UPDATE – Halo: Spartan Strike Coming to Windows Phone in December

Halo fans, time to get excited!  WPCentral is reporting that Halo: Spartan Strike is coming to Windows and Windows Phone in December.  The top-down shooter, by all indications, appears to be similar to Halo: Spartan Assault.

According to WPCentral, here is what is known about the game so far:

  • Universal Windows App. Buy it once, and play on both Windows and Windows Phone.
  • Supports Windows Phone devices with 512MB RAM.
  • All-new Halo adventure and new Promethean foes
  • Similar controls and gameplay to Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Progress earned in one device transfers to other devices.
  • You can drive the iconic warthog and the new Kestrel VTOL.

If the details prove to be true, it could be a fantastic game for both your PC and your Windows Phone.  It would also represent the second Halo franchise game this year as Spartan Assault was released in June which is outstanding.

Update:  WPCentral now has a more in depth first look on their site.

Windows Phone News On Your Channel of Choice

It has been just over two months since I reopened the site and I can’t thank all of you enough for your visiting and welcoming back this defector back into the community.  It has been great catching up with many of you who have left comments or dropped emails to me as well as many, many old friends in the Windows Phone community.  Thank you many, many times over.  It is appreciated and humbling.

I am realistic though.  As much as I would love for the world to come to my little blog and read about the Little OS That Could, I

Nokia Lumia 1320

Nokia Lumia 1320

appreciate that you may have another way in which you’d prefer to get your Windows Phone news.  That’s why I’ve created multiple different channels in which you can get updates from the site the moment they happen or in a daily digest on a wide range of channel options to meet your needs.  The content, no matter your channel of choice, is the same.  So use the one that is best suited for you.

The two most common outside of visiting the site is Facebook and Twitter.  I have a dedicated Facebook Page which you can like and get site updates in your Facebook Timeline.  Likewise, you can follow me on Twitter which will give you every update to the site as it happens, along with random commentary and musings from me.  Yes I like Formula One and yes I tweet about it.

For those of you who like RSS, I’ve setup a dedicated RSS feed for you to subscribe to.  It gives you a quick summary of each post but is aimed to give you the highlights so you can click through if there is a story you want to read.  Finally is the email subscription option.  This is found at the bottom and right side bar of every page on the site.  Simply put in your email address, get the confirmation back and confirm and you will get an email update either in a per-post way (more emails) or a daily digest (less emails).

Regardless of how you read the site, a million thank you’s!

Nokia Refocus Latest App To Be Re-Branded to Lumia Refocus

Microsoft’s continued efforts to rebrand the Nokia lineup of apps has continued with the update yesterday of Nokia Refocus to Lumia Refocus.  The renaming of the apps has been part of the overall process of Microsoft absorbing the Nokia brand and focusing the devices and apps to the Lumia name.  For diehard Nokia fans it is a painful process but is one that undoubtedly will continue.

Lumia Refocus, for those who don’t know, is one of the great photo apps that is available for from Microsoft.  As the name suggest, it allows you to take a photo and have any part of that photo in focus or have the entire photo in focus.  It is also dead simple to use.  Just point your Lumia Windows Phone’s camera a near object and tap the screen.  The app will then capture the entire photo in focus where you can then go in and select what you want in focus.

Lumia Refocus for Windows Phone – Free – Download Now

Lessons Learned From The Dropbox Hacking

Today it was determined that some seven million accounts were compromised at Dropbox.  These are staggering numbers and everyone is being encouraged to change their passwords to prevent any loss of data or account access.

I have posted the content below multiple times but every time there is a security breach of this size, it is always important to remind everyone the importance of security on all of your accounts.

Identification security is something we should all be vigilant about whether it is on our smartphones, our PCs or Macs.  Security breaches happen at the weakest point so the goal is to make it difficult to discourage but also not so difficult that you yourself are unable to access your data.  Here then are a few tips that you should consider when it comes to your personal data security.

Use Complex Passwords

The most basic thing you can do in personal data security is use complex passwords.  That is, use passwords with a mixture of:

  • Upper-Case Letters
  • Lower-Case Letters
  • Numbers
  • Special Character such as @£$%!
  • At least 8 characters long

Passwords should also not be associate with any personally identifying information such as:

  • Birthdays (yours, your spouses, your children, etc)
  • Your address
  • Your National Identification/Social Security Number

Complex passwords serve as a strong deterrent for those who would potentially try to gain access to your data.  While any password can be compromised with enough time, complex ones point hackers to easier targets.

Why 1 Million Testers Will Make Windows 10 Awesome

Yesterday, with coverage spanning the Windows centric Interwebs, Joe Belfiore posted on the Blogging Windows site that the Windows 10 Technical Preview had reached 1 million participants.  That is a significant number, especially given we are only two weeks since the announcement of the preview being available.  But it is also important symbolically as Microsoft, seemingly for the first time, is properly asking for feedback on their flagship product.  And even more importantly, they are actually listening to that feedback.

Ultimately that means we all win.

If it is indeed the case that Microsoft is listening to user feedback and shaping Windows 10 around that demand, there is no reason to think that this release will put the company squarely back on the map with consumers and, perhaps more importantly, their enterprise customers.  It is a new and different Microsoft these days and this is another clear indicator of it.