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Wednesday, 30.11.05
CEBIT: Mark the 9 to 15 March 2006 in your calendar
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:47 CET under 01 - General News

If you plan to attend next years CeBIT you shouldn't miss "the highlight" of the next year's fair: the new stand-alone event called "digital living" in Hall 27 at CeBIT 2006 (9 to 15 March). As its name implies, this new highlight will examine the impact of IT on our everyday lives. It will present a fascinating blend of emotional appeal and information value.

For several years now, "Consumer Electronics" has been a highly successful exhibit category within CeBIT and major players such as Deutsche Telekom, Intel, LG, Microsoft, Panasonic, Samsung and Sharp have been increasingly demonstrating how the way we live and work is being revolutionized by innovations in IT and telecommunications.

The interesting part of this news is that for some time I'm blogging as the "Blogger #1" for the German "digital lifestyle mobile" blog which was renamed today to "digital living". You get it - digital living!? ;-)

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COMPATIBILITY: mNotes 4.1 works fine with Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During the past weeks I got a couple of E-Mails from the::unwired readers as well as from friends and co-workers if there is a solution which syncs Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PCs with Lotus Notes.
In many corporate environments, Lotus Notes is used instead of Outlook and therefore ActiveSync (even if required to establish a synchronization channel between the PC and the Pocket PC) is not synching the Lotus Notes calendar, contacts, inbox or tasklist.
In the past, many users used "Cadenza" from CommonTime to get Windows Mobile devices synced with the PC local but since the release of Windows Mobile 5.0 it was unclear if mNotes (the new name of Cadenza) still works with Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile version and it does!

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Tuesday, 29.11.05
UPDATE: WorldMate 2006 Professional Edition now with Satellite Weather images and more
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

MobiMate, a provider of travel services for mobile devices, announced yesterday the release of WorldMate 2006 Professional Edition for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs. The award-winning business travel service now supports Windows Mobile 5.0 and features a complete overhaul of the Real-Time Flight Status service, now covering over 75 leading airlines and provided as part of the subscription. Another service added is weather imagery, featuring detailed, animated weather satellite and radar imagery.

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UPDATE: SplashBlog now compatible with Windows Mobile and Symbian devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:53 CET under 01 - General News

SplashData, well known for its "virtual wallet" applications for mobile devices, announced yesterday that its popular SplashBlog photo-blogging solution is now available for additional mobile devices including Windows Mobile (5.0 and 2003) and Symbian Series 60. A further version for Symbian UIQ devices is currently under development.

For the first time, users of Windows Mobile and Series 60 wireless devices are able to instantly publish photos to a "photo-blog" for friends and family members to see. Users are also able to subscribe to other photo blogs to download photos to their handhelds.

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Monday, 28.11.05
OFF-TOPIC: Welcome to my private Blog
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:17 CET under 09 - Thoughts

This posting is so off topic and I will not bother you anymore with these kind of postings but where else if not at the::unwired should I announce it? ;-) No question, blogging is (still) a hype and everybody is blogging. From the desperate housewife to the company CEO and while the::unwired is already a mix between a news site and a blog, I didn't had a personal blog yet (no, my MSN Spaces isn't counting sine I'm using it for some tests only).
This will changes now with the launch of my personal sub-blog under the::unwired. :-)
What will I post here? Hm, not sure at least nothing profane or trivial, it wont become my online diary where you can follow-up my personality but in some kind it will be related to the::unwired, to wireless in general, to the GSM industry, to mobile devices, to gadgets, etc. but way more spiced with my personal point of view and sometimes it might be just a rant. Therefore I've created the following categories:

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CLARIFIED: Cingular brand remains - ATT statement explained
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:02 CET under 01 - General News

So I was right with my previous thought that the Cingular brand will remains. I think Cingular had enough of the speculation (and it's amazing how many page-views I got from Google with the term AT&T and Cingular). Cingular spokesman Mark Siegel has clarified Ed Whitacre's statements from earlier last week and has assured that Cingular will continue to sell service nationally under that brand.

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REVIEW: Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 1.1 Hands Free Bluetooth Profile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:36 CET under 08 - Reviews

On Saturday, I've written about Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 1.1 (Adoption Kit Update) which brings the Bluetooth Hands Free Profile along.
With AKU 1.1 for Pocket PC Phone Edition and Smartphone, new Bluetooth profiles were added, namely hands free (beside headset which was already supported) as well as supporting phonebook transfer to a variety of car manufacturers Bluetooth car kits.

