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Friday, 30.11.01
REVIEW: SupplyNet GSM cable solution
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:16 CET under 08 - Reviews

Even if you can connect your Pocket PC with infrared or Bluetooth with your mobile phone today, sometimes it's necessary to use a cable. Infrared is a fragile connection which isn't useful to use while you are walking or moving. Bluetooth requires in most cases a new mobile phone with Bluetooth support and if you are not the happy owner of a Compaq iPAQ H3870, which already includes Bluetooth, you need an additional Bluetooth CF card. A more cost saving alternative is the traditional cable connection like delivered by SupplyNet. SupplyNet have dedicated cables for most handset types as well as

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CONNECTIVITY: Simple SMS V2.0 – now Bluetooth enabled
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After many years of talk, wireless connectivity using Bluetooth is now becoming a reality with mobile phone companies and new Pocket PC now coming with built in Bluetooth technology. All that was missing was some innovative software to make full use of the benefits of this short range wireless communications.
Enter Visual IT who just have just released an updated version of their popular Simple SMS application to add Bluetooth connectivity to the legacy infrared or cable connection. Now you can leave your mobile phone in your bag, pocket or wherever you like to hide it and send & receive text messages wirelessly using your pocket pc, a clever and pioneering use of Bluetooth

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Thursday, 29.11.01
THEMES: BVRP pocket Theme Manager
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I’m not sure if I missed it before but thanks to Helen from BVRP I got this information today:

Thanks to pocket Theme Manager, give your Pocket PC 2002 a look you like. Create your own themes, use the standard themes included, or download themes from the Internet and synchronize them with your PDA. What's more, you don't even have to configure your PDA - your chosen theme is installed in just one click! Your Pocket PC 2002 is now unique!

With pocket Theme Manager, benefit from a full range of features:

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Wednesday, 28.11.01
CONNECTIVITY: How to use the Pocket PC 2002 Connection Manager
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:10 CET under 01 - General News

My fellow Chris De Herrera created a great guide for the Connection Manager in Pocket PC 2002. While it is meant to make life easier, this control panel requires a bit of explaining. It's a must read for everybody who wants to use the Pocket PC 2002 for any kind of connectivity, doesn't matter if wired by using a modem or unwired by using a W-LAN card.

Cheers ~ Arne
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CONNECTIVITY: CENiffer Wireless LAN Network Analyzer and Monitor
Posted by Arne Hess - at 04:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Epiphan Consulting Inc. a leader in providing world class Windows CE development services, announced today the availability of CENiffer 3.0â„¢, the next generation of Epiphan's world class network monitoring and analyzing solution for Windows CE devices.

CENiffer 3.0 has a completely new architecture, and has seen the addition of numerous features and product enhancements. CENiffer 3.0 now features the ability to write all captured data to a non-proprietary log file for use in other applications for further analysis. In addition, CENiffer 3.0 is compatible with virtually every network card, offers flexible filters to refine your network data using a language very similar to C, and is optimized for Windows CE 3.0 (including Handheld 2000, and Pocket PC 2002).

With CENiffer 3.0, a network manager can view his or her network, see all types of network traffic in real time, and make decisions with more swiftness and accuracy. In addition to analysis and monitoring, you can also detect security flaws in wireless LAN

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MOBILITY: Margi Systems extends reach of Presenter-to-Go with new Compact Flash module
Posted by Arne Hess - at 02:18 CET under 01 - General News

New offering for handhelds such as Casio CASSIOPEIA introduced at Go Mobile Event:

MARGI Systems, the leading provider of mobile presentation solutions that turn handhelds into professional quality presentation devices, is unveiling its Compact Flash version of Presenter-to-Go for Pocket PC and WinCE handhelds at Go Mobile Fall today in Phoenix, Arizona. Presenter-to-Go is a complete presentation solution providing corporate executives, sales and marketing professionals with a simple, fast and flexible tool for the delivery of high-quality color presentations. With the new Compact Flash module, presentations created in any printable Windows application can be transferred directly to Pocket PCs and Pocket Manager devices such as Casio’s CASSIOPEIA models E-125, EG-800 and the BE-300 Pocket Manager for instant display. Presenter-to-Go will also be featured in a demonstration at Go Mobile, and Dr. J. Gerry Purdy, president and CEO of Mobile Insights, will utilize Presenter-to-Go in his session entitled, Presentation: Real World Mobility – Ready for Prime

