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5 years ago

HTC Touch Pro 2 Caught on Tape (updated)

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Well to be fair to the HTC Touch Pro 2, we stumbled upon yet another video that pda.pl was able to capture during a recent visit to HTC.  Just like the Touch Diamond 2's video, there is still no narration but plenty of hip-hop techno music. 

The reset button appears to have been moved beneath the battery cover on the Touch Pro 2 and the video gives a good view of the backside of the screen as it's in the tilted position.  The three sliding hinges look solid.  The video also compares the Touch Pro 2 and Diamond 2 side by side.

[Read: Fuze Mobility]

Update: And yet another video of the Touch Pro 2 in the wild from our friends at Mobilna Technologia after the break.

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5 years ago

HTC Touch Diamond2 Available in April?

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HTC Touch Diamond2 Available in April?

While sketchy, we are seeing indications that the HTC Touch Diamond 2 may be available in mid-April (emphasis on "may") for the Europe and Asian markets. Uberphones is reporting a retail listing (Expansys.com) that shows the Touch Diamond 2 available on April 19 at at the modest price of 424.99 pounds (a touch over $608 in U.S. dollars). This is about $100 more than the pre-order price we discovered the latter part of February. And if you're thinking about picking one up this way, don't expect it to have the U.S. 3G bands.

It's not the strongest source for a release date, but it is in the ballpark and may be a good indication that we'll see the Touch Diamond 2 in the States shortly thereafter. While we wait for more signs of seeing this new phone come to market, we'll also hope that a carrier picks up the Diamond 2 and takes a bite out of the price tag via contractual discounts. 

Need a little more enticement on the Diamond 2?  Follow the break for a revealing hands-on video that we ran across.

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5 years ago

Review: Resco Game Box

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Review: Resco Game Box

Games on your WM can be a life saver when sitting in a doctor’s waiting room or in airport waiting for your 3 hour delayed flight. With the average game costing between $9.99 and $19.99, it can be costly to choose a game that is not worth your time while leaving you at square one with needing to buy another game.

This is where WMExperts can help. I have reviewed Resco Gamebox ver 1.12. Is it worth the $19.99? Read on to see if this is one to pass on, or if it is the perfect collection of games that will entertain you when you need it most!

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5 years ago

Google Voice says number porting a reality, maybe

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It has been discovered that Google may have a plan in the works to allow you to port your current number into the  Google Voice service. OK, by "plan," we mean they say "we may offer that at some point." Personally I’m fine with having a separate number for the service, although I can see how it could be useful to some.

Further evidence of this upcoming service has been found on a Google help page here. Google also is letting us suggest services we'd like to see on the Voice platform. You can leave your suggestions here. Or, ya know, in our comments. Cause Google's a big fan of WMExperts, dontchaknow.

Google via Lifehacker

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5 years ago

Updated: GuardMobile v1.11

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Updated: GuardMobile v1.11

It's nice to see developers staying on top of things and updating their products to add features or simply improve the applications overall performance. While we've already reviewed GuardMobile, we have received word that they have updated their security application again.

A few of the new features on this update (version 1.11.3372 to be precise) includes the hard reset covering both the internal memory and storage card; the ability to remotely change the primary control number; monitoring of calls; and activating your Windows Mobile password screen lock.

While the previous versions included commands to locate your missing Windows phone, this command timed out after five minutes. The updated version adds the command "force locate," which eliminates the time limit and survives soft-resets. You also have the command "wipe" which erases the data from the phone and storage card without resetting the system.

GuardMobile still does not have an online interface, and interaction is restricted to SMS commands from authorized numbers. Regardless, if you're looking for a on-board security application, the recent updates to GuardMobile keep it an attractive option to consider.

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5 years ago

More Windows Mobile 7 shots appear

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More Windows Mobile 7 shots appear

Somewhere there's a cache of Windows Mobile 7 screenshots laying around, and it looks like wmpoweruser is sitting on top of it.

Here's the latest leak of what is purported to be the Zune interface long rumored to finally see the light of day in Windows Mobile 7. So how about it? As we continue to see these very early leaked shots, are you guys liking what you see?

