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By December 20, 2008 Read More →

Open Handset Alliance Getting Bigger By The Day

The Open Handset Alliance, which is headed by Google and which develops Android handset platform, on Wednesday announced that fourteen additional companies have joined the association with the aim to assist in further development of the Android, build new devices powered by the operating system or enable infrastructure. By joining the alliance, many new members directly or indirectly confirm launches of Android-based handsets.

The new members of the Open Handset Alliance are: AKM Semiconductor, ARM, Asustek Computer, Atheros Communications, Borqs, Ericsson, Garmin International, Huawei Technologies, Omron Software, Softbank Mobile Corp., Sony Ericsson, Teleca AB, Toshiba Corp. and Vodafone.

“Sony Ericsson is excited to announce its membership of the Open Handset Alliance and confirm its intention to develop a handset based on the Android platform We believe Sony Ericsson can bring a wealth of experience in making consumer focused multimedia handsets with new user experience to the Alliance drawing on the successes of the Walkman and Cyber-shot sub-brands,” said Rikko Sakaguchi, corporate vice president and head of creation and development at Sony Ericsson.

New members will either deploy compatible Android devices, contribute significant code to the Android Open Source Project, or support the ecosystem through products and services that will accelerate the availability of Android-based devices. With these commitments, the Open Handset Alliance will continue to drive greater and faster innovation for the benefit of mobile users and everyone in the industry.

“Asus is a leading handset manufacturer that will soon deliver high quality, innovative Android devices and technology for world class carriers and consumers,” said HC Hung, general manager of personal mobile devices business unit at Asustek Computer.

Open Handset Alliance members’ continued contributions to Android promises to give everyone in the mobile ecosystem a free and complete mobile platform to build Android devices. The new members are expected to add to the momentum of Android device availability, providing developers with a greater opportunity to deploy compelling applications that will reach a global audience. As a result, consumers around the world should benefit from a better mobile experience that features less expensive devices, more compelling services, rich Internet applications, and easier-to-use interfaces.

“Joining the Open Handset Alliance today is a logical step in our mobile internet journey. Working with emerging terminal platforms for smartphones is critical for us to deliver unbeatable customer experiences and accelerate time to market for innovative products and services,” claimed Frank H Rovekamp, global chief marketing officer at Vodafone Group.

This can only mean great good things for Android and Mobile fans alike and I personally look forward to seeing what’s next for this group. Have a look at their site and see just how many people are involved with this project (you’ll be amazed).

Posted by: John

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By December 20, 2008 Read More →

Touch HD gets Mobile Internet Explorer 6

Paul from MoDaCo forums has devised a cooked ROM to enable HTC Touch HD users to have Internet Explorer 6 on their device.

IE6 on Touch HD 01 IE6 on Touch HD 02

So here’s a custom WWE (English) ROM rom for the Blackstone, created it for my own use to try out IE6 and thought y’all might like to have a play!

It’s based on the 1.19 Asian ROM.


– Added IE6 Mobile!
– Changed IE6 Mobile default search to Google
– Added official MS build of Flash Lite
– Added .net CF 3.5
– Added Remote Desktop Mobile
– Added AppToDate
– Added Batti (with main battery meter disabled)
– Added Donate
– Added ‘Blackstone Additions’ performance tuning (AppToDate compatible)
– Added Business Card Reader from Euro ROMs
– Added RSSHub from Euro ROMs
– Added MoDaCo News and MoDaCo Podcast to RSS Hub defaults
– Added Google Map from Euro ROMs
– Added TouchResponse (uninstallable)
– Removed Windows Update
– Removed Welcome Center
– Removed MS Sample Music
– Removed .net CF 2.0
– Using JBlend JVM
– Changed Opera 9.5 and skin to be uninstallable

– UC Compatible

Known issues:

None as yet. Be aware that if you are on T-Mobile, the auto config puts in a proxy that screws a number of things up. Immediately after completing the wizard, hit up settings -> connections -> connections and disable the proxy!

