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5 years ago

Netfront v3.4 Technical Preview

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Netfront v3.4 Technical Preview

Access, they who put the final nail in the coffin of PalmOS's "Cobalt" OS, provides us with a "technical preview" of their venerable (but pretty nice!) NetFront Browser. Looks like some nice improvements here, like zooming out of a page and zooming back in, thumbnail bookmarks, and speed. Play around with it for a bit, if you like--but I do mean "a bit", as this thing will stop working on January 31st.

NetFront Browser v3.4 for Pocket PC was developed based on standard Internet protocols and supports the latest standard markup languages: HTML (HyperText Markup Language), XHTML (eXtensible HyperText Markup Language), and WAP2.0 (WML1.3).

It also can display pages to which CSS (Cascading Style Sheet), ECMAScript (JavaScript), DOM (Document Object Model), or DHTML (Dynamic HTML) has been applied, and provides powerful features similar to a PC browser.

Please evaluate this Technical Preview (TP) version and give us your feedback.

Read: NetFront Browser v3.4 for Technical Preview Download

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5 years ago

Windows CE Explained

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Windows CE Explained

Now, somewhere in the back of my mind I'd always thought "Windows CE is gone, fool, it's been replaced by Windows Mobile" whenever I saw a reference to CE. Thanks be to Mikehall, whose blog is a treasure trove of Windows CE knowledge. Turns out that Windows CE is just a set of building blocks with which you can create an OS, like Windows Mobile.

A very common question that perhaps needs some explanation is the difference between Windows Mobile 5.0 and Windows Embedded CE 6.0 - so here's the explanation.

Windows Embedded CE is a hard real-time, componentized operating system that can be used by developers to build a wide range of embedded devices - you can think of the operating system as a box of Lego blocks, with CE 6.0 there are approximately 700 components (or Lego blocks) that make up the operating system, a developer gets to pick and choose which components or technologies they put into their embedded operating system design

Read: Mikehall's Embedded WEblog : Windows Mobile and Windows Embedded CE - what's the difference ?

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5 years ago

Two things you can't do in a restaurant anymore combined

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Thing 1: Smoke (in a growing number of cities)
Thing 2: Jam cellphone signals.

Two great tastes that taste great together? I'll admit that both are things that are guilty pleasures of mine, but I'm trying to quit right now, I swear! (Ok, I haven't jammed RF signal, and neither should you - it truly is illegal.)

The device is lightweight and small for easy camoflauging: it is the size of a pack of cigarettes.

An internal lithium-ion battery provides up to 2 hours of jamming (two bands, such as cell) or 4 hours (single band, such as cordless phone, GPS, WiFi, bluetooth, etc). The battery is rechargeable via a mini-USB connector or 4mm DC jack (a common size). Alternately, 3 AAA batteries may also be used.

Read: Wave Bubble

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5 years ago

More Crossbow screenshots hit the web

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More Crossbow screenshots hit the web

Looks like leakers giving themselves nicknames is all the rage now. Neowin's new friend is "betacollector", who has posted a healthy dose of new Crossbow screenshots to this forum thread.

Those of you holding out for something more impressive than a re-skinning and general tweaks should probably stop now - we've known for awhile now that there's nothing hugely new in Crossbow. At least they added the screen we see on the right here - "Enable the "X" button to end running programs." On paper, letting the OS handle memory and multitasking without the user's interaction may have been a great idea, but the number of us who've gone to great lengths to just easily quit programs has been proof enough that it didn't work in WM5. Good job with this dialog, Microsoft. Thanks.

Testers of Windows Mobile Codenamed Crossbow (or Windows Mobile 6.0) have leaked at least 2 versions of the pre-release online, along with a good number of screenshots. According to our source betacollector the pre-release is incomplete, missing a few functions but working fine.

Read: Neowin.net - Windows Mobile Crossbow (WM6) Leaked

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5 years ago

Boy Genius has the HTC Cavalier (update to the T-Mobile Dash)

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What we don't know: when it will ship. What we do know: it appears to have fixed a significant number of the niggling bugs and hassles in the Dash, namely: under-the-battery memory expansion slot, aggravating keyboard, (let's hope) terrible touch-bar-volume strip implementation, and lack-of-3G. Please, HTC and Cingular, give this to us soon.

