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5 years ago

Cingular-Branded Treo 750 finally shows its face

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Cingular-Branded Treo 750 finally shows its face

Now that's a sight for sore eyes. The demo units for the Cingular version of the 750 have appeared over at the BoyGeniusReport. I recall reading that we ought not hold our breaths for the HSDPA update, but it'll be UMTS for the areas that support it. I'm rolling an unlocked 750v on T-Mobile right now, and I loves it. Hopefully that love will spread across the US very soon.

Seems like we could have the Treo 750 by Christmas or shortly after. Various Cingular stores have started to receive a Treo demo unit. The case is identical to the Vodafone Treo 750, even in color. Only difference being the Cingy branding. This demo unit only means that the release will be soon but we still haven't heard a date yet, just the broad "Q4" time frame. Trust us when we know, you'll know! At least for now you get to enjoy some pics. Click on for the rest of them

Read: Cingular Treo 750 demo unit arrives in stores | The Boy Genius Report

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5 years ago

Brando Music Dock for TyTN

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Brando Music Dock for TyTN

Those of you who've eschewed the iPod and are using your WM phone for music, if you're like me, are no doubt jealous of the iPod wide array of accessories. Well, here's a leg-up: a Music/Syncing dock for your TyTN (or Cingular 8525, for those of you in the states). Looks snazzy.

HTC TyTN Music Dock
Features:

Charging and HotSync for your device.
Stereo speaker system
3.5mm stereo line-in for other audio devices like MP3/MD/CD player, etc.
Blue soft-light illumination.
Dock size : 176 x 70 x 42 mm
Model:

HTC TyTN
i-mate JasJam
Qtek 9600
O2 XDA Trion
Dopod CHT 9000
Orange SPV M3100
Cingular 8525
Included :

Charger with USB female head
3.5mm to 3.5mm stereo cable
Charger and HotSync cable

Read: shop.brando.com.hk - HTC TyTN Music Dock

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5 years ago

PCMag Reviews HP iPAQ6925

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PCMag Reviews HP iPAQ6925

According to Sascha Segan, you can add the HP iPAQ hw6925 to the long list of YAQKWMS that tries very hard to do it all and ends up not quite doing anything well (Motorola Q, I'm looking at you). Its killer feature, as far as I'm concerned, is integrated GPS. That's "killer" as in "awesome" and as in "kills battery life." The 240x240 screen doesn't bother me too much, but then I'm used to it.

The new HP iPAQ hw6925 tries to be the ultimate traveling companion, bringing together an unusually flexible GPS system, phone, and PDA in one easily pocketable unit. But its small, low-res screen and below-average battery life make it less useful than it could be.

Read: HP iPAQ hw6925: Full Review - Review by PC Magazine

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5 years ago

HTC Vox, no longer just a concept photo

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HTC Vox, no longer just a concept photo

I'd previously mentioned the HTC Vox when all we had was a concept photo. Now the Boy Genius, cellphone leaker extraordinaire, has an actual pic. It's much prettier than I expected. Other than that, it's pretty much the high-quality PPC GSM phone we've come to expect from HTC: WiFi, GSM Quad-band, MicroSD, etc. I'm still not sold on giving up screen-size for a standard number pad, but to each his or her own.

The HTC Vox concept photo has been floating around the net for a little while so I thought it was my turn to step things up a bit. I present the first live picture of the HTC Vox (S710) smartphone with complete spec sheet. Quad-Band EDGE, Spring-assisted keyboard like the P4350, WiFi and more. Don't ask me how, don't ask me why. Just enjoy! Thanks HTC!

Read: HTC Vox Smartphone Revealed! | The Boy Genius Report

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5 years ago

Skype Beta for Windows Mobile

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Skype Beta for Windows Mobile

Geekzone points out that Skype 2.2 Beta for WM is out, finally adding support for Smartphone Edition phones. Not supported, apparently, is the square screen on my 750v. Curses! In any case, there's some fancypants new features in there. I've gone back and forth on Skype - I'm tempted to get myself a full account and start moving my telephone communications over to it, but I don't know if I'm ready to untether myself quite that much yet.

