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4 years ago

So long, Daylight Saving Time

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So long, Daylight Saving Time

This morning we bid farewell to Daylight Saving Time for another six months or so. Supposedly that meant an extra hour of sleep, but those of us with dogs, kids and a blatant distrust of The Man think that's just a conspiracy to justify that fiery spinning orb in the sky shining through our window at 5:30 a.m.

But we digress.

Anyhoo, your Windows phone should have automatically compensated for the evilness that is falling back an hour. (It can't, however, compensate for whatever evilness you took part in last night for Halloween. You're on your own there.) No muss, no fuss, no silly patches. For most of us.

Microsoft has issued a patch that updates changes other countries have made in their DST policies. If you're in the U.S., you're good. But if you live in/work with/want to go to another country, check out the list of updates (scroll down) and then grab this CAB file, and you're good to go.

Via Smartphone Thoughts

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4 years ago

Samsung Omnia II is the official phone of the Winter Olympics

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Yeah, you read that right. Not the iPhone. Not the Pre. Not a BlackBerry. Not that newfangled Droid. A Windows Mobile phone is the official phone of the 2010 Winter Olympics. And not just any phone, the Samsung Omnia II with its AMOLED screen and 800MHz processor, Windows Mobile 6.5 and all the trimmings. Not bad, eh? [Press release via Unwired View]

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4 years ago

CDMA Touch Pro 2 Unlocked. Let the Custom ROMs Begin!

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Well, many frayed nerves and hours hunched over one of the most popular Windows phones has finally paid off: The "unlocker" which we mentioned a few days ago has been completed, meaning users can now install custom ROMs to their beloved Touch Pro 2s, specifically Verizon, Sprint, U.S. Cellular and all other CDMA versions.

At least for Sprint, it sure beats waiting till "early 2010", eh?

Having this tool now, all the custom ROMs which are literally waiting in the wings (e.g. Energy, Mighty, CFay, Juicy, etc.) can be installed -- this includes WM6.5 and WM6.5.1 builds with all that custom goodness from your favorite 'Chefs'.

A big congrats to everyone for this achievement (donations are in order) and now if you pardon us, we're off for some ROM flashing ourselves! ...

Go HERE to grab the HardSPL!  Here for the SIM Unlock and here for support.

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4 years ago

Russian video of the HTC HD2

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4 years ago

Google Voice has 1.4 million users

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Google Voice has 1.4 million users

Just how popular is Google Voice, you ask? In its reply to federal regulators over the Apple-AT&T-Google Voice flap, Google stated it has 1.419 million Google Voice users, and about 570,000 of them are using it full-time, seven days a week.

As an interesting side note, BusinessWeek apparently gleaned the number of Google Voice users from a PDF that was impropertly formatted, desipte the number of users appearing to be redacted. Oops. (So not to be confused, we're talking the number of users, not users' numbers.)

Also noted is that Google Voice may eventually go global (it's still only available in the U.S.).

BusinessWeek via Cnet

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4 years ago

Bing updates its mobile portal

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Bing updates its mobile portal

We're still waiting on an update to the native Bing app for Windows Mobile. But in the meantime, the mobile portal has been updated. Here's what's new, according to the Bing blog:

  • NFL feature – type a team or player and see upcoming games, stats, and scores. While the game is on, you can get real-time updates on the plays. (U.S. only)
  • Flight status – enter the airline and flight number and get the latest departure and landing times.
  • Bing for touch devices – Great news for you touch phone owners in the U.S.: we have a new version of Bing just for high-resolution touch devices. We optimized for touch navigation to make the most of your phone, and added a great new Movies feature. Search for Movies in your city, and you’ll see the movies playing nearby, showtimes, overviews, and even trailers and video clips.

Find it all at m.bing.com.

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4 years ago

Friday Fun: Now Available Sprint PPC-6601; Yes, We Want All of the Power

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Touch Pro 2 just to advanced and lightweight for you?  Never warmed up to Windows Mobile 5, 6, 6.1 or 6.5?  Does lack of 3G, a massive 128MB of RAM and nearly 3.6hrs of talk time sound amazing?

Then fork over $350 because have we the phone for you!  That's right, the Audiovox PPC-6601 is cutting edge technology for today's trendsetter and it is now available to order direct from Sprint.  (It was spotted on TV in this season's "Alias" making this device especially coveted for Abrams fans).

Impress your friends! Considering this phone is nearly an ounce heavier (7.35oz) than a Touch Pro 2, you will surely be the life of the party when you show up with this in your pants.  "Wow, is that the Internet...in your pocket?"

There is also a rumor that this phone will be getting a firmware update from Sprint to enable EvDO, a revolutionary new radio technology that will enable high-speed data transfer akin to your DSL line at home.  Some in fact have already "hacked" this onto their phones already.  We know Sprint won't disappoint with this update!

However, be warned. We are already hearing rumors of a replacement device called a PPC-6700 aka Apache with a revolutionary new OS from Microsoft.  Stay tuned...

