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Monday, 31.10.05
UPGRADE: Syncdata released SmartphoneNotes 2.0 for Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It's a while already that I was writing about Syncdata's SmartphoneNotes 2.0 Beta and it took even longer to finalize it but today, Syncdata announced the release of SmartphoneNotes 2.0, the latest version of the award-winning text notes organizer for Windows mobile-based Smartphone.
The new version includes many new features, enabling users to organize and retrieve information easily and intuitively:

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TAKEOVER: Telefonica bid for O2 and is ready to take it over
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:10 CET under 01 - General News

The Boards of Directors of Telefónica and O2 are pleased to announce today that agreement has been reached on the terms of a recommended cash offer to be made by Goldman Sachs International and Citigroup, on behalf of Telefónica, or a wholly-owned subsidiary of Telefónica, to acquire the entire issued and to be issued share capital of O2.

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Saturday, 29.10.05
THOUGHT: Where is the Bluetooth Car Kit with Bluetooth A2DP support?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:54 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Maybe there is one but if so, I haven't seen it so far. Why does I look for such a Bluetooth car kit and why is is so interesting? Pretty easy - in this case you can use your mobile phone to playback your music files through your car HiFi system.
As you can read in my Samsung SGH-i300 review, the Samsung, as well as other modern mobile phones finally supports the A2DP Bluetooth stereo profile. The Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) is designed to transfer a stereo audio stream like music from an MP3 player to a headset or car radio. It includes mandatory support for low complexity subband codec (SBC) and supports optionally: MPEG-1,2 Audio, MPEG-2,4 AAC and ATRAC (from Wikipedia).

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RELEASED: E-Ten announces the launch of the M600 Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Yesterday, Taiwanese E-Ten Corporation officially announced the launch of the E-Ten M600 Pocket PC Phone Edition, a perfect combination of wireless technology and style, the M600 continues the E-TEN tradition of international award winning design concepts first introduced on the M500 model in Q1, 2005.

The M600 featuring built-in Wireless LAN technology is the smallest wireless LAN PDA available with a phone function. The compact M600 unit supports a 2.8" 65, 536-color QVGA screen, a Samsung S 3C 2440 400MHz processor, 64MB RAM, 128MB ROM, GPRS/GSM - Quad-Band, a 1.3 Mega pixel built-in camera with enhanced brightness and white balance controls for improved imaging performance, Bluetooth Version 1.2, Skype peer-to-peer telephony and a 1440mAh Li-ion long-life battery.

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REVIEW: Samsung SGH-i300 Windows Mobile Smartphone 2003 SE - Part II
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:58 CET under 08 - Reviews

In part 2 of the Samsung SGH-i300 review I'm concentrating on the software and the features, after part 1 of the review was about the design, size and hardware-usability.
As we got confirmed now, at least the first series of the to be released SGH-i300 is definitely working with Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition instead of Windows Mobile 5.0 which has some serious advantages over 2003 SE. So the question is, if the i300 is outdated already, right before it hits the stores and the simple answer is yes - if you just follow the feature-sheet. For sure, nobody would buy a PC today which is running Windows 2000 only and denies any upgrade possibilities to Windows XP. On the other side, in my humble opinion it is slightly different with mobile devices, especially with mobile phones (and I already know for this sentence I will be criticized). A Windows Mobile device isn't bad at all, just because it isn't running the latest software, if - and that's even more important - the whole package you get for the money is worth.

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Friday, 28.10.05
INVESTIGATION: Palm opens European Smartphone R and D Centre in Ireland
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:10 CET under 01 - General News

Ed Colligan, president and chief executive officer of Palm, and Micheál Martin TD, Ireland's minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, today announced that Palm has opened a Research and Development Centre at Swords, Co. Dublin, with the support of IDA Ireland (Industrial Development Agency). The centre will develop custom software applications for Palm Treo smartphones for the mobile operators in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

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Thursday, 27.10.05
RELEASE: Orange launches Europe's first Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone and a new Windows Mobile 5.0 PDA
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:28 CET under 01 - General News

Orange SA today has expanded its Signature devices for business range with the launch of the SPV C600 Smartphone (aka HTC Tornado) and the SPV M3000 (aka HTC Wizard), a wireless PDA. Both devices support high speed data access by using EDGE technology.

The launch of the C600 and M3000 gives Orange the widest range of mobile devices based on the Microsoft operating system. The range ensures Orange business customers can easily connect their employees' mobile devices to Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server, without additional software.

