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4 years ago

AT&T offering free Windows Phone entertainment pack

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The new Windows Phone 7 devices are headed to AT&T and to help sweeten the deal, AT&T is offering a free entertainment pack for a limited time.

The entertainment pack includes the XBox Live puzzle-game "Ilomilo", a 30 Day Zune Pass, and a free month of AT&T U-Verse Mobile. The $29.95 valued freebie will be available to AT&T customers who purchase a Windows Phone between October 25, 2010 and December 31, 2010.

You can find all the fine print on the offer over at AT&T's website.

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4 years ago

Verizon set to go to a tiered data plan

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It looks like Verizon is going to go through with tiered data plans but they aren't adding too many tiers or getting rid of the unlimited plan.

Strong indications have the new rate plans going into effect on October 28, 2010 and the data plans for 3G Smartphones will be as follows:

  • $15 per month for 150mb
  • $29.99 for unlimited data.

Overages to the base plan will cost you $15 for an additional 150mb. Existing customers can stick with their existing plan or migrate to the new plans.  AT&T has the better base deal offering 200mb at the $15 price range but eliminated their unlimited plan.

Verizon will also tier data plans for 3G Tablets; $20 for 1GB, $35 for 3GB, $50 for 5GB and $80 for 10GB. Overage fees are $10 per GB except for the $20 base plan, which will run you $20 per GB.

via AndroidCentral.com

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4 years ago

T-Mobile HD2 to get ROM update tomorrow; fixes many bugs

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Lest we forget our valiant HD2 on T-Mobile, it appears HTC is set to roll out a nice ROM update tomorrow. This will bring the software version to 3.14.531.1, will reportedly fix a lot of bugs, improve stability and introduce some new apps including Shazam and Amazon MP3. The following issues will be fixed with the update:

  • Browsing Facebook photos is slow
  • White screen while browsing the internet
  • Cannot delete GMAIL messages from the preview screen
  • SMS sends to the wrong person
  • Twitter errors
  • Cannot unlock the phone
  • Cannot unlock the phone with the correct password
  • No space bar on company directory keyboard
  • Can’t hear Visual Voicemails
  • Speakerphone stops working after using the Call Assist app to call 611

Dang, those are some serious bugs! Users can navigate to www.t-mobile.com/wmupgrade or receive a text message of the update automatically. Very cool and good luck HD2'ers!

Source: TMoNews

 

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4 years ago

Pictures Lab joins the Windows Phone 7 app lineup

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Pictures Lab is headed to Windows Phone 7. Developed by Shulte Software Development, Pictures Lab is a photo effect editor. It allows you to manipulate, adjust and add special effects to your photos.

The feature list includes:

  • Twenty-one advanced effects including; Seven different vintage and hipster-like effects, Tilt shift, Lomo, Soften, Auto Adjust, Sharpen, Comic, Bulge, B&W Conversion, Sepia, Saturate, Edge Detection, Night Vision, Negative filter and Bitmap.
  • Editable effect parameters with ready to use default values.
  • Multi-touch manipulation for certain effects.
  • Images can be saved at full resolution to allow printing straight from your Windows Phone.
  • Supports landscape and portrait orientation.
  • Trial version includes complete functionality with only the save feature disabled.

Pictures Lab is available over at the Marketplace for $1.99. After the break, catch a video demo of this interesting photo effect application.

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4 years ago

WP7 eBay app gets some video face time

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Although some of us were able to see that eBay app shown off in NYC last week, most of you were stuck with static images. Well, here's the app in all its glory in an official video by eBay and Microsoft.

Want to see the awesome eBay app for Windows Phone 7 in action? Just watch after the break. It's worth it once you see the effort and design that went into making it. Oh and for the record, it really is that fast over 3G--that's no trickery.

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4 years ago

Fandango boasts about ease of WP7 development

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While we have been hearing for sometime now from developers about writing apps for Windows Phone 7, one of the biggies, Fandango has also thrown their hat in the ring in agreement.

In an interview with ComputerWorld, Darren Cross, head of business development at Fandango had this to mentioned that they  "...built a WP7 app from the ground up with two internal developers and outside contractors over a three-month period".

He also noted that it took about the same time to develop the app as it did for Android, but no surprise, Android is proving difficult with all the different devices and UI overlays--something with which WP7 will avoid due to its strict uniform hardware requirements.

