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HTC Diamond Radio Rom, unlock the 850 band and make it quad band

image The guys over at XDA-Developers have done it again, this time it is great news for the US early adopters of the HTC Diamond. As has been well documented the HTC Diamond released for the European and Asia markets did not have the 850 Mhz band available, this is the band that AT&T use mainly for their GSM network so if you have a Diamond the best you can expect is rather patchy coverage. HTC claimed it was a space restriction within the Diamond and that was why it did not work as the hardware had not been included, well this looks like being a red herring as the new Radio Rom enables the 850 band for use in the US. Unfortunately still no 3G or HSDPA but edge coverage will be fine.

You can download the Rom from this xda-developers thread.

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A2DP for iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPods now available

image So the iPhone 3G failed to get A2DP out of the box, well apparently according to Gizmodo you can now get a A2DP adaptor to plug into the bottom of your iPod or iPhone and bingo you have A2DP. Known as the Bluetooth A2DP Stereo Audio Transmitter – INFINXX AP23 it is available to buy online now, full details after the break.

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Opera Mobile 9.5 Beta in the flesh

image-thumb101 Here is a good look at the operations of Opera Mobile 9.5 Beta. We covered all the ins and outs on a previous post here. Looks like the software covers all the aspects you’d expect making it a nice hybrid of Desktop and portable browsing.

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HTC Victor, Diamond without the Diamond

image Like the form of the HTC Diamond but not the angular back panel that stops it from sitting flat on your desk, well it looks like HTC have done something about it, well in Asia anyway by releasing the HTC P3702 aka the HTC Victor. It is basically the HTC Diamond without the angular back panel and has a few other subtle differences like a different stylus design, raised d-pad and different button layout.

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Would you buy another Palm?

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There is an interesting article over at Smart Device Central pondering the future of Palm. Love it, hate it, uninvolved by it, Palm has been a front runner in many fields but can it keep up with the big dogs like Apple and HTC. Recent phones have hardly pushed the boundaries but are reliable and robust. Their interesting financial structure answers many questions as to why they are still on the playing field these day. Have a look and see what you think.

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Create your own ringtones free with Audiko

image Been playing around with a great online service for creating ringtones and it works well with the iPhone M4R format too as well as other platforms that support mp3 and AMR formats. Audiko is a Ringtone Maker that does not require registration, and you won’t need to download any software/plugin to your computer. Just upload your favorite song, or supply Audiko with a URL that ends with MP3 format or even a Youtube video. Then choose the part you want to cut from the song, the time you want it to play, and that’s it, totally free. Details after the break

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No 16GB Samsung Omnia for the UK?

Lots of you out there seem to be waiting for the launch of the Samsung i900 Omnia before making up your minds between buying that or the HTC Touch Diamond.

Today I heard some news though, that comes as something of a disappointment. Apparently Samsung are not going to release the 16GB version of the Omnia in the UK, only the 8GB version.

We now have official pricing for the 8GB unit. It will be £399 + VAT, with first stock arriving 18th August. Because Samsung are not releasing the 16GB version Clove Technology thought they would come to the rescue with a special offer to help boost the memory available by offering a package with a FREE 4GB microSD card.

This offer is valid on all purchases of the 8GB Omnia, but you need the voucher code: SAM8GB0708

Simply use the code about when buying the 8GB Omnia and Clove shall send the machine with a free 4GB card!

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Opera Mobile 9.5 beta download out now

imageOpera brings you the best Internet experience on any device, from computers and cell phones to portable media players and game consoles. Opera Mobile, first launched in 2000, and with over 100 million installations since 2004, was the first to bring the full Web to the small mobile screen. Opera Mobile for feature phones and smartphones has pioneered and set the standard in mobile browsing, supporting the latest technologies and receiving industry acclaim. Today, Opera continues to provide the best mobile Web experience with the first beta of Opera Mobile 9.5. Full details after the break.

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Sky and Sony launch GoView PSP video-on-demand

goview Sony and Sky have teamed up to deliver a video-on-demand service for the PlayStation Portable. Go!View on PSP has just gone live in the UK and Ireland, and offers users a range of content including TV shows, movies and sport for playback on their PSP.

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Sony PSP gets Video-On-Demand

Sony and Sky have just launched the first on-demand TV service for the PSP. This service has just gone live, and with Go!View, PSP users are now able to create their own TV schedule from Sky’s line-up for entertainment, sports, movies and TV series. Content can easily be transferred to their PSP via a PC.

From the Sony Press release:

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Sky are pleased to announce that Go!View, the official PlayStation Portable (PSP™) video-on-demand service in the UK and Republic of Ireland, is now live. From today, content spanning TV, movies and sport will be regularly added to this new service for PSP users to enjoy in addition to their usual gaming experience.  With everyone who registers for the service at www.goview.tv receiving a free month’s subscription, there’s no better time to be a PSP owner!

PSP Go!View

Go!View makes portable, video-on-demand a reality, now PSP users are able to easily transfer content to their PSP via a PC. Through agreements with distributors and broadcasters including Disney-ABC-ESPN Television, BBC Worldwide, Sony Pictures Television International, NBC Universal International Television Distribution, National Geographic and Sky Sports, Go!View can offer PSP users an excellent range of content. Programming will range from US dramas such as library series’ of Lost and Desperate Housewives (produced by ABC Studios) to hit UK shows such as Doctor Who and Top Gear (from BBC Worldwide) through to FA Premier League football action and blockbuster movies.

Comedy, Sport and Entertainment Packs are available by monthly subscription, whilst selected movies and TV series can be transferred via the rental service on Go!View. Subscription packs are priced at £5 (€7) for 1 pack, £8 (€11) for 2 packs and £10 (€14) for all three packs and users can trial all three packs free for a month.  Rental TV is available from £1.50 (€2.00) per episode and a range of movies is available from £2.50 (€3.20) each.

This initial launch phase will see the Go!View service constantly growing from now through the autumn. ‘We are working with our content providers to secure a quality range of programming and ensure that PSP™ owners are getting the best possible service on-the-go and on-demand.’ said Alison Turner, General Manager, Go!View Entertainment UK

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Go!View is a joint venture between Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Sky who have established the joint venture ‘GO!VIEW Entertainment UK’.  This is being used to bring the PSP video-on-demand to market in the UK, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands & the Isle of Man.  Sky is providing their expertise in building successful video-on-demand platforms as well as content acquisition.  Sony Computer Entertainment is providing the marketing for the service.

 

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