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29Feb/120

Daily iPad App: Fairway Solitaire

Big Fish Games has been producing Mac and PC titles for a while, and we've chronicled a few of their iOS outings here on TUAW. The company has long tried to bring its own flavor of casual gaming to iOS with some success (mostly in hidden object games). Today, I can say this about Fairway Solitaire: It's the best Big Fish Games title I've ever played.

The company knows how to build great content into its titles, and Fairway Solitaire is a fine example. There are many levels to play through, and the graphics and sounds are big, bright, and colorful. But the kicker here is gameplay. Most Big Fish games use one core mechanic (like finding hidden objects), but Fairway Solitaire somehow makes it endlessly satisfying to match cards in a pile.

Part of the fun is the pairing of solitaire and golf. The idea is to clear the board, leaving as few cards as possible. Your score translates to golf holes, so you must determine how to best clear the board for the lowest score. The golf mechanic isn't perfect. For example, clearing many cards in a row builds a sand trap, which helps you hit a bonus shot. That's odd.

There's also a cute gopher character that seems thrown in. I presume because someone at Big Fish believes every game needs a cute character. Or is a fan of Caddyshack.

One of Fairway Solitaire's stranger features eventually grew on me. The game's running joke as it were features golf-style commentary. Two unseen characters make jokes when you don't play for a while, or start off a certain hole with a little bit of fun. At first, I found it distracting, but the characters have grown on me (more than the gopher ever did).

In short, despite my issues with Big Fish's sensibilities, Fairway Solitaire is a great title, especially on the iPad's big bright screen. It's a free download with several courses to play through. Additional content is available via in-app purchase. I'm glad to see Big Fish come through with a quality hit and feel certain we'll see more big games from them in the future.

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29Feb/120

Windows 8 previewed on a bevy of Consumer PCs

This week the Windows 8 Consumer Preview event showed the system on everything from a ten-inch tablet to a massive Gorilla Glass toting television as wide as the average human is tall. We’ve seen Lenovo devices, dual-screen monitors showing an ultra-massive set of screens running Windows from a device small enough to fit in your purse, and your everyday average 15-inch display. NFC is being shown to be working right out of the box with Windows 8′s Consumer Preview between Bluetooth devices, and on the whole there’s no doubt that Microsoft is coming in strong with manufacturer partner heat.

Holding a Canon EOS 5D Mark II on the stage next to an array with several terabytes worth of space connected to a Samsung Monitor, Windows 8 Consumer Preview running behind all of this and making the process completely seamless. What’s being shown here is the expandability of Windows 8, such as two GPU cards being held inside a massive amalgamation of metal and silicon – with this, “video stabilization” is used on an unknown application and done without effort in tangent with Direct X.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview is being shown as more than just a versatile operating system, it’s being shown with a collection of hardware which effectively places it above the fold as far as expandability goes. This is the essence and power of Windows, of course, and it continues to be so with Windows 8.

Windows to Go is included in this, the ability to take your Windows operating system with you on a USB stick and transfer your OS and settings from one computer to another. On stage we’ve seen one massive custom build of a tower running Windows 8, a USB stick taken out and placed in a laptop, and the same system popping up in both places. This is without a doubt what Microsoft is explaining as “no compromise computing power.”

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Windows 8 previewed on a bevy of Consumer PCs is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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29Feb/120

Windows 8 on NVIDIA, Qualcomm, TI, and Intel at Consumer Preview event

This week Michael Angiulo of Windows Planning held aloft an early build of a device made to show off Windows 8 Consumer Preview running on an ARM-based architecture – namely NVIDIA’s own Tegra 3 quad-core SoC. Also on stage was a device running Texas Instruments OMAP 5, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4, and an Intel Clover Trail tablet as well. As Angiulo held the Tegra 3-toting tablet on stage he noted, “It’s not only great for browsing the web, its great for apps as well.”

Each of the tablets being shown on stage this week at the Windows 8 Consumer Preview event are developer devices, each one with, for example, the name of the processor or manufacturer of the processor on their back. The operating system is working in full force on each one of these tablets, showing the OMAP 5 playing a game with no delay, the Intel tablet turning off and on in the blink of an eye.

“these are devices that partners get to develop either PCs or applications. We’ve got a seeding program for a specific set of hardware and software developers in the works that’s very exciting [for these devices.]“

We’ll be up for the rest of the event here in Barcelona and you can follow us through our [MWC 2012 portal] and [Windows 8 portal] today and through the week!

