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8 years ago

Cingular follows Helio, offers Mobile MySpace

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Cingular follows Helio, offers Mobile MySpace

I don't have much to say about this except that maybe if the designers of MySpace weren't so enamored of Flash and of horrible, horrible web design services like this wouldn't even be necessary. I actually have a sneaking suspicion the horrible design of MySpace is actually part of its appeal. "A website that freezes, is difficult to navigate, and is often so butt-ugly I weep blood? That how computers are supposed to work!" Or something. Pah.

And charging customers $2.99 per month for this, Pah again.

Cingular, the largest U.S. wireless phone carrier, will offer a version of popular Internet social network MySpace on its phones in an expansion of their partnership, the companies plan to announce on Monday.

For an additional $2.99 per month, customers will be able to upload photos taken on cellphones, read and respond to MySpace e-mails, update blog entries and view and search for friends from their handsets

Read: Cingular to offer MySpace on cellphones - Yahoo! News

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8 years ago

More of This, Please: China to Standardize to USB for Cell Phones

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The bane of the US is that our cellphones always seem to be step or two behind the rest of the world. I blame deregulation. I'm not saying I want a Communist dictatorship, but I do like the idea of having a single standard for charging phones. I have way too many wall warts (aka AC adapters) and I can never keep them straight.

China is moving to standardize all cellular phones sold in the country to using the USB port for charging. The thought is that having one charger for every brand of cell phone will make it easier for consumers. It will make it easier on consumers, but cut into the profits for he accessory makers. I would imagine that if China standardizes to USB, we will likely see all cellular phones going to the same standard. However, China has set no date at which they will begin enforcing the standard.

Read: China to Make USB the Standard for Cellphone Charging

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8 years ago

YOWZA: HTC UMPC - the Athena

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YOWZA: HTC UMPC - the Athena

From the "Go all out or go home" school of thought comes the rumored HTC Athena, an Ultra Mobile PC / UMTS phone that is somewhere between a full laptop and a ..phone? I don't know exactly where to place this device in the spectrum of Windows Mobile devices, I just know that this is one hot mother.

[...] that beefy Windows Mobile PPC Phone Edition device is now rumored to be running on a 624MHz Intel Bulverde processor pumping away beneath a 5-inch, 262k-color VGA (640x480) touch-sensitive display. It's overall thickness is in part explained by the fact that it spins either an 8 or 10GB disk drive while a 2100mAh Li-Poly battery provides up to 6 hours of talk, 300 hours of standby, or 8 hours of WMV video playback.

Read: HTC Athena (X7500): a UMTS/HSDPA quad-band UMPC? - Engadget

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8 years ago

I-Mate JAQ3 Hits Middle East

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I-Mate JAQ3 Hits Middle East

I know it's not a huge deal that somewhere in the world we have YATQKMS (Yet Another Qwerty Keyboard Windows Mobile Smartphone), but the i-mate JAQ3 is notable because of its combination of touchscreen, qwerty, and wifi. It's like a Treo without the square screen. Maybe I'm just easily impressed as I'm still stuck in a wifi-less world.

Also notable, as Brighthand points out, the JAQ3 is a reminder that there are manufacturers other than HTC out there. :)

By current standards this device is a bit weak in cellular-wireless capabilities; it has GSM and GPRS but nothing faster. However, it sports both 802.11b and g.

This model, which includes a 2.0 megapixel camera, was designed and manufactured by TechFaith Wireless, the company i-mate turned to for smartphone development after HTC decided to no longer let i-mate sell its products.

i-mate is now offering the JAQ3 in the Middle East. It will likely expand the availability of this device at some point in the future.

Read: New Pocket PC Phone with Wi-Fi Now Available from i-mate

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8 years ago

Eten corp announces Glofiish M700

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Eten corp announces Glofiish M700

Why the extra "i" in Glofiish? Did they mean to put it up front? At any rate, say hello to this GSM slider PPC with built-in GPS. Availability (or detailed, uh, details) still unknown, but it's a good bet you won't be seeing it in the US especially soon.

The glofiish M700 supports GSM, GPRS and high-speed EDGE for voice and data connectivity almost worldwide, while IEEE802.11b/g support allows users to connect to public and private Wi-FI® networks when in range of suitable hotspots. For travelers, the glofiish M700 also features GPS and TMC functions delivered via an embedded SiRF Star III chipset allowing the glofiish M700 to handle both daily business needs and weekend leisure.

Read: Glofiish M700 Product Page

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8 years ago

O2 XDA Flame: Yowza

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O2 XDA Flame: Yowza

PocketPC Thoughts has the skinny on the upcoming (for the UK, anyway) XDA Flame for O2. Kitchen sink is about the only thing this smartphone doesn't include - but since it's coming out in 2007 I suppose that's a possibility. The thing has a separate graphics card that runs its gigantic VGA display, for Pete's sake. TV-Out, USB On-the-Go. It's making my laptop envious. Or it will in 2007, assuming they're not just yanking our collective chains.

You begged for a large 3.6" VGA display? You got it. An NVIDIA GoForce 5500 GPU for next-generation mobile graphics? Sure, why not? And how about an Intel XScale PXA270 520MHz CPU, 2GB ROM, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, USB On-The-Go, a 2.0-megapixel camera, SRS Mobile HD surround sound support, and TV-out support - all thrown in for good measure? Yes, O2 has some hot stuff planned for 2007!

Read: Pocket PC Thoughts - Daily News, Views, Rants and Raves

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8 years ago

Cingular 8525: Gizmodo gives you the thumbs-up to upgrade

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The fine folks at Gizmodo have broken down by phone whether or not you should upgrade to "the best Windows Mobile phone out right now." I might honestly be inclined to agree with that assessment, but as for the upgrades, I'm less sure I'm with 'em. Sure, if you're still stuck in featurephone land and want a smartphone, this is a great way to go. But sometimes small ain't so bad. Right? Right?

