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groovechicken

by groovechicken

Leaving Google - Eternal annoyance is the price of liberty
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[if you are impatient, just scroll down to the bottom to see the links to the articles in this series]
Forgive the adaptation of the popular 19th century quote, but it really is the best summation of the series of articles I am going to put together about my Exodus from the land of Google. Before I dive into how I have managed to replace Google services, though, I want to clear up why I decided to start breaking the chains of convenience.
Given Edward Snowden's recent disclosures of the universal... Read more →
groovechicken

by groovechicken

Sending Gmail to the Spam Folder
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Of all the Google services I am kicking to the curb, I actually expected Gmail to be the most painful before starting this experiment (see the meta article for the back story on this series of articles - http://www.engadget.com/discuss/leaving-google-eternal-annoyance-is-the-price-of-liberty-1plj/). Surprisingly, though, it has turned out to be the least painful. In fact, I am even liking my new scenario for mail even better than the old "Gmail everywhere" strategy.
The reason I dreaded this... Read more →
TgD

by TgD

Interested in trying the Windows Phone 7 UI?
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So this is not anything new, but it seems there are a lot of people curious about Windows Phone 7.

In fact, if you currently have a smartphone you can give the UI demo of WP7 by opening your mobile browser and going to aka.ms/wpdemo

I find it really cool and a neat way to give people exposure to the platform.
cass

by cass

Why haven't you bought a Windows Phone yet?
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I just read this article on the NY Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/08/technology/micr... about how Windows Phone is critically a hit, but I think it's also a "hit" with consumers too. I have a Zune HD and I think it's the best media player on the market and always enjoyed using Windows Phone in the couple of instances where I got to test them out. I also know a few (very few) Windows Phone owners that love it and seen others been... Read more →
Frood

by Frood

iOS feels old, need new phone.
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Ive had every iPhone that has been released, but I'm finding myself bored with the design of the OS. I'm curious about other smartphones available on AT&T. I really do like what windows phone offers but it's missing some important apps for me. Android seems nice but I'm turned off by how it has a similar feel to iOS. I'm interested in hear some views from people with android and windows phone. I'm currently a Mac user, own a Xbox and apple tv; if that helps at all.
Unicron109

by Unicron109

What about Samsung making Zune music devices...?
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As a loyal Zune Pass subscriber and a Zune 120 owner I was a little upset when Microsoft announced that they would no longer be producing Zune hardware. I understand why they are doing it they are way behind in the smartphone race, however I just don’t see why they would abandon music fans like this. No matter what you say until a Windows Phone 7 device has a battery that can last as long as a dedicated music player can those of us who listen to music a great deal and don’t want to be stuck... Read more →
Unicron109

by Unicron109

Is it weird for me to want Nokia to do a gaming phone for Windows Phone 7?
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Nokia tried the whole gaming thing with the N-Gage and admittedly it was a huge failure though not enough to stop them from making a second generation. Also at its time mobile phone gaming just was not where it is today. They would benefit from the success that Xbox Live has. It would be a differentiator from the other Windows Phone 7 devices out there. They don’t have to worry about getting the games out there Microsoft is taking care of that. They know how to make amazing hardware they have... Read more →
daninbusiness

by daninbusiness

Why hasn't Microsoft localized and launched Windows Phone in Mainland China?
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I was dismayed to see that although Microsoft has been working on some East Asian Language support for Windows Phone, they still have neglected the market in mainland China.
Seems like a shortsighted move; considering the massive gains iOS and Android are making there, and that there is a significant portion of early adopters there who will spend top dollar (or yuan) to upgrade to the next latest & greatest thing every 6 months. Also worth mentioning, getting some halo-type product in hearts... Read more →
DanJ

