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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Yo DJ, Spin That Wheel!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Software" @ 02:00 PM

"DJ Party Mixer is a cool music mixing tool for your phone. You can compile and edit playlists, mix mp3s in realtime, both fully automatic, and manually. It allows you to play with your music collection, throw a dance party or just use it for fun. On the touchscreen, you can set cue points of mp3 tracks, sort playlists, count the beats per minute and much more. It's like a virtual DJ mixing console, in the palm of your hand. Make smooth transitions from one music track to the other by setting the start- and end-points of every mp3 file on your phone. Create automatic playlists and watch the faders mix your tunes in realtime. Or mix manually at a any given moment."

It's always cool to see developers pushing the boundaries of what we can use our Windows Mobile devices for, so if you're into mixing, you can now use your Windows Mobile Professional device for exactly that purpose. Let's hope if a reminder triggers though it doesn't send the "ding" out with the music mix...

Tags: software, mixing

Friday, January 30, 2009

LocateMe Winners Found!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Software" @ 05:00 AM

The winners of the LocateMe contest this past week have been chosen, so in no particular order, here they are!

Congratulations to hotdram, fxcoupeman83, rookcnu, j2inet, and looneytoone!

If you're a winner, look for an e-mail from the publisher to soon be with you regarding your prize. If you didn't win this time, stay tuned - we're always looking to do more contests to bring Thoughts Readers the most stylish, stupendous, and sweet swag!

Tags: software

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Herocraft Updates Hexxagon Labs and Arcade Park Collection for 2009

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Software" @ 04:00 PM

"Hexxagon Labs is the amazing logic game, which contains over a dozen arenas filled with intellectual challenges where you are able to compete with computer rivals or play with your friends! Funny chemistry, witty physics, exciting astronomy... Do you think that there are no such things on our planet? If so, you haven't play Hexxagon Labs yet! Just drop in to the most unusual laboratory in the world and test the power of your mind!"

While we don't often publish news on minor software updates, these are a bit unusual enough to break that rule. Beyond some additional enhancements and bugfixes we'd normally expect, Herocraft have updated Hexxagon Labs and Arcade Park to support the widescreen displays that are becoming more common now - good news, since I recall screen compatibility has been a significant issue with games. Hexxagon Labs is a tough logic game with 18 total levels and 3 game modes, designed to test your mental agility, while Arcade Park is a collection of 8 arcade classics for the nostalgics among us. Hexxagon Labs for WM Pro is available for $14.96 through our software store (WM Std version for $10.96 here), while Arcade Park is going for $17.71 here (WM Std version for $14.41 here). Read the rest of the press release after the break! Read more...

Monday, January 26, 2009

OEM Leaks Windows Mobile 6.5 User Interface

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC News" @ 08:48 AM

"There have been a ton of leaks of Windows Mobile 6.5 on the Internet, and Microsoft is widely expected to announce the new version of Windows Mobile on Feb. 16 at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona. But today Windows Mobile 6.5 popped up on an official manufacturer's Web site - admittedly, a small manufacturer who hasn't yet successfully put out a product, but they're a manufacturer nonetheless. On Compulab's page for their new Exeda handheld they have a "Windows Mobile 6.5" tab, where they say, "To demonstrate just how friendly to developers exeda is, CompuLab software team brought-up Windows Mobile 6.5 Alpha on exeda the same day it was released.""

I can't say much more about this due to an NDA I'm under, but the images leaked by this manufacturer speak for themselves. What do you think of what you're seeing above?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

ProOnGo Helps Keep Receipts Organized

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC Software" @ 04:00 AM

ProOnGo is a program for your Windows Mobile phone that helps you keep track of expenses and generate reports. Using your device's camera, you can record images of the receipt, fill out various fields in the database, including user customizable fields, and then export your reports in Excel (.xlsx) or PDF format, optionally including receipt images.

There is a list of supported devices on their page and there is a feature limited trial available. You can purchase it for $19.99

Tags: software

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Windows Mobile UI Overhaul?

