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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Google Adds Latitude to Google Maps for Mobile

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 02:05 AM

"Way back in November 2007, we location-enabled all of our Google Maps for mobile clients to bring location awareness to the masses and improve the local search experience. Using My Location, millions of you have been able to easily find yourselves on a map at the touch of a button. But what about finding other people? Lots of you have been requesting to see where your friends are on a map, too. Well now you can with Google Latitude. Latitude is a new feature of Google Maps for mobile, as well as an iGoogle gadget, that allows you to share your location with your friends and to see their approximate locations, if they choose to share them with you. You can use your Google account to sign in and easily invite friends to Latitude from your existing list of contacts or by entering their email addresses. Google Talk is integrated with Latitude, so you and your friends can update your status messages and profile photos on the go and see what everyone is up to. You can also call, SMS, IM, or email each other within the app."

Unlike previous Google Maps for mobile innovations, Google is making the new Latitude feature available to Windows Mobile users from day one. To start spying on connecting with your friends, fire up your mobile browser and grab the app from It's 100% opt-in, and you can choose just how much or how little information you want to share, and with whom.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

BlackBerry Connect to be Offered on Five New HTC Windows Mobile-based Devices

Posted by Kris Kumar in "NEWS" @ 09:30 AM

"Research In Motion (RIM) today announced plans to offer BlackBerry� Connect� software on five new Microsoft� Windows Mobile�-based devices from HTC to carriers around the world, including the HTC S710 launched today at 3GSM World Congress 2007. BlackBerry Connect on HTC handsets supports push-based wireless email access, wireless email reconciliation and attachment viewing in conjunction with both BlackBerry� Enterprise Server and BlackBerry� Internet Service."

Wish this announcement had come sooner, but as they say better late then never. :) Finally Windows Mobile will be able to make its way into the companies that are in the BlackBerry camp and the enterprise customers will have more options. Let's hope that HTC and RIM will announce BlackBerry Connect update for the existing HTC devices. ;-)

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  • Source: Gizmodo

Thursday, December 7, 2006

Dopod International Introduces BlackBerry Connect in Asia

Posted by Jerry Raia in "NEWS" @ 08:00 AM

"Dopod International Corporation (hereinafter �Dopod International�) and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the availability of BlackBerry� Connect� software on the 838Pro and the C720W devices for customers in Asia. Through the existing licensing relationship between High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) and RIM, Dopod International will offer BlackBerry Connect to enable customers of the Windows Mobile-based 838Pro Pocket PC and the C720W smartphone to access popular BlackBerry services with support for both BlackBerry� Enterprise Server and BlackBerry� Internet Service"

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This is probably the best thing that could happen to BlackBerry users. While just in Asia right now, they will soon be able to access Blackberry services on Windows Mobile devices. I may not like the BlackBerry but I have to acknowledge they are very popular. I'm certain this will spread to the western hemisphere as well. BlackBerry users out there, what do you think of this?

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Take Control of Your Smartphone with True Connect

Posted by Mike Temporale in "SOFTWARE" @ 11:30 AM

"True Connect (Anglian Business Award for Technology Winner) provides the ability to directly control your mobile device using the PC mouse & keyboard. Control is initiated by simply moving the mouse cursor off the PC monitor, onto the connected mobile device screen. Once control has been initiated all aspects of the mobile device such as the home screen, menus and applications can be controlled using the PC mouse. The PC keyboard can be used to directly enter text onto the mobile device."

I've been a fan of Soti's Pocket Controller for a while now, but True Connect looks to be a pretty nice alternative. Basically, True Connect will extend your desktop to your mobile device. This allows you to move your mouse off your desktop and onto the screen of your Smartphone. It's currently in beta, but the final release is due out shortly and there is no word on pricing. This is one piece of software to watch out for.

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  • Source: CoolSmartphone

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Motorola Ships MPx220 with Blackberry Connect for Vodacom

Posted by Kris Kumar in "NEWS" @ 11:00 PM,,6014_5975_23,00.html

"Motorola today announced the availability of the Motorola MPx220 running Research In Motion�s BlackBerry� Connect� software. The powerful mobile office capabilities and style of the MPx220 combined with the proven track record of Research In Motion�s Blackberry Connect Service delivers the ultimate productivity tool for professionals on the go. ... �BlackBerry� has revolutionised the way we communicate and do business in South Africa, by providing our customers with a secure data solution that combines the efficiency and features of a mobile phone with the benefits of being able to access email and attachments, as well as back-end business applications on the move. Vodacom realises that customers are constantly searching for products that offer convenience, flexibility, mobility and more importantly, secure data access,� said Pieter Uys, Chief Operator Officer, Vodacom."

Motorola has done it again. This press release from Motorola has me fuming. :evil: What have they done this time? Well, BlackBerry Connect is a piece of software that enables us mortals to convert our Windows Mobile Smartphones into BlackBerry like devices. Which enables us to have best of both worlds - the power and flexibility of Windows Mobile, and the awesome push E-Mail technology of BlackBerry. Motorola was supposed to have released this software to existing MPx220 customers. Instead they have released it on the MPx220 to be sold on the Vodacom network in South Africa. I am glad that someone on this planet is getting to enjoy the benefits of BlackBerry Connect, but what about us? :( Is Motorola afraid that releasing this software now will affect the sales of its upcoming model, the Moto Q? Or is it this because of the RIM vs. NTP legal battle? Can someone please explain why Motorola is hurting its customers?

