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5 years ago

Review: Phone Dashboard Minute Tracker

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5 years ago

Treo Pro Case Round up. Part One: Horizontal Cases

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5 years ago

Tip of the Week: GParkS (Dude, Where's My Car?)

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Tip of the Week: GParkS (Dude, Where's My Car?)

Confession: we love cool GPS apps here at WME.

This little freebie comes from smrtdrmmr over at XDA. Long story short: this is an app that you can use to GeoTag a location (actually up to 3) and it then tells you in feet (or KM) and direction how to get back to it.

Why? Ever park your car at a golf course, far, far from the football stadium where you are catching the local game? Did you ever then spend 20 mins trying to then find you car after the game? Yeah, well smrtdrmmr did and when he looked for a WM version of the popular iPhone app "Dude, Where's my Car" and couldn't find one.

So he went home and programmed up his own version.

It's not a pretty program, but darn it all, it works as advertised. In fact, you can tag up to three objects and name each one (see pic above). To use, just launch the app (you'll need .NET CF 3.5) and that'll kick off the GPS automatically. Give it a few seconds to stabilize your coordinates and then hit "Save". Later, re-launch the app and simply click "Find" and follow the directions. Simple!

Hats off to you smrtdrmmr! More info and download here (need to register).

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5 years ago

Microsoft quietly patches serious 6.1 e-mail bug

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Ever have an e-mail you know you sent just seem to sit in your outbox?

Turns out you're not crazy. At least not because of this. Fellow WM Expert George Ponder has turned us on to a post over at Smartphone Thoughts that helps shed light on the whole thing.

It turns out there is a bug in Windows Mobile 6.1 that can keep messages in you outbox for good. It goes like this:

  • When you send an e-mail, your phone attempts to use the specified SMTP server name. (On my AT&T phone, it's CWMX.com, a holdover from the Cingular days.) Think of that as Mailman 1.
  • If Mailman 1 isn't available, for whatever reason — I like to think he's enjoying a tall cold one on the beach — Windows Mobile 6.1 looks for an alternate SMTP server. That'd be Mailman 2. But if there's no alternate server listed (has there every been?), and your phone can't connect with the first server (that beach/beer thing again), then that e-mail gets kicked into a perpetual outbox loop. Even when your phone reconnects later, that e-mail's still stuck, unsent.

The Microsoft readme file (read the entire thing after the jump) is a little more ominous:

This behavior is associated with a feature that is introduced in Windows Mobile 6.1. The feature allows for mobile operators to specify an alternate SMTP server name that is used if e-mail messages cannot be sent by using the user-specified SMTP server name. If the mobile operator does not specify an alternate SMTP server name and if the Windows Mobile 6.1-based device does not connect, the e-mail account is corrupted and cannot send e-mail messages.

How do we fix this? With a simple download. Hit up Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.1 POP and IMAP Send Mail Patch page. You can either install from your desktop or directly onto your phone as a cab file. Your phone will immediately reset, and all will be right in the world. Note that if you hard-reset your phone, you'll probably have to re-apply this patch.

The bug applies to IMAP and POP mail, but not Exchange mail or SMS/MMS text messages, and it affects touchscreen and non-touchscreen phones. If all of this is Greek to you, go ahead and apply it.

Fair warning: Microsoft says anything that's stuck in your outbox will now be sent. So if you have any e-mails with the subjects "Honestly, it was just dinner," "Dear boss, screw you," or "I promise I'll have the money on Tuesday" in there, now would be a good time to clean them out.

Obligatory rant: Why have none of the wireless carriers made notice of this yet? (Edit: HTC just sent out a message on its Twitter feed a few minutes after we first posted this.) It's just one more disconnect in the strange relationship between the carriers and Microsoft. And for more about that, be sure to check out the latest WM Experts Podcast, in which Dieter and Malatesta dive deep into that dysfunctional family.

Windows Mobile 6.1 POP and IMAP Send Mail Patch

This behavior is associated with a feature that is introduced in Windows Mobile 6.1. The feature allows for mobile operators to specify an alternate SMTP server name that is used if e-mail messages cannot be sent by using the user-specified SMTP server name. If the mobile operator does not specify an alternate SMTP server name and if the Windows Mobile 6.1-based device does not connect, the e-mail account is corrupted and cannot send e-mail messages.

