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5 years ago

Sprint Mogul's 6.1 Update (somewhat) Available

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Update 2: The HTC download site seems to be intermittently displaying and hiding the official 6.1 download info. Don managed to grab a direct link to download when it was last up -- we share it here for you now: direct download. Thanks, Don!

Update: Don writes in to say HTC has taken the download down and, indeed, they have. Guess you'll have to wait until Monday for your legit 6.1 action.

Happy ROM day, Sprint users! Following up on the availability of the 6.1 ROM update for the Sprint Touch, we hear from Lucas that if you head to HTC's support site for the Mogul, here, you'll find the update for the Mogul as well. The update list is a bit shorter than what was available for the Touch:

  1. Upgrades the operating system from Windows Mobile® 6.0 Professional to Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
  2. Adds Sprint TV
  3. Includes all enhancements incorporated in previous software upgrades including:
    • EV-DO Rev. A functionality for faster download and upload speeds when utilizing data services wherever EV-DO Rev. A coverage is available.
    • Advanced GPS functionality including the Sprint Navigation application.
    • Adds a Task Manager to the Today screen for easier access and management of running programs.

Lucas adds that Sprint and HTC probably intended for this release to be officially available come Monday, but you clever WMExperts readers can go grab it right now.

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5 years ago

Live Mesh available on your mobile device

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On Wednesday we brought news of Microsoft's Live Mesh cloud-based storage service, giving you 5 gigs of space for your files to come and go as you please.

Today, the big M unleashed mobile-optimized access to the service, meaning you can get to your data while you're on the run.

It's not the full-on Windows Mobile client we're hoping for, but it's certainly a step in the right direction.

If you're already signed up for the tech preview, point your favorite mobile browser (yes, even the iPhone's) at https://m.mesh.com - note the secure site - and have at it.

Via MSDN

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5 years ago

How to: Move the cache in Opera Mobile 9.5

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How to: Move the cache in Opera Mobile 9.5

Probably the top drawback of running the Opera Mobile 9.5 beta on an older device (Shhhhhh - don't let my trusty Treo 750 hear me say that) is that it's a pretty big resource hog.

As we've previously mentioned, you can store the browser's cache files on a storage card and save yourself megabytes of precious space.

Join us after the jump for a couple of ways to do this, as well as a quick video of the procedure.

And if you haven't yet, check out Dieter's hands-on video review of the best WinMo browser since the last version of Opera Mobile dropped.

Before reading any further

We've said it before, and we'll keep on saying it. Back up your device. While we're not diving into the registry here, you can't be too careful. (And you really should have done this before loading the 9.5 beta anyway.)

Check out our review of Spb Backup 2.0, if you haven't already.

The safe way to change your cache location

  1. Connect your phone to your computer, and connect to ActiveSync.
  2. Open the ActiveSync window, then click the Explore Device button.
  3. Navigate to \Application Data\Opera 9.5.
  4. Find the opera.ini file (If you don't have file extensions enabled, it should just show as "opera".)
  5. Copy the file to your desktop.
  6. Open the file in a text editor, such as Notepad. Immediately do a File>Save as and rename the file to something other than opera.ini. This is your backup, just in case.
  7. Now open the original opera.ini file. Scroll down to the [User Prefs] section and insert the following line: Cache Directory4=\Storage Card\operacache\. (Note: "operacache" can be renamed to anything you want.) Save and close the file.
  8. Copy the new file back to your device, into the same \Application Data\Opera 9.5.

The quick and dirty way

You can, if you want, do all this directly from your device. But we'll be doing so without making any backups, so be forewarned.

  1. Using your favorite file explorer (Note: the stock Windows Mobile file explorer won't work here; I like Resco File Explorer), navigate to the \Application Data\Opera 9.5 folder. 
  2. Click on the "opera" file. When it asks which program you want to open the file, choose "Notes."
  3. Scroll down to the [User Prefs] section and insert the following line: Cache Directory4=\Storage Card\operacache\. (Again, "operacache" can be renamed to anything you want.)
  4. Click "OK" and you're done.

Here's a quick video of this procedure.

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That's it. All the files collected by the browser will now take up room on your storage card, and not directly on your device.

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5 years ago

Tilt / TyTn II / Kaiser Gets Community-based OpenGL ES and Direct 3D Drivers

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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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