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3 years ago

Handyscan - Review

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Handyscan - Review

JDB Pocketware is offering Handyscan for Windows Phone 7 over at the Marketplace. If you're looking for a nice, personal document scanner for your Windows Phone, Handyscan should make your short list.

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3 years ago

Developer says WP7 Update coming in February [Updated]

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Update: WinRumors is reporting from an unnamed source that Microsoft will detail this update in February at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. More specifically, there will be two updates: one for copy/paste + CDMA in January and this bigger one sometime thereafter.

Another developer has come forward, this time saying that they expect a significant update to Windows Phone 7 in February. Previous conversations about this update, which is rumored to include copy and paste functionality in addition to CDMA support, had put the timeframe for release in January. Microsoft executives have for the most part stuck with the "early 2011" party line.

The developer also states that the update will also relax some of the restrictions that Microsoft has placed on developers including in-app downloads and local application deployment for corporations. One thing is certain; this update can’t come soon enough for many users. What’s on your wish list? Are you waiting on additional functionality before you make the jump to Windows Phone 7? Sound off in the comments!

Source: Business Insider, WinRumors

 

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3 years ago

Places - Review

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Places - Review

Eonmatrix is offering Places for Windows Phone 7 that is a location based search engine that will help you find restaurants, coffee houses, hotels and other landmarks that are in your area.

The layout of the app is simple and straight forward. The main page has nine main search categories as well as a keyword search field. Above the search field you'll find your current location that the searches will be based off of. Simply tap on a category and a listing of those business types will be generated that are in your area.

The results can be displayed in list form or by a map with pushpins representing the results. Once you've found your target, tapping on the individual listing will pull up a secondary hub that details that particular business.

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3 years ago

Microsoft: "Too many people with too much money invested to let Apple win"

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Looks like Microsoft can boast a little about its new mobile operating system after all. Recently, at the Evolve conference in London, Microsoft Games Studios' Kieron Connell had some interesting fighting words regarding Microsoft, Apple and the mobile phone market:

I think there are too many people with too much money invested to let Apple win in terms of flooding the entire market

You'd better believe Microsoft is very serious about Windows Phone 7, and protecting their part of the business. It's going to be an interesting time - that's for sure.

It's been repeated quite a few times before but no matter what the numbers say, Microsoft is certainly in this for the long haul and they won't go down easy. And we know from their Xbox past, they can be very stubborn when they want a market.

Source: Gi.Biz; via CVG

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3 years ago

GoVoice 2.0 hits bringing better push-notifications, live tile support

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We love some good competition around here and GoVoice, the original Google Voice application for Windows Phone 7, has gone 2.0 this morning making it quite attractive for those who rely on Google Voice services.

The big change is the use of GVMax, a donation-supported service that will handle the "pushing" of Google SMS and voicemail notifications to your phone (here's an overview of the service by LifeHacker). In conjunction with the live tile counter, GoVoice is the most full featured Google Voice app currently on the market (though we imagine the similarly named GVoice is going to try and play catch up real soon). You'll have to take a few minutes to set up GVMax, but it's quite painless from our experience.

The program is currently $2.99, though the developer, Nick Yu, is aiming to make it free while the push-service will cost $1.99 a year.

We'll be doing a review roundup of all the Google Voice apps currently available shortly. Stay tuned. Click here to open Zune Desktop to grab the free trial.

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3 years ago

Samsung WP7 homebrew app fixes auto-network reconfiguration, MMS

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A few days ago, we detailed an ongoing problem with some unlocked Windows Phones, namely that MMS would not work when a new SIM card was placed into the device. On most phones, either the device will auto reconfigure itself or the user can manually input the MMS server settings. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, some Windows Phones don't have the first option, Automatic Data Configuration (ADC), enabled and no Windows Phone has the second ability. In turn, phones sold as unlocked by carriers are not fully functional.

In response, Samsung noted that their phones do not support this function by design. Although in comments to our article, an unverified person named Young Shin claims that they work for Samsung and had this to say:

I'm from Samsung's Windows Phone 7 team. Initially, the Network Profile application was designed to detect network reconfiguration on Samsung WP7 open market devices, it is not possible to reconfigure a carrier-locked device. Currently, Samsung is working on a modification which will enable the unlocked devices to be reconfigured to any other network. This application update should be available in WP7 marketplace by the end of this month. Thanks.

All we can do is wait to see if this is true but until then there is now a homebrew option, developed by "kuerbis" who gave WPCentral an early look. In short, it is Samsung's own Network Profile app (available in their app store) that he has modified to support network and automatic reconfiguration. Of course, you'll need to use ChevronWP7 to jailbreak your phone first, then load this app. And yes, it will even load the correct MMS gateway settings for users.

You can grab the homebrew Samsung Network Profile app by "kuerbis" here. We'll keep track of Samsung's official app as well.

