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Monday, October 26, 2009

Engadget Reviews Jabra STONE Bluetooth Headset

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Accessories" @ 05:30 AM

"Finally, the teaser's over. The latest delivery to Engadget's UK penthouse is the Jabra STONE Bluetooth headset due out in the US on 8th November, and we took no time to extract the pebble from the transparent cylinder. In front of us are the two parts of the STONE: an earpiece of a breakthrough form factor that instantly makes you pity its rivals, and behind it is the accompanying portable charging base which serves as an external battery."

The STONE certainly looks impressive from an aesthetic standpoint, however I'd be more inclined to care about how it works functionally. Engadget has a full gallery of photos and their thoughts, for those of you looking to grab a new headset in the near future!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

HTC Announces the YOU Advertising Campaign

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 11:10 PM

"HTC Corporation, a global smartphone designer, today unveiled a global advertising campaign that is based on HTC's new Quietly Brilliant brand positioning. As HTC's first global advertising campaign, the YOU campaign is being rolled out across 20 countries in the coming weeks and features the tagline, 'You don't need to get a phone. You need a phone that gets you.' This represents HTC's commitment to focus on people, their needs and how they work and live to ensure that HTC devices suit them."

With a plethora of new and upcoming devices up its sleeve, HTC has gone mainstream in the marketing department. It's just unveiled its YOU ad campaign that's set to be rolled out in twenty countries. The primary take-home point is that HTC's devices are all about the people (you). Yeah, it all sounds like marketing fluff. Admittedly, I wasn't entirely sold on the idea at first (and at this stage, you probably aren't either), but after watching the TV ads, I'm actually digging the way this campaign is headed. Check them out after the break, then drop your thoughts in this thread.


HTC & Telstra Release Windows Mobile 6.5 for the Snap

Posted by Darius Wey in "Smartphone Software" @ 10:40 PM

Have a Telstra-badged HTC Snap and want in on some of that Windows Mobile 6.5 action? Then head over to HTC's Australian portal and grab your free upgrade. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Microsoft, the Mobile Market, and Will WM7 be Too Late?

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 07:00 PM,281...,2354561,00.asp

"Microsoft must embrace the mobile space if it wants to get its act together. The company has a bunch of semi-independent units that don't seem to talk to each other very much: Windows, Windows Mobile, Xbox, Zune, and whatever has grown out of their acquisition of the Danger/Sidekick team. As Apple has shown, you create compelling experiences by acting as one company, not as five. Unfortunately, it looks like Microsoft still isn't talking to Microsoft."

Sascha Segan at PCMag delivers a stinging critique of what's wrong with Microsoft's mobile strategy. It's not that we haven't heard all of this before, but the lost data disaster at Sidekick, rumours of trouble at Project Pink, and the relative modesty of the updates brought in by WM6.5, kinds of brings it home. A year's a long time in the mobile space, and with WM7 slated to be released only in late 2010 (RTM is supposedly in about six months time), MS is going to lose even more ground in the mobile sweepstakes. Android has really come on strong in the past six months with a bevy of sexy devices hitting the shelves and the backing of some major names, and no bets that Steve Jobs has something more up his sleeve for the coming year. Will WM7 be enough to turn the tide? Sound off in the comments.


Is this Windows Mobile 6.5.1?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 11:04 AM

"Most of you probably know by now that Windows Mobile 6.5 is not the be all end all Microsoft mobile operating system. However, what you might not know is that Microsoft has already up its sleeves another revision of Windows Mobile 6 - unofficially dubbed by the enthusiast community as 6.5.1 - that's faster, sleeker, more touch-friendly and in my opinion, a much better upgrade than 6.5."

Windows Mobile 6.5.1 screenshots courtesy Patrick/

It seems that when it rains leaks, it pours leaks - and above we have what is rumoured to be Windows Mobile 6.5.1 - or, really, it's No one knows the version number, but it's clearly an evolutionary step from Windows Mobile 6.5. And now that I finally have my hands on a Windows Mobile 6.5 device - thanks to AT&T and HTC - I can see first-hand how badly this is needed. When I powered up the device the first thing I did was change the time zone - and was dismayed to see the same tiny user interface I've seen for over a decade. Over a decade you might be saying? I kid you not, the size of the drop-down menu and other UI elements are the same as they were on the Phillips Velo 1 twelve years ago in 1997. That's beyond ridiculous, but Microsoft seems to have been caught unaware by this whole "finger" thing and now they're playing catch-up in a big way.

Windows Mobile Home Screen Refreshed

Posted by Pete Paxton in "Smartphone Software" @ 07:00 AM

"Home Screen refreshed is a replacement of Windows Mobile, or Windows Phones default Home Screen.It gives you 3 screens: clock, calendar, and weather forecast.With very easy navigation: press left or right arrow button"

If you're looking to pretty up your home screen on your favorite Windows Mobile smartphone, navigate your way over to You can have a big clock, calendar, or the weather displayed as your home screen with further functions with each display. The site gives installation instructions as well as user directions. It's fully functional for three days to give you a preview after which you can choose to purchase it or not. It can be downloaded as a .exe or .cab file.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Leaked Windows Mobile 7 Screen Shots? Maybe...

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 08:37 AM

"We've seen the 6.5.1 leaks from WMExperts today that combined TouchFLO 3D and 6.5.1 together into a tidy package along with the leaks of the Windows Mobile 7 mockups earlier. Now, our very own tipster has delivered some exciting additional screenshots to, giving us a peak of the Call screen, Calendar, Contact, Email, Text Messaging, and Settings!" has gotten their hot little hands on some screen shots that show a very different sort of Windows Mobile. So is this Windows Mobile 7? Hard to say - all I do know is that I'm liking what I'm seeing.

Windows Marketplace for Mobile Apps That Didn't Make the Cut

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 07:45 AM

At least they have a sense of if only they could fix the security problems, the fact that they're using SIM-based filtering of applications, and no version yet for the million and millions of Windows Mobile 6 and 6.1 phones.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

SBSH Mobile Releases Facade 2

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Smartphone Software" @ 04:30 PM

"SBSH Mobile Software is excited to announce today the Facade for Windows Mobile Standard major update to version 2! SBSH Facade 2 for Smartphone is the ultimate front-end solution for WM Smartphones! Combining vital phone features and agenda, all in one professionally designed display, visible and accessible each time you power on your phone! SBSH Facade 2 is powerful and optimized for mobile use like never before! Including new Home Panel with date and clock, alarms, profiles, pending counters, weather, appointments and tasks!; Custom home screen plugin integration, with multiple plugins in a single Facade panel; Integration with all major PIMs; Category colors and icons; Easy skin packaging and installation and much more!

SBSH has released Facade 2, and I applaud them for releasing software for Windows Mobile Standard devices when so many developers are only focused on Windows Mobile Professional. Thank you SBSH, we need more developers like you! Façade 2 brings quite a bit to the table, including a home tab, multiple background images, appointments and tasks, customs plugins, skin packages, thumbnails, the ability to change the softkey colour, PIM integration, a monthly calendar, a program launcher, and more. You can purchase Facade 2 from our affiliate store for $14.95, or upgrade for $7.95.

A Windows 6.5 Family Portrait

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 01:00 PM

"Can you name them all? Don't worry, it's a lot to keep track of. Clockwise we have the HTC Tilt 2 (AT&T), Toshiba TG01 (not announced for US), HTC Imagio (Verizon), HTC Pure (AT&T), Samsung Intrepid (Sprint) and LG GM750 (not announced for US)."

Engadget has put together a quick video showing us the new Windows Mobile 6.5 phones coming from US carriers. Lots of pics in their gallery.

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