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5 years ago

Roundup: Windows Mobile Security

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Roundup: Windows Mobile Security

Last week we reviewed GuardMobile, a security application that controls your Windows Mobile phone through SMS messaging should it get stolen or lost. Since then, we've discovered two other similar applications, and GuardMobile has been updated. WMExperts reader Kelvin Kang pointed us in the direction of Flexilis, a beta security application, we took a look at RecoveryCop. Follow the break to see what changes the updated version of GuardMobile has to offer, as well as the lowdown on Flexilis and RecoveryCop.

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5 years ago

Deep Zoom: Coming (eventually) to a mobile browser near you

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The Silverlight news just keeps on a'comin, this time in the form of Deep Zoom. No, it's not some sort of Apple mole feeding inside information back to Redmond. To put it simply:

Silverlight Deep Zoom allows users to explore collections of super high resolution imagery, from a 2 or 3 megapixel shot from a digital camera to gigapixel scans of museum pieces, all without waiting for huge file downloads. The simple zooming interface allows users to explore entire collections down to specific details in extreme close-up, all with fantastic performance and smooth transitions.

Couple Deep Zoom with the multitouch capability in the latest Silverlight beta, and it could have the makings of a pretty slick mobile browsing experience. And Microsoft basically says it intends to do just that. Microsoft VP Scott Guthrie told The Register that what you see in Silverlight on the desktop is what we also should eventually see on mobile phones.

"Deep Zoom will be in. Our goal is to keep the experience between desktop and mobile basically the same."

Read more about Deep Zoom here, and check it out in action with Hard Rock Memorabilia.

Thanks to theog for the tip!

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5 years ago

(Updated) Unlocked HTC Touch Pro 2 on eBay

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If you just got your tax return back, here's a quick way to blow it — and by blow it we mean buy one of the three phones we officially know will be running Windows Mobile 6.5 later this year.

An unlocked HTC Touch Pro 2 is up for auction on eBay. WMPowerUser spied it when it had a "But it now" price of $899, but it looks like it's been relisted and will now see how high the price will go by 11 p.m. EST March 27.

At the time of this writing, the top bid was $475. But before you throw your bid in the ring, do note that while this is an unlocked GSM phone, it only has the 3G radio bands used outside the U.S. So, no AT&T love for this guy. Otherwise, if everything is as advertised, it should work just fine.

So, how much would you pay to be the first on your block with a Touch Pro 2?

Update: And ... the auction's been called off. Can't say that's too surprising.

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5 years ago

Monday rumor mill: Palm delays 2 phones

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Monday rumor mill: Palm delays 2 phones

So the rumors are floating around the Internets that Palm has delayed two smartphones from mid-year to the end of the year. As Dieter points out over at TreoCentral, this almost certainly cannot, does not and shall not mean that the Pre has been pushed back several months.

Reports DigiTimes, citing the Chinese-language Commercial Times (and from the same report that kills the Motorola Alexander):

Shipments of Palm's two smartphones will be delayed as Compal is waiting for Qualcomm's new chipset solutions that will enable better performance, said the paper.

Here's our thing: We know that Palm has dropped the Palm OS and is focusing on WebOS (which is what's on the Pre), and Windows Mobile. So, it's entirely possible that Palm has a couple new WinMo phones in the works, and they've been pushed back a bit. But there are wrinkles in that, too, which Dieter writes about. Or, it could be another couple of WebOS phones, but that seems a bit unlikely so early in the game.

Either way, let the speculation run rampant!

Via Brighthand and Engadget

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5 years ago

Motorola Alexander reportedly canceled

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We can't quite say we were hoping to see the Motorola Alexander by now, but we were expecting it.

But Digitimes is now reporting "that Motorola has canceled the planned launch of the Alexander handset." And that's all they had to say about that.

Here's the good news: The wording there could well mean that at least some phones were produced and may end up on the eBay circuit, as has the Moto Napolean. Or, it could be all the way dead.

