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Wednesday, 31.03.04
BROWSING: Bitstream announced release of ThunderHawk for Microsoft Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Bitstream Inc. announced yesterday the release of ThunderHawk SmartPhone Edition, Bitstream's breakthrough mobile browsing technology for  mobile phones based on the Windows Mobile, which lets anyone with a wireless connection browse the Web anytime, anywhere.

Already available to wireless carriers and operators to supplement voice with data services, ThunderHawk's SmartPhone Edition is now available for end users to download on Bitstream's Website. New users, as well as current SmartPhone Edition beta users, can download the 30-day free trial of the product release or subscribe to ThunderHawk for $49.95 per year or $5.95 per month.

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Tuesday, 30.03.04
UPDATE: o2 UK to deliver Xda II ROM update from tomorrow
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

A couple of minutes ago, good news reached me from o2 UK! They are ready to release the long awaited o2 Xda II update as version 1.60.50 which fixes some of the major HTC Himalaya platform problems.

The upgrade can take up to 90 minutes to complete (depending on the speed of your computer and if you are using USB or serial connection).

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Monday, 29.03.04
MOBILE PRINTING: FieldSoftware to Beta test SmartPhonePrint for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Tim Field from FieldSoftware Products today informed me, that his SmartPhonePrint Beta for Microsoft Smartphone 2002 and Smartphone 2003 is available from today!

It allows to print E-Mails, Contacts, Tasks and your calendar through Infrared but also supports Bluetooth printing support!

FieldSoftware is well known for their printing solutions on Pocket PCs and its latest product is more than unique with its Bluetooth support!

It includes a built-in support for many different printers, including many standard inkjet and laser printers, mobile printers and industrial thermal printers and requires less than 275K bytes to install.

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Friday, 26.03.04
TEXT ENTRY: T9 Text Editor for the Smartphone
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 12:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

We've come to love and hate T9 on the Smartphone.  Some of us have loved it as it made text entry so much easier. But how about training it? It does take a bit of getting used to and after several attempts, you can get T9 to learn your words.

The problem comes along though when a forced reboot is done (normally by removing the battery) which somehow sets back the T9 Dictionary back to square 1.

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Thursday, 25.03.04
NOT UPGRADEABLE: No update from Dell to existing Axim owners
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Ouch, that hurts what I've recently read on Pocket PC Thoughts. While everybody is excited about the new Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition, Dell alienates their current Axim customers! 8O

"Dell will deploy Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition in future Axim products. We have no plans at this time to offer Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition updates for current Axim X3 or Axim X5 products."

Furthermore Pat from Pocket PC Thoughts asks:

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Wednesday, 24.03.04
NAVIGATION: Microsoft released Pocket Streets for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Take a map with you wherever you go with Microsoft Pocket Streets for Smartphone, the street-level mapping guide for your Windows Mobile-based Smartphone.

Pocket Streets for Smartphone offers great map guide functionality right on your Smartphone. Locate addresses, intersections and points of interest or customize locations by inserting your own pushpins. Download maps of cities in the US, Canada and Western Europe from the Pocket Streets web site, or create your own maps using Microsoft desktop applications MapPoint, Streets & Trips or AutoRoute. Once your maps have been synced to your Smartphone you can access them when you need them most, when you are on the go.

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Sunday, 21.03.04
THEMES: KAMware releases ThemeMaker 2003 featuring full WM2003 compatibility
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 15:25 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

This has been something most Windows Mobile 2003 users have been waiting for - a way to create their own WM2003 Today Themes for the Pocket PC.

KAMware has just released their new product and it takes care of several items very unique to Windows Mobile 2003 powered Pocket PCs. Aside form the standard support for image manipulation and transparency settings, ThemeMaker 2003 adds support for changing the Start Menu font colors as well as several internal colors for Windows Mobile 2003.

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Friday, 19.03.04
CEBIT LIVE: Samsung showed a new Smartphone 2003
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

On its CeBIT booth, Samsung is showing its latest Smartphone, the SGH-i250, which will become Samsung's first GSM/GPRS based Smartphone running Windows Mobile 2003 which impressive features: tri-band (for sure), Megapixel cam with flash, Java and an external color display.

A price wasn't given but the release date for Europe is expected for 3rd quarter 2004:

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CEBIT LIVE: Asus showed a new Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Yesterday on CeBIT I met a guy from Asus who was showing me their latest mobile device development, the Asus A8100 PDA Phone which is running on Windows Mobile.
It's expected to be launched in Asian markets summer this year first and is comparable, by size and design to the Sony Ericsson P800.

It's a tri-band GSM/GPRS phone with Bluetooth and a Megapixel camera for photo and video:

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Thursday, 18.03.04
DEVICE: Sagem announced its S2004 Microsoft Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During CeBIT in Hannover, French Sagem officially announced its first candybar styled Microsoft Smartphone 2003, which was already rumored for some weeks now.

Overall, it's nothing special and while it misses Bluetooth, it includes a camera (which seems to become a standard now):

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Friday, 12.03.04
NAVIGATION: First Smartphone navigation solution available as Beta from Mapopolis
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Guillaume from GpsPasSion received some very detailed information from Mapopolis about their current Smartphone navigation solution:

Mapopolis is making a splash with a public beta of its Navigator for WM2003 Smartphones. Indeed, it is the first "on-board" navigation solution for Smartphones and unlike "off-board" solutions it does not require communication with a server to access maps and calculate routes!

