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5 years ago

Have You Entered to Win a Free Celio Redfly?

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There's only a few days left for you to enter to win a free Celio Redfly -- you'll want to go do that, then, right? Right. In addition to the Redfly itself, we'll also be sending out 10 runner-up prizes: long-sleeve Redfly T-Shirts.

I recently received the Beta drivers for the Treo Pro, so I'll be giving those a shot with a Redfly this weekend. Meanwhile, if you missed it, check out our full review of the Redfly here.

Big ups to Celio for sponsoring the contest!

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5 years ago

Get your tweets on with ceTwit

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Get your tweets on with ceTwit

We've previously discussed Tiny Twitter, a stand-alone Twitter client for WIndows Mobile pro and standard, and Twit Today, a today screen plug-in for touchscreen devices.

Now we bring you Kosertech's ceTwit. Version 2.0 of the popular microblogging app recently was released, and here's what you get:

  • Timeline display (merged and filtered)
  • Account storage
  • Status Updates
  • Direct Messages
  • Click to reply
  • Automated Refresh
  • Smartphone support
  • Avatars in timeline
  • Local caching of avatars
  • Squeezer support
  • Relative Timestamps
  • Follow/Unfollow
  • Twitpic support
  • ping.fm support
  • timeline updates while device is sleeping
  • audible/vibrate alerts
  • retweet
  • favorite
  • delete

Also offered from Kosertech is ceSnipURL, which makes long Web site addresses Twit-friendly right from your phone - a very handy feature.

To download the cab files directly to your phone: ceSnipURL, ceTwit 2.0 for touchscreen devices, and ceTwit 2.0 for non-touchscreen devices

You can follow ceTwit's developer here, and be sure to follow our feed, www.twitter.com/wmexperts.

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5 years ago

Identity Crisis: The silver Moto Q Global

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AT&T this morning announced the new MOTO Q Global, which looks an awful lot like a silver Q9h.

Here's what you get in this new device:

  • A Motorola Q Global.
  • A silver Motorola Q Global.
  • A silver Motorola Q Global with Windows Mobile 6.1 installed.

Eh hem.

OK, OK. The on-board GPS now has access to AT&T Navigator, and that's a good thing.

There's no denying that the silver is pretty slick. And the Q9h is an old (and new) favorite around here. But is a new paint job on an aging workhorse really the sort of thing the foundering Moto should be turning to?

Still no oft-rumored WiFi? Not even more memory, or an upgraded processor? Never mind that if you're going to tout Windows Mobile 6.1 so hard - remember that it's available as a free download on the Q9h - you should probably show off the sliding panels in the glamour shot, which even a leaked picture managed to do.

Eh hem.

To add insult to injury, we have the following from the announcement, emphasis ours:

With a new pinstripe design accented with tasteful chrome elements and sleek metallic edging, the new Q brings a bit of class and a little something different to its users.

Eh HEM.

Don't know about you, but as much as we love the Q9h, we were feeling classy enough before this silvery little devil came into existence.

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5 years ago

Hotmail getting a revamp

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Hotmail getting a revamp

One gripe we have had with Windows Live is that everything is all over the place. Instant messaging over here, email over there and nothing really in one core location. Windows live plans to make changes to that. The new Windows Live Hotmail Wave 3 is going to have things like a new UI, IM built into email (probably like Gmail), and an integrated calendar. Combine this with the fact that it

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5 years ago

Tip of the Week: See your Clutter (Mobile Monger)

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Managing space on your WM device is becoming less and less a concern as newer devices are coming with memory aplenty. But still, after a few months of installing and un-installing, storing pictures and documents, that device space can disappear. More importantly, sometimes an app will store cache on your device, depleting memory without your knowledge.

So how to know what is taking up the most space on your device? One way is to use Resco Explorer, which allows you to sort by directory size. Another is MemMaid which can show you memory space.

But both of those are pay apps (though highly recommend). Enter Mobile Monger a new freeware app that has a very unique method to inform you of your space allocation: it shows you.

Basically you launch the program and it shows you how much space something is taking up. Clicking on a directory will "zoom in" to show you details.

The program does require .NET 3.5 (download the .cab here!) and does zap resources, so don't use any other apps during the "scan" process. Redrawing the screen is also a bit slow, but hey...it's free and does it what it's suppose to, so give it a shot!

