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5 years ago

DST Patch, Part Deux

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DST Patch, Part Deux

Apparently the first patch was buggy, in that its attempts to fix what hour is what actually broke what hour is what. All's well now, though. Go clickly and get your WM5 phone ready for the new times that are a-comin'.

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.

Read: Windows Mobile Updates for Daylight Saving Time, via Download Squad

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5 years ago

JB5 - Yet Another Browser

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JB5 - Yet Another Browser

This browser comes from Bangalore, from a company calles Jataayu (no, I don't know how to pronounce that, ethnocentric git that I am, but my best guess is that it rhymes with Atreyu). The browser is called jB5, and it uses something called "Adaptive Rendering Technology" (ART) to fit pages to your screen.

The linked page is their attempt at making a community site, but you can also download the WM5 Beta there as well. And by "Beta", I think they mean "It will start on your Treo 750v, but then immediately close after the splash screen." Beta, indeed.

jB5, our truly mobile web browser, is architected to extend the excellence of our earlier WAP1x and WAP2 browsers to the HTML world.
It's great, it's available for WinMobile SP and Symbian plaforms. Check out the Beta versions.

Read: Welcome to jB5 community

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5 years ago

Doh! MS *Not* Giving Vendors Free WM6 Licenses

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Doh! MS *Not* Giving Vendors Free WM6 Licenses

Ah, internets, you fickle thing, you. You made us believe that the likelihood of seeing WM6 upgrades for our current WM5 devices was very high, since you told us that Microsoft had given all their vendors free licenses to upgrade current devices.

Not so, says an MS spokesperson to Brighthand. Not so.

Ah well. I guess that means I'll be buying new devices to get my Windows Mobile 6 fix. Like you thought I wouldn't be anyway.

Last week, it was reported by several web sites that Microsoft is not going to charge a license fee to companies who want to issue Windows Mobile 6 upgrades for current devices.

According to a Microsoft spokesperson, this is not exactly true.

Read: Report of Free Windows Mobile 6 Licenses an Oversimplification

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5 years ago

Alltel: Won't Somebody Buy Us?

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Alltel: Won't Somebody Buy Us?

We reported earlier that Verizon was considering buying up #5 US carrier Alltel. Apparently that's not going as well as hoped, as Reuters is reporting that Alltel is, in fact, shopping itself around to its big brothers. More specifically, they're talking to AT&T. However, this article points out that it's probably just as likely that it's some sort of negotiation move with their real sweetheart, Verizon. It doesn't make much sense for GSM-using AT&T to pick up (primarily) CDMA-using Alltel anyway, it would be much easier to Verizon to swallow them up.

Alltel Corp. (AT.N: Quote, Profile , Research) has stepped up efforts to sell itself to carriers such as AT&T Inc. (T.N: Quote, Profile , Research), Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ.N: Quote, Profile , Research) and Sprint Nextel Corp. (S.N: Quote, Profile , Research), said people familiar with the matter,

Read: Alltel steps up efforts to sell itself - WSJ | Business News | Reuters.com

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5 years ago

WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 15

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WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 15

Let's make it a big prize today: A Jabra JX10 Bluetooth Headset - the stylin' black one. Let's just say the WMExperts Store is feeling generous after all of the store reviews you folks posted for Friday's contest (The store also sponsored a Wii for Engadget's contest, if you didn't hear).

How to Win

Over at TreoCentral, there's a new podcast wherein I forced myself to list my "Top 5" Windows Mobile apps (Yes, I'm shameless in my interlinking). I'll cross-post them here after the jump. It's likely, though, that yours are different. It's even more likely that you may disagree with my top 5. So to enter in today's contest, comment on this post with your top 5 apps for Windows Mobile, or criticize mine, or ask our readers if "there's an app that does X" ...pretty much anything Windows Mobile app-related works for me.

Today's contest will be open until noon EST tomorrow, March 6th. In addition to today's cool prize, 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.

(Full contest rules are here)

Dieter's Top-5 Windows Mobile Applications

  1. SPB Mobile Shell, a great way to navigate through your Treo faster and easier.
  2. Resco Explorer, a very powerful file explorer, registry editor, and FTP Browser.
  3. Google maps, need I say more?
  4. Pocket Informant, a Calendar/Contacts/Tasks replacement with a ton of features. (I go back and forth, but I always come back)
  5. PdaNet, which automatically sets up Dial-Up Networking. I know it's not technically necessary, but not having to deal with config is worth it for me.
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5 years ago

Jeff Hawkins to Announce Palm's "3rd type" of Device in May

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Amidst buyout rumors, stock fluctuations, and predictions of doom, Palm founder Jeff Hawkins gives an interview to PalmAddicts that reveals he's pretty excited about Palm's future. While we love to razz the PalmOS for being out-dated and fugly, it's still a good thing to have competition in the smartphone space.

In the past Hawkins has dropped hints that Palm has an ace up their sleeve, a secret "3rd Category" of mobile devices. Will the mystery gadget compete with Windows Mobile (or the iPhone) or is it genuinely new? Nobody knows but Palm, but the interview is an interesting read, if only for this little tidbit:

One of the main reasons we did a Windows-based product is because we were worried we wouldn’t have access to the Palm OS. Palm is in complete control of its destiny again.

Read: PalmAddicts: Jeff Hawkins talks to Palm Addict

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5 years ago

More on T-Zones, It Should Be Back To Normal

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PhoneNews points out that T-Zones should be back and provides a few more details about why it went down. Lots of folks experienced problems with the cut-rate internet service lately. Given that the Dash has a T-Zones button on it, closing down ports on the thing was a bone-headed move by T-Mobile. Here's to hoping they don't do it again.

