For those who like to share pics with their Windows Phone, you have your MMS, Facebook, SkyDrive and...well, email we suppose. But most of those involve direct sharing of the photo as oppose to giving a link out which would allow you to share the single photo multiple times over different protocols at varying times.
Imgur (pronounced image-er) is a popular and free photo sharing site, used heavily with Reddit users (see Alien News for WP7) and is known for its sharp, minimalist design and anonymity (it strips photo meta-data off automatically). Developer John Sprunger has made a free app, appropriately called Imgur Photo Uploader which not only allows you to upload any pic on your phone, but share the photo link with numerous sites including: Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, DIGG, email, and SMS. Imgur links are short and concise e.g. http://imgur.com/WsCdz.jpg making them ideal for sharing. Plus it saves your uploads for later use, right on the device.
Hey, for free, it can't be beat and works very well. Plus, as you could tell, we dig imgur a lot (it was created by one guy) and highly recommend both. Grab Imgur Photo Uploaderhere.
Although it should come of little surprise to those who have tried all the WP7 devices out there, the Samsung Focus (see review) has caught the attention of Wired Magazine's Gadget Lab, coming in at #4 on their "Most Significant Gadgets of 2010", beating the popular HTC EVO.
Considering how new the device is to market when compared to others, it's a nice tip of the hat to what truly is an amazing phone. Wired notes the following about the Focus:
Based on a fresh tile-based interface, Windows Phone 7 is an impressive start. It shines brightly on the lightweight Samsung Focus smartphone, which has a beautiful AMOLED screen and a solid overall construction.
Microsoft is pinning its mobile hopes on Windows Phone 7. If the Focus is any indication, it's got a good shot at getting back in the game.
We agree. Our hopes for 2011? Samsung brings some of their magic to Verizon and Sprint. Related: Microsoft's Kinect made the #3 spot and #1 belongs to...eck.
We ran across a comment on our review of the Jabra Cruiser 2 Bluetooth Speakerphone that sparked our curiosity. WPCentral member Score wrote,
"Cool product, but not really needed with WP7, if you have an aux outlet in your car. When the WP7 is hooked up to the aux outlet the phone uses your car stereo as a speaker phone."
More cars are being fitted with an auxilliary 3.5mm jack for MP3 players and it makes sense that the same jack could be used with the 3.5mm headphone jack on your Windows Phone. All you need is a male to male cable and a car cradle for your Windows Phone is a good idea as well (helps keep your phone from bouncing around).
In testing this set-up out with the Samsung Focus, call volume came in a little on the weak side (easily adjusted by cranking up the stereo volume) but surprisingly the microphone picked up my voice really well with the phone cradled about three feet away. At highway speeds the microphone struggles a little to overcome the car noises but still call quality wasn't too shabby. If you like driving around with the windows down, I don't see this as a viable option.
This set-up requires a few more buttons to push for answering calls and you don't have the noise filtering advantages the current crop of Bluetooth devices have. Still, if you have an AUX jack in your car, this is an inexpensive hands-free solution that works fairly decent.
Ever wonder how you'd fair in betting on sporting events? MyBookie from Psydian Interactive will let you see how well of a prognosticator you can be without loosing your shirt.
MyBookie is a fantasy game that lets you bet imaginary cash on real sporting events. The sporting events, odds, and outcome are real while the cash isn't. Bets can be placed on the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL as well as college football and basketball. You can bet the spread, over/under or the money line. As an added bonus, MyBookie is integrated with Facebook. You can brag about your bets on your Facebook wall as well as access your MyBookie account through Facebook.
MyBookie is an interesting game and to see if it's a winner, ease on past the break.
One thing that you can say unequivocally about Microsoft, they have a solid foothold in the IT world; and there isn’t a close second. Between the server offerings and the Windows 7 OS, nobody can stand toe-to-toe with Microsoft in the enterprise. One thing that I (as an IT Professional) love about working with Microsoft products is the wealth of documentation and resources housed within Microsoft’s Technet community.
Microsoft’s Springboard Series is a collection of documentation focused on educating IT Professionals on the tools and processes used to deploy and manage Windows 7 desktops. With the launch of the Springboard Series App for Windows Phone 7, Microsoft is providing mobile access to the articles and videos on the Springboard site.
If you’re an IT Pro, or you just like playing around with your Windows 7 computer; go get the Springboard Series app from the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace (Zune link).
We realize some of you are audio freaks and only demand the best, so its should come as a relief to you that Klipsch audio is evidently working on a WP7-compatible series.
The Klipsch "i" series are more than headphones, providing in-line music controls for manipulating the music player of the device it is connected too. Obviously these are not universal so Klipsch needs to tailor their hardware for the phone, much like the iPhone/iPod line.
Disclosure: Well before the publication of this article, WPCentral contacted Microsoft's Brandon Watson directly about the breach and we are cooperating with Microsoft in any way we can. Microsoft may be providing a statement to us addressing this issue, which we will of course post in its entirety if they choose to do so.
Yesterday we reported on a controversial "whitepaper" over at XDA (since pulled) which gleaned publicly available information to outline how the WP7 Marketplace could be cracked. To some, this was new. For others, it was very old. And for others still, it was information that was plain incorrect.
For developers, the weakness in Microsoft's DRM for Windows Phone 7 applications has been well known for quite some time, and there have been calls for Microsoft to address these concerns (see here in their forums).
Since then, a "white hat" developer has provided WPCentral with a proof-of-concept program that can successfully pull any application from the Marketplace, remove the security and deploy to an unlocked Windows Phone with literally a push of a button. Alternatively, you could just save the cracked XAP file to your hard drive. Neither the app nor the methodology is public, and it will NOT be released (please don't ask). It is important to note that this was all done within six hours by one developer.
