Box.net Releases Boxdrive App for Free for Windows Phone

For those of you who use the cloud-based service Box can now access your files and photos from your Windows Phone.  The company has released their BoxDrive app in the Marketplace, a free app that gives you full access to your Box.net files from your phone.

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Microsoft Releases New XBox Live Game Breeze for Windows Phone

If you are looking for a new game for your Windows Phone, Microsoft may have just the ticket.  Breeze, a new Xbox Live enabled game, allows you to control the, erm, breeze and blow flowers to goals throughout 60 different challenging levels.

The game allows you to control the breeze in the game by tapping on your screen which moves the flower throughout the level.  While some of the levels are easy, the more advanced levels get more challenging.  There are obsticles that you have to avoid all while keeping an eye on the clock.  I wouldn’t call this a super tough game but it is no doubt hours of fun for all ages.

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Microsoft Store Introduces Three New Holiday Promotions

Here at the site I’m happy to have Microsoft Store as one of my affiliates.  They help pay the bills of running the site (when you click of course) and allow me to give you my readers some great promotions.

I’ve got three below that are pretty darn sweet.  All you have to do is click the links below to get the deals.  No coupon codes or funny stuff.

Buy an Xbox 360 4 GB Console with Kinect from the Microsoft Store and get $100 off your next purchase from the  Store!

 

PCs from the Store make the perfect gift! Discounts up to $300 and free 2 day shipping!

 

Free 2 Day Shipping! There is still time to shop at the Microsoft Store! Receive gifts in time through Christmas when you order as late as 12.21

 

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Why Microsoft Windows Phone Apps on iPhone is a Good Thing [Opinion]

There has been a lot of press this week around the release of what had been Windows Phone exclusive apps on Apple’s iOS platform.  There is good reason.  This week Microsoft released three titles for iPhone – My Xbox Live, Kinetimals and Skydrive.  But does this make sense for Microsoft to do?  Are they caving in to make a few quick bucks (seriously, if they are planning on making big bucks with Skydrive they are in real trouble) or is this part of a larger, grander plan?  I for one think it is a little bit of both.

From a marketing perspective, having apps across multiple platforms is a good thing.  It shows that you are meeting the needs of consumers and are listening.  Microsoft is fully aware that they are the small kid in the game when it comes to mobility.  But they also realize they are the biggest kid on the block when it comes to game consoles.  Having an app like My Xbox Live on both platforms allows them to meet their biggest customer share regardless of what mobile device they happen to be using.  And for us Windows Phone fans, we still get this for free.  Apple iPhone users get to pay for it.  Kinetimals ties into this nicely as well but there is something even more important about Kinectimals that I’ll cover in a bit.

While I somewhat through Skydrive under the proverbial bus in my first paragraph, I do like the service.  It works reliably and having photos and files instantly accessible from my phone or my PC or Mac is very handy.  It isn’t nearly as powerful as Dropbox but will it always be that way?  If Microsoft positions Skydrive right it could become a serious player in Cloud storage.  Mind you, that’s a ways off but it could happen.  If they want to build such a solution then it cannot remain exclusive to one platform.  It has to be across many.  Today you can access Skydrive from Windows Phone, iPhone (thanks to the new app), PC and Mac (thanks to your web browser or Microsoft Document Connector in the Office for Mac package).  The reason that Dropbox is so successful is because you can get to it from virtually any device or platform.  If Microsoft wants to compete then they have to do at least then plus offer something different to get people to use the service.

But there is another point on Skydrive.  If they want people to move from iPhone to Windows Phone they have to have an app ecosystem that can meet the needs.  They are getting there but there are table stakes that have to be there first and cloud storage is one of them.  Fast forward a couple of years and if Microsoft has played it right and Skydrive is a serious player, the story for someone wanting to move from iPhone to Windows Phone just became a lot less problematic because all their files will be there on their new phone.

