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5 years ago

MotoQ on Ampd Released

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MotoQ on Ampd Released

No surprise here, but it's nice to see it officially: Amp'd (yes, we're sweet on them) now offers the MotoQ. One interesting bit: they've customized the wazoo out of it, including a snazzy interface:

Amp’d is the first US carrier to utilize Adobe’s Flash Lite technology as the main user interface. With this technology, consumers will experience Amp’d Live’s robust broadband content and programming lineup to its fullest potential, including streaming TV, Amp’d Original programs, music, viral videos, 3D multiplayer games, ringtones, wallpapers and more.

(Thanks to InfoSync World for the image, full images here)

Read: Motorola Media Center - Press Releases

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5 years ago

Review: Monaco Sleeve Case for Samsung Blackjack

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5 years ago

Motorola hurting, Palm Buyout Rumor to Come to a Head This Afternoon

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So Motorola isn't doing so hot - they're saying that "returning the business to acceptable performance will take more time and greater effort." Which makes the fact that today's the supposed day for Palm's buyout rumors to finally materialize (because Palm is announcing financial results this afternoon) all the more interesting. Moto needs help bringing back profit margins and Palm has them due to the premium that Treos still command. Stay tuned, folks, we'll be covering Palm's conference call this afternoon with our blogging client at the ready.

Motorola sharply scaled back its first-quarter earnings estimate, named a new president and chief operating officer, and announced the retirement of its current chief financial officer.

Meanwhile, a major Palm shareholder told CNBC he expects Motorola to announce as soon as Thursday a deal to acquire Palm for roughly $2 billion.

Read: Motorola Slashes Guidance; Financial Chief to Retire - News - CNBC.com

Update: Here's a zinger from Paul Kederosky (via /Message):

Motorola is getting set to give Apple a nice mobile-market birthday present: It is supposedly buying Palm for $2-billion, which should thoroughly distract Moto around a doomed platform.

Steve should send 'em a nice note of thanks.

My own thoughts: a buyout could probably be good for Motorola - Palm's not as tied to the antiquated Garnet/PalmOS as they may seem. On the other hand, I would still like to see Palm be able to control their own fate for another year before I write them off, if only because I have a soft spot for them.

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5 years ago

WinAmp Teams with Orb for PC-to-Mobile Music

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Here's a blast from my past, WinAmp, the media player that really whips the llama's ass. It used to be my media player of choice back in the day. Maybe it should be again, as they're just announced that they'll soon be offering WinAmp -> Mobile streaming. It looks like they're offering the service via Orb (see https://winamp.orb.com/orb/html/login.html), which is a smart move IMO.

You know, being a Mac + WM5 user is really starting to chafe a bit. There are so many great Windows-Only apps that connect your phone up to your PC.

Dulles, VA – March 22, 2007 – Winamp has announced a mobile extension to its “Winamp Remote” PC-to-PC streaming service, currently in Beta. Starting March 26, Winamp Remote users will be able to access their home music library through streaming mobile devices. This new mobile service will offer users a playback-focused experience where content will stream at the appropriate bitrate for the data connection and format for streaming players. Current Winamp Remote users can access the service at http://winamp.orb.com from their phone. No new installation or client software is required. New users will need to download the Winamp Remote client on to their home PC at http://www.winamp.com/remote.

Winamp Remote on Mobile will work on handsets with a data plan, Web browser, and any kind of streaming media player: 3gp, RealPlayer, Windows Media Player, or Flash. Winamp Remote does not support the streaming of DRM protected music.

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5 years ago

Video Review: WM6 on Treo 750

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Video Review: WM6 on Treo 750

Mobility Today got a hold of one of the many WM6 on 750 test units that have been floating around lately, and so they kindly provide a video of it in action. Sadly: no exciting details on how Palm will give us this promised update and no exciting details in the OS itself: It's WM6. It's a Treo 750.

In other Palm news, I had been planning on skipping Palm's financial results conference call tomorrow. But now I gotta listen in, as it's the rumored deadline for a buyout by Moto or Nokia or whoever.

