Microsoft have announced that they plan to stop supporting Windows Phone 7 for Marketplace shortly.
Windows Phone 7 users have been warned that they will soon start seeing error messages on older handsets which have not been updated to the latest 7.5 firmware.
To see which Windows Phone operating system (OS) version is currently installed on your phone, do the following:
1 On Start, flick left to the App list.
2Tap Settings > About > More info.
Many parents are worried by what their kids get up to once they've got their own mobile phones. Now Bemilo has launched, it may be the answer to every nosey / concerned parent's dream.
Bemilo is a virtual network running on Vodafone. Parents can fix the times when the phone can be used to all numbers except to the parents. They can also block all picture / video messaging and also check even deleted texts. And it has the most annoying logo ever....
What does everyone think?
Oh dear. Apparently patent lawyers don't make enough money and so Apple has gone and patented soft keyboards that modify their keys with the tap of an on-screen button.
You know the stuff. You press a key on your iPhone and up pops a couple of options for you to choose from. Obviously, Android uses a similar method, as do lots of keyboard app developers and probably lots of other people.
Thanks to Apple, it's lawyers may start knocking on some more doors. I have the address for Google and Samsung if they don't have it......
The idea came from a TEDx event in Bristol, when occasional Wiki editor John Cummings suggested that a bunch of enthusiasts to Wiki a whole town.
Six months later, and the installation of free town-wide wifi, Monmouth, on the Welsh borders and well worth a visit, has placed QR codes on all places of interest, so that smartphone users can quickly scan the codes and get the skinny on what they're looking at.
I can't be the only one thinking that it'd be handy to stick on blue plaques scattered around London and other towns....
We've got used to Google building relations with individual handset manufacturers and giving them an exclusive for each new generation of Android. According to the Wall Street Journal, that might be about to change.
According to their article, Google is rumoured to be considering a partnership with several manufacturers at once and releasing a range of 5-7 Jelly Bean (Android 5.0) Nexus devices in time for Thanksgiving this year.
This might be Google's way of not showing Motorola favouritism, but these unlocked devices are bound to annoy networks if Google starts selling them directly and not through network agreements. It will also give Google a greater say in what 'Pure Android' and subsequent takes on Android will look like.
Open Mobile has been demonstrating how to run Android apps on Maemo, Mobilin, Meego Tizen.
Blackberry recently solved the problem of what to do when no one wants to write apps for your OS, by creating an emulator which ran Android apps.
Open Mobile has come up with a similar solution for open OS Tizen, by creating an 'Application Compatability Layer' and have been demoing it at a Tizen conference.
Handset manufacturers would then have to incorporate it into their Tizen devices.
Just weeks after Facebook went and bought Instagram for a cool $1 Billion, Zuckerberg has gone shopping again and bought himself a team of Android programmers.
Facebook seem to be taking the mobile thing very seriously these days. Zuckerberg was going on about this only the other day, and now he's looking to improve Facebook's Android offering, by buying Lightbox, which is a photo blog app.
Time will tell what this all buys.
The real world battle for graphics card domination has gone virtual. NVIDIA will now use it's new Keplar GPU architecture in data centres so that people will soon be able to do hardcore gaming on even their mobiles.
NVIDIA promises that through its new GeForce GRID service, users will be able to deliver more graphic demanding services than current games consoles can to your puny tablet, mobile, notebook.
The only question is, why would anyone want to buy an expensive graphics card for their desktop?
Yesterday Microsoft released another build to the Windows insider fast ring. Read on to see what's new in build 17083.
This is a bit of an odd build in that it seems at first sight that there's not a whole bunch that's new, but that's not really the case; this build includes lots of smaller, but equally important changes and improvements.
Having said that, the biggest change in this build is related to fonts. As of 17083, fonts can now be bought, installed and managed from the Microsoft Store. It may not sound like much of a change, but actually it will make font management a hell of a lot easier for yon average user.
Here's what Microsoft says about the font changes:
The full release notes are here.
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A new year and a new build ... after almost a month of inactivity, Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 insider preview build, 17074.
New in this build is a new take on localisation - rather than downloading language packs "as part of Windows", you now get them from the Microsoft Store. Why the change? Who knows, but apparently it's for the better.
In addition, there's a whole skew of updates for Edge, pushing even more epub and ebook features into the browser.
As ever, click here for the full release notes.
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After a break of a few weeks, Microsoft have finally released a new build of Windows 10. Read on to find out what's new in build 17063.
The big change in this build is Timeline - this is a brand new major feature that's designed to allow you to more easily see what you were doing at some point in the past. i.e. a timeline on your PC activity. As Microsoft put it:
In addition to this, there's the usual raft of fixes and improvements to Edge, with Cortana getting a bit of love as well. The full release notes are here
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