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Friday, 28.04.06
RUMOR: Is Microsoft preparing for its own mobile-device hardware?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:38 CET under 01 - General News

As Taiwanese DigiTimes reported today, Microsoft is cooperating closely with four Taiwanese enterprises and a local research organization through its Microsoft Technology Center in Taiwan (MTC) to develop various multimedia devices, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner pointed out yesterday at a press conference held in Taipei.

Cooperating with Microsoft are High Tech Computer (Smartphones, PDA phones, mobile live digital TV phones based on Windows Mobile platform), Arima Communications (Multimedia handsets technologically based on MWA (Windows Media Audio), WMV (Windows Media Video) and WMDRM (Windows Media Digital Rights Management)), Alpha Networks (Digital media players, network DVD players, wireless audio players, HDTV hybrid set-top boxes and IPTV, all technologically based on WMA, WMV and WMDRM), Sunplus Technology (Addition of Windows Media Photo technology to processors of digital cameras) and the Electronics & Optoelectronics Research Lab (Application of WMA and WMV technology to FVD (forward versatile disc), a self-developed red-laser high-definition DVD standard) under the government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).

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AVAILABLE: Sling Media's SlingPlayer Mobile leaves the Beta and is available now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:25 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Some weeks ago, Sling Media announced the public Beta availability of its SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and now, Sling Media announced the first official release of SlingPlayer Mobile for Slingbox owners. SlingPlayer Mobile is a new software package that gives Slingbox owners the ability to watch and control their home TV from any network-enabled mobile phone or handheld computer (PDA) powered by Windows Mobile. The SlingPlayer Mobile software available today is compatible with devices that run Windows Mobile Pocket PC 5.0 and 2003 Second Edition. Sling Media will deliver a version for non-touchscreen devices based on Windows Mobile Smartphone later this quarter.

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Thursday, 27.04.06
BETA: Microsoft made ActiveSync 4.2 Beta available for public download
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:10 CET under 01 - General News

Microsoft ActiveSync 4.2 addresses known issues related to Microsoft Outlook synchronization and Desktop Pass Through (DTPT). Specifically this beta addresses the 85010014 error while trying to sync with Microsoft Outlook. Microsoft ActiveSync 4.2 will also provide an improved user experience for users that are experiencing USB connectivity issues. This beta release provides the first step by prompting the user when a connectivity issue may exist. Future releases will continue to improve the overall experience.

Microsoft have been working closely with the OEMs and mobile operators to identify the major issues that users of Windows Mobile devices and ActiveSync have been experiencing and have developed an update for ActiveSync to address the major problems. And if you think Microsoft isn't listening their customers, this is wrong: "We have also been following the forums and newsgroups closely looking to trends to help identify the major issues."

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Wednesday, 26.04.06
THOUGHT: The Bluetooth standard lacks a priority profile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:08 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Yes, I'm a big fan of Bluetooth and I'm using for a couple of cable replacements: at home I'm using a wireless Bluetooth keyboard and mouse as well as a (stereo) Bluetooth headset for Skype/VoiP as well as listen audio from my Windows Media Center Edition.
On the go, I'm using another Bluetooth mouse for my Notebook and my Pocket PCs as well as a Bluetooth keyboard for the same Pocket PCs. For sure I'm also using a (stereo) headset for my Smartphone for both - voice calls and to listen my music, same with my iPod and last but not least my Smartphone is connected to my Bluetooth car kit while driving. A lot of Bluetooth around me and I simply like the simplicity of use, for instance Bluetooth Active sync, beaming and receiving files to and from Notebooks or other PDAs etc.

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BROADCASTING: ComVu showcases live video broadcast from a 3G phone to the DVB-H network
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:13 CET under 01 - General News

Do you remember ComVu, the (currently free) service which lets you broadcast videos from your Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone?
Now, ComVu announced the world's first live video broadcasting from a 3G camera phone direct to the DVB-H network. ComVu is working closely with Modeo, a pioneer in mobile television broadcast technology, to provide millions of citizen reporters with the ability to broadcast breaking news live to a global television audience. ComVu's demonstration of user-generated video broadcasting using Windows Media technologies from a camera phone to a Modeo-enabled device will be hosted at Microsoft's booth SL1161 at the NAB 2006 convention in Las Vegas, April 24-27.

