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Sunday, 31.10.04
TIP: Know your Motorola MPx220 hardware version
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:37 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

Attention ebayer's - if you want to buy a Motorola MPx220, be aware the device you are are bidding for is the latest hardware.
As mentioned before, Motorola made some hardware changes for the final version (which is on sale from Cingular and soon from other carriers as well) and to get the best stand-by results as well as all the other benefits, you need the the final hardware because the release ROMs are optimized for that hardware, not for the previously used engineering samples.
Unfortunately, many devices - which were released for developing purpose only - made its way to ebay and if you will buy such a device, it will never work as good as the the final version is/will work.

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THOUGHT: Enthusiast websites - a kind of 'self-service shop' for companies?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:02 CET under 09 - Thoughts

I think I get this thought at least once a month but as thoughts come - they also go but this time I want to write about it (maybe because the weather is so lousy today that I don't want to do anything else).
This week, I had a couple of phone calls, SMS messages and instant messages with my fellow MVP Joe of If you are not German-speaking but a Smartphone enthusiast you know - I'm sure - Paul's MoDaCo. Joe's is the same but in German; it's the Smartphone forum here and if you have visited it lately you might have seen the following message there:

"Traffic Limit Reached" and now you even get a DNS error! 8O

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Saturday, 30.10.04
PREVIEW: HTC's Blue Angel with and without camera
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:56 CET under 08 - Reviews

As announced earlier by T-Mobile Germany, their MDA III Pocket PC version (also known as HTC Blue Angel, O2 Xda III/IIs and others) will be available later this year without a camera (but with GSM/GPRS, Bluetooth and W-LAN) to address business customers better.

Now I received some exclusive pictures of how the camera-less version will looks like. It's basically the same, just the backside of the device changed (it excludes the camera and the mirror) and the camera button on the side is assigned to a different function than the camera (makes sense):

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Tuesday, 26.10.04
GADGETS: Apple released two new iPods: iPod Photo & iPod U2 Special Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:56 CET under 01 - General News

Today, Cuppertino based PC manufacture Apple released two new iPods - the iPod Photo and the iPod U2. While the U2 is just a special edition with a different design (black instead of white), the Photo is the long awaited and often rumored "multimedia" iPod, even if it excludes video playback (yet):

Apple iPod Music
iPod Photo's menu is easier to read than ever. That's thanks in part to the clarity of the display - it offers 220x176-pixel resolution - and in part to the new Myriad typeface. Both sizes feature a razor sharp LCD display that lets you see your photos in vivid color - 65,000 colors, to be exact. And with its built-in backlighting, you'll be able to admire those photos indoors or out.

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LAUNCH: O2 Asia to launch the HTC Feeler Windows Mobile Smartphone as O2 Xphone II
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to CNet Asia, O2 Asia, a subsidiary of mmO2 is ready to launch the HTC Feeler (also known as i-mate SP3i) soon as O2 Xphone II:

O2 Xphone II sets a new standard for Smartphones
Like the O2 Xda IIs, the O2 Xphone II is an icon of intelligent architecture with a striking black design. At only 102 grams, the O2 Xphone II is the slimmest Smartphone in the market. Even as its size rivals those of regular mobile phones, information displayed on the O2 Xphone II is showcased on a comparatively larger 2.2-inch, 65K-colour TFT-LCD screen that is now brighter and with higher contrast. A graphite-colored, ridged keyboard further provides handsome accompaniment to the phone's black casing, and completes its beautiful looks.

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Saturday, 23.10.04
UTILITY: xBar 2.4 Beta released with new features and several bug fixes
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:06 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

My all-time favorite Smartphone application xBar (okay, that's not 100 % objective but true) got a refresh and is available as Beta 2.4 now.
David, the developer, tried hard to fix some minor bugs but also to better support the new HTC Typhoon as well as he added some new handy features.

xBar enables you to exploit the best windows features in your Smartphone such as easy switching between applications, clipboard management and task management.

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UTILITY: SmartMonitor Home Screen plug-in for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

SmartPhinger recently released SmartMonitor Homescreen Plug-in for Windows Mobile Smartphone which is a plug-in to display different parameters of your phone such as battery life, temperature, storage space and available memory. You can also add icons representing any of these things as you see fit. The plug-in is extremely configurable in that it allows you to place as many or as few bits on information on the screen, wherever you want with just a minor tweak of the XML file.

