Archive for September 6th, 2009

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HTC Touch HD 2 – Android rumour


It appears that HTC has decided to venture down a new road and offer up the Android platform on one of their existing lines already. What are we talking about in particular? Well, the latest buzz on the internet is that HTC is working on a follow up to their Touch HD phone, aptly named the Touch HD 2, and will have Android as its OS replacing Windows Mobile. Aside from that, it will also get an added boost in speed with a faster Qualcomm 628MHz processor now onboard. So far, so good, but unfortunately, that’s all we have for now. We still haven’t got a clue as to what its other specs are, when it’ll be released and how much it’ll cost.

Anyway, as it most likely is still in the early development stages, why don’t we help them out and chip in our suggestions. What do you guys thinks should the upcoming HTC Touch HD 2 come with?

[reghardware, phonearena via PMPtoday]

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Shopsavvy coming to Windows Mobiles


ShopSavvy is a popular Android app that allows users to scan the barcode of any product using their device’s built-incamera. After the barcode is scanned, the app will quickly search the internet for the best prices and list the results. This is a great way to compare prices while you’re out shopping. With a little convincing, you could probably even use it to get some stores to price match certain products.
I’m sure most Windows Mobile users are well aware of such shopping apps available on other platforms. Aside from ShopSavvy for Android, the iPhone app store also has a plethora of these apps available to users. Unfortunately, barcode scanning apps are hard to come by for Windows Mobile. There’s Barcorama, but its interface is dull and development seems to have subsided for it. So where’s the Windows Mobile love?

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Nokia declines MWC stall


Nokia will not buy a stand at the Mobile World Congress in 2010, instead using the funds to support its product marketing

Nokia has said it will not have a stand at next year’s GSMA Mobile World Congress.

Nokia will instead use the capital put aside for the Congress to inject finance into its marketing for the latest announcements.

Nokia will however still feature at the GSMA’s event through seminars and customer and media activities.

A Nokia spokesperson said: "Nokia absolutely will be at Mobile World Congress in 2010 however we will not have a Nokia stand at the event.

"Instead, we’ll be focusing on the congress programme of seminars and speaking opportunities, customer and media activities. 

"In the last few years at Mobile World Congress, we get the biggest benefit for the infrastructure part of our business and therefore in 2010 Nokia Siemens Networks will continue to have a stand in the exhibition area."

[Source Mobilenews]

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Apple event September 9th, 2009 – what will be announced?

In September 2009 (i.e. this month) Microsoft is releasing Zune HD – their first device with multitouch … so Apple wants to preempt Microsoft with iPod touch related announcements – most notably Zune HD does not have camera and iPod touch will be getting it for sure this week…

Another big event from Apple will take place on Wednesday this week and this is the time of the year when Apple usually releases new iPod-related stuff, so here is a round-up of rumors about what will be presented at this event and what will not be shown:

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NDrive Windows Mobile SatNav review

Quite some time ago Matt was up to his old tricks and threw away a question, ‘Want to test some new software that’s not even out yet?’ Me being me…….here’s the review.

NDrive are a Portuguese company that was founded in 2001 dedicated to the GIS and Mobility markets and developed the NDrive brand and software from 2005.

The software in question is the NDrive satellite navigation for mobile phones. Here’s the blurb..

‘NDrive is a personal navigation solution. NDrive provides an advanced navigation experience, with clear and precise turn-by-turn spoken and visual instructions, including street and place names for door-to-door navigation with detailed local information, tailored for business or entertainment use, in a language of your choice. NDrive provides highly-accurate and detailed digital maps of countries all over the world, with a simple yet powerful user interface, ideal for inexperienced users.’

Key features

    • Zero installation: just plug in, switch on & GO
    • Latest and most complete maps: on DVD or Memory Card, providing a door-to-door navigation in more than 80 countries.
    • Very simple interface: touch-screen operation with gestures recognition, developed for the inexperienced users
    • Navigation to any address or point of interest: in any country or region with clear and accurate turn-by-turn voice instructions
    • Fast, complete and easy to search contents: powerful database at your fingertip
    • Dynamic data support: real-time weather reports and forecasts and cultural events (require country local provider)
    • Phone support: directly call a POI, access dynamic navigation information on the go (requires GSM)
    • Multimedia: play audio, video and view photos (on selected devices)
    • Multilanguage support (24 languages): written on screen and voice commands
    • Advanced features: Make your own personal information, export and import it from other formats
    • On both map mode and routing mode you can pan, zoom, rotate and change perspective angle at an amazing speed.
    • Depending on processor’s speed NDrive can draw a new map from 6 to 10 times every second, bringing the fastest video like navigation experience in the market.
    • See smooth map design through a superior proprietary anti-aliasing technology, transparencies, moving icons and different map templates to choose from.
    • Most representative buildings rendered in 3D



Supplied on an SD card the software was an absolute doddle to load and initialise. Out of the box it has been easy to use and great features like large buttons, really quick UI etc. Make it very useable on a day to day basis.

In my laziness, and to save having to transfer the software on to my HTC diamond (which hasn’t got a card slot) I loaded the NDrive on to my trusty old Asus P526, bearing in my this is a 200 MHz processor, the NDrive faired really well. It was quick and responsive, with the addition of QuickGPS, the satellite lock was fast and the for once no lag between the map route and the real drive. You appear exactly where you currently are on the map.

The directions are very clear and loud, the addition of speed safety cameras and POI’s which you are able to update online, again are easy to use and clear.

There are loads of options at the touch of a button, a few can be seen here..


For those of you Tomtom users you will be familiar with the ‘just have a play’ mentality and this is very similar, every time you pick it up you find something else it can do.

It is also completely finger friendly, with most screens being single touch and easy to scroll for different options. Even things like adding ‘Home’, ‘Favourite’, ‘Itineraries’ and ‘Email co-ordinates’ are all one touch. This makes it an alternative to MapPoint with very good user interfacing. No one wants to fumble on a GPS while driving…


Navigation is no hassle and appears accurate, there are options full 6 character Post code searches, POI, co-ordinates, or just simple City centre or street centre searches. The route calculation is really quick, and during playback of the route, it is definitely a more video type experience even on the old Asus.

Points of interest information may carry descriptive and photographic information depending on country availability for better user understanding of the location. They can also have phone, email, website that can interact with your phone navigation device, for immediate action. Drill into the POI’s and there is another world of information, as seen.. in this case search ‘London’ and then ‘Tourist attractions’.


Once again, all one touch and very quick.


This software is very capable, quick and easy to use, at a cost in the region of 80 – 100 euro, I do wonder if entering this extremely fierce and competitive market is a wise move, to live in this world you need to be good.

The NDrive does prove itself to be reliable and fully feature packed as well as being competitively priced. I had no issues with using it over an extended period; it appears stable and overall very user friendly. Available to suit most users it is installable on Symbian, WM 5 and 6 as well as being able to buy standalone units for around 125 – 155 euro.

I wonder what else it can do that I have missed. Most of the info was taken from their website, so head over and take a look, if you are fed up with the usual Sat Nav suspects, this may well make a change and offer a viable alternative.

Review by: Steve

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Commodore 64 emulator app for iPhone released!

A lyrics from Aqua song “Back to 80s”:

When M&M was just a snack
And Michael Jackson’s skin was black
Back when the coolest thing in store, oo-oh-oh
Was a Commodore 64

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