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Saturday, 31.01.04
BETA: All-locations is working on ALL-backup for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

All-locations is looking for BETA-testers for their latest product: ALL-backup. If you own a Windows Powered Smartphone and would like to participate as a BETA-tester you can register for the Beta now.

ALL-backup will backup the following Smartphone settings:

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SHOPPING: Limited amount of i-Mate Phone Edition available during next week
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As I've announced a couple of days ago the PPCW.Net i-Mate Phone Edition is currently sold out. However - as I also said - I was awaiting some money transfer payments and it seems that a couple of guys ordered the device but never confirmed a successful payment or paid. Therefore I will be able to give away these devices and upload them to the PPCW.Net Shop stock!

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REVIEW: Globalsat BT308 Bluetooth GPS
Posted by PPCW.Net Editori - at 17:01 CET under 08 - Reviews

Contributed by Helio Diamant, Editor-in-Chief Pocket PC Freak

For the last months I have been dealing with my curiosity on the following issue: why did HP choose the device from Globalsat to sell as an OEM under the name IPAQ GPS?

Knowing HP for some time, already, I was quite sure that whatever led them to Globalsat was more than a simple price issue. So what would be the special characteristics that brought them to be HP's choice?

In order to check that out, I've contacted Globalsat and very kindly and quickly they've sent me a review unit for checking.

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UPGRADE: Siemens released free WM 2003 upgrade for its SX56 Pocket PC Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Siemens seems to be the first company which released a Windows Mobile 2003 upgrade for a its Pocket PC 2002 Phone Edition and best of all - it's available for free!
While we still wait for the WM 2003 upgrade for the T-Mobile Phone Edition (US and Europe) from today the Siemens upgrade is available from its website:

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Friday, 30.01.04
REVIEW: ETEN P700 Bluetooth Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 21:25 CET under 08 - Reviews

I recently had the opportunity to test the ETEN P700 BT and what great timing it was since I was on my way to a four day photography assignment in Cebu to cover the Sinulog Festival. This meant that I would be able to get to maximize the P700's communication capabilities on the field. I'm sure a lot of people have been waiting for this review.

First thing's first. When I received the unit I obviously got it up and running, charged the battery, photographed it, and then put it to the basic tests first. It seemed to be stable and quick...

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UTILITY: Cerience released RepliGo 2.0 for Palm OS 5 and Windows
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:30 CET under 01 - General News

Cerience Corporation announced the immediate availability of RepliGo 2.0 (see the review of RepliGo 1.2 for Smartphone here), the next-generation of its award winning content publishing solution for mobile devices. RepliGo translates virtually any desktop document or printable information into precise, highly optimized content for usage on PDAs and Smartphones and was already selected as PPCW.Net Editors Choice.

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Thursday, 29.01.04
PHONE EDITION: Orange UK gets their own Himalaya
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 15:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Our friends at MoDaCo were quick to see this. Orange UK now has their own Himalaya Pocket PC Phone Edition. Dubbed the SPV M1000, the O2 branded Himalaya is similar to the O2 XDA II and PPCW.Net i-Mate Phone Edition and since November 03 already available from Orange Denmark as as "Orange SPV 2020".

It is nice to see that more and more carriers are now carrying the Himalaya based Pocket PC Phone Edition. The SPV M1000 may slightly differ with the Orange specific applications and Java applications which apparently have been preloaded into it. Orange states that some of their services which they are offering with the SPV M1000 may not work outside of the UK.

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RIP-OFF: Pocketop charges for the Drivers for its Wireless Keyboard
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:49 CET under 01 - General News

I've seen this news on several sites before but now I found the official news about it on Pocketop's site. It's an open letter to Pocketop's customers:

To our valued customers

We apologize for any delays in processing your requests for drivers.

Because of the very rapid pace of development in the hand-held market, including portable keyboards, we have been obliged to change our policy on issuing drivers.