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INPUT: Blimkeys multi-tap Input Panel for Pocket PC and Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 09:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Blimkeys is another one handed text input system which Pocket PC Phone Edition users will surely appreciate. It is a standard SIP which means that it will reside in the SIP menu for easy access. This current version is already working but be warned that this is still in the development stage.

Blimkeys is a standard Software Input Panel for PocketPC 2002 and WM2003 based PDAs and you can input text just like tapping in text on a regular mobile phone. Predictive text input and word completion function under development and support for several layouts for other languages is being planned.

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Friday, 22.10.04
UPDATE: o2 Germany released another Xda II ROM update
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, o2 Germany released the latest ROM update for the o2 Xda II which is available for download now. It includes Bluetooth and battery life enhancements, the latest fixes from Microsoft and an improved radio stack 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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BETA: SmartphoneNotes ActiveSync provider update BETA 5 RC available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you are such a heavy user of SyncData's SmartphoneNotes like I'm, I'm sure you know the Outlook security feature, which asks you every time if you are sure to allow Outlook access. While I appreciated improved security, this pop-up becomes a little bit annoying, especially if you have forgotten to accept the access for x minutes because ActiveSync is on hold until you allow/deny access.

Now SyncData, provides a free solution (currently available as Beta only) for its SmartphoneNotes customers:

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Wednesday, 20.10.04
UPDATE: Orange released ROM update for the SPV C500
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

UPDATE: Orange released ROM update for the SPV C500

Paul over at MoDaCo announced that Orange has recently released a ROM update for their SPV C500/HTC Typhoon. Seems he was beta testing is already and he confirms to be a stable update.

You can improve the performance of your SPV C500 by downloading the new ROM update. This will give you the following benefits: Videos can be sent via MMS, flickering issue in games has now been fixed, packet video full screen mode and backlight fix, improved memory management of the camera and video applications, improved browsing/upload speed (changed from GPRS class 8 to class 10).

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PHOTOVIEW: Piel Frama Leather Case for HTC Blue Angel aka Xda III/IIs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:06 CET under 08 - Reviews

Since T-Mobile is selling the Blue Angel as MDA III in Germany now and i-mate is offering it as PDA2k globally, I know many of you are looking for a replacement case. Fiel Frama recently announced their "Blue Angel" fitting leather case which I received yesterday (thanks to Piel Frama) and before it takes too long to review it, here we go with the photo-preview that you can decide if this case is something which might work for you.

Because the Blue Angel is a slider design, Piel Frama had to find a different way how to get the case around the device and here they are using a "trick" with the keyboard. There is no other point where the case is fixed, just the with the transparent plastic, which also protects the thumb-keyboard.

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REVEALED: More information and details about the O2 Xda IIi
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Since the previous announcements from O2 UK and o2 Germany, we haven't heard that much anymore about their next coming Xda IIi; however, I got the following information confirmed by O2 now.

All we saw before were rumors and speculations only but it's confirmed now that the Xda IIi isn't based on the "HTC Magician" but based on the new "HTC Alpine".

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Tuesday, 19.10.04
NAVIGATION: Microsoft released Pocket Streets as stand-alone for Pocket PC and Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:29 CET under 01 - General News

New at consumer electronics stores in North America and online on October 15, 2004! Pocket Streets transforms your Microsoft Windows Mobile–based Pocket PC, Pocket PC Phone or Smartphone into your personal guide to thousands of North American and Western European cities. With the Pocket Streets street-level mapping assistant and guide, your mobile device can take you where you want to go!

The Pocket Streets 2005 street-level mapping assistant and guide places powerful mapping technology in the palm of your hand! In Pocket Streets 2005, Microsoft have worked hard to bring you the best Pocket Streets ever.

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NAVIGATION: Destinator enters the Smartphone GPS-navigation market
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to German mobile site mobile2day, tomorrow, Destinator Europe will publicly show their latest product "Destinator for Smartphone", first time at "Systems" convention in Munich.
Destinator is already well known for Pocket PC on-board navigation and one of the top 5 navigation systems for Windows Mobile, now they will also enter the Smartphone market.

