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Tuesday, 31.10.06
SERVICE: Microsoft Office Live will launch to help Small Businesses attract customers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:46 CET under 01 - General News

Microsoft Corp. today announced that Microsoft Office Live ( ), a set of Internet-based services tailored to the needs of small businesses, will be coming out of beta in the United States Nov. 15. These services are expanding internationally as well and are also scheduled for free beta availability in France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom on Nov. 15. Office Live is designed to help small businesses attract new customers, generate repeat business and easily manage their business online by giving them the tools to establish a Web presence for free as well as a variety of easy-to-use and affordable business applications.

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SURVEY: Spb Software House announces the 3rd Annual Spb Pocket PC Survey
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb Software House today announced the 3rd Annual Spb Pocket PC Survey. Every year it helps to gather and process the information about the current Pocket PC community's status and compare it to the previous survey results.
The first two surveys, conducted in 2004 and 2005, provided priceless information about the whole Pocket PC community and had a great response. This year the survey should show even more quantitative and qualitative changes in the community concerning rapid Pocket PC market growth, which will define the subsequent condition of the branch. According to the figures of the year 2005 the Pocket PC market increased by 75.1% and continues to grow.

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UTILITY: Smaato Cost 2.0 tracks Call, Data and SMS costs on Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Smaato recently released Smaato Cost for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs. Smaato Cost is is a new useful tool, which helps you to stay up to date about your current mobile phone bill - right from your device.
Smaato Cost allows in-depth tracking of your accumulated minutes, your transferred data volume and sent & received SMS.
Besides the capability of tracking international roaming Smaato Cost also allows you to create multiple profiles for different SIM-cards and shows graphical statistics.

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Monday, 30.10.06
FUTURE: O2 Asia to focus on 3G handsets made by Taiwanese OEMs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:39 CET under 01 - General News

As Taiwanese reported today, Singapore based O2 Asia Pacific, a member of the Telefonica O2 Group, will focus on marketing 3G handsets in 2007, with four (most likely Windows Mobile-based) 3G PDA phones to be launched in the first quarter of next year, according to Lawrence Lee, president for Taiwan and Hong Kong at O2 Asia.
Although the four models will target different market segments, all of them will be manufactured by Taiwan OEM handset makers, including Quanta Computer, Asustek Computer and Arima Communications, said market sources.

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ANNOUNCED: E-TEN introduced the glofiish X500 Pocket PC Phone Edition with GPS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Together with E-TEN's announcement to establish glofiish as the company's consumer brand, the Taiwanese ODM has also released details of the company's upcoming plans for the Pocket PC Phone market. Highlights of the announcement include an all new case design that is considerably thinner than current products; upgraded communications with support for faster protocols and standards; and the ability to combine both GPS and Wi-Fi capabilities in a single device.
E-TEN has developed a reputation for creating high-performance, full-featured Pocket PC Phones that have proven popular in both consumer and business markets. Its two most recent releases, the G500+ with built-in GPS and the M600+ supporting Wi-Fi, currently set the standard for Pocket PC Phone specifications with their fast 400 MHz Samsung processor and huge 256 MB of flash storage.

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REBRANDING: E-TEN introduces new brand for consumer range Windows Mobile devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:10 CET under 01 - General News

Taiwanese ODM E-TEN Information Systems today announced its new global brand which will be used to popularize its consumer focused Pocket PC Phones: "Glofiish".
Glofiish represents the core features of this range - inspiration, versatility, and commitment.
In today's knowledge saturated world, it is becoming easier and easier for people to find themselves lost or out of touch. Just like a glowing beacon helps you find the right direction in the dark, Glofiish Pocket PC Phones give users the latest tools to keep track and organize their lives more effectively. Up to the minute email and messaging, pin-point accurate location data via GPS, or easy to use scheduling and PIM software, with Glofiish Pocket PC Phones users have the information they need on hand, whenever and wherever they need it.

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Friday, 27.10.06
UNVEILED: O2 Xda Zinc by AsusTek received FCC approval
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Three FCC approvals for AsusTek within less than one week, not too bad. Looks like AsusTek finally takes the Windows Mobile business serious and - for AsusTek even more important - the Taiwanese ODM got some interesting customers, namely Vodafone and O2.
After Vodafone's VDA IV and O2's Xda Graphite, now the O2 Xda Zinc received the FCC approval. The Xda Zinc is the Pocket PC Phone Edition, we've seen before already under the code name "Mars II".
Basically, the Xda Zinc seems to compete with HTC's Hermes (which is also available from O2 as Xda trion but from O2 Germany only) but the Zinc's specs are are slightly different with strengths and weaknesses. For instance it's a single band UMTS (without HSDPA) and triband GSM/GPRS device only but sporting W-LAN b/g and Bluetooth 2.0 as well. On the other hand, the Xda Zinc is featuring a 2 megapixel auto focus camera and is powered by a 520 MHz Intel PXA270 CPU. Both, the Hermes as well as the Mars II are featuring a slide-out thumb-keyboard:

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ANNOUNCED: T-Mobile Germany announced the MDA compact III aka HTC Artemis
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

