UIstencils has released a Windows Phone 7 stencil kit coupled with a sketch pad, and it looks damn impressive. The stencil itself works precisely with the pad thanks to the involvement of the Windows Phone internal design team.
The sheer brilliance of this product will allow not only developers/designers to create hundreds of concepts with minimal effort, but it may appeal to any end-user who may wish to redecorate their house without the approval of their parent(s)/wife. What's included in the stencil kit?
You can grab the Windows Phone 7 kit for $24.95 and the pads are available at $12.95 each. Check out more photos after the break.
Daisy Fuentes (model and TV personality should you not know -- anybody remember her on MTV?) has recently tweeted about Windows Phone pledging to donate $500 to the Nancy Davis Foundation, should she publish a tweet and attach a photo. Which she (thankfully) has done. And we're perfectly OK with her doing so without actually showing a Windows Phone.
It's Nice to see Windows Phone (and Microsoft) back organizations such as this, especially after Bill Gates set up his incredible charity.
Oh, and after the break, a picture of an actual Windows Phone, just to cover all the bases.
The AdDuplex team has posted an interesting article on their blog that goes into how some clicks aren’t registered in the system to maximise the user experience. Alan Mendelevich, a developer, explains:
If you’ve used a competitive OS to Windows Phone 7 that features an on-screen keyboard (notably Android and iOS) you will surely agree with me when I say that the keyboard present on our WP7 devices blows everything else out the water. Sure, it’s not perfect, but it’s close.
Microsoft Research has published an article that provides a fantastic insight into the keyboard and how it has been developed to adapt to users with how the habit of typing isn’t entirely accurate (for some key presses we may place our finger on the top-right of a key almost touching a neigh-borough key). Read on after the break.
File this all under unconfirmed/you've heard this all before/we like to torture thee:
Should you posess incredible coding skill in the iOS realm and be interested in the Windows Phone platform, we have some good news for you for the gap between the two operating systems. Over on the Windows Team blog, they've announced the launch of of their new WP7 API mapping tool. So, what exactly does this bring to the table for developers? Find out after the break.
For those who use moTweets, you should be getting a notice soon for version 2.5 in the Marketplace. While not too much in the way of new features (it already has quite a few packed in there) it does get some of those little bug fixes that may have been irking you: