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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ilium Software Offering eWallet GO! for 99 Cents/Free

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

"Do you have too much info to remember? Do you wish you could take all your passwords, credit cards, account information and logins with you - so they're handy when you want them? But keep them safe - so you don't have to worry about intruders finding them? You need eWallet GO!TM If you want secure, easy, mobile storage for all your info, just grab eWallet GO! and take your passwords with you everywhere you GO!"

Well's a good deal! Effective now and running until the 21st of this month, you can get eWallet GO! for a mere 99 cents on Windows Phone 7, Android, and iPhone/iPod Touch devices. On Windows and Mac versions, the software is free. Sweet! Jump here to find the version you need. The OS X version is in the Mac App store, and the Windows version requires registration for the free download. On iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 7, you'll find it in their respective app stores.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Windows Phone Mango - A Teenager's Perspective

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 05:30 PM

"My hands-on with the Windows Phone Mango preview went live in June and since then I have had many readers ask if one of my teen daughters could check out Mango and write up some thoughts. Mal has been using my older Windows Mobile devices for a couple years and after spending about 10 days with a Samsung Focus loaded up with an early preview of Mango she can't wait to get her own Mango phone and finds this to be the most exciting device she has checked out yet."

Matthew Miller over at ZDNet had a neat idea to lend his evaluation Samsung Focus to his teenage daughter and let her give it a workout. She considered the hardware, software, and overall usability. Clearly, she was very impressed with this phone and the Mango release. The teen market is an important one, and their use of smartphone devices is somewhat unique as compared to other market segments such as professional workers. It's interesting to read that she would really like to have a Windows Phone 7 device. Is she truly represents a typical teen's opinion, then after last year's debacle with Microsoft Kin, that's great news for Microsoft.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

WP7: The Path To Success

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 07:30 PM

"Microsoft doesn't tend to invest time and capital into market segments it can't dominate, which makes one wonder how it is still a distant fifth in the worldwide smartphone market...However, IDC predicts that once the next version of Windows Phone 7 arrives in products later this year, Microsoft will be on firmer footing...Here are four reasons why Microsoft will be a major smartphone player in a few years.

And three reasons it won't."

Jeff Vance has written a thoughtful article that summarises what he thinks will make Windows Phone 7 a success - and a few major hurdles along the way. Some of the good points aren't turning out so well (the Nokia-Microsoft partnership has been awfully quiet), but he makes a good point about cloud services. It's a long article, but worth the read.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Speech on Mango

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 09:00 AM

Oh me, oh my. Some of the speech stuff coming with Mango makes the wait for it even harder. Apart from the stuff demoed in the video, the integration with WP7 probably goes deeper than any other smartphone on the market. I can't wait to try these out.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Looking Forward To Skype On Your WP7 Device?

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 07:30 PM

"Of course it should come as no real surprise that Microsoft and Skype would do this--we know "Mango" evidently allows front-facing cameras and since Microsoft now owns Skype, deep integration into the desktop, Xbox, embedded devices and of course Windows Phone should be expected. But, we're at least glad that Skype looks to have already started down this route and are looking for more help, hopefully to speed things up now that the acquisition has gone through."

The folks over at WPCentral have a post that suggests Skype is coming to WP7, and that it may proceed through a number of upgrades and enhancements on a fairly regular basis. How do they know this? It seems a Microsoft Software Engineer job posting has a few interesting tidbits of information. Check out the source article via the Read link.

Is Nokia Outing Its First WP7 Device On August 17th?

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 05:30 PM

"This is very exciting news (if you're like me where you simply can't wait to have a potential uni-body Windows Phone handset) surrounding Gamescon, which is to be held at Cologne, Germany this month. It seems Nokia has some exciting news with actions and surprises that will make the 17th of August an evening to remember."

There are lots of people anticipating the release of the first WP7 device from Nokia, and it looks like we might actually have a date to focus on. It seems that date might be August 17th, just two weeks away. The purported evidence for this is hinted at by the raffle notice in the bottom left-hand corner of the announcement. We'll know for sure in a fortnight, but I bet the speculation will heighten now as things seem to be starting to happen for the new Microsoft-Nokia partnership.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Nyan Cat Apps Available

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 01:30 PM

"The video should say it all. Nyan! seems to run a little smoother and both play that catchy jingle. If you're a fan of Nyan Cat you can find Sugata's Nyan Cat here and Zozo's Nyan! here (both links open Zune) at the Marketplace. Luckily, both apps are free and you download at your own risk."

