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5 years ago

Redfly Mobile Viewer Beta Released

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Redfly Mobile Viewer Beta Released

The idea of the Redfly goes thusly: Take the netbook form factor and then turn your smartphone into that form factor by "tricking' your it into thinking it has a larger screen, full keyboard, and mouse. It's an idea that we've been pretty fond of, but frankly we're not the sort to leave the laptop behind.

Enter Redfly Mobile Viewer, which takes the same basic idea and jettisons the Redfly hardware in favor of an app on your Windows PC. Think SOTI Pocket Controller with an added twist: instead of merely duplicating your smartphone on the PC, it actually convinces Windows Mobile it's running on different hardware.

Actually, never mind the details – the upshot is that you can have a window on your PC that is your smartphone – only enhanced with a 1024x768-sized screen, your PC's keyboard and mouse.  It might just be a nice solution for some Mobile Accomplishers out there who want to keep as much of their work as possible on the smartphone and/or who don't want to bother tethering.

It is a Beta, however, so it's still a little twitchy here and there (see: browsers).  On the bright side, Redfly has announced compatibility with 18 more smartphones and also sped up its software a bit.

The Beta is free and just might be worth a shot. Learn more over at CelioCorp.com.

Update: Phil takes the Mobile Viewer for a spin after the break.

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5 years ago

Anybody seen that Samsung Armani phone?

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No, we didn't forget. We've just seen neither hide nor hair of any information from the supposed Samsung-Armani event yesterday. In fact, the closest we've gotten involves David Beckham in his underwear, which, we're told, isn't necessarily a deal-breaker.

If you see something, pass it on!

Update: Ah ha! Er, we mean, Bingo! Apparently it's been postponed for an unknown reason. (Use Microsoft's Bing and you'll find it. Translation here.) Thanks, CHF!

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5 years ago

Sprint confirms Snap in stores June 21, says Palm Pre the reason it's not there now

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We've already gotten our hands on one at Best Buy (and we hear there might be some at Radio Shack -- didn't see any at one this morning), and now there's confirmation that the HTC Snap will go on sale in honest-to-goodness Sprint stores starting June 21.

Said confirmation comes from Information Week [via Phone Scoop]. Why no Snap in stores yet? Blame Palm.

Sprint said it will be available through their stores June 21 for $149 after rebates and a new two-year contract. The third-largest U.S. carrier said it intentionally staggered the launch in order to accommodate for this week's debut of the Palm Pre smartphone.

We've said it before (look for the cameo by yours truly) and we'll say it again. PALLLLLLLLLLLLLM!

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5 years ago

Sprint HTC Snap: Hands on!

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Sprint HTC Snap: Hands on!

Forget the Palm Pre, never mind the iPhone 3GS, we've managed to get our mitts on the soon-to-be-released Sprint HTC Snap! (insert snicker) Sprint looks to be the first out the gate with this entry-level messenger device and it's made some changes from the GSM version that debuted only a few months ago.

Running Windows Mobile 6.1, the Sprint Snap (it actually keeps the HTC name) is replacing the venerable but problem-prone Motorola Q9c.

Wanna know all the deets, see some pics and get our first-impressions?  Read on for our exclusive mini-review!

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5 years ago

Elecont Weather gets a makeover

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Elecont Weather gets a makeover

Some time ago we took a look at Elecont Weather and found it to be a very good weather application for your Windows phone. Since our first look at Elecont Weather, the software company has run the application through a makeover of sorts.

Version 1.0.904 has an increased extended forecast, hourly forecasts, barometric readings and a few other changes intended to improve the weather application. Follow the break to see if the latest version of Elecont Weather has a sunny forecast or if overcast skies are in order.

Read on for more.

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5 years ago

Hotfix released for HTC Touch Diamond 2

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If you happen to be rocking an HTC Touch Diamond 2 already – either you're outside the U.S. or are an impatient American who imported – there's a hotfix available that's really more of a hidefix.

See, there's a "Start Recording" option that, well, doesn't really work, and so this hotfix just plucks the option from the phone. That said, there appears to have been some progress toward actually making it work. The legality of recording calls varies depending on where you live, so play with caution.

Or to avoid temptation entirely, just apply the hotfix, which you can get here.

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5 years ago

HTC reaffirms its love of Windows Mobile

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Every so often we see headlines exclaiming "Cell manufacturer abandons Windows Mobile for (insert cool new OS here)!" HTC has no such pretensions, despite all the attention being paid to Android this year.

HTC France exec Frederic Tassy spells it out in an interview with Mobinaute:

"For HTC 2009 is the year-off system Android. By the end of the year, we remain a strong player in this market. For other brands, there will be I think a lot of bluff with products that are likely to be delayed. We will always be more flagship products on Windows Mobile. Our best selling smartphone in Europe is also the HTC Touch HD Windows Mobile. "

So fear not, WinMo fans. HTC isn't going anywhere on us.

wmpoweruser via Android Central

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5 years ago

Samsung Omnia II set for June 15th?

