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Wednesday, 31.08.05
UPDATE: Microsoft released final SyncToy v1.0 version
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:24 CET under 01 - General News

Microsoft's previously released public Beta of SyncToy has reached the final v1.0 and is available for download since yesterday. The easy to use, customizable application helps you copy, move, rename and delete files between folders and computers.

There are new sources of files coming from every direction: digital cameras, E-Mail, mobile phones, portable media players, camcorders, PDAs and Laptops. Increasingly, computer users are using different folders, drives and even different computers (such as a Laptop and a Desktop) to store and retrieve files. Yet managing hundreds or thousands of files is still largely a manual operation. In some cases it is necessary to get copies of files from one place; in other cases there is a need to keep two storage locations exactly in sync. Some users manage files manually, dragging and dropping from one place to another and keeping a mental card catalog in their heads. Others use one or more applications to provide this functionality for them.

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ACQUISITION: Microsoft jumps into the VoIP business
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:53 CET under 01 - General News

Microsoft yesterday announced it has acquired Teleo Inc., a provider of voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) software and services that enable the placement of phone calls from PCs to traditional phones and that deliver this technology in unique ways through a variety of software and Web applications. Microsoft expects to combine the technology and expertise of Teleo with the existing VoIP investments of MSN to further develop products and services that connect consumers to the people and information that most matter to them. Financial details were not disclosed.

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Tuesday, 30.08.05
GOODIE: Opera is giving away the Opera Browser 8 for PC for free - for one day only
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:37 CET under 01 - General News

Looks like it isn't a scam as I thought first when I read it earlier today. Opera is definitely giving away their Opera 8 for PC for free to celebrate 10 years of Opera! 8O

Simply download Opera now and submit your E-Mail address to Opera - that's it and you should receive your key from them!

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REPLACEMENT: T-Mobile prefers Opera Mobile for Smartphone over Internet Explorer Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As T-Mobile announced earlier this year, the carrier plans to equip the "web'n'walk" ready devices with special "optimized Internet browsers" and now it seems we know what T-Mobile means. It looks T-Mobile will use Opera Mobile - at least for the Windows Mobile Smartphones as we can read now on T-Mobile's updated SDA II specification page:

"Includes 64MB Mini-SD card with preinstalled Opera-Browser, SD card adapter to use the Mini-SD card with a card reader".

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RELEASE: T-Mobile Germany will launch the HTC Universal aka MDA Pro next month [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:53 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I've just received the (German) press release from T-Mobile where T-Mobile Germany is announcing the availability of the MDA Pro (HTC Universal) for 1st of September which is basically this week!
So from this Thursday, the long awaited first UMTS-enabled Pocket PC Phone Edition should be available in Germany. :-)

T-Mobile Deutschland launches sale of innovative MDA Pro.

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Monday, 29.08.05
CONFORMITY: Samsung SGH-I300 received FCC approval
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following the news from last week, that O2 UK is expected to ship the Samsung SGH-I300 from October, phoneArena.com also found it at FCC now, where it got its type-approval last week.

On CeBIT, Samsung announced the the SGH-I300 availability for Europe during Q3 2005. However, so far it's not released here but since it got the FCC approval now, it could be also sold in the US, even if there are no information about a quad-band or US-based tri-ban version available.

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FLAT: German E-Plus to launch the first German UMTS and GPRS Flat-Tariff
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:33 CET under 01 - General News

According to teltarif.de, E-Plus, the 3rd largest GSM and UMTS carrier in Germany, is going to release a new flat-tariff which can be used in both E-Plus networks - GPRS and UMTS.
As leaked today in an advertisement, E-Plus will introduce the new plan from 1st September with a - so far - limited validation until end of this year.
According to teltarif.de, the flat-fee will be available for 39,95 Euro with a minimum contract length of 3 months only. After the first three month, the plan can be canceled daily.

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Saturday, 27.08.05
BETA: Skype released new Windows Mobile Pocket PC v1.2 Beta client
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today Skype announced a new Skype Beta for Windows Mobile Pocket PC devices which is available from now as v1.2 - Beta.

As before, with the released version, Skype for Pocket PC provides you with the freedom to enjoy Skype on the go, wherever you are and you have a high speed data network (WiFi, 3G or EDGE) connection: home, office or outdoors.

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Friday, 26.08.05
LINK: Will the Samsung SGH-I300 become available from O2 UK in October?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

How British the Inquirer found out, O2 UK has the Samsung SGH-I300 on its "coming soon" page (together with the Motorola "Pebl" aka Motorola V6) to be available during October 05.
According to The Inquirer, the I300 should go on sale for around £ 79.99 which is something US$ 144.230 or 117.27 Euro with a O2 contract, not a bad price at all for a 3 GB HDD phone with (hopefully) Windows Mobile 5.0 (so far I've seen both, Windows Mobile 2003SE and 5.0 on a SGH-I300):

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HOPE: Is the HTC Wizard Pocket PC Phone Edition on the way to T-Mobile US?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

So after the the HTC Tornado also the HTC Wizard is coming to the US and will go on sale from T-Mobile? According to Engadget, who got an anonymous hint it will happens anytime during October but most likely, this devices won't be an exclusive T-Mobile one but also available from Cingular.
Time will shows but unlike all T-Mobile MDAs and SDAs before, the HTC Wizard will be a quad-band device which makes more sense for T-Mobile to use in the US as well:

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LINK: Mobinaute is previewing the HTC Galaxy GPS enabled Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The guys over at Mobinaute managed to get an early HTC Galaxy into their hands and put a preview online already - with a lot of photos and comparison shots.

As mentioned by the::unwired earlier, the HTC Galaxy is just a pure Pocket PC (w/o Phone Edition) but incorporates a GPS received; the first device of its kind from HTC (Taiwanese competitor Mitac already built a lot of GPS enabled Pocket PCs while yesterday their first GPS enabled Pocket PC Phone Edition device leaked).

