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Saturday, February 12, 2011

WiMoSpeed - Overclock your Touch Pro/Fuze

I've just found out about this excellent tool to overclock your Touch Pro/Fuze from... where else?? XDA-developers of course!

iwfratz, the original author of Over Clock Tool (OCT) has made a successor for OCT in the form of WiMoSpeed. It is only for devices running Qualcomm MSM7200 chipset:

  • Rhodium,
  • RhodiumW
  • Topaz
  • Blackstone
  • Whitestone / Imagio
  • Raphael / Fuze
  • Diamond
  • Kovsky / Xperia
  • Quartz
 version 1.05 was released yesterday 11/2. I tried using v1.04 previously but it gave a OEMXIP error, but it now works fine on this latest version.

Check out this actual screenshot from my Touch Pro:

Imagine from a stock speed of 528 Mhz and now running at 729.6 Mhz! I have only used it for the last 5 hours or so and everything is ok. I have not increased the multiplier higher at 38 for the moment to see if it is stable enough

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Google-branded Nexus S smartphone unveiled

Google's Samsung-made Nexus S smartphone has not yet been confirmed for New Zealand.

SAN FRANCISCO - Internet giant Google unveiled its second branded smartphone, the "Nexus S" made by South Korea's Samsung.

Google said the Nexus S, which comes nearly a year after the Nexus One, which was a critical success if not a huge commercial hit, is powered by the latest version of Google's Android mobile operating system, "Gingerbread."

Google vice president of engineering Andy Rubin said the Nexus S would be the first Android device to ship with the new version of the Android platform, used by handset makers around the world.

It will be available in the United States from December 16 from Best Buy stores and from December 20 at Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy retailers in Britain, Rubin said in a blog post.

The Nexus S is available in the United States with a service plan from US wireless carrier T-Mobile or "unlocked," Rubin said.

It is not clear how long it will take the Nexus S to be released in New Zealand, or if it will be at all. Google's old HTC-based model, Nexus One, is still available through Vodafone NZ.

"Nexus S delivers what we call a 'pure Google' experience: unlocked, unfiltered access to the best Google mobile services and the latest and greatest Android releases and updates," he said.

The touchscreen Nexus S features a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, front and rear facing cameras and 16 gigabytes of internal memory.

It is also equipped with near field communication (NFC) hardware that turns the device into a virtual wallet, allowing users to "tap and pay" for financial transactions.

NFC chips store personal data that can be transmitted to readers, say at a shop checkout stand, by tapping a handset on a pad.

Google chief executive Eric Schmidt said last month that he expects the tap-and-pay mobile technology to "eventually replace credit cards."

Google launched the Nexus One in January of last year in a bid to challenge Apple's iPhone and the Blackberry from Canada's Research in Motion but closed its online store offering the device just four months later.

NZHerald via AFP

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Is Windows Phone 7 Microsoft's game changer?

Windows Phone 7 from Microsoft

Microsoft is banking big on its new Windows Phone 7 operating system and the devices that will run it.
The new smartphone OS was unveiled in New York overnight, with chief executive Steve Ballmer showing several new devices that the company hopes will reverse its dismal position in the fragmented marketplace.

Some devices have already been announced for New Zealand, with Telecom carrying LG's Optimus 7Q, and Vodafone shipping the HTC 7 Mozart.

But the big question is whether the marketplace will actually get excited by a ground up rebuild of an OS that was never particularly sexy. Windows Phone 7 will face an uphill battle against the smartphone darlings - devices using Google's open source Android platform, Research in Motion's BlackBerry range and, of course, Apple's iPhone.

Respected technology research firm Gartner pegs Microsoft's slice of the global mobile operating system market at 8.7 per cent for last year - and expects it to tumble to a dismal 4.7 per cent this year.

The devices themselves may spark the imagination of business buyers, with near-seamless integration into enterprise networks - something even the ubiquitous BlackBerry can struggle with.

Touchscreens are seen on the Windows devices, and others have slide-out keyboards - but these are features that have become almost par for the course across Android-toting smartphones and are a key selling point for Apple's iPhone.

Apps are currently the crucial ingredient for smartphone buyers - they want applications that do all manner of wondrous things, and both Android and Apple have already got strong app stores in action - Apple's iTunes based AppStore boasts a quarter of a million applications and a staggering 6.5 billion downloads of those apps.

And even with Microsoft pushing hard for local content from local developers, one has to wonder if the software giant has left its run too late.