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Tuesday, 27.11.01
INPUT METHOD: Fitaly 3 for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Textware Solutions, Burlington MA, announces the release of version 3 of Fitaly for the Pocket PC. Fitaly is an alternative onscreen keyboard optimized for fast pen entry. Fitaly places the most frequently used letters in a very tight central area, enabling an unmatched
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ANALYSES: Mobile operators must win W-LAN business
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:59 CET under 01 - General News

This is an interesting report about the success of W-LAN in public hotspots. I fully agree with the résumé that Service Provider, which offers W-LAN, could become the real winners of the 3G.

Cheers ~ Arne
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STINGER: Sendo announced the availability of it’s Stinger based Smartphone for March 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Sendo announced yesterday, that it will release it‘s Smartphone Z100 end of March 2002. The Z100 should be the first commercial available Smartphone based on Microsoft’s Stinger platform. The Z100 should includes a 176 x 220 Pixel TFT screen with 65.000 colors, SD/MMC card slot, USB, IrDA and serial

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Monday, 26.11.01
THEMES: Xircuit releases Theme Generator for PPC 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Xircuit is pleased to announce the release of the Xircuit Theme Generator (XTG) for Pocket PC 2002.

For the first time ever a Theme Generator lets you create themes both in Portrait and Landscape modes. Switch between Portrait and Landscape with the click of just
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Sunday, 25.11.01
MOBILITY: Pocket Keyboard
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:46 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

EXTRAByte Germany, sent me the following product information:

WinCE Tastatur am Compaq IPaq

The Pocket Keyboard has 86 keys. It is powered by its own 2*AAA batteries (does not use up the Pocket PC battery!). It can directly connect to the Pocket PC via RS232 cable (for Compaq I-Paq Computers we can supply a 45cm long connection cable). To optimize/save battery power, the keyboard can be switched on & off

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Saturday, 24.11.01
BROWSING: MultiIE for Pocket PC 2002 is cooking
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Good news for everybody who is using Peter's MultiIE 1.3 (Winner of the Best Product Award 2001 in the category Internet tools) and is waiting now for a Pocket PC 2002 version. Currently Peter is working on this and I'm happy to tell you that the first early Alpha version is really cool.

Peter is working on implementing some cool additional features. However - because it's an Alpha version right now it's to early to talk about it because in this stage of a development it's all the time a question if everything is running how it was planned. Anyway, at least you can expect a MuliIE 1.3 version for Pocket PC 2002 but keep the fingers crossed to get some additional features... ;-)

Stay tuned to get the latest update!

Cheers ~ Arne
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Friday, 23.11.01
WIRELESS: Public W-LAN access on Munich Airport
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:18 CET under 01 - General News

I missed this before - until I was on the Munich Airport this week:
Together with Cisco Systems and the Internet-Service Provider SpaceNet AG, the Munich Airport facility offers a public W-LAN access, based on the Wi-Fi standard for travelers. Special settings aren’t required (I wonder what’s

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Thursday, 22.11.01
REVIEW: Pocket Presence Running Voice 1.1
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:20 CET under 08 - Reviews

Since some days I have the latest release of Pocket Presence’s famous Running Voice 1.1 running on my Pocket PC. Pocket Presence started with Running Voice more than half a year ago as a complete phone interface for the Nokia Card Phone 2.
Now, Pocket Presence added some more cool features, the coolest – at least for me – is the Bluetooth support. When I’ve got the first mail from Pocket Presence that told me that they are cooking Running Voice 1.1 which will support Bluetooth I thought what a nonsense. I was clearly focused on using a jacket or PC card with Running Voice, not an external mobile phone. I could not imagine how this should works.
When I got my copy for evaluation I thought I should give it a look if it is implemented and here is what I’ve figured out:

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THOUGHT: How Bluetooth changes the way we are using devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:20 CET under 09 - Thoughts

The experience with Running Voice (see my review) and the combination with Bluetooth made me thinking about how Bluetooth influence the way we will work with devices. The most interesting aspect I found is that this isn’t any kind of science fiction and future but real today. We have all components right now, it’s only a question how we will bring together everything.

