The official NORAD Santa Tracker app for Windows Phone has been updated to version 184.108.40.206.
The small version number increment however belies the increase in features in the app, as it has now gathered a whole new category – Arcade, which features a nice Unity-powered game where you have to tilt your phone to guide presents to Santa and make sure they do not drop through the ice.
The app remains free, and otherwise lets you track Santa on Christmas Eve using NORAD’s sophisticated tracking network, and also watch Christmas-themed movies and other seasonal features.
The free app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
Europe’s most watches news channel has come to Windows Phone.
The service is backed by 400 journalists from more than 30 nationalities and offers a unique, independent and totally impartial perspective on world events.
The app is set to become even better with new programs and features, including live streaming of Euronews TV, news quiz, bookmarks for your favourite stories and a search engine.
The app can be found in the Windows phone Store here.
AllaboutWindowsPhone has examined the improvements in image quality promised by the new Nokia Black image processing algorithms using a Nokia Lumia 1020.
As can be seen from the example above the colour accuracy has been significantly improved and is now much more natural, without the yellow cast which is present in so many Lumia pictures.
Nokia Amber Nokia Black
Images also show much improved noise reduction while preserving detail.
The Nokia Black update, as far as I can see, takes the Lumia 1020 camera to the next level again and will further distance it from any competition. Less noise, more accurate colours, purer photos and smaller file sizes all mean that the best just got better.
See many more comparison shots and more detail at AAWP here.
Electronic Art’s Mass Effect:Infiltrator was released in May as a Nokia exclusive.
Mass Effect: Infiltrator is a 3D third person shooter which mimics many of the gameplay features and animations of the main Mass Effect games, including the use of cover and the combination of gunplay and biotic powers.
The game’s exclusive period has now expired, and is now available for all Windows Phone 8 handsets.
YOU’RE A CERBERUS AGENT – GONE ROGUE!
As Commander Shepard battles Reapers across the galaxy, veteran Cerberus agent Randall Ezno procures aliens for illicit experiments at a secret facility. But when the Director of the facility goes too far – Randall fights back and vows to bring Cerberus down!
Can you fight your way off the hostile Cerberus base and deliver their secret research to the Alliance?
ENTER A NEW DIMENSION IN WINDOWS PHONE GAMING
Move freely through massive exteriors and a fully realized Cerberus base. Featuring groundbreaking graphics and intensified audio, enjoy a console-like experience that marks the next leap in Windows Phone gameplay.
Download it here from Windows Phone Store for $3.99 with free trial available.
Thanks Daniel for the tip.
Ratrod Studios has just released popular skating game Skateboard Party 2 to the Windows Phone Store.
The game features 8 new locations where you can demonstrate your skills and land sick combos. It also now features online multiplayer mode where you can challenge skaters from all over the world using the online leaderboards.
You can upgrade your board, and customize your outfits, trucks and wheels with real brands including items from Powell & Peralta, Bones, Golden Dragon and Tork Trux.
- Online multiplayer mode to play against your friends or other skaters online.
- New fully customizable control system. You can adjust everything!
- Learn over 40 unique tricks and create hundreds of combinations.
- Massive skateboard locations to ride including a trailer park, army base, shopping mall, ski resort, campus, funfair beach and a big open city.
- Customize your skater or board with tons of exclusive content including outfits, boards, trucks and wheels from licensed brands.
- Play often to gain experience and upgrade your skater’s attributes.
- Share your results with your friends on Facebook or Twitter.
- Extended Soundtrack featuring songs from Voice of Addiction, Sink Alaska, Beta, Hitplay!, Moovalya, We Outspoken and Melodic in Fusion.
- Ability to purchase experience points using in-app purchases.
The game is $1.99 without a free trial and can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
See a video demo after the break.
It seems overnight Microsoft has been doing a Santa Claus bit and dropping presents in the inbox of Windows phone users, in the form of a free extra 20 GB of storage.
While the “Enthusiast bonus” more than trebles the 7 GB recent Windows phone users receive when signing up, and close to doubles the 25 GB grandfathered SkyDrive users have the gift is a bit of a Trojan horse – the 20 GB extra will expire in a year, meaning you will then be asked to pay for your extra storage or need to empty out your cloud closet in 12 months time.
Microsoft at present does not sell a 20 GB bundle, but their 50 GB bundle is around $25 per year.
Have any of our readers NOT received the offer? Let us know below.
Thanks Ethan and Akul for the tip.
"2013 has been a good year for Lumia in India. We have launched nine Lumia devices this year and with these two new devices, we are confident that more people will switch to Lumia," Vipul Mehrotra, Middle East and Africa director (smart devices), Nokia India, told reporters.
