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5 years ago

Review: mDesktop 2.0

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5 years ago

Ringtone Maker by Gx5

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5 years ago

Sprint WiMAX WaTCH: Will They Throttle?

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Sprint WiMAX WaTCH: Will They Throttle?

The Consumerist and Gizmodo report that Sprint plants on placing caps and throttles on their WiMAX service. In other words: expect the same sort of soft caps on data usage and for data to potentially slow down when you go beyond it. Bad news, but may not so bad for Windows Mobile followers given that there won't actually be any smartphones released on the network in the foreseeable future anyway. Laptop cards on the newly live Baltimore portion of the network are working fine.

However, in our forums we're getting reader reports that Sprint claims they won't throttle data in any way, shape or form. The data service clocks in at $45 a month(see below), which isn't too bad but definitely doesn't feel as nice as their recent standard EVDO tethering price drop.

We were seriously hoping that with 4G, "unlimited" would really mean unlimited. If Sprint is serious about capping and throttling their XOHM service, we'll likely turn our lonely eyes to Verizon and AT&T's pending LTE services -- not that we'll see anything we like there on the bandwidth front, either.

Update: Draiko does us a solid in the comments: "Actually, the pricing for the first 6 months is $30 per month for mobile, $25 per month for home, and $50 per month for 2 devices. Much tastier." Tastier indeed.

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5 years ago

Get a (fake) Touch Diamond for $99

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Get a (fake) Touch Diamond for $99

Let's play "Guess the Device." What has the following specs:

  • Model: Diamond S900 (non-HTC/Dopod)
  • "Astonishing design"
  • 2.8-inch vibrant color LCD screen
  • Dual-band GSM 900/1800MHz
  • 300,000-pixel camera
  • Built-in FM tuner
  • 256MB memory card included

If you answered "Not an HTC Touch Diamond," give yourself a big pat on the back.

This $99 knockoff is being offered at DealExtereme. We hesitate to even give the link - and the six people who Digged the page so far should be flogged - but it's worth a look, if only for some afternoon entertainment. So here you go. You do get free shipping, though, so that's a plus.

Thanks to Windows Mobile Cool and Gear Diary for the chuckle.

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5 years ago

Weekly Software Wrangle 20

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Weekly Software Wrangle 20

Welcome to Software Wrangle 20! There are several new, updated and a couple free apps to feature today.

This week, WM Standard new software is ExpenseIt and Farkle. Updated software includes Extreme Agenda - Your Organizer and mDesktop. The free app this week is FetchIt!.

WM Professional new software are Vehicle Master and MASPware GuardMobile. Updated software includes BlackJack Deluxe and Pocket Mechanic Professional. Freeware is Tiny Twitter v1.8.4.

WM Standard: New

First up this week for a WM Standard app is ExpenseIt by Cohosoft. If you are a business traveler and need to keep track of your expenses for reimbursement, then this may be a must-have app for your WM Smartphone.

Information such as a description, category, amount, city, payment method, attendees, notes, etc. can be entered for each expense item. A trip summary screen will display all trips in the main database with a total balance and user-defined status.

ExpenseIt also has the ability to export selected trips in HTML report format for viewing or printing from a standard web browser. In addition, CSV files can be created for importing into an MS-Excel spreadsheet.

Get ExpenseIt for $16.95 here.

The next new WM Standard app is Farkle by Escape Gameworks. Want a fast-paced game of chance that's fun to play when you have a few extra minutes, like standing in the DMV line?

Escape Gameworks is excited to bring you our first game for the Windows Mobile platform. Based on the popular dice game of the same name, Farkle consists of six dice rolled and held in combinations of three or more to score points. Rolls with no scoring dice are "farkles" and cause you to lose your points and your turn. The first player to reach the goal score of 5000 or 10,000 points wins!

Get Farkle for $9.95 here.

WM Standard: Updated


Extreme Agenda - Your Organizer v3.41 by Birdsoft is our first updated software for WM Standard this week. How 'bout pumping up your Windows Mobile PIM on some serious steroids?

Extreme Agenda features Powerful Agenda Views, Photo Contacts, Todos, Search, and even Notes and a Secure Wallet in one easy to use package!! And with complete customization and great high-end features found only on other platforms you can't go wrong.

And now we have taken Extreme to the Extreme in new Version 3.0 with a Project view, Innovative Spinner Selection screen, timeline week view, and so much more.



Get Extreme Agenda v3.41 for $24.95here.

mDesktop v2.0.2 by MotionApps is the next updated app this week. Enjoy the convenience of having your Smartphone on your desktop and controlling it fully with your PC.

Integrate your smartphone with your PC via mDesktop and make calls, send SMS messages and use your smartphone's data and applications from your PC's big screen and keyboard in a comfortable, practical, fun and user friendly way.

If your smartphone is your favorable medium of communication, mDesktop will clear the channel and make your work easier and more comfortable.

Get mDesktop v2.0.2 for $19.99 here.

WM Standard: Freeware


The free app for WM Standard this week is FetchIt! at www.smartphone-freeware.com.

The fast and easy way to get news, sports, entertainment, blogs and podcast on your Smartphone.

