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    You might be able to read that headline and interpret it as saying that everything in Windows Phone 8 has improved so much that the best part of the previous version is now the worst part of the latest version.  Or you might read that as saying the best part of the previous version has been completely ruined in Windows Phone 8.  The latter is going to be the case here. Let's start with what was in my opinion the best part of Windows Phone 7; the Music & Videos hub combined with the fantastic Zune Pass service.  Back in 2010 there was nothing like it.  Nothing else was as good at ...

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    Today you may have noticed a new terms of service pop-up on either the Windows Phone marketplace or the Zune desktop software. Johan van Mierlo certainly did, and took the photo above to prove it. One of the things that shows up is an opt-in check-box for "Personalize My Music".  I'm pretty sure this has always been part of the Zune desktop side of things, but the option hadn't appeared on Windows Phone before, probably because Windows Phone does not have the music personalization features that the Zune desktop software and previous Zune devices did. In case you're not familiar, the Zune ...

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    The Zune HD won Bronze and Gold awards in the Entertainment and Interactive Product Experiences categories of the 2010 IDEA (International Design Awards). Check out what Michelle Berryman, Echo Visualization, LLC, had to say about the Zune HD's design: "In a category dominated by one major brand, the Zune HD is a real game-changer! It's a remarkable product that redefines interaction models and creates a new standard for 'great user experience.' Everything about this product has been well considered and well designed from the packaging to the form factor to the Zune software to the product ...

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    The Bing mobile website, m.bing.com, has seen a major update recently. Unfortunately, the update does not work on Windows Mobile Classic, but it will work great on the Zune HD and KIN phones. The update brings Bing's mobile website a bit closer to the functionality and design aesthetics of the desktop version. It now shows information cards where possible instead of just a list of links as before. Switching from portrait to landscape orientations even resizes and reformats the mobile site. That means you don't have to pinch/zoom/pan everywhere to make it fit, which is a great feature. ...

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    A designer named Paul Anders who apparently works on some of the Windows Phone 7 videos recently posted this cool video that shows a little bit about Windows Phone 7's Zune integration. Check it out below, or at the original link. Do you think this would make a good TV commercial or is it better just on the web? (via Ramon Trotman)

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    As you know, J. Allard has announced his retirement from Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices Division even though there was a lot of creativity and innovation that's come out of that team lately. Here's an interesting look at said team that gives some insight into the creative workflow that has spawned products such as Zune, Xbox, and Windows Phone 7. (via Facebook)

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    Folks at the IndiaMIX 2010 conference got a sneak peek of the new Zune Desktop software connected to the Asus Galaxy prototype Windows Phone 7. You can see a few more photos at beingmanana.com, but there's nothing terribly special going on there. It's pretty much exactly what you would expect a Windows Phone to look like when connected to the Zune desktop.

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    Most "smart" phones these days are really dumb when it comes to outdoor screen readability. Sure, the screen looks great when you're inside with the lights out, but when you're actually mobile and need to use some mobile-related feature of your phone, it turns out you can't see anything on the screen. Luckily the KIN phones are designed for people who do have lives that take place outdoors and the screen was designed to accommodate. While it's not as good as the screens from 10 years ago, it's still going to be quite usable at the beach or sitting by the pool. Here's the KIN Two next to ...

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    Just the other day the Zune HD's App marketplace was updated with two new games; Spades and Hearts, plus new versions of the Twitter and Facebook apps. Here's a quick look at what's new. Spades and Hearts are two very similar card games with very nice graphics, while the Facebook and Twitter updates add a very welcome landscape keyboard option.

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    Since we're such big fans of the Zune music service, we were very curious and a bit excited about the KIN phones since they're the first phones to support Zune. Here's our video comparison between the Zune HD and the KIN Two. Both devices are paired with a Zune Pass subscription so that you can get the full experience. What's certainly awesome about having a phone with Zune Pass support built in is that you have streaming Zune pass and music download support from anywhere that you've got internet reception. So say you're in the car and a passenger wants to know if you have any so-and-so ...

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    Remember how ActiveSync could only sync one phone at a time? Luckily the Zune desktop software won't have this limitation for Windows Phone 7, KIN, and other Zune devices. As you can see in the screenshots above, we've got a Zune HD and a KIN TWO connected to the same Zune desktop software at the same time. It's very easy to switch between which device you'd like to manage both from the icon in the lower left and the Device management pages.

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    If Windows Mobile represented Microsoft's corporate mobile strategy, KIN represents a consumer-centric user experience approach that signifies effortless hardware and software integration in a sleek, comfortable package for novice smartphone users. If Microsoft plays its cards right with hardware partner Sharp and carrier partners Verizon Wireless and Vodafone, KIN may be just the tip of the iceberg in luring users to the more advanced Windows Phone platform, marked by the release of Windows Phone 7 later this year. At first glance, the KIN can be criticized for not being full featured ...

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    A few new apps for the Zune HD were released last night. They're now available in the Zune Marketplace. The coolest one is called Labyrinth. This game is similar to Teeter that comes with most HTC devices except the graphics are much more complex. Instead of simply tilting the device to roll a marble through a maze, Labyrinth also adds cool environment graphics and other goals that you have to accomplish within the maze before proceeding to the marble's destination. The next game is Solitaire. It's not the one you'd expect to see on Windows 3.1 or Windows Mobile 2003. Well, the game is the ...

