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5 years ago

Apple's new 'I'm a Mac' commercial exposed! (or something like that)

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We try not to wade into the whole "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" thing because, frankly, while often entertaining, we don't believe they do much to further either platform.

What we will do, however, is tip our hats to MacJournals [via DF] for pointing out some shenanigans in the recent "Legal Copy" piece. Hey, we're all for a little back-and-forth, as our frenemies at The iPhone Blog know full well. But let's fight somewhat fair, shall we?

You folks get your flame on in the comments.

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5 years ago

FeedMe is a nice, light RSS reader

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FeedMe is a nice, light RSS reader

If you're in the market for a free, lightweight RSS reader, here's one you might want to check out. FeedMe does all the usual things you'd expect from an RSS reader. You set up the feed, and it pulls in the stories. But it goes further than that, allowing you to actually search the Web, Yahoo and Google News, search within feeds, Feedster, Live Search, etc.

Here's the full feature list:

  • Supports RSS, RDF, and Atom feed formats
  • View feed content in full HTML fidelity with pictures
  • Supports MP3/WMA podcasts (Also supports streaming WMA)
  • Download Manager: Allows you to view the progress of current downloading podcasts
  • Downloaded Podcast channel allows you to view all your downloaded podcasts easily
  • Today folder, Watch folder (find content with certain keywords)
  • Cache all the content for seamless reading experience
  • Play all downloaded podcasts in a playlist in Downloaded Podcast channel
  • Pick a feed from an OPML file (You can open the OPML file from local device or from a URL)
  • Options to automatically download latest episodes of a podcast and purge old files
  • Config file auto-save and auto-recovering

It comes pre-loaded with everything you see in the picture on the left, though it was missing the WMExperts feed. Surely that's just an oversight. FeedMe is available on Windows Mobile Pro and Standard phones (.net 3.5 needed), and you can download it here.

FeedMe via Channel 10

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5 years ago

Touch Diamond gets hotfixes for audio skipping, reminder repeats

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HTC has released a couple of hotfixes for the original Touch Diamond that should take are of a couple of annoying bugs. (As opposed to the bugs we like, I guess.)

The first hotfix takes care of problems a number of people were having with audio playback skipping.

The second involves the Sounds and Notifications settings, specifically that you couldn't uncheck the Repeat Reminders option. So, apply this fix, and all should be well.

Note that these are hotfixes and not a full-on ROM update. Hotfixes install just like any other program. So if you hard-reset your phone at some point, you'll need to reapply the hotfixes or risk having the problems again.

Via Slashphone

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5 years ago

AT&T boosting its 3G network to 7.2Mb/s, plans LTE testing for 2010

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We've been expecting AT&T to beef up its 3G network in the coming months, and now we have some details.

AT&T Mobility VP Scott McElroy says software updates will double the downstream speed to 7.2 megabits per second and are already being tested in two markets. The rest of the network is targeted for an upgrade thereafter.

But AT&T's looking past that and toward HSPA+, which will increase speeds to 21 Mb/s. And looking even further into the future, tests with the 4G LTE standard should begin sometime next year.

Acronyms and numbers aside, what does this all mean? Quite simply, be on the lookout for faster speeds on an AT&T network near you.

TelephonyOnline via Phonescoop

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5 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 53

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5 years ago

Twikini: Our new favorite Twitter client of the week

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If we had to pick being guilty of just two things here at WMExperts (yes, we know the list is much, much longer than that), it'd be a love of all things beta, and testing out new Twitter clients. And with that in mind we've been playing with Twikini, a rather lightweight client from Trinket Software (@twikini). It's just been released as a free beta.

Hit us up after the break for a lightning review.

Update: There were some issues running Twikini on the Moto Q. A new version has been released that fixes this and adds some other updates. Get it here.

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5 years ago

Review: Cellet Emergency Charger

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Review: Cellet Emergency Charger

In my line of work, I travel a lot. It may be just a long day away from the office with local driving, or an 11-hour cross-country trip with three airplanes and two airports. I also do a lot of camping and fishing, which pose obvious power-availability challenges. No matter what, I have learned to have as many emergency power options as possible. But what if you could top off your phone’s battery with a regular alkaline AA battery? 

That is exactly what Cellet offers with its emergency battery charger. For $14.95, if you find that you are in a situation where you need it, you would probably gladly pay twice that… as long as it really worked. I put it to the test. To find out if this is a flashy gizmo with no punch or an indispensable item anyone who travels MUST have, then jump on inside and read the full review… 
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5 years ago

Best of SPE, 19 April 2009

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5 years ago

Making the case for capacitive touch

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Last month Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer raised a bit of a ruckus (OK, when does he not) when discussing capacitive touchscreens and how he doesn't believe the iPhone uses them in a way that keeps the phone price economical.

Needless to say, many of you scoffed – nay, you were outraged – over the idea that Windows Mobile still doesn't support capacitive touchscreens simply because it costs too much. (And more than a few of you could care less, and that's OK, too.)

But fear not, loyal reader. We're here today to tell you that we believe capacitive touch is coming to Windows Mobile. We don't expect to see it with Windows Mobile 6.5, but it's probably coming thereafter. Our reasoning, after the break.

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5 years ago

New PreCentral.net sure is Pre-tty

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New PreCentral.net sure is Pre-tty

That's right, we just broke the first commandment of the all-new PreCentral.netthou shalt not pun. But you'll forgive our excitement for our newest member of the Smartphone Experts family, who have been tirelessly poring over any and all news surrounding the rebirth of Palm. And they've backed up all the great content with more great design, and some Pre forums to boot.

