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While both the latest Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy devices depend on SoCs (System-on-a-Chip) manufactured under the same roof, their respective parent companies are bitter rivals in a highly competitive market. With any cut-throat competition there is often some form of mudslinging, in an attempt to sway the opinion of the masses, competitors will often spend significant time and money highlighting the flaws of their opposition. Seen on Thanksgiving, daily television, and even during the Super Bowl, the “Samsunged” ads are effectively everywhere. These ads aim [...]
Each morning the sun rises up over the east side of campus; long shadows reach like spindly fingers spanning building to building. As the morning breaks, tens of thousands of students march onto university grounds with heavy backpacks containing laptops, chargers, textbooks, notebooks, folders and more. Pupils walk briskly between classes, run to hand in homework on time, juggle multiple notebooks, and combat the countdown clock on their laptop battery. One would think technology companies would be itching to release a product capable of simplifying this routine, lightening the load, [...]
Since the days of gray scale LCD screens on PDAs, the stylus has been the invaluable tool which allowed you to precisely navigate the small screen. With killer applications like the venerable PhatWare Calligrapher, which converts hand writing to text, you can use the stylus to mimic the analog world of pen and paper. Along, with integration of cell phone technology, the hope of a converged hand held device for your mobile life was starting to become a reality. As cellular data and push email where implemented, the world was starting to be at one’s stylus tip. Microsoft along with [...]
Corning, creator of Gorilla Glass, and Samsung Mobile Display Co., creator of Super AMOLED technology and producer of nearly 90% of all AMOLED displays worldwide, are certainly no strangers in the smartphone market. Both stand as large names in the game and contribute parts to many other mobile device manufacturers in some way. Their partnership thus far has seen the rise of tougher and more scratch resistant glass, along with brighter and more impressive displays. However it has, up until this point, not seen a direct collaborative product.
The two big players have recently [...]
Many smartphone users tend to rely heavily on SMS backup and restore features; such tools allow them to switch phones, ROMs or just hard reset without so much as a hiccup. On platforms like Windows Mobile this operation was performed very easily through commonly available backup tools; the same can be said currently for Android. Those running the latest Apple product are certainly not left out of this feature group, although often restore functionality, outside of system backup, will require a jailbreak. Up until recently however, Microsoft’s latest contribution to the [...]
For the first time ever, HTC has made a device that just might be targeted towards the female demographic. And while HTC won’t admit that the HTC Rhyme is a phone for girls, we wanted to do a bit of our own research to determine whether a plum-colored phone would be more desired by women than men. In this video, I hit the streets of New Orleans to get some real answers on the matter. The results might surprise you.
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With a 3.7″ WVGA Super LCD screen, plum color and lots of girly accessories, the Verizon HTC Rhyme comes with a soft, black docking station, a set of color-coordinated tangle-free earbuds, and a glowing charm. It’s got a VGA camera up front, and a 5MP shooter on the back. It’s a 3G EVDO Rev A-capable phone (no LTE) that packs a 1GHz snapdragon processor [...]
Is Microsoft paying for apps to be converted from iOS to Windows Phone? According to a source, the answer is yes!
Microsoft has long been the power-house behind businesses both large and small. In addition to their office applications, they also have server operating systems, enterprise-class database solutions, and let’s not forget Exchange. Exchange powers a large percentage of corporate email, calendar and scheduling, and contact management. One would imagine that Microsoft is pretty happy getting a licensing fee from every company that wants to enable syncing with [...]
It’s almost Halloween and it’s time for some scary stuff so I thought it would be a good idea to get some of the scary and nitty, gritty details about Windows Mobile. Corniness aside, the bootloader on any device is something that you shouldn’t mess with unless you are making some amazing mod for the rest of the world or you are flashing a custom ROM image to your phone. It’s what your device uses to start up all the systems and drivers needed for your device to function properly, similar to BIOS or EFI in your computer. If you mess it up, you’re in some [...]
There have been quite a few recent leaks of potential BlackBerry Storm 3 handset candidates. Today we seem to have some alleged clarification that the Blackberry Storm 3 will actually be the BlackBerry 9570.
A picture supposedly taken of the screen from a Verizon Cellebrite machine clearly shows the model 9570 followed by the words “Storm 3”. (A Cellebrite machine is used to swap contacts from an old phone to a new phone in-store, when buying a new handset).
The Blackberry 9570 looks like being an incremental upgrade to the Storm 2. From the information that [...]
In this part of Verizon SMT5800 the review, I take a look at the hardware features offered on the latest Verizon smartphone. Here are some highlights:QUALCOMM MSM7500 400MHz processor Dual mode CDMA and EVDO Bluetooth 2.0 2 Megapixel camera Slide out QWERTY keyboard
Next up in the review, we’ll take a look at the SMT5800’s Bluetooth connectivity options.
See also: What I love and hate about the SMT5800 Verizon SMT5800 Video Review, Part 4 Verizon SMT5800 Video Review, Part 3 Verizon SMT5800 Video Review, Part [...]
The “What if” Samsung Focus spot from last month turned out to be one of the most popular Windows Phone 7 ads to date. It quickly and effectively shuffled through a bevy of software features, so potential consumers could actually see what the platform offers as a whole. Microsoft just released another video which capitalizes on the momentum introduced by that cool presentation. Essentially an extended version of the aforementioned ad, this new video showcases Windows Phone 7 at a slower pace, complete with multiple software visuals and testimonials. Check it out and give us [...]
