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5 years ago

Microsoft Live Mesh Now Available to All

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Microsoft Live Mesh Now Available to All

Microsoft Live Mesh is the new hotness -- you can register your PC (and soon, your Windows Mobile device and even a Mac) with the network and then select whatever folders you'd like to sync. Cloud-based storage For The Win. It had been in preview mode, but now it's live (get it?) to anybody with a Live ID. Looks like the they'll start you with 5 gigs of storage synced across multiple PCs.

You can also share your Mesh-synced folders with others, post comments, and so on. You are almost surely going to want this -- check it at http://www.mesh.com

Can't wait for Windows Mobile support for this -- syncing files just by dragging to a folder on a PC (or even a Mac)? Sign me up.

via channel 10

Update: Whoops, maybe not. LiveSide notes that what's really happened here is they've simplified the signup process and lifted their cap for the # of users they'll allow in the Tech Preview. Best go sign up now, kiddos.

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5 years ago

Review: VITO AstroNavigator II

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5 years ago

Hands On with Opera Mobile 9.5

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5 years ago

HTC “Victor” - Diamond minus Diamond Backing

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5 years ago

What works / doesn't work on the Treo 800w's 320x320 Screen?

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Our 800w forums have been on fire since the release of the 800w and one of the most popular threads is looking into what software is compatible with the Treo 800w. Ehsan kicked it off with a stupendous list of software that's compatible and software that's not. I touched on this issue just a tiny bit in our review, but it looks like it's a slightly bigger issues that I'd originally hoped.

The issue: the Treo 800w's 320x320 resolution is relatively new and relatively non-standard for Windows Mobile -- most apps are written for 240x320 screens. The 240x240 on previous WM Treos wasn't too big a deal as it would work at the 240 width and scroll for the rest, but 320 width apparently takes some doing.

In any case, the compatible list is comfortingly long and contains most of my faves, but the incompatible list has a few biggies that a lot of y'all are probably using, including Skype, Pocket Informant 8, SPB Pocket Plus, and more. There's also some unhappiness with TomTom 6, which apparently can't see the 800w's GPS immediately.

Big ups to Ehsan and everybody else in the long, long thread for checking compatibility on all these apps. Hopefully your favorite is working for you. ...Is it?

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5 years ago

Hey, Microsoft, your Silverlight is showing

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We're still waiting for some real Silverlight-enabled apps for Windows Mobile, but Microsoft is diving in head-first on the desktop side.

And this time they're showing off their Flash competitor on another Windows Mobile portal, with a focus on enterprise and getting-things-done applications.

You'll find such goodies as:

  • SportsDo, a GPS sports tracking platform.
  • Fizz Traveller (which we've reviewed before).
  • Resco Sudoku, to relieve "the pressures of the day," "relieve tension and stimulate your mind."
  • MSCMDM, for when you really have to have control.
  • And a host of others.

Head on over and check out what's available, and keep your fingers crossed that some Silverlight WinMo apps appear in the near future.

Windows Mobile Applications [via MSDN]

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5 years ago

Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 9

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Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 9

Now that we're well into the dog days of summer, pull up a chair in the saloon, pour a cold glass of sarsaparilla, and check out this week's Software Wrangle!

This week we are featuring new software for WM Standard, MultiSMS and DVD Catalyst Free. Updated software includes Spb Backup and eWallet for Smartphone.

WM Professional new software is English French Codebreaker and MASPware AutoManager. Updated software includes IM+ for Skype for WM and Handy Weather. Freeware is Snap2Face.

Time to dive in to this week's Wrangle!

WM Standard: New

First up is MultiSMS v1.0 by 1TouchMobile.

MultiSMS provides a simple and efficient interface for sending an SMS message to a group of people. One can search for and select Contacts using a T9 search. Pressing ENTER not only selects a contact but also resets the search (no need to press the 'Back' key to clear the search). Filter contacts by ''Company'' or ''Category'' field and send SMS to all OR selected members within that group.

Features: - Filter Contacts by Company or Category - SMS to a Company or Category - SMS to selected members in a Company or Category - Search contacts using a T9 search - Selected contacts are highlighted for easy viewing - Sort contacts by Firstname or Lastname - View contact details - Make a phone call - A contact is displayed only if it has a MobileTelephoneNumber

Get MultiSMS v1.0 for $9.95 here.