So congrats to our PC frenemies. Job well done. Now, when's the Pre coming out? ;)

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5 years ago

'The Big Picture' now mobile with Kinoma Play

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My dream job has always been either a professional basketball player or photographer. While my skills on the court negated the latter possibility, I did work my way through college as a newspaper photographer enjoying every assignment.  While my career path shifted after college, I've always kept a hand in photography and an eye for good picture sources. 

The Big Picture is a photo blog created by Alan Taylor for The Boston Globe. According to the Globe, "The Big Picture is intended to highlight high-quality, amazing imagery - with a focus on current events, lesser-known stories and, well, just about anything that comes across the wire that looks really interesting."  No arguments here.

The blog has one of the best collections of photographs I've seen in a long time. While this site more commonly accessed on a desktop/laptop, Kinoma Play is now offering it as a channel with zoom and pan capabilities that retains the high quality aspects of each photograph. The Big Picture is in the Kinoma Guide at Pictures and Podcasts>The Big Picture. The blog is updated every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Via Fuze Mobility

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5 years ago

Managed APIs make life easier on developers

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We'll freely admit that much of what developers do is a mystery to us, some sort of magical concoction of code and pixie dust that eventually becomes a working application. But we do understand the importance of APIs – application programming interfaces – and that's why we get a little excited for our dev friends when we hear that Microsoft will be making their lives a little easier.

From the same ZDNet story (and spotted by wmpu) that brought us the announcement of a Windows Mobile 6.5 "launch presentation" at TechEd also comes word of a session on APIs, specifically that there now is a "Windows Mobile Unified Sensor API to access hardware sensors," and an SDK to control the camera.

“The world of mobility has evolved. While keypads, stylus, and keyboards are all good and fine for device input, newer input methods have been popularized in recent years, such as accelerometers, touch screen gestures, capacitive touch screens, light sensors, and such. More than just gadgets and gimmicks, these next-generation input methods allow you, the mobile developer, to offer the best interface possible to your users on the road, enhancing their device experience. This session explores various input methods available on some of the latest Windows Mobile 6.1 and 6.5 devices and how to programmatically leverage them using managed APIs from Microsoft .NET Compact Framework-based applications. Topics covered include working with the Windows Mobile Unified Sensor API to access hardware sensors, controlling device cameras using the Windows Mobile SDK, capturing stylus and finger gestures on touch screens, detecting ambient light, making your device vibrate and sound-off, and more.”

In layman's terms? Whereas HTC writes its own code to access, say, the accelerometer on its phones, and Samsung has another for the Omnia – and the two didn't always play nicely within the same application – now there will be one API to rule them all, developed by Microsoft. And don't get too excited over the use of  capacitive touchscreens as an example up there. We're not expecting to see any capacitive screens with Windows Mobile 6.5.

But we're not just talking G-sensors here. Basically anything that makes your phone do anything will be standardized across the platforms, and that should make a better user experience for our code-loving friends, as well as the rest of us.

Update: Er, apparently there's no unified API framework as reported elsewhere and repeated here. Move along, folks. And thanks, Joel, for that heads up. (We're feeling a bit like ol' Michael Scott when he followed his GPS straight into the lake, but these things happen.)

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5 years ago

HTC Touch Diamond 2 Product Video

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HTC Touch Diamond 2 Product Video

We've mentioned HTC's YouTube Channel before, right? HTC has taken advantage of this video medium by showcasing their phones such as the HTC Snap. Well if you need any help day dreaming about the Touch Diamond 2, just take a gander at the above Product Tour.

The Diamond 2 is available through overseas retailers, but these phones aren't compatible with U.S. 3G networks (they will, however, work on EDGE). With the Diamond 2 manual surfacing and this new video from HTC, the U.S. release can't get here quick enough.

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5 years ago

Verizon Releases LTE Specs to Hardware Developers

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We've made mention that Verizon was working on its LTE network earlier this year, and now it appears the big V is releasing network specifications so hardware developers can start designing phones capable of using the 4G network.

The specifications provide guidelines for both access and data transport for LTE-capable devices. A web conference will be hosted by Verizon on May 13 to discuss the specifications in more detail.

The company plans a commercial roll-out of LTE starting in 2010. LTE trials have the 4G network generating 60Mbps real-world speed (about 30x faster than a good 3G connection). Along with Verizon, AT&T is planning for a 4G network in 2011.

Via PhoneScoop.com and Electronista

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile 6.5 'launch' at TechEd 2009

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Windows Mobile 6.5 has been "announced," and apparently we're getting closer to "launch." The Windows Mobile Team Blog [via ZDNet] notes that there will be a "kickoff launch presentation" on May 11 at the start of TechEd 09.

Stephanie Ferguson, GM of Business Experiences at Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business is going to deliver the kick off launch presentation of Windows Mobile 6.5 on Monday, May 11th at 1:00PM – 2:15PM. This Tech Ed 2009 session focuses on one of the biggest launches in the history of Windows Mobile – Windows Mobile 6.5. It is targeted at both IT Professionals and Developers, with a cool demo and an outline of great stuff to come.

What's this mean for you, the consumer? Probably not much (though it'll certainly give us something to write about). There are launches, and then there are launches. Windows Mobile 6.5 still has to officially make it to the manufacturers (not everyone can use a leaked ROM, you hackers), and so we're still not expecting and devices to get sanctioned upgrades until the fall.

But chugging forward at any speed is better than spinning our wheels.

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