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5 years ago

Official WM 6.1 ROM for Sprint Touch is Out

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5 years ago

New Diamond ROM Enables 850 EDGE Band -- what What WHAT!?

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It turns out that the HTC Diamond's lack of support for the US bands we need to use the thing reliably may not be a hardware limitation. wmpoweruser [via] has unearthed this thread from XDA that includes a new Radio ROM. See -- there's the ROM for your smarpthone and a separate ROM for the radio. This new ROM enables support for the 850 band for EDGE, meaning the Diamond has suddenly become a viable (though EDGE-only) phone for most of the US!

Those readers have some cause to rejoice - an updated Radio ROM (V100.25.05) leaked by XDA-Developers hackers manages to activate the hidden 850 Mhz radio, allowing GSM and EDGE connectivity to work on all the GSM networks in USA. Unfortunately there is still no support for US 3G, but one is left only to wonder whether this is very far behind, seeing how HTC is planning to release the HTC Touch Diamond on the Australian Telstra network, which uses the same 3G bands as AT&T. - wmpoweruser

Indeed, if the enterprising hackers at XDA can unlock EDGE's 850 band, mayhap they can get this battlestation fully operational here in the US sooner than the rebel alliance, er, HTC does!

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5 years ago

RideCharge for Windows Mobile

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RideCharge for Windows Mobile

Whether you are too busy (or too, ah, incapacitated) to get a drive home, RideCharge want to take you home. RideCharge allows you to schedule pick ups, pay for them, and even keep online receipts all from a mobile phone. Available rides come in taxi, Sedans, or even shuttles for when you

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5 years ago

Opera Mobile 9.5 Beta Now available

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Opera Mobile 9.5 Beta Now available

Yes, you want it, go get it at http://www.opera.com/products/mobile/. If, for some crazy reason, you don't want to just install Opera Mobile 9.5 yourself, you can read all about it here, where'll you'll find that you're missing out on a great page overview default, faster browsing, improved pan and zoom, page saving, and a completely new UI.

Sure, it's been a long wait, made even longer by a last-minute, 2 day delay for extra bugfixing, but we're hoping it's worth it. We're hoping, but we don't know. We loved it on the HTC Tilt (see a hands-on here), but we're wondering if it will work on less herculean devices. To that end we'll pass up testing it on the Treo 800w (a certified speed demon) and try it out on the Mogul. Stay tuned...

One device we won't be testing it on is the Q9h, as Opera Mobile 9.5 doesn't appear to be available for Standard edition yet. Bummer.


Thanks to ShuckyD for the tip!

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5 years ago

Treo 800w: Direct3D Hardware accelerated? Sure looks it.

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One of the big, ongoing stories we've been following here relentlessly at WMExperts is the Qualcomm/HTC video driver issue--specifically it looks like a lot of the current generation devices make use of software as opposed to hardware accelerated Direct3D drivers. Exceptions to this are the new HTC Diamond and Touch Pro devices.

In our forums, Jeff Kirvin (long time tech geek and guru) has found an interesting gem on the Sprint Treo 800w: namely under \Windows is a file called "D3DDemo.exe" (which also has a Texas Instruments icon to match the TI chipset on board).

What happens when you click it? You get that cool little spinney cube thing going on along with the very important to know Frames Per Second (FPS). In Kirvin's pic it shows 35.45 FPS and we've hit 38.79 FPS on our device (tweaked out for speed). That's fast.

So besides the Palm tweaks you can rest assured that you have some serious graphic acceleration going on to keep things zippy. Perhaps that's why it trounces the Tilt in a Internet Explorer scrolling contest, eh?

Anyone up for some Doom or Quake III? Call me.

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5 years ago

Microsoft Live Mesh Now Available to All

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Microsoft Live Mesh is the new hotness -- you can register your PC (and soon, your Windows Mobile device and even a Mac) with the network and then select whatever folders you'd like to sync. Cloud-based storage For The Win. It had been in preview mode, but now it's live (get it?) to anybody with a Live ID. Looks like the they'll start you with 5 gigs of storage synced across multiple PCs.

