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Friday, 27.04.12
QUICKVIEW: HTC Media Link HD HDMI Adapter for HTC One S and HTC One X
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:06 CET under 08 - Reviews

At the recent Mobile World Congress, HTC announced - together with its new One-series of Android smartphones - the HTC Media Link HD. And while the idea of a Media Link is nothing new, HTC announced its first HTC Media Link back in 2010, this time the Media Link HD goes a slightly different way than the first one. While the Media Link was a wireless DLNA adapter for HDMI TVs, the new HTC Media Link HD is way more a companion to fully mirror the HTC One S and One X content on HDMI enabled TVs while at the same time also offering full multitasking capabilities. It allows to watch HD movies from HTC Watch, videos and photos and listening to music, stored on the One S and One X.

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AVAILABILITY: LG to expand global LTE Smartphone footprint with the roll-out of the Optimus True HD LTE
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:29 CET under 04 - Android News

LG today announced, that it will expand its LTE smartphone footprint with the launch of the Optimus True HD LTE in new markets across Europe and Asia. First launched in Korea and now available in Japan, Canada and the US, the Optimus True HD LTE is LG's flagship LTE device. The phone has been recognized for its HD multimedia capabilities and comes with a 4.5" 1280 x 720 True HD IPS 720p display. To ensure peak performance, the Optimus True HD LTE runs on a 1.5 GHZ dual-core processor and includes an 8 megapixel camera to provide users with a truly best-in-class user experience. Initially only launched with Android 2.3/Gingerbread, the device is said to receive its upgrade to Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich later.

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RUMOR: Samsung Galaxy S III Service Manual, Renderings and Photo hit the Internet
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:47 CET under 04 - Android News

It's only a question of days, until Samsung will unveil its Galaxy S III next Thursday in London (we'll be there live for you), but further information hit the web this morning, which all seems to be pretty legit. First of all, a Samsung internal service manual appeared which gives us further details of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S III as well as some renderings appeared and - last but not least - Mr. Blurry Cam seems to had some quality time with a real Samsung Galaxy S III. According to the service manual, the Galaxy S III will feature Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich and is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core CPUS, as expected. HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps and HSUPA up to 5.76 Mbps are on board, as well as WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0.

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Wednesday, 25.04.12
QUICKVIEW: Fahrer Spitzel simple Phone Holder for Bikes (and more)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:48 CET under 08 - Reviews

As the winter is finally gone and the weather is getting better, it's time to take our bikes out of the garage. However, all the recent years I had one major problem with my bike: Where and how to carry my smartphone safe but accessible. All the years I looked for a decent and proper way to use different smartphones an easy and simple way while biking. So far without luck, until I came across Fahrer Berlin's Spitzel the other day. The Spitzel (German for "snitcher") comes with two components: the holder and a silicon cover. The holder is fast and easily mounted to the handle bar. It only needs to be positioned the way it fits best and after the the clamp needs to be fixed by closing the tension strap.

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AVAILABILITY: British phones 4u first in Europe to carry the Nokia Lumia 900 (?)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I'm really not sure how valid this info is or not but I've just received the following press release that British "phones 4u" confirmed it will be the first European retailer to range the eagerly anticipated Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone. Further to the US Nokia Lumia 900 launch event, the product has already proven to be an overwhelming success and with the continuing high demand for Nokia's latest Lumia smartphones, the Lumia 900 will now launch, a little bit delayed, in the UK at Phones 4u on 14th May. Nokia's third Lumia smartphone builds on the range's sleek, attention grabbing design and rich social and Internet experience.

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CHANGES: Microsoft cutting off Zune from the Windows Phone Marketplace - discontinues support of pre-Mango
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In a recent blog post, Microsoft informed its Windows Phone customers (if they read Microsoft's Windows Phone blog), that some changes are coming to the company's Zune client for desktop PCs. When Windows Phone was launched, either Zune on the PC or the Marketplace on the phone were the only places to search for and download apps. But later, Microsoft also launched the web version of its Marketplace for Windows Phone. However, Microsoft confirmed that most Windows Phone owners browse, download and buy apps on their phones but also the web Marketplace, which debuted last September on the Windows Phone website, has become a popular place to shop - especially since it's available from any Internet-connected PC or Mac.