Check out the download here, hopefully your device is supported.

Skype has introduced the Skype 2.2 Beta for Windows Mobile devices, including enhanced support for Pocket PC devices the long due support for Windows Mobile Smartphone device.

As part of the new features released on this version is an enhanced today/home screen providing presence status and event notification (missed calls, new chat messages and voicemails). Proxy support is also being added, with support for regular HTTP or HTTPS proxies, and authenticating HTTPS/SSL and SOCKS5 proxies

Read: Skype 2.2 for Windows Mobile Supports Smartphone

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5 years ago

HTC to Buy Back Own Stock

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HTC to Buy Back Own Stock

Not much to say here, looks like HTC is taking advantage of the fact that their stock took a dip earlier to consolidate some of their ownership. Palm also did this earlier this year. I'm no stock analyst, but it seems like a good idea to me.

High Tech Computer (HTC) has decided to carry out a stock buy-back plan, aiming to purchase as many as five million outstanding shares of its own stock from the Taiwan stock market at a price ranging from NT$601 to NT$800 (US$18.50-24.60), the company said on December 12 after a board meeting.

Read: HTC to buy back own stock to shore up share price

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5 years ago

Crossbow Coming 1st Half of 2007?

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Crossbow Coming 1st Half of 2007?

DigiTimes is a great source for little bits of surprising info right out of Taiwan (Home of all sorts of WM device makers). The latest snippet is that Microsoft expects WM6 (of whatever it will be called) to start rolling out within 6 months or so, but really hitting its stride a year after that. What I want to know is when we get Photon.

Taiwan handset makers estimate the system will become the mainstream platform in the market during the second half of 2008. According to Wu, shipments of handset devices based on the latest operating system usually ship in volume about six months after the first model is introduced.

Read: Windows Mobile 6.0-based handsets to hit the market in 1H07

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5 years ago

Pimped Out PPC

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Pimped Out PPC

The folks at PocketPC Mag secured the services of one Dr. Kei (warning, audio on that link), a San Francisco-based guy who pimps-out phones. I'm pretty conservative, design-wise, but this stuff is pretty hot. Might be worth checking out if you ever feel like your phone isn't impressing the Joneses quite enough.

Now mind you, obviously the designs you've seen in this series and on Dr. Kei's website are showy enough to draw some attention; however, you can create a conservative or more discreet design to suit your own taste so don't let anything stop you from making your device your own!

Read: Smartphone & Pocket PC Magazine Expert: Rey Flores

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5 years ago

Now this is a fun website

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Now this is a fun website

Microsoft has a new(ish) site extolling the virtues of Windows Mobile, the theme is Work Wherever. Now yesterday I wasn't so keen on admitting that I can work whenever and wherever, but this stuff is funny enough to make it worth it. Go take a look, be sure not to miss the outtakes.

In my other life at TreoCentral I noted that Palm has a new "check out what you can do" site called onTreo and I gotta say that this Microsoft site blows it out of the water.

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5 years ago

Sprint Productivity Survey: Apparently we're happy working all the time

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Sprint conducted a survey recently that revealed that folks think their phone makes them more productive, that text messaging helps that, and that we're bringing our work phones along on vacation. How exactly to reconcile that last point with the feeling that we "have achieved work-life balance"? With a lot of denial, if you ask me.

Ah well, these results should make bosses more likely to buy their employees fancy smartphones, that's hopefully a win for us lowly workers.

Today Sprint (NYSE: S) released findings from the 2006 Sprint Productivity Survey, a nationwide index of wireless phone users and their productivity. Although the results show nearly all wireless phone subscribers (93 percent) bring work-related mobile phones on vacation, the majority of Americans say they have achieved work-life balance (73 percent) and are more productive today than two years ago (67 percent).


