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5 years ago

Skyfire snags Travelocity exec for CEO

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Skyfire has announced that Jeff Glueck, former CMO for Travelocity, will be taking over the helm as CEO. Co-founder Nitin Bhandari will become the company's Chief Product Officer. Last month Skyfire 1.0 was successfully launched on the Windows Mobile and Symbian platforms (as well as beta on BlackBerry) and Glueck's presence is sure to raise the stakes in the mobile browser arena.

Under Glueck's direction, Travelocity was recognized for its business rejuvenation, including "Turnaround Company of the Year" from the American Business Awards, and a Gold Effie from the American Marketing Association for best retail advertising campaign. Skyfire is hoping he can bring it the same kind of magic to the.

Glueck's individual honors include being named to Advertising Age's 2007 "40 Under 40," as well as being a graduate from Harvard University and Oxford University, where he was honored as a Marshall Scholar.

Only time will tell what this will mean for Skyfire but it sounds like a promising step in the right direction.

More on Skyfire's management here.

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5 years ago

Free stuff: Motorola H12 Bluetooth headset giveaway

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In the spirit of Summer, we're having a few accessory giveaways in the coming weeks. (What a giveaway has to do with the spirit of summer is a little bit of a mystery, but, hey, it sounds good.)

First up is a Motorola H12 Bluetooth headset. (Read our review here.)

So here's how it'll work: Over the next two days (cutoff being Friday at 1 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST), post a comment on any of the stories following this one, and we will randomly select a registered reader from them. Not registered? Do it here. It's easy. 

Once a winner is chosen, we'll shoot him or her a note, post their victory on the site for all to see and, oh, send the prize their way (sorry, no international shipping).

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Dash 3G available online, in stores

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Looks like the wait for the T-Mobile Dash 3G (aka the HTC Snap) is finally over as the phone has gone live on the carrier's Web site [via] and also is available in stores today. (For some reason the Web site didn't have the image of the phone, so we added ours. We're helpful like that.)

The Dash 3G will cost you $169.99 after contract and "instant discount." Just a reminder that that's $20 more than what Sprint's charging for its version of the Snap, and a full $120 more than Verizon is charging for the Ozone. But then again it is the most faithful to the actual Snap we first saw back at CTIA, so there you go.

So, who's going out and snagging one? Let us know in the forums.

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5 years ago

Review: Motola MotoROKR S7-HD

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Review: Motola MotoROKR S7-HD

Frequent readers of this space will recall that I am on a never-ending quest to acquire the perfect Bluetooth stereo headphones. Several aspiring candidates have come and gone (Motorola’s S9-HD, Jabra’s BT3030, et al); all have left room for improvement, none have completely won me over.

And so the saga continues with another offering from Motorola, the MOTOROKR S7-HD. Not one to be constrained by standard naming conventions (where later models will have progressively higher numbers), the S7-HD is a successor to the S9/S9-HD headphones. While the S9 series is a designed as a single piece that goes behind the head and over each ear, the $69.95 S7-HD’s are of the over-the-ear variety with only a wire connecting the two earpieces.

All of the minutiae regarding the S7-HD headphones are on the other side of the break.

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5 years ago

Speed Dialing on the Samsung Jack

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Speed Dialing on the Samsung Jack

The Samsung Jack is turning out to be a very good Windows Mobile phone, and Windows Mobile Standard remains an equally good operating system. The sliding panels of the Samsung Jack's Today Screen can put a lot of information at your fingertips, but I can't help but feel Microsoft missed the boat when it didn't put a contact panel on Windows Mobile Standard 6.1.

Have no fear, CHome Configurator will make up for the lack of a contact panel and then some. CHome Configurator isn't a stranger to Windows Mobile Standard and is a utility that will allow you to add, delete and modify the WM Standard Panels. To see how well CHome fits with the Samsung Jack, follow the break.

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5 years ago

A look at the Touch Pro 2's proximity sensor

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One of the cooler features of the HTC Touch Pro 2 is one that you could well not even notice: The proximity sensor. For the unfamiliar, a proximity sensor on a phone shuts off the screen when it recognizes the phone's against your face when you're on a call. Obviously, that'll save battery life. Above, Brandon from Pocketnow takes a brief look at the proximity sensor on the European version of the Touch Pro 2.

Just one more reason why we can't wait for this phone to be released in the United States.

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5 years ago

AIM beta for Windows Mobile turns 2.0

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For all you AIM users out there, the Windows Mobile beta client just turned 2.0. Here's what you get in the update:

  • Introduction of "Lifestream." You can get AIM activities like status updates, include Twitter and Facebook updates. YouTube and Delicious are supported, too.
  • The "Me" tab. Lets you know when someone comments on your update or if they "like" it, just like Facebook does.
  • Some bug fixes.

Download the CAB file here, or click here to send it to your phone.

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5 years ago

Microsoft Bings Verizon Wireless

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Microsoft Bings Verizon Wireless

Earlier this year, Microsoft and Verizon announced a deal that would bring Live Search to Verizon's phones as the default search engine. All that changed about a month ago that now has Verizon Wireless customers Binging to their hearts' content.

Bing, Microsoft's new Search Engine (formerly known as Live Search), will now be pre-loaded on the majority of Verizon phone (Windows Mobile and others) and become the Service Provider's default search engine.

Microsoft is reporting that in the first 20 days after Verizon started using Bing, the search engine handled 19 million queries. There's no telling how much of this activity is due to the "newness" of Bing, but Microsoft seems happy with this arrangement and hopes it will boost their advertising revenue. Revenue which has declined over the last quarter.

For those non-Verizon Wireless customers who would like to enjoy Bing as their mobile search engine, you can find Bing's mobile app here.