Update format:

– Custom RUU – ensure you have HardSPL installed from here first! You can also install by extracting the EXE with WinRAR (PC) / Betterzip (MAC), renaming ruu_signed.nbh to BLACIMG.NBH, placing it in the root of your storage card then turning on your device with the volume button held down. Handy for mac users like myself


– OS ONLY, no splash or radio

Obviously Tracy & Matt take no responsibility for issues arrising from this download however it is rather interesting so we thought it worth posting.

If you want this then here it is.

Posted by: John

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By December 16, 2008 Read More →

Press Release: Prodad Announces Adorage Effects Package 10

If you are looking for an HD Video Editor and Effects package then look no further.

Northampton December 9th 2008– proDAD GmbH leading software developer for creative video editing, have announced the latest addition to its popular Adorage Effects Package – Adorage Effects Package 10 – Full HD Video Effects Generation. Adorage Effects Package 10 includes hundreds of video effects and transitions from previous Adorage Effects Packages, now in Full HD resolution.

Adorage Effects Packages are a low cost way for video editors to add a wide range of high quality effects and transitions to their video productions. Adorage has been extremely popular among hobbyist video editors for many years due its ease of use and low cost, and is now enjoying popularity within the professional video editing community for the same reasons.  Adorage Effects Package 10 now includes plug-in support for Adobe® Premier/Pro/Elements, AVID® Liquid, Canopus® Edius, Sony® Vegas/Vegas Pro, and ULead® Mediastudio NLE applications (previous Effects Packages required separate purchase of Adorage All-Plug-in Collection at a cost of $29, now included with Effects Package 10).

it’s 10 years since the first Adorage effect package was published and today, the Adorage range includes more than 10,000 effect presets. Now the 10th Adorage effects package is out – with more than 700 effects in up-to-date HD quality. The best Adorage package ever, with the ultimate technology for all HD enthusiasts – and SD film-makers too.

This package offers you a range of amazing effects for your video productions. And these are the themes:

    • Love and weddings

    • Family memories

    • Holiday, travel and landscapes

    • Parties and events

    • Sports

    Plus a vast range of effects for universal use:

      • Magic particle effects

      • Decorative frames

      • Atmospheric shapes and colours

      • Decorative zoom, scaling and rotation effects

      • Brilliant opening/closing effects for introductions or film endings

      The best Adorage effects ever – only on Adorage Volume 10

        • Multicore support for superfast rendering

        • Quick & easy selection of effects

        • Improved handling

        • New video filter plug-ins for a wider range of uses

        Why not head over to their site to find out more about what this new package has to offer.

        Posted by: John

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        By December 13, 2008 Read More →

        Press Release: i-mate Go brings one touch browsing to handsets

        We all like freebies and this time it’s the turn of i-mate to give things away.


        i-mate™ Go brings one touch browsing to handsets

        Simplified user experience and Windows Mobile® 6.1 position i-mate for mass market appeal

        9th December 2008 i-mate™, the global specialist in Microsoft Windows

        Mobile devices and software, today launched Go, a new user interface for imate handsets. i-mate Go takes advantage of i-mate’s high resolution touch screens and advanced capabilities to deliver one touch access to the user’s favourite functions through a simple icon based menu.

        Today also marks the start of Windows Mobile® 6.1 availability for the i-mate Ultimate range, commencing with the i-mate Ultimate 9502 and Ultimate 8502. Windows Mobile® 6.1 will be available for the Ultimate 8150 and Ultimate 6150 very shortly.

        Designed with first time i-mate customers in mind, i-mate Go is also expected to appeal to experienced Windows Mobile users. This is because it offers a faster way of getting things done, whilst also ensuring the full suite of Windows Mobile tools remain within easy reach.

        With the tap or slide of a finger, i-mate Go easily navigates through the full suite of Windows Mobile tools. Users can customise the interface adding their own icons for one touch access to the things they use every day from emails, notes and text messages to pictures, the internet or music. i-mate Go is available as a free download for the Ultimate 9502, Ultimate 8502,

        Ultimate 8150, Ultimate 6150, and JAMA 101.