Having been using the Android version for awhile now (it just hit 2.0) and also recently having played with the Windows Phone 7 version in NYC (see above picture), I have to say that Fandango has great ideas when it comes to mobile and users should be quite happy with the final app.

 

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4 years ago

Guide: Linking Windows Live with Xbox Live

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Guide: Linking Windows Live with Xbox Live

Windows Phone 7 has made an appearance on the Xbox Live website as a showcase of things to come this holiday season. Microsoft certainly has all of their ducks in a row but what about you? Have you already prepared yourself for when you’ve actually have one of the new devices in your hands? If you’ve already have a Windows Live ID or are already a member of the Xbox Live community than you’re next to set. How about both though? Or what if you’ve just got one of the two? Or two separate accounts? The whole process of creating or linking accounts can put you in the dark as to what, exactly, you should be doing. Fret not, we’re here to help!

Read on after the break on how to manage and link up your LIVE acccounts in preperation for Windows Phone 7!

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4 years ago

Pageonce financial monitoring software available soon for WP7

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Pageonce, who makes software to live monitor your accounts, announced support today for Windows Phone 7. The software looks a lot like what Quicken or Microsoft Money was for Windows Mobile years ago, but goes further with the ability to evidently access and live update your accounts: credit card, bills, banks, etc. It also sounds like it will get its own Hub too on the Start screen, allowing quick access to all of one's finances.

The software should be available in November for free and will feature the following services:

  • Account Monitoring:  A quick and simple snapshot of available cash, credit card balances, upcoming bills, and investment values.
  • Transaction Insights: Ability to dive deeper and look into daily financial transactions and spending behavior
  • Bill Tracking:  A comprehensive look at bills, when they are due and how much is owed
  • Spending History: A monthly spending history and trends across all accounts
  • Real-Time Alerts:  Notifications and updates deliver important account events and help users avoid fees, penalties and suspicious activity

While simple "bill keepers" are one thing, the ability to live-sync to your accounts on the go sounds real good and stuff we should be able to easily do in 2010.

Check out the full YouTube demo after the break--it really looks pretty snazzy and we normally hate financial stuff.

Source: EarthTimes

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4 years ago

HTC's stocks tumble on reported shipment delay of Windows Phone 7

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As the Asian stock currencies started the week, HTC took a big fall of 6.9%, the large drop since January 27th. Apple Daily (no relation to Apple, Inc) reported about the delay in their paper, though being a Hong Kong daily, sourcing it is pretty difficult. Specifically, it says "Apple Daily reported the company may face a delay in shipments of the Windows Phone 7." No other details given.

Bloomberg goes on to mention that "Chief Financial Officer Cheng Hui-ming and Maggie Cheng, a public relations representative, didn’t answer calls to their mobile phones..." regarding the news.

We're not really sure what delay they are reffering to, nor why Windows Phone 7 was called out. There have been reports that the HTC Desire HD and Z may be delayed due to testing, but this is the first we've heard of Windows Phone 7 in the mix.  We're not sure if this is a "HTC is shipping devices late" or "HTC can't sell devices because Microsoft tooking longer than usual" type situation. We'll keep an ear out for any more info.

Update: This may have something to do with a bug with the HD7's proximity sensor, which resulted in the screen sometimes not shutting off. Read more here at ZDNet.co.uk. Thanks, BCH, for the tip!

Source: Bloomberg, Financial Time; intoMobile

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4 years ago

AT&T, Microsoft set to kick off advertising blitz

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We know the date: November 8th (in the U.S.). We know the money: (supposedly) half a billion dollars; 100 million on adverts. The only question is when? Specifically, when will we start to see some WP7 ads on TV, the bus, annoyingly before your $13 movie?

Answer: late October

According to TWICE, who spoke with AT&T on the matter.

AT&T’s advertising will include national TV, print and online ads, a spokesman said without disclosing details.

For its part, Microsoft’s marketing campaign will include “a mix of TV, print and digital, allowing us to go direct with a broad group of people at time and targeting niche audiences at others,” a company spokesperson said.

No word on T-Mobile's plans, though they had a big bachelor party for the HD2, so we'd imagine they would do the same for the HD7.

Source: TWICE

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4 years ago

Seesmic Twitter client released, supports direct photo uploads!

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Curious thing about the "official" Twitter client we saw a few weeks ago. According to CNet, that version does not support access to the Photo Hub ergo uploading photos was not possible. That was a huge dent in the social network app, especially since many of us like to take pics and well...Tweet them.

