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Friday, 31.12.04
THANK YOU: I wish you a Happy New Year and a good start into 2005
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:52 CET under 06 - Site News

Dear fellow PPCW.Net readers! I wish you all a good start into the new year, even if the old year ended with such a tragedy in South Asia (and I was in the past a couple of times in Phuket too) which might affected the one or the other family-member or friend of you. :-( If so, I either wish this family member/friend to get well soon or in worst case please take my sincere condolences!

For all of us, I wish a good start into a new promising year 2005 which hopefully brings us all the best luck we need, health and everything we wish!

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STORAGE: HTC Magician series 64MB to 128MB upgrade available from PocketPCTechs.com
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The HTC Magician (better known as i-mate JAM, O2 Xda II mini, Qtek S100 or T-Mobile MDA compact) is a great device I enjoy to use, however it has two flaws: no inbuilt Wi-Fi and limited memory capacity with 64 MB. While you can add a SanDsik Wi-Fi card to enable Wi-Fi, the lack of memory stays.
Now Pocket PC memory specialist PocketPCTechs announced the release of a 64 MB to 128 MB upgrade for the iHTC Magician:

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Wednesday, 29.12.04
UPDATE: i-mate released ROM update for PDA2k Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After the previously released Bluetooth fixes for the i-mate PDA2K Pocket PC Phone Edition, i-mate finally released a complete ROM update for its Pocket PC Phone Edition (also known as O2 Xda III/IIs and T-Mobile MDA III).

According to i-mate, this ROM build provides some significant improvements in radio, audio, Bluetooth and operating functionality.

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Tuesday, 28.12.04
UTILITY: MadBeetle released WorldTime 3.0 for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

MadBeetle recently released its WorldTime version 3.0 (which I previously reviewed in version 2.0) for Windows Mobile Smartphones. It displays the current times including daylight time savings in over 400 cities world wide in four pre-selected clocks and can be easily changed via the select city option.

Version 3.0 has loads of new features:

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Monday, 27.12.04
PIM: SBSH Papyrus Calendar replacement for Smartphone available as Beta
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While the Smartphone includes a Calendar application, the feature-set is still pretty limited. Developer Ones Power Calendar was the first serious replacement, now we get a second one from SBSH Mobile Software: Papyrus:

Papyrus is now in public-beta stages and can be downloaded for free SBSH:

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Thursday, 23.12.04
CASE: Piel Frama released its leather case for the HTC Magician
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, Piel Frama announced the availability of its latest leather case. Now Piel Frama have a stylish case for the HTC Magician (aka Xda II mini, i-mate JAM, Qtek S100) in portfolio also.

As most Piel Frama cases also this one has been handmade by experienced leather craftsmen in top quality cowskin and has passed strict quality controls in all their different elaborations process.

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SEASON GREETINGS: Merry Christmas
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:13 CET under 06 - Site News

Another year is gone which brought a lot of changes for me: my consultancy company worked well and is well established now. On the other hand it kept me busy in the past months, busier than expected. Also the i-mate, Smartphone and Pocket PC sales ramped up in 2004 and I've added my small contribution - which makes me a little bit proud. Anyway - while I was too stressed to enjoy the pre-Christmas time (which I normally enjoy most) now it's time to enjoy the last day before Holy Night, to suspend the PC, to enjoy this evening with my girlfriend and to drive to my parents (I'll be home - for Christmas...) tomorrow morning to spend the season holidays with them, my brother and my sister in law!

I wish you, your family and friends a peaceful Christmas too

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Wednesday, 22.12.04
UTILITY: PhonePlus for Pocket PC Phone Edition available in version 3 now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

PhonePlus III is a phone utility which comes to extend the default phone application of the Pocket Pc Phone Edition. This utility makes it a lot easier to dial and search contacts and using speed dial numbers. Accessing contacts from the phone interface (without a stylus) was one of the most inconvenient implementation which kept me away from using my Pocket PC Phone Editions as my primary phone.

However, now PhonePlus III is featuring predictive text technology: by just pressing the first 2 or 3 letters of a name you can reach any contact number you have stored and dial it with a press of a button.

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BROWSING: Opera for Windows Mobile Smartphone now available in 2nd technical preview
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

A couple of weeks ago, Norwegian browser developer Opera Software released the first, pretty limited,  technical preview of Opera browser for Windows Mobile Smartphone 2003. Today Opera today released the second technical preview of its Opera browser for Windows Mobile. Smartphone 2003 users can now enjoy the benefits of a faster and better Internet experience from their mobile phones. This development supports operators' need for choice in OS distribution, meeting their customers' demands for an exceptional full Web browser on their mobile phones.

