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Friday, 30.09.05
EVENT: Over 1500 technology enthusiasts are honored at the Microsoft 2005 MVP Global Summit in Redmond
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:40 CET under 01 - General News

If you wonder why updates on the::unwired are going a little bit slower, it's because I'm in Seattle this week where Microsoft hosts the 2005 MVP Global Summit, which will be attended by the most globally and technologically diverse group of awardees in the 12-year history of the program. Throughout the event, more than 1500 Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) will have the opportunity to network with peers from more than 70 countries and more than 1000 Microsoft employees across product, field and services teams. This year's summit will include awardees from new categories such as Microsoft Dynamics and MSN as well as new countries including Romania, Jamaica, Pakistan and Thailand. The summit provides Microsoft employees representing over 90 technologies with a unique opportunity to connect with these recognized experts in the community while celebrating their technical passion,

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Thursday, 29.09.05
RUMOR: Has Palm more than one Windows Mobile powered device in the pipeline already?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

At least you could read the press release of Picsel that way because both - Picsel and Palm are talking about the "upcoming line of Windows Mobile-based Treo smartphones".

However, at least we know now, that you will be able to read PDF files on the Treo 700w as well as on the following Windows Mobile devices because Picsel Technologies has just announced its Picsel PDF Viewer will be optimized for "Palm, Inc.'s future line of Microsoft Windows Mobile-based Palm Treo smartphones, the first of which is expected to be available to Verizon Wireless customers in early 2006."

Picsel PDF Viewer will allow Treo smartphone users to access full, native PDF documents directly from their handsets, without having to convert or reformat content.

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Wednesday, 28.09.05
CUSTOMIZATION: Spb introduces new graphics concept for Pocket PCs with Spb UniThemes [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, Spb Software House introduces a new concept: Spb UniThemes for Pocket PCs. Every UniTheme is a complete set of skins for all skinnable standard as well as Spb's own Pocket PC applications, all designed in one style.

Pocket PC users can now have a consistent look and feel across all of their most used applications - from Windows Media Player to Spb Time and Spb Finance. Each UniTheme includes skins for all of the standard skinnable Pocket PC applications (the Today screen, Windows Media Player, Dialer, and Calculator) as well as skins for all of Spb's skinnable applications (Spb Pocket Plus, Spb Time, Spb Weather, Spb GPRS Monitor, Spb Finance, and Spb Full Screen Keyboard).

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RUMOR: Is Apple working on a Windows Mobile iTunes client?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Okay, Apple and Microsoft is like Nitro and Glycerin but hey, since Microsoft and Palm announced their cooperation for a Windows Mobile powered Treo this week too, why not.
Today, a couple screenshots appeared on a site which shows a fully working iTunes client, running on a HTC Himalaya (which was reflashed to Windows Mobile 5.0) Windows Mobile Pocket PC and the shots looks promising enough.
No doubt, it's not that hard to fake screenshots but that many?

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Tuesday, 27.09.05
UPDATE: Spb Software House releases Spb Diary 1.6 with full Windows Mobile 5.0 support
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today is five months sharp as Spb Diary came to the market. During this period Spb Diary has been significantly improved and became the number one bestselling PIM today plug-in. Thousands of people use Spb Diary on a daily basis. We have got a lot of feedback, mostly positive, sometimes people complained about something. Spb is constantly listening to their customers' feedback and continues to improve Spb Diary.

Today Spb Diary 1.6 is released. The new version's main goal is not to add new exciting features but to make the existing software more reliable and robust.

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Monday, 26.09.05
OFFICIAL: Palm and Microsoft join to bring the Palm experience to Windows Mobile - Treo 700w announced [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:21 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Mobile-computing pioneer Palm and software pioneer Microsoft today announced at a joint press conference a strategic alliance to accelerate the Smartphone market segment with a new device for mobile professionals and businesses. Palm has licensed the Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system for an expanded line of Treo Smartphones, the first of which will be available on Verizon Wireless' national wireless broadband network. The news was revealed in a press conference with Ed Colligan, president and chief executive officer of Palm; Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft; and Denny Strigl, chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless.

