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Futuristic hydro racing goes into overdrive with ‘Riptide GP2’ for Windows PCs and tablets
Now available in the Windows Store, “Riptide GP2” takes racing up a notch with futuristic and upgradeable hydro-jets and riders, a new stunt system with dozens of new tricks and 50 races in career mode. The game, a sequel to “Riptide GP,” also gives you a chance to compete...
18 Dec 2013
Buy and download movies, TV shows and songs with Xbox Video and Xbox Music apps
Windows Phone users who are movie, TV and song buffs can watch and listen to their hearts’ delight on-the-go with the all new Xbox Video and Xbox Music apps, now in the Windows Phone Store. Better yet, Windows Phone 8 is the only phone that offers Xbox Video support this holiday season, which...
18 Dec 2013
‘Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare’ producer reveals ‘Gardens & Graveyards’ mode
In the never-ending war against the undead, “Plants vs. Zombies” has one of the more imaginative defenses: using various vegetation to combat hordes trying to attack a houseful of humans. And now, “ Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare ” producer Brian Lindley uses the video above...
17 Dec 2013
Happy holidays! Zinio gives new Windows 8 subscribers $50 in free magazines
Along with a new update, the magazine app Zinio is giving new Windows 8 subscribers another incentive to try it out: six free digital magazines for three months, which would otherwise cost $50. Zinio’s update supports Snap View so you can multi-task while flipping through the pages of your favorite...
17 Dec 2013
Prepare to get your Mind. Blown. Verizon FiOS TV app now on Xbox One
By the end of 2013, if you’ve been a good boy or girl, you might be hooking up a new game console or enjoying new games and if the console happens to be an Xbox One, then you can also find and watch your favorite shows and movies using the Verizon FiOS TV app. As Xbox Wire reports, “Microsoft...
17 Dec 2013
Create an underwater paradise with ‘Nemo’s Reef’ on Windows Phone 8
Now that Nemo is safe and sound at home, he’s got a new class project with “Nemo’s Reef”: helping his dad build the most amazing underwater paradise they can, using rare plant seeds, other decorations and more than 50 kinds of fish. They also get help from friends familiar to...
17 Dec 2013
Ride the rails like you never have with ‘Subway Surfers’ on Windows Phone
In “Subway Surfers” you get to ride the rails – from on top of the train! Dash with Jake, Tricky and Fresh from rooftop to rooftop of moving train cars, collecting as many coins as you can – while avoiding a grumpy inspector and his dog. You can run, jetpack and hoverboard...
17 Dec 2013
Solve a puzzle while facing an alien invasion and a volcano in ‘Girls Like Robots’ on Windows Phone
“Girls Like Robots” is a puzzle game for Windows Phone 8 in which you have to seat everyone next to their friends – while also under attack from aliens, volatile volcanoes and exploding chickens. There’s also a love story in there, about a boy who’s trying to dance with...
16 Dec 2013
Strategize against other settlers in ‘Catan’ – now on Windows
Board game enthusiasts who have spent countless hours playing "Settlers of Catan" can now save some table space – but probably not time – with the recent availability of the classic strategy game on Windows as “Catan.” Known for its marathon sessions, this game is...
16 Dec 2013
Dr. Panda’s Daycare and Veggie Garden apps help teach responsibility and farming to kids
Dr. Panda apps are known for providing young children with mini-games and activities that teach them about the world around them without third-party advertisements or in-app purchases – and with no reading required. Now the series has expanded with Dr. Panda’s Daycare and Dr. Panda’s...
6 Dec 2013
Weekly Windows Phone Store deals include ‘Final Fantasy,’ Super Photo and ‘Crumble Zone’
Thursday means another set of Red Stripe Deals in the Windows Phone Store is available! In this latest installment, a photo editing app, an alien-centric arcade game and an Xbox classic can be yours, at around 50 percent off. Super Photo ($2.99, regularly $6.99) gives you amazing effects for editing...
5 Dec 2013
Imagine Cup awards $100,000 for a Windows Phone app that helps hearing-impaired
The grand prize winner of the $100,000 Imagine Cup Grant program is Team OHS, Taiwan. As you can see from the video above, they created a Windows Phone mobile app for the hearing impaired that gives them customized settings to help them hear through any headset (such as a Bluetooth device). As the...
