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3 years ago

Cellphone Radiation: The WHO's take on things

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We mentioned earlier that the LG Quantum ranked the best with respect to the smartphones with the lowest radiation emissions. On the heels of that report, we've learned the WHO has chimed in on the issue of whether or not cell phone radiation is dangerous or not.  No, not the rock group the Who but the World Health Organization.

In a joint press released issued today with the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the WHO classifies radio frequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans. This tags the electromagnetic fields as a Group 2B carcinogen that also includes lead, DDT pesticides, and chloroform. They base this possibility on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer associated with wireless phone use.

A more extensive report on the assessment by the WHO will be published in the July issue of The Lancet Oncology, but commenting on the findings, Dr. Jonathan Samet, chairman of the working group for this studying, states,:

"The conclusion means that there could be some risk, and therefore we need to keep a close watch for a link between cell phones and cancer risk."

Additionally, the Director of the IARC, Christopher Wild, commented:

"it is important that additional research be conducted into the long-term, heavy use of mobile phones. Pending the availability of such information, it is important to take pragmatic measures to reduce exposure such as hands?free devices or texting."

It is nice that there isn't a rush to judgement on this issue (keeping things termed as "potential" or "possible" risk) and that it is recognized that additional research is needed to determine what connection exists between serious health issues and cell phone use.

Again, by no means are we suggesting you should stop using your Windows Phone.  But it never hurts to be informed on the equipment we use.  After the break you can catch the full press release from the WHO.

Source: IARC Via: CNN

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3 years ago

Nokia in trouble and banking on WP7

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Nokia in trouble and banking on WP7

Seems Nokia's problems are worsening with each passing day. Their devices are being out-sold and out-preferred, not to mention conditions arising that is preventing the handset manufacturer to provide 2011 forecasts. While they have joined Microsoft with Windows Phone 7, the journey ashore will be a rough one until Mango is here and upcoming Nokia devices are released.

Symbian is a sinking ship, which Nokia has to milk as much as possible, the company said in a statement that their operating margin “could be around breakeven.” Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia, said:

"We recognize the need to deliver great mobile products, and therefore we must accelerate the pace of our transition. Our teams are aligned, and we have increased confidence that we will ship our first Nokia product with Windows Phone in the fourth quarter 2011."

Until the time to jump ships arrives, Nokia are to work on adding capabilities to its Symbian portfolio and will up its retail marketing. Do you think Windows Phone enough to save Nokia, and will their WP7 devices sell?

Source: ZDNet

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3 years ago

Quick look: Cartoon TV for Windows Phone 7 [Video]

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Fact: I grew up in the 1980's, meaning Saturday morning cartoons was my religion when I was a child--Smurfs, Popeye, you name it, I watched it. So it was a blast to play with 'Cartoon TV', an app currently "on sale" for $1.99. While that price may seem a little high, if you're into cartoons, it's certainly worth it.

The app is split into two parts: live, streaming cartoons, which often presents random, vintage stuff that is sometimes very odd and the catalog, which features full episodes (usually 30 or more each) from Betty Boop, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Donald Duck, The Flintstones, Foghorn Leghorn, Mickey Mouse and more. The choice for entertainment is quite extensive and impressive. The quality when streaming, especially over WiFi was as good as it'll get for vintage cartoons i.e. non-HD, that is to say great quality with no hiccups.

What can we say outside of we highly recommend this app if you have children or, like me, you're just a fan of cartoons/reliving your youth. The app is $1.99, sitting at a 4.5 star rating and there is a free trial, so give it a go. Grab it here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Kik Messenger for WP7 due "within a month"

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We first caught wind of Kik Messenger for Windows Phone 7 during MIX11. At the time, it wasn't too clear when the popular messaging service would be available on our platform i.e. pre-Mango or during Mango launch?

Now it looks like they've answered on their Facebook account--all it took was someone to ask:

Alejandro Aguilera Rivera: Are you guys (by any chance) working on a Windows phone 7 app? is it possible? :D?

Kik Interactive, Inc.: You will see it within a month :)

So that sounds good to us. In fact, the race between IM+ and Kik seems to be heating up as we're expecting releases from both companies relatively soon, giving Windows Phone users some new options. Not to mention, there's that whole Mango-Live Messenger/Facebook Chat integration coming too.

Source: Facebook; Thanks, Alejandro, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Acer W4 spotted at Computex 2011, November release? [Update: Specs]

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An Acer Windows Phone 7 handset was spotted at Computex '11, and looks vaguely similar to already available devices (LG in particular). If you remember, Acer are one of the announced manufacturers to be making handsets by the time Mango arrives and the notable mention of November on the information sheet ties in with our coverage of Acer to bring products to the table in Q4 this year.

