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Wednesday, 31.07.02
SITE: Wireless Forums are closed now :-(
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:27 CET under 01 - General News

A sad moment for Jerome and me, a few months ago we've launched Wireless Forums and now we have to close it. Here is the simple reason, which makes me happy on the other side:

"Dear Member!

This is the one and only email you'll receive from us as the forum is now closed. This decision is motivated by the recent launch of a newsgroup by Microsoft dedicated to wireless & Pocket PC. (news:microsoft.public.pocketpc.wireless).

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SIGNING-OFF: Again I'm away for a business/vacation trip from tomorrow until Tuesday
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:34 CET under 06 - Site News

Please don't wonder, that PPCW.Net will not be updated within the next 5 days but again I'm away. This time for a business trip with additional vacation during the weekend. I will go to Oslo, Norway and please cross the fingers, that the weather will be okay.

So please be patience but the news feed will keep you updated anyhow. See you next Tuesday. BTW: this time I will have for sure no GPRS connection :-( so I will not be able to read your E-Mails, contributions and input before Tuesday!

Cheers ~ Arne

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AVAILABLE: The T-Mobile/VoiceStream MDA is available for order now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As my friends at Pocket PC Thoughts reported - the VoiceStream MDA is available in limited quantities for ordering now:

"Apparently, VoiceStream has been sending the following message to people who registered for the device in advance:

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INTERCONNECT: TCS and Mobileway form strategic partnership to create global SMS network
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:02 CET under 01 - General News

SMS and premium content will be targeted at fertile North American market

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a key architect of wireless location and messaging software, and Mobileway, a European and Asia-pacific leader in the field of wireless content delivery and world leader in managing and monetizing mobile data transactions, today announced they are joining forces to create the largest commercial Short Message Service (SMS) delivery network. The partnership will provide a single access point to over 375 million phones for 2-way messaging and 675 million phones for 1-way messaging by utilizing over 85 direct connections with carriers throughout the world.

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PERSONALIZATION: Get new skins for your O2 xda phone application
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:30 CET under 01 - General News

It was clear that it doesn't takes to long that a developer will have a look into personalizing the phone interface as we've already know it from the graphics for Nokia handsets.
Now DesignLab offers skins for the O2 xda for download from
Currently they provide 4 different skins and if you are an owner of a German O2 xda, this might be interesting for you.

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ALLIANCE: Microsoft and AT&T Wireless to unwire U.S. Corporations
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:38 CET under 01 - General News

Companies to provide access to Microsoft Exchange, MapPoint .NET and other business applications via Windows Powered Pocket PCs, Smartphones and Laptops on AT&T Wireless Next-Generation Network

REDMOND, Wash. - July 31, 2002: Microsoft Corp. and AT&T Wireless today announced the formation of a strategic alliance that will dramatically simplify the way companies provide integrated wireless data services to their employees. The companies said that this new, comprehensive alliance was created to keep North American companies, and the mobile professionals who work in them, connected to valuable corporate information while on the go.
AT&T Wireless and Microsoft have developed and will distribute end-to-end solutions for Microsoft Windows Powered Pocket PCs, Smartphones and laptops. These solutions are designed to provide seamless, wireless access to e-mail, information and applications behind corporate firewalls.
In addition, AT&T Wireless plans to be the first wireless carrier to offer new enterprise-grade Microsoft .NET location-based services for mobile users on both laptops and Pocket PCs, using MapPoint .NET mapping and location services and the .NET Compact Framework. As part of the agreement, Microsoft and AT&T Wireless will collaborate on solution development, joint sales and account planning, and marketing activities.
The two companies said they have been working together for several months, and they are in the late stages of product development. Customer trials are currently under way, and the companies plan to launch their first set of services and devices powered by Microsoft Pocket PC Phone Edition software commercially in the fourth quarter of this year.

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Tuesday, 30.07.02
CONFIRMED: Dell will hit the PDA market before Christmas
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According the Taipei Times, Dell plans to introduce an own PDA before this year's Christmas:

"Dell, which plans to enter the PDA market before the Christmas buying season, will source up to 1.5 million PDAs from one or more Taiwanese companies, which could include Compal Electronics Inc, High Tech Computer Corp (HTC), Mitac International Corp or Wistron, local Chinese-language newspapers reported yesterday."

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WIRELESS: Phone Today adds your mobile phone status to the Today Screen
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Phone Today is a Today Screen plug-in which displays the status of your connected GSM phone.
Phone Today works with any GSM phone which is connected to your Pocket PC through a serial connection, and which supports GSM 07.05 and 07.07 AT+C commands.

