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5 years ago

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5 years ago

Octopus and Sushi DO Have a Point

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Octopus and Sushi DO Have a Point

So, it's not uncommon knowledge that Symbian has around 70% of the world smartphone market, nor is it uncommon knowledge that smartphones in Japan tend to be more advanced than what we use stateside, and they tend to have more functionality. This would probably bother Americans, save for the fact that Symbian enjoys approximately a 0% share of the US market and generally no one has heard of it -- the Nokia E62 is the only notable Symbian phone to come to a US carrier in ages (AT&T), and even then it's pretty well under the radar (it's worth noting that the Symbian powered E62 is about the same functionality-wise as your standard Windows Mobile phone).

So Symbian started up a marketing website called Boo Hoo for You, where you can learn about Symbian and watch a crazy Japanese-style animation where you can learn details about Japanese Symbian phones from an, uh, adorable piece of sushi and an equally, um, adorable octoplegic octopus. I mean, naturally, right? What else? (again, it's worth noting that the E62 does more or less none of what's listed as features)

Dieter and I commented about the earlier Palm Flash ad site we thought was bad in our podcast. This one is worse. Waaay worse. Which probably means it will win the Nobel prize for bad flash ad sites. Check out the video for proof. If somehow you're not convinced after that, there's naturally two bad ringtones to seal the deal. [via Engadget]

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5 years ago

Note To Self

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Note To Self

Do not mess with Engadget. The popular tech doodad site posted a email note, apparently sent from Apple servers, saying that the iPhone would be delayed 4 months and Leopard another 3. Naturally, Apple's stock tanked to the tune of a market cap of $4 billion. Apple hastily notified Engadget of the error, Engadget posted an update, and the market corrected itself, leaving Apple with a cap loss of only $1.25 billion. There's a Mastercard commercial joke in there somewhere, but I'm pretty sure the punchline is '$1.25 billion' instead of 'priceless.'
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5 years ago

Dieter taking a short break

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Dieter taking a short break

I will be temporarily posting for Dieter while he moves this week. It's reasonable to expect that the site will suffer and nothing good will come of it. Things should get better on Monday when he returns.
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5 years ago

Motorola Tells Us What We Already Knew about the Q, Q9

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Qusers has a nice little roundup of Motorla's announcement yesterday. Here's the skinny: the Q9h is coming to Italy, the GSM version of the Q is going to be called the Q8, and both sport WM6. Basically, the "announcement" doesn't bring us anything we hadn't already expected and will do little to help with Moto's recent woes. The Q9h still looks pretty good to me, but I expect it will be too little too late for the company. Outside the Windows Mobile arena, they released an update to the RAZR and their fancy media phone is nothing special either, the already-known Z8. Ho Hum.

the MOTO Q 8, the GSM version of the original award-winning CDMA-based MOTO Q, as well as the flagship, lightening-fast global quad-band 3G QWERTY, MOTO Q 9, which is available in Italy this week.

Read: Motorola Media Center - Press Releases

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5 years ago

E-Ten Offers Free WM6 for Glofiish X500, M700

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You'll need to, you know, actually own one of the above devices and register it in order to get the download. It's nice to see companies offering this update, especially for free. Sorta makes you wonder why HP is being so miserly about WM6. Seriously, WM6 is able to run on any device that's powerful enough to run WM5, I'd think that customer goodwill alone should be enough to convince any company to offer the upgrade. Kudos to E-TEN for offering it earlier than most.

E-TEN's WM6 download page, via Pocket PC Thoughts

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5 years ago

WM "Mobile Spy" Tracks calls and SMS

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WM "Mobile Spy" Tracks calls and SMS

File under eek. This new app, for $19.97, invisibly uploads your SMS texts and you call log to a server for you to, er, examine. Retina-X claims it's ideal for enforcing employee cell phone policy, teen cell phone use, catching a cheating spouse, or backing up your own cell phone activities. One service they don't offer: cleaning up your dirty, sinful soul after you nefariously install this spyware.

Read: Mobile Spy via Software spies on Windows Mobile smartphonesWindows for Devices

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Wing Unboxing

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T-Mobile Wing Unboxing

Yep, they're calling it the "Wing." Yep, it's a great looking device. MyMobile911 has a few unboxing pics, check 'em out. As Engadget notes, the fact that it's a "full retail package" hopefully means that this little wonder will be hitting the store shelves sooner than we thought. If you need more Wing action, there's also a brief video here.

Just received the T-Mobile Wing (production package). Instead of a pre-production sample, I finally received the T-Mobile Wing in full retail package.

Read: MyMobile911 Homepage - Unboxing T-Mobile Wing, via Engadget

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5 years ago

Motorola Woes

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Motorola Woes

What's the current zeitgeist on Motorola these days? Whatever it is, it's not pretty. We already know that profits are down, that MotoCEO Ed Zander has already admitted that they need to do better, and even that there's a rumor floating about that Ericsson wants to buy Motorola. Nevertheless, Zander's feeling feisty. Mike points out that Zander is sick and tired of hearing about the iPhone:

How do you deal with [the iPhone]?" Zander was asked at the Software 2007 conference in Santa Clara, California. Zander quickly retorted, "How do they deal with us?"

Why the fightin' words? Maybe it's just that he just fought off a mini-coup led by investor Carl Icahn. Maybe he really believes that "micro-applications" will save them:

A movement is afoot within the software industry to create micro-applications, such as customer relationship management software, forecasting systems and revenue tracking software, and load them onto these handheld devices, Zander said.[...] But whether the smart phone will one day become just a platform for software stacks has yet to be seen, he noted.

