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6 years ago

Review: Freedom Mobile Power

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Review: Freedom Mobile Power

As our devices become more powerful, packing more electronics into the tiny black slabs we've become so fond of; many of us are finding that we have to find creative ways to conserve our batteries in order to make it through the whole day without being force to recharge.

Freedom (the company) has given us several products that add functionality to our handhelds without adding limitations. Their keychain GPS solutions (Keychain GPS and Keychain GPS 2000) have both earned rave reviews. Freedom's Mobile Power ($49.95 from the WMExperts store) is a self contained power charger that features a 1800mAh battery and male and female mini USB ports. The idea is that the charger is something you can carry around with you and plug in if you need an extra boost through the day.

Click the button for the review.

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6 years ago

Comparing Windows Mobile 6.5 and iPhone 3.0

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We had a little fun with our friends at The iPhone Blog last week after the iPhone 3.0 software was announced. Certainly it's a red-letter day in TiPB nation.

But now that we've had our fun, let's a take a serious look at how the iPhone 3.0 software compares to Windows Mobile present — and future, in Windows Mobile 6.5. Join us as we break down Rene's excellent 3.0 walkthrough.

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6 years ago

Samsung WiMax device spotted with Windows flag

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Samsung apparently has dished a little bit on an upcoming (and as yet unannounced) WiMax device and - lookie, lookie - is that a Windows flag there down at the bottom left?

Not much else is known about the SWD-M100 Mondi, though Phonescoop says that it's destined for Australia's Clear network. And unless the keyboard is minuscule, this appears to be more of a tablet-type phone than a slider.

Stay tuned, folks. The 4G race is racing er, crawling forward.

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6 years ago

Snapdragon's graphics get showed off (Video)

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Having to live with Qualcomm's MSM series of chipsets for so long, it's nice to see the next-gen series (Snapdragon) finally strut its stuff. To refresh your memory, basically these systems are running 1ghz processors, can do HD graphics (720p), "day-long battery life" and have more advanced GPS and wireless connetivity (read more here)

Though we've seen it running that ho-hum custom Today screen on the Toshiba TG01, it seems that at MWC a few weeks ago a much more in-depth graphics demo was given.  We have to say, it's looking very promising so far.

Basically, from a non-technical perspective, it looks like we'll be having Sony PSP-level graphics on our super-thin (10mm) WinMo phones in late 2009/2010, which we're really stoked about. Advanced lighting, shading & translucency? Yes please.

Check out the 3 min demonstration of Qualcomm's Snapdragon after the jump! You don't wanna miss.

Mobilna Technologia [via]

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6 years ago

IE6 on Windows Mobile 6.5: A Hybrid

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IE6 on Windows Mobile 6.5: A Hybrid

 

As we just hinted, IE6 on Windows Mobile 6.5 is going to be a sight better than it currently is on the WM6 Sprint Treo Pro. There are plenty of reasons for this. Stuff you likely already knew: it has a better, touch interface and it will be on 6.5, which will only be on devices with plenty of RAM, which will mean that its nigh-insatiable appetite for memory won't be as much of a problem.

But wait! There's more! We caught a couple of nice tidbits from the excellent MIX09 Windows Mobile presentation video featuring Loke Uei Tan (who is currently taking one for the team. Go Lokeuei!). Namely, IE6 on 6.5 is more of a "hybrid" than it is a straight mobile implementation of IE6. First up: it actually supports PNG alpha channel  transparent graphical elements ftw! The other change is that it's using the javascript engine from Internet Explorer 8 which should add some compatibility and performance to the entire thing.

Of course, that doesn't mean we're happy about the rendering engine. I've personally lost time roughly equal to the Jurrasic period to IE6 compatibility. That movement to get web designers to give up supporting IE6 altogether (thanks Rich!), it didn't spring up out of nowhere. The lack of tabs is also disturbing.  But hey flash support, right? Right?

Up to now I haven't much cared about rendering fidelity on mobile. As these devices get more pixels, I suspect it will begin to grate more. What say you?

