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Tuesday, 31.05.05
DRIVER: Socket released first W-LAN SD Card driver for Windows Mobile Smartphones [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like I've missed something because Socket recently (according to their website they did on 05.05.) released a first version of its Windows Mobile Smartphone compatible SDIO W-LAN card driver.

However, according to the file description, the driver is designed to work with the Sagem myS-7 Smartphone, even if it installed fine on my i-mate SP3i (which I can not use for W-LAN since it uses a miniSD card under the battery):

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Monday, 30.05.05
UTILITY: Free NewsBreak Lite RSS feed reader for Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:52 CET under 01 - General News

Geekzone and Ilium Software teamed to offer an incredible bonus: a free NewsBreak Lite RSS feed reader for your Windows Mobile Pocket PC or Smartphone.

RSS is a technology that allows web site publishers to make their content available through a syndicated "feed" that users can elect to receive. Users can then view the feed with the help of a RSS feed reader, like NewsBreak Lite. Using RSS, users can receive the most up-to-date information, delivered to them in their RSS reader.

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REVEALED: More Orange C550 photos and release date available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following the previously posted Orange C550 photos, today CoolSmartPhone.com received more information about the Orange C550 Windows Mobile Smartphone availability.

According the latest gossip, the Orange C550 release date is expected for July 11th(while it was previously rumored for May - which ends in two days anyway).

In addition and following my previously received and published photos, today I also found more C550 photos in my Inbox - two device shots and one comparison shot with a T-Mobile SDA:

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RUMOR: Is the HTC Wizard the keyboard-enhanced follower of the HTC Magician?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Over the past days, some infomation leaked about a device called HTC "Wizard" which is expected to become a kind of HTC Magician follower.
The HTC Magician, better known as i-mate JAM, T-Mobile compact or O2 Xda II mini, is (IMHO) the sweetest Pocket PC Phone Edition yet but it lacks the support of W-LAN as well as the memory might be a little bit limited.

However, over at HowardForums, last week a member said something about a HTC Wizard and Galaxy first time:

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UTILITY: Kasuei Hitchhiker W-LAN enabled for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Do you remember the previous posting about Hitchhiker for Pocket PCs helps you to connect your Pocket PC to the wireless Internet via W-LAN/WiFi by simply clicking "Connect"?
It will try all public access points nearby if one of the available one can be used for Internet access by performing complicated tests to ensure you can connect to the Internet in no time.

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DVB-T: I'm 100% digitized now, no more analogue TV in Munich, Germany
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:42 CET under 09 - Thoughts

From today, Munich, south Bavaria and the Nürnberg area got DVB-T commercially up and running - as said earlier this month.
This means, that from now I'm 100% digital since I don't have any analogue devices anymore! :-)

For me - who don't have cable or satellite - it means I got from yet to now 22 TV stations - 12 more then before which includes the public TV stations as well as many private TV stations:

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ENTERTAINMENT: Buy one - get five for free from MSN Music
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:21 CET under 01 - General News

If you are located in the US and you are looking for some music files for your Windows Mobile Pocket PC or Smartphone, you might want to check out MSN Music's latest promotion where you get 6 songs but pay for one only:

Now, when you buy 1 song for 99 Cent at MSN Music, you'll get 5 more free, so you'll get 6 songs for 99 Cent!

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Thursday, 26.05.05
WIRELESS: Nokia to launche the Nokia 770 - a new Linux based Internet Tablet product category
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:12 CET under 01 - General News

Yesterday, Nokia introduced its first device in the new Internet Tablet category, the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet, at the LinuxWorld Summit in New York. The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet is a dedicated device optimized for convenient Internet browsing and E-Mail communications in a sleek pocketsize format. The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet features an impressive high-resolution (800x480) widescreen display with zoom and on-screen keyboard, ideal for viewing online content over Wi-Fi. Aside from Wi-Fi, the device can also connect to the Internet utilizing Bluetooth wireless technology via a compatible mobile phone.

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Tuesday, 24.05.05
CONNECTIVITY: More iPod related Bluetooth products to hit the market
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:14 CET under 01 - General News

Last Sunday, I wrote here about "Ten's Bluetooth naviPlay Kit" for iPods which combines the wireless joy of listening your music and also connects to your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone.
Now WI-GEAR announced their "iMuffs Stereo Bluetooth Headphones" which does the same but looks also nice and the features are impressive as they are for the Ten naviPlay Kit.

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UTILITY: AE Button Plus for extended button mapping of your HTC Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

AE Button Plus for HTC's Himalaya (O2 Xda II, T-Mobile MDA II, i-mate PDA), Alpine (O2 Xda IIi and similar) and Magician (O2 Xda II mini, T-Mobile compact and i-mate JAM) extends the functionality of available hardware keys on the devices above which is appreciated especially for the HTC Magician which includes four hardware buttons only, compared with the Himalaya/Alpine six buttons.

