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Thursday, 30.09.04
UTILITY: RuttenSoft Homescreen Designer for Smartphone 2003 released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you want to customize your Smartphone 2003 Homescreen but want to jump into XML file coding, the RuttenSoft Homescreen Designer for PCs is what you need:

Homescreen Designer is a WYSIWYG-application for creating powerful Homescreens in a convenient way, right away from your PC with drag and drop support for the different elements:

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Wednesday, 29.09.04
RELEASED: T-Mobile Germany give the T-Mobile MDA III on sale
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today I received a product reminder from T-Mobile's online shop, that their MDA III (aka HTC Blue Angel) is available commercially now. Until today, it was available for business customers only but now it's also available for consumers.

Depending on the 24 month contract, it costs from 399,95 Euro up to 469,95 Euro; without subscription it costs 779,95 Euro.

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Tuesday, 28.09.04
MULTIMEDIA: RemoteAmp 2.0 for Pocket PC - now with Apple iTunes support!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:53 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Do you remember one of my previous thoughts about how to remote control Apple AirTunes and AirPort Express with Media Center? Yesterday night I got an E-Mail from Matt of smashcasi who told me, that their RemoteAmp is supporting iTunes with version 2.0! :-)

The latest version of RemoteAmp now offers you the ability to remotely control iTunes for Windows. Listen to any of your iTunes playlists or create your own on the fly - right from your Pocket PC. Full synchronization with the iTunes music library is available so there are no worries about maintaining multiple music libraries, RemoteAmp does it all for you.

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Saturday, 25.09.04
TODAY PLUGIN: Mohairsofa Calendar+ updated to support Windows Mobile 2003SE
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 17:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

This is probably the only Today Plugin available today that is faithful to the Microsoft design of the Today Screen. Calendar+ aims to give the user the ability to view upcoming appointments several days in advance and is pretty configurable to do more than that too.

The latest version of Calendar+ adds support for Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition and its support for landscape mode. It does a lovely job of wrapping long appointment descriptions so that they fit into the screen. Handling the appointments from portrait to landscape and back works pretty well too.

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Monday, 20.09.04
UPDATE: MultiIE 3.1 released to better support Windows Mobile 2003SE
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

MultiIE, one of my favorite and must have utilities for Pocket PCs got an update and is available as v3.1 now. The main purpose for the release is to support Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition devices (including VGA screens) and in addition some minor bugs were fixed as well as the core engine update which makse MultiIE 3.1 more efficient now to run faster on Windows Mobile 2003 devices as well.

Also included are some new features, Peter requested from you and he tried some of the most useful ones in 3.1, which are:

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Saturday, 18.09.04
UPDATE: Fizz Software updated Fizz Bill Now for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, the Munich Oktoberfest starts (the biggest beer-buzz in the world) and therefore, if you visit Munich and the Wiesn with a couple of friends, this update might comes right for you:

We've all been there, been out with friends and family. Dinners over and the dreaded bill arrives.

With Bill Now, simply tap in the bill cost, the percentage of tip you feel they deserve and the number of people the bill should be split by.

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Thursday, 16.09.04
DRIVER: Socket Communications released Wi-Fi card updates
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

"Socket WLAN Tools Mobile Edition is a new Socket wireless LAN utility that provides ease-of-use as well as advanced network statistics not normally seen in Pocket PC WLAN utilities. This new utility is intuitive and graphical in nature, making it very easy for new users to quickly determine if they are successfully connected to a wireless LAN. It also provides real-time monitoring of signal strength, link quality, Internet availability, data rate, packets sent/received, and duration of connection. The utility uses Microsoft's built-in Wireless Zero Configuration tool for wireless network configuration and profile management.

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Wednesday, 15.09.04
DEVICE: O2 Germany to release Xda III and Xda IIi later this year
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, also o2 Germany confirmed the launch of its Blue Angel version later this year. Unlike O2 UK, o2 Germany will call it Xda III as mentioned before.
The specifications will be the same as announced by O2 UK last week - so it will includes the 400 MHz XScale CPU as well as 128 MB RAM, quad-band GSM/GPRS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. As a tribute to the localization, it will also include a QWERTZ thumbkeyboard instead of the QWERTY keyboard which will be released in UK.

