Yes, readers, today I waited in line for over an hour to give in to Apple. But is it really giving in? Perhaps I’m indulging.
What a production they put on at the Apple store! Five minutes before opening their doors, about 50 workers from the store ran down the line cheering and getting everyone in the line fired up. They were also passing out free Smart Water (very classy) so that we didn’t get thirty.
The line moved VERY fast, thanks to their being about 20 points of sale. Once inside, I could see about 7 or 8 iPhone’s on display on the right [...]
The main unit takes in 110 through 240v at 50-60 Hz. It outputs 500mA to each of the six ports via voltage regulator technology. It’s reasonably small at: 2.75"W [69.85mm] x 2.70"L [68.60mm] x 0.72"H [18.30mm], weighing in at: 1.12 oz [32g]. It also packs one green power light and six blue charging lights. More on this later.
AT A GLANCE(all images link to higher resolution)
The unit is very stylish and looks contemporarily cool sitting on a [...]
One of the biggest holes in the iPhone right now is the lack of support for corporate e-mail. I know there are a lot of execs/corporate types out there that are going to chase after this phone in the next few weeks; and without the ability to get work e-mail, carrying the iPhone is going to be a problem for them.
“Visto Announces Secure Corporate Email for Apple iPhone iPhone Can Now Support Corporate Users on Microsoft Exchange and IBM Lotus Domino
Redwood City, Calif., June 28, 2007 -Visto, the leading provider of mobile email solutions [...]
Isotope 244, makers of fine classics such as Atomic Cannon, have a new public beta out. The game is called “Machines at War” and can be found in either exe or cab form here. From what I understand, it’s a real-time/resource-based strategy.
They’ve also posted a feedback form so they can make improvements/fixes prior to launch. Some good news: it’s compatible with both Smartphone and Pocket PC operating systems.
“Command an army of forces across the battlefield with ease in this real time strategy game. You are challenged to construct [...]
Matthew Miller of ZDNet writes in his article about the T-Mobile Wing: As you can read below, while the Wing may not have the cool iPhone UI it is able to do more and has AMAZING predictive text functionality that beats Apple’s simple word correction mechanism. Click here for his full review, and also feel free to check out our full review, if you haven’t already.
The Microsoft Deepfish browser was one of the most innovative pieces of software to come out for Windows Mobile in quite some time. It allowed users to treat web pages like Safari does on the iPhone – you could view a site from a zoomed out level, and then focus on a particular area. The interface was rough around the edges, and the program would crash here and there, but it worked. It was three months ago that Microsoft released the program to the world, and shortly after the announcement, downloads were seized.
I really hope that Microsoft is working on an update or [...]
As posted by Engadget, Sandisk has announced 6 and 8 Gigabyte MicroSDHC cards. It’s unclear if this is a new version of the MicroSD format which may be uncompatible with current devices or weather the HC just stands for High Capacity and will work in what we’ve got right now. Hopefully it’s the latter.
Not one to miss an opportunity to seize the moment, SanDisk’s Jeff Kost says that with the new microSDHC cards, “any mobile phone with a compatible microSDHC slot will have just as much storage as the largest-capacity iPhone.”
Seeing as [...]
The iPhone is getting a lot of fire for its onscreen keyboard that many think will make for a very slow means of text entry. Walt Mossberg from the WSJ was one of the first to confirm that after some practice, you can expect to type as fast as you would on any mobile phone with a fixed keyboard (Treo, BlackJack, etc).
Apple has posted this video that describes some of the technology used to quicken typing. For example, as the iPhone guesses which key you will press next, it will enlarge the “hot zone” of a certain key (meaning, if the iPhone predicts the next letter [...]
Remember when traveling used to be fun? Really… it was… back before the days of body scanners, long security lines and airlines that didn’t have pillows on board so they can save a few cents. Today, travel is difficult and the average business traveler usually arrives at their destination rather weary. A few software publishers have made applications available that try to ease the pain of traveling, most notably Worldmate 2006 and Fizz Traveler. Now, SPB has entered the Right now, [...]
A contributer at the XDA-Developers forum has posted a new T9 PhonePad software input method application with a black and grey skin theme to match the HTC Touch color scheme. If you log-in as a member, there are links to download the software. Also included is a multi-lingual version and a button vibration program which adds tactile feedback to button presses.
If you don’t want to be taking out your stylus to type messages on your touch-screen device, this is what you’ll be looking for.
The folks over at Just Another Mobile Monday had not just any old Monday yesterday. They got their hands on the new Sprint Mogul and have a great set of snaps up.
They’ve posted a full gallery, plus some brief text. I suspect there’ll be a full review in the not too distant future. Early reports indicate that this unit is a great upgrade to the PPC-6700. Indeed, it’s one very capable device: 400MHz processor, 256 mb of flash ROM, 2mp camera, among other bits and pieces.
