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Tuesday, 30.05.06
EXPANSION: Sling Media finally launches its Slingbox in the United Kingdom
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:07 CET under 01 - General News

As announced earlier this year, Sling Media today announced that its award-winning Slingbox is now available for purchase across the United Kingdom. The Slingbox is offered both in store and online from DSG international plc, initially sold exclusively through its computer superstore chain PC World and at www.pcworld.co.uk. The Slingbox will also be available in Currys and the new Currys.digital stores in the next four to six weeks. The Slingbox is available in the UK for £179.99 including VAT.

The European version of the Slingbox is tailored for the UK market and features an integrated PAL analogue/digital tuner with DVB-T support, giving customers access to Freeview programming from their aerial streamed to a laptop or desktop computer. In addition, Slingbox controls a wide range of Freeview, digital cable and satellite set top boxes that are available in the UK market including those offered by Sky, Homechoice, NTL and Telewest.

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Friday, 26.05.06
PREVIEW: DMB and DVB-H mobile TV to kick-off in Germany soon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:16 CET under 08 - Reviews

Well, this looks amazing. As most of us, I have read a lot of stuff about T-DMB and DVB-H based mobile TV during the past weeks and months and now it becomes serious for Germany too. Right with the FIFA Worldcup, a German company (called MFD - Mobiles Fernsehen Deutschland) plans to launch its T-DMB based mobile TV service which is announced to launch with 4 TV- and 1 radio-stations including MTV. My fellow User Group member Thomas M., who works in this area (IPTV, etc.), recently managed to get one of the early T-DMB prototypes of the European GSM/UMTS version of the LG-LD1200 in his hands, which comes - contrary to the in Korea already released version - with a 1.3 megapixel camera only, not with the 2 megapixel camera over there:

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PRODUCTIVITY: Microsoft put OneNote Mobile into the 2007 Office System Beta 2
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:31 CET under 01 - General News

Okay, while I haven't installed this weeks released 2007 Office System Beta 2 yet (my PC is still busy with downloading it together with another copy of Windows Vista Beta 2), I got the word that Microsoft included the previously announced OneNote Mobile version into that Beta as well, so this is another good reason to upgrade from the previous 2007 Office Beta 1 to Beta 2.

OneNote Mobile provides a similar notes feature based on the Microsoft OneNote concept rather than the Outlook Notes concept. OneNote Mobile allows creating, editing, deleting, modifying, etc. notes as well as snapping photos which are embedded into the notes. These notes are synched with the PC later as well to be used in 2007 Office OneNote later (since I don't have it installed yet, I can not provide you a screenshot - unfortunately).

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Wednesday, 24.05.06
MESSAGING: Microsoft is working on a Windows Live Mobile client for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:26 CET under 01 - General News

Looks like - in addition to Microsoft's Live Messenger client - the company is also working on a Live Messenger client for Windows Mobile devices which goes far beyond the MSN Messenger client of today's Windows Mobile devices.
At least that's what Zack Whittaker has posted on his site. With the "Live Messenger Mobile" client, you'll be able to talk to other Messenger buddies whether they're using a mobile device or a PC. To make the Live Messenger service working as seamless as possible, you'll be able to send and receive nudges, instant messages as well as emoticons (emoticons...? ). The speeds between the PC and the Live Mobile Client are pretty fast - with about a second or two waiting times only which seems to be even faster than today's MSN Messenger. And - keep your seatbelts fasten, you'll be able to transfer files from and to your mobile device, including recording a voice clip using your device microphone and send pictures with your device camera!

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COOPERATION: Chunghwa Telecom teams with Microsoft, HTC and Dopod to launch a 3G Windows Mobile device
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As DigiTimes reports today, Taiwanese Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) yesterday signed an agreement with Microsoft, HTC and Dopod International to launch a high-end 3G PDA phone in Taiwan in June. Unfortunately it wasn't mentioned, which device the high-end 3G PDA might be but it can be expected, that it is HTC's Hermes device (also known as T-Mobile MDA Vario II and O2 Xda trion).
While the 3G PDA phone will be manufactured by HTC and marketed by Dopod, it will run on Microsoft's Window Mobile OS but the even more interesting part of the new is the fact, that beside it will features push E-Mail (MSFP) it will also supports RSS functionalities and a Chinese interface made to CHT's specifications, according to sources at CHT.