Via On10.net

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5 years ago

ZOMG! Google Apps out of beta! (Now can we please get some proper Gmail push?)

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Yep, you read that right. In fact, Google assures us as such, saying "Yes, really." Actually, all of the Google Apps suite — comprising Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Talk — is having the beta label removed.

Mainly it looks like this is being done to eliminate confusion over what "beta" really means, and to make Google Apps more attractive to businesses. From the Official Google Blog:

We've come to appreciate that the beta tag just doesn't fit for large enterprises that aren't keen to run their business on software that sounds like it's still in the trial phase. So we've focused our efforts on reaching our high bar for taking products out of beta, and all the applications in the Apps suite have now met that mark.

For our purposes, what we really, really want to see is better implementation of Gmail on Windows Mobile — push, IMAP idle and the like. (Oh, and maybe do something about those contacts.) Yeah, we've been saying that for a long time. But either Google or Microsoft needs to get it done. After all, now that Gmail's "out of beta," there are no more excuses.

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5 years ago

Review: Nite Ize Executive Leather Side Case

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Review: Nite Ize Executive Leather Side Case

Phone cases come in all shapes and sizes; executive cases with loads of leather and rugged blue-collar cases that feature nylon and heavy plastic. Choosing the case that is most appropriate for you depends largely on your lifestyle and preference. Nite Ize is famous for the rugged, "carry everything" style case. Both the Nite Ize Backbone and the Clip Case Plus have been reviewed here in the past.

Nite Ize is looking to make their mark on the executive case segment with their aptly named Executive Leather Side Case. Click on in to find how well they made the transition.

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5 years ago

A look at the T-Mobile Dash 3G manual

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At this point, there's very little about the T-Mobile Dash 3G that we don't know. Let's recap:

We also expect it to run about $170 after contract. At this point, about the only thing we don't know is the actual launch date. Could be any day now.

We now also have a look at the owner's manual, courtesy of Cell Phone Signal. One interesting thing to note is that in the page we see here, T-Mobile's 3G frequency of 1700MHz is missing. We have to believe that's just a European printing thing — TMo's the only carrier in the U.S. using 1700MHz for 3G, anyway — and that a phone called the Dash 3G is, in fact, still packing 3G for us in the States.

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5 years ago

T-Mobile announces Touch Pro 2 ... on Twitter

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It's times like these we loath Twitter. T-Mobile took to the twitterverse [via] to tease us (or is it twease us?) that the Touch Pro 2 is in fact coming "this summer." Thanks. We kinda figured that. Couldn't give us the release date? Pricing? Heck, they had 62 characters left!

Speaking of the Touch Pro 2, the picture to the right here brings us another piece of evidence pointing to an Aug. 12 launch on T-Mobile. That puts it outside the window of the slew of launch parties. Thanks to TmoNews for that one. No thanks to Twitter.

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5 years ago

Sprint HTC Snap Can Do OTA Firmware Updates?

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We've been pining for an over-the-air ability to update Windows Mobile firmware for quite some time now. From the introduction of Windows Update in WM6, which has never been used, to the promises of Windows Mobile 7, this feature has been on the cusp of being a reality for far too long.

Interestingly on the HTC Sprint Snap if you look under Settings --> Device Management, you can see a Firmware Update option that seems to actually be functioning. When launched there is "FUMO" in the title bar which stands for Firmware Update Managed Object as documented in the MSDN Center for Windows Mobile. Furthermore, it is checking in with a server, responding with "No firmware update is available" after a few seconds.

We know devices like the AT&T Epix can do these types of updates, but we haven't seen this feature from HTC,WM or Sprint yet (as far as we remember). 

Now the big question is will Sprint/HTC actually use this anytime in the future, perhaps for WM6.5 or just bug fixes? We bet on the latter due to the how the OTA system works.  Lets hope we can give it a go sometime.

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5 years ago

Blueprints show Sony Ericsson Xperia X2

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While definitely cool in that architect pr0n sort of way, these schematics, purportedly of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2, don't do anything to tell us when the phone might be released (or when it'll be announced, for that matter), if it'll pick up any carrier support in the United States, or if it'll cost an arm and a leg like the X1. And you'll recall that we've already seen a couple of actual devices, in silver and black. But none of that's going to stop us from getting our drool on. Here's a review of the rumored specs:

  • 8.1MP camrea with autofocus, VGA video at 30 frames per second.
  • A 3.5-inch WVGA OLED touchscreen.
  • aGPS
  • 3.5MM headphone jack.
  • Accelerometer.
  • "Faster processor" (the X1 has a Qualcomm MSM7200A running at 528MHz)
  • 512MB RAM
  • Custom Windows Mobile 6.5 (SE engineers customized Win6.5 which runs very. very speedy. in par with iPhone and better in some cases)
  • Upgrading to Windows Mobile 7 is supported by Xperia panels

A couple more pics from Mobil.nu [via Unwired View] after the break.

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5 years ago

Samsung, HTC release financials

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Samsung, HTC release financials

Samsung has released quarterly earnings for the first time, and HTC gives us its numbers for the second quarter. Let's do some math ...

Starting with Samsung, the a South Korean chip-maker and cell phone manufacturer said it expects consolidated sales of between $24.4 billion and $25.9 billion. That's up from about $22.9 a year earlier. No consolidated net profit numbers, though, but last year it pulled in about $4.5 billion. Sammy did say it looks to be on par with last year for the quarter.

On to HTC: The Taiwanese manufacturer had a second-quarter profit of about $197.2 million, down 2 percent from the same period in 2008. Revenue was up about 10.3 percent to $1.16 billion.

So there you go. No more math today. We promise.

Via Mobileburn and Cellular-News

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