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5 years ago

Sprint Touch Diamond Caught in the “Wild”

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Well looky here - the Sprint Diamond has been caught in the “wild” by ksemt7781 of PPCGeeks. We know it's legit because it comes from Mr. Blurrycam (alright, technically it comes from a Mogul, a distant cousin to Mr. Blurrycam). It looks pretty much identical to the original Touch Diamond we showed you in video and images -- we say “pretty much” because the Sprint Diamond looks to have a bit more of a curve at the top and the bottom and a slightly different skin to TouchFLO 3D -- looks like Sprint's tradition of putting their junk into HTC's custom interface (and HTC's tradition of letting them) has a good chance of continuing.

We put the “wild” in scare quotes because technically it's in testing at Sprint now, we can't wait until it's in testing at WMExperts HQ.

Thanks to Jon for the tip!

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5 years ago

Kinoma Coming to Windows Mobile (Obligatory Question Mark)

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Those of you who have come up from the PalmOS to Windows Mobile have probably heard of Kinoma's Player, which combines a comprehensive mobile media guide with a player that supports a wide range of codecs -- think of it as SprintTV plus Podcacher plus YouTube plus flickr streamer plus music player ...minus stupid extra fees. Even if you haven't used Kinoma, you should know that Kinoma powers what little video power your Centro has these days.

Well take a look at the newly redesigned Kinoma homepage. They're talking about a mystery product called (for now) “Kinoma ???” Alright, we'll bite: we think it's a Windows Mobile version of Kinoma. Why would we say that? Could it be the gigantic Motorola Q9c at the top of the page?

We like Kinoma. We hope what they bring will make us love them, because Kinoma was one of those great pieces of software on the PalmOS that gives us teeny tiny second thoughts about Windows Mobile. ...from time to time.

thanks to Doc31 for the tip!

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5 years ago

Sprint's AIRAVE going nationwide July 15?

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Sprint's AIRAVE going nationwide July 15?

 

Man, oh man, July is getting to be a wee ... bit ... busy ...

After a successful test this spring, Sprint's AIRAVE service is rumored to be going nationwide on July 15, and possibly turning America into one giant cell tower.

AIRAVE hooks into your existing home broadband service and effectively becomes a miniature cell tower, boosting your signal in otherwise poor areas. And unlike T-Mobile's Hotspot @ Home service, Sprint's AIRAVE will work with any Sprint phone (up to three at once) and not just a specialized UMA device.

Dial *99 from your Sprint phone to see if AIRAVE is available in your neck of the woods yet. You'll also need decent line of sight for GPS (for E911) and a free Ethernet port.

But the question remains: Are you willing to spend another $15 a month to increase your own cell signal?

Get the full lowdown at SprintEnterprise.com.

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5 years ago

30 Days of .Net Concludes

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30 Days of .Net Concludes

Chris Craft has finished his “30 Days of .Net” marathon of development, wherein he developed a .Net app every day for 30 days. We told you about this epic task just under a month ago and since then Craft has come up with some pretty great stuff, including everything from a simple flashlight app to an app that repeats alerts in case you missed them to a Death Calculator to (get this) a framework for sending commands to a WM smartphone via SMS.

You can check out the roundups of each week, too:

Congrats to Craft for finishing this epic task and congrats to .Net too, for being an easy-to-develop-for development platform!

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5 years ago

Verizon to Get Touch Diamond, Touch Pro, 800w

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Verizon to Get Touch Diamond, Touch Pro, 800w

SQUEEEE! We have a confirmed report that our hunch was right, the HTC Touch Diamond (see our video review here) and the HTC Touch Pro are coming to the US in CDMA flavors; What's more, they won't be stuck in purgatory Sprint-land either. The evidence comes courtesy of a Verizon Roadmap leaked to PhoneArena (by way of TreoCentral). As usual, they'll be showing up on Verizon under the UTStarcom moniker, which means there's a greater than 50/50 chance they'll drop the cool names for something like XV720957298 or whatever.

Oh, the roadmap also reveals that big V will get the Treo 800w.

ETAs, prices, ...pretty much every other detail you want are still unknown.

Update: It's doesn't hurt that the Touch Pro in CDMA flavor was just approved by the FCC, either.

Thanks to Jennifer for the tip!

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Hikes SMS Rate, Alltel Drops It.

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T-Mobile Hikes SMS Rate, Alltel Drops It.

T-Mobile is hiking their per-SMS rate up to 20 cents per (for those not on unlimited plans) starting August 29th. This brings them in line with most of the other carriers' costs. SMS rates have climbed steadily over the past couple of years, which makes it clear to us that the technology is just plain untenable and needs to be abandoned. Clearly, each character in these 160 character messages needs to be wrapped in plastic and driven by truck between cell towers. This explains the rate hikes -- the rapidly increasing price of gasoline is taking its toll on cell phone companies. See, it's the gas....