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Sunday, 22.05.05
CONNECTIVITY: Use your iPod and Smartphone in parallel with Ten's Bluetooth naviPlay Kit
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:58 CET under 01 - General News

Now that's a sweet and meaningful use of Bluetooth - if you have an Apple iPod and Bluetooth enabled Smartphone. Ten Technology recently announced that it has upgraded its naviPlay Bluetooth wireless stereo remote and iPod adaptor to connect wirelessly to Bluetooth enabled mobile phones.

The naviPlay iPod Adapter and Remote work together to provide digital audio streaming, giving you untethered use and control of your iPod. Just attach the naviPlay remote using the armband, belt clip or lanyard and tuck your iPod and naviPlay adapter nearby. The possibilities are limitless.

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COMPATIBILITY: Xbox 360 to work with a wide range of Microsoft and non-Microsoft mobile devices?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:31 CET under 01 - General News

Does a dream comes true? According to the Mac Observer, Microsoft has confirmed that its Xbox 360 video game console will synch with and view files stored on a variety of devices, including Apple's iPod, PDAs and Bluetooth enabled mobile phones. The capability, revealed at last week's unveiling, was discussed in further detail by Shane Kim of Microsoft's Xbox 360 division:

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TUNING: Make your Windows XP looks like Windows Media Center Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:47 CET under 01 - General News

Originally this theme was designed solely for Windows XP Media Center Edition (XP MCE) 2005 but later also ported to XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, now all XP users can download this sharp-looking theme from Microsoft New Zealand, which features the new Microsoft Energy style and a few new backgrounds including "New Bliss".

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Saturday, 21.05.05
PROTECTION: BoxWave released new series of Armor Cases for Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

BoxWave recently announced the availability of new Armor Cases for the O2 Xda II and IIi/Qtek 2020 and 2020i, HP iPAQ hx4700 series and i-mate JAM/O2 Xda II mini and compatible Pocket PCs.
With this form-fitting aluminum case, your Pocket PC will be well protected from bumps and scratches. An interior lining of soft foam securely holds your device in place.

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RAFFLE: And the winners are...
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:26 CET under 06 - Site News

the::unwired is up and running closely one month now and the new site generated a lot of positive feedback - therefore I want to thank you for all your friendly comments and E-Mails!
To celebrate the successful site relaunch, today I raffled the promised two i-mate devices, one i-mate JAM Pocket PC Phone Edition and one i-mate SP3i Smartphone 2003 Second Edition (sponsored by my PPCW.Net Shop ;-)) and three Piel Frama PDA/Smartphone leather cases of your choice (friendly sponsored by Piel Frama) and the lucky winners are:

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Friday, 20.05.05
CURIOSITY: miniSD cards for US$ 999.00 "only"?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:26 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Okay, miniSD cards are still pretty new and the miniaturization costs its price; also more and more users are in need for miniSD cards since new Windows Mobile devices like the Motorola MPx220, the i-mate SP3 and SP3i as well as many regular mobile phones need miniSD instead of regular SD cards (not to talk about microSD) but US$ 999 for a singe 1GB card?

I've just surfed through the web because I need two more miniSD cards and came across FlashMemoryStore.com who seems to be a good memory card online shop but what's that:

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ENHANCEMENT: Google introduces personalized "myGoogle"
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:37 CET under 01 - General News

In what appears to be a broadside aimed at MyYahoo, Google rolled out a new feature on Thursday that lets people set up a personalized Google home page.

The feature, which has not yet been named yet, lets people with Gmail and other Google accounts create a home page with different modules that they can drag and drop across their page, giving them one place to go for e-mail, headlines, weather reports, maps, movie schedules and, of course, Web search.

Google officials presented the introduction as another step in the company's efforts to tie its products more closely together. During a question-and-answer session with reporters, CEO Eric Schmidt said the product was not conceived as a direct answer to MyYahoo or to compete with an existing offering already in the market.

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NAVIGATION: TomTom Mobile 5 for Smartphones available as stand-alone product
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

TomTom, recently released the TomTom Mobile 5 for Smartphones which was available since April as an upgrade for TomTom Mobile 4 customers.

The TomTom Mobile 5 includes the latest software with enhanced features and an updated set of the maps pre-installed on a memory card (GPS receiver not included).

The latest maps with enhanced coverage and greater detail include thousands of Points of Interest such as Petrol Stations, Parking, Restaurants, Hotels and Cash Dispensers.

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SERVICE: Laplink Everywhere 4 brings remote PC access to Windows Mobile 5
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:12 CET under 01 - General News

Laplink's "Anytime, Anywhere" remote PC access solution, Laplink Everywhere 4, is fully compatible with Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5, providing complete remote access to PCs using a Windows Mobile 5 device.

