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5 years ago

Confirmed: Sprint Treo Pro coming March 15

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Malatesta brought you the world's only hands-on, and we've already told you what's now confirmed: The long-awaited (though not quite as awaited anymore) Sprint Treo Pro finally will launch on March 15.

It'll go for $199.99 with a two-year contract, $100 instant rebate and $100 mail-in rebate. You'll also have to have an Everything plan with at least $30 of data a month.

So there you have it, folks. The Sprint Treo Pro. More on Palm's site here, and full presser after the break.

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5 years ago

My Phone down for maintenance this morning, gets update

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The My Phone beta team notes in its blog (and WMExperts reader JoeG notes in our comments) that Microsoft's My Phone beta service will be down today from 7 to 10 a.m. PDT (that's 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT) for maintenance.

They're also pushing out an update (just log-in on your phone and you should see it) to "address some known issues." The blog notes that you need to install the update within seven days of downloading it or My Phone will quit working for you. But don't panic. You can still get it online at myphone.microsoft.com/install.

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5 years ago

Hard Reset: Massive Indexed List for Various WM Phones

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Ever need to hard-reset your precious WM phone but forgot the key combo? (Hint: it's not Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, ... left, right, A and start)

In one of the most ambitious and convenient projects yet, someone has created a huge index of various device hard resets.  Simply pick your brand and model and you'll be presented with a copy/pasted image from your device's manual detailing the nuke option.

Our advice?  Bookmark that page for future reference and pass it around to others.  Sure beats looking up, downloading and opening an actual .pdf document! 

Now, go push that beautiful, shiny, jolly, candy-like button:  hardreset.eu

[via Jason Langridge]

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5 years ago

The Live Search team speaks about Kumo

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Mike Nichols, the general manager of Live Search, put up a blog post today regarding the testing of Kumo, Microsoft's update to Live Search. There he discusses the testing and possible rebranding of Live Search.

Many of you have probably seen the press coverage in the last day or so about the internal testing Microsoft employees are doing on our search product. There’s a good deal of excitement brewing over this test, both internally and externally, which we’re always glad to see.

And we're more than happy to help out with said press coverage, Mike. But, seriously, what about this whole rebranding thing. Is this the end of Live Search as a brand?

There has also been a fair amount of speculation around the use of the Kumo brand and URL, and whether this means that we are rebranding Live Search. We’re using the Kumo brand and URL for this test experience to make sure employees understand they’re in a test experience. We believe this will encourage more active feedback. As for rebranding, it’s something we’re still considering.

So you're saying there's still a chance. May we suggest, KUMOBILE!

Update: Microsoft Watch is down on the whole Kumo thing. Well, the name, anyway.

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5 years ago

Internet Explorer Mobile 6 caught on video

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Brave soul Brandon over at Pocketnow has been playing with a cooked Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM on an HTC Touch HD and is sharing his experience with the new Internet Explorer Mobile. And aside from needing two and three touches to do some of the basic functions, it definitely could look worse.

It's definitely a step up from what we're used to from the stock Windows Mobile browser. But the question is: Will it be able to keep up with future revisions of Opera 9.5 and Skyfire?

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5 years ago

Mio debuts GPS-loving K70

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Mio debuts GPS-loving K70

Last month at CES, Dieter got a look at a cool little Mobile Internet Device (MID) from Mio running Windows Mobile. Today, the company returns with what appears to be a GPS-centric phone. [via Mobile Tech Addicts]

Here's the rundown of the K70:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
  • Quad-band GSM, Tri-band HSPA (850/1900/2100
  • 3.5-inch 400x240 display (yeah, that's the strange res also found in the Samsung Omnia.)
  • 3MP camera
  • 256MB ROM/128MB RAM
  • MicroSD
  • Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi
  • 1,000 mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 115.3 x 61.5 x 11.9 mm; 115 grams

Otherwise, not much else to say at this point. No word on price or availability. But you can check out Mio's site for more.

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5 years ago

Toshiba TG01 gets German network support

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The Toshiba TG01, the uber-powerful phone running Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon processor, will find a home on Germany's O2 network, making it the first to brave the tri-color homescreen.

It'll be interesting to see exactly what O2 gets at launch time. As Dieter found last month at Mobile World Congress, the hardware is top-notch, but the user interface left a lot to be desired.

No word on price or release date.

