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4 years ago

Hotmail Exchange ActiveSync now available

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Just a follow up on that Hotmail with Exchange Activesync support--word is, it is now Active Live err...working.

The settings are pretty straight forward if you are familiar with setting up an Exchange account on your device. Simply enter this info and you should be good to go:

Server / URL: m.hotmail.com

Username: Enter full email address, for example: someone@example.com

Domain: Leave this blank

SSL: Enable this

Certificate: Accept the SSL certificate when prompted

Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Tasks: All can be enabled

[via LiveSide.net]

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4 years ago

AT&T Tilt2 Official Update Available

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Well it's official.

AT&T and HTC have released an official update for the AT&T Tilt2. We saw an "unofficial" version surface back in July and our initial impressions were good. The leaked ROM had a little more bounce in its step.

The official update includes Sense 2.5, the ability to format the SD Card from the phone, and an assortment of hotfixes. The official version of the updated ROM is 2.10.502.4.

We're in the process of downloading the 226mb update and will be able to tell later today if it shares the same pep that the leaked version did.  If you've already downloaded and installed this ROM, feel free to share your impressions in the comments section.

Just remember, when updating your Windows Phone ROM the update wipes your phone clean and data backups are strongly recommended before you proceed.

You can find the official update here. A tip of the hat goes out to mvierling for alerting us to this update through our tip line.

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4 years ago

Intel buying Infineon; looks to enter mobile phone biz...again

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In an interesting and somewhat unexpected decision, Intel has gone ahead and reportedly bought mobile-chip maker Infineon for $1.4 billion. Infineon makes mobile chips for all sorts of devices, including mobile phones. The latter business they got into after buying up LSI Corporation in 2007, with the Samsung Galaxy S series featuring their work.

The deal will let Intel use Infineon's mobile tech in "...Core processor-based laptops, and myriad of Intel Atom processor-based devices, including smartphones, netbooks, tablets and embedded computers". In addition, we can see Intel strengthening their "Wi-Fi and 4G WiMAX offerings".

All of this seems to set up Intel against Microsoft favorite Qualcomm, who's all-in-1 chipset solution seems to be very tempting for OEMs. The move, according to FastCompany, is due in part to off-set Apple's recent push in the mobile space with their A4 CPU which was developed in-house. Basically Intel is losing out in the mobile phone/slate area and is looking to cozy up with Microsoft through this purchase.

Of course, all of this is sort of funny knowing that Intel sold off their mobile division only a few years ago to Marvel for $600 million--while not 100% the same business, certainly Marvel and Infineon overlap quite a bit.

Will Intel succeed in cracking the mobile market and dislodge Qualcomm? Anyone want to ask Nvidia?

[Read Fast Company/Bloomberg]

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4 years ago

Geolocation gaming coming to Windows Phone 7

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We've mentioned in the past about 'Orion', the geolocation service/API for Windows Phone 7 which allows developers access to many forms of locating the phone's location extremely quickly.

Now that same service looks to be leveraged, eventually, for gaming.

Makes sense to us. Such a feature could be used to unlock levels or weapons by requiring the user to be at a certain location or establishment. Going further, the level-up could be time-constrained, requiring the player to be at a certain place, at a certain time.

Of course with our corporate overlords, we could also imagine commercially sponsored games by chain-stores, such as coffee shops or your local Best Buy. We're not too sure about the 'coolness' of the latter as we can't think of any hip corporate-branded games, but the potential at least exists.

Finally, the potential to leverage such geolocation gaming could result in 'flash mobs', at least according to  Microsoft's independent software vendor developer evangelist Paul Foster and OS and mobile product manager lead William Coleman, who in an interview detailed WP7s GPS potential. It should be noted that all of this is up to the developers to take advantage of and so far, only Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst uses such technology.

[the Inquirer via 1800PocketPC]

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4 years ago

Exchange ActiveSync headed to Hotmail

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It appears that Microsoft will finally flip the switch and enable Exchance Activesync for Windows Live Hotmail. According to a ZDNet UK report, this feature will become active on August 30, 2010 allowing for contacts, calendar and hotmail to be synced with your Windows Live Account (some devices will be compatible with Task sync as well).

