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4 years ago

Multitouch, push notifications at forefront of Windows Phone 7 Series

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LAS VEGAS -- Immersive apps and gaming is a main focus for Microsoft with Windows Phone 7 Series. Today at MIX10, Microsoft announced details of the services developers have at their disposal:

  • Accelerometer, an intuitive control that responds to motion
  • A Microsoft Location Service to provide developers with a single point of reference to acquire location information
  • Microsoft Notification Service for pushing information to the phone, regardless of whether or not an application is running
  • Hardware-accelerated video with digital rights management (DRM)
  • Internet Information Services Smooth Streaming for the industry’s highest quality content viewing experience
  • Multitouch
  • Camera and microphone support

Two things that stand out there: Multitouch -- obviously a hot topic these days -- and push notifications, which will work regardless of whether the application is running.

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4 years ago

Microsoft unveils developer tools for Windows Phone 7 Series

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LAS VEGAS -- We were promised more answers at MIX10, and now we're getting them. Microsoft this morning announced its developer tools for Windows Phone 7 Series.

Front and center is Silverlight. The Silverlight 4 Release Candidate is now available, "which will enable developers to create and deploy even more robust applications and rich interactive experiences." It finally brings what was born as a Flash alternative to the mobile space -- and not just as another way to view content in a browser. Silverlight's a major player here, folks, along with the XNA framework that's already been discussed.

Developer tools are free, including Expression Blend, and a preview of Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express is part of the download. What, you're not up on your Expression Blend? It's a "development workflow tool which includes features such as Path Layout to enable developers and designers to build and animate innovative UI design via ground-breaking visual layout mechanism, without the need to write code. The beta also supports Silverlight 4, .NET Framework 4 and Visual Studio 2010." Think of it as more of a visual tool, rather than coding line by line.

Windows Phone Marketplace replaces the Windows Marketplace for Mobile (finally, Microsoft manages to find a shorter name for something), which brings "a new merchandising tool that will enable developers and designers to bring applications and games to market and increase the discoverability of applications with customers while supporting one-time credit card purchases, mobile operator billing and advertising-funded applications."

There's tons more to come this week, and we'll dive deeper into things as the week progresses.

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4 years ago

WMExperts live at MIX10

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WMExperts live at MIX10


That's right, ladies and gentlemen, we're back in Las Vegas for MIX10, where Microsoft will serve up more details about Windows Phone 7 Series.

We're expecting a whole lot of inside baseball -- this is a developers conference, after all. But we're also expecting to see some answers for questions that were left lingering after Mobile World Congress.

We'll have live coverage from this morning's keynote (9 a.m. PDT), and more today and throughout the week. Stay with us.

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4 years ago

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4 years ago

Review: Ecolife Vitalit Case

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Review: Ecolife Vitalit Case

We've already introduced you to the EcoLife Elements Side and Top case. Ecolife produces a quality constructed case made from recycled materials. Along with the Elements Case, they also offer the Vitalit Case.

The Vitalit Case is a horizontal case made the same PET recycled material (recycled water bottles) that reminds me of cordura. While I'm partial to leather cases, I've been using the Ecolife cases for the past few months and have found them to be durable, comfortable and easy on the pocket book ($22.95).

Ease on past the break to read more on the Ecolife Vitalit, a few inherit problems, and possible solutions to make this case work with your Touch Pro 2/Tilt 2.

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4 years ago

HTC Imagio gets Hard-SPL

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HTC Imagio gets Hard-SPL

 

The HTC Imagio just received a seat at the kitchen table to enjoy some home cooking. Home cooked ROM's that is.

PPCGeeks member cmonex has released a Hard-SPL that will enable custom ROMs to be installed on the Imagio.  And it didn't take long for a cooked ROM to surface.

NRGZ28, a popular chef in the cooked ROM community, has already released a Beta version of his popular EnergyROM for the Imagio. The Rom is based of of Windows Mobile 6.5.5 with the option of Sense 2.1 or 2.5.

While custom ROMs aren't for everyone, being able to customize the ROM on the Imagio will only add to this very nice Windows Phone.

[via: wmpoweruser.com]

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Series to support HVGA screens

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In terms of Windows Phone 7 Series news, this week’s Game Developer Conference (GDC) has been a warm up for the main event at MIX next week. We’ve seen Microsoft release XNA Game Studio 4, which can be used to develop games for 7 Series devices. We also got a chance to talk with Loke Uei of Microsoft about development for 7. (By the way, if you haven’t seen them yet, Engadget got their hands on some screen shots from a couple of prototype games that the Windows Phone team has been showing off.)

