What’s striking asides the scarlet back is the strong focus on integration with social media applications such as Twitter, Facebook and Windows Live Messenger. Now you can stay connected with your pals where ever you are. INQ mobile also added push Gmail and iTunes synchronization recently, a very welcome addition to the already feature-packed phone. INQ also supports multitasking, the change in icon during incoming messages, friend requests and updates is a nice touch.
Here’s Walt Mossberg opinion on the INQ “facebook” phone:
Walt Mossberg & Katherine Boehret about the “facebook phone”
The INQ is equipped with a 3.2 megapixel camera that’s perfect of capturing candid moments of your friends and share them to Facebook before they can stop you. INQ positions itself as a simple yet feature-rich device to keep you connected to your social circle. The simplicity becomes evident as they chose not to ship a manual and instead have a Help Cards section of their website which guides you on the features of INQ rather than teaches you how to find or use them.
I finally got that damn Samsung PC Studio 3 software to work in Windows 7 64-bit after trial and error. I dream of the day all phone device makers adhere to a standard and make phone software compatible to even rival phones. Perhaps even an operating system integration. I can imagine some Windows Live Mobile tool or something that can open text messages, arrange contacts and extract out files. Phone device makers can make additional features exist as plugins. That would be my dream come true. I dislike all phone software. Hardware makers seem to care little about software.
One thing I learnt from Ridzuan’s potluck party is that you should never leave your laptop unattended. If you do so, you’ll return finding you declared yourself a new lover in Windows Live Messenger, a change in your sexual orientation in Facebook and a Plurk exclaiming some guy’s pretty hot.
I played this game called Fluxx and that was the hardest card game I ever touched. I guess I don’t like games that need brains, prefer stupid good games. I left his place at 1 a.m. with the others still playing games. Really tired and there’s school the following day. The potluck’s awesome.
BUT it doesn’t work well in my browser. I couldn’t reply, I couldn’t get back to the inbox once I click on a message. The whole thing is just a disaster for me and I don’t know how to change it back. Seems like Microsoft is pushing this update batch by batch to their users.
Here’s a screenshot of the new interface:
(Microsoft Windows Live Hotmail does not play well with Firefox.)
Of course, it worked for Internet Explorer but…
Anyhow, I should note that I do like the cleaner design. The new calendar is better too. And the contacts. Everything’s better… if and only if it works.
[By the way, there is still a huge wide advertisement slapped above the mail interface. I just crop it away because it is an advertisement.]
Windows Live Translator is powered by Microsoft Translate.
It appears that Microsoft don’t do a basic dictionary translate and perform a more contextual-based translation and matches information available online to aid the translation. It’s an interesting approach; it fails interestingly too.