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Friday, 26.11.10
HACK: ChevronWP7 for Windows Phone 7 released - allows Side-Loading Apps [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

One of so many differences between Windows Phone 7 and Windows Mobile is the fact that Windows Phone 7 doesn't allow to side-load apps which means users can't install apps from a PC to a Windows Phone 7 but from the Marketplace only. However, Windows Phone 7 isn't anything different to the Apple iPhone or HP Palm webOS which are also designed to only accept apps OTA from its mobile device markets. However, following the recent registry hack which allows to connect Windows Phone 7 as a mass storage device for Windows PCs, smart developers have yesterday released "ChevronWP7", an application unlocker which allows to install apps on Windows Phone 7, without using the Marketplace.

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Thursday, 25.11.10
UPDATE: Microsoft releases refreshed Facebook Mobile Client for Windows Mobile [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following the update of Facebook Mobile for Windows Mobile from February, Microsoft has finally released another update which hopefully fixes the nasty refresh-bug, Facebook Mobile is seeing for some months now. While there's no change-log, the version number shows 1.4 and it was released on 24. November. A couple of user comments on Microsoft's Windows Marketplace for Mobile say that it's updating now while others seem to still have the refresh problem. Nevertheless, if it works (again), Facebook for Windows Mobile allows users to update Facebook status and upload photos and videos, send and receive messages to/from friends and managing the profile.

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Wednesday, 24.11.10
UNVEILED: Twitter to (finally) bring Notifications to Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In a recent blog entry about "Instant Notifications" which is about push notifications, Twitter unveiled that it will (finally) bring push notifications to Windows Phone (7) and even Android. As you might remember, even if Windows Phone 7 is featuring live tiles which were built to keep users up-to-date, most Windows Phone 7 applications don't take benefit of Microsoft's new smartphone notification system. Therefore users don't receive notifications about new tweets, mentions and direct messages or new Facebook or VZnet updates. This is because the service has to send update notifications to the device instead of the app on the device which notifies the user about updates by itself.

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QUICKVIEW: HTC Media Link DLNA HDMI Adaptor
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:23 CET under 08 - Reviews

Back in September, together with the launch of the HTC Desire HD and Desire Z, HTC has also announced a small but yet useful accessory - the HTC Media Link. Since the Desire HD and Desire Z will support DLNA, HTC has also noticed that DLNA is yet not widely available in the consumer electronic industry - namely TV sets. DLNA - which was formed in 2003 and stands for Digital Living Network Alliance - is a non-profit organization comprising more than 250 member companies. Alliance members have stated the common goal of using standards-based technology to make it easier for consumers to use, share and enjoy their digital photos, music and videos through wired and wireless networks.

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ANNOUNCED: Acer unveils next generation Smartphone - 100 % Smartphone, 100 % Tablet
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:42 CET under 04 - Android News

Yesterday afternoon, during a global press event in New York City, Acer unveiled a new Android smartphone with the soul of a tablet. Powered by a 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU and featuring a huge 4.8" widescreen multitouch display with a unique 1024 x 480 pixel screen resolution/21:9 aspect ratio, the yet unnamed smartphones also comes with a 8 megapixel main camera with LED flash as well as a front facing 2 megapixel camera for IP video telephony . Furthermore, it was said that the smartphone will support HSDPA up to 14.4 Mbps and WiFi n as well as Bluetooth 3.0. The device's "revolutionary design", characterized by a thin, slightly curved full metal body, makes it a fascinating device that will not go unnoticed.

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Tuesday, 23.11.10
SOCIAL: Communology announces VZnet Client for Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Sure enough, Facebook, Twitter and MySpace are the world's biggest social networks but also there are some very country specific social networks which are not less successful; and the biggest one in Germany, the VZnet representing studiVZ, meinVZ and schülerVZ, has finally received its own Windows Phone 7 client. The new Windows Phone 7 VZnet app features the VZnet typical services like wall postings, birthdays of your friends, VZnet's "new radio messages" as well as who knows whom, photo albums, latest visitors, sending and receiving messages, viewing friends profiles and own friends lists as well as "Gruscheln" (something very VZnet specific)!

