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Friday, 28.11.03
REVIEW: SanDisk Wi-Fi SD Card and HTC Himalaya aka O2 xda II
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:20 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following my previous review of the SanDisk SD Wi-Fi Card many of you are interested to know if and how this Wi-Fi card is working with the HTC Himalaya (better known as O2 xda II, T-Mobile MDA II and i-Mate Phone Edition).
If this card would work with that Pocket PC Phone Edition it would be the perfect companion because it would add the cheaper and faster W-LAN option to an already wireless enabled Pocket PC.
Just to make it short - it works without any problems as expected!

After the driver installation simply put the SanDisk Wi-Fi card into the SDIO slot on top of the device. The Himalaya will recognize the card and if Wi-Fi networks are available it will asks you which one you want to use.

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OFF-DUTY: Sometimes it takes longer then estimated
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:50 CET under 06 - Site News

As you know from my previous posting I'm a little bit "knocked-out" because that small and not dangerous surgery I had Tuesday. Unfortunately it were (without going into to many details now ;-)) on a part of the body you used to sit on... ;-) (a "simple" skin thing only). However, as you can imagine it's not that funny to sit but currently I prefer to lie on the couch instead of sitting in front of my PC (was a fun ride anyway today from Frankfurt back to Munich - 3:30 hours in the car was simply enough for today).

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Wednesday, 26.11.03
HARDWARE: Mitac to release first GPS enabled Pocket PC 2003 called Mio 168
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

On 26 November, Taiwanese Mitac held a product launch for the Mio 168 at Victoria Plaza in Taipei's renowned Breeze Center shopping mall. The new GPS-enabled device is a new entry in MiTAC's lineup of handheld communications devices. The product launch featured MiTAC-Synnex Group chairman Matthew Miau; PC Home Group and iSurvey chairman Jan Hung-tze; Eddie Wu, Senior Director OEM Department of Microsoft Taiwan Corporation; and executives from Family Mart, a sales partner for the Mio 168.

The Mio 168's launch marks an important milestone in MiTAC's efforts in the consumer electronics market. Breaking from the "geeky" image associated with traditional 3C high-tech devices, the Mio 168 emphasizes lifestyle integration and personalization. It aims to be an easy-to-use, time-saving, portable, and reliable tool for street navigation, improving the quality and enhancing the enjoyment of driving, travel, recreation and other aspects of the mobile lifestyle (M-life).

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Tuesday, 25.11.03
OFF-DUTY: Away from PC for today and maybe tomorrow
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:54 CET under 06 - Site News

Well, I don't wanted to "announce" it here but I should because I recently received a lot of E-Mails and just want to make sure you understand why I'm not replying in time: I had a small surgery today and therefore I'm a little bit "knocked-out". :-( Hope I become better tomorrow to be back.

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Monday, 24.11.03
INSIGHT: The truth about the HTC Himalaya USB (de-)charging problem
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following last weeks news that the Boxwave miniSyc cable for xda II is available now and the discussion in the comments and the forum if a HTC Himalaya can be charged by USB I received further news!
According to HTC there is actually no difference in the pin structure of the HTC Himalaya to the previous HTC Wallaby (xda 1)! However, the Himalaya seems to have a bug which HTC actually is correcting.

The bug seems not to allow the device to be charged with low amperage power sources such as through the USB port! This was an early bug found through Microsoft own development with the device, and the fix corrects the low current charging problem. HTC has corrected this problem for some by providing a fix to update their software.

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INSIGHT: The truth about the program limitation on the HTC Himalaya platform
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Maybe you've also read the rants that the new i-Mate Phone Edition/xda II/MDA II isn't able to handle larger applications and closes other programs in the background if you open a new one. In fact this statement is wrong!

The real problem is a different one and it is because the Windows CE platform isn't able to handle more then 32 processes simultaneously! 8O This is - according to my sources (which I also already get confirmed from other sides) - a design limitation which already was introduced with Windows CE 1 and never were expended - even not with today's Windows  CE 4 platform.

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Friday, 21.11.03
RAFFLE: PPCW.Net's great Christmas Raffle is starting today!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:31 CET under 06 - Site News

Okay - I've thought about it for a long time but now it's a good time to announce it, especially because so many of you were annoyed because yesterday's PPCW.Net i-Mate Phone Edition was sold out that fast! :roll:

If you haven't had the chance to buy one - maybe you want to win a PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone, Smartphone2* or Phone Edition? :-D What do you think!? 8)

So please ladies and gentlemen - make your choice:

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CHARGING: Boxave's miniSync for HTC Himalaya available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Boxwave, the maker of the famous miniSync USB sync and charge solution (see my previous review here) has recently released it's miniSync for the HTC Himalaya platform (PPCW.Net i-Mate Phone Edition, O2 xda II, T-Mobile MDA II) which allows you to sync and charge your device with every PC which has a USB port!

