by Daniel Webster | April 1, 2010 1:16 PM
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 ...
by Adam Z. Lein | March 31, 2010 5:12 PM
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)
by Adam Z. Lein | March 15, 2010 7:59 AM
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.
by Adam Z. Lein | March 8, 2010 8:42 AM
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 ...
by Brandon Miniman | March 5, 2010 7:40 AM
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 ...
by Adam Z. Lein | March 3, 2010 4:00 PM
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 ...
by Daniel Webster | February 15, 2010 9:41 AM
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 ...
by Chuong Nguyen | January 29, 2010 5:03 AM
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 ...
by Adam Z. Lein | December 18, 2009 7:06 AM
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 ...
by Chuong Nguyen | December 16, 2009 5:19 AM
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)
by Chuong Nguyen | November 18, 2009 2:00 AM
Opera Software announced the availability of Opera Mobile 10 for Windows Mobile today, which according to the software firm, "elevates mobile browsing to a desktop-like experience, helping people to search, socialize and stay connected while on-the-go." The new version offers a more cohesive look between the various different versions of Opera software: Opera 10 on the desktop, Opera Mini 5, and now Opera Mobile 10. Click on to see Brandon's video walk-through and decide for yourself the changes since Opera Mobile 9.7. Opera lists some of the new features as: 1. Intuitive new interface ...
by Chuong Nguyen | October 23, 2009 12:26 AM
Whether that's the much rumored Windows Mobile 6.5.1 or the highly debatable leak of Windows Mobile 7 that is being referenced by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, we do know that Zune integration will be coming soon to Windows Mobile. Time will tell if that means that Zune and Windows Media Player Mobile will be integrated or if that latter's days are actually numbered. Click on to read more. According to the Engadget Show, which interviewed Ballmer recently: "For Zune he says Windows Mobile is going to get integration in the next release -- which is a comforting thought, if perhaps a bit ...
by Chuong Nguyen | October 22, 2009 12:56 AM
Could Microsoft be leveraging Windows phones as its portable gaming console by creating synergy between the Xbox and Windows Mobile platforms? It sure seems like it, especially with the advanced technical requirements that were leaked as part of Windows Mobile 7 chassis 1. And also, the leaked job ad from the Redmond, Washington software giant seems to be in alignment with gaming on the mobile platform. Read on to see the job postings. We are seeking a technically savvy Developer Account Manager to own and drive the relationship with our top mobile entertainment development partners. You ...
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