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UP-TO-DATE: Handy Entertainment compiled a list of PDA related RSS Feeds
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:06 CET under 01 - General News

If you want to stay up to date about the latest PDA developments, news, views, thoughts and reviews you need to check many different sources. RSS Feeds are an easy way to do so, either from your PDA or Smartphone. However, to get a complete list of sites is near impossible. Nevertheless, Handy Entertainment has started to compile such a list you can download now to import it into your favorite RSS News Reader. So far you can browse a comprehensive and growing collection of 77 validated RSS Feeds, carefully selected by Handy Entertainment staff. You can also point directly to http://www.handyent.com/pda-rss.opml to open OPML file from an online feed.

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Thursday, 25.08.05
THOUGHT: Google Talk might be(come) the right tool for your corporate
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:38 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Okay, I hope not too many system administrators are reading this ;-) but I want to rant about Google Talk as well, as so many did during the past 36 hours (looks like the whole blogsphere as well as the Internet is knowing one topic only at the moment) already.
I don't know how it is with your (business) contacts but many of my contacts (mostly the one outside Europe but in the US and Asia) are using Instant Messaging services to stay with their colleagues or clients in touch but what I've seen so far from most European companies - they don't support or even allow to use IM clients on office PCs. For some reasons, most (European? - how is your company treating this topic) companies still think IM is something for teens only and they are chatting just private stuff - which isn't true at all. With most of my contacts (except some real good friends for sure) I'm mostly chatting business related and it's a fast and easy way. It's like an E-Mail but as fast as a phone call.

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REVEALED: Mitac to enter the Pocket PC Phone Edition market with the first combined GSM/GPS device
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to The Register who got exclusive information, Mitac is going to announce its first Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition device under the Mio-brand next week. But the A701 isn't a Pocket PC Phone Edition only but is expected to be GPS-enabled also which would make it the first Mio Phone Edition with GPS support and the second GSM/GPS device so far.

According to basic specifications The Register has received, the device is based on a 520MHz Intel XScale PXA270 processor with 192 MB of memory, of which - The Register reckon - at least 64 MB will be ROM. For sure the A701 is a Windows Mobile 5.0 device:

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HOPE: Does the T-Mobile SDA II aka HTC Tornado will be carried by T-Mobile US also?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Engadget has received information, that the upcoming HTC Tornado will be on sale from T-Mobile USA as well which would be the first Windows Mobile device which makes it from T-Mobile Europe to T-Mobile USA.
However, since the HTC Tornado (which will be called T-Mobile SDA II) is a quad-band device, it will work perfectly in the US.
According to Engadget, the Tornado will be on sale from October:

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REVEALED: i-mate will sell the HTC Wizard as i-mate K-JAM
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following expansys UK's yesterday announcement to sell the HTC Universal as i-mate JasJar, today expansys made the revealed the i-mate K-JAM (K = Keyboard-JAM? ) which is the HTC Wizard.

Expansys writes:

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MULTIMEDIA: O2 Germany acquires broadcasting rights for 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:01 CET under 01 - General News

O2 Germany has signed an agreement with the Swiss company Infront Sports & Media for the rights to mobile phone video coverage of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The agreement covers all sixty-four games of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, as well as the archive of 2002 FIFA World Cup video material. O2 will broadcast all key passages of play during the games and provide its customers with a post-match overview of each game's highlights. This makes O2 Germany's first mobile phone operator to offer video coverage of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

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LINK: Wikimedia needs your help - Knowledge is power. Help keep it free!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:54 CET under 01 - General News

I'm not going to regularly link to this kind of pages or call for any donations (for instance donations for the::unwired are appreciated also as you can imagine but at least it's "my job" to keep the site up and running as well as free of charge for you) but if the Wikimedia Foundation needs our support, I'm happy to help them out with a link here since I'm also referring to Wikipedia from time to time as well as I use it often myself.
The Wikimedia Foundation and all its projects are growing at a rate faster than ever dreamed. Wikipedia.org alone gets 800 million hits a day, making it one of the top 50 websites in the world. That means that people everywhere are turning to the projects - Wikipedia, Wikibooks, Wikinews, Wiktionary, Wikisource, Wikiquote and the Wikimedia Commons - as a free reliable source of information and knowledge.

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Wednesday, 24.08.05
MOBILITY: Siemens to unveil its DVB-H test system for network operators in Berlin
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:47 CET under 01 - General News

Today, Siemens announced to present programs broadcast by a variety of private TV stations live on a mobile phone equipped to receive digital TV signals using DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcast Handheld) during the IFA consumer electronics trade fair IFA in Berlin. To demonstrate "Mobile TV", Siemens will for the first time use its new DVB-H test system comprising a server platform for mobile television and a handset prototype capable of receiving these services. The equipment enables mobile operators to conduct DVB-H trials with relatively little effort, for example to test the level of acceptance for Mobile TV among consumers.

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LEAKED: i-mate to introduce the HTC Universal as i-mate JASJAR
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Ouch, it must hurts if an online shop leaks information prior the company of the product is able to announce it officially himself. This time expansys UK leaked the i-mate JASJAR (what's that), basically known as HTC Universal - the first and long awaited UMTS Pocket PC which is scheduled to be officially announced by i-mate at Gitex next month.
Anyway, expansys did it today already and writes:

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CONFORMITY: HTC Tornado made it to the FCC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The earlier announced HTC Tornado (announced as Qtek 8300) passed the FCC tests. The version that was tested by the FCC had the WiFi module includes which doesn't mean that carriers will release the Wi-Fi enabled version but HTC just want to make sure to have approved all options.
Another thing that Kris over at Smartphone Thoughts found out by reading through the documents is that this Smartphone will most likely be branded in the US as model "ST22A". It is not known who the vendor is but Kris guesses Audiovox.

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UPDATE: MSN released MSN Messenger 7.5 for Windows PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:52 CET under 01 - General News

And the next one! After today's Google Talk and Skype IM announcements also MSN has something to contribute to step-up the competitive pace in the messaging arena with today's release of MSN Messenger 7.5, an updated version of the MSN's chat client. As always the program is available as a free download from MSN.