Important

Follow all steps below completely and in order. Be sure to complete all steps.

Follow only one set of instructions below, depending on whether you synchronize your device to a PC:

  • If you connect your device directly to a PC with a USB cable or cradle, follow the instructions for Windows Mobile users who connect to a PC to synchronize.

  • If do not synchronize your device or phone with your PC or you only synchronize your phone or device wirelessly with a Microsoft Exchange Server or other e-mail and calendar systems, follow the instructions for Windows Mobile users who do not connect to their PCs to synchronize

Windows Mobile users who connect to a PC to synchronize

Download and run the Windows Mobile 6.1 POP and IMAP Send Mail Patch.

Check to make sure you have the latest version of ActiveSync or Windows Mobile Device Center:

ActiveSync 4.5 or Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1.

Connect your Windows Mobile device to your PC, download and then run the Windows Mobile 6.1 POP and IMAP Send Mail Patch for Windows Mobile

Windows Mobile users who do not connect to their PCs to synchronize

For users that do not connect to PCs, there is an update file (.CAB) available to make this update. (Note: There are a number of ways to install a .CAB file and below outlines a popular method).

Using the Microsoft Internet Explorer Mobile browser on your device, go to this location http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=D9D71B2E-D2DD-44F2-86E5-1E53AAD7FB7A&displaylang=en and download this file, WindowsMobile61-KB958639.msi, to your Windows Mobile device. This file will install the update directly on the device.

Installation Instruction:

From your device, navigate to the file you downloaded, and then tap it (or select the file and press “OK” button on a non-touch screen device) to install the update. If you are unable to download the file proceed to step 2.

If you are unable to access the file in step 1 on your device, open Windows Internet Explorer on your PC and click here to start the download process. After downloading the file, attach it to an e-mail and send it to an account you can access on your device (the send mail bug will not prevent you from receiving messages). On your device, open the e-mail and save the attached file; on some devices, you may need to synchronize your e-mail a second time to download the attached file. Then navigate to the file on your device and click on it to install the update.

Note: After you install this update, your device will automatically restart to ensure that the update is complete

Installation tips

Check the messages in your Outbox

After you have applied the update to your Windows Mobile device, messages in the Outbox folder of your affected POP and IMAP accounts will be sent. You may no longer wish to send these messages if they are out of date. You can keep these messages from being sent by navigating to the Outbox folder of these accounts and either deleting the messages or moving them to another folder. On a WM 6.1 Professional device you can access account folders by tapping on the folder drop down located on the upper left of the message list. On WM 6.1 Standard devices you can access account folders by Pressing the Menu soft key, then selecting Folders.

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5 years ago

HTC Fuze now live on AT&T's Web site

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HTC Fuze now live on AT&T's Web site

We brought you the first video of AT&T's version of the HTC Touch Pro, now dubbed the Fuze. We brought you a full-on review, as only Dieter Bohn can do. Then we brought word that the Fuze was available in stores a day earlier than expected.

Now, for those who just can't make it to an AT&T store, we're telling you that it's available online for $299 after the usual rebates/contracts.

At this point, you don't really have any excuses. While there's no substitute for feeling a phone in your own hands, the next best thing is, well, putting it in ours.

So check out Dieter's reviews. Check out HobbesIsReal's excellent 24-hour review of the Sprint version. And take a walk through our forums and see what your fellow readers are saying.

Because knowing is half the battle. (Hey, at least it wasn't a "Fuze" pun ...)

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5 years ago

Sprint Quarterly Results: Losses and More Losses

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Sprint posted their Quarterly results for the 3rd quarter and the numbers aren't pretty. We're looking at a loss of $326 million on $8.8 billion in revenue and a loss of 1.3 million subscribers. For those of you keeping score:

  • Quarter 4, 2007: loss of $29.5 Billion (with a 'B,' but that was because of their Nextel write-off) and 683k subscribers.
  • Quarter 1, 2008: loss of $253 million and 1.09 million subscribers
  • Quarter 2, 2008: loss of $344 million and 900k subscribers
  • Quarter 3, 2008 (now): loss of $326 million and 1.3 million subscribers.

