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Another difference between Palm Treo 700wx and Treo 750v

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 8-May-2007 22:14

A few weeks ago I posted a review comparison of two Palm Treo devices available here in New Zealand. I am talking about the Palm Treo 700wx (left, CDMA, Telecom New Zealand) and the Palm Treo 750v (right, GSM/WCDMA, Vodafone New Zealand).

I just found another difference today. Can you spot it?

Easy: the Palm Treo 750v will have a Windows Mobile 6 update sometime later this year. The Palm Treo 700wx will not have a Windows Mobile 6 update. This is according to sources from Vodafone New Zealand and Telecom New zealand.

FlashThemes on Palm Treo Windows Mobile

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 4-May-2007 22:04

I've installed FlashThemes in two of my Pocket PCs to try it and see what it's all about. Shame the screen size on Palm Treo devices is so small (240 x 240 pixels) because more space would make this really cool. FlashThemes uses Flash to insert animated backgrounds into your Today screen. Note that you can't have this running in the entire background, but only on the space reserved for the plug-in. In the following recording I've disabled all Today plug-ins just to capture the animation in full screen:
Neat? You bet. Also, note I am running Flash Player 6, not the Flash Player 7. I think it's a requirement, and this version works on Windows Mobile 5 anyway. And, yes, the Vodafone NZ signal here is appaling when compared with the Telecom NZ, as you can see in the video.

The mini MEDC NZ is happening in Christchurch

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 4-May-2007 19:40

Darryl has just announced we will have a mini MEDC here in New Zealand. For some of us not lucky enough to go to the nearest MEDC (Sydney, Australia) Microsoft will bring two of their Mobile and Embedded guys to New Zealand for a session.

So it's not the full MEDC, but we will have two "insiders" presenting during the event:

Mike Hall (Senior Technical Product Manager Windows Embedded)
Derek Snyder (Product Manager Windows Mobile)

If you develop solutions for the Embedded or Mobile market place then join the crowd for the first Microsoft Windows Embedded & Windows Mobile Seminar to be held in Christchurch.

This seminar will show you how to get the most from the latest Windows Embedded & Windows Mobile updates to get maximum advantage for your business. This includes information on the latest platforms & updates: Windows Mobile 6, Windows Embedded CE 6.0, Windows Embedded XP SP2 Feature Pack 2007. Also development updates, futures and roadmap information.

The mini MEDC will be on Thursday 17 May 2007, 4pm till 8pm at the Christchurch Convention Centre, Meeting Room 3 (Level 1).

HTC Announces Windows Mobile 6 updates, but not for your HTC Universal

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 20-Apr-2007 12:21

HTC has announced the roadmap of Windows Mobile 6 updates, according to Engadget. The list includes the HTC Advantage, HTC TyTn, HTC S620, HTC P3300, and the HTC 4350.

Strangely the list does not include the HTC Universal, the 3G-enabled, mini laptop replacement flagship device, top of the line, also known as QTEK 9090 or i-mate Jasjar.

The device is certainly not new, launched back in September 2005. But seeing that it's listed as available from some mobile operators and since this is a business device I would expect to see an update available for it. You can currently find a HTC Universal from Vodafone New Zealand at NZ$1999 (US$ 1500).

The device is more than capable, with fast CPU and ample keyboard for a good messaging experience. And the VGA screen is second to none.

Of course we still haven't heard from the other distributors carrying the HTC Universal in their product line (Dopod, Grundig, i-mate, O2, Orange, SFR, T-Mobile, Vodafone), but since the manufacturer themselves are not going to offer an upgrade path for this device, I guess we won't be seeing one soon.

Again it happens. Even though devices are very capable, users ended up investing a small fortune on something that won't be updated. I know, there are work involved, retro fitting drivers, updating radio stack, etc... But again, it's a really expensive device!

You can find more on "Why can't I upgrade my Windows Mobile device" in an old post in the Windows Mobile team blog.

Windows Mobility User Group - Wellington

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 16-Apr-2007 13:17

This week (19 April 2007 6pm) we are having another WMUG meeting. This time we will focus on Windows Vista and mobile experiences. We also have ten copies of Microsoft Windows Vista Business edition to give away, plus other goodies, including two Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Evaluation Kit.

