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5 years ago

Find your phone with Navizon's Mobfindr

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Find your phone with Navizon's Mobfindr

Recently updated in the movement to invade your children's privacy, follow your cheating spouse, ...never lose your phone and locate your friends is Mobfindr from Navizon that will allow you to find the location of nearly any device with a text message.

How it works: The Navizon software utilizes "Virtual GPS", which uses WiFi and triangulation from cell towers to approximate your location. Mobfindr is a service that runs in the background. When an SMS containing a customized passphrase is sent to the Mobfindr-enabled device, it returns its approximate location (within about a mile) via text coordinates.

The Navizon software also features "group" and "buddy" services that allow you and your friends to locate each other.

You can try a free 15-day demo or shell out $24.99 for Navizon Premium. Mobfindr currently only works with the iPhone should be released as a separate application for WinMo and BlackBerry in the near future. A version for S60 devices also is in the works.

Peep video of the Mobfindr service after the break.

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5 years ago

MailShadow for Gmail Makes Gmail Look Like Exchange

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Answering a question for the WMExperts Podcast last night (going up later today!) got me looking around for the best solution for consumers for push email on Windows Mobile. The first bet is usually going to be Live Mail -- it's free and easy to set up. What if you don't want to change your email address, though? Well, there's forwarding to Live mail (or to a hosted exchange service like Sherweb), but there's hassles there. What I want is my Gmail email, calendars, and contacts pushed out. No, what I want is Exchange. Heck, I want Gmail to look and act like an exchange server to my phone.

Glory be: just such a service is coming soon from Cemaphore: MailShadow for Google Apps. Mailshadow acts as an intermediary between your devices (Windows Mobile, Outlook, etc) and Gmail -- and intermediary that acts just like a standard Exchange server but is actually just a conduit to your Gmail account.

Sign me up. Actually, don't - I just signed up myself. The bummer is that the service is just starting their beta now. Want in? Sign up here and let us know if you get into the beta. Fingers: crossed.

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5 years ago

Concept WM Phone Powered by the Sun

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Concept WM Phone Powered by the Sun

The Eclipse Intuit Phone designed by Eddie Goh looks two parts awesome and two parts questionable.

The awesome parts:

  • It's to be equipped with a 5 megapixel camera and (if the image above is to be believed) Windows Mobile. Of course, that's a WM-Standard screenshot there on a touchscreen device, so clearly somebody just threw something in there. Still, WM would be a good fit.
  • There's a 'chemically thin solar skin' for charging the battery. Sounds quite a bit like this Apple patent. It will probably never be your primary source for charging, but a little top-off here and here sounds good to us.

And the questionable parts:

  • The slide-out keyboard is touchscreen with 'tactile feedback.' If you're going to give us a slider, we think we'd prefer actual buttons, thanks. Not to mention we've yet to see 'tactile feedback' that's any more advanced than janky 'haptics' amounting to little more than vibrating the entire phone when you tap the screen. We'd prefer localized haptics. Still, though, a 2nd slide-out screen does sound pretty cool.
  • Yeah, it's just a concept phone, so don't expect to see this, you know, ever.

So kudos to Goh for coming up with a neat concept and a pretty looking kit there, but we'll keep our smartphone hopes and dreams pie-in-the-sky for now, as opposed to the Intuit's pie-in-outer-space. (mmm, space pie).

Thanks to Lisa for the tip!

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5 years ago

US Versions of Diamond and Touch Pro: mid-August?

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So the CompUSA sale of the HTC Diamond turned out, as we expected, to just be the European/Asian version and not a true Quad-Band version. Bummer, but not a huge bummer--Full disclosure: we bought one anyway so we could give you a full hands-on and comparison (before we return it, natch). It won't be right away, though, since early ROMs were a little slow and not indicative of the true user experience. Got questions? Post 'em in the comments.

Anyway, all that got our juices flowing, though, and we started wondering -- when will the Quad Band version actually be available? When it was announced, the most that HTC would say is “later this year,” which isn't exactly helpful.