Let me explain it on the combination using a Bluetooth enabled Pocket PC, Bluetooth enabled GPRS phone and Bluetooth headset in a car environment:
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CONTEST: Only 1 week left for MobiMate's PhoneMate giveaway
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:17 CET under 01 - General News

MobiMate is offering 50 free registration codes of PhoneMate, the quickest way to lookup, beam and dial contacts from your Address book. With MobiMate's PhoneMate, looking up contacts becomes a quick & simple one-hand operation. PhoneMate uses predictive search to help you find any contact with
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GPRS: Microcell offers GPRS roaming in the U.S. with VoiceStream Wireless
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:14 CET under 01 - General News

Microcell Solutions Inc. a leading Canadian provider of Personal Communications Services (PCS) operating under the Fido brand name, announced that it has launched Fido GPRS Internet access service with its United States roaming partner VoiceStream Wireless. This access creates a high-speed mobile

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Wednesday, 21.11.01
WIRELESS 2.5: Is the first GPRS PC card hitting the street soon?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:37 CET under 01 - General News

Expansys UK announced now the availability of the first commercial GPRS PC card which should be released soon:

The Novatel Merlin G201 GSM/GPRS Card!

Slightly larger than a credit card, Merlin G201 is a powerful addition to the Merlin Family of Wireless PC Card Modems. It provides extensive and reliable wireless data communications at speeds up to 53.6 kbps in General Packet Radio Services (GPRS) coverage areas, and circuit switched data to 14.4 kbps in Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) coverage areas. The Merlin G201 is also a GSM voice

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WIRELESS: Do you trust Bluetooth or do you prefer a cable connection?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:01 CET under 01 - General News

Thanks to Supplynet, I got today my test cable to connecting a Compaq iPAQ with a Nokia 6200/7100 series mobile phone. This cable connection might be an interesting and cheap alternative for all of you out there if your mobile phone doesn't support Bluetooth (or you even don't trust Bluetooth today) and you don't want to handle your mobile data connections with the fragile infrared connection.

Find soon my review of this connection (latest on weekend, if I have a little bit more time... ;-)

Cheers ~ Arne
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THOUGHT: Is Compaq working on a Wireless Pocket PC?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As the Boston Globe reports, Compaq and Analog Devices agreed a deal to use Analog Devices’ GSM chips on Compaq iPAQ Pocket PCs:

Analog Devices, the Norwood-based computer chip maker, is scheduled to announce today a major new deal with Compaq Computer to use Analog chips in a new version

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WIRELESS: Option given green light by regulatory authorities for Compaq iPAQ wireless pack
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:53 CET under 01 - General News

Good news from Option and Compaq, seems that we enter the final stage for the GSM/GPRS wireless jacket:

Option, the leading innovator in wireless communications, announces that it has completed the formal type approval and certification process for the tri-band iPAQ Pocket PC Wireless Pack

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THOUGHT: Bluetooth testing experiences
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:19 CET under 09 - Thoughts

I used my Bluetooth Pocket PC (Jornada 565)/mobile phone (Ericsson T68) heavily yesterday since I wanted to know how long the stand-by time of a Jornada is with the Anycom Bluetooth CF card. And I have to say, I'm impressed. I worked with Pocket Presence Running Voice 1.1 to figure out (find a complete Running Voice Bluetooth review later this day) and my Jornada was at least 5 - 6 hours connected to the mobile phone incl. mobile data connection and using Inbox, Pocket IE and Microsoft Messenger plus sending and receiving SMS

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Tuesday, 20.11.01
WIRELESS: Project IEEE 802.11g for higher rate extensions in the 2.4GHz band
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:21 CET under 01 - General News

IEEE 802.11g advances the future of Wireless LANs
This week, the IEEE 802.11 Task Group G reached an important milestone by approving its first draft. When complete, it will extend the highly successful family of IEEE 802.11 standards, with data rates up to 54 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz band. This draft is based on CCK, OFDM, and PBCC

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Monday, 19.11.01
PHONE: Nokia unveils three innovative new phones and wireless Bluetooth headset
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:37 CET under 01 - General News

Whether you are looking for adventure, sophistication, or a phone that takes and sends images, Nokia has the solution for you. Check out the sport-minded Nokia 5210, the "picture this" Nokia 7650, and the elegant, professional Nokia 6510.

