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3 years ago

eWallet in development for Windows Phone 7

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It shouldn't be hard to imagine that the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace will have over 2,000 apps at launch. The list of apps being developed for Windows Phone 7 continues to grow with eWallet from Ilium Software being the latest.

eWallet is a popular Windows Mobile application that helps you manage passwords, PIN numbers, account information and other personal information you need to manage.

While Ilium is working on a version of eWallet for Windows Phone 7, the developer isn't offering much beyond that. The Windows Mobile version of eWallet allowed you to synchronize things between your computer and Windows Phone. There is some speculation that Ilium will go to a cloud based solution with Windows Phone 7. Maybe you could backup your file on Microsoft's Skydrive and then access it through Windows Live on your computer.

Regardless how Ilium tackles such issues, it's nice to see the list of Windows Phone 7 apps continue to grow.

via: windowsphonethoughts.com

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3 years ago

Microsoft's Live Messenger headed to WP7

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Windows Phone 7 will be getting Live Messenger.  It's the when and by whom that has become a bit of a mystery.  Microsoft is farming out its development but now two developers have staked a claim for developing Live Messenger for Microsoft.

There were reports last month that Bewise was working on the application. Now, another developer, Miyowa, is stepping forward claiming they are developing the Windows Phone 7 application. This could mean that we'll have multiple Live Messenger applications to choose from, regional differences/releases (Miyowa is popular overseas) or simply that Microsoft changed developers at some point in the process.

Microsoft has alluded that Messenger would be a part of the Windows Phone 7. Earlier this week Chris Jones, Microsoft's VP for Windows Live Engineering posted, "Windows Phone 7 is the first device designed from the ground up with Windows Live in mind. Right from the start, you can enter your Windows Live ID on your phone, and it will connect over the air to Hotmail, Messenger, SkyDrive, and the rest of Windows Live."

Is it really an issue who develops the app? Isn't getting Live Messenger onto Windows Phone 7 the more important issue?

via: zdnet.com

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3 years ago

Cnet interview with Steve Ballmer on Windows Phone 7; reveals little but still interesting

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In the hubbub of Monday's Open House, there was this interesting video intereview with Steve Ballmer conducted by Ina Fried of Cnet.

Though we don't get any real juicy scoops, he does briefly mention how the technology form the Xbox Kinect (motion sensors, etc.) could make its way into mobile devices someday. We've seen some early hints of this from Microsoft themselves (Flashback machine: "Sidesight"), so it's not too surprising that the tech from Kinect and even Surface may be incorporated once it can be minaturized.

Check out the full video after the break, it's worth it as Ina has some pretty sharp questions for Steve.

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3 years ago

Miyowa developed Windows Live Messenger for Windows Phone 7

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Though we didn't get to see it Monday, evidently Windows Phone 7 will launch with support for Windws Live Messenger, something that was not at all to clear recently.

Interestingly, the program was written by their software partner Miyowa, who evidently builds on a regular basis Live Messenger clients for Microsoft, just not for their native OS.

Either this was a case of not enough time or perhaps Microsoft just recognized good talent when they see it. Whichever the case, for a lot of folks this should make them quite pleased knowing that they can still access their favorite IM app on the go.

No word on extended functionality, but we do get a teaser shot as seen above.

via MocoNews

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3 years ago

Synaptics and Microsoft team up to support ClearPad multitouch screens

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Late Wednesday, Synaptics, maker of mousepads and touchscreens used in laptops and mobile devices announced direct support with Microsoft for Windows Phone 7. Specifically, the two will work to incorporate Synaptics' ClearPad™ for high-resolution capacitive, multitouch screens into new phones developed by Microsoft partners. The deal will help accelerate development for manufactures and developers while giving customers top-notch multitouch tech for their phones.

Synaptics has three levels of ClearPad: 1000, 2000 and 3000 series, with the 3000 announced just last year (seen above) and featuring

...the ability to distinguish up to 10 simultaneous finger touches and complex multi-finger gestures (such as pinch and rotate) with fine accuracy and low latency, the ClearPad 3000 Series sensors are ready for the next generation of 3D graphical user interfaces on a broad array of handheld consumer electronics devices. The ClearPad 3000 Series is based on new, proprietary Synaptics technology that features 48 sensing channels and advanced power management.