The new version primarily offers back-end improvements to help overall performance, with just a few rudimentary changes in the feature set. It now allows the exchange of brief audio clips of up to 15 seconds, and also includes dynamic backgrounds that add some visual variety to the program's appearance.

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DEVELOPING: Skype released IM developer tools
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:39 CET under 01 - General News

That's interesting - the same day Google released its Google Talk service, Skype unleashed its SkypeWeb and SkypeNet developer tools. By doing so, Skype says it's opening up its platform to anyone who wants to integrate Skype Instant Messaging -a lesser-known feature of Skype - with most other versions of voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) software.

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SERVICE: Google introduced Google Talk IM and VoIP [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:10 CET under 01 - General News

Today, Google really introduced what was already rumored for some time: Google Talk - Google's own IM and VoIP service which is based on the Jabber standard.

Google Talk is a simple and free way to talk with and send instant messages to your friends. Like Gmail, Google Talk uses Google's innovative technologies to help people communicate more effectively and efficiently.

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Tuesday, 23.08.05
IDF: Intel introduces the 1.25GHz Bulverde follower called Monahans
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:31 CET under 01 - General News

At IDF, Intel today previewed the Monahans CPU, a gigahertz-class successor to the currently widely used Pocket PC CPU Bulverde.

The 90nm part is due to be formally launched in Q4 2005, Sean Maloney, VP and General Manager of Intel's Mobility Group, said today at Intel Developer Forum.

Describing the chip as "another step ahead in performance", Maloney showcased a pre-production Monahans running at 1.25GHz which was used to decode and play back HD video on a PDA screen. 8O

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IDF: Intel CEO outlines new platform directions including a more powerful Handtop PC future
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:17 CET under 01 - General News

Noting that high-tech companies are growing again as a result of delivering exciting new products, Intel Corporation CEO and President Paul S. Otellini said the industry is on a new "performance per watt" course that will deliver powerful Intel-based computers that are increasingly smaller, sleeker and more energy-efficient.

Describing Intel's role in driving innovation at the Intel Developer Forum, Otellini unveiled the company's next-generation, power-optimized micro-architecture for future digital home, enterprise, mobile and emerging market platforms - and low-power products that will enable a new category of converged consumer devices.

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NAMING: Benq to sell the P50 Pocket PC Phone Edition under the Siemens brand?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According the the always well informed Chinese-language Commercial Times, BenQ is likely to sell its P50 Pocket PC Phone Edition under the Siemens brand, at least in Europe, instead of using the - still unknown - own Benq brand and the final launch is expected for late September/early October.
While I understand this move, it makes me a little bit wonder since Benq preqiously announced not to use the Siemens brand any longer (max. 1 year), after the acquisition is finalized.

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Monday, 22.08.05
HOW TO: Pimp your Ride or how to make your car truly wireless
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:48 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Ok, there is nothing more boring than sitting in the car while in a traffic jam without a high-speed connection, that's wasted time. Sure you can have your Notebook with a 3G/UMTS PC-card with you or (if you are lucky) your HTC Universal, also with inbuilt 3G or - if you are not that lucky (but lucky enough) - you have your GPRS connected Pocket PC with you but why not making the whole vehicle truly wireless?
I did - with O2's Surf@home box I'm calling from now "Surf@Autobahn". I've previewed O2's Surf@home a while back; it's basically a W-LAN access point with an interface to O2's UMTS network instead an interface to a DSL-modem which means, you can use your W-LAN equipped devices (Pocket PCs, Notebooks, Smartphones) to surf with UMTS speed, even if these devices aren't UMTS enabled and you don't need a dial-up connection at home anymore (for sure it cannot replace a DSL connection).

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UTILITY: Melodeo Mobilcast brings your favorite Podcasts on your mobile phone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:38 CET under 01 - General News

Melodeo, a Seattle-based company that provides solutions for music on the mobile phone, last week announced its expansion into new markets, including making Podcasts available for download to the mobile phone. There are nearly 400,000 Podcasts available today but to hear them you need to connect your PC to the Internet, and your portable device to your PC. You need to repeat this process each time you want an update.

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TOOL: Google released Google Desktop 2 with Sidebar
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:51 CET under 01 - General News

Google Desktop 2 (Beta) gives you easy access to information on your computer and from the web. It's a desktop search application that provides full text search over your E-Mail, computer files, music, photos, chats and web pages that you've viewed. By making your computer searchable, Google Desktop puts your information easily within your reach and frees you from having to manually organize your files, E-Mails and bookmarks. It makes searching your computer as easy as searching the web with Google.

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Sunday, 21.08.05
THOUGHT: Is the Pocket PC the better Portable Media Player?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:45 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Over at Yahoo! News, they have an interesting article called "PluggedIn: Portable media players may struggle to find market" where the author comes to the conclusion that Portable Media Players are too pricy, too hughe and that they haven't found there "natural" place yet, like MP3-players (a logical follower of the good old 80's Walkman).
Actually it's an interesting thought and even the media player manufactures might don't see a serious market yet if you count the available portable media centers and compare it with the number of Pocket PCs which can do basically the same.

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Friday, 19.08.05
DEVELOPMENT: Orange announces next Code Camp event in France
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:56 CET under 01 - General News

Orange is pretty active in supporting mobile device developers as good as they can and therefore Orange announced today the next Code Camp even where Orange expects around 450 attendees and held in Opio, South of France from 17 - 19 October, 2005: Code Camp will bring together mobile application developers, games publishers, content providers, device manufacturers and operating systems companies from all over the world, for 72 hours of workshops, seminars, networking and testing.

