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5 years ago

Updated: Silverlight turns 2.0 on Tuesday

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Updated: Silverlight turns 2.0 on Tuesday

Well how about that. Silverlight's getting the upgrade to the big 2.0. (Guess these guys won't be coming to the party.)

Says Mary-Jo Foley at ZDNet:

Microsoft officials said Silverlight 2 will be available for download from the company’s Silverlight site starting on October 14. They also said that anyone using a beta version of Silverlight 2 or Silverlight 1 will be “automatically upgraded” via Microsoft’s various patching systems to Silverlight 2 in the coming months. (However, users will be able to block the Silverlight 2 download if they decide to do so.)

Microsoft's alternative to Adobe Flash has had its share of ups and downs, but it's still alive and kicking and hopefully a step closer to actually making its way onto a mobile device. And for proof that they're actively working on it, we again turn to Ms. Foley, who updated an earlier blog post stating that Silverlight for mobile would be a topic at this month's Professional Developer's Conference.

“In this demo-filled session learn how to extend your existing Silverlight 2 applications to work on Windows Mobile and how to build rich mobile Silverlight apps that access device peripherals such as camera; GPS or WiFi or the radio stack for location; as well as mobile web services. We also talk about tooling enhancements in Microsoft Visual Studio that support Silverlight app development on Windows Mobile, what to consider when delivering eye-popping UI on mobile, and help you understand the key differences from developing Silverlight apps for the desktop.”

That sounds like it's a lot farther than tinkering around in the ol' garage. Anyhoo, while we wait for the mobile goodness teased to lo' those many moons ago, snag the updated Silverlight on Tuesday and keep your fingers crossed that we'll see something when Windows Mobile 7 finally sees the light of day.

Update: It's heeeeere. Have fun.

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5 years ago

Omnia apparently headed to Verizon; i770 now 'Saga'

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Can't say we saw this coming, but the Samsung Omnia appears to be headed for Verizon, like soonest. Engadget Mobile got a tip through Howard Forums that the keyboardless slab appeared on a Big V rebate form, and sure 'nuff, there she be.

The start date for the rebate is Oct. 14 — tomorrow! — and the end date is Nov. 15, so it's pretty safe to say we should see the Omnia any day now, if the rebate form's on the level. No sign of it on Verizon's Web site yet. Let us know if you see one.

Also note just above the Omnia on the list is the Samsung Saga, which Engadget says is a global version of the i770, which we recently saw pics of.

For more on the Omnia, albeit the non-U.S. version, check out Dieter's hardware hands-on and software hands-on, and George's recent overall review.

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5 years ago

Weekly Software Wrangle 22

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Weekly Software Wrangle 22

It's time for Software Wrangle 22 and we have a bunch of apps to rope in today. Whether you're looking for some new software, need to update some existing software, or want some free apps, take a few minutes and check them out!

This week, WM Standard new software is Spb Online Games and LoanCalc. Updated software includes Bankarama and DVD Catalyst 3. The free app this week is Vibrate On Connect.

WM Professional new software are exoVirusStop antivirus and Halma Sharp. Updated software includes VsNotepad 2 and IM+ Instant Messenger. Freeware is Remote Touch Beta.

WM Standard: New

First up this week for a WM Standard app is Spb Online Games Smartphone v1.1 by Spb Software House. Want to get your game on with other real people online, all from your smartphone?

Spb Online Games is a pack of casual multiplayer online games. Play English Checkers, Russian Checkers, Hexagon and Reversi with real people in real time.

Features: - Two types of Checkers, Hexagon and Reversi - Play with real people - Easy to play casual games - No configuration

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5 years ago

Krusell Cabriolet Skin with Multidapt for Motorola Q9h

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5 years ago

SplashMoney from SplashData

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5 years ago

Why we're (mildly) excited about Firefox Mobile

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Windows Mobile is all about having options, sometimes to a fault. If you want someone else to decide how you're going to use your device, go here.

That's why the advent of yet another browser for Windows Mobile is a time for celebration. Opera Mobile, Skyfire, Webkit — they all bring something to the table that Internet Explorer does not. And they're all different enough to make having more than one browser not seem silly.

We're eagerly awaiting the alpha release of Firefox Mobile, aka Fennec (we'll save you the trouble: It's a small desert fox), any day now. And after a quick read through Mozilla's mobile roadmap, we can sum up our excitement with a couple of points (after the jump).

 

Mozilla Weave

Fennec is being developed by Mozilla, makers of uber-browser Firefox, so it's pretty safe to assume that it should be a competent mobile browser. Fennec and Weave are where it can get really sexy.

