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Power up your texting with PowerSMS

Looking for a way to make sending text messages a little easier? Give PowerSMS a shot.

The free app is still in beta but is very well put together. With it you can:

  • Note to Self: Quickly send yourself a text message without having to lookup your own name first. Makes sense.
  • Group message: Just like it sounds. Set up groups and send them messages.
  • Auto reply: Again, just like it sounds. Set it and forget it.
  • Schedule SMS: Write a text and schedule it for later delivery.
  • Cool stats: See how many messages you've received in a given time frame, average per day, most active day, most active hour and who you text most. You're probably aware of these stats, but it's a quick way for a soon-to-be-ex loved one to check up on you.
  • Backup and restore: Hang on to those texts, or export as a .csv or .xml file.

Pretty handy stuff. The only thing I'd like to see added is the ability to send pictures, but that'd make it PowerMMS, now wouldn't it?

Check out more at the Trinket Software Web site, or download the CAB file directly here.

And for more SMS options, take a look at our reviews of SMS Chat and Vito Threaded SMS.

[via MSDN]

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The HTC Touch Cruise - the keyboardless follow-up to the Touch and precursor to the Touch Diamond - never managed to officially made its way into the United States.

And while that didn't stop people from importing the device, tempers have flared as we've seen other phones in the HTC family receive update after update, most noticeably the Touch receiving updates to Windows Mobile 6.1, and the Diamond getting multiple ROM fixes.

Finally, it appears that the Touch Cruise will get some 6.1 love, at least according to HTC's Twitter feed.

@danyw We're in the process of making sure the Touch Cruise upgrade is rock solid. It should be ready for release soon!

So congrats, all you Touch Cruise owners. Looks like you have just a little bit longer to wait.

Via Mobile Tech Addicts

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Qik adds more phones for live streaming

We've been enjoying the Qik video streaming and recording service on our iPhones, Motorola, Samsung and Nokia phones for a while now, and HTC devices are finally getting some love [via], as is the Samsung ACE and the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1. (Congats if you actually have that in your fat little fingers.)

Qik's Web site lists the following devices as newly compatible:

  • AT&T Tilt
  • HTC Touch Dual
  • HTC Touch Diamond
  • HTC Touch Pro
  • Samsung SPH-i325
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia X1

Check out Qik's signup page for a full list of supported devices. And hit us up after the jump for Dieter's Qik test video.

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Weekly Software Wrangle 17

It's time for the Weekly Software Wrangle 17 and there are new, updated and free apps featured for your enjoyment.

This week, WM Standard new software is Virtual Caller and Callstat. Updated software includes PocketCopy and Softick CardExport. The free app this week is mGomoku.

WM Professional new software are Pokarus and PocketExport. Updated software includes Pocket 15C SE Scientific Calculator and Mobiola Video Studio Pro. Freeware is PictoPocket.

Let's get started with this week's Wrangle!

WM Standard: New

First up this week for a WM Standard app is VirtualCaller for smartphone v2.0 from MobiTNT. Now your smartphone can do much more than calls, messaging and email. What about giving you an excuse to leave a meeting or end a boring conversation?

VirtualCaller can be used for a fake call or fake sms, or even as an alarm clock.


  1. Support making call/sms now
  2. Support quick call/quick sms, you can specify a call/sms after 1/2/4/7/10/15/30 minutes
  3. Setup a sms, you can select sms sender's name from contact list or name it whatever you like, compose content and choose the time
  4. Setup a call and choose mp3/wav format ringtone, and choose caller name from contact list or just enter from keypad as well; play your favorite voice during the call
  5. Unlimited calls and sms
  6. Support Delete/edit the existing call/sms
  7. Once you schedule the call/sms, VirtualCaller will exit until it's time for the call/sms.

Get VirtualCaller for $12.99 here.

The next new WM Standard app is Callstat for smartphone v2.0, also by MobiTNT. Need a better way to track all your calls and text messages?

Do you think the call logging system in your wm smartphone is enough for you? For example, you want to know the total time of calls that you have made with your girlfriend, what can you do with the existing call logging system in your phone? Nothing! Right? Then, try Call Stat.