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Samsung Omnia II set for June 15th?

We'll file this under "rumor and speculation" but Cellfanatic.com has put some pieces of a Samsung puzzle together and has come up with an interesting theory. A theory that places the release of the Omnia II on June 15th.

There is a Samsung Unboxing Website that is counting down to June 15th to reveal a new Samsung Mobile Phone. An un-boxing to reveal a phone with overwhelming power and performance. Right now, all that is being revealed is an x-ray of the phone which vaguely resembles the product shots of the Omnia.

One nice thing about this rumor is that it won't last beyond the 15th.  That is unless Samsung delays the unboxing.

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5 years ago

Verizon Touch Pro ROM update gets bugfix

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That Verizon Touch Pro ROM update that unlocks the GPS? It's now officially up on PCD's Web site (that's where the official Verizon releases congregate), and it's there as a Version 2. Apparently a GPS bug was discovered in the first update that PhoneNews was hosting, and PhoneNews now lets us know that this new version takes care of it. And since it's the official official version, here's the changelog:

  • Added Visual Voicemail support.
  • Added EVRC B capability
  • Added Standalone GPS Capability.

Go get it here. And as always, back up your info first. And happy flashing!

Update: Sorry, folks, looks like the update's been pulled again. And nobody's saying why. We'll keep you updated.

Update 2: It's up again! Only change anyone can tell is in the date of the file.

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5 years ago

Samsung B7610 Louvre gets some specs

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Samsung B7610 Louvre gets some specs

Here's a look at the Samsung B7610 Louvre, which we first got wind of a couple months ago. The heavily-skinned Windows Mobile slider seems to be gaining steam and may be available next month in Europe.

The specs:

  • Quad-band EDGE, HSDPA (the 7.2Mbps)
  • aGPS
  • 3.5-inch AMOLED touchscreen at 480x800
  • 5MP camera (no flash)
  • FM radio
  • 1GB ROM
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • WiFi b/g
  • MicroSD
  • Accelerometer
  • 1500mAh battery
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional (will receive the 6.5 upgrade)

The Louvre reportedly will be available in July and should be priced between 250 € and 500 €.

GPS and Co. (translation) via wmpoweruser

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5 years ago

PockeTwit gets updated to v.75

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PockeTwit gets updated to v.75

Looks like the popular freeware Twitter client PockeTwit has received a nice update to v0.75. PockeTwit, for those who have not tried, is a freeware Twitter client that has fullscreen and kinetic scrolling support. The developers have posted the new fixes and additions on their blog:

  • "QuickPost" fix
  • Refined the Today Plugin
  • Added "Saved Searches" feature
  • Added support for "140it.com" (shrnks ur msg 2
  • Added Img.Ly, Posterous, and TweetPhoto support
  • New desktop installer available
  • Cached updated Avatar fix

Though many of us here at WMExperts like Twikini for our Twitter needs, no denying the coolness that PockeTwit and their team bring to the field. Read more details about the update here and get your download on here.

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5 years ago

Rumor: Toshiba TG01 for only 99 Euros

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5 years ago

Touch HD gets a hotfix for audio problems

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For those of you lucky enough to be rocking an HTC Touch HD, there's a hotfix out there that fixes audio skipping during music playback. The fix applies only to ROM version 1.59.XXX.X or lower.

And as with any hotfix, you'll have to reapply it if you hard-reset your phone. But that's a small price to pay for actually having a Touch HD, which never set official foot on U.S. soil.

Go get the hotfix here.

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5 years ago

Review: Belkin Mini Surge Protector

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Review: Belkin Mini Surge Protector

As a gadget fanatic, I’m always looking for something that will be usable with several of the devices that are the focus of my addiction. Simplicity is a major factor that I’m looking for in something like this.

Belkin is one of the companies that have made truckloads of cash on the coattails of the iPod industry. Yet Belkin’s bread and butter has been in making a variety of accessories for many of the more popular devices on the market, either by designing them for specific devices or making them generic enough that they will be compatible across a range of devices.

The Belkin Mini Surge Protector fits the second category.  To see the Surge Protector put through its paces, you’ve come to the right place so just follow the break.

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5 years ago

Verizon unlocks Touch Pro's GPS

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Verizon unlocks Touch Pro's GPS

We've been pushing and pushing for Verizon to unlock the GPS on its smartphones, and it looks like they're finally starting to get the job done.

A new ROM has been released for the HTC Touch Pro, says PhoneNews. [via] Version 1.08 opens up GPS for use in Google Maps as well as Live Search for Mobile. A commenter also notes that the GPS even works in airplane mode. The update also gives visual voicemail and a new voice codec.

For now, PhoneNews has the only link to the update, but keep an eye out for one from Verizon itself. UPDATE: That previous ROM had a bug, apparently. New link here.

Now, about unlocking GPS on your other phones, Verizon ...

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