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5 years ago

OutSync Syncs Your Facebook Friends' Photos

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This is pretty slick: check out Outsync, which is a free Windows desktop app that syncs your Friends photos into your contact list. If you rock Windows Mobile (Of course you do), it means less mucking around looking for pictures (or demanding your friends hold still so you can use your cameraphone) to get photos on your caller id screens. Big thanks to Mel Sampat for making the app. You can check out a Channel 10 video of it in use here, too.

Are you on Facebook? Do you use Outlook and Windows Mobile? If you answered yes and yes, get OutSync, a free app to sync your Facebook friends' photos with Outlook

Read: MelSam's Blog : Sync your Facebook contacts with Outlook (and Windows Mobile)

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5 years ago

Palm Announces Treo 500v

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Palm Announces Treo 500v

I present you with an equation:

Yet Another Qwerty Keyboard Windows Mobile Smartphone +
Thicker than the competition +
No ringer switch (!) +
Tri-Band GMS and only the 2100 Band on UMTS means it won't work well in the United States +
We already gave you all the deets ourselves yesterday
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Yawn.

Sorry, Palm. I'll give you points for trying and maybe I'll change my tune when I get my hands on one, but after all this, I still don't understand why I wouldn't get a Dash, or a Blackjack, or a Q9H (when it arrives). The Treo 500v is a big, wet kiss for Vodafone and their network, but on this side of the pond I can't say we're especially jealous. See, we had our first kiss a long time ago when the Q hit and have been smooching thin little smartphones ever since. Er, not so much smooching and holding them up to our cheeks, but you get the idea. YAQKWMS indeed.

Ok, ok, ok. I will give you points for the generous 150mb of user storage and the long battery life. Plus, nice job finally ditching that hateful Treo Athena connector in favor of miniUSB. Don't ever go back.

Palm Europe has announced the Treo 500v, a Windows Mobile Standard Smartphone designed for the European market on the Vodafone network. It should be initially be available exclusively to Vodafone customers beginning the first of October, the price is still unknown.

Read: treocentral.com >> Stories >> Hardware >> Palm Launches Treo 500v in Europe

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5 years ago

Palm Treo 500 Emerges, Updated with New Pics

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Well look what we have here, a shiny new image of the Palm Treo 500, nee the Palm Gandolf, which will be announced officially on Sept. 12th. Things that we have confirmed now:

  1. It's not as ugly as the PalmOS Centro and it thankfully a bit wider, making typing easier
  2. 3G, thank the lord, though no word if it's HSPDA or UMTS for sure (put your money on HSDPA)
  3. Windows Mobile 6 Standard Edition (i.e. no touch screen, a first for Palm)
  4. It's a Treo, the Treo 500.

(In short, we were right all along.)

We're happy to see that Palm is keeping the "Treo" moniker on it, contrary to recent rumblings. We're also happy to see that it's being called the Treo 500 - sorta makes sense since many consider a non-touchscreen device to be less powerful than touchscreen brethren. Sadly, the screen here is dark, so we don't know yet if Palm has cooked in any of their fabled UI improvements onto Windows Mobile Standard or not.

After the break, the full image along with some nice marketing copy from a phone shop in the Netherlands, plus babelfish's best attempt at a translation.

Update 1: When it rains, it pours, Alles Windows Mobile has specs:

A reliable source informed us that Palm is to announce the new Treo 500v very soon. It will run Windows Mobile 6, will come with a 240×320 screen, has 150MB of memory and communication will be possible using UMTS. The expansion slot will be Micro-SD, just like the Treo 750. The dimensions are slighly less than the Treo 750: 61×110x16mm, and also the camera (2.0MP) and Bluetooth (v2.0) are slighly better. The device will be available in grey and white.

Also notable is that the Vodafone version looks to be a Treo 500v, like the Vodafone Treo 750v.

Update 2: Alles Windows Mobile comes through with more pictures, after the break. They show that, yes, the Treo 500v is a little fatter than we'd like. Another sad note, the white picture seems to cast some doubt on the whole shootin' match just a wee bit.