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    I'm sorry, but no, this article doesn't have anything to do with running Zune on your Android (although I think that would be very, very cool). I started out as a Microsoft Fanboy. Every day I carried my Windows Mobile phone, Zune, and even sported a Microsoft S.P.O.T. watch. When Android hit version 1.6 I defected from my AT&T Tilt to an Android-powered T-Mobile G1 (and later to the Nexus One) but I was still packing my Zune around with me for months afterward. Constantly looking for ways to simplify my life with technology, I started replacing things I typically did with my Zune with my ...

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    Yesterday, Microsoft released the new Zune HD version 4.5 firmware which adds some great new features including Smart DJ, Picks, new video Codec support, screensaver enhancements, and an updated TV-out interface that includes Marketplace access. The Picks feature shows up in the Marketplace and lists a number of artists that Zune thinks you might like based on your specific listening habits. This is great for discovering new or old music that you may never have known about otherwise. The Smart DJ is equally useful for discovering new music. After you navigate to an artist's page you'll see ...

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    Microsoft announced today that its newest mobile operating system Windows Phone 7 Series will be open source. The announcement came early this morning out of Redmond stating that developers will be able to create their own programs starting with the official launch of the new operating system in late October. Steve Ballmer explained that, "With so many social networks now having such a grip on the mobile community it only makes sense that we allow third party developers free range over our newest mobile platform. The Zune HD was an experiment to see how future endeavors would increase the ...

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    You may have heard that the Zune HD is going to get an upgrade to verson 4.5 soon. Take a look at this video walk through of some of the new features. The new Smart DJ feature and Marketplace access from an HDTV dock are going to be great. Hopefully we'll see some Smart DJ features in Windows Phone 7 Series as well. (via Twitter)

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    Will Windows Phone 7 Series be able to do this kind of thing? We're not sure, but take a look at how a tiny little Zune HD can power a nice big high definition television when connected via an HDMI cable and the Zune HD A/V dock. Unfortunately, when the Zune HD is connected to a big screen TV, the interface is simplified a bit and you don't get access to your applications, internet, marketplace streaming, or social features. Still, being able to play 720p video is pretty cool.

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    Since Windows Phone 7 Series is going to have some excellent integration with the Zune service, we thought it would be fun to talk a little bit about some of our favorite music that you can easily sample for yourself in the free Zune desktop software. If you're excited about Windows Phone 7 Series or even the rumored Pink Project phones, you're probably going to want to check out the Zune services. Of course, Zune becomes much more fun, addicting, and useful when you get the Zune Pass subscription though. Today I'd like to recommend the "Favorite Metal Songs" mixtape. Like other music ...

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    Adam Lein and I are huge Zune Pass fanatics. The service cost $15 per month and gives you unlimited music downloads. While you never actually own the music, the awesome software, music selection, and Zune integration (and soon Windows Phone 7 Series integration) all make this trade-off worth it. Also, you get 10 song credits a month that you can use to download tracks that you own forever. For me, Zune Pass is like a playground. I can spend all day downloading, discovering, and listening to music. With one account, I can access my Zune Pass account from multiple computers with the same ...

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    Yesterday, the Facebook application for the Zune HD was released. Unfortunately there was a bug that didn't allow it to work properly for most people. That bug has quickly been fixed, and now we're able to show you how the Facebook app actually works. It has most of the basic functions you'd expect in a Facebook app. There's no Photo/Video upload, and you can't tag photos from here, but there is one extremely cool new feature. You can create news posts about the music you're currently listening too. The Zune HD will create a link to the album of the song and post a picture of the album art ...

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    HTC has just released news that they will be developing WP7 Series devices to debut later this year. This new mobile operating system is very user friendly and allows HTC to begin developing technologies that will coincide with Windows Phone 7 Series. "Windows Phone 7 Series is a significant milestone for Microsoft, the industry and ultimately people looking to do more on their phones. HTC is working closely with Microsoft to bring the unique HTC experience that customers love," said Peter Chou, chief executive officer of HTC Corporation. "Microsoft has clearly listened to feedback from ...

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    Rumors of a Zune Phone have been circulating since early last year, and a year later, Microsoft spokespeople are still denying rumors that the portable music player platform may gain a cellular radio for voice and mobile broadband data: ""we have no plans to create a Zune phone." However, Microsoft's answer raises other questions. Since the original rumor that Microsoft would introduce its Zune-based hardware and software with a phone radio, newer reports and evidence have surfaced that Zune may appear elsewhere and may not be a "Zune Phone"--as in an iPod touch merged with iPhone to reach ...

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    The new Zune desktop software, Zune HD, and Zune Pass service are pretty fantastic, but do you really need to buy a Zune to take advantage of the excellent $15/month unlimited music subscription (that includes 10 non-protected songs that you can keep each month)? You've already got a Windows Phone that can play music. Who wants to carry around another device? Thanks to the Zune Pass's Digital Rights Management, and Windows Media Player Mobile's DRM support, it's perfectly possible to get all of that unlimited music from your Zune desktop software onto your Windows Phone for portable ...

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    According to MobileTechWorld, the Microsoft PMP will be getting its own Twitter app tomorrow. The Zune HD, Microsoft's proprietary phone-less MP3 player with video play back, is getting its Twitter client for moments when you're connected to a WiFi network. Thus far, the Zune HD has proven itself to be a capable and impressive device that is well integrated, solidly built, and with a stunning UI. Hopefully, Microsoft's Zune team will continue the tradition with a well implemented Twitter application. (via: MobileTechWorld)

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