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Watch Out Android: Microsoft Windows 7 Phone May “Embrace FaceTime”

windows7phone 162x300 Watch Out Android: Microsoft Windows 7 Phone May Embrace FaceTimeDespite Microsoft’s belated entrance into the smartphone wars, it looks like they actually might have a decent competitor to the mighty iPhone 4.

While its doubtful that Windows 7 phone would dent Apple’s sales (due to the latter’s immense app store), their upcoming smartphone could make Android’s Evo white knight all but irrelevant.

Samsung Cetus is a smartphone based on Microsoft Windows Phone 7 . It uses 800×480 4.0″ AMOLED with full touch screen, and it has 5MP camera and secondary VGA video call camera. Other features include SMS (threaded view), MMS, e-mail, instat messaing, HTML, Inter Explorer browser, Stereo FM radio, GPS, Bluetooth technology, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and microUSB v2.0. (Official Bluetooth SIG Member Website)

Note: Emphasis mine.

With the upcoming Samsung phone sporting a VGA video camera (just like iPhone 4), we may see the Windows 7 phone embrace FaceTime which would give Microsoft leverage over every Android device currently on the market.

Microsoft is planning on introducing the world to their Windows 7 phone this October, although hopefully by then their employees will have created enough Win7 apps to provide some decent competition against the smartphone Goliaths.

(via MobileCrunch)

YouTube Grants Users 15 Minutes Of Fame (Provided You Can Create It)

youtube YouTube Grants Users 15 Minutes Of Fame (Provided You Can Create It)After receiving numerous complaints over the 10 minute limit, it looks as if the boys and girls at Google are going to expand everyone’s current video allotment by an extra 300 seconds (or 5 minutes for you time geeks).

We want YouTube to be the best place to upload video. Without question, the number one requested feature by our creators is to upload videos longer than 10 minutes. We’ve heard you, and today we’re pleased to announce that we’ve increased the upload limit to 15 minutes.

We encourage you to take full advantage of this new time limit by making a video of your “15 minutes of fame.” Imagine that this video is all the world will ever know about you: what would you want to communicate? What will be the enduring stamp you’ve left on us all? Tag your video with “yt15minutes,” upload it by Wednesday, August 4, and we’ll select a handful of people to truly gain their 15 minutes of fame by featuring them on the YouTube homepage in a future spotlight. (Official YouTube Blog)

YouTube goes on to explain that the reason they are expanding the time limits is due to the success of their content ID system which prevents users from uploading pirated content (which Viacom sued YouTube over and lost).

Although YouTube has yet to attract some of the premium content that is becoming common place amongst rivals (like Hulu), the extra 5 minuets may attract short film creators who can help bring more quality videos to the Youtube universe (beyond dogs on skateboards and deodorant commercials).

Will Google Create A Google Me iPhone App?

iphone Will Google Create A Google Me iPhone App?With rumors of the search engine king launching a social network (dubbed Google Me), many in the geek-o-sphere have been pondering what features Google will add in order to challenge the mighty Facebook.

Google is already busy conducting studies to see how people interact with social networks (online as well as off), which the company hopes will help them build an intuitive social network without overwhelming the end user.

But if Google wants to challenge Facebook for social supremacy, they may have to deal with Steve Jobs who may not welcome the search engine’s entrance upon their beloved iDevice.

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Android Tablets May Kill Off Net Books

augenandroid e1280214986542 300x211 Android Tablets May Kill Off Net Books

The end is near my net book friends! It looks like K-mart (which is WalMart’s rival in the US) will be carrying Android tablets for a limited time.

But what is most suprising about this offer is the price, which is cheaper than the iPhone 4 (carrier subsidy and all). More →

Google To Android Developers: Carrier Billing Now Included

android robot logo2 Google To Android Developers: Carrier Billing Now IncludedIt looks like the Google overlords have finally wised up and are now allowing users of their ever so popular Android device to charge apps to their carrier cell phone bill.

Please note that we have updated the Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement (DDA). This is in preparation for some work we’re doing on introducing new payment options, which we think developers will like. [...]

In Section 13.1, “authorized carriers” have been added as an indemnified party.

Section 13.2 is new in its entirety, covering indemnity for payment processors for claims related to tax accrual.