The Wireless Headsetprovides a comfortable wireless connection to your Nokia 6310 without sacrificing high audio quality. Lightweight and compact, the headset is easy to use: just press the keys on the headset for voice dialing, answering and ending calls and adjusting volume.
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Saturday, 17.11.01
WIRELESS: How fast is your GPRS connection speed?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:08 CET under 09 - Thoughts

You don't know it, perhaps because you don't know this site my Italian fellow Giorgio Cifani pointed me to. This Italian and dedicated to wireless communication web site have a cool test page running (PDA optimized) which tells you how fast your GPRS connection is:

GPRS connection speed with a HP 560, Anycom Bluetooth CF card and Ericsson T68:
26,7 kbps*
W-LAN connection speed with a HP 560, Symbol Wireless Worker, Linksys Wired/Wireless Hub and ADSL line:
320,6 kbps

This is a great testing site even for network operators

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WIRELESS: Added two more pictures of the Compaq GSM/GPRS jacket
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:58 CET under 09 - Thoughts

A lot of you asked what's on the top of the jacket. If the slot is for SD cards or other cards, well the answer is quite easy, it's for the SIM card, which is necessary on GSM networks.

The other picture shows you an attached headset you can use with the GSM/GPRS jacket, that you don't have to hold the iPAQ/extension pack combination to your ear like I do here. As I said before on my Trium Mondo review, it's like holding a piece of toast to the ear, however the jacket feels a little bit more like a brick ;-)

Cheers ~ Arne
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REVIEW: Symbol Wireless Networker W-LAN CF-card
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:16 CET under 08 - Reviews

The Symbol Wireless Networker, I was waiting for, arrived last week. Since I got my HP 560 series Pocket PC I missed the possibility to access my home network wireless.

Connect your Pocket PC to your network - wirelessly.

Now today's popular PDAs can connect with Wi-Fi 802.11b wireless LANs for high-speed, cable-free communication to corporate and public networks–providing real-time Internet, e-mail, sales force automation, CRM and other application access. With the CompactFlash format Wireless Networker, applications are mobilized, productivity enhanced. And with its advanced power and battery management features, you get the extended performance you need to be mobile. Add the power of high-performance wireless mobility to your Pocket PC PDA.

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WIRELESS: Running Voice 1.1 - available now at PocketGear.com
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Running Voice GSM is a complete GSM/GPRS communicator for Pocket PC (Voice, SMS/EMS, DTMF and data). It supports all Pocket PC 2002 devices, and most GSM/GPRS and Bluetooth devices.

The objective of Running Voice is to offer users the next generation of mobile communication, creating value by combining mobility with the Internet and the PC in new intuitive ways. Therefore the product offers new tools and services integrated with mobile telephony, including smart integration with the PC and the Internet. A typical example of the new and

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Friday, 16.11.01
PHONES: New Nokia 5210 and 7650
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:59 CET under 01 - General News

Nokia is planning to launch two new phones that both look like treats at the Nokia Mobile Internet Conference in Barcelona some time next week.

Perfect MMS tool
Telecom Online reports that the Finnish giant is going for a color screen with its new 7650. Another special effects of this handset is a joystick. This sounds very familiar. Could it represent Nokia’s counterpart to Sony Ericsson’s T68? The large color-screen 7650 looks like the perfect MMS tool and it may perhaps contain Java as well.

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PPC 2002 BUG: Problems with the DNS entry on Pocket PC 2002 by using GPRS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:15 CET under 09 - Thoughts

I don't know if you recognized this problem if you are a GPRS user, but sometimes you are connected to the GPRS network and you are not able to use the web or sending and receiving E-Mails. Well, in most cases the problem is the DNS entry on Pocket PC and the real assigned server.

