Sunday, February 21, 2010

Shout Hallelujah, Come On, Get Appy

Time Magazine's Techland writer, Peter Ha has a good write up of Microsoft's recently announced Windows Phone 7 series mobile operating system, due out at the end of the year (2010). While I don't agree with everything Mr. Ha writes (Doesn't Motorola's MotoBlur do the same social media aggregation trick as Windows Phone 7?), he does a good job of summing up why this now mobile operating system is so important to Microsoft.
"When you think about Microsoft, a lot of adjectives come to mind, but hip and cool are probably not among them. Many consumers associate Microsoft only with the Windows machine they're using. And all those "I'm a Mac. I'm a PC" ads have made Apple users like me feel kind of sorry for PCs.

But it's a brand-new decade, and Microsoft is about to leapfrog Apple — and every other player in the cell-phone world — with the launch of Windows Phone 7 (WP7).

But the most underappreciated product in Microsoft's vast portfolio, the Zune digital media player, is about to roll all these products into one handy little phone that catapults Microsoft ahead of Apple, Google, Palm and BlackBerry's maker, RIM."

You can read Mr. Ha's full article on the Time website.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone 7 Series

Earlier today, Microsoft's Steve Ballmer showed off the next generation of Microsoft's mobile operating system: Windows Phone 7 Series.

BARCELONA, Spain — Feb. 15, 2010 — Today at Mobile World Congress 2010, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the next generation of Windows® Phones, Windows Phone 7 Series. With this new platform, Microsoft offers a fresh approach to phone software, distinguished by smart design and truly integrated experiences that bring to the surface the content people care about from the Web and applications. For the first time ever, Microsoft will bring together Xbox LIVE games and the Zune music and video experience on a mobile phone, exclusively on Windows Phone 7 Series. Partners have already started building phones; customers will be able to purchase the first phones in stores by holiday 2010.
“Today, I’m proud to introduce Windows Phone 7 Series, the next generation of Windows Phones,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer at Microsoft. “In a crowded market filled with phones that look the same and do the same things, I challenged the team to deliver a different kind of mobile experience. Windows Phone 7 Series marks a turning point toward phones that truly reflect the speed of people’s lives and their need to connect to other people and all kinds of seamless experiences.”
Designed for Life in Motion

With Windows Phone 7 Series, Microsoft takes a fundamentally different approach to phone software. Smart design begins with a new, holistic design system that informs every aspect of the phone, from its visually appealing layout and motion to its function and hardware integration. On the Start screen, dynamically updated “live tiles” show users real-time content directly, breaking the mold of static icons that serve as an intermediate step on the way to an application. Create a tile of a friend, and the user gains a readable, up-to-date view of a friend’s latest pictures and posts, just by glancing at Start.

Every Windows Phone 7 Series phone will come with a dedicated hardware button for Bing, providing one-click access to search from anywhere on the phone, while a special implementation of Bing search provides intent-specific results, delivering the most relevant Web or local results, depending on the type of query.

Windows Phone 7 Series creates an unrivaled set of integrated experiences on a phone through Windows Phone hubs. Hubs bring together related content from the Web, applications and services into a single view to simplify common tasks. Windows Phone 7 Series includes six hubs built on specific themes reflecting activities that matter most to people:

  • People. This hub delivers an engaging social experience by bringing together relevant content based on the person, including his or her live feeds from social networks and photos. It also provides a central place from which to post updates to Facebook and Windows Live in one step.

  • Pictures. This hub makes it easy to share pictures and video to a social network in one step. Windows Phone 7 Series also brings together a user’s photos by integrating with the Web and PC, making the phone the ideal place to view a person’s entire picture and video collection.

  • Games. This hub delivers the first and only official Xbox LIVE experience on a phone, including Xbox LIVE games, Spotlight feed and the ability to see a gamer’s avatar, Achievements and gamer profile. With more than 23 million active members around the world, Xbox LIVE unlocks a world of friends, games and entertainment on Xbox 360, and now also on Windows Phone 7 Series.

  • Music + Video. This hub creates an incredible media experience that brings the best of Zune, including content from a user’s PC, online music services and even a built-in FM radio into one simple place that is all about music and video. Users can turn their media experience into a social one with Zune Social on a PC and share their media recommendations with like-minded music lovers. The playback experience is rich and easy to navigate, and immerses the listener in the content.

  • Marketplace. This hub allows the user to easily discover and load the phone with certified applications and games.

  • Office. This hub brings the familiar experience of the world’s leading productivity software to the Windows Phone. With access to Office, OneNote and SharePoint Workspace all in one place, users can easily read, edit and share documents. With the additional power of Outlook Mobile, users stay productive and up to date while on the go.
Availability

Partners from around the world have committed to include Windows Phone 7 Series in their portfolio plans. They include mobile operators AT&T, Deutsche Telekom AG, Orange, SFR, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telstra, T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone, and manufacturers Dell, Garmin-Asus, HTC Corp., HP, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Qualcomm Inc. The first phones will be available by holiday 2010. Customers who would like to receive additional information about Windows Phone 7 Series and be notified when it is available can register at http://www.windowsphone7series.com.

To watch the full replay of Steve Ballmer’s press conference at Mobile World Congress, and to experience Windows Phone 7 Series through an online product demo, readers can visit http://www.microsoft.com/news/windowsphone.

Today's Microsoft press release was posted on the Microsoft website.

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

HTC Touch Pro 2

The company I work for is continuing it's search to find the perfect smartphone to replace our existing Treo 700p and 755p fleet of phones. This past Friday, I found a new phone to take out for a test drive: the Verizon Wireless edition HTC Touch Pro 2!

The Touch Pro 2 is a Windows Mobile 6.1 powered phone that has one of the largest screens I've ever seen on a Windows Mobile phone. (The last two Windows Mobile phones I've used where the Palm Treo 750 and Palm Treo Pro.)

There are two things that you will immediately noticed as different with the Touch Pro 2 than other Windows Mobile phones. The first is the Touch Pro 2 is has a slider that reveals a roomy landscape keyboard that will make people who complain about cramped keyboards happy. The screen also tilts up toward the user. The second thing that you will notice as being different in this Windows Mobile phone is the the special sauce that HTC has added; TouchFlo. TouchFlo is HTC's customized user interface (UI) that added the much needed "cool factor" to Microsoft's mobile operating system.

To learn more about the HTC Touch Pro 2, visit the HTC website.

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Rumor: Major Changes Coming to Windows Phone 7

If a recent article by Electronista.com is accurate, there will be more changing with Windows Mobile than the product name.

With the next release of the Windows Mobile operating system, Microsoft is rumored to be changing the name from Windows Mobile to Windows Phone, all the while keeping the version numbering system from Windows Mobile. (Confused yet?) Windows Mobile 6.5.x will be replaced by Windows Phone 7 late this year.

The name change isn't the only thing getting a refresh. Microsoft is also rumored to be making several engine changes that will either make you jump for joy or throw up your arms in disgust. After Palm OS 5, the Windows Mobile User Interface (UI) is the next mobile operating system in need of a make over - and Windows Phone 7 will provide it. In addition to making Windows Phone look and work more like a Zune or the iPhone, it is also rumored that Microsoft will be removing multitasking support from Windows Phone. It is also rumored that Microsoft may also lock down the default UI, preventing third-party developers like HTC from adding their own UI layer on top of Windows like they currently do with the Sense UI on handsets running Google's Android operating system.

