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Thursday, 30.05.02
CONNECTIVITY: Pocket Presence released Running Voice GSM 2.0 Beta
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As Pocket Presence, the maker of Running Voice GSM, already announced in January the first Beta of Running Voice 2.0 becomes available now and brings major changes and enhancements:

Running Voice GSM 2.0 is quite similar to the 1.x on the user interface level, but underneath a lot has happened. Most enhancements in 2.0 are based on the following new components:

Major new features

  • Works together with Bluetooth headset
  • Much improved Bluetooth phone support
  • Data communication statistics (via Flexport GSM)
  • Simplified data connection configuration (via Flexport GSM)
  • Easy switching between voice/SMS/data (using Flexport GSM)
  • Signal strength indicator in the navigation bar
  • Syncing of SMS between the phone and PDA

Flexport GSM
Flexport GSM is a separate application and handles by default all communication on a Pocket PC device. Flexport GSM is able to manage several parallel communication sessions with different applications. As Flexport manages all data communication you can view, as well, download statistics over a period of time. Also found in Flexport GSM is a semi-automatic network wizard for configuring data connections in GSM networks (GPRS as well as CSD) all over the world.

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COMMUNICATION: Microsoft Portrait for Pocket PC and Handheld PC 1.3 released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 05:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Microsoft Portrait for Pocket PC and Handheld PC 1.3 was released on May 28. New features include:

  1. Microsoft Portrait supports .NET Messenger Service on Pocket PCs and Handheld PCs. Users can find online buddies and place calls through their .NET passports. This feature is also applicable to Windows CE versions before Pocket PC 2002.
  2. A normal chat window is added. Users can chat on their Pocket PCs or Handheld PCs through a normal chat window rather than inputting messages to the address bar and receiving messages in popup windows
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Wednesday, 29.05.02
MESSAGING: Electric Pocket Releases Pixer, MMS "Picture Messaging" for Palm OS and Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Pixer enables users to send photos and sketches to mobile phones and email from wireless handhelds

The ability to send photographs, sketches and picture greetings to and from mobile devices via email and the multimedia-messaging service (MMS) is widely viewed as a key revenue generator for providers of next generation telephony services. Electric Pocket Limited’s latest application, Pixer, is the first solution to bring MMS picture messaging to today’s Palm OS and Pocket PC handheld users. Pixer enables users to send annotated picture messages and photographs from wireless handheld devices to any email address or mobile telephone equipped with MMS capabilities.

Pixer enables users to send and receive picture messages and handwritten notes directly from any wireless device using the Palm OS or Pocket PC operating systems. Pixer is specifically designed for making picture messaging easier for users, as they can take advantage of the handheld computers’ screen and stylus when composing messages. Users can either import photographs into Pixer or choose from an extensive catalog of ZipNotes templates featuring commonly used business stationery and fun cartoon characters, including Garfield, Cathy and Ziggy. Pictures and photographs can be annotated directly with the user’s own handwriting and then sent to any email address or MMS capable telephone.

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PPC 2002 PE: More devices will hits the street soon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Jason from Pocket PC Thoughts forwarded some interesting information of Derek Brown's (Microsoft) keynote in Philadelphia:

Wondering where the Phone Edition devices are? Derek gave us some information on what's happening now and in the future.

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Friday, 24.05.02
UPDATE: New Mazingo version available - again
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Wow, this is something I'm calling development speed or is it more a kind of releasing every Beta as final version? ;-)

Anyway - Mazingo recently released Mazingo 4.20 with some minor improvements:

  • Added a few extra pixels to the channel display.
  • Handling of slow server messages is improved.
  • Fixed problem with LA Times
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Thursday, 23.05.02
WIN A PDA: Pen&Internet starts PDA contest to gather handwriting samples
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:43 CET under 01 - General News

Who wouldn't want a free new PDA? In an effort to improve riteScript handwriting recognition technology, Pen&Internet is holding a contest to win a free iPAQ Pocket PC, Sony Clie or a Palm m130 (winner's choice).

