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4 years ago

Review: Namco Galaga

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Review: Namco Galaga

If you think about it, our Windows Phones have more raw computing power than the computer systems that many of us were raised on. It stands to reason that many of the computing classics would be ported to the miniaturized hardware that we tote around every day. We’ve already looked at Tetris Mania by Electronic Arts, but it’s not the only old kid on the new block.

Namco has been in the arcade game business since the beginning. The folks that brought you legendary games such as Pac-Man have begun to bring their classics to the Windows Mobile platform. One such game, Galaga, is the subject of this review. For the uninitiated, Galaga is one of the original fixed- shooter game that were (and still are) very popular in arcades. This style of game lends itself particularly well to a small device like a Windows Phone.

Hit the break for my full review.

 

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4 years ago

My Phone gets a maintenance update: v1.05.2317.0400

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If you're like us flashing your ROM numerous times a day, you rely on My Phone quite a bit.

Just checking it now and we were notified of a mandatory update which bumped us to v1.05.2317 (previous was 1.05.2128).

Unfortunately, no new features are noticeable at this time and performance seem as good as ever.  And the My Phone Team Blog is silent, as usual.

So anyhoo, grab yourself the update via Marketplace or just launch your current version to get it.  Let us know in the comments if you noticed any improvements or if things got worse (cough, Bing, cough).

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4 years ago

iPhone gets a taste of spyware

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iPhone gets a taste of spyware

Just a few months ago we reported on a pretty ingenious and frightening program called PhoneCreeper that could seriously compromise security on your WinMo phone.  Of course people went into a tither of it and rightly so, even though this was more proof-of-concept.

Now the iPhone is getting a taste of the future with SpyPhone. SpyPhone can steal all sorts of things, including "... geolocation data, passwords, address book entries and email accounts information, images, Safari Browsing history, youtube, keyboard logger, etc.".

Now the truly frightening part: it works on Jailbroken and "virgin" phones alike. It just uses the public API offered by Apple to use it's own features as exploits. Acting like a trojan, the app will steal and send out your data.

So much for the "jailbroken = security threat" meme.

This is just another volley it what is sure to be an ongoing problem with the mobile internet age, though for once Microsoft might not be the number one security target.  Point is, we know this can already be done on Windows Mobile so folks will need to keep their ears perked.

[via Taranfx]

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4 years ago

AdBlock Plus will work with Fennec

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One of the main reasons many of us love Firefox is for the plugin support--there's everything from Better Gmail to Omnibar to SkipScreen, all of which fix the many pitfalls of the internet.

So it's with great excitement that we read AdBlock Plus will work with Firefox's new mobile browser Fennec (which is still in early development). 

For those who don't know, AdBlock Plus is a plugin that downloads a database of ads to block while you are surfing the internet.  In turn, web pages are less cluttered and more importantly for those with slow connections or who are mobile, it allows pages to load faster.  For every ad that you see, that is one more thing to download and one more server for your device to connect to, so reducing that increases speed.  Very cool.

Of course there are consequences to blocking ads.  Specifically you are hurting much needed revenue for websites, cutting off their life blood. So we suggest you selectively use AdBlock Plus on sites you visit, disabling it for those you support.  In other words, we ask you, nay beg you oh wise internet surfers, to not use it on WMExperts as you'll deprive some of us that morning cup of coffee and you know, would have to close shop.  Thaaaaanks!

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the HTC HD2

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4 years ago

Motorola H790 Giveaway Winner!

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Motorola H790 Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations goes out to waldo15 who was randomly selected from member comments to win the Motorola H790 Bluetooth headset!  His comment on the Bing &Bing Mobile updates was randomly selected and waldo15 now gets to enjoy some bragging rights.

For the many who posted comments, we thank you and don't give up hope just yet.  Another Holiday Giveaway is just around the corner so stay tuned.

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4 years ago

HTC 2010 leak shows mini-HD2, new front-QWERTY and smaller Touch Pro 2

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Anybody remember the Great HTC Leak of 2009, in which we learned about the likes of the Snap line, the Touch Diamond 2 and Touch Pro 2 revisions as well as a slew of Android fare? It's time for the 2010 sequel, folks, courtesy of XDA Developers guru B3ler3fonte [via BGR]. This is all gleaned from an October presentation in Switzerland, apparently.

