Elecont Software has just released an updated version (v1.0.954) of their popular weather application, Elecont Weather. The features of the new version include richer graphics, animation, multiple color themes, Vibro-effects, and gesture orientation. Additional locations have been added for Canada, France, India, and other areas.
It hasn't been long since Elecont gave their weather application a makeover and we were impressed with the results. If you're already an Elecont Weather user, no need to worry. Upgrading to the latest version is free. If you're on the fence, not knowing if Elecont Weather is for you, head on over to the WMExperts Software store and download a trial version.
Well will ya look at that. While the phone itself remains in the shadows, what you're looking at obviously is the pinch-and-zoom we're used to from multitouch capacitive-screened phones -- and here it is on the HTC Leo.
Things are moving a little fast so it's tough to tell exactly what's running. To my weary eyes it looks like the photo viewer within TouchFLO 3D. That right to you guys?
Either way, take that, you nattering nabobs of negativism. Multitouch on Windows Mobile. Ka-chow!
In case you hadn't heard, yours truly is going to throw himself to the wolves and join the boys and girls tonight on iPhone Live! (that's their exclamation point, not mine) to talk about the Zune HD and what it may mean for the future of Windows Mobile.
So here's what we need from you: Join us in the chat room at 8 p.m. EDT (get there early) and show your WinMo support. There's bound to be more than enough FUD flying around, and I'm only one man.
Time: 8 p.m. EDT tonight. (That's 5 p.m. for you guys on the West Coast.)
Topic: Zune HD, iPhones, and everything in between.
So I'm a few hours into the Zune HD. It's my first foray into the Zune ecosystem, so I have a bit of a learning curve, and bear with me. But without giving away the farm, I'll say this: If this is the direction in which Windows Mobile is moving, we all have much to look forward to. There are going to be endless comparisons of the Zune HD to the iPhone and iPod Touch, and we'll certainly add our share. But, for now, it all comes down to this:
The Zune HD and iPhone/iPod Touch are different devices, with different purposes.
Anyhoo, that's not really why we're here. We want to look at the Zune HD from the Windows Mobile perspective and see what bits and pieces we might see in Windows Mobile 7 and beyond. Join us after the break for our initial hands-on and a very quick look at the new desktop software.
No two ways around it: This is pretty darn cool. The cats at PPC Geeks have hacked the Orb service into TouchFlo 3D, which as you can see above gives you one-button access to streaming video straight through the standard UI.
WMExperts and SPB Software would like to thank everyone for sharing their thoughts over in the forums on SPB Software. We've randomly drawn from those who posted in the discussion and would like to congratulate SpriteGF on winning a copy of SPB Mobile Shell and members mpete and Kloc on winning copies of SPB TV. Emails are frantically racing through cyberspace with details on how to claim your prize.
If you didn't win this go around, keep your eyes posted. While Fall is quickly approaching, we still have a few items left in our "Summer of Giveaways" bag and will post details on them soon.
SPB Software has announced the release of Brain Evolution 2.0, an updated version of SPB's popular gaming application Brain Evolution. The game currently contains twelve exercises designed to help users to keep their mind in a shape. The exercises include: Sudoku, Numbers, Arithmetics, Quadronica, Guess Who, Memorica, Encyclopedia, Minesweeper, Matches, Balltracker, Geometry, and Pairs.
Geometry and Pairs are two new games to the application. Additionally, SPB has incorporated a few new features to the game:
A new scoring and progress tracking system
Sharing user's achievements online on SPB server
Posting achievements to Twitter
The new, finger-friendly interface that perfectly matches all the latest smartphones with bigger and more responsive touchscreens
Native support for 800x480 and 400x240 screen resolutions.
We reviewed the original version of Brain Evolution and were impressed. How does the new version compare? We're downloading the application as we type and will have a full review in the coming days. That is unless we loose our mind trying to get them in shape.
Today's the day, folks. The Zune HD has been released. A new interface, strong hardware and high expectations. Oh, and the strong assumption that we'll see a strong Zune UI influence in Windows Mobile 7. (We're already seeing some in WinMo 6.5, namely in the home-screen interface.)
For our part, we'll take a look at the Zune HD and see what's what. Anything you want to see in particular? Let us know in the comments.
