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4 years ago

Seesmic shows off their Twitter app for Windows Phone 7

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Here's a bit of surprise, Seesmic, developers of one of the most popular desktop Twitter clients, has just demoed their upcoming app for Windows Phone 7.

Now considered to be a launch-partner by Microsoft (see also Foursquare and Netflix), Seesmic's Twitter app look quite classy. In addition, they have a Sliverlight plugin-platform/SDK which will allow external applications easy integration e.g. Bing maps and encourages 3rd parties to interact with their program with ease. That means we should see tight integration with Seesmic and other apps like RSS readers to quickly share links; smart idea.

This will be the first Windows Phone client from Seesmic who already have ones for Android and Blackberry. Between Seesmic and Twikini, looks like early-adopters will have their Twitter needs covered by the best in the biz.

Edit: turns out this was actually posted two months ago and we missed it, so not exactly breaking but still it was news to us at least ;-)

Edit 2: Not for nothing, but our timing was good. Seesmic just announced the availability of Seesmic Desktop 2 (preview), now based on...you guessed it Silverlight and featuring plugins for Foursquare, Buzz and Facebook.

[via Mashable]

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4 years ago

Microsoft KIN Video Overview

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Microsoft KIN Video Overview

We have received review units for the KIN One and Two and over the next few days we'll be taking them out for a test drive to see what these new Windows Phones are all about.

In the meantime, we put together a brief video overview on the two KIN phones. The initial impression of the KIN series is that if your a heavy Facebook or Twitter user, the KIN might be right up your ally. I wouldn't consider it a replacement for your Windows Mobile Phone running Windows Mobile but rather an alternative for those who don't need as much.

Note: In the video it is mentioned that the KIN doesn't have any Function Keys. The KIN does have a function key (the green key) that will allow you to key in numbers and characters. What it doesn't have is function key shortcuts to launch apps such as the browser or email.

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4 years ago

Zune HD apps update: Landscape keyboard, Hearts and Spades

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For the handful of you who are using the Zune HD (myself and Phil are diehard fans), you'll be pleased to know of a few updates to the Zune Marketplace.

For one, Twitter gets a landscape keyboard in v1.2, which makes it that much more useful (or useless, depending on your view). You must enable "keyboard tilt" under the settings in Twitter, it's off by default. Facebook gets bumped to v1.1--not sure what the difference is there and yours truly is MIA on that social network.

In addition, a few new card games including Hearts and Spades, which we suppose look fun (see below).

Load up your the Zune Marketplace to download these freebies.

  

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4 years ago

Pocket Informant also not on board Windows Phone 7

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WebIS Inc's. head honcho came out a few weeks ago, responding to a Twitter question, stating very boldly that they too have no immediate plans to develop their popular PIM client, Pocket Informant, for Windows Phone 7:

At the moment we do not expect to support Windows Phone 7. Its simply missing too much foundational for us. It could be done, but we'd hit a dead end at version 1.00 and it would be slower than people would like due to having to write all the recurrence/calendar code in C# without a good backend to help speed things up (like on BB).

So I'd like to make it official. Based on the current beta Windows Phone 7 SDK, we will not be making a Pocket Informant for Windows Phone 7.

His reasoning comes down to what others have said: access to native code and limitations on the current API environment. They could make a PI application, but he suspects it would be slow and lacking in major features/integration with the OS. However, like others, once the OS matures and/or sales end up being really good, they'll reconsider.

All of this comes on the footsteps of Mozilla and Skype essentially saying the same thing. While unfortunate, lets not forget a couple of things: Mozilla failed to deliver a usable browser after two-years of development, Skype's WinMo client was really never that good and Pocket Informant has always been a giant, slow, heaping mess (with a ton of features that some swore by).

Maybe we're just being flippant, but some of us won't be missing some of these companies' mobile offerings all that much, judging from their past performance. Case in point, Alex came out nearly 4 weeks ago with this announcement.  Who noticed? That's not to say we don't wish them luck, we certainly do, but in the end, sometimes you have to make some breaks and let a new-class of developers step up and innovate.

Are we being too harsh? Comment!

[via Information Week]

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4 years ago

Samsung Windows Phone 7 device spotted too (Omnia HD, again?)

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Well, it was their turn, right?

