Windows Phone 7 now with 5,000 mobile apps (and growing)

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No, this number is nowhere near as impressive as what you’d find through the App Store for the Apple iPhone and other iOS devices, but it represents a major milestone for Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system. If you happen to be rocking something like the Samsung Focus or HTC Surround, you can now go to the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace and find no fewer than 5,000 apps.

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HTC HD7 with Windows Phone 7 on T-Mobile mid-November

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The Windows Phone 7 train is slowly rolling its way into the T-Mobile station and it looks like one of the first devices to show up at “Magenta” with the new Windows Phone 7 OS is the HTC HD7. You may have seen some leaked photos of this smartphone already, and you may already know it as the Schubert, either way this phone looks pretty sweet with its massive screen real estate of 4.3-inches (largest in USA apparently).

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Huawei U8100 is first Android phone from Wind Mobile

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So, you’ve been itching to get your hands on a new Google Android phone, but you don’t want to break the bank in the process, nor do you want to sign a lengthy contract. Wind has you covered, because they’ve just released the Huawei U8100. This touchscreen smartphone is the first Google Android smartphone to be made available through Wind Mobile in Canada and you can get it for just $160.

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Transactions 2.0: Using a mobile phone to pay your restaurant bill

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Leaders from varios mobile payment companies met in a panel discussion at the 8th AlwaysOn & STVP Summit at Stanford to discuss the newest wave of payment since the credit card. The discussion, titled Transactions 2.0, was hosted by Randy V. Sabbet J.D., CISSP, Partner, Internet & Data Protection, Sonnenschein. The group covered topics regarding the safety and use of electronic signatures, using a cell phone to pay bills, online payments made by entering a cell phone number instead of a credit card, and a single-click check out process for credit cards using our mobile phones.

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Mobile scanner shootout: Who scans best?

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As we move slowly but surely toward a more paper-free existence, we still rely on some physical forms for certain things. In order to best accommodate this transition, you’ll want to have a reliable document scanner, but you probably want to save some space. That’s where the professional mobile scanner market comes into play.

We had the opportunity to look at three of the top offerings in the niche and they each had their respective pros and cons. The Canon Imageformula P-150 is perfectly happy with duplex scanning and offers fast speeds, but the software leaves much to be desired. Similarly, thePlustek MobileOffice AD450 has a 20-sheet capacity and it can even accept plastic cards for scanning. However, it’s boxy shape makes for a challenging fit in most laptop bags.

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Review: Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 mobile scanner

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With a small but steadily growing population of the computing force being Mac users, it’s nice to see Fujitsu thinking of us by offering a serious mobile scanning hardware solution. The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 is just under $300, and will appeal not only by Mac users, but any mobile professional serious about document processing.

The S1300 is silver and gray. It folds down nicely in to a compact 11.18 x 3.90 x 3.03 inches and weighs in at 3.08 lbs. It’s a little bit thick at 3.03-inches, but will fit in to larger laptop bags, perhaps even a large briefcase. I think it could have been a bit thinner, but Fujitsu did a good job of keeping it looking sleek.

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Review: Plustek MobileOffice AD450 scanner

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Plustek has been manufacturing digital imaging products since the mid-80s. Their latest group of scanners are part of the Mobile Office line, the one we are looking at today: the Plustek MobileOffice AD450. An automatic document feeder (ADF) scanner capable of 600 DPI resolution and 20 sheet capacity.

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Review: Canon Imageformula P-150 mobile scanner

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The Canon Imageformula P-150 is the latest mobile scanner from Canon. It sells for under $300 online, and can scan at duplex up to 20 sheets per sitting. A perfect portable scanning companion for your mobile office. Definitely compact in size, light-weight and measuring only 11 x 3.7 x 1.6-inches, the P-150 is thin enough to slip in your laptop bag or rucksack.

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Ouidoo Scene device takes augmented reality mobile

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Forget about 3D for a moment, a company called QderoPateo could have something even more exciting. The firm is set to demonstrate the new Ouidoo Scene device at the “Above the Clouds” event planned for this Friday. What makes this smartphone-like device so special? It has been designed from the ground up to handle augmented reality.

Being showcased just in time for the Shanghai World Expo, the Ouidoo Scene is said to be “beyond” a typical smartphone.

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SXSW hot with mobile location-oriented services: Who’s stalking you today?

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All the rage at SxSW this year happens to be mobile-location oriented services. The divide between digital and real world is quickly vanishing. Social-networking is on an upward spiral of acceptance. Services that connect your physical whereabouts with virtual friends is gaining ground and companies like FourSquare, Gowalla, BrightKite and Whrrl are making it all happen. Where are you? What are you doing? Who will know where you are? Those are the questions that will be asked by the next-generation of social-networking applications, are you prepared to give out the answer and send your location to the clouds?

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Android developers get Adobe Photoshop Mobile Editor

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The PSD file format is so popular that even rival image manipulation programs support the PSD file format. With Adobe re-branding its flagship software as CS “Creative Suite” and creating an application for the iPhone, it was only a matter of time before we saw Photoshop for the Google Android line of phones. Called the “Photoshop.com Mobile for the Android 1.1” – it allows the user to do easy photo editing and image effects on the fly.

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Microsoft to let you install mobile apps on memory cards, sticks one to iPhone

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When Apple came forward with the App Store for the iPhone, everyone got pretty excited. At the same time apps had already existed on other platforms; just not in a unified storefront. The other trouble was that other smartphones did not have the same kind of internal storage capacity as the iPhone.

As a result, it has been more difficult to install quite as large a number of applications on other smartphones because of internal memory limitations.

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