Phew, this week has been a relatively busy one has it not? We've got a massive list of articles you may have missed that are worth checking out to complete your weekend (or begin your week depending on time zone). We'll kick off by inserting a reminder of this week's interview with Lawrence Gripper.
Dropbox has been questioned by our George Ponder about just how secure is our data when hosted by them in the cloud, while the Windows Home Server WP7 connector has been released. Evernote has finally reached the Marketplace and is now readily available, although the reception has been fairly stale with the quality of the app when taking into account the horrendous wait.
Microsoft and a fan have both responded to more anti-WP7 retail bias, which appears to be a problem noticed by a majority of our readers. EIGHT, a desktop browser homepage styled with Metro in mind, has been given the "OH MY GAWD THIS IS OHSOME!" approval and transforms your boring web browser home pages into an array of customizable tiles.
Unfortunately, we've had to report on yet more spam finding its way into our clean Marketplace, we're all still praying Microsoft gets a grip. Verizon is offering an incredible prize in their Ultimate Game Sweepstakes, well worth a look by US residents. Speaking of providers (although not directly related), data use is on the rise for WP7 users.
Moving swiftly onto gaming, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I has arrived and is both incredible and expensive as ever - thank you SEGA. Our Paul Acevedo has looked into and published a detailed report covering broken Xbox Live achievements that don't seem to be possible to earn on the Windows Phone. A news Xbox Live game from E3, Hasta La Muerte, is seen to be demoed.
A yearly major release cycle for the Windows Phone platform has been indirectly confirmed by Microsoft in a recent job posting and we take a look at the comparisons between the recently announced iOS5 and Microsoft's upcoming Mango. Been waiting for IM+ since you got your WP7 device? It's here and we take a look at what's what.
On the hardware front, Samsung has been predicted to overtake Nokia as top smartphone manufacturer. We take a look at Verizon's HTC Trophy and provide our first impressions while Rogers takes $100 off their no-contract bound Focus device. Nokia have been boasting about their superior smartphone camera technology and implementation (rightly so!) and an LG Quantum survives being ran over by a vehicle. You want double the power? Well, you could with Windows Phone taking advantage of the dual-core Qualcomm chipset.
A spot of fun now and some off-topic related articles. Windows Phone was featured in Havana Brown's new music video and on Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Hits Hollywood. Google seem to either be playing mind tricks on us or be using Metro tiles in their designs. If you're a Halo fan, fancy some Halo 4 wallpaper goodness?
Hectic week for developers too. We have the Essential User Interface Edition by Syncfusion being released, along with the WP7 advert rotator and Sketchflow template. Microsoft Gamefest program was announced and will be at London, Seattle and Tokyo. Windows Phone app advert impressions in May were up by a whopping 92% compared to April. Finally, Brandon Watson has said that only serious developers will have the opportunity in receiving a Mango device.
Get the low-down after the break.
- Dropbox security, how secure is your data?
- More anti-WP7 retailer bias, a fan responds as does Microsoft
- Evernote for WP7 released [Updated with Link]
- Windows Home Server WP7 Connector
- EIGHT: a desktop browser WP7 tile homepage
- More WP7 Marketplace spam
- Verizon Ultimate Game Sweepstakes
- Data use on the rise for Windows Phone users
- Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I dashes to the Marketplace
- Broken Xbox Live Achievements on Windows Phone
- Strategy: Windows Phone is Microsoft's only solution to portable gaming
- New Xbox LIVE Game from E3, 'Hasta La Muerte', gets demoed
- Yearly major release cycle for WP7 confirmed by new job post
- Mango vs iOS5 with features
- Windows Phone Update: 7392 Scheduling for the Surround
- WPCentral First Look: IM+ -->
- Samsung to overtake Nokia as top smartphone maker
- Verizon HTC Trophy - First Impressions
- Rogers takes $100 off the no-contract Focus
- Nokia capturing the world on mobile film
- LG Optimus 7 survives being ran over -->
- Windows Phone to get dual-core Qualcomm chipset
- Windows Phone featured in Havana Brown's new music video
- Is Google going Metro/Tiles on us or are we seeing things?
- Jamie Oliver loves WP7
- Windows Phone Halo 4 Wallpapers and Themes
- Essential User Interface Edition released for WP7 [Developers]
- WP7 User Group Event sweepstakes [Developers]
- Microsoft Gamefest program announced: London, Seattle & Tokyo [Developers]
- Serious developers will get Mango devices says Brandon Watson
- WP7 app impressions up 92% says Millennial Media
- Test your websites with Microsoft Mobile Test Drive
- WP7 Ad Rotator rotates your ads [Developers]
- SketchFlow template for WP7 [Developers]
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.