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC News" @ 06:00 PM

"Apparently, the company will be taking the wraps off a cloud-based syncing service called SkyBox, a MobileMe-like system which allows you to sync and backup your Windows Mobile phone OTA, though there's speculation the service might be extended to non-WM devices as well. The cats in Redmond will also apparently unveil something called SkyLine, an enterprise version of SkyBox, and will properly introduce SkyMarket -- its "mobile marketplace" (an App Store competitor)."

Engadget has news that Microsoft will be releasing a MobileMe clone, as well as apparently contemplating revising the Windows Mobile UI (WM7 anyone?). I'm curious to know just how many of our readers use cloud-based services. I feel that cloud-based computing is a good idea, but bandwidth and uptime are two considerations that have made me less than enthusiastic about adopting it. It all really depends on the implementation and the user experience - remember, MobileMe had a very rocky start. Microsoft looks to be going into the cloud in a big way this year - Skybox sounds like Exchange sync for the masses, with extras. On top of that, the shots above are purported to be of a new WM interface. While this is all highly speculative, I'll just note that there's still a today screen link in the screen, so it's not going to be a total changeover and more of an overlying shell. Thoughts everyone?

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Spb Weather 2.0 Adds Support for Foreca, New UI

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 08:05 PM

"Spb Software, the world's top Windows Mobile software developer releases a major update for Spb Weather - an award-winning and world's best-selling weather application for Windows Mobile touch-screen phones. Aside from the modernized finger-friendly UI, Spb Weather 2.0 offers forecasts by Foreca - the trusted weather source of, quotes current outside weather conditions, has an expanded city database, and a revolutionary 3D globe with animated weather forecasts over a real satellite image of the sky."

Spb Weather 2.0 packs a host of new features, including a 3D globe, and support for Foreca. It also includes features from v1.x such as the Today plug-in and integration with other Spb products. If you've yet to try or buy Spb Weather 2.0, head over to our affiliate software store - it's currently showing v1.7.4, but should be updated in the coming hours. If you're a registered user of v1.x, $9.95 will get you an upgrade to v2.0; however, if you purchased v1.x in the last ninety days, then v2.0 is yours for free. Similarly, all registered users of Spb Traveler 2.x are entitled to the full version of Spb Weather 2.0 for free.

Tags: software, weather, spb

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Get Seedpod Mobile Free, Offer Ends Today

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Smartphone Software" @ 10:47 AM

"SeeqPod Mobile brings Playable SearchTM to Windows Mobile powered phones and devices (and the upcoming Windows App Marketplace). Now you can use SeeqPod's award-winning* Biomimetic Search & Discovery technology to find playable search results, and Wikipedia articles all from your phone! Get instant playable access to SeeqPod's ever-growing and daily updated archive of Featured PodLists! Experience it all with a wide variety of color themes and one of the most amazing and gorgeous media players ever, with changeable skins in a range of styles."

I'll be honest, I'm not entirely sure I've wrapped my brain around exactly what this program does - biomimetic search and discovery? It seems like a search engine that focuses on music, podcasts, video, and other forms of media content. Well, for this weekend only (so the offer ends today), the program is free rather than $9.95 USD. What the heck - grab it now and figure it out later. ;-) The software will work on any device running Windows Mobile 6 or higher, whether that's Windows Mobile Professional or Windows Mobile Standard (I suspect Classic is supported as well).

Tags: software, podcast

Friday, December 19, 2008

Wicked Windows Mobile Software Deals From Dec 19th-23nd!

