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5 years ago

Windows Mobile 6 ROM for 8525 Leaked

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Windows Mobile 6 ROM for 8525 Leaked

Windows Mobile 6 for the 8525! and not just any ROM, mind you, but it looks to be the really real ROM that AT&T will be giving to us.. soon. That's good news to me, because it means that a slightly more stable ROM than the leaked Blackjack WM6 ROM should also come in tow - hopefully with that cool video share functionality. What's most amusing to me about this imminent release is that we just saw a ROM update for the 8525 just a month and a half ago.

You could go searching for the leaked ROM for your 8525, but in my opinion, if you've waited this long, you may as well wait just a little bit longer. If the rumor mill is right, that "little bit longer" should be less than a week or two. If you don't have an 8525 and don't have the wherewithal to wait for the Kaiser, there was a recent price drop that might help you open your wallet.

Just like the T-Mobile Dash Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade was leaked about a week before the real release, AT&T's 8525 update has just been dumped onto the internet as well. What does this mean to you? Two things.

Read: Software: Official AT&T 8525 Windows Mobile 6 ROM Leaked - Gizmodo

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5 years ago

Windows Live Search Updated: v2

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Windows Live Search Updated: v2

I smell a horse race, folks, and it's gonna be a good one. Yahoo Go may finally be available on a few WM devices, but Live Search for Windows Mobile (Go, now, and get it: http://wls.live.com on your device) is available on all of them. It looks to be a worthy upgrade, adding movie times to its standard stable of results.

Also new and cool: the GPS integration now automatically recalculates your directions if you stray from the path it set for you. All you need is a bluetooth GPS puck. As in: I can't think of a single reason to pay for Telenav, ever. It's still not as cool at TomTom, which gives you a 3D map and speaks the directions, but it's close.

Version 2 adds a host of new features: Movie Showtimes, More Local Data, Mobile Virtual Earth, better support for GPS integration and improved turn-by-turn navigation.  We’ll even prompt you to auto-reroute if you get lost

Read: Jason Langridge's WebLog

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5 years ago

Trouble in Paradise: Toshiba G900 Issues

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Engadget Mobile is reporting that the super-sweet, high-powered, high-resolution Toshiba G900 isn't all that sweet, powered, or, er, resolute. Mainly because it's freezing the moment the devices goes into standby. The forum thread over at My G900 is enough to make you gnash your teeth. Maybe it's that Toshiba is so new to the Windows Mobile game and they're still getting their sea legs.

A fix is coming from Toshiba. ...Sometime.

It appears that the G900 (just out the factory) has been plagued with coming out of standby issues. I've never had it lock up on me while using it. It's just after you've let it turn the screen off or you've shut it off (not complete power off) that it sometimes just plain wont come out of standby.

Read: Lock Ups - My G900

Update: Clark rightly points out that Toshiba isn't new to the game, just new to smartphones. And they've sorta been out of the loop generally for awhile. Anyhow, I just hope they get it fixed soon before it sullies the nice little splash they're making with this (otherwise) sweet device.

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5 years ago

Yahoo Go: Now on Landscape-Syle WM Devices

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I've complained more than once that Yahoo Go's compatibility with Windows Mobile devices has been, well, nonexistent since they moved to their fancy new Beta. Well they're finally starting to remedy that, as it's looking like their WM Phone Selection page now no longer says "Coming soon" on every last Windows Mobile device. Specifically, it looks like Smartphone/Standard edition phones with a Landscape-style screen are ready to go. That means Dash, Q, and Blackjack owners can get hooked up with Yahoo! Go! Goodness!

The goodness that's specifically most exciting to me is push IMAP email from Yahoo. This means that out of the big three free webmails out there, two of them (Live/Hotmail and Yahoo) now offer free push email to WM devices. But if you're a Yahooholic*, most of their other services (including contact and calendar sync) are also available via the interface.

Now - bring the support for the rest of the WM styles, Yahoo.