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Tuesday, 25.04.06
CODING: Get started developing for Motorola Q today
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like the (North American) launch of the Motorola Q comes seriously closer! After it appeared on Verizon Wireless' web server some days ago, Motorola provides you now everything you need to begin developing for Motorola Q, the impossibly thin QWERTY Smartphone on its Motocoder developer site.
Built on the Windows Mobile 5.0 software platform, the Motorola Q offers familiar features and a cutting edge design that opens up a world of opportunities for developer innovation. Download the Motorola Q Developer Guide today and discover everything you need to create and test applications for Motorola Q.

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TWEAK: Make your Windows Mobile 5 device Bluetooth Stereo A2DP enabled
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:32 CET under 01 - General News

The guys over at did it again and found a way to enable A2DP on Windows Mobile AKU 2 updated devices, even if your operator left out the A2DP and AVRC Bluetooth stereo profile out!
Sure, this is neither a supported tweak nor an official way to get A2DP enabled on your Windows Mobile 5 device and therefore everything you do, you do on your own.
Basically, the original way "sas90850" and "kyunga" posted contains 4 files (3 DLLs and one CAB file) and a Registry modification you have to do on your own.
However, "Khuanchai" packed everything in one CAB file which installs all DLLs and the CAB on your device and modifies the Registry on its own, no need to modify it yourself anymore.

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Monday, 24.04.06
UTILITY: Birdsoft Contact-ing Today Screen contact management solution
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Birdsoft today announced Contact-ing for Pocket PC Phone Edition, an advanced and efficient way to organize, view and call contacts using your Windows Mobile device. This powerful, yet easy-to-use application runs directly from your Today Screen.

Contact-ing is the ultimate contact management solution for your Today Screen. Do all of your essential contact lookups and editing in one convenient location, no need for a bulky application to load up for every interaction. Quickly lookup your contacts using one of two interface modes, using Contact Photos or using the intuitive List Mode. Filter by Category or Company and use Alpha Search to quickly find the contacts you are looking for. Directly access their website, email or phone numbers. Display upcoming Birthdays and Anniversaries without the need for a dedicated today plug-in. All this from the convenience of your Today Screen.

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Sunday, 23.04.06
POLL: Do you and how do you use Mobile TV? [CLOSED]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:13 CET under 10 - Polls

Ok, mobile TV is one of the buzz-words this year and if you attend the 3GSM Congress or the CeBIT, every second stand offered a kind of mobile TV solution, mostly DVB-H or DMB based.
Looks like after the "mobile Internet" aka WAP and i-mode and music download services, mobile TV is the next hype mobile operators want to find a new revenue stream in.
However, there are other options as well, to get the TV on your mobile device like Sling Media's SlingBox or Orb Network's Orb which provides you the full flavor of mobile TV, not operator pre-defined TV-services.
The question is do you use mobile TV already (or do you plan to do so) and if so, which technologies you are using/want to use? Or don't you have any interest in mobile TV at all?

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UPDATE: Orb Networks released new Orb PC Build 1.01.0671
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:51 CET under 01 - General News

Sweet, I'm a big Orb fan since I became aware of it the first time early last year and it's always appreciated if there is a new version released, to improve and enhance the functionalities.
If you are not aware about Orb - it's a free service which lets you access you home PC from virtually any PC and mobile device (including Pocket PCs, Smartphone and 3G terminals) to get your music and video collections streamed, to view your stored photos and to watch live TV via streaming (video and TV streaming requires WMV, Real or 3GPP compatible devices).
In addition Orb provides many more features, including a free Skype voice mail, etc.

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Saturday, 22.04.06
ALIVE: The Samsung SGH-i320 is not dead but further developed
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Ok, sometimes it might help to rant, like my latest rant about the Samsung SGH-i320 Windows Mobile Smartphone, the GSM competitor to the Motorola Q (which will be initially launched in a ECDO version only). I was wondering what happened with it during the CeBIT since it wasn't at the Samsung stand and already had the fear that it might disappears like the Motorola MPx and MPx100 before but no - it's still alive!
This week I had the chance to spend another 20 minutes with a well working prototype (unfortunately I hadn't had my camera with me - note to myself: always carry the camera with you). Also I got confirmed, the SGH-i320 will be released (at least in Europe, haven't heard anything yet about North America) and as I said, it was a further development of what we have seen the first time during the 3GSM Congress back in February.

