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4 years ago

Followup: Microsoft's Answer to Combining Multiple Accounts (and Master Accounts?)

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A few days ago we had covered how to create and combine an Xbox Live account and Zune account by using one powerful all-encompassing Windows Live ID - the ringleader that ties all of these services together. We've noted that if you don't currently use any of these services, or use just one of them, that you should create a Windows Live ID first. Yes, the term Windows Live ID is synonymous with Hotmail account so if you've got a Hotmail account, you've in tern, got a Windows Live ID. Many people are already using either an Xbox live account or Zune account without them being linked to a Windows Live ID. This is easily remedied if you have only one Windows Live ID you'd like to use for each service but gets pretty complicated if you want to combine multiple open accounts.

I got on the phone with Microsoft's Technical Support staff and went through their chain of command to get some definitive answers and to see what these users should do when they get a Windows Phone 7 device.

Read on after the break for our discussion with Microsoft and multiple accounts!

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4 years ago

Old Spice guy on Windows Phone 7: "This is my sexy phone"

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In one of the most ambitious and interesting advertising campaigns for Windows Phone 7, the "Old Spice Guy" is doing his thing to sell the new OS. Although this ad campaign seems isolated to Australia, we're pretty sure these things will go viral, as they should.

Anyways, the Old Spice Guy appeared on NovaFM 96.9 with Ricki-Lee (sorry, not familiar) and he made quite the impression.

Some things are left better unsaid by a blogger, so we'll just suggest you watch this fun interview with him and his new phone...

Source: NovaFM 96.9; Thanks, Rob, for the tip!

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4 years ago

T-Mobile to offer the HD7 on November 8th?!

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T-Mobile has announced pricing for the HTC HD7 and based on a twitter post, the Windows Phone will be in stores on November 8th. So much for AT&T's exclusivity rumors.

The HD7 will runn $199.99 after contractual discounts. If you would like email notifications on the HD7, you can sign up for those as well over at T-Mobile's HD7 webpage.  Hopefully, the "available November 8th" on the web page and "in stores" on Twitter mean the same thing.

via TMoNews

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 connector for Mac

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Windows Phone 7 connector for Mac

We knew that Microsoft was working on Windows Phone 7 compatibility with Mac.  Microsoft stated, "Later in 2010 Microsoft will make a public beta available of a tool that allows Windows Phone 7 to sync select content with Mac computers."  It now appears that "later" is going to be sooner than expected.

Electricpig.co.uk has been testing the Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac and has been pleased with it's performance.  The Connector, once loaded on to your OS X machine, syncs your iTunes content and playlists with your Windows Phone through iTunes.  There is no support for Wifi as of yet.

It's not Zune for Mac but it's a start.  Speculation is that a Beta of the Connector will be launched on October 24.  We'll keep an eye out for the Beta and keep you posted.

via @techbytesbe

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4 years ago

Understanding Windows Live terminology

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Understanding Windows Live terminology

 

Windows Live will be a major component for Windows Phone 7 and if you're not familiar with Live, some of the terminology can be a little confusing. You have Windows Live, Windows Live Mail, Hotmail, Live mail, Hotmail calendar and contacts as well as Live calendar and contacts.  Here's a simple glossary that may help shed some light on Windows Live.

Windows Live: The online portal to Hotmail, Office Documents, Messenger, Photos, Skydrive, and other "cloud" services from Microsoft.

Hotmail: Microsoft's email, calendar and contacts component to Windows Live. You'll access windowslive.com with your hotmail address and password.

Windows Live mail: The same as Hotmail and includes email, calendar and contacts. On a side note, a hotmail address can end in @hotmail.com or @live.com.

Windows Live Mail: This is a component of Windows Live Essentials that runs from your computer. Just as Microsoft Outlook is a component of Microsoft Office.  Windows Live Mail, again just as Outlook, has a email, calendar and contacts component. Windows Live Mail can access your hotmail and other email services (Google, Yahoo, etc.) plus you can sign into Windows Live through Live Mail and access your online contacts and calendar.

It would have been nice if Microsoft could have come up with more distinctive terminology but as we all get used to the Windows Phone 7 and Windows Live environments, it will all become second nature.

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4 years ago

First! (Windows Phone 7 now on sale)

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First! (Windows Phone 7 now on sale)

According to Brad Bor, this is the first person to buy a Windows Phone 7 device as the new OS and phones have officially gone on sale...in New Zealand!

Don't worry folks, only a few more weeks till that sweet November 8th. Until then, you'll have to be like us and continue to read about it.

Congrats to this young man and his fine, fine purchase. Let the Windows Phone 7 era begin!

(Okay, there's no real way to know if he's really the first, but symbolically, he's it.)

Update: His name is Robert Paulson. His name is Robert Paulson....errr... His name is Jourdan Templeton. His name is Jourdan Templeton.

Source Twitter (@bradbor)

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4 years ago

Ask WPCentral: Should I upgrade my HD2 to an HD7?

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Ask WPCentral: Should I upgrade my HD2 to an HD7?

We're starting a new column here: 'Ask WPCentral' where we once or twice a week pick one of the many questions we get here.We often take these on the podcast (coming back soon, don't fret), but sometimes they're so good, we figured we would feature them on the site.

The first one goes to Jerry King who tweeted me a question regarding his HTC HD2 and it's pretty straightforward. It's also one we think many of you may be facing, hence the post.

Anyways, this isn't a black and white issue. But we'll do our best after the jump to break down the issue and help you to make a decision!

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4 years ago

Software developer throws down gauntlet to Google: shows how to code Google Maps in WP7

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Now here's a bold challenge: Joost van Schaik has demonstrated how easy it is to code Google Maps into a Windows Phone 7 application (taking advantage of Bing Map Control to do so; The image above is a Google Map satellite layer on top the Street layer, done with actual coding).

