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4 years ago

Marketplace Spotlight: Mobitee Lite

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Marketplace: No BitTorrent apps

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File under 'not surprising' but still 'disappointing':

It looks like one type of application you won't be seeing in the new Windows Phone7 Marketplace (besides adult themed ones) are ones that use the BitTorrent protocol.

In a back and forth I had with Blue Planet Apps, they revealed that they won't be bringing over their Android 'DTor' BitTorrent client to Windows Phone 7. Evidently, Blue Planet Apps had already spoken with Microsoft on the issue:

...[Microsoft] says that torrents represent an unknown legal issue which would violate their policy...

Legal or not, it sounds like Microsoft just does not want to touch the controversial file-sharing system with a 10-foot pole and would rather just avoid the whole issue (and thus maintaining their relationships with their software partners, natch). Here is a case-difference between WP7 and Android as theGoogle's market place does allow 'DTor' to be sold, no questions.

Some good news? Blue Planet Apps does plan to port over RoboPrint and BioLock to Windows Phone 7 (mentioned on Twitter here and here).

Update: BluePlanet clarifies in comments that Microsoft is not 100% against a BitTorrent app, but rather this is all new for them so they're taking it step by step on these grey area programs.

Fun factoid: Windows Mobile was the first mobile OS to have a BitTorrent client, Adisasta's WMTorrent, which is still available and is quite a nice program.

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4 years ago

Microsoft Backstage Event on Gaming crashed their servers

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For those who wanted a recap on that Microsoft Backstage event that happened yesterday, it may be awhile.

The video chat event, hosted by Xbox guru Major Nelson and focusing on the new Xbox LIVE + Windows Phone 7 gaming, evidently crashed due to too much interest. Hey, too much is better than too little!

As of right now, the video is not up, but we expect it sometime "this week" which is quickly coming to an end. It also seems from Nelson's other tweet that they may do the whole event again, so everyone can join in?

We'll keep you posted.

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4 years ago

Rumor: Windows Phone 7 may get native Twitter functionality

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With Twikini seemingly out of the picture and Windows Live not resolving their Twitter API issue, Windows Phone 7 is a little behind on the Twitter front (though lets not forget about Seesmic).

TheUnwired.net has an interesting theory, albeit lacking hard evidence, that Microsoft may be providing some type of native Twitter support after all.

This is one of those we could seriously believe Microsoft doing before the 1.0 official launch and think it is certainly a possibility.

The story goes like this: Michael Klucher, Microsoft's Lead Program Manger of the XNA Development Platform, showed off a few pictures of some Windows Phone 7 games and tweeted them to his account. The photos's EXIF data confirm a Samsung camera had taken presumably from those Samsung developer units.

The interesting part comes from the Twitter client information, which every Tweet marks to ID the originating software e.g. "Seesmic" or "Twikini". In this case, it says "To be named later" which is...well certainly odd and interesting. Even more so, it links back to www.microsoft.com (dun dun dun!)

The theory goes that Kuchner is using a beta version of a native Twitter app for Windows Phone 7. Ta-da!

Like we said, totally plausible and we hope, very true, but at this point...just lots of circumstantial evidence. Read more at The Unwired.net.

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4 years ago

New ZuneHD Apps: Music Quiz & Animalgrams

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Looks like the folks at Microsoft are still continuing to roll out applications and mini-games for the Zune HD, some of which are being ported over to Windows Phone 7 e.g. 'Goosplat'.

Two news ones that are now available are 'Music Quiz' which  uses the Zune's music library to...well quiz you on music. Functioning like those common bar-quizzes, the game allows you to pick an artist, genre or playlist to test your skills on two-levels: 'normal' and 'hardcore'.  

The other game, 'Animalgrams',  falls into the puzzle category as it uses 'the Jungle of the Savanna' as a background theme for figuring out anagrams.  Hmmm...witty one there, Microsoft.

Both look like great time-killers and are quite fun. These two new games brings the ZuneHD game count up to 14--not bad for free, as all are actually really enjoyable.We also really hope 'Music Quiz' makes it over to the WP7 Marketplace some time. Fire up your Zune connect software and head to the Marketplace to download.

