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Saturday, 30.04.05
CLARIFICATION: Vodafone's v1620 isn't featuring a 520 MHz CPU
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Last week we have posted some information, that the lately announced Vodafone v1620 Pocket PC Phone Edition might includes an Intel Bulverde CPU with 520 MHz.
However, I got the official confirmation now that this is wrong and the Vodafone v1620 is the same device as the Vodafone VPA III.

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ALPHA: Skype has started Windows Mobile Smartphone developments
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Skype staff "Tarmo" has posted an announcement into the Skype forum which lets us know, that they have released the first very early alpha version of a Skype client which works on Microsoft Windows Mobile Smartphones.

Right now, it doesn't supports VoIP calls but instant messaging only and for me it looks like a kind of "proof of concept" development only than a real Beta:

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UTILITY: sfr's visKeeper available in version 2.1.1
Posted by Heinz Burkart - at 13:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

sfr Software announced yesterday the new version 2.1.1 (the last .1 is last minute fix).
visKeeper is a password and data safe for the comfortable and safe storing of confidential data.

visKeeper is available for Pocket PC, Palm OS as well as PC and best of all, one license of visKeeper allows to use all three versions of the product. So you can edit you data on your PC and synchronize them with your mobile device to have them with you.

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Wednesday, 27.04.05
SITE UPDATE: Preventing Comment Spam
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:16 CET under 06 - Site News

I've just wanted to let you know that I try hard to make the::unwired a better (and spam-free place). ;-) At least I try hard not to spread spam through my comments page. Maybe you have seen in the past comments like "Online Casino" etc which includes many links to sites, not really related to the article.
In fact these comments are spam, provided by spam-bots which are crawling through the web and enters comments automatically.

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REVIEW: Spectec SDW-820 Wireless SD Card
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:58 CET under 08 - Reviews

While browsing the Internet some weeks ago, I came across this SD Wireless card, and said to myself (and to the site's readers) that this is surely the world's smallest WiFi card. I decided to check to which point this is right, and what we loose (if anything) on account of that and requested from Spectec a review unit.

Spectec's center in Taiwan was very fast to answer, and very kind to accept my request of a review unit. In around 3 days, the unit was at my home in Israel, together with a lot of details about the technology behind the card.

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MESSAGING: Rogers Wireless and Visto launch MyMail push E-Mail solution in Canada incl. Smartphone support
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:35 CET under 01 - General News

Rogers Wireless Inc. and Visto Corporation today announced the availability of MyMail: a new wireless service that provides instantaneous, two-way push E-Mail, calendar and contacts to a customer's wireless device of choice.

By simply downloading the MyMail application over the air to any MyMail supported wireless device, consumers and businesses using ISP E-Mail (also known as POP / IMAP or Internet E-Mail) will immediately be able to receive, send and synchronize their E-Mail while away from their desk. Account activation and service setup can be completed directly from the device by visiting www.mymail.rogers.com. All that is required is a valid Data Service Plan from Rogers Wireless along with the E-Mail address and password - MyMail takes care of the rest.

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MOBILE MEDIA: Nokia announced its first mass storage mobilephone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:40 CET under 01 - General News

Not many mobile phones have been touted as "iPod killers", maybe the first one was be the HTC Magician (i-mate JAM, Xda mini) which has a similar shape but misses the hard disk, the other one might be the Samsung SGH-i300 which is a Windows Mobile Smartphone and includes a 3 GB HDD.

However, today's announced Nokia N91 combines a mobile phone with a 4-gigabyte hard disk to create a portable music player with room for up to 3000 songs and supports MP3, M4A, AAC and WMA.

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LINK: Create your own Mobile Blog with your Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

teaser_link.gif"First, what's a moblog? A moblog, or a mobile blog, is an online record of anything you feel like sharing with the world, whether they want it or not. The difference between moblogging and regular blogging is that you use your phone or Pocket PC to post text or pictures.
There are obvious advantages to this. If you get inspired in the middle of a meadow, at your favorite local watering hole, or on a road trip, you won't have to wait until you can get back to your desktop to send your thoughts and photos to the world.

