As quite a few of you are visiting the Tamoggemon Content network from a Windows-powered desktop or notebook, I felt like sharing this with all of you.

Microsoft has just warned that the End-of-Support time for Windows XP SP2 and the initial release of Windows Vista is nearing:
windows end of life Windows 2000, XP SP2, Vista SP0 hit EOL soon

If you currently use one of the above-mentioned operating systems, you will no longer receive updates and patches after the specified dates. Fortunately, the solution is easy: install the latest service pack…

P.S. Windows 2000 heads: your EOL time is in July…irregardless of the service pack you use!

Owners of Linux-based routers are in for a “reverse treat” – a botnet called Chuck Norris attacks these devices.

PCWorld reports the following:

Once installed in the router’s memory, the bot blocks remote communication ports and begins to scan the network for other vulnerable machines. It is controlled via IRC.

Because the Chuck Norris botnet lives in the router’s RAM, it can be removed with a restart.

So: change that default password, folks!

I guess that everybody who frequents the Tamoggemon Content Network is well aware that cell phone providers always know where your cell phone is. You lot probably also know that this data is often logged, and can theoretically be used for all kinds of data-mining processes.

So far, the common assumption was that cell phones will not be tracked without a court order. Unfortunately, this is untrue. CNet News reports the following:

In that case, the Obama administration has argued that warrantless tracking is permitted because Americans enjoy no “reasonable expectation of privacy” in their–or at least their cell phones’–whereabouts. U.S. Department of Justice lawyers say that “a customer’s Fourth Amendment rights are not violated when the phone company reveals to the government its own records” that show where a mobile device placed and received calls.

The message is short and sweet here: if your phone is on in the USA, the US government knows where you are. Do with that what you want to, and don’t hold us liable…

Big acquisitions do happen in mobile – but they usually take place between hardware manufacturers. Don’t ask me why and how the folks at HandMark’s managed to buy up Astraware two years ago – but the company is now solo again.

A press release has just gone out. It states the following:

KANSAS CITY, MO and LONDON, UK – January 27, 2010 – Handmark®, the world’s leading developer and distributor of mobile applications and services, today announced it has spun off its mobile games studio, Astraware, as the company streamlines its business to focus on other strategic areas of mobile development and support.

Astraware returns to the management of Howard Tomlinson and David Oakley, two of the original founders, and will remain a Handmark preferred partner. Handmark will continue to support Astraware on a variety of distribution and promotional opportunities.

“We saw a great opportunity to join forces with Astraware to help create and extend a collection of fun, well-designed mobile games titles to a new audience, and we did just that,” said Paul Reddick, Handmark CEO. “I still see a great opportunity for their team to continue proving their leadership as a major player in mobile games and we will continue to work alongside them.”

The financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.

P.S. I asked them about specifics of the deal at a tradeshow two years ago – and got a really really pissed off HandMark manager on my back…

Long-term readers of the Tamoggemon Content network probably know that yours truly loves FireFox – it indeed is one of the first programs I install onto a new device.

I am thus extremely happy to report that FireFox 3.6 has just been released:
firefox 3.6 released Firefox 3.6 released

It brings a significant performance increase, which should also lead to longer battery life on mobile devices. Hit the URL below for that download ASAP, folks:
http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/3.6/releasenotes/

It’s the end of the year. This means next to no news, and loads of top-XYZ lists.

While we usually ignore these beautiful critters on the Tamoggemon Content network, Gizmodo’s most-useless gadgets of the decade list struck my interest.

While most of the victims are weird, largely useless gadgets, the following boxen also made it on the list:

  • Sony Clié PEG-NZ90 (IMHO undeserved)
  • Nokia N-Gage (all incarnations)
  • AppleTV (oh, the horror)
  • Motorola Q9m (not sure about the Verizon UI)
  • Omnia II (IMHO undeserved)

Feel that the ratings are justified? Let us know in the comments!

