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Monday, 30.06.03
LAUNCHER: Conduits releases an updated Pocket Launcher
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 20:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Conduits Technologies Inc. recently announced the release of Pocket Launcher 1.5, a customizable application launcher that improves upon the built-in program launcher with a tab-based categorization system that is expandable to a user's needs, and customizable to a user's tastes. Pocket Launcher runs on all Pocket PC devices, such as the Pocket PC 2000, Pocket PC 2002, and Windows Mobile 2003 Software for Pocket PC.

Pocket Launcher is an application launcher that works on a collection of large, icon-based lists of applications displayed via tabbed windows. Applications can be sorted and arranged by the user according to his/her preference. Additional windows can be created as well as shortcuts to the My Documents folder. Pocket Launcher offers an intuitve interface that simplifies launching applications.

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HOW TO: Setting Up a GPRS Connection for Win XP and USB using Smartphone 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:14 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

Connecting a Windows XP Notebook to GPRS by using the Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphone 2002 as modem is is pretty easy if you know how to do it. This is a step-by-step which works for all Windows XP Notebooks and Desktops with all HTC Smartphones like the Orange SPV; PPCW.Net i-Mate, Orange SPV100 and others and works for all GSM/GPRS carriers world wide.

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PHILIPPINES: Commercial Wi-Fi services, Bluetooth, Illegal
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 18:31 CET under 01 - General News

"As far as the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) was concerned, commercial wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) services, and even Bluetooth use, was still "illegal" in certain regions in the Philippines, including Metro Manila, an official of the regulatory body said over the weekend."

The 2.4 GHz spectrum is currently owned by the Manila Electric Compny (Meralco) for their Supervisory Control and Data Aquisition (SCADA) network. Limitation on the use of the specified frequency in Metro Manila, where the Central Business District is located, may spell stunted growth for IT dependent operations that may benefit from wireless technology.

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POCKET PC 2003: MiTAC debuts two dazzling new Mio Pocket PCs with Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

MiTAC Mio 339 and Mio 558 include advanced capabilities aimed at consumers and corporate users:

June 30, 2003 - Taipei, Taiwan - MiTAC International Corporation has announced the release of two new models in its Mio line of Pocket PCs. Based on Intel's mobility-optimized XScale CPU running at 400 MHz and Microsoft's new Windows Mobile 2003 Software for Pocket PCs, the Mio 339 and Mio 558 provide a comprehensive range of standard handheld and productivity applications, as well as a host of exciting advanced features. The Mio 339 is targeted at consumers, with overall designs making them ideal devices for enriching users' digital lifestyles. The Mio 558, on the other hand, is aimed primarily at business users and technology early adopters who wish to take advantage of its powerful connectivity features.

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Saturday, 28.06.03
COOPERATION: Vodafone opts for RealNetworks
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:34 CET under 01 - General News

How the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports on today's edition, Vodafone selected RealNetworks as its solution vendor to distribute multimedia over cell phones:

Vodafone Group PLC, which owns all or part of 28 cellular service companies, said it will use RealNetworks' server software to distribute multimedia material over cellular phones. Vodafone also said it will specify RealNetworks' RealOne Player for handsets made for its companies.

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UPDATE: red e SC1100 Smartphone ROM upgrade with major enhancements available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Just received some screenshots from a red e SC1100 Smartphone (the Microsoft Developer Kit terminal) updated to the ROM build 1053 which shows some major updates and improvements.

I really hope that other ODMs, like HTC will follow Compal soon (Compal is the Original Device Manufacture of the SC1100 which is market by everlink wireless as the Microsoft Developer Kit) to include some of the new features and updates as well:

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Friday, 27.06.03
PICTURE ID: IA Style releases Caller ID for the Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 22:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

IA Style, Inc has just released the Beta version of IA Caller ID for Pocket PC Phone Edition. This application allows photos to be assigned to any individual entry stored in your Pocket PC's Contacts, or phonebook entry on the SIM card. The photo will then be displayed when a call is received from that person/number.

Caller ID also allows the main view to be filtered to show only entries in certain categories. Caller ID also allows the user to create new Contact entries, edit existing entries, and delete entries. Groups can be created, renamed, assigned.

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EDITORS CHOICE: What the Editorial like and use - Q2-2003
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:30 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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Thursday, 26.06.03
UTILITY: Spb Software House released Spb Benchmark for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

June 25, 2003 - Spb Software House announces the release of Spb Benchmark 1.0, the premier benchmarking tool for measuring Pocket PC performance. Spb Benchmark combines real-world performance and battery tests with synthetic performance tests to give an accurate representation of how well a Pocket PC performs in everyday, realistic tasks.

Since the debut of the Pocket PC in April 2000, media and Pocket PC enthusiasts have had no effective way to measure Pocket PC performance. Several simplistic benchmarking tools have emerged, but most have focused on a limited range of synthetic CPU and graphics tests that have little bearing on real-world performance. Battery testing was performed through error-prone manual methods or using battery testing applications that often had unpredictable results. With the launch of Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC, the product has entered a third generation with new high-water marks for performance and reliability. Now, with Spb Benchmark, reviews will have the proper tool to truly get a handle on device performance and speak with authority, armed with hard metrics.

