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5 years ago

Help Sling Support WM6

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Help Sling Support WM6

It's a little surprising to hear, since WM6 is so close to WM5 in its underpinnings, but the SlingPlayer for Windows Mobile isn't working on WM6 yet. Never fear, though, the folks at Sling are working on it and they'd like your help -- in the form of a private beta for the update. Sling's built up a lot of street cred with the mobile crowd (or with me, anyway), so I suspect that it won't be long before this private beta becomes a public one.

We are actively working on a new version of the SlingPlayer Mobile that will add support for Windows Mobile 6 and are currently looking for people to participate in a private beta of the new Windows Mobile 6 compatible version of the SlingPlayer

Read: Sling Media - SlingPlayer Mobile is not currently compatible with WM6

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5 years ago

Microsoft unveil "Surface" - fancy touchscreen table

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I've mentioned before that it's going to be a great summer for smartphone fans. Windows Mobile 6, the iPhone, Palm's Foleo, HTC's June 5th secret, the hits just keep on coming. What's driving all this coolness? Well, one thing seems to be this whole "multitouch" phenomenon. A touchscreen that can detect subtle and multiple touches really opens up some exciting possibilities for user interfaces. The iPhone was the beginning, I suppose (or will be when it hits), but this new Microsoft technology called "Surface" is just plain awesome.

Microsoft Surface pretty much fulfills the promise of this TED presentation of a tabletop that lets you interact directly and intuitively with everything a computer can do. Just wish it wasn't so expensive. Or a table. Gimme gimme on a mobile device, please.

After the jump, a bunch of images of Surface. Also check out Bill Gates demoing it over at Gizmodo.


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5 years ago

Today's Lifesaver - muti-format SD Kit

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5 years ago

Word of the Day: "Multitouch"

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Word of the Day: "Multitouch"

Microsoft announced their "Surface" computer table (more on that in just a bit), the iPhone's multitouch is likely to come up in today's "chat" between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates at the D Conference, and now this: Smartphone Thoughts is reporting that the HTC announcement next week will be that they've added multitouch to the Elf, a little WM phone that I've been ignoring because I thought it was sorta, well, boring and ugly (check out the gallery at Boy Genius) to see what I mean.

But Multitouch will make any device pretty. And multitouch on Windows Mobile 6 - my my, that's something that makes my heart go pitter patter.

This special Elf will have a multitouch display like the iphone. So you will be able to slide your finger across the screen to run commands and interact with the device in the same manner as Apple’s much hyped iphone

Read: Smartphone Thoughts - Daily news, views, rants and raves

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5 years ago

Palm's "Foleo" to be announced today

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Palm's "Foleo" to be announced today

It looks like a little mix-up with Palm's Press Release RSS Feed let the news slip a little early - the mystery product that Palm's been hard at work at is a "thin client" of a sort - a device that hooks up to your smartphone and act like a mini-laptop. I'll be putting up more details at our sister site TreoCentral as more details come in.

It'll run some version of Palm's next-gen Linux-based operating system and sync auto-magically with your smartphone. It's not the magical stand-alone device Mike Overbo and I were hoping for, but signs are pointing to it being pretty darn close.

I'm posting this info here at WMExperts for a couple of reasons. The main one is that Palm is surely going to make this compatible with the Windows Mobile versions of their Treos - and I strongly suspect that means it should be just as compatible with any other Windows Mobile device. Why would Palm limit their market to just Treos when it would take virtually no work at all to make it compatible with the many Windows Mobile phones out there?

According to a RSS news feed from Palm, their mystery "3rd category" device is a compact smartphone companion product named Foleo that lets you view and edit emails using a large screen and fullsize keyboard

Read: treocentral.com >> Stories >> Hardware >> Palm's Foleo a "smartphone companion product"?

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile Device Center for Vista to get Patched in June

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Ah, the price we pay for being on the bleeding edge. Windows Mobile Device Center is how Windows Vista wants to sync with your Windows Mobile device - it's a leg up on the old ActiveSync program in pretty much every respect but one - file syncing doesn't seem to work for you WM6 Standard Edition folks. Never fear, though, Brighthand is reporting that Microsoft feels your pain and will get WMDC fixed up right-as-rain in a little less than a month.

