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That title is not garbled. Fujitsu did not announce the release of its Windows Phone 7 handset today, but instead its Windows 7 phone. All of a sudden Microsoft’s naming system is a bit of a mouthful, isn’t it? The phone will be released on July 23rd.

The handset, named the F-07C Mobile Phone, runs a full, complete build of Windows 7, and can be, according to the Fujitsu copy, used “as a PC.”

It’s really painful to watch these huge companies flailing, trying to stay relevant by breaking into the mobile space, and doing it entirely wrong. Stick with the enterprise guys.

Kin - My Guilty Pleasure

This is a review of Microsoft’s Kin phone from PhoneArena, the Kin was Microsofts youth oriented phone which ended up being an epic failure. Probably because of the appallingly crass hipster advertising. That or the buggy operating system which has since been replaced by it’s successor - Windows Phone 7. The phone was short lived, it was launched, pulled, and looks to be launched again soon, definitely not a good start for any phone. I don’t see why it’s so bad though looking at the video, I mean that bad. The Kin (more so the Kin Two) is my guilty pleasure, I actually want one so bad it hurts, might invest in a Kin One off ebay to review - unless anyone else would like to buy me one of course? - until then, i’ll have to settle for watching the reviews on YouTube…

The Point Where Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7 Meet: MetroTwit

Wow. I dont talk about Windows applications often, probably because this is HuwbertForMacintosh, but this one I had to mention. Muscar tweeted about this amazing application - MetroTwit - yesterday saying it was the ‘Twitter client with best animations’. So, with me being a sucker for good looks in an app I felt I needed to check it out, so I cracked out my tacky old HP laptop and downloaded it.


Before we get into the details of the application I have to tell you: it’s looks are amazing. It screams Windows Phone 7 and has loads of slight little animations that make it beautiful to look at. The reason for this i’ve found is because it uses the Metro design language created by Microsoft themselves; what Windows Phone 7 was actually based on. MetroTwit though, appears to be one of the early adopters of the UI sadly, looking at it it really is amazing and if I’m honest it looks like it has real potential, if they expanded the Metro UI across the board with Windows software I would genuinely consider using a PC as a second machine, I’d of course have to stick to my Mac for the wealth of creative applications though.

I’m going to try something new and just run through all of the features from MetroTwit’s website and comment on them myself:

 

Infinite scrolling

If you ever want to read more tweets, just scroll down and more will appear almost instantly. Be careful though, it’s addictive and you could be scrolling for hours.

This is lovely, its like browsing through posts on Tumblr, you don’t realize your on something like page 54 whilst still on the same browser page. It really does appear ‘almost instantly’ as well in comparison to Tweetie on the Mac where you have to wait half a minute for it to load older tweets.

URL shortening and previews

Take control of links with an intuitive URL shortener that automatically saves you space and time tweeting. At the same time, worry less about where obscure links might take you by simply hovering over it.


Autocomplete for usernames & hashtags

The people and topics you care about, at your fingertips. Simply start typing any part of a username or hashtag and we’ll find them for you.

This I liked as well, really useful, just tapped into my Following list, and snappily suggested users like if your tagging someone on Facebook.

Windows 7 taskbar integration

You don’t have to switch away from what you’re doing to keep tabs on new tweets. A counter in the taskbar will tell you exactly how many unread messages there are.

Can’t say anything about this as my old laptop is sadly stuck with Vista, that’s why I’ve installed Jolicloud on it!

Themes and accents

Choose between dark text on light background and vice versa plus a selection of color accents to personalize the design. Better yet, match the application with your Aero Glass color for a more consistent look.

This I liked! Like on Windows Phone 7 you can choose the clour sceme you can do the exact same with MetroTwit, I chose to stick with the blue and white but it’s really nice to know the option is there. Of course though I’m sure there are a lot of people that would be put off the Metro UI by this as in comparison to the graphite interface of the Mac Metro UI could be seen as pretty tacky. Both are beautiful but the Metro UI is a lot more childish, it just depends on your personal preference. The most noticeable benefit of this though is that you can re-colour each panel: tweets, replies and messages, making it a breeze to differentiate between them when they’re different colours.

Quick-glance notifications

Read excerpts from new tweet updates as they cycle through in the notifications. If you run out of time, hover over the notifications to stop the countdown to read even more.

The best incorporation of Twitter notifications I’ve ever seen, pop up in the corner of your screen like regular notifications but look amazing, even incorporate one of the slight features I talked about: from when it pops up the blue bar starts to get shorter and shorter until the pop-up disappears, it’s like a timer.

Resizable and reorderable columns

Not all columns must be created equal. You have the choice and flexibility to control exactly how your columns should look.

 Not gotten to use this yet but I like the idea of it, MetroTwit really reminds me of TweetDeck, just more colourful of course. You also get the number of new tweets, replys or messages in that beautiful Segoe font type.