Laplink Everywhere 4 provides complete access to a remote PC from any web-enabled device, with special functionality for mobile users. Instead of requiring handheld users to utilize a cumbersome remote control session on a PDA screen (as competing products such as GoToMyPC do), Laplink Everywhere 4 provides a special web-based interface for mobile users. This includes full integration with Google Desktop Search, providing unmatched efficiency for finding email and files on the remote PC. The user can then respond to email, update PIM data, and download or forward files straight from the browser, which allows for maximum utility over minimal bandwidth.

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Wednesday, 18.05.05
ARRIVED: EastGear's Wi-Fi SD card for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:13 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Following Helio's previous Spectec SDW-820 Wireless SD Card review and "vudu's" link in the forum, I went for the ODM version from EastGear Computer Devices because I was amazed from the size and I thought it might fits perfectly into my i-mate JAM.
Today, the package from Singapore arrived (EastGear handeled the order, payment and shipping pretty professional and they are using the same e-commerce system I use for the PPCW.Net Online Shop ;-)) via FedEx and I'm even more amazed how well it works with my device as well as how small the card is indeed.

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ANNOUNCED: O2 Asia to carry the HTC Amadeus as O2 Xphone IIm
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

O2 Asia and i-mate are definitely the two resellers which seems to be the best customers of HTC since they carry most of the HTC Windows Mobile models. While carriers are pretty restrictive and focused in their product portfolio, O2 Asia and i-mate are pure resellers (even if both also sell to carriers) and therefore they need a wider product portfolio.

The latest announcement came from O2 Asia who will carry the HTC Amadeus - also known as T-Mobile SDA Music - soon. While it isn't publicly announced on O2 Asia's PR page yet, CNETAsia revealed it already and since today it also appears on O2's product page.

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Tuesday, 17.05.05
DEVELOPMENT: Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 has Tabs - yes, IE7 has tabs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:06 CET under 01 - General News

The members of the Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 team yesterday confirmed in its MSDN Blog that Microsoft's next Internet Explorer (for PCs) will have tabs - finally!
I'm a big fan of tabbed browsing since it makes life easier and while I still use IE for several reasons (for instance because of its Mobile Favorites which are sinced with Pocket PCs and next with Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone) I stayed with IE but in an OCX version from Avant Browser (which is great worth to check and free).
Anyway - back to IE7 and the Internet Explorer 7 team blog:

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COMPATIBILITY: Windows Media Center Edition 2005 and Xbox 360 to work together perfectly
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:09 CET under 01 - General News

At the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2005 in Los Angeles, Microsoft Corp. today announced it will release a free software update to Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 that will enable customers to take advantage of the Media Center Extender technologies built into Xbox 360 gaming systems to access and enjoy digital entertainment anywhere in the home. Every Xbox 360 will have Media Center Extender functionality built in and available out of the box. The Media Center Extender functionality, coupled with the software update for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, will provide customers with seamless access to digital music, video, photos, and standard and high-definition television and movies on Media Center Edition 2005-based PCs through any Xbox 360 game console in the house.

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UPDATE: Club i-mate released a new ROM for the i-mate PDA2K Pocket PC Phone Edition [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Club i-mate recenly released a new ROM for i-mate's Xda III/IIs clone, the i-mate PDA2K Pocket PC Phone Edition (aka HTC Blue Angel).

The new ROM version - 1.40.00 WWE - also includes a new Radio in version 1.12.00.
Part of the ROM is an improved Widcomm Bluetooth stack as well as a preinstalled version of Skype's VoIP client for Pocket PCs which i-mate and Skype announced earlier this year.

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Sunday, 15.05.05
NAVIGATION: Make your Gumball 3000-route with a GPS enabled Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It's every year the same and every year it reminds me on the "Cannonball Run" movie I've watched several time when I was a child - the Gumball 3000 race has started.
So this is seventh annual 'Gumball 3000' Rally sets off from Waterloo Place (between Picadilly Circus and Pall Mall) in London on Saturday 14th to Monte Carlo via Germany, Czech Republik, Austria, Slovenia, Italy and France without any speed limitations (by race rules), car limitations or any other kind of limitations but within 6 days only!

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CURIOSITY: Scrolling LED Belt Buckle
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:12 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Make yourself an uber-geek with the scrolling LED belt buckle. If you feel you become common because everybody around you is wearing a mobile phone, a PDA, a MP3 player and a Bluetooth headset, this might be the right toy to make you feel better. ;-)
Introducing the most technologically advanced piece of clothing since the hypercolor T-Shirt - the LED scrolling belt buckle.

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Saturday, 14.05.05
SITE: Beta version of the::unwired mobile up and running
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:53 CET under 06 - Site News

The past days were tough and busy but finally the 1st Beta of the::unwired mobile is up and running and includes both - the front page, the articles as well as the forum for comments and general discussions.

