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4 years ago

Hotmail gets Exchange ActiveSync support

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Windows Live Hotmail is slated to officially receive Exchange ActiveSync support sometime this summer. However, while nothing has been announced, it appears this support is already active.

Liveside.net is reporting some users are having success in syncing their Hotmail accounts through ActiveSync. Through trial and error, the server address has been identified as  m.hotmail.com, SSL should be enabled, and you leave the domain blank. Obviously you enter in your username and password accordingly.

If you're feeling adventurous, give it a try but remember, this isn't an official announcement so there may be performance issues present.  Also, with ActiveSync only able to sync with one Exchange Server, you will have to delete your existing data.  Make sure you have things backed up before giving it a whirl.

In reading the Windows Live Hotmail FAQ Sheet, calendar and contact support is also present with Exchange ActiveSync.  There's no mention of task synchronization which may be a downside for some.

It's nice to see ActiveSync support coming to Windows Live and Hotmail.  It may make the choice between Windows Live and Google a little more difficult to make.

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4 years ago

ShopSavvy coming to Windows Phone 7; outstrips demand for Blackberry app

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Here's some interesting info:

  1. ShopSavvy is coming to Windows Phone 7
  2. Requests for it have outstripped the requests for Blackberry, by a large margin

For those curious, ShopSavvy is a very popular application found on Android, the iPhone and Symbian. It allows you to scan a barcode with your camera and then does a quick price lookup for all local and online stores, giving you their lowest price and allowing you to save the information.

Like we said, it's pretty popular, so having it come to WP7 is a nice treat. It's also interesting that requests for product updates/beta requests for WP7 have been higher than Blackberry as noted by the developer:

Since we began accepting requests it has been interesting to note that Windows Phone requests have beaten out Blackberry requests two to one. This is despite the fact that Blackberry devices out number Windows Mobile devices more than two to one.

Now part of that reason, the author contends, is that Blackberry users just are not that app-aware--both being limited by storage space and just not having a large selection. Plus we know that Blackberry's are slightly behind Windows Mobile users in terms of apps on their devices. Guess RIM has an even larger uphill battle than Microsoft for consumer products.

Sign up for the beta and more info right here.

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4 years ago

Kin Theme for Windows Mobile now available

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Jealous of the new KIN UI? No? Well, too bad because now you have the option to run a UI overlay on  your favorite Windows Mobile phone, but without all the limitations.

Turns out someone at Windows Phone Hacker (yeah, new to us too) has come up with a sophisticated looking KIN UI. Seriously, considering what this is it actually looks pretty darn good.

Called 'KinLauncher', it makes available eight tabs on your homescreen, each linking to a core aspect of your phone: messages, email, phone, music, settings, browser, camera and alarm clock.

It might not permanently replace your Sense UI, but hey, it's free and seems like worth a shot if you're bored.  You can grab it right here and after the break, watch a video demonstration of it in action.

[Thanks Saijo, 1800PocketPC]

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4 years ago

Verizon Touch Pro 2 gets second ROM update--MR2

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Looks like the Verizon Touch Pro 2 just received a maintenance ROM update called 'MR2'. Still a bit early to know all the changes, but so far it looks to be some subtle, under the hood type fixes as opposed to a whole new "experience":

"This is a general software upgrade for the XV6875 that updates VZ Navigator, Contact Cards and the Time Stamp"

So shall we play "what else is different"? If you find anything, hit us up in comments.

You can grab the ROM update right here from PCD.

(Update) Full list of changes--Thanks NightRaven!

  • ROM: 4.01.605.15/Radio: 2.35.00WV
  • Operating system has been upgraded to Windows Mobile®
  • 6.5 COM2.5.
  • The HTC Sense™ user interface has been improved.
  • Visual Voice Mail (version 1.1.12.11) now comes preloaded on the device.
  • GlobalAccess Connect support. For international Internet access, you can tether your smartphone to a notebook.
  • Enhanced VZ Navigator® performance.
  • Improved auto-configuration of Daylight Saving Time.
  • Improved word prediction and autocorrection.
  • Enhanced on-screen keyboard layouts.
  • New, compact QWERTY keyboard option.
  • When composing email or text messages, type the first few letters of the recipient’s name in the To field to see a list of possible matches.
  • Quick setup of common email account types and an option to set up an email account manually.

[Thanks, eddiecanuck, for the tip!]