Until AKU 1.1 for Windows Mobile 5.0 and on all the previous Windows Mobile versions, the Bluetooth car kit experience was weak since it basically worked in headset mode only (which means your car kit had to support the headset profile beside the hands free profile also):

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Saturday, 26.11.05
THOUGHT: Update your Bluetooth Car Kit via Bluetooth
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:32 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Following yesterday's posting, where Microsoft revealed that it will better support the Bluetooth Hands Free Profile for Bluetooth car kits with Windows Mobile 5.0 and AKU1.1, I decided today to check the manufacture website of my car kit if there is an improved firmware available already.
To my shame I have to admit that I have missed around 5 firmware upgrades 8O while on the other hand 5 firmware upgrades within 12 month are a lot but Parrot (who is the manufacture of the car kit) seems to take the support serious since they have constantly added new phones to better support the CK3100 car kit.

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SERVICE: Send your Photos and Videos from your Mobile Device to your home PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:56 CET under 01 - General News

One of the services I regularly use with my Windows Mobile devices is Orb Network's Orb Media PC application I have running on my Windows XP Media Center Edition (which runs 24/7 and is connected to the Internet around the clock).
Today I've figured out (sometimes it's good if you visit the homepages of such services to get an overview what they have added) that you can E-Mail or MMS photos and videos from your mobile device to your Orb connected PC!

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Friday, 25.11.05
EXPANSION: HTC opens Sales and Marketing office in Europe
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:59 CET under 01 - General News

HTC (High Tech Computer), the global leader in Microsoft Windows mobile based devices, today announced its plans to drive the growth of smart phone technology across Europe. Having pioneered this market through partnerships with Microsoft and key mobile operators since 2002, HTC is strengthening its European handle with a multi-million pound investment to build a senior sales and marketing team based in Slough, Berkshire, UK.  In Slough? Interesting, that's where O2 (the first carrier which adopted a Pocket PC Phone Edtion from HTC) is located too.

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ROADMAP: HTC confirms HSDPA 3G Windows Mobile devices will ship H2 2006
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:44 CET under 01 - General News

The Register got exclusively confirmed by HTC, that the Taiwanese ODM will ship devices that support the High Speed Data Packet Access (HSDPA) 3.5G data-speed booster in second half 2006.
Speaking to The Register at the formal opening of the company's European operation in the UK, HTC President Peter Chou confirmed speculation that HSDPA support is indeed on the manufacturer's device roadmap.

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CONNECTIVITY: Microsoft to expands the Bluetooth profiles in Windows Mobile 5.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:14 CET under 01 - General News

Seriously we have to admit that in the past, Bluetooth wasn't treated too serious by Microsoft. If you see the PC world, it took until Service Pack 2 for Windows XP to get native Bluetooth support from Microsoft and also with Windows Mobile it took until Windows Mobile 2003.
However, also the ODMs missed the opportunities later, Microsoft provided with the native Bluetooth stack for Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone because the Windows Mobile Bluetooth stack implementation was designed to be just a framework including the most important profiles and ODMs were asked to add more profiles as required.

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Thursday, 24.11.05
UPDATE: T-Mobile UK released ROM updates for the MDA III and MDA compact
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

T-Mobile UK recently released two Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition ROM updates for their MDA III (aka HTC Blue Angel) and T-Mobile MDA compact (aka HTC Magician).
With this update, the MDA III ROM is available in version 1.42 now while the MDA compact version got an update to version 1.13:

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UPDATE: Microsoft released new Microsoft Reader 2.4.1 for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you already use a Windows Mobile 5.0 device, you might have noticed that it misses Microsoft Reader. This is because the former Microsoft Reader version wasn't Windows Mobile 5.0 compatible. However, now Microsoft has released a new Reader version which is compatible to all Pocket PC versions > 2002 and also includes support for Windows Mobile 5.0.

This update addresses activation problems experienced by the users of some Phone Edition devices. In addition Microsoft has made it easier to use Microsoft Reader with device storage cards.

