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Tuesday, 30.04.02
ENTERTAINMENT: AirTunes! 2.0 is up
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

When I saw you had the IRemote wireless MP3 player posted on this site, I just had to let you know about AirTunes! 2.0. not only does it cost less money, but it's easier to setup as well.

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IMPRESSED: MMS really kicked me
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:37 CET under 09 - Thoughts

I'm just working on some MMS (Mobile Multimedia Messaging Service) stuff (including the tactel MMS client preview for Pocket PCs) and I got so many thoughts about MMS I have to share with you.

First of all, I'm thinking about MMS for more than a year now, about the possibilities and kind of services and every day I think about it I get more ideas. The point is, that until now and I think for the most of you - it's theory only. We've read about it and we saw nice concepts but now - latest with the MMS service launch of Vodafone Germany - it becomes reality.

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COMMUNICATION: Mobem released mPhone 2.1 - now including Ericsson and Bluetooth support
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Also Mobem released a new version of its popular mPhone 2.x. mPhone not only supports western characters but Chinese characters also:

Thanks to mPhone, you can now operate your PDA and mobile phone together "seamlessly", and make your mobile life Easy, Productive, Effective and Fun. It has five modules: Phonebook, SMS, Dialer, Logo and Ringtone, described below

Backup your phonebooks saving your precious time and hassle of reentering names in the event that you lose your mobile phone or buy a new mobile phone.

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COMMUNICATION: Try out IA Phone Manager V1.3
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

IA Style - the guys behind such cool software like IA Presenter and IA Album are ready to launch its new IA Phone Manager version, which will supports Bluetooth now. If you want to support them to and have a preview of the next release, IS Style is looking for Beta testers of IA Phone Manager 1.3:

Hello from IA Style, we will release IA Phone Manager Version 1.3 very soon, and we could use a few good beta testers. IA Phone Manager lets you connect your Pocket PC with a wireless phone. You can upload and exchange contact information and save and edit your SMS text messages.

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Sunday, 28.04.02
PPCW.NET: Mazingo with problems on PPCW.Net channels? [UPDATE 29.04.02]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:36 CET under 06 - Site News

I'm not sure and I think I'm not the only one but for me it seems that there are some problems with my Mazingo channels? I don't know for how long (something around last weekend) but it took to long that my channels appear after synchronization on the Pocket PC. Also no image, expect the header graphic is loaded on my Pocket PCs. The point is, that I didn't changed anything on the server or on the PHP code and what worked before, don't works anymore now. That the PHP stuff is correct can be seen also on the AvantGo customer channels

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THOUGHT: What do you use your Pocket PC for?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 02:31 CET under 09 - Thoughts

As we've heard last week, Compaq sold more than 2 million iPAQs and also the sales figures of the other Pocket PCs increased, compared to the previous years. Well, I had some discussions with other Pocket PC users, what they use their Pocket PCs for and what they expect from their Pocket PCs.
What I've seen in the past when I met my fellow Pocket PC enthusiasts and MVP colleagues, it seems that the use of Pocket PCs in Europe and America differentiates?

Why do I use a Pocket PC and for what does I use it?

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Friday, 26.04.02
BUG: Be aware of the iPAQ H3870 Bluetooth/Wireless Pack bug
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you plan to use your Compaq iPAQ H3870 Pocket PC 2002 with the Wireless GSM/GPRS Pack, make sure Bluetooth is disabled on the Pocket PC!
Otherwise you will get the following error messages:

Error
Cannot execute WCS
The module is not available.

Error
The port is in use by
another application or was
not closed. You may reset
your iPAQ to fix this
problem.

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WIRELESS: message master Mobile Client finally released!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Finally, it is there! Experience mobile communication with SMS and GPRS. Learn more on how the message master Mobile client reduces GPRS communication costs and can help to build powerful mobile enterprise applications including real-time access to SQL databases, your Intranet and SAP R/3. And the best news is: message master Mobile Client is available for free download!

Experience the freedom to go wherever you like and still stay put. The brand-new message master Mobile Client offers all of it, convenient SMS messaging and cost-efficient mobile information access - no matter where you are.

