Archive for November, 2008

By November 30, 2008 Read More →

Winterface 2.0 Arrives

Just over a month ago we reported that Vito Technology had released it’s Winterface 1.14 version after listening to the users. Today we can announce that they have release version 1.2 which I have used and found to be really, really good.


Winterface is a mobile shell of next generation that can virtually replace the default Windows Mobile user interface. Winterface also gives users the full freedom of organizing interface exactly as they like it, with style and enhanced functionality.



Winterface allows users to set up as many screens as they need and put icons on these screens for applications, contacts, settings, even separate files – everything available through standard boring interface.

Winterface has notification and status icons.

Notification icons display:

  • missed calls
  • new text messages
  • new email messages
  • due tasks
  • upcoming events
  • Status icons display:
  • signal strength and carrier
  • weather
  • used memory
  • date and day of the week
  • time
  • battery
  • profile: ring/vibrate/silent
  • ActiveSync
  • Bluetooth

Winterface allows users to easily launch applications, monitor what applications are running, switch between them or close them. Moreover, Winterface gives quick access to favourite contacts.



Winterface is unbelievably easy to use. All icons are finger-friendly, the screens are smoothly flipped through with sliding finger gestures. All icons can be placed anywhere on the screen, then moved across the screens, deleted, added. It is also possible to create dublicate icons on separate screens.

Winterface opens with a simple gesture and users can always switch to Winterface from any program just by drawing a gesture on the screen. Above this, Winterface offers some extras like setting phone profile. Download and discover other extra goodies in Winterface right now. The trial is fully functional for 14 days.


If you fancy getting yourself a copy of this FREE TRIAL software for your Windows Mobile Phone then click HERE to download the latest CAB file. To buy the full version you will need to shell (get the pun) out only $19.95.

Posted by: John

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By November 30, 2008 Read More →

10,000 iPhone apps now available

apple-iphone-3g-2 According to 148apps, there are now 10,000 iPhone apps available in the App Store. Out of that number, only 24% are free, but that’s still a considerable amount that translates to 2411 apps. Since September of this year, application submissions per month were consistently more than 2,000.

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By November 30, 2008 Read More →

QiGi i6 officially supports both Android and Windows Mobile

qigi-i6 When it comes to mobile phones, China is perhaps best known for its copycat handsets. You know them – looking like the originals but offering fewer features and a build quality that makes them un-recommendable. However, QiGi i6, one of the latest smartphones to come from China and is nothing like that. It’s a quite nicely-designed device.

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By November 30, 2008 Read More →

Motorola Announces MOTO VE66

On the 26th of last month we announce the Rumour of the VE66 from Motorola and yesterday it all came true.

Moto VE66

Picture This: Motorola Announces MOTO VE66, Delivering Crystal Clear Calls, Brilliant Images and Pin-Sharp Music
MOTO VE66 sports audio-enhancing CrystalTalk™ technology and the first widget integration on a Motorola mobile device
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Nov. 18, 2008 – Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced the arrival of MOTO VE66 with enhanced CrystalTalk™ audio technology, a 5-megapixel camera and MP3 player-like navigation for a 1-2-3 punch of great call quality, sharp pictures and an enjoyable music experience. The sleek, slider device also boasts the first widgets integration on a Motorola mobile device, which means you receive easier, more seamless access to what matters most – whether you crave sports scores, stock tickers or RSS feeds from your favorite blogs.
“The MOTO VE66 delivers on consumer’s demand for more personalized listening and imaging experiences on a mobile phone,” said Tracey Koziol, corporate vice president, Mobile Devices, Motorola. “With a diverse multi-media experience, the VE66 truly enables you to make a statement and express yourself on your terms.”

Hear and Be Heard
MOTO VE66 amplifies your conversations and helps reduce background noise with enhanced CrystalTalk technology, so virtually nothing comes between you and your calls. From more superior voice quality to personalized noise adaptation, CrystalTalk makes a noticeable difference in the clarity and intelligibility of conversations while in a noisy environment. VE66 further enhances the audio quality with the addition of a second microphone, which helps eliminate more ambient background noise from the call.

Click and Capture Like a Pro
MOTO VE66 captures crisp and clear images with ease, bringing out the inner photographer in everyone. The VE66 contains a number of features that you might expect to find on a dedicated digital camera. Pressing a dedicated camera key, the VE66 will quickly auto focus, activate an LED flash, if necessary, stabilize the image and reduce red eye – all to help to ensure that shots are of the highest print quality. Automatic color saturation delivers whiter whites, crisper blacks and colors true to life. Use the device’s landscape feature to view photos on the brilliant color display as desired.

