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5 years ago

Qik snags $5.5 million in new funding

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Qik snags $5.5 million in new funding

How popular is Qik, you ask? Put it this way: The mobile streaming video service just secured about $5.5 million dollars in funding, as noted in a recent SEC filing, which you can read after the break, if you're so inclined. [via mocoNews]

Among the investors throwing in this time around are Quest Venture Parterners, some private investors and CampVentures.

If you haven't played with Qik yet, definitely give it a shot. It's a simple way to livestream video from your phone. We demoed it way back in the beta stages, and it's cool to see just how much it's grown since then.

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5 years ago

Motorola H12 giveaway winner

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5 years ago

HTC reportedly relents, will give us 3.5mm headset jacks on future phones

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Is it true? Might HTC have turned over a new leaf and really decided to put honest-to-goodness 3.5mm headset jacks in Windows phones other than the Touch HD? If a recent post from Mobilecrunch is correct, then it just might be. We're still just a tad skeptical, seeing as how this news is coming out of an Android post, but ...

Beginning with the Hero, HTC is moving away from requiring users to pump audio through their modified miniUSB port.

We’d heard this mentioned as a possibility at past press events. This was HTC’s response when we reached out for comment:

The vast majority of devices we launch after Hero will have a 3.5mm jack. Devices that we have already announced but that still come out after Hero will not necessarily be a part of this change.

Obviously, we wouldn't see any changes in anything coming out the rest of this year, and likely well into next year, too. These things take time. And it's conceivable HTC was just talking Android-powered phones. But for those of you holding out hope of ditching the ExtUSB adapter, your day may finally have come.

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5 years ago

Dear Verizon: Thanks for the GPS unlock, but you're not quite finished yet

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Dear Verizon,

So here we are, halfway through the year and many moons removed from our open letter imploring you to unlock the GPS on your Windows Mobile phones. And in December 2008, you promised to do so in the first half of the year for the Samsung Omnia and Saga, and the HTC Touch Pro. And we rejoiced.

We're now a little past the midpoint of 2009, and indeed the Saga and Touch Pro have had their GPS chips released from the shackles of VZ Navigator, free to get turn-by-turn directions from the likes of Google Maps and Bing, among others. And for that, you have our thanks. While we're not quite ready to overlook you locking customers into (and having to pay for) VZ Navigator in the first place, it still means a lot in this crazy smartphone game when a company promises to do something and then follows through. So, thanks.

But while two out of three ain't bad, the job's not done. We can talk all night, but that ain't getting us nowhere. It's time to get the Omnia unlocked.  No more hacks. No more unofficial ROMs. Let's get that done so we can all turn our focus to some of the great new phones you have coming down the pike and go back to being one big, happy smartphone family.

We're still watching.

Love,

The WMExperts Team

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5 years ago

Review: RadarLove

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5 years ago

Cellphone-on-cellphone video shows Sony Ericsson Xperia X2

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It's a little tough to tell by this (apparently old) video running at a blistering 5 frames per second or so, but what we're squinting to see purportedly is the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2, with Windows Mobile 6.5 on board, no less.

It's tough to really get a feel for how the OS runs on the phone because the quality of the video is so poor, but we do get to see some of the specs, which . They are:

 

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5 years ago

Sprint turns network duties over to Ericsson

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Sprint this morning announced a seven-year, $5 billion deal that hands responsibility for its network over to Ericsson, which certainly has been around the block once or twice. So as we're seeing the launch of new Windows phones on Sprint, the bullet points of what it means:

  • Sprint retains full ownership and control of its network assets, and solely owns network strategy and investment decisions.
  • Customers will continue to work directly with Sprint employees as their primary contact, as Sprint retains full control of the customer experience, customer technical support and services review.
  • Sprint retains technology and vendor selections.
  • Ericsson assumes responsibility for the day-to-day services, provisioning and maintenance for the Sprint-owned CDMA, iDEN and wireline networks.

That from the full press release, which you can also find after the break. Also of note is that some 6,000 employees will be transferred to Ericsson's control.

Dieter's done some additional analysis over at PreCentral.net (Sprint, of course, is the Palm Pre's only carrier at the moment), and that's where things get really interesting. The long and the short of it is that we may see a stronger network from Sprint in the future. And there may will have been something to the rumors of Sprint flirting with LTE technology and not just WIMAX for its 4G network.

And we're in full agreement with Dieter in that this makes Sprint even more of a middle man — remember that it spun off its WIMAX business to Clearwire and also sold a bunch of its towers and then leased them back. So Sprint's cutting a lot of its operating costs, while at the same time becoming less of a traditional carrier.

Stay tuned, folks. Things could get interesting in the coming months.

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5 years ago

Update: Sprint, Clearwire 'Clear' up WiMAX

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UPDATE: As promised, Sprint and Clearwire held a news conference this morning regarding the recently approved merger between the two companies.

All of Sprint's XOHM service will be rolled into the new company, and the new WiMAX venture will go by the name "Clear." And that's the main news we got.

Otherwise, they're looking at providing an all-IP WiMAX network with average download speeds of an initial 2 to 4 megabits per second.