Other changes that could be coming to a Microsoft-powered phone near you could be XNA application programming language that would allow for easier migration of XBox services to the Windows Phone platform. While that does sound cool, Microsoft appears to be eyeing an Apple App Store-like distribution model with applications being installed from a single source. And backward application compatibility? If the rumor is true, they could be on the endangered species list.

Electronista does state that most of this information has not been confirmed and as with any rumor, needs to be taken with a gain of salt. Hopefully Microsoft will give us more details at this years, Mobile World Congress taking place in Barcelona, Spain, later this month.

[Via Electronista.com...]

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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Microsoft Makes Windows Mobile Noise

First it was Windows CE. Then it was Pocket PC. Next came Windows Mobile. Now Microsoft is talking "Windows Phone."

According to Electronista.com, Microsoft is going to be talking about some new details about the next version of Windows Mobile at Mobile World Congress, held in Barcelona. The February European mobile event is just as geeky at January's Consumer Electronics Show.

Will Microsoft finally give us some real details on the next version of their mobile phone OS or will they talk about some release of Windows Mobile that will sit between Windows Mobile 6.5 and 7.0?

[Via Electronista.com...]

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Windows Mobile 7 Delayed Until "Late Next Year"

"Delayed until late next year." Those are the works that fans of technology hate to hear. But fans of Microsoft's Windows Mobile platform are going to have to learn to live with them for the next 12 months. At least we have some nice screen shots to look at.

Phil Moore, who heads up Microsoft's UK mobility unit was on the hot seat during a Q&A session at the Connect! technology summit, which was held in London recently.

Reporting on the event, the Mobile News website, based in the UK, quotes Mr. Moore as saying:
"We’re still playing catch-up. When Apple came on to the scene a couple of years ago, it threw away the rulebook and reinvented it. We unfortunately don’t have that luxury. It’s true, Apple caught us all napping. It launched something that was very iconic, new and unseen with a very good user interface."

Mr. Moore continued stating that one of the goals for Windows Mobile 7 is address the massive gap (my words) between the Windows Mobile experience and the iPhone experience. Mr. Moore continues:
"It [Windows Mobile 7] has been put back until late next year but it is definitely coming. You’re going to see a lot more on Windows Mobile 7. Giving the enterprise users and consumers what they want will be part of Windows Mobile 7. You’ll get flexibility on a much easier touch UI."

Ouch! Being a long time fan of Palm, I can surely relate to what Windows Mobile fans are feeling right now. It was a good 5 years between the release of Palm OS 5.0 and Palm webOS. Microsoft is going to have to fill a tall order if they are going to try to take on Apple for the hearts and minds of mobile users.

You can read the full article on the Mobile News website.

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

AT&T Introduces the HP iPAQ Glisten World Phone

Last week I had posted that HP was still selling handheld PDAs running the Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.0 Classic operating system. Looks like this would be why - HP is working with AT&T to bring a new Windows Mobile powered smartphone to market.

AT&T and HP today [November 24, 2009] announced the upcoming availability of the new HP iPAQ Glisten, a feature-rich 3G world phone that meets the increasing demands of modern mobile professionals. AT&T’s first smartphone with an AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) screen, the HP iPAQ Glisten is loaded with features tailored with the business power user in mind.

Featuring the Microsoft Windows® Mobile 6.5 operating system, the iPAQ Glisten offers a touch-friendly user interface and improved browser with Flash support. Connections to your favorite people, content and applications are a fingertip away on the redesigned Start Menu, and Internet Explorer Mobile supports the rich experiences that many Web pages offer for desktop computers.

“iPAQ Glisten adds to our innovative Windows Phone portfolio,” said Michael Woodward, vice president, Mobile Phone Portfolio, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “It meets the demands of our business customers while boasting a beautiful AMOLED touch screen and a full package of multimedia features.”

“The iPAQ Glisten packs a powerful punch with its multiple input methods, variety of connectivity options, and a familiar, consistent email experience that allows mobile professionals to connect with the people and information that matter most to them,” said Susan Macke, vice president, Marketing, Handheld Global Business Unit, Personal Systems Group, HP. “Our strategy for success in growing the iPAQ business and customer base is working with industry leaders, like AT&T and Microsoft, and leveraging our collective strengths in the business and prosumer markets.”

Pricing and availability

The HP iPAQ Glisten will be available in the coming weeks for $229.99 (receive a $50 AT&T Promotion Card with two-year agreement, smartphone data plan). The smartphone will be available through AT&T business services, HP corporate sales, small and medium business and consumer Websites at AT&T.com and HP.com as well as through third-party e-commerce sites.

More information on HP iPAQ Glisten is available at www.att.com/hpipaqglisten and www.hp.com/go/glisten.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

HP iPAQ Handhelds Still Available


I didn't realize this, but HP is still selling handheld PDAs. Why? If you are one of the classic PDA fanatics (hey, we're all fanatical around here anyway) HP has you covered with two devices to choose from.

First up is the HP iPAQ 110 Classic. This $300 PDA sports Windows Mobile 6.0 "Classic" and comes packed with a 624MHz processor, 64MB of RAM, 256MB of Flash, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, a touch screen, and a SDIO card slot.

Want a little more horse power?

HP is also still selling he iPAQ 210 Enterprise Handheld for a mer $400. The 21o comes with 126MB of RAM, 256MB of Flash, 1 CFHC and 1 SDHC card slots, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi with WPA2 security.

Go ahead, get your PDA geek on over at the HP online store.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Windows 7 and Windows Mobile Device Center

You have read the hype about Microsoft's newest desktop operating system, Windows 7. You are getting ready to purchase or install the upgrade on your PC. But what about support for your Windows Mobile smartphone or PDA?

Microsoft has you covered. As with Windows Vista, Windows 7 users will need to download and install Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1 (WMDC). WMDC is a free download from the Microsoft website.

On the WMDC download page, Microsoft has some notes that you will want to be aware of before you get started.
  • You can use Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1 only with phones running Windows Mobile 2003 or later.

  • ActiveSync and Windows Mobile Device Center won’t work with Windows Embedded CE 4.2 or 5.0, Pocket PC 2002, or Smartphone 2002 devices.

  • To sync content to any of these devices, you must use a USB or serial cable and your computer’s Internet connection and File Explorer.

  • You must use Microsoft Outlook 2002, Outlook 2003, or Office Outlook 2007 to sync your e-mail, contacts, tasks, and notes from your computer.

  • You must use a USB cable to connect your phone to your computer the first time you use Windows Mobile Device Center to sync.
I've also seen some people mention on Microsoft Windows forums that if you have a partnership between your Windows Mobile phone and your Windows XP or Vista system that you should break the partnership before upgrading to Windows 7. Once the installation or upgrade has been completed, then install WMDC 6.1 and then pair up your phone to your PC.

