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4 years ago

Adobe name-drops Windows Phone 7 for Flash 10.1 support, but when?

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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.

With that we're not too surprised to see Adobe name-dropping Windows Phone 7 support for Flash 10.1--the real question is when?

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.

[via ReporTech; Thanks, Tal, for the tip]

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Rumor: Sony Ericsson Julie

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Windows Phone 7 Rumor: Sony Ericsson Julie

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.

[via: wmpoweruser.com]

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4 years ago

AT&T Data down

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AT&T Data down

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?

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 boot speeds are speedy

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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.

[via: mobilitydigest.com]

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 places in the top five innovative products rankings

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Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 has placed 4th on Laptop Magazine's "25 Most Innovative Products of 2010". Not too shabby for a product that is still in the development stages.

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.

[via: wmpoweruser.com]

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4 years ago

HTC HD2 model rumored with keyboard

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HTC HD2 model rumored with keyboard

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.

[read: wmpoweruser.com]

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4 years ago

Even more subtle UI changes found in newer WP7 build

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Looks like Microsoft is still tweaking their UI quite a bit with the latest changes continuing to be seen at TechEd 2010.

Now these aren't huge changes, but it does show Microsoft is paying attention to detail, which is something that will be important if the masses are to adopt this phone.

Long Zheng noticed how the old icons in the common application bar had no text to identify them, making it a bit harder for the user to adapt to them since they could be changed by developer willy-nilly. Now, however, when you expand the bar by swiping up, it reveals more details including the icon names.

Once again, nothing huge, just nice to know Microsoft is looking out for perfection this time around.

[via iStartedSomething]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile's "Free Father's Day" Sale?

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T-Mobile is rumored to have one heck of a Father's Day sale where all the phones are free? We're not just talking about last year's models but every phone in the house for free? That would include Windows Phones such as the HTC HD2, Touch Pro 2, and the Dash.

I'm not sure if I'd make plans to camp out at the local T-Mobile Store on June 19th just yet, but Tmonews has stumbled upon scripts for an upcoming T-Mobile commercial. In the dialog the fictional T-Mobile employee indicates every phone is free. There is even reference to the HD2 being free.  To quote the fictional employee, "free, free, free".

There are no details available yet on who could be entitled to a free phone. More than likely these deals will be for new or possibly upgrading customers and should require a two-year contract. Still, if true, T-Mobile could be seeing an increase in their customer base come Father's Day.

[read: tmonews.com]

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4 years ago

Review: Body Glove Snap-on Case

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Review: Body Glove Snap-on Case

The Body Glove Snap-on Case for the T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 is a hard shell wrapped with a textured, synthetic material. To add to this case's uniqueness, it comes with a kick-stand that allows you to prop up your Windows Phone.

As you can tell from the photos, the Snap-on Case is on an AT&T Tilt2.  Not having a T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 handy when I received the case for review, I took a chance to see if it would fit on the Tilt2.  While the Body Glove is being offered exclusively for the T-Mobile Touch Pro 2  it will fit other Touch Pro models. The one big caveat in doing such is the cut-outs match up with the T-Mobile version. They may or may not match up with other Touch Pro 2 versions.

To see how well the Snap-on Case works out (at least on the Tilt2), follow the break.

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4 years ago

SPB Software updates Mobile Shell

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SPB Software updates Mobile Shell

SPB Software has updated their Windows Mobile user interface, Mobile Shell, and inches ever so slightly towards the anticipated release of Mobile Shell 5.0 (which seems to have gone missing).

The update, version 3.5.5 adds support for 320x480 resolution, fixes bugs related to the Task Widget and other routine performance fixes. If you've recently purchased Mobile Shell and are worried about the cost to upgrade, SPB offers free upgrades for all registered Mobile Shell 3.x users. Simply download the trial version and install it over your existing version.

Mobile Shell 3.5.5 is running $29.95 and is available over at the WMExperts.com App Store.