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Guide: Temples of Taipei for Pocket PC and Macromedia Flash
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It's always amazing which cool stuff you can do on Pocket PC - together with Flash. Ch@rlie - a visitor from Taiwan - just pointed me to this fancy application called "Temples of Taipei" which is an interactive guide for your Pocket PC:

In the beginning, my plan was to create a tour guide for the city of Taipei. I realized that the project scope was unmanageable for one author. It also was too broad to appeal to one audience. After discussions with some American friends, the topic: Temples of Taipei was chosen because temples are popular scenic spots for most tourists in Taipei.

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RUMOR: Is Motorola going to build a Microsoft Smartphone for Orange?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:06 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Interesting news reached the community from UK today.

As The Guardian reports and The Register confirmed (in his very own way - as always), Motorola seems to work on a Windows Powered (or even Windows Mobile) Smartphone to be released by Orange later this year:

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Wednesday, 25.06.03
ACCESSORY: BoxWave Car Charger for miniSync
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:52 CET under 01 - General News

BoxWave recently released a great accessory for its miniSync Sync and Charge cable which is available for a lot of Pocket PCs and Smartphones - the Car Charger adapter.

It's the perfect compliment to miniSync for users who travel. You can now create a reliable power source for your handheld device in the car. You won't have to worry if you forget to place it on the cradle the night before, it can be charged with you as you're on the road. The Car Charger for miniSync plugs into your car's cigarette lighter and allows you to use your miniSync to safely rapid charge your handheld device. This has been specifically designed to work with all our miniSync's.

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GPS: LinksPoint announced new GPS receivers for Symbol Mobile Computers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

LinksPoint releases new enhanced version of its groundbreaking GlobalPoint GPS Global Positioning System receiver for Symbol Technologies ruggedized handheld computers.

Norwalk, CT (June 25, 2003) - LinksPoint, the leader in Location Powered Solutions, today announced the availability of its second generation of Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers for the Symbol Technologies SPT1800, PPT2800 and PDT8100 series ruggedized handheld computers. The new 12-channel GlobalPoint GPS receiver can be "snapped on" to the ruggedized handheld computers to provide GPS location data to software running on the device.

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SITE NEWS: High server load, resets and unavailability
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:10 CET under 06 - Site News

Some of you might have noticed the server resets during the past days.
The reason is pretty simple - it's because of a high server load = (to) much visitors, SQL queries, and file downloads like the video previews of Pocket PC 2003; which shouldn't mean now not to visit PPCW.Net anymore... ;-)

However, right now there is nothing I can do except thinking about a server upgrade (again) since the traffic increased a lot during the past months (it already doubled since February).

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Tuesday, 24.06.03
DRIVERS: Socket already released Pocket PC 2003 compliant drivers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:21 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Great to see how fast update processes can be. As Pocket PC Thoughts reports, Socket Communications has already released Pocket PC 2003 compatible drivers for most of their CF cards like: Connection Kits with Bluetooth, Ethernet Cards, 56K Modem Card, Serial I/O Card, SocketScan and Wireless LAN (802.11b) Card.

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Pocket PC 2003: Which devices are upgradeable and where to get the upgrade from?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Many of you might want to know how to upgrade your Pocket PC 2002 or Pocket PC Phone Edition device to Pocket PC (Phone Edition) 2003 - right? ;-)

Microsoft compiled a great FAQ which covers most questions:

Why upgrade your Pocket PC 2002 to Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC?

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UPDATE: IA Style's IA Utility Pack available as version 1.2
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

IA Style has recently updated their IA Utility Pack to version 1.2 which includes a new application now while two other tools - IA File Manager and IA Task Manager - was enhanced.

What's new with IA Utility Pack V1.2?

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BETA: Syncdata is looking for SmartphoneNotes Beta testers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Giuseppe, head of Syncdata and the maker of SmartphoneNotes, asked in the newsgroups for your support:

Are you interested in testing an application to synchronize Microsoft Outlook text notes with the Orange SPV? If you are, please send your name and email address to:

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POCKET PC: Gateway Pocket PC to be made by Lite-On Technology
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 08:53 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Digitimes has some news on who's making Gateway's Pocket PC. Their sources say that Gateway Computers has placed its first Pocket PC ODM order with Taiwan’s Lite-On Technology. The Gateway 100X, due out next month, will be Gateway's first Pocket PC device. The deal also marks Lite-On’s first PDA order.

Following Dell's lead, Gateway will release a Pocket PC running Windows Mobile 2003. Dubbed the 100X, it compares closely to Dell's Axim which also sports dual expansion slots. It will run on a 400MHz Intel X-Scale processor with 32MB ROM and 64MB RAM. It will draw its power from a...

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DATABASE: Syware releases Visual CE for Windows Mobile 2003
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 03:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

SYWARE, Inc., announced the release of Visual CE® for Windows Mobile 2003, a database and forms development software for the latest Windows Mobile 2003-based Pocket PCs. Designed for a wide range of application environments, from sales force automation to insurance forms to inventory management, Visual CE provides Windows Mobile 2003-based devices with a powerful array of mobile development tools, including full support for GPS devices, complete picture control, multi-device synchronization, and a wide range of numeric, string, and date functions.