You can also share your Mesh-synced folders with others, post comments, and so on. You are almost surely going to want this -- check it at http://www.mesh.com

Can't wait for Windows Mobile support for this -- syncing files just by dragging to a folder on a PC (or even a Mac)? Sign me up.

via channel 10

Update: Whoops, maybe not. LiveSide notes that what's really happened here is they've simplified the signup process and lifted their cap for the # of users they'll allow in the Tech Preview. Best go sign up now, kiddos.

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5 years ago

Review: VITO AstroNavigator II

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5 years ago

Hands On with Opera Mobile 9.5

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5 years ago

HTC “Victor” - Diamond minus Diamond Backing

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5 years ago

What works / doesn't work on the Treo 800w's 320x320 Screen?

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Our 800w forums have been on fire since the release of the 800w and one of the most popular threads is looking into what software is compatible with the Treo 800w. Ehsan kicked it off with a stupendous list of software that's compatible and software that's not. I touched on this issue just a tiny bit in our review, but it looks like it's a slightly bigger issues that I'd originally hoped.

The issue: the Treo 800w's 320x320 resolution is relatively new and relatively non-standard for Windows Mobile -- most apps are written for 240x320 screens. The 240x240 on previous WM Treos wasn't too big a deal as it would work at the 240 width and scroll for the rest, but 320 width apparently takes some doing.

In any case, the compatible list is comfortingly long and contains most of my faves, but the incompatible list has a few biggies that a lot of y'all are probably using, including Skype, Pocket Informant 8, SPB Pocket Plus, and more. There's also some unhappiness with TomTom 6, which apparently can't see the 800w's GPS immediately.

Big ups to Ehsan and everybody else in the long, long thread for checking compatibility on all these apps. Hopefully your favorite is working for you. ...Is it?

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5 years ago

Hey, Microsoft, your Silverlight is showing

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We're still waiting for some real Silverlight-enabled apps for Windows Mobile, but Microsoft is diving in head-first on the desktop side.

And this time they're showing off their Flash competitor on another Windows Mobile portal, with a focus on enterprise and getting-things-done applications.

You'll find such goodies as:

  • SportsDo, a GPS sports tracking platform.
  • Fizz Traveller (which we've reviewed before).
  • Resco Sudoku, to relieve "the pressures of the day," "relieve tension and stimulate your mind."
  • MSCMDM, for when you really have to have control.
  • And a host of others.

Head on over and check out what's available, and keep your fingers crossed that some Silverlight WinMo apps appear in the near future.

Windows Mobile Applications [via MSDN]

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5 years ago

Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 9

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Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 9

Now that we're well into the dog days of summer, pull up a chair in the saloon, pour a cold glass of sarsaparilla, and check out this week's Software Wrangle!

This week we are featuring new software for WM Standard, MultiSMS and DVD Catalyst Free. Updated software includes Spb Backup and eWallet for Smartphone.

WM Professional new software is English French Codebreaker and MASPware AutoManager. Updated software includes IM+ for Skype for WM and Handy Weather. Freeware is Snap2Face.

Time to dive in to this week's Wrangle!

WM Standard: New

First up is MultiSMS v1.0 by 1TouchMobile.

MultiSMS provides a simple and efficient interface for sending an SMS message to a group of people. One can search for and select Contacts using a T9 search. Pressing ENTER not only selects a contact but also resets the search (no need to press the 'Back' key to clear the search). Filter contacts by ''Company'' or ''Category'' field and send SMS to all OR selected members within that group.

Features: - Filter Contacts by Company or Category - SMS to a Company or Category - SMS to selected members in a Company or Category - Search contacts using a T9 search - Selected contacts are highlighted for easy viewing - Sort contacts by Firstname or Lastname - View contact details - Make a phone call - A contact is displayed only if it has a MobileTelephoneNumber

Get MultiSMS v1.0 for $9.95 here.

