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New Devices Include HTC Snap; Recent Freeware

We mostly focus on devices with touch screens, but Windows Mobile Standard devices are still coming out. We’ll look briefly at the HTC Snap, as well as note info on other new devices. And we’ll touch on some recent freebies.

HTC Snap

Expected to be sold unlocked this summer and available from a U.S. carrier this fall, the HTC Snap got a lot of attention at the recent CTIA trade show. It doesn’t have a touch screen, and for navigation uses a trackball similar to that of the popular Blackberry Pearl.


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New Devices from AT&T, Verizon; More on Windows Mobile 6.5

AT&T is slated to release the Propel Pro in the coming weeks, and Verizon’s Touch Diamond is also expected in April. This week we’ll also look at more details of Windows Mobile 6.5, as well as note a $100,000 giveaway from HTC and a new website with general info about mobile phones, including safety.


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New Freebies Include YouTube App; More on Windows Mobile 6.5

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It’s been a long time coming. You can now download an app from YouTube to watch YouTube videos without the workarounds or commercial app that we’ve mentioned in the past. Also, this week we’ll note a new version of Skype, an article on how to use your phone for laptop Internet access, and the release of more details on Windows Mobile 6.5.


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Review of Sprint Treo Pro, March Madness, Windows Mobile News

In this week’s column I want to highlight a review of Sprint’s new Treo Pro and an article about using Viigo to follow “March Madness.” Plus, we’ll note a great new offering by Microsoft of how-to videos for Windows Mobile, plus a few other Windows Mobile tidbits.


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Treo Pro from Alltell/Verizon and Sprint; IE 6; Buzzwire

It’s always news when the major carriers release a popular model, and this week it’s the Palm Treo Pro, now available form Alltell (which has been purchased by Verizon) and coming next week from Sprint. In this column, we’ll also note the arrival of a Digg-like site for mobile devices and a critical review of the forthcoming Internet Explorer 6, which will be included on Sprint's Treo Pro.


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Review of Microsoft My Phone; Freeware Updates

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Microsoft’s My Phone, their new cloud backup application introduced at Mobile World Congress, is an important free service for Windows Mobile users. This week I want to point you to an early review of My Phone, plus note updates to several of the major freebies: Skype, Skyfire, and Google Mobile.


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New Devices Include Toshiba with 4.1-Inch Screen, HTC Touch Updates

One of the biggest sources of buzz at last week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona was the Toshiba TG01 — just 9.9mm thick and a 4.1-inch screen. Plus, an extremely fast processor. This week I’ll point you to info and videos showing this new device, as well as two updated offerings from HTC. And we’ll note a source for streaming audio and a free app for logging calls.


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Microsoft Announces New Services, Reveals Windows Mobile 6.5

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Monday was a big news day for Windows Mobile users, as Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave a keynote address at a major trade show in Barcelona. He took the wraps of Windows Mobile 6.5, announced the My Phone service we covered previously — and, biggest news of all, announced a new service called Windows Marketplace for Mobile that will be similar to the App Store for the iPhone.


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Microsoft Launches Free Sync Service; New Netflix and Google Apps

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Microsoft continues to focus on its “cloud computing” offerings, last week announcing My Phone — a free web portal that lets you keep your phone and PC in sync and backed up, as well as share information and files with other people. This week we’ll also note a new freeware app from Microsoft for accessing Netflix, as well as Google Latitude.


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Cell Phone Scams, Freebies, Reviews, News

Everyone is looking ahead to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona starting February 16 for lots of exciting announcements. Rather than dealing in rumors here, I’ll wait until the actual announcements. In the meantime, I want to touch on a number of things, including cell phone scams, reviews, a couple freebies, and more images of Windows Mobile 6.5, as well as a preview of a forthcoming Mozilla browser.


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Obama’s Smartphones, Windows Mobile 6.5, New Devices

Last week the big news was that President Obama gets to keep his Blackberry — and that he’ll be using a secure Windows CE device for official business. This is a good step. In this week’s column I also want to note the imminent arrival of Windows Mobile 6.5 and the new HTC Touch Cruise.


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Reviews: Samsung Saga, HTC Touch Pro; Music from Didiom

Verizon’s Samsung Saga, at $200, looks like a solid low-end device. This week we’ll note a review of this device and of the HTC Touch Pro, as well as a hands-on with the new Pharos Traveler 137. I also want to highlight an in-depth review of the TouchFlo 3D interface on HTC Touch devices and the latest offering from Didiom, a music streaming service with over 1 million songs.


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News from CES: New Devices, Live Search Update

There wasn’t much in the way of major Windows Mobile news at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show, but a couple items are worthy of note: new devices from Pharos and a significant update to the free app Live Search for Windows Mobile. This week we’ll also note a neat call-waiting app.


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Windows 7, Freebies, Tips

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Microsoft has a roadmap for the future, and it shared that roadmap with attendees at a recent meeting. This week I’ll point you to Jason Dunn’s summary of that meeting, which included discussion of the successor to Windows Vista, as well as note a couple freebies and some useful tips.


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Pocket Internet Explorer 6, KeyToss Mobile Portal, Freebies

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Your web browsing experience is the main topic this week, as we note more information on the imminent Pocket Internet Explorer 6 and an update to the very impressive KeyToss mobile portal. Also this week we have a couple freebies, including the ever-popular game Snowed In.


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Updates Galore: Windows Live, Google Maps, Skype, WM 6.1

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This week’s column highlights significant updates to several of the major free applications/services for Windows Mobile devices — Windows Live services, Google Maps, and Skype. Plus, I’ll point you to a page that lists devices that have received Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrades.


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Latest Reviews: Verizon Omnia and Sony Ericsson Xperia; The Promise of Live Mesh

More reviews of the latest devices are appearing, in this case the Verizon Omnia and Sony Ericsson Xperia X1a, and this week I wanted to point you to them. Plus I want to talk briefly about Live Mesh, Microsoft’s foray into the exciting arena of cloud computing.


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Verizon Offering Touch Pro, Samsung Omnia, Samsung Saga

The big news last week was Verizon’s release of the Samsung Omnia and the HTC Touch Pro. The Samsung Saga, announced in mid-November, should also now be available in stores. It’s great to see that the hottest new phones are now generally available in the U.S. This week in addition to noting Verizon’s release, I’ll point you to some reviews of these and other new devices.


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20% Black Friday discount on cases from Proporta

Proporta, a leading vendor of quality cases for Windows Mobile devices, is offering an exclusive 20% discount to all customers who place orders on Black Friday. Simply enter the promotion code BLACKFRIDAY at the cart page to receive your discount.


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Celio REDFLY: Your Phone Becomes a Laptop

I was pleased to see that two new Celio REDFLY models were announced last week. Basically, the REDFLY is a small laptop that uses your phone as its brain. In addition to covering that, this week I want to pass along a how-to on syncing your device with the DVR recorder you use with your TV. And we’ll note an offer of free multiplayer games on Microsoft’s Windows Mobile TotalAccess web site.


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