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Tuesday, 14.09.04
DEVICE: T-Mobile to release a second Pocket PC Phone Edition this year
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today seems to be T-Mobiles Windows Mobile day. After the official announcements of the MDA III, the SDA and the SDA Music, T-Mobile revealed another device as well: the T-Mobile MDA compact which is based on HTC's Margician Pocket PC Phone Edition.

The MDA compact - which is the same device as the previously announced i-mate JAM - is the smaller and lighter brother of the current MDA II and like its bigger brother it comes without W-LAN.

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CONFIRMED: O2 Germany to release the Motorola MPx220 later this year
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, also o2 Germany confirmed the launch of its first Microsoft Smartphone. However, unlike T-Mobile who is developing their Smartphones with HTC (who is also producing the O2 Xda's and the T-Mobile MDA's), o2 Germany teamed up with Motorola to release the MPx220 later this year (so far it's rumored to be released in November for less than 299 Euro).

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DEVICES: T-Mobile Germany revealed SDA and SDA Music Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, T-Mobile Germany officially revealed the launch of the SDA and the new SDA Music Smartphones, based on Windows Mobile 2003.
While the SDA is basically the Orange C500 (HTC Typhoon) with slightly modified buttons, the SDA Music is based on the "standard" SDA but includes three new buttons for easy Media Player access because they are play, rewind and forward buttons!

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Monday, 13.09.04
SUPPORT: o2 Germany is supporting Homezone indication with the Motorola MPx220
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Good news for Germany's o2 customers! Today I had the chance to play a little bit with o2's Motorola MPx220 and no wonder at all - but worth to post: it's supporting o2's Home- and Cityzone indication! Finally! :-)

If you are not living in Germany you might not know the concept behind Homezone and Cityzone:

Homezone is based on a standard GSM cellular phone only, no cordless equipment is required or used. While you are on the road, you can make phone calls with your mobile phone as with every mobile phone, also you are available under the o2 mobile number. Outbound calls are charged with the normal tariff, which is, more or less equal, too the other mobile tariffs, available from other operators.

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Saturday, 11.09.04
CLARIFICATION: O2's Xda IIs, IIi and III naming and features
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It seems to be time to clarify the one or the other thing about O2's recently announced Xda Pocket PC Phone Edition series devices:

First of all, the recently announced O2 Xda IIs (s = slider? aka HTC Blue Angel aka T-Mobile MDA III) will be called Xda IIs in UK and Ireland only. For Germany, o2 will follow the common naming conversion and here it is called o2 Xda III as well, as an o2 spokesman confirmed PPCW.Net. In addition, for the German market, the Xda III will also has a QWERTZ keyboard instead of the English QWERTY keyboard of the Xda IIs.

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Thursday, 09.09.04
RELEASE: O2 expands Xda portfolio with the launch of two new Xda Pocket PC Phone Editions
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

O2 UK is building on the popularity of the highly acclaimed Xda II by adding to its Xda portfolio with the launch of two new devices the Xda IIs (Xda III) and Xda IIi. The handsets feature the latest cutting edge technology and contemporary design all at affordable prices, making a perfect Christmas present for business professionals.

The Xda IIs will be available in the UK and Germany before Christmas 2004 with the Xda IIi to follow in early 2005.

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PRESENTATION: Conduits set to upgrade Pocket Slides to version 2
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 03:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Pocket Slides has been a long favourite in the Pocket PC world as a PowerPoint solution for Pocket PCs. In the past versions we have seen them enhance their synchronization features to enable 2-way synching between Pocket PC and PC and the ability to support transitions in their presentations.

Conduits has just announced that Pocket Slides has just entered the beta mode for version 2. We will see more advanced features in version 2 as well as support for...

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Wednesday, 08.09.04
GPS: ALK's CoPilot to support Windows Mobile Smartphones soon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

2004 ALK Technologies Ltd, leading developer of navigation systems, today announced the worldwide availability of CoPilot Live GPS Navigation for mobile phones.

The new system transforms a compatible Microsoft Windows Mobile-based Smartphone into a powerful, ultra-portable in-car Sat Nav system, integrating the same award-winning CoPilot technology as is currently available for Laptops and Windows Mobile-based Pocket PC PDAs.