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Tuesday, 27.01.04
UTILITY: KelBran Sync Manager 3.0 for Smartphone released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, KelBran finaly released its Sync Manager for the Microsoft Smartphone which is also available for Pocket PCs since last year:

With Sync Manager you can use more than 2 ActiveSync partnerships. Simply establish a partnership with any computer, start Sync Manager at least once and this partnership will always be retained. Even if asked to delete a partnership to make room for another, Sync Manager allows you to still sync to the deleted computer. Just start Sync Manager before you sync to a computer.

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CRADLE: Carcomm International released Mobile Cradle for HTC Himalaya
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Carcomm International recently released a car cradle which is designed for the HTC Himalaya platform (known as xda II, PPCW.Net i-Mate Phone Edition and others) with original bottom connector and steady fitting for your Phone Edition.

Specially designed for mobile use it's charging through the 12 Volt cigarette lighter and also includes a RS-232 and a PS/2 connector for connecting the device with other external accessories, for example a GPS Receiver.

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UTILITY: Auto Switching Bluetooth Beta for HTC Voyager
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The Voyager Bluetooth functionalities seems to receive developer's focus now.
On MoDaCo, "MrMagoo" posted about a tool he developed which basically switches Bluetooth on as soon as you receive a call and switches it off right after you end the call. This should/might helps to save battery if you don't have Bluetooth running all the time:

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PREVIEW: Binarys Smart Explore 2.0b1 with Bluetooth support for Smartphone 2003
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:29 CET under 08 - Reviews

Today Binarys released the first public Beta of its long awaited Smart Explorer 2.0 which is supposed to support Bluetooth with the HTC Voyager Smartphone 2003 (aka Orange SPV E200) as well as it includes several other improvements and enhancements.
However, the Bluetooth send feature might be one (if not the) of the most important features because the device itself isn't able to send files to other devices, such as Pocket PCs or Notebooks.

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Monday, 26.01.04
THOUGHT: SMS Spam rips-off the User
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:08 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Woohoo, on weekend I received a mysterious SMS message which is a serious rip-off. The (German) text was as following:

Hi, where are you right now?? We wanted to meet... Awaiting your SMS. Best regards A.
Max 2.00 Euro per SMS (Vodafone charge 0.12 Euro)

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Sunday, 25.01.04
UPDATE: Pocket PC Bluetooth Tools for HTC Himalaya
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In December I've reported about "Pocket PC Bluetooth Tools" for the HTC Himalaya platform and since the first version, it made some serious progress I want to follow-up now.

Pocket Bluetooth Tools adds the missing Bluetooth functions to the HTC Himalaya Phone Edition which was pretty weak with the first ROM but updated with the later released ROM update. However, this Bluetooth implementation is far away from a perfect solution and therefore Pocket PC Bluetooth Tools still has its right to exist:

The current available version from 11.1.2004 includes:

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Saturday, 24.01.04
AVAILABLE: Xetra xBar 2.0 for Smartphone released commercially
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Yesterday I've previewed Xetra's xBar 2.0, today he released it commercially.
It's available from now from Handango for around 6,00 Euro:

Microsoft Smartphone 2002 and 2003 are multitask OS but Windows don't provide any tools to exploit it. xBar is the solution!

After install it, long press on action button to display xBar. xBar enables you to exploit best Windows features from your Smartphone such as easy task switching and clipboard management.

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Friday, 23.01.04
PREVIEW: Xetra xBar 2.0 Beta for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:24 CET under 08 - Reviews

Xetra, the developer of xBar was kind enough to send me a Beta version of his xBar 2.0 Beta (RC). And I have to admit that I already fell in love to xBar since the first 1.0 Beta; which is another reason why it also received the PPCW.Net Editors Choice.

What is xBar in general? It's a graphic oriented application manager (I wouldn't call it task manager only) for Smartphones which lets you switch between tasks and close running tasks/applications as well as it provides you information about the memory used as well as about your battery status and the current temperature.

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SHOPPING: The PPCW.Net i-Mate Phone Edition is temporary sold out
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:21 CET under 06 - Site News

What an amazing month. Within 20 days the complete stock of the PPCW.Net i-Mate Phone Edition went out of stock again and your interest into the device was huge! 8O
I received tons of E-Mail enquiries and I hope I was able to answer all the questions. But if I see this interest from you guys, it makes me confident that Microsoft and their partners are on the right way with the Windows Mobile Phone Edition 2003 because I never thought about such an interest into the device when I ordered it the first time.