This will put Windows Live on an even playing field with Google, who has supported Activesync with Gmail, calendar, and contacts for some time. This will also give the new Windows Phone 7 a more complete connectivity package.

Indications are that in testing, Activesync was fast, simple and glitch free.  It appears the server address for Activesync configuration will be m.hotmail.com but nothing official has been released. 

So with the ability to sync contacts, appointments, and now email with Windows Live I wonder how many will switch over from Google?

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4 years ago

Microsoft may spend half a Billion to get WP7 rolling

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Microsoft has a lot riding on the launch of Windows Phone 7. And it looks as if they're ready to put some serious cash to help insure its success.

According to Jonathan Goldberg, a telecommunications analyst at Deutsche Bank, Microsoft is prepared to fund initial marketing, development and manufacturing subsidies with as much as $400 million. Goldberg stated, “This is make-or-break for them. They need to do whatever it takes to stay in the game."

In a recent visit to Microsoft, Goldberg said company executives told him that along with carrier and manufacturing partners, Microsoft would likely spend billions in the first year for Windows Phone 7 marketing and development. While these numbers are high, Goldberg estimates that Verizon, Motorola and Google spent $100 million to market the Droid line of Android phones.

Microsoft will definitely have some ground to catch up in the smartphone market. Google's Android has gotten a healthy corner on the market releasing what seems to be a device every other week. Apple's "antenna gate" appears to have faded quickly into the sunset with the iPhone 4G sales not missing a beat.

But will $400 million do the trick? The obvious answer is, "if it's spent right." Windows Phone 7 preview units were well received so it is unlikely that the software will be a complete dud. The big three of WP7 manufacturers (HTC, Samsung, and LG) are working on a few, "not too shabby looking" devices, and software development is building up steam.

The funding will definitely help all of these efforts. Hopefully some of the funding will be left over to help the consumers at the cash register when the time comes to actually buy a Windows Phone 7.

Source: TechCrunch.com

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4 years ago

HTC PC40100 presented to the FCC

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HTC has yet another Windows Phone being presented to the FCC for approval. This time around, a nice yellow label details the HTC PC40100.

FCC documentation indicates the PC40100 is fitted with wifi and bluetooth connectivity and EDGE 850/1900 band (no 3G bands listed). At first thought, with the yellow label, this could be the HD Mini heading to U.S. market. However, without 3G bands, that's unlikely.

Could this be another Windows Phone 7 devices slated for European release this fall? If so, then you have to ask why send it to the FCC to begin with?

via: htcsource.com

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4 years ago

Windows Phone UK Shows off The Harvest

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For all intents and purposes, MIX10 was the real coming out party for Windows Phone 7. That was the first time we really got an extensive look at the future of Windows Phone. One of my personal favorite moments from MIX10 was the quick look (tease is more like it) of what XNA was capable of with The Harvest. What we didn’t know at the time is that The Harvest is going to be one of XBOX Live titles from Microsoft Gaming Studios available at launch. Windows Phone UK has posted several videos showing off what the game is capable of and what we can expect from this third-person shooter. First impressions, this is an awfully good start; at least as good as anything available for iPhone or Android, if not better.

What do you think about The Harvest? How much gaming do you think you will do with your Windows Phone? Let us know in the comments. Videos are after the break.

[via: MobileTechWorld]

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4 years ago

Update: WMExpert polls on Windows Phone 7

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Just a quick update on some of our polls that we've been running the last few days.

Sure, they're unscientific and self-selected, but hey, your opinions matter here and it's always nice to get a rough idea of what you folks are thinking.

On should Microsoft rename 'Windows Phone 7' to something, well, more catchy you guys are pretty evenly split with 52% of you saying 'no' and 48% saying 'yes'. Of course, it is somewhat rhetorical at this point, but still indicative of Microsoft's choice of branding.

Regarding how happy you are about the Windows Phone 7 hardware (this was before the HTC T8788 leak), 45% of you are generally happy, 38% are underwhelmed and only 16% are really impressed.  We're betting those numbers have improved slightly for the positive side since the HTC leak, but clearly OEMs have to go further to impress you.