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UPDATE: Is ETEN to update its E-Ten M600 to E-Ten M600+ with enhanced features?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to French mobility site Mobinaute.com, E-Ten plans to re-release its Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition M600 as M600+ which is expected to arrive in the same design and form factor but should includes enhanced features.
While the E-Ten M600 is a quad-band GSM device already, featuring GPRS as well, this WAN functionality will stays untouched, so no EDGE enhancement here. Also the integrated W-LAN standard is expected to stay 802.11b only. But Bluetooth is rumored to get an update to faster Bluetooth 2.0 and also the camera should get an update from today's 1.3 megapixel camera to a new and state of the art 2.0 megapixel camera.

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MESSAGING: ORB launched cross-device Videomail for users of Thunderbird and Outlook
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:09 CET under 01 - General News

Orb Networks, definitely one of the pioneering developer of software for instant enjoyment of content everywhere, today announced the release of Orb VideoMail for users of Mozilla Thunderbird and Microsoft Outlook.

For the first time, Orb VideoMail frees video-based communication through E-Mail from the constraints of file sizes and file formats and extends videomail's reach to millions of mobile devices. Right from the E-Mail applications they use every day, users can express themselves with all the passion and precision that only video can provide.

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Tuesday, 23.05.06
BETA: Microsoft announced the availability of the long awaited Windows Vista Beta 2
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:01 CET under 01 - General News

Microsoft today announced the release of Windows Vista Beta 2 and Windows Server "Longhorn" Beta 2, along with the release of 2007 Microsoft Office System Beta 2 and Microsoft sees this is a significant milestone in the company's history, as it is the first time Microsoft have released the beta versions of all three of the company's flagship products simultaneously.

Microsoft's enterprise customers will start experiencing Windows Vista Beta 2 today via the Customer Technology Preview (CTP) channels. In June Microsoft will also make the beta available for public download so that technology enthusiasts can take an early look at the product.

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LIMITED: O2 Germany releases the Xda neo as Xda neo BMW Sauber F1 Race Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

And another O2 exclusive one. Together with the white limited edition of the Xda neo, O2 Germany also announced today the release of the Xda neo BMW Sauber F1 Team Edition which is a mix of the Xda neo (HTC Prophet) with Windows Mobile 5.0, quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE, etc and the white Limited Edition which was announced today as well.
However, the Xda neo Race Edition features a special BMW Sauber F1 design, because since this season O2 Germany is partner of the Bavarian F1 team and includes a white leather case, a 1 GB SD card and a content pack with F1 videos, a special ringtone (which is basically the sound of the BMW Sauber F1 car) and a Formula 1 game:

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LIMITED: O2 Germany gives the Xda neo a second stylish life
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As O2 Germany announced today, the German operator has released its best-selling Pocket PC - the Xda neo - in a limited white edition.
Because of the previous Xda mini Limited Edition success, now the Xda neo is also "re-released" as a limited edition, this time in a kind of "white piano finishing".
Feature-wise, the Xda neo Limited Edition stays the same since it comes with Windows Mobile 5.0 (with AKU 2 as far as I've heard), sporting the original quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE radio, featuring Bluetooth and W-LAN/WiFi g and its 2 megapixel camera:

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UNVEILED: O2 Germany to release the HTC Hermes as O2 Xda trion [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While it's neither official released yet nor O2 Germany has given a press release, the device, formerly known as "O2 Xda Hermes", appeared now in O2's own web shop as "O2 Xda trion".

So what's the hard facts now? It's coming with a Samsung ARM CPU with 400 MHz (instead the previously by T-Mobile announced 300 MHz only), it's quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS (with a later upgrade option to HSDPA). It's sporting a 2 megapixel camera on the back (with photo light) and a QCIF camera on the front for UMTS video telephony and for sure it comes with Windows Mobile 5.0 including AKU 2 which supports the Microsoft Messaging and Security Feature Pack (push E-Mail with Exchange) and - as far as the::unwired heard - A2DP Bluetooth stereo! Also it is expected to support the SIM Access Profile. Talking about Bluetooth, the O2 trion will supports Bluetooth 2.0 and W-LAN/WiFi g. Last but not least, it has 128 MB ROM and 64 MB RAM which can be extended with microSD memory cards.

