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5 years ago

Identity Crisis: The silver Moto Q Global

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Identity Crisis: The silver Moto Q Global

AT&T this morning announced the new MOTO Q Global, which looks an awful lot like a silver Q9h.

Here's what you get in this new device:

  • A Motorola Q Global.
  • A silver Motorola Q Global.
  • A silver Motorola Q Global with Windows Mobile 6.1 installed.

Eh hem.

OK, OK. The on-board GPS now has access to AT&T Navigator, and that's a good thing.

There's no denying that the silver is pretty slick. And the Q9h is an old (and new) favorite around here. But is a new paint job on an aging workhorse really the sort of thing the foundering Moto should be turning to?

Still no oft-rumored WiFi? Not even more memory, or an upgraded processor? Never mind that if you're going to tout Windows Mobile 6.1 so hard - remember that it's available as a free download on the Q9h - you should probably show off the sliding panels in the glamour shot, which even a leaked picture managed to do.

Eh hem.

To add insult to injury, we have the following from the announcement, emphasis ours:

With a new pinstripe design accented with tasteful chrome elements and sleek metallic edging, the new Q brings a bit of class and a little something different to its users.

Eh HEM.

Don't know about you, but as much as we love the Q9h, we were feeling classy enough before this silvery little devil came into existence.

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5 years ago

Hotmail getting a revamp

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Hotmail getting a revamp

One gripe we have had with Windows Live is that everything is all over the place. Instant messaging over here, email over there and nothing really in one core location. Windows live plans to make changes to that. The new Windows Live Hotmail Wave 3 is going to have things like a new UI, IM built into email (probably like Gmail), and an integrated calendar. Combine this with the fact that it

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5 years ago

Tip of the Week: See your Clutter (Mobile Monger)

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Tip of the Week: See your Clutter (Mobile Monger)

Managing space on your WM device is becoming less and less a concern as newer devices are coming with memory aplenty. But still, after a few months of installing and un-installing, storing pictures and documents, that device space can disappear. More importantly, sometimes an app will store cache on your device, depleting memory without your knowledge.

So how to know what is taking up the most space on your device? One way is to use Resco Explorer, which allows you to sort by directory size. Another is MemMaid which can show you memory space.

But both of those are pay apps (though highly recommend). Enter Mobile Monger a new freeware app that has a very unique method to inform you of your space allocation: it shows you.

Basically you launch the program and it shows you how much space something is taking up. Clicking on a directory will "zoom in" to show you details.

The program does require .NET 3.5 (download the .cab here!) and does zap resources, so don't use any other apps during the "scan" process. Redrawing the screen is also a bit slow, but hey...it's free and does it what it's suppose to, so give it a shot!

Download HERE

Via PocketNow

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5 years ago

Review: Core Player

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5 years ago

Silverlight's Olympic-size struggles (thanks, NBC)

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Poor little Silverlight. It's gotta be tough enough trying to put a chink in Adobe's Flash armor, and the Summer Olympics seemed like it'd be the place for Microsoft's latest to shine. The technology worked fine, bringing streaming video and loads of Olympic goodness to the masses.

However, not everything's coming up roses. TechCrunch has a good article explaining that despite the spin cast forth by NBC, it's online plan fell short.

NBCOlympics.com flourished with 72 million videos streamed and 1.2 billion page views, but Yahoo Sports still had 400,000 more visitors a day, at 4.7 million, TechCrunch says. Some of that should be attributable to Yahoo being an established portal, but that's still a pretty big hit for NBC - and Microsoft's Silverlight - to take one such a high-profile event. Why the discrepancy?

NBC decided to limit what people could see online, especially live streams, in favor of its TV coverage because it feared cannibalizing its TV audience. Those fears proved to be unfounded because given the choice, most people would rather watch the Olympics on TV than online. But NBC missed a big opportunity here to expand its audience by streaming events it gave short shrift on TV (i.e., anything that wasn’t women’s beach volleyball or sports where the U.S. didn’t have a good chance of earning a medal).