Well if you're interested, there are a couple of sites claiming that they know the date and will let you pre-order the Quad-Band version of the Diamond and the Touch Pro now. On The Go Solutions has the Diamond for $869.99 and listed for “mid-August” and the Touch Pro for the same price and at the same time. Mobilecity Online is a little gentler on the price for the Diamond at $699 and a little harsher on the availability date, Sept. 2nd. Both dates qualify as “later this year,” obviously, but since we haven't heard peep from HTC we're going to hang on to our credit cards just a stitch longer.

After using the European version for all of 10 minutes we can tell you in no uncertain terms: you're going to want one of these when they're available.

Thanks to Joel from the Store for the Tip!

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5 years ago

Review: HTC Touch Dual (US Edition)

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5 years ago

Review: Body Glove Silicone Protective Case for BlackJack II

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5 years ago

Sprint Motorola Q9c End-of-Lifed?

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Sprint Motorola Q9c End-of-Lifed?

Alright, Motorola, this just might be the last of many last straws. Or it's the straw that's going to break the camel's back. It's getting so easy to beat up on your lately, it's like you're a straw man. Straw.

The bad news we refer to? EverythingQ is getting reports that not only are you not stocking the Q9c on Sprint's website, but Sprint's reps are saying that it won't be restocked, that it's done. There's nothing coming down the pike that we know of either. Well, there's that “Mystery Q” you let drop in a Promo video, but our shot of it shows that it's clearly a GSM device.

So if the Q9c is really EOL'd for Sprint, is that it? The Q9 series is pretty much the only bright spot you guys have lately and now you're screwing that up, what with the alphabet soup of confusing additions to the Q9 brand and then this? Motorola Q9c, “the c is for C-YA!”

We're hoping not, because finding good news for Motorola lately is like looking for a needle in a haystack (of straw). Here's a hint: that needle would be a re-vamped Q9 with WiFi included, just like that strange Q9h that BGR got ahold of.

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5 years ago

Opera Mini - Great Browser, So-So Security

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Rene from our friends at The iPhone Blog must be feeling his oats -- it's not enough that they talk about Mobile Safari is better than PocketIE (it is), he has to point out that even some of our alternatives aren't quite up to snuff. Case in point: Opera Mini. It's a great little browser (though it does require you use a Java Virtual Machine) that keeps most of the work of rendering the pages on Opera's proxy servers -- meaning you get the pages pre-rendered for your screen very quickly. All in all, good stuff.

Good stuff, but not necessarily secure stuff. Take a gander at Opera Mini's security page:

Is there any end-to-end security between my handset and — for example — paypal.com or my bank?

No. If you need full end-to-end encryption, you should use a full Web browser such as Opera Mobile.

Opera Mini uses a transcoder server to translate HTML/CSS/JavaScript into a more compact format. It will also shrink any images to fit the screen of your handset. This translation step makes Opera Mini fast, small, and also very cheap to use. To be able to do this translation, the Opera Mini server needs to have access to the unencrypted version of the Web page. Therefore no end-to-end encryption between the client and the remote Web server is possible.

Also notable for folks who might be tempted to access very sensitive info via Opera Mini: since it uses a proxy server, technically you're giving any passwords you use in Opera Mini to Opera. Of course they promise not to keep them or use them (and of course we trust them not to, Opera's good people). But if you're the paranoid type, Opera Mobile might be the better choice. Once Opera Mobile 9.5 hits, well, we'll be telling you to use that regardless.

via Security Now!

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5 years ago

Thrrum Bringing Mobile Visual Search to Sprint

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5 years ago

Microsoft news flash: Consumers like mobile music!

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Sometimes you just have to shake your head at Microsoft and sigh.

In a recent interview with the Reuters news network, Andy Lees, senior VP of Redmond's Mobile Communications side, said future versions of WinMo will focus on improving the music experience.

"One thing that Apple has leveraged on is the music scenario, and I think that that is something the operators and ourselves are partnering on."
Lees said music in cellphones was a huge business opportunity, since every year consumers bought 10 times as many music-enabled cellphones as iPods.

You can almost see Microsoft execs walking into Tuesday night's Celtics-Lakers thrashing in fourth quarter, sitting down and saying, "Hey, guys. How's it going? Who's winning?"

