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5 years ago

Microsoft Announces PlayReady, Yet Another DRM "Standard"

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GAH! How many types of DRM is Microsoft going to create here? The latest is "PlayReady", which looks to be intended to support a wide range of formats (from AAC to H.264 to, of course, WMA) so that companies can wrap pretty much any content they want in DRM - be it ringtones or video or whatever. It'll be (thankfully) backwards compatible with Windows Media DRM 10 (which should mean that PlayReady devices will also be PlaysForSure devices). Is this replacing PlaysForSure? That's unclear right now, but with the Zune already eschewing PlaysForSure, it definitely doesn't look to be long for this world.

I'm starting to think I'm going to need a spreadsheet to figure out which devices will play which DRM. I'd bang my head against the wall in frustration, but with the proliferation of DRMs coming from Microsoft, I'm not entirely positive I have the proper permissions to do that.

Wireless delivery of content to handsets continues to grow rapidly, underscoring the need for compatibility and interoperability. To address this requirement, Microsoft PlayReady has been designed to be fully backward compatible with Windows Media DRM 10, allowing devices that support Microsoft PlayReady to access content using Windows Media DRM. Microsoft will also provide an interoperability program so content may flow to qualifying DRM and content protection technologies.

Read: Microsoft Announces Breakthrough Technology Enabling Simple Access to Broad Set of Digital Content

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5 years ago

WM6 Video Interview Featuring WM6

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WM6 Video Interview Featuring WM6

on10.net's Laura Foy scored an interview about Windows Mobile 6. Product Manager Derek Snyder shows off a slew of WM6 phones, including the HTC Vox, the Cingular 8525, and the MotoQ9 (aka Norman) - and that Vox looks pretty sweet. The bulk of the video is a live demo of the T-Mobile Dash running WM6, which is pretty fun to watch.

Read: Windows Mobile 6 is here! | Laura Foy | Channel 10

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5 years ago

DocsToGo for WM Now Shipping

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DocsToGo for WM Now Shipping

Although its importance in the coming months may be, er, annihilated, DataViz today announced that DocsToGo for Windows Mobile is out of Beta. That means WM5 Smartphone Edition users will be able to edit Office Docs directly on their phones. Moving forward, DataViz has a tough row to hoe: making their mobile office suite so compelling it convinces users to pay for whatever added features they can offer over Microsoft's own document edition on WM6.

*Office Suite Documents To Go®, is now available for Microsoft® Windows Mobile™ 5.0 Smartphone devices.  *

Read: DataViz' Documents To Go First to Fill Office Editing Gap for Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone Devices

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5 years ago

WMExperts.com: Prize-A-Day Contest!

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WMExperts Prize-A-Day!

To celebrate the launch of WMExperts we're going to be giving away a some great prizes... and by "some" I mean "One every weekday for an entire month" and by "great" I mean "really, really great." Here's the short of it:

Every weekday beginning February 13th, 2007, WMExperts will be posting a relatively simple 'challenge,' ranging from "comment on this entry" to "write a limerick making fun of the PalmOS" to "Post in the forums." Simply fulfill the challenge on any given to to be entered in a random drawing for that day's prize. What are we giving away - well it's going to vary from day to day, but take a look below for some examples.

At the end of 4 weeks of prizes, WMExperts will be giving away a Grand Prize and two Second Prizes, drawn randomly from the list of all entrants to each of the daily contests. What are we giving away? The Grand Prize is a WM Smartphone of your choice plus $300 to spend on accessories for it. The Second Prize for two winners: A Slingbox Pro.

...More details and the full rules after the jump.

(Update: We've started. You'll find the latest contest in the righthand sidebar every day.)

Grand Prize (1)

Your choice of any Windows Mobile Smartphone that's currently available in the United States...

...Plus $300 to spend on accessories in the WMExperts store.

(Also: If you happen to chose a GSM phone that's available in an unlocked version, we'll get that version for you)

Second Prizes (2):

Two lucky winners will receive a Slingbox Pro!