Features: Call Stat will help you fulfill the following tasks 1. Count all incoming call logs 2. Count all outgoing call logs 3. Count all missed call logs 4. Count all incoming sms 5. Count all Outgoing sms 6. Support analyse between the time you specified

Get Callstat for $12.00 here.

WM Standard: Updated

PocketCopy v2.1.2.3 by Chapura is our first updated software for WM Standard this week. If you are switching from Palm OS and Palm Desktop and need a way to transfer your data into the Windows Mobile world, this may be the app for you.

Free your vital data from the Palm Desktop Software and put it where you can use it

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Ditch threaded SMS on Windows Mobile 6.1

For many Windows Mobile users, threaded SMS long had been the Bigfoot of the mobile operating system. You were pretty sure it was out there, you had seen snippets of it, but you'd never actually seen it.

That finally changed with Windows Mobile 6.1 (yes, Palm had it much sooner, and there are hacks and third-party solutions out there, either as an alternative or for older phones).

But say you just updated your Blackjack II or your Motorola Q9h to 6.1, and you just don't like having your text messages look like instant message conversations (why, we'll never understand). The enterprising souls over at MoDaCo have you covered.

It involves a wee bit of registry hackery (and has also been neatly wrapped into a cab file), and reportedly works on touchscreen and non-touchscreen devices.

If threaded SMS on WM6.1 just isn't your thing, check out the solution here. And as always, backup your device first.

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Have 10 years in marketing, product management or development? Five-plus years in the mobile industry?

Experience working with mobile operators and marketplaces? Helped the initial launch of products in the mobile industry?

Why, that sounds like a few people we know around here!

Those are a few of the requirements of a job listing on and spied by CNET as a possible indicator that Microsoft has its own applications store in the works.

The job title is listed as "Senior Project Manager - Skymarket," with the following description:

This is a unique opportunity and time of rapid change in the mobile industry for a Senior Product Manager in the Mobile Communications Services team to drive the launch of a v1 marketplace service for Windows Mobile.

Along with the responsibilities you might expect in this sort of job comes this particular nugget:

Preparation and driving the cross group collaboration with stakeholders in the commercial launch of the marketplace service with the launch of WM 7.

Interesting. Might that mean that Windows Mobile 7 will be held up for the creation of an app store? That might just be worth the wait.

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Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 16

Welcome to the Weekly Software Wrangle #16. There's a corral chock full of new, updated and free apps to overview, so pull on your cowboy boots and let's rodeo!

This week, WM Standard new software is Golden Tee Golf and Pinball Evolution. Updated software includes SmartMileage and Uno Free Fall. The free app this week is AIM.

WM Professional new software are WordPlay and Documents to Go Premium. Updated software includes Calligrapher 8.7 and Photo Contacts Pro 5. Freeware is PocketCAS.

Get those lassos out and lets rope in some apps for this week's Wrangle!

WM Standard: New

First up this week for a WM Standard app is Golden Tee Golf (Smartphone) v1.0.8 from InFusio Inc. I spent an awful lot of quarters playing the arcade version with my co-workers years ago.

Golden Tee

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Sony says Xperia X1 still on for Q4

Sony Ericsson's doing a little damage control after reports over the past several days said the much-hyped Windows Mobile Pro device would be delayed until possibly January.

A Reuters report has an SE spokeswoman saying that they're still "on target."

"There is absolutely no delay. The product is on track," Sony Ericsson spokeswoman Merran Wrigley said. "We have said it will roll out in Q4 and we are on target to do that."

So, we continue to wait. And wait. And wait some more. To pass the time, enjoy Dieter's hands-on with the Xperia X1 from CTIA back in April.

Via Engadget Mobile & WM Power User

Update: Can't get enough Xperia? A new promo video from Sony, after the break.


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Viigo, long one of our favorite RSS readers, recently updated its free Windows Mobile beta of Project Tango to version 3.0.18.

In the listed improvements are a U.S. Elections channel, options for the stocks services, and a channel for the Olympics, which, of course, are now over.

Also now available are live NFL scores, just in time for the beginning of the season Thursday.

