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Thursday, 30.06.05
PREVIEW: Native Wi-Fi support for Windows Mobile 5.0 based Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:26 CET under 08 - Reviews

One of the new supported features which was revealed with Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 announcement last month was the build-in native OS support for W-LAN for Windows Mobile Smartphones.
Unlike current implementation, where you need a 3rd party Wi-Fi driver for your Smartphone (which have to be developed for the W-LAN card since non of the current Smartphones have build-in Wi-Fi capabilities and hardware) like the Socket solution for the Sagem myS-7, a build-in solution always have the charm of deeper and smoother integration.

I had the chance today, to play with a Windows Mobile 5.0 development Smartphone which already includes W-LAN hardware. Since I'm under several NDAs, I can not talk about the hardware yet but for sure I can share my impressions in terms of the software and how it works.

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BROWSING: Opera Software released final version of Opera 8 for Windows Mobile 2003 Smartphones [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Opera Software today released the latest and final version of their Opera 8 Web browser for Windows Mobile based Smartphones, enabling Smartphone users to surf the Web with speed and ease on their mobile devices. Opera's deployment to Microsoft's Windows Mobile platform is a result of customers' and operators' demand for a fast and full-featured Web browser on Windows Mobile devices and began with the first public technical preview in October last year. Now, Oslo based Opera software have finalized their developments and have published the final version for public download - without any further limitations.

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COOPERATION: MSN and Vodafone to launch PC-to-Mobile Instant Messaging
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:20 CET under 01 - General News

MSN and Vodafone today announced plans to launch a first-of-its-kind seamless instant messaging (IM) service between PCs and mobile phones. Customers will be able to see the "presence" of their contacts and exchange instant messages between MSN Messenger on a PC and Vodafone Messenger on mobile phones and vice versa. By offering customers a seamless PC-to-mobile messaging option with instant messaging, MSN and Vodafone will expand communication choices, delivering an enhanced messaging offering for MSN and Vodafone customers who want to stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues.

The service will be based on the familiar mobile commercial model of "Calling Party Pays." As they do today, Vodafone customers will prepay or pay for the service through their monthly bill, while MSN Messenger customers will be able to pay through packages available in connection with MSN Messenger.

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UTILITY: SBSH Mobile Software released Facade public Beta for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Facade (I've written about it before), a new exciting PIM Home screen plug-in interface for Smartphone devices with a launcher tool, was released by SBSH Mobile Software today as the initial release in public beta level and can be downloaded for free.

After introducing Papyrus, the leading award winning PIM software for Smartphone devices, SBSH Mobile Software releases Facade in public beta stage; Facade is a new PIM Home screen plug-in that brings your appointments and tasks information to your Smartphone Homescreen. In addition to the PIM Home screen interface, Facade also introduces a launcher bar with the ability to launch software directly from your Smartphone Home screen.

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Wednesday, 29.06.05
OVERTAKEN: Motorola acquires Sendo's R&D team and intellectual property portfolio
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:05 CET under 01 - General News

If you are a Windows Mobile enthusiast, for sure you remember Sendo who was the first Microsoft partner who announced a Windows Mobile based Smartphone back in November 2001, long time before the first Smartphone was available. Now, after a dispute with Microsoft and the move to Nokia's Symbian based Series 60 platform and a general strategic move to low-cost handesets, Motorola announced that it is acquiring key assets from the British mobile handset maker. Motorola is purchasing Sendo's UK- and Singapore-based research and development team, design and test equipment required by that team, as well as the company's intellectual property portfolio. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

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DEVELOPMENTS: Google introduced new services - Personalized Search and Google Earth
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:27 CET under 01 - General News

Today, Google have released two new services (as always as a "public" Beta"): Personalized Search and Google Earth.

Google's Personalized Search is an improvement to Google search that orders your search results based on what you've searched for before. Learning from your history of searches and search results you've clicked on, Personalized Search brings certain results closer to the top when it's clear they're most relevant to you.
Part of Personalized Search is the Search History feature, which lets you view and manage your history of past searches and the search results you've clicked on. As you build up your search history, your personalized search results will continue to improve over time.

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WEB'N'WALK: T-Mobile transfers Internet experience on PCs to mobile devices with focus on Windows Mobile [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:20 CET under 01 - General News

Easy spontaneous access to the World Wide Web with Sidekick II, MDA compact, Nokia 6680 and the new SDA model though fast, user-friendly surfing with optimized Internet browsers - that's the new key-message of T-Mobile International; the German based carrier today announced his new web'n'walk strategy for his European operators.

In addition to the Internet-optimized devices and services, T-Mobile will also introduce new and more attractive price plans for mobile data via GPRS and UMTS access.

T-Mobile is the first carrier in Europe to bring free Internet to mobile phones: web'n'walk is the name of the offer that T-Mobile is using to compile attractive packages for mobile users in the World Wide Web. The first web'n'walk offers are now available in Germany and Austria. In the course of the year, mobile Internet will also spread to Great Britain, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.

