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5 years ago

Microsoft Vine Tells Your Family You're OK

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Microsoft reportedly has begun a private beta called Microsoft Vine that will keep you and your friends and family in the know in case of natural disaster.

What we have here is a fairly sexy aggregator of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – 20,000 news sources, NOAA, Twitter and public safety announcements. When the fit hits the shan, you need to be able to alert others that you're OK. And Vine would do so via a desktop client, text message, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter.

However, "in the know" may be a bit of a misnomer. See, here's the thing about a natural disaster: Chances are if you're in one, you won't have power. And wireless carriers are getting better at generator backups (you should see the press releases we get anytime something bad's about to happen), but I can remember not having any signal – GSM, CDMA, landline or carrier pigeon – for several days after hurricane Ivan in September 2004. (Bad enough when you have family worried about you, and even worse if you're trying to get married that weekend.) So if the infrastructure's not there for you to get the word out, this could all be a moot point. (And Twitter integration could well prove to be the linchpin now – remember that.)

But this is 2009. This is post-Katrina. And we've learned from our mistakes. And Microsoft Vine could well be an excellent way to get word out that you're still ticking. Let's hope they open it up before the summer silly season.

Check out more about Vine over at Techcrunch

Update: You can learn more and sign up to get a beta invite at Vine.net.

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5 years ago

Alternate back for the Touch Diamond 2

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We love our shiny phones. But, oh, do we hate the fingerprints that come with a glossy finish.

But apparently there's a matte back available for the Touch Diamond 2 that should eliminate the telltales signs that you've had your grubby mitts on the phone.

Above is the new back cover, which appeared in a Taiwanese forum. Slashgear says it can be had for about $35 US and would be sold as an accessory. At right is the original glossy back as seen by Dieter at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

And, no, we still don't have any release dates for the Touch Diamond 2 in the United States, so we'll all just have to keep thinking good thoughts.

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5 years ago

Verizon XV6175 snapping at T-Mobile's heels

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So there we were, perfectly content with T-Mobile rolling out the HTC Snap/Captain/Dash 2 sometime soon, when this had to come along and muck up the works.

According to Engadget, what you see here is the HTC XV6175. And as you might guess from the excellent and memorable brand XV6175, that'd make it bound for Verizon. This is pretty much in line with what we've seen from that leaked HTC roadmap as the Willow, which we've also heard could make an appearance as soon as June.

No word on pricing or actual availability. Let's just hope it's quicker than Verizon managed to launch the Touch Diamond.

And is it just us, or does that rendering here look vaguely like a Treo 800w from the waist down?

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5 years ago

Sprint Treo 800w User Guide

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Sprint Treo 800w User Guide

As we get closer and closer to that inevitable date of July 13th (but probably earlier for some if they can find 'em in a store), more info on the 800w is being found.

In our forums, member Tawp has done some hunting and managed to find the new user guide for the 320x320 WM6.1 device.

http://www.sprint.com/cdma/assets/pdfs/phone_guides/palm/palm_treo_800_ug.pdf

(Sprint link is down; Mirror below)

We haven't gone over the manual with a fine tooth comb yet, but if we find anything that we don't already know (doubtful) we'll be sure to post it in the forums.

Thanks MinistrOfJustiz

--> Mirror for User Guide

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5 years ago

WMExperts.com Fuze and Touch Dual Give-Away!

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Are you still using that old Motorola MPX220? Did your dog eat your Treo 750? Did you leave your HTC Dual on the roof of your car as you pulled out of the driveway? If you've wanted to upgrade your phone or have recently seen your  phone lose a battle with a lawn mower, we might have the answer to all your problems.

Recently at CTIA, HTC sported a mini Wheel o' Prizes and our own Dieter Bohn and our pal CrackBerry Kevin won an AT&T Fuze and a Touch Dual. Their win is your win, because the thing to do with these WinMo Wonders is to give them away! 

So, if you have an ancient (or not-so-ancient) phone or your phone has recently become unserviceable (a.k.a. destroyed) we want your story.

The rules of the contest are simple. Email us your story on how your phone isn't cutting the mustard or how it has been destroyed beyond all hope of use or repair.  Then tell us how a new Windows Mobile phone would improve your sad, sad situation.

