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Wednesday, 30.10.02
SERVER UPGRADE: PPCW.Net is back - again! :-)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:22 CET under 06 - Site News

Well, the most stuff I've migrated now but not everything works proper.
First of all you noticed that you are forwarded to an IP address. This is a temporary server address and will become changed back to http://www.ppcw.net as soon as possible.
Also you may noticed some small layout changes. Well, this is because something which happens in near future.

Beside this good news I have two (temporary only) bad news:

  • The Wireless channels for Mazingo doesn't works right now but I will take care about this tomorrow.
  • A little bit more difficult will be the Forum migration which needs some more redevelopment of the code.
    This can takes a little bit longer and therefore the Forum isn't available right now.

I hope you enjoy the new location and the improved performance. The system I'm running now is a dedicated server with the following features:

  • Intel Celeron 1.200 MHz-CPU
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 40 GB-IDE HDD

I hope this will fulfill my needs for - at least - the next 12 months! Also I'm happy that I can tell you that I found a generous sponsor which covers some of my provider costs! Only this support - of the currently unannounced company - enabled me to upgrade to the long awaiting dedicated server! Thanks "anonymous"!

Cheers ~ Arne

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SERVER UPGRADE: PPCW.Net is temporary down for Maintenance!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:00 CET under 06 - Site News

Thanks friends for all your E-Mails but I can allay you, nothing dramatic happened! The reason for the maintenance is pretty easy -> the move to the new and necessary server. I'm migrating from a shared server package to a dedicated server.
This means uploading ~ 10 GB of data to the new server (hell, I never imagined that I made so many pictures and screenshots in the pas 12 months) and migrating from the old MySQL database to the new one. Thankfully I have a DSL flat access here with 1024/256 KBit/s. Doing this stuff with slower DSL connections or even ISDN sounds impossible for me right now.

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Tuesday, 29.10.02
LINK: piefriendly.com launched
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:07 CET under 01 - General News

My fellow MVP - Julio Meneses - recently launched piefriendly.com - a public and free directory for browsing the web through mobile devices with html compliant explorers. It's specially developed for Pocket PCs using Pocket Internet Explorer but can be also browsed using other small screen devices like Palms. Use it whenever you connect to Internet and feel free to help to record all this kind of sites!

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SERVICE: Will this be the Future of Interactive Services for Wireless Devices?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:49 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Is this the feature of interactive news on Pocket PCs and 2.5/3G networks? Last week I found Xinua News Channel (thanks to Olivier for pointing me) which is an interactive, flash based news channel.

The headlines on the Xinua News channel are selected entirely by a computer algorithm FROM thousands of sources, based on many factors including how often and on what sites a story appears elsewhere on the web. Xinua News channel relies on the editorial judgment of online news organizations to determine which stories are most deserving of inclusion and prominence on the Xinua News channel. There are no human editors at Xinua News channel selecting, grouping or even merging the headlines and no individual decides which stories get top placement. While the sources of the news vary in perspective and editorial approach, their selection for inclusion is done without regard to political viewpoint or ideology.

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UPDATE: V2R released Skin2Chose 2.0 - now with Today Theme support
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Skin2Choose is a software that allows all Pocket PC Phone Edition users to change the dialer interface of the phone dialer. Now - with version 2 - you can also change the Today Theme.
With the Skin2Choose browser you are able to browse through all of your dialer skins and choose a new skin for your phone. With the free trial version you can preview all 7 skins but only SELECT the standard skin and the "Pink" skin. As soon as you buy the full version you will be able to SELECT the other skins.

V2R will offer a plenty of additional new skins soon.

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STANDARDIZATION: magic4 joins the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:27 CET under 01 - General News

London, UK October 29, 2002 - magic4, the mobile messaging solutions specialist, has joined the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA), bringing its technological expertise in IM, EMS, MMS and SyncML to the group. magic4, which provides a leading edge integrated technology platform for mobile messaging, will now be actively involved in promoting open next generation messaging standards.

The OMA is a consolidation of the Open Mobile Architecture initiative, WAP Forum, Location Interoperability Forum (LIF), MMS Interoperability GROUP (MMS-IOP), SyncML

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Sunday, 27.10.02
MUSIC: Pocketwerks Vinyl is looking for beta testers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The Pocketwerks team has wrapped up the development of Vinyl for the Pocket PC, and we are looking for a few good beta testers! Vinyl was created for the sole purpose of providing a simple and elegant way to remotely navigate and playback your digital music collection on your PC with your Pocket PC.