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Monday, 20.12.04
THOUGHT: How much do you miss a cradle?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:33 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Back in the early days of the Pocket PCs, it was good "tradition" to deliver the device with a cradle and also the first Smartphone like the HTC Canary, Tanager or Voyager included one. Now it seems to become more and more common to send the new devices without cradles - doesn't matter if Pocket PC or Smartphone. For instance neither the Motorola MPx220 nor the Orange SPV C500 or the HTC Magician (T-Mobile MDA compact) includes a cradle anymore but it's available as separate accessory only.

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Saturday, 18.12.04
SYNCHRONIZATION: Rubber Stamped Data Sync
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

ActiveSync works pretty good on Windows Mobile devices, however synchronizing different folders on your PC or Pocket PC and even hard with your storage card is something ActiveSync doesn't supports - unfortunately.

However, Rubber Stamped Data recently released version 2.1 of its "Data Sync" which allows you to sync files and directories (including subdirectories) to and from any location on your mobile device, storage card or PC.

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SERVICE: Skweezer now available for free
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:06 CET under 01 - General News

A new version of the award-winning Skweezer service makes browsing the Web with a wireless handset easier than ever. Greenlight Wireless Corporation last week announced the release of a free version of its popular Skweezer portal, which optimizes Web pages, searches, and e-mail for use on PDA's and cell phones.

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SHOPPING: The i-mate SP3i now available with Nordic language support
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I got a couple of questions from loyal Scandinavian PPCW.Net readers if it is possible to get the long awaited i-mate SP3i Windows Mobile Smartphone 2003 Second Edition with Nordic language support as well and I'm happy to announce: it is - from today! :-)

As always I try hard to make the impossible possible (like I was the first non-carrier who sold the i-mate devices) for my readers and here we go you Dutchmen, Norwegians, Swedes, Finns and Danes. From now the i-mate SP3i is available with the additional available Nordic language pack (which also includes US English, German and French) from the PPCW.Net Shop!

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FIX: i-mate released another Bluetooth patch for the i-mate PDA2K
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Five days after i-mate released their first patch to solve the Bluetooth headset problem, today i-mate released the Bluetooth Patch # 2 for i-mate PDA2k:

This is the second patch which will improve the bonding between the i-mate PDA2k and other devices. With this patch the bonding between the i-mate PDA2k and Bluetooth headsets will be more robust, after the PDA2k has entered Power Save (Sleep) Mode because right now users have observed that:

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UTILITY: PHM Keys for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Philippe Majerus, developer of many useful utilities for Pocket PCs and Smartphones (who doesn't knows his Registry Editors for Pocket PCs and Smartphones) recently released PHM Keys 0.9 which enables you to map Pocket PC (Phone Edition) functions to hardware buttons or shortcuts:

PHM Keys for Pocket PC lets you:

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PRE-LAUNCH: Motorola MPX appeared on Motorola's US hellomoto.com site
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Is Motorola closer to release the MPx Pocket PC Phone Edition than we thought? Recently it appeared on the Motorola's US site:

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 wireless 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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Friday, 17.12.04
DEVELOPMENT: Motorola and Apple close to release the first iTunes mobile phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:45 CET under 01 - General News

According the Forbes magazine, Apple and Motorola could soon show the mobile phone they are developing to play music purchased from Apple's iTunes online music store.
As announced earlier this year - both companies signed a partnership to support Apple iTunes music files on dedicated Motorola mobile phones.

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PHOTOVIEW: The i-mate JAM Pocket PC Phone Edition aka HTC Magician
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:21 CET under 08 - Reviews

Yesterday - with the delivery of the i-mate SP3i - also my latest gadget arrived: the i-mate JAM (better known as T-Mobile MDA compact aka HTC Magician). Unfortunately there arrived just one - to be reviewed here on PPCW.Net. The rest is still on backorder and not available through the PPCW.Net Shop yet. :-(

And if you watch the photos below, no wonder HTC is busy in manufacturing the device which causes supply delays.

