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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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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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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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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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Wednesday, 20.07.05
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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Thursday, 14.07.05
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
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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Friday, 08.07.05
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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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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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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