Nyan Cat fans will be pleased to discover that two free game apps are now available for WP7. Check out the video first, then get playing!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

My Week with a Dell Venue Pro

Posted by Don Tolson in "Dell Windows Phones" @ 08:00 AM

Product Category: Windows Phone 7 Smartphone
Manufacturer: Dell
Where to Buy: Amazon [affiliate]
Price: $499 USD for T-Mobile with no contract
System Requirements: Windows Phone 7. You'll need a Windows Live or Hotmail account to take full advantage of the social media and marketplace.
Specifications: 1Ghz CPU, 8Gb internal storage; 4.1 WVGA (480 x 800) AMOLED screen; Quad band (850/900/1800/1900) GPRS; Tri band UTMS (900/1700/2100), GPS, 5mp colour camera w/autofocus + LED flash, 720p HD video recording; BT 2.1 EDR, 802.11b/g; 3.5mm stereo audio jack; microUSB 2.0; digital compass and G-Sensor; 120mm (4.8in) x 62mm (2.5in) x 13mm (0.5in); 190g (6.8 oz). Full specs are available at the Dell Site.


  • Large, bright screen with portrait sliding keyboard (no need to rotate the unit);
  • Solidly built.


  • Screen pixels seem to have 'space' between them, creating a pixelated look to some images;
  • Weight distribution is affected by sliding out the keyboard -- makes one-handed operation difficult;
  • Bluetooth seems to have difficulty re-establishing connections.

Summary: While the Dell Venue Pro has been out and about for a number of months now, we don't hear much about it in the press or in advertisements. There was a lot of initial buzz about the new look of Dell's first venture into Windows Phone 7 and the 'portrait' slider keyboard. But here in Canada, it's been very difficult to get a hold of one, since none of the major cellular suppliers (Rogers, Bell or Telus) support it on their networks. But never fear, we here at Windows Phone Thoughts don't let a little thing like network support stop us! We managed to snag one to play with for a week or so thought you might be interested in what we found. Read on.... Read more...

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Google+ Coming To WP7 This Week?

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 05:30 AM

"Google+ is Google's new social network to compete with Facebook. Till now Google has done a good job in creating a huge buzz around people for this new social service. Google+ app is available for Android, there are no words from Google on when Google+ app will hit App Store for iOS users but Google will release it for Windows Phone 7 devices next week."

The Google Plus Blog posted this article last week suggesting that we might see a WP7 app for Google+ as early as this week. I have been experimenting with Google+ for a few days and I like the new paradigms of Circles and Huddles. It will be interesting to see if this new social networking service takes off.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Behind The Scenes: Navigation In Mango

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 11:00 PM

"Today I want to provide an insider look at some of the navigation improvements in our next release-including ones related to multitasking. As program manager for these features in Mango, it was my team's job to help you move more easily around the phone, preferably without thinking much about how you got there."

There's nothing new here to add to our knowledge of Mango, but this blog post does flesh out some of the details and the thinking that went into the changes. Comments? Agree/Disagree/I'm moving to Android?

Friday, July 8, 2011

Windows Phone (Almost) Document Sync, (or “I Just Want to Work, Not Workaround…”)

Posted by Todd Allcock in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 09:00 AM

Back when the iPhone was introduced to the world to the sort of fanfare and adulation not seen since the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, I was one of the few scratching my head trying to figure out what I was missing that everyone else was seeing. Here was a slick looking smartphone with a brilliant user interface; I got that - it just didn't seem all that, well, smart. The only way to get your office documents on it (at least originally) was via email, and I didn't relish the idea of frantically emailing myself every document I might possibly need to reference on a business trip before leaving.

So, I smugly stuck by my old-school Windows Mobile phones; you know, the ugly beasts with the styluses, file managers, and actual PC document sync capabilities, figuring the the iPhone would cater to the iPod generation, and the business people would stick with devices that actually worked like miniature computers, and paid little attention to the hassles of managing files on an iPhone. However, when my wife finally dumped her Windows Mobile phones and started using an iPhone, suddenly I was forced to become an expert in the "iPhone Workaround" field, kludging and cajoling the iPhone into bending to my will. Read more...

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

New York Times App Now Available For Windows Phone 7

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 06:30 PM

"Carrying on from the batch of official apps we've had this week, New York Times is now readily available on the Marketplace. You can view and browse through the latest headlines for free, or you can subscribe for a small fee to unlock all the sections in the app, plus blogs, videos and slide shows. This app supports synchronization to pull down content for offline reading and stories can be shared via Twitter and Facebook."

The New York Times is finally available on the Marketplace for those people who have been patiently waiting. The app is free to download and browse headlines, but you'll have to share some of your hard-earned cash to get the full content.

Tips To Get Facebook Chat Working On Mango

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 05:30 PM

"The messaging client on the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango update includes now Group Text and Facebook Chat besides the regular normal SMS/text messaging. Soon Twitter messaging will be integrated as well. However there are many people who can't get the Facebook chat to work using the turn on switch in the settings option even though their Facebook is set up as an account in the settings. I will explain here how you can make it work for you."

If you have the Windows Phone Mango update running on your device and have had trouble getting Facebook Chat to work properly, then this step-by-step procedure on the MobilityMinded website may help you resolve any issues. The eight steps are well explained with screen captures.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Import Your Outlook Contacts To Your Windows Phone

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 02:30 PM

"Should you be looking to purchase a Windows Phone 7 handset, or have just recently made the switch, you may be wandering if you can import your contacts from Outlook if you don't have an Exchange email account or have your contacts stored remotely elsewhere. Well, you can and it's fairly straight forward too."