Quickly Connect to Your Music and Web Updates
MOTO VE66 takes you where you want to go with the FastScroll™ one-touch navigation wheel which allows you to breeze through menus and content with speed and accuracy. And that’s not all that’s fast. The MP3 player with USB 2.0 enables high-speed access to data and downloads on your PC while the Wi-Fi connectivity makes browsing the Internet or sharing photos, audio or video files with friends a cinch1. And with integrated FM radio with RDS2 – to help you "name that tune" – you can discover new music while you’re in motion.
Get access to real-time information such as weather, sports scores, stock tickers, flight information, social media and news headlines with pre-loaded and downloadable1 widgets on MOTO VE66, the first widget integration on a Motorola phone.

Calling All Developers
Motorola today also announced the MOTODEV Widget Developer Challenge, a competition that allows developers around the globe to deliver the Web without limits to mobile users. Challenge entries will be accepted until Feb. 27, 2009 in three main categories including Best Widget in Category, Best Local Content and Best Use of APIs, and judged in their relevant subcategory. For more information and the official competition rules, please visit:

MOTO VE66 is expected to be available Q4 2008. For more information on technical specs, please visit

The VE66 is a sleek slider phone with a 5-megapixel camera and a host of miscellaneous multimedia features crammed into it. It boasts of Motorola’s new enhanced "Crystal Talk" facility. According to the company, "CrystalTalk makes a noticeable difference in the clarity and intelligibility of conversations in a noisy environment." The phone also enhances the audio quality with the addition of a second microphone, which helps to eliminate ambient background noise.

The phone sports a Freescale SCM-A11 processor clocked at a reasonable 500Mhz – which should ensure zippy performance. It will also run on Linux OS Montavista v2.6.10, thereby earning itself a "smartphone" tag. The 5-megapixel camera is without the "Kodak" branding, which the ZN5 has, but it looks like a similar unit. Video recording at QVGA resolution is supported, and yes, there is Bluetooth 2.0 support with A2DP. Another "unique" feature, according to Motorola, is the FastScroll touch-sensitive navigation wheel, which allows users to browse through menus and content with improved speed and accuracy.

Other notable features include WLAN support and integrated FM Radio with RDS.

The VE66 is the first to have widget integration on a Motorola mobile device with a host of pre-loaded widgets, which enables the user to look up the latest happenings around the globe, be it market news or the latest sports headlines. The screen is a 2.2-inch 240 320 affair, which is acceptable by today’s standards.

With an internal memory of 110 MB, it does need external storage. The phone supports microSD cards. Available in 2 versions – one with UMTS/3G capability and another a Chinese GSM only version. Both are expected to be out this quarter, worldwide.

Posted by: John

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By November 30, 2008 Read More →

msmobiles podcast 257

image If your into Windows Mobile you should take a listen to the msmobiles podcast. It’s a weekly podcast hosted by Edward who runs the website, I am involved along with Mickey Papillon and Alli Flowers. It covers everything going on in the Windows Mobile world and quite a bit mre and is always a lot of fun to take part in. This week we discuss Skyfire, HTC Touch HD alleged issues, geocaching and some “fruit phone” comparisons. You can find all the details here.

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By November 29, 2008 Read More →

Push notifications coming in iPhone 2.2.1 ?

image claims that they have seen iPhone 2.2.1 Beta 1 and that it implements Push notifications as well as over-the-air MobileMe syncing with Notes support. As proof they’ve posted a screenshot showing the Notes and Calendar applications with update badges displayed. Developers and users have been anxiously awaiting the release of this new feature. In the current iPhone firmware, applications are not allowed to run any background tasks. As a result, an application like an Instant Messaging application would be unable to notify the user that a new message had arrived. Push notifications would provide the tools to trigger these alerts.

via MacRumors

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By November 29, 2008 Read More →

Sanyo Xacti HD1010 unboxed

We’ve been looking at lots of camcorders lately and, if you read our group test report, you’ll know that we were particularly impressed with the Sanyo Xacti HD700. The only criticism of the HD700 was that it isn’t full HD supporting 1280×720 only. For many, this wouldn’t be a big problem, especially when you consider the cost but we wondered what spending the extra cash on the HD1000 got us.

I’ve been using the HD1000 for a few months and I’m very happy with it. However just a few weeks ago Sanyo launched the HD1010. This has additional features over the HD1000, including both 60p and 60i modes as well as high speed 300fps mode and an uprated sensor.