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Thursday, 20.11.03
TIP: Personalize your HTC Himalaya right away from a Hardreset
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:35 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

Based on my previous tip to display/enable the Extended ROM on a HTC Himalaya here's what I did this morning to make my PPCW.Net i-Mate more personal:

Again - please be aware that everything you might do now might screw up your device since the changes you are going to change stays on your device even after a hardreset. That's the fun of this hack but if you make a mistake your device might don't start correct anymore.
I'm not responsible for any damages here and it's just a tutorial what I did with my PPCW.Net i-Mate Phone Edition!

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AVAILABILITY: PPCW.Net i-Mate Phone Edition in stock during today
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

This is the shop product information from yesterday, where I've already pre-announced the availability of the PPCW.Net i-Mate Phone Edition during today.
If you also want to get the latest updates about device availabilities you should definitely create a PPCW.Net Shop account and subscribe to the device information you are interested in.

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NETWORK: AT&T Wireless takes its Customers to the EDGE
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:43 CET under 01 - General News

November 18, 2003 - LAS VEGAS - AT&T Wireless today began offering the fastest national mobile wireless data service in North America, enabling businesses to improve productivity by unwiring their operations and providing mobile professionals unmatched coverage and speed.

AT&T Wireless took center stage at COMDEX as it announced the availability of EDGE (Enhanced Data rates for Global Evolution), a significant upgrade to its Next Generation wireless network. EDGE offers average data speeds between 100-130 kbps -- nearly twice as fast as other national mobile wireless networks and up to three times faster than traditional wired dial-up services.

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Wednesday, 19.11.03
INPUT: Think Outside releases full-size IR keyboard for PPCs
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 15:22 CET under 01 - General News

Think Outside Inc., maker of the Stowaway™ Portable Keyboards for handheld devices, has begun selling the Stowaway Infrared Wireless Keyboard, a full-size wireless keyboard for Pocket PC 2002 or Windows Mobile 2003 powered devices.

The Stowaway Infrared Wireless Keyboard offers the ANSI-standard keys, key spacing and key travelfor easy and comfortable touch typing.

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DOWNLOAD: Make the extended ROM visible on your HTC Himalaya
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:20 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

If you own the PPCW.Net i-Mate Phone Edition, the O2 xda II or the MDA II you might have noticed that you don't have the full ROM visible/available. Well, that's because HTC protects some parts of the ROM to store the bonus software there you get installed automatically after a hardreset.
However, not the complete ROM space is used there and you might want to use it to store other installation files there also.

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CONNECTIVITY: Pocket Presence to release Live Data Pack for Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Live Data Pack 1.0 is a smart tool that provides several supportive functions for data communication in telecom networks (GSM, GPRS, 3G/UMTS). The Live Data Pack consists of three parts, the Flexport, the Stat Manager and the Data Monitor.

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Tuesday, 18.11.03
SERVICE: Combine the strengths of GPRS and GPS to dispatch Cabs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:33 CET under 01 - General News

While Pocket PCs and Smartphones are great devices overall, it's even more important what you can do with it to improve your business. Therefore I'm always hunting for services which does it and includes a wireless component. This time Patrik Strömstedt from Digital Studion Sweden pointed me to its solution which sounds great to me (remember I'm just coming back from a business meeting in Canada which was about navigation too) because it combines the strengths of a Pocket PC Phone Edition with GPRS and GPS:

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FIRST HAND: The PPCW.Net i-Mate Phone Edition and Smartphone in N.-America
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:57 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Many of you who are interested in buying one of the devices above from me sent me E-Mails in the past if either the one or the other can be used in North America and for sure it's a good question. Who want to spend 700 US$ just to figure out it isn't working.
So I used the opportunity, when I was in Canada over the weekend to check if my personal devices really works and I completely trusted in them and left any other triband handsets at home since both are claimed as triband! ;-)

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ACCESSORIES: Ora UK to release accessories for xda II and SPV E200 soon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:50 CET under 01 - General News

Good news reached me yesterday from Ora UK about it's accessories portfolio for the O2 xda II (same as the PPCW.Net i-Mate Phone Edition) and Orange SPV E200 (same as the PPCW.Net Smartphone2).

