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To be filed under the category of “Rumors that we really hope will become a reality”, the folks at VideoLan have given us hope that VLC will be coming to a Windows Mobile handheld near you. Jean-Baptiste Kempf of VideoLan used verbiage on his Blog that indicates that a port to Windows CE could be in the works. While that’s not a sure thing, I’ve definitely got my fingers crossed for some WM love.

VLC is a popular, open-source media player that is popular on most desktop operating systems. In addition to featuring playback of most popular media type natively, VLC features the additional ability to stream video across a network.

Ever since TCPMP (The Core Pocket Media Player) development was ended and Core Player was released, Windows Mobile has been lacking a free media player with as much functionality. If VLC is truly coming to Windows Mobile then that particular hole should be filled nicely.

[via wmpoweruser]

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Looks like some upstart company called LoudTalks has launched a Windows Mobile version of their desktop push-to-talk software.

So what's Loudtalks anways?  Think IM client with instant voice chat on the PC--it just sits there and you can simply hit F7 to chat with your friends.

Now they've adapated that for WM so you can have instant convo's with your peeps.  The download is just shy of 3mb, making it quite large for an IM app.  Plus, at this stage of developement you have to (1) create an account and (2) have a working desktop version first, otherwise you can't add people.

Of course Palringo has offered something very similar for a long time and we're still unsure here of registering for yet another IM/PTT service, but some of you may want to try it out.

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SPB Weather 2.0 Released

Windows Mobile software developer, SPB Software, has released a major update to thier popular application, SPB Weather. Weather 2.0 includes such improvements as an expanded city database (Hooray!), forecasts by Foreca (MSN.com's weather source), and a 3D Globe. The 3D Globe looks particularly interesting in that it runs animated, several day forecasts with global sky conditions, temperatures and precipitation for up to ten selected cities. The Globe will also show the local time for each location as well as a nightime overshadow.

SPB Weather also includes a new finger friendly user interface just like the touch navigation present with SPB Mobile Shell. Today screen plug-ins will still be available as will forecast support from the U.S. National Weather Service. We're in the process of putting SPB Weather through the ringer and will have a full review soon. In the meantime, a downloadable trial as well as the full application can be found here

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WunderRadio for Windows Mobile

RadioTime, Inc., developer of radio applications, and Weather Underground, a popular online weather source, have combined forces to bring WunderRadio to Windows Mobile devices. Previously available only for the iPhone, WunderRadio offers access to 50,000 AM/FM/Internet radio stations.

Programming can be searched by local radio, location and genres. Expected launch of WunderRadio is January 15 and will be priced at $9.99 under a special 30-day promotion. After the promotion the cost will rise to $14.99. Once the application launches, we'll try to get our hands on WunderRadio for review and try to have it available over at the Software Store as well.

[Read:Yahoo Finance]

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Microsoft Live Search: New and Improved


Microsoft announced this week that the mobile version of Live Search has been updated to include the ability to detect the location of the mobile user even if their handset is not GPS-enabled. The update also includes predictive search query input and more detailed views of maps. Also included in the update is the "bird's-eye-view" that's popular on Microsoft's maps.live.com. It's not quite the same as Google Maps' Street View, but it does do a better job of spying on your neighbors.

Also of note is that latest version still works with Windows Mobile 5.

According to Jeremy Beasley, Live Search Mobile product manager, "if you're not running the latest version of Windows Mobile, don't worry. We've built in support for Windows Mobile 5 phones to make sure that you can use these new features as well."

To download the latest version (4.012158.1) of Windows Live Search mobile, just point your browser to wls.live.com or go here on your desktop for more options.

[Read:Clickthroughmarketing.com]

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Fring, that all in one VOIP and chat app, got a major bump today to v3.34.

Added new features:

  • Better fring addons (facebook, gmail, etc.)
  • File Transfer (Skype, MSN, Yahoo..no AIM?)
  • Typing indication
  • Some nav changes
  • Earpiece support for newer HTC devices

That last addon is something people who use VOIP services have been waiting for years. Anyways, it's a free service with a nifty Today Plugin, so if you use Skype, MSN, AIM, Yahoo, Twitter, etc. you may want to take it for a test run (or mobile site: m.fring.com)

And kudos to the fring developers who just got their official “Designed for Windows Mobile” certification.

 

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KeepSync OTA Solution

KeepSync Proxure Inc. has announced the availability of its new KeepSync synchronization solution, which will give Windows Mobile users another "over-the-air" solution for synchronizing everything from photos to music files to documents with their laptop or desktop. It can be used over the internet or with an in-home network as well. Users also have the ability to "share" folders and files with other KeepSync users such as videos and photos.

KeepSync is very similar to Microsoft's Live Mesh.  There is one key difference between these two OTA solutions; the cost.  While the KeepSync application is free there is a "pay-as-you-go" fee for synchronizing over the internet. The cost ranges from a $10, 250-credit package to a $100, 10,000 credit package. Best we can tell is that a credit equals one megabyte of transferred data.  In contrast, Live Mesh is FREE.