T-Mobile Germany today announced the T-Mobile MDA compact III, better known as HTC Artemis.
The MDA compact III is a quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition supporting Bluetooth as well. However, unlike the original HTC Artemis reference design (an unlike O2 Germany's version of the HTC Artemis), the MDA compact III lacks W-LAN indeed, as confirmed before.
Powered by a TI OMAP 850 CPU at 201 MHz, the MDA compact III sports 128 MB ROM and 64 MB RAM which can be extended through microSD flash cards. The MDA compact III features a 2 megapixel camera for photos and videos as well as a SiRF III GPS receiver and FM radio for navigation purpose (with support of TMC).
The device isn't featuring a D-Pad or joystick anymore but featuring HTC's new RollR concept, a Trackball and Track Wheel in one:

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Wednesday, 25.10.06
UNVEILED: O2 Xda Graphite Windows Mobile Smartphone by AsusTek received FCC approval [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

AsusTek recently got an FCC approval for a new device, the Taiwanese ODM is manufacturing for O2. A new device? Not really because if you compare the O2 Xda Graphite to the recently FCC approved Vodafone VDA IV you will notice both devices looks like twins.
However, while Vodafone left the camera in favor of addressing the business market, O2 has added a 2 megapixel camera to its AsusTek version (but lacks a front facing video telephony camera).
Other features are Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone, single UMTS and triband GSM/GPRS support as well as Bluetooth 2.0 but lacks and W-LAN b/g. Featuring an Intel PXA270 CPU at 416 MHz the O2 Xda Graphite includes 64 MB RAM and 128 MB ROM which can be extended via microSD card.
According to the manual, the Xda Graphite measures 109.5x46x18mm and weights 100 grams only. It's announced to has ha standby time of 275 hours sporting a talk time of 5 hours!

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BANDWIDTH: Sprint Launches US First EV-DO Revision A Mobile Broadband Network
Posted by Thomas Chan - at 11:14 CET under 01 - General News

Sprint today announced that it has upgraded the Sprint Power Vision Network(SM), the nation's largest wireless broadband network covering more than 164 million people, with the faster EV-DO Revision A technology in the San Diego market – making it the first market in the country to have the technology commercially available.

San Diego is the first of 21 markets where Sprint will roll out EV-DO Revision A this year with coverage expected to reach more than 40 million people. Sprint Power Vision users in these markets should experience significantly faster average upload speeds of 300-400 kbps (compared with 50-70 kbps of current EV-DO networks). Average download speeds should also increase to 450–800 kbps from 400-700 kbps. By 3Q 2007, Sprint's Power Vision network is expected to be completely upgraded to the faster EV-DO Revision A.

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LINK: Unboxing the HTC Artemis
Posted by Thomas Chan - at 10:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

MobilityToday released some good First Look photos on HTC Artemis, aka HTC P3300. This is the first navigation Pocket PC Phone Edition for HTC. It has the highly sensitive SiRFStarIII receiver built in, along with the latest TomTom Navigator 6, best in class for both GPS hardware and software. It has a built in FM radio, 2MP camera, jog dial with trackball for screen navigation, quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth, W-LAN (although this is not offered in the T-Mobile MDA Compact III version), running Windows Mobile 5, with a 200MHz TI OMAP CPU and a MicroSD expansion slot.

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Tuesday, 24.10.06
CONNECTIVITY: Spectec to release first microSD W-LAN card for Windows Mobile devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:28 CET under 01 - General News

Newcomer Spectec (new but already well known) continued with the miniaturization of its W-LAN cards and after Spectec shrinked W-LAN to the size of miniSD, the Taiwanese card specialist recently announced the world's first microSD W-LAN card with support for Windows Mobile!
Just as small as a thumbnail, this W-LAN card support WiFi b/g with theoretic connection speeds up to 54 Mbits, infrastructure and Ad-Hoc networks and is based on SDIO Now! 1.0 (so your Windows Mobile Pocket PC or Smartphone has to support SDIO as well).

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GPS: HTC Selects SiRFstarIII for use in first navigation Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:04 CET under 01 - General News

Advancing its multiplatform relationship with the world's leading provider of Microsoft Windows Mobile devices, SiRF Technology Holdings, Inc., a leading provider of GPS-enabled silicon and premium software location platforms, today disclosed that its high-sensitivity SiRFstarIII is being used in HTC's first GPS-enabled PDA Phone.

Available under the HTC brand as well as in customized versions for operator partners, the HTC P3300 features a single-chip SiRF GSC3 GPS receiver along with SiRF's exclusive SiRFInstantFix service.

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Monday, 23.10.06
CONTENT: Sprint Nextel to Spend 7 Billion on Data Network
Posted by Thomas Chan - at 01:15 CET under 01 - General News

According to an article in OMMA Magazine last week, Sprint Nextel has promised to spend $7 billion by 2007 on its fast new Power Vision data network. It has arrangements with the NFL, Interscope Records, and the Tony Awards, among others. Sprint claims its NFL package offers the widest array of football information for wireless devices. The package, which is significant, includes a 24-hour feed of the NFL Network cable TV channel and what the company promises will be the freshest real-time statistics, scores, video, injury reports, and other updates for the upcoming season. "We were the first with live-to-cell phone video [in the U.S.]," says Steve Gaffney, director of sports marketing for Sprint. "And the company is committed to furthering its content strategy."

