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4 years ago

My thoughts on Windows Phone 7 (George Ponder)

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We've been following Windows Phone 7 for some time and now that it has been "officially" launched it can't land in stores fast enough. With as much as we've digested over the past eight months or so, I find my thoughts on Windows Phone 7 scattered about, ranging from devices to software to integration to the new phone's market survival.

Collecting them has been a challenged but if you ease past the break you can find my ramblings on Windows Phone 7.

 

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4 years ago

Marketplace Spotlight: IcyGroove

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4 years ago

The HTC 7 Pro looking real good in promo video

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HTC has added a promo video for the HTC 7 Pro to their YouTube Channel. They say good things come to those who wait and Sprint has something really nice headed their way.

The 7 Pro made a surprise appearance at the Windows Phone 7 Launch and was very impressive. While the video is only twenty-one seconds, it's long enough to remind us how unique this phone is. The slide-out QWERTY keyboard and tilting screen is reminiscent of the HTC Tilt2.

Source: YouTube; via pocketnow.com

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4 years ago

RoboPrint v1.0 headed to Windows Phone 7

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Blue Planet Apps has announced that RoboPrint v1.0 will be available for Windows Phone 7. RoboPrint gives you the ability to print email, documents, and images from your Windows Phone.  Supported documents include .pdf, .doc, .docx, .xls, xlsx, .ppt, .pptx, .tiff, .jpg, .gif, .png, .txt, and .html.

RoboPrint allows you to print on any wifi/3g/4g data connections. A Windows host application can be installed on your computer to access wired printers.

Follow the break to see a video demo of RoboPrint.

Thanks Oleksandr for the tip

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4 years ago

Tip: Rack up those Microsoft Points. Bing and IE users getting "Rewarded"

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Editorial Note: Microsoft Points are going to be more and more important to you future Windows Phone 7 users, which is why you may want to pay attention to today's tip!

Even though Bing Cashback was cancelled a few months back (shame as it was a great program), Microsoft has returned with a new, similar program called Bing Rewards.  It's technically in "preview" right now but you can still sign up and begin racking up credits as an incentive for using Microsoft’s Bing “decision engine”.

Microsoft Credits can easily be earned just by using Bing for all your searching needs, setting Bing as your homepage, making use of the feature-rich related searches, or just exploring the daily image’s information hotspots. A total of 250 credits are thrown your way just for signing up for the program. The "credits" can then be exchanged for "rewards" or even better, Microsoft Points, which can then be used in the Zune/Xbox Marketplace (more on that below).

So is there a catch? Of course there is...

Read more after the jump as we try to make sense of Microsoft's latest Bing incentive program!

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4 years ago

HTC HD7 shows up on Craigslist. Price? One arm, one leg.

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Assuming it's not a scam (an admittedly huge assumption), some anonymous soul is selling an HTC HD7 on Craigslist for a whopping $950. That's one heck of a premium over a phone that will be out in about 4 weeks.

The pictures given don't even appear to be of the actual phone, as the weather curiously shows New York City, not Chicago. Perhaps HTC is missing a phone or two from the Open House? Or maybe we're just cynical.

Anyways, we're sure we'll probably get this listing pulled now that we've publicized it.  On the other hand, if you actually buy it, let us know how it feels to spend nearly a $1k on a phone, m'kay?

Source: Craigslist

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4 years ago

Shazam shows up in Windows Phone Marketplace (WP7)

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...and it continues to grow. The Marketplace just added the free (and very popular) Shazam music ID app to its catalog.

The app promises to ID any song you throw at it just by pointing your phone at the music source and giving a few seconds. The software has been around for awhile now, first appearing on T-Mobile Windows Mobile devices as MusicID (remember that?) then after being ripped numerous times, they finally went public as Shazam. That version is available to current Windows Mobile users (see our Midomi review as an alternate)

This adds yet another feather in the media cap of Windows Phone 7 (see others here), even before launch. As a special "launch offer", they're offering free, unlimited 'tags'. Lets just hope the launch offer lasts long enough till we get some phones in our hands!

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4 years ago

LG launches cool new site for Optimus 7

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4 years ago

Zune Desktop v4.7 may be having memory leaks

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File this under: not totally clear

The new Zune Desktop v4.7 client came out on Monday, adding of course Windows Phone 7 support and a few other additions related to video rentals/purchases. While most have been happy with the upgrade, it looks like a few users are experiencing potential memory leaks related to the media center app--but it may be isolated to just 64-bit editions of Windows 7.

ZNet is reporting that Microsoft is aware of the issue and investigating, while users in their forum look to find a solution. If you're experiencing such problems, there is a media-collection reset tool that may help with the problem.

On our end, running Windows 7 32-bit, the memory seems stable to use, with Zune v4.7 using a reasonable 58.8MB of memory and holding steady (by comparison, our Firefox browser is sucking 245MB, Chrome even higher)

Source: Zune Forums; via ZDNet; Thanks, Phil, for the tip!

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4 years ago

AT&T giving away phones to employees at WP7 meetings

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We know AT&T is serious about this whole "premier carrier" thing and we've heard that employees will be receiving extensive training on the new OS, akin to now Apple prepped the same carrier for its release. Now it looks like they're going even further with support.

Evidently those meetings with employees are just starting. One, attended by [redacted], had the VP of AT&T there and he reportedly gave away 100 Windows Phone 7 devices to all the employees there.

