Vista was launched and MobileTechRoundup show #89 contains lots of discussion of this latest Micrsoft operating system. James, Kevin, and I are all installing Vista on our devices with James trying it on the Fujitsu P1610 and Kevin and I on the Samsung Q1 UMPC. Drivers are being released by many manufacturers, although Samsung hasn't released any for our Q1s yet so we have had to brute force a few aspects. Kevin is happy to have Sammy back and told his readers that Sammy is looking for a new home so contact Kevin if you are interested. EV-DO Rev. A is rolling out from Verizon as well and I am having good experiences with Sprint. Kevin is testing the Netgear SPH-101 Skype phone and it sounds good. Google Maps is available for free for Windows Mobile and Palm devices so make sure you download it now.
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PenCommander 2.0 has been launched around the Vista release and includes support for Windows Vista, which is timely since I plan to put Vista on my Q1 this weekend. PenCommander 2.0 also includes an updated scripting engine to allow for new user-level functions and improved performance, new customizable user interface for Visual PenCommander, new PenCommander skins, ability to select a handwriting recognition engine (important if multiple languages are used), and the ability to make the input panel semi-transparent so you can work on applications with PenCommander sitting on the desktop. IMHO, a gesture/shorthand command application like this is essential for UMPC and Tablet PC users as it improves productivity and makes using the pen a much more enjoyable experience.
Google released a Google Maps Mobile for Windows Mobile devices application today so you no longer have to have a Java client and use the Java utility to find directions and locations on Google Maps. You can visit the Google Maps for Mobile website, download and then install the .CAB file now for your Windows Mobile device. I just installed it on my Dash and like it even better than the Java client because the fonts are cleaner, the navigation is better integrated, and I don't have to go through all those Java midlet authorization screens. You can use it to show traffic status too and it is available for free. Make sure you have an unlimited data plan though before downloading map data to your device.
Verizon Wireless announced their rollout of EV-DO Rev. A wireless broadband network. EV-DO Rev. A gives customers upload speeds five to six times faster than their standard EV-DO rates. Verizon stated the enhanced network will launch in the Boston area, Richmond and Hampton Roads, Virginia, Chicago and its suburbs, Salt Lake City and other cities in Utah, and throughout the state of Florida. There may be other areas with undocumented coverage as well and the two devices with EV-DO Rev. A capability will be available online tomorrow.
I have been negligent in posting weekly links to the Carnival of the Mobilists and am sorry to any readers who may have enjoyed reading those excellent articles. I am happy to announce that Mobbu is hosting Carnival #60 this week. Michael Mace continues to write some excellent commentary on the mobile world and I am sure you will enjoy his post on the current smartphone and mobile data market. Another of my favorite mobile writers, Steve Litchfield, chimes in with thoughts on the ease of use of different mobile device brands. This edition of the Carnival is packed with articles from a large number of mobile enthusiasts and experts and I found it extremely informative and enjoyable. Rod over at Mobbu did a great job of bringing you links and thoughts on all the topics and I encourage you to spend an hour checking out all these mobile treasures. Also stay tuned for the next Carnival of the Mobilists.
A couple of new mobile product discussions kicked off MobileTechRoundup show #88 when James, Kevin, and I chatted about the Medion UMPC that has me thinking of switching from my Q1 and the HTC Athena Pocket PC Phone Edition device. I also discovered my MacBook Pro cable was fraying and actually it is dead right now. James discovered EV-DO Rev. A in Houston and I tried it out with Sprint. A cool freeware for S60 3rd Edition devices was also discussed and if you have one of these devices then check it out and improve your email and texting capabilities.
Are you constantly buying larger and larger capacity external storage cards in different form factors for your mobile devices? Do you watch a lot of video content or listen to tunes and podcasts on your mobile devices? Well, Seagate just announced a product that will solve your external storage needs with a cool way to access that content from different devices so you don't have to format and load the same content on different cards. D.A.V.E. was announced this morning, but won't be available until May or June.
Apple's new MagSafe A/C adapter currently has my MacBook Pro acting like a brick as it is unusable with a dead battery and no way to charge it back up. A visit to the Apple Store is planned that will hopefully result in successful replacement of the defective part, but I am just having lots of bad luck with Apple products lately and may be bypassing them out of frustration. Are Apple products really high quality or is the sleek design just making things seem better than they really are?
Treo 680 and 700p owners now have the ability to get push email on their devices with the Exchange ActiveSync Update for Palm OS devices that was made available today. You can install the update over-the-air and in addition to the Direct Push Technology features, users also get the security updates that are a part of this module.
Our guest host from last week at CES is not back this week, but we did wrap up our thoughts on our trips to Vegas during MobileTechRoundup show #87. There has been quite a bit of talk about the Nokia N800 and a few may be on the way to the MoTR crew shortly. James, Kevin, and I also spent a bit talking about the new Microsoft definition of a UMPC and how the OQO is one now, but then again without Vista it isn't really. We also talked about the failed Zune squirting and why I am back to using my Yahoo! Music subscription service. We even have a freeware of the show that presents Google Reader in a slimmed down way for reading on a UMPC or other mobile device.