Microsoft is hyped now more than ever to bring the cloud to me and you. Ok maybe not directly to me and you but small businesses are getting some recognition from Microsoft as worthy customers nowadays. As you know, Microsoft already plays a major role in getting things done with large enterprises. Now they are beta testing Microsoft-hosted versions of Exchange that will be available for smaller companies. Now smaller companies will be able to enjoy all the love of Exchange just like the big boys -- check out their offerings here
Microsoft wants to even the playing ground for big and small businesses, because small business money is just as green as big business money right? Probably one of the better moves Microsoft has done in focusing on cloud services since the danger acquisition. Small business owners might be sitting pretty even if they own an iPhone with all the new changes brewing.
The noises Microsoft has been making lately, service wise, bode well not only for small business but also for consumers. We foresee solutions that won't require IT departments available for all sorts of users in the near future.
Here we go again with the leaked images, this time courtesy of cellphonesignal.com [via Cell Fanatic]. It does look quite a bit cuter in silver than it does in glossy black, dontcha think? Rumor has it that it will not sport 3G, which is a bummer, but WifFi and Hotspot@Home (which lets you use WiFi to talk for free) would go a long way towards making up for that. So would Windows Mobile 6.1 and a larger battery (1100mAh), which we're also supposed to get.
Can you say “Whoa?” Can you also say “Goodnight Sprint?” Check it out: Verizon is purchasing Alltel. They're dishing out $5.9 billion in cash and taking on another $22.2 billion in debt for a grand total of 28.1 billion dollars. This will make Verizon a bigger juggernaut than they already were and is all syngergistic and stuff:
Verizon Wireless expects to realize synergies with a net present value, after integration costs, of more than $9 billion driven by reduced capital and operating expense savings. Synergies are expected to generate incremental cost savings of $1 billion in the second year after closing. - [247 Wall Street]
...So much for my pipe dream of Alltel buying out Sprint, eh? Alltel has been rumored to have been fishing for a buyout from Verizon for a long time. Is this good or bad for Alltel's customers? They'll surely get better roaming, but Alltel has a reputation of offering quality, personal service to its customers? Will a giant like Verizon be able to do the same?
More details as Forbes, looks like the deal isn't a firm go yet and heaven only knows whether or not the FTC will allow it.
Many of you may remember the “iPhone App-a-Day”, wherein one enterprising iPhone developer created an iPhone app every single day for a month, many of which were actually useful and interesting.
Well we can't let those iPhone developers outdo us, can we? No sir, so Chris Craft (no relation to the boats, one assumes) is doing the same using the .Net Compact Framework and Windows Mobile. This is a great way to evangelize the platform:
But instead of telling people, I'm going to show them how easy it really is. The key here is simple: “Taking baby steps is better than taking no steps at all!”
I plan on writing 30 mobile applications in the next 30 days. I will publish both the executable and the source code for each application.
My goal is for each of these applications to be useful, interesting, and straight-forward. Someone considering writing their first Windows Mobile application should be able to look at these applications and “get it”. - [Chris Craft]
Ah...and here I thought I was going to get by this week without posting any Treo 800w info.
Guess not what with a certain something on the down-low wrapping up this week. So good morning to everyone as we have a slathering of rumortastic info for you, including two more traditional blurry shots (see above and below) of the very long awaited Treo 700wx successor, the 800w.
Keep reading for price, specs and a ton of other info info after the jump...
First up: we're hearing that the 800w will finally drop on Sprint on Sunday, July 13th. That puts it ahead by 9 days our date of July 22nd--curse you Sprint! Well, it still remains to be seen what the final release day will be, but we're getting close. (What, YOU know the date? Well throw her up in our contest thread already! And yes, July 13th is now also off limits for future guessing. So complicated)
The price is $249.99 (of course with "instant savings" and a mail-in-rebate)--if true, that's actually a very sweet price and should enable the 800w to go up RIM quite nicely.
What else can we dig up?
How about the battery is now confirmed at being a not-too-shabby (but hardly hulked out) 1150mah. If that sounds familiar it is because the Palm Centro uses that same size battery and in fact is the exact same battery. Yikes. So similar we are hearing that new Centros have a battery that even says "STD battery for 690/800w". That sure seems convenient for someone.
Oh and those new leaked pictures above? That is still a tester unit (see the blurred out serial). We're still expecting a few more shiny additions to the finalized version, so while the Black Charcoal which we 1st reported is accurate, expect a wee bit more pizazz in a few more weeks ;-)
And last but not least, if you need a re-count of what we know for device specs, here ya go:
~100mb of Program / ~170mb of Storage Memory (both after OS)
WM 6.1 (5.2.1944)
Soft touch paint
Dedicated Wifi button + Ringer switch on top
No headphone jack (uses microUSB to 3.5mm adapter)
Plus the usual:
RevA (on release?)
GPS (network independent)
Palm Threaded SMS
So whaddya think? Palm has a winner or a snoozer here? Sound off!
