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5 years ago

AIM beta for Windows Mobile turns 2.0

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For all you AIM users out there, the Windows Mobile beta client just turned 2.0. Here's what you get in the update:

  • Introduction of "Lifestream." You can get AIM activities like status updates, include Twitter and Facebook updates. YouTube and Delicious are supported, too.
  • The "Me" tab. Lets you know when someone comments on your update or if they "like" it, just like Facebook does.
  • Some bug fixes.

Download the CAB file here, or click here to send it to your phone.

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5 years ago

Microsoft Bings Verizon Wireless

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Microsoft Bings Verizon Wireless

Earlier this year, Microsoft and Verizon announced a deal that would bring Live Search to Verizon's phones as the default search engine. All that changed about a month ago that now has Verizon Wireless customers Binging to their hearts' content.

Bing, Microsoft's new Search Engine (formerly known as Live Search), will now be pre-loaded on the majority of Verizon phone (Windows Mobile and others) and become the Service Provider's default search engine.

Microsoft is reporting that in the first 20 days after Verizon started using Bing, the search engine handled 19 million queries. There's no telling how much of this activity is due to the "newness" of Bing, but Microsoft seems happy with this arrangement and hopes it will boost their advertising revenue. Revenue which has declined over the last quarter.

For those non-Verizon Wireless customers who would like to enjoy Bing as their mobile search engine, you can find Bing's mobile app here.

Via On10.net

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5 years ago

ZOMG! Google Apps out of beta! (Now can we please get some proper Gmail push?)

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Yep, you read that right. In fact, Google assures us as such, saying "Yes, really." Actually, all of the Google Apps suite — comprising Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Talk — is having the beta label removed.

Mainly it looks like this is being done to eliminate confusion over what "beta" really means, and to make Google Apps more attractive to businesses. From the Official Google Blog:

We've come to appreciate that the beta tag just doesn't fit for large enterprises that aren't keen to run their business on software that sounds like it's still in the trial phase. So we've focused our efforts on reaching our high bar for taking products out of beta, and all the applications in the Apps suite have now met that mark.

For our purposes, what we really, really want to see is better implementation of Gmail on Windows Mobile — push, IMAP idle and the like. (Oh, and maybe do something about those contacts.) Yeah, we've been saying that for a long time. But either Google or Microsoft needs to get it done. After all, now that Gmail's "out of beta," there are no more excuses.

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5 years ago

Review: Nite Ize Executive Leather Side Case

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Review: Nite Ize Executive Leather Side Case

Phone cases come in all shapes and sizes; executive cases with loads of leather and rugged blue-collar cases that feature nylon and heavy plastic. Choosing the case that is most appropriate for you depends largely on your lifestyle and preference. Nite Ize is famous for the rugged, "carry everything" style case. Both the Nite Ize Backbone and the Clip Case Plus have been reviewed here in the past.

Nite Ize is looking to make their mark on the executive case segment with their aptly named Executive Leather Side Case. Click on in to find how well they made the transition.

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5 years ago

A look at the T-Mobile Dash 3G manual

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At this point, there's very little about the T-Mobile Dash 3G that we don't know. Let's recap:

We also expect it to run about $170 after contract. At this point, about the only thing we don't know is the actual launch date. Could be any day now.

We now also have a look at the owner's manual, courtesy of Cell Phone Signal. One interesting thing to note is that in the page we see here, T-Mobile's 3G frequency of 1700MHz is missing. We have to believe that's just a European printing thing — TMo's the only carrier in the U.S. using 1700MHz for 3G, anyway — and that a phone called the Dash 3G is, in fact, still packing 3G for us in the States.

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5 years ago

T-Mobile announces Touch Pro 2 ... on Twitter

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It's times like these we loath Twitter. T-Mobile took to the twitterverse [via] to tease us (or is it twease us?) that the Touch Pro 2 is in fact coming "this summer." Thanks. We kinda figured that. Couldn't give us the release date? Pricing? Heck, they had 62 characters left!

Speaking of the Touch Pro 2, the picture to the right here brings us another piece of evidence pointing to an Aug. 12 launch on T-Mobile. That puts it outside the window of the slew of launch parties. Thanks to TmoNews for that one. No thanks to Twitter.

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5 years ago

Sprint HTC Snap Can Do OTA Firmware Updates?

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We've been pining for an over-the-air ability to update Windows Mobile firmware for quite some time now. From the introduction of Windows Update in WM6, which has never been used, to the promises of Windows Mobile 7, this feature has been on the cusp of being a reality for far too long.

