VanGuide application for Windows Phone 7 released and open sourced

Microsoft MVP Mark Arteaga has just released his Vancouver Guide application for Windows Phone 7. Here’s the application description:

What exactly is VanGuide? Vanguide for Windows Phone 7 allows a user to view various landmarks in and around the Vancouver area. The user has the ability to view comments, ratings or tags to the landmark and add their own comments, ratings or tags.[...]VanGuide for Windows Phone 7 uses Silverlight for the UI and Visual Studio Express for Windows Phone was used to develop the application. Bing Maps Silverlight control is used to display the Open Data landmarks and allow the user to pan an zoom in on the landmarks.

The full source code is now freely available on codeplex and I recoreded a short video of the application in action that you can watch after the break:

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HTC Desire HD revealed in video

Looks like my Italian folks at SoloPalmari are on roll today. After posting the first ever video of the HTC Schubert WP7 handset they have also revealed the HTC Desire HD in all its glory in a similar video. The device looks nearly identical to the HTC HD2: same port placement with the micro usb and head-phone jack at the bottom, same Dual-LED flash next to the camera but has capacitive touch buttons similar to the HTC EVO 4G. Unfortunately there’s no HDMI-out in sight which is rather disappointing for a device with HD in the name (and can record 720P video). Check it out below:

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HTC Schubert Windows Phone 7 handset shown in video

Look at what we’ve got here: The first live video of the HTC Schubert Windows Phone 7 device and it looks kinda sexy in my opinion. The device seems to have a aluminium uny-body like the HTC legend and looks really similar to the one we have seen previously in the leaked shots (and this sort of confirms what I already though: the HTC Schubert, Gold, Mozart.. are the same devices for defferent carriers and with slightly diffrent design). The camera and flash look interesting as it seems like both are different from what we currently have on HTC handsets (Xenon flash, better lens?) The HTC Schubert is apparently scheduled to launch on T-Mobile US on November 17th (and earlier in EU) Hit the break to check the video:

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Marathon GPS Tracking application for Windows Phone 7

The Marathon GPS Tracking application that is currently available on the Windows Mobile Market place is now being ported to Windows Phone 7 as seen in the video below. The application with the help of a GPS-receiver and can display time, speed, atlitude and distance to help you keep track of your performance when running, cycling, skiing etc..

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Microsoft Menlo mobile project unveiled in research white paper

Menlo is a codename that has been buzzing on the net ever since Mary Jo Foley first talked about it a couple of months ago. It has be speculated that this was probably Redmond’s attempt to build a new mobile operating system or something close to this. Things are now a little bit clearer thanks to a research whit paper entirely dedicated to this project. What comes out of it is that Menlo is actually a Research Project / Prototype Device centered around Activity-Based Navigation on Mobile Devices. Here’s the abstract:

We introduce activity-based navigation, which uses human activities derived from sensor data to help people navigate, in particular to retrace a ?trail? previously taken by that person or another person. Such trails may include step counts, walking up/down stairs or taking elevators, compass directions, and photos
taken along a user‘s path, in addition to absolute positioning (GPS and maps) when available. To explore the user experience of activity-based navigation, we built Greenfield, a mobile device interface for finding a car. We conducted a ten participant user study comparing users‘ ability to find cars across three different
presentations of activity-based information as well as verbal instructions. Our results show that activity-based navigation can be used for car finding and suggest its promise more generally for supporting navigation tasks. We present lessons for future activity-based navigation interfaces, and motivate further work in
this space, particularly in the area of robust activity inference.

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