Via the::unwired

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5 years ago

A_C's S2U2 version 1.5d

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A_C's S2U2 version 1.5d

I ran across an interesting application over the weekend while I watched it snow.  AC-S2.com offers a "slide to unlock" application, S2U2, that is feature rich and freeware.  The application does resemble iPhone's slider but S2U2 has a good amount of customization that includes the display of upcoming appointments, slide to answer feature, and customized wallpaper.  The S2U2 settings menu is located in your programs screen under the S2U2 folder and is touch scrollable. 

The AC-S2 website has a FAQ section as well as a downloadable description of each setting.It is freeware and a "use at your own risk" type application but I've had it installed for the past few days on an HTC Fuze with no problems. XDA Developer Forum member "A_C" created this application and website. 

If you're looking for an alternative to the traditional screen lock for your Windows Mobile phone, S2U2 is definitely worth consideration.

Follow Up: If you are using an HTC Fuze and choose to load the Test ROM you will need to disable S2U2's Caller ID/Slide to Answer feature.  It conflicts with the Test ROM's slide to answer feature and locks up the Fuze.

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5 years ago

Kumo lives! Live Search rebranding under way

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Wonder no more. That Live Search rebranding we mentioned this morning is going ahead, says CNET's Ina Fried, and internal testing is getting under way on Kumo.com.  Don't bother trying it yet, however, unless you're on Microsoft's corporate network. As an e-mail from MSFT's search executive Satya Nadella explains, so far Kumo is directly attacking search and search results. From said e-mail:

We believe we can provide a better and more useful search experience that helps you not just search but accomplish tasks. During the test, features will vary by country, but you'll see results organized in a way that saves you more time. An explorer pane on the left side of results pages will give you access to tools that help you with your tasks. Other features like single session history and hover preview help accomplish more in search sessions.

No word yet on what it will mean for Live Search on Windows Mobile. Will it become Kumo Mobile? Kumobile? Kumobile! (Try yelling it. It works that way.)

Anyway, check out Fried's post if you want to see the full e-mail and a full screen shot of the search results, which we've cribbed above.

Update: Er, now that we're done sounding our barbaric yawp, we'll remind you that Kumo means either "Cloud," or "Spider." We're guessing they're going for "Cloud."

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5 years ago

Inside the honeycomb hideout

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Inside the honeycomb hideout

When it comes to Windows Mobile 6.5's honeycomb home screen, chances are you're on one side of the fence, or the other. You either lover it, or you hate it.

But IStartedSomething's Long Zheng has taken a look at the design aspect of the honeycomb, and it makes sense. We noted on one of the early leaked ROMs that the honeycomb eliminated the need for scroll bars; you can simply see that there's more above or below. But it goes a little deeper than that.

Zheng points out that when your finger hits a touchscreen, it does so as a circle, and not a square. (Can't say the same for my companion lovebot, but that's another story.) And the most efficient way to get more of the round icons — or in this case, hexagons — is what Zheng calls sphere packing. You overlap them a bit.

A grid is the most efficient method to pack as many squares into an area as possible, but not for circles. The mathematically most efficient method to arrange non-overlapping circles - a problem called “sphere packing” - is actually and as you might have guessed by now, hexagonal.

It all has something to do with math and pies and other stuff during which we nodded off in high school. But one thing's for certain: The honeycomb's coming, one way or another.

Via jkontherun

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5 years ago

HTC Maple looks syrupy sweet

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HTC Maple looks syrupy sweet

Those of you lamenting the public demise of the Motorola Q9n "Napolean" may have something to live for after all. CNET's German cousin (translated) has gotten a hands on with the HTC Maple, aka the 3G Excalibure, which first appeared in that leaked HTC roadmap and for all U.S. intents and purposes would be a long-awaited sequel to the T-Mobile Dash.

We'll join Engadget in saying that the Maple has what at least looks to be a downright drool-worthy keyboard, which looks like it could make thumb typing even easier when you're hauling butt through an airport terminal. There's also a trackball, a la the BlackBerry Bold, to maneuver through the non-touchscreen device.

But we'll also join Dieter (in the latest WMExperts podcast) in saying that while we love our productivity monsters, we've gotta get some more pixels into the thing. (Speaking of pixels, CNET's back shot of the phone shows a 2MP camera. Let's hope that gets increased prior to launch. Also, we'd expect that home button to become a Windows flag.)

