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Multimedia News: Kinoma Play 2, Pocket Player 4.1, CorePlayer 1.3.2

There has been quite a flow of new multimedia player versions in the last two months. Let's take a look at them.


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Major guide updates: Opera Mini text copy; modem & Internet sharing and Windows 7

I've just finished updating three major articles / bibles with the most recent changes, tips, tricks and app versions:

A review of Windows 7 & tips & never-before-published hacks - added extensive coverage of the current, RC1 version of Windows 7. It runs much better on the HP TC1100 Tablet PC than the first beta and is highly recommended.

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Another major breakthrough from me: I've enabled copying from Opera Mini on ALL mobile platforms!!


As has been pointed out in all of my articles dedicated to the excellent, lightweight browser Opera Mini, in addition to the lack of italic characters, probably the biggest problem with it has always been the lack of support for copying text from a Web page.


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New wmDA version out – now, with built-in full YouTube Flash download capabilities

I’ve frequently posted reviews (last one HERE; if it doesn’t work, try THIS instead) of the ever-evolving of WinMobile Download Accelerator (wmDA) by Adisasta, an application greatly helping in downloading files off the Web.


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REVIEW: a brand new call recorder application, FoneWatch

I’ve reviewed several phone recorder applications (please see the links in the last LivePVR article for more information).

A company pretty new to Windows Mobile development, MobileTimes, has just released a new call recorder application, “FoneWatch”. It’s available HERE for $10. (There’s a demo with restricted playback capabilities.)

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REVIEW: eSoft’s new games (Totem, Hot Pursuit, Earth Day)


eSoft Interactive (product list HERE) have released quite a few titles in the past, some of them (for example, Open TTD, Traffic Jam, Traffic Jam Extreme and Traffic Jam 2) being pretty famous. Let’s take a look at their three latest titles compatible with both Windows Mobile Pocket PC’s and touchscreen-less Smartphones.

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Brand new version of MS-DOS emulator DOSBox out!


Unfortunately, lately, there was almost nothing to report on when it comes to gaming and running emulators on Windows Mobile – most game / emulator developers have switched to the iPhone. The latter sees several game releases a day (including really high-quality titles like UniWar, Wolf 3D and so on); in the meantime, WinMo is pretty much abandoned.

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REVIEW: Need for Speed: Undercover released for Windows Mobile

The iPhone folks have eagerly been waiting for this title for at least half a year – and it’s still isn’t know when it comes out (see THIS for some additional info & comments). Despite the superior profitability of the iPhone platform when it comes to gaming, EA Mobile, the developer of the Need for Speed franchise, deemed it better to release the Windows Mobile and the Blackberry versions first.


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Review, benchmark & comparison: remote controller / presentation suite REDFLY Mobile Viewer

It was just a few days ago that Celio Corp, manufacturer of the two (C8N and C7) REDFLY Mobile Companions, have released their own REDFLY Mobile Viewer application, which runs on traditional PC’s (as opposed to the netbook-alike Mobile Companions). (There is a comparison of these three products HERE.)

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Major Java MIDlet manager update: now, parallel execution possible under Jbed etc.

Esmertec, developers of the Jbed MIDlet manager, are constantly releasing newer versions of their environment in various Windows Mobile models. These new managers are, then, quickly get mirrored as self-standing, standalone, downloadable and installable installers over the Internet (and, most importantly, XDA-Developers).

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Yet another review & comparison update: Web browser Teashark

As with UCWEB (see my new review HERE), it was more than one and a half year ago that I’ve reviewed the (then) current version of the Java-based Web browser, Teashark. In order to be as up to date as possible, I deemed it necessary to properly test the current version in order to see whether it’s any good and how it compares to the alternative browsers.


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REVIEW & COMPARISON: Another Web browser, UCWEB: is it any good?

It was over one and a half year ago that I reviewed the Windows Mobile version of UCWEB, the (then) new, Chinese, multiplatform Web browser.

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New version of the brand new BOLT minibrowser out!

A new version, beta2 (build 0.94), of the BOLT web browser (see the comparison to Opera Mini 4.2 HERE) has just been released. If you’re already a BOLT user, it’ll automatically sense the availability of the new browser and invoke the system-level browser to download the new version; if you’re a new user, you can, as usual, download it from boltbrowser.com .

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Another fine hack from me: make SkyFire run on non-phone devices

Currently, SkyFire (see for example the roundup HERE for more info) isn't capable of running on non-phone devices: it doesn't even start. This means you can't run it on anything Windows Mobile not containing a phone: Dell Axims, pre-phone (or even current; for example, the 110 / 210 series) HP iPAQ's etc.

My hacks to the rescue!


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Want to listen to some UK stations? Check out my latest hack!

I’ve been told it’s impossible to play back, say, UK-based LBC on Windows Mobile, while, for example, the iPhone already has a client for this station.

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Windows Mobile Revolution: call recording supported on almost ALL handsets!

Up until now, very few smartphone platforms allowed for recording calls: most notably, Symbian S60 (but not UIQ). Windows Mobile (WinMo), apart from some models (HTC s310 / Oxygen, x7500 / Athena etc.) didn’t allow this. The BlackBerry platform and the iPhone don’t allow this either. (Albeit, with the release of iPhone OS 3.0 and the voice recorder coming with it, it’s not guaranteed the situation will remain the same.)


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The battle of the two Web minibrowsers: Opera Mini vs. BOLT

I’ve already mentioned BOLT (essentially, a Java-based, enhanced version of the Windows Mobile-only Thunderhawk), which, with the version released at MWC, became pretty usable.


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Call recording supported on some new HTC handsets (e.g., the Touch HD)?!

Up until now, very few Windows Mobile handsets have supported call recording, which has also resulted in, after giving my call recording-capable HTC s310 to my wife, my sticking to a Symbian S60 phone (the Nokia N95) for plain phoning purposes.

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SOTI Pocket Controller 6.02 released! Full phone controller Benchmark Roundup published

Unfortunately for Windows Mobile users, a lot of developers have switched to other platforms (most importantly, iPhone) recently. This is one of the reasons there haven’t been, for example, any decent game releases for Windows Mobile for quite a long time, except for Gameloft’s products only available via mobile phone operators. (Check out PocketGamer.org, the leading Windows Mobile gaming news site for more info.


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