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5 years ago

3GSM Roundup ...Roundup

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3GSM Roundup ...Roundup

3GSM is over and done now. Even though I didn't make it to Barcelona myself, I'm still pretty exhausted by all the new product announcements. We did one roundup that mainly focused on WM6 and then one more that took a look at all the upcoming WM6 devices. If you're still in the roundup mood, here's a roundup of other sites' roundups.

I hereby promise not to use the word "roundup" again for at least a full week.

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5 years ago

Toshiba G900 and G5000 Fingerprint Scanners also 4-way dpad

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Pocketnow has a link to a video of the incredible Toshiba G900 being demoed. There are two interesting new bits in this video. First, the fingerprint scanner is hidden nicely behind the slider on both the G900 and the G500. Second, a neat little tidbit is that the fingerprint scanner also will let you scroll vertically and horizontally. It may not be super-useful, but it is super-neat.

What we didn't know before is that the biometric pad found on the back can actually be used as a DPad if you swipe your finger vertically or horizontally.

Read: pocketnow.com - Commentary Library

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5 years ago

Verizon to Release 700wx on Feb 20?

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Verizon to Release 700wx on Feb 20?

Engadget received an anonymous tip (complete with a photo of the box) that Verizon will be releasing the 700wx on their network on Feb 20th. We knew this was coming soon, as the 700wx recently appeared on a rebate form. I still think it's a mystery as to how and why Palm thought that the 700w would cut it - its meager amount of program memory basically meant the 700w can't mulitask worth a damn.

My guess is that it's going to be identical to the 700wx on Sprint; in other words: Windows Mobile 5, no fancy threaded text messaging, no AKU3 / A2DP.

Details are now starting to filter in on just how Verizon intends to right Palm's wrongs, scheduling its own 700wx for a February 20 release date. Sticker shock will be in full effect here: $620 at retail, $450 with a one-year agreement, $400 if you relent to a second year, though an additional $100 rebate makes it all a little easier to bear. Even better, the 700wx should come with tethering support out of the box.

Read: Verizon's Treo 700wx launch detailed - Engadget

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5 years ago

Agendus for Windows Mobile Released

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Agendus for Windows Mobile Released

Agendus has been a longtime favorite in for the PalmOS crowd, but it looks like iambic is seeing the light. They released a version for Windows Mobile (Pocket PC edition only, though). Looks like it might be a nice competitor to the other 3rd party calendar apps out there like Agenda Fusion or Pocket Informant.

Lord knows it can't be any worse than the default calendar app in terms of usability. My thumb is calloused from all the scrolling.

Agendus for Windows Mobile optimizes to how you go about scheduling your life. From a single-screen, with a numerous View options (Day, Week, Month), you can easily schedule meetings, create (and track) tasks (AKA To Do items), write memos, create contacts, and check email

Read: Agendus for Windows Mobile Pocket PC Professional Edition

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5 years ago

WM6 Standard Edition Office Can Only Edit, Not Create

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I think Luke speaks for all of us when he says "No. It can't be. That's not true. That's impossible!" But just as (spoiler alert) Luke was forced to admit that Vader really is his father, so too we come to a sad realization. Jeff Kirvin points out a tidbit that I missed about Windows Mobile 6 Standard Edition. Namely, that while it can finally edit Word and Excel files, it cannot create them natively. Is Microsoft just breaking Standard edition for the sake of differentiating it from Professional edition?

As Kirvin points out, this rock-dumb decision by Microsoft leaves a tiny little window open for Documents To Go which not only can create new office docs but also apparently should offer more robust editing features.

One last bit, as I was searching for confirmation I read this Laptop magazine review of WM6 which also points out that the Standard edition, like today's WM5 Smartphone edition, does not include a basic text notes app. FOR SHAME.

(Thanks to Smartphone Thoughts for the tip!)

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5 years ago

WME Prize-A-Day, Day 3

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WME Prize-A-Day, Day 3

There are times and places where it doesn't really seem appropriate to whip out your smartphone. Off the top of my head I can think of several: movies (seriously, why do people answer during a movie), camping (maybe I'm wrong there), Antarctica (pictured - really, all your energy should be focused on keeping warm and eyeing that hole in the ozone layer), during class (as a former TA at a major University, let me tell you this is a growing problem).

For WME Prize-A-Day Day 3, tell us your horror stories about people (obviously you'd never misuse your phone, right?) bungling a social situation with their gadget.

Did some buffoon start check their favorite team's score and yelp during a meeting? Misusing a phone in the car is always good fodder. Maybe some vile parent didn't notice their child wandering out into traffic because they were emailing? Come on, folks, make us lose our faith in humanity.

Today's prize: A 1 Gig Memory Card - SD, MiniSD, or MicroSD. We may not be able to add capacity to people's brains, so I guess adding capacity to people's phones will have to do.