There's plenty of glad-handing to be had in the official press release, and click here to listen to the news conference, if you're into that sort of thing. (Warning: You have to "register" with a name and e-mail. Whether it's yours is up to you.)

 

You know that Sprint-Clearwire deal that we’ve been waiting on forever? It’s about to become officially official. Officially.

The FCC already blessed the merger that will help get WiMAX off the ground, for realz. And with the details all worked out, we’ll learn more in a conference call on Monday morning, thanks to the long holiday weekend.

The short version: Clearwire now has a boatload of cash — like, $3.2 billion (said with a raised pinky) — to get things going. It also now has all of Sprint’s 2.5 gigahertz spectrum and its XOHM business, which has already been up and running in Baltimore.

The short, short version: Here comes some sweet 4G goodness

 

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5 years ago

WeatherPanel today screen plug-in lives!

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The news that Weather.com had cut off WeatherPanel's access to its data sparked a torrent of outrage from you guys yesterday. And rightfully so – it's a darn useful app.

But never fear, as the with all things Windows Mobile, you just know someone's going to come up with a workaround for a problem. And that rings true for WeatherPanel.

PPCGeeks member tcbusch has posted a .dll fix that will restore WeatherPanel back to its former glory. As tcbush explains:

A little over a year ago I received an email telling me that weather.com was going to require authentication. At that time I knew WeatherPanel was going to stop working when this policy was enforced. I thought about how to overcome this issue and created a webserver redirection scheme that would embed the authentication into the url query that weatherpanel sends to weather.com. I have been sitting on the code for over a year waiting for the day that arrived earlier in the week. ... I implemented my fix on a server to verify it worked.

So, you have two options:

  1. Download tcbusch's fix (unzip the new .dll file, make sure WeatherPanel is disabled, and replace the old file in Program Files>Marsware>WeatherPanel with the new one.)
  2. Just download the updated CAB file.

Let them never say it can't be done! And thanks to thacounty in our comments for the tip!

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5 years ago

UK's Orange announces Toshiba TG01

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UK's Orange announces Toshiba TG01

Good news for British fans of Windows Mobile, huge touchscreens and fast processors: The Toshiba TG01, as expected, will be exclusive on the Orange network starting July 10 and is free if you sign up for a two-year contract.

A refresher on the specs:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional (upgradable to 6.5 - which we've already seen on it).
  • Qualcomm QSD8250 Snapdragon processor at 1GHz.
  • Size: 70x130x9.9 mm.
  • Weight: 129g.
  • 4.1-inch, 480x800 resistive touchscreen.
  • 3.2MP camera.
  • 512MB ROM/256MB RAM.
  • MicroSD card.
  • Bluetooth 2.0.
  • WiFi b/g.
  • 1,000mAh battery. (Rut-ro, Raggy. That's gonna need some pretty regular charging.)
  • Quad-band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900); 2100MHz for HSPA. So it'll work in the U.S., just not with 3G data.
  • aGPS.

Should be interesting to see some real-world results on battery life. While the Snapdragon is supposed to make things easier on the power source, a mere 1,000mAh battery makes us cringe a little. And do note that the phone will work on the U.S. GSM network, but data will be limited to EDGE only.

Orange [via Coolsmartphone]

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5 years ago

Reminder: Leave a comment, win a headset

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 unboxed (sort of)

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So what we have here of the T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 isn't quite an actual unboxing. Consider it more of a box-opening, as the phone's not actually seen outside the box. But we'll take what we can get, and these pics from TmoNews are certainly another step toward from the dateless announcement on Twitter to the now-rumored Aug. 12 launch date.

Just a couple more weeks, folks.

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5 years ago

NRG MiniWeather for WM Standard: Pretty Awesome

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NRG MiniWeather for WM Standard: Pretty Awesome

Though HTC were kind enough to add a Weather sliding panel (aka CHome) to some of their latest Snap devices, it does lack a little in detail.  Specifically, you don't actually get a forecast but instead of just an icon + temp.  Not bad, but we want more!

Filling in this gap are a number of "freeware" options by some of the kind folks at XDA, however I've only found one that works with this latest build of WM6.1 Standard--NRG MiniWeather v1.3, designed by XDA member NRGZ28.

Read on for a quick overview of this great app!

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5 years ago

WeatherPanel DOA? Weather app cut off from source

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For those who use the stupendously awesome WeatherPanel, which was originally developed by MarsWare and kept alive mostly by graphic genius StoryR, you may have noticed your battery draining like crazy yesterday and your device heating up like a burrito.

Reason for it is Weather.com, which was providing the weather data for the application, has revised its TOS.  It now specifies:

You may not use the service to create weather and weather-related products to be displayed on handheld or other wireless devices.

Which seems to be a direct shot at WeatherPanel users. In turn, this has caused your devices to keep hitting a dead-end on the weather URL to retrieve info, pulling down massive amount of garbage and killing your battery (via data connection).

At this point, your best bet is to disable WeatherPanel via the Today Screen and follow this thread at ppcgeeks as users brainstorm ways to fix it.  Hey, this app has been brought back to life so many times already, anything can happen ;-)

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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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