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Monday, 22.05.06
MOBILE: Google makes the Google RSS Reader mobile device friendly
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:31 CET under 01 - General News

No question, it took a while for Google to make its Google RSS Feed Reader mobile as well but finally it happened and you can read your Google Reader feeds in the palm of your hand now since Google just released a mobile-friendly xHTML interface for Google Reader.

If you use the Google Personalized Homepage and have installed the Reader Homepage Module, it'll automatically show up on your mobile homepage. Simply go to google.com on your mobile phone's browser (or google.com/xhtml if you not redirected automatically) and click the link to "Personalized Home".

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OFFICIAL: Verizon and Motorola finally announce the launch of the highly anticipated Motorola Q
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Verizon Wireless and Motorola today announced that the highly anticipated Motorola Q will be available starting on May 31. The Motorola Q is exclusively available through Verizon Wireless and customers can purchase it online on May 31 or at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store on June 5.

Perfect for customers who multi-task and want flexibility in today's fast- paced business environment, the Moto Q's style and phone-first mantra builds upon the design revolution created by the Motorola RAZR - the best- selling clamshell handset in the world. The Moto Q - which runs Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 software - delivers an uncompromising mobile experience in an all-in-one handheld device that combines the reliability of a great phone, personal productivity capabilities, powerful enterprise connectivity and entertainment in a thin and stylish form factor. The Moto Q also utilizes Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess network - the nation's most award-winning wireless broadband network - to send and receive data.

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Wednesday, 17.05.06
INTRODUCED: Microsoft officially released the Windows Media Player 11 public Beta
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:36 CET under 01 - General News

As expected and posted before, today Microsoft indeed released its new Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP systems as a free public Beta.
The new Media Player should be a ground breaking development for Microsoft to better compete with Apple's iTunes player since it also includes - by default - Microsoft's partnership music store URGE, which is maintained by MTV.

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Saturday, 13.05.06
CONFIRMED: Windows Media Player 11 to support Mobile devices better
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:55 CET under 01 - General News

Looks like the new Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP is close to be released - at least as a public Beta. At least that's what "ethanwa" said over at TheHotfix.net has posted.
In addition to my previous posting, what Windows Media 11 is expected to provide for Windows Mobile users, he has posted a full feature list of what Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP and Vista is expected to provide.

According to him, this info was obtained from a Microsoft employee and Microsoft is planning a public Beta of Windows Media Player 11 for XP on Wednesday, May 17th. Users will be able to download the beta from the Windows Media site and the final RTM release is scheduled for late June 06.

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AVAILABLE: Vodafone Germany has the Vodafone VPA compact s aka HTC Prophet in stock
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

First time, I wrote about Vodafone Germany's plans to carry the HTC Prophet as VPA compact s back in March, when I spotted the Prophet at Vodafone's CeBIT stand and now it's available from the German operator.
The Vodafone VPA compact s is based on HTC's Prophet Pocket PC Phone Edition and features Windows Mobile 5.0, quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE, Bluetooth, W-LAN and a 2 megapixel camera.
However, unlike it was previewed at the CeBIT, the Vodafone version of the Prophet will not comes in dark anthracite but in silver (basically the same color most HTC Magicians were sold before as well):

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Friday, 12.05.06
SITE: Browse the::unwired from your Microsoft Windows Media Center 2005 PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:54 CET under 06 - Site News

Since my first Pocket PC sites back in 1998, it was always important for me to make my site available across all Microsoft platform and today, you can access and use the::unwired on the run from your Pocket PC, Smartphone and most other WAP 2.0 devices like you would access it from your PC.
Anyway, what you wasn't able to do so far was accessing it from your Microsoft Windows Media Center Edition PC or say you couch, at least not from the MCE UI which you can do from now.
All you have to do is to download the ZIP file bellow, unpack it on your PC and save "theunwired.mcl" on your Windows Media Center Edition PC under:

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MULTIMEDIA: T-Mobile Germany streams the FIFA World Cup live over UMTS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:46 CET under 01 - General News

As T-Mobile Germany announced today, the biggest German operator (and official partner of the FIFA World Cup 2006) will stream at least 20 matches of the FIFA Football World Championship to its customers - live, in color and competently commentated - over its UMTS and HSPA networks. T-Mobile plans to stream all German team matches (hopefully more than 3 only) as well as the most round of sixteen, the quarterly final as well as both semi-finals and naturally the final. As the operator said, he will cooperate with the German pay TV channel Premiere who is providing the stream as well as comments. To use the MobileTV of T-Mobile, customers needs to have a contract with T-Mobile (Germany), an UMTS enabled mobile phone and UMTS coverage; that's it.

