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Saturday, 31.08.02
TIP: Improve the Battery Life of your HP Jornada 928 WDA
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:58 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

From HP I got this interesting background information on the battery life issue of the HP Jornada 928 WDA and how to enhance it.

Some customers have experienced a shorter battery life of their HP Jornada 928 WDA than expected. This is mainly due to the usage pattern of the device. The reason for this is the usage of the active cover that, as what customers seems to don't know, doesn't close down the PDA but only suspends the screen but keeps the system alive in the background.

A way to fully optimize the battery life is, every time you stop using the PDA-side of the product is to power-off the system by pressing the power button before you close the autocover of the WDA. This will bring your battery life to highest performance with or without the radio being switch-on.

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UPDATE: Nyditot Virtual Display 3.01 Preview
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

A new version for Nyditot Virtual Display: 3.01. Mark Davis (President, Nyditot) sent me comments for this new version and there is a lot of new improvments such as the ability to use "nameless" configurations, a new option called "Resize Desktop", Today Screen (PPC 2002 only) plugin ... The Team is working to support the Margi and Fly-Jacket. As well, for the future owners of Loox 600, this application included with it.

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Friday, 30.08.02
PLUG-IN: Today Screen RSS Feed
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Andy from Pocket PC Thoughts pointed to this cool application which shows you the latest information from your favorite websites as RSS/OPML feed:

PocketRSS is a Today Screen plugin and stand-alone application which allows a quick and easy method of displaying various types of RSS/OPML compliant data on your Today Screen. It does require a connection to the Internet from the PocketPC, but is designed to still function while offline.

It is designed to be used with any of the many hundreds of RSS/OPML webdata sources available in the public domain. This way the user will have access to RSS-formatted news, sports, weblogs, etc. Whatever RSS/OPML compliant data you can find, PocketRSS will display it for you on your PocketPC.

For sure PPCW.Net is available as RSS too so why not taking it on your Today screen

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CAR MOUNTING: Revolve Design released a new iPAQ Docking solution incl. Keyboard
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Tonight I got the following E-Mail from Revolve Design California:

Revolve Design is pleased to announce the release of it's new HP/Compaq iPAQ vehicle docking solutions with on-board charging, serial connections and optional keyboard.

Well, the Revolve Design solution isn't another docking solution for your iPAQ only but a complete new "Road Warrior" concept as it also includes an optional keyboard:

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Thursday, 29.08.02
TIP: Fast Contact Dialing on Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:27 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

If you want to call your contacts - you have stored on the Pocket PC Phone Edition Speed Dial menu - here it is how you can do it faster.
Phone Edition allows you to store, beside the Voicemail number, up to 9 names to be directly accessed and called through

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Wednesday, 28.08.02
RAFFLE: Win one of five SideX applications for your Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:46 CET under 06 - Site News

The friendly folks of MTUX, the guys behind SideX (see my review here), gives away 5 copies of one of its SideX applications (CalcPack 1.0 for SideX or SysPack 1.0 for SideX) to the registered members of the PPCW.Net Forum. If you are interested to win one of these applications, all you have to do is to register yourself. Already registered members will take part for sure too.
The winners will be announced on PPCW.Net and contacted through its submitted E-Mail address by me. The draw will be on Saturday August 31st.

Good Luck ~ Arne

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Tuesday, 27.08.02
INPUT: Seiko brings new pocket sized Digital Writing Tool to UK [UPDATE: 28.08.02]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Seiko Instruments USA Inc. today announced the arrival in the UK of the first deliveries of InkLink, a pocket-sized, digital device, designed to enable handwritten notes and drawings to be digitally recorded and transferred to PDAs and computers.

First unveiled as a concept at CeBIT, in March 2002, InkLink is now being shipped in volume to UK at a suggested retail price of £99 sterling and can be obtained from major retailers and online stores.

This pocket-sized digital device, which supports Palm, Pocket PC and Windows Operating Systems, was developed to make it easy for users of Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), handheld computers, laptops, and desktop PCs to instantly transfer their handwritten notes from paper to their personal computer of choice.

