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5 years ago

Review: Motorola EQ5 Wireless Travel Speaker

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Review: Motorola EQ5 Wireless Travel Speaker

As most can relate to, the speakerphone built into your phone is probably not the best for listening to your MP3s with. This is why it can be very handy to have Bluetooth (BT) enabled ultra compact speakers. How about throwing in actual speaker phone capabilities as well? Sound interesting? Then you will be interested in our review of the Motorola EQ5 Wireless Travel Stereo Speaker. To find out if it can live up to the name of Motorola or if this is just a good try that may not be worth the money, take a look inside.

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5 years ago

CT Scheduler

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CT Scheduler

Connective Tools has announced the release of CT Scheduler v1.02 for Windows Mobile Professional. CT Scheduler allows you to schedule various activities such as automatically sending SMS messages, sound volume adjustments, and sets call forwarding. Additional features include an unlimited number of single and recurring events, advanced recurring events (first monday, last friday, etc.), skip event, and communications controls. The application will also let you "test run" events without having to exit the application. Check in after the break for more on CT Scheduler and a few screen shots.

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5 years ago

From 'Windows Mobile' to 'Windows phone'

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Yeah, you read that right, and you'll likely see more headlines (See exhibits A, B, C and D) about losing the "Mobile" name. But before we all start freaking out, this is something we have recently discussed:

We all heard Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in his CES keynote refer to "Windows phones." (Read our liveblog here.) And that spurred the following in a reponse to one of our readers about viruses and Windows Mobile. Quoting, well, ourselves:

Given that Microsoft decided to call their mobile Operating System Windows Mobile and given that more recently they seem to want to refer to their stuff as "Windows Phones" (As Steve Ballmer did in the CES keynote), it's not mere paranoia to wonder about these types of issues, but a legitimate confusion about just what Windows Mobile is and how it relates to Windows now and in the future.

So what should we expect? Digitimes (that's Exhibit A, above) has a source claiming that "going forward, Windows Mobile-based handsets will be promoted simply as Windows phones without specifying an OS version number." 

Windows Mobile ain't "Windows," but there's a lot more opportunity for people to get the integration possibilities by calling it a "Windows Phone," not to mention fewer syllables.  We've been heard to complain that "Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard" doesn't exactly make for easy advertising copy, so in that sense "Windows Phone" is a lot better.  On the other hand, the prospect of having to explain that a "Windows Phone" is actually "Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard" and so can't run World of Warcraft give us the heebie-jeebies, just a little.  You?

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5 years ago

Rumor smash: About that MS-branded phone ...

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Rumor smash: About that MS-branded phone ...

Looks like the rumor of Microsoft bringing its own branded smartphone to Mobile World Congress has been squashed. What MS reportedly has done is create a "reference chassis" from which future devices would be made, including with the Nvidia Tegra chipsets.

Says ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley:

Think of what Microsoft is doing in phones as similar to what it has done in the PC market. Microsoft often develops reference implementations and encourages PC makers that they build PCs that adhere to a set of reference guidelines/specifications.

You can loosely tie that in to what has been said about there being fewer Windows Mobile smartphones in the future, and it's starting to make a little more sense. Want better and tighter phones running your operating system? Give the manufacturers something to work from. It also makes sense to assume that this has been done in the past and that these latest MS-branded smartphone rumors simply involve the next-gen reference chassis.

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5 years ago

Bonus tip of the week: TouchFlo 3D e-mails

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Bonus tip of the week: TouchFlo 3D e-mails

Here's a bonus tip of the week for you folks with TouchFlo 3D, courtesy of FuzeMobility [via].

There's no denying that TF3D is a sexy little UI, but it'd be nice if the e-mail preview envelope showed a little more text. And, as with all things HTC, the wizards at XDA Developers have found a hack. Here's what you'll need to do.

  1. In the Windows directory on your phone, back up the following files. 77fb7fad_manila and 21449ae5_manila. We're going to overwrite these. While you're at it, go ahead and back up your phone. (But you already knew to do that, right?)
  2. Head over to the XDA thread. You can either download the replacement files themselves, or a couple of handy on/off cabs.
  3. Go to your today screen settings, and turn TouchFlo 3D off. Repeat: Off. Not on.
  4. Either run the proper cab file, or copy over the new individual files into the Windows directory.
  5. Turn TouchFlo 3D back on. You may need to soft-reset.