To qualify to win, all you need to do is send them a sample of your handwriting using their free download of riteMail, an electronic ink email application. The contest entry is located at:

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Innovative wireless GPS/Bluetooth receiver for mobile terminals
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:07 CET under 01 - General News

Just found this news at Jerome's my2cents.info: Unveiled at the Symbian Developer Expo, April 23-24, 2002 , London
EMTAC Technology Corp. with its global marketing partner ITOCHU Corporation and SiRF Technology, Inc. today announced the world's first integrated Bluetoothâ„¢ Wireless and GPS Receiver in one for mobile devices. The GPS Receiver will be able to wirelessly link with integrated Bluetooth mobile

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REVIEW: ThunderHawk Wireless Internet Browser
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:10 CET under 08 - Reviews

Also this week, the long awaiting ThunderHawk web browser was released by Bitstream. This browser was announced for several months now and should revolutionize the mobile Internet surfing with a Pocket PC 2002.

Bringing the desktop browser experience to the Pocket PC
ThunderHawk gives you the same browsing experience on a Pocket PC as you are used to on the desktop. You can view the full text and images of any Web page without excessive scrolling. Because it does not rely on WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) or cHTML (Compact HyperText Markup Language), ThunderHawk does not require Web content providers to repurpose their content — or build one Web site for the desktop and another for the wireless world.

Leveraging Experience in Fonts and Font Technology
ThunderHawk comes from Bitstream, a world-renowned developer of font technology and high-quality digital fonts. By leveraging its expertise in font technology, Bitstream can display full Web pages on small color LCD screens (320 x 240) while maintaining full text legibility.

In fact ThunderHawk renders web pages to a size 0f 640 x 480 pixel in landscape mode without requiring any landscape rotation software. For a web site like PPCW.Net this will looks like this:

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DEVICE: The previous IBM show case becomes real [UPDATE: 23.05.02]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:23 CET under 01 - General News

Antelope Technologies already announced to license IBM's show case, the MetaPad. The MetaPad was presented by IBM in February this year as a possible design case for full featured PDAs and therefore Antelope's MetaPad - which will be called "MCC" - will not come with Windows CE or Palm as the OS but with Microsoft's Windows 2000 or XP or even with Linux.

The MCC, or "mobile computer core," is a totally new PC architecture centered around a processor, data storage and computer software applications. The power supply, display, communications and input/output connectors are accessories that you choose based on your individual preferences and work environment.

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REVIEW: All-locations GPRS Traffic Counter 3.0.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:34 CET under 08 - Reviews

Since this week, ALL-locations' Traffic counter is available commercially at PocketGear.com. Thanks to All-locations I was able to preview it 4 weeks ago in a test/dummy version so my question was for sure how the final release will looks like and how stable it works.

If you are a GPRS user you know the dilemma; if not today you will notify it any time: Pocket PC doesn't provides you any information of how long you are connected through a Dial-Up Networking connection nor how much bits and bytes you've sent or received. While the connection time is measurable with a simple wristwatch the sent and received data isn't countable so easy but it's even more necessary cause most GPRS networks bills per transmitted data, flat fees aren't common today. Also the Pocket PC doesn't gives you any information about the current connection speed like the Desktop/Notebook Windows versions. Not for fixed line modems, where you don't know for example if you are connected with 56k or 44k only nor for GPRS where it is a little bit harder in general to measure the connection speed because it varies.

So ALL-locations tries to close this gap with its GPRS Traffic Counter 3.0.0 where it not only counts the transmitted amount of data but also evaluate the costs for your GPRS sessions.

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Wednesday, 22.05.02
SMS: IA Phone Manager 1.3 finally released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:53 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After a public Beta period of 4 weeks, IA Style released IA Phone Manager 1.3 now.

IA Phone Manager is a mobile software tool that uses Infrared beaming or Bluetooth to connect data on GSM mobile phones and Pocket PCs. It 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.