Destinator for Smartphone is based on what you might know from the Pocket PC but also includes some new, Smartphone optimized features like:

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Monday, 18.10.04
BEING MOBILE: 2 Days in China with more Windows Mobile experience on Day 2
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 11:06 CET under 09 - Thoughts

The second day in the China High-Tech Fair gives me more time to cover the rest of the halls and go back to the Telecom hall for a look at the latest in the mobile phone world. There are some camera phones which now feature optical zoom as well as 3.2 megapixel cameras. 3G phones were on display and the fashion phones were also featured there. Of course I had to go back to those booths that had Windows Mobile devices on display.

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Sunday, 17.10.04
BEING MOBILE: 2 Days in the China High-Tech Fair... quite lucky on day 1
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 21:16 CET under 09 - Thoughts

The night after the Hong Kong Electronics fair, we took the bus to China. The bus ride to China was a pleasant one and I actually slept most of the trip. Crossing the border was a bit unnerving though since I didn't speak Chinese and we were handpicked out of the many who cross the border to have our baggage checked. Everything went on fine though and soon we were at our hotel. It was again another opportunity to taste genuine chinese cuisine.

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BEING MOBILE: 2 Days in Hong Kong in search of a Windows Mobile device
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 12:46 CET under 09 - Thoughts

My Hong Kong schedule was quite hectic. As soon as we got to Hong Kong, we only had enough time to have a quick lunch and had had to hurry down to the Convention Center. The exhibit was quite huge with various products on display from TV sets to Refrigerators and DVD players to USB flash drives and MP3 players. I saw a lot of various electronic products there such as clocks and medical equipment. I was told not to expect to see any Windows Mobile powered device in the Hong Kong exhibit and it was quite true. I didn't see anything there except for a couple of Windows CE.Net powered devices.

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Friday, 15.10.04
THOUGHT: Smartphone Navigation - the next hype?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:20 CET under 09 - Thoughts

For some weeks now, I'm playing with Smartphone-navigation (like amy others) and yesterday got it finally working with my Motorola MPx220 after I tweaked it a little bit to work with my Bluetooth GPS receiver and I'm completely impressed. 8O

Pocket PC navigation is already mature enough to may replace car navigation systems sooner or later; on the other hand the Pocket PC will never reach such a penetration as we have it with mobile phones already and therefore Smartphone navigation becomes even more interesting!

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SURVEY: Tell Microsoft what you think about the Newsgroups
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:05 CET under 01 - General News

If you are a heavy Internet user, I'm sure you know the Usenent and the Newsgroups and maybe you are also visiting the Microsoft hosted Windows Mobile Newsgroup from time to time.

If so, don't forget to join the Microsoft survey:

Welcome to the Windows Mobile and Embedded Newsgroups Feedback Site

Thank you for agreeing to take a few minutes to complete this survey regarding your experiences with Windows Mobile and Embedded newsgroups. Your feedback is entirely voluntary, but will help Microsoft in improving Windows Mobile and Embedded products, our newsgroups, and the Windows Community as a whole.

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Thursday, 14.10.04
INNOVATION: Search your own computer with Google Desktop Search
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:11 CET under 01 - General News

Google today released the first public Beta of its previously announced Google Desktop Search.

Google Desktop Search is how our brains would work if we had photographic memories. It's a desktop search application that provides full text search over your E-Mail, computer files, chats, and the web pages you've viewed. By making your computer searchable, Google Desktop Search puts your information easily within your reach and frees you from having to manually organize your files, E-Mails, and bookmarks.

After downloading Google Desktop Search, you can search your personal items as easily as you search the Internet using Google. Unlike traditional computer search software that updates once a day, Google Desktop Search updates continually for most file types, so that when you receive a new E-Mail in Outlook, for example, you can search for it within seconds. The index of searchable information created by Desktop Search is stored on your own computer.

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BROWSING: Opera Technical Preview for Microsoft Smartphone 2003 released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, Opera released its previously announced web browser as a technical preview for the Microsoft Smartphone platform:

Users must be aware that a TP is not a final product and does not contain all features that are expected with a final release. Furthermore, users cannot register a TP and it should be regarded for preview purposes only.

The TP is free for all users, but will expire Dec 31, 2004.