Samsung’s recent bada event caused quite a ruckus in the industry. We covered the nitty-gritty yesterday – and have just stumbled across further coverage.

The folks at Engadget mobile have posted videos, a transcript and loads of shots from the event.
samsung bada event Samsung Bada event   videos and transcript

Hit the link below to learn more:
http://www.engadget.com/2009/12/08/samsung-teases-bada-at-event-questions-still-outnumber-answers/

A lot of HTC devices have only a special micro USB port for charging cables and headphones. Special headphones are mandatorys. Regular headphones are only usable with a special adapter.

IMG 1701 300x225 Audio Adapter for HTC Micro USB

IMG 1700 300x225 Audio Adapter for HTC Micro USB
The bended adapter doesn’t bother at all.
The device even displays the symbol for an attached adapter.
The bended adapter doesn’t bother at all. The device even displays the symbol for an attached adapter.

IMG 1707 300x225 Audio Adapter for HTC Micro USB

An additional disadvantage of the HTC USB adapter is the impossibility to attach an earphone and a charging cable at the same time. But there is a solution as well:

IMG 1702 300x225 Audio Adapter for HTC Micro USB

With this adapter it is possible to attach a charging cable and an eraphone at togehter – a little LED notifies if the device is charging.
IMG 1703 300x225 Audio Adapter for HTC Micro USB

Unfortunately it is not possible to use both adapters together as the bended adapter blocks the other port.

IMG 1710 300x225 Audio Adapter for HTC Micro USB

When attaching a normal USB cable instead of the charging one data exchange with a PC is possible.

In my opinion both cables must be shipped with a HTC device which uses such an USB port… but well….

Both adapters can be purchased via USB Fever:

Audio Jack to 3.5mm Plug Adapter for G1 / HTC (Right Angle): $4,99
HTC 2-in-1 USB Audio & Charger Adapter for HTC ExtUSB Smartphone: $8.99

1a Amazon vs book publishers   1:0The ebook is to book publishing what the MP3 file is to the music industry – a tool which the average manager does not understand, is afraid of and thus cannot use to his full advantage. In Austria, book writers have gone on a rebellion against Google’s book search, while a German publishing house head called for “governmental intervention” regarding Google.

As Amazon is a very large seller of paperback books, publishers who want to act up can be silenced effectively and quickly by threatening them with a de-listing of all their stuff. This has apparently happened to the publisher behind Dan Brown – CNet reports the following:

The Kindle version of “The Lost Symbol” was in limbo since Amazon first placed the hardcover version on its site for preorder. Its publisher, Random House, was concerned with releasing a Kindle version on the same day as the hardcover version. The company reasoned that with such a low price ($9.99 on the Kindle) compared with the hardcover version, which Amazon is currently offering for $16.17, that Kindle sales would cannibalize hardcover sales.

“Now that all of our security and logistical issues surrounding the e-book of ‘The Lost Symbol’ have been resolved, the e-book will be released simultaneously with the hardcover on September 15,” the publisher announced. It didn’t elaborate on what those issues were.

If things really happened as I have predicted above, the ebook party is now well on its way (and will not be hampered by the content sources). Authors tend to understand very well when something threatens their pocketbook, and act accordingly – I can only hope that the boys at Amazon’s keep up their strict measures when the first union starts to go bonkers…

Austria has suffered from waves of unwanted premium SMS over the last two years or so – a recent Cisco report claims that the boys now have a new method:

Text message scams targeting users of handheld mobile
devices, such as cell phones and smart phones, are
becoming a common fraud tactic. At least two or three
new campaigns have surfaced every week since the start
of 2009. The spike in frequency can be attributed partly
to the economic downturn, but it’s also the massive—and
still growing—size of the mobile device audience that is
making this new frontier for fraud irresistible to criminals.