"There's a huge amount resting on the launch of Windows Phone 7 for Microsoft, its device and operator partners, and for the ecosystem market in general," said Ovum principal analyst Tony Cripps.

"If it fails to claw back market share lost to iPhone and Android, then Windows Phone 7 may well mark the point at which Microsoft turns its back on smartphones forever," he said.

"Targeting its mobile resources at creating compelling services and attracting advertising may prove a better option than beginning again with another mobile operating system, in that instance."

As smartphones only make up a tiny, single percentage point of Microsoft's revenue, if Windows Phone 7 does fail in its bid, it will hardly suffer as a result.

But Ovum's Cripps believes features and user experience are key, and Microsoft could potentially have a win, despite seemingly insurmountable odds.

"On the face of it, though, Windows Phone 7 looks to have positioned Microsoft on the edge of a smartphone renaissance. Its all-important user experience looks to have brought some genuinely new thinking to a smartphone market where all operating systems feel somewhat similar in use.

"That's not the case here and Microsoft should be thanked for taking a different road, especially given that its new operating system seems both intuitive and responsive in the limited time we've had to try it."

Is Windows Phone 7 the smartphone silver bullet? Only time will tell, and with smartphone buyers quite a fickle, feature-driven bunch, it could well be. Or not.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Windows 7 in-depth review

Engadget has managed to get their grubby hands on a "reference hardware" Samsung Taylor - not for sale. What they have done is a really long and in-depth review of WP7. I'm a bit annoyed that most of the time, they compared it the iphone - but what can you expect? The iphone is apparently the best "smart phone" out there. In conclusion what they say is that WP7 is not complete yet at the moment, with official launch date looming, hopefully Microsoft will be able to fix/complete WP7 to the masses.

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

SPB TV now free!

SPB TV now free!

Received this great news from SPB in my inbox yesterday that the SPB TV will be available as a free download fow Windows Mobile. Check it out:

SPB TV has got a major update and now a new version SPB TV 2.0 is available for all Windows Mobile users. The app goes free-of-charge and subscription-free and offers live TV streams along with video-on-demand channels.
  • Live TV and video-on-demand channels
  • Channels from more than 17 countries
  • Integrated TV guide
  • Picture-in-picture mode

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Theme: GTX Sense Theme

This must be one of the most beautiful Sense themes I've seen! Just look at it. Very nice and simple. I guess it's the white/grey colour of this theme that just makes it stand out. I'm getting bored of the usual Sense black theme & will give this a try.

- Support for Co0kies Home Tab 1.8.5
- Fixed as much bugs as possible
- Some music widget enhancements
- Smoothened Graphics
- Some others that i cant remember ^.^

as always, found at xda-developers

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

iPhone 4 gets 'thumbs down' from Consumer Reports

Apple iPhone 4 gets 'thumbs down' from Consumer Reports

WASHINGTON - Consumer Reports, the influential magazine for product reviews, gave the thumbs down to Apple's new iPhone because of reception problems it said were caused by a design flaw.

Consumer Reports engineers have just completed testing the iPhone 4, and have confirmed that there is a problem with its reception," the magazine said on its website,

"When your finger or hand touches a spot on the phone's lower left side - an easy thing, especially for lefties - the signal can significantly degrade enough to cause you to lose your connection altogether if you're in an area with a weak signal," it said.

"Due to this problem, we can't recommend the iPhone 4."

Apple earlier this month said that it had used erroneous formulas to calculate signal strength for the iPhone 4 and promised to issue a free software patch to resolve the issue that has already triggered lawsuits.

The California gadget maker denied that reception problems were due to faults in its new antenna system, which is incorporated in the casing.

Consumer Reports rejected Apple's explanation.

"Our findings call into question the recent claim by Apple that the iPhone 4's signal-strength issues were largely an optical illusion caused by faulty software," it said.

Consumer Reports said it had tested three iPhone 4s and other devices, including a previous iPhone model, in the same conditions, but "none of those (other) phones had the signal-loss problems of the iPhone 4."

Consumer Reports said it had found "an affordable solution for suffering iPhone 4 users: Cover the antenna gap with a piece of duct tape or another thick, non-conductive material."

The magazine said the iPhone performed well in other areas.

"It sports the sharpest display and best video camera we've seen on any phone," it said, and "outshines its high-scoring predecessors with improved battery life and such new features as a front-facing camera for video chats."


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