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone Software" @ 02:00 AM

The holidays are upon us and while I know a lot of Windows Mobile users out there will be picking up shiny new devices to play with on our respective gift giving holidays, there is always that one Windows Mobile gift that is overlooked – The gift of great Windows Mobile applications! From December 19th-23rd the company that manages our affiliate store, MobiHand, is having a huge 50% off sale on over 40 of the best-selling Windows Mobile applications. During this MobileHeist event you can expect to save anywhere from $10-$20USD on such applications such as Elecont Weather, Sprite Backup 6, Agenda One, Pocket Streamer and more!To pick up any of these best-selling applications you can just point your browser to our affiliate store(s) by using one of the links below!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

A Preview of Pointui 2

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Software" @ 11:00 AM

Now here's a nice looking user interface! I'm impressed with how fluid and smooth this is - although one video doesn't make this universally true, it sure seems like it's faster and smoother than TouchFLO 3D from HTC. Someone has to tell these guys though that their product name should have been written as PointUI - I can't imagine how many people see "Pointui" and pronnounce it "Pointuueyee". ;-)

Tags: software, Pointui

Monday, December 15, 2008

PocketGrandmaster Moves to 4.0

Posted by Paul Martin in "Pocket PC Software" @ 12:30 AM

"PocketGrandmaster 4.0 released! PocketGrandmaster 4.0 runs on devices with VGA, QVGA, WVGA and square-screens. New: PocketGrandmaster 4.0 comes with a built-in FICS- and ICS-client, so you can play people from all over the world on two of the most popular chess servers.

Most important improvements:

* Full support for WVGA (HTC Touch HD) and square screen devices.

* Play online on the Free Internet Chess Server (FICS) and the server of the Internet Chess Club (ICS).

* Play against players from all over the world (works well even without registration on FICS).

* Support for cut & paste in most windows, you could for example cut & paste a movelist to an email."

Chess players should check out the new PocketGrandmaster 4.0. As you can see, the program has continued to receive major upgrades, including the ability to play chess using the FICS and ICS chess servers to play opponents around the world. If you purchased PocketGrandmaster 3.x after 18th December 2005, you are entitled to a free upgrade. Those who purchased version 3.x before then are still entitled to a 50% discount.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

No Internet Explorer Mobile 6 For You...Unless You Buy a New Phone Next Year

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 05:24 PM

"There has been a few rants posted over the last week or so about the statement that was made on a Microsoft Windows Mobile blog pertaining to the apparent lack of support for existing devices to support the upcoming Internet Explorer Mobile 6 web browser. James is one person not happy about it and echoes many of the comments made on the MSDN blog post. Brett is not happy either and made it a point to show how there are third party browsers that exceed anything Microsoft currently has with Internet Explorer Mobile and what it looks like Internet Explorer Mobile 6 may also support."

Matt Miller has written up a great article on this rather thorny subject. The whole thing is an unfortunate blow to the Windows Mobile platform, heaping insult upon injury. The insult is that Microsoft has had, literally, 5+ years to take the lead in creating a great mobile browsing experience, and they haven't. They stuck to their minimalist, "just barely renders HTML" strategy until the iPhone made desktop-like browsing a major factor in the eyes of consumers (not counting connection speed of course - 3G speeds where I am still suck!). Then, a year and a half later, with the iPhone being in its second generation, Microsoft starts to talk about IE Mobile 6 - and I think "OK, it's been a long wait, but maybe this will be worth it".

Now comes the injury: apparently Microsoft developers were unable to code something that would work on current generation hardware because it just didn't have enough grunt. The really "underpowered" HTC Touch Pro, with its 524 Mhz CPU and 288 MB of RAM, just couldn't handle this "monster" browser. I'm not a developer, but come on Microsoft - if mobile browsers like Opera Mobile and Skyfire can work on our devices today, why can't IE Mobile 6? This whole issue just makes my blood pressure raise - from the outside looking in, it looks like Microsoft just didn't realize that mobile browsing was important until it was too late.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Encoding Made Quick and Easy With TMPGEnc MovieStyle

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 07:00 AM

TMPGEnc MovieStyle ($39.95 USD) is video encoding software created for device-specific encoding. It has a slick, user-friendly interface that's quite easy to use - once you get it working. TMPGEnc MovieStyle, like its more expensive big brother TMPGEnc 4.0 Xpress, has an extremely irritating online activation security scheme. I won't repeat myself here - you can read about my dislike of this sort of software protection in my other TMPGEnc review - but I find myself especially irritated because I installed this software to test it while I was a passenger in a car driving back home after visiting some friends in the countryside, and I wasn't able to use the software because I didn't have Internet access. I thought maybe on this cheaper, consumer-focused video encoding product, they'd have a more relaxed approach. There's not even a graceful limited trial mode for the software when it can't be activated - it simply won't load until the license is activated online. These sort of heavy-handed, "treat your customers like thieves" tactics are frustrating to see. But let's get on with the review, shall we? Read more...

