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Sunday, 31.07.05
THOUGHT: What - my girlfriend an "industrial-spy" because of her camera phone?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:28 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Don't worry, she isn't - for sure not but the story she told me yesterday just follows perfectly my earlier posting "What do you use your camera (phone) for?" I've asked you last Wednesday.
One use-case I forgot to highlight there (how can I forgot it) was that my girlfriend and I often send us MMS messages each other if one of us found something interesting for the other to buy.
For instance I bought a Notebook for her some years ago where I've checked the technical details in the shop but wanted to make sure she likes the design too. Therefore I sent her an E-Mail with some photos of the Notebook and a couple of minutes later she told me I should buy it. Easy, right?

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PREVIEW: Windows Mobile 5.0 supports concurrent and seamless WAN and W-LAN data connections
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:13 CET under 08 - Reviews

Finally; it took until Windows Mobile 5.0 but now it is there - Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 now supports simultaneous data connections (e.g. W-LAN and GPRS/UMTS) including seamless handover between both connection types. While GPRS is at least (depending on your country) always available, W-LAN isn't but only at home, in the office or at selected HotSpots.
On the other hand, in most cases W-LAN is way faster and in most cases cheaper than GPRS (or UMTS) and therefore a W-LAN connection is preferred in most cases.

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Friday, 29.07.05
REVEALED: Does the HTC Wizard gets a CDMA/EV-DO brother - the HTC Apache?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

How many news can you post about a "single device" in one week only? 8O On Monday we have heard first time about the HTC Wizard, following by leaked FCC specifications and photos and now, phoneArena got more information on a HTC Pocket PC Phone Edition, called "HTC Apache".

According phoneArena, the HTC Apache is s CDMA version of the HTC Wizard. According to phoneArena, the Apache will feature an Intel Bulverde 416MHz (or possibly, 520MHz) CPU (you remember, the Wizard features a TI OMAP CPU with 200 MHz only), 64MB RAM, 128MB ROM, Java Virtual Machine support, CDMA/EV-DO support, a 1.3 Megapixel camera with photo-flash, 802.11b Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 1.2, IR, a miniSD card slot, a 240x320 screen as well as a 1300mAh Li-Ion battery and of course, Windows Mobile 5.0.

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Thursday, 28.07.05
APPROVED: FCC approved the HTC Wizard
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:21 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Okay, this is my last HTC Wizard posting for the next, let's say 12 hours? ;-) Looks like this week is the Wizard week and the latest news is coming from the FCC where the Wizard received the approval from.

The FCC also states a possible release date of the Wizard which could be anytime mid of September. In the past, it happened too often that unannounced devices leaked through the FCC, including the photos of the device and therefore the FCC changed its policy when they publish information and make all information available. For the photos, the FFC says "09/09/2005" from where the photos will be available for everybody. Right now, if you try to access the photos or the users manuals, you get a server error message.

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Wednesday, 27.07.05
REVEALED: The HTC Wizard will be available in two different designs - probably from T-Mobile also
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Do you remember my earlier HTC Wizard posting from Monday where a grainy scan of the HTC Wizard aka Orange SPV M3000 was leaked from Orange via Smartphone France?
Today more photos popped-up all over the Internet as well as I've received a couple of exclusive screenshots.
Most interesting for me is, that - according to iDNES.cz - there seems to be two different designs of the Wizard available:

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DESKTOP: Microsoft announced release of Windows Vista Beta 1 [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:43 CET under 01 - General News

Microsoft just announced the Beta 1 of Windows Vista (formerly known as Windows "Longhorn") for 3rd August 2005 (or maybe earlier? Who knows... ;-)) which was officially introduced last Friday by Microsoft (when I was on the way to Paris and therefore I wasn't able to cover it).

Windows Vista enables a new level of confidence in your PC and in your ability to get the most out of it. It introduces clear ways to organize and use information the way you want to use it. It seamlessly connects you to information, people, and devices that help you get the most out of life:

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BROWSING: Minimo released in version 007
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Yes, there are many Pocket PC users out there who would prefer to use a Mozilla based web browser, instead of the included Pocket Internet Explorer (now renamed to Internet Explorer Mobile) and it looks as Minimo, I've reported about before, makes some good progress.
At least it was released in (Beta) version 007 now and includes some serious improvements and fixes.