How to win

Simple. Just comment between now and 10 am EST tomorrow morning with your horror stories. We'll pick the winner at random. 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)

Update: Yesterday's Daily Contest is closed, but there's a new one up for this weekend. You can always find the latest Prize-A-Day contest here

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5 years ago

ActiveSync 4.5 out of Beta

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ActiveSync 4.5 out of Beta

It may not be Windows Mobile Device Center, but at least it's somthing: ActiveSync 4.5 has been released today. Doesn't look like there's anything new here that wasn't in the Beta, though. The biggest feature to 4.5 is faster file transfer speeds. The second biggest, ah, "feature" is that Remote PC Sync has been removed because it was just to difficult to keep secure. I've been using 4.5 Beta for awhile and I'm content with it.

Download details: ActiveSync 4.5 (thanks to msmobilenews for the ip)

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5 years ago

How-To Video: Setting up Bluetooth GPS on WM5

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As promised, here's a quick video walkthough showing you how to set up a Bluetooth GPS "puck" on Windows Mobile. Credit goes to Microsoft, specifically the Windows Mobile Team Blog.

The benefit of this is you can use free mapping and directions software like (in order of my preference)...

....to find your way around. None of these free apps are particularly well-suited to being used while driving (even the new smart2go, which so far I'm not impressed with), but they're great for lighter usage.

If you don't already have a GPS puck, our store sells a few standalones.

If you're looking for just straightforward GPS-in-your Car for in-driving Navigation, though, I still think a bundle is a good way to go.

How-To Video is after the jump.

(Directly download the video here)

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5 years ago

MWE Prize-A-Day, Day 2

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MWE Prize-A-Day, Day 2

It's Valentine's Day, so today's contest has got to be about showing the love. A couple of comments on this Google Maps post asked for more info on how to set up GPS with a WM phone, so later today I'll get up a quick video how-to and screencast. But let's get some community love (get your mind out the gutter) going here too.


How to Win

Just post a comment on this entry (form below, be sure to include your name and email address!) with your favorite Windows Mobile tip or trick. It can be esoteric like the GPS bit I'll post later, or just something neat.

The Prize for today is obvious, given the theme, Bejeweled Valentine's Day Edition for PocketPC or Smartphone.

Show the love!

(Full Contest information here - must use valid email address to register.)

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5 years ago

Mobile Phones to fight Aids in Africa

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Now this is cool. A group calling itself "Phones for Health" is going to be using mobile phones to rapidly gather health data in Africa. Perhaps this explains why Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush are speaking at CTIA next month too. Suddenly being a mobile phone nerd doesn't feel so commercial.

Phones for Health will allow health workers in the field to use a standard Motorola handset equipped with a downloadable application to enter health data. Once entered, the data is transferred via a packet based mobile connection (GPRS) into a central database. If GPRS isn’t available, the software can use a SMS data channel to transmit the information. The data is then mapped and analyzed by the system, and is immediately available to health authorities at multiple levels via the web. The system also supports SMS alerting and other tools for communication with field staff.

Read: Major Public-Private Partnership to Use Mobile Phones to Fight HIV/AIDS Pandemic @ PhoneMag.com

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5 years ago

Daylight Savings Time Update for WM

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Daylight Savings Time Update for WM

Microsoft has posted a quick patch for Windows Mobile to keep up with the new changes to Daylight Savings Time. The instructions are a bit overcomplicated, but they should work fine. You know what would work better? Abolishing Daylight Savings Time. Then again, I'm from Minneapolis, if it weren't for DST I wouldn't see the sun for three months.

Congress has changed the dates for Daylight Saving Time (DST) in the United States starting in 2007. Canada has adopted similar DST dates. These changes could cause clocks and Microsoft Outlook calendar appointments on Windows Mobile-powered devices to display incorrect times for March 11 – April 1, 2007 and October 28 – November 4, 2007 and again in subsequent years. You can find more information about the exact dates and potential impact in the Changes in DST section.

Windows Mobile Updates for Daylight Saving Time

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5 years ago

3GSM: More on the Toshiba G900

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3GSM: More on the Toshiba G900

We just did it with i-mate, so let's give Toshiba the (much shorter) roundup treatment. They certainly deserve the attention for coming back to the PocketPC fold after a two and a half year hiatus.

First off, the specs for the G900 are darn impressive. It's a quad-band GSM/UMTS/HSDPA phone, it has a 480x800(!!) resolution, two cameras (for video conferencing), WiFi, and USB-on-the-go. USB on-the-go, if you're not familiar, means you can host other usb devices like keyboards, memory sticks, and so on. Nice. Oh, and a fingerprint scanner for security.

Anyway, moving on, we have a brief hands-on from MobileBurn and a longer, more extensive one from msmobiles.

My God. The screen. I don't think it's in my best interest to even see one these in person: after seeing 480x800 resolution on a device like this, I'd be ruined for other gadgets.