Ora - the UK's sole OEM accessories distributor for xda II, is set to launch the full range of accessories for the all new XDA II.

The new XDA II range includes the all new Sync Stations, Data Cables, Personal Handsfrees, Batteries, Cases and Pouches, as well as the addition of the VGA Backpack, Thumbpad, Audio Sync-Stations and many many more to come.

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ABROAD: Checking in again
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:19 CET under 06 - Site News

Just want to let you guys know that I'm back "on duty" again. After a typical 18 hours trip I made it to my home 15 minutes ago.
Please let me have a coffee and a nap first, then I have to recheck my E-Mails and then I can take care about everybody. Also I have to write my articles about this trip to T.O. (or Toronto as we - outside T.O. say ;-)) and want to give you guys some background information of PowerLOC which developed the Destinator navigation system. So I had an exciting weekend there with great discussions - more to come soon.

But now I need the coffee first... ;-)

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Monday, 17.11.03
PHONE EDITION: XDA II to be given away in Philippine launch of MS Office
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 07:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The latest Microsoft Office System will be launched in the Philippines on November 25, 2003 and Microsoft will also be raffling off an O2 XDA II. There will also be some units available for purchase at the launch.

This will also mark the official launch of the XDA II in the Philippines. Those who are interested in participating in the Windows Office System Launch can register at the Microsoft Philippines website. Your presence is required to qualify for the raffle.

The launch will be held at the Rizal Ballroom of the Makati Shangri-La Hotel on November 25,2003.

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Friday, 14.11.03
IMAGING: Pocket Artist now with full WM2003 support and new features
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 17:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Conduits has just updated PocketArtist to version 2.7. Pocket Artist is one of the must haves when dealing with photos on the go. Armed with a Digital camera and a Pocket PC, you can edit photos anytime and anywhere.

New with the latest release are full Windows Mobile 2003 support, improved Red-eye Tool, Color replacement brush tool, and Glow Layer Blender effect.

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Wednesday, 12.11.03
ABROAD: Checking out until Tuesday next week
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:33 CET under 06 - Site News

Just want to let you know that I'm checking out now and will leave tomorrow - early in the morning - for a business trip to Canada.
I will be back next Tuesday and will have limited E-Mail access only!

Have a great week/weekend and see you next week with some interesting news I hope to catch up in Toronto!

Cheers ~ Arne

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UTILITY: V2R Ultra Profiler v2.0 PE for Microsoft Phone Edition released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Are you annoyed that your Pocket PC Phone Edition doesn't includes profiles like your cellphones has? Now there is a profiler available for Pocket PC Phone Edition devices as well!

Ultra profiler is a simple tool for managing the XDA Phone profiles. You can select from different predefined profiles, or create your own profile to better suit your needs.

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SHOPPING: PPCW.Net i-Mate Phone Edition 2003 in stock now - [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Finally I got the PPCW.Net i-Mate Phone Edition (same as the O2 xda II but SIM free and unlocked and without any additional O2 software but the pure Microsoft Phone Edition only) in stock today and it's available from PPCW.Net Shop.
Please note that stocking is pretty limited and it might be sold out soon.

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Tuesday, 11.11.03
REACHABILITY: Serious E-Mail problems
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:31 CET under 06 - Site News

As I've earlier wrote, the server migration was finalized successful. However, I have some serious problems to get E-Mails you might wrote from the site (like contact forms).

So if I don't answer, it's not because I'm uninterested but because your E-Mail might never reached me. :-( Instead of using the contact forms please use the following E-Mail addresses:

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FIRST HAND: Updated Bluetooth experiences with the HTC Voyager
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:43 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Last Friday I've reported about my first Bluetooth experiences with the HTC Voyager and two facts I've highlighted: that I wasn't able to bond the Smartphone with my Bluetooth headset and that I wasn't able to connect to GPRS via Bluetooth from my Pocket PC.
As I said the 2003 ROM I have on my Voyager is still not the final one and therefore it might not working proper with all planned functionalities, therefore I'm still not able to dial into GPRS but mea culpa - I was wrong with the headset!

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DNS: PPCW.Net reachable through www.ppcw.net again and only
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:04 CET under 06 - Site News

Since today, the server move/upgrade I've started one month ago is done successful and also the domain name matches the server again! :-)
So from today, PPCW.Net is available via www.ppcw.net again and only - the IP address is disconnected from the web server soon so make sure to update all your bookmarks and favorites back to the original domain, just in case you've changed it to the IP or you are a new frequent visitor of PPCW.Net.

