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4 years ago

Safe! Police need a search warrant for your phone

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If there is one thing Windows phone users know, it's that their little device can hold a whole lot of information. Whether it's e-mail, personal finances, PIN codes, documents, or naked drunk pictures of yourself at that office holiday party, these mini computers can contain a vast resource of information about our personal lives (and those around you).

While a lot of security issues on smartphones revolves around potential thievery, e.g. remote wiping or spyware, one area up till now has been gray: Do the police have a right to search your phone, even when arrested?

At least according to a recent Ohio Supreme Court ruling, no the police cannot search your phone. Like other areas such as car and home searches, police are required to get a search warrant first.  To quote the NY Times:

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled this month, by a 4-to-3 vote, that the search violated the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable search and seizure. Rather than seeing a cellphone as a simple closed container, the majority noted that modern cellphones — especially ones that permit Internet access — are “capable of storing a wealth of digitized information.”

Expanding upon that notion, there is no need to distinguish between "smartphones" and "dumbphones" either as all phones will be covered, ruling out potential areas of dispute in court.

Of course the flip-side is law enforcement will argue that this will make their job harder, something to which we sympathize.  Regardless, we are quite pleased with this decision.  (Counter argument: we're trying to think of situations where remote-wiping could be nefariously employed here once the phone is in possession, but not searched yet by the police.  Hmmm...)

Either way, would you trust that guy (above) with your tricked out, custom Touch Pro 2 with stealth-tethering hack?  Heck, no ...

What are you thoughts?  Sound off in comments...

[via NY Times]

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4 years ago

iPhone from a Windows Mobile perspective - Smartphone Round Robin

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What could we possibly have to say about Apple and the iPhone that hasn't been said countless times already? Plenty. Given that Apple has spent the past year largely consolidating its power in the mobile space, and Microsoft has spent the past year making many wonder if they're going to continue in the mobile space, it's fitting that we take a look at the two here in the second week of the third annual Smartphone Round Robin.

There will be no talk of iPhone killers.

There will be no talk of the death of Windows Mobile.

OK, there may be a little. Keep reading for more.

Update: Addendum

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4 years ago

Review: HP Glisten Camera

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Review: HP Glisten Camera

We took a look at the HP Glisten and while the Windows phone isn't as flashy as some of the others recently released, we found it to be a quality device. The Glisten is "old school" in design and while it may lack "sexiness" it fits well with those looking for a no-nonsense phone.

We skipped commenting on the Glisten's camera so we could take our time to give it proper attention. While not everyone looks to the camera as a selling point, many do.  Not everyone carries a standalone digital camera and relies on their phone's camera to capture those memorable moments in life.

Follow the break to see what memorable impressions the HP Glisten's camera made on us.

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4 years ago

Review: HTC HD2

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Review: HTC HD2

 

One of the more anticipated Windows phones of the past year has been the HTC HD2. Unlike it's predecessor, the Touch HD, which never made it to the U.S. market, the HD2 is scheduled for release on an as-yet-unannounced U.S. carrier in early 2010, and T-Mobile appears to be the leading candidate.

We've done a hands-on video of the HD2, now here comes the full review of the non-U.S. version. While it's possible the U.S. version of the HD2 won't be much different than the overseas model, we can't rule out that carriers or HTC won't tweak it a little. Keep in mind the version we're reviewing here won't work on U.S. 3G bands.

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4 years ago

Mobile Heist is back with holiday deals

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4 years ago

SBSH updates PhoneWeaver

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SBSH updates PhoneWeaver

SBSH, makers of Facade, continues its upgrade march through the product line. PhoneWeaver, which is a "profile and phone management solution," has been updated to version 2.0. PhoneWeaver can be used to customize a number of settings and create a profile. This gives you the ability to manipulate a number of settings in just a few simple clicks.

New features include a much-improved touch-friendly interface featuring sliding panels. PhoneWeaver supports automatically changing profiles based on your time, location, agenda (Outlook Calendar), or sync/charge status. Support for various new features in Windows Mobile 6.5 and various performance enhancements are included as well. Visit SBSH for the full version history.

SBSH PhoneWeaver can be purchased from the WMExperts store. New purchases of PhoneWeaver are $14.95, with an upgrade price of $6.95; a 12-day trial is also available.

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4 years ago

Set weather update frequency in Sense 2.1

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One neat feature found in the "Leo" TouchFLO aka Sense 2.5 is the ability to set the update frequency of the weather tab.

For folks using Sense 2.1 aka the "Weather clock" version, this option does not exist--you only have "update automatically" which seems to go about every 2-3 hours.

Seeing as Windows Mobile fans are united in their desire to tweak and set every feature on their Windows phone, it was no shock that people were clamoring "fix it, fix it, fix it, fix it!" (to quote  philosopher Philip J. Fry).

Well, it's been fixed. Seems XDA member Notaliberal found the registry entries that control the frequency:

Create this DWord entry in the following key:

  • HKCU\Software\HTC\Manila\

  • Dword Name:  Weather.AutoDownloadInterval

  • DWord Value: 30 (Decimal)

Change the value to whatever time you want in minutes. Reboot. Voila!

