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5 years ago

Upcoming Sprint Diamond ROM Leaked!

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Well looky here!  Evidently Sprint is getting ready to release a significant ROM update for the HTC Diamond.  Official "leaking" seems to be standard practice these days as you folks serve as great beta testers ;-) 

This is just breaking so not many have tried it yet. One big change appears to be the inclusion of the new Mobile Internet Explorer 6.  Huzzah!

Here's what different/new:

  • CE OS 5.2.20764 (Build 20764.1.4.3)
  • MSIE 6.0 (New Internet Explorer?)
  • Radio: 1.11.00F
  • Opera 9.5 build 15306
  • new audiobooster
  • new audio manager
  • new camera
  • new dshow
  • new ezinput
  • new fullscreen player
  • new random access
  • new stream media
  • new rsshub
  • new youtube
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5 years ago

Smackdown: RedFly vs Netbook (MSI Wind)

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Smackdown: RedFly vs Netbook (MSI Wind)

 

The title says it all. Which is a better mobile solution: RedFly (see Dieter's full review) or MSI Wind Netbook (see Laptop Mag's full review)?  To be honest, the question is a bit unfair as they are technically different device genres with different puposes. But alas, people have spoken and want to see a head-to head. So here’s a brief rundown of their pros and cons. (For the record, I’m using the older version of the RedFly). Curious about my experience with both?  Then read on and ask me any questions you may have, since I surely did not think of everything.
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5 years ago

Video of Fennec on 6.1 Emulator

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Video of Fennec on 6.1 Emulator

Playing around with the Fennec emulator has been fun. Its opened our eyes to a whole new way to browse the web from our mobile. Although cool, it really doesn't let us know what the actual application will ultimately look like once on the device.How fast will Fennec be? Is it stable? Will it be another IE?

Open source whiz Gnubeashie might answer some of those questions with an early attempt of what Fennec will look like on 6.1. Keep in mind this is a first attempt (and also just emulation, but at least it's WinMo emulation), but from the looks of it Fennec will be running smoothly.

Vid after the break.  [via wmpowerusers]

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5 years ago

Bring "Push to Talk" to your WM device

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Looks like some upstart company called LoudTalks has launched a Windows Mobile version of their desktop push-to-talk software.

So what's Loudtalks anways?  Think IM client with instant voice chat on the PC--it just sits there and you can simply hit F7 to chat with your friends.

Now they've adapated that for WM so you can have instant convo's with your peeps.  The download is just shy of 3mb, making it quite large for an IM app.  Plus, at this stage of developement you have to (1) create an account and (2) have a working desktop version first, otherwise you can't add people.

Of course Palringo has offered something very similar for a long time and we're still unsure here of registering for yet another IM/PTT service, but some of you may want to try it out.

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5 years ago

SPB Weather 2.0 Released

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SPB Weather 2.0 Released

Windows Mobile software developer, SPB Software, has released a major update to thier popular application, SPB Weather. Weather 2.0 includes such improvements as an expanded city database (Hooray!), forecasts by Foreca (MSN.com's weather source), and a 3D Globe. The 3D Globe looks particularly interesting in that it runs animated, several day forecasts with global sky conditions, temperatures and precipitation for up to ten selected cities. The Globe will also show the local time for each location as well as a nightime overshadow.

SPB Weather also includes a new finger friendly user interface just like the touch navigation present with SPB Mobile Shell. Today screen plug-ins will still be available as will forecast support from the U.S. National Weather Service. We're in the process of putting SPB Weather through the ringer and will have a full review soon. In the meantime, a downloadable trial as well as the full application can be found here

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5 years ago

Touch Viva Gets Branded: T-Mobile MDA Basic

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Don't get us wrong, but when we saw the low-end Touch Viva announced, we were a twinge afraid that it might come to the states and take up precious retail space that might be better served by higher-end Touch devices.  Doesn't look like that's in the cards, as the Viva has arisen as the Euro-only T-Mobile MDA Basic.

Not that there's anything wrong with it, of course, even a "Basic" Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro phone these days gets:

  • 2 mp camera
  • Quad-band EDGE
  • WiFi
  • GPS
  • MicroSD slot
  • TouchFlo 2D
  • 8 hours of talk time(!)