A few of the features that Vinyl provides:

  • Gorgeous Cover Art
  • Popular Music Formats
  • Wired or Wireless
  • Extensive Playlist Support
  • Smart Random
  • Multiple Remotes
You can get more information about Vinyl, and sign up for the beta
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Saturday, 26.10.02
UPDATE: MTUX released SysPack 1.4 for SideX 1.43
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

SysPack 1.4 includes some new features now. In general it helps you to watch your system easier. Battery status, free space of storage, switch current running program and close program each by each, adjust volume and brightness.

You can watch the following all system information right "over" your current application, wherever you are.

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Friday, 25.10.02
LOOX: More GPRS Add-on Module Photos and Information available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I received a number of photos of the coming GPRS/GSM add-on module for the Pocket LOOX today and like to share them with you.

Some technical information: The module comes with a built-in battery of 900 mAh and offers three hours talking time. I have two information about the stand-by time, but the lower one mentions more than 100 hours. So, it lasts at least as long as the LOOX' internal battery.

As you see, this is not the final module yet as it will be on sales in a few weeks time. So, my request to all of you being interested to learn every single detail about it - please understand that the amount of information is still quite limited and changes might occur without any notice.

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REVIEW: Seiko Instruments InkLink Handwriting System
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:13 CET under 08 - Reviews

The Seiko Instruments InkLink is a tool for instantly capturing your handwriting or drawings directly to your Pocket or Palm, Laptop, or Desktop PC.
It's easy to use, works on ordinary paper up to legal size and easily clips onto 50 page tablets. Plus, InkLink comes with its own carrying case that fits in a pocket or purse.

Using Seiko's exclusive Binaural Technology, the InkLink Data Clip continuously listens for communications from the InkLink pen while it tracks the natural movement of your hand. As you write anywhere on the paper pad with the InkLink pen, the InkLink Data Clip reads precisely the location of the pen tip and communicates its exact position to your handheld, laptop or desktop PC.

Sounds complicated? Well, InkLink is about as difficult to use as a paper clip. With InkLink, all you have to do is think it, ink it, and link it.

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Wednesday, 23.10.02
SMP 2002: CNetX launches Pocket SlideShow for Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Bologna (Italy) October 22, 2002 - CNetX today announced that Pocket SlideShow, the popular PowerPoint viewer for Windows Powered handheld devices is adding support for Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphone software. The application will be demonstrated today at the integrated launch of the Orange SPV Windows Powered Smartphone in London.

Pocket SlideShow is a powerful PowerPoint presentation viewer for handheld devices. Thanks to Pocket SlideShow users can keep their favorite Microsoft PowerPoint presentations right in their pocket, and enjoy full-screen slide shows, with optimized display and animations.

The Smartphone Edition of Pocket SlideShow is extremely compact and it is specifically tailored to take advantage of the unique multimedia capabilities of the Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphone, thus further extending the ability to review presentations anytime/anywhere.

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SERVICE: Action Engine license Browserless Mobile Web Services Platform to Orange
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:15 CET under 01 - General News

Redmond - October 23, 2002 - Action Engine Corporation today announced it has signed a licensing agreement with Orange SA, one of the world's leading mobile communications companies with more than 40 million customers worldwide and operations in 21 countries. As part of the agreement, Orange has licensed Action Engine's Mobile Web Services Platform and has embedded it onto the new Orange SPV mobile phone powered by Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphone software.

Action Engine's browserless Mobile Web Services Platform delivers the first easy way for mobile operators and enterprises alike to

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SYNCHRONIZATION: Microsoft released ActiveSync 3.6
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:35 CET under 01 - General News

Together with the Smartphone 2002 launch yesterday, Microsoft also officially released the latest ActiveSync version 3.6 which includes - beside the Smartphone 2002 support - also some improvements for Pocket PC and Pocket PC Phone Editon:

Microsoft ActiveSync 3.6 is the latest synchronization software for Microsoft Windows Powered Pocket PCs and Smartphones. ActiveSync 3.6 includes all the significant improvements brought to you in ActiveSync 3.5: it is easy to install and use while offering the best levels of reliability. If you had not already installed ActiveSync 3.5, ActiveSync 3.6 will also bring you up to date with compatibility to Microsoft Office XP and Windows XP.

