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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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4 years ago

Review: Motorola Oasis Bluetooth Headset

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Review: Motorola Oasis Bluetooth Headset

Two areas that really separate high end headsets from the pretenders are comfort and noise cancellation. If you think of some of the contenders in this market segment (Jawbone, Plantronics Voyager Pro, Motorola HX1) pretty much all of them are designed from the ground up to be comfortable, while noise cancellation is analogous to the engine on a shiny new sports car; you don’t see it at first glance, but that’s really the core of the product.

One of the latest Bluetooth Headsets to enter the ring is Motorola’s recently announced Oasis headset. The physical design of the Oasis is fairly close to the Voyager Pro, which is one of my all time favorite headsets. The full review is after the break.

Pros: 
Incredible Design, Lightweight, Comfortable, Decent Sound Quality
Cons: 
Noise Cancellation Could Be Better
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4 years ago

Staff Choices: Windows Phone 7 Devices

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Staff Choices: Windows Phone 7 Devices

One nice thing about not being an Apple Fanboy is that I actually get some options when it comes to new phones. With Microsoft’s official announcement of Windows Phone 7 and the associated hardware announcements out of the way, I can get down to the business of choosing my hardware.

First of all, as we’ve said many times here, which carrier you will use is the priority decision here. Because of my work location, my choices are really limited to AT&T and Verizon. The fact that I have been an AT&T customer for some time, combined with the news that Verizon is going to be late to the party, make that an easy choice. My real complaint here is that my two favorite form factors, the HTC 7 Pro and the Dell Venue Pro, are not available on AT&T.

Since I’m sticking with AT&T, my choices are limited to the Samsung Focus, LG Quantum, and HTC Surround. Some of the things on my wishlist for a new device would be a hardware keyboard (I currently use an HTC Tilt 2), a large screen, and a front facing camera. Something like the Sprint Epic 4G with Windows Phone 7 would be perfect. Unfortunately, I appear to have set my sights too high.

Since the Quantum is the only device with a hardware keyboard that would seem to be the best choice, but I’m not entirely sold on LG as a Smartphone manufacturer just yet, and I’m not entirely sure I like the keyboard layout or even the way that the three buttons on the front are arranged. I’m also a big fan of what HTC does with their hardware, and the innovative design of the Surround is definitely tempting, but I would like a little more screen real-estate. I’m also a heavy Bluetooth Headphones user, so I don’t know how much use I’d get out of those speakers.

At this point I’m fairly certain that I will be picking up a Samsung Focus on November 9. The things that sold me on the Focus are the 4 inch Super AMOLED screen, the sleek and slim form factor, and the Samsung brand in general. I’m a former Samsung BlackJack user, and just knowing how solid that device was makes me very comfortable with the Focus. The other thing that has me excited about the Focus is the potential for expanding the storage capacity. Even though it is limited to 8gb of internal storage (compared to 16gb for the other two AT&T phones), the ability to add a microSD card to the mix makes the Focus a very attractive option.  I’m a little nervous about giving up my hardware keyboard, but I’m hoping that I won’t even notice.

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4 years ago

My Thoughts on Windows Phone 7 (Tim Ferrill)

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My Thoughts on Windows Phone 7 (Tim Ferrill)

Watching the growth of Windows Phone 7 over this past year has been an exercise in patience. Microsoft’s strategy of showing the customers what they were working on months ahead of an actual release is very different that what one would expect from a company like Apple, where they announce a product only after it was already in production. The advantage of Microsoft’s strategy is that they have received feedback from both developers and consumers on the different features and functionality that will be included or (in some cases) left out. I really think Windows Phone 7 will be a better product because of this strategy.

Hit the break for all of my thoughts on Windows Phone 7.

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4 years ago

eWallet in development for Windows Phone 7

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It shouldn't be hard to imagine that the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace will have over 2,000 apps at launch. The list of apps being developed for Windows Phone 7 continues to grow with eWallet from Ilium Software being the latest.

eWallet is a popular Windows Mobile application that helps you manage passwords, PIN numbers, account information and other personal information you need to manage.

