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5 years ago

Another BlackBerry Service Outage? Wokka Wokka!

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Reports are sporadic at the moment, but it looks as though CrackBerry addicts could be in the midst of their third major service outage in a year. Remember when Palm got their swagger back by Knocking the NOC? That's “Network Operations Center,” the centralized server through which all BlackBerry emails must go. Up until recently, it had been the paragon of reliability and stability, but in the past year some “upgrades” have managed to knock the NOC down for hours at a time.

That's what BlackBerry users across many carriers are reporting this morning... BES users seems to be ok, and not everyone seems to be affected, but the word so far is that there are BIS difficulties today. - ALERT: Nation Wide BlackBerry Internet Service Issues?! | CrackBerry.com

Update: Looks to be “limited” to Verizon, AT&T and maybe T-Mo. Definitely limited to certain areas of the country. Service coming back already for some folks, though there are still delays. In other words, this might not strictly be RIM's fault, but instead the fault of the carriers. Keep an eye on our sister site, CrackBerry.com, for updates.

I learned from the CrackBerry.com Podcast that a relatively short outage of the NOC can actually cascade into a longer outage as RIM's servers try to catch up on all the email that didn't get sent out.

Speaking of Podcasts, our podcast has been sketchy lately: we missed last week because of CTIA. This week's is all recorded up (with a special guest appearance by CrackBerry Kevin) and needs to be edited in two parts - the standard part and a bonus section where Kevin, Mal and I actually discuss the ups and downs of using a NOC to push email out instead of the Microsoft Direct-from-your-own-server method. Topical, no? Expect both parts tomorrow!

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5 years ago

HTC Q1 Earnings: Rockin'

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HTC Q1 Earnings: Rockin'

With the way smartphones are selling these days, it's a little surreal to see certain companies (Cough Palm cough) posting losses. HTC, on the other hand, is raking it in just like they should be:

With the posting of the Taiwan-based company's 1Q 2008 financial earnings report, we see that HTC earned NT$32.7 billion (US$1.08 billion) in revenue for the first quarter of 2008. That's a 38.6% year-on-year increase, but a 16.2% decrease from the previous quarter. - [IntoMobile]

While revenues dropped a smidge compared to the previous quarter (that's a holiday quarter too, so no worries there), their profits increased by 24% -- cutting some operating expenses seems to have helped them there, as have the stellar sales of the Touch. HTC also expects, what with WinMo 6.1 and Android coming this year, to move up to #3 worldwide behind Nokia and RIM.

...In other words, it's truly time for HTC to quit pretending they're an underdog. Seriously, guys, you're a powerhouse, feel free to flex some muscle and get carriers to let you sell your devices with less of their crap onboard. The TYTN II ROMs are a lot better than what ships on the Tilt, for example.

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5 years ago

Camera Phones: Are They Legit Yet? How To Improve Your Shots

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5 years ago

Sprint WiMAX WaTCH: Delayed

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Sprint WiMAX WaTCH: Delayed

Ouch. Not a month after Sprint promised us that XOHM, their WiMAX service, was all set to launch on time later this month, we hear that this isn't really going to be the case:

Sprint Nextel will delay the commercial launch of its Xohm WiMax service until later in the year, a spokesman said Wednesday.
The Overland Park, Kan., carrier was originally scheduled to launch the service this month. But it will come later this year, said spokesman James Fisher. It's the latest in a series of setbacks for the troubled company.
- [Cellular News via Engadget]

Not all that surprising given Sprint's many recent woes, but still a bummer. Folks are hoping for summer and noting that the fact that Hesse didn't really focus too much on XOHM during his CTIA Keynote should have sounded the alarm that this would happen.

At least their

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5 years ago

Windows Live (Lite) Now Available for All

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Windows Live (Lite) Now Available for All

Ok, don't hate us here, we are just the messenger. Hot on the heels of telling you that a new version of Live Search for Windows Mobile is coming down the pipes, we're telling you that you can now download Windows Live for any Windows Mobile devices. Yes, these are different apps. Yes, we're tired of complaining about how silly it is to have to differentiate between “Live Search,” “Windows Live” and “Live Search that isn't an app but is instead just a web search.”

