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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Windows Mobile Device + Train Set = Fun

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone Talk" @ 10:50 PM

"If you read my blog then you'll probably realise that I can be a little nuts at times. Every now and then I like to do some weird things with my Windows Mobile... Yesterday I decided to do something a bit more bizarre and plonked my HTC phone onto the carriage of a toy train set. "What?" I hear you cry. Well, I was helping my nephew with his train-set while Emily gave our son a bath, so I decided to film it because it was, quite possibly, the longest track we'd ever made... Yes, it's a little nuts, but this is what happens when you have kids ;)"

Tired of sitting around and twiddling your thumbs while we all patiently wait for the release of Windows Mobile 7? Well here is a little something to pass the time and maybe even give you a chuckle. Gears from has attached his Windows Mobile HTC handset to a electronic train set and has sent it down one of the longest toy train tracks I have ever seen constructed. It just goes on and on and on. You can see one of the videos above. To see the second clip point your browsers this way.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Protopage Mobile Launch Goes Live

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone Talk" @ 11:12 AM

"We’ve just launched a major update to Protopage, which includes brand new mobile features. Protopage Mobile has been specially optimized for dozens of mobile phones including the Apple iPhone, Blackberry, Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG, Windows Mobile 5/6, HTC and Palm... To access it, simply visit on your phone."

There seemed to be a fair amount of our readers out there that enjoy the idea of a customizable homepage. If you are familiar with Desktop browser based customizable landing pages then you should be familiar with Protopage. For those that are not familiar, Protopage is similar to iGoogle but a bit more fun. Like iGoogle you can do basic things like set up RSS feeds to aggregate your daily news readings to even reading your daily Dilbert comic strips. Unlike iGoogle though, Protopage is a bit more fun to look. With the launch of the new mobile service you can bring all that you love of the Desktop browser version down to your mobile device.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

MetroPCS MetroFlash welcomes Verizon, Sprint customers -- and their devices

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone Talk" @ 04:02 PM

"MetroPCS may not have the largest wireless footprint in the States, but they did take a jab at the larger two CDMA carriers by announcing their intention to take on any Verizon and Sprint customers ready to jump ship -- as well as any "compatible" devices they may want to bring along with them. Sprint already supposedly does this (although we've still yet to hear of it actually really happening), but the specifics of MetroPCS's MetroFlash seem equally unclear. It doesn't sound like they'll reprogram just any CDMA device that walks through their doors, though, just the ones they've had a chance to test on their network. Definitely kills the buzz (and the number of devices that can be ported), but a little open is still kind of better than totally closed, right?"

One of the things that have always annoyed be of CDMA devices and carriers is the almost non-existence of openness between them. With my GSM/HSDPA handset I can pop in a SIM card from almost any other GSM network and be up and running with a snap of my fingers. This is something that is almost impossible to do on CDMA networks… heck even switching your current device on the same CDMA network is a hassle. While I give MetroPCS a pat on the back by trying to stand apart from the crowd is it really enough? What benefit is there to being open when the whole process of enabling the handset on the network is so ridiculously cumbersome?

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Celebrate The 4th of July with Astraware Fireworks!

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone Software" @ 06:29 PM

"Astraware Fireworks is a simple FREE application, showing sequences of fireworks flying and exploding into the air. As 4th July is traditionally a time for fireworks and celebrations in the USA, the features have been created to help our American friends highlight one of their major holidays - Independence Day!"

Now you can enjoy fireworks anytime you want with Astrawares latest offerings for the mobile world. You can download this free application from Astraware's website or by going here.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Microsoft to Acquire Mobile-Data Company

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone News" @ 11:49 AM

"Microsoft announced Thursday it has made plans to acquire MobiComp, a mobile-data company founded in 2000. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed... The acquisition will be used to bolster a number of services on the Windows Mobile smartphone platform as well as the Windows Live Web services division. MobiComp has developed an array of products: MobileKeeper Backup & Restore, MobileKeeper Sharing & Communities, and Active mTicker. They're used by companies to back up data stored on mobile phones, submit content from mobile phones to social networks like Facebook, and access news and other mobile media."