To learn more about the Windows Mobile Device Center, visit the Microsoft website.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Retail Editions of Windows 7 Go On Sale Today

While the final version of Windows 7 has been available to select Microsoft customers and TechNet subscribers for some time now, October 22, 2009 will be remembered as the day that Windows Vista was finally replaced.

Starting today, Microsoft has started selling four of the six editions of Windows 7 online and at retail locations. (Windows 7 Starter edition and Windows 7 Enterprise edition are required to be purchased under special conditions that we wouldn't normally have access to. Think netbooks and large corporate account holders.)

So what does that mean for smartphone users? Probably not much. Microsoft has worked hard to ensure that any software package that works on Windows Vista will also work on Windows 7. I've been using Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise editions for the last few months now and I haven't run into any serious show stoppers.

Palm Pre, Pixi - Palm webOS devices

Palm Pre customers (and Palm Pixi customers shortly) won't have any sync problems out of the box because Palm webOS, unlike Palm OS, does not sync directly with a desktop computer. People using webOS phones and third-party sync solutions like Chapura PocketMirror for webOS and Chapura Echo will want to check for any updates that may be made available. At the time of this posting, I did not see any updates mentioned on Chapura's website.

Treo 755p, Centro, Palm OS Handhelds - Palm OS 5 Devices

Customers using Palm's older generation smartphones and PDA handhelds, including the Palm Treo 755p, Centro, and Palm TX handheld PDA, things can get a little bit sketchy. Most of the issues with Palm Desktop versions 4.x and 6.x will likely continue. You will still need to be a member of the Windows Administrators group to install the software and all manors of HotSync voodoo will likely be needed to perform successful HotSync operations. In my limited Palm Desktop 6.22 testing on my Windows 7 Ultimate machine, which was upgraded from Windows Vista Ultimate, I have been able to HotSync my Treo 755p. However, I will caution you that 3-5 HotSync operations is hardly conclusive.

Windows 7 also won't correct the USB driver issue. Neither Palm nor ACCESS (the company that owns the Palm OS 5 and Windows Palm Desktop source code) has released a 64-bit USB driver. In short, that means if you have a 64-bit edition of Windows XP/Vista/7, you can't sync your Palm OS 5 device with USB cable. You will need to turn to a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth solution to sync. I don't expect either company to release a 64-bit compatible Palm OS 5 driver at this late stage in the Palm OS life cycle since Palm OS 5 is no longer being used in new devices from Palm.

RIM BlackBerry Smartphones

I recently installed BlackBerry Device Manager 5.0 on my Windows 7 machine and was able to sync it with my BlackBerry Curve 8330. After installing Device Manager, I learned that there was an OS update for my Berry and I was able to apply the update without issue. The BlackBerry USB mass storage mode also worked without a hitch.

Windows Mobile 5, 6, 6.5

There really isn't much to report here. Microsoft's latest desktop software is expected to sync with their mobile operating systems. While I haven't tried to sync my Treo 750 (Windows Mobile Professional 6.0) with my Windows 7 machine yet, it did sync (mostly) error free with Windows Vista.

What about everything else?

While I don't have an Apple iPhone or Google Android phone, I am not anticipating any serious problems. The iPhones and the iPod touch sync with Apple's iTunes software, which is still listed as being compatible with Windows XP and Windows Vista should work fine under Windows 7. If an issue does come up, I'd expect Apple to have a fix out shortly since there are so many people walking around with both devices at this point.

You can learn more about the various Windows 7 editions on the Microsoft website.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

HTC Touch Pro2 Available on Verizon

Earlier today, Verizon Wireless issued a press release stating that together with HTC, the Touch Pro2 Windows Mobile powered smartphone will go on sale starting tomorrow.

When we add Verizon to the mix, Apple, Palm, T-Mobile, and Big Red all announced or will begin selling new hardware this week!

Verizon Wireless and HTC Corporation introduce the HTC Touch Pro2™, a global-capable smartphone designed for the busiest professionals and world travelers. The HTC Touch Pro2 features an extra-large 3.6-inch touch screen that tilts to an optimal viewing angle, an ergonomic slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and an advanced speakerphone with asymmetric speakers and advanced noise suppression to deliver customers a robust productivity experience. Created with the intuitive TouchFLO 3D user interface, data on the HTC Touch Pro2 can be easily accessed with just the touch of a finger.

The Touch Pro2 will include the following key features:
  • High-speed connectivity over Verizon Wireless’ Mobile Broadband network (1x/EV-DO Revision A 800/1900 MHz)
  • Global connectivity to allow customers to access e-mail and data and use the phone for voice calling in more than 220 destinations (GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz WCDMA/HSPA 2100 MHz)
  • Wi-Fi capabilities (802.11 b/g)
  • 3.6 inch WVGA resolution (480 x 800) tilting touch screen
  • Advanced speakerphone with noise-cancelling technology
  • 3.2 megapixel auto-focus camera with video capture
  • Touch-sensitive zoom bar
  • Seamless connectivity with Microsoft® Exchange, Outlook and Office applications with Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
  • Bluetooth® 2.1 with EDR and A2DP stereo
  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM 7600A, 528 MHz
  • Memory: 512 MB ROM, 288 MB RAM
  • Dimensions: 4.57” x 2.33” x .68” (length x width x height)
  • Weight: 6.3 ounces (with standard battery)
  • Extended 1500 mAh battery for longer operation times
  • Up to 5.3 hours of talk time (CDMA) or up to 13.5 days of standby time (CDMA)
Pricing and Availability

Beginning Friday the HTC Touch Pro2 will be available for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement on a voice plan with an e-mail feature or e-mail plan. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card. Customers can order the HTC Touch Pro2 online at www.verizonwireless.com, in business sales channels and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores.

The full press release for the HTC Touch Pro2 can be read on the Verizon Wireless website.

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Fennec Alpha 3 for Windows Mobile Released

While reading the Mozilla blog, I learned that the Fennec Alpha 3 build has been released for Windows Mobile devices.

"We’re very happy to announce the availability of Fennec Alpha 3 for Windows Mobile. There are lots of great features and fixes included in this release. You can find the release notes here and a cab installer here. Personally, I’m turning off my iPhone to switch to a Windows Mobile device with Fennec."

Since the last release of Fennec for Windows Mobile, the Mozilla team has been working on improving the start up time for the mobile browser, they have improved panning, and they "now support a wider range of screen resolutions through the use of CSS media queries."

Just keep in mind that this is still an alpha version of the software and it will have some rough edges.

If you are not familiar with the Fennec project, you can learn more about it on the Mozilla website. If you are not familiar with fennec foxes (Fennec is the little brother of Firefox after all!), you can learn more about them from Wikipedia.

Download Fennec Alpha 3 for Windows Mobile now...

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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Independence Day!














The 4th of July marks the birth of the United States, and Smartphone Fanatics wishes all of our readers a Happy Independence day!

To help celebrate the day, our friends at Astraware, Handmark's games division, has once again posted their free Handmark Fireworks application!

Handmark Fireworks features a selection of patriotic backgrounds including the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore and the Stars and Stripes, and offers a choice of stirring tunes including the Star Spangled Banner and Stars and Stripes Forever!

