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    Windows Mobile Twitter Apps

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    Alright, here’s a list of the 8 9 12 13 (currently) Twitter Applications for Windows Mobile that I know of. if you’re one of the authors, send me updates and if you’re building one, send me a copy too! Will update this list frequently. #1: TinyTwitter...
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    Top 5 Windows Mobile Twitter Apps

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    Actually there are only five that I know off (so they’re all top!) and one homescreen plugin, but I thought the title makes it sound nice ;) #1: TinyTwitter ( http://www.tinytwitter.com/ ) Features: Very functional, GPS,  quick. #2: Pocketwit ( http...
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    Mount ISO on Vista RTM

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    If you're like me, we keep a lot of our stuff (backups, movies, install disks) in a DVD/CD image format (ISO), here's a great way of mounting ISO images on Vista RTM and it's FREE. (I'm running Vista RTM and mounting a Vista RTM ISO image file. Hope I...
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    Something light for the long Weekend

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    Chris Pirillo is funny. Some say he's weird, but his comics are entertaining. Really. Love this one about Cell Phones. http://blaugh.com/2006/08/30/cell-phone-overkill/ how true.
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    Windows Mobile 6.1 Emulators available for download

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    The Windows Mobile 6.1 Emulator Images package adds emulator images to Visual Studio 2005 or Visual Studio 2008 that let you test applications for Windows Mobile 6.1. The emulator images can also be used as standalone without Visual Studio. They can be...
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    How to: Monitor calls on Windows Mobile using C#

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    Someone just sent me a mail and asked if we had any C# samples / source code for monitoring status of incoming and outgoing calls. It all really depends on what you want to do with these calls, are you just trying to get the status? or trying to capture...
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    XNA Game Studio Express - This is how you reinvigorate developers!

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    Am at the GameFest event in the Washington State Convention Center and just came out of the keynote. How do I feel? Very excited. Why? cause I'm a developer at heart, and most of your fellow developers would understand, Game Development is the Holy Grail...
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    Freaking cool Halo3 display at the Company Store

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    If you're ever visiting Microsoft, make sure you drop by the Visitor Center / Company Store to take a look at this very cool Halo 3 diorama. I believe these were the same models that were created for the TV commercial. here's the TV commercial:
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    Windows Mobile 6 - What's in it for developers?

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    *exhale* phewww, finally. Now that Windows Mobile 6 is announced , we can be more open about it. As you know we've been putting a lot of work to improve a user's experience in the core Windows Mobile OS, but what exactly is available under the hood for...
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    RedOctane X-plorer and Frets-on-Fire

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    I admit. I'm a Guitar Hero fan! I can't play a real guitar for nuts, but I think I can hold my own with a Guitar Hero game. I got hooked playing this game when I went to Fry's Electronics in Renton and played on a demo station with the PS2 version of...
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    3D photos with your Windows Mobile

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    After reading Scoble's post about "Photo Training" where he met a person called Phil Glatz who setup his camera rig for taking 3D photos, it made me remember a time when those 3D posters with noisy 3D stereo vision images ( Magic Eye ) were all the rage...
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    Silverlight on Windows Mobile : A closeup

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    For those of you who didn't get to see the Silverlight Windows Mobile demo at MIX, here's Scott Holden, the Product Unit Manager for the Compact Framework team, giving us a closer look a the Major League Baseball (MLB) demo.
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    Samsung Omnia Upgrade Available

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    Thanks to Jason , i'm upgrading my Omnia to the new version now. If you have one, get it from here: http://www.samsungmobile.com/promotion/omnia/index.jsp for both XP and Vista :)
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    Rendering Japanese & Chinese on Windows Mobile 6

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    I got this question from one of our Evangelists in Japan, Hiroshi Ota at TechReady 6. I couldn't answer it on the spot but he sent an email shortly after to let me know he found the solution. Instead of having to install a custom ROM image that supports...
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    Guitar Hero for Windows Mobile?

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    I really hope someone would make this game. It's such a good match and fits all the tenets of a casual game for Windows Mobile. Easy to start, quick to play and addictive. (Just a sample screenshot of the concept. Art borrowed from the fabulous Guitar...
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    MEDC 2007 RSS Feeds Published

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    For those of you who are going / following the progress of MEDC 2007, they've just recently published all the session information via RSS. You can get at those feeds here: http://www.medc2007.com/rss/Australia.aspx http://www.medc2007.com/rss/Singapore...
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    Microsoft announces "Silverlight"

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    ** Here you go Robert . My first post was a mis-click on the publish button (too excited). As you know, we have blogging guidelines and was asked to hold on to blogging about this until tomorrow morning so I had to take it off. Makes me feel like an ass...
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    How to: Watch YouTube on your Excalibur

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    For those of you who has a landscape Windows Mobile device such as the HTC Excalibur (or T-Mobile Dash) or the Motorola Q, you can watch your favourite YouTube movies (or any FLV movies) easily on your device using the Vixy TinyTube transcoding service...
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    ZuneIt Howto: Get YouTube & Google Videos on your Smartphone

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    As reported by Lifehacker and Zune Thoughts , the ZuneIE Plugin (originally designed for the Zune) runs on Internet Explorer and allows you to download any YouTube or Google video and convert them on-the-fly to the .WMV format. All you have to do after...
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    Vista and Office Boxes revealed

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    Hey, love the new packaging. Check it out as reported by Walzenbach , Engadget and Windows Vista Blog . I like the black one, don't you?
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    Blackjack II has great battery life

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    Those of you who have one of these phones would agree with me. By far, this is the phone with the longest battery life of all the new Windows Mobile 6 devices we've seen. I haven't stress tested it yet but my previous phone battery lasts around 8-9 hours...
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    Understanding Virtual Memory for Windows Mobile

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    I know a lot of users have come across memory issues especially when using the camera on your Windows Mobile device and some of you wonder why there isn't enough RAM even when your device has 128mb of RAM. In order to understand, first you have to learn...
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    No Photoshop? No worry.

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    There's Paint.NET :) Yes that's right, almost 100% written in MANAGED CODE. I remember using this application when it was released as version 1 on my Windows XP. Although a novel idea at that time, the performance was very sluggish. Perhaps written without...
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    All Windows Mobile phones should have Seiko Kinetic technology

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    Everybody knows that battery life is always a big issue for mobile gadgets such as Smartphones, PDAs, and music players like the Zune or iPod. Many hardware OEMs are constantly thinking about building new hardware with lots of cool new features, but that...
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    Music ID by Shazam on Blackjack II

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    Just found this out by accident today. Hidden under the AT&T Music Icon in the Blackjack II phone, is an icon called MusicID. This is a really cool piece of software that was created by Shazam. I remember showing this demo off at a few events and...
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