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4 years ago

Review: Weatherbug Mobile

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Review: Weatherbug Mobile

Weatherbug has been cranking out weather apps for years ranging from desktop widgets to mobile applications. They have recently released a Windows Mobile Professional version of their weather app, Weatherbug Mobile.

The application puts a good bit of weather information at your fingertips. Features include:

  • Live local weather from over 8,000 tracking stations
  • Severe Weather Alerts in real time
  • Animated local radar
  • Live and time-lapse images from over 1,000 weather cameras
  • International weather information

For our impressions of Weatherbug Mobile follow the break.

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4 years ago

Review: iGrip Universal Fit Flexible Mount

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Review: iGrip Universal Fit Flexible Mount

If you are anything like me, you are either addicted to your Windows Phone or you’re in denial about it. A side effect of this addiction is that you don’t want to put your phone down any more than you have to, which can sometimes lead to problems. One example would be the fact that using your phone while driving can be dangerous and even illegal. There are however some legitimate reasons to have your phone where you can see it while driving. Being able to see the caller id when a call comes in or using traffic or navigation software are both valid uses of your cell phone while driving. To be able to accomplish this safely you really should have a mount, such as the Universal Fit Flexible Mount from iGrip.

We’ve reviewed iGrip products here before. I use their Sturdy Swivel Mount and have loved it ever since I got it. The Flexible Mount gives you some additional options for use. For one thing it holds the phone farther away from the glass, making it more practical for vehicles with a deeper dashboard.

For the full review of the iGrip Universal Fit Flexible Mount, hit the jump.

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4 years ago

Microsoft Office 2010 public beta now available; get it for your desktop and Windows phone

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Microsoft has made the Office 2010 beta available for public consumption, which means you and I can download it for your desktop as well as your phone. The mobile version is available in the Windows Marketplace for Mobile, and you can get the desktop version here. The beta includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, SharePoint Workspace and OneNote. Exchange 2010 will require your Exchange provider to push it out once it's released.

Do note that the beta will expire on April 5, 2010, so don't be expecting to use this forever. We'll be tinkering with Office 2010 over the next few days. Share your thoughts in the comments, and let us know what you would like to see.

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4 years ago

Spruce up sliding panels on WinMo 6.5

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Spruce up sliding panels on WinMo 6.5

Although many like to use HTC's TouchFLO3D, using the Sliding Panels (aka Titanium on WM6.5) is sometimes preferable — in fact I often find it more efficient and revealing, which is why I'm taking a well-deserved hiatus from HTC's design.

Case in point, there are lots of really good 3rd party plug-ins that can be added to the sliding panels to augment their functionality. Sure TouchFLO3D may have lots of eye candy, but as far as speed of access, Titanium is faster.

In this post, I'll share with you three which really improve the usefulness of the default WM6.5 home screen: Twitter (Titanium Artesea), Favorite People (AppStar Titanium) and Weather (Showaco TitaniumWeather*).

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4 years ago

No Windows Mobile 6.5 update for Xperia X1

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Those of you holding out hope that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 will get an official update to Windows Mobile 6.5 can let that dream die. An SE rep apparently has told Crave Asia that there will be no update, quit asking, now go buy the Xperia X2. (OK, we made up those last two parts.)

The good news? Unoffocial ROMs have been available for quite some time now in the usual places, so long as you don't mind a little hardSPL trickery. And as a reminder, here's the link to the semi-official (and still rather sparse) upgrade list, so check it to see if good news is headed your way. [Crave Asia via wmpoweruser]

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4 years ago

Opera Mobile 10 available in beta

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Opera Software has announced the public availability of Opera Mobile 10 for the Windows Mobile platform. According to Opera, "this version for the Windows phones will elevate mobile browsing to a desktop-like experience, helping people to search, socialize and stay connected while on the go." And, really, who doesn't want that?

Some of the Opera Mobile 10 highlights include:

  • Speed dial feature that serves as a table of contents for your Web
  • Tabbed Browsing
  • Improved Password Management
  • Touchscreen or keypad navigation compatible

The Beta version is available as a free download at Opera's website or point your mobile browser to m.opera.com/mobile to download the cab file directly to your Windows phone. We'll take the Beta version out for a test drive and we'll have a review up soon.

If you curious, follow the break for the full press release from Opera Software and a few more screenshots.

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4 years ago

Mozilla Weave hits V1.0b

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Mozilla Weave hits V1.0b

The lines between desktop and mobile computing just got a little more blurry. (That's a good thing.) Mozilla's Weave service, which, in a nutshell, syncs your browser data — including bookmarks, passwords, history and even open tabs — just his 1.0 beta status. Why is this important for Windows Mobile, you ask? Because Mozilla's been working on its mobile browser (codenamed Fennec) for some time now, and Weave will play an integral part in it.