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Monday, 23.06.03
WINDOWS MOBILE 2003: Fujitsu-Siemens prepares upgrade for Pocket LOOX
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 20:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Timed to coincide with the launch of Windows Mobile 2003 Software for Pocket PC, Fujitsu Siemens Computers just announced that it will be offering the new operating system on the Pocket LOOX 600. Fujitsu Siemens Computers guarantees customers that Pocket LOOX 600 purchased between 23 May and 23 September 2003 can be upgraded to Windows Mobile Software 2003 for Pocket PC for a small handling fee. Furthermore, customers who purchased their Pocket LOOX 600 beyond this Technology Upgrade period are also able to order a corresponding software upgrade. Fujitsu Siemens Computers will make the upgrade available in the third quarter.

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COOPERATION: Action Engine signs agreement with Smart Communications
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:51 CET under 01 - General News

More news comes from Redmond today - but this time not about Windows for Mobiles but about a new cooperation Action Engine signed with Smart Philippines (the first Asian carrier who introduced a Smartphone 2002 in February):

Redmond, WA June 23, 2003 – Action Engine Corporation today announced that Smart Communications Inc. (SMART), the Philippines' leading wireless services provider with 10 million subscribers, has licensed Action Engine's Mobile Web Services and Device Management software platforms. Action Engine's software enables SMART to expand their data revenues with differentiated content services and reduce costs associated with the configuration and management of smartphones.

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WINDOWS MOBILE 2003: mmO2 prepares for Windows Mobile 2003
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 18:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Most of you might be wondering who else is in the process of releasing a Windows Mobile 2003 version of their product. Apparently, mmO2 has their XDA in the works right now. As spotted at InfosyncWorld mmO2 seems to have released word on an upcoming Windows Mobile 2003 version of their XDA which is currently undergoing alpha testing.

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THOUGHT: Windows Mobile aka Pocket PC 2003 – is it worth to upgrade?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:03 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Sooner or later most of us will come into the situation to think about a possible upgrade of the old Pocket PC hardware from Pocket PC 2002 to Pocket PC 2003 since I'm sure many OEMs will offer an OS upgrade (one of the strength of today's Pocket PC platform over other PDA platforms).
But as it is a new license, like upgrading your PC from Windows 2000 to Windows XP in most cases you wont get it free of charge, I'm also sure so the question is - is it worth?

I'm happy enough to use Pocket PC 2003 for some weeks now and so I might can assess it today, even if Pocket PC 2003 was released today.

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PROMOTION: Get more out of your Pocket PC 2003
Posted by Arne Hess - at 06:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

To promote the launch of Pocket PC 2003 all Windows Mobile 2003-based Pocket PC users (including those upgrading from Pocket PC 2002), get access to this three exciting promotions.
This should light up your (new) devices and allow you to fully experience some of the software's new features:

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PHOTO PREVIEW: The new HP iPAQ H2200 - Comparison
Posted by Arne Hess - at 06:03 CET under 08 - Reviews

HP has recently announced the launch of its new HP iPAQ H2200 series, the first HP Pocket PC running Microsoft's new Windows Mobile 2003 operating system, previously known as Pocket PC 2003 but the H2200 is also a complete new device which fits between HP's low end series devices H1900 and the high end series devices H5400.

I was able to test it a while back and here we go with some exclusive comparison shots of the H2200, H1900 and H5400:

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PHOTO PREVIEW: The new HP iPAQ H2200 - Device Pictures
Posted by Arne Hess - at 06:03 CET under 08 - Reviews

HP has recently announced the launch of its new HP iPAQ H2200 series, the first HP Pocket PC running Microsoft's new Windows Mobile 2003 operating system, previously known as Pocket PC 2003 but the H2200 is also a complete new device which fits between HP's low end series devices H1900 and the high end series devices H5400.

I was able to test it a while back and here we go with some exclusive photos of the device itself:

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REVIEW: Hewlett Packard HP iPAQ H2200 Series
Posted by Arne Hess - at 06:01 CET under 08 - Reviews

Like with the iPAQ H1900 before, the iPAQ series is going a complete new design way now and leaves the classic Compaq design and jacket concept we already know since the introduction of the iPAQ in 2000 with Microsoft's Pocket PC.

I was lucky enough to test the iPAQ H2200 some months ago and that device really convinced me (and even my girlfriend).
However, reviewing it here is a kind of hard stuff because it's not only a complete new device but also comes with Microsoft's new Windows Mobile OS Pocket PC 2003 so I will try to give the device here a closer look instead of mixing up here the hard and software facts.

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VIDEO PREVIEW: See how the new Pocket PC 2003 OS looks like
Posted by Arne Hess - at 06:00 CET under 08 - Reviews

Microsoft's Pocket PC 2003 - codename "Ozone" - was recently released and I'm happy to give you a video sneak preview of Microsoft latest Pocket PC operating System.

Unlike the upgrade from Pocket PC to Pocket PC 2002, Pocket PC 2003 is based on a complete new underlying core - Windows CE .NET 4.2. This means it's not just an upgrade as before but a complete new Pocket PC version which will offer some new features and clear up bugs found in the previous versions.

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Friday, 20.06.03
DOWNLOAD: Eleksen Flex Keyboard driver released and available from PPCW.Net
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Finally, here is the official driver for the Smartphone flex keyboard (see my review here) from Eleksen.

So no excuse anymore not to use that cool piece of accessory with your HTC Canary (Orange SPV) or Tanager (PPCW.Net i-Mode).
Download the driver from PPCW.Net now:

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PREVIEW: Carcomm International Mobile PDA Cradle for iPAQ H3800, 3900 and 5400
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:00 CET under 08 - Reviews

Today I received the Mobile PDA Cradle for IPAQ H3800, 3900 and 5400 series devices from Carcomm International BV.