Oh, wait, that's not how it works. As carriers build out their network and their infrastructure it actually costs them less to deliver a text message now than it used to and the per-message infrastructure cost to them is likely still decreasing. We know that you're corporations in it to make money, guys, but raising per-SMS costs is starting to feel egregious. Why not follow Alltel's example? They've made SMS's within your “fave 5” free.

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5 years ago

The savior of Windows Mobile?

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The savior of Windows Mobile?

We've reported that Microsoft is taking mobile music more seriously, and that even Steve Ballmer thinks mobile Web browsing needs some improvement.

Enter J Allard, who has been promoted to "Chief Experience Officer" and "Chief Technology Officer" (and who has one of the coolest bio mugs out there).

You may know Allard from his previous work with Microsoft on the Xbox, the Zune, Windows NT and, everybody's favorite, TCP/IP (among another 30 or so products).

Windows Mobile is now under his auspices, which should lead to some promising developments for our beloved, but oft maligned, operating system.

From his updated executive bio:

J Allard is responsible for the technical architecture and user experiences related to products and services of the Entertainment and Devices (E&D) division. Allard works closely with technical leaders across the company to align E&D product teams with Microsoft's overall services strategy and product architecture, and drives the technical and design agenda to deliver Connected Entertainment experiences for consumers.

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile Knows When You Lie

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Windows Mobile Knows When You Lie

Next time you see a friendly officer with a Windows Mobile device you might want to think twice before you tell him about how you had to speed because you're on the way to the hospital.

Only because they could be using their device to see if you are lying! Starting this month, the Pentagon will be working on a device that will be issued to soldiers in Afghanistan to assist in lie detecting. Being such an advanced technology, it only makes sense that they use Windows Mobile to get the job done. They are hoping the new technology aids in narrowing suspects. In the screen shot you can see the interface in action sporting the good old fashioned Start button. Eat your heart out, polygraph.

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5 years ago

AT&T to Move their HQ to Dallas, TX

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AT&T to Move their HQ to Dallas, TX

Like cell phone companies? Consider moving to Dallas, TX, then. AT&T is moving their headquarters there for “easier access to customers and operations around the world.” For those worried about jobs in San Antionio, it does look like the big beast is leaving quite a few of their employees behind... and it's not like AT&T is getting any smaller anyway. The whole move should take about a year.

That's business-speak for “The drive from the Dallas Airport to San Antonio sucks.”

It's also business-speak for “Nokia, Nortel, and RIM also have all kinds of crazy big offices there, so we'll be able to pretend we're going out to business lunches with other hotshots more often while instead we're trying to catch the practice sessions of the fabulous Dallas Cheerleaders.” And so on.

...It might also be business-speak for “Dallas is much closer to Texas' Eastern Court District, home of the world famous rocket docket, which will allow us to pursue all kinds of crazy fun patent litigation more easily.” Heck, RIM and Motorola are doing it, why shouldn't AT&T get in on the action?

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5 years ago

Review: Nite Ize Backbone Case

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5 years ago

Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 7

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Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 7

Welcome to this week's Software Wrangle! Get ready to lasso this week's new, updated and free software for WM Professional and WM Standard.

This week we are featuring new software for WM Standard, Smartphone PopUps Notification Windows and MemoryUp-Mobile RAM Booster v2.5 Updated software includes PhatNotes 5.3 and 1Touch Contacts. Freeware this week is Skype for Smartphone v2.2.0.44.

WM Professional new software is EasyHelper Information Hide v1.0 and PRPWallet - Digital Password Manager for Windows Mobile Pocket PC v1.0. Updated software includes IM+ All-in-One Messenger: AIM/ iChat, MSN/ Live Messenger, Yahoo!, ICQ, Jabber, GTalk and MySpace v5.3 and HandyMenu v3.7. Freeware is JB Piano v1.7.

Time to circle the wagons and dig in to the software!

WM Standard: New

First up is Smartphone PopUps Notification Windows for WM 5 / 6 Smartphone or Standard v1.03 by QoreFunctions. Don't miss anything with the help of PopUps!

It's like Caller-ID for New Email, SMS, Missed Call, & Voice Mail Messages! Actual Contact Name & Photo of sender appears in PopUp window.

Instantly know who sent new Email or SMS messages, tried calling your phone, or left Voice Mail messages.

Save time & keystrokes - Read & Reply to Messages, Return Calls, Dial Voice Mail directly from PopUp Window!