Though moblogging isn't new, it has been gaining popularity and attention, though I don't think the uses of it have been fully explored. It seems a perfect way, for instance, for a real estate agent to show new properties to clients. I've been looking around for a house lately, and I'm frustrated by the lack of pictures on real estate sites. If an agent had a mobile blog, she could take pictures and immediately send them to her moblog."

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CELEBRATION: the::unwired relaunch raffle continues
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:10 CET under 06 - Site News

As said earlier, some of the finest Windows Mobile related companies promised to support the::unwired relaunch raffle I'm holding to celebrate the successful relaunch/transition from PPCW.Net to the::unwired.

As with the two i-mate devices I've sponsored for the raffle, all other donations are raffled through the "forum contest as well: All you have to do is to help building the community! Every registered forum member with more than 10 (meaningful) replies is joining the raffle automatically! There is no easier way you can get a brand new i-mate JAM or SP3i from the PPCW.Net Online Shop (yes - it will continue for the next weeks under it's old name). Forum members with more than 50 postings get a doubled chance which is my way to thank loyal forum members from the previous PPCW.Net Forum! ;)

Today's featured sponsor is PielFrama

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Tuesday, 26.04.05
UTILITY: Spb Software House's Spb Diary for Pocket PC released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In September, 2004 the first Spb Pocket PC survey demonstrated that 85% Pocket PC users use their Pocket PC as an organizer (see more results here - SURVEY: How does the PPCW.Net visitor compares with other PPC users?). This is the single most popular use for Pocket PC users. However, standard Pocket PC tools for handling PIM data have turned out to be underwhelming at best. Especially this concerns the most important part - PIM plug-ins for the Today screen. A standard Pocket PC offers only a poor Today plug-in for appointments and tasks with minimum functionality and no Today plug-in for contacts at all.

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POWER: Get replacement batteries for your HTC Magician aka i-mate JAM
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I've never heard about Lion Battery INC. before but at least they have some interesting HTC Magician (i-mate JA, O2 Xda mini, T-Mobile compact) batteries in stock - with enhanced capacity!

While the original Magician battery is 1200 mAh only, the Lion Batteries are available in a 1550 and 2000 mAh version. The 1550 mAh battery has the same size of the original battery, the 2000 mAh battery is "slightly" thicker and requires a new battery plate but I have no clue where to get it from or if it is part of the delivery:

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AVAILABILITY: O2 Asia to release the Xda IIi in Asia and Oceania soon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Finally, the O2 Xda IIi (also known as HTC Alpine) - which was already released in UK last month and is going to be released next month in Germany - will be released in Asia also, soon. At least O2 Asia has the product-page up and running (even if it isn't completed yet), while it isn't liked from the front-page at the moment.

Nevertheless, O2 Asia already has the specification- as well the phone comparison-page online:

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Monday, 25.04.05
SPECIAL SALE: Get a serious i-mate JAM and SP3i relaunch discount
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:10 CET under 01 - General News

In addition to the relaunch raffle I'm holding to celebrate the successful launch of the::unwired, I'm pound to announce a special relaunch-discount for all i-mate products, available from the PPCW.Net Online Shop!
I've managed to get a special discount from them (ok, in fact it's my own shop but it sound better) I want to give away to my loyal and new readers (maybe the one or the other pause frequently now here).

So if you don't have a Windows Mobile Smartphone or Pocket PC Phone Edition yet, it's the right moment and place to start exploring the Windows Mobile world. If you already have a Windows Mobile but want to upgrade, you will not find a better price for the i-mate SP3i Smartphone or i-mate JAM Pocket PC Phone Edition anywhere else! :-)

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PREVIEW: O2 Germany's Surf@home LAN/W-LAN/UMTS Access Point
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:46 CET under 08 - Reviews

Since last week, O2 Germany is officially selling their latest product, the O2 Surf@home UMTS/W-LAN access point and since Friday I have one for testing at home or better at home of my girlfriend also. Maybe you remember that I was looking for a W-LAN modem back in 2003 and I found a Bluetooth modem from Acer. As good as the Acer modem (after I got it replaced with a newer version) works, it's pretty slow since it is an analogue 56K modem only.

Since my girlfriend isn't a daily (home)-Internet user but is accessing the web every two or three days only, a DSL connection doesn't makes too much sense in terms of the costs (especially because normally my girlfriend would prefer not having any PSTN connection at home because she is using O2 Germany's Genion/Homezone service anyway).

