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Wednesday, 31.10.01
LINK: New Pocket PC software directory goes online
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:03 CET under 01 - General News

The webmaster of palm-size.com today opened a new site dedicated to Pocket-PC software. The site, 4-pocketpc.com, contains direct links to Pocket PC developers. Users can rate software, leave comments and email descriptions to others. There's also a topsites system for webmasters to gain traffic from
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PRESSRELEASE: Microsoft Windows CE .NET demonstrates Bluetooth qualification
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:46 CET under 01 - General News

Interoperability Promoted With Bluetooth-Compliant Hardware

REDMOND, Wash. - Oct. 30, 2001 - Microsoft Corp. today announced that the Bluetooth SIG Inc. has qualified the Bluetooth implementation in Windows CE .NET, the next version of the Windows CE operating system, as compliant with the

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SD DEVELOPMENT: The future of SD cards
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:59 CET under 01 - General News

Here are some more pictures of Toshiba's SD card development. As you can see, Toshiba believes in the future of SD as they imagine that everything will be possible. But why not? 4 years ago, nobody believes that a W-LAN card could fit into a CF card, 2 years ago nobody believes that a BT module can fit into a SD card:
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Tuesday, 30.10.01
eBOOK SPECIALS: New Free Nebula Nominee & More by Fictionwise
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:05 CET under 01 - General News

This week's discounts & free eBooks at Fictionwise: 30+ New eBooks (Silverberg, Resnick, Bear, oh my), eBook of the Week Fantasy Bundle, our first free 2001 Nebula Preliminary Ballot eBook (more to come), our 2nd free issue of SF magazine Strange Horizons, and the last day for our Horror eBook
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ANNOUNCEMENT: NextMode enables wireless carriers to provide 3G DoCoMo i-mode media features now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:36 CET under 01 - General News

NextMode Benefits To Wireless Carriers:

  • Streams or stores any library of music, audio, video, ringtones, apps, images, & more.
  • Exceptional personalization (no other provider or carrier is even in the ballpark
  • Rich media content management system which integrates with your existing billing system to provide a flexible infrastructure to easily manage your many content partners (few of which understand unique carrier needs). Integrate once instead of many!
  • Carrier-grade plus J2ME, BREW, WinCE, and Symbian compatibility of course.

“The NextMode system is fast, easy to set up, can be scaled to a gargantuan size, and is the most personalized service wireless carriers can offer to their customers, ” states Michael

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BLUETOOTH: Anycom driver update
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:40 CET under 01 - General News

That's what I want to see, new drivers for a CF or PC card - free of charge! Anycom released now the new drivers for their Bluetooth CF and PC card.

This time it's for Windows 95B, 98, ME, NT4.0, and 2000 but not for Windows XP and Pocket PC which might be released later next month.

However, if you are also using your Bluetooth card with your Notebooks, you should download the update since it fix some bugs with Windows 2000 which runs smoother now!

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Monday, 29.10.01
BLUETOOTH: Pictures of the SD card sized Bluetooth card from Toshiba
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:54 CET under 01 - General News

Some days ago (RUMORS: SD sized Bluetooth card) I wrote about the SD card sized Bluetooth card we can expect within the next month, now the Sacramento Palm User Group posted the first pictures I've ever seen of it:

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ANNOUNCEMENT: The Microsoft Mobility Developer Conference Europe
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:00 CET under 01 - General News

Accelerating Wireless Solution Development

3-5 December 2001, Municipal Palace of Congresses, Madrid.
The first Microsoft Mobility Developer Conference 3-5 December, Palace de Congresses, Madrid will be Europe's premier event of the year for technical professionals to get the most comprehensive information and training about creating and deploying complete, end-to-end wireless applications and services - for today and tomorrow.

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SERVICE: Surf the web how it was
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:27 CET under 01 - General News

Wayback launched! This is such a cool archive, it saved more than 100 terabytes of web pages since 1996. I also found some of my old sites... :-)

The Internet Archive Wayback Machine

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Friday, 26.10.01
WINDOWS XP: Don’t miss the Windows XP Power Toys
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:39 CET under 01 - General News

We all know the Power Toys for Windows CE and also for Windows XP – Microsoft released now, one day after the launch of XP by itself, the Power Toys for XP with some amazing features you should miss; if you plan to upgrade

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SMARTPHONE: Interactive Flash demos of the Ericsson T68 but still some questions
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:40 CET under 01 - General News

Well, while I'm waiting that Expansys delivers my device I was looking around the web for more information about the T68 and found this interactive Flash demonstrations of the phone.

