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5 years ago

A fond farewell for Avantgo

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A fond farewell for Avantgo

Avantgo has been around for as long as I can remember, and hadn't thought much about the mobile application until we received a tip that Sybase Inc. (the parent company) was closing the doors on the service at the end of the month.

From the early PDA years to the days of the Smartphone. It spanned Windows Mobile, Palm OS, Symbian and RIM operating systems showing no favorites, offering access to websites offline. It was the perfect solution during the time where data plans were limited or priced beyond most means to take your favorite website with you. It was the pre-cursor to RSS readers.

According to Avantgo.com;

"After June 30, 2009, AvantGo will no longer be providing mobile Web content for sync or online access, and you will not be able to access or update your AvantGo content or account."

We were asked if an alternative was out there that could replace Avantgo and the only thing that came to mind was Viigo. I imagine with data plans becoming more economical and unlimited, most find it easier to simply go to the URL of the website on their browser or rely more on RSS readers to stay tuned to current events.

Avantgo will go the way of the floppy disk and serial port; a valuable tool that played a key role in the technology's development only to give way to improvements that were built upon the foundation it created.  Admittedly, I haven't accessed my Avantgo account in ages but now that the end is near, I may update my channels one last time for old times sake.

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5 years ago

Iris Browser gets a host of fixes

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Iris Browser gets a host of fixes

It's browser day, apparently. This time, the venerable WEbkit-based Iris browser has gotten an update to v1.1.8. According to Torch Mobile's blog, here's what's addressed:

  • Improved graphics performance
  • Faster networking and loading of local files
  • Improved memory usage
  • Improved asynchronous behavior while loading pages
  • Support for the W3C Geolocation API
  • Support for HTML5 SQL databases and client side storage
  • Rendering improvements, including for
  • CSS transformations and effects
  • Improved Thai support
  • Right-to-left language fixes
  • Many general bug fixes

If you're new to Iris, we've plopped a demo video after the break. For everyone else, head on over to the download page.

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5 years ago

Iris Browser geta a host of fixes

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Iris Browser geta a host of fixes

It's browser day, apparently. This time, the venerable WEbkit-based Iris browser has gotten an update to v1.1.8. According to Torch Mobile's blog, here's what's addressed:

  • Improved graphics performance
  • Faster networking and loading of local files
  • Improved memory usage
  • Improved asynchronous behavior while loading pages
  • Support for the W3C Geolocation API
  • Support for HTML5 SQL databases and client side storage
  • Rendering improvements, including for
  • CSS transformations and effects
  • Improved Thai support
  • Right-to-left language fixes
  • Many general bug fixes

If you're new to Iris, we've plopped a demo video after the break. For everyone else, head on over to the download page.

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5 years ago

Opera Mobile 9.7 beta is released

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We mentioned some time ago that Opera was going turbo. Well, the popular mobile browser has done just that with the release of Opera 9.7 Beta. According to the news release:

"Opera Mobile 9.7 beta is now available to accelerate the mobile browsing experience for Windows Mobile-based phones. Speed is at the heart of this beta release due to the addition of Opera’s recently launched technology for faster surfing, Opera Turbo. Opera has also included its newly upgraded browser engine, called Opera Presto 2.2, for faster page loads and better overall performance. With the added bonus of Opera Widgets, Opera Mobile 9.7 gets you the Web content you want in fewer clicks and less time."

We had the opportunity to test drive the Beta Release over the weekend. Follow the break to see our initial impression of Opera 9.7 Beta as well as information on Opera Widgets Beta and a demo video.

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5 years ago

BingTones: Annoy your friends, bludgeon your enemies

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Fresh off a surprisingly well-received launch of its "Bing" "Decision Engine" (you know, for kids!), Microsoft has decided to release BingTones, three Bing-themed ringtones for your Windows phone. Or, any other phone you want to infect.

Hey, we're glad Bing's out there. And while it's not Google (what is?) and the name's a little suspect, it's being regarded as a decent search engine. But ringtones? Let's concentrate on getting a mobile client out, shall we?

Anyway, here's the link to the BingTones. And here are our instructions for loading them:

  1. Install ringtones.
  2. Pull pin.
  3. Throw toward enemy.
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5 years ago

Supposed Xperia X2 specs leak out

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Supposed Xperia X2 specs leak out

So we've had the Xperia X2 leaked shots floating around, and about all we knew was that we were looking at a horizontal slider with an 8.1-megapixel camera. Now we're getting some leaked specs to go along with it, and they're doozies.

  • 8.1MP camrea with autofocus, VGA video at 30 frames per second.
  • A 3.5-inch WVGA OLED touchscreen.
  • aGPS
  • 3.5MM headphone jack.
  • Accelerometer.
  • "Faster processor" (the X1 has a Qualcomm MSM7200A running at 528MHz)
  • 512MB RAM
  • Custom Windows Mobile 6.5 (SE engineers customized Win6.5 which runs very. very speedy. in par with iPhone and better in some cases)
  • Upgrading to Windows Mobile 7 is supported by Xperia panels

If all that turns out to be true, it could very well leave the HTC Touch Pro 2 behind. Of course, if the X2 takes as long to come to market as the X1 did, it might not matter.

Mobile-Review via wmpoweruser

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5 years ago

A closer look at the HTC Fuze ROM update

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A closer look at the HTC Fuze ROM update

 

The on-again, off-again ROM Update for the AT&T Fuze seems to have stabilized with fewer "Oh No! 404" errors popping up when you go to it's download link. Having had success at downloading the update and avoiding the dreaded error messages, we have installed the update on the Fuze and while the new update started a little rocky, things settled down and liked what we have found.

