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5 years ago

Lemur love pokes fun at U.S. iPhone MMS

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5 years ago

Toshiba TG02 passes WiFi certification - now what the heck is it?

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When last we saw the Toshiba TG02, we were looking at a leaked photo that might or might not have pointed to another slab form factor like its little brother, the TG01.

Now things get a little muddy, or possibly lost in translation. Dutch site Tweakers.net [via] has spotted the TG02 going through the WiFi Alliance [pdf link] and notes that the TG02 is a clamshell phone. But the model number is listed as TM5-EO1, which Unwired View reminds us is definitely not a clamshell phone and in fact is the FCC code for the TG01.

So what does it all mean? Heck if we know. But there is a TG02 floating around out there somewhere, and we did see a rumor that the TG01 was getting some CDMA love, so maybe things are along those lines. Or maybe it's something completely different. Or ... Or ...

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5 years ago

Sprint & Verizon Touch Pro 2 to launch with WM6.1; US Cellular goes WM6.5

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Okay folks we have some good news/bad news:

Bad news first is that Sprint and Verizon are launching the hotly anticipated Touch Pro 2 with the same build of Windows Mobile 6.1 as the recently launched Telus version (review).

Interestingly, US Cellular will be launching out the gate with Windows Mobile 6.5 on its Rhodium device, though we have no firm date on that release yet.

Now some goods news:  Sprint and Verizon both have working test-ROMs with Windows Mobile 6.5 already, meaning an official update won't be too far off after launch (8-12 weeks?).  Seems both companies are racing to get it out the door ASAP, so no one is waiting for a stable Windows Mobile 6.5.

Finally, Verizon is not only keeping the GPS unlocked, but it looks to be shipping with Bing/Live Search in the actual ROM. This is odd for them since Verizon usually includes its own Nav program and not Bing/Google Maps (like on the Ozone). Definitely a change in practice there!

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5 years ago

And another build of Windows Mobile 6.5 ...

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Oh, why not. While Malatesta and I might have bemoaned in this week's podcast the number of Windows Mobile 6.5 builds floating around in the wild — and remember that we're not really expecting any of these to be among the first updates — that doesn't mean they're not fun to look at.

And so we bring you Windows Mobile 6.5 Build 23036 [RedmondPie via XDA], just a couple of steps up from the the last one we saw. The Start menu and other buttons are still on the bottom but are looking more and more refined. But the bigger change is in the onscreen keyboard. We haven't used it yet, but at first glance we're a little worried about the size of the keys. (And note that Build 23037 is out, too, with some bugfixes.)

More pics after the break.

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5 years ago

Wireless Chargers from Duracell and WildCharge

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Wireless options offers convenience, portability, and sometimes consolidation. We've stumbled upon two charging solutions, that while they may not be technically "wireless" they have the potential for being convenient, portable and should consolidate all your charging needs into one package.

The Duracell myGrid and Wildcharge's Wildcharge are "wireless" power stations that eliminate the three foot charging cord and possibly the need for multiple wall chargers. The myGrid and Wildcharge are strikingly similar and are two piece charging solutions. You have the charging pad that you plug in to the wall outlet and the power clip or charge pad that you plug into the phone. The charge pad is fitted with double sided tape to connect to the back of your phone and contacts on the pad/clip connect to the grids on the charging pad and the current is fed to the battery. Simply lay your phone on the charging pad and your recharging your battery.

I really can't proclaim the myGrid or Wildcharge to be a wireless charging solution because with both you have to plug in the power clip and then there's the wire to the wall socket. It's likely the closest thing to wireless charging we'll see.

Duracell hopes to have the myGrid on the market by next month and will be offered with adapters clips for the iPod Touch, iPhone, Blackberry Curve and Pearl as well as some Motorola and Nokia products.

The Wildcharge is currently available for the same devices but offers a PowerDisc Bundle with PowerLinks that has seven different charging connectors. Wildcharge claims the bundled version is compatible with over 150 devices.

