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It Doesn't Get Scarier Than This

Oh No! So this month's topic is scary Windows Mobile problems and mine's actually pretty similar to Nate's in that it's ROM related. But that's where the similarity ends.


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Skyfire Brings The Weather To Your Browser

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In a move that I did not expect, Skyfire has recently (not sure how long ago it’s been added though) added a weather feature to your browser’s homepage. It’s pretty cool and even shows you the full 5 day forecast when you tap on the double arrows to expand it. Funny thing was, I didn’t hear about this and I am still using the same version that was released some time back (4503) so I guess these changes are on the backend of things. Wonder what else the developers added.


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Spb Want's To Meet You

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It's not everyday that a big company or developer like Spb Software House offers you a chance to meet with them but that day is coming soon. On August 9th 2008, Spb will host their annual Spb Day Conference in St. Petersburg, Russia. There are no special requirements and anyone can join in. All you need to do is register in advance here. That page's in Russian you say? No worries.


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Spring Cleaning Made Easy

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Spring cleaning can be a real chore. So much work to do yet you also want to spend time outside enjoying yourself. If only spring cleaning the home was as quick and easy on my Pocket PC. You see, rather than leaving my Pocket PC unattended, I prefer to take small steps (and some of them are even automated) so that I don't have to worry about sluggish performance or low memory. So what do I do? DinarSoft MemMaid This is the cleaner I swear by.

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Wishes For Windows Mobile

So the Expert topic for this month is what feature(s) we would like to add to Windows Mobile, and I must say, there are quite a lot in my list but let's narrow it down to what can be done: Finger Friendly I mean, come on Microsoft, why should I be taking out my stylus to navigate my phone when those iPhone users just need to use their fingers? Multi-Touch This will be really useful in making web browsers that much better (think manual zoom ala iPhone).


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My Favorite Windows Mobile Tweak

Choosing a Windows Mobile hack or tweak for me is not easy because I use so many of them on my Glofiish X500 that I actually have a list of tweaks I should apply after every soft reset. Like Dale Daniels’s tweak, mine also goes back to basics. Actually, it’s something that was available in Windows Mobile 2003/SE editions but later removed from Windows Mobile 5 (and 6). Can you guess what it is?


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GPSToday Review

One thing that really bothered me about GPS was the TTF (time to fix). This could be anywhere between instantaneous to several minutes and is dependent on several factors such including weather and coverage. To summarize, getting a fix can be a tricky affair. But what if you could always start the GPS on your device from a hot start, the one that gives you the fastest TTF, no matter when was the last time you used your GPS device? Would you be interested in getting it?


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Windows Mobile 7: Too Late?

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WM7

Have you seen the new Windows Mobile 7 (WM7)? Even before Windows Mobile 6.1 was launched, a new article showcasing WM7’s features surfaced. To summarize, the platform will focus on touch and motion gestures, among other features. Reading through the article, it sure looks like Microsoft might have a winner here. But considering that it will only be launched in 2009, I wonder if another platform might just implement it sooner and steal its thunder?


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Tariq's Top 7 Applications

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So if you have not already read, all the bloggers this week will be sharing with you their favorite applications. We had some really great entries from Nate Adcock, Ben Stanley, Mike Riley and even the founder, Hal Goldstein himself. So when I got down to listing my list of favorite Windows Mobile application, it was really a tough list. After much deliberation, here’s mine.


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2007 In Review

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2007 is coming to an end (or maybe it already has for some of our readers) and there’s no better time to look back at the happenings and talk about it. I’m not a nostalgic kind of person, just one who likes to look at history and see where we are headed. With that, I bring you what I think were the 5 biggest moments in the smartphone industry for 2007.


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Where Is Linux?

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Where Is Linux?

Porting Linux over the Pocket PC is not something new. In fact, it’s been going on for several years now. There have been users out there who have successfully ported Linux over to their Windows Mobile devices but it is not something that is easy or straightforward. With 2007 being filled with Linux news such as how Ubuntu has made Linux so much easier for the masses to embrace, I thought we would see some real development in the area of porting to Pocket PC. But alas, there is still no news at this moment.

Why Do We Want Linux?

For those who don’t know, Linux is already being used in many of the handsets you see today. From SonyEricsson to Nokia to Motorola, these big name manufacturers have already had Linux on their devices for a while now. So why do we want to bring it over to Windows Mobile?


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