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Tuesday, 24.04.12
AVAILABILITY: Google puts the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on sale in Google Play
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:26 CET under 04 - Android News

In the U.S. and around for a decent Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone but you don't want to deal with AT&T or T-Mobile? Well, from today, Google is providing you an alternative. Google started shipping Nexus phones more than two years ago, to give users a pure Google experience. And therefore, Google is continuing with this strategy and started today to sell the Galaxy Nexus (HSPA+) from a new Devices section in the Google Play web store; which allows users to quickly and easily purchase an unlocked version of the phone. The Galaxy Nexus by Samsung runs the latest Android software and comes with all Google mobile services, Google Play and new features like Android Beam and Google+ mobile hangouts.

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CLOUD: Google announces Google Drive Cloud Storage and Collaboration
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:42 CET under 01 - General News

As expected and rumored, Google has finally announced and launched its cloud-storage service Google Drive - a place, as Google calls it, where users can create, share, collaborate and keep all their stuff. Whether working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a wedding with your fiancé or tracking a budget with roommates, users can upload and access all their files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs and beyond. Google Drive allows to create and collaborate. Google Docs is built right into Google Drive, so users can work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Once chosen to share content with others, comments can be add and replied on anything (PDF, image, video file, etc.).

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ENHANCED: Facebook for Windows Phone to receive a major overhaul and feature enhancements
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Windows Phone comes with Facebook pre-integrated, out of the box, for some users nothing compares to a dedicated stand-alone application and therefore there's also a Facebook app for Windows Phone available. Now, Facebook Microsoft (which is actually developing the Windows Phone Facebook app) gave a sneak-peek of it's upcoming Facebook version for Windows Phone and posted on Facebook - where else - what v2.5 will bring: "We read every comment you submit on Facebook, through E-Mail, and through the Marketplace, we use them to plan features for releases and we really appreciate all the work you put into feeding back. We're listening :-)". And Facebook mentioned, that the team worked hard over the past few weeks on building the next version and is now getting close to release.

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Monday, 23.04.12
ENHANCED: Microsoft brings SkyDrive to Desktop PCs, updates its Windows Phone and iPhone apps
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:31 CET under 01 - General News

While Microsoft's SkyDrive is nothing new but around since 2007, so far it lacked a desktop client to automate synchronization, as Windows Live Mesh does. However, today Microsoft announced the release of SkyDrive for the Windows desktop (preview) which allows to view and manage personal SkyDrive files and folders directly from Windows Explorer on Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista with this new preview app available in 106 languages worldwide. Furthermore, Microsoft has updated its Windows Phone and iPhone apps which now allows to delete, rename, and move files and providing access to a full set of sharing options for all files and folders.

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PHOTOVIEW: Hands-on with HTC's Design Cases for the HTC One X
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:49 CET under 08 - Reviews

During its last week's Frequencies by HTC conference in Seattle, HTC first time publicly previewed its HTC One cases prototypes, the company has so far designed for its brand new One X. While HTC said it's understanding the customer need to protect their invest of its new and expensive smartphone, HTC's designers don't feel too comfortable with many open market cases since they have the feeling that these cases take the design out smartphones. And we know that the new HTC One series relies pretty much on design and used materials. Therefore HTC has created a couple of design prototype in different looks and colors and previewed at Frequencies two orange and blue cases which are made of polycarbonate, the same material as the One X body itself.

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BENCHMARK: Is the Samsung Galaxy S III featuring a WSVGA display only?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:20 CET under 04 - Android News

Last week's Samsung Galaxy S III news indicated that the upcoming S III is featuring a massive 4.6" Super AMOLDE Plus touchscreen with a 720p HD screen resolution but today's news indicate that Samsung's next Galaxy flagship is far away from sporting anything HD but only featuring a 4.6" WSVGA screen. According to Rightware's benchmarks, it's indeed confirmed that the so called Samsung "GT-I9300" runs on a Samsung Exynos 4x12 Dual-core CPU at 1.4 GHz, backed-up by a Mali-400MP GPU, but the benchmarks also say that the screen resolution is 600 x 1024 pixel only, aka WSVGA. This would mean that the device is having 250 dpi only, which would be the same as Samsung's Galaxy S II 4.3" WVGA screen.