While not entirely wireless, these charging pads will reduce the number of wall chargers scattering the household. It would be nice if my son's Samsung, my wife's iPhone and my Fuze could all be charged from the same source.

[Via: Phonemag.com]

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5 years ago

Resco shows off Photo Viewer alpha - looks awesome

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Looks like Resco is finally turning its attention to the aging Photo Viewer app, which while very popular and powerful has become quite dated in terms of UI (see our earlier review).

In their forums (via ppcgeeks) they are showing off their "alpha" version, meaning this is very early in development. Having said that, we gave it a spin on our Treo Pro and, darn it all ... the thing runs very well.

What can you expect? How about it is very fast in terms of the UI and loading photos, the UI is gorgeous and very intuitive. We especially like the easy zoom feature and the much-needed "touch" interaction.

Also, there's:

  • G-sensor support
  • Touch friendlyness
  • The folder shows the preview of the pictures inside it
  • 100% zoom in and out using double clicking (zoom the double clicked area)
  • Thumbnail and list view and multiselection operations
  • Direct access to the camera
  • Upload to Facebook, Flickr

Normally we steer you guys clear of betas, let alone alphas, but in this case we're going to have to give a thumbs up as it seems quite stable and harmless (it's about 2mb for the install.).  Take a peek after the break for a few screenshots.

Exe installation file | Cab installation file

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5 years ago

Google Maps updated to 3.2.1

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Google Maps updated to 3.2.1

Another week, another release of Google Maps for Windows Mobile. [via XDA] And, lookie, they even gave us release notes again. Here's what's new in Version 3.2.1:

  • Places of interest: Selectable icons and labels on the map allow you to choose prominent businesses or places of interest in order to see business info, reviews, photos, Wikipedia articles, and a lot of other local information. To select an icon or label, use the 5-way pad or joystick to pan it to the center of the screen or tap it on touchscreen phones. Learn more about these icons and labels already available on maps.google.com.
  • Favorite Places (English only): Explore the favorite places of local experts from cities around the world. Find out where they like to go, and why, from their own perspectives. From the Maps main menu, go to 'Layers' > 'More Layers' > 'Favorite places.' You can also see these on your computer by going to http://google.com/favoriteplaces.
  • Layers: The "More Layers" list of layers is now organized as a tree of layer categories.

Go get 'er here (desktop) or here (cab).

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5 years ago

Google Maps 3.2: Introducing 'Layers'

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Google Maps 3.2: Introducing 'Layers'

Well, looky here!  Google did a major update to Google Maps for mobile.  Previous version was v3.0.1.6 and the new one is a spanking v3.2.  Such a leap must mean something new and sure enough, there is Google Layers a hitherto unknown feature from our overlords.

Layers allow you to add extra information to your current view, including Wikipedia entries.  That's right, you can now pull down localized Wikipedia info which appear as iconic "W"s on your screen.  Selecting them will bring up a lil' info bubble on that area.  Other "layers" include traffic, transit and My Maps which are your personal customized maps (done via desktop).  Huzzah!  That's pretty darn cool.

They've also fixed a few bugs, re-enabled copy/paste from various field (thank you), additional search results and...well shoot, they even put all this info in an actual 'Release Notes' file which you can read in gory detail.

Get your download here: http://m.google.com/maps

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5 years ago

Samsung Code on Metro PCS

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Samsung Code on Metro PCS

We've seen the low-end Samsung Code debut on U.S. Cellular, and now it appears slated for Metro PCS, the carrier's first Windows Mobile device.

