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5 years ago

Shazam (aka MusicID) Soon to be Available in Marketplace

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It was first on a select few devices, then ripped and pirated for the masses, then rescinded under DMCA notices, but now MusicID has returned as Shazam and it is now legally available under Windows Marketplace for Mobile (although it hasn't showed up in our listings yet).

For a non-whopping (and oddly priced) $4.69 you can have unlimited music identification on your Windows phone, or use the free version which is limited to 5 IDs a month.  You are also treated to a full 7-day trial.  All of which we think is worth it.

(Anyone else notice their old MusicID doesn't work anymore or is it just us?)

See the official press release.

[via Tech Kritik]

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5 years ago

The evolution of Windows Mobile

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5 years ago

Slide shows Windows Mobile 7 RTM in spring

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It appears that Windows Mobile 7 may still be on track for the first half (or so) of 2010, according to a post on msftkitchen (formerly UXEvangelist) regarding Office Mobile 2010.

The side you see above points to an RTM (release to manufacturing) date of spring2010 for Windows Mobile 7. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley chimes in that that's six months or so behind other WM7 dates we've seen, but that Microsoft may be able to speed things up a bit.

And we totally agree with Stephen in that the UI shots we see here likely are just old mockups. We wouldn't expect to see them actually in Windows Mobile 7 in this exact sense, no matter when it's released.

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5 years ago

Ballmer and Team Got a Pay Cut This Year

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Everyone is hurting this year and even the head-honchos at Microsoft have received a small cut in pay as a result. That would Ballmer & Liddell and the rock stars Bach-Elop-Turner Overdrive.

Sure the numbers are all over the place: base salary went up slightly while cash incentive payments went down and lets face it, Ballmer is far from poor as a result.

Still, as the article points out some of the base salary was set before the economic downturn and more importantly, Microsoft has a considerably low base salary for all their executives when compared to some other industries, ahem. Instead, their real income is through stock options and therefore tied directly to company performance, which we think makes sense and all.

We're just glad we guess that Microsoft seems relatively down to earth in terms of executive compensation.  There, we said something nice.  Now can someone please take care of our ridiculous college loans?  Thanks!

[Source: Seattle Times]

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5 years ago

Armani-Samsung Windows phone finally a reality

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The White Whale! The White Whale! After an early false start, followed by an early outing by the Bluetooth SIG, the Armani-Samsung Windows phone has arrived.

As it happens when you get a designer phone, you get a designer price. A little more thatn $1,000 gets you a sliding QWERTY Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional phone with a 3.5-inch tilting AMOLED display, a 5-megapixel camera, 8GB on board, GPS, MicroSD, you know, all the usuals.

And Microsoft's making this launch into a Big Deal, with none other than CEO Steve Ballmer on hand. Peep the videos after the break.

Reuters via Engadget Mobile

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5 years ago

iSuppli: 'Reports of Windows Mobile's death are greatly exaggerated'

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No doubt lots of people are clamoring at the notion that "Windows Mobile is dead" (evidently this crew has moved on from mocking Palm) and what with Motorola on WM hiatus, Palm parting ways, the eternal delay of WM7 and the perhaps too-little-to-late Windows Mobile 6.5, it is easy to see why.

On the other hand there is the stark reality: Microsoft has a lot of licensees (14 to be exact), including most recently LG, which is committed to a reported 50 devices in the next few years. HTC has lots of hits with its Touch series and their increase in market power is unrelenting.

To back this up, iSuppli, which performs market analysis, came out with a report stating that though Microsoft is down right now, it is poised for a strong comeback. It is predicting "a 15.3 percent share of the global market in 2013, second only to the Symbian operating system, which will control 47.6 percent." Basically they're going to bounce from No. 2 to No. 3 this year and back to second-place by 2012.

Expanding on this, Tina Teng, a senior analyst at iSuppli, goes on to correctly note

“To win in today’s environment, a company needs not only an operating system but also device support, an application store, a broad portfolio of applications and support from the developer community. While Windows Mobile is losing some share to competitors in 2009, most of the alternatives cannot match Microsoft’s complete suite of offerings.”

This isn't too hard to fathom either with Ballmer revamping the Windows Mobile team and making it the second top priority for the company. Heck, look at all the Live services (Bing, Mesh, MyPhone), tech previews (Recite, Deepfish), Marketplace, the Chassis-1 specifications, the Orion project, TellMe, gesture navigation, non-touch gestures/Side Sight, Silverlight, free automagic-ness and Windows Mobile 7 looks to be a monster OS with very advanced technology. Now combine all of that with 14 hardware manufacturers, market presence, integration with Windows 7, Xbox and that Zune HD thing. Ka-ching.

Microsoft has all the pieces, now it just has to merge them all into a unified and compelling OS.  One year from now we thing will be very interesting times.

