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5 years ago

WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 12

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WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 12

In honor of my metal-intensive review, let's make it just a little easier to rock out with your WM phone by giving away a copy of CorePlayer - the commercial successor to TCPMP and a great player that supports multiple audio and video formats. It's my favorite media software on WM by far.

How to Win

Do you listen to music on your smartphone, or do you use a different device (or do you not listen to music at all)? I switch back and forth myself - sometimes I can't believe how convenient and awesome it is to have a bunch of music on my phone, other times I just want my iPod. Head on over to the forums and chat a bit about music on the WM5 platform. Any post in this thread between now and noon EST tomorrow, March 1st, qualifies.

..I say this every day - but every day I mean it: Every entry in a daily contest doubles as an entry for the Grand Prize and the two Second Prizes! Namely: A Smartphone of your choice plus $300 to spend in the WMExperts store and a couple of Slingbox Pros.

(Full contest rules are here)

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5 years ago

WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 11

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WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 11

A touch late today with the prize contest because I'm rocking out with the Aliph Jawbone - er, I'm actually rocking out to Mastadon while testing the Jawbone, expect a video review up tomorrow morning.

In any case, today's prize is the Smartphone Experts Mini-USB Sync n Charge Retractable Cable (or, for you sad folks without a mini-usb connector on your smartphone, a wall charger).

How to Win

Comment here on this post about battery life on your mobile device. Is it good? Is it terrible? Do you try to keep it topped off all the time, or do you let it run down often?

Today's contest will be open until noon EST tomorrow (Feb 28th). Don't forget - Every entry in a daily contest doubles as an entry for the Grand Prize and the two Second Prizes! Namely: A Smartphone of your choice plus $300 to spend in the WMExperts store and a couple of Slingbox Pros.

(Full contest rules are here)

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5 years ago

Vista Gadgets on WM

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Vista Gadgets on WM

on10 has a neat little video of a PocketPC device successfully running Vista Gadgets. Microsoft is working on enabling it so it can show up on your Today screen. For now, though, they have it working with a simple drag and drop onto the phone. It's just a proof-of-concept, but it's pretty darn slick.

Windows Vista has so many great features and I know a favorite at the top of everybody's list are the gadgets. "But Laura..." you say..."I love my gadgets so MUCH that I wish I could take them with me everywhere!" Well, stop you're whining I say and check out this application that Mel Sampat is creating.

Read: Vista Gadgets running on Windows Mobile | Laura Foy | Channel 10

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5 years ago

WME Prize-A-Day, Second Batch-O-Winners

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WME Prize-A-Day, Second Batch-O-Winners

If you're not in the list below, fret not: your entries still count towards our grand prize and second prize, so keep 'em coming. Yesterday's contest will be running for another few hours (till noon EST today) and I really appreciate the input about what you'd like to see reviewed. Basically you can expect any category of product in that thread to get moved to the top of my queue.

  • Day 5: Lespaulist wins Pocket Express.
    The highlight of Day 5, for me: rezaf_2000 sneaks a dig in about how a smartphone makes one presidential. "Life of a president is not all about work after all, even a president needs some entertainment once in a while - ask Bill Clinton about it!"
  • Day 6: Curt wins a spare battery of his choice.
    That day was about teasing the PalmOS. It was maybe too easy. My favorite entry came from Jimmy, who broke out the industry insider joke, "Your Palm is so useless, it'll be Nokia in less than a year."
  • Day 7: smthng wins Spb Insight.
    smthng hasn't yet "found a decent Smartphone RSS client", here's hoping that Insight is the one!
  • Day 8: oguime wins the Jabra BT620 bluetooth stereo headset.
    oguime asked about SIP options and how to speed the darn selection dialog up on the TyTn. Ravipkumar had a good suggestion there in the thread. There were a ton of hacks posted and I'll try to get to a "hack roundup" later this week.
  • Day 9: Kathy wins Texas Hold'em.
    ...and oh my, this Minnesota boy also happened to think her entry about slackers was hilarious: "Randy Moss has admitted to taking plays off. That would be a considered a slacker."

Remember, you can check for the latest Prize-A-Day every day, here, full contest rules are here. I can't wait to give away that Smartphone and those Slingboxes!

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5 years ago

Microsoft Mans up: Free WM6 License for Manufacturers

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Smartphone Thoughts has a mini-bombshell: Microsoft is giving away Windows Mobile 6 to its vendors (ex. HTC, Motorola, Samsung, Palm, etc) in case they're interested in making it available for upgrades. HTC has already stepped up and said they'll offer upgrades to QWERTY devices. Whether or not these upgrades will make their way through the morass of carrier testing and approval is another story, but I have my fingers crossed. Twice. I wish I could say I was hopeful that everybody would follow T-Mobile's lead - they've already announced future upgrades for the Dash.

