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5 years ago

HTC Video Drivers: Coming to your hobbled device soon?

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For awhile now we've been covering the whole "HTC/Qualcomm Video driver drama" (read our insider Q&A for some perspective and more here).

So far we know that the unbranded HTC TyTN II (aka "Tilt") is getting WM 6.1 with a video performance boost, but no gurantees that the AT&T branded version will be getting the same. We also know that the HTC Touch Diamond, which is a powerful VGA device, does have the DirectDraw video drivers on board, though up until recently they too have underperformed.

The big question was whether the lot of other HTC devices that are based on the MSM-7xxx series chipset would be getting any help from HTC? So far, the answer appears to be "no".

Enter some crafty hackers and dedicated software pros to start piecing together bits and pieces from the TyTN II, Touch Diamond and the K620 and have a somewhat working version of the OpenGL ES driver, which according to the HTCClassAction.org site:

...provides the DirectDraw (2D) capability; so getting the OpenGL ES driver to work correctly is a big step in getting the D3D and DD working.

As you can see from their demo video, the tester app flickers during the test, but that is a result of a problem with the tester program, not the OpenGL drivers. But this proof-of-concept demonstration definitely hints that exporting and enabling these advanced video driver capabilities is possible.

Click the link to watch the the OpenGL ES Driver in action!

We'll continue to follow this story as usual!

Via Tilt Site

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5 years ago

Advantage X7510 Available for Import

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Advantage X7510 Available for Import

Got $1,300 burning a hole in your pocket and are looking for some large-screen WinMo 6.1 goodness? The HTC Advantage X7510, kept out of the U.S. because of Qualcomm's legal troubles, is now available on a few websites -- websites which probably won't worry to much whether or not you're supposed to be importing the Qualcomm chip into the US. ...Meaning you can finally get your hands on one - for a premium. A premium of 1299.99

A quick Advantage refresher:

  • UMPC form factor.
  • 5-inch, 640x480 VGA screen.
  • Windows Mobile 6.1.
  • Quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900).
  • 624 MHz Marvell processor.
  • Touchscreen.
  • 16GB of internal flash memory.
  • 256MB ROM/128MB RAM.
  • 3.0MP camera with autofocus and LED flash.
  • GPS.
  • WiFi (b/g).
  • Mini SD.
  • Detachable keyboard.

On the Go Solutions expected stock by June 20 (i.e., they have it in now), and other online retailers likely will offer the X7510 soon.

(Via Engadget Mobile and Pocketables.)

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5 years ago

Mini Bluetooth Headset Roundup

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Mini Bluetooth Headset Roundup

Remember when Bluetooth Headsets first hit the market?  They seemed to take up half your cheek or wrapped around your ear.  Battery power was limited; they were often cumbersome, uncomfortable and stood out like a sore thumb.  As with most things technological, they started out big and through time and innovations, these headsets shrunk and became more earpieces than headsets.

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5 years ago

Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 6

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Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 6

Another week, another software stampede! It's time again for the WMExperts Weekly Software Wrangle. Dig in your spurs and ready your lassos for this week's new, updated and free software for WM Professional and WM Standard.

This week we are featuring new software for WM Standard,Fried Chicken Reloaded and Live Search Mobile. Updated software includes Elecont Weather and CallToJournal for WM. Freeware this week is Bible Names Glossary.

WM Professional new software includes Twin Spin for PPC and BlackJack Classic. Updated software includes SciFi Skin Suite and MemMaid. Freeware offers up Free English-Mandarin Chinese Codebreaker.

Weekly Software Wrangle Week 6 starts now!

WM Standard: New

First up is Fried Chicken Reloaded by In-Fusio Inc. It's fried chicken you don't have to feel guilty about; no grease, fat or cholesterol!

Delirious, Crazy ... You are Leo, The Chicken on a Wire!

More trouble for Leo the chicken to come. Proud as a peacock, he has decided to go to the capital. What a crazy thing to do! He did not weigh up the dangers of the big city: super heroes invading the sky, pigeons taking up residence, strange stuffs tossed out the window

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5 years ago

Android giving WinMo 7 a little more time?

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Android giving WinMo 7 a little more time?

It looks like Microsoft might have a little extra time to fine-tune Windows Mobile 7 before Google unleashes Android, its Linux-based open-source platform aimed to directly compete with WinMo and Apple's iPhone.

The Wall Street Journal, largely quoting unnamed sources within U.S. carriers, reports that Android likely won't see the light of day until the second quarter, and that customers won't be able to purchase devices until the fourth quarter, at the earliest.