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Tuesday, 25.10.05
NAVIGATION: Fujitsu Siemens launches new Pocket Loox N series with integrated GPS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Fujitsu Siemens Computers has launched the first handheld with fully integrated GPS functionality. The Pocket LOOX N500 and Pocket LOOX N520 are delivered with Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 and NAVIGON MobileNavigator 5 as an option. Both handhelds have a new slim-line design and are available now from trade outlets at a price starting at £239.00 and £259.00 respectively (excluding VAT).

Navigation has become one of the most important functions of handhelds for both commercial and consumer use. Whether it be a shipping agency to plan their routes, or for personal trips, navigation requirements now drive 60 per cent of handheld purchases.

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Monday, 24.10.05
CONFUSION: Is the Samsung SGH-i300 released with Windows Mobile 2003 SE and 5.0? [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Interesting. While I wrote in my Samsung SGH-i300 review from Saturday, that the device will be launched with Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition, instead of the expected Windows Mobile 5.0, "Gears" from claims that O2 UK has confirmed that it will be launched (in the UK) with Windows Mobile 5.0 (instead of 2003 Second Edition):

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Sunday, 23.10.05
REVEALED: Cingular to carry the HTC Tornado as HTC 2100/2125
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As Cingular leaked themselves on their website, the U.S. carrier plans to introduce the HTC Tornado Smartphone (also known as O2 Xda phone/i-mate SP5) as HTC 2100/2125.

However, unlike i-mate and O2, Cingular will use a different ID (as it looks on the screenshot) which is so far introduced/announced by Orange only and Orange will sell it as SPV C600:

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REVEALED: Cingular to carry the HTC Wizard as HTC 8100/8125
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As Cingular leaked themselves on their website, the U.S. carrier plans to introduce the HTC Wizard Pocket PC Phone Edition (also known as O2 Xda mini S/i-mate K-Jam) as HTC 8100/8125.

However, unlike i-mate and O2, Cingular will not use the "Prodigy" ID of the Wizard but the (original) more brick-looking Wizard ID (which has a nicer keyboard anyway):

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Saturday, 22.10.05
SOURCE: Microsoft opens its virtual Market Place for Media Center Edition PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:21 CET under 01 - General News

Want to explore the latest Media Center PCs and notebook computers running Microsoft Windows XP Media Center? Media Center on Windows Marketplace is the place to buy them. Find the components you need to upgrade your current Media Center, get cool peripherals, or find software programs created specifically for Media Center PCs.

Media Center on Microsoft Windows XP Market Place provides the following categories:

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UPDATE: Orb Networks updated Orb to make it working with Windows Mobile 5.0 again
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:47 CET under 01 - General News

Some time back, I wrote about the broken streaming experience with Windows Media Player 10 on Windows Mobile 5.0 devices but since end of September - right before I flew to Seattle for the MVP Summit - it worked with Orb and my just before I left ROM-updated HTC Universal again. Since this day, I've used Orb quite regular again with my Universal (via UMTS or W-LAN). However, I never was sure it it was because of the ROM update or what changed anyway.

Last night I got the answer from Debbie D. of Orb Networks, when she wrote me the following E-Mail:

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REVIEW: Samsung SGH-i300 Windows Mobile Smartphone 2003 SE - Part I
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:40 CET under 08 - Reviews

For some days now, I'm using the lately officially announced Samsung SGH-i300 Windows Mobile Smartphone, Samsung's latest Windows Mobile product the the first Smartphone which makes it to the European market, after the company announced their first Windows Mobile Smartphone, the SGH-i250, which - however - never made it to the market.

Unlike the SGH-i250, which was a clam-shell phone, the i300 is a candy-bar device and what makes it so unique is the fact that it has a 3 GB hard disk drive to store all type of files and applications as well a mechanical navigation wheel. In addition, for sure, it has the built-in memory as well as a microSD (previously known as TransFlash) memory card slot. Also it features a 1.3 megapixel camera with photo light, Bluetooth (but no W-LAN), a navigation-pad which also can be used as scroll wheel, a 65K color - QVGA (240x320 pixel) screen and is a tri-band GSM/GPRS (GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz) phone but misses support for GSM 850 MHz as well as UMTS WCDMA support.
Unlike announced before - for instance on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 launch event - the current SGH-i300 devices which will make it to the market soon doesn't features Windows Mobile 5.0 but the older Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition version only!

