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Wednesday, 30.04.03
BETA: Vito Technology releases SoundEditor for the Pocket PC
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 21:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

From the makers of the VITO ButtonMapper comes another cool product. Vito Technologies has just released their beta version of the VITO SoundEditor. The VITO SoundEditor provides a basic set of tools for sound editing. It features stylish and informative user interface and intuitive toolbar for quick access to options.

The current beta release version features native support for WAV files and limited tools. Vito Technology promises to add more features to it soon.

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EDITORS CHOICE: What the Editorial like and use - Q1-2003
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:46 CET under 09 - Thoughts

PPCW.Net Editors Choice is just a subjective view of the PPCW.Net editors but the hard- and software is used by the them daily.
The idea of Editors Choice is to give you an overview about great and useful products for your Pocket PC and Smartphone platform.

Editors Choice is published quarterly and includes the top products in the following categories:

  • Hardware
  • Accessories
  • Pocket PC (Phone Edition) Software
  • Smartphone Software
  • Overall Product of the Quarter.
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NEW COLUMN: Editors Choice - the best for your Windows Powered Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:46 CET under 06 - Site News

From today, the PPCW.Net editors will publish every quarter "Editors Choice". An overview of the best Pocket PC and Smartphone products, accessories and software which was released in the previous quarter or at least reviewed.

Editors Choice simply mirrors, what the PPCW.Net editors like and use as their device or with their device. It's just a subjective view from us but the hard- and software is used daily and heavily.

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PPCW.Net: The PPCW.Net Wireless Support Forum is back
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:04 CET under 06 - Site News

I'm happy to announce that the PPCW.Net Wireless Support Forum is back again after one and a half month of absence. I've regrouped and rearranged it as well as I've added new categories and topics for your convenience.
So finally you have your place back to get support for your wireless and connectivity problems. Please use the Forum instead of comments to the stories, if you have any configuration problems, to use your Pocket PC or Smartphone wireless.
Every mobile professional is highly invited to support others with their questions and every newbie is invited as well for sure to ask you question. This Forum is to find a solution!

The following categories and topics are available now:

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BETA: IA Style released IA Caller ID Beta to Beta testers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:06 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

IA Caller ID is a Microsoft Smartphone 2002 application - comparable to V2R's Caller2Picture for Smartphone - that allows you to assign photos to the entries in your Contacts. Then when a person calls you (for whom you have previously assigned a photo in Contacts), that photo will appear on your Smartphone's incoming call screen. Use the rich set of features to get the photos displayed with the size, position, and animated ID template you want.

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Tuesday, 29.04.03
REVIEW: Cerience RepliGo for Microsoft Smartphone 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:35 CET under 08 - Reviews

For some days now, Cerience's RepliGo for Smartphone is available. It converts, optimizes, and transfers documents from your desktop computer to your Smartphone including: Microsoft Office documents, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat PDF files and even Web pages!

Virtually any other document, report, image, or file you can print such as Microsoft Project files, Visio drawings, WordPerfect documents, CAD drawings, maps, e-mails, and more.

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Monday, 28.04.03
REVIEW: Xronox Total Input for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:35 CET under 08 - Reviews

Xronox's Total Input for Pocket PC is a remote control software for your Pocket PC/Desktop which lets you control your Desktop from your Pocket PC. It can replace both keyboard and mouse and provide wireless connection up to 100 meters (with Wi-Fi) range or more.

Features

  • Touch Pad Mouse with scroll buttons
  • Left mouse click directly via touch pad
  • Basic keyboard with extended most useful control buttons including F1 - F12 buttons
  • Support of Block Recognizer, Letter Recognizer and Transcriber
  • Supports wired or wireless connections.
  • Developed with .Net Compact Framework
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BUY & SELL: Thaddeus Computing Announces "Grand Opening"
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:22 CET under 01 - General News

Thaddeus Computing, a long-time leader in the mobile computing market for over 18 years, has just opened its UsedHandhelds.com shopping cart on its Web site, which is devoted to buying and reselling previously-owned Handhelds and Pocket PC computers.

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ALLIANCE: MSN, Yahoo! and AOL join to fight Spam
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:32 CET under 01 - General News

According to this ZDNet article, the top three email service providers have pooled their resources and technical expertise to try and reduce spam.

AOL, Yahoo! and Microsoft on Monday sketched a broad outline that calls for technical changes to email to make it more difficult to send the widely reviled messages. Among the steps are plans to hinder spammers from creating multiple fraudulent email accounts in bulk and to determine the real identity of the senders.

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SURPRISE: O2 Asia Pacific is to launch a Windows Smartphone 2002 [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The Smartphone is like no other mobile phone available today and therefore O2 Asia Pacific is ready to launch an Windows Powered 2002 Smartphone at least in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Australia:

The Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphone is above all a great mobile phone. You can expect to find all the basic and advanced phone functions on a Smartphone, but what makes it the smartest phone available on the market today is the Windows Powered software that lets you e-mail, instant message, surf the Web, listen to music, play games, and much, much more.

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SEARCH ENGINE: PDA-Search.net to be launched tomorrow
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:20 CET under 01 - General News

Finding related information is always hard and it becomes even harder, if you are looking for target information about a special topic, let's say PDAs.
I just received an E-Mail from PDA-Search.net that PPCW.Net was added to their index, so far I hadn't a clue that PDA-Search exists which might be because it's launched tomorrow but is already available today:

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SYNCHRONIZATION: CommonTime released mNotes for Lotus Notes and Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

CommonTime - the makers of Cadenza for Pocket PCs - recently released mNotes for Windows Powered Smartphones.

Get full Lotus Notes e-mail, contacts, calendar, tasks and even journal on your Windows CE Smartphone!

Features and Benefits
Easy to use Negligible learning curve for Windows CE Smartphone users. Lotus Notes-to-go! Data replication on your Microsoft Smartphone, anywhere!
Easy to administrate From a central location for multi-user management and configuration. It's never been easier to roll out your mobile computing strategy with the Windows CE Smartphone and Lotus Notes. More Lotus Notes functionality More true Lotus Notes than any other product. You won't have to compromise working habits on your Microsoft Smartphone.