Interestingly on the HTC Sprint Snap if you look under Settings --> Device Management, you can see a Firmware Update option that seems to actually be functioning. When launched there is "FUMO" in the title bar which stands for Firmware Update Managed Object as documented in the MSDN Center for Windows Mobile. Furthermore, it is checking in with a server, responding with "No firmware update is available" after a few seconds.

We know devices like the AT&T Epix can do these types of updates, but we haven't seen this feature from HTC,WM or Sprint yet (as far as we remember). 

Now the big question is will Sprint/HTC actually use this anytime in the future, perhaps for WM6.5 or just bug fixes? We bet on the latter due to the how the OTA system works.  Lets hope we can give it a go sometime.

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5 years ago

Blueprints show Sony Ericsson Xperia X2

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While definitely cool in that architect pr0n sort of way, these schematics, purportedly of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2, don't do anything to tell us when the phone might be released (or when it'll be announced, for that matter), if it'll pick up any carrier support in the United States, or if it'll cost an arm and a leg like the X1. And you'll recall that we've already seen a couple of actual devices, in silver and black. But none of that's going to stop us from getting our drool on. Here's a review of the rumored specs:

  • 8.1MP camrea with autofocus, VGA video at 30 frames per second.
  • A 3.5-inch WVGA OLED touchscreen.
  • aGPS
  • 3.5MM headphone jack.
  • Accelerometer.
  • "Faster processor" (the X1 has a Qualcomm MSM7200A running at 528MHz)
  • 512MB RAM
  • Custom Windows Mobile 6.5 (SE engineers customized Win6.5 which runs very. very speedy. in par with iPhone and better in some cases)
  • Upgrading to Windows Mobile 7 is supported by Xperia panels

A couple more pics from Mobil.nu [via Unwired View] after the break.

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5 years ago

Samsung, HTC release financials

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Samsung, HTC release financials

Samsung has released quarterly earnings for the first time, and HTC gives us its numbers for the second quarter. Let's do some math ...

Starting with Samsung, the a South Korean chip-maker and cell phone manufacturer said it expects consolidated sales of between $24.4 billion and $25.9 billion. That's up from about $22.9 a year earlier. No consolidated net profit numbers, though, but last year it pulled in about $4.5 billion. Sammy did say it looks to be on par with last year for the quarter.

On to HTC: The Taiwanese manufacturer had a second-quarter profit of about $197.2 million, down 2 percent from the same period in 2008. Revenue was up about 10.3 percent to $1.16 billion.

So there you go. No more math today. We promise.

Via Mobileburn and Cellular-News

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5 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 59

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5 years ago

Review: Power Radio

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5 years ago

Happy Independence Day -- we're going to blow stuff up

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Happy Fourth of July to everybody (and a belated Canada Day, too). We fully intend on spending the rest of the weekend stuffing ourselves with round patties of beef and intestine-cased pork products, all washed down with copious amounts of watered-down fermented beverages.

But if you just have to get your smartphone news on, here's what we'd be working on if we weren't forcing ourselves to have fun:

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5 years ago

Samsung Omnia II and Omnia Pro Priced

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Samsung has announced the pricing and (ballpark) availability dates for the Samsung Omnia II and Omnia Pro. European pricing and availability that is.

According to Unwired View the Samsung Omnia Pro will be available in Europe later this month at a cost of 499 Euro (about $700 US).

The Samsung Omnia II will be available in August with a price point of 549 Euro (about $770 US). Both European prices include the European Value Added Tax (VAT) and hopefully the final U.S. price will be lower. Toss in potential service provider contractual discounts and the prices may fall further.

Both the Omnia Pro and Omnia II will initially ship with Windows Mobile 6.1 but upgradeable to Windows Mobile 6.5.

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5 years ago

Review: QoreFunctions PushEffect

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Review: QoreFunctions PushEffect

Push email is one of those things that could be considered the Holy Grail of mobile communications. For those of us that connect to a Microsoft Exchange Server on a daily basis, we’ve been experiencing this phenomenon for a while now. The problem is that Windows Mobile doesn’t support push email standards like IMAP Idle, which are supported by Google’s Gmail and other free email providers. Workarounds have been detailed on this site in the past to receive notifications from Gmail in particular. Everything from third party mail apps to simply forwarding a text message to your phone have been suggested.

PushEffect by QoreFunctions is a utility that enables push email on your Windows Mobile device. It uses existing technologies and a small application that runs in the background to accomplish this task. There are some caveats to getting this working with your email provider of choice. I’ve got the full rundown for you after the break.

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