Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Download & Read eBooks on Your Mobile - Download eReader for WM for FREE!

If you'd rather spend your down time reading books instead of playing games or browsing the web, eReader's Windows Mobile software may be just the thing for you. It allows you to download and read your eBooks whenever you want and wherever you go. The latest version now includes an interactive over-the-air shopping experience. You can access the entire eReader catalog as well as your personal bookshelf right from your mobile device. It's available from the eReader website as a free download (although the titles aren't free) and is compatible with the following Windows Mobile versions:
  • Windows Mobile 2003
  • Windows Mobile 2003 SE with at least 889K free memory
  • Windows Mobile 5
  • Windows Mobile 6

Friday, October 12, 2007

Watch YouTube Videos and Other Streaming Media on your HTC

I couldn't sleep the other night, so I was checking out the latest and greatest things to add to my HTC S620. I decided I was going to find a way to play RTSP (real time streaming protocol) video on my phone. I came across, and downloaded HTC’s Streaming Media Player (SMP), which is apparently pre-installed on the latest Windows Mobile 6.0 devices. To test it, I went to YouTube Mobile and was able to successfully view a number of videos* there. Since then, I have had occasional problems connecting to the streams. The SMP will launch and the screen with say "Connecting..." but it will not start buffering. I don't know if this is a Streaming Media Player problem, a YouTube issue, or is network-related, but access to streaming video some of the time is better than access to streaming video none of the time. One other note: Video can be degraded when watching at EDGE speeds. I connect to Wi-Fi for optimum viewing.

* I'm not much of a YouTuber, so I may be a little behind the times, but I watched a couple of videos from Potter's Puppet Pals on my phone and found them to be absolutely hilarious. As a parent who has been reading the Harry Potter books to our eight-year-old every night at bedtime for months, I wanted to share the video with him, but I found only one of the videos to be marginally appropriate (Ron finds a pipe bomb in "The Mysterious Ticking Noise" and swear words are bleeped out in "Wizard Angst").

Handango Introduces "Free App Friday"

Beginning today, Handango is offering a free, premium mobile application every Friday (CST) on its website. Today's offering is mundu IM for Smartphone, which I reviewed in May of this year. Click here to get your free app.