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Thursday, 21.04.11
ENHANCED: Seesmic updates Seesmic for Windows Phone 7 - adds features & fixes bugs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Seesmic has not only updated its Android version but has also updated Seesmic for Windows Phone 7 to v1.5. The latest update features a couple of enhancements like general improvements of the user experience with the context menus in Twitter and Facebook. Furthermore, Seesmic has improved the Saleforce Chatter UI to make navigation more intuitive. Kind of fancy is the new "Speak a Tweet" feature which reads the tweets. Also new is trend integration as well as SMS integration which allows to tweets via text messages. Like the Android app, also the Windows Phone 7 app now features the option to select if hyperlinks should be opened either in-app browser or Internet Explorer.

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Tuesday, 19.04.11
CONFIRMED: Microsoft is working on a Security Update for Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Yesterday, news broken that Microsoft is working on a security patch for Windows Phone 7 and indeed, as sources confirmed the::unwired today, there is such a security fix in work. As a matter of fact, it's not fixing anything which Microsoft made wrong but the update is an emergency fix to prevent a malicious attacker from potentially intercepting web browser traffic because Comodo, a 3rd party Certification Authority, issued fraudulent digital certificates which has signed certificates on behalf of a third party without sufficiently validating its identity. These certificates may be used to spoof content, perform phishing attacks or perform man-in-the-middle attacks against all web browsers including Internet Explorer on Windows Phone 7.

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Friday, 15.04.11
CHANGES: Microsoft enhances Windows Phone 7 Hardware Specs with introduction of Mango
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Microsoft's first major Windows Phone 7 upgrade - which is code-named Mango - is not just about new and improved OS features and services as well as new developer tools, but as it looks today, Mango is also bringing enhanced Windows Phone 7 hardware specs. So far, Microsoft has one chassis-spec which means that all Windows Phone 7 devices are quite similar, only differentiating in terms of the used camera (while 5 megapixel is the minimum) and display technology (LCD, S-LCD, AMOLED, S-AMOLED). However, all of today's Windows Phones are running the same MSM8x55 Qualcomm CPU but at yesterday's MIX11 presentation, Microsoft's Istvan Cseri unveiled a couple of hardware changes and updates!

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Thursday, 14.04.11
UTILITY: Hidden Wi-Fi connects HTC Windows Phone 7 Smartphones to hidden WiFi networks
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 supports WiFi by default, it's part of the hardware specs every device have to follow, the Windows Phone 7 UI is rather simplistic and only shows WiFi networks which are broadcasting the SSID (WiFi network name). As a matter of fact it means that Windows Phone 7 devices are unable to connect to networks which are hidden and not broadcasting their SSID - for security reasons. However, HTC has just released a tool called "Hidden Wi-Fi" which allows users to add 3 WiFi access points with hidden networks to the device list of WiFi networks. After the hidden network is added, it can be connected like any other WiFi network.

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Wednesday, 13.04.11
DEAL: Vote for a Fan-made Windows Phone 7 Video and Microsoft will bring it to TV
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Fan made product-ads are pretty popular these days and we have seen some very good in the past already, for instance the Palm webOS ads which advertised what Palm missed to do. However, today's MIX11 keynote in Las Vegas kicked-off with a 2 minutes Windows Phone 7 fan-ad, created by Brandon Foy and Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president and director of Windows Phone Program Management, promised that Microsoft "will put in on TV if 200k users love it too" on YouTube! Now that's a deal - so head over to YouTube and see Brandon's work and vote for it to see it prime time (most likely in the U.S. only).

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OUTLOOK: Microsoft shows new Capabilities of Windows Phone "Mango" at its Mix Conference
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, during its MIX11 keynote, Microsoft is providing the first deep look at the development platform for the next version of Windows Phone - code named Mango - arriving on new and existing handsets later this year. Developers will soon have updated Windows Phone Developer Tools. Improved tools include a performance profiler and sensor simulation, enabling developers to build more integrated and high-performing applications. However, Microsoft also provided an early glimpse of app concepts for the next version of Windows Phone OS with new experiences from Skype, Spotify, Layar, Qantas, Amazon

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Wednesday, 06.04.11
UPDATE: HTC first to update Windows Phone 7 with its own ROM
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Microsoft and its carrier partners are still in the process of rolling-out Windows Phone 7's pre-NoDo and NoDo updates, it looks like HTC is going even further and is currently distributing its first own Windows Phone 7 update! We've just received the following screenshot which shows that a "HTC update for Windows Phone" is available! While we have previously heard that manufacturers will also be able to push updates to their Windows Phone 7 devices (for instance it's expected that Dell will release a separate WiFi bug-fix for its Venue Pro soon after the NoDo update), this is the first screenshot of a manufacturer Windows Phone 7 update which I'm aware of.

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STATISTICS: Microsoft Germany unveils Windows Phone 7 Marketplace and Developer Information
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Right ahead of next week's MIX11, Microsoft's international web developer conference in Las Vegas, Microsoft Germany unveiled new data about its Windows Mobile 7 app developments. According to that, the Windows Mobile Developer Tools have been downloaded more than 1.5 million times and worldwide, Microsoft has more than 36,000 registered App Hub developers with roughly 1,200 new developers signing-in each week. Germany is doing quite well and Microsoft Germany counts over 2,000 registered developers which have developed and uploaded over 700 apps to the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. Furthermore, the Marketplace is said to now feature more than 11,500 apps with 7,500 pay-apps while roughly 44 % of these apps are available as free test (try before buy) versions.

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Monday, 04.04.11
UTILITY: ChevronWP7.Updater flashes Windows Phone 7 NoDo to any supported Device [UPDATE 4]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Over the weekend, Microsoft released its Windows Phone Support Tool and it seems the support tool was good for more than just getting a failed Windows Phone 7 update working again. Chris Walsh, one of the developers of the later removed ChevronWP7 tool, has just released a project called "ChevronWP7.Updater". According to Walsh, inside the Windows Phone Support Tool, Microsoft created a managed wrapper which takes care about the whole update process. ChevronWP.Updater takes benefit of this wrapper and now allows to flash every Windows Phone 7 to pre-NoDo (7008), NoDo (7355), NoDo update 1 (7389) and NoDo update 2 (7390) - all in a single process and with the proper firmware - accordingly to the phone!

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HELPER: Microsoft releases Windows Phone Support Tool to resolve faulty Window Phone updates
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not that I've seen this kind of error messages yet, but all my Windows Phone 7 pre- and NoDo updates went painless so far, Microsoft has released a utility called "Windows Phone Support Tool" which is an application that fixes problems that prevent Windows Phone 7 devices from updating successfully. The tool only works for the following two error codes: "800705B4 - The timer ran out on what Microsoft's Zune Player tried to do" and "80180080 - Microsoft couldn't update the connected phone because the operating system might be corrupt". The support tool will install an update that fixes the above mentioned problems and allows to install the latest phone update by using the Zune after.

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