On most networks you have to enter at least one fixed DNS entry into the DUN (see more details her

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CUSTOMIZE: Are you looking for some cool Ericsson T68 background pix?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:00 CET under 01 - General News

Than this is the place to go. This guy actually have 2 pages of T68 conform GIF images available for download.

Personally I like the Hong Kong Skyline with the view from Tsim Sha Tsui! The interesting is that I have near the same picture (which I made by myself) as the background on my office PC! Thanks to this site, I have it now as background on my Ericsson T68 as well. :-)

Cheers ~ Arne
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RUMORS: A Wireless Jornada called Starfighter and a Samsung called Lamar
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Jason from Pocket PC Thoughts have some additional information about the Wireless Jornada rumors I’ve reported three days ago:

The first is a unit from HP codenamed 'Starfighter'... not sure if this is a sleeve or other

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2.5G WIRELESS: AT&T offers new GSM/GPRS services in Florida
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:18 CET under 01 - General News

AT&T Wireless has begun offering its voice and high-speed data services in Florida in the company’s largest GSM/GPRS launch of the year.

The Florida launch will coincide with a new range of offerings from the company including new hardware and software devices from Compaq and Motorola. Circuit
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2.5G WIRELESS: Option GlobeTrotter GPRS Card wins Telecom Innovation of the Year Award
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:35 CET under 01 - General News

Option, the leading innovator in wireless communications, has won the Telecom Innovation of the Year award at the annual Data News Awards for Excellence. The jury for the award consisted of the nine previous winners of the annual ICT Manager Contest, which is also organized by Data News magazine.

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LINK: Dale's Comdex reports and photos
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:25 CET under 01 - General News

If you haven't checked it now, Dale's Pocket PC Passion is a must to check out. Get the latest news and views life from the Comdex from Dale - I have two passions - Coffing.

Dale is in Las Vegas and helping Microsoft on their presentations, therefore he is in touch with the fines devices and applications!

Cheers ~ Arne
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TOOL: Snoopsoft release a new version of Dashboad
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Welcome to SnoopSoft Dashboard v1.3.002d:

  • Fixed the soft-reset bug in the Appointment/Task area.
  • The Tasks are now categorized as follows:
  1. Due Today = would display anything overdue plus anything with an end date equal to todays date. Start date doesn't enter into it. Add an option to display tasks with no start date and no end date as Due Today.
  2. Active Tasks = would display anything that fits into the Due Today definition above plus anything with a start date of today or prior. Add an option to display items with no start date but an end date as Active Tasks.
  • Fixed Appointments so that they are no longer displayed after their time is over.
  • Added option to disable refresh of appointment/tasks completely - even the automatic one. If you turn off the automatic refresh in the options then Dashboard will never refresh the list no matter what happens.

Dashboard v1.3.002d is available for registered user only. If you want to get the full features of Dashboard, please register your copy.

Cheers ~ Arne
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COMMUNICATION: Microsoft Portrait 1.06. supports MSN Messenger now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Jinag Li from the Microsoft Research Center gave sent in an update of the development of Portrait and it's cool:

Hi, Arne

We just released Microsoft Portrait 1.06. The new versions supports MSN Messenger. In the new PC version, in addition to previous direct IP call, now you have

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Wednesday, 14.11.01
LINK: Looking for the finest Bluetooth accessories?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:47 CET under 01 - General News

Are you looking for any kind of Bluetooth devices? Than checking blueunplugged.com is a must for you. There you will find everything from Notebooks and printers to cards and phones up to PDAs. Everything, which is Bluetooth related!

I didn’t recognize blueunplugged.com before therefore thanks

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3G WIRELESS: NTT DoCoMo starts video transmission next week
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:56 CET under 01 - General News

How NTT DoCoMo announced now, it will support video transmission with it’s FOMA 3G network from beginning next week which will be called i-motion. The first service will be playing video clips on the handset. Therefor, a new handset is required (which is available from next Monday and called N2002). Currently

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2.5G WIRELESS: Telia offers free GPRS trial in Sewden
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:21 CET under 01 - General News

Telia is offering its 3 million GSM customers in Sweden a free three-month GPRS trial. The offer will remain valid from 14 November until 14 February next year.

