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5 years ago

Review: BlueAnt S1 Sun Visor Speakerphone

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Review: BlueAnt S1 Sun Visor Speakerphone

Admit it, you do it. You talk on your phone in your car. No headset, no speakerphone. One hand on the wheel, the other on your smartphone. For shame.

Here's a quick look at the BlueAnt S1 Sun Visor Bluetooth Car Kit with Multipoint — that's a lot of words that mean "speakerphone," and one that packs the usual BlueAnt power and one very cool feature you don't find most places. Read on.

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5 years ago

Review: SPB Radio

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Review: SPB Radio

 

The other day, SPB announced the release of SPB Radio, a high-quality internet radio player for Windows phones. The radio application gives you subscription-free access to a wide variety of live streaming radio stations.

SPB Radio's key features include:

  • Finger friendly interface
  • Adaptive Skins
  • On-Screen volume controls
  • Built-in catalog of 1500 plus radio stations
  • Setup for custom radio stations
  • Current Bit rate indicator

SPB Radio is available for both Windows Mobile Professional and Standard versions. We had the opportunity to take SPB Radio out for a test drive. Follow the break to see if what type impression SPB's latest offering made.

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5 years ago

Video: Touch Diamond 2 with WinMo 6.5

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Here's 10 minutes from The Inquirer of Windows Mobile 6.5 running on the — ahem, Windows phone — known as the HTC Warhawk, aka the Touch Diamond 2. [via Engadget Mobile]

For the most part, it's nothing we haven't seen, despite the phone running what purportedly is the final build of Windows Mobile 6.5. But we do get a good (albeit brief) look at the Windows Marketplace for Mobile, a nice run-through of Microsoft My Phone (which we've been enjoying for a while now).

Speaking of My Phone, the interview drops a line that My Phone will be a part of Live Mesh at some point, and that there may be a premium buy-in for more storage.

Microsoft Tag is included on the ROM, which makes sense if you're serious about pushing that standard. We also get a good look at Flash running on the latest version of Internet Explorer.

Peep the whole video after the break.

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 too much at $299?

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When it comes to buying, well, anything these days, we have to count our pennies closer than we used to. And so it gives us great pause when TmoNews tells us that the pricing for the T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 — after the break with a two-year contract — will be $299.

Let's face it, that's a chunk of change. And while we're gladly going to shell out some cash when the time comes for the latest Windows phone, it's tough to argue against other $99 smartphones out there.

Let's hear from you guys. Vote below, and get your rant on in the comments.

Is $299 too much for any subsidized Windows phone?(polls)
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5 years ago

Review: Motorola MOTOROKR S305

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Review: Motorola MOTOROKR S305

The quest continues. I’ve tested Bluetooth Headphones from Sony, Jabra and a couple from Motorola; all of which have pros and cons. The perfect Bluetooth headphones for me would be comfortable to wear for an extended period of time while having the weight distributed in a way that would allow for activity without having wires running different directions.

Motorola has made a number of successful Bluetooth  headphones. The S9 model and its successor, the S9-HD both insert into the ears with a band that wraps behind the head. The S7 model has a slightly different design with only a wire going behind the head and the earpieces hooking over the ear. Motorola’s S305 are my next target and is something of a cross between the two form factors. Featuring an over-the-ear design combined with the wrap-around style, the S305 combines some of the best features in each of Motorola’s other models.

All the juicy details are after the break.

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 manual available

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Ya know, we were just getting used to not having the gratuitous daily T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 post. Our blood pressure returned to its normal (yet still alarming) rate. We were sleeping a good three, four hours a night. Able to feed and bathe ourselves.

No more. Here we go again.

The T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 manual is available for your perusal. (Warning: PDF link) TmoNews has done a good job with a quick run-through and spots a couple of nuggets: The MicroSD card is mounted on the side (yay), but you have to remove the battery cover to get to it (boo). There also appear to be some nice finger-friendly customizations on board.

We're now at T-minus 11 days and counting until the release of the Touch Pro 2 on T-Mobile. What's the over/under on the number of posts we'll have on it before then?

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5 years ago

Sprint Touch Pro 2 looking unlikely before mid-September

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One of the biggest question burning up the comments and the forums is "When can I get the Touch Pro 2?!?!?!?"