Handmark Fireworks is available for Windows Mobile and BlackBerry smartphones and for iPhone and iPod touch. (Sorry BlackBerry owners - this time round you'll have to hum your own marches! This edition of Fireworks for BlackBerry does not include music.)

What better way to celebrate 4th of July than with some Fireworks? Download your copy today - it's available for a limited time only!

Download your free copy of Fireworks by using one of the links below:

Apple iPhone and iPod touch
BlackBerry Smartphones (non-touchscreen, touch screen)
Windows Mobile Professional (touchscreen)
Windows Mobile Smartphone (non-touchscreen)

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Palm Treo Pro Is On the Way


















I have received word that Palm has shipped out a Sprint edition Treo Pro to me to take out for a test drive. Stay tuned for a review in the near future. I'm looking forward to playing with Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional that has the brand spankin' new Pocket Internet Explorer 6.1 baked in.

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Mark/Space Introduces Missing Sync Business Edition

Mark/Space has just informed us that they have released The Missing Sync Business Edition.

The Missing Sync Business Edition is a premium service being provided by Mark/Space that gives corporate customers some nice perks. Customers who opt to by a Business Edition license will receive:
  • A license to install the Missing Sync desktop software on two computers
  • Software upgrades and updates for the year
  • Access to the software upgrade subscription page
  • Priority email support with a 4-hour response window with priority queuing
I like that Mark/Space has included, along with their other services, a license to install the desktop software on two computers. It is always a dilemma for corporate IT departments and business customers to justify extra software licenses for second computers whether they are a corporate issued desktop and notebook, or company computer and a home computer. With the Business Edition of The Missing Sync, customers and IT shops are able to legally install any of the Missing Sync desktop software editions on two computers.

The Missing Sync desktop software is available for BlackBerry, Palm OS, Windows Mobile, Nokia and Symbian smartphones.

The Missing Sync Business Edition is available now and sells for $89.95 and can be purchased from the Mark/Space online store.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Palm Treo Pro comes to Telus in Canada

Earlier today Palm announced that its Treo Pro smartphone is now available at TELUS in Canada. With its smartly designed high-resolution color touch screen and full web-browsing capabilities layered on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, Treo Pro is the ideal smartphone for business users and consumers.

Treo Pro offers TELUS clients simplicity and productivity - including TELUS mobile email, TELUS Navigator, Wi-Fi, web and 3G network capabilities - to meet the needs of businesses and consumers alike. Treo Pro's thin design blends style and functionality with an LCD touch screen, one-touch buttons and a full QWERTY keyboard.

Similar to the recently released Treo Pro for Sprint here in the United States, the Telus Treo Pro will also feature Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional.

The Telus Treo Pro can be purchased for as low as $149.99 with a 3-year voice and data plan activation with a minimum $20 monthly service fee.

For more information about Treo Pro at TELUS, visit the Palm website or www.telus.com.

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

BGR: VZW's HTC Touch Diamond Drops This Week


















BoyGeniusReport.com has a new post up today stating that they have gotten word that Verizon's custom HTC Touch Diamond will be launching later this week. If the report is correct, the Touch Diamond will go on sale this Friday, April 10. The initial launch will be limited to B2B/Telesales/Web customers.

BGR goes on to state that the the Diamond can be had for as little as $199.99 with a qualifying two-year service agreement. Don't want to extend your current contact? That's fine, but Verizon will be asking you to hand over $469.99 for this unit.

BGR's operatives have listed the following items as having been changed from HTC's stock mobile:
  • CPU: Qualcomm 7500A
  • Speed: 528 MHz
  • RAM size: 128MB
  • Flash size: 256MB
  • Display resolution: 480×640
  • 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus
Also included is Windows Mobile 6.1 and an EVDO Rev. A cellular radio.

For more details, check out the full BGR article including photos of the Verizon model.

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

PhatWare Releases PhatNotes 5.4 for Windows Mobile


















PhatWare Corporation, a leading provider of software products and professional services for mobile and desktop computers, announces today the release of PhatNotes 5.4, the new update of the company's award-winning notes organizer software for Microsoft Windows-based desktop computers and Windows Mobile smartphones. PhatNotes 5.4 is available in two editions: PhatNotes and PhatNotes for Outlook.
"PhatNotes provides powerful note-taking and organizing features for both Windows phones and Microsoft Office Outlook," said Steve Hegenderfer, group product manager of the Developer Experience Team in the Mobile Communications Business at Microsoft Corp. "PhatWare's application, built on the Windows Mobile platform, provides mobile professionals with added value and convenience while on the go."
PhatNotes for Outlook includes the simplified version of PhatNotes for both Windows Mobile Standard and Professional or Classic devices. It does not include the desktop software which is replaced with Outlook notes synchronization software that supports ActiveSync 4.5 or later on Windows XP and Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1 on Windows Vista.

PhatNotes Availability and Pricing
PhatNotes 5.4 is available now at the list price of $39.95, while PhatNotes for Outlook 5.4 is priced at $19.95. Free 30-day trial versions of PhatNotes and PhatNotes for Outlook can be downloaded from the PhatWare web site at www.phatware.com/phatnotes. Existing users of the corresponding editions of PhatNotes 5.x can upgrade to the latest version free of charge.

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Astraware Games Promotion

Our friends at Handmark/Astraware dropped us a line to let us know that they are running a special on some of their popular games for mobile devices. You can snag yourself a copy of Astraware Sudoku, Casino, Boardgames, or Solitaire for $4.95 each!

"From now until midnight on 31st March 2009, our award-winning Astraware Sudoku, Astraware Casino, Astraware Boardgames and Astraware Solitaire are all available for the very special price of just $4.95 each! That's a saving of $5 off the new regular price of $9.95.

To get these special prices, visit www.astraware.com, add the games to your cart and click buy - the discounts are already applied!

Whilst you're in the mood for saving, our colleagues at Handmark are having a site-wide Buy One, Get One Free sale until 29th March. To take advantage, visit www.handmark.com, and use the discount code DEMAND."

My kids and I love playing Astraware Boardgames on my iPod touch. I've played all of the games that are on sale right now and I really enjoy playing them while I'm on the go. For more details, check out the Astraware website.

Related Item: Astraware Casino Review

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Palm Treo Pro Now Available on Sprint

Today the Palm Treo Pro went live, finally, on Sprint's wireless network. Sprint customers join those of Alltel (EVDO) and AT&T (unlocked GSM) in all of the yummy Treo Pro goodness.

For those who don't know, the Treo Pro is Palm's latest Windows Mobile Professional 6.1 device. The Treo Pro for Sprint sports the latest software updates from Microsoft which includes Pocket Internet Explorer 6.1 . In addition to software updates, the Treo Pro also includes a 320x320 touch screen, a 2.0MP digital camera, Wi-Fi and GPS radios, voice dialing, a microSDHC card slot, and a microUSB data sync and charging port. For a complete listing of the Treo Pro's specifications, visit the Palm website.

The Treo Pro can be orderd on the Sprint website for as little as $199.99 after a $250 instant rebate and a $100 mail-in rebate and a qualifying two-year service agreement. Customers who do not wish to extend their contact will need to pony up $549.99. The Palm Treo Pro will also be available at Sprint's retail locations.