Friday, October 17, 2008

Birthday Reminders Triggering at Midnight: Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 11:13 PM

It's a couple of minutes after midnight, and I'm trying to finish an article before hitting the pillow - and what should chime loudly beside me? My Windows Mobile smartphone, helpfully telling me that it's someone's birthday tomorrow. Birthday reminders are great - I'd miss almost every birthday without them. But why, please someone tell me why, would someone at Microsoft have thought that birthday reminders should trigger at midnight? Is there some maniacal Windows Mobile program manager who calls people one minute after midnight to wish them a happy birthday? I can't think of a single reason why anyone would want their phone chiming at midnight to remind them of a birthday. 10 AM on the day of the person's birthday? Sure, why not. Midnight? Insanity.

There's been more than one occasion when I've forgotten to put my phone in silent mode and I've left it downstairs in the kitchen, only to be woken up by the reminder chiming about someone's birthday. The problem is that birthdays are automatically created as all day events, starting at 12 AM on the day of the person's birthday and ending at 12 AM on the day after their birthday. Short of going through and editing every birthday reminder I have in my calendar, is there a solution for this ridiculousness? And why, with the latest Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system on my phone, hasn't this been fixed? Every version of Windows Mobile Microsoft adds some swanky new Exchange feature, yet these irritating little bugs don't get fixed. It's enough to make a guy stay up late on a Friday night ranting about it...

Friday, October 3, 2008

Best Software Awards 2008 Winners Announced

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Events" @ 02:29 PM

"The Winners in Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine's Eighth Annual Best Software Awards for Windows Mobile software have been announced at Eighty members of the Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine Board of Experts judged 936 Windows Mobile products in 194 Pocket PC and Smartphone categories. Winners are also listed in the Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine 2009 Resource Guide first seen late November."

The awards are in, so if you want to see which applications the judges selected as the best of the best, go have a peek. Did any of your favourite applications win awards? Any apps that you thing just plain rock but didn't even get nominated?

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Zune Experience Coming to Windows Mobile

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 02:28 PM

"CIO: Why has Microsoft developed Zune?

Ballmer: At the end of the day, one of the big trends is that all content is going digital. And if we don't have the software and services that are useful, helpful and valuable for the consumption of music and video, we are sort of not really a player. Now, we built the Zune hardware with the Zune software - and what you'll see more and more over time is that the Zune software will also be ported to and be more important not just with the hardware but on the PC, on Windows Mobile devices, etc."

What can I say other than IT'S ABOUT FREAKING TIME. I feel like I've told this story 1000 times by now, but here it is again: about four years ago I was at a Mobius or MVP event (I can't remember which) and a Microsoft person came up to me and asked me if I thought they should scrap Windows Media Player Mobile on the device and instead implement the Portable Media Center interface as the way end users would access their photos, videos, and music. I said "Yes, absolutely" before he was even finished talking. The first generation PMC hardware might have been pretty suck-tacular, but the UI was easy to use. The Zune is an evolution of that UI, and while the Zune still needs improvement on a number of levels, the Zune UI is very easy to use - easier to use an an iPod in my opinion. If Microsoft really cared about the consumer market, they would have implemented that media UI years ago and we'd be having a different discussion today. They didn't because they're focused on the enterprise market first and foremost, but that's slowly (oh so slowly) changing.

Putting the Zune software onto Windows Mobile gives Microsoft a bunch of advantages: first, it lets them stop developing Windows Media Player Mobile, a piece of software that has sadly languished for years, hardly getting any updates or improvements. Secondly, it gives end users a great UI for media consumption, and assuming they go all the way with this, it gives users a media management solution (the Zune desktop software) that enables them to easily manage music and podcasts, and somewhat more easily manage photos and videos.

