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4 years ago

Windows Mobile 7 on LinkedIn again

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MSFT Kitchen has once again done all the dirty work by shifting through LinkedIn profiles to find little cherries of information on Windows Mobile 7.  Check out the last summary of such an adventure.

Nothing too extraordinary though we do see that, as we've said in previous podcasts, Silverlight will play a major role on the device.

Other tidbits:

Read all the nerdy details at MSFT Kitchen.

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4 years ago

BlueAnt Q1 Bluetooth headest gets an update, enables A2DP audio streaming

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BlueAnt has released a firmware update for their Q1 Bluetooth Headset. The Q1's firmware version 8.19 is being considered a major update by BlueAnt and brings the ability for streaming audio to the voice controlled headset. A2DP audio streaming will allow users to listen to their favorite tunes, podcasts, as well as some GPS turn-by-turn navigation (GPS has to support A2DP).

The update also includes a few button changes in that now only one click of the button will end a call and double clicking the button during a call will switch between BlueAnt's Voice Isolation Standard and Max settings.

The firmware update and instructions on how to update your Q1 can be found over at BlueAnt's web site.

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4 years ago

Samsung Omnia II caught early in store

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Well, look at that. You're going to have to wait a few more hours before you can pick up the Samsung Omnia II on Verizon, but one has made its way to the front of a Verizon store and into the hands of YouTuber bcwatson57. The video's a little blurry, so we can't get a great feel for the AMOLED screen, but ol' Barry certainly seems impressed. And that may be enough to put up with a little bit of lag despite the 800MHz processor. [YouTube via wmpoweruser]

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4 years ago

Cyber Monday is here! 10 percent off accessories, 50 percent off software

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The turkey's gone, the relatives have left, and the Black Friday hangover has passed. Now it's time for Cyber Monday. To celebrate, we're taking 10 percent off everything — yes, everything — in the WMExperts Store. That's 10 percent off Bluetooth headsets. That's 10 percent off cases. And 10 percent off batteries, chargers, screen protectors. All you have to do is head to the store and use the coupon code MONDAYWME when you check out.

But wait. There's more.

The WMEXperts Software Store is getting in on the action, too. In addition to the Daily Deals that continue through this week, the inaugural Windows Mobile MobileHeist is here for one day only, offering a whopping 50 percent off some of your favorite software.

Included are: Pocket Informant 9, FlexMail, IM+, Mobiola Web Camera, Note2Self, USB Modem, Ringo, Agenda One v2, SecuBox and txtForward-SMS to Email.

That's half-off each one of those software titles. For Windows Mobile Professional (touchscreen) devices, click here. Windows Mobile Standard (non-touchscreen) click here. And if you're using our on-device store from your phone, use this link.

These deals last through midnight PST tonight, so don't miss out. Need a place to start? Check out our Holiday Gift Guide.

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4 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 79

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4 years ago

Samsung Omnia Pro still smiling from afar

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Want a Samsung Omnia Pro? Sorry, you can't have one yet. Well, at least not without importing it at a pretty penny and giving up U.S. 3G in the process. For us, that's a dealbreaker. For others, a small price to pay for that 800MHz processor and 3.5-inch AMOLED touchscreen running Windows Mobile 6.5. And unlike its Omnia II cousin (which you can get tomorrow), the Pro has a slider keyboard. For a better look at what you'd be paying a premium for, check out the brief unboxing video from Pocketnow after the break.

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4 years ago

Holiday Giveaways: Motorola H790

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Holiday Giveaways: Motorola H790

To help bring in the holiday spirit, WMExperts will be giving away various goodies over the holiday season. We've got the Rove Admin for IT giveaway already in progress and our next Holiday Giveaway is the Motorola H790 Bluetooth headset.

To have a chance at the Motorola headset, all you have to do is post a comment on any of the stories on WMExperts.com (other than this one) between now and 5:00 p.m. PST on Thursday, December 3, 2009. We'll randomly select a winner from these comments.

Keep in mind that you do have to register to leave a comment and that painless process starts here. We will notify the winners and toss up a "braggin' rights" post the following Monday along with our next Holiday Giveaway. Good luck and Happy Holidays from WMExperts.com!

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4 years ago

Acer scaling back WinMo devices to make room for Android

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Acer, who entered the smartphone market this year, has launched ten phones so far: nine for Windows Mobile and one for Android (that would be the Liquid). Not too bad.

However, in 2010 Acer is looking to "balance" their offering, meaning more Android and less for WinMo (they will continue to offer between 8-10 devices).

No doubt, as the article points out, Android has a lot of momentum going behind it right now (cough, marketing, cough), so we can't really blame Acer for scaling back and going where the money is flowing.