But back to the device: The HTC Magician runs Microsoft latest Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition but unlike most other Pocket PCs, it has a 2.8" TFT display only (most other Pocket PCs have at least a 3.5" screen or more - the only exception is Motorola's MPx Pocket PC Phone Edition which includes a 2.8" screen also). Thanks to the smaller display, it was possible to reduce the overall size of the whole device and amazingly enough - it comes close to an Apple iPod mini 8O

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LINK: Peter's Portable Media Center review (Creative Zen)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:03 CET under 01 - General News

Peter Near, a Windows Media Center Edition MVP recently reviewed the the Portable Media Center - in this case the Creative Zen PMC and if you want to learn more about the concept in general and the Zen in detail, you should give his review a visit:

I've been testing the Creative Zen Portable Media Center (PMC) for about a month now under my own "real world" conditions. I am a traveling software account manager, so I spend a lot of time on trains and planes. I anticipated awhile back that PMC would fit the bill for a road warrior like myself, and by most accounts I was right.

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Thursday, 16.12.04
STANDARDIZATION: ICANN approved the sponsored Top Level Domain ".mobi"
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:49 CET under 01 - General News

Do you remember my previous article from earlier this year about the new ".mobi" Top Level Domain:

Leading companies from the mobile industry have signed a memorandum of understanding to apply for a mobile Top Level Domain (&"mobile TLD") from the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) during the current application round, which closes March 15. If the application is successful and the mobile TLD is granted by ICANN, the industry leaders have agreed to form a new joint venture to manage the mobile TLD. A mobile TLD would be a key step in bridging the world of mobility and the Internet to the benefit of customers and the entire mobile industry.

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STANDARDIZATION: ZigBee Alliance finalizes IEEE-standard 802.15.4 based specification
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:40 CET under 01 - General News

The ZigBee Alliance has ratified the first ZigBee specification making the development and deployment of extremely power efficient, cost effective, low data rate monitoring, control and sensing networks a reality. This on-time delivery of the specification is the culmination of two years of worldwide development and interoperability testing by the more than 100 member companies within the ZigBee Alliance.

The ZigBee Alliance is an association of companies working together to enable reliable, costeffective, low-power, wirelessly networked, monitoring and control products based on an open global standard. The ZigBee Alliance is a rapidly growing, non-profit industry consortium of leading semiconductor manufacturers, technology providers, OEMs and end-users worldwide.

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SHOPPING: The i-mate SP3i Smartphone is available from PPCW.Net for immediate shipping
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:06 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Dear fellow PPCW.Net readers. I'm happy to announce the availability of the i-mate SP3i Windows Mobile Smartphone 2003 SE which I received this morning.
It's available for immediate shipping through FedEx (worldwide) or German Post Air Mail (Europe and North America only).

The i-mate SP3i is awaited by the discerning mobile user wanting functionality and a great looking compact mobile. It has a sharp full color screen, built in digital VGA camera, MMS & Bluetooth support, as well as a full range of applications including Pocket Outlook, Windows Media Player 9 (to be updated soon), Internet Explorer, MSN Messenger and Games, suits the serious phone user with it's simple joystick operation and a straight shooting black & silver finish.

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Wednesday, 15.12.04
EVOLUTION: Are new Pocket PCs with square display close to launch?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Pocket PC Developer Darryl Burling got an interesting partner E-Mail from Handango that stated the following:

"Handango is preparing a special marketing program for applications that support the new square screen Pocket PC. Are your Pocket PC applications screen orientation aware? If so, please send a quick email to [deleted] with your company name and a list of your screen orientation aware Pocket PC applications."

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PROTECTION: Theft protection with XDADeveloper's IIWPO
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Stealing Notebooks is pretty common, stealing mobile phones or PDAs is even easier. Even with a password protection, which might protect your files and data - your device is gone. :-(
Over at XDADevelopers they've started a pretty cool project called IIWPO which works with HTC Himalaya or Wallaby devices (known as Xda, Xda II, i-mate Phone Edition, etc).

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Tuesday, 14.12.04
E-LEARNING: Spb Software House released Spb Pocket PC Tips & Tricks
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb Software House today released Spb Pocket PC Tips & Tricks - the a comprehensive collection of more than 200 tips and tricks on using the Pocket PC, written by 10 professional Pocket PC authors.

Spb Software House has always paid a lot of attention to improving the overall Pocket PC user experience. We have developed many programs that have helped people to get much more from their Pocket PC. But we have found out that there are still a lot of Pocket PC users who do not use all the power of the built-in Pocket PC programs, and are completely unaware of the many useful things their Pocket PC's can do for them.