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Thursday, 22.01.04
BUG: Also Sony Ericsson's P900 has some serious Bluetooth problems
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:07 CET under 01 - General News

infoSync World is reporting today about a thread on "My Symbian's Forum" where Bluetooth problems with Sony Ericsson's latest smart phone are discussed:

A body of users on the My-Symbian fora have discovered a widespread problem affecting the latest Symbian UIQ handheld from Sony Ericsson, the P900. The issue concerns the implementation of the Bluetooth wireless technology, which is ironically usually the strongpoint of many Sony Ericsson phones.

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Wednesday, 21.01.04
HAPPY NEW YEAR: Gong Xi Fa Cai - Kung Hei Fat Choi
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:00 CET under 06 - Site News

I wish all my Chinese speaking readers a Happy New Year or better in Mandarin "Gong Xi Fa Cai" or Cantonese "Kung Hei Fat Choi"!

You might wonder why I remember Chinese New Year as a "Gwailo"!? Pretty simple - because I lived and worked some years ago in Hong Kong, when I was there for a trainee program

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SOFTWARE: Euro coins pocket collector v1.3 released for Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Albegor, an Italian independent software developer, is proud to announce version 1.3 of Euro coins pocket collector for the Pocket PC platform, an original software for both beginner and expert Euro coins collectors on the go, much appraised for its quality graphics and educational value.

The third revision of Ecpc includes the complete Portuguese translation and boasts some new useful features and enhancements suggested by users about both usability and graphics issues, making the experience of Euro coins collectors on the go even more pleasant and funny.

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Tuesday, 20.01.04
FORUM: RSS News Feed for PPCW.Net Forum enabled
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:20 CET under 06 - Site News

Okay you PPCW.Net Forum junkies, here it is: if you can't get enough from the PPCW.Net Forum this is your news feed. As announced yesterday, the latest Forum version - I've updated the Forum to yesterday - also includes this RSS feature and I heavily tested it today and it works fine.

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THOUGHT: Have you ever lost a Bluetooth enabled accessory?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:23 CET under 09 - Thoughts

There is an interesting thread in the PPCW.Net Forum, about loosing Bluetooth enabled accessories like headsets, GPS receiver or even the Bluetooth enabled phone itself:

"Errr Here is an awkward question...
I dunno how to say but, eerrrr, ummh,

i happen to lose phones :-) i used to have a p800 which i had forgotten on breakfast table at a hotel. (which i remembered after lunch :)))

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BETAS: SyncData released two Smartphone Betas
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

SyncData, the developer of SmartphoneNones, recently released two new Betas, while the SmartphoneNotes 1.2 Beta is a Smartphone 2003 compatible version "only" and SmartphoneFind is a new project to look for items (tasks, contacts, appointments, files...) containing a specified search string.

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PROTECTION: Covertec released its new leather case for HTC Himalaya
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:53 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Covertec today announced its latest leather case for the HTC Himalaya (aka O2 xda II, T-Mobile MDA 2, PPCW.Net i-Mate Phone Edition).

This high quality leather case is especially designed for the Himalaya and includes natural beige overstitching, magnetic loop closure. 2 credit/business cards slots, 2 SD/MMC card slots, direct access for synchronization cables, removable belt clip.

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DEVELOPMENT: Opera to solve site rendering problem for medium-sized screens
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:28 CET under 01 - General News

Oslo, Norway - Jan. 20, 2003 - After having revolutionized how people interact with their data-enabled phones with the introduction of Small-Screen Rendering (SSR) technology in 2002, Opera Software today unveiled Medium-Screen Rendering (MSR). While SSR does a great job in generating a user-friendly version of Web pages for today's smartphone-sized screens, it is not a perfect solution for larger screens. Until now, devices ranging from PDAs used in "landscape mode" to low-resolution TV screens have not had a satisfactory way of rendering Web pages. MSR addresses all these mid- to top-tier devices, delicately squeezing content to fit the screen, without having to resort to horizontal scrolling or zooming. Opera's breakthrough has been met with enthusiasm from the industry, and MSR has already been delivered to several vendors. Products that include MSR will be announced in the near future.

