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5 years ago

The New York Times speaks with Palm execs

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The New York Times speaks with Palm execs

Coinciding with the official announcement of the Treo Pro, The New York Times this morning published a piece on Palm CEO Ed Colligan and Executive Chairman John Rubinstein, who left Apple and was brought in to breathe life back into the once-floundering company.

Along with such (great) lines as “Everyone is trying to make an iPhone killer. We are trying to make a killer Palm product,” we get a quick look at Palm's strategy for the Treo Pro.

Writes Laura M. Holson:

Palm has begun to market its products differently at the behest of Mr. Colligan, who has a long history with Palm and its various antecedents and spinoffs. It is scrapping the use of numbers in product names, Mr. Keast said.

As has been apparent with the Centro, and which Holson acknowledges, this shift has been in place for some time now. While Palm has said from the get-go - OK, since this morning - the Treo Pro is a power user's device, and not nearly as consumer-oriented as the Centro. We haven't seen nearly the marketing push, at least not with the 800w, as Sprint put behind the Centro. And never mind that there's currently no U.S. carrier on board for the Treo Pro, and that it initially will be available unlocked for $549.

So it will be interesting to see the response - from Palm, the U.S. carriers and finally the customers - to what easily is the sexiest Treo in the lineup.

But Rubinstein admits there's still a long road ahead.

“One product isn’t going to make us successful,” he said. “It is a brick in the foundation. And each one has to be better than the last.”

Read Palm, Once a Leader, Seeks Path in Smartphone Jungle

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5 years ago

Treo Pro Announced for Real, Available in September

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Palm's announced the Treo Pro, no joke this time. We imagine that there's not a whole lot you don't know, spec-wise, but we'll run them down for old-time's sake:

  • Qualcomm MSM 7201, 400MHz
  • 320x320 flush touchscreen
  • Windows Mobile 6.1
  • Tri-Band 3G, Quad-Band EDGE
  • GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi (with that fancy switch)
  • MicroUSB
  • 2mp camera
  • 3.5 mm headset jack
  • 1500 mAh battery

Pricing:

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5 years ago

The Wall Street Journal Comes to Windows Mobile

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5 years ago

Best. Unboxing. Ever.

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5 years ago

BGR and the Rise of the Silver Q9h

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BGR and the Rise of the Silver Q9h

Sure enough, as soon as we get around to buying a Motorola Q9h of our very own, the Boy Genius goes and springs this on us. Go figure.

Apparently there's now a silver-and-chrome version of the venerable slab floating around out there, with Windows Mobile 6.1 out of the box. (The rest of us mere peasants can get the lowdown on the manual upgrade here.) No word on any other goodies under the hood.

BGR doesn't (yet) have the deets on pricing or a release date, but we're willing to bet an AT&T employee is gonna squeal anytime now. Stay tuned.

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5 years ago

AT&T Tilt 6.1 Upgrade Coming August 26th

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AT&T Tilt 6.1 Upgrade Coming August 26th

The wait for Windows Mobile 6.1 for the AT&T Tilt continues. We already know that it's coming soon, since we already reported that the download page is up, but it points to an already existing, Windows Mobile 6 ROM. Annoying

Good news is the wait is nearly over -- an anonymous tipster tells us that we can expect the 6.1 ROM for the Tilt to officially drop one week from today, on August 26th. In other words, quit spamming that "refresh" button and sit tight.

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5 years ago

Sprint gearing up to launch the HTC Touch Diamond: $299.99

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Not that this is a huge surprise exactly what with all the leaked info from the past, but it sure looks like Sprint is getting ready to launch this in September for $299.99 (after MIR; MSRP is $549.99).

Nothing too shocking here, though the mention of Sprint's much derided MMS alternative (PictureMail) seems to be supported, though we wonder if this is the big update we've all be awaiting? Probably not.

via EngadgetMobile

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5 years ago

Tracy and Matt unbox the Touch Pro

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Tracy and Matt unbox the Touch Pro

We're still awaiting HTC's latest and greatest here in the states, but over in the U.K., Tracy and Matt have found themselves in possession of a Touch Pro, and they're giving us plenty of unboxing goodness of the keyboarded cousin of the Touch Diamond.

Their initial thoughts:

The Touch Pro is an extremely nice device, the screen seems to be more sensitive than the Touch Diamond and it looks like HTC have spent the extra time with the Pro refining a few things. The TouchFlo3D interface seems more fluid and that QWERTY keyboard it great.

They're also offering up some pics of the Touch Pro alongside the Diamond, and all we can say is Touch Pro=Whoa - hope you've been working out.

Update: Chris from Mobile Tech Addicts also gives the Touch Pro a thorough run-through and deems it a solid performer, having learned from the less than stellar Diamond launch.

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5 years ago

Palm to Announce Treo Pro Today? (Update x2: Just Another Leak)

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Register Hardware is reporting that they've received an email from “one of [Palm's] media agencies” that indicates that Palm may announce the Treo Pro today. While we of course have no idea when Palm intends on announcing or releasing the device, it wouldn't be crazy to surmise that all the recent Treo Pro leaks may have helped accelerate things a bit.

