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The AT&T Fuze (aka HTC Touch Pro) and Other New Devices

The HTC Touch line is one of the hottest in the Windows Mobile world, and it’s great to see the carriers coming out with their versions of the HTC Touch Pro, now including the AT&T Fuze. Again, this device has the popular TouchFlo 3D interface and a slideout keyboard. This week we’ll also mention the HTC HD and Pharos phone/GPS devices.


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Device Updates, T*Omnia Includes Satellite TV

I enjoy keeping tabs on the latest and greatest, and this week we’ll note a new Windows Mobile phone, the T*Omnia, which includes a satellite TV receiver. I’ll also point you to reviews of some of the most popular new devices — including the new Samsung Epix from AT&T


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Recent Freeware and Free Services

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I’ve rounded up some freebies that I’ve heard about in recent weeks for this week’s column, including Facebook interfaces, an open beta of the Skyfire web browser, and services such as free GPS route recording and free mobile blogging.


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New Devices from AT&T, HP, and Sprint; Free Mac Syncing Software

Wow, a lot of news recently regarding your choices for new devices. AT&T has released the Samsung Epix, HP has come out with the iPAQ Voice Messenger and the iPAQ Data Traveller, and Sprint has released the HTC Touch Pro.

AT&T Epix

AT&T’s new Samsung Epix has a Treo-like form factor with a front-facing QWERTY keyboard. It’s sometimes called the BlackJack III, but unlike that device it has a touch screen.


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Reviews of the New T-Mobile G1

Again, the about-to-be-released T-Mobile G1 isn’t a Windows Mobile phone; rather, it uses Google’s Android software. But in this week's column I want to point you to some of the initial reviews, since it’s an exciting device and another strong indicator of things to come. Bottom line: powerful device, Android software is impressive, but needs fine tuning.


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Free Mobile Services, News on New Devices

This week I have updates on two mobile services: KeyToss mobile portal, and the Slifter mobile shopping service. Plus, we have the news from HTC that the Touch HD won’t come to the U.S. — but that the HTC Fuze is supposedly coming from AT&T later this month.


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PortableThemes Lets You Customize Your Today Screen — Free

There are a number of theme sites that have literally thousands of free themes that you can download and use to customize the appearance of your Today screen. These include Pocket PC Themes.com for touch screen devices, and Smartphone Themes for Smartphones.


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Android Coming to T-Mobile, Mobile Video Sharing

As we've noted before, Google's Android isn’t related to Windows Mobile, but we cover it here because it’s one more indication of the trend toward Internet-centric touch devices. Plus this week we’ll note new mobile video sharing sites that even let you stream live video from your device.


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Mobile Search Update, New HTC Touch Devices

This week I want to give you an update on two mobile search services — ChaCha and Google. And although you may be tired of hearing about HTC Touch devices, there’s big news in that arena: the HTC Touch HD, which has an impressive 3.8-inch screen. Plus, we offer other Touch news, including an unlocked Touch Diamond from Best Buy.


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Sprint Announces HTC Touch Diamond/Pro; Free Help PDFs

Sprint has finally officially announced the HTC Touch Diamond and HTC Touch Pro. The Diamond will be available this month and the Pro in October. This is the first appearance of this new generation of devices in the U.S. In this column I’ll point you to a to a great review (including a video) and info on these new devices, as well as a review of the Samsung Omnia and mention some free PDFs that you can download to help you get the most out of your device.


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Hot New Devices: Samsung Omnia, Treo Pro, Xda Ignito, HTC S740

Reviews of some of the most appealing new devices are popping up, so I wanted to point you to those this week. It’s fun to see the different form factors and technologies. While devices with iPhone-like touch interfaces are hot, there’s still plenty of action in other form factors and approaches.


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Great New Mobile Portals

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There’s a world of content out there on the Internet, as you well know, and it doesn’t always come conveniently packaged for the small screen of your device. Mobile portals have been a real boon, and this week I want to tell you about some new ones that deserve a look.


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Free Skyfire Browser, Palm Treo Pro, Android Coming, Touch Pro Reviews

This is your chance: the impressive Skyfire browser is freely available until August 30. Also, this week there’s lots of device news, including the official announcement of the Palm Treo Pro, the September arrival of the first Android device (from T-Mobile), and Reviews of the HTC Touch Pro.


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HTC Touch Diamond/Pro coming from Sprint, Verizon

Rumors are about that Verizon and Sprint will be offering the HTC Touch Diamond and HTC Touch Pro. Plus, there’s a great video on YouTube of the amazing Touch Pro interface. This week we’ll also note a few reviews of the new HP iPAQ 910 and leaked information about the Treo 850.


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Get Answers via ChaCha; Live Search Mobile Update; Downloading Software

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I’m surprised I haven’t yet mentioned ChaCha, a free, human-powered service that lets you ask any question and sends you an answer via text message. Also, this week we’ll note an update of Windows Live for Windows Mobile and discuss various opportunities for downloading software, including freeware, directly to your device.


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Relaunch of Smartphonemag.com; Samsung Omnia; Google Maps

We’ve recently redesigned our web site, and I’m impressed. It must be among the best Windows Mobile/Smartphone sites on the Internet. This week we’ll also note a video review of the Samsung and other device news, as well as a new version of Google Maps for Windows Mobile.


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Treo 800w, iPAQ 910, Samsung Omnia, Microsoft’s Wireless Mesh

Reviews of the Treo 800w, iPAQ 910, and Samsung Omnia are popping up, so I want to note these and give a bit more info about these and other new devices. Also, this week we’ll touch on the new mobile version of Live Mesh, Microsoft’s new approach to cloud computing.

Treo 800w and iPAQ 910

I’ve been giving so much coverage to the exciting new touch devices that I sort of forget that there are other form factors that continue to be popular, including those like the BlackBerry with a front-facing keyboard.


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Free Alerts Service; Tips and Help Online

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Alerts.com looks like a useful new service, so this week we’ll take a quick look at that as well as note other online tips and help, including tips from Microsoft and the relaunch of our forums.


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More on Windows Mobile 6.1; MS Live Search, Yahoo OneSearch

This week is mostly a follow-up to last week’s column on the new Windows Mobile 6.1, including more information about
Internet Explorer Mobile and device upgrades. We’ll also note major upgrades to Microsoft Live Search for Windows Mobile and Yahoo OneSearch.

Video Demo of Internet Explorer Mobile


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AOL MyMobile, Device News

I’ve been touting Yahoo Go, and haven’t yet mentioned AOL’s MyMobile, which is somewhat similar — a free application that gives you handy access to a range of Internet content. So I thought I’d cover it this week, along with news and reviews about new devices.


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