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Sunday, 31.08.03
THOUGHT: Is there still room for Faxing in an email driven society?
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 19:08 CET under 09 - Thoughts

In the last few weeks I've seen several software developers update their Fax Software to add Windows Mobile 2003 support. It also made me realize that these two developers have been in the Pocket PC scene from the launch of the first Pocket PCs. That means they have been continually supporting the Pocket PC platform for 3 Pocket PC generations now.

This also brings to mind the several discussion threads I have gotten myself involved in with regards to the importance of Fax messaging in a predominantly email centric society. How many times do you send someone a fax as compared to sending them an email or several emails at that?

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FEATURES: The new PPCW.Net i-Mate ROM comes along with some new features
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The recently released PPCW.Net i-Mate ROM update doesn't includes only a more stable Smartphone OS but also includes some important SMS improvements.

Overall that OS version works more stable now and doesn't freeze that often as before. Also it is much faster but another improvement which shouldn't be missed are the SMS enhancements:

In your Inbox you can select from all available contact's phone numbers and E-Mail addresses now and not from the mobile number only anymore like before:

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WIRELESS: SanDisks SDIO Wi-Fi card available for sale now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:22 CET under 01 - General News

Digitally Unique, an online shop from Denver has the SanDisk SDIO Wi-Fi card in stock for a sales price of US$ 97,95 and ship it within 24 hours!

The Wi-Fi SD (Secure Digital) card is the smallest Wi-Fi card in the market. The card will allow SDIO enabled devices to connect to HotSpots (802.11b Access Points) worldwide for fast wireless Internet connectivity. The card supports Pocket PC 2002 and Pocket PC 2003 devices that have an SDIO enabled slot.

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PREVIEW: msmobiles played with T-Mobiles MDA II at IFA
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Jacek from msmobiles.com visited the IFA trade show and he was playing with T-Mobiles next coming Pocket PC Phone Edition - the MDA II:

It runs Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC Phone Edition software, features built-in camera, built-in Bluetooth and thanks to XScale CPU of 400 MHz is also a very fast PDA. Apart from that it is simply a good cell phone that features tri-band GSM and GPRS.

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Friday, 29.08.03
ROM UPDATE: PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone 2002 ROM Update now available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Attention PPCW.Net i-Mate owners - since today the ROM update for your PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone 2002 is available for download in version 1.50.8.6.

As before this ROM doesn't includes any certificates nor it locks down your Smartphone to a dedicated carrier - for sure not!

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Thursday, 28.08.03
DEVELOPMENT: 3 and Motorola unveil Symbian based 3G video handset
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:35 CET under 01 - General News

Motorola and UK based 3G carrier 3 today have announced the arrival of their most advanced 3G handset to date - the Motorola A920. The handset has a full-color widescreen display designed to showcase 3's person-to-person video calling capabilities, as well as its exclusive video content.

The Motorola A920 sets a new standard for the mobile industry and brings enhanced functionality to customers of 3's video mobile network. A mobile phone, video and still camera, a PDA, an MP3 player and gaming capability have been combined into one product.

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LEAKED: First HTC Voyager aka Orange SPV2 Smartphone photos available from MoDaCo
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:53 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

"Vernzz", a new forum member at MoDaCo seems to got his hands to a HTC Voyager with is expected to become the Orange SPV2.

According to "Vernzz", the Voyager includes beside the build-in camera also Bluetooth and HTC have included IA Style Tools as well as IA Caller ID.

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Wednesday, 27.08.03
REVIEW: Sunnysoft Mail Center 1.0 for Smartphone 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:52 CET under 08 - Reviews

Maybe one of the most annoying limitations of Microsoft's Smartphone 2002 to become a real smart phone is the fact that the Inbox supports one E-Mail account only which can be either an ActiveSync account or a POP3/IMAP4 account. This means that a user has to decide if he wants to sync the Smartphone Inbox with Outlook or if he wants to access POP3/IMAP4 mailboxes and if he wants to access a mailbox he have to decide which E-Mail account.

Sunnysoft's recently released Mail Center 1.0 is the first available 3rd party E-Mail client for Smartphone 2002 and supports more then one E-Mail account only.