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EARLY BETA: PocketDivx for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While we are talking about watching Videos on your Smartphone. Yesterday PocketTV announced the availability of an early PocketTV for Smartphone Beta, today "malloc" announced the availability of the first Beta of PocketDivx for Smartphone:

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: NCSA Mosaic becomes 10 years tomorrow!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:20 CET under 01 - General News

Wow, how time goes bye - my first web browser - the NCSA Mosaic becomes 10 years old tomorrow - Happy Birthday Dude! :D
The NCSA Mosaic was one of the reasons, why PPCW.Net is here today and I remember well, when I saw the announcement of the availability of a Beta for a program called web browser! Before, I've "surfed" through the Net via Telnet or Gopher ony. :-)

My first Mosaic was something 0.8 Alpha or something - I forgot the exact version - but it was before 1.0 and it was amazing which possibilities it gave me to explore something called World Wide Web. Unfortunately, that time there weren't too much WWW pages available to surf to but it was also the time when two guys uploaded there link list to their University server and called it Yahoo (the rest is history ;-)).

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EARLY BETA: PocketTV for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 04:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If the included Microsoft Media Player isn't enough for you because you also want to play MPEG videos on your Smartphone, this might be your application to try:


We have a first beta of PocketTV for Smartphone. This new product has not been released or announced officially yet, but the first beta is available. See instructions at Modaco.

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Sunday, 27.04.03
RANT: We want back our "Close" button - does we?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:47 CET under 09 - Thoughts

One of the never ending topics in the Pocket PC world is - I think - the discussion of close button vs. minimize functionality. As we have in the Windows based PC world the button, which terminates a running program, in the Pocket PC world, we have a similar button - - which does the opposite, it minimize the current program only but it's still open and running in the background.

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REVIEW: Pocketop Portable Keyboard [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:12 CET under 08 - Reviews

For some weeks now, I'm using the Pocketop Portable Keyboard instead my standard keyboard - the Targus Foldable Stowaway Keyboard - with different Pocket PCs like the HP H5400 or Dell Axim and after short familiarization phase I need I'm fully satisfied now!

Unlike the Targus keyboard, the Pocketop Keyboard communicates with the infrared port available on almost all devices - its sleek design requires no cords or hook-ups.

The patent-pending Contour Key is a unique three-dimensional key that allows for full keyboard functionality - enabling users to send and receive email, surf the web, and perform word processing and spreadsheet tasks.

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VIRUS ALERT: SARS, impacting human lives and the computer market
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 10:57 CET under 09 - Thoughts

I really don't want to be pessimist nor would I want to be thought to be as one, but the current outbreak of the deadly virus SARS in Asia has got me totally thinking that the worse has not actually come.

The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic was publicized a little over a month ago. It seemed to be a typical virus alert which could be contained and eradicated in several weeks or so. But as time passed, and as the fact that there was no known cure for it emerged, international concern rose to an alarming level which eventually prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to come out with frequently updated Travel Advice. This paints a gloomy future for the Asian countries which are hard hit by the virus.

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Saturday, 26.04.03
DRIVERS: Pocketop Portable Keyboard driver for xda and T-Mobile Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I'm just working on my long time promised review of the Pocketop Portable Keyboard and was on their driver page.

Since 15th April, they also have a driver available for the O2 xda and T-Mobile Phone Edition Pocket PCs which is fully compatible and support screen rotation but unfortunately it's not clear for me which one to take as they offer two different kind of Pocket PC 2002 drivers: "PocketPC 2002 **NEW**" and "PocketPC 2002". Both includes some model names but both doesn't list the xda/T-Mobile Phone Edition.

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THOUGHT: How much Smartphone, PDA or Notebook do you need to be mobile?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:29 CET under 09 - Thoughts

For some time now I have my Microsoft Smartphone and I'm thinking about myself how much Pocket PC or Notebook I need anymore if I have a Smartphone. No, this isn't a thought about "The PDA is dead, long living the Smartphone" but I wonder why I use my Pocket PCs less since I'm using my Smartphone.

Here is my very personal user scenario for my mobile devices (Smartphone, Pocket PC, and Notebook):

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FIX: V2R released Caller2Picture 1.00a with some fixes and improvements
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Vision to Reality just fixed some bugs and added other requested features to its Caller2Picture which is available in version 1.00a now.

The most important features might be a status indicator which shows you the progress of the contacts load and that you can install C2P on the SD card as well as playing ringtones from the SD card.

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Friday, 25.04.03
IR UTILITY: Two Peaks releases BizBeam, a business card beaming utility
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 14:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Beam your Business Card with ease. BizBeam from Two Peaks Software allows you to do just that and all with a single tap. Two Peaks Software claims that BizBeam is the fastest and easiest way to beam pre-selected business cards without any fumbling or tapping around.

BizBeam allows you to beam contacts right from the Today Screen. Since BizBeam is designed to run on the Today Screen, BizBeam can be easily activated with the use of your thumb to quickly beam a primary and secondary business card any time you want.

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MOBILE BANKING: A Smartphone, a bank account and MasterCard Electronic
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 12:05 CET under 09 - Thoughts

I've been using the SMART Money MasterCard Electronic for more than a year now. Sometimes it just beats using cash or using a credit card. The SMART Money MasterCard Electronic is as good as cash as it is preloaded with any desired amount. This means there are no monthly bills.

The unique thing about the SMART Money card I use is that it is tied to my mobile phone account with SMART Communications here in the Philippines. There are several ways of using it from simply using the m-com number for OTA purchases or by swiping it through a magnetic stripe reader at the cashier.

