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5 years ago

Hotmail finally pulls in other POP e-mail

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Good news for your guys and gals who have been wanting to consolidate other e-mail accounts into Hotmail. (You know, like most other e-mail services have been able to do for, say ever.) This has been available for Hotmail users elsewhere but just opened up to the U.S., Canada and Brazil. Go figure. The process is as straightforward as it could be, and you can now push multiple services through one Windows Live account to your Windows Mobile phone.

Windows Live via Seattle PI

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5 years ago

HTC lines up to sponsor Tour de France team

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What do you get if you combine a great outerwear manufacturer with a great smartphone manufacturer? (A really comfortable black slab?) You get Team Columbia-HTC. Owned by High-Road Sports, Team CHTC is prepped for the Tour de France, which begins on Saturday in, er, (Monaco) and ends, er, in France. We'll get a look at the team jersey on Friday.

Said HTC CEO Peter Chou:

"The HTC High Road Sports partnership is a great match of like minded organizations driven by innovation, excellence and competitiveness and we are excited about the opportunity to communicate HTC's brand value through the great sport of cycling. HTC's sponsorship of Team Columbia-HTC is one step in HTC's commitment to increasing its global brand value and recognition."

So, expect to a bunch of HTC logos zooming around on two wheels in the coming weeks.

Thanks, Luke, for the tip!

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5 years ago

Some cool mobile UI concepts

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Some cool mobile UI concepts

There's been a bit of hullabaloo over some recent UI shots linked to from I Started Something that originated from designers at the Microsoft Advanced Technology Center. ZOMG, is it Windows Mobile 7?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?! Eh, maybe. Maybe not. As Long Zheng puts it: 

What many people don’t know is that the ATC has been largely responsible for the user experience design of Windows Mobile. This however is no longer the case as WM 6.5 was their last project.

So, that's that. There's also some more clarification in the ISS post in that not all of the concepts were specifically designed with Windows Mobile in mind. And remember, folks, this is all conceptual stuff. Yes, there are design cues from some other leaked UIs that we've seen, and it's possible that we'll see some of this in a future version of Windows Mobile. But let's not be counting our chickens before they hatch just yet.

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5 years ago

Review: HTC TV Out ACT100 Cable

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Review: HTC TV Out ACT100 Cable

I have the Sprint Touch Pro, and one of the unique features that I have been dying to play with since I got it was the TV cable feature. With such a small screen on my phone being shown on a big screen like a TV, I wasn’t expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised to be surprised by what I found once I got my hands on the HTC TV Out ACT100 Cable

Want to see what I found? Then take a look inside at the full review of the joys a simple cable can bring to you…
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5 years ago

HTC Snap likely will get Windows Mobile 6.5

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The HTC Snap can't claim to be the first Windows Mobile Standard phone to announce it'll get the Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrade — that honor goes to the Samsung Jack. But an upgrade is an upgrade is an upgrade, and if the above shot from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group [via wmpoweruser] is any indication, the CDMA version of the HTC Snap also may be rocking 6.5 in the near future. (You'll recall that the codename for the Sprint and Verizon versions of the Snap was the Cedar.)

As for when the Windows Mobile 6.5 update will become available? That's still anyone's guess. But summer's churning by, and we're still expecting 6.5 sometime this fall.

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5 years ago

Kinoma Play update fixes Youtube issue

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Kinoma Play just got another update that fixes some nagging issues some of you were seeing previously. The Youtube function was having trouble playing the occasional video and has been fixed. There also have been a number of improvements made to the embedded Twitter app in Version 5.1.56, as well as to the App Store by Mobihand and a few of the advanced settings.

There's more info about all the fixes on the Kinoma blog. You may be prompted that the update's ready for download, or you can go to the Right softkey>Player>Check for updates to get things rolling.

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile on a satellite phone, but it'll cost you

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What seemed to be light years ago, we reported during the 2009 CTIA that Terrestar was developing a Windows Mobile satellite phone. It now looks like Terrestar and AT&T are partnering up to bring this phone to market. According to Wireless Week, Terrestar is planning on launching a communications satellite on July 1, 2009 to be used in this endeavor.

The satellite phone is reported as being capable of 3G speeds while on AT&T's network or on Terrestar's satellite networks. But all this comes with a hefty price. On top of the estimated $700 price tag for the Windows Mobile satellite phone and AT&T service, it is expected that users will have to shell out $1 per minute to talk over the satellite feed. No word as of yet on how much data roaming will cost.

There was no information available on when this service or the phone will be available.

 Via Pocketnow

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5 years ago

Skype 3.0 for Windows Mobile out of beta

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5 years ago

Micro-USB now becomes the European standard

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The European cellphone market, led by the European Commission, has adopted  Micro-USB as the standard for cellphone charging/sync ports. We first made mention of this movement back during the 2009 Mobile World Congress and it appears the movement has picked up a little steam.

