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4 years ago

GPS Weather Radar Gets Bumped to v2.1

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Back a few weeks ago our very own George wrote up a nice review for the freeware GPS Weather Radar, which has become quite popular as of late.

Well, it just got bumped recently to v2.1.01 from the previously reviewed v1.5. 

The biggest change is now in the maps, which look much nicer especially with the transparency effect, a new source and more location support ( USA, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, Brazil, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean). 

It takes a bit to load and no doubt .NET 3.5 is not the fastest, but hey...it works and works well.

See full change-log here as well as .cab to download.
 

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4 years ago

SPB Software Giveaway

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SPB Software Giveaway

 

The WMExperts.com Summer Giveaways are slowly winding down and this week we've got SPB Software up for grabs. SPB has produced such Windows Mobile applications as SPB Mobile Shell, SPB TV, SPB Brain Evolution and many more. SPB is closely tied to Windows Mobile and wants to know what you think.

So here's how this week's give away will work. Head on over to the forums and post your thoughts on SPB in this discussion. Tell us what you like, dislike, or would like to see in SPB software. Do you like the old interface with SPB Mobile Shell or is the touch navigation more to your liking? Any channels missing from SPB TV? Does SPB Traveler cover all the bases for those who are on the road?

From the comments posted between now and 5:00pm CST on September 14, 2009 we'll randomly draw for three winners. The first place will receive a copy of SPB's Mobile Shell. The second and third place winners will receive a copy of SPB TV. Remember you have to be registered to post a comment and that can be done here.

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4 years ago

Video review of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2

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For those of you drooling over the recent announcement of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2, here are five more minutes of pre-release review goodness, thanks to Phone Area.

While the screen is slightly bigger, a lot of the innards remain the same, including the processor. Is that going to be enough to get people to shell out several hundred dollars this time around?

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4 years ago

Review: SBSH GoNews Touch

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Review: SBSH GoNews Touch

One of the things that I like about technology is that it is often the simplest solution to the simplest of problems that affect our lives the most. A perfect example of this is RSS feeds. RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a method of delivering or receiving a series of articles in a central location. For example, I read an odd assortment of computer, gadget and sports news every day. Instead of visiting each site multiple times throughout the day, I can make use of the provided RSS feeds and a feed aggregator (I personally use Google Reader) to read all of the news in a central location.

Because of its simplicity, RSS works extremely well with mobile devices. A quick search on this site will return reviews of several RSS readers that offer differing features for various prices (this is one reason why we love Windows Mobile as a platform). One product that has caught my attention recently is GoNews Touch by SBSH.

 

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4 years ago

Verizon officially announces the Touch Pro 2

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Hey, don't be so surprised. We already told you the HTC Touch Pro 2 would be out on Verizon by the end of the week, and now it's really real, and you can pick one up starting Friday.

Also real is the $199 price (after $100 rebate and 2-year contract, of course). And as expected, the 3.5mm headphone jack is on board. Anything else you need to know that hasn't been out in the open for a long, long while now?

Full presser after the break.

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4 years ago

It's true: Sprint shakes up its pricing plans; call any phone on any carrier for free

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Sure enough, folks, the major change in Sprint plans we just alluded to came through this morning. You now can call any mobile phone, on any carrier, without burning your minutes.

That gives Sprint some of the hottest phones around — starting with the Touch Pro 2, natch, and including the Palm Pre and Android-powered HTC Hero — paired with data plans that are tough to beat. Let's hope the other carriers feel the pressure and start moving their prices downward, as well.

Check out the full deal after the break.

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4 years ago

Sprint Launching 'Any Mobile' Today: Unlimited calls to any mobile phone, on any carrier?

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We're getting late breaking news here at WMExperts that Sprint is poised to launch a "revolution" today (Thursday) for their Sprint Premier, Sprint Everything Data and select business plans.

So what is ‘Sprint Any Mobile’?

Reportedly, Sprint is going to allow you to call any domestic mobile number, regardless of carrier, any time for free.  Now most Sprint customers already have the free Sprint-to-Sprint mobile calls on their plans, but this will extend that to AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, etc.

Best part? Reportedly this is a free upgrade to those customers with the above mentioned qualifying plans.

You have to give it to Sprint: one of the fastest data networks, 4G Wimax, the Palm Pre, just announced Palm PixiHTC Hero, Touch Pro 2 and now this. That's change we like to see! 

But what say you--will you benefit from this feature and is it enough to save Sprint?

[via PreCentral.net]

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4 years ago

Celebrating 10 Years of Smartphone Communities

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Celebrating 10 Years of Smartphone Communities

Ten years ago today, 9/9/99, our fearless leader Marcus Adolfsson launched VisorCentral.com - a community providing news, reviews and forums focused on a single product: the Handspring Visor.  The Visor, you may recall, was the PDA that was destined to start the smartphone revolution with the VisorPhone.

Ten years later, we have grown from that single small site to a network of seven different communities, each focused on a core brand of smartphone and dedicated to providing everything a user could need or want to know about their smartphone - from news to chat, reviews to ringtones, podcasts to apps, accessories to wallpapers. The Smartphone Experts Network has over 1.8 million members in our forums; on any given day there are thousands of users logged in: finding help, talking about the latest news, reviewing products, and more. We still have plenty of active members that signed up literally within days of our 9/9/99 launch. Millions of visitors every month come to us to find out the latest information for their smartphone.

