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Sunday, April 29, 2012

SnapCrowd Provides Effective Cloud Storage

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 05:00 PM

"SnapCrowd is the most advanced DAM (Digital Asset Management) platform on the market and we plan to keep it that way. Whether we like it or not our lives are now digital in some way or another, so why not keep it simple and secure. At SnapCrowd a user can store photos, video, documents, audio and even contacts, all in their original form protected behind SSL / TLS and HTTPS protocol layers."

Cloud storage has hit mainstream, and in the past week or two you may have noticed a number of reviews of Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive, Dropbox, and Apple iCloud. These services offer a number of unique and competitive features, and are worth checking into. I would definitely add SnapCrowd to your list though. It has a some compelling features and very competitive pricing, and may just facilitate your computing and mobile life in ways you might not expect.

The SnapCrowd developers state they allow larger file upload sizes than their competition, like 200 MB for photos, 4 GB for video, audio and documents, and allow RAW files from all the major camera manufactures. Their proprietary user interface allows all user functions even while uploading files. What's more, if for any reason your file gets interrupted in the upload process, you can just log back into your account and queue the file back up and it will continue where it left off.

The SnapCrowd WP7 app looks well designed and is very functional (see the demo on the linked page). The user-interface directly guides you to manage specific file types (like documents, music, photos and video). Meta data about your files is clearly presented, and interactions seem very straight-forward. Hit the Read link for additional information and a demo of how the WP7 app works.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone 7 Hands on Video

Posted by Darren Blade in "Nokia Windows Phones" @ 07:00 AM

"The Nokia Lumia 710 (formerly known as the Sabre) is smaller and the chunkier compared to the Lumia 800, but that doesn’t mean it’s a slouch when it comes to hardware. It packs the same 1.4GHz as seen in the Lumia 800, and pairs it with a 3.7-inch WVGA screen, and a 5-megapixel rear camera. It also bears the distinction of being the only Windows Phone with physical navigation keys, which is sure to please fans of tactile feedback."

Thanks to Sasha Pallenberg from for sitting thru a really long Nokia Press event in Taiwan, as he got his hands on the Nokia Lumia 710 and quickly size compares it with an HTC Mozart and a Samsung Galaxy S II. I noticed in the video that the 710 seems a smidgen (!) bigger than the Mozart.

The physical navigation keys (all three screen side), could alleviate those accidental key hits. Have you ever accidentally hit the Back or Search capacitive buttons on your WP7 Smartphone? Other phones have relied on all capacitive Navigation Buttons, with Hap-Tic feedback provided care of the inbuilt Vibration motor. Which would you prefer?

Nokia Lumia 800 Unboxing (Video)

Posted by Darren Blade in "Nokia Windows Phones" @ 06:00 AM

"Unboxing the Nokia Lumia 800 and holding that device in your hand for the first time is quite an experience. The packaging is much more unique than the glossy cheap orange boxes from AT&T or shoe-box like boxes from T-Mobile that we've seen a lot of lately. Though I've held the Lumia 800 before, taking a fresh one out of the box and holding that smooth single-piece of carbonate in your hand is extremely impressive. We'll take a closer look at that in our full review, but for now let me tell you what else it comes with."

Adam over at did a quick unboxing of the Nokia Lumia 800, whats inside the box, and also compares the size briefly with the N8, the Radar, and Samsung Focus S. I'm a big fan of the 3.5-3.7inch screen size for my Smartphone's. At this point in time, bezel edges are still fairly wide on all Smartphone's. When bezel width gets small enough I may consider changing to 4.0-4.3inch screen size. An interesting aside to note is that the constant curvature icons of the N9 show up on the packaging inserts in the Nokia Lumia 800 box. I wonder if we will see these populated more throughout Nokia Windows Phones in the future. I can't wait till we start to see the Lumia 800 locally, thou I'm sure they will be sporting a few extra features the Lumia 800 has thus far missed out on (no need to mention those as we all know them by now, right?!)What do you think of the Nokia Lumia 800? It's sure getting a high profile push by Nokia and Microsoft these last two weeks.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Hard Shell Head to Head with Seidio & Mobi Cases

Posted by Darren Blade in "Windows Phone Accessories" @ 03:00 PM

"If you want to give your Windows Phone a little protection, a hard shell case is one option that won't weight you down. Mobi Products and Seidio both offer a hard shell case for various Windows Phones. These cases offer an extra layer of protection to the back and sides of the phone while adding very little overall bulk to your Windows Phone."

Like our choice of devices, what we carry them around in can be just as personal. Case in point, George Ponder has carried out a review comparing the Seidio and Mobi Hard shell cases for the HTC HD7 (thou each manufacturer has other phone models covered as well). Looking at both form and function, George gives some quick analysis and while not all cases are made equal, they both have their merits in meeting the differing needs of you the mobile user. Of the two, my pick is the 'Seidio Innocase II Surface', for me it looks a little more robust and up to the challenges of rougher activity, I am likely to throw at it (or, it into!). Whereas the 'Mobi Hard Shell' is both, thinner and its attachment more intricate/delicate.If you are looking at cloaking your device in a hard shell check out the review.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Microsoft-Google About To Spar Over YouTube App For Windows Phone 7?

