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Review: Garmin Mobile XT

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5 years ago

Nokia Does Haptic Touch Right

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Nokia Does Haptic Touch Right

A lot of us are torn when it comes to all these new touch devices. Some have buttons, some have haptic vibrations, and others are just a sleek screen. This could make it very frustrating when picking the right device. To haptic or not to haptic that is the question. (In a Shakespeare voice).

Nokia wants to make it so that you don

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5 years ago

MWg Zinc II - Welcome to America

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MWg Zinc II - Welcome to America

Chalk up another contestant for Malatesta's Black Slab beauty contest, though this is probably as close as you'll get to it.

Introducing the MWg Zinc II (that'd be for Singapore's Mobile & Wireless Group), making its  U.S. debut after spending some time across the pond in Europe.

The specs aren't shabby.

  • UMTS Tri-band, GSM Quad-band
  • HSDPA 3.6 Mbps
  • Samsung 500 Mhz
  • 2.8” TFT QVGA (Touch Screen)
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
  • Semi-automatic sliding mechanism with qwerty keypad
  • WLAN (802.11 b/g) and BT v 2.0
  • 2MP Camera (rear-facing)
  • GPS : SirF Star III
  • Dimension: 109.5 x 59 x 18 mm

But the price is hefty: Upwards of $700 from your favorite online retailer, as no U.S. carrier is offering (read: subsidizing) this one. However, MWg appears to be hoping to change that.

“MWg has established a full operation in the US focused on developing MWg as a recognized brand in the region. The Zinc II is the first new device to be released in this market and will be sold unlocked through various channels including retailers, e-tailers, corporate resellers and systems integrators.”

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5 years ago

Sprint Diamond: Launching September 2nd?

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Sprint Diamond: Launching September 2nd?

We know this sucka is testing at Sprint right now and we've seen some earlier roadmaps that said Q3, so this just confirms what we've already expected.

Basically it looks like Sprint is getting ready to launch the heralded HTC Touch Diamond (aka HTC MP 6950; the Sprint Touch is the 6900) on Tuesday, September 2nd. So start saving your cash now. Check out Dieter's great walk-through vid of what to expect.

This puts it at around the same time as Telus (who evidently are a lot more open about their Diamond love than Sprint or Verizon).

The specs are expected to be similar to what Telus/HTC announced, though who know what Sprint will do:

  • 101mm x 51mm x 14mm
  • EVDO Rev A
  • WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0
  • Qualcomm MSM 7510A Processor running at 528MHz
  • 256 ROM, 256 RAM, 4 Gigs internal (no expansion)
  • Opera 9.5 for the browser
  • Camera is still 3.2mp, screen is still 640x480
  • The battery gets a big bump: it's 1340 mAh

Oho yeah and there's the 1st "glamor shot" of the Treo 800w, which is launching this week...you know, in case you haven't heard.

Via GTX at Sprintusers (original photo)

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5 years ago

Closer Look: Treo 800w's unique GPS Plugin

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One neat feature that we've mentioned recently in our Podcast was Palm's unique "Maps" program and Today Plugin, which is nicely tied into the phone's aGPS system.

Palm has always done a nice job in marrying the hardware to the software and instead of just slapping some GPS on the phone, they actually made it...well, useful and easy.

Here are a couple of interesting things gleaned from past scoops and the recently released user manual...

Read on for more details on the 800w's GPS capabilities...

Features:

  • Look up a contact's location directly from your Today screen (p240)
  • Find people, restaurants, movies, etc. using the GPS Today plugin (p182)
  • Map your current, recent, and street locations

It also appears that at least for some of these functions, it uses the much superior assisted-GPS system, meaning your current geographical location should happen within seconds, as opposed to the longer "cold start" of traditional GPS systems (read our GPS vs aGPS tutorial here). This should make it faster than the Sprint Touch, Mogul and Q9c which don't use the assistance servers out-of-the-box. Stay tuned for more details.

Basically how it works is while on the today screen, you can just type the name of your contact, hold down the center key and select the "Find" menu entry. The GPS will then map that contact's address directly on the screen.

The other unique feature involves the "Point of Interest" plugin which is sort of like having Microsoft's Live Search built right in to the Today screen. All you do is type in whatever you are looking for and hit "enter" and it will look up and map the info directly, all based on your aGPS coordinates.

