Well some good news has appeared today, seems like Microsoft is willing to listen to “user demands” and flash is getting another look, it seems that from reports from Microsoft they are going to integrate flash into internet explorer. The big question is when and it looks like Windows Phone 8.
The whole issue stems back from ARM chips not running flash on the Windows 8, since HTML5 is way off taking flash from the internet, it seems its better to still have flash support than not at all!
Source: Microsoft news
Nokia have just walked away with a deal with Bridgestone for 140 staff Lumia 800s, according to results the Windows Phone is not doing so well with Australia, the deal came down after a successful trial period which results came back that Windows Phone is far superior to the offerings of RIM. A large part of winning the contract was the free turn by turn navigation allowing them to ditch the current system for the fleet, advance feature, remote wipe and Active Sync are all needed features.
Business tools such as the office suite and Exchange and flawless integration was all welcomed said Scot Baxter – Head of IT at Bridgetone.
Source: WM Poweruser
That is correct people Windows Phone 7 has had some big titles come under is belt recently, Mirrors edge, contract killer more. Square Enix recently announced it would be brining the hugely popular Final Fantasy to Windows Phone 7. Looking at realistic targets I don’t think the game will be made from the ground up for Windows Phone 7 more of an iphone port. Looking into the future its bright for Windows Phone and its been considered for games development with big titles tells us we are not slowing down either!
We recently got news of this game a few days ago, we signed upto the beta program and was one of the Lucky 100 to get to beta this awesome game!
If you watched the trailer to the game the concept is very simple, your are looking after an island of people for free. You need to provide them with bread to survive and you do this free of charge, you are also some sort of Ship trader, selling rum and bread to other islands in demand for a profit. The bread and rum from the wholesale market for a bigger margin for example, the bread is £1 and sell it for £3 to other islands in demand (who seem well off, stone houses instead of huts) Your island inhibitors are eating the bread you provide, and the health bar for them decreases over time. You need to keep them topped up with bread and rum, if you let the islands food supply run out you loose the game!
Notifications pop up for the traders and the buyers when they are ready to buy and trade, this is how the game is tied up, you need to keep your island going while making a profit to buy more rum and bread to meet the demands of the buyers and your island, you do get the option to buy bulk by the size of the create 1,2 and 3 at a time.
You send your ship to various islands by drawing the path through the sea, the game throws obsticles such as storm clouds which destroy you ship if you draw a line through its path, you can stop the ship by drawing a line through the ships patern, you simply just move your finger on your screen to view the whole of the island and pinch to zoom.
Upgrades can be purchased, Such as extra ships, being able to hold 4 creates instead of 3 maximum etc…
This gives the game fantastic game play I found myself on this for 1 hour before coming to create the review, its very addictive!
The game played fantastically well for a beta, I had no problems with my Nokia Lumia 710 and I could not believe the game was an actual beta, moving my finger around the screen was effortless and felt responsive and I never had to do things twice.
The menu system for navigating your way around the game and selecting maps on options is straight forward, I also love the fact when you tilt your screen during the options menu the cargo moves with the phones accelerometer!
The menu also gives you an xbox live like achievements list, which adds competitive game play amongst yor fellow friends and also challenges in the game.
- Post your scores to Facebook/Twitter
- Ability to add weapons to your ship and enemy ships
- Play online?
- Damage to your ship, slowly sinks if hit by a cannonball or rock and requires repairing?
- Crew mates, send small rafts out to the island to replace and gain new crew!
One of the best games I have played on Windows Phone 7 and could be the Angry Birds of the Windows word if the developers keep up the fantastic work shown so far, and listen to the beta testers feedback and implement them into the game. I really enjoyed the game and I can’t keep my hands of it, its one of the few games on my phone which I have not played then unistalled within 10 minutes of playing the game
While in beta 8/10 and i can’t wait to see the final version and will be giving another review then!
What are your thoughts, comment below
The problem with some Windows Phones is the lack of storage onboard, the good thing is we do have an option and its called “Skydrive” and its cloud storage, and it comes with your WP7 device integrated neatly along side Microsoft products and pictures.
How to upload pictures?
- 1 Find the picture you want to upload
- Name Picture
The Windows Live ID you have will be where the pictures are stored on the skydrive servers, documents are done the same way, but thats not all Microsoft have released a sperate app for you to browse all pictures, documents etc…
New users of Windows Live ID are given 7GB of storage which is more than enough and more than the offerings of the likes of DropBox which is 2.5GB
If you are an exting windows live user you get 25GB free! Microsoft do have bigger storage option but there is a cost, 7GB for the average user is more than enough of pictures and documents!
What do you think of Skydrive leave a comment below?
Here is a simple how to guide on finding your Windows Phone 7 handset, some time in your life it may happen, we hope it never does, but if you loose your phone you may want to find it, lock it or even wipe your handset before anyone else gets there hands on it.
This is the UK version but I imagine other country’s are the same in practice.
1. visit http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-GB/ – You may be asked to enter you Windows live ID (this must be the one which your phone is registered to) When using the service microsfot will ask you to confirm you want to use this and send a SMS to your phone to enable it, don’t worry if you do not get the text some handsets will not show it.
2. Click the my phone link
3. This will take you to an overview of you Windows Live Account connected to your Windows Phone 7, here you can see many features such as your;
- Skydrive Account
- Documents, Powerpoints, Excell etc..
- Last Location and time synced
- Xbox live
Click the “Find, ring, lock or erase your phone”
4. You are then greeted with overview page with the location of your phone displayed on Bing Maps when it was last synced, the option to refresh to find your current location and three options in red
We asked Windows Phone to call one of our phones, within 15 seconds the phone was buzzing and playing an alarm tone.
A must have for any Windows Phone 7 user. Being able to find, wipe and lock your phone is essential in a world where our digital data is as important as your passport, having control over your data if you loose your phone or falls into the wrong hands is priceless and I advise you to enable this feature by following the above.
What do you think of this feature, leave a comment below!