You can find more information at KeepSync's website where a fully functional, 15-day trial version is available. You'll have to create a user account but the trial version does come with 25 credits to use with internet sharing.  Proxure will be demonstrating KeepSync at the 2009 CES Show this week (we'll be there, too!) and we'll see what this new kid on the OTA block has to offer and whether or not it's worth the cost.

[Read: Reuters]

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Nitrogen for Windows Mobile

Looking for a budget-friendly MP3 player for your Windows Mobile phone? Microfi may have just what you need in their Nitrogen Player. Nitrogen has all the basic features of your standard MP3 player with "Shuffle" and "Repeat" modes as well as a "sleep" mode that will blank the screen to save on battery power. It relies on touch navigation (ergo, it only works on touchscreen devices) and has oversized control buttons that are designed to make navigation easier. It doesn't have an equalizer but the price (FREE) makes it worth a look.

If nothing else, it will help you from getting caught using the default Windows Media Player on Windows Mobile, which is so passé.

[VIA Mobiletipstricks.com]

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Now that I’ve got my AT&T Fuze, I’ve been searching the web for various tweaks, tools, and toys that will add a little zip to the Fuze. I ran across hTorch over at WMPoweruser.com and Fuze Mobility, which sparked my interest.

You can find the application over at XDA Developers which essentially turns the light on your Fuze’s (HTC Touch Pro as well) camera into flashlight. The application allows you to set the intensity of the light as well as turning off the display to avoid backlighting. It’s an interesting application that gives you a convenient light source when all you have is your Fuze. The one caution in using hTorch is that when you turn the flashlight on, it stays on until you turn it off. There is no timeout feature.

If you can't find the application once you install it, look in the "Accessories" folder in the "Programs" menu. The convenient way to use the application is to add it to the Programs Tab in TouchFlo. hTorch definitely puts the Fuze and Touch Pro in a different light (get it?).

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Looks like a bunch of updates are coming along in December. We told you about SlingPlayer last week, Google Maps just today (awesome update) and here are a few others...

First up we have a new Skype beta is out (v2.5), which adds

  • Wide range of resolution support (320x320; VGA)
  • Improved sounds quality
  • Improved stability
  • Brings it closer to the desktop version

Adding about 0.75mb in weight, Skype for WM is now nearly 8mb in size on your device--which is pretty hefty. Still, this new version does run smoother and has better graphics, so it seems to be a good thing. Included is the handy Today plugin is well, where you can launch the app and check/set status.

Next up, the Core Player (see full review here) gets bumped to v1.3. This new version fixes a bunch of bugs, enhances performance and adds some features too like YouTube stream options (from 50 kbps to 2 Mbps), HTTP proxy support. Of course no trial is available, so you either have to upgrade your current version or just by it out right.

Finally, for the Treo 800w users, Zbop has finalized the long awaited "HideCarrier" plugin (click for pics & more info). What this little freebie does is "hide" that Sprint carrier line with those lil' icons to give you more screen real estate. Run in conjunction with TreoAlerts and you have a real winner combo.

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Free Mobile Traffic Cams for WM

Here's something that is sort of under the radar: evidently a company called Mobileyes has teamed up with various local news networks to release customized live Traffic cam apps.

Available for for WM Pro and Standard devices, you can download the app for your region and then select via various sub-menus locality and specific highways.

Word of caution: no 320x320 support, so while it works, we get that blocky look. We'll be dropping them a note in their feedback box. Not sure about those crazy VGA devices you folks are sporting these days. It appears that this uses some type of .NET programming as the app itself is tiny and seems pretty generic. One other criticism: we're not really sure how to find all the separate downloads as Mobileyes' website is a bit odd to navigate. We'll list a few of the major ones below.

What is neat though is although I downloaded the NY version, you can go under Settings and select "Travel Mode" which basically un-hides all the other major U.S. cities, so you are not technically restricted to your region. Overall the quality is pretty nice and the selection of cameras is impressive. All for free.

New York; Connecticut; D.C.; Los Angles; MyFoxMobile; Detroit

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Flexilis: Security for your WM Device

Flexilis is offering what they're pitching as a comprehensive security solution for our Windows Mobile devices. According to John Hering, Flexilis CEO, the application is "the easy way to keep your phone safe." The application includes various modules such as anti-virus, hacker protection, data backup, lost/stolen protection, and SMS anti-spam. The loss/stolen protection sounds interesting where you are capable of remotely accessing your WM Device and locate your device or wipe it clean.

What you'll find on your average Windows Mobile device can range from Aunt Helen's family recipes to bank account information. While I don't think fighting SMS Spam ranks real high, protecting that data if the device is lost does. We're still more than a little dubious about the necessity of anti-virus on Windows Mobile, but if you feel like you need it, the additional features being tossed here do make for a nice package.

The application is still in the BETA stages and if you're interested in being a test subject, Flexilis is looking for 100 Windows Mobile users to test the application out. If you're feeling adventurous, you can sign up here.

[via Pocketnow]

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SlingPlayer Mobile Gets that Update!

If you remember a few weeks ago we dropped the line that Sling was updating their PocketPC client and that they were aiming for a Christmas launch.