As many of you know it's a needed upgrade to the ever popular HTC Excalibur (and all incarnations). The processor has been upgraded to a Samsung 400Mhz, flash memory of 128MB, a 2-mega pixel camera, and a slightly updated form factor. The 3G is tri-band, 850/1900/2100 and I have been zipping along Cingular's network without a hitch so far. HSDPA baby! Signal reception is as good or better than the Excalibur and the JOGGR touch-wheel has been moved to the direct side instead of by the screen. Bad news HTC sent out a memo to all distributors saying this device has been "postponed indefinitely".

Read: Unboxing: HTC Cavalier | The Boy Genius Report

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5 years ago

Verizon joins the SMS-Price-Gouging Club

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SIGH. Following Cingular and Sprint, Verizon is raising their SMS pricing. It's unclear whether this will present the same opportunity for Verizon users that it did for Sprint and Cingular users: namely, free contract breakage for angry folks. In any case, this move just chaps my hide. Once you have the infrastructure built, shouldn't prices go down?

Effective March 1, Verizon will raise the current pricing of text messages from $.10 to $.15 per message for those that have chosen to not subscribe to a message plan.

Read: Verizon to Increase Text Message Pricing (MobileBurn)

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5 years ago

Docs to Go Preview for WM Smartphone Edition

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Docs to Go Preview for WM Smartphone Edition

Microsoft has promised that future versions of the Smartphone Edition of Windows Mobile would include full document editing (actually, IIRC, they promised to quit making two wholly different versions, but I digress). In the meantime, Smartphone edition users can stop being so jealous of the rest of us as DocsToGo is coming soon for you. You still will live in a strange netherworld where copy and paste is a complex and dangerously advanced function not available to you elsewhere, but c'est la vie. One oddity: the DocsToGo preview has only been tested on a few devices and is some sort of pre-release - but it's also shipping with the new for-Corporate MotoQ Pro.

Anyhow, as a long-time PalmOS user, I can vouch for DocsToGo, they know their stuff. If this is anywhere near as professional as the PalmOS version, then it's something to celebrate.

Coming Soon - But Preview Available Now!

Word, Excel, PowerPoint & PDF files on your Motorola Q, Samsung BlackJack, T-Mobile Dash & Other Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphones.

Read: Documents To Go for Windows Mobile 5 (Smartphone): Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF on your Motorola Q, Cingular BlackJack & T-Mobile Dash

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5 years ago

AT&T renaming Cingular AT&T, former AT&T users' do double take

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With all the mergers and name changes that AT&T has gone through in the past 10 years or so, it's a wonder that they (whoever "they" even is these days when it comes to AT&T) still think that the brand has enough legs to do better than "Cingular." I almost disagree. "AT&T Wireless" has always connoted "2nd-tier wireless carrier" to me, but then what do I know.

That whole "2nd Tier" rap, if it's there, certainly isn't going to be helped by plans to "begin selling ads on mobile phones." Thanks, no.

*-- It will begin selling AT&T-branded wireless services to its large pool of corporate phone and Internet customers, allowing it to offer discounts for bundles that were impossible when Cingular was a separate entity. Quadruple play, as they say in the lingo.
-- AT&T also will begin selling ads on mobile phones, TV and its Internet-access service this year, allowing advertisers to reach consumers across multiple platforms with a single operator.
-- AT&T plans to transition the Cingular and BellSouth brands to its own moniker this year. Ads will begin mid-January under the slogan “Cingular is now the new AT&T”; the BellSouth brand will begin to be phased out this week. *

Read: MocoNews - Unhealthily Obsessed with Mobile Content

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5 years ago

Virtual Earth Mobile Updated

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Virtual Earth Mobile Updated

Virtual Earth Mobile has been bumped up to 1.69, adding a feature or two and a bugfix or two.

Virtual Earth is a really impressive app, though I have to say that so far it doesn't quite live up to Google Maps on the PalmOS. It does help fill the gap, though. As long as I'm being honest, I'll say that the Windows Live Search Beta for WM is also very nice and has pretty much replaced Virtual Earth as my mapper of choice.

For those of you who asked to be able to drag the map with the stylus, I've finally gotten around to implementing it.

I also added the option of getting directions in text form, for those of you who prefer written directions.

And I fixed a bug in "Add to Contacts" that appeared because the server is no longer returning zip cod

Read: Windows Mobile Team Blog : Virtual Earth Mobile 1.69

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5 years ago

HTC 2007 Roadmap Revealed?