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SHOPPING: PPCW.Net Shop i-mate Summer Sale
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:14 CET under 01 - General News

For a limited time (as long as items are in stock), I'm happy to announce the PPCW.Net Shop Summer Sale, hosted by the::unwired, for the i-mate SP3i Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition Smartphone which is available from now for 199,00 Euro/US$ 242.78 only (without VAT and excluding shipping).
Also back in stock now is the i-mate JAM Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition Pocket PC Phone Edition which is available for 399,00 Euro/US$ 486.78 (without VAT and excluding shipping).
During the Summer Sale, I can not accept bank transfer but PayPal payments only which is the fastest payment method anyway. :-) At least you don't want to wait for your new device longer than required.

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PHOTOVIEW: HTC Universal Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:31 CET under 08 - Reviews

At least I've managed to finalize the photos of the HTC Universal Pocket PC Phone Edition, also known as T-Mobile MDA Pro (previously announced as MDA IV), Vodafone VPA IV or Orange SPV M5000.
While I'm still working on the general review of this fantastic device, at least it's the first Windows Mobile UMTS device where you can enjoy real wireless Internet speed, I want to share the photos with you already.
Please note, the device I've photographed here is a "vanilla" development device and not related to a carrier. This means we don't have to see it necessarily in black but the carriers are free to chose the color. Anyway, it seems HTC have build most of the development devices in black, as seen from other photos as well.

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THOUGHT: What do you use your camera (phone) for?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:33 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Most of today's mobile phones as well as all Smartphones (except the first generation phones) but also many Pocket PCs and Pocket PC Phone Editions have a camera today - in different qualities. From QCIF to 1.2 Megapixel and some (regular phones) even have 2 Megapixel cameras with auto focus instead of widely used fixed focus technology.
As always, if you have something new, you have to find the cases you want to use it for. An MP3 player is easy, listening music on the go and a camera seems to be a low-brainer too, snapping photos - but in which situations do you snap pictures and what do you do with the shots?

Mostly I'm using my camera in the following situations and I wonder how you use it?

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LINK: Back from the Longhorn Lab - Reporting on the Xbox 360
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:23 CET under 01 - General News

My fellow MVP and friend Jason Dunn (principal of the Thoughts Media Group of websites - if you haven't heard about him before, which is most unlikely ;-)) reports from his day is Redmond where he spend a day on the Microsoft Campus where he got a great deal of information about Windows Vista, the next version of Windows (formerly known as Longhorn). While much of the event was under NDA and most of what he learned about Vista he can't talk about, the last session of the day happened to be about the Xbox 360 and it's media capabilities:

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Tuesday, 26.07.05
UTILITY: Spb Software House officially released free plug-ins and icon set for Spb Pocket Plus
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following my previous posting, today Spb Software House officially released an additional icon set and two new Tab plug-ins for Spb Pocket Plus. As said before, both plug-ins as well as the additional icon set are free downloads for all registered Spb Pocket Plus 3.0 users.

Tab plug-ins extend existing Spb Pocket Plus Today functionality with additional Tabs. This help you place more information on your Today screen and organize it in a convenient way, so that you have fast easy access to your most important information. The following Spb Pocket Plus plug-ins are available:

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PLUGIN: Spb released Spb Folder and Spb ToPlay for Pocket Plus 3.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Silently, Spb Software House released two new (and free) plug-ins for last week's released Spb Pocket Plus 3.0.
The Spb Folder (My Documents) plug-in shows documents from a selected folder. You can customize it to show only certain types of the documents (only Pocket Word and Pocket Excel documents, for example) and it also allows customizing the number of columns and rows.

Of course, you can still place documents as shortcut icons in Spb Pocket Plus without any plug-in, but Spb Folder provides three additional features you may find useful:

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ENHANCEMENT: Google adds RSS feed support to its personalized homepage
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:17 CET under 01 - General News

Google personalized homepage, Google's previously introduced Beta project to give you a customizable start-page for your Web browser, finally got the support for RSS feeds also.
Now you can add your own news sources to your Google home to enhance it with the information you are interested in (before Google served pre-defined news-sources only as well as an interface to Google mail plus a weather forecast.