  • Comprehensive SMS messaging with an intuitive user interface
  • SMS messaging uses Outlook contacts for addressing
  • Mobile phonebook management with Pocket Outlook contacts
  • SMS weather information
  • Dialing of phone numbers from contacts
  • Mobile e-mail via SMS
  • Highly cost-efficient GPRS data access
  • Real-time field services
  • Download of GPRS applications
  • Sample news ticker via GPRS
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HOW TO: Configure the Compaq GSM/GPRS Wireless Pack for GPRS Internet access
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:35 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

With the Compaq iPAQ Wireless GSM/GPRS Pack you are able to connect to GSM networks worldwide - thanks to its triple-band GSM functionality but you are also able to setup GPRS connections for Internet or WAP access. However, first of all you have to configure the jacket properly to connect to the GPRS network. Find here what and how to configure the Jacket for a successful GPRS data connection.

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Thursday, 25.04.02
TECHNOLOGY ENABLED CLOTHES: New Scott eVest - 2.0s-SPORT
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:41 CET under 01 - General News

Scott eVest recently released a new Version 2.0 eVest. Here is a quote from Dales site who was able to get his hands on the new model:

I had a chance to use the prototype of this new vest and because of its lightweight material it is much more breathable for warmer weather use.

Version 2.0s-Sport is made from hi-tek performance, lightweight water resistant fabric that is perfect for warmer weather and outdoor activities.

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PREVIEW: ALL-locations GPRS Traffic Counter for Pocket PC [UPDATE 21.05.02]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:53 CET under 08 - Reviews

The ALL-location Traffic Counter adds the missing functionality of monitoring the GPRS traffic on Pocket PCs. This data can be synced to the Desktop PC. However, its intention is to be as real as possible but the GPRS networks might count the traffic different.

  • Monitoring your GPRS Traffic
  • Warning when you reach a self-defined amount of traffic
  • See if you currently have a connection
  • User interface in multiple languages (depending on the PPC Regional Settings)
  • Graphical and textual overview of your traffic statistics
  • Backup mechanism
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    Wednesday, 24.04.02
    THINK FASTER: New PocketAI Digital Mind Assistant released
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

    3D Net Productions has released a unique decision wizard that turns your Pocket PC into an artificial intelligence thinking machine using boolean and fuzzy logic. It surprisingly simplifies and accelerates decision making in a variety of situations such as personal decisions, business decisions, buying decisions, etc.

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    Tuesday, 23.04.02
    TODAY SCREEN: XPPC
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

    As I've posted yesterday, XPPC is available now commercially. It costs US$ 19.95, a trial version is available:

    • Completely replacement of original Today Screen, Start Menu, Taskbar but still you can use your Today's applications (plug-ins) if you only want
    • Rich graphic icons and a new basic desktop screen are fully customized with included sound event messages
    • Arranging all items inside a new desktop is quick and easy, every icon and text message can be move in one decision
    • Organizing of almost any aspect of a new desktop and start menu is allowed you simply select what you want to see, when and where
    • Changing a desktop background or welcome sound is easy as changing a theme and every image and every sound could be customizing too
    • Sound messages indicate many events even when you turn-on a power or want to turn-off (suspend) computer
    • Indicating many important status: battery, network, memory, time, speaker, and ready for upcoming plug ins: music player, alarm notes, agenda

    Enjoy the new look of your Pocket PC 2002! :-)

    Cheers ~ Arne

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    THOUGHT: Will i-Mode do it better than WAP or where are the differences?
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:48 CET under 09 - Thoughts

    One of the hypes I saw on CeBIT was for sure the i-Mode presentation from E-Plus. Yes, I saw many people scrolling on the mobile phones, surfing the wireless web and had fun. So will i-Mode hold the promise, WAP wasn't able to hold?
    Hey, just wait a minute... What is i-Mode and its key success factors (at least in Japan but maybe also in Germany/Europe) and why I still believe in WAP.

    First of all i-Mode is color and that's the nice and most important part of it. i-Mode can display animated GIFs, also not bad. I-Mode is able to provides tones, that's great. WAP was (until the launch of the Ericsson T68) at least on mobile phone displayed on a green/black display, that's boring. WAP was able to format texts including tables but most handset vendors didn't supported it. WAP was slow and inconvenient as it was launched to late/early (to late because SMS as the bearer services might be the better decision than CSD and GPRS wasn't available. CSD was the worst decision!).WAP was secure but who the hell needs WTLS Class 1 - 3 while a standard SSL connectivity would be enough for the regular consumer services? WAP was completely wrong defined by the WAP Forum and didn't found its role at the operators.

