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4 years ago

Review: Online TVx Mobile

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4 years ago

Programming: Windows Phone 7 vs iPhone

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Programming: Windows Phone 7 vs iPhone

Being that we're not programmers ourselves, we have to live vicariously through others to discuss the subject at hand: which platform is better to program for--iPhone or Windows Phone 7?

Over at 'Don's Blog' (Don Burnett), we get a nice coding comparison between the two platforms and lo-behold, WP7 wins. The reasons revolve around newer coding language (C# vs Objective C), faster tools and just generally easier programming tools.

Actually, you can just watch Don's slick slide presentation after the break to get all the facts from his viewpoint, including timing differences and you can read his blurb right here

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4 years ago

Some guy on the web scribbled mean things about WP7 (before it has been released)

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We won't call this a "review" since last we checked the Windows Phone 7 OS has yet to be finished, nor are there any consumer phones out there to evaluate.

Despite all of that, someone at InfoWorld managed to cobble enough words together to almost form a coherent rant about the direction Microsoft has taken with Windows Phone 7.

Look, we get it--some people really like the 'Metro' UI and some don't. That's cool. But basing your whole critique on your personal aesthetics and then going ahead and predicting failure months before release is a bit, ahem, shortsighted and naive.

Considering no functionality or cloud services like Xbox, Zune store, Sharepoint, Office, Skydrive, Live Phone, Outlook, Bing was even mentioned, let a lone discussed, we have to say that this "piece" fairs only slightly higher than "angry message forum rant" and pretty much fits the notion of internet trolling. That and only that is where "Windows Phone 7: Don't bother with this disaster" accomplishes its goal and to you, Mr. Gruman, a golf-clap.

So if you're excited about a craptacular read, click away. Otherwise, lets all move on...

[Thanks? Anonymous Tipper]

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4 years ago

Download some WP7 ringtones & alarms, mildly impress your friends

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Looks like someone has some time no their hands as they went through that Long Zheng WP7 emulator video and "ripped" the audio for the ringtones and alarms, then trimmed them into individual files.  Whew!

Now a couple of caveats: these aren't the most exciting ringtones/alarms, in fact they all have a similar theme to them. Second, there's no way to know if these will be the "final" tones on board Windows Phone 7, indeed, it's probably a safe bet that they're not.

But hey, they're new, they're free and they don't sound half bad, so go for it. Grab 'em here.

[via Mobility Digest]

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4 years ago

Prepare for Windows Phone 7 now--import your contacts to Windows Live Contacts

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Many of us these days have our contacts spread all over the place: Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, Exchange, etc. It can be quite a pain.

Starting with Windows Phone 7, Windows Live will take a front and center role with the device, requiring you to use a Live ID to "sign in" on the phone to access your Xbox account, Zune profile, Hotmail/Live Mail, MSN Messenger, Phone Live, etc. This is quite similar to how an Android device requires a Google mail account, which also accesses all of Google's services.

One neat feature that will help simplify things is using Windows Live Contacts (http://contacts.live.com/), which will allow you to import your contacts from

  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Outlook Express
  • Windows Contacts
  • Windows Live Hotmail
  • Yahoo! Mail (CSV)
  • Gmail (CSV)

Those last two options are quite important for many of us and using the CSV export/import system is really quite easy (Gmail --> Contacts --> Export --> Outlook CSV). Likewise, the 'Add People' feature is quite nice, allowing digital import and constant syncing between the following services:

  • Facebook
  • MySpace
  • LinkedIn
  • AOL Mail
  • Google
  • Outlook
  • etc.


Finally, you can use the Manage --> 'Clean up contacts' option in Windows Live Contacts to find and delete duplicate information, saving a lot of time. Likewise you can use the 'Merge' feature if you have many lists to import.

Seeing as we'll all need to be on this system in the near future, might as well take the 15 minutes to get the ball rolling, eh?

[via On 10]

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4 years ago

Astraware releases two new games for Windows Phone; look decent

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Astraware is one of the few companies who put out some solid games for Windows Mobile, including Classic Collection, Casino, Bubble Shuffle, Bejeweled/Bejeweled 2, Sudoku, etc. So it's nice to see them still put out a few games in the twilight months of our beloved OS.