As users write with the InkLink pen, their handwritten notes and drawings are transferred via the IrDA Transceiver into a PDA or a Laptop or PC connected via a USB port (serial option). InkLink's proprietary software, InkNote Manager, gives users the freedom to cut, copy, paste, e-mail and store handwritten notes in digital form.
Packaged in a sleek carrying case, it measures 193mm long (7.6") x 74mm wide (2.9") x 143mm high (1.4"), and weighs 143ml (4.75 ounces) and fits in a pocket or handbag. The carrying case holds the InkLink Electronic Ballpoint Pen, Data Clip, and the IrDA Transceiver.

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Saturday, 24.08.02
AWARDS: The 2002 Pocket PC Awards will be given again this year
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Like last year, also this year the Pocket PC magazine will present the Best Pocket PC Product Awards at the October 21-24 Pocket PC Summit at the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood, California. Results will be published in the January 2003 issue of Pocket PC magazine.

Pocket PC magazine’s Nitin Gupta and the Board of Pocket PC Experts have completed the selection of the Nominations for the 2002 Awards. The nominees were chosen as the best from the PocketPCmag.com Encyclopedia of Software and Accessories database (For a product to have been nominated, it must have been released by July 2002).

The 2002 nominations will be listed and described in the 2003 Pocket PC magazine Buyers Guide, which will be sent to subscribers and displayed on newsstands mid-September 2002.

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Friday, 23.08.02
UPGRADE: National Full Screen Keyboard Skins
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

This additional packages are designed to add your national keymap support for Spb Full Screen Keyboard. Other languages are planed to be released soon. You can really help them if you send a photo of your keyboard with national layout to info@softspb.com.

The additional language packages are free of charge and works with Spb Full Screen Keyboard version 1.2 and later.

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ROUTPLANING: TomTom RoutePlanner is available for download now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you are looking for a great route planner, TomTom RoutePlanner France and Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark is available now from PocketGear.com for download:

TomTom RoutePlanner is the perfect route planner when you're "on the road". It's easy to use and tells you very clearly how to travel from A to B. Simply enter your current position and your destination. TomTom RoutePlanner will calculate the quickest or the shortest route for you.

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Thursday, 22.08.02
THOUGHT: The use of Pocket PC Phone Edition on Airplanes
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:04 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Several sites like Pocket PC Thoughts and pocketnow.com discussed the FAA announcement from USAToday that you are allowed to use PDAs on aircrafts, however I think the FAA missed the point here:

Thought 1: I don't see that that the wireless part of a Pocket PC Phone Edition is/should be allowed to use. The reason is pretty simple; we are talking about a radio module which - and it doesn’t matter if it is used for voice or data - (could) interfere the on-board electronic.

Thought 2: GSM will not work above the clouds. GSM and its antennas is designed to cover the ground. I’ve never seen a BTS which covers the air. You can see this even on skyscrapers in Manhattan. While you have a perfect coverage on ground you are out of coverage on the top levels, if no repeaters are installed. I saw this phenomena even in Hong Kong which is (I think so far) the best covered city in the world. Maybe near windows you will catch the one or the other signal but if you walk into the building you are out of any coverage which doesn’t happens on the ground floors.
So how we could believe that the area in 10.000 meters height is covered?

Thought 3: GSM has speed limits, not only for transferring data but also for transferring the waves. If I remember right, the speed limit for a GSM 900 MHz network is something around 400 km/h while it is something around 250 km/h for GSM 1800 MHz networks and even less for GSM 1900 MHz networks.
As far as I remember from my many flights a Boeing or Airbus fly faster than 400 km/h but for sure faster than 250 km/h only. So even if there would be coverage the handover between the BTS’ wouldn’t

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REVIEW: MTUX.COM SideX 2002 Applet Platform
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:42 CET under 08 - Reviews

Some days ago I found SideX, a new applet platform for Pocket PCs. I’m a big fan of these small utilities which helps improving the use of Pocket PCs and SideX looks like an interesting concept.

SideX is new Applet Platform designed for PocketPC. It's simple but powerful with great applets. It provides the unique UI for PocketPC and let you use a lot useful applets in a smart way.
You can use applets in the SideX over your current application and it is fairly small and needs very small screen area.

