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5 years ago

Review: SPE Leather Hardcase for Treo 750

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5 years ago

1st WM6 Device Released (in the UK, Sadly)

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1st WM6 Device Released (in the UK, Sadly)

I'm not surprised, just disappointed, that Europe is getting the first WM6 device to be actually sold to the public. I'm happy to see that it's the SPV e650 (aka the HTC Vox). It's not showing up on their site yet, but the linked press release shows its coming. The Vox is probably my most-anticipated device this year, so I can't wait to get my hands on it.

Orange Business Services today launches the first MicrosoftWindows Mobile 6.0-powered smartphone on the UK market. Available exclusively from Orange until the beginning of May, the compact SPV E650 combinespowerful functionality with sleek design and the ability to connect withWi-Fi, EDGE and GPRS networks, making mobile messaging easier than everbefore.

Read: Orange Launches First Windows Mobile 6.0 Device for Business Users

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5 years ago

Palm Developing Linux OS, Still Keeping WM

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Palm Developing Linux OS, Still Keeping WM

Microsoft's job of offering the best mobile OS in the market just got a little more interesting, as Palm announced today that they're working on a Linux-based PalmOS. The current PalmOS is, to put it gently, a dog. It's user-friendly, sure, but it can't multitask and is, in my humble opinion, ugly. In any case, by the end of the year the number of players in the smartphone space with modern OSes wil be much larger than it is now: Microsoft, Apple, Palm, Symbian, and heck, probably some other random Linux platforms from the likes of Access and LiMo.

  • PalmOS 5 devices (currently the latest version) will still be released later this year
  • Devices based on the Linux kernel should be released by the end of the year.
  • The OS is separate from the Access Linux Platform, it is Palm's own homegrown OS.
  • Palm will not license the OS to other manufacturers
  • It is highly likely that the new OS will use Opera as its default browser, given the recent agreement between Palm and Opera.

Palm, by the way, has no intention of dropping Windows Mobile. They'll still be releasing WM Treos.

Read: treocentral.com >> Stories >> Business >> Palm Developing New Linux Powered PalmOS

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Wing

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T-Mobile Wing

Well slap me! Hot on the heels of talking about putting the MDA out to pasture, Gadgets on the Go points out this neat little rumor of a replacement: the T-Mobile Wing.

Specs are fairly similar to the MDA, actually, but the Wing speeds up that same OMAP processor a bit. It also has OK and Start menu buttons (thank you!) and a rubberized finish. Any doubts that this is coming to T-Mobile can be taken care of handily by pointing out the "MyFaves" icon on the back of the phone - plus, you know, the T-Mobile logo on the front.

Here's my only question: will it be 3G and therefore a harbinger of network upgrades for T-Mobile?

T-Mobile Wing (HTC Atlas) which scheduled to release in Aug, 2007.

Read: MyMobile911 Homepage - Exclusive News: New PDA Phone from T-Mobile coming in August 2007

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5 years ago

I <3 Mobile Secretary

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I <3 Mobile Secretary

Following up on my last post about T-Mobile, here's a quick software tip: The Mobile Secretary, which is a great little piece of software developed by Brian Cross as a sort of proof-of-concept for what you can do with the .net framework.

It's main feature is to auto-send text messages to people whose call you can't answer, because you're in a meeting or whatnot. However, it has another great feature that I'm using now:

Just enter in the phone number in which to forward to, and all text messages sent to your device will be resent to the other device. There is also the option of appending the sender info to the message so that you know who it originally came from as well.

Last month I complained that "Single Number services" like GrandCentral will forward calls but not texts. Now, however, I have a great service that forwards both calls and texts: a Windows Mobile phone. That's why this is a followup to my complaint about T-Mobile - I had to switch carriers due to T-Mo's poor signal in my soon-to-be-neighborhood and I had to get a new number. The Mobile Secretary lets me hang on to my old # for a little while longer - everything that goes into that phone gets forwarded on to my new #.

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5 years ago

MDA Vanishes from T-Mo's Website

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MDA Vanishes from T-Mo's Website

Not to be mean, or anything, but I've found the Dash to be snappier and more powerful than the old warhorse slider, the T-Mobile MDA. The MDA was my first slider, its big screen is nice and all, but the processor always felt underpowered. It's still a pretty good WM5 device because it has so many freaking buttons that you can customize to do what you'd like. Set it next to an 8525, though, and you'll start to see why T-Mobile suddenly isn't selling the MDA on its site anymore.

alas, the time has come to kiss the MDA goodbye it seems. As such, the handset has completely disappeared from T-Mobile's website. Is this just a short-term omission or is the MDA gone for good? Is this a sign that a replacement is near?

Read: MDA gone from T-Mobile's website - Engadget Mobile

And now, an open letter:

Dearest T-Mobile,

You're really hurting us power users. First you faddle around instead of bringing us a proper 3G network (but I hold out hope they'll have something within 6 months), now you're killing off your high-end PPC phone. Great customer service will only get you so far, my back-of-the-carrier-pack friend. Quit giving all the joy to Germans and give the Americans some. Those Germans are too dour to properly appreciate it, anyway.

Love,
Dieter

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5 years ago

MS to Offer EMI's Non-DRM Tracks

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MS to Offer EMI's Non-DRM Tracks

To be fair, this quote from the MS spokeswoman is surely accurate, in that Microsoft was working on getting non-DRM tracks before Apple's announcement:

"The EMI announcement on Monday was not exclusive to Apple," said Katy Asher, a Microsoft spokeswoman on the Zune team, in an e-mail to the IDG News Service today. She said Microsoft has been talking with EMI and other record labels "for some time now" about offering unprotected music on its Zune players in an effort to meet the needs of its customers.

