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5 years ago

Samsung i788 to Hit AT&T?

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Samsung i788 to Hit AT&T?

Here's a fun rumor we heard over the weekend from an anonymous tipster: at a meeting for AT&T Store managers, looks like a few manufacturer reps got a little overexcited about what's coming down the pike. One couldn't help himself from pulling a BlackBerry Bold out and flashing it around. Another, she had a full-on gear bag full of phones -- one of which appeared to be the Samsung i780. Technically, it would have been the Samsung SGH-i788, which has the bands necessary for the US 3G networks.

The rep said it was "OTA," which apparently in her parlance meant "not released" instead of "Over the air." As you'd expect, it's just a little thicker than the BlackJack II, features that weird mouse pointer, a telescoping stylus, and was, in fact, branded with the AT&T logo.

It was in the standard black color and was relatively pretty light considering what it packs. The battery was dead so our tipster didn

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5 years ago

Play Commodore 64 on Windows Mobile

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Play Commodore 64 on Windows Mobile

1982-83. A banner time for geeks and gamers the world 'round. Lotus 1-2-3. Reagan's "Star Wars" Strategic Defense Initiative. Pioneer 10 leaves the solar system. Nintendo goes on sale in Japan. Microsoft Word (word!).

And, of course, the Commodore 64.

In this age of dual-core and multitouch, it's sometimes nice to go back to a simpler era, when 8 bits were enough to get you through the day. Now, you can do it on your Windows Mobile device, thanks to Clickgamer's Pocket Commodore 64 Plus Vic 20.

Featured in this upgrade are:

  • A completely re-written new core and interface.
  • Complete user control over CPU frequency, disk frequency, vertical frame rate, border sizes, etc.
  • BIOS roms BUILT-IN! Choose from 7 Kernal ROMs and 2 disk ROMs!
  • Full menus, keyboard and paddle controls in landscape mode.
  • Customizable skins.
  • And much, much more!

Pocket C64 runs on all forms of Windows Mobile, standard and pro, and costs

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5 years ago

Review: BlueTrek Tattoo Bluetooth Headset

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5 years ago

Review: Spb Backup 2.0 for Windows Mobile

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Review: Spb Backup 2.0 for Windows Mobile

Spb Backup 2.0 by Spb Software House, available at the WMExperts store for $24.95 here, is a backup program for your Windows Mobile Smartphone or Pocket PC that's designed to be powerful yet simple to use. I have had the opportunity to use Spb Backup 2.0 on my Tilt (WM Professional) and my review follows!

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5 years ago

Review: Resco Explorer (2007)

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5 years ago

Pantech Duo 2 Appears at the FCC

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Pantech Duo 2 Appears at the FCC

Fan (Okay, maybe there's more than one) Fans of the Pantech Duo - you know who you are - can rejoice in the fact that that the Duo 2 appears to be making its way back through the FCC (by way of Phonemag).

While the FCC filing is as cryptic as ever, we have ascertained the following:

  • It's made by Pantech.
  • It sports the 850 and 1900 bands, making AT&T a safe bet.
  • It has Bluetooth (duh).
  • There are five screws hidden beneath the battery.

If you want to find out more, bone up on your materials science, hit up the FCC report and see just what those little 3G radios will do to that pretty little head of yours.

Or you could take a look back at our video review of the original Pantech Duo and take your best shot at what improvements have been made.

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5 years ago

I770 coming to Verizon...hopefully

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I770 coming to Verizon...hopefully

Verizon may be getting blessed with Samsung's i770, given the spy shot from Engadget. As you can see the picture is a bit blurry and grainy. To us "blurry and grainy" equals new model. If indeed it is a finished i770, it looks to be rocking the lovely Windows Mobile Pro 6.1 with a sophisticated red shell. This one could be a competitor to the Samsung Blackjack II already on At&t

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5 years ago

In case you missed it: Firefox Mobile early demo

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While you were off last week gnashing your teeth over whether to desert Windows Mobile for that other soon-to-be released device, Mozilla released an early demo of what could ultimately become the Firefox Mobile browser.

Aza Raskin, head of User Experience at Mozilla Labs, warns us that the demo features an extremely experimental UI and is likely to change significantly before the Firefox Mobile browser is released. And more change seems likely, if you compare this latest demo to a previous peek. Also, this latest demo only focuses on touchscreen devices, meaning Windows Mobile Standard need not apply, though it does appear in the earlier demo.

Here are a few highlights:

  • "Tabbed" browsing exists as separate browser windows floating in space.
  • Pages feature kinetic scrolling, "Just like on the iPhone," Razkin says.
  • The UI is based on touchscreen, but is not multitouch.
  • Tabs can be dragged throughout the canvas and arranged however you like
  • Forward, back, address bar/search bar and bookmark controls are hidden in the side of the browser window and appear when you drag and pan a page horizontally.
  • At the bottom of each page is a row of extensible buttons that could be used to "digg this page," "send e-mail link," etc.

