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Tuesday, 31.01.06
RELEASE: i-mate launches new device – the i-mate JAMin
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While the device isn't new (even a carrier announced it already), today i-mate, the specialists in Microsoft Windows Mobile devices and applications officially announce the launch of their most compact Windows Mobile 5.0 based Pocket PC, the i-mate JAMin better known as HTC Prophet. Leveraging off what has been an undeniable recipe for success for i-mate, the i-mate JAMin comes in the same compact form factor as the award winning i-mate JAM but houses significant improvements including Quad-band GPRS/EDGE capability, lightning-fast Wi-Fi built in, a 2.0 mega pixel camera and all the latest Windows Mobile 5.0 tools.

The i-mate JAMin boasts a minimalist streamline design with non slip black casing for extra grip and enhanced keypad design for complete one-handed navigation. It comes with a built in MP3 Player, Voice Recorder and Speakerphone as well as Computer Associates eTrust Antivirus software and a global warranty.

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UTILITY: Xbar for Smartphone and Pocket PC got an update from 3.0 to 3.1
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:03 CET under 01 - General News

Back in November, Xbar was completely redesigned and launched as Xbar 3 Beta which was released back in December as the final version. This week, Xbar got its update to 3.1.
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 and still my "all-time favorite".

Since the first Beta of xBar 3, it's code-signed and therefore fully compatible with Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone and Pocket PC as well as it supports QVGA for Smartphones (like the Samsung SGH-i300 or Orange C600) and VGA for Pocket PCs.

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Saturday, 28.01.06
POLL: Do you use Mobile Music? [CLOSED]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:01 CET under 10 - Polls

Mobile music, music download and especially mobile music download is in everybody's mouth now and after the big Internet portals like msn, Yahoo and AOL and for sure the most successful music shop iTunes, also mobile carriers jumped to the music download hype to offer music shops but unlike the "traditional" music shops, they offer some features more like mobile shopping and mobile song download.
The questions is if it makes sense to purchase and download music on the go or if it isn't enough to buy it at home, to download it at home and to synchronize it to a mobile device later. Or even the other way around, to buy it mobile but downloading and listening purchased song at home only:

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POLL: It's time to hear your thoughts! [CLOSED]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:24 CET under 10 - Polls

Okay, I have enabled the poll feature since I've relaunched PPCW.Net as the::unwired back in April last year but I haven't enabled it so far. Don't ask me why I haven't - I don't know but now it's time for the::unwired poll as well since I have so many questions and thoughts and I want to hear your opinion too. Not through the comments only but by simple polls as well. :-) So what do you think about the::unwired poll? And yes, this is the first poll already:

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ROM UPDATE: O2 Asia released new ROM for the O2 Xda Atom
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

O2 Asia recently released a new ROM update for its own Xda Atom Pocket PC Phone Edition which consolidates all the new and previous enhancements and fixes into a single ROM upgrade image. O2 encourages Xda Atom users to upgrade their devices to this system software.

This ROM update provides improvements to overall performance and quality in system software, application software and radio firmware. but applies only to devices with the following system software:

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Friday, 27.01.06
UPDATE: E-Ten releases ROM update for the E-Ten M600 with Bluetooth Stereo Headset support
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Last night I got an E-Mail from E-Ten regarding a "new" ROM (version 0171) for the E-Ten M600 Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition, E-Ten is providing to the media but the ROM isn't anything secret at all, it's even not that new (but from 26th December last year). Therefore it's already available from several E-TEN distributors.

ROM version 0171 contains some major radio improvements and fixes but is still based on Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 1.1 which - as we know - supports Bluetooth contact synchronization with car kits (see my previous review here) but not Bluetooth stereo through the A2DP profile.

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UPDATE: Skype updates Skype for Pocket PC to v2 without adding v2 features
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Yesterday, Skype released a new Skype version for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and updated from "Pocket PC 1.2 beta" to "Pocket PC 2.0 beta".
However, if you expect the PC v2 video calling functionality for Pocket PCs now, you will be disappointed because v2 only adds a graphics update (2.0 style) as well as an improved contact list sorting. That's the only changes. All the rest are buxfixes (some of them important, others aren't).