That brings us finally to that last aspect. the program "Maps". Not much is currently known about this except it looks like Goolge Maps (but isn't?) and it is not Live Search, though we understand both programs will work with the device's built in GPS. This app appears to be a custom mapping program that is streamlined and tied closely to the OS, for seamless integration.

Either way, these "little features" look to be quite useful and and at this point, unique to the Palm Treo 800w.

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5 years ago

Microsoft announces hosted Exchange plans

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If you're still looking for a mobile push e-mail solution and none of our suggestions has worked out, Microsoft itself could be coming to the rescue.

The head of Redmond's business division this morning announced a slew of new hosted services, a direct shot across the bow of Google's free apps, including hosted Exchange access for as little as $3 per user per month.

Full hosted Exchange, Sharepoint access and other goodies will cost $15 a month per user, which is still within reason, and there are referral incentives for business partners as well.

However: It's not quite spelled out whether this is a business-only deal, or if the average consumer will be able to get in on the goodies.

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5 years ago

Snap2Face for Windows Mobile: A Better Facebook App?

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5 years ago

Viigo unleashes Project Tango on Windows Mobile

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We've long been fans of Viigo's mobile RSS reader, and we were practically salivating when we got our first look at Project Tango on the BlackBerry.

And now, Viigo has released a free beta Project Tango application for Windows Mobile devices.

Included in the current beta is support for:

  • News and RSS
  • Audio and podcasts(!)
  • Weather
  • Sports
  • Entertainment
  • Stocks
  • Finance

And coming up we should see airline flight info and local search. Also, if you already use Viigo, your feeds can be imported to Project Tango from your My Viigo account.

The BlackBerry edition of Project Tango teamed up with the WES conference in May, and the WinMo version is dubbed the "Microsoft Worldwide Partners Conference edition" in conjunction with this week's shindig in Houston.

Viigo Project Tango for Windows Mobile

Edit: Anyone else having problems getting to the download site on their device, or problems with the desktop installer? Let us know in the comments. From your mobile device, go to www.GetViigo.com/wpc. (The address in the text message I received was bad.)

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5 years ago

Review: BlueAnt Z9i Bluetooth Headset

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5 years ago

PhoneTag Beta App for Windows Mobile

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PhoneTag Beta App for Windows Mobile

Following our recent voice to text smack down, we get a little friendlier with PhoneTag. PhoneTag is currently a beta application for Windows Mobile. We tested it on a BlackJack II and as you can see it looks to be a top notch application. Some great features include the ability to play the voicemail right from the message, caller id, and forwarding options. There were still a couple bugs like not being able to play full messages -- this seems to happen especially when the transcription fails on a certain word, which makes it doubly annoying. Guess that means PhoneTag is unique in actually releasing Beta software that's, you know, BETA. Take a look at the beta in action and let us know what you think.

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5 years ago

Go hands-free on your device's speakerphone

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The recent law that several states passed requiring motorists to use hands-free devices (i.e. Bluetooth headsets and speakerphones) is undoubtedly a good thing.

But if you're still on the fence, SpeakerPhone - Auto On is a freeware app that runs in the background and will, as the name suggests, automatically turn on your device's speakerphone when you receive a call.

Be sure to grab the latest version of the app, and follow the installation instructions.

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5 years ago

Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 8

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Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 8

I hope everyone (in the States, at least) had a Happy 4th, and now it's time for this week's Software Wrangle! Pony up to the bar for this week's new, updated and free software for WM Professional and WM Standard.

This week we are featuring new software for WM Standard, Pocket Finance Diary. Updated software includes Master Kick and CT Birthday. Freeware this week is All Mobile Mines.

WM Professional new software is MASPware HandNotes and Pocket Finance Diary. Updated software includes Mobiola Web Camera for Windows Mobile and ActivePrint Basic. Freeware is A Viking Saga.

Let's start Wrangling this week's software!

WM Standard: New

First up is Pocket Finance Diary v3.0.1 by MobileLab Inc. With the cost of everything rising and the dollar weakening, budgets are becoming ever tighter and increasingly important to track.

Pocket Finance Diary is a powerful, fast and easy to use personal financial management software that focuses on managing your daily transactions. It allows you to run all your finances from your handheld. You can create multiple accounts with different currencies, define any categories and subcategories, create multiple budget planning projects, create reports show where your money goes.

Features: - Powerful Register View - Multiple Accounts with Different Currencies - Versatile Category and Subcategory - Budgets and budgets groups - Payee Center - 3D graph interactive reports - Transfer between Different Accounts - Manual and Automated Backup - Support Landscape mode operation. - Database file for storing entries and settings

Get Pocket Finance Diary v3.0.1 for $14.95 here.