While Ilium is working on a version of eWallet for Windows Phone 7, the developer isn't offering much beyond that. The Windows Mobile version of eWallet allowed you to synchronize things between your computer and Windows Phone. There is some speculation that Ilium will go to a cloud based solution with Windows Phone 7. Maybe you could backup your file on Microsoft's Skydrive and then access it through Windows Live on your computer.

Regardless how Ilium tackles such issues, it's nice to see the list of Windows Phone 7 apps continue to grow.

via: windowsphonethoughts.com

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4 years ago

Microsoft's Live Messenger headed to WP7

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Windows Phone 7 will be getting Live Messenger.  It's the when and by whom that has become a bit of a mystery.  Microsoft is farming out its development but now two developers have staked a claim for developing Live Messenger for Microsoft.

There were reports last month that Bewise was working on the application. Now, another developer, Miyowa, is stepping forward claiming they are developing the Windows Phone 7 application. This could mean that we'll have multiple Live Messenger applications to choose from, regional differences/releases (Miyowa is popular overseas) or simply that Microsoft changed developers at some point in the process.

Microsoft has alluded that Messenger would be a part of the Windows Phone 7. Earlier this week Chris Jones, Microsoft's VP for Windows Live Engineering posted, "Windows Phone 7 is the first device designed from the ground up with Windows Live in mind. Right from the start, you can enter your Windows Live ID on your phone, and it will connect over the air to Hotmail, Messenger, SkyDrive, and the rest of Windows Live."

Is it really an issue who develops the app? Isn't getting Live Messenger onto Windows Phone 7 the more important issue?

via: zdnet.com

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4 years ago

Cnet interview with Steve Ballmer on Windows Phone 7; reveals little but still interesting

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In the hubbub of Monday's Open House, there was this interesting video intereview with Steve Ballmer conducted by Ina Fried of Cnet.

Though we don't get any real juicy scoops, he does briefly mention how the technology form the Xbox Kinect (motion sensors, etc.) could make its way into mobile devices someday. We've seen some early hints of this from Microsoft themselves (Flashback machine: "Sidesight"), so it's not too surprising that the tech from Kinect and even Surface may be incorporated once it can be minaturized.

Check out the full video after the break, it's worth it as Ina has some pretty sharp questions for Steve.

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4 years ago

Miyowa developed Windows Live Messenger for Windows Phone 7

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Though we didn't get to see it Monday, evidently Windows Phone 7 will launch with support for Windws Live Messenger, something that was not at all to clear recently.

Interestingly, the program was written by their software partner Miyowa, who evidently builds on a regular basis Live Messenger clients for Microsoft, just not for their native OS.

Either this was a case of not enough time or perhaps Microsoft just recognized good talent when they see it. Whichever the case, for a lot of folks this should make them quite pleased knowing that they can still access their favorite IM app on the go.

No word on extended functionality, but we do get a teaser shot as seen above.

via MocoNews

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4 years ago

Synaptics and Microsoft team up to support ClearPad multitouch screens

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Late Wednesday, Synaptics, maker of mousepads and touchscreens used in laptops and mobile devices announced direct support with Microsoft for Windows Phone 7. Specifically, the two will work to incorporate Synaptics' ClearPad™ for high-resolution capacitive, multitouch screens into new phones developed by Microsoft partners. The deal will help accelerate development for manufactures and developers while giving customers top-notch multitouch tech for their phones.

Synaptics has three levels of ClearPad: 1000, 2000 and 3000 series, with the 3000 announced just last year (seen above) and featuring

...the ability to distinguish up to 10 simultaneous finger touches and complex multi-finger gestures (such as pinch and rotate) with fine accuracy and low latency, the ClearPad 3000 Series sensors are ready for the next generation of 3D graphical user interfaces on a broad array of handheld consumer electronics devices. The ClearPad 3000 Series is based on new, proprietary Synaptics technology that features 48 sensing channels and advanced power management.

We like the looks of this deal as Synaptics general has pretty good products and this looks to be at least the high-end of current multitouch screen technology out there. No word on which OEMs will (or already are) taking advantage of this deal, but we'll keep an eye out for any info.

Read the full presser after the break...

