We recently reviewed the BlueAnt T1 Bluetooth headset and found it to be a nice, rugged headset. We haven't had a giveaway in a while, so what better time than the present.
It's also been a while since we did a "show us your home page" discussion over in the forums. So we decided to kill two birds with one stone. If your interested in winning the T1, simply head on over to this Forums discussion and share your home screen. If you're not sure how to capture your home screen there are tons of methods such as MyMobiler or Shake and Save.
We'll let the discussion run until 7:00pm PST on August 11, 2010 and randomly choose one post to win the T1. You do have to register to participate (a painless process that starts here) and we'll post a "braggin' rights" announcement later that week.
UPDATE: Seeing that it's been so long since we've had a give away, one prize just didn't seem to be enough. While the first prize will remain the T1, we'll choose a second post at random for a Maximo iMetal Stereo Headset.
Want a DIY app maker for Windows Phone 7? Better yet, what is a DIY app maker?
To answer the latter, it's basically a program to write programs that assumes you know nothing about programming. Case in point: Google's Android App Inventor.
On the one hand, it's hella cool, especially if you're like us and know nothing about C#, XNA or Silverlight.
On the other hand, it results in things deemed 'crapps' by our esteemed colleague Phil (see above article).
One twist? We have an approval process in our app store, so more than likely the majority of 'crapps' won't be approved, but once we figure how to 'sideload' you can use your crapp...err app as you see fit and probably even share it.
All of this will soon be made possibly by Jay Desai who is in the middle of writing an app to do just what Google has done--though perhaps not as smooth. As of right now, the app is just a technical preview, yet it still has RSS Feeds, Facebook, Twitter feeds and may add YouTube and Flickr support in the future. This will allow you to write apps that interact with those feeds, making it pretty neat.
Sounds interesting? Try it right here though you'll need a password, since it's still in development: You can request a temp password via Twitter @desaij
We're not sure what happened to Trinket, they had some very creative programs and seemed to nearly own the Twitter market (Bill Gates is even a fan). We're quite sad to see them go, wish the developer the best of luck and hope that someone caries on the torch. Then again, it seems most Twikini owners were rightlfully T.O'd about not getting their software updated--which we totally agree with.
Update: as noted in comments, the auction site basically explains why Trinket is up for auction. The long and short of it is: currently no enough income to support their developers and their code needs to be re-written for WP7, something they are currently not up to doing.
Goes to show how rough it can be to do this kind of thing.
Even though this is a pretty basic application, it's one that I know I'll use a lot. It's from Pelnor Software and it scours the internet for images, providing them in a thumbnail form, then allowing you to browse in a larger size. Of course it then allows 1-click saving to the Photo-hub or you can go to the site where the image originated.
PDF Scanner by Melon Mobile utilizes your Windows Phone camera to create .PDF documents. The $7.99 application is presented in a very straightforward manner and captures rather decent .PDF files.
Once launched, the choices presented are simple. In pressing scan, you launch your Windows Phone's camera to capture the image. Once you've lined up your shot with the camera simply hit the shutter button. PDF Scanner will then give you a preview of the image and if you need to add additional pages to the file, tap "scan" and capture the additional images.
When your file is complete, pull up the Menu to "save as" or send the file via email.
In testing PDF Scanner, operation is simple and quality is decent. I experienced no bugs, glitches or crashes with the application.
Why .PDF files over .JPEG files? PDF scanning does allow you to capture multiple images in one file making it easier to email one, multiple page .PDF than multiple .JPEG files. File size maybe? Some .PDF files are smaller than .JPEG, again making it easier to send. But when you get into multiple page files, the .PDF size is the larger.
Regardless of the reason, if you're looking for a .PDF scanner for your Windows Phone, PDF Scanner is available over at the WMExperts' Software Store. There is a 7 day trail version that will allow you to try before you buy. Follow the break to see a comparison of PDF Scanner's image quality compared to a .JPEG image.
