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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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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
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, 10.11.10
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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Thursday, 04.11.10
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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