Submissions need to be emailed to contest@wmexperts.com (.jpg images are welcomed in support of your case) with the subject line "WMExperts Giveaway" and must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on May 11, 2009. Our crack editorial staff will review the entries and during the following week, we'll publish the top stories, announcing the winner that Friday (May 15th). The top winner will receive the Fuze, a runner up will receive the Touch Dual! 

So if you're still connecting your phone via a serial cable or your AT&T Tilt was found in the laundry room washing machine, now's your chance to win your very own AT&T Fuze or Touch Dual!

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5 years ago

Review: GetSportz

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Review: GetSportz

Ran across an interesting application over at FuzeMobility the other day that might be of interest to all our sports nuts in the crowd. GetSportz is a freeware application that allows you to track all your favorite scores, schedules, and standings. Covering everything from the NFL to NCAA, from basketball to baseball to golf, GetSportz covers the wide world of sports really well. To see how well, follow the break for our experiences with GetSportz as well as some screen shots.

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5 years ago

Qualcomm and Broadcom friends again, and it only cost $891 million

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Once upon a time there were two processor manufactuers: Qualcomm and Broadcom. Qualcomm made some chips that looked a little too much like Broadcom's and the two stopped being BFFs, making everyone sad. In fact, Broadcom was so upset, it took Qualcomm to court and accused it of patent infringement.

This went on in and out of weeks and almost over three years. At one point, a mean ol' federal judge said Qualcomm couldn't sell its processors anymore, but the cagey lawyers found a way around that, and another judge said a ban just wasn't fair, and some of your favorite smartphones continue to be powered by Qualcomm.

Fast forward to today, and everyone's kissed and made up. OK, being paid $891 million would make me kiss and make up with just about anyone, too. And that's just what's been done, with the two manufacturers finally reaching an agreement in the case and agreeing to put down their swords, says Engadget. Full deets after the jump, but we're going to spend the rest of the afternoon coming to terms with the fact that it's over. It's really over.

For now.

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5 years ago

Xperia X2 rumor quietly persists

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Xperia X2 rumor quietly persists

OK, so the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 didn't exactly sell like hotcakes, at least in the U.S. Lack of carrier support (and a high unlocked price) will do that to a phone. And while there have been grumblings that SE was getting out of the Windows Mobile game, we're now getting a brief mention that an X2 is in the works from GigaOm [via] in a piece about Skyhook, a Boston wireless company. Emphasis ours

Once Skyhook was designed into the iPhone, Google folks took notice of Skyhook and started to develop their own competitive offering, which is being offered for free, while Skyhook charges for its offering. Morgan admits that the company has lost a couple of deals because of free offerings. For instance, the X2 edition of Sony Xperia phone (Windows Mobile-based) uses geolocation data from Google.

That's all we get. Assuming this isn't just a typo, it lends a little more credence to an early rumor that SE planned to continue the Xperia line with Windows Mobile. If it is a typo, then a whole lotta people are getting excited over nothing.

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5 years ago

HTC Touch Cruise unlocked at Best Buy online

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While window shopping online last night, we stumbled upon a new phone over at BestBuy.com. The HTC Touch Cruise is now being offered in the "unlocked" variety on the store's for $549.99. We liked this phone at the 2009 Mobile World Congress and it's nice to see it start to trickle into the U.S. Market. Best Buy is listing the Touch Cruise as back-ordered with expected shipping in 1 to 2 weeks.  Could this be the start of the HTC summer invasion? Is the Touch Diamond 2 next?

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5 years ago

A Walk Down Memory Lane

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A Walk Down Memory Lane

With all the new phones expected to hit the shelves in the coming months, when you look back at wireless communications the industry has come a long way. MobileSyrup.com has stumbled upon some old cell phone commercials over at YouTube.

For those who are too young to remember the days of bag phones and flip phones, these commercials will give you a glimpse of what the "old timers" had to deal with.  While it may be hard to see, these products were actually innovative and "high tech" for their time.

