BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express gets official

By on February 16, 2010 at 9:18 AM.

BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express gets official

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Big news out of Barcelona today as RIM has announced BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express, the software we exclusively told you about a couple of days ago. Simply put, BESX allows SMBs with a Microsoft Exchange or Windows Small Business Server to take advantage of the following BES features without having to splurge on the pricey software:

  • Wirelessly synchronize their email, calendar, contacts, notes and tasks
  • Manage email folders and search email on the mail server remotely
  • Book meetings and appointments, check availability and forward calendar attachments
  • Set an out-of-office reply
  • Edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files using Documents To Go®
  • Access files stored on the company network

Deployment of BESX shouldn’t be much of an issue for most SMBs as the software is compatible with Microsoft Exchange 2003, 2007 and 2010 as well as Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 and 2008. In terms of security, RIM says BESX has “the same robust security architecture found in BlackBerry Enterprise Server” whilst allowing IT admins to oversee over 35 IT policies and controls, including password controls and remote wiping. The BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express software itself will be free, but we’ve been told RIM will charge $5 per user per month. Furthermore, BESX does not need users to be on a BES data plan which translates to even more savings. Pretty damn awesome if you ask us. One huge downside we’ve heard? BESX will not support enterprise activations (OTA deployment).Look for the software to drop next month if all goes well. More →

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HTC Desire, HD mini, Legend get official

By on February 16, 2010 at 7:27 AM.

HTC Desire, HD mini, Legend get official

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HTC had a very busy day at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, as it announced three new handsets: the Desire, HD mini and Legend (above left to right). Although they’re all quite different, they do have a few things in common including GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, G-sensors, 3.5mm headphone jacks and dual-band (900/2100MHz) 7.2Mbps HSDPA connectivity. Having said that, there are some huge differences as well, so let’s run through each device.

By far the most impressive of the bunch is the Desire. Best thought of as the Nexus One with Sense UI (albeit with a single mic), it has a 3.7″ WVGA AMOLED display, 5 megapixel camera, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB ROM / 576MB RAM, optical joystick, fully supports Microsoft Exchange, runs Android 2.1 with Sense UI, is Flash enabled and 10.1 ready. It will be available in both Europe and Asia starting in Q2.

Next up is the Legend. A handset that that oozes sex appeal thanks in part to its chassis machined from a single piece of aluminum. The Legend features a 3.2″ HVGA AMOLED display, 5 megapixel camera, 600MHz MSM7227 processor, 512 MB ROM / 384MB RAM, optical joystick and Android 2.1 with Sense UI.  Anyone living in Asia will have to wait until Q2 to get a Legend, but Europeans will begin to have access to it next month.

Last but not least is the HD mini. A scaled and powered down version of the HD2, the HD mini has a 3.2″ HVGA multi-touch capacitive display, 5 megapixel camera, 600MHz MSM7227 processor and 512MB ROM / 384MB RAM. It does indeed run Windows Mobile 6.5, although we were told it will not receive an update to Windows Phone 7 Series. That might sound a bit off-putting, but let’s be honest; you’re going to want the latest and greatest hardware when that OS is released. Look for it in Europe and Asia as of Q2.

We’ve mentioned that each of the new devices has Sense UI, and HTC was quite pleased to announced it has updated the skin. Some of the new features include general enhancements to the UI, a social media aggregate app called Friend Stream, a newsreader widget and Leap, which is basically card view. We haven’t heard anything US-specific, but European and Asian Hero owners will be getting the update in the near future.
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Samsung's first Bada phone spotted on a Barcelona billboard, will be called the Wave

By on February 12, 2010 at 4:38 PM.

