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One-stop shopping for Google's WinMo apps

 

The Google Mobile Blog has alerted us to a new umbrella page for its mobile services.

Hit up www.google.com/mobile/winmo from your desktop for one-stop shopping for all of Google's mobile device products available on Windows Mobile, including Google Maps, Gmail, Picasa and their bread and butter, Internet search.

Nothing earth-shattering here, but it's all available under one roof, with some how-to videos thrown in as well. No mention of Google Gears, though.

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Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 7

Welcome to this week's Software Wrangle! Get ready to lasso this week's new, updated and free software for WM Professional and WM Standard.

This week we are featuring new software for WM Standard, Smartphone PopUps Notification Windows and MemoryUp-Mobile RAM Booster v2.5 Updated software includes PhatNotes 5.3 and 1Touch Contacts. Freeware this week is Skype for Smartphone v2.2.0.44.

WM Professional new software is EasyHelper Information Hide v1.0 and PRPWallet - Digital Password Manager for Windows Mobile Pocket PC v1.0. Updated software includes IM+ All-in-One Messenger: AIM/ iChat, MSN/ Live Messenger, Yahoo!, ICQ, Jabber, GTalk and MySpace v5.3 and HandyMenu v3.7. Freeware is JB Piano v1.7.

Time to circle the wagons and dig in to the software!

WM Standard: New

First up is Smartphone PopUps Notification Windows for WM 5 / 6 Smartphone or Standard v1.03 by QoreFunctions. Don't miss anything with the help of PopUps!

It's like Caller-ID for New Email, SMS, Missed Call, & Voice Mail Messages! Actual Contact Name & Photo of sender appears in PopUp window.

Instantly know who sent new Email or SMS messages, tried calling your phone, or left Voice Mail messages.

Save time & keystrokes - Read & Reply to Messages, Return Calls, Dial Voice Mail directly from PopUp Window!

Never miss another unattended event- each PopUp remains visible until dismissed or action taken

Features: - PocketPC-style PopUp Event Notifications for WM Smartphone/Standard devices - Caller-ID for Email, SMS, Missed Calls, Voice Mail - PopUps for New Email Messages - PopUps for New SMS/Text Messages - PopUps for Missed Calls - PopUps for New VoiceMail Messages - Displays Contact Name & Photo in PopUp - Displays SMS message & Email subject in PopUp - No need to launch Messaging - VoiceMail ID - Displays Name & Photo of caller who left message (no need to dial voice mail) - Save time- Read & Reply to Messages, Return Calls, Dial Voice Mail directly from PopUp Window - Customize PopUps with different colors or Themes!

Get Smartphone PopUps Notification Windows for WM 5 / 6 Smartphone or Standard v1.03 for $12.95 here.


Next up is MemoryUp-Mobile RAM Booster v2.5 by eMobiStudio Inc.

Is your cell phone running slow? Do your programs crash after the smartphone has been running awhile? Then you need a boost, a Memory Boost! MemoryUp Standard Edition recovers memory leaks, and prevents cell phone crashes. Read on to boost your smartphone memory.

MemoryUp is a powerful mobile RAM boosting tool and Java virtual machine (JVM) management application specially designed for Windows Mobile smartphone users. It is a handy memory optimizer tool that will keep your smartphone running faster and efficiently. It increases your cell phone performance by making more memory available for both your applications and the mobile system.

MemoryUp is optimized for all series of Windows Mobile smartphones, which can monitor your mobile system in the background, freeing resources when needed. It uses many advanced features to keep your smartphone running at optimum speed. But more importantly, it's designed with all users in mind; whether you're a power-user or a novice, MemoryUp will give you the features you want without confusing or limiting you.

Get MemoryUp-Mobile RAM Booster v2.5 for $13.99/year here.

WM Standard: Updated


PhatNotes 5.3 by Phatware is our first updated software for WM Standard this week.

PhatNotes is an award-winning notes organizer for Microsoft Windows based Pocket PC, Microsoft Windows Mobile based Smartphone, and Desktop PC. You can create notes providing them with category, subject, creation and modification date, which helps to find required information quickly and easily.

With PhatNotes you can search for specific text in a specific field and sort notes by category, date, or subject. You can protect notes from unauthorized access with a password and send e-mail messages directly from the Note Editor. Interface to the Contacts Database enables you to pick an e-mail address instead of typing it in.