At this point, just about anything is better than Microsoft's Pocket Internet Explorer. And with the expected release of Opera 9.5 and Skyfire still a popular beta Firefox Mobile could prove to be another strong option when it's finally released.

Check in after the jump to watch Raskin's demo video of Firefox Mobile.

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5 years ago

Robbie Bach: Windows Mobile to be Better for Consumers, Iconic.

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Venture Beat sat in with an interview between Robbie Bach and a small group of reporters recently. Bach's comments on Windows Mobile are a good example of what Microsoft's message for the platform is these days: 20 million of them, strong in enterprise, Google's got no business plan, iPhone has one form factor, we have hundreds, etc. The best news is that Microsoft really does plan on bringing out consumer services that are more integrated and easier to use:

That
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5 years ago

HTC Exec Admits Windows Mobile 7 is Coming.

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HTC Exec Admits Windows Mobile 7 is Coming.

Old and busted: “Windows Mobile 6 is the worst kept secret in the world.”
New and hot: “Windows Mobile 7 is the worst kept secret in the world.”

The latest evidence of the above, HTC's General Manager for MEA and CIS, Kevin Chen, apparently let drop that he hopes the WM giant to will be able to announce WM7 devices by Quarter 1 of 2009. This based on a conversation PhoneReport [via Engadget] reportedly had with him.

On the Microsoft side, HTC doesn’t seem to sure when the phone will be announced, but only when it should be announced, in other words, they aren’t sure of what’s happening with the Windows Mobile 7 product but they are hoping it gets to the market early next year.

Alright, so there's not much there except an admission that HTC believes Microsoft is working on Windows Mobile 7 and that they're hoping for early '09. At least it's a litlte more realistic than the last rumor. Early 2009 be nice, but let's just get this 6.1 update to everybody out first, okay?

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5 years ago

Motorola Cuts More Jobs

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5 years ago

Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 5

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Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 5

It's High Noon at the Software Corral, which means it's time once again to Wrangle this week's new, updated and free software for WM Professional and WM Standard.

This week we are featuring new software for WM Standard,Spb Backup Smartphone and Bubble Babble. Updated software includes FlexMail 4 and Resco Brain Games. Freeware this week is Mobile Web Server Smartphone Edition.

WM Professional new software includes Vito SMS-Chat 1.1 and Credit Cards Spending Report. Updated software includes HiConcept and Spb Backup 2.0. Freeware offers up ezyUnZIP.

Without further delay, let's get started with the Weekly Software Wrangle Week 5 now!

WM Standard: New

First up is Spb Backup Smartphone 2.0 by Spb Software House. I always recommend a backup program for your device, especially if you value your data!

Spb Backup is the ultimate backup solution for creating reserve copies of data on your Smartphone device. It creates self-extracting compressed executables, thus making backup and restore processes very simple and intuitive. You can make full, custom and scheduled backups. With Spb Backup, you'll get encryption, compression, scheduled backups and desktop PC synchronization and extracting tool.

Features: - Desktop synchronization tool - ROM upgrade mode - Device upgrade mode - Storage card backup - Customizable file restoration - Scheduled backups - Self-extracting executable backup files - Full and custom backups - Backup file compression - Backup file encryption - Desktop PC unpack tool

Get Spb Backup Smartphone 2.0 for $24.95 here.


Next up is Bubble Babble for Windows Mobile Smartphone v1.00 by Astraware. Sharpen your vocabulary skills and have some fun at the same time!

Challenge your word power with this undersea bubble-bursting brain teaser! Link together letter bubbles to form words and impress Wordsworth Smartygills - your friendly fishy host! Bubble Babble includes a fun interactive tutorial to teach you how to play with the bubbles and make words from them. Score points for each word you make. Impress Wordsworth with more complex or unusual words and he'll reward you with shiny shells for your collection!

Bubble Babble has 4 entertaining play modes which are perfect for both adults and children, for all levels of skill or vocabulary:

  • Challenge - create a set number of words against the clock,
  • Target - reconstruct the separated word from the letter bubbles,
  • Mystery - try different permutations of letters to find the hidden word,
  • Freeplay - just enjoy making words to boost your points score.

Each day Wordsworth Smartygills will tell you the Word of the Day. Make this word during play to earn a special award!

Use multiplier bubbles to enhance your points score, and get help from Stella Starfish, in her wildcard bubble! Unlock higher difficulty levels as you play - it can help you keep your brain sharp and maybe learn some interesting new words!

Features: - Link letter bubbles together to make words and score points - Full interactive tutorial to teach you how to play with the bubbles - 4 entertaining play modes: Challenge, Target, Mystery, and Freeplay - Earn shiny shell rewards for complex or unusual words to complete your collection - Helpful bonuses including Stella Starfish and multiplier bubbles

Get Bubble Babble for Windows Mobile Smartphone v1.00 for $19.95 here.