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REVIEW: Toshiba 5 GB Type II PCMCIA Hard Disk Drive
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:47 CET under 08 - Reviews

The Toshiba 5 GB PC Card HDD offers mobile computer users such as Pocket PC owner the highest capacity available in PCMCIA form factor and the most cost effective solution. It's powerful, lightweight design make it an ideal "bridge" device for sharing data between systems such as Notebooks, Pocket PCs or Digital Cameras. The new drive stores as much information as 3,472 floppy disks or more than 7 CDs.

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Wednesday, 21.08.02
COMMUNICATION: Update of Phone Today 0.98.3 available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:01 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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HOW TO: Compaq iPAQ Bluetooth Tutorials
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:38 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

Find the following official HP guides about how to connect a Compaq iPAQ through Bluetooth with different handsets and other Bluetooth accessories for wireless connectivity:

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Monday, 19.08.02
INPUT: Spb Soft Full Screen Keyboard for Pocket PC finaly released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As mentioned some days ago, Spb Software House finaly announced the release of Spb Full Screen Keyboard - a unique text input software for Pocket PC.

Unlike many software input methods Spb Full Screen Keyboard covers entire screen area and has keys that are large enough to be typed with finger-tips, not with a stylus.
It is very handy for entering large amounts of text - as you type, the text is being entered into an edit box where it can be selected, deleted or modified. Spb Full Screen Keyboard also features a close interaction with other Pocket PC programs. It runs as an input method in Soft Input Panel (SIP), Pocket PC native technique for entering text. It is also very easy to modify existing text with it - all you have to do is select a part of text in any Pocket PC application and call Full Screen Keyboard - it will appear with selected text being already in its edit box.

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PRESS RELEASE: MATERNA MMS delivery for Mobile Phones with Smartphone 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

MATERNA GmbH Information & Communications is the first provider worldwide, supplying an MMS Client for mobile terminals with the operating system Microsoft Smartphone 2002. Thus, mobile telephones with the new mobile operating system of Microsoft can be made MMS-compatible immediately. With the Anny Way MMS Client of the Dortmund-based company, both the receipt and the delivery of multimedia short messages take place without any problem.

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REVIEW: Applian Super Explorer Powerful File Management and FTP
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:35 CET under 08 - Reviews

Applian recently released Super Explorer for Pocket PC but Super Explorer isn't just another file Explorer for Pocket PCs but also a FTP client which works with "Drag and Drop"

Super Explorer makes it easy to copy, move and delete files using a handy drag-and-drop interface. Plus you can adjust the size of the folder and file windows by dragging the separator bar.
What's more, Super Explorer is a fully functional FTP client. With the same, easy-to-use interface.

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Sunday, 18.08.02
REVIEW: HP Jornada 928 WDA Part 2 - The Device
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:10 CET under 08 - Reviews

The second part of the PPCW.Net HP Jornada 928 WDA (Wireless Digital Assistant) review is about the device and its included software. The question is what HP added beside the typical Phone Edition stuff and if anything special is added anyway?

First of all the WDA is a Pocket PC Phone Edition. This means that it include all known Microsoft Pocket PC applications like Pocket Office, Pocket Outlook, Pocket Internet Explorer, MSN Messenger and all the rest. Beside this, it also includes the Phone Edition which supports voice, CSD and GPRS. As already reported in spring this year, the WDA also includes EZOS' EzWAP 2 WAP browser.

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TIP: Switching On/Off the PPC Phone Edition Radio Module with Hardware Buttons only
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:12 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

Beside using the built-in software option to switch on and off the GSM/GPRS module of your Pocket PC Phone Edition, you can also use the hardware buttons.

Just press the red "telephone receiver" button of your device longer than 3 seconds and release it. Your PPC Phone Edition will shuts down the wireless module or start it up again and switches to the PIN entering screen.