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 06:30 PM!5788172/

"Microsoft is getting involved with the European Union's antitrust investigation regarding Google, mostly regarding the lack of information Google provides search engine competitors for indexing YouTube videos. But even more interesting is Microsoft's claim that their app is lacking because Google won't provide the Windows Phone 7 team with the necessary data for the YouTube app that the versions on Android and iOS have."

Ok, here's a little potential mudslinging between industry behemoths to whet your appetite. It seems that Google may have enabled its own Android phones, and the iPhone, to access YouTube metadata in a different way than Microsoft has access to. The net result, reportedly, is a more advanced set of YouTube features for Android and iPhone smarthphones than Microsoft would be able to produce. These features would include the ability to search for video categories, find favorites, see ratings, and more. In short, Windows Phone 7 users would have a less feature-rich experience than at least some other platforms. Is this fair? Is Google playing nice here, or is it protecting it's own intellectual property? Microsoft doesn't think this is very fair and is, in fact, getting involved with the European Union's antitrust investigation regarding Google.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Windows Phone 7 Inspiring "Fan Ads"

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 05:35 PM

The above video was created by the team at Visual Enterprise Systems - Creative Media Director Mark Nadolski emailed us to say that he wrote, shot, edited, and produced this video this past week. All their employees have HD7's, so this is a company that's "all in" on Windows Phone 7. The quality is surprisingly good for a "fan" video - I wish I could create stuff this good! It's worth a viewing.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Samsung Focus Unboxing and First Impressions Video

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 12:35 PM

This part one of a two-part unboxing and first impressions video of the Samsung Focus, a new Windows Phone 7 device that I got from Rogers Wireless in Canada. The Focus has a four inch, Super AMOLED screen. It has a 1 Ghz processor, a paltry 8 GB of storage, a five megapixel camera with a flash, and 720p video capture. And, oh, it's one of the few Windows Phone 7 devices on the market that has an easily accessible microSD storage card slots. In fact, that was one of the main reasons I bought it - because 8 GB of storage isn't something I could live with on a phone that's going to replace my Zune HD.

In retrospect, I should have called part two "Fighting with the Samsung Focus and microSD cards". You can witness the disaster below. Read more...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Stream Content From Netflix To Your Windows Phone 7 Device

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

"Today, Netflix announced that its WP7 app is now live and ready to download. As with the Netflix apps for other platforms, the WP7 version is totally free and will allow you to watch streaming content on your device."

Well, there you have it. The venerable Netflix movie service is officially ready to stream content right to your new Windows Phone 7 device. The app is free and is available on the Zune Marketplace. Personally, I'm not a movie watcher on these smaller devices. I do enjoy watching short video clips such as those on YouTube, but I have yet to feel the urge to download and watch a full-length movie. I do own an Archos media player (with a 4.3" screen), that I have watched movies on, and enjoyed that a fair bit, but my current smartphone has a 3.7" screen and it just seems too small. I'd be interested in your opinion and thoughts. Do you watch movies on your smartphone device? Is this Netflix app something that you'd take advantage of?

Friday, October 1, 2010

Encoding Video For Your Mobile Devices

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Windows Phone Articles & Resources" @ 02:00 PM

"With H.264 solidly planted as the codec of choice for just about every mobile device, we've come to a point where you can encode a video once and play it back on pretty much anything"

LifeHacker has an article that shows you how to encode video for the many mobile devices you have. The newer they are the more likely they are to support H.264, including Windows Phone 7 and all Zunes back to the original Zune 30. That makes it easy as you just have to encode for one format that is almost universal. If you have Windows Mobile 6.x, you may have H.264 support through the video apps provided by your carrier or handset maker. If not, check out CorePlayer.

Tags: video, encode, h.264

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Engadget Interview With Joe Belfiore, Corporate VP of Windows Phone

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 12:30 PM

"By now you've probably read our in-depth blowout of Windows Phone 7 (and if not, what are you waiting for?). But what you haven't seen yet is our exclusive sit-down with Microsoft's Joe Belfiore, wherein we talk about the ins and outs of the new mobile operating system. We grill the Windows Phone corporate VP about a whole stack of items, and do our very best to make him start crying like a Barbara Walters interview subject (spoiler alert, he doesn't cry). Still, we think there's some good insight here into what the company thinks of its odds in the smartphone wars, and what kinds of features we will (and won't) see when these devices launch this fall. Take a look at the video after the break -- you won't regret it."