Silverlight is far from dead in the water. And we still have high hopes for it in the mobile sector, hopefully with the release of Windows Mobile 7. But we're starting to get antsy for more than online demos and aging YouTube videos - especially with iPhone 2.0 unleashed (for better or for worse), and Android ramping up (despite rumors to the contrary).

Read: No Matter How NBC Spins It, Olympics Web Strategy Comes Up A Loser

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5 years ago

Sling Media working on update for Treo 800w/Treo Pro, etc.

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We all know the conversion to 320x320 resolutions and some other funky ones (e.g. Samsung Omnia) can result in some software not working properly and one of those effected would be SlingPlayer Mobile (see our review of the Slingbox Pro).

Luckily after much haranguing in their support forum (we Slingers are a testy bunch) MegaZone, (the Sling Media Beta Manager) chimed in to calm out tensions:

We are working on an update for the Treo 800w (and the Treo Pro, and some other WinMob 6.1 devices) and hope to have it out soon. And contrary to one of the above posts, we've known of these devices well before they're release it just takes time and resources to update the software. Out front line support people aren't kept in the loop on everything in development. ;-)

So sit tight folks as you'll soon be enjoying your favorite shows on the go with Rev A speeds and that higher resolution...it's going to be worth the wait.

Via Sling Community

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5 years ago

Palm releasing a CDMA version of the Treo Pro?

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Palm releasing a CDMA version of the Treo Pro?

File this one under "rumor" and a very hopeful one at that but Cens.com (a Taiwanese news economic news site) is reporting that fellow ODM partner HTC is working on a CDMA version of the Treo Pro for Verizon and/or Sprint:

Furthermore, Palm is planning to launch CDMA (code division multiple access) version of Treo Pro series phone in the future for CDMA telecom service providers, like Verizon, Wireless and Sprint. The phone will also be supplied by HTC.

There has been some other rumor-mongering that Verizon has canceled their planned roll out of their Treo 800w. Reasons are murky ranging from "it could not pass carrier testing" to, you guessed it, they are awaiting the Treo Pro.

Perhaps. Though without any real evidence we'll just have to sit back and see what happens.

Though considering the general warm welcome the Treo Pro has received so far, it would appear to be a good idea to get a CDMA version out ASAP.

Thanks gfong!

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5 years ago

Verizon's UTStarcom XV6800 Gets in on the 6.1 Action too

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Eamon follows up on our AT&T Tilt getting 6.1 story by letting us know that you can head on over to the UTStarcom page for the XV6800 to get your 6.1 on too. That's the good news.

The bad news is that the fine folks over at XDA have confirmed that Verizon have continued their long and storied tradition of breaking the phones on their networks by unnecessarily locking down features. GPS is the culprit in this case -- it appears that it will work with the subscription-only VZNavigator and nothing else. If you want this phone to work as intended, you'll be learning how to flash and/or hack it. Admit it: you love learning, it's almost like Verizon has done you a favor here. Almost.

Thanks Eamon!

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5 years ago

Photoshop.com Mobile Beta coming next month

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When you think photo editing, usually one name comes to mind. And finally, Photoshop is getting into the mobile game.

In September, Adobe plans to release Photoshop.com Mobile beta, which will work in conjunction with your free Photoshop.com account. From your Windows Mobile device, you'll be able to upload, store, access and share up to 5 gigabytes of photos - $49.99 upgrades you to Photoshop.com Plus and gets you 20 gigs of space. And once your photos are online, you'll be able to edit them in the cloud with Photoshop Express.

The beta will be Windows Mobile specific, at least at first, with the Motorola Q9m and Q9h; Samsung Blackjack I and II, and Palm's Treo 750 and 700w/wx supported.

The iPhone, BlackBerry Pearl, Motorola Razr, Nokia 5310 and 6301 will be able to upload from the ShoZu service later next month.