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COOPERATION: Bachmann Software and TDK Systems announce Bluetooth printing solution for PPC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, Bachmann Software and TDK Systems Europe announced that Bachmann’s Bluetooth-enabled PrintBoy software will be distributed with TDK Systems’ Bluetooth attachments for Palm and Pocket PC handhelds, enabling users to wirelessly print their handheld data on Bluetooth-enabled printers. TDK Systems’ customers who purchase bluePAQ, its Pocket PC compatible Bluetooth sled, will receive a trial copy of Bachmann’s PrintBoy CE, while customers who purchase blueM or blue5 sleds, designed for Palm m and V series handhelds, will receive copies of Bachmann’s PrintBoy Anywhere.

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REVIEW: WestTek ClearVue Suite for the Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:40 CET under 08 - Reviews

If you are a wireless professional, you might get also a lot of E-Mails from your office or business partners - like me. Inbox does a pretty good job and while it can also handles attachments, the built-in tools might be not able to handle all attachments proper or there is no document viewer available, like for PowerPoint files.

However, now with GPRS connection and the introduction of Pocket PC Phone Edition a lot of people might think about kicking out the Notebook and using a Wireless Pocket PC for communication stuff. This works pretty good if you don't get fancy attachments but attachments with more "sophisticated" documents might be a problem.
WestTek closes this gap with its ClearVue Suite for Pocket PC as it is a collection of Office & Image viewers for the Windows CE based Pocket PCs. The Office viewers open and view native Microsoft Office 97, 2000 and XP PowerPoint, Excel and Word files. The Image viewers open and view .JPG, .BMP and .PNG files. This means that your co-workers can send you any document without thinking about if you are able to open it or not.

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DRIVER: New Anycom Bluetooth CF card driver
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Anycom released the version 2 Pocket PC driver for its Bluetooth CF card which includes several improvements.
Get the new version with the link below. The download is 6 MB but worth if you are using the Anycom card with your Pocket PC. A new Notebook version isn't available right now.

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Thursday, 25.07.02
DATABASE: DDH Software announces HanDBase 3.0 for both - Palm OS and Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

New version reinvents the mobile database, offering peer-to-peer synchronization of data, scalable multi-user collaboration and true forms designing capabilities DDH Software, Inc. today announces the launch of HanDBase 3.0 for handheld computers based on the Palm OS and Pocket PC platforms. Coinciding the 3.0 release, HanDBase will be launching several new add-on programs, including a Forms Designer,
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PERSONAL: Signing off for the weekend
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:58 CET under 06 - Site News

I will sign-off now until Monday evening because I will enjoy a beautiful trip with my lovely girlfriend to the city of love - Paris!
Because of this, don't expect to see any updates until Monday night, however I will try to stay wireless connected. I wonder how and if the Vodafone GPRS roaming will work right now? On the web site Vodafone only writes something about during this summer. Okay, the summer here in Europe is pretty lousy because it is cold

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WIRELESS: Audiovox GPRS CF card is available now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:31 CET under 01 - General News

As I've reported on CeBIT this spring and again a few months later, the Audiovox GPRS CF card seems to be available now. At least ShoppingPDA offers it now with worldwide delivery.

With the GSM/GPRS CompactFlash card, you can instantly turn your Pocket PC or notebook computer into a wireless communication device so you can perform voice/data communication anytime and anywhere. You can not only enjoy high quality voice communication but rapid and stable GPRS Data transmission. You can finally get rid of the tiny little screen of your mobile phone and access various on-line information comfortably.

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THOUGHT: The silent dead of the first German 3G operator - Quam
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:18 CET under 09 - Thoughts

"They had a dream" when Quam (Germany), the joint operator from Telefonica (Spain) and Sonera (Finland), got a 3G license for Germany for 8.5 Million € two years ago. As reported now, Telefonica as well as Sonera wants to freeze their 3G activities in Germany and the rest of Europe (Austria and Italy).

As hard as it for the employees is it a miracle? No, it isn't! Quam doesn't has any own network infrastructure today but uses the 2/2.5G network from E-Plus to start operation right before 3G is available and acquired with 800 employees - 200.000 customers only (60% of them

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Wednesday, 24.07.02
SOLUTION: Wireless Sales & Order Processing
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Millions of deliveries are made each day, frequently with paper documentation at the point of handover of the goods. That documentation is frequently processed by hand and then dispatched by post for subsequent input into a computer system. Significant delays in invoicing can occur due to lost or unreadable paperwork. Such manual processes can now be re-engineered by using the award-winning o2 xda coupled with wireless sales and order processing.

