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5 years ago

Review: Motorola MOTOROKR S305

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Review: Motorola MOTOROKR S305

The quest continues. I’ve tested Bluetooth Headphones from Sony, Jabra and a couple from Motorola; all of which have pros and cons. The perfect Bluetooth headphones for me would be comfortable to wear for an extended period of time while having the weight distributed in a way that would allow for activity without having wires running different directions.

Motorola has made a number of successful Bluetooth  headphones. The S9 model and its successor, the S9-HD both insert into the ears with a band that wraps behind the head. The S7 model has a slightly different design with only a wire going behind the head and the earpieces hooking over the ear. Motorola’s S305 are my next target and is something of a cross between the two form factors. Featuring an over-the-ear design combined with the wrap-around style, the S305 combines some of the best features in each of Motorola’s other models.

All the juicy details are after the break.

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 manual available

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Ya know, we were just getting used to not having the gratuitous daily T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 post. Our blood pressure returned to its normal (yet still alarming) rate. We were sleeping a good three, four hours a night. Able to feed and bathe ourselves.

No more. Here we go again.

The T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 manual is available for your perusal. (Warning: PDF link) TmoNews has done a good job with a quick run-through and spots a couple of nuggets: The MicroSD card is mounted on the side (yay), but you have to remove the battery cover to get to it (boo). There also appear to be some nice finger-friendly customizations on board.

We're now at T-minus 11 days and counting until the release of the Touch Pro 2 on T-Mobile. What's the over/under on the number of posts we'll have on it before then?

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5 years ago

Sprint Touch Pro 2 looking unlikely before mid-September

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One of the biggest question burning up the comments and the forums is "When can I get the Touch Pro 2?!?!?!?"

Aside from T-Mobile's announced Aug. 12 release, we're still left guessing when Verizon and Sprint will get theirs out the door. (And other than that leaked render, we haven't seen anything else from AT&T.) We're hearing rumors of a September launch for Sprint (rumors only, folks), and we're now seeing a little evidence that shows we shouldn't expect it before then.

PPCGeeks users Godzson and and Major Nate are shepherding a thread with the Sprint playbook, which most notably has a slew of rebate information. Absent from that playbook is any mention of the Touch Pro 2 (or any other new Windows phone, for that matter).

The playbook is dated July 12-Sept. 7, so it's not looking likely that we'll see anything new before then.

That said, Sprint (and the other carriers) could announce any phone they want at any given time. And if they decided to do so sooner rather than later, well, we'd be just fine with that.

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5 years ago

Review: HTC Battery Bank

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Review: HTC Battery Bank

All right, many of us would rush out and buy a can of sardines if it had the HTC logo on it. I personally have a pair of fuzzy dice emblazoned with their logo proudly hanging from my cubicle. All of the fanboy tendencies aside though, they really do make quality stuff.

For some, constantly using our mobile device while maintaining a charge can be a constant balancing act. HTC comes to our rescue with their Battery Bank (BB G3000). Having a portable charger that gives you an extra boost without being tethered to your car or a wall can be the difference between making or losing a big sale for some people.

If you have a similar thirst for power, read on!

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5 years ago

HTC Snap, Touch Pro 2 available on Telus

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5 years ago

Friday fun: The Onion outs the next iPhone

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5 years ago

SMS security hole detailed

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SMS security hole detailed

Yesterday we warned about a possible threat to basic Windows Mobile security. Turns out things are pretty serious across most GSM-type phones. ZDNet breaks it down:

An attacker could exploit the hole to make calls, steal data, send text messages, and do more or less anything a person can do on their iPhone, researchers Charlie Miller and Collin Mulliner claimed at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas.

That's certainly not good. And it's not limited to just the iPhone.

Meanwhile, a bug in the code written by HTC that controls the user interface on Windows Mobile devices could also be exploited via the SMS messages to create a situation where there are no buttons to push, so the phone cannot be used, said Miller.

Yep, that's bad. The good news is that Miller and Mulliner say it would take a couple of weeks for someone to compile the code needed for such an attack, and they're working with carriers and manufacturers to patch the exploit.

So are we worried? Not too much. It sounds serious, certainly. But we're not going be pulling our batteries while we sleep. If it's that bad, the carriers and manufacturers will patch it.

We hope.

More at The iPhone Blog and Technologizer

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5 years ago

AT&T-capable Touch Diamond 2 at the FCC

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That's right, folks, there's a an HTC TOPA210 (aka the Topaz, aka Warhawk, aka Touch Diamond 2) lurking round the Federal Communications Commission. And lo and behold, it's sporting the 850MHz and 1900MHz bands used in the U.S. by AT&T.

Now, that doesn't mean that AT&T will ever release the Touch Diamond 2. They didn't (and still don't) carry the original Touch Diamond. But it does mean that if you manage to find one of these phones either through importing or some deal with the devil, you'll be rocking 3G speeds here.

Now, AT&T, about the Touch Pro 2 ...

FCC [via Engadget Mobile]

Do you think AT&T will release the HTC Touch Diamond 2?(online surveys)
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5 years ago

TouchFLO 2D 2.0 sure is purty

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TouchFLO 2D 2.0 sure is purty

We've only had an inkling of the HTC Mega, but that hasn't stopped the ROM from the device from leaking out. And lookie there, it's a fresh version of TouchFLO, al la the Sense UI that first appeared for Android phones.

If you're of the ROM flashing variety, head on over at XDA and give it a shot, and let us know in the comments what you think.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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5 years ago

You know you're doing something right when

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How does Microsoft know it has a hit on its hands? Two words: Walt Mosspuppet. The above anti-Windows 7 video may be NSFW if your place of business frowns on long rants, guns, venereal disease, threats against Steve Ballmer and rampant Mac fanboyism.