 

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4 years ago

Panoramic Software Fixes moTweets Password Oversight

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Panoramic Software has released version 1.8.3 of their popular Twitter client, moTweets. This release specifically fixes a security issue identified by twitter user @mus_hi, namely that previous moTweets versions store your twitter password in an unencrypted state in the accounts.xml file. This update is highly recommended as having passwords in plain text makes them vulnerable to any number of attacks. Additionally, changing your password would also be recommended.

The update is available directly from Panoramic Software, and includes a couple of additional features. For more details, visit the moTweets product page and version history.

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4 years ago

Samsung Omnia Pro 4 gets a brief hands on

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Yesterday, Samsung announced a few phones, two of which are Windows Mobile. While nothing earth-shattering, new Windows Mobile phones are becoming a rare thing these days and messenger-devices even more so.

Mobility Minded got their hands on the new Samsung Omnia Pro 4 (B7350) which features Windows Mobile 6.5.3

  • 320x320
  • 2.62" screen (AMOLED?)
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • 3.2MP camera
  • Quad-GSM/dual-band 3G
  • WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS
  • 1500mah battery
  • CPU = ? 

Mobility Minded seemed to like the device noting

My first impression was a very responsive Windows Phone that combines the versatality of a touchscreen and Windows Mobile 6.5.3 with a full QWERTY hardware keyboard, that makes e-mail, sms and text-input on Twitter, Facebook or other social media clients extremely easy.

While still not the power-house messenger-device we dream of, the Omnia Pro 4 looks decent enough for those of you still attached to that OS and form-factor--both of which we fully understand. Read the rest for the full report.

[Mobility Minded via WMPoweruser]

 

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4 years ago

No gyroscope in Windows Phone 7, at least initially

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Recently at TechEd 10, Brandon Watson and Peter Torr discussed Windows Phone 7 development on Channel 9. You can watch the whole thing here, though suffice to say it's not the most exciting video nor does it shed too much more new info.

However, it was noted by Mobility Digest that there won't be any Gyroscope support for WP7, at least not right now. The new iPhone 4 has an electronic gyroscope which is supposed to be more sensitive than just an accelerometer. When combined, it should give the phone a more stable and accurate portrayal of its location in three dimensions. Why would that be important? For the growing area of "augmented reality" programs. Sure the accelerometer will help there too, but the gyroscope is even better.

In Microsoft's defense, we can see this as not being a top priority, so we'll allow this one to slide for future updates.

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7: the evolution of Metro

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Windows Phone 7: the evolution of Metro

We've already seen a few examples of how Microsoft is continuing to change the UI in Windows Phone 7 (see here and here) and now Paul Thurrott has documented even more.

Probably the most interesting are the changes to the main Start screen as seen above with the February version to the left and the newer "TechED" version on the right. Basically some of the tiles have shrunk, the mail tile became more specific by denoting an Outlook icon and Marketplace has taken front stage as it should.

Thurrott goes through some other minor changes as well as discussing his experience with the OS from a few months ago. As always, a good read.

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4 years ago

Update: Adobe Flash and AIR for Windows Phone 7 by mid-2011?

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Just yesterday we were wondering when Adobe Flash would be launching with Windows Phone 7, especially with Adobe suddenly listing the fledgling OS on their site.

Today, we get word from  Michael Chaize, a Flash Platform evangelist based in Paris, that Flash and AIR (allows Flash to run in non-browser situations), will be released on WP7 "within months" of release, possibly as little as six-months post-release.

We think this would make sense for Microsoft as they would probably package it an maintenance release for the OS, pushed out to everyone with hopefully other things like copy-paste and socket support.

Of course this is Adobe, so "within months" from them is almost equivalent to 'Valve-time'.

[via Tim Anderson's ITWriting]

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4 years ago

Samsung shows off Omnia Pro 4 & 5 featuring Windows Mobile 6.5.3

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Following up from yesterday and demonstrating that for many, Windows Mobile is not dead, Samsung is going ahead and releasing not one but two messenger-style devices featuring Windows Mobile (Pro & Standard).

The first one (seen above) and which is more "high end", is a follow up to the Omnia Pro B7330, which was one sleek messenger device that never saw a U.S. release--a shame considering how nice it looks. The Omnia Pro 4(B7350) though gets a bump to WM6.5.3 Professional, a 3.5mm headset jack and a "super touchscreen display" (2.62", 320x320). It's also a quad-GSM phone with dual-band 3g (boo...). Slated for release in July in Europe and South East Asia, unfortunately this sweet little device won't be coming State-side--a shame since it's a nice BlackBerry competitor. Yes, we want it.