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OFFICIAL: Motorola announced the Moto "Q" Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Motorola yesterday announced the "Q", formerly known as RAZRberry, code-named "Franklin" Windows Mobile 5.0-based Smartphone. Smart, powerful and devastatingly good-looking, the Moto Q is the ultimate power player. The world's thinnest, lightest QWERTY phone is a seamless fusion of QWERTY and phone - delivering a fully-loaded package of E-Mail, voice and entertainment in one amazingly rich but thin device. Like its cousin the RAZR, the Q's superior voice quality makes it a stand out from the competition.

Boasting flexible mobile E-Mail featuring Microsoft's Windows Mobile software, advanced cellular phone technology, rich multimedia capabilities and an easy-to-use one-handed navigation thumbwheel, the Moto Q is unique. An all-in-one handheld designed to deliver true seamless connectivity, the Q will help mobile professionals improve productivity through the power of seamless mobility.

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Monday, 25.07.05
LEAK: Is this the Orange SPV M3000 Windows Mobile Pocket PC aka HTC Wizard?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like somebody over at Smartphone France got the Orange roadmap for this year? After the leak of the Orange SPV C600, now there is a device leaked which is called Orange SPV M3000, a Pocket PC Phone Edition.
According to Smartphone France, the M3000 can be expected during September and will substitute the current SPV M2000.

The size is given with 108x58x23mm with 4 hours talk time and a standby time of 7 days. The screen resolution could be a QVGA 320x240 display with 65K colors. In addition, it should includes a 1.3 Megapixel camera and supports GSM, GPRS, EDGE and Wi-Fi. The "ultimate" highlight might be the landscape sliding keyboard:

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UTILITY: Efficasoft released Smartphone GPRS Traffic Monitor v3.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Efficasoft recently released version 3 of its Smartphone GPRS Traffic Monitor which allows you to monitor your GPRS data usage both graphically and numerically on your Windows Mobile Smartphone and thereby giving you more control on your mobile phone bill. Beside the stand-alone application, it also includes a plugin for the Home screen which provides you a quick access to your GPRS usage data.
Written in native C code, the Smartphone GPRS Traffic Monitor is less than 50KB in size and is especially designed to consume minimum system resources.

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LEAK: Is this the Orange SPV C600 Windows Mobile Smartphone?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to French website Smartphone France, the rumored Orange C600 finally made it to the Internet.
Based on the translation (from French and my French is still too rusty) the C600 will weights 105 grams by 108x46x19mm with a screen resolution of 320x240 and 65K colors.
It should have a 1.3 Megapixel camera as well as supporting GPRS and EDGE (Bluetooth is most likely).
According to Smartphone France, current development devices are running Windows Mobile 2003 SE while the commercial version is expected to includes Windows Mobile 5.0 aka Magneto. Standby time is rumored with 7 days while talk time is expected to be 4 hours.

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Friday, 22.07.05
THOUGHT: "What, you can use your UMTS SIM for voice too"
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:16 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Ouch, this hurts. I just hang-up from a call with the customer service of my favorite German GSM and UMTS carrier where I asked the service if they have a UMTS data roaming agreement in place with a French carrier who might have launched the UMTS network already because their homepage is talking about GPRS roaming only. The point is, that I'm going to Paris over the weekend but I expect some important E-Mails and would like to know if I can use an available UMTS etwork there. The feedback I got wasn't too promising:

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THOUGHT: The fragile Windows Media Center requirements are way too complicated
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:17 CET under 09 - Thoughts

As you might remember, some weeks ago I bought a Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 - finally. Unlike I've initially planned, I bought a complete system from Medion which isn't working that bad at all not to say I'm pretty satisfied so far since it includes more or less everything I need in a form-factor I was looking for (at least I was looking for everything but not a Tower). It includes everything? No, not really or yes, maybe?