Cellphone manufacturers including Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Apple, Motorola, NEC, LG, RIM, Qualcomm, Samsung and Texas Instruments support the standardization.  The surprising name on this list has to be Apple because of its long-standing and widely used licensed, proprietary connector.  The most noticeable company missing from the list is HTC, which uses the mini-USB port.

The standardization should be an across-the-board savings from reducing production costs, eliminating everyone's drawer full of chargers, and reducing waste at the local landfill.  The first devices under the new standard should hit the shelves in 2010, eventually leading to devices and chargers sold separately.

Now if we can only get that pesky 3.5mm headphone jack as standard.

Via SlashGear

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5 years ago

Verizon HTC Ozone available online now

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Just a reminder that the Verizon Ozone is on sale today, online anyway. It'll be in stores in a couple of weeks. Here's what $50 and a two-year contract gets ya:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard.
  • World phone.
  • 1500mAh battery.
  • 4.5 x 2.5 x 0.5 inches.
  • 256MB ROM/192MB RAM
  • WiFi b/g
  • Bluetooth 2.0.
  • 2.4-inch screen.
  • 2MP camera with autofocus and video.
  • MicroSD.
  • VZ Navigator.

Head here to snag one. And if you do, let us know if the GPS works on apps like Google Maps or Bing Mobile (previously Live Search), or if it's locked down to just VZ Navigator.

And, Verizon, thanks for fixing the Touch Pro and the Saga, but we haven't forgotten. We're still waiting on the official ROM update to unlock the Omnia's GPS.

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5 years ago

Official T-Mobile Touch Pro 2, Dash 3G specs

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There's almost nothing here that we didn't already know about the Touch Pro 2 on T-Mobile, but here you go anyway, courtesy of TmoNews. Official looking specs are official looking specs, and we're not about to turn that down. Click the pic to make things more readable. But for those who don't like to squint, here's what we've got:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional (upgradable to 6.5).
  • Dimensions: 4.19x2.36x0.67 inches.
  • Weight: 6.45 ounces.
  • Bluetooth 2.0.
  • 480x800 display.
  • 512MB ROM/288MB RAM
  • Radios: Quad-band EDGE plus T-Mo's 3G flavor of 1700MHz.
  • WiFi b/g.
  • 3.2MP camera.

And so on and so forth. We're still looking to see the Touch Pro 2 on T-Mobile in the middle of July.

A spec sheet on the Dash 3G, which we're expecting a little before the Touch Pro 2, is after the jump.

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5 years ago

A look at the next generation of TouchFLO 3D

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And you thought the Android kids were the favorite child of HTC now with that whole Sense thing. We couldn't tell you at the time, but HTC has been hard at work updating TouchFLO 3D. And quite an update it is. Our sources had told us that Manila 2.5 (Manila's the not-so-super-secret nerd name for TouchFLO, btw), basically takes the Windows Mobile out of Windows Mobile, and boy howdy does it ever.

You get a pretty good feel for it in the above video from German site handy-faq. [via pocketnow] Even the deepest settings don't appear to take you out of the TouchFLO 3D environment and kick you back into Windows Mobile. That's been one of our biggest gripes about TouchFLO in the past – it looks great at first, but you lose the experience of it pretty quickly. Well, no more. And although we don't see it in this video, we're also told that there may be some pretty massive Facebook integration to look forward to.

In the beginning of the video you hear mention of the Firestone, which we believe is the first device we'll see with Manila 2.5. (We've also heard the name Leo being thrown around, which may well be the Firestone's more official moniker from HTC, just as the Maple evolved into the Snap, Rhodium to Touch Pro 2, etc. Or it could be the other way around.)

Now that you're salivating ... Will we see Manila 2.5 on upcoming phones such as the Diamond 2 and Touch Pro 2? Let's hope so. And if not, we'll remind you of three little letters.

X. D. A.

More screen shots of Manila 2.5 after the break, courtesy of Italian site UDK-lab.

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5 years ago

Even more pics of the T-Mobile Touch Pro 2

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5 years ago

Firefox mobile browser hits Alpha 2

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Firefox mobile browser hits Alpha 2

When Firefox released the first Alpha build of its mobile browser -- aka Fennec -- in May, it left a lot of you underwhelemed. Hey, it was an Alpha build. Don't say we (and Mozilla) didn't warn you. But work has been progressing, and Mozilla just released the Alpha 2 build. Here's what's new in Alpha 2: [via Pavlov's blog]

  • Improved panning performance
  • Newly designed theme
  • JavaScript error console is now built in
  • Improved add-on support
  • Numerous bug fixes
  • Improved UI polish

As per the usual, Mozilla is developing for the HTC Touch Pro. So back up your info, and get to testing. Here's the download link. (Don't have a Touch Pro? Try out the desktop versions.) And let us know in the comments how things look.

Update: Here's one fairly big known bug worth noting:

Allow panning/scrolling in iframes - Websites that display large amounts of content in IFrames, including Google Mail and Reader, will be very hard, if not impossible, to use.

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