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Friday, 30.12.05
CHEERS: Thank you for a successful year 2005 - have a good start into 2006
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:17 CET under 06 - Site News

You might have noticed my absence during the past days ;-) and you are right, I took off some days to spend the days between Christmas and New Year with my family and friends, but without my PC 8O but with my Smartphone only (for E-Mail access). ;-)
Nevertheless, before the year goes bye, I want to take the opportunity to wish you a happy new year, have a good start into 2006 - wherever you are.
For me, 2005 was a great one and I hope 2006 will continues as 2005 was. The transition from PPCW.Net to the::unwired went perfect, the readership of the::unwired nearly doubled (thanks to all of you, my dear readers) in 2005, the::unwired became part of Google's News Network, behind the scenes I'm/was working on some great ideas with partners, I was hired by CMP-WEKA as "Blogger #1" for the digital living blog which develops great as well, etc, etc. So all together, I'm more than satisfied with 2005 and I hope you had a nearly successful year as well. If not, I'm sure 2006 will become even better.

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Friday, 23.12.05
UNVEILED: Samsung previews the WiBro enabled SPH-M8000 Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

On last week's ComBCon exhibition in Seoul, Samsung previewed their upcoming SPH-M8000 WiBro-enabled Pocket PC the first time.
The SPH-M8000 is based on the same slider-design as Samsung's SCH-i830 and SCH-i730 Pocket PC Phone Editions and features the slide-out QWERTY keyboard a 65k color QVGA 2.8" TFT LCD screen, dual 1.3MP and 3MP cameras for video conferencing, S-DMB satellite TV reception, TV-output and Korean's WiBro data-standard. Unfortunately it's still running Windows Mobile 2003 SE for Pocket PC.

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BETA: DopplerRadio announces public Beta of DopplerMobile RSS reader and Podcatcher
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:42 CET under 01 - General News

DopplerMobile is a RSS reader and Podcast catcher for Windows Mobile Pocket PC 2003 and Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PCs and Smartphones.
Feeds can be added manually or by importing an OPML file. Interesting for NewsGator customers (like I'm one too) is the support to sync DoppleMobile with your NewsGator online account. After you have set up the NewsGator synchronization simply select NewsGator Sync from the menu any time you want to synchronize your feed subscriptions.

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REVIEW: Motorola Bluetooth Home Entertainment Solution HT820/DC800
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:49 CET under 08 - Reviews

Motorola lately updated their previously released Bluetooth Stereo headset HT820 with a stereo Bluetooth gateway addition (called DC800) and this combo is called the Motorola Bluetooth Home Entertainment Solution HT820/DC800.
While the stereo headset supports the standard Bluetooth headset profile (it has a small microphone in the right earphone), it also supports the Bluetooth stereo A2DP profile for music streaming as well as the AVRCP profile to remote control bonded Bluetooth devices. Basically it means you can use the headset for a couple of scenarios: as a headset for your mobile phone voice calls, stereo headset for your (stereo profile enabled) mobile device to listen music as well as remote control your mobile device media player and in combination with a PC as headset for VoIP calls.
The stereo gateway supports A2DP only and can not be used as a Bluetooth dongle with PCs since it misses the required connector. Instead, it is connected via chinch plugs to any audio source. The package includes all required cables, power plugs and chargers including a chinch to chinch cable as well as a 3.5" to chinch cable to connect the gateway either to your HiFi via chinch or any other source (like Media Center PCs or Notebooks) with the 3.5" connector.

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CALCULATION: Mortgage SIM 2.1 for Pocket PC now fully supports Windows Mobile 5.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Mortgage SIM 2.1 calculates payments for virtually any term, any rate, and any principal mortgage amount.
If you need more information, this program also generates detailed Amortization Schedules for any of the different payment option scenarios.
Modifying and reworking any scenario can be as simple as adjusting one of the mortgage factors.

Bankers, home buyers, students and real-estate agents can save time and money by evaluating different payment options when using this powerful decision tool for Pocket PCs.