        Commenting today about the launch, Jim Morrison, CEO and founder of imate said, “Our mobiles already offer a unique combination of impressive functionality that you won’t find in any other mobile phone. The free release of i-mate Go together with the backing of Windows Mobile 6.1 is the icing on the cake delivering unparalleled usability and performance. Add to that our extensive support and free innovative solutions to see why i-mate really is the smarter choice.”

        Windows Mobile 6.1 delivers a host of enhancements to i-mate Ultimate handsets including the ability to thread together text messages to track a conversation just like Instant Messaging, faster connection to Wi-Fi, easier email set up, Bluetooth pairing improvements and improved battery performance.

        i-mate GO and Windows Mobile 6.1 are available for free at

        Simply register your i-mate mobile online and download.

        The new i-mate Go interface is powered by VITO Winterface.

        As mentioned in the press release the new i-mate go is powered by Vito’s Winterface which we have done several reports on in the past. If you want this then head on over to the i-mate website where it’s available for FREE.

        Posted by: John

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        By December 12, 2008 Read More →

        LG KS360 Review


        Announced back in July 2008 the LG KS360 was code named the LG Tribe and in fact still retains that name on the TIM Italy network. Not by any means the first QWERTY handset by LG but certainly the first handset by LG that was designed with typical phone users in mind and the first to come in an array of bright but very simplistic colours.

        This phone holds a bag of surprises and given that "again" the phone was in Pink we gave it straight to Lynne to play with.

        Lynne (up until this handset) was a Sony Ericsson fan and was using the W850i for about 2 years because she just could not find a phone that suited her like that but this handset changed that opinion and we will go a little deeper into why during the review (which Lynne wrote herself….. So proud!).

        LG KS360

        The 10 second review:
        Device: LG KS360
        Cost: £88.09 on Orange PAYG
        Available to order from: Argos (Go and buy one from here)
        Summary: A very nice phone with a great QWERTY keyboard and a simple menu layout.
        Best of: QWERTY Keyboard, Music Player, Design & Style 
        Worst of: No WiFi, No Flash for the camera

        What’s in the box?

        • Handset
        • Battery
        • Wired Headset
        • Data Cable
        • Travel Charger
        • User Manual
        • Software Disc

        LG KS360 Specification:

        • GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900
        • Dimensions: 101.5 x 51 x 16.8 mm
        • Weight: 108 g
        • Display Type?: TFT, 256K colours
        • Size: 240 x 320 pixels, 2.4 inches
        • Touch Screen Dialling
        • Full QWERTY keyboard
        • Vibration
        • microSD (TransFlash) up to 4GB
        • 15 MB shared memory
        • GPRS
        • EDGE
        • Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP
        • USB v2.0
        • SMS, MMS, Email, IM
        • WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
        • Colours: Black and red, Black and silver, White and soft pink, Titanium and bright blue
        • Camera: 2 MP, 1600×1200 pixels, video
        • Java MIDP 2.0
        • MP3 player
        • MPEG-4 player
        • FM radio
        • Photo/video editor
        • Built-in handsfree
        • Voice memo
        • Standard battery, Li-Ion 800 mAh
        • Stand-by Up to 430 h
        • Talk time Up to 5 h


        To keep with the site format we will now take a look around the phone from top to bottom , left to right and front to back but in a more simple than normal format.

        Top: Release catch for back cover

        Bottom: Microphone

        Left: Volume Rocker Button and Camera Hotkey

        Left hand side view

        Right: At the top there is the charger port which doubles as a headphone socket

        Right hand side view

        Front: The top has the speaker grill with the 2.4 inch screen just below. There are also several keys on the front of the phone namely (from left to right and top to bottom), hot selection key, call start key, left direction key, phonepad key, up selection key, ok button, down selection key, right selection key, cancel button, hot key, and call end.

        Keyboard Open: Full backlit QWERTY keyboard with an SMS hot key.

        Keyboard Open and Slanted View

        Back: Loudspeaker Grill, Self Potrait Mirror and 2MP Camera Lens.


        Highlights and Lowlights

        + Comes in an Array of colours to suit individual taste.

        + The music player is far superior to that of the Sony Ericsson W850i which was Lynne’s last handset.