Features: - Any RSS, ATOM or Podcast feed will work. - Speed Reader. - AideRSS PostRank News Filtering. - The Latest Worldwide Weather. - and much more.

You can get FetchIt! for Free right here.







WM Professional: New

The first new WM Professional application for this week is Vehicle Master from PPC Utils. With the dollar sinking and gas hovering around the ZOMG! level, it's not a bad idea to use an app like this to help you track your vehicle expenses to better help you budget and manage your money.

Vehicle Master enhances the performance of your vehicle and trips by managing Dealer, Fuel, Repairs & Services, Breakdown, Expenses, Alarm Reminder, Check List, Emergency Kit, Parking Manager, Trip, Preference and attractive icons.

Features: - Increase the performance of vehicle. - Manage 'N' number of vehicles and trips. - Vehicle Master integrated with multiple functionality. - Manage your vehicle picture. - and more.

You can get Vehicle Master for $19.99 here.


Next up is MASPware GuardMobile by MASPware. What if your precious WM device falls into the wrong hands?

MASPware GuardMobile is a security and control system for Windows Mobile devices. Its a silent, hidden program, which (e.g. after a theft) executes commands remotely initiated by the device owner.

Some examples of what you can do with this app: - Initiate an alarm and lock the device - Locate your device (GPS receiver is required) - Hard reset remotely to erase all data! (Use carfully!) - and more.

You can get MASPware GuardMobile for $14.95 here.


WM Professional: Updated

The first updated WM Professional app this week is BlackJack Deluxe v1.01 by Deluxeware. Hone your Blackjack skills on your WM device before you ever set foot inside a casino and lose your hard-earned dough!

Black Jack Deluxe is the first computer Black Jack game to accurately simulate Casino-style play while also offering features that will help you become a more skilled Black Jack player - essential for beating the house in a real-life Casino environment.

Features: - Enhanced digital music and sound effects - 2 types of play : Quick play, Career - Excellent 16 bit graphics - 3 casino for play - Statistics

Pick up BlackJack Deluxe v1.01 for $9.95 here.



Next up is Pocket Mechanic Professional v2.95 by Wizcode LLC.

Frustrated by annoying Pocket PC crashes, freezes and slowdowns? Try Pocket Mechanic Professional

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5 years ago

Ring Tones: Size Does Matter

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5 years ago

Another Q11 sighting, this time in Brazil

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Another Q11 sighting, this time in Brazil

Here's another shot of the rumored Motorola Q11 (check out the first pics here), with this one reportedly spotted going through Brazil's regulatory process.

Everything Q writes that this one's likely destined for the ClubeCelular network, though with quad-band EDGE only and no 3G.

Lack of high-speed data for a foreign version of the device doesn't really worry us too much at this point. Remember that there are about 263 different Qs out there, and Motorola has appeared to be more than happy to trick them out per a carrier's requirements.

We're still not ready to elevate the Q11 to unreleased drool status yet, though the addition of WiFi and a 3MP camera is still a step in the right direction for the Q. But it's still going to take more to revive the struggling Moto.

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5 years ago

Ringo Ringtone Manager

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5 years ago

Treo Pro Bits: Battery, Keyboard, and More

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Treo Pro Bits: Battery, Keyboard, and More

How's your Treo Pro treating you? A perusal of our forums show many of our members have received theirs and reports are coming in:

  • The keyboard is a bit too small for some
  • The speakerphone is pretty darn good
  • Like the Treo 750, the Treo Pro does not have a “Full Power Down” option, just airplane mode.
  • There's a bug that I've run into -- I've also seen it in the forums but can't find the post just now: with the screen saver clock enabled, there's a stutter every minute or two in audio, which has led many of us to disable this otherwise great feature
  • Speed is decent enough, but several users who came over from the very speedy Q9h have noticed it's not as fast.
  • Reception is quality, really very good for most
  • Although most folks (myself included) have reported excellent battery life, that's not universal. In particular, it might have the same sorts of AT&T network hassles that have affected the Blackberry Bold. Talk time should be up in the four hour range, but this user can't reach three hours.
  • One last bit: while the 2MP camera on the Treo Pro holds up decently enough with good lighting, in dim lighting the thing is nigh-useless. Thanks to The Cell Phone Junkie, Mickey Papillon for reminding me to write about that.

How about you? Got a Treo Pro? Loving it?

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5 years ago

Samsung BlackJack III, Omnia Get Detailed for AT&T, Verizon

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Phone Arena has a post chock full of Samsung-y goodness. Let's parse out what we're expecting here.

On AT&T, there's word that the “Mirage” we'd figured would be the US version of the Samsung Omnia (check out our Hardware Hands on and Software Hands on) is actually nothing more than the internal codename for the BlackJack III. The BJIII, if you recall, is expected to be the US version of the Samsung i780 (we figure the US brand will the the i788). In other words: take a BlackJack II and make it a touchscreen, Windows Mobile Pro device.

The Omnia should still be still en-route as well, though there's no new info on it beyond the fact that we now suspect that it's not the Mirage. Although we still expect it, it's not exactly heartening to see the FCC pass something called the SGH-A867 -- it's oddly it's lacking WiFi. Make of that what you will.