Next is DVD Catalyst Free v1.0.1 by DVD Catalyst. Want a free app that will allow you to carry your favorite movies and t.v. shows in your pocket?

DVD Catalyst Free is a 1-click desktop application for converting movies and tv episodes into a format that can be played on your portable video player device.

(Requires the free TCPMP or other DIVX-capable player application for playback)

It is a free version of our award-winning DVD Catalyst applications, and while not as feature-packed as DVD Catalyst 3, DVD Catalyst Free does support the most popular video player devices.

It can convert DVDs (movies and TV episodes), as well as all common video file formats (avi, mpeg, divx, xvid, mp4, mkv, flv (youtube), etc) without the need of any additional software.

Get DVD Catalyst Free for FREE here.

WM Standard: Updated


Spb Backup v2.0.1 by Spb Software House is our first updated software for WM Standard this week.

Spb Backup is the ultimate backup solution for creating reserve copies of data on your Windows Mobile device. It creates self-extracting compressed executables, thus making backup and restore processes very simple and intuitive. You can make full, custom and scheduled backups. With Spb Backup, you'll get encryption, compression, scheduled backups and desktop PC synchronization and extracting tool.

Features: - NEW! - Desktop synchronization tool - NEW! - ROM upgrade mode - NEW! - Device upgrade mode - Storage card backup - Customizable file restoration - Scheduled backups - Self-extracting executable backup files - Full and custom backups - Backup file compression - Backup file encryption - Desktop PC unpack tool

Get Spb Backup v2.0.1 for $24.95 here.

eWallet for Smartphones v6.1 by Ilium Software is the next updated application this week. Carry a virtual wallet with you with this secure app.

Now you can have all your important information in a format that's secure, easy to access, centralized and portable wherever you want it!

Store your credit cards, passwords, PINs, calling cards, accounts, usernames and much more in eWallet. Your information is convenient for you, but encrypted for complete safety,a dn you can sync to your desktop for extra ease-of-use and backup.

This is the Smartphone-only version of eWallet, and will only work on your Smartphone.

You can also try the Professional Edition, which includes a version for your Windows PC and allows you to sync to your desktop for extra ease-of-use and backup.

Get eWallet for Smartphones v6.1 for only $19.95 here.

WM Professional: New

The first new WM Professional application on deck this week is English - French Codebreaker v007.6 by Oxford Translator.

The Language Codebreaker is the world's fastest most powerful translator. Great for Tourism, Business travel & Learning. Speak French today with the Language Codebreaker.

The most effective talking phrase book and language-teaching tool for Windows Mobile. The Language Codebreaker breaks the language code delivering proper grammar, syntax, pronunciation, accent and more.

Features: - Build over 110,000 phrases - 220 categories - Instant interaction - Empowering - Addictive - Simple - Easy to use - Fast - Dynamic - Communicate with no effort - Revolutionary Osmosis learning technique - Teach yourself French today

You can get English - French Codebreaker v007.6 for $39.95 here.



Next up is MASPware AutoManager v5.12.2 by MASPware, a great way to keep track of vehicle expenses, particularly in this time of constantly-rising gas prices.

MASPware AutoManager for Pocket PC provides an array of useful tasks for those who need to record vehicle usage or who just want to know their vehicles performance and at what cost. The portability and flexibility of the Pocket PC provides an excellent platform for its ease of use.

MASPware AutoManager turns the Pocket PC into an professional administration tool for all kinds of vehicles. Starting at the important calculation of consumption (l/100km, km/l and MPG) up to full cost- and appointment administration including a travel book for business and private travels. Furthermore, there is a checklist added for every vehicle (for using it as a To-Do-List for example). Finally, there are serveral evaluations possible as well as exports.

An All-In-One solution for full vehicle adminstration.

You can get MASPware AutoManager v5.12.2 for $29.99 here.



WM Professional: Updated

The first updated WM Professional app this week is IM+ for Skype for WM v2.0 by SHAPE Services. Take advantage of low-cost communication with the popular Skype on your mobile device!