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Thursday, 22.12.05
SUCCESSFUL: Option and Nortel achieved first 3.6 Mbps call via HSDPA
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:32 CET under 01 - General News

Option and Nortel have completed the industry's first successful demonstration of live HSDPA data card calls reaching a wireless transmission rate of 3.6Mbps – faster than the majority of current broadband connections. The test calls were carried out on commercial HSDPA network equipment at Nortel's research campus in Châteaufort, France.

The series of calls are the first data card calls to demonstrate downlink speed of 3.6 Mbps, at HSDPA category 6 using 16 QAM modulations. A laptop fitted with an Option 3.6 HSDPA data card based on QUALCOMM core MSM 6280 technology and commercial HSDPA network equipment from Nortel were used to achieve the download speeds.

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CONFIRMED: Grundig GR980 aka HTC Universal comes to Telefonica Moviles
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Two days ago, I've speculated if Spanish Telefonica Moviles might pick-up the Grundig GR980 (aka HTC Universal), the first and only UMTS-enabled Windows Mobile Pocket PC and thanks to "MadBer" we got the confirmation now.
He sent over a scan from the latest Spanish Telefonica catalogue he received over a month ago already (okay, so it wasn't that new at all ;-)) and there the GR980 appeared as "Disponible Próximamente" which means "Coming Soon":

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Tuesday, 20.12.05
FOLLOWER: Grundig mobile to release the HTC Universal in Europe as GR980
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Grundig mobile (the brand name of Grupo Vitelcom, a Spanish ODM) has revealed that, it will release the well known HTC Universal (better known as i-mate JasJar, T-Mobile MDA Pro or O2 Xda Exec) during Q1 next year.
Nothing else except the specifications are known today (neither the price nor the countries where the GR980 can be expected) but Vitelcom has a strong and old partnership with Spanish Telefonica Moviles and therefore there are some fair chances to see it released in Spain also.

Which makes me certain about such a launch as well, is the branding on one of the web photos. While the (left) animated image just shows the device, the right image clearly shows the Moviles logo left from the screen as well as the Today skin indicates the Moviles "M":

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UPDATE: Sprite Software released public Beta of Sprite Backup for Windows Mobile 5.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Sprite Software, well known for it's Pocket PC Backup software yesterday announced a first public Beta release of Sprite Backup V5.0.0 for Windows Mobile 5.0. This Beta release, even far away from the final version, is an important step in preparing for the full commercial release of Sprite Backup and Sprite is very keen to hear your feedback to improve the backup experience if possible.

A working backup solution for Windows Mobile 5.0 is appreciated after Microsoft also removed the backup options from ActiveSync 4.x and due to the changed core system of Windows Mobile 5.0, most of the previous backup solutions doesn't works with Windows Mobile 5.0 anymore.

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Monday, 19.12.05
UPGRADE: Say good-bye to 1900 MHz only GSM phones in the U.S.
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:04 CET under 01 - General News

T-Mobile has acquired as many as possible GSM 850 MHz frequencies during the past months to roll-out their GSM 850 MHz network to improve coverage and reception, according an interview with T-Mobile's senior vice president of Engineering Operations, Neville Ray, posted on BetaNews.

The 850 MHz roll-out will be mainly throughout the central part of the United States. However, the rollout would also include rural areas of the Northeast and West. Altogether, nearly 400,000 square miles of new coverage has been added during 2005, according to Ray.

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UPDATE: iAnywhere enhances Mobile Device to PC Sync with the release of updated XTNDConnect PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:37 CET under 01 - General News

iAnywhere, a subsidiary of Sybase, today released version 5.4 of its XTNDConnect PC mobile device-to-desktop synchronization software. Version 5.4 adds support for Windows Mobile 5.0 devices as well as the latest Sony Ericsson models.

XTNDConnect PC is a software application that allows users to synchronize contacts, calendars, tasks, E-Mail and notes between mobile devices and popular PC applications such as ACT!, Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Notes and Novell Groupwise.