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COOPERATION: NTT DoCoMo partners with Microsoft to use Windows Media Technologies
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:41 CET under 01 - General News

After Microsoft announced its Windows Media partnership with Nokia one year ago and the partnership with Motorola during this year's 3GSM Congress, yesterday, Microsoft announced another important partnership, now with Japanese NTT DoCoMo.
NTT DoCoMo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. announced a collaboration to incorporate Microsoft Windows Media technologies in NTT DoCoMo's 3G FOMA handsets, starting with the F902iS model to be launched this summer. The F902iS will support both Windows Media Audio and Windows Media Digital Rights Management 10 for portable devices. In addition to Windows Media Audio technologies, NTT DoCoMo will evaluate the incorporation of Windows Media Video, Microsoft's version of SMPTE VC-1 in future handsets.

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Thursday, 11.05.06
UTILITY: Don't miss a single FIFA World Cup match with bCentral's fixture list for Outlook
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:21 CET under 01 - General News

Well, our Smartphones and Pocket PCs are handy, if they have all the calendar entries you need to know about. One of the "few" dates I want to know about are the FIFA World Cup matches during next month's starting FIFA Football World Cup here in Germany (and since I'm living in one of the World Cup cities, I'm even more excited about this event, "which is a time to make friends"). However, during these days, when Munich hosts matches, it might be better to avoid the inner city since it will be crowdie - I'm sure or better to avoid some routes, etc. Therefore I've added these dates to my Outlook calendar by hand. For sure I also added the matches of the German national team as well as some other matches I don't want to miss in TV; to make sure I'm not making any other (business or personal) appointments during this time.

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Wednesday, 10.05.06
MULTIMEDIA: New from YouTube - Mobile Video Uploads
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:21 CET under 01 - General News

Now you can also upload videos directly from your phone or PDA to YouTube. All you need is a mobile device that can take video and send MMS messages and an Internet access or data plan from your service provider. YouTube currently support uploads from Cingular, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon only (not sure about international support).

Founded in February 2005, YouTube is a consumer media company and one of the fastest growing websites for people to watch and share original videos worldwide through a Web experience.

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RESTRICTION: T-Mobile UK prohibits use of VoIP and IM over its Web 'n' Walk service
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:16 CET under 01 - General News

As German teltarif.de reports, T-Mobile UK has said it definitely prohibits the use of VoIP and Instant Messenger applications over its Web 'n' Walk Professional mobile Internet access package. The T-Mobile UK web site declares "Use of Voice over Internet Protocol and Messaging over Internet Protocol is prohibited by T-Mobile. If use of either or both of these services is detected T-Mobile may terminate all contracts with the customer and disconnect any SIM cards and/or web 'n' walk cards from the T-Mobile network."

In a conversation with ZDNet, Robert Langton, T-Mobile UK's data marketing manager, stated "It's a commercial decision that we took. We charge two and a half times less than our competition. We're aiming at the business network. We spoke to our customers and it's not key to them."

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RELEASE: Motorola's Q Smartphone appears on Microsoft's Windows Mobile site
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like the release of the Motorola Q is close, really close. Otherwise neither Microsoft would publish more information on its own Windows Mobile website nor Motorola has agreed to this.
So here we go, Microsoft has released some official information over at microsoft.com which reads as following:

As of today, the Motorola Q is the thinnest (soon to be released), full-function Windows Mobile powered device offered by Motorola. Wherever business takes you, your Microsoft Outlook E-Mail, contacts, and calendars are with you and up-to-date. And all the responsiveness you require is tucked stylishly in to your pocket (and no, it's not a Pocket PC but a Smartphone).

