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Tuesday, 29.06.04
PHOTOVIEW: Motorola MPx 220 Windows Mobile Smartphone 2003
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:22 CET under 08 - Reviews

During Microsoft's TechEd 2004 in Amsterdam this week, Motorola took the chance to publicly show the long awaited Motorola MPx220 Smartphone 2003 the first time.
If you are not able to join this year's European TechEd and you have the feeling that you've missed a momentum - don't care! ;-) As you can expect from PPCW.Net here are some detailed photos of Motorola's next super star. :-)

I have to admit that I was able to play with it for a couple of days and this Smartphone is as promising as it looks like:

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ANNOUNCED: More Motorola MPx Phone Edition information available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While we are talking about Motorola's MPx-line: also the previously leaked and later announced MPx Pocket PC Phone Edition is available on Motorola's press room now:

Condensing the power of a desktop into the convenience of a mobile phone, the Motorola MPx provides business consumers with a new choice for live, real time, on-the-go connectivity in a never seen before form factor. This new mobile delivers an “always at hand” convenience via Windows Mobile software, a QWERTY keyboard, continuous connectivity using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology, as well as an embedded 1.2 megapixel camera and large dual-hinge landscape and portrait color display. The Motorola MPx creates a successful merger between business and pleasure. Breaking through the convergence clutter, the Motorola MPx is the must-have solution to help driven professionals manage their mobile lives in real time whether at work, at home, on the road or at play.

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PREANNOUNCED: Official Motorola MPx220 Smartphone information available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

MotoInfo, which is Motorola's virtual press room (and according to Motorola not intend to be used by consumers) finally has more and public information (and official photos) about Motorola's long time rumored Windows Mobile Smartphone MPx220:

By harnessing the power of a desktop and the portability of a mobile phone, the Motorola MPx220 is the perfect solution for bringing your office on the road. The sophisticated model MPx220 gives users instant access to e-mail, the Web, advanced multi-media messaging service (MMS), global quad-band performance and an integrated camera. Productivity is sure to increase so the busy professional will never miss a beat when away from the office. And, with photo caller-ID, the ability to download games, musical ring tones and more, the model MPx220 promises that business executives can have some fun too.

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RELEASE: SMART Communications Philippines releases the Amazing Phone 2
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 15:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

SMART Communications has just released the Amazing Phone 2. Based on the HTC Voyager, the Amazing Phone 2 incorporates the several services powered by Action Engine. This gives the users the ability to backup their data over-the-air, retrieve data via the Amazing Explorer and download ringtones or homescreen background images using the Amazing Store.

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Monday, 28.06.04
OFFICIAL: T-Mobile Germany officially announced the MDA III
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today I found the following information at T-Mobile's virtual press room about the MDA III Phone Edition:

T-Mobile MDA III: innovative product for mobile business data communications. (06/28/04)

T-Mobile MDA III with W-LAN technology and complete keyboard.

T-Mobile is providing even greater efficiency and convenience in mobile business data communications with innovative products. The integrated W-LAN technology in the new T-Mobile MDA III steps up the revs on mobile data exchange. The device also has a complete keyboard.

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Saturday, 26.06.04
SHOPPING: PPCW.Net i-Mate Phone Edition Summer Special
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

From today - for the next 14 days until 10th July - the PPCW.Net i-Mate Pocket PC Phone Edition (also known as HTC Himalaya/o2 Xda II) is available for a special discounted price of US$ 788.54/649.00 Euro (excl. tax and shipping) only!

Since most of you will spend the summer anywhere outside on lakes, beer gardens and vacations, this device is the perfect package to stay connected with your friends and company:

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UTILITY: WiFi Graph - Wi-Fi stumbler for Pocket PC released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

How "Compulim" announced in the PPCW.Net Forum, there is a new Wi-Fi stumbler available for Pocket PCs: "WiFi Graph" let you spot neighboring Wireless LAN Access Points and their connectivity. With proprietary scanning technology, Access Point information is updated every second so you can always rely on it. IT security professionals can also use our XML-based logs to analyze the invisible network.