Ok, I want one.

T-Mobile MDA, Verizon/Sprint 6700, Cingular 8125: Upgrade if you can afford it. This is where it gets both tricky and interesting. The 8525 runs the same OS as its predecessors—also known as the HTC Wizard—and thus, have all the same apps and can do pretty much the same things. They all have WiFi, a slide-out keyboard, and touch-screen capabilities. So why would you upgrade? Because it's what the old version should have been.

Read: Cingular 8525 Upgrade Guide: Should You Switch to the Best Windows Mobile Phone? - Gizmodo

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8 years ago

Insert "Love" pun here: HTC Love coming

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Insert "Love" pun here: HTC Love coming

The HTC Love/Duopod M700 is all sorts of pretty. Don't believe me, check out the video here. Having a built-in FM tuner is maybe a bit much, but it does look like they're throwing some other tweaks in there to make this a great media phone. Me: I need a qwerty keyboard, otherwise this thing is love at ...cough. Sorry, even I can't get that pun out straight.

  • *GSM Quadband (850/900/1900/1800 MHz)
  • EDGE/GPRS
  • WiFi
  • TI OMAP 850 processor
  • Built-in FM radio
  • 2-megapixel CMOS camera
  • 2.8-inch 64K colros LCD (340 x 240 pixel)
  • 256MB ROM; 64MB RAM
  • microSD expansion slot (512MB card included)
  • Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP and AVRCP
  • 802.11g, USB and infrared
  • Size: 108 x 58 x 16.8 mm
  • Weight: 130g*

Read: HTC Love Loves You - SlashPhone.com

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8 years ago

HTC Vox: Do you really need that dialpad anymore?

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HTC Vox: Do you really need that dialpad anymore?

Slashphone points us to the HTC Vox, perhaps one of the first phones that'll be sporting Crossbow. For now, let's pass over the fact that we're discussing what appears to be little more than a CAD mockup to get to the real meat of it: would anyone really want to give up screen real estate for a dial pad when there's a slideout keyboard just a flick away?

The HTC Vox might use the newer Windows Mobile OS - the Crossbow. It will support  GSM Quad-band network, plus the help of Wi-Fi, EDGE and bluetooth wireless connection. Other features include a 2 megapixel camera, microSD slot and 96MB RAM / 128MB ROM memory. Expect to see more info in early 2007.

Read: SlashRumor: HTC Vox Pocket PC Phone - SlashPhone.com

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8 years ago

Alltel Gets Palm Treo 700wx, with WM 5.2?

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Alltel Gets Palm Treo 700wx, with WM 5.2?

Looks like alltell is getting the 700wx and they're selling it for a decent price, $349.99 after rebates and contract agreement and suchlike. They're listing it as having Windows Mobile 5.2 Pocket PC Edition, which is either a big old slap in the face to Palm's other WM-Treo-Toters or a mistake (perhaps a mistaken reference to AKU2).

Otherwse, not a whole lot to see here, it's the 700wx, it's alltell, it's a good thing.

Read: Palm® Treo 700wx

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8 years ago

Verizon gets MotoQ in Black

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Verizon gets MotoQ in Black

Here you go, Verizon users, a black MotoQ for a $50 premium. Looks like it's got that "soft-touch" paint that's popular with the kids these days. Nothing special in terms of hardware or software improvements, though. Just black.

They should watch out, though, looks like RIM is suing anybody who puts the word "black" in their product title.

Verizon Wireless today announced a black version of the Motorola Q. The device, which is available for order today, features a rubberized black housing that is black all the way through. This insures that if the device is scratched, the Q will retain the black color.

Read: Qusers.com - Verizon offers Motorola Q in Black

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8 years ago

RIM Sues Samsung over Blackjack

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RIM Sues Samsung over Blackjack

Maybe RIM has a point when they claim that people would get the Samsung Blackjack confused with the Blackberry, but it's a stretch. I'd also like to think that after all their problems with litigation in the past, RIM might be a little more forgiving than most companies. I suppose not.

Also in danger of getting sued: Black Keys, Black Mamba, and Black Panthers.

Research in Motion (RIM) has sued Samsung Telecommunications America, claiming that Samsung's BlackJack smart phone violates the BlackBerry trademark.
RIM is asking that Samsung be stopped from selling the BlackJack and Black Carbon mobile phones and is seeking unspecified damages, according to court filings. The lawsuit was filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
"Samsung is misleading the public into falsely believing that Samsung's goods and services are connected with RIM's business," the filing states.

Read: Today @ PC World RIM Sues Samsung over BlackJack Phone Name

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8 years ago

Handango Predictions for Smartphone Market in 2007

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Handango has a dog or two in this hunt: the expanding smartphone market. So it's no surprise that their predictions for 2007 involve, er, expansion. Taking a look at what they have here, I'm wondering why it doesn't also include:

8) Sun will rise 9) Sun will set

Ok, I kid because I love. I do hope that #3- increased GPS services comes true. I also hope that WM doesn't require me to futz with COM ports in their next release.

1. Smartphones Will Go Mainstream
2. Mobile TV Will Hit the Small Screen in a Big Way
3. GPS-Enabled Location Based Services (LBS) Will Be Killer Applications
4. Smartphone Adoption in Europe Will Continue to Explode
5. Over-The-Air (OTA) Downloads Will Grow at a Faster Pace
6. More Professionals in Vertical Markets Will Rely on Smartphone Content
7. Large Consumer Brands Will Create Content for Smartphones

Read: Handango Predicts the Smartphone Market's Top Seven in '07: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

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8 years ago

Review: Jabra BT150

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8 years ago

Review: Motorola RAZR H3

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