Archive for June, 2007

By June 17, 2007 Read More →

HeroCraft releases Happy Lines

HeroCraft, a well known mobile game developer, releases the new game for PDA and smarptphones – Happy Lines.

Happy Lines

HeroCraft Happy Lines

Happy Lines is the new attractive puzzle with simple rules, intellectual tasks and capturing gameplay. There are several different game modes, and the constantly increasing game difficulty won’t let you reduce attention even for a minute.

Happy Lines is all you need to spend your time with use, entertain yourself and test your intelligence and intuition. Happy Lines offer ideal composition of arcade and logical elements, variety of levels, colorful graphics, pleasant music, several game modes and a lot of diverse amusing features.

It’s impossible to stand from falling in love with Happy Lines! Just choose the mode you prefer – compete with time, struggling for the precious seconds or gather your scores leisurely, create the longest lines or compose the figures. Dare to pass fourty original levels which are completely different in rules and shape or have your fun on any level you like.

Game features:

  • 2 game modes – arcade and classic
  • 40 original levels
  • Bright high-quality graphics
  • Simple interface
  • Possibility to tune the game to your taste
  • 2 game types: lines and squares
  • Stylish soundtrack
  • The detailed information on the game, including screenshots, trailers and links for demo versions is available on the company site http://smart.herocraft.com

    Posted by: Matt

    [Post tag(s): smartphone blog, Pocket PC blog, Happy Lines, HeroCraft, Tracy & Matt]

    Posted in: Apps & Games
    By June 17, 2007 Read More →

    VITO Technology release ActiveTrace 2.0

    VITO Technology is happy to announce the second version of VITO Active Trace – its famous GPS sports tracker. VITO Active Trace 2.0 is the ideal solution for everyday outdoor workouts: it records tracks of your training trips and collects detailed statistics.

    VITO ActiveTrace 2.0

    VITO ActiveTrace 2.0

    VITO Active Trace turns a Smartphone or Pocket PC into your personal coach that intently watches your progress and needs no attention on your part. Just turn it on, put it into a pocket and focus on training. After you have finished – take VITO Active Trace out and analyze your performance.

    VITO Active Trace offers you a detailed picture of your track of movements and thoroughly collected statistics on speed, altitude, distance, time and more! With a single look you get a vivid picture of your training trip: track color indicates speed and altitude changes. You can choose separate parts of a track to check your performance at particular places.

    With VITO Active Trace you can also check on your performance while training to see your current speed, altitude, covered distance and spent time and the track itself. It may be useful to mark a place of interest on your way by a pushpin as well. Everything can be done with one hand, so that you can easily do it say while riding a bike.

    VITO Active Trace is available at vitotechnology.com for $29.95. The update is free for customers who purchased VITO Active Trace within a year’s time.

    Posted by: Matt

    [Post tag(s): smartphone blog, Pocket PC blog, VITO Technology, VITO ActiveTrace, GPS, Tracy & Matt]

    Posted in: News
    By June 16, 2007 Read More →

    HTC Touch unboxing video

    Nearly two weeks ago HTC announced the HTC Touch at a press event in London. We were in attendance and lucky enough to be given an HTC Touch to review.

    The device has been any extremely popular topic within the community and is the device that we are getting the most questions about.

    So here for your viewing pleasure (or general amusement) is our HTC Touch unboxing video and brief tour of the device.

    We’ll be putting together a review of the device shortly once we have had more time to use the device in the real world.

    Posted by: Matt

    [Post tag(s): smartphone blog, Pocket PC blog, Tracy & Matt, HTC, HTC Touch, HTC Elf, HTC P3450]

    Posted in: Videos/Unboxings
    By June 15, 2007 Read More →

    JAVOedge introduce HTC headphone adapter

    One of the questions we are most frequently asked is ‘Where can I get a headphone adapter for my HTC device?’. There are several companies out there that make such a thing, and we even showed you how to hack your own.

    However JAVOedge have just been in touch with us to let us know that they have just released their own HTC 11pin to 3.5mm headpone jack adapter.

