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5 years ago

Review: SPB Mobile Shell 3.0

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Review: SPB Mobile Shell 3.0

 

SPB has released the much anticipated updated version of Mobile Shell 2.0. It's hard to say that Mobile Shell 3.0 is an update to the previous versions of this popular utility because of the dramatic changes present with 3.0. Just looking at the home page of both versions, the casual observer would think they are looking at two unique applications.

We received an advance copy of Mobile Shell 3.0 about a week ago and found it to be very feature rich and more customizable than its predecessor. You know the drill, to find out more about Mobile Shell 3.0 plus plenty of screen shots, simply follow the break.

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5 years ago

Video: A sit down with HTC's Eric Lin (part 3)

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A few weeks ago we saw an excellent interview with HTC's Eric Lin by Japanese site Akihabra News. The third part of that interview is now available. [via]

In the final installment, Lin gives a look at the HTC Magic, which runs Anrdoid, and the HTC Snap. He also talks about upgrades to Windows Mobile 6.5. You'll want to watch the whole interview, but here's a teaser:

"Microsoft has not announced any plans for 6.5 for Smartphones, for Standard edition yet. So, we cannot promise a 6.5 upgrade for Snap, because Microsoft has not offered 6.5 for Smartphones yet.However, we have absolutely promised a 6.5 upgrade for Diamond 2 and (Touch) Pro 2.

"And, in fact, we made changes to how 6.1 works and to the hardware of Diamond 2 and Pro 2 so that when our customers upgrade to 6.5, that everything will work the same, that they will not have to relearn anything."

Akihabra News interview with Eric Lin (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

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5 years ago

SPB TV Adds 40+ Channels

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SPB TV Adds 40+ Channels

SPB announced today that they have added over forty channels to its SPB TV application. The majority of channels added are the result of user feedback bringing the total number of channels available on SPB TV to more than 100. New channels include Comedy Time, Fox TV affiliates, Chick Comedy, and several others. Compared to the initial review of SPB TV, the channel selection has grown by leaps and bounds.

SPB is still interested in what channels users want to see added to SPB TV. If you have a channel you'd like to see added, simply follow this link to suggest it to SPB.

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5 years ago

Microsoft Tag gets an update

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Microsoft Tag gets an update

OK, so what we have here is an update to the Microsoft Tag system, which is an update to the old QR Code. Have no idea what we're talking about? It goes like this: You load an app onto your phone that takes a picture of the tag and can recognize the metadata in once of these tags. Kinda like a barcode, but much cooler.

The old black-and-white QR Code left much to be desired. It looked like a code. Microsoft's original Tag (seen here at right) was an improvement, with different colors and shapes containing more information. But it still looked like code. With the upgrade, a series of dots can be hidden within a picture, as you can see above. (From left, that's a pinata, jelly beans and balloons.)

And that's cool and all. But if you want me to go to a Web site, just tell me the damn address. (Yeah, we know, it can launch video or audio automatically. But still.) I don't want to load another app that essentially just loads a Web site. That said, I don't have to use it if I don't want to. If this is your thing, check out more at Microsoft Tag. And if you're really into it, there's even a design contest going on.

Via the Windows Mobile Team Blog

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5 years ago

HP reportedly snags former Palm senior director

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Might HP be getting some new blood in its smartphone end of things? Electronista has it that former Palm exec Jonathan Oakes on his LinkedIn profile lists a move to HP's Emerging Businesses Unit, which includes iPAQs as well as other mobile work.

That's all we've got to go on, and admittedly it isn't much. But it would be nice to see HP step up its game, particularly in the United States, where's it's gotten no love of late from any of the major carriers. HP did release a couple of phones recently, but we were mostly unimpressed considering you have to compare them to HTC's wares. (And you do. That's just the way it is now.)

Anyway, here's hoping for good things from HP in the future.

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5 years ago

Xperia X2 rumor de jour

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Xperia X2 rumor de jour

This will be our only Xperia rumor today. We promise. And while we have no definite confirmation from SE that a follow-up to the Xperia X1 is in the works, what you see above is a Twitter post from SE marketing guru Harold de Kort.  Run through the ol' Google translator, you get "Of course after each X1 is an X2 and X3, X4, X5. What else is new. "

Either that's a bit of a kiss-off answer (which is entirely likely), or, yes, they're working on filling out the Xperia line. (Hopefully with Windows Mobile, but even that's not certain.) And if SE follows the same timetable it did with the X1, we could be hearing an announcement shortly and then seeing the phone sometime next year.

PortableGear.nl (via Unwired View)

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5 years ago

Pandemy Flu Alert: Because you can't be too careful (or panic too soon)

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We're really trying not to chuckle over this one, but swine flu is serious stuff. So if you've just got to know who's sick around you, Pandemy Flu Alert's got you covered. It'll tap into your phone's location services – GPS, tower location, etc. – check with the "Internet database" (whatever that is) and plot the nearest H1N1 report on a Google map. Handy for all you hypochondriacs out there. Says it works on all Windows phones. (If you actually try this, let us know in the comments.)