Still, Acer is taking a nice, measured approach to the business and not biting off more than can chew.  Windows Mobile doesn't so much need more devices as a few really good ones--so we'd rather see a company like Acer concentrate on that latter part.

Plus lets not kid ourselves, while WM6.5 is a decent upgrade, it's really the calm before the storm that is Windows Mobile 7 late in 2010.

[Android Central via Reuters]

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4 years ago

LG eXpo coming to AT&T on Dec. 7

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LG eXpo coming to AT&T on Dec. 7

Remember that LG IQ we've seen destined for Canada's Telus network? It's also headed for AT&T and should be available Dec. 7 with its sliding keyboard, 5-megapixel camera, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, Windows Mobile 6.5 and 1500mAh battery. The eXpo also can handle an optional (and removable) DLP pico projector from Texas Instruments, making it one of the first in the U.S. to sport such a feature. [Phonescoop]

Update: The full presser is finally available. We're looking at $199.99 after contract and rebate. Another $179.99 for the projector, when it's available.

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4 years ago

Review: Tetris Mania

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Review: Tetris Mania

I would be hard pressed to come up with another video game that is more of a classic than Tetris. That statement is partially based on my unabashed addiction to the game that is the standard for puzzle-based games. Various iterations and knockoffs have navigated the Windows Mobile space, with varied success. This review will focus on Tetris Mania, offered by EA Mobile in the Windows Marketplace for Mobile. Electronic Arts is one of the major game developers on all platforms, which is good news for Windows Mobile as a platform. Any time you have an industry heavyweight like EA devoting resources to develop software for your product; that is a big boost.

How well does EA accomplish the Tetris experience? Hit the jump for my opinion.

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4 years ago

Enable 'Be Polite' on HTC Sense 2.1 ROMs

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In the later "Leo" builds of HTC Sense (version 2.5) found on the HTC HD2, there are some neat advanced ringer functionality available under the Settings tab.

One of those is called "Be Polite" and in essence uses the built in accelerometer to detect when you are moving the phone to answer it.  In turn, since you are already on the way to answer or ignore the call, the device can significantly lower the ringer for you--hence the "Be Polite" part.

(By the way, Microsoft? You may want to start doing those sorts of things too--they are after all what makes smartphones "smart".)

Anywho, many of us don't like using Sense 2.5 because it was not build for the Touch Pro 2/Diamond 2, therefore does not do landscape and lags on our wee processors. However, Apristel has found that a lot of the Sense 2.1 builds in fact have "Be Polite" built in, but not activated. Installing his cab will un-hide this feature for you to use.

Now the catch: On some ROMs this works and on others it does nothing. So your mileage may vary.  Good luck!

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4 years ago

Elecont Weather adds Ice Alerts

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Elecont Weather adds Ice Alerts

Elecont Weather has updated its weather application to include alerts for winter icing. Elecont Weather already alerts you of severe weather events (thunderstorms, tornadoes, blizzards, hurricanes, etc.) and with ice alerts, it helps you plan your travels during the winter months a little more safer.

Elecont Weather can be purchased in the WMExperts Software Store. If you already are using Elecont Weather, the upgrade is free and you can find that over at Elecont's Web site.

Press Release

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4 years ago

Another look at the Telus LG IQ

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Another look at the Telus LG IQ

Need some more of that Telus LG IQ (aka the Monaco) we got eyes on earlier this week? Ask and ye shall receive. And shaky camera work aside, that's a solid looking phone. We could get behind the (optional) fingerprint scanner as the means of unlocking the phone, though we're still not sold on optical-type d-pads. Otherwise, those of you in Canada look like you've got a rather snazzy 3.2-inch WGVA slider with Snapdragon on your hands. Peep some video after the break. [Mobile Syrup]

Update: Loads more pics and thoughts from Mobile Jaw. (thanks, Mike!)

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4 years ago

Manila 2.5 landscape now available

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Manila 2.5 landscape now available

For those using custom ROMs and who have been flashing with HTC Sense 2.5 (aka Manila 2.5), you will surely have come across one of the major limitations of that version of TouchFLO: it can't do landscape.

The reason for that is that Manila 2.5 was built for the HTC HD2 aka 'Leo' and because that device doesn't have a physical keyboard, HTC never designed it to do landscape.

Of course the fact that Manila 2.5 was built to run on a Snapdragon CPU and the lack of landscape orientation hasn't stopped anyone from using it, namely due to all the cool new features (Footprint, Twitter tab, Shortcuts, etc.).

Luckily, XDA member Rotastrain has stepped in to finish HTC's work by releasing his 'fix', which involves Mortscript and a few other files.  He's even released a Chef package to easily cook into ROMs. (So get on that Chefs!)

While not perfect, this certainly extends and fixes one of the biggest drawbacks of Manila 2.5 for many of us, so kudos to Rotastrain!  Get it here.

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