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Thursday, 26.01.06
REVIEW: Globalsat Bluetooth Stereo Headset and Audio Gateway Entertainment Pack
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:01 CET under 08 - Reviews

Two weeks ago, I've received my latest Bluetooth gadget, the Globalsat Bluetooth Entertainment Pack. The Globalsat Bluetooth Entertainment Pack is a combination of Globelsat's BTA-830 audio gateway which can be connected to virtually any audio device with an audio out option and the BTH-820 Bluetooth headset and during the past days, I had some exciting chances to test it while I was snowboarding, on a business trip, in the hotel, in the office and even at home and I've connected it to virtually every gadget I'm carrying abroad (my Smartphones, my Portable Media Center, my Apple iPod, my Notebook and my Pocket PC) or I have at home (my Windows XP Media Center).

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UTILITY: Vito Technology released Vito TaskSwitcher for Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

One of the real benefits of the Windows Mobile Smartphone platform is its multi-tasking capability we all know from our PCs. Therefore it makes sense to have an easy to use task-switcher on the device (like Alt-Tab on the PC) which - unfortunately - Microsoft neither provides for Pocket PCs nor for Smartphones. Therefore VITO Technology released TaskSwitcher for Windows Mobile Smartphones. It's an already well-known and highly popular utility for Pocket PC users and now it is ready to conquer the new platform.

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ANNOUNCED: E-Ten introduced the E-Ten G500 Pocket PC Phone Edition with inbuilt GPS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The G500 was floating through the Internet for quite a while and now it was officially announced by E-Ten Corporation, a Taiwan-based ODM.
The G500 is the first Pocket PC Phone from E-Ten to have fully integrated GPS capabilities. The G500's embedded RoyalTek GPS module, featuring the SiRF Star III high sensitivity chipset and an innovative internal antenna design, means that PDA or phone owners who also regularly need to access GPS services, no longer have to carry additional accessories or even a separate GPS device when they travel. No other product makes it as easy or as convenient as the G500 to have the latest satellite navigation technology always on hand.

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Tuesday, 24.01.06
ANNOUNCED: O2 Germany to release the HTC Prophet as O2 Xda neo [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, O2 Germany announced the launch of its latest Windows Mobile Pocket PC, the O2 Xda neo. Since the Xda neo is based on the HTC Prophet (see my preview here) we already know mostly everything but O2 Germany confirmed that the neo will includes W-LAN (unlike the Xda phone which excludes W-LAN) as well as the 2 megapixel camera and is running Windows Mobile 5.0.

A price wasn't given today and as release date, the carrier just said "spring". However, I got the word from O2 Germany, that the Xda neo will be released with the AKU 2.0 which will support - as highlights - Bluetooth stereo streaming (via A2DP) and Microsoft's own push E-Mail solution (based on Exchange 2003).

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Monday, 23.01.06
MINI REVIEW: The Dopod 838 strikes a good balance
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 22:10 CET under 08 - Reviews

We've witnessed the evolution of Microsoft's Windows Mobile platform from the old Windows CE of yore to the latest Windows Mobile 5 and the greatest changes are not just in the software. Hardware designs and additional functions clearly add to the improvements incorporated into the newest devices powered by Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile software.

We've seen the jump from the Handheld PC to the Pen-input device type devices and back to a hybrid design which is surely the best thing since sliced bread. Some of the latest Pocket PC Phone Edition designs incorporate a sliding QWERTY thumboard. One of them is the Dopod 838 (HTC Wizard). We've seen other renditions of a Pocket PC with a QWERTY thumboard namely the old iPAQ 43xx models, the HTC Blue Angel, and the Motorola MPX which uses a unique twist up/side screen to expose the thumboard.

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STREAMING: MyTinyTV - place shift TV for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today we have two great "place shift" TV solutions in the market already - Orb from Orb Networks and Sling Media's Slingbox. However, now comes another solution, developed for Pocket PCs and called MyTinyTV.

You can use MyTinyTV either at home within your own LAN or you can take it with you because it also works across the Internet when you are away from home. Go to your favorite wireless hotspot, like Starbucks, at airports, at hotels and watch TV or take your WAN broadband connection (MyTinyTV recommends a Pocket PC download speed of at least 250 Kbps, so EV-DO as well as UMTS are sufficient).
For remote access you will need a wireless Internet account and a decent broadband connection at your house (at least 250Kbps), where the desktop computer with the TV tuner is located.

