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5 years ago

Astraware's Classic Collection

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Astraware's Classic Collection

With all the time I spend waiting in airports and on planes, I really value having a wide selection of games on hand to help whittle away the time.  I like getting the best value for my money while giving me the most variety at the same time.  This is why Astraware Classic Collection caught my eye.  It includes Astraware Sudoku, Astraware Board Games (collection of 8 board games), and Astraware Solitaire (collection of 12 solitaire games).  Sold separately they are $14.95 each for a total of $44.85.  The Astraware Classic Collection bundles these together for $29.95, giving a total of 21 games to choose from.  Good deal, but still fairly steep.  So the question is, are they good enough to be worth it?  Read on so I can show you what I found...

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5 years ago

Pharos Traveler 117 clears FCC

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Pharos Traveler 117 clears FCC

We've had our eye on the Pharos line of phones for a little while now, and it looks like the Traveler 117 has cleared the FCC. [via unwiredview]

This is a navigation-centric phone (thus the name), with aGPS on board. Other goodies:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro.
  • 256 ROM/128 RAM. (Yeah, that's not that much these days.)
  • 480x640 VGA touchscreen.
  • Quad-band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900); tri-band 3G (850/1900/2100)
  • agps
  • 2MP camera.
  • WiFi.
  • Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR.
  • MicroSD.
  • 2.5mm headphone jack.
  • 1410mAh battery.

All in all, a decent little device. Hopefully we'll see more out of the Pharos line (and its cousin, Velocity Mobile) in the near future. You can get the Traveler 117 online now for $529.

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5 years ago

Sprint Treo Pro: Now Delayed till end of Feb; Can do Voice + Data?

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Aye Carumba! Remember how Palm (and Sprint) hate committing to release dates, yet we pester them anyways? Well here’s why.

We’re hearing from Sprint themselves that the Treo Pro, originally slated for early December (see FCC docs), then January 25th, then February 15th is being pushed back further till the vague “end of February”. All outstanding orders are now canceled, with Sprint’s apologies and a $25 credit is being applied to our accounts.

We actually haven’t heard of any cataclysmic problems with the phone, in fact some early hands on have been quite positive, so this may be just some minor radio tweaking.

Speaking of, there is some potential huge news here from reader Joe G:

"This will be the 1st Sprint Palm device to support simultaneous voice and data usage. Taking full advantage of Sprints Rev A EVDO Network.”

Whoa, who saw that one coming? Could it be true that after years of GSM having this amazing ability, CDMA users are finally getting it? We do know it is technically within the specs of Rev A, so it sounds real to us. Hopefully that’ll keep your mouths watering till late next month.
 

Thanks Joe G

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile still tops for Enterprise Development

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On the heels of the news that Windows Mobile out sold iPhone during the third quarter of 2008, we are know learning that the WM platform is preferred for most enterprise applications. According to statistics from Evans Data's Wireless Development Survey (registration required to access the report), the number of developers that plan to build enterprise apps for Windows Mobile surpasses those that are focusing on Apple iPhone by 40%.

John Andrews, CEO of Evans Data, states

“Largely, this is a matter of Windows being a more mature platform while Apple has only been in the market a relatively brief time. It should be noted that during the past year, while Windows has remained flat in terms of adoption, Apple has increased three-fold, thus closing the gap,”

The introduction of Windows Mobile 6.5 next month at the Mobile World Congress and the potential release of a fully functional application store, should address the concerns of flatness and keep the gap from closing too much.  We point that out because, well, Redmond Developer News definitely points out the glass-half-empy side of the report, noting that .Net development has seen some reduction since the iPhone came out.  As with political polls, sometimes the trendlines are more important that the numbers.

[VIA: Mobiletopsoft.com and News.Softpedia.com]

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5 years ago

Pre-order iPaq Data Messenger

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Pre-order iPaq Data Messenger

We were largely underwhelmed when we got our hands on the iPaq Data Messenger earlier this month at CES. The hardware was solid, but there just wasn't much else there to make us want it over, say, the HTC Touch Pro. And it's still not seeing any carrier love here in the U.S. As a refresher, here's what's under the hood.

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
  • 2.8-inch 320x240 touchscreen
  • Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.74 x 11.4 cm
  • 128 megs RAM, 256 megs ROM.
  • WiFi (b/g)
  • Standard slider keyboard
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR
  • Quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900), the European flavors of HSDPA (900/1900/2100 MHz)
  • aGPS
  • 3.1MP camera with 5x digital zoom and LED flash.
  • 1140 mAh battery.
  • Micro USB for sync and charge.
  • Micro SD card, up to 8 gigabytes.

If you just have to have one, you can now pre-order it from HP for the low, low price of about $600 (US).

Via Engadget Mobile

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5 years ago

Welcome Nokia Experts to the Family!

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Welcome Nokia Experts to the Family!

We're incredibly happy to announce that we're adding another member to the Smartphone Experts family of sites: Nokia Experts!  Nokia Experts will be run by the inestimable Matt Miller, also known as The Mobile Gadgeteer, host of ZDNet's Smartphones and Cellphones blog, palmsolo, and all around mobility guru.

