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5 years ago

HTC Touch Pro now on U.S. Cellular

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5 years ago

Touch Diamond 2 vs. iPhone: Fight!

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Touch Diamond 2 vs. iPhone: Fight!

As you heard in the latest WMExperts podcast (you have listened to it, right?), Dieter explained his thoughts behind importing (or not) an HTC Touch Diamond 2. While he's still on the fence, we'll point you to an excellent breakdown of the TD2 and its touchscreen-lovin', 5-megapixel (er) camera-in', ready-for-WinMo 6.5-in' self when put up against none other than the iPhone 3G and its upcoming 3.0 software upgrade.

And for that we point you to ZDNet's (and from our own Nokia Experts) Matthew Miller in the finale of his excellent Clash of the Titans series. Enjoy.

Clash of the Touch Titans: iPhone 3.0 3G vs HTC Touch Diamond2

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5 years ago

Get ready for Bluetooth 3.0

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Get ready for Bluetooth 3.0

Unless you've been living under a rock, you're fully aware of Bluetooth, that little radio that lets you talk hands-free, stream music, transfer files and a host of other cool things.

If you buy a Windows phone today, chances are it'll have Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR (enhanced data rate), which has a transfer rate of 3 Mbits/second.

Now we're ready for the next standard, and Bluetooth 3.0 has been announced. If the bottom line's your thing, Try 24 Mbits/second transfer rates, thanks to the introduction of the 802.11 standard, which was all know as WiFi.

Things get technical from there, so we'll let you hash out the rest after the break, along with a video of Bluetooth 3.0 in action, thanks to the kids at Engadget.

Anyone want to guess who's going to have the first BT 3.0-enabled phone?

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5 years ago

Toshiba TG02, TG03 pics leak out

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Toshiba TG02, TG03 pics leak out

Our frenemies at The iPhone Blog are gonna have a field day with this, but feast your eyes on a leaked shot of the Toshiba TG02 and its 4.1 inches of high-res bliss, thanks to Techblog.

As you'll remember from the leaked Toshiba roadmap we saw not so long ago, the TG02 (the follow-up to the TG01, natch) reportedly will sport a 3.2MP camera and Windows Mobile 6.5 at launch, possibly (but we're not holding our breath) before the end of the year. And protecting the 1GHz Snapdragon processor is a waterproof shell.

But that's not all, folks. Thanks again to Techblog, here's a shot of the Toshiba TG03. And, believe it or not, the specs are even better. Along with the same 4.1 inch touchscreen and Snapdragon processor comes a 5-megapixel camera (let's hope it's got decent optics), 5.1 (simulated) audio pumped out of two speakers, and "video box" mode to easily get video off the device.

So we've said it before and we'll say it again. There's some exciting stuff coming from the Toshiba camp. Let's cross our fingers that we get to see any of it on an official basis here in the U.S.

via Engadget

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile can help check for babies, might even help you make them

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When the iPhone 3.0 software was announced, there was a lot of hullabaloo about its use in the medical community for things like checking blood pressure. That's old news. Here in the Windows Mobile world we're stepping up to ultrasound and, pretty soon, may be performing entire surgeries on an HTC Touch Pro 2. (OK, we made that last part up.) How cool is that?

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis turned a mild-mannered Windows phone into a mobile medical imager, thanks in part to a $100,000 grant from Microsoft. In return, they've come up with a device intended for use in developing countries that have cellular service but where using a full-blown imaging system would be too costly or not practical. So, using a standard USB connection, they've come up with a way to watch food as it passes through your digestive system, and, you know, tell whether it's a boy or a girl, or if that all-important artery is blocked – important stuff like that.

Read the whole story over at Crunchgear

Update: Our man Malatesta informs that this is all brought to you by TreoCentral favorite bsnguy, who also brought us the very cool Treo 800w-USB host info.

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5 years ago

Two new MS rebranding monikers emerge

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We're trying to get excited over this one. We really are. But another rumored brand name for Windows Mobile/Search/Whatever just doesn't do for us what it used to. But we're going to suck it up and and remember that it's all about confusing informing you, the reader, that two more names have surfaced.

Joseph Tartakoff over at PaidContent now brings us Sift.

The name appears to be intended for use with mobile phones, judging by the trademark description. It reads, “operating system software for mobile phones; computer search engine software; computer programs for searching email, text messages, address and contact information.”

But wait. There's more. Enter: Swivel.

However, the company is expected to unveil new online services by the time it launches Windows Mobile 7 next year, and Sift could be one of them. Microsoft trademarked another brand, Swivel, in March, which it said in the application it wants to use for “operating system software for mobile phones (cell phones).”

So let's do a roll call here and see if we've got it all down. There's Kumo, which is a rumored successor to Live Search. Then there's Kiev (or Kyiv, or ???? - please, let's not go down that road again) and Bing, which also are contenders. Throw in Sift and Swivel, and, well, we've just got more names. There you go. Hope everybody's happy.

(Oh, and about that shirt ...)

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5 years ago

Apple's new 'I'm a Mac' commercial exposed! (or something like that)

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We try not to wade into the whole "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" thing because, frankly, while often entertaining, we don't believe they do much to further either platform.