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CONFIRMED: Microsoft to release OneNote for Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

What was just a rumor earlier this month got an official confirmation from (a) Microsoft (employee, namely Chris_Pratley, in his blog).
While OneNote is part of the Microsoft Office system, it's also available as stand-alone product. On PCs, OneNote is an application for better note taking and research gathering. From meeting notes to Web content, sound bites to action points, simply collate all the information you need in one place for easy access and is way richer that Outlook's Note application.

The idea of OneNote for Windows Mobile is to port this experience on Smartphones (and Smartphones only today):

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Wednesday, 23.11.05
UPGRADE: HP released the Windows Mobile 5.0 upgrade for iPAQ hx2000-series
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As announced earlier this year, HP finally made the Windows Mobile 5.0 ROM upgrade for the HP iPAQ hx2100, hx2400 and hx2700 series iPAQ Pocket PCs available for order without buying new hardware!

In addition to the English ROM upgrade for US customers, HP also made the Windows Mobile 5.0 ROM upgrade for French, German, Italian and Spanish customers available.
While the World Wide English and French version can be ordered from the US shop, the other local versions needs to be ordered from the local HP site.

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CONNECTIVITY: Omni GroupWise suite to to support Pocket PC and other wireless platforms
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:47 CET under 01 - General News

Canadian Omni Technology Solutions today announced the immediate availability of its Omni Mobility Suite for GroupWise through its global reseller channel. The Omni Mobility Suite has three components: Omni Mobile, a full GroupWise client for "Smart" devices; Omni Syncaphone, a GroupWise "light" client for Java mobile phones and Omni Messenger, a GroupWise Messenger client for Palm and Pocket PC PDAs and PDA Smartphones.

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SERVICE: Google Space launches at London's Heathrow Airport to fill passengers' dead time
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:05 CET under 01 - General News

As Google announced today, on Thursday 24 November, Google is launching Google Space at Heathrow's Terminal One. Google Space is a laboratory comprising Google pods, which travelers can access for free once through security to log onto the Internet, check their mail and use Google tools to find out about their destination. The average airline passenger wastes over 9 hours a year waiting for flights. That adds up to more than a day of annual holiday allowance lost every year, and nearly three weeks of an average working life.

That's according to research published today (23 November) by internet company Google into the amount of dead time passengers spend at airports.

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Tuesday, 22.11.05
LAUNCH: O2 made the Xda mini S available in UK and Germany and launched the Xda mini LE in Germany
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Here we go with some updates from O2, the first carrier worldwide which introduced a Windows Mobile based Pocket PC Phone Edition back in 2002 with the Xda, the grandfather of all Pocket PC Phone Editions.
From today, the Xda mini S (while it is called Xda Mini in UK) aka HTC Wizard is available in Germany and UK.
In UK the Xda Mini is on sale for £ 99.99 with a pay monthly plan while in Germany the Xda mini S is on sale for 279,99 Euro with an O2 Genion Online plan:

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ADVERTISING: Google launched AdSense Onsite - the::unwired is part of it
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:07 CET under 01 - General News

Today, Google officially launched the Onsite feature of it's Adsense program which lets advertisers, wishing to place ads on Google-supported websites, be able to sign up directly on those sites like the::unwired is being part of it too.

Google said the new feature, known as Onsite Advertiser Sign-up, will help website publishers (like me) to connect with a wider range of small advertisers (like you - possibly) when using Google's behind-the-scenes ad management system.

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FOLLOW-UP: Samsung SGH-i300 Windows Mobile Smartphone 2003 Second Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:35 CET under 07 - Follow-Ups

22.11.05 - CD-ROM: Sometimes it's worth to check the attached CD-ROMs which comes with Pocket PC or Smartphones, something I hadn't done for a long time anyway since the freebee iPAQ time is gone, where Pocket PCs came with loads of goodies.
Anyway, for some reasons I popped the i300 CD-ROM into the drive today and what have I found there under "Enhance Your Experience"? A tool called "MemoPad":

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CONFUSION: Will Cingular rename back to ATT Wireless? IMHO they wont!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:34 CET under 01 - General News

Somebody at the mainstream-media got confused in terms of the AT&T Wireless / Cingular branding since US Today reported yesterday, that SBC Communications plans to rebrand Cingular to AT&T (after they have rebranded AT&W Wireless to Cingular).

