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Thursday, 31.07.03
AVAILABILITY: PPCW.Net i-Mate out of stock for a short period
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Due to the overwhelming demand for the PPCW.Net i-Mate, this morning I ran out of stock for now.
The next batches are ordered and are expected to arrive mid next month. I'm really sorry for the inconvenience but like before I'm still accepting pre-orders.
So if you want to order a PPCW.Net i-Mate (same as the Orange SPV100) you can continue but please keep in mind that it takes some days now until I can ship your device! You will not be invoiced before I have the devices here - for sure; like before.

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LINK: New photos and review of Mitac's Mio 8380 available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you are looking for some exciting photos and a detailed review of the new MiTAC Mio 8380 Smartphone, you should check out mobilejoe.de.

lutzh, Moderator at mobilejoe.de, recently received his terminal from Taiwan and published some interesting photos there, together with his first impressions!
Like I've published before in my column "Mitac's Mio 8380 clamshell Smartphone compared to HTC Canary" the Mio 8380 is extreme big. At least it's more then 2/3rd of an Orange SPV which is definitely to big for a clam-shell phone.

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PHOTOS: New photos of Chi Mei's Smartphone for Motorola available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

PPCW.Net has received a couple of new photos of the next coming clam-shell Microsoft Smartphone developed by Chi Mei Communication Systems Taiwan which is rumored to become the first Windows Powered Smartphone from Motorola.

So far no more details about Bluetooth support, etc is given but according to other sources I've contacted, Bluetooth isn't included. :-(
As included accessories an Earphone with remote controller, a switching charger and a USB data cable is planed; no words about a cradle.

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Wednesday, 30.07.03
COOPERATION: Siemens and Intrinsyc partner on Wireless Modem solutions
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:53 CET under 01 - General News

Vancouver, BC, July 29, 2003, Intrinsyc Software International, Inc., a global leader in creating, networking and managing specialized, intelligent devices, today announced it has entered into a partnership with Siemens mobile to collaborate on the development of wireless software products for the Siemens line of GSM/GPRS wireless modules.

These products include Radio Interface Layer (RIL) and Multiplexer (MUX) embedded software. They allow manufacturers of handhelds based on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 2003 software for Smartphones and Pocket PCs to deliver wireless functionality based on the Siemens wireless modules with ease and flexibility while reducing development risk, cost and time to market.

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Tuesday, 29.07.03
UTILITY: SyncData OutboxBuddy for Smartphone 2002 released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

SyncData's OutboxBuddy is a companion software for your Inbox which features automatic insertion of a signature for all your outgoing E-Mails plus an automatic addition of a default recipient. For example, you can BCC to yourself a copy of every E-Mail sent with your Smartphone. OutboxBuddy can be enabled and disabled at any time.

Use Pocket Inbox to write an E-Mail and when you send it OutboxBuddy will add your signature and the additional recipient.

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COOPERATION: SD Card with built-in File and Internet Explorer planned
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:54 CET under 01 - General News

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. (NYSE: MC), best known for its Panasonic-brand electronics and communications products, and Picsel Technologies, a pioneering provider of embedded software, yesterday announced that the two companies entered into a licensing agreement to embed Picsel Browser and Picsel File Viewer on Panasonic SD Memory Card products. Under the agreement, Panasonic will globally market the Picsel Powered SD Memory Cards, which will greatly enhance the Internet Browsing and File Viewing capabilities of mobile information devices.

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HOME SCREEN: Analog Clock Plug-in for Smartphone 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Skinning is always a hot topic on Pocket PCs and now on Smartphones as well and it was often asked if a plug-in for an analogue clock is available. Now it is available from MadBeetle:

The analogue clock plug-in puts a analogue clock onto the home page, as well as it displays the time in text, the date, and Internet time (@ time). This was introduced by Swatch and is a number 0-1000 that represents time and its the same time all over the world. So if you arrange to call someone @765 in a different country , you don't need to worry about time zones because @765 is the same all over the world.

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LAUNCH: Is T-Mobile USA working on a "xda II"?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

JoshB posted an interesting news on the PPCW.Net Forum. He tried to get a T-Mobile Phone Edition from CompUSA without success. After some phone calls he got the following response from CompUSA:

According to the person I spoke to in the PDA department, no CompUSA west of the Mississippi has any in stock, and their inventory system shows it as "discontinued".
He said that must mean that a replacement is coming, but he didn't have any details.

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Saturday, 26.07.03
TEST DRIVE: Day 7 - Is Windows Mobile 2003 worth the upgrade?
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 21:29 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Having to live for a day without an Internet Connection and with no electricity made me take a different look at Windows Mobile 2003 Software for Pocket PC. Since I couldn't do much, I decided to set aside my other Pocket PCs which I've used for comparison to the ASUS MyPal A620. This time I relied only on one device - the MyPal A620. I tried living with just the MyPal A620 for one day which left me curious about how I would take it if I were to go back and settle for Pocket PC 2002.