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Windows 8 on NVIDIA, Qualcomm, TI, and Intel at Consumer Preview event is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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29Feb/120

American Express Serve app comes to Facebook

Not only can you chat with friends, play games with one another, buy something from your favorite store, and connect with Skype video calling on Facebook, you can also send and receive money from the social networking platform as well. PayPal pioneered that aspect of the site, but now its up-and-coming rival from American Express is stepping into the arena as well.

Serve, a direct competitor to PayPal, has launched its Facebook app, allowing Facebook users to link to their Serve account, and then enable a transaction without ever leaving the social network. The PayPal app, on the other hand, actually directs users to the PayPal website before the transaction can be completed.

Serve, which is owned by American Express, is giving PayPal a run for its money because it doesn’t charge the substantial fees that PayPal does to send money. “We’re constantly working to bring our customers a seamless and consistent payment experience—one that makes sense for our increasingly social lives, whether that’s paying a friend back for movie tickets or sending someone money for your share of the vacation house—it can now be sent on Facebook,” said American Express group president Dan Schulman.

[via GigaOM]

American Express Serve app comes to Facebook is written by Mark Raby & originally posted on SlashGear.
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29Feb/120

“It all works together as you would expect it to” says Windows 8′s Leblond

Assuring the public today in Barcelona at the Windows 8 Consumer Preview during MWC 2012, Antoine Leblond of Windows Web noted that, of course, “the desktop is still there.” The Windows 8 Consumer Preview was shown at this event on a Samsung tablet, a Lenovo notebook, and an Acer all-in-one desktop with a touchscreen interface. What we’ve seen here is that it’s easy to use touch, it’s easy to use your mouse, and it’s easy to use both!

When you sign in to your Windows 8 interface, you’ve got your sign-in screen, showed Julie Larson-Green of Windows Program Management on the Acer desktop with touchscreen interface, and the entirety of the interface is able to work with Metro-style interfaces as well as a classic Windows 7 user interface – to a degree. You can browse inside of apps, you can search inside of apps, and you can browse and search inside your greater system. Using your Charms to the right of your display, you’re able to search inside your apps – you’ll have pinned apps there such as Internet Explorer, stores, Mail, music applications, and more – each of these having a searchable interface which is ultra-simple to use.

“When you’re browsing through your machine and using each of these apps you’ll see – it all works together as you would expect it to.” – Leblond

What we’re seeing here is that this system is taking the connections between apps to the next level. Much like mobile has done with applications on the whole, making them a brand new much-wanted commodity, Windows 8 seems so far to be bringing apps to the next level not only in the user interface, but in the Store as well. The store shares a stylistic approach with Windows 8 and will make downloading apps more than simple – dangerous for folks with loose pockets!

Feel free to follow along with this event with us through our [MWC 2012 portal] and [Windows 8 portal] today and through the week!

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“It all works together as you would expect it to” says Windows 8′s Leblond is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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29Feb/120

Windows 8 Consumer Preview app interface “Incredibly Fast and Fluid”

Speaking this week on the collection of apps that will work fabulously in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Julie Larson-Green of Windows Program Management noted that it’s a completely simple and connected system to use. Tapping on a link in one app will connect you to your preferred web browser – which of course today on stage was Internet Explorer 11. What we’re looking at here is a quick look at how Windows 8 will be working with a variety of different platforms when it launches.

This week we’re seeing not only a tablet running apps, but a Lenovo laptop as well. Apps are able to be accessed with a mouse (dragging or using the scroll wheel) or with a tablet (using your finger to roll out.) Metro Style apps work hand in hand with one anther and as Larson-Green mentioned early on, “you don’t have to close your apps if you don’t want to.” We’ll find out more about that feature shortly. Then there’s the collection of apps that have thus far been made for mobile.

“Windows has always had a strong background in graphics. We’ve also made it easy to create casual games for Windows 8.” – Larson-Green

We’ve seen apps such as Pinball FX, New York Times, Endomondo, and SkyDrive, each of them running as fluidly as they’ve ever been in previous operating systems like Windows Phone 7 and Windows 7, but in a way that appears from here to be part of a masterfully crafted operating system that moves in and out, back and forth extremely easily. As Antoine Leblond of Windows Web says,

“This entire interface is incredibly fast and fluid. … It’s just as easy to navigate this system and navigate these apps with the mouse as it is with your finger.” – Leblond

Remember to go ahead and continue to follow along with this event with us through our [MWC 2012 portal] and [Windows 8 portal] today and through the week!