It is interesting to see Microsoft suddenly paying more attention than usual to the mobile services market. With their recent purchasing of Sidekick maker Danger and now MobiComp it looks as though Microsoft has plans up their proverbial sleeve to start rolling out more integrated mobile services to their Windows Mobile and Windows Live product lines. Hopefully we will find out more of what Microsoft has planned as the month slowly start ticking down to the release of Windows Mobile 7.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Tech-ED EMEA - Windows Mobile Track - Give Jason your ideas!

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone Talk" @ 10:58 PM

"This year I've got the great honour of running the Tech-Ed EMEA Windows Mobile Track! This is the first time Windows Mobile has had it's own track at Tech-Ed so I want to make sure it is the best track at the whole conference! To do that I need your help... What sessions do you want to see being run at Tech-Ed EMEA for Windows Mobile?"

Jason Langridge is sending out an SOS to all of us Windows Mobile users. As stated above Jason is running this year’s Tech-Ed EMEA Windows Mobile Track and needs our help in deciding what should be run this year. There are a few suggestions such as Windows Mobile 6.1, development, security and more. If you would like to help Jason out you can do so by posting a comment on his blog here.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

LG Bringing Christmas in June to California!

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone Talk" @ 10:31 PM

"On the first of July, California residents will no longer be allowed to talk on the phone while driving, without using hands-free accessories. This is the reason, tomorrow LG Mobile will give away more than a thousand Bluetooth headsets at a special event. It will be hosted in Los Angeles, at the Petersen Automotive Museum (6060 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036) from 11AM to 1:30PM (or while supplies last) on the 19th of June. All are welcome."

First off, I apologize we're posting this so late. I didn't catch wind of this story until 20 minutes ago. Now on for the goodies! LG is showing a lot of love to cellular phone users in Los Angeles, CA. As the post says above you LG will be giving away 1000+ Bluetooth headsets between the hours of 11AM and 1:30PM PST on Thursday June 19th, 2008. If you live in the Los Angeles area you should take an early lunch tomorrow and treat yourself to little gift because nothing says fun like brand spanking new electronics before lunch! To get your free headset you have to go to the following address:

Petersen Automotive Museum [map]
6060 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Glastonbury's Wind and Solar Phone Charging Tent

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone Talk" @ 01:16 PM

"If you accidentally leave for Glasto without your pocket solar charger or HYmini hand-held wind charger, fret not -- you'll be able to power your phone at a dedicated renewable energy tent. Built by Orange, the 'recharge Pod' is a seven-metre high tent with 500 watt solar panels and a 500 watt wind turbine on the roof that'll generate electricity for dead mobile phones."

This has to be one of the coolest things I have seen all week. Words cannot describe how badly I want one of these tents! Sure it wouldn't be very practice as I do not have 100 phones to charge but can you imagine having a slimmed down personal version of this tent? Maybe something powerful enough so you could take it camping and charge whatever electronics you brought with you and even power an electric hot plate. Sure you could cook your food over a fire but chances are if you're reading this site you're a fan of tinkering with technology and this is some pretty cool technology. Sort of makes you wonder why the heck we don't have similar solar and wind powered setups like this everywhere... you know, without the tent portion and just the clean renewable energy that portion.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Astraware Bubble Babble for Windows Mobile Now Available

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone Software" @ 12:42 PM

"Challenge your word power with this undersea bubble-bursting brain teaser! Link together letter bubbles to form words and impress Wordsworth Smartygills - your friendly fishy host! Bubble Babble includes a fun interactive tutorial to teach you how to play with the bubbles and make words from them. Score points for each word you make. Impress Wordsworth with more complex or unusual words and he'll reward you with shiny shells for your collection!"

Astraware has released Bubble Babble for the Windows Mobile platform. This undersea puzzle game puts you in the center of the ocean so you can spell out words with bubbles. Sounds silly when you say it out loud but I'm sure like all Astraware games this game will help you kill that dreaded downtime when you're out and about and need something to do. Normally this game would cost you a whopping $19.95 but from now until June 21st, 2008 you can pick this game up from our affiliate store(s) for a low $9.95. [SPT] [PPCT]

Be sure to pick up your copy today! Continue reading for the full press release. Read more...