As for the other diseases you may have picked up over the weekend? You're on your own there.

H1N1 Pandemy Flu Alert [via]

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5 years ago

Review: iBrowz

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Review: iBrowz

We ran across an interesting application the other day that's a little bit of a mystery.  iBrowz is part RSS styled reader and part portal to online services but most important, it's is free. Developed by the Intouch Group, iBrowz is a BETA application that is truly a mixed bag that brings all the headlines from CNN, Sports Illustrated and USA Today to your Windows Mobile phone plus access to online services such as Paypal, Netflix and Fandango.

To see what all iBrowz can do, plus some screen shots simply follow the break.

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5 years ago

Video: Toshiba TG01 protoype reviewed

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Here's another cool look at the Toshiba TG01, which despite the crazy custom user interface is still a pretty cool phone. And we're expecting some even cooler phones from Toshiba in the future.

Obviously this is a pre-production unit, so some things are a little sketchy. And we're still still waiting to see where the Windows flag button is going to go before there's anymore talk of putting Windows Mobile 6.5 on this thing.

PocketPCItalia via WMPoweruser

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5 years ago

T-Mo getting Dash 3G on July 1, Touch Pro 2 July 22, Visual Voicemail July 16

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Sure, T-Mobile getting visual voicemail is a cool thing. But what we're more interested in with this shot from TmoNews is the frakkin' launch dates! You can plainly see the Dash 3G (aka the HTC Snap) is set for launch on July 1 (that's a Wednesday). There's also a date for the Rhodium (aka Touch Pro 2) which is either July 12 or 22. And then Visual Voicemail, which everyone knows and loves from the iPhone, would launch July 16.

Stay tuned, folks. Hopefully we'll see an unmolested shot of the Touch Pro 2 launch date soonest. Thanks, David, for the updated pic!

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5 years ago

Carriers getting custom Marketplaces

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This should come as a surprise to no one, given that it was painfully obvious in the Marketplace screenshots Malatesta broke over the weekend, but Microsoft apparently is in talks with carriers to have their own customizations in the Windows Marketplace.

As you can see above, it looks like AT&T will have its own little corner, and talks are under way overseas, too, according to Tweakers.net: (Apologies for the translation)

Microsoft wants to close deals with the major providers to the 'branded' versions. "Then about O2, Telefonica and Vodafone, large telco's," says Maarten Sonneveld, business group lead for Microsoft Mobile Netherlands. The providers may 'branded' versions use own ROMs of Windows Mobile devices.

Questions still remain as to what will actually be in the Marketplace upon launch. (For that matter, we still have no idea when the Marketplace and Windows Mobile 6.5 will launch.) We know of a bunch of developers who plan to be there from the outset, but the list of prohibited apps we found over the weekend has a lot of people scratching their heads. We'll just have to wait and see.

Via Unwired View

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5 years ago

Review: BlueAnt V1 voice-control bluetooth headset

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Review: BlueAnt V1 voice-control bluetooth headset

 

The BlueAnt V1 ($89.95) hails itself as the world’s first voice-controlled BT headset and builds upon the already successful Z9/Z9i series. There’s no secret around here at WMExperts that we happen to like BlueAnt’s stuff and the V1 continues that winning streak. In short, it’s one of the best BT headsets we’ve tried and is a great successor to the Z9i. If you don’t have Micorsoft’s VoiceCommand on your phone or don’t have a BlueAnt already, then the V1 is a perfect choice.

Read on for a bunch of shots and our full review of this fantastic release from BlueAnt.

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5 years ago

160: The story behind text messaging

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A long time ago (1985) in a faraway land (Germany) lived a man named Friedhelm Hillebrand. And he had a question: Just how many characters does the average person need to communicate?

Care to guess what the answer was?

Fast foward nearly a quarter-century and you can still see the fruits of Hillebrand's labor. Text messaging is as popular as ever (and often used more on phones than voice calls).

Anyhoo, the L.A. Times has a neat piece on Hillebrand and the birth of text messaging, as well as what the old guy's got up his sleeve next. Check it out.

Why Text Messages are Limited to 160 Characters

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5 years ago

Treo Pro for $249 with AT&T contract - but only at Best Buy

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This one's had us scratching our heads all day upon reading about it. You can buy the Palm Treo Pro at Best Buy for $249 if you sign up for a "new 2-year activication" for AT&T service. Next stop: The nearest AT&T store. Nary a Treo Pro to be seen. What's up with that? Here's what AT&T had to say:

Treo Pro is a certified non-stock device. Our national retail partners are free to sell any of our certified devices, and set their own pricing. You would have to ask Best Buy if they are subsidizing or if Palm is discounting.

Odd, indeed. But we're not going to worry too much about it. The important thing is if you're looking for a Treo Pro on the cheap and don't mind digging in for two years, this might be the best way to do it.

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5 years ago

Dear Trent: Why do you bite the hand that feeds you?

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