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3 years ago

Software Review (Windows Mobile): Aqua Lines by XIM

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3 years ago

AT&T announces 5th Annual Developer Summit

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AT&T has announced its Fifth Annual Developer Summit. The January 5, 2011 event will cover four key areas; technical, marketing, emerging devices and sponsor presentations. Keynote speakers include AT&T President/CEO Ralph de la Vega, AT&T Chief Marketing Officer David Christopher and AT&T Mobility President Glenn Lurie.

While the Summit will cover a wide range of smartphone platforms, based on the tentative schedule, there is a lot of concentration on cloud-based services which is right up Windows Phone 7's ally. Sponsors for the Summit include Microsoft, HTC, LG and Samsung.

The Summit is being held in Las Vegas and will lead into the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show. You can find more information at 2011devsummit.com and follow the break for the full press release.

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3 years ago

Microsoft Tag's growth passes the two billion mark

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Microsoft Tag has announced that over two billion Tags have been printed since the 2-D bar-code system launched back in January 2009. More than 100,000 Tag accounts have been set up and since August, Tags have been used in more than 100 million magazine issues.

Not too shabby for the colorful little square.

Aaron Getz, General Manager of Microsoft Tag, stated,

“Consumers are rapidly embracing smartphones, which opens a new marketing channel for savvy businesses. Microsoft Tag gives brands and their agencies a powerful way to engage this growing set of connected consumers and create immersive experiences that connect the digital world to the physical world."

Microsoft Tags are a bar codes of sorts that connects almost anything to your Windows Phone. When you scan a Tag using the free Tag Reader application on your Windows Phone, it will automatically open a web page, add a contact to your phone, display a message, or dial a number.

Follow the break for the full press release from Microsoft and you can find more information on Tags at Microsoft's Tag Website.

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3 years ago

Asus shying away from Windows Phone 7, "focusing on Android platform..."? (Updated)

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We're not sure how to take this and perhaps this one of those that Garm-Asus could 'walk back', but evidently Steven Tu, marketing manager at ASUSTeK South Africa, said in regards to that "mystery" Asus device we saw awhile back:

As always, Garmin-Asus seeks the best for our consumers either on Android platform or on Windows platform. However, we see the potential of Android platform devices, so we are focusing on Android platform currently,

Sounds like Asus is stepping back a bit from deploying its wares for Windows Phone 7, which is even more evident since they were completely absent from New York City on October 11th. This also backs up news from yesterday about Garmin-Asus splitting up. It will be curious to see if Asustek corporate responds to this or clarifies the matter. 

In brighter and related news, South Africa is expected to get Windows Phone 7 devices in time for the "December holidays", according to Microsoft SA. No word on which devices though.

Update: Sure enough, Asus has sort of confirmed the above/what we already know. In an interview with Forbes Jonney Shih, the Chairman of the Taiwan-based electronics maker, says: “Regarding Windows Phone 7, we haven’t yet decided yet we would like to do”. He also adds they will introduce a device sometime in 2011 under the Asus name.

Source: MyBroadband.co.za

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3 years ago

Microsoft not fairing well on Wall Street

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Even though Microsoft appears to be on the cusp of a revolution of consumer devices e.g. Windows Phone 7 and Xbox Kinect, Wall Street seems to be having cold feet when it comes to recommended them for investment.

Seeking Alpha is reporting that just this month FBR, Goldman, Janney Capital, Pacific Crest and Barclays have all issued a 'cut' for Microsoft. Most of this has to do with the news of PC sales leveling off this last quarter, which seems to be negating the other news of Windows 7 being the fastest selling OS in history.

Not all is bad though, as the feeling on Wall Street seems to be that MS is just performing flat for awhile, though we'll see what they have to say come Thursday when they report their earnings.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile HD7 now on Wirefly for $169.99 ($529.99 off contract)--Updated!

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Although you can get it through Amazon.com for the same price plus free 2-day shipping, if going with Wirefly is your thing, then here you go.

With a new 2 year contract, the HTC HD7 on T-mobile runs you a very fair $169.99 for the pre-order or if you want contract freedom, you can have it for $529.99.

Update: Price drop! Reader Saad lets us know that Wirefly has dropped the price to $149.99, undercutting Amazon.com by $20 and making us a little envious...

Source: Wirefly

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 awarded Editor's Choice by What Mobile

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Windows Phone 7 has been awarded the What Mobile Editors Choice Award. What's "What Mobile" you say? The What Mobile Awards are in their sixth year over in the U.K. and recognizes mobile devices and applications based on consumer voting.

Awards categories include Best Touchscreen Phone (the Apple 4 gets the nod this year), Best Mobile Broadband Provider (O2 this year), Best Mobile Game (Angry Birds) and several more.

Windows Phone 7 was given the Editor's Choice Award, 

"in recognition of the work done by Microsoft to re-launch its Windows operating system for mobile, introducing a range of new design features that will create a highly valued additional choice for consumers in the smartphone arena."

HTC was dubbed Best Manufacturer and the Mobile Phone of the Year went to the HTC Desire. Last year's Editor's Choice Award went to the Android OS.

Source: What Mobile Awards; via wmpoweruser

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Connector (for Mac) Beta now available

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Just as expected, the Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac users is now available for download. Though only in beta, it should at least allow those users to "Sync music, photos, videos and podcasts from your existing iTunes and iPhoto libraries to your Windows Phone 7".

While not a full Zune Desktop alternative, it's a start for those heavy iTune users. You can grab the beta right here.

