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5 years ago

HTC makes sense out of Sense

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HTC makes sense out of Sense

On top of building phones that continue to increase in sophistication, HTC also has continued to evolve its custom OS skin. We're all used to TouchFLO and TouchFLO3D on Windows Mobile. Android now has the Sense UI, and it's coming to WinMo on the HTC HD2. Above, a presentation from HTC that shows Sense in great detail, and hopefully what we can expect on more Windows phones in the future. [via Mobile Tech Addicts]

And speaking of Sense, be sure to check out Android Central's review of the HTC Hero and its implementation of Sense.

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5 years ago

Microsoft: Most Sidekick data recovered

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Let's talk the Cloud a little more, shall we?

To recap: A large number of Sidekick users learned that their data — e-mail, contacts, calendar, etc. — had gone up in smoke, on the server side. The Sidekick ecosystem once was run by Danger, which is now owned by Microsoft, which has taken responsibility for the outage and/or data loss. T-Mobile's sending $100 "customer appreciate cards" for the trouble, if you permanently lost data.

Microsoft now says "we have recovered most, if not all, customer data." (Read Microsoft's full statement from T-Mobile's forums [via Giz] after the break.)

So, let's ask the obvious: This has been a high-profile outage and data loss. And as often is case after an event such as this, we'll see alot of "Is the Cloud safe?" headlines. Oh, and lawsuits. Our take? The Cloud is a service, and an important one. But reliability and redundancy go hand-in-hand. Any service that puts all its eggs in one basket is just asking for trouble. And we're not even getting into the reported trouble surrounding Project Pink, and more recent claims that the Sidekick snafu was sabotage. Unsubstantiated at best, though certainly not out of the realm of possibility.

For most services — Gmail, Exchange, whatever — it's pretty simple to export your contacts and the like and back them up elsewhere. jkOnTheRun offers a few tips on backing up your Gmail e-mails themselves. Have other tips? Let us know in the comments.  

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5 years ago

Canada's Bell getting Samsung Omnia II

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Let it never be said (at least today, anyway) that we forget about our Canadian brethren. The Boy Genius Report has it that the Samsung Omnia II (see our hands-on) will be available on the Bell network for $349.95 on the standard 3-year deal or $549.95 outright. This coincides with Bell launching its HSDPA network, so you'll have fast data speeds to go along with the Omnia II's fast processor. Huzzah.

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5 years ago

Review: Samsung SBH600 Bluetooth Headphones

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Review: Samsung SBH600 Bluetooth Headphones

Ok, I admit it. I have a problem. I am addicted to Bluetooth Stereo Headphones. I just can’t help it. I love music; and being a gadget junkie, anything wireless is just that much better. I’ve already found my favorite all around solution. Motorola’s S305 headphones are lightweight and perfect for use in a wide variety of situations. The one knock against the S305’s though, was the fact that they don’t put out sound that you would expect from a pair of premium headphones. This brings us to my new quest. Find the perfect pair of high-end, audiophile quality Bluetooth Headphones. First on the pedestal are the SBH600’s from Samsung.

Obviously, Samsung is one of the big names in Electronics. Their fingers are in every market from computers to TVs to some of the most popular Windows Mobile devices ever (BlackJack, BlackJack II, Omnia, Jack, Omnia II, etc.). Bluetooth is another one of those areas that they are intimately familiar with. My criteria for this review are going to be based primarily on comfort, sound quality, ease of use and additional premium features. Hit the jump for the full review.

 

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5 years ago

Get the AT&T Pure for a penny on Amazon

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5 years ago

TouchTwit: Another Twitter app, coming soon

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5 years ago

Say your Imagio's left on the bus ...

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5 years ago

Video Review: Midomi 2.0 Music Identifier

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Video Review: Midomi 2.0 Music Identifier

For the last 2 years or so, many in the Windows Mobile community have been using MusicID (now Shazam) as a way to ID music that they hear in a commercial, on the radio, or even the supermarket.

Now, via the newly launched Windows Marketplace for Mobile, we have a choice with Midomi. Costing $4.99 for an unlimited subscription, not only do we have a viable music ID program, but one with many, many more features. Probably the most unique is the ability to hum or sing the song you can't quite remember — awkward, sure, but it works!

After the break take a look at my whole review including a video demonstration of it in action.

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5 years ago

HTC HD2 on T-Mobile? Sign us up!