We can only hope we get the same abuse with Windows Mobile 7. But, dayum,  this is funny ...

Rantpuppets via Fake Steve Jobs

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5 years ago

Vito Software Give-away Winners!

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Vito Software Give-away Winners!

Congratulations to our Vito Software Give-away winners! The WMExperts.com members who share bragging rights are:

jfail Sandra Rosenzweig Pony99CA badersk ChristopherDean zim2323 mharms1 pelona benjimen RBeaubien

Check your email for directions on how to claim your prize, a copy of Vito Technology's Communications Suite.

Vito Technology sponsored this give-away not only to show their appreciation towards Windows Mobile users but also to help us find out where you think Windows Mobile is headed.

And thanks to everyone who is contributing to the discussion over in the forums on Windows Mobile's future. I think the resounding tone of the discussion is that Windows Mobile is doing just fine and will be around for a good long time.

Stayed tuned for another WMExperts Summer Giveaway. If you'de like a hint, you've heard of red ants, black ants and now one that's blue?

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5 years ago

Microsoft apparently serious about ditching the Windows Mobile name

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We've discussed as far back as February that Microsoft was likely sending the "Windows Mobile" moniker the way of the dinosaur and instead going with "Windows Phone." Looks like they haven't forgot.

According to The Inquirer (.net, not the tabloid) [via Giz], the change indeed is coming with Windows Mobile 6.5 — er, the next release of Windows Mobile — er, the next release of Microsoft's operating system for mobile phones. And as much as we loathe the idea of trying to discuss various versions of an OS without the handy numeral suffixes (never mind that our little site here is called WMExperts), we'll (hardly) be the first to say that things are in need of a reboot. Badly.

Says The Inquirer:

The name change also "reflects the upcoming desktop operating system release where people away from their PC can have the same experience everywhere," says Microsoft.

The My Phone service certainly seems to have begun that transition to a more seamless desktop-mobile experience.

But what say you, dear reader?

Is changing "Windows Mobile Version X" to "Windows phone" a good move?(answers)
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5 years ago

iHacker Charlie says WinMo at risk, too

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iHacker Charlie says WinMo at risk, too

So a well known Mac hacker earlier this month claimed to have found an SMS exploit that would let an attacker take over iPhones with a series a text messages. Details of the flaw will be released Thursday at the Blackhat security convention in Las Vegas.

And not content to panic just the cool kids' table, Windows Mobile is now thrown into the loop. [via neowin]

Miller also claims he has found a bug in Microsoft's Windows Mobile devices that that allows complete remote control of the device. Miller discovered the bug last Monday and it's currently un-patched by Microsoft. It's not clear whether Miller plans to unveil full details of the Windows Mobile bug tomorrow or limited details until Microsoft has been made aware.

So there you have it. We're at FUD Level Orange on this one. Certainly a serious security flaw on an iPhone could be patched relatively quickly, but patching a Windows Mobile device, well, it's not like there's some automagical button that'll suck down updates from the mothership. On the other hand, we're not going to panic before panic's due. Stay tuned.

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5 years ago

Billions and Billions and Billions of Apps

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Juniper Research has released mobile application market projects that puts the number of mobile application downloads to approach 20 billion (that's with a B) per year by 2014.

Like it or not, Apples' App Store, which passed a billion downloads earlier this year, has led others to develop and research the mobile app store potential. Microsoft is slated to launch its Marketplace later this year and others have (Palm Pre, Nokia, Blackberry) or are developing (Verizon, Handmark) app stores.  Even with such an increase in the mobile app stores on the market, 20 billion per year may still be a tall order to fill.

The report can be purchased from Juniper (for a modest cost of 1750 pounds or $2,897 U.S. Dollars (cough, cough)).  While the details of the survey weren't available, one might assume Juniper is taking into consideration any phone that is capable of a mobile download in this survey. That would include Nokia, Blackberry, Palm, the iPhone, Windows Mobile, Android, proprietary OS, and others in this study.

Under those circumstances, 20 billion may be very well be possible. If everyone downloads a dozen apps a year, to reach 20 billion downloads you would need approximately 1.6 billion phones. World wide, those number might not be too far fetched making the 20 billion target more realistic.

Juniper Research Press Release

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5 years ago

Marketplace sets content standards; sex and drugs are out, rock 'n' roll is OK

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When we saw the first draft of technical guidelines for apps in the Windows Marketplace for Mobile, we noticed the distinct lack of content guidelines. We never for a minute figured that it'd be an "anything goes" Marketplace, and sure enough Microsoft has released content guidelines [pdf link, via]. Here's the rundown:

  • Any content that is illegal under applicable local law, obscene, or indecent.
  • Any content that contemplates harm against a person or animal.
  • Any content that is defamatory, libelous, slanderous, or threatening.
  • No hate speech or discriminatory content. No threats.
  • Any content that facilitates or promotes, whether directly or indirectly, the illegal (under applicable local law) or excessive sale or use of alcohol or tobacco products, drugs, or weapons is not allowed on any section/site, regardless of targeting.
  • Any content with prolonged and/or excessive use of firearms or weapons or other content that facilitates the use of firearms or weapons
  • No sex and nudity.
  • Violence is out.
  • So's excessive profanity.

That's it in a nutshell. What we like to call the Apple Paradox presumably is still in effect: Ban all the dirty stuff, you want, but users can indulge in as many deadly sins as they want via the Web browser.

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