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5 years ago

Review: GuardMobile

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Review: GuardMobile

 

One of the more unique story lines coming from the Mobile World Congress was when a HTC prototype was pick-pocketed from Telstra Chief Executive Sol Trujillo. We all breathed a sigh of relief when the Australian Communications Exec was able to have Microsoft remotely wipe the phone clean.

While our Windows Mobile phones might not have Microsoft or HTC trade secrets on them, what data is on the phones is equally important to us. With identity theft a constant concern, we ran across an interesting application that allows Windows Mobile users to protect their phones just like Microsoft and HTC did in Barcelona.

Software developer Maspware offers GuardMobile that not only allows you remote access to your Windows Mobile Phone should it come up missing. Follow the break to see how secure GuardMobile made us feel.

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5 years ago

Manufacturer news: Toshiba loses CEO, Ericsson jumping ship on Sony

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It looks there we could be awaiting some fairly major shakeups in the mobile manufacturing world.

First, it appears Ericsson could be looking to get out of its joint Sony Ericsson venture. Slashgear is pointing to a German report that says Sony could take over sole control. Why, you ask?

Sony announced a huge 95-percent drop in profits over the last three months of 2008, compared to performance twelve months previous. They went on to predict a net loss of 150 billion yen ($1.67 billion) for the full fiscal year, with Chief Executive Howard Stringer saying the existing cost-cutting measures - 8,000 job cuts and plans to close 10-percent of its factories - had not gone far enough. Sony Ericsson themselves posted a significant loss in Q4 2008.

Can't help but wonder what role the lack of overall success for the Xperia X1  could have played. There's a decent following outside of the United States, but there's no denying a lack of carrier support has hurt it here.

Next up is Toshiba [via gearlog], which just announced that CEO Atsutoshi Nishida will be stepping down in June after record losses. We're keeping an eye on Toshiba after it announced the DayGlo Snapdragon-powered TG01 at Mobile World Congress.

OK, awesome mushroom cloud notwithstanding, this hardly is the end of either company in the mobile space. We'll keep our eyes open for Sony and Toshiba's next moves, however.

Update: And Toshiba's new CEO is ...

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5 years ago

Tube brings subway maps to your phone

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Tube brings subway maps to your phone

Here's a cool little app for all your Subway riders aout there.

Tube has just hit Version 4.0 for Windows Mobile Pro and includes subway maps for Barcelona, London, New York, Paris, Rome and Washington.

Drop $9.99 and you'll get maps and info on:

  • Entertainment
  • Hotels and Restaurants
  • Museums and Galleries
  • Parks and Water Features
  • Places of Interest
  • Shops and Markets
  • Streets
  • Stations

The app is GPS-enabled, so it's not just a static map, though the U.S. cities definitely are limited right now.

Tube [via]

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5 years ago

Video: Firefox Mobile beta on Nokia N810

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Video: Firefox Mobile beta on Nokia N810

So the pre-alpha release of the Firefox mobile browser for Windows Mobile was hit by a pretty big roadblock, but our friends at Nokia Experts can now enjoy a beta release on the N810 mobile Internet tablet.

This is just about the best look at the browser we've seen thus far, though you'll have to imagined it scaled down a little bit for a smartphone. But we get to see it doing real browser stuff, and that's exciting enough. So sit back, relax and take a gander at what we can hope to see toward the summer.

Via Gizmodo

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5 years ago

Review: PocketTV

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Review: PocketTV

If you have ever tried to download an MPG movie to your WM phone and didn't bother to try to watch it until after you get settled down on an airplane for a long flight, you would have been disappointed to discover that WM Media Player cannot play MPG movies. This frustrating discovery leaves the WM user with the job of finding a movie player that can play MPG formatted movies. In walks PocketTV. Best of all, if you are using it only for personal use, you can use the Classic Viewer for free! To see all the screenshots and our full review of PocketTV, take a look inside.

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5 years ago

The iPhone vs. Windows Mobile: Multitasking stays with the professionals

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And now, the WMExperts players present "Juiced: Powering the iPhone in a 3.0 World."

Join us after the break for a very special WMExperts post as our little iPhone cousin dives into the deep, dark world of multitasking and background notifications. Will he thrive alongside his Windows Mobile brethren? Will he survive? In the end, there can only be one.

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5 years ago

iPhone catches up to Windows Mobile!

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5 years ago

Samsung Omnia HD hitting Windows Mobile after all?

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Ah, the dreaded question-mark headline. The scourge of journalists everywhere. But we're breaking it out with good reason this morning as word trickles in of an Omnia HD that will be released with Windows Mobile 6.5.

This is coming from Dutch site All About Phones (translated here), which says it sat in on a Samsung presentation with a baker's dozen phones, one of which was a Windows Mobile Omnia HD. There's nothing more to go on than that and a very blurry picture which can only be described as a black slab.

However, we can look back to Mobile World Congress, where Dieter got a hands-on with the Omnia HD running S60, so that'll give you a probably glimpse of the hardware, anyway. If this is on the level and intends to launch with WinMo, don't expect to see it anywhere before the latter part of the year.

Via Unwired View

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5 years ago

Another look at that Sprint roadmap

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Another look at that Sprint roadmap

So we're taking another look at the leaked Sprint roadmap and trying to shake off the shock of the Sprint Treo Pro actually being launched, and a couple of things stand out. And not necessarily in good ways.

