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Amazon debuts all-you-can-read Kindle Unlimited plan

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The new service features access to more than 600,000 books and thousand of audiobooks

Amazon on Friday debuted a new Kindle Unlimited subscription service which allows access to more than 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks. Priced at $ 9.99 per month, the service includes such popular books series as The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and The Hunger Games.

While the library is a great start it is nowhere the breadth of the full Kindle store; the same goes for the audiobooks through Audible. For a limited time, Amazon will toss in three months of access to Audible’s full library when signing up to Kindle Unlimited. And, for those shy about coughing up ten bucks on a new service, you can sign up for the 30-day free trial.

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The freemium GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience debuts

Published by at 13:18 UTC, June 19th 2014

Requiring over 1GB of disk space and a 1GB RAM smartphone, Gameloft’s new racing epic ‘GT Racing 2: The Real car Experience’ has just launched for Windows Phone (a month after other mobile OS platforms). Think of it in the same vein as Real Racing 3 for Android, i.e. stocked to the hilt with currencies and ways of sending money to the developers(!) The graphics are great, though the game starts way too easy – and then it heats up very fast. Comments welcome if you have the time and energy to play through this title – it’s big, in every sense of the word!

GT Racing 2: The Real car Experience

From the game’s description:

GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience is a true-to-life automotive journey featuring the most prestigious cars in the world!

LEADERSHIP: POSSIBLY THE BEST HANDHELD RACING SIMULATION 
• The richest handheld racing simulation this year: 67 licensed cars on 13 tracks, including Laguna Seca.
• A superb collection of cars from over 30 manufacturers: Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Dodge, Nissan, Audi, Ford, and more.
• Test your driving skills by completing 1,400 events, including Classic Races, One on Ones, Knockouts and Overtakes.

AUTHENTICITY: A DEEPER DRIVING SENSATION
• The new physics model offers the most realistic car dynamics ever.
• Our tracks have different times of day and weather conditions.
• Race your way by choosing from among 4 different cameras, including a breathtaking interior view!
• No repair times or repair costs! We won’t make you wait or pay to race in an event again.

EXPERIENCE: ENJOY THE RIDE SOLO OR IN MULTIPLAYER 
• Compete with your friends or with players from all over the world.
• New racer? Turn on Steering & Braking Assistance to get up to speed in a flash!
• Veteran driver? Tweak your performance in the garage with tons of custom options!

No game offers you a more realistic racing simulation than GT Racing 2.

Quite some claims, though with Real Racing 2 seemingly the end of the line from Gameloft’s archrival Electronic Arts, at least on Windows Phone, the field is wide open for a really well done freemium motor racing ‘experience’. The jury’s out so far, but there are some worrying signs…

Screenshot, GT Racing 2: The Real car Experience

Do you really want your car racing game to keep bothering you with virtual happenings when you’re not actually playing it? No, I didn’t think so….

Screenshot, GT Racing 2: The Real car Experience

The loading screen takes a while, but then there’s 1GB of RAM to fill up on your phone, etc.(!) Notice the tighter cropping on the right hand side, by the way – I’ll come back to this!

Screenshot, GT Racing 2: The Real car Experience

Setting up for the first race – already there are worrying signs along the lines of paying for power up ‘boosts’ in order to go faster and to win more easily. Sigh….

Screenshot, GT Racing 2: The Real car Experience

As the main race engine loads, notice that the artwork is chopped off on the right. An arty decision, or a sign that this title was converted across from Android without full attention?

Screenshot, GT Racing 2: The Real car Experience

In-game graphics are very impressive – and properly centred!

Screenshot, GT Racing 2: The Real car Experience

A variety of camera views includes this in-car vantage point…. Terrific visuals.

Screenshot, GT Racing 2: The Real car Experience

Ah yes, getting going on the freemium ladder already…

Screenshot, GT Racing 2: The Real car Experience

Turns out that I need more cash, here are some popular in-app-purchases….

Screenshot, GT Racing 2: The Real car Experience

Or you can really stock up on in-game cash with an eye-watering £80 purchase. Gulp.

Screenshot, GT Racing 2: The Real car Experience

Other in-app-buys include car packs. This bunch of five supercars for ‘only’ £60? Why, that’s a few million less than in the real world!!

In addition to my usual freemium concerns, there are definitely signs (e.g. when entering text and when looking at on-screen text, signage and controls) that this game title wasn’t designed from scratch for Windows Phone. Am I being a curmudgeon for complaining here? What about game crashes (presumably RAM-related, even on my 1GB Lumia 920)?