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5 years ago

Review: Freedom Mobile Power

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Review: Freedom Mobile Power

As our devices become more powerful, packing more electronics into the tiny black slabs we've become so fond of; many of us are finding that we have to find creative ways to conserve our batteries in order to make it through the whole day without being force to recharge.

Freedom (the company) has given us several products that add functionality to our handhelds without adding limitations. Their keychain GPS solutions (Keychain GPS and Keychain GPS 2000) have both earned rave reviews. Freedom's Mobile Power ($49.95 from the WMExperts store) is a self contained power charger that features a 1800mAh battery and male and female mini USB ports. The idea is that the charger is something you can carry around with you and plug in if you need an extra boost through the day.

Click the button for the review.

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5 years ago

Comparing Windows Mobile 6.5 and iPhone 3.0

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We had a little fun with our friends at The iPhone Blog last week after the iPhone 3.0 software was announced. Certainly it's a red-letter day in TiPB nation.

But now that we've had our fun, let's a take a serious look at how the iPhone 3.0 software compares to Windows Mobile present — and future, in Windows Mobile 6.5. Join us as we break down Rene's excellent 3.0 walkthrough.

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5 years ago

Samsung WiMax device spotted with Windows flag

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Samsung apparently has dished a little bit on an upcoming (and as yet unannounced) WiMax device and - lookie, lookie - is that a Windows flag there down at the bottom left?

Not much else is known about the SWD-M100 Mondi, though Phonescoop says that it's destined for Australia's Clear network. And unless the keyboard is minuscule, this appears to be more of a tablet-type phone than a slider.

Stay tuned, folks. The 4G race is racing er, crawling forward.

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5 years ago

Snapdragon's graphics get showed off (Video)

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Having to live with Qualcomm's MSM series of chipsets for so long, it's nice to see the next-gen series (Snapdragon) finally strut its stuff. To refresh your memory, basically these systems are running 1ghz processors, can do HD graphics (720p), "day-long battery life" and have more advanced GPS and wireless connetivity (read more here)

Though we've seen it running that ho-hum custom Today screen on the Toshiba TG01, it seems that at MWC a few weeks ago a much more in-depth graphics demo was given.  We have to say, it's looking very promising so far.

Basically, from a non-technical perspective, it looks like we'll be having Sony PSP-level graphics on our super-thin (10mm) WinMo phones in late 2009/2010, which we're really stoked about. Advanced lighting, shading & translucency? Yes please.

Check out the 3 min demonstration of Qualcomm's Snapdragon after the jump! You don't wanna miss.

Mobilna Technologia [via]

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5 years ago

IE6 on Windows Mobile 6.5: A Hybrid

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IE6 on Windows Mobile 6.5: A Hybrid

 

As we just hinted, IE6 on Windows Mobile 6.5 is going to be a sight better than it currently is on the WM6 Sprint Treo Pro. There are plenty of reasons for this. Stuff you likely already knew: it has a better, touch interface and it will be on 6.5, which will only be on devices with plenty of RAM, which will mean that its nigh-insatiable appetite for memory won't be as much of a problem.

But wait! There's more! We caught a couple of nice tidbits from the excellent MIX09 Windows Mobile presentation video featuring Loke Uei Tan (who is currently taking one for the team. Go Lokeuei!). Namely, IE6 on 6.5 is more of a "hybrid" than it is a straight mobile implementation of IE6. First up: it actually supports PNG alpha channel  transparent graphical elements ftw! The other change is that it's using the javascript engine from Internet Explorer 8 which should add some compatibility and performance to the entire thing.

Of course, that doesn't mean we're happy about the rendering engine. I've personally lost time roughly equal to the Jurrasic period to IE6 compatibility. That movement to get web designers to give up supporting IE6 altogether (thanks Rich!), it didn't spring up out of nowhere. The lack of tabs is also disturbing.  But hey flash support, right? Right?

