Advanced Configuration Tool has just hit a new version number, while still a free application.
Having the configuration menu reorganized, new version 3.1 now offers full support for HTC Touch Pro, while adding some new and important features like the “must have” SmartTouch settings (which allow users to enable other functions of the touch wheel on Diamond and Touch Pro, like scrolling for instance, with application specific customization options). This update also offers users the option to have their Wi-Fi enabled while device on standby mode, which is very useful [...]
If you’re a reader of Smartphone & Pocket PC (SP&PPC) Magazine, I’ve got some bad news for you — SP&PPC is suspending publishing and the next issue will be its last. Lack of advertising and circulation were blamed for the decision. Thaddeus Computing, publisher of SP&PPC, will be publishing iPhone Life, though. Current subscribers who still have issues remaining will get iPhone Life by default, but there are other options, so check the announcement linked to above.
There is some good news, though. First, the SP&PPC Web site will [...]
According to The Boy Genius Report, the Motorola Q9 that we had previously reported to come in a silver refresh has finally hit AT&T stores. The device will be available for $149.99 on a two-year service agreement with Ma Bell and will come pre-loaded with Windows Mobile 6.1. Other than that, nothing much has changed and it will have 3G and GPS. If you like the Q9’s capacious keyboard but didn’t like the black edition, here’s your chance to get silver pinstripes.
After having previously reported that the Kindle, Amazon’s darling wireless e-book reader, would be released in version 2.0 this Fall, Gizmodo is going back to clarify that this isn’t the case. Gizmodo is reporting that Amazon has told the New York Times that no new model will be coming this year, and that a new model would appear sometime next year at the earliest. If you’re wanting the device, you can be spared for technological obsolescence for a few more months to a year. In addition, Amazon has a deal where you can apply for their card and get up to $100 off your [...]
If the Touch Pro is a sexy device with a touchscreen, then the new HTC S740 is the Windows Mobile Standard version sans the touchscreen and add a QWERTY and number pad. The new non-touch smartphone has a lot of design elements from its Touch Pro cousin. The device got some hands-on time at coolsmartphone.
User nitramk from XDA Developers comes with a very handy “by request” tool, addressing the wishes of many users and creating the first Diamond StopWatch application. This free utility can run on both Diamond and Touch Pro, as well as theoretically on every Windows Mobile device featuring a touch sensitive VGA display.
There isn’t really much to the story, it’s a simple StopWatch with basic functions like Start, Stop, Reset and Split times but what makes this application stand out, besides the full integration with Diamond’s aspect, is that it can [...]
XDA Developers’ A_C’s S2U2 has just been updated to version 1.21. The popular application brings Apple’s iPhone screen locking look and feel to Windows Mobile.
S2U2 (Slide To Unlock 2) is a simple screen locking tool similar to the iPhone, with abilities to change wallpaper, display current weather, sms, mms, missed calls notifications, calendar events, full screen contact picture on incoming call with the option of having S2A (Slide to Answer), and many more. The new and revised version addresses some bugs in former releases like memory leak in certain [...]
As a supplement to this video, be sure you check out Apple Newton: Some History and Interesting Facts. This isn’t just an old handheld device. It’s a Newton, and as I’m starting to use the device more, plus get further insights from our readers on other capabilities of the Newton, I’m beginning to see the magic behind it. There is a very lively following behind the Newton today.
In this video, we take a tour of the hardware. We find that there is an inbuilt holder for the stylus, plus a smartly-placed stylus rest. We also find that of the two [...]
The BlackBerry Bold is probably seen as the closest competitor to the Treo Pro in terms of looks and features. The crackberry device is reported to hit AT&T on September 12 and will give the Treo Pro some competition with a front-facing QWERTY keyboard, WiFi, 3G wireless, GPS, and enterprise features. Unlike the Treo Pro, which will only be available direct from Palm at unsubsidized prices, the Bold will be offered through AT&T subsidized with a two-year service agreement for $299 according to Gizmodo.
Back in July we wondered: Where is the Windows Mobile App Store? A point of strength for the iPhone is the excellent App Store, and now it looks like Android will have a similar platform.
Today Google announced the Android Market. It adds some extended functionality not found in the iPhone App store. For example, you can see what resources the program will require (GPS, Networking, etc). Since there will be many different Android devices, being able to quickly determine what kind of hardware the software requires will be helpful. This problem of software/hardware [...]
The new iPhone 2.0 and iPhone 3G have been advertised as being enterprise ready and all, but it turns out there’s a major security flaw in the iPhone operating system. Check out this article on Gizmodo to see how easy it is to bypass the iPhone’s password protection.
Windows Mobile’s security on the other hand is a lot more advanced.
According to MobilitySite, American Airlines already launched their in-flight WiFi services on select trans-continental flights. The service is dubbed Gogo and will block VOIP over its WiFi network. However, MobilitySite is reporting that there is a workaround to Gogo to enable VOIP. You could log into Phweet with your Twitter account and have a voice conversation with someone over the Twitter network. The downside is that both parties need to have Twitter accounts. The upside is that the call will be cheaper than the in-flight phone service.