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REVIEW: GlobalSat Bluetooth Stereo Audio Gateway BTA-809 for iPods
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:10 CET under 08 - Reviews

For some days now, I'm using the the GlobalSat Bluetooth Stereo Audio Gateway BTA-809 for iPods (which is called iWAG = iPod Wireless Audio Gateway now) which turns your iPod into a wireless music center. Using Bluetooth, the Audio Gateway transmits crystal clear digital sound to A2DP/AVRC compatible Bluetooth audio receivers up to 10m away. The BTA-809 audio kit consists of a receiver that onnects to your iPod and a Bluetooth headset. It is simple plug-and-go device which supports the standard Bluetooth A2DP and AVRC profiles for consistent and clear stereo sound quality and remote control functionality. It connects directly to your iPod via Dock Connect interface and is compatible with and 3G, 4G, 5G, mini and nano iPod and enables your iPod to transfer the stereo audio signal wirelessly to any A2DP compatible Bluetooth headset, for instance Globalsat's own BTH-820 Bluetooth stereo headset (see me previous review here).

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COMMUNICATION: Microsoft released Office Communicator Mobile for public download
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:51 CET under 01 - General News

I've written about Microsoft's plans to extend the Office Communicator-line to Windows Mobile devices first time back in December last year and Microsoft officially announced it during the 3GSM Congress in February this year. No, Microsoft made the Communicator Mobile client available for public download. The Communicator Mobile client  is designed to extend the reach of Live Communications Server 2005 using Windows Mobile powered devices. Communicator Mobile has a look and feel similar to the desktop version of Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 and ensures that access to the capabilities provided by Live Communications Server 2005 can continue when people are away from their desks.

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Friday, 21.04.06
SURFACED: More HTC Breeze aka Qtek 8600 live photos available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Okay, we have learned more about the HTC Breeze, HTC's first Windows Mobile 5.0 UMTS Smartphone, since Expansys accidentally published some tech-specs but so far we hadn't had too many live or even comparison photos available.
Now the first live comparison photos appeared over at at MoDaCo and JW2 - compared with the HTC Magician and HTC Star Trek:

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Thursday, 20.04.06
UPDATE: Palm released the AKU 2 ROM update for the Treo 700w
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Palm recently released the long awaited AKU 2 ROM update for its Windows Mobile 5.0 Treo 700w Pocket PC Phone Edition.
As expected, it includes the Microsoft's Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP) with Direct Push Technology for automatic wireless synchronization of E-Mail, Calendar, Contacts and Tasks with compatible Microsoft Exchange 2003 SP2 servers.
Additionally it enhances E-Mail capabilities for more support of push E-Mail solutions, such as WirelessSync and GoodLink and of synchronization capabilities, such as the ability to maintain an "always on" data connection after POP or IMAP email synchronization and the ability to auto-synchronize all E-Mail accounts based on user setting.

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RSS READER: A•Times - a Newspaper like you've never seen before
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Introducing A•Times, a user friendly electronic newspaper for your Windows Mobile device that gives you news updates in real time. Discover a newspaper like you've never seen before.

A•Times is an enhanced news feed aggregator of surprising power. What sets it apart from conventional news aggregators is that it formats and displays news in a traditional newspaper format, adapted to the small screen of your Windows Mobile device.

Synchronize it anytime and then bring it with you wherever you go. And, unlike ordinary newspapers, it fits in your pocket.

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STYLISH: O2 Asia presents the Xda Atom Pure in seductive white
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

O2 Asia yesterday announced the official launch of the Xda Atom Pure, a white limited edition version of the popular Xda Atom. Sporting the same sleek profile, the Xda Atom Pure is just as smart, just as sexy and just as mighty. It contains all of the powerful features you’ve come to know and love from the original.

