Software

For the uninitiated, Kinoma Play (and FreePlay) is one of the very best multimedia apps available for Windows Mobile. The slick UI, support for numerous media types, social integration, and massive content selection make Kinoma one of those apps that really sets the bar for everyone else. For those of you still using Kinoma on a regular basis, an update is available for both Play and FreePlay. This update apparently addresses issues with YouTube playback.

Anybody out there still using Kinoma on a regular basis?

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'Zombies!!!' is the latest title slated for the upcoming Windows Phone 7 launch. Based on the award-winning board game by Twilight Creations. Software developer Babaroga will be offering the graphically pleasing game for WP7.

Promising to bring murder, mayhem and plenty of Zombies to your Windows Phone 7 device, Zombies Mobile Edition will worth checking out. Graphically, the game takes a unique player perspective and has excellent design, offering what looks to be hilarious campy fun.

Peep the full teaser-trailer after the jump. Totally worth it.

Oh, and can someone pass that cup of...braaaaains!? --Mal

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Microsoft has released Office Mobile 2010 for Windows Mobile in various languages. You can find Office Mobile 2010 over at the Marketplace in the following languages.

Russian, Czech, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Portuguese, Swedish, Polish, Norwegian, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Greek, German, French

As you can tell from the screen shot, the title of each version is long enough to cut off which version is which. It may take a little effort to find the language you are looking for but, hey, it's a free app!

via: mobilitydigest

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Winmote 7 (or WMote 7) is a remote control application for Windows Phone 7 that allows you to access and control your computer through your Windows Phone 7 device.

In watching the video demonstration, WinMote allows you to control and view multi-media apps that reside on your computer. Granted my French is énormément rusty, but loosely translated the features include:

  • Remotely control your browser to access web sites
  • Listen to radio channels
  • Watch videos stored on your computer from your Windows Phone
  • Remotely control television viewers
  • View and download photos
  • Remotely control and view Powerpoint presentations

Running from what appears to be a Windows Phone 7 developer's unit, WinMote appears to run smoothly and interfaces nicely with the PC.  No word on when or where WinMote will be available. It's an interesting application worth looking for when Windows Phone 7 hits the masses.

via: mobilitydigest

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Microsoft just announced their international roll-out of the Zune music and entertainment service to more than 20 countries this fall. Seeing as the Zune marketplace and software is at the core of Windows Phone 7, this announcement is not too surprising, but it is welcomed nonetheless.

Beginning this fall (we bet October), Microsoft will make the Zune services available in U.K., France, Italy, Germany and Spain and 15 other European countries (part of that EFIGS list, no doubt). In addition, we'll see the new Zune software bumped to v4.7 which will add the Windows Phone 7 device support (goodbye ActiveSync!).

The Zune marketplace allows syncing of music, videos, podcasts (audio and video), pictures, games/applications and will now includes the ability to watch HD movies:

The updated Zune software will also enable instant streaming of high-definition movies, allowing you to watch some Zune Marketplace movies in HD, with no download time, directly on a Windows PC.

Consumers will now be able to purchase movies to download and watch anywhere — on the big screen in the living room with Xbox LIVE or their Windows-based PC as well as sync it to their Windows Phone 7 to enjoy on the go.

Huzzah! We like this a lot.

Prices in the U.S. will remain the same at $14.99/month for the Zune Pass (not required), which gives unlimited music downloads and the ability to "keep" 10 MP3s a month. (So much for that price reduction rumor).

No word on Mac support, but we're assuming Microsoft will do something about that in the future as well--after all, large updates to our new phones are reliant on desktop-syncing (with small updates available OTA).

What can we say? We love the Zune marketplace, Zune Pass and the ability for '3 screen' support of all our music, podcasts, pictures and now HD movies and TV. We can't wait till this all comes together in a few weeks...you?

Read the full presser after the break.

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In a nice demonstration of just how easy it is for Silverlight developers to port over their creations to Windows Phone 7, the developer of the classic online game 'Zero Gravity' has ported brought over his creation for our new OS. He had this to say about the process:

What amazed me the most out of this whole experience is that the codebase written back in WPF/e was able to be recompiled with very little modification into the latest version of silverlight

You can read more on Ryan's game here and if you want, you can just play the game right now online by going here: http://zerogravity.terralever.com/  We just love the cartoony graphics.

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As an alternate to the official Twitter app and Seesmic, Twozaic seems to offer quite a radical departure in terms of UI for the popular social network.

In a new and reportedly "final" video for the software, we get to see exactly how it will play out on our future Windows Phone 7 devices.

The program differs mostly in the UI, specifically featuring a "cloud" view of your contacts in addition to the traditional "long scroll" view. It seems a bit busy to us, but we're all for different takes on software and we know some of you will prefer this--alternatives are always good.