A spin through that Fennec roadmap brings us a couple of juicy tidbits:

Release themes

In priority order, here are the key themes of the first Fennec release:

1. Simple, fast navigation to Web content 2. Compatibility with the Web 3. Secure 4. A "whole product" 5. A platform for innovation on mobile

Getting to Web content
  • Awesome bar
  • Search integrated into URL bar
  • Password manager
  • Weave

By comparison, here are results from my browsers on a Windows XP desktop, plus what I run on my Motorola Q9h:

  • Internet Explorer 7.0.5730.13: Scored 12 out of 100 (I think) after about 30 seconds. It rendered so horribly it was hard to tell.
  • Internet Explorer 8 beta (8.0.6001.18241): Scored 15 out of 100.
  • Firefox 3.0.3: Scored 71 out of 100.
  • Safari 3.1.2 (525.21): Scored 75 out of 100.
  • Google Chrome 0.2.149.30: Scored 79 out of 100.
  • Opera Mobile 6.5: Scored 3 out 100.
  • Skyfire 0.8.0.68.43: Scored 52 out of 100.

So, Fennec appears to have a bit of browsing power under its belt. I'll be interesting to see how older devices handle it. That said, the Fennec roadmap lists Windows Mobile 6 as the earliest version supported.

Not quite drooling - yet

At this point, we're mildly excited about Fennec. Having more options on your Windows Mobile device is a good thing, especially one that's open source. We won't go into full-on drool mode until we see some actual hands-on video and get to try it for ourselves.

But Fennec is looking like it may be a fine addition, along with Skyfire and Opera, to our browsing arsenal.

 

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5 years ago

Do You Have GPS Lag on the Touch Diamond and Touch Pro?

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(img adapted from Cyphol's original)

We here at WMExperts write this with due amount of trepidation, humility, and a willingness to admit we are completely in over our heads on the technical aspects of what we're about to discuss, but here goes:

It appears that the Touch Diamond and the Touch Pro have some issues with regard to GPS. Namely -- many users are reporting a significant lag -- not in satellite acquisition, but in the actual reporting of your position as you move. On these devices, GPS often (but not always) seem to be several seconds behind on reporting your position. While a lag of several seconds (or more) doesn't sound like much, it is pretty much a deal-breaker when you're attempting to use GPS for driving or biking directions.

Missed turns aren't fun, so read on for more.

Folks over at XDA-Developers are reporting/discussing GPS lag issues with both the HTC Touch Diamond and HTC Touch Pro. Additionally, at PPCGeeks we read that certain software on the CDMA Touch Diamond on Sprint sometimes lags. Here's what the the situation looks like right now: GPS lags of up to several seconds are being reported for different people, across several different GPS apps, and in different parts of the world.

As we've said before and at-length here at WMExperts, these sorts of issues are often very difficult to pin down as they lie at the intersection of different kinds of chip hardware, processing power, drivers, software, antennae, and the like.  In fact, all of the above have been posited and tested as possible causes. Adding insult to diagnostic injury, some report fixes based on radio or ROM updates while others don't.

Based on some of the discussion over at XDA, it does look like HTC may be aware of a problem and is looking into it.

Both the Diamond and the Touch Pro utilize the Qualcomm MSM7201a chipset, leading us to worry just a teensy little bit that we're looking at a redux of that other complicated issue involving HTC, Qualcomm, software, drivers, and graphical performance. We're not going to go there quite yet, though, since GPS on smartphones is notoriously difficult to get right and even more notoriously dependent on localized circumstances like location, installed software, the day, the weather, building interference, and heck, we don't know, the phases of the moon.

The Treo Pro, for example, shares the same Qualcomm MSM7201a chipset with the Touch Diamond and the Touch Pro and we have even floated the idea that it was not only manufactured but designed by HTC. In our own Windows Mobile Forums we are now seeing reports of unduly long acquisition times and GPS drops that vary by software. The Treo Pro does seem to have differing performance depending on which app you use it with, as this roundabout solution to getting it to work faster in Windows Live Search details. We haven't run across any Treo Pro users reporting GPS lag, however.

If nothing else, it's becoming clear that something is going on here. The number of reports from users who clearly know their stuff when it comes to smartphones appears to have risen above the level of sporadic GPS problems. In fact, users in the XDA threads have reported that their GPS lag problems vanish when they use an external bluetooth GPS receiver.

What we need now are more datapoints. Have you ever experienced GPS lag? We are talking the kind where your position is well behind where if should be, not simply long acquisition times. If you've had GPS lag, what smartphone and what software are you using?

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile Runs on the iPhone, Heads Asplode

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Norwegian hacker Erik Kristiansen (why the focus on Norwegian-ness?) has managed to load Windows Mobile on an iPhone -- you simply boot up the phone and then pick your OS. There's not much more to show here -- although it does appear to boot up pretty darn quickly. Kriastiansen was interviewed at the myPhone2008 event in Las Vegas.

Supposedly the software will be released early next year. Count us among the people interested in installing this -- it would be pretty interesting to see how Windows Mobile worked on the iPhone's hardware. So interesting, in fact, that we'd be willing to take a little ribbing over it about spending all winter playing around with it. (watch the end of the video to see what we mean).

via BGR

**Update**: Engadget Mobile calls fake, we can't say we disagree with them. Look real to you?

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5 years ago

AT&T tattoos itself onto the Touch Pro/Fuze

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If you're a fan of unlocked phones as clean as virgin snow, devoid of carrier branding or crapware, look away now.