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UTILITY: Kai's Outlook Cleaner for Smartphone and Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you use two PCs (one in the office and one at home) and in "worst case" different Windows Mobile devices like a Pocket PC and a Smartphone to synchronize your devices with Outlook you might have noticed the duplicates in your database as well. Duplicated calendar entries like birthdays, duplicated contacts and even tasks.
Normally I'm using Fr. Simon's (free) Outlook Duplicates Remover to get it fixed on my PCs or Notebooks. However, right now the download page isn't available - unfortunately - but you still can download it from Chris Pirillo's Lockergnome.

However, now you can perform the same and more from your Smartphone 2003 with Kai's Outlook Cleaner 1.2:

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PPCW.NET: Loading time of the site yesterday
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:59 CET under 06 - Site News

I've recently received a message from my ad company which is serving the ads on PPCW.Net which I want to forward to you because you might have noticed problems yesterday:

At 8am PDT today, Tribal Fusion's ad servers were attacked by a distributed denial of service attack that affected several popular online web properties and hosting services. As a result, we had intermittent problems serving ads to your webpages which, in some cases, held up the load time of your site. We have since resolved the issue issue and reinstated our adserving capabilities.

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Friday, 25.06.04
ACCESSORIES: ThinkOutside to introduce world's first BT mouse for mobile devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:34 CET under 01 - General News

After the official release information about ThinkOutside's Bluetooth keyboard, ThinkOutside is also releasing the Stowaway Bluetooth travelmouse soon, which is the perfect productivity companion to your smart phone, PDA, Tablet, Media Center PC or even Notebook. Almost any device that has Bluetooth technology supports this hot new product, even MAC's!

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ACCESSORIES: ThinkOutside's new Bluetooth keyboard is hitting Europe soon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:41 CET under 01 - General News

As announced last month, ThinkOutside is close to release it's Bluetooth Stowaway keyboard. Today the following information reached me, that it will become available in Europe also during July! :-)

The Stowaway Universal Bluetooth Keyboard from ThinkOutside is the perfect productivity companion to your smart phone, PDA, Tablet, Media Center PC or notebook – almost any device that has Bluetooth technology supports this hot new product!

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Tuesday, 22.06.04
THOUGHT: When something simple turns out to be otherwise
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 21:59 CET under 09 - Thoughts

I love Bluetooth. It's one thing I use most of the time, may it be to connect my Pocket PC to a Mobile phone, print to an BT printer and such. But in a recent event, Bluetooth did what it was supposed to do but the situation just showed that Bluetooth is not the best thing that can happen 100% of the time.

We had a mobility fair over the weekend with the theme "Buhay Wireless (Wireless Life): Improving the Life of the Filipino through Mobile Technology." The fair, Mobile Pilipinas 2004 was aimed at promoting different wireless technologies to Filipinos. We had Wi-Fi, we had GSM/GPRS, we had Bluetooth... and what got me there was Bluetooth.

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Sunday, 20.06.04
REVIEW: What's improved with i-mate's latest ROM update for Smartphpne2
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:04 CET under 08 - Reviews

I was testing the latest i-mate Smartphone2 ROM during the past days and the recently released ROM version 1.10.15.2 seriously improves the overall functionality of the i-mate Smartphone2.
Most heard critics in the past were about the stand-by time which wasn't satisfying at all. This seems to be fixed now - at least it is serious improved with the latest ROM build.

Here what I've noticed in my tests as well what is confirmed to be fixed now:

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DEVICE: More MDA III aka HTC Blue Angel information available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I received some more detailed information about T-Mobile's next coming Pocket PC Phone Edition (called MDA III) which is indeed a HTC device called "Blue Angel" (as you know, OEMs always give their devices internal project names. The first xda/MDA was called "Wallaby", the Xda II/MDA II was called "Himalaya" and the expected and confirmed MDA III is called "Blue Angel" now).

