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Week of March 14, 2010

Coming Soon: Take Photo Of Check, Deposit It in Bank

Banks have already offered smartphone applications that let customers check balances, transfer funds and make payments. This new addition would take mobile banking a step further.

“The smartphone really becomes a mini ATM in your pocket,” said Bhavik Patel, product principal for remote capture for J&B Software, a company that has developed technology to do mobile remote deposits for banks, brokerages and other institutions.

Here’s how it works: A bank customer takes a photo of the front of the check and the back of the check that has been signed by the customer. The photo gets sent to the bank through its mobile application. In most cases, funds are in the customers account immediately.   (Source: Joseph Pisani CNBC News)


Posted Friday, March 19 2010 by ChrisD
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The rise of the super-smartphone

"Smartphones are starting to overtake the PC in terms of the primacy of getting information and entertainment from the Internet," says Mike Woodward, vice president of the mobile phone portfolio for AT&T.

"There’s a whole generation of people, who, if they wanted to go find out something, they went and sat down at the computer and got it. There’s a generation coming up behind that, if they need to grab some quick information, a movie ticket, a dinner reservation — they immediately reach for their smartphone, whether they’re out on the go or not."  (Source: Suzanne Choney, MSNBC.com)


Posted Thursday, March 18 2010 by ChrisD
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Windows Phone 7 Series FAQs

Added the following FAQS regarding Windows Phone 7 Series:

1. General FAQ - Answers common questions end users have about the platform
2. Developer FAQ - Information for developers about the platform
3. Hardware FAQ - Information on the common hardware specifications 

As additional information is released these FAQs will be updated.  (Source: Chris De Herrera, Pocket PC FAQ)


Posted Wednesday, March 17 2010 by ChrisD
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HTC HD2 Smartphone, Running Windows Mobile, Lands in U.S.

HTC plans on releasing its HD2 smartphone, running on the T-Mobile network, in the U.S. on March 24. Running Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional, the device is clearly meant to challenge both the Apple iPhone and Google Android devices, offering a form-factor and 4.3-inch capacitive touch-screen that makes it heavily reminiscent of HTC’s Droid Eris. Heading into the release, HTC is emphasizing the phone’s social networking, particularly with its Facebook and HTC Peep widgets, and video-playback abilities. Despite these robust capabilities, though, the HTC HD2 could face a hurdle in the months ahead, when Microsoft plans on releasing Windows Phone 7 Series, its newest smartphone operating system. Although Microsoft has repeatedly said it will continue to support Windows Mobile 6.5, it is less clear whether HD2 owners will be able to upgrade their devices to the new OS—which could compel potential customers to hold off purchasing.  (Slideshow)  (Source: eWeek)
Posted Wednesday, March 17 2010 by ChrisD
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Windows Phone 7 OS can't run native code

All apps must run via the Silverlight or XNA environments, Microsoft says; Adobe says it's porting Flash to the new mobile OS

Microsoft confirmed Monday at the company's Mix 10 developers event that native applications will not be allowed on Windows Phone 7 devices. Only applications running in the Silverlight runtime environment, or games in the XNA Game Studio runtime, will be allowed.

That was the answer by Todd Brix, senior director for Mobile Platform Services Product Management, to a question from U.K.-based technology journalist Tim Anderson.  (Source: John Cox, Network World)


Posted Wednesday, March 17 2010 by ChrisD
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Windows Phone 7 Series Developer Tools Roll Out at MIX10

Developers get first look at tools for new mobile platform. Spreading the word about the new platform is Charlie Kindel, a key evangelist for Microsoft.

LAS VEGAS – March 15, 2010 – Charlie Kindel, one of the key thinkers behind the Windows Phone 7 Series development platform that’s being unveiled today here at MIX10, admits he’s the kind of guy who wears his heart on his sleeve. Talk to him about technology, and his passion bursts at the seams.

Charlie Kindel will play a key role in the development of the Windows Phone 7 Series platform, as he works with developers to spread the word about the new operating system’s capabilities. Here he catches some air on a wakeboard, one of this spare-time activities.
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Now that he’s done leading the engineering efforts to build a development platform for the new Windows Phone, he’s ready to take his passion on the road and pitch it to developers.

“Evangelism is a great word to describe what we do,” says Kindel, partner group program manager for the Windows Phone 7 Developer Experience. “In many ways, if you want to be successful in getting a platform adopted, you need to get people to believe. You need them to have faith that the tools and opportunities are really great and exciting.”

His role as evangelist officially begins today in Las Vegas at MIX10, a three-day conference for Web developers and designers. After a month of hearing little about how to build games and apps for the Windows phone, developers at the conference are being introduced to the Windows Phone 7 Series development tools and given a tour of the platform, which uses both XNA Game Studio and Silverlight.

Onstage at MIX, Kindel will announce the availability of Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone, which is specifically designed for building Windows Phone applications and is now available free in a single download at developer.windowsphone.com. Visual Studio 2010 Express includes an emulator that will allow developers to build and test their applications directly on their PCs in a virtualized Windows Phone 7 OS environment. That means developers won’t need the phone hardware to get started at building phone apps.