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5 years ago

Tip: Kill ActiveSync

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Tip: Kill ActiveSync

So here's a real oldie but goodie that goes back years

If you ever just wanted to plug your WM device into a computer to perhaps charge it or just use as a card reader but not sync with ActiveSync, then this freebie app is for you.  (You know what we're talking about, even if you don't "sync" with server it still goes through that dumb connection process.)

ActiveSync Toggle does just that: you run it and hit the "disable it" button and poof, it unloads AS from your system.  But the best part is with one-click you can just as easily re-enable AS (other freeware apps make it more difficult).

I've used this app personally for years, but the company that actually made it stopped distributing it for awhile, so it was hard to find.  But alas, the internets makes it easier to find things, so here ya go.  Now it goes without saying this won't work with Vista and WMDC, but at least that is a little easier to manage.  Get the app here via FileDropper and thanks to red_hanks at XDA for bringing this back to our attention.  Also, see out "permanent Guest Mode" tweak for ActiveSync as well.

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5 years ago

Best of SPE, 22 March 2009

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Best of SPE, 22 March 2009

Tuesday was a big big day at Smartphone Experts. Not only did we have comprehensive coverage of the new iPhone 3.0 software announcement (and more keeps coming here) at The iPhone Blog, over at CrackBerry.com we had one of the very first hands-on with the BlackBerry "Niagara" 9630. If you add in late developments like some additional Windows Mobile 6.5 features sneaking out at WMExperts and anticipation that the Nokia E71 will finally hit AT&T at Nokia Experts, you make for a fairly exciting week in the smartphone world.

Read on for the Best of SPE!

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5 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 50

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5 years ago

More HTC Leaks: Device Specs

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More HTC Leaks: Device Specs

 

Here's some Friday fun for you: Tilt Mobility says the have some internal docs from AT&T showing the specs on many of the upcoming HTC Smartphones in 2009.  We recognize more than a few of these from the massive HTC leak and adding to its credibility is that these specs seem to line up pretty well with the previously leaked details on said HTC devices.

The "SuperStar" running an nVidia AP16 with an monster 3.7" screen sounds pretty tasty to us. We are a little surprised to see "Captain" and "Chief#W" here, could one of them just be another word for "Maple?" Anybody seeing anything else in this list that gets you pumped?

Update: Er, the Tilt Mobility story no longer says that all these phones are slated for AT&T, which makes more sense.

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5 years ago

Sunday fun: Windows Mobile 6.5 on a Palm Treo 750

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I'll always have a special place in my heart for the Palm Treo 750 — my first smartphone. Felt great in the hand. Tremendous keyboard. Great on calls (at least for me). And so I get a warm feeling in my tummy seeing a video like this.

The 750 was passed over for an update to Windows Mobile 6.1, but of course the chefs at XDA Developers took care of that. And now we see a 6.5 build on the venerable ol' phone.

Of course, hacking your phone is bad, unofficial, not necessarily legal, may cause joint pain and loosen teeth, is not safe for small children and some animals, and almost assuredly won't help you with the opposite sex.

But it's nice seeing some new life breathed into an old phone.

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5 years ago

Dude, we're not getting a Dell

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Dude, we're not getting a Dell

Oh, Dell, what are we going to do with you? For months and months and months (and months) we're teased by rumors that you might be getting back into the smartphone business. And time and time again, we see nothing.

Now comes word from Barrons [via Giz] that Dell's been shot down by the carriers for producing a couple of prototypes that were too "Dell-like."

(Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw) Wu says that he understands that Dell built prototypes using both Windows Mobile and Android, but that the carriers knocked the offerings for “lack of differentiation” versus current and coming products from HTC, Samsung, LG, Nokia, Motorola and others. He adds that the unveiling of the Palm Pre didn’t help, “generating interest from carriers as a viable competitor.”

Wu says that Dell's going back to the drawing board and could well be making acquitisions to try to get the job done.

Hey, it's touch to top what HTC's doing these days. And there's certainly tons of excitement surrounding the Pre. But shouldn't Dell have a little more to show by now?

