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Friday, 31.12.04
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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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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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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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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Thursday, 16.12.04
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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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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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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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
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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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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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
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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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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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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