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PRESSRELEASE: Kyocera and Tao set new standards for PDAs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:16 CET under 01 - General News

E3, Los Angeles, Ca., May 22nd 2002 - Kyocera Corporation has announced 'Pocket Cosmo', its next generation PDA based on Tao's intent® universal multimedia platform. This will be sold from the end of July, initially targeted at the networks and at corporate users. The Pocket Cosmo device will be able to deliver a new level of richer contents to the user. Kyocera believes that it is these richer contents that will drive the rapid growth of the mobile data communication market.

Kyocera has used Tao Group's intent embedded application environment including its native operating system. Together they enable a very small memory footprint and hitherto unmatched performance levels. Due to the performance of intent, the new PDA runs Javaâ„¢ programs many times faster than any other client device and it has levels of multimedia functionality never before seen on mobile handsets enabling the kind of content upon which consumers will place a very high premium.

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PIE: Customize your Pocket IE home page
Posted by Arne Hess - at 01:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Tired of using synchronized Pocket IE favorites? Use My Startpage to make all of your Pocket IE favorite sites more accessible. My Startpage replaces the default home page the Pocket IE uses. This gives you a quick and easy way to access all of your favorite sites. These links are also stored on your Pocket PC so that you can go back at any time and edit or delete them.

Make your mobile surfing experience more enjoyable.

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Tuesday, 21.05.02
WIRELESS PPC: Verizon Launches Audiovox Thera
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Whether at a hotel, the airport, or somewhere in between, the Audiovox Thera Pocket PC2002 will give you access to the Internet over Verizon Wireless' digital network. Sending and receiving emails will be at your fingertips.

Phone functions are performed in the Watcher program allowing you to call numbers from your phone book, view call logs, and listen to voice mail messages.

Key Features:<

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KNOWLEDGE: Latency or how fast is your packet sent
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:32 CET under 09 - Thoughts

While the whole wireless industry and the consumers are talking about bandwidth in wireless networks (GSM is able to provide up to 14.4 KBps, GPRS in theory 171.000 KBps and 3G in theory 2 MBps) one not less important fact is forgotten - the round trip delay or better known as latency.

whatis.com defines latency as follow:

In a network, latency, a synonym for delay, is an expression of how much time it takes for a packet of data to get from one designated point to another. In some usages (for example, AT&T), latency is measured by sending a packet that is returned to the sender and the round-trip time is considered the latency.
The latency assumption seems to be that data should be transmitted instantly between one point and another (that is, with no delay at all). The contributors to network latency include:

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GPRS: ALL-locations GPRS Traffic Counter 3.0.0 available for download
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

One month ago I've reviewed the test version of ALL-locations GPRS Traffic Counter which is a must for every GPRS user and as announced, from today the commercial version of ALL-locations GPRS Traffic Counter 3.0 is available at PocketGear.com:

The ALL-locations GPRS Traffic Counter will help you to get a grip on your GPRS Traffic. The GPRS Traffic Counter is a tool that measures traffic through different types of dial-up connections. For example, GPRS traffic can be measured with your GPRS enabled PocketPC 2002, but also with a Bluetooth PocketPC 2002 in combination with a GPRS mobile phone.

The GPRS Traffic Counter will save your traffic statistics. Data traffic can be viewed in a graphical and a textual way. You can view data over different pre-defined periods (day, month or year) or you can view traffic data over a self-defined period. Using the information about your traffic, the GPRS Traffic Counter will also estimate the costs of your GPRS connection. The GPRS Traffic Counter also measures the average connection speed.

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WIRELESS WEB: Finally Bitstream released its ThunderHawk web browser
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

ThunderHawk was announced for a long time, now it's available for download. ThunderHawk is an alternative web browser for Pocket PCs:

Bringing the desktop browser experience to the Pocket PC
ThunderHawk gives you the same browsing experience on a Pocket PC as you are used to on the desktop. You can view the full text and images of any Web page without excessive scrolling. Because it does not rely on WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) or cHTML (Compact HyperText Markup Language), ThunderHawk does not require Web content providers to repurpose their content — or build one Web site for the desktop and another for the wireless world.

