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5 years ago

Review: Resco Photo Viewer 7 Beta

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Review: Resco Photo Viewer 7 Beta

Resco Photo Viewer 7 seems to be a fast study. Just a few weeks ago we reported on the Alpha version being sighted and now Resco has up and released a public Beta version of their popular photo viewer. We were very impressed with the Alpha version ("awesome" according to Maltesta) and unless Resco really dropped the ball the same level of quality is expected with the Beta.

Admittedly, I'm more comfortable with my Canon DSLR and Photoshop but I understand that camera phones and portable image viewing can be equally important tools. I don't always have my digital camera with me but it's rare that I don't have my AT&T Fuze with me. If I need to show a potential client examples of my work or simply need to update a contacts photo, a photo viewer can come in handy. A good, feature rich photo viewer will compliment your camera whether it be a stand alone digital camera or the on-board camera on your phone. To see how well the Resco Photo Viewer 7 Beta measures up to the "awesome" status, follow the break.

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5 years ago

Comparing the HTC Touch Pro 2s

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There's been quite a bit of consternation over the initial prices that carriers are charging for the HTC Touch Pro 2. Officially, Sprint and T-Mobile are on the high end, at $349, and Verizon's undercutting them at $199. That's all with the usual rebates and contracts, of course and it's a bit moot because we all know it's fairly easy to sweet talk a rep into getting you a lower price.

And that's the whole game of subsidizing phones — they want to lock you into that much more lucrative two-year contract, where the data rates and voice charges really start to make money. (And don't even get us started on text messages.)

After the break, we take a look at ballpark total two-year costs for the T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon Touch Pro 2. (AT&T, as we all know too well, is still MIA on the Touch Pro 2, save for a leaked pic and a possible FCC listing.)

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5 years ago

Sorry, No WM7 at PDC Conference in November

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A few days ago it was speculated that Microsoft may use the upcoming Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in November to release some code or something about WM7 to those lucky attendees.

Well, to rain on that parade is Microsoft themselves. Mary Jo Foley contacted them directly and a spokesperson responded to her request on the matter thusly:

“As I’m sure you know, Microsoft and its partners are squarely focused on introducing the Windows phone brand through the launch of Windows Mobile 6.5 in October [October 6], which includes working closely with ISVs and developers to add even greater value to the Windows Mobile platform and new business opportunities for its mobile channel ecosystem. To properly set your expectations, wanted to let you know that Microsoft is not planning any sessions for PDC that look past the Windows Mobile OS in market at that time.”

As far as PDC goes, Microsoft will be talking about WM6.5 but nothing about the rumored WM6.5.1.

Disappointing, yes.  Surprising?  Not really.  We suppose it is good marketing to concentrate on your current "big thing" and not invalidate all that work by simultaneously making it seem obsolete.

[via ZDNet]

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5 years ago

Retailer lists Xperia X2 release as early January

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Expansys, everybody's favorite UK importer/exporter, has the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 listed on its site for the low, low price of 604 British pounds, or right about $1,000 U.S. That's only hundred more than the original X1 initially went for when it trickled out in its U.S. release, so you could do worse, we guess. Also listed is an "expected release date" of Jan. 11, 2010. This is an Xperia, after all, so we'll believe it when we see it.

Via Pocketnow

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5 years ago

Friday fun: Fuzzy bunnies, kittens and rainbow ponies

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So, strictly speaking, this doesn't really have anything to do with Windows Mobile. But after the cerebral attacks we've seen our poor Palm-loving brethren undergo from the creepy Pre ads, we just wanted to help balance the universe a little bit. (And, see, it's not all fire and brimstone coming out of Redmond ...)

And, hey, Microsoft, remember us when you do the commercial for Windows Mobile 7, m'kay?

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5 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 67

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WMExperts Podcast Episode 67


Holy cow, that's a lot of news tucked into an hourlong podcast. Windows Mobile 6.5. Upcoming phone releases. New phones announced. Free copies of Kinoma Play given away. Join Malatesta and Phil (and Charles from Kinoma) as they sift through it all.

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5 years ago

Introducing OneDialer, a Google Voice app

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We're still working on our review, but the makers of Google Voice app OneDialer took to our forums to announce the latest version of the app. Currently for Windows Mobile 6 Professional (touchscreen devices) only, here's what you get:

  • SSL encrypted communications.
  • It's fast!
  • SMS and voicemail notifications.
  • Native dialer interception.
  • Use your own contacts for dialing and SMS. NOW VERY FAST!
  • Threaded SMS conversations.
  • Visual Voicemail with transcripts.
  • Audio voicemail streamed directly from Google.
  • Voicemail and SMS management: Archive, delete, mark as read, reply, and callback from the client.
  • Option for silent notifications.
  • Highly configurable.

OneDialer runs $7 for a single license, but there's a 15-day trial so you can get your bearings. Give it a shot at OneDialer.com.