The meeting will be hosted by Toshiba, in their offices at Wakefield St.

Some things to mention: we don't have a WMUG website at the moment, because the old domain lapsed and the domain holder did not renew it (he missed all the notiifications). Darryl has got another domain and we haven't decided what to do yet. Most likely we will use SharePoint Services to host the content. We need the website so that you can read about the group meetings and to get notices such as O'Reilly discounts for the group and more.

In the meantime, if you want to get notifications via e-mail, we have a (low volume) mailing list. You can subscribe to the WMUG list (and lots of other NZ .Net User Group lists) in the official NZ .Net User Group site.

Other news involve Craig Pringle. He's accepted a position with Gen-i in Sydney, Australia, and therefore will not be able to commit his time to help the user group with his Tablet PC and mobility knowledge. So we are looking for other people to help. If you have a passion for mobile stuff, is based in Wellington, and want to help (low volume again) please contact me.

Windows Mobile 6 Product Reference Guide

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 13-Apr-2007 10:50

If you are planning to deploy Windows Mobile devices in your organisation, or jut curious about the technology changes in the latest Windows Mobile 6 release, then download the Windows Mobile 6 Product Reference Guide (pdf).

The document lists all enhancements added to this new version. You will be surprised to find lots of interesting things in there. Go have a read.

Found through Jason Langridge's blog.

Microsoft MVP Award Mobile Devices

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 2-Apr-2007 17:08

Just got an e-mail from Microsoft with the confirmation that my Microsoft MVP Award (Mobile Devices) was renewed for another year. If you don't know, "[The] Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award is an annual award that is given to outstanding members of Microsoft's technical communities, and that is based on contributions made during the previous year to offline and online technical communities.".

There's a good FAQ here.

This is an annual award. You can check my MVP Public Profile for some more information.

Video: Microsoft Deepfish for Windows Mobile

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 30-Mar-2007 08:48

The Microsoft Live Labs are at it again... They have just announced a new paradigm for mobile browsing called Microsoft Deepfish. Is seems it works in a similar fashion as not much different from some other solutions, in which a server-side engine fetches and render pages, transferring an image of this page...

The following short movie shows how a page is rendered first in a completely zoomed out state. When you press the Action button the grey area will help you focus what area to zoom in and clicking the Action button again will enlarge that area.

Notice how the content is blurry after zooming in. Like some mapping technologies only the content needed to fill the screen is downloaded and cached, so the blur will go after a couple of seconds after you move to a new area in the page, giving way for a much better picture.

The product is currently on a semi-open beta. IT appears all the allocated slots for beta testers are taken, but you can register your interest on the research site.

Video: Microsoft Deepfish on Palm Treo 750v

Unlocking the Vodafone 1210 Windows Mobile Smartphone

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 27-Mar-2007 17:29

I've previously posted about the Vodafone 1210 (VDA IV) being locked, which prevents users installing self signed certificates, important for individuals and organisations running Microsoft Exchange Server and their own CA (Certificate Authority) servers.

Since that post I wrote a Vodafone 1210 review and after that I received a few requests on instructions on how to unlock this smartphone.

For all of you who have been waiting for this, Vodafone was listening and they have just sent me a firmware upgrade developed by ASUS, allowing self signed certificates to be installed on this device.

The upgrade software currently does not work on Windows Vista, but it should be ok on Window XP.

Also, if you haven't read the review yet, Vodafone has posted a comment there, confirming an update for Windows Mobile 6 should be avaialble for this device mid-2007.

Good move guys!

FAQs you should read: Windows Mobile 6 and encrypting storage cards

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 27-Mar-2007 16:36

One of the most interesting features released with Windows Mobile 6 is the option to encrypt the contents of an external memory card. This is important if you have some content that you are working on but can't just leave "in the open".

Until now I had the impression that the encryption keys were stored on the device only, and if you hard reset it or had a problem you wouldn't be able to read the memory card on another device.

But reading this most interesting Windows Mobile Storage Card Encryption FAQ I found out that you can actually store the encryption keys device PIN on an Exchange Server.

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