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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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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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