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SMARTPHONE: Samsung plans to go with Symbian also
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:35 CET under 01 - General News

21 October 2002 - Symbian has officially announced that Samsung will use its OS in a range of smartphone products. Samsung's first Symbian handset will be a 2.5G smartphone using Nokia's Series 60 interface.

Samsung is planning further Symbian OS models for 2.5G and 3G networks, including both GSM- and CDMA-based standards. Symbian added CDMA support to its OS earlier this year and Samsung announced that it was licensing Nokia's Series 60 in August 2002. Samsung is the world's third largest handset manufacturer and one of the fastest growing.

"Symbian has demonstrated its ability to deliver leading edge technology, stimulate

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SMARTPHONE: All-Locations presentstwo new applications Orange SPV launch event
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

JOURE, Netherlands, October 22, 2002 - ALL-locations today launched two applications at the launch of the first Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphone in London: the Smartphone version of the well-known GPRS Traffic Counter, and the ALL-explorer 2.4 Smartphone Edition.

The ALL-locations GPRS Traffic Counter 3.0 Smartphone Edition is a unique tool that allows Windows Powered Smartphone users to keep track of the costs they make when using a GPRS connection, thus avoiding surprises when the bill of the operator comes. "With GPRS you pay for data traffic, not for airtime. This is a different experience that people have to get used to, the GPRS Traffic Counter helps people by showing them what the actual costs

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Tuesday, 22.10.02
SMP 2002: Smartphone SDK and Mobile2Market Program released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Microsoft today released the Smartphone 2002 SDK and also introduced Mobile2Market:

Build innovative mobile applications. Bring your applications to market. Download the Smartphone 2002 SDK and join Microsoft Mobile2Market a comprehensive program for the certification and market delivery of mobile applications designed for Windows Powered mobile devices.

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Monday, 21.10.02
RAFFLE: Do you ever wanted to win a Socket CF Modem, W-LAN or Bluetooth Card for your PPC?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:42 CET under 06 - Site News

Within the next 14 months (until end of 2003) you can win every month one of the finest Socket Communications accessories here at PPCW.Net - starting in November 2002.
Socket Communications supports PPCW.Net with this raffle which means for you 14 chances to win. Every month you can get one of the coolest communication accessories available for your Pocket PC and Pocket PC 2002:

How it will works, all details and so on I will post here within the next few days. But you can start thinking about what you want to get if you win. Just as much: you have to do nothing else than registering that you want to win! :-)

Thanks to Socket Communications for this support of PPCW.Net and its readers! Stay tuned for more information!

Cheers ~ Arne

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MAZINGO: Watch Daily Video Highlights of
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:59 CET under 01 - General News

San Francisco, CA - October 21, 2002 - For the first time, two nationally syndicated television entertainment newsmagazines will make video highlights available daily to millions of PDA users around the world. Working in a unique cross-promotional partnership with Mazingo.Net, The Mobile Entertainment Network, Telepictures Productions' syndicated newsmagazines "Extra" and "Celebrity Justice" will provide daily video highlights to members of the Mazingo Network’s worldwide mobile audience beginning today. Fresh video will be delivered automatically to Mazingo subscribers who select the shows.

According to Mazingo CEO, Brooks Haden, "Mazingo is all about video news and entertainment on the go. Now with these video highlights, we can extend the terrific brand of daily news from 'Extra' and 'Celebrity Justice', to a whole new audience, the mobile consumer. Best of all, it's delivered automatically everyday to Mazingo users who select the 'Extra'

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Sunday, 20.10.02
MMS: EzWAP 2.5 Mobile Internet Client ready to be relased
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

EzWAP 2.5 will includes new features from the WAP 2.0 specification: MMS, WPKI, Provisioning.

EzWAP 2.5 places Mobile Internet information and services in the palm of your hand. Pocket PC 2002 Phone Edition software-based devices and next-generation phones based on the Microsoft Smartphone 2002 platform which run our EzWAP client offer easy and secure access to relevant Internet/Intranet information via wireless networks. Simply install EzWAP on your device and then you can browse Mobile Internet sites as easily as you currently browse HTML sites using a standard web browser. You can also create, send and receive MMS messages. Enhanced messages containing graphics, sound and text are as simple to create as a PowerPoint presentation. EzWAP 2.5 improves security thanks to its WPKI functionalities and Smart Card integration onto enabled devices.