The Solution
Use your o2 xda to log sales, deliveries or any other process, upload the transaction details for instant viewing by remote users and automatically send confirmation emails direct from the Pocket PC at the touch of a button. The comprehensive package includes wireless enabled transaction logging software and a desktop viewer. If you have Excel you can instantly produce invoices at the touch of a button direct from the desktop or set it to automatically retrieve transactions as they occur and send the details straight to a database. The software can be tailored readily to suit particular customer requirements and applications.

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REMOTE CONTROL: Just released - Soti's Pocket Controller-Professional V3.00
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

This new release allows provides enhancements in the areas of security, User Interface, Macro recording/playback, and TCP/IP wired/wireless connectivity.

Pocket Controller contains 3 Products in one now:

  • Productivity: Enter data quickly into your mobile device using your desktop/notebook computer keyboard and mouse
  • Presentation: An Ideal tool for training/presenting mobile software or mobile devices by projecting your desktop/notebook computer screen
  • Helpdesk: - Remotely manage/control mobile devices in a networked environment (wired/wireless)
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BLUETOOTH: Losing the manual is the first step to the future
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:22 CET under 01 - General News

The IT Consultant Northstream compiled this pretty interesting report about the success/nonsuccess of Bluetooth and what the industry have to deliver to establish Bluetooth as a future:

STOCKHOLM - July 24 2002: Despite being one of the veterans in the arena of wireless technology, Bluetooth still has a long and bumpy road ahead of it before the technology can realise its full potential. The success of Bluetooth will be determined by how well manufacturers and application developers can apply the rules of simplicity and consumer friendliness, according to a new study by leading wireless advisor Northstream.

Bluetooth has a number of advantages and is clearly suitable for mass market, voice-centric mobile devices due to the low cost structure, low power consumption and voice support. The gloomy market situation in the wireless industry

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Tuesday, 23.07.02
PR: HP connects Mobile Workers and Enterprises with Wireless Hot Spots and new Access Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:49 CET under 01 - General News

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 24, 2002: HP today launched a worldwide initiative aimed at providing Public Wireless LAN "hot spots" in public areas such as airports, hotels, restaurants and other locales. This offers mobile professionals affordable, secure high-speed access to email and other business applications using virtually any wireless local area network and mobile access device.

Complementing the initiative's hot spot infrastructure solutions, HP is offering new notebooks and iPAQ Pocket PCs to help mobile professionals live their lives on the go. The devices take advantage of wireless networks via Bluetooth and 802.11 standards to connect users to enterprise applications and the Internet - regardless of where they find themselves.

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WIRELESS: Qualified SDIO card Type-B for Bluetooth from Toshiba
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:31 CET under 01 - General News

Found this at the Qualified Bluetooth Product Website today: Toshiba SDIO Card Type-B for Bluetooth

The Toshiba SDIO Card Type-B for Bluetooth is an ultra small, thin Bluetooth function card with built-in antenna. It is in compliance with Bluetooth specification V.1.1, SDIO Card specification V.1.0 and SDIO Card Type-B specification for Bluetooth V.1.0.

SDIO Card for Bluetooth can be used with any kind of devices which have SDIO card slot and software for SDIO Card for Bluetooth, i.e. PDAs, portable PCs, desktop PCs, digital still cameras and cellular phones.

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ARTICLE: The Register has more information about a HTC Smartphone 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Orange UK is evaluating a reference design for a Stinger smartphone (aka Microsoft Smartphone 2002) produced by contract manufacturer HTC, according to documents received by The Register.
The network is already believed to have struck a deal with Sendo for its much-delayed Z100 phone, also based on the Stinger platform.

MS CanaryThe vanilla Canary reference design contains few surprises. It's based on Texas Instruments OMAP 720, weighs 95g and is a triband GSM/GPRS device. Delays in getting Microsoft's GPRS stack to stay up long enough to salute have contributed to delays in shipping Stingers so far, as Microsoft itself has acknowledged. HTC claims the device allows 3 hours talktime or 100 hours of standby. There's USB and MMC support. The Canary boasts a 176x220 64,000 colour display and it looks like this:

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Monday, 22.07.02
REVIEW: izotope PhotonShow
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:50 CET under 08 - Reviews

This review is not about wireless but about one of the coolest applications, I've seen for a long time: izotope PhotonShow!
I was always envious on the guys like Phillip Torrone who programs in Flash as it is nothing. I'm not talking about the hancy fancy Flash applications but about a pure presentation. Now izotope released PhotonShow which makes it pretty simple for everybody to create picture slide shows but not for PCs only but also for Pocket PCs.
So last night I've tried to create a cool slide show with some pictures from my last NYC trip last year - and here it is: "My Tribute to New York City".

