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4 years ago

WMExperts is now wpcentral!

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WMExperts is now wpcentral!

With Windows Phone 7 launching tomorrow, we figured it was time to update our site to match the new branding and new vision coming out of Redmond. Enter wpcentral, the new home for your Windows Phone fix!

We have a new domain and a new look that's better fitting with the times but doesn't pretend that the great interface that Microsoft created for phones is what you want visiting a website on your browser (a mobile version is coming soon!). We've updated our commenting system too and you can expect plenty of improvements there in the coming weeks. Up top we've added the Billboard, which features the top stories from wpcentral so you can quickly find the most important content.

Expect plenty of Windows Phone 7 content coming your way as well - in-depth how-to articles, game reviews, and of course the news you've long come to expect from WMExperts - actually, make that wpcentral.

Let us know what you think in the comments below and please be forgiving if you see a bug here or there - we're working feverishly to quash them all.

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4 years ago

Microsoft launches a Help and How-To for Windows Phone 7

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Microsoft has been quietly updating their Windows Phone site to include Windows Phone 7. The links to see the phone line-ups is a dead-end, taking you to a page that simply reads, "No Devices Found".  But the Help and How-to link has a lot of information on the upcoming phones.

Everything from the basics to email to Office Mobile is covered. You have information on how to set up your Windows Live ID and your XBox Live Account. There is so much information in the Help and How-to site that it's a little overwhelming.

The site is basically an online owners manual for Windows Phone 7 and is a good way to get familiar with OS before it hits the shelves.

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4 years ago

Microsoft Showcase highlights Windows Phone 7

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Microsoft Showcase has added three new videos highlighting Windows Phone 7. The first video highlights speech recognition while the other two touch on the personalizing the Start screen and the search function.

The videos run about 1.5 minutes and will definitely add to the anticipation.  They're also a good way to become familiar with the new system.

You can catch all three after the break.

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4 years ago

Police Scanner headed to Windows Phone 7

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Police Scanner for Windows Phone 7, developed by Carmelo Milian (developer of PhotoWiz), is dialed in and ready for release. The application taps into Police and other emergency service feeds from various cities in the U.S. and abroad.

Based on the demo video, locations range from Los Angeles, California to Memphis, Tennessee to Manitoba, Canada. The application browses for feeds, pick country, then state, then get all feeds (a little over 2,000). You also have a handy "Ten Code" reference to make it easy to interpret what "10-09" or "10-20" means.

Police Scanner is an interesting application that brings a new twist to Windows Phone 7. It will be nice to see this one in action.

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4 years ago

WP7 Rumor: 2,000 apps at launch

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WP7 Rumor: 2,000 apps at launch

Rumors of Windows Phone 7 hitting the shelves in Europe on October 21, 2010 isn't anything new. But we are now seeing signs that the Windows Marketplace will have over 2,000 applications at launch.

A leaked Three UK (wireless provider) document indicates that the Windows Marketplace will be well populated with applications at launch. A clear sign that developers have been working in high gear to give users plenty of choices at launch.

 

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4 years ago

New Windows Phone 7 videos on Microsoft's YouTube channel

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4 years ago

Review: HTC S280 Side Case

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Review: HTC S280 Side Case

The S280 Side Case from HTC is being offered over at the WMExperts.com Accessory Store for $19.95. The unique design makes the case stand out amongst the other side cases the Store offers.

The S280 is cut to fit a wide range of HTC devices including the Tilt2/Touch Pro 2, Imagio, Snap, Pure and any other similarly sized Windows Phones. Curious how design meets functionality, we took the S280 out for a test drive with the AT&T Tilt2.

Ease on past the break to see what type of impression this HTC Case left with us.

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4 years ago

Marketplace Spotlight: Bumper Stickers

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4 years ago

Preparing for Windows Phone 7: Windows Live

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Preparing for Windows Phone 7: Windows Live

With Windows Phone 7 right around the corner, is there anything you can do to prepare for the new Windows Phones? Windows Phone 7 will offer a lot of new features and capabilities and while we all will have a learning curve with the new system, there are a few things you can do to get a leg up on things.

Three areas come to mind; Windows Live, Xbox Live, and Zune. Ease on past the break to see what you can do with Windows Live to prepare for Windows Phone 7.

