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Thursday, 31.01.02
WIRELESS PPC 2002 RUMORS: Jornada 928 with GSM and GPRS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

LightMan posted the following news of the new Wireless Pocket PC from HP called Jornada 928 (as far as I knew it should be called Jornada 568) at Brighthand Forums:

Some inside information from a friend of mine... :

This will be announced soon and apparently is bound to be released in the 1st semester of the current year.

Here's detailed info on it :

Voice and data functionality

  • Integrated 900/ 1800 GSM & GPRS
  • 2nd LCD for GSM status
  • Class B / multi slot class 8 GPRS
  • Speak via headset, speakerphone or device to ear
  • Web & WAP 1.2.1 browsers
  • SIM Toolkit, Cell Broadcast, USSD
  • MicroChai VM (J2ME MIDP)

PDA functionality

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PPC 2002: HTC is rumored to soon launch own-brand PDAs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:38 CET under 01 - General News

Thanks to Christopher Coulter for passing me this link:

High Tech Computer (HTC), a Taiwan-based PDA (personal digital assistant) manufacturer, is planning to introduce own-brand PDAs to target the China market, the Economic Daily News Chinese-language newspaper reported. Although HTC has denied the reports, Microsoft disclosed that the Taiwanese company has received Pocket PC 2002 operating system (OS) licenses for both contract manufacturing and own-brand distribution, the Economic Daily News added.

HTC is the world’s largest producer of Pocket PC-based PDAs. Its clients include Compaq Computer, Toshiba, Sharp and Sagem (and don't forget the mmO2 xda - PPCW.N). To avoid conflicts between its clients and its own brand, HTC will hand distribution responsibility to Hong Kong-based Xander International.

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WIRELESS: Bachmann Software introduces wireless printing for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Bachmann Software now offers most comprehensive mobile printing solutions on the market, including Palm OS and PocketPC and Infrared Print Adapters
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Wednesday, 30.01.02
WIRELESS: Compaq phone sleeve delayed.... again!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Robert just send me the following information about the Compaq Wireless Pack I've previewed a while ago here:

Ack!

I've been waiting for the phone sleeve for the iPAQ for months now. Their site keeps saying the release date is pushed back. In November, it said December and at the end of each month, it's pushed back another. Now it says expected in March. What's the deal?

Well, I can not say to much about this as I'm still under NDA (still the reason why I didn't publish a full featured

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PPC 2002: Fujitsu Siemens ready to launch a new Pocket PC 2002 [UPDATE 31.01.02]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:25 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As Fujitsu Siemens announced today, it will launch its new Pocket PC 2002 on CeBIT in March.
The new Pocket PC is called Pocket LOOX and should includes Bluetooth by default. A GPRS module should become available separately later.

Pocket LOOX should weigh 165 grams only and should be available from April, a price isn’t announced today.

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 LOOX Features

  • Intel XScale processor with 300 to 400-MHz
  • Built-in CF slot
  • Built-in SD slot
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • GPRS plug-on module (see below)
  • Weight: 165g

As for the GPRS module I believe (this is not confirmed from anyone - it's my speculation) Siemens will add the MC 35 GPRS module.

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UPDATE: Jornada 560 Series Pocket PC Firmware Update and Service Pack
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After Casio and Compaq, also HP released the first Service Pack for Pocket PC 2002 now.

But while Casio and Compaq released the Microsoft patch (called XIP) only, HP also released a firmware upgrade for their Jornada series:

This firmware update enhances the performance of the button and audio drivers and hp backup software.

For more information of the Service Pack have a look on Pocket PC Thoughts, where Marlof put together all the latest news about different languages and device types.

Cheers ~ Arne
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NETWORKING: Netaphor releases PDAlert - the first wireless network management tool for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:25 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Netaphor has released its field-test version (Version 1.0 beta) of PDAlert. PDAlert is the first wireless, handheld, network monitoring application running on PDAs equipped with a IEEE 802.11b card. It uses the industry standard SNMP protocol for the detection and notification of exceptional conditions in your network. It is a stand-alone application that requires no other software components. PDAlert is easy to use, requires little or no configuration, and will detect alerts in your network and network devices automatically. In its current release, it monitors a variety of devices such as printers, digital copiers, routers, switches, servers, and UPSs. More devices are slated to be added to PDAlert in subsequent releases.
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Tuesday, 29.01.02
UPDATE: Casio Cassiopeia Pocket PC 2002 Update File Version 1.01
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Cassiopeia Pocket PC 2002 Update File Version 1.01 fixes a problem that made it impossible to read from or write to built-in storage after use of a dial-up connection. Attempting to write to or read from built-in storage following use of a dial up connection causes an error, after which it is impossible to use built-in storage unless the CASSIOPEIA is reset.