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LINK: Petition to HP/Compaq to repair defective Pocket PCs 38xx/37xx/36xx
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

July 20, 2002: Today marks the official launch of At this website, users who have experienced problems with their HP/Compaq iPAQ Pocket PCs can sign a petition asking Hewlett Packard to fix or refund their devices.

The petition contains dozens of documented issues that some iPAQ Pocket PCs suffer from. As a result, for many owners the iPAQ PocketPC is a defective device. The petition also contains a list of documented issues that the PocketPC 2000 and 2002 Operating Systems suffer from. These issues are contained within the petition to further demonstrate the reduced usefulness of these devices, although the petition does not demand resolution from HP/Compaq to these OS-related issues.

The petition is a formal statement expressing the complaint that HP/Compaq has not adequately supported these products. The petition also offers HP/Compaq the opportunity to resolve this situation in one of two ways:

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DISCUSSION: How to use a PPC Phone Edition as modem for Notebooks
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:23 CET under 09 - Thoughts

There is a pretty interesting discussion on the PPCW.Net Forum about how to use an O2 xda as a kind of wireless modem for a Notebook (what a lot of us do with its cheap mobile phones every day) and the only answer today is: there is no possibility!

This means that you can not connect your PPC Phone Edition (doesn't matter if it is an O2 xda or a HP WDA) to your Notebook to use it as a modem only and pass through the data to the PC. Also this is not possible with the Compaq iPAQ Wireless Pack! So if you are looking for a solution which lets you use it with your Pocket PC and your Notebook, you have to use a GPRS PC Card modem like the Option GlobeTrotter or the Sierra Wireless AirCard.

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Friday, 19.07.02
PPC 2002: The cheapest available Pocket PC 2002 is hitting the German market today
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:39 CET under 01 - General News

Already announced on CeBIT, now the Yakumo PDA alpha is hitting the market. Yakumo is the electronic device brand of Vobis, the largest German PC retailer.
With this small and fast PC that almost fits into your pants pocket, you always have your data ready to hand. Whatever you need to know while you on the road - addresses, tasks, dates or e-mails - the pocket versions of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook make these information quickly available to you. It is light as a feather (only 143 g) but extremely strong with its 206 MHz StrongARM processor. You can operate it up to 8 hours with a rechargeable battery. The powerful LCD color display also allows you to use it outside.
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Thursday, 18.07.02
CARD READER: Transcend introduced new 6-in-1 Card Reader/Writer
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:49 CET under 01 - General News

CompactFlash, IBM Microdrive, SmartMedia, MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital, Memory Stick - the many conveniences of Flash memory have led to it's greatest inconvenience - lack of a single form factor or standard specification. A person or company may easily find itself owning a variety of mobile digital devices that use different forms of Flash memory media—a digital camera that needs CompactFlash, an MP3 player that needs MultiMediaCard, a mobile phone that expands memory via Secure Digital, and/or hundreds of other possible combinations. Transferring data between devices and computers therefore becomes quite a problem. The ultimate solution is the 6-in-1 Card

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PREVIEW: Got the latest gadget - the HP Jornada 928 WDA for testing [UPDATE: 06.08.02]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:58 CET under 08 - Reviews

Who told you, that the Jornada 928 WDA will never be released after the merger with Compaq? As I've written some days ago, the WDA will be definitely launched in some markets and thanks to the new HP, I got a WDA for reviewing on PPCW.Net.

So please give me some days to play with it and find out all functionalities as it differentiates from the O2 xda, even if both devices comes around with Microsoft's Pocket PC Phone Edition.

But with its Fonix' speech recognition (which works pretty good as I can say so far) and the second LCD display on the top of the device (the LCD display is an indication for me, that HP is also building calculators ;-); the handling of the HP Jornada is different as you get more options and features.

And also the used Texas Instruments OMAP 710 processor differentiates from other Pocket PCs.

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Wednesday, 17.07.02
LINK: pt uploaded pictures of his latest gadget - the Fossil Pocket PC Watch [UPDATE: 18.07.02]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:03 CET under 01 - General News

pt posted some cool and detailed pictures of his latest gadget, the Fossil Pocket PC Watch.