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UTILITIES: MTUX recently released MTUX Password and RingToneX
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

One of my favorite developer - MTUX, the guys behind SideX - recently released two new utilities for Microsoft's Windows Powered Pocket PC 2002 and Pocket PC Phone Edition: MTUX Password for Pocket PC 2002 and RingToneX for Pocket PC Phone Edition:

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Thursday, 24.04.03
LINK: Jenneth's review of V2R's Caller2Picture for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Jenneth, the well known gadget girl from "down under", recently reviewed V2R's Caller2Picture with her new Orange SPV.

So if you are also thinking about how much sense C2P makes for you or if you should wait for alternatives, you might give it a read - but in any case it's fun to check her site and read about a gadget girl's passion.

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INPUT: PDAmill TopKey 1.0 Softkeyboard
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As I said a while ago, I really like this customized Google advertising on PPCW.Net since it truly delivers site related ads.

Just found a TopKey advertising there and this new soft-keyboard for Pocket PCs looks pretty promising:

PDAmill TopKey is an easy and powerful input method for your Pocket PC. You can choose from lots of predefined layouts or create your own custom layout best suiting your needs. A clever self-learning predictive input boosts the speed of text input.

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UPGRADE: IA Style released IA Utility Pack with four Smartphone applications
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

IA Style recently released the IA Utility Pack which is a combination of the IA File Manager Pack (see my review here) and the separate sold IA SIM Manager. Normally this Utility Pack will cost US$19.95, but for the next seven days, you can buy the full package for US$14.95 (a saving of 25%.) from Smartphone.net.

The IA Utility Pack contains four utilities for your Windows Powered Smartphone:

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UPDATE: Sprite Soft's iPAQ Backup version 2 available now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 01:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you own an HP iPAQ 3900 or 5400 series device, Sprite Soft's "Pocket Backup" is already installed in ROM and called "iPAQ Backup".

Sprite Software has recently released version 2 of Pocket Backup, and the regular version is a free upgrade for iPAQ Backup users. In addition, Sprite Soft also offer a US$10 upgrade to Pocket Backup Plus

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Wednesday, 23.04.03
UTILITY: Sunnysoft Application Package for Windows Powered Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

More utilities for your Smartphone becomes available now. Today Czechs Sunnysoft released its Application Package for Smartphones which is a package of three applications which might increases the usage of your Smartphone. It consists 1 game and two utilities:

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UPDATE: Developer One CodeWallet Pro for Smartphone and Desktop
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

When I was in vacation last week, I just got an E-Mail from Developer One which told me that a new Smartphone as well as Desktop version of CodeWallet Pro is available and finally the sync tool is released:

CodeWallet Pro is available now for the Smartphone as version 4.1 and for the  Desktop as version 3.6 Desktop Edition. Brand new is the synchronization tool for Smartphone which keeps your CodeWallets on your Smartphone up-to-date automatically without copying it by hand from your Desktop to your Smartphone:

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CHAT: Talk with the Microsoft Pocket PC Team tonight
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Come chat with the Microsoft Mobile Devices Pocket PC team tonight. There will be experts from all facets of the team to answer any questions that you might have.


  • When: April 23, 2003

  • Time: 19:30 GMT/20:30 Munich


Join the chat room on the day of the chat and don't forget to download your appointment for Outlook below.

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Tuesday, 22.04.03
HOT DEAL: Save 80% on Spb's Palbum Suite until April 24!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Jason from Spb Software House just informed me, that they have running a hot deal at PocketGear.com. From April 22 - April 24 (it will end at midnight - but which timezone!?) Palbum Suite is offered with an 80% discount which is making it available for only $4.95!

Palbum Suite is the ultimate photo management software for Pocket PC that combines functionality of Palbum Picture Viewer and Palbum Picture Optimizer, as well as provides means of creating and viewing interactive photo albums on Pocket PC.

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RAFFLE: Win a copy of V2R's Caller2Picture for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:46 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Since last week, Caller2Picture for Smartphone is available and the friendly folks from Vision to Reality are giving 5 full versions worth of US$ 14.95 away to you.

To make it as simple as possible for all of us, just reply to this story in the comments section below and the first 5 replies (with application unlocked Smartphones) will win.

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ON-DUTY: Back to life, back to reality
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:03 CET under 09 - Thoughts

After some great days in Austria with my family I'm back on my PC. Unfortunately the weather was mixed but anyway, the fun was with us and therefore it was a great trip, even if we had less snow then expected and boarding was possible noon only.

But if you ever wanted to see how we - or at least me - at PPCW.Net works, here is a picture of my (mobile)-office: :mrgreen:

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WIRELESS VOIP: Xten delivers SIP-based communications to Pocket PCs
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 06:46 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Xten Networks, Inc., recently announced the release of X-PRO, its new SIP User Agent (softphone) for Windows PCs & Wireless PocketPC/CE devices. X-PRO can be used to make free IP-to-IP calls using a service such as pulver.com's Free World Dialup or can be used to make IP-to-Phone calls using a pre-paid calling service such as deltathree's iConnectHere.

Xten has also released a free version of their softphone called X-Lite. While the X-Lite may not include all the premium features of X-PRO such as conferencing and multi-proxy, it still provides the same level of call quality. Both X-PRO and X-Lite are fully compatible with other SIP User Agents including Cisco 7900 Series IP Phones and ATA 186 Analog Telephone Adapters.

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Monday, 21.04.03
PHONE EDITION: Legend to release ET180 Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 21:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Chinese computer manufacturer Legend will soon release their Pocket PC Phone Edition offering. The Legend ET180 will feature a unique removable numeric keypad which will be a first for the Pocket PC. Sources state that it will be powered by a 400MHz Intel X-Scale processor and will have 32MB of ROM and 64MB of RAM. It will run on the Pocket PC 2002 Phone Edition OS.

The unique removable keypad is said to give the user improved handling experience as the ET180 can be operated easily with one hand. Removing the keypad transforms the ET180 to a standard touchscreen dependent Pocket PC Phone Edition.