Features:

  • Call Skype and MySpace friends from Pocket PC all over the world. Enjoy high quality of voice communication - clear sound, no delays even for long-distance calls!
  • Make cost-effective calls to any destination. IM+ for Skype is based on SkypeOut service. You can connect any mobile or landline phones (not necessary a Pocket PC when the mobile client is installed) and communicate cost-effectively, paying only Skype rates fee.
  • See who is online and chat with Skype users. You can send also Skype SMS at much cheaper fee than usual carrier's SMS.
  • Unique possibility of voice conference. Only with IM+ for Skype you can call to several contacts at the same time - again, at low fees!
  • One Time Fee, all updates included. One time fee for the application, no monthly subscription.
  • Option to redirect an incoming call to your voicemail to listen the message later.
  • By purchasing IM+ for Skype users are entitled to all products upgrades.

Pick up IM+ for Skype for WM v2.0 for $19.95 here.


Next up is Handy Weather for Windows Mobile Pocket PC v3.2 by Paragon Software.

Handy Weather software for Windows Mobile Pocket PC keeps you connected with updated weather forecast anytime and anywhere. Plan more efficiently with the best weather tracking software for Windows Mobile Pocket PC and be prepared for anything Mother Nature has in store!

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5 years ago

Opera Mobile 9.5 Beta Goes Live Thursday

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Opera Mobile 9.5 Beta Goes Live Thursday

We know, we know, you had set your alarm for Midnight tonight and were planning on constantly refreshing Opera's site all day tomorrow (the day we expected it) so you could download the holy grail of Windows Mobile browsers: Opera Mobile 9.5. Or maybe that was just us.

You can go ahead and reset your alarm clock, because Opera's going to take a couple more days to hammer out some last-minute bugs on the browser before they unleash the beta on the world. Killing bugs before a Beta release? It's almost like a software company cares about user experience and killing bugs. Actually, it's exactly like that, because this is Opera we're talking about.

As you can imagine, we encountered a few bugs last week that we needed to fix before we launch. Our engineering team worked through the weekend to fix the bugs. Even though our release is a beta, we'd rather spend the extra time to fix them, thus giving you a better experience. The fixes are almost complete now, but we need two more days to run the build through our quality assurance testing. The new launch date is now set for the 17th.

read: my.opera.com, via the::unwired

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5 years ago

The Winner of the Treo 800w Rumortastic Giveaway is...

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What a long, strange trip it's been to the official release of the Treo 800w. We were initially worried that there wouldn't be enough Treo 800w rumors to keep up the interest over the many (many) months it took for the official release to happen. How wrong we were. Truly, these past few months have been rumortastic. But, like all silly seasons, this one too much come to a close. To celebrate, we're giving out winner:

  • A Treo 800w after it is officially released. If they end up calling it something else, well, let's just say we're giving away the next Windows Mobile device Palm releases for the Sprint Network. Got it?
  • An 8 gig microSD Card. Yeah, the WMExperts Store has 8 gig cards now.
  • Any 2 software titles from HobbesIsReal's excellent “Must-Have Windows Mobile Software” article. Sure, Palm will include some “secret recipe” stuff on the 800w, but you can always make Windows Mobile a little better. We believe in the software in Hobbes' article, you should too.

To recap, we had our members make their guesses as to what the official release date would be and we would pick the winner randomly from amongst all the correct guesses. You couldn't guess dates less than 2 weeks out and your most recent guess cancelled out your earlier guess.

So out of over 1000 posts we had 28 members guess the date exactly -- though 7 of them sadly changed their guess later on and cancelled it out.

Ok ok, enough preamble. The winner, chosen at random, is.... after the break. (Sorry, we couldn't resist)

Drum roll.....

Congratulations dslunceford!!

Your late guess on June 26th came in just under the wire and spot-on for accuracy.

Thanks again to EVERYBODY for participating! Now... here's a question for ya: we've let the Sprint folks have all the fun. It's AT&T's turn, we think. So: are you feeling Xperia Rumortastic or Touch Pro Rumortastic?