Never miss another unattended event- each PopUp remains visible until dismissed or action taken

Features: - PocketPC-style PopUp Event Notifications for WM Smartphone/Standard devices - Caller-ID for Email, SMS, Missed Calls, Voice Mail - PopUps for New Email Messages - PopUps for New SMS/Text Messages - PopUps for Missed Calls - PopUps for New VoiceMail Messages - Displays Contact Name & Photo in PopUp - Displays SMS message & Email subject in PopUp - No need to launch Messaging - VoiceMail ID - Displays Name & Photo of caller who left message (no need to dial voice mail) - Save time- Read & Reply to Messages, Return Calls, Dial Voice Mail directly from PopUp Window - Customize PopUps with different colors or Themes!

Get Smartphone PopUps Notification Windows for WM 5 / 6 Smartphone or Standard v1.03 for $12.95 here.


Next up is MemoryUp-Mobile RAM Booster v2.5 by eMobiStudio Inc.

Is your cell phone running slow? Do your programs crash after the smartphone has been running awhile? Then you need a boost, a Memory Boost! MemoryUp Standard Edition recovers memory leaks, and prevents cell phone crashes. Read on to boost your smartphone memory.

MemoryUp is a powerful mobile RAM boosting tool and Java virtual machine (JVM) management application specially designed for Windows Mobile smartphone users. It is a handy memory optimizer tool that will keep your smartphone running faster and efficiently. It increases your cell phone performance by making more memory available for both your applications and the mobile system.

MemoryUp is optimized for all series of Windows Mobile smartphones, which can monitor your mobile system in the background, freeing resources when needed. It uses many advanced features to keep your smartphone running at optimum speed. But more importantly, it's designed with all users in mind; whether you're a power-user or a novice, MemoryUp will give you the features you want without confusing or limiting you.

Get MemoryUp-Mobile RAM Booster v2.5 for $13.99/year here.

WM Standard: Updated


PhatNotes 5.3 by Phatware is our first updated software for WM Standard this week.

PhatNotes is an award-winning notes organizer for Microsoft Windows based Pocket PC, Microsoft Windows Mobile based Smartphone, and Desktop PC. You can create notes providing them with category, subject, creation and modification date, which helps to find required information quickly and easily.

With PhatNotes you can search for specific text in a specific field and sort notes by category, date, or subject. You can protect notes from unauthorized access with a password and send e-mail messages directly from the Note Editor. Interface to the Contacts Database enables you to pick an e-mail address instead of typing it in.

PhatNotes uses a compressed database, saving limited storage space. The intuitive, easy user interface lets you start using the program within minutes. PhatNotes Professional Edition allows synchronizing multiple notes databases between the desktop PC and mobile device.

Get PhatNotes 5.3 for $39.95 here.

1Touch Contacts v3.0 by 1TouchMobile is the next updated application 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.

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 v3.0 for $14.95 here.

WM Standard: Freeware


Skype for Smartphone v2.2.0.44 by Skype is the WM Standard freeware app featured today in our Wrangle.

Skype for Windows Mobile Smartphone v2.2.0.44 provides you with: - Free calls to friends and family from your mobile phone. - Save on mobile calls

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5 years ago

Treo 800w Training Materials Leaked, Reveals Local Search, Tethering Support

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Engadget has scored some leaked spec sheets and training materials on the Treo 800w. There's nothing new here, as the Treo 800w has basically already reached overexposed status on the internet. We're still expecting it on July 13th (slightly earlier for corporate customers) for $249.99 with contract. It still sports some very decent specs: Windows Mobile 6.1, threaded SMS (by Palm, not the WinMo version), 320x320 touch screen, WiFi, ugly debatable looks, and a size that's Centro-esque but with a more usable keyboard.

Engadget notes the lack of MMS, an aspect of WinMo on Sprint we've often bemoaned in the past. Sprint has promised to rectify the situation, but that was before they started hemorrhaging subscribers and before they began their Samsung Instinct Blitz. In other words, we wouldn't be entirely surprised if Sprit has taken their eyes off the MMS on Windows Mobile Ball.

Update: We lie. There is something new here. Check out the screenshot of the Treo 800w today screen at right. In addition to the standard Windows Live Search field, it appears that Palm has replaced their first-to-market, on-the-Today Screen search field with something new, an on-the-Today Screen local search field. There's a field for what you want and a 2nd field for “nearby,” which you could perhaps change to something else. The icon on the left of the area appears to be a Windows Icon, which means that this smells a lot like it uses the Live Search app. Also notable, we suppose, is the tethering status icon in the upper right, so that will also be fully supported. Nice touches, Palm.

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5 years ago

Meet the new Windows Mobile online

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Meet the new Windows Mobile online

We've done our fair share of hating on Microsoft over Windows Mobile, and some much of it is deserved. But we're not above dishing out some unfettered love from time to time, and that's about what we have for the new Windows Mobile online.

The site is mainly geared for consumers, and does a pretty good job of going through the basics of Windows Mobile.

Join us after the jump for a more friendly Microsoft (yeah, we're going that far), one that takes the time to introduce you to Windows Mobile, your phone, and how to make it yours.

