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5 years ago

Google Maps Available for WM (Updated with Screen Shots)

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Ha HA! I've been jealous of my PalmOS buddies with their fancy Google Maps on their less-than-fancy devices. Now it's available for Windows Mobile (and Pocket PC 2003 and up) - both PPC and Smartphone Edition. I'm downloading as I type!

I still think that Live Search Beta and Microsoft's Virtual Earth for Mobile are pretty cool, but I adore Google Maps on PalmOS. Updates as soon as I've played around a bit. Go to http://www.google.com/gmm on your mobile device to get it!

Update: Well, a full review will come later, but for now I'll say it works great on a T-Mobile Dash and on a T-Mobile MDA. Love it. Dragging stuff around is fun on the PPC edition, too. Also includes traffic updates. Screen Shots after the jump.

Like other versions of Google Maps for mobile, with this Windows Mobile version you can find businesses and see real-time traffic updates, along with unique features like contacts integration, GPS support, draggable maps, and tap and hold menus. The business search function proved particularly useful to find delicious Italian food in Half Moon Bay to sate our jet-lagged stomachs. You can download the application here and ActiveSync, or visit google.com/gmm for more information.

Read: Official Google Blog: Real-world testing

Google Maps for WM5 Smartphone Edition (T-Mobile Dash)

Google Maps for WM5 Pocket PC Edition (T-Mobile MDA)

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5 years ago

Company find Security Flaws in WM5

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Company find Security Flaws in WM5

Stop the presses: A Microsoft software product has been found to have security flaws.

Ok, cheap shot. And really, WM5 hasn't, to my knowledge, had any sort of catastrophic attack on it yet. Even this is just a report of a threat, not an actual attack (a report of a threat, one should note, from a company that wants to sell you software to protect you). Still, MS is on the case and, really, it should just be a matter of time before we really have to starting thinking about malware on our smartphones.

Which amuses me, my two main platforms (Windows Mobile and Mac) are both pretty much malware-free. So I suppose the same thing people argue about WRT Macs could be applied to WM5 - is it security through obscurity? Good secure software?

Trend Micro has told Microsoft about the problems and has not publicly shared the vulnerability details. "The sky isn't falling. Nobody out there is aware of this," Thiemann said. The company doesn't expect any imminent attacks exploiting the problems, he said.

Read: Windows Mobile flaws could crash phones - Security - News - ZDNet Asia

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile Device Center for Vista now available

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Ok Vista folks, time to once and for all give ActiveSync the heave-ho ...well, except that it is still called ActiveSync on your device. And WM5's OTA Exchnange Sync is ActiveSync too. You know, forget it, you're not heave-hoing all that much, just the ActiveSync app on your desktop... Because the promised replacement has arrived: Windows Mobile Device Center. It's a centralized place to deal with all your syncing, getting rid (hopefully) of the need to go into different programs to figure out their syncing.

Actually, I have a better idea: wait a while, this guy wishes he had. Then again, if you're the sort to already be running Vista, you're probably not the "wait awhile before installing" type. ;)

The Windows Mobile Device Center simplifies managing media between your Windows Mobile powered device and your PC. With the picture acquisition wizard, you can easily tag and transfer all of the pictures from your Windows Mobile powered device to your PC’s Windows Photo Gallery.

Read: Windows Mobile Device Center: Windows Mobile Synchronization for Windows Vista

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5 years ago

HTC Photos: Vox and Athena

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HTC Photos: Vox and Athena

It's as yet unclear whether or not the HTC Vox or the HTC Athena will be making their way to the states, but let's hope. Especially the Vox, which looks to be a great device despite the fact that it's not a full PPC-Edition phone. These photos come courtesy of lucretius, and dang if they're not the best I've seen of either device to date.

[Vox]: The phone is featured 128MB of ROM and 64MB of RAM, 2.4 inch Q VGA Screen with WiFi connectivity 802.11 b/g. Inbuilt 2 Mega pixels camera, MicroSD slot and is running on Texas Instrument OMAP processor 850 at 200 MHz

Read: Lucretius - HTC Vox Pics

Read: Lucretius - HTC Athena Pics

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5 years ago

Treo 700wx Appears on Verizon Rebate Form

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Treo 700wx Appears on Verizon Rebate Form

The TreoCentral Forums (partially shared with our own, by the way), has always been the place to check out for Treo rumors. The latest, apparently Verizon will be picking up the 700wx soon, as here it is on a rebate form from them. I used the 700w for about a month and decided that it was worth the contract breakage fee to get the damnable thing as far away from me as possible. How Palm thought anybody would be satisfied with such anemic program memory is beyond me.

