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5 years ago

Loki - Location Based Search for WM

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Loki - Location Based Search for WM

Loki is new to me and it looks pretty neat. It grabs your location based on some magic involving WiFi (and presumably your IP address), then allows you to do local searches based on that. They've had a Windows toolbar for awhile now, and they've just added a Mac and (more importantly for us) a Windows Mobile client. If you've read between the lines, though, you're realizing it will only work if you have WiFi on your WM device, so Treo and Blackjack owners (among many other) need not apply. More people who need not apply: folks who live outside their limited coverage area.

Now you can get the same Loki WiFi location goodiness on your Windows Mobile device. Loki Mobile allows you to locate yourself and search locally on any WiFi-enabled Windows Mobile device.

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5 years ago

Get Googling: Blackjack WM6 ROM Leaked

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Call us crazy, but we're going to try it - a leaked ROM update for the Blackjack. Looks like it indcludes HSDPA too, so it's pretty hard to turn down. A quick search should yield it for you fairly easily. Otherwise, the mere existence of this bugger should mean the official one may come sooner than we feared.

if you're a BlackJack owner and don't want to wait until the official ROM update for WM6 on the BlackJack (expected Q3-ish of this year), it's floating around the web somewhere (hint, AT&T Samsung forums). Get it while it's hot - because I'm sure it'll be taken down soon!

Read: pocketnow.com - Commentary Library

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5 years ago

Yes Please: Samsung i620 Slider

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Yes Please: Samsung i620 Slider

Look at that hotness and tell me you don't covet it. It looks like the i600 (the internatiol version of the Samsung Blackjack) will be getting an update soon. Samsung is trading super-thin for some slider action, but I approve wholeheartedly. The specs look good - UMTS, HSDPA, WiFi, Triband GSM (900/1800/1900), Video Telephony. Sadly, it doesn't look like that's going to be the case given that little triband spec.

Hopefully, though, Samsung does have a US version in the works.

More pics after the break.

While not too much is known yet, Mobile Gazette says, the i620 will be a triband (only) GSM/GPRS/EDGE phone as well as supporting UMTS (supported bands are unknown), featuring two cameras (one with 2 megapixel and photo light). It's expected to be powered by Windows Mobile 6 and closed, the phone measures something around 59 mm width and 94 mm height while opened it's 131 mm:

Read: the::unwired - UNVEILED: Samsung SGH-i620 Windows Mobile Standard Smartphone shows its face [UPDATE]

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5 years ago

Help Sling Support WM6

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Help Sling Support WM6

It's a little surprising to hear, since WM6 is so close to WM5 in its underpinnings, but the SlingPlayer for Windows Mobile isn't working on WM6 yet. Never fear, though, the folks at Sling are working on it and they'd like your help -- in the form of a private beta for the update. Sling's built up a lot of street cred with the mobile crowd (or with me, anyway), so I suspect that it won't be long before this private beta becomes a public one.

We are actively working on a new version of the SlingPlayer Mobile that will add support for Windows Mobile 6 and are currently looking for people to participate in a private beta of the new Windows Mobile 6 compatible version of the SlingPlayer

Read: Sling Media - SlingPlayer Mobile is not currently compatible with WM6

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5 years ago

Microsoft unveil "Surface" - fancy touchscreen table

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I've mentioned before that it's going to be a great summer for smartphone fans. Windows Mobile 6, the iPhone, Palm's Foleo, HTC's June 5th secret, the hits just keep on coming. What's driving all this coolness? Well, one thing seems to be this whole "multitouch" phenomenon. A touchscreen that can detect subtle and multiple touches really opens up some exciting possibilities for user interfaces. The iPhone was the beginning, I suppose (or will be when it hits), but this new Microsoft technology called "Surface" is just plain awesome.

Microsoft Surface pretty much fulfills the promise of this TED presentation of a tabletop that lets you interact directly and intuitively with everything a computer can do. Just wish it wasn't so expensive. Or a table. Gimme gimme on a mobile device, please.