Via BGR

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5 years ago

AT&T Tilt 6.1 ROM Update: Go Get It

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AT&T Tilt 6.1 ROM Update: Go Get It

Just like we told you, it looks like HTC's Software Download page for the AT&T Tilt is today sporting a new option: Windows Mobile 6.1:

Downlolad AT&T Tilt Update - Version 3.57.502.2
AT&T Tilt Windows Mobile 6.1 Software (ROM Version 3.57.502.2 WWE)

We're grabbing it now and it does indeed look like that earlier confusion about listing 6.1 to download but actually only giving you an older version has passed.

You can expect all the standard 6.1 improvements: threaded SMS, slightly better ActiveSync battery life, and so on. HTC / AT&T are also throwing in Video Share (still one way though, of course. Come on AT&T) and the ability to finally remap that Push-to-talk button without hackery.

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5 years ago

Worldwide Browser Stats - WinMo Making Headway?

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There's an incredible amount of crunchy, mobile browser goodness to be found in this AdMob PDF [via]. They've taken statistics for all of the ads they've served worldwide to mobile browsers for July 2008 and compiled them up for us to gobble down.

Interesting stuff abounds: Indonesia's mobile browser usage growth was literally off the charts last month. Nokia's still way WAY far ahead whether you're looking at dumbphones or smartphones. The PalmOS has a browser and it gets used (who knew?). RIM's been making big gains with web browsing. For all the noise and bluster about off-the-charts iPhone browser usage, it still clocks in with less than 1/3 of Windows Mobile's usage. Of those WinMo players, HTC leads with a commanding 47%, followed up by Samsung, HP, and Motorola. We could go on.

Alright, we will: add up all the smartphone makers (except Nokia) and you're still only looking at five percent of the worldwide browser share. So there's plenty of room for all of this to change -- especially because it looks like the worldwide number two mobile browser right now is Openwave, the RAZR's browser. That's the competition. The mind reels.

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5 years ago

HTC Announces the S740: WM Standard with a Touch Pro Look

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In London today, HTC has announced the S740, which essentially takes the Touch Pro / Touch Diamond look and feel and applies it to Windows Mobile Standard. It's a welcome upgrade to the relatively disappointing HTC Vox/S710. We're looking at spec upgrades all around here, but nothing to actually make a Standard-edition smartphone on par with the current touchscreen hotness from HTC. Here's the rundown:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1
  • Size: 116.3 x 43.4 x 16.3 mm
  • Weight: 140g with battery
  • Networks: WCDMA/HSDPA: 900/2100 MHz for EU and Asia (Read: No 3G in the US)
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Display: 2.4-inch QVGA screen
  • Camera: 3.2 megapixel with fixed focus
  • Internal memory: 256 MB flash; 256 MB RAM
  • Memory card: microSD™
  • WLAN: 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth®: 2.0 with EDR
  • GPS: GPS/AGPS
  • Interface: HTC ExtUSB™ (mini-USB and audio jack in one; USB 2.0 High-Speed)
  • Battery: 1000 mAh
  • FM Radio

We're a little bummed to see the 240x320 screen and the lack of US bands for the 3G, but glad to see that HTC hasn't forgotten about Standard Edition.

HTC: S740

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5 years ago

Review: MotorTrend Max 4x Bluetooth Headset

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It could be argued that we live in a wireless age. As more and more Bluetooth headsets enter the market, things keep getting better for the consumer. More choices means that there is a better chance that there is a headset that is the perfect fit for you. But how many headsets really stand out from the crowd anymore?

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5 years ago

Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 15

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Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 15

The Weekly Software Wrangle #15 is here and ready to ride!

This week, WM Standard new software is Map My Tracks and Pregnancy e-Wheel for the Motorola Q. Updated software includes SplashPhoto and SmartBlock. The free app this week is ClearTemp.

WM Professional new software are eQuickRecipes Deluxe and MASPware GeoFence. Updated software includes MobiForms for PPC and All-In Hold 'Em Poker. Freeware is Throttlelock.