While I was trying and

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Wednesday, 24.10.01
NEXT GENARATION: Talisker to be called Windows CE .NET
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:51 CET under 01 - General News

On Tuesday, October 23rd at the Professional Developers Conference, Bill Gates announced that the next generation of the Windows CE operating system, formerly code-named "Talisker," will be called Windows

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LINK: Simcity 2000 multi-platform game review
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:07 CET under 01 - General News

One Step Closer! Play your SimCity maps on your Pocket PC handheld, transfer them to your PC, and back again. Unbelievable but true! The quality is felt throughout, and certain issues with the original SimCity 2000 PC version have been preserved for the sake of gameplay fidelity.
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PORTAL: Introducing myCasio.
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:51 CET under 01 - General News

Casio launched the first PDA service to offer rich media content and services for business and pleasure.

"With some personal digital assistants (PDAs), you get a choice of several different services that make it easier to go about your business. With others, you can choose lots of different

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Tuesday, 23.10.01
LINK: Complete 2001-2002 NBA schedules
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:40 CET under 01 - General News

Pocket Basketball provides you with a complete schedule for the 2001-2002 NBA season. Stay up to date with the NBA throughout the season wirelessly. Download updated files from within Pocket Basketball. Simply connect to the internet then directly download the files. Files can also be downloaded from
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RUMORS: Is this the new Apple, Steve Jobs will present today?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:17 CET under 01 - General News

As Apple Confidential reports, Steve J. will present the iWalk today for the public:

The iWalk - as the new mysterious device is called that is going to be announced on Tuesday 23rd of this month - has advanced considerably over

Seems that the rumors about the "Isaac" I've posted on Saturday are right!? If so, I know for sure one of my next devices - however, this site will not become a iWalk site but wait a minute, why not... ;-)

Cheers ~ Arne

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LINK: eBook of the Week/New Titles - 15% Off
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:45 CET under 01 - General News

October 22nd eBook of the Week:
The Dreaming by Damien Broderick
Respected editor David Pringle selected this work as one of the top 100 science fiction novels of the century! In this story, specially updated for
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LINK: It's GPRS Week on TheFeature!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:12 CET under 01 - General News

Get up to speed on GPRS rollouts, devices, applications and services all week right there.

Cheers ~ Arne
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Monday, 22.10.01
GPS: The right mapping tool makes the difference
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:36 CET under 01 - General News

My fellow PocketPC.com writer Frank McPherson had and interesting comment about GPS and using it's bundled software. He took a trip through the US and was forced to change between the maps of Pharos' Pocket Navigator:

"I took the Pharos Navigator with me to guide us on the trip,

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Sunday, 21.10.01
WIRELESS: The Ericsson T68 is on the way
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:53 CET under 01 - General News

Well, since Jason and Andreas posted their thoughts about the Ericsson T68 something happened.

BTW: I'm glad to see that also Americans like Jason have now closer looks about GSM/GPRS technologies. ;-) As mentioned before, Expansys UK seems to be the first shop who have it's hands on the T68. On Friday I got the following E-Mail from

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Logica and EZOS Take Quantum Leap Towards Star Trek Communications.
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:58 CET under 01 - General News

BARCELONA, Spain, Oct 19, 2001 - STAR TREK style communications technology took a quantum leap closer today with a demonstration by Logica and EZOS of the world's first-ever live Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) using pocket PC devices and Smart Phones.
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WIRELESS: GPRS is alive today with some cool applications
Posted by Arne Hess - at 05:07 CET under 01 - General News

Do you wonder what GPRS is able to provide right today or on the closer future? TheFeature have an interesting overview.

Cheers ~ Arne

Application developers have come up with some clever ways to make use of the new GPRS networks.

Raise a family of cyber sea monkeys.