Hesse put a positive spin on things, naturally, by noting that Sprint has managed to maintain cash reserves ($4.1 billion) by managing their business operations. He also claimed that customer service has improved. Although we're fond of suggesting that Sprint be put on a deathwatch, it is worth noting that they still have just over 50 million total subscribers, so we'll hold off on that for now.

How did Sprint manage to free up so much cash? Well, first they sold off their towers and then leased the service and then they created a separate Clearwire company (a plan that's been fully approved) to handle their next-gen WiMAX network rather than incur the infrastructure costs directly. In all, it does mean that Sprint can be rather nimble in their future decisions. Here's a thought, though: could it also mean that they're an easier takeover target if things go really south?

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5 years ago

Some AT&T Stores Selling the Fuze Early, Get Ready

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We're celebrating Fuze Launch Day one day early here at WMExperts. It's not just that we've published a full review of the Fuze, but we're also finding ourselves all over the web checking things out.

If you're interested in picking up a Fuze yourself, BGR [via mobilty site] notes that tomorrow is looking pretty firm. If you can't wait that long, wmpoweruser points us to this phonenews report that some AT&T stores have jumped the gun and are selling the Fuze today instead of holding off until tomorrow.

For those not lucky enough to be near one of these mythical AT&T stores, you can pass the time by checking out the new Fuze Mobility Podcast (welcome to the audio-based internets, guys!) and they've also posted a great list of software and tweaks to get downloaded for future use on a Fuze. Otherwise, you can just gaze on the screenshot of the official HTC Fuze Page that temporarily popped up.

Finally, we'd like to point out that up until this very sentence, we're relatively sure that WMExperts has managed to abstain from making any 'short Fuze' or 'Fuzing form and function' or 'inFuzed with power' puns. You're welcome.

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5 years ago

Xperia X1 said to hit Best Buy on Dec. 7

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That ever-elusive Sony Xperia X1 appears to finally be getting closer to a U.S. release.

The Boy Genius Report has snagged an inventory sheet that has the X1(a) — that's the North American version — hitting Best Buy on Dec. 7. That's an "in-stock" date, which may or may not mean you can swing by and pick one up that day.

Still no official word on when AT&T may release the X1(a) along with the expected subsidy and rebates.

But the price you'll pay for the unlocked goodness? Try $800. Ouch. We're pretty sure we know what's going to be first on your holiday wish list.

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5 years ago

Samsung Introduces T-Omnia in Korea - 480x800 Resolution

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Samsung has introduced the T-Omnia (or is it T*Omnia?) in Korea. It's nearly identical to the current Samsung Omnia (which we're still hoping will hit Verizon soon) with one important difference: the resolution on thing is a screen-busting 800x480 pixels on a 3.3 inch screen.

It looks to come with Windows Mobile 6.1, come in models with either 4gb or 16gb of storage built-in, and also feature Korean-specific features like DMB-TV.

Engadget reported last week that the Ballmer himself headed over there to praise the T-Omnia, giving it your standard smartphone boilerplate kudos.

It looks like it should launch for really real SK Telecom under the Anycall brand later this month. A US version, well, that's likely to be a much longer-way off, if we see it at all.

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5 years ago

Around SPE - 9 Nov 2008

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Around SPE - 9 Nov 2008

This week's Around SPE is sponsored by the the TiPb iPhone Accessory Store, which has long been your best source for iPhone accessories. A lot of iPhone 3G upgraders were left out in the cold when their car chargers turned out to not be compatible, but they've got plenty that are, not to mention plenty of headphones that are a step up compared to the standard white buds

Last week both CrackBerry.com and WMExperts found themselves on the cusp of major releases -- the BlackBerry Storm, BlackBerry Bold on AT&T, the HTC Fuze on AT&T, not to mention a few others on the Windows Mobile side. So while everybody has been anticipating new devices, all of the editors at SPE are anticipating something else that will be starting on November 17th. The hint is right up there in the picture!

Read on for the full skinny on what's been happening around SPE!

WMExperts

WMExperts made a big splash Friday afternoon with the 'net's first and only video of the HTC Fuze for AT&T! Be sure to check back Monday morning because we're also cooking up a full review of this latest and greatest Windows Mobile smartphone. It looks like the Fuze release date has finally been pinned down, too.

WMExperts also tends to cover some more general industry news, so all the action at the FCC last week definitely caught our eye. Lastly, we're more than a little proud of our writer George Ponder, who used a Treo Pro to help manage the election in his district.

