I am now an official developer for Windows Phone 7

I was very fortunate to get gifted a 12 month AppHub subscription from Microsoftie Mike Ormond.

This means I can develop apps and games for Windows Phone 7 and Xbox!

This is all very exciting and means I can get into development again. It’s been a long time since I’ve done any hardcore coding and I’m looking forward to the opportunity. I’ve had loads of ideas for apps as I have been using my own Omnia 7 phone so that should keep me busy.

As a quick test I submitted an app I created a few months back with AppMakr. This is a free service that helps you build apps from any RSS feed e.g. a blog, twitter feed,YouTube channel etc. It was really easy to do and also lets you add in advertising. This means I can offer my app for free while also funding next years AppHub subscription. I also found the App Submission walkthrough on CodeGuru very useful. Hopefully I’ll get some more useful apps out soon and who knows, maybe even a game, but for now I’m hitting the submit button and awaiting approval!

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Ever wondered what the 3G+ icon means on your Smartphone? Is that 4G?

4G pictureI I was reading a well worded explanation of what the catch-all term “4G” is over on blog.three.co.uk.

I was really pleased to hear their plans on 4G. I have heard the term used a lot on US blogs and it didn’t seem very straight-forward. I wasn’t even sure if the UK would be using the term.

3g-plusI have a Samsung Omnia 7 and that gets great data speeds. That could be partly down to the new IE browser on Windows Phone 7 though. In most areas I get a “3G+” icon in the top corner instead of just “3G”. This made me wonder am I getting the HSPA+ service already? That would mean I could potentially get speeds up to 128Mbps!

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A new kind of computer? Chromebook

I was interested to see goolge officially release their cloud-based netbook » Google Chrome Blog: A new kind of computer: Chromebook.


Over a year and a half ago I blogged about why I was excited on Google’s development but that was a long time ago in technology terms. Smart phones were just going mainstream and I don’t even remeber if iPads and modern tablets existed?

I haven’t quite digested all the latest info on Chromebooks (as they are now known) but it will be interesting to see if they take off. Have a look at my original article, Google Chrome OS – What is it for and is it any good?,  to see what my initial thoughts were and get a good summary of what Chromebooks were meant to do.

I think Google should make the Chrome OS a free download, I for one would be much more likey to use it on my laptop in a dual boot setup rather than a dedicated machine, then again I suppose I can stay with Windows 7 and just use Chrome exclusively? Does that really offer the same benefits of going all in with a Chromebook? One thing I do like is that Google have launched it with tools for System Administrators so it can be controlled in a business or school environment, that’s 1-up on the iPad, not even going into the price difference. This has the potential of being quite big in schools.

On a side not, this isn’t the first time we have seen an “internet-only” device, take a look at The Internet Appliance … It is Finally Here 🙂 (via @shanselman)