Read: Sprint Announces findings from the 2006 Sprint Productivity Survey

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5 years ago

Handango Predictions for Smartphone Market in 2007

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Handango has a dog or two in this hunt: the expanding smartphone market. So it's no surprise that their predictions for 2007 involve, er, expansion. Taking a look at what they have here, I'm wondering why it doesn't also include:

8) Sun will rise 9) Sun will set

Ok, I kid because I love. I do hope that #3- increased GPS services comes true. I also hope that WM doesn't require me to futz with COM ports in their next release.

1. Smartphones Will Go Mainstream
2. Mobile TV Will Hit the Small Screen in a Big Way
3. GPS-Enabled Location Based Services (LBS) Will Be Killer Applications
4. Smartphone Adoption in Europe Will Continue to Explode
5. Over-The-Air (OTA) Downloads Will Grow at a Faster Pace
6. More Professionals in Vertical Markets Will Rely on Smartphone Content
7. Large Consumer Brands Will Create Content for Smartphones

Read: Handango Predicts the Smartphone Market's Top Seven in '07: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

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5 years ago

RIM Sues Samsung over Blackjack

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RIM Sues Samsung over Blackjack

Maybe RIM has a point when they claim that people would get the Samsung Blackjack confused with the Blackberry, but it's a stretch. I'd also like to think that after all their problems with litigation in the past, RIM might be a little more forgiving than most companies. I suppose not.

Also in danger of getting sued: Black Keys, Black Mamba, and Black Panthers.

Research in Motion (RIM) has sued Samsung Telecommunications America, claiming that Samsung's BlackJack smart phone violates the BlackBerry trademark.
RIM is asking that Samsung be stopped from selling the BlackJack and Black Carbon mobile phones and is seeking unspecified damages, according to court filings. The lawsuit was filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
"Samsung is misleading the public into falsely believing that Samsung's goods and services are connected with RIM's business," the filing states.

Read: Today @ PC World RIM Sues Samsung over BlackJack Phone Name

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5 years ago

Verizon gets MotoQ in Black

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Verizon gets MotoQ in Black

Here you go, Verizon users, a black MotoQ for a $50 premium. Looks like it's got that "soft-touch" paint that's popular with the kids these days. Nothing special in terms of hardware or software improvements, though. Just black.

They should watch out, though, looks like RIM is suing anybody who puts the word "black" in their product title.

Verizon Wireless today announced a black version of the Motorola Q. The device, which is available for order today, features a rubberized black housing that is black all the way through. This insures that if the device is scratched, the Q will retain the black color.

Read: Qusers.com - Verizon offers Motorola Q in Black

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5 years ago

Alltel Gets Palm Treo 700wx, with WM 5.2?

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Looks like alltell is getting the 700wx and they're selling it for a decent price, $349.99 after rebates and contract agreement and suchlike. They're listing it as having Windows Mobile 5.2 Pocket PC Edition, which is either a big old slap in the face to Palm's other WM-Treo-Toters or a mistake (perhaps a mistaken reference to AKU2).

Otherwse, not a whole lot to see here, it's the 700wx, it's alltell, it's a good thing.

Read: Palm® Treo 700wx

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5 years ago

HTC Vox: Do you really need that dialpad anymore?

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Slashphone points us to the HTC Vox, perhaps one of the first phones that'll be sporting Crossbow. For now, let's pass over the fact that we're discussing what appears to be little more than a CAD mockup to get to the real meat of it: would anyone really want to give up screen real estate for a dial pad when there's a slideout keyboard just a flick away?

The HTC Vox might use the newer Windows Mobile OS - the Crossbow. It will support  GSM Quad-band network, plus the help of Wi-Fi, EDGE and bluetooth wireless connection. Other features include a 2 megapixel camera, microSD slot and 96MB RAM / 128MB ROM memory. Expect to see more info in early 2007.

Read: SlashRumor: HTC Vox Pocket PC Phone - SlashPhone.com

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