    Where was the faults and not and who is responsible for the faults?

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    PIM REPLACEMENT: New Agenda Fusion version available
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

    As John Psuik from Developer One told me last week in London, but I forgot, a new version of Agenda Fusion - Version 4.11.000 - is available.

    Control over showing private items now controlled through the view filter settings only (removed redundant setting in view options window.)
    Corrections to several issues introduced in the 4.10 release.

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    Monday, 22.04.02
    PATCH: iPAQ H3xxx Bluetooth Service Manager SoftPaq
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:06 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

    This SoftPaq contains the Bluetooth Manager software for the Bluetooth Wireless Pack with CF Slot and the iPAQ H387X.

    Fixes

    • Reduced the radio startup time on a power cycle of the iPAQ
    • Improved reliability of application on repeated power cycles of the iPAQ to prevent system lockup
    • Implemented fixes for compatibility issues with a 3COM BT PC Card and USB Dongle, specifically in the area of Bluetooth ActiveSync connections
    • Implemented fixes for compatibility issues with Digianswer Bluetooth Devices
    • Implemented a fix for bonding with Nokia 6310 BT phone. Failure to bond the phone and iPAQ will no longer require a reset of the iPAQ
    • Corrected ability to send multi-line notes in Task and Calendar items
    • Corrected a lock-up behavior on Device Information screen whenever the mating device is turned off or moved out of range
    • Record application is no longer interrupted when the iPAQ is turned on via Voice Record button and the Bluetooth Security Manager is loaded
    • Corrected issue with keyboard remaining active after a passkey is intentionally rejected
    • Corrected the time zone indicator setting when transferring Calendar items to a PC running Outlook
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    AVANTGO: Is AvantGo back in the customer channels business?
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:26 CET under 01 - General News

    Acording to Steve Bush from Brighthand, AvantGo is back in the customer channels business or even better, they never was out of this. Steve had an interessting interview with Richard Owen, CEO of AvantGo:

    Brighthand: So does that explain AvantGo's recent flip-flop on its custom channels policy? It seemed like you were simply trying to eliminate those publishers that were along for a free ride.

    Mr. Owen: We got a lot of email on that one. In retrospect, we may have been a bit heavy-handed sending out that notice to every

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    PPCW.NET: The PPCW.Net Support Forum is launched
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:12 CET under 06 - Site News

    When I relaunched PPCW.Net on the new server, I told you that I'm thinking about additional features to add to PPCW.Net. One, I was thinking about for a long time, was a Support Forum. Finally I made the necessary PHP code and everything works well.

    Why another forum and what was my intention? First of all, the PPCW.Net Forum (which is also accessible from http://forum.ppcw.net) shouldn't become another general forum. Therefore I'm still working with Jerome on WirelessForums.Net! The PPCW.Net Forum should be a help and more or less FAQ forum. In the past I got so many E-Mails about problems, some for you had with configuration and other things, that I thought it might be a good idea to discuss this publicly, that others can follow this discussions and add their experiences. Also a lot of you posted questions as a comment to articles. Some of this articles and questions are so interesting that it is a bummer if this feedback goes down in the mass of articles/comments.
    Therefore it should be more or less an open discussion about solutions for dedicated problems, not that kind of general talks (not today, who knows what happens) or even announcements, if this announcements aren't related in any kind with the products! So a driver announcement will added there for sure, a general product announcement not, if not related in anyway with a product/problem and isn't covered by PPCW.Net in general.

    So here are the rules I thought about:

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    CONNECTIVITY: GPRS Traffic Counter from All-locations
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

    With the newest PDAs, it’s possible to be connected to the Internet continuously, wherever you are and whenever you want. To be connected to the Internet, these new PDAs use GPRS connections. But, contrary to a normal modem connection, which is billed for the time being on-line, a GPRS connection is billed for the amount of data traffic you generate.

    Until now it was very difficult to measure the amount of traffic used by you on your PDA. For this reason ALL-locations developed the GPRS Traffic Counter.