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CONNECTIVITY: Option announces new data card with EDGE support - GlobeTrotter EDGE
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:43 CET under 01 - General News

Option N.V. today announced the GlobeTrotter EDGE the latest addition to its comprehensive range of wireless data cards. The GlobeTrotter EDGE, which delivers connection speeds up to four times faster than on GPRS networks, will be commercially available as of next month. Option will commence shipping volumes of the GlobeTrotter EDGE product in accordance with the commercial roll-out plans by different network operators.

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UPDATE: CAB Installer CabInstl 1.03 released
Posted by Heinz Burkart - at 10:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It can be more useful to have applications installed on a storage card instead of using the internal memory, for instance if your device is already low of memory or if you have a device with limited memory in general (like the HTC Magician aka T-Mobile compact which includes 64 MB RAM only, not 128 MB which is more common today).
As long as you have a setup file which is executed from your PC (.exe), everything is okay because in ActiveSync you can define where to install an application. However, if you have a .cab file only, which are setup files for Pocket PCs which have to executed from the Pocket PC, you are in trouble - if you don't have CabInstl.

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Sunday, 24.04.05
REVEALED: More exclusive Orange C550 photos revealed
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While I was working on the relaunch of the site, I got an anonymous E-Mail with two photos. While I wasn't sure first about the authenticity, after comparing it with the thumbnail picture we got from CarPhoneWarehouse I'm pretty sure they are generic!

I'm proud to show the next (and more detailed) Orange C550 photos (at least I haven't seen them before):

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RAFFLE: Win a brand new i-mate JAM PPCPE or SP3i from the::unwired and PPCW.Net Online Shop
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:32 CET under 01 - General News

To celebrate the relaunch of PPCW.Net under its new name the::unwired and domain www.theunwired.net I'm happy to have a relaunch raffle where I'm giving away one Windows Mobile i-mate JAM Pocket PC Phone Edition and one i-mate SP3i Smartphone! 8-O In addition a couple of other fine companies already agreed to support the::unwired relaunch raffle - more to follow during the next week!

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RELAUNCH: Yes - your are right! PPCW.Net became the::unwired today!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:35 CET under 06 - Site News

Don't worry - PPCW.Net wasn't hacked nor you have entered the wrong URL - you are where you wanted to go but our old fellow PPCW.Net became the::unwired today!

Today PPCW.Net was relaunched as the::unwired with a new domain a new logo, a brand new and sleek design and improved features but from the content side, the::unwired will stays the same what PPCW.Net was before: your place "where mobility meets wireless".

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Saturday, 23.04.05
LAUNCH: O2 Germany to release the Xda IIi Pocket PC Phone Edition soon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Sometimes it takes a little bit longer but better later then never. ;-) Yesterday, O2 Germany informed me that they are close to release the long awaited O2 Xda IIi Pocket PC Phone Edition I've previewed the first time back in November last year.

According to O2 Germany (in UK it's already launched) the Xda IIi should become available anytime beginning May (which is next month, not that far away anymore) and now they are pretty happy with the stability of the device. Also the Homezone application was completely redesigned to work better and save more battery which results in longer stand-by time! :-)

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UPDATE: Spb GPRS Monitor 1.1 for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb's GPRS Monitor is available since last year but it had some serious issues with a couple of devices - including the Motorola MPx220 and others.
However, it seems this became fixed now with the recent launched version 1.1.

Spb GPRS Monitor is a complete solution for measuring the amounts 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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UTILITY: HP Mobile Grand Prix by pcdebolso.com for Pocket PC
Posted by Heinz Burkart - at 15:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Attention Formula 1 fans all over the world. If you want to stay updated and informed, HP is sponsoring a freeware intended for Formula 1 Racing fans called Mobile Grand Prix.
Mobile Grand Prix was developed by pcdebolso.com. But the software can only be downloaded from HP's iPAQ Choice program. Unfortunately you have also to install the download manager to do so.

The user interface can be selected from 17 languages. It provides nearly all information a Formula 1 Racing fan wants to know. This includes racing dates and statistics about drivers, teams, and circuits. Also included is a Web update function which can be used to download the latest information.

