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5 years ago

Review: Plantronics Voyager 520

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5 years ago

Motorola Q9h Silver: Firmware Updates Over the Air, and More on the Q9 Series

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile 6.1 earns Common Criteria Certification

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After this week's shocking revelation that Windows Mobile 7 has been delayed to the back half of 2009, and all the hoopla surrounding Android, we're looking for some positive OS news wherever we can.

So here goes.

Jason Langridge notes in his MSDN blog that Windows Mobile 6.1 has been blessed with Common Criteria Certification. And he wisely points us to Wikipedia so we can find out just what the heck that means.

Common Criteria is based upon a framework in which computer system users can specify their security requirements, vendors can then implement and/or make claims about the security attributes of their products, and testing laboratories can evaluate the products to determine if they actually meet the claims. In other words, Common Criteria provides assurance that the process of specification, implementation and evaluation of a computer security product has been conducted in a rigorous and standard manner.

Makes sense to us. So congrats, Windows Mobile team. Job well done. Now get back to work on WM7 (he said, smiling)!

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5 years ago

Motorola Q11 Live Shots

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Motorola Q11 Live Shots

When WMExperts first broke the story on this mysterious upcoming Q back in March we guessed they'd call it the Q10. We suppose a 6 month delay is worth adding another digit to the end of it: witness the Q11. It's nice to see a real device instead of a cap grabbed from a promotional video.

So now we know that Q11 bit at the Bluetooth SIG site was for real. Mobility Today grabbed some shots:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard (non-touch screen)
  • Bluetooth, WiFi
  • GSM Radio
  • GPS
  • 3 megapixel camera with flash

We're also looking at a pretty chinsy-looking main button board, a screen that doesn't look any better than 320x240, and fewer buttons than I have on my Q9h. Heck, it doesn't even look significantly thinner. Motorola: the added WiFi is nice, but unless you've got another surprise hidden in here, we're wondering why you bothered. Wouldn't it be better to push out the Atilla and the Alexander, and then move on to pushing out a WM device that's actually competitive with what HTC is putting out?

One last Q bit: we got a chance to speak with Motorola late last week about the Pinstripe Silver Q9h and it turns out there's a big surprise in that dapper package -- stay tuned for more on that tomorrow!

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5 years ago

23 minutes of Touch HD; FCC gives its approval

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Hot on the heels of the Touch 3G gaining FCC approval, the Federal Communications Commission has approved the HTC Touch HD, albeit in the European flavor without the U.S. 3G bands. That's OK, because it means we'll be able to import it here and them complain about how it doesn't work well enough (hello, Diamond?).

It's also the usual step toward getting an honest-to-goodness U.S. version, so we'll take what we can get.

In other Touch HD news, Arne over at The Unwired has a great hands-on video with the device. That's 23 minutes of 480x800 goodness, with a good look at how the hardware handles TouchFLO 3D. It's smooth, even in what presumably is not the final production ROM. But will it be quick enough to satisfy?

Check out the video here.

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5 years ago

Will Android Mean Push Gmail for the Rest of Us?

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Here's a quick thought: Android has a very nice, one-login solution for Google's services -- punch in your GMail password once and you instantly get push email, contacts, and calendar. Android is also fully open source -- anybody can download the SDK and take a look at the source code. That source code has to include some of the bits necessary to turn GMail from a pull service into a push service. Shouldn't it be possible to hack that code to make GMail push to Windows Mobile?

Now, it's possible that there's code on Google's servers that checks the device, but again, since Android is fully open source, it should be possible to trick those servers into thinking they're talking to an Android device.

Push GMail with full support for labels/folders has long been a holy grail for many of us -- Andriod's source code could be the way to get it.

What other Android-based benefits could we see on Windows Mobile?

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5 years ago

Weekly Software Wrangle 19

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Weekly Software Wrangle 19

Fall is here, and it's time for Software Wrangle 19! Throw on your horse blanket, saddle up, and get ready to lasso and wrangle some Windows Mobile apps!

This week, WM Standard new software is Dashwire and Business Professional Ringtones. Updated software includes Elecont Weather and Tank Ace 1944. The free app this week is WeatherBug Direct.

WM Professional new software are Meon and Lyma Power Budget. Updated software includes MeTeoR Digital Multi-Track Recorder and Efficasoft Outliner. Freeware is Media Remote v1.00.

WM Standard: New

First up this week for a WM Standard app is Dashwire. Dashwire makes it easy to connect your mobile device to your desktop or laptop and the web.

Dashwire

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5 years ago

Turn your Touch Pro or Diamond into a Logitech MX Air

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We're used to some incredible work coming out of the XDA Developers forum, but this is all kinds of crazy.