It's not clear which phone (or phones) were given out nor whether or not they're doing this in all regions. Regardless, certain AT&T employees have to be pretty excited at this prospect!

Edit 10/16/10: Source is having second thoughts now about being so public about his company's inner workings; asked us to redact his info.

Source: Twitter; Thanks, Rene Ritchie of TiPB.com, for the tip!

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4 years ago

Three New Apps surface for Windows Phone 7

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We ran across three new apps for Windows Phone 7 that are working their way to the Marketplace.

ezyTip from donNetProfessional is a tip calculator that not only calculates your tip but can adjust it based on service, split your bill if your going "dutch" with friends, and even email them if they duck out on you.

ProjectThumba brings you the photo editor, Thumba. As a photographer, any app dealing with photography catches my attention and Thumba looks interesting. Thumba allows for image adjustments such as cropping, rotating, adjusting brightness/contrast, color balance and much more.

The "Where is my car?" app from StevenMeyerGVA is just what you think it would be, an app to help you keep track of where you parked your car. The app uses your Windows Phone 7's gps to mark where you parked your car and lead you back to it when the day is done. The app also has a feature to keep track of Parking Meter time, enter voice notes, and attach a picture of where you parked your car.

All three apps look interesting and we'll be eager to take all three out for a test run when they launch. In the meantime, hit the break to see video demos of all three.

via mobilitydigest

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4 years ago

Staff Choices: Windows Phone 7 Devices

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Staff Choices: Windows Phone 7 Devices

Never before has a new mobile OS platform launched with so many devices to choose from--not Android, not WebOS and certainly not the iPhone. Yet, on the otherhand, never have the differences between the device selection seem to be so...minor.

Seeing as I won't be able to get a device with Winodws Phone 7 on my beloved Sprint till sometime in spring 2011, I have to go with a second U.S. carrier to tide me over (and make this job easier).

So which will it be? AT&T with their 3 phones (the Samsung Focus, HTC Surround, and LG Quantum) or T-Mobile with the HD7 (and eventually Dell Venue Pro)?

Read after the jump for which device I'm going with and why. Of course, this is all assuming I exercise restraint and don't get a few of them, what with Google Voice (GoVoice) possible on the platform.

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4 years ago

When a WP7 app fails the Marketplace submission process, it looks like this...

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We've heard that with Microsoft's new Marketplace they were going to be different than Apple. Specifically, they want to add transparency to the process so that if your app is rejected, you'll know why it was rejected and how to fix it. This may seem like an obvious way to proceed, but Apple's method is more black and white in addition to just being cryptic and arbitrary.

Developer Peter Henry, for better or worse, had his app miFlashlight rejected. We say for better because we get to see how exactly Microsoft goes about the rejection process and sure enough, after a little confusion on Henry's part, he was able to bring up a .PDF document detailing the problem. (Turns out he used Office Clipart of a flashlight for the logo thinking it was under fair-use). With a simple fix to the icon and a resubmission, Henry expects to pass on the next round.

Good luck Henry and good job Microsoft.

Update: MahTweets Mobile, by Paul Jenkins, was also rejected for 2 issues.

Source: Twitter

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4 years ago

Staff Choices: Windows Phone 7 Devices

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Staff Choices: Windows Phone 7 Devices

Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 offers a unique situation for Windows Phone users. Windows Mobile phones offered a wide range of Windows Phones with all sorts of tweaks and customizations. Windows Phone 7 phones will be more consistent with regards to the OS.  Even the designs will have certain requirements and, to an extent, restrictions.

Out of the gate we will see three options from AT&T; the Samsung Focus, HTC Surround, and LG Quantum. Shortly thereafter, we'll see T-Mobile join the scene with two phones; the HTC HD7 and Dell Venue Pro.  Sprint customers shouldn't give up hope.  In 2011 the HTC 7 Pro should be headed Sprint's way.

So, which phone do you choose? Will you wait for a certain model or switch carriers to start enjoying Windows Phone 7 sooner?  If you're with AT&T will you get the Focus or wait for the LG or HTC phones?

The WPCentral Staff has given this some thought and over the next few days we'll share our choices with you. To see what my first Windows Phone 7 device will be, ease on past the break.

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4 years ago

Huffington Post app for Windows Phone 7 developed by PointAbout

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PointAbout has been a pretty big developer in the iPhone/iPad crowd and even a bit of Android, so it's nice to see them coding some things for Windows Phone 7.

The first app was commissioned by the Huffington Post, the popular left-leaning news and gossip site and will be obviously a free download in the Marketplace. As you can see from above, it's already listed for download, meaning it will be one of the thousand or so available come November.

In a press release, Project Manager Kevin Lenane had this to say:

"The Windows Phone 7 Huffington Post application displays award winning Huffington Post content in a new and innovative way that is wholly unique to the Windows Phone 7 panoramic layout utilizing a pivot control. Using the new Windows Phone 7 Metro UI standards, the application creates an easy-to-digest "foldable" news application that is both visually striking and easy to use. The application supports integrated layers of content through Facebook, Email, and messaging channels."

"The Windows Phone 7 Huffington Post application displays award winning Huffington Post content in a new and innovative way that is wholly unique to the Windows Phone 7 panoramic layout utilizing a pivot control. Using the new Windows Phone 7 Metro UI standards, the application creates an easy-to-digest "foldable" news application that is both visually striking and easy to use. The application supports integrated layers of content through Facebook, Email, and messaging channels."
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