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Saturday, 27.12.08
UPDATE: Sling Media releases new version of SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Earlier this week, Sling Media released two new versions of its SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Mobiles: One for Windows Mobile Professional smartphones and one for Windows Mobile Standard smartphones, which are both available available for download now.
The primary feature addition in the new release is official support for new screen resolutions incl. 800x480, 640x480, 400x240 and 320x320 which means the new version of SlingPlayer Mobile, which works with every Slingbox, provides now support for 15 new Windows Mobile handsets including the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1, the Palm Treo Pro, the HTC Touch Diamond and Touch Pro, as well as the Samsung SGH-i900 Omnia among others.

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Wednesday, 24.12.08
SEASON GREETINGS: Merry Christmas from the::unwired
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:12 CET under 06 - Site News

Dear readers of the::unwired, on behalf of the::unwired team, I want to wish you a very merry Christmas. It was a pleasure to work for you by finding the latest news, testing devices, software and services and just being part of the community. I want to say thank you, dear loyal readers for visiting the::unwired another year and making the site a great Windows Mobile and mobility resource. Thanks for all your input, thoughts, feedback, postings and E-Mails. Also I want to thank all contributing editors for their work as well as I want to thank all supporting companies and advertisers for their support.

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Tuesday, 23.12.08
PROGRESS: Mozilla releases Fennec Alpha 2 - Still awaiting Windows Mobile release
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:09 CET under 01 - General News

While Mozilla's Fennec mobile Web browser isn't yet available for Windows Mobile but for the Maemo platform only (which is the preferred development platform), the Fennec developers made some good progress and recently released Fennec Alpha 2. While it's still an early developer release of the mobile version of Firefox, for testing purposes only, the initial focus of development was on building a new user interface that reflects Firefox's design principles and adds touch screen support and other features that are appropriate for mobile phones and other handheld devices.

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CHANGE: Sony Ericsson to switch from HTC to Mobinnova
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:29 CET under 01 - General News

As Taiwanese DigiTimes writes today, Chinese-language Commercial Times has reported that Sony Ericsson will not continue its cooperation with HTC but will switch to to Taiwan-based Mobinnova (a handset maker under Foxconn Electronics/Hon Hai Precision Industry which made its own experiences with Windows Mobile already). According to these info, Sony Ericsson plans to outsource its second Windows Mobile-based smartphone (most likely the Xperia X2) to the Taiwanese ODM expert. Although Sony Ericsson is believed to continue expanding its lineup of Windows Mobile-based smartphones, the company's partnership with HTC will come to an end when the current production of Xperia X1 handsets completes its business circle, the paper quoted industry sources as indicating.

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INVESTMENT: Palm secures additional US$ 100 Million Equity Investment
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:53 CET under 01 - General News

Windows Mobile smartphone maker Palm, Inc. (well known for its Palm Treo Smartphones) announced yesterday that Elevation Partners has agreed to make an additional US$ 100 million equity investment in Palm. Under a definitive agreement reached yesterday, Elevation will increase its investment in Palm by acquiring newly issued Series C preferred stock that is convertible into Palm common stock at a price of US$ 3.25 per share, a 31 percent premium to the closing price of Palm common stock on Dec. 19, 2008. The Series C preferred stock carries a 0 % dividend rate. Elevation will also receive warrants to acquire 7 million shares of Palm common stock at the same price.

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Monday, 22.12.08
VIDEOVIEW: T-Mobile Germany's Digitaler Bilderrahmen aka MMS Photo Frame
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:25 CET under 08 - Reviews

Two weeks ago, I've mentioned T-Mobile Germany's new digital picture frame (called "Digitaler Bilderrahmen") which went on sale right before Christmas and this videoview shows you how well it's working. Unfortunately available in Germany only this picture frame, manufactured by Chinese ODM Huawei, isn't just a 7" WVGA picture frame which also supports SD card, no it also features an embedded GSM/GPRS module which allows to receive photos via MMS or Web-upload. The picture frame comes preconfigured with a SIM card and MSISDN and after it is switched on and the picture frame automatically connected it to T-Mobile's GSM network, it's ready to receive photo uploads.

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PHOTOVIEW: HTC S740 Windows Mobile Standard Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:37 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following last week's HTC S740 videoview, here we go with some more photos of HTC's latest Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard smartphone. As you can see bellow, the S740 is a mix of a standard smartphone and HTC's Touch Pro, featuring a mobile phone typical keypad as well as a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The whole device follows the HTC Touch Diamond design with a shiny mirrored front, including a very shiny keyboard which isn't - unfortunately - not too scratch resistant. The battery cover also features the HTC Touch Diamond typical diamond shape but it's not piano-glossy but more a kind of soft-touch surface. While the navigation-pad looks also similar to the HTC Touch Diamond directional-pad, it's not touch sensitive at all.

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Wednesday, 17.12.08
VIDEOVIEW: Unboxing the HTC S740 Windows Mobile Standard Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:16 CET under 08 - Reviews

Back in August, HTC announced its latest Windows Mobile Standard smartphone, the HTC S740. While it follows HTC's latest design and looks pretty similar to the HTC Touch Pro, it's a non-touchscreen smartphone which actually replaces the HTC S730. Like the S730, the S740 is also a 3.5G and the typical slide-out keyboard but other features either got an update or are completely new. While the S740 still not supports UMTS/HSDPA networks in the U.S. it supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and also features WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 as well as aGPS/GPS which works, for instance, quite well with the pre-installed Google Maps Mobile client (which nevertheless isn't the latest one featuring Street View). Other features includes a 3.2 megapixel fixfocus main camera, 256 MB RAM and ROM as well as a 2.4" QVGA screen.