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    AFFILIATE: Get 10 Pocket PC Magazine issues for free (Germany only)
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:09 CET under 01 - General News

    Seit einigen Tagen ist das Amerikanische Pocket PC MAgazin ja nun mein Affiliate Werbepartner und ich bekam einige E-Mails aus dem deutschsprachigen Raum, daß durchaus großes Interesse an einem Abo des Pocket PC Magazins besteht, jedoch keiner die Katze im Sack kaufen möchte.

    Auf der Microsoft Mobility Developer Conference letzte Woche traf ich Hal Goldstein, Executive Editor und Publisher und er gab mir einige der neuesten Ausgaben (Ausgabe July 2002) für Euch mit (klickt hier für den Inhalt der aktuellen Ausgabe).
    Wer es also gerne einmal probe lesen möchte und danach natürlich über meinen Affiliate Link bestellen möchte um PPCW.Net zu supporten, kann dies gerne tun.

    Ich sende Euch dann die entsprechende Ausgabe unfrei (Gebühr zahlt Empfänger - also ihr ;-) zu und ihr könnt dann in den 80 Seiten schmöckern. Schickt mir dazu einfach Eure Adresse (bitte nur ernsthafte Mails; weder Euer Name, noch Adresse, noch E-Mail Adresse wird für irgendetwas Anderes als für den Versand genutzt) per E-Mail.
    Wie immer bei solchen Aktionen - "First Come - First Serve". Es besteht kein Anspruch auf Zusendung!

    Cheers ~ Arne

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    MMS: Vodafone Germany launched its MMS service
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:32 CET under 01 - General News

    Last week I wrote about the MMS client on the T68(i) and its counterpart an the Pocket PC. On the same day, Vodafone Germany launched its MMS service in Germany.

    That's near half a year earlier than originally planned by Vodafone. Also - as far as I know - Vodafone Germany is the first GSM operator worldwide which launched it commercially. Unfortunately not so much MMS enables mobile phones are available today nor are any MMS clients are available for commercial download.

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    PPCW.NET: Domain move of PocketPCWriter.Net and Unwired-I.Net
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:37 CET under 06 - Site News

    Due to the move of the previous URLs of PPCW.Net to a new registrar, PocketPCWriter.Net and Unwired-I.Net might not be available within the next few days. Please update your Bookmarks to PPCW.Net as this is the official domain now. PocketPCWriter.Net and Unwired-I.Net will be redirected to PPCW.Net only.

    If you access PPCW.Net from your Pocket PC, also don't forget to update the Mobile Favorites to www.ppcw.net for the redirected version or mobile.ppcw.net for the direct access!

    Cheers ~ Arne

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    BLUETOOTH: New wireless server supports data transfers on digital mobile networks
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:59 CET under 01 - General News

    Tokyo - Toshiba Corporation today unveiled a new concept in data storage with the announcement of a compact, lightweight Bluetooth-enabled mobile storage device able to hold up to 5GB of data. The Bluetooth Pocket Server opens the way to wireless data transmission across a wide range of digital products and is expected to promote the development of wireless mobile networks.

    Bluetooth Pocket Server saves data to a 5GB 1.8-inch HDD able to store almost 37 hours of MPEG-4 moving images or 1,000 pieces of music, but it is small enough and light enough to slip into a shirt pocket.

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    CABLE: Gomadic iPAQ Extender Cable
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

    Building on their reputation for providing unique and innovative cable accessories for the iPAQ enthusiast, Gomadic has recently released a new iPAQ Extender cable designed to extend the reach of a users iPAQ cable accessories. Equipped with an iPAQ socket on one end, 3 feet of cable and an iPAQ plug on the other, a user of the iPAQ 31/36/3700 Series handheld platform can extend the reach of any cable accessory including cradles, cell phone connectivity cables, GPS antennas, etc. Each iPAQ extender cable includes full straight through connectivity of all 12 pins making it 100% compatible with every iPAQ cable accessory.

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    FAX: Using KSE Truefax with the Compaq Wireless Pack
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

    I just got this information from KSE regarding using its Truefax 2 with the Compaq Wireless GSM/GPRS pack. Truefax doesn't supports Fax Class 2 (but Fax Class 1 only) which is supported by the Wireless Pack only! So if you want to use your Wireless Pack for fax also, you can not use it with Truefax today! Be aware of it!

    KSE is working on a solution for this but can not give an upgrade date today. If anything will be available I will give you an update here!