WARNING: This program is designed for exclusive use with the following models only. Do not attempt to use it with other models: Models Casio Cassiopeia E-200 (US Version only).

Note: This Update File Version 1.01 does not include Update File Version 1.00.

Thanks to Marc Zimmerman for the link!

Cheers ~ Arne
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Monday, 28.01.02
THOUGHTS: As time goes bye - or how color displays will make it's way
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:56 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Holy cow, just surfed through the search engines and searched for information about some of my history and I found this statement I gave the Washington Post during an interview on CeBIT last year:

"Why can't Nokia make light, attractive phones with color displays?" asks Arne Hess, business development chief at VIAG Interkom, the German carrier that launched the continent's first GPRS network in December. ;-)

And today? We have the first colored mobile phones in the GSM market (Ericsson and Trium) and still no colored Nokia phones - just an announcement only. Samsung just announced a new mobile phone with a 128 x 160 pixel

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CONNECTIVITY: Pocket Presence announces next generation of Running Voice GSM
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

By March this year, Pocket Presence will release the successor of the Running Voice GSM software for Pocket PC. The new release will be the most advanced and value adding tool so far for GPRS and GSM communication on PDAs.

The new product has three new core components:

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Saturday, 26.01.02
USB: Connect a USB Floppy Disk to your Casio E-200
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:31 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Some days ago I wrote here about my experience with connecting a USB keyboard with the Casio Cassiopeia E-200. Today, Jason from Pocket PC Thoughts posted a link to a site, where a user reported about the successful connection of its USB floppy disk drive with the Casio E-200.

Because I have an external USB floppy disk (PCGA-UFD5) drive for my Sony notebook too, I also tried this combination for sure.

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REVIEW: MARGI Presenter-to-Go
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:50 CET under 08 - Reviews

The Presenter-to-Go CF Type II Card allows Pocket PC users with CF Card jackets or slots to connect directly to digital projectors or other VGA displays like monitors. The included PC Software compresses files from any printable Windows application into a format that can be transferred to a Pocket PC device to use later for presentation.

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HONOR: Pleased to announce becoming a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional
Posted by Arne Hess - at 01:36 CET under 01 - General News

http://www.mvps.org

Today I got an E-Mail from Redmond which really pleased me: the MVP program get some additional persons for the Mobile Devices - one of them is me! :-)

This makes me more than happy, that Microsoft is honor my work as a Windows CE evangelist. Beside me, Microsoft added some other Windows CE crazy guys.

Thanks a lot Beth, Derek and all the other over there in Redmond and I will try hard to pass on to the community what you gave to me!

We will become official MVPs in April. If you want to learn more about the MVP program, check out MVPs.org or Microsoft's MVP FAQ.

Cheers ~ Arne
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Friday, 25.01.02
PREVIEW: If the Compaq iPAQ rings in your pocket - the Wireless GPRS Pack
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:15 CET under 06 - Site News

Ladies and Gentlemen, please fasten your seatbelt for the next generation wireless device: the Compaq iPAQ GSM/GPRS Jacket!
After I've published the first picture of the Jacket here in March I got now a working sample to test. Find here on Pocket PC Writer Net more first exclusive pictures and soon My Personal View of my new "mobile phone".
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Thursday, 24.01.02
COMMUNICATION: Microsoft Portrait for Pocket PC and Handheld PC 1.09 released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

We released Microsoft Portrait for Pocket PC and Handheld PC 1.09. It enables handheld devices to utilize Internet Locator Service (ILS) for the first time. Now Pocket PC and Handheld PC users can browse in ILS servers and call people like PC users.

Best regards

Jiang
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Wednesday, 23.01.02
CONNECTIVITY: How fast is GPRS today - one year after the launch?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:28 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Today I made several tests with the GPRS speed on Pocket PC 2002's, using a web based speed test and I was amazed about the results:

I was able to get down-streams up to 35.6 Kbps. While I redo the tests several times on a 4 + 2 GPRS device, overall I got speeds between 10 Kbps and 35 Kbps. That's amazing since it is more than 3 times faster than the regular

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SIMULATION: Do you wonder how a FOMA video call looks like?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:06 CET under 01 - General News

If you want to see a FOMA handset in action, this Flash animation is a must for you. There you can watch a video phone call, which will be for sure one of the killer-application of 3G.