Kindel will also tell attendees they can get a free version of Microsoft Expression Blend specifically designed to help them build apps for the new phone. They can use it to build graphical interfaces for Silverlight applications.

As Kindel views it, the aim of the new tools is to give developers a “friction-free” way to build Windows Phone 7 Series applications and games. The goal is to make developers “super-productive very quickly” building “innovative and beautiful user experiences.”

Perhaps no one is more prepared to tell developers what the new suite of Windows Phone tools can do.

The longtime Microsoft employee joined the phone team a little more than a year ago. Previously he was focused on designing and building Windows Home Server from the ground up, which he viewed as a perfect job. “In many ways, I was living the dream,” he says. “I had plugged away for many, many years at Microsoft on the big idea that I had about enabling the connected home and building a home server.”

Then he was approached by Andy Lees, senior vice president of the Mobile Communications Business, about joining an effort to redesign Microsoft’s mobile phone offering.

Kindle soon became part of the team that was making big changes on everything from the core engineering systems to the partner ecosystem. Now, a year later and with the new Windows Phone coming out in the upcoming holiday season, Kindel is proud of what’s coming. But the job isn’t done yet, he said. Now it’s time to get the people who will build the applications and games that will run on the new phone excited.

Kindel will do it by sharing his passion, which has been burning for a long time. As he likes to joke: “People will say, ‘My first experience on a computer was with a punch card.’ Well, when I started out with computers, we didn’t have ones; we only had zeros.”

When he was 10, Kindel visited his uncle’s factory in Michigan. His uncle sat him down in front of an Apple II and fired up a video game. As Kindel played Castle, he noticed the manual for the Applesoft programming language sitting next to the computer. He cracked it open and realized he could in essence break into the monitor and lift the source code. He did just that, modifying the game to the point it was no longer playable. He saved the file, shut off the computer, and never told his uncle.

Kindel was hooked by that little escapade. “That excitement always stuck with me,” he said, “that realization that, ‘Hey, you can go inside these things and change them and make them do interesting things.’”

The passion for computing hit a fever pitch when he was a college student in Arizona, where he started a business writing shareware. It was then, during the days of Windows 2.1, that he realized Microsoft’s OS would win. “I read the tea leaves then as a college student and decided I wanted to come work at Microsoft,” he said.

After graduating college in 1990, he left Arizona for the Pacific Northwest. His first job at Microsoft was supporting third-party developers on Windows 2.1 and 3.0. Even back then, he was focused on getting developers excited about Microsoft’s platform. He hopes to continue doing that today with the Windows Phone 7 Series development platform, because that’s what it will take to win in the mobile phone space, he said.

“More than anything, my job is to get all sorts of developers, both here at Microsoft and outside of it, to effectively do my job for me,” Kindel said. “And not because they’re marketers, or simply because they understand the story, but because they just know it’s the right thing. We’ll be successful when we have everybody else talking to everybody else about how great it is to build for this platform.”  (Source: Microsoft.com)


Posted Monday, March 15 2010 by ChrisD
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Microsoft Outlines New Opportunities at MIX10 for Developers to Create Compelling Experiences

Unveils end-to-end development platform with free tools for Windows Phone 7 Series and advances with Silverlight that will bring new applications, games and experiences to life.

LAS VEGAS — March 15, 2010 — Today at MIX10, Microsoft Corp. showcased advancements in its platform technologies that enable the developer and designer community to deliver compelling user experiences across a broad set of devices. Building on the excitement of the recently announced Windows® Phone 7 Series, Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president, .NET Developer Platform, and Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president, Windows Phone Program Management, detailed the opportunity for developers to use proven technologies such as Microsoft Silverlight and the XNA Framework to build new mobile applications and 3-D Games.

“As the browser, server, Web and devices evolve, a focus on delivering consistently great user experiences has become paramount,” Guthrie said. “By extending our familiar platform technologies and tools to phones, Microsoft is delivering the premier application development experience across a variety of devices and form factors.”

End-to-End Application Development Platform for Windows Phone 7 Series

During the keynote, Microsoft provided the first deep dive into Windows Phone 7 Series application development. By combining Silverlight features for rich application development and the XNA Framework for games, Windows Phone 7 Series empowers millions of developers and designers to build visually stunning and immersive applications and games — one of the industry’s most profitable mobile application categories — while taking advantage of device-specific capabilities. Specifically, developers will be able to take advantage of the following features:

Accelerometer, an intuitive control that responds to motion

A Microsoft Location Service to provide developers with a single point of reference to acquire location information

Microsoft Notification Service for pushing information to the phone, regardless of whether or not an application is running

Hardware-accelerated video with digital rights management (DRM)

Internet Information Services Smooth Streaming for the industry’s highest quality content viewing experience

Multitouch

Camera and microphone support

“Windows Phone 7 Series brings together a rich application environment, powerful hardware, a fresh approach to software and a smart new design,” Belfiore said. “It was designed to generate incredible opportunities for developers and designers to quickly and easily deliver compelling applications and games. With the best developer tools, an established ecosystem and marketplace, and a path for developers to use their Silverlight and XNA Framework skill sets, we are delivering an application platform that is simple, powerful and inspiring.”