In any case, head on over to Mobility Today for the video.

Read: Video Review: Palm Treo 750 & Windows Mobile 6 @ Mobility Today

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5 years ago

HTC Kaiser: Flip Up Slider

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HTC Kaiser: Flip Up Slider

Chinese site mobilelife (via Engadget mobile via HoFo) shows us some photos of the new flip-action HTC slider device. Details from Engadget:

Besides the wacky flip-up action, the Kaiser ups the camera to a full 3 megapixels (an extra million pixels over its predecessor), adds HSUPA support for crazy fast uploads, GPS, and the now-obligatory Windows Mobile 6 Professional.

Normally I try to limit these rumor postings to stuff I'm sure we'll see in the USA - otherwise WMExperts would be nothing but. On the other hand, even if we don't know at all whether or not the Kaiser will grace these shores, it's impossible to ignore this neat little form-factor innovation.

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5 years ago

The Circle is Complete: T-Mobile Raises SMS Rates

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Verizon did it, Sprint did it, and Cingular did it, now T-Mobile has too: raised the per-message cost of SMS messages. I guess they were just feeling left out. I'm still bothered by the fact that as the infrastructure costs of this data goes does that the price is going up, but oh well. I recently switched to an unlimited text plan, so I'm not sure I'll be able to use this technical breach of contract to break my contract, but if you're itching to leave T-Mo, here's your chance.

As has been the case when other carriers have made similar moves, this constitutes a material breach of contract on T-Mobile's part, allowing customers to jump ship without paying the hefty $200-per line ETF

Read: T-Mobile increasing SMS rates, get out while you still can : The Boy Genius Report

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5 years ago

GPS Nav. for the Blind

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GPS Nav. for the Blind

This should have existed, oh, the moment GPS was commercially available. Nevertheless, I'm happy to hear that an Italian company is currently testing a GPS app written specifically for the blind. It's Symbian-only right now, but I have an extremely difficult time believing a similar app couldn't be written for Windows Mobile:

It requires just two dedicated keys on the mobile phone - one which, when pressed, tells the user their exact location including the house or building number and the other one alerts the call centre that the person needs assistance with navigation.

The next stage, the call from the call center, involved being given step by step directions from a human being in real time. Funny how my initial reaction to that is distrust (how many times have you been given bad directions?) - but not being blind means you can visually look around a map to see if something's accurate. So all in all, let's hope we see this sort of thing here.

Read: BBC NEWS | Technology | GPS navigation plan to help blind

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5 years ago

Get Amp'd in Canada

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Get Amp'd in Canada

amp'd mobile is probably the only MVNO that I respect, they seem to be doing well and offering more features to more folks than anybody else these days. Add "Canadians" to those folks, as amp'd has gotten itself attached to Telus's CDMA/EVDO network up north. That's one thing MVNO's have going for them -- you can launch services for an entire country without having to build all those pesky towers, eh?

With the partnership of TELUS and Amp'd Mobile, Inc. ("Amp'd Mobile"), Amp'd Mobile Canada is setting a new bar for mobile entertainment in the Canadian market.

Read: Amp'd Mobile launches in Canada - SlashPhone.com

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5 years ago

When Thumbboards Attack!

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5 years ago

WMExperts Prize-A-Day Grand Prize Winners!

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WMExperts Prize-A-Day Grand Prize Winners!

We've had a bunch of entries (a bunch I say) and it's been fun, but the Prize-A-Day Contest, like all good things, has come to an end. What else is there to say? Heck, even Engadget's Contest sponsored by the WMExperts Store has come to an end. A big thank you to everyone who entered! So without further ado, our winners:

Grand Prize: Snowman

Snowman wins his choice of any Windows Mobile Smartphone that's currently available in the United States...

...Plus $300 to spend on accessories in the WMExperts store.


Second Prizes: Kevin W and Joe K

These two lucky winners will receive a Slingbox Pro!

...Winners check your spamboxes (I've learned that putting "Congrats" and "Winner" in the subject line is a sure bet that your server will call it spam.). Everybody else, check out this great smackdown by Jeff S/gadgetluva (if you clicked the little digg icon the right of that article, I wouldn't complain).