 All in all MetroTwit is amazing, with it’s beautiful vivid UI and relatively full featured interface (e.g. Autocomplete for usernames & hashtags, URL shortening and previews)its undeniably the best Windows Twitter client out there, the best Twitter client out there, I’m not sure, but it’s in the top ten. If your forced to use a PC at times, as long as you use Twitter, this is the Twitter client for you, rest assured.

I’m not sure if i’ve given enough attention to MetroTwit in this feature, so i’ll try and do a full review of it that isn’t just me commenting on the features, it’s just i’m a little strapped for time at the moment - as always. I’ll try and push out a full review of MetroTwit by the end of next week.


Decided I should do a quick review of a nice fun little application for the Mac called Polaroid 9.6. A great app from the guys at Polaroid, it’s free, and it’s available for Windows and OS X, though i’m obviously going to be talking about the OS X version!
Although Polaroid 9.6 isn’t exactly useful its the kind of app you can show off to your mates, just for laughs. For an application in beta I must say it’s very full featured and built out. The main ‘window’ - if you can call it that! - is a polaroid camera, to use the app just just have to use the renowned feature in OS X: Drag & drop! You’ll then hear one of the lovely sound effects of Polaroid 9.6 and you just have to wait whilst the photo develops, it’s a really fun experience.
That isn’t the end of it though, when I said it was full featured for a small app I meant it. In the preferences you can also add a blur effect, set the vignetting of the photo, set the rotation angle of the polaroid in the photo, add ‘stripes’ to the photo or paper, i’m assuming to develop the polaroid look of it, and the list goes on! Although I don’t use the application all that often as I said it’s just something to show off to your mates and impress them with the great interface and sound effects, or if your a Myspace using hipster you might actually get some use out of it, but I don’t know, your choice! Huwbert out.

Decided I should do a quick review of a nice fun little application for the Mac called Polaroid 9.6. A great app from the guys at Polaroid, it’s free, and it’s available for Windows and OS X, though i’m obviously going to be talking about the OS X version!

Although Polaroid 9.6 isn’t exactly useful its the kind of app you can show off to your mates, just for laughs. For an application in beta I must say it’s very full featured and built out. The main ‘window’ - if you can call it that! - is a polaroid camera, to use the app just just have to use the renowned feature in OS X: Drag & drop! You’ll then hear one of the lovely sound effects of Polaroid 9.6 and you just have to wait whilst the photo develops, it’s a really fun experience.

That isn’t the end of it though, when I said it was full featured for a small app I meant it. In the preferences you can also add a blur effect, set the vignetting of the photo, set the rotation angle of the polaroid in the photo, add ‘stripes’ to the photo or paper, i’m assuming to develop the polaroid look of it, and the list goes on! Although I don’t use the application all that often as I said it’s just something to show off to your mates and impress them with the great interface and sound effects, or if your a Myspace using hipster you might actually get some use out of it, but I don’t know, your choice! Huwbert out.

it’s called Project ROME, and it looks great. by the looks of it i’m not entirely sure what it is if i’m honest! from the video it looks to be a desktop publisher, sort of microsoft publisher, but better - thats probably a bad example, i mean do they even make publisher any more? - though it also allegedly allows you to edit graphics, photos, text, video, audio, animation and ‘interactivity’, how the FUCK do you edit interactivity? anyway, i digress.

it’s currently available for free as a demo though apparently ‘Project ROME’s final availability, pricing, and feature set are still under review, so visit this site often for updates. Once available, it will be offered as a paid subscription.’ sounds pretty good, though i don’t think i’d pay for it annually, i’d really rather pay a couple of hundred to just have the application. though, i think i see why their planning to do it as a subscription, for alternative version of ROME; ‘ROME for Education’ - inventive name, i know. i do think this will be a pretty big success though, currently a lot of schools shell out for a volume license of the adobe suite, which is good, you get a variety of different apps for different things, but, because the only people using it are pupils, all the great pro features just go unused and it is a bit of a waste of money, ROME on the other hand looks to cover all the bases: graphics, photos, text, video, audio, animation and the illusive ‘interactivity’, but it will only include the bare essentials, the stuff people actually use.

i think this is a big step for adobe, in the future i think all of the separate apps in the creative suite will be targeted solely at professionals for the pro features while the mainstream will be encouraged to use ROME, which will hopefully provide everything the average person would need on a day to day basis. i also think this is why they’ve gone for an interface which is more easy on the eyes, something the average user will appreciate and probably make it easier to use for them.

so, check it out, both ROME and ROME for Education are currently available for windows and os x as a web app or a desktop app, though to use the desktop app your required to use Adobe AIR - yuck - more importantly, version 2 of Adobe AIR, which won’t be a problem for most people though for me and my elderly imac g5 which can only run Adobe AIR 1.5, it is a problem. for now i’m going to have to use the web app, though i do prefer to have the application on my computer just so i don’t have to go on the internet every time i use it. i recon this is going to be the first time in a while fluid - fluidapp.com - is going to come in useful! anyway, i’ll try and get round to doing a review of ROME and maybe fluid as well actually, because it is a very interesting app. so, thats me done, you can find ROME and of course ROME for Education here:

rome.adobe.com/

huwbert out.