Arne Hess, of the::Unwired fame, has been jonesing for a decent Twitter app for his Windows Phone 7 Samsung device (and we don't blame him).

Tonight was his night as Seesmic (see demo) was finally released to the Windows Phone Marketplace (it's of course, free). He immediately Tweeted from said client and sure enough, Seesmic supports photo uploads from his WP7 device (as evidenced above). Very exciting.

What does this mean? Well, it may mean the developers of the Seesmic app had native-code access and worked closely with Microsoft.  Well, that's just our hunch.

Update: Arne just mentioned this as well: "Features not (yet?) supported in @ for Windows Phone 7: Notifications (new tweets, @, DMs), landscape, predictive text, in reply to"

Source: Twitter (@arnehess)

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4 years ago

Adobe Reader X support announced for WP7

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Adobe Acrobat PDF support has been available on Windows Mobile for years now, but until things like Text Reflow became supported and adopted, it was rarely a fun experience (plus slow load times). And while Microsoft Office is covered in Windows Phone 7, the fate of Adobe and PDF has been unsure, until now.

Today, Adobe announced Acrobat X solutions, including Acrobat, Reader and Suite. More importantly, they announced support for Windows Phone 7:

Expands PDF access to mobile devices with free Adobe Reader X for Android, Windows(R) Phone 7 and Blackberry Tablet OS. Safer viewing of PDF files with new Protected Mode security capabilities in Reader X.

Curious, no iPhone support? (snicker)

The whole shebang is expected to ship "within 30 days" although it is unclear if that means we'll see an Adobe Reader X in the Windows Phone Marketplace at the same time. Lets just hope its pretty and works well.

Source: Forbes

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4 years ago

Remote device management for enterprise coming to Windows Phone 7

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Although Windows Phone 7's first generation is clearly aimed at consumers with a few bones thrown at enterprise (though lets not knock Mobile Office and Skydrive), it does have some holes in it that may cause some companies to hesitate to deploy upon launch e.g. no side-loading of custom enterprise software.

One of those holes looks to be filled, at least by a 3rd party company called Odyssey Software who make the Athena remote device management program for large corporations. Odyssey supports iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile and now Windows Phone 7, bringing a bit more control for those companies who can integrate the tech into their servers. Such features are as follows:

  • Live, remote control of devices in the field
  • Device software, application and patch provisioning and installation
  • Comprehensive software and hardware asset information
  • Location based data via GPS (current and bread crumb)
  • Detailed phone and messaging information and stats
  • Security to protect sensitive data (device lock & wipe)

While we're no IT people and know little about this end of the technology spectrum, that sure sounds like some powerful software over corporate deployed phones. It'll be even better if and when Windows Phone 7 starts to support this stuff directly, but until then at least there is this solution.

Source: TMCnet (press release)

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4 years ago

Microsoft hires Polar Mobile to make 500 apps for Windows Phone 7

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A Toronto based software company called Polar Mobile has evidently signed a deal with Microsoft to bring upwards of 500 different programs to the fledgling platform.

In a story by The Globe and Mail, software "giant" (we use the term loosely) Polar Mobile has been making programs for Apple's iPhone, Android and Blackberry in the past and now are poised to bring their wares to the Windows Phone Marketplace. The company started off with 50 apps at the beginning of the year, graduated to 350 and are expecting to hit 500 by year's end (that's total, across platforms--how they gets to 500 just on Windows Phone? Voodoo, obviously).

Sounds impressive, right? Well, the reason the reason they can churn out so many apps is due to software templates--kind of a sweat shop for generic corporate software, aka the SMART News Platform. Meh:

Polar doesn’t develop custom applications for clients from scratch. Instead, the company uses a template model. In essence, its customers fill out a digital form listing their requirements, their content feeds and other variables, and the software creates the app automatically

(After a few shots of whiskey, I nerved up , launched iTunes (don't ask) and when I came back 10 minutes later after it finally loaded, I saw only six apps available for the iPhone. So clearly they're not quite that huge, yet.)

The apps they build tend to be for universities, news operations (e.g. CBS, Time, Bloomberg, Sports Illustrated), sports teams, etc. While they certainly won't bring "unique" to the table with their template model, they should be able to churn out a ton of specialty apps that a lot consumers do desire. So this is still good, albeit misleading, news.

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