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PHONE EDITION: T-Mobile will release the MDA II end of October in Germany
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:21 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As already reported here, T-Mobile Germany will release the MDA II (finally it's the official name) end of October in Germany. The introduction of the MDA II is also planned for Austria, the UK and the Czech Republic soon - however, so far no release date was given for the USA.

At this year's IFA in Berlin, T-Mobile is presenting the new version of the Mobile Digital Assistant.

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Tuesday, 26.08.03
UTILITY: Flash Format 2.6 for Pocket PC and Handheld PC released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

CNetX today released version 2. 60 of its Flash Format, the popular storage card management utility for Pocket PC and Handheld PC devices.

The latest version includes support for the new Windows Mobile 2003 Pocket PCs as well as improved storage integrity verification and repair of allocation errors. In addition it fixes AutoRun for Pocket PC 2003 devices

As you you may know, Flash Format is currently the only program allowing users to set AutoRun on their storage cards, so that specific contents (such as games or MP3 play list) can be automatically activated upon insertion of a specific storage card.

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UTILITY: JGUI PPC2003 PE Fixes 1.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition 2003
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

JGUI has made a small application (freeware in this version) which allows you to fix a SMS feature of Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC Phone Edition

Today, new incoming SMS message arrives on the Phone Edition and only a short sound is played. The screen stays off.
Now your Phone Edition will wakeup and display the SMS message popup.

This application display a small icon on the tray bar, where you can access the options dialog or turn on/off the fix (SMS Wakeup). If you check the menu SMS Wakeup, your device will wakeup when the a new SMS message arrived. Of course it will suspend again in the time you set in general Settings/Power of your device.

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Monday, 25.08.03
UTILITIES: Xetra's Xbar and Thermo reached version 1 - Xmail available in Beta 2
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Xetra recently informed me that his Xbar and Therma utilities for Smartphone 2002 reached version one stage and are available for free download from his homepage!

Xbar
Xbar is a graphic oriented task switcher for Smartphones which lets you switch between tasks and close open tasks/applications as well as it provides you information about phone memory used and since Beta 4 also information about your battery health as well as the current temperature.

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INTERNET EXPLORER: ReenSoft releases PIEPlus for PPC2000 and PPC2002
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 06:25 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

ReenSoft has a solution to make your Pocket PC 2000 and Pocket PC 2002 devices perform better when viewing web pages designed for desktop PC viewing. This is not for WM2003 Pocket PCs though and surely those who are not able to upgrade to WM2003 will find this attractive. ReenSoft's PIEPlus adds several features to Pocket Internet Explorer like optimizing web page to fit in screen, multiple windows, full screen mode and more.

What makes PIEPlus unique is that it has what ReenSoft calls the Pocket Web Optimizer. It adjusts content to fit the PIE screen and minimizes the need for horizontal scrolling of the screen. While it does this with a lot of web pages, some pages may retain the horizontal scroll bar even though with PWO activated.

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Friday, 22.08.03
ACCESSORIES: Get accessories and replacements for your HTC Tanager here
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Some time ago I wrote about available PPCW.Net i-Mate (Orange SPV100) accessories and where to order it. In the comments of that story, Martin from SmartPhoning suggested to have a look on their site also which I did for sure (I always read visitors comments ;-)).

SmartPhoning is an online shop, based in Singapore, which offers a wide range of Tanager accessories form cases (namely Piel Frama and Krusell) to peripherals (like the stereo hands-free headset or the original battery) to SD memory cards.

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Thursday, 21.08.03
CANARD: This isn't the second Microsoft Smartphone from Motorola
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

DigiTimes Taiwan is reporting about a mysterious cell phone from Chi Mei Communication Systems (who is also rumored to manufacture Motorola's first Microsoft Smartphone) which is also rumored now to become the Motorola's second Windows powered Smartphone:

Many people have speculated that one of Motorola's two secret weapons will be a Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphone made by Taiwan’s Chi Mei Communication Systems (CMCS). The CMCS "Beethoven" smartphone was approved by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last month. It is a camera-less, antenna-less clamshell design based on an OMAP reference design from Texas Instruments (TI).