It's a cradle to be used in your car (maybe even motorbike) for the IPAQ with original bottom connector and steady fitting for the IPAQ H3800, H3900 and H54 series.

Since the cradle is designed to be used in cars it comes with a 12 volt adapter so you can charge your iPAQ while it is connected and safely stored.

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REVIEW: Resco Explorer 2003 for the Pocket PC
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 18:18 CET under 08 - Reviews

Pocket PCs come with a File Explorer, one of the most used applications in a Pocket PC. But what comes bundled with a Pocket PC is something that is quite basic. For those who need more functionality from their file explorers normally look into those offered by third party developers. One of those third party file explorers is the one offered by Resco.

The Resco Explorer 2003 for the Pocket PC is a full featured file explorer. In fact it offers as much as six different components integrated into one neat application.

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COOPERATION: O2 and Unisys are partnering to develop the mobile markets
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:51 CET under 01 - General News

Unisys Germany and O2 Germany recently agreed to partner in developing the vertical markets and offering mobile business solutions where O2 is acting as carrier and Unisys as system integrator with partnerships to such companies like Oracle, Extended Systems, XcelleNet, Intel and others. As one result of this partnership, both companies are going to organize the "Mobile Intelligence Day" in Frankfurt Germany.

From the Agenda (in German since this event is for customers, located in Germany):

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Thursday, 19.06.03
MOBILE FAX & SMS: BVRP releases pocket PhoneTools 4 Pro for the Pocket PC
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 21:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

BVRP has just released pocket PhoneTools 4 Pro, the successor to WinPhone Pocket. pocket PhoneTools 4 Pro allows you to stay in contact, wherever you are, with essential communication features, all on your Pocket PC.

pocket PhoneTools 4 Pro is designed to work with a Pocket PC and a Bluetooth or IR equipped mobile phone or a GSM/GPRS CF or PC card to transform a Pocket PC to a communications center that has the ability to send and receive faxes and SMS. pocket PhoneTools 4 Pro also allows access to a mobile phone's phonebook and contacts can be dialled from the PDA with the built-in dialer. It also allows for quick configuration of Internet connections in a few simple clicks.

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Wednesday, 18.06.03
COOPERATION: HTC selected Ericsson as complete supplier of 3G mobile platforms
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:11 CET under 01 - General News

I've recently received this press release from HTC where the worlds biggest Windows CE ODM announced that it has selected Ericssons mobile platform technology for 3G devices:

Taoyuan, Taiwan, June 18, 2003 - High Tech Computer Corporation (HTC) has selected Ericsson Mobile Platforms to supply 3G mobile platform system solutions for the development of advanced wireless devices, under the terms of a new license agreement.

The agreement between HTC and Ericsson will enable HTC to create a complete wireless device portfolio across the major technologies EDGE and WCDMA. The agreement also combines the strengths of each company and can be seen as an industry milestone in wireless and datacom convergence, resulting in the development and supply of advanced, smart, handheld devices, both for voice and high-speed data services to consumer and business users.

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Tuesday, 17.06.03
WIRELESS: Socket to deliver SDIO 802.11b WLAN Card for Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:32 CET under 01 - General News

Newark, CA- June 16, 2003 - Socket Communications, Inc. , the Mobile Connection Company, today announced August 2003 availability of its SDIO WLAN card for devices with SDIO-capable (Secure Digital Input Output) slots. The SDIO WLAN Card plugs into any SDIO card slot a Pocket PC or Pocket PC Phone Edition running BSQUARE Corporation's SDIO Now! software and enables wireless Pocket PC connectivity to 802.11b corporate networks and Hot Spots. The easy-to-use product represents the smallest form factor for WLAN cards with ultra-low power consumption, and it will enable a range of new WLAN applications. The SDIO WLAN Card is one of three products in Socket's growing SDIO family, which includes a connectivity card with Bluetooth wireless technology as well as a bar code scanning card that is also being announced today.

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GAME: smartphony the game now SPV certified
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Normally I'm not talking much about Games on PPCW.Net because the focus is a different one. However, if a fellow MVP is doing something great, I'm always happy to promote it! This time it's Patrice's smartphony the game. Patrice is also the webmaster of, the leading French Smartphone site so it's always worth to give it a look and fire up Google's translation.

Smartphony is a classic Columns puzzle game for your SPV; the object is to arrange the shapes so that you make rows of 3 or greater of that same shape. As you make more and more matches, you will advance to higher levels and of course the game will get harder!

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Monday, 16.06.03
EMAIL: Globe Telecom launches MobileMail
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 18:16 CET under 01 - General News

Globe Telecom of the Philippines with a partnership with SingTel of Singapore and Optus of Australia have simultaneously launched a wirless email service based on System Seven's technology.

Mobile Mail is a service offered by GlobeSolutions, Globe Telecom’s corporate solutions arm. This service is the network’s answer to the corporate world’s insatiable need for productive and up-to-date solutions for businessmen who are out in the field. It is akin to having a virtual office that lets each subscriber have secure and confidential access to vital information.

