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Friday, 28.05.04
UTILITY: Dynamo - a dynamic task manager for Pocket PC
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 16:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

We've always looked for ways to manage running applications on the Pocket PC. Some OEMs have even included their own to make it easier to manage running applications on a multi-tasking Pocket PC.

 Designed for the Windows Mobile 2003 powered Pocket PCs, this utility requires the .Net Compact Framework which comes with Windows Mobile 2003.

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INPUT: ThinkOutside to make BT Keyboard available soon
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 04:36 CET under 01 - General News

ThinkOutside, the makers of the very well trusted portable folding keyboard for mobile devices has just released a Bluetooth keyboard based on their XT keyboards.

This new keyboard will support a very wide range of devices which include most of the Pocket PCs available with Bluetooth built in as well as Pocket PCs which require the BT CF Card. Below, you will find the current list of supported mobile devices.

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Thursday, 27.05.04
DEVICE: More info and photos of the HTC Typhoon Smartphone available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As reported on Monday, MoDaCo received some information about a so far unknown Windows Mobile Smartphone from HTC, called HTC Typhoon aka "Orange SPV c500"

Now MoDaCo received more detailed information as well as some more photos:

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Wednesday, 26.05.04
LINK: Learn more about Mobile Video Streaming
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:24 CET under 01 - General News

As we have learned from a recent article by CNet, that video streaming will becomes one of the future mobile hypes (streaming and downloading) and because of my role as a consultant for a GSM/3G carrier, where I'm also working on mobile video streaming now (beside my other - still not public project) it might become more important for us to learn more about mobile video streaming.

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Tuesday, 25.05.04
UTILITY: Jeyo released its SMS Mobile Extender for Outlook
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:17 CET under 01 - General News

After Jeyo released it's stand-alone SMS utility to synchronize your Pocket PC Phone Edition or Smartphone with your PC, now Jeyo released Jeyo Mobile Extender for Outlook which adds mobile SMS messaging capabilities to your Outlook application by connecting Outlook with a Windows Mobile Smartphone or Pocket PC Phone Edition.

It allows you to exchange text messages with other mobile phone users anywhere around the world directly from your Outlook and manage your SMS data with ease. With Jeyo Mobile Extender for Outlook, you will find using SMS from a PC as simple and easy as email.

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CONTEST: Win $100 Gift Certificate to Handango.com from Cerience Corporation
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:34 CET under 01 - General News

Cerience - the makers of RepliGo - just announced in the PPCW.Net Forum that it is offering the chance to win a Handango.com gift certificate worth $100. Simply tell them how you and/or your organization are using RepliGo to have access to your important information, improve productivity, be more efficient with your time, collaborate with others, etc.

You will be automatically entered to win. We will choose the most innovative use of RepliGo and announce the winner on July 15, 2004. All entries must be posted by July 1.

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Monday, 24.05.04
DEVICE: Is Orange to release a so far unknown HTC Smartphone?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

MoDaCo received some interesting information about a so far unknown Windows Mobile Smartphone from HTC (you remember, the Taiwanese OEM who is also building Orange's SPVs as well as o2 xdas) which is rumored to be released by Orange later this summer.

It is called HTC Typhoon and the specs looks like:

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DEVICE: Audiovox and AT&T Wireless to release Audiovox's PPC 4100 Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Audiovox Communications Corporation and AT&T Wireless announced today the PPC 4100, an integrated wireless PDA phone featuring Windows Mobile software, will be available in June 2004 and showcased for the first time today at Microsoft’s Tech Ed conference in San Diego, CA. The PPC 4100 will be available for $349 after a $50 instant rebate. The unmatched combination of power, function and form makes this competitively priced "all-in-one" device one of the best values on the market today.

The device was also named a finalist for the Best of TechEd 2004 Awards conducted by Windows & .NET Magazine and SQL Server Magazine. Winners will be announced May 26th.

The PPC 4100 is a tri-band (850/1800/1900 MHZ) GSM/GPRS Pocket PC Phone Edition from AT&T Wireless which allows users to enjoy international roaming capabilities and experience enhanced coverage and quality services from recent AT&T Wireless network upgrades.