Remember that this is a beta application, and there are bound to be some bugs. And while its multimedia capabilities are still behind that of Kinoma Play, it does pick up in the RSS reader category. And, best of all, it's free.

Check it out now at

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DIY Windows Mobile Drone

We normally refrain from using salty language here at WMExperts, but sometimes, well, sometimes something is just too bad ass and such a great example of the power of the platform that we can't help ourselves. Witness: The Windows Mobile-based remote-controlled airplane drone [via]. Sincerely, we're tearing up a little from the sheer awesome:

  • It's auto-piloted along a preset GPS path by the iPaq 6515 you see strapped to the bottom
  • It automatically takes pictures are pre-set GPS waypoints, instantly sent along by MMS.
  • It accepts course changes, camera commands, and more by SMS

You can download the code yourself to create your own drone. Chris Anderson, the heroric DIY Drone poster who created the software last year (seriously, how did we miss this?), notes that the software is still technically Beta. Our advice: toss some Qik realtime video streaming up in this rig.

Ladies and Gentlemen: this is why having an open platform that's easy to develop for is important.

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Get your tweets on with ceTwit

We've previously discussed Tiny Twitter, a stand-alone Twitter client for WIndows Mobile pro and standard, and Twit Today, a today screen plug-in for touchscreen devices.

Now we bring you Kosertech's ceTwit. Version 2.0 of the popular microblogging app recently was released, and here's what you get:

  • Timeline display (merged and filtered)
  • Account storage
  • Status Updates
  • Direct Messages
  • Click to reply
  • Automated Refresh
  • Smartphone support
  • Avatars in timeline
  • Local caching of avatars
  • Squeezer support
  • Relative Timestamps
  • Follow/Unfollow
  • Twitpic support
  • support
  • timeline updates while device is sleeping
  • audible/vibrate alerts
  • retweet
  • favorite
  • delete

Also offered from Kosertech is ceSnipURL, which makes long Web site addresses Twit-friendly right from your phone - a very handy feature.

To download the cab files directly to your phone: ceSnipURL, ceTwit 2.0 for touchscreen devices, and ceTwit 2.0 for non-touchscreen devices

You can follow ceTwit's developer here, and be sure to follow our feed,

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Documents to Go now on touchscreen devices

Documents to Go, the popular alternative to Microsoft Office Mobile, is now available on Windows Mobile Professional Devices.

With the app you get:

  • Create, view and edit native Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files, including in the Office 2007 format.
  • View native Adobe PDF files.
  • Decompress zipped files.
  • "Zip and send" files.
  • Create, view and edit Excel charts.
  • Access password-protected Word and Excel files (in 97-2004 formats).
  • And a slew of other goodies.

You can get Documents to Go Version 3.0031 in the WM Experts software store for $29.99.

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When you think photo editing, usually one name comes to mind. And finally, Photoshop is getting into the mobile game.

In September, Adobe plans to release Mobile beta, which will work in conjunction with your free account. From your Windows Mobile device, you'll be able to upload, store, access and share up to 5 gigabytes of photos - $49.99 upgrades you to Plus and gets you 20 gigs of space. And once your photos are online, you'll be able to edit them in the cloud with Photoshop Express.

The beta will be Windows Mobile specific, at least at first, with the Motorola Q9m and Q9h; Samsung Blackjack I and II, and Palm's Treo 750 and 700w/wx supported.

The iPhone, BlackBerry Pearl, Motorola Razr, Nokia 5310 and 6301 will be able to upload from the ShoZu service later next month.


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Poor little Silverlight. It's gotta be tough enough trying to put a chink in Adobe's Flash armor, and the Summer Olympics seemed like it'd be the place for Microsoft's latest to shine. The technology worked fine, bringing streaming video and loads of Olympic goodness to the masses.

However, not everything's coming up roses. TechCrunch has a good article explaining that despite the spin cast forth by NBC, it's online plan fell short. flourished with 72 million videos streamed and 1.2 billion page views, but Yahoo Sports still had 400,000 more visitors a day, at 4.7 million, TechCrunch says. Some of that should be attributable to Yahoo being an established portal, but that's still a pretty big hit for NBC - and Microsoft's Silverlight - to take one such a high-profile event. Why the discrepancy?