PhatNotes uses a compressed database, saving limited storage space. The intuitive, easy user interface lets you start using the program within minutes. PhatNotes Professional Edition allows synchronizing multiple notes databases between the desktop PC and mobile device.

Get PhatNotes 5.3 for $39.95 here.

1Touch Contacts v3.0 by 1TouchMobile is the next updated application this week.

1Touch Contacts has been designed to give the user easy and efficient ways to accomplish frequently used tasks and to provide new features that will make managing contacts a more enjoyable experience. It uses the same contacts database as the built-in contacts and can be syncronized with Outlook using ActiveSync.

Users can now manage their contact groups using a Group Manager. Sending SMS to multiple users can be accomplished with 1Touch Contacts.

Business cards (vCard) can be transferred using bluetooth just like the built-in contacts, the only difference being - you can transfer multiple business cards in one operation.

Selecting contacts for sending SMS or business card or for deleting contacts is done using a smart selection list. 1Touch Contacts allows deleting of multiple contacts from a single selection list.

Get 1Touch Contacts v3.0 for $14.95 here.

WM Standard: Freeware


Skype for Smartphone v2.2.0.44 by Skype is the WM Standard freeware app featured today in our Wrangle.

Skype for Windows Mobile Smartphone v2.2.0.44 provides you with: - Free calls to friends and family from your mobile phone. - Save on mobile calls

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Find your phone with Navizon's Mobfindr

Recently updated in the movement to invade your children's privacy, follow your cheating spouse, ...never lose your phone and locate your friends is Mobfindr from Navizon that will allow you to find the location of nearly any device with a text message.

How it works: The Navizon software utilizes "Virtual GPS", which uses WiFi and triangulation from cell towers to approximate your location. Mobfindr is a service that runs in the background. When an SMS containing a customized passphrase is sent to the Mobfindr-enabled device, it returns its approximate location (within about a mile) via text coordinates.

The Navizon software also features "group" and "buddy" services that allow you and your friends to locate each other.

You can try a free 15-day demo or shell out $24.99 for Navizon Premium. Mobfindr currently only works with the iPhone should be released as a separate application for WinMo and BlackBerry in the near future. A version for S60 devices also is in the works.

Peep video of the Mobfindr service after the break.

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Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 6

Another week, another software stampede! It's time again for the WMExperts Weekly Software Wrangle. Dig in your spurs and ready your lassos for this week's new, updated and free software for WM Professional and WM Standard.

This week we are featuring new software for WM Standard,Fried Chicken Reloaded and Live Search Mobile. Updated software includes Elecont Weather and CallToJournal for WM. Freeware this week is Bible Names Glossary.

WM Professional new software includes Twin Spin for PPC and BlackJack Classic. Updated software includes SciFi Skin Suite and MemMaid. Freeware offers up Free English-Mandarin Chinese Codebreaker.

Weekly Software Wrangle Week 6 starts now!

WM Standard: New

First up is Fried Chicken Reloaded by In-Fusio Inc. It's fried chicken you don't have to feel guilty about; no grease, fat or cholesterol!

Delirious, Crazy ... You are Leo, The Chicken on a Wire!

More trouble for Leo the chicken to come. Proud as a peacock, he has decided to go to the capital. What a crazy thing to do! He did not weigh up the dangers of the big city: super heroes invading the sky, pigeons taking up residence, strange stuffs tossed out the window

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Play Commodore 64 on Windows Mobile

1982-83. A banner time for geeks and gamers the world 'round. Lotus 1-2-3. Reagan's "Star Wars" Strategic Defense Initiative. Pioneer 10 leaves the solar system. Nintendo goes on sale in Japan. Microsoft Word (word!).

And, of course, the Commodore 64.

In this age of dual-core and multitouch, it's sometimes nice to go back to a simpler era, when 8 bits were enough to get you through the day. Now, you can do it on your Windows Mobile device, thanks to Clickgamer's Pocket Commodore 64 Plus Vic 20.

Featured in this upgrade are:

  • A completely re-written new core and interface.
  • Complete user control over CPU frequency, disk frequency, vertical frame rate, border sizes, etc.
  • BIOS roms BUILT-IN! Choose from 7 Kernal ROMs and 2 disk ROMs!
  • Full menus, keyboard and paddle controls in landscape mode.
  • Customizable skins.
  • And much, much more!

