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Kinect for Windows SDK beta to roll out tomorrow?


Microsoft’s been talking up its forthcoming Kinect for Windows SDK for quite a while now, and it looks like developers might soon finally be able to get their hands on it. According to WinRumors, Microsoft will roll out the beta version of the SDK during a special event on Channel 9 at 9:30 AM Pacific time (12:30 Eastern) tomorrow — something that’s now been backed up somewhat by the Channel 9 website itself, which is simply promising a “special Kinect focused event tomorrow.” WinRumors is also reporting that the President of Microsoft Spain said during an appearance at a conference today that the beta SDK would be available “this week.” So, it certainly seems like things are lining up for a release — it’s just a shame that “Kinect applications” doesn’t have the same ring as Kinect hacks.

Windows Phone Mango augmented reality hands-on


We’re still waiting to get our first big bite of the full Mango experience after this morning’s liveblog, but we were able to get a quick hands-on with a few of the apps making use of the operating system’s new features. Chief among them is the History Channel app, which is making use of the augmented reality features that have been enabled. Using the internal gyro and accelerometer the device was able to overlay landmarks, which with a tap can be added to the phones home screen — you know, in case you really want to know what’s up at the Brooklyn Bridge. We also got a look at the updated Weather Channel app, which will not identify cloud types using any augmented reality trickery, but will give you quick and easy access to what’s up — and about to start falling. Check out the pics below, and get ready for a video after the break.

Windows Phone 7 updates Bing to find music and barcodes, provide turn-by-turn directions and send speech-to-text SMS?


Developers are getting plenty of toys alongside Windows Phone 7′s “Mango” release, but there may be extra baubles for regular users, too — Microsoft will reportedly add a few features to Bing in the near future which could prove particularly useful. According to the latest episode of the Windows Phone Dev Podcast — which hosted Microsoft’s Brandon Watson as a guest — a new function called Bing Audio will act like a Shazam for recognizing music (and will sell you Zune tracks) while Bing Vision will use your smartphone’s camera to read barcodes and do optical character recognition, plus potentially provide support for augmented reality apps. There’s also allegedly turn-by-turn voice directions for Bing Maps and a native podcast player, and one more potentially exciting thing — voice-to-text for sending SMS messages without lifting a finger. Hear all about the rumor at our source link, at just about the 40-minute mark.

BlueStacks offering Android virtualization within Windows, harmony for one and all


It’d be too easy to simply describe BlueStack’s suddenly titillating software as Android’s Parallels for Windows, but really — why try to complicate things? Currently available only in test form, the program is designed to run a virtualized copy of Android atop a not-at-all-virtualized copy of Windows, and the implications could be far-reaching. According to a hands-on demonstration given to the folks at Slashgear, BlueStack’s software enables Android and Windows to share utilities and drivers; in other words, you can print something within Android via your Windows print driver, or make a call in Android’s Skype application via Microsoft’s VoIP drivers. We’re told that multitasking was smooth and succinct, and while there’s no access to the Android Market, test builds are including Amazon’s Appstore as an alternative. If all goes well, the company should let the code loose “later this year,” but it’s hard to say what kind of price tag (or stipulations) will be attached. Can’t think of a good reason to have Android and Windows living harmoniously? Here’s one. (Oh, and you’re welcome).

Acer announces UK Iconia Tab pricing: Windows or Android starting at £449


There’s still no official word on pricing for the eventual US release, but Acer has now finally confirmed the UK pricing for its new Iconia Tab series of tablets. The WiFi-only versions of both the Windows 7-based Iconia Tab W500 and Android-based A500 will demand £449 apiece (or about $720) when they launch in the UK on April 8th, while the 3G-equipped W500 will set you back £529, or roughly $850 — there’s curiously no pricing for the 3G version of the A500 at the moment. Also available at the same time is a keyboard dock that will set you back £90 on its own or £529 in a bundle, and you can look for the smaller 7-inch A100 and W100 models to follow in May, or possibly later — apparently with €349 price tag, if recent retailer pricing is any indication.

