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5 years ago

DIY Windows Mobile Drone

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DIY Windows Mobile Drone

We normally refrain from using salty language here at WMExperts, but sometimes, well, sometimes something is just too bad ass and such a great example of the power of the platform that we can't help ourselves. Witness: The Windows Mobile-based remote-controlled airplane drone [via]. Sincerely, we're tearing up a little from the sheer awesome:

  • It's auto-piloted along a preset GPS path by the iPaq 6515 you see strapped to the bottom
  • It automatically takes pictures are pre-set GPS waypoints, instantly sent along by MMS.
  • It accepts course changes, camera commands, and more by SMS

You can download the code yourself to create your own drone. Chris Anderson, the heroric DIY Drone poster who created the software last year (seriously, how did we miss this?), notes that the software is still technically Beta. Our advice: toss some Qik realtime video streaming up in this rig.

Ladies and Gentlemen: this is why having an open platform that's easy to develop for is important.

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5 years ago

Playing catch-up: An update to Viigo's WinMo app

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Viigo, long one of our favorite RSS readers, recently updated its free Windows Mobile beta of Project Tango to version 3.0.18.

In the listed improvements are a U.S. Elections channel, options for the stocks services, and a channel for the Olympics, which, of course, are now over.

Also now available are live NFL scores, just in time for the beginning of the season Thursday.

Remember that this is a beta application, and there are bound to be some bugs. And while its multimedia capabilities are still behind that of Kinoma Play, it does pick up in the RSS reader category. And, best of all, it's free.

Check it out now at http://www.viigo.com/wmbeta.

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5 years ago

Sony says Xperia X1 still on for Q4

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Sony says Xperia X1 still on for Q4

Sony Ericsson's doing a little damage control after reports over the past several days said the much-hyped Windows Mobile Pro device would be delayed until possibly January.

A Reuters report has an SE spokeswoman saying that they're still "on target."

"There is absolutely no delay. The product is on track," Sony Ericsson spokeswoman Merran Wrigley said. "We have said it will roll out in Q4 and we are on target to do that."

So, we continue to wait. And wait. And wait some more. To pass the time, enjoy Dieter's hands-on with the Xperia X1 from CTIA back in April.

Via Engadget Mobile & WM Power User

Update: Can't get enough Xperia? A new promo video from Sony, after the break.

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5 years ago

Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 16

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Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 16

Welcome to the Weekly Software Wrangle #16. There's a corral chock full of new, updated and free apps to overview, so pull on your cowboy boots and let's rodeo!

This week, WM Standard new software is Golden Tee Golf and Pinball Evolution. Updated software includes SmartMileage and Uno Free Fall. The free app this week is AIM.

WM Professional new software are WordPlay and Documents to Go Premium. Updated software includes Calligrapher 8.7 and Photo Contacts Pro 5. Freeware is PocketCAS.

Get those lassos out and lets rope in some apps for this week's Wrangle!

WM Standard: New

First up this week for a WM Standard app is Golden Tee Golf (Smartphone) v1.0.8 from InFusio Inc. I spent an awful lot of quarters playing the arcade version with my co-workers years ago.

Golden Tee

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5 years ago

Microsoft apparently is working on an app store

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Have 10 years in marketing, product management or development? Five-plus years in the mobile industry?

Experience working with mobile operators and marketplaces? Helped the initial launch of products in the mobile industry?

Why, that sounds like a few people we know around here!

Those are a few of the requirements of a job listing on seattle.computerjobs.com and spied by CNET as a possible indicator that Microsoft has its own applications store in the works.

The job title is listed as "Senior Project Manager - Skymarket," with the following description:

This is a unique opportunity and time of rapid change in the mobile industry for a Senior Product Manager in the Mobile Communications Services team to drive the launch of a v1 marketplace service for Windows Mobile.

Along with the responsibilities you might expect in this sort of job comes this particular nugget:

Preparation and driving the cross group collaboration with stakeholders in the commercial launch of the marketplace service with the launch of WM 7.

Interesting. Might that mean that Windows Mobile 7 will be held up for the creation of an app store? That might just be worth the wait.

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5 years ago

Leak has Sprint Touch Pro coming Oct. 19

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Leak has Sprint Touch Pro coming Oct. 19

If you're getting tired of reading about the upcoming HTC Touch Pro and can't wait to get your hands on one, there's now a leaked date to whet your appetite that much more.

