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3 years ago

Apple seeking to ban HTC Android imports

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Apple is on a fight against the world it seems (albeit Microsoft is no angel) when it comes to smartphone patents (and insane term trademarks). I must admit that I find it strange, not to mention anyone who's not familiar with the ins and outs of smartphone technology who could wonder "wouldn't this be the same if Sony were to sue Microsoft over competing with the PlayStation?" The fruit company is after HTC again with their products running the Android OS.

What has this got to do with our platform? Well, there's no touching OEMs on Windows Phone since everything's protected (if you will) by Microsoft so HTC is comfortably wrapped in Ballmer Bubblewrap. Google, on the other hand, offers no protection (or indemnification) for OEMs and partners with their platform. HTC is a loved WP7 manufacturer, so we hate to see anything negative happen to them.

Affected products include the HTC Droid Incredible, Droid Incredible 2, Wildfire, T-Mobile mytouch 3G, T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide, T-Mobile G1, T-Mobile G2, Evo 4G, Aria, Desire, Hero, Merge, Inspire 4G, Evo 4G, Thunderbolt, Thunderbolt 4G, and the HTC Flyer tablet

The ITC () is looking into Apple's request for an investigation be started under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 against HTC imports. They will provide a conclusion as to whether an investigation is to be undertaken within 30 days. Peter Chou, CEO of HTC, defended the company against Apple's claims:

HTC disagrees with Apple’s actions and will fully defend itself. HTC strongly advocates intellectual property protection and will continue to respect other innovators and their technologies as we have always done, but we will continue to embrace competition through our own innovation as a healthy way for consumers to get the best mobile experience possible.

From day one, HTC has focused on creating cutting-edge innovations that deliver unique value for people looking for a smartphone. In 1999 we started designing the XDA(i) and T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition(ii), our first touch-screen smartphones, and they both shipped in 2002 with more than 50 additional HTC smartphone models shipping since then.

Source: TheNextWeb

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3 years ago

Windows Phone inspired website

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Windows Phone inspired website

Aspiring Tech Evangelist Sahas Katta has designed a rather cool looking website using the Windows Phone as the centerpiece. Katta has taken what's basically the Windows Phone emulator and turned it into a personal webpage.

Complete with a swipe to unlock feature, the Windows Phone has tiles to access Katta's resume, social networking sites, references to his tech site, and contact information. The phone also includes the ability to change the Windows Phone Theme, access Bing Maps, and access to a Flickr gallery.

The site is an impressive, unique way to present your credentials. Plus it's not a bad plug for Windows Phones.  You can see it all at sahaskatta.com.

Thanks goes out to Jake for the tip!

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3 years ago

The future of Microsoft: 3 screens and Metro

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Just a few minutes ago, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer wrapped up his speech at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Los Angeles. Most of the talk was focused on Windows 7, Windows 8, InTune and some other Microsoft technologies.

However, this slide came up and while it reveals nothing new (the Windows 8 UI, Windows Phone and the next Xbox Hub) we finally get to see Microsoft's "Three screens" vision (e.g. RC-Air Sim) including matching UI come to fruition.

We have to admit, it looks sharp and awesome.

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3 years ago

Samsung GT-i8350 in development, running Mango

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Speaking of 2nd generation hardware, another Samsung device running Windows Phone "Mango" seems to be in development (see earlier Galaxy SII rumor). Found via the Samsung UA profile (looking at the HTML code) we can see the device name "GT-i8350" and that it's running Internet Explorer 9.0 which of course means "Mango".

Other devices specs are slim: 800x480 WVGA screen (AMOLED, no doubt).

So, what exactly are we looking at there? NanaPho seems to think it's the follow up to the Omnia 7, which makes sense, but being details are so vague, no one really knows at this point. But it should come as no surprise that Samsung has other devices in the works.

Still unknown, however, is the Samsung GT-i8703, which sounds like a CDMA-variant of the Omnia 7.

Source: Samsung; via NanaPho

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3 years ago

WPCentral Podcast 117

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3 years ago

Audible for WP7 is still in the works

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Audible is one of the few, last remaining marquee apps that Windows Phone is lacking. The popular "spoken audio entertainment, information, and educational programming" (aka books on tape) application is currently on every platform but so far has received little attention from the Amazon.com owned company. The last we heard from them was in October where they were non-committal.

Though official "support" can be a finicky source for stories, if we are to believe them, they do have a Windows Phone app in development with no ETA available:

"... our app developers are working on a WP7 app, but no date has been announced as of yet."

