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Wednesday, 28.05.03
IMAGE VIEWERS: SplashData Launches SplashPhoto for Pocket PCs
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 23:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

SplashData, Inc., the developer of the popular Palm OS title SplashPhoto just launched the Pocket PC version of its image viewer - SplashPhoto 3.6.

SplashPhoto offers a fast, easy-to-use image viewer for Pocket PCs. Its speed and simplicity that has made SplashPhoto such a popular choice among Palm users. Now, they are offering the same solution for the Pocket PC platform. SplashPhoto provides a host of options for building and managing a library of photo images on Pocket PC devices, with a simple user interface and a first-of-its-kind Windows desktop application designed to make it easier than ever to crop, edit and install optimized images for handheld display.

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LAUNCH: Windows Powered Smartphones launched in Sweden and Hong Kong
Posted by Arne Hess - at 01:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Two more countries with the availability of Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphones was announced today officially. During the next days/weeks, the HTC Tanager (here called Qtek 7070) will be available in Sweden and Hong Kong SAR:

Microsoft Powered Smartphone hits Sweden

Mobile business services based on Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphone is to be launched in Sweden by TeliaSonera, the leading operator in the Nordic region. With the subscriptions Telia Work or Telia Executive, Swedish business customers will now have access to their e-mail, calendar, address book and Internet through their mobile phone.

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Tuesday, 27.05.03
CONNECTIVITY: iPAQ H5400 series doesn't connect with 802.11g W-LAN Access Points
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to a customer advisory, the H5400 is currently not working with 802.11g access points:

The iPAQ Pocket PC h5400 Series integrated WLAN module will not connect with a WLAN Access Point that supports both 802.11b and 802.11g.
The integrated WLAN module inside your iPAQ Pocket PC allows connections up to 11 mbps (802.11b), but not higher. The technology associated with 802.11g allows for connection throughput higher than 11mbps.

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EXCLUSIVE: Get your long awaiting Microsoft Smartphone 2002 from PPCW.Net
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

PPCW.Net is well known as one of the leading wireless Pocket PC and Smartphone websites since 1998 and we already believed in a wireless Internet when wireless was 9.6 KBit/s and Netscape had a share of 90 %. However, as time goes bye the Internet became truly mobile, latest with the introduction of Windows Powered Pocket PCs, Pocket PC Phone Edition and finally with Smartphone and to enable as many people as possible to enjoy the wireless Internet too - we are proud to introduce a special deal for our readers:

The PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone!

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Monday, 26.05.03
INPUT: PenReader 4.0 multi-lingual handwriting recognition released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today Paragon Software released its new 4.0 version of the well-known multilingual handwriting recognition system PenReader for Pocket PC 2002! As a result of three-year researches, their developers have made several principal technology modifications, which tremendously improved handwriting recognition quality of the PenReader system.

PenReader is an on-line handwriting recognition system for Pocket PC and Pocket PC 2002 based devices. PenReader enables handwriting text input possibility, making the work with your device more comfortable and effective. It doesn't require training or adjustment for a particular handwriting - it's ready to work right after installation!

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COMMUNICATION: mov Software releases imov for Smartphone
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 12:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

mov Software, Inc. recently announced the availability of imov Messenger, an enterprise strength messaging and presence product for the Microsoft Smartphone platform. imov Messenger gives corporate and non-corporate users the ability to Instant Message and receive news and content on any Internet enabled Microsoft Smartphone.

imov Messenger is based on open standards and is fully interoperable with proprietary instant messaging systems as well as the open Jabber server platform. imov Messenger gives you the ability to instantly communicate with family and friends using the Internet. The Jabber platform's extensibility allows imov Messenger to be compatible with multiple messaging systems. imov Messenger also provides significant enhancements over proprietary systems, including the ability to send messages to offline users...

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Sunday, 25.05.03
WIRELESS NETWORKING: Hudson IP Dashboard Network Monitor 1.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

IP Dashboard Network Monitor lets you manage your wireless network connection from Pocket PC's Today screen. It includes IP info as well as DHCP, Ping, graphs, meters, and more!