Here are the most important URLs for you to know:

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UTILITY: Audiovox RTM-8000 GPRS Wizard for Pocket PC 2003
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:25 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Around a year or so I wrote about the Audiovox GPRS Wizard for Pocket PCs which enabled you to use your Audiovox RTM-8000 GSM/GPRS with your Pocket PCs in a convenient way.

If you have already upgraded your Pocket PC 2002 OS to Pocket PC 2003 or bought a new Windows Mobile 2003 Pocket PC such as the HP iPAQ H2200, don't forget to download the latest GPRS Wizard too - which is available for 2003 devices now!

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ABROAD: Preparing for Toronto
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:04 CET under 09 - Thoughts

I'm currently preparing for a business trip to Toronto, Canada (more about that later) and it's fascinating how the behavior to prepare for trips has changed over the past years.

Since 01. February 1993 I own GSM phones and well, since these days I'm always checking about International Roaming and coverage. Before I owned a cellphone I've checked for some pocket money and my passport only. However - now, in the 21st century, almost the whole world is covered by GSM but I'm continue to check details about the country I'm visiting and it becomes more and more to make sure about. 8O

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REMINDER: Just for today - Textmaker for EUR11.11 or $11.11
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 04:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Softmaker is offering Textmaker for only EUR 11.11 or $11.11 each. Good only for the whole day today November 11.

Exactly on November 11 at 11:11 am German time, Carnival Time starts in SoftMaker's hometown of Nürnberg – world-famous in Germany.

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Monday, 10.11.03
KEYBOARD: HP releases Windows Mobile 2003 compatible drivers for the iPAQ
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 15:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Do you still own an iPAQ foldable keyboard and would want ot use it for your new Windows Mobile 2003 iPAQ? Good news is that HP has the keybaord updates and will work for iPAQs h2200 series and up.

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BLUETOOTH: HP releases BT updates for iPAQ h2210, h5550 and h5450 on WM2003
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 15:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

HP has just released several updates for their Pocket PCs with built-in Bluetooth. The first update is for th HP iPAQ h2210/2215 devices while the seond update is for the iPAQ h5450 running the Windows Mobile 2003 Sftware for Pocket PC. The third update which which was released previous to these targets the iPAQ h5550 and fixes several issues in the Bluetooth, WLAN, and Fingerprint Scanner Software.

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RELEASE: Samsung i600 Windows Mobile Smartphone from Verizon announced
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

BEDMINSTER, N.J., DALLAS, REDMOND, Wash., - For mobile professionals seeking a better all-in-one wireless phone with a familiar PC experience, Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's best, most reliable wireless network, today announced the exclusive availability of the Samsung SCH-i600 Smartphone. The i600 is the first Microsoft Windows Mobile-based Smartphone from Samsung.

The i600 is an integrated device with a sleek, clamshell design that combines Verizon Wireless' NationalAccess service with Microsoft's comprehensive Windows Mobile software which includes Pocket Outlook, Pocket Internet Explorer, MSN Messenger, Microsoft Windows Media PlayerT and ActiveSync.  It also features an SDI/O Expansion Slot for memory expansion, added hardware accessories and additional applications that can be loaded on the device.

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DNS: PPCW.Net domain move to the new server
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:41 CET under 06 - Site News

If you see this message you might came here through the IP address of the server (http://217.160.215.102); if you got an error message it's because today the DNS change of the domain from the old server to the new one started. I hope my provider can switch it ASAP but I'm expecting some problems during the next days anyway... :-(

Please stay tuned - in the past everything worked fine after at least 2 - 3 days.

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BEING MOBILE: Hello from sunny Boracay! Part 2
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 09:52 CET under 09 - Thoughts

I'm spending the last few hours of my Boracay trip with the Eten P300. As you know the P300 comes with a built-in camera, while positioned oddly on the front face of the device, the built-in camera should work well for video conferencing.

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Friday, 07.11.03
BEING MOBILE: Hello from sunny Boracay!
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 14:29 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Here I am once again finding myself away from the city. This time I'm in Boracay Island, Aklan, here in the Philippines. So what's so great about this trip? I can enjoy the white sand and the warm sun. But the best part of it is I can easily share this experience with you while I'm right here in sunny Boracay! Yes. That's what being mobile is all about.