A thread at Sprintusers.com has leaked specs,with the Touch Pro going on sale Oct. 19, for $579 without contract, $329 with a two-year deal.

Also mentioned in the leak is the Samsung M540 Rant and M630 Highnote, though the folks at WMPowerUser doubts any Windows Mobile goodness in these.

Via Engadget Mobile & wmpoweruser

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5 years ago

Hands-on look at the HTC S740, Plus a full review

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My, my. Look at that. Just as quickly as we learn of the existence of the HTC S740 - think a slightly longer Touch Pro with a numeric keypad and no touchscreen - we now get some hands-on goodness courtesy of NewMobile.

Mentioned is that the screen doesn't appear to auto-rotate with the help of an accelerometer and instead only switches from portrait to landscape when the keyboard is open. Makes sense, seeing as how this is a Windows Mobile Standard device, though you might want to watch video with the keyboard closed.

Otherwise, you still pretty much get the Diamond form, complete with the multi-faced, fingerprint magnet back.

Check out the rest of the photos here.

Via Engadget and Coolsmartphone

Want more? Of course you do. ce4you has a full-on review of the HTC S740 (here's a Google Translation).

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5 years ago

Toshiba Shows Off Dual-Screen Concept Device

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There's plenty more happening at this year's IFA than we expected. There was the news that the Xperia X1 was delayed. A hands-on with the HTC S740 (more on that in a bit), and now this sweet image, above, from Anton.

Toshiba's main foci at the IFA are their HD stuff, their environmentally friendly stuff, and heck, even gesture control stuff, but we're mostly attracted to the dual-screen hotness above. It's just a concept for now, but the idea seems to be to work that idea into a future Windows Mobile-based device. Let's just hope that whatever they end up with won't be as cripplingly ugly as the G910.

Of course, we're still waiting to see if the big T is going to be able to get any traction with their G810 or the G900, or heck, the G710.

In other words, Toshiba's got a proven track record for being able to pump out pretty cool devices. So we're optimistic that dual-screen, Windows Mobile-based devices could actually be in our future, even if the above is just at the concept stages. On the other hand, Toshiba does not have a track record yet of successful US releases, so we're not betting on seeing it at your local AT&T store.

Update: Engadget reports that the device is actually an “SD Multi Tool” to allow you to interact with photos and the like on SD cards. Toshiba Reps did tell Anton that the final product would likely be Windows Mobile-based, but for now we're putting this device in the “don't hold your breath waiting for a dual-screen-WM-slider-smartphone” category. Yeah, it's a small category.

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5 years ago

Xperia X1 Delay Confirmed: December or January Now

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Looks like the HTC Fuze is going to get a little extra time in the spotlight, as Sony Ericsson just confirmed to Engadget that the Xperia X1 is going to be delayed from their “2nd Half of 2008” to “December 2008 or January 2009.”

What I find odd is that it actually held up pretty well for our Hands-on Review of the Xperia X1 back in April. Engadget suspects that Sony Ericsson can't get a handle on making Windows Mobile 6.1 work cleanly and that's not a bad guess: jumping into making WinMo devices without any previous experience is hard.

Good luck to ya, SE, given how long you've been working on this since we saw it, we suspect you're going to need it.

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile Featured on Fox Business

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Windows Mobile Featured on Fox Business

Microsoft Mobile Communications Group Manager Scott Rockfeld was on Fox Business chatting up quite a lot of Windows Mobile devices. The context of the discussion is basically “competitors to the iPhone,” which is a little aggravating because, let's face it, the iPhone and Windows Mobile aren't always going for the same demographic. Some of the smartphones shown off: HTC Diamond, HTC Touch Pro, and the BlackJack II.

Kudos to Fox's host for calling the original Motorola Q “a bust,” although it did sell over a million. In any case, it's a good watch to learn about the message that's getting out to folks who don't, you know, read blogs like WMExperts.com. Turns out such people are out there; we find it strange as well.

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile 6.1 NOT Available for BlackJack II (Updated)

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This is the week for Windows Mobile 6.1 updates, innit? First came the AT&T Tilt Update, then the XV6800 Update, and now we have a tip from Jared that you can get the Windows Mobile 6.1 update for the BlackJack II officially as well.

As is standard operating procedure with BlackJack updates -- this update is a major pain to set up -- requiring odd modem driver installations and secret key codes. Follow the instructions to a T.

