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5 years ago

New Memory Card Standard Coming

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New Memory Card Standard Coming

Apparently "Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Texas Instruments, Micron Technology, and others" are developing a new flash memory card standard they hope will replace the now-common SD card standard. The good news: it should be faster and require less power than current memory cards. The bad news: yet another memory card standard out there.

We already have MMC, SD, miniSD, microSD, Compact Flash, xD, Sony's whateverStick, and so on and so on. I'm happy these days that I can put everything on a microSD and then use adapters for basically any smartphone I would want to use. If this UFS is to be the new standard, let's hope that the consortium gets everybody on board, because I smell a BluRay vs HDDVD kind of situation in the offing and it doesn't smell good.

The goal of the new specification, dubbed Universal Flash Storage (UFS), is memory cards with high-speed access to large multimedia files, while at the same time reducing power-consumption. The target performance level is a significant advancement beyond that of the varied flash cards popular today. Under the new standard, a 90-minute movie that that takes up 4 GB on a memory card will be loaded in seconds.

Read: Mobile Phone Makers Developing Another Memory Card Standard

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5 years ago

Samsung SCH-i760 Kinda Sorta Released

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Apparently if you give Verizon's business unit a call and ask for SKU# SCHi760ZKV, they'll kindly set you up with the device that's due to be officially released on Sept. 24th. Or at least they did, who knows if they've shut it down or not yet. The i760 is something I've been looking forward to for awhile, an innovative little slider with a standard keypad and a shifted-down 5-way to make more room for a large touchscreen. We saw it accidentally appear on a corner of Verizon's site before, so it's little surprise that it's accidentally appeared again - but now in physical form in people's grubbby hands.

The specs, they are nice:

  • 60 x 110 x 20 mm
  • 150 grams
  • Windows Mobile 6 Professional
  • 400 MHZ Samsung (naturally) Processor
  • 128MB ROM
  • 64 MB RAM (54.5MB for the User)
  • 2.8" touchscreen, 320x240
  • EVDO
  • MicroSD
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • WiFi (both B and G)
  • 1.3 mp camera
[...] if you need the best and brightest on Verizon, this is, hands down, your best bet. Run, don’t walk, to you phone and call those CS reps. Give them this SKU for the device, SCHi760ZKV, and tell ‘em BGR sent ya’.

Read: Verizon quietly releases the Samsung i760 | The Boy Genius Report

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5 years ago

AT&T Teases Moto Q9H

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AT&T Teases Moto Q9H

AT&T has put up a teaser site for the Motorola Q9H. They're really not helping the name confusion by just calling it the "Motorola Q Global" on the site, but I suppose it is a nice way to poke at i's already-released cousin the Motorola Q9M on Verizon (See our First Look Video), which is US-only.

There's no new information on the site (Well, it does claim that there's "Integrated GPS," but let's assume that just a slippery way of saying you can use the built-in TeleNav with a Bluetooth GPS). On the other hand, it really does reenforce for me that the Q9H is very much different from the Q9M - it has more buttons, is more rounded at the top and bottom, and comes will DocsToGo for really real document editing (not the standard, half-baked implementation of Pocket Office). Sure, it lacks the sweet Q9M interface, but I can live with that.

I've been testing the Q9M for awhile now and while I still think it's a big ol' slab, it's also a better phone than the Blackjack or Dash so far. Being an AT&T man, the Q9H just might give the HTC Tilt some competition for pocket space. Maybe.

We were hoping for the August 24th launch, but unless it was launched in secret by ninjas and sold only to their ninja buddies, I'm gonna assume they missed that mark. ETA: unknown.

Also unknown, whether or not the "Mystery Qs" are ever going to amount to anything.

via IntoMobile

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5 years ago

Motorola Ditches Qualcomm, Cuts R&D

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Motorola Ditches Qualcomm, Cuts R&D

It looks like Motorola is joining the crowd - the crowd (including Verizon) that's running away from Qualcomm like Howard Hughes at a leper colony.

