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4 years ago

Microsoft KIN at Best Buy

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Microsoft KIN at Best Buy

The Microsoft KIN has invaded Best Buy. If you are considering the KIN for yourself or your teenager but the cost isn't that appealing, you may want to check out what Best Buy is offering.

The KIN Two is running $49.99 with a Verizon Wireless two-year contract and the KIN One is free with the two-year commitment. Both will require Verizon's data package which will run you about $30 a month.  While it would be nice for a lower priced data package to surface for the KIN, it looks like the KIN's pricing is slowly coming down to reasonable levels.

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4 years ago

Wii remote support in a Windows Phone 7 app?

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First off, this isn't some "official Microsoft support thing", so don't even go there. 

But evidently one of the developers (Nick Randolph) presenting at ReMix Australia used a Nintendo Wii remote in some fashion with the Windows Phone 7 emulator.

The Wii remote uses Bluetooth to connect to devices and it's been shown to be very hackable, running on everything from a PC to the new iPad. So any trickery to get it to work on WP7 is easily in the realm of plausibility.

What is exactly being used for? We have no idea. Could be just for simulation, could be something more interesting.  Either way, sounds like these developers are liking what they see. I mean, just look at how shocked Stan is in that second Tweet.

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4 years ago

MetroTwit beta goes live

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MetroTwit beta goes live

We mentioned last week about MetroTwit, the desktop Twitter client who's UI was influenced by Windows Phone 7. At the time, the software was still too early in development to be released, but alas its creators have allowed the beta our the gate.

First thing you should know is it'll require you to install .NET Framework 4 Client Profile and Extended, which it will do on its own if you allow it. That's a whopping 89MB for that entire framework, so be prepared. Then you'll have to restart your computer and the final install of MetroTwit will take place. The actual MetroTwit program is very tiny at less than 3MB, owing to its .NET coding.

Overall, it's quite a pretty program. With its configurable columns, its very much like Seesmic. You can add/remove those columns (your feed, replies, friends, direct messages) and drag and drop to re-arrange them.

Technically it can do multiple accounts, but we had trouble getting it to do so. Especially noteworthy is the live "badge" on the icon in the Windows Start bar which displays how many new Tweets you have. Other advanced features like delete, map, conversation, show in browsers are missing as of this early build, but we imagine it's just a matter of time.

Remember, this is a beta, so there are some bugs and some of the menu/options are less than intuitive, but overall it's not too bad for such an early start.  

Get it herehttp://www.metrotwit.com/

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4 years ago

MetroTwit: desktop Twitter cilent influenced by WP7

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Looks like the 'Metro UI' thing is starting to catch on and why not? Much like how the iPhone OS can be all-blowns-up for the iPad, why not influence the desktop or browser with Microsoft's mobile UI.

Turns out Long Zheng of iStartedSomething and some pals have been working on a desktop Twitter app that looks exceptionally clean, minimalist and darn useful.

The app has been in very early stages of development, meaning they're focusing on features, not yet de-bugging and has been circulating amongst a small group of users.

Long story short, website MeuWindows figured out the URL for the download link and even bypassed the authentication...just so they could try it. Luckily Long Zheng took this as flattery and there you go.

Actually, you can now sign up for the actual beta (bottom of the page), which is expected sooner than later. We're down with that!

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4 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 100

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WMExperts Podcast Episode 100


It's Episode 100, people! That's a whole lot of Windows Mobile. And to celebrate, well, we talk about a major shakeup within the Microsoft executive ranks, as well as the latest in Windows Mobile 7.

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4 years ago

"My MediaCenter Remote" for Windows Phone 7 nears beta status

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One of the more interesting and useful apps in development for Windows Phone 7 is "My MediaCenter Remote" which integrates with the Windows Media Center (an under-rated features of Windows 7). Well, it's useful if you don't want to splurge $10 for a physical remote, ya cheapskate.

The latest version by dgaust is near beta, although like other developers he's anxiously awaiting a physical device to actually run it on. The features so far completed are as follows:

  • View and play Recorded TV - done
  • View and play back tv stored by myTV - done
  • View music, and create album playlists - done
  • Remote control media centre - done

What's left is tweaking up some of the graphics, which are a bit dull or just missing at this point (placeholders). Overall though, considering we are still six months from the release of WP7, it's nice to know we should have some advanced media center functionality right out the gate. But we can't help but wish this could actually stream our content instead of just being a remote for it.

Check out the full video of the program's UI in action after the break

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4 years ago

Marketplace Spotlight: Vegas Pool Sharks

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4 years ago

Free wifi with your Happy Meal?

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Free wifi isn't a new concept but did you know McDonalds offers it at select locations? It was news to me the other day and have to admit it was nice to use my Windows Phone via wifi while feasting on my Big Mac.

McDonalds isn't alone in providing customers with free wifi. Starbuck's offers free wifi for AT&T customers (two hour limit per day), free AT&T wifi is scattered across the nation at various airports, and you can find hot spots at select Barnes and Noble stores.

And free wifi seems to be spreading.  Just checking my neck of the woods on OpenWiFiSpots.com, asides from the local motel/hotels Buffalo Wild Wings, T.G.I. Fridays, and Panera Bread are other national chains offering free wifi.  AT&T recently announced they are launching a pilot program to offer free wifi in New York City at Times Square to see if it can lighten the load on their 3G networks.  If successful, it may spread to other downtown centers.

So, when you're out shopping or enjoying a hot cup of joe or a plate of hot wings, do you take advantage of the free hot spots with your Windows Phone or laptop? It's a great way to speed things up and if your on a limited data plan, a good way to save on your data usage as well.