Pocket C64 runs on all forms of Windows Mobile, standard and pro, and costs

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Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 5

It's High Noon at the Software Corral, which means it's time once again to Wrangle this week's new, updated and free software for WM Professional and WM Standard.

This week we are featuring new software for WM Standard,Spb Backup Smartphone and Bubble Babble. Updated software includes FlexMail 4 and Resco Brain Games. Freeware this week is Mobile Web Server Smartphone Edition.

WM Professional new software includes Vito SMS-Chat 1.1 and Credit Cards Spending Report. Updated software includes HiConcept and Spb Backup 2.0. Freeware offers up ezyUnZIP.

Without further delay, let's get started with the Weekly Software Wrangle Week 5 now!

WM Standard: New

First up is Spb Backup Smartphone 2.0 by Spb Software House. I always recommend a backup program for your device, especially if you value your data!

Spb Backup is the ultimate backup solution for creating reserve copies of data on your Smartphone device. It creates self-extracting compressed executables, thus making backup and restore processes very simple and intuitive. You can make full, custom and scheduled backups. With Spb Backup, you'll get encryption, compression, scheduled backups and desktop PC synchronization and extracting tool.

Features: - Desktop synchronization tool - ROM upgrade mode - Device upgrade mode - Storage card backup - Customizable file restoration - Scheduled backups - Self-extracting executable backup files - Full and custom backups - Backup file compression - Backup file encryption - Desktop PC unpack tool

Get Spb Backup Smartphone 2.0 for $24.95 here.


Next up is Bubble Babble for Windows Mobile Smartphone v1.00 by Astraware. Sharpen your vocabulary skills and have some fun at the same time!

Challenge your word power with this undersea bubble-bursting brain teaser! Link together letter bubbles to form words and impress Wordsworth Smartygills - your friendly fishy host! Bubble Babble includes a fun interactive tutorial to teach you how to play with the bubbles and make words from them. Score points for each word you make. Impress Wordsworth with more complex or unusual words and he'll reward you with shiny shells for your collection!

Bubble Babble has 4 entertaining play modes which are perfect for both adults and children, for all levels of skill or vocabulary:

  • Challenge - create a set number of words against the clock,
  • Target - reconstruct the separated word from the letter bubbles,
  • Mystery - try different permutations of letters to find the hidden word,
  • Freeplay - just enjoy making words to boost your points score.

Each day Wordsworth Smartygills will tell you the Word of the Day. Make this word during play to earn a special award!

Use multiplier bubbles to enhance your points score, and get help from Stella Starfish, in her wildcard bubble! Unlock higher difficulty levels as you play - it can help you keep your brain sharp and maybe learn some interesting new words!

Features: - Link letter bubbles together to make words and score points - Full interactive tutorial to teach you how to play with the bubbles - 4 entertaining play modes: Challenge, Target, Mystery, and Freeplay - Earn shiny shell rewards for complex or unusual words to complete your collection - Helpful bonuses including Stella Starfish and multiplier bubbles

Get Bubble Babble for Windows Mobile Smartphone v1.00 for $19.95 here.

WM Standard: Updated


FlexMail v4 by Web Information Solutions, Inc. is our first updated software for WM Standard this week.

FlexMail 4 is a full-featured award-winning (2004/2005/2006/2007) Email application that works with your device's built-in Messaging client to provide the best Exchange and IMAP connectivity available on Windows Mobile! Use FlexMail to improve your ActiveSync or SMS messaging with our multiple signature support, multiple folder searches, and cross-account email copies and moves. Use FlexMail to connect with the best IMAP feature-set on Windows Mobile with easy to configure yet powerful folder settings. Set each folder to download differently, notify of new messages, and get email using PUSH use IMAP IDLE.

FlexMail 4 is a major upgrade from FlexMail 2007 and offers many huge changes. FlexMail supports reading and replying to ActiveSync/SMS/Hotmail email for basic operations or through its more powerful POP3/IMAP4 services to your email server. With support for industry standard SSL and SOCKS proxies, you can connect to almost any email provider including GMail! Use FlexMail as an adjunct to Windows Mobile Messaging or as a near complete replacement.