Matt has a ton of knowledge about a subject that the rest of us at Smartphone Experts have historically lacked, namely Nokia, S60, and the Symbian OS in general.  He gives himself a brief introduction here, in the unlikely event you're not familiar.

Nokia has, as yet, not successfully made a big smartphone push in the United States, but that's quite likely to change as they have a slew of exciting new devices coming out and are also likely to have their E71 messaging smartphone picked up by AT&T very soon.  In other words, if, like us, you're relatively new to Nokia and S60 but want to learn more, Nokia Experts is surely going to be one of your best resources.  Heck, Matt's already published a full review of the Nokia 5800 Tube XpressMusic touch screen S60 device.  The 'Tube' is already a best-selling device overseas and is more of a worthy contender than you might think, so the review is definitely worth a read.

Go on and head over to Nokia Experts now and give 'em a big ol' hello!

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5 years ago

Sprint Treo Pro Up at BestBuy.com for, wait for it, $699

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We've been pretty on-the-ball covering all the Sprint Treo Pro news out there of late -- so on the ball, in fact, that we're starting to get a little tired of it.  From the going up for sale, to disappearing from the same, from the Feb 15th delay to the question of RAM based on internal document leaks, it's been pretty oversaturated.  In fact, we were starting to worry that nobody much cared about the device, so when Joe and Scott both sent in tips last night that it was available on "backorder" at BestBuy.com for a whopping $699.99, we'll cop to telling them "If we post one more time on the Treo Pro, there will be a riot."  Apparently not, however, because here we are, reminding you that it should officially go on sale on Feb 15, but Best Buy will let you lay your hard earned down now.

Now that we see sister-site TreoCentral and Engadget Mobile getting in on the action, we figured we may as well admit that, yes, despite the lingering question of whether or not it's Pocket IE 6 that's sucking the Program memory out of it (listen to our podcast for more) or if it's just plain old gremlins, we do think the Treo Pro should be a great device on Sprint's network and also sorely needed.  Now, we have to ask, what on earth is driving the price up to $699?  Even considering that it's the unsubsidized price, that's the opposite of "reasonable and affordable."

Thanks (and apologies for not believing in the Treo Pro) to Scott and Joe!

Update: One last bit because we can't help ourselves.  We expect the unsubsidized price to be $549 and have pretty much confirmed that, so this Best Buy Preorder, we're going to recommend you give it a pass.

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5 years ago

WorldCard Mobile - Business Card Scanning that Actually Works

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Did you know that you had a program on your AT&T Fuze that serves as a business card scanner? It's often overlooked amongst the AT&T Bloatware but WorldCard Mobile is down at the bottom of your Program listing and is a handy tool if you have to deal with a lot of business cards. It's not without challenges and does have a slight learning curve but if you have a lot of business cards to sift through, it may make the job a little easier.

WorldCard Mobile (version 1.0f.080901b on my Fuze) is a product of PenPower Technology that utilizes the Fuze's camera to take a snapshot of a business card and then matches the fields on the card to match the fields on a contact entry. Sounds simple enough? In testing WorldCard, I found it to be more productive with business cards with simple layouts. The more elaborate layouts tend to throw the recognition software more curve balls but have no fear, when thrown a curve ball, the application can be adjusted manually.

In hitting "Browse" you are taken to the photo of the business card and you can highlight the text you want to identify for a certain entry field. When you finish highlighting the area, a pull-up menu appears with selections available for how you want to define the text (First Name, Last Name, Company, etc.). I found the more you use WorldCard Mobile, the more it learns the card layouts. WorldCard can also be used for other text documents such as return addresses on envelopes or advertisements in publications. Keep in mind that the recognition of fields may need a little more adjusting in these situations.

Once you get finished adjusting the field recognition, you check the correct entries and tap "ok" to save the information in your Contacts. At first it may seem as if manually entering the information off the business card is more easier than calibrating WorldCard. I don't know how efficient WorldCard would be if you only had one card to enter but with a stack, it may help prevent writer's cramp.

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5 years ago

New ROMs leaked for Xperia X1

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New ROMs leaked for Xperia X1

Well, how about that. As soon as we post our review of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1a, a new ROM update makes its way onto the Internets.

The folks at XDA Developers are still deciphering exactly what's been updated, though Opera and WiFi connections are being mentioned. As far as the dirty details, you're looking for ROM version 1.03.936.6, labeled R2A. It also looks like there are a bunch of language options, and those of us in the U.S. should be looking for X1a GENERIC NAM CDF1219-1224 KOV_R2AA008.rar.

This appears to be the read deal, even if SE's update system is saying otherwise. As always, read through the thread before you try updating anything. And above all, back up your data first!

XDA Developers via Engadget Mobile

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5 years ago

Firefox Mobile may be on Touch Pro next week

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Despite a previous update from the Mozilla team, it now looks like the Firefox Mobile browser, codenamed Fennec, could be ready for a Windows Mobile beta as soon as next week, and they've chosen a phone to do the honors.

From this week's meeting:

We are targeting a Milestone release for the first week of February, targeting the HTC touch pro.

