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Windows Phone 7 finished and off to the manufacturers

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Sep 2, 2010 at 10:46 pm CDT

It looks like Microsoft has decided Windows Phone 7 is ready for the masses. The RTM version of the mobile OS has been shipped to manufacturers according to a post on the Windows Phone Blog. This means a big step has been taken towards getting WP7 into our excited little hands.

Windows Phone 7 finished and off to the manufacturers |

Terry Myerson, Corporate VP of Windows Phone Engineering, stated that "Windows Phone 7 is the most thoroughly tested mobile platform Microsoft has ever released" and "the final integration of Windows Phone 7 with our partners' hardware, software, and networks is underway." With reportedly over ten thousand devices running daily tests and eight and a half million hours of fully automated test passes, I would definitely hope that the kinks are out and WP7 will give the current mobile big boys a run for their money.

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Ten-way video calling possible with Skype's latest beta

Don Lynn | Software | Sep 2, 2010 at 10:24 pm CDT

Need to connect with nine of your closest friends around the world at the same time? It may be possible with Skype's 5.0 beta for Windows. Skype is doubling the amount of peope that can be involved in a video call from five to ten.

Ten-way video calling possible with Skype's latest beta |

This new beta, which is currently available for download, also implements automatic call recovery, a cleaner user interface, and call quality improvement among other bug fixes. Users are reporting numerous bugs with the new features, but with this being a beta this is to be expected. When the features are smoothed out, it will definitely be a great shot fired back at Google and their new video calling service.

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Nokia shutting down Ovi Files starting October 1st

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Sep 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm CDT

The world's largest mobile phone maker is shutting down a major service soon. Ovi Files, a popular free file sharing service offered by Nokia, is being discontinued on October 1st. Ovi Files allows Nokia users to remotely access their computer and send files via their mobile phones even if the computer is offline.

Nokia shutting down Ovi Files starting October 1st |

The service currently has 1.5 million registered users, but according to Nokia spokesman Tapani Kaskinen the service does not fit the company's overall strategy for the Ovi service package. He stated that "we want to explore broader horizontal offerings in mobile maps, e-mail, messaging, media, social networks and music." Nokia Suite will be offered as a synch and file transferring service between a mobile device and computer, but a wired connection will be required for use.

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Apple's Ping service blocked by Facebook for "unauthorized use"

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Sep 2, 2010 at 10:03 pm CDT

It seems that Apple's new Ping service and Facebook are not currently on the best of terms. Facebook Connect integration has been removed from Ping after Facebook denied the connection due to Facebook's policy that any service that wants to hit their friend-finding API an extreme amount of times has to sign a deal agreeing to limit network impact and protect Facebook's user data.

Apple's Ping service blocked by Facebook for unauthorized use |

Apple and Facebook never had a deal in place for this service when Ping was launched because negations broke down due to what Steve Jobs dubbed "onerous terms," but Apple used the API anyways until Facebook blocked access. Rumor is that the two companies are still negotiating to get the services to play nicely with one another, so this may only be a temporary disconnection.

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Boxee prices Boxee Box update defends price against Apple TV

Shane McGlaun | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Sep 2, 2010 at 01:04 pm CDT

If you are one of the hoards of computer users that has a glut of digital content on your machine that you really want to watch on your big screen in the living room you may have been eyeing some sort of media streaming device. Many folks will be waiting for the new Apple TV unveiled yesterday to hit stores and use that to stream their content as best they can. The big issue with the Apple TV and any other Apple product for that matter is that Apple gear is locked down.

Boxee prices Boxee Box update defends price against Apple TV |

With the new Apple TV coming in at only $99 a bunch of the big names in the streaming market cut prices to compete with Apple. Boxee has pinned an official price to its updated Box landing in November and isn't concerned with pricing the Boxee Box along the lines of the Apple TV. Boxee has priced the new Box at $199, $100 more than Apple.

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Scosche tosses new cases for iPod touch and nano onto market

Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Sep 2, 2010 at 12:04 pm CDT

Scosche is one of the premium brands in the market for iPod cases and accessories. It will come as no surprise that Scosche has unveiled a new line of cases for the iPod touch and nano that were updated and unveiled. Scosche has unveils several new cases that fans of the new Apple gear will find useful and will protect the new gadgets form damage.


One of the six new touch cases is the kickBACK t4 with a glossy polycarbonate exterior and a rubber interior in black, grey, and white with an integrated kickstand for viewing hands free. The next new case is the switchBACK t4 with exchangeable backs and a two-piece design to allow color customization and the case has a kickstand as well.

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Sony Bloggie camcorder is squarely cool

Shane McGlaun | | Sep 2, 2010 at 11:02 am CDT

For a long time camcorders were not designed to be compact and portable. This was mostly because the hardware inside the camcorders was fairly large early on. As technology advanced and components shrunk along with video sharing sites like YouTube becoming crazy popular, camcorders slimmed up and went portable so users could take them everywhere. Sony has unveiled a new thin and portable camcorder for video fans called the Bloggie Touch.


The little camcorder is very nice looking with a brushed silver aluminum look case and shiny chrome trim. The thing looks a lot like your typical bar style smartphone to me. It's not a phone though and can record full HD video and shoot still shots as well. Those still shots can be taken in 12.8MP resolution.

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Poll Results - Do you attend LAN parties?

Cameron Wilmot | Gaming | Sep 2, 2010 at 10:51 am CDT

Around 1,200 people voted on our previous poll and we asked you about LAN parties and attendance.

Poll Results - Do you attend LAN parties? |

As we launched the poll, many voted that they do attend LAN parties and the answer was looking pretty clear at that time. Now that we have ended the poll, we saw that a mere 31% of TweakTown readers attend LAN parties.

What is wrong with the rest of you or around 51% of our readers? And 18% don't know anything about a LAN party. Eh? Here is your answer.

For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we want to know what is the best media player companion for your HDTV? Let us know! Please go here to vote!

Twitter for iPad app available right now

Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Sep 2, 2010 at 10:44 am CDT

If you are an ardent iPad user who is also a Twitter fiend today is your lucky day. The Official Twitter for iPad app has now landed and it looks pretty darn cool. You don't even have to have a Twitter account to use it, you can download and lurk all you want. The official app is built to take full advantage of the iPad interface.

Twitter for iPad app available right now |

The app uses Panes that let the user tap Tweet to open a pane on the right. If that Tweet has a video or a photo embedded, you can tap that to open it in another pane and then move between the panes open by swiping left or right. The app supports media inline. That means if a Tweet has a video in it you can play the video right in the Tweet without having to leave and if the video needs to load you can leave it loading and continue to check out the Tweets.

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Viewsonic ViewPad 10 gets felt up on film at IFA

Shane McGlaun | Laptops | Sep 2, 2010 at 10:02 am CDT

IFAs going on in Germany bringing geeks all around the world to see the offerings on display. One of the product types that is big this year and at the show in force are tablets to compete with the iPad. The guys over at Netbooknews have got some hands-on time with the cool Viewsonic ViewPad 10 and filmed the fondling for us to peruse.

Viewsonic ViewPad 10 gets felt up on film at IFA |

The ViewPad 10 runs Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit and Android 1.6 with some dual boot action. The guys note that the Android portion of the tablet hadn't been set up so they didn't get to see how well the Android aspect works. The tablet has an Intel Atom N455 processor with 1GB of RAM.

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