To purchase your Palm Treo Pro, visit the Sprint website.

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Microsoft My Phone Beta






A few weeks ago I submitted my name to participate in the Microsoft My Phone public beta. My Phone is a service from Microsoft that will allow you to:
  • Back up and restore your phone's information to a password-protected web site
  • Access and update your contacts and appointments through your web account
  • Share photos on your phone with family and friends
Last Friday I received my invitation into the program. Check back later in the week for my opinions on the service and how well it works with my Palm Treo 750 smartphone.

To jump in and join all the Microsoft Windows Mobile phone fun, head over to the MyPhone Beta website.

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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Gagets On The Go: Sprint Treo Pro Hands On


















My friend and fellow gadget blogger, Jimmie Geddes, has gotten his hands on on the new Palm Treo Pro for Sprint a few days early.
"The Sprint Treo Pro comes in the exact same packaging as the unlocked Treo Pro. Palm's packaging for the Sprint Treo Pro is very reminiscent of Apple's iPhone packaging. It's clear that Palm wants to make a great first impression before you even get to the Treo Pro inside its box and they succeed in doing so. Very classy!"

Keep reading...

[Via GadgetsOnTheGo.net...]

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Palm Treo Pro Comes to Alltel Wireless

Palm continues their roll out of their latest Windows Mobile phone, the Treo Pro, around the world. Today's news is that Alltel Wireless now has the Treo Pro available for their business customers. As was previously mentioned here, the Alltel Treo Pro will ship with Windows Mobile Professional 6.1 and the new version of Pocket Internet Explorer, version 6.0.
"Palm, Inc.and Alltel Wireless today announced that the Treo Pro smartphone is available today at Alltel Wireless retail stores and online at alltel.com. Treo Pro is a sleek, full-function smartphone that offers business users the ease of use and robust features they demand while providing the reliability and manageability IT departments require. With Wi-Fi, GPS and Windows Mobile 6.1, Treo Pro helps busy professionals stay connected on the go so they can structure their lives around their priorities without sacrificing work productivity."

"Businesses want the control and savings that Windows affords, in an innovative and elegant package that keeps their users happy. Treo Pro balances both," said John Traynor, vice president, business products, Palm, Inc.

"Treo Pro strengthens our aggressive business product portfolio by letting customers easily stay connected and experience Alltel's broadband network," said Angela Rittgers, director of product management for Alltel Wireless. "Businesses will benefit from Treo Pro's advanced functionality and well-designed user interface."
Alltel customers looking to purchase the Treo Pro can do so for $199 with a two-year service agreement. For more information about the Treo Pro, visit the Palm website. Customers can view the service plans and pricing on the Treo Pro on the Alltel website.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Palm and Sprint Talk Treo Pro Release Date

Looks like after a false start or two, Palm and Sprint are finally on the same page and are talking about the release date for the Treo Pro.
"Palm, Inc. and Sprint today announced the upcoming availability of the Treo Pro smartphone for the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network on March 15."

"Treo Pro will be available through all Sprint retail channels, including www.sprint.com/treopro, 1-800-SPRINT1 and Sprint retail stores, for $199.99 with a two-year subscriber agreement (after a $100 instant rebate and $100 mail-in rebate, with an Everything plan with data or a $30 per month or higher data add-on). It also will be available through the Palm Store (www.palm.com/store) and Palm's B2B sales organization beginning March 16."

"Treo Pro is a sleek, full-function smartphone offering users the ease of use and robust features they demand while providing the reliability and manageability IT departments require. With the EV-DO Rev. A speeds of Sprint's Mobile Broadband Network, Wi-Fi, GPS and Windows Mobile 6.1 capabilities, Treo Pro helps busy professionals stay connected on the go so they can structure their lives around their priorities without sacrificing work productivity."

"Business decision makers require a product that not only integrates seamlessly into their existing IT infrastructures, but one that's also cost-effective," said John Traynor, vice president, business products, Palm, Inc. "Treo Pro delivers just that - a feature set that IT managers need to support their mobile work force."

In a related new article, the folks over at Engadget Mobile are reporting that the new "special blend" Sprint Treo Pro (which does sport different hardware specs than the unlocked GSM edition) will in fact ship with a version of Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional that will include Pocket Internet Explorer 6.
"Occasionally, Microsoft will freshen an existing version of WinMo with a so-called AKU, and going forward, all 6.1 devices to hit the market (including the Sprint Treo Pro, coincidentally) will use AKU 1.4, which includes IE Mobile 6."
I'm glad to see that Palm has refined the totally sexy Treo Pro for Sprint and even baked in the latest version of Windows Mobile Professional. If the Palm Pre wasn't so close to launch, I'd probably spring for one one since I'm a Sprint customers.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Mobile Apps 360: KeySwop

Mobile Apps 360 takes a look at mobile software for your Palm OS, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, and the iPhone/iPod touch that will help keep your favorite mobile device fresh with new software.

KeySwop, written by Vicott Wong, is a small utility that will allow you to reassign the function of the soft keys on a Windows Mobile device. For example, on the Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional device, like the Palm Treo 750, the left soft key lauches Pocket Outlook and the right soft key opens the Today Screen menu.

Once you have installed KeySwop, you can remap the left and right soft keys to be any other application on your Windows Mobile 5 or 6 smartphone. I like this application because it restores some of the functionality that I have on my Palm OS devices. On Palm OS, you an reprogram the hardware buttons to be any other application on your handheld or PDA. KeySwop give you another option for gaining quick access to applicationst that are important to you.

Best of all, KeySwop is a free application! You can download KeySwop from Mr. Wong's website. Version 0.4.1 was released in January, 2009.

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Formatting a SD Card With Windows Mobile




Are you kidding me?! You can't format a SD card using a Windows Mobile device? Oh the irony. My Treo 755p, running the "ancient" Palm OS 5 can even format a SD card. Don't believe me? Here is Palm's KB article on the subject:
"If you need to format an expansion card for your Windows Mobile Treo smartphone, you'll need to use your desktop PC and an expansion card reader. It is not possible to format an expansion card in your smartphone."
I wonder if Microsoft will add the ability to format SD cards in Windows Mobile Professional 6.5 or 7.

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Palm Treo Pro Comes to Canada on Bell

On Friday, Palm announced that its Treo Pro smartphone is now available to customers of Canada's Bell wireless network.

The Palm Treo Pro is now available on Bell Mobility's high-speed mobile network (EV-DO Rev. A), marking its debut in Canada. With its streamlined design and Palm innovations layered on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, Treo Pro allows businesses to simplify their IT infrastructures while lowering costs and keeping their users productive and happy. The 3G-capable Treo Pro smartphone is now available to Bell Mobility clients for a limited-time price of $99.95 on a three-year contract.

Treo Pro offers Bell Mobility clients simplicity and productivity - including email, Wi-Fi, GPS, web and CDMA EV-DO Rev. A network capabilities - to meet the needs of businesses and end users alike. Treo Pro's thin design blends a flush, high-resolution colour touch screen, one-touch buttons and a full QWERTY keyboard. The removable battery packs up to four hours of talk time and enough strength for the business user's needs, offering a powerful yet effortless mobile experience.
"Treo Pro is a perfect fit for the busy business professional or casual user who needs on-the-go access to business tools or their personal email," said John Traynor, vice president, business products, Palm, Inc. "Treo Pro's capabilities, including Wi-Fi and GPS, ensure users can be highly responsive, available and productive with a powerful yet effortless mobile experience."