Thursday, May 29, 2008

mDesktop - Remote Control Your Windows Mobile Device with Ease

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone Software" @ 10:09 PM

Everything you do with your Windows Mobile smartphone you can now do from your PC - on your big screen, big keyboard and complete integration with your desktop. With mDesktop on your PC and Windows Mobile smartphone connected to it you can: make outgoing calls from the smartphones address book, manage incoming ones with ease from your desktop, have threaded SMS conversations, manage images, manage calendar and contacts straight on your phone, no synchronization required.

I took a bit of time to play around with mDesktop today and I have to admit that it is pretty impressive. Being able to control my handset without having to type away on the tiny QWERTY keyboard was refreshing. Also when using mDesktop, installing CAB files on your device from your desktop couldn't be any easier and the same can be said for taking screenshots of your phones display. If you were looking for a somewhat inexpensive way to remote control your handset you can pick up MotionApps mDesktop today from their website for $19.99.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Microsoft Crosses Fingers: Hopes for 50% Smartphone Growth by 2009

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone News" @ 11:16 AM

"TAIPEI, May 27 (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp expects global unit sales of its Windows Mobile software for cellphones to grow at least 50 percent per year in fiscal years 2008 and 2009 as demand for smartphones rises rapidly. 'Fifty percent growth is the minimum,' Eddie Wu, the software company's managing director of OEM embedded devices Asia, told Reuters on the sidelines of a news conference on Tuesday. He said Microsoft expects to sell 20 million units in its 2007/2008 fiscal year ending in June, and expects to grow at least 50 percent annually over the next two years. It sold over 11 million units of its Windows Mobile software in its 2006/2007 fiscal year ended June. 'We're actually still seeing very good growth (for our mobile software) in markets like Europe and the United States,' said Wu. Wu added that growth of Windows Mobile is seen fastest in Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Brazil, Russia and India."

11 million units worldwide is an incredible feat and with all the fancy new handsets popping up like the new Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 and the HTC Touch Diamond, it is pretty much a no brainer that Microsoft will hit their now hopeful 50% increase and then some. Now if one the manufactures out there would stop ignoring us poor Windows Mobile Standard users and release something nice and customized for us, I would be a happy man! It is not fair that our Windows Mobile Professional brothers get all the fun while we're stuck with the same ol' non-jaw dropping interface. It might be time for me to get over my unnatural hatred for smudges and pick up a HTC Touch Diamond.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Rural Wireless Carriers File FCC Petition Opposing Handset Exclusivity

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone Talk" @ 08:36 PM

"If you thought you were annoyed when one of the big wireless carriers locked up a phone you were after, you have no idea how frustrated small and rural wireless carriers are -- they've just filed a petition with FCC seeking to ban the practice. The 80 companies in the Rural Cellular Association serve small markets not well-covered by the big guys, like parts of New Mexico, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming, and they say that carrier exclusivity deals not affect their bottom line, but also deprive consumers of desirable phones like the iPhone and upcoming Blackberry Bold. They've actually got a pretty good point: lots of rural customers can't purchase and use an iPhone without technically breaking the AT&T service agreement. We'll see how this one goes -- although we'd love nothing more than to use any phone we wanted on any carrier, there are plenty of reasons it won't happen, and exclusivity is the easiest way for carriers to differentiate themselves to consumers."

As a consumer I really hope that in the coming years we start to see an end to all of the exclusivity contracts. I can understand them to a point but in the case of the iPhone, as mentioned above, was five years really necessary? Also I think the iPhone is a horrible example of a handset to use an example here since a lot of the rural carriers I can think of off the top of my head all run off of CDMA networks and the iPhone is a GSM and soon to be HSDPA handset. Even if the exclusivity deal was not in place, do you really expect Apple to make a CDMA version just to be fair to the little guys? A lot of high-end handsets have trouble selling in densely populated areas and if there is not enough customer demand to convince the big five to open shops in those rural areas, what makes the little carriers think they could even secure those fancy handsets in the first place?

