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5 years ago

Palm Treo Pro: Getting Ready for Annoucement?

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Looks like Palm has re-vamped their website recently and left a little bit of info confirming that upcoming Sprint Treo Pro.

Specifically, when you go to their site and hit "Shop" and then "Compare Details" you may notice how under the Treo Pro they have it listed as "3g" and "CDMA + EvDO".

Evidence? Or graphic error?  You be the judge.

Sure, outside of this, the January 25th launch date and the $549 price tag we know nothing of this latest Palm offering.  Certainly very odd less than 20 days to release and we don't even have a blurry cam shot yet. 

Here's hoping to this Thursday for more info?

thanks ivhs72

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5 years ago

Xperia X1a Available in (Some) US Sony Style Stores. Here's your Unboxing

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We're not going to be able to give you the full rundown on the Xperia X1a right away, but trust us when we say we're pretty darn stoked. See, I'm here in San Francisco with Rene from The iPhone Blog to cover Macworld (that'll be live-blogged too.  Heck, I'm doing A TreoCentral Live Blog as well for the Palm announcement). We stopped by the Sony Style store and asked if they were selling the Xperia X1a yet.  Answer:

We had them before but they took them away for some reason.  But we just got two in on Saturday.  Let me ask if we're allowed to sell them, they said we could start on Monday but let me confirm.

867 dollars (after taxes) later, WMExperts proudly has an an X1a to show off.  We'll rock it around CES next week and generally give it some time to sink in before we present our thoughts in greater detail.  Meanwhile, we recommend you hit up your local Sony Style Store to see what they have.  Apparently, the X1a isn't the great white whale we were afraid it was

After the break getcher unboxing photos and a couple comparison shots with the HTC Fuze. 

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5 years ago

CES 2009: We'll Be There!

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CES 2009: We'll Be There!

We're just two days away from the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that's being held in Las Vegas. Our man on the street, Dieter Bohn, will be there. And when he's not battling the one-armed bandits, he'll be keeping us posted with all the happenings from CES.

We are expecting announcements concerning Windows 7, maybe Windows Mobile 6.5 (if we're lucky), some face time with new phones (and maybe the Mobinnova ICE), and a wide assortment of new applications and accessories from the 2,700 or so vendors that will be in attendance.

It will be Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer's first year as keynote speaker, and he always has something interesting to share. So hit up the widget above and make sure you don't miss out as Dieter liveblogs the speech Wednesday evening.

Be sure to check back often to see what will be unveiled at the 2009 CES.

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5 years ago

Nitrogen for Windows Mobile

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Nitrogen for Windows Mobile

Looking for a budget-friendly MP3 player for your Windows Mobile phone? Microfi may have just what you need in their Nitrogen Player. Nitrogen has all the basic features of your standard MP3 player with "Shuffle" and "Repeat" modes as well as a "sleep" mode that will blank the screen to save on battery power. It relies on touch navigation (ergo, it only works on touchscreen devices) and has oversized control buttons that are designed to make navigation easier. It doesn't have an equalizer but the price (FREE) makes it worth a look.

If nothing else, it will help you from getting caught using the default Windows Media Player on Windows Mobile, which is so passé.

[VIA Mobiletipstricks.com]

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5 years ago

More Details on MIE 6: China's First

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Seems like PC World got a chance to write a bit of a fluff piece on Microsoft's new upcoming mobile web browser for WM (see past coverage here), while a lot of it is good for a chuckle, some interesting bits came out:

  • Requires 128MB of RAM, and a 400MHz processor
  • Still won't be a separate download (device needs ROM flash)
  • First release will be on phones with mobile operator China Mobile "sometime in 2009"

Also, they got some insight from Web developer Bruce Lawson, with the non-profit Web Standards Project, who had some not so pleasent words about the new browser after he put it through the wringer (spoiler alert: it didn't do well):

"...This is a terrible situation," he wrote. "Twenty percent of the world's population [China] are being offered an ancient, discredited browser."

Ouch--don't hold back Bruce!  Read more for some of the nitty-gritty.

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5 years ago

Back to the Fuze, Round Robin Style

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5 years ago

Verizon and Alltel set a date

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Verizon and Alltel set a date

After a brief engagement, Verizon and Alltel have set a date to finalize the $5.9 billion purchase; January 9, 2009. Seventy-Eight Million subscribers will be the guests at the blessed event putting Verizon about 3 million customers ahead of AT&T, thier closest rival. The deal doesn't come without baggage though, Verizon will assume Alltel's $22.9 billion in debt. Verizon reports that they have recieved commitments from eight financial institutions to provide $17 billion in financing for the deal making this a very expensive ceremony.

Businessweek via Engadgetmobile.com

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5 years ago

Pocketables' Xperia X1 tips and tricks

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Pocketables has put together a list of tips and tricks if you're new to the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1, ranging from the expected (how to download more panels) to some very useful items, such as how to patch Skype's output to the earpiece (instead of through the speaker). Also included is an app to quickly switch the X1's resolution from WVGA (480x800) down to VGA (480x640) to help with older programs that can't quite handle so many pixels.

Some of this standard XDA Developers hackery, but Pocketables has done well to compile it all.

One tip we'd still like to see: How to get the Xperia X1a to become widely available in the United States.

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5 years ago

WMExperts Podcast 41

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5 years ago

hTorch v3.1: Lighting up your Fuze and Touch Pro

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Now that I’ve got my AT&T Fuze, I’ve been searching the web for various tweaks, tools, and toys that will add a little zip to the Fuze. I ran across hTorch over at WMPoweruser.com and Fuze Mobility, which sparked my interest.

