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5 years ago

Qualcomm Chip Ban Continues

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Qualcomm Chip Ban Continues

We just reported that Verizon got fed up with the Qualcomm chip ban and just settled with patent-owner Broadcom directly.

(I guess Verizon figured that they could trust Broadcom since Broadcom had the sense to get rid of co-founder Henry T. Nicholas a few years ago - who has been implicated not only in some stock option tomfoolery but also stands accused of building a secret lair for sex and drugs(!) under his estate. Yes, that's only tangentially related to the story here, but some things are just to juicy not to link. Thanks to Joe for the scandalous tip!)

Anyhow, seems like Verizon made the right decision, as things aren't going so well for Qualcomm:

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit dismissed Qualcomm's request for a stay of the ban, saying that it can't consider a stay until a presidential review period is over. U.S. President George Bush has 60 days following the U.S. International Trade Commission's decision from June 7 to overturn the ban.

Read: PC World - Qualcomm Chip Ban Upheld via engadget mobile

So it's looking like it really is going to take presidential intervention to keep Qualcomm's chips flowing into the US. Somebody throw Qualcomm a bone - they're having a rough time of it lately.

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5 years ago

Toshiba G900 Sleep Issue Patched

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Toshiba G900 Sleep Issue Patched

Bully to you, Toshiba! As much as I take guilty pleasure in super-phones not living up to expectations (mostly because I don't actually own said super-phone), I'm happy to see that you have released a patch for that pesky sleep issue. As Arne at the unwired mentions, it's just a patch (get it here) and not a full ROM update - so if you are one of the lucky owners of this superphone, be sure to store it in a safe place.

As mentioned before, Toshiba was expected to release a software patch for the Portégé G900's idle problem and here it is - just released in time: This patch is designed to resolve the issue of G900 devices failing to return to standby mode from deep sleep mode correctly, which some users have experienced and should only be installed by those who've encountered this specific problem.

Read: the::unwired - FIX: Toshiba released the expected Portégé G900 software patch

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5 years ago

Verizon Makes An End Run Around 3G Chip Ban

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Ah, Lawyers. At once both the cause of and the solution to all of life's problems (or maybe that was beer). Verizon apparently got fed up waiting for the President of the United States to help them and decided to help themselves. The problem was that Qualcomm 3G chips infringed on a Broadcom patent, so the International Trade Commission put the kybosh on any imports of new devices with the chips. Not good.

Instead, Verizon is just going to give Broadcom their blood money license fee - to the tune of 6 bucks for every handset, with some caps. Qualcomm is probably crying on the lawyers and in their beer, because it means that in order for any carrier to buy their chips, one of two things needs to happen now:

  • They need to pursue the lawsuit against Broadcom's patent on their own and win
  • Any carrier that wants to use their chips has to pay an extra fee to Broadcom.

Or, of course, those carriers could just go to some other chipmaker. Gee, what other chipmaker besides Qualcomm have I mentioned in this story?

Under a licensing agreement, Verizon will pay Broadcom $6 for every handset, PDA, or data card that uses EvDO (Evolution-Data Optimized) mobile broadband technology. The carrier will make the payments up to a ceiling of $40 million per calendar quarter and a lifetime maximum of $200 million. As part of the deal, Verizon also will drop an effort to overturn the ruling. Other terms are confidential, according to a statement released by the two companies.

Read: Verizon-Broadcom deal via jkOnTheRun

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5 years ago

HTC Vogue (that's a CDMA-Touch) gets FCC Approval

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We figured it was coming because of that leaked roadmap and now we have further proof - the FCC has approved the HTC Vogue, which is the CDMA (meaning higher-speed EVDO, huzzah!) version of the HTC Touch, with which I'm so smitten I can't put it down long enough to write up a review of it, choosing instead to make video comparisons with the iPhone.

Now T-Mobile in Europe has the GSM version of the HTC Touch, but I haven't seen much in the way of rumblings that it will make it onto T-Mobile in the US. Still and all, I'm pretty surprised to see that we'll be getting a CDMA version officially before we get the now available GSM version. But whatever, the more itty-bitty Windows Mobile 6 devices out there, the better. Verizon or Sprint? I don't know, but my hunch is Sprint. Just saying.

Thanks to the characteristically loose-lipped folks at the FCC, it looks like HTC's making good on the rumor that a CDMA rendition of the Touch was in the pipeline

Read: HTC Vogue sees FCC approval - Engadget Mobile

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5 years ago

Treo 750 Audio Alerts Update

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Treo 750 Audio Alerts Update

Boom! I've experienced this issue and always chalked it up to WMW (Windows Mobile Weirdness), but apparently it's just straight-up tomfoolery from Palm. See, with the Treo 750 (and yes, I also had similar issues with the 750v), sometimes alarms, alerts, and rings would just not happen. It was annoying and whenever I'd discovered that I'd missed a call it would send me on a two hour bugfix rampage that would make me feel better about myself and my (then new to me) platform but wouldn't actually fix the problem.

