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The Daily Slash: December 3 2010

The Daily Slash: December 3 2010

Wow what a freaking wild day - phones exploding, 'Splosions being announced, and we get announced to a [Google Chrome event] for next week! This really gets me pumped up. Events are the best. There's breakfast there. Also today we get our hands on a [ONA Union Street Camera and Messanger bag], review a [simplehuman sensor can] (for electronic garbage tossing!), and scream like little girls over the Android release of Pocket God. There's a new smart gun announced for use by US troops in Afghanistan and KISS re-releases their epic coffin line (coincidence?) Philip Berne writes an epic take on [Hannukah and the Hobby Lobby], and NOOKcolor has an SDK released for developers.

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Pocket God App Available Now on Android, Soon for Windows Phone 7

Pocket God App Available Now on Android, Soon for Windows Phone 7

Hooray for adventures. This is the first time Bolt Creative or Ngmoco have created a non-iOS application, and they're teamed up to bring that ever-so-popular game about crushing to both Android and Windows Phone 7 smartphones. It's like Sim City for the futuristic world of now, played with pygmies! They've even got a blog where they let you know about all their ventures into things like action figures and double rainbows, and now YOU TOO, you Android peoples, can be a part of this fun world, hooray!

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No Windows Phone 7 App Hub royalties until Feb 2011 latest in developer woes

No Windows Phone 7 App Hub royalties until Feb 2011 latest in developer woes

Microsoft has supposedly told Windows Phone 7 developers that they won't see any App Hub payments for paid-app sales until February 2011, according to coder Justin James, while the absence of any download feedback or analytics is leaving developers uncertain whether to continue investing in their software. Nicholas Yu, who created a Google Voice app for WP7 called GoVoice, has complained that responding to the number one feature request from users - push notifications - would require server investment that, with the limited tools Microsoft makes available, he cannot currently judge worthwhile.

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The Daily Slash: November 12 2010

The Daily Slash: November 12 2010

First of all, everyone who is a Windows Phone 7 developer: watch out. You're going to want to take a look at this. For everyone else, hooray, what a fun day! Angry Birds is heading to Xbox LIVE arcade, PlayStation Network, and WiiWare, Galaxy Tab Flash turns out to be quite the dish, and Wired shows it's tatas. Finally, we decide whether Facebook e-mail makes sense or not and we get a DROID PRO in the mail to unbox and put our HANDS ON.

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Windows Phone 7 Marketplace Glitch Allows XAP Package Download: Viewable Application Source Code For All

Windows Phone 7 Marketplace Glitch Allows XAP Package Download: Viewable Application Source Code For All

At this very moment, it is possible for any Joe Schmo to go over to Microsoft's server and download all of Windows Phone 7 XAP application packages without the need of a WP7 device or Zune Desktop software. This is possible because Zune software uses ATOM XML feed to grab application info, so it's just a matter of diving into the code to find the XAP package address and download it directly. Once you've got the XAP package of an application, you can simply unzip it and have your way with all of that app's assets and resources - including the source code of the app with the use of Reflector (a debugger for lots of nasty projects.)

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Windows Phone 7 Marketplace transaction fees doubling app prices for some users

Windows Phone 7 Marketplace transaction fees doubling app prices for some users

Bad news if you're in Australia, have jumped on board with Windows Phone 7 and have a taste for paid apps. According to istartedsomething, Microsoft's decision to process Windows Marketplace purchases through their Singaporean bank means that Australian users - and, we're guessing anyone else outside of Singapore, since Microsoft has apparently opted to simply use the bank where their head office is located - are getting charged international transaction fees that can more than double the cost of some apps.

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SlingPlayer Mobile Available for Windows Phone 7

SlingPlayer Mobile Available for Windows Phone 7

So you've got one of those new-fangled Windows Phone 7 devices, yes? How would you like to control your TV from that device? Now, when connected to a Slingbox SOLO of Slingbox PRO-HD via the Internet, you can watch and control your TV easily with SlingPlayer Mobile software. Owners of Slingbox devices can now connect to them via their WP7 phone (or a variety of other phones, if you were wondering), allowing them to change channels, control their DVRs, and watch their favorite shows just so long as they've got a 3G or Wifi internet connection.

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Windows Phone 7 Marketplace Now Has Nearly 2,000 Apps and Games

Windows Phone 7 Marketplace Now Has Nearly 2,000 Apps and Games

This news is bigtime, especially considering the mark they set for themselves in Early October at only 1,000. Marketplace is now fully open to submissions from all of their 13,000 registered developers in 30 supporting markets. This is all certainly due in no small part to the program kicked off in early October encouraging developers to get to work creating lovely apps for WP7 devices worldwide.

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Microsoft Interview Explains Development Process, Applications, and Updates

Microsoft Interview Explains Development Process, Applications, and Updates

There's no doubt that with the launch of Windows Phone 7 Series, that things are changing for Microsoft in the mobile market. They've decided to revamp everything, and that means the development process is getting a major face-lift as well. While they're hoping that the main stay of developers from previous version of Windows Mobile will stick around, they also want to make it perfectly clear that new developers can take full advantage of the new Silverlight development process. In the interview we conducted, we learned that Microsoft agrees with everyone else, in that the development process is just as important as the hardware and software, to the survival and success of Windows Phone 7 Series. We also learned how applications will be distributed, upgraded, and everything else in between. Oh, and we find out that some dreams are certainly going to be dashed.

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MIX 2010 delivers fresh WP7s news: Windows Phone Marketplace, Silverlight 4 RC and more

MIX 2010 delivers fresh WP7s news: Windows Phone Marketplace, Silverlight 4 RC and more

Today marks the kick-off point for MIX 2010, Microsoft's annual developer conference, and while usually we'd leave it to the programmers this year promises more information about Windows Phone 7 series.  Microsoft deferred pretty much all questions about hardware and software technicalities from MWC 2010 last month to this week's event, but with it already confirmed that WP7s will break software ties with Windows Mobile 6.5 and earlier, developers are understandably keen to find out exactly what's involved getting up to speed with the new platform.  Among the announcements today are the launch of the Silverlight 4 Release Candidate and the debut of Windows Phone Marketplace, the successor to Windows Marketplace for Mobile.

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