Source: Microsoft; via PhoneScoop

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3 years ago

AT&T's Windows Phone 7 lineup at Amazon

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AT&T's Windows Phone 7 lineup is now appearing over at Amazon.com. While the phones aren't listed for pre-order, like we have seen with the T-Mobile HD7, but it's progress.

The Amazon pages for the Samsung Focus, LG Quantum, and HTC Surround list the phones as un-available (expected to be in stock soon) and ships with free two-day shipping. There is also a notation that the phones come with an AmazonWireless Instant Discount. Could the Amazon discount drop AT&T's prices down lower?

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3 years ago

Tomorrow: Microsoft & WP7 at Sprint Developer Conference

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As if we needed more proof that Sprint is embracing Windows Phone 7 (as opposed to Verizon), it looks like Microsoft is getting two sessions at the Sprint Developer Conference in Santa Clara, CA tomorrow (October 26th).

First session is just an overview with the second concentrating on building apps for the new OS. Heck, they even gush a bit saying "We are very excited to be partnering with Sprint to deliver some great Windows Phone Experiences.". Combined with that earlier FCC device approval news and things are looking up for Sprint users.

Source: Synergist

 

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Marketplace hits 1,000 app milestone

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Well that didn't take too long at all. Just the other day we hit 777 apps in the marketplace and today, just two weeks after Windows Phone 7 went "live" to the world we have hit 1,000.

We still have 14 days before the U.S. roll out, meaning at this current pace we could easily approach 2,000 releases to the Marketplace, in line with earlier estimates. Although WP7 has an uphill battle in terms of market presence, having this many applications available this early is a great sign.

via WMPoweruser

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3 years ago

Neurons for WP7: Stream TED Talks, The RSA, FORA.TV and Science Dump

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Looks like developer Justin Angel just finished up his app entitled 'Neurons', so named because it's quite the brainy resource allowing you to stream the ever interesting TED Talks, Science Dump, the RSA and FORA.TV for all of your sciency-nerdy media needs.

No word on availability, but we imagine he'll be submitting it for approval soon so it shouldn't be too long before it's in the Marketplace.

I'm throwing this in my "must have" list since I embrace my science geekiness. The only thing that would make this app even cooler would be if This Week in Science was included, but we're not complaining.

Source: Twitter (@justinangel)

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3 years ago

"Bejeweled LIVE might just be the best mobile version of Bejeweled so far."

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While it's always nice to hear developers sing praises of a their new software and it's not unusual to hear them boast that their latest is their greatest, we still like the overall tone we're hearing from PopCap's Andrew Stein and his thoughts on WP7.

Like the quote in the title says, Stein seems to be quite keen on Microsof'ts latest OS, noting that "...the conversion to C# went much more smoothly than we originally expected. It allowed us to add more polish..." His statements echo those of IdentityMine, who made Twitter, IMDb and Graphic.ly.

While they have not announced any more titles for WP7, PopCap does have more projects in the works, meaning we can expect more addictive gaming from them in the future.

Source: PocketGamer.biz; via Twitter (@ckindel)

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3 years ago

One healthy list of Windows Phone 7 tips and tricks

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When Windows Phone 7 hits the shelves, it'll take some time for everyone to learn the ins and outs of the new system. We've touched on getting set up with Windows Live and X-Box Live to help you prepare for Window Phone 7.  To add to the resources, U.K. based Pocket-Lint has compiled a list of seventy-two tips and tricks that might give everyone a leg up on the new OS.

As we learn our way around Windows Phone 7, we'll be adding additional tips for Windows Phone 7 to our Help section.  In the meantime, here are a few from the list of seventy-two.

3. Add people to the start page: No it's not just about adding apps to the start page, but people too. Find them in your contacts book, click on the "pin" icon, and they'll be added to your Start page so you can speed dial them whenever you need.

10. What are the dots?: Whenever you see three dots at the bottom of the screen, that's a menu for more options. In photo playback for example, it will give you the options to delete the image or perform a quick upload.

25. Turn off 3G connectivity: There is always someone that will want to turn off 3G network support, presumably to save battery, and if that's you you'll need to head to the Settings, Mobile Network page to do just that. While you'll save battery don't expect those web pages you are surfing to load anytime soon.

32. Auto save your images to SkyDrive: It's always a good to keep a backup of your pictures, and Windows Phone 7 comes with SkyDrive which lets you do just that. In steps the auto upload to SkyDrive option. If you got confused the first time it asked you when you went into the pictures area, don't panic, you can re-enable it via the Applications page hidden within Settings. Go to Settings, swipe to the left and then scroll down to Pictures & Camera. In there you'll find the option to set the Auto Upload feature on.

53. Get rid of the "Sent from my Windows Phone" signature: Annoyed by that "sent from my iPhone" message you always get from your mates, and don't feel you need to brand your messages with the Windows Phone 7 love - don't panic, you can turn it off. In Mail press the three dots, select Settings, and then either turn off email signature or change it to whatever you want - maybe "Sent from my iPhone".

61. Merging your contacts: If you've got your contacts book filled with Facebook, Gmail and Hotmail, maybe even your work email, then chances are some of your core friends are going to be in your contacts book a couple of times. Windows Phone 7 is clever enough to "link" these contacts so they are shown under a single page. If it misses some, go into People, select a contact and then press the "chain" icon at the bottom of the page. You can then link further contacts to this page if you wish.

 

 

 

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3 years ago

T-Mobile HD7 available for Amazon pre-order: $169.99 w/contract!

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