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GPS: ALK Technologies announces CoPilot Live 6 Mobile Satellite Navigation for Pocket PC and Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:40 CET under 01 - General News

ALK Technologies yesterday announced the Worldwide availability of CoPilot Live 6, the latest generation of their award-winning CoPilot navigation software for mobile phones and PDAs.

Unlike dedicated satellite navigation products or built-in systems, CoPilot flexibly provides satellite navigation on a wide range of phones or PDAs, including support for Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 and the latest devices like the T-Mobile MDA Pro.

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THOUGHT: Get rid of Spam E-Mails on your mobile devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:17 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Either somebody was "way too funny" and added my E-Mail addresses into a couple of porn spam lists or these spam bots fetched my E-Mail addresses from the::unwired or somebody got a virus since also my private E-Mail address is affected which isn't - normally - not public. However, for some weeks now, I have a massive spam problem and up to 9 out of 10 E-Mails I received are hardest porn spam plus the typical Viagra stuff, cheap Rolex, etc! 8O

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Thursday, 20.10.05
UNVEILED: Japan gets its first Windows Mobile Phone Edition from Sharp
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Finally, also Japan - otherwise home of the gadgets - get its first Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition. The Sharp W-ZERO3 or WS0003SH will even run Windows Mobile 5.0! Sharp is well known for their previous PDA devices called Zaurus SL-C and in the past Casio was the only Japanese Windows Mobile device maker but retired from the consumer market some years ago.
Now comes Sharp and their Windows Mobile 5.0 device includes a 3.7" screen, Wireless LAN, features an Intel PXA270 CPU with 416MHz, includes 128MB Flash memory, 64MB SDRAM a 1.3 megapixel camera and also has telephony functions (otherwise it would be a plain Pocket PC, not a Phone Edition).

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SYNCHRONIZATION: Microsoft ActiveSync 4.0 issue alert with Windows Mobile 5.0 devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:01 CET under 01 - General News

Microsoft wants to alert its Windows Mobile customers to an issue regarding ActiveSync 4.0 and the immediate steps the company is taking to resolve it and meet customer needs.

Specifically, some users of ActiveSync 4.0 have reported challenges when using the USB connection of their personal computer to connect to a device with Windows Mobile 5.0. In many cases, these challenges are likely caused by interoperability with desktop firewall applications or applications that manage network traffic. These applications appear to conflict with the TCP traffic between a device and the PC.

An update for ActiveSync is scheduled to be available in late November, but customers may also resolve the issue manually immediately by visiting

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ANNOUNCED: Samsung officially introduces the SGH-i300 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, Samsung Korea announced the official release of its latest Windows Mobile Smartphone - the SGH-i300 which was unveiled last CeBIT already.
Unlike previous announcements, the release version will comes with Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition for Smartphone instead of Microsoft's latest version - Windows Mobile 5.0 (even if the Samsung was showcased at Microsoft's WM5.0 launch event).
Nevertheless, the other features are pretty state of the art or even better since it will features a QVGA screen, tri-band GSM/GPRS (GSM 900, 1800 and 1900) as well as Bluetooth (but not W-LAN).
The absolute highlight for sure is the 3GB hard disk and in addition it supports microSD memory cards (unfortunately not SD or miniSD). For navigation, you can either use the d-pad the standard left/right/up/down way or you can scroll the (mechanical) wheel (like with the 1st generation iPod).

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EXTENDED: AvantGo introduces Beta support for RSS feeds
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:58 CET under 01 - General News

iAnywhere, a subsidiary of Sybase on Tuesday announced the beta release of new RSS features for its popular AvantGo mobile Internet service. The new features give users greater ease-of-use for viewing mobile RSS subscriptions online or offline and expands the content available through AvantGo by including the millions of RSS feeds offered by the::unwired, digital lifestyle mobile, bloggers and major media. AvantGo users can now add any RSS feed to their account, without installing additional software and then synchronize using a wireless or desktop Internet connection to receive the feed items in a format optimized for their device.

