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5 years ago

Moto Q9 Coming to AT&T - (Obviously)

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Moto Q9 Coming to AT&T - (Obviously)

Engadget has a pretty pretty picture of the upcoming Motorola Q9 decked out in AT&T livery. They're not sure if it's a fake or not and neither am I, but like Engadget I don't think it matters much - this device is coming and I hope it's coming soon.

Is this depiction of the redundantly-named Moto Q q9 in AT&T livery utterly Photoshoppable? Yes; but is the idea of the q9 coming to AT&T completely believable, too? Yeah, we'd say so.

Read: Motorola Q q9 coming to AT&T? - Engadget

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5 years ago

Command Line on Your Phone?

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Command Line on Your Phone?

Dave Beers of Pikesoft is apparently working on his own little cross platform command-line interface for mobile devices. To which I say "Yes Please." Basically the idea is that we're doing too much drilling down and menu selecting to do what we want, when most of what we want to do is generally just a simple "Noun, Verb" sort of action. WM's voice command actually goes a long way towards achieving this with audible commands, but I'm imagining something more like the Mac's OS's Quicksilver, but on a phone. So is Beers, apparently:

You: "cj"
Device: "Call Jane Doe or Call Jim Beam?"

You: "a" (second letter of Jane's name) or "d" (last name initial)
Device: "Calling Jane Doe... 719-555-1234"

The entire essay is worth the read, especially if you're skeptical about this. I am not - I want it now.

Read: Software Everywhere » The return of the command line interface

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5 years ago

MS's Craig Mundie Throws Down

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MS's Craig Mundie Throws Down

Bill Gates is retiring soon and it sort of makes sense that he'll need two people to replace him. One of those people is Craig Mundie, who recently talked about all things Microsoft with CNN. His discussion of Windows Mobile (compared to the iPhone) is short but interesting: MS is about creating an ecosystem while Apple is about vertical integration. Sure, it's a standard MS line, but it's also accurate. Mundie also notes that he expects some high end "fashion and function phones" coming out this year to compete nicely with the iPhone. Time will tell.

Well, Microsoft has been in the phone business for years. What do you think that thing is (pointing to a cell phone on the table)? That does more than an iPhone does today and it's our 7th generation.

Read: Microsoft's Mundie: Consumers driving tech trends - CNN.com

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5 years ago

WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 18(+)

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WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 18(+)

Shaun over at PDA 24/7 posts his thoughts about switching from the PalmOS Treo to a WM device. This little bit at the end caught my eye:

I, like many others, have the view that Palm OS feels more reliable and that is because of how it works- it is super quick and have a simplicity that gives an impression of smoothness. WM on the other hand can feel clunky and slow at times and almost too much for the hardware it is running on.

That is an interesting observation. My initial gut reaction is also that the PalmOS is stabler than WM5 - but "stable" is a subjective thing - everybody loads different 3rd party software, every device is different, etc etc. Were I of a more scientific bent, I would ignore that and base my judgment solely on things like how often I have to reset a device, crashes, and so on. But the reality of it is there's a "feel" that serves as the basis for whether or not we think a device is stable.

Today's Prize: the Motorola DC800 Bluetooth Stereo Transceiver - a great little gadget that will either stream your stereo's music to your bluetooth headphones or (and this is how we use the thing here) you can use it to receive music from your A2DP-enabled smartphone to play on your stereo.

How To Win

Switching to WM was, for me, a lot like switching to the Mac: More power, a different but in some ways better GUI, more "pretty", and so on. Whether one or the other is "stabler" is an open question.

So: whats your "switch" experience? Or were you loyal since day one? Do you try to get others to "switch"? Head on over to the forums between now and noon EST on Monday, March 12th and post in this thread.

I'm going on vacation and so "today's" Prize-A-Day will be Prize-A-Thursday-Though-Monday-Morning. In other words, light posting for the rest of today and none tomorrow.