"It is time for the industry to stop being so negative! It should be looking at the opportunities instead. For instance, right now
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Tuesday, 13.11.01
W-LAN: LINSYS released new Wi-Fi products on Comdex and updated the firmware
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:39 CET under 01 - General News

Linksys showed five new 802.11b Wi-Fi certified WLAN products today at COMDEX in Las Vegas. Designed for the SOHO and SMB market sectors, the products include a Wireless Presentation gateway, a wireless-ready broadband router, an 802.11b Compact Flash Card, a Wireless to Ethernet Adapter, and Instant

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W-LAN: A new name for IEEE 802.11a
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:52 CET under 01 - General News

On Comdex, everybody is talking about W-LAN and broadband access. Now the 5 GHz based IEEE 802.11a standard got a new name: it’s called Wi-Fi5. Wi-Fi5 should be able to deliver transmission rates up to 54 MBit/s while the Wi-Fi conform

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FREE: Get your copy of MobiMate's PhoneMate
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

MobiMate is offering 50 free registration codes of PhoneMate, the quickest way to lookup, beam and dial contacts. With MobiMate's PhoneMate, looking up contacts becomes a quick & simple one-hand operation. PhoneMate uses predictive search to help you find any contact with just a few taps. How can you
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OPINION: What’s the wireless killer application?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:03 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Okay, so far so good, from the technology side everything is prepared, I have several Pocket PCs, some with – others without external keyboards; I have the possibility to connect this devices with my mobile phones, some with Bluetooth, others via cable and all with infrared – I also have a jacket which can be used directly on the Compaq iPAQ as a wireless modem and all my mobile phones, I’m using right now (and for sure the jacket), supports GPRS which let’s me stay online without paying per minute. Also my GSM operator supports GPRS and this as the best one in Germany how the network was tested now by an independent telecommunication magazine. So everything is prepared but what to do now?

Don’t get me wrong, for sure I know that I can access my E-Mail accounts (what I’m doing several times per day with the combinations I described above) and I'm using also the web (mostly visiting some of my favorite Pocket PC sites like Pocket PC

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NEWSSERVICE: Club Pocket PC’s Around the Web
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:16 CET under 01 - General News

If you haven’t already seen this you should give it a look, Microsoft’s Club Pocket PC compiles you every Monday, Wednesday and Friday links to the latest Pocket PC news:

“Monday, Wednesday and Friday we will post links to news stories from a selection of our favorite Pocket PC web sites.

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WIRELESS: Pretec is working on a GSM/GPRS CompactFlash card
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

This is the latest wireless news from a Pretec press-release, Pretec is working on a GSM/GPRS dual-band CF card:

Pretec is showing its new CompactGPRS card on Comdex (booth #L3617-108TW) at North Hall of LVCC, the first such device in the world in CompactFlash form factor. The high speed wireless

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RUMORS: Is HP coming out with a Wireless Pocket PC soon?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As different sources informed me, HP is planning to launch a Wireless Pocket PC, called HP Jornada 9xx, later this, beginning next year. It should support GSM, GPRS and Bluetooth. The market price is suggested for 700 - 900 US$.

Does anyone have any additional information? Sounds great and I can imagine

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Monday, 12.11.01
WIRELESS: Option granted FCC Regulatory approval for the Compaq GSM/GPRS jacket
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Good news for the Compaq GSM/GPRS jacket, it passed the FCC successful. Option is the company behind this jacket and developed the GSM/GPRS technology, used within the wireless pack. Also Option will sell later this year/beginning next year a Tri-Band GSM/GPRS card which is identical with the Compaq

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Sunday, 11.11.01
WIRELESS: The Mighty Pen
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:50 CET under 01 - General News

Remembering School Days
One of my most vivid memories of school days was being required (forced…) to learn italic handwriting using an Osmiroid fountain pen (which leaked continuously…). I never did master italic handwriting, preferring to develop my own particular style much to the irritation

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Saturday, 10.11.01
DRIVER: Are you going Bluetooth with Anycom?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you are using the Anycom Bluetooth PC or CF card, don't miss to get the latest drivers from Anycom. While the version 1.11 worked perfect with Pocket PC 3.0 it had some weaknesses with Pocket PC 2002, this is fixed now with the new version 1.2 from 05.11.2001:

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Friday, 09.11.01
UMTS: NTT DoCoMo 3G FOMA mobile phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:02 CET under 09 - Thoughts

This week is gadget week for me! Today I got my fingers on two NTT DoCoMo FOMA phones and it's a real killer. With it's bright and large screens I wonder why the GSM world is so far behind. Even the Ericsson T68, which is a real killer device with it's color display, is a boring machine if you see the gadgets!