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Thursday, March 17, 2005

GoToMeeting: A Great Way to Connect for Conference Calls

Posted by Jason Dunn in "OFF-TOPIC" @ 10:30 AM[CACHEBUSTER]&mpvc=

I took GoToMeeting for a spin a couple of weeks ago, because I was curious about it as a solution for conference calls (and you've no doubt seen all of the banners for it on this and other sites). I'm usually in a couple of conference calls a week, and even with some of the biggest companies on the planet it's often difficult to get the right information for the call. Most companies send you an email with the info you need, but you have to figure out the time zones, enter it into your calendar, they're usually a pain to get set up, and they only involve voice - you need a separate solution to share applications or do collaborative white boarding.

GoToMeeting is different in a few ways that I thought were impressive. First, the installation of the client is completely silent - which is a bit scary in a way. When you run the install EXE it installs itself without any dialog boxes, which was surprising (this might be from it's Java heritage though). Once installed (and only the person who wants to organize the meetings needs to install it) it lives in your system tray, allowing you one-click access for setting up meetings.
It also installs hooks into Outlook and MSN Messenger, which I thought was very cool - in MSN Messenger windows there's a little tab that appears in the chat window, and with a single click you can create a meeting and invite the person into it. It's a very streamlined process that would be perfect for sharing on-screen ideas, even if you didn't call in. You could also combine this with using Skype for a low-cost conference call and collaborative session. I might use this with Fabrizio when we're talking about design changes. :-)

It's Java based, so there's no client software for the person to install and should work through most firewalls. I'm not normally a fan of Java applications because they're usually slow and the UI design is always a bit alien, but GoToMeeting looks and feels like a regular Windows application.

The Outlook hook is equally nice - it installs a small toolbar where, with a single click, you can start up a meeting and it opens up an email with the meeting details and links. You'd enter in a few email addresses and send it off, people click on the link, and as long as they have a Java VM installed, they'd be in your meeting within a few minutes. You can also schedule meetings in advance, selecting the date, time, meeting name, and even a meeting password. It then opens up an Outlook appointment and automatically populates the correct fields. Slick!

The interface of the application is excellent - it's a docked toolbar of sorts that sits on the right side of your screen. You can turn screen sharing off and on, give another person in the meeting control of your keyboard and mouse, or make another person the presenter - which means everyone in the meeting would be looking at their screen. There's a chat window which is useful for sideline comments or input from people who aren't in on the conference call, and you can send private messages to people in the call. Each meeting has a unique meeting ID, making it incredibly easy to join a meeting. That's what impressed me the most about this application - the ease-of-use and streamlined nature of setting up a meeting. They did a superb job of making it easy.

There are always ways to make things better however. One of the things I'd like to see them add though is a voice over IP (VOIP) solution for the meeting organizer in the instances where you want to present something and it's ok for the others in the meeting to use the chat feature to ask questions. In fact at one point in time I had grand visions of a huge Pocket PC Thoughts interactive chat, but when I realized GoToMeeting was aimed at a different scenario, I gave up pretty quick. If they were to add VOIP features I think this could become an even better solution.

You can &mpvc="]try out GoToMeeting for a 15 day free trial - if you're involved with conference calls and online meetings on a regular basis, especially if you're in charge of hosting them, I think you'll find GoToMeeting a useful tool.

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Connect The Dots With DotClash

Posted by Mike Temporale in "SOFTWARE" @ 08:00 AM

"Extremely easy to play yet surprisingly difficult to win! This great game allows you to choose between 3 levels of difficulty so it is challenging for all players from beginners to experts. Work your way up and you will see hao unbelievably intelligent your computer opponent gets. Don't give up and you will seriously sharpen your mind. Want to play with a friend? No problem! Choose the 2 players mode and check who�s the best!"

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Anyone here remember Connect 4? DotClash is the Smartphone equivalent. Only this version is harder, and it has less pieces to loose. ;) You can download a trial version, or purchase the full game for $7.00 here. [Affiliate]

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Blackberry Connect To Be Enabled In Motorola MPx220 And MPx

Posted by Kris Kumar in "NEWS" @ 05:00 AM

"Research In Motion (RIM) today announced plans to enable BlackBerry(R) connectivity on the Motorola, Inc. MPx and MPx220 mobile devices. Through RIM's BlackBerry Connect(TM) licensing program, the Motorola MPx and MPx220 will be able to connect to BlackBerry services including BlackBerry Enterprise Server(TM) and BlackBerry Web Client(TM)."

Motorola MPx220 has all the ingredients for a hit: Windows Mobile 2003, Bluetooth, Camera and now BlackBerry Connect, all in a very stylish packaging. Microsoft Smartphones have lacked a good E-Mail push mechanism and BlackBerry technology is the most popular E-Mail sync solution. Now that MPx220 has filled that gap, I am sure that we will see wider adoption of these phones by corporate customers. Now all we need is a good carrier.

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