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5 years ago

WM Team Prank Fun

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WM Team Prank Fun

So we know that there's two sides to Windows Mobile Development at Microsoft:

Now, within Windows Mobile there are 2 distinct teams. There's Windows Devices Core (WDC), which is the team responsible for the Windows Mobile OS. That's the base platform team.

Then there's Mobile Information Worker (MIW), which is the team responsible for Outlook Mobile and other applications that run on top of the base OS.

..what we didn't know is that apparently the hardcore "we make the low level stuff" WDC group thinks that the "We make the stuff people actually interact with" MIW group are a bunch of sissies. Ok, maybe they don't, but they did engage in a little College-Prank-Style team building.

Oh, and WDC: The word you're looking for is pwn3d (or pwnzrd!). Srsly, l2p n00bz. ;-)

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5 years ago

AT&T SMT5700

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AT&T SMT5700

I scroll through my news feed pretty darn quickly, so when this image flashed by I found myself frantically scrolling back up -- Whattheheck? Engadget Mobile is similarly shocked:

Whoa, what do we have here? First up, this is the first smartphone (thought not the first phone) we've seen with the new AT&T branding. Second, this is the first partnership of which we're aware between China's Amoi and an American carrier. Third -- and perhaps most importantly -- the QWERTY-equipped Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone evokes the storied "SMT" model series which long ago served up the original AT&T Wireless' SMT5600,

It's Yet Another Qwerty Keyboard Windows Mobile Smartphone, it's Yet Another FCC Leak (that needs a tag of its own, doesn't it?), it's pretty straightforward. When we'll see it, I don't know, but since Cingular/AT&T has the Blackjack already, why would they want to pull sales away from that? Maybe this has better battery life.. or more likely, better margins for AT&T.

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5 years ago

Lord of Devices, or, WM6 Cache of a different kind

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That, ladies and gentlemen, is a big damn pile of Windows Mobile 6 phones. New information? Nah. Crazy Rumors? Nah. In-depth analysis? Nah. Sometimes you just want to see a pile of new phones and fondle them all - or at least see a video it happening.

In this podcast, we grab a few quick minutes with Raleigh Paenitz — Microsoft’s resident Lord of Devices.

Read: MEDC


Video: MEDC Podcast #3: Lord of Devices

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5 years ago

WMExperts Prize-A-Day, 3rd Batch-O-Winners

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Here's the (belated) batch of winners from last week. Today's contest is here - and I should probably point out that the last day of the contest is fast approaching (the last contest will be posted on Monday) - so be sure to enter every day to maximize your chances of winning our Grand Prize!

  • Day 10 - Jeff wins his choice of cradle
    ...Day 10 taught me that there are more Blackjacks out there than I'd previously guessed. I'm going to have to pick up one of those suckers myself so I can properly test stuff with it -- too bad I'm not eligible for this contest myself. ;-)
  • Day 11 - Scott wins a retractable Sync'n'Charge cable
    ...Day 11 basically confirmed what I'd already thought: most people find their battery life is ok, but not stellar. And the MotoQ is the worst of the bunch.
  • Day 12 - gjlowe wins a copy of CorePlayer
    ...Ditto for Day 12's lessons: Music on your phone is nice for some folks, but for many, it ain't no iPod (or Zune).
  • Day 13 - bubbatex wins a copy of FlexWallet
    ...Two camps on Day 13: folks who just store PIM and folks who throw every blessed piece of information they possible can onto their smartphones.
  • Day 14 - maldog wins a Screen Protector Pack
    ...Seriously, does everybody own a Blackjack? A lot of reviews for Blackjack accessories.

That's enough for this roundup, I think. If you're not hip to our RSS Feed you can always check out this page for the latest Prie-A-Day Contest. (Full Contest Rules are here)

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5 years ago

WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 17

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WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 17

Time for me to face facts: I'm a bad driver - I use my phone in the car too much. I check maps, I text, I take calls, I've even been known to read an email or two. Bad. Bad Bad. One thing that helps, though, is having a car mount - especially when you're using GPS to map where you are. If, like me, you're bone-headed enough to be interacting with the internets via your smartphone while driving, the least you can do it make sure the smartphone is in a decent position.