Currently, Windows Mobile 6 users can synchronize files between PCs and smartphones with Active Sync 4.5. Microsoft will update Windows Mobile Device Center (WMDC) on Windows Vista PCs to support file synchronization with Windows Mobile 6 by mid-June

Read: Microsoft Promises Fix for Windows Mobile 6 File Synchronization Snafu

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5 years ago

WMExperts (sorta) at Mossberg's D conference

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The big news this week is that Bill Gates and Steve Jobs will be sharing a stage and throttling each other talking for an hour or so. Also big news this week, Palm's attempting to re-establish their relevance by announcing a mystery device. Both are happening at Walt Mossberg's exclusive D: All Things Digital Conference. Both are big deals to us here at WMExperts, so we're heading out to San Diego for the conference. Or rather, to haunt the halls outside the conference like serfs at the king's gate, as registration for the event is four grand and press passes have been wait-listed since there were literally "serfs" hanging around kings' gates.

So expect sporadic updates (but also expect some T-Mobile Wing video fun - post questions about the device here) in the next couple of days. With any luck, we'll be able to get some surprises in here too.

Apple, Inc., CEO Steve Jobs and Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates, the seminal figures in the development of the personal computer, will make a rare joint appearance at The Wall Street Journal's "D: All Things Digital" conference this year. The two men will jointly discuss the history and future of the digital revolution in an unrehearsed, unscripted, onstage conversation on May 30 with D co-producers Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher

Read: dowjones.com Press Release

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5 years ago

Flash/YouTube Plug in for TCPMP

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Flash/YouTube Plug in for TCPMP

The Core Pocket Media Player (TCPMP) has long been the most popular multiformat media player for mobile devices. Although many have migrated over to the for-pay Core Player, TCPMP still is around and still gets a lot of use from power users. Here's one more use: playing YouTube (or any other flash) videos. Plan on instability, thought, it's a v.02 release as of this writing.

Also as of this writing, no plans to add it to Core Player.

It is designed for Pocket PC 2003, Windows Mobile 5.0 and higher. It has two parts: 1. A program to download YouTube movie by PPC. 2. A TCPMP plugin to play flv file directly on PPC (the plugin will never support CorePlayer)

Read: SourceForge.net: Files via Pocket PC Thouhgts

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5 years ago

New Live Hotmail Ad Site: I Can Has Funny

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New Live Hotmail Ad Site: I Can Has Funny

The new launch of Hotmail wouldn't normally be a big deal, but for Windows Mobile 6 users it just might be - the "New Live Hotmail" offers free push email and other OTA syncing for personal use. That's actually pretty exciting to me, as it means I can get my business email pushed out via Exchange and my personal email pushed out via Hotmail (that is, if I want to change my personal email address yet again).

In any case, Microsoft's new online-only ads (the pictured one has a half-second of possibly NSFW groaning, FYI) are funny and well-made. They highlight the new features of the updated Hotmail webpage, mainly by playing on the "Male/Mail" pun. Ars Technica linked them awhile ago, but the site is just now working properly for me.

(Forgive my attempt at kitty pidgin in the title. Just trying desperately to stay hip and cool here at WMExperts.)

Read: Windows Live Hotmail

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5 years ago

HTC Prepping Big Announcement June 5th

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HTC Prepping Big Announcement June 5th

Engadget Mobile (among many others) is reporting that HTC is planning some kind of major announcement on June 5th. Folks are speculating based on the invite to the London event that it will be some sort of iPhone-killer because the new gadget should herald "a new mobile experience that will change the way we use and control our phones."

Funny that we haven't seen prototypes of this thing - usually HTC devices are well-rumored and well-understood long before they actually arrive. Stay tuned.

Read: "Major announcement" from HTC on June 5 - Engadget Mobile

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5 years ago

Google Maps - Playing GPS Catchup on Other Devices

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A story is making the rounds that Google Maps Mobile now supports GPS. Perhaps I'm missing something, but I've been using GPS in conjunction with Google Maps Mobile on my Windows Mobile devices for awhile now. Since February. Heck, I even posted a Valentine's Day Video detailing how to set up Google Maps with a Bluetooth GPS puck.

So congrats to you, Blackberry 8800, for getting GPS support in Google Maps Mobile. It's almost like your OS offers quality 3rd party app support and development. Almost.

Google's mobile maps software will now use the GPS capability of many newer handsets (with GPS carrier support) to pinpoint your location and make directions and navigation just that much nicer.

Read: Google maps for mobile gets GPS - Engadget Mobile

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5 years ago

HTC Kaiser Unboxed, Coming Sooner Than You Think

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HTC Kaiser Unboxed, Coming Sooner Than You Think

BGR has new unboxing pics of the Kaiser in a gallery plus a few details that might interest those of you who haven't been following this hot slider PPC:

  • Quad Band GSM/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPa
  • Capacious 75mb of user-accessible RAM
  • GPS
  • 3 megapixel camera
  • The standard stuff: WiFi, Bluetooth, WM6, etc.