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HTC HD2 on T-Mobile? Sign us up!

For the sake of all you T-Mobile fans out there, we hope and pray what looks to be an early prototype poster is on the level. TMoNews just posted the leak of all leaks, and it looks like the HTC HD2, its 4.3-inch capacitive screen and 1GHz Snapdragon processor are headed for T-Mobile.

No word on when, or just how much it's gonna cost, or when T-Mobile will get even more of its 3G network rolled out, though it's certainly making progress.

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5 years ago

Review Follow-up: Verizon's Touch Pro 2 GPS

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5 years ago

How much is your data worth?

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How much is your data worth?

By now you've  undoubtedly heard about the rather catastrophic data loss involving the Sidekick. If not, the short, short version: All of the data on the Sidekick is stored on the device or on servers run by Danger (which, of course, was purchased by Microsoft). During a recent upgrade, the Storage Area Network, or SAN, wasn't backed up before being upgraded. Basically, standard operating procedure was ignored. (This is, for the same reason, why we repeat over and over to backup your data before upgrading your Windows phone.)

Today, Microsoft issued the following:

REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 13, 2009 — We are thankful for the continued patience as Microsoft-Danger works to preserve platform stability and restore all services for our Sidekick customers. We have made significant progress this past weekend, restoring services to virtually every customer. Microsoft-Danger has teams of experts in place that are working around the clock to ensure this stability is maintained.

T-Mobile and Microsoft-Danger continue to do all we can to recover and return customers’ lost personal content. Recent efforts indicate that recovering some lost content may now be possible. We will continue to keep you updated on this front; we know how important this is to you.

T-Mobile will send a $100 customer appreciation card to those who have experienced a significant and permanent loss of personal content. This appreciation card will be in addition to the free month of data service customers have already been given. The card can be used toward T-Mobile products and services or a customer’s T-Mobile bill. Details will be sent in the next 14 days to customers who fit this category — there is no action needed on their part. We, however, remain hopeful that personal content can be recovered for the majority of our customers.

Sidekick customers can visit T-Mobile Forums regularly to access the latest updates as well as FAQs regarding this service disruption.

So how much is your data worth? Apparently $100, though some users are getting their data back.

Is this damning on cloud computing? Yep. On Danger and Microsoft? Double-yep. Does that mean the end of cloud computing, Danger, Microsoft, or the world as we know it? Certainly not.

Back up your data. Period. Nothing is infallible.

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5 years ago

Verizon Omnia II gets Pictured; still no solid release date

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Turns out the Verizon version of the much anticipated Omnia II was also at CTIA recently (see Dieter's hands-on video of the GSM version) and some shots of it have turned up.

Nothing too revealing although the camera has dropped from 8MP to a reported 5MP, matching the Imagio, making the differences between them even fewer. WM6.1 is still there, too.

Probably the most interesting aspect is reported by InfoSyncWorld, which mentions seeing the "Samsung Widget store" on board. Evidently Samsung has opened development of the Widgets to outside developers (smart idea) and users will be able to easily grab these through Samsung's own distribution system.

Now can they just release it already? Seems done to us.

More pics after the jump from LisaG in the MobileTechReview forums.

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5 years ago

HTC releasing Windows Mobile 6.5 updates for non-U.S. phones

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For those of you with HTC devices who either imported them or got them through other means — we're talking non-U.S. carrier-branded phones here — official Windows Mobile 6.5 updates are being released.

Here's what we've got:

  • Windows Mobile 6.5 for Finnish version fo the Touch Pro 2. [download]
  • Windows Mobile 6.5 for WWE versions of the Touch Pro 2. [download]
  • Windows Mobile 6.5 for WWE versions of the Snap. [download]

Again, if you're using a Touch Pro 2 with Verizon, T-Mobile or Sprint in the United States, this isn't for you. Consider yourself warned.

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5 years ago

Fall freebies: Original Verizon Touch Pro

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Who wants a free Verizon Touch Pro? Yeah, it's the original, but it's an HTC Touch Pro, on Verizon, and it's free. And did we mention it's free?

All you have to do is this: Leave a post in our forums. (And for that, make sure you're registered.) And you know the drill: "First!" won't get it done. Your post needs to be halfway intelligent. Contest ends at 5 p.m. EST Oct. 18, so get a'postin'!

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5 years ago

Video hands-on with the HTC HD2

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