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Monday, 22.11.10
VIDEOVIEW: LG Optimus 7 / E900 Windows Phone 7 Software Hands-on
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:25 CET under 08 - Reviews

Since the new LG Optimus 7 is a Microsoft Windows 7 smartphone, LG had to follow Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 requirements which means that every Windows Phone 7 smartphone comes with the same set of Microsoft applications and services; and on the first sight the LG Optimus 7 isn't anything different. It features the tile user interface on the Start screen as well as it also features the Windows Phone 7-typical hubs which bring together related content from the Web, applications and services into a single view to simplify common tasks. Windows Phone 7 includes six standard hubs called "People", "Pictures", "Games", "Music & Video", "Marketplace" and "Office".

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ADVERTISING: Windows Phone 7 Spots from Microsoft and Carriers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

With the recent launch of Windows Phone 7, Microsoft has also launched a new ad-campaign for the company's latest mobile OS and according to sources and Internet rumors, Microsoft is spending between US$ 400 and US$ 500 million to promote Windows Phone 7. It definitely makes sense to put some good money into a marketing campaign to push Windows Phone 7 forward - especially because it was launched so close to the Christmas season which is traditionally a mobile phone buying season. Microsoft's "Really?" campaign, which will escort the launch in print, TV, cinema, web and social media, was developed by the creative agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky.

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Thursday, 18.11.10
STATEMENT: Deutsche Telekom is so far satisfied with the Windows Phone 7 sales
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Microsoft Germany has just released a statement from Deutsche Telekom where Deutsche Telekom, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 launch partner in Germany, unveiled that the company is "very satisfied" with the current sales figures of Windows Phone 7. While Deutsche Telekom was a little bit later with the launch of Windows Phone 7 (sales of the HTC 7 Mozart started roughly two weeks after the official launch and the Samsung Omnia 7 just went on sale this week), Deutsche Telekom claims that the sales figures even exceeded the company's expectations! However, at the joint press conference in Hamburg, Deutsche Telekom denied to unveil its Windows Phone 7 expectations.

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UTILITY: Browse the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace from your Web Browser with Marketplace Browser
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It's quite typical for all the modern smartphone platforms that they come with their own market places, doesn't matter if it is Apple's iOS, Google's Android or HP Palm's webOS and Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 isn't anything different. However, there are differences about how customers can access and search these market places. For sure, all platforms allow access from the mobile device itself while others, like Apple's iTunes or Microsoft's Zune provide access to the market places from dedicated PC applications. And while HP Palm is also offering a web frontend, Google is yet not providing an official access from the PC to its Android Market but it's only rumored that it's coming soon.

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Wednesday, 17.11.10
VIDEOVIEW: LG Optimus 7 / E900 Windows Phone 7 Unboxing
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:21 CET under 08 - Reviews

The LG Optimus 7 is LG's first smartphone, running Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 platform. It's powered by a Qualcomm QSD8650 Snapdragon CPU at 1 GHz and supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps)/HSUPA (5.7 Mbps) at 900/1900/2100 MHz which allows the use of the device in North America. Furthermore, the Optimus 7 features Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi b/g/n, an FM radio as well as an aGPS receiver, a digital compass and a couple of sensors. The WVGA capacitive LCD touchscreen measures 3.8" and the autofocus camera on the back supports 5 megapixel, comes with a LED flash and allows HD video recording at 720p.

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Tuesday, 16.11.10
EXPERIMENTAL: A Marketing experiment with Google Goggles
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:01 CET under 04 - Android News

Earlier today, Google announced a quite interesting marketing experiment which uses Google Goggles for Android, an application Google launched roughly a year ago and which enables people to search the web by taking pictures with their mobile devices. Since then, people have used Google Goggles to search for information about lots of different things: famous paintings, landmarks, products and much more. However, now Google goes even further and announced a Google Goggles marketing experiment where Google is working with five U.S. brands, namely Buick, Disney, Diageo, T-Mobile and Delta Airlines, to extend some of their offline marketing to the mobile web.