Leveraging Experience in Fonts and Font Technology
ThunderHawk comes from Bitstream, a world-renowned developer of font technology and high-quality digital fonts. By leveraging its expertise in font technology, Bitstream can display full Web pages on small color LCD screens (320 x 240) while maintaining full text legibility.

Here how the Web Edition of PPCW.Net looks on the ThunderHawk browser:

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Monday, 20.05.02
UTILITY: GonnaSoftware released PocketStickey2
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:53 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

GonnaSoftware, PDA software developer in Japan, has released PocketStickey2, stickey notes for the PocketPC.

Sometimes it's inconvenient to take memos because Pocket PC supports only single window. However, with PocketStickey you can now open many windows upon today screen or any application, write quick memos and keep them stay always on top.

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Sunday, 19.05.02
TEST: How much bandwidth consumes MSN Messenger through GPRS?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:48 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Always on - always nice - always expensive? How much traffic generates the MSN Messenger on the Pocket PC via GPRS?
I've tested it today and connected my Pocket PC with my GPRS network. For the Messenger account I've used an test-account which I have but isn't included in any buddy-lists. So I prevented to get any status messages of logged-in buddies but just the plain MSN Messenger Service connectivity.

For the traffic monitor I've used PDAwin's Network Monitor which gave me a good overview of the up- and downloads and here are the results:

MSN Messenger through GPRS needs near no bandwidth. Messenger only send and received a kind of Ping every 3 to 5 minutes:

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TODAY SCREEN: All new Animated Today 2002 v2 released!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Gigabyte Solutions have just released an all new version of Animated Today 2002 for the Pocket PC 2002.

Animated Today 2002 version 2 has been completely rewritten based upon customer feedback and now has the following extra features (among others).

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Saturday, 18.05.02
SERVICE: Mazingo goes Palm OS too
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:19 CET under 01 - General News

As much I prefer Pocket PC as much I like to see cross-platform applications and I missed a little bit a Palm OS Mazingo client as Mazingo is my preferred offline-newsreader partner.

How Mazingo announced last week in an interview, now the Palm OS Mazingo client is available for download. Download the Mazingo Palm Setup right now to get PPCW.Net on you Palm too. Beside this, Mazingo provides other great contents too and you can add your own channels to your Mazingo account easy.

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Friday, 17.05.02
PREVIEW: The Option GlobeTrotter arrived today for testing
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:56 CET under 08 - Reviews

As I wrote 10 days ago, Option is now ready to ship its GPRS PCMCIA card and thanks to Option, I got my reviewers sample today. So I will play a little bit with the card during the weekend. I hope the weather becomes good that I can take my Notebook to use it in one of our famous Beer Gardens here in Munich to update PPCW.Net with a good glass of Bavarian beer and the Option card. ;-)

However, my first impression is that it works pretty good with the Compaq iPAQ H3870 (5 minutes after I plugged it into the Pocket PC I got the first call so I had the chance to had a serious 35 minutes call and it worked just like my mobile phone) and also with my Sony Vaio Notebook.

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Wednesday, 15.05.02
DRIVERS: Socket released new Bluetooth drivers and an exchange program [UPDATE: 17.05.02]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:53 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Socket Communications just released the final Bluetooth CF card drivers 120D for Pocket PCs.

The Socket Communications Engineering team put a significant effort into re-architecting the software stack to take care of problems found in some of the Pocket PC 2002 operating system powered devices. These changes eliminate problems with the software causing Virtual COM port errors, as well as allowing the product to work on both the Casio Cassiopeia E-200 and the NEC MobilePro P300.

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TIP: Smarter Media Player control with up/down slider
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:39 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

Maybe you like to use your Pocket PC also for playing MP3s? I use it often in the bed while I'm reading a book, I'm listen some of my MP3s or even some radio streaming.

If you do the same, don't forget to configure the button assignment of your Pocket PC Windows Media Player for a more convenient usability. So you can assign the hardware buttons with Media Player functions like Sart, Stop, Pause and so on. But you can also configure the Volume and for this I like to use Up and Down Button/Slider of the HP Jornada 565 and Casio E-200.