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UPGRADE: Fujitsu Siemens announced the timeline for the Windows Mobile 5.0 upgrades
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After the::unwired's previously revealed information about the Fujitsu Siemens Pocket Loox upgrade availability, followed by the official FSC press release, today I have received the final release dates for the Windows Mobile 5.0 upgrades, available later this year for the Fujitsu Siemens Pocket Loox 718 and 720 Pocket PCs.

According to the PDF file, the::unwired received (and which you can download from here (please note, it's in German)) - there will be an upgrade for the following languages: English (worldwide, German, French, Spanish and Italian) with the following planned release dates and availability per language:

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MOBILE MEDIA: Apple upgrades iPod and iTunes and cut the prices for the Shuffle
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:26 CET under 01 - General News

Apple released new software Tuesday designed to make it easier for users to listen to the increasingly popular, but largely unstructured podcasts.
Apple, which also announced color screens for its iPods, said the new iTunes software comes with a podcast directory that lists more than 3.000 free audio programs. It also sports a new menu and the ability to automatically send new episodes of podcasts to the user's computer.

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Tuesday, 28.06.05
DONE: Finally I got my Windows Media Center 2005
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:54 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Okay, okay - if you are a frequent reader of the::unwired you know that I've planned to buy a Windows Media Center Edition forever, even before MCE 2005 was released.
However, when it became clear that DVB-T is starting here in Munich (launch was 01. May) I decided to wait until it was launched to make sure I just start with a DVB-T card instead of an analogue TV-card.
Since neither HP nor Shuttle have released their Media Centers yet (the one I want) I decided to start with an interim Media Center for my living room since my self-made test-MCE (based on a standard PC) is way too loud for the living room so here we go with my latest gadget:

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REMOTE: highpad Media Control - Windows Media Center software for Pocket PC released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Maybe you remember my earlier posting about the highpad Media Control software development for Pocket PCs which lets you remote control your Windows Media Center Edition and way more from your Pocket PC?

highpad Media Control is designed to work with any Microsoft Windows Mobile Pocket PC, wirelessly connected 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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Monday, 27.06.05
VOIP: MPLAT USB Flash Phone F1K for Skype makes Skype portable - a kind of
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:34 CET under 01 - General News

The previously announced MPLAT USB Flash Phone F1K for Skype is now available from MPLAT. The Flash Phone F1K will focus on mobile user who working at different place. Plug and talk, unplug and leave.

The Flash Phone F1K for Skype is a USB audio device plus flash driver. You can download and install Skype in flash driver, make/receive the Skype call at Flash Phone, save your chat history and transfer file in flash driver.

The Flash Phone F1K will focus on mobile user who working at different place. Travel and drop in any internet bar, keep your important file and chat record, plug and talk, unplug and leave.

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SYNDICATION: Next Windows - codenamed Longhorn - to support RSS [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:32 CET under 01 - General News

Yes, I'm a big fan of RSS feeds, not to say I'm a RSS feeds news junkie and today, The China Post Online revealed some more information about RSS support with Windows Longhorn, the next Desktop and Server OS from Microsoft. According to China Post Online, Microsoft said Friday that the next version of Windows will have built-in support for Internet data feeds. RSS, short for Really Simple Syndication, hasn't broken into widespread use yet (No? Are you sure?), but the world's largest software maker believes it will become a mainstay.

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LEAK: Is Motorola introducing the long-time rumored Windows Mobile based "RAZRberry"
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:46 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Over at Pocket PC Thoughts and Engadget, they got information from Pocket PC Dubai about a previously rumored Windows Mobile device from Motorola aka RAZRberry which is now called "Franklin". Interestingly enough, these information leaked through a Dangaard PowerPoint presentation which is (wonder how long) available through Microsoft as download.

According to the leaked specifications, it is expected to be a Windows Mobile 5 devices, supporting GSM/GPRS and EDGE and includes 128 MB ROM, 64 MB RAM, a miniSD slot, and a 2.4" 320 x 240 screen. Also it's expected to include a 1130 mAH battery, a 1.3 megapixel camera plus support for Bluetooth. WiFi isn't mentioned yet.

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INTRODUCTION: Will Carrier Devices carry the HTC Universal under its i-mate brand?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Darius Wey over at Pocket PC Thoughts got some information from i-mate when he walked the floors of MEDC in Sydney this week.
According to him and his talks to a reliable source, he discovered that i-mate has plans to release an HTC Universal under its own i-mate brand name (for sure).
"Paragon" added in the Pocket PC comments section, that - according to Jim Morrison - CEO of Carrier Devices (the company behind i-mate) - it will be officially be launched on September 24th at GITEX exhibition in Dubai which could be reasonable since i-mate announced most or their new devices during the past GITEX exhibitions.

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Sunday, 26.06.05
BETA: SBSH Soft to work on Facade - a Smartphone Homescreen plug-in
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Todd Saylor from SBSH Soft (maker of Papyrus for Smartphone and Pocket Breeze for Pocket PC) recently announced in SBSH's forum the development start of Facade  for Smartphone.

Facade is a new Homescreen plug-in for Windows Mobile Smartphones. In the initial version the planned main features are: a schedule view, a tasks view, and a program launcher.