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5 years ago

Will Google Voice do in Microsoft's My Phone?

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When we learned of GrandCentral's relaunch as Google Voice, one of our first thoughts was, "Uh, oh. The carriers aren't going to be happy about this."

But let's turn a little closer to home, shall we? What about Microsoft's fledgling My Phone service, which currently is in beta testing. Yeah. Feel the light bulb click on.

Quick review: My Phone syncs your phone's contacts, text messages, calendar appointments, tasks, photos, videos, music and documents to the Microsoft cloud. They're then available on the Web. You can also go from the Web back to your phone. Contacts and calendar sync require use of your one Exchange ActiveSync connection.

Google Voice? Save for not syncing photos, music and documents, it's got My Phone beat across the board. Check out our previous post for everything that's coming. But it's not a sync service. It just is. All of your data [SMS, phone calls, voicemail] pings it first, then hits your phone. Yeah, you're going to have to give yourself up to The Google to take full advantage of Voice. Some of us already have sold our souls given in taken full advantage of the services Google offers. [Edit: If you're going to be using Google Voice, you're already going to have a lot of your PIM data in their cloud, right?]

And, at least for yours truly, here's the kicker: It'll be possible (with a little third-party help - thanks, Seven!) to totally enter the Google cloud and still have Exchange ActiveSync left over for business matters.

So what say you, fair readers? We realize it's not quite an apples-to-apples fight. But does the prospect of Google Voice on your device make My Phone a non-starter?

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5 years ago

HTC Cedar makes an appearance at the FCC

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File it under a extremely vague, but we picked up on an FCC filing via Engadget on what might very well be the HTC Cedar. The filing is from HTC for the CEDA200 smartphone tuned to the CDMA network. In the filing, HTC requests that all internal and external photos, test setup photos, and user manual be held confidential by the FCC until July 30, 2009.

This confidentiality request falls in line with the speculated second quarter release for the Cedar. Still no telling if this is the Cedar, but one thing is for certain: With the leaked Sprint roadmap and leaked spec sheet, it's going to be an interesting year for HTC.

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5 years ago

In Alternate Realities, Q9m Still Sold, is the Choice of Queens

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Here's some WinMo spotting for you: in alternate reality series Kings on NBC, America is ruled by Al Swearengen and his Queen uses none other than the Verizon Q9m.  US readers can scrub towards the end of the show on Hulu, but be warned, the phone plays an integral part in unveiling some infidelity (Scandal! Intrigue!).

An alternate reality where Verizon doesn't unceremoniously dump a relatively innovative and cool custom Windows Mobile Standard Today screen can't be all bad, right?

Thanks to Chris for the tip!

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5 years ago

WM 6.5: Honeycomb out, larger icons in

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While the 65-minute video from the MIX09 Windows Mobile Seminar concentrated heavily on developer and marketplace information, it did cover some new information about the Windows Mobile 6.5 appearance and interface. The first semi-surprise was that honeycomb is out of the Start Screen. The decision was made to go for larger icons that translated to easier targets for your fingertips. The fact that the honeycomb pattern wasn't well received had a role in the decision as well. That said, the icons are still in the same pattern. It's just that the chrome has been changed a bit.

The Today screen can be navigated by moving or sliding the selector bar or spinning the background until the appropriate choice appears in the stationary selector. The Today Screen reminded me of Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard's slider panels. Key difference being the touch screen navigation.

The unlock screen will show you the time your next appointment. The unlock slider can be tapped to show a summary of your notifications. If you want to go directly to email or SMS messages, simply slide the icon to unlock and you're taken directly to that messaging app. It's a nice feature that will give you the functionality of a slide to unlock feature and the convenience of unlocking your phone directly to your messaging screens.

Appearance-wise, Windows Mobile 6.5 seems to have improved since the first screen shots surfaced. Without the honeycombs (or the loveable grey crowned crane), WM 6.5 comes across a touch more professional.

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