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Saturday, 17.12.05
SERVICE: Orb introduces free Web Voice Messaging System using Skype
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:00 CET under 01 - General News

While we are talking about Skype and Skype voicemails, there is a (free) and way more convenient and powerful way to use Skype as you voicemail system; I've posted about back in August already. All you need is Orb (which I'm a huge fan of) and Orb's V4S plug-in. However, Orb has updated V4S again with another cool feature: send voice messages to any E-Mail or Skype contact!

Orb Networks yesterday announced a new version of V4S, the world's first software for free Web voice messaging, enabling users to send voice messages to any email or Skype contact.

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UPDATE: Skype released new Beta with WM 5.0 and better low power CPU support [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Skype recently released two new Skype clients for the Pocket PC: Skype for Pocket PC Beta version 1.2.0.89 and Skype for Pocket PC low CPU Beta version 1.2.0.91.
As you can see, v1.2.0.91 is especially designed for Pocket PCs with less then 400 MHz but Skype still recommends the use of an external W-LAN card if used with Pocket PCs with 300 MHz CPUs. However, I wonder what happens if the new version is used with TI OMAP 850 powered Pocket PCs which have 200 MHz only (like the HTC Wizard, Charmer and Prophet). Have to test it over the weekend.

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Friday, 16.12.05
SERVICE: Google's Gmail goes mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:36 CET under 01 - General News

If you are a Google Gmail user and you haven't configured it to get your E-Mails via POP but instead you are using your web browser, you might have noticed a change if you access Gmail from your Pocket PC or Smartphone: a new, sleeker layout! That's right, Google updated Gmail to make it better working with mobile devices such as PDAs and mobile phones.

Now you can access your Gmail account from your mobile phone or device. Either point your phone's web browser to http://m.gmail.com or you can try if Google recognize your mobile device automatically. At least Pocket PCs are recognized get gets the mobile layout automatically.

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RELEASED: Kimpo iDo S600 Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Are you looking for something completely different? You don't want neither a HTC Pocket PC Phone Edition nor an Eten device or a HP iPAQ? Maybe Kimpo's iDo S600 is the right device for you which is available from now.

The S600, announced earlier this year, is - according to Kimpo - the lightest tri-band GSM/GPRS Pocket PC Phone Edition with a weight of 145g only with and supports features including instant on-call taping, handsfree speaker, MMS, animated caller ID photo and ring tone caller ID.
It supports up to 192 polyphonic ringtones and 30 preset ring tones with a use-time of 5 hours talk time and 190 hours standby time. Also, the S600 includes Bluetooth and features a 1.3 megapixel camera.

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PREVIEW: HTC Prophet Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:33 CET under 08 - Reviews

Last week, Dopod officially released the Dopod 818 Pro which is based on the brand new HTC Prophet (manufactured by Taiwanese HTC) and during last weeks Möbius conference in Seattle, I had my first contact with the Prophet.
The HTC Prophet is the true follower of the HTC Magician (better known as T-Mobile MDA compact, O2 Xda mini, i-mate Jam) and unlike the HTC Charmer (which is on sale exclusively by T-Mobile as MDA compact II) the Prophet not got Windows Mobile 5.0 only but also a new case, a new camera, built-in W-LAN and more.

Based on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 2 the Prophet comes in a sleek metallic finish and supports quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE. In addition it supports Bluetooth 2.0 and since it will be released with Windows Mobile AKU 2, it will also supports the Bluetooth Stereo Headset Profile (A2DP). Unlike the forerunners Magician and Charmer, the Prophet has built-in WiFi capabilities with dual support of 802.11b and 802.11g aka WiFi b and WiFi g. Last but not least it still has an infrared-support.

