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Microsoft app store collapse, WinMob 7 phones may support OS X

Microsoft is considering including support for Mac OS within future Windows Phone 7 series of devices.

Speaking to Engadget this weekend, Microsoft’s Aaron Woodman, (director of consumer experiences for Microsoft’s mobile division) would neither confirm nor deny the plan – all he seemed prepared to commit to was to concede that there are “internal discussions” as his team is considering the plan.

What could make this interesting is Microsoft’s confirmation the other week that Windows Mobile 7 will offer a Zune client, in order that devices powered by the OS won’t be completely out of the iPhone’s league.

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AAA games lead iPhone App Store game sales

Action, Arcade and Adventure games are the three leading categories on Apple’s App Store when it comes to games sales, a new report explains.

On average, Android and iPhone games titles are the cheapest around while those for BlackBerry and Windows Mobile games are most expensive and Nokia tries to straddle the middle ground, the latest Distimo report explains.

The report focuses this month on the Games category in application stores from all the major players in the US. More graphs and data after the break.

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Boxee Beta Goes Public, Download Now

Boxee-BetaThe Boxee Beta is officially out.

The Beta is available for Mac, Windows and Ubuntu (including 64bit). The version is still not available for Apple TV, yet, but Boxee is working with the atv-creator community, and “look forward to having news on this front”.

The Beta has already been tested by tens of thousands of early access users on all different platforms. Hundreds of bugs have been addressed or noted and the developers are working to resolve these.

“We feel the version deserves the upgrade from Alpha grade to Beta grade, and we’re going to spend the next year improving it, so we can release 1.0 at CES next year,” they said.

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Boxee team release feature-packed new Mac alpha

boxeenew1Media fans be aware: the hard-working Boxee team have issued a fresh statement on their dealings with Hulu (which led to removal of support for the video service from Boxee), and also shipped an al-new alpha version of the software, equipped with an auto-update feature and “App Box” (Boxee’s version of the App Store), AND an RSS reader optimized for video feeds (including Hulu, Google Video, YouTube, and many others).

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PulpTunes 1.0 iTunes server ships

All your music anywhere with PulpTunes 1.0, a web server for iTunes which enables users to access their full music libraries from a remote Mac or PC using a web browser.

Released this week, the developer has invested in a new user interface and reports the new build software to be “stable”.

The Open Source software is available for download now, with a different version for each platform (including one version for Linux).

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iPlayer downloads for Mac this month?

There’s been a whole hoo-hah about the BBC making it possible to download its TV shows to Mac and Linux computers – now it seems the broadcaster may be moving to launch the service, which is already available on Windows, and the launch could come this month, if a report’s to be believed.

The broadcaster has frequently gone on the record to say that it wants to make it possible to download shows from iPlayer to the Mac, but has castigated Apple for refusing to license FairPlay to the corporation in order to easily achieve this.

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Microsoft plans Windows Live for iPhone

Microsoft has confirmed plans to introduce a Windows Live application and better Hotmail support to the iPhone, according to the company’s Senior Director of Social Networking Jeff Kunis.

Speaking to TechRadar, Kunis stressed that making Hotmail and Windows Live perform better on the iPhone are on Microsoft’s agenda, and better iPhone support was confirmed to be on the way.

“It’s a staggered approach; right now there is a Facebook application that allows you to have Live Messenger from within your Facebook account and with status integration as well,” he said.

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PureSolo for Mac/PC is music unleashed

This week sees the launch of PureSolo.com, a unique website service for the musically-minded that lets you play along to a variety of music tracks.
 
PureSolo.com is a website and free downloadable software (for Mac and Windows) that enables musicians to play along to any of 10,000 well-known music tracks, and also lets musicians record and share the music.
 
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Wal-Mart offers music customers handy relief

Giant US retailer Wal-Mart has given previous online music customers some kind of reprieve with a partial capitulation on previously-stated plans to close its DRM server for music purchases, meaning previous customers won’t lose their music.

Naturally, though, it’s only a partial capitulation, and fails to address the central issues of such DRM authorisation denial.

“Based on feedback from our customers, we have decided to maintain our digital rights management (DRM) servers for the present time,” an email from the company reads.

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