And if you don't like trudging through your registry, here are some pre-set .cab files made by WarlockW to install at XDA or PPCGeeks. Just remember, this will have a negative effect on battery life!

Update: like a lot hacks, this sometimes works and sometimes doesn't . Seems it is depenedent on what software version you are running and other unidentified factors.  So while this works for many, for some it won't.

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4 years ago

Software Deals of the Day are back

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4 years ago

Sprint Announcing a WiMax Capable Windows Phone at CES?

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Now let's try to wrap our minds around this one ... Sprint is going to be announcing a Windows Phone that makes use of WiMax, which is the technology behind Sprint’s 4G network. The logic behind this theory is that Sprint has an event scheduled for January 6 with announcements by Dan Hesse (Sprint’s CEO) and Steve Ballmer (Microsoft’s CEO). Also, Sprint and LG have been sending out invitations to an event scheduled for the following evening; giving possible insight into the identity of the device manufacturer. InformationWeek points out that the January 7 event is being hosted by Brooke Shields, and states that a celebrity of that magnitude isn’t brought in for a small announcement.

To this point, we haven’t seen ANY WiMax-capable smartphones hit the market. We’ve seen rumors every now and again, but nothing solid. If Microsoft could be the first to market with this technology, even over Palm and its current exclusivity with Sprint, this could be a major coup for Microsoft.

[InformationWeek via Boy Genius Report]

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4 years ago

Easy SMS Client for Google Voice

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XDA Developers has done it again. You’re probably familiar with Google Voice and what it does for you. One of the features that Google Voice offers is free SMS messaging. The problem is that it is a pain to create a message from within Windows Mobile. This is where those fine folks at XDA come along.

In his first post ever, msullivan offers “Google Voice Easy SMS”; which despite the unimpressive moniker, gives Google Voice users access to functionality that was previously inaccessible while mobile. This software uses your data connection and Google Voice account to send SMS messages without counting against your monthly allotment.

Easy SMS does require .NET Compact Framework 2.0 (3.5 is also available), a data plan, and obviously a Google Voice account. The software interfaces with your contacts and allows you to send to multiple recipients at once. For those of you who routinely see black helicopters (and we’re not saying that they’re not there) Easy SMS connects directly to Google’s servers using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer).

Google Voice Easy SMS is free, and msullivan states that his software will be released as open source once he gets a chance to comment his code and get it cleaned up so that the rest of us can make sense out of it.

[via TiltMobility]

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the LG eXpo from AT&T

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We've got the LG Expo from AT&T (minus the piggyback pico projector) and we will be posting a full review shortly. In the meantime, here's a video hands-on with the Expo.

The initial impressions on the Expo are good, and I'm interested in seeing how well the Snapdragon processor performs. Does it drain the battery in half a day?  How well does it handle multitasking? The Expo is also fitted with a optical scanner capable of fingerprint recognition and it will be interesting to see how well that performs as well.

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4 years ago

Windows Mobile from a CrackBerry addict's perspective - Smartphone Round Robin

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What do you get when you put the best of Windows Mobile into a self-proclaimed BlackBerry addict? You get the third annual Smartphone Round Robin, of course. And this week, CrackBerry Kevin's putting down the front-facing QWERTY and picking up the HTC Touch Pro 2 and HD2.

If you haven't already, check out his hands-on video at CrackBerry.com. And dive into the WME Forums and lend him a hand. (And while you're at it, check out my thread at The iPhone Blog as I tackle that monster this week.) Remember: Anytime you post in an official Smartphone Round Robin thread, you're entered to win a smartphone (worth up to $1,000) from that site. Get to it!

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4 years ago

SPE Snap-on Case for Verizon HTC Imagio

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SPE Snap-on Case for Verizon HTC Imagio

So you've got an HTV Imagio on Verizon. Now it's time to protect that gorgeous touchscreen. Enter the Smartphone Experts Snap-on Case. It's slim, so it adds very little weight or bulk to the Imagio. It also has cutouts for the 3.5mm headphone jack, speakerphone and touchscreen. And the case is smooth, so it won't get caught in your pocket or purse. Available now in the WMExperts Store for $12.95.

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4 years ago

Touch Pro 2 makes a nice dash camera

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So awhile ago I picked up a nifty car mount for my Touch Pro 2 (on eBay) and lo and behold it has a cut out for the camera. It also swivels, so it is actually easy to get an almost completely clear visual path with the lens.

In short, this is how a Touch Pro 2 works as a in-dash video camera. On top of filming yourself driving through a blizzard, we suppose it's also good if you are in an accident or want to record some yahoo driving erratically.

And if you think I drive fast, I'm from New England and live New York ... that's how I roll.

Either way, it's kind of fun.

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4 years ago

Opera Beta 2u now available

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Opera Beta 2u now available

Just in time for the holidays comes a small update to the rapidly evolving Opera Mobile 10 browser (see earlier hands on video and review here).

This new update contains the following fixes/additions:

  • Support for auto-rotation
  • Support for right-to-left rendering of web content
  • Quicker launch, up to 70% faster on some phone models
  • Nicer shortcut icon for WM 6.5 (requires device reboot after install)
  • A few stability fixes
  • Several other minor bug fixes

Download here.

 

[MobileTechWorld via PPCGeeks]

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