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Thursday, 15.12.05
DISPUTE: Visto sues Microsoft and signs patent licensing agreement with NTP
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:53 CET under 01 - General News

Visto Corporation has filed a legal action against Microsoft for misappropriating Visto's intellectual property. The complaint asserts that Microsoft has infringed upon multiple patents Visto holds regarding proprietary technology that provides enterprises and consumers with mobile access to their E-Mail and other data. The company is seeking a permanent injunction that would prohibit Microsoft from misappropriating the technology that Visto and its cofounder helped develop nearly a decade ago.

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RELEASED: O2 UK has the Samsung SGH-i300 in stock and on sale
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Finally, just in time before Christmas (to make it a gift yourself or let Santa know right in time), O2 UK released the long awaited Samsung i300 Windows Mobile Smartphone.
Unfortunately it's running Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition only but nevertheless, it's utilizing the latest AKU (3.0), support Bluetooth Stereo (which Windows Mobile 5.0 users have to wait for until early next year) and the 3 GB hard disk gives you enough space to store your songs, navigation maps and videos.

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Tuesday, 13.12.05
CUSTOMIZATION: Pimp your Windows XP to make it Vista look-alike with Stardock WindowBlinds 5
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:19 CET under 01 - General News

Ok, you are not in the Windows Vista Beta yet, you love your Windows XP system anyway since it provides you everything you need but you want to make your PC as cool looking as Windows Vista (and Apple Mac OS) looks? Today Stardock (you old-time Windows Mobile users might remember them too from PocketBlinds) has released WindowBlinds 5 which has tons of new features.

First of all it supports per-pixel alpha blended support for title bars, borders and controls which means you can have glassy titlebars and borders, smooth edges, and just plain spectacular looking desktops.

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RUMOR: Is Fujitsu Siemens releasing its first Pocket PC Phone Edition aka the Pocket Loox PHN800?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During the past days, some speculations made the round that Fujitsu Siemens is going to introduce a Windows Mobile based Pocket PC Phone Edition called PHN800 and today the first blurry picture appeared which might is the - so far - unknown Phone Edition - or not.

According to Italian SoloPalmari, this Phone Edition is expected to has a 2.8" LCD with QVGA only, not VGA as ruored before. But it should runs an Intel XScale CPU with 624 MHz, features 64 MB RAM, 256 MB Flash ROM is quad-band, supports GSM, GPRS and UMTS, had an integrated GPS (SiRFstar III) receiver, supports Bluetooth 1.2 as well as 802.11g W-LAN and has an SDIO compatible SD/MMC slot, USB-Host, a QWERTY thumb-board and for sure it runs on Windows Mobile 5.0.

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UTILITY: Electric Pocket launches Ringo Mobile for Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Ringo has long been the best selling ringtone manager for Palm's Treo-brand smartphones, where it has proved popular for the ease with which users can customize their phones with personal ringtones and SMS tones. The new Ringo Mobile brings these features to the Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition platform and is available for devices running Windows Mobile 5.0 and Windows Mobile 2003 SE Pocket PC Phone Editions. Supported devices include the iMate JasJar and HP iPAQ Mobile Messenger series.

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COMMUNICATION: Microsoft Office Communicator Web Access was released to manufacturing
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:59 CET under 01 - General News

Interesting! One day after I wrote here about the Office Communicator client for Windows Mobile, I've seen in Seattle last week, today - Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice president in the Real-Time Collaboration Group at Microsoft, announced the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Microsoft Office Communicator Web Access. Communicator Web Access, a Web-based enterprise communications client based on Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, or Ajax, technologies for Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005, provides information workers with a new option for accessing their corporate instant messaging (IM) system and presence capabilities.

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VOIP: Microsoft and MCI join to deliver consumer PC-to-Phone calling
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:12 CET under 01 - General News

Microsoft and MCI today announced a global, multiyear partnership to provide software and services that enable customers to place calls from a personal computer to virtually any phone. The solution, MCI Web Calling for Windows Live Call, will be available through Windows Live Messenger, the upcoming successor to MSN Messenger, which has more than 185 million active accounts around the world. The solution combines Windows Live software, advanced voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) capabilities and the strengths of MCI's expansive global network to give consumers an easy-to-use, convenient and cost-effective way to stay connected.

