Windows Phone heads to the North Pole with adventurer Eric Larsen
Starting tomorrow, Eric Larsen and his 3-person team of adventurers will start off on an epic journey to traverse the Arctic Ocean from Northern Ellesmere Island to the geographic North Pole. The goal: break the current expedition speed record that was set in 2006 by a Norwegian team to cover the nearly 500-mile distance to the North Pole in less than 49 days.
To break the record, the expedition will travel across dangerous terrain that will be an increasingly unstable ice pack and shifting sea ice in temperatures hovering near 50 below zero. They will be using skis and snowshoes and have sleds made out of lightweight Kevlar that will be able to also serve as make-shift rafts as needed for large open-water crossings. The expedition will be unsupported, meaning the team will not receive any outside assistance or supplies during the journey. They will have to take all the necessary supplies for the entire journey with them when they set off – nearly 350 pounds of food and gear.
Throughout the entire journey, Eric will be providing daily updates, podcasts, photos and videos. You will be able to follow Eric’s updates here on his website or by following him on Twitter.
Microsoft is supporting Eric’s journey by providing him with Nokia Lumia 1020 and Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Phones that he will take with him on the expedition. Using these Lumias, he’ll be able to take amazing photography documenting and sharing his journey with the world. As someone who also uses a Lumia 1020, I am super excited to see the photos Eric will be taking on his trip. Eric has also been using the Nokia Lumia 2520 and Panasonic ToughPad G1 tablets to track and train for the expedition.
Race The Stig from BBC’s Top Gear! #RaceStig
I love show Top Gear. So when I saw that BBC had released the game Race The Stig today, I quickly downloaded it from the Windows Phone Store. It was the reason why I was late coming into work this morning (woops!). The game is super fun. You essentially go head-to-head with Top Gear’s very own tame racing driver - The Stig!
As you play, you speed through iconic Top Gear locations driving the series’ most recognizable cars like Richard Hammond’s beloved Oliver, Jeremy Clarkson’s Italian police car (complete with Ben Hur wheels), James May’s Amphibious Triumph Herald, and yes – even Geoff.
The goal is to collect as many Golden Nuts as possible while dodging obstacles and other vehicles and being chased by The Stig. You can customize yourself before picking your car with a wide selection of helmets and soar over traffic in the Rocket Robin or become invincible with the Indestructible Pickup. Then you choose to accept challenges from the white coated Top Gear producers. Oh and show off your high scores too via Facebook and Twitter. Download Race The Stig today for free from the Windows Phone Store.
For more on Race The Stig, read this post from TopGear.com!
BBC also has two other Top Gear apps for both Windows and Windows Phone including one that lets you build your own “Cool Wall” – see my post here from last month.
8 year old kid builds Windows Phone app using App Studio
Last night, an article written by Cal Borchers at BetaBoston was sent to me that was too awesome to pass up doing a short blog post about and linking to. Cal recently stopped by Microsoft in Cambridge and met one of Boston’s newest developers: 8 year old Mohamed Tariq Jaffar Ali (he goes by Tariq). You can read Tariq’s story here but he essentially followed his father to a Nokia DVLUP Day back in November and joined a class they had on Windows Phone App Studio (currently in beta). His app called Kids Zone aggregates online videos from popular cartoons and puts them in to channels for kids to watch. If you have kids, you should definitely check out his app – you can download it for free from the Windows Phone Store here. It’s an app for kids built by a kid!
If you’re not familiar with App Studio, you should check it out. App Studio is a super easy tool that lets anyone jump in and bring an app for Windows Phone to life without advanced programming experience. In App Studio, you build your app right in your browser and then when done, immediately publish it to the Windows Phone Store. I am hoping to create my own app using App Studio soon.
Facebook Messenger arrives in the Windows Phone Store
Last week at Mobile World Congress, it was announced that Facebook Messenger was coming to Windows Phone. And today it’s here! You can now download Facebook Messenger from the Windows Phone Store.
With Facebook Messenger, you will be able to see who’s online for a private or group chat, send a private message, and bring messages to life with pictures and stickers. You can also share your location so people can know if you are nearby. All your Facebook friends are automatically added to the People Tab for you to get started sending messages but you can also import new contacts too. Download Facebook Messenger today!
FIFA 14 now available in the Windows Phone Store
One of the most authentic football games is now available for download in the Windows Phone Store: FIFA 14. FIFA 14 brings real players, real teams, and real leagues right to your Windows Phone where you can use touch controls to pass, shoot, and tackle right on the field in stadiums from around the world.
Featuring 33 leagues, more than 600 licensed teams and more than 16,000 players, from the English Premier League and La Liga to the German Bundesliga and more - it’s the ultimate football companion. You can even listen to commentary in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Gametime begins now – download FIFA 14 from EA for free from the Windows Phone Store.