For me, a mobile version of the::unwired is essential since I can not talk about mobility and wireless but not offering a mobile/wireless version of the site. This time, I've tried to bring the same look and feel and experience to the mobile device - a real optimized mobile version instead of a stripped down desktop version and it looks we archived it! :-)

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Friday, 13.05.05
PROTECTION: O2 Germany adds Spam and Virus filters for its E-Mail service
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:45 CET under 01 - General News

Do you remember one of my latest thoughts "Is Spam the carriers "best friend"?" where I was ranting about the spam E-Mails I'm receiving on my mobile phone - from the carriers E-Mail service I use in addition to my other E-Mail accounts?
Finally O2 Germany is monitoring its E-Mail service better (I don't think it's because of my previous posting but who knows) and from now they offer a spam and virus protection for free with every O2 E-Mail account.

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FEEDBACK: Orange responds to the Windows Mobile 5 upgrade question
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:01 CET under 01 - General News

While the community is excited about what we've heard about Windows Mobile 5.0, more and more questions appears (also I got a lot of questions by E-Mail) on the web if current devices will be upgradeable, especially after Dell's and HP's previous announcement to offer such upgrades.

Jason over at Smartphone Thoughts has posted a feedback from Orange now:

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Thursday, 12.05.05
INTERVIEW: Bill Gates sees mobile phones overtaking Apple's iPod
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:34 CET under 01 - General News

Microsoft's Bill Gates sees mobile phones overtaking MP3s as the top choice of portable music player, and views the raging popularity of Apple's iPod player as unsustainable, he told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ).

"As good as Apple may be, I don't believe the success of the iPod is sustainable in the long run," he said in an interview published on Thursday.

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REMOTE: highpad Media Control for Pocket PCs to RC your Media Center Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today I got a notification about a product called highpad Media Control for Pocket PC which lets you enjoy your personal audio, visual and digital media anywhere, any place. Highpad Media Control is your wireless communicator between your Windows XP Media Center 2005 or Windows XP Media Player and you Windows Mobile Pocket PC. Connect, control and interact at home or while you on the go to all your personal entertainment.

highpad Media Control is designed to work with any Microsoft Windows Mobile Pocket PC (but a Smartphone version is in development also). Wirelessly connect via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or GPRS and UMTS to control your networked Windows XP Media Center 2005 or XP Media Player.

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UTILITY: The highly anticipated Beta 2 of John Cody's Alerts is now ready for download
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

John of OmniSoft just informed me, that Beta 2 of John Cody's Alerts is ready to go.
John Cody's Alerts! was created due to the lack of a easy, yet flexible way to create quick count-down timers and other date/time dependant alarms on Windows Mobile Smartphones!

Some of the cool new features of Beta 2:

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DOWNLOAD: Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Device Emulator 1.0 Community Preview
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:59 CET under 01 - General News

Peter Foot over at Smartphone Thoughts made a good comment about Microsoft's Device Emulator 1.0: "This has been released at the same time as the Windows Mobile 5.0 SDKs but hasn't received the same coverage. This is a really neat tool if you want to demonstrate your applications on a PC which doesn't have any development tools."

Since I'm not a developer at all, for me it's *the* tool to get an impression of the full Windows Mobile 5.0 functionality on all kind of devices (from Pocket PC to Smartphone):

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UPDATE: Club i-mate released another ROM update for the i-mate JAM Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Club i-mate today released a new ROM for i-mate's best seller, the i-mate JAM Pocket PC Phone Edition.

All ROM builds with radio versions 1.05.00 and 1.10.00 includes audio enhancements for voice calls. Radio build 1.11.00 also includes improved support for Cell Broadcast and SIM Toolkit applications.

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Wednesday, 11.05.05
STANDARDIZATION: W3C launches mobile push
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:26 CET under 01 - General News

The Web's leading standards body has launched a ground campaign to promote its mobile Web protocols in the real world.  The W3C, or World Wide Web Consortium, on Wednesday announced its Mobile Web Initiative, a new kind of working group that will concentrate on the application of the consortium's existing recommendations for Web content written for mobile devices.

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PULLED: Google puts breaks on Web Accelerator
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:12 CET under 01 - General News

As CNET News.com reports, Google has stopped allowing downloads of its Web Accelerator software, just days after it began offering the product. Google cited capacity as the reason for putting the brake on downloads of Accelerator, which is designed to speed the delivery of Web pages.
A message on the site said the company has reached its "maximum capacity of users and (we) are actively working to increase the number of users we can support."

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SYNC: Microsoft announced ActiveSync 4.0 for Windows Mobile [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:40 CET under 01 - General News

Together with the Windows Mobile 5.0 launch yesterday, Microsoft also introduced the follower of currents ActiveSync 3.x version - ActiveSync 4.0. While ActiveSync 4.0 is compatible with previous Windows Mobile versions for Pocket PC or Smartphone, 4.0 is required for Windows Mobile 5.0.

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MEDIA: Yahoo! premieres Yahoo! Music Unlimited
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:59 CET under 01 - General News

As rumored earlier today, Yahoo indeed launched their beta version music subscription service today which provides fans with access to more than one million songs for an unprecedented value of US$ 4,99 per month (annualized price of US$ 59,88 ).