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FIRST HAND: Bluetooth experiences with the HTC Voyager aka Orange SPV E200
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:20 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Half of the week I was testing the HTC Voyager now and here is my first experience I've collected with the Bluetooth capabilities.

Most important for me were the tests how it collaborates with my Bluetooth enabled Pocket PC (HP iPAQ H5400 with Windows Mobile 2003), with my Notebook using a Anycom Bluetooth PC card and my Jabra Bluetooth headset.

It's important to know that the current ROM on the PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone2 isn't the final i-Mate ROM but a HTC/Microsoft development edition. So everything I'm writing about here might change/improves for the final shipping ROM! changed/improved for the final shipping ROM!

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Thursday, 06.11.03
STANDARD: Borland's try to simplify code signing for mobile devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:07 CET under 01 - General News

UK based online magazine "The Register" has an interesting article about application code signing for mobile devices and a round table, initiated by Borland:

Telcos and ISVs are formulating a set of industry-wide standards for mobile applications.
The certification of mobile applications could be enforced by different authorities during the next 12 months, according to Borland at a roundtable discussion at its BorCon developers' conference on Tuesday, 4 November.

These discussions are in response to an explosion in the pace of application development for mobile platforms that is expected to grow in time.

While certification and standards do exist - for Brew and Java 2 Micro Edition with the Mobile Device Information Profile (MIDP) - these do not cover all software or all hardware.

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Wednesday, 05.11.03
VOICE COMMAND: Microsoft allows you to control your Pocket PC by voice
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 20:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Microsoft unveiles its first voice-controlled software for Windows Mobile™-based Pocket PC and Pocket PC Phone Edition. Microsoft® Voice Command allows consumers to experience effortless, speaker-independent, hands-free voice interaction with their phone, contacts, calendar and digital music while on the go.

Voice Command uses Microsoft's next-generation phonetic speech-recognition technology, the result of 10 years of research, to make speech interaction simple, intuitive and practical. While most voice-controlled software applications today require people to deliver unnatural and prerecorded verbal commands, Voice Command allows them to use natural language to go directly to what's most important in a matter of seconds. The following key features are provided in Voice Command:

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SHOPPING: PPCW.Net Online Shop launched today
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:27 CET under 06 - Site News

Dear valuable PPCW.Net visitor! I'm proud to introduce PPCW.Net's latest project - the PPCW.Net Online Shop! :-D

Maybe you've noticed my absence during the past days which was because of heavy coding the shop (it's hosted on PPCW.Net), leagal checks but also because currently it's pretty silent in the Pocket PC, Smartphone and wireless world. So it was the right time to work on the shop.

There is still no intention to become an online shop at all; even if it helps to maintain the site; but mostly we believe into the Microsoft Windows Mobile platform! Since the availability of Microsoft Smartphones and Pocket PC Phone Editions around the world is still limited, we want to provide you with our reviews first hand experiences and with our hardware offer the chance to get your long awaiting Windows Mobile device.
With our first Smartphone sales promotion back in spring 2003, where we was one of the first independent shops world wide (if not the first) who introduced a Smartphone 2002, we had such a huge success and generated so much interest for the Windows Mobile platform that many loyal PPCW.Net readers and customers asked us if we will continue to sell the latest and greatest Windows Mobile hardware. Because of your feedback and requests we decided to continue to make the "impossible" possible - delivering the best available Pocket PC Phone Edition 2003 and Smartphone 2003 to the PPCW.Net community!

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REVIEW: SanDisk SD Wi-Fi Card
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:17 CET under 08 - Reviews

Wif-Fi aka Wireless LAN is in everybody's mouth now and and while we have seen in the past a lot of W-LAN adapters for Pocket PCs in PC- and CF card size, the Pocket PC development moved forward to leave the larger CF card slot out of the devices an includes SD card slots only. Basically that's fine since prices for SD memories already dropped. However, a little bit difference is the availability of I/O (Input/Output) cards in SD size. While there are a lot of CF sized I/O cards available like bar code readers, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth cards, USB hosts, etc. the most important card wasn't so far available in SD size - a Wi-Fi card.

However, SanDisk recently released its SD Wi-Fi Card and thanks to them, I was able to use and review it for PPCW.Net.