With FlexMail's many options you can customize your email usage much more than the Windows Mobile device Messaging allows. Receive your email via ActiveSync and respond via your POP3/IMAP4 SMTP account. Get immediate per email or per folder notifications via IMAP IDLE! Have FlexMail only hold the last 5 days of your IMAP folders. Create local folders and server folders. Synchronize by age, size, and synchronizations status on a per folder basis allowing you to get only the last 5 day's worth of email in your Inbox but the last months in your Personal folder, for example.

Get FlexMail v4 for $29.95 here.

Resco Brain Games by Resco is the next updated application this week.

If you have pain in the membrane and need to train your brain (say THAT 10 times fast!), this may be the app you want to use a few minutes each day.

In just 5 minutes a day, you can have the brain you always dreamed of. Improve your mental capabilities by testing your memory, analytical skills and calculation skills.

Concentrate more and increase your brain reflection speed with 36 brain training games. And don't forget, it will also be fun so you can exercise and enjoy it every single day!

Get Resco Brain Games for $19.95 here.







WM Standard: Freeware


Mobile Web Server Smartphone Edition v2.6 by LBETECH.LIMITED is the freeware app featured today in our Wrangle.

Worldwide Web access to photos and other files located directly on your Mobile Device. Automatically on-the-fly creates web sites from separate files with auto-generated site navigation menus, supports web templates.

Features:

  • Single file copy operations required for sharing files via Web only;
  • Automatic worldwide access from anywhere;
  • Permanent symbolic publicly available name for the Server access;
  • Automatic site-from-files(folders) generation;
  • Automatic site-navigation menu generation;
  • Customizable site generation templates;
  • Web pages from plain text files generation;
  • Sharing files from any directory;
  • File shortcut support;
  • No special configuration required;
  • No special programs required for the access;
  • Compatibility with any type of Web Browser;
  • Any types of files acceptable (from plain text to multimedia and presentation);
  • Any data structures compatible (from a single file to complex web site).

Get Mobile Web Server Smartphone Edition v2.6 for FREE right here.




WM Professional: New

Now it's time for the new WM Professional applications. First we'll take a look at ViTO SMS-Chat from ViTO Technologies.

Get threaded SMS messaging on your Windows Mobile device, even without the WM6.1 upgrade!

Features include:

THREADED SMS MESSAGING SMS-Chat organizes SMS correspondence into separate chats. It means you will have a separate chat for every contact with whom you exchange text messages. Isn't it cool? Install fully functional 2 weeks trial and learn how easy it has become to manage your SMS messaging. SMS-Chat provides familiar and conveniet look&feel of IMs.

Try SMS-Chat and find out that keeping in touch with your friends via text messages can be very easy and also a lot of fun!

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Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 4

Hitch up the software wagon and let's head out on the range. It's time once again to Wrangle this week's new, updated and free software for WM Professional and WM Standard.

This week we are featuring new software for WM Standard, PBA Bowling and Flyder US and UK. Updated software includes SmartReg and USB Modem. Freeware includes All Mobile Mines SE and Maufait InstaFind.

WM Professional new software includes a look at mDesktop and Touch Commander Suite. Updated software includes PhatPad 4.5 and Fizz Traveller. In Freeware, we'll take a look at the apps available from www.spoontools.com.

Let's get started with the Weekly Software Wrangle Week 4 now!

WM Standard: New

First up is PBA Bowling v1.0 by Concrete Software, Inc. Special recognition goes out to Lightning Toads Productions, LLC who provided their Toadlet mobile game engine to Concrete Software. Concrete Software licensed the Toadlet Engine from Lightning Toads to incorporate many features, including life-like physics, into PBA Bowling. You can learn more about Lightning Toads Productions and their products here.

Now, more about the game:

The biggest name in bowling, Professional Bowlers Association is now available for your mobile device.

Choose from the most realistic bowling balls and lane conditions. Enjoy full 3D environments and motion enabled throwing technology (device must have a camera).

Test your skills against a long list of the internationally recognized professional bowlers. Unlock special ball abilities and patterns. After working on your game versus the professional bowlers it

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SPB Backup 2.0 is released

SPB Backup is on our list of must-have software for your Smartphone or Pocket PC, so it interested us to know that SPB Software has just released Version 2.0 of its popular device backup-and-restore tool.