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RUMORS: SD sized Bluetooth card
Posted by Arne Hess - at 03:28 CET under 01 - General News

Another rumor I've heard on Systems was that Toshiba is currently working on a SD card sized Bluetooth module which should be available latest December or January! The source for this is very trustable as it told me that it already saw a working sample of this! Cheers ~ Arne
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Saturday, 20.10.01
LINK: A new Italian Pocket PC site created
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:19 CET under 01 - General News

Vinz sent me the following message: [i]it is been born an Italian Pocket PCs site: UgoNet >> Pocket PCs http://www.ugonet.it/ppc [/i] Good luck Vinz! Howver, right now it seems that your URL isn't available? So heavy traffic? ;-) Cheers ~ Arne
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UPDATE: Is Apple ready to launch a PDA on 23. October?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:21 CET under 01 - General News

As a source told me, there is a project running at Apple which code name is "Isaac". Well, as we know, Newton's first name was Isaac and there was a PDA from Apple years ago which called "Newton"... Okay, it's a rumor only but makes sense for me.

Cheers ~ Arne
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RUMOURS: Is Apple ready to launch a PDA on 23. October?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:07 CET under 01 - General News

How ZDNet reports, there are some rumors of a device which Apple will presents on 23. October:

As Microsoft prepares for the Oct. 25 liftoff ceremonies for its new operating system, Apple will gather journalists and industry analysts for "the unveiling of a breakthrough digital device, "according to invitations received Wednesday.

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WIRELESS: Coming to Grips with GPRS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:01 CET under 01 - General News

TheFeature, one of my preferred online magazines about the mobile Internet, have a great article today about the mobile revolution from Mark Mayne:

GPRS has not been the success the European operators originally predicted:

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WIRELESS: Proxim First to Ship 802.11a CardBus Cards with 100 Mbps Wireless Networking
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:50 CET under 01 - General News

Harmony 802.11a Family enables a new era of high speed wireless mobility

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 8, 2001 - Proxim, Inc, the leader in wireless broadband networking, today announced the availability of the first

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WIRELESS: Handspring ready to launch Smartphone beginning 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:42 CET under 01 - General News

Okay, it’s not Pocket PC but it’s wireless and therefore it can become a Wireless Pocket PC competitor (or not ;-)

Handspring official speaks now about their latest project, the Handspring Treo

Product Features Handspring Treo is one incredibly compact communicator that combines everything you need to stay connected, organized and in-touch no matter where you are.

Full featured mobile phone

  • Dual-band World Phone
  • Integrated dialing from PhoneBook
  • Instant Lookup—find any name in a few keystrokes
  • Speed dialing
  • 3-way calling
  • Personal speakerphone
  • Headset jack and included headset
  • Call history
  • Vibrating and system sound mute modes
  • External ringer switch
  • GPRS upgradeable upon availability

Palm OS Organizer

  • Smallest Palm OS organizer yet
  • Fastest Palm OS processor available
  • 16 MB memory
  • Fully compatible with Microsoft Outlook
  • HotSync cable for USB synchronization with computer
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WIRELESS: MyMobileStuff announces first full-fledged wireless search engine
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:37 CET under 01 - General News

PDACrawler takes wireless search capabilities beyond WAP!
MyMobileStuff.com(BETA), a first mover in wireless Web directory services, announced the availability of the first Web crawler for handheld devices. Through the use of its proprietary Web crawler, called PDACrawler, MyMobileStuff.com can search the Web for wireless HTML content. In true Web crawler fashion, PDACrawler indexes links associated with a particular query. It then ranks the links by how high the search word appears in the document. Current

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Friday, 19.10.01
GPS: The Haicom GPS CF card arrived
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:46 CET under 01 - General News

Today, after a long trip through TNT (from Taipei to Frankfurt to Munich, through Munich, through Munich, through...) I received my test sample of Haicom's CF card sized and it's amazing what the package includes:

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SERVICE: My Docs Online introduces wireless interface for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:13 CET under 01 - General News

MY DOCS ONLINE introduces wireless interface for Pocket PC, enabling document management, expanded file storage and fax capability. Users can wirelessly download files, view files, and send files as attachments or as faxes — extending the power and reach of the Pocket PC

Naples, FL. – October

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TOUR: Coming to a Pocket PC User Group Near You - the Mobile Experience Tour!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:46 CET under 01 - General News

As previous announced here, now it is official! The Pocket PC User Group Tour 2001 is coming into a city near you!