The Lumia 1320 features a 6-inch screen with 720p display, a 1.7Ghz dual core processor, 1GB RAM, 5MP camera and 3400mAh battery and will cost only $339.
The Lumia 525 features a 4-inch touchscreen, Snapdragon’s 1Ghz dual core processor and 1GB RAM and is globally priced at $199.
Do our Indian readers feel these handsets will hit the sweet spot in the Indian market? Let us know below.
Thanks Vishwal for the tip.
Halo: Spartan Assault will be coming to the Xbox One on the 24th December as a digital download for $14.99.
However if you purchased “Halo: Spartan Assault” for Windows 8 devices or Windows Phone 8 to date or purchase prior to December 15, 2013, will be eligible to purchase the Xbox One version of the game at the discounted price of $4.99.
The deal will be automatically applied if you use the same account to purchase the game on both applications.
Xbox 360 owners will get the same deal when Halo: Spartan Assault launches on that platform next month.
Read more at Xbox Wire here.
A mere 11 months after its release on iOS and Android, Temple Run 2 is now available to download in the Windows Phone Store.
The sequel to the smash hit Temple Run, it brings more of the running, jumping, turning and sliding you love in the original game.
Navigate perilous cliffs, zip lines, mines and forests as you try to escape with the cursed idol.
* Beautiful new graphics
* Gorgeous new organic environments
* New obstacles
* More powerups
* More achievements
* Special powers for each character
* Bigger monkey!!!
The game is Windows Phone 8-only and requires 1 GB RAM for now, though a 512 MB version should be coming soon.
Find the free game in the Windows Phone Store here.
Paramount has published an official promotional app for the new Anchorman 2 movie to the Windows Phone Store.
The app features a simple swipe to toss game called "Scotchy Scotch Toss" which is described as “a game of deception, intrigue and ice.”.
The game features 4 different locations: The News Teams’ new NYC apartment, Ron’s shag-tastic RV, the 24 hour newsroom, and Tino’s Jazz Bar and will even let you print out a life-sized copy to play the drinking game at home.
It also features tons of brand new iconic lines from Ron Burgundy, voiced by Will Ferrell.
The $0.99 game, unfortunately without a free trial, can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
Gif Chat is a Snapchat/Vine-like messaging app on iOS, Android and now Windows Phone which allows users to send looping video clips up to 6 seconds + text captions privately to your friends. The app includes both the ability to send ever-lasting or self-destructing messages and to limit the number of loops.
Unlike both Vine and Snapchat, Gif Chat is brand new, having only been released in August this year, meaning Windows Phone users did not have to wait years for it to arrive, like the earlier apps, which is of course rather good news, and hopefully an indication of what’s to come for other new apps.
The free app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
See a video demo after the break.
In the above humorous video Nokia shows off their Nokia Storyteller app, which they claim can tell a story a lot better than you can.
The app, which is already available in beta form to Nokia Lumia 1520 owners, lets you automatically sorts all your photos, videos and cinemagraphs into interactive groups called stories. Your timeline is where you can browse all your stories and modify them, then view them as slideshows or share them with friends.
You can also sort your photos and videos by location, as well as add captions to tell even more of the story. Plus, when you’re looking at a photo, you can zoom out to see where you took it on a map.
If you are a lucky Nokia Lumia 1520 owner you can find it in the Windows Phone Store here.
After a long wait BBC’s Windows Phone application has finally seen a rare update to version 1.2.
The app allows users to watch and listen to BBC TV and radio programmes from the last 7 days.
The update adds fast app resume and also auto-resume for video playback, both of which are pretty useful features if you are catching up on a TV program while on a busy commute.
The app is free and can be found in the UK Windows Phone Store here.
The Nokia Lumia 52x range is constantly testing the boundaries of how cheap one can sell a Windows Phone handset. Amazon is currently selling the T-Mobile version of the handset for the incredible price of only $50.04.
According to their site the smartphone is still in stock, but if you want to pick one up we suggest you better act rapidly.
Thanks sri-tech for the tip
Due to the seasonal upswing of iOS sales we expect Windows Phone to take a battering in Q4 2013, but surprisingly so far sales of the OS has held up surprisingly well in the latest Kantar Comtech numbers, of which we now have an early preview.
In UK Windows Phone has approximately 10.6% in the 3 months ending November, vs 11.9% for the 3 months ending October.
In Germany sales have held steady at 5.6%, while surprisingly in Italy Windows Phone has continued to outsell iOS, with 15.6% of sales, vs 10.6% for iOS over the same period.
In USA Windows phone held steady at around 4.6% while it slid in China to 2.6%.
We can expect to see the full and slightly more accurate numbers on the 3rd January 2014. See last month’s full numbers here.