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Sunday, 25.09.05
UTILITY: i-mate enters the software business and announcing 1-View Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

At CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment next week, i-mate USA, so far a specialist in Windows Mobile-based devices, will also enters the software utility arena and announces the launch of 1-View, an innovative software that allows users to instantly access their music, photos, videos, documents and other files wherever they are, on whatever PC or i-mate device they are using.
1-View is available for all i-mate devices running Windows Mobile 2003 SE Pocket PC and Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC, and can operate over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPRS, EVDO, 3G and Edge wireless networks.

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Saturday, 24.09.05
ADVANCED: Motorola's "Pretty in Pink" Razr and Moto Q Smartphone to hit stores in December?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Motorola's latest Windows Mobile Smartphone, the Moto Q (which was unveiled in July) can be expected to hit the market late this year in December (which is - IMHO - too late and optimistic anyway because in December the carriers have their Christmas campaigns in place and up and running already and therefore I don't expect any special launches anyway).

However, Motorola CEO Ed Zander confirmed that the Motorola Q, a Razr-kind QWERTY phone, based on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone OS, should be released earlier then previously announced. In the initial announcement, Motorola was talking about a planned availability during first quarter 2005.

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WEBCAST: Palm, Microsoft and Verizon Wireless announce Press Conference for Sept. 26
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Ed Colligan of Palm, Bill Gates of Microsoft and Denny Strigl of Verizon Wireless invite news media to join them for a press conference on Monday, Sept. 26, at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco beginning at 9 a.m. PDT and what do you think they will announce? ;-)

Since most of us will not be able to join on-site we can view a webcast anyhow through one of the following links:

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Friday, 23.09.05
UTILITY: Spb Software House released Spb Full Screen Keyboard 3.0 for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:05 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb Software House recently released its Full Screen Keyboard in version 3.0. SPB Full Screen Keyboard is a powerful way to enter text quickly and easily on your Pocket PC.

Spb has done extensive usability testing to understand what should be improved to make entering text even simpler. It turned out that the leading causes of misprints, when typing with thumbs, were users' individual typing manner and device-specific screen press handling. These problems were overcome by some innovations. With the growing amount of entered texts the program gets used to user's typing manner, gathers statistics, and compensates accordingly.

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Thursday, 22.09.05
HANDS-ON: Engadget got its hands on a Palm Treo 700w Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

You have to check this article over at Engadget since they managed it to get their hands to the Windows Mobile powered Palm Treo 700w - also/better known as Palm 670 and rumored for a long time now.

According to Engadget, the Palm Treo is running Windows Mobile 5.0 (for sure), has a one megapixel camera, is EV-DO enabled, includes Bluetooth and has 64MB of memory but no W-LAN.

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UNVEILED: Navman announced the new PIN 570 - a GPS-enabled Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Navman, a leading designer and manufacturer of world-class GPS Systems, communication and marine products, recently announced the latest addition to its innovative line of navigation products for the consumer electronics market.
The Personal Interactive Navigator (PiN) 570 combines the power of advanced satellite guidance with the efficiency of Windows Mobile Pocket PC organization, delivering the very latest in handheld convenience. From the desktop to the dashboard, the PiN 570 is the ideal travel companion for today's mobile professional.

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REVEALED: Dell announced three new Axim X51 Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, Dell has released three new Windows Mobile Pocket PCs called Dell Axim X51 and X51v.
While the two X51 devices have an Intel XScale-PXA270 with 416 and 520 MHz, the X51v is running with 624 MHz.
All three devices includes Wi-Fi b (IEEE 802.11b) W-LAN as well as Bluetooth 1.2 and supports SD- and CF-cards.
Memory-wise they are the Goliath under the Pocket PCs since all three devices have an inbuilt ROM with 256 MB!

The X51v has a 3.7" VGA screen while the two X51 devices have 3.5" QVGA screen only.
Design-wise, nothing changed and all three X51 Pocket PCs will use the same housing as introduced with the Axim X50; but for sure, all three are running Windows Mobile 5.0.

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Wednesday, 21.09.05
LAUNCH: Orange announced the launch of the SPV M5000 3G Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

teaser_orange.gifOrange SA today launches the SPV M5000 aka HTC Universal/T-Mobile MDA Pro and O2 Xda Exec, a combined 3G mobile phone and connected PDA that provides a viable alternative to using a laptop while on the move. Part of the new Signature devices for business range, this mobile device features a customised Orange Homescreen to suit business users, with an icon that provides shortcuts to key business features.