Yahoo! Music Unlimited, providing music fans with unparalleled music listening and management functionality at incomparable value with an introductory price of just US$ 4,99 per month for an annual subscription or US$ 6,99 on a monthly basis. The service, available May 11, allows consumers to play tunes from a catalog of more than one million songs, transfer tracks to portable devices, as well as enjoy the unique ability to share and discover music with friends through Yahoo! Messenger.

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LAUNCHED: O2 Germany finally launched the Xda IIi aka HTC Alpine for immediate availability
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Since today, the long awaited Xda IIi Pocket PC Phone Edition is also available from O2 Germany - after it was mentioned the first time back in September last year.
While the Xda IIi is was already released in UK and Asia, it took "a little bit longer" in Germany but finally it's here and available for O2's Online Shop.
The Xda IIi is an "updated" Xda II (in terms of the features) while the look and feel is the same.
Feature-wise the Xda IIi includes a 520 MHz Intel Bulverde CPU, 128 MB RAM, Wi-Fi, 1.3 megapixel.

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COMPETITION: Yahoo said to launch new Music Service to compete with Apple [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:57 CET under 01 - General News

teaser_multimedia.gifAccording an article at the New York Times, Yahoo plans to launch an early version of a new flagship music service this week, in hopes of capturing some of the online music momentum now held by Apple Computer, sources familiar with the plans say.

The service, which sources say is expected to be released today, is built in large part around a monthly subscription plan similar to those now offered by Napster and RealNetworks, allowing customers to download music onto their portable devices.

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Tuesday, 10.05.05
PHOTOVIEW: HTC Universal is running Windows Mobile 5.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:10 CET under 08 - Reviews

Indeed, the HTC Universal - also known as T-Mobile MDA IV, Vodafone VPA or Orange SPV 3G is running Windows Mobile 5.0 as announced earlier today.

In case you've missed Bill Gates keynote today, where he displayed its versatility on the HTC Universal here we go with some exclusive proofs - as you can expect it from the::unwired. On the photos below you can see a prototype I got my hands on which is running Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0.

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EVENT: Microsoft launched Windows Mobile 5.0 sub-site with tons of up to date information
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:47 CET under 01 - General News

Today, with Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 launch, the Windows Mobile team also launched a new Windows Mobile 5.0 sub-site to its regular Windows Mobile site.
On the dedicated Windows Mobile 5.0 sub-site you find news from MEDC 2005 as well as you can listen Bill Gates' MEDC 2005 keynote again and the folks of the Windows Mobile team are producing Podcasts for you:

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UNVEILED: HTC announces the world's first Windows Mobile 5.0 based 3G device
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

High Tech Computer Corp. today announced its plans to release the world's first 3G Windows Mobile 5.0 based device, the HTC Universal second half this year. The Universal will enable customers to be more productive while having powerful multimedia and internet browsing capabilities. Global distribution plans for the device are expected in the second half of 2005 with mobile operators in Europe, North America, and Asia.

Microsoft Corp. chairman and chief software architect, Bill Gates, unveiled Windows Mobile 5.0 during his keynote at Microsoft Mobile & Embedded DevCon 2005 in Las Vegas and displayed its versatility on the HTC Universal.

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UPGRADE: Dell and HP to offer Windows Mobile 5.0 for their current Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to Aximsite and Ipaq HQ, both - Dell and HP have plans to offer updates to Windows Mobile 5.0 for some of their current devices:

Dell will offer a Windows Mobile version 5.0 software upgrade for the Dell Axim X50 handheld family later this year.

The new software is expected to enable users to take advantage of several new productivity and multimedia enhancements, like updated Microsoft Office programs and Direct3D Mobile support. It also supports persistent storage capability, helping to protect against the loss of personal data and applications when batteries discharge completely.

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DEVELOPMENT: What's new for Developers with Windows Mobile 5.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:13 CET under 01 - General News

Windows Mobile 5.0 offers many new functions, although these new functions are spread across a number of different services, they are all focused on the common goal of improving developer productivity and end user experience. This goal is achieved by incorporating many commonly performed tasks in the operating system.

For the first time, Windows Mobile 5.0 exposes operating system features directly to managed developers. These new managed APIs include newly added operating system features in addition to newly provided managed classes for existing operating system features.

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FEATURES: What's new with Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:05 CET under 01 - General News

Windows Mobile 5.0 is the base operating system for Pocket PCs, Pocket PC Phone Editions and Smartphones and a completely new developed operating system, based on Windows CE 5 which includes new, improved and enhanced applications as well.

First of all, the previously known Pocket XYZ applications are renamed to XYZ Mobile. Pocket Word is called Word Mobile, Pocket Internet Explorer is called Internet Explorer Mobile, etc. now.

Beside the pure operating system and application renaming, Windows Mobile 5.0 also includes many improvements as well as stronger User Interface update, compared to previous updates of Windows Mobile.