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

iPass Provides Wi-Fi Connectivity for Windows Mobile 6 Devices

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone News" @ 03:30 PM


"REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., BUSINESS WIRE -- iPass, Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS), a long-time leader in providing mobility services to some of the world's largest companies, today announced service availability for Windows Mobile 6 devices. Users of the iPass Mobile Office service for enterprises and iPassConnect(TM) mobility service for individuals can now connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi using their Windows Mobile 6 smartphone and handheld devices. With more than 100,000 business-class hotspots worldwide, (also announced today), iPass Wi-Fi connectivity gives smart phone users a high performance, inexpensive alternative to 2.5G and 3G access provided by cellular providers. For international business travelers, the cost savings can be especially significant when they use Wi-Fi to avoid the high roaming fees mobile operators charge for out-of-country usage."

You know at first I thought this was a good idea and then I decided to take a walk with my girlfriends T-Mobile SDA and ran across exactly 8 open Wi-Fi hotspots that I was able to connect to within an hour’s timeframe. Is a service like this even necessary nowadays? If you do need this service, you can subscribe to one iPass's monthly plans which start out at $9.95 and can get as high as $14.95 for their Global Wi-Fi connect plan. You can view their site and sign up for their services here.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

AT&T to Offer 20Mbps Wireless Data By 2009

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone Talk" @ 08:00 PM

"AT&T's Chief of Mobility, Ralph de la Vega, was recently quoted as saying that his company intends to offer data speeds of up to 20Mbps on its network by 2009. AT&T has previously committed to using the yet-to-be-standardized LTE technology for its next-generation 4G network. AT&T is currently testing an HSPA upgrade that will offer speeds up to 7.2Mbps, and already offers PC Cards that will support it. AT&T is in a unique position because these speed enhancements are merely software upgrades to existing equipment, and would require limited resources to deploy, as opposed to implementing an entirely new network."

Jumping from 7.2Mbps to 20Mbps is a significant bandwidth increase. In theory by the year 2009 my HSDPA enabled phone would be able to download whatever I wanted quicker than my current cable connection from Comcast. Hopefully with the increased data speeds AT&T will finally get around to releasing some video conferencing enabled devices, preferably of the Windows Mobile variety.

Samsung Plans to add 3M Mini-Projector to New Handsets

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone News" @ 01:45 PM

"3M has been touting its mini-projectors for some time now (along with many others), but it looks like they're now finally a bit closer to landing in an actual product, with Samsung reportedly set to begin offering them later this year. What's not clear, unfortunately, is whether the projectors will actually be built into the cellphones (and if so, which ones), or simply offered as an attachment of some sort, but either way you can apparently expect to pay between $200 and $400 for the chance to spread a bit of visual pollution."

[Photo courtesy of Engadget]

Once again Samsung has shown us that they are on the top of their game as far as innovation goes. The idea of being able to project my handsets display is actually a neat concept. Something like this would be perfect in a meeting type situation, or even watching a movie on the go. I have to say, hats off to Samsung for once again thinking outside the box!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Put Windows Live on Your Windows Mobile Phone

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone News" @ 11:08 PM

"Windows Live for Windows Mobile is now available to download for your Windows Mobile phone. Windows Live for Windows Mobile lets Windows Mobile users sync their email from Windows Live Hotmail as well as their Windows Live Contacts. Just download the .cab file for the version of Windows Mobile you are running (Standard or Professional). Windows Live for Windows Mobile works on phones running both Windows Mobile and Windows Mobile 6 (and 6.1)."

It seems like just yesterday we were reporting on the Beta version being available for download, huh? Well Windows Live is now available and ready for download in final version form. While Windows Live isn't exactly on my must have software list - mostly due to the incredibly annoying integration of my Exchange contacts with my Windows Live contacts - the program did serve to be pretty handy the few times that I did use it. According to Neowin and Windows Live Messenger has been removed as to not interfere with revenue that the carrier would normally make off SMS... which I find utterly ridiculous because the same argument could be made for email and Microsoft chose to leave Hotmail integration in with this software package. Oh well. You can download the latest version of Windows Live for Windows Mobile Smartphones and Pocket PCs here.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

MS Following RIM's Drummer: Right for Windows Mobile?

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 09:13 AM

Recently while at the MVP Summit, I attended a session on Microsoft's new System Center Mobile Device Manager (SCMDM) product. This piece of software, when set up and running, allows IT administrators to lock down many of the functions in Windows Mobile as well as deploy applications similar to the way admins do it on the desktop. I downloaded a version of the software, and while my test environment caused me more headaches than joyous occassions, the product does look like it has substantial promise. But that's not the point of this piece - I'm more interested in the strategy of mobile device administration that it allows corporations to utilize, and concerned that it may tempt companies to adopt a rollout strategy that may not be appropriate for Windows Mobile. Read more...