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Monday, 12.12.05
COMMUNICATION: Microsoft previews Office Communicator for Windows Mobile 2005
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:37 CET under 01 - General News

During Möbius conference last week, Microsoft previewed the Pocket PC client of its Communicator 2005 service which is using and interacting with Microsoft's Live Communication Server solution.

Communicator 2005 is an integrated communications client, enabling information workers to communicate in real time. As the recommended client for Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005, Communicator 2005 integrates with Microsoft Office System applications and enterprise telephony infrastructure.

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AVAILABLE: Cingular launched the Cingular 2125 Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I've written about the Cingular 2125 (aka the US version of the HTC Tornado) earlier and today is the day where it went on sale at Cingular.
The Cingular 2125 is running Windows Mobile 5.0 and manufactured by HTC. Unlike the original HTC Tornado reference design, Cingular removed (like most other carriers too) the W-LAN feature. For better reception, a hump was added on top of the devices which makes it looking a little bit - well, let's say - weird and destroys a little bit the nice look and feel it original had as Orange C600.

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Sunday, 11.12.05
REVEALED: HP to release the HTC Tornado as HP iPAQ Smart Phone rw 4500 Series?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Over at HowardForums, a user called "Rock99Rock" has posted a couple a photos of an unknown HP Windows Mobile Smartphone which looks pretty much the same as the HTC Tornado.
Interesting enough, in addition it's T-Mobile branded.
According to the photos, it runs Windows Mobile 5.0, has a 1.3 megapixel camera, sporting Wi-Fi as well as has two short-keys for contacts and messaging, everything the i-mate SP5 version of the Tornado has as well (compare here - I'm talking about the right device):

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Friday, 09.12.05
DUMPS: HTC Prophet screenshots confirms the device's low CPU speed
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Yesterday evening I spent some more time with the HTC Prophet and made some screenshots (no, unfortunately I don't have a Prophet yet) and I can finally confirm, that it is really running a TI OMAP 850 CPU with 200 MHz (shown as 195 MHz) only!
Also I can confirm (with the screenshots), that the Prophet is indeed sporting W-LAN (as announced but never trust the marketing materials ;-))

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SNEAK PREVIEW: Photon is coming to a Smartphone and Pocket PC near you
Posted by Arne Hess - at 02:26 CET under 01 - General News

Today, at Microsoft's invitation-only conference Möbius, the software giant gave us a sneak preview into the next possible Windows Mobile version code named "Photon".
While Möbius - in general - isn't a NDA-thing, we've been asked not to post any details about what we've seen which I respect for sure and what - for what I want to thank Microsoft for to share with us anyway!

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Thursday, 08.12.05
CONFIMRED: Motorola Q Windows Mobile Smartphone will comes first as EVDO followed by GSM
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Motorola today confirmed at Möbius conference in Seattle, that the Motorola Q Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone will be released first as a EVDO-version, followed by the GSM-version later.
This means, that European and Asian users have to wait longer for the Q than US users but at least it's coming!

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SERVICE: Sling Media's SlingRemote and SlingPlayer are coming to Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:37 CET under 01 - General News

If you are a frequent reader of the::unwired, you know that I love to use Orb and similar services (like remote programming my Media Center) from my Windows Mobile devices. Nothing is that convenient as you access your complete music and video collection from your Windows Mobile devices. However, there is also another service/product available called Slingbox.

The simple silver device looks suspiciously like a gigantic chocolate bar, but the technology inside is truly sweet. This award-winning gadget is a breakthrough device that enables you to watch and control your living room television programming from anywhere by turning any Internet-connected laptop or PC into a personal television.