You can find the application over at XDA Developers which essentially turns the light on your Fuze’s (HTC Touch Pro as well) camera into flashlight. The application allows you to set the intensity of the light as well as turning off the display to avoid backlighting. It’s an interesting application that gives you a convenient light source when all you have is your Fuze. The one caution in using hTorch is that when you turn the flashlight on, it stays on until you turn it off. There is no timeout feature.

If you can't find the application once you install it, look in the "Accessories" folder in the "Programs" menu. The convenient way to use the application is to add it to the Programs Tab in TouchFlo. hTorch definitely puts the Fuze and Touch Pro in a different light (get it?).

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5 years ago

Software Updates: Skype, Core Player, HideCarrier

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Looks like a bunch of updates are coming along in December. We told you about SlingPlayer last week, Google Maps just today (awesome update) and here are a few others...

First up we have a new Skype beta is out (v2.5), which adds

  • Wide range of resolution support (320x320; VGA)
  • Improved sounds quality
  • Improved stability
  • Brings it closer to the desktop version

Adding about 0.75mb in weight, Skype for WM is now nearly 8mb in size on your device--which is pretty hefty. Still, this new version does run smoother and has better graphics, so it seems to be a good thing. Included is the handy Today plugin is well, where you can launch the app and check/set status.

Next up, the Core Player (see full review here) gets bumped to v1.3. This new version fixes a bunch of bugs, enhances performance and adds some features too like YouTube stream options (from 50 kbps to 2 Mbps), HTTP proxy support. Of course no trial is available, so you either have to upgrade your current version or just by it out right.

Finally, for the Treo 800w users, Zbop has finalized the long awaited "HideCarrier" plugin (click for pics & more info). What this little freebie does is "hide" that Sprint carrier line with those lil' icons to give you more screen real estate. Run in conjunction with TreoAlerts and you have a real winner combo.

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5 years ago

Free Mobile Traffic Cams for WM

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Free Mobile Traffic Cams for WM

Here's something that is sort of under the radar: evidently a company called Mobileyes has teamed up with various local news networks to release customized live Traffic cam apps.

Available for for WM Pro and Standard devices, you can download the app for your region and then select via various sub-menus locality and specific highways.

Word of caution: no 320x320 support, so while it works, we get that blocky look. We'll be dropping them a note in their feedback box. Not sure about those crazy VGA devices you folks are sporting these days. It appears that this uses some type of .NET programming as the app itself is tiny and seems pretty generic. One other criticism: we're not really sure how to find all the separate downloads as Mobileyes' website is a bit odd to navigate. We'll list a few of the major ones below.

What is neat though is although I downloaded the NY version, you can go under Settings and select "Travel Mode" which basically un-hides all the other major U.S. cities, so you are not technically restricted to your region. Overall the quality is pretty nice and the selection of cameras is impressive. All for free.

New York; Connecticut; D.C.; Los Angles; MyFoxMobile; Detroit

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5 years ago

Tips and Tricks for the AT&T Fuze/HTC Touch Pro

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Tips and Tricks for the AT&T Fuze/HTC Touch Pro

Thanks goes out to Doug and DavidK over at Fuze Mobility who seem to have had a little spare time over the holiday break and compiled a list of what they refer to as all the known tips and tricks for the AT&T Fuze/HTC Touch Pro. The compilation is very extensive and the tips/tricks are broken down into three categories; those for the new users, ones for those who don't mind adding applications but won't mess with the registry, and those for users who have no fear of messing with anything under the hood. The content of the tips range from using your Fuze as a business card scanner to remapping the PTT button.

There's no telling if this is a list of all the 'known' tricks for the Touch Pro/Fuze but it definitely is a long list. Did Doug and David leave anything out? Feel free to share your tip/trick to our comment section.

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5 years ago

AT&T loves its 3G more than EDGE

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Having to make do with "old" technology is a bitter pill to swallow. Witness the recent move by AT&T, which according to OFB is relegating its EDGE service to the 1900MHz band from the 850MHz band and giving its 3G service some 850MHz exclusivity.

Why should you care? If you're in a 3G service area, you're going to get a better signal with the 850 band than you would with 1900. And that should equate to better battery life. But if you're in a 3G area and are running on EDGE because you're forcing your phone to connect to 2G, you're going to suffer a little, both in signal quality and battery life.

And our friends at the The iPhone Blog, who certainly have a vested interest (see iPhone 2G), raise an interesting point: What's that mean for customers in an EDGE-only area? Are they going to get screwed over in the name of progress? Is this just a move to indirectly force customers to upgrade their phones? And is there really anything wrong with that?

AT&T's definitely growing its 3G network, but there are still plenty of people without it.

Open For Business via Gizmodo & TiPB

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5 years ago

Nearly confirmed: No 3G in the Shadow II

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We really weren't expecting to see 3G out of the box with T-Mobile's upcoming Shadow II, and it's looking more and more like that's the case.

The bad news, from a blurrycam shot from TmoNews of the Shadow II: GPRS/EDGE only.

The semi-interesting news: We get another (albeit blurry) shot of how the color scheme's gonna play out, again confirming the red and silver paint jobs we've already seen. Also note the release date of Jan. 28, which also matches up with what's been reported.

So at this point our previous question still stands: If the Shadow II truely has a 1700MHz 3G radio as the FCC testing implied, will we ever see it implemented? And the other burning question: Is UMA and WinMo 6.1 enough of an upgrade to the Shadow line to make you want one?

Update: In more "meh" news, the Boy Genius reports that the Shadow II will be called ... wait for it ... Shadow 2009.

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