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EVOLVEMENT: Windows Mobiles comes to NTT DoCoMo FOMA
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:39 CET under 01 - General News

So far, Japan is a kind of Windows Mobile desert if it comes to Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Editions and Smartphones.
However, this might change this summer with the introduction of Windows Mobile-powered FOMA devices since NTT DoCoMo and HTC announced today that they have signed a basic agreement under which DoCoMo will market HTC 3G FOMA handsets with Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Japanese edition operating systems.

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ANNOUNCED: T-Mobile US to introduce MDA Pocket PC and SDA Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:44 CET under 01 - General News

Now it's official, T-Mobile US will definitely release the HTC Wizard and Tornado as "T-Mobile MDA Handheld" (which is called T-Mobile Vario at T-Mobile Europe) and "T-Mobile SDA Smartphone" (which is called T-Mobile SDA II at T-Mobile Europe while the SDA II isn't a Windows Mobile 5.0 device at all).
That said, both devices will be Windows Mobile 5.0-powered and the Smartphone will also utilize this "nice" North-American Smartphone hump.

Availability is scheduled - according to T-Mobiles registration page - for February:

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Friday, 20.01.06
RUMOR: Is Microsoft working on a TV-Streaming utility for Media Center Edition PCs?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:06 CET under 01 - General News

According to BetaNews, they do and want to compete with Sling Media's Slingbox and Orb Networks Orb service.
According to BetaNews, "Microsoft is currently testing a Slingbox-like add-on that would allow Windows Media Center users to watch programming on their PCs from anywhere using mobile devices and laptops".
However, Microsoft's solution isn't using a set-top box, like Sling Media's solution but a piece of software (which is mostlikely the strength of Microsoft) and is therefore similar to Orb's Windows XP and Windows XP Media Center Edition solution.
Like with Orb, the stream would play through Windows Media Player.

Interesting is a comment from BetaNews where they indicates that they have seen a prototype already:

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QUESTION: Any interests for a Reader Meet-Up at this year's CeBIT?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:16 CET under 06 - Site News

I'm currently planning - together with digital living Blog - what we could do at CeBIT in March and it comes to my mind to have a joint reader meet-up there.
What do you think? Will you be there (at CeBIT) and do you have time (in the later afternoon/evening) to come together, having a talk, a beer (or two), watching the latest gadgets and just having fun? What would be the best day for you?

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RELEASE: Vodafone Germany launched the VDA II aka HTC Hertz
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:25 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Silently, Vodafone Germany has launched a new Windows Mobile Smartphone called VDA II. The VDA II is based on HTC's Tornado reference design but uses the "Hertz" ID (which is the same as used by i-mate for the SP5).
Therefore the device isn't anything new, except the fact that it seems that Vodafone is the first carrier which uses the W-LAN feature of the Tornado-series (remember - Orange has disabled it in the C600, O2 Germany has disabled it in the Xda phone and also Cingular isn't using it for the Cingular 2125).

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Wednesday, 18.01.06
UTILITY: Automatic Keylock for Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not sure how old this thing is (anyone knows? At least I haven't heard about it before) but since it is also available for Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphones now, at least this version can't be too old. ;-)
One thing which really annoys me with the Windows Mobile Smartphones is the missing auto-key lock, mostly every bred and butter mobile phones has. Sure you can go the workaround through the device lock but this is a workaround, even not a good one.
Anyway, with maniac's Automatic key lock (which was updated yesterday) you get a pretty convenient tool which does pretty much all you need and even more:

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COMPATIBILITY: Google Personalized Home now available in a mobile device optimized version
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:01 CET under 01 - General News

Oh, looks like I've missed this when I was was snowboarding last week but Google finally made their Personalized Home mobile friendly too, which is actually pretty handy as the Internet Explorer Mobile homepage!
Google personalized homepage puts the information you care about on one web page and now you can even access that page on your mobile phone or device, in a phone-friendly format that's easy to read and navigate.

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AVAILABLE: Opera officially released the public Pocket PC Beta of Opera 8.5
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The waiting has an end, at least! Today Opera released the long awaited public Beta of its Opera 8.50 browser for Windows Mobile based Pocket PCs!
The Opera 8.5 Pocket PC beta version is based on the same core as the Opera 8.5 desktop browser and brings the full Internet to Windows Mobiles Pocket PCs.