Strangely, Microsoft offering Non-DRM tracks isn't much more exciting to the Windows Mobile ecosystem than Apple doing it - mainly because it's tied to the Zune marketplace. It's a safe bet, however, that with these non-DRM tracks spreading (legally) around, we'll see them pop-up on some WM compatible stores soon enough.

Read: Microsoft changes tune on selling DRM-free songs

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5 years ago

Mobile and Embedded Developer Conference Discount

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Microsoft's big Developer conference for Windows Mobile, MEDC, is coming up pretty quickly. If you're a WM developer and you haven't signed up yet, you're in luck, as Microsoft's Derek Snyder has a discount waiting for you.

If you’ve been holding out for a good deal before registering for the Mobile and Embedded Developer Conference, then now is the time.

If you want to know more, here's a video of Snyder talking up MEDC, plus there's a good chance you'll also get to hang out with the Lord of Devices. Heck, if nothing else, MEDC is in Vegas and should be a good time - any group of people that will cover an entire office in tin foil should know how to enjoy themselves.

Read: moGadget » Blog Archive » Get into MEDC for $800, tell them Derek sent you

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5 years ago

Consumer-Grade GPS to Suffer in 2011?

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Consumer-Grade GPS to Suffer in 2011?

Infosyncworld, among others, noticed that GPS, er, sucked in December - and posted that it was due to a solar flare. My own local paper elaborates with a story from the AP detailing how we can expect more of this excitement in the future:

The Global Positioning System, relied on for everything from navigating airplanes to transferring money between banks, may be threatened by solar flares, scientists warned on Wednesday.

The big problem is that solar flares occur in 11 year cycles - the next one is due in 2011. During our last peak, in 2000, GPS wasn't as widespread as it is now. I've heard from various doomsayers that your average GPS unit will experience 2011 in the same way that a newborn experiences light: bright, fuzzy, confusing, and not able to really identify anything specific.

So get your GPS fun in now, before the sun starts having its way with it.

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5 years ago

Samsung i760, first of many Samsung WM Phones in 2007

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So we've seen now that the Samsung i760 has been approved by the FCC. That makes me pretty happy because I was fond of it when I got to handle it at CTIA. Some better news, though, is that Samsung's German division just committed itself to releasing six (count them six) windows mobile smartphones in 2007. Some of that love has got to make it's way over here.

Even better (for me, anyway), according the unwired article is that Samsung recognizes that the big growth isn't going to come from stolid, boring business phones, but instead from "the prosumer and even consumer segment." That smells like thin, media-savvy, and stylish to me.

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5 years ago

Samsung's Awesome Smartphone Homescreen

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Samsung's Awesome Smartphone Homescreen

Carousel, Samsung's custom home screen they developed for the non-US SGH-i600 (that's a Blackjack with WiFi, basically) has made the rounds before. Now that people are actually getting their hands on the little wonder, screen shots of the great interface are coming around again. Me Likee. I like it enough that I spent more time than I care to admit yesterday hunting around the web looking for somebody who has provided a ROM dump of the i600 so I could install this on my own Blackjack. No joy yet, but if you find something please let me know.

Basically, the Carousel/Card Wheel plug-in provides several decks which are accessed by using the D-Pad. Each deck contains grouped information which can be accessed straight from the Home Screen.

Read: the::unwired - REVIEW: Samsung SGH-i600 Home Screen Carousel/Card Wheel Plug-In

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5 years ago

DIY MVNO (OMG LOL)

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DIY MVNO (OMG LOL)

Sonopia got a write up in Business Week yesterday. The deal, apparently, is your group (i.e. Sports team fans, church, local grocery store co-op, whatever) can sign up with Sonopia and let them provide a Mobile Virtual Network (piggybacking on Verizon) for you. The benefits: your group gets a bit of the profit and you get to communicate with each other via the MVNO.

All this tells me two things: 1) there's a lot of extra money sloshing around the mobile phone market (which I knew anyway from the crazy way that phones are subsidized) and 2) It would be fun to start up a WMExperts MVNO. Who's with me?

A former Microsoft exec is starting a service that lets just about any group—from churches to sports teams—become its own cell-phone provider

Read: Do-It-Yourself Wireless (via Consumerist)

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5 years ago

WM Alt Browser Update: Minimo and Opera

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WM Alt Browser Update: Minimo and Opera

Two exciting bits of browser news to share today. Minimo, the Mozilla-based browser for Windows Mobile, has been updated to 0.2. That's a tiny version number, but it's not a tiny set of features you'll get. The previous version of Minimo was well-nigh unusable (for me, anyway), so I hope this one is better. Check it out: Minimo project page

We also get a new version of another alternative browser: Opera. You can download a trial here, but it'll die on June 1st or within a set time period, whichever comes first. Get browsing!

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5 years ago

Coming in May: Some iTunes Store Music on your WM Device

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Looks like EMI is the first record label to respond to Steve Jobs' Open Letter calling on labels to let Apple sell DRM-free music. And how! The music will cost an extra 30 cents per song, but you'll be able to upgrade your current purchases. The better news is Jobs anticipates more labels coming onboard soon. The new DRM-less songs will be 256kb AAC, which means they'll play on basically any modern music player - including, drum roll, Windows Mobile devices.

8:24 Announcing premium downloads. Free from DRM, and higher sound quality.
- 8:25 Upgrade ability as well.
- From press release: $1.29 for premium tracks (DRM-less), $.99 for standard (DRM), and $.30 for upgrade

Read: Mac Rumors: Apple/EMI Press Conference Coverage [Live Updates]

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5 years ago

Review: Monaco Aluminum Case for BlackJack

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