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5 years ago

Review: SPB News 2.0

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Review: SPB News 2.0

One of the major benefits of having a mobile device is the ability to stay connected and have instant communication in many different forms. One problem that can come up with the relatively small devices that we carry is actually getting access to the vast amount of information that is available on the Internet. Every once in a while, evolutions in separate technologies sync up and complement each other extremely well. Such is the case with mobile devices and syndication.

For the uninitiated, syndication in the form of Atom or RSS feeds (you can find ours here) offers a simple method of gathering articles or news items from various places around the internet and centralizing them in a feed reader. We’ve featured a number of feed readers on WMExperts including Newsbreak, Viigo, FeedMe, and even Google Reader within Kinoma Play.

SPB software sets the standard when it comes to Windows Mobile software. SPB is updating their Insight RSS aggregator and giving us SPB News 2.0 for $19.95. A free upgrade will be available for owners of Insight.

The full review is after the break.

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5 years ago

The HTC Firestone, all shiny-like

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The HTC Firestone, all shiny-like

Time to play "Real or Not Real." What we have here purportedly is a leaked render of the HTC Firestone. A refresher on the specs we heard earlier:

  • Phone: GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS900, UMTS2100. (That's missing the U.S. 3G band, natch.)
  • Windows Mobile 6.5.
  • 3.6-inch WVGA touchscreen.
  • Qualcomm 8250 processor at 600MHz.
  • 512MB ROM/256MB RAM.
  • Micro SD.
  • Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR.
  • WiFi b/g.
  • aGPS.
  • G Sensor.
  • 3.5mm headphone jack.
  • 8MP camera

Of course, all this is far, far from being official. And then there's the latest rumor that the Firestone and the Leo are one in the same, so throw that into the mix as well. Either way, we're not too sure about the offset call/end buttons. And, well, then there's the giant front-facing speaker. We're going to reserve further judgment until things firm up a bit, but you folks feel free to let it all loose in the comments.

Via wmpoweruser

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile Satellite Phone; One Step Closer

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TerreStar is reporting it has successfully a test of their TS-1 satellite with a Windows Mobile satellite phone. On July 1, 2009, TerreStar launched a 15,000-pound communications satellite that's about the size of a minivan (soccer mom not included) into orbit. The 500-beam antenna array is capable of covering all of the United States and Canada.

The success of this launch and testing likely will keep TerreStar on track with an end of the year launch on their WinMo Satellite phone. Plans are still being reported that TerreStar will partner with AT&T to provide traditional service when not relying on satellite service.

Still no word on pricing, but the design of the Windows Mobile satellite phone remains slim with no chunky antenna.

Via Windows for Devices

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5 years ago

Sixteen minutes with HTC's Eric Lin

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Sixteen minutes with HTC's Eric Lin

HTC's global PR and online community manager, Eric Lin, recently sat down with Pocketnow for a chat. He didn't let too much slip (hey, that's his job), but we do learn a couple of things:

On getting rid of the D-pad on the front some upcoming phones:

"It provides this extra decision time. 'Oh, do I touch the screen? Or do I use the navigation pad?' "

On HTC manufacturing the Zune HD:

"HTC does not manufacture any devices for other companies outside of a few navigation devices at this point in time."

On HTC developing its own OS

"We definitely don't have our own operating system yet, but, that doesn't mean that we don't investigate it, that we don't try it and, who knows what's gonna happen in the future. Like, if we find the right thing, then it's possible that we could totally do that."

A couple of interesting details, indeed. Check out the whole interview after the break. (For more from Eric's sit-down with Akihabra News earlier this year, click here.)

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5 years ago

Review: Nite Ize Clip Case Sideways

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Review: Nite Ize Clip Case Sideways

Nite Ize offers a unique range of phone cases ranging from the spacious Cargo Clip Case to the shoe-wanna-be Croc-o-dial Case. Compared to those two cases, the Clip Case Sideways almost looks dull.

We recently took the Clip Case Sideways out for a test drive with the Samsung Jack as well as the AT&T Fuze and found it to be anything but dull. It wasn't perfect but check in after the break to see how it measured up.