The Slingbox PRO is the perfect companion for your home theater. With the ability to watch and control one high definition video source and up to three standard definition video devices, the Slingbox PRO ensures that you can watch all of your favorite home theater entertainment anywhere you go. Using an Internet-connected computer or compatible mobile phone, you can watch and control your home TV, DVR, basic cable, digital cable box, or satellite receiver anywhere around your home or around the globe. With a Slingbox PRO you are never separated from your favorite TV shows, sports broadcasts, breaking news stories, digital video recordings, or video on demand.

Daily Prizes (20)

These will vary from day to day, but will include stuff like Bluetooth Headsets, games and productivity software, cases, and more. Check back every day to see what we're giving away.

Contest Rules and procedures

The Prize-A-Day contest will run from February 13th, 2007 until March 12th, 2007. A Daily contest will be held each weekday during that period. You can find the latest Daily contest here.

For the Daily Contests each entry must have a valid email address associate with it, the method of inclusion will be specified in each day's post. At the end of each day, a winner will be chosen at random from all of that day's entries. Once a person has won three daily prizes, he or she will no longer be eligible for daily prizes, but his or her entries each day will still count towards the Second and Grand prizes. Limit one entry per person per day.

For the Final Drawing, all entries for the Daily Contests will be added up and then drawn from at random on March 19th, 2007. Limit 20 entries per person (one for each day).

Disclaimers

  • Employees and contractors of Smartphone Experts or its affiliates are not eligible.
  • We cannot substitute prizes.
  • US residents only (sorry!)
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5 years ago

WM6 at 3GSM: Mega Roundup 2, Including Device Photos

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Today was supposed to be the day for Windows Mobile 6, but after the embargo on was was broken late last week, a lot of the details are already widely known. However, that doesn't mean that there isn't a bunch of new info that you'll want to know about today. The most exciting bits: photos of WM6 running on a bunch of old and new devices - photos after the break.

It appears that T-Mobile is going to be the first US Carrier out of the gate with WM6 shipping on the Dash. The really surprising news is that it looks like a few current WM5 devices will be getting upgrades - T-Mobile has already announced they'll be giving a free upgrade for the Dash and Palm is expected to announce an upgrade for the Treo 750 as well. Given the standard operating procedure of most carriers and manufactures, not having to buy a new gadget to get the new OS is a welcome change.

The other exciting bit this morning is that both Toshiba and Lenovo are in the Windows Mobile game now (Toshiba got out of the game a few years ago, welcome back!). The MotoQ is coming to GSM too. Also after the break: the official press release, Microsoft's WM6 "Fact Sheet", and a ton of device shots.

Official stuff

Here's the offical press release. If you've been following the story, there's not much new here. If you have not, here's a few important bits:

  • View emails in HTML, email also requires fewer clicks to do stuff like delete and forward emails.
  • Built-in Windows Live Search
  • Edit Office docs on all platforms
  • WM6 Pro is the touchscreen smartphone version, WM6 Standard is the non-touchscreen smartphone version, and WM6 Classic is the non-smartphone, touchscreen version (quit snickering, you, some people still want this).
  • Direct Push with Exchange Server built-in (for those of you with terminally old version of WM5)
  • Devices available in Q2.
  • All sorts of companies are on board, including: "AT&T, Chunghwa Telecom, Dopod International Corp., HP, LG Electronics, Motorola Inc., Palm Inc., Samsung, Sprint, Telefónica, Toshiba, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone."
  • "One-Click easy" Internet sharing (read: Dial-up Networking) over bluetooth and USB. Please, carriers, don't break this.
  • Built-in VOIP "backend" to make developing VOIP applications easier.

You may also want to take a peek at the WM6 Fact Sheet, which teaches us, well, it teaches us the same things but in a shorter, better-looking format.