There you have it. And dollars to donuts once the kids at XDA Developers get hold of this, we'll see it ported to other HTC phones pretty quickly.

If you still can't wait and want to give Fennec a try on your desktop, hit us up here for a link to the emulator versions.

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5 years ago

Motorola cutting Windows Mobile production jobs

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Adding fuel to the fire that is the rumor of Motorola getting/not getting out of the Windows Mobile business, the South Florida Business Journal reported over the weekend that the big M is laying off 77 workers from its Plantation facility by the end of the first quarter. Also, "The company said it will no longer conduct new Windows mobile development at the facility."

Needless to say, that's not good news for 77 employees, and we certainly with them and their families the best. But we're not quite ready to sound the death knell for Windows Mobile on Motorola just yet (though we've got our finger on the trigger, given the bigger picture). But we just don't know Moto's intentions. If it's scaling back on Windows Mobile, then scaling back the division would be in order. But scaling back isn't the same as killing off.

So, we'll keep our fingers crossed that Moto's still got some WinMo magic up its sleeve. But time's running short, and we're going to need more than just another Q variation to keep us interested.

Via Electronistawmpoweruser

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5 years ago

Dial2do: Another Hands-Free Solution

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Dial2do: Another Hands-Free Solution

We recently showed you how to go hands free with Vito Voice 2 Go and many of you use WinMo's built-in Voice command, but both take up quite a bit of RAM. If you're still looking to go hands free and control your phone with your voice, then you might want to try dial2do. Although less robust, it doesnt take up any memory on your phone and is a killer hands free GTD application. 

Instead of hibernating on your phone's memory, it's all done in the cloud. Simply call into 12133252615 (usa) and tell dial2do what you want to do. You can say things like text, email, calender and more. Its social friendly, so it works with some of your favorites like Gmail, Evernote, and Remember The Milk. What separates this app from  competitors Jott or Nuance? It's free. If your phone is memory sensitive or you just want to control email and others with your voice then dial2do may be worth a shot. You a voice-command junkie?  Tell us your solution in the comments.

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5 years ago

New Samsung phones reportedly on the way; i780 gets update to Windows Mobile 6.1

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Arne over at the::unwired points us to a blog post from U.K. phone dealer eXpansys that says Samsung has a couple of new Windows Mobile phones coming out in "early 2009."

Up first is a TyTN II (and AT&T Tilt) -type phone, code-named "Louve." It's said to sport Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, a 3.2-MP camera, and, of course, the tilting screen. It's also said to have the same sort of customized UI that we saw with the Omnia.

Next is the "Pivot." This is a follow to the i780, which never made it to the U.S., though we know its cousin, the Epix. Anyway, the Pivot is rumored to have a 5-MP autofocus camera with flash, QWERTY keyboard (not known is if it's front-facing), aGPS, Bluetooth, WiFi — the usual fare.

And speaking of the i780, it just got an official update to Windows Mobile 6.1 (for U.K., Italian and Nordic flavors). So if you've got one, go get it. [via]

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5 years ago

Sprint to Lay Off 8000

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Sprint to Lay Off 8000

Not to be outdone by Microsoft in tossing out bad news while they're hoping the rest of the country is still busy wondering just what smartphone the president of the United States is using, Sprint just dropped this press release about how they're going to save $1.2 Billion (with a B) in labor costs.  That's one way to write a press release headline, another way is to not hide the sad truth: They are going to lay off 8000 workers by March 31st.  The layoffs will come at all levels and in all areas, so basically nobody's safe (though we guess CEO Dan Hesse will stick around a little while longer).  We wish these folks the best of luck finding new work.

Sprint also cops to the fact that of the big 4 in the US, they're the only carrier to have lost net subscribers quarter after quarter, but they do point out that they're happy about the Palm Pre and how it may save their bacon.  We're impressed with the Pre to, Spint, but you're going to have to do a little better than that.  You've dropped subscribers, the physical infrastructure behind your network (which you now lease), and now a bootload of employees.  There's getting down to your fighting weight and then there's wasting away, we're starting to worry (again) that we're looking at the latter.

 

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5 years ago

AT&T MicroCell -- Femtocel with 3G Data -- Coming soon

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We've mentioned home signal extenders such as Verizon's Network Extender and Sprint's Airave and now it appears AT&T is joining the femtocell bandwagon with their 3G MicroCell. While pricing and availability aren't indicated on AT&T's site, we do know that it will cover up to 5,000 square feet, allow up to four simultaneous, secure voice or data connections, and will require a broadband connection to operate. It is also only compatible with 3G phones. This may end up being an advantage because similar cells offered by Sprint are limited to 2G coverage.

Another feature, according to the AT&T site is "Unlimited nationwide calling: With the 3G MicroCell, you have the option of unlimited minutes in the home or on any 3G MicroCell* with a 3G MicroCell service plan." We don't know if this is an additional cost feature or if the MicroCell will require a monthly fee to use period. Sprint charges for the Airave device ($99.99) and also charges a $4.99 monthly fee. Verizon eliminated the monthly fee but their Network Extender is a more costly device ($250).  It will be interesting to see what the final pricing details for AT&T turns out to be.

[Read: Engadget.com]

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