Best part, if you pick it up on-contract, you're looking at a nominal 4.95 Euro for it.  We're doubting anybody's clamoring to import the thing, but we are liking that these are the minimum specs on a WinMo device these days. [T-Mobile Germany via Engadget Mobile]

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5 years ago

Welcome PreCentral.net to the Family!

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Welcome PreCentral.net to the Family!

We are pleased to welcome PreCentral.net to our family of mobile techology websites. Just in case you missed last weeks announcement Palm,inc. introduced their newest smartphone, the Palm Pre. Not only is this a new phone, but a new mobile operating system called webOS.

PreCentral.net will follow in the footsteps of TreoCentral, CrackBerry.com, TheiPhoneblog, Android Central and WMExperts by highlighting and discussing the progress, developments and accomplishments of this new mobile device and system. So lets set another place at the family table and see what all the buzz is about this new Palm device.

Check out the PreCentral.net announcement here.

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5 years ago

Another WinMo / Android Dual Booter on the Way

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Another WinMo / Android Dual Booter on the Way

Having trouble deciding between Windows Mobile and Android?  Just can't decide which one to take the leap with?  If you're not a fan of hacking Android onto a pre-existing Windows Mobile device, Israeli computer module developer Compulab may have the solution for you.

Compulab has introduced the Exeda that will run both Android and Windows Mobile 6.1. The box-like smartphone has a 3.5 inch VGA touchscreen, a capacitive touchpad that serves as a mouse, and is powered by a 520MHz Marvell CPU. Loaded with 128mb RAM and 512mb of internal flash memory, the Exeda has built in GPS, Wifi, Bluetooth and a 10/100 Base-T Ethernet port. The networking appears flexible to allow resellers to choose from quadband GSM/GPRS, CDMA, and 3G UMTS. While not the slickest of designs, it's definitely a unique phone. No word on pricing but it is expected to be available sometime in March of this year.

[via Android Central, read: Engadget.com]

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5 years ago

Review: VITO Voice 2 Go

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Review: VITO Voice 2 Go

I am always looking for ways to make it easier to use my phone while driving in the car. I have also historically liked many of Vito's products. This is why Vito Voice 2 Go caught my eye. The ability to remote control your phone via voice commands would be handy while driving. I want to be able to easily call a contact, launch a program for quick reference (like a GPS program), etc. without fumbling with the phone or the stylus.

Historically with voice activated programs, the main challenges have been accuracy, training, battery power, and memory usage. To see if Vito Voice 2 Go stacks up to the test or if it should be avoided, read on with our review.

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5 years ago

WM6 succesfully ported onto Treo 700wx (finally!)

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Welp, after a few weeks they finally got it done and better late than never. Those determined members (Ebag333, NightRaven and some brave testers) managed to beat Verizon and Palm to the punch and get a fully working WM6 AKU 4.2 ROM on the Treo 700wx (Sprint, Verizon, Alltel).

Best part? There are two versions: one is a "trimmed down" setup, where a bunch of unnecessary files have been junked saving space and making it speedier and suitable for making your own "custom ROM". The other is just straight up WM6.

Also check out Ebag's new GUI front-end for his ROM kitchen, which should make things a wee bit easier for you newbie chef's out there ;-)

So, some initial thoughts on WM6? SDHC does not seem to work at this point--but there is a lot of reason to believe this is just a matter of finding one of the many SDHC drivers floating around. Everything else seems great though: it's quite fast (not as fast as WM5 though), the graphics are much better looking, messaging and calendar are way better than WM5.

Bottom line: if you don't mind the risk of flashing your device and you can take the time to carefully follow directions, it is definitely worth it. (Get it HERE)

Post your comments below and hop into the original thread and post your feedback.

Wanna see some screen shots of WM6? Click the link to see a small gallery.

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5 years ago

New to Us: Didiom for Streaming your Desktop Music

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One big gripe about our devices are they don't hold enough music. One big solution: get access to the massive library you've got sitting on your desktop. Companies like LobsterTunes and Orb realized that and got a head start on streaming your entire library to your phone. Didiom plans to hop on that bandwagon with a little more oomph.

To begin, its a free download (in beta) that lets you stream your entire music library to your phone over a cellular network. Didiom is hoping that you'll install their software for you own music and then head on over to their marketplace, where they've got a library of over 1.5 million DRM-free tracks.  They've also added in something they're calling "adaptive bargaining" where you name what you're willing to pay, Priceline-style, and their "sophisticated algorithm" will let you know if they'll sell at that price.