Have you ever wondered whether your Pocket PC was connected to your wireless network? It was that simple question that led Hudson developed IP Dashboard, the most intuitive network monitoring tool available for Pocket PC devices. With features for both the casual and professional user, IP Dashboard will never leave you wondering about your WiFi connection again.

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Friday, 23.05.03
DATABASE: Syware FoneDB for Windows Powered Smartphone released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

FoneDB allows individuals, publishers, and corporations to easily create and publish a wide range of Smartphone databases for business or personal use. FoneDB combines the power of instant access to data with the broad reach of mobile phones.

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Wednesday, 21.05.03
SHOPPING: Synclub has opened its doors for Pocket PC users
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Maybe you have seen the ads during the past days "not to buy software today but to wait"; it was the launch campaign of Synclub.

What's Synclub? Synclub members receive instant discounts of up to 40% on all software titles featured on the site.
While shopping at Synclub, you will see below the retail price of each title, the special "members price" which will feature a discount of up to 40%. Remember: Only Synclub members can shop at Synclub.

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CALLER INFO: Pocketx released Photo Contacts Smartphone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Pocketx Software yesterday announced "Photo Contacts Smartphone Edition", a revolutionary new software application for the Microsoft Smartphone mobile platform.

Photo Contacts brings new functionality to the Smartphone user - the essential ability to dial a contact by selecting their photograph. With Photo Contacts, dialing a contact is a breeze - just select your contact's picture and press the talk button.

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Tuesday, 20.05.03
AVAILABLE: IA Style IA Caller ID for Smartphone 1.0 released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

IA Caller ID is a Smartphone application for assigning pictures to phone in Contacts. With IA Caller ID, Smartphone users can connect a still or animated picture with contact information - so you will know instantly who is calling, or whom you want to contact. Use the rich set of features to get the photos displayed with the size, position, and animated Caller ID background/templates you want.

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Monday, 19.05.03
UPDATE: SmartphoneNotes for Windows Powered Smartphone reaches target line
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Good news reached me on weekend from the developer of SmartphoneNotes, which is an Outlook add-on and will enables you to synchronize your Outlooks Notes with a Microsoft Smartphone (see my Alpha Preview here).
He seems to enter the final stage and the latest version I got from him is signed. This means no more hacks in ActiveSync to get Outlook Notes synchronized; something very important as otherwise it would be useless for most of us since you have to certify the ActiveSync provider with a developer certificate!

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FLASH CONTENT: HandSmart releases FlashPack Jr.
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 10:21 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As a follow up to the FlashPack Standard, Handsmart presents a new member of its product family - FlashPack Jr. The software is a low cost flash executable creator for Pocket PC. Jr targets designers and flash artists seeking economic solution for distributing their content to millions of pocket PC users. FlashPack requires no programming skills and enables complete creation of executables in just a couple of clicks.

FlashPack Jr., like it's feature laden sibling can output Flash content as *.exe files. It offers an emulator view and runs on Pocket PC 2002 devices. It supports up to Flash 6 content.

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Friday, 16.05.03
CLARIFICATION: T-Mobile clarifies Microsoft OS handset delay rumors
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

T-Mobile has "confirmed" ;-) my thoughts from yesterday's news about "not to launch" a Windows Powered Smartphone. According to this article on RCR Wireless News, T-Mobile is still going to introduce a Microsoft Smartphone but delayed because some software glitches which needs to be fixed first:

T-Mobile International AG and Microsoft Corp. sought to clarify media reports concerning possible delays of the release of a T-Mobile phone using Microsoft software in Europe, but T-Mobile wouldn't give a specific release date.