Well Joy - Palm has released a patch in the form of a relatively small .cab file. Note that it's not a ROM update, so you will need to remember to reinstall it if you do a hard reset. And really, aren't we better off that Palm didn't try to roll out a ROM update anyway?

One assumes that if Palm and AT&T ever get around to giving us that promised Windows Mobile 6 update, this'll be rolled into it as well.

Go getcher update here, complete with the sad story explaining why the error was allowed to happen in the first place.

An Audio  Alerts software update for the Treo 750 smartphone from AT&T is now available. Occasionally the Treo 750 can enter a state where sounds are lost for phone calls and notifications. This can result in missed calls and notifications.

(via Mobility Sitee)

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5 years ago

Microsoft Throwing Gobs of Cash at Online Live Services

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LiveSide reads the tea leaves from Microsoft's most recent Earnings Report. What might look like bad news, a posting of a big loss, actually bodes well for the future:

According to the report, the Online Services Group, which includes Windows Live, lost 732 million dollars this year, way up from the 74 million that they lost the previous year.  Now, what could they have spent 658 million extra dollars on this year.  Luckily for us, they let us in on that too.  The report sites, "increased data center costs in our Online Services Business," as the reason for the extra losses.

LiveSide notes that Microsoft has talked about building massive data centers in the past. All this spending could mean that we can expect even more beefed up Windows Live services, including online apps, in the near future. They call it Windows Live Core, we call it a good opportunity for the mobile space. A good opportunity, that is, if people can figure out just exactly what "Windows Live" means in the first place.

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5 years ago

Motorola Posts Loss - 2nd Quarter Pounded Them, With Cheese

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It's been a rough quarter for Motorola and the result is that they posted a loss of $28 million for the quarter. I'm not at all surprised by the loss. Take a gander at all of the hijinks that they've been though in the past few months:

And that's just the coverage here. Now, Motorola has said that they're hoping the smartphone space will help save them and they may have a point there - the only bright spot in their report is that "Enterprise Mobility" is doing just fine, thanks. Must be those nice guys from Good Technology that got brought into the fold. My advice to them - keep your head down and keep on keepin' on.

In the second quarter, Motorola reported a net loss of $28 million, or 1 cent a share, down from year-ago profit of $1.38 billion, or 55 cents a share.

The mobile unit also posted an operating loss of $264 million, compared with an $804 million gain a year earlier.

Motorola's third major segment, called Enterprise Mobility, saw a 42% jump in sales to $1.9 billion. Operating profit rose to $302 million from $252 million.

Read: UPDATE: Motorola Turns To Loss As Mobile-phone Sales Fizzle Abroad

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5 years ago

Sprint WiMAX Watch Part 2

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Sprint WiMAX Watch Part 2

The next-gen wireless network is still coming, Sprint reminds us with a little press release. To ensure that it's rolled out to as wide an audience as possible, they're teaming up with clearwire to build the network. So presumably clearwire will handle the areas they already have and Sprint will handle the rest.

The "end of 2008" is still the target date, looks like, to get 100 million people covered in WiMAX goodness.

Under the network build-out plan, Sprint Nextel will focus its efforts primarily on geographic areas covering approximately 185 million people, including 75 percent of the people located in the 50 largest markets, while Clearwire will focus on areas covering approximately 115 million people. Initially, the two companies expect to build out network coverage to approximately 100 million people by the end of 2008, with seamless roaming enabled between the deployed areas.[...] Both companies will provide seamless reciprocal roaming service to each others' WiMAX customers, and Sprint Nextel plans to provide dual-mode (CDMA-WiMAX) services nationwide to its customers over both its own and Clearwire's portion of the WiMAX networks.

Read: Press Release (via jkOnTheRun)

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5 years ago

del.icio.us Plug In for Windows Mobile Pocket IE

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This is super cool - it's a plugin for PocketIE that posts a bookmark to your del.icio.us account. I use and love del.icio.us quite a bit, so being able to easily post to it not only from my desktop (I like the Mac-only Pukka for that) but also from my Mobile is pretty cool. The linked page goes into a bit of detail about how much work it turned out to be to make the plugin, so let me just say how much appreciate it.

If you're a social bookmarking fiend, this thing looks like a must-have.

Read: A del.icio.us plugin for Windows Mobile via Jason Landridge

Update: Dale notes in the comments (click, you know, "Comments" to see it) that the plug in has now been repackaged as a easy-to-install .cab file. Cheers, Dale!

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5 years ago

Sprint Mogul ROM Update adds Sprint Music Store

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ROM Updates for everyone! It's just been a month since the Mogul was released and already we have a ROM update for it. No, sorry, it's not the anticipated upgrade to the speedier EVDO. Instead it lets you buy and download music form the Sprint Music Store.

It'll erase your phone, so make sure you've got all your data backed up.

By downloading the latest ROM, the Sprint Music Store will operate on your device. The Sprint Music Store enables you to purchase and download digital files to play on your device or PC.