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4 years ago

World Cup Application for Windows Mobile

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World Cup Application for Windows Mobile

Are you a fan of the largest sporting event in the world? If so, the folks over at Mobile PractiCEs have created some software to give you quick and easy access to all of the latest updates.

The guys at Mobile PractiCEs built their World Cup 2010 application as a proof of concept application for a panoramic UX (User Experience) that is very similar to the “Hubs” found in Windows Phone 7. While it is technically a beta, it is free and provides access to news, scores, schedules, and more. This application requires a touch screen device and the Microsoft .Net Compact Framework v3.5.

You can download your copy of World Cup 2010 directly from Mobile PractiCEs.

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Marketplace bans suggestive material; Android phones are still for porn

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Move over Apple, you now have a friend in your quest to keep sexually suggestive material out of your app-store. In a hitherto unknown area of the Marketplace guidelines (PDF), Microsoft has outlined what kind of dirty smut won't be allowed in their Marketplace.

Some of the material is obvious, but some others are a bit more subjective, leaving us to wonder just how strict MS will be in enforcing these policies. We see Microsoft's point too--though perhaps they could have had a separate section in the marketplace?

  • Any content of a sexual nature depicting children or animals.
  • Sex / Nudity – Images that are suggestive or sexual (e.g. sexually provocative touching, bondage, masturbation) or provocative images that reveal nipples, genitals, buttocks, or pubic hair.
  • Any adult and/or borderline adult content (images or text).
  • Content that generally falls under the category of pornography.
  • Content that depicts or suggests prostitution.
  • Any content depicting sexual fetishes.

Well there goes my idea for the Microsoft design-your-own app contest as it violates easily half of those unmentionables above. It was awesome.

We guess this means that Android will remain the sole proprietor of smut and cheezy "sexy Asian girl" apps (seriously, not making that up, the Android Marketplace is filled with it). Speaking of, if you haven't seen the 'Android phone is for porn' video, you owe yourself the laugh. 

But what do you think? Take the poll, leave a comment!

 [via DailyTech]

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4 years ago

AT&T holding a fire sale on Windows Mobile phones

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"Everything must go! Folks we are literally giving away these phones, we cannot hold on to them any longer! We need to make room for the iPhone 4 and Andro...err, Windows phone 7 devices"

That's what we think it sounds like over at AT&T right now as evidently they sent out an email to their "premier" fancy-pants customers noting that you can get some pretty solid Windows Mobile 6.5 devices for bargain rates (*with a new contract of course, they're not that desperate).

For example:

  • HP Glisten (review) for free
  • Samsung Jack (review) for free
  • HTC Tilt 2 (review) for $74.99
  • HTC Pure (review) for $39.99 (out of stock)
  • LG eXpo (review)for $69.99

A 1GHz Snapdragon device for $70? Oh LG eXpo, we hardly knew you! (-_-)

Anyways, if you need a backup device, want to stock up for the apocalypse or befuddle friends and family by giving them as gifts, head over to AT&T and get them while we still recall their names (Premier account login required).

Hey everyone, remember how like nine-months ago, these devices were the talk of the town and the Touch Pro 2 was a boarderline unicorn? Yup, those days are now over, time to move on, the unicorn is dead.

[Thanks, Mark L, for the tip!]

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 + Zune featured in new Razorfish ad

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Awhile back, Microsoft bought an advertising company called Razorfish, who now handles a lot of those video clips for them promoting their products. We like 'em. They even created that "giant interactive Windows Phone7" we see at many events.

A few of them just created this "commercial" that highlights the power of Windows Phone 7 and the ability of it to sync with the Zune music/video suite. It's sort of an extension of the original Windows Phone 7 "features" video that made the rounds in February.

We're not sure if this is an "official" ad or whether it will be used anywhere but we think it's actually effective. And that, my friends, is something we're not used to saying about Microsoft when they pimp their products.

But what do you think? Is this the kind of thing that you think would grab people's attention? Let us know below and watch the commercial after the break.

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