I'm not sure if the video call already is introduced on the FOMA network but I wonder how they can stream audio and video with 128 Kbps "only" as a best effort. Anyway, this Flash provides you a view into the near future and I would like to see video streaming devices even today, doesn't matter if it is supported by the mobile networks. The W-LAN networks would support it already.

Cheers ~ Arne
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BLUETOOTH: Plantronics M1500 Cordless Headset Solution
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:43 CET under 01 - General News

BLUETOOTH: Plantronics M1500 Cordless Headset Solution

You no longer have to simply dream of a world without wires - experience the reality of wireless communication for yourself using the M1500 Cordless Headset with Bluetooth wireless technology.

Plantronics used its 40 years of headset experience to engineer and design the ultimate Bluetooth headset. Using a Bluetooth chipset, the M1500 Cordless Headset Solution offers superior sound quality, longer talk time, superb comfort and stability, weighing less than an ounce.

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CONNECTIVITY: Connect your Bluetooth and IrDA devices to your Wireless-LAN
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:51 CET under 01 - General News

CONNECTIVITY: Connect your Bluetooth and IrDA devices to your Wireless-LAN

In combining Bluetooth and W-LAN access with an OSGi software platform, the Possio solution gives Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISP) and other users unrivalled flexibility and greater cost-efficiency. Providers can supply, and customers obtain, services that are tailored to their requirements. Another major benefit of using the open OSGi environment is that it opens up a new range of uses and functions for mobile devices such as Compaq Ipaq and Palm Pilot.

Examples of applications where a wireless OSGi-based platform could be used are wireless payments at gas stations, video monitoring in PDA’s for security staff, patient journals at hospitals and customized advertising. The Possio platform is prepared for OSGi software from major OSGi platform vendors.

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REMOTE CONTROL: Pocket Controller-Professional V2.15 released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The new version adds a lot of new stuff : Wiziwig printing, Integrated Clipboard, Explore Tool, More Skins, Enhanced Landscape view options, more connection tuning options. We are also now compatible with Nyditot 2.0, so you can now view Virtual Displays on your desktop computer.

Pocket Controller from Soft Object Technologies makes it possible for Pocket PC users to control and operate their Pocket PCs from a desktop computer. In addition to remote control, the product has several other features such as screen capture, create recordings, printing, view in portrait or landscape view, Pocket PC skins, DOS commands, and much more.
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Tuesday, 22.01.02
PIE: MultiIE 2.0 delayed
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I got some E-Mails form you where you ask what's up with Peter's MuliIE 2.0 project for Pocket PC 2002 and because this note on his web site: "MultiIE 2.0 is coming December 2001 with many new features..."

Well, the good news are Peter is wealthy! Unfortunately he got another project (MultIE and other Pocket PC software is his hobby only) mid of December that he was not able to update his site or finalized MultiIE! :-( But I had a short shat with him yesterday and he will restart the MultiIE 2.0 project soon - with some cool additional features - that we can expect 2.0 soon - I think!

Stay tuned for an update here!

Cheers ~ Arne
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Sunday, 20.01.02
WIRELESS PPC: It's a question of the GUI - vote for it!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:11 CET under 09 - Thoughts

For some weeks now, I'm playing with different Graphical User Interfaces for the telephony application of Wireless Pocket PCs. All GUIs have a virtual display and a virtual keyboard (makes sense as it should simulate a telephone) but in the details it differentiates.

So I would like to hear your opinion which GUI you would prefer or how your perfect telephony application GUI could looks like. You can vote for one of three existing skins of different devices and programs - already existing. The devices/programs doesn't matter here and if you know which skin is from which device/application, please keep it secret. It's not about "this device is cooler than this", it's about the design and usability:

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Saturday, 19.01.02
CONNECTIVITY: Connect a USB keyboard with your Casio E-200
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:25 CET under 09 - Thoughts

The new Casio E-200 supports USB, so the USB Cradle for the E-200 has a USB Host Port which allows you to connect USB Peripherals to your E-200 like a Keyboard, Mouse or other USB Accessories. Also available for the Cassiopeia is a 20 Pin/USB Host adapter. This also adds a USB Host port which allows you to connect USB peripherals to your E-200. So far so good and the theory. My Logitech Cordless Keyboard has a USB plug, even if it is wireless, I though I should give it a try as it is the only USB enabled keyboard I have and here is the result:

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BLUETOOTH: Does the Sony CamCorder IP7 really works with Bluetooth?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:41 CET under 01 - General News

The new Sony IP7 includes a Bluetooth module and as the advertising tries to tell us, you can do mostly everything with it - wireless. Gerd Staudenmaier has a great report about the compatibility with different Bluetooth devices (incl. an Ericsson T39, Compaq iPAQ 3870 and an Bluetooth adapter) on

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Friday, 18.01.02
PPC 2002 UPGRADE: Terminal Services Client available for download
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Serve up even more power!