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Wednesday, 20.08.03
ACCESSORIE: CM35 Secure Digital Camera for Pocket PCs without SDIO slot
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Finally, what HTC Wallaby - aka O2 xda/T-Mobile Phone Edition user has been waiting for is for real now - a fully functional SD camera for your Pocket PC Phone Edition

Once again, datanywhere.com is the first to bring you the latest accessories for your Pocket PC Phone -  here the T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone, the O2 xda or the Siemens SX56.

All you have to do is install the included award winning software IA Camera Wizard, connect the SD camera thru the SD slot on the bottom of your device and you are ready to go!

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MOBILE FAX: KSE Truefax supports Windows Mobile 2003
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 16:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

KSE Software has announced that KSE Truefax version 2.05 is Windows Mobile 2003 friendly. KSE Truefax, is a fax software that directly supports multi-page TIFF files which can easily be transferred to the desktop PC for easy viewing and printing.

Numerous functions are supported by KSE Truefax.. Fax messages can be easily be prepared and collected so that they can be sent via FaxOnTheJob (i.e. prepare several faxes before sending them all together in one go). The integrated document management helps you to manage all faxes, whether they are sent, received, deleted or prepared for the dispatch...

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Tuesday, 19.08.03
COMMUNICATION: Sunnysoft MailCenter 1.0 for Smartphone 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

That's what most Smartphone users waited for - I think; at least I've waited for that kind of application since I got my first Smartphone 2002. An E-Mail client which supports more then only one account! MailCenter is the latest  application from Sunnysoft for Microsoft Smartphone 2002 and it supports multiple E-Mail accounts! :-D

It will enable you to define and manage unlimited number of E-Mail accounts, either individually or altogether and allows you to create and manage unlimited number of POP3 and/or IMAP4 E-Mail accounts.

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SMARTPHONE 2002: New PPCW.Net i-Mates arrived today and ready for shipping
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As I had to announce on July 31st the PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone 2002 was temporary out of stock or better said: "sold out"... ;-)
However, as promised I awaited a new batch of devices to arrive mid of August. Okay, it's a little bit later now (I've missed the goal for 4 days only, not bad ;-)) but today the new batches arrived and the Smartphone is ready for immediate shipping (normally within 24 hours after I received payments).
So no reason to whine that still no Smartphone is available in your Country because here you get it - as before - SIM Free (no SIM lock so it works with any GSM 900, 1800 or 1900 MHz SIM card/network) and without any application locks which allows you to install virtually every Smartphone software (doesn't matter if code-signed or not) on your device.

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WELCOME: Please welcome David Hughes aboard as the second contributing author
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:06 CET under 06 - Site News

As you might remember, some time ago I've asked for volunteers who are interested in joining the PPCW.Net team for Pocket PC and Smartphone reviews. Here we go with the first reviewer in the team and the second contributing author after Carlo: David Hughes.
David is a real technology and wireless addict so he fits perfectly into the team:

I've been fascinated by technology and gadgets as long as I can remember and in particular mobile computing. I've used Psion, Palm and Pocket PC handhelds with both wired and wireless net connections and love the power I now have in my pocket.

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Monday, 18.08.03
OVERVIEW: Is your Pocket PC SDIO ready?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

birdcage has just posted an interesting link in the Forum to a WI-FI compatibility List from SanDisk regarding which Pocket PCs will be able to use SanDisks SD Wi-Fi card for Pocket PC 2002 & 2003
The Wi-Fi SD (Secure Digital) card is the smallest Wi-Fi card in the market. The card will allow SDIO enabled devices to connect to 802.11b Wi-Fi networks worldwide for fast wireless Internet connectivity. The card supports Pocket PC 2002 and Pocket PC 2003 devices that have an SDIO enabled slot.

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Sunday, 17.08.03
PRINTING: Fieldsoftware goes Windows Mobile 2003
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 09:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Fieldsoftware, the makers of the popular PrintPocketCE has updated their whole range of Printing utilities to support the new Windows Mobile 2003 Software for Pocket PC.

Fieldosftware spearheaded the development of printing applications for the Pocket PC Platform. Now offering numerous printing utilities such as PrintPocketCE, PocketClipPrint, PocketPixPrint, PIEprint, and their Screen Capture utility with printing capability - PocketShot, they have included Windows Mobile 2003 support for the Printing SDKs they too offer. These are PrinterCE.NetCF SDK, PrinterCE SDK and PocketHTMLprint SDK.