However, the information I've received are slightly different than the stuff announced before:

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THOUGHT: Who is the Wi-Fi customer that all the cafes and others attempt to attract?
Posted by PPCW.Net Editori - at 14:39 CET under 09 - Thoughts


Contributed by Dr. Wolfgang Irber, PPCW.Net Reader and Business Professional

On travel, I spend quite some time in cafes, to relax, to watch people, and more recently to find free Internet access via Wi-Fi. But what I more and more ask myself: is the Wi-Fi business always well evaluated?

My personal hot-spot favourite
From all the locations where you can find Wi-Fi these days, my personal favourite is a nice and quiet spot such as a cafe, a hotel lobby, or an air lounge. All places, where I have time to sit down and to access the Internet in a relaxing atmosphere. The spots I don't like at all are fast-food restaurants. A fast-food restaurant is - as the name already says is - good for fast food, but not for doing some work or browsing the Internet, not even for leisure.

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REVIEW: Jeyo Mobile Companion for Pocket PC and Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:05 CET under 08 - Reviews

Jeyo Mobile Companion is an ideal PC partner application for your Windows Mobile Smartphone or Pocket PC Phone Edition device. It allows you to operate your Window Mobile device from a Windows PC through a familiar ease-to-use Outlook-style user interface. It lets you to communicate instantly with hundreds of millions of mobile phone users around the world using SMS directly from your PC, and manage all the important personal data on your Smartphone or Pocket PC phone. With Jeyo Mobile Companion, you can get much more out of your PC and Windows Mobile device.

Right after the start Jeyo Mobile Companion impresses with a tidy user interface - similar to the well known Microsoft Outlook with shortcuts on the left and a main window on the right:

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Saturday, 19.06.04
THOUGHT: Remote control Apple AirTunes and AirPort Express with Media Center RC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:38 CET under 09 - Thoughts

As you might remember, I'm currently thinking of building a Windows XP Media Center Edition myself. Yes, I know, MCE as required operating system isn't available to buy but it's available through Microsoft's MSDN subscriber download page.

Well, anyway - while I still don't have the case I will use with my planned Media Center nor I have a compatible TV card today (the Radeon All-In-Wonder isn't working with MCE) a couple of days ago I got the IR remote control - designed for MCE:

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Friday, 18.06.04
CONFIRMED: T-Mobile is releasing the MDA 3 this year
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The MDA 2 hasn't celebrated its first birthday, T-Mobile confirmed yesterday it will launch the MDA 3 later this summer.
The MDA 3 is the GSM/GPRS version of the CU928 CDMA version, PPCW.Net recently reported about.
Like the Chinese CDMA version, the MDA 3 is expected to include Wi-Fi by default as well as Pocket PC Phone Edition Second Edition. Like before it will support GSM, GPRS, IrDA and BLuetooth communication and is expected to include a VGA camera as well. Also new for this version of the MDA is the sliding keyboard:

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Tuesday, 15.06.04
UPDATE: ROM update for i-mate Smartphone2 available from now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The latest update to the i-mate Smartphone2 is now available for download from clubimate.com. It includes Bluetooth and battery life enhancements, the latest fixes from Microsoft and the latest radio version!

Please keep in mind that the upgrade will erase all existing information on your device. It is strongly recommended that you synchronize your Contacts, Calendar, Mail and Tasks to your PC before updating your device.

The details of the new ROM image are:

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FINALLY: Apples iTunes Music Store reached Europe
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:59 CET under 01 - General News

Finally also Europeans (from now Brits, Germans and French) can shop at the Apples iTunes Music Store. Today, Steve Jobs opens iTunes Music Store in the UK, Germany and France!
Apple's award-winning iTunes Music Store is now available to European Mac and Windows users also. With breakthrough pricing of just 79p in UK/99 Euro Cent in Germany and France a song and an online catalog of more than 700,000 songs, the iTunes Music Store is the best way to legally discover, purchase and download music online. Irish customers will be able to buy from a pan-European Union version of the iTunes Music Store which is set to open in October.

