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5 years ago

Fennec will sync tabs, is now just 'Firefox'

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My, my, these Mozilla folks are an ambitious bunch. We already know about a bunch of the goodies to expect when we finally get our hands on a working version of the Firefox mobile browser, heretofore known as "Fennec" or "Firefox Mobile."

We know that the browser should support things we're used to on the desktop version: Add-ons, tabbed browsing, and the coup de grace — support for Weave, which syncs bookmarks, add-ons, passwords and the like.

Now comes word from Mozilla dev Jono that the mobile browser will sync tabs. Fellow Mozillian Brad Lassey (check out our Q&A with him here) puts this into a real-world scenario:

Several use cases have been thrown around, but the one that rings the loudest for me goes something like this: You’re looking for a new restaurant to try from your laptop at home, find one and head out. Once you get to the neighborhood, you realize you have no idea where this hole in the wall place is. With tab syncing you can pull out your mobile device, launch Fennec and see a list of tabs open on your laptop (and all your other computers). You select the tab you need, and instantly are looking at the same content you had on your laptop.

Pretty cool, indeed. In other news, ZDNet UK [via] had a sit-down with Mozilla Mobile Business chief Jay Sullivan, who tells us that "Fennec" is just a code name, and the browser will simply be "Firefox," and not "Firefox Mobile."

So, you'll have Firefox running on your Windows phone, which in turn will be running Windows Mobile (be it 6, 6.1 or 6.5). Your desktop or lappy will have Firefox running on Windows, until such time as you choose to become mobile and — oh, no, I've gone cross-eyed.

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5 years ago

Celio Redfly, Opera Mobile finally play nice

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We've heard from a few of you out there asking when the Ceilo Redfly mobile companion would be compatible with the Opera Mobile 9.5 beta browser. Folks, your day has come. And, more important, Celio has heard you. The latest drivers build fixes the following:

  • The Opera 9.5 beta release of the browser (which ships natively with many of the phones above) is now supported.
  • USB performance and speed has been significantly enhanced.
  • A potential conflict between WiFi and Bluetooth can occasionally cause connections to be dropped. There are multiple things that affect Bluetooth connectivity and signal strength. This has been partially resolved.
  • Basic support for Direct Draw has been added to the REDFLY driver which now means that applications that used those interfaces will render properly on the REDFLY in most cases.
  • REDFLY.exe has been re-factored now to be a service under the OS for improved stability.

And things they're still working on:

  • This release does not support the HTC TouchFLO interface at this time. If this setting is enabled in the phone, REDFLY attempts to turn it off programmatically when you connect with the REDFLY, and then turn it back on when you disconnect.
  • The Sony XPERIA Panels Choice menu doesn't work when connected to REDFLY -Panels themselves scale and work, but the Choose Panel window doesn't.
  • The Sony XPERIA Phone Dialer window is cut off such that you can't see the number you are dialing.
  • Samsung Themes 1 and 2 are not supported with the REDFLY.
  • The Samsung Today and Samsung Widgets must not be checked (turned on) in the Omnia Settings menu.
  • If in portrait mode when connecting to the REDFLY, the dialer application on the Omnia will not render correctly. Connect while in landscape mode and this is not a problem.
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5 years ago

Steve Ballmer's Se7en priorities for 2009

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What was on Steve Ballmer's New Year's resolution list for 2009? ZDNet's Mary-Jo Foley got a peek. Windows 7, netbooks, servers, enterprise, entertainment, it's all there.

As far as Windows Mobile, here's what we've got:

Windows Mobile operating systems and gaming/Zune entertainment services — not a combined hardware/software platform like the iPhone — is where Microsoft is investing, Ballmer reiterated.

Again, no Zune phone. Foley also was kind enough to dig up what Ballmer predicted for 2007 and 2008. Click through to the jump to find out what those predictions were.

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5 years ago

Nokia N95 running Windows 3.1

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5 years ago

Motorola set to sell off Good

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Motorola set to sell off Good

If you're into the latest and greatest tech, it's safe to say you've blown a bit of cash at some point and later suffered from buyer's remorse. That's got to be the case for Motorola right now, which is set to jettison the Good Technology Group and sell it to Visto Corp. for an undisclosed sum, according to the Wall Street Journal (pay site). [via Gear Diary]

For a while, Good served as a ... um ... good alternative to Exchange and the BlackBerry Enterprise Server when it came to push e-mail. (Heck, Dieter points out that Good even dabbled in MP3 players back in the day. Way back in the day.) But Exchange 2007 and the BES have taken over the bulk of corporate e-mail (heck, again, even Google's licensed Exchange now), and so Good is being shown the door.

