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5 years ago

Review: Change Skins for SPB Mobile Shell

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Review: Change Skins for SPB Mobile Shell

For those patiently awaiting the release of SPB's Mobile Shell 3.0, we ran across an interesting utility over at FuzeMobility for the current versions of Mobile Shell that allows you to change the appearance of this popular utility.

Change Skins is an application that will let you enjoy customizable skins with Mobile Shell and change them "on the fly," without the need for a soft reset. I took Change Skins for a test drive on my AT&T Fuze, so follow the break for screen shots and impressions on Mobile Shell customization.

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile 6.5 future in the U.S.

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Windows Mobile 6.5 future in the U.S.

The anticipation for Microsoft's release of Windows Mobile 6.5 is building. Windows Mobile 6.5 devices are on the verge of release (albeit most starting out with Windows Mobile 6.1) and more leaks are surfacing on the new OS. Robbie Bach, President of Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices Division, made an interesting comment during his keynote speech at the 2009 CTIA conference.

"We expect all the major operators to continue to support Windows phones going forward. In fact, by this fall, when Windows Mobile 6.5 releases, we'll have over 10 phones available in the U.S. alone, and you'll see that number continue to grow."

So, let's see what we've got so far. The HTC Touch Pro 2 and Touch Diamond 2 are already slated for upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.5. Then there's the Elektrobit Satellite phone as well as the announcement that some existing phones may qualify for upgrade (depending on their current specs) which might throw the HTC Touch Pro, AT&T Fuze, and HTC Touch Diamond into the mix.  Whether or not the TG01 will hit the U.S. remains an open question but if you add in the fact that the TG01 just got videoed running 6.5 and it does reach the States, 10 devices in '09 doesn't sound so far-fetched.

On the short end, we know of three new releases that will be Windows Mobile 6.5 phones. So does this mean we are in store for more new Windows Mobile devices later this year? Or does Robbie Bach's "ten phones" include those existing phones that carriers may choose to upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.5? We've yet to hear any rumblings from HP, who cast their support for Windows Mobile earlier this year. Could they be part of the mix with these "10" phones?

Regardless, as we've said before, this year is shaping up to be pretty nice with regards to Windows Mobile.

Via Pocket PC Thoughts

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5 years ago

Video: Need for Speed Undercover on Touch HD

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We're expecting a goodly number of games to hit the Windows Marketplace for Mobile later this year (check out the full list of initial participants), but some of you may not be completely sold on a Windows phone being good for real gaming.

Feast your eyes north at a demo of Need for Speed Undercover on the Touch HD (running Windows Mobile 6.5 nonetheless) and tell us if your fears are assuaged any, especially considering the upcoming Touch Pro 2 and Touch Diamond 2 have virtually the same specs as the Touch HD.

HD Blog.it via Mobile Tech Addicts

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5 years ago

Review: Radius Atomic Bass Headphones

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Review: Radius Atomic Bass Headphones

The thing that I love about my AT&T Tilt and Windows Mobile in general is how flexible it can be. I can use it as a phone, messaging device (text and email), web browser, GPS or for music and video playback. For the music playback, I’m still trying to fine tune the way that I get the sound from my Tilt to my ears. I’ve used a couple sets of Bluetooth headphones (Sony Ericsson’s HBH-DS970 and Motorola’s MOTOROKR S9-HD) but both have quirks that make me crazy after a few minutes use.

This conundrum has me looking for a new set of wired headphones. First on my list is the Atomic Bass headphones by Radius. I’ve always been a sucker for bass, and traditionally that has been a low point for headphones (pun intended).

Follow the break to see how atomic these headphones are. 

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5 years ago

Live Search for Mobile - it's RE-DONK-ULOUS!

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This is one of those things that we're instantly going to regret posting (rather, we can think of a couple of people who will make us regret it), but it's just too funny not to. Microsoft has a new site pimping the local search capabilities of Live Search for Mobile, featuring Larry & Gary's Mobile App Shack (there's one app store name we didn't think of).

Check out the hilarious spoofs of used-car commercials at Loco4Local.com. Just make sure you're not eating or drinking, lest something come shooting out your nose.

Via Smartphone Thoughts

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5 years ago

Verizon Touch Diamond will sport an SD card, $300 price point, inferiority complex

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Just a heads up that we're still expecting Verizon to finally release the HTC Touch Diamond on April 10 – that's Friday, as in tomorrow.

The $300 you'll have to spend (after a $70 rebate, no less) to get the thing is downright highway robbery, though, when you consider that the Touch Diamond 2 will be making an appearance pretty soon. Sure, Verizon's will have an SD card slot, and that's nothing to sneeze at, seeing as how everyone else must make do with the 4 gigabytes of internal memory. But that price point is still a little hard to swallow.

Any of you folks out there in TV land planning on picking one up tomorrow? Let us know in the comments.

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5 years ago

What the Ukraine, a legend and that guy from 'Friends' have to do with Live Search

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As the days go by and the seasons change, we hold out hope that one day Microsoft's branding schemes will begin to make a little more sense.

Today is not that day.