The specs:

  • Full QWERTY keypad
  • Jogwheel with 4-way navigation
  • Windows Mobile® 6.1 Standard Edition
  • 2.0 MP Camera/camcorder with Flash
  • Picture Messaging (MMS)
  • Bluetooth® 2.0
  • Office Mobile:
  • CDMA 1XRTT 800/1900 MHZ EVDO Rev 0 Technology
  • Flash/RAM: 128 MB
  • Removable Memory: Supports up to 32 GB
  • Talk Time: up to 6 hours
  • Standby Time: up to 12.5 days
  • Battery Type: Li Ion - 1480 mAh
  • Size: 4.61" (H) x 2.3" (W) x? .54" (D)
  • Screen size: 320 x 240px
  • Weight:3.6 ounces

Phone News believes the Code should be available sometime next month.

Via wmpoweruser

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5 years ago

WebOS theme on Windows Mobile? Why not!

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5 years ago

Sprint Touch Pro 2: $599, ships Sept. 8

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It hasn't been too much of a secret that we're expecting the Sprint Touch Pro 2 in the early part of September. We've already seen a direct ship date of Sept. 3, and now it looks like that's been pushed to Sept. 8, which could point to an in-store date of Sept. 13, if Sprint follows its MO of Sunday launches. Price is $599.99, before rebate and subsidy, we presume.

After the break, we look at a gem of a leak scored by bigchico68 at SprintUsers.com. (And thanks, aero, for the tip!)

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5 years ago

LG Monaco & Snapdragon, Windows Mobile 7

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We're still expecting LG to ramp up its Windows Mobile fare in a massive way, and this phone could do so with a running start. The LG "Monaco" — yet another in that long line (see here, here and here) of AT&T leaks from Engadget — is pretty close to that list of supposed Windows Mobile 7 required specs. Here's what's listed:

  • Quad-band EDGE, tri-band 3G.
  • Windows MObile 7.
  • 3.2-inch 480x800 touchscreen (that's a little under the 3.5-inch requirement).
  • 1,500 mAh battery (may change).
  • Qualcomm QSD8650 snapdragon processor.
  • WiFi.
  • 5MP camera with autofocus.
  • Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR.
  • AGPS
  • MicroSD.
  • And as an accessory, a Pico-projector.

Don't think that September availability date's gonna happen, but this is still a sure sign that good things are ahead from LG.

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5 years ago

Review: Autofile Plus v5.0.4

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Review: Autofile Plus v5.0.4

Autofile Plus is a handy application that helps you track just about everything you need to track concerning your car. The WakefieldSoft application consists of two parts, one for your PC and the other for your Windows Mobile phone.

Key features include:

  • Track multiple vehicles
  • Track Fuel Records (re-fueling) and fuel economy
  • Track trip miles by category, purpose and destination
  • Track Automobile services and expenses
  • Print reports and summaries
  • Graph fuel economy, miles driven, fuel costs, and service costs.

To see how Autofile Plus handles the road, just follow the break.

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5 years ago

Review: Rabbit Wars

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Review: Rabbit Wars

In the world of Mobile Gaming, it seems that developers are leaning towards whimsical themes. For example: Rabbit Wars from AIM Productions.

In a world where fuzzy bunnies are not so cute and cuddly, tanks and machine guns are the tools of the trade. Various factions battle each other for superiority over the best carrot patches.

This game doesn’t leave me all warm and fuzzy; so stick around to see what’s wrong with the “lean mean rabbit machines” of Hare Hill.

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5 years ago

Verizon Omnia II outed on Samsung site

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Whoopsie. It appears Samsung just spilled a few more beans as to the existence of the Omnia II on Verizon.

We'd already seen an inventory sheet from Best Buy showing the phone on the Big V. The Boy Genius Report now says the Aug. 23 date listed there is an in-stock date and not an actual launch date. But BGR also has spied the Omnia II on Samsung's Web site. And at the time of this writing, the site now lists "We apologize but we are currently doing maintenance. Please try back in a few minutes."

"Maintenance," as we all know, is code for "All right. ... Who screwed the pooch?"

So, look for the Omnia II any time now, most likely.

Update: OK, so the peanut gallery, er, folks in the comments are saying this page actually had been up for a few days. And to that we respond thusly.

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