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5 years ago

Opera Mini - Great Browser, So-So Security

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Opera Mini - Great Browser, So-So Security

Rene from our friends at The iPhone Blog must be feeling his oats -- it's not enough that they talk about Mobile Safari is better than PocketIE (it is), he has to point out that even some of our alternatives aren't quite up to snuff. Case in point: Opera Mini. It's a great little browser (though it does require you use a Java Virtual Machine) that keeps most of the work of rendering the pages on Opera's proxy servers -- meaning you get the pages pre-rendered for your screen very quickly. All in all, good stuff.

Good stuff, but not necessarily secure stuff. Take a gander at Opera Mini's security page:

Is there any end-to-end security between my handset and — for example — paypal.com or my bank?

No. If you need full end-to-end encryption, you should use a full Web browser such as Opera Mobile.

Opera Mini uses a transcoder server to translate HTML/CSS/JavaScript into a more compact format. It will also shrink any images to fit the screen of your handset. This translation step makes Opera Mini fast, small, and also very cheap to use. To be able to do this translation, the Opera Mini server needs to have access to the unencrypted version of the Web page. Therefore no end-to-end encryption between the client and the remote Web server is possible.

Also notable for folks who might be tempted to access very sensitive info via Opera Mini: since it uses a proxy server, technically you're giving any passwords you use in Opera Mini to Opera. Of course they promise not to keep them or use them (and of course we trust them not to, Opera's good people). But if you're the paranoid type, Opera Mobile might be the better choice. Once Opera Mobile 9.5 hits, well, we'll be telling you to use that regardless.

via Security Now!

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5 years ago

Thrrum Bringing Mobile Visual Search to Sprint

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5 years ago

Microsoft news flash: Consumers like mobile music!

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Sometimes you just have to shake your head at Microsoft and sigh.

In a recent interview with the Reuters news network, Andy Lees, senior VP of Redmond's Mobile Communications side, said future versions of WinMo will focus on improving the music experience.

"One thing that Apple has leveraged on is the music scenario, and I think that that is something the operators and ourselves are partnering on."
Lees said music in cellphones was a huge business opportunity, since every year consumers bought 10 times as many music-enabled cellphones as iPods.

You can almost see Microsoft execs walking into Tuesday night's Celtics-Lakers thrashing in fourth quarter, sitting down and saying, "Hey, guys. How's it going? Who's winning?"

So, let's recap the recent MS revelations:

Catch the trend? We ... Need ... Better ...

Now the good news: Microsoft really is working on all of the above. Real redesigns - and not just "better" apps - are actually in the works. Let's just hope that it comes soon enough to counter the coming iPhone marketshare onslaught.

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5 years ago

CompUSA Selling Quad-Band HTC Touch Diamond? -- Um, No.

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So this isn't supposed to exist, weird: Engadget has dug up a product page over at CompUSA purporting to sell an unlocked, quad-band HTC Touch Diamond. No fooling -- go take a gander!

We were honestly not expecting this to show up in a Quad-Band (read: works perfectly in the USA) for quite awhile. Still, if you're willing to part with $$779.99, you could go on and find out if this is the real deal for the rest of us. Any takers?

Update: Word from HTC on Engadget's post is that no, not so much, this is just CompUSA (well, actually, TigerDirect) screwing up their Spec page.

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5 years ago

BGR reviews the Xperia X1

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BGR reviews the Xperia X1

Although we may have had the first hands-on review with the Xperia X1 here at WMExperts, the truth of it is we only had an hour or so with the device. Boy Genius, however, he's had it for a few days now and has posted his thoughts.

Highlights:

  • The 800x480 screen is awesome
  • There's four (4), count them, FOUR different notification lights
  • Browsing is snappy over WiFi or 3G
  • The keyboard, not so hot
  • The optical joystick is good stuff.

I'm not a slider-man myself, but I still want one nonetheless. You?

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5 years ago

HTC to Make Mobile Internet Device / Netbook?

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HTC to Make Mobile Internet Device / Netbook?

Looks like Palm really was ahead of the curve with the Foleo -- since then we've seen a raft of laptop-esque devices. Call them Mobile Internet Devices (“MIDS”) or (as Engadget recommends and we agree) Netbooks, it a neat idea that's coming on strong. The EEE PC, Dell's upcoming little monster, the Shift, the RedFly, the list goes on.. The latest rumor is that HTC intends to get in on this action in a big way:

market sources in Taiwan indicated that HTC is developing new MID (Mobile Internet Device) products, using Intel's Atom and Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipset platforms. New devices are likely to be unveiled in the second half of 2008. -

This rumor fits in very nicely with something Qualcomm let drop not too long ago, that they're excited to develop NetBook-style-devices with Windows Mobile 7 as the OS. It's a good idea. The thing that struck me most during my RedFly Review was that although the Windows Mobile interface is plagued by too many “Desktop Metaphors,” that very weakness becomes a big big strength when you put it on a laptop-like device. It's like Windows Mobile was made for Netbooks.

[via MoDaCo]

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5 years ago

What's Installed On your WinMo Standard Device?

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We've recovered from the Week o' Weather apps (hint: see the roundup here), but we still have Windows Mobile Standard on the brain. We figure that there are a lot of people out there who have moved to standard from Pro recently -- Standard is less and less the 'redheaded stepchild' of Windows Mobile Proper and more and more the platform of choice for developers. Plus -- the devices are, let's face it, thinner and a little sexier.