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5 years ago

Best of SPE, 26 April 2009

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Best of SPE, 26 April 2009

We're pretty sure that if you're reading this, you're the sort who likes exclusive, breaking details on Smartphones. We had that aplenty this week. Nokia Experts got the full skinny on the AT&T Nokia E71x in the form of PDF guides and a confirmation of a May 4th release. PreCentral.net scored an internal head-to-head between the iPhone and the Palm Pre. CrackBerry.com saw yet another Storm OS leak.

We're also pretty sure you like free stuff. So you'll want to check out the What Would You Do for a Palm Pre Giveaway. We're also incredibly proud that CrackBerry.com reached - wait for it - One Million Members! They'll be tossing out celebratory gifts to them this week. WMExperts will be giving away a phone (check there on Monday). Also, did you know that The iPhone Blog is approaching their 1 year anniversary in a couple weeks? Expect some fun to happen there soon, too!

Much more more happened in the smartphone world, so as usual, we bring you our "Best of SPE roundup." Come take a look at what's news!

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5 years ago

WMExperts podcast Episode 54

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5 years ago

Samsung Omnia Pro rumored – very rumored

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It's the Sunday rumor mill here in Windows Mobile land, and on today's plate is the Samsung Omnia Pro (cue HTC's lawyers), brought to us by hdblog.it. [via coolsmartphone]

While highly unofficial – and the rendering you see above is of hdblog's "own creation and does not reflect the real shape" (and putting your blog on the phone's shell kinda gives that away) – the rumor surrounds an 800x480 AMOLED touchscreen, 5MP camera with stabilizer and flash, and a 624MHz processor. No word on RAM and ROM sizes.

Supposedly the Ominia Pro will become more official this summer and cost about 500 Euros. A launch with Windows Mobile 6.1 is mentioned, with an upgrade to WM6.5 to come.

That said, folks, here's a little tip from your friends at WMExperts: When you're sitting in your basement Photoshoping together a Frankenphone for the Internets, remember to slap on the Windows flag button if you're going to even mention Windows Mobile 6.5, m'kay?

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5 years ago

A Palm Pre? For FREE? Yes, sir-ee!

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A Palm Pre? For FREE? Yes, sir-ee!

With the prospect of Windows Mobile 6.5 and Windows Mobile 7 on the horizon, we certainly can sympathize with all the Palm fans out there who are chomping at the bit to finally get their hands on the Palm Pre. If you've hung in there this long, you definitely deserve a reward.

And our cousins at PreCentral.net are delivering, literally, with a massive giveaway:

Think you have what it takes to win a FREE Palm Pre? Time to put up or shut up! PreCentral.net is giving away FIVE Palm Pre Phones the day that the Palm Pre is released. In addition, we’re sweetening the deal by making them into full-on Palm Pre Packs, including:

Hit 'em up at PreCentral.net for all the deets on how to win.

But don't feel left out, loyal Windows Mobile fan. We might have a few goodies of our own for you in the very near future. Stay tuned.

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5 years ago

Microsoft Posts Quarterly Report

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Microsoft Posts Quarterly Report

Microsoft has reported it's Third Quarter results for the period ending March 31, 2009. The report shows a 6% decline in revenue from the same period last year. While a reported revenue of $13.65 billion isn't too shabby, it's the first year to year loss decline in Microsoft's 34 year history. The report included a $290 million cost for severance charges related to the plan to reduce up to 5,000 positions at Microsoft and $420 million needed to offset impairments to investments.

According to the release from Microsoft, Revenue in Client, Microsoft Business Division, and Server & Tools was negatively impacted by weakness in the global PC and Server markets. Revenue from enterprise customers remained stable during the quarter. Despite the loss, Microsoft didn't seem too concerned. “With our continued R&D investment and our broad suite of products and services, we remain in a great position to compete and gain share in the marketplace,” said Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft.

While the Global Economy had it's hand in why the declined occurred, lagging sales in laptops, the rise in popularity of "netbooks" and the investment losses helped as well.  The Server and Tools Division was the only group to show growth in the report (about $230 million) and XBox 360 sales increased about 30%, putting the gaming system well ahead of last years total sales figures.  So it's not all bad news.

Microsoft is still on track to release Windows Mobile 6.5 later this year and Windows 7 during fiscal year 2010 and those releases might be the boost Microsoft is hoping for.  Microsoft's full release and report can be found here.

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