The SPV M5000 is optimised to provide high speed access to the internet and remote office applications. The laptop-style device has a pivoting screen and a user-friendly QWERTY keyboard. It can also operate as a stylus-driven connected PDA with a screen display that automatically switches between portrait and landscape.

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OUTLOOK: First Windows Vista Media Center Edition Screenshots
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:39 CET under 01 - General News

If I'm not addicted to Windows Mobile, I'm addicted to Windows Media Center Edition (so I have something I can be addicted on the go and addicted at home :-))
Chris Lanier, a Digital Media MVP got his hand on a couple of Windows Vista screenshots which says more than 1000 words.
Looking good - can hardly await Vista/Longhorn Beta 2 which is expected to includes Media Center functionalities:

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Tuesday, 20.09.05
SOLUTION: Free Skype calls on your mobile phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:29 CET under 01 - General News

IPdrum, an emerging company in VoIP to mobile convergence, rolled out its highly anticipated IPdrum Mobile Skype Cable today. The IPdrum solution connects Skype to a mobile telephone - allowing users true mobility and free worldwide calling.

The company is the first to bridge VoIP and the mobile phone network with its patent-pending software and a cable that, together, can turn an old mobile handset into a wireless gateway for Skype's VoIP application. Making its international debut to media today at a London hotel, IPdrum Mobile Skype Cable is available for immediate purchase online through and via select distributors.

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FEEL FREE: Opera eliminates Ad Banner and Licensing Fee
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:08 CET under 01 - General News

Have you missed Opera's latest anniversary promotion where the Norwegian developer gave away a free copy of their browser for one day only? Don't worry - since today you can get it for free anyway, in case you want an alternate browser for your Desktop or Notebook PC (please note - the Mobile versions are still not free).

Opera today permanently removed the ad banner and licensing fee from its Web browser. The ad-free, full-featured Opera browser is now available for download - completely free of charge.

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LINK: CNet Asia previewes the O2 Xda Atom
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

CNet Asia, who was the first to reveal the O2 Xda Atom, recently published a preview of O2's latest Pocket PC Phone Edition as well as revealed the technical details of the device.
As posted earlier in the::unwired Forum, the Atom will includes W-LAN as well as a FM radio, it's quad-band (GSM, GPRS and EDGE) which increases the chances to see the device in the U.S. also and includes Bluetooth.
In addition it features a 2 megapixel camera, a 416 MHz Intel CPU and 64 MB RAM and 128 MB ROM. For sure the Xda Atom uses Windows Mobile 5.0

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Thursday, 15.09.05
ROAMING: Vodafone to offer high-speed data roaming in the U.S. through Verizon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:17 CET under 01 - General News

Vodafone today announces the launch of a high-speed datacard that enables customers to access business applications, E-Mail and the Internet from their laptop whilst on the move/inbound international roaming in the United States.
Launched in partnership with Verizon Wireless, the new PCMCIA datacard uses Verizon Wireless' EVDO (Evolution-Data Optimized) network to provide customers with access to the largest national wireless high-speed, broadband network currently available in the United States.

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REVEALED: O2 to release a so far unknown Pocket PC called Xda Atom! [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Over at PPCSG, a user called "cheong79" has posted a photo of an O2 Pocket PC Phone Edition which looks like the black edition of the Xda mini but clearly it isn't a HTC Magician, even if it looks like its black brother.
The button-alignment is a different one as well as it looks as it has stereo-speakers (left and right from the lower buttons).
According to "cheong79", the device is called "Xda Atom" and at the moment, nothing else is known.

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Wednesday, 14.09.05
SERVICE: Google introduces Blog Search Beta
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:48 CET under 01 - General News

Blog Search is Google's latest search tool and as the name already tells, it's focused on blogs. Google is a strong believer in the self-publishing phenomenon represented by blogging and they hope Blog Search will help the users to explore the blogging universe (also called blogsphere) more effectively and perhaps inspire many to join the revolution themselves. Whether you're looking for Harry Potter reviews, political commentary, summer salad recipes or anything else, Blog Search enables you to find out what people are saying on any subject of your choice.