Use the Terminal Services Client to connect to Windows® 2000 and soon-to-be released Windows XP server products to open up a “window” directly to your server.

All the data storage and processing occurs directly on the server, while you run applications or remotely manage your server from the Pocket PC.

This download is only for users who have upgraded their Compaq IPAQ Pocket PC 2000

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PPC 2002 UPGRADE: MSN Messenger available for download
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Instantly swap messages with family, friends, or co-workers.

Now you can log onto Microsoft MSN Messenger and “chat” with others from your Pocket PC. If you’re familiar with MSN Messenger for the desktop PC, you already know how to use the mobile version. If not, it’s easy to learn.

Late for a meeting? Need to send a quick message? Using any type of Internet connection, you can quickly send text messages to anyone on your list of online buddies — even interact with multiple people at the same time.

Your list of online buddies helps you keep track of your friends. The chat window lets

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Thursday, 17.01.02
APPLICATION: Bluetooth based chat program
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:34 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Bluetooth developers all over the world!
I just have an idea for a program I didn’t found until today, it’s a Bluetooth chat application. It would be funny to chat with other people like colleagues in boring meetings. I got this idea yesterday when I was in such a meeting and I had to tell a colleague on the other side of the table something. He had a Palm with Bluetooth, I had a Bluetooth enabled Pocket PC. However, we was not able to communicate via Bluetooth and I had to take my mobile phone to send him a SMS. It would be more funny

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Wednesday, 16.01.02
TOOL: Customize your Nokia 6200/7100 phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:56 CET under 01 - General News

PocketPCMinds.com has a new version of Smart Nokia, an application which lets you customize your Nokia 6200/7100 logos but also activates/deactivates the Netmonitor. In addition it reads the security code.

Wow, some years ago – I remember – it wasn’t easy to get this kind of programs and it runs on PCs only. Now you can put this into your Pocket PC, that’s great. I’m missing the ring tone editor only and it would be full featured. BTW, Smart Nokia 0.97b is Freeware right now.

Cheers ~ Arne
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Tuesday, 15.01.02
MOBILE MULTIMEDIA: Compaq ready to enter the wireless solution market
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:33 CET under 01 - General News

As Compaq announced in Munich yesterday, the company will provides wireless multimedia solutions together with its Dutch partner CMG (well known in the GSM operator business). Compaq wants to enable its customers (GPRS operators) to provide mobile multimedia services based on GPRS. With this service Compaq also wants to offer the middleware for MMS for its Compaq iPAQ GPRS sleeve.

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COOPERATION: Microsoft and mmO2 to offer MIS based GPRS services
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:27 CET under 01 - General News

mmO2 and Microsoft today announced plans to launch a package of new corporate services for use on a range of mobile devices over secure, high-speed GPRS mobile data networks. The agreement extends to all of mmO2's mobile businesses in Europe, enabling its customers to roam and access information in the UK (BT Cellnet), Germany (VIAG Interkom), the Netherlands (Telfort Mobiel) and Ireland (Digifone).

The two companies, supported by their respective ISVs (independent solution vendors), channel partners and developers, will deliver commercial enterprise services from Spring 2002. The services, based on Microsoft Mobile Information Server Enterprise and Carrier Editions, will provide secure wireless access to corporate intranets and Microsoft Exchange data, including e-mail, contacts and calendar information, as well

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TIP: Know your storage options
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:41 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

If you get one of this new Pocket PC 2002s you may saw an additional folder called "hp safe store" as called on the HP 560 or "Built-in Storage" as called on the Casio E-200. You can use this folders to install programs to (this is a resistant storage space which isn't deleted after a hard reset) or you can save important documents there too.