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Thursday, 15.05.03
PUBLIC BETA: GranadaSoft is looking for Beta testers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

XSForms and XSDesigner is the simplest and fastest way to the creation of form-based database applications for the Pocket PC

Generate high-value form-based database applications for your personal needs with XSDesigner in minutes without any programming knowledge or database knowledge. Use XSForms on your Pocket PC for simple mobile data capture underway. Gathered data can be transmitted per push of a button from the Pocket PC to a back-end server for processing; even wireless transmission is possible.

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COMMUNICATION: Microsoft Portrait 2.1 with Smartphone support released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Jiang Li, the brain behind Microsoft Research's Portrait for PC, Handheld PC and Pocket PC just informed me, that version 2.1 (see my review of version 2.0 here) was released with Smartphone support now as well as an video codec API for developers:

Microsoft Portrait 2.1, a research prototype for mobile video communication was released. Microsoft Portrait now supports Smartphone.
We provide video codec API in this version as requested by lots of developers.

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Wednesday, 14.05.03
GO SIGNAL: MiTAC to launch the Mio 8380 Smartphone in June
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 10:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Recently we reported the disappointing news about the effects of SARS in Asia and its economy. One of the probable victims was the MiTAC Mio 8380 which was not launched due to the virus outbreak which also caused a number of Trade Exhibits to be cancelled.

A change of tide - MiTAC International, a Taiwan-based Pocket PC and smartphone maker, recently inked a deal with Chinese Electronics Corporation Telecom (CECT) and will begin shipping its Mio 8380 Smartphones to CECT in June.

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ACCESSORIES: Fellowes to sell Stowaway XT for Pocket PCs
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 08:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Fellowes, Inc. recently announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Think Outside, the designers of the Stowaway keyboards for PDAs.

As part of this agreement, Fellowes is introducing the next-generation Stowaway XT keyboard into its retail channels. The Stowaway XT, an extra-thin mobile keyboard designed to provide a smart typing solution for Hewlett Packard PDA users on-the-go, will be on store shelves in May 2003. The original Stowaway Portable Keyboard also is available through Fellowes for HP PDA users.

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Tuesday, 13.05.03
UPDATE: 2k development released connect2internet PRO for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

2K development is delighted to introduce the newest release of connect2internet for Pocket PC 2002 devices. Connect2internet Version 2.0 is a complete automatic GPRS Manager, SMS and Phone Manager and the easiest and fastest way to connect your Pocket PC to your mobile phone for checking your emails, surfing the web with GPRS, and keeping in touch with SMS.

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Monday, 12.05.03
SOFTWARE UPDATE: Vito QuickContact with added functionality
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 21:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Vito Technology updates QuickContact, the fast and efficient contact lookup software that uses the D-pad for single handed operation. QuickContact does away with using the stylus. All that is needed is simply to use the D-pad and hardware buttons to find a contact detail and put your device back into the pocket.

Simply press an assigned button to call the list and enter first letters of searched contact with keypad buttons. Letters in search string appear in alphabetic order according to contact names while the list above displays search results in relevance to entered characters. Press Enter and you will see contact details (link to Contacts, phone number for dialing and for SMS messaging if available, email address).

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UTILITY UPDATE: ALL-locations released ALL-explorer Smartphone Edition 2.5
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

All-locations recently released ALL-explorer 2.5 which enables you now to send and receive files via infrared and to e-mail files as an attachment!

Manage the files and folders on your Smartphone just like you are using your Desktop PC, anywhere, anytime. Send and receive files via infrared to another user. Now your Smartphone will become really mobile!

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GPS: Palmtop Software launches Wireless Bluetooth GPS Receiver for TomTom
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

May 12, 2003 - Palmtop Software BV, a leading provider of personal navigation systems, based on Microsoft Windows Powered Pocket PCs, today announces the availability of the Wireless Bluetooth based GPS receiver for TomTom Navigator 2. The solution adds further flexibility to TomTom Navigator 2 by adding the smallest and lightest GPS device on the market, which is compact enough to fit into your pocket.