EzWAP 2.5 is based on EZOS' MoByKit, our platform-independent toolkit that is available for manufacturers of electronic appliances who want to integrate Mobile Internet technology quickly into their particular platforms.

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Saturday, 19.10.02
HARDWARE: Wireless Gadget Weekend
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:33 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Okay - I must admit I'm addicted to Microsoft's Pocket PC platform and I'm a Microsoft MVP for Mobile Devices but I'm also addicted to GSM based wireless technologies. This means for me that I also have (and still use) non-Windows CE based cell phones. Also interesting for me are other hardware platforms for sure like the Symbian OS and even Palm's OS.
Currently, Handspring Europe is running a promotion in Europe called "Try Treo". The deal is pretty easy: Order a Handwpring Treo 260, give Handspring your Credit Card number and test it for 14 days. If you like what you got, take it and you will be charged. If you don't like it, send it back to Handspring and nothing will happens with your Credit Card account.

This was the reason for me to order a Handspring Treo 270 and within the next 14 days I will give it (the hardware) and the Palm based OS (plus Handsprings wireless extensions) a closer look which will result in a comparison between a Pocket PC Phone Edition Device and the Handspring Treo.

If you never had a Treo in your hands - like me, this is what I'm talking about:

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MOBILITY: Welcome to the Wireless World!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:47 CET under 09 - Thoughts

This article was originally posted by Arne Hess, Apr 19, 2000 on Microsoft's PocketPC.com site and was reedited/updated before posted today:
Communication and information, wherever you go? Yes, it is possible to carry the world in your pocket. Here are some suggestions to help you use this capability to the greatest advantage.

Pocket PCs Can Connect You to the World
Who cannot recall situations: An airline flight being delayed or cancelled; you’re tired of newspapers having the same headlines as the day before; or feeling bored, because your neighbor isn't interested in small talk?

What a perfect time to surf the Web, prepare for an upcoming meeting, write some e-mail to keep in touch with your office, or just read some notes, while you wait for that delayed flight. This is easy enough to do, as long as you are close to a desktop computer, even if it isn’t your own. But what if you’re traveling where there are no computers, e.g., foreign airports (without those expensive “Web stations”), train stations, or simply your hotel room?

Well, you are virtually carrying the world in your pocket with your Pocket PC and your mobile phone or even better with your Pocket PC Phone Edition like an o2 xda or T-Mobile Phone Edition. There are also some GSM/GPRS PC and CF cards available like the GlobeTrotter from Option (a GPRS PC card) or the RTM-8000 from Audiovox (a GPRS CF Card).

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Friday, 18.10.02
TRAVELING: Using Your Pocket PC in other Countries
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:42 CET under 09 - Thoughts

This article was originally posted by Arne Hess, Nov 10, 2000 on Microsoft's PocketPC.com site:
In my job, I travel around the world a lot. There are three things I carry with me at all times: my passport for sure, my mobile phone to stay in contact with my family and my office, and my personal companion - my Pocket PC. That is where I store my dates, my contacts, and some private things like photos, music files, and eBooks. If you are planning to go abroad with your Pocket PC, there are some things you need to know before you leave home.

It’s a Standardized World - Isn’t it?
Not completely. What might be the standard in one country, might not be the standard in another. Take connectors, for example. Even if your Pocket PC has enough power for a whole day, it will still need recharging from time to time. But have you ever tried connecting your Pocket PC to another source of power while abroad? Or have you tried connecting your Pocket PC to the

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ACCESSORIES: Extended Battery Pack for the T-Mobile/O2 Pocket PC Phone in Stock
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Just a quick note to let you know that the extended battery pack for Pocket PC Phone Edition now in stock. Also the USB Cradles just came in, but they are also selling fast!

The extended is available for US$ 89.95, right now 96 are available for immediate delivery.

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REVIEW: Audiovox RTM-8000 GSM/GPRS CF Card
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:06 CET under 08 - Reviews

The Audiovox RTM-8000 is the first available triple band GSM/GPRS card in CF card size and therefore interesting for all Pocket PC users as it fits into most Pocket PC 2002s.