 

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5 years ago

WiMAX Samsung Mondi to be released Aug. 1; available in Portland, Atlanta, Las Vegas

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Dieter got his hands on the WiMAX-enabled Samsung Mondi back at CTIA in April and was less than impressed. Samsung decided to release the device anyway, and it comes alongside the launch of WiMAX service in Las Vegas.

Sammy says the 4G Mondi will be available in Atlanta, Las Vegas and Portland, Ore. — three of the initial WiMAX launch cities — starting Aug. 1 for an undisclosed sum.

The Mondi's specs that we know of, if you're still interested:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1.
  • 4.3-inch, 800x480 touchscreen.
  • Dimensions: 4.88 x 3.03 x 0.63 inches.
  • WiMAX 4G speeds.
  • WiFi b/g.
  • 3MP autofocus camera with face recognition and panaramic shots.
  • Slide-down keyboard.
  • 4GB internal memory.
  • 256MB RAM

More on the Mondi at Samsung's site, and the full presser's here. More on Clear's WiMAX launch in Vegas here.

Via Engadget Mobile

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5 years ago

Opera Mobile 9.7 beta tops iPhone's Safari, fellow Smartphone Expert says

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OK, this isn't exactly a fair fight, but forget about that for a minute. To the average user it probably doesn't matter whether your browser is being rendered through a proxy, security and privacy implications be damned.

So casting that difference aside, our own resident Nokia Expert and regular ZDNet contributor Matt Miller set forth to test the beta version of Opera 9.7 against a number of other phones, including the T-Mobile G1, iPhone 3G, Nokia N97, Nokia 5800, Nokia N85 (hey, we told you he's a Nokia Expert) and iPhone 3GS. For the WinMo side, Matt was rocking Opera Mobile 9.7 on a Pharos Traveler 137.

And what did he find? In straight page-loading tests, Opera Mobile 9.7 won. Read his full findings here. Matt's also keen on the rendering.

Opera gets it right with Opera Mobile and is much smarter about optimizing your display size and resolution. The custom HTC builds of Opera Mobile even allow several custom zoom levels where the text always fits on the display just right. There is still work for Apple to do in the browser, but they definitely have the loading speed down pat.

Browser wars are a favorite pastime of smartphone nerds (Exhibit A, Exhibit B) and there are a ton of variables to take into account (not to mention one's own patience level). But if it's good enough for Matt, it's good enough for us. If you've got a touchscreen device, head on over to Opera and try out the 9.7 beta for yourself.

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5 years ago

More shots of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2

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So here are some more pictures of what according to XDA user nevermind is a prototype of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2.

Location of the speaker may change, NM says. It supposedly is rocking a "waaaaaaaaay better keyboard" than the X1, and the battery release you see here is real. Lots of other things are up for discussion, though.

And as a refresher, here are the specs we know so far:

  • 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

XDA Developers [via BGR]

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5 years ago

Toshiba TG01 approved by the FCC with CDMA guts stuffed inside

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There's been a bit of gnashing of teeth over the Toshiba TG1. Sure, it's got that crazy user interface that we're not totally sold on, but it also has that giant (albeit resistive) touchscreen and is the first device to launch with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. Oh, and it wasn't planning on coming anywhere near North America.

That may well change. Engadget spied the TG01 gaining FCC approval — in a CDMA flavor. Of course, the only CDMA carriers in the United States are Sprint and Verizon, so that narrows the choices down a little bit. The FCC listing also notes that it was testing a "production" device, and not a prototype, so things may be farther along than anyone knew. It's also entirely possible that neither carrier could pick up the TG01, leaving us right where we are today: importing a pretty cool phone at a hefty price.

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5 years ago

Possible HTC Leo specs, including WinMo 6.5 and a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen

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Now that we've whet your appetite with the HTC Leo — the supposed Snapdragon-powered clamshell phone — how about some specs to go along with it?

The ai.rs blog reportedly uncovered the above specs, which most notably include the 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen (remember that we called that a long while ago) and a real 3.5mm headset jack.