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RAM UPGRADE: Increase the 32 MB RAM of your xda/MDA to 64 or even 128 MB RAM now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

How Dale reports on Pocket PC Passion, PocketPCTechs.COM has the long awaiting upgrades in the portfolio now:

O2 XDA / T-Mobile PPC Phone 64MB Internal RAM Upgrade - $129.00
O2 XDA / T-Mobile PPC Phone 128MB Internal RAM Upgrade - $299.00

The internal 32 MB RAM are definitely not enough today so this upgrade is pretty

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Friday, 16.08.02
INFRASTRUCTURE: IBM introduces Wireless Network Roaming
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:20 CET under 01 - General News

IBM yesterday announced their Everyplace Wireless Gateway solution, which the company claims offers secure, seamless roaming between different types of wireless networks including Wireless LANs, cellular, private mobile radio and satellite networks. The solution also supports multiple device types, IBM said.

Devices that are capable of being used on more than one network architecture typically need to be restarted or reconfigured when changing networks. IBM claims that its Everyplace Wireless Gateway can detect and switch between networks without the need to restart the device.

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Thursday, 15.08.02
REVIEW: HP Jornada 928 WDA Part 1 - The Hardware
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:11 CET under 08 - Reviews

The first part of the PPCW.Net HP Jornada 928 WDA (Wireless Digital Assistant) review is about the hardware only. How does it looks and feels in the and what's up with the expansion possibilities?

The HP Jornada 928 WDA is one of only two available Pocket PC Phone Edition devices today (if I count the T-Mobile and the o2 Pocket PCs as one cause all three devices come from HTC), but it's the only one with 64 MB RAM. This might makes the WDA more interesting than the 32 MB RAM HTC device. Unfortunately the HP 928 is available right now in UK only through Vodafone but will be also offered by Orange later.

Because the HP 928 is more or less unique, I will give the design and features a closer view first while I'll review the software with a separate review later.

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Tuesday, 13.08.02
CONFIGURATION: EasyConfig for GSM Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

EasyConfig is a small application that creates and manages a modem profile for different mobile phones, much like the modem ".INF"s on a Windows desktop system. EasyConfig ensures that features such as flow control are matched to AT commands that are compatible (and work) with your phone. It also allows you to configure the data service bearer (Analogue or  ISDN/V.100) type and preferred connection speed (HSCSD), these settings are dependant on the GSM service provider and the dial ISP used.

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REVIEW: Fujitsu Siemens Pocket Loox Part 2 - The Device
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:39 CET under 08 - Reviews

The second part of the PPCW.Net Loox review is about the device, software and built in services. How does the Loox works, What else is included beside the Pocket PC 2002 Windows CE edition? Does its Bluetooth makes a good job and how fast is the new Intel XScale 400 MHz CPU?

The Pocket Loox 600 includes the well known Pocket PC 2002 programs, here - for sure, nothing new as this part of the device is delivered by Microsoft and isn't customizable by any OEMs. More interesting are the 3rd party apps which comes with the Loox. Here Fujitsu Siemens really did a market research and added the latest top applications for Pocket PCs to increase the productivity.

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PRESS RELEASE: Audiovox finally introduces World's first Tri-Band GSM/GPRS CF card
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:34 CET under 01 - General News

While the GSM/GPRS card is available now for 2 weeks through an Asian online-shop and some PPCW.Net visitors like Robert already get it, today the RTM-8000 Tri-Band GSM/GPRS CF card is officially released by Audiovox in the United States and Europe.

HAUPPAUGE, NY, August 13, 2002 -  Audiovox Communications Corporation (ACC), a subsidiary of Audiovox Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX), and a U.S. leader in CDMA (code division multiple access) handsets according to Dataquest, today announced the availability of the world’s first GSM/GPRS Compact Flash (CF) card -  the RTM-8000.

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PRODUCTIVITY: Desktop-class Word Processing on your Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Ever wanted to be able to view and edit your Word or TextMaker documents on your Pocket PC? Then TextMaker for Pocket PCs is for you!

Compared to a certain "word processor" called Pocket Word, TextMaker offers the full feature set of a high-end word processor: Spell-check your documents. Work with pictures in numerous formats. Insert footnotes. Create TOCs and indices. Insert tables, even create forms. Use the integrated outliner. And there's a lot more.