I must say that I said no way they were just pulling our legs....so I bought a 700w last week for work (I prefer the 700p for work they wanted me to have a 700w)

So I went to submit my rebate online about 10 minutes ago and look at what I see

Read: Treo 700 WX for Verizon!!!! - TreoCentral.com

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5 years ago

Information Week Survey: Security, Managability

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Good article over at InformationWeek, the results of a survey of,"325 business technology professionals." All sorts of interesting results for those interested in smartphones in the corporate space. Multimedia? They don't care. Security and ability for IT depts. to manage the devices, they care a lot. Other tidbits:

  • Apparently Blackberry is just barely edging out WM in the US, 64% to 63%
  • Symbian still rules the roost worldwide, at 73%
  • Access will continue Palm compatibility, but they face competition from a consortium of companies including NTT CoDoMo, NEC, Motorola, Panasonic, Samsung, and Vodafone
  • RIM's closed platform makes them good at email, bad at other stuff. The "other stuff" is becoming more important.
  • "industry observers believe Photon will eliminate the need for separate software development kits for Windows Mobile's Smartphone and Pocket PC edition" - Let's hope!

Their analysis of WM's position in the marketplace is amusing, "Microsoft's challenge: Symbian's more experienced, RIM's more focused, and Apple's got the mojo." I'd say that may be true generally, but for the US corporate market, pssh. RIM may be "more focused" as a company, but what is that supposed to mean? Nintendo is "more focused" on gaming, but does anybody really think that means the Xbox 360 team is going in 8 different directions at once? As for Symbian, well... if somebody could explain to me why Symbian hasn't gotten itself into the US, I'd love to hear it. It's a mystery to me, a mystery I expect to continue for awhile. Apple - I don't know that I want to touch that with your ten foot pole until the device is out.

Two-thirds of respondents to an InformationWeek survey this month cite security and manageability as top smartphone software features. Multimedia support--a must-have among consumers--ranked dead last.

Read: Analysis: How Smartphone Platforms Compare - News by InformationWeek

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5 years ago

Care to Unlock and Import the HTC Athena?

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I've mentioned the HTC Athena only once before mainly because it doesn't look likely to me that we'll see it available in the US anytime soon. T-Mobile Germany, however, is carrying this UMPC/WM5 Smartphone hybrid as the "Ameo" for 500 Euro (that's about 650 US dollars). So if this thing has grabbed you deep down and won't let go, your chance to buy one, unlock it, and use the bugger is fast approaching.

Update: Boy Genius notes that the HTC OEM Version (read: the standard version before Carriers get their grubby hands on them) will definitely work with 3G networks in the US.

[...]the T-Mobile Ameo as it will now be known).  In return for two years love and devotion (aka your standard 24-month cellphone contract) they’ll give you the Ameo for a mere €500 if you’re in Germany. 

Read: T-Mobile announce Ameo (HTC Athena) price - SlashGear

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5 years ago

Howto: Customize your WM5 Smartphone-Edition Today Screen

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Pocketnow.com has an excellent tutorial on how to make your own today screens for your WM5 Smartphone. I prefer to just go hunting for stuff that other folks have made already (currently I'm using "Media Player" on my Dash, find it here ). I wish it as a bit simpler to make these today screens, but once you get it down it's kinda fun.

If the whole Homescreen thing is a bit of a mystery, or you are simply bored with your current layout, read on. Today we're going to take a closer look at the Homescreen concept and hopefully answer a few of those queries you may have.

Read: pocketnow.com - Reviews - Windows Mobile Smartphone Homescreen Customization Tutorial

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5 years ago

T-Mobile (still) has the best customer service

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Maybe it's because they don't have to waste any resources on, oh, 3G data, but T-Mobile has, for the 5th year in a row, had the best customer services amongst the US carriers. That's why I let Mike Overbo talk me into them despite their tragic lack of UMTS, HSDPA, etc.

T-Mobile held onto the top spot and ranked highest among the five largest U.S. wireless network operators by creating a positive experience among customers who contact the carrier for service or assistance.

Read: T-Mobile Ranks Highest in Customer Service. Again. - 1/25/2007 10:12:00 AM - Wireless Week - CA6410100

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5 years ago

2007: Year of the GPS Handheld?

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2007: Year of the GPS Handheld?

The BBc reports (with requisite Nokia quote, hey, it's Europe!) that sales of GPS devices will more than double to more than 28 million devices this year. That's a lot of people who aren't lost anymore. I just hope that all these promised "location-based services" that everybody's been talking about aren't what I fear they'll be: the mobile equivalent of pop-up ads. Isn't it enough that I have to ignore they guy yelling at me to buy his "real Rolexes?" Now I'll have my smartphone telling me the same?

sigh. I may be a gadget nerd, but sometimes my inner-luddite pops out and grumbles.

According to the mobile industry, 2007 is the year when GPS will finally lock on to phones across Europe.

"GPS has been in the domain of the early adopters to date, but in 2007 it will come to the masses," said Marcus Dacombe, head of product marketing at handset manufacturer Nokia.