Windows Phone 7 can now act as a WiFi remote control for iTunes


Got iTunes? Got a Windows Phone 7 device? Then you’ll probably want to check out the new Remote app in the Marketplace. It promises to make the two sing in perfect harmony by making them talk over a WiFi connection. There’s a basic set of iTunes controls at your WP7 phone’s disposal, including volume, starting /stopping music, and searching by album, artist, and song, and a corresponding piece of desktop software you need to install to make the magic happen. It’s compatible with both Windows (XP and above) and Mac OS (10.5.8 and above), so all you really need now are $1.99 for the mobile app and the overwhelming desire to control your playlists remotely.

New Windows 7 Tablet PC FSL F979 32GB with Wifi


Product page:

This Tablet PC comes with 9.7 inch capacitive Multi-touch screen, Windows 7 Operating system. On the configuration, F979 adopts Intel latest Atom series CPU-Z530, CPU frequency reaches 1.6G, 32G SSD, and  1G DDR2 computer memory. Built-in 0.3MP video camera, built-in WIFI, 3G, Bluetooth, at any time in the field of business leader. Support G-senser and screen rotation. And the mini USB HUB can extended 4 standard interface, it is very convenience.

FSL F979 Tablet PC Features:

  • 9.7 inch capacitive Multi-touch screen, with 1024 x 768 pixels (4:3)
  • CPU: Intel Atom Z530, Intel US 15W chipset
  • OS: Windows 7
  • Memory: 1GB DDR2 ,32G SSD
  • Webcam: 0.3 MP Camera
  • Support Wifi Internet Function
  • Support 3G Internet (option)
  • Support G-senser and screen rotation

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Windows Phone 7 shown copying and pasting on video


You unfortunately still have a bit of a wait in store for your off-the-self Windows Phone 7 device, but those lucky enough to have a developer device are now starting to receive an update that includes the much anticipated copy and paste functionality, and we’re now seeing the first videos of it in action. That expectedly functions much as we’ve heard before, and it appears to work reasonably well in the (admittedly brief) video. Head on past the break to check it out for yourself.

Windows Phone 7 review


Have you been looking for the definitive review of Windows Phone 7? Well, look no further. Microsoft’s next (and perhaps final) opportunity to break back into the smartphone race has officially begun, and Engadget has been cranking on a variety of launch devices across several continents to see if the platform holds water.

Back in July we took a deep dive on Windows Phone 7 using a developer device that Microsoft handed out to journalists, and now we’re back for the full review. What we realized going into this process was that really very little had changed between the summertime preview and the new OS’ fall launch. Even though there have been tweaks and fixes in Microsoft’s mobile experience, there hasn’t been any addition so large that we felt the software required a completely fresh look. Instead, what we needed to do was go back to the observations made during our initial experience with the OS, compare it to the final product, and figure out where the company improved (or diminished) specific facets of the operating system. And of course, we finally had a real chance to use Xbox Live and third party applications — two of the crucial elements of this OS. So, below is our re-edited, refreshed take on Windows Phone 7, complete with real answers to nagging questions, and our definitive score of Microsoft’s great smartphone hope at version 1.0. Read on for the full story!

Samsung X430 headed for Microsoft Stores with a crapware-free copy of Windows


We just got a quick look at a previously Korea-bound Samsung X430 laptop that Microsoft has tapped as a “Microsoft Store Exclusive.” It’s pretty good hardware, both inside and outside, for the price. Also, due to its Store-exclusive nature, Microsoft also put the promised “Microsoft Signature Image” on here, which means a copy of Windows 7 completely free of crapware and trialware, though Microsoft has put a good quantity of first party software that you’ll probably want like Windows Live, Bing Maps 3D, and Microsoft Security Essentials. If you ask yourself “how would Steve Ballmer use this computer,” the Signature Image is pretty much the answer. For $1,099 you get a Core i3 ULV processor, GeForce 310M graphics, a 500GB HDD, and a 14-inch WXGA screen. Our favorite part is probably just the premium feel of this device, and its no-nonsense look, at least when it’s open and you’re actually using it — that faux carbon fiber lid on the outside is a little loud.

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