Moto is switching to Texas Instruments for their cell radios, primarily because of "business reasons." I'd bet dollars to donuts that one of those "business reasons" is that Qualcomm is looking like they're never going to get out of this patent fight hole they've dug themselves into.

We believe Motorola's decision was purely business as our technical contacts had suggested many Qualcomm-based [third-generation] WCDMA designs in the pipeline and a general preference amongst Motorola designers for Qualcomm, despite the higher pricing. Our checks reveal that Motorola found Qualcomm "hard to do business with," which we interpret as either too high-priced, or also having something to do with the royalty rates.

Read: Barron's via phone scoop

In other Motorola news, mocoNews is reporting that Moto is cutting their R&D budget by 15% to help with profitability. I like profit as much as the next guy, but given the reception Motorola technology has been getting lately, cutting R&D sounds a bit penny wise and pound stupid.

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5 years ago

HTC Juno to come to T-Mobile?

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HTC Juno to come to T-Mobile?

T-Mobile's top device lately is the ho-hum T-Mobile Wing (read our review of the T-Mobile Wing). However, they look to come roaring back with the Juno in mid-October, according to the Boy Genius. Look for the sweet TouchFLO interface and a slide-out keyboard on the bottom (which, as BGR notes, looks like it's something more than a standard 9-key).

Screens that are flush with the face of the device are the hotness right now, so this Juno, or whatever it will be called eventually, looks to bring T-Mobile back in the game again. Or at least as "in the game" as you can be when your network doesn't have 3G data, even though we've been expecting them to start rolling it out any day now.

On the bright side for T-Mo, SlashGear is reporting that their data plans just got a nice little price cut to the tune of 10 bucks a month, now just $19.99.

While Juno is the codename, we haven’t got word of the official launch name yet. It’s a Windows Mobile based device and has a "consumer friendly interface, most likely HTC’s TouchFlo," says our source. He also goes on to tell us that it will have a QWERTY keyboard, but from the looks of things, is that SureType?

Read: The Boy Genius Report

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5 years ago

OutSync Syncs Your Facebook Friends' Photos

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This is pretty slick: check out Outsync, which is a free Windows desktop app that syncs your Friends photos into your contact list. If you rock Windows Mobile (Of course you do), it means less mucking around looking for pictures (or demanding your friends hold still so you can use your cameraphone) to get photos on your caller id screens. Big thanks to Mel Sampat for making the app. You can check out a Channel 10 video of it in use here, too.

Are you on Facebook? Do you use Outlook and Windows Mobile? If you answered yes and yes, get OutSync, a free app to sync your Facebook friends' photos with Outlook

Read: MelSam's Blog : Sync your Facebook contacts with Outlook (and Windows Mobile)

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5 years ago

Palm Announces Treo 500v

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Palm Announces Treo 500v

I present you with an equation:

Yet Another Qwerty Keyboard Windows Mobile Smartphone +
Thicker than the competition +
No ringer switch (!) +
Tri-Band GMS and only the 2100 Band on UMTS means it won't work well in the United States +
We already gave you all the deets ourselves yesterday
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Yawn.

Sorry, Palm. I'll give you points for trying and maybe I'll change my tune when I get my hands on one, but after all this, I still don't understand why I wouldn't get a Dash, or a Blackjack, or a Q9H (when it arrives). The Treo 500v is a big, wet kiss for Vodafone and their network, but on this side of the pond I can't say we're especially jealous. See, we had our first kiss a long time ago when the Q hit and have been smooching thin little smartphones ever since. Er, not so much smooching and holding them up to our cheeks, but you get the idea. YAQKWMS indeed.

Ok, ok, ok. I will give you points for the generous 150mb of user storage and the long battery life. Plus, nice job finally ditching that hateful Treo Athena connector in favor of miniUSB. Don't ever go back.

Palm Europe has announced the Treo 500v, a Windows Mobile Standard Smartphone designed for the European market on the Vodafone network. It should be initially be available exclusively to Vodafone customers beginning the first of October, the price is still unknown.

