Blugri, a mobile app development studio, announces the launch of their second mobile game for Windows Phone 7, “Sudoku”.
No need to explain the concept of the world famous Sudoku puzzle, but here’s some interesting facts and figures about this highly addictive game:
- Although its world wide popularity kicked off in Japan in 1986, the roots of the game lay in Switzerland, when the ‘carré latin’ was created in the 18th century.
- The word Sudoku is short for Su-ji wa dokushin ni kagiru which means “the numbers must be single”.
- Sudoku is a logic-based and not a math-based puzzle!
- Scientists believe that exercising your brain can make you sharper, so by playing blugri’s Sudoku you can keep your brain active!
Blugri now launched a high performing Sudoku for Windows Phone 7. All 6,670,903,752,021,072,936,960 puzzles can be generated by blugri’s Sudoku, for unlimited fun!
- Three levels of difficulty.
- Unlimited and fast generation of Sudoku puzzles.
- High quality graphics and sound.
- Pause: Your game is automatically saved when you get a phone call, switch applications.
- Great statistics that help track your progress: your best time, number of games finished.
- Pencil mode, to try different options in a cell.
- Hint button to help you out when you’re stuck.
- Three languages: English, French and Dutch.
Sudoku game is free and you can get it from Windows Phone Marketplace: Link
Can Microsoft rescue Barnes & Noble now, like it did Apple in 1997?
Back in 1997, Microsoft invested $150 million in Apple when its back was against the wall.
Today, Microsoft announced it would invest twice that amount in Barnes & Noble to make a Windows 8 version of its Nook e-book reader.
Microsoft will invest $300 million in Barnes & Noble Inc’s digital and college businesses, valuing them at $1.7 billion.
Microsoft will get a 17.6 percent stake in the new unit, while Barnes & Noble will own about 82.4 percent, the companies said in a statement on Monday.
The business, to be named Newco, will have an ongoing relationship with Barnes & Noble’s retail stores.
The companies will introduce an application for the Nook on Windows 8, the upcoming version of Microsoft’s operating system.
Barnes & Noble and Microsoft have settled their patent litigation, the companies said.
The deal gives Barnes & Noble ammunition to fend off shareholders who have agitated for a sale of the Nook business or the whole company.
The companies said that the subsidiary will have an ongoing relationship with Barnes & Noble’s retail stores, but what that relationship will be is unclear.
NEW YORK and REDMOND, Wash. — April 30, 2012 — Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE: BKS) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) today announced the formation of a strategic partnership in a new Barnes & Noble subsidiary, which will build upon the history of strong innovation in digital reading technologies from both companies. The partnership will accelerate the transition to e-reading, which is revolutionizing the way people consume, create, share and enjoy digital content.
The new subsidiary, referred to in this release as Newco, will bring together the digital and College businesses of Barnes & Noble. Microsoft will make a $300 million investment in Newco at a post-money valuation of $1.7 billion in exchange for an approximately 17.6% equity stake. Barnes & Noble will own approximately 82.4% of the new subsidiary, which will have an ongoing relationship with the company’s retail stores. Barnes & Noble has not yet decided on the name of Newco.
One of the first benefits for customers will be a NOOK application for Windows 8, which will extend the reach of Barnes & Noble’s digital bookstore by providing one of the world’s largest digital catalogues of e-Books, magazines and newspapers to hundreds of millions of Windows customers in the U.S. and internationally.
The inclusion of Barnes & Noble’s College business is an important component of Newco’s strategic vision. Through the newly formed Newco, Barnes & Noble’s industry leading NOOK Study software will provide students and educators the preeminent technology platform for the distribution and management of digital education materials in the market.
“The formation of Newco and our relationship with Microsoft are important parts of our strategy to capitalize on the rapid growth of the NOOK business, and to solidify our position as a leader in the exploding market for digital content in the consumer and education segments,” said William Lynch, CEO of Barnes & Noble. “Microsoft’s investment in Newco, and our exciting collaboration to bring world-class digital reading technologies and content to the Windows platform and its hundreds of millions of users, will allow us to significantly expand the business.”
“The shift to digital is putting the world’s libraries and newsstands in the palm of every person’s hand, and is the beginning of a journey that will impact how people read, interact with, and enjoy new forms of content,” said Andy Lees, President at Microsoft. “Our complementary assets will accelerate e-reading innovation across a broad range of Windows devices, enabling people to not just read stories, but to be part of them. We’re at the cusp of a revolution in reading.”
Barnes & Noble and Microsoft have settled their patent litigation, and moving forward, Barnes & Noble and Newco will have a royalty-bearing license under Microsoft’s patents for its NOOK eReader and Tablet products. This paves the way for both companies to collaborate and reach a broader set of customers.
On January 5, Barnes & Noble announced that it was exploring the strategic separation of its digital business in order to maximize shareholder value. Barnes & Noble is actively engaged in the formation of Newco, which will include Barnes & Noble’s digital and College businesses. The company intends to explore all alternatives for how a strategic separation of Newco may occur. There can be no assurance that the review will result in a strategic separation or the creation of a stand-alone public company, and there is no set timetable for this review. Barnes & Noble does not intend to comment further regarding the review unless and until a decision is made.
