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Week of November 15, 2009

How Microsoft blew it with Windows Mobile

"The sad part for Microsoft is that in terms of operating systems, they have a great one, and they had it long before anyone else did," Hoddie said in a phone interview. "Their first problem is the built-in apps are uninspiring, so that sets a very low bar for developers who are coming to the platform."

Hoddie compared Windows Mobile to the iPhone, whose apps he described as "beautiful," which encourages third-party developers to produce apps of similar quality.

He added that Microsoft's second problem is segmentation in the hardware ecosystem. Windows Mobile ships with several different manufacturers' hardware, including HTC, LG and Samsung. The problem? From a developer perspective, that requires coding an app for several phones with different UI styles, buttons and screen sizes. (The same problem, incidentally, has started to plague Android developers.)  (Source: Brian X. Chen, Wired, CNN)


Posted Thursday, November 19 2009 by ChrisD
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Touch Alarm: a Convenient iPhone-Style Alarm Clock for Windows Mobile PDAs

November 19, 2009: MobilityFlow announces the release of Touch Alarm, a new program for Windows Mobile smartphones. This convenient, iPhone-style alarm clock can be quickly set with a finger, due to the scrolls of hours and minutes. The big figures reduce the possibility of mistakes; there is also a rich variety of skins to fit any taste. Unlike regular WM alarm clocks. The program is available in two editions: Touch Alarm Free and Touch Alarm Pro.

Touch Alarm Free features:
- Quick and convenient alarm set-up
- iPhone-style scrolls of hours and minutes
- A rich variety of skins
- An icon to unlock the alarm
- Language localization

Touch Alarm Pro also features:
- Several alarm clocks
- Alarms for specified days of week
- MP3/WAV alarm sounds
- Volume control and vibration alarm
- Synchronization with internet time server
- Snooze mode for comfortable awakening
- A puzzle: solve it to turn off the alarm!

Pricing and Availability

The system requirements for Touch Alarm are the following:
- Windows Mobile 5 or 6
- VGA / QVGA / WVGA / WQVGA / SVGA / SQVGA
- .NET Compact Framework 2.0
A single-user license of Touch Alarm Pro costs $5. For more information please visit http://touch-alarm.com   (Source: Press Release)


Posted Thursday, November 19 2009 by ChrisD
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Communication Suite 2.0!

Suite updated with NEW Winterface


19th of November, 2009 VITO Technology releases new version of Communication Suite. This version includes the latest updates of all 4 best sellers (Winterface 2.04, FunContact 3.01, SMS-Chat 1.25 and ZoomBoard 2.04). Winterface has gained lots of features that will allow you to customize your phone to your needs: change skins (10 new skins are available), background color or picture, headings for the icons and much more

Change the face of your device together with your mood! All for $24.95!

Winterface 2.04 now includes 10 new skins, changeable background, customizable headings and much more. Now the customization of the look of your phone can be done extremely quickly with quite a wide range possibilities. 

FunContact3x is a great contact manage. Alongside with new features like categories, favorites with pictures, etc. FunContact has preserved unique features that none of the competitors have, for instance, you can edit and add new contact info straight in FunContact without going to standard WM interface.

SMS-Chat 1.25 a part from including all functions of messaging software has unique interfaces and functions that allow you to manage all SMS correspondences into threaded SMS conversations. This way all chats are separate, clearly shown and organized for each contact.

ZoomBoard 2.04 is a soft onscreen keyboard for quick and accurate finger typing. Every time you press a letter ZoomBoard displays the zoomed image of the pressed letter in a popping-up lens. You can also use it to zoom the whole keyboard. The letter is typed only after you release the finger so that your text input will always be accurate and quick. 

Weather is a FREE weather forecast for Winterface with nice interface and good functionality.

Communication Suite is available for $24.95 at http://vitotechnology.com/communication-suite.html.   (Source: Press Release)


Posted Thursday, November 19 2009 by ChrisD
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SYWARE®, Inc. Announces Visual CE 12.0 Beta Program Sneek peek at new features slated for SYWARE's award winning mobile database development tool.