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Wednesday, 13.10.04
BEING MOBILE: Here I am again to experience another mobile moment
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 21:41 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Work this time brings me to Hong Kng and China. I'll be going with a friend to scout out new products in Hong Kong and China. I'll definitely keep my eyes peeled for new stuff and if I do come along some new Windows Mobile powered stuff... I'm sure I'll be posting it here.

When I get back, I think I have about half a dozen reviews of stuff to post. I have not been able to do so since I have been quite busy with work. Both my jobs as a photographer and as a consultant. Well, things are pretty bright on the Windows Mobile side. It might be a bit quiet, but I'm sure there will be more exciting things coming our way.

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Tuesday, 12.10.04
RELEASE: Microsoft introduce Windows Media Player 10 Mobile for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:01 CET under 01 - General News

LOS ANGELES - Oct. 12, 2004 - Today at the Windows XP Experience More event, Microsoft Corp. announced the launch of its Windows Media Player 10 Mobile, first to be introduced with the Audiovox SMT5600. It lets users automatically sync media content easily with a Windows XP PC, transfer album art or playlists, and take advantage of new digital music scenarios powered by Windows Media Digital Rights Management 10.
These scenarios include the transfer of purchased music from services such as MSN Music, Musicmatch, MusicNow and Wal-Mart Music Downloads, along with the ability to transfer subscription content from services such as Napster.

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RELEASE: AT&T Wireless offers Audiovox SMT5600 with Windows Mobile Software
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

LOS ANGELES - Oct. 12, 2004 - Today at the Windows XP Experience More event, Microsoft Corp. and Audiovox Communications Corp., a majority-owned subsidiary of Audiovox Corp., and AT&T Wireless introduced the smallest Microsoft Windows Mobile-based Smartphone in North America - the Audiovox SMT5600 (better known as Orange SPV C500/HTC Typhoon). The Audiovox SMT5600 includes the Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition software for Smartphones and is the first Windows-Mobile-based Smartphone featuring Windows Media Player 10 Mobile, providing a rich new media experience that enables the seamless transfer of media from a PC running Windows XP.

AT&T Wireless is offering the Audiovox SMT5600 starting today for 199.99 US$ after rebates with a two-year voice and data service contract.

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Monday, 11.10.04
RELEASED: T-Mobile SDA Smartphone available for Business Customers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Previously I've written about the announced T-Mobile SDA at the T-Mobile consumer shop - now the same SDA with Windows Mobile 2003 SE is available to order for business customers already.
With a 24 month T-Mobile contract it costs 99,95 Euro - without any subscriptions it's available for 369,95 Euro.
No delivery dates given nor you can order it online but have to call the call center but anyway, it's starting - now!

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Friday, 08.10.04
RELEASE: T-Mobile SDA Smartphone appears at T-Mobile Online Shop
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

T-Mobile's recently announced SDA Smartphone (based on the same reference design as the Orange SPV C500 and i-mate SP3 and SP3i) finally reached T-Mobiles German Online Shop.

Right now, it's not available for order yet but announced only; however, this is a good indication that it shouldn't takes too long anymore to see it on sale there as well.

According the provided information there, it's expected to become available mid October (7 days from now ?).

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AVAILABILITY: Motorola MPx220 appears at Best Buy
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to Mike from Smartphone Thoughts, the Motorola MPx recently appeared at Best Buy:

We just received word that the Motorola MPx220 is officially in stores now. Best Buy is selling Cingular branded version for $349.99 with a contract or $499.99 without a contract. It is also worth mentioning that they are unlocked devices.

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WARNING: Better don't buy 'pre-production' MPx220 Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Recently I had a longer talk with Motorola about their MPx220 Smartphone and some problems I've figured out with the engineering sample I got. For instance the stand-by time became dramatically shorter with the last ROM versions and also the external display was too dark in my humble opinion.

The reason, why the battery drained that fast - compared with earlier ROMs I've tested - is because the latest ROM builds (and the one which will be  commercially released) are designed and optimized for the final hardware, which isn't the same which was used for the pre-production engineering samples. While I had around 1 day stand-by at first, it went down to around 6 hours only. Now, with the final hardware, the current stand-by is up to around 2 - 3 days while the ROM still contains some debugger software which reduces the stand-by as well and which is - for sure - removed in the commercial version.

