Category Archives: Windows Phone 7

Xbox Game line up for Windows Phone 8 from Gameloft

12 of Gameloft’s most popular titles coming to Xbox for Windows Phone 8.

Halo Waypoint Update Coming adding multiplayer GPS game to WP7

If the Kinect reveal for Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary wasn’t enough, 343 Industries also targeted fans with some new Halo Waypoint functionality at this weekend’s Comic Con. The downloadable app is getting real-time GPS tracking of multiplayer games via a new service called “Atlas.” Yes, seriously — while you’re playing a multiplayer game of Halo: Reach, you can use Waypoint’s GPS feature via Windows Phone 7 or the web (and other “mobiles,” we’re told) to watch troop movements from above.

The updated version of Waypoint also adds the ability to send challenges to friends, similar to the weekly ones set originally via Bungie and now via 343 Industries within Reach multiplayer. 343 reps explained that you’ll earn in-game credits for completing these challenges based on the difficulty of said tasks, but didn’t dive too deeply into how it will all work exactly.

We’ll find out soon enough, as the update to Waypoint launches alongside Halo Anniversary on November 15.

Source: Joystiq.com

Qwikster’s out Netflix’s back in

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced this morning that Netflix won’t split into two separate services as planned. The news comes less than a month after the company’s stock went into freefall following its announced split into disc-based and streaming entities named Qwikster and Netflix, respectively.

“It is clear that for many of our members two websites would make things more difficult, so we are going to keep Netflix as one place to go for streaming and DVD,” Hasting wrote on the company’s official blog this morning. “This means no change: one website, one account, one password… in other words, no Qwikster.”

There is no update on Netflix’s desire to enter the video game rental space in Hastings’ post. We are currently following up with the company to find out if those plans have changed too.

Apple founder Steve Jobs passes away at 56

Sadly, one of the greats of our time and a revolutionary of this technological world, Steve Jobs has passed away today. Apple sent out the following press release to confirm what the public was not looking forward to hearing:

“We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.

Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.

His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.”

Rest in Peace, Steve Jobs. Here at Green Circle Gaming, we will remember your contributions for a very long time to come. Thank you for the foundation that you laid before us, and to the bright future that is still ahead because of your work.

Windows Phone 7.5 ‘Mango’ update begins rolling out today

Windows Phone 7.5 (AKA Mango) is now officially ready to get pushed to existing devices, and in a big way. Taking lessons Microsoft learned from the update debacle that was NoDo, the company’s eager to do a much more efficient (and quick) job of rolling out its latest revamp. While Redmond didn’t offer any exact details on which phones would be the lucky recipients right away, it’ll be keeping the masses posted through its “where’s my phone update” page. If your handset is listed, hook it up to your computer, load the Zune client and there should be a lovely message waiting for you. As always, don’t feel too discouraged if your device isn’t available right away, since these rollouts have a habit of taking a bit of time to get to everyone.

In addition to the rollout, the Web Marketplace will also make its debut, giving Windows Phone users the opportunity to do what Android users already enjoy — the ability to surf for apps online and have them downloaded directly on the phone with no sideloading required. There’s one bit of sad news to relay to anyone that already has a Windows Phone, however: Microsoft confirmed to us that Internet Sharing — the long-awaited mobile hotspot functionality — will not be available for existing devices. There’s no word on if this will be offered through a future update or if it’s a permanent deal, but at least it’s only a single thorn in an entire rose garden of good news.

Adobe Flash 11 And AIR 3 Will Deliver ‘Console-Quality’ Games


 

Adobe today expressed details of its upcoming Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 which the software maker has said will offer development of  high-end, 3D-intensive games on smartphone and tablet devices alike.

The company’s very latest AIR and Flash Player software will enable developers to unleash their mastery across the likes of OS X, Android, RIM BlackBerry, Windows and connected TVs, to name a few. However, because Flash and Apple famously don’t mix, iOS will be limited only to AIR 3.

Adobe has billed Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 as the “game console for the Web,” as the collaboration will allow 2D and 3D games to be enjoyed across the net on “nearly all PCs and many other devices.”

The duo will bring full hardware-accelerated rendering for 2D and 3D graphics, enabling  1,000 times faster rendering performance over their respective predecessors. Smooth 60 FPS rendering will give developers the capacity to deliver console-quality games surpassing anything currently available on a mobile device.

The video below demonstrates the runtime capabilities of the new technologies:

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