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SECURITY: First Bluetooth worm for mobile phones became reality
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:41 CET under 01 - General News

According to Symantec, we got it - the first worm, designed for mobile devices - this time for Nokia Series 60 phones. According to Symantec's Security Response, the worm copies itself to other Bluetooth devices in range:

EPOC.Cabir is a proof-of-concept worm that replicates on Nokia Series 60 phones. It repeatedly sends itself to the first Bluetooth-enabled device that it can find, regardless of the type of device (ie even a Bluetooth-enabled printer will be attacked if it is within range).

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Monday, 14.06.04
LINKS: Think Outside adds Bluetooth input to your mobile devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:11 CET under 01 - General News

As reported before, Think Outside recently released its Bluetooth keyboard for PDAs and mobile phones and my fellow MVP Mauricio from Geekzone already reviewed it:

Overall the Stowaway Bluetooth Keyboard brings a good combination of size, weight, functionality and the freedom of a cordless keyboard to the handheld world. Travellers and users who need to enter a fair amount of data on Pocket PC will be glad to use this tool.

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Wednesday, 09.06.04
LINK: pdaPhoneHome previews the HP iPAQ H6310 Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

User "jpmihalk" of pdaPhoneHome.com had the chance to recently play with the previously leaked HP iPaq H6310 (well, that's a model number for a Nokia phone ;-)) and posted his impression in the forum there:

I have spent an hour with a pre-production version of the HP iPAQ h6310 PDAphone and I must say, I'm in love. Of course, I'm a geek at heart. We will have to see how long the love lasts...

First, as has been discussed elsewhere, the h6310 is built around the Texas Instruments OMAP1510 processor running at 200MHz. Performance was acceptable if not good. The h6310 has 64MB RAM and 64MB ROM with a ROM date in the tested unit of 2/13/2004. It was running Windows Mobile Phone Edition 2003 (OS Version 4.20.0 Build 13349.)

Second, connectivity is provided through quad-band GSM/GPRS using T-Mobile service, WLAN 802.11b, and Bluetooth. According to HP, the device will be upgradeable to EDGE when the network is delivered and that is part of the roadmap for their PDAphone products.

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CONNECT: Apple unveils AirPort Express - maybe the handiest mobile Access Point
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:37 CET under 01 - General News

While Microsoft discontinues its Wi-Fi product range, Apple yesterday introduced AirPort Express, the world's first 802.11g mobile base station that can be plugged directly into the wall for wireless Internet connections and USB printing, or thrown into a laptop bag to bring wireless freedom to hotel rooms with broadband connections. Airport Express also features analog and digital audio outputs that can be connected to a stereo and new AirTunes music networking software that wirelessly streams music to any room in the house. AirPort Express features a single piece ultra-compact design weighing 6.7 ounces.

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Tuesday, 08.06.04
DEVICE: Orange unveils the next SPV Smartphone - the Orange SPV C500
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As reported before, today at the World Handset Forum in Amsterdam, Orange has announced the next own Smartphone called SPV C500, which is based on HTC's Typhoon reference design.

Claiming the C500 to be the world's smallest Smartphone, the pan-European mobile network operator introduced the handset as part of its new line-up of Orange Signature phones, which all offer quick access to operator services.

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Sunday, 06.06.04
RUMOR: Is Apple finally introducing an "iPhone"? [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:50 CET under 01 - General News

Okay, I have no clue if it is a fake, a scam, a dream, a rumor or true but it's good enough to be posted here anyway.
On Friday I received the image below which might shows the long awaited Apple "iPhone". According to the information I received with the E-Mail, Apple is expected to release this device together with SonyEricsson.

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Friday, 04.06.04
COMMUNICATION: BuZZone Pro 2.0 -  a PDA-based wireless communication system
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Bacup IT announces the release of BuZZone Pro 2.0, a PDA-based wireless communication system. BuZZone Pro unique features enable users to post messages on forums, thus extending the Bluetooth coverage area, and talk by phone via Bluetooth for free!