Oh, and I'll be joining the boys and girls on iPhone Live at 8 p.m. EDT Wednesday, where we'll give the Zune HD and iPod Touch the what-for. Be sure to get a seat the chat room early; we're expecting sparks to fly.
Well it only took about 12 months but the Palm Treo Pro (full review) finally caved in today and had its finicky ext ROM unlocked thanks to cmonex and the first custom ROM by CFay, which just happens to be one of the latest versions of WM6.5.1 (Build 23409).
CFay has also released a "clean" WM6.1 ROM, stripped of bloatware and tweaked for style and performance.
The Palm Treo Pro, designed by Palm but built by HTC, has much more in common with other HTC devices than previous Treos. However, unlocking the ROM files so new ones can be rebuilt has eluded many developers so far, proving to be as tough as Motorola devices.
And since we've heard nary a peep from anyone about an official ROM update from Palm, this is probably your only chance.
Users should be warned that this is in the very early stages of development and currently *only CDMA Treos* can do this, so let the dust settle before jumping, m'kay?
I've had the chance to use the device extensively ever since the quick hands-on report weeks ago. In short, Verizon customers are very lucky to have such a great WM Standard device. Packing WiFi, EvDO Rev A and a GSM radio with a cozy keyboard, the HTC Ozone sets the bar for non-touchscreen devices and breathes new life into this series.
Waze is a free turn-by-turn GPS application that uses crowd sourcing to detect real time traffic conditions and has been available for the iPhone and in Beta form for Android phones. We have learn that a Windows Mobile version of this application is entering the Alpha stage.
In looking at the Guided Tour of the application, it does look promising. Waze is a social network of sorts for motorists, relying on users to report traffic conditions. Most information is reported passively by the user's driving habits. But users also have the option to report conditions, upload photos of the conditions and report mapping errors.
To expand the potential of this application, a live map can be found at Waze's site to allow anyone to check out the reported conditions nation wide. The live map gives you a decent feel for what the application is capable of.
If you're interested in registering to be an Alpha tester, just head on over to the Waze download page. Once released for public use, we'll take it for a test drive and give you a full review.
While the HTC Touch Pro 2 is on everyone's mind, the Touch Pro and Fuze still have a faithful following. And that faithful following will likely be on the lookout for a quality case to carry their Windows Mobile phone in. Prima has been making nice mobile phone cases for years and WMExperts is offering their Lateral Pouch Case over at the Accessory Store.
We took it out for a test drive and had mixed feelings over this leather case. Follow the break to see the highs and lows of the Prima Lateral Pouch Case.
Skyfire users have been wondering why Hulu videos are currently not playing in Skyfire. The answer is simple: Hulu has decided to block you from watching Hulu videos in the Skyfire browser, as part of blocking all mobile access to Hulu, as well as TV access such as with Boxee and PlayStation.
There is nothing wrong with your Skyfire browser, and you can watch other videos on the web.
For decades, the TV/movie industry has built its business model on a windowing strategy. Content rights are granted for limited time periods across specific distribution channels. For example, a movie starts in theaters, then moves to pay-per-view and DVD, then to pay-cable channels, later to broadcast, and so on down the line. Similarly, TV shows are available on TV first, then in repeats, then to DVD and possibly syndication, etc.
Distribution availability across platforms — theaters vs. TV vs. recorded media like DVDs vs. online streaming vs. mobile phones — was always implicitly or explicitly controlled in that world. But a few factors have made the barriers between those platforms more permeable: the rise of the web, increased broadband availability, the ease of digitizing video, and the increase in the computing power of devices like gaming consoles, set-top boxes, and mobile phones.
However, in the near-term, the windowing strategy is still dominant in the business. Billions of dollars flow in across these different windows, and entire companies are organized around them. Nothing productive comes from flouting that reality (except to law firms who work on the occasional lawsuit).
Hulu did say "We do, however, expect these windows to converge over time. There's no way around that." Translation: It'll happen; we just have to figure out a way to make more money off of it. (OK, there may well be other licensing issues, too, but that's hardly sexy, now is it?)
That massive screen looks big enough to be the full on 4.3 inches, and the specs show it running at 800x480. (And, dayum, it makes the 3.6-inch screen on the Touch Pro 2 look small!) Also on board is 512MB storage memory and 320MB RAM. The Qualcomm 8520B Snapdragon processor indeed is running at 1GHz.