Next is DVD Catalyst Free v1.0.1 by DVD Catalyst. Want a free app that will allow you to carry your favorite movies and t.v. shows in your pocket?

DVD Catalyst Free is a 1-click desktop application for converting movies and tv episodes into a format that can be played on your portable video player device.

(Requires the free TCPMP or other DIVX-capable player application for playback)

It is a free version of our award-winning DVD Catalyst applications, and while not as feature-packed as DVD Catalyst 3, DVD Catalyst Free does support the most popular video player devices.

It can convert DVDs (movies and TV episodes), as well as all common video file formats (avi, mpeg, divx, xvid, mp4, mkv, flv (youtube), etc) without the need of any additional software.

Get DVD Catalyst Free for FREE here.

WM Standard: Updated


Spb Backup v2.0.1 by Spb Software House is our first updated software for WM Standard this week.

Spb Backup is the ultimate backup solution for creating reserve copies of data on your Windows Mobile device. It creates self-extracting compressed executables, thus making backup and restore processes very simple and intuitive. You can make full, custom and scheduled backups. With Spb Backup, you'll get encryption, compression, scheduled backups and desktop PC synchronization and extracting tool.

Features: - NEW! - Desktop synchronization tool - NEW! - ROM upgrade mode - NEW! - Device upgrade mode - Storage card backup - Customizable file restoration - Scheduled backups - Self-extracting executable backup files - Full and custom backups - Backup file compression - Backup file encryption - Desktop PC unpack tool

Get Spb Backup v2.0.1 for $24.95 here.

eWallet for Smartphones v6.1 by Ilium Software is the next updated application this week. Carry a virtual wallet with you with this secure app.

Now you can have all your important information in a format that's secure, easy to access, centralized and portable wherever you want it!

Store your credit cards, passwords, PINs, calling cards, accounts, usernames and much more in eWallet. Your information is convenient for you, but encrypted for complete safety,a dn you can sync to your desktop for extra ease-of-use and backup.

This is the Smartphone-only version of eWallet, and will only work on your Smartphone.

You can also try the Professional Edition, which includes a version for your Windows PC and allows you to sync to your desktop for extra ease-of-use and backup.

Get eWallet for Smartphones v6.1 for only $19.95 here.

WM Professional: New

The first new WM Professional application on deck this week is English - French Codebreaker v007.6 by Oxford Translator.

The Language Codebreaker is the world's fastest most powerful translator. Great for Tourism, Business travel & Learning. Speak French today with the Language Codebreaker.

The most effective talking phrase book and language-teaching tool for Windows Mobile. The Language Codebreaker breaks the language code delivering proper grammar, syntax, pronunciation, accent and more.

Features: - Build over 110,000 phrases - 220 categories - Instant interaction - Empowering - Addictive - Simple - Easy to use - Fast - Dynamic - Communicate with no effort - Revolutionary Osmosis learning technique - Teach yourself French today

You can get English - French Codebreaker v007.6 for $39.95 here.



Next up is MASPware AutoManager v5.12.2 by MASPware, a great way to keep track of vehicle expenses, particularly in this time of constantly-rising gas prices.

MASPware AutoManager for Pocket PC provides an array of useful tasks for those who need to record vehicle usage or who just want to know their vehicles performance and at what cost. The portability and flexibility of the Pocket PC provides an excellent platform for its ease of use.

MASPware AutoManager turns the Pocket PC into an professional administration tool for all kinds of vehicles. Starting at the important calculation of consumption (l/100km, km/l and MPG) up to full cost- and appointment administration including a travel book for business and private travels. Furthermore, there is a checklist added for every vehicle (for using it as a To-Do-List for example). Finally, there are serveral evaluations possible as well as exports.

An All-In-One solution for full vehicle adminstration.

You can get MASPware AutoManager v5.12.2 for $29.99 here.



WM Professional: Updated

The first updated WM Professional app this week is IM+ for Skype for WM v2.0 by SHAPE Services. Take advantage of low-cost communication with the popular Skype on your mobile device!