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PHOTOVIEW: LG Optimus 7 / E900 Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:15 CET under 08 - Reviews

Right with Microsoft's European and Asian Windows Phone 7 launch in October, also LG has announced and launched its first Windows Phone 7 smartphone - the LG Optimus 7/E900. Running Windows Phone 7, the LG Optimus 7 is powered by a Qualcomm QSD8650 CPU at 1 GHz. The Optimus 7 supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps)/HSUPA (5.7 Mbps) at 900/1900/2100 MHz, Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi b/g/n, an FM radio and the Windows Phone 7 typical aGPS receiver and sensors. The 3.8" capacitive LCD touchscreen features WVGA and the autofocus camera on the back comes with a LED flash, supports 5 megapixel and allows HD video recording at 720p.

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UNVEILED: Eric Schmidt talks about Android 2.3 and previews the Samsung Nexus S
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:06 CET under 04 - Android News

At yesterday's Web 2.0 Summit, Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, showed a yet unannounced Android smartphone from a yet unannounced manufacture which seems to be the rumored Samsung Nexus S, Google's next smartphone following its very own Nexus One. Furthermore he talked about Gingebread aka Android 2.3, Google's next Android version which comes out - according to Schmidt - "in the next few weeks". According to different sources, the Samsung Nexus S/ Samsung GT-I9020 is featuring 2G and 3G bands, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth as well as a 5 megapixel camera. Furthermore it seems to be confirmed by Schmidt, that the Nexus S will feature NFC (Near Field Communication).

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Friday, 12.11.10
POLL: How much do you like your new Windows Phone 7? [CLOSED]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:06 CET under 10 - Polls

According to last week's poll, roughly 40 % of you plan to either switch to Windows Phone 7 or have already switched to Microsoft's new mobile phone platform. And now, after Windows Phone 7 is available over a month in Europe and nearly a week in North America, the question is how much do you like it - if you have already bought a Windows Phone 7? Does it holds what it promised or what you expected or are you somewhat dissatisfied and will return your new Windows Phone 7 device and going back to your previous or even a different smartphone platform? What do you think?

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Thursday, 11.11.10
HOW TO: Enable USB Tethering on Samsung Windows Phone 7 Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:21 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

While it's quite common these days, to disallow tethering aka the use of a smartphone as a wireless modem for Notebooks, some carriers around the world still allow it. However, most smartphone platforms don't offer tethering out of the box and unlike Windows Mobile, Windows Phone 7 isn't anything different anymore. However, users of a Samsung Omnia 7 or Samsung Focus can rejoice now because Samsung's Windows Phone 7 diagnosis mode was uncovered which allows to use the Omnia 7 and Focus as a wireless modem using a USB connection. All it needs is to enable the Samsung diagnosis mode first and changing the USB port settings after!

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Wednesday, 10.11.10
QUICKVIEW: Isotoner smarTouch Gloves with Conductive Thread for Capacitive Touchscreens
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:02 CET under 08 - Reviews

With the winter just around the corner on the northern hemisphere, it's time to think about the winter equipment and I'm not talking about smartphone, media player or digital cameras but about something which lets us use all the above mentioned gadgets: Gloves! In the early pre-iPhone days, it wasn't too complicated to use mobile phones and smartphones with gloves since most phones either featured a physical keypad or a resistive touchscreen which was used with a stylus anyway. However, with today's smartphones which mostly come with capacitive touchscreens but not featuring too many buttons anymore, most phones can't be used with gloves anymore.

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PLACESHIFT: Sling Media releases SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Right after the North American launch of Windows Phone 7 on Monday, US-based Sling Media has yesterday evening released its popular SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Phone 7 which allows to watch, or better stream, home TV and video recordings on/to any Windows Phone 7 smartphone. However, there's a drawback since the new SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Phone 7 is only compatible to Sling Media's Slingbox Pro-HD or Slingbox Solo. It's not compatible to the Slingbox Pro, Slingbox AV, Slingbox Tuner or Slingbox Classic and since Sling Media isn't offering a trial version of it's new SlingPlayer Mobile, it's recommended to be sure that a supported Slingbox is used prior purchasing the software.

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Monday, 08.11.10
UTILITY: Google releases Google Search for Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

With today's American launch of Windows Phone 7 in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, Google shows some app-love to new Windows Phone 7 users and launched Google Search for Windows Phone 7. While Windows Phone 7 comes with Microsoft's Bing search preinstalled, the Google Search app provides an alternative for quick and convenient access to a rich set of search results, allowing users to search the Web, images, local, news and more. This initial release of the Google Search app includes several features including suggestions which appear automatically as the search term is typed, as well as search history, and location based search for more relevant results.