In addition, Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PCs will support the same soft-key navigation as previously introduced with the Windows Mobile Smartphones. This means, Windows Mobile 5.0 based Pocket PCs can be operated either one or two handed but in any case it can be used without the stylus now.

The following slides gives you the best overview what's new and improved with Windows Mobile 5.0 (click the thumbnails to get a larger version):

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UNVEILED: Microsoft officially announced the release of Windows Mobile 5.0 [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:00 CET under 01 - General News

During his keynote at the Microsoft Mobile & Embedded Developers Conference in Las Vegas, which he is currently holding, Microsoft's Chief Software Architect Bill Gates announced the new Windows Mobile 5.0, previously known under its code name "Magneto" and rumored as "Windows Mobile 2005". Windows Mobile 5.0 is the base operating system for Pocket PCs, Pocket PC Phone Editions and Smartphones and a completely new developed operating system, based on Windows CE 5 which includes new, improved and enhanced applications as well.

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POSITIONING: Get unwired with Kemix Solar Bluetooth GPS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:07 CET under 01 - General News

I have never heard about Taiwanese GPS manufacture "Smart Choice Int'l Co., Ltd." or its lately released brand "Kemix" but their latest GPS Bluetooth receiver looks like a "smart" idea - I haven't seen with other GPS receivers before: it includes a solar panel on top which operates the receiver and charge the receiver.

It includes a host side Bluetooth interface (Class 2)supporting SPP protocol up to 10m and features the NMEA 0183(V3.0) GGA, GSA, GSV, RMC GPS protocols with an update frequency of 1 sec.

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Monday, 09.05.05
SERVICE: Happy Birthday FlyNet - celebrate and surf for free
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:42 CET under 01 - General News

Since spring 2004 Lufthansa is the first airline to offer a broadband Internet service with its own free portal. It means you can now use your time on board to do all the things you didn't get done on the ground or didn't have the opportunity to do in the air.

To celebrate the first birthday of FlyNet from May 17 to May 23 you can surf for free on all Lufthansa long-haul flights!

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UTILITY: Kasuei Hitchhiker for Pocket PC - test the available HotSpots for Internet functionality
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Kasuei, a group of programming enthusiasts from Hong Kong and Compulim the guy behind WiFi Graph (for Pocket PCs) today announce the release of its latest freeware called "Hitchhiker". It works as a "freespot" check with automated AP association test, DHCP test, DNS test and Internet connectivity test.

"Hitchhiker" helps you to connect your Pocket PC to the wireless Internet by imply tapping "Connect" and it will try all public access points nearby. Hitchhiker will handle all settings for you and perform complicated tests to ensure you can connect to the Internet in no time.

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Sunday, 08.05.05
CURIOSITY: HP's WiFi Signal Locator as add-on for Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:29 CET under 09 - Thoughts

HP is carrying a so called "WiFi Signal Locator" in its British iPAQ Choice store but I wonder who needs it:

This WiFi Signal Locator is the smallest and most convenient way to check for hot spots without checking on your iPAQ. By attaching the WiFi SL to your key chain you will always be immediately aware of the presence of local hot spots. The patent-pending technology instantly detects only WiFi signal presence.

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LINK: Google Web Accelerator sparks privacy fears
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:38 CET under 01 - General News

ZDNet UK reports about a serious security issue with Google's lately released Web Accelerator.

On a Google Labs discussion group, one user said that the security implications of Google caching details of Internet sessions were unacceptable:

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LINK: iPAQ hw6500 comparison photos appear on Dave's iPAQ
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

David Ciccone over at Dave's iPAQ has received a couple of photos from a user via E-Mail that states "Just to let you know I have a 6500 in hand now for testing, just everyone remember, this is just one specific model, since they seem to be planning on releaseing at least 3-4 differant model types, I will start posting pictures and specs and what i think of this device."

David has posted a couple of comparison shots between the hw6500, Treo 650, HTC Blue Angel (aka Xda III), Motorola MPx and others which are worth to check:

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TELEMETRIC: O2 supports BMW Motorsport at the 24hrs Race
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:08 CET under 01 - General News

This years technology partner of BMW at the 24hrs race on the Nürburgring (Germany) was O2 Germany who provided the used Xda III and network infrastructure.
Based on infoware's GPRS and GPS tracking solution, the BMW mechanics crew got the current vehicle position as well as telemetric data on their Xda III Pocket PCs.
These data also included vital values like engine speed, mileage, speed information and the overal telemetric monitoring of the engine and car.

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Saturday, 07.05.05
SERVICE: Another Google service (upgrade) - Mobile Blogging with Blogger.com
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:18 CET under 01 - General News

Google is far more than a search engine and after the recent service introduction (Gmail, Google Web Accelerator), Google owned Blogger.com enabled Moblogging):

Google has introduced a new service for Blogger.com that enables users to create new blogs and post images and text via mobile devices. A consumer using Verizon, AT&T, Cingular, Sprint or T-Mobile can send an e-mail or MMS to go@blogger.com, which instantly creates a new Weblog containing the information sent to Blogger. Google will then E-Mail the URL and a claim code back to the user, allowing him or her to view and manage the new blog.