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SCREEN ROTATION: Nyditot releases Windows Mobile 2003 compatible NVD 3.21
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 09:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Nyditot has recently released Nyditot Virtual Display 3.2 which enables your Pocket PC, Pocket PC 2002 or Windows Moble 2003 powered Pocket PC display to run at virtually any resolution, including industry standard VGA, SVGA and XGA.

The virtual display can be panned at full-scale or compressed to fit within the physical display, the latter mode effectively increasing the resolution of your device. Display output can be rotated in All Four Orientations. On Pocket PC devices, landscape modes offer an aspect ratio similar to your desktop. Combined with high resolution, this is a perfect compliment to Pocket Internet Explorer and Terminal Services Client by allowing you to see the full page or application which was designed for larger desktop displays.

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UPDATE: TextMaker upgraded to support Windows Mobile 2003
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 08:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The premiere word processing software for the Pocket PC has recently been updated to support Windows Mobile 2003. TextMaker from SoftMaker adds desktop word processing power to Pocket PCs which require no conversion, no loss of formatting when transferring files between the desktop PC and the Pocket PC. It provides seamless document exchange with Microsoft Word 6.0, 95, 97, 2000, and Word XP. Reads and writes numerous additional file formats such as HTML, RTF, Pocket Word, ASCII, and Unicode.

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UTILITY: Xbar Beta 4 for Smartphone with improvements and more features released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Xetra has recently announced the availability of Beta 4 of his Xbar project for Smartphone with some useful improvements and additions. Xbar is a graphic oriented task switcher for Smartphones which lets you switch between tasks and close open tasks/applications as well as it provides you information about phone memory used and now - with Beta 4 also information about your battery health is implemented ass well as the current tempreture, based on the Canary/Tanager battery information (see his previous project - Thermo for Smartphone).

As before it use the record button on the left to launch/hide the GUI and now also use the volume up/down to switch between the running tasks:

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Friday, 15.08.03
W32.Blaster: Be a nice guy and help out your friends and colleagues
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:19 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Phase 2 of W32.Blaster has started now, hitting the Microsoft update/download servers. Since it is already the 16th in countries like Australia, Japan, China, etc the worm begins now to attack the Microsoft servers right from the previously infected servers and even home PCs!

Because this, users with infected PCs and servers are not able to download the required patch anymore which ends in a circular flow: "the PC is infected but can't download the patch since the download server is down, also because of that PC". So the overall idea of the W32.Blaster developer isn't that bad - use the PC to attack the server who has the required fix. :-(

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SMARTPHONE 2003: Internet Explorer and Inbox enhancements
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:46 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Robert Levy, over at Smartphone Thoughts, has written an interesting wrap-up about the (for me) two most important features/enhancements, coming along with Smartphone 2003 (keep in mind, Windows Mobile 2003 for Smartphone isn't launched so far nor officially announced but Microsoft released the SDK today):

I'd like to draw attention to two of my favorite application enhancements in Smartphone 2003.

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MAINTENANCE 2: The PPCW.Net Forum is back again - on a new platform!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:50 CET under 06 - Site News

It took some time but finally the old Forum screwed me up "a little bit" and since the developers canceled that forum project, no more fixes and enhancements was expected. Also the usability wasn't state of the art anymore and it gave the MySQL database a heavy load because some weird codes.
So I've decided to find and go with a new forum software and finally found it with PunBB, a Swedish forum project. PunBB is light weighted enough for me but has much more features then the old forum. Also it works more stable and is way faster then the old one! :-) So here we go, please welcome the new PPCW.Net Forum!

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PHONE EDITION: T-Mobile is going to release a kind of "xda II" also
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As we have rumored here on PPCW.Net a while ago, T-Mobile is definitely working on a new Pocket PC Phone Edition and confirmed it today together with the celebration of the one-year anniversary for the launch of the first Pocket PC Phone Edition in Germany called MDA. In conjunction with this event, T-Mobile has released first sneak photos of the MDA follower (right now without any public names) so let us call it "MDA II" for now.