New this time around are:

  • The ability to determine between a device reset and a ROM upgrade, allowing you to restore on a different device (We hope this works better than it has in the past).
  • A desktop backup unpacking tool, which allows you to explore the backup.
  • Separate text message restoration.
  • Sync backups on your desktop.

The usual scheduled and customizable backups are still there, and you SPB has added a file blacklist.

SPB Backup 2.0 is available here for Pocket PCs and here for Smartphones. A free, five-day trial is available. Full download costs $24.95, and an upgrade from Version 1.x is just $9.95.

Check back with us soon for a full review. But if you're going to try out SPB Backup in the meantime, be sure to, well, back up your device first. You can't be too careful.

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Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 3

Put on your ten-gallon hat, strap on your chaps, and sharpen up your spurs. It's time once again to Wrangle this week's new, updated and free software for WM Professional and WM Standard.

This week we are featuring new software for WM Standard, e-Mobile Voice Phone Tune mobile ringtone manager and GTS World Racing. Updated software includes FlexMail and Sprite Backup 6. Freeware includes AlarmInfo and PhoneFavs.

WM Professional new software includes 1Touch Contacts and Mahjong Mania Pro. Updated software includes Art of Positions - Mobile Kama Sutra and Agenda One v2. Freeware includes Cellfire Mobile Coupons and Magic Bubble.

Week 3 Software Wrangle begins now!

WM Standard: New

First up is e-Mobile Voice Phone Tune: Mobile ringtone manager v1 by e-Mobile Software, Inc. How would you like to be able to customize your contacts or groups of contacts with any ringtone you want, including your own voice?

Give your contacts distinctive ringtones to fit their unique personalities. With defined ringtones for individuals or groups, this app is as entertaining as it is helpful. Voice Phone Tune will let you add mp3 and wav format ringtones to your device, or record your own voice for creative new sounds

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JiveTalk for Windows Mobile Now in Alpha

Back when I gave the BlackBerry (Part 1 and Part 2) a shot during the Smartphone Round Robin, there were two BB apps that impressed me: Opera Mobile and JiveTalk. JiveTalk is a multi-IM client and it was by far the best one I tried for the BlackBerry. Over at the CrackBerry forums there was near-universal consensus that it is the best IM client for the platform.

There are a ton of IM clients out there for Windows Mobile (including many on-deck clients built by OZ), but what's neat about JiveTalk right now is the clean, finger-friendly interface. Now remember, this thing is in Alpha and so you're going to see some bugs and it's not yet available for Standard Edition, just Pro. You'll want to keep an eye on the BeeJive Blog for the latest.

Still and all, looks promising, you might want to check it out: JiveTalk Alpha

Thanks to Merlyn3D for the tip!

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Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 1

Like our sister sites, we thought it was high time to deliver to you a Weekly Software Wrangle, where we herd and rope in some of the new and updated software for WM Standard and Professional.

This week we're looking at new software for WM Standard, including PhoneyCall, Fizz Alarms, and WM Tip Calculator. Updated software includes Extreme Agenda, AE Button Plus, and CorePlayer Mobile for Smartphone.

Over on the WM Professional side, new software this week includes Lexisgoo English Dictionary, In The Bag Shopping List, and Ringtones Deluxe +250 Volume 4. Updated software includes Softick Card Export, Master Kick and Zoomboard.

So saddle up, partners, and ready your lassos! Be sure to holler "YEEEHAWW!" as you stampede over to this week's Wrangle!

WM Standard: New

First up is PhoneyCall by AIM Productions. This little gem seems diabolical and outrageous on the surface, but the ability to send yourself a fake phone call sounds like a great way to escape a long-winded conversation, for instance.

PhoneyCall comes with pre-recorded communications sounds, or you can create your own. So not only will the fake call ring on your phone, but you can have an interactive chat with the fake caller. For a bystander this sounds even more realistic!

Get PhoneyCall for $19.99 here.


Next up is Fizz Alarms 1.0 for Standard from Fizz Software Ltd. If you want a more robust and feature-rich alarm program for your WM smartphone, then Fizz Alarms may be worth a closer look.

Fizz Alarms is your every day time manager. From repeating alarms, stopwatches to counters. Its your time so take control.