Like its predecessor, the Xda Atom Pure measures only 58x102x18.5 mm and weighs just 140g. Housed within the seductive, pearly-white exterior is a galore of multimedia functions. Like O2 MediaPlus, the first – and still the only – media centre designed for PDA-phones that gives you easy-to-use, single screen access to music, video and photo files and functionality; a built-in 2.0 mega pixel camera with strobe flash that ensures clarity day and night on the large 2.7" 262K-colour TFT-LCD QVGA touchscreen; and an FM radio with built-in speakers that let you tune in to the latest chart hits and news. Thanks to A2DP and AVRCP technology, you can even enjoy and control all these multimedia experience wirelessly via Bluetooth headsets.
The Xda Atom Pure is powered by an Intel 416MHz processor, and comes with 128MB Flash ROM and 64MB RAM of on-board memory.

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STYLISH: E-Ten M550 - a new white Pocket PC Phone Edition for the Asian market only
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like white is the new black, at least it looks like Pocket PC manufactures are looking after other colors than black and gray also. According to, E-Ten will be ready soon to launch a new Pocket PC Phone Edition - but this time exclusively for the Asian market: the M550. The M550 might replace theM500, basically with the same major specifications but with a different keypad layout, with Mobile Windows 5 and as said before, it will be available in white:

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MOBILE TV: CyberLink demonstrates DVB-H TV solution for Mobile Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:57 CET under 01 - General News

CyberLink, well known for its digital home solutions, recently unveiled its CyberLink DVB-H TV Solution for accessing broadcast TV content via mobile devices. The announcement reveals the extension of CyberLink's leading digital TV expertise for the PC, to include playback of video and TV entertainment via handheld devices such as PDAs and smartphones. CyberLink is currently demonstrating its latest solution at the Taipei International Digital Electronics Show.

In close cooperation with its mobile TV partners for content, network service and hardware, CyberLink is leveraging its extensive experience with digital TV standards and technologies to provide a DVB-H software solution for receiving and processing digital video content. Users access and view the content through the CyberLink DVB-H TV Solution interface.

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SERVICE: SRN launches NOMAD Media Hub BETA: Free RSS Aggregator for PPC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

SRN recently announced its new NOMAD Media Hub BETA which empowers Windows Mobile Pocket PC users from around the world to create personalized media channels to go! Entirely multimedia-enabled, NOMAD Media Hub allows web feed aggregation, multiple channel subscription, channel creation by keyword or topic watch, playback and support for rich contents formats such as Podcasts, Videocasts and aggregate feed channels powered by Google News, Flickr, Webjay, Podzinger, Fotolia, Blinkx and many other popular social media providers:

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Wednesday, 19.04.06
UPDATE: Spb Software House released Spb Diary 1.7.5
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb Software House today announced an updated release of Spb Diary, now available in version 1.7.5. Spb Diary is a feature-rich Pocket PC Today-screen plug-in for your Calendar, Tasks, Contacts, Notes and Messages. It enhances Pocket Outlook by gathering all of your PIM information in one place.

Spb Software House is constantly listening to customers' feedback to find out the most important users' needs. And therefore, in the new 1.7.5 version, the most requested features have been implemented:

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MULTIMEDIA: Windows Media Player 11 to be released for Windows XP too
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:18 CET under 01 - General News

In June, Microsoft has revealed, it will release a Windows XP version of Windows Media Player 11 too - which was first intend to be released for Windows Vista only. Microsoft also confirmed that the Windows Media Player release for Windows XP will not contain all of the features that will be included in the Windows Vista version but hasn't said yet what will and will not be included in the June version.
Nevertheless, Windows Media Player 11 could become interesting for Windows Mobile users also because of the better synchronization for portable devices, Windows Media Player 11 promises to provide.

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SURFACED: Verizon-branded Motorola Q appeared on the Verizon Wireless server
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

However "Qusers" managed to find this image, it's on the Verizon Wireless server. And since my fellow MVP Mike from Smartphone Thoughts already "spent the last hour tooling around the site and he couldn't find a single hint of the Q", I will not try the same just to get the same result.
Nevertheless, this seems to be the first real indication that Verizon Wireless might be getting ready to finally release Motorola Q I had the chance to play with the first time back in December last year (and see some comparison-photos to its strongest competitor - the Samsung SGH-i320 here).