Comments welcome after you’ve played it all. You can download GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience here in the Windows Phone Store.

Source / Credit: Windows Phone Store

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Platforms: Windows Phone 8
Categories: Games
 

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The freemium GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience debuts

Published by at 13:18 UTC, June 19th 2014

Requiring over 1GB of disk space and a 1GB RAM smartphone, Gameloft’s new racing epic ‘GT Racing 2: The Real car Experience’ has just launched for Windows Phone (a month after other mobile OS platforms). Think of it in the same vein as Real Racing 3 for Android, i.e. stocked to the hilt with currencies and ways of sending money to the developers(!) The graphics are great, though the game starts way too easy – and then it heats up very fast. Comments welcome if you have the time and energy to play through this title – it’s big, in every sense of the word!

GT Racing 2: The Real car Experience

From the game’s description:

GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience is a true-to-life automotive journey featuring the most prestigious cars in the world!

LEADERSHIP: POSSIBLY THE BEST HANDHELD RACING SIMULATION 
• The richest handheld racing simulation this year: 67 licensed cars on 13 tracks, including Laguna Seca.
• A superb collection of cars from over 30 manufacturers: Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Dodge, Nissan, Audi, Ford, and more.
• Test your driving skills by completing 1,400 events, including Classic Races, One on Ones, Knockouts and Overtakes.

AUTHENTICITY: A DEEPER DRIVING SENSATION
• The new physics model offers the most realistic car dynamics ever.
• Our tracks have different times of day and weather conditions.
• Race your way by choosing from among 4 different cameras, including a breathtaking interior view!
• No repair times or repair costs! We won’t make you wait or pay to race in an event again.

EXPERIENCE: ENJOY THE RIDE SOLO OR IN MULTIPLAYER 
• Compete with your friends or with players from all over the world.
• New racer? Turn on Steering & Braking Assistance to get up to speed in a flash!
• Veteran driver? Tweak your performance in the garage with tons of custom options!

No game offers you a more realistic racing simulation than GT Racing 2.

Quite some claims, though with Real Racing 2 seemingly the end of the line from Gameloft’s archrival Electronic Arts, at least on Windows Phone, the field is wide open for a really well done freemium motor racing ‘experience’. The jury’s out so far, but there are some worrying signs…

Screenshot, GT Racing 2: The Real car Experience

Do you really want your car racing game to keep bothering you with virtual happenings when you’re not actually playing it? No, I didn’t think so….

Screenshot, GT Racing 2: The Real car Experience

The loading screen takes a while, but then there’s 1GB of RAM to fill up on your phone, etc.(!) Notice the tighter cropping on the right hand side, by the way – I’ll come back to this!

Screenshot, GT Racing 2: The Real car Experience

Setting up for the first race – already there are worrying signs along the lines of paying for power up ‘boosts’ in order to go faster and to win more easily. Sigh….

Screenshot, GT Racing 2: The Real car Experience

As the main race engine loads, notice that the artwork is chopped off on the right. An arty decision, or a sign that this title was converted across from Android without full attention?

Screenshot, GT Racing 2: The Real car Experience

In-game graphics are very impressive – and properly centred!

Screenshot, GT Racing 2: The Real car Experience

A variety of camera views includes this in-car vantage point…. Terrific visuals.

Screenshot, GT Racing 2: The Real car Experience

Ah yes, getting going on the freemium ladder already…

Screenshot, GT Racing 2: The Real car Experience

Turns out that I need more cash, here are some popular in-app-purchases….

Screenshot, GT Racing 2: The Real car Experience

Or you can really stock up on in-game cash with an eye-watering £80 purchase. Gulp.

Screenshot, GT Racing 2: The Real car Experience

Other in-app-buys include car packs. This bunch of five supercars for ‘only’ £60? Why, that’s a few million less than in the real world!!

In addition to my usual freemium concerns, there are definitely signs (e.g. when entering text and when looking at on-screen text, signage and controls) that this game title wasn’t designed from scratch for Windows Phone. Am I being a curmudgeon for complaining here? What about game crashes (presumably RAM-related, even on my 1GB Lumia 920)?

Comments welcome after you’ve played it all. You can download GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience here in the Windows Phone Store.

Source / Credit: Windows Phone Store

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Platforms: Windows Phone 8
Categories: Games
 

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Microsoft debuts Help and Tips for 8.1 users (in beta)

Published by at 15:06 UTC, June 3rd 2014

I’m all for more help and more information, in these days where nothing ships with a paper manual anymore. In this case, it’s an official (though beta) Microsoft aid for Windows Phone 8.1 users (so far just those with the Developer Preview and a handful of Lumia 630 owners, but soon to be a hundred million others), with textual tips, animated tutorials and videos. Worth grabbing to have a browse through, certainly.