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RETROSPECTION: The Sony Walkman WM-1 changed my way of mobility
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:22 CET under 09 - Thoughts

For any reason I became a gadget geek and since I was a young teenager, I described my love to gadgets with "I enjoy to play with everything which has buttons and doesn't requires more than 12 volt power". When I was at my parents last weekend, I found my very first gadget which changed my view of mobility - my Sony Walkman WM-1 which was basically Sony's first commercial Walkman (therefore WM-1 I think).

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Saturday, 25.06.05
LINK: Jason Dunn's Windows Mobile 5 day to day use
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

My fellow MVP and friend Jason Dunn, over from xvy Thoughts (where xyz = Pocket PC/Smartphone and/or Digital Media ;)) wrote to pretty good columns about the the Windows Mobile 5 day to day use with a Windows Mobile Smartphone.
As a MVP, we are in the lucky situation to got the Windows Media 5 bits on our devices before it was announced and therefore we was able to play with it for a couple of months already. However, Jason got his Smartphone flashed just now, he recently published his on-hand user experiences and thoughts, the good and the bad - worth to read:

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RENAMED: HTC Universal - the T-Mobile UMTS Pocket PC formerly known as T-Mobile MDA IV
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

When T-Mobile Germany announced the HTC Universal the first time, back in February, they've announced it as the "MDA IV" which makes sense, if you follow the naming scheme T-Mobile used so far (MDA, MDA II, MDA III) and which they have taken from O2 (who named its devices Xda, Xda II, Xda IIII and XDA IIi).

However, both - T-Mobile and O2 have added a name to the naming scheme with the HTC Magician introduction (MDA compact and Xda mini) and it seems T-Mobile is following this rule with the HTC Universal again which is called MDA Pro now:

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CONNECTIVITY: Spectect announced the first W-LAN miniSD card
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:15 CET under 01 - General News

Taiwanese Spectec seems to become the new benchmark of W-LAN miniaturization? After the release of their W-LAN SD-card (see the review here) which is also on sale under different names, now they have announced the first Wi-Fi b compliant miniSD W-LAN card! 8O

Okay, so far there is no real photo available but a drawing only but if it becomes true (and they will really release it in the original miniSD card size without an additional antenna) this card could become Smartphone owner's dream:

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Wednesday, 22.06.05
UTILITY: Total Commander finally released for Windows Mobile Smartphones too
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While we are talking about the new Total Commander version for Pocket PC, v2.0 is also available for Windows Mobile Smartphones now :-) and even if it is v2, it's the first release for the Windows Mobile Smartphone but nevertheless it's more or less identical with the Pocket PC version.

Total Commander for Smartphone is a full featured and feature-rich File Explorer but also includes an FTP client and a Registry Editor. It requires an application unlocked Smartphone and supports Smartphone 2002 and Smartphone 2003 (Second Edition).

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UPDATE: Total Commander for Pocket PC released in v2.0 with new features
Posted by Heinz Burkart - at 14:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Total Commander might be one of the best File Explorer for the Windows Mobile Pocket PC platform and yesterday the version 2.0 released.
New and important functions and improvements are an FTP client, LAN access, Registry Editor and support for the Windows Mobile 2003SE landscape mode.

To find the new functions you either have to search or you can check the screenshots below to find them easier. ;-)

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Tuesday, 21.06.05
BROADCASTING: T-Mobile plans to use DVB-H during the FIFA Worldcup next year
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:56 CET under 01 - General News

According to an article at German "heise online", T-Mobile Germany plans to broadcast 2006's FIFA Worldcup matches via DVB-T based DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcast for Handhelds) technology which T-Mobile is going to implement in the cities where the matches will happens.
Since T-Mobile have to buy the required frequencies, an alternative scenario (because of the costs) could be DAB based DMB.

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UTILITY: Microsoft released Outlook 2003 Business Contacts for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It took forever to release it but finaly Microsft released it: Business Contacts for Pocket PC. It allows you to synchronize your business contacts and a subset of your communication history to your Microsoft Windows Mobile Pocket PC device.

While on the go, you can make changes to your business contacts and later synchronize the changes made with the Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 with Business Contact Manager database.

The download contains two parts: a sync provider for Microsoft ActiveSync and a program for the Microsoft Windows Mobile Pocket PC,  Windows Mobile Smartphones aren't supported yet.

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UTILITY: Socket Communication Wi-Fi Companion got an update
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Socket Communications recently updated their Wi-Fi Companion software for Pocket PC 2003. This updated driver and utility for Windows Mobile 2003 is available as Socket Wi-Fi Companion version 2.5 A now.
Wi-Fi Companion adds new functions including find wireless networks, connect to favorite networks and manage power save modes to maximize battery life for the Windows Mobile device.
Also supports WPA on WM 2003 Second Edition as well as on some ROM updates to the original WM 2003.

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UTILITY: SMS Answering Machine 1.0 for Pocket PC to reply calls with an SMS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

SMS Answering Machine v1.0 will take care of all your calls while you're in a meeting or can't answer the phone. Fill out individual customized short messages and choose your answer count and your phone will become your own personal assistant. With 3 easy clicks you can set up your settings, and have it answer whomever you want, whatever message you want and as often as you tell it to.
A set of functionality customized to your needs, making your busy life a little simple to handle.

