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    Recently, tech blogs have been buzzing about an impending announcement from HTC, due on June 5th, 2007. While some have speculated what this may or may not encompass, Smartphonethoughts have it on good authority that HTC may indeed reveal some type of iPhone killer; a multitouch Elf variant, with iPhone like sliders. Interesting times... I certainly would welcome an enhanced Windows Mobile interface akin to the iPhone, at least as an alternative to the existing platform.

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    Today it's the Glofiish X500+'s turn to be unboxed. Courtesy of the unwired, here are a great set of snaps. It's a nice looking GPS enabled VGA device, but it's lacking radios: no 3G (or EDGE according to the unboxer, typo?), which may be a major limitation to some users.

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    Over at SourceForge they've released a plugin that will enable Windows Mobile users to view YouTube videos via TCPMP without conversion. I haven't tried this personally, but would certainly like to hear from anyone who's given it a burn.

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    It seems that Softbank, a Japanese Telecommunications company, will start offering re-branded phones with cool new paint jobs. Over at Akihabara they're reporting on a few new designs, some of which look pretty awesome. Now if they could only make their way over to the US...

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    This coming Monday in the United States is Memorial Day; a day to remember those currently serving and those who have served before us. In order to recognize this event, WebIS are offering an immediate discount on all software from now until the end of Monday. Just enter coupon code MEMORIALDAY2007 when ordering from their online store to receive a huge 40% off!

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    It's certainly been a busy week over at the Boy Genius Report. Their latest endeavor involves an unboxing of the mighty HTC Cavalier, with some great snaps in this gallery. Interestingly, while Dopod will potentially be releasing it as the C730, HTC have allegedly denied releasing this under the HTC brand name.

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    Looks like an impressive new Windows CE based portable GPS solution could be making its way to the US. According to Engadget, the ZAMM-TM110 DMB, from 2MTech Inc, has just cleared FCC approvals. It looks like a nice device: 800x480 res, TV tuner w/ PiP (DMB), wireless remote, FM radio, 64/128 ROM/RAM... the list goes on. There's just that small problem relating to DMB signals (or lack thereof). A spec change would be required prior to any US launch; I imagine this is being worked as we speak.

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    The lucky folks over at CNet have managed to get their hands on the elusive Opus from Zenum, a small Swiss company. While it looks cool, it still lacks 3G and quad-band GSM; two technologies that will (hopefully) appear in production models or later iterations. Look for a review of the Zenum Opus in the coming weeks.

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    Over at Mobility Today Dave is reporting on a new device that seems to have emerged as a potential iPhone killer. It's called the miniOne, and is manufactured by a company called Meizu. Should this device see the light of day, it has some impressive numbers... 128 DDR SDRAM, 533 MHz processor, 720x480 resolution, not to mention a top end memory capacity of 16gb. It also packs WiFi, BT, GPS, DMB and Video out. Could this be the future we are seeing?

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    Asus have now officially launched the M530w, according to this press release. No mention yet of carriers or availability. Unsure if (or when) it would make its way over to the US, although it does pack tri-band UMTS, so hopefully it will make its way over soon. It looks like a good alternative for those looking for an option other than HTC. Form factor/styling is similar to the Dash; however, with the 3g radio and 2.0 mega pixel camera (c/w forward facing lens), it's quite the phone!

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    Just in case the last lot weren't enough, a new round of wing unboxing shots have emerged. This time, the The Boy Genius is the lucky unboxer. There are some great snaps in this gallery, including some good side-by-side comparison shots. I dunno though, those specs still seem a little lagging for my liking.

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    If you own a smartphone, you probably already know what a mess the alarm application is. In fact, the repeating, random alarm shambles has driven many users to pursue a 3rd party solution. Gentimer has long been a favorite, and today Rivia have released v2.0 for Pocket PC and Smartphone. What's new? Multiple skin support and an improved alarm engine for starters. They've also fixed several minor bugs and issues. Download and try, or buy for $12.95. Upgrades should be free.

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    For those who are unaware, the T-Mobile "Wing" (HTC P4350 variant) has been slated as the MDA replacement. While not considered to be available until sometime this summer, here are some unboxing shots, courtesy of MyMobile911, to keep you going. Note: It looks slimmer than the MDA, plus will ship with WM6. Otherwise, the known specs seem pretty similar to the MDA, such as a 201MHz CPU, 64mb RAM and 128 flash.

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    It looks like the folks over at Sun have been busy recently. Today, Sun have announced the release of a new scripting language, JavaFX. The spin-off, JavaFX Mobile, promises "dynamic content on any device", which follows closely with the Java write once, run anywhere philosophy. This looks like good news for all the developers among us!