We're almost home now: next up is that both devices may also be destined for Verizon. The SCH-i770 will be Verizon's version of the BlackJack III, a rumor that makes sense given Verizon's penchant for uninspiring names. The Omnia is also apparently on deck for Verizon, too.

Clear as mud? Don't worry, we feel the same way.

via Engadget Mobile and BGR

p.s. one piece of bad news: the relatively cool QWERTY Slider, the i640, is coming to the US; It's coming with a custom Samsung OS, though, not Windows Mobile.

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5 years ago

Touch HD Hitting Germany, Italy

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Touch HD Hitting Germany, Italy

Our desire to use a Touch HD has been so strong that we've been accused of drooling and, well, fair's fair: we're pretty giddy. Sure, we've been burned by high expectations before (Hello Vox!), but could any device with a 480x800 screen and decent power to back it up really treat us bad?

We suppose it could in two ways: 1. failing to be usable and 2. failing to be used. With regard to the first point -- all indications we've seen so far leave us hopeful. With regard to that second point -- while we're happy to hear that O2 in Germany is picking up the Touch HD for 659 Euro and Telecom Italia is expected to carry it for the heftier 849 Euro (Google Translation), HTC's Europe-First policy is starting to harsh our mellow. Yes, it's much easier to develop a dual-band 3G than it is to get the US-compatible Tri-Band going, but that doesn't mean we have to like it.

Thanks to Diego for the Italia tip!

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5 years ago

PSA: If you haven't updated your Treo 750 to WM6

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A heads up for Treo 750 users:

If for some inexplicable reason you have yet to download the official Windows Mobile 6 update — yes, we understand there can be legitimate reasons not to — you now have one month left to do so before Palm pulls it. You don't have to immediately install it, but the Palm won't be hosting it after Oct. 31. Go get it here.

And if you've been holding out in hopes of an official Windows Mobile 6.1 update, stop it. It's not going to happen, never mind Microsoft's early stories to the contrary.  (Yeah, we're still holding that grudge.) There are, however, other avenues to explore, but do so at your own risk.

Meanwhile, may we interest you in a shiny, new Treo 850?

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5 years ago

Microsoft says it's still not in the handset game

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It's pretty well known that Microsoft has no plans of making a Zune phone. And Silicon Valley Insider recently ran a piece [via] reiterating that Redmond has no intentions of manufacturing its own hardware, a la Apple with the iPhone and RIM with the BlackBerry.

As SVI notes, and we agree, this still isn't that much of a surprise. Microsoft appears quite content to just be an operating system supplier working hand-in-hand with the manufacturers. And it's not like the Microsoft brand is losing ground.

Despite having its own gadget design teams -- which make the Zune and Xbox -- Microsoft has "no plans to build our own phone," says Scott Rockfeld, group product manager for Windows Mobile. "Right now we're happy to share the limelight," he adds.

And let's go one further: In our post last week about the semi-official/rumored/not-that-surprising delay of Windows Mobile 7, MSFT raved about the improvements customizations that third parties are making to Windows Mobile, such as HTC's TouchFlo 3D.

With the sexy devices HTC has been cranking out like pancakes, and even the new phones from Palm, why muddy the waters? And remember that the acquisition of Sidekick-maker Danger is less about the platform and more about services. Let HTC do what it does best - make great phones. Let Microsoft worry about making an OS we can all be proud to use.

And remember what the almighty Steve Jobs himself told The New York Times early this year.

"Having created a phone, it's a lot harder than it looks."

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5 years ago

Microsoft deep-sixes Deepfish; IE 6 pics surface

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Back before Opera Mobile became an everyday alternative to Internet Explorer, and long before we'd ever heard of Skyfire (go get it now!), there lived a little beta named Deepfish.

This little guy was going to swim the deepest, darkest Internet oceans as no mobile browser had before - rendering full Web pages on your Windows Mobile device. That's pretty standard stuff these days with the Opera 9.5 and Skyfire betas, but we were pretty excited at the time.

But the number of Deepfish beta testers was pretty limited, and it largely fell off everyone's radar. Witness: Microsoft put the gaff to Deepfish more than a month ago, and we're all just now noticing. [via]

Meanwhile, The Unwired earlier this week took IE 6 for a spin. (See a pic above.) Again, chances are you'll be completely comfortable with Opera or Skyfire by the time this is released, but it's release is important nonetheless, given that it's supposed to tide us over until the delayed Windows Mobile 7 is launched in the second half of next year.

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5 years ago

Treo Pro Q & A: Removing the Battery Door

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Treo Pro Q & A: Removing the Battery Door

As people receive their Treo Pros the questions are rolling in. I just listed out my must-have apps, but there's plenty more to talk about here. What do you want to know about the Treo Pro? Hit us up in the comments and we'll hit ya back next week with answers.

I've received no fewer than 5 instances of the same question from folks -- folks who have the Treo Pro in-hand, mind you. The question: how the heck do you remove the battery door. The video above should help.

So what'll it be? What else can we tell you about the Treo Pro?

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