Windows Phone. As 2010 comes to a close, we thought we'd take a peak to see what apps were tops in the Marketplace.
The Windows Phone 7 Marketplace offers two top ten lists; Top Paid and Top Free apps. The top ten free apps are:
We've taken a look at several photography apps. From those that simply applies effects to your images such as PhotoMagic to the apps that gives you more editing controls such as Thumba. Only Samsung Focus and Omnia 7 owners have access to an in-house photography application that falls in line with the former. All other deivces, sorry!
Photogram allows you to apply six special effects to new and existing photos as well as create a collage of images. What you create can then be shared via a handful of social and photography websites.
It's a free application and to read more about Photogram and to see examples, follow the break.
Following successful test launches in NYC, Charlotte, NC and Chicago earlier in 2010, AT&T announced today that it plans to deploy more Wi-Fi Hotzones in certain major markets around the country. The first initiative will be to expand its current NYC coverage in Times Square, Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the next few days.
This is just in time for the New Year’s Eve mob to gobble up bandwidth posting their drunken “Woos” and far-off shots of Ryan Seacrest for all of posterity. The next stop on the expansion tour will be new Wi-Fi access in Embarcadero Center in San Francisco.
The theory behind this move seems to be to get as many people as possible off of the broadband network wherever possible, in hopes of speeding up access for users. AT&T has caught a lot of flak for their network performance in highly-populated areas, dating all the way back to the launch of the iPhone. As one of our writers pointed out, perhaps it is cheaper to expand Wi-Fi access than it is to improve 3G data services.
Once again, another week another milestone. Today, the Marketplace hit the big ol' 5,000 for available apps. What's funny about this number is on December 25th, WebOS also hit 5,000 official apps (unofficially, it's over 6,000). As we mentioned last time, WebOS has been out for 18+ months, whereas Windows Phone, just two.
And although things have slowed down a teeny bit due to the holidays, they're looking to pick up speed again this week. Of interest is the average price got bumped last week from about $1.41 to $1.52 (it's now down to $1.51). The reason for such a sharp spike? That "I Am Rich" app fetching for $500 skewed the average overall price by $0.10 in a day.
Also of interest, there are over 1,100 games available, which is nearly a fifth of all apps--so gaming is huge. Tools are next at 751 and the rest of the stats can be found at WP7AppList, of course. Here's the rest of the Marketplace history, as refresher:
Walking the fine line between black and white hat security, XDA member V@l€n has gone and posted a detailed "security whitepaper" on the state of app piracy in the Windows Phone Marketplace.
We almost hate to write on the topic since it will attract claims of supporting piracy, but the fact is developers and Microsoft need to know just how vulnerable the platform is so that it can be improved on before it's a problem. And that's just it, right now there is no issue with app piracy for Windows Phone, but it is inching closer and once those few remaining hurdles are cleared, there will literally be a flood of pirated apps on the market.
But before we jump into all of that, lets detail exactly what is going on here. For better or worse, V@l€n has done a great job of outlining all the steps needed to make a ridiculous piracy campaign, showing all the necessary procedures that need to be cleared.
Follow us after the jump as we walk through this story...
Golla has been offering unique cases for Windows Phones for some time now. The Finnish company has built a reputation for brightly colored, solidly built, textured soft cases that have ample storage space for cash, credit cards and other items.
The Gavin Phone Wallet is a horizontal case that has a subtle design and practical functionality. The case includes extra pockets for stereo ear buds or a Bluetooth headset along with pockets for credit cards or your i.d.
With a more conservative appearance than othe Golla cases, the Gavin is large enough to handle the latest Windows Phone 7 devices such as the Samsung Focus, HTC Surround and LG Quantum. Follow the break to read more on this latest case from Golla.
Unique Autosport is a popular automotive detailing, customization company that offers everything from custom wheels to audio systems to custom painting to custom graphics. They are now offering cases for Windows Phones.
The top loading, leather case is adorned with the companies "UA" logo and sports a rotating belt clip. A magnetic flap folds over the top of your Windows Phone to keep the phone securely in place.
There's a discussion going on over in the WPCentral Forums concerning Windows Phone 7 apps and what to do if you accidentally delete one from your phone. Unlike Windows Mobile, there isn't a centralize listing of the Marketplace apps your purchased to re-install from. This doesn't mean all is lost.
You'll need to access the Marketplace from your Windows Phone. From there all you need to do is go into the Marketplace, find the app you need to re-install and go through the installation/purchase steps. Instead of choosing how to pay for the app, you'll be notified, "You've already purchased this app. Would you like to install it again?".
Just tap "install" and you'll re-install the app. You'll find the full discussion over here in the forums.
One of the popular complaints of Windows Phone 7 is the lack of native Twitter integration. Fortunately for those of us that are regulars in the twitterverse there are several Twitter clients in the Windows Phone 7 marketplace. Keep reading for a quick look at the Twitter clients that are available for Windows Phone 7. (You should also follow us on Twitter if you're not already. We are @wpcentral. Individual writers are @malatesta77, @coppertop004, @tferrill. Other Smartphone Experts that we recommend are @backlon, @philnickinson, and @palmsolo.)
Monopoly, the family game night classic, has made its way to the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. Offering all of the strategy and fun of the original, Monopoly for Windows Phone 7 is the perfect game for casual gamers looking to kill some time with their Windows Phone. To see what makes Monopoly stand out, see the full review after the jump.
Although MS Tag has been around for a few years now, it really didn't launch till early 2009. The big competitor to Microsoft's High Capacity Color Barcode (HCCB) system would be the more universal QR Code, which is popular in Japan and has been adopted by the Google juggernaut and Android.
So it's interesting to see MS Tag appearing in a commercial on the Independent Film Channel (IFC) for the new series Portlandia. The Tag appears at the end of the commercial and upon scanning it, it takes you to YouTube to watch an extended preview of the show.
Once again, nothing revolutionary here nor unique but it's good to see Microsoft's much nicer looking Tag getting a bit more mainstream. One hopes that these "partner" barcodes get more widespread as scanning for more information, apps, links, etc. is a great use of smartphone technology.
Bluetooth headphones come in a variety of shapes and sizes. I’ve had the opportunity to review several different models in the past, and they all have different strengths. My Samsung SBH600 headphones are perfect for listening to music or watching a movie for a long period of time while the Motorola S305’s are my personal favorite in terms of comfort and portability. When it comes to using Bluetooth headphones for exercising, Motorola’s S10-HD sets the bar.
Sweatproof, perfect for use while exercising
Not the most comfortable or best sounding headphones.
Have you ever had the desire to play the role of a god? Control the weather, wildlife and decide the fate of your world's inhabitants? Ngmoco is offering Pocket God for your Windows Phone that puts you in the role of god over a prehistoric land and a tribe of pygmies.
Exercise your powers by controling all aspects of the resident pygmy's environment. You have multiple locations to choose from (island, graveyard, iceberg) and a handful of tools to either make the pygmy's life pleasant or disasterous.
The game has experienced popularity on other formats and to see how it shakes out on Windows Phone 7, ease on past the break.