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Thursday, 18.08.05
LINK: I'm pleased to introduce the new "digital lifestyle mobile" blog
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:47 CET under 01 - General News

Dear German (speaking) readers of the::unwired! I'm please to introduce today a new project I'm involved into: digital lifestyle mobile, a gadget blog which launched today!
After years of hard work with Arne's Windows CE Site, MobileNet.de, Unwired-I.Net, PPCW.Net and lately with the::unwired, recently I joined a new project as "Blogger #1", created by CMP-WEKA, a German publishing house and ajoint venture of WEKA Germany and CMP Media US.
CMP-WEKA is going to launch a new print magazine called "digital lifestyle magazin" soon and I was asked to manage the online version of the digital lifestyle magazin which is called "digital lifestyle mobile" and will becomes a more personal, more up-to-date version of the print issue and can be basically called a blog. digital lifestyle mobile is what I will be responsible for as "Blogger in Chief" from now and after spending some weeks with the team to make the idea true, it went online today! :-)

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RELEASE: Orange SPV M500 aka HTC Universal appeared on Orange's Web Shop
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While it's not ready to order, at least the Orange SPV M5000 made it to Orange UK's online shop today; a good sign that Orange is confident to launch it soon (at least that's the experience from the past).

The Orange SPV M500, better known as HTC Universal and also known as T-Mobile MDA Pro and it's HTC's first UMTS Pocket PC Phone Edition device, is running Windows Mobile 5.0, supports tri-band GSM/GPRS plus UMTS, W-LAN and Bluetooth (not to forget infrared).

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SERVICE: shift TV - records TV over the Internet to get it streamed back later
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:35 CET under 01 - General News

Germany based shift TV is quite an interesting service for PC, Notebook and PDA users since it uses a brand new technology called "iPVR" which lets you schedule, record and watch your own private copies of TV programs over the Internet.

shift TV is a web-bases PVR and every user runs its own, dedicated shift TV. Via the web Interface, you get access to a EPG to program the recording. As soon as the show was recorded, it's converted into a streaming format (Windows Media Video 9) to get it streamed to your PC. From now, you can also download your recordings to archive it on your local PC since storage space is limited to 5 hours per account. However, also new from now is that you can record two shows in parallel.

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Wednesday, 17.08.05
OFF-TOPIC: Microsoft finally announced the Xbox 360 price for Europe and North America
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:07 CET under 01 - General News

After Microsoft's own pricing leak yesterday, today Microsoft finally announced the Xbox price which starts at US$ 299.99/299.99 Euro/£ 209.99
Ending weeks of speculation about which upcoming video game platform will give gamers the most bang for their buck, today at the German Games Convention, Microsoft Corp. revealed that consumers can get their hands on Xbox 360 - the most powerful and feature-packed next-generation video game and entertainment system - for as little as US$ 299.99/299.99 Euro/£ 209.99 starting this holiday season. For gamers who want to experience the ultimate digital entertainment thrill ride, Microsoft also announced a model with hundreds of dollars worth of accessories for US$ 399.99/399.99 Euro/£ 279.99, giving consumers the definitive entertainment experience at an unbelievable value right out of the box.

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REVEALED: T-Mobile SDA II Windows Mobile Smartphone appeared on T-Mobile's website
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As assumed in my Qtek 8300 posting earlier this week, T-Mobile prepares its SDA II launch. While T-Mobile Germany hasn't announced it yet (beside the earlier CeBIT announcement), the T-Mobile SDA II Smartphone appeared on the business customer page of T-Mobile Germany recently.
However, all the information T-Mobile provides there doesn't seems to be the final one, from the device photo to the specifications.
For instance T-Mobile isn't providing any information about the used operating system (and normally they do) or T-Mobile is describing the SDA II as a "black device" while the photo shows a silver one:

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Tuesday, 16.08.05
BROWSER: First Opera for Pocket PC screenshots appeared
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Sweet! Until its release of Opera for Smartphone, Opera always denied that it will go to release a Pocket PC version sooner or later but with the official release of Opera for Smartphone, Opera also announced that a "Pocket PC version is under development".
Now PocketCenter.de got its hands on a first version and has published three screenshots of Opera for Pocket PC, running on a VGA Fujitsu Siemens Pocket Loox 720:

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OFF-TOPIC: Microsoft Switzerland leaked the estimated Xbox 360 price
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:16 CET under 01 - General News

No, I'm not going to cover Xbox 360 news here in general (as long as they are not related in any way to its Media Center Edition connectivity features) but this news is way too interesting for most of us anyway to leave it unpublished.
Microsoft Switzerland itself leaked the (estimated) sales price of the Xbox 360 - it's 600 Swiss Franc!

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LINK: Mobile-review.com previews the Qtek 8310 aka HTC Tornado
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The Qtek 8310 announcement is just 24 hours old there popped-up the first preview in the net with tons of photos and screenshots.
Mobile-review.com got their hands on a working sample of the Qtek 8310 (identified as HTC Tornado) and gave it a first test.

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Monday, 15.08.05
ANALYSIS: Apple iPod still blows away mobile phone music challengers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:11 CET under 01 - General News

Ouch, this will hurts all Orange SPV C500 and Windows Mobile Smartphone-lovers but according to cellular-news, which posted the results of the latest mobile application report, Strategy Analytics doesn't see a bright future for music phones yet (compared to dedicated music devices like the Apple iPod) and I have to admit that my #1 music device is still my Apple iPod indeed.

In this analysis, the Strategy Analytics advanced buyer panel performed head to head benchmarks of the iPod against 4 leading mobile music enabled devices: Samsung E720, O2 XM, SEMC V800 and the SPV C500.

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RESEARCH: UK consumer demand for mobile E-Mail widespread according to new survey
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:46 CET under 01 - General News

Recent consumer research by Critical Path, a leading provider of messaging software and services, has found that there is a large market opportunity for access to personal E-Mail via mobile phones, revealing a potential market of more than 16 million consumers in the UK. However, unlike users of corporate mobile E-Mail, British consumers overwhelmingly want to be able to control who they receive E-Mails from on their mobile, and the majority of consumers cite "low cost" as very important.

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REVEALED: Qtek announced the Qtek 8310 Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In addition to the previously announced Qtek 8300, Qtek Finland also announced the Qtek 8310 Windows Mobile 5.0 business-Smartphone; toghether with the Qtek 8300 the first HTC Smartphone utilizing Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system which also supports quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE as well as W-LAN (see my earlier preview of W-LAN with Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphones here).

