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3 years ago

PDC attendees get free Windows Phone 7s

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PDC attendees get free Windows Phone 7s

Looks like those lucky developers at PDC10 (see earlier mention) all received free phones today from Microsoft. At last count, that's nearly 1000 people who recived the Samsung Omnia 7--one of the most well received phones yet (other, non-paying attendees received the pre-production Taylor). While Microsoft skipped reporters in NYC a few weeks ago, it looks like MS knows where their bread and butter is: developers!

Source: IStartedSomething

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3 years ago

Amazon Kindle App for WP7 Demoed at PDC (Updated with video)

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There are a number of applications that lend themselves perfectly to a Smartphone; Ebook readers are toward the top of the list. Though many of us would still prefer having a physical book in hand, the convenience offered by having a dozen different books readily available on your Smartphone is tough to argue with.

One of the largest players in the Ebook (and traditional book) market announced their support for Windows Phone 7 at Microsoft’s PDC (Professional Developer’s Conference) this week in Redmond. Amazon’s Kindle app (no relation to WP7 heavy hitter Charlie Kindel) is one of the premier platforms for Ebooks available. Kindle for Windows Phone will support Amazon’s Whispersync technology which allows you to keep your place in a book across devices.

The Kindle app is “Coming Soon” to the Marketplace. More details are available from Amazon. View the PDC Day 1 keynote here.

Source: The Windows Phone Developer Blog

Update: YouTube Video after the jump. Thanks to Tom Warren for the link.

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3 years ago

A look at memory management, SD cards and WP7

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Over at the::unwired.net, Arne Hess does a fine job of explaining the memory requirements of Windows Phone 7 and helps shed light on what is turning out to be a complicated issue (see our earlier coverage of the Samsung Focus & its SD card).

Turns out he was able to disassemble his (pre-production) HTC HD7 and replace the storage card after some finagling (he had a problem at first). He also explains how the memory works on WP7--basically it's not like a RAID system, but rather it concatonates the memory installed into as and reads it as one big drive. Removing a storage card requires a hard reset in order to get it working again.

Finally, he mentions that the reason for this SD card usage, instead of installed flash, is cost. OEMs can save money by using SD cards which are easy to upgrade and replace as opposed to onboard solutions which are more pricey and restrictive. Seems to make sense and even though it's confusing for us, we bet OEMs might like this for production purposes (remember how everything was 8GB then magically almost all WP7 devices went 16GB? Yeah, that...). It remains to be seen, however, if all WP7 devices use this method or not.

Source: the:unwired.net

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3 years ago

(Slightly) More Canadians want Windows Phone 7 than Android?

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File this one under surprising, but Candians are evidently a little more gun-ho about owning Windows Phone 7 than Android, though it's not by much.

In a survey conducted by Delvinia Data Collection for ITBusiness.ca, 9% of the respondents say they plan to buy a WP7 device over 8.8% of those who want Android. Well, last we checked 0.2% is within statistical variation here, so in reality it's more a tie. Having said that, WP7 isn't even out yet and apparently it has as much mindshare as the seemingly exponential popular Android--that has to say something, no?

The poll was conducted on 1,094 participants, aged 18+ and evenly split along gender.

Source: IT Business.ca

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3 years ago

Dell Venue Pro shows up on Microsoft's page, Amazon's accessories

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Though there still is no word on when this bad boy goes on sale, things are starting to rev up for the much anticipated Dell Venue Pro.

The phone now has an official listing on Microsoft's Windows Phone page, where its 7 hours talk-time and "scratch and shatter resistant screen" aka Gorilla Glass are prominently featured. We have to admit, the more we look at it, the more we want it. That 4.1" screen is the sweet spot for size and the keyboard...well.

Now lets just get some pricing and availability! Finally, while the phone is not on Amazon yet, some accessories are, implying hopefully some imminence.

Source: Microsoft, Amazon.com; via Windows Roundup

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3 years ago

WP7 Guide: Xbox, Windows Phone 7 and you

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WP7 Guide: Xbox, Windows Phone 7 and you

We’re all going to be adjusting and warming up to the new Windows Phone 7 OS but the Xbox 360 has been around for five years now. If you don’t know anything about Xbox or Xbox Live than it’s about time that we get you up to speed.

