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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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Thursday, 11.04.02
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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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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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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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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