Download HERE

Via PocketNow

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5 years ago

Review: Core Player

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5 years ago

Silverlight's Olympic-size struggles (thanks, NBC)

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Poor little Silverlight. It's gotta be tough enough trying to put a chink in Adobe's Flash armor, and the Summer Olympics seemed like it'd be the place for Microsoft's latest to shine. The technology worked fine, bringing streaming video and loads of Olympic goodness to the masses.

However, not everything's coming up roses. TechCrunch has a good article explaining that despite the spin cast forth by NBC, it's online plan fell short.

NBCOlympics.com flourished with 72 million videos streamed and 1.2 billion page views, but Yahoo Sports still had 400,000 more visitors a day, at 4.7 million, TechCrunch says. Some of that should be attributable to Yahoo being an established portal, but that's still a pretty big hit for NBC - and Microsoft's Silverlight - to take one such a high-profile event. Why the discrepancy?

NBC decided to limit what people could see online, especially live streams, in favor of its TV coverage because it feared cannibalizing its TV audience. Those fears proved to be unfounded because given the choice, most people would rather watch the Olympics on TV than online. But NBC missed a big opportunity here to expand its audience by streaming events it gave short shrift on TV (i.e., anything that wasn’t women’s beach volleyball or sports where the U.S. didn’t have a good chance of earning a medal).

Silverlight is far from dead in the water. And we still have high hopes for it in the mobile sector, hopefully with the release of Windows Mobile 7. But we're starting to get antsy for more than online demos and aging YouTube videos - especially with iPhone 2.0 unleashed (for better or for worse), and Android ramping up (despite rumors to the contrary).

Read: No Matter How NBC Spins It, Olympics Web Strategy Comes Up A Loser

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5 years ago

Sling Media working on update for Treo 800w/Treo Pro, etc.

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We all know the conversion to 320x320 resolutions and some other funky ones (e.g. Samsung Omnia) can result in some software not working properly and one of those effected would be SlingPlayer Mobile (see our review of the Slingbox Pro).

Luckily after much haranguing in their support forum (we Slingers are a testy bunch) MegaZone, (the Sling Media Beta Manager) chimed in to calm out tensions:

We are working on an update for the Treo 800w (and the Treo Pro, and some other WinMob 6.1 devices) and hope to have it out soon. And contrary to one of the above posts, we've known of these devices well before they're release it just takes time and resources to update the software. Out front line support people aren't kept in the loop on everything in development. ;-)

So sit tight folks as you'll soon be enjoying your favorite shows on the go with Rev A speeds and that higher resolution...it's going to be worth the wait.

Via Sling Community

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5 years ago

Palm releasing a CDMA version of the Treo Pro?

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Palm releasing a CDMA version of the Treo Pro?

File this one under "rumor" and a very hopeful one at that but Cens.com (a Taiwanese news economic news site) is reporting that fellow ODM partner HTC is working on a CDMA version of the Treo Pro for Verizon and/or Sprint:

Furthermore, Palm is planning to launch CDMA (code division multiple access) version of Treo Pro series phone in the future for CDMA telecom service providers, like Verizon, Wireless and Sprint. The phone will also be supplied by HTC.

There has been some other rumor-mongering that Verizon has canceled their planned roll out of their Treo 800w. Reasons are murky ranging from "it could not pass carrier testing" to, you guessed it, they are awaiting the Treo Pro.

Perhaps. Though without any real evidence we'll just have to sit back and see what happens.

Though considering the general warm welcome the Treo Pro has received so far, it would appear to be a good idea to get a CDMA version out ASAP.

Thanks gfong!

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5 years ago

Verizon's UTStarcom XV6800 Gets in on the 6.1 Action too

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Eamon follows up on our AT&T Tilt getting 6.1 story by letting us know that you can head on over to the UTStarcom page for the XV6800 to get your 6.1 on too. That's the good news.

The bad news is that the fine folks over at XDA have confirmed that Verizon have continued their long and storied tradition of breaking the phones on their networks by unnecessarily locking down features. GPS is the culprit in this case -- it appears that it will work with the subscription-only VZNavigator and nothing else. If you want this phone to work as intended, you'll be learning how to flash and/or hack it. Admit it: you love learning, it's almost like Verizon has done you a favor here. Almost.

Thanks Eamon!