Today's prize, therefore, is the Arkon CM910 Vehicle Mount. It should work with pretty much any phone and it includes a suction cup mount, a dash mount (via double stick tape) and a vent mount too. So there aren't many cars that won't accommodate this little bugger somewhere.

How to Win

I gave you my mea culpa - now give us yours. What's the most bone-headed thing you do with your smartphone? Emails during a supposedly romantic dinner? Texting while driving? Leaving the ringer on the movie theater? Comment on this post between now and noon EST tomorrow, March 8th, with your confession of personal smartphone silliness.

Don't Forget: every entry doubles as an entry for the Grand Prize and the two Second Prizes - A Smartphone of your choice plus $300 to spend in the WMExperts store and a couple of Slingbox Pros. I should mention that we only have a few days left in our Prize-A-Day contest, so if you have some special-someone who needs a chance to upgrade their phone (or get a Slingbox!), let them know about us, hey?

(Full contest rules are here)

...and yes, I'm late announcing last week's winners. That'll be up later this afternoon. :)

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5 years ago

Tips From Former Carrier Reps on Getting Deals

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You really want to check out a couple of posts over at the Consumerist: "7 Confessions of a Cingular Sales Rep" and "8 Confessions of a Former Verizon Sales Rep". Both are chock-full of tips and tricks for getting the most out of these blood-suckers (the carriers, not the reps) when it comes time to upgrade your phone or change your plan. The gist: use the reps' incentives to your advantage. They get a big boost from text message plans, so offering to sign up for one of those should net you savings elsewhere. And with carriers constantly raising the costs of non-plan text messages, you probably should be getting one of those unlimited plans anyway (and the unlimited data plan too, lest you end up with a $8,677.29 phone bill).

Update: Add confessions from a Sprint rep to the mix.

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5 years ago

Yahoo Strikes Deal with HTC

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Yahoo Strikes Deal with HTC

When Yahoo Go Beta was released last year for Windows Mobile devices, I was pretty jazzed up about it. It basically offered quick and easy push email as well was calendar and contacts sync to your average Joe-Consumer with little to no setup. Sure, it was tied to Yahoo, but it was also incredibly well-made.

Later on Yahoo released "Gamma" which did not work on Windows Mobile, so finding the older version of the software became tough. I was unhappy. Now it appears that HTC and Yahoo have become BFF, as HTC plans to preload the Yahoo software on their devices - insipiring me to re-check their Windows Mobile page, which sadly shows just as many "Coming Soons" as it does compatible devices. Hopefully Yahoo will get it working on other devices soon - it's a great app for folks that want exchange-like functionality without the hassles of an exchange server. Currently it looks like April for PocktPC versions of WM.

Yahoo has teamed up with High Tech Computer (HTC) to put a suite of Internet software applications on millions of Windows Mobile handsets, the companies said Wednesday.

Read: Windows Mobile handsets get Yahoo Go

Update: I just noticed, there aren't any square screen devices on Yahoo's list of Devices that are "Coming Soon." Treo owners might be out of luck?

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5 years ago

FCC Confirms: HTC Titan / XV6800 / PPC6800 Still on the Way

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Leaked presentation slides, leaked pics, and leaked roadmaps are all well and good, but when the FCC approves a device, you can pretty much stop having doubts about whether or not a device is coming out. Engaget Mobile keeps a close eye on the FCC and it's paid off - the HTC Titan (aka Verizon XV6800 aka Sprint PPC 6800) is coming and coming soon.

The device should have EVDO Rev A, more memory, Bluetooth 2.0, and kill that damnable antenna. Heck, I'm even excited by the scroll wheel and WiFi on/off switch. In any case, if you like to read PDFs detailing radiation levels and suchlike, head straight to the FCC's report

there's some sort of wave of reassurance that washes over us when we see a promised new handset get two thumbs-up from our boys and girls at the Fed.

