Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Survey Says... Windows Phone Not Boring

Windows Phones

Joe Wilcox of betanews asked readers “Are You Bored with
Your Windows Phone?”
in an article last week. The readers responded with a
resounding “No.”
Joe explains that he had heard a few comments about Windows
Phone users getting bored and since the UI is very similar to what will be
coming out in Windows 8, he wanted to know what to anticipate; would he end up
bored with his computer running Windows 8?

A week later and after over a hundred reader comments, Joe
Wilcox reports that no, Windows Phone is not boring. Many users came out of the
woodworks to let him know that they are not bored with their phone.

As a user of Windows Phone (HTC Radar) I can join my voice
to theirs and say, I am not bored of my Windows Phone. The fluid, easy to use
UI feels natural and amazing to use. The look and feel of it says new and
sleek, something that I crave in my technology. My old Android phone, as much
as I loved it was cluttered and slow to perform, I would spend hours setting up
an app or feature that was designed to save me a few seconds of a process that
was unreasonably convoluted. I can’t say much about iOS as I’ve never used it,
other than to fix my bosses phone, but Windows Simply put is still, after
several months of use, not boring, it is exciting and fun and keeps me wanting

Source: Zunited

Windows Phone Marketplace Expands to 23 new Countries

World Map

Microsoft announced today, at Mobile World Congress that it will be expanding availability of the marketplace to 23 new countries. The 23 new markets expands the current marketplace availability from 40 countries to 63.

Recently the Marketplace had been made available in Argentina, Indonesia, Malaysia, Peru and the Philippines and with the new update, support will be coming to: Bahrain, Bulgaria, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Estonia, Iceland, Iraq, Israel, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, Venezuela and Vietnam.

Let us know if you live in one of these newly supported countries or if you are still waiting for the marketplace to come to your country in the comments below.

Source: Zunited

Nokia Pure View 808 Not Windows Phone… Yet

As we speculated a few days ago, Nokia announced their Pure View 808 today, a cell phone with a stunning 41 megapixel camera sensor. The camera will allow users to take crystal clear 5 and 8 megapixel shots while still having the power to take up to 41 megapixel shots that can be cropped and edited later as needed. The phone will be able to record 1080 HD video and due to the 41 megapixel sensor will allow a digital zoom of 4x without compromising quality.

The phone is not running Windows Phone but that should not detour our hopes and dreams as Nokia announced that this technology will be coming to phones in their other product lines, hinting at Windows Phone. having a 41 MP sensor on a Windows Phone would make for an unrivaled camera experience on a mobile phone. With the dedicated camera button, pocket to picture to post and all of that with crystal clear shots, the Windows Phone would be second to none when it comes to taking pictures.

How would you use a 41 MegaPixel camera on your phone? Let us know below.

Source: Zunited

HBO Go App Coming to XBOX on April 1st

HBO has announced that they plan on releasing HBO GO for XBOX on April 1st. HBO Go will be one of a long line of content providers working with Microsoft to provide digital media content on the XBOX.

XBOX has been redefining connected media on box top systems over the last few months with their onslaught of simultaneous media content provider releases. With each media content provider, it becomes more and more possible to leave the traditional TV service providers and use voice and gesture commands with the Kinect to quickly access all your favorite TV shows.

HBO GO is joining the likes of, Hulu, Netflix, Syfy, ESPN, YouTube, and many others to provide a wide variety of options for online streaming of TV shows via the XBOX.

The benefit to online streaming is that you can watch the shows whenever you have time and wherever you happen to be. No longer do you have to make sure you are on the couch in the front room at exactly 8:00 PST to watch your show. DVR and Tivo devices allow you to record shows and watch them at your convenience. However, recordings do take up space and you can only store so many, so once you fill up your hard drive, you must delete some shows which you will no longer have access to unless you manage to record some re-runs of that show. With online streaming, you get access to entire series of shows, without the necessity to record the shows first, and the access almost never goes away (as long as you keep paying for the service that is.) You can also access shows from almost anywhere; Hulu and Netflix are available on most internet TV devices, smart phones, and tablets.

Personally I only have one TV in my house and it has no antennas, cable lines, or satellites hooked up to it. The only thing it has connected is my XBOX. Between the XBOX and Netflix and Hulu on my laptop we can watch all our favorite shows whenever we want.

Is it possible for online TV streaming to replace traditional TV service providers? Do you watch more TV shows on your TV or do you use online services such as Netflix and Hulu Plus? Tell us below!

Source: Zunited

Viewsonic Reveals Business Class Windows 8 Tablet at MWC

Viewsonic revealed a business class tablet running Windows 8 that they plan to release in Q2 of 212. The Viewsonic P100 comes in at 10” with an IPS 1280x800 display and a 1.6 GHz Intel N2600 dual-core processor. Viewsonic also released several Ice Cream Sandwich tablets today with stats that are minimal compared to the version they have planned for Windows.

The Wi-Fi only version of the tablet will go for a cool $799.00 and the 3G version will run for $999.00. The stats for the price aren’t completely impressive but it is a sample of things to come in the tablet world.

Are you planning on getting a Windows 8 tablet when they become available? How much are you looking to spend? Will a tablet be able to replace a laptop or desktop or will you still use both? Let us know your answers in the comments below.

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New All White Special XBOX 360

Microsoft has announced a new special edition XBOX 360 Kinect Combo Package, what’s so special about it, it has no pigment. XBOX is no stranger to special editions with the star wars edition, the halo edition and many others to match specific games. For those who want something a little classier but still want something special, now you have the Special Edition White version. The 4GB version is available for $300.00.

Which special edition XBOX is your favorite so far?

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Windows Phone, Only Smartphone OS Not Affected by Webkit Malware Vulnerability

George Kurtz, CEO of CrowdStrike, revealed monday a significant vulnerability that could allow someone to take complete control over your phone that affects all Android, iOS, and Blackberry phones.

Phones running Windows Phone 7 are not affected by this vulnerability. 

This announcement comes while device manufacturers, technology providers, and vendors are revealing all their latest and upcoming additions to the mobile market at the ongoing Mobile World Congress 2012. 

The vulnerability affects any phone that is running a Webkit mobile browser, which for Android, iOS, and Blackberry, is the default mobile browser. Microsoft chose to continue using their own Internet Explorer web browser, and is subsequently unaffected by this vulnerability.

For those affected by this vulnerability, the only thing you can do until a patch comes out, is avoid clicking on links whether it be through your browser, or from an SMS sent to your phone. And for those iPhone users who previously thought that Apple products were "un-hackable", i suspect there you will be specialized counselors coming soon to a "genius bar" near you that can help you come to terms with this earth-shattering realization.

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