The report goes on to claim that various kinds of social-engineering based methods are used – a particulariuly devious one is outlined below:

Customers were contacted
by either SMS or phone and asked to provide “verification
details,” such as bank account numbers, to collect a
grand prize. Victims were also asked to purchase scratch
cards worth QR500 (approximately US$135) and provide
those numbers as “security” when they collected their
fictitious prize

Further information can be had in the PDF below – page thirteen, onwards:
http://cisco.com/web/about/security/intelligence/Cisco_2009_Midyear_Security_Report.PDF

Use the discount code CHEAPSPBTV to get 20% off the program’s retail price in the TamsShop!

3G connections, faster CPUs and falling data have opened doors for various applications which used to be impossible in the past. Mobile TV is one of these areas: what once required clumsy reception gadgetry, is now offered for free by many carriers.

Unfortunately, carrier TV solutions are usually limited to a few “broad appeal” channels, and omit high-quality news and finance channels. SPB TV wants to fill the void – but can it stack up?

The home screen of the program contains a scrollable list of channels along with a preview of the currently-running program:
spb tv frontpage SPB TV   the review

Some programs stream a TV program, which is displayed by SPB TV:
spb tv program SPB TV   the review

Reminders can be created easily – and are actually written into your device’s calendar discreetly:
spb tv reminder SPB TV   the review

Channels stream in very high quality, but can neither be recorded nor be kept playing while in the background. In fact, even screenshots turn out all black:
spb tv screenshot SPB TV   the review

SPB TV allows you to hide channels which you do not want:
spb tv channels SPB TV   the review

As already said before, SPB TV offers many channels which are not offered by any carrier solution. I am currently pursuing a list of channels, and will post it here as soon as I can get it from the company.

This review looked at version 1.0.0 b461 of SPB TV on an XPERIA X1 running its stock distribution of Windows Mobile 6.1. Three-G coverage was provided by Hutchison Austria. BTW: SPB TV needs 4850KB of RAM and can be installed onto an external memory card.

People who are happy with the channels offered by their carrier won’t need SPB TV. Everybody else should rush and pay the 15 dollars – the money is well invested if you need one of the TV channels on the go (think N-TV or BloomBerg) and are on an unlimited data plan…

Expansys has sold quite a few highly interesting handsets in the past – their latest scoop involves two of Acer’s recently announced Windows Mobile-powered smartphones:

Acer F900
acer f900 for sale Acer M900, F900 hit Expansys

Acer M900
acer m900 for sale Acer M900, F900 hit Expansys

P.S. Just in case anyone wonders why there is a T-Mobile icon next to the devices: UK retailers often create contract bundles of their own…

DJ Shadow went out after the third strike – our Crazy Sunday promo is a real diehard and enters week 4. Before looking at the prices, please allow me to reiterate the rules:

Post a useful non-spam comment to ANY post on the news service to participate. Leave a valid email address in the email field so that we can get in touch…and hope for the best. Email addresses are not used in any other way – and saying “Hi” or “count me in” doesn’t count.

This week, we are giving away a license of George Henne’s excellent NS Basic RAD tool. NS Basic is ideal for all those of you who feel like developing apps, but don’t want to learn heavy programming languages like C sharp or C++.

Last weeks prize was a license of SplashID. Unfortunately, this excellent password manager was not claimed by anyone – in case anyone else of you feels like taking a stab at the program, use the discount code CRAZYSUNDAY to get 20 off the retail price in the TamsShop!

With that said, I wish you all good luck – see you all next week!

The folks at TiltMobile’s managed to get their hands onto the table below – they claim that it contains further information on HTC’s recently-leaked devices:
htcdevicespecs Table containing information on upcoming HTC devices leaked

Even though the MWC is over for a bit of time, I guess that the inhabitants of Barcelona won’t forget Windows Mobile quite some time: the city was full of ads for it.

First of all, the airport was filled up with ads featuring the Omnia. An example is below:
P2150721 MWC 2009: Windows Mobile everywhere

The road from the airport also was full of ads – the shot below shows a few of them:
P2150743 MWC 2009: Windows Mobile everywhere

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