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DEPLOYMENT: Municipal Wi-Fi Marches Forward
Posted by Thomas Chan - at 00:57 CET under 01 - General News

According to InformationWeek last week, AT&T Inc. has received approval to build its first Wi-Fi network to provide free high-speed wireless Internet access throughout the city of Riverside, Calif., for a cost that some estimate at $8.8 million. The city will receive more than 1,000 access devices mounted on buildings and polls across 80-square miles. Construction on the network will begin shortly. Service options will follow in early 2007.

AT&T will support the free service by selling advertising space on the Web home page for the free wireless network. The telecommunication giant also will sell several package plans, including daily and monthly, giving users an option to connect to the Internet at higher speeds. A local Internet service provider will also have an option to sell access to the network.

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CHARGE: German States Agree Phone Internet License Fee
Posted by Thomas Chan - at 00:40 CET under 01 - General News

According to an article in Reuter, Germany's 16 states agreed on Thursday to introduce from January 1 a license fee of 5.52 euros (3.70 pounds) a month on computers and mobile phones that can access television and radio programs via the Internet. Any household or company that does not already have a license will have to pay the new levy, which is the same as the one currently charged for radio access. German households pay just over 17 euros a month to watch TV, but since more radio programs are available over the Internet than TV, state broadcaster ARD wanted the fee for computers and phones to match that of radios.

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GROWTH: Microsoft Sees Fast Growth in Windows Phones
Posted by Thomas Chan - at 00:13 CET under 01 - General News

According to an article in Reuter, Microsoft aims to double the number of mobile phones running its Windows software this year from 6 million at the end of 2005 and to keep up this rate of growth in coming years. Microsoft competes in the market for smartphones, with British software maker Symbian, owned by the world's top handset producers including Nokia. Nokia has about half the global market for smartphones.

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Sunday, 22.10.06
CHALLENGED: Web Companies Say Delivering Mobile Content Is Tough Business
Posted by Thomas Chan - at 23:53 CET under 01 - General News

According to an article in ComputerWorld, despite interest in what could become a lucrative industry, Internet companies face a number of roadblocks to delivering applications and services to mobile phone users, and they made their complaints known during the Symbian Smartphone Show in London.

It's certainly not as simply as just putting up web sites to deliver services such as photo, video sharing or internet calling. They have to work with devices with less memory, slower network connection, different breed of browsers, different Java versions, different operating systems, and even different version of the same OS.

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UNVEILED: Vodafone's new VDA IV Windows Mobile Smartphone passes FCC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

We have heard the rumors of a new Windows Mobile based Smartphone coming from Vodafone already and now, the good pals over at the FCC have uploaded the specs and some photos of Vodafone's latest Windows Mobile VPA.
Following other carriers like O2 Asia, it looks like also Vodafone is looking after some other manufactures since this device isn't an HTC Smartphone but coming from AsusTek. According to the FCC, the VPA IV is sporting Windows Mobile 5 for Smartphone, featuring UMTS and triband GSM/GPRS, 128 MB ROM and 64 MB SDARM which can be extended through microSD memory cards, a 2.2-inch QVGA display, Bluetooth 1.2, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a 1100mAh battery. However, since it is addressing the business market, Vodafone left the photo camera as well as a video telephony camera on the front:

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Saturday, 21.10.06
REVIEW: Vodafone Palm Treo 750v Windows Mobile Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:09 CET under 08 - Reviews

Since earlier this month, Palm's latest Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition, the Palm Treo 750v, is available exclusively from Vodafone Europe and will be soon released in other parts of the world as well. The Treo 750v is Palm's first Windows Mobile-based Pocket PC which is released outside the U.S. The previously released Treo 700w (as well as the lately released 700wx) were available in North America only because they are supporting EVDO instead of GSM or UMTS which the Treo 750v supports now.
However, like all latest Palm Treo's the Treo 750v is also featuring a QWERTY thumb keyboard which makes it - potentially - a great messaging device.

The Treo 750v is based on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC which means it's a Pocket PC Phone Edition with touch screen. Sporting quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and triband UMTS makes it a real world traveler since the device can virtually be used in any GSM or UMTS network around the globe. In addition, the Treo 750v supports Bluetooth 1.2 (including A2DP and AVRC stereo profile), IrDA but lacks W-LAN.

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Friday, 20.10.06
REMOTE: Doug Berret released WebGuide4 for Windows Media Center
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:21 CET under 01 - General News

Some time ago, I've reviewed Doug Berrett's WebGuide, a Windows Media Center add-on which allows you to remotely schedule and manage your recorded television programs. Now, WebGuide was released as WebGuide4 which also allows you to manage you music, pictures and videos on your Windows XP Media Center and in addition, Doug added the support for Microsoft's Windows Vista PC.
Install WebGuide on your Media Center PC and access it from any machine that has a web browser.
This new version couples WebGuide3's features with increased functionality and an improved interface. Now, not only can you schedule and manage your Media Center recordings, you can now access all of your music, pictures and videos! And WebGuide4 provides more access via your web-enabled mobile device which works perfectly with Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and Smartphones.

