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4 years ago

HTC’s Autobiography, YouTube Style

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HTC’s Autobiography, YouTube Style

For the last few years, HTC has been to Windows Mobile what Michael Jordan was to the Chicago Bulls in the early 90's; they haven’t been the only piece to the puzzle, but without them it just wouldn't be the same. HTC's growth into a major player in the mobile arena is one of the big success stories of the last decade.

HTC's marketing department has been very busy recently in creating TV ads for devices such as the T-Mobile HD2 as well as some of their Android offerings. HTC as a brand is really in the early stages of development, with videos such as "The Quietly Brilliant Story of HTC" giving a nice introduction to HTC’s history and progression into a company that is mentioned in the same breath as heavyweights such as Apple and Google.

 

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4 years ago

All you need to know about Push Notifications for Windows Phone 7

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Want to know all the details about Windows Phone 7's 'Push Notification' system? Since 3rd party multitasking is officially a no-no on our new OS, Push Notifications (PNs) will play quite a role in how our after-market software interacts with the internet.

Luckily Microsoft's own Developer Blog has detailed everything from defining what is a PN (and perhaps more importantly why they went with them), how they work and how to use them on a WP7 device.

The articles are written for the developer and even consumers who will be able to make sense of material, so don't be afraid if you have 30 minutes to kill to jump right in. (Okay, the last two parts get very technical) Quite a few interesting nuggets of info await!

 

 

[via Vincent Leung .NET Tech Clips]

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4 years ago

Skype not coming to Windows Phone 7 either?

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In what is sure to be a shock and disappointment to many, Dan Neary, Skype's Asia Pacific VP and general manager for Skype, has suggested that they have no immediate plans to support Windows Phone 7. This comes on the heels of Skype pulling all Windows Mobile support, unless of course they are paid first.

Specifically, Neary noted that the decision to not support WP7 has something to do with "lack of user optimization" (?) and "partner support".  PC Authority suggest that Skype competes with Microsoft's own MSN chat and video software, but honestly we don't believe Microsoft would give the cold shoulder to Skype before even attempting to get the program in the Marketplace. So what does the lack of partner support mean? We're not too sure at this time, though it seems like Skype is not getting what it wants from Microsoft.

We should also mention that although this comes from a VP, it's not necessarily an official position, nor permanent. If Windows Phone 7 catches on, Skype will come back and make a dedicated application as they go where the money lies. Until then, dollars to doughnuts we'll see companies like Fring (who in many ways make a superior client) will fill in the huge gap, negating Skype's argument.

[via PC Authority]

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4 years ago

Chat with Microsoft's Scott Guthrie Today at 1pm EST (10am PDT)

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Microsoft's Corporate Vice President in the Microsoft Developer Division, Scott "the Gu" Guthrie will be hosting an "unplugged" online chat session this Thursday at 10am PDT/1pm EST.

For 90 minutes he'll be talking about .NET 4, Visual Studio 10 and, relevant to our interests, Windows Phone 7.

What's even more cool is during this chat you can directly submit questions to him and assuming enough time, he'll answer.

Sound like a  good time? Go here for further information and here for the actual chat at the aforementioned time.

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4 years ago

New Windows Phone 7 game 'DroppyPop' developed in Silverlight; Play it right now

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One of the big sells withs Windows Phone 7 is the inter-language programming allowed between things like XNA, Silverlight and .NET.

A clear example of this is a demo of a game called 'DroppyPop' developed by Andy Beaulieu in Silverlight..

The beauty of such an approach is two-fold according to Andy:

  • It's faster to compile and run outside of the WP7 emulator
  • You end up with both a Windows and Web version

Think of it this way: instead of downloading a "trial version" of a game, he can just link you to a web version to try it out on first. Then if you want it "on the go" you can buy it for $0.99 in the Marketplace.

Case in point, just aim your browser here and play 'DroppyPop' right now.

Now don't get us wrong, this isn't so much a revolutionary game or even an amazingly compelling one, but the underlying concept of easy code portability and having a web-based version of the same game is quite impressive, if we say so ourselves. 

