Over the last year the Bluetooth Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP), and Audio Video Remote Control (AVRCP) profiles, which provide near CD quality stereo wireless audio transmission and remote control, have finally started to gain momentum in the marketplace and are coming of age. pocketnow.com has reviewed a number of A2DP compliant headsets such as the Motorola HT820 Bluetooth stereo headphones, the GlobalSat BTH-820 kits, the Bluetake Technology BT450Rx, and the IOGEAR Bluetooth headset. According to [...]
I’ve been a Cingular customer for about 2 years now. My first job here in TN had a good relationship with Bell South Mobility (which eventually became Cingular Wireless), and so I got my wife a Cingular phone back in 2001. I switched her to VzW in 2002 so we could do the whole IN Calling thing; and now everyone’s on Cingular. They’re cheaper than Verizon…
I recently upgraded my wife’s phone to a refurbished Cingular 2125 and it turned up defective. Cingular replaced it within 3 business days of me calling that in. I recently picked up a [...]
The Symbol MC50 is a ruggedized PDA. This means that things have been done to make it physically more durable than the average consumer device. Not only is the outer shell more durable, they’ve gone and built durability into details like the battery contacts (because people using the device all day during a work day are likely to swap batteries) to the speaker/microphone (because they certify it to be VoIP ready), to the keypad (tested for millions of clicks). Because of the commercial/industrial application of a device like this, they have to be certain it won’t fail at [...]
A big handful of us Qtek 8500 users have found that our phones seem to miss calls lots of calls, if not “woken up” (by flipping open the phone) every 10 minutes or so. This issue has been well documented over at Howard Forums, and the only remedy, until Qtek releases a new ROM, is to load the i-mate Smart Flip ROM, which doesn’t miss calls. I tried doing this, finding that I needed to “CID Unlock” first. Too big of a hassle if you ask me, so I’ll be switching back to my old phone until this is fixed. Argh!
Well, well… three quick news blurps to end the day…
First off, there is an update to the rumoured Windows Mobile Treo for GSM. There is even a photo! Remember that this is going to be a Palm product running Windows Mobile for Pocket PCs, much like the Treo 700w but supports UMTS (3G) for the GSM networks. (The current Treo 700w supports CDMA with EVDO.) This is quite exciting, as the photo probably indicates that it is already getting field tested. This means that some prototypes have been shipped off to the large magazine/news editors (e.g. Wall Street Journal), [...]
I am a HUGE Podcast nut. I’ve been listening to a couple technology Podcasts for a while now, and would be lost without them. pocketnow.com doesn’t have a Podcast, (if we did, I’d ask you to go and vote for us!) so I’d like to encourage you to go and vote for your favorite. You can vote once every 24 hours, between now and 11:59pm on 11-Aug-06.
I really enjoy the Podcast that Mobility Today puts out and have cast my vote for them. You can get the Mobility Today Podcast at Dave’s Site; or via the iTunes Podcast directory.
According to Frank from Tweaks2k2, we can increase the performance of Windows Mobile 5.0 a bit via a registry tweak. To see his performance test results having done this tweak, click here.
According to these tests the optimum value is 4096. By default the value of the following registry keys is 0, which means a flexible unlimited cache size. By changing them to the above mentioned value you can increase the system performance up to 20% in some [...]
List creation software is growing in popularity. These applications allow you to create and maintain robust check lists with minimal effort. However, if you share a check list with multiple users you may find keeping everyone up to date and impossible chore. In this review, we are going to take a look at InfoShare List Manager by Unwired Software to see if they can help with keeping us in sync!
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Those of you who have an iPAQ hw6500 might want to jump over to the support page for it and check out the 1.20 ROM Upgrade. It seems like its fairly important, as it resolves a lot of previously noted problems, and provides some pretty cool enhancements (like a new GSM/GPRS Radio Stack). The ROM is dated 13-Jul-06, and it replaces the 1.12 ROM that was released just 6 days prior to the 1.2 ROM (released 07-Jul-06).
FixesFixes issue where device exiting from Flight Mode prompts for Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) unlock code when Third-Generation (3G) SIM card (also [...]
Okay, okay. This isn’t really news and I am a bit slow. If you did not catch the news earlier, like me, here it goes!
SoftMaker released a new beta of their TextMaker for Pocket PC 2006 on July 21, 2006. This new beta will expire on August 31, 2006. You can find out more here. The list of new features in TextMaker 2006 is extensive:
NEW: Drastically improved document filters for Microsoft Word and RTF NEW: Import of OpenOffice.org and OpenDocument documents NEW: Complete AutoShapes-compatibel drawing layer built in NEW: Automatic numbering of headings and [...]
Imagine this: you’re working in Outlook in your home office or kitchen, just as you do several times per day, and you add a new contact, then mfake an appointment with the new contact for a meeting later. It’s time to head out for the afternoon, so you grab your Smartphone in the other room, look down at the screen, and see that your meeting already shows up on the screen. Since your device has just sync’ed with Outlook over-the-air, the new contact is also on your phone, so you give him a call, and ask him for directions.
That’s how an Exchange account [...]
“Handcrafted silver 925 appliqués highlight the external display, logo and mesh protector, giving your RAZR a unique look. Made from the highest quality leather, available in several colors and featuring an ultra slim design, camera cutout, and access to external display & USB port.
Get smart with the Vaja Silver Collection, available only at http://www.vajacases.com.”