After the jump, a bunch of images of Surface. Also check out Bill Gates demoing it over at Gizmodo.


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5 years ago

Today's Lifesaver - muti-format SD Kit

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5 years ago

Word of the Day: "Multitouch"

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Word of the Day: "Multitouch"

Microsoft announced their "Surface" computer table (more on that in just a bit), the iPhone's multitouch is likely to come up in today's "chat" between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates at the D Conference, and now this: Smartphone Thoughts is reporting that the HTC announcement next week will be that they've added multitouch to the Elf, a little WM phone that I've been ignoring because I thought it was sorta, well, boring and ugly (check out the gallery at Boy Genius) to see what I mean.

But Multitouch will make any device pretty. And multitouch on Windows Mobile 6 - my my, that's something that makes my heart go pitter patter.

This special Elf will have a multitouch display like the iphone. So you will be able to slide your finger across the screen to run commands and interact with the device in the same manner as Apple’s much hyped iphone

Read: Smartphone Thoughts - Daily news, views, rants and raves

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5 years ago

Palm's "Foleo" to be announced today

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Palm's "Foleo" to be announced today

It looks like a little mix-up with Palm's Press Release RSS Feed let the news slip a little early - the mystery product that Palm's been hard at work at is a "thin client" of a sort - a device that hooks up to your smartphone and act like a mini-laptop. I'll be putting up more details at our sister site TreoCentral as more details come in.

It'll run some version of Palm's next-gen Linux-based operating system and sync auto-magically with your smartphone. It's not the magical stand-alone device Mike Overbo and I were hoping for, but signs are pointing to it being pretty darn close.

I'm posting this info here at WMExperts for a couple of reasons. The main one is that Palm is surely going to make this compatible with the Windows Mobile versions of their Treos - and I strongly suspect that means it should be just as compatible with any other Windows Mobile device. Why would Palm limit their market to just Treos when it would take virtually no work at all to make it compatible with the many Windows Mobile phones out there?

According to a RSS news feed from Palm, their mystery "3rd category" device is a compact smartphone companion product named Foleo that lets you view and edit emails using a large screen and fullsize keyboard

Read: treocentral.com >> Stories >> Hardware >> Palm's Foleo a "smartphone companion product"?

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile Device Center for Vista to get Patched in June

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Ah, the price we pay for being on the bleeding edge. Windows Mobile Device Center is how Windows Vista wants to sync with your Windows Mobile device - it's a leg up on the old ActiveSync program in pretty much every respect but one - file syncing doesn't seem to work for you WM6 Standard Edition folks. Never fear, though, Brighthand is reporting that Microsoft feels your pain and will get WMDC fixed up right-as-rain in a little less than a month.

Currently, Windows Mobile 6 users can synchronize files between PCs and smartphones with Active Sync 4.5. Microsoft will update Windows Mobile Device Center (WMDC) on Windows Vista PCs to support file synchronization with Windows Mobile 6 by mid-June

Read: Microsoft Promises Fix for Windows Mobile 6 File Synchronization Snafu

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5 years ago

WMExperts (sorta) at Mossberg's D conference

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The big news this week is that Bill Gates and Steve Jobs will be sharing a stage and throttling each other talking for an hour or so. Also big news this week, Palm's attempting to re-establish their relevance by announcing a mystery device. Both are happening at Walt Mossberg's exclusive D: All Things Digital Conference. Both are big deals to us here at WMExperts, so we're heading out to San Diego for the conference. Or rather, to haunt the halls outside the conference like serfs at the king's gate, as registration for the event is four grand and press passes have been wait-listed since there were literally "serfs" hanging around kings' gates.

So expect sporadic updates (but also expect some T-Mobile Wing video fun - post questions about the device here) in the next couple of days. With any luck, we'll be able to get some surprises in here too.