The second device he Omnia Pro 5 (B6520),  a 240x320 Windows Mobile Standard device that will compete in the developing market e.g. Southeast Asia, Middle East & Africa, India and Latin America. It too is a quad-band GSM phone but with tri-band 3g. The specs list it as a touch-screen device with WM6.5.3 but clearly it's running Standard and look to be non-touch. While low-end for our market, it looks to be a nice little number for aspiring business folk.

[via Samsung Hub]

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4 years ago

Review: F-Secure Anti-Theft App

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4 years ago

Starbucks Wi-Fi going Registration-Free on July 1

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Still steamed over the changes to the AT&T data plans? Head over to your nearest Starbucks starting July 1 and get free Wi-Fi without having to register. According to this tweet, registration-free Wi-Fi (requiring only 1 click to get you started) will be available at all US locations.

In addition to the free Wi-Fi, a new digital service called the Starbucks Digital Network is in the works. The Starbucks Digital Network will offer “free unrestricted access to various paid sites and services”. The full press release is available at the Starbucks Newsroom.

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4 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 102

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4 years ago

Pinch to Zoom on HTC Touch Pro2, Courtesy of XDA

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Those brave souls at xda-developers are at it again. XDA forum member OndraSter has released an Alpha version of an application that reportedly enables pinch to zoom functionality on devices with resistive touch screens, such as the HTC Touch Pro2.

At this point I haven’t been able to make it work on my AT&T Tilt 2, but we are talking about Alpha software; so try at your own risk. The application is tested and should work with Opera 9.5 and 9.7, and Google Maps.  Hit up the XDA post for the download. Don’t forget to donate to the project if it strikes your fancy.

 

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4 years ago

The 'have-nots' of Windows Phone 7

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The 'have-nots' of Windows Phone 7

While we know quite a lot about what Windows Phone 7 will and will not include at launch, presumably due to being rushed to market, there are always a negative things that pop up that catch out attention.

Over at .NET Reference blog, the author has posted a laundry list of 'haves' and 'have-nots'--most we're aware of, but here are a few that we weren't:

  • No RAPI support. There will no interacting with a WP7 device via the desktop. Obviously there will be some synchronization with Outlook, but nothing the developer will have control of.
     
  • Applications must be Silverlight 3. Silverlight 4 will not be available for WP7. (Edit: It's actually Silverlight 3+)

  • No Bluetooth API. While there is going to be Bluetooth support on the phone, there is no Bluetooth API.
     
  • No Video Capture Support. Phones will have a camera but not video capture support, and also no video brush. (Edit: for 3rd parties, not OEM)
     
  • No Outside TrueType Fonts - Microsoft experts claimed that you will not be able to use TrueType fonts other than the ones delivered with the device. This limitation makes since, how would you get them on the device. While there is supposed to be support for embedding TrueType fonts in your xap file in Silverlight 4, this will not be the version used on the device.

No Remote API (RAPI) support refers to the ability to use the desktop to manipulate the file system--since users won't have access to that anyways, it's no surprise that it's not there. In addition, RAPI is also used to remote-control the phone or treat it as an extension of the desktop--so at least initially that trick is a no-go, however apps like 'My MediaRemote' get around this limitation.

Devices like the iPhone and Palm Pre both launched without video support initially, so the fact that WP7 lacks it too at least share precedent. We expect that function though to be forthcoming in maintenance releases. Still a bit odd though as we've seen the LG Panther list 'HD 720P' video recording on the box.

The lack of Bluetooth API means not much support outside of basic headset support. Come to think of it, what's the status on A2DP on launch? We'd hope for a music device it would be there...

Finally, the author of the blog notes this complaint:

The TechEd demos of WP7 applications had a common theme; they crashed, hung up, or gave peculiar error messages. For a platform that is going to be delivered in the October timeframe (3 months away), it is hard to have much short-term faith in the new platform.

 That's something we have not heard much of from anyone, so whether or not these were flukes or not, the sentiment seems to be the opposite. Take it with a grain of salt but also consider it a possibility.

Update: Some of our more knowledgeable visitors have clarified some of the above; read below.

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