Click for the full image:

with the palm treo 500 you can remain according to your own wishes linked. the combination of tel., e-mail, messaging, the web, and windows mobile with palm extra's as a result of which you more easily than ever productive can remain receive e-mail from several accounts business or personal. the web goes up where you stand also with fast 3g networks or relax and lustre to your favoriete musiek, play videoclips, or make and send photograph.

Update: More pics

Two more images courtesy of Alles Windows Mobile (who asked us to re-post rather than link directly to the image to save their scanty bandwidth). Note the giant "Cyclops-eye" style camera:

This second image, of the white one, is a tad suspect. Why is the keyboard blurred out? Also note that the white version has no Vodafone logo and the Treo logo is moved. Perhaps it's pre-production, perhaps its the unlocked, non "v" version, or perhaps we are all getting played for fools.

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5 years ago

Review: Extended Battery for Mogul

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Review: Impactica Showmate

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Review: Spectec 2-in-1 with Micro SD Memory Slot (SDG-812)

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5 years ago

Photo of Sprint HTC Touch Emerges, new TouchFLO?

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Photo of Sprint HTC Touch Emerges, new TouchFLO?

There it is, above, the HTC Touch on Sprint (aka the Vogue) discovered on Phone news. It's what we expected, with the following for specs:

The third device is the Sprint HTC Touch with it having TouchFLO, both Sprint TV/Sprint Music Store access, Windows Mobile 6, 2.0 megapixel camera, and a future upgrade to EVDO Rev. A.

The only notable thing is it looks like Sprint has developed an additional Today Screen plugin for their custom apps, SprintTV among them. The other icons are relatively mysterious - anybody have any thoughts on what they might be?

A 3G Touch could really compete with the iPhone, even if you do get dropped out of the fancy TouchFLO interface into standard Windows Mobile all the time. See Part 1 and Part 2 (with video goodness) of my HTC Touch vs iPhone articles.

There's a new version of TouchFLO out on the Nike with better integration into the various WM apps, a video is after the break. No word yet if the Sprint Touch will rock it or not.

Hat tip to surur in the TreoCentral forum for the Centro.

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5 years ago

McAfee Stirs the Pot: Windows Mobile Viruses Coming

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Here we go again, McAfee has released a white paper (PDF link) telling the world that, yes Virginia, you can write malware for Windows Mobile. This seems to happen every few months when this anti-virus company or that doesn't feel it's getting enough attention. Of particular note to McAfee researchers is Windows Mobile's SMS API (which enables cool software like Mobile Secretary's SMS auto-reply and forward), which they say could allow ne'er do wells to grab your personal info via text.

Anyhow, before you run for the hills, note that an exploit hasn't been released.

While mobile malware attacks have been scarce thus far, and some experts -- including F-Secure wireless security guru Mikko Hypponen -- have predicted that such threats will likely never rival widespread nature of today's desktop viruses, McAfee maintains that as smartphones takeoff more exploit code will be written to target the machines.

Read: InfoWorld

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5 years ago

Palm Gandolf Arriving Sept. 12th: Believe it Again

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Via my post at TreoCentral, check out this quote from the Palm Blog:

There's been a lot of buzz about the new device our friends across the "pond" are planning to announce on September 12th...and it's not the Palm Centro smartphone!

Read: treocentral.com >> Stories >> Rumors >> What's Coming Sept. 12th?

The linked article is a sad on again, off again history of speculating on a rumor. At least there's a happy ending: my original guess seems right, it won't be the Centro, it will be the Gandolf. Vodaphone will most likely be picking it up (see that logo up there on the pic?), and it's most likely going to be a smartphone-edition version of Windows Mobile 6. Palm's enhancements on the other Windows Mobile Treos are great - threaded text and photo speed dial a smartphone-edition WM device? Sign me up.