    Cheers ~ Arne

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    TODAY SCREEN: New Beta version of XPPC
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

    On weekend I just got a new version of Janusz XPPC "eXtra Pocket PC". Here what's new in the Beta:

    Now all XPPC desktop items are "draggable"! Yes. You can drag any icons or text displayed on XPPC desktop to any place you want. Do you believe it's possible on PCC? (Of course if you want to make a quick re-arranging, it is still available as it was in previous Beta.) I'm very glad that final version is upcoming soon.

    XPPC includes so far:

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    Friday, 19.04.02
    PICTURES: The Club Pocket PC FanFest in London
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:24 CET under 01 - General News

    Two days ago, on the 17th, the Pocket PC gang stopped in London to held the first FanFest on the island. It was a great event as it was combined with the get together evening of the Mobility Developer Conference attendees.

    Beside the first class food and drinks, Beth also held her demonstration of Pocket PC and the games where people was asked for the most contacts, E-Mails (as I remembered right, the winner had 1700+ E-Mails in his Inbox) and so on. For sure there was also a row of X-Boxes

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    BLUETOOTH: Good news are coming from Socket Communications
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

    While Socket recently opened its Beta driver program I met Martin Croome (see my interview with him here on the 3GSM Congress from February) in London on the MDC again and he gave me an exiting preview: ActiveSync through Socket's Bluetooth CF card and the driver for Windows Notebooks. :-) That's fantastic news I think.

    The ActiveSync process is realized very smart. For the first time you try to sync your Pocket PC with your PC you don't have to pair it with the PC but it will looks around to find the

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    WIRELESS: Seamless network roaming between W-LAN and GPRS
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:39 CET under 01 - General News

    Intel presented a very impressive roaming showcase on the Mobility Developer Conference in London, a seamless roaming technology which enables you to roam between GPRS and W-LAN.

    They've used an iPAQ H3870 for this showcase which was connected with GPRS through Bluetooth and an Ericsson mobile phone, in addition it was also connected through a CF card with the Intel W-LAN. An application took all the time the strongest signal - in that case W-LAN because the Access Point was located behind the iPAQ - for Internet access. If you switched off the Access Point, the application, provided by a Swedish company, moved the access to the other available connection - in that case the Internet connection.

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    CELEBRATION: Happy Birthday Pocket PC
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

    Just a half year after the launch of the Pocket PC 2002 platform, the Pocket PC platform by itself becomes 2 years today.
    This should be a good reason to celebrate this (which I will do tonight, but not because the Pocket PC birthday only, mostly because my best friend also has birthday tonight ;-) event today.
    When the Pocket PC was launched, it was version 3 of Microsoft's Windows CE platform and I remembered a lot of people who never gave a chance for Microsoft to step into this Palm and Psion domain. Now, two years later, the Pocket PC is stronger and more successful than ever and also the interest from the developer side is huge, as I saw the last two days in London.
    With 10.000+ available applications for the Pocket PC, 25 announced OEMs, hundreds of community web sites, Microsoft showed that it is possible to build up a new successful business stream.

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    Thursday, 18.04.02
    DEVELOPING: Pocket PC Creations powers PPC Phone Edition up
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

    Pocket PC Creations powers the new Pocket PC Mobile Phones beyond being exciting 'gadgets' to be serious business computing platforms. Pocket PC Creations was developed by CreativityCorp and is now used in over 20 countries since it's introduction a year ago.

    CreativityCorp Director, Neil Bartholomaeus, said the convergence of Pocket PCs and mobile phones provided productivity improvement

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    BLUETOOTH CAMERA JACKET: Tactel Blue I 660
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

    I've got a very impressive demonstration from Tomas Fiedler from tactel, Sweden. tactel are the guys behind the MMS client on the Sony Ericsson T68i and they've ported the the client to the Pocket PC 2002 platform too. I hope I can give you a deeper inside view of this client within the next days. However, tactel is also the company behind the TDK Bluetooth jacket and Tomas gave me some
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    MDC: Day two of the Mobility Developer Conference
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:10 CET under 01 - General News

    Today is the last day of the Microsoft Mobility Developer Conference. What I've learn so far:

    The Beta .NET Compact Framework is available from Microsoft's BetaPlace and in general, everything here is around .NET and how to built up services based on it.
    So there are different streams for developers and non-developers like me: an Industry stream, different developer streams and also two "labs" are available

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    WIN: MobiMate Expands PhoneMate Support for Major PocketPC Platforms
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

    MobiMate is offering 50 FREE copies of WorldMate, the ultimate travel companion for your Pocket PC.