Read: HTC Titan all up in the FCC's business - Engadget Mobile

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5 years ago

Hacker Proof-of-Concept: T-Mobile MDA as "Evil Twin" Network

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A great article was posted on Friday over at c|net, describing how "Carl Banzhof, VP and chief technology evangelist for McAfee, outlined a scenario in which mobile phones--not laptops--could be used to sniff wireless packets". The upshot is that he took a T-Mobile MDA and made it look like a WiFi access point - i.e. showing how a malicious smartphone user could "trick" you into logging onto the internet via the MDA, thereby exposing all of your communications to packet sniffing.

I read stories like this and it makes me complain a little less about Microsoft devoting resources to security on Windows Mobile instead of "the pretty."

You still see the Internet, except all your personal data is now flowing through the criminal's machine as a man-in-the-middle intermediary.

Read: Security Watch: Hacking with smart phones - CNET reviews

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5 years ago

Vito Technology Software Roundup

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Vito Technology Software Roundup

Note from Dieter: Welcome to Tim Hillebrand, who gives us his first article for WMExperts today, a round up of software that's available from Vito Techonology

Founded in 1999, Vito Technology employs 30 people and occupies four floors of a large building in Novosibirsh, Russia. While Vito offers an amazing array of software programs for handheld devices, it specializes in navigation and digital cartography. Vito also has considerable experience in custom software design, hardware development, and business solutions for mobile devices. Vito is a Microsoft Empower Program Partner.

Let’s take a look at some of the programs available for Windows Mobile devices. Note that I tested these programs on a Treo 700wx, so I left off applications that did not work on my device.

Vito Update, 15 March '07

Some time has elapsed between the time I reviewed the Vito products and the publication of the roundup. Let me take this opportunity to offer some updates.

Audio Player has a special “Play as an Audio Book” mode that conveniently picks up where you left off, but it does not record phone calls. The latest version of QuickContact (3.0) can now be invoked by simply pressing the green button. Just as a heads up, ButtonMapper does not work on Smartphones; MobileDownloader and ThemeEditor still only work on Pocket PCs, not Smartphones. The new version of Navigator II still does not work on square screen Pocket PCs.

Multimedia Applications

AudioNotes $19.95

AudioNotes is a powerful recording solution that allows you to record everything from a phone conversation to lectures. You can use it to make quick hands free memos while you are driving. It’s simple to use. You can even program a hardware button dedicated to its operation. When you have completed a recording, you can email it instead of laboriously tapping out a text message. The sound quality is superb. To conserve space, you can adjust the quality of the recording. To further save space, you can elect to install it on a storage card and store files there too.

AudioPlayer $9.95

Yes, your Windows Mobile 5 device comes with the Microsoft Media Player pre-installed. So, why would you want to spend extra money on yet another player? For me the answer is simple. Using Windows Mobile Media player is cumbersome to say the least. You have to navigate through endless menus and playlists to find files. AudioPlayer makes it ever-so-much-more-simple.

For convenience, AudioPlayer is set-up so that you can control it with the joystick and soft keys. Of course, you can also use your stylus. If you just want to cycle through all your music, just go to your storage card, and push play. Alternatively, you can play a single file once or repeat it, You can play just the songs in a particular folder, shuffle, boost the bass. To save battery power, you can turn off the screen. You can also set it to pause for an incoming call.

It plays MP3, OGG, and WAV formats, but unfortunately not WMA and some of the other formats now in vogue, so that is a limitation. As the name implies, it is solely an audio player and will not play video files nor some audiobooks.

RingtoneEditor $9.95

Why spend a fortune downloading ringtones and making someone else rich. Create your own out of any sound clip you like, even your own yodeling with Vito Ringtone Editor. This ringtone editor is far and away the best one I’ve ever tested. It allows you to find your files quickly no matter how deeply embedded they are. It allows you to start and stop your recording anywhere in the file you wish. This is an important feature because some other ringtone editors will only allow you to start at the beginning and the record for a predetermined time. If you are thinking of creating your own ringtones, this is the one to buy. Hey, you can even make ringtones to sell or give away as an incentive on your Website.

