June 16th, 2012
Everyone loves swag, right? Depending on where you lived, Zune gear always seemed on the rare side, but Windows Phone devices are becoming more common in the wild, and now we have a plethora of accouterments to adorn ourselves in to show our love of the platform.
June 16th, 2012
Programming is a labor of love, and sometimes that 'labor' bit can end up being emphasized more than the 'love' part. Missed closing a brace? Iterate that loop one too many times? Those and a host of other mistakes, large and small alike, can sometimes slip through and wreak havoc on your program until you can find the error and correct it. No one is immune to this, from hobbyists to corporations, as eBay has recently shown.
June 9th, 2012
It's been a long road getting here, but the Windows Phone Marketplace has finally broken the barrier of a full 100,000 apps, a major milestone important to any major platform. We did expect this to happen a month or two ago, though this was during CES, so it's understandable that the pace of new apps has slowed down as the hype did. So, with that said, what are the stats?
June 7th, 2012
Well, as a part of my daily routine I check out Steam to see the new games, what's on sale, and so on. Today I noticed a banner promotion for a series of games from Level Up 2011, an Intel run contest for game demos made by smaller developers, with prizes ranging from one to ten thousand dollars and a spot on Steam guaranteed. There seems to be only one game currently listed as a full game for pre-purchase, Splice, and the winners list doesn't appear to be on Intel's site at the moment, but one of the games still listed as a demo caught my eye immediately, called Atooms to Moolecules. The best thing? It's also a free Windows Phone game!
May 31st, 2012
As you may know, SkyDrive recently got a major overhauling, from little things like increasing the file size limit, to big ones like the brand-new desktop clients. If you happen to have been using the SkyDrive desktop client you may have noticed the update (currently version 16.4.4111.0525), but there are also some updates service-wide as well.
May 31st, 2012
It's been some time since the rumors of Photosynth coming to Windows Phone long delayed even after the release of Mango, much like Skype, surfaced, but just like the recent release of the full Skype client, you can now pick up Photosynth for your own phone.
May 20th, 2012
Even with the tough modern glass technology of today, glass still isn't an invincible material. The harder you make glass to make it resistant to scratches, the more susceptible it is to shattering from high impacts. This becomes an even greater risk the more surface area of glass there is on the phone, such as how the iPhone 4 and 4S were prone to shatter from drops at relatively normal heights if they fell on something hard like concrete without a case to absorb some of the force. Usually the toughest screens come packaged in a ruggedized phone such as this one, which though able to withstand far more abuse in daily use that your average phone, won't be winning any beauty awards (unless you're into that look, which I am a little fond of from owning G-Shock watches). What about the critically acclaimed Lumia 900?
As expected, the Lumia 900 takes the same high-impact testing as much more purpose-built phones without so much as a scratch, dent, or crack. Despite the 4.3 inch screen providing lots of area which would ordinarily be harder to support, the Gorilla Glass screen shows no indication of damage. The Lumia 900 is engineered to keep its look for a long, long time, from the glass to the polycarbonate body which absorbs shock and maintains its appearance better through normal scratches; metal bodies and plastic only painted on the surface rather than with color all the way through tend to quickly lose that new device look, but marks on the Lumia 900's body are much less eye-catching (no matter how eye-catching the devices is). Now, I wouldn't suggest repeating these tests yourself in case you happen to the unlucky one who does manage to drive a nail into the surface (it's good glass, not magically perfect), but it's heartening to know that dropping your phone in the street won't result in a horribly disfigured device.
[Conversations by Nokia]
May 9th, 2012
When Ben Rudolf walked the CES floor and offered to smoke any phone you had, we could only imagine the potential it had as a marketing tool to show, not tell, the advantages of Windows Phone 7 to a general audience rather than the largely tech-oriented crowd at CES 2012. Microsoft has posted occasional updates to Facebook, but now a much more comprehensive set of numbers is in.
May 8th, 2012
Nokia has clearly been dominating Windows Phone sales with the release of the Lumia 900, especially in light of AT&amp;T's promotion of the platform (finally). So what's a manufacturer need to do to garner some attention and fresh sales with the giant Nokia throwing all their weight into the Windows Phone arena? There have been rumors of phones from various hardware vendors, from LG to Sony Ericsson (while they were still Sony Ericsson, anyway), and a picture of a new Samsung phone has been making the rounds as of late. It seemed like each rumor turned up empty and everything was pointing to new phones waiting for the release of Windows Phone 8, but somewhat unexpectedly Samsung has officially confirmed the Samsung Focus 2.
April 30th, 2012
You may have noticed a week or so ago that the Zune software asked to be restarted in order to access 'new features.' The only change was the removal of the Windows Phone Marketplace from the Zune software. The reason given by Microsoft was basically 'not enough people used it,' and they wanted to focus their efforts on the phone and web versions of the Marketplace. They also announced that support for pre-Mango devices would be cut from the Marketplace, though that changes should affect very, very few people. But what if you still want to use the Zune software to find apps for your Windows Phone?