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AVAILABILITY: Samsung SGH-i300x on sale now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like the Samsung SGH-i300x wasn't just a marketing fake but real, at least one company is selling and shipping it worldwide now: Singapore-based
It's selling the "International English Version" of the i300x (you remember - the i300 refresh with a 4GB HDD which surfaced back in January) for around US$ 699.99 plus shipping costs. Unfortunately isn't saying which Windows Mobile version the i300x is about (Windows Mobile 2003SE vs. Windows Mobile 5.0) nor they are saying a word about the user interface languages (English can be expected but is it US or UK English and what's with the other languages like German, French, Spanish, etc).

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WALLET: Developer One released CodeWallet Pro 2006 for Windows Mobile and PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:36 CET under 01 - General News

In addition to its AgendaFusion 8 release, Developer One also announced the availability of CodeWallet Pro 2006 for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs, Smartphones and Desktop PCs.
CodeWallet Pro 2006 unifies the Pocket PC and Smartphone installation to just one Windows Mobile version which works with both - Pocket PCs and Smartphones.

Great new features includes:

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PIM: Developer One released Agenda Fusion 8 for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Developer One just announced the new releases of Agenda Fusion 8 for Pocket PC. Making mobile information management even better, this releas includes some of smartest new features yet.

Agenda Fusion 8 builds on it's reputation of delivering powerful and easy to use time management features and now includes:

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Thursday, 13.04.06
UPDATE: O2 UK released AKU 2 ROM Update for the Xda Mini S - Germany to follow soon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

More and more AKU 2 Windows Mobile 5 ROM updates popping-up now and the latest release came from O2 UK who released a ROM update for the O2 Xda Mini S (HTC Wizard). Apart from the push E-Mail benefits, this ROM update includes an updated communications manager (which HTC developed to make the Push E-Mail setup easier), an updated radio-stack and an updated O2 Active User Interface (O2's Today screen replacement).

The download is available from O2 UK's relaunched Xda site but available for O2 customers only. Nevertheless, A2DP is absent yet.

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Monday, 10.04.06
OFFICE: TextMaker 2006 for Pocket PCs goes to public Beta
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

German software vendor SoftMaker announced today the start of public beta testing of its new word processor for Pocket PCs, TextMaker 2006.

When TextMaker was first introduced for the Pocket PC three years ago, it was an overnight sensation: Finally it was possible to do real word processing on these mobile devices. Finally it was possible to open a Microsoft Word file, work on it, and save it back, with formatting and content intact.

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REVIEW: NewsGator Mobile for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:09 CET under 08 - Reviews

I'm sure, most of you have heard about NewGator, the leading RSS feed service service. NewsGator develops and markets RSS aggregation solutions for individual end users, enterprises, publishers and other online content providers. I'm using NewsGator aggregators since 2004 to access news, information and other relevant content efficiently and effectively via the web, Microsoft Outlook and my Windows XP Media Center Edition which most of you might do as well but are you aware of the Mobile Edition for small-screen HTML-enabled devices like Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and Smartphones?
The charme of NewsGator, which will also be released as a Windows Mobile client soon, is that all of the different platforms synchronize seamlessly, enabling you to easily switch between NewsGator aggregators. That's why I enjoy to use NewsGator because while I commute to the office, I could read the latest news RSS feeds on my Windows Mobile devices, in the office I either access my NewsGator account through my Outlook client or through the web interface (which is AJAX-enabled now) and at home I can read the latest news on my XP Media Center Edition PC, right from my couch (on the left the Outlook interface, on the right the web interface):

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Saturday, 08.04.06
REVIEW: Bluetake i-PHONO Bluetooth Stereo Dongle BT430Tx
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:38 CET under 08 - Reviews

Ok, now you have one of the new fancy Bluetooth stereo headsets you might use with your mobile phone or PDA just to find out either not all your devices supports the required A2DP Bluetooth profile or you wonder if there is more. And yes, there is more you can use your Bluetooth stereo headset for, if you have the right accessory like the i-PHONO Bluetooth Stereo Dongle.
It enables your music player such as a CD players, MP3 players like iPods, home Hi-Fi systems, handheld game consoles, Portable Media Centers, but even your Computer and Notebook or TV to transmit wirelessly the audio in stereo-quality to any Bluetooth stereo enabled headset like the i-PHONO mini Bluetooth Stereo Headphone.