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LAUNCH: LG Optimus 3D Max Android Smartphone now available in Europe
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:58 CET under 04 - Android News

While 3D was - for now - definitely not a big success on smartphones, LG continues with it and has just announced its Android 2.3/Gingerbread-powered Optimus 3D Max global kick-off roll-out which starts today in Europe. As first seen at Mobile World Congress 2012, the second-generation 3D smartphone boasts an enhanced chipset and more enticing 3D entertainment features in a slimmer and lighter body. The Optimus 3D Max now includes a new 3D Converter which allows for a greater variety of 3D content as it converts 2D content from Google Earth, Google Maps and other mapping apps into 3D. The 3D Hot Key mounted on the side of the phone enables users to easily toggle between 2D and 3D. The Optimus 3D Max includes 3D-style cubicle icons in addition to its customizable icons which can be amended by applying the users' own photos through the Icon Customizer feature.

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RELEASE: Skype for Windows Phone goes Gold - comes still with a couple of limitations
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:05 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During the weekend, Skype has released its final version of Skype for Windows Phone which was initially launched as a public Beta during the recent Mobile World Congress. The newly updated Skype for Windows Phone Gold version comes with the following new features and improvements and now supports portrait mode video calling, add new contacts (Skype and phone contacts), support for participating on audio conference calls, call-in-progress notification, ability to mark all messages as read, block/unblock/view blocked contacts and the support of 18 languages. Nevertheless, not changed and due to the design limitation of Windows Phone, communications will be received only when the Skype app is in foreground.

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Friday, 20.04.12
LEAK: Is this video showing what the Samsung Galaxy S III might be?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:21 CET under 04 - Android News

According to a YouTube video, uploaded by Vietnamese, we see in the video bellow what is expected to be the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III, at least feature-wise, but for sure not design-wise. As unveiled earlier, Samsung has given the Galaxy S III to carriers in fake-housings to keep the design secret. However, since carriers have to test and approve the device for their networks, it has to run on some of the core components and software which the later S III has to feature as well. Nevertheless, some of the hardware features of the testing device don't have to necessarily represent the final product, therefore it's not confirmed that the final S III will indeed sport the following features.

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Thursday, 19.04.12
ENHANCED: Spotify releases public Preview of its new Android app
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:38 CET under 04 - Android News

While Spotify is coming to more and more countries, its Android app staid the same for some time and users with Android 4.0 devices, especially with the new HTC One-series smartphones massively reported from problems with the current app. Today, Spotify has released a public preview of its next Android version which is getting a complete overhaul. It's a totally new app with full support for Android 4.0, features a top-to-bottom redesign and a all-new slide-out navigation. It's even more social that the previous version and allows to check out friends' profile pages and playlists on the go. Artist imagery is now provided in high resolution and features related artist view - available for the first time on mobile.

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Wednesday, 18.04.12
FIX: HTC releases HTC One X Firmware Update with couple of improvements and enhancements
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:07 CET under 04 - Android News

Brand new and just released, HTC has today made its first firmware update available for the HTC One X, HTC's latest high-end Android smartphone. While HTC hasn't provided a change-log, we have heard that the 23.85 MB large 1.28 system enhancement pack features a couple of much needed battery improvements as well as enhancements of the device's WiFi and OpenGL environments, is addressing some menu key and brightness issues and also includes a reboot fix. The update is now provided as a free FOTA (Firmware Over The Air) update and can be manually kicked-off from the System settings.

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Monday, 16.04.12
INVITATION: Come and Meet the next Galaxy - Samsung invites for a Galaxy Event
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:56 CET under 04 - Android News

Alright, enough rumors, fake pictures, Mr. blurry-cam photos, it's time for the real stuff and it looks like Samsung will unveil it on May 3rd. The Korean electronics giant has send out invitations today and even posted the announcement on its Facebook page: "Come and Meet the next Galaxy" and is most likely talking about its new Android 4.0-powered Galaxy S III. While the invitation isn't giving any further details, it's showing blue and white drops, which could stand for something liquid, something sparkling, something roll of like mercury or the the combination of the rumored ceramic body and therefore something hydrophobic? Nobody knows yet, except Samsung, but they will share it soon with us; which is about time!