Let’s turn back to Kinetimals as my final point.  One of the big knocks on Windows Phone is that it does not have the graphics engine power to produce games to the quaility of iOS games.  On the surface this looks to be reasonably true.  I have yet to find anything with the graphic richness of Infinity Blade on Windows Phone.  But that could be changing.  Kinetimals for both Windows Phone and iOS was written using the Unreal3D engine.  For those not keeping score, that is the same graphics engine that is used by Infinity Blade.  Now this got next-to-no press this week but it is one of those quiet moments that is really critical for the long term success of the platform.  Windows Phone needs high end quality games.  There are some good ones out there but they really need a EA Mobile for example to step up and offer a Madden 12, FIFA 12 or something like that on the platform.  It doesn’t matter if you like games on your phone or not.  Others do.  A lot.  Having top level games on Windows Phone will make people who would otherwise dismiss it give it a hard look.

So Windows Phone fans, take heart and don’t be dismayed.  The release of these apps on iOS is a good thing in the long run for Windows Phone.  It may not seem like it now but it will make sense in the end.

Nokia Lumia 710 at T-Mobile for $49.99 beginning January 11th

If there is any doubt that both Microsoft and Nokia about seeing success for Windows Phone, this should put those doubts at ease.  Beginning January 11, 2012 the Nokia Lumia 710 will be available for an incredible $49.99 from T-Mobile.  For those who have forgotten about the Lumia 710 in the midst of all of the hype around the Lumia 800, this is the mid-range phone that Nokia is offering in their Windows Phone line up.  But don’t let that fool you. Here are the key specifications.

  • 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor
  • Adreno 205 GPU
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 3.7” WVGA 480×800 display
  • 8GB of internal storage, with microSD card slot that supports up to 24GB in total
  • 5MP rear-facing camera
  • Windows Phone 7.5
  • 3G HSPA+ connectivity
  • Dimensions: 119 x 62.4 x 12.5mm
  • Weight: 126g
  • 1300mAh battery that supports 7.6 hours 3G talk time, 400 hours maximum 3G standby time

How this will work from T-Mobile is the Lumia 710 will be $99.99 with a $50 mail in rebate.  You’ll be required to have a qualifying data plan per the norm.

If you are T-Mobile or looking for a new carrier, come January 11th you can get a great deal on a great phone, the Lumia 710, from them.

 

$60 Gift Card with Purchase of Xbox 360 at GameStop

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Here is a great deal from our affiliate GameStop.  Now while supplies last you can get a $60  gift card when you purchase a Xbox 360 250GB console.  Here is what you get for the $299.99 price:

  • Xbox 360 with 250GB console
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  • Fable III
  • 3 Months of Xbox Live 
  • Black wireless Xbox 360 controller
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Nokia Ace Rumored to be Coming to AT&T and Verizon Early in 2012

Been a bit of a busy day for Nokia.  First the Lumia 710 gets a global launch and now rumors are surfacing that the next Nokia Windows Phone, the Ace, is headed to AT&T and Version early next year.

The rumor, published over at WMPoweruser, points to a source that indicates that the new Nokia Ace will be LTE ready, will have a 4.3″ screen, 8MP camera and 16GB of storage.  Indications are that AT&T is guaranteed the device but Verizon is pushing hard to get it as well.  Finally, the tipster says that Nokia is pushing for a January release but it will likely be mid-March before it gets to your local AT&T or Verizon store.

It is clear that Nokia is pushing hard on Windows Phone (they kinda have to right?) but it is also clear that AT&T is making some best with the OS as well.

Source WMPoweruser

Nokia Lumia 710 Now Shipping Globally

It is official – Nokia has begun shipping on their second Windows Phone, the Lumia 710.  It is expected that the Lumia 710 will hit the US early next year with T-Mobile.

Here is the Press Release for the event from Nokia

Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced the Nokia Lumia 710 will hit shelves, less than one month after the Nokia Lumia 800 started turning heads.

The Nokia Lumia 710 will start selling today in Taiwan alongside the Nokia Lumia 800. The Nokia Lumia 710 will then reach stores in Singapore, Hong Kong, India and Russia in the next seven days and continue its global roll-out over the coming weeks.

Estimated retail price is 270 EUR, excluding taxes and subsidies and availability will be via operator partners, retailers and open channels depending on local situation.

The colourful, affordable Nokia Lumia 710 was designed to make the Nokia Lumia experience accessible to more people around the world and at launch was widely praised as the best Windows Phone experience at is price point.  It combines the powerful social and Internet experience of Windows Phone with the ability to take pictures in almost any conditions and share with friends in seconds, as well as access to thousands of the most popular apps, including exclusive Nokia services.

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