These new terms apply immediately to anyone joining Android Market as a new publisher. Existing publishers have been notified of this change via email; they have up to 30 days to sign into the Android Market developer console to accept the new terms. (Official Android Developers Blog) More →

Microsoft To Employees: Can You Build A Windows 7 App For Us For Free?

windows7phone 162x300 Microsoft To Employees: Can You Build A Windows 7 App For Us For Free?With Windows 7 mobile launching in October of this year, Microsoft has been busy putting on the final touches of their favored smart phone.

After giving all of their employees a free Windows 7 phone, Microsoft is now asking them to create apps for the Windows Market in their “spare time.”

Understand the unique value of Windows Phone 7 and evangelize to your customers, partners, friends and family! [...]

Develop! With the help of the developer division, we just shipped the Final Beta of the Windows Phone Developer Tools. They absolutely rock, and you should download them now http://developer.windowsphone.com/. The package includes everything you need to start building apps. In addition, we’ve introduced a new employee developer program which makes it much easier for you to develop apps for Marketplace in your spare time. (TechFlash)

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Bing Begins Yahoo! Assimilation

bing Bing Begins Yahoo! Assimilation

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After quiting the search engine wars, it looks as if Yahoo! has finally begun handing over its beloved search bar, dignity and any silver medals to Microsoft’s Bing, who (as shown below) eagerly awaits the opportunity to take on Google.

When we announced our intention to enter into a search and advertising relationship with Yahoo! almost a year ago, we began a journey that will help us build a scale search advertising marketplace and provide a real competitive alternative for consumers, publishers and advertisers.

Beginning just a few days ago, we began some important testing across both our systems designed to verify our joint work and make sure we are ready to deliver a quality transition for customers, which we are on track to complete in the US and Canada over the next few months. (Bing Community Blog) More →

Google Voice App Is Now “Better, Faster, Stronger”

googlevoice Google Voice App Is Now Better, Faster, Stronger
The Mountain View giant has unveiled an update to their Google Voice app (Blackberry and Android fans only) that reduces the amount of time it takes for you to connect with friends, foes and everyone in between.
Today we are launching an enhancement to the Google Voice mobile app on Android and Blackberry phones, which makes placing calls much faster. We call this feature “direct access numbers.” Here’s how it works:

Until today, the Google Voice app had to make a request to the Google Voice server every time you wanted to make a call to send us the phone number you wanted to dial. Then the call would be connected via a Google Voice access number. With direct access numbers, we assign a unique phone number to every person you call. This means that we no longer need to use your data network to access the server each time you make a call, so calls will be placed much faster. (Google Voice Blog) More →

Ning’s new plans go live

ning logo1 Nings new plans go liveAfter nixing their free plans and embracing a pure premium model, Ning users are now able to choose the plan that is right for them, although Ning is giving users until the end of August to choose a plan or find a new home.

The three new plans – Ning Mini, Ning Plus and Ning Pro – are now live!

I encourage you to take a look at your choices and decide which plan makes the most sense for you and your members. You’ll have until August 20th to purchase a plan, which should give you ample time to make a decision. (Official Ning Blog) More →

PalmPad To iPad: “Say Hello To My Little Friend!”

palmpadstylus 490x267 PalmPad To iPad: Say Hello To My Little Friend!

Despite lacking numerous apps, an army of developers and Apple’s cult like following, HP’s PalmPad will probably be able to hold its own against the iPad tsunami that is sweeping the planet.

While Steve Jobs greatest creation allows you to interact with the iPad by using all ten digits, PalmPad may one up the iPad–literally–by introducing a simple tool that will appeal to corporate execs, artists and journalists around the world.

Our insider tells us that just like HP’s tm series notebook, the webOS tablet will have a screen that recognizes a wacom pen while functioning as a capacitive touchscreen. That means the webOS tablet–unlike the iPad–will be an actual tablet. You will be able to take handwritten notes on it and easily search your notes. (Examiner.com)

Just the very fact that the PalmPad will come with an official stylus  will set PalmPad apart from “that other” touchscreen tablet, as well as help the company leverage their products against Steve Jobs alternative to net books.

Coupled with a front facing camera and the PalmPad could easily replace the popular iPad, despite the lack of apps upon the App Catalog (aka Palm’s app store).

(via Gizmodo)