More likely, though, is that he feels pretty confident that the MotoQ9h should help a bit, as should this mysterious "movie phone" that Motorola is going to announce next week that will be able to handle full 30 fps video.

One thing's clear, though, the vultures are circling Motorola. They'd best do something big and soon before investors give up on them completely. All of which is funny because the "zeitgeist" on Motorola just a couple of months ago was they were going to snap up Palm. Maybe that's the bold move they need to make?

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5 years ago

Sprint PPC 6800 Delayed, Renamed

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Sprint PPC 6800 Delayed, Renamed

Engadget Mobile has a couple of pieces of PPC-6800 news. The first is that it won't be coming this month as hoped:

the PPC-6800 has been pulled back into the shop to get reworked for an October release just weeks before it was supposed to hit store shelves [so they can launch it with] Windows Mobile 6 and EV-DO Rev. A

That's a good news/bad news sort of deal. Here's some other good news / bad news. The good first: the PPC-6800 is getting a decidedly cooler name, the Mogul. The bad is the same: yet another HTC device with a confusing set of multiple names and brands depending on which carrier the device is on. Perhaps to help with that branding insanity (and to drum up excitement during the delay), HTC has launched a teaser site for the device: http://rsvpmissionpossible.com/. Looks corny, but sometimes corny is ok.

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5 years ago

ATT and HTC Release ROM Update for 8525

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Update: this press release completes the story, the 8525 is no longer the "Cingular 8525" but the "AT&T 8525 Pocket PC." The rebranded version already has the ROM update mentioned below pre-installed. Now we just have to wait for WM6 for it. Sadly, I'm betting it won't come anytime before the already-feel-like-an-eternal-wait update for the Blackjack. In other words, I'm betting on the fall.

Over at HTC's support page for the Cingular/AT&T 8525 you'll find a ROM update for your slider. It adds Push-to-Talk, support for Cingy's video service, and a bit more. Seems odd that they're even bothering given the fact that they've also promised a Windows Mobile 6 update sometime in the near future. Oh well, the folks over at HTC had to have put some work into the update, you may as well reward them by installing it.

Remember: ROM updates wipe everything you have on the phone. They also, if done haphazardly, can brick it. Proceed with deliberation and caution, as always.

Read: HTC: Support: AT&T 8525 Software Downloads (thanks to BGR for the tip)

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5 years ago

No WM6 for Current HP Devices

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No WM6 for Current HP Devices

It's not that HP hates Windows Mobile 6; after all, the newer iPAQs sport WM6. It's just that HP hates us. I can't think of any other explanation, because the one that HP cites (quoted from the unwired below) just doesn't hold water. Well, actually it does, but that doesn't mean we have to like it.

The computer giant cited "the potential for long delays, as well as possible carry-over costs" to its customers as reasons for this decision. Beside not offering any upgrades for existing customers, HP will also continues to offer these devices with Windows Mobile 5.0 only.

Read: the::unwired - CANCELED: HP has no plans to provide Windows Mobile 6 upgrades for its current iPAQs

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5 years ago

Final MEDC Newsbit: oFone

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Final MEDC Newsbit: oFone

MEDC's best news is this spoof: the oFone. How sick is it that my initial reaction was: "Well, that's a bad implementation, but the basic idea of that form is sort of neat"? Very sick indeed.

Let's move on, shall we? Check out the video below. Ballerina visualization not recommended.

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5 years ago

iPhone May *Help* Windows Mobile

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iPhone May *Help* Windows Mobile

Seeking Alpha's Sramana Mitra puts into words something like what I've had in the back of my mind for quite awhile now: it's possible that the iPhone could actually help WM. I'm not on board with her "the iPhone is actually laptop competition" argument, though. But consider this:

In a relatively small lakeside town in Minnesota, Excelsior, a new bar/restaurant opened up in December called Jake O'Connors. Everybody was thinking: this place is so nice that all the other bars and restaurants are going to have to shut down, there's just not enough space to go around. What actually happened, though, is that Jake O'Connors is doing great and all the nearby restaurants are doing better than they ever before. The new kid on the block made people want to come to that block, not necessarily just to see the new kid.

The basic idea here is that the smartphone market is growing -- quickly -- and it's likely that the iPhone will accelerate that growth. But the growth could come for the entire smartphone market, not just for the iPhone portion of it. There are a lot of feature phone users out there who are just starting to think "I need a smartphone", and the release of the iPhone could set them looking. I think its fair to say that there's a portion of those people who will choose WM over the iPhone.

It's like the old saw that opening a new fast food restaurant immediately next to a competing fast food restaurant actually improves business for both. A rising tide raises all ships. A bird in the hand.. wait, that last metaphor doesn't work.

So the iPhone may not spell doomsday for everybody else, after all. I agree with Mitra on one point - the iPhone's robust OS should make consumers demand a robust OS from their smartphones, whatever kind they decide on. Right now, Symbian, RIM, and the PalmOS don't cut it and that's an opening for Windows Mobile. There's another mixed metaphor for you - people tend to rise to the level of expectation; perhaps smartphones will too?

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5 years ago

Moto Q Survey / Contest

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Moto Q Survey / Contest

Everything Motorola Q notes that Motorola is sponsoring a survey about the Q, the questions look to mainly be about whether or not you feel the need to pimp it out and how good a job the Q does at, uh, being pimped. There is a "general feedback" section, though, which I suspect will be filled with comments about the battery life and the creaky plastic. Or at least that's what I put in there, don't let me skew the results too much.

In any case, Moto's giving away a pair of Moto HT820 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones, so it's worth your time to fill it out.

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