If you've been waiting for the Verizon Wireless XV6900 ever since it was announced at CTIA 2008, today is your lucky day. Verizon Wireless announced that you can now get its version of the HTC Touch through its online store for $249.99 with a two-year contract and after discounts and rebates. The XV6900 is much like the Sprint HTC Touch, except it comes in a striking white color (that's actually pretty hot). The Windows Mobile 6 (not WM 6.1 yet) smartphone also features Bluetooth, EV-DO, a 2-megapixel camera, and HTC's TouchFLO interface. We're hoping … Read more
We've been spilling a lot of virtual ink about the popular 7-inch Asus Eee PC lately, but the real buzz is about that system's follow-up, a slightly bigger 9-inch version Asus has been teasing us with since last year.
It's now officially called the Asus Eee PC 900, and the first reviews are starting to trickle out in the U.K., where the system has a set release date of May 1, although we don't have an official U.S. price or release date yet.
According to Asus, the new system adds more than just a … Read more
Despite the best efforts of many industrious Chinese start-ups, multi-functional wristwatches are still far from commonplace--whether they provide music, video, phone service, or all of the above. But no market (or device) is too small for the ubiquity of Windows operating systems.
Epoq, which has already had a video watch on the market for some time, has developed what is believed to be the first wristwatch running Windows Mobile 5. Its EGP-WP98B claims to have an OLED touch screen, 1.28GB of memory, Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth, VoIP support, and--get this--handwriting recognition. And a faux alligator wristband, of course. But as … Read more
Update: As a clarification, Microsoft previously had a Google News competitor, named MSN Newsbot, which no longer exists.
At this time, Live Search News looks like a simplified version of Google News. The layout and design are aesthetically pleasing and will be familiar to Techmeme readers.
The orange breaking-news bar on the top is a decent feature of the site and only appears when big news is happening. The breaking-news information, unfortunately, appears only to … Read more
Microsoft has 32 percent of the embedded software market, but apparently fears Linux's 8 percent (and rising) share....[L]ast October, VDC released the results of a survey in which embedded developers overwhelmingly said that they planned to use either free or licensed versions of Linux on their next projects instead of proprietary operating systems. "Linux remains an attractive operating system choice for a range of embedded development teams for a number of reasons, including: royalty-free runtime costs, advanced networking capabilities and technical features, [and] the large base of engineers familiar with the Linux operating system," the research firm said.
In response, Microsoft is reshaping and expanding its line of embedded Windows products.
Good luck. The embedded market is perfectly suited to open source, and not to a license-driven model like Microsoft's. Here's why.… Read more
Know how I'm always going on and on about TV tuners and Windows Media Center? One ingredient that's almost always missing from the equation is a remote. Enter the Pinnacle Remote Kit, which lets you operate Windows Media Center from afar (or from the couch, anyway). Woot Sellout has the remote on sale for $14.99 (plus $5 shipping), a decent savings over the $29.99 list price.
To use the kit, you need Windows Vista Premium or Ultimate. (Rumor has it there's a hack that'll allow it to work with the XP version of Media … Read more
You try to do the right thing by setting your PC to update Windows automatically, only to be stopped in your tracks by some error message or--more likely--a hung browser. Usually there's a simple explanation for the update hiccup. But not always. The steps below for resuscitating a stalled Windows update begin with the simplest solution and end with the trickiest.
Make sure you're logged in an administrator account. To find out if your current account has administrator privileges, click Start > Control Panel > User Accounts (in Vista's standard Control Panel view, click User Accounts and … Read more
Jason Perlow has come up with a suggestion for Microhoo--a Windows Mobile-based "Y!Phone" mated with a Wi-Fi-enabled Zune and some combination of Yahoo and MSN online services. Of course, it would also include a camera, a 3G wireless service and, as a differentiator from the iPhone, an integrated slide-out keyboard and support for Microsoft applications.
Jason posits that a Y!Phone priced at less than $300 with carrier incentives "could be the device that everyone truly wants." However, he also points out that a winning product would need more "sex appeal" than the … Read more
The inventor of the increasingly ubiquitous Pleco Chinese-English dictionary software for Palm and Windows Mobile devices said the company is "very seriously considering developing" an iPhone version.
In an interview in April's China International Business (not yet online), Michael Love tells of developing the 6-year-old product and how it's getting popular enough that many foreigners in China are buying PDAs or PDA phones just to use Pleco.
I, for one, would not have bought my Windows Mobile-running HTC Touch if not for this program, and untold dozens of my Beijing friends and acquaintances are carrying around … Read more