Read: BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Mobiles navigate the future

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5 years ago

WM6 (Crossbow) naming plans

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WM6 (Crossbow) naming plans

Microsoft is apparently fond of releasing multiple editions of the same OS with similar names (witness the multiple versions of Vista that just came out). So it's no surprise to see that Crossbow will be continuing that trend. Hopefully, though, these new names will be a little easier for folks to parse. "Professional for PPC-Smartphones, "Standard" for non-touchscreen-smartphones, and "Classic" (aka, why the heck aren't you using a smartphone?) for standard PDA-PPCs.

Crossbow, however, aims to fix this. Crossbow is Windows Mobile 6, and instead of the confusing naming scheme above, Microsoft has apparently decided to change to a more familiar sounding format.

Read: CrunchGear » Blog Archive » Microsoft Renames Windows Mobile 6 to Standard, Professional, Classic

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5 years ago

RealOne Player for Windows Mobile

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RealOne Player for Windows Mobile

I have a tough time believing this is new, but I can't for the life of me remember it existing before: Realplayer for PocketPC. With Window Media player already built in and TCPMP/Core Player for the power users, I imagine this should be met with a big yawn. Real itself doesn't seem too proud of it, I can't seem to find it on their site (on the other hand, I only spend 5 minutes looking before I stabbed myself in the eye).

RealNetworks, Inc. has just released their Real One Player for Windows Mobile devices, a mobile version of the infamous desktop pc real player which allows you to play real audio and real video stream formats.

Read: Real Player for Windows Mobile released news and reviews for Windows Mobile Pocket PC, Palm, Microsoft Smartphones and Symbian cell phones.

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5 years ago

Oh Snap: future iPhone lover bashes WinCE

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Now, I like the site Roughly Drafted as it provides pretty comprehensive histories of the mobile industry. Their analysis, well, it's often darn good and often spot-on. Sometimes less so. I'll leave which of those options this article is as an exercise for the reader (note, as you engage in this exercise, how the article misunderstands the difference between WinCE and WM5 and also suggest that you can edit documents in Smartphone Edition). But when you have an article titled "The Spectacular Failure of WinCE and Windows Mobile", it just begs to be linked to.

I expect this particular catfight between Windows Mobile and the iPhone to continue - I personally hope that it's as fun as the Mac Vs. PC debates of old. (Full Disclosure: I am a Mac user who also uses Windows Mobile. On the desktop, I think Mac is better. On mobile, I think WM is better. Here's a shocker: I don't expect that opinion to change once the iPhone is out)

Not Good At Anything
They were wrong. A decade later, WinCE has only overtaken the competition where there hasn't been any competition. The market abandoned standalone PDAs when the real money turned out to be in mobile phones.
 
WinCE isn't particularly well adapted for mobile phone use, because Microsoft designed it to suit the needs of a paperback-sized PC.

Read: The Spectacular Failure of WinCE and Windows Mobile

Update: Wow, remind me why I fed this troll who thinks that top-of-the-line PPC apps are junk?

Ahh! I just did it again!

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5 years ago

Cingular's Last Quarterly Report a Doozy: Profits Quadrupled

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AT&T business plan:

Step 1: Engage in a dizzying flurry of splits, mergers, and acquisitions that are complicated enough to spin even Stephen Colbert's head around.

Step 2: Report your earnings around the same time that your new pet, Cingular, reports theirs (and leave out those pesky BellSouth numbers).

Step 3: Watch stock price jump.

Step 4: Goto Step 1.

....that's my guess, anyway.

Cingular Wireless LLC, the nation's largest cell phone provider, said Wednesday its fourth-quarter profit nearly quadrupled, boosted by customer growth during the holidays.

Cingular said it earned $782 million during the fourth quarter, compared with $204 million in the same quarter of 2005. The company reported revenue of $9.8 billion, up 10 percent from $8.8 billion in the year-ago period.

Read: The Herald Standard - Cingular 4th-quarter profit nearly quadruples on customer growth during the winter holidays

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5 years ago

Moto Q coming to GSM, plus Q2 coming later?

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Moto Q coming to GSM, plus Q2 coming later?

Engadget confirms that GSM users will indeed find the Q available to them (Edge only, though, sorry). Q2 is mentioned too, which has something to do with HSDPA, EVDO, and, according to Engadget, Norman.

Perhaps the more provocative announcement, though, involves the mysterious Q2 (is that pronounced Q squared?), a device whose formal introduction is promised for 3GSM next month. All we know for now is that it'll come in EV-DO and HSDPA (finally!) flavors, but if we were the betting type, we'd say that this hullabaloo probably has something to do with the "Norman" we saw a while back.

Read: Motorola Q2, EDGE Q to take center stage at 3GSM - Engadget

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