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Sunday, 11.05.03
UTILITIES UPDATE: OmegaOne Battery Pack goes v5
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 18:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Talking about feature-packed utilities for the Pocket PC, the first thing that may well come to mind is OmegaOne who produces the Battery Pack. Battery Pack is now on its 5th version and by far the most full-featured utility for the Pocket PC.

Added to Battery Pack are the latest Power Task, Power Bars and Power Alerts features that allows much more control over task and alert management functions. The Power Task button functionality can be reversed, so tapping it closes a program, tap & hold minimizes it. Power Bars allow your Pocket PCs vital statistics to be displayed on the title bar, so they can be viewed from any program. The Power Alerts, which provide customizable alerting capabilities, is another nice feature.

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Friday, 09.05.03
RELEASE: Galp Energia and TMN launch Portugal's first Windows Powered Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Galp Energia, Portugal's leading oil and gas company and TMN, Portugal's largest mobile operator, today announced plans to launch a series of innovative mobile services for their customers based on the Microsoft's Windows Powered Smartphone platform.

These new mobile services will be offered to Galp customers on an AEG branded Windows Powered Smartphone with TMN. AEG is working with Dangaard Telecom to bring the Smartphone to market.

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Thursday, 08.05.03
PHONE EDITION: MiTAC to release Mio 728 Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 21:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

MiTAC has been quite busy lately developing better Pocket PCs. If you can recall the recently released MiTAC Mio 338 Plus which gives the user 32MB of Flash ROM to use freely. MiTAC's new product however is one that runs on the Pocket PC 2002 Phone Edition platform. Dubbed the Mio 728 of the DigiWalker line, this Pocket PC Phone Edition sports a rather conservative 206MHz StrongARM processor. But the wonderful part of it all is that it comes with a CF type II slot and a full set of buttons that adds true Pocket PC handling capabilities to this device.

The Mio 728 will have 32MB of ROM and 64MB of RAM, a fairly standard feature as far as Pocket PCs go. But the inclusion of a swappable 1500mAh battery pack is definitely a welcome feature particularly for a Pocket PC Phone Edition. MiTAC claims a battery life that can give...

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UPDATE: Bitstream Thunderhawk available in version 1.07
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

BitStream recently updated it's ThunderHawk browser for Pocket PCs (see my review of version 1.0 here). Version 1.07 offers improved and simplified installation as well as the ability to download files directly to the Pocket PC.

ThunderHawk uses a proxy server which compresses web information and re-sizes graphics for the Pocket PC screen. This server architecture has been also improved with version 1.07 the browsing experience.

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Tuesday, 06.05.03
DREAM TEAM: Microsoft wants Sony Ericsson to use Smartphone OS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to Dutch Telecom.paper, Microsoft is trying hard to push Sony Ericsson to use it's Windows Powered Smartphone OS:

Microsoft wants to sign Sony Ericsson as a user of its new Smartphone operating system (OS) for mobile phones. Steve Ballmer, chief executive of Microsoft, has also said that Microsoft has no plans to acquire a stake in Sony Ericsson.

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RELEASED: Resco System Toys for SmartPhone 1.00
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:21 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Resco today released System Toys for SmartPhone 1.00 which is a set of 2 useful and easy to use tools.
One is Battery State and the second is Task Manager.

A Task manager is always useful on Smartphones like it is for Pocket PCs so this bundle might makes sense for every Smartphone user.

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COMPATIBILITY: The HP iPAQ H5400 will support the Compaq Wireless Pack soon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Great news reached me today from HP regarding the iPAQ H5400 Wireless Pack support. As you might know, currently this iPAQ doesn't works for any reason with the old Compaq Wireless Pack which is a kind of sad.

However, this situation will changes soon as the appropriate drivers/support is in development and can be expected sooner or later! :-)

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PUBLIC BETA: IA Style IA Caller ID for Windows Powered Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

IA Style just informed me, that they moved the closed user group Beta testing of IA Caller ID to a public Beta now:

We now have a new Beta version of IA Caller ID (0.92) available, and this version is available for the general public to download and test. It is a fully-functional Trial version which will expire in 15 days. We are looking for volunteers to test it. If you have tested the previous beta, please first uninstall the previous beta and clean up the working environment, as mentioned in Installing and Uninstalling.