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5 years ago

Review: Aquapac Form Fit Case

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5 years ago

Quick Review: Belkin Mini Surge Protector with USB

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5 years ago

Review: HP IPAQ 910C

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Review: HP IPAQ 910C

Reason #1043 to read WMExperts: our readers are awesome. Witness: Eric has been following our sporadic coverage of the HP iPAQ 910c and decided it was the device for him. While we here at HQ usually manage to get our hands on darn near every WinMo device available the US, so far we'd been taking a pass on the 910c until we saw it get released on AT&T.

That didn't deter Eric, though, no sir. He's picked one up and sent in a full review of the smartphone. Like with any Windows Mobile smartphone these days, the specs and the pictures definitely don't tell the full story -- there's surprisingly awesome parts and surprisingly quirky parts to every phone and the 910c is no exception.

In other words, you should be clicking through right about now to read Eric's review!


Well I got my HP 910c the other last week and so far I am pretty happy with it.  Like all devices there are things I don’t like about it but I will get back to that.

The HP iPAQ 910c is a unlocked quad band GSM phone, and sometimes that means you have a lot of setup to do to get your phone up and running on your network.  Epically when it is a PDA phone.  This was not the case with the HP 910c, when the radio is turned on for the first time, the HP iPAQ DataConnect application detects your provider and populates the MMS and data connection settings.  I was able to use everything right away and all I had to do was slide in my AT&T SIM card.  More and more unlocked GSM devices are doing this now, but there are still some that don’t and populating all those settings can be a pain, especially setting up the Internet connection.  With the 910c all this happened completely in the background when I first turned on my device.

I can’t report on how well the 3G or HSDPA works on the device because I am stuck with EDGE in my neck of the woods, so if someone has anything they can share on its performance that would be appreciated.

The device is very responsive and really runs like a dream.  It is running Windows Mobile 6.1 on a Marvell PXA270,  with 256MB ROM and 128 MB RAM.  It has a 3 mega pixel camera with an LED flash.  The camera can take a nice pictures, but if your subject isn’t sitting perfectly still you might as well not even try.  Once you press the shutter it takes about 2 seconds for it to actually take the picture.  I tried to take a picture of my dog as an example but after 10 attempts I gave up.  He would always move just as the shutter would click and I would lose the picture to a big blur.  They keep making these cameras with more and more mega pixels, but until they can make them more responsive it just isn’t worth it.

As you can see the 910c is almost as thick as my AT&T Tilt (910c is in the foreground).  I would say that it is the same thickness as the main body of the Tilt.  The 910c is also slightly longer and wider than the Tilt, but the 910c is much lighter overall.

The screen on this device while it is small (2.46 in) is running at 320x240 in a landscape orientation.  The screen is very clear and bright and I have had no problems viewing outdoors.  The iPAQs have always had very nice displays that could easily be viewed outside.  The keyboard is very nicely backlit and you can see all the keys easily.  It would be nice if it had a light sensor instead of coming on all the time.  Would help to save battery life.  My big complaint about the keyboard is I think the keys are too close together, the keys are pretty small, and they are very smooth.  Smooth is probably a misleading word here because the each button is raised so you can feel the buttons, but the surface of the keys are very smooth your fingers can easily slide across them and off the key you want to press and onto another key.  I have been a thumb typist for years, ever since I got my first PageWriter back in 1997, so even with my fat thumbs I can easily type on this device with minimal mistakes, other than my already bad spelling and grammar.

It includes Google Maps and a link to Google Search on the start menu, but that can easily be moved from the menu; however it can’t be removed from the device.  I really wish device manufactures wouldn’t do this so much.  They should allow anything to be uninstalled.  It is like that age old fight with companies putting AOL and other bloat ware application on a PC, now they do it with our PDAs.  The 910c doesn’t appear to work with Google Maps My Location.  With other devices like a BlackJack II I have noticed that as soon as you start Google Maps it displays your location, and this isn’t the case with the 910c.  You have to turn on GPS for it to get your location.  I’m not sure why they would include an application that they aren’t completely compatible with, and I’m not sure why it isn’t compatible.  I would be interested if someone has an explanation.  Does that feature only work with aGPS?  The 910c only has Multimodal GPS, and sorry I really am not sure how Multimodal GPS is different from regular GPS, but I would love to know.