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5 years ago

CeBIT Yawn-Up, er, Round-Up

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CeBIT Yawn-Up, er, Round-Up

I didn't go to 3GSM, which made me weep. I didn't go to CeBIT in Germany either, which I'm not too sad about, as MobileBurn points out:

In case you haven't noticed, and I wouldn't blame you for not noticing, CeBIT is taking place right now in Hannover, Germany. As you might have guessed, the mobile phone industry has all but abandoned that show in favor of last month's 3GSM show in Barcelona.

Nevertheless, I suppose it's worth noting that a couple WM devices poked their head out at CeBIT. I'm not very sure these'll make their way to the US, but if you're an importing and unlocking fiend, you may want to take a look at the new E-Ten Glofish X800 that Engadget caught a nice photo of (a whole gallery, actually).

Sure, I said before that I thought the Asus P526 stood a chance of gracing these shores. But I'm not holding my breath for official carrier support.

Like MobileBurn, I'm expecting bigger and better news from CTIA in Orlando next week. Here's even better news: WMExperts will be there providing coverage from the conference.

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5 years ago

MobiTV Scores Again: NBC Shows

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MobiTV Scores Again: NBC Shows

I've always had a soft spot for MobiTV because, in addition to powering several carrier's mobile TV solution, they - you know - don't do it exclusively through one carrier or another. All you need is a supported phone and an internet connection.

So this new deal they've recently announced makes me smile a little - kudos to NBC for recognizing that making is possible for more people to get your content means that more people are likely to get your content. Seems simple, doesn't it?

NBC has partnered with MobiTV to bring full-length prime-time TV shows to mobile phones. TV shows such as The Office and Heroes will be available for streaming for US$1.99 for a 24-hour period after the show has aired on traditional TV.

Read: NBC and MobiTV Bring Prime-Time Shows to Handsets (MobileBurn)

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5 years ago

GrandCentral's Nice, but I want SMS too.

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GrandCentral's Nice, but I want SMS too.

GrandCentral is a "Single Number" service that's been making a pretty big splash on the web today due to David' Pogue's recent review. I like the idea of Grand Central (which is currently free and in Beta, but they claim the basic features will remain free after the beta) and their feature list is impressive. But I have two qualms about signing up for a service like this:

  1. The company damn well better not go belly up in the next, oh, five years.
  2. Text Messaging. Come on, world, it's 2007. I communicate much more often over SMS than I do with voice. A centralized number to call me is all well and good, but if it can't redirect texts to whatever gadget I'm currently using, then count me out.

For #2, the geek in my almost wants to just buy a 2nd WM phone, plug it in at home, install PhoneAlarm, and then use that as my very own personal GrandCentral.

Actually, what I really want is something like OpenID - no phone numbers, IM nicks, email addresses, etc etc. Just one unique identifier (that's basically under my control and therefore completely portable) for all vectors of communication.

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5 years ago

Roundup of Studies: Cellphone Radiation May Reduce Male Fertility

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This is probably bad news for most of us, though potentially good news if you don't like, uh, the continuation of the species. Textually.org posts up a big list of studies showing a linkage between cell phone use and male fertility. The evidence for this seems to be a bit clearer than the evidence for brain damage from cell phones, but I Am Not A Scientist, so what do I know?

Apparently the effects come for men who "used their cell phone for more than 4 hours per day." Here's the Windows Mobile connection for me: WM's mulitasking makes it so freaking simple for me to be downloading emails, surfing the web, letting my weather app auto-update, check traffic, etc etc.. Add all that time up and my device is probably getting information from the interwebs for over 4 hours a day easy. I expect that data usage puts out a similar amount of radiation, so are we data-centric power users just as much at risk as the gabbers? ....eek.

One third of infertility cases go unexplained and in the coming weeks, a leading infertility journal, "Fertility and Sterility", will be publishing a full report by Cleveland Clinic researchers, that blames cell phones for the problem.

Read: textually.org: Cell Phones May Lead To Lower Fertility In Males

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