Snappier than ever

I really enjoyed the snappier response of the Windows Mobile 2003 powered MyPal A620 which made activating applications so much easier and less time consuming. Moving from application to application was never a problem.

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Friday, 25.07.03
SERVICE: Amazing O2 Germany xda Customer Care
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:21 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Wow, I'm completely impressed how O2 Germany works and helps their xda customers!
Last weekend, my xda decided not to charge anymore, don't know why but for any reason it doesn't pick-up any power anymore while it still was connecting to ActiveSync. The battery was okay - as far as I've seen - since it still worked and had (according to Spb's excellent Pocket Plus) 4 hours of stand-by time.
So I called the O2 customer service to tell them that my xda don't want to charge anymore; this was yesterday and after some explanation what's wrong and that this isn't because any defect chargers or adapters the customer service told me I should remove my SIM card, remove every accessories including stylus because it will be swapped.

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THOUGHT: How much Smart Phone do you need?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:34 CET under 09 - Thoughts

As you know, for some weeks now I'm selling the Windows Powered HTC Tanager here from PPCW.Net and the experience I made during these weeks are impressive. Mostly I wonder how much Smart Phone, features and PC functionalities a cell phone should/could include making a user happy but not overstraining him.

I'm working in the GSM industry since 1993 and therefore I grew up with terminals. While my first cell phone - a Nokia 1011 - was a great phone those days, it was - compared to today - a dumb machine. It was good enough for making and receiving voice calls but I even wasn't able to call my mailbox; simply because in these days the carriers hadn't voice mail systems in their networks… :-)

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PUBLIC BETA: Fizz Software mcTraveller for Smartphone 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:53 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Some days ago I've reviewed MadBeetle's WorldTime 2 and before Code City CityTime, now the third similar but even enhanced application is close to be released: Fizz Software's mcTraveller which includes even more features then just a world clock but weather forecasts and and currency conversion as well, which is updated GPRS.

Whether you travel alone or with others, make room for one more. mcTraveller is the perfect traveling companion and now runs on your Microsoft Smartphone.

mcTraveller has full multilingual support for English, French, German, Spanish and Italian. With mcTraveller you will always know the time in any of over 230 cities, with another 50,000 available via an internet connection from your device e.g. GPRS. For any of these cities you can get a detailed weather forecast, so you will always know what to pack.

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Thursday, 24.07.03
DELAYS: Power Outages and No Internet Connection
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 18:16 CET under 09 - Thoughts

This is definitely off-topic, but it still gives one an idea as to how bad things can get. We just got hit by a typhoon and strong winds have sent powerlines down. To make things worse, my phone lines refuse to cooperate leaving me with a very erratic connection. One minute I'm connected and one minute I'm not. Of course I had my SMART Amazing Phone and what a better time to make use of it right? Sad to say, it too failed to maintain a reliable connection which left me a whole day to actually test the Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC.

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REVIEW: Sunnysoft World off-line for Smartphone 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:07 CET under 08 - Reviews

Many users who come from PDA devices like Pocket PCs or Palms are addicted to offline services like AvantGo or Mazingo and really miss the functionality to read web sites offline on a Microsoft Smartphone 2002 as well; since these applications aren't available today for the Smartphone platform. Well, you might wonder now why to read sites offline if you have an always connected Smartphone? There are several good reasons: saving money by using less airtime, no coverage (like in airplanes or trains), International Roaming, etc…
Czech Sunnysoft now released World off-line for Smartphone 2002 which already exists for Pocket PCs and it's a powerful tool to download web sites to your Smartphone to be viewed later offline.

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Wednesday, 23.07.03
SMARTPHONE: First information about the new Motorla Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Smartphone Thoughts received additional information about a clamshell device which is in development by Chi Mei Communications (who is also the maker of the Audiovox GSM/GPRS CF card):

Chi Mei Communication Systems, a company based in Taiwan which makes GSM/GPRS modules, is building a Smartphone device. Little is known about this device, but Smartphone Thoughts has acquired computer renderings of the hardware and uncovered a few details. Earlier this week we heard rumors that Chi Mei and Motorola were working together on a phone but we have not been able to confirm whether this is that device or if there even is such a partnership.

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EXPANDING: PPCW.Net is looking for contributing software reviewers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:03 CET under 06 - Site News

So you are a wireless junkie, a Pocket PC geek or a Smartphone enthusiast and you like to try every day new software on your Microsoft Pocket PC (Phone Edition and/or Smartphone?
Why not sharing your knowledge with others here on PPCW.Net. We are growing and expanding and therefore I'm looking for contributing enthusiasts who wants to add their views to PPCW.Net.

If you would like to contribute and work and work as a voluntary Contributing Editor for PPCW.Net please contact me. I'm looking for reviewers from all over the world with Pocket PC and Smartphone experience (best with wireless experience also).