A post at XDA Developers has a couple of small pics of what appears to be the AT&T-branded Fuze, which is its version of the HTC Touch Pro. On the left is the basic Windows Mobile security unlock screen. On the right as a panel of apps on the Fuze.

We recently ran down the specs:

  • WM 6.1 Pro
  • Qualcomm 7201a, 528MHz Processor
  • 2.8“, 640x480 Touchscreen
  • Slide-out keyboard has a Start and OK button (yes, it matters)
  • 850/1900/2100 3G bands, Quad-Band EDGE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
  • 3.1mp camera
  • 1340 mAh battery which can get you up to 8 hours (really?) of talk time under ideal conditions (read: EDGE and nothing else going on)

We're still looking at an Oct. 23 release, for $299 after the usual contracts and rebates.

WM Power User (via Engadget Mobile)

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5 years ago

While you're waiting: An Xperia X1 roundup

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While you're waiting: An Xperia X1 roundup

As Dieter and Malatesta talked about in their latest podcast, we're just a few short weeks from learning when the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 should (finally) be released in the United States.

While we wait, let's take a look at some of the early hands-ons from around the Internets.

That should tide you over for a few weeks. As an added bonus, we've dug up the official announcement video from SE itself. Peep it after the break.

(In a related note, the X1 is now available for pre-order from Carphone Warehouse in the U.K. Price is FREE with an 18-month contract from O2. [via] Don't expect to find that kind of deal over here, though.)

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5 years ago

Firefox Mobile, you tease

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Firefox Mobile, you tease

Remember how we said the alpha release of Firefox Mobile would be out "in a few weeks?" That still stands. But new this weekend are some leaked screen shots to whet our appetites that much more.

Code named Fennec, the browser will be Mozilla's first in the Mobile space and will compete with the likes of Opera Mobile, Skyfire, the Webkit-based Iris and, of course, pocket IE.

Note how Fennec purportedly scored 88 out of 100 on the ol' Acid3 test, which ain't bad at all for something that fits into your pocket. Stay tuned for more.

Via The Unwired

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5 years ago

GoDaddy now offers a hosted Exchange option

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You likely know GoDaddy.com as an Internet registrar and for its, er, eye-catching advertisements. Now you can add hosted Exchange to its resume.

What's hosted Exchange, you ask? It's most often found in the workplace, but outside vendors are now offering its push-email and cloud-based storage for monthly fees. We've written about it a bit, and Dieter and Mal have touched on it in a couple of podcasts (19 & 22).

For $6.99 a month, GoDaddy gives you a single mailbox with 2 gigabytes of storage, POP3 and IMAP access (and presumably OWA, though it's not listed), plus the usual calendar goodies. For $9.99 a month you get all of that plus access on your mobile device.

The price isn't bad, but we'd like to see more storage. While 2 gigs is still a boatload of space when it comes to e-mail, it hardly stacks up to the 7 gigs gmail gives you for free. Yeah, it's still not true push e-mail and it doesn't play as nicely with Windows Mobile as Exchange, but you can't beat the cost.

However, it is nice to see another hosted Exchange option come to fruition. Check out GoDaddy's offerings here.

via jkontherun

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5 years ago

Add One More to the Bandwagon: LG

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Add One More to the Bandwagon: LG

Looks like LG may be prepping to actually release a Windows Mobile phone here in the US. LG has already shown us the LG KS20 and the WiMAX version thereof at CES 2008, but neither seemed destined for the US. Now Intomobile is reporting that a Windows Mobile phone may be headed to AT&T shelves.

Specifications on this rumored device include 3G capabilities, Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity, a flush 240x400 screen, and a 3mp camera with flash. Dimensions are reported by Engadget as being 106.95 x 55 x 13.9mm with a full metal case.

If rumors hold true, expect to see this new mystery device later this year, likely during the holiday rush. Not much more to say on this potential LG phone except another passenger has boarded the rumor train.

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5 years ago

Code Wallet by Developer One

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5 years ago

Gmail adds tweaks to IMAP

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Gmail adds tweaks to IMAP

Those of us who rely on gmail for our everyday communications have a few little gripes when it comes to mobile access — and one big one.

That whopper namely comes in gmail's finicky IMAP (wikipedia def) support in that it uses "labels" instead of true folders like the rest of the civilized world. It's not that the labels are evil, it's just that they don't play well outside the Google sandbox.

Google has, however, recently implemented some new settings that allow you to pick and choose which labels are synced over IMAP. This should have different results depending on what you're using to pull (or push) in your gmail, so YMMV. We're still waiting on true push e-mail from the Big G, but we'll take any improvements we can get in the meantime.

Give it a shot, and let us know in the comments how it works for you.

Gmail Blog: Advanced IMAP Controls

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