    JAVOedge headphone adapter

    JAVOedge HTC headphone adapter

    JAVOedge’s HTC 11 pin to 3.5mm stereo headphone adapter is all you need to listen to music on your HTC 11 pin port equipped device.

    Eliminate carrying or buying special made HTC 11 pin port equipped headphones for travel and convert it with this adapter to use standardized 3.5mm headphones!

  • Specifically designed to work with your HTC 11 pin port equipped Smartphones / Pocket PC Phones
  • Simple innovative and functional design
  • Durable, compact, and lightweight
  • Works great with JAVOeBuds or with any other stereo headphones or speakers
  • A must have for HTC 11 pin port equipped Smartphone owners.
  • You can find out more on the JAVOedge headphone adapter product page.

    The adapter is compatible with all HTC manufactured devices that feature an 11pin ExtUSB connector.

    Posted By: Matt

    [Post tag(s): Smartphone Blog, JAVOedge, headphones, ExtUSB, Tracy & Matt]

    Posted in: News
    By June 15, 2007 Read More →

    Earthcomber finds local services without GPS

    We just got this press release from Earthcomber. The Earthcomber service is only availale in the USA so this post is more relevant to our US visitors or those visiting the US. However it’s an interesting idea so you may still want to read on!

    Earthcomber

    Earthcomber

    Whether vacationing exotic locales or running errands around town, cell phone owners can use a new type of navigation service released today that spots personal needs or desires nearby.

    The new service, Earthcomber, works on phones with basic internet access, and provides global positioning (GPS) alternatives for phones without it. Unlike most navigation programs, Earthcomber emphasizes discovery.

    You can see all the types and what’s closest – Italian, BBQ, sushi, whatever – on one screen. No back-and forth.

    With only a few taps, Earthcomber can quickly locate hundreds of different types of places and events, all arranged by distance to the individual’s location. For instance, clicking once on “Let’s Eat” finds all types of local cuisines at once. Clicking “Essentials” finds coffee, ATMs, WiFi spots and more.

    “It’s okay to come out now, all you people who are afraid to use your phone for anything but calls,” said Jim Brady, president and founder of Earthcomber LLC. “We decided to make something fun and useful for cell phones that doesn’t take a teenager or computer scientist to operate. And what we came up with, after you try it a few times, is almost like checking your watch.”

    Earthcomber originally produced the search/navigation hybrid for high-end Palm- and Windows Mobile devices. The new, simplified versions run on virtually any newer-model cell phone, Blackberry, or PDA. The service is free, aside from data charges by wireless networks.

    A key distinction for Earthcomber, Brady said, is that it doesn’t require repetitious, manual search box entries, (although Earthcomber has a search box option). Also, Earthcomber doesn’t force people to look for one thing at a time. Instead, its patented method uses profiles – whole lists of popular or personalized interests.

    “It’s perfect for situations like when you’re going to lunch with friends,” Brady said. “You can see all the types and what’s closest – Italian, BBQ, sushi, whatever – on one screen. No back-and forth.”

    Like GPS programs, Earthcomber provides directions and map views, simplified for mobile browsers or phone systems. While most cell phones have GPS only for emergency use or at extra cost, Earthcomber gets around such limitations by providing GPS signal substitutes, using address, ZIP code, phone number or city selections.

    The new version of Earthcomber offers a five-fold improvement in content, the company said, allowing users to quickly locate, map, and get directions to over 10 million places, including hotels, coffee shops, restaurants, live music, fast food, museums, historical sites, attractions, parks, lakes and trails, gas stations and more. Many spots have detailed editorial reviews and ratings from leading publishers of destination content.

    Earthcomber also spots local movies, by proximity, searchable by title or theater.

    For more information, visit www.earthcomber.com.

    Posted by: Matt

    [Post tag(s): smartphone blog, Pocket PC blog, Earthcomber, Navigation, Tracy & Matt]

    Posted in: Apps & Games
    By June 14, 2007 Read More →

    Orange – Powered by… err… wind?

    Are you bored of “emergency chargers”? You know, the pointless single use chargers that generally support Nokia and not much else?

