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5 years ago

A slew of Touch Pro 2 unboxings

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A slew of Touch Pro 2 unboxings

A favorite pastime of us phone nerds is to gather around a phone in a box ... and take it out. And record ourselves doing it for posterity. And after the break, a quick roundup of some HTC Touch Pro 2 unboxings and some hands-on time. (You can read Dieter's hands-on from Mobile World Congress.)

Remember that this is the unbranded, European version of the Touch Pro 2, so design is likely to vary slightly (Verizon and T-Mobile), or greatly (Sprint) when it's released by the U.S. carriers. (And we're still looking for AT&T shots that aren't renders. If you've got 'em, send 'em!)

So without further ado, unboxings from Mobile Tech Addicts, Tracy and Matt and Pocketnow.

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5 years ago

PhoneLog: Cool freeware for documenting calls

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PhoneLog: Cool freeware for documenting calls

Every once in awhile I come across some really neat freeware that I think you folks could benefit from.

PhoneLog is a freeware app from InfinityBall (click for more screenshots) that simply logs your call log directly to your calendar app.

This is all done instantly in the background with no noticeable performance issues--it just works seamlessly and efficiently which is the best kind of WM app.  After a call, in your calendar it will say "Talked to " with the start/end times and call duration.  The info shows up as a simple entry in your cal and you can even assign it a custom category.  

The app does require .NET compact framework 3.5 and has many configuration options such as log missed calls, all calls, run on startup and even log your text messages (!)  Very cool stuff.  Get it here.

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5 years ago

Review: Verizon Touch Diamond

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Review: Verizon Touch Diamond

After reviewing the HTC Touch Diamond 2, taking a look at Verizon's version of the original Touch Diamond felt like a step back in time. Why Verizon waited so long to come to the table with the Touch Diamond is a mystery. But as they say, "better late than never." Right?

The Touch Diamond isn't a new phone and while most will be familiar with it, once it's branded by a service provider a phone can take on a life of its own. It's no secret that the Touch Diamond runs Windows Mobile 6.1 and comes loaded with TouchFLO 3D. But what other changes did Verizon throw onto the Touch Diamond?

Find out after the break.

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5 years ago

Some Zune HD deets: It'll have a 'flavor' of IE6

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While Engadget just got an up-close and personal look at the upcoming Zune HD, and Paul Thurrott scored some more details.

  • There are only three hardware buttons — a rocker for volume, a power button and a home button.
  • The browser is a "flavor" of Internet Explorer 6, but it won't look or feel like IE. Definitely not a bad thing.
  • The first flood of Xbox integration will surround video. Music will follow later.

More over at Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows, and we've got a brief video shot by Gizmodo after the break. Yes, you'll see a big fat link to "Marketplace" in the Zune HD's UI, but we're betting that's going to be for the Zune Marketplace, not Windows Marketplace for Mobile. Calm down, folks.

Do remember (and we have a feeling we'll be repeating this for a while) that while we expect the Zune and Windows Mobile to share some features in upcoming versions, we don't yet know for sure what they are. That's why we'll be keeping a closer eye on our phone-less cousins from now on.

Update: Cnet's Ina Fried got a less-blurry hands-on. Video of that, too, after the break.

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5 years ago

Samsung-Armani WinMo phone coming June 11

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If (for some reason) you turn your nose up at all of the completely respectable (and better than most) Windows phones out there, something chic this way comes.

On June 11, Giorgio Armani, the noted fashion designer; Samsung, the noted phone maker; and Microsoft, the ... um, noted software designer, are having an event June 11 in Milan, Italy. You'll remember that we got wind of a Windows Mobile-powered Armani phone earlier this year, and it looks like it's coming to fruition. Stay tuned for the details.

Samsung Hub via Engadget

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5 years ago

Sprint: Treo Pro the next best thing (natch)

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Palm Sprint wants you to buy a Pre. That's no surprise. But the Pre isn't right for just anybody. And if it's not for you? Try the Windows Mobile-powered Treo Pro, says Palm Sprint.

(Yeah, yeah, what other Palm choice is there? Try to let that go for a minute.)