You can hop over to http://wl.windowsmobile.com direct from your device to get Windows Live. Then again, you may already have it installed, as Windows Live comes pre-installed on a few devices. On most, though, the carriers give it the big old Ax because it competes with services they want to charge you for. Good on Microsoft for finally making an end run around these clowns and giving us a direct download, right?

Sigh. Not so much. The direct download version of Windows Live has support for Live Hotmail , Contact sync, and Spaces, it does not include their Live Messenger client (which is heads and shoulders above the default Oz client that most US WinMo devices ship with). This direct download might give you a Live Window (we couldn't resist) outside of your walled garden, but it definitely doesn't completely free you from your carrier.

Still - if you're a Hotmail Windows Live Hotmail user, this is a must-download as it will make your email push and sync up your contacts just right. It will also let you throw a Live Search field onto your Today screen if you're still hunting around for one of those (us, we prefer the Google Today screen plugin, but don't tell big M.)

While you're at it, you may as well visit the mobile version of the Windows Mobile Owners Circle and pick up some other free software for your phone.

[via pocketnow]

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5 years ago

System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 Available for Volume Licensees

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5 years ago

Guitar Hero III Coming Tomorrow for Windows Mobile

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So sayeth lukeuei over at Backstage at MED. The link to purchase should pop up here. Now, some confessions:

  • Confession 1: We missed the last “little” WMExperts Podcast because I was at CTIA last week and couldn't fit it in. I suggested to lalala that I might fit it in this past weekend, but I found myself needing to defeat GHIII on Medium instead. To make up for it we're bringing our CTIA co-reporter Kevin Michaluk on as a guest on this week's podcast.
  • Confession 2: I went to a RIM party at CTIA, thrown to celebrate the launch of Guitar Hero III on the BlackBerry. I was somewhat mortified that a high-level game like GHIII would make it to the BlackBerry platform before Windows Mobile, but this mortification was eased by the fact that Magmic and RIM gave us free drinks.

Based on this latter confession, that I was shoulder-to-shoulder with the folks who brought you the CrackBerry, I can tell you this much: Guitar Hero III (at least as it appeared on the BlackBerry Pearl) stunk it up. Sound was intermittent, button response was terrible, and I wasn't fond of the subscription pricing model. Either it will be great on WinMo and we'll have something else to brag about or, ah, it won't.

We'll let you know either way.

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5 years ago

Verizon XV6900, the Touch, Hits April 16th

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Verizon XV6900, the Touch, Hits April 16th

Engadget Mobile has the word: The Verizon XV6900, aka the Touch, is landing on Verizon's (electronic) shelves on April 16th and the brick-and-mortar ones by the end of the month. You're looking at $349.99 with contract, which smells a little overpriced to us. It's also going to come in white. Or Arctic Blast. Or Snowy Frozentime-color. Or whatever they decide to call it.

On a completely unrelated note, we missed our chance go “go magenta” in support of Engadget Mobile while we were at CTIA. They were inexplicably sued by Deutsche Telekom (owners of T-Mobile) because the used magenta in their logo. Yeah. Crazy. Sometimes you gotta wonder if lawyers at these giant corporations just get bored sometimes. Fight the power, guys.

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5 years ago

New Live Search App in the Pipes

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New Live Search App in the Pipes

One bit that was lost in all the CTIA Hoopla, but did appear during our Keynote LiveBlog, is that we can expect an update to the Live Search application on Windows Mobile in the relatively near future -- hopefully well before Windows Mobile 6.1 updates are rolled out.

We got to see a firsthand demo of the new features. There's a weather info pane (finally!) as well as a “Web Search” panel (as though the difference between Live Search and Windows Live on Mobile wasn't muddy enough). There's also this new feature called “Collections” that a sort of mashup between your standard local searches and a mini-RSS reader. Mainly it is a place to save your most common searches. Sadly, a feature like Google Maps' “location” based on towers isn't going to be included.

We've always been sweet on Live Search what with the free, the ability to speak direction requests [edit: fixed], the GPS integration, the Movie times, the Gas prices, and the Traffic. The new version looks to be a nice upgrade.

In any case, it's en route and just another data point for folks trying to figure out just what Microsoft's mobile services strategy is going to be.

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5 years ago

eLive Mobile: Stealth WM Services Project?

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eLive Mobile: Stealth WM Services Project?