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THOUGHT: Buying a new Notebook wireless and interactive
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:53 CET under 09 - Thoughts

As you might remember from previous postings, my girlfriend doesn't have a PC at home right now but an iPAQ with Wireless Pack "only". However, last week we saw a pretty good offer for a HP Pavilion Notebook with Mobile AMD Athlon XP processor 2400+, 40GB HDD, 512MB DDR SDRAM, 15.0" XGA TFT screen, Wi-Fi on-board and a DVD+CD-RW combo drive in the newspaper and I suggested to pick it up for here.
Since I'm the "geek" in the family, I'm responsible for the technical details while my girlfriend has her own mind how stuff like this should looks like to fit into her apartment. Not to say that it's a design apartment but everything has to looks nice and perfect. ;-)

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Sunday, 15.06.03
UTILITY: carrot4free releases OzMiniBar 2003 v4.11
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 23:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

carrot4free has released it's latest version of OzMiniBar 2003. Now at version 4.11, it supports brightness control, can be installed in a storage card or other location and boasts of enhanced stablility and additional features.

OzMiniBar 2003 is not a Today Screen plug-in. It is a multi-function utility that works as a programs launcher, tasks manager/switcher, settings control, system information display and many more. It can be used on top of almost every other program. This gives the user access to OzMiniBar 2003 even without having to jump to the Taday Screen first. Once activated, OzMiniBar 2003 will only use a small portion of the screen of your Pocket PC.

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THOUGHT: Remote ActiveSync, the forgotten feature
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 13:37 CET under 09 - Thoughts

For most of us who synchronize our Pocket PCs or Smartphones to Outlook on our desktop PCs, we rely on either wired (via serial or USB connection) or unwired (Wi-Fi or Bluetooth) connections. But rarely do I hear people who actually ActiveSync their devices via modem connections. It is just too bad that this feature is almost forgotten and more or less, rarely discussed. Is it an unnecessary feature? I believe not.

Looking back at the time when I installed ActiveSync for my Pocket PC, there were several readme files in the ActiveSync folder in the desktop PC. One of them was titled ReadRAS.doc. The file contains the most basic instructions on how to create a remote AcitveSync connection to the PC. This, I had to try and have on one time or another relied on it for synchronizing critical data.

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Saturday, 14.06.03
PIM UPDATE: Agenda Fusion goes version 5, compatible with Pocket PC 2003
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 12:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

DeveloperOne has just announced their upcoming upgrade to the current version of Agenda Fusion, a powerful PIM alternative for the Pocket PC. The new version, which is currently in Beta, will be released as version 5 of the application. It adds more view options and is ready to support the Pocket PC 2003 OS.

It has indeed come a long way. With versions 4.90 and up, it has proved to appear even more seamless than previous versions. New features include hourly day/week views, year view, enhanced alarm notes and more.

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Friday, 13.06.03
OFF-TOPIC: Sometimes you have good reasons to be proud of your Family
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:30 CET under 09 - Thoughts

You might have noticed that I haven't posted anything since yesterday (except comments) but the reason for this is pretty easy: there is a time where everything else is more important than postings news, views and tutorials. It's the time where someone of your family is in the focus, not gadgets and technologies and this time it's my Mom.
Yesterday evening she received the "Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande/Federal Cross of Merit" from the Federal President of Germany (not in person but he is the one who has to agree), the highest medal a civilian German can receive from the Federal Republic of Germany! :-D So you might be able to see that I'm more than proud of this honor!

My Mom got the medal for more than 25 years of honorary work in the social and political environment.

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Thursday, 12.06.03
ENTERTAINMENT: m-Vision to provide mobile entertainment for Pocket PCs via WiFi
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 00:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

GoConnect Australia Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Australian listed public company GoConnect Ltd, has entered into an agreement with XONE Pty Ltd, an Australian WiFi Hotspot operator, to jointly promote and deliver GoConnect's consumer video subscription service, m-Vision.

Xone's WiFi hotspots will provide convenient access for m-Vision subscribers to download and update their m-Vision video content. Powered by GCN's patented GoTrek technology, the m-Vision videos will be of TV quality on the receiving device regardless of the Internet access speed of the subscriber. The GoTrek technology is compatible with Microsoft's Windows Media technology.

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Wednesday, 11.06.03
INPUT: Pen&Internet and dopod bring handwritten messaging to China
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 22:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Pen&Internet, LLC, the developers of riteMail handwritten e-mail, and dopod Communication Corporation of China, recently announced an OEM bundling agreement to bring handwritten messaging to the China market in the dopod Pocket PC Phone Edition.

riteMail for Pocket PC will be pre-loaded on every dopod unit. The dopod Pocket PC Phone Edition is currently sold and marketed in the major electronics stores across the country. Wireless connectivity for dopod is currently provided through China Mobile.

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GPRS PLAN: T-Mobile USA drops GPRS fee and introduce flat GPRS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:41 CET under 01 - General News

Argh... I want it also! :cry: Pocket PC Thoughts is reporting about a flat GPRS plan from T-Mobile USA:

For $19.99, you can get UNLIMITED wireless Internet access when coupled to a voice service of at least $29.99. I had been paying $19.99 for just 10MB. Sometimes these deals are reserved for new customers only, though, so I called T-Mobile technical support (800-937-8997) and within five minutes my account had been switched to the new data plan!

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LAUNCH: MiTAC unveils the Mio 8380 Windows Powered Smartphone in Taiwan
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

MiTAC launched its Mio 8380 Smartphone in Taiwan yesterday. The first Windows-Powered clamshell flip-phone mobile design will be available in China from mobile operator CECT later this month and in Taiwan in mid-July.

