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3 years ago

Google buys 1,023 IBM patents to defend Android

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It's a war out there. Whether it be Apple relentlessly kicking HTC and Samsung into the ground, Microsoft going after royalty fees or Nokia taking on the half-eaten Apple it's a kill zone and patents are the centre of attention. Because of the recent acquisition of Motorola (for more patents) by Google and the scale of attack from companies outside the Android castle, many OEMs are looking at alternatives to Google's platform.

The search giant has now purchased 1,023 patents from IBM to help strengthen a defence against future lawsuits attacking Android OEMs (this is in addition to an earlier purchase from IBM in July). Google has transferred nine patents to HTC in the last week for use in a new lawsuit against Apple, which will intensify the patent battle further between the two.

And so it continues...

Via: Bloomberg

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3 years ago

Why Windows 8 is better than the post-PC iPad

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3 years ago

Weave v3.1 for Mango lands in the Marketplace

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Just a few weeks ago, Weave, the super slick RSS news reader, received a major UI overhaul which we gave high marks due to its exceptional elegance. Now, v3.1 is available in the Marketplace (paid version) and it's all Mango outfitted for your pleasure.

For Mango features, you have your fast app switching/resume, which allows multitasking to finally be enabled. On top of that, the app is smoother for scrolling and quite zippy to use.

If you haven't tried Weave yet, you really should. One of the its best features are the 33 preloaded categories e.g. politics, technology, Windows Phone, etc. with each category featuring some of the best blogs and news sources around. In turn, you don't have to sit and think about which RSS feeds you should subscribe too (though of course you can manage those and even add new ones). There's a free version (currently non-Mango) and the paid version (with trial) which fetches for $2.99. Grab the Mango v3.1 here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

New Windows Phone 7.5 commercial nails it. Touts Metro Design, elegance. (Plus eBay Live Tile)

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Microsoft finally looks to be hitting their stride. This new web-commercial for developers shows off the elegance, simplicity and drives home the Metro interface. We really like the look of this, even if it's for devs and not necessarily consumers. Still, we could see Microsoft editing this or redoing some parts for TV and they really should--it's a good start to show off their new UI. After all, it's going to be everywhere soon.

Oh and check out the eBay Live Tile at 0:36

Source: Windows Phone (YouTube); Also, thanks ousooner314, for the tip even though we were already working on it ;-)

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3 years ago

Viper SmartStart beta demonstrated at BUILD

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In a press release today, Directed Electronics announced that it has been working with Microsoft to bring its Viper SmartStart automotive app, which allows users to lock/unlock, and of course, start their vehicle via smartphone, to the Windows Phone platform "later in the year."  In conjunction with the announcement, Microsoft representatives demonstrated a beta version for those in attendance at the BUILD conference in Anaheim, CA. 

"We're very excited about partnering with Microsoft to extend Viper SmartStart products to the Windows Phone 7 platform," said Mike Simmons, Executive VP of Directed Electronics. "Our developers were able to quickly bring the app to Windows Phone 7 because they are so familiar with the Microsoft environment."

SmartStart, created by the same Viper brand of car alarms and other accessories, has a wide range of other smartphone-based apps for the car and home, though it's not clear from the press release if all of them are equally as close to arriving for WP7.  You can see a demo of the various functions on their website.

Aside from the clear convenience of what this app brings to users, what is even more interesting is what else Simmons had to say: "We look forward to collaborating with Microsoft in other areas, including jointly developing advanced solutions for the cloud connected car."  We have seen how Microsoft has been expanding and integrating SkyDrive into Mango, so could this mean such things as cloud-based music playback for the car?  This could take the Windows brand beyond just the PC\Phone\Gaming unification that we already know is coming.

Source: PRNewsWire

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3 years ago

Free-Throws - Review

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3 years ago

WP Shortcut Tiles - Mango App Spotlight

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WP Shortcut Tiles - Mango App Spotlight

Today's Mango App Spotlight deals with shortcuts. WP Shortcut Tiles gives you the ability to create shortcut tiles on your Start Screen. The Mango App is very similar to Connectivity Shortcuts but deals with seven settings and features instead of four.

You can create tiles for your cellular, wifi, airplane mode, and bluetooth settings. You can also create tiles for a new email message, sms message and view your share status. To create the tile, just tap on the tile of choice, confirm placement, and your done. The down side of things is that you can only create one tile at a time. There's a lot of back-and-forth with WP Shortcut Tiles.

When your ready to remove the tiles, you can do it the old fashion way by unpinning them from the Start Screen or use the "unpin all" button in the app. Still a shame you can pin multiple tiles at once.

If you access any of these settings with regularity, WP Shortcut Tiles is worth a look at. Again, it's a Mango app, free and you can download WP Shortcut Tiles here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Nokia Sea Ray silicone cases spotted in N9 video

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Well this is odd to say the least. What looks to be three Nokia Sea Ray silicone cases have been spotted in an N9 video hanging up on the wall. In the picture above we can see the presence of a camera button hole on the side as well as a similar looking location for the LED flash.

Are we simply seeing things as we eagerly await the handset to be released or is this a strange coincidence? Let us know what you think in the comments! Check the N9 video below.

Source: MyNokiaBlog, thanks JustVisiting for the heads up! 