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Friday, 07.04.06
STREAMING: Broadcast Video from your Windows Mobile device with ComVu's Pocket Caster [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:23 CET under 01 - General News

I just came across a service called ComVu which was posted about at MoDaCo and while it's not that new anymore, it looks interesting. Especially now where we have some UMTS/3G flat fees here which you need to make it fully usable!.
ComVu is a so far - free service which includes a client for Windows Mobile devices (which is only around 450 Kb) to broadcast live audio and video from your Pocket PC (and even Smartphone, according the support page) to the Internet!. The broadcasts can then be either watched live and in real-time at the web or later from the archive.

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UPDATE: Qtek released AKU 2 ROM update for HTC Universal aka Qtek 9000
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Qtek recently released the long awaited AKU 2 ROM for their version of the HTC Universal. This ROM update offers both Messaging & Security Feature Pack for Windows Mobile 5.0 and new applications that you may find in the AKU 2 upgrade for your device - including the A2DP and AVRC Bluetooth profiles for wireless stereo streaming of audio files.
The new Messaging & Security Feature Pack enables business users to easily stay connected to their Microsoft Office Outlook Mobile information while on the go and helps businesses to better protect E-Mails.
It works well with Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) to deliver a direct, scalable and cost-effective mobile messaging solution.

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REVIEW: Nokia Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headset HS-12W
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:18 CET under 08 - Reviews

Last fall, Nokia announced their new Bluetooth stereo headset, the HS-12W and it took a little bit longer to have it released. However, thanks to Nokia, I got one for testing and it's a fine piece of technology.
This elegantly designed Bluetooth headset lets you listen to your favorite music in stereo from your compatible phone, PDA or Bluetooth adapter through the Bluetooth stereo profile (A2DP) and even incoming calls won't ruin the performance - the headset automatically pauses your music when a call is received and switches back when the call is over, as long as your music source also supports the Bluetooth Audio Video Remote Control profile (AVRCP).
The stereo headset is a Bluetooth 2.0 device and works up to 10 meters.
It is worn with a neck strap and looks like a necklace. The neck strap also includes the antenna for the inbuilt stereo FM RDS radio which keeps you in the groove with automatic channel search and stores up to 20 channels you can easily go through but also the microphone and earpieces.

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Thursday, 06.04.06
UPDATE: Ilium released Windows Mobile 5.0 compliant version of Newsbreak for PPC and SP
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:38 CET under 01 - General News

Ilium has just announced the release of version 1.2 of NewsBreak for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and Smartphones, their award-winning portable RSS-Feed reader that lets you read your news wherever you are, offline.
NewsBreak 1.2 adds full Windows Mobile 5.0 and softkeys-support, support for high-resolution (QVGA) Smartphones as well as support for Atom 1.0 and many other usability improvements as well.

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COOPERATION: Make calls with Opera Mobile and Opera Mini using JAJAH's VoIP service
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:37 CET under 01 - General News

Opera Software today announced a partnership with JAJAH, one of the world's fastest growing VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) companies, with the intent to optimize the JAJAH Web telephony solution for Opera's browsers. JAJAH's services will be available through Opera Mobile and Opera Mini and JAJAH will also be offering a customized version of Opera Mini from their Web site.

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PLANS: HTC to release their latest Windows Mobile devices in the US also
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:21 CET under 01 - General News

According to Phone Scoop, which met some HTC executives at the CTIA Wireless in Las Vegas, HTC plans to release its latest Windows Mobile devices in the US also, later this year.
According an article at Phone Scoop, HTC plans to bring its Star Trek (known as i-mate Smartflip) ultra-thin clamshell Windows Mobile Smartphone to the US in mid-2006 followed by the Hermes (known as T-Mobile MDA Vario II) UMTS and HSDPA-ready Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition in Q4.

HTC haven't revealed which operators will carry the devices nor any price indications but good to known, that the latest HTC devices will also makes it to the US!