NBC decided to limit what people could see online, especially live streams, in favor of its TV coverage because it feared cannibalizing its TV audience. Those fears proved to be unfounded because given the choice, most people would rather watch the Olympics on TV than online. But NBC missed a big opportunity here to expand its audience by streaming events it gave short shrift on TV (i.e., anything that wasn’t women’s beach volleyball or sports where the U.S. didn’t have a good chance of earning a medal).

Silverlight is far from dead in the water. And we still have high hopes for it in the mobile sector, hopefully with the release of Windows Mobile 7. But we're starting to get antsy for more than online demos and aging YouTube videos - especially with iPhone 2.0 unleashed (for better or for worse), and Android ramping up (despite rumors to the contrary).

Read: No Matter How NBC Spins It, Olympics Web Strategy Comes Up A Loser

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Tweak, tweak, and tweak some more

Easily the biggest advantage of owning a Windows Mobile device is the ability to, well, tweak the hell out of it. While you can do so with a registry editor, that can be tedious, time-consuming and sometimes a little fraught with danger.

But if you own a WinMo Professional (touchscreen) device, there's a very simple alternative. Enter Advanced Configuration Tool, a free app recently updated to Version 3.0 that now offers more than 200 settings for your OS and its applications.

If you're already a fan, here are some of the Version 3.0 changes:

  • Better device compatibility.
  • Import/export settings using provisioning XML.
  • Customize HTC's TouchFLO 3D, and map soft keys.
  • Full VGA support.
  • Custom values in the configuration files.
  • Restore previous settings.

And so on and so forth ...

This really is a simple way to squeeze out every last drop of power from your phone. It breathed life back into my old Treo 750, and you don't need any programming or super-secret registry skills to make it work for you.

You can download it in cab form or as a desktop installation. To learn more about the app, visit the page at XDA, or the Advanced Configuration Tool Wiki.

Reminder: This is for WinMo Professional (read touchscreen or Pocket PC) ONLY.

And as much as we love this program, please use it wisely, and be sure to back up your device before doing any major surgery. Happy hacking!

Via MoDaCo

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Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 15

The Weekly Software Wrangle #15 is here and ready to ride!

This week, WM Standard new software is Map My Tracks and Pregnancy e-Wheel for the Motorola Q. Updated software includes SplashPhoto and SmartBlock. The free app this week is ClearTemp.

WM Professional new software are eQuickRecipes Deluxe and MASPware GeoFence. Updated software includes MobiForms for PPC and All-In Hold 'Em Poker. Freeware is Throttlelock.

Saddle up and ride, cowpokes! Time for this week's Wrangle!

WM Standard: New

First up this week for a WM Standard app is Map My Tracks v1.3.1 from Tinderhouse. Have you ever wondered, "Where the heck am I?"

Map My Tracks turns your mobile phone into your personal real-time GPS tracking device. Using a mobile phone with built-in GPS or an external GPS receiver you can map and track your location in real-time. Map My Tracks let your friends, competitors or parents know where you are right now.

Minimum Requirements: - Web-enabled phone with a data plan, Bluetooth & Java - GPS-enabled phone or external GPS receiver with Bluetooth - Map My Tracks Mobile installed on phone

Get Map My Tracks for FREE here.

The next new WM Standard app is Pregnancy e-Wheel for the Motorola Q v4.2 by Nialls Software. Granted, this software is rather gender-specific and even device-specific, but very useful for the right people.

Pregnancy e-Wheel is an ideal substitute for a manual pregnancy wheel, and a preliminary estimating tool for fetal development measurements. It estimates fetal weight based on differnet parameters such as the fundal height, and provides approximate percentile values for weight and length based on the Gestational Age. It provides the means to Estimate the Gestational Age (EGA) based on three diferent parameters: The Last Menstrual Period, the Estimated Delivery Date (EDD), and a given EGA at a specified UltraSound date.

Get Pregnancy e-Wheel for the Motorola Q for $9.95 here.