We've just learned that Microsoft has given a free license to vendors who will upgrade their devices.

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

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5 years ago

Bye Bye BenQ Mobile

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Bye Bye BenQ Mobile

PC World is reporting that BenQ is giving up the Mobile business, having failed to even sell off the company to another buyer. Instead it's all going to be split up and sold piecemeal. BenQ did try to get some attention at the 3GSM Conference earlier this month, showing off their E72 - but it was all for naught. So long, BenQ, we here in the US hardly knew ya.

"I now see no realistic chance to sell the entire company in one piece and enable a new start," Martin Prager said in an e-mailed statement. "We have to acknowledge that the market has decided against BenQ Mobile."

Read: PC World - BenQ Mobile to be Split Up and Sold

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5 years ago

WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 10

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WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 10

A large swath of the midwest got smacked with a snowstorm over the weekend. I like snow as much as the next guy, but this one made me want to just hole up in my house and play video games. Being holed-up means that my smartphone didn't need much using, so it just sat in its cradle.

Ah, a cradle! That's what we'll give away, a cradle of your choice! Lock yourself inside, give your phone a rest, and go get yourself some cocoa.

How to Win

The WMExperts store has well over 1000 products in stock and while I sincerely doubt we'll ever be able to review them all here, we do want to get as many as possible up in our Reviews section. So: help us prioritize! Go take a look-see through the store and comment here on this post: which product would you most like to see WMExperts weigh in on? We can test conteston a multitude of WM phones, so if there's some compatibility question be sure to mention that too.

Today's contest will be open until noon EST tomorrow (Feb 27th). Don't forget - Every entry in a daily contest doubles as an entry for the Grand Prize and the two Second Prizes! Namely: A Smartphone of your choice plus $300 to spend in the WMExperts store and a couple of Slingbox Pros. We'll announce last week's winners a little later today.

(Full contest rules are here)

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5 years ago

WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 9

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WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 9

Let's do a Casual Friday Edition of the Prize-A-Day contest for the weekend. I'll be wearing this Penguin Suit at a wedding tomorrow, so I want to know that somebody, somewhere, is going to be wearing sweatpants, eating Oreos, and 'wasting' time on a video game.

Also, our Software Store is now open! To celebrate the store and slacking off, we'll give away the piece of software that has been getting the most screen time on my Dash lately: Aces Texas Hold'em. It's a fun little game and the players have just enough "playing personality" to keep me on my toes.

How to win

We're slacking, so let's just forget about Windows Mobile for this contest. Instead, just post a comment on this entry about your favorite slacker of all time. For me, it's a toss up between Socrates (It makes sense to me) and Victor Tugelbend. Bonus points if you know who Victor is without doing a google search. ;)

Today's contest will run until noon EST on Feb 26th. Don't forget - Every entry in a daily contest doubles as an entry for the Grand Prize and the two Second Prizes! Namely: A Smartphone of your choice plus $300 to spend in the WMExperts store and a couple of Slingbox Pros.

(Full contest rules are here)

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5 years ago

Opera Mini 3.1 on the Dash: Video Overview

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Opera Mini is a java-version of the more full-featured Opera Mobile. Opera mobile, however, isn't the best experience on a lot of devices (excepting the latest Nokias, which are stupendous). So "feature-phone" users as well as WM5 users may want to consider getting their Norwegian browsing ingenuity via the mini, java version. Don't have java installed on your phone, well Pockt-PC Edition users might like the "tiny" version here and Smartphone-Edition users should try this. Fortunately, the Dash has a java midlet manager built-in.

Make the jump for a video overview of Opera Mini 3.1 on a T-Mobile Dash.

Download the full video.

For those of you wondering, the my Today Screen can be found here and the hack to change your Start Menu to the list is here.

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5 years ago

Skype Petitions FCC: Make Carriers Unblock Our Software

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Bully to Skype, who recently used Tim Wu's stirring (though academic, in both senses of the word) call for Mobile Net Neutrality as support for a petition to the FCC. At issue is that carriers are deliberately blocking their software, and Skype believes that current laws on the books say that's not so. I don't have a lot of confidence this will go anywhere (neither does the linked Ars Technica article), but it's nice to see people lining up.

Whether the carriers are blocking me from updating my WM phone to the latest ROM because they're overcautious, trying to get me to pay for walled-garden-style services I should be able to access for free elsewhere, or hiking SMS prices even as the cost to them is dropping, US carriers are really getting on my nerves lately.