Joe Belfiore is part of the core leadership on the Windows Phone 7 team, and this is an excellent interview between Belfiore and Engadget's Joshua Topolsky. Well worth watching.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Video Review of the LG Fathom

Posted by Eriq Cook in "LG Windows Phones" @ 09:07 PM

"The LG Fathom is Verizon's latest Windows Mobile Pro touchscreen smartphone. It features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. It's also the first US phone to run Windows Mobile Pro 6.5.3, which includes a few UI tweaks to make finger operation a bit easier."

Mobile Tech Review recently posted a 10 minute video review of Verizon's new LG Fathom, one of the first (and probably one of the last) devices to come with Windows Mobile 6.5.3.

Along with the speedy 1GHz Snapdragon processor, the Fathom also includes dual-mode GSM/CDMA functionality, GPS, b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, a 3.2 megapixel camera and microSD card slot.

The LG Fathom will go on sale May 27th for $149.99, with two year contract (after a $100 mail-in rebate).

Anyone plan on picking this up? Check out the video and let us know your thoughts.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Windows phone 7 Zune Software Walkthrough

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Software" @ 06:30 PM

Curious about the Zune software experience in Windows phone 7? This video shows how it's going to work - I can't wait! Windows Media Player Mobile has been a useless piece of software in need of a complete re-write for years, so I'm happy to see it completely going away. Zune FTW! :-)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

CNET Windows phone 7 Overview

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Articles & Resources" @ 03:00 PM

Friday, March 19, 2010

WP7 Simulator Unlocked. New Features Discovered (including Voice Control)

Posted by Eriq Cook in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:30 AM

"Many of us who tried out the Windows Phone 7 simulator were disappointed to discover the simulator didn’t contain a lot of the functionality that was being shown off at Mix10. It turns out Dan Ardelean has published a modified or ‘unlocked’ version of the simulator that contains virtually everything that was displayed. The front page is now full of apps that work, the settings menu is a long list of options for those apps."

Australian tech site,, recently posted two video simulations of WP7. The first video (about 10 minutes) shows different apps in action, while the second video goes through many of the settings screens.

One item that stood out to me was a Speech setting. I was worried if VoiceCommand may not make in WP7 (at least at launch) and was pleasantly surprised when I saw a Speech Settings option under General Settings (near beginning of second video).

While Microsoft hasn't officially announced that voice control will be available in WP7 (they may obviously still be working on it), I now have hope that this feature will make it at launch.

Hit the Read link for the videos and let us know your thoughts. What stands out to you?

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Windows phone 7 Promo Ad

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 01:00 PM

Damn, I wish the phone had that pop-up holographic display - wouldn't that be cool? Even cooler than having copy and paste? ;-)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

More Hands-On Time With Windows phone 7

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Software" @ 07:00 PM

"We just spent some quality time with the MIX10 build of Windows Phone 7 Series running on the same prototype hardware sourced from Garmin-Asus that we saw at MWC -- and apart from a few Murphy's Law-style demo hiccups, we loved what we saw."

I'll say this much: anyone who thinks that this is a copy of the iPhone clearly isn't paying attention. Well worth watching - lots of great stuff in the video. Love it or hate it, Windows phone 7 is full of little things that, when taken together, make for a very different experience than anything else out there today.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A Conversation with Bill Buxton and Albert Shum; Microsoft's User Experience Gurus

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 12:00 PM

"...I sit down with Bill Buxton, Principal Researcher for Microsoft Research and Albert Shum, Director of Mobile Experience Design for Windows Phone 7 Series to talk about creating compelling user experiences, how developers and designers can work together in harmony and random Canadian trivia."

Bill Buxton is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft, and Albert Shum is a Mobile Design Partner - curious titles, but if you want to understand some of the background behind the user experience of Windows phone 7, this video is a must-watch.

UPDATE: The video embed code from channel9 doesn't want to work, so you'll have to jump over to their site to watch the video.

Netflix For Windows Phone 7

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Windows Phone News" @ 06:00 AM

Engadget is reporting from Mix10 and has taken some shots of a new Netflix app for Windows Phone 7 Series. It is just a prototype and may or may not be released in its current form. What separates it from other Netflix mobile apps is this one isn't just about managing your queue. You can instantly watch the same movies that could be streamed to your TiVo or X-Box. As Engadget says, this shows the power of Silverlight on the platform.

There is also a short 2-3 minute video of the presentation demoing what it would be like to watch a movie on your phone from Netflix.

Friday, March 12, 2010

A Loke Uei Interview for Your Friday Afternoon

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

"Our brother editor Rene Ritchie of TiPB fame is still out at GDC 2010 in San Francisco, and he's caught up with Microsoft's Loke Uei to talk a little more about developing for Windows Phone 7 Series, and what's coming up."

Have some time this afternoon and want to hear more about upcoming Windows Phone 7 Series? Then check out this video interview with Loke Uei from WMExperts!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Channel 9 Interview with Joe Belfiore and Charlie Kindel

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 09:00 AM

Lots of great stuff in this video on Windows phone 7 - worth watching! Their embed code doesn't work though, so you'll have to jump over to the site to watch it.

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