From the Store description:

The official Help+Tips app for Windows Phone 8.1 is here! Not sure how to make a phone call or use Cortana? We cover everything from the basics to pro tips. Unlock your phone’s hidden secrets with our animated tips and videos. Get answers to frequently asked questions, or search our collection of how-to articles. Whether you’re new to Windows Phone or a seasoned expert, you’ll learn something new.

Here’s the help system in action:

Screenshot, Help and TipsScreenshot, Help and Tips

White themed throughout, Microsoft’s help system is slick and well done. Many of the graphics used in what is essentially HTML content are animated, which is a nice touch, especially for tutorial material.

Screenshot, Help and TipsScreenshot, Help and Tips

Text content and video content sit side by side, though you’d have to expect a lot more of the (YouTube-hosted) latter in due course, rather than just the two items here.

Screenshot, Help and TipsScreenshot, Help and Tips

The content is fully searchable and is all relevant/specific to Windows Phone 8.1.

This is a great resource and well worth loading up. You can grab your own copy here in the Store.

Source / Credit: Windows Phone Store

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Microsoft debuts Help and Tips for 8.1 users (in beta)

Published by at 15:06 UTC, June 3rd 2014

I’m all for more help and more information, in these days where nothing ships with a paper manual anymore. In this case, it’s an official (though beta) Microsoft aid for Windows Phone 8.1 users (so far just those with the Developer Preview and a handful of Lumia 630 owners, but soon to be a hundred million others), with textual tips, animated tutorials and videos. Worth grabbing to have a browse through, certainly.

From the Store description:

The official Help+Tips app for Windows Phone 8.1 is here! Not sure how to make a phone call or use Cortana? We cover everything from the basics to pro tips. Unlock your phone’s hidden secrets with our animated tips and videos. Get answers to frequently asked questions, or search our collection of how-to articles. Whether you’re new to Windows Phone or a seasoned expert, you’ll learn something new.

Here’s the help system in action:

Screenshot, Help and TipsScreenshot, Help and Tips

White themed throughout, Microsoft’s help system is slick and well done. Many of the graphics used in what is essentially HTML content are animated, which is a nice touch, especially for tutorial material.

Screenshot, Help and TipsScreenshot, Help and Tips

Text content and video content sit side by side, though you’d have to expect a lot more of the (YouTube-hosted) latter in due course, rather than just the two items here.

Screenshot, Help and TipsScreenshot, Help and Tips

The content is fully searchable and is all relevant/specific to Windows Phone 8.1.

This is a great resource and well worth loading up. You can grab your own copy here in the Store.

Source / Credit: Windows Phone Store

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Microsoft debuts Help and Tips for 8.1 users (in beta)

Published by at 15:06 UTC, June 3rd 2014

I’m all for more help and more information, in these days where nothing ships with a paper manual anymore. In this case, it’s an official (though beta) Microsoft aid for Windows Phone 8.1 users (so far just those with the Developer Preview and a handful of Lumia 630 owners, but soon to be a hundred million others), with textual tips, animated tutorials and videos. Worth grabbing to have a browse through, certainly.

From the Store description:

The official Help+Tips app for Windows Phone 8.1 is here! Not sure how to make a phone call or use Cortana? We cover everything from the basics to pro tips. Unlock your phone’s hidden secrets with our animated tips and videos. Get answers to frequently asked questions, or search our collection of how-to articles. Whether you’re new to Windows Phone or a seasoned expert, you’ll learn something new.

Here’s the help system in action:

Screenshot, Help and TipsScreenshot, Help and Tips

White themed throughout, Microsoft’s help system is slick and well done. Many of the graphics used in what is essentially HTML content are animated, which is a nice touch, especially for tutorial material.

Screenshot, Help and TipsScreenshot, Help and Tips

Text content and video content sit side by side, though you’d have to expect a lot more of the (YouTube-hosted) latter in due course, rather than just the two items here.

Screenshot, Help and TipsScreenshot, Help and Tips

The content is fully searchable and is all relevant/specific to Windows Phone 8.1.

This is a great resource and well worth loading up. You can grab your own copy here in the Store.

Source / Credit: Windows Phone Store

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Platforms: Windows Phone 8
Categories: Apps
 

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Microsoft debuts Help and Tips for 8.1 users (in beta)

Published by at 15:06 UTC, June 3rd 2014

I’m all for more help and more information, in these days where nothing ships with a paper manual anymore. In this case, it’s an official (though beta) Microsoft aid for Windows Phone 8.1 users (so far just those with the Developer Preview and a handful of Lumia 630 owners, but soon to be a hundred million others), with textual tips, animated tutorials and videos. Worth grabbing to have a browse through, certainly.