From the horse's, er, mouth, comes this gallery of Window Mobile 6 screenshots

Finally, Microsoft has a new Windows Mobile 6 page up, for those who want the official pretty. They also have a great webcast available as well (Internet Explorer required, naturally) hosted by Pieter Knook, Senior Vice President, Microsoft Mobile and Embedded Devices division (since my name is Dieter, a guy who puts an "i" there in his name is OK in my book).

WM6 Devices that should make it to the US:

Toshiba's Back!

Great to see Toshiba (and Lenovo, see below) come back to the PocketPC game. Toshiba's really out-doing themselves here, the G900 and the G500 both look great. The G900, the one with the full keyboard there, is a HSDPA WM6 Professional phone with all sorts of neat little innovations, including:
  • Fingerprint sensor feature for extra security and easy menu navigation
  • 3-inch wide, colour W-VGA display for enhanced viewing quality
  • Read and write access to a USB flash memory device
  • 2 mega pixel camera
  • Secondary camera for video telephony
  • Support for VoIP
The G500 is no slouch either, despite having WM6 Standard. It has essentially the same specs as the G900m, just lacking the touchscreen. Strangely, Toshiba's site says this little bugger runs WM5. Say it ain't so, Toshiba.

Moto Q9: Awesome; Moto Q: Coming on GSM

The original MotoQ made a big splash followed by a bit of fizzle. I think the Q9 is significantly better looking and significantly cooler, if only because it's being offered as a quad-band GSM phone with HSDPA right out of the gate.
Quad-band GSM plus 3.6 megabit HSDPA
QVGA display
Just 11.8mm thick
2 megapixel camera
Stereo Bluetooth
microSD card slot

Read: Motorola Q q9 with HSDPA - MobileTracker


The original Q is also getting the GSM treatment. With the Q9 coming, all I can say is yawn. The last photo here is the Q GSM veriosn next to the Q9. I know which one I prefer.


HP: iPaq keeps chugging along

HP hasn't impressed me lately, with any luck this new Voice Messenger iPAQ 500 will change that. It's got VOIP built in and a full 6 hours of talk time on GSM/EDGE. No UMTS or HSDPA, tsk tsk, HP, you're continuing to disappoint me. I appreciate the built-in WiFi, though. It looks like HP is positioning this as a kind of super-office-phone, using VOIP when you're at work and the cell radio when you're not. More on the iPAQ 500 at Mobility Site

HTC: T-Mobile Dash to Run WM6, HTC Vox: Pretty Please, come to the USA

It's worth saying again: Big Ups to T-Mobile for announcing they'll be offering WM6 on future and current Dashes. Oh, yeah, the upgrade will be FREE, available in Q2.

Also new from HTC and running WM6 Standard, the HTC Vox. This looks like a great form-factor to me. Here's hoping I'll be able to get one in the states soon. Shots of the Vox below, including comparisons to the Dash (aka. the HTC Excalibur)


Samsung SCH-i760: Best Slider Yet?

Ever since I saw the (battery-less) i760 at CES, I've been in love. The little wonder is due to come out on Verizon. I really like the innovation of moving the 5-way down to make space for a full 12-key phone pad, I really like the slider on this guy, I really like the fact that it runs WM6 Standard. Samsung seems to be doing a really good job with form-factors lately (check out this dual-sliding awesomeness, though no word yet on what the linked f520 will have for an OS). Übergizmo has a video from CES of the i760.

Since the i760 has me so jazzed, I have to include a few extra photos here.


Palm Treo 750 Running WM6

Here's what appears to be a 750 running WM6. It does appear to be that horrible 240x240 resolution (though it's worth noting that WM6 supports 320x320, the Treo's resolution on the PalmOS versions). Palm will be announcing upgrade to the 750 later. JOY.

Live Search is out of Beta

They renamed it "Live Search", thank the lord, so that it doesn't share the same name with the built-in Search app on WM. This is one 3GSM announcement you can apply to your current phone - it works just fine with WM5 (it's built-in to WM6. You can go get it here.