The latest bit of news from Shawn Hargreaves of the Windows Phone 7 Series development team comes from a post on his blog about XNA Game Studio and Windows Phone. Much of the post is talking about capabilities that developers can expect to be able to utilize. Shawn does mention that 7 Series devices will ship with WVGA (800x480) displays at launch, but a future update will add support for HVGA (320x480) displays. Hopefully this will lead to a lower starting price point for Windows Phones without compromising too much on quality.

[via Engadget]

 

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4 years ago

MIX10 Tweeter App Released

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MIX10 Tweeter App Released

Windows Phone 7 Series is bringing a lot of attention to MIX10, Microsoft's developer's conference. We are anticipating more information on this new mobile operating system ranging from developer specs to core hardware specs.

To help keep those of us who will not be able to attend next weeks MIX10, Software Logistics has released an application that will help keep everyone up to date with the activities at hand.  The MIX10 Twitter App pulls in tweets (automatically updating every 30 seconds) with the #MIX10 hash tag and delivers it to your Windows Phone. The downside to the app is the links are not live, taking a bit of the zing out of this app.

The MIX10 App is a free download and available through Microsoft's Marketplace on your Windows Phone.

Read: wmpoweruser.com

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4 years ago

Verizon talks data plan tiers

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Verizon talks data plan tiers

Tiered data plans are something we've thought about but deep down hope never develop. There's something about having unlimited data that is appealing to the consumer.  Unfortunately as phones add more features that are dependent on data, the carriers find it less and less appealing.

In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Verizon's CTO, Tony Melone, hinted that the unlimited plan's days might be numbered. Carriers are building up networks, offering more coverage and faster speeds. All this comes at a cost and eventually they will have to find a way to recoup the investment.

Malone stated that plans offering "as much data as you can consume is the big issue that has to change." He continues to say, "It's one thing to say all you can eat is gone, it's another to have consumers worrying, 'Can I stream this radio?' That's what we don't want."

Tiered data plans aren't etched in stone with other possible alternatives being simply raising the cost of the unlimited plans or capping unlimited plans (Verizon's cap is currently 5GB). With the development of 4G networks and more data intensive phones heading to market, such as the Windows Phone 7 Series, expect the possibility of tiered plans not to go away anytime soon.

via: boygeniusreport.com

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4 years ago

Why the new Windows Phone UI is called 'Metro'

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4 years ago

Augmented reality app iKat gets demoed; Tamagotchi fans rejoice

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So called augmented reality programs (see How Stuff Works), which mix the boring real world with the awesome digital, have made their big mobile debut in 2009 (see Layar for Android or the much more useful Google Goggles).

Unfortunately, Windows phones have largely been left out of the mix, though that is starting to change and we hope we see a big push with Windows Phone 7.

Zenitum, a South Korean company who specializes in digital entertainment and the kind of reality/digital mixing found in augmented reality apps, has recently demoed their iKat software. Think Tamagotchi, but its on your phone and walking around, interacting with the real world, as seen in the video after the break.

Now granted, this seems pretty useless, unless you are really bored and/or a 12 year girl. But remember, this is just a demonstration of a their new framework called D-Track (see video). What are the possibilities for useful augmented reality programs for mobile? That's a good question. Sound off in comments with your ideas.

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4 years ago

Adobe and Microsoft working to bring Flash to WP7S

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Microsoft didn't dance around the subject at their Windows Phone 7 Series presentation at Mobile World Congress. When asked if WP7S would have Flash, Steve Ballmer promptly replied that WP7S didn't yet have it, Microsoft wasn't against the idea.

Shortly thereafter, Adobe announced it no longer was pursuing development of Flash 10.1 for Windows Mobile 6.5 and would instead concentrate on working on Flash for WP7S. Makes sense.

This commitment to bring Flash to the Windows Phone 7 Series OS was reaffirmed recently on the blog of one Mike Chambers, Adobe's Principal Product Manager for developer relations for Flash. Writes Chambers:

"One thing I wanted to clarify as it may have been lost in some of the other news is that Adobe and Microsoft are working together to bring Flash Player 10.1 to Internet Explorer Mobile on Windows Phone 7 Series. I don't have an eta or other specifics right now, but it is something that both Adobe and Microsoft are working closely together on."

It appears Adobe wasted no time at jumping at the opportunity, and now we ask, will Flash 10.1 be in place by the anticipated Holiday 2010 launch of WP7S?  And if not, will it be missed?

[via wmpoweruser]

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4 years ago

New YouTube update brings suggestions to Windows Mobile app

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Google today took the lid of an update for its Windows Mobile YouTube app, taking it up to Version 2.4 and bringing a few new features online.

There are now search suggestions (which you see above), along with "My Account" settings and a new homescreen that's redesigned for larger screens.

Head on over to m.youtube.com/app to download the latest version. [Google Mobile]

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4 years ago

Video interview with Microsoft's Loke Uei [WME @ GDC]

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