On offer are the classic features of full featured navigation programs:

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Thursday, 11.03.04
UPGRADE: T-Mobile US released Windows Mobile 2003 upgrade for Phone Edition 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As reported by PPCW.Net in December last year, T-Mobile USA finally released their Windows Mobile 2003 upgrade for the T-Mobile Phone Edition. Therefore, T-Mobile is the second carrier after ATTW who released a free Pocket PC Phone Edition 2003!

The download page doesn't provide any information about the version and fixes but it's expectable that it is -more or less - the same upgrade like used by ATTW since both devices are manufactured by HTC.

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Wednesday, 10.03.04
CUSTOMIZATION: RJTime for Smartphone and updates of RJShortcut and RJTasks
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

RemyJ, the maker of RJShortcut and RJTasks, recently released RJTime for Microsoft's Smartphone Homescreen.

RJTime is a Smartphone 2002 Homescreen plug-In that allows you to display dates and times on your homescreen.

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UTILITY: Free Smartphone Calculator Lite from ALL-locations
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I've often read from users that they were unhappy with the original calculator, which comes with the Microsoft Smartphone. Maybe it's because they tried to calculate the square root of 2 on the Smartphone?
However, now you can - with ALL-Location's ALL-Calculator Lite! Using ALL-Calculator Lite, it is not necessary anymore to take a separate calculator with you, just change your Smartphone into a calculator by using ALL-Calculator Lite!

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Tuesday, 09.03.04
PRESENTATION: Margi releases Presenter-to-Go SD for Pocket PCs
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 20:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

For quite some time now, Pocket PCs have been able to use Margi's Presenter-to-Go CF and PC cards to connect to projectors for real time slide presentations. A very neat weight saving solution, Margi's Presenter-to-Go is a hardware-software combo.

While Margi already includes a PowerPoint type viewer for the Pocket PC, the Margi Presenter-to-Go card can still be used for various presentation software.

Margi recently updated their lineup to include one more Presenter-to-Go card for the Pocket PC - The Margi Presenter-to-Go SD card for the Pocket PC.

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UTILITY: V2R Countdown2Event for Pocket PC released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

V2R - Vision to Reality - recently released Countdown2Event (C2E) which is the ultimate tool for alerts and scheduling for all kind of applications. C2E always shows you the remaining time to your next event on the Today screen. C2E even allows you to start an application on a predefined time and Date, e. g. you can start your favorite MP3 song or your favorite movie on a selected date and time. C2E also allows you to change your Today Theme on pre-selected dates or you can just used it as an alarm clock or meeting reminder.

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Friday, 05.03.04
REMOTE: RuttenSoft's Media Remote and Powerpoint Remote for SMP released as Beta
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Sven Rutten of RuttenSoft finally  released an updated Media and PowerPoint Remote 2004 for Smartphone 2003.

Media Player Remote is a Remote control for Windows Media Player on your Desktop PC.

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Thursday, 04.03.04
SUPPORT: Sign the Compaq Wireless Pack petition today
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Kevin Fong informed me, that there is an effort to gather signatures on a petition to Hewlett Packard requesting that they continue support of the Compaq Wireless Pack for GSM/GPRS Networks under Windows Mobile 2003 and the 3000/5000 iPAQ platforms:

This site is intended as a gathering place for owners of Compaq/HP iPAQ's and the Compaq Wireless Pack who wish to sign a petition for presentation to HP to continue development and support of the Wireless Pack.

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Wednesday, 03.03.04
SAD NEWS: Microsoft isn't expecting a 3G/UMTS Smartphone before CeBIT 2005
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:46 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to German news site Xonio, Microsoft's German Managing Director - Michael Müller-Berg - expects to see first Windows Mobile based 3G/UMTS Smartphones earliest in 2005:

"It is assumed that, we will have 3G enabled Windows Mobile mobile phones in the market in 2005; preferably at CeBIT 2005" so Müller-Berg.

Well, that's one year from now which is a fairly long time 8O because most European carriers will launch their 3G/UMTS networks during this year and Microsoft missed an opportunity for a head start.

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Tuesday, 02.03.04
SHOWCASE: Motorola MPx videos available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Sven Rutten of RuttenSoft recently made a couple Motorola MPx videos available, you can download from his website now.
These videos gives you a good impression how the mechanic of Motorola's first Pocket PC Phone Edition is working and how tiny the device is, even if it looks much bulkier on most photos.
In every case, these videos are worth to watch!

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Monday, 01.03.04
PLUG-IN: Oxios' Home screen Tasks plug-in for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Oxios recently released a free Home screen plug-in to display your tasks on the Home Screen. Oxios Plugins can either be used with Oxios' ToDo List or the original and built-in Smartphone Tasks application.

Features:

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UPDATE: BoxWave's miniSync now fully HTC Himalaya compatible
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As reported before and posted by many of you, the Boxwave miniSync cable for the xda II aka HTC Himalaya had some serious problems with de-charging the battery. However, this seems to be fixed now as I got an E-Mail from Wing of Boxwave:

I have some good news for you that I wanted to pass along. Over the past month we' ve been working hard on the XDA II miniSync, and I' m now happy to inform you that our latest XDA II miniSync is able to successfully bring a complete charge to the XDA II!

Even with the existence of HTC's change in the charging logic, we were able to work around it. We've verified it and the miniSync was able to charge the XDA II completely from any battery level, 0% to 100%

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