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8 years ago

HTC 'Neon 400' may be a CDMA Touch Dual

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HTC 'Neon 400' may be a CDMA Touch Dual

While you were busy spending your Independence Day stuffing yourself with hot dogs and hamburgers, another iteration of HTC's Touch Dual was working its way through the FCC.

As Endgadget Mobile points out, the "Neon" designation points to the Touch family, and the FCC testing shows a CDMA radio.

So, customers of Alltel/Verizon and/or Sprint or may have another Windows Mobile device (and big brother to the keypadless HTC Touch, which all two three carriers are currently selling) to look forward to in the coming months.

And for a look at what may be in store (minus carrier customizations, of course), check out Dieter's recent review of the unlocked GSM Touch Dual.

NEON400 FCC filing

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8 years ago

Treo 800w: Who Gets It and When?

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Treo 800w: Who Gets It and When?

Things we know about the Treo 800w: it will launch on Sprint first for $249 with contract on July 13th (or 10th for those willing to hunt it down early via backchannels), then eventually come to Verizon. Phone arena has heard the same, but wonders: why the delay with Verizon. Typically these things are delayed because of an exclusivity deal, but we're not really thinking that's the case here. See, during the last Quarterly Conference call, Palm CEO Ed Colligan stated that there are not any exclusive deals:

You know, each one of the different launches will have a little different dynamics and -- but in general, they will be pretty broadly distributed early out the gate, and so I wouldn’t -- you know, they are not going to be exclusive for any period of time, you know, in any particular region.

Of course, Colligan could be referring to some sort of permanent exclusivity, but we're doubting it. As Malatesta has noted during our podcast, Sprint isn't exactly in any kind of place to be spending money on guaranteeing exclusivity and Palm isn't in any kind of place to be risking having their only high margin Treo available on a single carrier. So we're going with the delay on Verizon being due to the fact that Verizon is famously rigorous with their device testing and approval process.

We promise, the wall-to-wall coverage of the Treo 800w will eventually give way to actual hands-on experience with the device, it has to soon, because the sucker is due out on Sprint within a week. We're going to hold our drawing for the Rumortastic Treo 800w giveaway on the official launch day, which we're still assuming will be July 13th. It might make a few of y'all have to wait an extra day or so to go out and buy yours, but we hope it's worth it.

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8 years ago

Hack Away at TouchFLO 3D

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Hack Away at TouchFLO 3D

Most of us aren't quite able to play around with TouchFLO 3D yet as it's only available on the HTC Diamond and the Touch Pro (we're still crossing our fingers for September, by the way). However when we do get our hands on TouchFLO 3D goodness, it looks like we'll be able to hack away. The fine folks at Pocketnow have a couple of posts detailing some settings you can change up.

  • The first is reordering the TouchFLO tabs to something that makes a little more sense for your workflow.
  • The 2nd isn't TouchFLO per say, but instead details the settings you'll need to change in order to make the Diamond's 'zoom wheel' (that's right, it doesn't scroll, it zooms) work in applications not titled “Opera” or “Outlook.” It's registry-riffic, so save it for later.

Meanwhile, feel free to kick back and ogle our first look at the Diamond and dream about the CDMA version we're expecting. It's going to be a great fall, folks.

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8 years ago

T-Mobile 3G rumored to go 'nationwide' in October

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T-Mobile 3G rumored to go 'nationwide' in October

It appears that T-Mobile's 3G network is about to go from a crawl to a brisk trot, with rumors flying that high-speed service will be added to a couple dozen markets on Oct. 1.

If you're a T-Mo customer in one of the following markets (besides NYC, which already has 3G), you may be in store for a treat this fall.

The other cities which were expected to get 3G coverage by the end of the year 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.

And if you're in a rural market, hang in there. After all, you've waited this long.

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8 years ago

Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 8

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Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 8

I hope everyone (in the States, at least) had a Happy 4th, and now it's time for this week's Software Wrangle! Pony up to the bar for this week's new, updated and free software for WM Professional and WM Standard.