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THOUGHT: Easter Eggs, the Pocket PC and the number 3
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 02:36 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Happy Easter! I know it's a bit late for that but I seem to have gotten caught up with my Pocket PC trying to look for more Easter Eggs. I still haven't found any new ones though. Arne also sent an email and he seems to be enjoying Austria. Arne hasn't been getting the best GPRS coverage there so I guess you will all have to settle for me in the meantime instead.

I spent this weekend looking for Easter Eggs in my Pocket PC, still nothing new apparently ever since the launch of the Pocket PC about three years ago. In case you some of you may have forgotten, the Pocket PC Easter Egg is the Perfect Hand at Solitaire. You can get this by starting up Solitaire and pulling up the Keyboard SIP. Make sure that your keyboard is set to use Small Keys. Just Tap on Ctl, Shift, and New and there yo shall get your perfect hand at Solitaire. Amaze your friends as to how fast you can finish a game of Solitaire using this trick. :D

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Sunday, 20.04.03
UPDATE: New ROMpaq for iPAQ H5450 available
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 10:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

HP releases its latest ROM Update for the iPAQ h5450 series Pocket PCs. This was previously released last April 17 but did not include any documentation as to what it fixes. HP has then taken it off from their Software and Drivers page only to be placed back on but this time with a corresponding Release Note.

This ROM Update however, does not include some of the fixes which were released earlier. Namely the iPAQ Pocket PC h5400 Nevo Update for English ROM Version 1.00.45, iPAQ Pocket PC h5400 Pocket Watch from Conduitsand the iPAQ Pocket PC h5400 WLAN Driver Update.

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Friday, 18.04.03
SOFTWARE: PhatWare updates Calligrapher
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 21:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

PhatWare Corporation has just released the updated version of CalliGrapher® which now includes Dutch and Portuguese handwriting support for Pocket PCs. PhatWare CalliGrapher®, now on version 6.5.1, has been optimized to take up a smaller memory footprint to increase its responsiveness and to provide compatibility with a wider range of third-party applications.

CalliGrapher® 6.5.1 is a full featured natural handwriting recognition software that analyzes pen strokes written on the PocketPC screen and converts these pen strokes into text. CalliGrapher® also offers a comprehensive spell checker which is accessible from any application on your mobile device. It also includes the PenCommander, a utility that allows users to create and execute command scripts by simply writing a word command and drawing a circle around it. Another unique feature of CalliGrapher® is...

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SOFTWARE: VITO Technology releases QuickContact
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 19:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

VITO Technology releases yet another application to ease contact look-up in the Pocket PC or Pocket PC Phone Edition. QuickContact offers an easy way of searching through the contacts database using the hardware buttons of the Pocket PC. A unique quick entry system is used which relies on the Pocket PC's D-Pad for navigation.

A hardware button can be assigned to activate QuickContact and the search can be initiated by using the directional pad. Pressing left or right on the D-Pad moves you from one search field to the next, while pressing up or down scrolls through the letters or the list. The action button opens the contact details.

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FLASH CONTENT: FlashPack, Simplifying Content Distribution
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 05:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

HandSmart just released their Macromedia Flash standalone executable maker for Pocket PC called FlashPackâ„¢. FlashPackâ„¢ is a Windows based application which is used to create Flash content for Pocket PCs. What is worth noting is that it is the first to provide flash artists, game developers and content providers with the means to distribute and manage Flash based content without requiring any programming skills.

Moreover, FlashPackâ„¢ creates an .exe file from flash .swf files. This enables users to run your content directly as stand alone application and does not require running it within Pocket Internet Explorer. The end result is that the entire flash and runtime exists in a single file which proves to be a boon for both flash developers and the target users as distribution and installation of the file can be done by simply dragging the file to the device without any prior installation.

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Thursday, 17.04.03
AVAILABLE: V2R Caller2Picture for Smartphone 2002 is released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:53 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, V2R - Vision to Reality, released as first the long awaiting picture application, which notifies incoming calls with a photo of the caller instead of the boring standard handset icon.

Caller2Picture is the first application for the Smartphone, which was finally released and can be seen as the original for Windows Powered devices. Already in fall last year, V2R released C2P for Pocket PC Phone Edition devices.

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Wednesday, 16.04.03
AWAY: Happy Easter everybody, I'm out of office now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:44 CET under 06 - Site News

I just want to wish everybody Happy Easter! I'm leaving now for one week for the last Snowboard ride this year! :D Seems there is still enough snow in the Alps that I will have fun!

So enjoy the days and see you next week - latest on Wednesday. However, my Pocket PC and Smartphone are with me, so maybe I just post the one or the other message here anyway! ;-)

Cheers ~ Arne

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MMS VIEWER: MMS Custom View for Pocket PC 2002 Inbox
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

MMS messages can be easily sent from MMS compliant mobile phones to any E-Mail addresses. However, E-Mail clients don't play MMS presentations as they look on a phone.

Instead, email clients show MMS messages as regular email with attachments. MCVO allows playback of MMS messages in the Pocket PC 2002 Inbox Inbox in the same way they look on mobile phone.

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ACCESSORIES: ORA original SPV Car Kit and SPV Simple Car Kit
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Ora just passed me the following information and photos about their Original Car Kit and Simple Car Kit for the Orange SPV:

The car kit is 149.99 Pound Sterling while the simple car kit will go for 59.98 Pound Sterling. For the car kit a professional installation is suggested as if this were not done by a qualified person it may invalidate the warranty.

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SOFTWARE: IA Style released SIM Manager and File Manager upgrade available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

IA Style, one of the most active developers in the Smartphone area, released IA SIM Manager and offers a free upgrade for IA File Manager, which includes beaming documents:

IA SIM Manager

IA SIM Manager gives you control over the phonebook data in your SIM card. Create, edit, duplicate, and delete your phone entries. Dial directly from the phone numbers stored on a card, quickly search for numbers and contacts, format the way you browse and view your contacts, and back-up your SIM card data, and more.