Yesterday, Brandon illustrated a way to get the Omnia Widgets on any generic Windows Mobile devices. Today, we are going to show you how to replicate the XPERIA tiled interface experience on a non-Sony Ericsson device. This way, if you are in love with the Touch Pro’s hardware, as we have discovered that the XPERIA’s keyboard has been less than stellar, and still want the tile interface, you can still have it! According to wmpoweruser.com, there’s an application called Dynamo 3, which allows for the tiled interface. Dynamo 3 is like an application task manager [...]
Here’s my take on it if I was in charge of marketing the idea to both HTC and the movie studios. Not to mention I’d probably get a giant chunk of cash for spearheading the idea! Looking at things from my marketing and advertising background, I have put together a rough selling point to the powers that be. The packaging would be the same, except for maybe an embossed Bond silhouette on the box. The color would be the same jet black (to save on further design costs) with one small .20 ct diamond on the very top of the front face as [...]
XDA Developers’ sandeman684 decided to go on his own and write a free application that would be considered as the successor of Microsoft’s retired Expenses tool. Easy Expenses, currently at version 0.91, will be your perfect business travelling companion, with the ability to track, store and log your expenses.
It basicaly keeps track of your expenses, while offering the ability of entering your information by selecting from the following list categories: Currency (it only supports US$, EUR and GBP for now), Expense type (ie.: taxi, dinner, lunch, etc.), Expense [...]
Popular gaming titles are slowly coming to Windows Mobile. msmobiles is reporting that Electronic Arts has ported The Simpsons and The Sims 2 among other titles to Windows Mobile while wmpoweruser.com is reporting that Lamity, a Second Life-like experience, will be coming to Windows Mobile in which 400 people can simultaneously play in a virtual town. Lamity is expected to be a cross-platform game, with Android support to be in development.
Traditionally, complex games like Second Life, of which Lamity is based upon, requires complex graphics and therefore is difficult to port [...]
According to wmpoweruser.com, the iPhone internet cannot be called the full internet anymore. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in the UK has deemed that for any internet browser to handle the full, real internet, it must support Java and Flash, two popular standards that the iPhone does not yet support. The ASA has also stated that Apple cannot advertise that the iPhone supports and displays the real internet as that is misleading.
On the other hand, Windows Mobile does support true internet capabilities with Internet Explorer, Opera Mobile, SkyFire, and NetFront. Of [...]
Engadget Mobile just got a hold of some documentation showing that the i770 is due out in Q3 (bottom), which corresponds to what was leaked back in June regarding this device (top). If it is indeed a CDMA version of the i780 as we suspect, expect it to have a nice 320×320 display, plus the specifications you see listed there.
While the i770 lacks visual appeal (it looks like a plasticy toy), we’re always happy to welcome more candybar QWERTY phones to the party.
As expected, the iPAQ holds no UI enhancements that’ll bring any additional experience from the consumer standpoint. As a Business Messenger though, I’d say leaving the normal Windows Mobile interface intact is quite adequate and functional. My first days with the iPAQ have really been quite positive. Not the fastest device in the world, but enough to avoid lagging. Lots of memory to work with, a great addition with iPAQ File Store, and enough specs to give you all you need while on the go.
Probably the only thing I do miss on this device is more short cut [...]
Finally someone has figured out how to get the Samsung Omnia widget interface to work on the HTC TyTN II! That said, it could indeed work on any WinMo Pro device – and I’m testing it on another device right now to see if that’s the case.
Though I never found much use for the widgets (missing are the all important weather/stocks/next appointment widgets), some of you may like the concept of a dynamic Today screen.
The process to do this involves a few steps, so if you’re interested, check out the thread at XDA-Devs for more info. Thanks [...]
Before continuing the video series on the Apple Newton, I wanted to share a bit of history on the Newton so that you can have a better appreciation for the vintage handheld device. I’ve also unearthed some TV commercials that aired in the 90s for the Newton, plus a fascinating Getting Started video for earlier Newton models. Read on for more…
If you’re in the UK, you can get the Samsung Omnia i900 for a subsidized price on Orange. But what’s been bugging us (and some of our readers apparently) is that the Orange website doesn’t specify whether the Omnia you get is the 8GB or 16GB version. Well, mightymax did some work and found out from the company that it is the 16GB version that they’re selling online. Since more storage space is better than less storage space, that pleases us =D.
The video of the original pocketnow.com – Usability Tests. I created the following video for the MWg Zinc II.
Here is the list of tests I will run through.
1 – Switch between the email, contacts and calendar applications
2 – Open a 3rd party application (Windows Live Search) buried within the interface
3 – Open a favorite web page from the home screen
4 – Start playing music from a specific artist
5 – Add a new contact beginning from the home screen using the following details: Name: John Zorn, Work [...]