Windows Phone 7 Wifi bug affecting US devices?

There’s apparently a Wifi bug / issue affecting the recently launched Windows Phone 7 devices in the US (I never encountered this or heard about it before in Europe). It was first reported on the Dell Venue Pro but other WP7 devices (HTC HD7, Samsung Focus) are also affected by this according to forum posts. Affected devices are supposedly unable to connect to secured Wifi networks and receive a “your phone couldn’t reach the Wi-Fi network” error message. Is anybody else affected by this ?

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Changing the Micro-SD card of your Windows Phone 7 device isn’t recommended by Microsoft

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Microsoft is finally making it clear that swapping or adding a Micro-SD card to a Windows Phone 7 device like the Samsung Focus ,which has user accessible slot, isn’t recommended at all. There has bit a lot of controversy around this subject ever since the company claimed that WP7 wouldn’t support user expandable memory back in March during the MIX conference. Microsoft has posted a lengthy post on their support site explaining that if a Windows Phone 7 is build with a micro-sd slot it doesn’t mean that the user can or should change the memory card that shipped with the handset. The memory card slot is intended to be used only by the OEMs.  As a matter of fact several Samsung Focus users who decided to change the memory card on their devices are now facing performance problems and AT&T, who claimed that they would allow users to change the memory configuration of their WP7 devices, decided to change its tune and deal directly with Microsoft on this matter.This basically all boils down to the type and quality of the Micro-SD card as stated below:

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Browse through the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace with Bing Visual Search

Microsoft has just launched a new Bing Visual Search feature that lets users browse through the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace directly in there browser without the need of the Zune desktop software. It’s pretty slick and easy to use if you are looking for something or just want to know how an application looks like (you have access to screenshots and descriptions. You can filter the results by date, categories, top rated, most downloaded etc. There are currently 1658 applications available in the US Marketplace according to Bing. Head over here to check it out.

Halo Waypoint for Windows Phone 7 released: Video walkthrough

The Halo Waypoint media hub application is now freely available in Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. Don’t mistake this for a full blown Halo game, this is just a cool media hub dedicated to the Halo universe. The Application is pretty slick eventhough the UI could use some work (it’s not super smooth as you can see in the video below). The video streaming is apparently handled via Microsoft’s smooth-streaming technology that’s why the quality can sometimes look abyssal especially at the beginning of a video (on the flipside, it looks fairly good after a while). The bit-rate is variable and depends on the quality of your data connection. Anyway, this is a pretty cool application if you are a big Halo fan. Check out myVideo after the break:

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Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread headed to the Google Nexus One in a few days

According to Alvaro Fuentes Vasquez, member of the Open Handset Alliance, Google is about to push the android 2.3 aka Gingerbread release to the Google Nexus One in the coming days. Contrary to what was originally thought, gingerbread is not Android 3.0 but 2.3 (3.0 is codenamed Honeycomb) and the full feature set is still unknown even though the update is about to see the light pretty soon. What everybody has been waiting for is a fully GPU accelerated UI but I wouldn’t be surprised if this only came with 3.0 next year. The blurry shots and footage of Gingerbread that have recently leaked look somewhat identical to what is currently available in 2.2 in terms of UI.

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SlingPlayer for Windows Phone 7 released. Will cost you $29.99

The recently unveiled SlingPlayer application for Windows Phone 7 has just been made available in the Marketplace for the super high price of $29.99. You will find all the features you are familiar with if you are a Sling costumer and improved video quality compared to the old Windows Mobile 6.X application. Just head over to the Zune Desktop software if you want to download it.

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