"By offering Treo Pro on the Bell Mobility network, we continue to provide Bell Mobility clients with a combination of the best smartphone technology and leading business and consumer data services," said Adel Bazerghi, Bell Mobility's senior vice president of Products. "Treo Pro meets and exceeds the needs of Bell Mobility clients who want access to their business tools."
Bell customers can learn more about the Palm Treo Pro on the Palm website or the Bell website.

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Palm Treo Pro Comes to Brazil on Claro Network

Palm has launched the Palm Pro smartphone on the Claro Network for our friends in Brazil.
"Everything about Treo Pro -- from the hardware design to the packaging and accessories - embodies the elegant and simplified end-to-end experience that our customers expect from Palm," said Mark Halliden, managing director, Brazil, for Palm, Inc. "Businesses want the control and savings that Windows Mobile affords, in an innovative and elegant package that keeps their users happy. Treo Pro balances both."

The Treo Pro smartphone, based on the popular Windows Mobile platform, helps optimize business processes by effortlessly mobilizing users with enhancements to the Windows Mobile 6.1 platform, including:
  • One-touch Wi-Fi button - Easy, fast Wi-Fi connection experience (802.11b/g).
  • Ringer switch - Silences the device immediately.
  • Screen saver - Lets users know at a glance - without turning on the device - what time it is and whether they have missed a call or have a new SMS/MMS message.
  • New voicemail indicator - The center button flashes to let users know that a voicemail is waiting.
  • Dedicated email and calendar buttons -- Fast one-button access.

For more details, visit the Palm website...

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Astraware Launches Bubble Shuffle

Astraware has released what appears to be another great word puzzle game for Palm OS, Windows Mobile Professional, and iPhone/iPod touch.

"Astraware(R) - the Handmark(R) Games StudioTM has today released a fun new word game featuring ever-friendly, fishy host, Wordsworth Smartygills. Bubble ShuffleTM follows on from Bubble Babble in the 'Bubble' word game series.

Bubble Shuffle is a simple undersea-themed word-building game that challenges players to create words from a given set of bubble letters. Perfect for adults and children, the game begins with 4 letters to work from and increases over multiple levels to 7 letters. To progress from level to level players must create at least one word from all of the letters. Players can shuffle the bubbles as many times as they want, to help them find more words.

The game features 4 fun game modes - 2 timed, and 2 more relaxing untimed games, each with a variation on the basic gameplay. Wordsworth Smartygills guides you through how to play, and can provide hints and clues throughout the game just by tapping him. Bubble Shuffle includes 4 levels of difficulty, and advanced anagram-anglers are rewarded for finding more unusual and esoteric words, with the option of requiring rare words from the inbuilt extended dictionary!

Players can earn a collection of colorful seahorse pets for Wordsworth by various achievements, from reaching new difficulty levels to the challenge of finding all of the possible words within the time limit.

Bubble Shuffle is available for Palm OS(R), Windows Mobile(R), iPhoneTM and iPod(R) touch. For more information, visit http://www.astraware.com/bubbleshuffle."

Fans of Astraware's games will recall that game host "Wordsworth Smartygills" first appeared in Bubble Babble, another undersea word game which is currently available for Palm OS, Windows Mobile Professional, and Windows Mobile Smartphone.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

HTC Announces the New Touch Cruise


















HTC, the company best known for their stylish smartphone design kung-fu, has announced their latest smartphone, the HTC Touch Cruise.

The Touch Cruise is a Windows Mobile Professional 6.1 powered smartphone that features another stunning industrial design. The Touch Cruise just looks great!

Included in HTC's latest smartphone is a built-in GPS that not only integrates with an optional vehicle cradle to provide turn-by-turn navigation, but also integrates with HTC's new Footprints software. With the GPS enabled Touch Cruise and Footprints, customers are able to take photos and an audio recording while tagging the photo with co-ordinates provided by from the GPS receiver.
"The new HTC Touch Cruise is the first mobile phone to offer HTC Footprints, an application experience that enables people to permanently chronicle their special moments by capturing a digital postcard on their phone. Once captured, Footprints provides the ability to take notes and an audio clip of that favourite restaurant or special place while identifying its specific geographical location. In addition to identifying each postcard with its specific GPS co-ordinates, Footprints also auto-names each postcard with its general location or area.

Flipping back through their photos, HTC Touch Cruise users will be able to retrace their steps to that exact location in just a few touches. Unlike other devices with geo-tagging functionality, HTC Footprints works effectively outdoors and indoors, offering a more accurate record of location for future reference and navigation.

“Just as we have seen GPS technology transform how people navigate to new places, we are now seeing location-based applications like HTC Footprints changing how we interact and carry our memories,” said Peter Chou, President and CEO, HTC Corporation."

The published specifications for the HTC Touch Cruise are:

  • Size: 102 x 53.5 x 14.5mm
  • Weight: 103 grams
  • WCDMA/HSPA: 900/2100MHz. HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
  • Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
  • 2.8-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with QVGA resolution
  • HTC TouchFLO™, 4-Way navigation wheel with Enter and HTC Footprints™ buttons
  • 3.2 MP camera, with fixed focus
  • Internal memory: 512 MB flash ROM, 256 MB RAM
  • microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g wireless
  • GPS/A-GPS
  • Interface: HTC ExtUSB (mini-USB 2.0 and audio jack in one)
  • Battery: 1100 mAh
  • Talk time: GSM: up to 400 minutes
  • Standby time: GSM: up to two weeks
  • Chipset: Qualcomm® MSM7225™, 528 MHz
HTC is expected to begin shipping the Touch Cruise later this spring. For more details, check out the HTC Touch Cruise website.

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Upgrading Docs To Go on WM Professional

I finally got around to upgrading DataViz Documents To Go 3.0 Premium on my Palm Treo 750 smartphone. The Documents To Go 3.0032 is a minor upgrade that was released back on September 23, 2008. The update addresses the following issues:
  • Added support for devices with high resolution screens (VGA 480x640)
  • Fixed a bug which caused "Error after creating the .lnk - file : 3" when installing on non-English devices
  • Minor bug fixes
The complete Document To Go for Windows Mobile Professional version history can be found in the DataViz knowledge base.

During the upgrade, I did run into some trouble. At about 98% done, the following error message popped up:

Edition Not Found
\Windows\gb-nrv-s.dat

Error setting up the registry. Please reinstall to try and fix the problem.

DataViz's solution for the error can also be found in the DataViz knowlege base. I checked that I had enough space on my Treo by going to the Memory control panel and taking a look at the Storage Free value. The upgrade should have worked. To get around this problem, I ended up uninstalling Documents To Go 3.0031 and eReader (which I never really used on my Windows Mobile Treo anyway), soft reset my Palm, and then re-ran the Documents To Go installer. To do this, I used the Windows Mobile Device Center in Windows Vista and pointed to:

Programs and Services > More... > Add/Remove Programs

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Astraware My Little Tank for iPhone/iPod Touch, Updates














Astraware has announced that My Little Tank, a casual-style arcade game, has been updated and enhanced for Palm OS and Windows Mobile and has released a three new versions of the game for iPhone/iPod touch, BlackBerry, and Symbian S60-based phones.