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Monday, 12.08.02
SCREEN: Pocket PC Screen Comparison [UPDATE: 17.08.02]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:23 CET under 01 - General News

This comparison is about to compare the Pocket PC screens.
While all Pocket PC screens provides a screen resolution of 240 x 320 pixel and most of them uses transflective displays, some of them looks a little bit more blurry while others looks stronger and sharper.
Also the Pocket PCs uses different color depths. The range here is from 4.096 colors up to 65.000 colors.

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PERFORMANCE: CPU, Graphics, Memory and Text tests - COMING SOON
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:19 CET under 01 - General News

This comparison is about the average Pocket PC performance, based on VOBenchmark and includes several tests about the CPU, Graphics, Memory and Text.
The target here is to give you a complete overview of how fast your Pocket PC will run in theory with its standard CPU and RAM/TOM. Beside the size, included features and runtime the performance is an important factor for the usage.

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ONLINE: Battery GSM/GPRS Stand-by/Runtime - COMING SOON
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:39 CET under 01 - General News

This comparison is about the average stand-by/runtime of a GSM and GPRS connected Pocket PC.
The target here is to give you a complete overview of how long your Pocket PC will run with its standard battery if it is connected to the GSM and GPRS network. Beside the size and the included features, the battery stand-by/runtime is the most important feature cause this is what's your Pocket PC make useful!

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OFFLINE: Battery Stand-by/Runtime [UPDATE: 15.08.02]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:31 CET under 01 - General News

This comparison is about the average stand-by/runtime of a Pocket PC.
The target here is to give you a total overview of how long your Pocket PC will run with its standard battery. Beside the size and the included features, the battery stand-by/runtime is the most important feature cause this is what's make your Pocket PC useful!

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INPUT: Fullscreen keyboard for Pocket PC to be released soon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb Software House announced today the development of a full screen soft-keyboard for the Pocket PC.
Thanks to them I got an early Beta and with that software you will be able to type longer texts directly on your Pocket PC without the need of an additional hardware keyboard.

Most interesting it is for me to be used with Wireless Pocket PCs like the o2 xda. With that keyboard you can enter SMS in a more convenient way without the stylus, directly by typing the text with your thumbs on the screen:

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Sunday, 11.08.02
BROWSING: Access released NetFront v3.0 for evaluation
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Beginning this year, Access - who also developed i-mode and chtml for NTT DoCoMo - annouced a Pocket PC compatible web browser. While I was able to test a demo/dummy version in spring this year, now an evaluation copy is available for public download.

The features, Access added to NetFront are more than impressive and I wish that PIE would support everything, NetFront v3.0 supports today:

NetFront provides support for the following standards:

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SITES: o2 Asia and T-Mobile USA ready to sale the xda/MDA accessories
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

o2 Asia and VoiceStream are ready so sell the accessories like clip-on Thumbpad, foldable keyboard and several cables and cradles plus the extra battery for the o2 xda/T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition.

T-Mobile opened the online shop for the accessories - unfortunately without pictures but for preorder while o2 Asia doesn't has the online shop in place but added some nice pictures from the accessories:

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UPDATE: Compaq released SoftPack for the GSM/GPRS Wireless Pack
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:25 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

We was waiting for it a long time but finally Compaq released the necessary update for the Wireless Pack which should fix most of the bugs lot of you complained in the past.

This SoftPaq contains a software and firmware update for the iPAQ Pocket PC Wireless Pack for GSM/GPRS Networks for the iPAQ models listed as follow:

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Saturday, 10.08.02
CONVERGENCE: New technology delivers Wi-Fi on GPRS systems
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:13 CET under 01 - General News

With mobile operators increasingly showing interest in WLAN (wireless local area network) technology, Mobility Network Systems and Canadian carrier Rogers AT&T Wireless (NYSE: AWE) have successfully tested an integration technology that delivers Wi-Fi service through GSM/GPRS (global system for mobile communications/general packet radio service) systems. Mobility said that in product trials held in Toronto, Ontario, it integrated its WiFiRAN technology with Rogers AT&T Wireless' GPRS network within 24 hours.

GSM/GPRS Support
WiFiRAN enables mobile operators to offer wireless LAN services without changing their existing GPRS networks. Mobile operators thus can use investments in their next-generation infrastructures to offer authentication, charging and billing, and security to the public WLAN.
The technology also paves the way for multi-access applications, such as roaming between GPRS and WLANs. A number of mobile operators have recently announced plans to incorporate WLAN systems, but unlike Mobility Networks' approach, most offer the service as a standalone system, making it more difficult for mobile operators to integrate it.