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Tuesday, 14.05.02
SUMMIT: HanDBase users invited to first annual HanDBase Summit
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:12 CET under 01 - General News

DDH Software is pleased to announce that its first annual HanDBase Summit will be held at the Embassy Suites in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida from June 11-12. Attendees will enjoy the first public presentation of HanDBase v3.0 and a new top-secret application, plus one-on-one training sessions, and “Ask the Experts” panels in which the DDH Software development team will be on hand to answer questions.

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Monday, 13.05.02
TOOL: Pocket Controller-Professional V2.20 just released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Pocket Controller allows users of Pocket PCs to remotely control their Pocket PCs using your desktop computers. In addition to remote control the product includes several other features such as : Video recording, WYSIWYG printing, display Pocket PC in a skin, activate/stop applications, screen capture, execute DOS commands, view memory/battery utilization and more.

The following is a summary of the newly added features:

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Saturday, 11.05.02
PPCW.NET: Mazingo channels - the last
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:58 CET under 06 - Site News

Okay, I knew that Mazingo responded all the time error messages if your synchronized the PPCW.Net Full channel but it is fixed now... :-) There was some piece of code within the PHP script which was ignored by AvantGo and didn't appear on web browsers but the Mazingo browser interpreted it wrong. So it was hard for me to bug fix it as I never saw on the real environment what went wrong but finally I found the "bug". Because of this code, Mazingo tried to download some parts of PPCW.Net which wasn't designed for synchronization but for web access only. This was the reason why the channels was - sometimes - so big but it is fixed from now! :-)

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Friday, 10.05.02
WIRELESS: BlueKite Service discontinued
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:48 CET under 01 - General News

I just received this mail from BlueKite.

Do you know what's happening?
Do you think it could be related to the fact that my Sevice Provider is Vodafone, a BlueKite partner and they have decided (on my back!) that I can not use this speed service?

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GPRS ROAMING: T-Mobile launches roaming between Germany, Austria and USA
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:47 CET under 01 - General News

From today T-Mobile provides GPRS roaming between their T-Mobile networks in Germany (formerly T-D1); Austria (formerly max.mobil) and USA (still known as VoiceStream) and supports all TCP/IP services including Web, E-Mail and WAP.

As a German T-Mobile customer, you can use GPRS roaming also in UK, Czech Republic and Poland. T-Mobile plans to expand its GPRS roaming to other European partners until end of

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OFFTOPIC: VIA debuts Tablet PC design at WinHEC Taipei 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:51 CET under 01 - General News

Sleek and stylish device bridges the gap between PC and notepad.
Taipei, Taiwan, 8 May 2002 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today demonstrated its new VIA Tablet PC design at the WinHEC 2002 event in Taipei, Taiwan.

The VIA Tablet PC design is an attractive slate-style ultra portable PC, combining an innovative 'digital ink' system with a 10.4" electro-magnetic digitizer portrait screen to form the ultimate digital notepad, with universal applications in business and the home. Less than one inch thick and weighing just over one kilogram, the VIA Tablet PC design is considerably lighter and less bulky than a conventional laptop, it supports the full functionality of Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition as well as a full range of cutting edge connectivity features including USB 2.0, IEEE 1394 and optional 802.11b wireless support.

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SERVICE: The Star Alliance Worldwide Timetable is more than a pure flight schedule only
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:57 CET under 09 - Thoughts

While we are talking about Internet access on airplanes we have to first book a flight. My fellow MVP Chris Forsberg pointed me to this very interesting Star Alliance timetable application for Pocket PCs.

The Star Alliance PocketFly Timetable offers the convenience of the Star Alliance member airline schedules on your PDA using the Pocket PC Operating System 2000 and 2002 with the StrongArm Processor.

Features include:

  • Look up flights by Date
  • Global flight schedules
  • Dynamic connection building
  • Advanced lookup options
  • Add selected flights to your Calendar Build your Travel Itinerary and ActiveSync to Outlook.

