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3 years ago

Microsoft releases Springboard Series App for WP7, shows IT Pros some love

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One thing that you can say unequivocally about Microsoft, they have a solid foothold in the IT world; and there isn’t a close second. Between the server offerings and the Windows 7 OS, nobody can stand toe-to-toe with Microsoft in the enterprise. One thing that I (as an IT Professional) love about working with Microsoft products is the wealth of documentation and resources housed within Microsoft’s Technet community.

Microsoft’s Springboard Series is a collection of documentation focused on educating IT Professionals on the tools and processes used to deploy and manage Windows 7 desktops. With the launch of the Springboard Series App for Windows Phone 7, Microsoft is providing mobile access to the articles and videos on the Springboard site.

If you’re an IT Pro, or you just like playing around with your Windows 7 computer; go get the Springboard Series app from the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace (Zune link).

 

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3 years ago

Klipsch working on WP7 compatible headphones

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We realize some of you are audio freaks and only demand the best, so its should come as a relief to you that Klipsch audio is evidently working on a WP7-compatible series.

The Klipsch "i" series are more than headphones, providing in-line music controls for manipulating the music player of the device it is connected too. Obviously these are not universal so Klipsch needs to tailor their hardware for the phone, much like the iPhone/iPod line.

No word on ETA, but we'll keep you posted.

Thanks, A, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Marketplace app-security cracked: Proof-of-concept [Video]

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Disclosure: Well before the publication of this article, WPCentral contacted Microsoft's Brandon Watson directly about the breach and we are cooperating with Microsoft in any way we can. Microsoft may be providing a statement to us addressing this issue, which we will of course post in its entirety if they choose to do so.

Yesterday we reported on a controversial "whitepaper" over at XDA (since pulled) which gleaned publicly available information to outline how the WP7 Marketplace could be cracked. To some, this was new. For others, it was very old. And for others still, it was information that was plain incorrect.

For developers, the weakness in Microsoft's DRM for Windows Phone 7 applications has been well known for quite some time, and there have been calls for Microsoft to address these concerns (see here in their forums).

Since then, a "white hat" developer has provided WPCentral with a proof-of-concept program that can successfully pull any application from the Marketplace, remove the security and deploy to an unlocked Windows Phone with literally a push of a button. Alternatively, you could just save the cracked XAP file to your hard drive. Neither the app nor the methodology is public, and it will NOT be released (please don't ask). It is important to note that this was all done within six hours by one developer.

After the break, you can see a video of the application (called "FreeMarketplace") in action, demonstrating how easy it can be to download any app from the Marketplace. While many will condemn us for "promoting piracy," we respectfully disagree. We have heard many complaints from developers about this weakness for months now and it is their right to know about the flaws in the system. We are confident Microsoft will work hard to implement a stronger DRM system, in part due to this proof-of-concept demonstration.

Tobias, technical adviser for this article, can be contacted via WPCentral

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3 years ago

'Rise of Glory' and 'Revolution' now live in the Marketplace

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Just a few hours after we noted today's releases, Microsoft has gone and published those two new Xbox LIVE titles. Today's features are 'Rise of Glory' and 'Revolution'.

'Rise of Glory' is a pretty sweet World War 1 bi-plane simulator "...with arcade accents. Fly your favorite plane in the single player campaign or play skirmish user defined missions. Amazing graphics, realistic aircraft behavior, challenging AI, incredible game experience." and goes for $2.99. 'Revolution' also put out by MGS, is a cogs type puzzle game, but with...well gears. The game will allow you to "progress through 75 unique levels and discover new challenges! As levels increase in complexity, players will find new elements such as “No Cogs Zones,” and “Falling Stars” to challenge even the most skilled mechanical wizard". 'Revolution' also fetches for $2.99.

You can grab 'Rise of Glory' here and 'Revolution' here. Both seem pretty cool. Hit us up in comments on your thoughts if you've tried 'em.

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3 years ago

SurfCube brings 3D action to web browsing

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Considering how Mobile Internet Explore is currently the only browser on Windows Phone7, we sure have a lot of amazing options e.g. Metro Browser, Browse On and Browser+. Now there is another new app called SurfCube which once again, redefines browsing on our device.

In short, it adds a 3D cube to the mix that allows you to rotate around to other screens (settings, bookmarks, etc.) while maintaining a full-screen browsing experience. It's surprisingly very fluid and easy to use even makes sense.

We'll be doing a more thorough look in a bit but for now, you can give it a spin in the Marketplace for a trial or purchase for a fair $1.99. Check the video of it in action after the break.

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3 years ago

Xbox LIVE games 'Rise of Glory' and 'Revolution' to be released tomorrow

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As the Tweet above says, tomorrow is Xbox LIVE Wednesday (one of our favorite days) and tomorrow's releases both come from Microsoft Game Studios (MGS). One is 'Rise of Glory' and the other is 'Revolution'.

Unfortunately, we have no idea what these game are about nor have any screenshots but we'll keep an eye out.

Source: Twitter

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3 years ago

Top Ten Windows Phone 7 Apps for 2010

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Top Ten Windows Phone 7 Apps for 2010

Just being a little over two months old, 2010 was a very short year for the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace.  Having recently passed the 5,000 app mark the Marketplace offers a wide range of applications for your Windows Phone.  As 2010 comes to a close, we thought we'd take a peak to see what apps were tops in the Marketplace.

The Windows Phone 7 Marketplace offers two top ten lists; Top Paid and Top Free apps. The top ten free apps are:

To see the Top Ten Paid Apps list, follow the break.

