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5 years ago

Review: High Seas: Guns and Gold

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5 years ago

T-Mobile - let's do (3G) launch

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T-Mobile - let's do (3G) launch

It was rumored a few weeks ago that T-Mobile would be expanding its 3G service on Oct. 1, and now TmoNews has the leaked poster to go along with it.

New York City has been enjoying T-Mo's brand of high-speed for a little while now, and if you're in the following cities, start licking your chops and be sure to snag a 3G-capable device.

Possibly getting a speed boost are: Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, Minneapolis, New England, NJ and Long Island, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa and Washington, D.C.

(Is it just me, or are those lunchroom salt shakers in the corner? Should we be taking this with a big grain of it, then? Or tossing it over our shoulders?)

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5 years ago

Tip of the Week Month Whenever: Turn off the screen duing calls!

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Ah...the Tip of the Week, that little column that fell down that busy hole of life. Hopefully we'll be able to bring back this gem on a semi-regular basis. To make up for it, here is a nice little tip that is easy and free.

What we're gonna do is give you a way to turn off the screen (not just dim the back light) during your phone calls.

Why you ask? Simple: one of the top killers of your precious phone battery is the powering the LCD screen.

Click the link to read for the deets!....

When on a 40 minute phone call, the LCD screen is on the entire time, even if the back light isn't. That's wasted power! Your cheek doesn't need to read your email, so let's turn it off, eh?

(BTW, you should have your screen auto-dim to 30 seconds or less under your Settings).

To do this, first download the freeware app "BlackMe" (click here for mobi download). Install as usual.

Next you can just leave it under your "Programs" area and navigate there when on a phone call (boo) or just assign it to a spare key (assuming you have one; if not try AE Button Plus).

For myself, I've assigned it to my "Option + Calendar" button combo on my Treo 800w. Now when a call comes in and I know it may take awhile, I'll quickly hit that key combo and kill my screen. This will not only save some battery life, but will slightly reduce some of that device hotness as well.

But how to turn it back on? Simple. Just hit the "Action key" on your dpad and the screen comes back on and you're facing "BlackMe's" dialogue which allows you to re-enable or Exit. This app is also great for all sorts of intesive activities that you do on your WM device but don't need the screen on (GPS caching, music, remote hacking of Pentagon compu

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5 years ago

Treo 800w: Selling a lot or Not enough to sell?

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Palm, Inc. has been having a decent week so far, hitting 2 million Centro sales and getting out that BT voice-dial patch.

On top of that JP Morgan has some interesting things to say regarding the Treo 800w:

Bad news: Sprint and Best Buy stores are woefully short

...nearly all of them complained of a lack of inventory. Four of ten Best Buys...in the NY tri-state area complained of zero inventory, and weekly deliveries of just 5 units... We heard similar complaints at Sprint stores, where inventory levels ranged from zero to just 5 units, typically.

Good news: Demand appears to be high for the device

The stores reported strong demand for the recently-introduced 800W...
...and weekly deliveries of just 5 units, which sell out nearly immediately.

So why the constraint? According to Palm, they were not expecting anymore supply problems for the Centro (like they had earlier) and it seems odd, though perhaps plausible that the 800w would.

Another angle would be that production is just not up to par yet and in addition newer devices will have to be re-flashed with a the new updated ROM (which would include BT voice-dialing). According to our esteemed forum member (and software wiz) Hannip, the new BT voice-dial patch was not something Palm whipped up overnight:

Wow, I just peeked inside the cab and this was no small feat by Palm. No way this was done in a few weeks. It's a major overhaul of the wav driver, bluetooth audio gateway and volume service. Of particular notice is a huge audio settings xml file in \Windows\AudioSettings.pm. It defines every aspect of audio on the device.

This lends credence to the idea that BT voice-dialing was always planned but just not ready for launch, as opposed to sheer oversight. Indeed if that is the case, it would make sense to constrain supply until it was ready, while still maintaining their soft launch with Sprint.

If we see increased supply and devices with updated ROMs in the next few weeks, that just might be reason.

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile 6.1 for Moto Q9h Leaks onto the Web

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Head on over to the UK site MOTOMODDING and take a peek, the expected Windows Mobile 6.1 update for the Motorola Q9h has leaked out, as we see from this post from mexiken:

Finally !!!! A very very special thank you to the Verms, aka The Verminator, for without him, none of this would be possible. Thanks dude !!!! Please give all credit to him for actually getting the file. I just downloaded, verified, and let everyone know

It looks pretty legit, too,

SHIP_NORMAN_AP_U_01.09.28R_MODEM4_U_40.11.40R_04_U : This is the official, AT&T branded 6.1 update !!!! Enjoy !!!! (70.58 MB).