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Thursday, 21.07.05
MULTIMEDIA: CoreMedia first to combine OMA DRM with Microsoft Janus DRM to provide cross platform interoperability
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:32 CET under 01 - General News

CoreMedia, the provider of trusted digital rights management (DRM), is the first company worldwide to combine the mobile OMA (Open Mobile Alliance, previously known as WAP Forum where it was developed from) DRM standard with Microsoft'S Janus DRM as a secure client implementation. CoreMedia today announced to support the interoperability of the two most common DRM standards with its Multi-DRM technology for enhanced interoperability between handsets and PCs. In addition CoreMedia delivers a plug-in for the Windows Media Player enabling PC playback of OMA-protected music purchased via mobile handsets. More media player software will be supported in the future. That means that, for the first time, consumers can transfer music purchased for their mobile phone directly to the PC without additional downloading.

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TEST: Make the whole city of Munich a single Wireless LAN HotSpot
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:58 CET under 01 - General News

According to this website, S-NetworkX, a local W-LAN HotSpot provider, is working on a single W-LAN HotSpot to cover the whole city of Munich (Germany) via three access points, installed on top of the Olympia Tower (the local TV and Radio tower) here in Munich in 212 meters height above ground.
Due to the enormous height, the free line of sight and the three different and separate antenna platform segments the company promises a coverage for the city Munich including the neighboring districts.

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MULTIMEDIA: ETSI approves DMB (Digital Multimedia Broadcasting) standards
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:11 CET under 01 - General News

The European Telecommunications Standard Institute (ETSI) (basically the inventor of the GSM standard) has approved the DMB (Digital Multimedia Broadcasting) standards for the delivery of multimedia content and services on the move, paving the way for a new era in broadcasting and telecommunications.
As the strong synergies between mobile technologies (best suited for one-to-one applications) and broadcast technologies (best suited for one-to-many applications) become increasingly clear, the telecom and broadcasting industries are aligning their interests to take full advantage of the wealth of opportunities opened up by this new marriage.

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HIGH-SPEED: T-Mobile boosts UMTS mobile data transmission up to DSL speed with HSDPA technology
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:45 CET under 01 - General News

T-Mobile Germany today announced plans, to increase the UMTS bandwidths of up to 1.8 megabits per second with a commercial availability from. CeBIT 2006. Pilot tests of high-speed UMTS to begin in fall of 2005 already.

A new era of fixed-network speeds is dawning for T-Mobile consumers and business customers. Thanks to HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) technology, they will enjoy greater convenience and higher speeds with all mobile applications, such as surfing and chatting, sending E-Mails or with high-volume downloads from the Internet or intranet. All this is made possible by the innovative transmission technology HSDPA. Soon it will allow data to be transported via T-Mobile's UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) network with a bandwidth of up to 1.8 megabits per second. T-Mobile will test high-speed UMTS under real conditions in the coming months. It will be launched for commercial use at CeBIT 2006. From then on, HSDPA will be available wherever T-Mobile already provides UMTS coverage.

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Wednesday, 20.07.05
GOOGLE MOON: One small step for Google
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:03 CET under 01 - General News

On July 20, 1969, man first landed on the Moon. A few decades later, Google is pleased to cut you in on the action. Google Moon is an extension of Google Maps and Google Earth that, courtesy of NASA imagery (thanks, guys!), enables you to surf the Moon's surface and check out the exact spots that the Apollo astronauts made their landings.

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UTILITY: eBook Software released PocketNotes 1.0 for Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While we are talking about Syncdata's latest SmartphoneNotes version, eBook Software recently released PocketNotes for Windows Mobile Smartphones which basically do the same - creating and viewing Outlook Notes.

With PocketNotes you can also create and categorize your personal and business notes as well associate notes with colors and categories.

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UTILITY: Psiloc released Mobile Mouse 1.0 for Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Psiloc Mobile Mouse is an application, which transforms your Windows Mobile Smartphone into a Bluetooth mouse for your PC. You don't need any additional software on your computer (since Mobile Mouse only requires Windows XP with Service Pack 2), your phone will be recognized as a mouse automatically.

When connected the red cross on your phone will turn into green check mark symbol. Sometimes you may see check mark symbol, but still not be able to use the application. Wait just a little longer then - your Bluetooth had already connected to phone, but is still being configured.

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Tuesday, 19.07.05
UTILITY: Spb Software House released Spb Pocket Plus in version 3.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb Software House today announced the release of Spb Pocket Plus 3.0 for immediate availability, a major new version of the award-winning bestselling Pocket PC application.

