My Smartphone Woes

While my Moto Q with Windows Mobile 5 seems to be the snazziest and most pda resourceful phone I have ever had, there has also been woes come along with it.

 

Windows mobile DOES NOT support the following, contrary to popular belief

  • JAVA
  • Flash
  • Office Mobile (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
  • GPS

What is included are Office Mobile viewers. These enable you to open and view documents, spreadsheets, and presentations without the option to edit or create new files. There are alternatives in minor form such as Documents to Go, SharpXT, and Mobile Wordpad.

JAVA is possible via a JAVA emulator. While this does not function for gaming (even games with the correct 320×240 landscape resolution), this does enable us to run Opera Mini 4 nicely, and other applications that may suffer other issues.

There is a Flash hack…. I would not recommend it at all.

While developer codes allow you to enable GPS settings, there is no true GPS support (even in Google Maps). The GPS function is solely programmed for 911 communication only.

 

Hardware wise, I have experienced other issues

  • My battery dies within 8 hours of no use, even after the official Motorola update that supposedly fixes battery and power issues
  • Pressing “Down” on my direction pad several times results in my model trying to dial the digit 8
  • Many other users have had many other issues. So far the best fix is to submit your Moto Q for repair, resulting most likely in a replacement.

 

All of this started shortly (one month) before Sprint announced the discontinuation of the Moto Q and Q9c models, shortly followed by Verizon Wireless. My warranty is extended, and I am unable to get a discount on a phone for another year.

It seems to be that my only hope could be that my phone does malfunction fully and there are no more Moto Q’s available for replacement, where as I may get the option to switch to a Palm based phone as an alternative.

Carpe diem: let the buyer beware. I DO NOT recommend this model for both hardware and software issues.

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Encryption Chip Will End Piracy, Says Atari Founder

At yesterday’s Wedbush Morgan Securities conference, Atari founder Nolan Bushnell claimed that a stealth encryption chip will “absolutely stop piracy of [PC] gameplay.” “There is a stealth encryption chip called a TPM that is going on the motherboards of most of the computers that are coming out now,” explained Bushnell, according to a GamesIndustry report.

“What that says is that in the games business we will be able to encrypt with an absolutely verifiable private key in the encryption world–which is uncrackable by people on the internet and by giving away passwords–which will allow for a huge market to develop in some of the areas where piracy has been a real problem.” Piracy has been a hot-button issue in the PC gaming industry for some time now, with renowned PC developers such as Crytek, id, and Epic claiming that the high rate of pirated PC software forced them to put games on other platforms.

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Software, Driver, and Game Updates

Software Updates

  • Microsoft has released the DirectX June Update
  • Mozilla Firefox 3 release candidate 3 has been released here.
  • The free Opera browser has had a major update to Version 9.50
  • Driver Sweeper Version 1.5.5 improves Nvidia file cleaning
  • Microsoft has released Windows Search 4.0
  • The Windows XP installation customization tool nLite has been updated to Version 1.4.6
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    Driver Updates

  • Realtek has released Version 1.95 of its HD Audio drivers.
  • Intel has released Version 9.0.0.1008 of the Chipset Software Installation Utility
  • Creative released a Beta 2.18.0000 driver for most of the Audigy and X-Fi under XP and Vista
  • VIA has released the Hyperion Pro 5.18A chipset drivers for VIA-based motherboards
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    Game Patches

  • Race Driver: GRID – 1.1 Patch
  • Dreamlords – 1.2.99.8661 Patch
  • Galactic Command: Echo Squad SE – 2.10.09 Patch
  • Shadow of Legend – 0.8.7.0 Patch
  • Universal Combat CE – 1.00.06 Patch
  • TrackMania Nations Forever – Patch
  • TrackMania United Forever – Patch
  • Harpoon 3: Advanced Naval Warfare – 3.9.3 Patch
  • Space Empires V – 1.74 Patch
  • Universe at War: Earth Assault – Patch 3
  • Frontlines: Fuel of War – 1.1.0 Patch
  • Galactic Command: Echo Squad SE – 2.10.08 Patch
  • Battleground Civil War – 1.02 Patch
  • Battleground Napoleonic Wars – 1.01 Patch
  • Cabal Online – Patch
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare – 1.6 Patch
  • Valve / Steam News

    There is so much constantly evolving via the Steam Network.

    Day of Defeat: Source 2 Beta

    Valve has been running the Day of Defeat: Source 2 Beta via Steam. It is based on the Source 2 SDK and features 51 achievements for DoD, player avatar display in the scoreboard and win panel, and detailed player statistics integrated with the Steam Community features (www.steamcommunity.com), as well as “nemesis/revenge” freeze cams and new effects driven by the particle system introduced to the Source engine for Team Fortress 2.

    The final release will be merged and take over existing Day of Defeat: Source installations.

    Source 2007 SDK Beta:

    A new Source SDK Beta was released on June 11. It includes a Particle Editor, Material Editor, and Commentary Editor, Updated SDK source code for Orange Box mods, and example particle system files to SDK content.

    Known issues: SDK shaders have not yet been updated for Orange Box games, but New editors can be accessed by adding ‘-tools’ to the launch options for Orange Box games or mods utilizing the Orange Box engine

    What this means for players: it is time to buy the Orange Box reguardless of love for Episodes, Portal, or TF2. This is due to the fact that awsome mods will be created utilizing and requiring the Orange Box SDK (aka Source 2007).

    Future 360, Wii, PS3 Emulator for PC?

    With E3 boiling the latest and greatest tech demos and release dates, there has also been something else to brew with total surprise and absolutely no showcase at all: only rumors… Rumors of a PC emulator capable of processing Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and the Wii.

    Taken from http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3168249

    By now most of you have heard about the recent Intellisponse leak. The latest in the continuing series of speculations is a mysterious something known as Trioxide. First breached over on Kotaku, Trioxide is apparently a system of some sort designed to give PC players the ability to play (emulate?) the “latest console games” on their home computers.

    The name Trioxide might imply that the system’s capabilities could theoretically encompass the current-gen trinity of Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii. Besides the initial mission statement referenced above, there doesn’t seem to be anything in the way of technical specs or clarification leaking out, apart from a mysterious dual price point of $49 and $299. The prices seem to suggest two SKUs for Trioxide — perhaps one sold as just software with more limited capabilities and one with controllers and hardware included for a more complete experience. This is, of course, totally speculation for the time being.

    Assuming such a program/piece of hardware/whatever-it-is does exist, would it even be legal to sell? How long would it take the big three to permanently shut it down? Given the marketing research website source, Trioxide could simply be a marketer’s wishlist for the next Bleem. On the other hand, if Trioxide is real and somehow survives the probable legal onslaught awaiting, it could shake the worlds of console and PC gaming.