Pre-NoDo WinPho Update Woe

After complaints about the lack of updates to Windows Phone 7, the first feature update, codenamed NoDo is practially upon us (after being delayed, obviously). NoDo brings performance improvements and everyone’s favourite smartphone feature – copy and paste. It seems that Windows Phone 7 made it out of the door with some deficiencies in the updating procedure, so we’ve been provided with a pre-upate update to update the updating. Sadly for many owners of Samsung handsets, the pre-NoDo update didn’t work, and a small number of phones were even “bricked” by the update (the “fix” being to go back to … Continue reading Pre-NoDo WinPho Update Woe

Windows Phone 7: What will still be missing at the end of 2011?

In Steve Ballmer’s keynote at the Mobile World Congress yesterday, Microsoft outlined what’s coming to Windows Phone 7 in updates for the remainder of 2011. There’s some good stuff there: copy and paste will come along with some performance improvements in the first half of March, followed later in the year by some 3rd party multi-tasking, Twitter integration in the People Hub, enhanced support for SkyDrive in Office, and a mobile version of IE9, supporting HTML5 and utilising hardware accelleration via the GPU. It all sounds very positive, but what is still missing? In fairness, they did say that this … Continue reading Windows Phone 7: What will still be missing at the end of 2011?

Podcast apps on Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7 has native support for audio and video podcasts, and frankly it would totally remove the need for 3rd party podcast client apps if it didn’t require new episodes to be downloaded via the Zune software on a PC and synched to the phone. Microsoft know that people want to be able to access podcasts over the air (it has been mentioned on the Windows Phone podcast that they are looking at it as a possible future development), but until they do something about it, there is a market for app developers to do something to alleviate the … Continue reading Podcast apps on Windows Phone 7

Act now to catch Amazon’s 12 Days of Kindle

I don’t own Amazon’s best selling Kindle device (although I’d be happy to own one), but I do have the Kindle app on Windows, Android and Windows Phone 7. I’ve downloaded a handful of free titles of classic literature and a couple of full prices ebooks. Having just installed the newly released app on Windows Phone 7* today, I had another look at the Kindle Store on Amazon.co.uk and was glad that I did because they’re currently running a promotion with a selection of Kindle editions for only a pound each. I picked up five. The promotion only runs until … Continue reading Act now to catch Amazon’s 12 Days of Kindle

Visual Search for Bing homepage images

I’ve posted here before about my love of the images that are used on the Bing homepage, and how I use them as my desktop wallpaper. I don’t know how long this has been up there, but I’ve just discovered Bing’s Visual Search for their archive of homepage images (340 of them as I write this). It’s a great way to view these fabulous images, so check it out at http://www.bing.com/visualsearch?g=binghp I should also add that I’m using the Bing Pictures Downloader app on Windows Phone 7 to save the images to my phone. Why would I want to do … Continue reading Visual Search for Bing homepage images

How to open your existing OneNote notebooks on Windows Phone 7

One of the great draws of Windows Phone 7 for me, and the many folks who have embedded all of their thoughts, memories, meeting notes and other titbits of information in OneNote, is the fact that OneNote Mobile can sync with notebooks on SkyDrive or SharePoint. To be honest, there was a distinct shortage of information about what the exact capabilities of OneNote on Windows Phone 7 were ahead of launch, but I was hoping that Microsoft had done the right thing. Initially I wasn’t sure that they had… In order to get you started, OneNote Mobile will create a … Continue reading How to open your existing OneNote notebooks on Windows Phone 7

Open, Closed, Fragmented – Fun and Games in the Mobile Space

This week Apple CEO, Steve Jobs – you know, the guy famous for sending brand new iPods to the rescued Chilean miners – took advantage of having an audience for their quarterly earnings call to have a good dig at Google and their Android OS. I’ve been an Android user in a love/hate relationship with Android for a while, but I’ve also had plenty experience with iOS and I’ve been keeping a very close eye on the development of Windows Phone 7. I’ve been meaning to do an opinion piece for a while on the state of the mobile market, … Continue reading Open, Closed, Fragmented – Fun and Games in the Mobile Space