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UTILITY: V2R Vision To Realty announced the availability of Photo Dialer beta for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

V2R's Photo Dialer shows you a "list" of configurable contacts with the assigned photo's in the Windows Mobile Smartphone Home screen. In order to use this feature simply assign in Outlook photos to your contacts and synchronize this contacts to your Windows Mobile Smartphone.
Right from the Home screen you can navigate through the contact photos using the Smartphone's joystick or D-Pad. In the sleep mode the application shows small thumb nails of your favorite people photos. Photo Dialer is based on V2R's i2i technology which gives you the most advanced and fastest animated applications on Windows Mobile Smartphones and Pocket Pc's.

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BROADCAST: GIGABYTE unveils GSmart i200 DVB-H enabled Windows Mobile Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After GIGABYTE Communications released a couple of analogue TV devices, today, at the 3GSM World Congress Asia 2006, the Taiwanese mobile device specialist unveils the GSmart i200, the first DVB-H Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 3.0 VGA Pocket PC Phone Edition. In fact, a major highlight of the event is the preview of the new GSmart DVB-H digital mobile TV device, GSmart i200. To demonstrate this live DVB-H mobile broadcast solution, GIGABYTE Communications has invited Innoxius Technologies and Penthera to participate in this event.

This mobile broadcast demonstration will utilize Penthera's end-to-end, mobile broadcast software suite, Innoxius' mobile broadcast head-end and transmission solution, and GIGABYTE's GSmart i200. At the head-end, Innoxius Technologies' hardware is integrated with Penthera's Broadcast Services Platform, a DVB-IPDC-compliant control and services solution which enables such unique services as media casting, interactivity, targeted advertising, and usage tracking. Broadcasters and mobile operators can use this system to develop a range of transaction-based revenue opportunities.

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Thursday, 19.10.06
MESSAGING: Microsoft and Orange to interoperable Orange Messenger and Windows Live Messenger
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:32 CET under 01 - General News

Orange and Microsoft yesterday announced their first convergent Instant Messaging offering for PCs and mobile. The new service, named Orange Messenger by Windows Live, will allow users to benefit from the collaboration between Orange and Microsoft Windows Live' Messenger.
Likely to be as widespread as the adoption of E-Mail and SMS in everyday life, Orange Messenger by Windows Live will allow users to be always connected to their contacts, on the PC and on the mobile.
By using the Windows Live platform, the new Orange Messenger by Windows Live service will enable the 135 million France Telecom European customers (served by Orange or another brand) to smoothly interact with 240 million worldwide Windows Live Messenger users. It will provide customers with a connection to all the Orange portal services: E-Mail, blog, ring tones, logos and "today's page", while continuing to have access to the Windows Live services. A wide range of consumer mobile devices will provide customers with access to the most widely used instant messaging service in the world, with a pricing policy that will be adapted to instant messaging.

This is the first time that two leading software and telecommunications companies have joined forces to offer an instant messaging service that can be accessed from both PC and mobile devices, and is marketed under their respective brands.

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Wednesday, 18.10.06
PHOTOVIEW: Samsung SGH-i600 Windows Mobile UMTS Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:02 CET under 08 - Reviews

Samsung recently announced the Samsung SGH-i600 which will be released in Europe and Asia later this year and also the the Samsung SGH-i607 was recently approved by the FCC for the U.S. American market. Both devices are based on Samsung's BlackJack II concept, a UMTS-enabled Windows Mobile Smartphone with thumb-keyboard, and therefore the i600/i607 is the UMTS/HSDPA follower of Samsung's 2.5G Windows Mobile Smartphone, the SGH-i320 (see my previous review here).
This week I had the chance to play a little bit with a prerelease version of the SGH-i600 and I took the chance to make some high resolution photos of Samsung's next and its first UMTS- and HSDPA-enabled Windows Mobile Smartphone. Since it is a prerelease device only - without any accessories, etc - I can not write a full review about it at all but I will publish a preview later this week. Until the preview is uploaded please enjoy the photos:

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RELEASED: Coreplayer for Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 17:59 CET under 01 - General News

The retail successor to the wildly popular TCPMP has been released for Windows Mobile Coreplayer, like TCPMP, plays an amazing number of file formats, both audio and video, putting Windows Media Player Mobile to shame. As a long time user of TCPMP I am excited to see a 1.0 release after a long wait. However, I think I'll be waiting a little bit longer, as there seem to be some rough spots with the software still. Coreplayer will go for $24.95, and you will need to buy it separately for each platform. After the jump find out how you can save $5.

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Monday, 16.10.06
THOUGHT: What's Next for HTC?
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 00:49 CET under 09 - Thoughts

High Tech Computers (HTC) has positioned itself as the largest manufacturer of Windows Mobile devices in the world. It has seen incredible growth this past year, and has made moves to sell directly to customers. After the incredible success that HTC has experienced this past year, what’s next for them? Here are some suggestions from yours truly.

HTC is growing rapidly, but except for the highly politicized purchase of Dopod has not made a move to improve its position with strategic partnerships or mergers. There are 2 areas in which I believe that HTC can make strategic moves that will significantly improve its position: first in the area of mobile cameras and second in the area of branding.