WM Standard: Updated


FlexMail v4 by Web Information Solutions, Inc. is our first updated software for WM Standard this week.

FlexMail 4 is a full-featured award-winning (2004/2005/2006/2007) Email application that works with your device's built-in Messaging client to provide the best Exchange and IMAP connectivity available on Windows Mobile! Use FlexMail to improve your ActiveSync or SMS messaging with our multiple signature support, multiple folder searches, and cross-account email copies and moves. Use FlexMail to connect with the best IMAP feature-set on Windows Mobile with easy to configure yet powerful folder settings. Set each folder to download differently, notify of new messages, and get email using PUSH use IMAP IDLE.

FlexMail 4 is a major upgrade from FlexMail 2007 and offers many huge changes. FlexMail supports reading and replying to ActiveSync/SMS/Hotmail email for basic operations or through its more powerful POP3/IMAP4 services to your email server. With support for industry standard SSL and SOCKS proxies, you can connect to almost any email provider including GMail! Use FlexMail as an adjunct to Windows Mobile Messaging or as a near complete replacement.

With FlexMail's many options you can customize your email usage much more than the Windows Mobile device Messaging allows. Receive your email via ActiveSync and respond via your POP3/IMAP4 SMTP account. Get immediate per email or per folder notifications via IMAP IDLE! Have FlexMail only hold the last 5 days of your IMAP folders. Create local folders and server folders. Synchronize by age, size, and synchronizations status on a per folder basis allowing you to get only the last 5 day's worth of email in your Inbox but the last months in your Personal folder, for example.

Get FlexMail v4 for $29.95 here.

Resco Brain Games by Resco is the next updated application this week.

If you have pain in the membrane and need to train your brain (say THAT 10 times fast!), this may be the app you want to use a few minutes each day.

In just 5 minutes a day, you can have the brain you always dreamed of. Improve your mental capabilities by testing your memory, analytical skills and calculation skills.

Concentrate more and increase your brain reflection speed with 36 brain training games. And don't forget, it will also be fun so you can exercise and enjoy it every single day!

Get Resco Brain Games for $19.95 here.







WM Standard: Freeware


Mobile Web Server Smartphone Edition v2.6 by LBETECH.LIMITED is the freeware app featured today in our Wrangle.

Worldwide Web access to photos and other files located directly on your Mobile Device. Automatically on-the-fly creates web sites from separate files with auto-generated site navigation menus, supports web templates.

Features:

  • Single file copy operations required for sharing files via Web only;
  • Automatic worldwide access from anywhere;
  • Permanent symbolic publicly available name for the Server access;
  • Automatic site-from-files(folders) generation;
  • Automatic site-navigation menu generation;
  • Customizable site generation templates;
  • Web pages from plain text files generation;
  • Sharing files from any directory;
  • File shortcut support;
  • No special configuration required;
  • No special programs required for the access;
  • Compatibility with any type of Web Browser;
  • Any types of files acceptable (from plain text to multimedia and presentation);
  • Any data structures compatible (from a single file to complex web site).

Get Mobile Web Server Smartphone Edition v2.6 for FREE right here.




WM Professional: New

Now it's time for the new WM Professional applications. First we'll take a look at ViTO SMS-Chat from ViTO Technologies.

Get threaded SMS messaging on your Windows Mobile device, even without the WM6.1 upgrade!

Features include:

THREADED SMS MESSAGING SMS-Chat organizes SMS correspondence into separate chats. It means you will have a separate chat for every contact with whom you exchange text messages. Isn't it cool? Install fully functional 2 weeks trial and learn how easy it has become to manage your SMS messaging. SMS-Chat provides familiar and conveniet look&feel of IMs.

Try SMS-Chat and find out that keeping in touch with your friends via text messages can be very easy and also a lot of fun!

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5 years ago

Verizon Treo 700wx to get Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade “This Spring or Summer”

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Sister-site TreoCentral uncovered some training slides for Palm CS reps that reveals an unexpected boon: the Treo 700wx on Verizon will be getting a free update to Windows Mobile 6 in the coming months. Nice.

Now for the “weird stuff.”

  1. There's no mention of a Sprint update (probably because they'll be wanting you to buy a Treo 800w instead, eh?)
  2. Windows Mobile 6.1 updates have started coming out and Palm is just now getting to Windows Mobile 6? What?
  3. It won't work on the Treo 700w (actually, that's not so weird, given the 700w's anemic memory problems)

Still and all, it's nice to see the old dog learn a few new tricks. We don't have any clearer release date than the one you see there in the title, but we're going to go out on a limb and say this means that Verizon lovers are going to have to wait for a period of exclusivity to end before they get their hands on the 800w. Meanwhile, you have some quality updates to the Treo to stick around for.

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5 years ago

Opera 9.5 Ready for Desktop

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5 years ago

Review: Motorola BH680 Bluetooh Headset

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