“Norman” was (/is) the codename for the Q9h. Installing ROMs on the Q9h is a little more complicated than with HTC's devices, requiring that you use RSD Lite (which is itself a little nefarious). Read through the whole MotoModding thread to get a feel for it.

For those of us who aren't as daring, this is at least a good sign that the official update is coming soon. :D

Big thanks to Mike and Paul for the tip!

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5 years ago

Touch Diamond in GSM 3G Flavor hits the FCC

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Phone Scoop [via Mobility Site] caught the Touch Diamond over at the FCC yesterday. Ordinarily, this wouldn't bother us much, as we have long figured that it would show up in CDMA flavor here first. Oh ho, but wait, this Diamond is GSM: “This new version seen on the FCC site includes WCDMA 850/1900, and also confirms Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and Wi-Fi.”

Those WCDMA 850/1900 bands are the bands that AT&T uses for 3G here in the states. That means, of course, that the Diamond isn't going to be stuck as an EDGE-only device here. What we don't know is whether or not AT&T is going to officially pick it up. They gave the original Touch a pass and we haven't heard any rumblings yet about them picking it up, so the outlook isn't great on getting this thing at a subsidized price.

As usual, HTC has asked the the rest of the details they sent to the FCC be kept confidential, this time “indefinitely.” Ouch.

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5 years ago

Video goodness of the HTC Touch Pro

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Video goodness of the HTC Touch Pro

The HTC Touch Pro (aka Raphael) recently made its way through the FCC. And to celebrate, The Unwired brings us a pair of review videos, giving you get a pretty good idea of what's in store once it hits the U.S. The first video focuses on software, while the second takes a look at the hardware.

The HTC Touch Pro is the slider keyboard version of the Touch Diamond. A quick rundown of what we can expect when it finally hits the states:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1.
  • 512 megs ROM/288 megs RAM.
  • 528 MHz Qualcomm processor.
  • TouchFLO 3D (presumably with the updated ROM).
  • Bluetooth 2.0 w/EDR.
  • WiFi.
  • Built-in GPS.
  • 3-2MP camera.
  • Slide-out keyboard.
  • 1340 mAh battery.
  • MicroSD.

And without further ado, we bring you The Unwired's:

Hands-on software review
Hands-on hardware video review

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5 years ago

Update: Sprint AIRAVE confirmed for Aug. 17

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Update: Sprint AIRAVE confirmed for Aug. 17

Update: OK, Sprint made it official this morning.

Starting August 17, Sprint customers will be able to purchase the AIRAVE at Sprint stores across the country for $99.99 (taxes excluded). Customers are required to subscribe to the AIRAVE enhanced coverage plan, which is priced at just $4.99** per month in addition to the customer's regular wireless voice plan. Customers who do not have one of Sprint's unlimited voice plans, such as Simply Everything, can get unlimited in-home calling by subscribing to the optional AIRAVE Unlimited Voice plan for an additional $10 per month** for individuals or $20 per month for families.** For more information, customers can visit www.sprint.com/airave.

Get the full lowdown here.

The Internets were slightly abuzz Tuesday with word that Sprint's AIRAVE signal booster has gone on sale nationwide.

As you undoubtedly remember from our previous coverage, AIRAVE - for an additional $99 for the base station, $4.99 per month per base station and $10 per month for single-line use ($20 for multi-line) - borrows your broadband Internet connection and spits out a CDMA signal where you otherwise might not have one.

However, at least one poster over at PhoneScoop seems to have gotten the runaround from Sprint, and another says the service won't actually be available until Aug. 17. BetaNews updated its site Tuesday evening clarifying that AIRAVE is not yet available.

There's been no official announcement yet, and Sprint's Web site still says you must contact your nearest Sprint store.

So if you're up for spending more money for cell service that you're, er, already spending money for, give it a shot, and let us know if you're able to track one down yet. We're not holding our breath.

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5 years ago

RIM Losing on-deck Nokia support, EAS to become Industry Standard?

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With all the innovation going on, you have to ask your self why we are still using middleware when it comes to getting our PIM info. Jason Langridge sees this and sheds some light on the subject in his blog. Companies like RIM and GoodLink depend on you going through them in order to get your info. Palm and Nokia are wising up and are treating their services like a scene from Scarface. They

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5 years ago

Review: Microsoft Live Search Mobile

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Review: Microsoft Live Search Mobile

Did you ever wish you could ask your phone a question and it would give you an answer? Have you ever been out of town and had an appetite for Italian but didnt know the local restaurants? Want to catch the latest movie and would like to know where its playing? On your way home and curious what the traffic was like and didnt want to wait for the traffic updates on the Radio?

