Apple loses to Nokia in patent licensing suit: signs licensing agreement

The ongoing court battle between Nokia and Apple has finally reach a happy end for the Finnish mobile company today. Apple has effectively lost the suit and had to enter into a licensing agreement with Nokia. This agreement will consist of a one-time payment followed by on-going royalty payments by Apple to Nokia.  This is undoubtedly good news for Nokia who’s currently in a relatively bad situation while transitioning to Windows Phone 7. Full press release after the break:
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Windows Phone 7 Mango applications performance tweaks detailed

Two of Microsoft’s Mango most anticipated features are undoubtedly the new smooth scrolling ListBox control and off-thread decoding of images that will finally allow third party applications to be a lot more polished in terms of UX and performances. Microsoft’s Jeff Willcox has posted to must-read blog posts detailing both new implementations which are already available to developers in the Windows Phone 7.1 Mango Beta SDK.

In the case of the new ListBox control no code changes have to been implemented for it to take effect in Mango as long as a regular ListBox/ScrollViewer was used in the application and enabling background decoding of image requires less than one line of code ( CreateOptions=”BackgroundCreation”).

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Share your bad Windows Phone 7 retail experience now

It has already been widely reported that the current Windows Phone 7 retail experience (going into a store and asking to buy a Windows Phone) is abyssal in many carrier stores around the world. To help Microsoft “fix” this issues, Robert McLaws a former Microsoft MVP has just started a blog totally dedicated to this problem. Everybody from around the world can now submit and share his retail store experience and even pin-point the exact store location on Bing Maps.

This site aims to fix that. Windows Phone Tattletale is taking the fight to the streets. We want reviews, good and bad, about your experiences with Windows Phone 7 at retail. Was the display in a visible location and working? Did the salesperson seem knowledgeable about the phone? Were you able to actually experience the phone? We want to know. We make it easy for you to add the store, and rate it. We’ll take care of making sure that the carriers see it, and maybe they’ll be embarrassed enough to fix it.

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Verizon HTC Trophy now available for a penny

If you are in the market for for a Verizon HTC Trophy then just head over to Amazon who’s now selling it for only $0.01 similar to the Samsung Focus and Sprint HTC Arrive. Buying a Windows Phone 7 device from Amazon before June 30 will also net you a $25 Amazon Gift card. Just hit the banners below to check out the offers:

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