Saddle up and ride, cowpokes! Time for this week's Wrangle!

WM Standard: New

First up this week for a WM Standard app is Map My Tracks v1.3.1 from Tinderhouse. Have you ever wondered, "Where the heck am I?"

Map My Tracks turns your mobile phone into your personal real-time GPS tracking device. Using a mobile phone with built-in GPS or an external GPS receiver you can map and track your location in real-time. Map My Tracks let your friends, competitors or parents know where you are right now.

Minimum Requirements: - Web-enabled phone with a data plan, Bluetooth & Java - GPS-enabled phone or external GPS receiver with Bluetooth - Map My Tracks Mobile installed on phone

Get Map My Tracks for FREE here.

The next new WM Standard app is Pregnancy e-Wheel for the Motorola Q v4.2 by Nialls Software. Granted, this software is rather gender-specific and even device-specific, but very useful for the right people.

Pregnancy e-Wheel is an ideal substitute for a manual pregnancy wheel, and a preliminary estimating tool for fetal development measurements. It estimates fetal weight based on differnet parameters such as the fundal height, and provides approximate percentile values for weight and length based on the Gestational Age. It provides the means to Estimate the Gestational Age (EGA) based on three diferent parameters: The Last Menstrual Period, the Estimated Delivery Date (EDD), and a given EGA at a specified UltraSound date.

Get Pregnancy e-Wheel for the Motorola Q for $9.95 here.

WM Standard: Updated


SplashPhoto for Smartphone v5.0 by SplashData, is our first updated software for WM Standard this week.

SplashPhoto turns your MS Smartphone into a mobile digital picture frame. Simply edit and organize your favorite images with the included desktop software then sync with your handheld to view images on the go.

Features: - NEW Camera Support - NEW Tree View to see all your photos in a familiar file system format - NEW Share images with others on Picasa, Flickr and Facebook - NEW Support for JPG, TIFF, GIF, and BMP - Simple, fast, high quality image viewer - and much more!

Get SplashPhoto for Smartphone for $29.95 here.

SmartBlock for Smartphone v2.3 by Efficasoft Co., Ltd., is the next updated app this week. Is there a stalker in your life? This app may be for you.

The smart way to block unwanted calls and SMS messages! Fully supports Windows Mobile Smartphone (2003, 2003SE, WM5, WM6), QVGA (240x320) and landscape screen.

Features: - Block/allow unwanted calls and SMS messages silently. - Convenient meeting mode with auto-SMS-answer-machine. - Powerful black/white list filters, SMS content filter as well as time setting support. - Protect black/white list, history etc. by password. - Widecard number support. For example, to block all calls from London: 020* - Import contacts from phone and SIM card. - Detailed history for all blocked calls and messages.

Get SmartBlock for Smartphone for only $10.95 here.

WM Standard: Freeware



The free app for WM Standard this week is ClearTemp v0.1 at www.smartphone-freeware.com.

Tired of folders on your device that are full of unwanted junk? Fall me be fast approaching, but every time of year is good for some Spring cleaning! ClearTemp is an application for you to free up memory on your device. If you have custom folders which you wish to clear, you can also add them in.

You can get ClearTemp for Free right here.







WM Professional: New

The first new WM Professional application for this week is eQuickRecipes Deluxe v4.0 by Lakshmi Solutions, LLC. Just thinking about this app makes me hungry. If you are tired of eating out and want the convenience of having recipes only a stylus tap away, then check this out.

Use eQuickRecipes to store your favorite and most often used cooking recipes.

Features: - The application already contains an initial set of 35 very good recipes to get you started. Add and edit recipes as you wish. - The Deluxe version includes a PC companion to facilitate data entry on the PC. User can export recipes to a word file for printing or to excel as a CSV file. - The application contains Help features describing each screen.

You can get eQuickRecipes Deluxe for $9.99 here.