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MOBILITY: Mitsubishi to release a real pocket video projector
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:46 CET under 01 - General News

Mitsubishi's lately announced Pocket LED DLP Projector is something for the road-warrior ! It offers a native SVGA (800x600) resolution with approximately 250 LUX and weighs just under a pound so it might be the perfect "accessory" for your Pocket PC due to its unbeatable convenience through extreme portability in both size and weight. In addition it can even be battery operated!

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DEVELOPMENT: Microsoft nearly completed "Peabody" Smartphone reference design development
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Microsoft's low-cost reference Smartphone platform code-named Peabody is nearing completion and will run on the recently released Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system, an Ya-Qin Zhang, corporate vice president said Tuesday in Taiwan.
When the phone platform was first announced on 3GSM Congress in February, Microsoft planned to aim it at emerging markets such as India and China but also aimed carriers to offer them an easy to develop and flexible platform to launch their own ODM devices.

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TRACKING: Sportsdo released 5 Sportsdo applications for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Sportsdo is a family of products based around mobile phones, PDAs and GPS technology and each Sportdo product is design by enthusiast for enthusiast.
The Sportsdo family of products enables you to see and hear your speed, distance, altitude, gradient, pace and calories updated in real-time while you play sport. Using Sportsdo allows you to keep a web log of your sporting activies.

Now Sportsdo have released a set of 5 Sportdo products for the Windows Mobile Pocket PC with many others scheduled for launch over the coming months: Skido, Snowdo, Rundo, Bikedo, Cycledo.

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TRACKING: Sportsdo released 5 Sportsdo applications for Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Sportsdo is a family of products based around mobile phones and GPS technology and each Sportdo product is design by enthusiast for enthusiast.
The Sportsdo family of products enables you to see and hear your speed, distance, altitude, gradient, pace and calories updated in real-time while you play sport. Using Sportsdo allows you to keep a web log of your sporting activies.

Now Sportsdo have released a set of 5 Sportdo products for the Windows Mobile Smartphone with many others scheduled for launch over the coming months: Skido, Snowdo, Rundo, Bikedo, Cycledo.

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SERVICE: Google to offer mobile device optimized search results
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:27 CET under 01 - General News

Google Inc. on Thursday started testing a mobile-phone service (in various languages including English and German) that searches websites that have been designed to deliver content customized for the small screens of cellular phones.
Google Mobile Web Search targets sites that use XHTML as the technology for delivering content to handsets. XHTML, or extensible HTML, is a web-page markup language that has been developed by the World Wide Web Consortium, an international standards body.

The technology combines HTML with the more powerful extensible markup language, or XML, to enable a web server to deliver content tailored to the accessing device.

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LINK: MySmartphone.ch previews the Orange SPV C550
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Talking about the Orange C550 and my previously posted photos - MySmartphone.ch has recently published a preview of a developer device. According to the (German) posting, the device is expected to be released (finally) next month. All the specs appear to be in-line with the earlier leaked information. According to the preview, the C550 is not marked as a C500 replacement but the C550 will be an addition to the Orange Smartphone lineup. The C500's replacement will be known as the C600. Unfortunately, there is no more information available on the SPV C600 at this point.

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AVAILABILITY: Orange SPV C550 Smartphone appears on Orange "coming soon" webpage
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It took a while from the first rumors to the first leaked photos, the official announcement and while we haven't seen an official Orange announcement yet, at least it appears on Orange's "coming soon" website - the Orange SPV C550 Windows Mobile Smartphone.

The SPV C550 is designed for sound and vision, with buttons for playing, pausing, fast forwarding and rewinding your music and even a 1.3 megapixel camera.

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UPGRADE: Fujitsu Siemens officially announced Windows Mobile 5.0 upgrade for Pocket Loox
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As you have read on the::unwired some days ago already, now Fujitsu Siemens Computers officially announced the Windows Mobile 5.0 upgrade for their Pocket Loox 718 and 720 Pocket PCs.

See the official press release from FSC bellow:

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Wednesday, 15.06.05
VOIP: Santa Cruz Networks released vSkype Beta video plug-in for Skype
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:16 CET under 01 - General News

From Santa Cruz Networks comes the second video plug-in for Skype. Some days after Dialcom released Video4Skype, now we have the second plug-in available which looks even better (just my humble opinion).

Just connect a camera, download the free vSkype plug-in and invite up to 200 buddies to a video call - even if they don't have a camera. But there's more! You can also share anything you see on your screen, even your entire desktop! Whether you use Skype for business or to connect with family and friends, now you can show a presentation, work on a spreadsheet, or share photos of your weekend fun while seeing everyone on the call!

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CONVERGENCE: Fixed Mobile Convergence with OptiMobile's UniPhone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:26 CET under 01 - General News

Looks like beside the previously announced BT Fusion, there are already other FMC (fixed mobile convergence) solutions in some local markets. For instance OptiMobile UniPhone.