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REVEALED: Qtek announced the Qtek 8300 Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Scandinavian based Qtek recently announced on its Finish website its Qtek 8300 Windows Mobile 5.0 music-Smartphone, the first HTC Smartphone utilizing Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system and supports quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE for worldwide use.
Like the additional announced Qtek 8310 (the business version of the 8300), the new 8300 also includes (as the first Windows Mobile Smartphones ever) W-LAN support (see my earlier preview of W-LAN with Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphones here).

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REMOTE: TiVo meets Orb with TiVoAnywhere
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:42 CET under 01 - General News

Last week I have posted here that Orb Networks has made its APIs for Orb available for public use and development and the first plug-in we have seen was the Skype Voicemail plug-in.

Now the second Orb pug-in made it to the mass: TiVoAnywhere. While I'm not a TiVo user at all (it's not available over here in Germany) it looks like a fantastic service to record and watch you TV (OK, I do the same with my Windows XP Media Center Edition anyway) and if you are a TiVo customer, now you can watch your recoded shows on any Windows Mobile device, from Pocket PC to Smartphone plus most of current 3G phones and for sure any Windows PC and Notebook:

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Friday, 12.08.05
POWER: PocketPCTechs to release HTC Blue Angel battery replacement with 2400 mAH
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

PocketPCTechs today announced to release a replacement battery for the HTC Blue Angel which has 2400 mAH instead of the original 1490 mAH. Based on PocketPCTechs testing, the standard 1490 mAH battery runs for around 3.5 hrs and due to some special tweaking of the microcontroller of their battery, PocketPCTechs have benchmarked their new 2400 mAH battery at 7.5 to 8 hrs of run time which would be a 54% increase in runtime based on the lowest benchmarked time.

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SERVICE: Skweezer provides convenient access to popular search engines from PDA's and cell phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:10 CET under 01 - General News

Greenlight Wireless this weel announced that its Skweezer service, which optimizes Web content for cell phones and PDA's, now provides a customizable search feature that allows users to choose between several popular search engines.

Skweezer customers can now search the Web from a mobile device using search engines designed for the desktop environment, such as Google, Y! Search, MSN, Looksmart, and Ask Jeeves. Skweezer reformats and optimizes search result pages, so they load faster and can be viewed more easily on a small display. Switching between search engines can be done using a convenient drop-down menu or, if the user has signed up for a free personalized account, a default search engine can be set as a preference.

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LINK: Making the case for Windows Mobile on Palm devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:40 CET under 01 - General News

Is this an indication or even a proof that Palm really has a Windows Mobile based device (like the Treo 670) in development? In an interview, Palm Chief Financial Officer Andrew Brown said that building a Treo that runs on the mobile version of Windows might help the company woo corporate customers who have been reticent to buy its Palm OS-based gadgets.

Without confirming Palm has such a product in development, Brown mentioned "CIOs don't get fired for using Microsoft products."

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UPDATE: MSN updated MSN Screen Saver and removed the MSN Toolbar requirement
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:00 CET under 01 - General News

As announced earlier this week, today MSN has updated their MSN Screen Saver (Beta) and removed the MSN Toolbar requirement!
With the new MSN Screen Saver (Beta) you can personalize your screen saver with individual background photos and news and weather information from MSN or any RSS feeds from websites you choose. In addition the MSN Screen Saver allows you to search the Web and click news headlines directly from the screen saver.
Last but not least you can stay connected with MSN Hotmail, MSN Messenger, and MSN Spaces and track how many unread Hotmail messages and current Messenger conversations you have and display blogs and photos from your friends' MSN Spaces.

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UTILITY: Kasuei released v0.3 of its Hitchhiker W-LAN sniffer for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Hitchhiker, a kind of W-LAN sniffer, which shows you available wireless LANs in your area, recently got an update and is available in version 0.3 now.
Hitchhiker helps you to connect your Pocket PC to the wireless Internet by simply tapping the Connect button it will try all public access points nearby.
Hitchhiker will handle all settings for you and perform complicated tests to ensure you can connect to the Internet in no time.

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Thursday, 11.08.05
RUMOR: HTC to manufacture Windows Mobile-based Treo 670 for Palm
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As the always well informed DigiTimes reports, Palm is likely to outsource the production of its next generation of Treo-series Smartphones (the Treo 670 which is expected to be the first Windows Mobile-based Treo device recently made its way to the Internet), built using Microsoft's operating system, to Taiwanese HTC (High Tech Computer, also OEM of all T-Mobile, O2 and Orange Windows Mobile devices as well as ODM of most HP iPAs), with volume shipments to begin in the first quarter of next year, according to an August 10 report from the Chinese-language Commercial Times.

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REVEALED: HP will release an updated HP Messenger as HP iPAQ hw6700
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like HP is working on an update of the HP Messenger Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition aka iPAQ hw6500 which is called iPAQ hw6700. At least Dave, over at Dave's iPAQ found some more information at HP UK.

While the hw6700 series will also use the same ID as the hw6500 series before and also includes the same 312 MHz Intel XScale CPU, the hw6700 get a doubled memory of 128 MB ROM and, according to HP's UK site, Wi-Fi 802.11g! While the hw6500 includes two memory card slots, one for SD cards and one for miniSD, the hw6700 will include a miniSD slot only. Last but not least, the hw6700 is announced to run Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile 5!

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Wednesday, 10.08.05
LINK: Mobile01 got its hand on a black HTC Apache
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:06 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Last week, the first HTC Apache photos made it to the Internet, now somebody over at Mobile01 got his hands to a different, stylish black Apache and uploaded way more photos.

Doesn't looks that bad at all, I like the keyboard. Comes pretty close to the HTC Universal keyboard which is a pleasure to use for E-Mails and IM:

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VOIP: Make and receive Skype calls with your mobile phone and iSkoot
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:37 CET under 01 - General News

iSkoot, a mobile Internet phone company, announced yesterday that it is offering free unlimited use of its Call Forwarding software for the Skype service. The Call Forwarding software allows users to forward Internet calls from their online Skype buddies to any phone number. The company's software provides mobile phone access to millions of Skype voice-over-Internet users and enables complete access to Skype for both making and receiving calls from any mobile phone. iSkoot software enables:

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POSITIONING: Navizon, a P2P Wireless Positioning System using GPS, Cell Towers and W-LAN
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Mexens Technology recently released Navizon, its 'revolutionary', P2P "Wireless Positioning System" that successfully blends GPS, Cellular and WiFi technologies together into one accurate "mobile geo-location" system and service.Navizon might be the perfect navigation companion for your WiFi or Cell enabled Pocket PC as long as you are in a Navizon covered area (like New York, Miami or Toronto today).