Live Search for Mobile, which we first revealed in December, is now out of beta and available for public consumption in two localized versions - United States and United Kingdom.

Read: Pocket PC Thoughts - Daily News, Views, Rants and Raves

WM6 SDK for developers available soon

Although WM6 looks to be fully backward-compatible with WM5 apps, that doesn't mean that there aren't new WM6 toys for developers to play with. Linked is a white paper describing the new tools available to developers.

The Windows Mobile® 6 developer platform release focuses on a few core goals: simplify line of business (LOB) application development and deployment, make the task of building a single application that runs successfully across the many different devices in the Windows Mobile family easier, and provide an enhanced user experience. This paper explains the new Windows Mobile 6 features and their purpose from a developer's perspective. This paper also explains the many new tools provided by the Windows Mobile 6 Software Development Kit (SDK), and provides some guidance on getting started developing Windows Mobile 6 applications.

Read: What's New for Developers in Windows Mobile 6


Devices that may or may not (sniffle) make it to the US

Asus

Asus has a few devices coming, we'll start with the Aries, a UMTS Tri-band (850, 1900, and 2100) QWERTY phone with a scroll whell, 2 megapixel cam (and smaller one on the front).


Here's the Pegasus line: P735 (no keyboard on front) and P526 (keypad on front). Not much in the way of details on these yet, but the P526 is pretty darn good looking. The P526 also should have GPS built-in and has won a design award too, rightly so.


i-mate

i-mate has announced a slew of great-looking phones, I really hope that they make their way to these shores, but I'm not optimistic. Pictured here is the i-mate SPL, now available in colors.


Also new from i-mate is the JAQ4, a QWERTY phone with Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, which is disappointing, but it does feature WiFi, so that helps.

The JAQ3 will also run WM6. Here is it next to it's newly announced big brother. Specs on both here


Lenovo

Good news: Lenovo is also jumping on board the Windows Mobile Bandwagon! Bad News: we know next to nothing about these two phones. More details as they come - one of which I hope will be the explanation for that intriguing "Google G" we see in that first shot.


Phew! That'll do for now. There are other announcement by other manufactures like Gigabyte and BenQ, but I don't think there's much of a chance of seeing those in the US market.

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5 years ago

Dear Carriers: You Should Follow the Net Neutrality Model

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A week ago I wrote a long rant about the wireless carrier business model after the news that a few carriers were plotting a walled-garden-style rival to Google and Yahoo. Well, it looks like I'm not alone in that hope, BoingBoing.net points us to a great new paper from Colubmia University's Tim Wu which calls for a new model of wireless service.

Most interesting (from my initial skim, anyway) are the parallels the paper draws between the current state of the wireless industry and the monopolistic practices of AT&T in the mid 20th-century. Seriously, folks, go get the pdf and read it over your lunchbreak sometime.

Over the next decade, regulators will spend increasing time on the conflicts between the private interests of the wireless industry and the public's interest in the best uses of its spectrum. This report examines the practices of the wireless industry with an eye toward understanding their influence on innovation and consumer welfare.

This report finds a mixed picture. The wireless industry, over the last decade, has succeeded in bringing wireless telephony at competitive prices to the American public. Yet at the same time we also find the wireless carriers aggressively controlling product design and innovation in the equipment and application markets, to the detriment of consumers. Their policies, in the wired world, would be considered outrageous, in some cases illegal, and in some cases simply misguided.

Read: SSRN-Wireless Network Neutrality by Tim Wu

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5 years ago

WM6 Standard Screenshot Gallery

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5 years ago

Nokia to offer free GPS nav app for WM5(!)

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Can I get a yowza? Available for download tomorrow, Feb 10th, Nokia is offering a free GPS navigation application called smart2go for Series 60 Nokia phones and, here's the shocker, Windows Mobile 5. The software will apparently work even if you don't have GPS available via a bluetooth puck or built-in. Looks like it's free because Nokia will also be offering optional, premium-brand travel guides, packed with valuable information and important tips."