Read: treocentral.com >> Stories >> Hardware >> Palm Launches Treo 500v in Europe

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5 years ago

Palm Treo 500 Emerges, Updated with New Pics

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Well look what we have here, a shiny new image of the Palm Treo 500, nee the Palm Gandolf, which will be announced officially on Sept. 12th. Things that we have confirmed now:

  1. It's not as ugly as the PalmOS Centro and it thankfully a bit wider, making typing easier
  2. 3G, thank the lord, though no word if it's HSPDA or UMTS for sure (put your money on HSDPA)
  3. Windows Mobile 6 Standard Edition (i.e. no touch screen, a first for Palm)
  4. It's a Treo, the Treo 500.

(In short, we were right all along.)

We're happy to see that Palm is keeping the "Treo" moniker on it, contrary to recent rumblings. We're also happy to see that it's being called the Treo 500 - sorta makes sense since many consider a non-touchscreen device to be less powerful than touchscreen brethren. Sadly, the screen here is dark, so we don't know yet if Palm has cooked in any of their fabled UI improvements onto Windows Mobile Standard or not.

After the break, the full image along with some nice marketing copy from a phone shop in the Netherlands, plus babelfish's best attempt at a translation.

Update 1: When it rains, it pours, Alles Windows Mobile has specs:

A reliable source informed us that Palm is to announce the new Treo 500v very soon. It will run Windows Mobile 6, will come with a 240×320 screen, has 150MB of memory and communication will be possible using UMTS. The expansion slot will be Micro-SD, just like the Treo 750. The dimensions are slighly less than the Treo 750: 61×110x16mm, and also the camera (2.0MP) and Bluetooth (v2.0) are slighly better. The device will be available in grey and white.

Also notable is that the Vodafone version looks to be a Treo 500v, like the Vodafone Treo 750v.

Update 2: Alles Windows Mobile comes through with more pictures, after the break. They show that, yes, the Treo 500v is a little fatter than we'd like. Another sad note, the white picture seems to cast some doubt on the whole shootin' match just a wee bit.

Click for the full image:

with the palm treo 500 you can remain according to your own wishes linked. the combination of tel., e-mail, messaging, the web, and windows mobile with palm extra's as a result of which you more easily than ever productive can remain receive e-mail from several accounts business or personal. the web goes up where you stand also with fast 3g networks or relax and lustre to your favoriete musiek, play videoclips, or make and send photograph.

Update: More pics

Two more images courtesy of Alles Windows Mobile (who asked us to re-post rather than link directly to the image to save their scanty bandwidth). Note the giant "Cyclops-eye" style camera:

This second image, of the white one, is a tad suspect. Why is the keyboard blurred out? Also note that the white version has no Vodafone logo and the Treo logo is moved. Perhaps it's pre-production, perhaps its the unlocked, non "v" version, or perhaps we are all getting played for fools.

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5 years ago

Review: Extended Battery for Mogul

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Review: Impactica Showmate

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Review: Spectec 2-in-1 with Micro SD Memory Slot (SDG-812)

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5 years ago

Photo of Sprint HTC Touch Emerges, new TouchFLO?

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Photo of Sprint HTC Touch Emerges, new TouchFLO?

There it is, above, the HTC Touch on Sprint (aka the Vogue) discovered on Phone news. It's what we expected, with the following for specs:

The third device is the Sprint HTC Touch with it having TouchFLO, both Sprint TV/Sprint Music Store access, Windows Mobile 6, 2.0 megapixel camera, and a future upgrade to EVDO Rev. A.

The only notable thing is it looks like Sprint has developed an additional Today Screen plugin for their custom apps, SprintTV among them. The other icons are relatively mysterious - anybody have any thoughts on what they might be?

A 3G Touch could really compete with the iPhone, even if you do get dropped out of the fancy TouchFLO interface into standard Windows Mobile all the time. See Part 1 and Part 2 (with video goodness) of my HTC Touch vs iPhone articles.