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Tuesday, 15.04.03
SOFTWARE: RepliGo for Windows Powered Smartphone is released [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I really like it if developers can keep their release dates. :-) As Cerience just told me, RepliGo for Smartphone (see my preview here) is released latest tomorrow - as promised - depending on the time zones ;-) and will become available via Handango.

RepliGo for Smartphone will cost US$ 24.95 and is Orange certified/signed as well as Microsoft certified for Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphones.

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SITE NEWS: Some PPCW.Net feature enhancements
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:05 CET under 06 - Site News

As you've might seen, I've added some features to PPCW.Net. This includes a RSS Newsfeed for the news junkies among yourselves as well as some minor feature updates of PPCW.Net Wireless (the online version of PPCW.Net for Pocket PCs and Smartphones).

Now you can add PPCW.Net to your favorite RSS Newsfeed reader like Freereader for your Desktop or PocketRSS for your Pocket PC 2002.

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THOUGHT: How many web servers can a single PC handle?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:57 CET under 09 - Thoughts

As we become more and more wireless connected and access is everything, more and more Desktop applications get a web interface to control the home PC from a work PC or wireless with PDAs or Smartphones, this is a great development but have you ever tried to install two applications in parallel which both are using a web server?

Well, I've tried it yesterday to enable the web server functionalities of a second application beside my "01 Communique's I'm InTouch" which lets me access my Desktop virtually from anywhere in the world via a simple HTML browser.

The result - 2 web servers ran in parallel and for sure my PC wasn't sure where to redirect the HTTP request to; the result was either the one nor the other application worked anymore which forced me to disable the second web server. 8O

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PREVIEW: SmartphoneNotes Beta for Windows Powered Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:21 CET under 08 - Reviews

We all know that Microsoft left Outlook Notes out of the Smartphone Pocket Outlook, which is a shame... :-(

However, thanks to great 3rd party developers, this gap might be closed soon with SmartphoneNotes.

What is SmartphoneNotes? Basically it's an test editor for your Windows Powered Smartphone 2002 which synchronize with your desktop Outlook as well. So you get all desktop Notes synced to your Smartphone where you can watch them, edit them and even create new Notes to be synced back to the desktop.

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POCKET PC: New model launch of Mitac Mio 338 Plus
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Since MiTAC International Corp. announced the Pocket PC of Mio DigiWalker series; its market share has been surging up rapidly. The sales volume of this product series has jumped to the top three in Asia-Pacific Pocket PC market, and ranked number two in China market in the 4th quarter last year; furthermore, it was the most popular Pocket PC product in Asia-Pacific Area.

Mio 338 a strong appeal to the consumer, and uniqueness of the thin-light-smart shape with colorful shell defeats all competitors of the Pocket PC market.

In order to offer more choices to Mio-fan, MiTAC International Corp. puts a Mio338 enhancement version - Mio 338 Plus to the market this month so that it may expand its market shares additionally. In addition to the Mio 338's original characteristics of thin, light, and

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Sunday, 13.04.03
SYNCHRONIZATION: It's back - PPCW.Net's Mazingo Channels are alive again
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:41 CET under 06 - Site News

I couldn't wait that long to bring Mazingo back to live and it was more or less easy doing with adding a new template only, so here we go with PPCW.Net via Mazingo - again! :D

As before, I've configured two different version, the Lite and the Full version. Both contains more or less the same content and stories but for the Lite version I removed some of the images on the front-page but it contains images and screenshots in the "read more" section only.

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Saturday, 12.04.03
PHONE EDITION: Globe Telecom releases Qtek 1010 in the Philippines
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 23:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Globe Telecom recently released the Qtek 1010 Pocket PC Phone Edition in the Philippines. The Qtek 1010, based on the Wallaby Reference Design, comes with 64MB RAM. Unlike the Qtek 1010s that were previously released by other carriers, this one was made to conform with Globe Telecom's requirements.

According to Globe Telecom, they chose the 64MB version to give the user a more capable PDA & phone combo. The Qtek 1010 even has the SMS ID fix preinstalled as well as network configurations specific to Globe in the quick setup menu.

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SITE UPDATE: PPCW.Net Wireless is back!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:10 CET under 06 - Site News

Okay, I know what you think… and you are right - it took forever but finally it's back and better then ever :!: :D

Now, near everything you get on the Desktop version of PPCW.Net is also available on the Wireless version except the left and right column. But you have access to all categories, as well as to the archive which means you can read every article now, ever posted on PPCW.Net.

PPCW.Net Wireless looks on your Pocket PC and Smartphone like this:

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TOOL: Change the T9 language with T9 Config Utility
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Based on my "How To", to change the Smartphone input language to another than the UI language, my fellow MVP Marc Zimmermann, developed a small free tool called "T9 Config Utility" which is available from Handango now:


By default, the Smartphone 2002 platform links the phone user interface language and T9 predictive text input language. For example, this linkage effectively makes writing German text with an English language phone impossible.

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RUMOR: HP interested in Smartphone platform?
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 00:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

There is news going around that Hewlett-Packard has been scouting for smartphone manufacturers. If you remember their announcement that they were dropping their plans to produce the Pocket PC Phone Edition version of the iPAQ 5xxx range, it makes you wonder if HP would even sell a Smartphone.

But apparently, HP has shelved their Pocket PC Phone Edition plans for the MS Smartphone platform. It has been reported that HP has been inquiring about smartphone prices from several Taiwanese contract manufacturers. Those approached by HP are High Tech Computer Corp (HTC). Compal Electronics, Mitac International, Asustek Computer, Inventec Appliances and Quanta Computer.

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Friday, 11.04.03
PREVIEW: Westtek ClearVue Suite for Smartphone 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:43 CET under 08 - Reviews

Now it becomes interesting. After I previewed RepliGo for Smartphones some days ago, yesterday night I finally got an E-Mail from Westtek which included an early Beta version of their well known ClearVue (see my Pocket PC review here), but now for the Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphone platform!