As always, both are free.

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4 years ago

Review: Whip2Snap

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4 years ago

Only 30% of LGs phones will run Windows Phone 7. The rest? Android.

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Pfffttt...Although LG has been boasting big about Microsoft and Windows Mobile/Phone for...well a few years now, not much has come of it. (See last week)

As it turns out, LG reportedly plans to launch 20 phones this year, with 15 of those being Android devices, the remaining five for Windows Phone 7.

He said that 4.2 million phones will be Android-based, while 1.8 million will use Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system, the executive said.

"We can't exactly predict the market. But one thing clear is LG is heavily betting on Google’s Android operating system. The number of Android phones will be more than earlier expected," an LG spokesman said.

Hmmm, lets see if this ratio balances out in 18 months?

Okay, I guess we shouldn't be too shocked. Android is selling like hotcakes, Windows Phone 7 is...well, untested at this point. LG needs to make money so they're going to follow that trail as any wise company would do.

But we get it LG: you love us and Android, someday you'll leave her because we're really the best, but you don't want to lose the house. So for now we'll play the part of the mistress. Hmmmph

Finally, it is still worth noting that LG plans to have five WP7 devices--so far we've only seen one, the Panther GW910.

[The Korea Times via TamsPPC]

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Jump Start Training

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Windows Phone 7 Jump Start Training

Microsoft is providing more training resources for Windows Phone 7 developers. Windows Phone 7 Jump Start Training series is for all developers, of all levels, who are interested in developing WP7 apps. Microsoft MVP's Rob Miles and Andy Wigley to lead the charge in this twelve part online training series.

Inspired by the Live Jump Start Training held last month, each training session runs about fifty minutes long. Sessions cover building Silverlight apps, building games, building XNA games, advanced application development, marketing your apps, and working with media.

The training sessions can be accessed through Channel 9's website, the Windows Team Blog, a Zune subscription and even iTunes. The sessions are described "as a semester's worth of class time to help you in your quest to be an awesome Windows Phone 7 developer."  Even for the non-developer, the training sessions offer valuable insight into Microsoft's new mobile OS. 

read: Windowsteamblog.com

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4 years ago

Namco brings Tekken Resolute to Windows Mobile

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Namco brings Tekken Resolute to Windows Mobile

Namco Bandai announced today that the Tekken game franchise was going mobile with the game Tekken Resolute.  The mobile version of the popular arcade game is available for Java, Windows Mobile, BREW and RIM platforms.

Tekken Resolute promises to bring intense graphics and fluid animations to the mobile platform. Players can choose between the Iron Fist Tournament with the Arcade Mode or fight through various stages of a Story Mode. Tekken Resolute also has a Tekken Force Mode where you battle multiple enemies.

Tekken Resolute can be purchased for $6.99 through various wireless provider's app stores such as AT&T's Media Mall or through Namco (still billed through your wireless provider).  Namco is slowly updating their website so if Tekken Resolute isn't listed under your carrier and device, check your wireless provider's app store.

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4 years ago

Verizon testing a $99 unlimited wireless plan

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It appears Verizon Wireless is testing another unlimited wireless plan.

According to the research firm Current Analysis, Verizon will test a $99 unlimited talking, texting and date plan in Los Angeles and San Diego markets. If the plan eventually rolls out nationwide, it will compete directly with Sprint's $99 Simply Everything plan and T-Mobile's comparable $99 unlimited plan.

The $99 plan represents a $20 per month savings from what Verizon currently charges for these unlimited features. The test package is being described by Verizon as a limited time promotion available for single line accounts. It is not available for family plans and does not include domestic long distance.

If you're in the Los Angeles or San Diego markets, check your local retail outlet for availability or contact Verizon's customer service at 1-800-922-0204.