We like the looks of this deal as Synaptics general has pretty good products and this looks to be at least the high-end of current multitouch screen technology out there. No word on which OEMs will (or already are) taking advantage of this deal, but we'll keep an eye out for any info.

Read the full presser after the break...

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3 years ago

T-Mobile to begin throttling speeds after 5GB cap is reached

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Looks like T-Mobile is joining the ranks of other mobile carriers by imposing a 5GB cap on data starting October 16th, this is down from the original 10GB cap. On top of this, if you do go over the cap, you'll receive a text message of the overage and that your speeds will now be reduced, at least until your next billing cycle.

This will only have an effect on less than 1% of customers, according to T-Mobile and it is sitll better than AT&Ts 2GB cap.

Still, data caps and throttling speeds look to be the new norm as our phones keep getting more and more powerful (e.g. HD7, Dell Venue Pro)--sort of the exact oppposite of what we want and expect as paying customers. On the other hand, which is better: throttling speeds or charging money for each MB of going over your data plan (like Sprint, AT&T, etc)?

via T-MoNews

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3 years ago

Taiwan-based OEMs are not yet interested in Windows Phone 7; cite licensing fees

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Digitimes is reporting that numerous Taiwanese phone manufactures such as Foxconn, Compal Communications, Pegatron Technology, Qisda, Inventec, Inventec Appliances and Arima Communication, are not yet jumping on Windows Phone 7 but rather are sticking with Android, for now.

The reason given is a combination of licensing fees and current levels of investment in the Android OS as barriers for entry for them. Of course, money talks and if Windows Phone 7 is a big hit, we imagine these companies will come on board.

For the casual reader, companies like Foxconn, Compal and Inventec are far from familiar names in the U.S. That's because such companies in the past have often been behind the scenes, having been hired to build devices for the likes of HP, Palm (Treo line) and Apple (iPhone). Recently, many of those companies have tried the go-it-alone approach to break free from this role, much like HTC did years ago. So far though they have made little traction in Western markets, meaning much of this "news" is inconsequential at the moment.

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3 years ago

IonBall and ChronoX headed to Windows Phone 7

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IronSun Studios has announced the launch of two new game titles for the Windows Phone 7 platform. Paul Kelly, Director at IronSun, states" The launch of Windows Phone 7 is a key moment for IronSun Studios and a culmination of an exciting 6 months for us. Developing for Windows Phone 7 has been a pleasure, the quality of the tools, even from an early stage, is of a very high standard.”

The two games are:

ChronoX: A platform game that is set over thirty levels, spread acroos five time zones. You goal is to retrieve collectibles while avoiding hazards and enemies.

IonBall: This is a classic breakout game with a new twist. You battle through 35 levels and 7 boss battles. As you progress through the game, you'll earn Experience Points that can be used to enhance your character.

Both games will be available at launch through the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Updates in the works?

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Windows Phone 7 Updates in the works?

Microsoft mentioned Cut/Paste would be available via updates early next year during the Launch event.  So we know that updates are in the works to some degree.  What we're seeing now are rumors to what other items the first round of updates may also include.

Tweets from MS_nerd adds multi-tasking, turn-by-turn directions, clipboard and Skydrive support into the mix.  If the predictions are correct, look for the updates in January.

via: Mobility Digest

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3 years ago

HTC Surround at BestBuy

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HTC Surround at BestBuy

Best Buy is accepting pre-orders for the HTC Surround. The AT&T Windows Phone 7 device will run you $199.99 with the two-year contract discounts.

Regular Price is listed as $549.99 and the interesting item of note is the ship date. Best Buy has the Surround shipping on November 8, 2010. At the Windows Phone 7 Launch, AT&T indicated that only the Samsung Focus would be available on November 8th with the Surround and LG Quantum shipping a few weeks later.