Skype yesterday petitioned the FCC to lay the smack down on wireless phone carriers who "limit subscribers' right to run software communications applications of their choosing" (read: Skype software). Skype wants the agency to more stringently apply the famous 1968 Carterfone decision that allowed consumers to hook any device up to the phone network, so long as it did not harm the network. In Skype's eyes, that means allowing any software or applications to run on any devices that access the network.

Read: Skype asks FCC to open up cellular networks

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5 years ago

Review: Mobi PowerCradle for T-Mobile Dash

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5 years ago

WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 8

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WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 8

The earlier post about adding A2DP to a Treo 700wx has got me thinking: I start applying hacks to pretty much every Windows Mobile device I try out. WM is surprisingly hackable (and surprising stable after hacks are applied), and most of the little usability quirks that bug me turn out to be fixable via a hack. Just one example is changing the way that the 5-way nav works in Pocket Internet Explorer, as detailed here.

Today's Prize: a set of Jabra BT620 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones. Fitting, since most WM phones support them, and for those that don't there's often a hack to enable it!


How to win

Head on over to the discussions and post your favorite hack in the device-appropriate forum (device-appropriate because often these hacks work on one device but not another). If it works on any device, go ahead and post it in General WM Chat. Don't know any hacks? Then think for a brief bit about something that bugs you about WM and post a question - dollars to donuts there's somebody else annoyed by the same thing that has found a hack to change it.

I'll keep an eye on all the "hacks" posts between now and Noon EST Feb 23rd and choose the winner at random from those posts.

Don't forget - Every entry in a daily contest doubles as an entry for the Grand Prize and the two Second Prizes! Namely: A Smartphone of your choice plus $300 to spend in the WMExperts store and a couple of Slingbox Pros.

(Full contest rules are here)

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5 years ago

A2DP on your Treo 700wx

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A2DP on your Treo 700wx

All hail hannip (with some help from dimitri), a forum member of TreoCentral/WMExpert's forums! He posted a patch for you Treo 700wx users (Including you new Verizon folks) that enables A2DP stereo bluetooth headset support. Be sure to read through the entire thread, especially this post that details upping the quality of the sound.

I'll give it a try a little later today to see if it plays nice with the just-reviewed Jabra BT8010. In any case, 700wx users are one step closer to having all the Palm software enhancements found on the Treo 750. Now if only getting threaded text messaging installed was this easy...

Glorious skip free music over your stereo bluetooth headphones is now possible on your Sprint 700wx! I haven't tested on the 700w yet, but I see no reason why it won't work there too.

Read: A2DP Now Working on Sprint 700wx!!! - WM Experts

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5 years ago

Oh(!) Canada - Telus Offers Adult Content

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Update: Telus has withdrawn the "adult content" from their portal. Looks like the press was just too much.

Company spokesman Jim Johannsson said Wednesday that Telus “took the feedback to heart” and decided to cancel the service, for which it had charged interested customers between $3 and $4 for downloads of what the company called “adult content.”

Read: CTV.ca | CTV News, Shows and Sports - Canadian Television

I usually try to put up an image with every article, but let's skip it for this one, okay? Canadian wireless carrier Telus recently added "adult content" to its mobile portal, something US carriers have been loathe to do. As MocoNews points out, US carriers have resisted because they probably fear reactions like that of Canadian Archbiship Roussin - who has called for a boycott.

Most interesting to me, though, is that Telus made the move based on "its customers’ mobile Web browsing habits. [...] 13 of the 25 most-popular sites were [...] “adult content"." I wouldn't have guessed that at all.

Canadian telco Telus has added an “adults only” section to its portal, making it the first in North America to do so according to the New York Times. The service offers images of naked men and women for CA$3 (US$2.60) or short video clips for CA$4.

Read: MocoNews - Unhealthily Obsessed with Mobile Content

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5 years ago

WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 7

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WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 7

Today I'd like some tips. I may be approaching 1200 sites in my newsreader but I'm still finding new sites every day. So tell us: what's on your daily gadget list? I'm especially curious to hear about the little guy, or a site that's very popular yet just you've just discovered (I just found shiny shiny myself. Susi: Call me).

Today's prize is Spb Insight, a great little RSS reader. Fitting for a contest that's about finding new gadget sites, eh?

How to Win

Between now and noon EST tomrrow (Feb 22), just post a link to a gadget site in the comments here. We'll pick a winner at random, as always. Speaking of "as always" -- Every entry in a daily contest doubles as an entry for the Grand Prize and the two Second Prizes! Namely: A Smartphone of your choice plus $300 to spend in the WMExperts store and a couple of Slingbox Pros.

(Full contest rules are here)

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