CAMBRIDGE, MA, U.S.A. - November 18, 2009 - SYWARE, Inc., a leading developer of mobile database development tools for business and personal productivity, today announced an opportunity for developers to get an early look at SYWARE's next major release of their flagship Visual CE product.

 

Visual CE 12.0 will add support for a variety of new features including a macro debugger, tabs, updatable grids, and synchronization to multiple desktop databases. These are just a few of the many new features available.

 

"We are pleased to be able to continue to serve our developer community by providing the tools they need to build outstanding mobile applications." said Sy Danberg, President, SYWARE, Inc., "We're proud to provide the capabilities requested by our customers while at the same time continuing to ensure 100 percent backward compatibility with existing mobile applications."

 

Pricing & Availability

 

Current licensees can purchase an upgrade to Visual CE 12.0 beta now and will be sent the production release at no additional charge, as soon as it is available. Those who do not yet have a Visual CE license of any type can buy the 12.0 beta now to get started and will also receive the production release at no additional charge, as soon as it is available. Pricing and upgrade instructions are available on the SYWARE website. (Source: Press Release)


Posted Wednesday, November 18 2009 by ChrisD
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SPB Survey: Mobile Software Analysis with a Little Help from User

SPB Survey 2009

SPB Software, world's leading mobile software developer, invites all mobile users to participate in its sixth annual SPB Survey (http://www.spbsoftwarehouse.com/support/survey.html). The SPB Survey is a questionnaire that captures user preferences and builds up a combined report that identifies the changing user profiles, mobile device expectations and the handset use cases. This report is expected to be released in early December 2009.

SPB Software, leading expert in mobile device usability and a recognized brand in the consumer market, desires to reach out directly to users of all mobile platforms with the survey. This will empower users to provide direct feedback bypassing the prism of mobile operators and professional consulting houses. This year's survey is an enhancement over the previous one, eliminating some of the inapplicable questions and adding a few fundamental ones. This year the survey is held in 10 languages: English, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, German, French, Italian, Dutch and Czech.

A few lucky, randomly picked SPB Survey participants will receive valuable 'thank you' gifts. The 1st place holder will be rewarded with a mobile device of their choice (within the limit of $1000) from such major internet retailers as Amazon or eXpansys and a $100 worth of our software. Second place will be rewarded with a $100 worth of smartphone accessories of choice from our partners at Smartphone Experts (www.smartphoneexperts.com) plus a $100 worth of our software. The prize for 3rd place is a $100 worth of our software.

The survey will last untill 7 p.m. GMT December 4th, with results expected to be publicly available by December 17th. All winners will be contacted with details on how to claim their prizes before December 20th, 2009.  (Source SPB Software)


Posted Wednesday, November 18 2009 by ChrisD
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SBSH GoNews Touch 1.2 Released! Free Upgrade Details

SBSH GoNews Touch 1.2 is powerful and optimized for mobile use like never before! Including new full screen reading mode for maximum article content display while reading; Re-designed backend engine for much faster updates; Online feed searching utility; Popup touch menus for easier to use interface and much more!

SBSH GoNews Touch for Windows Mobile Touch Capture
A few GoNews 1.2 Highlights


GoNews Touch 1.2 includes lots of additional exciting features that we couldn't list with this newsletter. We invite you to click here and read GoNews Touch 1.2 release post for a complete list of all the new features we've included with this new GoNews Touch release!  (Source: Press Release)
Posted Tuesday, November 17 2009 by ChrisD
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Android software beats Windows Mobile