        + The QWERTY keyboard when in use for SMS (Landscape Mode) allows a clearer view of the screen.

        – No WiFi

        – Sensitive Touch Screen

        – No Camera Flash


        LG KS360 in Pink and White

        I am not a fan of fancy phones and to be honest I never really wanted to try another handset but as Matt said that I would love this little pink phone I decided to give it a go.

        My initial reaction to the phone was "excellent it’s pink" but we all know that colour doesn’t really make a phone and in this case it just helped it out a little.

        Setup was easy, I had a lot of files on my old phone and to get them over to the LG I decided to use Bluetooth which proved to be a wise move as the transfer rate between the phones was great. I moved onto the contacts next and decided the easiest way to do this would be to stick all my phone contacts onto the simcard then when I put the simcard into the LG I could just copy the sim contacts to the phone which was my biggest pain point. For some unknown reason the phone imported the contacts from the sim in last name first name style which meant I had to edit every contact one by one to get them right as there was no option to fix this on the phone itself.

        On my next step to making the phone my own I decided to go through the menu system one option at a time to see what was there and to make sure the settings within the options were exactly how I wanted / needed them. To say I found this easy would be an understatement, the menu system was easy to navigate, had everything in the right place and it didn’t take a rocket scientist to understand what each option / setting did. I particularly loved the animated desktop graphics when I first used them, they were fun and very unusual to see.

        Like I mentioned above, I’m no techy when it comes to phone and when John explained that the SMS messages would need to be typed using the QWERTY and the phone numbers dialled using the touchscreen I thought, forget it, I’ll never get my head round this but I was very surprised at just how quickly I learned how to use these and how easy to use they were. After a few hours I thought to myself "I don’t know how I managed without a keyboard before".

        The touchscreen vibrated on the touch of every button which was a tad weird at first and the over sensitive screen meant that I quite often hit the wrong button but again after a few hours I had it sussed and away I went with my new mobile.

        I made a call to my mum cause I really wanted to see what the call quality was like (not that I would know much of a difference). There was not a single glitch or blank during my 20 minute conversation and my mum could here me very well too which was a great change as my W850i had a terrible habit of dropping speech during calls when we were on the move.

        The easiest thing about this phone is the SMS, it’s quick, simple and fun to use which makes it an excellent phone for me as it’s the main thing I do with my phone. The QWERTY keyboard slide mechanism is smooth and doesn’t just throw itself out now does it crawl out making it seamless to use.


        Keyboard Open in Landscape Mode

        I can’t believe I never moved phones before now, this is by far the best phone I have had and yes I know it has no WiFi or Flash for the camera but trust me, you really don’t need it. I can honestly that everything I need this phone to do, it does it and then some.

        A cheerful phone which I would fully recommend to anyone. If I were to mark it out of 10 then I would break it down into the following:

        Looks: 10

        Design: 10

        Features: 8.5

        Ease of use: 9

        Call Quality: 10

        Easy Setup: 8

        Overall: 9.5

        I hope this was useful to you all and since I will now have this as my own phone I would be happy to answer any questions that you have about it.

        Posted by: John

        Review by: Lynne

        Posted in: Reviews
        By December 11, 2008 Read More →

        HTC Touch HD on O2

        It’s not yet officially on the o2 website but the MoDaCo team have announced that you can now get this handset on an o2 monthly contract from


        If you use the code ‘MODACO’ you will get a free ‘Jabra Bluetooth 2010 Drive Pack’!


        Good news for all you HD fans then. Remember that the Q&A post for the touch HD is live and questions can still be asked.

        Posted by: John


        Posted in: News
        By December 10, 2008 Read More →

        Sonim Announce Deal with Land Rover & New XP3 Handset

        Lets start of by telling you about the deal that Sonim has just signed with car manufacturer Land Rover. Together they`ll produce co-branded rugged mobile phones and the first models will see daylight next year. The first two models should be available by mid-2009 named the Land Rover S1 and Land Rover S2 G4. A third one is expected to hit the market a bit later in 2009. The companies plan to contract with some of the top operators and to spread their phones in 40 countries.