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REVEALED: Dutch Orange and Spanish Amena to carry the the HTC Star Trek
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As HTC revealed in its Qtek 8500 FAQ, at least two European operators are expected to release the Qtek 8500 (aka HTC Star Trek/STRTrk) during this Spring as well: Orange NL and Amena in Spain.
According to the FAQ, Amena will provide its own SKU from week four of May while Orange will ship its own SKU from week four of June (more than one months later).
At the moment it's not clear if Orange NL will be the only Orange subsidiary which will take the Star Trek or if other Orange subsidiaries will follow as well. Also it's unknown yet, if Orange will take it as Qtek 8500 or if the operator (who was the first who introduced a Windows Mobile Smartphone) will rebrand it as SPV:

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Tuesday, 09.05.06
SHOPPING: Handango to power Microsoft's new Windows Mobile Application Catalog
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:02 CET under 01 - General News

Today, Handango, announced it is the first to offer direct purchase and download capabilities to Microsoft's new elite Mobile Application Catalog. Offering more than 1600 "Designed for Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone" titles, the Mobile Application Catalog can be accessed directly from http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/catalog or through the Windows Mobile Web site at http://www.windowsmobile.com, which reaches more than two million unique visitors a month.

The Mobile Application Catalog utilizes Handango's mobile content delivery platform, Handango AMPP, which has been chosen by more than 200 mobile industry leaders worldwide. The robust infrastructure offers Windows Mobile customers a seamless, secure purchase and download process. Featuring the cream of the crop in Designed for Windows Mobile content, the Mobile Application Catalog offers a wide variety of titles ranging from best-selling organizers like Agenda Fusion to high-stakes poker games such as Aces Texas Hold'em to Mobile Monitor, which allows customers to remotely view videos from their homes or offices anytime.

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ANNOUNCED: Microsoft previews Windows CE 6 Operating System
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:37 CET under 01 - General News

Ok, I admit that this release is pretty much developer focused and most of us will never come in touch with Windows CE as it is but since Windows CE is the underlying core of our Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone devices, this is an important announcement since it shows the possible way, Windows Mobile might goes. Please note, that this is not the announcement of a new Windows Mobile OS-version but again, Windows CE is the core operating system of Windows Mobile.
In a packed hall of developers and industry partners at Microsoft Corp.'s annual Mobile & Embedded DevCon, Microsoft announced the availability of a beta release of Windows CE 6, the next generation of its industry-leading, real-time software used to build customized operating systems for devices such as Internet Protocol (IP) set-top-boxes, Global Positioning System (GPS)-based devices and industrial automation and medical devices.

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Monday, 08.05.06
COMPARISON: How does the Qtek 8500 compares to other Clamshell phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:04 CET under 08 - Reviews

The soon to be available HTC Star Trek (aka Qtek 8500 and Dopod S300) is a fantastic slim mobile phone, not just a Smartphone and the question is how it compares to other clamshell mobile phones?
Bellow you will find a comparison to the Motorola RAZR V3, which stood model for HTC's latest Windows Mobile Smartphone as well as a comparison to Motorola's MPx 200 and MPx220 Windows Mobile Smartphones.

As you can see bellow, the Star Trek is a little bit wider than the Motorola MPx200 and MPx220 and nearly as long as the MPx220 (including antenna) but longer than the MPx200:

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REVIEW: Qtek 8500 Windows Mobile Smartphone aka HTC Star Trek - Part I
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:30 CET under 08 - Reviews

Lightweight and ultra slim, the recently announced Qtek 8500 (aka HTC Star Trek or as it is called now "STRTrk") offers a comprehensive range of entertainment and office functions and incorporates a high quality camera that allow you to take full advantage of any free time. This stylish, but hard working mobile places you firmly in control with high speed Internet surfing and data downloads linked through the latest connectivity technologies like quad-band GSM, EDGE and Bluetooth.

The Qtek 8500 is a typical clamshell phone but HTC's first clamshell Windows Mobile Smartphone. It's using Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone operating system and measures 98.5mm x 51,4mm x 15,8mm and weights 99g including battery. It's sporting a TI OMAP 850 CPU, running at 200MHz and has 64 MB of ROM and 64 MB of RAM.

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RELEASE: The Qtek 8500 aka HTC Star Trek Windows Mobile Smartphone debuts in Europe
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, HTC has announced that it will release its HTC Star Trek (which is the same device which was announced last week in Far East as Dopod S300) under its Qtek brand in Europe first. HTC's first clamshell Windows Mobile Smartphone is sporting quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE, communicates in short-range via Bluetooth (but misses IrDA), weights only 99 grams with battery and touts a breath-taking 16mm with a build-in 1.3-megapixel camera and dedicated music control buttons.
But the Qtek 8500 is not an ordinary clamshell phone only. It's powered by Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile 5.0 and running with a TI OMAP CPU at 200 MHz. It has 64 MB RAM and 64 MB ROM. The main 2.2" TFT LCD with LED backlight gives you crystal clear, crisp and vibrant image and colors. The secondary 1.2" TFT LCD on the front cover keeps you always informed of the time and date, identity of callers and what music is playing.

