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Week of January 18, 2009

Palm Treo Pro Leaks, Then Sprint Pulls It

"Sprint inadvertently posted information on Sprint.com regarding an upcoming product, Palm Treo Pro, this morning. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Sprint looks forward to welcoming this exciting, new device into our portfolio as soon as it has been approved through our customary testing process. We will share details on the correct availability date as soon as the standard testing of both the device and its interaction with our network has concluded. Thank you for your interest in Sprint products."

We went ahead and captured all of the Treo Pro-related screens from Sprint's Web site anyway. If the screens are correct, the Treo Pro will sell for $549.99, or as low as $249.99 with contract. It will have the Sprint Music Store, Sprint TV and NFL Mobile Live, along with the basic features of the GSM Treo Pro we reviewed last August. It runs on Sprint's CDMA EVDO Rev. A network, though, not a GSM network. And yes, it has Wi-Fi. (Source: PC Magazine via GearLog)

Posted Thursday, January 22 2009 by ChrisD
Rating: 2.66 Comments ()

Where are the Microsoft cuts falling?

I’m hearing from my sources that the Entertainment and Devices (E&D) unit — the group that is responsible for Xbox, Zune and Windows Mobile — is being hit with the bulk of the immediate 1,400-person cuts. (I have no specifics  about how this will affect Microsoft’s product roadmap, but stay tuned.)  (Source: Mary Jo Foley, ZDNet)
Posted Thursday, January 22 2009 by ChrisD
Rating: 2.33 Comments ()

HTC Touch Cruise Updated As... HTC Touch Cruise

The successor to the first Touch Cruise updates the entire spec and feature sheet to bring it up to speed with the rest of the HTC Windows Mobile smartphone lineup. As before, this phone relies on its 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen display since there is no physical keyboard or keypad in sight.

Running through the feature set, we find Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, dual-band HSDPA (900/2100), HTC TouchFLO, 3.2 megapixel fixed focus camera, microSD expansion, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, Wi-Fi, GPS/aGPS, and a Qualcomm MSM7225 (528MHz) chip running the show.  (Source: Michael Kwan, Mobile Magazine)
Posted Thursday, January 22 2009 by ChrisD
Rating: 3.5 Comments ()

Spb Weather 2.0: the Forecast Telling Globe

Spb Software, the world's top Windows Mobile software developer releases a major update for Spb Weather - an award-winning and world's best-selling weather application for Windows Mobile touch-screen phones. Aside from the modernized finger-friendly UI, Spb Weather 2.0 offers forecasts by Foreca - the trusted weather source of MSN.com, quotes current outside weather conditions, has an expanded city database, and a revolutionary 3D globe with animated weather forecasts over a real satellite image of the sky.

Mobility experts attribute the success of Spb Weather to the simplicity of customizable user interface, good integration with other Spb products, and unique flexible weather forecast engine, which allows users to create custom templates for alternative forecast sources. Spb Weather 2.0 builds on the success of the previous versions, bracing its original strong point and introducing new features:

Pricing and Availability

Spb Weather is compatible with Windows Mobile Professional 5.0 or higher; all Windows Mobile screen resolutions are supported. A free, 15-day trial can be downloaded, or Spb Weather 2.0 may be purchased for 19.95 USD, or upgraded from 1.x Spb Weather versions for just 9.95 USD, at www.spbsoftwarehouse.com. According to Spb Software upgrades policy, all Spb Weather users, who have purchased the product within the last 90 days, are invited to exchange the previous version of software for the newly released one, for free. Users of Spb Traveler 2.x are also eligible to get Spb Weather 2.0 free of charge.  (Source: Press Release)

Posted Wednesday, January 21 2009 by ChrisD
Rating: 3.5 Comments ()

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