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3 years ago

Guide: Setting up Wireless sync with Windows Phone 7

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No doubt, one of the coolest features of Windows Phone 7 and the companion Zune Desktop software is the ability to sync wirelessly. For years we've had to endure tethering our devices to our computers, loose USB wires everywhere, etc. (Even more ironic if you remember wireless syncing in ActiveSync before they removed it).

Consider this more of a walk-through/what to expect than a true "setup guide" only because Microsoft made it so easy that you really should have no problem figuring it out. Still, we'll show a couple screen shots of the process as well as tell you what you can expect. In short, it's a great feature and once you have your GBs of music loaded, you'll want to use everyday.

Read more after the break!

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3 years ago

Prediction: Microsoft to sell between 3.5 to 4 million WP7 devices (Q4)

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Wish we could see these numbers ourselves, but tracking down Morgan Stanley reports without access is a bit tricky. But to quote from Business Insider, whom we think we can trust on such an issue, the global financial service predicted in a report this morning that Microsoft could sell upwards of 4 million devices with Windows Phone 7 and another 1.5 million of Windows Mobile 6.5.x.

Is that good? Is that bad? Hard to say really as Microsoft is launching their new OS "globally", so in theory they could push a lot more. On the other hand, due to supply constraints and "growing" the v1.0 OS, things might take awhile to take off (Android had a nice 9 month incubation phase too). By way of comparison, Apple is pushing nearly double that of the iPhone every quarter right now. However, Apple didn't sell that many iPhones till their sixth quarter--so we kind of like those numbers, we think.

In related news, they predict that since the smartphone market is still growing, Microsoft (and to a lesser extent, HP Palm) still have time to make a dent in the increasingly crowded smartphone business. But eventually, the market will hit a wall and the herd will have to be culled (cough, HP Palm, cough).

Source: Business Insider, Morgan Stanley

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 "kill switch" gets detailed

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One little feature that was mentioned long ago for Windows Phone 7 was the ability for Microsoft to have a "kill switch" for any "rogue apps" in the Marketplace. Similar to the iPhone and even on Android (to a lesser extent), Microsoft can quickly unpublish an app from the store and in a worse-case-scenario, remove the app from all devices. While this was a known feature, it wasn't understood how the mechanism exactly worked, until today.

In an interview with PC Pro, Todd Biggs, director of product management for Windows Phone Marketplace, described how such a situation could unfold:

If in the Marketplace an app does get through and goes rogue there are a couple of things we can do about it, depending on what it was...

We could unpublish it from the catalog so that it was no longer available, but if it was very rogue then we could remove applications from handsets - we don't want things to go that far, but we could.

The method is simple: our Windows Phone 7 devices periodically "check in" with the Marketplace to see if there are any updates. During that process, Microsoft could "pull" an app from everyone's device if it contained a threat. Now, seeing as MS has strict publishing/approval requirements just to get to the Marketplace, this will probably never be used. But they did think ahead, just in case.

Anyone feel safer yet? (Rhetorical)

Source: PC Pro

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3 years ago

LG giving away ten apps, worth $30, to LG WP7 buyers

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Trying to make the hard decision between the different (some might say nearly identical) Windows Phone 7 devices on AT&T? LG is looking to make your decision easier by announcing that they will be giving away 10 Windows Phone 7 apps in 60 days - with a value they say is more than thirty bucks. They're also giving love to developers by promoting their apps on the LG Facebook page.

LG is also promising to get into the app development (and app store) game themselves:

LG will also be offering its Windows Phone 7 customers free access to even more applications developed directly by the company. These applications will also be available from the LG Application Store and will span social networking services, such as Type n Walk and Voice SNS, as well as practical tools like Subway AR.

We're not going to raise the spectre of fragmentation caused by apps available in one store but not the main marketplace, because at least in this case it looks like instead of pre-loading what some might consider bloatware on their devices, LG is apparently making them available for download. Another benefit of the LG App Store, again, is that's where you go to find them free apps.

The breakdown of what they're gifting: Look n Type, Workout Tracker, Photo Stylist, Fortune Coins, Caddy Buddy, Metro Scanner, Tool Box, I'm a Musician - Guitar, I'm a Musician - Piano, and Voice to Text. So no, not life changing, but if nothing else a clever way to get their customers used to checking their App Store in addition to the Marketplace.