WM Standard: Updated


Master Kick v1.4 by INDUSTRY Entertainment is our first updated software for WM Standard this week. Ready to get your kicks?

Master Kick arises in glory of the best arcade version of table soccer seen till now! It's not just a game with stunning graphics of various playfields and players, weather visual effects, or live cheering. Master Kick gives you the full atmosphere of soccer match combined with foosball skill. Highly sophisticated AI plus numerous formations selection, playing in a league or quick match will not fail any soccer fan expectations. Great dynamic music and sound powered by MODULA Audio Engine and fullscreen support enlarge the overall game experience. Master Kick is available for all the Windows Mobile PocketPC, PocketPC Phone Edition, Smartphone, Classic, Professional and Standard devices. One thing is for certain, Master Kick tried once, will become your favorite addiction!

Features: - GREAT ATMOSPHERE - Master Kick gives you the full atmosphere of soccer match combined with table soccer. - ADDICTIVE GAMEPLAY - The most addictive and challenging table soccer ever. - AMAZING VISUAL EFFECTS - Brilliant graphics, weather effects, including several playfields (grassy, indoor, cyber, snow), different teams dresses. - SIX PLAYFIELDS / SIX TEAMS - Play it indoors, outdoors, in cyber world, on real grassy playfield, in mud, on the snow... - VIVID SOUND FX AND MUSIC - Vivid sound of cheering and dynamic music. - ACTION REPLAYS - See how gorgeous goal you scored. - CONTROLS FOR EVERYONE - Play it using buttons, or stylus... or both. - NOW in English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Dutch, Danish, Hungarian, Polish and Serbian. - And much MORE!!!

Get Master Kick v1.4 for $19.95 here.

CT Birthday v1.2 by Connective Tools is the next updated application this week. Don't miss important events in your life (and the lives of those you care about!) like birthdays and anniversaries.

CT Birthday is a useful utility that allows organizing your personal list of birthdays, anniversaries and other important dates. It tracks events and reminds you of forthcoming birthday or anniversary before they occur.

Birthdays and anniversaries are important. CT Birthday allows avoiding the embarrassment of forgetting an important date. Use this birthday reminders program to stay in touch!

DEMO VERSION LIMITATION: 14-days free trial period.

Features: - PERFECT AND CONVENIENT USER INTERFACE. The program is easy to understand and easy to use. You can manage your list of birthdays, anniversaries and other dates fast and easily. Status icons, sorting, filtering and other options significantly simplify your work with the program. - FLEXIBLE VIEW CONFIGURATION. Powerful view settings allow displaying birthdays and anniversaries with maximum flexibility. You can select required fields and layout for displaying dates, set items format and more. - SCANNING CONTACTS DATABASE. It allows you to gather existing birthdays and anniversaries from the system database. - FLEXIBLE REMINDER AND SOUND CONFIGURATION allows defining common and individual parameters for reminders. You can set different melodies and other parameters for reminders. Any of the system-recognized file types, including MP3, WAV, MID, may be used. - CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS. CT Birthday has a small internal database of celebrity birthdays. You always can see the celebrity birthdays that close to your friends' birthdays. - Automatic unlock, selection from Contacts, text notes ...and many other features!

Get CT Birthday v1.2 for only $7.25 here.

WM Standard: Freeware


All Mobile Mines from Binaryfish is the WM Standard freeware app featured today in our Wrangle.

The objective of the game is to locate all the mines as quickly as possible without uncovering any of them. If you uncover a mine you lose the game. Contains all the features of the PC version on your Windows mobile device.

All Mobile Mines is fully compatible with all Windows Mobile Standard devices. The game is completely free from Binaryfish. So what are you waiting for? Download it now.

All Mobile Mines Features

  • All the features of the PC version
  • Use the stylus or single hand control
  • Three different action styles
  • Optimized for stylus play
  • High score table
  • Free!

Get All Mobile Mines for FREE right here.




WM Professional: New

The first new WM Professional application on deck this week is MASPware HandNotes v3.0.2 by MASPware.

Turn your Pocket PC into a virtual notepad! No notes-folder searches anymore! Browse your notes. Sheet by sheet. Like you would do it with a real notepad!