As several of you have noted in the comments, the spec sheets are interesting. Let's take a look at the Rhodium, aka the HTC Touch Pro 2.

First off, the Rhodium spec sheet says it will launch in the fourth quarter, which goes against the schedule slide we saw. (Speaking of that schedule, none of the phones listed is lined up very well on the grid. Let the conspiracy theories begin.) The operating system is listed as Windows 7.x. Again, interesting, because we're pretty darn sure that Windows Mobile 7 won't see the light of day until 2010 (if we're lucky).

Finally, and this holds true for the Ace II, which also is on the roadmap, we see listed under "network" EVDO Rev. A (Sprint's native CDMA network) and HSDPA, which falls under the GSM standard. So there's a chance the Touch Pro 2 and Ace II could be world phones. But when we say "world phone," we mean able to run on GSM networks outside the United States. Don't expect to be able to use this Sprint version on AT&T.

So, after taking this with a few grains of salt, what's it all mean? We'll see some new phones on Sprint sometime this year. Probably.

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5 years ago

Vito Updates Windows Mobile Suite

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Vito Updates Windows Mobile Suite

VITO Technologies has updated its Windows Mobile Communications Suite to version 1.8. The updated version includes the latest versions of Winterface v1.31 and Weather v1.3 as well as VITO's FunContact, SMS-Chat, and ZoomBoard applications.

FunContact is a contact management alternative that adds visual and navigational effects to your contacts. SMS-Chat is a threaded SMS application that has a finger friendly interface, animated smilies, and contact filtering. Zoomboard is an enlarged on-screen QWERTY keyboard that claims to be misprint free.

VITO throws a lot under one roof with the Communications Suite and if you're looking to spice up your Windows Mobile device, this Suite has just about everything (including a trial download) you'de want.

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5 years ago

FacebookIM - another Facebook client

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FacebookIM - another Facebook client

Here's yet another way to hit up your Facebook friends from your phone. This time, it's FacebookIM.

As the name implies, it takes advantage of Facebook's chat services. It also takes advantage of Facebook's mobile site and also lets you upload photo and video directly.

This one comes to us from XDA Developers member blutz. Hit that up for more info, and check out the developers' site here.

Via Pocketnow

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5 years ago

Sprint's Q2-Q3 roadmap leaked

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Sprint's Q2-Q3 roadmap leaked

Here's a look at what Sprint supposedly has on deck for the next two quarters of the year, thanks to the ninjas over at the Boy Genius Report.

You'll note the Palm Treo Pro, which was just released. Slated for the second quarter is the HTC Willow, which we expect from those monster leak sheets to be a front-facing QWERTY messanger phone. Probably not as up to snuff as the Maple, but we'll see.

In Q3 is the Samsung Ace II. Dieter took a look at the original Ace about a year ago and was plesantly surprised.

Finally is the HTC Rhodium, which we expect to be the replacement for the Touch Pro.

What's it all mean? The rumors, conjecture and rampant speculation that we may see some of the new HTC phones on Sprint in the next couple of months is looking better. Or, ya know, we could all have egg on our face.

Spec sheets after the break, including for the Cedar, which we don't even see on this roadmap.

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5 years ago

Review: SBSH Calendar Touch v2.1

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Review: SBSH Calendar Touch v2.1

SBSH  recently updated it's popular Calendar Touch to version 2.1. We looked at the previous version of Calendar Touch (v2.0) a few months ago and found it to be a feature-rich alternative to the stock calendar application of Windows Mobile. There was little we could find wrong with version 2.0, with the minor nit that returning to the current date was a little cumbersome. Readers reported a few bugs, including not being able to navigate easily with a stylus and that swipe navigation stops when you are on a day where the appointments extend beyond the single screen. Follow the break to see how version 2.1 shakes out.

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5 years ago

Verizon Re-Releases the Motorola Q9c

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Just when you were ready to hear the end of life rumors concerning the Motorola Q Series come true, someone throws you a curve ball. Verizon Wireless has announced that it will be re-releasing the Motorola Q9c. [via EverythingQ] The re-release brings the company's TALKS feature to the phone. Everything else appears unchanged.

TALKS for Verizon is designed to assist blind and visually impaired customers.  It is a screen reader that adds speech to the standard user interface by using Windows Mobile to convert text displayed on the handset to highly intelligible speech. Additionally, TALKS will allow users to dial contacts, add/edit contact entries, compose email, write documents in Mobile Office, and use Mobile Explorer through voice commands. 

Does this mean that we may actually see the Q line continue with the Q11? Or maybe even the Napolean? Or is the Motorola Q9c simply a convenient test model for the TALKS application? Regardless of what all of this means, it's nice to see the Motorola Q line still hanging around.

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5 years ago

Samsung Propel Pro possibly out this week

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We've seen Samsung Propel Pro via the leaked shot (above) and the FCC docs, and now we've got a possible launch date, and it's real soon.

Phone Arena says we should see the Propel Pro on AT&T on March 19 — that's this Wednesday. Pretty standard stuff here: A QWERTY vertical slider with Windows Mobile Standard. No word on price, be we can't imagine it'd be too high.

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