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March 1, 2011

Flickr Flirts With Windows Phone 7

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The boys and girls at Yahoo! have released their second official Flickr app, which courts not only Windows Phone 7 but also tablets sporting Microsoft’s latest OS too.

Back in January, we let you know about some exciting mobile developments we had in store for you, and some of you may have already caught a sneak peak of the newest member of our family here at Flickr. Today, we’re excited to officially introduce Flickr for Windows Phone 7® and Flickr for Windows Phone 7®!

While it’s not surprising to see Yahoo! courting Microsoft’s smartphone (especially after the latter assimilated Yahoo! search in August of 2010), their creation of a Flickr app for Windows 7 tablets is puzzling (since they are already running the full OS).

Yahoo! has not indicated on whether they will consider embracing other platforms (like Android, webOS or even Blackberry), although the company may consider releasing official apps in order to help expand their global influence.

Flickr’s embrace of Windows Phone 7 should come as a healthy sign that Yahoo! is committed to keeping their photo social networking service alive (as opposed to “sun setting” it like they are doing with MyBlogLog and Delicious).

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December 27, 2010

Who’s Stealing Tumblr’s Name On Windows Phone 7?

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Although Tumblr does have official apps upon Blackberry, iPhone and Android, they have yet to release an official app for Windows Phone 7.

Unfortunately it looks like a third party developer (by the name of “sefirot”) has decided to cash in on Tumblr’s lack of official presence by naming their app after the micro blogging site.

Although technically the app is called “Tumblr.” (with a period at the end), it’s doubtful that Tumblr’s lawyers are going to let the app pass unchallenged lest users confuse it for the official app (which can easily damage Tumblr’s brand).

While Tumblr doesn’t seem to mind third party developers utilizing their name within an app (which Ad Astra Consulting did with WPTumblr), it is doubtful that they will be thrilled with the idea of someone using their corporate name which is trademarked.

Ironically something similar happened to Twitter last year (although the company quickly changed the name to TwitterKiss later on) and I would not be surprised if Tumblr’s lawyers contact Microsoft in order to have the app removed or renamed before the year is out.

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Facebook Places Debuts Upon Windows Phone 7

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For those of you who received a shiny new Windows Phone 7 this Christmas, you’ll be excited to know that an update has been rolled out for the Facebook app which should help bring it one step closer to it’s Blackberry sibling.

For everyone that got a shiny new Windows Phone for the holidays or for those with phones already that were too busy shopping and eating to pop into the Marketplace for some app updates, a couple cool features were added to the Facebook app you should go grab now. The Facebook app for Windows Phone now supports their location based service called Places, and also the ability to tag your friends in photos all from your phone. (Windows Phone Blog)

Currently the app does not support video uploading, although that has more to do with the mobile OS itself and not the lack of foresight from the developers (which is why other apps like WordPress also lack this feature).

Although this is the official Facebook app for Windows Phone 7, it is not supported by the Facebook team (at least not internally), as the social network only supports  iPhone, Android and Ovi (for Nokia).

While the app still has a long ways to go before catching up to its iPhone and Android cousins, the latest update should help strengthen the social king’s hold upon the mobile verse, as well as help Facebook compete against Foursquare (who already has an app upon the device).

Image Credit: Microsoft

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December 15, 2010

WordPress: All The Smartphones Now Belong To Us (Windows Phone 7)

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After quietly unveiling their Windows Phone website, WordPress has just announced that their official Windows Phone 7 app is now live for the masses to download.

In this, the first version of WordPress for Windows Phone 7, you will find most of what you’ve come to expect from WordPress apps. It’s easy to write and edit posts and pages on the move, you can upload photos, as well as check stats and moderate comments. It’s all easily accessible from an Actions dashboard. In future versions of the app we’re also hoping to implement video uploading – let us know what else you’d like to see!

To navigate through the app a Panorama view is used, something unique to the Windows Phone 7 platform that works really well for managing a blog or a website. (Official WordPress Blog)

For those wondering why video uploading was excluded, it has more to do with the Windows Phone 7 platform than a lack of foresight from WordPress (an issue Ad Astra Consulting ran into when creating WPTumblr). read more

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November 29, 2010

WordPress Quietly Creating Windows Phone 7 App

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After posting an opening upon their jobs board in July, it looks like Automattic (the company behind WordPress) is quietly building a Windows Phone 7 app.

Users visiting windowsphone.wordpress.org will be greeted by a protected blog screen which requires users to type in a special password in order to view the contents of the site.

This follows a similar pattern when WordPress was working on their Android app, which could signal Automattic’s plans on strengthening WordPress’s mobile dominance by courting Windows Phone 7 before rivals have a chance to launch an official app upon the platform. read more

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October 28, 2010

Twitter Embraces Windows Phone 7

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After creating an Android app and buying out Tweetie (renamed Twitter for iPhone), Twitter has launched an official app for Windows Phone 7 fans.

As with our other mobile clients, Twitter for Windows Phone includes all of the features that you’d expect from Twitter – your timeline, suggested users, messages, lists, and a great way to explore Twitter without even logging in. You can sign up for an account right from the app as well. The app is really fast, and we think you’ll enjoy the experience.

The platform’s design and user interface, which is called Metro, is especially great for Twitter users because it’s simple and easy to use. It also provides a different way to look at information on a phone’s screen through Pivots, which are sort of like pages of the app. Pivots allow you to swipe left or right to view different categories or types of information within a single application. For example, in Twitter for Windows Phone, you can swipe left or right to move from your timeline to mentions to direct messages. (Official Twitter Blog)

Taking a cue from Tumblr, the folks at Twitter decided to partner with a third party company (by the name of Identity Mine) in order to ensure that the app was not only functional, but complimented the device (as shown in the video below). read more

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