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3 years ago

ZDNet's Matt Miller calls Windows Phone 7 "most stable OS"

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Sure it's one man's opinion, but that man is ZDNet's Matthew Miller who has quite the experience with mobile technology, often owning multiple devices with varying OSs. From that perspective and long lineage of knowledge, Miller has come to the conclusion that Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is the most solid operating system when compared to iOS, Symbian, Android, BlackBerry and webOS:

"Zero! That is how many times I have seen a reset on ANY Windows Phone 7 device that I have been using in over a year. During that time I have used at least six WP7 devices on all four wireless carriers. This includes running the early tech preview on the first WP7 device all the way through the latest RTM version of Mango I have on my HTC HD7. I even have the Dell Venue Pro, with a 32GB microSD card in it, that has been rock solid stable even though I have read a number of reports of issues with that device. I don’t know if I have just been blessed with an uncanny knack for using stable WP7 devices, but from what I read online there are many more customers just as pleased as I am with the stability of Windows Phone 7."

Miller's thoughts on WP7 as well as the other operating systems are informative, precise and telling. We know we're sort of preaching to the choir here as Miller's experience mirrors or own (though we have less experience) and we bet our readers are in agreement, regardless, sound off on comments with your thoughts!

Source: ZDNet; Thanks, Tim, for the tip

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3 years ago

Xbox LIVE Extras gets updated to 7.1, gets new Mango features

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Although Xbox LIVE Extras is now basically just the Xbox LIVE Marketplace app (seriously, they should just rename it), we're sure there's a handful of you who may need to dress your avatar on the go. If that's the case, the Mango version of the app went live recently, hitting v7.1.

Since loading Mango back in June, there has always been a "beta" version for Mango in the Marketplace, but this looks to have been recompiled with the latest SDK, enabling fast app switching and more language support including Japanese. It's also significantly smaller now, weighing in at just 8MB as opposed to the old version which was 30MB--of course that's partially because Extras is more stripped down now. But if you need this badboy ASAP, grab it here in the Marketplace.

Thanks, András Velvárt & Vlad D., for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Transitioning to Windows Phones: Device Roundup

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With the future of webOS still being anyone's guess, transitioning to a Windows Phone might be an attractive alternative for the webOS crowd to consider. We've touched on transitioning from webOS to a Windows Phone and now we thought we would toss together a quick round-up of the Windows Phones that are currently available.

Mango is set to be released later this Fall and will bring a handful of new phones to the market. Understandably some may decide to hold off and wait a few months for the second generation of Windows Phones to become available.  However, without official specifications available, we'll keep this roundup focused on Windows Phones you can get your hands.

We've got them broken down by carrier and to see what's available, slide on past the break.

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3 years ago

Palette FX - Finger doodling good

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3 years ago

Sonic CD coming to Xbox Live, Sonic 4 Episode II planned for 2012

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Sega surprised everyone today by announcing a new Sonic the Hedgehog game for Windows Phone. No, it’s not a surprise that they’re doing a second one after Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I turned out so well (see our review). What we didn’t expect from the next mobile Sonic game is that it would be a port of… Sonic CD.

Sonic CD (AKA Sonic the Hedgehog CD) was originally released on the Sega CD/Mega CD, a CD-ROM add-on for the 16-bit Sega Genesis/Mega Drive console, back in 1993. It marks the first appearances of Sonic’s would-be girlfriend Amy Rose and fan-favorite villain Metal Sonic. Sonic CD has seven huge zones, each with three acts, as well as unique 3D special stages. Most uniquely, Sonic can travel into past and future versions of most stages by passing through time portals at high-speeds. Successfully defeating Eggman’s Robot Generators in the past actually changes the future for the better. Sonic CD also features a fully animated intro and two different endings. By the way, it's my all-time favorite Sonic game.

Head past the break for details on the new Sonic CD port and the concept video that helped make this port a reality!

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3 years ago

HTC Omega pictures surface and it's different

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We are expecting to see two new Windows Phones at the HTC event on September 1st, the Eternity and the Omega. Beyond the casing for the two phones we haven't seen much on them. Until now with the above press shot.

The Omega will be offered in a white/silver color pattern and there is some speculation it may have a name change to Radar upon release. And do pray tell, could that be a front facing camera we see?  Now we just need to have the HTC Eternity to come out of hiding.

If this image holds true, it will be different to see a white Windows Phone enter the mix.  But then again, the Fujitsu IS12T comes in a rainbow of colors.  Not sure if I like all this color.

Source: Pocketnow; Thanks, Atit D, for the tip!

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3 years ago

AppFlow - Quick Look

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3 years ago

No LED API available for Developers

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No LED API available for Developers

Hussein over at WinMobile.se got in touch with Brandon Watson via Twitter with regards to LED (flashlight) API support in Mango for developers to use. While fairly obvious, it seems as though developers will not be able to manipulate the LED due to no API being available.

Then again, do we need the API? Microsoft could release a free torch app that would use the LED backlight in favor of "white screen" apps currently available. 

Source: WinMobile.se

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3 years ago

Sneak Peak: Fuse RSS reader sets the standard for Windows Phone [Video]

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There are plenty of RSS readers on Windows Phone, but few look as good or unique as Rudy Huyn's (TVShow) latest.