In the internal docs our PreCentral.net brethren uncovered, we learn that Sprint's Palm's breaking down users into two classes: IT Centric and Non-IT Centric. You can read for yourself the differences in the pic above. But basically, if you're part of a smaller business (fewer than 100 employees) and your IT department doesn't require major control over your phone, then the Pre's for you. Otherwise, hit up Windows Mobile and MSCMDM.

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5 years ago

Sprint Treo Pro 1.04 ROM Updater Leaked

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Sprint Treo Pro 1.04 ROM Updater Leaked

Quick note: this is not a new ROM update, but rather one that flashes to the currently available 1.04 ROMs.  If you have a 1.04 ROM then no need to do this!

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Most people who have bought Sprint Treo Pro's are getting the current 1.04 ROM (see Settings --> System --> About --> Phone --> T850EWW-1.04-SPT).  However, many people who are buying on eBay are coming away with T850EWW-1.03-SPT ROMs (for a full back story on this issue, check out Dieter's write-up here).

So is there a difference between 1.03 and 1.04? Outside of 2 more MBs of RAM in the latter, no there seems to be no difference.  From forum member zbop:

I compared a 1.03 registry snapshot and a 1.04 snapshot and after eliminating all the device-specific differences, and live-state differences, I can't find anything significant. There are a few minor changes, but nothing that looks like a bugfix.

But if you have a 1.03 ROM and would like to flash it to 1.04 and gain peace of mind, then hop right over to TreoCentral where member kronium managed to finagle the file from a Sprint tech.  Score!

Hey, maybe at least now we'll start to get some custom ROM work?  Hmm...

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5 years ago

HTC Fuze ROM Update Becomes Official

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Looks like HTC has released an update for the AT&T Fuze. According to the HTC Support site, here's what's included:

  • Microsoft's Windows Mobile Adaptation Kit Update (AKU) 1.4.6
  • Slide to Answer
  • Push To Talk Button is now re-assignable
  • FM Radio Application
  • Enhanced MS Voice Command
  • Call waiting indicator is now audible when using Speakerphone
  • HTC Music player supports Album art/info
  • Improved TouchFlo3D (TF3D) and User Interface performance
  • A-GPS Update: Speeds up the time it takes the GPS to get a fix on your location
  • Quick GPS is still recommended for the optimal operation of GPS based applications and services

Based on the features, it looks like a polished version of the Test ROM that leaked a few months ago. HTC does a good job walking you through the update process and we'll concur with HTC's recommendation that you really need to back up your data before you update the ROM. The update can be found here.

UPDATE: As many have noticed, the ROM download page is no longer available. According to some of the comments over at FuzeMobility, it looks like the S/N requirement was not supposed to have happened and HTC is modifying things.  Hopefully the updated ROM will be available soon.

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5 years ago

Samsung Jack Hands On Video and Gallery

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Samsung Jack Hands On Video and Gallery

Thinking about picking up a Samsung Jack? We don't blame you - the upate to the BlackJack series seems minor and we suppose it is, but the addition of WiFi and a speedy processor in a newer, smaller form-factor has us pleased.

There's more than a little AT&T-based hassles on this device, but not so many that we'd advise against it.  We'll have a full review up for you in the very near future, but in the meantime check out the hands-on video above and a big old set of photos after the break -- including comparisons to BlackJacks of yore, the Morotola Q9h, and the BlackBerry 8900.

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5 years ago

Microsoft's new search engine is called 'Bing'; mobile client is forthcoming (updated)

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Sure enough, it was revealed this morning at D7 that Microsoft's new search engine — excuse us, they're calling it a Decision Engine — previously known by its Kumo code name, is officially to be called "Bing," just like we'd heard. It also gives us another reason to run this killer picture. But Bing's not being touted as just another search engine. It's got goals.

Bing is specifically designed to build on the benefits of today’s search engines but begins to move beyond this experience with a new approach to user experience and intuitive tools to help customers make better decisions, focusing initially on four key vertical areas: making a purchase decision, planning a trip, researching a health condition or finding a local business.

The question remains: Will we see the Bing brand cross over to Windows Mobile? And is there any more to Sift and Swivel? News at 11. Full presser after the break.