The phrase "game console" is typically the first thing that comes to mind but what about social device? Or media hub? How about online entertainment service. . . thing? The Xbox 360 is always sold short when it’s called a game console. November of 2005 was when the last great home console war saw the arrival of the Xbox 360 and it’s Xbox Live service and this November we’re going to also see an extension of some of the integral features of the Xbox Live service through Windows Phone 7. Let’s take a look at the console and see what those features are..

Take a coffee break and read Rob's in-depth tutorial on all things Xbox!

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3 years ago

Staff Picks: Windows Phone 7 apps - Tim

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3 years ago

Multitasking coming to WP7; Pandora can multitask now (Updated!)

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Updated: Say it ain't so! Looks like Network World got the quote wrong as Michael Scherotter ask them to make a correction noting: "Great article but with a slight correction; built-in software like Zune can play music in the background. Pandora cannot at this time."

The issue of multitasking in Windows Phone 7 has been nearly beaten to death but there is light at the end of the tunnel. One app that is frequently held up as an example of why multitasking is needed is Pandora--the music streaming app that chooses songs based on your likes/dislikes. Not being able to run Pandora in the background seems painful, as anyone who used an iPhone (pre-iOS 4) could attest.

Well, it looks like those fears may be unfounded. According to Network World, at the Sprint Developer Conference held Tuesday, Microsoft’s Michael Scherotter mentioned that Pandrora is an exception. More importantly that multitasking is coming to Windows Phone 7, just no firm date;

Scherotter said while a few major apps will be able to multitask, such as Pandora, the music streaming app that will play in the background while the user is doing something else, independent apps will not, for now. Scherotter said that eventually, independent apps will be multitask-capable, but he wouldn't say when that would be.

Good news for Pandora (presumably soon to be available in the Marketplace) and we're confident Microsoft will deliver on the multitasking front, once they design an elegant method to do so. Does this make anyone feel a bit better about their potential future investment in the OS?

Source: Network World

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3 years ago

Xbox Live Extras rolling out for Windows Phone 7

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Microsoft is starting to roll out a Xbox Live Extras update for Windows Phone 7. Extras will allow you to view, access and launch your game library from one easy-to-navigate hub on your phone. Xbox Live Extras is only available in the United States, United Kingdom, India, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong. More Countries will be added to the list as things progress.

There were a few bugs reported when it was first released a few days ago, such as the Xbox hub hanging on a black screen and then returning to the Start screen. It was also taking some time to convert Avatar Props for the Windows Phone. Those bugs were quickly addressed by Microsoft and the update should be hitting the Marketplace now.

If you start to tinker with Xbox Live Extras on your Windows Phone and still encounter any issues, you can report them here.

via Twitter (@mklucher)

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 and Zune "Rock Your World" Sweepstakes

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Microsoft's giving away free Windows Phone 7 device and 12-month Zune Pass subscriptions.

All you have to do is head over to the "official" sweepstakes website and complete the registration form. Or you can enter through Twitter by following @windowsphone and tweeting the phrase "Zune on Windows Phone 7 Rocks My World! Official Rules http://bit.ly/aO7WmS".

You are limited to two entries per day (one via the website and one via Twitter) and you can't use multiple emails to increase your chances.

There are five Entry Periods with the first starting on October 27th, ending on November 2nd and the winning names drawn on November 3rd. One Grand Prize (the phone and Zune Pass), along with five First Place Prizes (one month Zune Pass) will be given away during each Entry Period.

Good luck and let us know if you're one of the lucky winners!

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3 years ago

Opera Mini saving consumers a boat load of cash

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Opera latest State of the Mobile Web Report is showcasing that the mobile web browser Opera Mini saves consumers worldwide more than $2.2 Billion each month on their mobile data bills. The benefit comes by way of Opera Mini's compression technology that reduces the size of web pages up to 90%, thus lowering the amount of data consumed. U.S. consumers could save $141 on average each month.