With it's polyphonic ring tones, based on synthesizer chips it's boosting your office. This is real fun and if you've hear such a ringing mobile phone, you will throw away your current GSM phonea nd you will never accept a call anymore because listening the ringing is to much fun.

One Panasonic FOMA phone had a built in video camera which snaps pictures and records short video sequences, the NEC phone is more or less the basic device. Now I understand why i-Mode

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TOOL: Vieka releases PE Zip Explorer 5.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

PE Zip Explorer is a powerful, intuitive and innovative zip file explorer and file manager for Pocket PC. If you know how to use file explorer on your Windows desktop, you know how to use PE Zip Explorer. Organize your documents in a zip file, then manage them in PE Zip Explorer. PE Zip Explorer

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SERVICE: Free AvantGo-friendly channel directory
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:50 CET under 01 - General News

GoChannels.net offers a free directory dedicated to mobile-friendly websites using AvantGo software. If you're looking for mobile content for your PDA, I'm building a comprehensive list of sites on every subject.

If you provide mobile content, come add your site to the list. Users can sign up to your channel automatically from the site.
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Thursday, 08.11.01
COMMUNICATION: Direct connect cellular “smart” cables for all HP Jornada, Compaq iPaq
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Supplynet, the world’s most comprehensive resource for replacement PCMCIA cables and cellular data cables, today announced a great enhancement to the wireless web industry. They have developed direct connect cellular cables for all HP Jornada, Handspring Visors, Palms and Compaq Pocket PCs to fit the
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NEW RELEASE: TomTom RoutePlanner
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

TomTom RoutePlanner Europe is your personal navigator for accessing the best, most detailed road maps in more than 40 European countries. Simply enter your current position and your destination. TomTom RoutePlanner gives you clear and complete travel instructions in text and graphics. It is fast,

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WIRELESS: Java programmable micro-browser for PDAs & Smarphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:54 CET under 01 - General News

We are pleased to introduce Wapaka 2. With this new version, Wapaka is now available for the PocketPC and Epoc platforms. A J2SE compatible version is also available for desktop operating systems such as Microsoft Windows

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Wednesday, 07.11.01
REPORT: Every mobile handset will be Java enabled by 2006
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:47 CET under 01 - General News

All digital mobile handsets manufactured in five years time will be capable of running wireless Java applications, according to a new industry report. Java will reinvigorate lackluster handset sales around the world in the mid term and will ultimately prove to be an important step along the road to

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SERVICE: Wireless Waitress
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:30 CET under 01 - General News

Leslie from BT sent me this interesting information, British Telecom is currently working on and shifting in a commercial product now:

BT in association with Casio and CommonTime is able to offer to restaurateurs the Wireless Waitress – an integrated wireless local area network system with Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) and PC Tablets for

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Tuesday, 06.11.01
LINK: New Dutch Pocket PC Club
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:08 CET under 01 - General News

We started a dutch Pocket PC community and we would like to ask you to visit us on our site.

This new Dutch Pocket PC club will focus on news, information, tips and help, soft- and hardware reviews and there is a forum available.

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LINK: Xircuit to release a bunch of freeware app's
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Software developer Xircuit is pleased to announce that it released a couple of freeware applications for the Pocket PC and Pocket PC 2002 today. Included are a XPlore, a fully featured File Explorer, XWorld, a travel companion, and XClock a customizable digital / analog clock with alarm. All applications are free for private users and work in portrait and landscape modes.
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Monday, 05.11.01
PPC BOOK: Your support for Bluetooth is required!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:16 CET under 06 - Site News

If you are a manufacture of Bluetooth accessories I would like to ask for your support! Currently I'm working on the second edition of my Pocket PC Book (see the right side in the Amazon box for more information) and I would like to have a closer look as well on Bluetooth for sure!

