Do you still depend on monthly paper bills received via snailmail? Soon, you may be able to pay those bills by using your smartphone to photograph them along with either a personal check or credit card.
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Don't call them Windows Mobile phones anymore. In announcing the latest revision of Microsoft's OS for handsets at Mobile World Congress Monday, MIcrosoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that henceforth, the devices will be known as Windows phones.
Research in Motion has finally released a BlackBerry for the clamshell crowd. The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220, as its name suggests, grafts <a href=" http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/product/31425/review/rim_blackberry_pearl_8120.html">the standard Pearl's</a> modified 20-key QWERTY layout and SureType predictive text-entry technology onto a flip phone, with some nice design touches. It's a respectable effort, but I can't help wondering whether such a phone will ever work exceedingly well for people who heavily use of their handsets for e-mail and text messaging.
In the <a href=" http://www.pcworld.com/article/125397/top_10_smart_phones.html">world of smart phones</a>, while Apple's TV ads insist that the company's <a href=" http://www.pcworld.com/article/137138/apple_iphone.html">iPhone 3G</a> "works great with work" and BlackBerry fans eagerly await <a href=" http://www.pcworld.com/article/145698/rims_blackberry_bold_beats_apple_to_the_3g_punch.html">RIM's BlackBerry Bold</a>, Hewlett-Packard's new Windows Mobile 6.1-based iPaq 910c Business Messenger offers an alternative aimed at corporate users who are willing to pay top dollar for a high-end smart phone with advanced features.
Having enjoyed success with <a href=" http://www.pcworld.com/article/138372/first_look_palm_centro_smart_phone.html">its sporty Centro models</a>, Palm is taking some of the lessons it learned there back to its Treo business line: The Palm Treo Pro integrates certain Centro design elements with the Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system and with the more robust features of contemporary BlackBerrys to produce a sleek smart phone built with the image-conscious corporate user in mind.
In the <a href=" http://www.pcworld.com/article/125397/top_10_smart_phones.html">world of smart phones</a>, while Apple's TV ads insist that the <a href=" http://www.pcworld.com/article/137138/apple_iphone.html">iPhone 3G</a> "works great with work" and BlackBerry fans eagerly await <a href=" http://www.pcworld.com/article/145698/rims_blackberry_bold_beats_apple_to_the_3g_punch.html">RIM's BlackBerry Bold</a>, new <a href=" http://www.pcworld.comvideo/id,770-page,1-bid,0/video.html">Windows Mobile 6.1</a> handsets offer alternative products to corporate users who are willing to pay top dollar for a high-end smart phone with advanced features. I looked at shipping versions of two newcomers, HP's iPaq 910c Business Messenger and Palm's Treo Pro.
Frequent PC voice chatters who'd like to stretch their legs from time to time might want to check out Logitech's ClearChat PC Wireless headset. With it, you can wander across the room or even downstairs while talking or listening.
If nothing else, Samsung's Instinct shows just how disruptive an influence the <a href=" http://www.pcworld.com/tags/Apple+iPhone.html">iPhone</a> has become in cell phone design. From its spare black packaging (everyone is copying Apple in this regard) to its slim, glass-encased industrial design and fingertip-friendly interface, the Instinct pays homage to <a href=" http://blogs.pcworld.com/staffblog/archives/007082.html">Apple's iconic creation</a> while one-upping it in several respects.
Sony Ericsson, which historically has created phones around the Symbian operating system, jumped quietly onto the Windows Mobile bandwagon with the announcement here Monday of its Xperian X1 smartphone.
Motorola on Friday lifted the wraps from four carrier-specific models of the successor to its hugely popular Razr flip phone. Here's the scoop, along with my first impressions of some sample Razr 2s we received.
Sometime Tuesday, voting among the engineers charged with developing the IEEE's 802.11n Wi-Fi standard will end, and smart money says the results -- to be announced within days -- will be a second draft of the superfast standard.
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