Thursday, June 24, 2010

Youtube gets a Vuvuzela of it's own.

The world's largest video portal added a small soccer ball icon that, when clicked, mimics the now infamous Vuvuzela sound. Click the button again to stop the sound. After two weeks watching the FIFA world cup, I have accustomed myself to it. I even have Vuvuzela's apps on my phones. Ask my friends, they should know. At least two things we will remember about the 2010 world cup will be the Vuvuzelas and the French rout.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Download: Kin launcher for windows Mobile 6.5.

Want to give a Kin-like feel to your Windows Mobile device? Head over to Windows Phone Hacker for a free download. However, there is not much to it. Tapping on the shortcuts will take you back to the default Windows mobile theme or HTC sense or whichever theme you're using. So if you feel like bringing some change to your phone, download the cab file to your phone.

Here's a video that shows how it works:

Friday, June 11, 2010

Microsoft releases hotfix for recurring Calendar events synchronization issues.,

If you are experiencing issues where after synchronizing your phone with Outlook, your recurring events shift from one year to 12 years, then this hotfix will solve your problem. I have been seeing some reports on the Microsoft forums about this and I am happy that Microsoft has chosen to publish this fix. Here's an example of a situation on the Microsoft forums where this hotfix has solved this problem.

"You create a yearly recurring event on a Windows Mobile device, and you synchronize the Windows Mobile device with a computer that is running Office Outlook 2007. However, in both the Office Outlook 2007 calendar and on the Windows Mobile device, the recurring event shows that it will occur every 12 years instead of every year (12 months) after you perform the synchronization."

The hotfix can be requested for download here. For more information, read more.

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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Press-Release: SPB TV for Windows Mobile Smartphones Gets a Major Update

SPB Software, a leading mobile software developer, has updated the Windows Mobile version of its flagship application SPB TV to version 2.0. Due to advertising revenues support the program is now free-of-charge and subscription-free. Ads featured in SPB TV only last as long as channel buffering takes and therefore preserve the best user experience.
In addition to the existing features that include quick channel previews, a TV guide for more than 150 offered channels in more than 20 languages, picture-in-picture mode, fast channel launching and switching, the new version offers also a video on demand (VOD) option. With this new feature the users can control what they are watching and when. Unlike broadcast TV, VOD provides greater choice and interactivity.
Another significant enhancement is the Advanced Video Codec (H.264) support which improves video quality. As a result even with substantial lower bitrates the resolution is strongly improved. SPB TV 2.0 also allows to watch TV with low speed mobile network connections.
SPB TV works on iPhone, Symbian, Android, BlackBerry and WebOS smartphones as well. Last month SPB TV has reached one million users milestone. It is interesting to see how mobile TV watching behaviour is different in different countries. For example 71% of US users use SPB TV via 3G while in Greece and Poland only 10% of users use 3G and others use WiFi.
"Taken into consideration all the statistics and feedback collected from our users, we created the new version of SPB TV, which can not only offer our users better video quality but can be also available to all Windows Mobile users absolutely for free", said Sebastian-Justus Schmidt, CEO of SPB Software.
SPB TV is also available as a solution for mobile operators. SPB TV Mobile Operators Solution allows carriers to couple SPB's proven solution with their own infrastructure and various subscription models. Three mobile operators world-wide has already deployed SPB TV based mobile TV solutions.
*** SPB TV 2.0 for Windows Mobile Main Features: ***
- Integrated TV Guide with the list of current and upcoming TV-shows
- Unique browser with fast channels launch and switching
- Quick channel preview (picture-in-picture mode)
- On-Screen Control Panel
- Video on Demand
- Setting a Reminder
- Video Quality Switcher
- Advanced Video Codec support

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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Give your Windows Phone battery cover a new look.

There is not much going on in the Windows Phone world these days; No new devices and no new software. Microsoft is busy finalizing Windows phone 7, which will be released sometime at the end of the year. While we are all patiently waiting for the the OS, some have found a way to enhance their current phones.

Paul White, editor at Whitesites, posted a step-by-step tutorial that turned his black HD2 battery  cover into a chrome mirrored finish. If you need something to keep you busy until Windows Phone 7 comes out, check out the tutorial @ Paul White's site.