Mobile Tech News — Kinoma Player 4 EX Updated, Extreme Text for Windows Mobile, iPhone Named “Invention of the Year”

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Kinoma Player 4 EX Updated

Capable media players on mobile devices seem to be few and far between. However, Kinoma Player as carved out a niche among Palm OS users through its abilities and feature set. In a recent update to version 4.4, Kinoma Player 4 EX adds some features and addresses some issues.

Highlighting the new features of version 4.4 is a new ability to search for radio stations, videos, and images within the Kinoma Media Guide. The applications overall ability to search for radio stations, YouTube videos, and images has also been enhanced. Other enhancements include better management of streaming when the screen is asleep, a fix to handling strange characters in URLs, slideshow checker fix, and a more manageable "check for updates" feature.

This update is free for existing Kinoma Player 4 EX customers. Those with version 3 can purchase the upgrade at a reduced rate. To download a trial version and for more information, visit the Kinoma Player web site.


Birdsoft Releases Extreme Text for Windows Mobile

Threaded SMS, or an SMS interface that looks like an IM chat session, is a popular tool for many Treo users. The choice for such an application on other Windows Mobile devices has just been increased with Birdsoft’s Extreme Text. Like the Treo’s SMS application, Extreme Text shows SMSs as separate conversations for each contact. It includes support for emoticons, active hyperlinks, and photo contacts.

Extreme Text works with the default Windows Mobile SMS database, and has a small program size. Extreme Text is compatible with Windows Mobile 6 Standard and Professional, as well as Windows Mobile 5 for Pocket PCs and Windows Mobile 5 for Smartphones. For more information, or to download a trial version ($12.95 to purchase), visit the Birdsoft web site.


Time Magazine Names iPhone "Invention of the Year"

As a nod to the mobile device that pretty much changed smartphones from being "the geek toy" to the "everyone toy," Time Magazine as named the Apple iPhone its "Invention of the Year." Citing reasons such as "the iPhone is pretty" and "it’s touchy-feely," Time Magazine’s declaration of the phenomena of the iPhone seems to mimic much of what the world has been saying since it was announced.

Read the full article on Time Magazine’s site: Invention Of the Year: The iPhone



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