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FUN: SmartInsert for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Do you remember the "Smiles SIP for Pocket PC" I've reported about here some weeks ago? Now another similar application is available - but this time for the Smartphone:

Insert in with a click the smiley into your Messenger applications (MSN, Agile Messenger...) or into your SMS/MMS and E-Mail!

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Monday, 19.01.04
FORUM: Updated the Forum software with the latest version
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:55 CET under 06 - Site News

Because the PPCW.Net Forum and its community is heavily growing (if you haven't joined so far - you definitely do) if decided to update the Forum software to the latest version to fulfill your needs in a better, faster and smoother way. So here it's here, all 13982 lines of the Forum software got upgraded. Most of the changes have been made "under the hood", but quite a few new features have been added as well. Some of the more important changes and additions are:

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FORUM: "DubWireless" joins PPCW.Net as Forum Manager
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:08 CET under 06 - Site News

As you might remember, a couple of weeks ago I've asked you if anyone wants to join the PPCW.Net team as editor or moderator and one of the replies came from Brian aka "DubWireless" from Dublin, Ireland.
While I'm still in the process for the editors, I'm happy to announce that Brian  joined the PPCW.Net team to support me with the Forum.

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Saturday, 17.01.04
THOUGHT: No GPS solution for the Microsoft Smartphone? Why?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:08 CET under 09 - Thoughts

This is something for the weekend and for the developers. I just had a chat with Guillaume from GpsPasSion and we wondered, why we still don't have any basic GPS applications for the Smartphone? I mean, we are not talking about the hancy fancy mapping and navigation software like TomTom or Destinator but something simple which gives you at least your position, your current speed and a kind of compass. Something basic like "JGUI's Where Am I" for Pocket PCs:

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Friday, 16.01.04
CUSTOMIZATION: SmarTweak2 for Smartphone released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

SMARTGV, a developer of several Smartphone applications, recently released SmarTweak2 for Smartphone.

SmartTweak2, which runs on your PC, provides an easy interface to personalize your Smartphone as much as possible and includes editing the  Boot/Shutdown as well as much more:

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STANDARD: W3C issues Mobile Device spec
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:32 CET under 01 - General News is reporting about an initiative of the W3C to introduce web standards for mobiles devices:

"The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) today recommended a standard to help handheld computers and smartphones communicate with Web servers about displaying content. The schema, the Composite Capability/Preference Profiles (CC/PP): Structure and Vocabularies 1.0 (CC/PP 1.0, is a system for expressing device features and user preferences using the Resource Description Framework (RDF), a spec that makes Web applications work with Web servers.

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BUSINESS: IA Style retires from retail business because of HTC merger
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:07 CET under 01 - General News

How IA Style now announced, it will retire from the retail business and will not sell any software products any longer to end-users. This retirement is a result of IA Styles merge with HTC late last year.

"IA Style, a creator of applications for mobile and wireless devices, has been acquired by High Tech Computer Corporation, one of the world's most respected Windows CE device manufacturers. As part of the merger, the IA Style team will continue to develop software for bundling with HTC products. IA Style will stop selling through retail channels on January 30, 2004. IA Style will continue to provide support on the user forums and responding to the E-Mail questions, until the end of April of 2004.

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UPDATE: Developer One Power Tasks for Smartphone released in Version 1.6
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

This new update to Developer One's Power Tasks makes it an even more powerful tool for management of your Outlook tasks on your Windows Mobile Smartphone!

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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Thursday, 15.01.04
DEVICES: HTC to produce two different shaped Voyager Smartphone 2003
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:05 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

A couple of days back, several sites (like reported about a mysterious "new" Smartphone from HTC which was called Qtek 8060 and which is announced on French Dangaard's website to be available during January.