According to T-Mobiles press release the "MDA II" will be a tri-band Pocket PC 2003 Phone Edition with 3.5 inch screen supporting 65.000 colors and will include a VGA camera:

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MAINTENANCE: The PPCW.Net Forum is currently down
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:30 CET under 06 - Site News

As you might see if you click the Forum link, you get some a screwed PPCW.Net layout. I'm sorry but the Forum is currently down because of some required maintenance.

Hope to bring it back ASAP - with a surprise/enhancements... ;-) Stay tuned! :-D

Cheers ~ Arne

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DEVELOPING: Microsoft released SDK for Windows Mobile 2003-based Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today Microsoft released the free Smartphone 2003 SDK which enables application development for the newest Smartphone development platform. With the Smartphone 2003 SDK, developers can build Microsoft .NET Compact Framework applications for Smartphone, leverage the new Windows CE .NET 4.2 Operating System and accelerate development, testing and deployment with emulator enhancements.

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FIGHT THE SPAM: SpamPal 1.5 released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:54 CET under 01 - General News

There is nothing more annoying in the Internet then Spam; especially if you access your E-Mails wireless through GPRS with a Pocket PC or Smartphone and you get tons of Spam Mails and you have to pay for every kb. :evil:

For some months now I'm using SpamPal what I can really recommend every user also. Today, SpamPal 1.5 was released:

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OFFICE TO GO: Westtek released their ClearVue document viewers for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The Westtek ClearVue viewers are hands down the best viewers available with superior fidelity and performance. Unlike other products available for the Smartphone, the ClearVue viewers require absolutely no conversion step or ActiveSync filters, giving you the ability to view E-Mail attachments or native documents while on the go. View your documents the way the author intended.
I've already previewed ClearVue for Smartphone a while ago and finally Westtek released it commercially and it's available in several useful packs now

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Wednesday, 13.08.03
UPDATE: Orange isn't ready to release the SPV2 in September
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As infoSync World updates today, Orange isn't ready to release their SPV2, I was writing about yesterday, in September:

Declining to comment on the expected availability of the SPV2, Orange spokesman Stuart Jackson would only admit to much of the information posted online concerning the SPV2 - and particularly so its launch date - being incorrect and that it will shortly be subject to removal.

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Tuesday, 12.08.03
UP-TO-DATE: Another RSS Reader for Pocket PC available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

PocketFeed is an RSS aggregator for Pocket PCs (I've also tested it on Windows Mobile 2003 and it worked) that is currently under development.

RSS is an open format for syndicating content on the Internet. In most cases the content is already published in HTML on the page, but RSS is an XML-based language that enables formatting of content on a variety of screens.

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SMARTPHONE: Orange SPV2 aka HTC Voyager to hit Europe in September
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

msmobiles and smartphony.org reports that Orange is close to release the SPV2 as well as they found the specifications on the Orange France website.
According to that page, the SPV2, which is the follower of the HTC Tanager/Orange SPV100 is to be released on 1st of September this year and will - as rumored before - includes Bluetooth and a built-in camera.

According to several other sources the SPV2 (code name Voyager) is expected to look like the SPV100 (code name Tanager) but will have a camera on the backside as well as Bluetooth implemented which is also confirmed by the Orange specs below:

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Monday, 11.08.03
LEAKED: First Mitac Mio 8390 Smartphone 2003 photo available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:05 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It seems as Mitac is working on a follower of its first Microsoft based clamshell Smartphone.
On MoDaCo "wu_yang" has posted now the first comparison picture of the "old" 8380 and the new 8390. According to "wu_yang" the Mio 8390 should come along with a "30M pixels camera and smartphone 2003" and should "be released on September":

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PREVIEW: 2k development released check4mail for Microsoft Smartphone 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:05 CET under 08 - Reviews

2k development introduce check4mail for Microsoft Smartphone 2002 today. check4mail automatically connects to the internet and checks your predefined E-Mail accounts if there are new messages waiting for you.
If you received new mails with your accounts you will be notified by a ring and a message which appears on the screen and gives you an overview of all your accounts and the new mails since last check.

Enter your account data easily and setup the checking interval and timing so that you can check all your accounts in one go. This optimizes costs and increases the response time of your mails while you are on the move. More than 30 major email service providers are preinstalled so that you just have to enter your email address, login name and password. All other settings are coming from the internal database.