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6 years ago

Last.fm calls third party apps, hangs up

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Last.fm, the popular internet music streaming service, has announced that all third-party apps will be shut out of its service. Popular third-party clients include Windows Mobile’s Pocket Scrobbler, S60’s Mobbler, and if you’re a Crackberry addict, Flipside also will go the way of the dinosaur. Citing pressures from record labels and wanting to flex its muscles, these changes should take place in the near future.

Last.fm breaks it down further in its forums:

Last.fm has never had a public radio API, although we've tolerated third-party clients using the undocumented calls that our client uses. This is finally about to change - we're going to make a public, documented streaming API available to everyone who has an API account. There are a few limitations:

  • Only subscribers will be allowed to stream using API applications unless you negotiate a separate deal with us - we need to get the money to cover royalties.
  • You won't be allowed to use our API to stream to mobile phones. This is unfortunately a limitation of some of our licensing agreements. Again, we may be able to make an exception to this if you talk to us directly.

So on the upside, current developers may take advantage of new APIs to help them develop under Last.fm’s guidance. Word on the street is that the official apps on the iPhone and Android platform will continue to work, as they are officially sanctioned.

This is going to upset a lot of people. But the good news is that there still will be APIs available for developers, it'll just cost some cash.

Last.fm via Gizmodo

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6 years ago

Opera 9.7 coming, will have Flash, Ajax support

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Our love-hate relationship with Internet Explorer may again become a bit of a moot point as Opera Mobile has announced some details of the next version of its browser.

CNet reports that Opera Mobile 9.7 will support Flash and Ajax. CNet also says Opera Turbo, which squeezes data through slower connections, will make its mobile debut, and that 9.7 scores a perfect 100 on the Acid 3 rendering test. Google Gears and Open GL ES for graphics also will be on board, as will widgets.

Drool.

Opera Mobile 9.7 is intended for release by carriers and phone manufacturers, CNet says, but a consumer release is hinted at.

Alls we know is this: Between IE6, Skyfire, Firefox and now Opera 9.7, it's starting to look like the browser wars are back with a vengence.

Update: Opera's posted a video of 9.7 in action. Peep it after the break.

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6 years ago

Microsoft employees get to test 6.5

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Microsoft employees get to test 6.5

This kind of is a no-brainer, but here it is, highlighted in pink. If you're a full-time employee (or full-time equivalent?) of Microsoft, chances are you're taking part in the beta test of Windows Mobile 6.5. [wmpoweruser via uberphones] Enjoy, you lucky dogs. The rest of us will wait not so patiently.

Kinda makes us wish we hadn't dropped out of school to follow Phish around, but whatevs.

[updated to fix link]

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6 years ago

Quick Tip: Better IE6 Scrolling on the Sprint Treo Pro

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We've (somewhat infamously) laid a bit of hateration on the Internet Explorer Mobile 6 on the Sprint Treo Pro.  Truth be told, if you can set aside or otherwise manage its heavy memory usage, it actually does quite well at rendering pages accurately.  We also have higher-than-you-might-expect hopes for IE6 on Windows Mobile 6.5 (more on that in a later post).

One of the hassles with IE6 on the Sprint Treo Pro is navigation, moving that little pointer around to find links and scroll pages can become quite a chore with the Treo Pro's D-Pad. There's a 'nuclear option' for dealing with that, namely rolling back some of IE6's interface 'improvements' with a registry hack that makes it behave like IE5 Mobile.  That's not really an ideal solution, however, even with the convenient (and clever!) cab file that automatically toggles between the two modes from CodyPPC.  

Lucky for us, Marc has emailed in this non-obvious tip: use the spacebar!  You can hit the spacebar solo to scroll down a full page.  Another option: hit Shift + Space either together or serially to hop down to the next link.  If you're wondering, both spacebar methods also work on the GSM version of the Treo Pro as well.

Sprint Treo Pro owners: How's IE6 Mobile treating you these days?

Thanks for the tip, Marc!

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6 years ago

Developers weigh in on Marketplace plans

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We've been digesting the news surrounding Microsoft's Windows Marketplace for Mobile as the details trickle out. Developers keep 70 percent of the profits, same with Apple's App Store. Standards must be met, but Microsoft will be there to guide developers.

