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Monday, October 25, 2010

A List of Top 10 Apps For Windows Phone 7

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Windows Phone Software" @ 07:00 AM

http://blog.laptopmag.com/top-10-wi...ws-phone-7-apps

Windows Phone 7 was just launched in Europe this past week and won't hit the US shores until November 8, but someone has already put together a "gotta have" list of applications from the Marketplace. Hit the read link to see the full list.

Netflix, a top 10 app

Netflix App

Tags: apps, top 10

Friday, October 22, 2010

A Video Look at App Switching on Windows Phone 7

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 12:16 PM

A bunch of us reviewers with devices are trying to wrap our heads around how the back button works in relation to applications. There's a bit of controversy here, because a few people are saying that this behaviour is correct - that re-launching the application from scratch is the proper behaviour, while others are saying there's a lack of proper state saving. From my experience using an iPod Touch (pre-multitasking), some apps save the state (also called "Tombstoning") very nicely; if I'm typing an email, and I hit the home button and check a Web site, then hit the home button again, and go back into the email app, the email I was typing is right there. Other apps, such as games, don't handle that same scenario very gracefully, but that's not surprising. Read more...


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Apps: The Developers Are Getting Ready

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Software" @ 02:15 PM

If you'd have to pick the focus for the Windows Phone 7 efforts that are going on before launch, it would be these three words: developers, developers, developers. Developers were the first ones to get the hardware, and Microsoft has concentrated much of their effort on getting thousands of developers on board making applications. How great these apps will be depends on what you're looking for; without the ability to execute native code, some developers are holding off until that situation changes. And some developers, as the videos below show, are coming up with some creative apps - I'm really looking forward to firing up the Windows Phone Marketplace on my Windows Phone 7 device and seeing a broad offering of applications.


Monday, August 9, 2010

Microsoft Launches Mobile App Match Site

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Windows Phone Software" @ 01:00 PM

http://www.mobileappmatch.com/

Microsoft is trying to match up good ideas for apps with developers that have the capability to turn concepts into programs. I don't care how good Windows Phone 7 is as a platform, it will totally flop if the application story isn't a good one. Microsoft has been pulling out all of the stops to populate the Marketplace, including paying developers to create specific apps or port apps from the iPhone version. Now they are getting developers in touch with those that have great ideas but no coding skills to add even more apps to the online store.

Got an idea to submit, or are you a developer looking for ideas? Head over and get started!


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Top Free Apps In The Marketplace

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Windows Phone Software" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,281...,2366257,00.asp

If you are tired of hearing all of your friends using that other smartphone platform talking about all of the cool free apps they have, you should check out this article at PC Magazine. It breaks down the top 5 free apps in the Windows Marketplace for Mobile application store. What's your favorite free app(s) in the Marketplace?


Monday, March 15, 2010

All the Goodies from MIX 10, Engadget Style

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Events" @ 03:15 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/15/...ers-sling/?s=t5

"Microsoft just dropped its first press release of MIX 10 on us, and in addition to detailing the Sliverlight and XNA-based Windows Phone 7 Series development situation, we've also got a list of launch software partners and some screenshots of apps in action. There's some heavy hitters here, and everything from games to enterprise apps are represented -- notables include the Associated Press, Citrix, EA Mobile, Foursquare, Namco, Pangeonce, Pandora, Seesmic, Shazam, and Sling."

Engadget has gobs of information, screen shots, and videos about all the good stuff happening at MIX 10 today. The quick takeaway is that Microsoft has done a great job at attracting top-level partners to create software solutions for the forthcoming Windows phone 7 platform. Couple of videos after the break. Read more...


Windows Phone 7 Marketplace Demo Video

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 02:30 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrKCtuhGmqU

I've never been super impressed with the design of the current Windows Marketplace for Mobile; it loads slowly and feels a bit cumbersome and awkward when compared to the iPhone app store. The Windows phone 7 Marketplace is a radical leap beyond anything we've seen before - it makes the iPhone app store look positively weak in comparison. Damn this looks fine!


Friday, March 5, 2010

WP7S: The Backwards Compatibility Story Thickens

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 01:30 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/04/...t-ahead-of-gdc/

"One final note at today's event is that Microsoft has now officially confirmed for the first time that 7 represents a clean break from Windows Mobile as we know it today; existing apps won't be compatible. Though that's likely to be a pain for existing owners with specialized apps who are looking to stay in the Microsoft ecosystem, Windows Phone 7 Series itself is a very different beast than the operating system it replaces -- it feels different, seeks a different demographic, and symbolically represents a very important clean-slate departure for a company that had lost its way in the mobile space. The bright side for the 6.5 faithful, we suppose, is that Kindel closes by saying that they "will continue to work with our partners to deliver new devices based on Windows Mobile 6.5 and will support those products for many years to come" -- a message Microsoft has been echoing recently."

In case you hadn't heard deduced this, our favorite third party apps won't work with Windows Phone 7 out of the box. Will this mean that developers will flock to technologies such as XNA and Silverlight to re-design their apps? Or do you think they may just leave the platform?


Thursday, August 7, 2008

Apple No Like Your Application... Apple Smash!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 07:30 PM

http://gizmodo.com/5034007/apple-ca...-on-your-iphone

"By now, we're well aware that Apple can make apps vanish without a trace (or explanation) from the App Store. But Jonathan Zdziarsi, the author of iPhone Forensics, says that Apple can actually remotely disable apps installed on your iPhone. Apparently, there's a blacklist URL in the iPhone's OS that he says "suggests that the iPhone calls home once in a while to find out what applications it should turn off."

So while Apple hasn't disabled anything they don't like to date (such as NetShare), this suggests that there are ways that Big Fruity can take you down a notch or two application wise (yea yea, I know - it's meant to disable malware... but that doesn't limit it to just malware!).

But then again, cool people respect Apple's authority and should be alright with this, right? As far as the Windows Mobile world goes, Microsoft can't really even get updates out in an organized fashion, so for better or worse, I doubt they'd be up to this type of potential control. (Microsoft: The Less Evil and More Disorganized company compared to Apple... :) )

Tags: iphone, apps

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