(* No, I don't feel good about using that word. But until Yahoo gives me what I want, I'm going to mount a "Corny! Yahoo! Punctuation! and Grammar! Assault!" on them.)

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5 years ago

TrailGuide: BaseCamp on your WM Device

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Nice: I've been trying to settle on a project management solution that's more feature-rich than a simple ToDo list. A lot of folks I work with are smitten with (and use) Basecamp. It's a little overkill, perhaps, but sometimes you need to get the whole enchilada just so you can eat the guacamole. ..Or something.

Anyway, TrailGuide is a mobile client for Basecamp that will give you access to most of the key features you'll need to track and collaborate on your projects with Basecamp. It's a perfect example of why I generally prefer local software over interacting with my data over the web. There's a 30 day free trial, after which you're paying a per-month fee.

If you rely on Basecamp for project management and customer communication, start increasing your productivity by carrying your projects with you at all times - right on your smartphone - using TrailGuide from Carry The Day.

Read: TrailGuide - Optimized mobile client for web-based project management (via Geekzone)

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5 years ago

How To: Secure the WM Devices on Your Network

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There's been a lot of noise lately about people buying up a certain phone and then expecting their IT departments to integrate it into their networks. Let's face it, though, it's not just an iPhone issue. Plenty of folks also pick up Windows Mobile devices on their own and expect their companies to play ball. That's all well and good, but there are security issues to consider. If you're considering those issues, check out this this article over at Modern Nomads.

It goes over the security issues, both server and client side, of allowing sensitive data on a WM device. Done right, it can actually be a really good thing - i.e. you can train your users to put their data on something that can be secured (i.e. their Windows Mobile device) instead of just throwing it on a USB stick.

Thanks for the tip, Jaap!

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5 years ago

Internet Radio Doomsday Postponed Again

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WOO HOO! First, we heard that SoundExchange was going to collect unfairly high fees from Internet Radio Broadcasters -- effectively shutting down anybody that wasn't Clear Channel. Then the deadline was pushed back to July 15th (i.e. 2 days from now). I was going to write a funereal "Goodbye Internet Music" post, but it looks like I still might not have to. Wired is reporting that:

The SoundExchange executive [Jon Simson, executive director] promised -- in front of Congress -- that SoundExchange will not enforce the new royalty rates.  Webcasters will stay online, as new rates are hammered out.

Read: Listening Post - Wired Blogs (via BoingBoing)

So it's not a total win for Internet Radio, but just a stay of execution. Actually, it looks like the firestorm the move created is actually causing SoundExchange to soften their position. Go on over to SaveNetRadio to whoop it up and help with the next move.

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5 years ago

HTC Touch vs. iPhone, Part 2: Video Smackdown

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5 years ago

CTIA: Don't Ban 3G Chips

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CTIA: Don't Ban 3G Chips

Just over a month ago we reported that the International Trade Commission wants to ban 3G chips from being imported into the US because they violated Broadcom patents (Story here). I know a guy who works for Broadcom, and he seems nice enough, but I'm starting to feel like maybe I should punch him in the neck (plus, they're in cahoots with that other popular phone).

In any case, CTIA (they of the superfun wireless conventions) is asking the President to veto the ban because, if it's allowed to stand, they think it will cause $21.1 billion (with a "B") in economic damage. This PDF link provides all the details about how the sky will fall if this isn't stopped. The Spice 3G Must Flow. You go get 'em, CTIA!

CTIA-The Wireless Association® is deeply concerned that the ITC order banning new models of wireless broadband handsets will cause unprecedented economic harm to tens of millions of American wireless consumers, and because of that we urge President Bush to veto the order

Read: MobileCrunch » CTIA Calls for Veto of ITC Chip Ban

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5 years ago

WM "Business Value" Calculator

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WM "Business Value" Calculator

So Microsoft has put up a fancy little web gadget that lets you punch in some key stats about your company and then find out just how much money you'll save/make by switching your employees to Windows Mobile -- thereby increasing their productivity. But Good Golly are the terms and whatnot in there above my head. One of two things is going on here:

  1. I am beyond clueless about the financial management of a mid-to-large size corporation. As clueless as I am about brain surgery. More, even. I understand what a "frontal lobe" is and have half a shot at telling you the primary functions of the hippocampus. But "Reduce Sales Force Lead to Order Sales Cycle"? No. Clue.
  2. The "business-speak" language is intentionally ramped up to obscure the details and maximize the chances you have of using this tool to impress the hell out of your boss so he or she will buy you that Sprint Mogul you've been eyeing.