Features: - Comprehensive Alarm Support - Control your alarm recurring options - Control your alarm volume playback - various options - WAV, WMA & MP3 support - Snooze Support - Stopwatch Support - Save your lap times - See your laptimes at a glance - compare the speed bar. - Multiple Counters - Name your counters - Select different sounds for each counter - Snooze time - at end of counter - Digital or analog main clock face - Windows Mobile 6.1 support - all screen sizes - Super Simple Interface - Localised in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch & Russian

Get Fizz Alarms 1.0 for Standard for $14.95 here.


Windows Mobile Tip Calculator v3.0 by Neutronix Corporation rounds out the new WM Standard apps this week.

Calculate your tip amount and split the bill faster and easier than ever before using Windows Mobile Tip Calculator.

Featuring the most powerful bill splitting and itemizing functionality available on the market today, Windows Mobile Tip Calculator allows you to split bills not just by the number of people in your party, but accurately, based on who had what, and how much. Your friends who only had a salad will be happy to know they're only paying for the salad they had, and not part of the two steak & lobster entrees your other guests enjoyed.

The built-in tipping guide provides you with suggestions for common tip amounts on most types of situations and services where tipping is customary or recommended. Whether you're tipping the paper boy, or your server at a fine dining restaurant, you'll know exactly how much to tip, and who owes what using Windows Mobile Tip Calculator.

Get Windows Mobile Tip Calculator v3.0 for $14.95 here.

WM Standard: Updated

Extreme Agenda - Your Organizer v3.26.1 by Birdsoft is our first featured updated software.

Extreme Agenda is the premier Personal Information Manager for your Windows Mobile Smartphone.

It features Powerful Agenda Views, Photo Contacts, Todos, Search, and even Notes and a Secure Wallet in one easy to use package!! And with complete customization and great high-end features found only on other platforms you can't go wrong.

And now we have taken Extreme to the Extreme in new Version 3.0. A Project view, Innovative Spinner Selection screen, timeline week view, and so much more... Free upgrade available if purchased after May 1st. Contact Birdsoft for details..

So if you want to upgrade your Smartphone's built-in Pocket Outlook Applications, there is only one real choice!

..::Take Your Agenda to the Extreme::..

You want more than just pretty icons! We offer more powerful features like Linking, Templates, and Notes, friendly one-handed operation, half the footprint, a smarter price-tag; the list goes on and on.... It justs works more!

Get Extreme Agenda for $21.95 here.


AE Button Plus v2.6.3 by AE Software extends functionality of hardware buttons by allowing you to directly assign built-in action (of more than 40) or remap to "virtual" button single, double, tripple and "long" keypress of almost any hardware button on Windows Mobile devices.

Features: - Intercepts almost any standard button: application buttons, WM5 softkeys, volume slider, red/green phone buttons, Win, Ok... - Distinguish up to 4 different keypress events on each button grabbed (single, double, triple and "long" keypresses) - Remaps each of the keypress event to "virtual" application button or dirrectly assign it to one of the more than 40 built-in actions - Contains built-in task manager, actions menu, clock display and other useful functions - Gather uptime statistics and makes prognosis on battery uptime left

Get AE Button Plus v2.6.3 for $7.99 here.


CorePlayer Mobile for SmartPhone v1.2.4 by CoreCodec, Inc. is at the center of the CoreCodec

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HTC Diamond Keyboard: available for all

Well if you've been following the whole HTC Touch Diamond release info, you may have noticed the "new" soft keyboard that will be shipping with the device. The keyboard, by most hands-on reviews, has been praised as quite the improvement on the previous Touch keyboard (although perhaps a tad "busy" looking).

Of course one very popular alternative is the TouchPal keyboard (see v3 info), however that one will cost you a modest $13.

But if you're interested in that new HTC Touch Diamond one, seems as if some crafty XDA'ers (namely P1Tater) have scored a copy of that software and .cab'd it up for an easy install.

Couple of notes:

  • install is a bit slow, but normal
  • default language is Italian (change to English in settings)

Other than that, feedback has been quite positive. Give it a spin and let us know!

More Info:

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As noted a couple of days ago, the Alltel Touch got a new ROM update that added EvDO Rev. A, fixed some BT issues and added video messaging.

But no aGPS.