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4 years ago

AT&T Mondrian rendering surfaces

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AT&T Mondrian rendering surfaces

We've seen photos of the HTC Mondrian but we havent' seen it with any AT&T branding (where it's likely to land). We now have a rendering from ROM aficionado 911sniper that shows the Mondrian with AT&T branding.

There's no telling what the actual device will look like or if it will keep the Mondrian tag. But it's always nice to see these renderings and think of the possibility. Hopefully, over the next few days everything will come into focus and we'll have "official" images of the Windows Phone 7 devices headed our way.

via: Engadget

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4 years ago

Microsoft promos Windows Phone 7 cloud services

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Microsoft is sharing a new promotional video for Windows Phone 7 over at the Microsoft Showcase. The video highlights Windows Phone 7's cloud capabilities.

Taking you to from the phone to the web to the PC, the video touches on several ways you can use cloud services via Windows Live and Xbox Live. It also touches on the upcoming Windows Phone Live services that can be used to secure and locate a lost phone.

via: istartedsomething

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4 years ago

Review: SureCop

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Review: SureCop

SureCop was recently released by 42Gears Mobility and is a security application for your Windows Phone that allows you to activate security features remotely via SMS messaging.

SureCop will allow you to locate your Windows Phone, lock your Windows Phone, wipe your data clean, remote callback, remotely alarm, and recieve notification is the SIM card is changed.

We took SureCop out for a test drive recently and just follow the break to see how it measured up.

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4 years ago

AT&T increases Early Upgrade pricing

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AT&T increases Early Upgrade pricing


AT&T has increased their Early Upgrade pricing that may impact how quickly Windows Phone 7 devices move off the shelves.

Effective October 3, 2010, upgrade pricing for Smartphones will increase from the two-year commitment price plus $75 to the two-year price plus $200. The example used on an internal document obtained by BGR has the Blackberry Torch would carry a $399 early upgrade price ($199 two year price pluse $200). According to AT&T this still represents a savings of $100 off the non-commitment price of $499.

The justification for this change; "As smartphones become increasingly more sophisticated, the cost of these devices has also increased.".  Smartphones are becoming more sophisticated and capable, but a 166% increase? 

The new policy doesn't apply to iPhones or basic/quick messaging phones. No word as of yet if the new Windows Phone 7 devices will be exempt or not. 

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4 years ago

Photo Contest from Bing and Windows Live

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Ever wished Bing would use one of your photos for their wallpaper image? Windows Live and Bing are holding a photo contest to give you that chance.

Designed to promote BING and Windows Live's Photo Gallery, the contest will run through October 22, 2010. Submissions should be sent to WLcontest@hotmail.com and include your image, image title, short description, and your contact information. There is a limit of five entries per person and the following requirements:

  • No recognizable people.
  • No 3rd party trademarks or logos (such as distinctive packaging or building exteriors / interiors) owned by others.
  • No objectionable content, such as alcohol, smoking, guns, violence, or nudity
  • No content that is defamatory to any group or individual and/or violates any law.
  • JPEG format only with minimum photo dimensions 970px width by 528px height.
  • Preferably the image should be submitted in its original size and aspect ratio, which will allow us the most flexibility when sizing and cropping to meet the needs of the homepage.
  • Horizontal orientation and at least 1MB in size.
  • No watermark, signature or photographer name can be included in the image file. The photographer credit for the winner will be added to the page separately.

Ten winners will be selected to have their photo featured in a Windows 7 theme pack and the grand prize winner will have their photo featured on the Bing's homepage (mobile and desktop) on November 8, 2010. You can find the complete contest rules and guidelines here.

via: windowsteamblog

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4 years ago

Garmin-Asus delays joining the Windows Phone 7 lineup

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Garmin-Asus has ventured into the Windows Phone market before with the M20 but it really never got off the ground. Some had hopes that chances for success would improve when Garmin was introduced as a Windows Phone 7 launch partner earlier this year by Microsoft.  It now it appears Garmin will be late to the party.

Digitimes is reporting that Garmin-Asus will not launch a Windows Phone 7 device this year but instead is targeting the first quarter of 2011 to join the Windows Phone 7 lineup. Instead, the company is focusing on a few new Android based smartphones they plan to release by the end of this year.

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