Using the GPS wouldn’t be too bad if the HP iPAQ GPS QK Position was working correctly.  These types of programs (GPS QK Position) are supposed to download a file that helps predict where a satellite should be in the sky and this is supposed to speed up the time it takes to get a lock on your position.  The problem with the application on the 910c is that the file is always expired.  You can go download the file and it will show that it is valid for 7 days, and then when you exit and then re-launch the application it shows that the file has expired.  This is a minor annoyance, but it is an annoyance.  The 910c does have an external GPS antenna connection port on the top in case you need it.  My Tilt also included this on the back, but I have never found a reason to or needed to use it.

The battery of 910c is huge it is a 1940 mAh Li-Poly battery and makes up the bulk of the device.  I can go over a day without charging.  I could probably go even longer, but I have spotty coverage here at home, so the device does a lot of looking for service and that is the quickest way to kill your battery.  The charging of the device is pretty simple they use a standard mini-USB connection.  The one problem I do have with this is the little cover they have over the USB port.  I really don’t like this and I expect it to be broken in a few months.  I don’t understand why you would put something like this over one of the most used ports on the device.

I don’t mind the cover over the micro-SD card, but the USB I think is just bad.

I am only using a 2 GB micro-SD card currently, so I don’t know how well it works with SDHC cards.  In a review from Matt Miller, he had it working with his 8 GB micro-SDHC card; however HP’s website reports that it will only work with cards up t a 4 GB capacity.

The Bluetooth on the device appears to work really well.  It connected to the Sync in my Ford Edge without any issues and was able to download my address book.  The audio quality I thought was very nice.  The one issue I still have and find very frustrating is that it doesn’t work with the Text Messaging feature of Sync.  You would think that a Windows Mobile device running Microsoft’s OS and a car running Microsoft’s OS would be pretty compatible, but I guess it all comes down to how the device manufacture, and  in this case HP, sets up the Bluetooth profiles.  One can only hope that someday these will work together. (Eric notes in a later email that there are some other Bluetooth connectivity niggles -- Ah, Bluetooth, such a love/bug/hate relationship we have with you)

For all that I do like about the 910c I have had one very strange issue.  After some unknown event I lose all audio through the external speaker.  Like I turned it down to its lowest level.  I have checked the volume settings on the device and they are normal, and so far the only way I have found to fix this is to do a soft rest of the device.  I haven’t tracked down what causes this.  I would be curious if anyone else has seen this behavior?

Overall I like the device and I will continue using it as my primary phone and PDA.  I can just hope that HP will quickly release updated firmware for the device to take care of the sound and GPS QK Position issues.  If you like Windows Mobile Professional and you want a front facing keyboard I would recommend this device.

 

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5 years ago

Review: Smartphone Experts Book Case for AT&T Tilt

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The AT&T Tilt (HTC Kaiser II) is one of the most feature packed Windows Mobile devices currently on the market. Those of us riding the current wave of technology brought to us by AT&T and HTC are familiar with the sliding, tilting, Qwerty keyboard bearing device. The only problem with a device with so many features is that the Tilt is somewhat awkward to carry when not in use. The question of,

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5 years ago

Price Drop: Sprint Touch and Samsung Ace now $99

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While many will be perusing the Sprint site today to get ahold of the Treo 800w, Solsie noticed that there are a couple of other nice bits there or those of use who aren't addicted to WM Pros with front-facing keyboards. The Samsung Ace World-phone and the Sprint Touch both look a little less awesome compared to the Treo 800w and their prices have been dropped to reflect that, both are now just 99 bucks after the 2 year contract. Go grab 'em if you've been waiting for a price drop.

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5 years ago

Treo 800w available on Sprint.com

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Treo 800w available on Sprint.com

Anthony, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, and ever-alert this Sunday morning, has emailed in to let us know that the Treo 800w is now available on Sprint.com. It's $249.99 with all the rebates associated with a 2 year agreement, it's $599.99 if you want to wrangle one without any strings. This does appear to be the last in a long line of “unofficially available” Treo 800w stories you're going to see, as we don't have an official announcement yet from Sprint or Palm -- a point we bring up because the official announcement is the date we're using for the Rumortastic Treo 800w giveaway.

Thanks Anthony!

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