That's it. The envelope should now be behind the e-mail preview, allowing you to see more with a quick glance. Let us know in the comments how it worked for you.

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5 years ago

Updated: Microsoft bringing Tegra phone to MWC?

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We're already expecting a Windows Mobile 6.5 announcement at Mobile World Congress in a few weeks, but what if Microsoft has something bigger up its sleeve?

Gigaom is speculating that a Tegra-based, Microsoft-branded phone may well be unveiled in Barcelona.

A few days months ago, Stacey reported on the rumors that Microsoft-branded smartphone based on Nvidia’s Tegra chipset. It seems those rumors might be true. Doug Freedman, chip analyst with research firm Broadpoint AmTech, wrote in a note to his clients this morning:

we have been able to identify NVDA’s second handset design win for the Tegra Applications Processor (our Jan. 12th note identified HTC). We believe that Tegra is also designed into an upcoming Microsoft smartphone (with a Qualcomm baseband solution). We believe that MSFT may announce one of the new phones at 3GSM.

Windows Mobile 6.5 and a Microsoft-branded phone at the same conference? That might be a bit much. But there's only one way to find out. Dieter, pack your bags.

(And thanks, Gigaom, for sharing that hilarious Zunephone video!)

Update: No way, no how, says ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley.

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5 years ago

Microsoft shifts execs to Windows Mobile

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We're trying not to become too worried over the recent rumor that we're not going to see Windows Mobile 7 until 2010. So, we keep reminding ourselves that great things must be afoot, and that takes time. Reinforcing that optimism is news that Microsoft recently moved several exec-types to the Windows Mobile team.

From Techflash [via]:

Confirming a tip we received, the company acknowledged this afternoon that Zune executive Joe Belfiore and Windows Home Server GM Charlie Kindel have shifted to the Mobile Communications Business, the group responsible for Windows Mobile. They join Terry Myerson, who came from the Exchange team last year.

OK, there's no Zune phone coming. We know that. But lends even more credence to the reports that Windows 7 will be more Zune-esque or multimedia-centric. Bossman Steve Ballmer himself will be speaking at Mobile World Congress, so maybe we'll learn more then. If not? We'll just have to keep beating the bushes till 2010.

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5 years ago

Verizon to hold biggest yard sale yet - AT&T Looking for Deals

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 Now that Verizon has completed their Alltel marriage/merger, they're sitting on a few assets they no longer need -- like an ex bachelor who suddenly realizes a married man doesn't need a Miller Light neon sign. When we say "realizes," we mean "compelled to by federal regulators." When we say "a few assets," we're talking $3 billion in wireless assets. That's one heck of a yard sale.  

And, like any good yard sale, the neighbors show up first. AT&T apparently is first in line a wallet full of cash thanks to its recent iPhone and tower sales. Carlyle Group, Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts & Co, and Providence Equity Partners LLC also will be there looking for whatever deals they can get.  All of the above, however, have to keep those self-same federal regulators happy, so AT&T will probably find themselves haggling a bit.

The Wall Street Journal (pay site) via Engadget Mobile

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5 years ago

Review: KeePass PPC

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Review: KeePass PPC

In keeping with our theme of looking at open-source software for Windows Mobile, we now focus on KeePass PPC. KeePass is similar to other open source projects in that it originally was intended for desktop operating systems and has since been ported to handheld platforms.

Similar to several applications that are commercially available, KeePass stores sensitive information such as usernames and passwords or bank account numbers. The concept is great: The portability of your Windows Mobile device paired with the data security offered by some of the most secure encryption algorithms publicly available.

Keep reading for more.

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5 years ago

Official Netflix application released

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CES 2009 wasn't all that much of a boon for Windows Mobile, but the announcement of an official Netflix application did generate a little excitement. And nearly a month later, that app has been released.

