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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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5 years ago

Samsung Giving Away Extended Batteries

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So the knocks on the Cingular BlackJack are twofold: no WiFi and terrible battery life. On the battery-life front, Cingular has been packing a free spare battery in their retail packages for a little while now - recently even updating it to a extended battery. Apparently, though, they want to share the love with the early adopters who didn't get so lucky with this rebate form - simply punch in your IMEI and phone # and they'll send out that extended battery to ya.

For the rest of you non-Blackjack owners, you still have until noon EST today to enter Day 6 of our Prize-A-Day contest, where we are giving away, yes, a spare battery for any WM device.

I saw this while tooling around the internet today. If you have a Cingular/ATT Blackjack, then you need to check this out. Cingular/ATT is offering a free battery (or so it seems) to all legitimate BJ owners.  All you have to do is surf to this page, fill out the three part form, and score a free battery.

Thanks to Gear Diary for the tip!

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5 years ago

Adobe Flash Lite to Support Video, YouTube Junkies Rejoice

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A lot of mobile companies have been announcing "deals" so provide video on mobile devices. I put "deals" in quotes because what these "deals" usually amount to is "a new walled-garden service that you have to pay for because the tools to get it for free aren't easily available. Suck it, Net Neutrality for Mobile!" So when I see that software is becoming available that lets you bypass these annoying little services, I have to mention it.

Of course, Flash Lite doesn't currently support mobile video, but the next version will. Also of note - this bit is news is yet another 3GSM announcement that slipped under my radar, so thanks to slashphone for the tip!

Flash Lite will support the same video formats supported by Adobe Flash Player and will directly support video streams delivered by the Adobe Flash Media Server, allowing users to view a broad spectrum of Flash Player compatible content. Videos can be viewed in different forms within the Flash environment, including downloadable video clips, streaming videos, applications with user interfaces based on Flash or personalized content such as wallpapers or screensavers

Read: Adobe - Adobe Press Room

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5 years ago

Dell to Try their Hand at Smartphones?

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Dell to Try their Hand at Smartphones?

JeffKirvin.net's story on Dell's decision to stop making the Axim PDA has two bits of analysis that I full agree with. First: The unconnected PDA is well and truly dead. He writes they may as well have called WM6 Classic "Windows Mobile 6 Vintage" - I'd take that one step further and call it "WM6 Vestigal". WM6 Classic is just like the appendix - it was necessary once, it's not anymore, but it's not been entirely eliminated yet.

Anyway, the other point here is that Dell recently hired a Moto Exec, which should have screamed "smartphone" to me at the time but, for some reason, didn't. Let's hope that Dell follows their old Axim strategy of making top-of-the-line devices instead of their MP3 strategy of rebranding so-so devices.

Given that they just hired former Motorola handset chief Ron Garriques [...] I don’t doubt at all that we’ll see a Dell answer to the Moto Q in due time. But it won’t be called an Axim. The time for Windows Mobile Classic devices has already passed.

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5 years ago

Access Linux Platform: Not Gonna Be a Threat to WM6

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French site Mobinaute has a video and screenshots of a device running Access Linux Platform - the successor to, ah, er, to the Cobalt version of the PalmOS that never saw the light of day. Watching the video, I'm pretty far from quaking in my boots. In fact, I'm pretty far from my keyboard right now because I'm afraid that soda will come shooting out of my nose as I laugh at the UI-lags, mis-matched dialog boxes, terrible PalmOS emulation, and so on.

To be fair, the OS hasn't been put on any devices designed for it and isn't even finished yet. But if this video is any indication, Microsoft doesn't have much to fear from Access.

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5 years ago

WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 6

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WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 6

Our first full week of prizes is over, but there's three more weeks to come.

...With that little reminder, let's get right to it. Just like last Tuesday, this Tuesday is all about the smack talk. Let's not fight amongst ourselves, though (that'll come later), and instead have a little solidarity. Namely, let's beat up on the PalmOS. Yes, it's as easy as shooting fish in a barrel while checking your calendar (see, that's a knock on PalmOS's inability to multitask), but it's still fun.

How to Win

Beat up on the PalmOS in the comments on this post - today's contest is open until noon EST tomorrow. I personally like the "Your Palm is so blank, it blankety-blank!" format myself, but I can be flexible. Winner will be chosen at random, as always. Don't forget an email address is necessary too.

Today's prize: A spare battery for your WM device valued up to $40. Because, let's face it, multitasking is awesome, but it sure can chew through electricity.

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

Treo 700wx Now Available on Verizon

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Treo 700wx Now Available on Verizon

As expected, Palm released the Treo 700wx on Verizon's network today, at long last righting the wrong that was the Treo 700w. A brief look at the press release indicates that it's identical in every way to Sprint's 700wx (namely, it's Windows Mobile 5, EVDO but not Rev A, and has some of Palm's enhancements but lacks threaded text messaging). Pricing is inline with what we've come to expect too.

The Palm Treo 700wx smartphone from Verizon Wireless is available now at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, Verizon Wireless business channels and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $399.99 after a $100 rebate and a new two-year customer agreement.

The program-memory-anemic Treo 700w is gone from both Palm's and Verizon's websites, it's finally been put down like the critical injured beast it was.

Update: Yes, I've seen that some folks are speculating that Palm might be up for sale to either Nokia or Motorola. I don't give much credence to the rumor.

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5 years ago

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

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Man alive it's been a slow news day on the Windows Mobile front. Good thing, too, as I've been wrestling with some video to put up this evening. Here are the winners of our first four days of the Prize-A-Day contest, chosen at random. Everybody else who didn't win: Stay Tuned, your previous (and future!) entries still count towards the grand prize!

Before we list the winners, though, a couple highlights:

From Day 1, my favorite smacktalk: "Your iPhone is so Dead on Arrival, it should come with a list of phone numbers for local Coroner's offices". The real cream of the crop, though, is all the entries for Day 3, wherein we complained about jerks with phones. Here's just one of many jawdroppers, from Paul:

My father is a pastor. He was performing a wedding when right at the very end, when he was about to say "What God has joined together, let no man put asunder" someone's cell phone rang. My mom was in the congregation and said everyone started reaching for their pockets and purses to see if it was theirs. My dad, impromptu, changed the vows to "What God has joined together, let no man ...nor cell phone...put asunder. :)

Anyway, be sure to keep checking back each weekday for a new contest. On to the winners!

  • Day One: Papa wins the Plantronics 645
  • Day Two: Damien D wins Bejeweled 2
  • Scott L wins a 1 Gig Memory card
  • Philipp (that's TWO "p"s there, sorry Philipp!) G wins $30 to spend on a case at the WMExperts store.
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