The Android Market is saturated with emulators that allow users to relive their glory days of gaming. Whether it’s NES, SNES, Genesis, GameBoy, or PlayStation, there seems to be an emulator available to meet those needs. Well, now you can add Nintendo 64 to that list, as famed developer yongzh, creator of GameBoid, SNEsoid, Nesoid, and Gensoid, has unleashed his latest emulator to the Android Market.
With N64oid, users can play Nintendo 64 ROMs at a respectable framerate on “high-end” Android handsets. In some cases, games can run perfectly at full speed, even [...]
At this year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, Peter Vesterbacka, Rovio’s “Mighty Eagle,” announced the next update to Angry Birds Seasons. The upcoming addition to the popular title will be in honor of St. Patrick’s day, so expect an overly green theme throughout each level. The expansion pack is due to arrive “well before” the March 17 holiday. If the recent Valentine’s Day update is anything to go by, you can probably look for it about a week prior to St. Patty’s Day.
Vesterbacka also revealed some [...]
If you’re an Android user who also owns a PlayStation 3, you may want to check out a nifty creation out of XDA called BlueputDroid. It’s an application that allows you to use your rooted Android device as a Bluetooth keyboard and trackpad for the PS3. While there are similar Android apps to pair phones and computers, this seems to be the first that’s compatible with Sony’s gaming console.
BlueputDroid is currently available for free in the Android Market for select devices. It’s labeled as a beta, so you can probably expect some bugs. Head over to [...]
The majority of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 ads seem to be more humorous than anything else. While comedy is an effective tool in grabbing the viewers’ attention, it’s meaningless if it overshadows the product. Many of our readers have noted in the past how the previous spots are more like teasers, often showing just a single neat feature, which does little to promote the whole WP7 package. Well, this latest ad takes a different, more direct approach by showing as many software features as possible within 30 seconds. Check out the video, featuring the Samsung Focus, [...]
Panoramic Software’s moTweets is arguably the best Twitter client for Windows Phone 6.5, so we’re thrilled to report that it will be arriving shortly for Windows Phone 7. Users can expect the WP7 variant of the app sooner rather than later, as it has recently been submitted to the Marketplace for testing. It looks like there will be a free, ad-supported version, as well as an ad-less version for 99 cents. Check out the full list of features and demo video below. Let us know what you think in the comments!
Features: – Use up to six (6) Twitter accounts [...]
While we probably won’t see CoPilot Live or TomTom on Windows Phone 7 any time soon, there is a free navigation solution that recently popped up on the Marketplace. Although it’s in a “demonstration” phase of development at the moment, A-to-B is a new app that features turn-by-turn routing, 3D/2D map views, the ability to save addresses as favorites, and more. The current version is geared for the US, but the next update will include support for Europe. Check out the feature-list and a demo of the upcoming features below, then head to the WP7 Marketplace to test [...]
After the CoPilot team revealed their disinterest in bringing their GPS navigation app to Windows Phone 7, another giant in the industry seems to be following the same path. According to French site MonSmartphone, TomTom doesn’t have any immediate plans for a WP7 app either. “We have yet no information about it, so we are unable to tell you a release date or even if a future compatible product is expected,” said a representative for TomTom. We’ve seen TomTom on Windows Phone 6.x in the past, so their reluctance to jump on-board with Microsoft’s latest [...]
Angry Birds has already received several expansion packs on Android and iOS. The rising popularity of the franchise has also prompted Rovio Mobile and 20th Century Fox to join forces to create an animated feature film, called Rio, that’s due to hit theaters this Spring. Now, it appears Rovio will be adding more depth to their hit game.
In a recent chat with the good folks at Pocket-Lint, Rovio confirmed that a 3D version of Angry Birds is in the works. “We’ve built a lot of 3D games before, it’s not like it’s a lot of learning in order to recreate [...]
Turn-by-turn GPS navigation apps have been quite scarce on Windows Phone 7 and its growing Marketplace. This, of course, is unfortunate because it’s a handy feature to have on any smartphone platform. Unless you own a T-Mobile or AT&T branded Windows Phone, which come preloaded with TeleNav GPS or AT&T Navigator, you probably have turn-by-turn navigation on your wish list. Well, it looks like you can move CoPilot Live to the very bottom of that list, at least for the time being.
At MWC 2011, WMPoweruser learned from a CoPilot representative that they currently [...]
Last month, we showed you how to spruce up CHT 2.0 for HTC Sense on Windows Phone 6.5 with some sweet looking Android Gingerbread and Honeycomb themes. Well, now you can compliment those themes with matching skins for the standard Windows Phone lock screen, thanks to Wajk from XDA. The “HoneyLock 3.0” skin is shown above and “GingerLock 2.3” is posted below.
If you’re looking to switch up your lock screen graphics a bit, head over to XDA-developers and grab the proper CAB files and wallpapers (currently for WVGA only). Please keep in mind that [...]
With millions of unique visitors each month, Dailymotion is reportedly the second largest video sharing website in the world, trailing only YouTube for the top spot. Unfortunately, not everyone has been able to enjoy Dailymotion content on their smartphones up to this point. The lack of Flash support on Windows Phone 7 has prevented users from viewing embedded Dailymotion videos when browsing some of their favorite sites. Thankfully, there’s now a solution to that setback with today’s release of the official Dailymotion app for WP7.
The app’s beautifully [...]