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Friday, 13.10.06
TECHNOLOGY: Fox News uses Windows Mobile Treo to break New York plane crash news
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:21 CET under 01 - General News

On Wednesday's plane accident, which crashed into an Upper East Side apartment building, Fox News delivered early live video to its viewers from the crash site using a Windows Mobile Palm Treo 700 souped up with streaming video.
Scott Wilder, the cameraman who streamed live from the accident, had been about 20 blocks away on another assignment when the crash occurred. Wilder ran uptown and reported live from the scene using his Palm Treo smartphone that uses the existing mobile network (EVDO) to transmit video to the Fox News control room. From there, Fox News sent it out live on TV to supplement other video being shot by local traffic helicopters.

Wilder's work represents one of the first instances of a network using video captured via mobile phone camera live on the air. Fox News has experimented with the practice several times in recent weeks with CometVision, software designed by Ohio-based Comet Video Technologies.

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Thursday, 12.10.06
THOUGHT: Input, Input, Who’s Got the Input?
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 20:08 CET under 09 - Thoughts

One of the most challenging things about mobile technology is figuring out how the user communicates with a device. That is, how am I going to tell my phone, ipod, whatever, what I want it to do? When talking about smartphones, which do so much, this challenge can be even more difficult. There is a careful balance that must be struck between maximizing utility and ease of use.

Today’s smartphones show off a whole range of different input methods, from traditional D-pads and soft keys, to QWERTY keyboards and scroll wheels, yet it seems to me that manufacturers still have not hit on an input method (or combination of methods) that meets all of my needs. In this article I’d like to discuss current input methods, my thoughts about them, and then describe an option that I have not yet seen/used, but that I think may be very powerful.

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COMMUNITY: Microsoft Research released Slam 1.0 for Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:47 CET under 01 - General News

The Microsoft Slam team on Monday announced the release of Slam 1.0: a Windows Mobile social software client and service. Slam allows users to make and manage social groups right from their phone for group-based messaging and photo sharing. You can also use Slam through the SMS and/or web interfaces.
Slam is a Microsoft Research Community Technologies Group research project, developed in conjunction with the Microsoft Photo and Imaging eXperience (PIX) team. It is a (Windows) mobile device-based application that enables lightweight, group-centric real-time communication, location awareness and photo-sharing.

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Wednesday, 11.10.06
REMOTE: Nokia to add Orb MyCasting service on Nokia N80 Internet Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:12 CET under 01 - General News

Not a Windows Mobile related news at all but interesting, especially because I'm a big Orb-supporter.
After Vodafone Germany, today also Nokia announced that they will work with Orb Networks to integrate Orb's new MyCasting service (I've recently previewed here) into the Nokia N80 Internet Edition. The integration will arrive initially in the United States when the device begins to ship November of this year. Orb MyCasting offers a single solution for enjoying all of your digital media stored on your home computer, remotely.

Together, Nokia and Orb allow you to instantly enjoy your home photos, videos, music, and even TV, where and when you want. Orb's intuitive solution simply streams a person's own content from their home PC using the Web browser and player on their Nokia N80 Internet Edition, creating their own "personal media portal". You can also remotely record TV programs using Orb's Digital Video Recorder (DVR) function and then play back those recorded programs to their mobile device.

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REVEALED: E-TEN X500 Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition surfaced
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

E-TEN's next device has just been revealed - the X500 including plenty of photos.
As Darius over at Pocket PC Thoughts said: "First impressions would have me say that the design leans a little toward the ugly side" and I tempted to agree.
On to specs it becomes way better since it is powered by Windows Mobile 5.0 and Samsung S3C2442 CPU with 400 MHz. Backed up by 64 MB RAM and 128 MB ROM which can be extended microSD cards, the X500 is sporting a quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE (but lacks UMTS and HSDPA), Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g, GPS including TMC, thanks to the inbuilt FM radio tuner and a 2.0-megapixel camera with auto-focus.

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STUDY: Sky-high costs and undesirable price plans are blamed for lapsed 3G users
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:20 CET under 01 - General News

Despite mobile phone providers' endeavours to recruit 3G customers, third generation technology remains a low priority for mobile users across the globe - and cost is the overriding factor. The annual Global Technology Insight (GTI) study by leading market information company TNS has identified little increase in 3G technology usage amongst consumers, who see the offer of mobile TV and surfing the net as costly and unnecessary services.

At a global level, almost a quarter of people cite cost as the main obstacle to them using 3G (23 per cent); a further 22 per cent say cost puts them off using Wi-Fi technology. A fifth of people (21 per cent) are not downloading songs to their mobile primarily because of the expense, and 23 per cent choose not to surf the internet on their phone because it costs too much to do so.