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Saturday, 22.05.04
MAINTENANCE: Site is back but still under maintenance
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:09 CET under 06 - Site News

As you might have seen, the past 24 hours the site wasn't reachable or in a kind of screwed up design/layout only... Well, what started out as a 30 minute database maintenance only ended in a fiasco... Nah, not really in a fiasco because all the time I was in the driver seat and knew what I did (did I?). ;-) However, finally I've managed it to bring the site back - more or less - into that state it left the web yesterday and 'everything' works fine again. However, because the work on the database is still in progress, I had to temporarily disable comments posting.
You still can read the previous comments but in the moment you can't contribute new comments. Sorry for that but it's easier for me to work on a database where I don't have to take care about new postings which also means your postings can't be lost.

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Wednesday, 19.05.04
UTILITY: JGUI MY|PHONE Today plug-in for Phone Edition 2002 and 2003
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

JGUI recently released a free app for Windows Mobile 2002 and 2003 Phone Edition which shows on the Today screen information about the last phone call as well as details about received SMS messages. Additionally it can also show the phone signal level.

If you have a missed call or an unread SMS in your Inbox the title line could be in red to get your attention. Tap the line to view the details and turn off the red color.

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IM: What's with the Yellow Mobile Icons? - finding out the truth
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 14:52 CET under 09 - Thoughts

MSN Messenger quietly made its way to public availability sometime in the latter part of April. I saw fellow MVP Paul O'Brien with the tag "MSN 6.2 - strange!" on MSN Messenger which prompted me to download and install this new version.

The first thing I noticed after completing the installation is that it now sports an extra set of icons.  These icons are Yellow Mobile icons. So is this of any special value to Windows Mobile users?

Let's find out the truth about MSN Messenger 6.2 and mobile devices...

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Tuesday, 18.05.04
UTILITY: Spb Software House released Spb Time 1.0 for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb Time is an advanced skinable time tool set with screen saver mode. Analog, digital and world clock, timers and stopwatches all in one application.
Spb Time is designed to be simple and comfortable in use. You need no to use stylus to choose the screen mode. All you need is just to tap toolbar button with you fingertips. To toggle Analog or Digital clock to full screen mode you also just need to do one a single tap at any point of the screen.

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UPDATE: Developer One Power Tasks for Smartphone available in 1.9 Beta
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

John Psuik of Developer One just informed me about their latest Power Tasks for Smartphone update which is available as a Beta now.

According to John, the most common request for both Power Calendar and Power Tasks has now been addressed and that is a greatly improved way to quickly select contacts when inserting contact names/numbers into task subjects!

Power Tasks v1.9 beta now features the same type of contact navigation built-in to the Smartphone where you may now easily use the numeric keypad to spell out a name and instantly locate matching contacts and select them (Microsoft calls it smart-dial) for inserting into a task. Perfect for those with long contact lists!

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UTILITY: SOTI Pocket Controller v.4.09 extends support for Smartphones
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 01:07 CET under 01 - General News

One of the more robust display utilities that allow a user to include a Pocket PC, Handheld PC or a Smartphone as a viewable window on the desktop PC is probably SOTI's Pocket Controller software available in both Professional and Enterprise versions.

Pocket Controller adds a multitude of features over the basic viewing capability. Included with this are the basic utilities such as copying and pasting to and from a clipboard, capturing screen shots as well as recording the whole session in video.

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Friday, 14.05.04
COMMUNICATION: Free Pocket PC Newsreader from Qusnetsoft
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I haven't seen this before but my fellow MVP Eric Hicks pointed us to this free Newsreader, available from PocketGear.com: Qusnetsoft NewsReader 1.5.0.1 is a full functional NNTP client for Pocket PCs. Subscibe accounts for several NNTP servers, synchronize, reply to email or as a posting. NewsReader also includes offline reading feature and supports secure NNTP login.

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REVIEW: HTC Himalaya CF & VGA Backpack for Himalaya Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:08 CET under 08 - Reviews

As announced, long time ago, the HTC Himalaya also features the backpack concept - something similar to the previous iPAQ Jacket concept. The first - and maybe the only Backpack we will ever see is HTC's own CF card and presentation Backpack.

I've tested this 3-in-1 Backpack with an additional battery, Type II CF slot and VGA output for projection to projector during the past weeks with my PPCW.Net i-Mate (which is an HTC Himalaya).

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Thursday, 13.05.04
REVIEW: Spb Pocket Plus 2.0 - the ultimate PPC Utility
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 02:40 CET under 08 - Reviews

When you hear the name Spb Pocket Plus, the first thing that comes to mind is usually the task switcher/killer add-on for the Pocket PC. But even with the previous versions, Pocket Plus was never just a task switcher/killer. It was a collection of handy utilities that extended the Pocket PC's capabilities. It added a Today plugin, repeating alarms, extended the Pocket Internet Explorer's capabilities and provided a fix for the notification problems of Windows Mobile 2003 devices.