Fossil's Wrist PDA-PC is the ultimate companion to your Pocket PC! The seamless infrared interface easily downloads the information from your five main handheld applications, stored on your Pocket PC into your Wrist PC! The information can then be accessed through the different applications on the watch. Carry your contacts, calendar, tasks, and notes all on your wrist. Other features include a special Today application, customized watch faces, convenient drop down menus, view screen options, EL backlight, and a joystick for easy navigation.

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WIRELESS: Will the US gets a nationwide W-LAN network?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:31 CET under 01 - General News

According to The New York Times, several leading computer and telecommunications companies are discussing the joint creation of a wireless data network that would make it possible for users of hand-held and portable computers to have access to the Internet at high speeds nationwide.

"The Intel Corporation, IBM., AT&T Wireless and several other wireless and Internet service providers including Verizon Communications and Cingular are exploring the creation of a company to deploy a network based on the increasingly popular 802.11 wireless data standard, known as Wi-Fi, according to several people close to the talks.

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Tuesday, 16.07.02
PPCW.NET: Testing a chat module on PPCW.Net
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:04 CET under 06 - Site News

Some of you asked if it is not possible to add any possibility to ping me, if I'm online (which you can see on the PPCW.Net Support Forum) and yes - there is a chat tool which I'm running for several month on PPCW.Net but never launched it.
So I will test this chat now for some weeks and depending on the usage and quality, I will launch it as a regular feature of PPCW.Net or not. Also I would like to test how powerful it is in a real environment.

You can access the PPCW.Net Chat from here ( but you have to be a registered user of the PPCW.Net Support Forum.

Tell me what you think and give it a try!

Cheers ~ Arne

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WIRELESS MESSEGING: magic4 launches Wireless Village Instant Messaging client
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:53 CET under 01 - General News

magic4 today announced the release of two new products based upon the Wireless Village Instant Messaging protocol. Advanced messaging services like Instant Messaging take text messaging to the next level, allowing end-users to send and receive messages containing content such as pictures, music, images and graphics. These new products will now enable users, already accustomed to Internet-based Instant Messaging services, to experience Instant Messaging in a wireless environment.

The Wireless Village initiative was established by Ericsson, Motorola, and Nokia to define and promote a set of universal specifications for mobile instant messaging and presence services as well as creating a community of supporters of which magic4 is an active member. The specifications are used for exchanging messages and presence information between mobile devices, mobile services and Internet-based instant messaging services. The protocol is optimised for the requirements of mobile devices and wireless networks.

Andy Pearson, Instant Messaging Product Manager, magic4 said, "We are pleased to be delivering yet another open standards messaging solution to our partners and, this is another significant step toward delivering richer messaging services to mass-market handsets.

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PREVIEW: First exclusive O2 Action Engine preview
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:08 CET under 08 - Reviews

Action Engine has developed a Mobile Services Framework that provides a platform for the development and deployment of applications for wireless mobile devices. The framework uses a Smart Client/Smart Server architecture that addresses the unique limitations and capabilities of mobile devices.

The goal is to build and deliver technology that makes the wireless Internet a valuable tool for all people. Action Engine sees the transformation of mobile devices from desktop companions to primary computing devices, and Action Engine

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REVIEW: Sierra Wireless AirCard 750 GSM/GPRS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:38 CET under 08 - Reviews

Sierra Wireless AirCard 750 GSM/GPRS wireless network cards provide LAN-like connectivity while you’re on the road. Sierra Wireless AirCard 750 wireless network cards allow you to continue to work as if you’d never left the office, with wireless access to email, intranet, corporate applications and full web browsing. Get seamless wireless Internet connectivity as they connect their notebook or handheld device directly to the GPRS network. The Sierra Wireless AirCard 750 GPRS is a Multislot class 12 capable GPRS card and provides simultaneous support for GPRS and SMS messaging to ensure that you are always available to receive information.

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Monday, 15.07.02
POCKET LOOX: Tekguru reviewed the Fujitsu Siemens Pocket Loox
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:46 CET under 01 - General News

Daron Brewood aka Tekguru reviewed the Pocket Loox on his site; his conclusion:

One question I've been asked several times during the writing of this review, would I recommend the LOOX 600? The question is a definite yes. The LOOX hardware is well built, stylish and ergonomically designed and the benefit of the Jog Dial and both SD and CF

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O2 XDA: Available without any SIM Lock in Hong Kong
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Good news for all you gadget guys outside the O2 countries UK, Germany, Netherlands and Ireland. If you are really looking for a O2 xda and want one to buy - without SIM Lock, you can get it in Hong Kong SAR! :-)
Okay, I don't know if it is really a good deal for everybody since Hong Kong is pretty far away from Europe but at least you have the chance to get one there.