Technically the card supports everything you would expect: so it supports voice calls as well as CSD data calls plus GPRS connections. Because it works as a triple band GSM card, it can be used all over the world, doesn't matter which country.
Like with other GSM cards the Pocket PC can not be used for voice calls directly because the voice isn't transferred to the device. This means that you are forced to use a headset unlike with Pocket PC Phone Edition devices. This is for sure a disadvantage and might makes the card more interesting for data than for voice. However, unlike pure wireless cards you could do it if you want and in that case it works perfect.

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UPDATE: Sneak Preview of Windows Media 8.5 player
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

My fellow MVP pt from Pocket PC Magic published a sneak preview of the next coming Windows Media Player 8.5 which will be part of Microsoft's EUU3 (End User Update) which was announced last week:

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CONNECTIVITY: Socket Announces Bluetooth SDIO Connection Kit for Windows CE Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:22 CET under 01 - General News

John E. Doub, Director Developer Relations, recentely sent me this press announcement.

Newark, CA - October 15, 2002 - Socket Communications, Inc. the Mobile Connection(tm) Company, today announced its Bluetooth SDIO Connection Kit, which includes Socket's easy-to-use software and a new SD form factor card. The card allows anyone with a Pocket PC that has a Secure Digital (SD) I/O slot to communicate with other Bluetooth-enabled devices. For example, with a Bluetooth-enabled phone users can quickly, easily, and cost-effectively access email, the Internet and a corporate network via a cable-free connection. The card works in devices running BSQUARE Corporation's SDIO Now! software, ensuring compatibility with devices via this standard.

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REVIEW: Gomadic T-Mobile/o2 xda Power Sync Charging USB Cable
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:08 CET under 08 - Reviews

Battery stand-by is always critical for mobile devices like mobile phones or PDAs and becomes even more important if both is combined in one device like with the Pocket PC Phone Edition.
Gomadic, specialist for cable solutions, recently released it's Power Sync Charging USB Cable solution for the xda (see also my previous review about the same solution for the Compaq iPAQ).
While the connectors of the xda and the iPAQ are the same the contacts are different which requires an own cable. Don't use any iPAQ cables with your xda - without a dedicated iPAQ/xda adapter like available from Datanywhere.com.

The Gomadic USB sync and charging cable is 5-foot long and can be used therefore even if the USB port of the Desktop PC is on the backside.
If the cable is connected with one end to a PC and the other end to the Phone Edition the PC starts ActiveSync right in the moment everything

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Thursday, 17.10.02
GPRS COUNTER: ALL-locations GPRS Traffic Counter 3.1 available now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

ALL-locations, the inventors of the GPRS Traffic Counter, today have released the latest version of their unique utility for measuring your GPRS connection and calculating its traffic and costs.

The ALL-locations GPRS Traffic Counter enables you to control your costs when using GPRS. With this application you can measure the amounts of data transfers via your GPRS, CDMA or GSM network connection and calculate network usage costs. The GPRS Traffic Counter monitors all data transfers you perform and calculates the cost of your GPRS usage taking into account your specific billing model. Finally you are able to get a grip on your GPRS costs. The GPRS Traffic Counter can be used both with a one piece solution like the XDA as well as with a two piece solution like an iPAQ in combination with a Bluetooth GPRS mobile phone.

"Based on the very favorable reactions we received for the earlier versions of the GPRS Traffic Counter we are convinced that this is a must have utility for anybody using GPRS", Managing Director Pat Polise says. "The new version, that we also offer for free to our existing users, has a lot of new functionality that we know our clients will appreciate. It definitely confirms our status as innovative software developer", Polise adds.

New features included in version 3.1:

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IMAGE VIEWER: Spb released Palbum Suite 4
Posted by Arne Hess - at 03:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb Software House, the developer of GPRS Monitor, recently announced the release of Palbum Suite 4 - a complete photo album, picture viewer and image optimizer for Pocket PC.

Palbum Suite 4 is the latest product from the Palbum line that incorporates the functionality of all the previous Palbum applications in one. It is capable of viewing pictures, optimizing photos, creating and viewing photo albums and presentations. Palbum Suite features the fastest image viewing engine available for Pocket PC that has been upgraded to support interactive photo albums with sounds and comments.

