Archive for January, 2009

By January 27, 2009 Read More →

iPhone 2.2.1 Software Update available now

image Apple have released iPhone firmware 2.2.1 and it is available now through iTunes. Nothing massive in the update, details below:-

This update contains bug fixes and improvements, including the following:
• Improved general stability of Safari
• Fixed issue where some images saved from Mail do not display correctly in the Camera Roll

Products compatible with this software update:
• iPhone
• iPhone 3G

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By January 27, 2009 Read More →

Apple awarded multi-touch patent

image "Apple last week was awarded a monstrous 358-page patent covering the touch screen, graphical user interface, and methods that combine to define the iPhone user experience," Zach Spear reports for AppleInsider. "Dating back to September of 2007 and granted last Tuesday, U.S. Patent No. 7479949 lists many inventors; notably, Apple co-founder and chief executive Steve Jobs, iPhone software director Scott Forstall, and FingerWorks co-founder Wayne Westerman," Spear reports. "(FingerWorks was responsible for gadgets with an opaque surface that could respond to gesture controls before being acquired by Apple to aid its multi-touch efforts several years ago.)"

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By January 27, 2009 Read More →

Samsung to release new Windows Mobile handsets

Our friends over at eXpansys have just given us some news about several new handsets that Samsung are planning to release ‘early in 2009’. The lineup will apparently include two new Windows Mobile devices and one, the Samsung ‘Pivot’ aims to be among the first devices to be powered by WM 6.5!

There isn’t much information to be had at the moment but the key features are listed below. We’re trying to find out more at the moment!

 

Samsung B2100 

A follow up from the Samsung Solid M110, the Samsung B2100 shares many of the same features with the older B2700 but skips the 3G, flash and pedometer features. Like the B2700 it will be IP54 certified, adding to its “tough phone” credentials.

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Samsung B2100

 

Samsung Louve (Code Name)

Looking very much like a TyTN II and running Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. A 3.2 MP camera and tilting screen with a customised interface (like the widgets found on the i900) the Louve looks like an interesting handset.

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Could the Samsung Louve look something like this?

 

Samsung Pivot (Code Name)

A follow up to the Samsung i780, the Pivot will be one of the first handsets to feature Windows Mobile 6.5. On board you’ll find a 5MP camera, QWERTY thumb board, LED flash, AGPS, Bluetooth, Wifi and host of other features.

 

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By January 27, 2009 Read More →

LG’s modular Versa is coming for Verizon

image LG’s Versa is a simple slab touchscreen device with a neat twist. It has all the bells and whistle’s that would expect in a high end touchscreen phone. Including a  3 inch WQVGA screen, EVDO, and Bluetooth. The difference with this phone, is its modular accessories. In what may be a first for any carrier subsidized phone in the USA, there is an available detached QWERTY thumbboard, with other modular additions possible, including a game pad. The add-on potentials don’t stop there. I could imagine a speaker add-on too.

This isn’t the first time something like this has been proposed. Including an iPhone case, and the theoretically already available zzzPhone (this phone even includes a projector module). These new concepts are exciting for their future potential, call me old fashioned, but I still prefer my keyboard attached to the phone.

The Versa may be available as soon as February.

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By January 26, 2009 Read More →

Windows Mobile 18 month plan

image Microsoft’s Andy Lees has been talking at length to CNET News about the future for Windows Mobile and as we expected the big changes we all want for the platform won’t appear until Windows Mobile 7 which will be seen in 2010 at the earliest. The upcoming 6.5 update will be a pacifier to provide more of a cosmetic update whilst the OS is re-written from the ground up. According to Andy, Microsoft embarked on a new strategy some time ago that will come to fruition over the next 18 months. The first steps in that strategy, he said, will be announced at the Mobile World Congress conference that takes place in Barcelona in the middle of next month.  "You are going to see a bunch of announcements at Mobile World Congress but also it is going to be the beginning of a 12-18 month period where you are going to see a whole bunch of different stuff," Lees said.

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By January 26, 2009 Read More →

ForPlay for iPhone released

fpad ForPlay is an application designed to be a bit of fun for couples. If you can remember the game love dice then this is what this application is all about but obviously without the dice. Basically you take it in turns to spin the three dials by a button press or a shake of the iPhone, when they stop you have a three word challenge you then have to perform with your partner. It’s a little bit of fun to get you in the mood for some love.

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By January 26, 2009 Read More →

Palm Pre Facebook Q & A

image Palm’s Matt Crowley (Product Manager) is currently holding a questions and answer session on Facebook and its not too late to get your question to him as it is open until the 28th of this month. So far some of topics being answered have been about the lack of storage expansion and the reasons behind the decision, how good is the Pre for one handed operation, what type of USB interface the Pre has and also will turn by turn navigation be available from launch. You can visit the Facebook page here but you have to be a Facebook user to post a question.

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By January 26, 2009 Read More →

The Art of Smart

Orange and Blackberry have come up with an excellent and unique promotional video competition; ‘The Art Of Smart’.

artofsmart 

 

Through a series of videos you have to decide how and when to use your Blackberry to get your date and reach your destination. It’s a little weird but very well put together and showcases what you can do with your Blackberry.

You can handle a smartphone, but can you handle this challenge? You need to get to Paris. You have to decide the smart move to make. And all you have to fall back on is your wits and the BlackBerry® smartphone. For your chance to win click here to play: www.artofsmartchallenge.co.uk

Prizes include Xbox 360 consoles and Weekend Trips to Paris so it’s well worth a go!

 

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By January 25, 2009 Read More →

Windows Mobile 6.5 Beta video on HTC Blue Angel

b86bc418de4df32f6ac3e00e2a39909c Sun_dream over at XDA Developers has uploaded a ROM and some videos of Windows Mobile 6.5 running on an HTC Blue Angel. Both videos give you a small idea of how the interface works however the ROM is not a fully operational ROM. Videos after the break.

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By January 25, 2009 Read More →

Windows Mobile 6.5 Beta for Touch Pro/Fuze

pic11-thumbXDA-developers also has a treat for those with the lovely HTC Touch Pro/Fuze/Raphael device. From the screen shots it looks like the today screen is going to be more along the lines of Windows Mobile Standard with the HTC modifications. Will be interesting seeing video emerge with more of the feature set. Screen shots after the break.

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