El Reg adds that the email confirms some of what we already know: the device “features a one-touch Wi-Fi button, GPS, Windows Mobile 6.1 and a high-resolution flush color touchscreen.”

More as it comes! Thanks to Gareth for the tip!

Updated: SlashGear is reporting that Palm has released a couple of press photos, one of which appears above. After the cut, a quick video of the Treo Pro SlashGear grabbed and posted up on YouTube.

Update 2: Electronista reports that the announcement has been withdrawn from the PR site. Looks like what we have here is a failure to communicate another leak.

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5 years ago

Tip of the Week: Change your Wait Cursor...easily!

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Tip of the Week: Change your Wait Cursor...easily!

In the immortal words of Lord Ballmer: "Developers! Developers! Developers!" (

Marshall who's been a frequent contributer over at XDA has been working on replacing the default "pie" cursor on Windows Mobile for quite some time now. Up until recently, you had to copy over some system files which made changing your cursor a little bit risky and not something the new user would undertake.

Now with his Marshall WaitCursor2 it could not be easier. Simply install his .cab file to your main memory and launch MWCConfig.

From there you can select from a nice assortment of beautifully rendered wait cursors, including previewing them in action. Then just hit "save" and usually within in a few moments (or after a soft reset) you'll have something nice to gander at while Opera or Skyfire load ;-)

Best of all, this app is free but we here at WMExperts strongly recommend a donation to this fellow as now only does this app works but it is quite aesthetically pleasing (I mean who doesn't want a jumping penguin on their phone?)

Read more and download here!

Comments from the Peanut Gallery about Windows Mobile even needing a wait cursor will be tolerated, but we'll note that at least when WM experiences inexplicable delays and hang-ups it at least has the courtesy to let you know it's working on something.

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5 years ago

Sony Xperia X5? Not Real, but it is Real Pretty

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We're still no closer to knowing when we'll see the US Release of the Sony Xperia X1 (see our first impressions review of the Xperia X1) and we also are no closer to knowing what exactly the mystery Xperia is in this Sony video.

It seems that dearth of information isn't just hurting us -- it's been painful enough that Tob!s over at Esato [via] has done up some renders of an Xperia X5, nice enough that some folks have taken it to be the real deal. Given how many iPhone-alike black slabs are out there right now, it's tough to blame them. Here's the 'specs:'

  • 8MP Cam with autofocus and xenon-flash
  • 8GB internal Memory
  • Full-Touchscreen
  • WiFi,GPS,UMTS
  • 3.2 inch Display
  • M2 Slot

Not too shabby and actually realistic, but we'd prefer that the “M2” slot be turned into a proper microSD card slot, as happened with the Xperia X1

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5 years ago

Iris Web Browser Hands on

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Iris Web Browser Hands on

With all the hoolpa going around about the Safari browser, Iris decided to upgrade its own browser and throw in a little WebKit special sauce. Naturally, we tested it to see if it could hold its own. You can see the results above on a Treo 750: good, but a little too slow.

Anybody out there using Iris as their day-to-day? Thoughts?

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5 years ago

Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 14

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Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 14

Whew! We got past Wrangle #13 without any really bad luck, and now we're full steam ahead on Weekly Software Wrangle #14! What's new? What's updated? What freebies are out there for the taking?

This week, WM Standard new software is Nine Way Keypad and Four Corners. Updated software includes 1Touch Contacts and Spb Wallet Smartphone. The free app this week is Tiny Twitter.

WM Professional new software are two titles from Efficasoft: Backup and Outliner. Updated software includes Spb Mobile Shell and IM+ All-in-One Messenger. Freeware is GSlide.

Strap on your six-shooter, tilt your 10-gallon hat to shade your eyes, and let's get started with this week's Wrangle.

WM Standard: New

First up this week for a WM Standard app is Nine Way Keypad v2.3 Cyberhorse Workshop.

Personally, I'm a full QWERTY keyboard guy, but I know there are lots of folks out there who are very proficient with a standard keypad. To gain even more control and proficiency with your keypad, this is worth a look.

It is a Smartphone common flaw that the five-way navigation keypad is too small to operate. Therefore, Nine Way Keypad software has provided one kind of solution: the user can switch the function of keyboard between characters and navigation. Moreover, under navigation function status, there are additional editing functions: Select text, Copy text, Paste text and switch between another editing keys (Page Up, Page Down, Home, End) and additional directions (Left Up, Right Up, Left Down, Right Down).

Get Nine Way Keypad v2.3 for $9.99 here.

The next new WM Standard app is Four Corners v1.0 by Shane Church.

Four Corners is the classic game of "Four Seasons," "Corner Card," or "Vanishing Cross" for WM. The foundations are the four corners of the board. The tableau is the cross formed in the center of the board. The stock is the pile on the bottom left and the wastepile is the pile to the right of the stock. The game is dealt by placing five cards into the tableau, one in each pile. A sixth card is placed in the bottom left foundation. All remaining cards are placed in the stock.