 They just added support for VGA WinMo devices, too.  Seems like a decent enough service, though it would be nice if they had a wider selection of music (not that we don't heart CD Baby) and if it worked outside the US.

Video after the break for those looking for more info. Anybody given Didiom a shot?  

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5 years ago

Not So Fast: Motorola Not Giving up on Windows Mobile After All

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The rumors of the untimely demise of Windows Mobile over at Motorola appear to be false. We've been hearing grumblings that Motorola was planning on cutting their development teams in half and ditching Windows Mobile for Android.

But in an interview with Computerworld.com, Brian Viscount, Motorola's Vice President of Marketing for Mobile Enterprise Computing (some title), insisted that the recent news of Windows Mobile's demise at Motorola were false. He stated Microsoft's enterprise division, "remains 100% committed to Windows Mobile".

The comments were made during an interview about Motorola's new Snap-on Mobile Payment devices that work on their enterprise-class MC-70 and MC-75 wireless handhelds, which happen to be powered by Windows Mobile. The wireless handhelds are used in retail/commercial locations to track inventory, set pricing, ordering stock and with the snap-on attachment they can be used to accept payments for merchandise.

So there is joy in Mudville tonight as it appears that Motorola will not be ditching Windows Mobile.  Now if we can only dispel the EOL rumors for the Q Series.

[VIA: wmpoweruser.com]

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5 years ago

No Firefox Mobile beta before March (at least)

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We'd had a fleeting hope that after last month's Alpha 2 release we might see an actual Windows Mobile beta build of Fennec, the upcoming Firefox Mobile browser, in the first couple of months of the year. Alas, it's not to be.

Mozilla's Fennec test plan notes Feb. 27 as the scheduled date for the Beta 1 release, then lets us down in no uncertain terms.

NOTE: this is a Beta1 for Maemo, not Windows Mobile or Symbian

So, work continues, and it sounds like they're making progress. Here are the WinMo notes from this week's Fennec meeting:

Building from trunk is blocked by NSPR, NSS and freetype font backend patches getting review. The font patch has been getting regular review and update, its being held up somewhat now because of conflicts with @font-face work. NSS and NSPR patches have stalled out.

Performance is improving steadily, once we can build from the trunk the focus will be on getting performance patches landed.

Patience, grasshopper.

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5 years ago

Get Headlines Texted To You

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Get Headlines Texted To You

Somehow it seems odd to us that we haven't found this service -- or one identical to it -- sooner. It's Web-Alerts.com and what it does is convert RSS feeds (like ours) into text message alerts. No longer will your unconscious desire to read the latest news be shackled by your conscious mind's utter failure to constantly scan your RSS reader.

The best part - you can filter the feeds so that only posts with the keywords you care about will get pushed out to you. In other words - you can still feel relatively safe subscribing to an oft-updated blog without getting completely inundated by, well, that blog.

The bestest part is that it's completely free - well, it's as “free” as your SMS limit.

Read: Web-Alerts.com via BGR

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5 years ago

WM for the POTUS? Blackberry for Commies.

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  That's President of the United States for those of you who don't frequent political forums ;-)   If you recall a few months back, Obama was un-closeted as a BlackBerry lover, fighting to keep his precious email device from those security-wielding government agents. While it doesn’t seem likely that RIM will a full-time job with the President-elect, our favorite Windows Mobile just might. But, this isn’t your normal WM phone as this guy is all tricked-out enough to make Bourne envious.   Take a peep at General Dynamics' Sectera Edge, which is like some retro, extra-blocky phone from years past. Running your typical WinMo software suite, it has Wifi, GSM, CDMA. It can handle secure communication channels for secure voice and email communications. Sure, it looks super-dorky and costs around….$3,300 but you do get that nice 2 year warranty.    And if you remember way back,  Palm has some leverage in this area with their secure Common Access Card system for WM Treos.   So why no love for RIM? Seems as if some people think RIM’s platform/hardware is not as secure as we’d like to think, including being susceptible to viruses that can do things like record phone calls. Remember how many WinMo phones can’t record those? That's why.   With all the flack WM has been catching lately, it’s nice to see that it is still good enough for those top level government agencies.   [via Cnet]

 

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