Since we have the web today, such words spreads pretty fast:

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UPGRADE: Xetra xBar 3.0 for Windows Mobile Smartphone released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

My all-time favorite Smartphone application (together with SmartphoneNotes) xBar got a refresh from Xetra and is available in version 3.0 now.
xBar is a task-switcher and -manager as well as a thermometer for your Windows Mobile Smartphones and gives you the full power of its multitasking capabilities. In my opinion one of the "must have" apps for Smartphones.

xBar 3 is code-signed and therefore fully compatible with Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone as well as it supports QVGA for Smartphones now (like the Samsung SGH-i300 or Orange C600) as well as VGA for Pocket PC (like the O2 Xda Exec) because v3 was also re-released for Pocket PCs.

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Monday, 21.11.05
COOPERATION: Motorola released Skype certified Wireless Internet Calling Kit
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:13 CET under 01 - General News

Following the earlier partnership announcement from this year's 3GSM Congress, today Motorola and Skype announced America's first Skype-certified Bluetooth headset solution, the "Motorola Wireless Internet Calling Kit". Available at 3.500 RadioShack stores nationwide, the Motorola Wireless Internet Calling Kit enables Skype users to experience the freedom of wireless while making free, unlimited voice calls over the Internet.

Comprised of a Motorola H500 Bluetooth Headset and PC850 PC Adapter, the Motorola Wireless Internet Calling Kit also include 30 free SkypeOut minutes so users can make Skype calls to mobile and landline phones without additional charges. To experience wireless communications, users plug in the Motorola PC850 PC Adapter to equip traditional laptops and PCs with Bluetooth technology, load the required software onto the PC and follow a simple, step-by-step procedure to establish the cordless connection between the PC and Motorola H500 headset.

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RELEASED: Eten M600 Pocket PC Phone Edition available across Europe
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

How Shaston AG, European distributor of E-Ten Information Systems announced today, the Eten M600 Pocket PC Phone Edition is available across Europe including Switzerland for immediate shipping.
Shaston AG has the M600 in stock in English, French and German and it costs 557 Euro plus VAT.

The M600 is featuring built-in Wireless LAN technology and therefore is the smallest wireless LAN enabled 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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Sunday, 20.11.05
REVEALED: O2 UK will carry the Samsung SGH-i300 from December
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In addition to the Xda mini S confirmation, Gears also confirmed that O2 UK will definitely carry the Samsung SGH-i300 Windows Mobile Smartphone which O2 UK announced earlier but which was delayed (original launch-date was expected for October) and is still listed on O2's online shop to become available in December 2005.
However, in the same flyer where the Xda mini S appeared, O2 UK also lists the Samsung i300 now.

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REVEALED: O2 UK will carry the Xda mini S too
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

How Gears over at CoolSmartPhone.com confirmed today, after O2 Asia (Xda mini Pro) and O2 Germany (Xda mini S) also O2 UK will carry the HTC Wizard as O2 Xda mini S (so Xda mini S is the name for Europe while Xda mini Pro is the name for Asia).
According to Gears, this information became available through O2's November/December catalogue where the mini S appeared.

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FOLLOW-UP: Added a new category called 'Follow-Ups'
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:06 CET under 07 - Follow-Ups

I've just added a new category to the::unwired articles section called "Follow-Ups". I will use Follow-Ups to post more information of devices or software I use daily and impressions I've collected during this use, I might haven't posted in a software or hardware review because at the time I've posted the review, I wasn't aware of that fact, like updates of standby time, usability in different situations, etc.
Follow-Ups will be written in one single post per topic, so you will not get too many posts here but continuously updated postings.

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LAUNCH: UTStarcom PPC 6700 WM 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition comes to Telus Canada
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Telus Mobility Canada, UTStarcom Personal Communications and Microsoft Canada Co. on Friday announced the Canadian availability of the UTStarcom PPC 6700 (better known as HTC Apache Pocket PC Phone Edition and in the US on sale already as the Sprint Smart Device PPC 6700), the first Pocket PC in Canada with Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0.

The UTStarcom PPC 6700 multifunction device offers high-speed mobile access to E-Mail, the Internet, streaming video and operates in Canada on the Telus wireless high speed network.