CrackBerry.com

Over at CrackBerry.com, thousands of BlackBerry enthusiasts rejoiced as AT&T stayed true to their promised November 4th release date and launched the Bold. Picking election day turned out to be a smart move for AT&T and RIM, as stations like CNN played the new AT&T BlackBerry Bold commercial all day long.

The BlackBerry Storm, RIM's first touchscreen BlackBerry, continues to build on the hype leading up to its launch. Vodafone has dropped word of a November 14th release, and the Vodafone BlackBerry Storm bus has been traveling London which has turned out a bunch of Storm preview videos. While Verizon has not given official on the availability of their Storm, the educated rumor points to the week of the 23rd.

You'll want to keep it locked to CrackBerry.com this week. The What Would You Do for a BlackBerry Storm? Contest has come to an end and the top ten finalists have been selected. In order to win their new BlackBerry, the winners have to carry out their “To Dos” which will be published on CrackBerry.com as they come in. The first one hits on Monday!

The iPhone Blog

According to JD Power, the iPhone is absolutely destroying the Blackberry in *business* satisfaction due to it's drop dead ease of use and killer UI, but does Apple just not “get” the Four Pillars of PIM, something Palm nailed way back in 1997? Probably not, as the latest iPhone OS 2.2 leaks focus on over-the-air podcast downloads (admittedly super sweet!) and yet more App Store tweaks.

Speaking of the App Store, turns out Opera Mini was NOT denied (but probably would be), WeightBot's developers aren't done innovating on the iPhone just yet, and Shazam wants a piece of Midomi in our App vs. App battle royal for music mastery. (Leave a comment and you just might win an iTunes gift certificate). Of course, if you want to win a whole slew stuff -- an Ultimate iPhone Accessory Pack no less -- check out the Phone Different to find out this week's way to enter (hint: requires @theiphoneblog and rhymes with “sweet”.)

TreoCentral

Over at TreoCentral, we learned via a Barron's article that analysts at Avian Securities and Morgan Keegan downgraded PALM due to the belief that Palm's cash position will significantly erode ($248 million at the end of the latest quarter to $75 million over the next year) which leaves “little room for error.” The downgrade was also due to a U.S. retailer survey resulting in the belief that smartphone sales will come in below expectations for the next several quarters.

We also found out in that same Barron's article that we might not (corrected, thanks Scott!) be seeing the Treo Pro on AT&T and the Treo 800w on Verizon in time for the holiday shopping season.

Plus we learned that Apple almost bought Palm back in the summer of 1997. Jean-Louis Gassée noted in an article over at Monday Note:

A perhaps little known fact: in the Summer of 1997, Steve Jobs called Eric Benhamou, 3Com's CEO (the company owned Palm). “Give me the Palm and come and join my Board of Directors. Only Apple can make Palm a true consumer brand.” Nothing happened. Apple's foray into the product segment had to wait ten more years.

Android Central

We've settled in over at Android Central, now that the G1 seems to be out there and getting used by a surprisingly large number of people. Just check out these download statistics for the Android Market to see what we mean, or check out some the backstory behind Android Apps.

Our favorite new app: the Android Gameboy emulator! A close 2nd favorite use for the G1 might be the newly discovered tethering method, though. Meanwhile, we're keeping our eye on the just-discovered Android Jailbreak and security risks that have popped up.

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5 years ago

Xperia X1 panels on the Touch HD

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5 years ago

Ballmer Confirms Windows Mobile 6.5

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5 years ago

Touch Pro for Verizon on the GrainyCam

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We're fairly certain that the Touch Pro on Verizon isn't hobbled, what we were waiting to hear was a release date. Engadget Mobile is speculating November 14th (that's three days after we praying the Fuze will hit).

They also have a GrainyCam video of the device, showing a few elements of TouchFlo 3D -- including what looks to be a newer landscape mode. Grab your dramamine as you go watch, because there's a definite blair witch feel to it, what with the creepy sped-up audio, bouncy camera, and even (spoiler alert) the last thing you see is some roommate off in the corner before the witch gets you from behind.

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5 years ago

AT&T Fuze: Hands-on Video and Gallery

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5 years ago

Review: Body Glove Side Case for the Treo Pro

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