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Week of February 8, 2009

Oh, my phone! Microsoft's slip-up

Just when it was looking like hardware would generate all the excitement at Mobile World Congress, Microsoft came along and caused a frenzy by accidentally revealing information about its new My Phone service when the Web site went live early. The service was previously referred to as Skybox, and the site Getskybox.com redirects to a page with details about the free MyPhone synchronizing service.

There are just enough details to whet your whistle: Users can back up their phone data on a password-protected Web site, making it painless to synchronize and restore up to 200MB worth of contacts, photos, calendar appointments, tasks, videos, SMS messages, music, and documents. They seem to be pretty serious about the storage limit; if you try to sync more information, you'll receive an error message and the files will not be saved.  (Source: Amber Bouman, InfoWorld)

Posted Thursday, February 12 2009 by ChrisD
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Acer X960 VGA HSDPA smartphone leaks ahead of MWC

As well as the Acer DX650, a second handset that the company intends to launch on February 16th has also leaked.  The Acer X960 lacks its sibling’s dual-sided usability, but likely more than makes up for it with a 2.8-inch VGA 640 x 480 touchscreen, 3G HSDPA together with WiFi b/g, and a 3.2-megapixel camera with flash.  (Source: Chris Davies, SlashGear)
Posted Thursday, February 12 2009 by ChrisD
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Spb Software Wins in Sony Ericsson Content Awards

St. Petersburg, February 11th, 2009 — Spb Software, world's top Windows Mobile applications maker is named winner in Sony Ericsson Content Awards. Spb Traveler, an application which helps to keep track of travel arrangements, meetings, time zones, exchange rates, and even clothing sizes at virtually any spot on the planet wins in the XperiaTM Panels category. Unique to Spb Traveler is the 3D globe which animates trips with sleek animation and offers a Geo Game for a fun way to test ones geographical knowledge and kill time on the go.

As part of the second annual Content Awards competition, Sony Ericsson received hundreds of entries. Nominees were evaluated according to such criteria as of ease of use, innovation, look and feel, and entertainment or usefulness value by a panel of industry experts and thought leaders. The XperiaTM Panels category winner - Spb Traveler – has a revolutionary animated finger-friendly UI, provides valuable tools and information to travelers such as world time and global weather service (powered by Foreca, the trusted provider of msn.com), subscription-free flight search, tip calculator, multilingual phrasebook, as well as currency, unit, and clothing size converters. "This Xperia Panel is an ideal travel tool, well-packaged with a clearly defined user experience and is also friendly to use," said Vildan Hasanbegović, Product Manager at Sony Ericsson.

In 2008, Spb Software was chosen to develop a user interface panel for Xperia™ X1 and put forth a top-notch, Spb Mobile Shell-based solution that compliments the X1 in both style and speed. “We had a vision for the new Spb Traveler from the start, but certainly, the idea of creating a business application panel for Sony Ericsson was the inspiration," – comments Denis Khitrov, the Product Manager of Spb Traveler. – “I have to admit that this inspiration recently drove us to create yet another panel for Sony Ericsson’s Xperia - Spb Weather.”

Further Information and Downloads

Spb Traveler web page
Spb Traveler screenshots page
Spb Traveler panel for Sony Ericsson Xperia web page

Spb Weather web page
Spb Weather screenshots page
Spb Weather panel for Sony Ericsson Xperia web page

The Spb Mobile Shell panel for Sony Ericsson Xperia comes with all X1 devices as a free download:
Spb Mobile Shell for Xperia X1 webpage
Spb Mobile Shell webpage
Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 webpage
Download Spb Mobile Shell panel for Xperia X1  (Source: Press Release)

Posted Thursday, February 12 2009 by ChrisD
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