There's a new version of TouchFLO out on the Nike with better integration into the various WM apps, a video is after the break. No word yet if the Sprint Touch will rock it or not.

Hat tip to surur in the TreoCentral forum for the Centro.

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5 years ago

McAfee Stirs the Pot: Windows Mobile Viruses Coming

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Here we go again, McAfee has released a white paper (PDF link) telling the world that, yes Virginia, you can write malware for Windows Mobile. This seems to happen every few months when this anti-virus company or that doesn't feel it's getting enough attention. Of particular note to McAfee researchers is Windows Mobile's SMS API (which enables cool software like Mobile Secretary's SMS auto-reply and forward), which they say could allow ne'er do wells to grab your personal info via text.

Anyhow, before you run for the hills, note that an exploit hasn't been released.

While mobile malware attacks have been scarce thus far, and some experts -- including F-Secure wireless security guru Mikko Hypponen -- have predicted that such threats will likely never rival widespread nature of today's desktop viruses, McAfee maintains that as smartphones takeoff more exploit code will be written to target the machines.

Read: InfoWorld

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5 years ago

Palm Gandolf Arriving Sept. 12th: Believe it Again

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Via my post at TreoCentral, check out this quote from the Palm Blog:

There's been a lot of buzz about the new device our friends across the "pond" are planning to announce on September 12th...and it's not the Palm Centro smartphone!

Read: treocentral.com >> Stories >> Rumors >> What's Coming Sept. 12th?

The linked article is a sad on again, off again history of speculating on a rumor. At least there's a happy ending: my original guess seems right, it won't be the Centro, it will be the Gandolf. Vodaphone will most likely be picking it up (see that logo up there on the pic?), and it's most likely going to be a smartphone-edition version of Windows Mobile 6. Palm's enhancements on the other Windows Mobile Treos are great - threaded text and photo speed dial a smartphone-edition WM device? Sign me up.

Heck - I may have been right about it back in June with Palm Gandolf Specs: Believe it:

  • Naming convention will be Treo 5XX
  • One version with Windows Mobile 6 Standard, the other is a new non-touchscreen edition of the Palm OS
  • Multiple colors
  • 135 grams; 117 x 65 x 13.8 mm
  • 2.4 inch QVGA screen with 65k colors
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • Bluetooth 2.0 w/ A2DP support
  • 3G + HSDPA
  • 256 MB onboard memory with 64 MB of RAM
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5 years ago

HTC Owns "Touch" Trademark, Wants to Make Nice

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I know, I know, it's not right for me to keep writing about Apple-related stuff on a Windows Mobile site, but it's a slow news day. So: when Jobs intro'd the "iPod Touch" my first thought was "Hm, I have an HTC Touch in my pocket right now. How's that gonna work out?" Apparently, it's gonna work out just fine. HTC does indeed own a worldwide trademark on "Touch" for a handheld device and could, if they were so inclined, get sue-happy. That does appear to be in the cards, however:

Ching-hung Wang (transliterated from Chinese), marketing manager of HTC pointed out that he does not think Apple's iPod touch was targeting HTC since Apple should put its focus on bigger companies like Google, Yahoo and Microsoft. As for whether iPod touch violates HTC's trademark, Wang pointed out that in the past Apple and Cisco were able to reach a mutually satisfactory agreement over the rights to the iPhone trademark, adding that the question surrounding the rights to the Touch trademark would need further observation.

Read: HTC proud to share touch vision with Apple

Two thoughts: HTC, I know you want to be humble and all, but you're a plenty big enough target for Apple (or anyone else, for that matter), no need to be so modest. Also, and I'm just saying here, name me a single person who equates "iPhone" with "Cisco" in any way, shape, or form.

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I'm waiting.

Right. So, in the vein of "no press is bad press," I say take it to 'em, HTC. Like I said at the outset of this post, it's a slow news day and I'd love to see some action.

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