Windows Mobile Twitter Clients

 Posted by on 2008-10-15 at 14:46  Internet, Mobile, Technology  Comments Off on Windows Mobile Twitter Clients
Oct 152008
 

Thought I would list out a few Twitter apps for your Windows Mobile phone.  I personally use Twobile the most.  Each application is obviously similar, being that they mostly do the same things.  Enjoy…

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Windows Mobile 6.1 For Verizon Samsung SCH-i760 In The Wild

 Posted by on 2008-07-14 at 19:05  Mobile, Technology  Comments Off on Windows Mobile 6.1 For Verizon Samsung SCH-i760 In The Wild
Jul 142008
 
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Buzz is growing on forums and on some blogs about the new update for the Verizon Samsung SCH-i760. This update for the i760 will upgrade your phone’s operating system to Windows Mobile 6.1. I have been burned as an early adopter many times before, especially with just-released phone updates. But, I’m a sucker, so I installed the update anyways today.

This new update includes the following features for your SCH-i760:

  • SDHC Support for large microSD cards
  • Zoom feature for PocketIE
  • Threaded SMS
  • Several Bluetooth improvements (updated BT DUN profile, improved scanning)
  • Support for YouTube Videos
  • Fixed some memory leak issues
  • Enhanced Task Manager
  • Includes Remote Desktop client
  • Addition of Microsoft OneNote Mobile to Office Suite
  • Many other bug fixes and Windows Mobile 6.1 features

Now, this update was not without incident. I had various parts of the install fail, but in the end the upgrade took. Unfortunately my backups were no good. When you backup with a program like SPB Backup on an older ROM, it causes issues when you restore. I had my contacts and bookmarks sync’d up with DashWire (and ActiveSync) so I didn’t loose any of the really important stuff. I will however have to re-install all of my applications and tweaks, but in the end its not that bad.

My first impressions overall are good. The device seems to be running slightly faster, and so far some of the tiny annoyances I had appear to have been fixed. Before you upgrade please be sure to check out this thread on PDAPhoneHome Forums regarding issues people are having. Also do not attempt to upgrade your Samsung SCH-i760 unless you are a fairly advanced user, and you can afford to loose all of your data, as installing the device will wipe your data and reset the device’s software to a factory-like state.

Goodluck and enjoy the new features!

SCH-i760 6.1 Upgrade for XP Download

SCH-i760 6.1 Upgrade for Vista Download

6.1 upgrade for SCH-i760 Instructions

Free Windows Mobile Software

 Posted by on 2008-06-27 at 14:58  Mobile, Technology  2 Responses »
Jun 272008
 

There are many free software applications for the Windows Mobile platform, unfortunately many of them are horrible. After years of testing various apps on both WM5 and Windows Mobile 6 Professional, I have settled on my essential free programs. I’ve decided to only include those programs I use on a regular basis, or find incredibly helpful. I know everyone has their favorites, but these are mine. I recently had several friends purchase windows mobile based phones (after years of me telling them to do so), so this will also serve as a resource for them to get up to speed. I’ve already done the testing to figure out what works and what doesn’t, so you can just start enjoying your phone for all the cool stuff it can do.

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Review: Skyfire Browser for Windows Mobile

 Posted by on 2008-05-10 at 19:53  Internet, Mobile, Technology  Comments Off on Review: Skyfire Browser for Windows Mobile
May 102008
 

I finally got my invite to the Skyfire Beta after a long wait for an invite. It was well worth the wait. Skyfire is a new web browser for the Windows Mobile platform that allows you to view “full” web pages. This includes the ability to watch streaming video, flash based content, and full Javascript support. All of the “Web 2.0” style sites that I’ve tested Skyfire on have worked for the most part. This includes personal favorites such as Netvibes and Hulu. I was really surprised that Hulu works. A major feature of the browser is that you can watch Youtube videos, which is cool and all, but I’ve been able to do that for quite some time with the FlashVideoBundle “hack” for Windows Mobile. I was very surprised that Hulu works.

The streaming video portion of the browser is cool. Its a tad choppy on my Verizon EVDO setup, but the audio is clear. I hear it works better on a WIFI connection, but I don’t have WIFI to test it on at the moment. The current version of Skyfire is 0.6 Beta. I am treating this version as more “proof of concept” versus what the final product will look/function like. That may be wishful thinking, but I can’t pass final judgment yet.

UPDATE: I am testing video streaming via WIFI at the moment, and it is indeed much smoother over the WIFI versus EVDO.

Some of the navigation/zooming features are cool on Skyfire, some are not so cool. I believe they will work out some of the bugs in future releases. I think some of the limitations may just be due to the small screens on Windows Mobile based phones. Any of the performance related issues I’ve experienced with Skyfire are probably because of the limited processing power and memory available on Windows Mobile handsets.

Overall, Skyfire looks very promising and is worth signing up for the beta. It will not replace PocketIE for text browsing just yet, but has a lot of potential, especially on future mobile devices.

RIP Treo 700w Hello Samsung SCH-i760

 Posted by on 2008-01-12 at 20:14  Mobile, Technology  Comments Off on RIP Treo 700w Hello Samsung SCH-i760
Jan 122008
 

R.I.P. Treo 700w

Well, I did it. I killed my Treo 700w. It took a tumble and the screen cracked. I had insurance and I could have gotten it replaced, but I decided to just get a new phone instead. I was up for my “new every 2” with Verizon, so I decided to pick up the Samsung SCH-i760. I’ve got mixed feelings about it right now. I used to hate my Treo 700w for mostly performance related reasons. After only a couple days of playing with the SCH-i760 I’m starting to miss some of the Treo’s better features. It’s a mixed bag.

Samsung SCH-i760

The Samsung SCH-i760 definitely out performs the Treo 700w in terms of speed and stability. Windows Mobile 6 looks pretty, but beyond a user interface “paint job” little has changed in the functionality. The thing I’m missing most about the Treo 700w right now is the ease of one handed operation. The SCH-i760 has a slide out keyboard, so typing with one hand is out of the question. Still, I’m almost glad to have the performance over ease of use at this point.

I will write some posts detailing anything interesting I’ve found out about the SCH-i760 in the near future. I’m still working out the kinks and trying to figure out how best to use this sucker. The only thing I can see right now is that while the SCH-i760 construction seems tight, its no Treo 700w. I’m afraid the first time I drop this thing its going to shatter into a million pieces. Lets all hope that doesn’t happen.

Treo™ 700w 700wx Updater 1.22

 Posted by on 2007-07-20 at 11:53  Mobile, Technology  2 Responses »
Jul 202007
 

Wow, looks like palm quietly released an update to the Treo 700w / 700wx for Verizon. I may test this update soon. I have already hacked the Bluetooth on my 700w to allow A2DP to work with my Motorola HT280 wireless headphones. PDAnet has already added the ability to use Bluetooth DUN. Sometimes upgrades like this scare me, they might break what I’ve already done. I will be using Palm’s “Sprite Backup” utility to make a complete backup of my Treo incase the official update screws it up. I will let you know how it goes if I do it.

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The w0rd: on cool Windows Mobile software

 Posted by on 2007-06-07 at 05:52  Mobile, Technology  Comments Off on The w0rd: on cool Windows Mobile software
Jun 072007
 

I have tried and tested many Windows Mobile 5 applications in my day. I’m picky. I want it to work, and I want it free. If I cant find a free solution I want it to be cheap…and it better REALLY work. I know everybody has their own favorites, well its time for mine:

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