    Whether you're on business or pleasure, going to one city or around the world, WorldMate will serve all your travel needs:

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    Wednesday, 17.04.02
    MDC: Pictures and facts of the new Toshiba e310
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:12 CET under 01 - General News

    As written before, Juha presented today on the keynote the new Toshiba e310 Pocket PC 2002. As Toshiba told me here in London, the e310 will be available in the shops within the next 2 weeks, a first shipment should be available this week. The end-user price is 499,00 € or 399,00 US$. Availability will be North America as well as Europe!

    Here are the very exciting hard-facts:

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    MDC: Microsoft announced two new Windows CE devices
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:30 CET under 01 - General News

    Juha Christensen, just presented right now on the Microsoft Mobility Developer Conference in London two new Windows CE based devices, a new Toshiba Pocket PC 2002, the e310 (which should costs around 399 US$) and a new HPC 2000 (which makes me wonder) from HP called Jornada 728.
    Find more information later, after this keynote

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    Tuesday, 16.04.02
    WAP: EZOS EzWAP 2.1 micro-browser to be embedded in the xda from O2
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

    EZOS supplies its micro-browser to the xda from O2, the Industry's First Pocket PC 2002 Phone Edition software-based device.

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    OUT FOR TWO DAYS: Joining the Mobility Developer Conference in London
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:19 CET under 06 - Site News

    Thanks to an unannounced sponsor (no, not Microsoft - this time) I will join the Microsoft Mobility Developer Conference for some work tomorrow and the day after in London:

    The power of Microsoft® .NET is now reaching wireless PDAs and Smartphone devices, a combination that will enable the next wave of rich revenue-generating wireless applications and services.
    Learn how to use your existing developer skills from technical experts within Microsoft’s development teams and move ahead in accelerating wireless solution development

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    DRIVERS: Socket's Early Adopter Beta Program
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:44 CET under 01 - General News

    Socket launched an Early Adapter Beta Program where you can get the latest, unsupported, Beta drivers for your Socket Bluetooth and W-LAN CF card:

    Socket's Early Adopter Beta Program is contingent upon your agreement with conditions of participation. Therefore, it is very important you take the time to read and clearly understand the conditions set out below.

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    PPCW.NET: Integration of mobile channels - shame on me! :-(
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:29 CET under 06 - Site News

    What a shame, but with the move to the new server, I completely forgot to redesign the mobile channels of PPCW.Net. Not the design only was wrong but also the whole PHP stuff... :-( Buh...
    Anyway, now everything is done and you can enjoy PPCW.Net on your Pocket PC again! :-)

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    Monday, 15.04.02
    LEATHER CASE PROMOTION: Spectral Core - new leather cases for Compaq iPaq
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:11 CET under 01 - General News

    Spectral Core is pleased to announce a new line of Compaq iPaq leather Cases.
    We have models for 31/36/3700 series, as well as for 3800 series in different colors/leather options. The cases can be ordered with or without belt-clip (Ultraclip from The Clip Company). All of our cases are hand made of high-quality leather.

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    Thursday, 11.04.02
    VIDEO MAGAZIN: Pocket PC magazine releases CTIA-Part 2 video today
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:45 CET under 01 - General News

    The CTIA-Part 2 video of the CTIA-Wireless 2002 in Orlando features clips of Real Networks, Instant-Power, Alcatel, and Space Data Corporation, filmed by Pocket PC magazine at the show.

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    MOBILE COMMUNICATION: EzWAP 2.5 Mobile Internet Client
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

    EZOS, the maker of EzWAP are ready to launch its new EzWAP version 2.5 soon which will includes and supports MMS (Mobile Multimedia Messaging Service), the "follower" (?) of the successful SMS technology. Again, the first worable MMS client comes from EZOS, as years before the first real workable WAP client.