Thanks to Wai-Shan for the following information:

"The XDA I bought is NOT SIM-locked. I can freely choose any carrier/provider I wish. I simply took my SIM from my Nokia and stick it

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SITE: mmO2 Asia launched a xda dedicated website
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:44 CET under 01 - General News

Just found this mmO2 Asia owned website, dedicated to the O2 xda. There you get information about a lot of different xda topics. However, the most interesting fact for all my Asian readers is that the "where to buy" section includes shops in Hong Kong and Singapore! :-) Hey, isn't that real good news? The xda is hitting Asia, at least Hong Kong and Singapore!

On the site you will find information about:

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PPCW.Net: Latest Pocket PC News now also available Pocket PC optimized
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:42 CET under 06 - Site News

Okay Guys! Some of you asked for it, if the general Pocket PC news will become also available on PPCW.Net Wireless and here we go.
On the general Pocket PC URL ( you have now access to all the general Pocket PC news - powered by Pocket PC Newswire!

So you will not miss any Pocket PC related news anymore, even if you don't have access to PPCW.Net through your Desktop PC.

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Sunday, 14.07.02
SITE: Get your O2 - DE xda updates here - if available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:16 CET under 01 - General News

If any updates, upgrades or other stuff will be available for your German xda, O2 - DE will offer it for download on its Mobile Portal.

I expect to see there Micrsoft's End User Upgrades (EUU) as well as GPRS stack updates soon. By the way: if any upgrades/updates are

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PPCW.NET: New Pocket PC Headline service on PPCW.Net [UPDATE: 15.07.02]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:49 CET under 06 - Site News

Below the "Previous Cover Stories" section on the top, I've added a news feed now which provides you more news from the Pocket PC world. This means that - together with the self written PPCW.Net news - you get the full overview of what's hot and what's not. This is currently a test and for the most convenience and because the page layout, the news feed runs within an IFRAME.

Unfortunately - right now - it doesn't opens the articles in a new window automatically but within the IFRAME only. For better reading, I would like to asked you to open it manually by clicking the link with the right mouse button and open it in a "New Window" manually.

I'm working with Pocket PC Newswire to get this fixed soon! I hope you enjoy the new service as PPCW.Net gives you now the best Pocket PC news coverage available!

UPDATE: All right guys, it's fixed! So every news story is opening in a new window now if you click on the news "headline" or "More..."! Enjoy and please let me know what you think. Does this kind of news makes sense for you or doesn't matter if it is there or not!

Cheers ~ Arne

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REVIEW: TomTom Maps-on-Line
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:54 CET under 08 - Reviews

For some weeks now, TomTom Maps-on-Line is available. TomTom Maps-on-Line is a wireless mapping and routing application, using location based server technology through GPS. Once the client software is installed on the Pocket PC, TomTom Maps-on-Line gives access to detailed street-level maps through any connectivity. So the idea behind Maps-on-Line is that only a client software - the mapping software - is installed on the Pocket PC while all maps, point of interests and routing information are stored on the TomTom server. This information can be accessed through any kind of connectivity, doesn't matter if ActiveSync or modem and for sure wireless through GSM or better GPRS.
Together with a connected GPS receiver, you have everything on your Pocket PC and server to get maps, routing information, POIs and your current position.

On my last business trip I took the opportunity to give it a deeper test and compared it with my Audi onboard navigation. So I've connected my Compaq iPAQ H3875 with my Haicom GPS receiver. In my pocket, my Ericsson T68. The iPAQ was located - as always - on my cup holder in my Audi.

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Saturday, 13.07.02
UPGRADES: Microsoft's EUU2 for Compaq iPAQ and HP Jornada available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

HP released the Microsoft EUU2 for their iPAQ and Jornada series Pocket PC 2002s.
The EUUs (End User Upgrade) are kind of service patch's from Microsoft fro Pocket PC 2002.


  • Includes all fixes from EUU1
  • Server Sync cannot synchronize if a specific meeting is in Inbox or Calendar
  • FTP User/Password authentication default overrides user “anon.”
  • Pocket Internet Explorer sometimes does not send Submit button Name/value information
  • Pocket Internet Explorer is slow to load a pages with JScript
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Friday, 12.07.02
W-LAN: SyChip the first to introduce SD W-LAN card
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:25 CET under 01 - General News

The world's first secure digital (SD) form factor network Interface card (NIC) reference design for OEM vendors that supports SPI, I bit and 4-bit SD transfer modes and a fully integrated module for embedded applications. SyChip solutions enable next generation handheld devices such as PDAs, Cellular Phones, and Ultra-thin notebooks to quickly add high-speed Internet wireless access capabilities.

