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LockTemp is a little app that provides a temperature reading for the current location of a Windows Phone. Sounds like functionality that's already presently available in popular weather apps, right? This is where magic comes into play. LockTemp actually makes use of the small notification area at the bottom of the lockscreen to display the reading, instead of the large content area up above, or using wallpapers.

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Back at the end of May, Microsoft surprisingly turned off the Windows Phone Marketplace from Zune Desktop. The “update” wasn’t software based but instead just altered a configuration file on the user’s computer, causing the Marketplace to be hidden.

We ended up using a simple hack (more of that below) to bring ours back but now a user in our forum (“rockstarzzz”) is claiming that they’ve received another feature-change notification…

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LAS VEGAS--You wanted push notifications in Windows Phone 7 Series, and you're getting 'em. Above you see a little blue bar at the top of the phone's screen that popped down, alerting you to something happening in another app. Click the bar, and you're taken to it from whatever app you're in.

We'll have to see what ends up in the shipped version of the Windows Phone OS -- we wouldn't be surprised to see the look of the notifications change a bit -- but the principle is sound. That's also in line with how we think multitasking will work -- not so much a number of apps running in parallel, but in sequence, hopping from one to another.

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