This week we are featuring new software for WM Standard, Pocket Finance Diary. Updated software includes Master Kick and CT Birthday. Freeware this week is All Mobile Mines.

WM Professional new software is MASPware HandNotes and Pocket Finance Diary. Updated software includes Mobiola Web Camera for Windows Mobile and ActivePrint Basic. Freeware is A Viking Saga.

Let's start Wrangling this week's software!

WM Standard: New

First up is Pocket Finance Diary v3.0.1 by MobileLab Inc. With the cost of everything rising and the dollar weakening, budgets are becoming ever tighter and increasingly important to track.

Pocket Finance Diary is a powerful, fast and easy to use personal financial management software that focuses on managing your daily transactions. It allows you to run all your finances from your handheld. You can create multiple accounts with different currencies, define any categories and subcategories, create multiple budget planning projects, create reports show where your money goes.

Features: - Powerful Register View - Multiple Accounts with Different Currencies - Versatile Category and Subcategory - Budgets and budgets groups - Payee Center - 3D graph interactive reports - Transfer between Different Accounts - Manual and Automated Backup - Support Landscape mode operation. - Database file for storing entries and settings

Get Pocket Finance Diary v3.0.1 for $14.95 here.

WM Standard: Updated


Master Kick v1.4 by INDUSTRY Entertainment is our first updated software for WM Standard this week. Ready to get your kicks?

Master Kick arises in glory of the best arcade version of table soccer seen till now! It's not just a game with stunning graphics of various playfields and players, weather visual effects, or live cheering. Master Kick gives you the full atmosphere of soccer match combined with foosball skill. Highly sophisticated AI plus numerous formations selection, playing in a league or quick match will not fail any soccer fan expectations. Great dynamic music and sound powered by MODULA Audio Engine and fullscreen support enlarge the overall game experience. Master Kick is available for all the Windows Mobile PocketPC, PocketPC Phone Edition, Smartphone, Classic, Professional and Standard devices. One thing is for certain, Master Kick tried once, will become your favorite addiction!

Features: - GREAT ATMOSPHERE - Master Kick gives you the full atmosphere of soccer match combined with table soccer. - ADDICTIVE GAMEPLAY - The most addictive and challenging table soccer ever. - AMAZING VISUAL EFFECTS - Brilliant graphics, weather effects, including several playfields (grassy, indoor, cyber, snow), different teams dresses. - SIX PLAYFIELDS / SIX TEAMS - Play it indoors, outdoors, in cyber world, on real grassy playfield, in mud, on the snow... - VIVID SOUND FX AND MUSIC - Vivid sound of cheering and dynamic music. - ACTION REPLAYS - See how gorgeous goal you scored. - CONTROLS FOR EVERYONE - Play it using buttons, or stylus... or both. - NOW in English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Dutch, Danish, Hungarian, Polish and Serbian. - And much MORE!!!

Get Master Kick v1.4 for $19.95 here.

CT Birthday v1.2 by Connective Tools is the next updated application this week. Don't miss important events in your life (and the lives of those you care about!) like birthdays and anniversaries.

CT Birthday is a useful utility that allows organizing your personal list of birthdays, anniversaries and other important dates. It tracks events and reminds you of forthcoming birthday or anniversary before they occur.

Birthdays and anniversaries are important. CT Birthday allows avoiding the embarrassment of forgetting an important date. Use this birthday reminders program to stay in touch!

DEMO VERSION LIMITATION: 14-days free trial period.