WM Standard: Updated

SplashPhoto for Smartphone v5.0 by SplashData, is our first updated software for WM Standard this week.

SplashPhoto turns your MS Smartphone into a mobile digital picture frame. Simply edit and organize your favorite images with the included desktop software then sync with your handheld to view images on the go.

Features: - NEW Camera Support - NEW Tree View to see all your photos in a familiar file system format - NEW Share images with others on Picasa, Flickr and Facebook - NEW Support for JPG, TIFF, GIF, and BMP - Simple, fast, high quality image viewer - and much more!

Get SplashPhoto for Smartphone for $29.95 here.

SmartBlock for Smartphone v2.3 by Efficasoft Co., Ltd., is the next updated app this week. Is there a stalker in your life? This app may be for you.

The smart way to block unwanted calls and SMS messages! Fully supports Windows Mobile Smartphone (2003, 2003SE, WM5, WM6), QVGA (240x320) and landscape screen.

Features: - Block/allow unwanted calls and SMS messages silently. - Convenient meeting mode with auto-SMS-answer-machine. - Powerful black/white list filters, SMS content filter as well as time setting support. - Protect black/white list, history etc. by password. - Widecard number support. For example, to block all calls from London: 020* - Import contacts from phone and SIM card. - Detailed history for all blocked calls and messages.

Get SmartBlock for Smartphone for only $10.95 here.

WM Standard: Freeware

The free app for WM Standard this week is ClearTemp v0.1 at

Tired of folders on your device that are full of unwanted junk? Fall me be fast approaching, but every time of year is good for some Spring cleaning! ClearTemp is an application for you to free up memory on your device. If you have custom folders which you wish to clear, you can also add them in.

You can get ClearTemp for Free right here.

WM Professional: New

The first new WM Professional application for this week is eQuickRecipes Deluxe v4.0 by Lakshmi Solutions, LLC. Just thinking about this app makes me hungry. If you are tired of eating out and want the convenience of having recipes only a stylus tap away, then check this out.

Use eQuickRecipes to store your favorite and most often used cooking recipes.

Features: - The application already contains an initial set of 35 very good recipes to get you started. Add and edit recipes as you wish. - The Deluxe version includes a PC companion to facilitate data entry on the PC. User can export recipes to a word file for printing or to excel as a CSV file. - The application contains Help features describing each screen.

You can get eQuickRecipes Deluxe for $9.99 here.

Next up is MASPware GeoFence v1.0, by MASPWare.

If you're like me (and hopefully you aren't), you have very little sense of direction. When out in the wild, it would be nice to have boundaries so I know that I'm staying in a general area and not wandering off into oblivion.

MASPware GeoFence is a GPS-based surveillance tool for Windows Mobile devices. This program loads a virtual fence (GPX/KML) and starts alerts, if the current position is out of bounds. This program can use any kind of GPX (GPS Exchange Format) data files and can also use Google KML files. You can easily record tracks with MASPware GPSmeter to use it as a virtual fence. Furthermore, it supports the free quoox|TRACKER tracking system, to track the position over the internet.

You can get MASPWare GeoFence for $9.95 here.

WM Professional: Updated

The first updated WM Professional app this week is MobiForms For PPC / WinMobile v4.05 by MobiForms.

MobiForms is a rapid application development (RAD) tool for creating mobile applications for just about any wireless platform including Tablet PC, Pocket PC, Windows CE, Windows Mobile, Smartphone, Symbian or Palm. MobiForms offers all the tools in one "box" for the creation and deployment of any type of mobile application - from surveys to field service, from signature capture to bar coding. Inexpensive solutions can be built and deployed in minutes instead of days with the intuitive MobiForms graphical drag and drop interface. MobiForms uses Java, but the Java layer is totally hidden from the developer leaving you to concentrate on high-level business logic and the application look and feel.

This app is packed full of features and has numerous improvements, so it's best to click the link below for a full description.

Pick up MobiForms For PPC / WinMobile for $178.00 here.

Next up is All-In Hold 'Em Poker - Tournament Play v2.80 by Birdsoft.