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CONFIRMED: T-Mobile USA announced the HTC Excalibur as T-Mobile Dash [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Well, that's pretty unusual but today T-Mobile USA indeed announced the T-Mobile Dash (which is just a rebranded HTC Excalibur) before any other European T-Mobile subsidiary incl. T-Mobile Germany have announced it. In the past, T-Mobile USA only followed but now they are leading.
So what's the T-Mobile Dash about? The Dash is based on High Tech Computer's (HTC) Excalibur reference design (also used by O2 Germany for the O2 Xda cosmo) and is Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone with QWERTY keyboard. Beside the support for quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, the Dash also includes Bluetooth and Wi-Fi which makes it such a unique BlackBerry-like Smartphone (yet because the Samsung SGH-i600 will also include W-LAN).
In addition, the device is sporting a 1.3 megapixel camera and supports T-Mobile's new myFaves service with a dedicated Homescreen plugin:

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Tuesday, 10.10.06
UNVEILED: Samsung SGH-i760 slider Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like Samsung is working on an upgrade of it's slightly outdated SGH-i750 Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition which turns out to be called SGH-i760.
According to, the Samsung SGH-i760 will be thinner (154 x 57 x 19 mm), Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition powered and is expected to be a triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS/HSDPA device with inbuilt W-LAN b/g and Bluetooth and features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
It's expected to sport a 2 megapixel camera as well as a front facing video telephony camera:

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STREAMING: ComVu demonstrated its new 'Mobile Video Studio' at Microsoft Möbius 2006
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:51 CET under 01 - General News

I wrote about ComVu's PocketCaster in the past already because I was and still I'm really impressed by PocketCaster for Windows Mobile based devices and recently I had the pleasure to watch a live preview of ComVu's new Mobile Video Studio at the exclusive Mobius 2006 events held in Boston, Massachusetts and Phuket, Thailand. Mobile Video Studio provides organizations with an end-to-end broadcast control solution. The breakthrough online service allows users to simultaneously monitor, manage and map multiple live streams.

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Monday, 09.10.06
ROLLOUT: Telstra launched 3G network in Australia
Posted by Thomas Chan - at 21:14 CET under 01 - General News

Telstra launched their NEXT G network in Australia last Friday, enabling voice, video calls as well as mobile broadband services across Australia. One billion AUSD were invested to roll out a 3G 850MHz network in less than a year record time. This is 100x bigger geographically than any other 3G network in Australia, covering 98% of the population. It supports HSDPA, which is 50x faster than dial up and 5x faster than other 3G networks, with throughput of 550kbps to 1.5Mbps, peaking at 3.6Mbps. According to Telstra, it will increase max speed to 14.4Mbps next year and up to 40Mbps by 2009.

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REVIEW: Samsung SGH-i320 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:17 CET under 08 - Reviews

The recently released Samsung SGH-i320 Windows Mobile Smartphones follows the BlackBerry idea - a mobile phone with a QWERTY thumb keyboard - as also build by Motorola as the Motorola Q and HTC as HTC Excalibur (O2 Xda cosmo/T-Mobile Dash).
The i320 measures 59 x 111 x 11.5 millimeters and weights 95 grams only. It's powered by Windows Mobile 5.0 with AKU 2.5 Smartphone Edition which means it hasn't has a touch screen but is used with the keyboard only. It's powered by a Samsung S3C2442 CPU with 400 MHz (which is quite unusual for today's Windows Mobile Smartphones). It supports GSM/GPRS/EDGE WAN communication featuring GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz but lacks GSM 850 MHz support as used in most parts of the U.S.
While the i320 also supports Bluetooth 1.2 (including A2DP and AVRC Bluetooth protocols for stereo), it lacks - like the Motorola Q but unlike the HTC Excalibur - W-LAN. However, unlike the Excalibur, the i320 has infrared onboard as well.
The memory is quite generous for a Windows Mobile Smartphone since it is featuring 160 MB ROM and 64 MG SDRAM which can be extended with a micoSD card.
The crisp 2.2" QVGA display supports the Windows Mobile typical 65k colors. The CMOS sensor camera supports 1.3 mega pixels and allows to record videos as well as taking photos.

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Sunday, 08.10.06
PREVIEW: Orb 2.0 MyCast Beta - Place Shift Media to PCs and Mobile Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:44 CET under 08 - Reviews

I'm a long time user of Orb Network's Orb and still I'm a big fan and supporter of it. Even if I have a Slingbox in use now, for place shifting TV, I use Orb on my Media Center PC to place shift my media files like audio files, photos, videos and recorded TV to any PC or Windows Mobile device, as long as either the PC or mobile device is connected to the Internet.
While Orb 1.0 worked simply great already (out of the box and it was even licensed by Vodafone Germany as" Vodafone Mein-PC"), the web interface was well, pretty basic and not using/supporting the latest web technologies like AJAX, etc.
This is changing now with the new Orb 2.0 version which was renamed to Orb MyCast now. While, at the moment, Orb 2.0 MyCast is available as public Beta only, it's already looking pretty promising and supports a bunch of new features for PC and mobile devices.

For instance, now you can even embed Flickr photos and YouTube videos as well as other RSS content you than also access from your mobile device!

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Saturday, 07.10.06
SYNC: Microsoft released Windows Mobile Device Center Beta 3 for Windows Vista
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:28 CET under 01 - General News

Finally, after the download and installation of the Microsoft Windows Mobile Device Center was possible with a Registry hack only, Microsoft yesterday released Microsoft Windows Mobile Device Center Beta 3 for Windows Vista - together with yesterday's Windows Vista RC2 release. And, beside being available, the WMDC (which replaces ActiveSync on Windows Vista PCs) finally also supports Windows Mobile 2003 and 2003 Second Edition Pocket PCs and Smartphones; the previous versions only supported Windows Mobile 5.0 devices.
The Microsoft Windows Mobile Device Center Beta enables you to set up new partnerships, synchronize content and manage music, pictures and video with any Windows Mobile 2003 or Windows Mobile 5.0 powered device. The Windows Mobile Device Center Beta 3 is only supported on Windows Vista RC1 and above but not on previous Windows Vista Betas.