And recently there's been a bit of debate as we learned that updates to an application count the same as submitting a new app. [I Started Something via jkontherun]

Here's how it works: For the initial $99 application fee, devs can submit up to five apps. Any additional submission beyond the first five will cost another $99. So you could submit one application, then update it four times in a year without paying more. Or you can submit five different apps. Dealer's choice.  Counting app updates against the 5-a-year free limit sounds downright crazy wrong to us, but we're not developers.

So before we get all outraged, let's take a deep breath and think things through. More to the point, we asked developers. After the break, we talk with a few well-known developers and see how they feel about Marketplace.

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6 years ago

A Closer Look at AT&T’s Fuze Test ROM

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A Closer Look at AT&T’s Fuze Test ROM

I’ve been running the leaked AT&T Test ROM for some time now and have to admit, if the final product is anything like the test, Fuze owners will be very pleased.  We've given you the technical changes and fixes the ROM offers but how does all this translate to performance.  Does it speed up the Fuze?  Slow it down?  Are there stability issues?

As was mentioned in the original post concerning this Test ROM, if you’re going to try the Test ROM understand it may/may not have issues and installing it deletes everything (original ROM, data, apps, etc.) from your Fuze. If you’re not sure, check out the forums and read up on flashing devices. 

Having thrown out the obligatory word of caution, if you're curious how the Test ROM performs, follow the break.

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6 years ago

Review: Auto Ranger Stix by Cell Ranger

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Review: Auto Ranger Stix by Cell Ranger

In the last decade or so, one of the biggest advances in technology has been mass availability of mobile connectivity. As the various cellular providers battle for the titles of largest and fastest networks, our dependency on these providers becomes more and more prevalent.

The downside of this mobile revolution is that this strength becomes a glaring weakness when that connectivity suddenly disappears. Very few solutions are available for those of us that spend much of our time in limbo between three bars and zero. One such product that is making a play to “Boost Your Bars” is the Auto Ranger Stix by Cell Ranger. This Intelligent Amplifier system works on all major US carriers with the exception of Sprint/Nextel.

Click on over to get the full look.

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6 years ago

Review: Samsung WEP-350 Bluetooth Headset

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Review: Samsung WEP-350 Bluetooth Headset

These days, Bluetooth headsets are about as popular as a glass of lemonade on a hot summer day. This is due partially to the coolness factor of the technology as well as the various government laws requiring their use while driving. As the pool gets more crowded, it keeps getting harder to find that headset that is perfect for you.

Samsung is one of those names in the electronics world that is always considered one of the biggest in any niche. Whether it is TV's, Cameras, Bluetooth headsets or even the Windows Mobile phones that we are all so fond of; Samsung is one of the best in the business. Samsung's WEP-350 headset is designed in the image of some of the slimmest models available.

To get the full report on the latest from Samsung, click on through. 

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6 years ago

Krusell Horizontal Case with Multidapt

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Krusell Horizontal Case with Multidapt

Cases are a vital accessory that we entrust our phones to and is easy to forget that we continually use every day. Also with cases ranging on average from $20-$30, it is also very expensive to try to find that perfect case through trial and error. Today WMExperts will help to make that decision a little easier, we have reviewed the Krusell Horizon Multidapt (S) case and we have made a firm decision on whether we would recommend it or not. To find out if this is a must have or must not and why, please read on.

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6 years ago

Review: Parrot MINIKIT Slim Bluetooth Speakerphone

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Review: Parrot MINIKIT Slim Bluetooth Speakerphone

 

Some people just really don't like wearing Bluetooth headsets. There are numerous reasons for this; long hair getting tangled, small ears making wear uncomfortable, or just not liking the way they look. The solution for these folks is some type of speakerphone, whether built in to your car or as an additional purchase.

Parrot is one of those manufacturers that I always keep an eye on to see what they're releasing. If you read the review of the Parrot MINIKIT, you know what there were some shortcomings in the design and execution of that particular model. If you're on the lookout for a Bluetooth speakerphone, don't go anywhere. This could be the one for you.

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