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Wednesday, 19.10.05
PROOF: Is this the T-Mobile MDA compact II?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:25 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

We have heard some rumors about the new T-Mobile MDA compact II (you remember, the follower of the T-Mobile MDA compact) which is expected to be the HTC Charmer but we haven't seen any photos or drawings so far.
What we know from previous information, the MDA compact II is expected to includes W-LAN as well as 128 MB ROM and should work with Windows Mobile 5.0.
While I was away over the weekend, I got the following scans of a device which looks like a T-Mobile MDA compact (aka HTC Magician) but two buttons has changed. The previous Calendar and Contacts buttons are Start and ok now (see red circles below):

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EXPERIENCE: Back from Mallorca, where I was way too disconnected
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:33 CET under 09 - Thoughts

If someone is surprised why it was so silent here the last days - I was at a short notice on Mallorca (Spanish Island in the Mediterranean Sea), together with my girlfriend to expand the summer for some days. Since I hadn't had any vacations this summer, at least I wanted to get some more sun before the winter comes to Munich (soon as I fear).
In addition I thought that "as Blogger I can work everywhere, doesn't matter as long as I have an Internet connection". And therefore, we selected a Hotel which praised its in-room Internet connection.

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Thursday, 13.10.05
DRIVER: Think Outside announced Bluetooth support for Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:10 CET under 01 - General News

Think Outside Inc., creator of the award winning Stowaway Portable Keyboards for handheld devices, yesterday announced they are the first to offer enhanced keyboard driver support for devices running Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0.

With the new Windows Mobile 5.0 compatible driver, you can continue to use your Stowaway Universal Keyboard (see my review here) and Bluetooth Mouse (see my review here) with the lately released Windows Mobile 5.0 devices such as HTC Universal or Wizard:

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Wednesday, 12.10.05
ANNOUNCED: Apple unveils the new iPod with video support
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:49 CET under 01 - General News

Man, even iPod features QVGA screens today, time for Microsoft and its partners to upgrade the Windows Mobile platform to VGA screens as a standard screen resolution.
Anyway, today Apple introduced the new iPod, featuring a gorgeous 2.5-inch QVGA color screen which can display album artwork and photos and play stunning video including music videos, video Podcasts, home movies and television shows.
The new iPod holds up to 15,000 songs, 25,000 photos or over 150 hours of video and is available in a 30GB model for $299 and a 60GB model for $399, with both models available in stunning white or black designs.

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CONNECTED: Microsoft and Yahoo! announce interoperability agreement to connect Instant Messaging communities
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:38 CET under 01 - General News

Yahoo! Microsoft today announced a landmark agreement to connect users of their consumer instant messaging (IM) services on a global basis. The industry's first interoperability agreement between two distinct leading global consumer IM providers will give MSN Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger users the ability to interact with each other, forming what is expected to be the largest consumer IM community in the world, estimated to be more than 275 million strong.

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INITIAL INPUT: One step forward and two steps back for Windows Mobile?
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 14:20 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Ever since the first pen-entry PDA OS of Microsoft came out, there seems to be something good that keeps on getting dumped everytime a new OS version appears. I pretty much enjoyed the functionality of Windows CE 2.01 on the Palm-size PC way back in 1999 prior to the release of the Pocket PC. It offered a Windows 95/98 feel to it and it gave me great flexibility with the built-in Contacts application. The nice thing was that it synchronized pretty well using ActiveSync too and with Outlook. I used to use Schedule+ for it but with a new Pocket PC at hand, upgrading to Outlook was a no-brainer.

Of course there were so many things which Windows CE 2.01 didn't have which was offered by the newer Windows CE 3.0 based Pocket PCs. There were so many functions which were finally included by default which meant that it was unnecessary to hack the registry to get it to work with a mobile phone via Infrared.

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Tuesday, 11.10.05
AD-REVENUE: The Music Industry wants its cut of search results and ads
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:59 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Now that's what I call "creative" but hey, if the music industry would fire all their lawyers and would fill up half of this with new product and business development managers to develop new sales strategies, the music industry would be healthier and users and the rest of the industry would has half of the stress.
If I read the latest article from Newsweek, I'm becoming more and more annoyed about the music industry and yes, I'm also speechless:

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SMARTPHONE: O2 Asia to release the HTC Tornado as O2 Orion
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

O2 makes it hard to follow them! While they will release the HTC Wizard in Asia as Xda Mini Pro, they will release the same device in Germany as Xda mini S. While they have released the Xda Exec in UK, they will not release it in Germany (and I haven't heard anything about Asia so far). On the other hand, O2 Asia will release the Xda Atom soon, which we haven't received any information yet about a possible launch in Europe.
Last but not least, O2 Germany will release the HTC Tornado as Xda phone in Germany soon, while CNet Asia revealed today that O2 Asia will release the HTC Tornado in Asia as O2 Orion but wait, not with a different name only but with a different ID also!
While O2 Germany will use the ID for their Tornado, Orange already introduced with the Orange SPV C550 (you remember, the one with the music keys), O2 Asia will use the ID also used by i-mate for the SP5 (you remember, more the classical ID).