Samsung's WinPho 7 (can we say that?) prototype has made a sneaky, teaser appearance from Microsoft France as they gear up for ReMIX. We've seen a WP7 offering from Samsung back when WP7 was announced.

Turns out yesterday was a big day for some lucky Microsoft PR types as they all received the latest WP7 devices on their desk.

Officially, we know LG (Panther) and now Samsung have working prototypes floating around to demo the OS but no such luck spotting an HTC device, which is odd. We give it 48 hours.

Back to Samsung, not much is known in terms of specs or really anything. But if we had to guess, this is just the same old Omnia HD running WP7. See above comparison shot. So nothing to get too excited about.

[via MobileTechWorld]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile HTC HD2 ROM update now official

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T-Mobile HTC HD2 ROM update now official

If you missed it a few days ago, before HTC pulled it, you can once again grab youself the official HD2 ROM upgrade.

Simply hop here http://www.t-mobile.com/wmupgrade/ and type in your IMEI to download the latest ROM.

Couple of things, for the 15 digit IMEI: if you have 17 digits, just leave the last 2 off. Second, yes, this is the exact same ROM as the "unofficial" one from a few days ago: same size, same numbering, no reported differences in performance. So if you're already flashed, no need to do it again.

Read all the details in the press release right here.

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4 years ago

Paint Now! Mobile: excellent image editor (freeware)

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For those who like to do some pretty basic editing of photos before you ship them off to your Facebook, Twitter or email, you'll want to take a look at this great little app by XDA member 'menos'.

Think of it as analogous to MS Paint. 

You simply run the program, open an image (.png, .jpg, .bmp) and from there you can crop, draw shapes e.g. circle, speech bubbles (very cool), eye dropper for color sample, resize and it even has an undo button.

The buttons are sort of tiny, so while it worked on my 3.2" eXpo, it was a little difficult. However, devices with 3.6" or larger screens should have no issues.

Overall, considering the price (free, but donation encouraged), this app can go up against the much more pricey "professional" competitors on the market. We give it a big thumbs up as it made my Chinese rice-monster very happy.

Head to XDA forums to download.

 

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4 years ago

IE For Windows Phone Team is listening to developers...

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In what is sure to be a technical discussion on the pros//cons of using certain protocols, specifically -webkit-text-size-adjust, in the new IE Mobile Browser for Windows Phone 7, Microsoft's developers have done a retraction due to feedback from the community.

Basically, the issue resolved around how to handle text in in a page with an associated caption and there were ramifications for going with the -webkit- CSS property instead of just the -ms- prefixed one.

The team has now decided to not go with the -webkit- and instead only use the -ms- one. We suppose if you're a web page programmer this means something to you and we're hope you're pleased. We're just glad MS is listening to the developer community, who after all have to use these tools.

Now any of our savvy readers care to explain it in layman's terms?

[via IE for Windows Phone team Weblog]

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4 years ago

Verizon makes top grade

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Verizon makes top grade

Strategy Analytics has released the highlights of its 2010 First Quarter report for U.S. Wireless carriers. Verizon gets overall top marks with AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, and MetroPCS finishing out the top five carriers.

The grading took into account six reporting categories; subscribers, net adds, churn, service revenue, data percent of service revenue, and ARPU (average revenue per user). While Verizon led the way in more categories, there were other stand outs.

AT&T received top marks in Net Adds (1.857 million) where additional subscribers outweighed losses. Sprint led the way with regards to the Data Percentage of Service Revenue (35.3% of $6.432 Billion).

Clearwire skews the data by earning 100% of their revenue from data but they are a data service provider. U.S. Cellular (ranked overall 6th) led the way in Average Revenue Per User at $52.42 per user.

Strategy Analytics is due to release their full report next week but it's clear that the wireless industry is doing well and their report will give each of the top six carriers something to hang their hat on.

Follow the break for a graph showing how all the U.S. wireless carriers fared.

[via: boygenuisreport.com]

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4 years ago

MSN Mobile gets a face-lift, looks slick

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For those of you who still like the idea of "web portals" (which to us seems as dated as an AOL CD) you'll be pleased to know that Microsoft has taken the time to give a nice overhaul to their MSN Mobile website.

