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5 years ago

Review: My Little Tank

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Review: My Little Tank

 

When it comes to software, everybody likes games. When you’re sitting at the Doctor’s office with nothing to do but read magazines that are 6 months old or watch soap operas, having games on your Windows Mobile device might even save someone’s life.

Astraware is one of the companies that excel in making highly addictive games for Windows Mobile. Casino, racing and even one of the weird little feed-your-fish-so-it-doesn’t-die games are all part of Astraware’s repertoire. One genre of games that work extremely well with Windows Mobile is scrolling shooters. My Little Tank pits your (little) tank against a host of nasties, mostly other little tanks. It’s a fairly typical shooter in that you have things to destroy and items to pick up and you’re generally trying to avoid getting shot.

For all the nuts and bolts of how the game plays and performs, rumble on through.

 

 

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5 years ago

While you're waiting: GVDialer for Google Voice

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It's been a few weeks now since Google Voice opened up its beta program and started sending out invites. And as they've said before (and again above – that's first in, first out), the list is long.

So while we're waiting, here's an app you should look into once you get your invite. GVDialer fills one of the larger holes of Google Voice in that if you just dial straight from your phone, like always, your normal phone number and not your Google Voice number shows up on the other end.

GVDialer takes care of that. Your mobile number remains private, and your GV number is displayed on Caller ID. It also works straight from your contacts of dialer and is customizable in many of the same ways as Google Voice. Use it on some calls. Don't use it on others. It also hooks into your Google Voice web account and voicemail.

GVDialer currently is $9.99, and there's a free 30-day trial available. It's also available for BlackBerry, iPhone, Nokia and Android. More info at gvdialer.com, and there's a quick video after the break.

If you're one of the lucky ones with a GV account and have used GVDialer, let us know in the comments how it's worked for you.

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5 years ago

Xperia X1 case fights back against crack

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Cracks in the case are the scourge of every cell phone owner. To wit: The Palm Treo Pro, iPhone and Palm Pre are just three of the more recent high-profile phones that have suffered some apparently random plastic breakage. Add the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 to that list.

But cracks in cases are nothing new. What you see above, however, is interesting in that we get a good look at a slight design change in the Xpeira X1. (Look at the 90-degree corner there to the left of the numbers.) Any engineering types want to chime in on structural integrity of the two designs?

Via XDA Developers

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5 years ago

Toshiba TG01 promotional video

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5 years ago

Even more T-Mobile Touch Pro 2, with video!

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We know it's painful, and you're tired of being teased by the T-Mobile Touch Pro 2. As are we. And we promise, this will be the last you see of leaks of it until ... well, until the next leak. But this one from TmoNews is quite a haul, so we'll just grin and bear it.

We'll start with the video you see above, apparently shot with an iPhone 3GS. (Grits teeth even harder ...) After the break, some of the best pictures we've seen thus far, along with another video.

Just. A. Few. More. Weeks.

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5 years ago

Evidence points toward Touch Diamond 2 on Sprint

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We're about to really get into the ones and zeros here, and we're going to do so after the break, so bear with us. But the skinny is that it looks like legendary ROM chef Conflipper has found evidence that the HTC Touch Diamond 2 will be coming to Sprint. (That's just us slapping a Sprint logo on a TD2 up there, so nobody freak out just yet.)

Sure, that might not be a surprise, given that Sprint carries the original Touch Diamond and we've seen a Sprint-branded Touch Pro 2. But how Conflipper came to this conclusion is pretty cool, and he's shared it at ppcgeeks. Click on through to the other side as we break down all the dirty details. (And thanks, Brandon, for the tip!)

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5 years ago

Qik snags $5.5 million in new funding

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Qik snags $5.5 million in new funding

How popular is Qik, you ask? Put it this way: The mobile streaming video service just secured about $5.5 million dollars in funding, as noted in a recent SEC filing, which you can read after the break, if you're so inclined. [via mocoNews]

Among the investors throwing in this time around are Quest Venture Parterners, some private investors and CampVentures.

If you haven't played with Qik yet, definitely give it a shot. It's a simple way to livestream video from your phone. We demoed it way back in the beta stages, and it's cool to see just how much it's grown since then.

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5 years ago

Motorola H12 giveaway winner

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5 years ago

HTC reportedly relents, will give us 3.5mm headset jacks on future phones

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Is it true? Might HTC have turned over a new leaf and really decided to put honest-to-goodness 3.5mm headset jacks in Windows phones other than the Touch HD? If a recent post from Mobilecrunch is correct, then it just might be. We're still just a tad skeptical, seeing as how this news is coming out of an Android post, but ...

Beginning with the Hero, HTC is moving away from requiring users to pump audio through their modified miniUSB port.