Features: - PERFECT AND CONVENIENT USER INTERFACE. The program is easy to understand and easy to use. You can manage your list of birthdays, anniversaries and other dates fast and easily. Status icons, sorting, filtering and other options significantly simplify your work with the program. - FLEXIBLE VIEW CONFIGURATION. Powerful view settings allow displaying birthdays and anniversaries with maximum flexibility. You can select required fields and layout for displaying dates, set items format and more. - SCANNING CONTACTS DATABASE. It allows you to gather existing birthdays and anniversaries from the system database. - FLEXIBLE REMINDER AND SOUND CONFIGURATION allows defining common and individual parameters for reminders. You can set different melodies and other parameters for reminders. Any of the system-recognized file types, including MP3, WAV, MID, may be used. - CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS. CT Birthday has a small internal database of celebrity birthdays. You always can see the celebrity birthdays that close to your friends' birthdays. - Automatic unlock, selection from Contacts, text notes ...and many other features!

Get CT Birthday v1.2 for only $7.25 here.

WM Standard: Freeware


All Mobile Mines from Binaryfish is the WM Standard freeware app featured today in our Wrangle.

The objective of the game is to locate all the mines as quickly as possible without uncovering any of them. If you uncover a mine you lose the game. Contains all the features of the PC version on your Windows mobile device.

All Mobile Mines is fully compatible with all Windows Mobile Standard devices. The game is completely free from Binaryfish. So what are you waiting for? Download it now.

All Mobile Mines Features

  • All the features of the PC version
  • Use the stylus or single hand control
  • Three different action styles
  • Optimized for stylus play
  • High score table
  • Free!

Get All Mobile Mines for FREE right here.




WM Professional: New

The first new WM Professional application on deck this week is MASPware HandNotes v3.0.2 by MASPware.

Turn your Pocket PC into a virtual notepad! No notes-folder searches anymore! Browse your notes. Sheet by sheet. Like you would do it with a real notepad!

Shoppinglists, meetingnotes oder a phonenumber during a walk...everthing is no problem! From now on, no keypad usage necessary! Use your handwriting!

MASPware HandNotes simulates a real notepad, starting from appearance to handling. Now its possible to use and administration handwritten notes quick and easy.

Features: - quick and easy browsing - integrated notepad management (e.g. for serveral projects) - database import/export - QVGA and real VGA support - several pencolors - choose pen thickness - blank, cross-hatched and lined papers - page background colors - fullscreen mode - minimize mode - export sheet to graphics file for printing - send sheet via email on the go - alarm notes! set a reminder to a note. - exchange sheets using infrared port

You can get MASPware HandNotes v3.0.2 for $14.99 here.






Next up is Pocket Finance Diary v3.0.1, the WM Professional version from MobileLab Inc. Very similar to the WM Smartphone (Standard) version, but with touchscreen support!

Pocket Finance Diary is a powerful, fast and easy to use personal financial management software that focuses on managing your daily transactions. It allows you to run all your finances from your handheld. You can create multiple accounts with different currencies, define any categories and subcategories, create multiple budget planning projects, create reports show where your money goes.

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8 years ago

Review: Agenda Fusion 8

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8 years ago

Review: Samsung WEP 420 Bluetooth Headset

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8 years ago

Review: iGrip Universal Flexible Mount

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8 years ago

HTC Diamond Pro: Impress your Friends, Bludgeon your Enemies

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As we move closer to the second coming of the HTC Touch Diamond series (that is, the "Pro" aka "Raphael"), some pics and vids are leaking out.

One thing that is becoming clear: the Pro version is quite, ahem, thick.

Sure, the specs say it's the same thickness of the HTC Mogul and Tilt (~18.5mm) and it's actually less wide than those devices...but darn it all, just watch the vid after the jump and ask yourself...are you thin enough? Well are ya?

Via Slashgear

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8 years ago

Samsung i740: Low End Slab, Wacky Dialwheel

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Samsung i740: Low End Slab, Wacky Dialwheel

The Samsung i740 just got profiled over at Czech site mobil.cz (translated here, by way of SlashPhone), and it's nothing to get too worked up over. It's just a standard Quad-Band Edge phone with WiFi, GPS, FM Radio, and no physical keyboard. No 3G here folks (and given the low-end specs, quite likely no US release either).