The current beta version is available for both Windows Mobile 2003/2003 Second Edition and Windows Mobile 5.0!

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Tuesday, 17.01.06
COOPERATION: Quanta to make Windows Mobile devices for HP?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to the Chinese-language Commercial Times, DigiTimes Taiwan reports that Quanta Computer is expected to begin volume shipments of PDA phones to Hewlett-Packer in the first half of this year!
According to the news, Quanta is expected to ship a revised version of O2's Xda Atom Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition, which was initially developed of O2.

The revised "HP Atom" Pocket PC Phone Edition should still come with the Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system, but will support the quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE standard, instead of the original tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE standard.

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REFRESH: Samsung to re-release the Samsung SGH-i300 as I300X with 4 GB hard disk
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you follow the Smartphone developments, you know for sure the Samsung SGH-i300 Windows Mobile Smartphone which was released late last year, first time show-cased at last year's CeBIT and which was one of the launch (event only) devices of the Windows Mobile 5.0 launch.
Nevertheless, it came with a - today - fairly small hard disk and Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition. Still, the i300 is a superior phone (which I had to return, unfortunately, I'm really missing it) but for sure, in this setup it can not compete with more state of the art Smartphones, like the latest HTC devices which even supports W-LAN, anymore.

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Thursday, 12.01.06
ENTERTAINMENT: Connexion by Boeing to bring Live IPTV into airplanes
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:45 CET under 01 - General News

Connexion by Boeing, a business unit of The Boeing Company, ushered in the new year by announcing evolutions in its pricing and service enhancements for its real-time high-speed Internet and entertainment services to airline passengers in flight.

The service enhancements include an expanded delivery of four channels of live global television to airlines that offer the Connexion by Boeing service and implementation of Yahoo! as the exclusive search engine on the service's portal used by passengers on flights to access the Internet and E-Mail.

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UTILITY: Makayama presents the first video ringtone solution for Windows Mobile devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:30 CET under 01 - General News

Makayama Interactive today announces Watchtone Studio Pro 2.0. This professional software allows companies to tap into the lucrative market of video ringtones. With the software it's possible to create video ringtones that will run on more then 50 mobile phones, the highest number in the market. The new version adds support for the growing market segment of Windows Mobile devices.

Watchtone Studio Pro 2.0 is the easiest tool for content aggregators, ringtone providers and others with a video, film or TV catalogue, to create video ringtones which can be sold over-the-air to consumers. A Symbian version, supporting , Series 60, was already available, but has now been extended to support the growing segment of Windows Mobile based Smartphones.

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Wednesday, 11.01.06
THOUGHT: How do you return to the Home screen on your Windows Mobile phone?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:43 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Following my earlier thought about how many ways we have to open a contact on a Smartphone, I have another thought about Smartphone navigation I brought-up during a break out session at Möbius conference last month. It's about how you (if you are a Windows Mobile Smartphone user) return to the Home screen.
All Microsoft Windows Mobile Smartphones have the "Home"-button (the one with the house icon) as a key requirement and if you press this button, you jump back to the Home screen, doesn't matter where you are:

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MOBILE ACCESS: One URL fits all - Wikipedia access for Mobile Phones and PDAs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:09 CET under 01 - General News

German solution provider Sevenval today announced the availability of its own "Wikipedia Mobile"-version which uses Sevenval's "FIT Mobile"-solution.
Thanks to FIT Mobile, it should be possible to use just one URL on any mobile device to always get the best result delivered; therefore it should work on QVGA, VGA Pocket PCs as well as on CIF, QVGA Smartphones.
With FIT Mobile it was possible to make Wikipedia available in all Wikipedia supported languages (47 by now) without redeveloping anything but FIR Mobile acts as a kind of proxy between your mobile device and the Wikipedia Encyclopedia:

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Monday, 09.01.06
ANNOUNCED: Sling Media to deliver your (PAL) home-TV to Windows Mobile based devices soon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:47 CET under 01 - General News

Following my earlier postings, Sling Media finally published their press releases regarding their support of Windows Mobile based Pocket PCs and Smartphones as well as coming overseas to Europe with a PAL-enabled Slingbox version:

First of all, Sling Media officially announced at CES the SlingPlayer Mobile, a new software client that gives Slingbox customers the ability to watch and control their home TV from any wirelessly-enabled Windows Mobile Smartphone or handheld computer. The new SlingPlayer Mobile software supports all flavors of Windows Mobile including Windows Mobile for Pocket PC and Windows Mobile for Smartphone and is compatible with both Windows Mobile 2003 and the recently released Windows Mobile 5 operating systems. The SlingPlayer Mobile software will be available in the first quarter of 2006. Pricing and distribution will be announced at that time.