However, if you have an Casio Cassiopeia E-200 or Toshiba Genio, you have additional spaces available, there you have the SD and CF card slots too where you can install your programs also:

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3G: The FOMA PC card seems to work with the Casio E-200 Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:16 CET under 01 - General News

Ludipocket linked to a very cool picture from my point of view, it's not a Casio E-200 with PC card jacket only, within the PC card jacket is a NTT DoCoMo FOMA 3G card plugged. I asked this several months ago if there is a driver for this card and as we see now, there is one. Wow, this is the fastest wireless Pocket PC, available today! As you know FOMA is the brand name of NTT DoCoMo's 3G service which was launched last year.

The FOMA P2401 provides: packet transmissions at downlinks of up to 384 kbps and uplinks of up to 64 kbps and circuit-switched transmissions at 64 kbps.

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PUBLIC W-LAN: metronet launches in Vienna the first public W-LAN network in Europe
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:41 CET under 01 - General News

metronet yesterday launched its public IEEE 802.11b/Wi-Fi based W-LAN network in Vienna/Austria:

With metronet Vienna disposes of the first wireless city network for data transmission at wideband speed in Europe that is open to the public. For the first time wireless access to the Internet (without using cables, modems or infrared interfaces) is possible at public places – so-called hot spots - such as cafés, restaurants, hotels, airports or railway stations, by means of a notebook or a PDA. The users can send and receive emails, surf the Internet or log on to their corporate networks

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WIRELESS: mmO2 to unveil link with Handspring
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:22 CET under 01 - General News

Okay folks, this is not Pocket PC related but it's more than wireless related! Therefore you will find this news on Pocket PC Writer.Net too:

LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - British mobile phone operator mm02 is expected to reveal on Tuesday a tie-up with handheld computer maker Handspring to launch the U.S. company's devices over its networks, the Financial Times reported.

The paper said mmO2 would distribute and market Handspring's Treo device,

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PATCH: iPAQ Pocket PC 2002 Update 1 (EUU1)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 01:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

This Softpaq for the Compaq iPAQ models listed below contains Microsoft’s first end user Update for Pocket PC 2002 Premium and Pocket PC 2002 Professional using Execute in Place (XIP) technology.


Fixes

  • Improves support for Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) connections to correct problems experienced when connecting to read e-mail or browse the Web while away from the office.
  • Improves connection support in instances where a specific Internet Protocol (IP) address must always be used. Connection Manager no longer reverses static IP addresses and Domain Name System (DNS) server names.
  • Improves Pocket Outlook Object Model (POOM) support for additional programs you can download or buy for your Pocket PC 2002. If you encountered problems with new programs crashing on your device, this update will help prevent future crashes.
  • Improves viewing of Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) pages.
  • Improves e-mail support for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) servers.
     

Enhancements

  • Microsoft Server ActiveSync client gives users the ability to synchronize directly through Microsoft Mobile Information 2002 Server with their Microsoft Exchange Server.

Prerequisites

  • Microsoft Pocket PC 2002

Systems Supported

  • iPAQ H3800 Series Pocket PC H3835, H3850, H3870, H3875
  • iPAQ H3700 Series Pocket PC H3730, H3760, H3765
  • iPAQ H3600 Series Pocket PC H3630, H3635, H3640, H3650, H3660, H3670

I wonder when HP comes with the fix for the HP Jornada 560 series?

Cheers ~ Arne
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Saturday, 12.01.02
PROJECT: Animated Today screens with Macromedia Flash
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Phillip M. Torrone, Mr. Flash himself announced one of the coolest projects I've heard about for a long time:

Animated Today screens! That's right, in the next 30 days or so (We'll let you know of the release date when it's ready) you'll be able to use Animated today screens with your Pocket PC 2002 device. You'll be able to have sounds play, stock charts and stock quotes display, videos, animations, mini calcs, anything you can do with Macromedia Flash, you'll be able to do with your Today screen!

cheers, pt

Hell Phillip! That's so cool and I have tons of ideas! I hope you will realize some. I think the most interesting is not a nice animated Today screen only but including information from
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THOUGHTS: Just some thank you and thoughts for the new year
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:33 CET under 06 - Site News

Guys, as you might recognized, Pocket PC Writer.Net seems to be very slow from time to time. This is due to a high traffic load on the MySQL server of my provider. And therefore I'm not able to change anything on this right now. This problem comes and go but it's frustrating to see that my

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Thursday, 10.01.02
PPC 2002 UPDATE: Keep the European Compaq upgrade
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:06 CET under 01 - General News

Kevin Tea from pda pro sent in this news I'm publish here for sure as I fully agree with his opinion. For us Europeans it's hard to see, that Compaq stopped selling the Pocket PC 2002 update for iPAQs of the H3600 series. So everybody who buys an iPAQ H3600 in Europe now should check first if the device is updated or not. If it's not updated, there is no legal way (now) to update the iPAQ to Pocket PC 2002 anymore.