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MULTIMEDIA: Microsoft announces further investments in DRM to drive the Wireless Industry
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:50 CET under 01 - General News

Yesterday at CTIA WIRELESS 2006, Microsoft Corp. announced it will make significant investments in its digital rights management (DRM) technologies to enable a new offering and drive scenarios that support the wireless industry. As wireless delivery of content to mobile handsets continues to grow at a rapid pace, this commitment of resources and manpower will help enable next-generation mobile entertainment scenarios for consumers.

The more than 800 million mobile handsets sold worldwide each year represent a largely untapped market for digital entertainment. Microsoft's commitment to capitalizing on this opportunity is the result of ongoing discussions with many of the wireless industry's largest firms.

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ANNOUNCED: HTC introduces new DVB-H enabled Windows Mobile Smartphone for the US
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following its earlier introduction of a mobile TV enabled Windows Mobile Smartphone at the 3GSM Congress earlier this year, at CTI Wireless HTC is showing a DVB-H enabled Windows Mobile Smartphones, together with Modeo, a leading company in the mobile television industry which will also host live demonstrations of this production-ready Smartphone. This innovative handset is designed around the high performance DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcast-Handheld) standard, the Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 platform and Microsoft Windows Media platform to supply mobile users with a feature-packed mobile entertainment and productivity solution.

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Monday, 03.04.06
UNVEILED: Expansys reveled information about the so far unannounced Qtek 8600 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

And while we are talking about Expansys' leaks, here comes another one: the Qtek 8600 Windows Mobile Smartphone which is expected to be the first UMTS-enabled Windows Mobile Smartphone.

Not sure if either Qtek or HTC is so happy that Expansys also revealed more information about the HTC Breeze but Expansys describes the Qtek 8600 as following:

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UNVEILED: Expansys reveled information about the so far unannounced Qtek S300 Media PDA
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Do you remember our previous article about Expansys' HTC Muse leak? Well, after we've published it here, Expansys removed the HTC Muse information from the website for good reasons: the devices isn't announced so far - neither by HTC nor by its partners.
But it looks like one of the potential partners could be Qtek, at least the Muse is back at Expansys, this time as the "Qtek S300 Media PDA" which Expansys describes as the following:

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UTILITY: WM5torage makes your Windows Mobile 5 device a USB Stick
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:41 CET under 01 - General News

WM5torage will export the flash memory card inside Windows Mobile 5.0 (only) Smartphones and Pocket PCs as a usual USB Mass Storage device (ordinary called  "USB Disk") - effectively turning Smartphones and Pocket PCs into flash reader (albeit USB 1.0 only and therefore not too fast) and USB sticks.

It was designed and tested with the HTC Tornado Smartphone with the recent firmware update. According to the developer, it could work with other phones and even with Pocket PCs, however he isn't guaranteeing any further compatibilities.

When activated, the memory card will not be accessible from the device but from the connected PC only, as all access to the flash card will be routed through the USB connection.

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Sunday, 02.04.06
REVEALED: More HP iPAQ rw6800 Multimedia Messenger Series information available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

HP's plans to work with Quanta (the Taiwanese ODM which also makes the O2 Xda Atom) leaked first time back in January and while it was never officially confirmed, now more information about the "Xda Atom clone" appeared on HP's own website.
According to the information there, the "HP iPAQ rw6800 Multimedia Messenger" is indeed a revised version of the O2 Xda Atom but interesting enough, it doesn't looks like HP plans a worldwide launch but will focus on some regions only, according to the models product numbers:

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EXPANSION: O2 to launch latest Windows Mobile Xda devices in Middle East
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:23 CET under 01 - General News

Real good news for Xda-lovers in the Middle East region because O2 Asia announced yesterday that it will be introducing a range of stylish and innovative devices into the Middle East markets soon, starting with the O2 Xda Atom, the smallest multimedia Pocket PC Phone Edition yet.

O2 Asia Pacific is a member of the O2 group in Europe, which comprises mobile network operators in the UK and Ireland, along with integrated fixed/mobile businesses in Germany, the Czech Republic (Cesky Telecom) and the Isle of Man (Manx Telecom) and is already known worldwide for its range of stylish and innovative Windows Mobile-based Pocket PC Phone Editions and Smartphones.

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