The listed features of Twozaic are:

  • Twozaic supports different views of all your twitter timelines: cloud view, histogram & ordinary list view.
  • You can also post pictures with geo location using Plixi (Tweetphoto), Yfrog or Twitpic.
  • Twozaic supports multiple accounts with easy switching.
  • You can search users and tweets.
  • You can create your own lists, add members, and follow lists of other people.
  • Twozaic offers full support for managing your friends and followers as well as sending and managing direct messages.

Read more on it here: http://www.virtual-remote.com/twozaic; watch the full demo video after the jump!

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Yomomedia headed to Windows Phone 7

Yomomedia is a popular RSS reader that we look at a long time ago (feels like an eternity) for Windows Mobile. We are now seeing a video from the software developer showing off their popular reader for Windows Phone 7.

We liked the Windows Mobile version and the Windows Phone 7 version looks really good. It's just another reason these new phones can't get here quick enough.

via: mobilitydigest

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The developers over at Chaoscreated has introduced their first Windows Phone 7 application, Timedancer.

Timedancer is an application that combines video with interactive elements and puzzles. As described by Chaoscreated, "Set in the near future, Timedancer chronicles the lives of Tempus, Vivien, Ben, Kazuo and Adam each of whom have their own agendas, but whose fates are intertwined across the fabric of time and space through the mysterious Timedancer Corporation.".

Post production of the application should be finished on September 22, 2010 and for more information on this interesting application, visit timedancercorp.com.

thanks phil for the tip

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In addition to Netflix, Flixster, official Twitter and all those other apps demoed today by Microsoft, they also finally gave us a look at their official YouTube app, which will presumably be an optional download in the Marketplace.

While you can't stream YouTube videos directly in Mobile Internet Explorer (not yet at least), when  presented with a YouTube link a separate program launches and streams the video. So, familiar territory for Windows Mobile users. No mention of HD streaming though, which is offered on such high-end devices as the Android HTC EVO.

One of the nicest aspects is how the video history is stored under the Pictures/Media hub automatically, allowing quick access (and pinning to a Start Tile) to your videos. That should be great if you're that guy who likes to constantly show off the latest viral videos to your friends...are you that guy? Stop it.

Anyways, between Xbox LIVE, Netflx, YouTube, Zune (music + videos), Twitter, Facebook, etc., Windows Phone 7 finally looks to have nailed down all the corners of social/media tent of 2010.

[via WMPU]

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Developers, Developers, Developers! Microsoft’s mantra has been one of the key elements to promoting Windows Phone 7. We’ve seen the developer tools in the Beta and Release Candidate stages, but now as promised we get the full version available today. Though currently the release is English only, more languages will be coming in the next couple of weeks.

The timing of the release gives developers a couple of weeks to finalize their apps before the Marketplace opens for submissions. New features include the promised Panorama and Pivot controls, as well as a Bing Maps control. The free download includes all of the development tools in one package; Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone, the Windows Phone Emulator, Expression Blend 4 for Windows Phone, and XNA Game Studio 4.0.

[via Windows Team Blog]

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Are you starting to get the idea that third party applications are a major part of Microsoft’s strategy for Windows Phone 7?

Microsoft has released a video on their Channel9 site that gives brief demonstrations of Netflix and Twitter applications as well as offerings from Flixter, OpenTable, and Travelocity. Netflix we saw fairly early at the Mix Conference, an official Twitter app is new (though we have seen a Twitter client from Seesmic) and the other tools are new as well.

Head on over to Channel9 for the video (direct link). Individual videos after the break.

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In addition to the final release of the Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools, Microsoft has provided an SDK (Software Development Kit) to enable developers to create ad-supported applications. The SDK allows you to create text or banner ads, and uses Microsoft’s Mobile Ad Exchange to monetize your applications. The Ad Exchange is “the first bidded ad exchange for mobile.” Additionally, the SDK is integrated with Micrsoft pubCenter, which gives you reporting on how different ads are performing within your applications.

Nice to see Microsoft integrating and emphasizing all of their established services, which should be a strength of the Windows Phone 7 platform.

[via Windows Team Blog]

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Although we've seen Seesmic's Twitter app for Windows Phone 7 demoed before (see here and here), this looks to be their finalized, polished up version complete with video tour.

Considering it's looking less and less likely that Windows Phone 7 will support Twitter directly (though see here for contra), Seesmic's app looks to be a winner.

Like all Seesmic Twitter apps (e.g. desktop, Android), we can expect this to be a free offering as well. Can't be that.

Best part in our opinion? The ability to customize the look/layout of the program, followed by the solid and evidently seamless integration with the OS.

[via TechCrunch]

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CleanRAM Updated

The popular utility CleanRAM has been updated to version 2.3. The memory cleaning utility is a favorite for cooked and standard ROMs to free up valuable Windows Phone memory.