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Tuesday, 05.10.04
THOUGHT: Mobile Media day at PPCW.Net
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:59 CET under 09 - Thoughts

As I said before, yesterday wasn't that bad at all, beside I met the police the whole day. Because I received two packages: one from Microsoft which was my MVP pack and one from my fellow MVP Steven (I love it if FedEx shipps faster than expected, at least I received it two days earlier than estimated).
While I knew what Steven's package should contain - the "Creative Zen Portable Media Center Edition", for my surprise the MVP package also contained a mobile media gadget, a "Creative MuVo TX" MP3 player.
Holy cow - how many portable media players does a single geek needs? ;-)

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Monday, 04.10.04
THOUGHT: First speed trapped, than caught with the the mobile phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:42 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Hmmm... :roll: How often can you be caught by the police the same day?
This morning, when I drove through Munich, I drove into a speed trap. It was one of them you haven't seen before because they 'shot' you with the laser gun.
I wouldn't say I was too fast if you know the "Verdi Strasse" in Munich but well, fast enough that I have to pay around 50 Euro and I will get one point in "Flensburg" (Germans know what I mean). That's what I call a bad start into the day... :x

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VIEWER: Adobe released Acrobat Reader 2.0 for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As seen on Pocket PC Thoughts, Adobe recently released an updated version of its Acrobat Reader for Pocket PC as version 2.0.
Like the previous Reader versions, it is free and still large. The English version is 13.5 MB. 8O Beside English, Reader for Pocket PC is also available in other languages like German but not all the desktop language-versions are available for the Pocket PC platform.

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Sunday, 03.10.04
SHOPPING: New i-mate Pocket PCs and Smartphones available from PPCW.Net soon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:59 CET under 01 - General News

If you are a frequent visitor of PPCW.Net and you've watched the right hardware box, you might have seen that I've added two new i-mate devices: the i-mate SP3i Smartphone 2003 Second Edition and the i-mate JAM Pocket PC Phone Edition 2003 Second Edition.

Both devices are already ordered and I'm awaiting the shipping confirmation and estimated time of arrivals (ETA) now.

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AWARD: Congrats all new and re-awarded Microsoft MVPs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:16 CET under 01 - General News

October 1st was the due date for re-awarding the MVPs or becoming a new MVP and I'm happy to announce that both - Carlo and I was re-awarded by Microsoft as a MVP for Mobile Devices!

While I haven't received a full list of all awarded Mobile Device MVPs I congratulate all continuing and new MVPs!

If you don't know what MVP is about, it's the abbreviation for "Most Valuable Professional" and Microsoft honors persons for their work in the past:

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THOUGHT: Creative Zen Portable Media Center on the way
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:54 CET under 09 - Thoughts

For a couple of weeks, Microsoft's Portable Media Centers are available for sale in the U.S. and when it was announced earlier, I've tried to order a Creative Zen from Amazon. Unfortunately, Amazon isn't shipping this device too Germany but thanks to my fellow MVP Steve from, I've place my order through him and recently he received the device which he forwarded immediately too me.
Right now, it's in customs in Frankfurt and delivery date is expected for October, 6.

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Saturday, 02.10.04
NEWS FEED: Mobile News 1.0.1 for Pocket PC released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:21 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you use NewsGator you know how convenient it is to have all news and messages in one convenient place. Now you can get something similar for your Pocket PC:

Mobile News is a tool to synchronize XML news (RSS, RDF, Atom) to your Pocket PC Inbox. Features includes:

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REVIEW: Think Outside Stowaway Universal Bluetooth Keyboard for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:15 CET under 08 - Reviews

A couple of weeks ago, ThinkOutside, the maker of the famous foldable keyboards announced their first Bluetooth foldable keyboard for PDAs and mobile phones and thanks to PDA-Point, the European distributor I got a review unit two weeks ago which I've heavily used and tested during the past days and weeks.

As good PDA and mobile phone input methods like "Transcriber" or "T9" and "iTAP" are, for sure nothing compares with a "real" keyboard and if you want to use your mobile device more productive, you can not ignore an external keyboard.

The ThinkOutside keyboard combines some of the most favorite features I prefer to use and therefore it were even more interesting for me to test it: Bluetooth (the technology I believe into to connect devices) and ThinkOutside's award winning foldable design which makes their keyboards so handy.

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