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Fail Hard, a new biking game by the makers of Hill Climb Racing, hits Windows Phone

Fingersoft, the developers of Hill Climb Racing, has brought their app to the Windows Phone Store.

In the game you play a stunt man taking on ever more daring stunts and jumps while trying to make it big in the stunt show business.

Along the way you collect coins to upgrade your equipment and rise from the bottom as an promising up-and-comer to true stardom.

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The game features:

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  • Different and fun stunts with amazing obstacles and multiple goals in each level.
  • Smooth and intuitive controls.
  • Earn 3 stars on each track to brag to your friends.

Find the game for free in the Windows Phone Store here.

Via WindowsPhoneApps.es

Does your Nokia Lumia 930 feel slow to you?

I’m an excited new owner of a Nokia Lumia 930, my first Snapdragon 800-powered handset.

I was expecting the device to be a real screamer, and when it comes to opening apps and loading web pages it is noticeable faster than my 920.

However overall I have been less than impressed by the user experiences, and have a nagging feeling of general slowness around the device.

The problems start with waking the handset up from sleep, when it is clearly much slower and less responsive than the 2 year old Nokia Lumia 920.

Another troubling area is the handset’s responsiveness to multi-touch, when it often does not respond at all to two finger zooming. It often requires a second attempt to get it to work properly, at which point it starts working as expected.

Even things like searching for Bluetooth devices to pair with seems slower than on my older handset.

In general I am somewhat disappointed by this aspect. Do our readers have the same experience? Let us know below.

CNET UK reviews the Nokia Lumia 930 (video)

CNET have posted their review of the Nokia Lumia 930.

While most of the review is fair, they do harp on a bit about the app gap, going so far as to say:

Where it falls down though is its apps. Although the app store does have some major names such as Netflix, Spotify, Skype, Whatsapp and Instagram, it doesn’t have much else to offer. It’s nearly always the last of the app stores to receive new releases, if it receives them at all.

This seems to be a relatively outdated view of the app situation, which has steadily improved over the years.

They go on to conclude:

The Nokia Lumia 930 does many things right. It has a great display, a brilliant camera, an interesting metal and plastic design and the Windows Phone 8.1 software is simple to use. Those are important things to get right, but its unimpressive battery life lets it down and it’s rather fatter and heavier than the Galaxy S5 or the HTC One M8.

The lack of love the Windows Phone 8.1 app store receives from developers is still an issue as it means apps newly launched on Android and iOS nearly always take an age to arrive, if they appear at all. If you’re keen on the colourful interface and want a phone with a great camera that stands out from the Samsung and Apple phones in everyone’s pockets, it’s a decent phone to go for, so long as you’re not fussed about the latest apps.

If app support is important, then both the Galaxy S5 and LG G3 have comparable specs and great cameras and, as Android phones, both have access to an app store packed full of the latest releases. They’re roughly the same price, too.

Read their full review here.

“Something Amazing coming” Microsofter laid off with his McLaren

We all suspected that the “something amazing” which Jerry Berg AKA  Barnacules Nerdgasm, Senior Software Development Engineer in Test at Microsoft claimed was coming was the 3D Touch feature in the Nokia McLaren.

Now with the device apparently cancelled it seems there is no need for Jerry either.

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Jerry posted on Twitter that he was one of the 18,000  staff members which Microsoft will be laying off over the next year, with his termination in effect immediately.

Jerry was worked at Microsoft for some time, and puts a face on the large number of people affected.

We hope while Microsoft is trimming the fat they are also not cutting into the bone and muscle they need to keep moving fast in the very competitive mobile environment.

We of course wish Jerry and all Microsoft staff who facing termination the best of luck in their future endeavours and hope their next position is even more rewarding.

Microsoft posts new Cortana instructional video

If you are newly upgraded to WP8.1 and are lucky (or smart) enough to get access to Cortana, Microsoft has just posted a new 3 minute instructional video on the using the digital assistant for work and leisure.

The service is a massive leap in voice recognition over Windows Phone 8, seemingly being able to disambiguate instructions even in noisy environments.  So far the most useful feature appears to be the ability to very easily and intelligently set reminders, but as we have seen, Cortana is also pretty good at football scores.

What use have our readers found for Cortana? Let us know below.

Wunderlist coming to Windows Phone… eventually

Wunderlist has announced version 3 of their new cloud-based task management app/service.

The popular Germany-based service allows users to create lists to manage their to-dos which can be shared with other Wunderlist users.

So far the app has not been available on Windows Phone, though 3rd party clients do exist.

On their blog however company representatives said they are working on a Windows 8 version of the app, and expect to publish a Windows Phone version based on that code-base.

Is this an app our users have been missing? Let us know below.

Via WPArea.de

Who needs Sapphire glass? Watch the Nokia Lumia 930 being attacked with a knife

Much has been made of the upcoming iPhone 6’s unscratchable Sapphire glass, but the above video by Adrianisen on YouTube shows that the Gorilla Glass 3 on the Nokia Lumia 930 is no slouch either, allowing him to play a not horrible game of Fruit Ninja with a rather large knife without any ill effects.

See his channel for more videos pitting the Lumia 930 against other handsets.

via NPU

Monty Python’s The Ministry of Silly Walks Game coming to Windows Phone, but only if you make yourself heard

The Monty Python crew has released a Ministry of Silly Walks themed game, and apparently due to “silly demand” the team are bringing it to Windows Phone also.

However John Cleese has not been happy with the response to his announcement and threatened:

If you want what looks like a pretty fun app to show up on Windows Phone I suggest you add your voices to the 300-odd other Monty Python fans and demand delivery here.

Hack lets Cortana sing in Chinese

China will be one of the first countries to receive Cortana support after it escapes from the USA, and Windows Blog Italia reports that work is already well underway, with a simple (unrevealed) hack allowing users to download the Chinese language pack and let Cortana start speaking in Chinese.

Unfortunately questions still have to be asked in English, but I suspect it will not be long before the hack becomes official and this will stop being an issue.

Via WindowsBlogItalia

Modern Combat 5 coming to Windows Phone “a short while after” iOS and Android versions

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Gameloft announced today that Modern Combat 5: Blackout will be coming to iOS and Android on the 24th July.

It seems Windows Phone users will not have to feel left out for very long however, with Gameloft saying the game is coming to Windows Phone “a short while after.”

The game is expected to take players on a tour of the world, tracking a terrorist gang through numerous iconic location.

See the trailer after the break.

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Kreyos Smart Watch maker shows off their Windows Phone app

13 months ago we first posted about the Kreyos Meteor smart watch, then a new project raising money on Indiegogo, which then promised Windows Phone compatibility.

The accessory promised to let you control functions on your smartphone using voice and gestures, courtesy of its microphone and 3 axis gyroscope, and the water proof watch will also be able to function as an activity monitor for fitness-related activity, heart-rate monitor and cycling computer.

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The “watch” can be worn on the wrist, belt and lapel and will also serve as a development platform for 3rd party developers.

Kreyos has now showed that they kept their promise of Windows Phone compatibility by posting the video above, showing the app in action, pairing and drawing data of the Meteor watch.

The device is now available to pre-order for $169.99. See a video demonstrating the device after the break, and place your order here.

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