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Week of March 21, 2010

Microsoft reveals early Windows Phone 7 ideas

Love it or loathe it, there’s no denying that the Windows Phone 7 user interface is at least a radical attempt by Microsoft to forge a bold new path for its smartphone operating system.

As you might expect though, the current ‘Metro’ UI wasn’t the only idea that Microsoft came up with and, perhaps in an attempt to eradicate those awful ‘Windows Mobile 7’ (as it was back then) screenshots of late 2009 from our memory, it has released a pile of other designs from the Windows Phone 7 drawing board. (Source: Julian Prokaza, Mobile Computer)

Posted Monday, March 22 2010 by ChrisD
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Windows Phone 7 Series Screen Shots

Here's a series of screen shots from the Developer SDK Emulator for Windows Phone 7 Series:

Home Screen
People Hub
Office Hub
Games Hub
Internet Explorer
Other Applications

Note: These screen shots are subject to change as Microsoft gets closer to the final release.

Posted Monday, March 22 2010 by ChrisD
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Is voice becoming the new text (again)?Is voice becoming the new text (again)?

Mobile voice-recognition technology now allows people to send text messages to friends by talking instead of typing; to scan through transcriptions of voice mail instead of taking time to listen to them all; to tell their phones what they're looking for on the Web; and, soon, to post to Twitter from their cars by speaking, allowing drivers to keep their eyes on the road.

"It's now possible to pick up your phone and press a single button and say, 'I want the Yelp.com review of the Capital Grille in Burlington, Massachusetts. Period,' " said Vlad Sejnoha, chief speech scientist at Nuance Communications, a major producer of voice-to-text software.

Phones should know by now exactly what Web link to find, he said, and users should get a result without ever typing.  (Source: John D. Sutter, CNN)  For Windows Mobile users, check out Voice Command from Microsoft which has been recognizing speech and speaking text messages for years - Chris De Herrera.

Posted Sunday, March 21 2010 by ChrisD
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