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REVIEW: DesignLab Phone Skin Chooser Value Pack
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:01 CET under 08 - Reviews

Do you love customization of your mobile phone and your Pocket PC and changed the operator logo on your mobile phone and the Today skin on your Pocket PC? Than the DesignLab Phone Skin Chooser Value Pack is what you was looking for if you own an o2 xda, T-Mobile MDA or VoiceStream Phone Edition Pocket PC.

Skin Chooser Value Pack lets you change the skin of the Pocket PC phone application. No more boring and standard skin here, just change it with one tap:

Get the xda Skin Chooser Application including 7 different Skins for your xda/MDA phone Application! One for each weekday! Change the look of your xda/MDA while you're abroad! With this piece of Software your Pocket PC Phone Edition is the first Mobile phone that shows how you are feeling. All xda languages are supported, the user interface of the skin chooser application is English but easy to use while the included themes supports German and English.

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REVIEW: Fujitsu Siemens Pocket Loox Part 1 - The Hardware
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:17 CET under 08 - Reviews

The first part of the PPCW.Net Loox review is about the hardware. How does the Loox feels in the hands, how does all the features works and what's up with the expansion possibilities?

The Fujitsu Siemens Pocket Loox 600 is a typical Pocket PC as we saw it before from other manufactures like Compaq, hp and Casio. It doesn't includes any Phone Edition today nor it includes as GSM/GPRS module like the Wireless Pocket PCs from o2 or hp. So it have to be compared - on the first sight with the iPAQ, the Jornada or the E-200 but in the long run, the competitors will be also Wireless Pocket PCs cause the Loox will get, later this year, a GSM/GPRS clip-on module which improves it to a Pocket PC Phone Edition.

Therefore I decided to compare it first with Pocket PCs Phone Edition Pocket PCs as size matters! Finally I will have a close look to the Loox functionalities, with it's buttons and expansion slots.

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PREVIEW: o2 - de "Homezone" indicator for xda
Posted by Arne Hess - at 01:33 CET under 08 - Reviews

If you are a German, you will know the former VIAG Interkom Genion Homezone for sure. This was the comic advertising which runs day in day out. If you are not a German, Genion Homezone was the VIAG Interkom lead product and still is the o2 - delead product. It works pretty simple but is fantastic - specially for mobile geeks like me:

Homezone is based on a GSM cellular phone only, no cordless equipment is required or used. While you are on the road, you can make phone call with your mobile phone as every mobile phone, also your are available under the o2 - de mobile number "0179-xxxx xxx". For outbound calls you pay the normal tariff, which is more or less equal to the other mobile tariffs, available from other operators

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Friday, 09.08.02
ACCESS: Connected in Italy - Wireless on the Beach
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:51 CET under 01 - General News

If you think to Italy, you may probably think to sun, beach, girls and great food. Starting from now you may also think to wireless connection on the beach.

For the first time in Italy the team of Airgate.it (www.airgate.it), a web portal devoted to wireless, has provided a beach with wireless connection. So you may be able to browse the web, read your mail and enjoy the wonderful Italian sea, all for free.

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THOUGHT: What does Vodafone think their customers uses GPRS on International Roaming?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:11 CET under 09 - Thoughts

As you know I was in Paris yesterday and again I tried to use my Vodafone D2 SIM card with my non SIM-Locked xda for GPRS roaming. While it doesn't worked 2 weeks ago, when I was in Paris; yesterday it worked - at least on a route of around 4 kilometers. :-(
When I've arrived at CDG airport I took a Taxi to downtown Paris. On the Taxi I've tried to dial-into the SFR GPRS network and what a surprise - it worked! I was connected to SFR GPRS using my Vodafone D2 settings - great, I thought! Finally the summer started, even for Vodafone.