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DEVICE: T-Mobile's SDA Smartphone previewed by German online magazine
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

German news site heise online was able to preview/pre-test the recently leaked T-Mobile SDA Smartphone and has published their impressions here.

Nothin new so far except pricing and availability. According to heise online, the SDA should cost without a contract 369 Euro, with a two years subscription around 100 Euro.

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WIRELESS: Socket rebates for CF and SD wireless cards
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As Socket announced today, they are having count weeks from now until October 31, 2004 which includes US$ 30 off for CompactFlash - Wireless LAN Card and Connection Kit with Bluetooth Wireless Technology and US$ 20 off for SDIO - Wireless LAN Card and Connection Kit with Bluetooth Wireless Technology.

This is a mail-in rebate and as always valid for North-Americans only. :-( However, if you plan to buy either a W-LAN or Bluetooth card for your Pocket PC, this might be a good deal!

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GPS: TomTom's Navigation goes Mobile with Smartphone support
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Turn your Smartphone into an in-car navigator with TomTom Mobile for Windows Mobile Smartphones!

Dutch TomTom today updated their website with their latest product - TomTom Mobile for smart phones including Windows Mobile Smartphones:

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Monday, 06.09.04
CASE: Piel Frama announced HTC Blue Angel leather case
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:46 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Wow, pretty amazing! The HTC Blue Angel (better known as Xda III or MDA III) isn't available yet, Spanish Piel Frama already announced the fitting leather case for it:

This leather case incorporates Piel Frama's new belt clip system (with or without belt clip and knob) and features:

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SURVEY: Spb announces "Global Spb Pocket PC Survey"
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb Software House the leading Pocket PC software developer has started "Spb Pocket PC Survey" a global survey for the Pocket PC community. All survey participants will be entered into a drawing to win either a HP iPAQ hx4700 or 1 of 3 $100 PocketGear software certificates. Contributions to the Pocket PC community, like Pocket PC Developer Network and Spb Benchmark, are a big part of Spb Software House's strategy. In keeping with this vision, Spb will make the statistical results of this survey publicly available.

This survey will be the first broad source of information about community Pocket PC users: how they use their Pocket PCs, what they like and dislike in Pocket PCs, etc. Spb Pocket PC Survey will be conducted annually in September in order to see changes in the Pocket PC community from year to year.

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Saturday, 04.09.04
FREEWARE: RJV free Applications for Smartphone 2002 and 2003
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Rey Vegafria, webmaster of airfagev, the home of proud Pinoy smartphone uses recently released a couple of great freeware applications for the Windows Mobile Smartphone: SendContact, SecureInbox, iMenu and RJV Clock SP2003.

Except RJV Clock SP2003 and iMenu, all applications are available in a Smartphone 2002 and Smartphone 2003 version:

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RELEASE: T-Mobile Germany revealed the T-Mobile SDA Smartphone 2003
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As reported on German smartphone-web, T-Mobile Germany is introducing it's first Windows Mobile Smartphone later this month. After o2 Germany revealed its first Smartphone in its current shop-flyer, now T-Mobile did the same but with a complete unknown device - the T-Mobile SDA.

The T-Mobile SDA is based on the HTC Typhoon but pretty carrier tweaked and therefore it's the first Microsoft Smartphone which features carrier specific hardware buttons:

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Wednesday, 01.09.04
CASES: New Piel Frama leather cases for Pocket PCs announced
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Piel Frama today announced the availability of their latest leather case for the HP iPAQ H6300 series Pocket PC Phone Edition and the Fujitsu-Siemens Loox 700 series.

Both leather cases are available from now in brown or red and features:

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DEVICE: o2 Germany to introduce the Motorola MPx220 Smartphone 2003SE!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It took a while that Motorola finally announced their long awaited Motorola MPx220 Smartphone a couple of weeks ago and so far there wasn't any confirmed information available which carrier will release it.
Today, when I was in a local o2 shop, I picked up their latest shop-flyer, valid from 1. October until 14. October and for my surprise I found the following information:

On page 13, o2 Germany provides a forecast about upcoming devices for Christmas (Christmas - already ?) and beside two new UMTS terminals from Motorola and Nokia and Nokia's latest Communicator, o2 Germany also pre-announced the Motorola MPx220!

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