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THOUGHT: Configuring Inbox E-Mail accounts on Pocket PCs and Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:18 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Is it just me or am I not the only one? During the past days I had to hard reset my Pocket PCs and Smartphones several times for several reasons (no, this time not because any bugs but because I need fresh devices) and I was going through the configuration hell all the time again.

While one of the strengths of the Windows CE platform "should" be the interaction with Windows for Desktops I always wonder why Microsoft didn't included an auto-config wizard for Outlook and Inbox? At least the most devices comes with an Outlook CD-ROM and most users use ActiveSync to synchronize their device Inbox with Outlook and - that's the important point for me - Outlook gets this E-Mails by using POP3 or IMAP4 accounts (if you are not a corporate Exchange user).

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Saturday, 09.08.03
UPDATE: RepliGo for Smartphone now available in Version 1.2
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Finally, Cerience updated their famous RepliGo to version 1.2 for Smartphone also.
RepliGo represents a breakthrough in document conversion technology and mobility. In a matter of seconds, virtually any document you have on your Desktop PC can be converted to your Microsoft Smartphone while maintaining the document’s original look and feel. RepliGo also provides a reflowed text view for easy reading (see my preview of RepliGo here).
This includes Microsoft Office documents, Adobe PDF files, Web pages and hundreds of other formats. Once on your device, documents can easily be viewed using the supplied RepliGo Viewer.

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Friday, 08.08.03
UTILITY: mcTraveller for Smartphone 2002 released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I've already written here about the pre-release version of mcTraveller and today the final version was released - code signed!

With mcTraveller you will always know the time in any of over 230 cities with another 50.000 available with an internet connection lie ActiveSync or even GPRS.
For any of these cities you can get a detailed weather forecast, so you will always know what to pack. To make sure you get to where you need to be, you can set alarms for any of your four favorite cities and organize your tasks and itinerary so you are always organized.

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Thursday, 07.08.03
UTILITY: Midnight's Flashing LED fix version 1.0 for Microsoft Smartphone 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

We all know this problem and most of us dislike it - the Smartphone LED doesn't notifies you about any events others then battery and network status. So you don't get any information/notification about received SMS messages or missed calls which would be even more handy if the phone display is switched off (which it is normally).

Midnight, a master of Smartphone Registry tweaks, now delivered another masterpiece: "Flashing LED fix version 1.0"

Flashing LED fix changes certain registry values to allow for a constant flashing LED that flashes every one second to warn users of an incoming call, E-Mail, SMS, Reminder and Alarm Clock.

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Wednesday, 06.08.03
UTILITY: Spb PocketPlus updated to version 1.3 with WM 2003 support
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 19:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb Software House just announced the availablilty of their top selling utility, Spb PocketPlus. The good news is that Spb has tweaked the utility to be Windows Mobile 2003 compatible which means that Windows Mobile 2003 users can now enjoy the same features this multi functional utilty has to offer.

Spb PocketPlus is a combination of a user configurable Today Plugin, a Task switcher/manager, Alarms/Notifications manager, and Pocket Internet Exporer Multiple Window utilty.

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FUN STUFF: A Thermometer for your Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While it is incredible hot here in Europe (up to around 40 °C/100 °F) Xetra, the developer of Xbar had a great idea - using the Battery as a Thermometer!

It shows you the current battery temperature in Celsius and Fahrenheit and while this might be relative inexact as long as you hold the Smartphone in your hands its working not that bad if you put it for a while onto a table:

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Tuesday, 05.08.03
UTILITY: Xbar Beta 3 for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Xetra has developed a handy tool for Microsoft's Smartphones which is available in Beta 3 now - xbar.
It's a graphic oriented task switcher (reminds me a little bit on SideX for Pocket PCs) for Smartphones which lets you switch and close tasks as well as it provides you information about phone memory used.

It uses the record button on the left (which is useless anyway - at least for me and I even re-assigned it to a task manager) to launch/hide the GUI:

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ACCESSORIES: BoxWave Wall Charger for miniSync
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:17 CET under 01 - General News

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

The Wall Charger for miniSync are convenient to take along as a travel charger. It's compact size and light weight minimizes on travel bulk! The Wall Charger works with North American as well as international power voltages, frequencies, and standards. You can take it anywhere to create the power source that you need!

