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Easy on demand Back Ups for Windows Phone

Ben Wagner from Ultimate Networx has made yet another handy tool for Windows Phone users, WP7 Easy Backup. The Easy Backup tool does not use any registry hacks or PSK files. It creates easy backups that include Messages, Apps, settings etc. Except for Zune purchases (Videos & Music). I have tested it on the Nokia Lumia 800 & it also has been tested on the HTC HD7 with full success. Unfortunately Zune does not currently allow for on demand Back-ups, the only time back-ups are allowed are when the device goes through an update.  

It’s an easy step by step to create a backup using the WP7 Easy Backup

Step 1) Download the WP7 Easy Backup Tool

Step 2) Extract the Zip folder

Step 3) Open the folder & click on Wp7EasyBackup.exe

Step 4) Click Next

Step 5) Click backup

Please Note: Your Windows Phone must be plugged in and screen unlocked.

During the backup process the phone will reboot into an unusable mode so hang on tight and wait for the backup to complete. It normal would take in-between 5-20 Mins (Depending on the amount of storage is being used on your phone)

Step 6) Back Up complete the phone reboots, you may see a notification on your phone which states that an update failed but that means successful backup.

So what if everything falls apart and you need to restore your device, well its even more simpler to do.

Step 1) Launch application

Step 2) Plug your device and press the restore button and in 5-20mins all your apps and message etc will be restored.

PLEASE not for all music, videos and pictures you will need to sync with Zune afterwards

If you have any questions feel free to drop a comment below.

NFC is NOT currently supported in Windows Phone 7 PROOF

I confirmed on Saturday that my source from Nokia said that NFC will be coming with Apollo & today Microsoft confirmed this because of all the confusion that was created by the statement given to TechRader “As far as I’m aware, NFC is supported by [Windows Phone], but needs to be enabled by the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer),” said Coleman. “So, if any OEM wants to enable it that can be done by all means.”

Microsoft spokesperson said to Winrumors “Microsoft would like to correct a previous statement it made around Near Field Communications,” said a company spokesperson to WinRumors on Monday. “While NFC is not currently supported on Windows Phone 7.5, it is coming. We expect NFC-enabled Windows Phone devices to ship within the next year.” This falls in line with the current expected dates for the Apollo launch. Nokia showed a key support for NFC at Nokia World and I’m sure we can expect a lot of great NFC devices from them maybe even the Lumia 900 will have NFC

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EXCLUSIVE: Nokia Lumia 900 Hands On!

That’s right we have been seeing Lumia 900 results popping up. A Nokia source got me hands on with the device & answered a few questions on it.

So first things that you will notice with the device is the huge 4.3 AMOLED screen which is a personal favourite of mine & a 1.4GHz processor.  As with all the Windows Phones on the marketplace currently the HTC Titan is the only other device with a big enough screen with as I was told “a nicer camera to compliment the big screen”.

Regarding the design on the device itself it is just a bigger Lumia 800, keeping the same design and button layout out. The only current differences regarding design were the current Lumia 800 push & click for access to the device & Micro Sim have changed into a iPhone style pin push access to the Sim card and no cover to the Micro USB.

Finally a change which will only go ahead depending on the feedback on the Lumia 800 is the case finish which the current prototype has a gloss finish unlike the current Lumia’s matt finish.

As I only saw a prototype & the device has a while to go till final production we can see a few changes yet to happen but I will try to keep you as updated as possible.

Launch will be hard to really estimate, although some seem to think we’ll be seeing it in Q1 2012 (note the picture on that link is *NOT* the Lumia 900), but we can look at around Tango release because the current prototypes are only running on Tango.  Finally as Nokia are such great fans of NFC I also had confirmation that the Apollo (Next gen of Windows Phones) will bring support for NFC devices.

 

Generation Cloud

Leading cloud hosting providers, Rackspace, commissioned the ‘Generation Cloud’ study in association with the centre for Creative and Social Technology (CAST) at Goldsmiths University of London to look into how cloud services have really changed the way we work and play in every aspect of our existence.
The research that has come from this study reveals that (without being fully aware of it) a significant 66% of British users are relying on cloud computing services every day.

Rackspace Hosting – Generation Cloud
Infographic by Rackspace Cloud Hosting

You can read more about the study here: http://www.rackspace.co.uk/generationcloud