If you are wondering how to set up GPS on your WM5 device, you'll find a nice set of instructions here.

Nokia today announced that it is making its smart2go mapping and navigation platform, available for free download (www.smart2go.com), enabling millions of people to use the most comprehensive map coverage offered on a mobile device. The platform allows for mapping and routing in over 150 countries and has support for full turn-by-turn satellite navigation in over 30 countries. The application allows people to view where they are on a map, search for points-of-interests (POI) around them and create routes to get them there free of charge. Nokia plans to start offering the smart2go application for free, on Saturday, February 10th, for selected Nokia S60 and Windows Mobile 5.0 devices initially and has plans to roll out support for most of the major mobile OS platforms including Nokia S60, Series 40, PocketPC, Linux and other Windows Mobile devices.

Update 3: it's up now, thanks for the tip, Paul! Now should I be concerned that the are listing the "Treo 650w", which doesn't exist in any world I live in? Nah.. Installing now.

(Thanks to MSMobiles for the tip. As they say, "Next logical step: Nokia mobile phones powered by Windows Mobile!")

Read: Nokia - ShowPressRelease

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5 years ago

LG Prada, Similar to iPhone, except it's better

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LG Prada, Similar to iPhone, except it's better

Not long after the iPhone splash, LG showed off the Prada - apparently it's going to be running Windows Mobile 6. Which means it won't have the incredibly fancy multi-touch-screen features of the iPhone, but it will be able to, oh, edit office docs. Also likely that this may be announced at the 3GSM conference next week, so there's a healthy chance it'll beat the iPhone to market.

Bring it on, Apple!

Today I was sent this article in Business Week that totally made a bulb go off in my head! It looks as if Business Week spilled the beans on the LG iPhone look alike phone that apparently will run Microsoft's new Windows Mobile 6.0 OS.. This phone was also the LG Prada touchscreen device we saw a few weeks ago along with the LG KE850. According to the Business Week article they state

Read: LG's iPhone clone to run Windows Mobile 6 @ Mobility Today

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile 6 Mega-Roundup

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Windows Mobile 6 Mega-Roundup

Sure, I was a little dubious at first that Microsoft would be announcing Windows Mobile 6 earlier than expected. Perhaps part of it was a "French publication" breaking the embargo early that led them to just go ahead and tell everybody to start talking about it. In any case, the internet is all abuzz over it today instead of the February 12th official launch date.

Read on for a massive round-up of reviews, screen shots, and all the WM6 Links you can shake a stick at.

Update: Here's Engadget's photo gallery of WM6 Pro

The Big Pieces

First off, you should know that rather than referring to "Smartphone Edition" or "Pocket-PC Edition", Microsoft cleaned up the naming scheme a bit. Now we have:

  • WM6 Standard for non-touchscreen smartphones.
  • WM6 Professional for touchscreen smartphones.
  • WM6 Classic for non-smartphone Pocket PC Devices (stop snickering, they still exist)

So what are the big changes between WM5 and WM6? Well, not to rain on anybody's parade, but I wouldn't call any of these changes huge. On the other hand, I would call each and every one of them welcome

  • Built-in Windows Update(!) - Will the carriers stand for this? I know that Palm spends months testing the most minor of bugfixes so the carriers won't have a bird.
  • Built-in memory card encryption and the ability to do remote-wipes.
  • HTML-formatted email (I don't want this, but others do).
  • A neater feature is "SmartFilter," which automatically filters your emails as you type just like most contacts applications filter your contacts. SmartFilter also works on your music collection.
  • Better Live Mail (nee Hotmail) integration, including contact integration.
  • 320x320 Screen Resolution support - Palm, I expect a new WM Treo yesterday with this screen resolution.
  • Windows Live goes out of Beta and will be built-in
  • Direct Push now standard (has been for awhile on WM5, but I know some of you are still stuck without it)
  • 3rd party software should still work fine - just in case you were wondering.
  • Microsoft Office Mobile updated - now full edits documents on all editions of WM6!
  • Pocket Internet Explorer to be faster, they're saying 30% faster - let's hope! Also new, "Mobile AJAX standards"
  • Better Vista integration
  • Enhanced Calendar, including a "ribbon."
  • Improved Security
  • Built-in VOIP(!) - no, not really, but they added support for it "under the hood", according to cnet.
  • A ton of smaller tweaks, changes, fixes, improvements, etc.