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Saturday, 14.04.12
APP: UEFA releases Euro 2012 Android app for Smartphones and Tablets
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:47 CET under 04 - Android News

While most European football (for the U.S. readers, we are talking about soccer) leagues are coming to its season end soon, the next highlight, the UEFA Euro 2012, which will happens from 08. June to 01. July in Poland and the Ukraine, is just around the corner. And the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) is already preparing for it and has recently released its free Android app. According to the description, the official UEFA EURO 2012 app, sponsored by Orange, gives football fans access to the final tournament of the 14th UEFA European Football Championship. It informs about live results, features free customizable alerts, video highlights from midnight after the end of the match (against payment only), news, photos and standings.

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Friday, 13.04.12
DISCONTINUED: ChevronWP7 Labs closing down - relocks all unlocked Windows Phones within 120 days (but...)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After the ChevronWP7 Labs project, which allowed to unlock Windows Phones to enable them to run homebrew apps, reached the 10k downloads mark, it was closed early January and so far there was no further information how this project is continuing, or not. Now, Brandon Watson, one of the brains behind ChevronWP7 and Chevron WP7 Labs, announced that the service is closing. According to him, the goal of this experiment was two-fold: "First, to determine if we could supercharge the Windows Phone beginner/hobbyist community by removing the initial cost barrier (i.e. App Hub membership). And second, to convert potential developers into published developers."

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PHOTOVIEW: HTC One V Android 4.0 Smartphone with HTC Sense 4.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:38 CET under 08 - Reviews

The third HTC One smartphone which was announced at last month's Mobile World Congress, is the HTC One V, which is HTC's current entry-level Android phone of the new One series. Not as excellent spec'ed as the One X or One S, it's nevertheless also running Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich, which is also enhanced with HTC Sense 4.0. But is only powered by a single-core CPU at 1 GHz but also supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 850/900/2100 MHz as well as WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. Furthermore supported are the the Android typical G-sensors, proximity and an ambient light sensor as well as aGPS and the not yet widely supported GLONASS satellite system.

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Thursday, 12.04.12
PHOTOVIEW: HTC One X Quad-Core Android 4.0 Smartphone with HTC Sense 4.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:33 CET under 08 - Reviews

Announced last month during the Mobile World Congress, the HTC One X is one of three new HTC One-series smartphones and HTC's 2012 flagship device. It's not only running Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich, which is enhanced with HTC's own HTC Sense 4.0, but it's also powered by a Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core CPU at 1.5 GHz which is the world's first 4+1 quad-core processor that not only has four high performance CPU cores delivering amazing performance but also a fifth "battery saver" core that is used to deliver extremely long battery life. The quad core processor delivers almost two times higher performance of competing dual core processors for intensive applications.

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BROADENED: Google Currents goes international
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:27 CET under 04 - Android News

Back in December, Google introduced Google Currents which was described to be a "beautiful and simple way to experience all the content the web has to offer". While currents was available from the start for for Android phones and tablets as well as Apple's iOS iPads and iPhones, it was locked to the U.S. However, yesterday, with the launch of Currents 1.1, Google made it finally available around the world. Google Currents lets subscribers explore online magazines and other content with the swipe of a finger. Content is optimized for smartphones and tablets, allowing users to intuitively navigate between words, pictures and video on large and small screens alike, even if offline.

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Wednesday, 04.04.12
COOPERATION: Samsung jumps the Mobile Advertising bandwagon by partnering with OpenX
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:19 CET under 01 - General News

While the recent studies about mobile advertising might have left a bad taste, carriers as well as manufacturers have to look for new revenue opportunities and differentiation. Therefore Samsung and OpenX, one of the world's leading providers of digital advertising technology, yesterday announced a major new private advertising exchange specifically for global mobile inventory, including smartphones and tablets. The new exchange - the Samsung AdHub Market, Powered by OpenX - will be available to advertisers wishing to advertise on mobile-specific inventory. The partnership creates the first mobile private exchange formed by one of the world's leading digital device manufacturers and is part of Samsung AdHub's vision to provide sophisticated targeting solutions for advertisers.

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Tuesday, 03.04.12
RELEASED: Instagram finally released for Android Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:12 CET under 04 - Android News

Well, I'm not really a big fan of Instagram, but this doesn't matter here because I know many Android users are eagerly awaiting the Instagram for Android launch and here we go, it's now available from the Google Play Android Market. If you haven't heard about Instagram yet, the makers advertise it as a beautiful way to share your world by offering several gorgeous filtered effects to breathe a new life into mobile photos. It actually transform everyday moments into works of art users might want to share with friends and family It allows to share photos in a simple photo stream with friends to see - and allows users to follow their friends' photos.