Have you seen the latest bullet point? This application allows you to copy the selected flight directly to your Pocket Outlook Calendar, that's fancy! Here how it works:

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WIRELESS: Surf the web above the clouds
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:04 CET under 01 - General News

Brad from Pocket PC Thoughts posted this news 2 days ago about wireless Internet in aircrafts:

High Speed In The High Skies - Boeing has just announced that they have received Federal Aviation Administration certification of their new in-flight high-speed connectivity network, called "Connexion by Boeing." The network is aimed at providing airline passengers the ability to access the Internet and e-mail systems at near-DSL speeds while in the air.

Now I found this news about the first Lufthansa aircraft which will use Cisco Systems infrastructure for accessing the Internet:

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PIM: Final update of Developer One's Agenda Fusion is available now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

John from Developer One just sent me this E-Mail tonight:

Arne, please find attached the very latest v4.20 release of Agenda Fusion which just went live. What's great about v4.20?

A completely new and enhanced Tasks View truly makes task management simple.

The Agenda Fusion Tasks View now gives you the power to group your tasks by subject, category, dates, status, priority and more, making it easy and fast to see your tasks the way that makes most sense to you. Additional features include easy drag-and-drop between groups in the category and priority grouping mode.

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WIRELESS: McDonald's serves up wireless net access
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:41 CET under 01 - General News

Jason over at Pocket PC Thoughts found this news at PCWorld.com:

McDonald's Serves up Wireless Net Access
Japanese customers will be able to connect at speeds up to 8 mbps as they eat their burgers and fries.

Softbank is planning to provide public Internet Protocol telephony services and wireless Internet access at McDonald's fast-food restaurants in Japan, using its Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line infrastructure, the two companies announced Tuesday. They aim to offer the IP telephony service in as many restaurants as possible in 10 cities where soccer World Cup games will be held, and will try to be ready by the opening of World Cup on May 31, says Yasuyuki Yagi, president and chief operating officer of McDonald's Japan. For the first six months, the public IP telephony service will be free of charge within Japan and to the U.S.,

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NEW PPC 2002s: Preorders at Amazon.com and .de for the new Toshiba and Fujitsu Siemens
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Some fantastic new Pocket PC 2002s will hitting the street within the next few weeks and two of them are already available at Amazon for preorders:

Amazon.com already accepts preorders for the new Toshiba e740 which will comes with a 400 MHz XScale processor and integrated Bluetooth while Amazon.de accepts preorders for the Fujitsu Siemens Pocket Loox 600 which also comes with a 400 MHz XScale CPU and also integrates Bluetooth!

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Wednesday, 08.05.02
PPC TUNING: Tweaks2k2 v0.4 has been released.
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The Tweaks2K2 is the ultimate easy to use software for hacking your PDA Registry.

The only one checking the PDA registry looking for any option that has been applied in previous sections, and showing you those changes with check marks.

What is new in this release (V0.4)?

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UPDATE: Mazingo 4.10 is launched - with a new look and functionalities [UPDATE 08.05.02]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:23 CET under 01 - General News

Mazingo 4.1 is now available, with a snazzy new look on the Pocket PC.

I've just downloaded the new version and try it out right now. I hope it also fixes the sync problems we saw with the previous version. Synchronization tooks horrible long and some channels - including PPCW.Net - always responded with an error message which can not be, I've checked it more than one time only and my server worked perfect.

Here what Mazingo 4.10 comes with:

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XSCALE PPC 2002: Toshiba e740 confirmed
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Toshiba e740 confirmed
By: Jørgen Sundgot, 06.05.02 06:43

It seems that when infoSync reported on the upcoming Toshiba devices earlier, we were right on track; the e310 we mentioned has already been launched officially, and the e740 model - supposed to come with an XScale processor, an integrated Microdrive and otherwise a design quite similar to the e310 model - has now received its qualification

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Tuesday, 07.05.02
MERGER: HP expected to eliminate at least 4 product lines
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:39 CET under 01 - General News

As USA Today reports, after the merger Compaq's iPAQs will become the lead product for handheld devices:

The new product lineup will include: H-P's market-leading printers; Compaq's iPaq handhelds; H-P's Pavilion and Compaq's Presario consumer personal computers; Compaq's Evo business PC; and Compaq's ProLiant Windows-based servers.