My Little Tank is a fun arcade blaster in which players can navigate through the original 60, and now 20 additional, action-packed, increasingly challenging levels as they shoot enemy tanks, defend their base, and destroy enemy radar stations and bases. Lovingly crafted miniature terrains include snow, swamp, plains, and deserts. The game also includes a range of power-ups to aid players in winning each mission.















The new edition of My Little Tank for iPhone/iPod touch, includes a choice of control options including an onscreen virtual d-pad, swipe to move the tank, and accelerometer-based directional tilt.

A demo video of My Little Tank for the Apple iPhone and iPod touch can be found here. My Little Tank can be purchased from the Apple App Store for $4.99.

In addition to the new iPhone/iPod touch edition, Astraware has also released new versions of My Little Tank for BlackBerry and Symbian S60 phones similar to the versions for Palm OS and Windows Mobile devices.

For more details about My Little Tank, check out the Astraware website.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Palm Treo Pro Bluetooth Update


Palm has released a Bluetooth update for unlocked Treo Pro customers. The brief description of the patch on Palm's website reads:
"If you are in an active call using bluetooth car kit or bluetooth headset and you receive a second incoming call and you let it ring or you ignore the incoming call, the call will be diverted to Voicemail. The first call remains active but you can no longer hear the caller (the caller can still hear you). The audio has been lost. If you answer the call and swap between calls or reject the call, the issue is not seen."










The update can be downloaded and installed from a microSD card or installed over-the-air at:

www.palm.com/850u-bluetooth-ota

Since this update is a patch, and not a full ROM software upgrade, the patch will need to be reapplied if the Treo Pro is hard reset.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Rumor: Pocket IE 6 Update

WMExperts has an interesting little article posted today about the next version of Pocket IE 6 for devices powered by Microsoft's Windows Mobile Professional.
"An anonymous tipster has sent in some screen shots and impressions of the upcoming Internet Explorer 6 browser that's coming to Windows Mobile in the very near future, the vaunted '6 on 6.' The bad news -- it's not at all clear that Microsoft will make this an independently-available download. We do know for sure that it will be baked-into the ROMs of many future smartphones. That leads us to the good news -- the screenshots we have here are from an upcoming WinMo device. Square Screen, 320x320 resolution, and the black theme are your clues as to what we're looking at."
While I'd like to see Microsoft release the next version of Pocket IE 6 as a stand-alone update to existing Windows Mobile 6.0 devices, I'm not at all sure they will. Palm has had a "no-upgrades" policy for a long time. On the desktop side, Microsoft would release a new version of the browser outside of a major OS release, so I'm still hopeful that Microsoft will release the upgrade as a free download from their Windows Mobile software site.

[Via WMExperts...]

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Microsoft Confirms Windows Mobile 6.5




WMExperts via TechRadar.com is reporting that Microsoft's skipper, Steve Ballmer, has confirmed that the company will be releasing Windows Mobile 6.5 to fill the void between here and Windows Mobile 7.0.

"Ballmer said "With releases we'll make this year - releases we'll make with 6.5 next year, Windows Mobile 7, I think we have a pretty interesting roadmap."

[Via TechRadar.com...]

Related Articles:

Rumor: Microsoft Working on Windows Mobile 6.5
Microsoft Delays Windows Mobile 7

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Briefly Noted: Palm Smartphone Changes

Kris Keilhack over at PalmInfoCenter.com is reporting two Palm product chances.

Treo 750 Nearing End of Life?


The first is that it appears that Palm and AT&T are moving to end-of-life (EOL) the Palm Treo 750. Of the Treo 750, Mr. Keilhack writes:
"Aside from the evergreen Treo 700wx on Verizon, the 750 remains Palm's oldest current smartphone. Replacing the 750 with the new Treo Pro would appear to be a logical move but to date nothing more than rumors have indicated that Palm's flagship device will be appearing in subsidized form on any domestic GSM carrier.

Originally launched in September 2006 with Windows Mobile 5.2, the Treo 750 is now well over two years old. So despite the presence of the WM6 update released last fall, it is beginning to look a bit long in the tooth relative to not only competing handsets but even its newer Windows Mobile-powered Treo sister devices, the Treo 800w and Treo Pro."

Verizon Centro ROM Upgrade


Palm and Verizon have made a free ROM maintenace upgrade available to customers using Verizon-branded Centro smartphones. Writing for PalmInfoCenter, Mr. Keilhack writes:
"Palm is being rather vague on the specific improvements in this update, claiming only: "This software update is a minor tune-up that may improve device usability in certain situations."

Palm customers who are using Verizon branded Centros can learn more about and download the latest ROM update here. Sprint customers received a similar update back in July.

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Celio Extends Redfly Promotion














Celio, makers of the Redfly, have extended their special 50% discount promotion until Monday, November 17, 2008.
"We’re extending our $199 promotional pricing for REDFLY until Monday, November 17th, 2008.

The promotion has been so successful at introducing REDFLY to new markets, users and applications that we decided to keep it up for a few more weeks.

In addition to the many casual and power Windows Mobile users out there who are buying REDFLY for themselves, the reception has been tremendous into vertical markets like healthcare, government, sales force, and service force applications.

REDFLY is just the beginning of a series of planned products based around the enablement of the smartphone as both a mobile computer or netbook and access point to remote virtual systems and cloud computing."

More information about the Redfly can be found here, and if you are ready to buy one for $199 (50% off), you can do so here.


What I find interesting about the Redfly is that unlike the ill-fated Palm Foleo or the Asus Eee PC netbook, the Redfly is not a stand-alone computer. It is, simply put, a dumb terminal for your Windows Mobile smartphone. All of your data is on your phone and there is not need to sync your phone to another device.

After November 17, the Redfly will return to it's regular price, $399.

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Saturday, November 1, 2008

UPDATE: Microsoft Fixes Live Mesh Mobile Client





From the Live Mesh blog...

"Thank you for using the Live Mesh for Mobile client! For users who saw a failure to add their mobile phone to their mesh, we have deployed an updated build of Live Mesh for Mobile. You will need to download the Mobile Installer from http://m.mesh.com/install/wm6/LiveMesh.cab again. Once you have the new installer on your phone, run it and the installed client will be upgraded to the new version. The new Mobile Live Mesh Client is version number 0.9.3424.6 (check this through Menu -> About). Now you can start Live Mesh, sign in, and you should be good to go."

Get you client installer OTA:
http://m.mesh.com/install/wm6/LiveMesh.cab

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Friday, October 31, 2008

Smartphone Apps for the Rest of Us





Information Week has an interesting little article on their website about how non-iPhone users can obtain new software for their smartphones.
"Sure, iPhone users have access to the iPhone Apps Store, but where are the rest of us supposed to get great content for our cell phones? Turns out, all over the place.