The European version of the Nokia Lumia 900 has now become available for pre-order at Amazon UK for £479.99 off contract on May 14th (Link).
Also Amazon Germany is joining the party, and are offering the handset for €575 (Link).
The Nokia Lumia 900 will be available in Black, White and Cyan 10 days later than UK on May 25th.
The Nokia Lumia 900 has a 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display for rich, bright images both indoors and out and a long-lasting 1830 mAh battery for enjoying content.
Its 8 megapixel camera includes Nokia’s exclusive Carl Zeiss optics, with large aperture (F2.2) and wide angle focal length (28mm) for high-quality, uncropped images even in low-light conditions.
The front-facing camera boasts a large aperture and a wide angle lens that ensures sharp, bright images for high-quality video calling, right out of the box.
Microsoft is removing the option to shop for Windows Phone apps from the Zune PC software and as part of a larger Marketplace improvement effort, you’ll soon need Windows Phone 7.5 installed on your phone to buy and download new apps, or update existing ones.
Until today you could shop for Windows Phone apps and games in three places: on your phone, on the web, and via the Zune software on your PC.
According to Microsoft most Windows Phone owners browse and buy apps on their phones and the web Marketplace, which debuted last September on the Windows Phone website, has also become a popular place to shop, since it’s available from any Internet-connected PC or Mac.
So starting today Microsoft began the process of removing the Windows Phone apps option from the Zune software.
The Zune HD app store will remain open.
This change won’t require you to do anything special. Next time you run the program, you’ll simply see a pop-up letting you know features have changed.
By the way, the Zune software is still important for things like installing Windows Phone software updates and making backup copies of photos and videos stored on your handset.
And, of course, many people use it to play and buy music.
Most of you already carry phones running Windows Phone 7.5, the latest version of our smartphone operating system.
But for those haven’t upgraded from earlier versions yet. If you’re one of them, and you like apps, now would be a good time to update.
That’s because starting in the next few weeks anybody who wants to buy or download a new app, update an existing app, or submit app reviews to Marketplace will need Windows Phone 7.5 on their phone.
If you don’t update to Windows Phone 7.5, you’ll still be able to browse Marketplace. But you’ll get an error message if you try to install an app or game, or update one already on your phone.
Marketplace is growing fast. It now has over 80,000 apps overall and is available in 54 (soon to be 63) countries around the world.
Requiring Windows Phone 7.5 is part of a larger effort aimed at improving Marketplace performance and security, and paving the way for even faster growth and more new features.
Source: Windows Phone Blog
Microsoft has released a new version of its Security Essentials software for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 PCs.
Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home or small business PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.
Microsoft Security Essentials is a free* download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up-to-date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology.
Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so you’re free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want—without interruptions or long computer wait times.
Before installing Microsoft Security Essentials, we recommend that you uninstall other antivirus software already running on your PC. Running more than one antivirus program at the same time can potentially cause conflicts that affect PC performance.
The 4.0 version has been in beta since late 2011. The 4.0 release would include a streamlined interface; a renamed version of the SpyNet service (now slated to be known as Microsoft Active Protection Services); new automatic remediation functionality; and overall improved performance and detection capabilities.
You can download MSE 4.0 for free from Microsoft website: Link
SkyDrive for Windows is the easiest way to access your SkyDrive from your PC.
When you install SkyDrive, a SkyDrive folder is created on your PC.
Everything you put in this folder is automatically kept in sync between your computers and SkyDrive.com, so you can get to your latest files from virtually anywhere.
Whenever you add, change, or delete files in one location, all the other locations will be updated.
If you forgot to put something in your SkyDrive folder, you can still get back to your PC to access all its files and folders from SkyDrive.com.
- Access your SkyDrive right from Windows Explorer—photos, documents, and all your other important files.
- Quickly add new files to SkyDrive by dragging them to the SkyDrive folder.
- Easily organize your files and folders in SkyDrive, just like any other folder.
- Connect back to your PC if you forget to put something in SkyDrive.
SkyDrive for Windows can be found here: Link
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Epic Pixel would like to announce Grow, now for Windows phones!
You are a little fish with a big appetite and dreams.
So you eat. And eat. Till eventually, you Grow. From a cramped jar to the open sea, play the adventure mode to explore different habitats.
Collect coins to upgrade power-ups in the shop, then test your skills in survival mode, where endless hours of replay and online leader board awaits.
As a tiny egg, grow and devour your way to the top of the food chain.
From a cramped jar to the open sea, play the adventure mode to explore different habitats.
Use the shop to upgrade power-ups, then test your skills in survival mode, where endless hours of replay and online leader board awaits.
- 78 levels with 7 stunning environments
- 7 endless survival levels with global leader board
- Five unique power-ups with 17 upgrades to unlock
- Six types of enemies with unique behaviors
See Grow Trailer for Windows phone here: Link