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UPDATE: Microsoft released ActiveSync 3.7 for Pocket PC and Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Yesterday Microsoft has released ActiveSync in version 3.7.
It's the latest synchronization software for Microsoft Windows Powered Pocket PCs and Smartphones. ActiveSync 3.7 contains fixes making synchronization more trouble free than ever before and includes all the significant improvements brought to you in ActiveSync 3.5 and 3.6.

If you had not already installed ActiveSync 3.5, ActiveSync 3.7 will also bring you up to date with compatibility to Microsoft Office XP and Windows XP.

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SOFTPAQ: Colligo Personal Edition for iPAQ Pocket PC H5400 Series
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

HP has the Colligo Personal Edition as free SoftPaq download for the iPAQ H5400 series devices now.

With Colligo Personal Edition software loaded onto Windows-based notebooks, Tablet PCs or handhelds, you and others you come in contact with can instantly communicate and exchange files using the wireless LAN (W-LAN) capabilities of your mobile devices. No need for central access points, servers or Internet connections - Personal Edition creates peer-to-peer collaborative networks on the fly whenever and wherever you need them.

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UTILITY: New Telnet client and Server for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Rainer Urian has released two new freeware tools for Pocket PCs which are currently in Alpha and Beta but anyhow.

If you are a webmaster or administrator, "Telnet" which is a telnet client for Pocket PCs might be the right tool for you.

If you want to interact more with your Pocket PC, you can give "Telnetd" a closer look which is a telnet server for your Pocket PC.

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Monday, 05.05.03
BETA: PDAmill EZ Note for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

PDAmill informed me about a new interesting application they are going to released called EZ Note.

It is designed for entering and looking up for contacts and notes without a stylus, using 4 different input methods - simply with a touch of your fingers.

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Friday, 02.05.03
ON HOLD: Mitac Mio 8380 launch postponed indefinitely
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 17:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Last week, I posted an article on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and its effect on human lives as well as the computer industry. Today, I was surprised to see an article on Infosync about the launch of the MiTAC Mio 8380 being put on hold due to the SARS.

The launch of the MiTAC Mio 8380 Smartphone was supposed to take place in the Computex Trade Fair in Taipei this quarter. Apparently, it has now been postponed indefinitely due to the outbreak of SARS in the Asian region. According to Infosync, a company spokeswoman said there are no current indications on when MiTAC will be able to launch the Mio 8380.

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UPDATE: Vistasoft GeoKron 2.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 02:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Vistasoft, Inc., a leading developer of windows applications for Pocket PC, today announced the immediate availability of version 2.0 of GeoKron for Pocket PC. GeoKron is a world time keeping system designed specifically for Pocket PC.

Version 2.0 of GeoKron is a major upgrade. New with this version is a zoom-in world map that is derived from actual satellite photos of the earth provided by NASA. As in prior versions, the world map shows where it is light and dark around the world. With version 2.0, city lights are shown in dark areas, and you are able to zoom-in on cities and areas of the world to show more detail.

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UPDATE: Orneta Notepad 1.16
Posted by Arne Hess - at 01:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Orneta recently informed me, that its Oneta Notepad - a shareware text editor for Windows Powered Smartphones which allows you to write short texts (or longer one - it also works with the Orange SPV flex-keyboard - see the review here) as well as edit it, was updated to version 1.16. It includes tons of features like selecting text, copy, cut, paste and much more!

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VIEWER: Resco Photo Viewer for SmartPhone 2.20
Posted by Arne Hess - at 01:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Resco released it's Photo Viewer 2.20 for Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphones. Turn your Smartphone into a Digital Photo Album. It is now easier than ever to view and modify your photos taken by your digital camera. Moreover, you can now optimize your photos and create very nice family albums by using new desktop Album Generator.

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