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5 years ago

This guy's 'On the go' with Bing

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5 years ago

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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5 years ago

The Toshiba K01, K02 and L01 appear

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The Toshiba K01, K02 and L01 appear

The CEATEC show is under way in Japan, and AkihabaraNews [via wmpoweruser] has spied some goodies from Toshiba that we previously saw on a leaked roadmap.

Above you see the Toshiba K01, with its monsterous (though not quite as big as the HTC HD2) 4.1-inch capacitive screen, horizontal slider keyboard (hmmmmm ... We'll have to think about the diamond-shaped keys) and Windows Mobile 6.5.

And after the break ...

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5 years ago

Microsoft's Tellme app demoed on the Sprint Intrepid

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We're still not entirely sold on the whole voice command thing when it comes to mobile phones (though admittedly it's very helpful while driving). But you've gotta admit Microsoft's Tellme service (whose purchase allowed Windows Mobile to put the old Voice Command out to pasture) looks pretty compelling. Sure, it's a few extra steps to do basic functions, so it's probably not something we'd use while walking down the street. But it absolutely would be handy in a car, and you have to admit the speech-to-text is pretty cool.

Bing blog

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5 years ago

A look at Bings to come: Bing mobile app set for a fall refresh

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It's been a little while since we've heard anything out of the Bing camp. Since Microsoft's search engine dropped the Live Search name, we've only seen a rebranding of the mobile app, and a possible hint of more substantial change.

Now we have something more official, and word that an update to the Bing app is due this fall:

Congratulations to our friends over in Windows Mobile for the launch of Windows Mobile 6.5 today! It’s an exciting time for mobile and for Bing. With today’s announcement we are kicking off what we like to call the Autumn of Mobile!

This week in New York we were able to share a sneak peek of the Bing for mobile application due out later this Fall. In case you missed it, here’s a screenshot of what’s to come. The Bing app continues to be a great tool for local searches, maps, and directions, and now it has a whole new look.

Judging by the screen shot, the new app looks to be, bingeriffic. (Ducks!)

Bing blog via LiveSide.net

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5 years ago

Windows Live mobile app updated

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Windows Live mobile app updated

There was so much news from Tuesday's launch of Windows Mobile 6.5 that we're keeping things going today! Up next is an update for the Windows Live Mobile app. Here's what's new:

  • Windows Live Home - an entirely new feature!
    • View you and your friends "What's new" feed from Windows Live and other major 3rd party social networking sites.
    • View Windows Live photos and comment
    • Upload photos to Windows Live and other 3rd party sites through integration with the new My Phone client
    • View your Windows Live people
    • Update your status and accept network invitations from others
  • Improvements and Updates like
    • Entirely new launcher screen
    • Significant touch investments that shine with new Windows Mobile 6.5 devices
    • Bing search integration
    • Abuse reporting
    • Automatic uninstall of previous versions
    • Virtual memory improvement and reduced installation file size through client refactoring

More on the Windows Live team blog. You can download the app in the Marketplace, or at http://wl.windowsmobile.com.

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5 years ago

Motorola has no plans for WinMo 6.5

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Motorola has no plans for WinMo 6.5

This should come as very little surprise to, well, anyone, but Motorola is out of the Windows Mobile game for a while. Phonescoop's Eric Zeman is reporting on a roundtable discussion with the Moto gang:

When asked directly, Motorola's Christy Wyatt said that Motorola is waiting for the next generation of platform software from Microsoft before it will begin making Windows Mobile devices again. It will not be adopting nor making any devices running Windows Phone 6.5.

So there you have it, folks. Don't expect to see anything new from Motorola until Windows Mobile 7, if not later.

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5 years ago

List of U.S. Windows phones to be (officially) updated to Windows Mobile 6.5

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Another question burning in everyone's minds is "Which Windows Mobile 6.1 phones will be updated to 6.5?"

Here's the official U.S. list, per Microsoft:

  • HTC Dash 3G.
  • HTC Ozone.
  • HTC Snap.
  • HTC Touch Pro 2.
  • Samsung Jack.
  • Samsung Mirage Epix.
  • Samsung Omnia Pro.
  • Pharos Traveler 137.

Now that doesn't mean there are custom builds of Windows Mobile 6.5 floating around out there. These are just the U.S. phones that will get official updates. The Toshiba TG01 also will be updated, and undoubtedly there are other phones floating around out there.

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5 years ago

Chat with Microsoft about Windows Mobile 6.5

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One of the events at today's Microsoft Open House was a sit-down chat with Elizabeth Sloan, Senior Marketing Manager for Windows Mobile.

Not a whole lot of secrets were spilled and we were certainly not expecting any (Project Pink? No comment). Still, it's nice to hear the ideas behind the decisions of Windows Mobile 6.5, the branding, the Marketplace, etc. Here is a brief recap of some of the things discussed:

  • The three screens approach: PC, Web & Phone — we've heard Ballmer talk about this and it is the guiding philosophy behind all of their devices/services going forward
  • Marketplace offers a full refund within 24 hours if you do not like the program you purchased
  • We will be hearing a "steady drumbeat" of announcements from Microsoft over the next few months
  • 30 Windows phones, in 3 months — more later
  • OS version numbers are bad — getting away from that approach
  • Sorry about the no-carrier updates, but they operate on their own schedule — Microsoft takes a hands-off approach when dealing with the carriers — nothing is mandated by Microsoft, not even GPS or hardware.  OEMs? Starting to look like a different story obviously
  • 200-plus program in Marketplace today — huge focus and emphasis on quality, rigorous testing and high standards. Microsoft works closely with the developers
  • Focusing on consumer now that the business end is solid; also the consumer/professional is the same person = one phone

For my Twitter followers, I tried to ask some of your questions, or others did, but of course, no comment (though she would love to tell us). All in all Microsoft is pretty proud of WM6.5 as it should be — it's a darn solid OS and the new services are top-notch.

And thanks, Elizabeth, for a great Windows Mobile open house!

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5 years ago

Video: Windows Marketplace for Mobile

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5 years ago

HTC HD2 coming to the U.S. after all!

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Looks like all of us who said the HTC HD2 had no chance of coming to the United States were flat-out wrong. According to Slashgear:

Perhaps best of all, HTC CEO Peter Chou has confirmed that HTC will be offering a US 3G version of the HD2 in Q1 2010.

Rejoice, rejoice! We can pretty much rule out Verizon, most likely, because it just launched the HTC Imagio. And AT&T just put out the Pure. That leaves two ...

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5 years ago

Review: AT&T Pure

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Review: AT&T Pure

 

AT&T has a habit of occasionally pulling rabbits out of hats. The Samsung Jack came out of left field with very little advanced notice, and it appears AT&T has followed the same tradition by pushing out the AT&T Pure with a mere three days' advance notice.

The Pure is AT&T's version of HTC's Touch Diamond 2.  We've already looked at the European version of the Touch Diamond 2 and we were interest to see how well AT&T adapted this Windows phone to the U.S. market. The Pure is an impressive Windows phone but some already have written it off because of one missing feature.

Follow the break to see what the AT&T Pure has offer and if it can overcome that one missing feature.

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