As great as the Pocket PC OS is, there are a lot of missing components that many Pocket PC users consider as seriously needed in a mobile platform. These are simple things, like a close button that really closes, the ability to open multiple windows in Pocket Internet Explorer, the ability to view file properties in File Explorer, a task manager, the ability to place shortcuts on the Today screen, among many others. Spb Pocket Plus always was and still is the utility that enhances all aspects of the Pocket PC operation system. For many Pocket PC users Spb Pocket Plus is the first program they install to a new device and many of them consider it as a service pack for the Pocket PC OS.

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Monday, 18.07.05
UTILITY: Syncdata released public Beta of SmartphoneNotes 2
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

One of my all-time-favorite applications for the Windows Mobile Smartphone platform, SmartphoneNotes is finally available as Beta 2.0.
I've written about the development of version 2 back in March the first time and it took a little bit longer but now, the Beta 3 is available for public download.

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LINK: Why persistent storage is a good thing
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:02 CET under 01 - General News

Mauricio over from Geekzone found an interesting posting from Mike Calligaro of the Microsoft Windows Mobile development team at the "Windows Mobile Team Blog" which explains a little bit more detailed, why Microsoft lately moved to persistent storage for Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PCs (persistent storage was already part of the Windows Mobile 2002 Smartphones) and what's the benefits are (we all know - never lose your data again)
Also Mikes gives some inside views, how persistent storage can affect your battery stand-by positive, etc.

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Sunday, 17.07.05
THOUGHT: The way how Windows Mobile Software is distributed today needs to be roofed
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:54 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Today I found more time to play a little bit more intensive with the HTC Universal I got for the (long awaited) review and I have to admit, speed-wise (with UMTS/3G) it really rocks. It's amazing how much more fun the wireless Internet makes, if you use it with a UMTS/3G data connection instead of the way slower GPRS/2.5G connection.
Amazing enough, on my balcony, I really reached top speeds up to 360 Kbit/s (today's UMTS maximum is 384 Kbit/s) so yes - this is what I've dreamed about all the years since I've started in 1997 with my first Windows Powered handheld PC I've used for 9.6 Kbit/s 2G CSD (Circuit Switched Data) data connections!

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Saturday, 16.07.05
THOUGHT: Why is it so hard for Radio Stations to publish their Live Streaming URLs?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:52 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Thanks to the Internet, virtually everywhere in the world you can listen your favorite radio station as long as it is broadcasting over the Internet as well; which most stations do today anyway using either Microsoft's WMA or Real's RealPlayer formats.
So I have a couple of Bookmarks for my favorite radio stations, some of them are local stations (Munich radio stations), some of them I can not listen (over antenna or cable) anymore since I live in Munich (my good old Hessian radio stations like FFH and Planet Radio (not to mention HR3, "the best radio station in town" (and my all time favorite station) which is unfortunately streaming via a propriety format which requires a special application from the Frauenhofer Institute (which invented MP3 10 years ago anyway)) but it's always "hard" to get the URLs for the streams and I wonder why?

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Thursday, 14.07.05
SITE: TrackBack disabled thanks to Spam
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:08 CET under 06 - Site News

Thanks to the "Online Casino" and "Porn" spammers who 'hijacked' the::unwired's TrackBack function a couple of minutes ago (even if the::unwired supports the 'rel="nofollow"' link attribute in order to alert search spiders that a particular link shouldn't be factored into the search engine's PageRank calculations), I've (temporary) disabled the TrackBack function of the::unwired for now.

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FEED READER: Ilium Software released NewsBreak 1.1 for Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Ilium Software recently released version 1.1 of NewsBreak, its state of the art RSS new reader for Smartphone. Basically NewsBreak 1.1 adds some new features like custom icons, Today screen support and many other usability improvements and fixes.
In addition, NewsBreak 1.1 is also Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC compatible now.

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FEED READER: Ilium Software released NewsBreak 1.1 for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Ilium Software recently released version 1.1 of NewsBreak, its state of the art RSS new reader for Pocket PC. Basically NewsBreak 1.1 adds some new features like custom icons, Today screen support and many other usability improvements and fixes.
In addition, NewsBreak 1.1 is also Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC compatible now.

