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4 years ago

Halo Waypoint app shown off

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Halo Waypoint app shown off

Though many of us were hoping for some type of 'Halo' mobile offshoot game for the Windows Phone 7 launch, 'Halo' fans will have to settle for Waypoint, which is basically a media/news aggregator for the 'Halo' universe.

The app was written in only 3 months on Silverlight and will be a free download from the Marketplace. Hard for us to get excited over, but we suppose if you're a 'Halo' fan you might enjoy.

See the rest of our WP7 gaming titles coverage here.

[via WMPU]

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4 years ago

Microsoft announces Xbox LIVE titles coming to Windows Phone 7!

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As we mentioned just a few days ago, we were expecting Microsoft to have a few announcements at Gamescom conference in Germany this week and sure enough, they delivered. And in our opinion, big time.

In an exciting move, Microsoft has announced a whole hodge podge of game titles that will be released during the launch phase of Windows Phone 7 and there are some biggies.  The are so many in fact, you'll have click the link to see the whole list, but we'll tease you with a few:

  • Halo: Waypoint
  • Bejeweled LIVE
  • Castlevania
  • Guitar Hero 5
  • Max and the Magic Marker
  • Star Wars: Battle for Hoth
  • Assassins Creed
  • Asphalt 5

In all, there will be 50 titles launching this year (all listed after the break), from studios such as Gameloft, Konami, Namco Bandai, PopCap, THQ and of course, the newly formed Mobile Gaming Studios from Microsoft.

Sound exciting? Read on for some screen shots, videos, the official commercial, a poll and much more details!

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4 years ago

HTC Behind the Tan Lines Swimsuit Contest

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No, HTC isn't looking for swimsuit models to show off their new Windows Phone 7.

But they are giving you (and a friend) a chance go behind the scenes at the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit photo shoot. Winning the "Behind the Tan Lines" contest won't be all fun and games though. The lucky winner will have to use their HTC smartphones to document and share the experience via social networks.

All you need to do to enter is submit a three minute video or photo (shot with your smartphone) highlighting what unique perspective you can bring to covering the swimsuit shoot. Then "tweet" HTC with a short message on why they should look at your video/photo.

The Grand Prize winner will receive a trip for two to the photo shoot, access to the 2011 Swimsuit launch parties in New York and Las Vegas, an HTC Smartphone of your choice (and for your travel partner), and $10,000 cash.

Four Primary (second place) Prize winners will receive an HTC smartphone of their choice and $400 cash while twenty-five Secondary (third place) Prize winners will win an HTC smartphone of their choice and a SI Swimsuit prize pack.

Full details on this contest can be found here.  Our fingers are crossed that a Windows Phone user walks away with the Grand Prize!

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4 years ago

LG: We'll be first with Windows Phone 7; more details on launch

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LG had some interesting things to say, at least according to 'What Hi-Fi?'

First, we get more confirmation of a Europe-first launch, where LG says they'll have their 3.8" device based on the Optimus-line (previously seen to be running Android, looky here) ready to go, ahead of Samsung and HTC. This device will presumably be lacking a hard-keyboard.

The next bit is that in the U.S., we'll be getting the version with the keyboard, like above (Panther/GW910), in November. We're guessing AT&T for that one, but wouldn't mind a Sprint model to kick around.

Finally, LG is either trying to make Microsoft look good or they really believe in Windows Phone 7, as they supposedly told Korean reporters that

 ... it expects WP7 to outperform the two rival smartphone operating systems

The rivals being of course Android and the iPhone (don't you love how Blackberry is not even mentioned anymore?). Sounds good to us.

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4 years ago

Bing overtakes Yahoo! in the search market

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Microsoft's Bing search engine continues to do well, passing Yahoo! in July for the first time to be #2. Not bad for a market that really no one thought would change much, though we should point out Google is in no real trouble yet. Results are based on Chitika's web-ad network, similar to Google's AdSense.

Bing will also power Yahoo!'s search engine by the end of August, gaining them even more power, albeit hidden. Combined with their powering of Facebook's search, the upcoming Windows Phone 7 and maybe even Mozilla/Firefox (once their contract with Google expires), Bing could see some real growth in the next 24 months.

[via WebProNews]

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4 years ago

Marketplace Spotlight: Mobile Translator

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4 years ago

Monday A.M fun: Portal (GLaDOS) Ringtones

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We're huge fans of 'Portal', that mind-bending game featured on Xbox from uber-geeks Valve.

So when we heard that someone went all super-nerd and made a ringer, text message notification and voice mail announcement in .mp3format , well, our little geek hearts exploded.

Not only can you grab them free, you can read the tutorial on how to make your own simulated GLaDOS voice using some software trickery.

We have to say, the ringer here is especially sweet--nothing like hearing the mechanical GLaDOS mocking you as your phone rings. Read about 'em here, the downloads are on the right of that page.