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4 years ago

Update: Microsoft used wrong info on slide; IDC exonerated

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Well looks like Microsoft made a bit of mistake when citing IDC in that recent ReMix event.

If you recall, IDC reportedly suggested that Microsoft could sell 30 million Windows Phone 7 devices, worldwide, by the end of 2011.  That number quickly burned around the web with lots of "yeah right!" tweets and the like.

Well, here's the real story: it was actually 32 million.

But that's all Windows Mobile devices (WM6.5.x) and not Windows Phone 7, which it has made no analysis nor predictions about. In fact, IDC said it won't be able to do any forecasting on Windows Phone 7 till it actually ships and they can do their own research by talking to vendors and operators.  Makes sense.

So now your task is clear: undo this damage and spread the word--Tweet and reTweet!

And IDC--yeah, sorry that you had to go through all of that.

[via PC World and IDC, p.c.]

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4 years ago

LG Panther (GW910) specs get detailed

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While we knew some of the details about the LG Panther (GW910), we didn't have all the little nitty-gritty bits.

Granted, this is not the sexiest phone we've ever seen, but functional? Heck yeah, it seems like it'll do quite well with our new OS. The other thing is this is not final and LG might be apt to change or modify things before launch. Of note is the 720p video recording, something which is becoming more and more the norm these days.

But currently, it's not so bad, though we're hoping to see what HTC can bring to the table. Come on guys, leak something already...

 [via TechArena]

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4 years ago

20 new games coming to Windows Mobile for free (but paid for by Microsoft)

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In what could be a smart move to both lock in a game developer and spur more development on Windows Mobile (yes, we still talk about it), Microsoft is commissioning Touch Dimensions, a recent gaming startup from Singapore.

Known for creating "natural" interfaces for gaming and having knack for those sweet little simple games that people on mobile phones often prefer, Touch Dimensions has been tasked with bringing roughly twenty games to the Windows phone marketplace and they all will be free for the consumer.

These casual games will range from "...a digital sketchpad to a Whack-A-Mole-type game that lets you smack mosquitoes to oblivion".

Want to see what they are capable of? Touch Dimensions already have two games available: "Autumn Dynasty" and "Totem Star Lite"/Totem Star Christmas".  And we'll keep you posted on when these inspired freebies start popping up!

[Today Online via WMPoweruser]

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4 years ago

Microsoft may cut cost of Zune Pass: $9.99 a month?

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Competition is hot these days in the music-download biz and Microsoft's $14.99 a month Zune Pass may instead get chopped down to $9.99, according to senior product manager Terry Farrell in an interview with Business Week.

While Phil and I think the $14.99 a month price is fair (you get to purchase 10 songs a month with that $14.99, in addition to unlimited downloading), others in the industry, notably Amazon and Rhapsody, offer a similar service for $10.

Microsoft does need to position itself here carefully: they want to make a profit and find that sweet spot, but they also want to make sure when you buy an upcoming Windows Phone 7 device, you take advantage of the Zune Marketplace.

Finding just the right combo could be killer, because while Amazon has some presence on mobile (notably Android), Rhapsody is less straight-forward and has less presence. (Plus in comparison, Zune Marketplace is a better experience than Amazon's on Android). This is still the one area that Microsoft can really exploit against Apple, who still don't have a monthly pass subscription.

And while they're at it, we'd like to see Microsoft implement some type of Zune Video Pass, which was rumored to be coming. The idea of having unlimited video streaming/downloading on my Windows Phone 7 would be fantastic.

[via Business Week & Zune Boards]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile HTC HD2 ROM is back...again

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At first it was here, then it was, then it was back, then it was gone...and now it's back. (Get it here)

That finicky HD2 ROM from T-Mobile has once again returned to the site, ready for download after being recently removed reportedly due to technical issues causing mischief on people's ginormous black slabs.

So what was fixed? Evidently nothing.  In T-Mobile's forum they blame the last ROM yanking on server issues. Yeah.

Due to overwhelming demand, some customers experienced slow download times when attempting to access the HTC HD2 software update from the T-Mobile Web site. As a result, we temporarily removed the link from our Web site to ensure the best possible customer experience.

Now that we have solved our server issues, we are happy to announce that the software update for the HTC HD2 is now available on the T-Mobile Web site for customers to download and install on their HTC HD2 smartphone.

If you have already downloaded and installed the software update to their HTC HD2, please continue to use your device as normal. You do not need to reinstall the software.

So no need to re-flash as nothing will change. Speaking of, with the new ROM, lots of complained about the poor touch response. If that's you, XDA has you covered with this .cab fix to adjust the settings for you. Good luck!

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4 years ago

Make your own cutout Windows Phone 7 prototype, feel like a kid again!

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Just can't wait for a Windows Phone 7 device? Here's the next best thing: use this paper cutout made by Swedish software developer Jayway. Simply download and print out the .pdf file (other formats available) and off you go.

Now on a serious note, this was actually made by a developer for developers so they can get a better idea of how their program would look like on a "life-sized" device instead of a 24" high-resolution monitor. In this case, the Jayway team was interested in font size. Basically you can print out your images of your test application and smack them on. Or even cut out slits and have a pull-through panorama style experience.

(Hint to Microsoft: developers really want prototype devices sooner than later!)

For us, we're going to print one HUGE one out so we can walk around NYC, reenacting those 'Trigger Happy TV' bits (must watch) "Heeello! What? Yes the iPhone is total rubbish!"

Read more and grab it here.

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