Archive for June, 2008
Hard resetting your device is like formatting the hard drive of your computer and then reinstalling the operating system. It causes all of the data to be wiped out, which may be a good thing if you want a fresh start, or if your phone is inoperable for some reason.
Of course you can hard reset your phone by going to Start > Accessories > Clear Storage, but what if you’re not even even to get that far? Well you can hard reset using the hardware buttons, and a thanks to jasonweaver for posting this in the Support forum. Here are the steps:
Note: The device must be turned on.
1. If the device is on, remove the battery to turn it off, and re-insert the battery.
2. Press and hold the Left soft key and Right soft key together.
3. Press and hold the Power button for two seconds.
4. When you see a message that starts with ‘This operation will delete…’. release the soft keys.
5. A start-up screen appears, and then the screen shows a black message shown below.
6. Press the Send key, the device prompts you to restart it.
Starting earlier today Amazon is offering up $5 MP3 albums for download. Albums up today are Sublime by Sublime, Consolers Of The Lonely by The Raconteurs, Detours by Sheryl Crow, Rumours by Fleetwood Mac, and Birth Of The Cool by Miles Davis.
Edit: If you’re into Soul they’re giving away some free Soul tracks.
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Sure you can always access your Gmail from m.gmail.com or even set up Outlook Mobile to load your Gmail, but sometimes you want an experience that looks more like your desktop Gmail. In case you hadn’t heard , Google has had a java version of Gmail for awhile now. If you use Gmail a lot then I suggest Java Gmail as you will find the interface very much similar to what you are used to.
It has many of the full browser features in an easier to access way than Pocket Internet Explorer’s version. If you want to give it a whirl direct your mobile browser to gmail.com/app. If you haven’t tried the mobile browser version than go to m.gmail.com. Enjoy!
If you want an alternative to the Pocket Internet Explorer (PIE), have tried out Opera Mini and can’t wait for SkyFire then take a look at JB5. This browser is definitely faster than PIE, doesn’t need Java like Opera Mini and is available now unlike SkyFire. Among some of the features are Progressive rendering as content downloads (very fast), Bookmarks management (Import/Export), Save pages to your phone, Find/Search in page, a Download Manager, Save Images, display without Images, set as default browser, different display options, full screen, and more. Keep reading for more information about JB5 More >
Today we are excited to announce the launch of a new site that we’ve created, AllTouchSite.com. This new site will take on a similar format to AllShadow, but for the HTC Touch Pro and Touch Diamond phones, plus future HTC Touch devices.
So what are our plans for the new site? Well, because the Touch Pro and Diamond are not yet sold in the US, we’re going to keep the main site in low profile mode for a few weeks until we can get a hold of USA-versions of both devices. The forums will be open for business starting today – and, as we see the need, we’ll expand the number of topics. We realize that you probably don’t have a Diamond or Touch Pro yet, but if and when you do get one, we’ll be ready for you.
Here’s the beauty of the forums at AllTouchSite.com: it shares the same user database as the forum at AllShadow, meaning that you don’t have to re-register on the new site. Your post count, login/password, and PM mailbox all are synchronized. =D
Wait a sec, are we abandoning the Shadow? No, not even close. In fact, with the Shadow II just around the corner, and more and more themes/hacks/mods coming out for the original Shadow, we have a lot of really interesting content coming up here on the main site, and of course, the Shadow forums continue to be an excellent resource.
All that said, go take a peek at the AllTouchSite forums and start chattin’. If you see any bugs or issues, please post them here.
And hey – we’re hiring, both for AllShadow and AllTouchSite. It’s a paying position (we’re not going to make you rich, but it could be a decent part time income). If you’re interested and have a good amount of free time, fantastic writing ability, and a strong knowledge of the Windows Mobile platform, send us a resume at brandon(at)alltouchsite.com, with subject “Apply.”
Not every site we like to visit is optimized for mobiles. That’s why we have brilliant browsers like Opera Mini and Skyfire. However, we are seeing more and more mobile sites becoming more useful than their full screened counterparts. Whether it be simplicity of design or just great results there are some mobile sites that serve their function well. On the other hand, there are also apps that serve up certain information faster than using any browser would (i.e. Google Maps for directions, or Live Search for directions, movies or events).
Sometimes we depend on our mobile favorites to serve up frequently used sites in a mobile format, like AllShadow.com for instance, it’s mobile friendly! Other times, mobile sites help us discover something new. What are your frequented mobile sites? What sites do you have to have a bookmark for because they are that useful? What are some sites you wish were mobile friendly?
Some of my bookmarks I have (in A to Z order):
- pda.accuweather.com – I don’t use it every day but it still comes in handy when planning a trip.
- store.allshadow.com – for new software
- m.ask.com – for when Google, Live or Yahoo aren’t getting the job done
- mobile.earthcomber.com – Great for discovering something new!
- m.ebay.com – whenever I’m watching or bidding on an auction
- m.facebook.com – for an occasional status update or to check on a friend
- mobile.flightstats.com – when I’m traveling or picking someone up at the airport
- google.com – for a quick search
- reader.google.com – to check RSS feeds and kill some time. I really like the Star feature as my starred items show up on the desktop browser if I want to see something on the big screen
- mail2web.com/pda – usually I have my email accounts, but sometimes a friend needs to check email for an address, number etc
- sphere.mobicosm.com – it’s like a mobile directory of mobile sites, not the greatest look but handy for exploring the mobile web
- dslreports.com/mspeed – for testing the speed of an internet connection (like at a coffee shop or library)
- mobipocket.com/mobile – find a book on a subject
- mobile.spaces.msn.com – MSN version of MySpace and Facebook
- mobile.myspace.com – got friends?
- mycast.orb.com – access my media on my home computer, you can do it too!
- m.scanr.com – if I really need to scan, fax or have a copy of something
- thestreamcenter.com/pda – mobile radio streams
- wapipedia.com – had this since before I discovered vTap
- mobile.live.com – the newest version of the Live Search app has Web search built in now
- m.yahoo.com – I usually go straight to email from here
If you have any great mobile sites that aren’t listed here (not being a full directory) I’m sure the rest of the AllShadow Community would love to hear about them. So post them in the comments, be sure to tell us what you find useful about them. If you have any sites that you wish were mobile friendly let us know!