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UTILITY: Pocket OOZ released Sketch IT for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Pocket OOZ has just released their latest creation called SketchIt. Sketch IT is a notes organizer for the Windows Mobile Pocket PC Today screen. Taking notes has to be as accessible as easy as possible but taking notes electronically is very slow and inconvenient as it's not just ink and a piece of paper or Post-it. No, we have to go through a number of menus and dialogs before we can taking notes.
Finally this is changed with Sketch IT - now you can just take your stylus and your Pocket PC out of your pocket and start noting! Whether it's writing down figures, drawing pictures, playing games - everything is possible right from your Today screen.

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UPDATE: Orange released ROM update for the SPV C500
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While we are talking about Orange and the C550; Orange also made the long awaited ROM update for the Orange SPV C500 available which includes some general Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 enhancements as well as some Orange/HTC fixes.
First of all, like all Windows Mobile Smartphone which includes the Windows Media Player 10 Mobile player, this ROM is based on Microsoft's latest AKU 2.5. AKU's mostly includes fixes - it's a kind of a "patch day" for Windows Mobile devices but also includes from time to time feature enhancements (as before with the MSN Messenger update). The AKU 2.5 also includes the latest Windows Media player - Windows Media 10 Mobile (read about its enhancements here). In addition, Orange also announced that the SPV C500 will work better with THB car kits.

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RELEASED: Orange launches next generation music Smartphone - SPV C550 unveiled [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Orange yesterday announced the launch of the Orange SPV C550 Great for Music handset. The compact mobile pairs the power of a state-of-the-art smartphone with the user friendly functionality of a digital music player, which features its own dedicated play, rewind and fast-forward keys.
The Orange SPV C550 will go on sale in Orange stores, from Orange's websites and retail outlets across the UK, Netherlands and Switzerland this month, free on selected service plans.

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Tuesday, 12.07.05
INTEGRATION: Microsoft announced Media Center Edition compatible wireless Remote Keyboard
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:05 CET under 01 - General News

Microsoft today announced that they will unveil new hardware with innovative, easy-to-use features and sophisticated designs that will make accessing PC entertainment more enjoyable. The new Windows Media Center keyboard is an expression of Microsoft's continuing commitment to enhancing consumers' digital experiences anywhere.

Microsoft Hardware has developed the first three-in-one control center for a Windows XP-based Media Center PC with remote keyboard and mouse capabilities in one sleek device, designed exclusively for the living room. For digital camera owners, Microsoft will also introduce a mouse, keyboard and digital image software suite for everyday use that turns any desktop into a virtual darkroom.

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COOPERATION: Skype and Boingo merge Internet telephony and global Wi-Fi access
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:37 CET under 01 - General News

Skype becomes pretty busy to extend their service as good and fast as possible. Now, European based Skype announced a new partnership with Boingo Wireless, a leading Wi-Fi HotSpot aggregator who announced today "Skype Zones", offering global Wi-Fi access to Skype customers at revolutionary prices.

Skype Zones enables Skype's more than 45 million users to access Skype's feature-rich Internet telephony via Boingo's network of 18.000 Wi-Fi hot spots worldwide using a custom Skype version of the award-winning Boingo Software. Unlimited Wi-Fi access for Skype Internet telephony calls is available for US$ 7.95 per month. Skype Zones is currently a beta service, and terms and availability may change.

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TESTING: Solve Technology is looking for ST Invoice Beta testers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Two weeks ago I wrote about ST Pocket Invoice which is a solution that will solve all the invoicing problems of a true-blue mobile professional. The solution is a Pocket PC and Web-based application which makes invoicing easy, quick, safe, transparent, and convenient. Users can create an invoice on their Pocket PC, process the payment via the Internet on the spot and send the invoice directly to the client using the Internet. The client, upon receiving the invoice, can pay the invoice amount online using a credit card if not already paid. Credit card payments are highly secure, with all the transaction data protected by strong, industry standard encryption. You can also process payments on-site. The application captures the electronic signature made by the client using a Pen-on electronic invoice displayed on the Pocket PC screen. This signature validates the payment made by the client. As soon as the payment is made, a thank-you mail is sent to client acknowledging the invoice payment. All this helps make payments quick, easy, and safe.