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CUSTOMIZATION: V2R released Skin2Choose for Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 01:21 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

V2R provides a new software which is a skin chooser for Pocket PC Phone Edition devices such as the o2 xda, T-Mobile Phone Edition as well as others.

Skin2Choose allows you to customize your skin of the phone dialer. With the Skin2Choose browser you are able to browse through all of your available skins and choose a new one for your phone interface:

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HOSTING: PPCW.Net is currently Down [UPDATE 17.10.02]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:53 CET under 06 - Site News

Due to high MySQL database traffic, my provider decided to deactivate the MySQL database of PPCW.Net (hopefully) temporarily only. I don't know why I had such a huge traffic on the database today but that's the fact what I've heard from them.
Right now I have no idea when/if PPCW.Net will be back again. Hope this doesn't takes me to long but I'm afraid I have to find another solution. With every story I post here I will get more and more MySQL traffic and therefore I'm not sure how to sole this problem... :-(

See you later - I hope. Cheers ~ Arne

UPDATE 15.10.02: I didn't got a response from my hosting service right now, seems that this guys (at least the responsible one) don't work today anymore. So I'm afraid that the site will be down at least the next 18 hours...
If you came here through Google, try the cache functionality.

Cheers ~ Arne

UPDATE 16.10.02: That's unprofessional. :-( Deactivating the SQL database and asking me by E-Mail how I want to go forward. Shortly after I got the E-Mail I answered for sure and this morning I wrote the second E-Mail, both without a reply until now... And the 'best' is that that "Admin" guys are available through E-Mail only not by phone.

Cheers ~ Arne

UPDATE 16.10.02: Okay, back in business but limited. I got a pretty short E-Mail from them that they reactivated the database that I can backup all my data. The side-effect is that PPCW.Net is available again but I'm not sure how long it will stay available.
Fact is that I have to change to a dedicated server and this guys might shut down the DB again. However, currently I try to find different solutions to re-launch PPCW.Net as soon as possible on another location BUT until that I have lot of administrative stuff which limits me to update PPCW.Net as you used to see it. Also I don't want to invest to much work into a server/database which I'm not sure how long it stay available.
Please be patience. The good news is that a solution is on the way... :-)

Cheers ~ Arne

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Tuesday, 15.10.02
BLUETOOTH: Toshiba is ready to release its 5 GB Bluetooth HDD
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:43 CET under 01 - General News

Within the next weeks, Toshiba wants to introduce its 5 GB Bluetooth enabled hard disk to the Japanese market. The portable disk with Bluetooth interface should be sold as "Hopbit" for for around 49.800 Yen (around 470 Euro). The Hopbit should works with PDAs like Bluetooth enabled Pocket PCs as well as with mobile phones.

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DRIVER: Audiovox RTM-8000 GPRS Settings Wizard
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

You might wonder why the Audiovox GPRS card review isn't already online. The answer is pretty simple, I've awaited a feedback from Audiovox which I got now. It's about the GPRS settings as in the original configuration the RTM-8000 doesn't included any GPRS wizard which takes care of the SIM card PIN or APN settings. Because of this lack of support I wasn't so satisfied with the overall impression of the card because you have to be a geek to get data working.

However, now I got a Beta from Audiovox which will become available for all Audiovox RTM-8000 owners and this is for the GPRS settings:

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3G Rollout Status: The PTS Report from Northstream Consulting
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:19 CET under 01 - General News

On behalf of Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS), Northstream has performed an analysis of the 3G rollout situation. The findings can be found in a report that can be downloaded from the PTS web.

The report provides a descriptive and analytical overview of the status of 3G rollout in the European Union and Norway. It focuses on potential modifications of license distribution and conditions and the changing market outlook for 3G services in Europe.

The European Commission and national regulators share powers of regulation over the mobile telecommunications sector in Europe. While many regulators have made no alterations, at national regulator level license conditions that have been altered/clarified include timing of service launch, timing of coverage milestones, network sharing, extension of the license period and revision of payments for fees associated with the license. These indicate there is some limited flexibility to the industry, and a slight change of regulatory focus from market liberalization to 3G market facilitation.