    What's new within EzWAP 2.5? It's - as before - a complete WAP browser, which supports more features than the most WAP services provides today plus an integrated MMS client:

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    FUN: The winter is gone but not the snowboard
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

    I just found this game at PocketGear.com: Supreme Snowbording 1.0. So if you also can not await the next winter to have a ride on your board, this game maybe could shorten the time during the next summer months:

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    REVIEW: Sync and charge your iPAQ through a USB port
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:47 CET under 08 - Reviews

    Some weeks ago, Gomadic Corp. announced the availability of its Power Sync Cable for iPAQ 3800. Thanks to them I got a test sample, find here My Personal View of using a single cable for Pocket PC synchronization and charging.

    Charge your iPAQ while synchronizing data with Gomadic’s new iPAQ Power Sync Cable. Custom designed for the mobile professional who wants to reduce the number of cables required to support life on the road.
    By connecting this 3-foot long cable between the base of the iPAQ and a standard USB port, users can simultaneously recharge their iPAQ 3800 series PDA while auto synchronizing data with their desktop or laptop PC. No bulky cradles, no AC power adapters and no additional software are required!

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    REVIEW: Use your iPAQ H3600 foldable keyboard with your new iPAQ H3800
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:59 CET under 08 - Reviews

    One accessories for my Pocket PC I don't want miss anymore is my Stowaway foldable keyboard I used to use with my Compaq iPAQ H3600. Unfortunately Compaq changed the connector on the the bottom for its new H3800 series, that I wasn't able for a longer time to use the keyboard with my H3870 iPAQ. Thanks to Jason Dunn and Think Outside, I got the new and required adapter last month, that I can use my keyboard with my H3870 again. :-)

    So how does the adapter works and fits to the new iPAQ?

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    Wednesday, 10.04.02
    CUSTOMIZATION: Edit the ringtones of Nokia or Siemens mobile phones with MonkeyTone PPC 1.0
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

    Need to personalize your mobile phone but you don't have a notebook to beam the ringtone to your GSM phone?  Primate Systems release MonkeyTone PPC 1.0 now with support for Siemens and Nokia phones:

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    COMPAQ ADVISORY: Upon powering the iPAQ Pocket PC, the backlight may fail to illuminate - UPDATE
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

    When applying power to the iPAQ H3800 Series Pocket PC, the backlight may fail to illuminate. Holding down the power button to engage the backlight may not provide resolution.

    This issue is typically experienced after the unit has been off for several hours. The backlight may function correctly after a normal reset or an adjustment to the backlight settings, but may fail again if the unit is powered off for some time.

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    TODAY SCREEN: Two interesting projects from Janusz Gerszberg - Today plug-ins and  XPPCTM
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

    Yesterday Janusz sent me the announcement of his latest Today screen plug-ins:

    • Zodiac Date Today: This new version is with zodiac signs.
    • Owner's Today: This new version is with all information, and can be customizing easily.

    Beside this, he is working on a very interesting GUI interface for the Pocket PC - called XPPCTM - eXtra Pocket PC - which completely redesigns the Today screen as well as the navigation logic of the Pocket PC.

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    Tuesday, 09.04.02
    PHONE EDITION: The new Fujitsu Siemens Loox Pocket PC 2002 includes the Phone Edition by default
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

    Acceding to Fujitsu Siemens new Flash info site fro the new Loox, this Pocket PC 2002 will be shipped with the preinstalled version of the Phone Edition, which is normally only used for integrated devices, like the O2 xda or the HP WDA.

    This means in fact, that - if you plug-in the separate shipped GPRS module - the Loox becomes a full Pocket PC 2002 Phone Edition. This is completely different from the Compaq iPAQ

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    HOW TO: GPRS Internet via Bluetooth from Pocket PC 2002 using VoiceStream
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:22 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

    Thanks to Microsoft, here is a step-by-step tutorial how to setup the Pocket PC 2002 using a Socket Bluetooth card to connect the Voicestream GPRS network for Internet. This how-to describes the configuration, using an Ericsson R520 but isn't different to Ericsson T39 or T68 GSM mobile phones:

    This following are the versions of software and hardware used to create this document:

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    PPCW.NET: Please welcome my latest affiliate partner - the Pocket PC Magazine
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:49 CET under 06 - Site News

    If you know your Pocket PC, you know the US Pocket PC Magazine for sure! It's the Pocket PC Mag. Now you can subscribe or renew for your personal bi-monthly issue, here from PPCW.Net and supporting me with that.