        Just as the latest Sonim XP3, all Land Rover handsets will be submersible and should withstand salt, fog, humidity, transport and thermal shock. They are also supposed to survive a 1.6-meter drop to concrete.

        Land Rover S1
        Land Rover S1

        Next is the news of their latest handset the Sonim XP3 which aint the best looking mobile phone but will be a treat for anyone in a job where they have to face extreme conditions like the building trade.

        sonim-xp3-1 sonim-xp3-2
        Sonim XP3

        Sonim XP3 Specifications:

        • GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900
        • Dimensions: 118.8 x 56.3 x 24.6 mm
        • Weight: 140 g
        • Display Type: TFT, 65K colors
        • Size: 128 x 160 pixels, 1.77 inches     
        • Vibration
        • GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
        • Bluetooth v1.2
        • miniUSB
        • WAP 2.0/xHTML
        • Shock, water and dust resistant
        • Drop-to-concrete resistance up to 2m
        • Water proof up to 1m
        • Organizer
        • Alarm clock
        • Calculator
        • Voice memo
        • Stopwatch
        • Count-down timer
        • File manager
        • Built-in handsfree
        • Standard battery: Li-Ion 1180 mAh
        • Stand-by: Up to 220 h
        • Talk time: Up to 5 h 30 min

        Posted by: John


        Posted in: News
        By December 10, 2008 Read More →

        Samsung S9402 Announced with Name Change

        On the 27th of October we gave you the news of a leaked dual sim handset from Samsung named the S9402 DuoS. Today we can reveal that it’s official but it does have a name change.

        The dual SIM Samsung S9402 will now be called the Samsung Ego and will pack a 2-inch AMOLED display, and a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with face recognition.

        samsung Ego 1
        Samsung Ego

        The Samsung S9402 Ego is made by a new exotic liquid metal alloy developed by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Compared to titanium this new material seems to be more than perfect for the body of a high-end gadget like the new Ego. It turns out that the liquid metal is 3 times stronger and 1.6 times more flexible. It withstands 1.8 times more pressure, has 3 times better vibration absorption and 100% lower thermal conductivity.

        samsung Ego 2
        Samsung Ego

        Everything else in the Samsung S9402 Ego is exclusive too – content, menu, ringtones were created especially for this model and won’t be found in any other of the company’s devices.

        samsung Ego 3
        Samsung Ego

        The Samsung S9402 Ego is expected to hit the shelves (Russia first) this month at an estimated price of 1400 euro (around 1800 US dollars) which is just a bit less than what Motorola expects to get for their Aura and a lot more than the price of a Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte.

        Samsung Ego S9402 Specifications:

        • GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1
        • GSM 900 / 1800 – SIM 2
        • Dimensions: 115 x 48 x 16 mm
        • Weight: 140 g
        • Display Type: OLED, 256K colors
        • Size : 240 x 320 pixels, 2.0 inches
        • Vibration
        • microSD (TransFlash), up to 8 GB
                        1 GB user available memory
        • GPRS
        • EDGE
        • Bluetooth  v2.0 with A2DP
        • USB
        • SMS, EMS, MMS, Email
        • WAP 2.0/xHTML
        • Camera: 5 MP, 2560?1920 pixels, autofocus, image stabiliser, video, flash
        • Liquid metal body
        • Dual SIM
        • Java MIDP 2.0
        • MP3/AAC+/MPEG4 player
        • Stereo FM radio with RDS
        • Document viewer
        • Voice memo
        • Built-in handsfree
        • Standard battery, Li-Ion 960 mAh
        • Stand-by: Up to 280 h
        • Talk time: Up to 3 h 30 min

        Posted by: John


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        By December 9, 2008 Read More →

        Press Release: O2 to Launch BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone in the UK

        A nice piece of news here for Blackerry fans in general ad those on the O2 Network in particular.

        Blackberry Curve 8900
        Blackberry Curve 8900

        9 December 2008 10:09

        O2 to Launch BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone in the UK

        O2 today announces that the new BlackBerry® Curve™ 8900 smartphone will be available for pre-registration in the UK from December 10th and pre-order from December 22nd from the O2 website: The BlackBerry Curve 8900 will be available to customers from 5th January 2009.