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AWARDS: Bluetooth SIG announces Best of CES Contest Winners
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:24 CET under 01 - General News

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) today officially announced the winners of its Best of CES Contest, the first such contest hosted by the organization at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2006 last week to highlight the most innovative and consumer-friendly new Bluetooth enabled products. Manufacturers of Bluetooth products competed in seven categories representing consumer-facing industries in which Bluetooth technology is used.

Prior to the show, member companies of the Bluetooth SIG were invited to submit Bluetooth enabled products in the categories of mobile phone, headset, automotive hands-free, stereo audio, printing and imaging, PC environment and unique application. The Bluetooth SIG carefully tested each product and judged them on a variety of criterion, including ease of use, look and feel, implementation and originality. The products were also judged on their Best of Breed status, a program administered by the Bluetooth SIG that explains how classes of devices should implement specific profiles to provide exceptional user experience.

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PREVIEW: Globalsat Stereo Bluetooth Entertainment Pack
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:35 CET under 08 - Reviews

Thanks to Globalsat, today I received my latest Bluetooth stereo headset combo, the Globalsat Bluetooth Entertainment Pack which combines Globelsat's BTA-830 audio gateway and the BTH-820 Bluetooth headset.
The Bluetooth Entertainment Pack consists a sender/receiver that connects to any audio source, for instance your iPod and a Bluetooth headset. The headset is simple plug-and-go device which supports the standard Bluetooth A2DP for clear stereo sound streaming and the Bluetooth AVRCP profile for remote control as well as the standard Bluetooth headset profile to use it as a headset for mobile phones.

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THOUGHT: How many ways does Smartphone users need to find and open Contacts?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:44 CET under 09 - Thoughts

During the past two weeks, I heavily played with my new i-mate SP5 Windows Mobile Smartphone and one question came into my mind almost every day: how many contact buttons does a regular mobile phone user needs?As a matter of fact, the standard Windows Mobile 5.0 platform offers three ways to open the contacts: two from the Home screen and one from the programs menu.
However, HTC just added a third way to open the contacts from, let's say, everywhere and I came to the conclusion that two of the options are too much.

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SKINNING: Zphone's free Skin Pack for WM5 QVGA Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

With the introduction of Windows Mobile 5.0, Microsoft added more flexibility for carriers to customize the Phone Edition dial-pad which isn't - unfortunately - used so far by most ODMs or carriers.
Therefore, most dial-pads either looks like the original Microsoft dial-pad or are tweaked minimalist only (like a changed background skin).
However, if you want to give your Pocket PC Phone Edition a more individual look and feel and you are looking for something which fits to your Today screen better, you should check out this free collection of dial-pad skins for (QVGA) Windows Mobile 5 (only) Pocket PC Phone Editions:

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MOBILE MUSIC: Vodafone and Sony NetServices introduce Vodafone Radio DJ
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:17 CET under 01 - General News

Today, Vodafone and Sony NetServices are announcing a partnership for the global roll-out of the world's first fully convergent music service - Vodafone Radio DJ - offering interactive, personalized radio channels streamed to both 3G mobile phones and personal computers.

With Vodafone Radio DJ, customers have access to hundreds of thousands of songs, both current popular hits and back catalogue, from the world's largest record companies, and many smaller independent labels. Customers can access streamed radio channels, bespoke collections, and channels defined by customers themselves.

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Friday, 06.01.06
LEAKED: Acer Germany revealed the n310 Windows Mobile Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Acer Germany "accidentally" leaked the previously rumored Acer n310 Windows Mobile Pocket PC on its own website.
According to the product page, Acer's latest Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC, the Acer n310, will has a 3.7" VGA display, includes WiFi b and Bluetooth 1.2 and is powered by a Samsung ARM CPU with 300 MHz.
It includes 64/128 MB ROM and can be extended through the SDIO-compatible SD card slot.

