Easily Share Calender Events Across IOS, WP7, PC, Mac, and Probably Android

Every try to set up an event with your friends and have to text someone the date, time, or location multiple times? Or maybe you even have to call them. If you just put the event in their calendar then a lot of these problems can disappear. This is a feature that has been around for a while on different platforms but I don’t think that it gets the recognition that it deserves. Managing schedules is one of the biggest uses for a smartphone and many of us don’t ever see the full potential of our devices in that aspect. Siri has the neat new voice calendar entry which can be very useful but one issue with moving towards using smartphone calendars instead of the big one on the fridge is staying in sync.

Sync Your Gmail Calendar With WP7

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Free Custom Ringtones For Windows Phone 7 WP7.5

It turns out that it is ridiculously easy to create ringtones for your WP7 devices. In short all you need is an audio file that is under 40 seconds long and has the genre set to “Ringtone”. That’s all there is to it. You can do it in iTunes even if you like. I chose to use Audacity for my audio editing which can offer a lot more options than just clipping a file. You could do your own mixes, control volume per channel, etc. This little video is simply going to show you the most basic way to prepare a ringtone for your Windows Phone 7 device and how to get your WP7 device rocking out when your friends call.

Create Custom Ringtones For Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7 Does What People Do

Windows Phone 7 is still an unknown to a lot of people. This happens for various reasons. Mainly because Android and IOS are crammed down everyone’s throats day and and day out. Not just on television but on the web, print, and even when we go into our carrier stores to upgrade. It doesn’t help that AT&T is more or less the only carrier in the United States that has a respectable line up of Windows Phone 7 devices. I honestly think that most people that own and iPhone, Android, Blackberry, or what have you would get much better use out of a Windows Phone 7 and enjoy it more for what they use most if they knew about it. Not just knew about it’s existence but were able to use the device and see how amazingly efficient it is at standard consumers every day tasks.

Windows Phone 7 Is A Consumer Based Phone

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#smokedbywindowsphone Win $100 Or Maybe A New WP7

If you haven’t been watching anything about CES 2012 then you might have missed Microsoft’s little competition. It is called #smokedbywindowsphone. Basically it is a speed test of sorts between @benthepcguy and whomever wants to challenge him. The contest varies from person to person too instead of it being a lopsided test set by Microsoft with WP7 having an advantage. In fact, Andoid, iOS, or whomever the competitor is should have the advantage because the test is done based off what the challenger uses their phone for mostly.

WP7 Faster Than iPhone4s And Galaxy Nexus

So far I have seen the iPhone4s and Galaxy Nexus get #smokedbywindowsphone. And keep in mind the test was done to the advantage of the iPhone4s and the Galaxy Nexus because the tests were tailored to the challenger using those devices. Obviously if someone has great knowledge of both Android and WP7 or iOS and WP7 they could easily rig the test against WP7 if there is anything that Andoid/iOS are better at.

This is such a great competition because it shows people that WP7 can not only do what iOS and Android can but that it can actually do it faster. And to boot if you do win you get $100. If you lose it looks like you might get a free WP7, I assume as long as they last that is. Check it out on twitter by following @benthepcguy or searching for #smokedbywindowsphone. While you are over there follow @Brad_Billman.

Does Android Really Have More Features Than WP7?

I personally admire the Android operating system as a mobile platform. However, even as a techie, I do not care for the extensive amount of work it takes to customize the platform. I know it is usable as is but not that usable. That said I have not used Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich yet so I am strictly speaking on previous versions of Android.

Windows Phone 7 Is The Best All Around Smart Phone

Windows Phone 7 is the best mobile operating system if you are looking for a reliable and responsive smart phone. It has much less of a learning curve than Android and most tasks that a common user would perform are much more efficient on the Windows Phone 7 platform. Just take a serious look at what most common users do on a smartphone.

Most Common Users’ Task For A Smartphone

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Crossplatform Gaming Is The Future Of Gaming

Gaming has come a long way since I was a kid with a Super Nintendo. In those days you mostly just played 2 player games with your friend or sibling sitting no more than 3 feet away from you. Then the Nintendo 64 brings in a couple more controller ports to add to the fun. But when internet connectivity came to gamin systems everything changed. When you buy a gaming platform what you see is not the only thing you get. We now have massive online multi-player games connecting us to anyone in the world. Also your system is no longer limited by cartridges and memory cards. One thing we have yet to really get into much at this point is cross platform gaming. Sure there are some games that you can play turn based on iOS and Android but that just isn’t enough.

Windows 8, Xbox Console, and Windows Phone All on Xbox Live

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WP7 LTE Devices As Early As March

One thing that Windows Phone 7 has yet bring to me is an LTE capable phone. My girlfriend has a work Android device that has LTE and the 5-9Mbs she gets on that does put my 2-5Mbs to shame on my HTC Titan. Of course my Titan still owns the speeds on most iPhones that isn’t enough to make me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Nokia Ace

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Windows Phone 7 Has Too Many Great Features

Yesterday, I made a little post about some of the great built in features of Windows Phone 7. On my way home I instantly realized that I left out one of the greatest features of the phone and it isn’t even a tile. It is a capacitive button on the bottom right of the front of the phone. This my friends is the search button. I will dedicate this post solely to Bing on the Windows Phone 7 because I feel bad for leaving him out yesterday and there is a lot to cover.

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Simple Things That Make WP7 Awesome

One of the reasons Windows Phone is not a huge hit yet is that people do not realize how awesome a lot of the simple features are and how much it has to offer over the competition. Here is a quick list of some things that you can do just from these few default tiles.

Me Live Tile

It’s all about you baby.

  • View Facebook Notifications
  • Post to Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook, Windows Live
  • Change profile picture for Facebook and Windows Live
  • “Check in” which you can post to fb/twitter/windows live/linkedin
  • See “what’s new” with facebook/twitter

People Hub Live Tile

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