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28
Oct

MeeGo v1.1 for handsets is out, let the N900 dual-booting begin


Following hot on the heels of the PR 1.3 update for the N900 comes the official MeeGo v1.1 build for handsets with U-Boot support. For developers, or anyone who simply likes to hack around, that means that the Nokia N900 is now ready to dual-boot into your choice of Maemo or MeeGo environments. If that sounds like fun then boy do we have the image repository for you (Hint: it’s in the source link below). We’ll let everyone else know when the community has made the process idiot-proof. Until then, why not play an unmodified webOS game or catch a glimpse of the dual-boot process in action in the video after the break.

28
Oct

Droid 2 update begins with promise of better battery life and more


We’ve receive a number of reports that a 2.3.20 software update for Verizon’s Droid 2 is slowly making the rounds this morning. The OTA push promises a number of improvements and enhancements with the promise of better battery life, faster transitions between WiFi and 3G data connection, and quicker location tracking when using GPS being perhaps the most notable. Here’s the full breakdown as we understand it:

Improvements:

  • Improved battery life.
  • Heightened proximity sensor accuracy to enable faster screen response.
  • View the Weather widget in both landscape and portrait orientation.
  • Simpler setup, improved user interactions, and better notifications for Visual Voice Mail.
  • Background Email Sync during display inactivity for better user experience.
  • Support for email domain suffixes containing more than three characters.
  • Keep text messages organized with chronological in-box screen.
  • Edit text messages after you’ve inserted a video file.
  • Improved audio sound during recorded video playbacks.
  • Stream Guided Tour videos on device in Help Center application with ease.
  • Faster location tracking during GPS navigation.
  • Faster transitions between Wi-Fi and 3G in data connection. Read more »
28
Oct

Connecting Your WP7 Phone To Your Mac Now A Step Closer


Well, if you are a Mac owner and are considering purchasing a Windows Phone 7 smartphone, Microsoft’s beta version of their new Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac may just tip the scale in favor of that purchase. The utility will help you sync your media (photos and music, in particular) with your Mac. What is particularly interesting about this utility, is that it does not use the traditional file/folder metaphor for the sync mechanism. Instead, it leverages iTunes and iPhoto (the Mac’s venerable music and photo management software) as the conduits for the syncing. So, if your media is managed with those apps then this new sync facility will be particularly attractive.

28
Oct

RIM expands range with BlackBerry Bold 9780


Research in Motion (RIM) has introduced another model into its Bold range of smartphones: the BlackBerry Bold 9780.

Being the second BlackBerry smartphone to sport BlackBerry 6 OS (after the BlackBerry Torch), complete with new WebKit browser, the 9780 also houses a 5-megapixel camera and 512MB of in-built flash memory. Plus, there’s a memory card slot that can cope with up to 32GB of external storage.

Built like a traditional BlackBerry device (in preference over the Torch, for instance), the handset also features an easy to use keyboard and optical trackpad. It will be available from multiple carriers around the world as of November.

But it’s the debut of BlackBerry 6 on a new handset that is the major talking point: “We are very excited to introduce the BlackBerry Bold 9780 featuring the new BlackBerry 6 operating system,” says Carlo Chiarello, vice president, Product Management at Research In Motion.

“[It] delivers a wide range of enhancements including a rich new user interface, a fast and powerful WebKit-based browser, broadly improved communications and multimedia capabilities, [and] an incredibly useful Universal Search feature”.

We’ve given BlackBerry 6 a going over when we saw the BlackBerry Torch and we’ll be sure to bring you all the details of how it works on a traditional QWERTY BlackBerry handset.

28
Oct

Walgreens now selling $100 Maylong M-150 Android tablet


Kmart may have been the first department store to get into the cheap Android tablet business, but it looks like Walgreens isn’t about to stay out of this race to the bottom — it’s now offering the Maylong M-150 Android tablet for a mere $100. As you can see above, it’s pretty much the tablet of your dreams. Not only does it run Android, but it boasts a familiar iPad design and interface, plus Internet Explorer for a web browser (icon), and access to the always useful “App Market.” As for specs, it looks like you’ll get a 7-inch resistive touchscreen with an 800 x 480 resolution, a 400MHz VIA VM8505+ processor, built-in WiFi, an unspecified amount of built-in flash memory, and a microSD card slot or expansion. Head on past the break for a video, and hit up the source link below if you’re ready to place your order.

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