Long before the iPhone Apps Store was a gleam in Steve Jobs' eye, each major wireless network operator offered up numerous third-party applications to their customers through a variety of storefronts.

The carriers have their own developer programs, application testing procedures, and delivery systems to get apps into the hands of users. InformationWeek took the time to speak to the carriers and get the scoop on how you can find games, music, and location-based services applications for your phone. "

Keep reading Smartphone Apps for the Rest of Us...

Other Sources of Software

While you can go through your wireless carrier's portal for software, there are even more places you can go for software.

Palm Software Connection... (Palm OS, Windows Mobile)
PalmGear... (Palm OS)
PocketGear... (Windows Mobile, BlackBerry)
Handmark... (Palm OS, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, iPhone)
Handango
... (Palm OS, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, Symbian OS, Android)
MobiHand... (Palm OS, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, Symbian OS, iPhone, Android)

Don't forget the vendors! Many software developers sell their software directly from their own websites. If you really like a vendor's software, buying it directly from a vendor's website ensures that they get the most compensation for their work.

UPDATE:
An anonymous Smartphone Fanatics reader has pointed out another great source for mobile software, MobiHand.com.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Live Mesh: Here, there, Nowhere...

Earlier today WMExperts.com was reporting that Microsoft had released Live Mesh for Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1-powered devices along with a Mac OS X client (whoa!!).

However, I received a much different picture when I went to the Microsoft Live Mesh blog. It seems that after the rollout, Microsoft discovered a bug with the installation process, prompting the company to post a warning about attempting to install the software.
"Since rolling out the latest Live Mesh release this afternoon, a number of customers have reported trouble installing the Live Mesh for Mobile software. We have identified the problem and are currently working on a new build. We don’t yet have an estimated time of availability, but we will post updates here, on the blog, as we know more.

In the meantime, please do not try to install the Live Mesh for Mobile software on your mobile phone because installation will fail in most cases.

Thank you for your patience as we work to get this issue resolved quickly."

Visit the Live Mesh blog for updates...

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Rumor: Microsoft Working on Windows Mobile 6.5

Brighthand's Adama Brown has an interesting article posted on the mobile computing website. Mr. Brown's article reads, in part:
"The interview focused on the news that Motorola would be dropping both Symbian and its in-house Linux/Java platform in order to focus on devices running Android and Windows Mobile (read more). While commenting on the user experience aspect of smartphones, Jha noted that:

"Windows Mobile 6 has not delivered the experience that I think Apple has been able to deliver, but as you look at the plan that is Windows Mobile 7 and even 6.5, I think there are significant new added features which will help the platform."

This reference to an upcoming Windows Mobile 6.5 is the first such information about its existence made available to the public. Previously the next known upgrade to Microsoft's mobile platform was Windows Mobile 7, a major overhaul which was has been repeatedly delayed, most recently until the second half of 2009."

Read the full article on Brighthand.com...


Potential Upgrades

Unlike desktop operating system upgrades from Microsoft, or even Apple, smartphone operating systems need to be tweaked for the hardware it will run on. Because of that fact, we won't be able to obtain any upgrade directly from Microsoft. Rather, mobile device manufacturers like Motorola and Palm will need to obtain the software, modify the code, and then have the new software stack certified by each wireless carrier who will carry the upgraded phone.

Long story short, don't expect every Windows Mobile 6.0 or 6.1 device to get an upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.5.

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Treo 750 Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade Offer Ending


Palm customers who are using the Treo 750v (Vodafone) or the Treo 750 (AT&T, Unlocked) are being reminded that October 31, 2008 is the last day to download the free upgrade to Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.0.


There are a number of enhancements in this upgrade, including:

  • HSDPA support for faster data network connections
  • Improved support for the Calendar application
  • Enhanced support for HTML based email messages
  • Microsoft Windows Vista compatibility
  • Internet connection sharing
  • Better security and IT policies support
  • USB cable charging

Customers using the Treo 750 from AT&T can download the updater here. Customers using an unlocked Treo 750, or a Treo 750v can download the update here.

Please do keep in mind that the update can only be downloaded once, so when you enter your device's serial number, download everything to your computer's hard drive and then make a backup copy to CD, DVD, or a USB flash drive before you do anything else.

Related Articles
Treo 750 to get Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade
Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade for Treo 750v
Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade for Treo 750 (AT&T)
Treo 750 Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade Recovery Tool

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Diet & Health Manager Promotion

















Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important and iambic wants to help people to eat well and be healthy.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle requires both determination and motivation. With that in mind, we are having a special 8 day sale to provide that extra help you need to achieve your desired weight goals. For one week only, when you buy any mobile version of Health & Diet Manager (Palm OS, Windows Mobile Pocket PC or Smartphone), iambic include the Windows Desktop version absolutely FREE!

iambic's Health & Diet Manager, "comes with an extensive food database that includes menus from popular eateries (such as McDonalds, Burger King, Subway, etc.). This database is customizable and offers a straightforward way to add food items as well as whole meals. For those on diet programs such as WeightWatchers, Health & Diet Manager provides a convenient way to track point balances and map points to meals."
To learn more about this promotion, visit the iambic website...

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

SpriteBackup 6.5 Released






Sprite Software has released SpriteBackup 6.5 for Windows Mobile smartphones, which includes Palm's Windows Mobile Professional smartphone line up.

New in Backup 6.5:
  • Brand New User Interface - Brings you closer to key functions and improves workflows
  • Improved Sprite Explorer - Browse your Backup file and extract data – export Contacts as vCards
  • Powerful Backup PC Manager – Control your backup operations/options from your PC
  • Redeveloped Upgrade Mode – Move key data to a new Windows Mobile device
  • New 1-step Backup - Trigger a manual backup instantly with this feature!
  • Performance Improvements - General speed, stability and performance fixes and revisions.
Upgrade Options:

Sprite Backup 5 Customers can upgrade for $10. If Sprite Backup 6.xx came bundled with your device (OEM Customers), you can also upgrade for $10 also. Sprite Backup 6.xx Retail Customers can upgrade for free. If you purchased any retail Sprite Backup 6.xx series version simply enter your email address on this page to recieve your free download link and code: Code Retrieval Page.

I use SpriteBackup to backup my Palm Treo 750 daily. This is one of those applications that is a must have if you own a Windows Mobile Professional device.

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Microsoft Delays Windows Mobile 7




According to a recent Cnet News article, Microsoft has proportionally delayed the next release of Windows Mobile, code named "Windows Mobile 7."
"Microsoft has informed some of its partners that it has had to delay Windows Mobile 7, a much anticipated update to its cell phone operating system.

Although Microsoft has not publicly said when to expect Windows Mobile 7, partners who had expected to have a final release in their hands by early next year have been told now that it won't be ready until the second half of next year, sources told CNET News.

The delay is a significant blow for the software maker, which has been counting on the next version of Windows Mobile to enable devices that better rival Apple's iPhone. Among the features widely expected to be part of the release is advanced gesture recognition, perhaps along the lines of the iPhone, but possibly also using the camera as a means for reading gestures. Microsoft's Tellme unit, which focuses on speech input, has also been working on Windows Mobile 7 features."

Read the full Cnet News article...

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