MiTAC International Corporation's revolutionary smartphone made a dazzling debut at Taipei's Far Eastern Hotel today. Differing from traditional phones with their near-exclusive focus on voice calls, the Mio 8380 exemplifies MiTAC's innovative approach to wireless communications products, as the company has developed a device that is truly at the forefront of technology advances.
The Mio 8380 smartphone integrates the Internet, entertainment, audiovisual media playback, digital photography, audio recording, personal information management, and e-mail into a mobile phone with a large high-resolution color screen. With the Mio 8380, the mobile phone has embarked on a totally new era, marking a paradigm shift from being a portable device for transmitting and receiving voice to a platform that ties together all strands of the digital universe. MiTAC is providing consumers with an exciting new user experience, providing them with a personalized mobile high-style life (M-Life) through the Mio 838, while also offering the opportunity to take advantage of the vast potential of mobile commerce (M-Commerce).

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Tuesday, 10.06.03
SOFTWARE: Tillanosoft releases PocketNotepad for the Smartphone
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 21:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Tillanosoft has recently released another cool application for the Smartphone platform. PocketNotepad 3.1 for the Smartphone has almost the same functionality as that of the other versions of PocketNotepad for the Handheld PC and Pocket PC.

Designed to be used with Tillanosoft's tGetFile.dll, PocketNotepad can open .txt files even if they are located in a folder other than the My Documents folder.

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WIREFREE: Socket expands Bluetooth range with Cordless Serial Adapter
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:58 CET under 01 - General News

Socket Communications, Inc., today announced the expansion of its Bluetooth wireless technology product line with a new cordless serial adapter. Socket's Cordless Serial Adapter with Bluetooth Wireless Technology replaces a conventional RS-232 serial data cable, creating an easy-to-use, cable-free connection between existing equipment and Bluetooth enabled notebook computers or Pocket PCs. The Cordless Serial Adapter adds to Socket's industry leading position in offering plug-in serial adapters for notebooks, laptops, and PDAs.

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HOW TO: Homemade Screen Protector for Microsoft Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:32 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

Like on Pocket PCs and other cell phones, screen scratches are always annoying, specially if it is a new device.
Because I don't like this kind of "body glove" cases which fits around a cell phone but prefer to use it without any cases I've decided to protect the PPCW.Net i-Mate screen with a screen protector, specially because I wear it in my trousers pocket most of the time (no, not in the same pocket like my keys but anyway).
However, unlike for Pocket PCs today there are no screen protectors available for Smartphones so I decided to do my own one. :-)

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REVIEW: Hudson Mobile IP Dashboard for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:17 CET under 08 - Reviews

If you are a wireless geek, doesn't matter if you use W-LAN or GPRS, Hudson Mobile's IP Dashboard might be that utility for you, you can't live without anymore.

IP Dashboard is constantly aware of the state of your network connection, allowing you to instantly see, right from your Today screen, whether or not you are connected to a (wireless) IP network. The network activity icon, located on the left side of the plug-in window, shows network activity to and from your Pocket PC device.

Right from the Today screen you get the complete overview about the following information:

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UTILITY: Tillanosoft releases beta version of tGetFile.dll for the Smartphone
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 15:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Tillanosoft recently released the beta version of tGetFile.dll v4.0 for the Smartphone. tGetFile.dll is an alternative file dialog which can open arbitrary files under any folder for Windows Powered Mobile devices like Pocket PCs, Handheld PCs and Smartphones.

Microsoft defined a guideline for Palm-size PCs and Pocket PCs to locate document files under "My Documents", and this reflects to the common file dialog so that the dialog can open files only under the "My Documents" folder. tGetFile.dll circumvents this by replacing the open/save file dialog used by certain applications. Similarly, it allows Smartphone applications like the Tillanosoft Pocket Notepad to open and save text files even without the .txt file extension.

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THOUGHT: Is Blackberry going the PDA way now and will RIM succeed?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:20 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Recently I received a press release from RIM about the release of two new Blackberry devices in Europe:

Waterloo ON - Research In Motion (RIM) today announced availability of its newest BlackBerry handhelds to mobile professionals in the United Kingdom. The BlackBerry 7230 and BlackBerry 6230 support worldwide international roaming on GSM/GPRS networks and deliver email, phone, SMS, browser and organiser applications.

The BlackBerry 7230 features a crisp, high-resolution colour screen and the BlackBerry 6230 incorporates a high-contrast monochrome screen. Both of the new BlackBerry handhelds are compact and lightweight with superior battery performance, making them ideal for mobile use.

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COMMUNICATION: BenQ to launch GSM/GPRS/W-LAN PCMCIA card next month
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:54 CET under 01 - General News

According to DigiTimes, BenQ has finished developing a GSM/GPRS/W-LAN PCMCIA card and expects to launch it under its own-brand name next month.

The device, codenamed W10, supports GPRS tri-band (900/1800/1900MHz frequencies). In addition to GPRS, The W10 card also supports 802.11b wireless connectivity.

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MESSAGING: Inventop released ProximityMail 1.43
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Inventop recently announced ProximityMail 1.43, the only Bluetooth peer-to-peer messaging application for Pocket PCs. The new release includes great improvements in the discovery process, as well as the possibility to scan devices around you at any time.