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Tuesday, 22.07.03
DOWNLOAD: PPCW.Net Spb Full Screen Keyboard
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:33 CET under 06 - Site News

Do you like PPCW.Net, want to support it and even want to show others that PPCW.Net is one of your favorite Pocket PC and Smartphone related web sites? Do you also use the Spb Full Screen Keyboard 2.0 with your Pocket PC?
Well, than you can download the PPCW.Net layout (US English) for your Pocket PC now:

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REVIEW: MadBeetle WorldTime 2 for Smartphone 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:27 CET under 08 - Reviews

Are you a globetrotter or do you have a lot of friends or contacts in other countries? Than MadBeetle's WorldTime 2 is your utility to improve your knowledge about foreign locations.

WorldTime 2 displays the current world time with daylight saving adjustments in 400 cities worldwide and includes:

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Monday, 21.07.03
AVAILABILITY: PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone is in stock
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

This is just an update because during the past days I got a lot of E-Mails about the availability of the PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone 2002 aka HTC Tanager.

Yes, currently it is in stock and normally ships within 24 hours after I received payment (PayPal or Money Transfer only) but the amount of available devices which can be shipped right after orders is limited. So if you want to go with a Smartphone now you should hurry up, otherwise the waiting list is growing again. Also I was asked often if the PPCW.Net i-Mate is SIM free which it is so normally you can use any GSM SIM card from any carrier.

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PHONE EDITION: New and clearer O2 xda II picture available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After the first available pictures of the new O2 xda, recently published by msmobiles.com and XScale.de, I'm happy to provide you now a much more clearer and larger view to the xda II, which is expected to be released later this year, as mmO2 already announced:

For consumers, the xda II will offer a built-in digital camera and full multimedia messaging capability plus the opportunity to play high quality, color games thanks to inbuilt Java technology. The 65,000 color display ensures that both photographs and games are sharp and clear.

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UTILITY: Alpha Beta Advanced Explorer for Pocket PC released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Advanced Explorer is a powerful file explorer with many useful features.
For one, it adds a Recycle Bin to your device, which can be located in main memory or on the storage card. It operates very similar to the Windows Recycle Bin and allows you to recover files, even after they have been deleted.

 The program also offsets undo feature. You can undo copy, move, paste, delete, new folder action. It offers all the standard file management features as well as different view styles, a two-pane explorer view, a tree browser and more.

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SOFTWARE: Several new Smartphone 2002 applications released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today is a day where several new useful and funny applications was released for the Microsoft Smartphone 2002.

Developer One Power Tasks Smartphone Edition
Power Tasks greatly enhances the capabilities of your Smartphone to better manage your Outlook tasks/to-do list!

Power Tasks was optimized specifically for your Smartphone to help you use your phone as a very powerful task management tool. Going far beyond the built-in Tasks program, Power Tasks gives you the power to group your tasks by category, date, priority? Create, edit and modify tasks? quickly navigate your list, and personalize it to help you stay on top of all of your important to-dos!

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TEST DRIVE: Day 6 - Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC as a Multimedia platform
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 07:31 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Here is one portion which I thought I could easily finish in a few hours. As it turned out, I got carried away and wasn't able to post this segment on time. As I mentioned in previous segments of this Test Drive, I've been working on an ASUS MyPal A620. With the reputation of ASUS as being a manufacturer who puts importance on multimedia capabilities, I was so curious as to how well the A620 would perform.

I started out by encoding several clips for testing to find out the limitation of the device. My favored clip is actually a movie trailer of Minority Report by Steven Spielberg. The reason why I like testing devices on this clip is that it has a whole set of quick scene changes, from split second scenes to scenes of several seconds, full action and fairly static. I ran an encoding of the clip close to its original MPEG file which I had. And since Windows Mobile 2003 comes with Windows Media Player 9, I encoded the whole set in Windows Media Audio and Video 9 codecs.

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Saturday, 19.07.03
SPACE MISSION: HP iPAQ h5550 to be onboard TransOrbital's Lunar Mission
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 09:28 CET under 01 - General News

There has always been that prestige about being chosen to be part of a space mission. Just like how the Nikon cameras where brought into space on board te Space Shuttle, another device has been cosen to share the same honor. HP plans to launch its HP iPAQ Pocket PCs into outer space onboard TransOrbital's TrailBlazer spacecraft, the first commercial mission to gain approval from U.S. authorities to explore, photograph and land on the moon, later this year.

With an early 2004 launch date approaching, TransOrbital looked to the newly introduced HP iPAQ Pocket PC h5550's innovative engineering, mobility, simplicity and ease of use to facilitate wireless communication within the satellite. The handheld device will integrate with the TrailBlazer systems on board the spacecraft to enable TransOrbital to effortlessly synchronize and share data while in space, during transit to the moon and while orbiting the moon.

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Friday, 18.07.03
TEST DRIVE: Day 5 - The improved Windows Mobile 2003 Connections
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 22:45 CET under 09 - Thoughts

The Connection manager must have been the component of Pocket PC 2002 which has received the most complaints. Stemming from the numerous steps it took to get to the Connections Settings, to the implementation of different connection settings for work and for Internet to the supposed smart connection it has that could determine which is the best way to connect to a network.