    Well worry not. Orange have certainly won today’s award for innovation, with their all new Windy-Charge 500* designed especially for Glastonbury and the festivals

    Orange Wind Charger

    Orange Wind Charger

    The idea is, you fix your wind powered charger to the top of your tent during the day, and your windmill zooms round and charges up a small battery connected below. Then later, when you arrive back, you plug your phone into the battery and charge it back up.

    Sounds pretty cool actually, though there’s no info on cost or availability as yet. In fact the only information we have, is that it weighs just 150g and is Orange.

    *-This name might have been made up by me. 😳

    Posted By: Mark

    [Post tag(s): smartphone blog, Pocket PC blog, Tracy & Matt, Orange, Wind Power]

    Posted in: News
    By June 14, 2007 Read More →

    HTC Touch review

    Just over a week ago HTC held a press conference to announce their new baby, the HTC Touch. Since then a whole host of reviews have appeared on the web, it’s obvious that the device has created quite a stir!

    HTC Touch

    HTC Touch

    One review that we particularly like is the one from Solopalmari. Their review is rather extensive and includes dozens of photos as well as some nice video of the device in action.

    It’s hard to remain unbiased and objective towards the HTC Touch – we really feel that HTC should be praised for their initiative and innovative spirit, especially when coming from such an important market giant that could have easily chosen to stay on the well-beaten track of ‘standard’ Windows Mobile devices. Comparisons have already been made between the Touch and the iPhone – some may find the association irreverent, sustaining that Apple’s device has superior potential capabilities and implementation. We feel, however, that HTC’s new proposal will make a name for itself in what is a growingly competitive market, just like we are confident the company will be rewarded for its new approach to mobile computing. Together with Apple.

    After all that praise, we can’t fail to point out that the CPU is a bone of contention. We ourselves have often expressed doubts over the speed of the TI OMAP 850 in previous tests. However, the impression when using the device is positive and the benchmarks seem to back up the sense of speed.
    Before posting this review, we would have liked to have carried out one more test covering battery life, but time restraints have not yet allowed us to carry out more than two recharges – not yet enough to give a true indication of the battery life. We will put our heads on the line though and say that the HTC Touch can easily withstand a long day of intensive use – and that’s no small feat, considering that this device also runs Microsoft’s new constant ‘Push Email’ technology

    You can read the full HTC Touch Review over on Solopalmari.com

    Posted by: Matt

    [Post tag(s): smartphone blog, Pocket PC blog, Tracy & Matt, HTC, HTC Touch, HTC Elf, HTC P3450]

    Posted in: Reviews
    By June 14, 2007 Read More →

    HTC S720 released on the Telus network

    It’s been a while since we saw anything of the HTC S720 which is essentially a CDMA version of the HTC S710 (HTC Vox). However, we just go wind that the device has appeared for sale on the Telus network in Canada.

    HTC S720

    HTC S720

    You can get the phone for just $149.99 if you want to commit to a 3 YEAR contract although I can’t imagine who would sign up to three years? If you want a 1 year contract it’ll set you back $449.99, whereas the handset only price is $499.99.

    Are these long term contracts common in Canada and the USA? Perhaps someone could let us know!

    The HTC S720 re-invents the wireless smartphone by combining the features of a wireless PDA in a familiar ‘phone-like’ design, with Windows Mobile 6.

    Take your entire Outlook® contact list wherever you go, keep track of important events and tasks, access the internet anywhere with Internet Explorer Mobile® on the TELUS High Speed (EVDO) network. It’s also easy to stay connected with email, SMS, and IM using the slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

    Available exclusively from TELUS, the HTC S720 is the first Windows Mobile 6 smartphone in Canada, and the only smartphone to offer a 12 key numeric dial-pad for single-handed use in addition to a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for easier messaging.