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THOUGHT: How dumb can a brand-new anti virus software from Symantec be?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:11 CET under 09 - Thoughts

This bothers me for some time already, therefore I want to warn potential buyers. Some weeks ago, I thought it's a good idea to upgrade my previous anti-virus software from Norton InternetSecurity to Norton AntiVirus 2005 because I receive more and more virus-infected E-Mails (thanks to my public E-Mail address - also on PPCW.Net). When I bought AntiVirus 2005, I've decided to exclude the Firewall option because I'm behind a firewall enabled router and because I'm using Windows XP Service Pack 2 (yes, I still believe into the proper functionality of Microsoft products ;-)).

Some years ago, I've upgraded from McAfee to Norton because I had serious ActiveSync problem with McAfee, something I never had after with Norton.

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Monday, 13.12.04
FIX: i-mate released Bluetooth patch for i-mate PDA2K
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today i-mate has released a solution for the i-mate PDA2k Bluetooth problem which caused a lost of bonded devices like Bluetooth headsets.

They have been working ceaselessly to fix this issue which had his root deep within the Bluetooth stack and took longer to fix than anticipated.
However,, now the fix is available on the support page for the i-mate PDA2k and is approximately 3.9 Mb in size. So it's a cab file only, not a completely new ROM update which is expected to be released soon.

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THOUGHT: How copyright laws prevent me to get the full Digital Media experience
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:37 CET under 09 - Thoughts

DRM and copyright laws are a pain, a real pain! No, not because it prevents users from illegally sharing ripped stuff through file sharing systems but because it prevents video DVD and music CD buyers from using the content how they want/planned to use it!

So the question is: does I bought the medium (in this case the physical DVD or CD-ROM) or the content? What happened (again) to make me posting this (again) on PPCW.Net?

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RELEASE: Windows Mobile Smartphone meets Cash-and-Carry
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

German cash-and-carry supermarket "real,-" today previewed their offer for next week and what can we see under the electronic category? Yes, it's the Sagem myS-7 Windows Mobile 2003 SE Smartphone, re-branded as Medion Smartphone.

Between 20.12. and 25.12.2004 the Sagem myS-7 is available for 499,00 Euro and will also include "Navigon's (re-branded?) navigation software" for Smartphone.

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PMC UPDATE: Creative released new Firmware for Zen Portable Media Center
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:47 CET under 01 - General News

Creative recently released a Portable Media Center ROM update for its Zen PMC.

The firmware update 1.03 / ZPMC-FWARE-1-L4 has to be  installed through your connected PMC and it will delete all content in your player when you install the new firmware. So please make sure to back-up any audio, video, image or data files in your player with Microsoft Windows Media Player 10.

After installing the new firmware, use Windows Media Player 10 to restore content to your player.

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Sunday, 12.12.04
PUSH-MAIL: T-Mobile Germany released BlackBerry support for MDA II
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:25 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

T-Mobile already announced earlier, with its MDA III Pocket PC Phone Edition introduction, to support Research in Motion's (RIM) BlackBerry client for MDAs as well; now the first Pocket PC Phone Edition client is available - but not for the MDA III but for the older MDA II.

The BlackBerry client software, which can be downloaded from T-Mobile's Business support page, supports E-Mail push and calendar synchronization and contains:

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Friday, 10.12.04
POSTPONED: T-Mobile USA is delaying 3G until 2007
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:59 CET under 01 - General News

T-Mobile USA confirmed today that there are no plans of launching it's high-speed 3G/UMTS wireless service within the next two years, mainly because they just don't have the spectrum for it right now.

So basically T-Mobile subscribers will have wait until 2007 if they want 3G, but it's unlikely that a lot of them will wait that long, especially since other nation-wide carriers are more proactive in building up their 3G networks.

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LINK: CoolSmartPhone.com reviews TomTom Mobile for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Leigh over at CoolSmarPhone.com decided to test the TomTom Smartphone version over the period of a few weeks and now he has done his review:

This is what comes in the TomTom box. I had the SD card, the GPS thingy and the power cable the plug the GPS box into the cigarette lighter (does anyone actually use the cigarette lighter for anything else?)