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UNVEILED: O2 Germany announces the new Xda Guide Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

O2 Germany today announced the new O2 Xda Guide, its latest Xda smartphone running Windows Mobile 6.1 which will replace the Xda orbit 2. The Xda Guide comes in an O2 exclusive design and is running on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. The Xda Guide is powered by a Qualcomm MSM 7225 CPU at 528 MHz and features GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA in addition to Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi b/g and GPS. The Xda Guide comes with a 2.8" QVGA touchscreen and sports a 3.2 megapixel camera, 256 MB RAM and 512 MB ROM which can be expanded by microSD cards. A 1 GB microSD card is part of the sales package and holds TomTom Navigator 7 (with maps for Germany, Austria and Switzerland).

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Wednesday, 10.12.08
SERVICE: Google releases Google Maps Mobile with Street View for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:43 CET under 01 - General News

Finally, after Google released Google Maps for Mobile with Street View before for Android, BlackBerry and iPhone, the Google team finally released Google Maps Mobile 2.3 for Windows Mobile and Nokia S60 as well. Street View lets you access street level imagery to help orient yourself when looking for places, businesses, or getting directions. Say you're going to meet with friends at an unfamiliar restaurant. Now you can search for it in Google Maps for mobile, click on "Street View", and see what the place and surrounding area look like. Similarly, say you need to get to a shop in a part of town you don't know. Find it using your phone, get directions to it, and see how to get there with full-screen panorama images of every step along the way.

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Tuesday, 09.12.08
PLATFORM: Sony Ericsson announced to join Google's Open Handset Alliance
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:46 CET under 04 - Android News

After Sony Ericsson recently joined the Windows Mobile camp with the launch of its first Windows Mobile Professional smartphone, the Xperia X1, the Japanese/Swedish joint venture today announced the extension of its portfolio strategy to include support for the Open Handset Alliance aka Google Android smartphones.
While two month ago during a press event in Lund, Sweden - Rikko Sakaguchi denied to have plans to work on an Android smartphone, Sakaguchi (CVP and head of Creation and Development at Sony Ericsson) said today that "Sony Ericsson is excited to announce its membership of the Open Handset Alliance and confirm its intention to develop a handset based on the Android platform".

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CONFERENCE: Winter Möbius 2008 - Day 1 Coverage [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:51 CET under 01 - General News

As mentioned yesterday, today Winter Möbius 2008 officially kicks-off in Seattle, hosted by Microsoft and we are ready to start. Following the traditional welcome reception yesterday evening, today and tomorrow a fully packed with deep-dive sessions about mobility in general and Microsoft's view of mobility in particular.
Unlike many Möbius conferences before, this weeks Möbius seems to have more NDA sessions than ever before and I'm not yet sure what we will see and we'll be able to write about but in the next upcoming days I will try to share as much as possible.

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Monday, 08.12.08
ACCESSORY: T-Mobile Germany launches Photo Frame with embedded MMS support [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:38 CET under 01 - General News

Just in time for the holiday season aka Christmas, T-Mobile Germany released a quite interesting photo frame which could be a pretty good gift. The "Digitale Bilderrahmen von T-Mobile" (Digital Photo Frame from T-Mobile) includes a GPRS module and a preinstalled SIM card which allows it to receive photos via MMS or Internet upload. Running on Linux, the photo frame measures 20 x 13 cm and features a 7" TFT screen at 800 x 480 pixel. The 100 MB of memory allows to store around 600 photos which can be up to 2 MB/10 megapixel. The frame itself supports JPEG photos only (no videos). Furthermore, the picture frame can be used with SD cards. The photo frame can be ordered contract-less and includes a mobile phone number to where friends and family members can send photos via MMS. Best of all, there are no further charges for the owner of the picture frame.

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EVENT: Attending the Winter Möbius 2008 Conference in Seattle
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:21 CET under 01 - General News

While I was in Seattle earlier this year for the 2008 Möbius event already, Microsoft decided to hold another Möbius conference this week which I call Winter Möbius 2008 now. And while I have no further information yet, what Microsoft and its partners might show-off, I'm sure it will packed with loads information again. Hopefully Microsoft is able to give the Möbius attendees another sneak-peak into their Windows Mobile roadmap (not to mention Windows Mobile 6.5 and Windows Mobile 7 here) and service strategy but also other topics like Windows 7 on Netbooks and the never dying rumor of an upcoming Zune Phone (which was recently code-named "Pink") might be interesting.

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Wednesday, 03.12.08
EXPERTISE: HTC bolsters Design Credibility with acquisition of One & Co
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:11 CET under 01 - General News

Furthering its reputation as a global leader in mobile innovation and design, HTC Corporation today announced the continuation of its design focus with the acquisition of San Francisco-based lifestyle design firm One & Company Design, Inc. (One & Co). Recognized for its award-winning work with some of the world's best known and most design-savvy lifestyle brands, One & Co will maintain its name and client base while it joins forces with HTC to create an unparalleled force in global mobile design.
HTC and One & Co first began collaborating in 2006 on the initial incubation and creation of the HTC Touch Diamond, a highly touted phone with iconic design that blended unprecedented use of material and industrial design.

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