Archive for October, 2009
Microsoft opened the doors to their new store here in Scottsdale, AZ today at Fashion Square Mall blending ‘high technology with high fashion’ as one speaker said. I was able to grab a press pass and sneak inside (along with hundreds of others) and see what’s happening and new. Microsoft had a wrap around projection screen (and I mean wrapped around the store) hooked up to various XBOX 360s, PCs, and Notebooks. The Microsoft Surface table was on display in various parts of the store showcasing the multitouch features including Microsoft Concierge, a product gallery and some cool games for parties. Too bad it’s dishing out at $30K for commercial use only right now, but they hope to bring that down for consumers in the near future. What you really want to know about though is Windows Mobile. That’s where I headed first.
The Windows Mobile, or ‘Windows Phone,’ station was meager and only offered up four phones and two mifi’s. I had my fingers crossed for a sneak at Windows 7 but the world doesn’t work that way. All four phones were sporting Windows Mobile 6.5 and none were from T-Mobile. By the way, there is an update for the Touch Pro2 to Windows Mobile 6.5 on the HTC website but it isn’t carrier specific so don’t count on tech support from T-Mobile yet. The MS employees told me what we already know about 6.5 on T-Mobile, that when T-Mobile is done with quality control and checking it will be released to us in an official ROM. Good news (sigh), Windows Mobile 7 will be out…’next year sometime’
Microsoft was giving away goodie bags and gift cards to everyone, and a free copy of Office to the first 1,000 PC/notebook/netbook purchases. Without further ado, check out the random pictures after the jump! More >
Now that the CLIQ has been available for a few days we’re wondering who’s going to get one? The slide is a lot better than the G1’s but the placement of the D-pad on the keyboard will take some getting used to. Who else has one in the mail or in their hands? (I’m still waiting on mine to come). For those of you that don’t know it is available for $199 with 2 year activation or about $449 without the extension.
Here’s a quick rundown of the specs:
- Android (and all the great stuff that comes with the Android OS)
- 5 megapixel camera! (yes 5MP)
- MOTOBLUR – a socially integrated solution that blurs the line between Android and social networks
- Full QWERTY keyboard (slider)
- Touch Screen
- 3G, GPS, Wi Fi, micro SD, and Bluetooth of course!
T-Mobile is throwing in a car charger, I though these were standard issue now-a-days? You can check out a BLUR demo at t-mobile.com/cliq
Need or want a quick and easy way to take screenshots on your Touch Pro2? You might see something on a website, or app that you want a screenie of and need a quick way to do it. Download and install ShakeAndSave from Extreme-Apps onto your TP2 and get crackin..er..Shakin..
BGR has a ton of new screenshots for Android 2.0, dubbed ‘Eclair.’ From what we can tell there is a lot of reworking of the interface while maintaining the look and feel of you love about Android. Below is a quick list of new features and improvements.
- Facebook integration
- unified email inbox
- Microsoft Exchange Compatibility built in
- Google Maps with Layers including Transit Lines, Wikipedia, My Maps and more
- Much faster browser with double tap to zoom in/out
- Youtube widget that gives you the ability to upload a video in two clicks
- Car Home application that shows an optimized interface for use while driving
- Better Contacts interface with quicker access to the link you want
Think of it as GPS, Google Earth and more on your Windows Mobile Pro phone (like the Touch Pro 2). Recently, Tamas Frigyes, CEO of GPS Tuner, sent us the corresponding press release for this exciting announcement. There is even a PC side application to help you manage your maps and locations. For more screenshots, graphics and the full press release be sure to click on the read more link below. I’m installing this great piece of software now so next week I can give you a full run down and review so stay tuned! GPS Tuner is one of those highly developed applications that makes the Windows Mobile platform strong.
“GPS Tuner today announced the latest generation of its off-road navigation software, developed specially
for mobile devices. GPS Tuner Atlas is a must-have for anyone who seeks a flexible off-road navigation
solution for geocaching, biking, touring, extreme sports, and hunting or as part of their dayto-
day off-road professional activities.”
Remember back when 2GB MicroSDHC cards were huge and mythical? Yeah, well, time has gone by and the future is here now with 16GB cards so you can carry way more music and videos than you could possibly listen to or watch on a single battery charge. There are Class 2 all the way up to Class 6 (faster) available. Get one or two 16GB MicroSDHC cards for yourself today! They vary in price from $40 to $71 depending on the Class you want.
Resco just released the newest version of their Pocket Radio for Windows Mobile. Since the manufacturers that be are still failing to put FM radios into our devices it’s nice to know we can stream music from around the world. Resco makes this possible with Resco Pocket Radio 2.0 for Touchscreen.
- Finger friendly navigation: optimized for ease of use
- Letterbar: Automatically creates quick links to your most used choices
- Streaming Quality Icons: color coded icons quickly denote the quality of the stream.