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GPRS CARD II: The first GPRS CF Card from Audiovox is hitting the street soon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:18 CET under 01 - General News

As I wrote some weeks ago, Audiovox is working on a CF sized GPRS card which will become available soon - at least in Germany. Actually I didn't found any information on the US American Audiovox pages but ADVISE Telekommunikation KG, the German Audiovox distributor, already listed the card on its website for a price of around 220 €. That's what Audiovox already told me on CeBIT and I couldn't believe at that time (the price was given with 200 - 250 US$).

I should get a reviewers sample soon, so stay tuned. Here's what the RTM-8000 comes with:

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GPRS CARD I: Option's GlobeTrotter PC Card hits the street [UPDATE 07.05.02]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:26 CET under 01 - General News

LEUVEN, BELGIUM - Option today announced that it started web-sales of its GlobeTrotter Tri-band GPRS PC Card. Customers can now simply access the Option e-shop on www.option.com and click on the “Buy GlobeTrotter now” button.

GlobeTrotter offers the wireless user Internet access at speeds averaging 56Kbps using GPRS technology that is now operational on nearly all major GSM networks including the USA. As well as providing high speed wireless Internet access the GlobeTrotter PC Card may be used for voice and SMS in the same way as with a standard mobile phone.

With the advent of GPRS, network providers are rapidly changing their business models to include new Internet based data services. The hitherto classic voice centric GSM operator has metamorphosed into the role of an ISP (Internet Service Provider) and ASP (Access Service Provider) offering these services to the new breed of mobile professional.

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XSCALE HP: Will the Jornada 574 becomes available sooner than expected? [UPDATE 07.05.02]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:25 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Dale over from Pocket PC Passion just found the following, not official announced Pocket PC at mobileplanet:

The Jornada 574 features the new 400MHz Intel XScale processor, the fastest available for Pocket PCs. The Jornada also comes with 64MB RAM, 32MB ROM, a color reflective TFT LCD display that supports 65K colors, and Pocket PC 2002 OS from Microsoft.

Until today the HP 574 was (serious) rumor only but not officially announced by HP; now mobileplanet provides it for $599.95 and it should be available from 15.05.2002!

UPDATE: mobileplanet removed the pages now... What does this mean!? ;-)

Here is what the Jornada comes with:

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Monday, 06.05.02
TYPING: TT Tech’s SnapNType Mini-keyboard for Compaq iPAQ 3800 series also [UPDATE 08.05.02]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Hong Kong, SAR - May 6, 2002 - TT Tech Limited, a specialist in developing and manufacturing hardware accessories solutions for the mobile computing market announced today a new addition to their award winning SnapNTypeâ„¢ mini-keyboard series.

The Model SnapNTypeT302 is a thumb-typing keyboard designed for Compaq iPAQ 3800 series Pocket PC. The design of T302 is slim and integrates seamlessly with the PDA device. The unit slides in from the bottom. It will fit your iPAQ with or without expansion packs installed.

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Friday, 03.05.02
PPCW.NET: Lack of news, I will be away for this weekend
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:54 CET under 06 - Site News

So I'm done for this weekend. I will away so don't expect any updates until Monday afternoon.

If you go to the PPC Welt Community User Meeting in Munich this weekend, enjoy! Unfortunately something like this happens in my "hometown" and I'm away but anyway - I'm away with my lovely one! :-)

Cheers ~ Arne

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THOUGHT: Where is the reason/value for myCasio.com?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:46 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Hm... Cause I have a new - functional - Casio E-200 now, I've took the opportunity to check out myCasio.com and I didn't found any value there? Is it just my impression or is it - at least today - useless? Downloading commercial movies doesn't makes sense for me and also the MP3 offer is not what I'm looking for.

On the Mobile Info I got a browser/cookie error and I don't see any value

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CAR HIFI NAVIAGATION: Intelligent product-combination from Blaupunkt
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:11 CET under 01 - General News

Ups, I just found this pictures from CeBIT on my CF card and I missed to post it! It's a pretty cool project from Blaupunkt, the German Car HiFi manufacture.