While RepliGo is a great offline conversion tool (maybe the best I've seen so far as it converts near everything), it has one limitation; it required the file conversion on the Desktop prior you can watch your files on the Smartphone. This isn't so bad if you want to copy some files from your Desktop to your Smartphone to have it with you but doesn't works for sure with E-Mail attachments. A real limitation of the Smartphone platform, that no viewers are included.

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Wednesday, 09.04.03
POCKET PC: Mitac aims for 600,000 Pocket PCs
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 21:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Mitac International is indeed preparing for a busy year. Expecting to ship 600,000 Pocket PCs this year, of which 30% will be own-brand models, Mitac will offer a complete PDA solution that covers the high-end, mid-range and low-end PDA markets.

Mitac has gained popularity for their launch of their Mio line of Pocket PCs last year, the Mio 528 and Mio 338. Adding also to their roster of products are the MobilePro 200e and MobilePro 300e Pocket PCs which they produce for NEC and the V35 which they produce for ViewSonic.

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HTC TANAGER: Qtek to release the HTC Tanager in Sweden
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Qtek, who already released the HTC Pocket PC Phone Edition, is going to release the first Microsoft Smartphone independently - without a GSM carrier in the background.

The Qtek 7070 is based on the HTC Tanager (see more here) and will be sold in Sweden through Brightpoint.

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PREVIEW: Code City CityTime for Windows Powered Smartphone 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:52 CET under 08 - Reviews

The best selling world time software for Palm and Pocket PC devices is currently ported to the Microsoft Smartphone platform! CityTime is an advanced world time system with more or less the same features as you already knows it from your Pocket PC. Thanks to Code City, I got a Beta version today to be previewed here.

The fast and accurate day/night plot shows where it is day and night across the world in real time. Time anywhere in the world can be estimated by referring to the day/night plot. Two to four world clocks on the screen give precise information and show the day and time of the week in remote cities.

Other features include in the Smartphone version:

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TIP: Change the T9 Input language to another than the UI language
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:23 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

Okay, now you have your Windows Powered Smartphone 2002 and the UI is English, German, French, or Italian - right? But maybe you want to use a different T9 input language for SMS or MSN IM then the UI language of your Smartphone?

I for instance, use English user interfaces since my first cell phone in 1993 but write most of my SMS messages in German - except I write a SMS message to some English speaking folks for sure. While I was able to select the T9 input language on the modern cell phones like the Sony Ericsson T68, the T9 input method is hard-coded to the UI language on the Smartphone 2002.

However, with a small Registry hack, you can change this!

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Tuesday, 08.04.03
PREVIEW: Cerience RepliGo for Microsoft Smartphone 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:47 CET under 08 - Reviews

The good news came later today from Cerience, the maker of RepliGo which is already available for the Pocket PC and Palm platforms - currently they are developing a Windows Powered Smartphone version of RepliGo! :D

What does RepliGo do? It converts, optimizes, and transfers documents from your desktop computer to your mobile device, like Pocket PC or Smartphone including: Microsoft Office documents, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat PDF files and even Web pages

Virtually any other document, report, image, or file you can print such as Microsoft Project files, Visio drawings, WordPerfect documents, CAD drawings, maps, e-mails, and more.

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INBOX FIX: Get rid of those " -1" Unread Messages from your Inbox
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 17:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

How many of you have ever experienced getting "-1" Unread Messages in your Inbox when in fact your Inbox has No Unread Messages or No Messages at all? I know I have experienced this occurence once and no matter how many times I reset my device, renew the partnership, or purge the Inbox, there still remains that annoying "-1" Unread Message.

Well, a fix has finally been developed. Authentic Relmerator Technology has come up with FixUnreadCount v1.0 This utility is a small 9KB exe file that fixes the unread count for every mail folder in every account on the device. This utility will detect and repair these discrepencies.

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LEAKED OR FAKE?: Is Vodafone working on a live! Smartphone version?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:21 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I got the following photo sent by someone anonymous (some weeks ago) which shows a Vodafone live! user interface on a HTC Canary. No more details was given, only the photo and my first thought was that it was Photoshop. But now,  Nghia from PDA France, just published a set of pictures (see right picture below), he made on Möbius last week which reminds me on the photo I got and makes me thinking again if it was Photoshop or not?

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ALLIANCE: European wireless Carriers unite
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:30 CET under 01 - General News

Three European mobile phone providers announced on Monday that they are jointly developing wireless services, a new level of cooperation among competitors that one analyst predicts could soon reach US shores.

The deal unites Telefónica Móviles in Spain, T-Mobile International in Germany and TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile) in Italy. Such a relationship could have merit in the United States, where, as in Europe, mobile phone operators are bending under huge debt loads and a souring economy, Jupiter Research wireless analyst Joe Laszlo said.

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THOUGHT: How different GPRS experiences could be
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:30 CET under 09 - Thoughts

When I was in Paris last week, I've used for sure GPRS to get my E-Mails as well as surf the web and update PPCW.Net. While I did this via GRX (GPRS Roaming Exchange) with my German O2 SIM card the fist half of the week, I've used a French Orange SIM the second half of the week and it's amazing how difference this experience was. 8O

Normally you should think that a roaming SIM has more problems with GPRS but no, the GPRS access with the O2 card, attached to the Orange network, worked faster, more stable and better then the Orange SIM in the same network :!: :?:

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PAN: ProximityMail now with HP iPAQ H5400 support
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

My fellow MVP Helio Diamant from Pocket PC Freak just let me know, that Inventop also supports the iPAQ H5400 Pocket PC now.

ProximityMail turns PDAs into a localized community messaging network. ProximityMail is a collaborative communications application for Bluetooth PDAs that enhances the way localized communities of people network, communicate, and collaborate.