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Sunday, 10.07.05
PREVIEW: Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphones to support HID Keyboard Bluetooth profile natively
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:24 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following the previous Windows Mobile 5.0 Bluetooth HID test with a Pocket PC, today I had the chance to test a Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone, if and how the Bluetooth HID profile for keyboard is supported with Smartphones also (or if it is supported with Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PCs only).
As before with the W-Fi tests, it's a reference design I'm not allowed to talk about nor I'm allowed to make and publish photos, so I can not provide you a photo of the device, together with the Think Outside Bluetooth keyboard but screenshots only which are public now anyway (since Microsoft announced Windows Mobile 5.0, previously known as "Magneto").

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Friday, 08.07.05
DEVELOPMENT: Intelligent E-Mail triggering with Microsoft's Outlook Mobile Manager
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:47 CET under 01 - General News

Microsoft Research yesterday introduced Outlook Mobile Manager 2.0 (OMM) which brings the power of Microsoft Outlook to your mobile device. OMM can prioritize your messages and makes smart decisions about when to send E-Mail. OMM also sends calendar reminders, task reminders, and an Outlook Today style daily summary all to your wireless device.

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PREVIEW: Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PCs to support HID Keyboard Bluetooth profile natively
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:06 CET under 08 - Reviews

As we've heard this week on Microsoft's Tech Ed Europe 2005 conference, Windows Mobile 5.0 will natively support the Bluetooth HID profiles with support of Bluetooth keyboards and I can prove it does! :-)
I've tested the HTC Universal with my Think Outside Bluetooth keyboard and both pairs easily through Microsoft's native Bluetooth stack:

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SYNCHRONIZATION: Get your multiple Outlook categories and folders synch'd with Chapura PocketMirror
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As good as ActiveSync synchronize the standard Outlook features, it lacks support of sub-folders, public folders, etc.
Now you might get a solution: Chapura's PocketMirror Professional which was available for Palm based devices only in the past is also supporting Windows Mobile now and the only Outlook synchronization software that synchronize multiple Outlook Contacts, Calendars and Tasks folders with the corresponding Pocket Outlook applications on the handheld and synchronize Outlook folders and categories on your PC with corresponding categories on your Windows Mobile handheld or Smartphone.

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COMPETITION: Motion Computing released the LS800 Tablet PC computer - a Universal killer?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:53 CET under 01 - General News

Motion Computing, a leader in ultramobile computing and wireless communications, yesterday unveiled the LS800, the most compact Tablet PC available running Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005. The new slate Tablet PC, approximately the size of a paperback book, is small enough to slip into a lab coat pocket or attach to a tool belt and is optimal for highly mobile professionals in industries including route sales and service, manufacturing and healthcare. The LS800 slate Tablet PC provides enhanced connectivity and security features, ergonomics and durability for uncompromised productivity.

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CUSTOMIZATION: skuX online menubuilder for TomTom Navigator 5 for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

skuX menubuilder for TomTom Navigator 5 is n onlinePHP script you can use to customize and create your own TomTom menu.
By choosing first your desired function in the selection box, the actual function is highlighted with a red border around the icon. After this click on a position in the new to be created menu. The page will reload and you'll find your icon on the related position in the menu.
In addition you can also create a new page, change the title of a page or delete page(s) click the links listed near the menu page.

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UTILITY: Spb Software House updated Spb Diary PIM Today plug-in to v1.5
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb Software House has recently released a new version of Spb Diary, its instant Pocket PC organizer that provides tab-based Today plug-in for calendar, contacts and tasks. The new version 1.5 of Spb Diary also provides a separate tab for working with notes. Another new feature is integration with Spb Weather. Spb Diary 1.5 is a free upgrade for registered Spb Diary users.

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PRICING: Vodafone Germany increased included data volume and locked out VoIP
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:14 CET under 01 - General News

Vodafone has recorded vast growth in mobile Internet usage with the UMTS data card. Now, after the introduction of T-Mobile's web'n'walk initiative, Vodafone Germany it is planning to drastically increase the free data volume that is provided with the Vodafone Time/Volume data tariff options from today, 8th July 2005 onwards. This makes it even easier and more attractive for first-time UMTS users to switch over to mobile data transmission in the UMTS network. The new terms and conditions will automatically apply for existing customers who have booked a Vodafone Time or Vodafone Volume tariff option.