It's like Instant Messenger (IM) for your PDA, but it's not for your BuddyList, it's for making new buddies.
It's like SMS, but it's not for your phone, it's for your PDA and you don't need your friend's phone number – it isn't point-to-point. Get the point?
It's like email, but it doesn't require an ISP connection - it's local, instant, and free! And you don't need the other person's address.

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UPDATE: Siemens SX56 Pocket PC Phone Edition ROM Update
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Siemens recently released a ROM update for its SX56 Pocket PC Phone Edition (distributed by AT&T Wireless in the US and manufactured by HTC).

It includes a bunch of enhancements and fixes. However, it's not recommended to install this upgrade on O2 xda's, T-Mobile Phone Editions or Qtek 1010's.

This ROM version A.20.17 contains the following enhancements:

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Monday, 09.06.03
DOWNLOAD UTILITY: VITO Technology releases MobileDownloader for Pocket PC
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 11:25 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

For those of us who download tons of stuff from the Internet have on one time or another experienced either a dropped connection or a server time-out which results in an incomplete download. We have then resorted to adding third-party download managers on our PCs to resume interrupted downloads. For many of us who also download stuff from the Internet using the Pocket PC, this becomes a dilemma once again. How do you resume an interrupted download?

The answer is finally here. VITO Technology has recently released a file downloading tool for the PocketPC. VITO Mobile Downloader is a full featured downloader designed to give a better experience on getting files from Internet onboard to your PocketPC.

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Saturday, 07.06.03
VIRUS ALERT: Bombed by W32.Bugbear.B E-Mails
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:34 CET under 01 - General News

I always wonder that PC and Internet users seems not to take care about critical updates, fixes and patches for their PC enironment. Currently my Inbox is bombed with W32.Bugbear.B virus infected E-Mails which doesn't hurts me that much since I'm running Norton Internet Security on all my PCs and Norton already provides an updated virus definition (the yearly bucks are absolute worth to pay) but even without a virus scanner you can protect your PC if every Internet Explore, Outlook Express and Outlook user would update their programs from time to time. Microsoft offers this feature for free (if you have a licensed copy) and a patch, for the security whole Bugbear.B is using, is available for 2 years now! 8O So please - do me a favor and

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THOUGHT: Using the Smartphone Camera on a Concert
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:03 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Woohoo... The Rolling Stones are still the grandmasters of Rock 'n Roll! 8O You can't believe what an amazing show they performed yesterday if you haven't seen it live in concert! :-D 130 minutes finest Rock 'n Roll from the past 40 years.
However, as promised, I've had my PPCW.Net i-Mate with me and snapped some photos and videos. While the picture quality is what I've expected the videos (which also includes audio) amazed me, when I've watched them on my PC today.
Also a big fun was sending live pictures via MMS or E-Mail to friends at home and what I really love on MMS is that you can get replies just in time as well like that one from a pal... :-D

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TIP: "8" is the Smartphone's sweet number
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 13:33 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

How do you navigate through a Smartphone's menu? Typically you would go and use the Joystick/D-Pad for navigation or uset the keypad itself for by pressing the assigned number of your chosen application.

But what happens if you have more than 24 shortcuts to deal with? Moving from one screen to the next pressing "9 - More" and scanning through the whole list of apps can be a bit frustrating.

A simple fix for that is simple menu management. Know where your applications are and group them together. "How?" you might ask. Deal with it the way you would on a PC or a Pocket PC. Put the shortcuts in Folders appropriately...

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IMAGING: Conduits releases Pocket Artist 2.6
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 05:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Here is an application that I have used numerous times when editing photos taken from a digital camera before uploading it to a server. It has helped me update web pages remotely with the ability to resize and rotate photos for web page use.

Pocket Artist delivers the powerful features you'd expect from desktop image editing software in an easy-to-use artistic solution for Pocket PC, Pocket PC 2002, and other Windows CE devices.

With Pocket Artist, you can edit and retouch photos and images, add text and special effects, create web graphics, and much more!

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Friday, 06.06.03
OFF-TOPIC: Tonight is the Night
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:45 CET under 09 - Thoughts

No, tonight isn't the Pocket PC 2003 launch, this time it's completely off-topic but I'm so excited that here in Munich, tonight is the night (for me and my girlfriend): the Rolling Stones concert in the Olympic Stadium! :-D

For sure my PPCW.Net i-Mate and the clip-on camera will be with me (I don't think I can bring my Nikon Coolpix with me ;-) ) and I hope I will be able to make some good snapshot...

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UPDATE: HP iPAQ H5400 series ROM update with Wireless Pack support
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Finally HP released a complete ROM update for the iPAQ H5400 series Pocket PCs which comes around with a lot of improvements and the long awaiting Wireless Pack support for the iPAQ GSM/GPRS Jacket, I've written about and promised you some weeks ago! :-)

In detail the version 1.11 fixes and adds the following problems and enhancements:

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Thursday, 05.06.03
INBOX: Automatic E-Mail up- and download with HD Mail Page
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Huu 8O - I've missed this application which Pocket PC Thoughts is reporting about but it seems it's that kind of Inbox enhancement I was waiting for since introduction of Pocket PCs in April 2000:

HD Mail Page - a Pocket PC application for unattended E-Mail upload and download. :-D
Provides Blackberry-like E-Mail functionality on your Pocket PC using your standard email account and standard connections like wired Ethernet, wireless Ethernet (802.11b) or dialup!