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5 years ago

3GSM: i-mate Roundup

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3GSM: i-mate Roundup

Although 3GSM has already given us some exciting photos of devices running WM6, some of the specs and details have been pretty thin. Now that we've had a moment to breathe, let's take a close look at what i-mate has dropped on us ("us" being "the world," as i-mate's history of shipping devices in the United States isn't what I'd like it to be).

Details after the jump.

i-mate Ultimate Line

We'll start with Engadget Mobile, who points out that the i-mate ultimate line is actually going to consist of 5 completely different form factors.

i-mate is taking a pretty interesting approach with its newest range of Windows Mobile devices -- the WM6-equipped "Ultimate" range -- by shoving a full five models out the door

Read: i-mate goes deep with Ultimate line, five models promised - Engadget Mobile

Meanwhile, PocketPCthought's post about the 5 ultimate phones points out an even cooler nugget for you Vista owners:

the devices are SideShow-compatible, meaning they can operate as gadget-displaying secondary screens for Windows Vista. Furthermore, the devices can act as Windows Media Center Extenders, so that great Media Center experience is always within reach.

PocketPCthougts also suggests we will see these monsters in the stores in June.

Read: Pocket PC Thoughts - Daily News, Views, Rants and Raves

...What about specs on this Ultimate line? PCMag has the specs, and they are the very definition of overkill:

Windows Mobile 6 Professional, 520 Mhz Marvell Bulverde processors, VGA touch screens, 128 MB of RAM, 802.11 b/g/e/i Wi-Fi (with built-in voice-over-internet calling), Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, 2-megapixel cameras, XGA TV video out, and full-speed USB 2.0 connections.

The even better news from PCMag, in my humble opinion, is that these phones fully support the "Advanced Wireless Services" band that T-Mobile gobbled up last year - raising my hopes not only that we'll see these monsters in the United States but also that my own wireless carrier will support them. Oh, and i-mate is "keen to support the US Market."

Read: I-Mate Unveils Windows Mobile 6/Vista Sideshow Phones - News and Analysis by PC Magazine

JAQ4

The JAQ4 is no slouch, either. With a shape that says "I'm Standard Edition" but is actually the Professional Edition and a scroll wheel (it's the little things that get me), I can appreciate this little guy.

i-mate is also launching the JAQ4 - the first i-mate device to ship with Windows Mobile 6 – a sturdy QWERTY keyboard GPS phone with a five-way joystick and scroll wheel allowing for easy navigation and use of services including push email. Furthermore, the landscape 2.8” colour touch screen supports the use of the stylus as an increasingly popular means of accessing and writing email and messages.

The specs are definitely not in the "Ultimate" category, but they ain't bad. Hello GPS! Goodbye 3G Data!

  • Microsoft Windows Mobile 6
  • GPS
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g
  • 64 MB RAM, 128 MB ROM,
  • Mini SD Card Slot
  • 2.8” 65k Colour Transmissive Micro-Reflective (TMR) touch screen
  • Talk time 5 hours, up to 200 Hours Standby
  • 2.0 Mega Pixel Camera
  • Bluetooth V1.2 Compliant

Read: i-mate Announces the JAQ4 and SPL Running Windows Mobile 6

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5 years ago

WME Prize-A-Day, Day 1

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WME Prize-A-Day, Day 1

Let's kick off our prizes with a classic, hey? The Plantronics Bluetooth Headset, a great in-ear Bluetooth headset with a nice little portable charger.

How to win:

It's Monday, so we'll keep it simple: Go on and register in our forums (those of your registered at TreoCentral's forums are already registered!) and then head over to this thread: Prize-A-Day, Day 1: iPhone SmackTalk Edition.

Anybody who posts a reply in that thread between 9amEST on Feb 13th and 9amEST on the 14th will qualify for the drawing (and also will receive one entry for the Grand Prize. But we want you to do more than qualify, we want you to talk some smack in honor of the Windows Mobile 6 announcement. The preferred format is:

Your iPhone is so [blank], it [blank]!

Don't be fair. Don't be nice. (Don't be vulgar, though, either). Heck, don't even be truthful. We're talkin' smack here, kids!

(Full Contest information here - must use valid email address to register.)

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5 years ago

MobileBurn Hands-on with the MotoQ9

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MobileBurn Hands-on with the MotoQ9

The folks at MobileBurn have a few really nice hands-on photos of the new MotoQ9, including one shot of it next to a Blackjack - the Blackjack holds up surprisingly well, form-factor-wise, next to the new device.

QWERTY keyboard, QVGA display, and 2.0 megapixel camera are all present and accounted for, with the quad-band GSM MOTOQ q9 featuring HSDPA and Bluetooth 2.0 for data connectivity. At just 11.6mm (0.46") thick, the device looks great, and is packed with all the benefits of Microsoft's new Windows Mobile 6 Standard operating system.

Read: Motorola MOTOQ q9 Live Photo Gallery (MobileBurn)

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