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RUMORS: Will the T-Mobile MDA be launched within the next few days? [UPDATE 12.07.02]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to different sources, the T-Mobile MDA (equal to the O2 xda but with a little bit different design) is ready to be released soon at least in Germany. Today no word was given about an introduction in the US American VoiceStream network. Also the European MDA differentiates from the American as the European one will be launched as dual-band supporting GSM 900/1800 MHz while the US MDA will support 900/1900 MHz.

UPDATE: According to the latest information, the MDA should be launched on 15.07. - which is next Monday! Still no word about other T-Mobile subsidiaries like Austria, USA or UK. Seems as Germany becomes the #1 PPC Phone Edition country... ;-)

As far as I've heard also, T-Mobile is planning to introduce - right with the launch of the German MDA - a Pocket PC optimized Web portal. This should includes at least all T-Mobile WAP categories like:

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Thursday, 11.07.02
HEALTHINESS: New Medical Software for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 02:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I've been following your web site’s coverage of PocketPC hardware and wireless. I’m pleased to contribute a bit of news.

Our company has just introduced several PocketPC-based systems for the healthcare industry. In brief, we expand the capabilities of the pervasive stethoscope by adding mobile computing power. Our system records heart and lung sounds on the PocketPC, replays them, displays the

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Tuesday, 09.07.02
DATABASE: Lufthansa flight schedule for Pocket PC available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Lufthansa now also offers a version of the mobile timetable for PDAs running on operating system Pocket PC 2000 and 2002 (i.e. Compaq iPAQ 3765 Pocket PC).


  • Easy search and/ or extended search functionality
  • Comfortable request of return flight
  • Transfer of flight details into your calendar
  • Monthly updated flight data base

The Lufthansa Flight schedule is based on the same technology already used by Star Alliance which I've recently reviewed! Great to see, that Lufthansa also entered the Pocket PC area now!

Cheers ~ Arne

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REVIEW: The O2 - DE xda Smart Menü
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:36 CET under 08 - Reviews

For some weeks now, the xda is commercially available in the O2 countries Great Britain, Germany, Netherlands and Ireland and since my exclusive preview from last year, not so much changed. Also because the xda is launched by O2 in every subsidiary, in general it looks equal everywhere, except the German one. That one comes with a Today screen plug-in called "Smart Menü" and parts of the Connectivity Suite. The xda Smart Menü was developed closely by O2 Germany together with the German company V2R (Vision To Reality) while the Connectivity Suite is V2R's top selling configuration tool, which is also used by other network operators such as Vodafone.

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CONNECTIVITY: Low-Cost Bluetooth solution for less than US$ 49.00
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:52 CET under 01 - General News

X-traFun, Inc. Offers Lowest-Cost Bluetooth Internet Access Appliance for Mobile Devices

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -July 9, 2002 - You can now wirelessly access the Internet with a plug-n-play USB Bluetooth communicator that connects to any Windows based PC or laptop computers with an established ISP connection. X-traFun's wireless communicator is about the size of your thumb and

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Friday, 05.07.02
MAGAZINE: Pocket PC Magazine announces its new Digital Edition version
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:00 CET under 01 - General News

Pocket PC magazine's new Digital Edition, based on Zinio and Adobe technology, provides an exact digital replica of the print version of the magazine. The pages even flip! The Digital Edition is read on a desktop or notebook PC, providing a two-page view. With one click, a page enlarges. Easy access to articles is provided by a "Contents" key, which instantly opens the "Table of Contents" page. Additionally, "hot links" within the pages will take you to other pages within the magazine, or to Web sites on the Internet. You can highlight and annotate text for later reference. Also included is a handy search feature for locating those elusive and hard tofind articles quickly.

Small download - Send to friends:
The full Digital Edition of the magazine resides on your desktop or notebook PC and is less than a 9 MB download. Overseas subscribers can avoid the expensive shipping charges of the Print Edition. The full Digital Edition can be

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PPC 2002 Phone Edition: HP introduces a new Jornada - the HP Jornada 928 WDA
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Hewlett-Packard Company has introduced a new HP Jornada mobile-services solution comprising the company’s first full-color GSM/GPRS-enabled Wireless Digital Assistant (WDA), a trial package of HP Mobile E-Services and a working relationship with leading mobile operator Orange to trial the WDAs. This solution marks a breakthrough in HP’s commitment to providing complete, ready-to-go solutions for the mobile professional.