From the Store description:

The official Help+Tips app for Windows Phone 8.1 is here! Not sure how to make a phone call or use Cortana? We cover everything from the basics to pro tips. Unlock your phone’s hidden secrets with our animated tips and videos. Get answers to frequently asked questions, or search our collection of how-to articles. Whether you’re new to Windows Phone or a seasoned expert, you’ll learn something new.

Here’s the help system in action:

Screenshot, Help and TipsScreenshot, Help and Tips

White themed throughout, Microsoft’s help system is slick and well done. Many of the graphics used in what is essentially HTML content are animated, which is a nice touch, especially for tutorial material.

Screenshot, Help and TipsScreenshot, Help and Tips

Text content and video content sit side by side, though you’d have to expect a lot more of the (YouTube-hosted) latter in due course, rather than just the two items here.

Screenshot, Help and TipsScreenshot, Help and Tips

The content is fully searchable and is all relevant/specific to Windows Phone 8.1.

This is a great resource and well worth loading up. You can grab your own copy here in the Store.

Source / Credit: Windows Phone Store

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Platforms: Windows Phone 8
Categories: Apps
 

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Microsoft debuts Help and Tips for 8.1 users (in beta)

Published by at 15:06 UTC, June 3rd 2014

I’m all for more help and more information, in these days where nothing ships with a paper manual anymore. In this case, it’s an official (though beta) Microsoft aid for Windows Phone 8.1 users (so far just those with the Developer Preview and a handful of Lumia 630 owners, but soon to be a hundred million others), with textual tips, animated tutorials and videos. Worth grabbing to have a browse through, certainly.

From the Store description:

The official Help+Tips app for Windows Phone 8.1 is here! Not sure how to make a phone call or use Cortana? We cover everything from the basics to pro tips. Unlock your phone’s hidden secrets with our animated tips and videos. Get answers to frequently asked questions, or search our collection of how-to articles. Whether you’re new to Windows Phone or a seasoned expert, you’ll learn something new.

Here’s the help system in action:

Screenshot, Help and TipsScreenshot, Help and Tips

White themed throughout, Microsoft’s help system is slick and well done. Many of the graphics used in what is essentially HTML content are animated, which is a nice touch, especially for tutorial material.

Screenshot, Help and TipsScreenshot, Help and Tips

Text content and video content sit side by side, though you’d have to expect a lot more of the (YouTube-hosted) latter in due course, rather than just the two items here.

Screenshot, Help and TipsScreenshot, Help and Tips

The content is fully searchable and is all relevant/specific to Windows Phone 8.1.

This is a great resource and well worth loading up. You can grab your own copy here in the Store.

Source / Credit: Windows Phone Store

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Platforms: Windows Phone 8
Categories: Apps
 

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Microsoft debuts Help and Tips for 8.1 users (in beta)

Published by at 15:06 UTC, June 3rd 2014

I’m all for more help and more information, in these days where nothing ships with a paper manual anymore. In this case, it’s an official (though beta) Microsoft aid for Windows Phone 8.1 users (so far just those with the Developer Preview and a handful of Lumia 630 owners, but soon to be a hundred million others), with textual tips, animated tutorials and videos. Worth grabbing to have a browse through, certainly.

From the Store description:

The official Help+Tips app for Windows Phone 8.1 is here! Not sure how to make a phone call or use Cortana? We cover everything from the basics to pro tips. Unlock your phone’s hidden secrets with our animated tips and videos. Get answers to frequently asked questions, or search our collection of how-to articles. Whether you’re new to Windows Phone or a seasoned expert, you’ll learn something new.

Here’s the help system in action:

Screenshot, Help and TipsScreenshot, Help and Tips

White themed throughout, Microsoft’s help system is slick and well done. Many of the graphics used in what is essentially HTML content are animated, which is a nice touch, especially for tutorial material.

Screenshot, Help and TipsScreenshot, Help and Tips

Text content and video content sit side by side, though you’d have to expect a lot more of the (YouTube-hosted) latter in due course, rather than just the two items here.

Screenshot, Help and TipsScreenshot, Help and Tips

The content is fully searchable and is all relevant/specific to Windows Phone 8.1.

This is a great resource and well worth loading up. You can grab your own copy here in the Store.

Source / Credit: Windows Phone Store

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Platforms: Windows Phone 8
Categories: Apps
 

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