Weatherbug coming to Windows Phone 7 with Bing Maps Silverlight control

Microsoft has posted a short interview with the Weathrebug team to discuss the upcoming version of the website which will be powered by Bing Maps silverlight control to render maps and weather data layers in realtime and how this is being ported to Windows Phone 7 with minimum code changes. As you probably already know, Bing Maps (in Silverlight) is fully integrate into Windows Phone 7 so building mapping application (or application that required mapping data or map rendering) is now simple and easy unlike previous versions of Windows Mobile (or even on other platforms) where in-house or third-party APIs (like Google Maps) had to be used. Check out the video below:

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HTC EVO 4G 720P video sample


My man Brandon at Pocketnow has just posted a video sample video showing off the quality of the 720P video capture capability of the HTC EVO 4G. Unfortunately the quality isn’t up to what I was expecting even when you take the YouTube compression into account. It looks like the bitrate is set really low by default to save memory (the higher the bitrate the bigger the file size) and I’m sure that if this variable can be tweaked/hacked we would see much better video quality (but this won’t fix the rolling shutter distortion). It’s a lot better than the Acer Stream sample we saw a couple of days ago IMO HTC has been doing this on all of its handsets lately. Thankfully HTC HD2 owners can tweak this variable and capture some pretty good videos (the file size is really huge though). Check out the video after the break:

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Microsoft’s Next Generation Mobile Enterprise Application Platform on Windows Phone 7 with Silverlight

It’s no secret that Microsoft is principally aiming the first iteration of Windows Phone 7 at the consumer market and not the enterprise business but this isn’t stopping Redmond from implementing new IT features into the new mobile OS. Rob Tiffany will  be presenting  the company’s new Enterprise development effort using Silverlight, WCF, Azure and Visual Studio 2010 next week during the TechED conference in New Orleans:

Developing Occasionally Connected Applications for Windows Phone 7
The Silverlight development environment has proven itself to be a rich, capable, and adaptable runtime that has reached across platforms to support Windows, the Mac and the Web. Silverlight has now become the application platform for Windows Phone 7, which is great news for new and existing Silverlight developers looking to support this exciting new phone platform. To ensure the best experience for mobile users, apps built for Windows Phone 7 must implement an occasionally-connected pattern of development that Silverlight developers for the other platforms may find unfamiliar. In this session, learn how to build mobile apps that adjust their behavior based on changing network conditions. Also learn how to conquer unreliable wireless networks by implementing RESTful principles to ensure your messages are both compact and fast. Then take those WCF REST services and use them to retrieve database tables, rows, and columns in order to drive the behavior of your mobile applications. Finally, learn how to build an in-memory database that you can query with LINQ and save its data to Isolated Storage to ensure that your Windows Phone apps keep working regardless of network conditions.

Rob will also discuss Microsoft’s Next Generation Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP) stack:

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