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FORUM: Had to restore the Forum with a 5 days old backup
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:32 CET under 06 - Site News

For any reason, last night one table of the Forum database crashed (the topics table) and I had to restore the Forum with a previous backup. Unfortunately that backup is 5 days old so we lost the past 5 days... :cry:

While I first thought I just could restore the crashed topics table I realized after that i doesn't work because the matching between topics and postings wasn't accurate anymore. :roll:

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SHOPPING: Preorder your Motorola MPx200 Smartphone from Motorola Germany
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Motorola's German Online Shop has started to accept preorders for the Motorola MPx200 (see the PPCW.Net review here).
For 100 Euro upfront payment you can already preorder it from Motorola and get it as one of the first in Germany.
If you just want to stay updated about the availability, Motorola also added an E-Mail notification if you don't want to buy it today about the availability.

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Tuesday, 04.11.03
COMPATIBILITY: Which accessories and software continues to work with the Voyager
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As you can read in my previous article, currently I'm playing with the HTC Voyager which will becomes available as PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone2 soon (also known as Orange SPV E200) and while I'm continue to play with it most important for me is to test which previous i-Mate Smartphone (aka Orange SPV E100/Smart Amazing Phone) accessories will continue to work with the latest HTC Smartphone and here is a list what I can confirm so far:

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NOTE ALARMS: BugMe! from Electric Pocket updated
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 19:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Electric Pocket Limited just released an enhanced version of BugMe! for Pocket PC users. BugMe! Pocket PC version 3.0 supports Windows Mobile 2003 and features a refined user interface and tight integration with the Pocket PC Today screen.

BugMe! for Pocket PC allows users to jot freehand notes, sketches and diagrams directly on the screens and even record brief voice recordings that will automatically replay at a time set by the user. Notes can also be in the form of typed text that can be revised by tapping on a special icon and using the Pocket PC's SIP for entering text

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EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: The PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone2 aka HTC Voyager
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:39 CET under 08 - Reviews

You already get it from the title-line what this article is about... ;-) Today the parcel service rang my bell and I got a "small" package which includes...? Right the PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone2 better known as "HTC Voyager" or Orange SPV E200. :p
Please excuse me that I won't give you a full featured review now - to excited to have the new Smartphone 2003 in my hands and lots of play with - but find here some impressions and pictures I already want to share with you!

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DEVELOPMENT: Compal Communications to mass produce second Smartphone in 2004
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, DigiTimes reports about Compal Comunications which is currently working on their second Microsoft Smartphone:

Compal Communications expects its second Smartphone to enter mass production in the third quarter of next year, said company president Henry Lee in a presentation to reporters from Asia Computer Weekly, DigiTimes and The Wall Street Journal yesterday.

The handset, code-named the AR22, will feature Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 OS and a Texas Instruments (TI) OMAP 730 processor. The clamshell handset will also come equipped with a built-in digital camera.

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Monday, 03.11.03
LAUNCH: Orange Denmark to introduce the HTC Himalaya aka O2 xda II
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to Orange Denmark's website, the Scandinavian carrier will introduce the HTC Himalaya as "Orange SPV 2020".
While my Danish is a little bit rusty ;-) and also my Google translation doesn't works it seems as you can already preorder it for 4.999 kr (around 673 Euro) including a contract.

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RELEASE: HTC Voyager (aka Orange SPV E200) to enter the Italian and Spanish market
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

On another article on DigiTimes it is reported that HTC is ready to deliver its Voyager Smartphone 2003 (better known as Orange SPV E200) to TIM Italy and Telefonica Spain:

Taiwan-based High Tech Computer (HTC) has begun delivering its latest model of smartphone, SPV E200, to wireless carriers TIM of Italy and Telefonica of Spain, company officials said at an investors conference on October 30.

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BUSINESS: HTC acquires IA Style
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:27 CET under 01 - General News

According to DigiTimes Taiwan, HTC (well known ODM and the maker of Compap's iPAQs, O2's xda and several Smartphones like the Orange SPV series) acquires IA Style (well known software developer for Pocket PCs and Smartphones):

Under the merger plan, every 5.42 shares of IA Style would be converted to one HTC share. After the merger, HTC will be the surviving company.
HTC will issue 1,567,347 new shares next year to acquire 100% ownership in IA Style. The deal is to be completed on April 1, HTC said. The new shares will account for 0.77% of HTC's total outstanding shares.

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Saturday, 01.11.03
BETAS: Burr Oak Software released HotButton Plus and pTravelAlarm for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Burr Oak Software, well known for their Phone Today and other great Pocket PC applications recently released their first programs (currently as Betas) for Microsoft's Smartphone 2002 devices: HotButton Plus (so far available for Pocket PCs only) and pTravelAlarm (also available for Pocket PCs):

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