Is this wishful thinking on Best Buy or could HTC production be ahead of schedule?

via: Android Central

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3 years ago

Milestone: DroppyPop now available

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Milestone: DroppyPop now available

Flashback to May of this year and we first reported about DroppyPop, an admittedly silly little game that showed off how quickly someone could write an app in Siliverlight for Windows Phone 7. It was also one of the first indie-developer games we reported on for the fledgling OS.

Today, looks like developer Andy Beaulieu finally got his little game listed in the Zune Marketplace for the small token of $0.99. To that, a big congrats to Andy!

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3 years ago

Typo or are there different Windows Phone editions?

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Typo or are there different Windows Phone editions?

That was kind of a tease headline in as we're like 99.99% sure that this is a typo on Microsoft Portugal's website. But hey, it's a big, silly typo by Microsoft. Or perhaps they're just not ready to break with their past, convoluted ways?

Anywho, the gist is that on the Microsoft Portugal website for various Windows Phone 7 devices e.g. the HTC Mozart, it lists the OS as "Windows Phone 7; Standard". While for other devices e.g. the LG Pacific it lists the OS as "Windows Phone 7; Professional".

Considering we heard absolutely nothing to imply different OSs at Monday's NYC event, this reeks of "intern did it!" shenanigans. So, if anything, we'd just like to take this moment to highlight Microsoft's mistake and chuckle a bit.

[via Go Windows Go; Thanks, Sam, for the tip]

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3 years ago

More on the IMDB app for Windows Phone 7

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More on the IMDB app for Windows Phone 7

We're learning a bit more about that very cool IMDB program for Windows Phone 7 that we saw on Monday. In short, it's really, really sharp and many of you will find it quite pleasing to use.

The program was made by a company called IdentityMine who also works on Microsoft's Surface. We recently received this description about that movie database app:

New features include daily application tile image updates, panorama views, and the ability to receive IMDb movie recommendations by shaking the phone. Users can also find show times, watch trailers, browse photo galleries, get TV listings, find DVD and Blu-ray releases, explore popular charts and share movie information. The application is available in English US, English UK, French and German. To understand the complexities and deliver on all the goals of this project, IdentityMine researched IMDb’s business needs, user profile, movie assets and technology capabilities.  Over a course of three weeks, IdentityMine’s team of UX experts worked with Silverlight and Microsoft web services to integrate IMDb’s enormous database of 1,633,300 titles and 3,649,234 names with graphics with an interface that users could easily access, search, sort and engage with.

IdentityMine has made a total of six applications for Windows Phone 7 (Graphic.ly and Twitter are others) and we'll be learning more about those over the next few days, so stay tuned!

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3 years ago

Smartphone Coaster--why didn't we think of that?

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Smartphone Coaster--why didn't we think of that?

File under: Missed opportunity for simple yet effective idea...

Now that you and all your friends and family have smartphones, it's important to offer them only the best when they visit. And by best we mean a place to not only keep their phone, but keep it visible and accessible.

Smartphone Coasters are exactly that--little stands for your phone. We could imagine placing them on the coffee table, media cabinet, shelves, toilet basin (for the guys) etc. where people can just plop down their phones and not loose them in the couch, or your pile of mail (if you're like me at all).

The best part? They're quite inexpensive at only $3.95 each. Lord knows the markup on some accessories these days, so it's nice to see a company keeping the price, you know, realistic. Plus they're quite "smartphone neutral", meaning you can just buy that one and should work with any device (but you're screwed if round smartphones get really huge in the next year, just FYI). All we know is our frienemy Phil could give them a lot of business with his six Android devices that he takes with him on overnight trips.  Seriously, dude's got issues.

[via AndroidCentral]

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3 years ago

Smiles coming to Windows Phone 7

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Smiles coming to Windows Phone 7

Smiles from Sykhronics Entertainment is headed to Windows Phone 7 and should be available over at the Marketplace at launch. What is Smiles you say?

From the demo video it reminds me of the "match 'em up" puzzle games such as Bejeweled or Jewel Quest. Based on the demonstration, Smiles will have several game modes to keep things from getting dull. The rotating game field is an interesting twist to this style of game.

Our list of apps to review for Windows Phone 7 continues to grow and we'll add Smiles to the list.

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