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RUMOR: Motorola MPx220 available from O2 UK in January 2005?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Over at MSMobileNews.com they got the information, that the Motorola MPx220 is expected to hit O2 UK later half January 2005:

There are many awaiting O2's venture into the Smartphone world in the UK, well here's what we've heard, you don't have too long to wait! I am reluctant to put the exact date that I have heard as it is bound to change slightly but I am hearing that O2's internal system is reading around the latter half of mid-January! We shall see...

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Thursday, 09.12.04
COMPETITION: Browser developers discover mobile devices as a new target audience
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:13 CET under 01 - General News

It took a while to get third party browsers available for mobile devices but after Access with its Netfront browser, also Opera jumped the multi-platform support and now Mozilla.

According a CNet article, Mozilla is working on a mobile version supporting mobile devices such as PDAs, mobile phones and even set-top boxes:

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Wednesday, 08.12.04
BETA: Macromedia Beta Flash Player for Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

"There's a lot of chatter about a Beta Macromedia Flash player for the Smartphone right now. It's got the guys at MoDaCo talking quite a bit and they're even developing add-ons to allow you to zoom in on the flash files, like the excellent Flashhack."

Leigh of CoolSmartPhone.com has done a quick article about how to view flash files, like his the clock on his site. You can read it on CoolSmartPhone.com.

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CAR KIT: Seidio released BlueTalk Bluetooth Car Kit
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:28 CET under 01 - General News

While we are talking about Bluetooth car kits, Seidio recently released their BlueTalk Bluetooth car kit - just in case you are looking for an easy to install solution because it's not installed into your car but you can simply plug it into the cigarette-lighter.
Beside this it supports Bluetooth 1.1 compliant with broad support for most current and future Bluetooth Smartphones and includes an integrated speaker with volume control. According to Seido you can use the same speaker to listen to GPS commands or audio books also.

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ALL IN ONE: Becker Traffic Pro 7945 Car Entertainmenty System with Bluetooth
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:15 CET under 01 - General News

Germany's in-car sound systems specialist Becker, recently launched their latest all in one car system - the Becker Traffic Pro 7945 with Bluetooth wireless technology.

Use your car radio to make a phone call, or send your address book from your mobile phone to the navigation unit – it's quick and easy with the Bluetooth interface. You can even use speech commands. The Becker Traffic Pro with Bluetooth wireless technology guides you more safely to your destination. Have a good journey!

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Tuesday, 07.12.04
UTILITY: Fizz Software released final version of Fizz Traveller 2.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Previously announced as Beta trial, today Fizz Software announced the commercial availability of Fizz Traveller 2.0 for Windows Mobile Smartphones. It includes some of the best weather forecasts ever seen on a Microsoft mobile device which can now be displayed on your Mobile Home Screen. Over 56000 world locations, world times , world alarms, daylight maps, itinerary trip help, currency conversions, general conversions as well as new and improved graphics, themes, a new simple interface & home screen support.

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DEVICE: O2 Asia to introduce the HTC Magician as O2 Xda II mini
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

O2 Asia, the Asian mmO2 subsidiary recently released its latest Windows Mobile product, the Xda IImini (also known as HTC Magician or i-mate JAM).

As of today, the HTC Magician is the smallest and lightest Pocket PC Phone Edition but running Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile 2003SE as well as it includes triple-band GSM/GPRS and Bluetooth (while W-LAN isn't supported yet). In addition it features the latest Intel Intel PXA 272 Bulverde CPU with 416MHz.

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Monday, 06.12.04
HIGH SPEED WIRELESS: mmO2 to deploy Europe's first HSDPA & IMS & 3G network
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:40 CET under 01 - General News

mmO2 yesterday set out its mobile broadband strategy with the deployment of Europe's first super-fast, third-generation (3G) mobile data network at Isle of Man which also was mmO2's UMTS test-bed before.

The 3G network will incorporate HSDPA (high-speed downlink packet access) technology and IMS (Internet Protocol Multimedia services) and positions mmO2 at the forefront of providing advanced mobile data services to customers within Europe. It will go live in the Summer, next year, at mmO2's subsidiary, Manx Telecom on the Isle of Man.

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APPROVAL: FCC approves Motorola MPx Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As heard last week from a Motorola, the Motorola MPx Pocket PC Phone Edition is expected to be released at least in one Asian country before Christmas (this year). Also he the Motorola spokesman confirmed, it will be delivered with 32 MB RAM only instead of at least 64 MB

Nevertheless, Motorola finally received the required FCC approval to offer this device in the USA also which either is an indication that it will be released in the US later as well - however it's a good indication that the MPx reached its final stage of development.

