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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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5 years ago

Even more evidence that Snap, Touch Pro 2 will hit T-Mobile

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Not that we really need more indication that the HTC Snap and Touch Pro 2 are headed to T-Mobile, but here you go. TmoNews snagged a couple of inventory screens that show the "Dash 3G" (aka the Snap), and the Touch Pro 2 (which may or may not still show up as the Wing II - we're hoping not).

And that's cool, and everything. More confirmation is good. But if anyone wants to shoot us some launch dates (July has been rumored) and prices, that'd be even better.

Via TmoNews (parts 1 and 2)

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5 years ago

Mobile Device Center automatically installs with Windows 7 (hooray!)

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Back in April we whined complained about how syncing your Windows phone with Windows (the desktop operating system) took a few steps too many. You had to manually go out and find the software (ActiveSync for you XP users, Mobile Device Center for Vista and Windows 7).

Our cries have been heard.

With the Release Candidate version of Windows 7 (that's Build 7100, for those keeping track at home), everything's taken care of for you. We'd heard as much from PocketNow but just had to try it ourselves. Here's my experience:

  1. Phil plugged in his trusty ol' Moto Q9h.
  2. Windows 7 downloaded and installed some drivers.
  3. Mobile Device Center was automatically downloaded and installed.
  4. Phil thrust his arms in the air in celebration, sounded a barbaric yawp and immediately began a post praising Microsoft's foresight.

OK, it's not perfect. There really are no dialog boxes telling you what's going on, and the process isn't as quick as I'd like. It took a couple of minutes to install the drivers and software, which in and of itself was fine. But there basically were no dialog boxes (other than the one saying drivers were being installed) to let the user know what was going on. But we're not going to let that rain on our parade.

And for those of you wanting to try out the Release Candidate, it'll be available to the public on Tuesday.

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5 years ago

Ported Facebook app updated

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Ported Facebook app updated

We're still expecting an official Facebook application come the launch of Windows Marketplace for Mobile, but we've been using the version, er, purloined from a Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM for a while now. It's good stuff.

Noir over at PPCGeeks points out that there's a new version available (0.16 - up from the 0.14 I was using) that for whatever reason is definitely a little more snappy. There's also a version at XDA Developers [via], but I had trouble with that one.

That said, this is highly unofficial and unsupported stuff (hell, the name of the app has changed from Microsoft Facebook to ppcgeeks Facebook - and that's more than a little shady), so be sure to back up your phone first, or just lurk in the thread and see how everyone else is doing.

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5 years ago

LG 810HT rumored to be U.S.-bound

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LG 810HT rumored to be U.S.-bound

Along with the announcement of Windows Mobile 6.5, one of the other big news stories at Mobile World Congress earlier this year was the announcement of LG's partnership with Microsoft – and that it planned 26 new Windows Phones in 2012.

Might this be one of them? Mobile-Review (the same site that brought us the excellent Touch Pro 2 review) brings news the LG GT810H. And here are the deets to go with it: (translated here)

  • 3-inch, 240-by-400-pixel touchscreen
  • 256 megs of storage, and up to 8 gigs external
  • HSDPA
  • 106.95x55x13.9 millimeters
  • 3-megapixel camera
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • FM radio
  • Weighs 105 grams

Mobile-Review says the GT810H would be destined for the U.S., though no date is mentioned. And is it just us, or does the big black dot on the top bezel look like a possible 3.5mm headphone jack?

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5 years ago

Microsoft Mobile Device Center still not a part of Windows by default

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Allow us to get up on our soapbox for a minute. We're well aware that in 2009, it's entirely possible to go the entire lifespan of a phone without connecting it to a computer.

But, Microsoft, occasionally we do need to plug in our phones, and it'd be a big help if your Mobile Device Center (the successor to ActiveSync) were actually built in to an operating system. It's not even a part of the Windows 7 beta (at least as of build 7068, which we're very much enjoying). Sure, my phone plays quite nicely with the cloud and will work over Bluetooth. But if I want to plug in the darn thing and transfer a bunch of files (which is quicker than doing so over Bluetooth, and easier than remembering where I left my microSD card adapter), then I have to hunt down and download Mobile Device Center.

If Microsoft's serious about connecting its three major platforms – desktop, mobile and gaming/entertainment – it needs to get serious about making things easier on the user, and it can start by including Mobile Device Center with Windows 7. Maybe we'll be pleasantly surprised and find it in the upcoming Release Candidate version or final build. But we're not holding our breath

/rant

(And so that we're not just whining, here are the 32-bit and 64-bit download locations for Mobile Device Center.)

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5 years ago

ActiveSync Going Away with Windows 7? (Again)

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So ActiveSync, which has already sort of been replaced by Windows Mobile Device Center (WMDC) in Vista, may be getting its walking papers. Again.

Make room for Device Stage in Windows 7, evidently due when...well, when it's ready, according to Microsoft (lets say 2010).

But this isn't just some re-brand. Nope, Device Stage is going to be a sort of "universal sync" tool that any device manufacturer could abide by, allowing everything from regular flip phones to cameras to any periph you can think name. Programming is done via XML.

Evidently, Julie Larson-Green, vice president of program management for the Windows Experience (that's a mouthful) demonstrated it last week.

The real benefit here of course is that you may now be able to avoid installing proprietary syncing software for all those cameras, phones, printers, MP3 players, etc. Plus, it'll handle your future WM7 device to boot.

Not bad MS, not bad.

Ars Technica via Solsie

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5 years ago

Marketplace for Mobile: What's prohibited

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One of the bigger beefs with Apple's App Store is the seemingly indiscriminate nature in which some updated apps are rejected, even after they've already been approved. (See: Tweetie and more recently, the Nine Inch Nails app.)

We now have a hard list of what'll get your app banned (pdf link) from Windows Marketplace for Mobile. For us, here are the biggies, though questions remain:

  • No VOIP apps using a carrier's data. (Will WiFi be OK?)
  • No apps that replace or modify the default dialer, SMS or MMS apps.
  • No apps with an OTA download of over 10MB. (Not sure if that's the app itself, or downloading within the app for, say, a podcatcher or the dreaded torrent downloader.)
  • No apps that change the default browser, search client, or media player on the device. (Does that mean no Opera or Skyfire, which let you choose to set them as the default browser? No Kinoma Play, Core Player or the like for multimedia?)

That said, we have absolutely no indication that Windows Mobile 6.5 would bar you from installing apps from outside the Marketplace. None. The following list is just what will keep an app out of the Marketplace. Interestingly, the list doesn't include any mention of prohibiting any "objectionable content," except for in advertising within apps, which must follow standard Microsoft practices (pdf). Does that mean anything goes with regards to content? We're likely to see some clarification in the weeks ahead.

Check out the fine print after the break.

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