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PERSONALIZATION: Get new Ring Tones for your Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Do you want to make your Pocket PC Phone Edition like the o2 xda, T-Mobile MDA or HP Jornada WDA more personal? Microsoft offers now additional ring tones as a free download.
This includes five ring tone packs like RocknRoll, Adagio, Allegro, Synthesizer, and Vocal which you can install one, some, or all

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Thursday, 08.08.02
COMMUNICATION: Microsoft Portrait 1.5 was released today
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Microsoft Portrait now supports .NET Messenger Service, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and Internet Locator Service (ILS) on PCs, Pocket PCs and Handheld PCs. You can chat or call with Microsoft Portrait users or MSN Messenger users after you sign in .NET Messenger Service or Communications Service.

Microsoft Portrait is a research prototype for mobile video conferencing. It supports .NET Messenger Service, Session Initiation Protocol and Internet Locator Service on PCs, Pocket PCs and Handheld PCs. It runs on local area networks, dialup networks and even wireless networks with bandwidths as low as 9.6 kilobits/second. Microsoft Portrait delivers

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PREVIEW: The Fujitsu Siemens Pocket Loox 600 arrived at PPCW.Net [UPDATE: 10.08.02]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:04 CET under 08 - Reviews

As I told you some days before, Fujitsu Siemens was to send me a Pocket Loox for reviewing it on PPCW.Net.
When I've arrived later this evening, UPS was there and my neighbor took the package for me, yes - thanks to her I don't have a delay now anymore... :-)

I just want to share my first impressions here with you while the complete review will follow on weekend/beginning next week. If you already saw the Loox on CeBIT or other road shows, it's still the same look and feel as you saw there. FS doesn't changed anything on the design and the used materials. However, according to Fujitsu Siemens Germany, the Loox I got today is the one with the final bits which will be released next week to, so the review will be the final one.

But enough of the words, here are the more important pictures - I think... ;-) Enjoy!

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INTERVIEW: Craig Eisler, CEO Action Engine
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:53 CET under 09 - Thoughts

PPCW.Net: Craig - thanks for the time of presentation. I’m very impressed of Action Engine today. How do you see the near future of Action Engine and its services, what we will see as next?

CRAIG EISLER: Thank you, we love hearing comments like that. You will see the selection of radically efficient and addictive services for our platform grow. You will also see these services available on more and more devices and smartphones this year.

PPCW.Net: How do you see My Action Engine compared to WAP services on mobile devices like Pocket PCs or Smartphone 2002 and why do you believe,, Action Engine brings the user more benefits than using the Web on this devices?

CRAIG EISLER: Because of our smart client that runs natively on each device, we do most of the interactions with the user prior to sending data across the network. This process

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REVIEW: The Action Engine Framework
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:49 CET under 08 - Reviews

Two weeks ago I was contacted by Action Engine after I posted my first preview of the o2 Action Engine service. Martin Levy from Action Engine asked me if I would like to have a conversation with Craig Eisler, CEO of Action Engine, to get a better view what Action Engine is today and what it could do in the future. So I took the opportunity - for sure - because since my first tests of Action Engine I was really amazed about the possibilities and I felt that this is the kind of wireless service Pocket PC will need to improve the wireless data experience. The point I see on Pocket PCs is that there is no real additional online benefit beside Web and E-Mail. My needs of a wireless Internet are different from my needs of the Internet at home, and even if the Pocket Internet Explorer is very powerful for such a small device, it has some weaknesses. Here - from my point of view - Action Engine comes into the game.

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RESEARCH: Notebook Hooligans cause havoc in UK
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:30 CET under 01 - General News

Wiltshire, UK - 8th August 2002: Careless laptop users are costing UK companies millions of pounds each year according to new research by Techair, the computer luggage manufacturers, and Vanson Bourne. The survey shows that the most common reason for laptop damage is physical misuse by users, and each damaged portable PC takes between three and seven days to repair.

The survey of 100 UK IT managers, conducted in July 2002, found that 41% of IT managers believe that the most common reason for laptop damage is physical breakages by users. The survey also found that 59% of IT managers saw a direct cost to their company's bottom line because of this problem.