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Monday, 14.10.02
UPDATE: Pocket Presence's Running Voice supports voice/data switching even better now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you are a user of Running Voice 2.x this information from the PPCW.Net Support Forum, posted by Magnus Stolt from Pocket Presence, might be interesting for you:

Dear Running Voice GSM 2.0 users,

We have received reports from some costumers that they have experienced problems when switching between GSM and a data connection. Our engineers have put together a new setup with enhanced data connection support.

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Wednesday, 09.10.02
WIRELESS FUN: V2R's Caller2Picture is available for commercial download now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Caller2Picture adds more fun to your Microsoft’s Pocket PC Phone Edition devices such as the o2 xda or the T-Mobile Phone Edition. While a Phone Edition device notifies incoming calls with the caller name, company and phone number (if available from the contacts database) only; Caller2Picture adds an image of the caller also.

Caller2Picture allows assigning one picture for all contact phone numbers as well as assigning different images for the diverse phone numbers of a contact. As an example this could be a serious picture for the office number as well as a casual picture for the home number.

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CONNECTIVITY: Gomadic Corp releases T-Mobile/o2 xda Power Sync USB Cable
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Gomadic Corp releases T-Mobile/o2 xda Power Sync USB Cable & Accessories.
Gomadic Corp has recently expanded their popular line of Power Sync Cables for the Compaq iPAQ to include the T-Mobile/o2 xda Pocket PC  Phone. Power Sync Cables empower the mobile professional to simply their life by reducing the number of cables required to support life on the road. By connecting a 5-foot long Power Sync cable between the base of the Pocket PC  Phone and a standard USB port, users can simultaneously recharge their phone while auto synchronizing data with their desktop or laptop PC. No bulky cradles, no AC power adapters and no additional software required!

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CONNECTIVITY: connect2internet(c2i) now hits the shelfs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Vienna October 2002: 2K development is proud to announce the commercial release of connect2internet (c2i), the easiest way to connect your Pocket PC to the Internet using a data enabled mobile phone. After more than 2 months testing phase with more than 100 friendly users all over the World we are glad that c2i supports at the moment 35 network operators in 15 countries. But we are testing another 30 network operators at the moment, which will extend the list in the future.

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Tuesday, 08.10.02
LBS: YuBee.com – A Free Location Based Content Directory For Mobile Users
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:31 CET under 01 - General News

ETE Wireless announced the highly anticipated "beta" launch of YuBee.com, the first location based content directory formatted for Mobile users. ETE plans to offer hardware discounts and special offers to early adapters and beta users as they continue to develop their suite of thin-client server side applications and services for mobile users.

YuBee allows users accessing the wireless Internet via Pocket PC and other wireless devices to quickly and easily find relevant content that has been formatted for the small screen.

YuBee asks Mobile users for their current zip code, and delivers the nearest locations for any business establishment, including hotels, restaurants, and business services. Users can change their location information at any time

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WEB: Create your own Pocket PC site via Goes-mobile.com
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:51 CET under 01 - General News

Woerden (Netherlands), Man On The Roof introduces a free service for the mobile Pocket PC user, goes-mobile.com. The free site including editor for all types of Pocket PC’s with connection to the internet. For those who are in the possession of a PDA and want to create their own web-site, surf to www.goes-mobile.com, sign-up and be on line with a Pocket PC site within 5 minutes!

Goes-mobile.com allows to create a personal PDA web-site with 10 pages including pictures and hyperlinks.

How does it work:

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Friday, 04.10.02
POWER: Replace your proprietary PDA battery
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Did you know you can replace your PDA battery? Many handhelds use the regular AA batteries but many more use proprietary batteries. Among these are popular brands such as: Compaq iPAQ, HP Jornada, Sony Clie, and a few Palm Pilots.
Manufacturers make a secret of the fact that the battery can be replaced. But batteries for these models are not easy to find. Laptops for Less is introducing kits for replacing these batteries, complete with tools and installation instructions (you can see animated instructions online).

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TIP: Use the Audiovox CF GSM/GPRS card for GPRS even with long APN names
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:02 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

As I wrote yesterday I've got the Audiovox RTM-8000 GSM and GPRS CF card for testing and the first thing I found, as many of you too, is that you get into real trouble to setup a GPRS connection if the APN name is too long.

