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5 years ago

Microsoft's Bing mobile site now active

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5 years ago

Review: Jawbone Prime

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Review: Jawbone Prime

Some time ago we reviewed the Jawbone Bluetooth headset by Aliph and found it to be an all-around quality headset with excellent audio quality and noise filtration. A few months ago, Aliph's released the successor to the original, the Jawbone Prime.

Stated Aliph CEO and co-founder Hosain Rahman in a press release:

“We watched our customers closely and saw how they struggled to be heard in extreme noise environments. So, we focused our engineering team to go deeper on the tough problems like crying babies, pounding jackhammers, beeping elevators and the like. As a result, we are excited to announce Jawbone PRIME, with orders of magnitude better noise suppression, so our customers can continue their conversations wherever they happen to be.”

We were curious if the Jawbone Prime performed as well as the original Jawbone did and took the Jawbone out for a test drive with the AT&T Fuze.  After the break, you can see product shots and our observations in using this new Bluetooth headset.

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5 years ago

Microsoft Bing goes live early, loves WMExperts

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5 years ago

Xperia X1 gets ROM update

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5 years ago

Upcoming changes to Outlook Mobile/Exchange

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Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 (and ActiveSync) is coming, and that means new features for Windows Mobile. Some of them are for IT types, others directly affect you, the end user. Here's what's in store:

On the Server side:

  • Block/allow/quarantine phones: That's one for the IT side.
  • OTA update of Outlook Mobile: That's right, a new version of the app can be pushed to your phone. Wouldn't hold your breath in hopes of seeing this outside of a corporate environment, but you never know.
  • Sync SMS: It'd been rumored for a while. You can send text messages to networked phones from Outlook or OWA access and respond from either, as well as from your phone.

On the phone side:

  • Threaded messages(!): Instead of cluttering your inbox with each and every message, they're threaded by "conversations." Nothing you're not already used to elsewhere, and a welcome addition to Windows Mobile. There also are options to ignore threads or move them to other folders.
  • Reply state: See which messages you've replied to or forwarded.
  • Voice card/transcription: If someone sends you a voicemail through Exchange, it's transcribed(!!!) and you can play it directly in the e-mail. Very cool.
  • Get free/busy: No, not like that. It's just quick way to see if someone on your network is free or busy.

Again, this all involves Microsoft Exchange 2010, through it'd be great to get some of the Outlook Mobile features for people outside a corporate envrionment. For those of you on the inside, start lobbying your IT department now.

Microsoft Technet via wmpoweruser

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5 years ago

Review: v-moda Bass Freq Headphones

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Review: v-moda Bass Freq Headphones

One of the things that has been promised to us for years, and is finally starting to come true on a viable basis, is the full convergence of phone, media player and internet device. Oddly, the segment that is arguably lagging the most on Windows Mobile is the media playback functionality. The biggest reasons that I can see for this are the anemic amount of on-board storage available on most devices, lack of standard audio ports and the shortage of quality free media playback software. The good news is that all this (and more) appear to be coming in Windows Mobile 7. Until then, workarounds abound for these issues, many of which have been featured on this blog.

For those of you blessed enough to sport an on-board 3.5mm audio port (or have already done a workaround). Check out v-moda’s Bass Freq headphones. Available in a variety of colors for those of you that are not stylistically challenged, v-moda offers functional headphones with some additional niceties that I would expect to find in a higher end (read: more expensive) product.

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5 years ago

HTC Tachi (aka Twin) coming in July to China, sports WM6.5

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We're getting word from some insiders that HTC will be launching the Tachi (aka Twin) in China exclusively on the Dopod network come July (see right).

The VGA (480 x 640) device will launch with WM6.5, making it one fo the first devices in the world to (legally) launch with the new OS. This is evidently a change from the original plan to launch with WM6.1. It will also have dual CDMA and GSM radios enabled and be exclusive to China/Dopod for sometime.

Some other quick specs:

  • 2.8-inch screen
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • 3.1MP camera w/auto-focus
  • Front facing camera
  • MicroSD

Thanks anonymous!

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5 years ago

Sprint Snap appears on Best Buy's site

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5 years ago

A slew of Touch Pro 2 unboxings

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A slew of Touch Pro 2 unboxings

A favorite pastime of us phone nerds is to gather around a phone in a box ... and take it out. And record ourselves doing it for posterity. And after the break, a quick roundup of some HTC Touch Pro 2 unboxings and some hands-on time. (You can read Dieter's hands-on from Mobile World Congress.)