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5 years ago

Review Glympse (GPS Tracking) Freeware

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Review Glympse (GPS Tracking) Freeware

I discovered Glympse by using the new Windows Marketplace for Mobile, which goes to show you just how powerful that piece of software is going to be.

In short, Glympse is a free, easy to use, no strings attached application that allows certain contacts you select to track your location/travels in timed increments.  Think of it this way: say you are taking a road trip to visit some friends and you think you'll be there by 4:30pm.  Well, with Glympse your friends can see exactly where you are on that trip without bothering you (i.e.getting that call while driving "How much longer do you think?").

I gave this app a quick spin and came away impressed.  It's both visually appealing, simple, effective and kind of fun to use. Best part is there is no signing up, enrolling or hoops to jump through.  All the other person needs is an email/sms account and access to the internet to click a hyperlink.

Take a look after the jump to see it in action and how it works.

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5 years ago

Hands-On with the Samsung Omnia 2 (GSM)

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Hands-On with the Samsung Omnia 2 (GSM)

Oh, hello Samsung Omnia 2, how are you? We're really digging the AMOLED screen (at least we are on the indoor-show floor), which is plenty responsive. The 800x480 is quite nice too, but the rich and deep colors are the real show here. You can take a look at Sammy's cube interface in the quick vid above, but it's more flash than substance.

8 gigs of storage, 256 megs of RAM, an 800MHz processor, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, and yes, that 8 megapixel camera round out the specs on this device. This is the version with Windows Mobile 6.5, which is to say it's the GSM version, which is to say that the Verizon version is currently running WinMo 6.1. ...Which is to say that all things considered, it's best to avoid thinking about the that particular stumble by taking a gander at the handful of photos after the break.

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5 years ago

HTC HD2 promo video

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WinMo 6.5 update list ... updated

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This guy's 'On the go' with Bing

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MS Marketplace: Software Protection Cracked Already

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...and the Marketplace news just keeps on rolling today. Quite a bit considering the darn thing hasn't officially launched yet!

Looks like XDA member Chainfire has already "cracked" the security protection of distribution of paid-for-apps in the Marketplace.

Long story short, when you "buy" a program, you download the .cab file, which automatically installs to main memory.  After the installation, the (registered) .cab file gets deleted from your system immediately.

Chainfire has figured a way to circumvent this system, thereby saving the .cab file. One can then simply and illegally re-distribute this file to friends, warez groups etc.  Ouch.

Now the good news is Chainfire did not release how he did this (and has no plans to), but considering it took him only "five minutes", it doesn't bode well for long term security. The question is, how else could this have been done while not breaking the OS and keeping things uniform? Could they not pre-register the .cab files with your user ID, like Kinoma offers?

[XDA via Fuzemobility]

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5 years ago

So are Zune features coming or not?

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So are Zune features coming or not?

That's one of the bigger questions when it comes to the future of Windows Mobile. Some of us around here *cough* have made it no secret that the software on the Zune HD would fit just fine on a Windows phone. Will that happen?

Let's start with the above video from CNet [via pocketnow] with Ina Fried and Molly Wood interviewing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

The talk runs the gamut of Windows 7 to netbooks to tablets to mobile.

"It's all about shipping good product," he says, going on to trumpet Windows Mobile 6.5 (which, after all, was why he was there).

There's more of the party line about Windows Mobile 6.5, but then he gets down to brass tacks.

What is Zune HD? Zune HD is a couple things. Number one, Zune HD is a music player with a nice music service. By the way, the same software will be available on Windows Phones and Windows PCs. You have that today on the PC, you'll see that in our phone environment as well.

But, he adds, "It's not our plan to make a phone out of that (Zune HD) hardware."

Then there's ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, who spoke with Jose Pinero, Director of Communications for Microsoft’s TV, Video and Music Business on Tuesday at Microsoft's Open House in New York City.

“Our next step is mobile phones, but we haven’t talked about a timeline for when that will happen,” he said.

Pinero said Microsoft’s more immediate priorities are to get Zune music and Video services on the Xbox. Microsoft officials said earlier this year that Microsoft plans to make the Zune video marketplace available as part of Xbox Live this fall.

Take that however you want, but if Microsoft does the right thing, we'll see it as a major part of Windows Mobile 7.

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5 years ago

Coming up: AT&T keynote liveblog from CTIA

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5 years ago

AT&T docs show Tilt 2 on sale tomorrow, in stores Oct. 18, plus tons of specs

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Looks like some internal AT&T docs regarding the Tilt 2 (aka the HTC Touch Pro 2) are making the rounds (pocketnow apparently received the same stuff), but boy, are they filled with good stuff.

First off, it says the Tilt 2 would be announced Oct. 5 (true) and will be in stock on Oct. 8 (matches the BGR rumor), then finally in stores Oct. 18 (again, another date we've heard).

Also of note is that there's a tethering option in the list of data plans that runs $60 with a 5-GB cap. (Is that new for AT&T? Anyone?)

Peep the rest of the package after the break.

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