Via All Things D

Update: Looks like there will be a mobile client. [via] But is it merely a Live Search rebrand? Or something new?

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5 years ago

Live Search/Google Maps Both Get Updates

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It's like these two are in a race as both companies have released updates for their popular free mapping software.

Out of the two, Live Search (a clear fave here at WME) offers the most noticeable update, which greatly speeds up the loading time of the app. That was probably our biggest gripe and often made us leave the app "open" in the background to avoid the slow reload.

The new Live Search v3.5.8198.0 cuts in half the load time and you'll surely notice the zippy load bar. Other than that, nothing new to notice.

Google Maps on the other hand, has bumped it's version number to v2.2.0.20, which is a whopping 0.0.0.01 upgrade, so probably nothing major there. Indeed, there is still no "Transit" directions available here in NYC.

Oh Google, you tease so much.

Live Search can be updated via the client (natch) or go here: wls.live.com and you can grab Google Maps here.

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5 years ago

Major Update for "TodayAgenda": v1.5

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Major Update for "TodayAgenda": v1.5

Here are WME, there are a few programs that we swear by and fall under our "must haves" and TodayAgenda is certainly one of them (others are GPSToday, Live Search, Mobile Shell 2)

For one, it's totally free and well supported.

Second, it's one of the best calendar/agenda/tasks plugins for WM Pro and completely blows away the stock calendar plugin.

Basically it allows you to completely customize how your important calendar and tasks appear on your today screen and it's very simple to use. Control the amount of content, size, fonts, colors, plugin height, etc.

More info, including bug fixes and the slew of new features added in v1.5 can be found at the developer's home site ..::TIEWS::.. or click here for a direct download.

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5 years ago

Microsoft "Mobile Media" Starts Beta; Orb Competitor?

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This is kind of a tease since I know of no way to actually access this (it appears to be a closed 'beta'), but word is the Microsoft is testing out their new "Mobile Media" tool for your desktop and Windows Mobile device.

Fire up IE6 or higher (no Firefox) and go here to take a gander: http://mmportal.moonport.com/

Basically, it's like Orb. For those of you who don't know what that means, it means that this is a two client system: one has to run on the desktop (and ergo you have to have your computer on, wasting electricity) the other for your WM device (Standard or Pro).

You can then stream your media content (video, music, pictures) but you are not able to actually download the content. Hooray for copyright protection?

Anyways, if MS ever gets around to building all of this into WM7, that would be sort of sweet. Until then, this seems like an interesting yet hardly groundbreaking development. Still, we like to see MS work this sort of technology and services, so keep it up guys.

If anyone can figure out how to sign up for the beta, drop us a note in the comments.

via Solsie

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5 years ago

Tip of the Week: IE "Home Page", the Real One.

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Tip of the Week: IE "Home Page", the Real One.

We all know (hopefully) that on a WM Pro device you can set the Internet Explorer homepage to anything you want. But what many don't remember was Microsoft actually made a useful homepage that on a lot of devices is disabled. Reason? Many carriers (cough, Sprint) set their "portal" as the default Home Page. Blech.

Today, we'll take it back.

Why you ask? This makes PIE on WM6.x more like WM Standard. You get a search bar, plus a quick drop down list to your favorites and history. At least for myself, I tend to find this very useful.

So here's how to do it:

  • Open Internet Explorer
  • In the address bar, type in: file://\windows\default_0409.htm
  • Menu --> Tools --> Options
  • Home page --> "Use Current"

Done!

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5 years ago

Sprint Touch Diamond Available for Web Order: Now!

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Step right up folks and whip out the plastic! That hotly anticipated HTC Touch Diamond for Sprint is now available for purchase.

For $249.99 ($324 - $100 MIR; 2 year contract or some fancy haggling on your part), the svelte leader of the "yet another black slab" phones can be yours.

There is some cryptic terms regarding that $100 MIR though:

Mail-in rebate requires an Everything plan, Talk/Message/Data Share plan, Data Premier add-on or PRO Pack add-on.

The only thing missing on this device is that microSD card slot. Why HTC, why?!

Thanks crazie.eddie for the tip. Post in the comments if you ordered one ;-)

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