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Tuesday, 09.08.05
UPDATE: MSN to release a new version of its MSN Screen Saver during this week
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:40 CET under 01 - General News

How Omer Khan, MSN Portal Group Manager posted today in the::unwired Forum, MSN will release a new version of its famous MSN Screen Saver during this week. According to Omar,  the updated version of the MSN Screen Saver will works with OR without the MSN Toolbar.
It will be your choice if you want want to install the MSN Toolbar or not. :-) GREAT but it comes even better (in terms of configuration):

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MULTIMEDIA: Flickr on Xbox Media Center but still nothing available for Media Center Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:10 CET under 01 - General News

As eHomeUpgrade reports, now there is also a Flickr plug-in for Xbox Media Center available but for sure not not for the original Xbox Media Connect but for the mod'ed Xbox only. After Tivo (HME Flickr plug-in) also the Xbox got its Flickr plug-in but still there is nothing for the Windows XP Media Center Edition available?
Flickr is definitely the most successful photo sharing service and really ramped-up like a rocket over the past months. It's really handy to upload your photos from your mobile phone which is widely used by Flickr members and ehomeUpgrade's asked rightly: "So, what's up MCE developers? Why can't someone get on the ball and code a Flickr plug-in?".

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CURIOSITY: Très chic? Is T-Mobile raffling Paris' Sidekick II or what?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:54 CET under 09 - Thoughts

T-Mobile is working hard to promote their web'n'walk "mobile Internet" service (which is basically a mobile bookmark list plus access to Google Mobile) here in Germany and beside the typical TV- and print-campaigns, you also have a lot of online ads floating around.
However, the latest web'n'walk raffle is far too much "Paris Hilton"-like than something for the average T-Mobile customer or who wants to win such a T-Mobile Sidekick II? 8O

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REMOTE: Listen your Skype Voicemails from anywhere with Orb
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:35 CET under 01 - General News

Yesterday I have written about Orb's APIs for developers and today Orb made another cool plug-in available for public download: Orb-powered V4S which is the first way to get your Skype voicemails from anywhere for free! As you know, Orb gives you access to all your home media from any Web-connected device including live TV-streaming, photos, tunes, videos and more! However, now you can also listen your Skype Voicemails via Orb, thanks to V4S.

This plug-in is even more interesting because it provides you also Voicemail access from devices which doesn't support Skype Voicemail yet, like Pocket PCs (which can use Skype but the client isn't supporting Voicemail today) or Smartphone (where no commercial Skype client is released today).

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Monday, 08.08.05
UTILITY: RuttenSoft released Call Assistant 1.0.0 for Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Call Assistant is assisting your while you are busy. It is running on your device and if you activate it, it is waiting for incoming calls and is these calls replying with a predefined SMS message.

Call Assistant can be used while you are in meetings where you have your phone silent and you don't want to get interrupted, but you want to let the caller know that you have recognized his call; during vacation and due to high roaming costs you don't want to answer the call but you want to let the caller know that you are in vacation or any other situations where you don't want to answer the phone.

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ADD-ON: Orb Networks opens the Orb platform and make the APIs available for developers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:41 CET under 01 - General News

If you are a developer, working with Microsoft's Windows XP Media Center Edition and Windows Mobile devices, this is your chance to create some cool add-ons for Orb!

The Orb Add-Ons API makes it possible for you to make a variety of programs available to nearly any Web-connected device through Orb. Orb can stream audio and video content to nearly any Web-connected device with a Windows Media Player, RealPlayer or 3gp player that can stream .sdp files.
Obviously if your Add-On only involves text and images, the range of supported access devices is even greater.

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NAVIGATION: T-Mobile and TomTom team up to offer mobile navigation solutions but T-Mobile also continues to support NaviGate
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:20 CET under 01 - General News

Following T-Mobile UK's earlier announcement to cooperate with ALK to provide mobile navigation solutions for the UK MDA and SDA customers, today T-Mobile Germany announced its cooperation with TomTom.

T-Mobile is adding mobile navigation solutions to its product range with TomTom MOBILE 5 and TomTom NAVIGATOR 5. The wireless solutions fit into any coat pocket and are ready for use in no time. With flexible route planning, voice-activated navigation and 3-D maps, the TomTom products offer everything for the perfect journey, getting you to your destination in the shortest time. Special offer from T-Mobile: with all-in-one packages comprising the TomTom navigation system as well as MDA or SDA, accessories and favorable Relax 100 tariff, customers can save over 100 Euro compared with the unit price.

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WIRELESS: QUALCOMM and Connexion by Boeing to test in-flight mobile phone communications
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:28 CET under 01 - General News

QUALCOMM and Connexion by Boeing announced today that they are working together to test and demonstrate in-flight wireless communications aboard Connexion One, a specially equipped Boeing 737-400 aircraft.

The companies have performed a series of test flights that successfully demonstrated the simultaneous use of CDMA and GSM mobile phone technology over an on-board network with infrastructure and integration support from UTStarcom. Using standard cellular communications, a small in-cabin CDMA2000 and GSM "picocell," or small cellular base station, is connected to the worldwide terrestrial network by an air-to-ground satellite link provided by the Connexion by Boeing high-speed airborne network.

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IMPACT: O2 - UK changed the way how MMS messages are delivered after Bloggers complained
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:30 CET under 01 - General News

British BBC News recently published an interesting article about how (mobile)bloggers changed the mind of O2 - UK, who made a change to their MMS to E-Mail delivery method back in mid-July.
Now O2 has backtracked from the change in the way multimedia messages are delivered via E-Mail after too many complaints from mobile bloggers.