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UPGRADE: E-TEN announced Windows Mobile 5.0 ROM upgrade for M500 Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

E-TEN Information Systems today officially announced the Windows Mobile 5.0 upgrade program for its current E-TEN brand M500 Pocket PC Phone Edition. The upgrade CD will be available for purchase by users though regular E-TEN distribution channels in December 2005.
The M500 Pocket PC launched in Q1/2005 and currently using Windows 2003 Pocket PC Phone Edition has won Germany's IF Design award 2005 and also many other awards throughout the world. The M500 was originally designed to allow users to integrate a digital lifestyle with the new wave of mobile business and personal entertainment capabilities. Given upgrade, it will provide users with more enhanced communication, productivity and multimedia experiences.

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Tuesday, 13.09.05
RELEASE: Access made NetFront 3.3 Technical Preview available for public download
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Access (right, the guys who recently bought PalmSource) finally made the Access NetFront 3.3 browser technical preview available for public download.
NetFront v3.3 for Pocket PC was developed based on standard Internet protocols and supports the latest standard markup languages: HTML (HyperText Markup Language), XHTML (Extensible HyperText Markup Language) and WAP2.0 (WML1.3). It also can display pages to which CSS (Cascading Style Sheet), ECMAScript (JavaScript), DOM (Document Object Model) or DHTML (Dynamic HTML).

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Monday, 12.09.05
SEMI-OFFICIAL: O2 UK introduces new Xda Exec – the ultimate UMTS PDA
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

O2 UK announces the launch of the O2 Xda Exec, the first integrated PDA and mobile phone device to feature 3G, offering a completely new look and feel to the highly successful O2 Xda II range. A laptop replacement device, the new O2 Xda Exec is also the first handheld device to incorporate the Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system, complete with a laptop style keyboard, making it the ultimate all in one device for the mobile executive.

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WIRELESS ROUTER: Vodafone teams with Linksys and Cisco to introduce high-speed connectivity for teams on the move
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:51 CET under 01 - General News

Vodafone, Linksys and Cisco Systems today announced the launch of the 3G/UMTS Router, a new product that provides high speed mobile data connectivity for teams working on the move.

The 3G/UMTS Router enables teams of up to five people to use the wireless LAN capability already built in to most laptop computers to access high speed mobile data services provided by the Vodafone 3G network.

This highly portable, cost effective and simple to use product is ideal for businesses in sectors such as accountancy, construction or media who regularly have teams working together away from their main office and who need easy access through their laptop to high speed internet services or corporate applications.

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TAKEOVER: eBay to acquire Skype
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:25 CET under 01 - General News

eBay has agreed to acquire Luxembourg-based Skype Technologies SA, the global Internet communications company, for approximately 2.6 billion US$ in up-front cash and eBay stock, plus potential performance-based consideration. According to eBay, the acquisition will strengthen eBay's global marketplace and payments platform, while opening several new lines of business and creating significant new monetization opportunities for the company. The deal also represents a major opportunity for Skype to advance its leadership in Internet voice communications and offer people worldwide new ways to communicate in a global online era. Skype, eBay and PayPal will create an unparalleled ecommerce and communications engine for buyers and sellers around the world.

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Friday, 09.09.05
TAKEOVER: Access to buy Palm
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:36 CET under 01 - General News

Japanese software developer Access (most Pocket PC users might know their NetFront web browser for Pocket PCs while most i-mode mobile phones also uses Access' browser technology) on Friday said it would buy handheld computer software maker PalmSource for about 324 million US$ in cash, in a deal that strengthens Access' roster of products for mobile phones.

Access said it would offer 18.50 US$ per share, an 83 percent premium to Thursday's Nasdaq closing price of PalmSource, the maker of the popular "Palm" operating system.