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PHOTOVIEW: Samsung SGH-i300 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:09 CET under 08 - Reviews

There are not too many new Windows Mobile Smartphones in the (public) pipeline we know about (beside the expected Orange C550) but one of the most promising and innovative one is the Samsung SGH-i300 which was first time publicly shown on CeBIT two month ago.

Last week I got the chance to hold it in my hands again (switched off so I can not tell you more about software details) but actually I had the chance to make some more detailed photos. Since it was a prototype only I'm not sure about the color, etc. but it gave me a good impression about its weight and size.

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Friday, 06.05.05
PROTECTION: BoxWave released FlexiSkin for i-mate SP3i
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

BoxWave recently made their FlexiSkin for the i-mate SP3i Smartphone available which is a new soft case that gives you complete usability of your i-mate SP3i while it's protected!
It's durable, soft to the touch, and because it can stretch and flex; FlexiSkin helps cushion your i-mate SP3i from bumps and hard knocks. Usable and protective, FlexiSkin the new protective case for your i-Mate SP3i!

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UTILITY: AleksSoft Time Zone for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

That's an utility I was waiting for a long time. If you are traveling between different time zones, it can be hard to find the right time for your appointment, in case you have changed your time settings but you haven't added the appointment before in the right time zone.
AlekSoft Time Zone helps you to manage your appointments since it's a small Calendar plug-in which changes appointment start times so the current city corresponds to the time of appointment.

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SERVICE: Monitor your ebay auctions with Abidia Wireless 3.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:39 CET under 01 - General News

Data enabled mobile devices are as good as you have a use for the data-feature. If you are a heavy ebay buyer and seller - your mobile device can become even worthier for you with Abidia Wireless which was released in v3 now:

Abidia, provider of mobile phone and wireless handheld device solutions for online auctions, today announced its third generation wireless applications for eBay, which enables effortless real-time access to eBay accounts and listings for mobile devices worldwide. The next generation technology features a convenient auction experience comparable to a personal computer; users are allowed to bid, search, browse and monitor live auction listings from the eBay site. Abidia Wireless 3.0 makes it easy to carry item listings and visual images as well as buyer and seller lists in your pocket.
Easy, on-the-go supervision of real-time auction status is a simple install away. Additionally, Abidia Wireless 3.0 offers a streamlined and improved interface allowing instant access to eBay auction information.

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Thursday, 05.05.05
SERVICE: Google launched Google Web Accelerator Beta
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:39 CET under 01 - General News

Web accelerating seems to become more and more a serious business for several reasons. While I was reporting yesterday about OnSpeed which supports Pocket PCs now (but requires a subscription fee), today Google (I don't think I need to explain it) launched its Google Web Accelerator Beta which is an application that uses the power of Google's global computer network to make web pages load faster. Google Web Accelerator requires to download and install it, and from then on many web pages will automatically load faster than before (wonder if the::unwired is one of them? ;-))

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RESEARCH: Worldwide PDA shipments increase 25 percent in First Quarter of 2005
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:26 CET under 01 - General News

Gartne, Inc. - a leading provider of research and analysis on the global information technology industry recently published the latest results of their quarterly PDA research. According to them, the worldwide personal digital assistant (PDA) shipments totaled 3.4 million units in the first quarter of 2005, a 25 percent increase from the same period last year. As a matter of fact, this was the strongest first quarter the industry has experienced!

The average selling price (ASP) of PDAs increased 15 percent in the first quarter of 2005 compared to the first quarter of 2004. The ASP was $406, which is the highest since Gartner began ASP estimates in 2000. Gartner analysts attributed the increased prices to the popularity of high-end wireless models.

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POSTPONED: Benq's P50 Pocket PC Phone Edition will not be seen before Q3-2005
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

infoSync World got another official confirmation from Benq, that their long awaited P50 Pocket PC Phone Edition with inbuilt thumb-keyboard is delayed. I've already reported the same when I met Benq on CeBIT two month ago.

Initially, the P50 was expected for a launch in late 2004 many people still await it since it is a sweet combination of a Windows Mobile Pocket PC and the Treo 650 ID.

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Wednesday, 04.05.05
AVAILABILITY: Audiovox SMT 5600 Windows Mobile Smartphone - now available through Cingular
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After the merger between AT&T Wireless and Cingular Wireless, the Audiovox SMT 5600 disappeared from the (formerly) AT&T Wireless shops, unfortunately. Now Cingular Wireless, the largest wireless carrier in the United-States, and UTStarcom Personal Communications Division (formerly Audiovox Communications Corp.) announced the re-availability of the Audiovox SMT 5600 Smartphone to all Cingular Wireless customers.