Free Tools for Windows Phone 7 Series Developers and Designers

To further support an end-to-end development experience, Microsoft announced the availability of comprehensive tools support for Windows Phone 7 Series. The easy-to-install package includes previews of the following:

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone

Windows Phone 7 Series add-in to use with Visual Studio 2010 RC

XNA Game Studio 4.0

Windows Phone 7 Series Emulator for application testing

Expression Blend for Windows Phone Community Technology Preview (available as a separate download)

A Marketplace for Windows Phone 7 Series Applications

Microsoft also showed how developers and designers will be able to bring applications and games to market with a new Windows Phone Marketplace. The Marketplace features a panoramic design and active merchandising to increase the discoverability of games and applications, and supports one-time credit card purchases, mobile operator billing and advertising-funded applications. The Marketplace will also enable customers to try applications before buying them and allow developers to cross-promote their applications through deep linking.

Several leading companies will be creating exciting applications and games for Windows Phone 7 Series. They include The Associated Press, Archetype International Inc., AWS Convergence Technologies – WeatherBug, Citrix Systems Inc., Clarity Consulting Inc., Cypress Consulting, EA Mobile, Fandango Inc., Foursquare Labs Inc., frog design inc., Glu Mobile Inc., Graphic.ly, Hudson Entertainment Inc., IdentityMine Inc., IMDb.com Inc., Larva Labs, Match.com LLC, Matchbox Mobile Ltd., Microsoft Game Studios, Namco Networks America Inc., Oberon Media Inc., Pageonce Inc., Pandora Media Inc., Photobucket Inc., PopCap Games Inc., Seesmic, Shazam Entertainment Ltd., Sling Media, SPB Software Inc., stimulant, TeleCommunications Systems Inc., Touchality LLC and Vertigo Software Inc.

Continued Innovation With Silverlight and Expression Blend

Microsoft announced a release candidate (RC) for Silverlight 4, available for download today, which builds on the beta version released at the Professional Developers Conference in November 2009. The Silverlight 4 RC provides powerful media and enterprise application and media capabilities, out-of-browser flexibility and world-class tools support via Visual Studio and Expression Blend with Sketchflow to enable robust application development and rich interactive experiences.

In addition, Microsoft unveiled the Expression Blend 4 Beta, a design and development workflow tool. New features such as Path Layout enable developers and designers to build and animate innovative user interface design via a groundbreaking visual layout mechanism, without the need to write code. Expression Blend 4 Beta also adds support for Silverlight 4, .NET Framework 4 and Visual Studio 2010.

Silverlight Customer Adoption

Silverlight adoption has continued at a rapid pace with installations approaching 60 percent of all Internet devices worldwide — an increase of nearly 15 percentage points in just four months. Customers such as Major League Soccer, BBC, eBay Inc., Netflix Inc., NBCOlympics.com and CT Corp., a Wolters Kluwer business, demonstrated how they are taking advantage of the power of Silverlight to deliver compelling consumer and enterprise experiences.

“Microsoft Silverlight technology will be the backbone of the video platform on our newly launched MLSsoccer.com,” said Chris Schlosser, director of digital strategy for Major League Soccer. “Our work with Microsoft allows us to launch cutting-edge digital and mobile experiences for our loyal fans. As part of our increased focus on digital media, we view a rich video experience as absolutely critical to accomplishing our goal of ‘super serving’ MLS supporters.”

All the latest from MIX10 is available at http://live.visitmix.com/press, including downloads of tools for Windows Phone 7 Series, the Silverlight 4 RC and Expression Blend 4 Beta, which will be available today.   (Source: Press Release)


Posted Monday, March 15 2010 by ChrisD
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SBSH PhoneWeaver 2.1 for Windows Mobile Touch Released! Finger friendly settings interface with full Windows Mobile 6.5.3 compatibility to support the latest Windows Phones!

March 15th, 2010 - SBSH announced today a new update for its 
robust profiles manager - PhoneWeaver for Windows Mobile Touch to version 2.1! PhoneWeaver 2.1 introduce major structural changes that ensure full compatibility with the most recent Windows Phones! Those include new overhauled Settings interface with finger-friendly design to support new devices without stylus, Windows Mobile 6.5.3 support and more!

SBSH PhoneWeaver 2.1 Highlights

The new PhoneWeaver 2.1 release is available as a free upgrade for all past registered users. Click here to read the release note from our development team for more details about this new release and free upgrade details for registered users.


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SBSH PhoneWeaver for Windows Mobile Touch costs $14.95.

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Support information

SBSH Support team is available 24/7 to help you with any inquiry
Visit SBSH Forums to share ideas and share your experience with other SBSH users and our development team  (Source: Press Release)


Posted Monday, March 15 2010 by ChrisD
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