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Wednesday, 04.06.03
TEXT EDITOR: HumanTech Vexxon File Pro for Windows Powered Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

From Swiss HumanTech comes a new text editor for Microsoft Powered Smartphones: Vexxon File Editor Pro.

Vexxon File Editor pro comes with Vedit Pro, a text editor. In addition to the that text editor a complete file explorer as well as a small task manager is included.

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TOOLS: MTUX released a bunch of new cool SideX plug-ins and standalone apps
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

One of my favorite developers, MTUX - the makes of SideX for Pocket PC (read my Review here), recently released a bunch of cool new plug-ins for their SideX 2003 platform but also some standalone applications.
Why I like MTUX? Well, simply because their SideX idea which is really fascinating. It's a simple but efficient way to run applications over the standard full screen Pocket PC programs:

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GSM DISCUSSIONS: Please also use the Forum regarding GSM questions for N.-America
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:52 CET under 06 - Site News

I got lots of questions regarding "if the i-Mate works in general in the US" or "is my area here and there GSM covered" or "I have currently this phone and that plan and can I also use it in future with the i-Mate".
I try my best to answer all these E-Mails but a lot of these questions are pretty detailed about a carrier, a price plan and/or a phone which I've never used or even heard about. :oops:

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UTILITY: Resco releases Resco Explorer 2003 for the Smartphone
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 10:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Resco has just released another utility for the Windows Powered Smartphone platform. Sharing the same name as its Pocket PC counterpart, Resco Explorer 2003 comes packed with a lot of goodies.

Resco Explorer 2003 is a powerful file management utility for your SmartPhone. It implements all standard features such as file/folder manipulation. Thus, you can copy, move or delete files, create folders, run programs with arguments, and search for files or folders.

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Tuesday, 03.06.03
GPS: StarCaddy golf yardage and GPS software trial
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Beginning immediately, golfers can try out StarCaddy golf yardage and GPS software live on the golf course, with the release of the new demo version of StarCaddy. For the first time, Palm and Pocket PC PDA owners can select a free trial map of their choice with the downloadable trial version. This allows users to experience all of StarCaddy's features by actually taking it along with them when they play a round of golf.

StarCaddy is an easy-to-use software package for Palm and Pocket PC PDAs that creates the ultimate tool for getting accurate yardages on the golf course. Golfers can use StarCaddy to determine the exact yardage to any course feature (greens, hazards etc), keep score and take the guesswork out of their game. StarCaddy uses digital course maps created from satellite and aerial imagery to display the exact position of the golfer and all course features.

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LAUNCH: Microsoft and Optus Mobile to announce the first Microsoft Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Great news for "Down Under": the Smartphone comes to Australia.
Microsoft Australia, in conjunction with Optus Mobile, today announced the Australian availability of the first Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphone

The Qtek 7070 Smartphone device (HTC Tanager, same as the PPCW.Net i-Mate), built on the Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphone operating system, provides personal information management software and a familiar and consistent Windows experience designed to make the device personal, intuitive, easy-to-use and powerful.

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BUNDLE: IA Style software bundled with Chinese version of Qtek 7070
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

IA Style, Inc, a creator of applications for wireless devices and PDAs, announced today a partnership with Synergy Technologies (Asia) Ltd., the distributor of the first Chinese Language Windows Powered Smartphone – the Qtek 7070 (based on HTC's Tanager). The Qtek 7070 combines Smartphone features with a Chinese language plug-in that lets users input and read Big5, GB & Unicode Chinese text.

IA Style's popular Smartphone applications – IA Album and IA Utility Pack – come bundled with the Qtek phone.
IA Album for Smartphone, for viewing and capturing images, is currently the top selling Smartphone software application at Handango, a popular online store for mobile software.

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Monday, 02.06.03
SPEED: Test your wireless connection speed with Pec Forum Mobile Internet Meter
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:49 CET under 01 - General News

The best Mobile Internet Meter I've seen so far and I always use with my wireless devices like GPRS phones of Wi-Fi enabled Pocket PCs was updated now.
While before the overview page which gave you a hint how good your connection speed was included GSM and GPRS (2 Timeslots with CS2 and 3 Timeslots with CS3) only, now they removed the CS3 stuff but added more timeslots as well as a Wif-Fi indication:

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LUCKY DRAW: Win a 1 Month subscription for Synclub
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:25 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

For some days now, Synclub has opened its doors and gives its members discounts to valuable software - up to 40% (see my previous announcement here)!

To celebrate the launch of Synclub, the nice folks from it are giving away 15 one month subscriptions to the PPCW.Net readers, each of it worth of US$ 6.00. So win the benefit to buy as much software as you want and save up to 40% for such fine software titles like: Stocks And Weather Today, Journal Bar, Battery Pack 2003, SMS Manager and Running Voice GSM.

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UPDATE: Micro Cheng MyTools for Smartphone 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Finally MyTools for Smartphone is available in version 1.02 which seems to support now HTC devices like the Orange SPV or the PPCW.Net i-Mate.
MyTools for Smartphone 2002 is a software to display memory status, battery timer and current time on Title bar area as well as it gives you a handy shortcut to important applications and features.

MyTools is launched via the record button (finally a useful function for this button as I don't use voice notes - not on Pocket PCs nor on the Smartphone) on the left side of the Smartphone.

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