iPhone’s App Store Alternative

Appulu.us propose a catalog of free and commercial apps (ipa files) for the iPhone (iPod touch too sure) you can download this apps directly from your iPhone with the help of the awesome Installous interface or from your desktop and load them onto iPhone with SSH and install them with Installous too, all you need is Jailbroken iPhone and Installous.

Confirmed iPhone 3G Software Unlock Date

Well it is now official, the Dev-Team has updated their blog today to let you all know when the iPhone 3G software unlock will be released. Seems as if New Years eve is what they are aiming for.

  • The target release date for the unlock is New Year’s Eve 2008.
  • This unlock method is available to iPhone 3Gs that have 2.11.07 baseband or earlier, we did warn you.
  • The unlock requires a jailbroken 3G iPhone.

Microsoft’s first iPhone app, yes Microsoft !

Given the popularity of the iPhone, this was bound to happen sometime, and here it is: Microsoft Live Labs today becomes the first group inside the Redmond company to release an application for Apple’s mobile phone.
Seadragon Mobile, published to the App Store this afternoon, is a free demonstration program meant to test the viability of the high-tech Seadragon photo-display technology on mobile platforms.
Seadragon is best known as a core technology behind Microsoft’s Photosynth photo-browsing program. It’s designed for zooming smoothly in, out and around photos over the Internet, regardless of bandwidth constraints or image size. Seadragon’s technological trick is to store images in multiple resolutions and deliver only the bits needed to present the view a user wants at any given moment.
So why release an iPhone version? Alex Daley, group product manager for Microsoft Live Labs, said the Seadragon team wants to make sure the technology works well on everything from a wall-sized display to a mobile device.
"The iPhone is the most widely distributed phone with a (graphics processing unit)," Daley explained. "Most phones out today don’t have accelerated graphics in them  The iPhone does and so it enabled us to do something that has been previously difficult to do. I couldn’t just pick up a Blackberry or a Nokia off the shelf and build Seadragon for it without GPU support."
The iPhone presents a dilemma for Microsoft more broadly, because it competes with the mobile phones that use the company’s Windows Mobile operating system.
Previously, the speculation had been that Microsoft’s Tellme voice-recognition service would be the first technology from the Redmond company to be offered for the iPhone, but that app isn’t expected until next year.
There are signs that more Microsoft groups may also be interested in iPhone app development, with David Geller of Eyejot commenting yesterday on TechFlash about the "large number" of Microsofties attending a recent Seattle-area iPhone developers group meeting. Continue at source

Microsoft Zune "Gaming" Phone Coming to CES 2009?

CES 2009 could see the pre-release of Microsoft’s much needed answer to Google’s Android and the Apple iPhone according to various sources on the Internet.

According to Trip Chowdhry from Global Equities Research, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer could take the centre stage at CES to unveil a device that will combine features from the Zune music players and Danger’s Sidekick handhelds.

But Zune’s Group Manager, Brian Seitz, has already said "No Zune phone at CES" but Project Pink, which is the name given to a group of services that Microsoft aims to deploy on mobile platforms could well be on the agenda.

It is unlikely that Microsoft will take on its own partners with a competing product; instead Microsoft could an intermediate version of Windows Mobile which will bridge the gap between the current Windows Mobile 6.1 and 7.

This could be a beta Windows Mobile 6.5 which is rumoured to be a minor upgrade and one which should bring in much needed improvements to the platform.

The Inquirer is also predicting that the new Zune phone could also double as a gaming phone – in fact, it could be more gaming console than phone.

Microsoft is already working with Nvidia on the Tegra platform which will boost the video capabilities of its mobile platform.

Danger is the mobile phone company Microsoft acquired at the beginning of the year for an undisclosed sum; Danger is also the company which was founded by Andy Rubin, who moved on to Google – through the acquisition of his startup, Android – to spearhead the Internet giant mobile project.

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Microsoft Softwear

Next week, Microsoft will begin selling a new line of retro clothing:

"Software by Microsoft is a clothing line that taps the nostalgia of when PCs were just starting to change our lives,” a Microsoft statement reads. "With retro logos, classic photos, and geek-chic iconography, these pieces showcase the DOS days of the software company that now connects over a billion people."

Here are some of the designs:

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