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Tuesday, 29.10.02
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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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 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 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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