Late last month however, T-Mobile opted to reconsider their port offerings, and closed all ports on T-Zones. This shut down Google Maps and Opera Mini on phones, as well as forced Dash users to get a PDA Plan. WIthin hours, T-Mobile was flooded with support calls, and re-re-considered their position. T-Mobile has now restored the old settings.

Read: Phone News - T-Mobile, Ports, And You... The Current Shakeup

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5 years ago

MotoQ coming to Amp'd

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5 years ago

WM6 SDK Released to Developers

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WM6 SDK Released to Developers

Looks like the development kit for Windows Mobile 6 is a nice one - it appears to be robust enough that most folks won't actually need to purchase the devices they're writing apps for. This page has a few more details - most of which are mysterious and arcane to a non-developer like myself. Of course, some of you may have already grabbed it when it was accidentally released early in February.

The Windows Mobile® 6 developer platform release focuses on a few core goals: simplify line of business (LOB) application development and deployment, make the task of building a single application that runs successfully across the many different devices in the Windows Mobile family easier, and provide an enhanced user experience

Read: What's New for Developers in Windows Mobile 6

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5 years ago

Review: Aliph Jawbone Bluetooth headset

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5 years ago

More on 320x320 Screen Resolution Support

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In our first WM6 Mega-Roundup (there's also Mega-Roundup 2), I noted that Windows Mobile 6 supports 320x320 resolution (gee, who would want that?). Over at the WM Team Blog, Mike Calligaro goes into a little more detail on the whys and hows. I'm glad to see it, I'll be even gladder when Windows Mobile is fully resolution-independent, by which I mean fully scalable to any resolution without so much effort on the part of developers. Photon, I'm looking at you.

This is why that previous entry didn’t tell you what we were planning to do in the future.  It’s also why the comments are full of me saying things like, “This is something we can do, it’ll just take a lot of work.”  (Incidentally, that “a lot of work” bit was definitely true.  We barely finished 320x320 support in time for WM6 to ship.)

Read: Windows Mobile Team Blog : 320x320 Revisited

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5 years ago

WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 14

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WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 14

Well if the WMExperts Store is going to sponsor a contest at Engadget in addition to sponsoring our own Prize-A-Day contest, we should give them some love--in the form of helping them out with more Customer Reviews in the store itself.

Today's prize is a screen protector pack of your choice plus a pack of those neat 3M cleaning cloths to help make sure you get your plastic protector on just right.

How to win

As with Day 4, head on over to the WMExperts Store and review any product between now and noon EST on Monday, March 5th. Be sure to enter a full review, including your email address. We'll pick a winner randomly from all the reviews.

Most of you know the drill by now: 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

Engadget Giving Away a Wii

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Engadget Giving Away a Wii

Engadget is running a contest for their 3rd birthday, one of the prizes is a Wii + 10,000 Wii Points. Why are we posting about that on a Windows Mobile site? Well, our very own WMExperts Store is sponsoring that particular prize. So head on over to Engadget and start making that screensaver they're asking for!

We'll pick the five best Engadget screensavers as judged by the editors of Engadget and award out prizes in order of merit. Oh, and we'll be adding all the winning screensavers to the Engadget software page, too.Also, big ups to the WMExperts store for providing the Wii and 10,000 Wii points to the grand prize winner!

Read: Engadget

(Our own Prize-A-Day contest is going strong, a new one for today will be up in just a bit)

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5 years ago

HTC Cavalier vs. Samsung i600

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HTC Cavalier vs. Samsung i600

Smartphone in the snow? What are you doing, man?! Oh, you're doing a comparative review of devices I'd like to see here in the US: The HTC Cavalier (successor to the T-Mobile Dash) and the Samsug i600 (AKA: The Blackjack with WiFi and a 2nd camera). If you can get past the utter insanity of burying these devices in the snow (you know, that stuff can turn into water), it's a very full-featured review with lotsa pretty close-up pictures.

today’s review is dedicated to the face-off of two smartphones: HTC S650 (codenamed Cavalier) and Samsung i600. The company’s apply totally different approach to the development of QWERTY-equipped smartphones and we are eager to figure out how these vendors see the ways of this segment’s expansion.

Read: Mobile-review.com Comparative review of QWERTY-smartphones Samsung i600 and HTC S650 (via Smartphone thoughts )

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5 years ago

Mobile Justice: SMS your phone for its GPS Location

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Here's a neat little app: MobileJustice. If your WM Phone has GPS on it, this little app can run in the background and listen for a certain SMS message - the one you send it asking where the heck it is - to which it auto replies with GPS coordinates. They recommend using it for lost or stolen phones, but I have a much better idea: Strap your phone on the back of a stray dog, wait two days, then go looking: extreme geocaching!

MobileJustice is a freeware anti theft application for Windows Mobile 5.0 based devices that allows you to monitor and search your mobile phone via GPS coordinates.

The application consists of four modules:

1. SimMon (sim card monitor, started at windows startup)
2. RemoteMonitor(parses incoming SMS messages and sending replies)
3. GpsReport (get GPS position and send it to phones listed in command line)
4. MJConfig (configuration utility)

Read: Tech[dot]Blog » MobileJustice anti theft for Windows Mobile PPC- Track and Monitor SIM card changes via GPS coordinates

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