If you read the specifications it might reminds you pretty much on the specs of the HTC Voyager (available from PPCW.Net as PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone2) and well, don't makes me wonder anymore because both devices are HTC Voyagers! 8O

Today I had to check some stuff on the FCC site and also browsed the Voyager documentation there and see what I've found:

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TRACKING: ACME Auctions for Smartphone released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:46 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

This is definitely something eBay power sellers and buyers awaited - an eBay client for your mobile device - here the Microsoft Smartphone!

Download auction information onto your Windows Smartphone and track your eBay finances from anywhere! Using your phones GPRS connection, ACME Auctions downloads auctions you are buying and selling and displays them in an efficient and easy to read manner. Avoid having to scroll around Internet Explorer and having to wait endlessly for your data to load!

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Wednesday, 14.01.04
SERVICE: Public HotSpot Gas Stations from Agip Germany
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:37 CET under 01 - General News

Well, I'm not sure if every Wi-Fi HotSpot seriously makes sense... :?: Today, Agip Germany (an Italian owned gas station) and Airnyx announced their cooperation to equip every of Agip's 400 gas station with Wi-Fi access from Airnyx.
I buy a lot of stuff from gas station - not only gasoline but also the typical frozen pizza, etc but never have the time to stay on a gas station to use Wi-Fi there? Beside this - gas stations aren't the most comfy places to surf the web or to download E-Mails, especially not because I have a Smartphone in the car cradle which can also download E-Mails. while I'm refuel. So I don't see the value here at all?

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INPUT METHOD:Resco releases latest International Keyboard for Pocket PC
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 15:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Resco recently released their latest SIP Keyboard called Resco Keyboard PRO. Now on version 4.0, and supporting multiple languages, it is definitely a very powerful input method.

This may as well be the best solution to users of Pocket PCs and Pocket PC Phone Edition who want to use localized keyboard layouts in their devices.

It gives you the ability to write texts and control your applications faster than ever before. In addition to the system keyboard, there are three numeric layouts, including a "Writing Calculator" for typing numbers or numerical expressions. In addition, there is a special keyboard that allows you to customize your Pocket PC for fast insertion of frequently used phrases. The keyboard is fully skin able and supports more than 20 national keyboard layouts.

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EDITORS CHOICE: What the Editorial like and use - Q4-2003
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:47 CET under 09 - Thoughts

PPCW.Net Editors Choice is just a subjective view of the PPCW.Net editors but the hard- and software is used by the editors and therefore it might helps you to find cool products for your Windows Powered Devices also to increase your personal productivity.

Editors Choice is published quarterly and includes the top products in the following categories:

  • Hardware
  • Accessories
  • Pocket PC (Phone Edition) Software
  • Smartphone Software
  • Overall Product of the Quarter
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Monday, 12.01.04
UTILITY: PHM Pocket PC PowerToys 0.14 released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

My fellow MVP Philippe Majerus today released his latest PocketToys for Pocket PC in version 0.14.
This new build includes some new features in existing utilities (especially the ability to clean a database without deleting it, especially useful to empty Pocket Outlook storages) but also a a new tool called Admin.

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Friday, 09.01.04
MOBILITY: Microsoft announced it's Portable Media Center product line
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:15 CET under 01 - General News

Do you remember Microsoft Media2Go I was reporting about last Spring when I've attended möbius Europe 2003.

Now it's called Portable Media Center and was announced on CES this week:

Portable Media Centers put all of your favorite video, music, and pictures at your fingertips wherever you are. Take digital entertainment from your PC with you on the go, including recorded TV shows, downloaded videos, home movies, music, and photos. With Windows Mobile software featuring an easy-to-use, familiar Windows Media Center Edition interface, Portable Media Centers let you enjoy immediate access to all of your favorite entertainment - anytime, anywhere. Portable Media Centers will be available in the second half of 2004.

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CONFERENCE: Microsoft Mobile DevCon - Register now to receive Early Bird pricing
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:32 CET under 01 - General News

Attend the Microsoft Mobile DevCon - the premier developer event for building and bringing to market mobile applications, content and services for the Windows Mobile and Windows platforms.