He dares Google to make a Google Maps application, suggesting if they don't, someone else will and they'll do it quickly.

While the rest of the post is coding-nerd material, the gist is obvious: Google Maps, if that's your thing*, should come to Windows Phone 7 by choice or by force. So which will it be Google?

* Yeah, I know. Who would want to use Google Maps when Bing kicks so much butt? Actually, the one pro for Google doing something official is the promise of Latitude/Buzz, which Microsoft still needs a competitive solution for...

Source: .NET by Example; via @SilverlightNews

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4 years ago

Board Express heading to Windows Phone 7

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We ran across an interesting app that's headed to the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. Board-Express is an app that allows you to connect to thousands of internet forums.

Board-Express will allow you to view, post and receive PM messages from about 8,000 different forums. There will be three versions of Board Express available for Windows Phones:

  • Board Express (free): Allows you to read from the forums but does not have the ability to post or access your PM messages.
  •  Board Express Pro ($2.99): Allows you to read, post, distinguish new threads and send PM messages.
  • Board Express Re-branding (for forum owners): This allows forum owners to publish a customized version with their own logo, name, splash screen, etc.

Board-Express has a search function to allow you to sift through the thousands of participating forums and the ability to tag your favorite forums. Board-Express uses the Tapatalk plugin which is currently installed on more than 8,000 forums including XDA Developers, HTC Mania and our personal favorite, WPCentral.

Board-Express will be available over at the Marketplace when Windows Phone 7 launches. It looks like an interesting way to stay in touch with all your discussion forums.

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4 years ago

Marketplace Spotlight: Hangman

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4 years ago

Verizon updates Network Extender to include 3G

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Verizon has updated it's Network Extender to offer 3G data coverage. Earlier models offers slower data connections but the updated version allows you to surf the web, download applications, send/receive text messages, and check your email at five bars of 3G speed.

The Samsung network extender will cost you $249.99 and provides up to 40 feet of coverage. There is no additional monthly charge for using the Verizon Wireless 3G Network Extender. According to the FAQ Section on Verizon's website,

"There are no additional costs to use just the Network Extender. You can simply purchase the unit and enjoy the benefit of enhanced in-home coverage. All rates and policies associated with your chosen calling plan will apply when connected to the Network Extender."

Which is a round about way of saying that the data and voice calls made through your Network Extender will eat into your package minutes and data plan.

If you live in an area that has poor coverage, these extenders are worth every penny. You can find out more about the Network Extender at Verizon and follow the break for the full presser.

via AndroidCentral

 

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4 years ago

HTC denies shipment delay problem

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HTC denies shipment delay problem

In a follow up to yesterday's story in which HTC's stock plummeted upon news of "shipment delays" in regards to Windows Phone 7, HTC has come out denying such charges.

ZDnet is reporting by personal communication with HTC that no such delays are occurring and that HTC are shipping devices this week as planned.

However, they are not denying earlier reports that they have had some issues "here and there" with the new devices (specifically, the proximity sensor having problems when on a call). They have said that things have "popped up" but they are addressing them as they occur. Of course, when launching a new OS on new hardware, we can expect the occasional issue to be found, though HTC seems to be a step ahead in combating such problems.

Source: ZDNet

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4 years ago

WPCentral interview with IdentityMine--developers of Twitter, IMDb & Graphic.ly for WP7

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We had a chance to chat with Jonah Sterling, Group Creative Director for IdentityMine, for a quick Q&A regarding their company, the software they have developed for Windows Phone 7 and their views on the development platform that Microsoft has laid out so far.

Being responsible for the official Twitter app on Windows Phone 7 (which does allow photo uploads despite earlier reports, more on that below), Graphic.ly (comic viewer), IMDb and SBB (train schedule), IdentityMine is at the forefront of some of the biggest name titles for Microsof'ts new mobile OS. If you want to know why they were chosen, please read on, as the interview is chock full of information and you may find yourself wanting to work for them--I know I do.

Take a coffee break and cozy on up for our 10 questions with IdentityMine after the break!

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4 years ago

Mo-Call VoIP app available for Windows Mobile

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The Morodo Group has announced that their VoIP app, MO-Call, is now available for Windows Phones running Windows Mobile.

According to the Press Release,

"MO-Call is free to download and new users receive free credit to trial the service. After the trial is over, MO-Call customers only pay for the minutes they use. MO-Call’s low international rates start from as little as 0.7p per minute and can save customers up to 90% compared to traditional mobile and telephone network operators."

In looking at local rates, calls within the United States will run you $.01 per minute. International rates range from $.03 per minute to the United Kingdom to $.14 per minute to Tanzania.  VoIP to VoIP calls are free. You also have the capability to send SMS messages over Mo-Call.

Mo-Call can also be accessed through fixed line phones and your computer.  For the a listing of all the compatible Windows Phones, download information and rates head on over to Mo-Call.com.

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4 years ago

Web gaming coming to Xbox.com & Windows Phone 7 tomorrow

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All things much change and according to Major Nelson, the Xbox.com website gets a big overhaul tomorrow (here are a few screen shots) .

While there are many changes, the biggest one is the ability to play web games over LIVE will be available. And if you or associate happens to have a Windows Phone 7 device, you can play them over the web. Boy does that sound like a time-killer at work.

Other notable changes are:

  • Browser based Avatar editor: Edit your avatar and preview avatar items before purchase
  • Combined views for messages, friend and game requests
  • Improved notification of your account subscription
  • Leverage Family Reports to understand what your family is doing and how they are using LIVE
  • Marketplace: More powerful search and more intuitive ways to browse and filter

 

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