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Windows Phone 7.5 Mango: The fundamentals for starters

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Oct 082012
 
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This is for people that are not knowledgeable about Windows Phone. You can skip that if you are previously knowledgeable about Windows Phone.

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango utilizes the particular lovely Metro UI along with Stay Floor tiles, which Ms is actually delivering up to Home windows 8 along with tablets at heart. It’s very instinctive, cheery, quickly and also fun to make use of. It’s low anxiety and also such as iOS, there’s not as much personalization because you will find on Android os. If you’re a tinkerer as well as want to make positive changes to Urinary incontinence as well as launchers and cargo a lot of icons, you could be bored stiff the following. However, if you want any perfect OS which is quick as well as steady with additional modification than iOS, continue reading.
Live Ceramic tiles can either be static (fast start placeholders with regard to apps, webpages and connections) or even reside ones that demonstrate you the present weather conditions, stocks, sports activities results and also breaking information. You are able to pin number virtually any app as a Floor tile on your desltop modify their purchase. You are able to alter the fall behind background shade regarding ceramic tiles and select the white or black qualifications. You can eliminate pre-installed applications (such as company bloatware) that you don’t need and you may eliminate those tiles from your homescreen. As opposed to a colour pallette of symbols such as iOS or perhaps an app bathroom drawer inside Google android, your total iphone app itemizing is simply in which: any text-based listing together with tiny symbols that springs open from the higher correct nook in alphabetical order. The guidelines are quite obvious and. Ms put a big focus on typography and also the fonts are great looking and also obvious. There isn’t any eye-port chrome or even 3 dimensional results in order to sluggish things down. It’s thoroughly clean, fresh and simple.
Microsof company is attempting to be since kind as Apple, and discharge key OS updates to be able to legacy devices, so you will not feel omitted within the chilly since your set up is 6 months or even a year old. Microsoft permits service providers in order to omit at the most A couple of updates (little ones together with insect treatments rely towards this allotment). That does not mean the yr old telephone will get the most recent Operating-system your day it emits; to date it’s obtained several months, but at least you typically will get this.

The quality computer software contains For example 9 cell together with HTML5 video clip assistance however no Adobe Flash (pricier this to come since Adobe has halted brand new mobile Display improvement and it is simply doing maintenance releases). For instance mobile made a great progress method because the very first House windows mobile phones, also it today will a capable and appealing career regarding rendering intricate desktop computer web sites. Pinch zooming is quick and water, and also the touch to be able to focus as well as text message reflow typically is effective when double-tapping to be able to zoom in.
Msn search and also maps take presctiption board, as well as Bing is actually a decent internet search engine. Also Yahoo Routes provides superb POIs and related location information plus the Neighborhood Search function that locates things near you (dining places, entertainment as well as retailers). You can download The major search engines research app, however, there is simply no Google Roadmaps with regard to Windows Phone.
Facebook and Twitter plug-in are fantastic, and also the Individuals Hub isn’t only about contacts, it’s a spot to check the most recent social network updates as well as publish your own improvements. It really is slick, quick and well built-in.
The HTC Titan 2 comes with the usual Microsoft zune songs and video clip participant on the telephone, a photo viewer and the Windows Phone Industry where you can obtain apps and audio. You connect media data files utilizing Zune Pc under Windows and also Windows Phone Connector Several below Mac OS X which syncs to be able to non-DRM iTunes content.
It is a Ms product, which means you have an e-mail client in which handles MS Exchange as well as Hotmail/Windows Stay Email properly, including press. In addition, it will the usual POP3 as well as IMAP along with Gmail. The telephone syncs for the impair for associates and also diary, not over USB. It is possible to synchronize to Home windows Reside solutions, Microsoft Exchange and Yahoo connections as well as work schedule. It all is useful.
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contains AT&T Sat nav, U-verse Mobile, AT&T (Pub)Signal Scanner, myWireless as well as AT&T Radio. You are able to remove any of these you do not need.

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Zune Music gets it’s death notice

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Sep 242012
 
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It looks like Microsoft is ready to pull the plug on Zune Music finally. The much maligned Microsoft music service which still has many fans and users will be transitionig to the more popular Xbox Music name and dropping some very popular features along the way.

