F-Secure is now offering their Anti-Theft App as a free application. We shared the news with you some time ago and now we'll take a closer look at the anti-theft application and compare it to Lookout and GuardMobile, two other popular security applications.
Still steamed over the changes to the AT&T data plans? Head over to your nearest Starbucks starting July 1 and get free Wi-Fi without having to register. According to this tweet, registration-free Wi-Fi (requiring only 1 click to get you started) will be available at all US locations.
In addition to the free Wi-Fi, a new digital service called the Starbucks Digital Network is in the works. The Starbucks Digital Network will offer “free unrestricted access to various paid sites and services”. The full press release is available at the Starbucks Newsroom.
Those brave souls at xda-developers are at it again. XDA forum member OndraSter has released an Alpha version of an application that reportedly enables pinch to zoom functionality on devices with resistive touch screens, such as the HTC Touch Pro2.
At this point I haven’t been able to make it work on my AT&T Tilt 2, but we are talking about Alpha software; so try at your own risk. The application is tested and should work with Opera 9.5 and 9.7, and Google Maps. Hit up the XDA post for the download. Don’t forget to donate to the project if it strikes your fancy.
While we know quite a lot about what Windows Phone 7 will and will not include at launch, presumably due to being rushed to market, there are always a negative things that pop up that catch out attention.
Over at .NET Reference blog, the author has posted a laundry list of 'haves' and 'have-nots'--most we're aware of, but here are a few that we weren't:
No RAPI support. There will no interacting with a WP7 device via the desktop. Obviously there will be some synchronization with Outlook, but nothing the developer will have control of.
Applications must be Silverlight 3. Silverlight 4 will not be available for WP7. (Edit: It's actually Silverlight 3+)
No Bluetooth API. While there is going to be Bluetooth support on the phone, there is no Bluetooth API.
No Video Capture Support. Phones will have a camera but not video capture support, and also no video brush. (Edit: for 3rd parties, not OEM)
No Outside TrueType Fonts - Microsoft experts claimed that you will not be able to use TrueType fonts other than the ones delivered with the device. This limitation makes since, how would you get them on the device. While there is supposed to be support for embedding TrueType fonts in your xap file in Silverlight 4, this will not be the version used on the device.
No Remote API (RAPI) support refers to the ability to use the desktop to manipulate the file system--since users won't have access to that anyways, it's no surprise that it's not there. In addition, RAPI is also used to remote-control the phone or treat it as an extension of the desktop--so at least initially that trick is a no-go, however apps like 'My MediaRemote' get around this limitation.
Devices like the iPhone and Palm Pre both launched without video support initially, so the fact that WP7 lacks it too at least share precedent. We expect that function though to be forthcoming in maintenance releases. Still a bit odd though as we've seen the LG Panther list 'HD 720P' video recording on the box.
The lack of Bluetooth API means not much support outside of basic headset support. Come to think of it, what's the status on A2DP on launch? We'd hope for a music device it would be there...
Finally, the author of the blog notes this complaint:
The TechEd demos of WP7 applications had a common theme; they crashed, hung up, or gave peculiar error messages. For a platform that is going to be delivered in the October timeframe (3 months away), it is hard to have much short-term faith in the new platform.
That's something we have not heard much of from anyone, so whether or not these were flukes or not, the sentiment seems to be the opposite. Take it with a grain of salt but also consider it a possibility.
Update: Some of our more knowledgeable visitors have clarified some of the above; read below.
Samsung is rumored to be announcing a new Windows Phone, the Omnia Pro 4, tomorrow at CommunicAsia 2010. CommunicAsia is an international communications and information technology conference held in Singapore.
All we know from the rumors is the name and that the Omnia Pro 4 is expected to be announced with two new Bada phones, Samsung's OS, the Wave 2 and Wave 2 Pro. There were no hint at the Omnia Pro 4's specs or what happened to the Omnia Pro 2 or 3.
While the Samsung Omnia made its way to the U.S. Market, the Omnia Pro (pictured above) found a place in overseas markets. Odds aren't great that we'll see the Omnia Pro 4 but with so little known about this new phone, anything is possible. As we find out more on the Omnia Pro 4, we'll pass it on.
SPB is a class act among Windows Mobile developers. Their applications such as SPB Mobile Shell and SPB Backup are some of the best selling and most well known applications available for Windows Mobile.
It's not really news that Adobe is working to bring Flash to Windows Phone. Heck, they've been promising Flash for mobile for years now and we're almost shocked we have Flash Lite at this point. We also know that Adobe have abandoned plans for Windows Mobile and instead are working on Windows Phone 7 release.
So will Flash 10.1 come with Windows Phone 7 out the gate? We're not holding our breath. But here's another idea why Adobe is now putting the above writing on their site: this is just Adobe continuing the public-spat with Apple by showing all the other mobile OSs that will be supporting Flash at some point. So they threw WP7 up there to pad their supporter list, not to infer a release date.
Hey, we're all for Flash 10.1 on Windows Phone 7, but until we see more proof that its inclusion is more than jsut 'in the works', we won't get too excited. Still, we suppose an 'official' endorsement from Adobe at this point is better than nothing.
Add Sony Ericsson to the growing list of potential Windows Phone 7 device rumors. There are plenty of rumors surrounding HTC devices and now Sony is rumored to have the Julie.
The Julie is reported to have a 4" screen and sliding QWERTY keyboard along with the standard WP7 goodies (1 gigahertz processor, multi-touch capability, etc).
Sony was mentioned amongst the many hardware launch partner when Windows Mobile 7 was announced during the 2010 Mobile World Congress. So the rumors aren't that far of a reach except Sony hasn't been a major player on the Windows Phone front. Maybe things are about to change.
Still, it would be interesting to see a Sony WP7 phone with Xbox integration. I wonder how the Play Station crowd will react.
AT&T is experiencing data difficulties down South today. Reports are coming in from Florida, Alabama and Louisiana from AT&T Customers who are experiencing data outages.
We reached out to AT&T who said, "AT&T technicians are working to identify and resolve an issue affecting 3G data service for some customers in the southeast. We will provide more information as it becomes available, and we apologize for any inconvenience to our customers." Hopefully this issue will be resolved shortly.
In Birmingham, Al. I haven't noticed any change in data services. However, Phil down in Pensacola, Fl. has experienced data outages. What's everyone else experiencing?
We have known Windows Phone 7 has a little zip to it and we are now seeing more examples of how speedy the new OS can be.
The demonstrator in the above video starts his Windows Phone 7 device and in 30 seconds, it's up and ready to go. Seeing that this isn't the final build, it may get faster. In comparison, the Tilt2 running Windows 6.5 took one minute fourteen seconds to boot up.
The ranking is due in part because the publication felt that Microsoft built this from scratch, reinventing themselves. Laptop Magazine considers WP7 as, "an intuitive new platform that pushes the user—instead of apps—into the limelight." They also make note of the inclusion of the Zune player and XBox Live into WP7 as pluses.
Curious who ranked ahead of Windows Phone 7? The Intel Core CPU ranked 3rd, the HTC Evo 4G placed 2nd, and the Apple iPad came in at number one.
The HTC HD2 may soon be available with a side-sliding keyboard. Or so says Xmoo, a ROM collector, who has found evidence for such a HD2 version.
Just as with Conflipper finding evidence of potentially new HTC Windows Phones, Xmoo has found evidence in the registry keys of a new HD2 ROM that support a slide-out QWERTY device.
This is purely in the speculation/rumor stages. However, adding a keyboard to the HD2 is an interesting concept. If this develops into reality, you can only hope HTC finds a way to keep the increase in thickness the keyboard will bring to a minimum.