The information comes from, where else, a job posting, which details
Microsoft Games Studios is establishing a new Studio - MGS Mobile Gaming - focused on bringing games and entertainment to the mobile life that people lead. Our vision is to deliver games and entertainment so good that people will want them always with them, on a service that makes them social, connected and relevant anywhere their life goes. The Mobile Gaming team is building industry leading products that showcase our Windows Phone platform as well as emerging mobile platforms, and will help realize Microsoft's connected entertainment vision. The Mobile Gaming studio will be the hub for MGS franchises and titles on mobile devices and a center of excellence for mobile games.
That bit about "...emerging mobile platforms" sounds a lot like tablet aspirations, no? It's not a stretch to think that Microsoft envisions you playing games on your Xbox, PC, phone and someday your tablet--we're down with that. We're also hoping that "MGS franchises" bit refers to some Halo/Gears of War mobile action.
The only shocker here is that Microsoft is doing this now, as opposed to say last February? We're going to go on a limb here and say (hope?) that Microsoft already has a mobile-gaming team in place, cranking out some titles for the Fall.
Trinket software, developers of the extremely popular Twitter client 'Twikini' notes that their app will stop working in a few days. Worse still, there are no plans to "fix" the problem.
Evidently, Twitter is changing authentication protocol required for third party programs on August 16th, 2010 which will result in slowdowns till D-day, August 31st when the plug is finally pulled. Read more on that here.
Sorry guys, with the shape WM 6.x is in, we've moved on to other projects. Twikini will be back on WP7.
In a twist, Trinket is considering making their Twikini code open-source, meaning the community can then fix the problem as well as...well keep adding things we suppose. To that idea, we say 'Yes please!' as it'd be the right thing to do (and the least) for all the loyal users who have bought the application.
Update: We just go word that MoTweets (see review) is already updated and should be fine August 16th; unfortunately TouchTwit has not been updated for the new protocol (yet); PockeTwit is currently working on an update.
Business Edition = The true upgrade path for WM6.5 --> Wp7; customizable
Media Edition = Combine the Pink & Business edition for one high end smartphone
Call us crazy, but we think this three-pronged approach (with only two being 'true' Windows phone 7 devices) is what Microsoft is attempting. Mind you, according to the WSJ, we might not even hear about Pink/Zune/Turtle/Pure at Mobile World Congress. That actually makes sense as those devices are not true Windows phone 7 series nor would they want to scare off their OEMs.
It's also becoming more clear that last week's "rumors" were probably more about Project Pink than Windows phone 7, which we strongly suggested ;-)
For those of you who have bidding fever, you've got good luck.
According to Forbes, Microsoft asked the online flea-market eBay to make a mobile application for Windows Phone 7. Being the good company they are, eBay of course accepted the request and should have the app ready to go when the OS finally launches this Fall.
In addition, eBay is playing around with adding a Half.com application (no word if a WP7 version will appear), barcode scanning, video and other tweaks to make the software even better. Basically they envision that one day you can use your mobile's camera to scan a vehicle VIN, someone's clothes, etc. and find car parts or that guy's shirt you dig so much.
The good news for U-verse subscribers is that you'll have the ability to stream your media content right from your Mediaroom DVR box (we're assuming that you have one of course). That's because Microsoft and AT&T will have a mobile client on or near launch that will support AT&T's system for Windows Phone 7, which should make many media-hungry folks quite pleased.
Exact details and features are not known at this time as it is expected that AT&T will have their own custom version of the software, setup to their requirements.
We're headed into the finial lap for the Windows Phone 7 launch and we think Microsoft still has a few tricks up their sleeves to announce before release.
Next week, Microsoft is confirmed to be at Gamescom, the European version of E3 boasting to be the world's largest gaming conference with "...245,000 visitors, more than 4,000 journalists and 458 exhibitors from 31 countries". Yowza.
While just being there is expected, Microsoft is reportedly confirmed, in addition, to have " a full conference...and that they had several announcements to make".