The rumor the Boy Genius is spreading is that it'll be available in late July, which I myself find a little overly optimistic. But here's to hoping.

Let's start it off like this…the HTC Kaiser is the best darn Pocket PC I have ever used! It really has everything you have come to expect nowadays.

Read: HTC Kaiser Unboxing : The Boy Genius Report

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile Marketshare on the Rise

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Windows Mobile Marketshare on the Rise

So, hot on the heels of posting that Handheld sales are down 40% we have another report saying that PDA shipments are up 40%. What What WHAT?

The second report comes from Gartner and the devil's in the details here, specifically what the definition of "PDA" and "handheld" are. Gartner has an awfully strange definition of PDA indeed:

a data-centric handheld computer weighing less than 1 pound that is primarily designed for use with both hands. These devices use an open-market OS supported by third-party applications that can be added into the device by end users. They offer instant-on/off capability and synchronization of files with a PC. A PDA may offer WAN support for voice, but these are data-first, voice-second devices. Examples include the RIM BlackBerry 8707v, HP iPAQ 69xx, Nokia E61, Motorola Q, T-Mobile Dash and Sidekick 3.

The Dash and the Q are "voice-second" devices? Riiiight. That's opposed to "smartphones," which are "phone first." So, you know, the Treo 750 is not a PDA. Confused yet? Me too, Gartner's "PDA" seems like a pretty useless product category. But the numbers in this silly little product category are pretty impressive:

Company 1Q07 Shipments 1Q07 Market Share (%) 1Q06 Shipments 1Q06 Market Share (%) 1Q06-1Q07 Growth (%) Win CE 3,184,703 62.1 1,937,667 52.8 64.4 RIM 928,239 18.1 929,883 25.3 -0.2 Palm OS 314,353 6.1 489,220 13.3 -35.7 Symbian 288,000 5.6 132,000 3.6 118.2 Linux 33,400 0.7 43,530 1.2 -23.3 Others 377,150 7.4 137,000 3.7 175.3 Total 5,125,845 100.0 3,669,300 100.0 39.7

So basically, if you ignore the Treo, Windows Mobile is dominating. If you ignore the Treo. I wonder how Gartner will define the iPhone?

Read: Gartner Says Windows Mobile Devices Drove Worldwide PDA Market to 40 Percent Growth in First Quarter of 2007

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5 years ago

Non-Smartphone Handhelds Are a Dying Breed

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Non-Smartphone Handhelds Are a Dying Breed

Matthew Miller points to an IDC study which shows that handheld shipments - like the traditional Palm Pilot or Windows Mobile Not-a-smartphone-of-any-sort - have dropped just over 40% year over year. This while the smartphone market is red-hot and well on its way to getting white-hot. Dell already dropped their Axim line and Microsoft has named their non-smartphone WM6 edition "Classic." "Classic" as in "Really? Why are you bothering?"

Say goodnight, handhelds. "Goodnight handhelds."

According to IDC's Worldwide Handheld QView, vendors shipped just over 900,000 handheld devices in the first quarter of 2007, 36.3% less than the previous quarter and 40.6% less than the same quarter a year ago.

Read: IDC - Press Release

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5 years ago

Sprint WiMAX WaTCH

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Sprint WiMAX WaTCH

See the clever thing I did with the title there? I slay me. Annoying capitalization is probably the only thing that makes me unhappy about WiMAX - the next-gen "sorta like WiFi but gets really long range so you can use it like cellular networks" technology that folks have been talking about for years. I'd hoped that WiMAX would take the form of a consumer uprising against the horrendous mobile carrier business model, but that is not Sprint's plan. Shocker, that. Anyhow, WiMAX should actually appear for reals in select cities by the end of the year and Sprint is dumping something around 2 billion in the next couple of years to make it available generally by the end of 2008.

Sprint plans to invest up to $800M in 2007 and between $1.5 billion and $2 billion in 2008. Sprint will use its extensive 2.5 GHz spectrum holdings that cover 85 percent of the households in the top 100 U.S. markets to deliver WiMAX to initial markets (Chicago, Baltimore, and Washington, DC) late this year and commercially launch the service in 2Q of next year, providing service coverage to as many as 100 million people by the end of 2008.

Read: Sprint Press Release

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