If you've been using a desktop browser sync, you already know what we're talking about. Your data is seamlessly synced between one or more computers and the cloud. Weave goes a step further, also syncing the data with the Fennec browser. I've been using Weave off and on with Firefox for a while now, and it's steadily improved. And v1.0b is even faster and more transparent. Now we just need to see Fennec get out the door (and get much faster), and we'll have a real browser war on our hands. [download Weave via Mozilla Labs]

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4 years ago

Android spotted on the HTC HD2 (Hey, we just said 'spotted,' not that it was 'real')

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Update: OK, Arne. You got us. :) Oldest trick in the book. We're wearing the dunce caps the rest of the night. Now go find Bohn and make the man buy you a beer for our stupidity.

Ok guys - just to make it sure for *everybody*! It was a *joke*! It's a screenshot from the Acer Liquid! http://tinyurl.com/ydblkg2

Sure, HTC CEO Peter Chou said not to expect Android on the HD2 (actually what he told Forbes was" Technically, we could make the HD2 an Android phone, but I have to take care of Windows Mobile"). But that doesn't mean it hasn't happened.

Exhibit A: This twitpic from Arne Hess of the::unwired, who (alongside our own Dieter Bohn) is at Mobius, clearly shows Android running on the Snapdragon-powered beast.

Needless to say, many a tail is wagging in the mobile world tonight.

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4 years ago

Seidio Innocase Surface for Verizon, Sprint Touch Pro 2s

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You wanted it, you got it. We now have the Seidio Innocase Surface in stock for the Sprint and Verizon versions of the HTC Touch Pro 2. The case is only 1mm thick, so you get polycarbonate plastic protection with very little bulk. There's also the luscious soft-touch coating and you still have full access to the slider keyboard and buttons. Get one now for $29.95 in the WMExperts Store.

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4 years ago

Sprint Snap free at Best Buy with contract

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This is actually been at this price for about a month now, but it was news to us, so perhaps news to you.

If you're looking for a cheap and halfway decent Windows starter phone, the Snap is completely free at Best Buy (down from $149, then $99) with a 2-year contract. See our full review for a refresh.

We'd say the phone is about worth that with a 2 year contract and it's actually a fun device, especially if you slap WM6.5 on it before that official release comes down the road.

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4 years ago

The sixth annual SPB Survey

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The sixth annual SPB Survey

It is time, ladies and gentlemen, for the sixth annual SPB Survey. SPB Software House is looking to get a better look at your needs in the mobile applications, and they're doing so worldwide, with the survey going out in 10 languages.

And your time may be rewarded. Three winners, picked at random, will receive the following:

  • First place: A free smartphone of your choice from a major Internet retailer (such as Amazon or Expansys), valued up to $1,000.
  • Second place: $100 worth of accessories from Smartphone Experts (that's us), plus $100 worth of SPB Software.
  • Third place: $100 worth of SPB software.

So, really, you have no excuse for not taking the survey, which runs through 7 p.m. GMT Dec. 4, 2009. Take the survey now!

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4 years ago

Off to Mobius

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Off to Mobius

Just a quick note that I've been lucky enough to be invited out to the mobius event out in Seattle this year. If you're not familiar, mobius is a group of mobile enthusiasts who periodically get together with Microsoft to discuss the current and future state of the mobile industry. There's sometimes news that comes out of the event, which I'll dutifully pass along as I'm able. What's better and more important than that are the insights and conversation with people who are smarter-than-I.

All of which is to say that you should keep a heads up on hashtag #mobius09 on Twitter where many of us will be posting up thoughts and insights. Microsoft is hosting the event, so full disclosure: they're covering my flight, hotel, and eats.

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4 years ago

FYI: We're now in the Zune Marketplace

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4 years ago

Mobihand's Windows Mobile Appstore

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Mobihand, who powers the WMExperts.com Software Store, has launched their Windows Mobile Appstore.  You will still have access to popular software titles from our WMExperts.com Software store but now will be able to access the store with Mobihand's Appstore Application.

Here are some of the features you'll see over at Mobihand's Appstore.

  • Deal-of-the-Day: Exclusive offer of a new top-selling app every day for 50% off
  • Specials: Loads of discounted apps and bundles can be found daily
  • Nearly 5,000 Apps which can be browsed by category, top free, top paid, and new
  • Great everyday prices: apps are priced as low as $0.99
  • Fast pay with credit card
  • Dedicated customer service – to ensure complete customer satisfaction
  • Version-tracking -- email notification when new versions become available

It is our understanding that Paypal interface will be added soon to offer an alternative payment method.  You can get all the deets about the appstore at software.wmexperts.com/appstore.asp as well as loading a mobile version to your Windows Mobile phone by pointing your mobile browser to http://software.wmexperts.com/appstore.

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4 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 77

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WMExperts Podcast Episode 77


Malatesta and Phil talk up the Windows Marketplace for Mobile being updated and cracked at the same time, more on the HTC HD2, whether Windows Mobile is dying and how to get every last ounce of performance out of your phone. Join us!

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