Luckily, for Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC, a lot of effort was placed in correcting the mistakes implemented in the Connection Manager. With Windows Mobile 2003 Connections, it is a breeze to set up a connection and nothing more than a tap on the Connectivity Icon can bring you to an immediate connection to Work settings or Internet settings. Microsoft adds a nice touch to it by adding a connection timer that measures the length of every session.

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NETWORK: T-Mobile USA migrates to EDGE
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:11 CET under 01 - General News

T-Mobile USA and Ericsson have jointly announced an agreement to expand and upgrade the operator's wireless network with EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution) services. This is to support further customer growth and demand for GPRS and higher-speed EDGE data networks.

The contract extension is valued at $500 million (448.47 million Euros). Under the deal, Ericsson will deploy the new networks in two new markets: Western Virginia and areas of New England and will upgrade the company's network infrastructure in 18 markets. "The deployments will enable T-Mobile USA to leverage and augment Ericsson's presence across our national footprint to provide greater capacity in a very cost-effective manner," said Tim Wong, responsible for Technology T-Mobile USA.

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UPDATE: MiTAC Mio 8380 Smartphone to be released in Europe in September
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I recently received an update from MiTAC about the availability of the Mio 8380 Smartphone in Europe. According to MiTAC EMEA, the Mio 8380 will be available for European market end of Q3/September 2003 and launched with operators in Western Europe.

The Netherlands, Belgium and France are - according to MiTAC - the "landing shore for introducing the Mio 8380".

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UPDATE: IP Dashboard Network Monitor Version 1.2 now supports Windows Mobile 2003
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Hudson Mobile Technologies announced the availability of Version 1.2 of IP Dashboard (see my previous review of version 1.0 here), the most intuitive network monitoring utility available for Pocket PC 2002 and Windows Mobile 2003 devices.

Initially released in May 2003, IP Dashboard has been steadily improved, and now supports the brand new Windows Mobile 2003 operating system. Recently, IP Dashboard was named as one of only three Editor's Choice software products by PPCW.NET for the second quarter of 2003.

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TEST DRIVE: Day 4 - Looking at Pocket Office and PIE
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 11:24 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Probably one of the components that make up the Pocket PC OS which we have all been expecting to have been vastly improved would be Pocket Office. Sadly though, what we've expected from Microsoft still remains to be seen. Pocket Office, that is Pocket Word and Pocket Excel remains the same.

The only thing that has really changed are the exclusion of Word 6.0/95 Document and Excel 5.0/95 Workbook and Template Save As features. A pretty nice touch though for Pocket Word (which is also shared by the Inbox) is the Auto Correct feature. The database is a text file in the ROM, which hopefully can be modified somehow to add commonly misspelled words.

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DIARY: Traveling with Pocket PC Phone Edition and Smartphone only
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:24 CET under 09 - Thoughts

As you might recognized I was a little bit silent this week because I was out of the office for some days off with my family (on this point a big, big thank you to Carlo for keeping PPCW.Net updated).
I decided to take the Smartphone and the Pocket PC Phone Edition with me only, unlike I wrote in my earlier column (THOUGHT: How much Smartphone, PDA or Notebook do you need to be mobile?) but because this wasn't a business trip but a leisure trip I don't wanted to work that much but mostly I planned to use the devices to track news and PPCW.Net as well as reading and writing a handful E-Mails. While my Smartphone was with me all the time, daytimes I hadn't had the xda with me and I must say (again, like 1000 times before ;-)) the Smartphone rocks! Beside the limited E-Mail access (please Microsoft, add more E-Mail accounts to Smartphone 2002!!!) it was my complete companion. And with "01 Communique's I'm InTouch" service I even was able to read all my E-Mail accounts from my DSL connected Desktop PC.

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Thursday, 17.07.03
UTILITY: Cerience introduces free RepliGo viewers for PDAs, Smartphones and PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:38 CET under 01 - General News

Cerience Corporation, a leading innovator in document software for mobile devices, today announced it is offering free versions of its RepliGo Viewer software for mobile devices (see my review of RepliGo for Smartphone here) and Windows-based PCs. The software may be immediately downloaded or installed over-the-air to mobile devices. This solution empowers managers, publishers, content providers, and other users of the RepliGo conversion software to easily deploy cross-platform, light-weight document files to the mobile community via e-mail, corporate networks, infrared, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or online. RepliGo assures the original document appearance is kept intact while providing easy reading on small screens via its innovative document reflowing technology. RepliGo supports conversion of hundreds of file formats including Microsoft Office, Adobe PDF and Web pages.

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Wednesday, 16.07.03
SOFTWARE: Mark/Space releases Missing Sync for Pocket PC
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 23:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Mark/Space, Inc. recently launched Missing Sync for Pocket PC which is a third party iSync conduit offering support for iCalâ„¢ and Address Book synchronization. Missing Sync for Pocket PC enables Mac users to connect and synchronize information between a Pocket PC handheld and a Mac running Mac OS X and iSync version 1.1.