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4 years ago

T-Mobile to begin throttling speeds after 5GB cap is reached

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Looks like T-Mobile is joining the ranks of other mobile carriers by imposing a 5GB cap on data starting October 16th, this is down from the original 10GB cap. On top of this, if you do go over the cap, you'll receive a text message of the overage and that your speeds will now be reduced, at least until your next billing cycle.

This will only have an effect on less than 1% of customers, according to T-Mobile and it is sitll better than AT&Ts 2GB cap.

Still, data caps and throttling speeds look to be the new norm as our phones keep getting more and more powerful (e.g. HD7, Dell Venue Pro)--sort of the exact oppposite of what we want and expect as paying customers. On the other hand, which is better: throttling speeds or charging money for each MB of going over your data plan (like Sprint, AT&T, etc)?

via T-MoNews

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4 years ago

Taiwan-based OEMs are not yet interested in Windows Phone 7; cite licensing fees

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Digitimes is reporting that numerous Taiwanese phone manufactures such as Foxconn, Compal Communications, Pegatron Technology, Qisda, Inventec, Inventec Appliances and Arima Communication, are not yet jumping on Windows Phone 7 but rather are sticking with Android, for now.

The reason given is a combination of licensing fees and current levels of investment in the Android OS as barriers for entry for them. Of course, money talks and if Windows Phone 7 is a big hit, we imagine these companies will come on board.

For the casual reader, companies like Foxconn, Compal and Inventec are far from familiar names in the U.S. That's because such companies in the past have often been behind the scenes, having been hired to build devices for the likes of HP, Palm (Treo line) and Apple (iPhone). Recently, many of those companies have tried the go-it-alone approach to break free from this role, much like HTC did years ago. So far though they have made little traction in Western markets, meaning much of this "news" is inconsequential at the moment.

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4 years ago

IonBall and ChronoX headed to Windows Phone 7

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IronSun Studios has announced the launch of two new game titles for the Windows Phone 7 platform. Paul Kelly, Director at IronSun, states" The launch of Windows Phone 7 is a key moment for IronSun Studios and a culmination of an exciting 6 months for us. Developing for Windows Phone 7 has been a pleasure, the quality of the tools, even from an early stage, is of a very high standard.”

The two games are:

ChronoX: A platform game that is set over thirty levels, spread acroos five time zones. You goal is to retrieve collectibles while avoiding hazards and enemies.

IonBall: This is a classic breakout game with a new twist. You battle through 35 levels and 7 boss battles. As you progress through the game, you'll earn Experience Points that can be used to enhance your character.

Both games will be available at launch through the Marketplace.

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Updates in the works?

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Windows Phone 7 Updates in the works?

Microsoft mentioned Cut/Paste would be available via updates early next year during the Launch event.  So we know that updates are in the works to some degree.  What we're seeing now are rumors to what other items the first round of updates may also include.

Tweets from MS_nerd adds multi-tasking, turn-by-turn directions, clipboard and Skydrive support into the mix.  If the predictions are correct, look for the updates in January.

via: Mobility Digest

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4 years ago

HTC Surround at BestBuy

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HTC Surround at BestBuy

Best Buy is accepting pre-orders for the HTC Surround. The AT&T Windows Phone 7 device will run you $199.99 with the two-year contract discounts.

Regular Price is listed as $549.99 and the interesting item of note is the ship date. Best Buy has the Surround shipping on November 8, 2010. At the Windows Phone 7 Launch, AT&T indicated that only the Samsung Focus would be available on November 8th with the Surround and LG Quantum shipping a few weeks later.

Is this wishful thinking on Best Buy or could HTC production be ahead of schedule?

via: Android Central

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4 years ago

Milestone: DroppyPop now available

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Milestone: DroppyPop now available

Flashback to May of this year and we first reported about DroppyPop, an admittedly silly little game that showed off how quickly someone could write an app in Siliverlight for Windows Phone 7. It was also one of the first indie-developer games we reported on for the fledgling OS.

Today, looks like developer Andy Beaulieu finally got his little game listed in the Zune Marketplace for the small token of $0.99. To that, a big congrats to Andy!

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