HTC Surround Review: Oh, It’s Audible Enough

Oh hello, Windows Phone 7. This time, running on the HTC Surround, is a version of WP7 that should have not been — that is to say, pre-NoDo. While AT&T may be testing the copy/paste update with many performance increases, it’s not currently available for most customers or reviewers. Having already extensively reviewed Windows Phone 7, what remains for me to talk about here is simply the HTC Surround itself. Head on past the ‘more’ link for the full review.

The Future Of Windows Phone 7 Unveiled In Upcoming ‘Mango’ Update

While you may not have even received the first update for Windows Phone 7, which is suposed to prep your device for the copy/paste update (which in turn, many owners have not received yet, either), then you’ll be glad (or mad) to hear that Microsoft is preparing the next Windows Phone 7 update, dubbed Mango.

First and foremost is the addition of multitasking, push notifications from third-party apps, making the camera more accessible for developers, as well as the gyro sensor and compass. Audio and file transfers are also promised, fast app switching, background audio playback for HTML5 webpages, and a few more tweaks here and there. The new version of Windows Phone 7 will be available for developers to begin coding with in May. Skype, Amazon, Rovio Mobile’s Angry Birds, Skype, Spotify, Layar, Qantas and Kik messenger will also take advantage of the new version of Windows Phone 7 ‘Mango’ to debut their respective apps. PR after the cut.

RIM’s Mike Lazaridis Crashes And Burns In BBC Interview

Research In Motion’s CEO, Mike Lazaridis had an interview with the BBC recently, which contrary to his usual public personality (that is to say, cool and collected) turned into a quick walk out of the room. The question that ticked him off had to do with the saga between BlackBerry devices and the crisis in India, where the government seeks to have greater control of the tight security systems in each device. The question, which Lazaridis deemed “unfair” (seriously?) is at the ‘via’ link, at the very end of this sentence. Via: BBC

Windows 8 Milestone 1 Has Been Leaked To The Fury Of The Internet

Piracy. Counterfeit and leaked copies of Windows. On the internet. It’s a soup of all the wrong things in the code of an honest geek, but for the sake of a glimpse of Windows 8, many have looked past that and gone ahead to download it. It does not present all the features that may or may not be implemented into the final release of Windows 8, but it’s still Windows 8. I do not promote or perform acts of piracy, but to each his own.

Via: Reddit

Google Docs Now Has Pagination (Finally!) And “Native Printing” In Chrome

It’s a classic word processing feature that we all know of: pagination. That is to show what seems to be a visual representation of an actual page, therefore keeping your work more orderly. Second is native printing, which is exclusive to Google Chrome users (only for now, says Luiz Pereira, Software Engineer at Google) and allows the user to print what exactly appears on the screen and web browser, without exporting and converting to a PDF, then printing later on. More great improvements = a smarter web app.

Via: Google Docs Blog

Another Day, Another Major Adobe Flash Security Alert

Yawn. Today is Tuesday, so I guess hackers wanted to spice things up at Adobe again, this time with a new security exploit for the latest version of Flash Player 10.2 on Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. The exploit would allow the attacker to insert malicious code into the user’s system and in some cases, completely take control of the system.

The easiest way to avoid the gaping security hole is to know how not to get infected: It is typically delivered as a Flash file embedded in a Microsoft Word document attached to an email. Adobe is currently working on the issue, but no date for the patch has been mentioned.

Via: Adobe

Eye-Fi’s Mobile X2 SD Card Is Just What Any Photographer Wants

I’m really liking what Eye-Fi, makers of SD cards that wirelessly sync the content taken with said cards to your PC or Mac, are doing here. In their latest super SD card which will retail for $80 (8GB of storage) later this week, Eye-Fi Mobile X2 will allow users with an iPhone, iPad, or Android phone to wirelessly sync photos from your DSLR or P&S (or Micro Four Thirds) camera to your gadget, using a free app that would be downloaded to the device via the App Store or Android Market. So think of it like this: shoot a photo and have it sent to your iPhone or iPad, so that it can be uploaded to the cloud or up to 45 social networking sites. Sweet.

Via: Eye-Fi Mobile X2