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RUMOR: Is the GSM Palm Treo 700w coming to Europe in spring?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Ok, so far it's just a rumor or even not a rumor but a comment over at my German Blog (digital living) only but according to a comment from Thorsten, a Palm employee confirmed yesterday at the CES, that the awaited GSM (or even UMTS, who knows) version of the Palm Treo 700w can be expected for Spring 2006, most likely from Vodafone (not clear yet if Vodafone Global and therefore Vodafone worldwide or Vodafone Germany only).

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Thursday, 05.01.06
URGENT: Microsoft releases Security Update to fix WMF vulnerability in Windows
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:25 CET under 01 - General News

On Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, Microsoft Corp. announced that it would release a security update to help protect customers from exploitations of a vulnerability in the Windows Meta File (WMF) area of code in the Windows operating system, in response to malicious and criminal attacks on computer users that were discovered last week.
However, Microsoft has released the update today already, earlier than planned.

Microsoft originally planned to release the update on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006, as part of its regular monthly release of security bulletins, after testing for quality and application compatibility was complete. However, testing has been completed earlier than anticipated and the update is ready for release. In addition, Microsoft is releasing the update early in response to strong customer sentiment that the release should be made available as soon as possible.

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Mobile MUSIC: Verizon chooses Microsoft Windows Media to power its new V CAST music service
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:52 CET under 01 - General News

Today at the 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Microsoft and Verizon Wireless announced their collaboration on the new Verizon Wireless V CAST Music service to offer Verizon Wireless customers the ability to access and enjoy full-track, digital music downloads on mobile handsets and Microsoft Windows XP-based PCs through Windows Media Player 10. Verizon Wireless adopted core Windows Media technologies including Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM), an enhanced Windows Media Audio Professional (WMA Pro) codec and Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) to provide consumers with unfettered access to V CAST Music content across multiple devices and scenarios.

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RELEASE: Piel Frama announced new leather cases for the Palm Treo 700w and HTC Wizard
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:25 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While the Palm Treo 700w was released just yesterday, today Spanish leather cases-specialist Piel Frama announced the release of the right leather case for the Treo 700w.
Also today, Piel Frama announced the availability of the dedicated HTC Wizard (i-mate K-JAM, O2 Xda mini S/pro, T-Mobile MDA Vario).

Both cases are available for 60 Euro (including UPS or TNT shipping) within the next 15 days and available in black, tan, black/tan and red.

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UNVEILED: Microsoft to release next generation Portable Media Center platform [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:37 CET under 01 - General News

In his keynote address today at the 2006 International CES, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates announced three new partners - Toshiba, Tatung and LG Electronics - delivering Windows Mobile-based Portable Media Centers this year and highlighted a mobile version of Vongo, the new movie service from Starz Entertainment Group LLC that offers premium full-length movies and other video selections for playback on new Portable Media Centers. These next-generation devices are packed with features such as extended battery life, support for new higher-resolution displays and wide screens, direct audio/video recording, and direct connections to digital cameras; prices begin at US$ 299 MSRP. The new devices and the mobile version of Vongo, coming first to Portable Media Centers, will be available in early 2006.

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MULTIMEDIA: KVH and Microsoft to bring broadband connectivity and MSN TV service to mobile customers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:14 CET under 01 - General News

Microsoft and KVH Industries today announced an agreement to bring the MSN TV service to consumers traveling in cars, trucks, RVs and boats throughout the United States. KVH's Mobile Internet Receiver with MSN TV service, a customized version of the MSN TV 2 Internet & Media Player, will provide in-motion access to Web browsing, Microsoft Windows Media Player, MSN Mail and MSN Messenger, digital photo viewing, MSN Video, and MSN Radio with two-way connections made possible by broadband EVDO cellular services. The result will be the first in-motion product to offer consumers easy-to-use, high-speed Internet access on the television screens already installed in cars and other vehicles today. KVH's Mobile Internet Receiver with MSN TV service will also include Wi-Fi output to provide Internet connectivity to a wide range of Wi-Fi-enabled products.

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MULTIMEDIA: Sling Media ready to introduce its Windows Mobile compatible Slingbox clients
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:55 CET under 01 - General News

Back in December, I wrote the first time about Sling Media's plans to release Windows Mobile compatible clients for its Slingbox and now - at this year's CES in Las Vegas - Sling Media is finally introducing the new software that will allow people to access their cable TV service from Windows Mobile Smartphones and Pocket PC (Phone Editions).