So that's that. Wish we could say more, like it's right around the corner, but we'll just have to wait till more info comes forth. But hey, it sounds promising.

Source: Twitter, (Thanks, Patrick H., for the heads up!)

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3 years ago

Ballmer: "Mango" phones coming this Christmas

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Recently at the Imagine Cup 2011, happening right here in New York City, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave his usual keynote speech.

Towards the middle, he finally gave a nod to Windows Phone and even dropped some info regarding the 2nd generation "Mango" phones that we're all expecting late this year, including Nokia's entry:

"Windows Phone. You know, a year ago we didn't have a phone in the market. Now, we're charging forward with Nokia. We have the second generation of our phones coming out this Christmas, and people are starting to do things they had never imagined before. I love the applications that I saw for the Windows Phone from the people in this room, and the way you're pushing that device, and using that device. It was really exciting for me."

Some folks are interpreting his remarks as a sign of slippage on "Mango's" release, noting how Christmas is a few days post-Fall.

We're a bit more hesitant to make such a claim as it raises the question: Are new WP7 hardware releases tied to the software update? We're betting on "no". New hardware has a much more flexible release schedule and we see no inclination that Microsoft will hold off on the "Mango" software updates for current devices until new hardware comes out. Sure, it could happen, but we're not betting on it. Instead, we'll probably see a rolling out of new hardware over a few months ending 2011 into 2012. In other words, not much of a story here.

Source: Microsoft

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3 years ago

Judge denies Apple's "App Store" injunction against Amazon

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An attempt by Apple to impose an injunction to stop Amazon from using the term "app store" has been shot down by a federal judge.  Amazon recently launched their Amazon Appstore for Android and Apple pounced, filing a lawsuit that claims that the name violates a trademark initially denied to Apple in 2008, but more recently granted in a 2010 appeal.  They also contend that Amazon is diluting and tarnishing the Apple brand.  U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton denied the motion for injunction because she saw no evidence of dilution or tarnishment, and only a slight case for trademark infringement. 

As for Amazon, they argue that "app store" is too broad of a term to be trademarked, as it is widely used to describe any such marketplace designed to let consumers purchase software applications for their devices.  Microsoft, who is also challenging Apple's claim to the name, used a similar line of reasoning in their motion for summary judgment with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  Amazon further contends that the "for Android" part of the name draws a clear line between Apple's iOS-only store and theirs.

While the full case has yet to be decided by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, a denial of injunction like this is usually a sign that the will not end the way Apple hopes. 

Source: Ars Technica

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3 years ago

Deal Alert: Unlocked Samsung Omnia 7 for 199.95 € ($280)

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Looks like Windows Phones are getting quite the price break lately. First we saw the HTC 7 Pro for £229 and now the Omnia 7, another killer device, is going for 199.95 €.

Offered through T-Mobile Germany, the Omnia 7 is unlocked/no contract (!) features a Super AMOLED screen and 16GB of memory. The price is certainly is a good enough deal that even we're considering picking one up.

Update: Bands supported should be 2G Networks GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900; 3G Networks HSDPA 900 / 2100

You can take a look at the phone and order it right here. (Thanks, Max A., for the heads up!)

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3 years ago

WP7 Applications Development Workshop [Developers]

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Today marks your last day to register for the Berytech Windows Phone Applications Development Workshop, which is to be held at the Berytech Technological Pole venue on July 14th. Registration will set you back $495 and closing date is today (before July 12th).

The workshop covers the following:

Day 1. The basics

  • Learning how to build application targeting Windows Phone 7
  • Silverlight vs XNA
  • Dynamic layout, touch and textures
  • Sensors and services
  • Application Architecture

Day 2. Silverlight, Part 1

  • XAML
  • Elements and properties
  • Layouts, Application Bar and controls
  • Data bindings

Day 3. Silverlight, Part 2

  • Graphics and animation
  • Items control
  • Pivot and panorama

Day 4. XNA

  • Principles of movement
  • Textures and sprites
  • Dynamic textures
  • Gestures and transforms
  • Touch and play

Participants will be able to submit their apps to the Marketplace once completed and whoever develops the best submitted app will receive a Windows Phone handset. For more information or to register for the workshop, head on over to the Berytech website.

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3 years ago

Two more Pandas and Ninjas games hit the Marketplace

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Those pesky Pandas and Ninjas are still going at it. First we had Pandas vs. Ninjas and now XIMAD has released two additional Windows Phone games that carry this conflict further.