Cheers ~ Arne

Don't know if you can help out with this but every little helps:

Reading comments here and other bulletin boards there is considerable anger and frustration at the stance taken by Compaq in stopping the sale of the iPAQ PocketPC 2002 upgrade in Europe.

Those people who had been bitten by the 1.77 ROM upgrade last year and who were exercising caution before paying for the upgrade can no longer obtain a copy.

Those people who bought 3600 series in December and January in the well-versed belief that Compaq iPAQs were upgradeable have found otherwise.

Compaq's nonsensical decision to halt sales in Europe is playing into the hands of the Warez community.

If you want to register your protest, PDA Pro is collecting emails which will gauge the strength of feeling in this matter. Just go http://www.pdapro.co.uk and register your protest now!
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Wednesday, 09.01.02
WIRELESS POCKET PC: Becomes the Wireless Jornada true
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Also Ludipocket found this great pictures of Wireless HP Jornada (I wrote about this on Friday November 13 2001 here) and a Wireless Toshiba Genio (which was new for me)! Seems, that mmO2 isn't the only one who is working on a Wireless Pocket PC 2002!

I wonder what else we can expect on CeBIT?!

Cheers ~ Arne
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STINGER: SmartPhone 2002 at CES
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Ludipocket found this great pictures of a Microsoft SmartPhone 2002, formerly known as Stinger, presented at CES in Las Vegas this week:

Seems that Microsoft didn't redefine to much on the GUI since my visit in Redmond where I saw the latest SmartPhone 2002 developments

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HOME CONTROL: Lights are on but nobody’s home...
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:04 CET under 01 - General News

computertimes has a great story about home controlling your household with a Pocket PC via Internet. Might be a cool 3G service too?

Cheers ~ Arne

This is the second in a series of four fortnightly articles on Pocket PC-based devices. With Internet access, a Pocket PC device can even act as your wireless remote control for the home, whether you are in or out.

Using your Pocket PC to check on your security alarm system or to turn on

According to Mr Linus Ng, 35, business development director of eNabled Homes, it is now a reality to control an automated home with an Internet-linked Pocket PC device such as the Hewlett-Packard Jornada 565.

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Tuesday, 08.01.02
CONNECTIVITY: IA Styles IA Phone Manager for SMS and more
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

A new SMS and SIM card management tool is hitting the street, this time from IA Style, well known in the Windows CE software scene and is called IA Phone Manager:

Share information between your Pocket PC and mobile phone. IA Phone Manager takes the chaos out of managing phonebook data and short messages. A powerful and easy-to-use tool, IA Phone Manager is a must-have companion for your mobile phone.

IA Phone Manager is able to manage phonebooks and short messages of multiple phones, and it is tightly linked with Contacts database for :

  • Importing/exporting contact information to and from Contacts.
  • Fast retrieval and display of sender/receiver's detailed information.

You can dial directly from IA Phone Manager once the target phone number is found. IA Phone Manager also detects and reports your phone's status, such as model number, serial number, service provider, and how much space is left in your phone memory or SIM card. It communicates with GSM mobile phones via Infrared.

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WINDOWS CE: Windows CE .NET released today by Bill Gates
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:42 CET under 01 - General News

Today at CES Las Vegas, Bill Gates officially released the latest Windows CE OS now called Windows CE .NET.
Embedded developers will find a broad range of new and enhanced features in Microsoft Windows CE .NET, including: wireless technologies such as Bluetooth; device emulation, which enables you to emulate the complete device environment without any additional hardware investment; a Platform Wizard, which allows you to select from a number of pre-configured device designs to jump-start your development process; and rich multi-media and Web browsing capabilities, such as Internet Explorer 5.5 and Windows Media coder/decoder and controls. You can learn about all these new and enhanced features below.
Windows CE .NET is the successor to Windows CE 3.0. Designed from the ground up for the embedded marketplace, Windows CE .NET delivers a robust real-time operating system (OS) for rapidly building the next generation of smart mobile

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WIRELESS: The 2002 Sundance Film Festival mobile digital solution
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:03 CET under 01 - General News

The 2002 Sundance Film Festival (Park City, Utah, January 10 - 20, 2002) will screen 113 feature films at various theater venues throughout Park City, Utah and receive over 20,000 visitors, including the film industry's top executives, directors, producers, and press. Traditionally, the primary on-site event information including schedules, venue details, hospitality activities, and other data was limited to one 300+ page bound catalogue. This medium served as an integral planning tool for VIPs attending the festival to conduct film industry business.