Mobloggers rely on E-Mailing bits of multimedia content as attachments to post directly on blogs from their mobile phone, however back in July, O2 changed that so that the E-Mail arrived as a web link instead.

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Sunday, 07.08.05
CURIOSITY: Apple, the Blogs and the Bloggers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:24 CET under 09 - Thoughts

ThinkSecret, an independent Apple news site, recently got some inside information about Apple's Retail Store Policy where - not surprisingly - Apple retail employees are ordered not to comment on rumors to customers under any circumstances. Furthermore, while Apple employees are granted permission by Apple to create their own personal Web pages and blogs, they are not allowed to comment on anything related to Apple on such pages. Furthermore, they are prohibited from posting in any capacity on any Mac-related (does it includes iPod related or not? ;-)) Websites or forums, whether they identify themselves as working for Apple or not.

In this context, it doesn't surprise how Apple defines bloggers (no, it's not really Apple but Apple took the definition from the New Oxford American Dictionary, 2nd Edition) as Scott Beale from Laughing Squid found out (screenshot taken from Tiger's Dictionary app):

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THOUGHT: Major Music labels still don't get it
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:33 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Yahoo! News has an interesting article about the latest CDs by Foo Fighters and Dave Matthews Band containing a new anti-piracy technology which are selling (still) well despite a backlash among some fans angry that the discs are incompatible with iPods, experts said on Thursday.

Aiming to curb piracy, labels like Sony BMG, which released both records, are rolling out copy-protected albums in the United States, which let users make three exact duplicates of a CD and store files on a PC in Microsoft Windows Media format!

But the copy-protection bars users from importing music onto iPods since Apple's Fairplay software is incompatible with protected Windows Media Audio files.

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TIP: Get MSN Messenger back in Windows Mobile 5.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:03 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

With the introduction of Windows Mobile 5.0, Microsoft also integrated MSN way deeper as it was before (but please keep in mind that it is a carrier/manufacture option which some carriers and manufactures might not use/support). Basically before, with the previous Windows Mobile versions, Hotmail wasn't even accessible (without workarounds) and also the MSN Homepage was just a link in the Favorites. Now, with Windows Mobile 5.0, Microsoft supports Hotmail as an Inbox service as well as it provides a Today screen plug-in for "widely" used MSN services like MSN Messenger, MSN Hotmail, MSN Mobile Home and it also includes a new small stand-alone application called "Pocket MSN" which lets you start the previously described services also:

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Saturday, 06.08.05
THOUGHT: What's wrong with Windows Mobile 5.0 and its streaming capabilities?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:07 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Today I was working on several Multimedia reviews including my promised highpad Media Control review and a Orb Networks comparison with the highpad Media Control client but unfortunately I noticed, that something went wrong with Microsoft's Windows Media Player 10 Mobile steaming capabilities and Windows Mobile 5.0.
In fact you you can not stream anymore! 8O Or at least I'm not able to get it working! :?

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TIP: Run the MSN Screen Saver 'without' the MSN Search Toolbar
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:47 CET under 09 - Thoughts

For some days now, I have the MSN Screen Saver installed on my PCs (Notebook, Media Center Edition and office PC) and I must admit it's exactly what I was looking for for a long time. It shows my very own photos randomly as well as it adds RSS news feeds on top, something absolutely handy if you want/have to stay up to date.
Anyway, I was "slightly annoyed" by MSN because I had to install the MSN Search Toolbar for Internet Explorer. As good as these Toolbars might be (doesn't matter from whom - Google, Yahoo! or MSN) I don't want to be forced to install it just because I want to run a different application, especially because the MSN Search Toolbar doesn't provides me any benefit because I'm using Avant Browser instead of the Internet Explorer (even if Avant Browser is using the Internet Explorer OCX) which offers tabbed browsing and some other goodies for a long time already.

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REVEALED: HTC Apache photos and specs hits the Web
Posted by Arne Hess - at 02:25 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Okay, after the earlier leak of the HTC Apache, you remember, the EVDO brother of the HTC Wizard, the first real photos (and confirmed specification? ) hits the Web, over at Xda-Developers.com.

It looks like the earlier specifications became true, except the CPU which seems to be confirmed with 416 MHz (not the rumored 520 MHz):

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REVEALED: Treo 670 running Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 01:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The first information and a blurry pictured popped-up yesterday over at HowardForums where "roc a fella" posted the information of a Treo 670 (with Verizon label) which should be running Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition.
However, to prove it, he has send three videos to engadget and either these (short) videos are well done fakes or we really see a Treo running Windows Mobile 5.0 which wouldn't surprise me at all since HTC is also manufacturing the Treo's and for them it should be easy enough to adopt the Windows Mobile platform to the Treo hardware.

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Friday, 05.08.05
SYNCHRONIZATION: Keep your Media Center and Pocket PC synced with mcesoft Mediasync
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Mediasync for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 is a plug-in to transfer several media types to your portable device and is currently in development by mcesoft. Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition does have built-in support for synchronizing your media files with a portable device, but the downfall here is that only the newer devices are supported. A lot of people have probably hooked up their Pocket PC to their Media Center only to discover Media Center advising to synchronize the device using the Windows Media Player instead.

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GPS: Adapt Mobile to introduce two new Nemerix Bluetooth GPS receivers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:20 CET under 01 - General News

Adapt Mobile, the first company to introduce Bluetooth GPS based on the new Nemerix chipset in Europe, today announces two new GPS receivers. The Adapt AD-300, the successor of the most popular Adapt 16 channel GPS receiver, and the AD-500, the latest and smallest Nemerix receiver on the market today.

The ADAPT AD-300 is build around the same housing and chipset as the famous Adapt 16 channel Nemerix receiver. It uses a larger capacity Nokia compatible replaceable battery that lasts up to 30 hours.

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Thursday, 04.08.05
LEAKED: HTC Galaxy - a non-Phone Edition Pocket PC but with inbuilt GPS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

How PDAFrance reports today, HTC is preparing the launch of a new Pocket PC (without Phone Edition) with inbuilt GPS, which would be the first GPS device from HTC itself and follows the success of other OEMs like Mitac who launched a couple of GPS enabled Pocket PCs already.