The Zune brand was never really able to make a dent in the market even with the high level of customer satisfaction among the few of us who actually bought the music player from Microsoft. It seems like the choice to make a brown Zune in the very first edition was too much for them to overcome and the Zune was D.O.A. among most in the tech world.

The Zune Music Pass and Zune Software were the two most popular services but those were not enough to keep the brand alive forever and the decision has been made to transition to the Xbox brand which is far more popular and has global recognition. If you are still a big fan of the Zune service you can still have your music on the Xbox service with a few missing features.
Some Zune Music features ending as Zune moves to Xbox Music brand | Microsoft Pri0 | The Seattle Times

Some Zune Music features ending as Zune moves to Xbox Music brand | Microsoft Pri0 | The Seattle Times

Among the features being axed, according to Microsoft: Social experiences and music sharing: Users will no longer be able to send and receive messages, invite friends, and share songs, playlists and albums they’re currently listening to. Mixview playback and channel playlists. The app catalog for the Zune player. Channel playlists — they will not refresh with updated content Availability of music videos for purchase or streaming as part of the Zune Music Pass from Zune PC software. Availability of previously purchased music videos for re-downloading or re-licensing (though videos downloaded before Friday will still be playable and transferrable to other devices).

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Zune to Expand Multiscreen Entertainment Services Into International Markets

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Jul 102012
 
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Zune to Expand Multiscreen Entertainment Services Into International Markets
Sept. 20, 2010
Major entertainment companies provide music and movie catalog to the U.K., France, Italy, Germany and Spain.

REDMOND, Wash. — Sep. 20, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the further international expansion of Zune, its digital entertainment service. This fall, Zune will expand its music and video footprint and bring the free Zune software, Zune Marketplace online store, Zune Pass1 music subscription service and enhanced features on Zune.net to new markets, providing a comprehensive entertainment experience on Windows-based PCs, on the go with Windows Phone 7 and in your living room through Xbox LIVE.2

“The integration between Zune, Windows Phone 7 and Xbox LIVE is an exciting expansion in our entertainment offerings,” said Craig Eisler, corporate vice president, Interactive Entertainment Business Group at Microsoft. “Zune enables users to access the entertainment they want, wherever they want it — and now, more people than ever will be able to enjoy the freedom and flexibility that the Zune service offers.”

Zune software has been upgraded with new features and functionality and will serve as the Windows Phone 7 synchronization client. The new software (version 4.7) will be available to download for free in more than 20 countries, including the U.K., France, Italy, Germany and Spain, to easily manage your personal collection of movies, music, podcasts and pictures. Zune software continues to set the standard for entertainment software, providing best-in-class experiences to organize, discover and enjoy digital media with a variety of exclusive features. For example, the Quickplay menu enables immediate access to recently played content and personal favorites, and Smart DJ 3 automatically creates playlists from your personal music collection and takes the extra step of mixing in suggested music from the Zune Marketplace. The updated Zune software will also enable instant streaming of high-definition movies, allowing you to watch some Zune Marketplace movies in HD, with no download time, directly on a Windows PC.

Zune Marketplace online store is accessible from within the Zune software and offers the ability to purchase millions of individual songs or albums from its catalog, all in MP3 format. Here, consumers can also subscribe to Zune Pass,4 which provides unlimited downloads and music streaming capabilities from the Zune music library, including content from major music labels such as Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI Music and Warner Music Group, as well as thousands of independent labels. Zune Marketplace also has a large library of videos from major studios such as Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution for purchase or rental. Video purchases will be accessible through Xbox LIVE and Windows-based PCs, and can also be added to a Windows Phone 7. Simply buy your favorite video from Zune Marketplace and watch it on the screen of your choice.9

Zune.net is the perfect resource for consumers as it allows them to download the software and set up a Zune account with a new or existing Windows Live ID.5 Zune.net will also provide Web access to Zune Marketplace so you can purchase music or use a Zune Pass to stream music directly through an Internet browser,6 as well as purchase video content.7

Zune Expansion to New Markets

As Zune expands internationally, its music and video service will be tailored for each market. Genre experts will custom program Zune Marketplace and feature the top songs, videos, movies and unique promotions for each country.