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3 years ago

Windows 8 and Windows Phone cross-platform multiplayer to become a reality

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Microsoft’s BUILD Conference is currently underway in Anaheim, California. The event primarily centers on Windows 8, which we’ve already reported features the beloved Metro UI. Windows 8 also shows an increased gaming focus over previous versions of Windows, with strong Xbox Live (formerly known as Games for Windows Live on PCs) integration. Clearly Microsoft wants the Xbox Live experience to be seamless across Xbox 360, Windows 8, and Windows Phone 8.

Here’s where things get interesting for mobile gamers. During the second day of BUILD, Microsoft announced that there will be cross-platform gaming between Windows 8 and Windows Phone. They demonstrated this with Tanks (unclear if that’s the final name), a Broiled Earth-style competitive game. According to Techin5, there was no visible lag as players took turns blasting away at each other (note that it is a turn-based game). Tanks has a clean, cartoonish art style that should appeal to casual gamers on PC and Windows Phone alike, assuming it comes to market.

We’ll let you know if any more Windows Phone-related announcements escape from the conference.

source: Techin5 Thanks Jubbing for the information!

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3 years ago

Belfiore, Watson implore devs to update apps as Mango draws near

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We've been talking about September 15th for awhile now as being the official date for Mango and this morning we had some solid news to confirm that indeed, the launch is close.

Now Microsoft's Joe Belfiore and Brandon Watson are asking devs to upgrade their apps ASAP using the v7.1 SDK--simply recompiling the app using these tools will enable fast-app switching (multitasking) for the huge OS update.

Of course, if Watson and Belfiore are asking devs to do this now, really stressing the timing, it can only mean the update is close. And we have an odd feeling that tomorrow will bring some official announcement on the matter. Stay tuned...

Read more at the Windows Team Blog

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3 years ago

HTC Radar available October 1st?

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HTC Radar available October 1st?

Phones 4u, a U.K. website, is reporting to have an inside track or lead on getting the new HTC Radar. A lead that is expected to land the Windows Phone on their shelves on October 1, 2011.

While most of the press release from Phones 4u deals with an Android release, Scott Hooton, Trading Director at Phones 4u did share this tid bit.

"Our customers want the very best and latest in mobile technology, and so its important that we’re able to offer them only the very best smartphone range, the very latest technology and value for money. Our ongoing and successful working relationship with HTC means we’ve been able to add even more great smartphone exclusives to our widest ever range of exclusive white devices we’ll be offering across contract and prepay this quarter.."

According to the press release, as a result of their successful relationship with HTC, the Radar will be a hero product for Phones 4u in store from 1st October. Pricing is reported as "free from 26 pounds a month on a choice of networks". 

Granted this is a European release but you've got to hope that the sooner Europe gets these new Windows Phones, the sooner the U.S. market will.  You can read the full press release after the break.  The Radar information is towards the bottom.

source: eurodroid Thanks goes out to Alex for the tip!

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3 years ago

Implode finally crashes the Marketplace on September 21

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With IUGO’s Zombie Attack! 2 on sale this week, it’s only fitting that another of the publisher’s games is coming to Xbox Live next week. Implode!, which was announced in August last year and whose Achievements were revealed this January, will finally hit the Marketplace on September 21.

Implode! is a physics puzzle game in which players are tasked with demolishing various structures. The more efficiently things are destroyed, the smaller the pile of rubble. It’s sort of a mix of iBlast Moki and Angry Birds. Sure, Xbox Live has plenty of physics puzzlers already – why, we just reviewed Enigmo most recently. But the destructive approach and chalkboard theme make this one a bit different.

Implode! will cost $2.99 when it hits next Wednesday. 

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3 years ago

Stephen Elop: Nokia handset for Q4, country by country

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Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia, has spoken out about when Nokia is expected to be releasing the first Windows Phone handset - Q4 this year. We've previously covered this prediction even though many speculated that it will be delayed until 2012. What's interesting about the above video interview, is how he explains the process that Nokia will launch the device internationally.

Nokia is planning to release the first handset on a country by country basis with adding more over time (this ties in with the Australia 2012 launch mention). The company is currently working with operators in multiple countries including China. He goes onto preach about how awesome Nokia Windows Phone handsets will be, which will hold true with their navigation and map capabilities as well as a history of interesting hardware to ensure the user experience is something new.

Something for Symbian users, Elop mentioned that the company will provide the help and support for Symbian users who may wish to migrate to newer hardware running other operating systems, whether it be WP or MeeGo.

Source: Winmobile.se (Bing translation)

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Marketplace has yet to update, Collapse! trapped in Xbox Live limbo

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As you may have noticed, the Windows Phone Marketplace didn’t update last night. Most weeks, the new Xbox Live release and  Deal of the Week go live around 2 AM Pacific Standard Time. This week it has not, which means Collapse! still isn’t available, nor can Zombie Attack! 2 be purchased at a discounted price yet.

The last time the Marketplace failed to update on time, things finally straightened out that Wednesday evening. Hopefully things get fixed a little sooner this time, but the waiting probably won’t kill us. Except for our reader Dark Mirage – he was so excited for Collapse!, I hesitate to imagine how this news will affect him. At any rate, we’ve contacted Microsoft to ask about the delay and will update when they respond or the Marketplace refreshes.

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3 years ago

Palringo for Windows Phone 7 -- first screenshots

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Here you go folks. Just yesterday we were reporting on Palringo, the super IM client, coming over to Windows Phone 7 and today you get your first look.

Above are three shots from the upcoming release and it is what it is. The app is still in beta meaning things can change. As the app comes along, we'll pass on features list and some more screenies to wet your appetite. We're quite excited about this release as it'll help complete the Windows Phone ecosystem.

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