Shoppinglists, meetingnotes oder a phonenumber during a walk...everthing is no problem! From now on, no keypad usage necessary! Use your handwriting!

MASPware HandNotes simulates a real notepad, starting from appearance to handling. Now its possible to use and administration handwritten notes quick and easy.

Features: - quick and easy browsing - integrated notepad management (e.g. for serveral projects) - database import/export - QVGA and real VGA support - several pencolors - choose pen thickness - blank, cross-hatched and lined papers - page background colors - fullscreen mode - minimize mode - export sheet to graphics file for printing - send sheet via email on the go - alarm notes! set a reminder to a note. - exchange sheets using infrared port

You can get MASPware HandNotes v3.0.2 for $14.99 here.






Next up is Pocket Finance Diary v3.0.1, the WM Professional version from MobileLab Inc. Very similar to the WM Smartphone (Standard) version, but with touchscreen support!

Pocket Finance Diary is a powerful, fast and easy to use personal financial management software that focuses on managing your daily transactions. It allows you to run all your finances from your handheld. You can create multiple accounts with different currencies, define any categories and subcategories, create multiple budget planning projects, create reports show where your money goes.

Features: - Powerful Register View - Multiple Accounts with Different Currencies - Versatile Category and Subcategory - Budgets and budgets groups - Payee Center - 3D graph interactive reports - Transfer between Different Accounts - Manual and Automated Backup - Support Landscape mode operation. - Database file for storing entries and settings

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5 years ago

T-Mobile 3G rumored to go 'nationwide' in October

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It appears that T-Mobile's 3G network is about to go from a crawl to a brisk trot, with rumors flying that high-speed service will be added to a couple dozen markets on Oct. 1.

If you're a T-Mo customer in one of the following markets (besides NYC, which already has 3G), you may be in store for a treat this fall.

The other cities which were expected to get 3G coverage by the end of the year are Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, Minneapolis, New England, NJ and Long Island, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa and Washington, D.C.

And if you're in a rural market, hang in there. After all, you've waited this long.

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5 years ago

Hack Away at TouchFLO 3D

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Hack Away at TouchFLO 3D

Most of us aren't quite able to play around with TouchFLO 3D yet as it's only available on the HTC Diamond and the Touch Pro (we're still crossing our fingers for September, by the way). However when we do get our hands on TouchFLO 3D goodness, it looks like we'll be able to hack away. The fine folks at Pocketnow have a couple of posts detailing some settings you can change up.

  • The first is reordering the TouchFLO tabs to something that makes a little more sense for your workflow.
  • The 2nd isn't TouchFLO per say, but instead details the settings you'll need to change in order to make the Diamond's 'zoom wheel' (that's right, it doesn't scroll, it zooms) work in applications not titled “Opera” or “Outlook.” It's registry-riffic, so save it for later.

Meanwhile, feel free to kick back and ogle our first look at the Diamond and dream about the CDMA version we're expecting. It's going to be a great fall, folks.

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5 years ago

Treo 800w: Who Gets It and When?

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Treo 800w: Who Gets It and When?

Things we know about the Treo 800w: it will launch on Sprint first for $249 with contract on July 13th (or 10th for those willing to hunt it down early via backchannels), then eventually come to Verizon. Phone arena has heard the same, but wonders: why the delay with Verizon. Typically these things are delayed because of an exclusivity deal, but we're not really thinking that's the case here. See, during the last Quarterly Conference call, Palm CEO Ed Colligan stated that there are not any exclusive deals:

You know, each one of the different launches will have a little different dynamics and -- but in general, they will be pretty broadly distributed early out the gate, and so I wouldn’t -- you know, they are not going to be exclusive for any period of time, you know, in any particular region.

Of course, Colligan could be referring to some sort of permanent exclusivity, but we're doubting it. As Malatesta has noted during our podcast, Sprint isn't exactly in any kind of place to be spending money on guaranteeing exclusivity and Palm isn't in any kind of place to be risking having their only high margin Treo available on a single carrier. So we're going with the delay on Verizon being due to the fact that Verizon is famously rigorous with their device testing and approval process.

We promise, the wall-to-wall coverage of the Treo 800w will eventually give way to actual hands-on experience with the device, it has to soon, because the sucker is due out on Sprint within a week. We're going to hold our drawing for the Rumortastic Treo 800w giveaway on the official launch day, which we're still assuming will be July 13th. It might make a few of y'all have to wait an extra day or so to go out and buy yours, but we hope it's worth it.

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