        A sleek, new twist on a classic style, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 is the thinnest BlackBerry® smartphone yet. With its powerful communications functionality and rich multimedia capabilities, the smartphone enables people to remain productive and entertained while on the move.

        The new BlackBerry Curve 8900, as well as being an exceptional phone with email, messaging, organizer, web browser and multimedia applications, also features built-in Wi-Fi®, GPS including BlackBerry® Maps, a fast processor and a dazzling hi-resolution display that gives users an enjoyable and exceptional communications experience.

        The stylish new BlackBerry Curve 8900 has a full featured media player that supports media streaming and can play all your favourite songs and videos. With a 3.2 megapixel camera, auto focus, digital zoom and flash, you can take sharp, print quality pictures that you can send straight to friends or post directly onto the Internet.

        Steve Alder, General Manager Group and UK Devices for Telefónica O2 UK said “The BlackBerry Curve 8310 was one of our fastest selling handsets and we are pleased to offer our customers yet another fantastic smartphone from RIM, the BlackBerry Curve 8900. It is ideal for both business customers and consumers who want the functionality of a smartphone in a sleek, slim form that feels great in your hand.”

        The BlackBerry Curve 8900 is approximately 110 grams and 109 x 60 13.5 mm. Its large, striking, 2.4 inch HVGA+ display projects vivid colour and makes information easier to read.

        The BlackBerry Curve 8900 will range from free to £234 depending on tariffs and is supported by O2 for BlackBerry® Enterprise Server and BlackBerry® Internet Service.

        For corporate users BlackBerry Enterprise Server tightly integrates with IBM® Lotus® Domino®, Microsoft® Exchange and Novell® GroupWise® and uses advanced encryption and IT policy controls to enable secure, push-based wireless access to email and other corporate data.

        BlackBerry Internet Service is designed for smaller businesses and individuals. It allows customers to access up to 10 supported corporate and personal email accounts (including most popular ISP email accounts such as, Yahoo! Mail and Google Mail) from a single device.

        Technical Data

        • Preloaded DataViz® Documents to Go® allows users to edit Microsoft® Word, Excel and PowerPoint files directly on the handset
        • A sleek, new twist on a classic style with a large 2.4-inch, HGVA+, 480×360-pixel display with light sensor
        • 3.2 megapixel camera, with variable zoom, auto focus, image stabilization and a powerful flash that also provides continuous lighting when recording video
        • Built-in assisted and autonomous GPS
        • 256MB Flash memory and a microSD®/microSDHC® memory card slot that supports up to 16 GB of additional storage
        • A 3.5 mm stereo headset jack, support for Bluetooth® 2.0 stereo audio profile (A2DP/AVRCP) and dedicated volume controls
        • Quad band support for GSM/GPRS/EDGE on 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
        • 512 MHz processor
        • It features a full QWERTY keyboard and is the thinnest full QWERTY BlackBerry smartphone
        • Extend your wideband coverage with its built-in Wi-Fi support (802.11 b/g)
        • 1400 mAh removable/rechargeable battery with 5.5 hours of talk time and 356 hours/15 days of standby time

        We will of course be getting a hands on with this device really soon so watch this space for our review and our un boxing video.

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        By December 9, 2008 Read More → to help with the Credit Crunch

        OK I know it’s a rather vague title for a post but it got your attention didn’t it? have complied with the new 15% VAT rules and on top of that have also decided to reduce the price on every single piece of stock that they have.

        A very welcomed move and I’m sure you will agree that they are indeed very nice people for this but that’s not where it stops, they have also decided that you should not need to pay a single penny for delivery on all purchases over £100 throughout the month of December.

        This means that all items bought from will undergo 3 discounts making it a must stop shop for that last minute Christmas Deal and with their new online live help system which is available between the hours of 9am and 5pm GMT (Mon to Fri) and their price match system you should find it easier and cheaper than ever to get what you want this Christmas.

        Posted by: John

        Posted in: Deals & Offers