You know the feeling. You get a new phone and you wonder how you're going to get all your contacts off your old phone onto the new one. If you are a Microsoft Exchange user then you might have a smug look on your face as it is, well, pretty straight forward. That said, if you aren't an Exchange user then wpcentral's explanation of how to do it is very useful to have access to.

Mango Offers Spiffy New Games Hub And Other New Features

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 02:00 PM

"Finally, the Games Hub in Mango now comes with many of the features previously found in the popular Xbox LIVE Extras app, such as 3D avatars with fun animations, a new Collection view, and more. Here's a rundown of the changes."

If you are into smartphone gaming I'm sure the Mango updates of the Games Hub will be of great interest to you. Over at the Windows Phone Blog website Shirlene Lim has written a post over-viewing the changes. Amongst the improvements are overall speed and performance, a spruced up look and feel, 3D avatars, Collection view, and more. The Read link has the full details and more screen shots. Just be warned, you may become antsy waiting for the Mango update as you learn more about this upcoming update.

TV on WP7 -- A review of SpbTV v2.0

Posted by Don Tolson in "Windows Phone Software" @ 10:00 AM

Product Category: WP7 software
Manufacturer: Spb SoftwareHouse
Where to Buy: WP7 Marketplace
Price: Free! (for now...)
System Requirements: Available for Android, Mac, PC, Windows Mobile, Symbian, etc. Version reviewed is V2.0 for Windows Phone 7
Specifications: Requires approx. 0.7mb on the device. Requires access to location information and a data service (either via cell phone or WiFi)


  • It's free!;
  • Over 150 channels of programming available, from all over the globe.


  • Slow and requires constant buffering;
  • Sound and action aren't in sync;
  • Most of the channels are community access, religious, or news.

Summary: When I first heard about Spb coming out with a TV app for Windows Phone 7, I was intrigued since I have become quite enamored of non-North American news sites where I find provide a much broader perspective on world events. I was looking forward to streaming video material from beyond my backyard, right at my phone. Unfortunately, I don't think Spb has quite got the hang of WP7 just yet. Let me explain. Read more...

Ringtones Under Mango: All You Could Want

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 12:00 AM

"If there’s one request we’ve heard over and over since launching Windows Phone last year, it’s this: More ringtones, please! I’m the program manager for the “sound experience” on the phone—everything from ringtones and alarms to alerts and key clicks. Today I wanted to take a minute to tell you about the ringtone-related changes in store for Mango, the next version of Windows Phone arriving this fall."

The ability to personalise your phones has been one of the constants in the smartphone battles of the past decade, and the way your phone sounds has been on of the key ingredients of that effort. You could argue that Microsoft should have had custom ringtones higher on the priority list - heck, one of the first homebrew apps for WP7 was a custom ringtone loader. As late as it is, under Mango it looks like the Windows Phone team have thought this one through and added a bit more than just having the ability to load custom ringtones (and giving carriers another potential income stream).

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Watermark Your Photos Before Posting Online

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 04:30 PM

"The one danger of posting your photographs online, be it Facebook, Twitter, or elsewhere, is the risk you run of having your pics hijacked. Watermarks are one way to help deter unauthorized use of your photos. The Windows Phone app, "Watermark" brings watermarking to photos captured and stored in your Pictures Hub and may just keep the pirates at bay."

This straightforward app can be used to watermark or caption your photos before you post them online. Not only is this a good idea in many circumstances, but the cost lowers one barrier from you doing it: it's free! The Read link provides more details.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

SeaRay is Nokia's New Windows Phone 7 Device: 21 Minutes of Video

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 12:46 PM

I feel somewhat conflicted about sharing this because the person from filming it directly ignored Nokia's CEO Stephen Elop's request that no one take photos or record videos of what was shown. It's done though, and it's up there being shared, so the genie can't be put back in the bottle. I'm watching it now and very little was shown or said about the hardware - dubbed SeaRay - in the first seven minutes. It looks like most of the video is a walk-through of Windows Phone 7 with Mango.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Mango Getting Good Reviews, but Challenges Await

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 08:00 PM

"The next version of the Windows Phone operating system, code-named Mango, got heaps of praise today, as embargoes lifted for reviewers to comment on a technical preview of the code they tested. But for Microsoft, there's plenty of heavy lifting left to do. After nearly a week of testing Mango, CNET's own Bonnie Cha and Jessica Dolcourt write that "Mango is a satisfying upgrade from the original Windows Phone OS, and one that brings the platform closer to the competition."

This is a solid analysis of the challenges that Microsoft faces with Windows Phone 7 - Android has tremendous momentum, as does the iPhone, and Microsoft needs to create a compelling package for consumers to want these phones. Personally, I'm excited about Mango - the new features and improvements will put Windows Phone 7 on much better footing when it comes to competing with the iPhone and Android devices. There's a long way to go still, but Mango is a step in the right direction. Here's hoping the hardware we see released in the Mango timeframe will kick it up a notch. I'm looking at some of the Android superphones with envy...

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