[via Andybeaulieu.com]

 

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4 years ago

AT&T Microcell Update

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AT&T Microcell Update

 

Are you waiting patiently for the AT&T Microcell to come to your neighborhood? It was announced last month that a nation wide roll out would begin for the microcell and slowly but surely, AT&T is increasing its availability.

Over the past few weeks, the microcell has become available in parts of Arizona, New Mexico, New York (upstate area), Fresno, Sacramento, San Francisco, New England, Chicago, North Texas and all of North Carolina.  You can visit ATT.com, enter your zip code under the "availability" tab and find out for certain if the microcell is available in your area.

The microcell itself will run about $150 and if you want to have unlimited minutes included, it will cost you an additional $19.99 a month.  Otherwise, using the microcell will feed off your existing package minutes.

While the gradual roll-out can be painstakingly slow, for those of us dealing with only one bar of coverage, the microcell should be worth the wait. I just wonder how long it will take to break the habit of going to the one window in the house that offers two bars of coverage whenever I use my Windows Phone.

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4 years ago

Microsoft Still Showing 6.5 Some Love, Releases Office Mobile 2010

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It’s been a good week for those had concerns about how much effort Microsoft was going to put into their "legacy" Windows Mobile OS. First we get an update to Bing, which includes a fairly significant feature upgrade in voice assisted navigation. Today, Microsoft announced Office Mobile 2010 in conjunction with the release of the desktop and web versions of their flagship product.

According to the press release, users of Windows Mobile 6.5 that have a previous version of Office Mobile will be able to upgrade for free through the Windows Marketplace for Mobile. Office Mobile 2010 adds support for Microsoft SharePoint 2010 as well as updated versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

If you haven’t already, head over to the Marketplace for your free copy. Let us know what you think!

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4 years ago

'CloudFiles': finally a good, nay great DropBox client for Windows Mobile

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As we move into the future of cloud computing, online storage and retrieval is becoming more and more important.

Dropbox is a popular free file hosting site which offers 2gb of storage (and up to 100gb for paying customers). Like other services e.g. SugarSync, they offer a desktop client which allows drag-n-drop from your computer to the cloud.

The iPhone, Android, BlackBerry (soon) and even the iPad all have "official" clients from Dropbox themselves but alas Windows Mobile and WebOS are absent. Luckily Ruttensoft has stepped up to the plate to make their own client and truth be told, we're 90% sure they did a better job than what Dropbox could have managed.

If you're looking for a solution to cloud-based storage and management on your Windows phone, look no further. Read more after the jump for our review of CloudFiles.

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4 years ago

'VoicePredict' gets released in Windows Marketplace

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Back a few months ago, a small startup company called Traveling Wave demoed a new method for text entry: Voicepredict (see video here)

The technology combined voice recognition with typing to allow very fast and accurate typing on Windows Mobile devices. Some wonder why would you use both speech and text and the reason is sort of obvious: while speech recognition/data entry sounds very convenient, the truth is with background nose and current algorithms, the accuracy of such technology is not as high as users demand. When you "help" the speech recognition part with minimal text entry (usually the first letter), you improve the accuracy up to nearly 100%. In fact, it seems faster than HTC's soft keyboard/text prediction.

We've actually been beta testing this program for a few months already and have high hopes for it. Like all new data entry methods (think Swype), it's awkward at first as you have to think about your next move. But as you use it more and more, you'll see the increase in speed for writing emails, text messages, Facebook or Twitter entries makes up for it. The program has an easy tutorial to teach you the basics and you'll be up and running within minutes.

Overall we're quite impressed with this technology and really hope Traveling Wave has plans to bring this to Windows Phone 7. You can download it via Windows Marketplace (first 100 downloads are free, not sure about the price afterwards) right here.

Sound off in comments on your experience with it: future of typing or gimmick?

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia X2a delayed?

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Sony Xperia X2a delayed?

We mentioned a few weeks ago that Sony was accepting pre-orders for the new Sony Xperia X2a. The ship date was marked as "on or about" April 29, 2010.