Heck - I may have been right about it back in June with Palm Gandolf Specs: Believe it:

  • Naming convention will be Treo 5XX
  • One version with Windows Mobile 6 Standard, the other is a new non-touchscreen edition of the Palm OS
  • Multiple colors
  • 135 grams; 117 x 65 x 13.8 mm
  • 2.4 inch QVGA screen with 65k colors
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • Bluetooth 2.0 w/ A2DP support
  • 3G + HSDPA
  • 256 MB onboard memory with 64 MB of RAM
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5 years ago

HTC Owns "Touch" Trademark, Wants to Make Nice

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I know, I know, it's not right for me to keep writing about Apple-related stuff on a Windows Mobile site, but it's a slow news day. So: when Jobs intro'd the "iPod Touch" my first thought was "Hm, I have an HTC Touch in my pocket right now. How's that gonna work out?" Apparently, it's gonna work out just fine. HTC does indeed own a worldwide trademark on "Touch" for a handheld device and could, if they were so inclined, get sue-happy. That does appear to be in the cards, however:

Ching-hung Wang (transliterated from Chinese), marketing manager of HTC pointed out that he does not think Apple's iPod touch was targeting HTC since Apple should put its focus on bigger companies like Google, Yahoo and Microsoft. As for whether iPod touch violates HTC's trademark, Wang pointed out that in the past Apple and Cisco were able to reach a mutually satisfactory agreement over the rights to the iPhone trademark, adding that the question surrounding the rights to the Touch trademark would need further observation.

Read: HTC proud to share touch vision with Apple

Two thoughts: HTC, I know you want to be humble and all, but you're a plenty big enough target for Apple (or anyone else, for that matter), no need to be so modest. Also, and I'm just saying here, name me a single person who equates "iPhone" with "Cisco" in any way, shape, or form.

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I'm waiting.

Right. So, in the vein of "no press is bad press," I say take it to 'em, HTC. Like I said at the outset of this post, it's a slow news day and I'd love to see some action.

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5 years ago

iPhone Price Drop - Serious Competition for Windows Mobile

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I'm talking to my Windows Mobile peeps here: the gauntlet has been thrown down and thrown down hard. Everybody's atwitter about the iPod announcements yesterday and here's what I think it means for WM:

First - that iPod Touch, if Apple ever decides to get serious about adding PDA functionality, is serious competition for the non-smartphone PDA market. It's a market that's been shrinking fast (one of the reasons we here at WMExperts basically avoid it altogether) and I foresee it shrinking faster.

Second, and most importantly, I'll let Mike at Phone different have a word here from his "Phone different: 8GB iPhone: $399, Ringtones" article:

Holy smokes! Apple has put a $200 price cut on the 8 GB iPhone, and dropped the 4GB version altogether. That's right, the 8GB iPhone is now $399. Where do I line up for my $200 check? I'm equal parts filled with rage for paying a $200 early adopter fee, and equal parts filled with glee for a $200 price cut. I'm glad that it makes the iPhone that much more accessible for everyone else. I just feel a little sore when I sit, that's all.

Holy smokes indeed. I'd like to crow about how the price drop means the iPhone hasn't been moving as well as Apple hoped, but I don't really think that's the case. Instead, I think that it clearly means that Apple is serious about bare-knuckled fighting in the smartphone space1. I also think it means that we can expect a hardware update to the iPhone sooner than we may have previously expected - mayhap price drop to clear inventory?

In other words, Microsoft knew the iPhone was a threat before, now Apple's made it a big, spiky threat. I know this will ramp up the recent rumors of a Zune Phone, but I'm still of the opinion that Windows Mobile 7 / Photon will feature radically improved media (and browser, pretty please) functionality. Windows Mobile will absorb Zune functionality, not the other way around.

1 Yes, I'll admit it's basically a smartphone, at least it is now that you can hack it to get native apps. It's no true SDK, but I suppose it's enough. Yes, that's a turnabout. No, I don't want any to hear any guff about it.

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5 years ago

New HP iPaq Photos - Update: Officially Announced

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Update: JGold is right in the comments - I think that 914 is Pro/touchscreen, should have trusted my gut instead of conflicting reports out there. Also, looks like the "4" at the end of those titles was wrong - they're official now as the 910 and 610, among other iPaqs:

So, here's the details. The HP 910 is the big mutha - Quad-band UMTS, WiFi, GPS, QWERTY keyboard, Touchscreen/Pro Edition, and the Cisco VOIP stuff baked right in (Yay!). The 610 is the same deal but with a standard 9-key pad, portrait display, and the cool scroll wheel. Pricing should be around 600 clams.