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ANNIVERSARY: Happy 20th Microsoft Windows Birthday
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:49 CET under 01 - General News

Exactly 20 years ago, on November 20th 1985, Microsoft released the first version of its Windows add-on for MS-DOS: Windows 1.0 and today, 20 years later and after we have seen Windows 3.0/3.11, Windows NT, Windows 95/98/ME, Windows 2000 and Windows XP, we even work mobile thanks to Windows Mobile for Pocket PCs and Smartphones.
When Windows 1.0 was released, nobody took care about TCP/IP (even not with Windows 3.11 - who remembers Trumpet Winsock also? ) but it was the time of the Commodore VC20/C64, "WarGames" and therefore the time of (if you really was a techie/80's Geek) acoustic couplers. Also it was the time where programs had to be "IBM Compatible".
However, on November 20th, Windows 1.0 went on sale across North America for a suggested retail price of US$ 99 only and for sure it was shipped on 5¼ floppy disks:

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Saturday, 19.11.05
UPDATE: O2 Germany's Xda mini Limited Edition is based on the HTC Magician
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today I've received the confirmation, that the earlier revealed Xda mini "Limited Edition" isn't based on the HTC Charmer but on the HTC Magician and therefore it's the same device as the "standard" Xda mini, just the case colors changed for the "Limited Edition"-version (which isn't that bad anyway).
If you wonder about the "Start" and "Ok" buttons, the device has in the flyer, it's just because it was an early sample which was used for the photo-shooting.
Not clear yet is, if the Limited Edition will sporting these Start/Ok buttons or if it will comes with the standard Calendar/Contacts button-set.

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LINK: Where's my RAM in Windows Mobile 5.0?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:02 CET under 01 - General News

Together with the first available Pocket PC Phone Edition devices which are running Windows Mobile 5.0, like the i-mate JasJar or the T-Mobile MDA Pro, this topic came up since the marketing materials might mentioned something of 64 MB RAM while you find out later that you get 50 MB on the device only and for sure everybody asked what's wrong here?

Mike Calligaro from Microsoft has posted a comprehensive answer in the Windows Mobile Team blog" and if you are worried about this "issue" too, you should check out his explanation:

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PHOTOVIEW: ETEN M600 Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:09 CET under 08 - Reviews

As I've promissed yesterday, I've uploaded the first set of Eten M600 Pocket PC Phone Edition photos to the::theunwired Photo Album.
While I'm still testing and playing with the device to write and upload a comprehensive review of the M600 later I want to share the photos with you already. The photos also includes some comparison shots to the M600's strongest competitors, the HTC Wizard (aka i-mate Jam/O2 Xda mini) as well as HTC Wizard (aka O2 Xda mini S) but also also comparison shots to a Sony Ericsson P900 since the time is gone where Pocket PCs have to compete with each other only but now they have to compete with these kind of smart phones also:

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Friday, 18.11.05
UPDATE: Microsoft released the awaited ActiveSync 4.1 fix for Windows Mobile 5.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:35 CET under 01 - General News

Finally, after Microsoft raised-up a problem with ActiveSync 4.0 under certain situations, today Microsoft officially made ActiveSync 4.1 available which should fix the problem:

Microsoft ActiveSync provides a great synchronization experience with Windows-based PCs and Microsoft Outlook right out of the box. ActiveSync acts as the gateway between your Windows-based PC and Windows Mobile-based device, enabling the transfer of Outlook information, Office documents, pictures, music, videos and applications from your Desktop to your device. In addition to synchronizing with a desktop PC, ActiveSync can synchronize directly with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 so that you can keep your E-Mail, Calendar, Notes, and Contacts updated wirelessly when you're away from your PC.

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ARRIVED: FedEx dropped the ETEN M600 Pocket PC Phone Edition today
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Cool, when I came home later this afternoon, a FedEx pack was awaiting me in front of my door, which came from Taiwan.
Thanks to E-Ten Information Systems, I received the long awaited Eten M600 Pocket PC Phone Edition for a review at the::unwired.
If you are not familiar with the M600 yet, it's Eten's follower of the M500 but features Windows Mobile 5.0 as well as W-LAN and it comes in a nice and stylish black design:

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CONNECTED: Motorola introduces SCREEN3 - "Zero Click" access to News, Sports, Entertainment and more
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:34 CET under 01 - General News

Motorola yesterday announced SCREEN3 - an innovative technology solution that lets consumers get news, sports, entertainment and other premium content and services directly from their mobile device home screen (no buttons to push, no browsers to launch).