Sling Media plans to unveil today the required client software that would enable a mobile device to access a person's cable TV service from anyplace where there's a high-speed Internet connection.

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LINK: ZDNet reviews the new Palm Treo 700w Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you are either a Palm or Windows Mobile fan or you are simply consider to buy one of the new Palm Treo 700w devices, you might want to check out ZDNet's latest review of this brand new and long awaited Pocket PC Phone Edition which was officially introduced yesterday by Palm and Verizon Wireless.

While overall ZDNet is quite happy with the device, it only got a 7.6 out of 10 rating because the low-resolution screen (240 x 240 instead of Pocket PC's standard resolution 240 x 320 / 480 x 640) and the lack of WiFi.

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COOPERATION: Philips and Microsoft to launch a Windows Live Messenger compatible VoIP cordless phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:18 CET under 01 - General News

After Microsoft and MCI announced their cooperation to enhance the new Windows Live Messenger 8 with Voice over IP to PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) functionalities, today Philips and Microsoft announced to team up to introduce the new VOIP433 Dual Phone (incorporating Internet and PSTN phone capabilities), which will provide consumers with a simpler and more unified communications solution. The VOIP433 serves as both a traditional telephone and a VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) phone, allowing users to make and receive Internet calls to their online contacts through the upcoming Microsoft Windows Live Messenger service, the successor of MSN Messenger, which boasts more than 200 million active accounts worldwide.

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Wednesday, 04.01.06
RELEASE: Verizon Wireless and UTStarcom announces award-winning Pocket PC XV6700 with Windows Mobile 5.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:53 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Verizon Wireless and UTStarcom Personal Communications announced today at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the availability of the XV6700 - which utilizes Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 platform. Recently proclaimed an "Editor's Choice for 2005" by Laptop magazine, the XV6700 runs on Verizon Wireless' EV- DO (Evolution-Data Optimized) wireless broadband network.

With its EV-DO and Wi-Fi capabilities, the XV6700 enables Verizon Wireless customers to be productive and stay connected - the Windows Mobile 5.0- equipped XV6700, with its unique sliding QWERTY keyboard that opens from the side and automatically changes screen orientation from portrait to landscape viewing mode, is designed to allow busy professionals to stay connected with their office, friends and family.

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RELEASE: Verizon Wireless announces launch for Palm Treo 700w Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

For businesses and individuals who want the latest all-in-one mobile communications and business-productivity solution, Palm, Inc. and Verizon Wireless today announced the availability of the Palm Treo 700w Smartphone, the first Treo Smartphone to take advantage of Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess service on its EV-DO network. The Treo 700w Smartphone also is the first Treo Smartphone to run the Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system, bringing the hallmark Palm ease of use to Windows Mobile for the first time. It combines a great mobile phone with high-speed wireless data access to E-Mail and business applications. The Treo 700w Smartphone goes on sale tomorrow and joins the Treo 650 Smartphone based on the Palm OS platform on the Verizon Wireless network.

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UPDATE: SBSH Mobile Software released Papyrus 1.2 for Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

With Papyrus 1.2, SBSH Mobile Software finally introduces complete Windows Mobile 5 support, full support for QVGA devices, new Tasks view for task management including a new preview pane, much faster scrolling through phone numbers on the View item dialogs and much more!
Papyrus is a robust time management solution for Windows Mobile Smartphones which replaces the built-in PIM functionalities.
Papyrus offers many smart views, category coloring and icons and powerful tools to manage and keep track of your schedule, replacing the default Calendar and Tasks tools with a more powerful solution.

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PRESS RELEASE: Verizon Wireless and Samsung officially announces the Samsung SCH-i830
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following my earlier posting of Samsung's SCH-i830 launch, here is the official press release with some more information:

Samsung Telecommunications America today introduced its SCH-i830, the ultimate tool for the global business traveler, which will be available for Verizon Wireless' large account enterprise customers on January 10, 2006, and for consumers on January 24, 2006. As the latest smart phone collaboration between Verizon Wireless and Samsung, the i830 is much more than a wireless phone - it's similar to a personal computer with a full QWERTY keyboard and access to E-Mail and documents, and also comes equipped with quad-band frequency that will work internationally where networks are supported.

