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Friday, 26.11.04
THOUGHT: Bluetooth Car Kits which works with your Pocket PC Phone Edition and Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:12 CET under 09 - Thoughts

For a customer project, which includes o2 Xda II Pocket PC Phone Editions, where I'm the technical project manager, I've tested several Bluetooth car kits during the past 2 weeks and the experiences might be something you are interested in.

In more and more countries it's forbidden now to make phone calls while driving and the penalties can be pretty expensive. Therefore a car kit is always a good idea for several reasons:

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Thursday, 25.11.04
UTILITY: Spb GPRS Monitor for Smartphone released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb, well known for great Pocket PC software, finally released their long awaited Spb GPRS Monitor for Smartphone! If you are using a carrier which isn't offering a flat GPRS tariff, it's a complete solution for measuring the amount of data transfers via your GPRS, CDMA or GSM network connection and calculating network usage costs. Spb GPRS Monitor monitors all data transfers you perform and calculates the cost of your GPRS usage taking into account your service plan details: inclusive data amount, data block size. etc.

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Tuesday, 23.11.04
PREVIEW: o2 Germany's Xda III will exclude the camera
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:33 CET under 08 - Reviews

At the same press conference, where o2 Germany previewed their Xda IIi the first time this week, o2 also confirmed that their version of the HTC Blue Angel - called Xda III - will be launched without camera!
o2 Germany explained this step with the high demand of their corporate and business customers to get a Pocket PC Phone Edition without camera. More and more companies in Germany and worldwide disallow the use of camera enabled devices on their company terrain and therefore o2 Germany decided to go this way with their Xda III.

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Sunday, 21.11.04
AVAILABILITY: T-Mobile MDA compact and SDA music now available in Germany
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:25 CET under 01 - General News

T-Mobile introduced last week a new generation of cell phones with Microsoft Windows operating system: E-Mail, surf, take photos, listen to music and watch videos on the move.

Take pictures and send them as an MMS, enjoy music, surf the Internet, send and receive E-Mails: T-Mobile brings together the multimedia world of mobile communications in two innovative devices, the MDA compact and the new SDA music. Both devices are now available. The models make an impression with their markedly elegant design and a large, crystal-clear display. The Windows mobile operating system from Microsoft with its standard home-PC interface enables easy access to multimedia and office functions.

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Saturday, 20.11.04
THOUGHT: Is browsing the Internet via PDA and GPRS a good idea?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:15 CET under 09 - Thoughts

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

My first personal experience in accessing the Internet while on the go came with PDAs with built-in GPRS modem. But after excitingly using the mobile access to the Internet for more than two years now I am getting to a point of frustration.

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LINK: Try before buy - Microsoft's Smartphone demo
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Are you not sure how a Windows Mobile based Smartphone works or which of the latest you might want to buy? Microsoft recently launched a flash-based Smartphone demo:

Want to see a Windows Mobile-based device in action? Click the demos below for a fun, interactive tour of the hardware and features of several cutting-edge Pocket PC Phones and Smartphones newly on the market. If you like to "try before you buy," demos can help you assess the key features of each phone. And if you're a proud new owner of one of the following phones, browse a demo to get acquainted with your new phone.

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PREVIEW: O2 Xda IIi Pocket PC Phone Edition 2003 Second Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:25 CET under 08 - Reviews

On Wednesday's press conference, O2 showed their next Pocket PC Phone Edition device, the Xda IIi, first time publicly. Basically, as previously said, the Xda IIi comes in the same housing as the previous Xda II and the differences are in the details.

O2 confirmed, that the Xda IIi (also known as HTC Alpine):

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Monday, 15.11.04
BETA TESTING: Fizz Software Fizz Traveller 2.0 - Beta
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

FizzSoftware looking to beta test Fizz Traveller 2.0 in a week or so. If you'd be interested in taking part, have a look at the Fizz Traveller 2.0 beta page.

The new version is packed with features, here are just a few:

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BOOK: Microsoft Press Microsoft Pocket PC - Das Taschenhandbuch, Ausgabe 2005
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

How many Pocket PC related books we need - at least one more - my latest one! :-) Together with Microsoft Press Germany, I'm proud to announce my latest book project - this time about Window Mobile Pocket PC 2003 Second Edition.

Since the book is in German, please find below more information in German:

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Wednesday, 10.11.04
COOPERATION: Navigon GPS expands to North American market
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Navigon Inc. announces OEM agreement with Easy to Introduce OnCourse NAVIGATOR Software to turn PDAs into mobile GPS navigational sSystems:

Chicago, November 9 ? Navigon, an European market leader of mobile GPS navigation systems for dynamic telematics, navigation solutions and driver assistance systems, today announced an OEM agreement with, a leading distributor for portable GPS navigation solutions. will market and sell the OnCourse Navigator 4 software, based on Navigon's technology platform, which turns Microsoft-powered Pocket PCs into an easy-to-use voice guided GPS navigation system. Available Nov. 9 at, OnCourse Navigator 4 gives users access to an advanced navigation system independently from their vehicles, allowing for accurate and secure travel no matter the location. Easy to use and install without any mounting costs or additional fees, OnCourse Navigator 4 offers advanced features such as individualized navigation maps for car and pedestrian navigation.

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SOFTWARE: O2 Asia officially launched the O2 Xda IIs and Xphone II
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:00 CET under 01 - General News

O2 Asia, an Asian market focused service provider of mmO2 (shareholder of European GSM and UMTS carriers o2 Germany, O2 UK and O2 Ireland) recently introduced their latest products for the Asian market: the O2 Xda IIs Pocket PC Phone Edition (also available later this year in UK and Ireland and known as Xda III at o2 Germany) and the O2 Xphone II Windows Mobile Smartphone:

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SOFTWARE: It's SoftMaker's carnival time in Nürnberg, Germany with big savings
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Exactly at 11:11 am on November 11, Carnival starts in SoftMaker's hometown of Nürnberg - world-famous all over Germany.