To setup a GPRS connection, the Pocket PC and Pocket 2002 requires the APN name in the Extra dial-string field.
This could makes some trouble - if the APN name is to long - as the field entries are limited. Unfortunately the Audiovox doesn't comes with a PIN application like the Option Globetrotter card which means you enter the PIN after the startup and from that the card is ready to be used.

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ACCESSORIES: The Extended Battery Pack for o2 xda and T-Mobile is available now [UPDATE: 04.10.]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

My shopping partner datanywhere.com has the extended battery pack for the o2 xdas and T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone available for shipping.
Add 4 additional hours of usage and 150 additional hours of standby to your Pocket PC Phone Edition.

This external battery can be charged with either your device or with an external battery Charger. Please note that that battery doesn't fits to the European T-Mobile MDA.

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Thursday, 03.10.02
WIRELESS: BT returns as MVNO
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:05 CET under 01 - General News

01 October 2002 - British Telecom has returned to the UK mobile telephony market as a virtual network operator (MVNO). The former parent of mmO2 will buy network capacity from its newly independent subsidary and target users of its BT.com portal with flexible tariff options.

Users will be provided with tariff suggestions based on the number of minutes they plan to spend calling landlines and mobiles each month and how many text messages they anticipate sending. The service will be called BT Mobile Sense.

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PREVIEW: Audiovox RTM-8000 Triple Band GSM/GPRS CF Card
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:58 CET under 08 - Reviews

Yesterday I got the long awaiting Audiovox GSM/GPRS CF card for testing. So here are the first pictures. My first impression? It's so small - to small to imagine that this card should be a full functional GSM and GPRS triple band card which supports voice as well as data (which it does!). And also the figures seems to be to fantastic: GSM 900, DCS 1800 and PCS 1900, GSM Voice Communications supporting Half Rate/Full Rate/ Enhanced Full Rate, Fax support for Group 3 / Class 2.0 and GPRS Class B, Multi-slot Class 8 (4 Rx/1 TX/5 simultaneously) with a simultaneous network registration of GSM & GPRS. For voice an external headset is required.

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Wednesday, 02.10.02
REVIEW: Phone Today supports o2 xda and T-Mobile Phone Edition now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:54 CET under 08 - Reviews

The folks from Burr Oak in Canada added now the Pocket PC Phone Edition support to their latest project - Phone Today:

Phone Today is a Today Screen plug-in which displays the status of your connected GSM phone, or xda/MDA device.
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, or with the new xda/MDA devices.

As far as I can see, also the hp WDA should be supported because the xda and the WDA use the same GSM stack. However Phone Today is a nice little tool as it gives you a fast and easy overview of your current network connection.

Changes from 0.98.4 to 0.98.5

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OFF-TOPIC: Going for a new Camera - but which one?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:36 CET under 06 - Site News

Last week we had the photokina, the world's leading trade fair for the photographic and imaging sector and a meeting place for professional photographers and photography enthusiasts from all over the world here in Germany and some pretty interesting digital cameras was announced. Because I have to make a lot of pictures for PPCW.Net, mostly in the Macro distance and also I want to improve the picture quality in general, I've decided to go for a new camera.
Some requirements are more than 2 megapixles, CF card for picture storing, short videos would be nice too... And for sure a "brilliant" optical zoom (not this digital stuff only) plus a good Macro for detailed hardware pictures.

So I've decided to give this two models a closer look: the brand new Canon PowerShot G3 and maybe the Nikon COOLPIX 5000.

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Tuesday, 01.10.02
E-MAIL: WebIS works on an alternative E-Mail client for Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Even if Pocket PC’s Inbox does a fairly good job a lot of you/us miss some features like HTML mail or a better support of different E-Mail boxes/accounts.

The good news came from WebIS, the guys which also develops Pocket Informant, are working right now on @Mail:

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PREVIEW: V2R Caller2Picture for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:54 CET under 08 - Reviews

You might wonder why I was so silent over the past days. The reason is pretty easy: I was deeply involved into a software project which V2R (Vision to Reality, the guys who also developed Outlook2SMS) realized with me so I had a lot of Beta testing and product definition on my table.
This project will kick most of the Pocket PC Phone Edition owners out there - I'm sure, it's awesome! :-)

Because with that new add-on for your Pocket PC Phone Edition you will not only be able to read the contact name of your incoming call but you will also see an assigned picture for your contact! :-)

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