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5 years ago

Google spruces up Gmail's contacts

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Google spruces up Gmail's contacts

We love Gmail. It's our lifeline. But there are a few major hangups that cause us to bang our heads against the wall day after day. One is the lack of a proper IMAP idle process for true push support and proper use of labels on Windows phones. (Yeah, there are decent third-party solutions out there. We're talking about native, out-of-the-box push e-mail.)

The other issue is contacts, which Google finally is starting to address. From the official Gmail blog:

Up until now, Gmail only supported some contact fields. Whenever someone imported their contacts from apps like Outlook and OS X Address Book, we used to put fields Gmail didn't recognize into the contact's notes section. Based on feedback from you, we added support for more contact fields (like birthday and website) and now store each of these fields separately, which makes syncing and round-tripping your data work better.

There you have it. We're getting there. Still not perfect, but better. (Insert "beta" joke here.)

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5 years ago

Tip: Delete "Outlook Email" from Mobile Outlook

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Not one of the many who use Microsoft Exchange on your Windows Mobile phone? Totally understandable as it either costs hosting fees or requires you to work for a company with an Exchange server.

But if you're not using it, why can't you just delete "Outlook Email" from the email client, eh?  That sucker is just an empty void that you skip over to get to your real email accounts and alas, WM won't let you just delete it. Curses!

Have no fear, as it's all in the registry baby!  Diigibio at XDA documents how this is done, repeated below. Just use your favorite registry editor (or read our how-to) and navigate to this area:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Inbox\Svc\Activesync

Simply back up your device or that registry value and delete the \Activesync folder, followed by a soft reset.  Bam, no more "Outlook Email" folder to skip over.

Thanks, Scientific!

Update: Yeah, people are having, um, varying results with this one. Use at your own risk. And be sure to back up your phone first.

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5 years ago

Vito Updates SMS-Chat and ZoomBoard

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Vito Techonology announced today the release of updated versions of SMS-Chat (v1.21) and ZoomBoard (v2.04). Both applications have been improved with minor bug fixes. SMS-Chat now has threaded view for all three skins that was previously only available for the "bright" skin. Zoomboard now includes the "bright" skin to coordinate appearances with Vito's Communications Suite.

SMS-Chat is a threaded text messaging application that allows you to organize SMS correspondences into threaded conversations. We found it to be a feature-rich application that is definitely worth a trial run.

ZoomBoard is an on-screen keyboard that provides accurate finger typing. Every time you press a letter on the keyboard, a zoomed image of the key is displayed to confirm what you are entering. The letter is typed only when you release the key giving you the ability to slide from key to key.

In recognition of these updated versions, Vito is bundling SMS-Chat and ZoomBoard together for a discounted price.

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5 years ago

Sprint Treo Pro gets ringer patch from Palm

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No phone is perfect, and the Sprint Treo Pro has some hiccups as well. One that has been documented by many is an issue with the ringer where essentially the settings get corrupted in the registry, resulting in "silent" incoming calls:

The root cause of the Treo Pro No Ringer issue is related to a rare corruption of the Treo Pro’s registry key. This can lead to the smart phone not ringing and causing the user to miss an incoming call.

If you see a Software Version that is T850EWW-1.04-SPT you should install this update.

Interestingly this "update" looks to be an old fix for the Treo 750 found here and brought to Palm's attention here, though a complete tear-down of the official .cab fix needs to be done to confirm.

This also does not address the other missed-call problem associated with fringe reception (documented and addressed here), that is the one where you get no notification at all about a missed call as opposed to just a silent ringer.

Get the official patch/update from Palm here.  For those on the go, here is the OTA update link. And remember that you'll have to re-apply the fix if you hard-reset your phone.

 

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5 years ago

Why AMOLED? Why not!

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Why AMOLED? Why not!

Let's have some alphabet soup. You know what an LED is. That's Light Emitting Diode. Usually you see them as little indicator lights and now as part of computer monitor backlights. Then there's OLED. That's Organic LED. Kinda self-explanatory in that there's organic material in there. OLEDs are thinner and use less power (and thus battery life). But they're still rather expensive.

And then there's AMOLED. Active-Matrix OLED screens use even less power. Colors are more crisp. They can be flexible. They pretty much mean you're not messing around. Don't ask questions. You want one.

And above is an even better description from Samsung VP Omar Khan, who should know a thing or three about displays in cell phones, given that the just-announced Omnia Pro and Omnia II have AMOLED screens.

Via wmpoweruser

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5 years ago

Clearwire's 4G WiMax goes live in Atlanta

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We've already seen Clearwire roll out its WiMax service in Baltimore and Oregon, and now it's launched in its biggest market yet.

Atlanta woke today to 4G speeds, though you'll need WiMax-enabled device or data card to take advantage, natch. We're still waiting for WiMax-enabled phones to hit the mainstream, too (though here's a hands-on we got with one).

In addition to Atlanta, we're still expecting Clearwire to flip on WiMax in more cities in the coming months. Namely:

  • 2009: Las Vegas, Chicago, Charlotte (N.C), Dallas/Fort Worth, Honolulu, Philadelphia, Seattle.
  • 2010: New York City, Boston, Washington D.C., Houston, San Francisco.