Remember that this is the unbranded, European version of the Touch Pro 2, so design is likely to vary slightly (Verizon and T-Mobile), or greatly (Sprint) when it's released by the U.S. carriers. (And we're still looking for AT&T shots that aren't renders. If you've got 'em, send 'em!)

So without further ado, unboxings from Mobile Tech Addicts, Tracy and Matt and Pocketnow.

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5 years ago

PhoneLog: Cool freeware for documenting calls

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PhoneLog: Cool freeware for documenting calls

Every once in awhile I come across some really neat freeware that I think you folks could benefit from.

PhoneLog is a freeware app from InfinityBall (click for more screenshots) that simply logs your call log directly to your calendar app.

This is all done instantly in the background with no noticeable performance issues--it just works seamlessly and efficiently which is the best kind of WM app.  After a call, in your calendar it will say "Talked to " with the start/end times and call duration.  The info shows up as a simple entry in your cal and you can even assign it a custom category.  

The app does require .NET compact framework 3.5 and has many configuration options such as log missed calls, all calls, run on startup and even log your text messages (!)  Very cool stuff.  Get it here.

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5 years ago

Review: Verizon Touch Diamond

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Review: Verizon Touch Diamond

After reviewing the HTC Touch Diamond 2, taking a look at Verizon's version of the original Touch Diamond felt like a step back in time. Why Verizon waited so long to come to the table with the Touch Diamond is a mystery. But as they say, "better late than never." Right?

The Touch Diamond isn't a new phone and while most will be familiar with it, once it's branded by a service provider a phone can take on a life of its own. It's no secret that the Touch Diamond runs Windows Mobile 6.1 and comes loaded with TouchFLO 3D. But what other changes did Verizon throw onto the Touch Diamond?

Find out after the break.

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5 years ago

Some Zune HD deets: It'll have a 'flavor' of IE6

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While Engadget just got an up-close and personal look at the upcoming Zune HD, and Paul Thurrott scored some more details.

  • There are only three hardware buttons — a rocker for volume, a power button and a home button.
  • The browser is a "flavor" of Internet Explorer 6, but it won't look or feel like IE. Definitely not a bad thing.
  • The first flood of Xbox integration will surround video. Music will follow later.

More over at Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows, and we've got a brief video shot by Gizmodo after the break. Yes, you'll see a big fat link to "Marketplace" in the Zune HD's UI, but we're betting that's going to be for the Zune Marketplace, not Windows Marketplace for Mobile. Calm down, folks.

Do remember (and we have a feeling we'll be repeating this for a while) that while we expect the Zune and Windows Mobile to share some features in upcoming versions, we don't yet know for sure what they are. That's why we'll be keeping a closer eye on our phone-less cousins from now on.

Update: Cnet's Ina Fried got a less-blurry hands-on. Video of that, too, after the break.

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5 years ago

Samsung-Armani WinMo phone coming June 11

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If (for some reason) you turn your nose up at all of the completely respectable (and better than most) Windows phones out there, something chic this way comes.

On June 11, Giorgio Armani, the noted fashion designer; Samsung, the noted phone maker; and Microsoft, the ... um, noted software designer, are having an event June 11 in Milan, Italy. You'll remember that we got wind of a Windows Mobile-powered Armani phone earlier this year, and it looks like it's coming to fruition. Stay tuned for the details.

Samsung Hub via Engadget

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5 years ago

Sprint: Treo Pro the next best thing (natch)

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Palm Sprint wants you to buy a Pre. That's no surprise. But the Pre isn't right for just anybody. And if it's not for you? Try the Windows Mobile-powered Treo Pro, says Palm Sprint.

(Yeah, yeah, what other Palm choice is there? Try to let that go for a minute.)

In the internal docs our PreCentral.net brethren uncovered, we learn that Sprint's Palm's breaking down users into two classes: IT Centric and Non-IT Centric. You can read for yourself the differences in the pic above. But basically, if you're part of a smaller business (fewer than 100 employees) and your IT department doesn't require major control over your phone, then the Pre's for you. Otherwise, hit up Windows Mobile and MSCMDM.

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