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The 3 Buttons of Windows Phone 7 Series

February 27, 2010 in Windows Phone 7

I was able to catch The Engadget Show Live! today where Aaron Woodman showed off Windows Phone 7 Series.  The amount of information about the phone and its hardware and software is just trickling out at this point.  Many questions are being answered with three words: “Go to MIX”.  One thing that has been announced is that Microsoft will have more influence over the hardware for this phone across the various vendors.  From what I can tell, all phones must support 3 buttons: Windows, Back, and Search.


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Creating a Hello World Application for Boxee

February 2, 2010 in Boxee

My first exposure to Boxee was a few weeks ago as I read the news from CES 2010. Boxee is media center software that runs on a variety of operating systems and touts itself as “the best way to enjoy entertainment from the Internet and computer on your TV.”

In its support forum knowledge base under the question “What is Boxee?” you can read the following:

Boxee is a social media center. With Boxee you can play videos, music and pictures from your computer, local network, and the Internet. You can also share with your friends what albums you’re listening to, what movies and TV shows you’re watching, send recommendations and more.

One of the most-talked about devices at CES 2010 was the Boxee Box, a hardware device running the Boxee software that promises “plug and enjoy” connectivity to online entertainment sources such as YouTube, Pandora, Netflix, flickr, Facebook photos, TED Talks, and many more.  Plus you can access pictures, video, and music from your home network.  The Boxee Box has a striking design and a remote that features a keyboard on the back:

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