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5 years ago

Verizon Adds 1.5 Million Subscribers in Q2

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Verizon Adds 1.5 Million Subscribers in Q2

Verizon has reported their Q2 results, you can get some of the details in their Press Release. The biggest news: they've added 1.5 million subscribers (compare that to Sprint's loss of over a million a couple of months ago) in the past three months, bringing their total up to 68.7 million and further solidifying their spot as the top dog in the industry. Toss in that potential Alltel deal and we're looking at a juggernaut.

Verizon also noted that though they saw some losses to AT&T from the iPhone, it wasn't much and they're not too worried. The effect since July 11th has been 'minimal' and they also claimed, as we did way back when the first iPhone shipped, that the iPhone could potentially help them by the “rising tide raises all ships” effect of people becoming more interested in smartphones in general.

Oh yes, they're making plenty of money, too:

Verizon's total operating revenues grew to $24.1 billion in the second quarter 2008. This is a 3.7 percent increase compared with the second quarter 2007, or an increase of 4.9 percent when adjusted for the spinoff of the Wireline segment's non-strategic local exchange and related business assets in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont (non-GAAP). Total operating expenses increased 2.4 percent to $19.6 billion, comparing second quarter 2008 with second quarter 2007.

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5 years ago

Opera Mobile 9.5 beta notification bug fixed

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The folks over at Opera Mobile have updated the beta release of version 9.5 of their mobile browser.

Addressed is a bug that turned off notification sounds. And while Opera acknowledges that there are other bugs it's working on, they're not fixed in this release.

We have updated the beta1 with a fix for the (very annoying) bug that turned off the notification sounds. The notification bugfix was relatively trivial and had a low risk. We are aware of the other bugs and issues, but these aren't addressed in this update.

Also noted on Opera's blog is our how-to on moving the cache file off your device and on to your storage card. (Commence horn tootage!)

Keyboard problems persist: Aside from the "Out of Memory" errors, one of the other biggest gripes with the 9.5 beta has been with soft keyboards. Opera is aware of this and says the problem lies not with its software - or Windows Mobile for that matter - but with customized keyboards.

Opera supports the SIP architecture and the IME architecture, so Opera works fine with the default Microsoft keyboards. Unfortunately, many new devices have shiny keyboards that look nice, but do not comply to Microsoft's SIP [software-based input panel] and/or IME [input method editor] standard. Those keyboards work well on an edit control, but not with other applications that want to use user-input from a keyboard.

Basically, there are standards with which Opera Mobile works just fine, but some of these newfangled software keyboards just aren't playing nicely. Opera says it will work to make its browser more compatible with nonstandard keyboards, but that there are limits, which makes sense. Standards are set for a reason. Let's hope the keyboard programmers fix things on their end.

Get the Opera Mobile 9.5 beta 1 here, and let us know in the comments if your notification problems are fixed.

And if you haven't seen it yet, check out Dieter's hands-on video walk-through of Opera Mobile 9.5.

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5 years ago

Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 11

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Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 11

This week's Software Wrangle is one short on new apps, but to make it up to you, I've included some extra FREE apps. Make sure you take some time this week to saddle up and rope in these apps for a closer look! This week we are featuring new software for WM Standard, Mileage Manager. Updated software includes Elecont Launcher and SmartReg for Windows Smartphone. Free software is TempoPerfect and Note2Day.

WM Professional new software is iContact and eDrinksMixn Deluxe. Updated software includes IRCy and FairwayWatch. Freeware is Pocket Uno and PockeTwit.

Read on for this week's Wrangle!

WM Standard: New

Starting off this week is a new WM Standard app, MileageManager v1.0 by Total Wireless Solutions.

MileageManager keeps record of your Business and Personal trips and tracks your reimbursement amount calculated automatically based on the reimbursement rate.

Following data can be stored in MileageManager - Date - Trip Purpose - Odometer Start - Odometer Finish - Distance - Reimbursement Rate - Amount - Type -> Business -> Personal

Features: - Keep record of your Trips on your smartphone easily & efficiently. - Automatic calculation of 'Distance' and 'Amount Owed' based on Odometer readings and reimbursement rate. - Remembers last 'Odometer Finish' reading as your default 'Odometer Start' reading for your next trip. - Generate custom reports in HTML format for printing OR as a CSV file for easy integration with Microsoft® Excel. - Export Records in Excel or CSV file formats. - Record & Manage both your Business and Personal trips. - Advanced Sorting and Filtering options to help You track and manage Your mileage records efficiently. - Supports multiple currencies.

Get MileageManager v1.0 for $9.50 here.




WM Standard: Updated


Elecont Launcher for Smartphone v1.0.74 by Elecont, was just featured last week as a new app and already has an update, so it's our first updated software for WM Standard this week.

Allows you to start programs, documents and sites directly from Home screen. You can start your favourite shortcuts with one click. Optimized for finger usage. Double click prevents erroneous launch programs.