A quick run through the app shows that it works pretty well. You can search the Netflix library, add a movie to your queue, or add it to you instant queue (what, no Xbox add?). And, of course, you can view your queue and remove movies from it or change the delivery order. Click on a movie title and you get a synopsis. Or, for more movie reviews, give a listen to the WMExperts podcast for the latest with Dieter and Mal, and, ya know, some Windows Mobile talk.

Now if only Microsoft could whip up an app to find more time to actually watch movies.

Hit up the Mobile Manager for Netflix page here. More pics after the break. Just 'cause.

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5 years ago

It's survey time: Tell us what you want!

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It's survey time: Tell us what you want!

Friends, countrymen, faithful WMExperts readers: Lend us your ears eyes. We've worked up a quick survey to help us (and, yes, our advertisers) better understand exactly what is important to you. Want more T-Mobile? Less HTC? More of everything? Let us know!

The survey only takes a couple of minutes, and we love getting feedback from you guys and gals.

Take the WMExperts Reader Survey now!

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5 years ago

Samsung's Acme and C6625

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Samsung's Acme and C6625

You can tell a trade show is on the horizon when announcements and "leaks" of new products are appearing, and Samsung isn't going to be left out. We've picked up on two new devices from the company that should make an appearance at this month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

First is the Samsung Acme i8910, which, of course, brings images of the Roadrunner and Wiley Coyote to mind. Fortunately, this Acme product looks a more dependable than the generic Looney Tunes cartoon products. Details of this phone are still sketchy. But based on the photos that leaked, it appears to have a 3.5mm headphone jack, front-facing camera (rumored to have quite a few megapixels), and it's being described as the Samsung Omnia's big brother. Also on board reportedly is GPS, an HDMI output (!), WiFi, and it will come in 8 or 16 gigabytes. No word on operating system, but there is some speculation this may be an Android device or follow in the Omnia's footsteps and will be a Windows Mobile device.

The second device definitely is a Windows Mobile device. The Samsung C6625 is a Windows Mobile Standard device with front facing QWERTY keyboard and 2.6-inch QVGA screen. Sporting a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth/WiFi/GPS, 100 megs of internal storage and microSD expansion, there hasn't been an "official" announcement on the C6625 yet and it may be another one of Samsung's offerings at the Mobile World Congress.

 And have we mentioned yet that we'll be in Barcelona for all the crazy announcements?

Read: SlashGear and WMPoweruser

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5 years ago

Acer to show ... something ... at MWC

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Just what *is* that? Is it a phone? Is it a Mobile Internet Device? Is it some sort of crazy communications module left behind by the alien invasion? Nobody's quite sure. But what the Boy Genius reportedly does know is that this is some device that Acer is going to show off in a couple of weeks at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

At this point, your guess is as good as ours as to whether this thing will run Windows Mobile, Android, or something else entirely. We keep squinting at that crazy keyboard to try to find some WinMo telltale, but all we keep seeing is a sailboat. Is that really some weird swiveling screen? Or is it detachable? Feel free to speculate on your own in the comments.

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5 years ago

Official look at the Toshiba TG01

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Official look at the Toshiba TG01

The general consensus after we first saw that Toshiba TG01 that you either love or hate the retro user interface, and that still stands.

But now we have a more official look at the phone. (Better let that sucker above buffer some. Don't say we didn't warn you.) And boy howdy is that thing thin. Still not sure about the crazy three-stripe interface, but it at least looks like the colors are customizable away from that "Life on Mars" 1970s day-glo orange scheme.

Via Engadget Mobile and Pocket Lint

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5 years ago

HTC S740/S743/Rose 130 Clears FCC Hurdle

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Code named "Rose 130", which we suspect is the HTC S740, has passed FCC scrutiny and we might see it offered in U.S. markets soon. According to the report, the "Rose 130" features at least dual-band GSM(1900 and 850) and dual band 3G (850 and 1900) support as well as Wifi and Bluetooth.  We expected the "Rose 130" to eventually become the S743.

HTC announced the S743 at last month's Consumer Electronics Show and it is expected to first be introduced unbranded and available through select retail outlets such as Dell.com and CDW.com.

Thanks, Marco, for the tip!

[Read: Cellphonesignal.com]

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