Archive for Dec 30, 2009

Windows Phone getting Xbox LIVE integration tips Microsoft job ad

Windows Phone getting Xbox LIVE integration tips Microsoft job ad

Microsoft have tipped their hand for upcoming integration between Xbox LIVE and Windows Mobile, after a job listing was spotted for a "principal program manager" responsible for "bringing Xbox LIVE enabled games to Windows Mobile".  While there are no specifics - and it seems unlikely, given the state of current smartphone performance, that we'll see Xbox 360 titles ported to Microsoft's smartphones any time soon - the initial push appears to be bringing avatars, IM chatting and profile browsing to mobile devices.

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DIY Android Doll and Rovio dog-costume: when geeks get crafty

DIY Android Doll and Rovio dog-costume: when geeks get crafty

We're not sure what it is about geeks, sewing kits and the holiday season, but bizarre DIY efforts seem to proliferate at this time of the year.  Over at Recombu they're sharing a stuffed Android doll tutorial, which shows you how to make your very own smartphone desk-stand in the shape of the Android logo, while an enterprising modder over at RoboCommunity has whipped up a dog-costume for his WowWee Rovio.

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Nokia Image Space adds Augmented Reality for S60

Nokia Image Space adds Augmented Reality for S60

Augmented Reality isn't just for the iPhone or Android; Nokia Beta Labs have updated their Image Space app to include internet data overlaid onto a real-world view through a cellphone's camera.  Nokia Image Space allows you to upload photos to a large, collaborative gallery which maps them geographically; when there are enough images of a landmark, the system automatically creates a 3D view which can be browsed from the desktop.  With this new update, you can now encounter photos - whether yours or others - when you approach the geographical location they were shot.

Video demo after the cut

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Google Nexus One $180 with contract tips leaked purchase page

Google Nexus One $180 with contract tips leaked purchase page

Today's Google Nexus One rumors really add some meat to the bones of the Android 2.1 smartphone, and with the upcoming "media gathering" - which SlashGear will be attending to bring you back all the juicy details - just a week away we've finally got some solid pricing details.  Both Gizmodo and Engadget have been sent leaked screenshots from what their respective tipsters claim to be the Google.com/phone sales page, suggesting a $530 unsubsidized price or - if you're willing to sign up to a two-year agreement with T-Mobile; more plan details after the cut - a subsidized $180.

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