And while Sprint and Verizon users wait for that coveted Rev A. update and WM 6.1, some enterprising users at PPCGeeks have gone ahead and not only added RevA to their Touch but GPS to boot (!).

Interested in taking the plunge to void your warranty and beat everyone to the punch? Then follow the links for the threads and be careful:

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One of the things that I like about always having a live internet connection on me is that a wealth of live information is always at my fingertips. Along that vein…one of the things that I am constantly seeking updates on (much to my wife’s dismay) are sports scores and news. Until recently, none of my favorite sports sites have been very good at handling mobile web browsers.

CNN’s Sports Illustrated appears to have noticed my plight. Available only on select Windows Mobile devices, mySI mobile allows you to view scores, schedules, and standings for your 4 favorite teams. The product page also states that the data is updated when the application is launched. The coolest feature is the ability to add games to your Outlook calendar.

I was going to do a quick review, but although my Blackjack is listed at the top of the Supported Phones, I get an “Unsupported Device” page when I attempt the install.

Update: I emailed the mySI support team and was sent here. Looks like the manual downloads for each of the supported devices. It would appear that my issue was that I am using WM6, whereas they list the Blackjack I as a WM5 device...

Let us know in the comments if you get it to work, as well as what your thoughts are. After the break - More screenshots!


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Resco Table Soccer: Free (for 5 more days)

Hat tip to Solsie on this one, Resco is offering their "Table Soccer" game for WM Professional VGA and QVGA devices (no WM Standard, sorry!) completely free till March 12th, so hop on over to grab yourself a copy! I mean, it's free...if it's terrible, feel free to comment on that below ;-P

From Resco:

Table soccer is a fast addictive game which will test your speed and skills. You can play a fast match with your favourite team or an entire championship. In online championships you can upload your score to the Resco server and compete with other players from around the globe to win great prizes. The basic version offers 20 national teams, 3 unique tables and 3 championships. After registering you can download additional teams, tables and championships. Watch the Table Soccer website, to obtain the most recent updates which you can download using the
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This is slick, TheTechTurf has developed a little app called Google2GO!, which collates a bunch of Google's mobile services into one little app:

  • Google Web/Image Search
  • Google Local Search
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Reader
  • Google Docs
  • Picasa
  • Google News
  • Google Notes

They couldn't help adding Amazon and Wikipedia too. Important to note, I suppose, that the app isn't Google-affiliated. It's still a fairly early version (v 0.275b), which mainly means that it doesn't support portrait mode or WM Standard devices. Or 240x240 devices.

Still, though, sort of a nice companion to Windows Live, innit?

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LED Alerts: Neat App for BlackJack II

So did you know that the BlackJack II has a LED that's capable of displaying 7 different colors? Me: I did not. But QoreFunctions did, and they've made a neat little app that lets you map all them pretty colors to different alerts on your phone, from email to SMS to missed calls. LedAlerts.

Features:

  • Activate external LED based on specific event
  • Control 7 different LED colors on BlackJack II
  • Ability to assign different LED to each event
  • Manages Simultaneous Active LEDs
  • User Selectable Active LED Duration

Fully utilizing the LED just makes sense - saves you time and battery life because you don't have to power up the screen to see exactly why your phone wants attention. Oh, and it also works with the HTC S730, Verizon SMT5800, and T-Mobile Dash/S620 -- just without all the pretty colors.

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Great New Soft Keyboard

Just yesterday I hoped that we'd see a thumable QWERTY/suretype mashup keyboard from HTC, well today it looks like somebody's beaten them to the punch: CooTek. If you're one of the 800,000 Touch users, it behooves you to go check out TouchPal. As you can see from the screenshot above, it's eminently thumb-able and has a very nice word prediction setup. It also handles punctuation very well.

Basically you can just tap tap tap away and use the auto-word completion dictionary to get your words right. But if you need to be exacting, you can tap-slide in any direction to get a specific character or punctuation mark. The upshot is that each button can put out up to 4 different characters, but in 90% of your usage you don't really have to think about it. Using it for 10 minutes has pretty much convinced me to make it my primary input method.

Best of all, it's a free download until Dec 8th, 2008 (a bit random, but I'll take it). It comes in both QVGA and VGA flavors.

They claim you can get up to 300 characters a minute. Check out the video after the break to see somebody with faster thumbs than I have do just that.

via PocketPCMag

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