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3 years ago

Transparent wallpapers are all the rage

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A few days ago, a hobbyist developer named keyboardP did a proof-of-concept trick using a modified PNG image as a lockscreen wallpaper for Windows Phones. The result is a transparent effect whereby you can see through to your homescreen. Kind of neat if you want to check the temperature without unlocking the phone.

The first one he did was simple: claw marks that made it look like someone had torn your screen.

Since then, members over at XDA have started to create many different variations, coming up with some real unique designs. Over at keyboardP's site, he has also accumulated a mini-gallery that is growing as users submit them.

Now, there are three things to know about doing this: one, you must email yourself the PNG file as syncing won't work (Zune only recognizes JPGs), two, the trick only works once you "touch" the screen and three, it won't work if you have your device password protected. Other than that though, it's pretty sweet and easy to do. You can see in the picture here that I went for a very simple all black that goes smoky when activated. Anyways, if you're bored, give it a go. Feel free to discuss and post your creation here in our forums.

Source: Phone 7, Gallery, XDA Forums

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3 years ago

Microsoft looking to fill 40 positions for Windows Phone 7

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Microsoft is looking to fill forty positions on their Windows Phone 7 team. The positions include software engineers, public relations managers, and hardware engineers. The positions are based out of Microsoft's Headquarters in Redmond.

The focus of these positions range from working on Xbox Live game integration to leading the design of features built for Windows Phones. The job descriptions seem to re-affirm Microsoft's commitment to Windows Phone 7. For example, in the listing for Program Manager, Sr - Windows Phones opens with,

"Microsoft has deep investments in the development of the new Windows Phone and related backend services. Mobile is a critical area for Microsoft to re-build its brand presence, and win customers back with compelling and highly integrated features and applications. This is an outstanding opportunity to help build from the ground up a new mobile ecosystem that will be a highly competitive offering from Microsoft."

If your interested, the positions can be found over at Microsoft's Career Website. Just do a keyword search for "Windows Phone" and you can sift through the various openings. I just wonder if these new positions qualify for the free Windows Phones Microsoft is passing out to employees.

Source: Microsoft Phone Careers; via: Forbes

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 fix list

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Windows Phone 7 fix list

It's not that we think Windows Phone 7 is broken.  But with the first update due sometime in Januaryish of 2011 if you could bend the ear of Microsoft Developers on what needs fixing, what would you suggest?

WPCentral.com member Thanos911 has started a discussion on this very topic going in the WPCentral Forums. Just to highlight a few of the suggestions already tendered:

  • "There is no way to configure advanced email settings such as ports. You can specify SSL, but no way to specify non-standard ports that I have been able to figure out."
  • "SkyDrive documents aren’t readily accessible through the office hub. You can go through the internet, log into SkyDrive, and then open up a document, but why the extra step?"
  • "Universal Inbox or quick email switching. At least having the option to consolidate all your emails under one area, or a way to switch between accounts would be a plus."

We all have our thoughts on how Windows Phone 7 could improve with the first update. Cut/Paste is probably the most common addition requested. Custom Ringtones or expand the list of what can be assigned an alert. We've also seen a few requests for screen captures to allow users to show off their new phone or application.

We've already asked you what your impressions are of Windows Phone 7 after having it for thirty days, but what do you think needs to be fixed? What's not working just right that could benefit from an update?

Head on over to the forums and share your thoughts on the subject in this discussion. We'll sticky it up to the top to make it more visible. Who knows who might see it.

 

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 - How's it look after thirty days

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Windows Phone 7 hit the U.S. Market just over thirty days ago with the Samsung Focus and HTC Surround landing at AT&T and the HTC HD7 hitting the shelves at T-Mobile. The new Windows Phone lineup would eventually be joined by the Dell Venue Pro at T-Mobile and the LG Quantum at AT&T.  As far as hardware is concerned, the new Windows Phones have their own strong points but what about the OS?

Microsoft choose not to upgrade Windows Mobile, instead deciding to start with a clean slate and build a new OS. We saw more design and development controls were put in place to bring uniformity to Windows Phone 7.

So how does it look after thirty days?  Are you satisfied with what you've experienced so far with Windows Phone 7? Did Microsoft hit the nail on the head and exceeded all your expectations? Or do you feel the need to run screaming back to Windows Mobile or another system all together?

Feel free to share your thoughts on the first thirty days with Windows Phone 7 in the comments sections. After the jump, you can see some of our thoughts on the first thirty days with Windows Phone 7.

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3 years ago

Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst scheduled for release on December 15th

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The long awaited and highly innovative Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst, which utilizes Bing maps, geolocation and asynchronous multiplayer support for some good old tower defense, is finally coming to our phones this month. Specifically, December 15th, according to Karl Stricker who works for Microsoft on Xbox LIVE for Windows Phone7.

