Windows Phone 7 Emails, Calendar & Events Schedules integration in Outlook

Here’s the latest walktrough video posted by Microsoft on the Windows Phone 7 Backstage website. This one shows the Email, Calendar and Events intergration in Outlook mobile in Windows Phone 7. You can also see some Powerpoint éditing in there too.

Source: Microsoft Backstage

HTC HD Mini Review: is it worth it?

Announced back in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the HTC HD Mini is the company’s latest (and probably one of the last) Windows Mobile 6.5.3 handset to hit the market. Marketed as a slimmed down version of the HTC HD2 the HD Mini’s announcement was unfortunately overshadowed by Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 unveiling one day earlier. How does it stack up against HTC’s similar priced and speced Android devices especially now that we know that not a single WM 6.X device will ever be upgradable to Windows Phone 7? Time to review the HTC HD Mini.

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Windows Phone 7 Office Hub Video

Microsoft has posted a new video domonstrating the new Office Hub included in Windows Phone 7. The version shown in the video is obviously a new build compared to the one availalbe in the WP7 CTP emulator currently available.

See how the Windows Phone 7 Office hub gives quick access to docs on SharePoint for dynamic document sharing, editing, and uploading.

Source: Microsoft Backstage (registration required,so I uploaded the video to YouTube)

Cypress demonstrates touchless capability of their TrueTouch capcitive panel

Here’s another video from Cypress Technologythis time demonstrating the new Hover finger tracking capabilities of their TrueTouch capacitive touch panel. I’m not sure how useful this can be but I think I may have experience this so called “feature” on my HTC HD2 already. AFAIK (according to what I have heard during MWC10, not 100% sure though) the HD2 has a Cypress touchpanel and the damn thing is so sensitive that it can work through clothes! Yes put the HD2 in your pocket with the screen facing your leg and without shutting it down, you can bet that you’ll be calling contacts, opening apps without even touching the device.

Cypress’s New Hover Detection for TrueTouch™ Touchscreen Solution Indicates Where a Finger Will Touch as It Approaches Screen
SAN JOSE, Calif., April 21, 2010 – Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY) today announced support for hover detection for its capacitive touchscreen technology. The new feature, driven by Cypress’s TrueTouch™, enables smart touchscreen solutions that anticipate the touch of a finger and enlarge content such as points on a map or the font of tiny website links to make them easier to find and select. Hover detection changes the fundamental navigation functions on mobile devices by emulating “mouseover,” a feature well known in the personal computer segment for web navigation. The feature delivers easier, more accurate interface navigation for handsets, GPS systems and other mobile applications.

A video demonstration of the hover feature is available at www.cypress.com/go/hovervideo. The video includes footage of a TrueTouch touchscreen recognizing a user’s finger as it approaches the touch sensor before the finger touches. A corresponding circle on the screen changes size to demonstrate how the application detects the user’s finger as it hovers above the screen.

“Mobile phone manufacturers are looking for ways to differentiate their products, and features such as hover support and stylus recognition enable them to do just that,” said Dhwani Vyas, vice president of the User Interface Business Unit at Cypress. “Delivering a mouseover-like capability to the mobile phone space shows that Cypress continues to focus on creative features aligned with market demand. With so much emphasis on web content to the mobile handset, innovative navigation techniques are necessary to bring a familiar web-browsing experience to the user. Our customers are excited about TrueTouch because its flexible architecture enables them to continuously create and deliver value-added features.”

Cypress recently announced highly accurate passive stylus support for a tip as thin as 1 mm, allowing users additional levels of accuracy and control for text entry, keyboard, handwriting recognition and other productive functions for mobile applications. A video of Cypress’s stylus support is available at www.cypress.com/go/stylusvideo.

Cypress’s TrueTouch family includes single-touch, multitouch gesture and multitouch all-point offerings. Cypress was the first company to introduce multitouch all-point functionality, which can track an unlimited number of touches. This capability enables designers to create new usage models for products such as mobile handsets, portable media players (PMPs), GPS systems and other products, and has been in mass production since 2008. TrueTouch is the industry’s most flexible touchscreen architecture, which allows designers to implement differentiated features and make last-minute design iterations without board changes.

Cypress’s high performance TMA300 multitouch all-point family provides best-in-class scan times for true multifinger touch and superior signal-to-noise ratio for the most demanding touchscreen applications. Additional information about the TrueTouch solution is available at www.cypress.com/go/TrueTouch.

The flexible TrueTouch solution allows customers to rapidly develop leading-edge solutions without having to buy turnkey modules. They have a choice of using touch sensors (glass or film) and LCDs from preferred partners, and can develop innovative mechanical designs ranging from flat to curved surfaces of varying thickness. In addition, TrueTouch devices offer Cypress’s legendary noise immunity with patented capacitive sensing technology that enables flawless operation in noisy RF and LCD environments.

Availability
Cypress is currently working with lead customers on hover support for the TrueTouch touchscreen solution. A hover support module is expected to be broadly available in the second quarter of 2010.

Source: Cypress Thanks Kal9El

Cypress demonstrates 1mm-Stylus support on TrueTouch capacitive screens

Wow, looks like Cypress Technology has finally made possible what everybody has been dreaming of: Native support for thin styluses on a capacitive touchscreen. As you can see in the video, TrueTouch support stylus input from a stylus as thin as 1mm made of any conductive material. It would be interesting to see what Microsoft‘s decides to do in the future with Windows Phone 7 given that the new OS now natively supports Cypress TrueTouch panels. Hopefully OEMs will choose this technology on their phones so developers will start building apps/games that support stylus input. This can also be a blessing for Enterprise users who require stylus-input in their applications.

