Microsoft is readying the first major software update for Windows Phone 7, a release which developers are already suggesting "is going to be MASSIVE." According to Chris Walsh, one of the developers behind ChevronWP7, Microsoft "took 3 months to do what Apple did in 3 years," presumably hinting at previous rumors that the WP7 update will bring multitasking and copy/paste support, among other things.
Microsoft has pushed out a new set of Visual Basic tools for developers creating apps for Windows Phone 7. The add-on - which will only work with Visual Studio 2010 Professional, Premium or Ultimate editions - allows Silverlight apps to be created for the smartphone platform, though not those using Microsoft's XNA framework.
Google has pushed out Google Earth 6, the latest version of its interactive digital atlas. Version 6 gets native Street View support for pavement-level browsing, along with digital 3D trees - more than 80 million trees in places such as Athens, Berlin, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco and Tokyo already "planted" - and better support for historical imagery.
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If Windows Phone 7 has caught your attention, you are probably aware that several of the devices on the market use microSD cards for storage, though those cards are tucked away deep inside the devices where the user can’t get to it. The downside to using the microSD card rather than traditional NAND flash is that the performance suffers.
The new Virgin iPad magazine, Project, has arrived in the Apple App Store for download [iTunes link]. As we wrote yesterday, the new app consists of a "reader" viewer - which is a free download - and then a month's worth of updating content, priced at $2.99 or £1.79 depending on location.
Analog Devices has announced a pair of new low-power HDMI receivers that are designed to enhance A/V system performance for home theater fans. The new receivers are the ADV7611 and the ADV7612. Both receivers are very small and are designed to enable HD and 3D support in all sorts of entertainment applications.
In countries where the banking system isn’t as developed as it is in the US and other long established countries it can be hard for people to get access to banks and to transfer money for paying bills and buying things. Many mobile phone companies are working hard to get an infrastructure in place that will allow users to transfer money using their mobile phone.