Along with a few performance tweaks that makes CleanRAM more stable, the new version includes:

  • Adds language strings: "Show Black Curtain", "Wisbar advance desktop" and "Infinity"
  • Support for Ageye Infinity GUI and Wisbar advance desktop cleaning
  • The option to drop a black curtain over your screen while the app cleans things up.

You can download your copy of CleanRAM v2.3 here or if you're already using CleanRAM, go to the CleanRAM configuration menu and tap "update".

via: pocketnow

 

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If you're looking for a solution to pull your contacts from various sources under one roof to manage, AddressBookOne might do the trick.

AddressBookOne went live this afternoon and offers members the ability to pull contacts from various sources (connectors) including Gmail, Facebook, LinkedIn, Exchange, and Plaxo. There are efforts being made to add Twitter, Yahoo and Windows Live to the list.  AddressBookOne creates a single point of management with the ability to merge multiple instances of the same contact. 

You have two levels of membership, Free and Premium. Free membership allows you to connected to up to three contact sources and manage/merge your contacts. Premium membership runs your 19.95 British Pounds (about $30 U.S.) annually and gives you an unrestricted number of connectors plus direct synchronization with your Windows Phone.

We're going to take AddressBookOne out for a test drive over the next few days and will get a review up shortly.  In the meantime, for more information about this new service, head on over to AddressBookOne.com.

 

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While the rest of the world is focused on Windows Phone 7, our pals in Norway haven't forgotten about Windows Mobile.

Today, Opera released an updated version of Opera Mini, bringing the version up to 5.1 and adding some new features including:

  • The ability to set Opera Mini as the default browser
  • Support for devices with high-resolution (high DPI)
  • Improved page layout and font rendering
  • Support for auto-rotation/accelerometer support
  • Advanced configuration support for power users

While its big brother, Opera Mobile, gets a lot of attention, Opera Mini has gone a long way since its days of needing a separate Java client, making the differences between the two less obvious. Having said that, we've always liked Mini a bit more than Mobile just for its sheer speed. And no, Opera has not said anything about Windows Phone 7 support, though we know native browsers are a no-go for at least v1.0 of the new OS.

Anyways, you should be able to grab version 5.1 today by navigating to m.opera.com on your phone. Check out some of the screen shots below and the full press release after the break. Sound off in comments on your thoughts after you tried it!

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For those of you lucky enough to have the T-Mobile HTC HD2, you may have been surprised to see that your Barnes & Noble eReader received a nice and much needed update.

User Jason M was kind enough to send us his report of the update and its new features noting 

I opened up my Barnes and Noble eReader tonight and noticed an alert for a new update. I allowed it to install on my HD2 and noticed new features such as an option for a nice looking grid view of the book covers, access to the Lend Me function, a huge number of addition settings (font changes, background colors, day/night themes, dictionary lookup, etc), and finally bookmarks! Basically, the HD2 version has been brought in line with what is offered on other platforms. This is good news since Amazon is ignoring Windows Mobile completely.

Indeed! The 'Lend Me' feature is one the most coveted updates as it basically allows you to share your eBooks to a friend for a short duration--think controlled DRM. This is something that Amazon is sorely missing, but as Jason points out, Amazon so far as given a cold shoulder to Windows Mobile with no Kindle access for us.

Lets hope Barnes & Noble and Amazon both bring some eReaders to Windows Phone 7. (BTW, small plug: been using the Kindle 3 for the last few days and it's great, but it needs a 'Lend Me' feature ASAP).

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Friday Fun: Fart Piano coming to WP7

Windows Phone 7 may not have cut/paste yet but it will have a fart piano!

We've seen snippets of applications under development for Microsoft's new operating system and this one definitely stands out. Developed by Herm's Software the fart piano delivers tunes in an assortment of tones including the short fart, the escape, the bubbly, the beans and the wet one.

Herm's Software already offers a variety of light-hearted applications for Windows Mobile phones.  It was only a matter of time before their influence was seen (or should I say heard) with Windows Phone 7.

via: Mobility Digest

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Okay, we think we understand what Warnygo is and coming for Windows Phone 7 soon, and we'll try to explain it.

Basically it's a way to send out "alerts" based on certain categories and using geolcation. Some of those categories are:

  • Accidents
  • Actors
  • Weather alerts
  • etc.

So lets say you're in midtown Manhattan and you notice a building is on fire or something really important happening, you can send a "warny" out and people using the same network and in the area will get the notification/alert on their device. You can also subscribe to your favorite "zones" or areas of interest, for example if you want to follow any "warnies" in your hometown while you are away.

It's like a localized Twitter feed which you don't have to subscribe to or follow. We can totally see this taking "social networking" to another level (and even have socio-political implications). The big question though is will it catch on? (Anyone who has tried Google's lame 'Open Spot' will know how lonely this can be) Too early to tell, but it's an interesting idea and coming to WP7 soon.

See the video of the app in action after the jump.

[via Twitter]

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