First-look Roundup:

Geek.com rolls in with some live-shots of the Standard version loaded up on a T-Mobile Dash. - Geek.com Geek News - First Impressions: Windows Mobile 6

I've had the pleasure of testing out a beta version of Windows Mobile 6 for a few weeks and I couldn't be happier with it.

PC Magazine: 4/5 - Windows Mobile 6: Full Review - Review by PC Magazine, plus a big gallery

With Windows Mobile 6, Microsoft set a skilled handyman to work on the creakier joists of their mobile OS, but they stopped well short of a gut renovation. The new OS is really more of an honorable version 5.5 than a true 6 – an accumulation of new, useful features that doesn't disturb the OS's underpinnings or solve some of its deeper problems.

CNet has the usual standard write-up, if you just want the news fix. - Microsoft to unveil Windows Mobile 6 | CNET News.com

One of the changes that is under the hood in Windows Mobile 6, but not expected to be visible to consumers, is support for Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, calling. Microsoft isn't including software to let individuals make such calls, but has added the internal plumbing to allow carriers and device makers to add VoIP support if they wish. "It's an investment we are making for something that today isn't as predominant," O'Rourke said. "I wouldn't be surprised if in the next 12 months we saw some partner announcements" around VoIP.

Modern Nomads gives us the largest review - What will Windows Mobile 6 bring for the highly mobile people? - Modern Nomads

We do not do product announcements, but we do feel compelled to share our experiences with the new version of Windows Mobile: it is a major change in the OS and it can affect the landscape of the mobile device market as we all know it. The question remains if this change is in fact an improvement for you in your daily life. To help you make up your mind, we have written down the experiences we have with this OS. This is a rather lengthy review, so we have added a table of contents to it, to help you find your way easily.

ZDNET has a nice rundown as well, including a large gallery - » Microsoft reveals Window Mobile 6 and we have all the details | The Mobile Gadgeteer | ZDNet.com

I can confirm from personal experience with a beta of Windows Mobile 6 that many of the changes made by Microsoft have been targeted at improving the user experience.

Speaking of galleries, here's a nice one provided by Microsoft to pocketpcthoughts; and another from engadget.

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5 years ago

Symantec Releases Antivirus for WM5

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Symantec Releases Antivirus for WM5

I really, really, really don't want to ever have to install antivirus software on a smartphone. For what little risk is out there right now, it's absolutely not worth the program memory for me to do it. If you're the paranoid type, however, feel free to toss money at Mobile AntiVirus. I won't call you a sucker -- to your face.

Symantec Corp. has announced its Mobile AntiVirus 4.0 for Windows Mobile, developed to work on Pocket PCs and smartphones running on the Windows Mobile 5.0 platform. The software automatically protects mobile devices from threats transmitted via e-mail and multimedia messaging service (MMS), downloaded from memory cards, the cellular network and Wi-Fi, transmitted by Bluetooth or beamed over infrared connections.

Read: Symantec releases Mobile AntiVirus 4.0 for Windows Mobile

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5 years ago

RIM and Samsung Settle "BlackJack" suit

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RIM sued Samsung because they called their new smartphone BlackJack and, you know, people might get it confused with BlackBerry. Now they've settled, apparently. I thought the suit was pretty darn silly myself - nobody gets to use the word "Black" anymore? - but apparently Samsung did not. Sometimes it's easier to just get the lawsuit out of the way rather than fight the good fight. Me, I like a good fight, oh well. The terms of the settlement are confidential (though some folks have noticed that RIM wants to spell "BlackJack" with a lower-cased 'j' now), so who knows what Samsung gave to RIM. Let's hope it wasn't much.

Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM said in a statement that the settlement of the lawsuit it filed in December includes "immediate provisions for the protection of RIM's valuable trademarks," but that the companies had agreed to keep specific terms of the deal confidential.

Read: BlackBerry Maker Reaches Settlement With BlackJack Maker

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5 years ago

WM6 Coming to T-Mobile Devices in Q2

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WM6 Coming to T-Mobile Devices in Q2

Title about says it all, don't it. Also of note in the article, updates to current devices will be up to the carriers. In other words, don't hold your breath that you'll be able to (legally) upgrade your current WM5 device to WM6.

*According to John Starkweather, a group product manager for Microsoft’s mobile and embedded devices division, the latest version of the mobile OS will ship in the United States first on new devices from T-Mobile USA Inc. *

Read: Microsoft: Windows Mobile 6.0 coming to T-Mobile USA in second quarter :: RCR Wireless News

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5 years ago

Dialing 1-800-FLOWERS to get easier?

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Dialing 1-800-FLOWERS to get easier?

Mike Calligaro puts up a fairly long blog posting on what seems to be a fairly short topic - the fact that YATQKMS (Yet Another Thin, QWERTY Keyboard Windows Mobile Smartphone) devices like the Q or the Dash don't have those "ABC", "DEF" etc. buttons on their number pads, so dialing named-800 numbers can be a pain sometimes. ...This isn't a pain I've ever felt personally, but apparently there are some that do.

Instead of just laughing at these oddballs, Calligaro actually goes into some depth about how WM's dialer works and offers a couple solutions (including suggesting you search for a hack). The fun bit, though, is at the very end, where he says that while he can't make promises, Microsoft's WM team wants to.

...of course, using a Pocket-PC Smartphone like the Treo solves the problem neatly - by including a touch-screen dialpad like my Treo's, pictured.

As always, I can’t announce features.  But I will say that the Q is one of the hottest selling Windows Mobile devices ever.  And the general category of QWERTY Smartphones is doing very well.  While we don’t consider the ability to dial personalized phone numbers the most important feature on a phone, we do recognize that it’s an important feature.  So, while I can’t announce features or dates or even promise that anything will be done, I can say that we want to provide a real solution that’s better than the user ones above.

Read: Windows Mobile Team Blog : How do you dial 1-800-FLOWERS?

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5 years ago

Engadget Says WM6 Announced ...really?

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Engadget Says WM6 Announced ...really?

According to Engadget, Microsoft has announced Windows Mobile 6 (I'd pegged that announcement for the 3GSM conference next week). Perhaps they just announced it to Engadget, though, as I'm having a tough time just this second finding any corroboration.

Well, there is this article at InfoWorld which may back up the announcement claim - given that it mentions some of the same features that are listed in the Engadget post. On the other hand, the InfoWorld liberally quotes Rob Enderle - and you Mac fans know that's probably not a good sign.

Ok, I'll quit being grumpy. Windows Moblie 6 (aka Crossbow) does look like it has a few nice incremental upgrades - like full office in the smartphone version and HTML rendering in emails (and a 'calendar ribbon' that might actually keep from stabbing myself in the eye when I try to find an appointment). I'll we wanting it as soon as I can get it.

Microsoft's finally ready to take the wraps off Windows Mobile 6, the long-awaited successor to Windows Mobile 5 (what else?) that's been baking in the oven for a while now as "Crossbow." The platform formerly known as Pocket PC Phone Edition has become Windows Mobile 6 "Professional," while its more pocketable little brother, the Smartphone, has become "Standard" and plain ol' Pocket PCs are "Classic."

Read: Windows Mobile 6 announced - Engadget Mobile

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