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5 years ago

Treo 750 Audio Alerts Update

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Treo 750 Audio Alerts Update

Boom! I've experienced this issue and always chalked it up to WMW (Windows Mobile Weirdness), but apparently it's just straight-up tomfoolery from Palm. See, with the Treo 750 (and yes, I also had similar issues with the 750v), sometimes alarms, alerts, and rings would just not happen. It was annoying and whenever I'd discovered that I'd missed a call it would send me on a two hour bugfix rampage that would make me feel better about myself and my (then new to me) platform but wouldn't actually fix the problem.

Well Joy - Palm has released a patch in the form of a relatively small .cab file. Note that it's not a ROM update, so you will need to remember to reinstall it if you do a hard reset. And really, aren't we better off that Palm didn't try to roll out a ROM update anyway?

One assumes that if Palm and AT&T ever get around to giving us that promised Windows Mobile 6 update, this'll be rolled into it as well.

Go getcher update here, complete with the sad story explaining why the error was allowed to happen in the first place.

An Audio  Alerts software update for the Treo 750 smartphone from AT&T is now available. Occasionally the Treo 750 can enter a state where sounds are lost for phone calls and notifications. This can result in missed calls and notifications.

(via Mobility Sitee)

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5 years ago

Microsoft Throwing Gobs of Cash at Online Live Services

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LiveSide reads the tea leaves from Microsoft's most recent Earnings Report. What might look like bad news, a posting of a big loss, actually bodes well for the future:

According to the report, the Online Services Group, which includes Windows Live, lost 732 million dollars this year, way up from the 74 million that they lost the previous year.  Now, what could they have spent 658 million extra dollars on this year.  Luckily for us, they let us in on that too.  The report sites, "increased data center costs in our Online Services Business," as the reason for the extra losses.

LiveSide notes that Microsoft has talked about building massive data centers in the past. All this spending could mean that we can expect even more beefed up Windows Live services, including online apps, in the near future. They call it Windows Live Core, we call it a good opportunity for the mobile space. A good opportunity, that is, if people can figure out just exactly what "Windows Live" means in the first place.

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5 years ago

Motorola Posts Loss - 2nd Quarter Pounded Them, With Cheese

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It's been a rough quarter for Motorola and the result is that they posted a loss of $28 million for the quarter. I'm not at all surprised by the loss. Take a gander at all of the hijinks that they've been though in the past few months:

And that's just the coverage here. Now, Motorola has said that they're hoping the smartphone space will help save them and they may have a point there - the only bright spot in their report is that "Enterprise Mobility" is doing just fine, thanks. Must be those nice guys from Good Technology that got brought into the fold. My advice to them - keep your head down and keep on keepin' on.

In the second quarter, Motorola reported a net loss of $28 million, or 1 cent a share, down from year-ago profit of $1.38 billion, or 55 cents a share.

The mobile unit also posted an operating loss of $264 million, compared with an $804 million gain a year earlier.

Motorola's third major segment, called Enterprise Mobility, saw a 42% jump in sales to $1.9 billion. Operating profit rose to $302 million from $252 million.

Read: UPDATE: Motorola Turns To Loss As Mobile-phone Sales Fizzle Abroad

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5 years ago

Sprint WiMAX Watch Part 2

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Sprint WiMAX Watch Part 2

The next-gen wireless network is still coming, Sprint reminds us with a little press release. To ensure that it's rolled out to as wide an audience as possible, they're teaming up with clearwire to build the network. So presumably clearwire will handle the areas they already have and Sprint will handle the rest.

The "end of 2008" is still the target date, looks like, to get 100 million people covered in WiMAX goodness.

Under the network build-out plan, Sprint Nextel will focus its efforts primarily on geographic areas covering approximately 185 million people, including 75 percent of the people located in the 50 largest markets, while Clearwire will focus on areas covering approximately 115 million people. Initially, the two companies expect to build out network coverage to approximately 100 million people by the end of 2008, with seamless roaming enabled between the deployed areas.[...] Both companies will provide seamless reciprocal roaming service to each others' WiMAX customers, and Sprint Nextel plans to provide dual-mode (CDMA-WiMAX) services nationwide to its customers over both its own and Clearwire's portion of the WiMAX networks.

Read: Press Release (via jkOnTheRun)

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5 years ago

del.icio.us Plug In for Windows Mobile Pocket IE

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This is super cool - it's a plugin for PocketIE that posts a bookmark to your del.icio.us account. I use and love del.icio.us quite a bit, so being able to easily post to it not only from my desktop (I like the Mac-only Pukka for that) but also from my Mobile is pretty cool. The linked page goes into a bit of detail about how much work it turned out to be to make the plugin, so let me just say how much appreciate it.

If you're a social bookmarking fiend, this thing looks like a must-have.

Read: A del.icio.us plugin for Windows Mobile via Jason Landridge

Update: Dale notes in the comments (click, you know, "Comments" to see it) that the plug in has now been repackaged as a easy-to-install .cab file. Cheers, Dale!

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5 years ago

Sprint Mogul ROM Update adds Sprint Music Store

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ROM Updates for everyone! It's just been a month since the Mogul was released and already we have a ROM update for it. No, sorry, it's not the anticipated upgrade to the speedier EVDO. Instead it lets you buy and download music form the Sprint Music Store.

It'll erase your phone, so make sure you've got all your data backed up.

By downloading the latest ROM, the Sprint Music Store will operate on your device. The Sprint Music Store enables you to purchase and download digital files to play on your device or PC.

Read: HTC: Support: Mogul™ by HTC Software Download (via Gizmodo)

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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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