The first foundation card forms the basis of all the other foundations. That is, the rank of the first foundation card is the starting rank of the other foundations. Each foundation is built up in suit until it contains thirteen cards, wrapping around from king to ace as necessary. The tableau cards are available for play at any time, and may be moved (one card at a time) to the foundations or to another tableau pile. The tableau piles may be built down in rank, regardless of suit.

The cards in the stock are available for play to the foundations, the tableau, or to the wastepile. The wastepile is used as a sort of temporary holding area for cards that have no other home. The top card of the wastepile may be moved to either the foundations or tableau.

The object of the game is to complete the four foundations.

Get Four Corners v1.0 for $6.00 here.

WM Standard: Updated


1Touch Contacts v4.0 by 1TouchMobile, is our first updated software for WM Standard this week.

1Touch Contacts has been designed to give the user easy and efficient ways to accomplish frequently used tasks and to provide new features that will make managing contacts a more enjoyable experience. It uses the same contacts database as the built-in contacts and can be syncronized with Outlook using ActiveSync. Version 4.0 includes a full-fledged Category Manager with the ability to create, edit, remove & rename Categories as well as Send SMS and Set a Ringtone for a Category.

Users can now manage their contact groups using a Group Manager. Sending SMS to multiple users can be accomplished with 1Touch Contacts. Business cards (vCard) can be transferred using bluetooth just like the built-in contacts, the only difference being - you can transfer multiple business cards in one operation. Selecting contacts for sending SMS or business card or for deleting contacts is done using a smart selection list. 1Touch Contacts allows deleting of multiple contacts from a single selection list.

Get 1Touch Contacts v4.0 for $9.95 here.

Spb Wallet Smartphone v1.5.2 by Spb Software House is the next updated app this week. Leave your wallet and credit cards at home but still have secure access to your financial information.

Spb Wallet is a safe, secure and convenient storage for all your important and business critical information, providing you with quick access to data on both your Smartphone device and desktop.

Features: - Strong 256-bit AES encryption - Runs on Pocket PC, Smartphone and Desktop - Synchronization - Toolbar for Internet Explorer and Firefox - Real-card view - Customizable templates and cards - Password generator - Templates Gallery and FREE Custom Template Development - Importing wizard - Smart tags to call/SMS/email/etc

Get Spb Wallet Smartphone v1.5.2 for only $29.95 here.

WM Standard: Freeware



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

If you don't want to lug your laptop with you in order to check your Twitter for tweets, this freebie app from the folks at www.smartphone-freeware.com may be an answer to your prayers.

Love twitter and love tweeting from your mobile device? But don't want to get dinged for updates and double dinged for friend updates continually arriving via SMS? Get the brand new Tiny Twitter app.

You can get Tiny Twitter for Free right here.







WM Professional: New

The first new WM Professional application for this week is Efficasoft Backup for Pocket PC v1.0 by Efficasoft Co., Ltd.

Efficasoft Backup backups Mobile Outlook information (Text Message, Contacts, Tasks and Calendar) into self-restoring EXE archives, so you can later restore/transfer them across all your Windows Mobile Smartphone/Pocket PC - it's as easy as 1-2-3!

Fully supports Windows Mobile Pocket PC (2003, 2003SE, WM5, WM6), screen rotation and VGA (480x640) resolution.

Features: - Backup Text Message, Contacts, Tasks and Calendar information. - Self-restoring EXE backup archive. - Restore/transfer information across all Windows Mobile devices - extremely useful when you upgrade to a new phone.

You can get Efficasoft Backup for Pocket PC v1.0 for $15.95 here.


Next up is Efficasoft Outliner for Pocket PC v1.0, also from Efficasoft Co., Ltd.

Efficasoft Outliner is designed to be a classic, efficient & effective tree list/outline manager. There's no limit how you use this universal organizer, all is up to your imagination - here are just a few exmples of what Outliner can do for you: To-Do list, Project planning, Idea tracking, Shopping list, and Journal

Fully supports Windows Mobile Pocket PC (2003, 2003SE, WM5, WM6), screen rotation and VGA (480x640) resolution.

Features: - Designd outline/tree view - clean & clear information display and especially easy to use. - Online subject editing & color highlight. - Date & time reminder alarm. - Task properties such as start/due date, priority, status, progress... - Customizable item information & memo view. - Export to tab-indented text file.

You can get Efficasoft Outliner for Pocket PC v1.0 for $10.95 here.


WM Professional: Updated

The first updated WM Professional app this week is Spb Mobile Shell v2.1.2 by Spb Software Warehouse.

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5 years ago

GSM Touch Diamond and its hefty CDMA cousin

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For your consideration: Above, we have the HTC Touch Diamond and the, well, HTC Touch Diamond.

Static over at HowardForums has posted a series of photos showing the GSM version of the Touch Diamond atop its CDMA cousin, currently offered by Canadian carrier Telus.

While the Telus version is obviously thicker, Static notes that with the flat back it's more comfortable to hold, and it's not nearly the fingerprint magnet that Dieter showed us in his hands-on video.

This should give folks here in the U.S. a pretty good look at what's in store in a few weeks, when the "Victorized" CDMA version of the Diamond is expected to drop on Sprint.

Check out the rest of the comparison photos at HowardForums.

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5 years ago

Review: Stuffback

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