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CASES: Luxury alligator and ostrich cases for handhelds
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Avoglio, a small company from Germany opens its doors.
Avoglio fills a major gap in todays accessories market. Many different products exist for our handheld computers to protect the handheld and its screen. But roughly they´re all similar:

Shades of black and brown cow or lamb leather.

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TIP: Get your E-Mails on the Sony Ericsson T68i through GPRS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:05 CET under 01 - General News

If you want to access your E-Mails through GPRS with the built-in E-Mail client of the Sony Ericsson T68i I found a strange behavior but also a solution.
For any reason the T68i fails to connect the incoming Mail server right after it connected to GPRS. I've never had this problem with the Ericsson T68 but with the T68i now. The solution is pretty easy and worked for me very well:

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SOUND: MP3 Voice Recorder for PocketPC 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Voice Notes Recorder with MP3 encoding (NoteM) was implemented as an alternative to build-in Notes application’s voice recording feature. It gives you approximately 5.5 compression rate as compared to Notes default recording mode (8-bit 11.025kHz mono PCM), with the same (or even better) perceptual quality (you can even record music). The user interface also was implemented as similar as possible to Notes GUI. Some screen snapshots could be found below.

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DIGITAL CAMERAS: Know your wireless options
Posted by Arne Hess - at 02:28 CET under 09 - Thoughts

"Communication is Cult", a sentence always used by my previous chief and that's what I usually use all my mobile devices (from my mobile phone to my Pocket PC to my Pocket PC Phone Edition) for. For sure you can use your Pocket PC for other things too like word processing but personally I like to use it for communication like E-Mail, SMS, Instant Messaging and other stuff. Also mobile phones can be used for other stuff as communication only today like PIM and games but I still use it mostly for voice for sure, as a modem for my Pocket PC, for SMS or even E-Mail access. In future I will use it for sure more and more for MMS but until the operators has launched MMS and interconnects it, it will takes time; but E-Mail is something all my friends and relatives has today.

However, a SMS and even voice can not transport the feelings of a situation and in Germany we say "A picture says more than 1000 words". So why not using a digital camera also for communication? As we've learned from British Telecom, wearable technologies has the potential to create a completely new marketplace and digital cameras are one of BT's top 5 products in this area; but what's your wireless options today and what's the strength and weaknesses?

For my column I took 3 of my digital camera devices I'm using regular but while I used it regular, I've noticed that all of them has different strength and weaknesses. Non of it was the best solution for every requirement and situation.

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Thursday, 04.07.02
CONNECTIVITY: Bluetooth for the Sendo Z100
Posted by Arne Hess - at 02:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Jason recently posted this news - he got from Infosync - on his site:

"Sendo recently entered into an agreement by which Microtune will develop a Bluetooth-based hardware solution as an optional component to Sendo’s Z100 Smartphone, based on Microsoft's Smartphone 2002 platform. Deploying its OneChip MT0760 technology, Microtune will design a secure digital input/output (SDIO) card for Sendo’s Z100 to enable the wireless exchange of information between it, a Bluetooth headset or other Bluetooth devices. Through the agreement, Sendo plans to extend the functionality of its Z100 Smartphone, offering users multifunctional voice, data and multimedia capabilities. The Z100 Smartphone will be

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Tuesday, 02.07.02
MERGER: The iPAQ H3900 will be launcehd under the Compaq brand
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Maybe you wonder also if the iPAQ H3900 will be launched under Compaq or HP brand? The nice folks of Compaq Europe gave the following feedback:

"HP has decided to keep the Compaq logo and packaging on the 3900 series. Why? The launch of the device (24th June 02) was relatively close after the launch of 'the new HP' (7th May 02). Until the official merger close the companies were not allowed to co-operate, therefore both had to progress in the 'old plans' during the pre-merger phase.
To re-design and change the brand from Compaq iPAQ to HP iPAQ on the 3900 would slow down the introduction of the device to the market. Between the 2 'bad choices'- "introduce HP iPAQ under the new brand but

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MULTIMEDIA: EZOS launches EzWAP 2.5 at Microsoft Tech.Ed 2002 Europe – MMS becomes reality!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

BRUSSELS, Belgium – July 1, 2002- EZOS, a leading supplier of Mobile Internet client solutions to the PDA, Smart Phone and Telematics markets, announced the official launch of its third generation of micro-browsers today.
One of the main advantages offered by EzWAP 2.5 is the full support provided for MMS and WPKI technologies. Simply install EzWAP 2.5 onto your Pocket PC 2002 Phone Edition software-based device or next-generation phone based on the Microsoft Smartphone 2002 platform and

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