I see this as a win-win all around if implemented properly. I can't see a single down-side to this - what do you think about it?

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Google Launches "Chrome" Web Browser

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 08:50 AM

Yesterday, Google launched their own Web browser. Since this is pretty big news, I decided it was worth posting network-wide. Do we really need another browser? Before yesterday, my answer would have been no - I'm a very satisfied Firefox user, and Internet Explorer 8 is shaping up quite nicely. But after watching the 90 minute Google Webcast yesterday, I was very interested in with what Google had created. There's a great online comic that walks you through why Google created the browser, and what kinds of things were important to Google when creating Chrome. I think this comic is also how the browser was leaked before Google was ready to announce it. Read more...

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Goodbye Carbonite, Hello Mozy

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 10:30 AM

A couple of years ago I made an impassioned plea to all the readers of our sites to implement a solid backup solution, preferably an off-site one. I figured it was time for an update on my solutions, and a refresher for everyone on the importance of backing up their data.

I was a Carbonite user for a couple of years, but last year I discovered something quite ugly: Carbonite filtered out EXE files, ISO files, and a few other file types. I have a few small ISO files I keep in my documents folder; these are boot CDs I might need to duplicate in the future. And as for EXE files, I purchase digital software quite often, and these EXE files are required if I need to re-install the software. I consider both ISO and EXE files to be part of my data - things that, if I lost, I'd be very upset because they'd be difficult to get back or re-create. Read more...

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Broken Ecosystem for Windows Mobile Updates

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 01:30 PM

Another interesting discussion came up on the private Mobius discussion list, and my response was a bit long so I thought it was worth sharing here. One of the Mobius group members made a comment about how it was time for something to be done to separate the firmware from the customizations that operators made - allowing for easy OS and application updates. My response, slightly expanded for public consumption...

We were at that point back in 2001 when some of the first generation Pocket PCs were denied upgrades to the new OS. This has been a sore point for Windows Mobile from the start.

iPhone = Two phones + one OS + one company = easy updates

Zune = Three devices + one OS + one company = easy updates

Windows Mobile = Dozens (hundreds?) of phones + two OS' + dozens of companies = nightmare update scenario

This issue has come up time and time again: because of all the different phone hardware, and the low-level software customization required for drivers and whatnot, OS updates and even simple patches are much more complicated than they could be if the underlying system was simpler. Every time there's a new version of Windows Mobile, we hear that updates are going to be made easier, but it never seems to translate into actual updates for users. Someone smarter than me can probably explain this, but on desktop PCs (at least with Windows) you have a hardware abstraction layer (HAL) that takes care of certain important things related to hardware and software talking to each other. Here's part of the Wikipedia definition:

"A hardware abstraction layer (HAL) is an abstraction layer, implemented in software, between the physical hardware of a computer and the software that runs on that computer. Its function is to hide differences in hardware from most of the operating system kernel, so that most of the kernel-mode code does not need to be changed to run on systems with different hardware. On a PC, HAL can basically be considered to be the driver for the motherboard and allows instructions from higher level computer languages to communicate with lower level components, such as directly with hardware." Read more...

Monday, August 4, 2008

Elecont Launcher for Windows Mobile Released

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Software" @ 01:00 PM

"Elecont Software announces the release of Elecont Launcher for Windows Mobile devices. Elecont Launcher is a full featured quick launch plugin for Home/Today screen that provides fast and ease of use access to your favourite applications, URLs, documents or control panel items. Elecont Launcher is friendly for finger usage because of its protection against accidental clicks. In addition to animated and sound effects Elecont Launcher has very small memory consumption and resources usage."

For $6.95 you get a homescreen launcher that is fairly similar to other launcher products out there (however most of them are included within other pieces of software that may cost more and include things you might not need!. I'm interested in exactly what "protection against accidental clicks" is, so I may download the free trial (or wait for someone to enlighten me!). Any Elecont users out there?

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