According to PDAFrance the Galaxy is a kind of an updated HTC Magician (i-mate JAM, o2 Xda mini, etc.) with approximately the same dimension.

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RELEASE: i-mate confirmed world wide launch of new limited edition i-mate JAM Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

On Monday I was writing about the i-mate JAM (HTC Magician) limited edition launch in Australia and I wasn't sure if it will be released worldwide too. However, as Carrier Devices/i-mate confirmed today, the limited edition will be released world wide also.

i-mate, the specialists in Microsoft Windows Mobile devices and supportive applications, are pleased to introduce their new limited edition i-mate JAM. Following on from the world wide success of the original, this limited edition device comes with all the advanced Windows Mobile features of the i-mate JAM, plus twice as much built in memory at 128MB RAM, Computer Associates eTrust Antivirus software, Skype internet telephony software, global warranty and exclusive access to the club i-mate web portal. The new i-mate JAM retains the same striking minimalistic design and compact dimensions of the original but comes in a distinguished charcoal color. The original i-mate JAM will continue to be available for those who want the award winning standard feature set in a sleek silver color.

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SYNCHRONIZATION: Microsoft SyncToy v1 Beta for Windows XP
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:25 CET under 01 - General News

Who isn't aware of this problem today, keeping your PC, Notebook and digital gadgets synchronized. While you can use ActvieSync to sync your PC with your Windows Mobile devices (which works pretty good IMHO), synchronizing a PC and a Desktop is a pain and I have used many programs in the past.
Now Microsoft has released a new and free PowerToy: SyncToy v1 for Windows XP.

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Wednesday, 03.08.05
DESKTOP: MSN introduced MSN Screen Saver with RSS support
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:53 CET under 01 - General News

The folks over at msn recently launched a new (promising looking) Beta - MSN Screen Saver. It was built by a few people in their London team and (impressing for a Microsoft project) there wasn't really a business model behind this; someone had the idea to build this because it would be cool for users" and so they let them go and build it.

So what's the big deal about a screen saver? Well, it displays personalized content from self-imported RSS feeds to MSN news to (US) weather and your personal pictures from both, the web and your hard-drive.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Snap… Send… Sell… Citizen reporting made easy with Scoopt
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:16 CET under 01 - General News

teaser_camera.jpgScoopt, the world's first 'citizen journalism' picture agency, officially launches tomorrow on August 4th. Now anybody with a cameraphone can sell their pictures to the press on the same terms as a professional photographer. Scoopt bridges the divide between the public and picture desk.

Using MMS and mobile E-Mail technology, Scoopt members can submit photographs straight from the scene - any scene - in seconds. Scoopt then licenses these photos for publication to the mainstream media. Membership is free and without commitment.

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DISCONTINUED: Intel cans XScale line
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

How The Register reported yesterday, Intel has formally announced the death of the PXA26x series of ARM-based XScale chips for PDAs, according to company documents seen by The Register.

PXA26x parts were the de facto standard for Pocket PC devices, for instance it was lately used with the HTC Blue Angel (Xda III/IIS) until the chip giant began shipping the more advanced PXA27x family, aka 'Bulverde' CPU (used with the HTC Magician aka i-mate JAM), just over a year ago. Since then, almost all of the new Intel-based PDAs and Pocket PC-phone combos have shipped with Bulverde processors (except the Blue Angel, a decision I never understood since the PXA26x was already used with the Xda II aka HTC Himalaya).

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ADAPTER: Socket Communications introduced new Go Wi-Fi! E300 802.11b SDIO Wi-Fi Card
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Socket Communication, together with SanDisk, was the first company which introduced a SD W-LAN card for Pocket PCs, back in 2003 which got a lot of attention because it made devices like the Xda II (HTC Himalaya) truly connected.
However, as time went bye, other companies like Spectec minimized the SDIO card earlier this year which made the Spectec card a great companion for the i-mate JAM (HTC Magician).
Now Socket Communication followed this trend and introduced the second W-LAN SD card which is way shorter than the original one:

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Tuesday, 02.08.05
MOBILE MEDIA: Brightpoint signs mobile content deal with InProdicon to launch a Mobile Music Portal
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:30 CET under 01 - General News

And the next one. Music and mobile music is everybody's darling and after the carriers, now also the mobile phone distributors enters the mobile music market to sell music tracks over the air (full-featured scenario) or via PC download with device synchronization.
The next one who enters the mobile ,usic market is Brightpoint who announced yesterday that its subsidiary, Brightpoint Sweden AB has entered into a mobile content agreement with InProdicon AB, a leading distributor of digital content in the Nordic region, to launch a new website (www.mediamilkshake.com) that will employ InProdicon's technology to offer cutting edge music bundles for all customers via an intuitive user interface. The website offers the ability to sample and/or download ringtones (polyphonic and mastertones) and complete songs for use on Windows Mobile devices and other devices.

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ENCRYPTION: SecureGSM for Windows Mobile evaluation update August 2005
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

SecureGSM encrypts the phone call in both directions, end-to-end, to Military Grade encryption standards and beyond. On connection between parties, SecureGSM uses strict verification procedures to ensure the identity of calling parties, backed up by widely endorsed encryption technologies.

SecureGSM is the first software-only solution designed to provide truly secure communication on Microsoft Windows Mobile enabled Communicators and Smartphones without affecting their original functionality.

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Monday, 01.08.05
ENHANCED: i-mate releases anthracite JAM Pocket PC Phone Edition with 128 MB RAM as Limited Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following the trend to release non-silver colored Pocket PCs anymore - started by O2 with the introduction of the black Xda III/IIs (HTC Alpine) and continued by O2 Germany with the anthracite Xda mini (HTC Magician) - some time ago, Qtek announced the introduction of the Qtek S110 which is an upgraded HTC Magician with 128 MB RAM (instead of the original 64 MB) and an anthracite cover.
Now also i-mate followed with today's announcement to carry an upgraded i-mate JAM with anthracite cover as Geekzone reports:

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