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Monday, 10.10.05
COMPETITION: Sony Ericsson unveils the new P990 UMTS Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:31 CET under 01 - General News

This will become heavy competition for the HTC Universal, I'm sure because so far, the Universal was the first and only UMTS-enabled PDA. However, today Sony Ericsson emphasized its continued commitment to Symbian OS with the announcement of its next generation smartphone to the global development community. The P990 will be the first commercially available smartphone to adopt the enhanced Symbian OS version 9.1 and UIQ 3 software platform. This flagship UMTS smartphone is Wi-Fi enabled, has a 2 megapixel camera with autofocus and features a new hardware keyboard beneath the flip-down keypad. The phone will start shipping during Q1 of 2006.

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UTILITY: mcePhone for Skype makes Skype running on Windows Media Center Edition PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:01 CET under 01 - General News

With mcePhone for Skype, developed by one of the most active MCE developers called Christoph Buenger, your Microsoft Windows XP Media Center 2005 turns into a full communication machine. Now you can call anyone else on Skype, anywhere in the world for free or place calls to any landline or mobile phone.
While a call is in progress, you can continue using your Media Center as normal. The plugin also shows all Skype call-lists and voicemails. You can listen to voicemails right from your TV. If a call comes in on Skype (SkypeIn or VoIP call), you can decide whether to accept the call, reject the call or just to ignore it. If you accept a call, the current playing media (i.e. live TV or a movie) can be paused automatically by the plug-in or the volume can be lowered or muted.

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Sunday, 09.10.05
CLARIFICATION: The Xda Atom isn't from HTC but from Quanta and more MDA compact II information
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Ok, most sites haven't believed the::unwired's information, that the soon to be released O2 Xda Atom isn't from HTC but from Quanta, as we always said, so I want to make sure again: O2's Xda Atom is neither based nor manufactured by HTC but by Quanta (worlds largest ODM for Laptops). The rants you've might have heard about an HTC device called "Athena" being the O2 Xda Atom is simply wrong. Yes, there is an option to see an HTC Athena but this will be - if ever released - a completely different device as I've got it confirmed today.
For sure, HTC is planning on the next version of devices and "Athena" could be one option to be released (as all ODMs have many devices in development while not all will be released) but the Xda Atom "Athena" is from Quanta!

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Saturday, 08.10.05
UPDATE: i-mate released another ROM update for SP3i including Windows Media 10
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Finally! I knew it a little bit longer but it took even longer for i-mate to make it available. Anyway, finally it's here - the latest SP3i ROM update for i-mate's HTC Feeler version and this ROM update comes with many improvements, most of us have waited for.
No, it doesn't contains a Windows Mobile 5.0 upgrade (otherwise it would be and upgrade, not an update) but some other important upgrades and fixes:

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BETA: Google released Google Reader - a web based RSS Feed Reader
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:28 CET under 01 - General News

Whatever is on the Internet agenda on top, Google will either push it or jump on the wagon as well. If you have missed a RSS feed-reader solution from Google so far, you will not miss it any longer, its' here as "Google Reader Beta".
Reader wants to make it easier to keep up with your ever-expanding reading list of content from across the web.

In the Google Reader search box, you can enter the name of a news source or topic (e.g., new york times or college football) and click "Search for new content."
When you find something that looks interesting click on its title to preview, after you can click on the subscribe button to get new items from that site whenever it updates. That's it.

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CLONE: The iPod clone which is a Pocket PC - Pidion BM-200
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If Apple would ever decide to build a new Apple Newton, it could looks like this new Pocket PC from Korean ODM Pidion. The BM-200 called Pocket PC Phone Edition seriously reminds me on an iPod.
Beside of being a design beauty (at least on the front; on the side and back the designers seems to lost the interest to make it a design-flagship), also the features are quite impressive and mostly state of the art since it includes: Windows Mobile CE 5.0, CDMA radio (which means we will not see it outside Korea anyway), WiFi, Bluetooth, a 520 MHz Intel PXA270 CPU, 64 MB RAM, 128 MB ROM, miniSD 2 megapixel camera with photo-light and a 2.8" touch screen which supports QVGA with up to 260.000 colors. All this, packed into 61 x 119 x 19 mm only which is slightly larger then a 60 GB-iPod!