Motorola's SCREEN3 includes a media gateway server to manage content and client technology to create media channels on the device home screen, providing consistent content management from back-end to device. The solution also provides "smart synchronization" so only new, fresh content gets delivered to the device, minimizing network traffic and increasing consumer satisfaction. The result? Content is displayed simply and seamlessly on the mobile phone home screen, finally making it easy for consumers to find and use wireless data services.

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UTILITY: InterVideo DVD Copy 4 Makes file conversion for Portable Video Players fast and easy
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:52 CET under 01 - General News

InterVideo Inc. responded to the current lack of content for portable video players today by announcing that its award-winning DVD Copy4 software can be used to convert unencrypted videos for high-quality playback on portable devices such as the iPod, Memory Sticks and mobile phones. Widely recognized as one of the industry's easiest and most comprehensive copy and DVD burning applications, DVD Copy 4 combines all of the tools users need for video duplication, conversion and reproduction in a single, affordably priced solution.

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Tuesday, 15.11.05
REVEALED: O2 Germany to re-release the Xda mini as Limited Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:53 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Also in today's shop-flyer, (valid from today until 30.11.) O2 Germany has given an outlook for more devices which will be released before Christmas and one of them is the O2 Xda mini "Limited Edition" in black and iceblue (two completely new colors I've never seen before with an HTC Magician).
While O2 hasn't revealed anymore features (so it's not clear if it is still the HTC Magician or maybe the HTC Charmer) it's only clear that it isn't the Xda Atom.
Nevertheless O2 is continuing with the current mini ID but sporting the two new "trend" colors:

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REVEALED: O2 Germany to carry the Samsung SGH-i300 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In today's shop-flyer, (valid from today until 30.11.) O2 Germany has published on page 12, that it plans to carry the Samsung SGH-i300 Windows Mobile Smartphone.
The i300 is the first Windows Mobile Smartphone with a 3 GB HDD and sports a QVGA (320 x 240) color display.
In addition it includes Bluetooth (including the Bluetooth Stereo profile) as well as a 1.3 megapixel camera with photo-light. (for more information, read my previous review of the SGH-i300 here and here).
As we got confirmed before already, also O2 has announced the i300 with "Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition for Smartphone", so now it is clear that it wont be released - at least not from O2 Germany - with Windows Mobile 5.0 (at least not yet) unfortunately:

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Monday, 14.11.05
REVEALED: Vodafone Germany to carry the HTC Wizard as Vodafone VPA compact II
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

And the last one! After the official announcements from T-Mobile and O2 Germany and the shop-flyer preview of E-Plus, now also Vodafone Germany previews the HTC Wizard as "available soon".
However, unlike T-Mobile, O2 and E-Plus which are carrying the (rounder) "Prodigy" ID of the Wizard, it looks like Vodafone Germany has chosen the (squared) "Wizard" ID which will go on sale as "VPA compact II" (not to be confused with T-Mobile's MDA compact II which is a completely different device).

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Saturday, 12.11.05
RUMOR: Is Microsoft working on a Office Mobile 12 suite for Windows Mobile?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:34 CET under 01 - General News

The countdown toward the release of Office 12 Beta 1 for Windows PCs is on there made some rumors its way to the web which states, that there will be an Office Mobile 12 update for Windows Mobile devices too.

On Thursday, Microsoft sent confirmation notices to the first group of testers accepted into the Office 12 Beta 1 program. In the note, Microsoft informed the chosen technical testers that they should expect to receive the Beta 1 code, documentation and support some time in the next two to three weeks.

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SERVICE: Lufthansa updates Pocketfly Timetable for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:05 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you are a heavy traveler and often use Lufthansa as you carrier, you shouldn't miss the latest Timetable for Pocket PC update, Lufthansa recently has published.
Lufthansa Timetable for Pocket PCs (called Lufthansa Pocketfly) is an offline application for your Pocket PC which includes the full Lufthansa flight plan, so you are always well informed when and if there is a flight to your next destination. Also you can easily find an available return flight and - best of all - your selected flight details are automatically transferred into the Pocket PC calendar, if you wish.
Last but not least, "Lufthansa Pocketfly" automatically updates itself every month so you are always up to date.