Up to now I haven't much cared about rendering fidelity on mobile. As these devices get more pixels, I suspect it will begin to grate more. What say you?

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5 years ago

Last.fm calls third party apps, hangs up

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Last.fm, the popular internet music streaming service, has announced that all third-party apps will be shut out of its service. Popular third-party clients include Windows Mobile’s Pocket Scrobbler, S60’s Mobbler, and if you’re a Crackberry addict, Flipside also will go the way of the dinosaur. Citing pressures from record labels and wanting to flex its muscles, these changes should take place in the near future.

Last.fm breaks it down further in its forums:

Last.fm has never had a public radio API, although we've tolerated third-party clients using the undocumented calls that our client uses. This is finally about to change - we're going to make a public, documented streaming API available to everyone who has an API account. There are a few limitations:

  • Only subscribers will be allowed to stream using API applications unless you negotiate a separate deal with us - we need to get the money to cover royalties.
  • You won't be allowed to use our API to stream to mobile phones. This is unfortunately a limitation of some of our licensing agreements. Again, we may be able to make an exception to this if you talk to us directly.

So on the upside, current developers may take advantage of new APIs to help them develop under Last.fm’s guidance. Word on the street is that the official apps on the iPhone and Android platform will continue to work, as they are officially sanctioned.

This is going to upset a lot of people. But the good news is that there still will be APIs available for developers, it'll just cost some cash.

Last.fm via Gizmodo

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5 years ago

Opera 9.7 coming, will have Flash, Ajax support

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Our love-hate relationship with Internet Explorer may again become a bit of a moot point as Opera Mobile has announced some details of the next version of its browser.

CNet reports that Opera Mobile 9.7 will support Flash and Ajax. CNet also says Opera Turbo, which squeezes data through slower connections, will make its mobile debut, and that 9.7 scores a perfect 100 on the Acid 3 rendering test. Google Gears and Open GL ES for graphics also will be on board, as will widgets.

Drool.

Opera Mobile 9.7 is intended for release by carriers and phone manufacturers, CNet says, but a consumer release is hinted at.

Alls we know is this: Between IE6, Skyfire, Firefox and now Opera 9.7, it's starting to look like the browser wars are back with a vengence.

Update: Opera's posted a video of 9.7 in action. Peep it after the break.

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5 years ago

Microsoft employees get to test 6.5

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Microsoft employees get to test 6.5

This kind of is a no-brainer, but here it is, highlighted in pink. If you're a full-time employee (or full-time equivalent?) of Microsoft, chances are you're taking part in the beta test of Windows Mobile 6.5. [wmpoweruser via uberphones] Enjoy, you lucky dogs. The rest of us will wait not so patiently.

Kinda makes us wish we hadn't dropped out of school to follow Phish around, but whatevs.

[updated to fix link]

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5 years ago

Quick Tip: Better IE6 Scrolling on the Sprint Treo Pro

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We've (somewhat infamously) laid a bit of hateration on the Internet Explorer Mobile 6 on the Sprint Treo Pro.  Truth be told, if you can set aside or otherwise manage its heavy memory usage, it actually does quite well at rendering pages accurately.  We also have higher-than-you-might-expect hopes for IE6 on Windows Mobile 6.5 (more on that in a later post).

One of the hassles with IE6 on the Sprint Treo Pro is navigation, moving that little pointer around to find links and scroll pages can become quite a chore with the Treo Pro's D-Pad. There's a 'nuclear option' for dealing with that, namely rolling back some of IE6's interface 'improvements' with a registry hack that makes it behave like IE5 Mobile.  That's not really an ideal solution, however, even with the convenient (and clever!) cab file that automatically toggles between the two modes from CodyPPC.  

Lucky for us, Marc has emailed in this non-obvious tip: use the spacebar!  You can hit the spacebar solo to scroll down a full page.  Another option: hit Shift + Space either together or serially to hop down to the next link.  If you're wondering, both spacebar methods also work on the GSM version of the Treo Pro as well.

Sprint Treo Pro owners: How's IE6 Mobile treating you these days?

Thanks for the tip, Marc!

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