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Friday, 22.04.05
SERVICE: Skype VoIP to be ported to mobile phones during this year
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:24 CET under 01 - General News

As MobileMag reports, Skype Technologies announced at the Voice On the Net (VON) conference in Toronto, that a mobile version for smart phone will be available this year.

Skype is a free global telephony application that allows for VoIP communications, it currently runs on Mac OSX, Windows and Pocket PC, Skype plans to release a version for Embedded Linux, Symbian or Windows Mobile devices later this year.

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SERVICE: Vodafone to introduce push E-Mail
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:11 CET under 01 - General News

Vodafone yesterday announced the roll out of push E-Mail, a service providing real-time, secure and remote access to E-Mail, contacts and calendar direct to a range of business-focused mobile devices.

New E-Mail, calendar appointments and contact details are automatically 'pushed' to the customer's selected device and updates made on the device are automatically reflected on the customer's PC. In addition, customers can choose to download E-Mail attachments in popular office formats, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe PDF.

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CONFIRMED: Vodafone to introduce the Motorola MPx220
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As already reported back in February, Vodafone is going to introduce the Motorola MPx220 Windows Mobile Smartphone too.
While it seems that Vodafone Germany will go it's own way, at least Vodafone UK (but other shares also) will go with the the Motorola MPx220 also (as it is confirmed by Motorola UK too).
The Motorola MPx220 was announced yesterday together with Vodafone's new push E-Mail, a service providing real-time, secure and remote access to email, contacts and calendar direct to a range of business-focused mobile devices.

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PHONE EDITION: Vodafone to introduce the v1620 Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Vodafone Global is rolling-out the v1620 Pocket PC Phone Edition which looks like a Vodafone VPA III (aka HTC Blue Angel). However, according to infoSync World, the v1620 seems to be a kind of VPA 3i (like the O2 Xda IIi) which means it looks similar but have updated features:

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Friday, 15.04.05
REVEALED: Carphone Warehouse revealed more SPV C550 Smartphone information
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

We have heard some rumors in the past about a new Orange Smartphone which is called - most likely - SPV C550 (even if I have also heard SPV C600 as its name) and while everything was more or less unconfirmed so far, British Carphone Warehouse has recently revealed the following information:

The SPV C550 mobile phone is the successor to the SPV C500, which has been described as "the world's best" Smartphone. So how does the latest version of the Smartphone compare to its predecessor?. Is the world's fastest car uncomfortable? Is the world's tallest building an eyesore? Is the world's latest Smartphone any good?

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Sunday, 10.04.05
CRADLE: HTC Typhoon cradle becomes available in v2 next week
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you are an Orange SPV C500 owner, I'm sure you remember my last posting about the cradle, Chris recently designed and sold via ebay.
Yesterday evening, Chris informed me that he released version 2 which looks even more stylish and fits the C500 better:

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Friday, 08.04.05
PIM: WebIS released Pocket Informant 2005
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:25 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

With new views, updated interface, and more powerful operation WebIS introduced Pocket Informant 2005 on April 1st and it wasn't joke at all. Pocket Informant 2005 will without a doubt improve your enjoyment and use of your Pocket PC. Even casual users who just like to use Pocket Informant's category colors and icons to bring a little flair to their calendar and tasks will appreciate new features like the beautiful Contacts Picture List view or the new Time Line View.

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COMMUNICATION: MSN released the final version of MSN Messenger 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:38 CET under 01 - General News

Yesterday, the MSN network of Internet services began rolling out the latest versions of MSN Messenger and MSN Spaces in markets around the world. New breakthroughs in video, voice and personalization features in MSN Messenger transform the service from being a quick way for people to keep in touch to being an essential life-sharing connection between friends and family. Integration between MSN Messenger, MSN Spaces and other MSN network services, including MSN Search, gives people a more flexible way to connect with others through instant messaging, Web logging ("blogging"), and sharing music lists and photos.

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CONNECTIVITY: Kodak to enter the Wi-Fi SD-card market
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:34 CET under 01 - General News

Kodak, better known for their photography products, recently announced to enter the W-LAN market with its first Wi-Fi certified SD-card:

Share and print pictures wirelessly - anytime, anywhere. With your Wi-Fi enabled KODAK Digital Camera and the KODAK EASYSHARE Printer Dock Plus, printing wirelessly at home is a snap.