The first game is Police Range ($4.99) and is a police shooting range-type game. Seems kind of fun and the graphics aren't too shabby.

The other is OddBlob ($4.99), a strategy/puzzle game that should be good for those who like the Bejeweled series and goofy graphics.

Both are for touchscreen devices, preferably the 800x480 type.

We'll try to get a review up on both of these sooner than later.

[via Experience Mobility]

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4 years ago

WP7 device rumor: 'Mozart' coming to T-Mobile USA; same as 'Schubert'?

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File this under "confusing": Are the HTC Schubert and HTC Mozart one and the same? We may be finding out soon as TmoNews is hearing from a trusted source that the HTC Mozart (a 800x480, keyboardless slab) is coming to T-Mobile USA in the fall.

The big question is are Schubert/Mozart just swappable code names--one being the general device ('Mozart'), the other the carrier specific version ('Schubert') or are they two separate devices?  Too early to tell and like most WP7 device leaks, no hard info to really get excited about.

Hopefully we'll see some real hardware, real specs and something tangible soon.

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4 years ago

WP7 emulator video tour; looking very fast and smooth

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With the latest release of the Windows Phone 7 beta emulator, a lot of changes have happened, especially for developers.

When running the emulator on a computer, as Long Zheng did at iStartedSomething, the first thing you'll notice is just how fast the OS has become. Remember, this is independent of your PC's performance (for the most part) as the earlier builds were much slower to respond. Now things like Mobile Internet Explorer and even the regular menus all instantly respond to input. Also worth a note is ringtones and alerts are now included, which while not earth shattering we do dig the overall tone/theme-- it sounds sort of futuristic, far from bombastic.

We have to admit, we're starting to get real excited, especially seeing this on some serious hardware come the fall.  Check out both videos after the jump.

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4 years ago

HP no longer listed as a Windows Phone 7 launch partner? We shrug.

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In an updated slide presented by Steve Ballmer during WPC10 the other day, HP was notably absent from the "launch partner" list for Windows Phone 7.

Unless they were just forgotten, it's sort of a big deal since HP was initially listed months ago as being one of the big OEMs to release a WP7 device this fall. Of course with their acquisition of Palm and specifically their WebOS, it's probably not a huge surprise that they've cold feet--even if they don't consider smartphones 'hard' or their main focus. Then again, they are still listed as a Microsoft slate-partner, even though they've said they would do a WebOS slate, possibly this year. Going further, this seems to contradict earlier reports that HP was "committed" to Windows Phone 7--even though they never actually stated as much.

Of course, while we're always excited about Microsoft working with as many OEMs as possible for design innovation and just general competition reasons, HP has not exactly lit the world on fire with their WM6.5 push in 2009 and we can't say we're too sad not to see them not listed.

Heck, with Dell being on board, we'll take that swap any day.

[via MobileTechWorld]

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4 years ago

WP7 Keynote at Worldwide Partner Conference is now available

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For some reason on Monday, the keynote on Windows Phone 7 at 2pm during WPC10 never aired--presumably "technical difficulties" but alas the video is now available to watch in its entirety right here or just click the 'Read the rest of this entry' below.

Some interesting tidbits of the nearly hour long video focus in on Office, Outlook, pictures, contacts, maps and basically the core aspects of the phone. What's real interesting is how much is done on the phone without "launching" any applications--so much of the foundational programs are just built in, linked to each other in an--to borrow their phrase-intelligent way.

Overall Windows Phone 7 looks incredibly easy to use without any fuss--just to the point productivity. Below are also a few screen grabs of their slides, nothing huge but still interesting.

Watch the full video after the break...

[Phone 7 via Reddit]

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4 years ago

Your questions about WP7 answered, kinda, by Microsoft's Brandon Watson

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Back a few weeks ago we mentioned how Microsoft's Brandon Watson would answer your questions--well a few of your questions, depending if you made the cut or not.

Weeks passed and we're worried if we would ever hear back and finally we did. Some good info in here but alas, my fellow Expert-tiers, you seemed to have gone for the gold and asked him a few questions that were met with the traditional terse no comment or similar canned responses.

Hey, we can't blame you for asking and can't blame Brandon for not risking his job, so golf claps all around.

The big news is probably the idea that Microsoft still has a "set of consumer features" that they have not yet announced, but will be doing so soon. (Putting pipe in the mouth): Interesting....any guesses?