While I have some Bluetooth CF and PC cards here (thanks to Anycom) and

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DOWNLOAD: PPP patch for Pocket PC 2002 and GPRS connection
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Just found this .dll file on Jerome's my2cents.info and it solved a problem I had with connecting my Pocket PC 2002s via Bluetooth (as I saw later IrDA too) with the T68 for GPRS access.

The point is, that the devices connected with the mobile phone but not one byte was transmitted between

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REPORT: 802.11b promoted as the technology for wireless LANs at first World Congress
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:02 CET under 01 - General News

This is a great article from EMC about Wi-Fi W-LAN and it’s success. If we take a closer look to the today’s usage of Pocket PCs in the network environment, we already see the huge increase of W-LAN access. With the introduction of the first CF card sized W-LAN cards we’ve entered the next stage of

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ARTICLE: Java hits the jackpot
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:46 CET under 01 - General News

As I mentioned in my T68 review yesterday, I believe in the success of J2ME. You want to know why – than read this great article from Wireless Web.

Cheers ~ Arne

Software developer Alatto is confident that Java will be the computer language of choice for 3G wireless applications. Paul

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CONNECTIVITY: MobiMate expands PhoneMate support for major Pocket PC platforms
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

MobiMate has announced today the release of MobiMate’s PhoneMate 1.1 for the Pocket-PC, now supporting iPAQ, HP & Casio handhelds. This release follows the debut release of PhoneMate for iPAQ, introduced last month.

PhoneMate is a highly innovative user interface for searching and using a handheld’s address book, allowing the user to search the address book contacts

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Sunday, 04.11.01
REVIEW: The new Ericsson T68
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:11 CET under 08 - Reviews

Since some days, I have the Ericsson T68 now and here is My Personal View. In general I must admit I like it - in general. The phone offers the latest technologies including HSCSD and GPRS for data and Bluetooth for connection.

With it's unique color display it sets a new standard within the GSM world and if we are talking about the GSM world, we are talking about 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz networks which the Ericsson supports as a tipple band mobile phone. So it seems that the Ericsson T68 offers everything you need today (incl. standard features like calendar and contacts) but how is the handling and how supports the device all features?

Find here what I've noticed so far:
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SERVICE: Applian updates Mazingo to v. 2.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

10 days after Mazingo 1.2 was released, Applian made a major update now to Mazingo 2.0:

  • Cold Fusion files now supported.
  • ABC News site is now live.
  • Synthetic caching reduces time checking
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Saturday, 03.11.01
WIRELESS: Connecting with GPRS by Bluetooth using the Ericsson T68
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:11 CET under 09 - Thoughts

If you want to see, how Bluetooth works on the Ericsson T68 find here 2 video clips I've created.


GPRS Connect


GPRS Disconnect

Pay your attention on the blue LED on the right top. First it blinks slow, after the Bluetooth connection with the Pocket PC (using the Anycom Bluetooth CF card) it starts blinking faster.

After disconnecting the dial up connection on the Pocket PC the Ericsson T68 indicates the transmitted bytes. The Bluetooth LED stops the fast blinking.

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Thursday, 01.11.01
WIRELESS WEEKEND: It arrived - part 1
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:28 CET under 01 - General News

Well, this will be a wireless gadget weekend for me (today we have public holidays in some parts of Germany and tomorrow I have a day off, therefore it's already weekend for me ;-) and part number one, the Ericsson T68 arrived yesterday.

My first impression? Great! My second impression? I will test it the next days and will tell you soon here but my god - Ericsson still knows how to built mobile phones! After the great success of the GH 3xx and GF 7xx (I used both mobiles) series they felt into a hole of design competence but they are back, even stronger than before. About the technical features I must not say anything right now, it has more or less everything on board I expect from a mobile now I want to see how it works in real live!

But why Wireless Weekend Part 1? Well, let me surprise you, the weekend is still long now (for me)... ;-)

Cheers ~ Arne
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