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Week of October 26, 2008

Samsung Epix i907 Review

Samsung EpixThe Samsung Epix, also known as the i907, gives the Treo Pro and the HP iPAQ 910c a run for their money. It's slimmer than most Windows Mobile Pro (Pocket PC) phones and it's actually about the same size as the non-touch screen Samsung BlackJack II smartphone, though a tad thicker at the bottom. If you've pined for a touch screen version of the ever-popular BlackJack or BlackJack II, you can jump for joy. Though the Epix adds more than the touch screen: it's got WiFi, an optical mouse pad and a larger, higher resolution display. For those of you who follow import phones, the Epix is the US version of the Samsung i780. It runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional on a 624MHz processor, and it has 256 megs of flash ROM and ~80 megs of free RAM to run programs. The smartphone has 3G, a 2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, CV (ATT's streaming video service), various IM clients, a GPS with AT&T Navigator and an SDHC microSD card slot.  (Source: Lisa Gade,Mobile Tech Review)

Posted Wednesday, October 29 2008 by ChrisD
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Spb Online: First Commercial Implementation by Mobile Operator

St. Petersburg, October 29th, 2008 — Spb Software, world’s leading Windows Mobile applications developer, announces first commercial implementation of its Spb Online - a set of premium online services for 3G networks, designed to stimulate subscriber uptake of streaming content on handsets. In close cooperation with Sky Link - Russia’s largest CDMA mobile operator - Spb Software delivered SkyTouch - a customized Spb Mobile Shell-based UI solution, integrated with Spb Online and tuned to local preferences of SkyLink subscribers. SkyTouch comes preinstalled on Sky Link’s new 3G-smartphone AnyData ASP-505, and acts as a clear single entry point to device features and an array of advanced online services, ranging from Mobile TV, to online games, to local GPS-based navigation, to popular social networks.

The AnyData ASP-505 is expected to hit the vast Russian market in the beginning of November, taking advantage of the fast-paces roll-out of next-generation mobile networks by Sky Link. “Today, 80% of our subscribers get access to mobile internet with USB-modems and only 20% of them browse the Internet from their handsets. Our new smartphone, fitted with SkyTouch by Spb Software, targets this growing segment of customers, by turning their handsets into very user-friendly, powerful, but compact mobile Internet-centers. Being a leader in fast-growing Russian market of mobile Internet, SkyLink has made the next step forward to offer its subscribers the best services and products,” - comments Albert Safiullin, Deputy Director in Commerce, CJSC Sky Link.


“I believe that Sky Link, as one of the most innovative players on the Russian mobile communications market, is strategically right by offering subscribers not just devices equipped with fast Internet access, but devices with preinstalled online services, which facilitate the use of such fast access,” - comments Vassili Philippov, Spb Software House COO.

In less than a month of open market presence, Spb Online supported over 1,000,000 of Mobile TV viewing sessions, over 160,000 Online Games sessions, in over 50 countries.

View screenshots and a video demonstration of SkyTouch interface and Spb Online package for SkyLink here:
http://www.spbsoftwarehouse.com/enterprise/skylink_anydata_asp505.html   (Source: Press Release)

Posted Wednesday, October 29 2008 by ChrisD
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Ray Ozzie Announces Windows Azure - Supports Windows Mobile

And so I'd like to announce a new service in the cloud, Windows Azure. (Cheers, applause.) Windows Azure is a new Windows offering at the Web tier of computing. This represents a significant extension to our family of Windows computing platforms from Windows Vista and Windows Mobile at the experience tier, Windows Server at the enterprise tier, and now Windows Azure being our Web tier offering, what you might think of as Windows in the cloud.

Windows Azure is our lowest level foundation for building and deploying a high scale service, providing core capabilities such as virtualized computation, scalable storage in the form of blogs, tables and streams, and perhaps most importantly an automated service management system, a fabric controller that handles provisioning, geo-distribution, and the entire lifecycle of a cloud-based service.

You can think of Windows Azure as a new service-based operating environment specifically targeted for this new cloud design point, striking the best possible balance between two seemingly opposing goals.  (Source: Microsoft Website)

Posted Tuesday, October 28 2008 by ChrisD
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Windows Mobile misses targets again

The software giant, announcing results for its first fiscal quarter, said it sold 18m licenses for its mobile operating system during its full financial year, which ended in June 2008, well short of its target of 20m. And the first quarter does not promise better performance in fiscal 2009, especially as Windows Mobile’s main rivals, Symbian and Android, move to the open source model that Microsoft still rejects. (Source: Rethink Wireless)
Posted Monday, October 27 2008 by ChrisD
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Motorola Expands Windows Mobile Support for Mobile Computing Customers

The Enterprise Mobility business from Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) on October 27 announced the availability of the Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system on its rugged mobile computers and enterprise digital assistants to better manage and deploy devices throughout the enterprise.

Initial products to support the new platform will include Motorola’s flagship MC9000 rugged mobile computers, the ergonomic MC3000 mobile computers and the size-optimized MC70 and MC75 Enterprise Digital Assistants (EDAs). (Source: FinChannel.com)

Posted Monday, October 27 2008 by ChrisD
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Sprint offers medical students discount WinMo smartphones

Sprint are looking to boost sales to cash-strapped students with a new scheme that offers discounted Windows Mobile smartphones to medical students at the University of Louisville. The devices will not only allow instant access to the university’s email and address book system, but also include medical applications, such as ePocrates and medical and drug reference databases. Moreover individual and class device customization will allow course-specific data to be added.(Source: Chris Davies, SlashGear)

Posted Monday, October 27 2008 by ChrisD
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