Missing Sync for Pocket PC integrates your Pocket PC or Smartphone 2002 device with iTunesâ„¢ and iPhotoâ„¢, as well as synchronizes calendar items, to do items and contacts with the iCal and Address Book applications. From within iTunes your handheld and memory cards show up as an MP3 player, where you can add and remove audio files by simply dragging and dropping. From within iPhoto you can export and resize photos for optimal viewing on a Pocket PC device.

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SOFTWARE: SyncData releases SmartphoneNotes 1.0
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 22:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Syncdata has released SmartphoneNotes, a complete solution to synchronize Microsoft Outlook text notes with Windows Powered Smartphone 2002. Since text notes are not natively supported on Smartphone 2002, an application that can be used to view and edit Outlook Notes on the phone was developed to complete the functionality of the Smartphone 2002 device. In addition, new notes that can be created and will be transferred to Microsoft Outlook at next synchronization, along with all the changes and deletions made.

SmartphoneNotes was previewed by Arne some time back. To see what he had to say about it go to the preview of SmartphoneNotes.

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TEST DRIVE: Day 3 - Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC's Contacts and Calendar
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 21:46 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Yesterday I talked about the new improved Inbox. But before we jump to another portion of Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC, let me add a few more comments on the improvements made on the Inbox. It seems that Microsoft has indeed fixed some of the bugs in Pocket PC 2002, one bug which I find annoying is the inability of the Inbox to remember to delete a deleted email from the server on connect/disconnect. It was rather a flaky affair but all seems to have been fixed now with Windows Mobile 2003. A nice touch also is the ability to add a signature to new email as well as to replies or forwarded messages. You can assign different signatures for different accounts.

Today we shall look at the other two most used components in Pocket Outlook, the Contacts and the Calendar...

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Tuesday, 15.07.03
TEST DRIVE: Day 2 - A look at the Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC Inbox
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 19:38 CET under 09 - Thoughts

For the second day of the Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC test drive, I decided to concentrate more on the Inbox and slightly on the the connection manager. In the previous segment of the test drive we reviewed the improvements made on the Today screen. It seems that Microsoft has put a lot of emphasis on navigation and accessibility.

Going back a bit on the subject of the Today Screen, the Inbox plug-in has been improved to provide quick access to the Inbox and its specific accounts. Unlike with previous versions of the Pocket PC which only allows you to jump to the active account in the Inbox, the Inbox Today Screen plug-in for Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC actually allows you to select which account to open right from the start. This I would say is a very helpful change that makes the Pocket PC experience a really good one.

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Monday, 14.07.03
TEST DRIVE: Windows Mobile 2003 - The Today Screen, info at first glance
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 08:36 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Have you ever really wondered about what's really so good with Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC? News and comments have gone around the internet that the changes were simply incremental and are rather concentrated on bug fixes. Well, I think Arne's articles on the new HP iPAQ h2200 series running Windows Mobile 2003 proves otherwise and the performance of the new OS is pretty much improved.

So let us now look at Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC in a 7-day test drive and see how much we can discover about the new OS that runs our favorite Pocket PC platform.

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Sunday, 13.07.03
UTILITIES: PHM Pocket PC PowerToys released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

My fellow MVP Philippe Majerus released his latest set of Pocket PC applications called "PHM Pocket PC PowerToys" which is a bundle of 17 application and makes life easier! :-)

PHM Pocket PC PowerToys contains:

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Friday, 11.07.03
PROMOTION: Shareware version of Pocket SlideShow for Smartphone released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

CNetX's Pocket SlideShow, the award-winning PowerPoint viewer bundled with the first Orange SPV, is now available to all Smartphone users as a shareware product.

Pocket SlideShow is an extremely compact yet powerful PowerPoint viewer for Smartphone devices. It is specifically tailored to take advantage of the unique capabilities of the Windows Powered Smartphone, thus extending the ability to review presentations anytime / anywhere.

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LEAKED OR MOCKUP: Siemens Windows Powered Smartphone for T-Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

msmobiles.com is pointing to a news at a German online magazine (Xonio) which is talking about a Smartphone from Siemens which might be developed for T-Mobile and could replacing the T-Mobile Tanager project.

According to Xonio - which got this information as rumors also - the so called ST55 could be manufactured by Asian ODM Quanta and should come with build in camera, MMC support (yes, MMC not SD) 65k color display.