The report says because T-Mobile is taking up so much of Google's attention scrambling for a fourth-quarter launch, Sprint Nextel is feeling left out - and may scrap its plans for a 3G Android phone in lieu of a "4G" WiMAX device. The WSJ also reports that Sprint's desire to customize the Android OS instead of just slapping its name on the case is adding to the delay.

Or, as Google's Andy Rubin, the man behind the Android curtain, appropriately said, "This is where the pain happens."

So what does this mean for Windows Mobile? Is should allow a little extra time to perfect WM7, and it might even inspire carriers to release a few more WM6.1 upgrades. But we're not holding our breath on that.

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5 years ago

AOL Releases New AIM Client for WM

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AOL Releases New AIM Client for WM

Well this was unexpected, or, as BGR put it, “hell freezes over.” AOL has released a new instant messenger client for Windows Mobile. It looks... good. Looks like we've got buddy list management, real custom status updates, and a few more bells and whistles built in. No auto-updates, though, so if you join up for this Beta be sure you check back often to get the latest builds.

Naturally, you'll want an unlimited data plan with this. Notable: doesn't appear to work especially well with the Touch soft keyboard, so don't go replacing your current IM client just yet.

It should be compatible with anything WM5 or later and it's a free bit o' software, so go on and give it a go:

Information and direct .cab download (it's 1.1. megs, though!)

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5 years ago

Sprint Ready for Two-Way Internet Video?

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Although we're wont to complain about how Europeans have it better, coverage and services-wise, than we do here in the states, the reality is we're actually relatively happy with how data goes here -- unlimited FTW. One sore point, though, is that all that unlimited data still can't be used to two-way video conferencing in any widespread or reliable way. Enter Sprint, who is still trying to make the argument that they're not on their way to oblivion.

Cellular-News has the details on how Sprint announced that they will be delivering data speeds fast enough to handle two-way video conferencing. Its said to be used for mainly police, firefighters and schools, but it would only be a matter of time before your average Joe hooked up to some video chat. This all has to go through the red tape of the wireless regulators first, but it looks like it might just make it (hint to other companies: focusing on how your new service will help firefighters a good way to push it through committee). Now all Sprint has to do is get their WiMAX internet up and running smoothly.

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5 years ago

Sprint Treo 800w date confirmed: July 13th

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Sprint Treo 800w date confirmed: July 13th

A ways back we said the date for the much anticipated (well, for a few of us at least) Palm Treo 800w was July 22nd.

Then newer info popped up suggesting it got bumped to July 13th.

Looks like that latter date is turning out to be correct as what looks like to be a scanned inventory sheet for Sprint was posted at HowardForums. The sheet also confirms our scoop that the 800w will sport a button on top of the device to toggle WiFi on/off.

The launch also appears to be available a few days earlier Wed, July 9th for business partners (BP) of Sprint which is not that unusual (Edit: klmsu19 in the comments points out "BP" probably stands for BrightPoint, "a global leader in the distribution of wireless devices and the provisioning of customized logistic services to the wireless industry").

Start saving those bucks as full retail price will be $599.99 and we're expecting it to be $249.99 after contract and rebates.

Oh yeah and don't forget about that Treo 800w giveaway contest ;-) Remember, July 13th and we suppose July 9th are off-limits!

Thanks Commo for the tip!

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5 years ago

Find your phone with Navizon's Mobfindr

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Find your phone with Navizon's Mobfindr

Recently updated in the movement to invade your children's privacy, follow your cheating spouse, ...never lose your phone and locate your friends is Mobfindr from Navizon that will allow you to find the location of nearly any device with a text message.

How it works: The Navizon software utilizes "Virtual GPS", which uses WiFi and triangulation from cell towers to approximate your location. Mobfindr is a service that runs in the background. When an SMS containing a customized passphrase is sent to the Mobfindr-enabled device, it returns its approximate location (within about a mile) via text coordinates.

The Navizon software also features "group" and "buddy" services that allow you and your friends to locate each other.

You can try a free 15-day demo or shell out $24.99 for Navizon Premium. Mobfindr currently only works with the iPhone should be released as a separate application for WinMo and BlackBerry in the near future. A version for S60 devices also is in the works.

Peep video of the Mobfindr service after the break.

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5 years ago

MailShadow for Gmail Makes Gmail Look Like Exchange

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Answering a question for the WMExperts Podcast last night (going up later today!) got me looking around for the best solution for consumers for push email on Windows Mobile. The first bet is usually going to be Live Mail -- it's free and easy to set up. What if you don't want to change your email address, though? Well, there's forwarding to Live mail (or to a hosted exchange service like Sherweb), but there's hassles there. What I want is my Gmail email, calendars, and contacts pushed out. No, what I want is Exchange. Heck, I want Gmail to look and act like an exchange server to my phone.

