Frequent business travelers are always looking for ways to lessen the pain caused by air travel these days. Streamlining the check-in process is a huge area of focus for jetsetters, and there are many methods of accomplishing this task. Fly Delta is an application for Windows Phone 7 that aids you in making the business of flying less painful.
We know what you’re thinking: Ebay? Really? Obviously readers of this site are familiar with the auction mega-site, even if you don’t use it on principal. Ebay’s selection as App of the Week has a lot to do with their use of new capabilities offered by the Mango update for Windows Phone. For those that are fans of both Windows Phone and Ebay (yes, all three of you), the Ebay app is a thing of beauty.
Digital versions of traditional analog media have revolutionized the way we consume content. Whether it is e-books, mp3s, or HDTV; digital media has become the norm. The increase in bandwidth across traditional broadband as well as cellular networks has increased the availability of streaming content dramatically.
TuneIn Radio is an app that makes thousands of Internet Radio streams available to your Windows Phone.
If you're wondering how Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform is doing, wonder no more. The numbers, as provided by the Redmond software giant, are in, and there's plenty to digest. For starters, Microsoft claims its Windows Phone Developer Tools have been downloaded over 1.5 million times, which is about the size of the entire population of Philadelphia, the software company points out.
Some time ago Sony Ericcson was supposed to build a Windows Phone 7 device, but those plans were put on hold when Sony Ericcson got cold feet about the risk of "standardizing" its smartphones. A year later, some blurry pictures of a supposed Sony Ericcson Windows Phone 7 device surfaced at Lizhecome, a Chinese blog site. Could this be the real deal?
Sprint is gearing up to launch its first Windows Phone 7 device on March 20, the HTC Arrive, Sprint announced. You may also see this one referred to as the HTC 7 Pro, which is how it's referred to globally. The HTC Arrive will run $200 after a $100 mail-in-rebate and obligatory 2-year service agreement or eligible upgrade.
We're already two months into 2011, but this could end up being a make-or-break year for the relatively new Windows Phone 7 platform. Acer's betting on the former and has plans to launch several WP7 devices sometime this year, as well as new Android models, says Aymar de Lencquesaing, president of Acer's Smart Handheld Business Group. Clump it all together and Acer reckons it will ship several million smartphones before the year is up.
Play.fm today announced that its Play.fm Mobile App is now available for download in three flavors, including Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone 7.
"With our mobile Apps music fans now have access to the probably biggest collection of DJ mixes regardless of where they are at the moment," says Georg Hitzenberger, founder of Play.fm. "Cloud Music, i.e., the consumption of music hosted on dedicated streaming servers, is the future of the music business. One can assume that smartphones will play a major role there."
The app runs $3.99 regardless of whether you purchase and download it through the Android Market, Apple iTunes, or Windows Marketplace. That buys you 90 days of unrestricted access to audio streams from Play.fm's roughly 30,000 DJ sets. After 90 days, you get five hours per month at no cost, or you can pony up for the Premium subscription for unlimited access (price yet to be determined).
LG is happy with Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform and believes there's a lot of potential there, but the company is less than thrilled with the platform's launch.
"From an industry perspective we had a high expectation, but from a consumer point of view the visibility is less than we expected," James Choi, marketing strategy and planning team director of LG Electronics, told Pocket-lint.com in an interview.
Despite the slow launch, LG isn't giving up on WP7 or changing its tune on the platform.
"LG has been closely collaborating with Microsoft from the beginning," Choi said. "What we feel is that it is absolutely perfect for a huge segment out there. What we feel is that some people believe that some operating systems, mainly Google, are extremely complicated for them. But Windows Phone 7 is very intuitive and easy to use."
So what's the problem? According to Choi, being a mostly high-end device is holding the platform back. He says that "once Windows Phone 7 handsets that are mid-tier to low-tier start appearing the market share will grow."
Microsoft is banking on it. As CNet amusingly points out, the long retired Windows 98 OS has a higher market share than WP7, according to Net Market Share's numbers. Windows 98 claims a scant 0.04 percent of the worldwide OS market, while WP7 sits at less than 0.010 percent.
Microsoft is left with a little egg on its face after a developer spent just six hours cracking the DRM on its Windows Phone 7 platform, DailyTech reports.
The developer attempted the crack for technical blog site WPCentral, but it wasn't malicious in nature. Instead, WPCentral hopes this will help Microsoft improve its busted DRM scheme and has no plans of publishing how the hack works.
"We are confident Microsoft will work hard to implement a stronger DRM system, in part due to this proof-of-concept demonstration," WPCentral said.
As part of the proof-of-concept hack, the developer was able to create an app called FreeMarketPlace that's capable of downloading any app from Microsoft's WP7 Marketplace and stripping away the DRM. Those apps could then be loaded on an unlocked smartphone or saved to a PC.