OptiMobile UniPhone for dual network capable devices (for instance supported Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Editions) is reality already by completely integrating all telephony services in one client which relieves users from issues regarding selections and differences between cellular and W-LAN networks for telephony. Any call at any time is seamlessly routed over the most optimal available carrier of the call regardless whether it is over the corporate WiFi (W-LAN) network, cellular or other available WiFi network such as home based access points or HotSpots.

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CONVERGENCE: BT launches world's first combined and fixed mobile phone - BT Fusion
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:39 CET under 01 - General News

BT today launched the world's first combined fixed and mobile phone service called BT Fusion. It's an interesting concept and might marks an important milestone in the broadband revolution which is allowing people to communicate in ways they never have before.

BT Fusion works just like a mobile phone when you are out and about, but switches automatically and seamlessly onto a BT Broadband line when you get home. That means you get all the convenience and all the features of a mobile phone but with fixed lines prices and quality.

BT Fusion can offer customers huge savings by allowing calls to UK landline numbers to be charged at BT landline rates of 5.5p for up to an hour for all off-peak calls and 3p a minute at peak times.

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UTILITY: Jeyo Remote 2.0 - PC remote on your Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Remote access from the Smartphone and/or Pocket PCs to the PC is one of the convenient cases to use your mobile device in a home or office environment; for example to remote control your media player from the couch or remote control your PowerPoint presentation.
Now, Jeya has released another version of its Jeyo Remote which let you do exactly this and more.  It's powerful and yet simple to use. Jeyo Remote can remotely control any Windows application. It has pre-defined remote commands and scripts that work with the Windows operating systems and popular applications such as iTunes, Windows Media Player, PowerPoint. In addition, its Command Manager enables quick and easy customization of remote commands for any application.

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COOPERATION: Ericsson and Napster enter global partnership to deliver mobile music solutions
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:06 CET under 01 - General News

Following the previously announced cooperation agreement between Motorola and Apple to port Apple's iTunes to dedicated Motorola music phones, today Ericsson and Napster announced their cooperation. However, unlike the previous Motorola/Apple announcement, here infrastructure vendor Ericsson and online shop Napster teamed to develop music services for carriers; SonyEricsson - the 50 % handset share of Ericsson isn't part of the announcement which might make this deal more interesting for carriers than the Moto/Apple deal (we are still waiting that a single carrier pick-up the Motorola/Apple phone):

Ericsson, the world's leading telecommunications supplier and Napster, the biggest brand in digital music, announced today a global partnership to offer the first complete, fully integrated digital music service available for mobile operators.

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Tuesday, 14.06.05
THOUGHT: I'm fully digitized and locked out
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:28 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Great, until tonight I was a big fan of DVB-T since it expanded my TV-experience I hadn't had in Munich before (for almost 7 years now).
However, right now we have a serious thunderstorm here in Munich with a lot of rain, similar to what I've experienced last time when I was in Asia, so I'm talking about heavy rain and digital TV, as good and convenient it is under perfect conditions, it stays digital aka black or white, 0 or 1, yes or no!

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UTILITY: Omniquiti Lathe - 2 click video conversion for portable media devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:02 CET under 01 - General News

Lathe was developed with two primary objectives: superior ease of use and superior efficiency. Both objectives have been successfully achieved making Lathe, the developer believe, the unquestioned champ for video conversion for your portable media device.

As an example Omniquiti is using Lathe's performance with the Sony PSP is particularly noteworthy. As anyone who has tried to copy a video file to a PSP knows, it is not an easy process. With Lathe, it is.

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DELAYED: HTC to ship the Universal Pocket PC Phone Edition late Q3
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

HTC's eagerly anticipated Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition, code named "Universal", will go into volume production by the end of September, the HTC's CEO said yesterday.
That narrows the device's launch down somewhat from the "sometime in the second half of the year" timeframe HTC had previously given.

It also ties in with guidance given by T-Mobile, which announced in February it would offer Universal as the MDA IV. Then, the network said the device would ship in the summer while in March it had delayed the handset to the autumn.

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Monday, 13.06.05
RELEASED: Vodafone Germany is carrying the HTC Typhoon as VDA [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:05 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following my previous posting from this year's CeBIT, Vodafone Germany finally released their first Windows Mobile Smartphone, the HTC Typhoon (which is running Windows Mobile 2003SE and also known as i-mate SP3i), under it's new name "Vodafone Digital Assistant" (which is leaned against Vodafone Pocket PC Phone Edition series called VPA = Vodafone Personal Assistant).

So from now, Vodafone (Germany only) is selling the HTC Typhoon as VDA "Music" for 49,90 Euro (with a Vodafone 100 plan) and the package also includes a 256 MB miniSD card (not a bad deal at all). Without a subscription, the VPA is selling for 369,90 Euro (hey, without a subscription you better buy from me ;-)).

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THOUGHT: Is there anything more annoying than Spam? Yes – paying for it!
Posted by Richard Sargeant - at 18:42 CET under 09 - Thoughts

When we read the brochures and reviews of the latest executive toys, we are frequently seduced by promises of total connectivity wherever we are. Once we've laid down our credit cards and opened the box, reality sets in. Apart from the sheer difficulty of configuring these things (which I'll return to some other time) no-one ever mentions the costs of that connectivity. And those costs are even harder to swallow, if you are forced to pay by the byte received, and much of those received bytes are unwanted Spam.