Developers, independent software vendors, mobile operators, and IT and business professionals:

  • Hear from Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates about Microsoft's new mobile technologies and long-term development strategies for mobile applications and devices.
  • Be the first to learn about the latest tools and strategies needed to build innovative mobile applications using Microsoft and wireless technologies, including Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs and Smartphones, .NET Compact Framework, SQL Server CE, ASP.NET and MapPoint Location Server.
  • Discover new tools for deploying, distributing and marketing your mobile applications through Microsoft Mobile2Market, a program connecting independent software vendors to software distributors and wireless operators.
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MOBILE FAXING: KSE releases XDA II compatible Truefax
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 16:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

KSE Software recently released their latest version of their popular faxing software called Truefax. Now on version 2.05, KSE Truefax now allows you to send and receive faxes from your XDA II and MDA II Pocket PC Phone Edition devices running on Windows Mobile 2003.

KSE Truefax is a simple way of sending and receiving faxes using standard fax tiff files which can easily be transferred to the desktop PC for easy printing. KSE Software also announced that they will soon be releasing another update to their faxing software. The next release will be on version 3 and will include printing capabilities which will allow IR printing to an IR equipped printer.

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MULTILINGUAL: Microsoft Smartphone 2003 now with 10 T9 languages
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I often read in the newsgroups, forums and by E-Mail the question from international users if there is a way to get this or that T9 language file for a Smartphone because until today the support of international languages is pretty limited.

If you are not a Smartphone user so far the problem with Smartphone 2002 is that it contains 4 languages only (sometimes maybe 5) and this user interface languages are linked to the T9 input languages. In fact it means if your UI is English, also your T9 input method is English. Anyway - this was tweaked some time ago but nevertheless - as good this tweak worked, as long as your device already contains your favorite language, there is still no way to add a different language-set for T9 if you are using another language then the pre-installed ones.
Also it wasn't possible to change the language within creating a SMS message which was inconvenient at all and not state of the art for today's mobile phones!

However, it becomes better now! :-) With the latest official ROM I received today for the i-Mate Smartphone2, Smartphones now supports much more languages and you can change between the languages even while you are in the text mode! :-)

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FORUM: The PPCW.Net Forum is strongly growing
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:07 CET under 06 - Site News

Please welcome our 1000th PPCW.Net Forum member "akjaveri", who signed in yesterday night! :-) Also a warm welcome from me!
Since the relaunch of the PPCW.Net Forum in summer last year it's growing strong and might become one of the best wireless forums, especially for the i-Mate Phone Edition, xda II, MDA 2 (not to mention another great UK based xda Forum here ;-))

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SHOPPING: PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone2 Developer Edition on sale now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today I received the final ROM for the PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone2 (also known as Orange SPV E200 or Qtek 8080) which is above all a great mobile phone based on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 2003 Smartphone operating system and HTC's Voyager hardware design. The built-in camera can snap photos and record videos. Also the PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone2 will be the first Microsoft Smartphone which features Bluetooth. In addition you can expect to find all the basic and advanced phone functions on this Smartphone, but what makes it the smartest phone available on the market today is the Windows Powered software that lets you E-Mail, Instant Message, surf the Web, listen to music, play games, and much, much more.

Unlike many other Microsoft Smartphones, the PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone2 supports several T9 input languages like: Danish, German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese and Swedish which makes it a great companion for European users as well!

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Thursday, 08.01.04
PROMOTION: Get your PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone or Phone Edition shipping free
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:38 CET under 06 - Site News

From today until Saturday 10. January, every PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone and Pocket PC Phone Edition order (with a maximum of one device per order) will includes Deutsche Post shipping charges which means you can buy your dream device without any additional shipping costs from the PPCW.Net Shop!

Beside getting the best Pocket PC Phone Edition and Smartphone, this is another good reason to buy your new dream device today! :-)

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Wednesday, 07.01.04
COMMUNICATION: Microsoft Portrait released in Version 2.2
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:45 CET under 01 - General News

While I was in holidays, Microsoft Research Asia, namely Jiang Li, released Microsoft Portrait 2.2 - a research prototype for mobile video communication. Both PC and PPC versions are compatible with the latest version of .NET Messenger Service. The PC version supports Microsoft Live Communications Server 2003 and other SIP servers. The Pocket PC version supports full-duplex voice on Pocket PC 2003 and Smartphone 2003.