4 Dec 2013
Saddle up and tame the Wild West as ‘The Lone Ranger’ game rides into the Windows Store
Bring infamous outlaws to justice as the title character in Disney’s “ The Lone Ranger ” game, now available in the Windows Store. Inspired by the Johnny Depp movie from last summer, you extend the long arm of the law to the town of Colby, which needs a hero to restore peace and rein...
22 Nov 2013
Party up, dudes, by playing online games on Xbox One
When you play online games on Xbox One, you’re included in an Xbox Live party. Woot! But you don’t need to hang off any chandeliers or blackout to have a blast. You don’t even need to leave your house. As Steve Dolan, the program manager responsible for the multiplayer and achievements...
21 Nov 2013
Customize your ride in ‘Grand Theft Auto: iFruit,’ now available for Windows Phone
“Grand Theft Auto V” fans who want to go even deeper into the mayhem can now customize their fast and furious rides through a companion app, “ Grand Theft Auto: iFruit ,” now available for Windows Phone 8 devices. You can order personalized plates, change paint jobs, choose...
19 Nov 2013
Watch the Xbox One launch festivities live and see zombies, gameplay and Macklemore
If you can’t make it to one of the dozens of Xbox One launch events Friday, you can catch the “Xbox One Countdown to Launch” show beginning at 8 p.m. PT on Thursday, Nov. 21. As announced last week , Microsoft is celebrating the Nov. 22 launch of the Xbox One by throwing massive...
18 Nov 2013
If you’re shopping for a Nokia Lumia smartphone, don’t miss these special deals
If you’re going to buy a Nokia Lumia 925, 928, 1020, or 1520, Nokia is going to give you a $20 app voucher to go with it, which you can apply toward apps from the Windows Phone Store, Windows Store and from Xbox. As the Windows Phone Blog reports , the promotion runs until Jan. 15 and is being...
15 Nov 2013
NOOK updated for Windows 8.1 includes importing SkyDrive files and better search
Coinciding with the release of Windows 8.1, NOOK – which gives you access to 3 million books, magazines, newspapers, and comics – was recently updated with more live tile sizes and improved ways to search and organize content. The Windows Experience Blog gives a good rundown of the additions...
12 Nov 2013
‘UNO & Friends’ arrives in the Windows Store
Long before video games and computers, card games gave kids hours of entertainment. And for me and my elementary school crew, “UNO” ruled. Now, “ UNO & Friends ” is available in the Windows Store and gives you a chance to play with your friends – wherever they are in...
1 Nov 2013
Race against the clock in ‘Tetris Blitz’ – a twist on a classic game now free on Windows Phone 8
Remember killing hours of time playing “Tetris”? Now, a free refresh of the game, “ Tetris Blitz ,” comes with a timer to really bring on the pressure. Race against the clock in two-minute games, clearing lines and racking up points before the timer runs down to zero. If you...
25 Sep 2013
Latest Red Stripe Deals: myMoneybook, ‘Crazy Machines Golden Gears,’ and ‘Modern Combat 4’
The latest Red Stripe Deals save you at least 50 percent off the original price of a select trio of apps, indie games and Xbox titles. For those who need help with budgets (raising my hand), myMoneyBook ($1.49, regularly $2.99) offers a quick, easy way to manage your money and keep track of your financial...
5 Sep 2013
Help prepare kids to go back to school with these Windows 8 apps that work well on Surface RT
Surface Senior Manager Kristen Batch just moved to Seattle from Chicago with her family, and in a post on the Surface Blog she explains how helpful the Surface RT has been in acclimating her two girls to the upcoming academic year in new schools. Batch writes, “Since I’m sharing my Surface...
30 Aug 2013
‘Project Spark’ shows off personalized voice and motion capture
At gamescom, Team Dakota revealed several innovative features for future “Project Spark” creators: voice and motion capture, which uses the power of Kinect to bring players into the game like never before. Xbox Wire reports that players can capture facial animations, body motion and voice...
20 Aug 2013
Lucas, Spielberg, and Xbox’s Don Mattrick talk technology in entertainment
Storytelling and imagination know no limits. So say filmmakers Steven Spielberg and George Lucas and Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business President Don Mattrick, who participated in a panel on the future of entertainment at the University of Southern California (USC) on June 12. ...
13 Jun 2013
Twelve apps that turn your Windows Phone into a remote control for other devices
My colleague Steve Clayton likes to jokingly refer to cable TV remotes as “the most complicated user interface on Earth,” and it never fails to draw a knowing chuckle from audiences. Why is it that our most common interactions with technology are often the least intuitive? If you’ve...
23 Apr 2013
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