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Friday, 05.11.10
UPGRADE: HTC talks about HTC Legend Android 2.2/Froyo availability
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:55 CET under 04 - Android News

Earlier this year, HTC confirmed that all of its 2010 Android smartphones will receive an Android 2.2/Froyo upgrade but so far, only the HTC Desire has received it while in the meantime the company has launched the Android 2.2-powered HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z as well as a couple of Windows Phone 7 smartphones. Now, HTC unveiled via Facebook that it's working on an Android 2.2/Froyo upgrade for the HTC Legend, which has been progressing - according to HTC - quite well, and in the coming weeks those with unbranded HTC Legends should be receiving the update. As always, for those of you with carrier-branded versions of the HTC Legend there "will be a slightly longer wait".

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POLL: What's your next Smartphone Platform? [CLOSED]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:23 CET under 10 - Polls

We had a similar poll running one year ago when we already asked what you next smartphone platform might be. It was exactly 6 months before Microsoft announced Windows Phone 7 and when Android successfully ramped up. However, the question was about upgrading from the Windows Mobile OS to another smartphone OS. At that time, many readers left the Windows Mobile camp for good reasons and most of them went to Google Android while others went to Apple iOS, HP Palm's webOS or others went back to Nokia's Symbian OS and BlackBeery's RIM platform. Now, with the (upcoming) availability of Windows Phone 7, it would be interesting to know if you either plan or already came back to Windows Phone?

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Thursday, 04.11.10
AVAILABILITY: Toshiba starts shipping of its new Android-based Tablet Folio 100
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:55 CET under 04 - Android News

While recently, Toshiba was less successful with its range of Windows Mobile and Windows Phone smartphones, the Japanese Laptop giant has today announced that it begins the distribution of its recently announced media Tablet Folio 100 throughout Europe. The Android 2.2/Froyo-based device offers a rich entertainment experience and gives access to a wide selection of apps and download services via Toshiba Market Place. Featuring a broad range of connectivity options including Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, WiFi b/g/n) and WWAN (soon available in certain models and countries), the Folio 100 features a 10.1" capacitive touchscreen with a yet unique screen resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels.

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PROMOTION: LG Windows Phone 7 Owners to get free Windows Phone 7 Apps
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Even after our current poll totally undecided which Windows Phone 7 to take? Well, maybe LG's and Microsoft's recent announcement helps you to make your mind. The company's yesterday announced that they are teaming-up to provide LG customers with a Windows Phone 7 device a free selection of quality applications. LG and Microsoft will subsidize a revolving portfolio of hand-picked applications and will offer Windows Phone 7 applications across popular categories - including social connectivity, gaming and helpful utilities - ensuring that customers have access to the applications they value most.

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SOCIAL: Facebook updates Facebook for Android - Adds Places and Groups
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:49 CET under 04 - Android News

Yesterday evening also Facebook has launched an updated version of its Android client which will now features Groups and Places. As Mark Zuckerberg admitted at the press conference "the Android platform has traditionally been a little behind" because both features were already added a while ago to Facebook's iPhone client. Facebook Groups allows to share posts with small groups of friends, similar to forums or messaging boards while Facebook Places picks-up the idea of Foursquare and allows to share locations with friends, seeing where friends are and therefore allowing to discover (new) places nearby.

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SOCIAL: Twitter updates Twitter for Android - Gets new Features and Polishes up
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:24 CET under 04 - Android News

Yesterday evening Twitter has released an update of its popular client for Android smartphones. According to Twitter, the new v1.0.5 is said to be faster and comes with a cleaner timeline, a tweet details page (a feature which is already available in Twitter for iPhone, Twitter for iPad and Twitter for Windows Phone 7) which makes it easier to click on links and reply to, retweet, or favorite a tweet. Furthermore, Twitter for Android is said to be even faster now and Twitter said that it tried a new way of drawing a timeline of tweets that optimizes for scrolling speed. Last but not least Twitter polished up some features by adding pull to refresh, swipe to reveal and allowing to quote a retweet.

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