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Sunday, 07.05.06
THOUGHT: Using EDGE and UMTS with Windows Mobile Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:31 CET under 09 - Thoughts

During last Fridays User Group meeting, we've also tested the EDGE capabilities of the HTC Hermes. To be honest - EDGE is pretty new for us Germans since T-Mobile has just started to roll-out EDGE in their network and T-Mobile is the only operator in Germany which is introducing EDGE at all. Neither Vodafone, nor E-Plus or O2 Germany have announced any plans to follow T-Mobile.
Thanks to my fellow User Group member Thomas, I was able to test EDGE in the T-Mobile network (since he provided the T-Mobile SIM) and while EDGE isn't implemented nation-wide yet, it looks like it is already implemented in Munich.

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Friday, 05.05.06
EXCLUSIVE: O2 Germany to release the HTC Hermes Pocket PC Phone Edition also
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I've just received an interesting anonymous E-Mail with some even more (unfortunately grainy) the::unwired exclusive (as the mailer said) photos inside which shows an O2 Xda labeled HTC Hermes!
I mean it was - more or less - clear that O2 is also going to launch this UMTS beauty but it wasn't confirmed as of today. Since the keyboard shows a QWERTZ layout, I expect it's an O2 Germany Hermes (and the E-Mail hasn't mentioned anything about O2 UK).
Also it shows the two extra Hermes buttons, the Start and OK button, I already photographed back on CeBIT:

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APPROVED: The Pantech PC-8200N Windows Mobile Smartphone got the FCC approval
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Is Pantech, the second largest Korean mobile phone manufacture (behind Samsung but before LG) entering the Windows Mobile Smartphone market as well now?
According to the FCC it looks like. The Pantech PC-8200N just received the FCC approval which is required to release a device in the U.S. And it looks like Pantech already found a customer for the device - Verizon. At least the test-sample's, the FCC used, are Verizon branded.
If it is a Verizon phone, it's not a GSM phone, that's clear and also the antenna doesn't looks GSM'ish anymore:

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WIRELESS: Bluetake announced its BT500+ Bluetooth Rechargeable Mini Mouse
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:18 CET under 01 - General News

If it comes to mice for travelers, it's always hard to get a "one fits all" answer but I for myself definitely prefer Bluetooth mice since my Notebook is equipped with a built-in Bluetooth adapter and therefore I don't need another dongle to use a wireless mouse, not to talk about annoying cables of wired mice.
So far, for me, the state of the art Bluetooth mouse came from Think Outside (see my review here) but now, Bluetake has released a competitor with some attracting features.
The BT500+ is equipped with 10 meters radio coverage, 800dpi optical resolution, and super mini size, those features make BT500+ becomes the best Bluetooth HID device for traveling users.

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UPDATE: O2 Asia released AKU 2 ROM update for the Xda Atom
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Now also O2 Asia and its exclusive Xda Atom. This ROM update consolidates all the new/previous enhancements and fixes into a single ROM update image which provides improvements to overall performance and quality in system software, application software and GSM radio firmware.
The most important enhancements are the support of Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 2 including Messaging & Security Feature Pack (MSFP) supporting direct push technology as well as general browser performance improvements and a new Wireless Manager application to provide easy configuration of wireless LAN, Bluetooth and GSM/GPRS/EDGE phone for users.
While the A2DP Bluetooth stereo support isn't mentioned explicit, I expect it's still there, since it was part of the previous ROM versions alreay.

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Thursday, 04.05.06
POLL: Candybar - Clamshell or Slider - what's your choice? [CLOSED]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:50 CET under 10 - Polls

Since the first launch of the Windows Mobile Smartphone, we get "tons" (if you can say this in relation to Windows Mobile Smartphones) of candybar Smartphones. From the HTC SPVs to the Samsung i300/310 and the soon to be launched HTC Breeze. However, in the same time (and I'm only talking about GSM phones now) we only got three clamshell devices (Motorola MPx200/MPx220) and the soon to be launched HTC Star Trek (aka Dopod S300). We haven't seen a single Windows Mobile Smartphone slider yet, such a nice one as recently released by LG as the Chocolate or the soon to be launched Samsung SGH-E900 and it makes me wonder why we haven't seen this form factor for Smartphones by now?
Is there no market for slider Smartphones, does the OMDs just misses an opportunity or is it just me who like sliders as well?