Whether you had the opportunity to catch the Microsoft Mobile Experience Tour this past spring or not, we hope that you'll join us for the fall Microsoft Mobile

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LINK: New look for Microsoft's PocketPC.com
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:12 CET under 01 - General News

Today, with the launch of Pocket PC 2002, Microsoft re-launched their Pocket PC site at PocketPC.com (where I contribute as an author for Tips, Tricks, Reviews and Columns).

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WIRELESS: The world's biggest beer buzz with cool new technology from Munich
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:56 CET under 01 - General News

If you are going to this years Oktoberfest (or "Wiesn" how we call it here in Munich ;-), don't miss to meet the "Siemens Girls" with the latest Wireless Pocket PC! I met them yesterday evening while I was there and it's so cool:

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NEWS: Get your SCOTT eVEST for a special PPCW.N discount!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:52 CET under 01 - General News

Some real good news for you, the visitors of Pocket PC Writer Net, from Scott of SCOTT eVEST:

Hi Arne

I wanted to share some of the exciting news happening here at TECHNOLOGY ENABLED CLOTHING LLC- the SCOTT eVEST is featured in this month's Playboy!

Also,

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WIRELESS: The future of 3G started today!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:32 CET under 01 - General News

Today NTT DoCoMo launched the world wide first commercial 3G network. FOMA (Freedom Of Mobile Multimedia Access) is available in phase one as a packet based wireless

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STORAGE: Panasonic announced new SD cards
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:13 CET under 01 - General News

Today Matsushita officially announced in Tokyo it's development of new SD cards with an increased capacity up to 256 and 512 MB. Until today the maximum capacity of available SD cards is 128 MB only which is far away from the capatities CF cards already provides.
This announcement is just in

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FUN: The true story of möbius at business anyplace
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:11 CET under 01 - General News

You have heard a lot about möbius the last couple of weeks, Andreas from business anyplace have his own view:

Möbius 2001 - the True Story
I guess you already have read all sorts of reports from the Microsoft conference Möbius 2001. Well, I have decided to post the real pictures of

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WIRELESS: AnyCom Bluetooth CF card - now available in the US
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:07 CET under 01 - General News

Elad Yakobowicz from pocketnow.com just informed me that the AnyCom Bluetooth CF card, I've already reviewed, is available in the US now - shipping started today!

Matt Hinkle from Anycom kindly wrote in to inform me that Anycome has officially released their own Compact Flash Bluetooth Card, available immediately! A
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WIRELESS: Ericsson T39 firmaware upgrade for GPRS available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:48 CET under 01 - General News

Good news if you own a Ericsson T39 and you connect it with your Pocket PC to use GPRS. Pertti just sent in this info:

Hi, upgrade your T39 to version R2M =>
you can connect/reconnect to GPRS (from your Pocket PC).
There is no need to reboot anymore!

Good news if you own

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LINK: The transition from Palm to Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:45 CET under 01 - General News

Jeff Kirvin from Writing On Your Palm wrote a great column about the transition from Palm to Pocket PC:

"For those of us trying to make the transition from the Palm to the Pocket PC, this might help. My column this week is about finding Pocket PC alternates for all the programs I used

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WIRELESS: Symbol W-LAN CF card soon at MobilePlanet
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:34 CET under 01 - General News

Introducing the Wireless Networker from Symbol Technologies. Now today's popular PDAs can connect with Wi-Fi 802.11b wireless LANs for high-speed, cable-free communication to

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SERVICE: Virtually There - Travel Information
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:32 CET under 01 - General News

Corey pointed me this services which sounds interesting - specially the synchronisation:

You should consider writing a review of Virtually There access to travel information. I use it all the time. It allows you to download information once your trip is purchased directly into Outlook.

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GPS: Haicom GPS CF card update
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:14 CET under 01 - General News

Therefore I've sent some questions to Haicom some of you asked me too. Today I've got the feedback from Haicom with some more information you might be interested to know:

Will it be available in Europe/USA?
We have few distributors in US, France, UK,

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WIRELESS: Bluetooth compatibility
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:01 CET under 01 - General News

Back to the new Socket Bluetooth card:

As I posted before the MySQL database crash, I tested the Socket card in Redmond with my AnyCom card. Chris Münch, one of the PocketPC.com authors had two, one pre-release and one final-release Socket card and I had my AnyCom cards with me.