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QUICKVIEW: Huawei WS320 W-LAN WiFi Repeater
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:34 CET under 08 - Reviews

If you also travel from time to time, I'm sure you have also faced the that your hotel room might have a weak WiFi or mobile broadband coverage. A WiFi repeater could be the remedy but in most cases, W-LAN repeaters are either bulky, expensive or both. Not so the Huawei WS320 which is ultra-portable an inexpensive. Doesn't matter if you tether with your smartphone or using the hotel W-LAN, the WS320 works with both. The WiFi b/g certified repeater which also comes with some WiFi n features (but at 2.4 GHz only), even supports WPS and comes with an easy to configure web interface. It supports 110 - 240 V and can be therefore used virtually all over the world.

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AVAILABILITY: Motorola RAZR MAXX to hit Europe and Middle East
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:10 CET under 04 - Android News

Not that the Motorola RAZR MAXX is anything new, it was already launched earlier this year in the U.S., but finally it's also hitting Europe. According to Motorola Mobility, the GSM/UMTS RAZR MAXX is expected to deliver up to 17.6 hours of talk time. Powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU and Android 2.3, the MAXX feautres 1 GB RAM. Still seriously thin at just 8.99 mm, the RAZR MAXX is made strong with Kevlar fibre, while the Corning Gorilla Glass defends the vibrant 4.3" Super AMOLED Advanced display from scratches and scrapes. And every part of the Motorola RAZR MAXX is protected by a splashguard coating, which even extends to the electrical boards inside, ensuring a go anywhere, do everything attitude.

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Monday, 02.04.12
MARKETING: HTC launches global "As Recommended By" campaign for its HTC One Series [with Video]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:06 CET under 04 - Android News

Right in time for today's international launch of HTC's new HTC One series of Android smartphone, HTC has also announced the upcoming launch of its new and integrated marketing and brand strategy "As Recommended By". At the centre of this strategy is the decision that from now HTC will only ever advertise real people using HTC handsets in real-world product demonstrations - leveraging the insight that positive personal experiences power personal recommendations. This strategy will also play out through the line across digital, social media, PR and retail. To kick off the new strategic direction HTC has put two consumers and their personal experiences at the heart of its' upcoming TV commercial.

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REVIEW: HTC One S Android 4.0 Smartphone with HTC Sense 4.0 [with Videos]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 06:00 CET under 08 - Reviews

HTC has a long tradition in manufacturing unique high-quality smartphones and while the company might have lost its focus a little bit last year, it's definitely back with its new HTC One-series, which HTC announced at the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The HTC One S, which is one of three new HTC One-series Android phones, is HTC's mid-range smartphone of the series only, even if it would be a high-end smartphone for other manufacturers. It's powered by a Qualcomm S4 dual-core Snapdragon CPU at 1.5 GHz and for sure it's running on Android 4.0.3/Ice Cream Sandwich, which is enhanced with HTC's brand-new HTC Sense 4.0 user interface which was exclusively developed for the HTC One-series.

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Sunday, 01.04.12
REVOLUTIONARY: Microsoft to launch Windows Mobile 7.6 Lefty Update to better support Left-Handed users
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to Microsoft Germany, about 15 percent of the world's population are left handed but so far, this group was largely excluded from the smartphone boom due to their innate "talent" to often have difficulties with the operation of the devices. The awkward handling of right-handed devices often leads to tendonitis and cartilage damage in their hands. However, Microsoft has realized the problem and announced today to release a Windows Mobile 7.6. Lefty update which resolves these deficits. Tile arrangement and scrolling were perfectly adapted to the "strong" thumb.

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PROTOTYPE: Google works on Google Maps Navigation Street Projection
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:05 CET under 04 - Android News

We've just received exclusive information that Google is currently Beta testing a new Google Maps Navigation on-board system called "Street Projection". Street Projection is projecting the map straight to the street in front of the car. Following today's typical on-board navigation systems, which are either using car-screens or even head-up displays, Google expects that the the system will become market-ready later this year and Google has already found the first partner from the automotive industry which is, according to our sources, Ford. The development partnership was signed at the recent Mobile World Congress where Ford exhibited the first time.

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