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UPDATE: T-Mobile Germany released ROM updates for the SDA and SDA Music Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you are a German reader and using the T-Mobile SDA or SDA Music (you know, the black business version, and the white music version), you might be interested to know that T-Mobile recently released a ROM update for both.
As with other Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition Smartphone updates, also this update isn't a Windows Mobile 5.0 upgrade but a regular update which includes Microsoft's AKU 2.6 for 2003 Second Edition and therefore includes the long-awaited Windows Mobile Player 10 Mobile (which lets you play DRM protected WMA files):

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Wednesday, 07.12.05
PHOTOVIEW: HTC Prophet Pocket PC Phone Edition aka Dopod 818 Pro
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:55 CET under 08 - Reviews

Sometimes a photo (or a couple) can say more than thousand words and therefore here we go with a couple of photos I made today from the earlier (officially) announced HTC Prophet (aka Dopod 818 Pro).
The version I had the chance to play with was the black one which has a nice "soft touch" feeling and it's as small as the HTC Magician and even slightly smaller then the Eten M600 I've used as the reference for the photos bellow:

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RELEASE: Dopod expands lineup with new Dopod 818pro (HTC Prophet) Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:53 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Dopod International continues to reinforce its leading position in the Asian PDA phone and smart phone market by announcing its latest product model, the Dopod 818pro (better known as HTC Prophet) with 5 colors for lifestyle consumers choices.

Available first in Singapore, the Dopod 818pro is the follow-on to the world's most successful PDA phone Dopod 818 and its alike (such as O2 mini in Asia) and being all ODMed by High Tech Computer (HTC), Dopod brings its latest product with unparalleled price performance and the only one in the world to come in 5 different colors – silver, matt black, lavender, pink and blue.
It also comes with WiFi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth A2DP, GPRS, Quad band GSM, EDGE and a 2-Megapixel camera with macro photo taking function. The industry prevalent MMC/SDIO slot, expanded memory size also brings extra cost benefits to consumers.

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COLORFUL: T-Mobile to release the MDA compact II in pink and grey too
Posted by Arne Hess - at 03:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The O2 Xda mini and T-Mobile compact (II) definitely seems to become fashion Pocket PCs, I have no other explanation why else T-Mobile and O2 are going to release these devices in various colors (and in limited editions, at least as O2 does with the Xda mini Limited Edition).
After O2's Xda mini Limited Edition announcement (currently, the mini is available in black and ice blue in addition to O2's standard anthracite), today a pink MDA compact II surfaced over at "Shiny Shiny":

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UPGRADE: Cingular gives mobile data a boost with the launch of UMTS' HSDPA
Posted by Arne Hess - at 02:48 CET under 01 - General News

Cingular Wireless today launched its super-charged wireless network capable of providing customers with high-speed access to information in a world that has gone mobile. Customers can use the third-generation (3G) network to access Cingular BroadbandConnect, which is available to nearly 35 million people in 52 communities throughout the United States. The company will continue to extend the network rapidly next year.

Cingular's 3G network is the first widely available service in the world to use HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) technology. HSDPA is the high-speed evolution of GSM/EDGE (Global System for Mobile Communication/Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution) and based on UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunication System), which shares a common core network. GSM is the world's most popular wireless technology, which is used by more than one billion people in 210 countries while UMTS is mostly used in Europe and Japan and is also called 3GSM.

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THOUGHT: One device - two IDs - four names
Posted by Arne Hess - at 02:23 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Oh man, carriers doesn't makes it easy if it comes two Windows Mobile "own-branded" devices. Let's take the HTC Wizard as an example: first it was introduced in Germany as T-Mobile MDA Vario and O2 Xda mini S (and yes, there was a time when both companies named the same device similar like T-Mobile MDA/O2 XDA or T-Mobile MDA II/O2 Xda II) but everything changed later with the T-Mobile MDA compact aka O2 Xda mini.
However, now we have - as I said - the Vario and mini S in the market for some weeks and yesterday also E-Plus and Vodafone Germany released their previously announced versions of the Wizard as "E-Plus Pocket PDA" and "Vodafone VPA compact II" (not to mention that the T-Mobile MDA compact II is a completely different device, it's not the HTC Wizard but the HTC Charmer).