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ROUTING: T-Mobile Germany released NaviGate off-board navigation support for MDA III and SDAs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:03 CET under 01 - General News

From today, T-Mobile Germany also supports their latest Windows Mobile devices (the recently released MDA Pocket PC Phone Editions as well as the recently released SDA Smartphone) with its off-board navigation called NaviGate.
First NaviGate requires the installation of a small application, than T-Mobile NaviGate route queries can not only be booked individually but also in a favorably-priced subscription. This, for instance, also turns the dynamic navigation system into a favorably-priced traffic jam monitor.

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THOUGHT: The XDA II and it's camera: more useful than I thought initially
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:55 CET under 09 - Thoughts

When I first got the XDA II and used the built-in camera I honestly thought, "Uups, what kind of useless camera did they build into it!" I played a bit with the camera during the first weeks, but always was disappointed of the bad picture quality and eventually stopped using it... until recently.

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Saturday, 04.12.04
REVIEW: Think Outside Bluetooth Travel Mouse
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:31 CET under 08 - Reviews

For a couple of days now, Think Outside is shipping their latest Bluetooth enabled accessory - the Bluetooth Travel Mouse and right before I left my home for the M?s conference, I received my one. Just in time to give it a reality test how it works with my Bluetooth enabled Pocket PC and Notebook. With Think Outside's Stowaway Travel Mouse you can now easily navigate your PDA just like you do with a Desktop mouse! No more lost styli or hard-to-remember keyboard shortcuts as well as a more convenient and native way to navigate.

The mouse itself is an optical mouse which means you don't have to clean up the ball inside every couple of weeks and therefore it's also working on most surfaces.

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Friday, 03.12.04
PPCW.NET: Want to join the PPCW.Net Editorial team?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:46 CET under 06 - Site News

While on one hand something "great" is happening with PPCW.Net (at least it's my expectation) soon, on the other hand my regular job as being a GSM industry consultant takes me busier than expected when I accepted the latest job.
Therefore I thought it's a good idea to go another round to invite you - the readers of PPCW.Net - to join the PPCW.Net Editorial team since Carlo is also busy like hell the past weeks and months.

What I would like to get from you is your thoughts and experiences with Pocket PCs, Smartphones, Portable Media Centers and SPOT watches. So basically everything which is about mobility and or wireless. While PPCW.Net will continue to stay on topic - mobility and wireless - the areas expanded a little bit with introduction of the PMC and the SPOT watches.

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SERVICE: SPOT is coming to Europe
Posted by Arne Hess - at 01:50 CET under 01 - General News

On Möbius conference, which is currently hold in Seattle, Microsoft confirmed that the SPOT concept is coming to some countries in Europe as well, at least Microsoft is negotiating the possibilities to launch the service in several countries including Germany :-), Austria and Italy.

If you don't know what SPOT is about, here a brief overview:

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Thursday, 02.12.04
SIP UTILITY: Goamo VGA SIP Keyboard 1.1 released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

These new Pocket PCs with VGA screen are pretty cool, especially if you tweak it a little bit with SE_VGA or OzVGA to get the VGA resolution for other applications like PIE as well. However, there is a downside which is the SIP keyboard which stays small and pretty tiny.

However, now there is a solution from "Goamo" available:

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THOUGHT: How to customize your hotel room as much as possible
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:36 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Since yesterday evening, I'm back in Seattle for Microsoft's annual Möbius conference which brings a lot of mobility webmasters together and while I'm completely damaged after the flight and the 9 hours time difference, this morning I've realized what kind of "gadget hut" I made out of my hotel room here. :-)

While I have a pretty nice hotel room with a view over the Seattle harbor and thankfully the weather is better than forecasted, my room is more or less completely customized now.

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Wednesday, 01.12.04
SERVICE: O2 Music Player for Xda II - coming soon to UK
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Get the latest sounds on your Xda II with the O2 Music Player. Search, preview, download and play the latest full length tracks wherever you are over the O2 network.

The O2 Music Player brings over 130,000 tracks to your fingertips wherever you are. Browse through Rock, Pop, Dance, Indie and lots more and listen to free previews before you download. It’s like having your favorite music store in your hand. And once you’ve downloaded the tracks you want, turn the volume up and enjoy your chosen tunes.

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