While Sony is still accepting orders for the Windows Phone (at a healthy $599.99) the anticipated ship date seems to be moving backwards. Today the ship date is estimated at May 12, 2010 and yesterday, it was May 11, 2010; both a little off the mark from "on or about" April 29, 2010.

Could we be seeing a repeat of the X2a's predecessor the X1a? So far Sony has only missed the original date by a few weeks which really isn't a reason to panic.  However, if the delay continues for months (as it did with the X1a) the X2a may be competing with the Windows Phone 7 release.  And at $599, that could result in disaster for what appears to be a quality Windows Phone.

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4 years ago

F.C.C. takes on "bill shock"

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F.C.C. takes on "bill shock"

The Federal Communications Commission has announced that it is seeking public comment on a plan that would require wireless carriers to notify customers when they begin to run up unusually high charges for data, roaming or other uses beyond what is covered by regular monthly fees.

If you have teenagers with phones, you know how quickly these bills can get out of hand and how quickly they can raise your blood pressure.  How a teenager can generate so many text messages in one month is a mystery.

F.C.C.'s Chief, Joel Gurin, said the initiative was intended to help consumers avoid what the Commission calls "bill shock". Wireless carriers in Europe are required by law to send text messages to consumers when they begin to run up roaming charges or inch closer to a set limit for data usage.

We’re issuing a Public Notice to see if there’s any reason that American carriers can’t use similar automatic alerts to inform consumers when they are at risk of running up a high bill,” Gurin said. “This is an avoidable problem. Avoiding bill shock is good for consumers and ultimately good business for wireless carriers as well.”

If successful, such an early warning system should make life a little less stressful.  Comments to the Public Notice are due 45 days after publication in the Federal Register. Reply comments are due 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. If you're interested in weighing in on this subject, you can find out how to go about it here.

[read: nytimes.com]

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4 years ago

HTC HD Mini available in India

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HTC HD Mini available in India

HTC's chopped down version of the HD, the HD Mini, has made its way to India. HTC has announced the availability of the Mini at a selling price of Rs 23,490 ($520 US). 

The Mini was recently sited passing through the FCC and there is still hope that a U.S. carrier will pick up this Windows Phone. There is also an outside chance it will become available in the U.S. as an unlocked phone.

If the latter is true, maybe the pricing point will come down just a little before reaching the States.

[read: wmpoweruser.com]

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4 years ago

MaxRA's Analog Clocks

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MaxRA's Analog Clocks

Are you running Cookies Home Tab modifier on your Windows Phone? Do you use the analog clock feature? If so, you might be interested in MaxRA's Analog Clock collection.

MaxRA's collection includes nineteen different analog styles ranging from the sporty style to those with a little bling.

Simply download and extract the .zip file, install the clock .cab file of your choice, reset the phone and you're in business.

[via: xdadevelopers.com]

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4 years ago

Google Visual Voicemail hits v0.4

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We’ve been keeping an eye on Google Visual Voicemail (GVV) for the last week or so. Now that XDA user Sl4sher has gotten some of the kinks worked out, we’re comfortable putting it out there for our readers.

The concept behind GVV is to give you quick and easy access to your Google Voice Voicemail. Messages can be downloaded and cached to allow playback on your device. After you are done with your message it can be deleted or marked as read. The transcript of your message is also available, allowing you to quickly and easily triage your messages. GVV also uses your phone’s Contact List to display who placed the call.

Version 0.4 adds the ability to schedule updates, make calls via Google Voice, and separates your voice and SMS messages. Microsoft’s .Net Compact Framework 3.5 is required.

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4 years ago

Vodafone's HTC Mini video

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Vodafone's HTC Mini video

Vodaphone has added an HTC Mini promotional video over at their YouTube channel. It really doesn't reveal anything new about the Windows Phone but does remind us how nice this Windows Phone looks.

There is one oddity about the video in that the Mini is referred to as the Photon. The model name is likely an association with Vodaphone much like Tilt2 and Dash are associated with AT&T and T-Mobile.  Regardless of the name, it's still an HTC Mini.

Still, AT&T Photon does have a nice ring to it.

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