HP also released three traditional iPaq PDAs without phones built-in. Yeah, people are still buying PDAs, I guess, but ever fewer of them.

Original article (complete with pretty pictures and inaccurate speculation!) after the jump. Also after the jump, a demo video of the iPaq 610.

First we had small, blurry thumnails, now we have awesome photos of the new iPaqs. The headliner is definitely the Treo iPaq 914, with it's high-end specs (GPS + WiFi + 3G + 3mp camera == high end) and equally high-end price, $800ish. It's Standard Edition, though, if you want a touchscreen get the 614c with its fancy scroll-keypad. Expect them to hit in October(!), though the 914 may have to wait until November, according to Engadget.

Unknown at this point is whether or not they'll include HP's sweet VOIP software that they've released on previously-seen iPaqs, but here's to hoping that if they get carrier support, said carriers won't make them take it out.

Full pics after the break.

Read: Turbo-3G och navigering från HP via Engadget

iPaq 914:

iPaq 614c:

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5 years ago

Foleo Cancelled, A Curious Absence

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Foleo Cancelled, A Curious Absence

Here's me over at TreoCentral, reporting on Palm's big news yesterday afternoon:

Colligan states that Palm wants to focus their development efforts on the Linux Smartphone Platform, though he did write that Palm still plans on developing the a "Foleo II" and releasing it sometime in the future -- based on the new "unified platform."

Read: treocentral.com >> Stories >> Business >> Foleo Cancelled!

It looks like the overnights are in and the results are good for Palm. Sure, it's a black eye, but a black eye is better than walking around with your pants down. Reading over the reactions, I'd say it's about 10 "good move, Palm" to 1 "aww, bummer." Note that I've yet to come across a single "Palm, you idiots, don't cancel this!" reaction.

Even to the bitter end, I gave the Foleo the benefit of the doubt; which is to say "I seriously doubt the Foleo will work, but I kinda hope I'm wrong."

More after the break

Who was the Market?

I've said myself and I've read elsewhere (to many places and too long ago to properly cite) that the Foleo seemed to be designed specifically with me as a tech journalist in mind. Carrying it around conferences, using it during interviews, blogging on the go all would have been easier and better.

It also hit me hard as a former grad student - carrying this thing to classes and the library would have saved me quite a lot of pain and sorrow. In some ways I'm sorry that Palm didn't push the student aspect of it harder - though I understand why they didn't: their desire to focus on email (more on that below), cost, and perhaps the relative failure of the Newton eMate. The eMate, if you'll recall, was based on a popular PDA format translated into a mini-laptop form factor. Sound familiar? The eMate (the "e" is for "Education") didn't fly, either.

No, the target market from the Foleo, as stated by Palm from the get-go, was "Business Executives." This was why the email app got its own big button on the Foleo. This was also why Palm felt it could charge an outrageously exorbitant amount of money for it, apparently. Despite what you'll hear from motivational speakers, however, not everybody is an executive - it's not that large of a demographic. Of course, I'm sure Palm planned on expanding the market beyond executives and technophiliacs - but how exactly they were going to do that is beyond me.

Mobile Companion

The is the heart of the Foleo debate - just what niche does the Foleo fall into? This is another reason that the Foleo was a bit of a tech journalist dream - it gave us a chance to rethink the categories we use to think about gadgets. That was clearly Palm's intention - to shake up our preconceptions about what gadgets are. But the idea of a "Mobile Companion" was complicated from the start. Unlike the original Palm and also unlike the Treo, the Foleo didn't have an instant "AHA" moment when you saw it. Instead, it took a bit of explanation for you to understand that this was a thin client for your smartphone - or perhaps a thin client for your desktop via your smartphone - or perhaps a linux appliance - or perhaps ... you get the point.

Again, I'll come back to something I've said before about the Foleo - it was simultaneously three years late and three years early. In the form that we saw, it was clearly three years late - the technology and the ideas behind it were all here three years ago (it was, after all, little more than a Palm TX on the inside). Three years ago we certainly would have been wowed by the Foleo and by Palm's forward-thinking. Three years too late also? You bet. If the Foleo was supposed to really be a thin client for a smartphone, then the smartphone would need to be something better than what we have now - a phone that would have the power, storage, flexibility, and connectivity that we typically associate with laptops nowadays. We're close, but I'm thinking of somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 gigs of storage, faster processor, longer battery life, ... an uber-smartphone. They'll get here someday and when they do there really will be a market for a "mobile companion."