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Monday, 04.07.05
THOUGHT: T-Mobile's web'n'walk portal - a great starting point...
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:54 CET under 09 - Thoughts

But not that complete yet. Okay, while everybody else is talking about the rumors that T-Mobile International may sell their US share T-Mobile USA (formerly known as VoiceStream), I want to rant about T-Mobile's new web'n'walk "PDA portal" I've used intensively today.
Even if you are not a German T-Mobile customer (please note that at the moment it's available in German only, the international versions will be launched later this year), you can access it (from your Vodafone, O2 or E-Plus device) under: http://www.t-mobile-favoriten.de/ and it's well done, a pretty complete link list but as I said in the header - not completley done (yet):

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Sunday, 03.07.05
TRACKING: GPSdash2 for Windows Mobile Smartphone released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

GPSdash2 is a shareware tool for the Windows Mobile Smartphone platform which tries to help you with getting the most out of your (expensive) mobile GPS equipment. It is able to interpret data from GPS receivers and presents this data via 3 complementary views. Accompanied by its easy to use navigational features, GPSdash2 is your perfect partner for hiking, sailing or any similar outdoor activity.

GPSDash was designed for "non life-critical" purposes by anyone who wants to do so. Although the software was developed with extraordinary diligence, no guarantees for operativeness or the accuracy of the provided information can be made.

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Saturday, 02.07.05
DRIVER: Think Outside released Orange SPV C500 compatible driver for the Stowaway Bluetooth Keyboard
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While the Think Outside Bluetooth Stowaway Universal Bluetooth Keyboard driver was already released back in February (see my review here), it wasn't code-signed to be used with the Orange SPV C500 Windows Mobile Smartphone (Orange still requires code signed software, unlike other device makers like i-mate or O2 with their version of the Motorola MPX220).
However, when I checked the Think Outside compatibility page today, I found that they have recently released a code signed Orange SPV C500 driver for their Bluetooth keyboard! :-)

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BUSINESS: Solve Technology announced new Pocket PC and Web invoicing and solution - Pocket Invoice
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It is not difficult to find grousing customers trapped in invoice payment hell. There are just too many complaints like "my invoice amount is wrong", "I already paid this amount", "the processing is too time-consuming", "I want to see my previous payment details" and so on. Moreover, the complete process of invoicing is so lengthy and error prone, that it often leaves a customer anything but satisfied.

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Friday, 01.07.05
ROM UPDATE: T-Mobile Germany released new MDA compact ROM with web'n'walk support
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, T-Mobile Germany has released the latest ROM for their MDA compact (aka HTC Magician) which is based on the latest available ROM code (including the long awaited ROM 1.12 GER and Radio 1.12) and which is preconfigured to T-Mobile's new web'n'walk service (which gives you direct access to the real Internet instead of T-Mobile's walled garden'd t-zones WAP portal).

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UPDATE: HTC to introduce the "Magician Refresh" as Qtek S110
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

We have heard about this rumor before but now it is confirmed! HTC will introduce a "Magician Refresh" (the HTC Magician is the reference design of the i-mate JAM, T-Mobile MDA compact and O2 Xda mini) which will be introduced by Qtek as the S110 and will includes 128 MB of RAM instead of the Magician's 64 MB only. So HTC almost doubled the RAM - which was (beside the missing Wi-Fi) one of the most criticized "features".
In addition, Qtek will also use the - by O2 Germany - introduced anthracite case color instead the normally used silver housing.

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INTEGRATION: The Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition with digital TV tuner
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Akihabaranews found a highly integrated device on Korean website Cetizen which shows a Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition which also includes a digital TV tuner.
The "POZ-B300" can be found in Korea and is available through SK Telecom. It's a running Windows Mobile 2003 SE Phone Edition and compatible with the Korean DMB. The Digital TV Tuner (MSM5500/Toshiba C2) is not integrated in the device but is situated in the remote control that also acts as speaker. The device also has a 1.3MP digital camera, a 2.5" QVGA screen and uses CDMA2000 1x EV-DO with up to 2.4 Mbps.

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