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    Monday, 08.04.02
    EVENT: Club Pocket PC heads to London April 16 and 17th
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

    Club Pocket PC is coming to London!  During the week of the Mobility Developer Conference www.microsoft.com/europe/mobdevcon, Club Pocket PC will be hosting a UK Pocket PC User Group meeting!  We hope that all Pocket PC fans who can make the trip to London will join us for what is sure to be a great event 

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    COMMUNICATION: Microsoft Portrait enables full mobile video conferencing on Pocket PCs
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

    I got some cool news from Microsoft Portrait:

    Hi Arne,

    Microsoft Portrait for Pocket PC and Handheld PC 1.2 was released on April 5.

    Microsoft Portrait enables full mobile video conferencing on Pocket PCs and Handheld PCs for the first time in the world. This means with Microsoft Portrait, a Pocket PC or Handheld PC can not only display received video but also capture and send video in real-time.

    Hardware requirements include a Pocket PC or Handheld PC with a network connection and an HP Jornada pocket camera. iPAQ users may need a dual-slot PC card expansion pack for the installation of both an HP Jornada pocket camera and a network or phone card.

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    Friday, 05.04.02
    PPCW.N: Finalized the Server migration... Finally... :-)
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:37 CET under 06 - Site News

    Wow, what a deal! Let me tell you what I did the last days and what happened:

    First of all, last Thursday I got my new DSL line which really helped me to migrate from one server and database to another. However, When I tried to post this last week - as happy as I was, my previous server doesn't allow me to post anything more... :-( Therefore I wasn't able to gave you the latest update... :-(((
    Anyway - on Friday I left my home for an Easter weekend in Austria, my last chance for this year to go snowboarding. Therefore I wasn't able to work on the server.

    Now I'm back and everything is done. What changed and what will change within the next days too:

    • I have a new (more expensive) server, with more included bandwidth
    • I have a new SQL database running in the background which seems to give better performance
    • Pocket PC Writer.Net changed to PPCW.Net for two reasons:
      • I want to shorten the URL for a long time as Pocket PC Writer.Net was ugly to enter on a Pocket PC
      • My new provider wasn't able to give me a static IP address where I could redirect Pocket PC Writer.Net. Therefore I needed a new Domain - so I thought it was the perfect time! :-)
        However PPCW.Net is still available from Pocket PC Writer.Net, so use what ever you want.
      • However, have in mind that Pocket PC Writer.Net is called now PPCW.Net only as my site is not dealing with Pocket PC related topics only but everything about Windows CE(.Net) and the wireless world. So this cryptic name - which still reminds on Pocket PC Writer.Net is perfect. ;-)
    • I still use the old Content Management System - as you see but I made some modifications on the script. This should speed up the performance too. However, I will modify the layout to a leaner one, so within the next days you may recognize some errors, that's normal if a non-developer like me tries to modify PHP codes... ;-)
    • All previous articles AND comments from Pocket PC Writer.Net will be also available on PPCW.Net, I decided that this is important! :-)
    • Anything else? I think I have everything for now. Please be patient the next days, as I still have to make some modifications.

    Cheers ~ Arne

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    Tuesday, 02.04.02
    SOFTWARE: StorageTools V1.0 for Pocket PC.
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

    StorageTools is the first product to offer storage card defragmentation functionality for Pocket PC devices.

    Basic version is FREE for personal non-commercial use and includes format, integrity check and repair functionality. Commercial version is USD 14.95 and includes defragmentation in addition to format, integrity check and repair.

    StorageTools is available for download from SoftWinter website.

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    ADAPTER: New iPAQ 31/36/3700 to 3800 Adapter Cable
    Posted by Arne Hess - at 04:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

    Gomadic Corp has recently released a new 31/36/3700 Series iPAQ Interface Adapter Cable which will enable iPAQ 3800 handheld PDA users to use cable accessories designed for the older model.

    Equipped with a 31/36/3700 series socket on one end, a short 1” length of cable and a 3800 plug on the other, simply plug the old device in the socket, connect the adapter plug to the base port of the 3800 and you’re ready to go! This is the perfect accessory for the user who recently upgraded their iPAQ and still wants to be able to leverage their older accessories.

    The Interface Adapter cable is custom designed by engineers at Gomadic, professionally built to our specification and is available only on-line from our web site. So go ahead and extend your investment today.

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