Are you rich? Do you only like chatting with rich people? Meet Fortunatus, a $500 Windows Mobile app that does nothing but display a diamond and allow you to chat with other fat cats who could have fed a family of five for a week or more but instead bought this app. You have to appreciate the honesty of the feature listing, though:
Show you are rich
For the wealthy gentlemen
Show you have the money
Chat with fellow rich people
Nice. Oh, and the developer's Web site? It's blank. Well, it does say "Website coming soon." Don't buy this. Ever. [msm via wmpu]
One e-mail standard that Windows Mobile has been missing since day one is IMAP idle--an advanced form of the IMAP standard. The idle version is essentially push e-mail and it's very popular (Gmail officially supports it) as it is quick and is pretty good with battery life.
Fixup over at XDA has taken the open-source IMAP Pusher Service and made a handy WinMo client--one that also supports multiple IMAP Idle accounts. He points out some interesting drawbacks in using Exchange Gmail too:
Almost all mail servers now support IMAP idle, including Gmail, while AS only works with MS's proprietary Exchange server.
Gmail's AS push is still not reliable enough to be practically usable. It does not let you use your own domain as reply email address. When you delete a gmail message in AS, it goes into Achieve instead of Trash.
AS does not support multiple accounts. You can use both AS and xImapPusher at the same time on the same phone.
To setup, have your IMAP account setup already in Outlook; set it to check once daily. Install the xImapPusher .cab to your device (soft-reset for good measure), run the 'Accounts Config' followed by running 'xImap Pusher' application. You should then see your data-arrows activate and begin pushing your email. You also need to have .NET CF 3.5 installed.
Downside is there is no scheduler, so you'll have to remember to turn it off (run 'xImap Pusher' again) if you don't want it checking. Still, we've been using it for a few hours now it seems pretty solid and simple to us, so give it a shot.
"Wow, that's a lot of apps." Those were some of the first words out of my mouth when I sat down to take a look at the iPhone. You know, the platform that has single-handedly killed off every other smartphone known to -- oh, wait. We're all still here? Good.
So, to get the discussion going, I've started a thread in The iPhone Blog's forums. And I expect each and every one of you go post in it. Often. Oh, and each time you do, you have a chance to win a smartphone of your choice (up to $1,000). Plus there's the whole thing about keeping the Windows Mobile end up, and that's important, too.
Hit up the video after the break, where Rene Ritchie, editor at The iPhone Blog, learns me a thing or three about the iPhone. And be sure to check out all the other goings on in the third annual Smartphone Round Robin.
Word is that Verizon is set to get a mysterious WM6.5 LG device called the VS750. Not much is known about the guy at this time, but call us crazy if it doesn't sound like the CDMA variant of the GM750 recently released in Europe (see our hands-on from October).
If true, it's not as tech-tastic as the LG eXpo on AT&T but it ain't half bad either. The GM750 had the following specs:
3-inch 240x400 display
1000 mAh battery
5 MP camera
And if this is not a CDMA variant of the GM750 well...LG get better naming schemes. And congrats on landing on Verizon, we're kinda psyched about your growing U.S. presence.
We could go on, but there's egg nog to be spiked and presents to be wrapped, so hit up the updates page for a list of reviews by platform and hit this post up after the break for the best of Smartphone Experts this week.
As a special holiday treat, we're publishing nice and early this weekend. And on top of that, we've got exclusive HD2 news, a review of the HP Glisten, a whole bunch of Microsoft news, and we tackle a couple of your questions. And don't forget us during the holiday break. We'll be here again next weekend.
SPB Software recently released an updated version of Time. Time is a one-stop shop for all your time-keeping needs, and the updated version (v3.0) is packed full of analog and digital modes, a world clock, timers, stopwatches and alarms. It may very well be all you'd ever need in a time application.
So what's new with v3.0? Here are the highlights:
Online skin catalog
Three alarms: Classic, Paranoid, and Bio
Improved touch UI
Mobile Shell Widgets
New alarm sounds
We took SPB Time v3.0 out for a test drive. More after the break.
Sure while everyone is taking pot-shots at Windows Mobile and market share hub-bub, people are using it left and right to get things done in the world. The latest group to do so is not some fly-by night company but the United States Army.
Launching their Go Mobile Gear, designed for the modern, tech savvy solider (who would be laughed off the battle field for having a pansy iPhone), the U.S. military has approved a handful of "...communications and conferencing devices that can fit into a soldier’s pocket while going easy on the service’s pocketbook."
Soldiers can use these devices to access "...the Army Knowledge Online portal, a repository of online information, distance learning tools, e-mail and other resources for 2.6 million Army users. The Web-based service is now part of a broader service known as Defense Knowledge Online."
So what does the military consider to be solid devices for the troops?
(Funny, I have half of that stuff....Army here I come!)
The whole kit (we imagine only one phone of course) can be had for about $1,000. It's a pretty huge endeveor too by the military, which states:
Each piece of the Go Mobile kit has to meet stringent Defense Department information assurance requirements," Parker said. The project is getting ready for its first phase of deployment for garrison training. The next phase will be the tactical environment, which will require hardening of the equipment to military specifications, including both Mil-Std 810-F and Mil-Std 810-G requirements.
And joking aside, the military is evidently "tech agnostic" as they do plan to look at and roll out iPhone and Android sometime in the future. But for now, it's all WinMo baby.
We've stumbled across two hotfixes for the AT&T Tilt 2 and Pure. The first fix addresses inconsistent caller id functions and the second where the Windows phone freezes in the SMS application.
Both fixes are not ROM updates and will not cause you to lose your data. HTC notes that these fixes will survive a hard reset and will only need to be installed once. Do note that the fixes might not load if you're running a custom ROM. Stock AT&T only, it looks like.
The fixes for the Tilt 2 can be found here and for the Pure here. It appears that these issues are present only in the AT&T models so Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile users need not worry.
Need to charge up while you're on the go? Check out the Griffin PowerJolt Dual Universal USB charger/adapter. It plugs into the cigarette lighter in your car, bringing 12-volt charging to your Windows phone. And it has a pair of USB ports, so you can charge more than one device at a time. Available now in the WMExperts Store for $14.95.(Sponsored post)