It's not clear where CDMA is going for 4G -- especially here in the states where pretty much everybody except for Sprint has committed to moving to the GSM-based LTE in the coming years. In the meantime, however. CDMA-based cell networks grew a surprising (to us, anyway) 17% since last year. The bulk of the growth was in the Asia-Pacific region:
CDMA industry continued its strong growth through the first quarter of 2008, increasing its customer base by almost 17% over the past year to 451 million CDMA subscribers worldwide, with CDMA2000 and CDMA2000 1xEV-DO reaching 438 million and 97 million, respectively. The Asia-Pacific (APAC) and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions claimed the highest year-over-year percentage subscriber growth for CDMA2000, while the Americas and EMEA experienced the highest percentage of subscriber growth for CDMA2000 1xEV-DO. - [Cellular News and cdg]
So 451 million subscribers is pretty darn good, no? And EVDO Rev A is as good as any 3.5G network standard out there (depending on how well AT&T does with their upgrades, anyway). So bask in your moment of expansion, CDMA True Believers.... pay no attention to the three billionGSM subscribers
Can't stop with the SMS? We'd suggest you just cut back a little, but you know as well as we do that you're not gonna do it. Fortunately, if you're on AT&T, you can get some help from Ma Bell. Ma Bell can also help you control your crazy teenager's texting. Here's how:
If you have AT&T you should first take a look at our previous post on blocking text messages. If that doesn
Also (better?) known as the Raphael, HTC announced the Touch Pro today. The specs are pretty much what we expected, which is to say they're very similar to the HTC Diamond with a few key differences:
512MB ROM / 288MB RAM
No 4gigs of internal storage, but there is a MicroSD slot (better)
Slide-out Bluetooth keyboard
1340 mAh battery good for “397 minutes” on 3G. 397 exactly?
All that goodness comes at a price, which is 18.05 mm of thickness. ...which is to say, just 1 mm thinner than a Tilt
Otherwise you're looking at the same awesomeness: AGPS, WiFi, 3.2mp Camera, 2nd camera, bluetooth, VGA resolution, sweet Opera 9.5 browser, sweeter TouchFLO 3D. Also, the same bad news: Dual-band HSDPA and Tri-Band EDGE, which make this another European/Asian affair. They'll be getting it later this summer, we'll be getting it later this year.
Updates are the standard sort of WinMo 6.1 stuff you've been hearing so much about: the cool sliding panel today screen, threaded SMS, better battery life, copy and paste, and so on. Another nice bit: Live Search is built-in. Somebody with a Q9c want to give this puppy a download and report back about whether the intermediate driver for the GPS is a little less bugtastic? Or see if the assisted GPS works by default or if it requites that assisted GPS hack?
Aw, heck, we'd settle for just hearing if it works and is a reliable update -- 'cause this is an unexpected gift and the Moto Updater isn't exactly ideal. Give that download a shot!
As electronic devices mature, they take on more features and improve the features that they already have. With flash memory prices doing the opposite of gas, more and more people are using their mobile phones as multimedia devices.
Except there was a little tidbit in there, as pocketnow noticed. Looks like it's going to be getting a little Windows Mobile 6.1 love. The best part is it looks like it's going to be getting the love right quick, sometime this month. Hopefully that bodes well for other 6.1 upgrades. We're still smarting from the months we spent sitting on pins and needles waiting for the WM6 upgrades last year, a slew of 6.1 releases this summer would sure be the kind of ointment we'd need to salve those wounds.
As the HTC Diamond begins to be available worldwide, reviews are starting to trickle in. Of course, if you're US-based, reading over these things will come with a bit of sadness -- as the current iteration isn't going to work well with the bands that are available here. Nevertheless, it's fun to look.
The top spot to go looking is probably going to be coolsmartphone, who has been testing the Diamond for a full week, culminating in a 37 minute movie detailing the device. If you'd like your video in a more digestible chunk (with an unboxing appetizer), Mobility Today has your fix. Hat tip to mobile-review for having what we believe is the first HTC Diamond review. You can also find more photos over at the::unwired.
Of course, if you just cannot wait for some Diamond goodness, the ROM for the device has leaked out and been ported to the TYTN II. We're going to go out on a limb and say using this ROM is not for the faint of heart. TouchFLO 3D is going to require some pretty hefty graphics acceleration that's not going to be present on most current-gen devices.
Update: ...and here's one more at Phone Arena, with some excellent photos.
Back when I gave the BlackBerry (Part 1 and Part 2) a shot during the Smartphone Round Robin, there were two BB apps that impressed me: Opera Mobile and JiveTalk. JiveTalk is a multi-IM client and it was by far the best one I tried for the BlackBerry. Over at the CrackBerry forums there was near-universal consensus that it is the best IM client for the platform.
There are a ton of IM clients out there for Windows Mobile (including many on-deck clients built by OZ), but what's neat about JiveTalk right now is the clean, finger-friendly interface. Now remember, this thing is in Alpha and so you're going to see some bugs and it's not yet available for Standard Edition, just Pro. You'll want to keep an eye on the BeeJive Blog for the latest.
Still and all, looks promising, you might want to check it out: JiveTalk Alpha