The Mobile Web Report provides information on the top global trends affecting the mobile web. Asides from the estimated savings, Opera makes note of the following global trends:

  • In September 2010, Opera Mini had over 71.2 million users, a 7.1% increase from August 2010. Since September 2009, the number of unique users has increased 100.1%
  • Opera Mini users viewed over 36.9 billion pages in September 2010. Since August, page views have gone up 9.0%. Since September 2009, page views have increased 147.2%
  • Opera Mini users generated over 535.3 million MB of data for operators worldwide. Since August, the data consumed went up by 9.4%. Data in Opera Mini is compressed by up to 90%. If this data were uncompressed, Opera Mini users would have viewed over 4.9 petabytes of data in September. Since September 2009, data traffic is up 135.8%.

In the U.S. market, Opera is reporting the following growth:

  • Page-view growth since September 2009: 60.1 %
  • Unique-user growth since September 2009: 19.6 %
  • Data transfer growth since September 2009: 65.0 %
  • Page views per user: 331
  • Data transferred per user (MB): 8
  • Data transferred per page view (KB): 24
  • Google.com, Facebook.com and Youtube.com are the top three mobile sites visited in the U.S.

I'm not sure about the $141 in savings but Opera's mobile browsers have been busy over the past year. You can find the full report here as well as Cost-Savings Calculator and growth snapshots for the countries where Opera products are used.

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3 years ago

Nokia: "No plans" to adopt Windows Phone 7

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We haven't been covering the Nokia "will they or won't they" rumors about them adopting Windows Phone 7 to either replace or augment their Symbian/MeeGo lineup, but in the case we will because we find it quite definitive.

In an interview with CNet Asia, Niklas Savander, Nokia's executive vice president and general manager for Markets, said this about using other platforms:

Currently, we don't think the platforms out there which we are not using--Android and Microsoft--offers an incremental opportunity for us to add value that would sustain a competitive advantage over somebody else. So, no plans.

Sure, maybe he's just being coy on the issue, but we have a feeling that this is pretty legit. It would have been nice to have Nokia on board, but we'll survive without them.

Source: CNet Asia

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3 years ago

[Tip] Enable call waiting on Windows Phone 7

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We don't know if this is just restricted to Telstra in Australia or all GSM WP7 devices, but evidently on at least some Windows Phone 7 devices, call waiting is not enabled. Odd, eh?

Over at Chris Walsh's blog, he demonstrates how to enable this seemingly important feature and it's far from difficult:

Just type *43# into the dialer, then press "Call"

Of course there is nothing unique about that code per se, as they are just part of the GSM feature codes which are universal. Anyone else confirm whether or not this is disabled on their WP7 device?

Source: Chris Walsh (blog)

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3 years ago

Samsung's Super AMOLED looking good in the sun

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We've mentioned before, the one big reason to consider the Samsung Focus (here on AT&T) or the Omnia 7 (rest of world) is the screen, featuring Samsung's Super AMOLED technology. It's hard to see in pictures at times, but in person, it really is outstanding and yes, a reason to possibly choose it over other devices.

In the picture above, you can see how the screen fairs in direct sunlight. There has been debate about whether or not Super AMOLED is superior in the sun compared to a traditional LCD, but at least in the case, the Omnia 7 appears to hold up pretty well.

Source: Twitter (@stefanvicentic); OLED-Display.net

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3 years ago

Can't make it to Microsoft's PDC '10 this year? Stream it. Download the WP7 app!

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For you developers out there, Microsoft is holding their Professional Developers Conference on October 28-29th, starting at 9am PDT, where they will have numerous presentations on developing apps for Windows Phone 7 as well as other tidbits about the platform.

If you can't make it (and it sold out awhile ago), you can watch it online or attend a "local" event near you to make it a more interesting (and nerdy) experience. In addition, you can see the list of events here to better plan your schedule. Alternatively, all events will be able to be downloaded 24hrs after broadcast, making it even easier.

And if you already have a Windows Phone 7 device, you can download the app from the Marketplace, which has the schedule and video content. Noyce.

Source: Microsoft, Steve Clayton

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