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PHOTO PREVIEW: Mitac's Mio 8380 clamshell Smartphone compared to HTC Canary
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:44 CET under 08 - Reviews

Clamshell devices are on the advance and more or less all Japanese i-mode and FOMA phones are clamshell devices. Also Vodafone's live service is mostly based on clamshell phones so it doesn't makes wonder that we also see the first Windows Powered Smartphone devices now.

Taiwanese based Mitac already announced its Mio 8380 earlier last month and last week I had the chance to play with it a longer time and compare it with a Orange SPV.

Here we go with the latest pictures:

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SMARTPHONE: HTC on Schedule with Tanager
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 09:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

High Tech Computer Corp (HTC) earlier announced its plans to ship their second Smartphone 2002, the Tanager, this 2nd Quarter. The two wireless carriers, German-based carrier T-Mobile International and Filipino wireless carrier SMART Communications will be offering the Tanager which features improved ergonomics, a more functional mini-joystick, and a more user friendly keypad.

HTC is on schedule with the deliveries of the Tanager as SMART Communications launched it in the Philippines as the “SMART Amazing Phone” last February 14, 2003. The units were made available to the public as early as the first week of March.

Analysts estimate that HTC will be shipping 600,000 smartphone units this year.
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Monday, 07.04.03
UPDATE: Orneta Notepad for Smartphone 2002 is now on V1.14
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 22:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Orneta has been updating their Notepad application for the Smartphone 2002 at a blazing speed. Version 1.14 has some new features that make this Notepad application an indispensable add-on to your Smartphone. Text can now be attached to email ad there is an option to set the Font weight too.

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FREE GIVE AWAY: SoftMaker is giving away 5000 copies of TextMaker for Windows
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:04 CET under 01 - General News

You know TextMaker as the premier word processor for Pocket PCs and Handheld PCs.  To promote TextMaker, every Pocket PC and Handheld PC user can now download a FREE full version of TextMaker for Windows, the Windows counterpart of TextMaker for Pocket PCs.

This is a full-featured, Microsoft Word-compatible word processor for Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP that reads and writes Microsoft Word files and has all the features that one expects to find in a high-end word processor.

It is NOT a trial version of TextMaker for Windows, but the real thing - the same word processor SoftMaker is selling for 80 Euros in Germany.

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THOUGHT: Adding Bluetooth and W-LAN SD Card to an Orange SPV
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:00 CET under 09 - Thoughts

On Möbius we got also the chance to have a closer look to the postponed Bluetooth and Wi-Fi SD Cards and while I hold it in my hands I though about how convenient it would be to add it to a Smartphone.

Sure these samples didn't include any drivers, so it was more a question about size. 8)

It's amazing how small these cards became and I can't wait to long anymore to see them released.

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FIX: Copy SMS to Outlook with SMS2Mail 0.1
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Tom Grek works on a little tool which allows you to move your SMS messages from your Smartphone to Outlook on your Desktop PC:


SMS2Mail is a simple program and it seems weird that, whilst everyone has been busy writing Pacman clones etc nobody's actually sorted out this major omission from Smartphone. Essentially the program is run from the phone whereupon it converts all SMS in your Inbox to E-Mails in your outbox (on the phone). Don't worry; the SMS look the same as emails, it's just that Microsoft thought they'd give us two types of message, one of which won't sync properly.

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PHOTO PREVIEW: Intel's reference Smartphone compared to HTC Canary
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:34 CET under 08 - Reviews

During Möbius last week, I had the chance to play with an Intel reference design Windows Powered Smartphone.

Devices like these are developed by Microsoft and a technology partner and are handmade, so for sure quality, etc. isn't the point here but seeing which devices might be released next.

And here we go with the exclusive pictures:

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UPDATE: DAT Group with a new version of SMS Tools
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

When I was on MDC last week, I also met the folks from DAT Group who developed SMS Tools (see my review here) and they gave me a new, updated version of SMS Tools.

This new version contains another great feature which isn't part of the Smartphone today: sending SMS messages in a simple and convenient way again, if it failed to send the SMS message by the first try.

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REVIEW: Eleksen Soft Keyboard for Orange SPV by ORA
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:45 CET under 08 - Reviews

The Ora fabric keyboard for your SPV adds a full QWERTY keyboard to your SPV and folds neatly when not in use. I got one last week on Möbius and heavily used it during the past days for SMS, MSN Messenger, Web and writing down some notes.

The soft keyboard looks and feels like a fabric, but it's more than that. It's an intelligent technology capable of electronic sensing, heralding a new generation of product opportunities. You can fold it, scrunch it or wrap it, according to your need. Lightweight, durable, flexible and cost competitive.

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MÖBIUS 2003: Back in the office with Goodies for you
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:47 CET under 06 - Site News

I was two days longer in Paris since my girlfriend joined me for a "romantic weekend" from Saturday to Sunday :-D and yesterday night we came back home.

While I have still a lot to write about I just want to start my MDC/Möbius coverage with a quick give away to you:

:arrow: The first three of you, who replies to this posting with the software you want to download from the Microsoft's Handango Mobile2Market page will win this software.

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Sunday, 06.04.03
UPDATES: New HP Softpacks for the 5400
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 07:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

HP has added the HP iPAQ Pocket PC h5400 ActiveSync Backup File Restoration Utility version 1.00 (31 Mar 03) and the iPAQ Pocket PC h5400 Battery Driver version 2.00 (2 Apr 03) to their Software and Drivers list. If you are having problems restoring from a backup made with a previous processor version or if you are having problems with the battery driver for your h5450, then it is time to take a look at these updates from HP.

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TIP: Don't use the drivers one on the CD-ROM!
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 06:17 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

Stop! Don't install the drivers on the CD!

This has always been my advice to a lot of people who own Pocket PCs or PCs. More often than not, you see individuals who are overly excited about a new purchase eager to get everything installed and running, and of course, using the drivers included in the CD. Is there anythig wrong with the drivers included in the package? Well, the answer can either be a Yes or a No.