What is interesting is that dial-pad where our standard d-pad belongs. We're famously unhappy with the Samsung i780 and i788's touchpad, so we're not holding out hope that this thing is anything too innovative, either. Also, if it really is a rotary dial, that's pretty cool for scrolling up and down, but it doesn't look like you could press for left or right. Turns out moving left and right with the d-pad is something we do all the time.

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8 years ago

Updated: Rumor: Sprint PDA Data plans increasing July 13th? False.

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8 years ago

Toshiba Portege G810: Hello, goodbye ...

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Toshiba Portege G810: Hello, goodbye ...

We had high so-so hopes for the Toshiba Portege G810, with SPB's Mobile Shell built into the interface from the get-go, and Pocket Plus and Full Screen Keyboard thrown in for good measure.

But Pocket Now has run the device through its paces. And while the guts of the G810 are still nothing to sneeze at (and you gotta love the lights), a lack of tactile feel from physical buttons and beyond sub-par battery life are cited as reasons to pass on this one, especially with a $700 price tag.

Read the full, extensive review here.

Via Engadget Mobile

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8 years ago

Everybody Who's Ever Made a Touchscreen Device Gets Sued

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Ah, summer. A time for basking in the sun, taking (now painfully expensive) roadtrips, and suing the everloving crap out of anybody and everybody you can think of. That's what Typhoon Touch Tech and Nova Mobility systems think, anyway; they've filed suit against pretty much every darn touchscreen manufacturer on the face of the dearth, from Apple to HTC to Samsung. You might just want to check the lawsuit to see if you're named there too, dear reader, because the list is long. The patents are for “Portable Computer with Touch Screen” and the plaintiffs contend that the infringements are “willful” (read: extra bad) because the defendants should have known about the patents; or did know; or whatever.

The best part? Typhonn Tech exists solely to create just this sort of excitement. When the 2nd link in your header is “licensing & litigation highlights,” you might be a redneck patent holding firm.

Where do you suppose these lawsuits were filed? Do we really even have to tell you? Yes, you guessed it: in East Texas' rocket docket.

Touch-screen lawsuits hit Apple, HTC, Dell, Toshiba, others [via PocketPC Thoughts]

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8 years ago

CDMA-Flavored HTC Diamond to Hit Canada on Telus “Later This Summer” for $149 CAD

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Any doubters who weren't convinced by the blurry image of the HTC Diamond on Sprint should take heed: the Diamond is hitting North America in CDMA and it's hitting hard. First up appears to be Canadian CDMA network Telus, who's going to be selling the device “this summer” for the reasonable(ish) price of $149.99 (Canadian) with 3-year contract.

Even better, they're beating the pants off ne'er do well competitor Rogers by offering reasonable data rates: $15 for unlimited email and IM, $30 for unlimited email, IM, Web, etc.

As you can see from the image at right, this CDMA Diamond isn't a carbon copy of its GSM brother -- it has more curved top and bottom edges and the d-pad looks to be a bit different as well. Actually, it bears a striking resemblance to the European T-Mobile MDA Compact IV. We're waiting to hear if the specs have changed significantly. Here's to hoping that WiFi stays, because we wept when the original HTC Touch lost WiFi as it made the jump from GSM to CDMA

More details at Telus' site once they toss up the little wonder.

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8 years ago

Sprint Touch 6.1 Upgrade Targeted “1st Part of July”

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We already know that the Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrade for the Sprint Touch is due any minute - the unofficially official ROM leak told us that much. Now we know a bit more -- a post in the Sprint Application Developers forum (by way of Gear Diary) spills the beans: “first part of July” is the target. The improvements are about what you'd expect from a full Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrade with GPS support, though we suppose it's worth mentioning that EDVO Rev A, a new communications manager, and “2 icons for rotating the screen” on HTC's launcher will also be included.

'Course, being who we are, now all we want to know is when Sprint will catch up with their neighbors to the north and bring us the HTC Diamond.

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