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4 years ago

'What I learned about Windows Phone 7 from Android'

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Last week, I wrote about my thoughts on Android compared to Windows Phone 7 and why I thought Android, though extremely popular, ultimately has some fundamental architecture issues.

Today, Shawn Wildermuth, who has written six books on .NET and is heavily involved with the Microsoft ecosystem (so yeah, bias), discusses his thoughts on Android. He's uses a Motorola Droid on Verizon as his daily driver and just updated to OS 2.2 aka 'Froyo'.

One of his choice quotes would be 

...But there is an intrinsic problem here. I had to use some spelunking to find out what background processes were killing my performance. This is a big bucket of FAIL.

Phones aren't for geeks, they are for regular people like my mother and my sister. The fact that most Android users learn to use a task management app means there is something wrong.

We couldn't agree more and while we hope Windows Phone 7 v1.0 moves beyond the current feature-incomplete status sooner than later, we're quite happy with this new direction and focus on consumers.

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7: Verizon supposedly has cold feet?

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So even though Verizon was listed as a launch-partner for Windows Phone 7 back in February at Mobile World Congress, a rumor is now going around that they won't be carrying any devices featuring Redmond's new OS. Why?

A few days ago, BGR revealed what is suppose to be Verizon's road map for device launches for 2010/2011. It was chock full of Android and LTE information but there was zero mention of any Windows Phone 7 devices--not even the HTC Spark_W. (Dun dun dun)

Forget about the fact that BGR's Verizon roadmap also omits the following, according to MediaBistro

  • There is no mention of the iPhone being sold by Verizon in 2011
  • There is no mention of any Microsoft Windows Phone 7 based smartphones
  • There is no mention of any BlackBerry devices
  • There is no mention of any webOS based tablets from HP

...the notion is that Verizon is dropping everyone and just going 100% Android? While we have no doubts Verizon is doing a big push with Google, we find it hard to believe that they have no use for RIM's Blackberry anymore, let alone Windows Phone 7.

However, there is this quote from Engadget on June 30th talking about Verizon and the KIN:

Our source says that the fallout from this troubled partnership is that Microsoft has backed away from Verizon as a Windows Phone 7 launch partner, claiming that the first handsets you see won't be offered on the CDMA carrier -- rather that we should expect GSM partners to get first crack.

In this case, the tables are reversed with Microsoft being the one to back away from Verizon, partially due to their poor handling of the KIN (e.g. jacking up the cost on the data plan).

Our thoughts? Sure, anything is possible. Verizon is clearly in love with Android, but their "roadmap" seems incomplete to our eyes. We also think that sales make the deal and if Windows Phone 7 does well, Microsoft and Verizon will warm up to each other and work out their differences. After all, not everyone was thrilled with Android either. Finally, the lack of evidence doesn't mean we can just fill in the blanks with our own speculation. Lets wait and see what happens, eh?

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4 years ago

Review: Flight Control

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4 years ago

Yet another Samsung prototype with Windows Phone 7

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Not much is known or evidently can be said about this device, but it appears Samsung is tossing around another prototype device featuring Windows Phone 7.

Perhaps it's the Cetus (SGH-i917)?

Though rather large and blocky, the device seems to feature, unsurprisingly, an AMOLED screen. Due to the Twitter's location, we're betting this isn't necessarily a device for the U.S., but who knows what Samsung has up their sleeve.

Our overall reaction: meh

[via @andrejt; pic]

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4 years ago

Short Take: BING 411

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 devices pass 6,000 in the wild

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It only recently we were talking about how the number of developer devices in the wild for Windows Phone 7 was just eeking past 3,000.

While seemingly impressive, it was a drop in the bucket compared to the number of developers who need a device.

Well, if the latest Facebook registration numbers are to be believed, that number has doubled and is now at roughly 6,483--pretty impressive. How high will it go? We have no idea, but at least we know Microsoft is trying to seed these devices as quickly as possible.

Edit: Or as Matthew Miller (Nokia Experts) notes in comments, instead of 6.000+ phones, perhaps we're looking at the same 3,000 but in new hands as developer/tech preview units have had to be returned.

[via TheNextWeb]

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4 years ago

HTC Windows Phone 7 leaks roundup: Mozart & Spark

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Busy if not unexciting day for HTC leaks so far...

First, it appears that those earlier pics of the HTC Schubert were mis-identified. Instead, it seems that it is actually the HTC Mozart, a more low-end WP7 device headed for Telstra  (rumored for T-Mobile too). A few more non-thrilling images are below via Xmoo on Twitter (as evidenced by the low-quality images, he must be using an HTC camera--zing!)

So for those thinking "Is that all HTC's got?", the answer would be "???".

The other info is on the HTC Spark, which is, we're told, basically an HTC HD2 with a smaller screen. The Spark_W was mentioned for Verizon awhile back, but who knows about that anymore.

Feh.

We're still waiting for the big guns from HTC but at least appreciate the fact that Windows Phone 7 will be on a wide-range of devices/price points--well, as wide a range as "black slab" can go at least.

[via WMPU 1,2]

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