First

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WIRELESS: New CF card sized GPS receiver announced
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:26 CET under 01 - General News

Haicom Taiwan just send in any time yesterday their latest product announcement.

Dear Sir,

HAICOM Technology Ltd., is announcing and starting it's first mass production of Compact Flash GPS receiver last month. HAICOM CF GPS is world first CF GPS receiver with build-in active antenna

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BLUETOOTH: Anycom Bluetooth Early Adopter Program
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:57 CET under 01 - General News

If you are a developer and want to step into the Bluetooth development now, your may give the Anycom Bluetooth Early Adoter Program a look.

[i]Benefits:
[*] Opportunity to shape Anycom product offerings through feedback [*] Access to Product Managers for technical assistance [*] Ability

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WIRELESS: Europe´s Hotmail users to get mobile access
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:53 CET under 01 - General News

Marc Zimmerman sent in this interesting CNET.com article regarding Microsoft wireless strategy for MSN:

[i]Microsoft will give its 20 million e-mail users in Europe access to messages via their mobile phones, the company said Thursday, unveiling a new alliance with European mobile operators.
The

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WIRELESS: I-Mode comes to Germany
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:47 CET under 01 - General News

How E-Plus (the 3rd German GSM operator and a share of KPN Netherlands) said in an interview this week, it will introduce the I-Mode technology beginning next year in Germany. I-Mode is a competitive technology to the WAP standard and was developed by NTT DoCoMo in Japan.

As I?ve heard from

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BLUETOOTH: AnyCom will become available in the USA
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:08 CET under 01 - General News

All Bluetooth cards I had currently reviewed on My Personal View are AnyCom cards. A lot of you asked me if the cards are still available in America which I didn’t knew.

Grahame from Australia just sent me this info:
[i]You may already know this but - I`ve been in contact with Anycom

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REPORT: USA Today Story about Microsoft`s Portrait
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:34 CET under 01 - General News

Leonard Fischer from USA Today wrote an interesting story about Microsoft`s Portrait on yesterday`s USA Today wireless edition:

[i]Indeed, Portrait represents a small step toward the day when we`ll be making video calls from Dick Tracy-style wristwatch communicators that so far have worked

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CONNECTIVITY: Compact Flash Size 10/100 Fast Ethernet LAN Card for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:26 CET under 01 - General News

Conceptronic announced a CF-Card sized 10/100 Fast Ethernet LAN card to become available soon.

Here some details:
[*] CompactFlash 1.4 / PCCARD type II compliant [*] UTP RJ45 connection [*] NE 2000 Compatible [*] 10/100 Mbps (auto-negotiation and full duplex) [*] Diagnostics LED indicator:

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MEMORY: New 128 MB SD Card from Toshiba
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:24 CET under 01 - General News

Toshiba is ready to introduce a 128 MB SD Card. The new card should be available from now for around 150 US$. Later this year, Toshiba also plans to bring out a 256 MB SD-Card. Already available are 8, 16, 32 and 64 MB SD-Cards. The newest cards will also works with Toshiba`s latest announced Pocket

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HARDWARE: IBM presented a Prototype of a Pocket PC sized PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:21 CET under 01 - General News

Jason, over from Pocket PC Thoughts have a cool picture from a "IBM prototype of PDA".
It doesn`t seems to be a real device, even if it was announced by Lee Green, Director, Corporate Identity and Design for IBM as

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LINK: Wireless at Conferences
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:14 CET under 01 - General News

Ellen Beeman sent in this funny article:

[i]`Arne, here`s an amusing article about wireless etiquette at high-tech conferences! It`s interesting to watch how society (and what`s considered polite and impolite behavior) evolves as we use these new technologies, like wireless email!
Best,

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WIRELESS: Connecting the Ericsson T39m to GPRS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:12 CET under 01 - General News

Jan Ole Suhr from mobileways (btw: this guy already developed a WAP Gateway by himself in 1999 - he is a real wireless guy) gave me that hint, I still tried before for sure:

[i]Hi Arne, just read about your problems with the Ericsson T39m and GPRS. It might well be a problem with the network. I`ve
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