Xonio also published this picture which reminds pretty much on a Siemens S55:

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CONFIRMED: MiTAC Mio 8380 available next week in Taiwan and Hong Kong
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As I already wrote yesterday ("according to PPCW.Net sources in Taiwan it's expected to be released around the 15th this month") the Mitac Mio clamshell Smartphone 2002 will be released next week (17. July) in Taiwan and Hong Kong - but and this might be the most important (again according to PPCW.Net information) with Traditional and Simplified Chinese UI only (so beside Taiwan and Hong Kong are great locations and always worth to visit, no reason to fly to there to pick it up until your Chinese isn't fluent enough ;-))

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HOW TO: Call, SMS, E-Mail and access a Contact efficiently with your Smartphone
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 09:43 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

Just like any other mobile phone, the ones that come with Microsoft's Smartphone 2002 OS, are designed to connect you to other people anytime and anywhere. But that is only half the story. How to do it with ease may somewhat require a comparatively steeper learning curve than the basic handset variety.

The Smartphones powered by Microsoft's Smartphone 2002software have a distinct advantage over the basic handsets and normally even the most advanced one found in the market today. They have Pocket Outlook built into them. This I feel is a very powerful feature of the Smartphone. It let's you store numerous entries, and supports more than 40 fields. But with that much information, how do you handle calling a contact or sending a contact an SMS with ease?

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Thursday, 10.07.03
DRIVER UPDATE: Pocketop Portable Keyboard now with Phone Edition support
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Finally, Pocketop released the long awaiting drivers for the HTC Wallaby/Spaceneedle Phone Edition aka O2 xda, T-Mobile Phone Edition and Siemens SX56 as well as for the Fujitsu Siemens Pocket Loox 600.
From now you can also use your Pocketop infrared keyboard (see my review here) with these devices.
Both, the Loox as well as the Phone Edition drivers includes support for screen rotation without any additional software.

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THOUGHT: Is MMS Picture Postcard the next messaging "hype"?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:08 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Several networks across Europe has already released their "MMS Picture to Postcard" services during the past months and I wonder if this is becoming a real hype (at least during holiday seasons) or not.

For all of you who haven't heard about it, it's a pretty simple but fancy and convergent service as it combines the cell phone world with the traditional snail mail world:

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UPDATE: HTC's Windows Mobile roadmap for 2003
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:46 CET under 01 - General News

DigiTimes Taiwan has a pretty good article available about HTC's device roadmap for 2003 which also includes rumors of new Pocket PCs, Pocket PC Phone Editions and Smartphones:

HTC is expected to have several new products in production soon, including a new iPAQ Pocket PCs for HP, an upgraded XDA possibly for mmO2, a CDMA version of XDA, codenamed Falcon, and the upgraded SPV/SPV e100 Microsoft Smartphone. It is rumored it will have a clamshell design, smartphone with built-in camera by the end of the year as well.

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PUBLIC BETA: Testers wanted for IM+ Messaging for Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Shape Services Ltd is looking for Beta testers for their IM+ messaging solution which is already available for several platforms and is now ported to the Microsoft Pocket PC platform. Shape Services LTd has therefore announced a Beta Tester request on the PPCW.Net Forum.

IM+ is a complete Instant Messaging solution which supports MSN Messenger, ICQ, AOLMessenger, Yahoo! and Jabber.

With IM+ you can communicate using encrypted messages, directly from your PC as well as from your mobile device, in real-time, cost-saving, within a group conference and many other features

The main IM+ features are:

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Mitac plans to release two more Microsoft Smartphones this year
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Mitac already announced (but haven't released so far) its first Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphone 2002, the MiTAC Mio 8380, and now they are going to announce two more Smartphones which should be released later this year.

Mitac International hopes its Mio-branded handsets will become "THE" high-end handset brand in China, said company chairman Francis Tsai.

Mitac International hopes its Mio-branded handsets will become "THE" high-end handset brand in China, said company chairman Francis Tsai.
According to Tsai, the company will launch a branding campaign costing about 60 million to 70 million Yuan and establish up to 20,000 retail channels throughout China to promote its smartphones.

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Wednesday, 09.07.03
WIRELESS: EZOS EzWAP 2.5 WAP browser and MMS client available for download
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I'm often asked from users with Pocket PC 2002 Phone Edition devices where to get a WAP and/or MMS client from since some operators, carriers and resellers doesn't include that clients into the devices by default. The best and most recognized client is EZOS' EzWAP which is available for download now! :-)

EzWAP 2.5 places Mobile Internet information and services in the palm of your hand. Pocket PC 2002 Phone Edition software-based devices which run the EzWAP client offer easy and secure access to relevant Internet/Intranet information via wireless networks.
Simply install EzWAP on your device and then you can browse mobile Internet sites as easily as you currently browse HTML sites using a standard web browser. You can also create, send and receive MMS messages.

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POSTPONED: O2 Asia will not release the announced Microsoft Smartphone 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to Geekzone, mmoO2 Asia has canceled plans to release a Windows Powered Smartphone 2002 as announced earlier this year but will wait for the next coming Windows Mobile for Smartphone OS.

Therefore they sent out an E-Mail to all registered customers to inform about it:

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UPDATE: Resco releases Picture Viewer for Pocket PC version 4.10
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 06:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Resco, Ltd. just released their latest upgrade for their famous Picture Viewer for the Pocket PC. Picture Viewer is a very powerful application that tackles most available graphic formats available. With the bundled Desktop Album Generator, photos can be resized and managed to create a nicely arranged digital photo album for the Pocket PC.