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COOPERATION: Microsoft and Qualcomm to revolutionize the next generation of Smartphone chipsets
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:46 CET under 01 - General News

Qualcomm Incorporated and Microsoft Corp. today jointly announced a collaboration to enable the porting of the Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system to Qualcomm's Mobile Station Modem (MSM) chipsets. The companies' collaboration will enable device manufacturers to develop affordable, feature-rich and attractive Windows Mobile-powered phones with MSM chipsets while shortening their product development times. Support for the Windows Mobile platform on Qualcomm's highly integrated MSM solutions also gives users extended battery life while running a wide variety of business and entertainment applications, such as Microsoft Office Mobile and Windows Media Player Mobile, along with third-party offerings.

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UPDATE: Dopod introduces AKU 2 updates for its Windows Mobile 5 Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

And the next one. Dopod International recently introduced its AKU 2 push-mail updates for the entire range of Windows Mobile 5 Pocket PC Phone Edition models, currently available from Dopod. This includes the Dopod 900, 838 and 818 Pro.
Push mail technology is set to further enhance Outlook efficiency, cut down clutter and greatly improve mobility. Dopod users can now receive an E-Mail simultaneously on their PCs and Dopod PDA phones with little or no delays. Users can check their latest E-Mails and update their schedules, stay contactable while on the go and manage workloads effortlessly.
However, as with most AKU 2 updates, it seems that also the Dopod ROM updates misses the A2DP Bluetooth stereo profile, originally introduced by Microsoft for AKU 2.

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Wednesday, 03.05.06
UPDATES: Orange and O2 released AKU 2 updates for their SPV M5000 and Xda Mini S
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Sometimes it took a little bit longer but finally Orange Switzerland and O2 Germany have released their AKU 2 ROM updates.
Orange Swiss released an AKU 2 update for its SPV M5000 Pocket PC Phone Edition (aka HTC Universal) which includes the Microsoft Messaging & Security Feature Pack as well as M5000 users get back the manual network selection. The ROM update is available in German and French.
After O2 UK, also O2 Germany finally released its AKU 2 ROM update for their version of the HTC Wizard (called Xda Mini S) which also includes the Microsoft Messaging & Security Feature Pack as well as a better support for O2's Genion service (the Homezone indication should be available now).

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SOCCER: World Cup Mobile 2006 - Your Guide to the FIFA World Cup 2006
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

With the Football World Cup in Germany around the corner (and yes, I'm still excited even if I haven't had the chance to get a single ticket for the Munich Football Stadium aka Allianz Arena), Envi.con and Resco have teamed up and recently released "World Cup Mobile" for handhelds and smartphones.

"World Cup Mobile" offers up to the minute match results, standings, and news 24 hours a day. Football fans can view current team rosters, game occurrences, spectator numbers, penalty cards, goals scored, and more via online update. A detailed game description will also follow each match.

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RELEASE: Dopod officially launched the Dopod S300 Smartphone aka HTC Star Trek
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like Dopod is the first again. After its early launch of the HTC Prophet as Dopod 818 late last year, the Chinese reseller of HTC manufactured devices now officially introduced the Dopop S300 (aka HTC Star Trek) Windows Mobile Smartphone (not to be confused with the Qtek S300 Pocket PC Phone Edition).
At least Dopod held a press event/launch party today, PhoneDaily is reporting about.
The Dopod S300 is a Windows Mobile 5.0 powered Smartphone, HTC's first clamshell Smartphone, and is only 15.8 mm thick, weighs 99 g and has a 2.2" QVGA screen. Bellow the 1.3 megapixel camera the device also features a second color display. Unfortunately, the HTC Star Trek misses W-LAN like the previous HTC Smartphone, based on the Tornado platform had.

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Tuesday, 02.05.06
UPDATE: Mozilla's Minimo Browser for Pocket PCs released in Version 0.015
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

All right you Mozilla junkies, the Windows Mobile Mozilla browser called Minimo just got another refresh for you to download and test now. The Minimo developers has been focused on code-size and runtime footprint reduction, small screen usability and porting to small consumer devices. The developers of the Minimo browser hope to make Minimo the browser of choice on small devices or machines with limited system resources; taking advantage of Mozilla's support for a broad and comprehensive set of standards and the variety of content on the web, proven security, international support, and cross platform capability.