...my guess is all of the above. So go calculate it, then go grab your superiors and explain how they'd be crazy not to buy you a shiny new smartphone.

the Business Value Calculator allows you to quantify the benefits and the direct and indirect costs of deploying mobile line-of-business applications, including measurable impact on revenue and income, operating expense savings, productivity enhancements, and other strategic business improvements.

Read: Windows Mobile Business Value Calculator via Smartphone Thoughts

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5 years ago

Palm's ROM Follies

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Palm's ROM Follies

Over at TreoCentral I've left the lion's share of reporting in the capable hands of Jennifer Chappell. My duties there have mostly been relegated to the TreoCast and to story after story after story after story after story after story about Palm's seeming inability to release a simple ROM patch for their PalmOS Treo 700p. It's really depressing, actually, even more depressing because Palm recently announced they're not going to be releasing the Linux Version of the PalmOS until next year. So much for somebody other than Apple pushing Microsoft to innovate the WM platform.

On the Windows Mobile side of Palm's world, things are going a little better. They've released an update for the the memory-aenemic 700w and the ready-for-prime-time 700wx. The update equalizes the two devices (except for the memory issue) and adds A2DP and improved DUN. What it doesn't add is Windows Mobile 6.

Speaking of not getting Windows Mobile 6, there's still no sign of the promised WM6 update for the Treo 750, despite the fact that there have been sporadic units running WM6 for a long time.

Look, Palm, I love you guys from the bottom of my heart, I'm even willing to believe that your Foleo will be at least half as successful as you seem to think. But being a Palm fan has been a lot like being a Vikings fan for a few years now: We believe in the team, every year it looks like they're going to get it together, most years they do much better than the naysayers give them credit for, but in the end -- no Superbowl.

The biggest deal is the addition of A2DP, though that couldn't have been that hard since people have been hacking it onto the 700wx for awhile now. TreoCentral forum member hannip posted a download for Sprint 700w/wx users back in February and made lots of Treo owners very happy.

Read: treocentral.com >> Stories >> Software >> Palm Releases Verizon Treo 700w/wx Updater 1.22

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5 years ago

WhoNeedsAniPhone developing Flash iPhone-like Interface

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Add another site to the growing list of people making iPhone-like interfaces, only this time with a catchier name: WhoNeedsAniPhone.com. I can't say I'm on board with using Flash to develop the interface - yes, it's very fast and yes it lets you get "the pretty" relatively quickly. But in exchange for that it's a bit of a resource hog and (somebody correct me if I'm wrong here) it isn't going to be as compatible with the pantheon of WM devices as it ought to be.

In any case, if the iPhone has taught us nothing else, it's taught us that while using a stylus is acceptable for PDAs, it flat out sucks having to use it with a smartphone. If I can't use a smartphone one-handed, I can't use that smartphone as my main brain, period. That the reason that I'm anti-slider most of the time.

Let's just hope that the interface that rolls out of this beta program doesn't feature as many sentences in ALL CAPS as the about page does. :p

When I opened up a new project for a Windows Moblie device in CS3 and started digging around it became clear to me... THIS WOULD BE A FANTASTIC DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENT TO BUILD A NEW COOL INTERFACE FOR A WINDOWS MOBILE PHONE! Thats when I started playing around... and within only a few hours I was able to have a new launcher screen up and running with shortcuts to several apps on my device sporting full PNG transparency support, a full screen interface, and interactive and dynamic content using the wonders of Flash itself!