Samsung's first Bada phone spotted on a Barcelona billboard, will be called the Wave

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Ahead of its expected unveiling at MWC 2010, Samsung’s first Bada phone may have been spotted on a billboard outside the MWC venue in Barcelona. According to the promotional display, Samsung’s first Bada offering will called the Wave and, as expected, will be a full touchscreen device.  Whether this handset is the rumored S8200, a Bada-powered Nexus One type, or the S8500, the first Bluetooth 3.0 phone, remains to be seen. Though with MWC 2010 beginning next week, we won’t be making wild guesses about this or other Bada handsets much longer.
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HTC Legend appears on Dutch telecom KPN's website with a March launch date

By on February 12, 2010 at 8:24 AM.

HTC Legend appears on Dutch telecom KPN's website with a March launch date

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The HTC Legend has made another pre-announcement appearance, this time appearing in full marketing regalia on a dutch website. According to Dutch wireless carrier KPN, the Legend is expected to debut in March with a list of specs that are relatively bland. Similar to previously leaked live shots, the Legend will sport a form factor that resembles the GSM Hero with an optical trackpad instead of a trackball, a slight chin, and a sleek looking unibody aluminum frame. The remaining specs include a 3.2-inch AMOLED capacitive 320×480 touchscreen display, Qualcomm MSM7727 600MHz processor, 5.0 megapixel camera with LED flash, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and Android 2.1 with Sense UI. Look for the Legend to become official next week during MWC 2010. More →

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Nokia planning a powerhouse 12 megapixel, HD-capable camera phone, but won't introduce it at MWC?

By on February 11, 2010 at 11:03 AM.

Nokia planning a powerhouse 12 megapixel, HD-capable camera phone, but won't introduce it at MWC?

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Conflicting reports are coming in this morning about Nokia’s upcoming handset lineup. Leaked information from Tom’s Guide, a French technology website, reveals several new Nokia handsets that rumored to be slated for launch starting in early summer. According to the not confirmed info, Nokia will be structuring its handset lineup using the following naming conventions:

  • C: Lower end voice-based
  • X: Focus on entertainment, music for a young target
  • E: Dedicated to business, solutions for e-mails
  • N: High-end
  • S: Very upscale and limited editions

Nokia is supposedly developing a wide range of C-series handsets including the C5-10, a QWERTY handset that will take on BlackBerry handsets. On the top of the heap is the N8-00, a capacitive, multitouch handset with 720p video capture and a 12 megapixel camera. The N8-00 will be the first Symbian^3 handset and is rumored to launch this summer. Expectations are high for Nokia at MWC with this rumor pointing to a potential unveiling of one or more of these handsets at the upcoming Barcelona conference. This rumor would be exciting if not for the fact that another rumor fresh out today suggests that Nokia will not unveil any new handsets at MWC 2010. According to an unidentified source involved with the MWC planning, the Espoo manufacturer will not have a stand at MWC and has has made a strategic decision to withhold any hardware launches until a later unspecified date. When MWC finally begins next week, will Nokia dazzle us with its latest offerings or will there be a gaping hole where Nokia and its Symbian handsets used to be? More →

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Opera to show off Mini for iPhone at MWC

By on February 10, 2010 at 10:18 AM.

Opera to show off Mini for iPhone at MWC

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Listen: It took six months of the App Store’s existence for Apple to approve the first batch of third-party browsers for the iPhone and iPod touch. It was a pretty damn exciting event because it was the sort of app everyone was used to being rejected because it replicates native features of the iPhone OS. Well, since then Apple rejected some pretty prolific apps for the same asinine reason to the point that even the flippin’ government took notice and started asking questions. And now, today, we have a new potential app disaster on our hands because Opera, the third-party mobile browser powerhouse, announced it will be previewing Opera Mini for iPhone next week at Mobile World Congress. Opera seems to think its app will be able to slide through the approval processes without issue, but we’re not going to get our hopes up just yet.

Totally random thought we’re just going to throw out there: Anyone think AT&T might be keen on seeing Opera Mini approved? Just think of the Draino of a job Opera’s data compression technology might do to unclog the long, hippie hair stuck in AT&T’s data pipes. More →

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