Member marbalon has worked up an app called GRemote, which essentially turns your HTC Touch Pro or Touch Diamond into an uber-expensive Logitech MX Air Mouse, seen above.

Not familiar with the MX Air? Think computer mouse that you wave in the air to control the pointer.

Marbalon has rigged up this little gem to do the same for your computer, complete with scroll wheel, using your phone's built-in accelerometer.

Why call it GRemote and not just GMouse (despite the picture to the contrary)? marbalon hopes to add the following features:

  • Touchpad for devices without GSenor.
  • Keyboard.
  • GMedia, an applet to control media apps such as Winamp, etc.
  • Game controler.
  • GRemoteServer for Windows and Linux.

It shouldn't take a Ph.D. to get this running on your rig, but it will take a little networking know-how. So be sure to read through the thread first. Then get your download on, and get to waving your arms like a madman.

And bravo, marbalon, bravo.

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5 years ago

CNET: Windows Mobile 7 officially delayed

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This is another one where we just have to shake our heads and sigh.

CNET's Ina Fried posts on her blog [via] that Microsoft has told a handful of its partners not to expect a final build of its Windows Mobile 7 operating system until the second half of 2009.

Not exactly the sort of WinMo news we hoped to bring you on the day the first Android device is officially released.

Fried does write that we shouldn't have to go cold turkey as we wait for WM7, with an update to Internet Explorer Mobile still in the works. (Yeah, that doesn't make us feel much better, either.)

We are, however, reminded by Fried of a speech Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave in April in which he spoke of the sweeping changes planned for WM7.

"The work we're doing on Windows Mobile 7, which is the next major release of Windows Mobile, not just in the Windows Mobile team, but across Windows Mobile, in Silverlight, the development platform, the e-mail, the back end, I think you'll continue to see that as an area of major excitement and innovation for the company as we move forward."

And while Silverlight has had a bumpy start, the rumor of a Microsoft-led application store could well be what's holding this whole thing up, and it could well be worth it.

In the meantime, Microsoft appears content to let outside manufacturers do the UI legwork, a la HTC's TouchFlo and the sliding panels on the upcoming Xperia X1, and third-party options such as SPB's Mobile Shell.

Group product manager Scott Rockfeld tells CNET's Fried:

"Customers don't have to sit back and wait. There's tons of stuff coming from us and our partners."

But we do have to sit back and wait from Microsoft. Again.

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5 years ago

Skyfire: Beta Open! Plus, a Video Quick Look

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5 years ago

Review: SkyForce Reloaded

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Review: SkyForce Reloaded

Computer gaming has been around almost as long as the computer industry itself. It can be argued that games have made computers into what they are today. The perpetual cycle of games pushing the envelope and hardware manufacturers rushing to build a better system has improved computer capabilities at a rate that puts other industries to shame.

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5 years ago

Review: SPB Online

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Yeah, here comes Android

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Yeah, here comes Android

Today's the day, the T-Mobile G1 is coming. Our brand new baby sister site, Android Central, is covering the big news in rapid blog-post-style. If you're fearing that Android is going to take down Windows Mobile, well, we're a little sympathetic. We suppose it's worth noting that Windows Mobile hardware can run Android, actually, it's already been done on the Tilt.

We recommend you check out this quality article at PC Mag by Sascha Segan, which argues fairly convincingly that it's not Windows Mobile that need be afraid, it's feature phones. Android probably won't be feature-competitive with WM (at least for awhile, anyway), but a free and extensible OS is just what the crappy UI on your standard free phone needs. So there's some breathing room there, Microsoft, though we hope you're using it to push Windows Mobile 7 out the door more quickly before it becomes hyper-ventilation room.

Anyhow, welcome is due to our new kid sister blog, Android Central. Go on and give her a noogie.

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5 years ago

Verizon: Contracts Optional

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5 years ago

Smartphone pool may be getting more crowded

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Samsung does it. Palm does it. Motorola still (barely) has its head above water. HTC is doing better than just about everyone else. HP. Velocity. Toshiba. MWg. The list goes on.

Now, according to Digitimes [via], Acer is set to launch its own brand of smartphones in Q1 of 2009. The first devices would be released in Western Europe and Russia.

Windows Mobile isn't specifically mentioned, though it's a pretty good bet, considering the source.

And it's been a couple of months since we've reported any rumors of Dell getting back into the smartphone game, so here goes:

Michael Dell recently told Engadget Mobile that they eventually could be producing "smaller and smaller devices that have capabilities of the [iPhone]."

There. Feel better? Us, too.

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