It's been quite awhile since we showed you a video hands-on with Windows Mobile 6.1 on the BlackJack II, so we embedded that above to give you a taste of what you'll be looking at with this update. We'll be interested to see how this final ROM looks. We're hoping that it brings a little more speed to the BJII to help bring it up to par with Windows Mobile 6.1 on the Q9h. Maybe, just maybe, the competition between the two devices deserves another round?

Thanks, Jared!

Update: Yeah, not yet. As happened with the AT&T Tilt update, we have a download page claiming that it will provide you with a 6.1 update but no actual 6.1 update to be had. Samsung's byzantine update system combined with the fact that I'm on a Mac here added up to me missing the truth here. Thanks again to Jared for setting us straight.

Also: the above links have been taken down. Let's hope we see them again soon.

Update X2: Well, the instruction pages are back up, but the links to actually download the software updates are down. We recommend you use the time you'd normally spend spamming “refresh” on that page reading the instructions. We're not kidding, they're complex.

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5 years ago

Documents to Go now on touchscreen devices

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Documents to Go now on touchscreen devices

Documents to Go, the popular alternative to Microsoft Office Mobile, is now available on Windows Mobile Professional Devices.

With the app you get:

  • Create, view and edit native Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files, including in the Office 2007 format.
  • View native Adobe PDF files.
  • Decompress zipped files.
  • "Zip and send" files.
  • Create, view and edit Excel charts.
  • Access password-protected Word and Excel files (in 97-2004 formats).
  • And a slew of other goodies.

You can get Documents to Go Version 3.0031 in the WM Experts software store for $29.99.

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5 years ago

Treo 800w Gets a Patch to fix Charging Bug

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Treo 800w Gets a Patch to fix Charging Bug

My Treo 800w is sitting on my desk, plugged in, and not charging at all. Turns out I'm not the only one -- it's a common issue when the battery on the Treo 800w gets really and truly drained. Fortunately, aixguru in our forums has discovered a patch over on Palm's site. Go grab it and install in on your Treo 800w. Here's the score:

USB: If your device fails to detect any of the in-box USB accessories such as the power adapter, headset or sync cable, this update will resolve most of the detection issues.
Battery charging: When plugged into the charger, the device may not charge a completely discharged battery. This scenario is most likely to happen if you leave a dead battery for a few days before trying to charge it in the device.
This update is highly recommended for all Treo 800w devices.

We agree. Now all I have to do is figure out how I'm going to apply the patch given that my Treo isn't recognizing a charger at all. My plan: the Treo 800w shares the same battery as the Centro -- time to swap.

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5 years ago

Have You Entered to Win a Free Celio Redfly?

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Have You Entered to Win a Free Celio Redfly?

There's only a few days left for you to enter to win a free Celio Redfly -- you'll want to go do that, then, right? Right. In addition to the Redfly itself, we'll also be sending out 10 runner-up prizes: long-sleeve Redfly T-Shirts.

I recently received the Beta drivers for the Treo Pro, so I'll be giving those a shot with a Redfly this weekend. Meanwhile, if you missed it, check out our full review of the Redfly here.

Big ups to Celio for sponsoring the contest!

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5 years ago

Get your tweets on with ceTwit

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Get your tweets on with ceTwit

We've previously discussed Tiny Twitter, a stand-alone Twitter client for WIndows Mobile pro and standard, and Twit Today, a today screen plug-in for touchscreen devices.

Now we bring you Kosertech's ceTwit. Version 2.0 of the popular microblogging app recently was released, and here's what you get:

  • Timeline display (merged and filtered)
  • Account storage
  • Status Updates
  • Direct Messages
  • Click to reply
  • Automated Refresh
  • Smartphone support
  • Avatars in timeline
  • Local caching of avatars
  • Squeezer support
  • Relative Timestamps
  • Follow/Unfollow
  • Twitpic support
  • ping.fm support
  • timeline updates while device is sleeping
  • audible/vibrate alerts
  • retweet
  • favorite
  • delete

Also offered from Kosertech is ceSnipURL, which makes long Web site addresses Twit-friendly right from your phone - a very handy feature.

To download the cab files directly to your phone: ceSnipURL, ceTwit 2.0 for touchscreen devices, and ceTwit 2.0 for non-touchscreen devices

You can follow ceTwit's developer here, and be sure to follow our feed, www.twitter.com/wmexperts.

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