Verizon is also testing a Unlimited Any Mobile plans in parts of Texas and Louisiana which offers unlimited calling to any mobile number. This latest test plan may be an indication we're about to see an overhaul of Verizon's wireless plan structure.

via: Engadget.com

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4 years ago

Review: BlueAnt S4 Bluetooth Speaker

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Review: BlueAnt S4 Bluetooth Speaker

BlueAnt has released its latest Bluetooth Speakerphone, the S4. The S4's main features center around the use of voice commands to enhance the "hands free" experience. While you can still control the speakerphone with buttons, with the S4 you can say "answer" or "ignore" to manage incoming calls.

In addition to offering hands free calling, the S4 also puts BING information at your disposal through BING 411 and allows access to audible text messages by being Vlingo compatible. All in all, the S4 hopes to keep your hands more on the wheel and less on your phone.

We had the opportunity to take the S4 out for a test drive and found it to offer some "cool" features. We also found some features still needed a little work. Follow the break to what type of impression the S4 left.

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4 years ago

Review: SPB Spanish Cards

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4 years ago

Microsoft: We're partnering really closely with Qualcomm

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Over at Gamasutra, they had an nice interview with Kevin Unangst, Microsoft's senior director of PC and mobile gaming, and Brian Seitz, senior marketing manager for Windows Phone 7.

The topic was gaming and there were a few interesting bits of information, the first found in this blog's headline:

We're partnering really closely with Qualcomm so they're going to be the chip of choice... It will be a good experience with developers," says Brian Seitz, senior marketing manager for Windows Phone 7.

Some much for nVidia's Tegra2 or ARM Cortex A8 /"Hummingbird", eh?

Other things which we're sort of already knew:

  • Two tiers for games: more professional Xbox Live Arcade and regular Marketplace games; the former is exceptional quality with high standards, the latter anyone can develop on. This also means you won't need an XBLA account to play all games on WP7
  • Microsoft helps set the prices for games; trying to avoid 'race to the bottom' for pricing to protect developer's interests
  • Tiered pricing for games, like the Xbox console
  • ...it's just the beginning of what we're going to do with multiplayer."
  • "...this can be a great alternative to the DS and PSP, as much as we think [it can be to] the iPhone and the Droid"

Interesting stuff, though we're a little uneasy with the Qualcomm thing as..well, lets not bring up the past. We're curious to see if any hardware vendor will use non-Qualcomm chipsets, guess we'll have to wait and see.

Read more here.

 

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4 years ago

Microsoft Backstage event this Thursday: Gaming on WP7

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For those who want even more information on Microsoft's plans for Windows Phone 7 and Xbox integration, clear your calendar for this Thursday August 19, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. PST (4:00 p.m. CST).

Microsoft will be hosting yet-another "Backstage" video chat even, this time with none other than Major Nelson (Xbox folks know him pretty well). There you can

...get answers on Xbox LIVE titles available at launch, see more Games hub features, and get the total recap of our announcements at Gamescom.

Sounds cool.  It may just be a rehash of what we've seen so far, but maybe we'll catch a glimpse of something new. To access, you'll need to sign up, which is easy enough with a Live mail account or not. You can do that here and get the event details.

We'll of course try to do a recap for you, 'cause that's how we roll.

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4 years ago

Should Microsoft re-name Windows Phone 7?

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Funny thing reading social networking sites after the Microsoft Gamescom announcement: Windows Phone 7 suddenly went from potentially good to potentially killer status. Basically, the XBox integration has really impressed people--heck, in our unscientific poll, most of you are going with "better than expected" as your reaction.

All of this begs the question: why call it Windows Phone 7?

It was bad enough with the word 'Series' after it but three words to name the OS is still a mouthful these days, especially compared to 'WebOS', "Android', 'iPhone'/'iOS' or 'Blackberry'--all of which have a simple, identifiable and unique name.

Chris Pirillo, who's always an interesting read. of course agrees with this and even more so after the Gamescom announcement. His take?

They should call it the 'XBox Compass' and he gives seven reasons why going with the Xbox brand makes more sense than going with Windows.

Our thoughts? It's a heck of a lot better than 'Windows Phone 7' and 'XBox Compass' has a nice ring to it. Lets face it, calling Windows Phone 7 is just too geek, too tech, too long and too bland. Microsoft should really consider going with something different. Your thoughts? Take the poll or shout in comments.

 

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