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Thursday, 08.09.05
MOBILE DATA: T-Mobile Austria commences data offensive in the fall including launch of MDA Pro
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

T-Mobile Austria is commencing a data offensive in the fall and is expanding its product and tariff portfolio: with the MDA Pro, the world’s first UMTS-capable mini laptop, T-Mobile is setting the pace in Austria.
Parallel to this Mobile Internet, which provides T-Mobile customers stationary and mobile high-speed access to the Internet, has now expanded its portfolio to offer a sensationally favorable variant for limited use: Mobile Internet Small. This means that T-Mobile customers can now surf the Internet for as little as EUR 21 per month - 250 MB is already included in the package price.

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CANCELED: O2 Germany has no plans to launch the Xda Exec yet
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

This might be bad news for the one or the other German O2 customer and Windows Mobile fan but how Lutz Schüler (Member of the Board and responsible for Products and new services at O2 Germany) confirmed today during O2's press conference, O2 Germany has no plans today to launch the so called Xda Exec (HTC Universal) aka T-Mobile MDA Pro, T-Mobile Germany introduced earlier this month

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Wednesday, 07.09.05
AVAILABLE: Expansys Europe is shipping the i-mate JASJAR
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to Expansys, they got the i-mate JASJAR in stock and it's ready/already shipping from all European Expansys shops (UK, Germany, France and others). In case you wonder what the JASJAR is - it's the HTC Universal with i-mate's product name (T-Mobile calls it MDA Pro, O2 will call it Xda Exec).

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FIREWORK: Apple announced a bunch of new products - iPod nano, Motorola ROKR and iTunes 5
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:26 CET under 01 - General News

Ok, Apple stuff isn't something I'm usually cover too much but today Apple made some exiting new announcements concerning a new iPod, Apple's long awaited Motorola iTunes mobile phone and the latest and greatest iTunes software for Mac and PC.
From the "geek" point of view, these announcements are really exciting (and you now I really love my iPod) so let's start:

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BROADCASTING: DFL to start a DVB-H trial in Germany with support of Microsoft
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:32 CET under 01 - General News

Wow, how exciting and interesting! Something happens on the German DVB-H market and Microsoft (and Windows Mobile as it looks) is part of it.
According to today's DFL press release (DFL is the German Football/Soccer League), DFL will trial - together with Microsoft - DVB-H in Berlin. In fact it's planned to send all premier league matches as DVB-H live broadcast.

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Tuesday, 06.09.05
FLAT: T-Mobile Netherlands offers flat web'n'walk Internet access
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:22 CET under 01 - General News

Okay, it's not that kind of great flat fee as the E-Plus offer for GPRS and UMTS where you can use 'all' Internet services (except VoIP) but something happens again and yes, it's another big step into the right (flat fee) direction: T-Mobile Netherlands now offers a flat web'n'walk "web access" for the fixed price of 9.50 Euro per month. Customers will be able to make use of unlimited access to the Internet on their web'n'walk devices (which also includes Windows Mobile Pocket PC such as the HTC Magician aka T-Mobile MDA compact or Universal aka T-Mobile MDA Pro).

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APPLICATION: Access MSN Virtual Earth from Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:56 CET under 01 - General News

Well, that's too cool. As most of us (I think) I'm a big fan of both, Google Earth and Microsoft's MSN Virtual Earth and MSN Virtual Earth also provides a handy API which has become increasingly popular amongst developers. Thanks to so many Windows Mobile developers it was just a matter of time before a Windows Mobile-based client would be developed. Now, Pocket Earth for Pocket PCs is available indeed, a fast and easy-to-use client for the Pocket PC designed to access the MSN Virtual Earth service (but better use a WiFi connection instead of a cheap GPRS or UMTS connection).

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TWINS: i-mate's SP5 and SP5m Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Due to all the T-Mobile and O2 announcements, I completely missed to write about i-mate here who's also (as a matter of fact, again it was expansys) to launch the HTC Typhoon as i-mate SP5 and SP5m (sounds like the "SP4" was canceled which could be the HTC Hurricane).
The SP5 and SP5m only differentiate in the ID but both devices will run on Windows Mobile 5.0, will have a QVGA screen, are quad-band and includes W-LAN (WiFi b), Bluetooth and IrDA and for they will also feature a 1.3 megapixel camera.

