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Comment: Re:Zune or Xbox? (Score 1) 712

by antiseptic_poetry (#40383043) Attached to: Microsoft Announces 'Surface' Tablet

The Zune music player in WP7 is *terrible*; lacking in so many features it's useless for playing audiobooks or podcasts. Let's look at what it's missing:

- No audio scrubbing. If you're listening to a long podcast you have to hold down track-skip to fast-forward, but it's slow and if you move your finger even a tiny bit it'll just skip to the next track.
- No lyric support
- No option to resume mp3s from where you last stopped listening.
- No bookmarks
- WP7 constantly forgets the last track played.

It's pathetic, to the point that I still have to carry an ipod around in addition to my WP7 phone (for language learning purposes). Zune desktop client isn't any better; the interface is a confusing mess.

Comment: Re:Still behind iOS and Android (Score 1) 151

by antiseptic_poetry (#39778903) Attached to: Skype Finally Arrives On Microsoft Phones
in theory, yes. problem is:
1) Not all developers have implemented this, and even when they have put the extra effort in it's fairly limited (tile just shows a counter with no extra information, or information on the last notification received).
2) User has to pin every app that uses toasts to the start screen. They shouldn't have to - live tiles and notifications are completely different concepts.
3) The android / iOS notification centres give you a list of app notifications received *in the order they arrived*, meaning you can prioritise how you deal with them. No matter how well live tiles are implemented, WP7 apps can't talk to each other so this time-ordering is lost.

Comment: Re:Still behind iOS and Android (Score 1) 151

by antiseptic_poetry (#39774083) Attached to: Skype Finally Arrives On Microsoft Phones
WP7 push notifications (toasts) are fairly useless, as there's no notification cache. When you receive one, your phone vibrates and it appears on the screen for 15 seconds..and then disappears, gone forever. If you missed it, too bad, you'll never know about it.

On the other hand, a toast push message can open an app when clicked by the user, so could be used as a mechanism for initiating an incoming Skype call.

+ - Windows Mobile fansite closes over iPhone row->

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antiseptic_poetry (1022107) writes "Sweden's top Windows Mobile site winmobile.se has decided to close it's doors, after Microsoft demanded the main site admin stop using an iPhone. Microsoft Sweden first contacted the site to offer help and money for a "Metro" style re-design; however, they took issue to the editor's "sent from my iPhone" email signature and told him to stop using the rival device even for private use, via a series of emails and in person."
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+ - Windows Mobile fansite closes after Microsoft tell-> 4

Submitted by antiseptic_poetry
antiseptic_poetry (1022107) writes "Sweden's top Windows Mobile site winmobile.se has decided to close it's doors, after Microsoft demanded the main site admin stop using an iPhone. Microsoft Sweden first contacted the site to offer help and money for a "Metro" style re-design; however, they took issue to the editor's "sent from my iPhone" email signature and told him to stop using the rival device even for private use, via a series of emails and in person."
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Comment: Re:35,000 apps (Score 1) 584

by antiseptic_poetry (#37944726) Attached to: Apple To Require Sandboxing For Mac App Store Apps
Wait - so figures show there are more WP7 developers paying a yearly subscription fee than there are apps in Windows Marketplace?! Considering most mobile dev companies pump out multiple apps, that means a substantial number haven't released anything. This doesn't make any sense..

Are you positive they're "voting with their wallets" and not being given free subscriptions by MS?

Comment: Re:What the fuck is a "Gringotts"? (Score 1) 147

I own a WP7 running Mango, It's a pretty decent device, which is fairly easy to use (i came from IOS). However, it's still a new OS with a few glaring omissions (no way to backup for example) and a not very full app-store. To answer your questions:

- Wifi works fine, though it switches off when you lock the phone. No you cant change this.

Getting pics off the phone is done by syncing with Zune via USB or over wifi. Bluetooth file transfers are not supported in the OS, so forget BT.

My girlfriend can use the phone fine and she's extremely non-techy. However, she finds the IPhone easier to use.

Comment: Asian fonts (Score 1) 308

by antiseptic_poetry (#36645652) Attached to: Chrome Hits 20% Share As IE Continues Slide
Chrome still can't display Asian fonts correctly. Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Korean Hanja are all rendered the same, even though they're all written differently.

This bug was first reported in 2008 and keeps getting pushed back; I literally can't believe this still hasn't been fixed, it completely breaks Asian support and means this browser can't be .

Oh a related issue; You can't choose fonts per encoding type, which means if you want to read English AND any Asian font, you can make one of them nice and readable but it breaks the look of the other.

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