Full Press Release after the break

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3 years ago

Microsoft Employee "free-phone program" starts November 18th

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The other day we had an interesting rumor about the HTC 7 Pro: Sprint was starting pre-orders on December 8th for the new device. As it turns out, we learned that this was for Microsoft peeps only (lucky them). That ties into the "free phones for all Microsoft employees" boast that we heard awhile back and verified recently by Ballmer himself.

Here are some more details of that program just given to Microsoft employees:

Do NOT purchase your Windows Phone 7 device prior to November 18, 2010 or after June 15, 2011 . You will not receive reimbursement for your phone purchase if you have purchased your phone outside of the start or end date of the program. (A preorder may be placed through an authorized channel prior to November 18, but not an actual purchase).

Seems like a fair system: employee picks phone and carrier, pre-orders/purchases through authorized channel, Microsoft reimburses you for the device. No other details were given but it sounds good to us!

Source: Anonymous tip (thanks!)

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3 years ago

AT&T runs web promo on LG Quantum [Video]

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It's nice to know with just 6 days left to launch, AT&T is starting to rev up the PR engines. In a just released a new "Mobile Minute" video, part of their continuing series, This time, AT&T focuses on the new LG Quantum which features that handsome sliding keyboard.

Nothing we don't already know is revealed in the video, so hardly a must-see. But if you're in the market for the Quantum, then you'll want to tease yourself. Indeed, that keyboard is quite awesome to type on. Full video after the break!

Bonus: HTC Surround video too.

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3 years ago

Claim: Windows Phone 7 requires 20% fewer user steps for common tasks

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In an interesting article at ComputerWorld, Microsoft discusses their new Metro UI and how efficient it is at doing basic, everyday tasks. In turn, this "20%" number is thrown around a bit, with the claim that it takes much less effort to use their mobile OS over others.

While 20% is numerically hard to substantiate, is easy to validate in certain areas. The appeal for Windows Mobile, for many, was the Today Screen, where you could pack a ton of info to your liking so that with a one-look glance you knew what was up in your world. Having easy access to the calendar when you turn it on, one-button search (something Android actually pioneered), as well as dynamic tiles continues this tradition in WP7. The good news is it sounds like Microsoft took a page from Palm's book, where they notoriously would count the number of "taps" it took to do a task and aim to reduce that as a metric for efficiency.

CW goes to mention that this whole simple UI/20% efficiency thing is the basis for their new ad campaign. Who knows, maybe Microsoft is onto something here. Palm's Garnet/WebOS and the iPhone all do well for their simplicity and elegance, the same rule should apply to Microsoft.

Source: ComputerWorld

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3 years ago

Dell Venue Pro clears FCC, inches closer to launch

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Well, at least we have some good news for today. Looks like the much anticipated Dell Venue Pro has received a pass from the FCC, as found out by our friends at TmoNews, giving a clear pathway to launch. Well, assuming there aren't any shortages.

While the Venue Pro goes on sale in Europe next week on the 8th (non-US GSM bands) there are no dates nor prices for the U.S. launch, meaning we still may be a few weeks out. Still, that's one less hurdle in the way.

We have to admit, it's a tough choice between the Focus, HD7 and Venue Pro.

Update: Click here to be notified of more info on the Dell Venue Pro by Dell themselves. (Thanks, odugoose!)

Source: TMoNews; UnwiredView

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3 years ago

Report: Shortages Could Hurt Windows Phone 7 Launch In U.S.

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This is the big question everyone is wondering about now: how will next Monday go when Windows Phone 7 finally goes on sale? More specifically, will there be enough to go around?

UK operator Orange is reporting shortages, including an email that was sent out that stated

We will be launching with limited amounts of both our Windows Phone 7 devices, the HTC 7 Mozart and the Samsung Omnia 7. We are, however, anticipating that our competitors could be in a similar situation.

And that's from the lead launch partner over there. In turn, Orange is offering a gift certificate to HMV as an apology. Now, Business Insider is wondering the same about the U.S. market. Shortages are appearing most likely due to a lack of available components, most likely being AMOLED screens. HTC has had to replace its AMOLED screens with Sony's Super LCD technology because Samsung cannot produce enough (evidently they are building another factory to meet demand). On a conspiratorial note, BI notes that how Google is suppose to launch their G2 phone on the same day as the Windows Phone launch here in the U.S. Samsung is rumored to making that phone, though they have denied it.

All we know is AT&T is no where to be found for pre-orders with just 6 days left. Foreboding?

Source: Business Insider, Mobile Today

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3 years ago

How to Guide: Use Hotmail with any email address

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There was a pretty cool announcement yesterday over at the Windows Team Blog by Microsoft's GPM, Dick Craddock, on how to set up any existing e-mail account from any service to work in tandem with Hotmail.