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Friday, 11.11.05
COOPERATION: E-Plus and Skype treats VoIP over UMTS serious
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:52 CET under 01 - General News

Skype and E-Plus take their cooperation serious, 2 months after both companies announced their cooperation (VoIP meets UMTS), this week E-Plus announced a Skype promotion, exclusively for their E-Plus UMTS Online Flat (which E-Plus announced three months ago).
From this week, new E-Plus UMTS Online Flat customers will get a free Skype starter-kit which includes a Skype CD-ROM with software as well as a headset to use Skype with any PC.
Customers which signed for a UMTS Online Flat plan already, can order the same package from E-Plus (see digital lifestyle mobile for more information) and since I've signed before already, I've dropped E-Plus the E-Mail, as they suggested.

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Thursday, 10.11.05
WAY-FORWARD: O2 Xda Atom appeared on Asian O2 site
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It took a little bit longer but finally the O2 Xda Atom appeared on O2 Asia's website. If you are not familiar with the Atom, it's an exclusive O2 Pocket PC Phone Editon with Windows Mobile 5.0 and features W-LAN as well as a FM radio, it's tri-band (GSM, GPRS and EDGE) also and includes Bluetooth.
Unlike current Xda's, the Xda Atom features a 2 megapixel camera and is working with a 416 MHz Intel CPU and 64 MB RAM and 128 MB ROM.

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UPDATE: Fizz Software released Fizz Traveller 2.2 for Pocket PC and Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:51 CET under 01 - General News

Fizz Software has announced that Fizz Traveller 2.2 has been released for Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone. This version has support for VGA and Windows Mobile 5 as well as the new HP IPAQ hw6515 and other 240x240 resolution devices. Also this version fully supports the new QVGA Smartphones such as the Orange SPV C550 or the Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphones such as the Orange SPV C600 and O2 Xda phone.

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Tuesday, 08.11.05
CANCELED: No Windows Mobile 5.0 Upgrades for Fujitsu Siemens Pocket Loox 700-series
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:06 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

First rumors appeared some days ago over at FirstLoox, today the German PR Manager of Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Lothar Lechtenberg, confirmed that FSC has canceled the previously announced plans to offer a Windows Mobile 5.0 upgrade for the Fujitsu Siemens Pocket Loox 718 and 720 Pocket PC devices.
According to him, the reason for the cancellation are technical difficulties, FSC figured out.
Also canceled seems the plan to launch follow-up devices (Pocket Loox 750 and 760) but instead, the manufacture plans to launch a new Pocket Loox C-series which isn't known in details yet.

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Monday, 07.11.05
UNVEILED: German E-Plus to launch the HTC Wizard as E-Plus Pocket PDA
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

An the next one. Germany is definitely the Pocket PC Phone Edition-heaven. After the T-Mobile and O2 announcement to launch the HTC Wizard during this month, today I found out that also German E-Plus is planning to launch the HTC Wizard as "E-Plus Pocket PDA".
In E-Plus latest sales flyer, E-Plus has it in the list of "Business-Phones", together with a BlackBerry, the Treo 650, E-Plus' UMTS PC card, etc (sorry for the picture quality...):

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Sunday, 06.11.05
CLOSED: PPCW.Net Shop is closed now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:48 CET under 01 - General News

While it is a sad day, it is also a satisfied day for me because during the past weeks I thought about closing my beloved PPCW.Net Shop and today I made it true and completely closed the doors forever ( ? ).
With the first Smartphone sales promotion back in spring 2003, where PPCW.Net/the::unwired was one of the first independent, not carrier related shops world wide, (if not the first) who introduced a Windows Mobile Smartphone for world wide availability, I had such a huge success and generated so much interest for the Windows Mobile platform that many of you asked me if I will continue to sell the latest and greatest Windows Mobile hardware.
Because of your feedback and requests and because at this time it was way harder to get Pocket PC Phone Editions and Smartphones all over the world (which was the initial idea why i opened the shop), I decided to continue to make the "impossible" possible - delivering the best available Pocket PC Phone Edition and Smartphone devices to the PPCW.Net community!

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UNVEILED: Qtek G100 aka HTC Galaxy appears on Qtek's Website
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

A while back, we wrote about the HTC Galaxy here the first time but after it became silent. Now it appeared on Qtek's European website, including the full list of features and specifications.