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WIRELESS: Socket to release Bluetooth enabled 56K modem for PDAs and Notebooks
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:06 CET under 01 - General News

Do you remember my Acer Modem 56 Surf Bluetooth review? Now also Socket joins the Bluetooth modem party with the first battery-powered modem for PDAs and Notebooks:

Socket Communications, Inc. today announced the first battery-powered cordless 56K modem for PDAs. The Socket Cordless 56K Modem with Bluetooth Wireless Technology allows users the freedom and mobility to access the Internet or E-Mail through a telephone from any Bluetooth enabled device that supports a Dial-Up Networking (DUN) profile, such as Pocket PCs, Windows Notebooks and Palm devices - without having to be tethered to an analog phone line and electrical outlet.

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INPUT: Stowaway Bluetooth keyboard expected for Q2-2004
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:42 CET under 01 - General News

With the Stowaway Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard, Think Outside today introduced a new Bluetooth-enabled keyboard for use with compatible PDAs and Smartphones. The full-sized, portable folding keyboard is based on a reference design capable of being modified to meet an OEM's specifications with an aim to bring Bluetooth keyboard products to market in early Q2 2004.

The Stowaway Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard is based on the Bluetooth Spec 1.1, HID 1.0a (Human Interface Device) and is the first portable keyboard specifically designed for Bluetooth-enabled Smartphones and PDAs. According to Think Outside, the Stowaway Bluetooth keyboard can work with virtually any Bluetooth enabled Smartphone or PDA as long as it has the Bluetooth HID profile implemented.

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PPCW.NET: Back on duty after Season Holidays
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:50 CET under 06 - Site News

Wow, how time goes bye... ;-) I left my home to spend Christmas and new year on December 23rd and came back last Monday January 5th. However, because we had public holidays here in Bavaria yesterday I wasn't working yesterday anyway :oops: but finally Christmas is gone, 2004 arrived and also no more public holidays for a longer time - so here I'm! Reloaded to update PPCW.Net on the frequent base you used to know! :-)

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RELEASE: Audiovox introduces new Windows Mobile 2003 Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In an effort to bring together handheld computing and innovative mobile phone technology in one multi-purpose, compact unit, Audiovox Communications Corporation (ACC), a majority owned subsidiary of Audiovox Corporation announced today that it will launch the PPC 5050. The announcement was made at the 2004 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

In addition to being a Pocket PC and dual band CDMA/PCS wireless phone, the PPC 5050 is equipped with Microsoft Windows Mobile Phone Edition 2003, an Intel 400MHz Processor, 64 MB Memory and a built-in SD/MMC slot for extra memory. The PPC 5050 also has an integrated MP3 player.

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Monday, 05.01.04
ADVERTISING: How to explain a customer that a mobile phone is web enabled?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:53 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Today I just came across the following advertising from mobilcom Germany; a German GSM Service Provider who is reselling T-Mobile, Vodafone and E-Plus minutes and service plans under its own name and brand and previously also owned a German 3G license.

I was really amazed when I saw a Nokia 3650 with a Microsoft Pocket Internet Explorer in their latest flyer ;-)

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Sunday, 04.01.04
UPDATE: Two Peaks releases Windows Mobile 2003 compatible BizBeam v2.0
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 09:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Two Peaks has recently announced the release of their updated version of their vCard beaming software called BizBeam. The update not only includes fresh looking icons, but also includes some fixes and support for Windows Mobile 2003 devices as well.

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Friday, 02.01.04
SHOPPING: PPCW.Net i-Mate Phone Edition on Sale from PPCW.Net Shop
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

From today, the PPCW.Net i-Mate Phone Edition (based on HTC's Himalaya Pocket PC Phone Edition 2003, also known as O2 xda II or T-Mobile MDA II) is on immediate sale from PPCW.Net's Online Shop.
While I already received the stock on December 23rd, I've decided to make it available from now because of the season holidays and my holidays until this Sunday.

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