Fuse is nothing short of breath-taking. The app comes with three themes: ribbon, ipsum and square and the toughest decision you'll have to make is which to use, since they all look so good. The app also supports Google Reader, Instapaper, Read it later, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and has the ability to generate unique QR codes to share an article with others.

We like the ability to search for RSS feeds instead of entering the address manually, the super smooth and eye-popping graphics, tutorial and just over all ease of use. The app will be released in a few days to the Marketplace at which point we'll post our full review. But right now, we're leaning towards calling this one of the nicest, smoothest apps we have seen yet on Windows Phone. A real gem.

Update: Price will be $1.29 on release. Visit the website for the app for more information: http://feelmygeek.com/fuse/

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3 years ago

Unknown LG-T130L Windows Phone shows up on Occasional Gamer

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Continuing with yesterday's trend of new "Mango" phones showing up in Windows Phone apps that collect data, today we bring you the LG-T130L.

If that name doesn't inspire awe, well sir, you have some issues! But in all seriousness, we have no idea beyond that title nor LG's other unknown handset, the LG-LS831. But combined with their other upcoming phone, the LG E906 and we can see LG seems to have a growing stable of Mango phones. It remains to be seen, however, if they will sell better this time around.

Source: Occasional Gamer; vai MonWindowsPhone

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3 years ago

Lync Mobile for Windows Phone and more FF camera talk

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In the above video you can see a demo at TechED 2011 in New Zealand for Microsoft's Lync, which is the inter-office communication and VoIP system. The app is slated for a Q4 release and will also be coming to iOS, Android and Symbian with Windows Phone said to receive the first and best. Other platforms will receive a fully featured app with integration, not just a mere port.

A question from the audience was greeted by a fairly exciting response with the final goal in WP7 being to integrate Lync into hubs in favour of a stand-alone application. Communication will be handled by the messaging hub and anything from the cloud will be handled in the Office hub. Voice and video will be dependant on the handset and OS.

You may also have noticed in the video we hear some talk surrounding front-facing cameras on Windows Phone handsets, which further confirms our recent article covering Skype and the secondary camera support. Are you excited for FF cameras, or wont you use them?

Source: GoWindowsGo, video: alanburchill; Thanks, Sam S., for the Twitter tip!

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3 years ago

MS confirms front-facing cameras with Skype support

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Just one day after spotting an Asus WP7 phone with what looked like a front-facing camera, Windows Phone NZ is now reporting that Microsoft has confirmed at Tech Ed New Zealand that Mango phones will indeed come equipped with them.  Furthermore, it was also said that Skype integration will be coming soon and that it will make use of them. 

Front-facing cameras have been one of the features that users have requested the most and we've seen hints in the developer tools before.  Now that it has become a reality, will we see them on all, most or some of the new Mango handsets?  With Microsoft's semi-standardization of hardware across manufacturers, we are willing to bet that most of them will.  It will be an integral part of WP7 competing with the allure of Apple's Facetime application. 

Source: WindowsPhoneNZ; Via: Windows Phone Network; Thanks, Smith, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Mango supports Internet Sharing/Mobile Hot Spot feature

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Looks like Mango still has a few hidden surprises. As you can see to the right, that's an official instantiation of Internet Sharing on a Samsung Focus running Mango.

That's the good news, that and it "works like a charm". The bad news is it reportedly eats a lot of battery life. Our bet is this is hidden on some devices and builds and will presumably be a carrier option.

More info as it comes in...

Update: Justin says this is Mango 7720.68 but that his device has been flashed by someone at Microsoft. Insert thriller movie music here.

Update II: Rafael Rivera notes "Confirm ICS is baked into my Mango phone (e.g. Ics*.dll, HKLM\Comm\InternetSharing). My guess is requires carrier "update" to enable."

Thanks, Justin B., for the pic and info!

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3 years ago

Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO

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Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO

It was just announced that Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple and...well you know who he is, is stepping down from that position, presumably due to health concerns. Stock trading for the company has been halted pending the news and Tim Cook has taken over as CEO.

CUPERTINO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

Steve

We're certain the board will keep him on and he'll still serve in some capacity at Apple. Say what you will of the man, he has certainly earned his place in history, making Apple one of the most profitiable and influential companies iin the world. We wish him the best of luck and good health.

Source: Yahoo! Finance

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3 years ago

Fight Game Rivals busting out on Xbox Live on August 31

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And now for something completely different. Next week’s Xbox Live title is Fight Game Rivals from Dutch developer Khaeon GameStudio. It’s a strategy/fighting game, which is indeed a thing.

How many quality fighting games can you name for mobile phones? There’s iPhone Street Fighter IV and…. That’s it. Touch-screen controls and fighting games are difficult to combine effectively, much like beer and ice cream. That’s why Khaeon went the strategy route for Fight Game Rivals.

Players choose one of six fighters (each with a real-world fighting style) and participate in tournaments against other burly dudes. Up to five Fighting Skills (moves) can be taken into each battle. During the fight, selecting a skill initiates a touch-screen minigame. The better players do at the minigames, the more damage they dish out. Minigames determine whether opponents’ attacks are blocked as well. Once either pugilist runs out of health, the fight ends. Credits obtained from winning fights can be used to unlock skills, locations, and outfits.

Fight Game Rivals is extremely unique - just like each and every one of us except for Rich Edmonds - and we’re looking forward to trying it out. It will cost $2.99.

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