Features: - Windows-like quick launch on Home and Today screen. - Starts for any applications, URLs, documents and control panel in one click. - Double click prevents erroneous launch programs. - Animated icons on Home and Today screen. - Compatible with Windows Mobile themes. - Free full-functional 3-day trial version. - Free updates.

Get Elecont Launcher for Smartphone v1.0.74 for $9.95 here.

SmartReg for Windows Smartphone v3.5 by Speed Software is next up.

Just a word of caution -- making changes in the registry of your device is NOT for the faint of heart, so it's a good idea to know what you're doing before you lift the hood and start tinkering with the engine. However, if you want an app that will help you track the changes you make, this is one to consider.

Forgotten that registry change you made last week that you really wish you'd never made? Not a problem if you made the change with SmartReg. Simply look in the change history list, view the change and then undo it!

SmartReg is the professional Windows Mobile registry editor. It contains all the features you would expect of a standard registry editor PLUS complete historical change log, comprehensive undo/redo and regular expression searching.

Get SmartReg for Windows Smartphone v3.5 for only $15.95 here.

WM Standard: Freeware



The first free app for WM Standard this week is TempoPerfect at www.smartphone-freeware.com.

TempoPerfect is a Metronome that runs on your PC, Pocket PC or Smartphone and can be controlled on a PC using your mouse or hotkeys. Unlike mechanical metronomes that wind down, TempoPerfect provides a clear and precise beat that can be acurately adjusted for the correct bpm. TempoPerfect is an essential tool for any musician.

TempoPerfect features a visual beat indicator bar that bounces from left to right in time with the beat. This provides musicians with a very helpful visual cue. For those of us who cannot remember the correct bpm for a particular speed (eg. Allegro), TempoPerfect also includes a tempo guide in the main window.

You can get TempoPerfect for Free right here.






The next free app for WM Standard is Note2Day v1.0.1 at www.smartphone-freeware.com.

Did something special happen in your life today? A memorable family event? A vacation that you wish to remember? There are many reasons to keep a diary and Note2Day makes it easy to carry a diary in your pocket.

Note2Day turns your smartphone into your personal diary (journal). Add notes with timestamp. Browse and select notes. All notes are stored in single text file so it's easy to import/export and edit your diary.

You can get Note2Day for Free right here.










WM Professional: New

The first new WM Professional application for this week is iContact v0.76 from Doug Melton.

Doug developed this open-source app on his own time for the WM community. If you download and use his app, it's FREE, but donations are welcome and you can download iContact and donate here. Thanks, Doug!

iContact is designed to be an all-inclusive finger-friendly contact manager for Windows Mobile PocketPC phones. It's no secret that it's taken design cues from "other devices". I started out with larna's open-source iContact v0.6, and ran with it!

Please note: iContact 0.76 will not work with WM2003 or non-phone devices. Don't try to install it. For those, iContact 0.6 should work.

Check out the xda-developers thread!

You can get iContact v0.76 for Free (donations are welcomed) here.









Next up is eDrinksMixn Deluxe v4.0 by Lakshmi Solutions LLC. Just remember -- Don't Drink and Drive!

Use eDrinksMix

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5 years ago

Michael Dell drops vague hint at smartphone

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Michael Dell drops vague hint at smartphone

Never one to be left out of the smartphone rumor mill, Dell now is rumored to be possibly working on a smartphone.

Maybe.

In an interview with Om Malik, founder Michael Dell drops the following bombshell:

"We are certainly looking at the whole smartphone category, but I wouldn’t expect anything anytime soon."

There you have it, folks.

OK, he did talk about five opportunities that Dell is looking into - consumer business, mobile computers, emerging nations, enterprise and medium/small businesses. And he did note that he's not ready to go public on any plans to work with Android or Symbian.

So that's more than enough to get things going. Let the speculation begin!

Read the GigaOM interview (via Engadget Mobile)

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5 years ago

AT&T crying foul over Sprint-Clearwire deal

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Just when it seems Sprint might be getting off the mat, along comes AT&T throwing another punch.

AT&T has asked the Federal Communications Commission to halt the merger of Sprint's WiMAX division with Clearwire, another blow to the creation of the companies' planned $15 billion 4G network. In April, Sprint announced that the launch of its XOHM service was delayed, and that they're still looking to get it going later this year.

But Brighthand reports that AT&T is crying foul and contends the deal isn't under enough scrutiny, with the emphasis on a number of spectrum licenses held by Sprint and Clearwire.

Responds Sprint:

A spokesman for Sprint said that the companies have documented for the FCC on a county by county basis how much spectrum they would hold after the merger, and that nearly 50 public entities had filed similar comments in support of the proposed merger.

We'll keep an eye on this one.

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