The new homepage now matches the recently re-launched desktop version, features ease of access to email, more minimalist graphics and faster downloads.

Overall, we have to give credit as it does look quite nice and were we not to rely on our native Bing, MSN Messenger or ability to push Hotmail, we suppose this would be our next best thing. (Speaking of Hotmail, login to the new revamped "preview" edition here)

Navigate to http://mobile.msn.com/ on your device to check it out, as it should be live. Unfortunately for us, at this time on our TP2/eXpo we were still with the old layout. Guess these things take time.

Read more on the MSN Blog: Behind the Butterfly (awesome name, by the way).

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4 years ago

New LG device running Windows Phone 7?

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Awhile back, LG made some headlines by showing off their eXpo/IQ inspired Windows Phone 7 device with side-sliding qwerty.

Just recently, another image has showed up.

This time though, the lower buttons are slightly different, suggesting that the earlier prototype is nearing finalization. The image reportedly comes from a Microsoft employee from France (posted on Flickr).

The source speculates this device may be sporting a 3.8" screen, but we think 3.6" is more likely. But wait, that earlier prototype LG looks to have a 3.2" screen, akin to their eXpo/IQ.

So, are we looking at the same device as the earlier prototype or completely different one from LG? Or is this just our eyes playing tricks, making it look much larger? The other specs (keyboard, 5MP camera, etc.) match up with the earlier prototype ones, so perhaps they are the same after all, just updated.

Unfortunately, more details are lacking at this point. Looks sexy though.

Edit: original sources fixed!

[via MobileTechWorld]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile HD2 gets an (unofficial) official ROM update

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Well that sure didn't take too long.  Looks like the T-Mobile HTC HD2 (aka WM6.5's last hurrah) has received a ROM update.

Slight word of caution: we're hearing this isn't 100% officially public yet, but perhaps the final ROM for T-Mo employees/testers, etc. So expect an "official" announcement next week by T-Mobile and HTC on this exact update.

The OS build is bumped to 21892 (a very good build, we might add), updated radio, updated Swype , reportedly more stable and responsive (via XDA forum) and finally, it includes a new app to see your account information. 

If you want to know all of the software changes, here ya go (not for the faint of heart!).

You can grab the download directly from HTC here.

Update: HTC pulled it :-/

Update II: T-Mobile will make the update official on the 18th!

[via TMoNews and PPCGeeks forums]

 

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4 years ago

Marketplace Spotlight: Weatherbug

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4 years ago

Sync your Windows Mobile 6.5 device with a Linux box

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Confession: we here at WMExperts, unfortunately, know jack about Linux, their distros (sounds like a fun party) nor how to really do anything in the OS.

Still, we imagine there are a handful of you who want (but can't) sync your trusty WM6.5 device with your favorite Linux OS. TrueFalse? We dunno.

Luckily Linux pro 'Feedsbrain' (ahem) has written a nice tutorial on how to just that.

Now to us, his directions are written in an alien language, but for your linux-experts out there, we're pretty sure this will make sense.

Now go read and let us know if this was remotely helpful!

"Synchronize Windows Mobile 6.5 and Linux Box"

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4 years ago

Could this be the HTC Mondrian?

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If you've been following over the weekend, over at XDA the supposed first Windows Phone 7 ROM was posted (see full coverage here and here).

Getting into that ROM package is a bit tricky since their are new tools need for the new format, but progress is being made.

Case in point, user 'Fdo35' has found some images in the "oemavatar.cab" in IMGFS. Those images might be a mockup of the HTC Mondrian, specifically when the phone syncs with the Zune desktop software, ala Windows Mobile Device Center and it pulls up the image of the phone for that custom look. Or it may be just a dummy image.

Also found in the registry were references to the device not having a physical keyboard and a "4.3in WVGA Optrex" screen; similar stats to the HTC HD2 (but the rendering looks more like the original HTC HD). In addition, this ROM is possibly working off a "... QSD8650A/B (both are mentioned) chipset, which supports both CDMA and GSM, and is the only Snapdragon chipset which will get the new 1.3GHz Scorpion core"

So, what to make of all of this? Let you imaginations run wild or put your skeptics cap on (we advise the latter, but prefer the former). Hopefully more info will be coming forth on what exactly we're looking at.

[via XDA]

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