Features:

  • Call Skype and MySpace friends from Pocket PC all over the world. Enjoy high quality of voice communication - clear sound, no delays even for long-distance calls!
  • Make cost-effective calls to any destination. IM+ for Skype is based on SkypeOut service. You can connect any mobile or landline phones (not necessary a Pocket PC when the mobile client is installed) and communicate cost-effectively, paying only Skype rates fee.
  • See who is online and chat with Skype users. You can send also Skype SMS at much cheaper fee than usual carrier's SMS.
  • Unique possibility of voice conference. Only with IM+ for Skype you can call to several contacts at the same time - again, at low fees!
  • One Time Fee, all updates included. One time fee for the application, no monthly subscription.
  • Option to redirect an incoming call to your voicemail to listen the message later.
  • By purchasing IM+ for Skype users are entitled to all products upgrades.

Pick up IM+ for Skype for WM v2.0 for $19.95 here.


Next up is Handy Weather for Windows Mobile Pocket PC v3.2 by Paragon Software.

Handy Weather software for Windows Mobile Pocket PC keeps you connected with updated weather forecast anytime and anywhere. Plan more efficiently with the best weather tracking software for Windows Mobile Pocket PC and be prepared for anything Mother Nature has in store!

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5 years ago

Opera Mobile 9.5 Beta Goes Live Thursday

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We know, we know, you had set your alarm for Midnight tonight and were planning on constantly refreshing Opera's site all day tomorrow (the day we expected it) so you could download the holy grail of Windows Mobile browsers: Opera Mobile 9.5. Or maybe that was just us.

You can go ahead and reset your alarm clock, because Opera's going to take a couple more days to hammer out some last-minute bugs on the browser before they unleash the beta on the world. Killing bugs before a Beta release? It's almost like a software company cares about user experience and killing bugs. Actually, it's exactly like that, because this is Opera we're talking about.

As you can imagine, we encountered a few bugs last week that we needed to fix before we launch. Our engineering team worked through the weekend to fix the bugs. Even though our release is a beta, we'd rather spend the extra time to fix them, thus giving you a better experience. The fixes are almost complete now, but we need two more days to run the build through our quality assurance testing. The new launch date is now set for the 17th.

read: my.opera.com, via the::unwired

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5 years ago

The Winner of the Treo 800w Rumortastic Giveaway is...

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What a long, strange trip it's been to the official release of the Treo 800w. We were initially worried that there wouldn't be enough Treo 800w rumors to keep up the interest over the many (many) months it took for the official release to happen. How wrong we were. Truly, these past few months have been rumortastic. But, like all silly seasons, this one too much come to a close. To celebrate, we're giving out winner:

  • A Treo 800w after it is officially released. If they end up calling it something else, well, let's just say we're giving away the next Windows Mobile device Palm releases for the Sprint Network. Got it?
  • An 8 gig microSD Card. Yeah, the WMExperts Store has 8 gig cards now.
  • Any 2 software titles from HobbesIsReal's excellent “Must-Have Windows Mobile Software” article. Sure, Palm will include some “secret recipe” stuff on the 800w, but you can always make Windows Mobile a little better. We believe in the software in Hobbes' article, you should too.

To recap, we had our members make their guesses as to what the official release date would be and we would pick the winner randomly from amongst all the correct guesses. You couldn't guess dates less than 2 weeks out and your most recent guess cancelled out your earlier guess.

So out of over 1000 posts we had 28 members guess the date exactly -- though 7 of them sadly changed their guess later on and cancelled it out.

Ok ok, enough preamble. The winner, chosen at random, is.... after the break. (Sorry, we couldn't resist)

Drum roll.....

Congratulations dslunceford!!

Your late guess on June 26th came in just under the wire and spot-on for accuracy.

Thanks again to EVERYBODY for participating! Now... here's a question for ya: we've let the Sprint folks have all the fun. It's AT&T's turn, we think. So: are you feeling Xperia Rumortastic or Touch Pro Rumortastic?

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5 years ago

Review: Aquapac Form Fit Case

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