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Saturday, 03.12.05
SITE: Optimized the mobile version with 'MobileOptimized'-tag
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:17 CET under 06 - Site News

The latest Internet Explorer Mobile versions for Windows Mobile Smartphone (2003 Second Edition and better) and Pocket PC (Windows Mobile 5.0) does a great job in rendering and optimizing websites to get the best display results, compared to the previous Pocket Internet Explorer results, thanks to the introduction of different layout options.
However, the Internet Explorer Mobile default fit-to-screen layout can be changed. The Windows Mobile-based Smartphones And Pocket PCs have a layout menu that enables users to select the Internet Explorer Mobile layout they want.

Internet Explorer offers the following layout menu options:

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Friday, 02.12.05
STREAMING: Watch the Winter Olympics on your Telenor mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:21 CET under 01 - General News

While we are talking about video streaming, today Norwegian Telenor has announced that its customers can watch live transmissions, highlights and recaps from next year's Winter Olympics in Torino directly on your mobile phone - free of charge! This has now been made possible through an exclusive mobile TV collaboration between Telenor and NRK.

Together, Telenor and NRK have secured the rights to present the Olympics to Norwegian mobile customers. Telenor is also the Norwegian alpine skiing team's main sponsor, as well as one of six national main sponsors of the Norwegian Olympic Committee.

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ENTERTAINMENT: First British soap exclusively for mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:02 CET under 01 - General News

Farringdon Road Films announce the UK launch of 'Brick-it' the first soap series to be made exclusively for mobile phones. The series will launch at the end of January 2006 with a new five minute episode available every weekday to all video enabled phones.

This is the first time that a team with experience in television and feature films has turned its skills to the very different mobile platform. The series also boasts some of the best young actors in the country, whose experience ranges from Harry Potter to Eastenders. The content guarantees to show off 3G capabilities at their best while remaining impactful on 2½G devices.

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BROWSING: Willcom chooses Opera for new Sharp W-ZERO3 Windows Mobile Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Opera Software and Willcom INC earlier this week announced that the Opera Mobile browser will be offered on the new Sharp W-ZERO3 Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 handset in Japan. The Sharp W-ZERO3 is the first Windows Mobile 5.0 device in the Japanese market and also the first device to ship with Opera Mobile 8.5 for Pocket PC.
With its 3.7 inch VGA (640x480 pixels) high resolution LCD screen and W-LAN connectivity, the Sharp W-ZERO3 is ideal for Web browsing on-the-go. Opera's unique rendering technology dynamically adapts Web pages to fit the width of the screen, providing an Internet experience almost identical to that on a larger PC screen.

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Thursday, 01.12.05
PREVIEW: Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 2 Bluetooth A2DP Profile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:55 CET under 08 - Reviews

Last week I wrote the first time about the next coming Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 2 and it's new Bluetooth features and the announced support for the Bluetooth A2DP Profile and today I had the chance to test it the first time!
What means A2DP for you? Basically it provides you Bluetooth stereo support for headsets which means you can listen your favorite music without any disturbing wires. That's cool and handy and in the future - I'm sure - we will see more and more car stereo devices which supports it as an input method as well which means as soon as you enter your car, your device will connects with your car stereo and you can continue listening your music on your car stereo!

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BETA: Microsoft released Windows OneCare Live Beta for the public
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:42 CET under 01 - General News

Back in May, Microsoft announced to work on a solution for Windows PCs which address the need for a more comprehensive PC health solution. This was the first time we've heard about Windows OneCare, a comprehensive and "simple-to-use" consumer subscription service that was planned to provide automated protection, maintenance and performance tuning as an all-in-one package for Windows-based PCs. Windows OneCare was initially being distributed to Microsoft employees this week as part of an extensive testing and development process before broad public beta availability scheduled for later this year.
This public availability started today as "Windows OneCare Live Beta" which became part of Microsoft's new Windows Live strategy now.

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