Now back to that buyer's remorse. Whereas you and I might have dropped a few hundred dollars on a gadget that quickly gathered dust on a shelf, Motorola in early 2007 dropped nearly a half-billion dollars on Good. That's billion with a "b." And it's probably safe to say Moto's not making that back. Oops. Well, you pay to play, and it looks like Good has become just one more nail in Motorola's coffin.

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5 years ago

Is a Samsung Georgio Armani phone with WinMo 6.5 like putting a pig on lipstick?

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While many tech manufacturers seem to be in a race to the bottom (see netbooks), Samsung (and world leader Nokia) are looking to the top.

In a piece from the Taipei Times [via Unwired View], Sammy says it expects to ship 200 million units this year, up about 4.4 million from last year. And we're not talking basic phones here.

Samsung’s handset focus this year will be on improving user-interface, promoting high-definition (HD) quality visual and sound, and introducing touch screen technology across different feature phones, (electronics division president Smile) Kim said.

As a mere footnote in the story is mention of "a Giorgio Armani phone with Windows Mobile." Presumably it would launch later with Windows Mobile 6.5. And if you haven't yet listened to Dieter's full rundown of Mobile World Congress, putting Windows Mobile 6.5 on an Armani phone may indeed be the definition of putting a pig on lipstick.

(Note: The above pic is a mashup from Unwired View putting Windows Mobile 6.5 on the Armani P520.)

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5 years ago

Sprint Treo Pro Surfaces at Best Buy

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Sprint Treo Pro Surfaces at Best Buy

Just when we were expecting another delay in Sprint's release of the Treo Pro, we run across the phone in Best Buy's Mobile Buyer's Guide for March! The Treo Pro (listed as Palm Pro) will run you $249.99 with a two year contract. Strangely though, if you're upgrading it will run an extra $20 (activation fee?). There's no availability date listed but the Buyer's Guide is dated for February 22, 2009 through March 28. 2009.

Thanks Gabriel for the tip!

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5 years ago

Resco Table Soccer

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Resco Table Soccer

I loved Table Soccer growing up and still love to play it when I see it in an arcade somewhere. I love to have a small chest full of time wasting, addicting games on my handheld for those times you really need them, like in the Doctor's waiting room or waiting for your delayed plane at the airport. So when I saw Resco's Table Soccer this last year I snagged it. The answer to my question of is it worth the money, was soon to be answered.  Just follow the break.

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5 years ago

The Great MWC09 Heist

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The Great MWC09 Heist

While it may not be the famous Pink Panther diamond, the HTC prototypes unveiled at Mobile World Congress were considered by many to be gems of an electronic nature. Then somebody decided to play the role of the Phantom and relieved Telstra Chief Executive Sol Trujillo of one of the new HTC devices (either a Touch Diamond 2 or Touch Pro 2) that Microsoft had loaned him. The reports are sketchy and the Australian Communications Company Exec is discounting the reports as not being true.

There is no confirmation as to what was loaded on the HTC phone, but reports are confirming that Microsoft indeed had loaned the phone to Trujillo and it was running the new Windows Mobile 6.5. We also know that Dieter was seen at the buffet line around the time of the heist trying to see how many shrimp he could stack on his plate. I wonder if we'll see a listing on eBay or Craig's List for a slightly used, Windows Mobile 6.5 phone in the near future?

[Read: News.Cnet.com]

Update: Now it appears the data and operating system on the stolen device were remotely wiped clean once the heist was reported. A Microsoft staffer told APC Mag that all sensitive data was wiped from the stolen device.

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5 years ago

HP On Board with Windows Mobile 6.5

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HP has issued a news release that Windows Mobile 6.5 will be used with its future devices. Quoting from the release:

"Windows Mobile 6.5 on HP smartphones will offer key enhancements to business productivity, personal messaging and mobile Internet capabilities, making it even easier for mobile customers to communicate and to manage critical business and personal information. With its new visual appeal, enhanced mobile Internet experience and greater personalization capabilities, the new operating system boosts the opportunities for Windows-based smartphones in broader market segments."