The Sanyo Xacti HD1010


So we’re working on our review of the Xacti HD1010 and will compare it to the other cameras in our group test and the HD1000 itself. Have a look at the unboxing video below to see more.


Sanyo Xacti HD1010 unboxed


Sanyo Xacti HD1010 specification:

  • Stills: Approx. 4.0 megapixels, Video: Approx. 3.56 megapixels (in HD), Approx. 2.18 megapixels (in SD)
  • C-MOS sensor 1/2.5-inch 4.0 megapixels
  • SD memory card (Up to 32 GB SDHC memory card)
  • Stills: JPEG (DCF, DPOF, Exif Ver 2.2 standard)
  • Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (ISO standard) Audio: 48 kHz sampling, 16-bit, 2-ch, AAC compression
  • Resolution (pixels)
    [8M]: 3264 x 2448, [4M-H]: 2288 x 1712 (low compression), [4M-S]: 2288 x 1712 (standard compression),
    [3.5M (16:9)]: 2496 x 1408, [2M (16:9)]: 1920 x 1080, [2M]: 1600 x 1200, [0.9M (16:9)]: 1280 x 720, [0.3M]: 640 x 480
  • Video
    [Full-HD]: 1920 x 1080 (60 FPS 14 Mbps), [Full-SHQ]: 1920 x 1080 (30 fps/12 Mbps),
    [HD-HR]: 1280 x 720 (60 fps/12 Mbps), [HD-SHQ]: 1280 x 720 (30 fps/9 Mbps), [TV-HR]: 640 x 480 (60 fps/6 Mbps),
    [TV-SHQ]: 640 x 480 (30 fps/3 Mbps), [Web-SHR]: 448 x 336 (300 fps), [Web-SHQ]: 320 x 240 (30 fps)
  • 10x optical zoom lens, Focus distance: f = 6.3 to 63 mm, Stills: f = 38 to 380 mm (35 mm equiv.),
  • Shutter Speed
    Stills: 1/2 – 1/1000 sec. (Flash: 1/30 – 1/1000 sec., Lamp mode: Max. 4 sec.)
    Sequential: 1/15 – 1/1000 sec. (No flash)
    Video: 1/30 – 1/10000 sec. (High-Sensitivity mode and Lamp mode: Max.1/15 sec.)
  • Focus
    Auto (Still: 9-point AF/Spot AF, Video: Continuous area AF), Manual: 22 steps
  • Sensitivity
    Still: Auto (ISO 50 – 200), Manual (ISO 50/100/200/400/800/1600/3200, Switching system)
  • Digital Image Stabilizer
    Still: Multi-calculation electronic image stabilizer, Video: Electronic image stabilizer
  • Self Timer
    2 sec./10 sec.
  • Flash
    Auto / Forced / Off / Red-eye reduction (with slow synchro in Night Portrait mode)
  • Monitor
    2.7-inch, low-temperature polysilicon TFT color wide screen LCD (low reflection),
    Approx. 230,000 pixels (7-level brightness, 285-degree rotation)
  • Dimensions/Volume
    90 (W) x 54.5 (D) x 112.6 (H) mm (maximum dimensions, excluding protruding parts), Approx. 272 cc
  • Weight
    Approx. 268 g (body only), Approx. 311 g (including battery and SD card)



Posted by: Matt

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By November 29, 2008 Read More →

Get your TouchFlo 3D in the festive mood

image Spotted this over at WindowsMobile Cool and though it was a great way to get your device running TouchFlo 3D into the festive spirit. All you have to do is download the Christmas Icon Pack from XDA and you’ll get bells, mistletoes, snowflakes, stars, cottages and more in place of the stock icons. Full instructions after the break.

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Review Proporta Laptop bag

image Those of you in the UK are undoubtedly already familiar with Proporta. Unfortunately, we don’t get the opportunity to get our hands on Proporta’s accessories often enough in the US. Proporta is innovative, and has a range of accessories that is unparalleled. One of my personal favorites is Proporta’s emergency charger, so it was with great pleasure that I got to try out their new laptop bag.

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Nokia’s online Christmas Shop

Nokia have come up with a very neat way of picking the right phone as a Christmas Gift this year by creating the Nokia Christmas Guide online.

Nokia Christmas Gift Guide 
Nokia Christmas Gift Guide

On entering the site you are given the options of who the phone is for and when you click on that you are then given a list of phones that Nokia think would be suitable for that type of person.

Understandably it is of course down to personal taste but this is a great and fun way to pick out a new mobile.

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