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LINK: Pocketinfo.nl reviews the i-mate version of the HTC Prophet aka i-mate JAMin
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following my preview of the HTC Prophet, I've published two weeks ago, Pocketinfo.nl got their hands on the final i-mate version of the same device, i-mate is calling "JAMin".
As you might remember, the Prophet is the real follower of HTC's bestseller, the HTC Magician since it's the same size but runs Windows Mobile 5.0, supports WiFi g and includes a 2 megapixel camera, just to name a few highlights.

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RELEASE: Samsung to show the SCH-i830 Global Pocket PC Phone Edition at CES 2006
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Samsung is expected to release its new SCH-i830 Pocket PC Phone Edition - which features both GSM 900 and 1800 and CDMA (800/1900MHz) at CES 2006. This dual-mode feature is unique for Pocket PCs and should porivdes business travelers best connection in the US and overseas.
Additionally it's sporting a 2.8" QVGA touchscreen, the typical slide-out QWERTY keyboard, EV-DO and Bluetooth but not W-LAN. With its 64 MB RAM and 128 MB ROM and support for SD memory cards it's well dimensioned but unfortunately it still runs Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC only.

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RELEASE: ActivePrint 4.1 now supports Windows Mobile 5.0 to print PIM and Clipboard contents
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Pocket Watch Software has recently released the newest version of its award winning mobile printing solution: ActivePrint 4.1. Included in this new version is the support for printing PIM features such as Appointments, Contacts, Tasks and Inbox Messages. Also included is support for printing text and images from your device's clipboard!

Now, not only can you print as many as 80 different document types from your Windows Mobile to any MS Windows compatible printer, you can now print the most basic features of every Windows Mobile device. And with support for printing images and text from clipboard printing capability spreads to even more applications. Simply copy what you want printed from within your program and then queue up what you want printed by going into ActivePrint.

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Monday, 02.01.06
TRACKING: VITO released ActiveTrace GPS-enabled activity-tracking for Pocket PC and Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:52 CET under 01 - General News

VITO Technology last week released its brand-new product VITO ActiveTrace. ActiveTrace is a Pocket PC and Smartphone program with GPS navigation support for all gadgeteers who happen to have aspiration for sport. Even if you are far from going in for sport you can't help feeling like a real sportsman with all the possibilities VITO ActiveTrace provides.

ActiveTrace is specially designed to watch your sports progress. There are several sports activities that are best for training with VITO ActiveTrace:

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FIRST VIEW: Opera 8.5 for Pocket PC seen in the wilderness
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

No, it's not the official and final version of Opera 8.5 Mobile for Pocket PC which recently made its way into the Internet but Opera's special version of Opera 8.5 which was developed exclusively for the Sharp W-ZERO3 Pocket PC which was announced late last year.

Nevertheless, the Sharp W-ZERO3 is "the device featuring the final version of Opera 8.5 for PPC which will be available in Japan in mid-January. And yes, that is also when we will have the public, downloadable version available from opera.com!" as Eskil Sivertsen, PR Manager at Opera previously posted in his Blog.

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LINK: PocketInfo.nl reviews the Qtek version of the HTC Galaxy
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Wouter of PocketInfo.nl just let me know, that they managed to get the HTC Galaxy in their hands and have put a review of the Qtek G100 Pocket PC online.
As you might remember, the HTC Galaxy is HTC's first (own) Pocket PC with built-in GPS and also features WiFi. Beside Qtek, also i-mate will will release it as the PDA-N.
According to Wouter, the i-Mate version will have 64MB more memory (128MB ROM and 128MB RAM) then the Qtek does. Interesting to know, wasn't aware about this difference.

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CONNECTIVITY: Globalsat have just released their new Bluetooth Entertainment Pack
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:47 CET under 01 - General News

Globalsat's new Bluetooth Entertainment Pack combines the BTA-830 audio gateway and BTH-820 Bluetooth headset into a complete wireless system for your music player or mobile phone.
The Bluetooth Entertainment Pack consists of a receiver that connects to your iPod and a Bluetooth headset. It is simple plug-and-go device which supports the standard Bluetooth A2DP profile for consistent and clear stereo sound quality.
Using the latest innovative Bluetooth technologies the Audio Gateway transmits crystal clear digital sound to compatible Bluetooth audio receivers up to 10m away.

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