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5 years ago

The Danger Acquisition: All About the Services, Baby

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You know us. We can't pass up an opportunity to say “I told you so.” It's a weakness, really. So when Ina Fried reported on Steve Ballmer's comments during Mix '08 (the same place where Ballmer gave us Monkey Dance Redux), our beady, self-aggrandizing eyes lit up when we came to the section about the acquisition of Sidekick-maker Danger:

“The Danger acquisition is really about building up an application and service aspect on top of our Windows Mobile platform,” he said. “Danger is really a service application experience and we want to make sure we get that in market on a great set of phones.”

Sounds a bit like what we said immediately after the announcement:

What Microsoft is really interested in, it seems, is Danger's services - even though the Sidekick is the simplest of smart phones these days, it does a stellar job of storing its data “in the cloud” -- exactly where it belongs.

Crowing aside, Fried's post is also interesting because it addresses a concern that many had with both the Danger acquisition and the attempted Yahoo grab: these companies don't use Microsoft tech, while Microsoft almost exclusively uses Microsoft tech. Will Microsoft port everything over to their stuff? Well - eventually, but it sounds like they have their heads on straight when it comes to timelines. Microsoft is perfectly willing to run open source stuff for a time so they can focus their efforts on services that will be more immediately apparent to the end user. Good call.

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5 years ago

Tip of the Week: Customize SPB Mobile Shell? Yes!

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Tip of the Week: Customize SPB Mobile Shell? Yes!

Well, if you recall from out double-team review of Mobile Shell 2, one of the "lacking" features was the ability to customize every single aspect of the new UI e.g. replacing icons, rearranging things, etc.

Swoop in the nerdy saints of XDA who have managed to figure out those pesky and encrypted .dat files. Needless to say, they have added some custom icons sets, moved things over and since this whole enterprise is just starting who knows where it'll go.

So far the majority of the config layouts are for those abundant 320x240 devices but there are a few 240x240 ones popping up.

jakkrith (with the assist) came out with a simple .cab file for portrait devices to simplify the job and bcchristian made one for square screens (seen above). Hop on over to follow the magic...

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5 years ago

HTC Advantage Going to Retailers…in the UK…

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5 years ago

Google Maps or Live Search

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Google Maps or Live Search

For the longest time Google Maps and Windows Live Search have been clashing for title of best map software. In my experience both have been very useful tools in my everyday life. The funny thing is that after I went through each of them extensively, I concluded that both are needed in order to be productive.

Windows Live excels in category search. With a simple address Live will recommend local bars, clubs, and restaurants in your vicinity. Then once you found your local restaurant or movie theater you can check reviews on it, get directions to it, or send that address to a friend to meet up for the date. Easy access to gas prices in the local area and movie info make it that much more useful. My favorite is showing up to the theaters and using Live Search to check info and ratings before we head in. Then again there are some features such as my location and faster maps that Windows Live Search lacks.

Google maps makes up where Windows Live Search misses. Need faster maps? Googles got it. Need the ability get an approximate location? Googles got it. For me it

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5 years ago

Review: Headphone Adapter by Palm

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5 years ago

Review: Moto Q Cradle by Motorola

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5 years ago

Motorola Announcing the Q10 at CTIA? They Need It.

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Motorola Announcing the Q10 at CTIA? They Need It.

Unwired view points out that Motorola was pretty much a non-starter at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but that they might be planning a big splash at CTIA in Las Vegas, starting April 1st (Yes, WMExperts will be there, baby). One of the phones we've been waiting for, the “Mystery Q,” which many are hoping is the Q10. The Q10, like its lower-numbered bretheren, will be a QWERTY keyboard device, but it's also rumored to sport a touchscreen!

Oh, look, a youtube video is after the break, featuring this little tidbit I grabbed and threw at the top. Looks like a Q10 to me. Another couple of shots from the video after the break as well!

The Q10 would be good news. See: Motorola could really, really, REALLY use some good news right about now. We've avoided talking about much of the doom and gloom surrounding the company lately if only because we don't like kicking a dead horse when it's down (mixing metaphors, though, we're cool doing that). When we told you on February 4th that the “MotoCoaster was just getting started,” we didn't lie. Motorola decided to not spin off their handset division, but instead to find somebody to head it (New CEO Greg Brown said he'd do it himself, but apparently changed his mind). With all that fuss going on, it wasn't much of a surprise to to us to hear that president of Mobile devices Stu Reed quit (not to mention their chief marketing officer). And do you remember how investor Carl Icahn was trying to take over the board with people that, er, didn't act like the Keystone Kops? He's on his way towards that goal with a vengeance, moving from owning a 1.4% share last year to a 6.3% share earlier this month. So expect another round of hijinks as Icahn tries to oust some folks from the board (again).