Vaja cases has done it again. They seem to be on an anti-vampire kick with the latest edition to their Silver line of cases with the RAZR V3i Silver. The case us hand crafted, as all of [...]
One of the great advantages of Windows Mobile is its media capabilities, and the Motorola Q is no exception. Not only does the Q include Windows Media 10, but it has a 1.3 megapixel camera that can take stills and videos. Today I’ll cover Windows Media, and my next entry will cover the camera and photo applications.
Windows Media 10 first came out on Windows Mobile 2003 SE. However, it wasn’t available when WM 2003 SE first launched, so it was made available as an upgrade in some cases. I believe Windows Mobile 5 is the first version with Windows Media 10 [...]
Ever wondered what the Infant Mortality Rate of Norway is? How about the history of Diego Garcia? If you are a research analyst frequently looking for data on specific counties, plus need access to this information on the fly, then this program is for you. WorldWyse, from the creators of the popular CityTime application, claims to be an extremely detailed resource covering a large number of different statistics relating to various countries around the world. Is this software for everyone? Today we’ll take a closer look at this [...]
As I mentioned the other day, I made a big move 1000 miles south (from Detroit to Mobile, Alabama) to take on a new job and restart my life. Not an easy thing when your young, and it gets less easy as you get older and have a home, family, and other commitments. But sometimes, as I talked about in my last blog, personal technologies can make things a little easier and more bearable.
So now I’m living in Mobile. It’s a culture shock and a major adjustment. Everything is different here none of the old things I took for granted hold true here. But again, the [...]
Google just released a new version of Google Maps Mobile that now shows real-time traffic. The application runs as a Java Midlet, so you should be able to run it on any phone that supports those including many Pocket PC Phones and Windows Mobile Smartphones. I loaded the “high end” version on my Qtek 8500, but unfortunately the application crashes when I try to turn on the live traffic feature. I thought maybe my Smartphone didn’t have enough memory and loaded it on a Windows Mobile 5 Pocket PC Phone, but the application froze after navigating to a specific zip code. [...]
Conduits Pocket Player Ver. 2.8 is showing as updated today. Here are the new features:
Protected WMA support, u-Law, A-Law, AU, and ADPCM WAV (used in Voicemail attachments) Playback.
Album Art support.
Track metadata tag support, with browsing!
Smartphone and Windows Mobile 5 support.
Automatic Microdrive buffering support.
Auto-resume for podcasts and audio books.
Motorola Q scroll wheel support.
Bluetooth Remote control and headphones support.
Overall, sounds like a pretty extensive upgrade! A review of Pocket Music Ver [...]
Well, well… I just finished typing out the news for today and then I accidentally closed the web browser before I submitted it! So, here is the news for a second time!
There is a new review from Smartphone and Pocket PC Magazine of MultiIE, a PocketIE plug-in that supports multiple tabs and the ability to save webpages locally. You might want to also check out some other browsers such as Opera for Windows Mobile, NetFront v3.3 with JV-Lite2, Bitstream’s ThunderHawk and Reensoft’s PIEPlus. Personally, I have used ThunderHawk and PIEPlus before, and can say that [...]
For those who read my morning news today, I would just like to quickly point out that Adam wrote a great review of the HTC Star Trek right here at pocketnow.com. Steve pointed this out to me. Be sure to check it out if you are interested in Smartphones!
Thanks for the quick pointer! Be right back with more news…
So far, the Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone edition (phew, that takes a while to type) can only be had in a larger form factor. The i-mate JAMin is probably one of the slickest Pocket PC Phone’s around, but it’s still a Pocket PC nonetheless, and isn’t as “phone-esque” as a Smartphone.
What am I getting at? Well, I was thinking the other day as I was flipping open my Qtek 8500 Smartphone: wouldn’t it be terrific if they made a clamshell Pocket PC phone? Or, how about a slider? Then, you’d have the terrific form factor of a Smartphone, [...]
Today, WebIS announced availability of the 2007 versions of their most popular applications, Pocket Informant and FlexMail. Some changes to PI include:WebIS and Franklin Covey have teamed together to provide a full syncing solution with the upcoming Plan Plus for Outlook Ability to set and see visually the percentage completed of a task Ability to set and see visually the In progress, Delegate status Daily Notes TimeZone picker for new appointment creation Appointments can have multiple alarms including PPC only alarms, Outlook 0-duration [...]
Hello! It’s Monday again! Yes, yes, back to work for most of us…
First off, the HTC Star Trek has been approved by the FCC. This means that it will be coming to the USA shortly. Thanks to msmobiles.com for the tip. Here’s a blurp on the Star Trek posted by Engadget some time back, “(The HTC Star Trek is a) clamshell that’s supposedly going to be about the same size as the Motorola RAZR V3 (just slightly thicker) and have quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, a QVGA, 320 x 240 LCD, Bluetooth, a two megapixel digital camera (with flash), 64MB of RAM, up to 128MB of [...]
Wordy (Figure 1): using and containing many, usually too many words. With more than two hundred and twenty-five thousand detailed definitions, this dictionary leaves seemingly nothing behind (not even the naughty bits).
Figure 1: The main dictionary interface.
Other features (Figure 2) include Flash Cards, Irregular verbs, Wildcard searching, five skins, text size options, even a Word of Today. One mode not mentioned above (because it didn’t work), is the Resident mode. Which, if it actually launched as [...]