Design-wise, the SP5 looks like the Qtek 8310 while the SP5m looks like the Qtek 8300:

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LOCKOUT: T-Mobile's MDA Pro available with SIM-Lock only?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Something weird happens with T-Mobile Germany's MDA Pro (HTC universal) which is on sale since last week: As a matter of fact, it's available with SIM-Lock only, even if you pay the full price! While it is typical in Germany that prepaid/PAYG devices are sold with SIM-Lock, it's unusual that these kind of expensive devices (you can either buy subsidized with a contract of without a contract for the regular price) are on sale with a SIM-Lock and even if so, normally you either get the SIM-Unlock code if you buy it without a contract but full price (which is 749,94 Euro for the MDA Pro) or the shop will unlock if for you before it is given.

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Monday, 05.09.05
ANNOUNCEMENT: O2 Germany today officially announced the O2 Xda phone aka HTC Tornado
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Together with the Xda mini S, O2 Germany also announced its latest Windows Mobile Smartphone which was also revealed in the latest shop flyer already.
O2 Germany will release the HTC Typhoon later this year as Xda phone which is O2 Germany's first "own" Smartphone (before, O2 Germany released the Motorola MPx220 only but never released one of the Xphones which were available from O2 Asia for a long time already).

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ANNOUNCEMENT: O2 Germany today officially announced the O2 Xda mini S aka HTC Wizard
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As O2 Germany already revealed 01. September with the latest shop flyer, today the German carrier also followed with the press release.
So yes, as expected the Xda mini S is the HTC Wizard which comes with Windows Mobile 5.0 and the sliding keyboard (to be used in landscape mode instead the portrait mode as used for the O2 Xda III/IIs.

As we already knew, the Wizard (aka O2 Xda mini S) will include quad-band GSM/GPRS, Bluetooth 1.2, Wifi b (11 Mbits) and the good old IrDA. It's powered by a (ARM compatible) TI OMAP CPU with 200 MHz.

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Sunday, 04.09.05
EVENT: Tekguru and O2 UK are proud to announce an exclusive O2 Xda Exec chat session
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As O2 prepares for the launch of the O2 Xda Exec you might want to be fully aware of what this device can do and if you have any questions concerning it to be able to floor them for discussion.

To this end UK-based Windows Mobile site Tekguru and O2 UK are hosting a live chat session where you will be able to discuss the Exec interactively with both Tekguru (as he's been using the Exec for a number of weeks) and a high ranking executive of O2.

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Saturday, 03.09.05
REVIEW: Schedule and playback MCE TV recordings with Doug Berrett's MCE WebGuide
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:10 CET under 08 - Reviews

MCE WebGuide is a utility which is created for Microsoft's Windows XP Media Center Edition (only) and provides remote network and Internet access to schedule and manage recorded programs on the Media Center Edition PC.
It provides easy and convenient access through (any) web browser and also includes a mobile version to work perfect with Windows Mobile based Pocket PCs and Smartphones.

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Friday, 02.09.05
NAVIGATION: Syrgic released iDrive Navigator for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Syrgic today released iDrive Navigator, a new downloadable navigation system for Pocket PCs. iDrive Navigator transforms the Pocket PC into an on-board navigation system featuring voice-prompted driving directions, detailed maps, thousands of points of interest and automatic re-routing.

iDrive Navigator is available for most European countries, including Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Slovakia, Spain and Portugal and Great Britain and Ireland.

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REVEALED: O2 Germany to introduce the HTC Tornado and Wizard as Xda phone and Xda mini S
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:04 CET under 01 - General News

Since yesterday, O2 Germany's latest shop flyer is available and on the preview page, O2 has announced the following two Windows Mobile devices: the HTC Tornado (which O2 Germany will call Xda phone) and the HTC Wizard (which O2 will call Xda mini S).
So far O2 hasn't given any release date nor any price indications but at least a preview what we can await before Christmas:

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OFFICIAL: Opera partners with T-Mobile to better support T-Mobile's web'n'walk
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:46 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As already revealed earlier this week by the::unwired, it's official now that Opera is the preferred browser vendor for T-Mobile's web'n'walk Windows Mobile Smartphones: Opera Software and T-Mobile agreed on equipping the new T-Mobile SDA II Windows Mobile Smartphone with the Opera browser as part of T-Mobile's web'n'walk offering. The SDA II is the first commercial deployment of the Opera browser for the Windows Mobile 2003 Smartphone platform, following its public release on June 30, 2005.