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3 years ago

Photogram - Review

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Photogram - Review

We've taken a look at several photography apps. From those that simply applies effects to your images such as PhotoMagic to the apps that gives you more editing controls such as Thumba. Only Samsung Focus and Omnia 7 owners have access to an in-house photography application that falls in line with the former. All other deivces, sorry!

Photogram allows you to apply six special effects to new and existing photos as well as create a collage of images. What you create can then be shared via a handful of social and photography websites.

It's a free application and to read more about Photogram and to see examples, follow the break.

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3 years ago

AT&T to deploy more Hotzones in key markets

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Following successful test launches in NYC, Charlotte, NC and Chicago earlier in 2010, AT&T announced today that it plans to deploy more Wi-Fi Hotzones in certain major markets around the country. The first initiative will be to expand its current NYC coverage in Times Square, Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the next few days.

This is just in time for the New Year’s Eve mob to gobble up bandwidth posting their drunken “Woos” and far-off shots of Ryan Seacrest for all of posterity. The next stop on the expansion tour will be new Wi-Fi access in Embarcadero Center in San Francisco.

The theory behind this move seems to be to get as many people as possible off of the broadband network wherever possible, in hopes of speeding up access for users. AT&T has caught a lot of flak for their network performance in highly-populated areas, dating all the way back to the launch of the iPhone. As one of our writers pointed out, perhaps it is cheaper to expand Wi-Fi access than it is to improve 3G data services.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Marketplace hits 5,000 apps - shows no signs of slowing

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Once again, another week another milestone. Today, the Marketplace hit the big ol' 5,000 for available apps. What's funny about this number is on December 25th, WebOS also hit 5,000 official apps (unofficially, it's over 6,000). As we mentioned last time, WebOS has been out for 18+ months, whereas Windows Phone, just two.

And although things have slowed down a teeny bit due to the holidays, they're looking to pick up speed again this week. Of interest is the average price got bumped last week from about $1.41 to $1.52 (it's now down to $1.51). The reason for such a sharp spike? That "I Am Rich" app fetching for $500 skewed the average overall price by $0.10 in a day.

Also of interest, there are over 1,100 games available, which is nearly a fifth of all apps--so gaming is huge. Tools are next at 751 and the rest of the stats can be found at WP7AppList, of course. Here's the rest of the Marketplace history, as refresher:

Source: MarketplaceBrowser & WP7AppList

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 and app piracy - closer than we think [Security Whitepaper]

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Walking the fine line between black and white hat security, XDA member V@l€n has gone and posted a detailed "security whitepaper" on the state of app piracy in the Windows Phone Marketplace.

We almost hate to write on the topic since it will attract claims of supporting piracy,  but the fact is developers and Microsoft need to know just how vulnerable the platform is so that it can be improved on before it's a problem. And that's just it, right now there is no issue with app piracy for Windows Phone, but it is inching closer and once those few remaining hurdles are cleared, there will literally be a flood of pirated apps on the market.

But before we jump into all of that, lets detail exactly what is going on here. For better or worse, V@l€n has done a great job of outlining all the steps needed to make a ridiculous piracy campaign, showing all the necessary procedures that need to be cleared.

Follow us after the jump as we walk through this story...

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3 years ago

Golla Gavin Phone Wallet - Review

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Golla Gavin Phone Wallet - Review

Golla has been offering unique cases for Windows Phones for some time now. The Finnish company has built a reputation for brightly colored, solidly built, textured soft cases that have ample storage space for cash, credit cards and other items.

The Gavin Phone Wallet is a horizontal case that has a subtle design and practical functionality. The case includes extra pockets for stereo ear buds or a Bluetooth headset along with pockets for credit cards or your i.d.

With a more conservative appearance than othe Golla cases, the Gavin is large enough to handle the latest Windows Phone 7 devices such as the Samsung Focus, HTC Surround and LG Quantum. Follow the break to read more on this latest case from Golla.

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3 years ago

Unique Autosport Vertical Case - Review

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Unique Autosport Vertical Case - Review

Unique Autosport is a popular automotive detailing, customization company that offers everything from custom wheels to audio systems to custom painting to custom graphics. They are now offering cases for Windows Phones.

The top loading, leather case is adorned with the companies "UA" logo and sports a rotating belt clip. A magnetic flap folds over the top of your Windows Phone to keep the phone securely in place.

We took a closer look at the Unique Autosports vertical case with the Samsung Focus. To see how it shook out, ease on past the break.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 tip: Re-installing apps

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Windows Phone 7 tip: Re-installing apps

There's a discussion going on over in the WPCentral Forums concerning Windows Phone 7 apps and what to do if you accidentally delete one from your phone.  Unlike Windows Mobile, there isn't a centralize listing of the Marketplace apps your purchased to re-install from. This doesn't mean all is lost.

You'll need to access the Marketplace from your Windows Phone. From there all you need to do is go into the Marketplace, find the app you need to re-install and go through the installation/purchase steps. Instead of choosing how to pay for the app, you'll be notified, "You've already purchased this app. Would you like to install it again?".

Just tap "install" and you'll re-install the app.  You'll find the full discussion over here in the forums.

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3 years ago

WP7 Twitter Clients – Review Roundup

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WP7 Twitter Clients – Review Roundup

One of the popular complaints of Windows Phone 7 is the lack of native Twitter integration. Fortunately for those of us that are regulars in the twitterverse there are several Twitter clients in the Windows Phone 7 marketplace. Keep reading for a quick look at the Twitter clients that are available for Windows Phone 7. (You should also follow us on Twitter if you're not already. We are @wpcentral. Individual writers are @malatesta77, @coppertop004, @tferrill. Other Smartphone Experts that we recommend are @backlon, @philnickinson, and @palmsolo.) 

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