Are you looking for a great game of Texas Hold 'Em for your Windows Mobile Pro/Pocket PC device? Well you've found the best!

All-In gives the most bang for the buck with great features including Career Mode with Multi-Table Tournaments, a great gameplay and graphics engine, and the choice of No-Limit, Pot Limit, or Limit gaming all in one program.

It also has top-notch AI opponents. Computer players play with three styles of play(Tight, Normal, or Loose) and can even show tells and will TILT.

If you're a new player this is a great place to learn, with hand hints and tips, a complete help system, and the great AI to judge your progress against.

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Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 13

Howdy, partners. Welcome back for the Weekly Software Wrangle, lucky #13! This week the featured new software for WM Standard is Mobiola Remote Phone Control and Insaniquarium Deluxe for Smartphone. Updated software includes Pocket Tunes Deluxe for Windows Mobile and Mobiola Screen Capture. Free software is EdgeWay SmartPhone Utils.

WM Professional new software is Hinavigator - Touch To Go and VirtuaMouse One-Hand. Updated software includes EasyHelper SMS Security and Sniffi. Freeware is Phonetracker4Free v2.0.33.

It's time to dig in your spurs for Weekly Software Wrangle 13!

WM Standard: New

The first new WM Standard app is Mobiola Remote Phone Control v1.0.8 by SHAPE Services.

Get control of your smartphone from your PC. This app shows your phone screen on your PC so you can zoom in/out, take a snapshot, video recording, works via WiFi (NEW!), Bluetooth or USB, and demo your phone through Skype Video and record YouTube video presentations directly to YouTube using webcam driver functionality.

Note: Trial version limits single connections to 5 minutes and has 7 days evaluation period.

Features: * Shows your phone screen on your PC * zoom in/out * full screen regime * snapshot * video recording * Works via WiFi(NEW!), Bluetooth or USB * Demo your phone through Skype Video and record YouTube video presentations directly to YouTube using webcam driver functionality

Get Mobiola Remote Phone Control v1.0.8 for $34.95 here.

The next new WM Standard app is Insaniquarium Deluxe for Smartphone v1.00 by Astraware.

Insaniquarium Deluxe

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Rut ro, Raggy. Looks like things in the Android camp are slowing down even further.

Barron's [via Giz] has it from a Global Equities Research analyst that there aren't enough developers working on Google's open-source mobile OS, and that an already rumored delay of the first Android handset may be pushed back till sometime in the first quarter of next year.

It seems there are too many people who want to work on established operating systems, including Windows Mobile.

Android, “is not able to attract enough developers because toolkits offered by Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Research in Motion (RIMM), and Nokia’s (NOK) Symbian software group, have sucked up software developers’ attention.

The Barron's blog also mentions that HTC is dragging its feet some on the hardware side, "demanding a guaranteed minimum revenue surety from Google."

A company not having unlimited resources to throw at a project? That must sound downright alien to Google.

Update: electronista reports that HTC denies the delay and says they're still on track for a Fall 2008 release.

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Microsoft spent a half-billion on Danger

How much is the Sidekick worth to you? If you're Microsoft, try $500 million, which is what it spent on Danger, the parent company of the uber-popular Teen texter (ask your kids).

The questions still remain of what Steve Ballmer & Co. plan to do with it (probably some sort of consumer device), and what kind of timetable they're looking at. (Hint: Not anytime soon.)

Stay tuned, folks.

Via Engadget Mobile

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Can customs seize your Windows Mobile device?

A bit of hoopla was raised last week over border search policies disclosed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In almost every news story, the word "laptop" was used in the headline. And this is true. Your laptop can be seized and its information inspected for an unspecified amount of time, no suspicion necessary.

If you're visiting WM Experts, you're probably a fine, upstanding member of society, and a model patriot and benefit to the American way of life, blah blah blah.

But the next logical question is, "Can they take my Windows Mobile device?" Check in after the jump for the answer, and for some tips that could save you some time and embarrassment. (Though if you're looking for a way to completely sneak one past the government and cause some shenanigans, you're at the wrong place.)

