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January Windows Phone 7 update to address missing pieces

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I've had the opportunity to toy around with an LG Optimus Quantum these last few days and while my general overall impression of Windows Phone 7 is mostly positive, there are some missing pieces that make for an incomplete package.

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Windows Phone 7 incentives give some a free Xbox and others a Zune Pass

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That's what you call synergy. Or leveraging your other brands. Or going all out with your marketing. Whatever you want to call it, it seems that Microsoft is taking this whole Windows Phone 7 business pretty seriously and it's not afraid to give out some free stuff to attract your interest.

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Windows Phones will be supported on Macs, Zune for media?

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Just because my Microsoft mouse could stop an iMac from booting doesn’t mean the same scenario is destined for Windows Phone 7 devices, especially since Microsoft is officially confirming they’ll have an app to sync Windows Phones with Macs.

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Understanding all the technological lawsuits these days (Infographic)

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It seems that we hear about a new lawsuit every day and it's getting more and more confusing by the minute. Apple is suing HTC for over 20 different software patents. Kodak is suing Samsung for something about image storage and movie previews.

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Samsung Focus (Omnia 7) running Windows Phone 7 destined for AT&T November 8th

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Windows Phone 7 is a pretty big deal for the boys and girls in Redmond, Washington. Windows Mobile hasn't exactly been the most popular of mobile platforms, so WP7 could represent quite the revival for Microsoft. When is that going to happen? For AT&T folks, one of the biggest dates to circle is November 8th.

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Ballmer promises Windows-powered tablets before end of year

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The Apple iPad has quickly become ubiquitous and Android tablets will surely enjoy some popularity too. Not to sit idly by, Steve Ballmer is quick to point out that Microsoft has its stake in this arena too. He's promising that the "new slates with Windows on them" will be shown off to world this Christmas.

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Windows Phone 7 coming October 11

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According to Pocket-lint’s inside sources at Redmond-based Microsoft, the Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system will be launched on October 11, 2010. That is exciting news, because the sources also report that Windows Phone 7 handsets will follow later in the month.

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Microsoft Windows Phone 7 to launch for the ‘holidays’ with plenty of hardware choices

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Microsoft has revealed additional hardware partners for their Windows Phone 7 OS, announcing that Dell and HTC are now on the list of manufactuers who will be making Windows Phone 7 phones. This is good news for the company, who have already got Asus, Samsung and LG to pony up a few devices. You can expect something from each of the companies before the year is out; while no set date on the official launch day of Windows Phone 7 is keeping us in suspense.

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Ballmer: Microsoft “hardcore” tablet to play nice with enterprise

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Don't think that Microsoft is going to sit idly by as Apple enjoys its lion's share of success with the iPad. In fact, Steve Ballmer is going so far as to say that his company is going "hardcore" with its approach to tablets.More specifically, the emotionally charged Microsoft suit was at the Worldwide Partners Conference in Seattle when he said that they will be offering a wide variety of choice for Windows-based tablets, leading us to believe that we may not get a Microsoft-branded tablet, per se. Instead, they'll be working with hardware partners for that.

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Microsoft scraps Kin after 2 months

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After just under two months on the US market, Microsoft will discontinue production of their Kin One and Two mobile phones. Contributing factors are presumed to be poor sales and a shifting of focus towards the company’s Windows Mobile 7 operating system. The Redmond-based computer software giant, confirmed the remaining stock in the US will continue to be sold until the channel runs dry, although the planned fall release for the two Kin devices has officially been halted.

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Apple the new alpha dog in tech

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In only one month Microsoft lost a $25 billion lead over Apple in market capitalization, dropped behind by $3 billion, gave Apple the alpha dog status of tech, and all the leverage and power that comes with the sought after top spot.This is not news to consumers who continue to eagerly mob Apple's hot new iPhone and iPad models; Microsoft's consumer products business continues to struggle for every breath. Their decline was underlined by the past weeks of market instability, bringing down the former heavyweight champ's shares 15%, while Apple's stock is down just over 6%.

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Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two: Specs and perspective

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The journey has taken longer than any of us expected, but that whole "Project Pink" business at Microsoft finally emerged as something real yesterday when the company revealed the Microsoft Kin line of mobile phones. This release follows the acquisition of Danger and a partnership with Verizon, Sharp, and Vodafone.To usher in its freshman foray into self-branded cell phone hardware, Microsoft is going to offer two different handsets at launch: the Kin One and the Kin Two. You may have once known these by their respective codenames during the Project Pink development: Turtle and Pure.

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Microsoft Hohm platform helps Ford electric cars recharge better

The Focus Electric will be the first Ford vehicle using the Microsoft Hohm energy management application via a joint solution from Ford and Microsoft Hohm. Ford is the first automaker announcing the use of Microsoft Hohm.

The whole electric vehicle movement could use a good boost and it seems that Ford is partnering with Microsoft on that front. As you know, many Ford vehicles are already equipped with Microsoft SYNC to handle all sorts of multimedia and other functions, but this partnership is going further.The newest thing to show up in Ford cars is something called Microsoft Hohm. This platform is aimed to "help future owners of Ford's electric vehicles optimize the way they recharge their vehicle and better manage their home's energy use." Hohm is an "energy management application" and it will first be seen in the Focus Electric some time next year. With Hohm, owners can determine "when and how to most efficiently and affordably recharge battery electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles."

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Microsoft Courier vs. Apple iPad, who will be the farest of them all?

Apple iPad and Microsoft Courier, two very different devices in what appears to be a similar class of products.

What was known to only a few key engineers at Microsoft was leaked earlier this month and referred to as the iPad killer. We now have more information on the Microsoft Courier, and it appears to be a good contender in the emerging segment of tablet devices. But is it a tablet, a digital journal, or a tablet and a digital journal all rolled into one? Perhaps its part of a new segment of devices named Smartbooks. Regardless of what it is, Microsoft is going up against Apple and their latest offering: the iPad.The Courier is in fact a digital journal and its goal - will wonders never cease - is in fact to make folders and diaries obsolete. If you’re in class or attending a power lunch and even writing down an important individual’s phone number, scribbling on the palm of your hand or a napkin is unnecessary. It looks like paper might just be a thing of the past sooner rather then later. Which is a good thing, because more trees, equals more oxygen for all of us.

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Microsoft releases Tag app for the Android

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The smartphone war just got a little bit more interesting, as Microsoft just launched its first app for the Android OS of their nemesis Google, which makes the app release all the more puzzling. This new app release clouds the landscape of the conflict between Apple, Google, and Microsoft in regard to their respective smartphones.According to the Washington Post, the app Microsoft released on the Android is Tag, an app also released on the iPhone, Windows Mobile, J2ME, Blackberry and Symbian S60 platforms.

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