Why Microsoft started the Employee developer program for Windows Phone 7

There’s been a lot of talk ever since Microsoft announced last week that every employee will receive a free Windows Phone 7 handset and given the opportunity to develop applications for the platform. One thing that many of you probably don’t know is that when you work for a software company like Microsoft every single line of your code is usually owned by the company. This means that depending on their actual contract many Microsoft employees couldn’t create WP7 applications and then sell them on the Marketplace. The company has decided to change this rule and start the Employee Developer program to allow them to develop Windows Phone 7 applications and profit from them. Read the full statement posted by Brandon Watson after the break:

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Press Start Studio’s second Windows Phone 7 game: Butterfly

The french team at Press Start Studio are currently working on a second Windows Phone 7 game expected to launch on day one this fall. Following the buzz generated by the WP7 port of Twin Blades (you can see my hands-on video here) the team is now developing a more casual game named Butterfly. I don’t really know what are the exact mechanisms of the game but from what I can see in the teaser video the player as to open as many flowers as possible without getting eaten by a carnivore plant / Frog. check out the first teaser video after the break:

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HTC Vision in the wild again and headed to T-Mobile as the HTC G1 Blaze

We already knew that the HTC Vision was going to be on T-Mobile’s rosterthis fall and the picture above finally confirms it (see the T-mobile logo?). According to Engadget’s tipster the Vision will probably be known as the G1 Blaze when it finally hits retail later this year. Nothing new has been spilled though. The 3.7″ screen will either be AMOLED or SLCD and the qwerty keyboard definitely looks spacious enough to be usable. Good to see Android devices with hardware keyboards after the avalanche of touchscreen only devices in the past months. The HTC Vision / G1 Blaze will go head to head against the Motorola Droid 2 and Samsung Epic 4G.

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Video of Scribble Defense for Windows Phone 7

Xbox Live Arcade game Scribble Defense is headed to Windows Phone 7 this fall. Mechaghost, the developer of the game has already posted several video of the new WP7 version on YouTube and things are looking really nice so far. Scribble Defense Check out the latest build in action below:

New art assets are being used to bring Scribble Defense to life in Windows Phone 7. As well as a new control scheme and gameplay tweaks to make the game a natural fit Windows Phone 7. Scribble Defense for Windows Phone 7 will try to launch the same time the marketplace for Windows Phone 7 launches

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SLCD vs Super-AMOLED and IPS LCD video comparison and specifications

Here’s the first Sony SLCD vs AMOLED and Super AMOLED video comparison following the officially announcement made by HTC this morning. You will see and HTC Desire equipped with the new SLCD panel against a regular Nexus One sporting an AMOLED display , a Motorola Droid with an IPS panel and a Samsung Wave with a Super-AMOLED display. The first thing you will notice is that the screen is still super reflective but this is mainly due to HTC’s design (and huge gap between the glass and the pane on the Desire ) an not the panel technology. Viewing angles are still not as good as the Super AMOLED (or regular AMOLED when looked sideways) but definitely better than the regular TFT. Now when it comes to contrast the Super-AMOLED tech still has the upper hand but the SLCD is really good IMO (and keep in mind that AMOLED have overblown and unnatural color so the SLCD is better in the long run). Check out the video below:

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HTC officially introduces SLCD displays to its portfolio

HTC has finally made it official: SLCD displays are going to replace AMOLED panels on their 3.7″ offerings (Desire, Nexus One, Incredible and the mysterious Windows Phone 7 handset). This is good news if you don’t like the overblown contrast and annoying PenTile Matrix found on Samsung’s AMOLED panels (Super-AMOLED is still amazing if those little things don’t bother you). It is not know yet if HTC will use Sony’s VSPEC III tech on anything other than 3.7″ screens . Check out the full press release after the break:

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Samsung Epic 4G hitting Sprint on August 20th

The Samsung Epic 4G (also known as the Galaxy S Pro) is scheduled to be shown on Samsung’s Product Support TV webcast on August 20th. The previous webcasts about the Captivate and Vibrant were posted online exactlyon the launch day of the devices so there’s a reasonable chance that the Epic 4G will actually hit Sprint‘s retail store on the 20th of August if all goes well. Samsung is really pushing hard behind the Galaxy S line of smartphones as proven by the fact that nearly every mobile operator worldwide is selling it (sometimes under different names like in the US).

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Watch the Graphic.ly Windows Phone 7 comic book reader in action

The Graphic.ly was one of the first third-party Windows Phone 7 application announced an demoed back in the March during the MIX10 conference in Las Vegas. We haven’t heard much about it since since then so it’s nice to see that things are still underway thanks to a 3 minutes long demo that was posted today. You can check it out at the following address here but make sure that you have Silverlight install before.

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