BuZZone Pro key features include easy communication, exchanging information, and searching for new contacts by preset profiles. You can also enjoy extended BuZZone Pro capabilities without spending money on additional devices and software:

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TIP: Is your Pocket Internet Explorer stealing all your memory?
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 18:24 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

Memory is a precious commodity when it comes to Pocket PCs.  Even with units now that come with at least 64MB or RAM, it is easy to use this up if one is not aware of how it is being used by the Pocket PC.

One of the main causes of having insufficient memory can sometimes be attributed to a voice recording which has been long forgotten but still resides in main RAM.  Sometimes it's the abundance of email attachments stored for sentimental value, and most of the time, particularly if the user uses Pocket Internet Explorer, is the large amount of Temporary Internet Files stored in folders nested deep into what seems to be oblivion.

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Thursday, 03.06.04
CONVERGENCE: Swisscom and Option to release world première in mobile data
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:49 CET under 01 - General News

Swisscom Mobile is embarking on a new era of mobile data communications. In August Swisscom Mobile is launching a world first on the Swiss market: Mobile Unlimited. For the first time, a PC data card jointly developed with Option of Belgium supports all wireless data transmission technologies from GPRS to UMTS and WLAN.
Swisscom Mobile NATEL customers who subscribe to Mobile Unlimited can be connected automatically and securely to the fastest available broadband technology from any location. Mobile Unlimited is also the first product in the world to enable seamless handover i.e. automatic, uninterrupted switching between different types of transmission technologies. The card is offered by Swisscom Mobile under its own name, and its Seamless Handover technology is also being marketed internationally.

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Wednesday, 02.06.04
UPDATE: i-Mate Phone Edition ROM upgrade available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The latest upgrade for the i-mate Pocket PC Phone Edition is now available for download. It includes Bluetooth and battery life enhancements, the latest fixes from Microsoft and the latest radio version.

The upgrade will erase all existing information on your device. It is strongly recommended that you synchronies your Contacts, Calendar, Mail and Tasks to your PC before upgrading your device.

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MULTIMEDIA: Windows Media Player 10 Technical Beta for XP released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:53 CET under 01 - General News

Windows Media Player 10 is being refined to provide a great experience for discovering, playing, and taking your digital media anywhere. We are still in the early stages, but this technical beta lays the groundwork for the great end-to-end digital media experience coming with the final release for Windows XP.

What's new?

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Tuesday, 01.06.04
MAINTENANCE: The comments are back - now with more features!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:53 CET under 06 - Site News

Okay, okay... I know - it took forever but finally I did it to enable the comments again! Thanks for all your comments you sent by E-Mail and your valuable feedback forced me to speed up the site upgrade! While it is still not 100 % done I managed it to upgrade the comments section again which includes some new features now:

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THOUGHT: What's the ratio of wireless to non-wireless apps I'm using the XDA for?
Posted by PPCW.Net Editori - at 19:48 CET under 09 - Thoughts


Contributed by Dr. Wolfgang Irber, PPCW.Net Reader and Business Professional

I'm using the XDA with built-in GPRS modem for two years now, started with the XDA I, and later switched to the XDA II. As already described in an earlier thought, the XDA had a significant impact to my daily life, and still has, for how I access or manage information. I consider myself a very typical Pocket PC user, and recently wondered what would happen if my XDA stopped working. I started to summarise everything I'm using the XDA for and came up with a list that resulted in this thought. I was in particular interested in the ratio of wireless to non-wireless applications I'm using throughout the day. Do I really need the wireless connection or is it actually the standard Pocket PC that is getting my attention?

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FUN: After Spb Time come Spb Watch. The ultimate timepiece.
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 17:35 CET under 09 - Thoughts

After Spb Time, the full feaetured clock and timer software, comes Spb Watch.  A sure way of keeping the time in a very visible manner.  Still skinnable and wearable, this new timepiece is sure to be a hit with those who wish to keep to their schedules as well as the usual data such PIM and other office stuff. A sure hit for those who love wearable computing... Spb Watch can also double as a music or video player.

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