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview app interface “Incredibly Fast and Fluid” is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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29Feb/120

Microsoft Windows 8 wallpapers revealed

Microsoft is holding a big Windows event at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today (a venue that, any other year, would have seemed out of place for a Windows conference). We’re expecting to see the latest update of Windows 8, but someone managed to get a sneak peek at some of the assets that will be used – specifically, Windows 8 wallpapers and lockscreens.

Okay, so it’s not the most exciting thing in the world, but it is definitive proof that Windows 8 is primed up and ready for consumption. Microsoft has just released the consumer preview (i.e., the final beta) of its new platform today. The wallpapers are arguably bolder and more vibrant than anything that came packaged with Windows 7, including one of a fish that has a distinct “Metro UI” look to it.

Today’s event will no doubt have a mobile slant to it. Windows 8 will have a mobile audience in mind in a way no previous iteration of the OS has even approached. There will even be a specialized version of the software designed for tablets. It’ll look nothing like the Windows you know and love today.

[via TechCrunch]

Microsoft Windows 8 wallpapers revealed is written by Mark Raby & originally posted on SlashGear.
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29Feb/120

Windows 8 Consumer Preview released

Microsoft has released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, allowing everyone to sample the brand new OS ahead of its official released later in 2012. Available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions, complete with English, Chinese (simplified), French, German and Japanese language support, the new OS delivers Microsoft’s new Metro UI for the desktop, laptops and tablets, along with the culmination of the company’s OS work over the past few years.

Minimum specifications include a 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM for the 32-bit version, or 2GB of RAM for the 64-bit version. You’ll need 16GB of hard-drive space for the 32-bit, or 20GB for the 64-bit, and a Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device or higher.

A multitouch display is obviously necessary if you want to try out the new touchscreen functionality, and a minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768 is required to access the Windows Store and to download and run applications. Snapping apps demands a slightly higher resolution, of 1366 x 768.

The download itself is between 2.5GB and 3.4GB, depending on version, and comes as an ISO that you can burn to a DVD and use to install, among other methods. We’re live at Microsoft’s Windows 8 event here at Mobile World Congress, so stay tuned for all the details.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview released is written by Chris Davies & originally posted on SlashGear.
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29Feb/120

Windows 8 Consumer Preview displayed as tablet-friendly

Speaking on stage at the Windows 8 Consumer Preview this week at Mobile World Congress 2012, Julie Larson-Green of Windows Program Management and Antoine Leblond of Windows Web Services outlined how Windows 8 will work with you, the consumer. Larson-Green spoke first of the edges of the tablet, saying that the edges were likely the most important piece of the device itself because holding the device with two hands, one on either side, is the easiest way to work with it and hold it for an extended period.

Showing off a Samsung tablet on stage, Larson-Green spoke on how a massive amount of apps will work fantastic in tangent with one another in Windows 8, arranged and allowed to work together in a “super functional experience.” You can pinch to see the entirety of your set of Metro interface, many sets of squares, or grab and move any element, be it one whole home screen or a single panel, and place these elements with a tap.

This entire ability is shown to be working fantastically from the edge of the tablet, with the Charms menu and the URL menu to the bottom and to the right of the screen whenever you need them, be they in Internet Explorer 11 or in your Xbox Live app. Continue to follow along with this event with us through our [MWC 2012 portal] and [Windows 8 portal] today and through the week!

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview displayed as tablet-friendly is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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29Feb/120

Activision’s Modern Warfare 3 DLC comes to PS3

The new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 online maps Liberation and Piazza are now available for PS3 owners to download. The downloadable content (DLC) has already been available for the Xbox 360 as part of the long-running deal in which Microsoft pays Activision for exclusive first access to all Call of Duty DLC. It should be noted that only Call of Duty Elite members on the PS3 have access to the new content.

It’s becoming an increasingly confusing rollout system for Call of Duty expansion packs. Activision launched its own premium online service called Call of Duty Elite, which requires users to pay a monthly fee in addition for various offers and exclusives. The way it works is that Xbox 360 Call of Duty Elite members get first access to new DLC, then all Xbox 360 users, then PS3 Call of Duty Elite members, and then finally all PS3 users.

So while many PS3 players are still waiting for this first batch of DLC to trickle down to them, Xbox 360 users are already enjoying a new map, Overwatch. That content will be available to PS3 Elite members on March 29. It’s unclear right now when non-Elite PS3 players will get either of the DLC downloads. Hopefully someone at Activision has a calendar to keep track of all this stuff.

Activision’s Modern Warfare 3 DLC comes to PS3 is written by Mark Raby & originally posted on SlashGear.
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