Read: WhoNeedsAniPhone.com via Phone different

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5 years ago

Stay Calm. Breathe: Samsung SCH-i760 Sneaks onto on Verizon Website

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Engadget Mobile (et al) notices that the Samsung SCH-i760 has popped up on Verizon's site, in the form of a little photo demo gallery. Engadget calls it "arguably ugly", to which I reply: Form follows function, baby, and this function is beautiful:

  • 60 x 110 x 20 mm
  • 150 grams
  • Windows Mobile 6 Professional
  • 400 MHZ Samsung (naturally) Processor
  • 128MB ROM
  • 64 MB RAM (54.5MB for the User)
  • 2.8" touchscreen, 320x240
  • EVDO (I think Rev A, but that's not for sure?)
  • MicroSD
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • WiFi (both B and G)
  • 1.3 mp camera

Of course, I'm a form factor nut and the thing I like about this form factor is the fact that they moved that 5-way down to the side to allow for more screen real estate. Plus, unlike the Vox, it looks like that slider keyboard is actually usable.

Final specs, release date, and price all unknown. My desire to check one out: known.

Check out a ton more pics after the break, including a real live, "I held this mother in my hand from our CTIA visit back in March.

the handset formerly known as I can do it all, is now up on Verizon's -- in some half-hidden way -- site.

Read: Samsung SCH-i760 spied on Verizon's site - Engadget Mobile

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5 years ago

Yes, there's an "iPhone Keyboard" for WM, But You Still Want SPB.

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I know, I know, everybody's all atwitter over various iPhone software elements making their way to Windows Mobile. The latest is this keyboard over at XDA-Developers, which would be nice if you had a screen as large as the iPhone's. You don't, so this keyboard is going to be a single-index-finger affair. That's nice, it also utilizes Windows Mobile's predictive text, which has an advantage over the iPhone in that it will auto-complete a word for you with a tap. No, it's not as smart as the iPhone's "fix it after you type it" style, but it's still pretty nice.

However - I much prefer one of two other options: a physical keyboard or, barring that, SPB Full Screen Keyboard. It's $9.95 and works great. SPB did try to put in some of that fancy predictive magic that iPhone users have, but in my experience it's not all that useful. What is useful is that it's in landscape mode (it can do portrait too, but I'd advice against it). This, my friends, is eminently thumb-able. If you are one of the strange / lucky ones with a WM touchscreen device sans physical keyboard, this is what you want.

See, the nice thing about a Smartphone* is that if the built-in functionality isn't enough for you, you can hunt down and install 3rd-party applications to fill the gap. :p

This application won't analyze your next possible character like the iPhone does, but it is a skin for the Windows Mobile keyboard so you'll still get the native predictive word functions that you normally have.

Read: jkOnTheRun: Does this Windows Mobile iKeyboard look familiar?

( * Yes, I know this "the iPhone isn't a smartphone" thing is fast becoming a losing argument what with some decent web-apps coming out and the likelihood of serious updates from Apple in the near future. It's still mostly true (especially on a plane, hey?) and it's still completely fun to write. )

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5 years ago

I-Mate on the Ropes

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I-Mate on the Ropes

I-Mate has been trying to, slowly but surely, break into the US market (or at least gain wide acceptance beyond the Middle East). The big push was supposed to be part and parcel with their new "Ultimate Line" of Windows Mobile devices, but it's not looking good these days. Their finance director had to step down, their devices (with the possible exception of the JAQ series) don't get much play, and they're not HTC.

It's a pity, too, because the "Ultimate" devices are indeed Ultimate - the specs are crazy good on every one of them.

I-mate, the mobile devices specialist founded by Glaswegian Jim Morrison, was punished again by the market yesterday after announcing the resignation of its finance director.

The Dubai-based maker of the rival to the Blackberry, dubbed the "Macberry" but sold largely in the Middle East, said Gregor McNeil would be stepping down for personal reasons.

Read: The Herald via MGN

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