So! Cadman starts up a conversation in our forums that we want to continue: What's installed on your WinMo Standard Device? What's your fave? What do you miss from your old device that you need on your new WM Standard smartphone? Hit us up in the comments!

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5 years ago

Samsung i788 to Hit AT&T?

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Samsung i788 to Hit AT&T?

Here's a fun rumor we heard over the weekend from an anonymous tipster: at a meeting for AT&T Store managers, looks like a few manufacturer reps got a little overexcited about what's coming down the pike. One couldn't help himself from pulling a BlackBerry Bold out and flashing it around. Another, she had a full-on gear bag full of phones -- one of which appeared to be the Samsung i780. Technically, it would have been the Samsung SGH-i788, which has the bands necessary for the US 3G networks.

The rep said it was "OTA," which apparently in her parlance meant "not released" instead of "Over the air." As you'd expect, it's just a little thicker than the BlackJack II, features that weird mouse pointer, a telescoping stylus, and was, in fact, branded with the AT&T logo.

It was in the standard black color and was relatively pretty light considering what it packs. The battery was dead so our tipster didn

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5 years ago

Play Commodore 64 on Windows Mobile

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Play Commodore 64 on Windows Mobile

1982-83. A banner time for geeks and gamers the world 'round. Lotus 1-2-3. Reagan's "Star Wars" Strategic Defense Initiative. Pioneer 10 leaves the solar system. Nintendo goes on sale in Japan. Microsoft Word (word!).

And, of course, the Commodore 64.

In this age of dual-core and multitouch, it's sometimes nice to go back to a simpler era, when 8 bits were enough to get you through the day. Now, you can do it on your Windows Mobile device, thanks to Clickgamer's Pocket Commodore 64 Plus Vic 20.

Featured in this upgrade are:

  • A completely re-written new core and interface.
  • Complete user control over CPU frequency, disk frequency, vertical frame rate, border sizes, etc.
  • BIOS roms BUILT-IN! Choose from 7 Kernal ROMs and 2 disk ROMs!
  • Full menus, keyboard and paddle controls in landscape mode.
  • Customizable skins.
  • And much, much more!

Pocket C64 runs on all forms of Windows Mobile, standard and pro, and costs

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5 years ago

Review: BlueTrek Tattoo Bluetooth Headset

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5 years ago

Review: Spb Backup 2.0 for Windows Mobile

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Review: Spb Backup 2.0 for Windows Mobile

Spb Backup 2.0 by Spb Software House, available at the WMExperts store for $24.95 here, is a backup program for your Windows Mobile Smartphone or Pocket PC that's designed to be powerful yet simple to use. I have had the opportunity to use Spb Backup 2.0 on my Tilt (WM Professional) and my review follows!

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5 years ago

Review: Resco Explorer (2007)

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5 years ago

Pantech Duo 2 Appears at the FCC

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Pantech Duo 2 Appears at the FCC

Fan (Okay, maybe there's more than one) Fans of the Pantech Duo - you know who you are - can rejoice in the fact that that the Duo 2 appears to be making its way back through the FCC (by way of Phonemag).

While the FCC filing is as cryptic as ever, we have ascertained the following:

  • It's made by Pantech.
  • It sports the 850 and 1900 bands, making AT&T a safe bet.
  • It has Bluetooth (duh).
  • There are five screws hidden beneath the battery.

If you want to find out more, bone up on your materials science, hit up the FCC report and see just what those little 3G radios will do to that pretty little head of yours.

Or you could take a look back at our video review of the original Pantech Duo and take your best shot at what improvements have been made.

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5 years ago

I770 coming to Verizon...hopefully

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I770 coming to Verizon...hopefully

Verizon may be getting blessed with Samsung's i770, given the spy shot from Engadget. As you can see the picture is a bit blurry and grainy. To us "blurry and grainy" equals new model. If indeed it is a finished i770, it looks to be rocking the lovely Windows Mobile Pro 6.1 with a sophisticated red shell. This one could be a competitor to the Samsung Blackjack II already on At&t

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5 years ago

In case you missed it: Firefox Mobile early demo

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While you were off last week gnashing your teeth over whether to desert Windows Mobile for that other soon-to-be released device, Mozilla released an early demo of what could ultimately become the Firefox Mobile browser.

Aza Raskin, head of User Experience at Mozilla Labs, warns us that the demo features an extremely experimental UI and is likely to change significantly before the Firefox Mobile browser is released. And more change seems likely, if you compare this latest demo to a previous peek. Also, this latest demo only focuses on touchscreen devices, meaning Windows Mobile Standard need not apply, though it does appear in the earlier demo.

Here are a few highlights:

  • "Tabbed" browsing exists as separate browser windows floating in space.
  • Pages feature kinetic scrolling, "Just like on the iPhone," Razkin says.
  • The UI is based on touchscreen, but is not multitouch.
  • Tabs can be dragged throughout the canvas and arranged however you like
  • Forward, back, address bar/search bar and bookmark controls are hidden in the side of the browser window and appear when you drag and pan a page horizontally.
  • At the bottom of each page is a row of extensible buttons that could be used to "digg this page," "send e-mail link," etc.

At this point, just about anything is better than Microsoft's Pocket Internet Explorer. And with the expected release of Opera 9.5 and Skyfire still a popular beta Firefox Mobile could prove to be another strong option when it's finally released.

Check in after the jump to watch Raskin's demo video of Firefox Mobile.

.com?pg=embed&sec=1152218">Vimeo.

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