Thanks Richardrk

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4 years ago

Review: Motorola H790 Bluetooth Headset

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Review: Motorola H790 Bluetooth Headset

Bluetooth headsets are getting thinner, smaller and lighter and Motorola has done a good job keeping pace with this trend in the Motorola H790. Measuring in at 2 inches long by 0.8 inches wide and 0.3 inches high, the H790 weighs a paltry 0.34 ounces. 

But looks aren't everything.  Follow the break to see if the H790 is just another pretty face amongst the many Bluetooth headset or if its performance compliments the sleek design of this Bluetooth headset.

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4 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 74

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4 years ago

Get the NFL Mobile Live app

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Get the NFL Mobile Live app

Let's say you're, erm, on Sprint, and let's say you've, erm, somehow lost your NFL Mobile Live app and need to, erm, reload it. (See where we're going with this?) A CAB file's available that puts your favorite NFL team and the latest news, scores and a whole lot more than, erm, Sprint customers have enjoyed for some time now. XDA Developers

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4 years ago

Sprint: Windows Mobile 6.5 being tested, look for official updates early next year

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Sprint Exec David Owens took part in a virtual chat today, and Gearlog kibbitzed. Here's the pertinent Windows Mobile info:

  • They're currently testing official Windows Mobile 6.5 updates for the HTC Touch Pro 2 and other phones. Look for them early next year.
  • They want Windows Mobile 7 "as soon as possibly, but dependent on Microsoft."
  • No tethering for any phone that needs a Simply Unlimited plan, which means smartphones.

So, absolutely nothing there we couldn't deduce ourselves, but it's nice to get it from the horse's mouth. Read all of Gearlog's bullet points here.

Via PhoneScoop

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4 years ago

Add Flash to Opera Mobile: fixOperaFlash v1.5.2

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For those who just can't wait till Opera 9.7+ and want to add Flash support to your existing in-ROM Opera Mobile browser, aDEO at XDA has updated that amazing little tool called fixOperaFlash.

Hacking Flash into Opera has been around for awhile, but aDEO's app makes it the process a matter of clicking a few buttons with a fancy and sophisticated installer. The program was just recently updated to v1.5.2, with updated Flash library package and some minor bug fixes.

Basically you just download the .exe, put it into your \Windows\Opera direction, run it and follow the directions so detailed here.  Make sure you choose the right device from the selector.

So how does it work? Pretty well though any limitations come clearly from our aging MSM processors, which struggle to run Flash inside of the resource intensive Opera Mobile browser--in other words, don't plan on too much multi-tasking when watching embedded YouTube videos! Still, it works well on the Touch Pro 2.

Having said that, this is a great example of smart programming, so give it a spin if Flash is what you need.

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4 years ago

XDA vs Microsoft Redux: Hoax or Legit? (Update)

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To refresh, back a few months some letters went out to XDA regarding their hosting of custom ROMs containing WM6.5.  Then it appeared to many of us that this was some hoax, specifically the legitimacy of one "James Young"...internet investigator! (dun dun...dun!) came into question.

Flash forward a few months and replace WM6.5 with WM6.5.1 and we get a (redacted) letter basically saying the same thing.

Real or fake?

We think this is fake, again.  Unless Microsoft has radically changed its position on this issue from a few months ago, we see no reason to believe these threats.  Once again, we cite Microsoft from March:

“Taking action against sites such as XDA-Developers isn’t a matter of concern for Microsoft” says Maarten Sonneveld of Microsoft Netherlands against tweakers.net. “What happens there, the modifying of ROMs, is illegal. The intellectual property however is not with us. The ROMs are intellectual property of the producers of the phone or the mobile phone providers if it concerns branded telephones. We simple only deliver the OS.”

Going further and across the pond, we note that PPCGeeks has not received any such notice regarding WM6.5.1, which seems pretty lame for a "clamp down" (although we suppose that some fake letters could be sent out right-quick).

Our advice? Treat this seriously, but not too seriously.  How to do that?  Simple: if your receive a "take down notice" from...some dude via email, we strongly suggest you actually get in contact with that person BY PHONE and request official information (who they represent, names, more phone numbers, etc.) before you rip down your hard work. 

Most DMCA notices target the ISP who then contact you, as you are not actually hosting the alleged offending file. If they don't even know your real name, you don't have too much to worry about.

Update: Mike (Wideawake) of PPCGeeks let us know that indeed, months ago they too had a request from Microsoft to take down WM6.5 but...he actually had a phone call from a Judy Weston at Microsoft and his ISP received a take-down notice.  That is what one should expect in these situations.  Thanks Mike!

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4 years ago

Turn the AT&T Tilt 2 PTT button into something useful

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So you have a shiny new AT&T Tilt 2, which didn't come with a 3.5mm headphone jack but has a snazzy little Push-to-Talk button that does little more than get in the way.

After the break, we'll show you how to remap the PTT button to actually become useful. (And you can use these instructions to change or add functionality to any hardware button.) Note: If you're running the stock AT&T ROM, you can easily make this change in the settings. This is more for custom ROMs.

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