Via jkontherun

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5 years ago

Oooooo ... This Treo Pro is shiny

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Oooooo ... This Treo Pro is shiny

Hey, there's nothing wrong with the glossy black Treo Pro that we've come to know and love. But there's just something about chrome that gets us going. And so when we saw this shot from the official repair manual, we needed a minute. Of course, this could be a region-specific thing, or from a prototype or repair unit, so don't expect to get one anytime soon. But it's still pretty slick.

Head on over to PPCGeeks to download the repair manual and check out more blood and guts of the Treo Pro.

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5 years ago

Your daily T-Mobile Dash 3G release rumor

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5 years ago

Review: RDM+ version 3.7.6 Remote Control Your Desktop From Your Phone

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I am on the road a lot. As a result, I cannot tell you how many times I've wished I could download file from my office to my phone or check on some other data not available in the field.

If you think that it might be handy, or just cool, to access and remotely control your desktop or laptop from your Windows phone, then you might want to take a look at RDM+ version 3.7.6. With it, you not only can control your computer, you can manage your files, access and run any program, manage the processes and services ... heck, it could simply be used to see what is happening on it while you are away!

I have spent some time with this one on the road. So join us after the break and I'll give you the full scoop on how it works, how easy (or hard) it is to set up and use, and answer the nagging question "Is it worth the $39.95 price tag?"

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5 years ago

Wrapping up Samsung's refreshed Omnia line

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5 years ago

LG officially launches the GM730

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LG officially launches the GM730

We got a look at the LG GM730 back at CES in January, and now the Korean manufacturer has officially launched the phone. Also known as the Eigen, the GM730 sports Windows Mobile 6.1, a 5 megapixel camera, 16 gigabytes of storage space, GPS and FM receivers and will showcase the LG Application Store. The GM730 will launch in Asian markets in July.

Press release (translated) via Unwired View

 

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5 years ago

Bring QuickGPS to your CDMA Device

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We've talked about the differences between aGPS and GPS before, but we can now add another form of aGPS to the bunch: QuickGPS

QuickGPS is from Qualcomm (technically called gpsOneXTRA Assistance) and is an Internet-based form of aGPS or offline aGPS whereby your device, once a week, downloads a data file that has all the ephemeris data contained (file = packedephemeris.ee).  This data is good for 7 days and helps calculate your position faster without the need for an Internet connection at the moment of initiation (ala network-based aGPS).  "Cold starts" go from a minute or more to just seconds. Very cool.

HTC has been incorporating this into some of its devices lately (e.g. Touch Pro) and Palm has it on the GSM Treo Pro.  HTC calls it QuickGPS as it made a nice app to initiate the system (see above photo). 

But as usual, some of us were not invited to the party (e.g. Sprint Mogul, Touch, etc.) and the community has effectively taken matters into their own hands, hacking this onto various devices.  The latest is the Sprint/Alltel Treo Pro and we have to admit, it works like a charm. 

So if you want to join in and speed up your GPS system, feel free to browse those threads!  And remember: back up before you do so!  This also may not work on all devices--if you get "QuickGPS.exe' cannot be opened. Either it is not signed with a trusted certificate, or one of its components cannot be found. If the problem persists, try reinstalling or restoring this file." that would be you, sorry.

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5 years ago

Xperia X2 announcement rumored for June 17

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Sony Ericsson is throwing a party on Wednesday in Singapore, and word on the street is that the recently leaked Xperia X2 may make an appearance. Electronista is connecting the dots.

The Singapore gathering appears to focus on entertainment but has been linked to the smartphone, which may also appear at the same time as a Bluetooth headset based on FCC data. The possibility exists for other phones but hasn't been supported by other rumors.

If the Xperia X2 is indeed announced at this event, the next big question will be: How quickly will it come to market. The X1 took its sweet time and never picked up carrier support in the United States. It'd be real shame if the X2 suffered the same fate, given that it reportedly will sport a 3.5-inch OLED touchscreen and some better processing power than its predecessor.

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Dash 3G now rumored for July 15

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It hasn't really been a question of if the HTC Snap is coming to T-Mobile; it's just a matter of when, and for how much. And if this product sheet obtained by BGR is on the level, we should see it on July 15. That's in the same window we've been hearing all along, so it's a good bet it's legit.

As for price? That's still up in the air, though it's doubtful you'll have to take out a loan to put this puppy in your pocket.

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5 years ago

Matthew Miller with the Pharos 137

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Matthew Miller with the Pharos 137

We saw the Pharos Traveler 137 clear the FCC a few weeks ago, and Matthew Miller of ZDNet (and our own Nokia Experts) gives the phone a run-through. The 137 is a GPS-centric Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional phone. It doesn't have any U.S. carrier support, so you're not likely to see them roaming the streets in packs. But you can pick one up between $500 and $600, so it's not out of reach if you're so inclined.

Check out Matthew's unboxing and initial hands-on above, and head on over to ZDNet for his initial write-up on the phone.

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