So, yeah, bring on the Q10 and bring it on quick, Motorola. The Q9h (see our full Q9h Review) is too beautiful a device to be chained to such a screwed up company, we want more of that.

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5 years ago

SyncMate Graduates from Beta Version

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5 years ago

Ogg Sync for Windows Mobile

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5 years ago

Microsof's Web-advertising for WM Ain't Too Shabby

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Seems that MS is finally getting into the "How do we make WM look useful to the average-Joe?" by launching a fairly nice and informative web site that walks one through some important functions like Mobile Office,Windows Media Player, Mobile Outlook and the ever popular Live Search with a touch of humor to boot

Other sections include "See the phones" and "See the Software" allowing one to ...well you get it. Check it out and pass it on, I suppose.

Thanks to VW for the heads up.

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5 years ago

Got Multitask? - Take 2, iPhone SDK Edition

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5 years ago

Sports Illustrated introduces mySI mobile (beta)

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Sports Illustrated introduces mySI mobile (beta)

One of the things that I like about always having a live internet connection on me is that a wealth of live information is always at my fingertips. Along that vein…one of the things that I am constantly seeking updates on (much to my wife’s dismay) are sports scores and news. Until recently, none of my favorite sports sites have been very good at handling mobile web browsers.

CNN’s Sports Illustrated appears to have noticed my plight. Available only on select Windows Mobile devices, mySI mobile allows you to view scores, schedules, and standings for your 4 favorite teams. The product page also states that the data is updated when the application is launched. The coolest feature is the ability to add games to your Outlook calendar.

I was going to do a quick review, but although my Blackjack is listed at the top of the Supported Phones, I get an “Unsupported Device” page when I attempt the install.

Update: I emailed the mySI support team and was sent here. Looks like the manual downloads for each of the supported devices. It would appear that my issue was that I am using WM6, whereas they list the Blackjack I as a WM5 device...

Let us know in the comments if you get it to work, as well as what your thoughts are. After the break - More screenshots!


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5 years ago

Sprint Mogul Updated with Rev A, GPS

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Sprint Mogul Updated with Rev A, GPS

Although the Official download site isn't showing the new update, HTC has posted the long-awaited update to the Sprint Mogul, just as we predicted over the weekend. Go get it:

Direct Download from HTC America

Update: HTC is getting hammered. We'll host a mirror here for now:

Mirror

Since HTC hasn't yet posted the official update list, we can't say for sure what we're in for. However, we're darn sure that we are getting EVDO Rev A. and GPS is getting turned on in some way, shape, or form . Not to mention, version 3.35.651.2 should also hopefully include yet another fix for persistent Bluetooth problems.

Update: Here's the press release for you folks that love that sort of thing. GPS confirmed for really real and apparently the Mogul is the first Rev A. Handset. Seems odd that it's the first, no?

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5 years ago

Splash money ready for Windows Mobile

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Splash money ready for Windows Mobile

Gas at the pump, 20 dollars. Dinner for two 18 dollars. New pair of shoes, 70 dollars. Knowing how much you spent in the day just by looking at your phone, priceless. Too many a times I would get nickel and dimes to death throughout the day. Gas here, eBay fee there and an ice cream there again. At the end of the month I would look at my bank account and be baffled at some of the spending I do aimlessly. Even my online mint account can only do so much because of the delay in updates to the site. Then I was introduced to Splash Money and things changed.

Now with the new Splash Money for Windows Mobile I will never have this problem again. From now on you will always know how much you have, how much you have spent, and what you can save. Now you can spend without worrying like you use too. New budgets and pie charts will keep you on your road to saving for new golf clubs or that new car. Do yourself a favor download Splash Money. With the money you save from the free trial you can buy the app and smile a lot more. Ready, set, start saving!

Features:

  • Connect wirelessly to almost any online bank account (they support a large number of 'em)
  • Supports most account types: checking, savings, credit card, cash, asset, liability, money market and line of credit
  • Secure password protection using Blowfish encryption
  • Quickly enter transactions using auto-fill and memorized transactions
  • Reconcile account statements
  • A ton more
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5 years ago

LinkedIn makes a move to mobile devices

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LinkedIn makes a move to mobile devices

A lot of times you want to keep your LinkedIn profile updated immediately or be able to hook up with a new LinkedIn contact while they're standing right in front of you at a meeting. What better way to update your profile and stay in the know than from your Windows Mobile device? It seems LinkedIn has caught the mobile bug and decided to go mobile, making it easier to log in from our mobile devices. iPhone owners can also check it out. Now you have the information that

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