It's a system, Blaupunkt presented on the CeBIT which combines a car radio and also includes a GSM phone and a CD-player. So far nothing fancy but it becomes interesting if you wonder if it also includes a CD changer unit and no, it doesn't includes this but a docking-station for an IBM Micro Drive. This means that you can carry 1 MB of MP3s in your Pocket PC and if you enter the car, you can plug the Micro Drive into your car HiFi system. That's pretty cool but at least not everything this system provides.

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DRIVER: New Socket Bluetooth Beta driver
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As I posted some days ago on the PPCW.Net Support Forum, Socket offers some Beta Drivers for its Wireless LAN and Bluetooth cards for a friendly user test. This drivers are also required, I you want to use your Casio E-200 with the Socket Bluetooth card as it fixes the problem, that the device is unable to load the communication ports.

However, within the past 3 days, Socket uploaded 2 times a new version of its 2.9 Bluetooth Beta drivers and this looks pretty

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GPRS COUNTER: ALL-locations GPRS Traffic Counter available soon for all
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I just got this E-Mail from ALL-location about the availability of their GPRS counter. Godd news for you folks, who are using GPRS too I think! :-)

Hello,

Thank you for your interest in the ALL-locations GPRS Traffic Counter. Currently the GPRS Traffic Counter is only available through certain mobile carriers. As soon as possible we will release a public consumer version for different types of Pocket PCs. Our software will be made available through Pocketgear (http://www.pocketgear.com) at an introductory price of only $10! We will

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PRESSRELEASE: Pocket Presence in European distribution deal for One-Click Mobility
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:26 CET under 01 - General News

Pocket Presence, the leading provider of GSM and GPRS software products for Pocket PC, announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Compaq Computer in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region for its One-Click Mobility solution.

Stockholm, April 29, 2002 - Swedish Pocket Presence today announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Compaq Computer in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region (EMEA), the manufacturer of the award winning iPAQ Pocket PC, operating on Windows PocketPC, for its One-Click Mobility solution. According to the agreement, Compaq will offer the One-Click Mobility solution together with its iPAQ Pocket PC to carriers within the EMEA region.

One-Click Mobility is a mass-deployment solution targeting GSM and GPRS telecom carriers that want to offer powerful mobile Internet bundles for PDAs combined with GPRS handsets. The solution can be pre-installed by the carrier and is completely brandable and customizable. To link the two devices together One-Click Mobility uses Bluetooth. Users of the iPAQ Pocket PC with the One-Click Mobility solution pre-installed by their carriers will have immediate access to a range of features, including dialing, messaging, and Web browsing, as all carrier specific settings are pre-configured. The solution can be enhanced with additional data services.

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Thursday, 02.05.02
REVIEW: c't reviewed 'Das große Buch Pocket PC 2002'
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Wie ihr ja sicher schon mitbekommen habt, ist mein letztes Werk, "Das große Buch Pocket PC 2002", an dem ich mitgearbeitet habe seit kurzem erhältlich. Umso mehr hat mich jetzt die Bewertung des, im Data Becker Verlag, erschienen Buchs in der aktuellen c't (Heft 9, Seite 225) gefreut:

"Ein wahrer Schatz ist das Kapitel über mobiles Internet, das auch für langjährige Pocket-PC Besitzer noch wertvolle Hinweise bereithält. Hier findet man detaillierte Anleitungen für die Einwahl in das Internet per Modem, Handy oder Netzwerk mit dem Pocket PC. Auch das Thema Mobilfunk Standards wie GSM, HSCSD und GPRS streift der Schreiber und zeigt, wie man von neuen Übertragunstechniken profitiert. [...] Obwohl es sich vornehmlich an Einsteiger richtet, können auch routinierten Pocket-PC Anwender Nutzen daraus ziehen."

3-mal dürft Ihr raten welches Kapitel ich unter anderem geschrieben habe... ;-) Es freut

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