Monthly Archive for January, 2006

BenQ-Siemens P50 Late to the Party

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BenQ
When BenQ acquired Siemens’ handset business in September, a year and a half had past since the Taiwanese company unveiled a supposed ‘Blackberry’ killer, the P50. The once eagerly anticipated—and now no longer so unique smartphone—has finally started shipping; under the BenQ-Siemens banner.

At the time of introduction – March 2004 – the quad-band (850/900/1800/1900) GSM/GPRS P50 stood apart as a compact, 4.7 x 2.4 x 0.8-inch (122 x 60 x 20 millimeters), and light, 5.3-ounce (170 grams), Pocket PC Phone with a QWERTY thumb-keyboard, in the mode of Palm’s Treo and Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry handhelds. Today, Palm even has Windows Mobile smartphone, the Treo 700w, and there are a whole slew of additional Microsoft-based handsets with similar specifications on the market and coming soon.

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RIM and T-Mobile Germany Introduce BlackBerry 8700g

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8700g From T-Mobile Germany
Research In Motion and T-Mobile Germany have introduced the BlackBerry 8700g, further enhancing T-Mobile’s portfolio of BlackBerry devices in the German market. The BlackBerry 8700g is expected to be available from T-Mobile Germany beginning in early February. The new BlackBerry 8700g provides the ultimate balance of performance, design and function. It features a completely re-engineered device platform with an Intel processor, 64 MB flash memory and 16 MB SRAM in a thin, lightweight and stylish handset with a full keyboard.

The integrated phone also includes premium features such as dedicated ‘send’ ‘end’ and ‘mute’ phone keys, smart dialing, conference calling, speed dial, call forwarding, speakerphone and Bluetooth® support for hands-free use with car kits and headsets.

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Mac Theme Release For The Blackberry

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Macberry Theme
If you’re a big Apple fan and want to have some of the look and feel of the Mac OS on your Blackberry then you need to download this theme. MilleniaStudio has created a very nice looking Mac inspired theme called Macberry and are generously releasing it for free. The new theme takes advantage of the Plazmic Theme Builder program which is only compatible on OS 4.1 devices. The Macberry theme is available for the 8700 and 7100 devices running OS 4.1.

To get started you need to:

1. Download and install the Plazmic Theme Reader to be able to install custom themes.

OTA:

http://www.millenniastudio.com/bb/com_plazmic_theme_reader.jad

2. Download and install the new theme files.

OTA 8700:

http://www.millenniastudio.com/bb/com_plazmic_theme_MacBerry.jad

OTA 7100:

http://www.millenniastudio.com/bb71/com_plazmic_theme_MacBerry71.jad

3. Reboot and change your theme by going to Options –> Themes.

To view more screenshots, visit MilleniaStudio …

Visto Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Good Technology

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Visto Corporation, a provider of secure push email services, announced today that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Good Technology. The suit, which alleges that Good’s products and services infringe on multiple patents held by Visto, was filed in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas.

One should know that Visto has already filed another patent infringement case against Microsoft last month after striking a licensing deal with NTP. The deal also saw NTP becoming a key investor in Visto.

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8700g Now Available on O2

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Blackberry 8700g from O2
The new Blackberry 8700g is now up on O2′s website, a bit early perhaps because there hasn’t been an official press release from RIM nor O2. The BlackBerry 8700g features a bright, high resolution, landscape QVGA (320×240) LCD display that supports more than 65,000 colors to deliver vivid graphics. The screen offers excellent indoor and outdoor readability by featuring an intelligent light sensing technology that automatically adjusts both the LCD and keyboard lighting to provide an optimized view in outdoor, indoor and dark environments. The device also features Bluetooth support for hands-free use with headsets and car kits, as well as a speakerphone.

For more information, visit:
http://www.my-blackberryfromo2.com/

Winners of Weekend Contest ‘RIM’s Next Move?’

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Congratulations to the winners for our Weekend Contest which asked our readers if they were in charge of RIM what they would do next regarding their legal issues. The responses were split in half between the group that wanted RIM to move on and settle and the other group which hated NTP and wanted RIM to implement their workaround and not give NTP a cent. Some of the comments against NTP were very harsh, Jeff responded,

If I were in charge of RIM, I would expose the fact that NTP is in a corrupt and deceptive business practice and abuses the intent of the US Patent system … NTP is not a competitor to RIM, they are squatting on the technology, just like many people tried to do with internet domain names, which has recently been ruled illegal.

Thanks to all that participated but three could only win this time around, the winners are as follow: Jeff C., Eric F., and C Bae. Please contact us to get your free copy of WGarage: Reverse Lookup.