Recently I flicked through a copy of "PC Magazine" purchased somewhere on yet another flight to somewhere else some time ago. I really do lose track! The magazine had an article on Spam filters, and one service stood out as a winner. It was reasonably priced, totally effective with no false positives or missed Spam and needed no training. I decided to investigate.

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UTILITY: Window Mobile 5.0 USB Modem Driver for HTC Typhoon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you have a Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 flashed HTC Typhoon Smartphone and you want to use it as a USB-modem with your PC or Notebook you need a modem driver to get it recognized by Windows XP.
Since this isn't a officially supported Windows Mobile 5.0 device but just a developer (FUT = Friendly User Test) ROM, there wasn't such a driver available - so far.
Now, "nedge2k" from SPV-Developers tweaked the previous available Windows Mobile 2003 USB driver to make it working with Windows Mobile 5.0 as well:

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ALWAYS ON: Ericsson introduces GSM on Aircraft
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:22 CET under 01 - General News

Today, Swedish infrastructure vendor Ericsson announced its newly developed system GSM on Aircraft, allowing airplane passengers to use their mobile phones on board commercial aircrafts.
According to Ericsson, travelers of today demand full GSM access, also in flight. The demand is to reach and to be reachable. The time has come now when mobile phones also can and will be integrated into the commercial fleet of airliners.

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Saturday, 11.06.05
UTILITY: Make your Pocket PC a USB Mass Storage device with Softick Card Export II
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

What? Can a dream become true to use your Pocket PC as a USB mass storage device? Seems so, at least there is an interesting software floating around now which promisses exactly this: Softick Card Export II for Pocket PC and Windows Mobile.
So far, your PC had to have ActiveSync installed to get the Pocket PC recognized and to make it available in Windows' File Explorer which means you wasn't able to use your Pocket PC as a kind of USB memory stick (unlike Palm devices which do exactly that - being recognized as an external mass storage device).

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ROUNDUP: COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2005 Part 1
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 18:32 CET under 01 - General News

As COMPUTEX TAIPEI steps into its 25th year, it is of great news that COMPUTEX TAIPEI is already the world's second largest IT exhibit. This year's event also breaks its own records in scope, scale and numbers.

Art Ilano, managing editor for m|ph, and I scoured through the thousands of booths at COMPUTEX TAIPEI '05 in search of interesting new devices and technology. With its record volume of IT products on display, our first day at the exhibit sent us into surreal world of music, chatter (in languages we do not understand at all), pretty girls, loads of devices, walking monitors, angels, mascots, toys, and plain hoards of people.

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Friday, 10.06.05
OFFTOPIC: Microsoft made free Acrylic Beta available for public download
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:49 CET under 01 - General News

Okay, this goes completely off-topic since it isn't mobile nor wireless related in any way but maybe you want to know about it anyway?
Today Microsoft made "Acrylic" Beta available for public download. Acrylic is the codename for an innovative illustration, painting and graphics tool that provides exciting creative capabilities for designers working in print, web, video, and interactive media.

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LEAK: Creative Zen Vision - it's the "PMC plus" and compact at that
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:26 CET under 01 - General News

I'm a big fan of portable media solutions since - I have to admit - they better fulfill my portable media requirements than a Windows Mobile Pocket PC or Smartphone does. Sure, a Pocket PC or Smartphone can also play music and videos and it's a question of getting the best in class device for my requirements (which is the reason why I prefer Pocket PC Phone Editions over Symbian UIQ and Smartphones over Series60 devices).
My portable media needs are fulfilled with an Apple iPod (for music) and a Creative Zen PMC (Portable Media Center). As good the Creative PMC is (in cooperation with a Windows Media Center Edition) it lacks (by Portable Media Center specification) some features I would like to see with these type of devices.

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CONFIRMED: Fujitsu Siemens to offer Windows Mobile 5.0 upgrade for Pocket Loox 718 and 720
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As Fujitsu Siemens Germany confirmed, they will offer a Windows Mobile 5.0 upgrade for their Pocket Loox 718 and Pocket Loox 720 Pocket PCs.

The new Windows Mobile version will include Office Mobile (Word, Excel and PowerPoint Mobile), Direct 3D Mobile support, Windows Media Player 10 Mobile as well as it will support Windows Mobile 5.0's persistent storage functionality which prevents loosing data if the device run out of battery.

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BACK ON BOARD: Still alive and kicking
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 07:12 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Yes I'm back! I guess a lot of you might be wondering where I've been. I've been very busy about the same things actually... yes Windows Mobile stuff.

Now that I once again have more time in my hands, you'll see more of me here. just keep your eyes peeled for more news from me and a roundup on COMPUTEX Taipei which should be up within the day or two.