Aside from T-Mobile's announced Aug. 12 release, we're still left guessing when Verizon and Sprint will get theirs out the door. (And other than that leaked render, we haven't seen anything else from AT&T.) We're hearing rumors of a September launch for Sprint (rumors only, folks), and we're now seeing a little evidence that shows we shouldn't expect it before then.

PPCGeeks users Godzson and and Major Nate are shepherding a thread with the Sprint playbook, which most notably has a slew of rebate information. Absent from that playbook is any mention of the Touch Pro 2 (or any other new Windows phone, for that matter).

The playbook is dated July 12-Sept. 7, so it's not looking likely that we'll see anything new before then.

That said, Sprint (and the other carriers) could announce any phone they want at any given time. And if they decided to do so sooner rather than later, well, we'd be just fine with that.

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5 years ago

Review: HTC Battery Bank

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Review: HTC Battery Bank

All right, many of us would rush out and buy a can of sardines if it had the HTC logo on it. I personally have a pair of fuzzy dice emblazoned with their logo proudly hanging from my cubicle. All of the fanboy tendencies aside though, they really do make quality stuff.

For some, constantly using our mobile device while maintaining a charge can be a constant balancing act. HTC comes to our rescue with their Battery Bank (BB G3000). Having a portable charger that gives you an extra boost without being tethered to your car or a wall can be the difference between making or losing a big sale for some people.

If you have a similar thirst for power, read on!

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5 years ago

HTC Snap, Touch Pro 2 available on Telus

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5 years ago

Friday fun: The Onion outs the next iPhone

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5 years ago

SMS security hole detailed

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SMS security hole detailed

Yesterday we warned about a possible threat to basic Windows Mobile security. Turns out things are pretty serious across most GSM-type phones. ZDNet breaks it down:

An attacker could exploit the hole to make calls, steal data, send text messages, and do more or less anything a person can do on their iPhone, researchers Charlie Miller and Collin Mulliner claimed at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas.

That's certainly not good. And it's not limited to just the iPhone.

Meanwhile, a bug in the code written by HTC that controls the user interface on Windows Mobile devices could also be exploited via the SMS messages to create a situation where there are no buttons to push, so the phone cannot be used, said Miller.

Yep, that's bad. The good news is that Miller and Mulliner say it would take a couple of weeks for someone to compile the code needed for such an attack, and they're working with carriers and manufacturers to patch the exploit.

So are we worried? Not too much. It sounds serious, certainly. But we're not going be pulling our batteries while we sleep. If it's that bad, the carriers and manufacturers will patch it.

We hope.

More at The iPhone Blog and Technologizer

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5 years ago

AT&T-capable Touch Diamond 2 at the FCC

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That's right, folks, there's a an HTC TOPA210 (aka the Topaz, aka Warhawk, aka Touch Diamond 2) lurking round the Federal Communications Commission. And lo and behold, it's sporting the 850MHz and 1900MHz bands used in the U.S. by AT&T.

Now, that doesn't mean that AT&T will ever release the Touch Diamond 2. They didn't (and still don't) carry the original Touch Diamond. But it does mean that if you manage to find one of these phones either through importing or some deal with the devil, you'll be rocking 3G speeds here.

Now, AT&T, about the Touch Pro 2 ...

FCC [via Engadget Mobile]

Do you think AT&T will release the HTC Touch Diamond 2?(online surveys)
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5 years ago

TouchFLO 2D 2.0 sure is purty

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TouchFLO 2D 2.0 sure is purty

We've only had an inkling of the HTC Mega, but that hasn't stopped the ROM from the device from leaking out. And lookie there, it's a fresh version of TouchFLO, al la the Sense UI that first appeared for Android phones.

If you're of the ROM flashing variety, head on over at XDA and give it a shot, and let us know in the comments what you think.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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5 years ago

You know you're doing something right when

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How does Microsoft know it has a hit on its hands? Two words: Walt Mosspuppet. The above anti-Windows 7 video may be NSFW if your place of business frowns on long rants, guns, venereal disease, threats against Steve Ballmer and rampant Mac fanboyism.

We can only hope we get the same abuse with Windows Mobile 7. But, dayum,  this is funny ...

Rantpuppets via Fake Steve Jobs

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