Windows Phone

Unipaas Gol: Guess winners of S.Africa World Cup and reach the Hall of Fame


This is a very interesting and enjoyable marketing project in which I have been involved during my last trip to Latin America.

Roca Sistemas, which is the Mexican distributor of Magic Software's products, has developed a game which will help us keep track of the results of the South Africa World Cup which is beginning in 6 days.

The application is simple: You register, log-in, and are presented with all the games in the competition, and you can guess the winner (or tie) for each game. We can begin with an initial guess, and then in the continuation of the tournament update our guesses for all the future games according to the performance of the teams. Games are locked 1 hour before they actually begin.

The competition does NOT carry prizes and there is no participation fee. The only purpose of participating is seeing your names in the TOP 5 Hall of  Fame.

The application is built using Magic Software's Unipaas RIA technology (RIA = Rich Internet Applications), one of the leading technologies for the fast development of RIA and SaaS applications. It can run on PCs and on Windows Mobile cellphones. More details after the break.

HTC is still planning more WM6.5 devices


This is still connected to my previous post from last week, from the Motorola developers meeting.

I have just finished reading the news item posted some days ago at TheUnwired.net which tells us about a presentation at CTIA made by HTC's CEO Mr. Peter Chou, in which he tells some rather interesting news:

  1. The first interesting statement is that Google's Nexus One is seen by Google as a great success, since with this phone Google wanted to prove that one can make very interesting phones based on the Android platform.
  2. He tells that despite HTC's position as the number one supplier of Android phones, the company has no intention to stop or slow down its joint activity with Microsoft.
  3. He also tells that an HTC made WP7S phone should be expected for before the end of this year.
  4. Last, he says that HTC will continue to design new phones using WM6.5.x, and that this OS will coexist side-by-side with WP7S.

While items 2 and 3 are no surprise to anyone, items 1 and 4 deserve some comments.

First real in-depth analysis of the ins and outs of Windows Phone 7 Series

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The website AnandTech has published a very interesting view of Windows Phone 7 Series, directly from whatever was discussed there at Mix 10.

The article, which goes through 15 pages, talks about multitasking and what won't be supported, copy-and-paste and why it won't be supported, other unsupported things, all the fantastic support for media, games, and others.

The article can be found on this link.

I must say I am happy that good multimedia support has been introduced in it, and gaming can also be important for some people. But how in the world will I be able to do the following tasks in the phone:

Windows Phone 7 Series: the "won't have" week


This has been MIX 10 developer's conference week at Microsoft, but for many of us it has been the "this is another thing you won't have" week.

Reports are all around the network, but I will use as the basis for my articles two posts by Jason Dunn on WindowsPhone Thoughts.com on these subjects, and the discussions they have generated. The first post is on Copy-and-Paste, and the second one is on Memory Cards.

(thanks to WindowsPhoneThoughts.com for the graphics)

Well, in January we were told that the Windows Phone 7 Series would be lacking multitasking, one of the only things that kept Windows Mobile superiority over other Operating Systems. We are all still in hope that Microsoft is talking only about the Media Edition of the phone, and this will be returned for the Business Edition on 2011, but at this point there is no confirmation or denial from the part of MS.

Next, we received this week the other two (or even three) hits: The OS won't support Copy-and-Paste on its initial version, and there will be no support for memory cards, as a result of the fact that there will be no file system in the phone.

What does this all mean for the users? My pick on this after the break.

Upgrading my Samsung Omnia to WM6.5


Those who follow me at Twitter or Facebook have surely noticed that last week I have been quite busy updating my Samsung Omnia to WM6.5.

How did I do that? Everybody knows that there isn't an official WM6.5 ROM for the Samsung Omnia. Well, let me tell you that I did not invent or discover anything new. There are many good (and bad) cooked ROMs for the Omnia around…. The information is all around at the Internet. Now I will try to put some order in all that.

More details after the break.

Windows Phone 7 Series announced


MWC 2010 is happening in Barcelona and, during the show, Microsoft has announced their new phone OS.

Windows Phone 7 Series is a new product, developed without any connection to the previous WIndows Mobile. While Windows Mobile was mainly based on the business user, the new version focuses on the consumer and his needs - User Interface, Social Networking, and Media. There will be a business edition later, with additional features, but we will talk about that then.

Windows Phone 7 Series will require specific hardware features. Microsoft has released a chassis design some months ago that show that. Minimum requirements will be a strong CPU, capacitive screens with big sizes (3.5'' or higher), GPS, haptic feedback, movement sensors, good cameras, and more.

Microsoft has learned something from the past, and specially from the anonimity of Windows Mobile. Their idea this time is to have all phones by all makers looking the same in terms of UI, and tagged as Windows Phone, so that the consumer that goes to buy a phone looks for a Windows Phone, and not for a specific maker.

More after the break, including 3 demonstration videos.

So, how was my GPSed experience? The story, link to the map.


In the last post I have told that I was going into a tour to the Negev desert with the Israel Burgman Club, and that I was going to record the whole trip using my phone camera and GPSed.

First of all, the trip was a beautiful trip. It was nice to go back to a region of Israel in which I have lived for 6 years and left 20 years ago. Specially in such a year in which we are having good rains, the Negev, though a little muddy, is showing its whole life and greatness, with beautiful green and charming flowers.

The track recording with the photos is ready as well. You can find it at this link.

But things were not as easy as they look.

New Resco Explorer 2010 can keep your social networks updated

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One can think that a product like a File Explorer would get to a point where nothing can make it better anymore....

This is what I have thought for some years regarding Resco Explorer. And then Resco comes out with Resco Explorer 2010 (version 8.00) and shows me how wrong I was.

This won't be a product review, just a short note about the new version and what it can do.

Four new features of the software are very important for many users:

First comes the ability to upload images directly to your social networks. Those include Facebook, Picasa, Twitter, Flickr, MySpace, Photobucket and Fotki. I have been testing the new version with Picasa and Facebook, and I must say it works very nicely. You can even open new albums with the upload feature.

Second, the thumbnail view of the folders, makes browsing much more comfortable for whoever prefers this mode.

Third, the Task Management feature, which lets us close/switch to any application currently running on the background.

Proporta helps you treat your new HD2 with discounts

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My other site, MobilityFreak.co.il, has set a promotion with our friends at Proporta to commemorate two facts:

  1. New Year, sure!
  2. The launch of the HTC HD2 in Israel in December

I have decided to extend the promotion to the readers of BornMobile as well, so this is what you need to do in order to get a 15% discount on accessories for the HD2:

  1. Enter our Proporta Affiliate site.
  2. Purchase any of the following products:
    1. Proporta Alu-Leather Case for the HTC HD2
    2. Proporta Mizu-Shell for the HTC HD2
    3. Screen Protector for the HTC HD2
    4. Proporta Sync/Charge craddle for the HTC HD2
  3. After you finish filling your shopping cart, at checkout time, use the coupon code HTC15. This will get you a 15% discount on the selected accessories.

The coupon code is valid until the end of February, so go ahead and use it.

Software Review: GPSed


My last article here, dating of some weeks ago, was about Mobiscope from Shape Services. Curiously, some days after publishing that article, I was advised that the company has released an update for another of their best sellers, GPSed.

So I wrote to them and asked for a reviewer's license in order to try to figure out what they are talking about with GPSed, and what's all the fun with it.

The above pictures are from the developers' website. My findings, together with my own screenshots and a short video just after the break.

 

So what is it for?

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