    HTC S720 Specification:

  • 400Mhz 32bit Samsung SC32442
  • 128Mb ROM, 64Mb RAM
  • Windows Mobile 6 Standard
  • 2.4″ QVGA (240 x 320) TFT display
  • Slide-out QWERTY-type keyboard, 31 keys
  • GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS850, UMTS1900, UMTS2100
  • CSD, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, EV-DO
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • WiFi: 802.11b, 802.11g
  • 1.9MP Camera
  • 1050 mAh battery
  • microSD Card slot
  • 50 x 100 x 18mm
  • 110 grams
  • Matt

    [Post tag(s): smartphone blog, Pocket PC blog, Windows Mobile blog, HTC Wings, HTC S720, Tracy & Matt]

    Posted in: Phones
    By June 13, 2007 Read More →

    Pick up a great pack of card games with Astraware Solitaire

    Astraware(R) is excited to announce their version of the classic card games pack – Astraware Solitaire for Palm OS(R) and Windows Mobile(R) PDAs and Smartphones.

    Astraware Solitaire

    Astraware Solitaire

    Astraware Solitaire features 12 of the most well-known and best-loved single player card games, chosen based on direct feedback and suggestions from Astraware customers. The games include Klondike, Pyramid, Spider, and Freecell, and to make the playing experience both familiar and fun, each game has custom gameplay options so everyone can enjoy the games using their favorite variation on the standard rules.

    The game’s controls have been specially designed to be simple and comfortable with both stylus or 5-way play, and along with just the right balance of effects really make it easy to play and feel like you would when playing with a real pack of cards.

    “We really wanted to capture the best things about Solitaire, easy to get into, enjoyable to play, and the nice feeling of playing with cards that sometimes computer games don’t capture.” Said Howard Tomlinson, Astraware CEO and Game Designer. “Playing just one game at a time is great, but we added the extra incentive of collecting trophies for various achievements within each of the games for those people who want to have a longer goal too. You can play straight off with the normal settings, or customise it in all kinds of ways – it’s your game, so we feel you should be able to play it the way you want to!”

    PDAs and Smartphones are very personal and everyone loves to customise the look of their handheld. Astraware Solitaire also offers lots of choices including decorative backgrounds, changeable color themes, and a beautiful selection of cardbacks to enhance the look of your game.

    Most important of all, there is a choice of card front including a familiar traditional set with beautiful face cards, and a clear card face which is better for those with visual impairments, or for playing in bright daylight.

    If you like to track your progress, the game statistics will tell you how long you’ve played and how often you win, and Astraware Solitaire also includes a fun trophy system which unlocks extra card graphics and the highly sought-after golden trophy pack of cards. Once you’ve collected them all, you can even be use them to play with!

    With 12 highly-absorbing, traditional card games, Astraware Solitaire is the perfect pastime for everyone’s handheld.

    Astraware Solitaire is available for PDAs and Smartphones running Palm OS 5 (with hi-res screens), and Windows Mobile for Pocket PC and Smartphone 2003, 5.0 and 6.0, priced $19.95. To save $10 off the regular price, get Astraware Solitaire before 30th June 2007!

    The complete list of games included is: Calculation, Canfield, Clock, Four Seasons, Freecell, Golf, Idiot’s Delight, Klondike, Pyramid, Spider, Sultan’s Harem, and Yukon. To try Astraware Solitaire for yourself, visit the Astraware website: www.astraware.com/solitaire.

    Posted by: Matt

    [Post tag(s): smartphone blog, Pocket PC blog, Tracy & Matt, Astraware, Solitaire]

    Posted in: Apps & Games
    By June 13, 2007 Read More →

    Play Nokia’s Passenger game online

    Nokia have just been in touch with us to tell us about their new online game “The Passenger”

    The Passenger

    The Passenger

    The Passenger is a flash based game that has been created to promote nokia’s gps systems and the Nokia CK-20W car kit.

    Nokia have created this slick game in which you have to race your Mini through the streets of Paris. “It’s kind of a mix between the Italian Job and the da Vinci Code + features a rather sexy French chick.”

    The game is pretty slick and well worth a look at: www.the-passenger.com

    Posted by: Nick

    [Post tag(s): smartphone blog, Pocket PC blog, Nokia CK-20W, Nokia N95, Clove,Tracy & Matt]

    Posted in: News