What we will do, however, is tip our hats to MacJournals [via DF] for pointing out some shenanigans in the recent "Legal Copy" piece. Hey, we're all for a little back-and-forth, as our frenemies at The iPhone Blog know full well. But let's fight somewhat fair, shall we?

You folks get your flame on in the comments.

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5 years ago

FeedMe is a nice, light RSS reader

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FeedMe is a nice, light RSS reader

If you're in the market for a free, lightweight RSS reader, here's one you might want to check out. FeedMe does all the usual things you'd expect from an RSS reader. You set up the feed, and it pulls in the stories. But it goes further than that, allowing you to actually search the Web, Yahoo and Google News, search within feeds, Feedster, Live Search, etc.

Here's the full feature list:

  • Supports RSS, RDF, and Atom feed formats
  • View feed content in full HTML fidelity with pictures
  • Supports MP3/WMA podcasts (Also supports streaming WMA)
  • Download Manager: Allows you to view the progress of current downloading podcasts
  • Downloaded Podcast channel allows you to view all your downloaded podcasts easily
  • Today folder, Watch folder (find content with certain keywords)
  • Cache all the content for seamless reading experience
  • Play all downloaded podcasts in a playlist in Downloaded Podcast channel
  • Pick a feed from an OPML file (You can open the OPML file from local device or from a URL)
  • Options to automatically download latest episodes of a podcast and purge old files
  • Config file auto-save and auto-recovering

It comes pre-loaded with everything you see in the picture on the left, though it was missing the WMExperts feed. Surely that's just an oversight. FeedMe is available on Windows Mobile Pro and Standard phones (.net 3.5 needed), and you can download it here.

FeedMe via Channel 10

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5 years ago

Touch Diamond gets hotfixes for audio skipping, reminder repeats

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HTC has released a couple of hotfixes for the original Touch Diamond that should take are of a couple of annoying bugs. (As opposed to the bugs we like, I guess.)

The first hotfix takes care of problems a number of people were having with audio playback skipping.

The second involves the Sounds and Notifications settings, specifically that you couldn't uncheck the Repeat Reminders option. So, apply this fix, and all should be well.

Note that these are hotfixes and not a full-on ROM update. Hotfixes install just like any other program. So if you hard-reset your phone at some point, you'll need to reapply the hotfixes or risk having the problems again.

Via Slashphone

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5 years ago

AT&T boosting its 3G network to 7.2Mb/s, plans LTE testing for 2010

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We've been expecting AT&T to beef up its 3G network in the coming months, and now we have some details.

AT&T Mobility VP Scott McElroy says software updates will double the downstream speed to 7.2 megabits per second and are already being tested in two markets. The rest of the network is targeted for an upgrade thereafter.

But AT&T's looking past that and toward HSPA+, which will increase speeds to 21 Mb/s. And looking even further into the future, tests with the 4G LTE standard should begin sometime next year.

Acronyms and numbers aside, what does this all mean? Quite simply, be on the lookout for faster speeds on an AT&T network near you.

TelephonyOnline via Phonescoop

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5 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 53

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5 years ago

Twikini: Our new favorite Twitter client of the week

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If we had to pick being guilty of just two things here at WMExperts (yes, we know the list is much, much longer than that), it'd be a love of all things beta, and testing out new Twitter clients. And with that in mind we've been playing with Twikini, a rather lightweight client from Trinket Software (@twikini). It's just been released as a free beta.

Hit us up after the break for a lightning review.

Update: There were some issues running Twikini on the Moto Q. A new version has been released that fixes this and adds some other updates. Get it here.

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5 years ago

Review: Cellet Emergency Charger

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Review: Cellet Emergency Charger

In my line of work, I travel a lot. It may be just a long day away from the office with local driving, or an 11-hour cross-country trip with three airplanes and two airports. I also do a lot of camping and fishing, which pose obvious power-availability challenges. No matter what, I have learned to have as many emergency power options as possible. But what if you could top off your phone’s battery with a regular alkaline AA battery? 

That is exactly what Cellet offers with its emergency battery charger. For $14.95, if you find that you are in a situation where you need it, you would probably gladly pay twice that… as long as it really worked. I put it to the test. To find out if this is a flashy gizmo with no punch or an indispensable item anyone who travels MUST have, then jump on inside and read the full review… 
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5 years ago

Best of SPE, 19 April 2009

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5 years ago

Making the case for capacitive touch

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Last month Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer raised a bit of a ruckus (OK, when does he not) when discussing capacitive touchscreens and how he doesn't believe the iPhone uses them in a way that keeps the phone price economical.

Needless to say, many of you scoffed – nay, you were outraged – over the idea that Windows Mobile still doesn't support capacitive touchscreens simply because it costs too much. (And more than a few of you could care less, and that's OK, too.)

But fear not, loyal reader. We're here today to tell you that we believe capacitive touch is coming to Windows Mobile. We don't expect to see it with Windows Mobile 6.5, but it's probably coming thereafter. Our reasoning, after the break.

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