Spb Pocket Plus 2.0, promises to do that plus a lot more. We take a look at Pocket Plus 2.0 and see what's new with and if it stands up to what it claims to be.

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Tuesday, 11.05.04
UTILITY: Spb Software House releases the ultimate enhancement - Pocket Plus 2.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, Spb Software House announced Pocket Plus 2.0, the most significant release yet of this award-winning application. One of the most popular applications on the market today, Pocket Plus was the #1 selling application at PocketGear for the last two years. The design philosophy behind Pocket Plus has always been focused on one task: to address the shortcomings of the Windows Mobile operating system through strategic enhancements to the existing system. Rather than writing a new Web browser for instance, Pocket Plus enhances and improves the Web browser that comes with all Pocket PCs.

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MOBILITY: Sony launched a new Vaio line called Vaio type U
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:59 CET under 01 - General News

Sony is well known for their mobile gadgets and what they released now makes me speechless again (I want it, I want it, I want it... ;-) )

The Japanese electronics giant on Monday unveiled the world's smallest personal computer that runs on Microsoft's Windows XP operating system.

The hand-held gadget called 'type U', a new product in Sony's VAIO series, weighs only 550 gm and measures 6.7 inches in width and is 108 millimeters high, the company said.

Priced at $1,873, including Japanese sales tax, the type U will hit the local market at the end of May.

Its standard memory capacity is 256 megabytes and hard-disc drive capacity is about 20 gigabytes. Input can be done by either a stylus - a pointed instrument used on pressure-sensitive screens - or a collapsible keyboard.

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Monday, 10.05.04
UTILITY: Fizz Software updated Fizz Traveller to version 1.2
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Are you a current user of Fizz Traveller? If so, don't forget to download Fizz Soft's latest 1.2 update. If you've never heard about Fizz Traveller, it will always let you know the time in any of over 230 cities, with another 56,000 available with an internet connection e. g. GSM/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 six favorite cities and organize your tasks and itinerary so you are always organized. Once you reach your destination, the handy currency conversion tool means you will always know how much you are spending and of course, everything is customizable, so you can have a choice of impressive clock faces and even choose the color of your clocks hands. All this and much, much more...

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Wednesday, 05.05.04
UTILITY: Tonaya Net@Board wireless network Today screen plug-in
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Net@Board seems to be a handy Pocket PC Today screen plug-in to manage your wireless network and features a lot of futions including: display network traffic, show wireless card information like BSSID, SSID and received Signal Strength Indication (RSSI), shows IP information, includes a 802.11 Scanner which lists available Wireless Access Points, DHCP Function and Ping.

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THOUGHT: I love my Apple iPod - more and more
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:20 CET under 09 - Thoughts

As you might remember some weeks ago, when I attended the annual Microsoft MVP summit, I bought an Apple iPod with 40 GB storage space!
While the iPod was initially bought to hold my complete music collection plus the one or the other file, now it became my preferred data recovery drive!
As you might have seen yesterday, the "My Documents" hard drive of my main PC decided to die. Well, actually it's not dead but Windows XP doesn't recognizes it as already formatted but told me it's not formatted. Thanks to Carlo I've tested GetDataBack for NTFS and it found - more or less - all my files as far as I've seen. However - the HDD is 40 GB and the available space on my second HDD is 20 GB only.

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RAFFLE: Win one of two PocketGear.com coupons - worth US$ 30!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

<BEEP> from <BEEP> just told me they are ready to release <BEEP x.y> next week and we created the idea to have a raffle on PPCW.Net.
<BEEP> is sponsoring two PocktGear.com coupons, worth of US$ 30 each, if you can guess from whom and which (new) program the following screenshot is from. Best of all - all participants can win, doesn't matter if you think you know it or if you are just guessing!

1. If you definitely know it, please just answer "Yes" but do not say what it is to give ability for others to guess and to win too (for example if you participated into the non-public Beta test).