Finally, no doubt some of his responses will set off some heated discussions, so flame on and sound off in the comments.  Hit the link for the full set of questions and answers!

Special thanks to MobilityDigest for organizing this event & Brandon Watson for his time. Follow Brandon Watson on Twitter and his blog here: blog: ManyNiches.com | twitter: @brandonwatson

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 'Jump Start' Live Meeting--July 20th

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For those of you who are programming or looking to get into developing for Windows Phone 7, Microsoft will be hosting a series of four online, live and completely free sessions on writing programs for the new OS.

Starting next Tuesday, the events look to be a great way to get a foot in the door if you're a beginner or to learn some new tricks if you're more advanced.  All you need to do is register and watch it from your computer--sounds easy enough.

Windows Phone 7 Jump Start: Session One – Getting Started with Microsoft Windows Phone 7 and Silverlight

Join us on July 20 2010 at 8.00 am PDT for an three-hour Office Live Meeting broadcast.

Windows Phone 7 promises to be an amazing mobile phone operating system given its innovative user interface and functionality, as well as its great development platform upon which you can quickly and easily build games and applications.

This course is organized into four virtual instructor-led sessions that are of 3-hour duration. They will be presented by forthcoming MS Press authors and MVP’s, Andy Wigley and Rob Miles. It will provide developers a jump start for developing Windows Phone 7 applications. Labs will be completed offline with office hour access to the instructors.

This session is the first of 4 sessions. Please register for all 4 in order to complete this training.

July 20th
Session Two: Programming Game Applications with XNA

July 22nd
Session Three: Programming Applications with Silverlight
Session Four: Review and Wrap Up

Seems like a fun time and you can't beat the price. Go here for more info and to register!

[Via E's PhoneBlog; Thanks, Jonne]

 

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4 years ago

Microsoft announces Windows Phone Live

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Microsoft has announced a new companion site for Windows Phone users, Windows Phone Live.  The new service sounds a lot like the KIN Studio but with more gusto. The "Find My Phone" resembles the security features "MyPhone" has but are slated to be free. MyPhone currently charges if these services are used.

In describing the new website at Microsoft's Windows Phone blog,

"..the new Windows Phone Live companion site that gives people a central place to see pictures they’ve published, view their Windows Live calendar and contacts, exchange OneNote files and access other information shared between the phone and the Web. The site will offer 25GB of SkyDrive and host the Find My Phone service, which allows people to find and manage a missing phone with map, ring, lock and erase capabilities right from your PC – and all for free."

There is a question of when Windows Phone Live will become available. Windowsphone.live.com is already an active URL. However, when you sign into the site with your Windows Live ID you recieve a notice that "No Windows Phone 7 Detected", then redirected to windowsphone.com.  This is a good sign that the services should be available when Windows Phone 7 launches later this year.

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4 years ago

About this week's podcast ...

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About this week's podcast ...

We had a hell of a WMExperts Podcast Monday night. If you missed the live show, well, you missed it. Because of a technical glitch (erm, or somebody -- erm, me -- pushing the wrong button), all but the first 10 minutes were lost. And while the first 10 minutes were pretty good, it's the middle half-hour where we really got going, and the last 10 minutes that were set to make us all stars. Really. They were that good.

So our apologies as you have to go another week without your dosage of Malatesta and yours truly. As soon as Mal recovers from the shock of losing the greatest podcast in the history of podcasts and is able to feed and bathe himself again, we'll be right back atcha. (Chances are that'll be by next Monday night at 7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. PDT.) See you then.

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4 years ago

Review: OtterBox Commuter Series Case for AT&T Tilt 2

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Review: OtterBox Commuter Series Case for AT&T Tilt 2

One of the first accessories that I purchase for any smart phone that I’ve ever owned is a case to protect my new investment. I’ve mentioned before that choosing a case for your phone is very similar to the process of choosing the phone itself. A large part of the decision is based on your lifestyle and how you use your device.

OtterBox makes some of the most rugged cell phone cases on the market, though they sometimes sacrifice in the portability/usability department. The OtterBox Commuter Series case makes a reasonable compromise between protection and usability.

 

Pros: 
Tough Case. Nice Fit.
Cons: 
Power button hard to access
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