Samba in Rio? Bah! Mardi Gras? Forget it! We have carnival speeches, we dance the polonaise, and we drink way too much beer. Unexpected side effects of Carnival become apparent nine months later and go by the names of Hans and Franz.

Harebrained Pricing in Nürnberg, Germany.
It is customary to do harebrained things on the day Carnival starts. Following this tradition, SoftMaker will slash prices of TextMaker, PlanMaker, and Nyditot Virtual Display. You'll be able to get many programs for pitiful amounts of money - starting at $11.11 or EUR 11.11!

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Friday, 05.11.04
UPDATE: Agenda Fusion and Pocket Informant got an update
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The best Pocket PC PIM (Personal Information Management) replacements, Developer One Agenda Fusion and WebIS Pocket Informant got an update as Agenda Fusion 6.60 and Pocket Informant 5.5.

Pocket PC Thoughts' Jonathon Watkins had a closer look on the Pocket Informant update:

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LINK: Mobinaute previews the Qtek S1000 aka HTC Magician
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Alexandre of Mobinaute informed me, that he recently previewed the Qtek Qtek S100 (better known as HTC Magician Pocket PC Phone Edition or i-mate JAM) on Mobinaute. While the review is in French (the link below uses Google to translate it) it includes some nice and detailed photos of the device.
Also he puts some amazing comparison shots into his preview which gives you a good indication how small the Magician is - at least not longer than the "smallest" Windows Mobile Smartphone.

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UTILITY: HTTPMail Provider for Smartphone downloads Hotmail and MSN E-Mails
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:05 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

HTTPMail Provider is an add-on software for Windows Mobile Smartphones that allows you to download E-Mail from Hotmail, MSN or Lycos accounts. There's no need to run separate software on your desktop to enable E-Mail synchronization, the only requirement is that you have an internet connection.
HTTPMail Provider offers enhanced NLS (National Language Support) by using the same internationalization engine as Internet Explorer and other Windows CE core applications. You can send and receive E-Mails in most languages, including the ones with non-Latin alphabets such as Japanese, Chinese and Russian.

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Wednesday, 03.11.04
ACCESSORY: Think Outside introduces Stowaway Travel Mouse with Bluetooth
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:11 CET under 01 - General News

Think Outside Inc., creator of the award-winning Stowaway Portable Keyboards for handheld devices, announced on November 1 the availability of its Stowaway Travel Mouse, the world's first portable Bluetooth mouse, for smart phones, PDAs and notebooks. This cutting edge mouse supports Pocket Word, Excel, Messaging & other PPC applications and includes "right click" and "scroll wheel" features for easy navigation.

"The Stowaway Travel Mouse is the world's first mouse for PDAs, smart phones and computers" said Greg van den Dries, President and COO. "Mobile devices are increasingly being used as replacements for desktops and notebooks and yet navigation and input methods on these devices remain challenging for heavy users."
"While we have received many accolades and awards over the years for providing the best portable keyboards in the industry", van den Dries continued, "We felt that we were only providing half of the solution. With a mouse, a user can easily navigate applications and menus on a mobile device just as they would on a desktop."

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Tuesday, 02.11.04
UTILITY: Ilium NewsBreak RSS Newsreader for Pocket PC released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Ilium today informed me, that they released their latest product: NewsBreak for Pocket PC, which is a RSS-feed Newsreader for Pocket PCs.

With NewsBreak you have the latest information with you, wherever you go. Get the latest headlines, weather, sports, business and entertainment news wirelessly on your Pocket PC.

Stay productive any time, anywhere, by keeping up on recent events, industry news, and other information. Turn wasted time into useful time by catching up with whatever you're interested in.

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BETA: Code City CityTime Alarms for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Okay, we know how "good" the Smartphone alarm function works (or not) and I'm still not satisfied with the Windows Mobile solution. Therefore it's great that 3rd party developers try hard to close this gap. Now Code City (makers of CityTime)is releasing the public Beta of CityTime Alarms which is an alarm clock and simple world time piece.

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Monday, 01.11.04
SYNCHRONIZATION: PocketMac's ppcTunes syncs your iTunes with your Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:46 CET under 01 - General News

As you know, I'm a big fan of the Apple iPod since it is the best mobile MP3 player for me so far because it holds my complete music collection which is around 20 GB while I can use the other, free 20 GB as the most stylish portable HDD. ;-)
Also iTunes is my preferred music application for the PC (yet) and I've created a lot of playlists for home and iPod use but so far, I was unable to to sync this playlists with my Windows Mobile devices which also holds a couple of music files.

Thanks to PocketMac, now you can sync your playlists and do even more with ppcTunes:

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OBSERVATION: Surrounded by mobile data devices!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:00 CET under 09 - Thoughts

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

About two years ago, I always was the only one with a "mobile data device" such as the XDA and got very odd looks from my neighborhood. But times have changed, quite significantly as I am able to observe on my travels. Now, there are a lot more people using what I just call "mobile data devices", other may label them smartphones or PDAs with GPRS modem or whatsoever.

Regardless of the name used, this day I always will remember: When getting out of the airplane at the Munich airport, we had to take a bus ride in order to reach the terminal. First, an old phone rings next to me and a businessman fingers for his MDA I. Another old phone rings (they obviously like this ring) and a second businessman on my right picks his MDA II. A third businessman on my left starts calling on his SonyEricsson P900 while his colleague is reading his emails on a Blackberry. And last but not least, another businessman behind me gets his Palm Treo 600 to check something on the Web.

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