Read: HTC: Support: Mogul™ by HTC Software Download (via Gizmodo)

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile 6 ROM for 8525 Leaked

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Windows Mobile 6 ROM for 8525 Leaked

Windows Mobile 6 for the 8525! and not just any ROM, mind you, but it looks to be the really real ROM that AT&T will be giving to us.. soon. That's good news to me, because it means that a slightly more stable ROM than the leaked Blackjack WM6 ROM should also come in tow - hopefully with that cool video share functionality. What's most amusing to me about this imminent release is that we just saw a ROM update for the 8525 just a month and a half ago.

You could go searching for the leaked ROM for your 8525, but in my opinion, if you've waited this long, you may as well wait just a little bit longer. If the rumor mill is right, that "little bit longer" should be less than a week or two. If you don't have an 8525 and don't have the wherewithal to wait for the Kaiser, there was a recent price drop that might help you open your wallet.

Just like the T-Mobile Dash Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade was leaked about a week before the real release, AT&T's 8525 update has just been dumped onto the internet as well. What does this mean to you? Two things.

Read: Software: Official AT&T 8525 Windows Mobile 6 ROM Leaked - Gizmodo

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5 years ago

Windows Live Search Updated: v2

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Windows Live Search Updated: v2

I smell a horse race, folks, and it's gonna be a good one. Yahoo Go may finally be available on a few WM devices, but Live Search for Windows Mobile (Go, now, and get it: http://wls.live.com on your device) is available on all of them. It looks to be a worthy upgrade, adding movie times to its standard stable of results.

Also new and cool: the GPS integration now automatically recalculates your directions if you stray from the path it set for you. All you need is a bluetooth GPS puck. As in: I can't think of a single reason to pay for Telenav, ever. It's still not as cool at TomTom, which gives you a 3D map and speaks the directions, but it's close.

Version 2 adds a host of new features: Movie Showtimes, More Local Data, Mobile Virtual Earth, better support for GPS integration and improved turn-by-turn navigation.  We’ll even prompt you to auto-reroute if you get lost

Read: Jason Langridge's WebLog

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5 years ago

Trouble in Paradise: Toshiba G900 Issues

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Trouble in Paradise: Toshiba G900 Issues

Engadget Mobile is reporting that the super-sweet, high-powered, high-resolution Toshiba G900 isn't all that sweet, powered, or, er, resolute. Mainly because it's freezing the moment the devices goes into standby. The forum thread over at My G900 is enough to make you gnash your teeth. Maybe it's that Toshiba is so new to the Windows Mobile game and they're still getting their sea legs.

A fix is coming from Toshiba. ...Sometime.

It appears that the G900 (just out the factory) has been plagued with coming out of standby issues. I've never had it lock up on me while using it. It's just after you've let it turn the screen off or you've shut it off (not complete power off) that it sometimes just plain wont come out of standby.

Read: Lock Ups - My G900

Update: Clark rightly points out that Toshiba isn't new to the game, just new to smartphones. And they've sorta been out of the loop generally for awhile. Anyhow, I just hope they get it fixed soon before it sullies the nice little splash they're making with this (otherwise) sweet device.

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5 years ago

Yahoo Go: Now on Landscape-Syle WM Devices

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Yahoo Go: Now on Landscape-Syle WM Devices

I've complained more than once that Yahoo Go's compatibility with Windows Mobile devices has been, well, nonexistent since they moved to their fancy new Beta. Well they're finally starting to remedy that, as it's looking like their WM Phone Selection page now no longer says "Coming soon" on every last Windows Mobile device. Specifically, it looks like Smartphone/Standard edition phones with a Landscape-style screen are ready to go. That means Dash, Q, and Blackjack owners can get hooked up with Yahoo! Go! Goodness!

The goodness that's specifically most exciting to me is push IMAP email from Yahoo. This means that out of the big three free webmails out there, two of them (Live/Hotmail and Yahoo) now offer free push email to WM devices. But if you're a Yahooholic*, most of their other services (including contact and calendar sync) are also available via the interface.

Now - bring the support for the rest of the WM styles, Yahoo.

(* No, I don't feel good about using that word. But until Yahoo gives me what I want, I'm going to mount a "Corny! Yahoo! Punctuation! and Grammar! Assault!" on them.)

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5 years ago

TrailGuide: BaseCamp on your WM Device

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TrailGuide: BaseCamp on your WM Device

Nice: I've been trying to settle on a project management solution that's more feature-rich than a simple ToDo list. A lot of folks I work with are smitten with (and use) Basecamp. It's a little overkill, perhaps, but sometimes you need to get the whole enchilada just so you can eat the guacamole. ..Or something.

Anyway, TrailGuide is a mobile client for Basecamp that will give you access to most of the key features you'll need to track and collaborate on your projects with Basecamp. It's a perfect example of why I generally prefer local software over interacting with my data over the web. There's a 30 day free trial, after which you're paying a per-month fee.

If you rely on Basecamp for project management and customer communication, start increasing your productivity by carrying your projects with you at all times - right on your smartphone - using TrailGuide from Carry The Day.

Read: TrailGuide - Optimized mobile client for web-based project management (via Geekzone)

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