2. If you do not have it yet, try to guess what it could be.

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Tuesday, 04.05.04
THOUGHT: Does your PC has feelings?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:19 CET under 09 - Thoughts

At least my PC seems to have it... While I was publicly ranting and thinking about a new Windows Media Edition today, my main PC (I used to write the previous 2 articles) died! :cry:
But not the PC itself died, no it's more perfidy... The PC decided to kill the "My Documents" hard drive which includes more or less all documents, photos, the complete web site (which is mirrored here on the web server -makes sense, eh?), my PST files for Outlook, my downloads - so more or less everything which isn't a program... 8O This little bastard... ;-) Okay, my PC has feelings - do you hear it HP - my HP Pavilion Desktop PC has feelings but I have feeling too... Argh... :x

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REMOTE: Control your Windows Media Center from your Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While we are talking about the Windows Media Center I was scrawling the web again and found this remote control solution for Pocket PCs from Niveus.

Pocket PC Niveus Pocket Control for Windows Media Center 2004

Niveus Pocket Control is the one-of-a-kind, wireless (80211.b) remote control for Windows Media Center 2004. Exclusively available with your purchase of the Niveus AVX Media Center PC, this next generation remote control software gives you full control of your music and radio from anywhere in your home.

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HOME ENTERTAINMENT: Building a Windows XP Media Center myself
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:24 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Well, it seems to become time to "upgrade" and merge my home entertainment system to something more fancy and state of the art and therefore I thought about building a Windows Media Center Edition "myself". Yes, I know - Windows XP Media Center Edition isn't available to buy but I'm in the happy situation that I have a MSDN subscription and as a MSDN subscriber you can download MCE for testing purpose.

What I wonder about if somebody here has any experiences with building a Media Center yourself? Because this PC would be based in the living room my girlfriend will not accept a "standard looking PC" under no circumstances and therefore I thought about something stylish and silent like a Shuttle Barebone PC System but wonder if that system can host a Media Center anyway?

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Monday, 03.05.04
CLONE: Qtek 8060 - another HTC Voyager - available in France now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Do you remember my (exclusive photo) comparison of the i-mate Smartphone2 with the Qtek 8060 a couple of weeks ago? Now Mobinaute.com (previously Smartphony.org) found that it is already available in France for 599,00 €.

Just as a reminder, the i-mate Smartphone2 (also known as Qtek 8080) is based on the same hardware platform like the Qtek 8060 - the HTC Voyager. However, for any reason HTC decided to design two different shapes of the same device while the features are the same.

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CUSTOMIZATION: Tweak your Smartphone with RJV RegTweaks
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you come from the Pocket PC, you might know RegKing which helps you tweaking your Pocket PC Registry (and by the way - now RegKing is available for Pocket PC 2003 also).

These Registry tweaks or hacks are little-known settings and tricks that you can use to improve the performance of your Windows based device (doesn't matter if XP for Desktops or Mobile for Pocket PCs and Smartphones). "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 and therefore it's always a risk if you tewak your Registry yourself. Much safer is using a tool which tweaks the registry for you.

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THOUGHT: Another reason why I enjoy Bluetooth that much
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:55 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Maybe one of the most discussed technologies in the past years is/was Bluetooth and its value. Bluetooth seems to polarize - either you like it or you dislike it and while a lot of people (and even fellow MVPs) doesn't see a value in Bluetooth I continue to like it since my first Bluetooth experiences with an Ericsson R520.
To make it clearer why I enjoy Bluetooth that much here a short retrospection why I bought my first Windows CE device (a Sharp Mobilon HC 4600 H/PC) in 1998. These days I was looking for something smaller than my Notebook, with more stand-by time but also for something which was able to connect me to my E-Mail server. When I found the Mobilon I imported it straight ahead from the U.S. and it was great to use because the U.S. version included a fixed line modem. However, these days I was already working as a product manager in the GSM industry and responsible for value added services which also included mobile data. The Ericsson phone I had these days, the GF 788, was able to communicate with PCs through its pluggable infrared dongle and that was my start into working with Windows CE and GSM. These days you had to tweak the Registry because you wasn't able to use the IrDA port as a modem by default - and the rest is history.

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SERVICE: What you should know about the Sasser Worm and its variants
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:07 CET under 01 - General News

Microsoft teams have confirmed that the Sasser worm (W32.Sasser.A and its variants W32.Sasser.B and .C) is currently circulating on the Internet. Microsoft has verified that the worm exploits the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) issue that was addressed by the security update released on April 13 in conjunction with Microsoft Security Bulliten MS04-011.

To protect your computer against Sasser and its variants, do the following:

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