ZDNet's Mary-Jo Foley spotted a Wall Street Journal post in which some new names have solidified as candidates for a Live Search refresh. First there's Kiev (which we're now told is spelled Kyiv - thanks, Peter, though we actually prefer the straight Cyrillic ????), the largest city in the Ukraine and after which a tasty chicken dish is named. It also "seems to be the uber-brand for Microsoft’s upcoming search release," Foley writes.

OK. Then there's Kumo, which is still floating around but losing ground as the new name for Live Search, Foley says. Instead, it could be overtaken by Bing, which either reminds of the legendary crooner or a sitcom character, depending on your generation and/or culture level.

Is a Live Search rebrand enough to jump-start things for Microsoft in that end of the house? We're inclined to agree with Cnet's Ina Fried, who points out that MS could throw all kinds of marketing money at its search product and at least get it noticed. But getting people to switch to it is a whole 'nother matter.

What's this mean for Windows Mobile? At the moment, nada, as nothing's official yet. But can you imagine whipping out your phone in public and saying "Let me Bing that for you."?

Yeah, us, either.

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5 years ago

Smartphone Experts Roundtable 4

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5 years ago

Sena Vertical Pouch

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Sena Vertical Pouch

Looking for a vertical pouch for your AT&T Fuze or Touch Pro? Need one with a big flap to hold your phone in place? Sena Cases might have something to fit the bill in their Vertical Pouch. The Sena Vertical Case is a little different from Sena's Elega Pouch in that it has a flap to keep the AT&T Fuze nice and secure in the case. Read on after the break to see the other differences with the Vertical Pouch and how it holds up to Sena's reputation for quality cases.


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5 years ago

Video: Toshiba TG01 with Windows Mobile 6.5

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5 years ago

Mr. Handsfree Bluevision II

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Mr. Handsfree Bluevision II

As many are finding out the hard way, using your cell phone while driving without some type of handsfree device is illegal and can cost you a spendy little ticket. I know that starting July 1st this year in my state it will be illegal to use your cell phone without being handsfree. So now is the time that many are looking into different options so that they can use their cell phone without having to touch it while driving. For this very reason, the Mr Handsfree Bluevision II speakerphone caught my eye. I have found great success with bluetooth speakerphones in the past. And with WMExperts review of the original model of the Mr Handsfree Bluevision receiving 4 out of 5 stars, I wanted to see if Mr Handsfree had listened to us and made the wanted improvements we were looking for. What is unique about the Mr Handsfree Bluevision II speakerphone, is that it has a remote control for your phone as well! Talk about making your phone truly handsfree... bluetooth speakerphone... and a remote control to answer calls and dial phone numbers with. But none of this is any good if the sound quality makes the device unusable. So, after at least 4 long road trips, I have come to a verdict...

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5 years ago

Palm Treo Pro, Samsung Omnia now available from Telus

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As expected, the Palm Treo Pro and Samsung Omnia are now available on Canada's Telus network.

The Treo Pro runs $149.99 with a three-year contract. A two-year deal jacks up the handset price to $400; a one-year deal pushes it to $500, and the price sans contract is a whopping $549, which also is what an unlocked Treo Pro costs in the states.

The Omnia is going for $129.99 with a three-year deal and reaches $500 without a contract.

Via TreoCentral

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5 years ago

AT&T 3G MicroCell enters the trial phase

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Back in January, we reported on the AT&T Microcell, a 3G HSPA-enabled femtocell unit. We are now learning from Engadget Mobile that AT&T will begin testing the MicroCell in selected, signal deprived homes next week. The selected participants not only get to keep the unit but are also paid $200 for their involvement. The downside (if you could call it a downside) is that participants can't be away from their home for more than a week during the trial and can't move during the trial period. All in all not a bad deal to be at the front of the line for the femtocell service.

The trial period runs through June 9, and hopefully AT&T will evaluate the results quickly, make whatever adjustments are necessary and have the Microcell available to everyone post-haste.

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5 years ago

HTC Touch HD gets a ROM update

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HTC Touch HD gets a ROM update

If by chance you have an HTC Touch HD (or, ya know, live outside the United States, where it actually was released), there's a ROM update waiting for you from HTC. [via] Fixed in this European-only update are:

  • Updated the Connection Setup Database.
  • Improved emergency call connections while using Airplane Mode.
  • The GPS position updating speed has been enhanced.
  • A Title bar display flicker in TouchFLO 3D has been corrected.
  • Fixed multiple browsing issues.

So if you're lucky enough to have a Touch HD, go getcher update here.

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5 years ago

Samsung reserves 'Omnia' name for Windows Mobile

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So we're still holding a bit of a grudge after it came to light that the Samsung Omnia HD would be running Symbian's S60 operating system and not Windows Mobile, as the original Omnia does. But lo and behold, Samsung has stripped the new phone of its Omnia name, reverting back to the old number scheme that we loathe with every fiber of our being have all gotten used to. Thus, the Omnia HD (which just cruised past the FCC) is now the i8910.

The reason for the change, you ask? Blame Windows Mobile, which is what Sammy told Mobile Crunch.

To avoid confusion between the original Omnia, which is Windows Mobile, and Omnia HD, which is Symbian, Samsung is deferring to the model number.

And Mobile Crunch posits that this news means we should expect more Windows Mobile Omnias in the future, which makes sense to us. Good news, indeed!

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