Apple, Inc., CEO Steve Jobs and Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates, the seminal figures in the development of the personal computer, will make a rare joint appearance at The Wall Street Journal's "D: All Things Digital" conference this year. The two men will jointly discuss the history and future of the digital revolution in an unrehearsed, unscripted, onstage conversation on May 30 with D co-producers Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher

Read: dowjones.com Press Release

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5 years ago

Flash/YouTube Plug in for TCPMP

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Flash/YouTube Plug in for TCPMP

The Core Pocket Media Player (TCPMP) has long been the most popular multiformat media player for mobile devices. Although many have migrated over to the for-pay Core Player, TCPMP still is around and still gets a lot of use from power users. Here's one more use: playing YouTube (or any other flash) videos. Plan on instability, thought, it's a v.02 release as of this writing.

Also as of this writing, no plans to add it to Core Player.

It is designed for Pocket PC 2003, Windows Mobile 5.0 and higher. It has two parts: 1. A program to download YouTube movie by PPC. 2. A TCPMP plugin to play flv file directly on PPC (the plugin will never support CorePlayer)

Read: SourceForge.net: Files via Pocket PC Thouhgts

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5 years ago

New Live Hotmail Ad Site: I Can Has Funny

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The new launch of Hotmail wouldn't normally be a big deal, but for Windows Mobile 6 users it just might be - the "New Live Hotmail" offers free push email and other OTA syncing for personal use. That's actually pretty exciting to me, as it means I can get my business email pushed out via Exchange and my personal email pushed out via Hotmail (that is, if I want to change my personal email address yet again).

In any case, Microsoft's new online-only ads (the pictured one has a half-second of possibly NSFW groaning, FYI) are funny and well-made. They highlight the new features of the updated Hotmail webpage, mainly by playing on the "Male/Mail" pun. Ars Technica linked them awhile ago, but the site is just now working properly for me.

(Forgive my attempt at kitty pidgin in the title. Just trying desperately to stay hip and cool here at WMExperts.)

Read: Windows Live Hotmail

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5 years ago

HTC Prepping Big Announcement June 5th

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Engadget Mobile (among many others) is reporting that HTC is planning some kind of major announcement on June 5th. Folks are speculating based on the invite to the London event that it will be some sort of iPhone-killer because the new gadget should herald "a new mobile experience that will change the way we use and control our phones."

Funny that we haven't seen prototypes of this thing - usually HTC devices are well-rumored and well-understood long before they actually arrive. Stay tuned.

Read: "Major announcement" from HTC on June 5 - Engadget Mobile

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5 years ago

Google Maps - Playing GPS Catchup on Other Devices

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A story is making the rounds that Google Maps Mobile now supports GPS. Perhaps I'm missing something, but I've been using GPS in conjunction with Google Maps Mobile on my Windows Mobile devices for awhile now. Since February. Heck, I even posted a Valentine's Day Video detailing how to set up Google Maps with a Bluetooth GPS puck.

So congrats to you, Blackberry 8800, for getting GPS support in Google Maps Mobile. It's almost like your OS offers quality 3rd party app support and development. Almost.

Google's mobile maps software will now use the GPS capability of many newer handsets (with GPS carrier support) to pinpoint your location and make directions and navigation just that much nicer.

Read: Google maps for mobile gets GPS - Engadget Mobile

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5 years ago

HTC Kaiser Unboxed, Coming Sooner Than You Think

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HTC Kaiser Unboxed, Coming Sooner Than You Think

BGR has new unboxing pics of the Kaiser in a gallery plus a few details that might interest those of you who haven't been following this hot slider PPC:

  • Quad Band GSM/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPa
  • Capacious 75mb of user-accessible RAM
  • GPS
  • 3 megapixel camera
  • The standard stuff: WiFi, Bluetooth, WM6, etc.

The rumor the Boy Genius is spreading is that it'll be available in late July, which I myself find a little overly optimistic. But here's to hoping.

Let's start it off like this…the HTC Kaiser is the best darn Pocket PC I have ever used! It really has everything you have come to expect nowadays.

Read: HTC Kaiser Unboxing : The Boy Genius Report

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