We promise no "404" errors are present after the break, only our observations on the updated ROM.

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5 years ago

Another shot of the Xperia X2

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Another shot of the Xperia X2

Remember that leaked shot of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 from the other day? Here's one, bigger and better, and with a look at it from behind. Looks like the rear-facing camera has a flash, which is good. As for the rest? Start your guessin'.

Fanklub.se via Pocketnow

Update: We didn't notice it at first thanks to the ginormous watermark, but that appears to be an 8-freakin'-megapixel camera there.

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5 years ago

A look at Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard

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It should come to you as no surprise Windows Mobile 6.5 will work on non-touchscreen phones. We put that concern to rest more than a month ago.

And now, thanks to the recently released Windows Mobile 6.5 Developers Toolkit (don't you dare think about calling it an SDK), we get a look at what WM6.5 Standard will look like. And the answer is: A whole lot like Windows Mobile 6.1.

Our favorite campusK0der, Nikita Polyakov, took it out for a spin and gives us some thoughts:

  • Internet Explorer 6 (for mobile) is there and is a good addition. Feels a bit like Skyfire.
  • The new theme is a lot like the old theme.
  • Widget support is there and works pretty well.
  • The Marketplace stub app is there.
  • A few UI refreshes.
  • Windows Mobile 6/6.1 apps load just fine.

All in all, nothing we didn't really expect. Windows Mobile 6.1 was the biggie for non-touchscreen phones. WM6.5 is for the finger-friendly. And now let us all turn our attention toward Windows Mobile 7.

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5 years ago

How To: Remove AT&T-Ware from your Fuze (and others!)

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Did you know that there is a way to get rid of the AT&T “bloatware” without having to install a custom ROM? It’s been making the rounds on several internet forums but I first discovered how to remove the “bloat” over at Xda Developers. You essentially prevent the Fuze from loading all the AT&T branded and trial software during the initial start-up or just after a hard reset.

The process is rather simple, though it does start with a hard-reset. After you align the screen and skip the tutorials you are prompted to tap “OK” to install customized applications. Immediately after you hit “OK” you perform a soft reset by just pressing the reset button. When the Fuze reboots, the installation of Xpressmail, Ms. Pacman, AT&T Mall, etc. are bypassed leaving with a little more memory and a lot less bloat.

Now, some of that 'bloat' is actually stuff you want. You will have to go into the Windows folder on your device and install TouchFlo3D (file name PTManilaReg .cab), Microsoft's Security File (file name MSFTSecurity.cab), Opera (file name WM6PPCHTCOpera9_WWE.cab), as well as any of the other programs that AT&T provides that you may like such as Sprite Backup (each application can be found in the Windows main directory as well). I may be imagining things but the Fuze seems a little more responsive with the “bloat” removed. The nice thing about this method is that all you have to do to correct it is perform a hard reset and let the customization go through.

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5 years ago

T-Mobile roadmap reinforces rumored dates for the HTC Snap, Touch Pro 2

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Yeah, we can't read it either. But Engadget says the colorful T-Mobile roadmap it obtained points to a July 1 launch of the HTC Dash 3G (aka the Snap) and July 22 for the Touch Pro 2. That's right on with what we've previously heard, though the date for the Dash 3G may still be a bit hopeful, with internal training on the phone still taking place then. But Engadget also says look for the Dash 3G at Best Buy and the like around May 26.

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5 years ago

SDK, DTK, DRK ... What's the difference?

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OK, OK. Just about everybody — and we, admittedly, were one of the first — screamed "The Windows Mobile 6.5 SDK is out!" And now the Windows Mobile team is gently rapping our knuckles over the improper use of the acronym.

And so, they're educating us on the difference between an SDK (Software Development Kit), DTK (Developer Toolkit) and DRK (Developer Resource Kit). And those are all good things to know.

So, consider us learned. And grateful that none of this involved the word "Pro."

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5 years ago

T-Mobile employees scheduled for training with Touch Pro 2, Dash 3G

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Speaking of the Touch Pro 2, it looks like T-Mobile employees will be undergoing training on the HTC device (along with the Dash 3G -- aka the Snap) in the coming weeks.

Somebody slipped the above schedule under the Boy Genius Report's door, stating that things get going June 16 in the East Region and doesn't end until July 2 in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. That could well mean no July 1 launch for the Dash 3G, but the rumored July 22 launch for the Touch Pro 2 could still be possible.

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5 years ago

Touch Pro 2 for AT&T passes FCC

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Touch Pro 2 for AT&T passes FCC

We've seen renders of the HTC Touch Pro 2 (aka Rhodium aka Fortress) destined for AT&T, and now comes word that it's passed FCC testing.

It's got all the goodies we've come to know of the Touch pro 2, including the 3.6-inch touchscreen at 480x800, Windows Mobile 6.1, aGPS, WiFi b/g, a 3.2MP camera, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR. The standard AT&T 3G bands (850MHz and 1900MHz) are, of course, present.

Now all we need are some leaked shots, release date and pricing. A slew of FCC information won't be unsealed until the end of September, so we might not see the Touch Pro 2 on AT&T until October at the earliest. But that's rampant speculation on our part, and stranger things have happened.

FCC via CellPhone Signal

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