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LEAKED: More Orange SPV C600 Smartphone details made it to the Internet [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The guys over at Smartphone France got a rendering (or photo) of the rumored Orange SPV C600 which seems to become what the C550 was already expected: a Windows Mobile 5.0 device.

According to Smartphone France the C600 (HTC code named Tornado) is a Windows Mobile 5.0 device with built-in 1.3 megapixel camera and will support GSM, GPRS and EDGE on a quad-band base (which makes it perfect for North America also). It also has a QVGA screen, weights 105 g and should work up to 7 days in stand-by or 4 hours talk time:

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Thursday, 01.09.05
COOPERATION: T-Mobile gets cozy with Apple iTunes
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:52 CET under 01 - General News

During today's Telekom press conference, T-Mobile also revealed some information about its future music plans. While nobody was talking about it too detailed, iTunes appeard on one of the slides which were presented: "from Christmas also mobile with iTunes".
This means either, that a) T-Mobile will introduce the Motorola iTunes phones or b) you can access the iTunes Music Store from your any T-Mobile music enabled phone.

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REGRESS: T-Mobile's SDA II is Windows Mobile 2003 only
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Oh, that's real bad news! Instead of moving forward, T-Mobile Germany is regressing with its lately announced SDA II Windows Mobile Smartphone because it is based on Windows Mobile 2003 not as expected (by me) on Windows Mobile 5.0 aka Magneto.
This means, it's basically the same device as the Orange C550 (HTC Hurricane) instead of using the newer HTC Tornado platform which is a Windows Mobile 5.0 device.
So no, the SDA II isn't the T-Mobile version of the recently announced Qtek 8310 series but only the Orange C550 in a different ID:

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COOPERATION: Skype (VoIP) partners with E-Plus (GSM/UMTS)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:24 CET under 01 - General News

Skype, the Global Internet Communications Company, today announced a landmark partnership with E-Plus, Germany's third largest mobile phone network, which marks an important step in Skype's global mobile strategy to move beyond the desktop.

From October, Skype software will be bundled with E-Plus' flat-rate data subscription, allowing people to gain both a high bandwidth Internet connection and free, high-quality Skype calling over E-Plus' mobile network. The E-Plus network has 9.8 million subscribers.

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IFA: T-Mobile Germany announced new web'n'walk devices including several new Windows Mobile devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:05 CET under 01 - General News

Although it has only been on the market for a few weeks, according to T-Mobile Germany, web'n'walk is already a success, especially with the younger generation.
With this service, T-Mobile is systematically implementing its strategy of focusing its activities on the customer experience even in developing mobile data services. For web'n'walk, T-Mobile has put together packages made up of innovative mobile devices, fast data connections and inexpensive data transmission rates.

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IFA: T-Mobile Germany announced high-speed UMTS (HSDPA) launch in 2006
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:50 CET under 01 - General News

Broadband access is also getting even faster for UMTS mobile communications. According to René Obermann, Member of the Board of Management responsible for Mobile Communications at Deutsche Telekom, commercial use of what is known as high-speed UMTS based on HSDPA will be launched in time for CeBIT 2006.
Speeds will initially be increased to up to 1.8 Mbit/s. This is particularly practical for using Internet applications on devices in the fast-growing pocket computer segment and for laptop applications.

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IFA: Deutsche Telekom announced rollout of new high-speed broadband network with speeds of up to 50 Mbit/s
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:45 CET under 01 - General News

Deutsche Telekom announced a plethora of new technologies, products and services on Thursday in the run-up to the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) in Berlin including  a new high-speed broadband network with speeds of up to 50 Mbit/s!

Walter Raizner, Member of the Board of Management responsible for Broadband/Fixed Network at Deutsche Telekom, spoke of "joining the top group of broadband states", referring to plans to construct a high-speed network. T-Com intends to provide Germany's 50 largest cities with high-speed broadband lines by 2007. Speeds of up to 50 Mbit/s mean that Germany will join the ranks of the top broadband states. By mid-2006, the first cities will be connected to the new optical fiber network.

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