So, let's recap the recent MS revelations:

Catch the trend? We ... Need ... Better ...

Now the good news: Microsoft really is working on all of the above. Real redesigns - and not just "better" apps - are actually in the works. Let's just hope that it comes soon enough to counter the coming iPhone marketshare onslaught.

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5 years ago

CompUSA Selling Quad-Band HTC Touch Diamond? -- Um, No.

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So this isn't supposed to exist, weird: Engadget has dug up a product page over at CompUSA purporting to sell an unlocked, quad-band HTC Touch Diamond. No fooling -- go take a gander!

We were honestly not expecting this to show up in a Quad-Band (read: works perfectly in the USA) for quite awhile. Still, if you're willing to part with $$779.99, you could go on and find out if this is the real deal for the rest of us. Any takers?

Update: Word from HTC on Engadget's post is that no, not so much, this is just CompUSA (well, actually, TigerDirect) screwing up their Spec page.

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5 years ago

BGR reviews the Xperia X1

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BGR reviews the Xperia X1

Although we may have had the first hands-on review with the Xperia X1 here at WMExperts, the truth of it is we only had an hour or so with the device. Boy Genius, however, he's had it for a few days now and has posted his thoughts.

Highlights:

  • The 800x480 screen is awesome
  • There's four (4), count them, FOUR different notification lights
  • Browsing is snappy over WiFi or 3G
  • The keyboard, not so hot
  • The optical joystick is good stuff.

I'm not a slider-man myself, but I still want one nonetheless. You?

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5 years ago

HTC to Make Mobile Internet Device / Netbook?

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HTC to Make Mobile Internet Device / Netbook?

Looks like Palm really was ahead of the curve with the Foleo -- since then we've seen a raft of laptop-esque devices. Call them Mobile Internet Devices (“MIDS”) or (as Engadget recommends and we agree) Netbooks, it a neat idea that's coming on strong. The EEE PC, Dell's upcoming little monster, the Shift, the RedFly, the list goes on.. The latest rumor is that HTC intends to get in on this action in a big way:

market sources in Taiwan indicated that HTC is developing new MID (Mobile Internet Device) products, using Intel's Atom and Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipset platforms. New devices are likely to be unveiled in the second half of 2008. -

This rumor fits in very nicely with something Qualcomm let drop not too long ago, that they're excited to develop NetBook-style-devices with Windows Mobile 7 as the OS. It's a good idea. The thing that struck me most during my RedFly Review was that although the Windows Mobile interface is plagued by too many “Desktop Metaphors,” that very weakness becomes a big big strength when you put it on a laptop-like device. It's like Windows Mobile was made for Netbooks.

[via MoDaCo]

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5 years ago

What's Installed On your WinMo Standard Device?

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We've recovered from the Week o' Weather apps (hint: see the roundup here), but we still have Windows Mobile Standard on the brain. We figure that there are a lot of people out there who have moved to standard from Pro recently -- Standard is less and less the 'redheaded stepchild' of Windows Mobile Proper and more and more the platform of choice for developers. Plus -- the devices are, let's face it, thinner and a little sexier.

So! Cadman starts up a conversation in our forums that we want to continue: What's installed on your WinMo Standard Device? What's your fave? What do you miss from your old device that you need on your new WM Standard smartphone? Hit us up in the comments!

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5 years ago

Samsung i788 to Hit AT&T?

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Samsung i788 to Hit AT&T?

Here's a fun rumor we heard over the weekend from an anonymous tipster: at a meeting for AT&T Store managers, looks like a few manufacturer reps got a little overexcited about what's coming down the pike. One couldn't help himself from pulling a BlackBerry Bold out and flashing it around. Another, she had a full-on gear bag full of phones -- one of which appeared to be the Samsung i780. Technically, it would have been the Samsung SGH-i788, which has the bands necessary for the US 3G networks.

The rep said it was "OTA," which apparently in her parlance meant "not released" instead of "Over the air." As you'd expect, it's just a little thicker than the BlackJack II, features that weird mouse pointer, a telescoping stylus, and was, in fact, branded with the AT&T logo.

It was in the standard black color and was relatively pretty light considering what it packs. The battery was dead so our tipster didn

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