Next up is MASPware GeoFence v1.0, by MASPWare.

If you're like me (and hopefully you aren't), you have very little sense of direction. When out in the wild, it would be nice to have boundaries so I know that I'm staying in a general area and not wandering off into oblivion.

MASPware GeoFence is a GPS-based surveillance tool for Windows Mobile devices. This program loads a virtual fence (GPX/KML) and starts alerts, if the current position is out of bounds. This program can use any kind of GPX (GPS Exchange Format) data files and can also use Google KML files. You can easily record tracks with MASPware GPSmeter to use it as a virtual fence. Furthermore, it supports the free quoox|TRACKER tracking system, to track the position over the internet.

You can get MASPWare GeoFence for $9.95 here.


WM Professional: Updated

The first updated WM Professional app this week is MobiForms For PPC / WinMobile v4.05 by MobiForms.

MobiForms is a rapid application development (RAD) tool for creating mobile applications for just about any wireless platform including Tablet PC, Pocket PC, Windows CE, Windows Mobile, Smartphone, Symbian or Palm. MobiForms offers all the tools in one "box" for the creation and deployment of any type of mobile application - from surveys to field service, from signature capture to bar coding. Inexpensive solutions can be built and deployed in minutes instead of days with the intuitive MobiForms graphical drag and drop interface. MobiForms uses Java, but the Java layer is totally hidden from the developer leaving you to concentrate on high-level business logic and the application look and feel.

This app is packed full of features and has numerous improvements, so it's best to click the link below for a full description.

Pick up MobiForms For PPC / WinMobile for $178.00 here.


Next up is All-In Hold 'Em Poker - Tournament Play v2.80 by Birdsoft.

Are you looking for a great game of Texas Hold 'Em for your Windows Mobile Pro/Pocket PC device? Well you've found the best!

All-In gives the most bang for the buck with great features including Career Mode with Multi-Table Tournaments, a great gameplay and graphics engine, and the choice of No-Limit, Pot Limit, or Limit gaming all in one program.

It also has top-notch AI opponents. Computer players play with three styles of play(Tight, Normal, or Loose) and can even show tells and will TILT.

If you're a new player this is a great place to learn, with hand hints and tips, a complete help system, and the great AI to judge your progress against.

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5 years ago

The No Reboot Challenge

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The No Reboot Challenge

We're a bit late to this party, but it's a good party, hopping even, what with Mike Temporale and Christopher Spera (for whom it's not going so hot) in on the action. Here's the deal:

In order to show that Windows Mobile isn't as crashy as its reputation, let's see how long we can go with our Windows Mobile devices without rebooting. Bonus points for doing it without force-quitting anything.

This will be a tough one for yours-truly to take part in as I always use my main phone to test software (otherwise it's not much of a test) and I'm always testing software that I don't fully know or trust. I'm also an inveterate lover of Beta software, so there's that too. Nevertheless, I'm in too, guys, call me the outlier: No resets or force quits (or even using “X to close!”) on a Treo Pro and I'm going to leave stuff like the SEVEN Beta and Opera 9.5 Beta on and will keep using them. I expect the occasional need to force quit apps every now and then, but I'm hoping to make it a few days before a force quit and at least a week before a reboot.

Still and all, anecdotally speaking I know for a fact that I've gone over a week without resetting my Motorola Q9h even though it was loaded to the gills with 3rd party software, Beta or no. Certainly I've had more stability on Windows Mobile than I have with the latest iPhone ROMs (and I'm not the only one).

Willing to join in? If you are, comment on this post with your device, notable software, and start time. Head on back to this post and comment again if you've had to reset or force quit an app. We'll check back in two weeks and see how everybody did. Heck, keeping track of this is hard, so we'll give away a 20% Off WMExperts Store Coupon to 2 participants chosen randomly from the comments here.

Bonus: Predictions? I predict that WM Standard devices will last longer than WM Pro devices. Just putting that out there.

...Ready ...Set ....GO!

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