Just as the suite of free software packed in the set of Windows Live Essentials has become better and better over time, so too has the feature set of the Windows Live service. The social life of Messenger has become extensively robust - even including a free HD video service that rivals Skype and puts Google's video chat to shame. Mesh and Skydrive leave you with nearly no excuse to not have the files you need or having the Office applications to run or edit them. Finally, Hotmail brings it all together by syncing your Calender and Contacts from multiple accounts and services and keeping you up to date on external services like Flickr, YouTube, Facebook and more - and sorting it for you.

There are plenty of reasons why someone would want to condense their e-mail services. From Microsoft's standpoint, this can get people who are too set on using their current e-mail provider to give Hotmail a try without feeling a jolt of e-mail culture shock. Secondly, it could get people who stopped using Hotmail to come back.
 
We're going to take a quick look at why you should give it a try, or for a lot more of you, why you should try it again. Keep reading after the break as we show you everything you need to know!
 

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Marketplace now has 12,000 registered developers

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Some more good news, we suppose, coming from Microsoft suggests that many developers have taken an interest in the Windows Phone Marketplace, launched just last month. Evidently, Microsoft has seen registration increase by 40% over the last few weeks, bringing the total amount of registered developers to a sizable 12,000.

While we don't necessarily expect 12,000 apps right away, we assume some of those developers will make multiple programs, meaning we won't have any shortage anytime soon. But enough tip calculators, m'kay?

Source: FierceDeveloper

 

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3 years ago

Finding my phone with Windows Phone 7

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We knew Microsoft adding phone locating services to Windows Live in the form of "Find My Phone" and now we've seen it in action. The Find My Phone services are found on your Windows Live home page under "Devices". You'll see a list of all your Windows Live supported devices and under your Windows Phone, you'll see the Find My Phone options.

When you click on "find this phone" you are given four options; 

  • Map it: Marks your phone's approximate location on Bing Maps
  • Ring it: Will ring your phone for one minute using a distinctive ring tone (even if the phone's set to vibrate or silent)
  • Lock it: Locks your phone
  • Erase it: Performs a hard reset

In testing each option on the HTC Surround, you don't have to wait long for results. The Windows Phone was mapped, rang and locked in seconds after I clicked each command. The map location can be zoomed in and my location was narrowed down to a 20 yard area.

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3 years ago

Bill Gates is using the Samsung Focus

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No suprise here but Bill Gates has a Samsung Focus and is using it to Tweet , take photos.

When IdentityMine (see our interview here) mentioned that Bill Gates was using their Twitter app, we grew curious. When we saw a photo, we remebered EXIF data and walla...the data above. Guess ol' Bill still gets some perks, eh? Getting a Focus before the rest of us. Congrats Bill and hope you're enjoying it!

ps Love the 'Artist Info'. Nice Easter egg there.

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3 years ago

EA posts some Sims 3 screen shots. Looks addictive as ever.

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Not gonna lie: When I played the Sims on my Gameboy Advance SP (the best one) along with the Urbz (Sims in the city), I was totally hooked on playing it everyday. I still jokingly make the "hungry noise" when I need mad eats.

Needless to say, I'm really nerdily excited about downloading the Sims 3 for Windows Phone 7 next week. It's already in the Marketplace, but EA just posted some more screenshots to look at till then because teasing is evidently fun. In addition, you can see a video of it in action after the break, posted by PocketNow.

 

Source: @eamobile; YouTube (Pocketnow)

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3 years ago

Speed Test: Samsung Omnia 7 loads games faster than HTC 7 Trophy [Video]

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As these new WP7 devices become more and more available, slight differences are starting to become evident. One of those differences appears to be load times for video games, with the Samsung clearly beating the HTC 7 Trophy out in a head-to-head.

Much speculation has been circulating that the reason for the difference is the memory: the Omnia 7 uses Samsung's NAND chips while HTC uses internal memory with expandable microSD, causing slower performance. While this was "theory" a few days ago, it appears now to be accurate and we agree with that this is the culprit (but are open to other ideas).

So that may be the trade off folks: expandable memory vs. faster speeds. Which do you prefer? It is worth noting for U.S. customers that the HD7, Samsung Focus and Surround all have microSD cards (and probably Dell Venue Pro), so there's really not much choice. Only the LG Optimus is unconfirmed for its memory configuration.

Source: YouTube; via wmpoweruser

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