That, in the end, is where the Foleo failed. Palm said again and again that the Foleo wasn't meant to replace your laptop. Here's the rub: it should have been able to replace your laptop. On its own, perhaps not, but in conjunction with an uber-smartphone, yes. That's why I say that the Foleo was three years too early - smartphones just don't deserve to have "mobile companions" yet.

So it's good that Palm is focusing its efforts on just the smartphone OS - more competition should bring the day we have a smartphone worthy of a Foleo that much sooner. It's also important to note that Palm will continue to support Windows Mobile, bringing their "special sauce" of UI improvements to the platform (Yay for threaded SMS!)

A Curious Absence

So now what? Now we wait for Foleo II, I guess. Strangely, though Colligan's decision to Ax the Foleo has been almost universally praised, there's suddenly a hole in the market right now. Palm almost succeeded in creating their brand new "3rd category" of mobile devices. Now that they've tried, suddenly tiny laptops seem overburdened with cruft, UMPCs (even super-hot ones like the HTC Shift) seem to be trying to fit too much in too small a space.

A UMPC with a UMPC-specific OS designed to sync automatically with your smartphone and perhaps (finally) with "the cloud" directly would actually be pretty neat. Now that the Foleo is just an idea without all the hassles that a real-world device with real-world bugs and hassles brings, I almost feel it's more compelling. Unburdened of its physical form, the "Platonic Ideal" of a "Mobile Companion" is something that's really compelling.

...In a few years.

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5 years ago

HP iPAQ Photos Leaked

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HP iPAQ Photos Leaked

Here come the leaks - a couple of new iPAQs from HP. The first is the 614c - which is a WM6 Pro (Touchscreen) with HSDPA, WiFi, and GPS (!). The cool thing about it, though: take a close look at the keypad. See that ridge? That's a touch-sensitive scroll wheel - which allows the 614c to get a bigger screen by eliminating the 5-way button. The 914c is the same deal, but with the standard 5-way and a QWERTY keyboard. No word yet on when we'll see these hit, or how they'll hit out wallets.

HP is on the verge of really and truly reviving the iPAQ name - hopefully these will help.

Labeled the iPAQ 614c and 914c, the two devices line up pretty nicely with the rumors, with the 614c rocking a 2.8-inch QVGA screen in a candybar form factor with Windows Mobile 6 Professional, HSDPA, WiFi and a touch wheel, and even tacking on GPS and a 3 megapixel camera to the already juicy list. The 914c rotates the screen and goes QWERTY, with only 2.5-inches due to the orientation, but the same QVGA resolution and the rest of the 614c's specs

Read: MoDaCo via engadget mobile

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5 years ago

AT&T Windows Mobile 6 Delay Because of Good Messaging?

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Well Well, check out this little tibit from the TreoCentral Forums:

A mention today in the 750 forum makes the third instance I have heard that the ATT WM6 upgrades are being held up by the delays of GMM 5.0. Sources say that the ROM has been ready for weeks now (as witnessed by the dozens of successful upgrades with the "leaked" ATT ROM at places like XDA). However, since the GetGood functionality is part of ATT's base ROM, and since GMM 4.x versions are supposedly incompatible with WM6, the whole shooting match is waiting on GMM 5.0 to be complete.

Read: GMM 5.0 Holding Up WM6 Upgrades for ATT Devices - TreoCentral.com

Nice sleuthing there, WDW. Good Messaging, if you didn't know, is a great little push email alternative to Exchange and Blackberry for Windows Mobile (and PalmOS), which was acquired by Motorola. This whole theory should be taken with a grain of salt, though, as GoodGuy mentions that it gives "Good way too much credit for holding WM6 up." I'd tend to agree with GoodGuy, but something's holding things up, and I'm losing faith in my belief that it's because AT&T wants to drop WM6 for the Blackjack, 8525, and Treo 750 all at the same time. The ROM's for all three devices are, I believe, ready.

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