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HTC 2007 Roadmap Revealed?

MSMobileNews breaks down (and by "breaks down" I mean "provides translation") the big leak from hpc.ru - a whole slew of HTC Windows Mobile devices planned for 2007 release. There's a ton of great stuff in here - the Vox, the Cavalier, the Athena, the Elf, the Kaiser, the Love, the Wings, and the Erato. Now you just have to decide which one you're waiting for. Good luck with that, I'm waiting for them all.

HTC's road map for 2007 has been leaked on the Internet and features a range of Windows Mobile Smartphones and Pocket PCs, some of which we've seen before, some we haven't. As with all pre-release information the specifics could change before release.

Read: News: HTC's 2007 Road Map Leaked MSMobileNews.com - Windows Mobile News and Reviews (Smartphones and Pocket PCs)

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5 years ago

List of Cingular 3g Areas

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5 years ago

Gadget users never lie, says gadget user

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Aw, that's ...sweet? Or maybe horrible. Gadgets apparently make it easier and more appealing to lie. I'd have more to say about this phenomenon, but I'm feeling really sick lately. Seriously. Super ill. In the meantime, you look great in that shirt. Seriously.

More than four out of five people admit to telling little white lies at least once a day and the preferred way of being "economical with the truth" is to use technology such as cell phones, texts and e-mails, a survey on Thursday said.

The research by UK pollsters 72 Point found that "techno-treachery" was widespread with nearly 75 percent of people saying gadgets like Blackberrys made it easier to fib.

Just over half of respondents said using gadgets made them feel less guilty when telling a lie than doing it face to face, the study on behalf of financial services group Friends Provident found.

Read: Gadgets seen as best way to tell white lies - Yahoo! News

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5 years ago

E-TEN Glofish M700 approved by FCC

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E-TEN Glofish M700 approved by FCC

FCC approval doesn't necessarily mean we'll see the device coming to these American shores, but let's hope that it does, because this M700 looks to be the first high-end PPC phone to knock HTC off its high horse (not that I have anything against HTC). Thank god I switched to GSM, though I do miss 3G sorely, built-in WiFi and a SiRF III chipset would definitely help blunt that pain.

To recap, you get a plethora of features including Windows Mobile 5.0 (AKU 3.2), quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, 802.11b/g WiFi and that awesome SiRFStar III GPS chipset. You can even avoid that bumper-to-bumper mess thanks to the Traffic Message Channel (TMC). Other goodies include a 2.0 megapixel camera, push email, FM radio, and a Samsung SC3 2442 (400MHz) processor. Too bad there isn't any 3G.

Read: FCC gives go-ahead to E-TEN Glofish M700 Pocket PC Phone

Via (and photo credit): E-TEN M700 Pocket PC Phone FCC Approved : MobileWhack.com

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5 years ago

MMS could infect (or at least crash) Windows Mobile

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Well that's bad news: The Register is reporting that it's possible to send a malicious MMS to Windows Mobile phones (at least Pocket PC 2003 and Smartphone 2003 phones) that could possibly infect them with malicious code. More likely it would just crash the phone (thank god for small favors), though, as it's apparently wicked-tough to implement.

All in all, we've had a remarkably long honeymoon when it comes to security on mobile devices. Hopefully it's not over yet.

Security researchers have released proof-of-concept code that exploits vulnerabilities in MMS implementations in mobile phones running mobile versions of Windows.
[...]Even in devices confirmed as vulnerable the attacker needs to know the correct memory slot where the MMS processing code is executing, so exploitation is far from easy. Malicious MMS message will most likely only crash a device rather than infecting it, reports anti-virus firm F-Secure.

Read: How to crash a Windows mobile using MMS | The Register

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5 years ago

Samsung i760 leaked

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Samsung i760 leaked

Here's another leak from Engadget, another CDMA phone for Verizon, this time from Samsung. That little directional pad down in the lower-left looks interesting, seems like a good solution for reducing the overall height of the device. Add the sliding QWERTY keyboard (and the next-gen WM OS) and it looks like a winner. Samsung

[...] * taking on a decidedly different appearance from its GSM cousin by pushing the keypad to the right and the directional pad to the left. It looks like Verizon is all lined up to get this bad boy come Q2 of next year, packing a little next-gen Windows Mobile action in the process*

Read: Verizon's Samsung i760 out-BlackJacks the BlackJack? - Engadget Mobile

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