Anyone looking forward to this device, and others from newly focused handset manufacturers?

Update: Specifications have been posted:

  • 3.6-inch WVGA Capacitive screen,
  • Screen Resolution: 480×800
  • 5mp Camera with auto-focus.
  • HSPA 850/1900 or 900/2100 /GSM quad band 850/900/ 1800/ 1900 MHz Support.
  • Qualcomm MSM 8255 running at 1GHz (same processor as in the Xperia Play)
  • Wifi, Bluetooth 2.1
  • DLNA Support
  • Windows Phone Mango
  • 8GB Storage

Source: WMPU

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3 years ago

Marketplace app ranking frozen, now working again

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Not so long ago, 1800PocketPC reported that the Marketplace ranking system which moves apps and games up and down within a category depending on popularity and rating was broken (probably Chuck Norris had his app declined at certification and decided to round-house kick the Marketplace). Everything now seems to be back to normal and rankings reflective of respective ratings.

The problem was most notable with Lunar Lander, released on 11th May, has a two and a half star rating and was frozen at 68th position, while newly released Hydro Thunder GO, which has a four star rating was stamped at 1277th position. While this may not affect big developers much in terms of reach, indie developers who don't have Live titles in the games category would have found this particularly worrying, especially since they already have problems with Live titles getting more coverage.

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3 years ago

Telerik Wp7 webinars

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Telerik Wp7 webinars

Telerik have been hosting free webinars covering the Windows Phone 7 platform, and this week (this Thursday to be exact) is based around live tiles. Coverage will also include future improvements included in Mango, so this is well worth the attendance should you be awaiting Mango as a beginner developer.

As well as the above, they have another upcoming webinar on 8th June and it will be covering the Caliburn.Micro framework and how you can utilize it in app development. Both are available to register for and you have the chance in winning a free WP7 device for simply attending! Oh, did we mention that three RadControls for windows Phone 7 licenses per webinar are up for grabs too? 

Previous webinar sessions are available to watch through and include; Windows Azure, API usage and more. Check the link below to view previous videos or register for the two upcoming sessions.

Source: Telerik

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3 years ago

WPCentral TVShow Giveaway Winners!

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WPCentral TVShow Giveaway Winners!

We received a lot of good comments on the upcoming Mango update and from those responses, we've randomly selected ten members to win a free copy of TVShow.

The ten winners are: Koki.v3, Baka, pyxl, Xplode22, lerimer, jaethos, TheRocker, erasure25, magic2802, and vesu0073.

We've sent out congratulatory emails to each and will follow up with instructions on how to claim your copy of TVShow shortly. Thanks goes out to Rudy Huyn, TVShow's developer, for sponsoring this giveaway and to all the WPCentral readers who participated in the discussion.

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3 years ago

WP7 Backup tool [Homebrew]

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WP7 Backup tool [Homebrew]

A member over at the XDA Developer forum, by the username hx4700Killer, has come up with a backup tool for your Windows Phone 7 device. It's a simple .Net program that allows users to backup their device via Zune and can be used for restoration when you use the "update" option.

There are a few prerequisites that need to be seen to before-hand:

  • Zune software installed (sorry OS X users)
  • Windows Phone Support Tool installed (x64 or x86)
  • An update package from any phone (link)

Should you be missing any of the above the application will alert you and even open a web page to point you in the correct direction for the absent link in the chain. To download and find out more information, check the source below.

Source: XDA Dev Forum, via PocketPC.ch; Thanks Stevie B., for the heads up

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Mango can save camera settings?

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Windows Phone Mango can save camera settings?

Assuming those early leaked shots of an HTC device running a 12MP camera are accurate, one feature that was right in front of our eyes but we missed: Save Settings.

Last we checked, there are no current Windows Phone that allow camera settings to be saved, much to the frustration of many users. And while the beta developer tools allow the flash-settings to be saved, implying the rest can be too (they're not available in the emulator), this is the first hard proof that yes, once again, the Windows Phone team is eagerly paying attention to our wants and needs.

To be honest, we're not really surprised that this is there. After all, Microsoft so far has given us almost everything we ask for, given enough time. Still, it's nice to know it's coming this fall (fingers crossed).

Update: Tech writer Manan Kakkar has this to say on the matter, referencing the VIP Mango event last week: "...was told at the event that OEMs will have choice, default will be what we have now."