For many, this game should really show off some hitherto unseen gaming support on Windows Phone 7, bringing a new level of creativeness to mobile gaming. This will be one of the first games to highly interact, by way of achievements, with a console game on Xbox 360 (Crackdown 2: Deluge). No word on pricing.

Source: Twitter

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3 years ago

Developers can now get their Windows Phone 7 app download stats from Microsoft

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Quick word to our readers who are also developers for Windows Phone 7: you evidently can now grab your download stats for your application from Microsoft's APP-HUB website.

For context, recently a few developers became vocal at the lack of analytic tools available to them regarding app downloads. In turn, they did not know if their app was selling and as a result, whether they should invest time and money for "push" services. Microsoft had been candid with developers in this regard, noting that payments and these tools will come "later" understood to be February. Perhaps in response, it looks like Microsoft may have decided to get those tools out now.

Source: Twitter

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3 years ago

Bubble Town 2 and Star Wars Cantina dropping today for WP7

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Just a quick note: get ready to have some more Xbox Live fun on your Windows Phone today. Word is that Bubble Town 2 and Star Wars Cantina will be arriving, worldwide, in the Marketplace.

Bubble Town 2 looks like a Snood clone (ZOMG), which basically means you fire little critters up at a wall of other critters--getting 3 or more in a row removes them (trust me, it's addicting). Star Wars Cantina, on the other hand, has been described as Diner Dash + Star Wars which sounds quite the combo. No word on pricing but we image in the $4.99 range would be about right. Both are Xbox Live titles meaning try-before-you-buy will be available along with achievements and leaderboards.

Source: Twitter

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3 years ago

Microsoft not discussing sales numbers of Windows Phone 7--yet

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Two high profile Microsoft figures, Joe Belfiore and Charlie Kindel, director of the Windows Phone program and GM of the Windows Phone 7 Developer group respectively, were recent guests of two separate tech events. They were there of course to discuss Windows Phone 7, the smartphone market and the challenges that Microsoft is facing in relation to their competitors.

The big news, for some at least, is that when both were asked about early sales numbers and both refused to provide any details. At D: Dive Into Mobile conference in San Francisco, Belfiore said it was "too early" to talk numbers, whereas Kindel, in Paris at Le Web 2010, only mentioned that they planned to "sell a lot" in 2011.

Many are taking this evasive posturing as signs that Microsoft's sales numbers are either lower than expected or simply not worth talking about--after all, anything less than yhe oft cited 200,00+ daily activations of iPhones and Android devices will be seen as a failure. It seems to us that what bothers many in the media about Microsoft's position is not so much the possible sales (or lack thereof) but the denial of a sensational story for the media (a narrative that could only hurt their image). Yet even then, we still have to mention it.

Microsoft's position, for many, is bewildering only for their lack of self aggrandizement--they know they are the underdog here and while they are proud of their OS they know that this will be a multi-year challenge, not an overnight success. That sort of realism should be respected, but in this day and age of tech cynicism, it is met mostly with surprise. Fact is we, nor Microsoft, expect Windows Phone 7 to post any real significant market numbers till at least the end of 2011, giving them a 12 month window to get their OS recognized. We think that since currently only 20% of mobile phone sales are smartphones (Gartner, 2010), they have time and room for maneuvering. While not exciting, that's the reality.

Source: D: Dive Into Mobile, Le Web 2010 (U-Stream)

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3 years ago

Is Microsoft re-locking jailbroken phones? Probably not.

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There's some hub-bub going over at XDA about whether or not Microsoft is remotely re-locking jailbroken phones. In order to understand the process, we need to step back for a second.

ChevronWP7 worked by installing a security certificate on the phone in addition to the program--basically it's spoofing, making it look like it is a developer device by looping it back to the PC. Once they pulled the program they also pulled the certificate and people's phones were relocked again. XDA member Cendaryn managed to grab the certificate and now we can manually install it on the phone thereby re-enabling the process.

Now, a few users are receiving warnings to uninstall homebrew apps when they are run, leading some to think that Microsoft is revoking the certs from people's phones ergo re-locking them. (For the record, my Google Maps is working just fine). However, co-developer of ChevronWP7 Rafael Rivera has Tweeted that  "Microsoft is NOT remotely locking your phone. Don't panic..." and that he'll clarify in a bit.

So in short, no Big Brother issues, no Microsoft bringing the hammer down stuff. Probably just a quirk of how the developer-systems checks for a valid certificate.

Update: The developers of ChevronWP7 respond here. In short, after 2 weeks the device checks in with Microsoft to see if it should be unlocked. If it is not validated, it re-locks automatically (but it can be unlocked by the same process again). Short of it is Microsoft is not targeting devices to be re-locked.

[Image credit: Windows Phone Hacker]

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