For the first time, through an agreement with FluxNetwork, the 2002 Sundance Film Festival will use the latest wireless technology to provide attending VIPs with a convenient, rich media and mobile experience. FluxNetwork has teamed up with Hewlett-Packard and Symbol Technologies to deliver a mobile wireless solution to 500 VIP attendees. The HP Jornada 568PDA will run FluxNetwork's software and wirelessly receive festival content with the Symbol CompactFlash wireless adapter. VIP attendees will receive wireless daily updates of short films, film trailers, interviews, calendar updates, festival news and insights, with the video content utilizing Microsoft's Windows Media technology.

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Monday, 07.01.02
GPRS: Derdack is testing GPRS push capabilities on Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:04 CET under 01 - General News

As I wrote some days ago together with the Message Master Mobile Client announcement, Derdack - the German Software and Solutions house, is currently testing GPRS push services. As we already know; with GPRS we can stay always online and because the GPRS device got an IP address assigned, it's reachable from the Internet also. That's where Derdack is currently working on, pushing information to wireless GPRS devices. The first trial is about E-Mail. In general every E-Mail client is pulling the E-Mail messages from the POP3 or IMAP4 server. Pushing the E-Mails from this server to the client isn't the standard today. However, this is one of the coolest features of GPRS; that the network could push's you messages, not only E-Mails but also Location Based Information and so on.

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HARDWARE: MARGI Ssytems rings in the new year with a price reduction
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:03 CET under 01 - General News

New permanent price of $199 for all Presenter-to-Go products including: Springboard Module for Handspring Visor, PC Card, and CompactFlash Card for Pocket PC’s.
MARGI Systems has dropped the price of all cards $100, or 33 percent from the previous list price of $299. MARGI Systems is also offering a free 30-day trial of Presenter-to-Go

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LINKS: More Bluetooth stuff to become available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:15 CET under 01 - General News

My buddy Dale from Pocket PC Passion has the latest Bluetooth stuff in his fingers, the Compaq iPAQ Bluetooth Jacket and Toshiba Bluetooth SD-card:

The form factor is identical to the CF sleeve except this one housed the bluetooth radio. Get the Compaq Bluetooth Wireless Pack with CF Card Slot at Datanywhere Come on down and take a look at this up close with more of stuff not yet released. Take a look at the latest in Pocket PC's with me at the Microsoft booth at CES this week. Here is a quickie page put together on this new BT Pack and CF:

I have a working hardware version of the Toshiba SD bluetooth card shown there that isn't quite out just yet for the public. Even though the hardware is out the software to support it should be coming shortly.... maybe at at CES ?

Dale, that's great stuff you hold in your fingers! Keep us updated!

Cheers ~ Arne
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PRESENTATION: Margi Presenter-to-Go CF-Card arrived
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:32 CET under 01 - General News

Thanks to Margi USA, I got a reviewers sample of Margi's Presenter-to-Go CF-Card today. Find a full featured review here within the next few days but let me give you my first impression: It's amazing. After I opened the package and installed the drivers and plug-ins for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, etc. I connected the card with my PC monitor ('cause I don't have a video projector here but in the office only) and tested a graphical presentation on the monitor and hey, it looked like on my 10 times more expensive Sony Notebook!

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Sunday, 06.01.02
UPDATE: Nyditot Virtual Display 2.0 is available for download
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Pocket PC Thoughts got the information that an update version of Nyditot Virtual Display is available and free of charge for registered user:

We received a message from Adam Maizey stating that he was recently e-mailed by Nyditot to inform him that as a current user he can upgrade to the new version for free from

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Friday, 04.01.02
REVIEW: Socket Bluetooth Connection Kit
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:20 CET under 08 - Reviews

Bluetooth becomes more and more popular. Specially since Ericsson launched the T68 Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, more people think about connecting their Pocket PC with this new short range communication type. For some weeks now, the Socket Bluetooth CF card is available. Thanks to Socket I got one for testing here.
Socket is well known for it's connection solutions. Years ago, they was the first one who offered CF card based cable solutions for different mobile phones. This solutions still works, even today with modern GPRS mobile phones. However, connecting phones with Pocket PCs via a cable isn't convenient anymore and also infrared fails if you are walking or have not enough space to configure it like on trains.