Thanks, Robby Light, in comments for pointing this out

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3 years ago

Nielsen has Android US marketshare falling, WP7 hovering

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Nielsen has discovered that during last month Android witnessed its first real decline in US marketshare by one percent to 36%. The iPhone fell by a percent too at 26% while Blackberry saw an increase by one to 23%. Windows Phone 7 was shown to be sat at 1% and was tied with Palm OS. According to Nielsen, Windows Mobile still has a huge chunk of marketshare compared to WP7, which settled at 9%.

What's also interesting to note is the data usage per OS. Android is at the top with 582MB worth of bandwidth used, iOS next with 492MB, while WP7 is only at 317MB. This could well be that users on WP7 don't spend as much time online while on the go, which would prove Microsoft's advertising campaign to be correct - Windows Phone does speed up the time for you to get back to real life.

What do you think about the analysis?

Via Slareng

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3 years ago

Wordrix - Review

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Wordrix - Review

Okay... here's a cool, addictive game for your Windows Phone. Wordrix is a Boggle styles game for your Windows Phone that has you finding words amongst an assortment of letters.

As you create words, you earn points and the letters are replenished. You have two game modes, Local and Online with settings to allow you to customize the appearance of the game.

To read more on Wordrix, follow the break.

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3 years ago

Slice and Throw - Review

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Slice and Throw - Review

In the spirit of Fruit Ninja and Juice Factory, Slice and Throw is being offered over at the Windows Phone Marketplace. Slice and Throw is more in line with Fruit Ninja but without the fruit.

The game objective is to slice threw scrolls that are tossed in the air and throw shuriken stars at moving objects in the background. Yep... ninja stars!

Move on past the break to read more on Slice and Throw.

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3 years ago

Mystery HTC Windows Phone sporting a 12mp Camera?

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Images are surfacing across the internet of a mystery Windows Phone from HTC that appears to be sporting a 12mp camera. This just days after rumors surfaced of a 16MP HTC device called 'Bresson'--at least 12MP sounds a bit more realistic. Another interesting revelation from the images is that this camera has RAW support. For those not familiar with RAW image files, they are unprocessed by the camera. JPEG images receive a good deal of "in-camera" processing" while RAW images rely on post-processing from the photo editing software of your choice. I often describe RAW as a digital negative.

While the prospect of a 12mp camera with RAW support is interesting, the screen shots also give rise to some questions. RAW is an image format, why is it not listed under the resolution settings? You also see an Exposure Metering Mode that is set to a frame average. Could this be a bracketing setting (taking a series of the same shot at progressive exposure settings)? 

Granted these screens could be entirely different if this mystery Windows Phone ever sees the light of day but as someone who has spent a good deal of time around a camera, right now these images give me pause.  Unless HTC has moved to a larger sensor, I'm hesistant to get too excited over a 12mp phone camera. You can only fit so many pixels on a sensor and when you pass that mark, image quality begins to suffer.

Plus RAW files are huge compared to JPEG because of the lack of file compression.  It's not uncommon for a RAW file to be 10mb in size and that will require a hefty amount of on-board storage or a removable storage method for this to be practical.

Still, if these images hold true, some of these settings may bring the phone camera closer to the abilities of a stand alone digital camera.

Source: Slashgear Thanks goes out to smoothcrooner for the tip!

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3 years ago

Mini-Review: Network Tools

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Mini-Review: Network Tools

Network Tools, developed by Flippant Entertainment, is a simple server connectivity monitor app for Windows Phone 7 with bags of potential. Allowing the user to ping a server, TCP port test and perform a HTTP request.

While the functionality is fairly limited to these three scans, the beauty of Network Tools is the ability to add websites and servers as “favorites” where you can easily check them all at once, using all three scans. The app uses a server hosted somewhere for the tests, which I think is a bonus, yet a slight drawback. Both for the reason should the server be unavailable is there a fail safe, or you wish to try ports outbound on your network?

I see a lot more being available in terms of features for future releases. For example, we could have the option to use the server provided, or use direct connection from our device. There should be live tile support where you can pin one or more (when Mango comes around) sites to your home screen which can alert you with regular scans when they go down – perfect for server administrators.

A step further would be to some how be able to include Nagios monitoring, should you have any installed for your boxes. But I can only dream. Network Tools however is a fantastic app for simply checking on the move if your website is still up or if you can connect to your mail server. While extra functionality is absent, the app has built strong foundations and has filled a gap in the Marketplace for an app of this quality for network tasks.

Network Tools is available for ₤3.99 or for an unlimited ad-supported trial on the Marketplace, and can be downloaded here (Zune link).

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