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ACCELERATION: Boost your Internet connection with OnSpeed for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:45 CET under 01 - General News

This press information is already a month old but I have just found it now. OnSpeed, announced the release of OnSpeed for Pocket PC PDA's and smart phones, which allows users to browse the web and use web based E-Mail up to 10 times faster for just £24.99 a year.
Breaking new ground once more, the award winning technology company is the first to offer acceleration software which can be used with Pocket PC, currently the fastest growing mobile sector in the UK. It is a small and easy to install client, taking only two minutes to download and can be used anywhere in the world. The application sits quietly in the background accelerating any internet browsing as required.

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UTILITY: xBar 2.6 released - now with support for Smartphone and Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:00 CET under 01 - General News

Xetra recently upgraded (my all-time favorite Smartphone application) xBar as version 2.6 and in addition of two new features, xBar also supports Pocket PCs now!
In addition, xBar 2.6 also includes a 2 hours trial version - the biggest concern I had in the past that there was no trial version available.

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SERVICE: Reuters launched Mobile News for Mobile Phones in the US and UK
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:56 CET under 01 - General News

teaser_link.gifReuters has launched a mobile news service offering global news stories to mobile users in the UK and the US, as the news service aims expand its mobile audience.
The free service delivers the top ten news stories written by Reuters correspondents in 200 bureaux around the world. Each story is illustrated with pictures from photographers on the scene. The firm said that some 73,000 people a month in the UK, US and France already access Reuters news on their mobiles and PDAs via a service available on AvantGo.

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Tuesday, 03.05.05
ACCESSORY: Eleksen to release a Bluetooth fabric keyboard [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:01 CET under 01 - General News

I was a big fan of the Eleksen fabric keybard when I've used the original Orange SPV and the i-mate Smartphone. However, it had one problem - it was directly linked to these devices (because of its stand and connector). But the idea was simply great.
Anyway, Eleksen confirmed that they are going to release a follower of the SPV specific fabric keybard - this time more generic and with Bluetooth!

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LINK: The Engadget interviews Bill Gates - part 2
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:09 CET under 01 - General News

In part one of engadget's interview with Bill Gates, published yesterday, Peter talked with him about the next Xbox console, whether or not Microsoft is going to come out with a competitor for the PlayStation Portable, and the future of Windows Mobile.
In today's second and final installment engadget asked him about HD-DVD vs. Blu-ray, IPTV, Windows Media Center and DTV, and why the Tablet PC has struggled so much in the marketplace.

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Monday, 02.05.05
THOUGHT: The silent death of the Motorola MPx Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:50 CET under 09 - Thoughts

While I was pretty happy to announce - back on 3GSM Congress - the European availability of the MPx, last week we have heard of the official end of Motorola's MPx Pocket PC Phone Edition (which started its career in Cannes also, but one year ago).

Also last Friday I got my MPx updated - officially to the latest ROM and it's sad to see it will never make it to the market anymore since Motorola worked hard over the past weeks to get it updated and workable as good as possible and as much as the limited 32 MB allows it.

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LINK: The Engadget interviews Bill Gates - part 1
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:08 CET under 01 - General News

Peter Rojas of engadget had a one to one inteview with Bill Gates last week and has recently published part one of this interview which is about Xbox, "Xbox Portable" and most interesting about the future of Windows Mobile.
A must read for all gadget and Windows Mobile lovers! ;-)

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UTILITY: Socket Communications releases Wi-Fi Companion software for Pocket PCs with built-in W-LAN
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Socket Communications, Inc. today announced the Socket Wi-Fi Companion, designed for Pocket PCs with integrated 802.11 W-LAN. The Socket Wi-Fi Companion is an intuitive, graphical software application that greatly improves the user's experience detecting hotspots, setting up and monitoring a connection, performing basic site management functions, viewing access points and determining the strength of a wireless connection.

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DEVICE: Qtek to release the HTC Amadeus (T-Mobile SDA Music) as Qtek 8100
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Swedish Qtek has updated their website with information about a new Smartphone, the Qtek 8100 which is based on HTC's Amadeus (and basically, design-wise the same as T-Mobile's SDA Music).
Amadeus and Feeler (for instance the i-mate SP3i) are the same devices, however in addition to the standard button-layout, the Amadeus has 4 more buttons. T-Mobile used this buttons for their SDA Music to add a direct access to their WAP portal as well as controlling the Media Player.

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Sunday, 01.05.05
THOUGHT: Preparing for DVB-T Television end of this month
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:57 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Here in Munich where I live, the DVB-T countdown has started and will become alive end of this month. DVT-T (Digital Video Broadcasting Terrestrial - and in all its different classes with C for Cable, S for Satellite and T for Terrestrial) delivers virtually any digital to the home. Whether it's High Definition TV, multiple channel Standard definition TV (PAL, NTSC or SECAM) or new broadband multimedia content and interactive services, DVB delivers owing to the use of MPEG-2 packets as "data containers", and the critical DVB Service Information surrounding and identifying those packets.

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