This upgrade includes better thumbnail rendering speed due to jpeg optimizations, EXIF information generated by your camera can be displayed (Model, Exposure Time etc.), additional Color models which now include CMYK and LAB color models, Quick preview for comfortable viewing of large photos and additional support for VGA cards like the...

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Tuesday, 08.07.03
PPCW.Net: Current lack of news
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:44 CET under 06 - Site News

Sorry for the current lack of news and views here on PPCW.Net but I'm super busy with invoicing, packaging and sending out all the PPCW.Net i-Mates while some folks still haven't confirmed their PayPal invoices (if you read this here, please make sure I'm not talking about you ;-) ) and others canceled their  confirmed orders just seconds before FedEx picked up the packages... :-(
So I'm completely in a delay with E-Mails (personal as well as business related) and news and views updates on the site and also Carlo is currently busy.

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PROTECTION: Piel Frama leather case for HTC Tanager
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Piel Frama - well known for high quality PDA leather cases - has released its Tanager (Orange SPV100, PPCW.Net i-Mate) leather case:

This leather case has been handmade by our experienced leather craftsmen in 1ª quality cow-skin , it has passed strict quality controls in all their different elaborations process.

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LINK: Smartphone Thoughts officially launched
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:40 CET under 01 - General News

Today - finally after a long period of prearrangement - my fellow MVP Jason Dunn (better known as Mr. Pocket PC Thoughts) has launched Smartphone Thoughts which I highly welcome in the community!

"Finally Jason you became a real GSM geek..." ;-)

Since Pocket PC Thoughts is well known for great content and most of his PPCT team (as well as some new but other well known faces) will also assist him with Smartphone Thoughts, we can expect another high quality Smartphone site.

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SOFTWARE: One handy tool and a cute game for your Smartphone 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Marc Zimmermann, my fellow Mobile Device MVP, has released two of his Smartphone 2003 applications through Smartphone.net now:

T9 Config Utility 1.01 and Reversi 1.0

Based on my "How To", to change the Smartphone input language to another than the UI language, Marc developed a small free tool called "T9 Config Utility".

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Sunday, 06.07.03
THOUGHT: Only use the appropriate ROM for your Pocket PC and Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:01 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Since the introduction of Pocket PC 2002 all Pocket PCs has a flashable ROM which makes it easy for Microsoft and the OEMs to provide updates, upgrades and fixes (something we know as EUU = End User Upgrade). However, that days it also began that some OEMs provided EUUs earlier than others and the users started to mix-up EUUs like using an iPAQ EUU on a Jornada.
Even more dramatically is it if you use Pocket PC Phone Edition EUUs on difference devices like a GSM 900/1800 EUU for the xda on a GSM 900/1900 device from AT&T Wireless since you might screw up the radio module.

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UPDATE: HP releases new h5400 Series WLAN Firmware Update
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 12:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As spotted in Pocket PC Thoughts, it seems that HP has released the much awaited h5400 Series WLAN Firmware Update that allows the iPAQ h5400 Series running Pocket PC 2002 to connect to an 802.11g Access Point.

The update is supposed to add LEAP authentication client support and enables the iPAQ h5400 Series to connect with a WLAN Access Point that supports both 802.11b and 802.11g.

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Saturday, 05.07.03
PPCW.Net i-Mate: Additional payment and shipping options for PPCW.Net i-Mate orders
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:14 CET under 01 - General News

Many of you without PayPal accounts or outside PayPal covered countries have asked if other payments like Credit Card is also accepted.
Unfortunately I can not process orders through Credit Cards as it is to expensive and doesn't makes sense for one item only which is currently on sale. However, I've added Money Transfer now as payment option. This means that you can also transfer the invoiced amount directly from your to my bank account instead of transferring it between PayPal accounts first (please note that in that case payments have to be made in EURO). As this is also cheaper for me I'm happy to give you a 3 % discount for the PPCW.Net i-Mate if payment was done via money transfer.

In addition - since FedEx is super expensive - I'm also offering now regular shipping via postal service. However - unlike with FedEx - this takes a little bit longer - up to a week or so. Anyway; the savings are good enough to think about using postal service instead of FedEx.

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Friday, 04.07.03
PPCW.Net i-Mate: Your Smartphone 2002 is ready for shipping!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:18 CET under 06 - Site News

If you have pre-ordered the PPCW.Net i-Mate and got a confirmation E-Mail so time ago - today is your day: shipping starts now. :-)
I was just on the airport to pick-up some of the packages but wasn't able to bring all into my car. So I expect the complete delivery Monday but this is how it looks if I pick up a "handful" PPCW.Net i-Mate packages: :-D

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UPDATE: Pocket Presence is going to releas Running Voice GSM 3.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:53 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Later today, Swedish Pocket Presence will release Running Voice GSM 3.0, the next generation of the most advanced and value added tool for complete GSM and GPRS communication for Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC and Pocket PC 2002.