Finally, a hidden poll in the Xbox story asked if you were impressed by Microsoft's announcement/offerings with Xbox LIVE and Windows Phone 7. A sizable 66% of you thought it was better than you had hoped, 28% were expected exactly what was shown and only 6% were unimpressed--numbers which seem to reflect the general consensus that Microsoft nailed the gaming side of Windows Phone 7.

All in all, interesting stuff!

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4 years ago

LG E900 gets a slightly better photo op

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4 years ago

TerreStar Genus gets FCC approval

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TerreStar Genus gets FCC approval

Back in March at CTIA, we spotted the TerreStar Genus, a Windows Mobile 6.5.3 smartphone with 3G and satellite capability. We liked what we saw and apparently so did the FCC.

The Genus has received FCC's stamp of approval with AT&T compatible 850/1900 GSM. And even though it's running Windows Mobile 6.5.3 we still think it's a cool phone.  It's not like every Windows Phone we see pass through the FCC talks to satellites.

So far, no rumors as to when, where or how the Genus will be available.   At one point it was rumored to be headed to AT&T but there's no telling if that will hold true.  Regardless, it will be nice to see the a Windows Mobile based satellite finally make it to market. 

via: engadget.com

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4 years ago

The new Gmail Calling feature

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The new Gmail Calling feature

Starting today, Google is giving you the ability to call any phone from your computer through Gmail. All you need to do is download a plug-in app on to your computer and you can dial phone numbers straight from your Gmail screen.

Granted, if you have your Windows Phone with you, why would you bother using Gmail to make a call? Sure, you could have a weak signal at the house for your Windows Phone or you just don't want to get up from behind your computer to get your phone. Regardless, it's kinda neat to have the ability to place a call through Gmail.

Calls to the U.S. and Canada will be free for at least the rest of this year with calls to other countries being charged as little as $.02 a minute. If you have a Google Voice Number, calls made from Gmail will display this number as the outbound ID. You can also choose to receive incoming calls to your Google Voice Number through Gmail.

The new calling feature will be rolled out to Gmail users over the next few days and when active, you'll see a "Call Phone" feature listed under your chat column.  You can get all the details at gmail.com/call

via: gmailblog

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4 years ago

Verizon's Windows Phone "End of Life" list

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A leaked "end of life" list has surfaced from Verizon Wireless that takes every Windows Phones off Verizon's shelves.

According to the document the HTC Touch Pro 2 has seen it's last days (EOL 6/29/2010) while the HTC Imagio, Ozone and Samsung Omnia 2 have their days seriously numbered (EOL 3/31/2011). All of which essentially wipes Verizon's slate clean of all Windows Phones.

Verizon isn't just axing Windows Phones. Android, Blackberry and Palm devices also make an appearance on the list. However, with Verizon rumored to be giving Windows Phone 7 the cold shoulder, could this be the end of a Verizon Windows Phone?  Or is Verizon warming up to Windows Phone 7 and simply cleaning off the shelves to make room for WP7 inventory?

via: precentral.com source: phonedog.com

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4 years ago

Marketplace Spotlight: BBC News

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Marketplace Spotlight: BBC News

BBC News is an application being offered over at the Marketplace that is the product of one developer's frustration. Lawrence Gripper, the apps developer, states "I got really annoyed with all these iPhone and android users having their nice little news applications so I wrote one."

BBC News, as the name implies, allows you to browse the headlines from BBC News. The $2.99 app saves the articles and images locally to help speed things up. The interface is straight forward and simple in that all you have to do is tap a headline and the full story loads.

From the menu, you can filter stories by region (worldwide stories, UK, N. Ireland, Scotland, etc.) or topic (sports, politics, business, and health). Pages loaded promptly and I experienced no glitches, crashes or bugs in using the news app. BBC News reminded me of AP Mobile but focused on stories generated through BBC.

You have to admire the ingenuity of Lawrence Gripper for seeing a need and taking initiative to develop an app to meet those needs. If you find yourself needing to stay in tune with BBC headlines, BBC News is well worth considering. You can pick up a copy at the Marketplace and for a video demo of BBC News, just follow the break.

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