The home page

The page you see above is what you first see when you visit the site. You're greeted by a Verizon HTC Touch, and a scrolling list that helps you "Find the phone that fits." Hovering over a phone will display its name, operating system - odd that 6.1 is nowhere to be found - and what carrier you can find it on in the United States. Samsung, HTC and Motorola are represented, though Palm is conspicuously missing. We'll see if the upcoming Treo 800W or Treo 850, which should both sport WinMo 6.1, are added once they're released later this summer (we hope).

Receiving prominent placement is "TotalAccess," which we'll touch on in a little bit.

For now, let's dive into the nav bar at the top. Featured are:

  • Meet Windows Mobile
  • Choose Your Phone
  • Use Your Phone
  • Make It Yours
  • Total Access

Meet Windows Mobile

Ah ha! There's 6.1! And, Microsoft says, "Your mobile life is about to get much better." Better? Yeah. Much? Maybe. But there are a few items on this page that we'd like to point out.

  1. Compare versions: A chart that compares the features of WM 5.0, 6.0 and 6.1, standard and pro. (Actually, the list is so long it's a little unwieldy, but them's the breaks.)
  2. WinMo 6.1 FAQ: Translated, that's Windows Mobile 6.1 frequently asked questions. 'Nuff said.
  3. See the phones: Here's a rundown of phones currently available in the U.S. that are running WinMo 6.1.
  4. Windows Live: We've covered this pretty extensively, but think search, maps, e-mail.

Choose Your Phone

With the myriad devices on the market today, it can be pretty tough - overwhelming, even - to decide what will work best for you, and what will work best within your budget.

For our part, check out How To: Buy a Windows Mobile Phone. Boy, some of those phones look old now, but the principles behind making a decision still stand.

Here, Microsoft lets you drill down through the features, carriers and brands available. Standard vs. Pro. WiFi. GPS. Physical or on-screen keyboard. It's a very useful tool if you're not sure what's out there, or if you're helping someone else pick out their first smartphone. (Also check out our numerous device reviews and Phone Scoop's Phone Finder.)

Outside the U.S.? No problem. Pick your country from the drop-down list, and you're on your way.

Use Your Phone

This is why you bought the thing in the first place, right? This page is broken down into several basic sections.

  1. Getting started: Because, as the site says, you have to start somewhere.
  2. Personalizing: Make the phone your own, without third-party software.
  3. E-mailing and texting: Pretty self-explanatory, but it does tackle how to manage multiple e-mail accounts.
  4. Synchronizing your phone and PC: Still the bane of most WinMo users, to the point where many people only sync over the air. Maybe this will help.
  5. User forums: Find help from someone like you. Or someone more experienced than you.
  6. Support: How to get in touch with your carrier or device manufacturer.
  7. Notices and upgrades: Such as the Daylight Saving Time fix, for those who still need it, and upgrades to ActiveSync.

Make It Yours

Here's a repository of apps, including the usual Microsoft gang - Office Mobile, Live Search, Outlook Mobile, Internet Explorer Mobile (no longer Pocket IE?), Live, and Media Player Mobile.

The Windows Mobile Catalog features third-party apps, though it really serves as a portal to software retailers Handango and MobiHand.

Total Access - the elephant in the room

Evident on just about every page is a link to Total Access. Sign in with your Windows Live ID, and you'll get ... most of the same things you've gotten through the rest of the site, with a couple of bright spots. The best news is that it's all free.

  1. Ringtones, Extras and Add-ons: Preview and download two dozen ringtones (in WMA format, of course). Snag some wallpapers or download entire themes. The Halo 3 content isn't awful.
  2. Tips and premium help: Links to massive, Microsoft-esque PDFs that nobody will make it through. (Then you get an e-mail thanking you for downloading it.)
  3. Software, Services and More: Links to Live Search, an MSNBC.com mobile app, Zumobi and Viigo (which is a fan favorite around here).
  4. Member Benefits: See Nos. 1-3. A page to entice you to sign up.

Conclusion: A good start

It's good to see Microsoft making an earnest effort. Simplicity is key for the average user, and this site should offer some help. There's plenty of room for improvement, but this could prove to be a good step as we await Windows Mobile 7, and hope that such extensive how-to sites aren't even necessary.

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5 years ago

One-stop shopping for Google's WinMo apps

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One-stop shopping for Google's WinMo apps

 

The Google Mobile Blog has alerted us to a new umbrella page for its mobile services.

Hit up www.google.com/mobile/winmo from your desktop for one-stop shopping for all of Google's mobile device products available on Windows Mobile, including Google Maps, Gmail, Picasa and their bread and butter, Internet search.

Nothing earth-shattering here, but it's all available under one roof, with some how-to videos thrown in as well. No mention of Google Gears, though.

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