Kung Fu Tic Tac Toe and Ninja Breakout are both free, ad supported games available over at the Marketplace. Will the ninjas finally get the upper hand over the panda? Or will the panda continue to take center stage?

Ease on past the break to catch to short takes on both games.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Summary of the Week: July 4-10, 2011

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Well this week has been a busy one hasn't it? We've had episode 116 of the WPCentral podcast being published as well as the second Mobile Nations stream, both providing listeners with banter and priceless news coverage.

The Windows Phone platform is on track for Japan, which will see a launch accompanied by a number of localized apps. Microsoft desires to open up a new revenue stream at the expense of Samsung with a royalty fee per-Android device sold of $15. With this battle going on, the EU is ready to fight Microsoft on access to cloud data.

We've had the delight in interviewing Cain Ullah from Red Badger, developers of Birdsong. The WP7 and Nokia partnership displays promise in China with Nokia's continued market share hold of 40%. A development team from Iraq is creating a refugee as app in the US held Imagine Cup.

Onto gaming, we have Twin Blades back in the Marketplace. Be very afraid zombies! Bubble Town 2 is this week's Xbox Live Deal of the Week. Microsoft Research is working on 'Switchboard' for WP7, a potential answer to real-time mobile multiplayer game play. Blizzard has released the Battle.net Mobile Authenticator for WP7 to please WoW fans and the like. Version 2 release notes of Harbor Master have arrived.

AT&T are testing updates for Samsung Focus 1.4 handsets finally. IM+ is bumped to version 1.1, which brings Live Messenger support. Microsoft weren't kidding when they spoke about an array of languages being added to the platform, we take a look in more detail at the plan. Gaming dominates smartphones, according to Nielsen , with WP7 lacking behind iOS and Android with average number of hours per user spent gaming.

Kik Messenger currently doesn't allow .co.uk email address to sign up, we provide a workaround to this issue as well as looking into how to synchronize multiple Google calendars in Mango. Ever found yourself going to a nearby shopping center but you don't know the layout? Soon, your handset will be able to help you there with indoor Bing maps in Mango.

HTC buys stakes in S3 Graphics from VIA, to pursue the patent suits against Apple which S3 currently have ongoing? Perhaps, the smartphone competition seems to be counter-claiming against each other at the moment. There have been reports tha Nokia have broken a promise and are not shipping devices until 2012, we take a good look at the situation and provide our always-correct analysis that Nokia are bringing a single device this year hopefully, but volumes will come in 2012.

Folk at the XDA developer forum have managed to get a Mango ROM for the HTC HD2 with a working Marketplace out into the wild, while the HTC 7 Pro has its price smashed at Play.com to just £229.

We look at another live tile separator tool that has arisen on the net. But the fun is with the ability to track cars in the Rallye International de Bourgogne. A WP7 handset was used in the production of a Kurt Vile music video. XIMAD begins publishing children's books to the Marketplace with their BooksAlive series. Should you not be into that type of reading, why get some guitar tabs on your device?

Fore developers, Microsoft is looking to open up the TellMe service for WP7 development. Telerik shows off their RadControls product with building a ToDo app using the built-in UI controls and finally Tim James, from EMC Consulting, walks us through turning maps to 3D on WP7.

Mango on passed the break for the links and summary. 

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3 years ago

Where Did I Take That - App Spotlight

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The more we use our Windows Phones for capturing the moment, the more likely we'll forget where we took some of the pictures that fill our Photo Hub. Where Did I Take That is a Windows Phone app designed to help you remember where you snapped a particular photo.

Where Did I Take That pulls the GPS information from your photos and creates a push pin on the map for that particular photo. You can tap on the push pin to pull up all the information about the photo with regards to where and when it was taken.

The app is also integrated in your Photo Hubs "extras" menu for convenience. Just tap the three-dot menu on an individual photo, choose extras and Where Did I Take That. The app will also work with photos sent to your Windows Phone (as long as they have location tags).

Where Did I Take That is a free application and you can find it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

TextMixt - Review

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TextMixt - Review

Persephonae Labs has released TextMixt, a sequel to their popular Windows Phone game Anag7ams. TextMixt follows the same basic format of Anag7ams but, as with other sequels, adds a little more to the mix.

The game premise remains the same. You are given five letters and your mission is to identify all the words those five letters can spell. The developers have also added a new game mode, Internet Battle. This gives you the opportunity to test your skills against other TextMixt players.

Anag7ams was one of the early releases for Windows Phone 7 and we found it to be an entertaining, somewhat addictive game. To see if TextMixt follows suit, ease on past the break.

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