The fall 2010 international expansion of the Zune music and video service includes the following:

Zune Marketplace will extend services to several markets in Europe and beyond.

  • Zune Pass (U.K., France, Italy and Spain). The monthly music subscription service will be available for 9.99 euros /8.99 pounds per month for unlimited download and streaming access to the Zune music catalog and will be accessible on Windows-based PCs, Windows Phone 7 and Xbox LIVE. The offer in the U.S. will remain at $14.99 per month for unlimited downloads and streaming access, with the ability to keep 10 MP3s per month.8
  • Music purchase (U.K., France, Italy, Spain and Germany). Expansion to these markets will enable consumers to purchase MP3s and listen on their Windows-based PC, Windows Phone 7 or any other device that supports MP3 format. Users will also be able to purchase music videos to enjoy on Windows-based PC, Windows Phone 7 and Zune on Xbox LIVE.
  • Video purchase (U.K., France, Germany, Canada, Australia and New Zealand).Consumers will now be able to purchase movies to download and watch anywhere — on the big screen in the living room with Xbox LIVE or their Windows-based PC as well as sync it to their Windows Phone 7 to enjoy on the go.9
  • Movie rental (U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Mexico, Canada, Australia and New Zealand). In addition to Zune video on Xbox LIVE, consumers in these countries will now be able to rent movies for viewing on their Windows-based PC or choose to sync the rental to their Windows Phone 7.

The global expansion of the service is the latest step in a series of milestones for Zune, including powering Bing music search results, the added ability to purchase music and video on Zune.net, and the forthcoming integration with Xbox LIVE and Kinect for Xbox 360. By continuing to integrate Zune across the most important screens to consumers, Zune provides an all-in-one music and video service for users to discover, enjoy and experience their entertainment wherever they want.

About Zune

Zune is Microsoft’s music and video entertainment service that provides an integrated digital experience across Zune devices, Windows-based PCs, Xbox LIVE and Windows Phone 7. The Zune platform includes a line of portable digital media players, elegant software, the Zune Marketplace and Zune.net online stores, the Zune Social online music community created to help people discover music, and the ZuneOriginals.net online media player customization store. More information can be found online at http://www.zune.net/en-us/press.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

1 Zune Pass available in U.K., France, Italy and Spain.

2 Zune Pass on Xbox 360 requires an Xbox LIVE Gold membership and a Zune Pass subscription.

3 Only available with Zune Pass.

4 Zune Pass is a music subscription; some Zune Marketplace songs and content are not available via Zune Pass. Available content may vary over time.

5 For cross-screen functionality, the same Windows Live ID needs to be used on the Zune software, Windows Phone 7 and Xbox LIVE accounts.

6 Internet browser support for Silverlight required.

7 Service features may vary based on market availability.

8 Keep 10 MP3s per month feature available to U.S. Zune Pass subscribers only, on their PC or Windows Phone 7.

9 Content available for download on multiple devices may vary over time. Availability of content and video resolution will vary by device.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://www.microsoft.com/news.Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://www.microsoft.com/news/contactpr.mspx.

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Microsoft Files For New Zune-Docking Headphones Patent

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Jul 102012
 
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Technology giant Microsoft has filed a patent for headphones with docking stations built-in, opening up the way for users to carry the Zune players and speakers with them at all times.

A figure showing the Microsoft headset (image: USPTO)

According to the patent filed with the US Patent Office, the headphones will have the ability to dock rechargeable battery packs, storage, Bluetooth or WiFi reception modules and media players, as well have buttons to control the volume.

“The accessories can range from a personal media player that can render audio, such as MP3 (Moving Pictures Expert Group, MPEG-1, audio layer 3) content, to rechargeable battery packs, storage devices, and modules that can support wireless communication between the headphones and other devices such as media centers, game consoles, and personal computers (“PCs”). A user can pick an accessory and snap it into the receiving space of the headphones. When so installed, the accessory becomes physically and functionally embedded so that its functionality becomes seamlessly integrated with operation of the headphones,” an extract from the filing said. Read more here

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Will you buy the Amazon Kindle Phone?