Well, looks like they came through as they just announced that new version, which has been making the beta rounds in the last 2 weeks.

Enough small talk, here's what's new. Basically a slew of new device support (full list after the jump) and some new stuff like:

  • Provided you install SlingPlayer Mobile using the .EXE file, it will once again sync Slingbox information between SlingPlayer 2.0 and SlingPlayer Mobile.

  • SlingPlayer Mobile can now perform major/minor tuning, which is often seen for those tuning digital broadcast channels (5.2, 5.3, etc.).

  • The new SlingPlayer Mobile also includes a roaming notification feature, which will let you know if your phone switches to roaming mode while streaming.

  • Updated channel logos.

Not bad at all!

Read More Here...

New Support for:

  • Sprint Treo 800w (US)
  • Sony Ericsson X1 (US & UK)
  • Palm Treo Pro (US & UK)
  • Sprint HTC Touch Diamond (US)
  • Sprint HTC Touch Pro (US)
  • Verizon HTC Touch Pro (US)
  • Verizon Samsung Saga (US)
  • Verizon Samsung Omnia (US)
  • AT&T LG Incite (US & UK)
  • AT&T HTC Fuze (US & UK)
  • AT&T Samsung Epix (US & UK)
  • HP iPAQ 910 (US & UK)
  • AT&T Pantech Duo (US)
  • Sprint Samsung ACE (US)
  • Verizon XV6900 (US)
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Grab Some Free Icons for SBSH Calendars

SBSH Mobile Developers have released three icon packages that are available as free downloads. The new icon packages are the medical, personal and sports packages that are compatible with Calendar Touch for Windows Mobile Professional devices and Calendar for Windows Mobile Standard devices. The icons can be used with appointments and agendas within these two calendar applications.

Here are the links for each icon package.

SBSH Medical: Windows Pro or Windows Mobile Standard

SBSH Personal: Windows Mobile Pro or Windows Mobile Standard

SBSH Sports: Windows Mobile Pro or Windows Mobile Standard

The three icon packages include eighty-four icons ranging from basketballs to a band-aid to power drill. All destined to add a little more flair to your SBSH calendar.

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SeeqPod: Playable search for Windows Mobile

ReadWriteWeb.com is reporting the MP3 search engine Seeqpod will release a Windows Mobile application that will allow users to search for and stream music through their Windows Mobile phones. The application will sell for an introductory price of $10 (regular price will be $15) and will include playable music search, discovery, Wikipedia articles on the artist and updating collections of playlists. The company claims that this will turn any Windows Mobile phone into an iPod

SeeqPod is a search engine that seeks out playable web content including video, audio, slideshows and Adobe Flash files. SeeqPod will let users call up specific songs and artists, include links to purchase songs and a fully skinnable player. In tinkering with the website version, SeeqPod is an interesting service and it will be equally interesting to see how they adapt this service to the Windows Mobile environment.

If SeeqPod is as popular as the company expects it to be, it will also be interesting to see what legal issues develop. SeeqPod asserts safe harbor under the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act (OCILLA for short?). In a nutshell, SeeqPod promises to adhere to search standards set forth in copyright laws in a fashion not to uncover copyrighted/protected material that has been illegally loaded to the internet. According to their website, Seeqpod

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New Agendus for Windows Mobile Version 3

Agendus for Windows Mobile, from iambic Inc., is now available in version 3.0 in both WM Standard and Professional versions. Agendus is a very popular feature-rich Personal Information Manager (PIM) alternative for your Windows Mobile device.

iambic is promising that this latest version is "chock-full of features and improvements" - sounds very promising! Agendus consolidates your Calendar, Contacts and Tasks into one application with powerful functionality. Whether you are familiar with Agendus or not, here is a list of features you'll find in version 3.0:

  • 13 Unique Calendar Views, including a comprehensive Today view with new "quick action" buttons.
  • 4 Unique Contact Views Modes, including the new Business Card Mode and Photo Dial Mode.
  • Compact Task View with various sorting, grouping, and filtering options.
  • Customizability. Full icon, photo, and color support.
  • New Contact, Meeting and Task Card Views containing a summary of the entry and hyperlinks for phone numbers, email and web addresses.
  • Create and save Meeting, Task and Call Templates.
  • New Free Time Finder. Have Agendus search your calendar for available time slots.
  • and Much More!

You can pick up Agendus 3.0 for WM Professional for $24.95 here and for WM Standard for $19.95 here

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Weather 1.2 by VITO Technology Includes U.S. Cities

VITO Technology hasreleased their latest version of finger-friendly Weather 1.2. According to the developer, this update includes all U.S. cities and major cities worldwide. Weather 1.2 is FREE and integrates into VITO Technology's Winterface, a mobile shell app.

When added to Winterface, the icon will display either the current temperature or weather condition so you can know your weather conditions at a glance - that's a nice touch. Weather 1.2 can display the weather for up to 10 cities and requires simple swiping gestures on the screen to move from one city to the next. Adding a city requires only three taps for this finger-friendly app.

Weather 1.2 is a simple and clean interface that may be a welcome addition on your Windows Mobile device. Get it here for free!

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