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Thursday, 09.06.05
SITE: Server problems since yesterday evening
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:44 CET under 06 - Site News

As I've noticed this morning, the server was down since yesterday evening and I had to "hard reset" it (is my server running on Windows Mobile or what) to get it back alive.
However, one hour after that hard reset, the server died again. Unfortunately I'm not in the office right now and therefore I have to monitor it from my Pocket PC Phone Edition (thankfully I have the JAM with me) but therefore I can not investigate the problem yet but have to wait until tonight if I'm back at home to check what's going wrong.

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LINK: What happens when a company wants to divorce the hardware from the OS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:24 CET under 01 - General News

Yahoo! News has an interesting article up which is ranting about rebranding the PDA operating systems, divorce the hardware from the OS and how it aligns with how customers buy a device.

When you buy a Palm-based PDA or a Pocket PC, what do you expect to get? A handheld of some kind, yes-but also a specific operating system that can run a specific set of applications? So what happens when a company wants to divorce the hardware from the OS?

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WIREFREE VOIP: Skype LAN phone to offer VoIP on WiFi
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:29 CET under 01 - General News

"Australian IT" was reporting yesterday, that Skype is preparing to offer WiFi support to free users from their PCs.
Skype's phone is likely to need a nearby PC, since it won't connect directly to the internet, but will use an existing connection to make and receive calls.

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Wednesday, 08.06.05
MOBILE MEDIA: TiVo to support Windows Mobile devices with TiVoToGo
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:40 CET under 01 - General News

For TV-loving road warriors, leaving home often means leaving their favorite shows behind. But just in time for the busy summer travel season - the Travel Industry Association (TIA) predicts a record-breaking 328 million trips will be taken from June to August - millions of people will now be able to hit the road, rails or friendly skies with their favorite TV shows in tow. TiVo, Microsoft and Intel today announced a US-nationwide upgrade to the TiVoToGo service, enabling people for the first time to move TiVo content stored on a Microsoft Windows XP-based PC onto Windows Mobile-based Portable Media Centers powered by Intel Mobile Media Technology as well as newer Windows Mobile-based Smartphones and Pocket PCs.

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Tuesday, 07.06.05
THOUGHT: The unwired guy - not that unwired at all
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:48 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Wow, since today my new DSL connection and yes - it rocks! :-)
I've upgraded my previous 1024/512 Kbps ADSL connection to a flex-ADSL connection.

What means flex-DSL? QSC's Q-DSL home Flexi-Flatrates gives you three DSL options you can change once per day:

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THOUGHT: Why Sprite Backup is worthier than ActiveSync
Posted by Richard Sargeant - at 19:58 CET under 09 - Thoughts

It was Murphy's first law of mobile computing; the device will crash at the time that is least convenient. I'd grabbed my Qtek 9090 on the way to the airport for yet another business trip, seen the battery was a bit low and decided to swap it. To my dismay, for some strange reason, hardware reset. Oh no!

But I'd actually just spent money on the most boring type of software you can buy, and even more boring, I'd used it. That's backup software, using it is like going to the dentist, something you'll do next week. But this was much less painful!

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UTILITY: Free RSS feed reader pRSSreader v 1.1.3 for Pocket PC
Posted by Heinz Burkart - at 15:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

On Sunday we've learned from Arne and Andy Taylor how to subscribe a RSS feed. pRSSreader is another freeware RSS feed reader (like the one described in this article: UTILITY: Free NewsBreak Lite RSS feed reader for Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone.

pRSSreader is easy to use and install bu is available for Windows Mobile 2003 and SE Pocket PCs only right now.

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SOLD: Taiwanese BenQ takes over Siemens Mobile Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:46 CET under 01 - General News

Okay, this hurts the German soul a little bit and it's also sad to see that one of the inventors (do you remember the Siemens P1 too) of the GSM standard (which was formed and invented by French and German Telecom in the 80's, together with technology partners like Siemens) haven't made the step into the future.

The Taiwan-based BenQ Group (also known for their Windows Mobile Pocket PCs), which also produces mobile phones in addition to other consumer electronic products like digital cameras, scanners and LCD screens, will acquire Siemens' entire mobile phone business with more than 6,000 employees worldwide. The business will be headquartered in Munich. The closing of the deal is expected in the fourth quarter of Siemens' fiscal year 2005.

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Monday, 06.06.05
SERVICE: Greenlight Wireless Announces New Version of Skweezer
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:06 CET under 01 - General News

Greenlight Wireless Corporation today announced the release of a new version of its popular Skweezer portal, which optimizes Web pages, searches, and E-Mail for use on PDA's and cell phones.

Skweezer is both a mobile-optimized browser and a fully functional Web portal, which includes an E-Mail client, contacts list, RSS reader, and other useful features. In this latest incarnation, Skweezer's compression and optimization technology has been extensively redesigned to make Web content download faster than ever. For example, a sample page from the eBay Web site has a 238 Kb file size and in testing took an average of 192 seconds to download over a standard GPRS connection. The new version of Skweezer compresses this Web page to 16 Kb and loads it over the same wireless connection in 12 seconds, 4 seconds faster than the previous version of Skweezer. This same page from eBay loads in only 3 seconds with the images tuned off in the new Skweezer.