Cypress Introduces High-Precision Stylus Support Accurate to 1 mm for Capacitive Touchscreen Mobile Handset Market
SAN JOSE, Calif., February 15, 2010 – Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) today announced highly accurate passive stylus support for capacitive touchscreen technology. With a 1-mm accurate tip, Cypress’s TrueTouch™ touchscreen solution is poised to transform the stylus market for the next generation of capacitive touchscreen phones, allowing users additional levels of accuracy and control for text entry, keyboard, handwriting recognition and other productive functions for mobile applications. For example, stylus accuracy enables users to enter complex Asian characters and to point to ever-smaller icons used in today’s mobile phone user interfaces.

A video of Cypress’s stylus support is available at www.cypress.com/go/stylusvideo. The video includes footage of a TrueTouch touchscreen accurately tracking a signature written with just a standard No. 2 pencil. Cypress is demonstrating the new stylus capability for touchscreens, as well as peripheral and mass storage controllers and precision motion sensing technology for handsets, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from February 15-18 in Hall 1, Booth 1F53.

Stylus support has been traditionally limited to resistive touchscreens, which require the user to apply pressure on a multilayer screen. This type of screen is vulnerable to scratches and exhibits poor visibility in sunlight. As a result, many mobile device manufacturers have moved to capacitive touchscreen technology. One limitation to further adoption of capacitive touchscreens however has been the lack of stylus support or, at best, having to use a large 3- to 4-mm stylus designed for large icon selection. Cypress’s highly accurate passive stylus solution makes it even more compelling for end customers to adopt capacitive touchscreens.

“The unprecedented level of accuracy of our stylus support will enable us to transform a broad range of markets,” said Dhwani Vyas, vice president of the User Interface Business Unit at Cypress. “Watching the video, you can clearly see the system level performance our TrueTouch technology delivers. TrueTouch combines the best of both worlds: 1 mm stylus support accurate enough to draw detailed characters, such as in traditional Chinese, along with the multitouch capability, transparency, scratch-resistance and all-around durability of capacitive touchscreens. I’m proud of the technical achievement of our team, and think many potential customers will be excited about this new capability.”

Cypress’s TrueTouch family includes single-touch, multitouch gesture and multitouch all-point offerings. Cypress was the first company to introduce multitouch all-point functionality, which can track an unlimited number of touches. This capability enables designers to create new usage models for products such as mobile handsets, portable media players (PMPs), GPS systems and other products, and has been in mass production since 2008. TrueTouch is the industry’s most flexible touchscreen architecture, which allows designers to implement differentiated features and make last-minute design iterations without board changes.

Cypress recently announced its next-generation high performance TMA300 multitouch all-point family. This controller provides best-in-class scan times for true multifinger touch and superior signal-to-noise ratio for the most demanding touchscreen applications. Additional information about the TrueTouch solution is available at www.cypress.com/go/TrueTouch.

The flexible TrueTouch solution allows customers to rapidly develop leading-edge solutions without having to buy turnkey modules. They have a choice of using touch sensors (glass or film) and LCDs from preferred partners, and can develop innovative mechanical designs ranging from flat to curved surfaces of varying thickness. In addition, TrueTouch devices offer Cypress’s legendary noise immunity with patented capacitive sensing technology that enables flawless operation in noisy RF and LCD environments.

Availability
Cypress is currently working with lead customers on stylus support for the TrueTouch touchscreen solution. A stylus support module is expected to be broadly available in the second quarter of 2010.

Source: Cypress Thanks for the tip Kal9El

Cypress announces Windows Phone 7 native support for TrueTouch capacitive touchscreens


Cypress Technology yesterday announced that their TrueTouch capacitive touch panel is now natively supported in Windows Phone 7:

Cypress Announces That Windows® Phone 7 Series Includes Native Support for TrueTouch™ Touchscreen Solution
SAN JOSE, Calif., April 22, 2010 – Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY) today announced that the TrueTouch™ touchscreen solution is natively supported in the soon to be released Windows® Phone 7 Series mobile handset platform. This support allows handset manufacturers using the Windows Phone 7 Series to implement exciting capacitive touchscreen interfaces without the need for developing external drivers or custom software development.

Announced in February, Windows Phone 7 Series offers a fresh approach to phone software, distinguished by smart design and truly integrated user experiences. It takes a fundamentally different approach to phone design, with dynamically updated “live tiles” that show users real-time content directly. It also includes “hubs” that bring together related content from the web, applications and services into a single view to simplify common tasks such as reading, editing and sharing documents all in one place.

“Cypress is proud to see the TrueTouch solution selected for native support within this exciting new platform,” said Dhwani Vyas, vice president of the User Interface Business Unit at Cypress. “Of the many touchscreen products available, none offers the advanced features and flexibility of TrueTouch. The interface within Windows Phone 7 Series enables manufacturers to take advantage of these attributes quickly and seamlessly. This software support, coupled with our broad family of devices, is going to significantly reduce time-to-market for the next generation of capacitive-touch-enabled Windows Phone 7 Series phones.”

Cypress recently announced its next-generation high performance TMA300 multi-touch all-point family. This controller provides best-in-class scan times for true multi-finger touch and superior signal-to-noise ratio for the most demanding touchscreen applications. Cypress has also recently demonstrated advanced functions such as 1 mm stylus and large touchscreen support. Additional information about the TrueTouch solution is available at www.cypress.com/go/TrueTouch.

The flexible TrueTouch solution allows customers to rapidly develop leading-edge solutions without having to buy turnkey modules. They have a choice of using touch sensors (glass or film) and LCDs from preferred partners, and can develop innovative mechanical designs ranging from flat to curved surfaces of varying thickness. In addition, TrueTouch devices offer Cypress’s legendary noise immunity with patented capacitive sensing technology that enables flawless operation in noisy RF and LCD environments.

Source: Cypress