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    Recently, we reviewed Fizz Software's Fizz Weather. Fizz has just released an update to the existing version, bringing it up to v2.4. Some of the fixes/enhancements include: - WM6 Compatible - New homescreen layout file - just one homescreen with option to set on startup - Support for static radar map ( US & Canada only ) on map screen - New map interface - Better screen layouts for square screen & landscape screens - Better temperature scale on Today weather screen - "Stuck updating" bug fixed Now for some more good news: You can buy Fizz Weather for $16.95, and during the month of May ...

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    Looks like someone over at HoFo managed to accidentally upload what appears to be the new WM6 ROM (full, not beta) for the Dash. If you're interested, and can't wait until Friday, the rapidshare link can be found somewhere on this page.

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    There has been recent activity on message boards speculating that May 4th could be the day that T-Mobile will drop the WM6 ROM upgrade for the T-Mobile Dash... Although unconfirmed, it is hot on the heels of the HTC Europe announcement, so is not unexpected. Anyone out there able to confirm/deny this rumor?

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    Well, we've finally reached day 10. It's been an interesting journey; I've certainly learned a significant amount about both the Dash and the Smartphone OS. The device itself is innovative, small, and (thus far) very reliable. The solid casing minus any moving parts, such as sliding keyboard/clamshell screen, indicate that this thing could take quite a beating and still function. I like the way the OS handles routine tasks such as browsing and email, although the experience certainly wasn't as complete as using a PPC device, I came to realize that capability had been traded with ...

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    Texture... Not normally a word associated with Smartphones, but one that generally springs to mind when I pick up the Dash. The device has an unusual coating, somewhere between rubber and plastic; it feels smooth when handled but seems to repel fingerprints and scratches. A nice change from the iPod finish, which although looks awesome when clean, is almost impossible to keep that way. It seems as though the Dash is not the only device subject to this new rubber-like finish, the BlackJack also seems to have the same or similar type of rubberized coating. Personally, I think this is a great ...

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    While a fair number of hacks have already emerged enabling further enhancement of the Dash, one thing still bugs me... Being a leftie, the Dash keyboard unlock sequence can be a wee bit tricky (left soft key -> star). Sounds simple enough, that is until you try and reach the star with your left thumb; it's a stretch. Not a huge gripe, but still somewhat inconvenient. I was a Treo 650 user about a year ago, and to this day I still instinctively go for the Treo unlock (end -> select) on my Dash. I'm hoping someone manages to find a way to re-map the Dash keyboard unlock over at HoFo, until ...

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    Oddly, one of the applications I've missed the most from the Pocket PC OS has been the notes application. Something which is so elegantly simple, yet strangely absent from the Smartphone OS. I miss the ability to quickly jot down an idea, link, list... Instead, I've been creating random appointments with appended notes as a substitute; at least that way they'll sync with an exchange server/desktop. This work-around is hardly ideal though, so I've recently tried a third party application called SmartphoneNotes (I wonder how they came up with that name?) First impressions, SmartphoneNotes ...

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    Today I'd like to discuss something that's particular to the Dash: The infamous JogBar. Love it or hate it, it's there to stay. Out of the box, this piece of hardware lets you adjust in-call or device volume only. Back on Day 2 I briefly mentioned the registry hack which enabled full scroll use for this strip of plastic. Well, it now turns out a manual registry hack is no longer required, fortunately, some donation ware has sprung up on the web which performs this step for you. The same piece of software also disables/enables xT9 (the somewhat annoying predictive text default), plus lets ...

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    Size matters. Since owning the Dash, I have come to realize just how much I love this form factor. Historically, form factor was never a big driver for me; WiFi, GSM radio, battery life (the list goes on) were all priority, with form factor being further down the list. When I acquired the Dash, I compromised on the Operating System and put form factor ahead of having a device that ran the Pocket PC OS. This was a tough decision to make, as there are many PPC OS applications that I own and use which are now redundant because they will not run on the Smartphone OS. For me, however, this ...

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    Happy Friday everyone! The last few posts I've made on the Dash have been pretty favorable. Credit where credit's due, it is a spectacular device, but... it's not perfect. Today I thought I'd focus on some of the quirks that have been identified. No doubt they'll be addressed via Operator released Adaptation Kit Upgrades, until then a few hacks/workarounds have been uncovered, not ideal, but workable. First up, the alarm. Mega problems. It seems old alarms are stored in the Notifications Queue, and just go off at random intervals. Really annoying at 3am. Plus, alarms set will not go off if ...

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    Day three has been all about customization. Specifically, getting my hands dirty with homescreen modifications. The Smartphone platform differs from the Pocket PC platform in this regard: 1) The Today screen is referred to as a "homescreen"; 2) Standard .tsk theme files are not supported. Rather, a JPEG is placed into a designated folder along with a corresponding XML file. The JPEG displays the background image, while the XML provides configuration info for plug-ins and other homescreen items. Initially, I was a bit adverse to this concept. It all seemed a bit backward. However, the more ...

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