Missing from the Treo: Instant Messaging Client

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Date: Wednesday, December 21st, 2005, 22:50
Category: Mobile Phone

verichat.jpgOne of the most surprising software omissions from my new Verizon Treo 650 is an IM client. If there was ever a perfect device to stay connected via IM, it’s the Treo. Shortly after noticing the omissions I embarked upon a hunt to find the best IM client for Palm OS devices. That hunt wasn’t exactly easy because there are literally dozens of IM clients out there.
PDA Apps’ VeriChat is pretty much the ultimate Instant Message client for the Treo 650 smartphone. VeriChat is an always-on, unified IM client for Palm OS that works great with the Treo 650. VeriChat works with a persistent wireless data connection (GPRS, CDMA 1xRTT, or CSD) to give you an always-on IM presence on the Yahoo!, ICQ, MSN and AOL chat networks.
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Flying Business Class with Nokia

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Date: Monday, December 12th, 2005, 08:00
Category: Mobile Phone

DSCN0130For Mac users who want to make the jump into what is currently available for business-class mobile devices, there are the usual options such as the Treo and the BlackBerry, and then there are the glitzy handsets from Nokia and Sony Ericsson.
The BlackBerry and the Treo are staples in the enterprise market. You can’t swing a fist in a conference center and not knock one out of the sweaty hands of another attendee. These devices do what they do very well, but there are other options available that you may find more interesting.
In particular, the BlackBerry really has no media capabilities to speak of, and the Treo is still showing its age, like a has-been supermodel who can’t stop telling you how hot they are. I’m not about about to start using Windows Mobile on my mobile devices, so this brings us right to the doorstep of Symbian.
There are a lot of different flavors of Symbian. There are the Nokia Series 60 devices, which are the one-handed smartphones you see plenty of. Then there are the UIQ devices from Sony Ericsson, Motorola, and others, which offer a touch-driven display. And there are also the Series 80 devices from Nokia, such as the Communicator line.
Nokia and SE are both renovating their flagship smartphone lineup. Sony Ericsson as recently demonstrated the Sony Ericsson P990 smartphone at the big show two weeks ago, and a lot of people are very interested in it. They should be. Its a great device.
And Nokia is making some changes as well – their two newest Communicators, the 9300 and 9500, are getting some changes as they position them in the US market. The 9300 is now getting WiFi added to it, for example, so that Cingular can more effectively market it in the US, and this incarnation of the 9300 is the 9300i .
All have push email capability, from BlackBerry via BlackBerry Connect, or other solutions from a variety of vendors. I am more interested in solid IMAP compatibility, though many corporate users may already have a BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) which means a BlackBerry Connect option for these devices is the prefered method of getting email.
So how well do you fly when you fly business class? You may be surprised.
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K750i Grabber Stops Mac Kernel Panics

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Date: Saturday, September 24th, 2005, 11:26
Category: Mobile Phone

Rather than wait for Apple and Sony to get their act together on this, best to download the excellent K750i Grabber patch which stops the kernel panic crashes covered previously. Didn’t I see the Sony chairman with Steve Jobs at a Macworld Expo keynote just a while ago, pledging how closely they work together? Yeah, right!

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Sony Ericsson K750i & USB Cable Problem

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Date: Friday, September 23rd, 2005, 13:16
Category: Mobile Phone

A forced restart is needed after disconnecting USB cable between phone & computer. Read more…

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Sync iTunes to More Handsets

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Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2005, 13:17
Category: Mobile Phone

The reason I don’t see any purpose to owning a new Motorola ROKR, as I said before, is that it isn’t innovative. It does, however, make the final step of getting music onto the handset trivially simple, but any number of devices have great media playback capability and using the fantastic SyncTunes means any device with removable storage can get in on the action.
Using SyncTunes will let you push items from iTunes of your choosing to a removable storage card, such as an MMC, Memory Stick Duo Pro or SD – making it simple to manage content on your device.
There are literally dozens of devices from Nokia, Sony Ericsson, and others that have playback of MP3 and AAC audio, as well as MPEG4 video!
Nokia has even re-released the 6630 under the 6630 Music Edition name. Not only does the device have multi-media playback of a variety of formats, but it also is a 3G handset! Don’t drink the Motorola ROKR kool-aid until you’ve taken a look at the much better and sexier options from SE, Nokia, and even Palm!

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Leaked: PalmOne Treo 700w

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Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2005, 09:57
Category: Mobile Phone

PalmOne Treo 700w Leaked!Remember that whole discussion we had about Windows Mobile (WinMo) versus Palm OS? Well it’s heating back up again thanks to Engadget’s leaking the Treo 700w – the Windows Mobile 5-powered successor to the popular smartphone. Palm distributing Windows mobile? Whoa, worlds are colliding.
Anyway, there’s a whole discussion of the Treo 700w over at Engadget and the comments are pretty interesting. Several people want to buy it ASAP while others complain that the reason they bought a Treo in the first place was for the Palm OS (something about viruses in the pocket.)
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Nokia Unlocked Phones in U.S.

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Date: Thursday, September 15th, 2005, 11:02
Category: Mobile Phone

AT&T customers who lost their phone or want to replace it with a new phone…

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Television on Your Mobile Phone: MobiTV

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Date: Monday, September 12th, 2005, 22:38
Category: Mobile Phone

I’m 10 minutes into my use of Mobitv and can’t believe how cool this is. It’s live television streamed to my Treo 650, great quality, 35 different channels. Right now I’m watching CNBC and switching to C-SPAN. Everyone’s jaw drops when they see it.

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eBay in talks to Acquire Skype

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Date: Thursday, September 8th, 2005, 08:46
Category: Mobile Phone

eBay is in talks to acquire Internet-telephony company Skype Technologies for US$2 billion to US$3 billion, in a deal that would represent a dramatic shift in strategy for the world’s largest online auction site. http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB112615385922335028,00.html

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ROKR SOKM RBTS

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Date: Wednesday, September 7th, 2005, 22:58
Category: Mobile Phone

Motorola has released their new device for mobile music, the Motorola ROKR available in the US from Cingular.
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