Over at seattlepi, Todd Bishop notes that Microsoft had a job listing for what looks to be some sort of new mobile services initiative from Microsoft: eLive Mobile. Now it could be any number of things, but here's the nut of it:

The Elive team is embarking on the mission to create a "Connected Entertainment" experience, realized through ELive service, that spans multiple devices such as Zune, Xbox, PC and Mobile phones.

Microsoft seems to be working very hard behind the scenes on adding more and better services to Windows Mobile. We've discussed their Live services many a time , most recently noting that they're planning big things like adding more "search-centric" services with their "wave 3" rollout. They've also mentioned that they intend to fix that pernicious bad branding issue, although we have to say that adding "e" to "Live" does not quite do it for us.

So it won't be a ZunePhone, but we do know that "Zune features and interfaces will eventually make their way onto Windows Mobile." Perhaps eLive could be just those features and interfaces.

Adding fodder to the behind-the-scenes services rumor mill is that fact that Microsoft's acquisition of the Danger wasn't about the Sidekick, it was (and is) about services.

When will we see it all? Tough to say, though the mysterious "Projects Pink and Purple," which are clearly Windows Mobile-related but otherwise not clear at all, will supposedly be popping up by the end of 2008.

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5 years ago

AOL My Mobile Beta for Windows Mobile

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AOL My Mobile Beta for Windows Mobile

Now more than ever there are an abundant amount of ways to get info you need on your Windows Mobile device. Things like weather, stocks, and news are only a few clicks away thanks to options like MSN direct, Yahoo Go, and now the new AOL My Mobile.

Still in beta and ready to hit devices is the new AOl My Mobile. The new feature-filled app is stuffed with all the goods and sports an adroid-ish interface. My Mobile aims to get content to you easier and faster than the standard web search. It also brings along some of the favorites like AOL Mail, AOL contacts and AIM. It has quick access to the basics like sports, city guide, movie phone and much more. Once you input your address, My Mobile retrieves info that's relevant to you like weather, and the ability to do a local search for something like "Pizza".

Unfortunately it doesn

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5 years ago

Review: Guitar Hero 3 on Windows Mobile

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5 years ago

Review: Seidio Holster for Samsung BlackJack

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5 years ago

Best of WMExperts Week 4-4-08

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Best of WMExperts Week 4-4-08

First and foremost, a big thank you goes out to all our readers and to everybody who's been commenting on the posts, in the forums, and even hitting us up on Twitter. This past week might just have been our best-ever, traffic-wise. We do it because we love gadgets, but mostly we do it because we love to hear from y'all.

Read on for the Best of WMExperts this week!

Why was the week so big? CTIA 2008, wall to wall. The highlight of the trip was clearly our chance to get a First Impressions Review of the Xperia X1 -- a review that wouldn't have been nearly as comprehensive if we hadn't had a great set of questions from you all to pose to the Sony Ericsson exec we spoke with.

It wasn't all wall-to-wall X1, though. We liveblogged the CTIA Keynote, where Microsoft finally announced Windows Mobile 6.1 for real. Even better, Microsoft bequeathed us with a BlackJack II with a WinMo6.1 build on it. We promptly put through its paces back at the hotel room in our Windows Mobile 6.1 Video Hands-on. Expect a full review (though remember the build may not be final) in the coming weeks. As for shipping dates for WinMo 6.1 upgrades for current devices, our best guess is Summer -- Sprint confirmed as much for their devices.

The keynote also had a piece of bad news: the Chairman of the FCC intends to deny Skype's petition to require Carterfone rules for wireless carriers -- in other words, to continue to let carriers dictate what kind of phone is allowed and what kind of applications are on the phone. Much more on this and the other CTIA-industry-wonk stuff next week, though we'll just say now that CTIA lived up to our low expectations of the industry group's policy direction.

We had a whole heapin-helpin of device hands-on posts, though our personal favorite (after the X1) would have to be the new stuff from Velocity, the Velocity 103 and Velocity 111.

Last but nowhere near least, Malatesta has finally explained the painful MMS situation on Sprint (at a reader's request, no less). It's a quagmire, but there just might be light at the end of that tunnel.

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5 years ago

Sprint, MMS and Windows Mobile: Why They Hatin'?

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