Therefore, Bluetooth seems to be the best way to connect different devices - just setup a connection and from now it doesn't matter anymore where you have your mobile phone - in the pocket, baggage or on the belt.

The Socket Bluetooth card is a CF Type I size. Type I means that you can use it with every one of today's available Pocket PCs or Pocket PC 2002s (for the Compaq iPAQs you still need a CF card jacket). So the card will also works with HP Jornadas which supports Type I card only as Type II are a little bit thicker.

The Socket Bluetooth card has the same size as a CF memory card, this means it doesn't have an

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WIRELESS: New Derdack Message Master version available and a GPRS push friendly user test
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you like to use SMS, the Derdack Message Master might be the right software for you. Maybe you used it before on your Pocket PC or Windows CE P/PC. Unfortunately, because some change in the Inbox, the previous Message Mater version didn't worked anymore with Pocket PC 2002. Now Derdack released Message Master Mobile Client Beta 6.1:

  • SMS messaging with full integration into Pocket Outlook
  • Mobile phonebook management with Pocket Outlook Contacts
  • Mobile weather information, stock info and mobile dictionary
  • Dialling of phone numbers from Contacts , Mobile e-mail via SMS
  • Mobile information and application access via GPRS (11/2001)

Also new is the GPRS implementation where Derdack is currently running a friendly user test of E-Mail push services. I'm testing this functionality too as you can imagine and will give you here an update soon!

Cheers ~ Arne
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Thursday, 03.01.02
COMMUNICATION: Microsoft Portrait 1.08 was released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

We released Microsoft Portrait 1.08 (for desktop and Pocket PC). Now portrait video comes with more gray scales and its visual quality is improved. We extend portrait video from bi-level video (1 bit/pixel) to four-level video (2 bits/pixel).
The software can automatically determine when to transmit

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DRIVER: New Socket Bluetooth driver includes Pocket PC 2002 support
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:06 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you own a Socket Bluetooth card, don't miss to get the latest driver for your Pocket PC. Also available is a GSM dialer now:

Socket is pleased to announce an upgrade of Bluetooth software. The key advantages of this upgrade are:

  • Full support for Pocket PC 2002 devices
  • Speed improvements and bug fixes
  • Support for Bluetooth printing with PrintPocketCE
  • GSM Dialer allows you to dial phone directly from Pocket Outlook

Registered owners of Socket's Bluetooth products are able to download these updated drivers, free of charge

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PIM: Agenda Fusion 4.05.644 released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

John from Developer One informed me, that Agenda Fusion 4.05.644 was released on 2nd January with some interesting improve- and enhancements:

  • Today view using PPC 2002 theme/colors.
    Featuring text wrap / PPC 2002 style today layout
  • Today view using Fusion colors & ClearType
  • Enhanced Today settings. Now include range of upcoming tasks, text wrapping and more...
  • New Contact Dialer
  • New Alarm Note time-setting dialog
And many more great enhancements including:
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Wednesday, 02.01.02
PPCW.N: Back at home - my wishes for 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:33 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Oh yes, feels good to be back at home. Back on my 1000 MHz desktop PC, no more 400 MHz only and even more important, a 19" display and a flat high-speed Internet connection... :-)
By the way high-speed Internet connection: I've lost my second LAN card (within 9 days - see the left picture). That's unbelievable, seems that end 2001 wasn't the year of my LAN cards; now I have a new one and I'm back in business.
Thanks a lot for all your E-Mails and input, it will still take a little bit to respond everybody! Also thanks a lot for your good wishes for 2002!

What does I expect for 2002? Well, PPCW.N will be as it is today, your source for wireless and Pocket PC based communication. Thanks to Socket and Jerome I got a Socket Bluetooth CF card for testing - so you can expect a review of this card soon! Also I will give you a comparison of the Socket and at least the Anycom

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BLUETOOTH: Synchronization through ActiveSync with 3870 works
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Found this on PocketPCPassion:

BlueTooth ActiveSync with 3870 Works!!

I got my 3870 activesyncing with my IBM A30p laptop using bluetooth. My A30P is the one that has integrated BT and 802.11b built in.

Ok so how did I do it? the first part was getting my Laptop configured. This particular model only comes with windows2000

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