Welcome back. So can The Man snag your phone and look at your data?

The answer is: Absolutely. Along with just about anything (electronic or otherwise) you have on your person.

From the Policy Regarding Border Search of Information (pdf link), dated July 16, 2008 (bold section emphasized by us):

CBP [Customs and Border Protection] is responsible for ensuring compliance with customs, immigration, and other Federal laws at the border. To that end, officers may examine documents, books, pamphlets, and other printed material, as well as computers, disks, hard drives, and other electronic or digital storage devices.  These examinations are part of CBP's long-standing practice and are essential to uncovering vital law enforcement information. For example, examinations of documents and electronic devices are a crucial tool for detecting information concerning terrorism, narcotics smuggling, and other national security matters; alien admissibility; contraband including child pornography, monetary instruments, and information in violation of copyright or trademark laws; and evidence of embargo violations or other import or export control laws.

The policy isn't new, and it applies to anyone entering the United States, citizen or not.

Handling the information

So customs can snag your device, copy your data or inspect it on site, and there's not a whole lot you can do to stop them from doing so. If they find probable cause that you're up to no good, they may "seize and retain the originals and/or copies of relevant documents or devices, as authorized by law."

And your data can be copied and shared with just about any other governmental agency.

Copies of documents or devices, or portions thereof, which are retained in accordance with this section, may be shared by CBP with Federal, state, local, and foreign law enforcement agencies only to the extent consistent with applicable law and policy.

Absent probable cause, they can only keep information regarding immigration matters.

Other provisions

Windows Mobile is primarily still a business device, and businesspeople tend to travel with sensitive information.

There are provisions for "business information," though it doesn't say much more than "We'll do what we can to keep your stuff from falling into the wrong hands." And it adds that "Depending on the nature of the information presented, the Trade Secrets Act, the Privacy Act, and other laws may govern or restrict the handling of the information."

But we don't recommend claiming that the photos you took of the, er, entertainment, on your - cough, cough - "business trip" to Tijuana are proprietary information.

Attorney-client privilege is also addressed. While claiming such can't keep them from being searched, it should bring an extra level of oversight in the handling of your data.

Correspondence, court documents, and other legal documents may be covered by attorney-client privilege.  If an officer suspects that the content of such a document may constitute evidence of a crime or otherwise pertain to a determination within the jurisdiction of CBP, the officer must seek advice from the Associate/Assistant Chief Counsel or the appropriate U.S. Attorney's  office before conducting a search of the document.

What can you do?

The easiest answer is, leave your laptop or WinMo device at home. But that's not much of an answer, is it?

Here are a couple of simple solutions.

1. The cloud: We love the cloud. We talk about the cloud all the time. Store your data in the ether, and you don't have to worry about someone snagging it off your device. (Who has access to it way up the sky is a whole 'nother matter, but that's for another day.)

2. The ninja-stealth move: We'll keep saying it until we're blue in the face. Backup software is your friend, and SPB Backup 2.0 is perfect for this one.

It's as simple as doing a full - and encrypted - backup of your device, and saving that backup to a storage card (which you should already be doing) or, better yet, somewhere in the cloud (though the 20-meg or so file sizes could be a problem there).

Then, before heading back across the border, do a hard reset and wipe your device. When you get back home, restore from the backup, and you're right where you left off. No muss, no fuss.

The caveat

This isn't a foolproof way to keep your data completely out of the hands of, well, anyone but you, nor is it meant to be. If Jack Bauer wants to make sure you're not using your phone to make his next 24 hours a living hell, he's going to do so. (And, yes, we're well aware that it takes more than a simple reformatting to make data irretrievable.) This is just the equivalent of keeping a screener from riffling through your underwear in your suitcase, looking for a shotgun.

That said, there isn't a whole lot of legal precedent for this sort of thing yet, so there likely will be some bumps in the road.

Look, we certainly don't endorse transporting anything illegal over U.S. (or anyone else's) borders. And we're all for catching terrorists before they strike. So please don't view this as a way to circumvent policies and procedures meant to safeguard all of us.

But your data, your privacy and your Fourth Amendment rights are priceless, too.

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