We’d heard this mentioned as a possibility at past press events. This was HTC’s response when we reached out for comment:

The vast majority of devices we launch after Hero will have a 3.5mm jack. Devices that we have already announced but that still come out after Hero will not necessarily be a part of this change.

Obviously, we wouldn't see any changes in anything coming out the rest of this year, and likely well into next year, too. These things take time. And it's conceivable HTC was just talking Android-powered phones. But for those of you holding out hope of ditching the ExtUSB adapter, your day may finally have come.

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5 years ago

Dear Verizon: Thanks for the GPS unlock, but you're not quite finished yet

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Dear Verizon,

So here we are, halfway through the year and many moons removed from our open letter imploring you to unlock the GPS on your Windows Mobile phones. And in December 2008, you promised to do so in the first half of the year for the Samsung Omnia and Saga, and the HTC Touch Pro. And we rejoiced.

We're now a little past the midpoint of 2009, and indeed the Saga and Touch Pro have had their GPS chips released from the shackles of VZ Navigator, free to get turn-by-turn directions from the likes of Google Maps and Bing, among others. And for that, you have our thanks. While we're not quite ready to overlook you locking customers into (and having to pay for) VZ Navigator in the first place, it still means a lot in this crazy smartphone game when a company promises to do something and then follows through. So, thanks.

But while two out of three ain't bad, the job's not done. We can talk all night, but that ain't getting us nowhere. It's time to get the Omnia unlocked.  No more hacks. No more unofficial ROMs. Let's get that done so we can all turn our focus to some of the great new phones you have coming down the pike and go back to being one big, happy smartphone family.

We're still watching.

Love,

The WMExperts Team

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5 years ago

Review: RadarLove

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5 years ago

Cellphone-on-cellphone video shows Sony Ericsson Xperia X2

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It's a little tough to tell by this (apparently old) video running at a blistering 5 frames per second or so, but what we're squinting to see purportedly is the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2, with Windows Mobile 6.5 on board, no less.

It's tough to really get a feel for how the OS runs on the phone because the quality of the video is so poor, but we do get to see some of the specs, which . They are:

 

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5 years ago

Sprint turns network duties over to Ericsson

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Sprint this morning announced a seven-year, $5 billion deal that hands responsibility for its network over to Ericsson, which certainly has been around the block once or twice. So as we're seeing the launch of new Windows phones on Sprint, the bullet points of what it means:

  • Sprint retains full ownership and control of its network assets, and solely owns network strategy and investment decisions.
  • Customers will continue to work directly with Sprint employees as their primary contact, as Sprint retains full control of the customer experience, customer technical support and services review.
  • Sprint retains technology and vendor selections.
  • Ericsson assumes responsibility for the day-to-day services, provisioning and maintenance for the Sprint-owned CDMA, iDEN and wireline networks.

That from the full press release, which you can also find after the break. Also of note is that some 6,000 employees will be transferred to Ericsson's control.

Dieter's done some additional analysis over at PreCentral.net (Sprint, of course, is the Palm Pre's only carrier at the moment), and that's where things get really interesting. The long and the short of it is that we may see a stronger network from Sprint in the future. And there may will have been something to the rumors of Sprint flirting with LTE technology and not just WIMAX for its 4G network.

And we're in full agreement with Dieter in that this makes Sprint even more of a middle man — remember that it spun off its WIMAX business to Clearwire and also sold a bunch of its towers and then leased them back. So Sprint's cutting a lot of its operating costs, while at the same time becoming less of a traditional carrier.

Stay tuned, folks. Things could get interesting in the coming months.

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5 years ago

Update: Sprint, Clearwire 'Clear' up WiMAX

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UPDATE: As promised, Sprint and Clearwire held a news conference this morning regarding the recently approved merger between the two companies.

All of Sprint's XOHM service will be rolled into the new company, and the new WiMAX venture will go by the name "Clear." And that's the main news we got.

Otherwise, they're looking at providing an all-IP WiMAX network with average download speeds of an initial 2 to 4 megabits per second.

There's plenty of glad-handing to be had in the official press release, and click here to listen to the news conference, if you're into that sort of thing. (Warning: You have to "register" with a name and e-mail. Whether it's yours is up to you.)

 

You know that Sprint-Clearwire deal that we’ve been waiting on forever? It’s about to become officially official. Officially.

The FCC already blessed the merger that will help get WiMAX off the ground, for realz. And with the details all worked out, we’ll learn more in a conference call on Monday morning, thanks to the long holiday weekend.

The short version: Clearwire now has a boatload of cash — like, $3.2 billion (said with a raised pinky) — to get things going. It also now has all of Sprint’s 2.5 gigahertz spectrum and its XOHM business, which has already been up and running in Baltimore.

The short, short version: Here comes some sweet 4G goodness

 

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