Over at BrightHand, Ed Hardy has posted an article discussing the implications of the iPhone launch on the existing Smartphone field. Interestingly, the analysts are predicting that the Treo line will take a bigger hit than Windows Mobile:
When asked how this combination phone and iPod will affect sales of current models, T. Michael Walkley, wireless hardware analyst for Piper Jaffray, said that he believes Palm, Inc. will be the company most affected by the iPhone, as it doesn’t have a new, compelling Treo to compete.
In my opinion, it appears that Palm OS Treos [...]
Jason Langridge has some new snaps of the HTC Kaiser up on his blog. The shots were taken during day one of Mobile Embedded DevCon (MEDC) 2007.
This is one impressive phone!
The Kaiser is considered as the next generation of the HTC Hermes or TyTn device. It has 3G, GPS and a 3.0 Mega Pixel camera. The interesting thing about the device is the screen can be twisted forward to allow you to view the device in differing sunlight conditions as well as using the device on a table.
Ever get tired of holding that cellphone up to your head (especially during summer)? Or, alternatively, do you get weary of having a headset hanging from your ear? What you need is a speakerphone. Problem is, most speakerphones that are built-in to our cellphones aren’t great. Tekkeon has released their new alternative, the Bluetooth enabled ezSpeak (ET6000), hoping to help with the listening doldrums. How were the results? Read on for the review!
AT A GLANCE(all images link to higher [...]
I’m not sure if this is new or not, however, I am now able to play YouTube videos, directly on my Dash, without any kind of conversion. Furthermore, the clips are not routed through Windows Media, rather are streamed directly in PIE.
I’m not referring to the m.youtube.com site either, this is via the regular desktop browser version, only using PIE. The clip opens immediately and begins streaming. Interestingly, I was able to stream over EDGE, but it was understandably slow. WiFi improved the situation.
I suspect this change could be in anticipation of the [...]
In case you can’t get enough of the iPhone, Apple has posted a 20 minute video that walks through most of the functionality of the iPhone.
By looking at the video, I can say that one of the coolest additions to the phone was YouTube – it allows users to get a lot of additional content on their phone. I would say the same about mobile YouTube and Windows Mobile, but they don’t play nice together, yet.
To see the video, click here.
I have noticed another odd change in my Dash since installing Windows Mobile 6. It seems that reminders always vibrate regardless of whether the phone is set an audible profile or not.
I’ve done some research and found other users in the same boat. T-Mobile has acknowledged (at least according to HoFo posters) that the glitch appears to be a software issue related to the Dash WM6 implementation. Although not necessarily damaging, it’s a nuisance none-the-less; I don’t always here the phone alerting me of a new appointment due to the fact it only vibrates. [...]
Sling Media announced the release SlingPlayer Mobile 1.5 yesterday.
The new version supports Windows Mobile 6 Standard (Smartphone) and Professional (PocketPC). It includes:Added support for installation of SlingPlayer Mobile via Automatic Installer method using Windows Vista PCs Supports remote control functions for additional A/V devices New remote control skins with refreshed look and feel The implementation of messaging for the availability of updated Slingbox firmware A fix for the channel number not displayed properly with coaxial [...]
Lastly, we have the hardware based keyboard and navigation buttons interface. All of the Windows Mobile Standard/Smartphone devices and just about all other mobile phones use this type of interface.
Thumb-keyboard oriented interface…
Pros: – You can feel the buttons with your fingers without having to look at them. – You can develop motor memory for locations of the buttons thus improving speed and efficiency – Interface can be navigated without the need to look at the screen – Commands can have keyboard shortcuts not represented by [...]
Wow! Take a look at some of the new HTC Phones you might be able to expect this year! CTI-Miami posted a big PDF showing renderings and specifications for a number of new devices potentially being released in the future.
As noted by Engadget:
First up, the S640 “Iris” is a CDMA rendition of the Excalibur and Cavalier, tossing in EV-DO rev. A and WiFi atop Windows Mobile 6 Standard. The “Vogue” is essentially a Touch (TouchFLO UI and all) with the same EV-DO rev. A guts as the Iris — good news for Verizon and Sprint customers, we’d [...]
In anticipation of release next week, Apple have updated/added the following iPhone pages: Technology, Phone, iPod and Internet. They’ve also added a Gallery, with some cool docking shots.
It’s certianly worth a look if you’re interested in this device.
Fring is a new catch-all Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) application designed to incorporate all your favorite voice clients. The software is currently in public beta, however, it appears to work seamlessly with my Dash and is compatible with a large number of devices. Refer below for additional info, or better yet, head on over and download the beta!
fring lets you easily communicate with all your fring, Skype®, MSN® Messenger, Google Talk’, Twitter and regular phone contacts from one, integrated contact list. fring also supports SkypeOut and hundreds of SIP-based [...]
Many newer Windows Mobile devices are coming with front-facing video cameras. While this may allow for video telephony in some parts of Europe, the US doesn’t have any sort of infrastrcture set up to support it, until now.
AT&T has just unveiled a new service, called VideoShare, that lets you stream a 1-way live video feed to another person who has a Video Share capable phone. The list of phones is slim, and there aren’t any WM devices included in the list. Also, to use the service, which is only available in a couple of markets right now, you must have [...]