Still new on the market, Windows Phone 7 has been strongly backed by smartphone manufacturers such as HTC, Samsung and LG. Following the operating system’s announcements, a set of seven devices running Microsoft’s new mobile OS were launched on the market. If you are one of the lucky few that managed to get their hands on one of these Windows Phone 7 devices, then you’re in for some first steps into uncharted grounds.
The following guide contains a few tips for those that already got their WP7 smartphone and would like a few basic pointers about the OS’s capabilities.
Much of the Windows Phone 7 UI is based on hubs, which can be added, deleted, edited or moved. The same goes for the Start screen which is populated by default with only a handful of hubs. To add a new application to the homescreen, long press the icon of the app until a contextual menu will show up and choose “Pin to start”. More »
Windows Mail is dead. Outlook Express is a distant memory. Microsoft’s free Windows 7 email client of choice is now Windows Live Mail, and if you take a closer look at the program that’s probably a very good move.
Live Mail has strong support for working with web mail accounts, for instance; a better contacts system in Windows Live Contacts; a useful RSS reader, quality calendar tool, inline spell checking, and more.
Some interface quirks and other odd design decisions means that getting all this working smoothly can take a while – but it doesn’t have to be that way.
We’ve spent some time discovering setup tricks and shortcuts, Live Mail secrets and some of the best add-on apps around, and with our help you’ll soon have total mastery over every Windows Live Mail feature. More »
It has long been supposed that the GSM mobile phone system was pretty secure and safe from hackers, well, it is, ish… Needless to say that there are ways and means for well-resourced and connected spooks and security agencies, but to date it has been beyond the ability of the average backyard nosey parker, but maybe not for much longer.
Engadget reports that Chris Paget, who has a track record for breaking supposedly secure technology in a helpful way of course, he’s one of the good guys. He has revealed what could be a sizeable flaw in 2G GSM.
At the recent DefCon security conference he was able to trick a number of mobile phone users into making calls through his laptop.
The idea appears to be absurdly simple. Basically he set up his laptop connected to a couple of small antennas as a phoney (pun intended) mobile base station, indistinguishable to phones and most users from the real thing. His kit exploited a feature in the GSM system that tells the phone to log onto the base station with the strongest signal. More »
If you find yourself tripping over new Windows 7 features or missing favorite old ones, I’ve got some tips that will come to your rescue.
Lost in all the glowing Windows 7 reviews and marketing hype is the fact that not everything about Microsoft’s new OS is an unqualified success. You don’t have to use Win7 for very long before you notice one of your favorite features of earlier Windows versions is changed or missing.
But if you don’t like the default Win7 interface and the features that Microsoft prefers, no problem! A few simple tweaks can let you adjust Win7 to your own liking. Even better, some of the following tips also apply to Vista and XP.
The return of the Quick Launch toolbar
Annoyance: The latest Windows versions let you place the Quick Launch toolbar on the taskbar. From there, you can launch your favorite applications, documents, or folder windows with a single click. In Windows 7, unfortunately, Quick Launch is MIA.
In Win7, a new Taskbar combines elements of the classic Taskbar and Quick Launch toolbars into one. To be sure, many people like the new Taskbar. Al Arnston is one of several readers who suggests that Win7’s “Pin to Taskbar” feature trumps Quick Launch. But you may disagree. More »