Glory be: just such a service is coming soon from Cemaphore: MailShadow for Google Apps. Mailshadow acts as an intermediary between your devices (Windows Mobile, Outlook, etc) and Gmail -- and intermediary that acts just like a standard Exchange server but is actually just a conduit to your Gmail account.

Sign me up. Actually, don't - I just signed up myself. The bummer is that the service is just starting their beta now. Want in? Sign up here and let us know if you get into the beta. Fingers: crossed.

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5 years ago

Concept WM Phone Powered by the Sun

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Concept WM Phone Powered by the Sun

The Eclipse Intuit Phone designed by Eddie Goh looks two parts awesome and two parts questionable.

The awesome parts:

  • It's to be equipped with a 5 megapixel camera and (if the image above is to be believed) Windows Mobile. Of course, that's a WM-Standard screenshot there on a touchscreen device, so clearly somebody just threw something in there. Still, WM would be a good fit.
  • There's a 'chemically thin solar skin' for charging the battery. Sounds quite a bit like this Apple patent. It will probably never be your primary source for charging, but a little top-off here and here sounds good to us.

And the questionable parts:

  • The slide-out keyboard is touchscreen with 'tactile feedback.' If you're going to give us a slider, we think we'd prefer actual buttons, thanks. Not to mention we've yet to see 'tactile feedback' that's any more advanced than janky 'haptics' amounting to little more than vibrating the entire phone when you tap the screen. We'd prefer localized haptics. Still, though, a 2nd slide-out screen does sound pretty cool.
  • Yeah, it's just a concept phone, so don't expect to see this, you know, ever.

So kudos to Goh for coming up with a neat concept and a pretty looking kit there, but we'll keep our smartphone hopes and dreams pie-in-the-sky for now, as opposed to the Intuit's pie-in-outer-space. (mmm, space pie).

Thanks to Lisa for the tip!

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5 years ago

US Versions of Diamond and Touch Pro: mid-August?

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So the CompUSA sale of the HTC Diamond turned out, as we expected, to just be the European/Asian version and not a true Quad-Band version. Bummer, but not a huge bummer--Full disclosure: we bought one anyway so we could give you a full hands-on and comparison (before we return it, natch). It won't be right away, though, since early ROMs were a little slow and not indicative of the true user experience. Got questions? Post 'em in the comments.

Anyway, all that got our juices flowing, though, and we started wondering -- when will the Quad Band version actually be available? When it was announced, the most that HTC would say is “later this year,” which isn't exactly helpful.

Well if you're interested, there are a couple of sites claiming that they know the date and will let you pre-order the Quad-Band version of the Diamond and the Touch Pro now. On The Go Solutions has the Diamond for $869.99 and listed for “mid-August” and the Touch Pro for the same price and at the same time. Mobilecity Online is a little gentler on the price for the Diamond at $699 and a little harsher on the availability date, Sept. 2nd. Both dates qualify as “later this year,” obviously, but since we haven't heard peep from HTC we're going to hang on to our credit cards just a stitch longer.

After using the European version for all of 10 minutes we can tell you in no uncertain terms: you're going to want one of these when they're available.

Thanks to Joel from the Store for the Tip!

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5 years ago

Review: HTC Touch Dual (US Edition)

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5 years ago

Review: Body Glove Silicone Protective Case for BlackJack II

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5 years ago

Sprint Motorola Q9c End-of-Lifed?

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Sprint Motorola Q9c End-of-Lifed?

Alright, Motorola, this just might be the last of many last straws. Or it's the straw that's going to break the camel's back. It's getting so easy to beat up on your lately, it's like you're a straw man. Straw.

The bad news we refer to? EverythingQ is getting reports that not only are you not stocking the Q9c on Sprint's website, but Sprint's reps are saying that it won't be restocked, that it's done. There's nothing coming down the pike that we know of either. Well, there's that “Mystery Q” you let drop in a Promo video, but our shot of it shows that it's clearly a GSM device.

So if the Q9c is really EOL'd for Sprint, is that it? The Q9 series is pretty much the only bright spot you guys have lately and now you're screwing that up, what with the alphabet soup of confusing additions to the Q9 brand and then this? Motorola Q9c, “the c is for C-YA!”

We're hoping not, because finding good news for Motorola lately is like looking for a needle in a haystack (of straw). Here's a hint: that needle would be a re-vamped Q9 with WiFi included, just like that strange Q9h that BGR got ahold of.

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