"UK laptop users seem to be little more than 'hooligans', treating their technology with a complete lack of respect," said Alex Pidgley, managing director of Techair. "With an increasingly mobile workforce, technology is carried around from place to place a lot more, but the way users protect their PCs from

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Wednesday, 07.08.02
PPC 2002: Asus finally presented its new Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, ASUSTek Computer Inc. gave the publicity the first view on its MyPal A600 Pocket PC, the world's smallest, lightest, thinnest and most powerful PDA in the PC fare Computex. Running on the Intel PXA250 400MHz processor and supporting 64MB SDRAM and 32MB Flash ROM the MyPal A600 revolutionizes the definition of mobile computing.

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FILE & FTP EXPLORER: Super Explorer software for Pocket PC available now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Super Explorer makes it easy to copy, move and delete files on your Pocket PC using a handy drag-and-drop interface. Plus you can adjust the size of the folder and file windows by dragging a separator bar. It's a superior file manager compared to the built-in File Explorer application.

What's more, Super Explorer is a fully functional FTP client, with the same, easy-to-use interface.

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Tuesday, 06.08.02
LOOX: Will the Loox entering the US market? For sure it will hitting PPCW.Net [UPDATE: 07.08.02]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to different sources like PDABuzz and PDA LIVE.com the Fujitsu (Siemens) Pocket Loox will not be released in the US while it is expected mid of August at least in Germany and Austria.
According to pocket.at (German), the GPRS sleeve will not be released before November this year - so currently the Loox isn't an option if you are looking for a Wireless Pocket PC now.

However, thanks to Fujitsu Siemens Germany, a Pocket Loox is on the way to me for a review here on PPCW.Net. Because I have to send it back latest on 16th August ;'-(, you can expect to see the review here pretty soon. The reason for

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Monday, 05.08.02
THOUGHT: Why SPAM is so annoying
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:56 CET under 09 - Thoughts

The most (only) annoying E-Mails I got on my trip to Oslo was these f§$%&@# spam mails. While, here at home, spam doesn't "really" hurts me, on my Pocket PC it hurts me even more. No one of this lousy Spam senders should tell me "it's just an E-Mail, you can delete it" if I'm paying per transferred KB what I do if I'm accessing my E-Mails wireless through GPRS. In that case, Spam becomes really expensive and I have to pay for it. So it's not only wasting my "limited" storage space on Pocket PCs but robbing my money right out of my pocket. :-(

So here is my wish, I would like to see that E-Mail providers (doesn't matter if Hotmail or domain hosting services) filters this Spam messages and delete it right after it hits my server inbox that I don't have to download it anymore. Everything else would be useless,

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OFF-TOPIC: Back from Norway
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:06 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Hei folks, as you saw on the previous posting - I'm back from my trip to Oslo and hell, we had sun like on Ibiza. Fortunately I had enough T-Shirts with me, while you normally doesn't need T-Shirts in Oslo!

I had a great weekend on the Oslo Fjord, with my friends from Norway and Oslo in the summer is so beautiful. You have sun until 9 something and the sky is lightened until 11 something, it's really great.

A great experience was the GPRS roaming with telenor mobil (formerly one shareholder of VIAG Interkom/O2 Germany) even if not O2 - DE nor Telenor knew (at least not the Hotlines) that GRX is in place but it worked great. I was able to use it with the same settings as I used to use in Germany. So I had access to my E-Mails and the Web, unfortunately Norway isn't covered by TomTom's

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RUMOR: Is this how a Windows CE.Net could looks like?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:51 CET under 01 - General News

Have you ever heard of Microsoft's Windows CE based project codenamed "Gemini" - not yet? Me too but MSBetas.net has heard about it.

I don't know what it is, if it is a Pocket PC follower or a general Windows CE.Net GUI but it's always nice to see screenshots of something which isn't released and might be never released, in that case a CE.Net GUI... ;-)

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Thursday, 01.08.02
PPC PE: VoiceStream releases HTC xda
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Late 7/30/02 I received multiple messages from VoiceStream Reps regarding the release of the XDA.
"POCKET PC IS HERE!" it said in the title of the message... I replied to a few of them letting them know that I still wanted to purchase the item. I got a response and placed the order. They are stating that they don't expect the units to last through the weekend and they will be placed into a back order by Sunday. The phone cost is as follows:

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