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4 years ago

Review: Palringo Instant Messaging

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Review: Palringo Instant Messaging

In our continuing series of reviews for Instant Messaging apps for Windows Mobile (see IM+ last week), we next take a look at Palringo, which has quickly become the darling of many WinMo users.

How does it stack up to IM+?  What features stand out and which need some work? 

Take a look after the jump for our review!

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4 years ago

Tip: Enable Auto-Complete on Touch Pro 2

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Tip: Enable Auto-Complete on Touch Pro 2

This little trick (enabled traditionally under Settings --> Input) basically suggests words as you type. It serves two purposes when typing:

  1. It makes typing long words quicker
  2. Acts like default spell-check

I've been using it for years and for some reason,  at least on the Sprint Touch Pro 2, they disabled this function. Grr. Thankfully monomer888 hit me up on Twitter and linked me to this XDA post which details how to re-enable it.  Awesome

Grab your favorite registry editor and peep after the break to make the two easy registry changes! Need a registry tutorial?  Right here.

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4 years ago

AT&T unveils free calls for its A-listers

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Verizon has "Friends and Family", T-Mobile has "myFaves" and now AT&T has the "A-List with Rollover" (not to be confused with the A-Team). 

AT&T customers with individual Nation plans of $59.99 or higher can phone up their very own VIP cast without tapping into their monthly allotment of minutes.  For individual plans, you'll be able to select up to five domestic phone numbers (mobile or landline) to call for free, while FamilyTalk customers with plans of $89.99 or more can select up to ten numbers.

According to David Christopher, Chief Marketing Officer for AT&T, “This is an incredible value for many of our customers that essentially lets them ‘double dip'.  Not only will they not use minutes from their monthly plan when they call their A-List numbers, but our unique Rollover feature means they can keep those minutes for use in future months." (Has anybody actually ever dipped into those rollover minutes?)

As with competing plans, AT&T users will be able to manage their A-List online through their MyWireless Account and change them anytime, allowing 24 hours for new numbers to register. 

A-List with Rollover premieres with AT&T on September 20, 2009.  The full  release on this new feature can be found over at AT&T's Newsroom.

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4 years ago

Treo Pro Price Reduction at Best Buy

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Treo Pro Price Reduction at Best Buy

While it's not necessarily new news that Best Buy is offering the Treo Pro, it is news that their price has finally come down to earth. Don't know when it happened but today when we were surfing the internet, the price had fallen to $399.99.

This is in-line with Palm.com's offering as well as other online retailers. While most are watching and waiting for the HTC Touch Pro 2, the Treo Pro remains a very good choice if you're looking for a Windows Mobile phone and prefer a front facing keyboard.

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4 years ago

Problems with Twitter? Don't blame the client

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Has anyone else been having trouble with your Windows Mobile Twitter clients?  Specifically when you first launch, or have to have the application re-sign in you get an error message?

Turns out you're not alone. But before you blame the client you may want to know that it appears to be a Twitter issue, not a problem with your application.  For instance, these are the various error messages:

  • Twikini: "Something went wrong. Please try that again."
  • PockeTwit: "Communications Error"
  • moTweets: "Failed to Sign in"/ "Unable to retrieve your timeline"

Annoying, eh?  Even Jake Stevenson, head project manager of PockeTwit, blamed his program at first until others noted it seems to be not unique to PockeTwit.

Unfortunately we'll just have to wait and see if Twitter (who notoriously don't update/fix much) will address this or if any developer can come up with a workaround. (I also get a re-direct on the web version now, where one did not exist before--possibly related).

Any thoughts on the issue?  Sound off in the comments.

 

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4 years ago

Qik video streaming gets a UI overhaul

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Qik, everybody's favorite live video streaming application that never was crippled on Windows Mobile (oooooooo, feel the burn), appears to have gotten a bit of a user-interface upgrade.

Version 4.2 for WinMo brings "a cool new look, much improved sharing to social networks like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and better performance and frames per second, especially on the Samsung Omnia series phones. It also provides an easy way to upload existing videos on your phone to qik.com and share it to other networks."

Get your download on here (CAB) and see whatcha think.

Qik via @WMDev

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4 years ago

HTC Touch2 Gets Reviewed

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HTC Touch2 Gets Reviewed

While the HTC Touch2 was announced just the other day, a Russian Web site has gotten their hands on the phone to review. Mobile-Review rates the Touch2 with decent marks indicating the phone has good build quality, great performance, good call quality and good battery life.

As far as speed goes, the review states, "The speed of the interface Touch2 raises no objections, the operations of opening files, programs, the transition between tabbed shell occur instantly." And that makes sense, given the processor is very similar to what we find in more high-end HTC devices.

The review doesn't give high marks to the Touch2's camera, noting bland colors and image blur. Also noted is that the navigational buttons are difficult to manipulate for those with large fingers. They appear to sit flush with the Touch2's surface making it difficult to press. The reviewer indicates if they were raised just a little, they would be more appealing.

The HTC Touch2 is due to hit shelves in Europe and Asia on October 6 with an expected price tag in the neighborhood of $500. While several are already running cooked versions of Windows Mobile 6.5 on their HTC devices, the Touch2 is the first new HTC phone to launch with WM 6.5. No word yet if the Touch2 will make its way to the U.S. market.

Mobile Review via Boy Genius Report

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