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5 years ago

Photoshop.com Mobile Beta coming next month

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When you think photo editing, usually one name comes to mind. And finally, Photoshop is getting into the mobile game.

In September, Adobe plans to release Photoshop.com Mobile beta, which will work in conjunction with your free Photoshop.com account. From your Windows Mobile device, you'll be able to upload, store, access and share up to 5 gigabytes of photos - $49.99 upgrades you to Photoshop.com Plus and gets you 20 gigs of space. And once your photos are online, you'll be able to edit them in the cloud with Photoshop Express.

The beta will be Windows Mobile specific, at least at first, with the Motorola Q9m and Q9h; Samsung Blackjack I and II, and Palm's Treo 750 and 700w/wx supported.

The iPhone, BlackBerry Pearl, Motorola Razr, Nokia 5310 and 6301 will be able to upload from the ShoZu service later next month.

Via BGR

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5 years ago

AT&T Tilt 6.1 ROM Update: Go Get It

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AT&T Tilt 6.1 ROM Update: Go Get It

Just like we told you, it looks like HTC's Software Download page for the AT&T Tilt is today sporting a new option: Windows Mobile 6.1:

Downlolad AT&T Tilt Update - Version 3.57.502.2
AT&T Tilt Windows Mobile 6.1 Software (ROM Version 3.57.502.2 WWE)

We're grabbing it now and it does indeed look like that earlier confusion about listing 6.1 to download but actually only giving you an older version has passed.

You can expect all the standard 6.1 improvements: threaded SMS, slightly better ActiveSync battery life, and so on. HTC / AT&T are also throwing in Video Share (still one way though, of course. Come on AT&T) and the ability to finally remap that Push-to-talk button without hackery.

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5 years ago

Worldwide Browser Stats - WinMo Making Headway?

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There's an incredible amount of crunchy, mobile browser goodness to be found in this AdMob PDF [via]. They've taken statistics for all of the ads they've served worldwide to mobile browsers for July 2008 and compiled them up for us to gobble down.

Interesting stuff abounds: Indonesia's mobile browser usage growth was literally off the charts last month. Nokia's still way WAY far ahead whether you're looking at dumbphones or smartphones. The PalmOS has a browser and it gets used (who knew?). RIM's been making big gains with web browsing. For all the noise and bluster about off-the-charts iPhone browser usage, it still clocks in with less than 1/3 of Windows Mobile's usage. Of those WinMo players, HTC leads with a commanding 47%, followed up by Samsung, HP, and Motorola. We could go on.

Alright, we will: add up all the smartphone makers (except Nokia) and you're still only looking at five percent of the worldwide browser share. So there's plenty of room for all of this to change -- especially because it looks like the worldwide number two mobile browser right now is Openwave, the RAZR's browser. That's the competition. The mind reels.

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5 years ago

HTC Announces the S740: WM Standard with a Touch Pro Look

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In London today, HTC has announced the S740, which essentially takes the Touch Pro / Touch Diamond look and feel and applies it to Windows Mobile Standard. It's a welcome upgrade to the relatively disappointing HTC Vox/S710. We're looking at spec upgrades all around here, but nothing to actually make a Standard-edition smartphone on par with the current touchscreen hotness from HTC. Here's the rundown:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1
  • Size: 116.3 x 43.4 x 16.3 mm
  • Weight: 140g with battery
  • Networks: WCDMA/HSDPA: 900/2100 MHz for EU and Asia (Read: No 3G in the US)
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Display: 2.4-inch QVGA screen
  • Camera: 3.2 megapixel with fixed focus
  • Internal memory: 256 MB flash; 256 MB RAM
  • Memory card: microSD™
  • WLAN: 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth®: 2.0 with EDR
  • GPS: GPS/AGPS
  • Interface: HTC ExtUSB™ (mini-USB and audio jack in one; USB 2.0 High-Speed)
  • Battery: 1000 mAh
  • FM Radio

We're a little bummed to see the 240x320 screen and the lack of US bands for the 3G, but glad to see that HTC hasn't forgotten about Standard Edition.

HTC: S740

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5 years ago

Review: MotorTrend Max 4x Bluetooth Headset

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It could be argued that we live in a wireless age. As more and more Bluetooth headsets enter the market, things keep getting better for the consumer. More choices means that there is a better chance that there is a headset that is the perfect fit for you. But how many headsets really stand out from the crowd anymore?

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