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RELEASE: Sony to release its LocationFree System in Europe also
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:10 CET under 01 - General News

Most of us already know, what Sling Media's SlingBox is, but not too many knows, that Sony has a similar product, available in North America already. Bridging two powerful applications to extend portable entertainment, Sony Electronics announced today that one of the products that will support the LocationFree line of products is the PSP (PlayStation Portable) devices, which can now access home audio/video content via the LocationFree Base Station (when upgraded with the Firmware 2.5 update).

Customers of Sony's LocationFree products can access their entertainment wirelessly at home or over the broadband internet while on-the-go, either from their LocationFree TV monitor or from notebook PC's loaded with LocationFree Player software or even from the PSP.

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LAUNCH: HTC to speed up Qtek S300 HSDPA Phone Edition launch
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to Taiwanese DigiTimes, HTC (High Tech Computer) is speeding up the respective launch of its HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access aka 3.5G) device, the HTC Muse, to Qtek (as Qtek S300) in the third quarter, according to market sources.
HTC will promote this HSDPA device (together with BenQ, which is going to launch the EF91, a non-Windows Mobile device in July/second quarter) as first in the European market, the sources indicated.

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Monday, 01.05.06
RUMOR: Is Hollywood going to sue Sling Media for its Place Shift TV-service?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:53 CET under 01 - General News

Jason over at Digital Media Thoughts just found a news at Ars Technica that Hollywood is not happy about the SlingBox and that displeasure is becoming increasingly visible. The ability to watch your TV anywhere in the world seems to make some U.S. broadcasters nervous. HBO's Bob Zitter was the latest in a long line of television executives to make ominous rumbling noises about the legality of the new technology. While no one has yet come out of the litigation closet to announce plans to sue the new company, but plenty of people are willing to question Sling's business model.

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CRYPTOGRAPHY: SecureGSM launches next generation Crypto Smartphone solution
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

SecureGSM, world leader in software based crypto phone solutions, is pleased to announce the immediate availability of SecureGSM SP for Windows Mobile Smartphone.
Following on from the launch of the revolutionary SecureGSM Pro, this latest release represents the next generation cryptographic phone application for Windows Mobile Smartphone devices. SecureGSM SP's advanced architecture, combined with exceptional integration with Windows Mobile Smartphone, provides truly unparalleled ease of use and convenience in a traditional phone form factor.

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AGGREGATION: Hubdog Toolbar to power RSS channels for NOMAD Media Hub
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:10 CET under 01 - General News

What if you could access anywhere, anytime your favorite RSS feeds without having to go through the annoying task of synchronizing your Pocket PC or even leaving your web browser?
Hubdog Web Toolbar is a convenient, easy-to-use, responsive add-on that lets you aggregate your favorite blogs, podcasts, vidcasts or news feeds directly from your web browser. What's more, Hubdog empowers worldwide Windows Mobile communities using NOMAD Media Hub free mobile service to add user-generated RSS feed channels to their Pocket PCs via any IE or Firefox browser.

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RACE: ALK partners with T-Mobile, HTC and Microsoft to support the 2006 Gumball Rally
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:55 CET under 01 - General News

ALK Technologies recently announced that for the second year running it is the Official Navigation Sponsor of the Gumball Rally, the 'World's most Glamorous Rally' which sees 240 drivers in 120 supercars travel 3,000 miles across 3 continents in just 8 days.
The 2006 Gumball Rally is a truly global event started in Pall Mall, Central London yesterday on Sunday 30th April, visiting Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Phuket, Bangkok, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas before finishing in Los Angeles, on Sunday 7th May.
Participants such as Pink, Tony Hawk, MTV's Bam Margera and Ryan Dunn, Martine McCutcheon and Jodie Kidd will be able to find the way from stop to stop and party to party easily, using CoPilot Live mobile phone satellite navigation, which will be supplied preloaded on the latest HTC manufactured Windows Mobile 5.0-based Smartphones from T-Mobile. Maps of the entire route are preloaded, so drivers can simply key-in the destination and start driving. CoPilot will calculate the entire route in seconds and provide turn-by-turn voice guidance.

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