You'll also notice the distinct lack of U.S. 3G bands, which we're unfortunately starting to get used to. And let's hope the Snapdragon processor really does use less battery power, 'cause a 1230mAh battery leaves us a little worried.

No word on date or carrier or waht the Leo might actually look like. (Also no mention of a secondary display, which we'd also heard rumored, so the clamshell thing may fall through.)

Via unwiredview

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5 years ago

HTC XV6975 actually is the HTC Whitestone; poised to give BlackBerry Storm a run?

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After a little bit of confusion over whether the HTC XV6975 is the Touch Pro 2 or Touch Diamond 2, it now looks like there's a third option.

Dutch site Tweakers.net snagged a look at the XV6975's User Agent Profile. There we see the model name, a screen resolution of 480x800, and no keyboard. Sounds like the HTC Whitestone, which we recently saw make it through the Bluetooth SIG, to just about everybody at this point.

So to recap, it now looks like Verizon may be getting the Whitestone as the XV6975, and the Touch Pro 2 as the XV6875. Any BlackBerry Storm fans feeling a little nervous right about now?

Via Engadget Mobile

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5 years ago

Verizon XV6975 is the HTC Touch Pro 2 (Update: or maybe the Touch Diamond 2)

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Yep, we're gonna just come out and say it: The Verizon XV6975 looks to be the HTC Touch Pro 2. Let's connect the dots.

  1. We've seen an early Verizon-branded Touch Pro 2.
  2. Today comes word from the Global Certification Forum [via the:unwired] that Verizon has received approval on the XV6975, and that it's a World phone, as we believed it would be. (You can tell by the 850 and 1900 bands listed above.)
  3. The other day we saw a CelleBrite unit that showed the Touch Pro 2 as 6975. (Here it is again, at right.) At the time it was purported to be from a Sprint store, but whatever. We don't believe in coincidences. Verizon uses CelleBrite as well.

So there you have it. All we need now is a release date and pricing information. You know, the really important stuff.

Update: nJmarc on Twitter and YumYum in our comments is telling us (and Engadget, apparently) that the Touch Pro 2 is the XV6875, and the Touch Diamond 2 is the XV6975. So there you go.

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5 years ago

Review: WiFi Hero

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Review: WiFi Hero

There is no question that mobile technology has taken off over the last couple of years. The evolution of wireless technologies and the devices that use them have gone hand in hand. As cellular signals improve, less and less people rely on more traditional connectivity technologies like Wi-Fi. There are those of us however, that live on 802.11 based networks. If you’ve spent any time using the built in Wi-Fi configuration tools in Windows Mobile, the experience has probably left you looking for a bottle of mouthwash.

Panoramic Software’s WiFi Hero is one of the myriad of applications that seeks to fill a void left by Windows Mobile. Obviously, the niche filled by this particular application is that of Wi-Fi configuration. While it’s not the most glamorous of applications, it does fill a need for a very reasonable $2.95.

Stick around for the full rundown.

 

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5 years ago

Touch Pro 2 launch Aug. 12 on T-Mobile - here's some more evidence

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Microsoft hosting Windows Mobile dev camps

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The Windows Mobile team has announced a series of developers' camps for the upcoming release of Windows Mobile 6.5.

The first dev camp will be Aug. 19 in Redmond, Wash., at the Microsoft campus. The BarCamp-style events are geared to:

  • Create new applications for the Windows Mobile Platform.
  • Meet and work side-by-side with team members from the Microsoft
  • Mobile Developer Experience team.
  • Migrate existing mobile applications from the iPhone, Blackberry and Palm Pre to the Windows Mobile Platform.
  • Create applications to support Windows Enterprise Applications.
  • Test and optimize applications for Windows Mobile 6.5.

Five other camps are being planned for Austin, Texas; London; New York; San Francisco and Singapore.

More info at winmodevcamp.org and on the Windows Mobile team blog.

Update: In other news, Verizon just announced its "We Don't Need No Stinkin' Windows Marketplace for Mobile" Dev Camp on June 28.

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