SketchArtist $15.95

If you ever wanted to create drawings like the forensic artists do for wanted posters, here’s your chance. With this fun application, you can have a lot of fun making sketches of your friends and enemies. With the choice of thousands of facial features, you build a caricature feature by feature. You will be astounded by the variations in noses, eyebrows, chins, ears, etc. There are a different set of hairdos and features for males and females.

A word of caution: once you start playing with this program, it becomes addictive. The SketchArtist palette does not fit a Palm Treo's 240x240 screen; part of the bottom of the face disappears until you shrink it so that it will come into view. I hope Vito will soon offer a release configured for small square screens. You may wish to wait on this one.

SoundExplorer $24.95

SoundExplorer is really three programs in one. It is an MP3 player, a sophisticated sound recorder, and a file explorer just for sound files.

The player will handle MP3 and WMA files including GSM and ADPCM and operates with one button recording. You can even use voice commands, and you can schedule preset recording times. You can record everything from a lecture to a phone call and expect excellent playback quality. For some reason, I have a difficult time finding sound files in MediaPlayer, but SoundExplorer makes it a breeze.

The Today screen plug-in allows you to control the program directly, which can be very handy. SoundExplorer also gives you a set of tools for sound editing right on your Pocket PC. It’s too bad that it’s not a multimedia player.

Communications

QuickContact $15.95

Granted, Windows Mobile comes with several different methods of retrieving contact information However, QuickContact could save your life by allowing you to gain access to contact information with one hand. All the controls and large buttons are set-up for use with one hand and a finger. You don’t ever have to touch the screen with a stylus.

There are three different search panel views. In the Box view, you start inserting letters until your desired contact appears. In the Diamond Panel mode, you can use a modified phone keypad to key in numbers or letters to seek your contact. In the touch panel you can use the standard phone keypad.

You can add new contact, sort by first and last name, and adjust the fonts to your specifications.

Have you ever had the dilemma of talking on the phone and having to search for a phone number at the same time? QuickContact allows you to expedite this cumbersome process with one hand while still talking.

Now all this is well and good, but there is no quick way to access the program itself. To make it readily available, it’s a good idea to program a hardware button to invoke it. For that reason, you may wish to invest in Vito’s ButtonMapper.

Voice2Go $29.95

Perhaps it’s because Microsoft wants to sell you their voice manager program, but it has always surprised me that there is no voice command program pre-installed with Pocket PCs. If the one-handed operation of QuickContact isn't your thing, Voice2Go is instead a handsfree application.

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5 years ago

RIM Backdating Shuffle - Nothing To See Here

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The Blackberry is probably Microsoft's main competitor in the smartphone space -- but when it comes to corporate size doesn't hold a candle to MS (really, does anybody?). So when the stock option backdating brouhaha that's been sweeping the nation (er, nations, as RIM's based in Canada) hit RIM, analysts expected it would cause some headaches. Apparently that's not the case, though. I guess the scandal that hits everybody is the scandal that doesn't destroy anybody. Anyhow, the chairman is stepping down (but still the CEO) and RIM changed their report on the financial hit to what analysts were originally expecting (up from where it was before).

What does it mean for us WM folks - looks like "not much."

And now here we are: a $250 million restatement, with Jim Balsillie relinquishing his role as chairman (he stays on as CEO) now that he's been directly implicated in personally choosing favorable dates for back-dated options. CFO Dennis Kavelman, also implicated, will be transferred out of that role and into his new position as Chief Operating Officer.
If there is a surprise, it's that shareholders aren't reacting more negatively to the news.

The linked article also references the plethora of Palm buyout rumors that have been circulating for the past couple of weeks. I still think Palm's going to fight that off, but as a thorough reading of this post would surely reveal, I am not a financial analyst.

Read: RIM vs. Palm: The Battle for the Smartphone

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