On the Windows Mobile side, we're looking at a smaller, less powerful version of the HD2 form factor, an updated front-facing QWERTY, and another version of the Touch Pro 2. (Check out our pals at Android Central for that end of the leak).

Join us after the break for the whole WinMo breakdown.

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4 years ago

And ... Google Maps updated to 3.3.1 - does it fix any of your problems?

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More than a few of you have had some issues with the latest version of Google Maps for mobile, either with the My Location feature or apparently with the layers. Accordingly, Google has updated the app to version 3.3.1. No word yet if it's fixed any of the triangulation issues you guys were having, but crashes should be squashed.

Go get the new version here, and sound off in the comments if you're still seeing problems, and be sure to let 'em know on the official Google forum post. (For what it's worth, it very quickly got me within 1,000 meters in Orlando.)

[All About Symbian via IntoMobile]

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4 years ago

'Wired' weighs in on Windows Mobile: Microsoft blew it

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Considering Microsoft just launched Windows Mobile 6.5 last month, hitting 30 new or upgraded phones, they are increasingly under fire from many in the industry, especially following those market share figures.

The latest is 'Wired' who writes that Microsoft had a lot of advantages but, quoting others in the business, they concentrated too much on enterprise (not consumers) and really let their platform lag, especially considering they started Windows CE in 1996.

Even Kinoma's CEO Peter Hoddie had some thoughts when he said

The sad part for Microsoft is that in terms of operating systems, they have a great one, and they had it long before anyone else did... Their first problem is the built-in apps are uninspiring, so that sets a very low bar for developers who are coming to the platform.

In essence, it was the iPhone that really changed the game, bringing consumer-level appeal to an industry focused on enterprise function.  Indeed, many of us purchased one of the first 3G Windows Mobile 5 devices (HTC PPC-6700 Apache) because we saw that the mobile internet and computing was the future.  However, it wasn't always a joyous ride with sparse updates, terrible transition from WM2003 to WM5 and buggy software.  There has always been that disconnect between what we wanted and what was offered: enter XDA Developers.

Actually, nothing in the 'Wired' article is really new or profound--in fact it is pretty obvious: Microsoft has been in this for the beginning, had hardware partners and a great head start, but failed to offer something  tangible for the mobile-ready consumer.  Sure we all know a Touch Pro 2 can smoke an iPhone in terms of functionality, power and even hardware, let alone a HD2, but at the end of the day, it is about branding, marketing, consumer appeal and making it desirable.  And Android so far doesn't do anything that Windows Mobile can't.

At least the news coming out from Mobius is positive and we're getting anxious for Windows Mobile 7--lets hope they deliver.  Read the full article here.

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4 years ago

Review: Smartphone Experts TopPouch Case

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Review: Smartphone Experts TopPouch Case

The choice of a case is about as unique as the Windows phone itself. Some prefer horizontal cases, some side cases, some hard cases, and some just prefer skins. For the vertical case crowd, Smartphone Experts offers the TopPouch Case for a wide variety of Windows phones, and we recently took one out for a test drive with the AT&T Tilt2 (a.k.a. Touch Pro 2).

Follow the break to read about our impressions on this case.

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4 years ago

Cradle w/ spare battery slot for AT&T Tilt 2

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4 years ago

HTC's sense on the Samsung Omnia II

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4 years ago

Google offering free snail mail

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Google offering free snail mail

On the heels of Google releasing an updated version of GoogleMaps, we've learned that Google is offering everyone a free antique of sorts, snail mail postcards. 

As prominent as email has become, everyone can think of at least one friend or family member who isn't online and would enjoy finding a short holiday note in their mailbox (the one at the curb). 

So now your chance to spread some holiday spirit for free.  If you have a Google account you can go here to send your free postcard.  Each account will be able to send one free card (while supplies last).  The offer is only valid in the United States and you have six card styles to choose from.  Obviously, if you don't have a Google account, you'll have to establish one to enjoy the free snail mail.

Read: Switched.com

 

 

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4 years ago

Video review: New Bing for Windows Mobile

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OK, everybody. The new Bing app for Windows Mobile is out, and we're giving it the what-for. Join us after the break for a quick video walkthrough of the navigation and search app.

Note: One thing we don't show here is that while you can find yourself using GPS on the map, it doesn't scroll the screen to follow you while you're in motion. That's a bad thing. (thanks, anon!)

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