HTC also is introducing its "Inner Circle" feature with the Maple, which basically would categorize and prioritize information from various sources.

The Inner Circle feature called News summarizes a certain selection of people together - to busy working and do not interfere with private e-mails. On the evening and on weekends, on the other hand, the circle of the elect only from family and friends.

When and where we might actually see the Maple is anyone's guess. But we can bet there are more than a few WinMo Standard lovers waitng on this one with bated breath. Hit up the CNET post for more pictures of the Maple, as well as a quick video, in German, of course.

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5 years ago

Leaked: AT&T Update Test ROM

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We've heard about HTC's updated ROM for the Touch Diamond and the Touch Pro last week and not to be left out, we're seeing signs that AT&T won't be too far behind with an update for the HTC Fuze. FuzeMobility.com is reporting that a leaked copy of a Test Fuze ROM has surfaced over at XDA Developers. In the discussion over at XDA one member reports the new ROM has added the FM Radio Player to the Fuze, has a slide to answer canvas, video share's performance has improved, and you can remap the PTT button. Speculation has the "official" release of this update coming from AT&T in a few weeks.

Keep in mind that this will erase everything on your Fuze before it installs the new ROM so it is important you have your data backed up.  This is a test ROM and may/may not have issues internally or with other applications.  It is carrier specific and may conflict if loaded on a Touch Pro.

Follow the break for a list of the technical changes/fixes the test ROM presents.

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5 years ago

Motorola CEO explains company's downturn

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In one of the bigger "Whoopsies!" since Verizon reportedly passed on the iPhone, Motorola co-chief Greg Brown says the company's own strategic decisions are the main reason for its fall from grace.

You can read it all at the Financial Times, but here are the bullet points Brown sites in his mea culpa:

  • "Didn't see the trends coming in smartphone and 3G with the kind of foresight and customer attention that it should have."
  • Failed attempt at a single OS based on Linux and Java.
  • Selling sub-$50 phones was unprofitable.

Oops, indeed. In other negative news, Moto's market share has fallen from 23 percent in Q4 of 2006 to 6.5 percent at the end of 2008. Also, it had an operating loss of $2.2 billion for 2008 and last month suspended its dividend.

It really is a shame, given that the Moto Q is one of our favorite Windows Mobile Standard phones. But this does start to explain why we never really saw anything grossly new and instead have seen revision upon revision of the Q line.

As for the future? Expect cost-cutting and job cuts in the neighborhood of 5,000, as well as a delay of spinning off the handset unit. And, ya know, hopefully some new phones.(And while we're piling on, what ever came of that OTA firmware upgrade system?)

Via Slashgear

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5 years ago

Banned in Bill's house - No iFun for you!

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Rene, our No. 1 frenemy over at The iPhone Blog, points us to an article in this month's Vogue magazine that — Hang on. My phone's ringing.

What's that, Rene? You don't actually read Vogue, it's an article that GeekSugar and Gizmodo picked up? Sure, sure, I'll mention that. Don't think anyone'll believe me, but anything for you, pal.

Sorry about that. Where were we? Oh, yes, the article. See, Melinda Gates, wife of one of the richest men in the world, sat down with Vogue and let slip that iPhones and iPods are banned in the Gates household, even though she occasionally thinks they're kinda cool.

“There are very few things that are on the banned list in our household,” Gates tells me. “But iPods and iPhones are two things we don’t get for our kids.” Harsh, perhaps, but understandable. After all, it’s hard to walk around tethered to merchandise made by your father’s most famous competitor. Still, Gates acknowledges the inevitable lure of forbidden fruit. “Every now and then I look at my friends and say, ‘Ooh, I wouldn’t mind having that iPhone.’”

So, no iFun in the Gates household. Which leads us to the following question:

How do they prop open their doors?

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5 years ago

Live Search rebranding rumors persist

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Live Search rebranding rumors persist

We're big fans of Microsoft's Live Search for Mobile around these here parts. We're not big fans of the "Live" branding. And it now appears that Microsoft may be getting ready to do something about that.

LiveSide.net [via the Seattle PI] notes that Barney Pell, a "search strategist and evangelist at Microsoft," apparently recently Tweeted (and since deleted) that Live Search will be rebranded, which we've been expecting for some time now. No official name has surfaced, though there still is "Kumo" floating around. Also no word yet how long it would take this to trickle down to the mobile side of things.

More news may surface this week at Microsoft's MVP Summit.

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