by DanJ

Windows 8 Metro vs. webOS - How is Microsoft so far behind?
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I have been playing around with the developers preview of Windows 8 this week, and am pretty amazed at how Metro is so far behind features that have been in the mobile webOS for years. These differences are especially bad considering that Windows 8 is meant to be put on large screens, and full powered desktop processors.
1. Windows Management
Multitasking is something that webOS has long been praised for, and to this day, I think its "card" paradigm is still by far the best multitasking UI of any... Read more →
liveforfunnow

by liveforfunnow

How is the Mac-WP7 integration?
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I'm wondering if anyone out there is using a WP7 device with a Mac? I love the OS, but i'm nervous about switching to the Titan because I use a Mac at home. Some specifics: * How is iTunes integration? * How do Google Calendars / Contacts fit with the People Hub? Thanks for any and all thoughts you folks have.
timchoi89

by timchoi89

Mango RTM Impressions
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So last week I installed the developer's beta version of Mango on my HD7 and last night I installed the leaked RTM and I thought it'd be nice to share some of my impressions, and take questions if there are any, of Mango. Mango is definitely an improvement for the OS. It is much faster when going from app to app (the loading screens are much shorter). The multitasking UI is also very nice and makes switching between apps MUCH FASTER (hold down the back button to activate) but, as far as I could... Read more →
timchoi89

by timchoi89

Weird feature of HD7/WP7
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I just installed a beta of Mango for WP7 last night and I found a very weird/cool feature for it but I'm not sure if it's from older versions or from Mango. The feature is that the phone will actually have a data connection when it's attached to the computer while the Zune program is on. I know that it's not using wifi or my mobile data connection because wifi is off and I don't have a sim card inserted in the phone. I'll post about my impressions of WP7 Mango next week when I'm back in at home.
aston

by aston

Windows Phone 7 "Mango" Update
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As iPhone user I feel jealous that WP7 gets all that twitter,linkedin and deep facebook integration, turn-by-turn navigation and Microsoft's version of Google Goggles that works awesome. If iOS 5 wont get total redesign, I will seriously think about Windows Phone as my next smartphone OS. What do you think? Is WP7 finally become a serious competitor to iOS and Android?
cass

by cass

Windows Phone 7 music player is now on Android...sort of.
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The developer behind Launcher Pro, Federico Carnales, just released an alpha preview of an Android music player that looks pretty much identical to the one you would find on WP7. Engadget has a video comparing the real deal vs the Android version and it's amazing how similar they are. I just installed it and it's everything you would expect, but a bit buggy (to be expected). If you want to try it out for yourself, you can find the apk here:... Read more →
peter

by peter

Why would Microsoft buy Nokia?
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[Originally appeared in the gdgt newsletter. Sign up here: http://gdgt.com/newsletter/ ] Yes, I know I've been writing about Microsoft a lot lately, but the rumor going around this week that they might be buying Nokia is just too juicy to pass up. A couple of weeks ago, I'd made a few suggestions in the newsletter about some concrete things Microsoft could do to get ahead in mobile, and, while one has already happened (them buying Skype), I didn't suggest that they go out and buy Nokia, mainly... Read more →
peter

by peter

Seven thoughts on Microsoft buying Skype
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[This appeared in the gdgt weekly newsletter. You can subscribe to it here: http://gdgt.com/newsletter/ ] 1. I have to confess that I had an inkling something was up when I suggested that Microsoft buy Skype in the newsletter a couple of weeks ago. I'd been hearing from some of my sources that the two companies were talking, I just didn't think it'd happen quite so quickly -- or even at all given the interest Skype was also getting from Google and Facebook (and probably some other... Read more →
deinfinityx

by deinfinityx

In a state of insomnia last night I got to thinking about what each OS excels at.
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Since I have all three OS versions I have had time to test each in its own rights.(Disclaimer I do not have WP7 but a Zune HD) but WP7 isn't quite a major contender yet in the phone market and the Zune interface is where I think it shines the most. I think Android is definitely the best as a smartphone OS over IOS. My reasoning behind this is simple, notifications. The point of a phone is to be the always connected devices for emails/messages/calls. Androids has a huge advantage over IOS in... Read more →