The Kodak Wi-Fi card looks interesting in terms of its size because it's not another Socket or SanDisk like SD-card but shorter:

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REVEALED: HP's iPAQ hw6515 Mobile Messenger appears on HP's German website [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I'm not sure if it is a mistake by HP or volitional, but the HP iPAQ hw6515 Mobile Messenger page is already up and running on HP's German website while it is not linked yet from the iPAQ main page.

As rumored before, the hw6515 is featuring a 240 x 240 pixel square display (which is unique) and also runs Microsoft Windows mobile 2003 Second Edition software only.

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Thursday, 07.04.05
UTILITY: John Cody's Alerts! - Reminder and Timer Manager for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

John Cody's Alerts! was created due to the lack of a easy, yet flexible way to create quick count-down timers (a.k.a "From Now" timers) and other date/time dependant Alarms.

I personally feel the single most effective feature of Alerts! is the quick-access shortcuts for creating a new From-Now count-down timer or a new date/time Reminder.

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UTILITY: SlipstreamSolutions released mBlueSchedule for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

mBlueSchedule allows you to set a day-by-day schedule to turn your mobile device Bluetooth on and off at predetermined times. Save the battery on your mobile device by turning off your Bluetooth at night.

With its rich, intuitive interface mBlueSchedule includes a number of options:

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UTILITY: SlipstreamSolutions released mBlueSchedule for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

mBlueSchedule allows you to set a day-by-day schedule to turn your mobile device Bluetooth on and off at predetermined times. Save the battery on your mobile device by turning off your Bluetooth at night.

With its rich, intuitive interface mBlueSchedule includes a number of options:

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Saturday, 02.04.05
CRADLE: Do you want a cradle for your HTC Typhoon aka Orange C500?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Then you can bid for one at ebay.
Chris recently E-Mailed me about a HTC Typhoon cradle he designed for the Orange C500 (and similar devices) which he he wants to get your feedback:

Hi, found your posting expressing regret at the lack of a cradle with the SPV C500. I have designed one and am currently selling via ebay.

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VOIP: Skype released Pocket PC update and new Desktop services
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Skype, the Global Internet Telephony Company, recently launched Skype for Windows version 1.2 (v 1.2) with enhanced user benefits including a centralized Contacts list, which allows users access to their list of contacts from multiple devices from wherever they connect to Skype, and a new 'Getting Started Wizard,' which makes finding friends, importing contacts and making test calls even easier.

Skype is a leading VOIP-category product worldwide, with more than 31 million registered users growing by more than 160,000 new users per day. More than 6 billion minutes of Skype calls have been made by users around the world who have enjoyed the instantly downloadable, easy-to-use software.

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Friday, 01.04.05
CELEBRATION: What's new on Gmail?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:17 CET under 01 - General News

Happy birthday Gmail which becomes one year today. To celebrate this, Google is giving its freemail service some new and enhanced features:

Storage is an important part of email, but that doesn't mean you should have to worry about it. To celebrate our one-year birthday, we're giving everyone one more gigabyte. But why stop the party there? Our plan is to continue growing your storage beyond 2GBs by giving you more space as we are able. We know that email will only become more important in people's lives, and we want Gmail to keep up with our users and their needs. From Gmail, you can expect more.

We're not in the plains anymore
Fonts, bullets and highlighting, oh my! Gmail now offers rich text formatting. And over 60 colors of the rainbow. Discover a land of more than just black and white.

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PROJECT: Recharge your mobile phone battery by spinning the device around [April Fool]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Well, that's an interesting project I got notice about. Battery stand-by time of mobile devices, from mobile phones to PDAs to Notebooks is always critical but not less critical is to get an empty battery recharged. However, there might be a solution we haven't thought about yet.
Most modern mobile phones have a small electric motor which is used for the for the vibration notification. However, as we have learned in the physic class in school, an electric motor is just a reversed dynamo.

So the basic idea of this project called "spinLoad" is to use the electric motor of your phone as a dynamo to get the mobile phone battery recharged.

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