In a recent blog post, Microsoft announced a new feature aimed at keeping spam away from the inboxes of its Hotmail user-base. Currently, Hotmail users are allowed to modify their email addresses with a plus-sign (+) to facilitate easier mail management. Johnfirstname.lastname@example.org can modify his email address to email@example.com to help make mail organization and identification easier. The problem with that system, as Microsoft points out, is that it is “very easy to determine your actual email address” pointing out “there are times when you simply don’t want to give out any part of your real email address.” To solve this problem, the company is now allowing users to create email aliases; addresses that are not required to have any portion of the senders actual email address included in them. Not a bad feature addition considering how some companies like to, on occasion, share your information with each other. Hit the read link to check out the full article. More →
Due to hit store shelves in just a few days, a HoFo forum member managed to get her paws on the upcoming Samsung Alias 2 a few days early by sweet talking a CS rep. If you’ve been following coverage of this dual-flip handset, you surely already know about its unique “Magic Keypad” that uses electronic ink technology to change button labels and functions depending on which way the phone is flipped open. Now, as cool as that sounds… It’s even cooler on video — so long, ModeShift. We really hope this is the start of a trend because despite the heft of the Alias 2, similar technology could certainly allow future devices to cut down on the number of physical keys, thus trimming device size. Hit the jump to check out JenJen’s first unboxing video and get ready for a pretty cool feature phone that will start hitting stores on Monday.
UPDATE: We’ve added JenJen’s second video which shows a few more features of the Alias 2, including the QWERTY layout.
Live images of the Motorola Rival a445, previously known as the Rush 2, and the Samsung Alias 2 have hit the interwebs giving us a sneak peek of these two upcoming Verizon Wireless handsets. The Motorola Rival a455, looking especially blurry this morning, is a colorful QWERTY side-slider that is expected to have EV-DO connectivity, GPS, Bluetooth and a flashless 1.3 or 2.0 megapixel camera. A second set of images chronicles an impromptu unboxing of the Samsung Alias 2. Presumably arriving in stores just prior to its May 11th launch date, the Alias 2 looks very much like its predecessor and reportedly has a nice solid feel and a responsive electronic ink “magic keypad”. Though not expected to generate lines flowing out of Verizon’s doors per se, the Alias 2 is definitely shaping up to be a solid phone for Big Red. Hit the jump for a few more spy shots.
Thanks to one of our ninjas we just got our hands on the launch details for the upcoming Samsung Alias 2. As rumored, the Alias 2 will launch in all channels on May 11th. It will shed the cramped dual QWERTY-numeric keyboard of the original Alias in favor of a dynamic electronic ink keyboard known as the “Magic Keypad”. Those who appreciate the slim form factor of the original Alias will be happy to know that the Alias 2 sports similar dimensions. Pricing on the new QWERTY V CAST phone will come in at an exceptionally low $79.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate and two-year contract. A one-year contract will set you back $149 after a $50 mail-in-rebate or you can pony up $249 for full retail. Hit the jump for a full rundown of the official specs and a closeup of the “Magic Keypad”.
The Samsung SCH-U750, or Alias 2, is now rumored to be coming to Verizon Wireless on May 11th. It will share the same dual-hinged design as its predecessor, the U740, but will replace the QWERTY/numeric keyboard with a dynamic keyboard. We’ve covered this odd little handset before but it really does bear repeating as one feature in particular has some definite potential — the keyboard. This novel electronic ink-based keyboard will display a standard numeric keypad when the phone is opened as a traditional portrait clam shell. Use the dual hinge to flip the phone open in landscape however, and the keyboard will switch to a texting-friendly QWERTY keyboard. The Alias 2 will also feature a 2.6-inch QVGA internal display, 2.0 megapixel camera, proprietary feature phone OS laden with Verizon customizations and dedicated hot keys for one-touch access to Bluetooth, text messaging, voicemail, camera, voice commands, games and alarms.
No pricing yet but expect it to launch with a price tag consistent with Verizon’s other feature phones – $200 to $250 before rebates and NE2 discounts (with the obligatory 2-year contract, of course). Hit the jump for a few preview shots of the dynamic keyboard.