After the break, you can see a video of the application (called "FreeMarketplace") in action, demonstrating how easy it can be to download any app from the Marketplace. While many will condemn us for "promoting piracy," we respectfully disagree. We have heard many complaints from developers about this weakness for months now and it is their right to know about the flaws in the system. We are confident Microsoft will work hard to implement a stronger DRM system, in part due to this proof-of-concept demonstration.
Tobias, technical adviser for this article, can be contacted via WPCentral
Just a few hours after we noted today's releases, Microsoft has gone and published those two new Xbox LIVE titles. Today's features are 'Rise of Glory' and 'Revolution'.
'Rise of Glory' is a pretty sweet World War 1 bi-plane simulator "...with arcade accents. Fly your favorite plane in the single player campaign or play skirmish user defined missions. Amazing graphics, realistic aircraft behavior, challenging AI, incredible game experience." and goes for $2.99. 'Revolution' also put out by MGS, is a cogs type puzzle game, but with...well gears. The game will allow you to "progress through 75 unique levels and discover new challenges! As levels increase in complexity, players will find new elements such as “No Cogs Zones,” and “Falling Stars” to challenge even the most skilled mechanical wizard". 'Revolution' also fetches for $2.99.
You can grab 'Rise of Glory' here and 'Revolution' here. Both seem pretty cool. Hit us up in comments on your thoughts if you've tried 'em.
Considering how Mobile Internet Explore is currently the only browser on Windows Phone7, we sure have a lot of amazing options e.g. Metro Browser, Browse On and Browser+. Now there is another new app called SurfCube which once again, redefines browsing on our device.
In short, it adds a 3D cube to the mix that allows you to rotate around to other screens (settings, bookmarks, etc.) while maintaining a full-screen browsing experience. It's surprisingly very fluid and easy to use even makes sense.
We'll be doing a more thorough look in a bit but for now, you can give it a spin in the Marketplace for a trial or purchase for a fair $1.99. Check the video of it in action after the break.
As the Tweet above says, tomorrow is Xbox LIVE Wednesday (one of our favorite days) and tomorrow's releases both come from Microsoft Game Studios (MGS). One is 'Rise of Glory' and the other is 'Revolution'.
Unfortunately, we have no idea what these game are about nor have any screenshots but we'll keep an eye out.
Just being a little over two months old, 2010 was a very short year for the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. Having recently passed the 5,000 app mark the Marketplace offers a wide range of applications for your Windows Phone. As 2010 comes to a close, we thought we'd take a peak to see what apps were tops in the Marketplace.
The Windows Phone 7 Marketplace offers two top ten lists; Top Paid and Top Free apps. The top ten free apps are:
We've taken a look at several photography apps. From those that simply applies effects to your images such as PhotoMagic to the apps that gives you more editing controls such as Thumba. Only Samsung Focus and Omnia 7 owners have access to an in-house photography application that falls in line with the former. All other deivces, sorry!
Photogram allows you to apply six special effects to new and existing photos as well as create a collage of images. What you create can then be shared via a handful of social and photography websites.
It's a free application and to read more about Photogram and to see examples, follow the break.
Following successful test launches in NYC, Charlotte, NC and Chicago earlier in 2010, AT&T announced today that it plans to deploy more Wi-Fi Hotzones in certain major markets around the country. The first initiative will be to expand its current NYC coverage in Times Square, Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the next few days.
This is just in time for the New Year’s Eve mob to gobble up bandwidth posting their drunken “Woos” and far-off shots of Ryan Seacrest for all of posterity. The next stop on the expansion tour will be new Wi-Fi access in Embarcadero Center in San Francisco.
The theory behind this move seems to be to get as many people as possible off of the broadband network wherever possible, in hopes of speeding up access for users. AT&T has caught a lot of flak for their network performance in highly-populated areas, dating all the way back to the launch of the iPhone. As one of our writers pointed out, perhaps it is cheaper to expand Wi-Fi access than it is to improve 3G data services.
Once again, another week another milestone. Today, the Marketplace hit the big ol' 5,000 for available apps. What's funny about this number is on December 25th, WebOS also hit 5,000 official apps (unofficially, it's over 6,000). As we mentioned last time, WebOS has been out for 18+ months, whereas Windows Phone, just two.
And although things have slowed down a teeny bit due to the holidays, they're looking to pick up speed again this week. Of interest is the average price got bumped last week from about $1.41 to $1.52 (it's now down to $1.51). The reason for such a sharp spike? That "I Am Rich" app fetching for $500 skewed the average overall price by $0.10 in a day.
Also of interest, there are over 1,100 games available, which is nearly a fifth of all apps--so gaming is huge. Tools are next at 751 and the rest of the stats can be found at WP7AppList, of course. Here's the rest of the Marketplace history, as refresher:
Walking the fine line between black and white hat security, XDA member V@l€n has gone and posted a detailed "security whitepaper" on the state of app piracy in the Windows Phone Marketplace.
We almost hate to write on the topic since it will attract claims of supporting piracy, but the fact is developers and Microsoft need to know just how vulnerable the platform is so that it can be improved on before it's a problem. And that's just it, right now there is no issue with app piracy for Windows Phone, but it is inching closer and once those few remaining hurdles are cleared, there will literally be a flood of pirated apps on the market.
But before we jump into all of that, lets detail exactly what is going on here. For better or worse, V@l€n has done a great job of outlining all the steps needed to make a ridiculous piracy campaign, showing all the necessary procedures that need to be cleared.
Follow us after the jump as we walk through this story...