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Motorola Launches New Website To Combat Bluetooth Confusion

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone Talk" @ 12:30 PM

"A new reference site launched by Motorola in the UK will allow Bluetooth users to check their devices for compatibility and help with a 'plain English' guide to the pairing up of devices. The website lets you do a compatibility search from either your mobile device or with the designated accessory. According to the manufacturer, 'Motorola’s Bluetooth headsets are designed to be compatible with over 200 Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones from more than 15 manufacturers, including Nokia, Sony Ericsson, LG and Samsung, as well as Motorola devices.' 'The intention is to provide some much needed clarity to the market by creating the ultimate Bluetooth compatibility reference point,' said Steve Gaskell, General Manager, Accessories, Motorola EMEAI."

It is about time someone created a site such as this. During my time slinging handsets the most frequently asked customer question was "Can you help me pair my headset?" I guess one of the downsides of creating incredibly small and useful products is that they can be a bit hard to manage and figure out. If you have an urge to learn more about the magic known as Bluetooth, than check out Motorola's new site here.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Yahoo! Go 3.0 Beta Released For Windows Mobile!

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone Software" @ 11:48 AM

"Looks like Yahoo Go development is continuing apace with the release of Yahoo Go 3 (Beta). You can grab a download here, but a perusal of the compatible devices list seems to indicate that it's only compatible with Windows Mobile Standard for now. New features include: An integrated at-a-glance Yahoo screen, improved Yahoo oneSearch, prettier design and navigation, full-on widget support, with in-app widgets like MySpace and eBay"

[Photo courtesy of WMExperts]

Be forewarned before using this application. After I installed it and fired it up to start playing with it, I was informed that that this pretty hefty 2.5MB program that just installed itself to my device needed to connect to the internet to finish installation. I could not tell by the wording that was used if it was just to configure the service to your Yahoo! username or to download additional files. Either way if you are not on an unlimited data plan please pay attention to your data usage so you are not surprised by a large bill next month! From what I can see there is a fair amount of communication with the 'Cloud'. My initial impression is that this is a pretty slick application. The application dock on the main screen is beautifully designed and easy to navigate. Animations did seem a little jerky though. I will play around with this application for a few days before passing final judgment on it, but so far I like what I see!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

HTC Announces the Touch Diamond

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 06:15 AM

"Re-defining the perception of advanced mobile phones… the HTC Touch Diamond™ signals a giant leap forward in combining hi-tech prowess with intuitive usability and exhilarating design. Featuring a sharp 2.8-inch touch screen housed within a stunning formation of brushed steel and flawless faceted edges, the HTC Touch Diamond is as beautiful to behold as it is to use. With HTC’s vibrant touch-responsive user interface, TouchFLO™ 3D, and ultra-fast HSDPA internet connectivity… the HTC Touch Diamond offers a rich online experience to rival a notebook computer, allowing you to interact with Google, YouTube, and Wikipedia as freely as you would with a broadband connection. Your contacts, favourite music, videos and photos are no longer an uninspired line of text. With TouchFLO 3D, album artwork, video stills and snapshots of your friends’ and family’s faces are brought to life for you to interact, play and launch at your fingertips."

As widely speculated, HTC unveiled the Touch Diamond today at a press event in London, and you have to hand it to the company - they sure know how to craft a kick-ass UI. I'm not going to comment on whether it knocks the socks off the iPhone's, since each and every one of you will have your own opinion, but suffice to say, it's definitely a huge step forward toward making Windows Mobile look and feel impressive.

Of course, this Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional device isn't all just eye candy. Inside, you'll find a Qualcomm MSM7201A 528MHz processor, 192MB RAM (yes, that ought to make a few of you happy), 256MB ROM, 4GB of internal storage, a 2.8" VGA touch screen, Bluetooth 2.0, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, A-GPS support, an FM tuner with RDS, an accelerometer, a 3.2-megapixel camera, and a secondary VGA camera for video telephony. Read more...

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