As we all know, most of the Pocket PC peripherals like Keyboards, CF Cameras, CF VGA Cards, CF Radios, CF BT or 802.11b cards, CF GSM/GPRS modules and the like don't normally run in true plug-and-play fashion. Why? Well, the drivers are rarely included in ROM. Is this bad? Not really...

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Friday, 04.04.03
OTA INSTALLATION: Spb AirSetup, Innovative Wireless Application Deployment
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 17:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb Software House just released an innovative way of deploying applications wirelessly. Called the Spb AirSetup, this deployment solution is aimed at developers who want to be able to distribute their application directly into a Pocket PC. Currently, the most practical method of distributing applications over the air is through CAB files.

But this approach may not be a perfect one. First of all CAB files are not compressed which means that downloads can be lengthy and expensive. The use of Spb AirSetup, on the other hand, shows a dramatic improvement in over the air installations. According to Spb Software House, AirSetup functions in several ways...

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TEST: Mobile Blogging
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:44 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Better you don't expect to much from this posting ;-) but based on a mobius discussion we had today, I'm testing “Mobile Blogging”. I'm right now in the train to Paris and thought this might be a great environment to test this idea with my Orange SPV and the flex-keyboard I got at mobius.
So if you can read it, it works... More about it soon. ;-)

Cheers ~ Arne
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MÖBIUS 2003: Geeks all around
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:00 CET under 01 - General News

If you wonder how it looks like if mobility geeks from all over the world comes together, have a look to the following two pictures.

Just two word, I have never seen so many cool gadgets on one table before and the availability of Bluetooth devices around you increasing in the same way as attendees enters the room.

But with this fine selection for Pocket PC, Palm and Symbian webmasters it doesn't makes me wonder:

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MEDIA: Media2Go update from möbius 2003
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:58 CET under 01 - General News

We just got a great overview here at möbius 2003 about Microsoft's Media2Go, a new project Microsoft is working on and which was already announced.

"Media2Go" is the current code name for a software reference platform designed to build and power the next generation of smart personal media player devices that enable you to enjoy your video, music, and pictures on the go. Watch the latest sitcom as you commute. Entertain your kids with their favorite video in the back seat of the car. Share your favorite tunes with your friends at a party. Or take your entire collection of photos and home videos with you to show the grandparents on your next visit. "Media2Go" gives you the personal freedom and convenience to easily enjoy your best video, music, and pictures on the go.

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Thursday, 03.04.03
THOUGHT: Why a Pocket PC doesn't replace a Notebook so far?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:10 CET under 09 - Thoughts

When we had the MDC during the past days here in Paris, I was wondering how many folks used a Notebook, compared to the MDC last year in London. Like last year, also this year Microsoft offered a free high-speed W-LAN network to the attendees as well as you was able to get a W-LAN enabled Pocket PC loaned for free and while last year in London everybody used the Pocket PC this year “nobody” used the Pocket PC but Laptops/Notebooks/Tablet PCs.

So I wonder what went wrong here. Was is because all the folks at the MDC were developers and there are no developing tools available on the Pocket PC or is it because Pocket PCs missed something?

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LCD TECHNOLOGY: The change to color
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 02:09 CET under 01 - General News

Over the last couple of years there has been a considerable increase in the use of color displays for PDAs and mobile phones. This rapid transition from moochrome to color displays are generating huge opportunity for makers of such screens. Such increase in demand for color screens may even spark a competition between the different LCD technologies most suited for PDAs and mobile phones.

Monochrome screens are now giving way to the more advanced color screens as the functionalty and features of PDAs and mobile phones improve. One of the main reasons for fast adoption of color displays in cell phones is the rapid decline in panel prices. Both CSTN LCD and TFT LCD prices fell by more than 25% in 2001.

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Tuesday, 01.04.03
POCKET MSN: New client for Pocket PC and Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:34 CET under 01 - General News

Pocket MSN is a new client based always-on subscription service optimized for Pocket PC and Smartphone. Pocket MSN gives users of compatible Pocket PCs and Smartphones instant, one-click access to core MSN services, including Hotmail, Messenger, Alerts and MSN browse content.

Built as an integrated experience into Pocket PC and Smartphone, Pocket MSN is designed to offer users the familiar and consistent experience they expect, using an always-on functionality that does not require a continuous data transmission.

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MESSAGING: Jataayu MMS client for Smartphone 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Jataayu Software is previewing their new Smartphone MMS client here, on the MDC exhibition. The Tanager I spoke about yesterday already included the Jataayu browser so I already had the chance to give it a closer look.

Overall the general integration looks pretty nice, however it’s running as a standalone application unlike the EZOS WAP browser which is used on the Orange SPV and here we come to the bottom line, I personally don’t like to have several different applications for messaging but only one – the Inbox.

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CANCELLED: NEC to pull out from the PDA market
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 12:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Set back by weak sales, NEC apparently has decided to pull the plug from its PDA program in Japan. The decision may be a temporary one only but NEC made no mention as to when it will return to the PDA market. On the otherhand, NEC’s subsidiary, NEC Computer International, will continue managing the company’s PDA business in export markets and will continue selling existing PDA models like the MobilePro 200E, MobilePro 300E and MobilePro P300.

Sources said that Taiwan’s Asustek Computer has already stopped producing the MobilePro P300 for NEC. Mitac International, on the other hand, is still supplying the MobilePro 200E and MobilePro 300E for markets outside Japan.

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POCKET PC: Asustek shipping Casio’s latest Pocket PC
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 12:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Asus has landed a deal with Casio to supply its current E-3000 line of Pocket PCs. This may explain the striking resemblance between the latest Casio Cassiopeia E-3000 Pocket PC and the Asus MyPal A710.

Asustek Computer is expected to ship 10,000 PDAs a month for the Japanese vendor.

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PHONE EDITION: xda system software upgrade for UK
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The latest xda operating system ROM upgrade is now available from O2 UK. Please keep in mind that this update is for the UK version of the O2 xda only and will not work on other xdas like the German one nor on T-Mobile Phone Edition, so better don't try it.

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