Running Voice GSM 3.0 holds features for dialing, messaging, data configuration, data session management and much more.

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Thursday, 03.07.03
WINDOWS MOBILE 2003: ViewSonic to release upgrade for V35 and V37
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 11:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

PPCW.Net has received word from ViewSonic that they will be releasing Windows Mobile 2003 upgrades for the ViewSonic V35 and V37 Pocket PCs. Although they have not released the exact date nor the cost of the upgrade, they advise current users of Viewonic Pocket PCs to visit the ViewSonic website for details.

ViewSonic said that they will be releasing the updates sometime towards the end of July. ViewSonic aims to continue to offer quality support for ViewSonic Pocket PC users.

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Wednesday, 02.07.03
TIP: Use your Symbol Wireless Networker with Socket's Pocket PC 2003 driver
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:35 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

Today I got my iPAQ back, upgraded to Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC (no, not an official upgrade from HP but at least one benefit of being a Microsoft Mobile Device MVP) and for sure I wanted to test the build-in W-LAN functionalities of Pocket PC 2003.
Since Symbol hasn't released any Windows Mobile 2003 compliant drivers so far for their Wireless Networker I've took the chance to tried the Socket drivers.

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SW DEVELOPMENT: Anyone out there who want to make some money?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:28 CET under 06 - Site News

At least most of us want to make some money - I think... ;-)
Okay, what I want to ask you if anyone here have some developing skills on the Pocket PC (2002/2003) and Smartphone platform as well as on PHP as I have two software projects in my mind I'm looking for somebody who might be able to realize it for me since I'm still not a developer... :-(
If you are interested and you have some spare time you might want to share with me and my ideas please contact me with a short description of your skills. This project might even include to get a Smartphone 2002 (aka PPCW.Net i-Mate) from me so isn't that enough incentive? ;-) :mrgreen:

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REFERENCE DESIGN: TI WANDA to be picked up by Taiwanese chip-makers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:16 CET under 01 - General News

Do you remember the Texas Instruments reference design called "WANDA" which was introduced earlier this year on CTIA Wireless?

It's a family of concepts for integrating wireless into the chipset and also include a tri-wireless PDA concept design which integrate TI's wireless LAN, Bluetooth, and GSM/GPRS technologies for simultaneous voice calls, wireless web access and personal area networking.

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Tuesday, 01.07.03
PIM: Developer One Agenda Fusion 5.0 for Pocket PC released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

My preferred Pocket Outlook replacement - Agenda Fusion - got a complete update and is available in version 5 now! It's the one solution you need to better manage your schedule, your contacts, your life on your Pocket PC! Match Agenda Fusion with the power of your Pocket PC to take control and get organized and keep on top of your busy life!

It's the integrated solution that gives you all of the power you need to better manage your time and stay in touch with your contacts using your Pocket PC.

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ACCESS: mmO2 to roll-out W-LAN services across Europe
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:12 CET under 01 - General News

Seems to be a busy day in London today...

1 July 2003 - O2 today announced plans to launch public wireless LAN (or 'Wi-Fi's) services in the UK later this year and increase the current number of live sites in Germany to complement its existing GPRS wide area mobile data networks.

UK customers will be offered a simple to use and secure service to approximately 1,000 W-LAN sites across Europe. The company will also extend its current offering in Germany during this summer to include both prepay and post-paid pricing packages and increase the number of access points from 30 to more than 100.

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MESSAGING: mmO2 launched ICQ Instant Messaging for selected terminals
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:27 CET under 01 - General News

1 July 2003 - mmO2's German business today announced the launch of ICQ mobile instant messaging services, enabling customers with a compatible handset to access the ICQ service on move. This follows a group wide agreement between mmO2 and America Online to bring AOL's popular instant messaging services (including ICQ and AOL Instant Messenger (AIM)) to O2 subscribers across Europe. It is expected that services will roll out in the UK in the Autumn. AOL's instant messaging services are well-established worldwide brands, with tens of millions of active users each month.

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PHONE EDITION: mmO2 announced future plans for xda II
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

O2 today announced that it has further plans for its widely acclaimed integrated PDA and mobile handset - the xda - and will introduce an xda II later this year. In addition to all of the existing features, the xda II will offer best in class capability for both consumer and business customers. The xda II will be available in the UK, Germany and Ireland before Christmas 2003.

For consumers, the xda II will offer a built-in digital camera and full multimedia messaging capability plus the opportunity to play high quality, color games thanks to inbuilt Java technology. The 65,000 color display ensures that both photographs and games are sharp and clear. Customers will be able to download games from the popular O2 Games Arcade - offering a constantly changing choice of color 'arcade' style games. The xda II will also offer access to O2's music service enabling users to select, retrieve and store the latest chart hits onto the device - and listen to them in CD quality stereo sound.

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