Google Android OS software beats Windows Mobile OS : Is the end of Windows Mobile in sight? That would be quite a strong statement at the offset. However, when we look at the sales figures that Windows Mobile smartphones achieve compared to the competition, things do not seem to be looking up for Microsoft. According to research, market growth is about 13%, while smartphone sales figures with the Windows Mobile operating system have plummeted. There are at least 20% less smartphones with the Windows Mobile operating system the market, while this is obviously a growing market. This is a result that generally speaking would make any healthy entrepreneur undertake measures. (Source: Mark Peters, LetsGodigitial)
Posted Tuesday, November 17 2009 by ChrisD
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Adobe Upgrades Air and Flash: Mobile and Multi-Touch Support Added

Both AIR 2 and Flash Player 10.1 support multitouch and gesture-based applications on touch screen devices. The beta releases are available as free downloads from Adobe Labs. Flash Player 10.1 runs on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux desktop platforms and x86-based netbooks. Devices supported include Android, Windows Mobile, Palm webOS, and Symbian S60. The AIR 2 beta is offered for several Windows OSes, including Windows 7, as well as for Mac OS and Linux.  (Source: Paul Krill, InfoWorld, PC World)
Posted Tuesday, November 17 2009 by ChrisD
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Windows Marketplace for Windows Mobile 6 and 6.1

Now available for phones with Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1
Initially, Marketplace was available for the new Windows phones with Windows Mobile 6.5. Today, almost all people with phones running Windows Mobile 6.0 and above with a supporting data plan can now access Marketplace. We’re delighted to bring the benefits of Marketplace to even more people, and give Windows phone developers the opportunity to reach more than 30 million devices worldwide. To get Marketplace for a Windows Mobile 6.0 or 6.1 based device, customers can simply point their phone’s browser to http://mp.windowsphone.com to start the download process; from the Web, customers can visit http://windowsphone.com/getmarketplace or simply click here. Then browse and shop a wide range of quality applications for work and play; roughly 90% of the apps in our catalogue already support Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1 devices.  (Source: Eric Nelson , The Windows Blog)
Posted Monday, November 16 2009 by ChrisD
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Windows Mobile: Greatest app story ever told

Windows Mobile is the Frankenstein's monster of mobile phone operating systems  -- hideously misshapen, yet powerfully intelligent, it spends its time outrunning the fiery torches of disgruntled users and mobile phone reviewers. It doesn't have the cachet of the iPhone, the ubiquity of Symbian or the geek chic of Android, and it's the calling card of suits who wear pleated trousers and mobile phone holsters -- it's so square it makes BlackBerrys look cool.

The problem with Windows Mobile is that it tries to bring the wonder of your Windows desktop -- your Windows 95 desktop, that is -- to the tiny screen of your phone. And if you think Windows is complicated and incomprehensible on your PC, try controlling it with a stylus the size of a matchstick.

But there is one advantage to WinMo's attempt to recreate your PC in your pocket -- it's the greatest mobile app platform on the planet. You thought Apple invented the app for a little baby called the iPhone? Forget it. Compared to the iPhone OS or even open-source Android, WinMo is the king, because it's dead easy to develop for, and you can stick almost any program on it.   (Source: Flora Graham, Crave)


Posted Monday, November 16 2009 by ChrisD
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Windows Mobile 6.5 Phone Gallery

If you believe that the operating system is the heart and soul of any smartphone, you're probably more interested in Windows Mobile 6.5 itself than the hardware it's on. Microsoft's mobile platform is decidedly less flashy than the iPhone or Palm's WebOS, but it'll get you through the work day with its eye towards productivity.

Sure, the reviews are pretty dismal so far, calling it a mostly cosmetic update that isn't worth an upgrade to a new phone, but we know some of you don't care what the critics say: It's WinMo or bust, and only the newest version will do.

For all those WinMo enthusiasts--we know you're out there somewhere--have some choices to make, should your current wireless contract be up for renewal soon. So here's our gallery of the five latest Windows Mobile 6.5 phones, looking all slick in their marketing photos. As with any phone, choose wisely, as you'll be stuck with it for two years  (Source: PC World)


Posted Sunday, November 15 2009 by ChrisD
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