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Jul 072012
 
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Recent news reports seem to point to Amazon selling a Kindle Phone to go along with the stellar sales of the Kindle fire tablets. Some reviews seem to make it seem like a bad idea for Amazon to be entering such a competitive market with dominant players like Apple and Google already taking such a huge lead.

Amazon is a huge player in the tech world and the “Worlds Largest Store” when compared to all other online and offline shopping destinations and they have had great success with the Kindle tablets so our opinion would be that  this is really a great idea when you consider that there are so many advantages to owning a Kindle Tablet and a Kindle Phone.

The ability to share your Amazon content on both your e-reader and also on your mobile phone seems like a great feature and even similar to the new Smart Glass from Xbox which hopes to create a seamless transition from your home to your car to anywhere with your mobile devices.  Too bad that Microsoft was not able to make all of this happen under the Zune brand. What are your thoughts? Will you buy the Amazon Kindle Phone?

 

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Windows Phone Reviews:Samsung Focus S

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Jun 252012
 
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Samsung Focus S

Samsung Focus S

Samsung Focus S The Samsung Focus S is one of three new Windows Phone Mango 7.5 smartphones on AT&T. It joins the HTC Titan and the smaller and more affordable Focus Flash, and it features Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus display for super-rich colors and deep blacks. The Focus S shares a lot of DNA with the Samsung Galaxy S II on AT&T, and like the GS II it has a 4.3″ display, an 8 megapixel rear camera and a very similar casing. The phone is only 0.33″ thick and it weighs just 3.9 ounces. The Focus S has HSPA+ 14.4 for “4G” on AT&T, Zune music and video, XBOX Live gaming, WiFi, Bluetooth and a GPS that works with Bing and AT&T Navigator.

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Here comes the “iPad Killer” from Microsoft

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Jun 152012
 
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Are you ready for the “iPad Killer” from Microsoft? News of the upcoming release date for a Microsoft Windows Tablet has been hitting the web today as more tech bloggers and writers jump on the story of a pending announcement from Microsoft related to their supposed new Windows Tablet.

Microsoft Windows 8 Tablet

There is much excitement in the blogosphere in regards to the much anticipated Windows 8 Tablets using the Zune inspired Metro Interface and there have been articles written here, here and here just in the last 12 hours. Most of them have little hopes that the new Microsoft tablet will be able to unseat the undisputed king of tablet computing and still others must remember the great success Microsoft had with their so called “Ipod Killer” in the Zune.

Microsoft is undoubtedly working on a new Tablet to feature their new and improved Tablet OS but what they will call it and what exactly it will do to stop the massive growth of the Apple iPad is unknown. There is not much of an expectation that MS will succeed in unseating the current champ but they seem to be just fine with a 3rd place ranking for just about everything else so why not tablets as well?

Do you think Microsoft has a chance at an “iPad Killer” with a Windows 8 Tablet?

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Is Microsoft ready to release Windows Tablet or Xbox Tablet?

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Jun 152012
 
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So which do you think it will be? Will Microsoft be releasing a Windows Tablet or an Xbox Tablet sometime soon? Well according to rumours we may actually be getting them both. Microsoft may be in the process of developing an Xbox Tablet to be similar in use as the Wii U which is the Nintendo tablet style game controller. Microsoft may also be about to release a Windows 8 tablet with features to rival the iPod.

Steve Baller the Ipad Killer

Does that sound familiar? Is Microsoft really going to put out an “iPad killer”? It’s doubtful that Microsoft would want to take on Apple in the consumer electronics markets again after the Billions they lost on Zune but maybe they feel they have a better chance with Windows 8 and the Zune inspired Metro Design than they did with the Zune inspired design of Zune players.

Whatever they do release the rumors are flying all over the webs that Microsoft is going to be announcing a new Windows tablet as soon as Monday afternoon. Of course we all know about Microsoft rumors and even Microsoft FUD but these rumors of a tablet project are prettu consistent and we cannot forget that Microsoft was already about to reaese a tablet before the iPad with their Courier project.

Is the new Microsoft Tablet the final version of the Microsoft Courier or just another me too product from Microsoft in their attempt to keep up with Apple? Is it the long awaited portable Xbox game player? Is it both?

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