The new Qtek G100 is the first device in the Qtek range to focus on personal navigation. This non-GSM device features an integrated GPS module for complete global tracking. The 64K color display measures 2.8" to provide a large area from which to view your choice of navigation software. At the heart of the device is the new Microsoft Window Mobile 5.0 operating system supporting full PDA business functionality. The device can be connected via a number of convenient and high speed options such as WiFi, Bluetooth or Mini USB.

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Saturday, 05.11.05
RELEASED: HTC Universal finally available from Vodafone Germany as VPA IV
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As Vodafone Germany recently announced in a customer E-Mail, the VPA IV (HTC Universal) is available from Vodafone now.
I think, I don't have to say anything anymore about the Universal (which Vodafone previewed the first time last CeBIT), it's the first Windows Mobile UMTS device with keyboard, etc.
The VPA IV is available from Vodafone's German online shop for 899,50 Euro without a contract, with a contract 529,90/459,89 Euro:

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Friday, 04.11.05
REVEALED: More T-Mobile MDA compact II information available and confirmed
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today more information of the recently announced T-Mobile MDA compact II became available. So unlike expected, the HTC Magician follower (based on the HTC Charmer) will not has W-LAN but features Windows Mobile 5.0 and 128 MB RAM only!
Wireless-wise, the compact II got an upgrade from GSM/GPRS tri-band to quad-band (appreciated for US customers which increases the chance to see the compact II released by T-Mobile USA also).

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UPDATE: Google released Google Desktop 2 which left Beta status now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:36 CET under 01 - General News

On Wednesday, Google has released Google Desktop 2 which came out of beta now and according to Google we will get some significant improvements with v2 like new sidebar panels, more plug-in development options and better support for enterprise installations.

If you like maps on Google Local, Google also added a "Personalized Maps" panel. As you browse the web, this panel will display maps information related to the pages you're visiting, it can show you interesting places around the world or you can directly navigate to your favorite spots. In addition, the sidebar panels collection is growing all the time.

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UPGRADE: Microsoft .NET Compact Framework 2.0 upgrade available for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:57 CET under 01 - General News

Thankfully, this upgrade doesn't requires a ROM update (has Microsoft learned something here) and therefore you can simply download it from Microsoft and install it on the device. The Microsoft .NET Compact Framework 2.0 Redistributable contains the common language runtime and class libraries built for the .NET Compact Framework. In addition to supporting version 2.0, it also supports applications developed for version 1.0 and service pack releases before version 2.0.

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UPGRADE: Socket enhances its GPS Nav Kit with Connect!Agent and Windows Mobile 5.0 support
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Socket Communications recently announced enhancements to its GPS Nav Kit including Socket's patent pending Connect!Agent software, new application features, updated North American and Western European map data and Windows Mobile 5.0 support.
With the updated GPS Nav Kit, Socket now provides the best experience possible to users looking to add a complete, no-hassle cordless GPS navigation solution to their mobile device.

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Thursday, 03.11.05
RELEASED: T-Mobile UK launches the MDA Vario aka HTC Wizard
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, T-Mobile UK announced the launch of its latest Microsoft based device, the MDA Vario (also known as HTC Wizard). The newest addition to T-Mobile's stable, the MDA Vario delivers a powerful communications experience for business professionals requiring a feature-rich device to support their hectic, always-on-the-go lifestyle.

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SURVEY: Spb Software House announces the 2nd Annual Spb Pocket PC Survey
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb Software House recently announced the Second Annual Spb Pocket PC Survey. The first survey, conducted in September 2005, provided extensive and priceless information to the whole Pocket PC community. Today's survey will be even more beneficial as it will allow us to gather and compile the most current information and then compare it to previous survey results. All statistical results will be publicly available immediately after the survey ends. All survey participants will be entered into a drawing to win an i-mate JASJAR.

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Wednesday, 02.11.05
UNVEILED: T-Mobile's new MDA compact II appeared in the company's press area [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

"little" has posted a comment over at digital lifestyle mobile (you know, the German blog I'm working for too) that the official photos of the T-Mobile MDA compact II recently appeared on T-Mobiles press page and here we go: it's anthracite (like the German O2 Xda mini but it looks a little bit darker anyway) and - this makes me wonder - it has still the same buttons (calendar and contacts) as the old MDA compact, not the changed button-set (Start and ok) as I wrote about before.

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