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ENHANCEMENT: Microsoft to introduce Messaging and Security Feature Pack for Windows Mobile 5.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:02 CET under 01 - General News

Today at Microsoft TechEd 2005, Microsoft's largest annual technology education conference, Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, announced the Messaging and Security Feature Pack for Windows Mobile 5.0, software based on wireless features coming in Exchange Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 (SP2) to address requests by business customers for a faster, more direct messaging experience, improved security management, and better cost efficiencies and scalability in their mobile messaging solutions.
In addition to providing IT administrators with the ability to better manage and protect information on a device, the feature pack includes Direct Push Technology, which keeps the business user's Outlook Mobile up to date by delivering information quickly and directly to a Windows Mobile-based device from Exchange Server, without requiring businesses to pay for additional and costly servers or middleware.

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Sunday, 05.06.05
LINK: How do I subscribe to an RSS feed?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:08 CET under 01 - General News

For the past months now, RSS, XML, Feeds, Syndication, etc. is in everybody's mouth and RSS left the early adaptor geek status and is a widely used technology now - since 2002 also supported by the::unwired (previously PPCW.Net) for sure.

However, while everybody is talking about RSS, the use of it on Pocket PCs, Smartphones and Desktops; there are still many questions how to subscribe such a feed and how it is working generally.

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THOUGHT: Is the HTC Wizard the follower of the HTC Magician?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:26 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Over the past weeks, we have learned and heard a lot about a new HTC Pocket PC Phone Edition called "HTC Wizard" and I had a deeper look into the leaked specifications as well as the leaked picture from PocketPC italia.com but honestly, I don't think we got the final information yet, neither in terms of the ID nor in terms of the specifications.

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CONFIRMED: The Orange SPV C550 will use Windows Mobile 2003SE instead of 5.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Since the first leaked information most of us were discussing whether the C550 will run Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition or Magneto (know known as Windows Mobile 5.0).
Now I've received some more detailed information and screenshots of the SVP C550 which clearly shows that the C550 will support QVGA (320x240 pixel - click the thumbnail to get the full resolution screenshot) but it also shows it will use Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition (Ozone Upgrade) only, as long as it was the final (commercial) ROM version and not an early development ROM:

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REVEALED: Orange SPV C550 listed in Orange's Customer Magazine as "coming soon"
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Orange is still silent with an official SPV C550 word but their latest Smartphone is popping up here and there. Now it popped up in Orange very own customer magazine, as MSMobileNews.com posted.

Looks like these customer magazines and shop flyers are always a good source of information because the German O2 Xda mini also appeared there first.

Anyway - there are not too many information given yet and Andy from MSMobileNews.com wrote the following:

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Saturday, 04.06.05
VOIP: Skype to support video calls via Dialcom's Video4Skype plug-in
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:47 CET under 01 - General News

It seems Skype is pretty busy in extending its service. After the successful introduction of Skye itself adding SkypeOut, SkypeIn and Skype Voicemail (all for Desktop PCs and Windows Mobile Pocket PCs), they have recently started the development for the Windows Mobile Smartphone platform.

However, while Skype offered superior Voice over IP capabilities as well as chat and file transfer, so far it hasn't offered video calls (as you can do it for instance with MSN Messenger). Nevertheless, now also video calls are supported through a 3rd party plug-in from Dialcom:

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Thursday, 02.06.05
RELEASE: Carrier Devices launched the i-mate PDA2 Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

i-mate, the specialists in Microsoft Windows Mobile devices, proudly add the i-mate PDA2 to their range of market leading Pocket PC phones. The i-mate PDA2 (also known as HTC Alpine and better known as O2 Xda IIi) is a tri-band GSM/GPRS Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition which incorporates one of the fastest PDA processors available at 520 MHz and has 128 MB RAM. This device is tuned for heavy data processing and thanks to the integrated Wi-Fi, over-the-air synchronization couldn't be simpler.

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Wednesday, 01.06.05
PARODY: Scott eVest commercial demo value of Technology Enabled Clothing - inspired by Steve Wozniak
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:56 CET under 01 - General News

SCOTTEVEST, INC. (SeV), the industry leader in functional fashion, released a web commercial parody of Apple's iPod commercial. Apple's commercial shows a dancer in silhouette with the iPod's signature white wires flying around. SeV's parody humorously portrays the inherent danger of dancing with wires dangling. The dancer gets tangled in the wires and trips. He then dons SeV's patented Technology Enabled Clothing (TEC), which manages the wires through hidden conduits, and then dances with increased energy as the beat of the music intensifies. The commercial ends with an endorsement from a surprising source, Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple and SeV customer.

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REVEALED: O2 Germany to introduce the HTC Magician as Xda mini during this month
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

O2 Germany's latest shop-flyer, which is valid from today until mid June revealed a big surprise: O2 will add the HTC Magician to their successful Xda-line and will carry it from mid June as "Xda mini". While we know the HTC Magician already from i-mate (as JAM), from T-Mobile (as MDA compact) and from Vodafone (as VPA compact), the German version will be different from the versions above (while it will use the (IMHO nicer) round JAM design, not the square-edged VPA compact design) as well as different from O2 Asia's Xda II mini version because O2 Germany is going to introduce the Xda mini in an exclusive anthracite:

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