Archive for October 21, 2010

Five Windows Phone 7 Device Lineup Designed to Get Everything You Love

Microsoft has been releasing new videos and information on Windows Phone 7 devices that will definitely make anyone expect them to be equal to the iPhone or the Droid II. The latest new suggest that devices that are lined up for Windows Mobile & has some of the features that were never seen before. They have shown their creativity from QWERT keyboard to creative surround sound speakers that are designed to get everything you love.

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Here are the list of five Windows Phone 7 Device Lineup with their features:

1. Dell Venue Pro

A new phone with vertical QWERT keyboard.

2, HTC HD7

With scratch and shatter resistance screen, giant 4.3” screen and a hands free kickstand.

3. HTC Surround

With an Yamaha speaker that you can slide out and get a surround sound effect.

4. LG Quantum

Comes with horizontal QWERT keyboard and voice to text option too.

5. Samsung Focus

With 4” super AMOLED touch screen though its thin and light at 110g. It also has a 5 MP camera with enhanced photo features. 

Now, what do you think. Would you not expect them to be equal to the iPhone or the Droid II? or may be more..

Windows Phone 7 vs Android – 5 Way Potential Blow To Android

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Android is the most popular Smart Phone platform at the moment as per recent Nielsen Report. Blackberry as well as iPhone have taken a toll because of the raising Android popularity. Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1, 6.5 also suffered heavily due to their non finger friendliness. Now, Microsoft has learned and seem to have corrected themselves. The recent release of WP7 (Windows Phone 7) has created new hope for Microsoft and new boy on the street! Surprisingly, fans of Android have liked Windows Phone 7 a lot and given great ratings. Windows Phone 7 is expected to hit the market from Nov 8th.

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Android feels mostly like an iPhone clone but Windows Phone 7 has a fresh UI design. Here are 5 things of WP7 that could hit Android badly!

  1. Windows Phone 7 UI is a lot refreshed than Android. Android is mostly similar to iPhone OS (IOS) and lack refinement. UI layout is not uniform, skins, shells are different on different phones. Most phones are not regulated to have high end H/W. Microsoft has not understoos from past experience. They will have a strict H/W spec check to have optimum performance. Android is already becoming cheap iPhone, with all time low cost devices like Samsung Galaxy Spica, Galaxy 3 and some Acer phones. Google still plans to reduce costs of phone. There is no doubt that WP7 will create its on niche market soon.
  2. Windows Phone 7 games are better with rich user experience. With XBOX 360 background, a lot of developers are expected to provide gaming support for WP7 devices.
  3. Android users are not cult followers as iPhone/Apple fans. More than 14% of them are ready to switch (Source GigaOM) to different phone OS if needed.
  4. Microsoft is already pumping a lot of money to make WP7 popular, attracting a lot of developers for Apps. App Store is going to be a formidable competition for Google.
  5. Microsoft has big plans in adding new features to WP7, great MS Office support, Sharepoint support etc.

WP7 is still evolving, multitasking, copy paste etc features are still a long way to go but Microsoft has taken a bold step in talking to Android/iPhone! Blackberry is still a long way to join the show with BB6!

How to Make Reading Tweets As Easy As Reading A News Paper

All of us who are used to reading news paper would wish to stay on top of all that is shared by people but have it in a news paper format so tweet reads become as easy as reading news paper. Well, there are some cool services that let you organize links shared on Twitter into an easy to read newspaper-style format. Here are some cools ones:

Recommended Reading:

1. paper.li

paper.li organizes links shared on Twitter into an easy to read newspaper-style format. Newspapers can be created for any Twitter user, list or #tag.

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Click here and try creating a news paper out of your favorite twitter user.

2. Twitter Times

The Twitter Times is a real-time personalized newspaper generated from your Twitter account. The hottest news rises to the top. Rest of the news follows in order of priority down the page. By giving large pictures for articles it makes the format visually interesting.

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Click here and try creating a news paper your self!

Top Digital Newspaper App for iPad

iPad offers a great variety of apps for every interest. Here we see some of the best app for tracking news on iPad. Each App has an intuitive user interface and worth trying out.

Wall Street Journal

Get the latest news right on your iPad with WSJ App. Very handy and customized for viewing on iPad, delivers great user experience. App is free but there will be a subscription charge oh 17.99$ a month. “Today” – provides that days news paper edition of WSJ and “Now” – provides more up to date news right on iPad.

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USA Today

USA Today has a nice and clean interface with provision to share the articles via Facebook and Twitter. There are 4 sections in USA Today main app – News, Headlines, Money and Sports. Good to be in touch with what’s happening around us.

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The New York Times – Editors Choice App

A small iPad App, provides best of the news – concise news edition from the New York Times. Expected to get more features this year.

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Financial Times

Financial Times App is free to download but requires a subscription for the access to the site. A basic subscription costs 22$ a month while a premium one costs 32$. Great app to be in touch with the finance news.

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What is your favorite?

via [Mashable]

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