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5 years ago

Microsoft confirims next-gen hardware 'chassis'

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It's long been rumored that Microsoft is trying to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to hardware on which Windows Mobile runs. In particular was the fabled "reference chassis," from which manufacturers would base future Windows phones. And that's apparently been confirmed. Speaking to ITPro, Microsoft business marketing manager James McCarthy said:

“In the future, we are looking to deepen our development work with a handful of key OEMs at the hardware design phase, with much more carefully defined hardware specifications to match software requirements, which in turn will deliver even more powerful mobile experiences for our customers.

“This has led to this chassis’ concept that is familiar to the work Microsoft does with hardware partners in the PC industry to create high quality products.”

There's plenty more in the ITPro piece, including a number of predictions that we've been making for some time — Zune-like multimedia and the like. As for exactly what the chassis comprises, well, we've got our theories ...

Via wmpoweruser

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5 years ago

Don't look him directly in the eye!

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Look, we're betting people are going to read all sorts of things into this wild-eyed photo of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, allegedly snapped by an iPhone-wielding Microsoftie at a big ol' event in Seattle. Some of it might even be true. According to Techflash:

As the story goes, it happened when Ballmer was making his big entrance -- slapping hands, running around, and generally whooping things up, as is his tradition at these events. That was when he spotted someone at field level, allegedly a member of the Windows group, using an iPhone to take his picture.

Ballmer grabbed the Apple device from the employee and made some funny remarks as everyone booed. Then he put it on the ground and pretended to stomp on it, before walking away.

Our take? Right on, man. This is the fire-breathing, monkey-dancing, eat-the-unicorn-and-spit-out-the-horn type of thing we want to see right now. We're expecting big things with Windows Mobile 7 and want to see Microsoft come out swinging, and not just back into "Oh, here's another mobile operating system. We hope you like it."

Via TechflashEngadget

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5 years ago

Verizon Touch Pro 2 available online

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5 years ago

GPS Weather Radar Gets Bumped to v2.1

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Back a few weeks ago our very own George wrote up a nice review for the freeware GPS Weather Radar, which has become quite popular as of late.

Well, it just got bumped recently to v2.1.01 from the previously reviewed v1.5. 

The biggest change is now in the maps, which look much nicer especially with the transparency effect, a new source and more location support ( USA, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, Brazil, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean). 

It takes a bit to load and no doubt .NET 3.5 is not the fastest, but hey...it works and works well.

See full change-log here as well as .cab to download.
 

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5 years ago

SPB Software Giveaway

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SPB Software Giveaway

 

The WMExperts.com Summer Giveaways are slowly winding down and this week we've got SPB Software up for grabs. SPB has produced such Windows Mobile applications as SPB Mobile Shell, SPB TV, SPB Brain Evolution and many more. SPB is closely tied to Windows Mobile and wants to know what you think.

So here's how this week's give away will work. Head on over to the forums and post your thoughts on SPB in this discussion. Tell us what you like, dislike, or would like to see in SPB software. Do you like the old interface with SPB Mobile Shell or is the touch navigation more to your liking? Any channels missing from SPB TV? Does SPB Traveler cover all the bases for those who are on the road?

From the comments posted between now and 5:00pm CST on September 14, 2009 we'll randomly draw for three winners. The first place will receive a copy of SPB's Mobile Shell. The second and third place winners will receive a copy of SPB TV. Remember you have to be registered to post a comment and that can be done here.

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5 years ago

Video review of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2

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For those of you drooling over the recent announcement of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2, here are five more minutes of pre-release review goodness, thanks to Phone Area.

While the screen is slightly bigger, a lot of the innards remain the same, including the processor. Is that going to be enough to get people to shell out several hundred dollars this time around?

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5 years ago

Review: SBSH GoNews Touch

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Review: SBSH GoNews Touch

One of the things that I like about technology is that it is often the simplest solution to the simplest of problems that affect our lives the most. A perfect example of this is RSS feeds. RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a method of delivering or receiving a series of articles in a central location. For example, I read an odd assortment of computer, gadget and sports news every day. Instead of visiting each site multiple times throughout the day, I can make use of the provided RSS feeds and a feed aggregator (I personally use Google Reader) to read all of the news in a central location.

Because of its simplicity, RSS works extremely well with mobile devices. A quick search on this site will return reviews of several RSS readers that offer differing features for various prices (this is one reason why we love Windows Mobile as a platform). One product that has caught my attention recently is GoNews Touch by SBSH.

 

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5 years ago

Verizon officially announces the Touch Pro 2

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Hey, don't be so surprised. We already told you the HTC Touch Pro 2 would be out on Verizon by the end of the week, and now it's really real, and you can pick one up starting Friday.

Also real is the $199 price (after $100 rebate and 2-year contract, of course). And as expected, the 3.5mm headphone jack is on board. Anything else you need to know that hasn't been out in the open for a long, long while now?

Full presser after the break.

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