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REFRESH: T-Mobile to refresh its MDA compact as MDA compact II
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Over at "Total Mobile" you can read, that T-Mobile (UK) will release two new Windows Mobile devices by Christmas this year: the MDA Vario (which is the HTC Wizard) and a new - so far unknown Windows Mobile device - to be called " MDA compact II".
According to own inquiries, the MDA compact II will will has the same size as today's T-Mobile MDA compact has but - and this is the most important part - the new MDA compact II will use Windows Mobile 5.0 instead of Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition and will includes W-LAN! Therefore it cannot be the Magician at all (since the Magician hasn't has sufficient memory to run Windows Mobile 5.0 nor it has W-LAN capabilities) but must be a new, unknown device. Either from HTC or it might be the same device from Quanta, which O2 is going to introduce as O2 Xda Atom soon.

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Friday, 07.10.05
LAUNCHED: The ASUS P505 now available in the Philippines
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 13:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The P505 Pocket PC Phone Edition from ASUS was finally launched in the Philippines. It has been touted as the ideal smart PDA for the corporate professional to keep track of different aspects of life.

"Designed for the corporate professional who are always on the go, the ASUS P505 is also intended for entertainment purposes. The built-in 1.3 Megapixel camera provides six photography modes and a continuous shot function for various situations and lighting. Another smart feature is the capability to quickly edit photographs into MMS messages, allowing users to send out complex messages in the shortest possible time. Photo album and slide shows functions are available to bring a complete image solution. The built-in camera enables MPEG4 video recording (no time limit), supports Windows Media Player's full screen viewing, and provides compatibility to a wide range of audio/video standards such as MIDI, WMA and WAV."

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Thursday, 06.10.05
INITIAL INPUT: Unwired and Disconnected - literally
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 11:57 CET under 09 - Thoughts

That is basically what happened to me. For a little more than a couple of months, I've been practially disconnected from the Internet and thus have been definitely unwired! My best connection has been GPRS and that in itself is definitely a pathetic way of connecting to the Internet especially if you're intention is to update a webpage or add an entry in a blog.

Email has been my best friend and the occasional browsing with a Pocket PC on every imaginable hotspot available was basically my way of life for the past couple of months. I've intended to put more entries into this site but the amount of time I've had this couple of months plus the lack of a decent connection has prevented me from doing so.

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Wednesday, 05.10.05
THOUGHT: Why is a Java based MSN Messenger client way more powerful than Windows Mobile's?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:42 CET under 09 - Thoughts

One of the most used Windows Mobile application - I think - is Microsoft's Pocket MSN which was so far included in every Windows Mobile device (but changed with the release of Windows Mobile 5.0 where you can not sing in that easy anymore, if your carrier hasn't included it as standard application).
Anyway, the Windows Mobile Pocket MSN is so 90's since it doesn't support anything else then pure text messaging. Nothing fancy like file transfer, VoIP, video conferencing and even not the basic features like smiles!

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RUMOR: Is Vodafone going to launch the HTC Tornado also?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Over at, a user called "flywhc" has posted a grainy photo of a HTC Tornado (in the i-mate SP5 ID) with a Vodafone print on top of the display.
No word yet, if this device will make it to the market or not and if so, to which Vodafone markets but "flywhc" got this Smartphone as a "test device" (for what ever).

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Tuesday, 04.10.05
UTILITY: Fizz Weather 2.0 released for Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After the huge success of Fizz Weather 2.0 for Pocket PC, Fizz Software is pleased to announce that Fizz Weather 2.0 for Smartphone has been released.

Fizz Weather is a fully featured application & home screen plug-in, supporting over 58000 cities world-wide which might be one of the best, most comprehensive weather reporting tools for your mobile device.
Now, with the release of 2.0, Fizz Weather also supports QVGA screen for Windows Mobile Smartphones.

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MVP-SUMMIT: Back from the Microsoft MVP-Summit in Seattle
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:16 CET under 06 - Site News

Wow, what amazing 5 days I spent in Seattle and Redmond where I came from home yesterday night, after some heavy delays in Seattle, followed my a missed flight in Copenhagen and therefore some additional delays there.
Anyway, I had a great time in Seattle, Redmond and even on the airports since I had the chance to spend all the time with my fellow MVP pals from all over the world as well as Microsoft gave us the chance again, to meet the folks over there which are responsible for the devices we are using: Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and Smartphones.

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