It also provides built-in safety features; a special IC chip designed into the Wall Charger protects handhelds from being damaged if it's ever incorrectly used. And in the event of a power surge, it will automatically shut off the flow of electricity in order to protect your device.

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Monday, 04.08.03
NOTIFICATIONS AND ALARMS: MeetingMute adds Windows Mobile 2003 support
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 20:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

MeetingMute was developed right after the release of Pocket PC 2002 as a work around for Pocket PC 2002's lack of support for repeating alarms. It has then come a long way, from the Beta Version which I had the opportunity to test to what it is right now.

MeetingMute by PocketConcepts is a full fledged Alarm management utility that not only adds support for repeating alarms for Pocket PC 2002 devices, but increases the options available to the user by including features far more advanced than the built-in Alarms settings of any Pocket PC device for that matter.

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Sunday, 03.08.03
SMARTPHONE: CMCS receives FCC approval for its Window Powered Smartphone
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 17:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recently granted Chi Mei Communication Systems its approval for its Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphone. The handset, codenamed Beethoven, may be launched by Motorola in the third quarter.

Sources say that the CMCS Smartphone is based on Texas Instruments (TI) OMAP 510 reference design and may be geared towards corporate usage.

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INTEGRATION: Hudson Mobile IP Dashboard on a Pocket PC Phone Edition 2003
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

For several weeks now, Hudson Mobiles IP Dashboard is available (see my review here) and since mid last month it's available in the updated 1.2 version which also supports Windows Mobile 2003 now.
However, one Pocket PC cannot be equated with another and most interesting is how it works on a Pocket PC Phone Edition with Windows Mobile 2003 and it's amazing how Microsoft integrated GSM into the OS now that the available information can be used from other applications like IP Dashboard.
Because of this smooth integration, IP Dashboard (if configured to use the adapter automatically) shows you your currently used GSM network as well as the signal strength right in the Today screen:

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TODAY SCREEN: ThemeMakerPro Plus with Windows Mobile 2003 support released
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 11:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Creating Today Screen themes has been one of the greatest hits of Pocket PC 2002. For Windows Mobile 2003 for the Pocket PC, Microsoft has improved the implementation of themes with the inclusion of the ability to change font color in the Start Menu.

Kamware, the makers of ThemeMaker, and ThemeMakerPro has recently released ThemeMakerPro Plus which adds numerous functions to the typical ThemeMaker application and the support for Windows Mobile 2003 Today Screen themes.

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Saturday, 02.08.03
REGISTRY: RegKing now for Pocket PC 2003
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Registry "hacks" are little-known settings and tricks that you can use to improve the performance of your Pocket PC. ("Registry" refers to a database of system settings used by all versions of the Windows operating systems.)

Hacks like these are not supported or documented in any way by Microsoft or the device manufacturers! Only the truly dedicated like Chris De Herrera ferret them out for the rest of us to enjoy! For example, one of the most popular hacks that RegKing offers is the one that makes Pocket Internet Explorer pretend to be Internet Explorer 5.x. This makes it possible for your Pocket PC to view some of the more secure sites on the internet, such as banks or investment sites.

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Friday, 01.08.03
THOUGHT: "Your Smartphone is so out of fashion!" - "I know but I can use it!"
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:39 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Well, something is happening and I'm not sure what I should think about these development. After Samsung has banned camera phones in certain areas, also the German car manufactures following this way. According to an article in heise online, Volkswagen (VW) is going to ban camera phones as well like Audi and BMW already did. It would be just a question of time and I'm sure it's just the beginning.

While I fully understand why companies are going this way, it reminds me a little bit a discussion I had with a Nokia user a while back. He was laughing about my Smartphone because it has such an out of fashion clip-on camera only while his "hancy fancy" phone has a camera already included.

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ACCESSORIES: Get more out of your Windows Powered HTC Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I'm often asked where to get accessories for HTC Smartphones (like the Orange SPV or SPV 100/PPCW.Net i-Mate) from and here is a list or resources I can definitely recommend as they have more or less everything you need for your Smartphones.
From batteries to chargers to sync solutions as well as car kits or keyboards:

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