With LG pledging to make Windows Mobile its primary operating system for the foreseable future, the news release may be an effort to remind Microsoft (and the rest of us) that HP has been and still is a strong supporter. HP has a long-standing relationship with Microsoft's mobile systems dating back to the Jornada days that ran Windows CE and Pocket PC as well as the current Ipaq models running Windows Mobile.

HP didn't use this as an opportunity to announce any new devices that would be running Windows Mobile 6.5.  Does this mean that the Data and Voice Messengers will be compatible with Windows Mobile 6.5? Or delayed until WinMo 6.5 is released? Will a successor to the Ipaq 910c surface next? 

[Read: Engadget.com]

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5 years ago

Coming to (North) America: The Touch Pro 2

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For those who feared that the HTC Touch Pro 2 might go the way of the HTC Touch HD and never see the light of day in the United States, you can breath a collective sigh of relief. Shortly after the Mobile World Congress closed its doors, the company said via its Twitter feed:

"To answer the big question on everyone's minds, the Touch Pro2 will be broadly available in all major markets, including North America. We have not announced a launch date for the Touch Pro2 in any country yet. But we did announce we will start to roll it out late Q2."

One can only hope that the same will hold true for the Touch Diamond 2 and that "late Q2" holds true. And that this isn't some prank and that we'll have to gaze longingly at our Canadian neighbors.

[Read: Engadget.com]

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5 years ago

HTC releases update for Touch Pro

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HTC releases update for Touch Pro

While we all had our eyes last week on the Touch Pro 2 and Touch Diamond 2, HTC quietly released an update for the original Touch Pro. [via] Here's what's fixed:

  • The display of TouchFLO 3D sometimes may appear cracked.
  • When taking a picture, the auto focus function may malfunction in some circumstances.
  • In some circumstances, the preview screen will become black after taking picture.
  • In some circumstances, the device may hang while loading TouchFLO 3D.
  • When hanging up a phone call, there may be a delay in the display response.

This is a generic ROM available for the following languages: English (Pan Europe and UK), Italian, Dutch, German, French, Finnish, Portuguese and Spain. That also means if you're using the AT&T Fuze, you likely won't be able to use this update and if you do, your carrier settings likely will be wiped.

Consider yourselves warned. And as always, back up your data before updating anything. Now go get it here.

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5 years ago

Pantech Matrix Pro Available February 24th?

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Pantech introduced the Matrix Pro last week at the 2009 Mobile World Congress as the successor to the Pantech Duo. The Matrix Pro follows the tradition of the Duo by having a dual sliding keypad but better build quality. We have now learned through Pocketnow.com that the new Matrix Pro should be available at your friendly AT&T retail store beginning February 24, 2009. The reported price for the phone is $179.99 with a two year contract agreement. Non-contract pricing will likely be in the neighborhood $400-450.

The Matrix Pro will run Windows Mobile Standard and have a 528mhz processor under the hood. The new Pantech will have a 2.4" QVGA screen with GPS but no Wifi. The phone is noticeably thicker than its predecessor and appears to be thicker than other slider designs such as the HTC Touch Pro. We had our reservations about the Pantech Duo and while the build quality of the Matrix appears to be better, the thickness may be too much to overcome.

(Update: Brighthand has an early look)

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5 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 46

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5 years ago

Around SPE for 22 Feb, 2009

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Around SPE for 22 Feb, 2009

It's been quite a week for SPE, we wrapped up a bootload of live coverage of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. With details on Windows Mobile 6.5, the new HTC Magic Android phone, the new Ovi Application Store at Nokia Experts, and even a sneak preview of a GPS App for the iPhone, we were chock full of breaking mobile news.

This week we'll be bringing you more of the same, of course. Be sure you are paying special attention to CrackBerry.com, as this will be a HUGE week for CrackBerry Nation. This coming Thursday, February 26th, the site officially turns 2 years old!! And when CrackBerry.com turns another year older, it doesn't mean a day of celebrating, it means a week birthday festivities! Whether you're a BlackBerry owner or not you'll want to stay glued to the site for great contests, deals and giveaways each and every day. If you're not a daily visitor but want to follow the action, you can always subscribe to the CrackBerry RSS feeds or follow the site on Twitter at @crackberry.

Speaking of giveaways, time is running out for your chances to win a Nokia N85 or E71 at Nokia Experts, so be sure to head over and learn how to enter this week.

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