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EXPLENATION: The Emperor has no Close or why the Close Button never Close
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 19:19 CET under 01 - General News

The Windows Mobile Team Blog has a great post today about one of the most complained about features in Windows Mobile, the fact that applications never "close". On the Smartphone Edition of Windows Mobile they just sit there in the background, on the Pocket PC version you have an "ok" button that only minimizes the application. Want to close the application? On Smartphone Edition you can't, and on Pocket PC you have to navigate half a dozen menus to the task manager to do this.

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CLARIFICATION: Wibree isn't a Bluetooth competitor but...
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:07 CET under 01 - General News

In response to Thomas' previous posting on Nokia's new short-range wireless technology the::unwired have just received the following information from the Bluetooth SIG PR agency:

It's important to note that this isn't an alternative for the majority of Bluetooth use cases that include the voice, printing, transfer and music scenarios. As the Nokia release points out, they are focused on sensor applications like the watch. However, like most technologies there is some overlap such as the mention of HID devices in the announcement. There are talks between the Bluetooth SIG and Nokia regarding the future of Wibree but at this point there is nothing concrete to say publicly.

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UNVEILED: First HTC Herald Pocket PC Phone Edition photos leaked to the Web [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Italian website SoloPalmari got its hand on the HTC Herald and has published some blurry photos of the device, which could will become the smaller, lighter and thinner brother of the HTC Hermes follower of the HTC Wizard.
According to SoloPalmari, the Herald features basically the same HTC Hermes specs (including GSM, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS and HSDPA) but in a (measured) 18 mm-thick form factor only!
Other features are Mobile Windows 5.0, TI OMAP 850 CPU with 200 MHz, 64 MB RAM and 128 MB ROM, sporting a 2.8'' QVGA screen, a 2 megapixel camera on the back and - since it is expected to become the lighter brother of the HTC Hermes be the follower of the HTC Wizard - a slide-out keyboard:

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Friday, 06.10.06
REVIEW: WebIS FlexMail 2007 for Pocket PC
Posted by Heinz Burkart - at 16:10 CET under 08 - Reviews

FlexMail 2007 was developed by Web Information Solutions who is well known for its PIM replacement PocketInformant. FlexMail replaces the built in Pocket Outlook. It is meant to manage your E-Mails on the Pocket PC. The protocols POP3, IMAP and MAPI are supported and in addition you can even connect via a SOCKS proxy server. SSL encryption is of course also implemented.

Those who do not need the SOCKS communications may want to know why they should buy an additional E-Mail program. This test should answer that question.

First a list of some of the functions which are not included in Pocket Outlook:

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ROLLOUT: T-Mobile USA to start rolling out its 3G network this year
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:00 CET under 01 - General News

As expected, T-Mobile USA today announced, during a press conference in New York, that the U.S.-arm of Deutsche Telekom will start to roll out its new UMTS-based 3G service in Q4-2006 already.
T-Mobile USA is ideally positioned now to continue expanding its business, after the company acquired a large amount of additional spectrum for data and voice services in the Auction 66. T-Mobile USA acquired a total of 120 licenses in various regional classes around the country for a total of US$ 4.2 billion, or around EUR 3.3 billion. The costs for T-Mobile USA in Dollars per MHz of spectrum per person of population (POP) of US$ 0.63 were considerably lower than in most of the prior frequency auctions in the United States. T-Mobile USA has more than doubled its average frequency coverage in the top 100 U.S. markets from 25.9 MHz to 52.2 MHz. This creates additional room for future customer growth and for the expansion of voice and data services.

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Thursday, 05.10.06
RELEASE: Samsung to launch the SGH-i320N Smartphone across Asia next week
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, at a press even in Singapore, Samsung showed off its latest Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone, the SGH-i320N, and confirmed, that the 11.5mm thin and one of the lightest and slimmest smart phones in the market will be launched next Friday the 13th.
Like the SGH-i320, the Motorola Q and the O2 Xda cosmo, the i320N is equipped with a 1.3-megapixel CMOS camera, QWERTY keypad, Windows Mobile 5.0 OS, speakerphone, Bluetooth as well as a QVGA screen but lacks WiFi, like the SGH-i320 and the Motorola Q.

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APPROVAL: FCC approved Samsung SGH-i607 Windows Mobile UMTS Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Now it shouldn't take too long anymore, that Cingular customers might get their hands on Samsung's latest (and maybe hottest) Windows Mobile Smartphone - the SGH-i607 (in Europe known as SGH-i600).
It has just received the necessary FCC approval and and can be expected from Cingular for a Q4 release.
Just a quick refresher, this Windows Mobile 5.0 powered Smartphone features UMTS and HSDPA a QVGA display and 1.3 megapixel camera (only) and Bluetooth. Wi-Fi isn't confirmed yet (for the i607 while the European i600 has confirmed WiFi b/g). Also, the U.S. version is lacking the front-facing camera for video telephony:

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SHORT-RANGE: Nokia works on improved Bluetooth follower called Wibree
Posted by Thomas Chan - at 10:55 CET under 01 - General News

Nokia has announced plans to introduce a new short range wireless technology similar to Bluetooth but in an improved format. It is named Wibree and said to be 10x more power efficient, using the same radio, antenna components and 2.4GHz frequency. With its improved power efficiency, it can be integrated into smaller and less costly devices, such as wrist watches, toys and sporting equipment Nokia said. The InfoWorld article listed only two examples to get you started, namely, jogger sensors and golf clubs. The usage is only limited by your imagination.
Wibree, similar to Bluetooth, has a distance limit of 10 meters with maximum data throughput of 1Mbps (while Bluetooth v2 can serve up to 2Mbps). Given the fact that it uses the same radio and antenna components as Bluetooth, the economics in rolling this out is also more feasible.

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LANGUAGE: Chinese language MVNO focus Chinese-Americans
Posted by Thomas Chan - at 10:38 CET under 01 - General News

A Chinese language Mobile Virtual Network has been launched in the US by Red Pocket Mobile, targeting the Chinese speaking community. This is a prepaid mobile service which require no credit check, similar to what MetroPCS is doing. It uses modified handsets from Motorola, such as RAZR V3 ($200) and C139 ($50). Both handsets feature Simplified and traditional Chinese character sets as well as English.  Customer service representatives are also fluent in various Chinese dialects, besides English.

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ROLLOUT: Sources say T-Mobile USA will announce UMTS this week
Posted by Thomas Chan - at 08:32 CET under 01 - General News

According to eWeek, T-Mobile is going to announce UMTS in New York on 10/6. The conference event has not been confirmed, but this announcement is imminent since T-Mobile is lacking other major mobile carriers in rolling out 3G in the US. Currently, GPRS/EDGE data is being offered, running on the average of 50-150kbps with EDGE and less than 50kbps with GPRS. Remember T-Mobile got the top spot in the recent FCC radio spectrum auction, successfully bidding 4.2 billion dollars for over 100 licenses. Sources say they will implement UMTS with the 1700 and 2100MHz frequency, which will be different from other countries.

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Wednesday, 04.10.06
HELPER: Alien6 Technologies announced A6.Shopping for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Alien6 Technologies, the maker of A6.Times today announced the launch of A6.Shopping for Pocket PC. An application that was created to be the perfect shopping companion in your pocket. With A6.Shopping, the little pieces of paper on which you would write down items to buy are now a thing of the past. Your next visit to the grocery store - or any other store - can now be quickly planned.

A6.Shopping has a very appealing look and a user interface that automatically adapts to your handheld's current Today theme. A6.Shopping is also compatible with Windows Mobile 2003, Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition and Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PCs.

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PHOTOVIEW: Samsung SGH-i320 Windows Mobile Smartphone with QWERTY Keyboard
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:36 CET under 08 - Reviews

The Samsung SGH-i320 is Samsung's new slim Windows Mobile Smartphone and another HTC Excalibur (O2 Xda cosmo/T-Mobile Dash) and Motorola Q competitor, sporting a BlackBerry like QWERTY keyboard.

The sleek and stylish Samsung i320 is a super-slim bar type handset, measuring just 11.5mm in depth and 95g in weight with an easy-to-use QWERTY keyboard. The i320 operates with Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone Operating System to provide users with a familiar interface that is easy to navigate and use. The phone has a large 2.2 inches LCD screen a  1 .3 megapixel camera with photo light, and comes along with multimedia entertainment functions such as Bluetooth and high-quality dual speakers on the back.

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FIX: NewsGator Go! tries to behave nicer in the next version
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:15 CET under 01 - General News

One major features of NewsGator Go! for Windows Mobile I forgot to mention is the ability to "skweeze" the full article output if you read feeds like the::unwired feed, which teasers a story only but doesn't shows images, etc. I've decided not to include images into the::unwired RSS feeds (yet) to keep the amount of data as small as possible to make it a nicer mobile device reading (and to lower the phone bills for all of us without flat Internet GPRS, EDGE or UMTS plans).
However, as with the Bloglines/Skweezer cooperation, the Skweezer-feature of NewsGator Go! rises another problem: Mobile optimized websites (like the::unwired) are skweezed. That's to bad since it ignores the mobile optimized page but skweezes the desktop version instead.

Kevin over NewsGator (the brain behind NewsGator Go!) has realized this issue too and he is already working on NewsGator Go! 1.x which will fixes this problem:

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AVAILABLE: Vodafone Europe released the Palm Treo 750v Windows Mobile Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As announced earlier by Vodafone, the Palm Treo 750v indeed went on sale today and is available for immediate delivery.
Featuring Windows Mobile 5.0 with AKU 2 and MSFP, the Treo 750v is Palm's first Windows Mobile based Treo for the European markets. In addition to its quadband GSM/GPRS capabilities, the 750v is also supporting triband UMTS which makes the device a real world-traveler. Also on board are Bluetooth 1.2 and a 1.3 megapixel camera. W-LAN and a front facing camera for videotelephony are left - unfortunately. However, according to several sources, the Treo 750v is expected to be HSDPA upgradeable by a simple ROM update only.

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UTILITY: Orneta Scissors Mobile adds Cut/Copy/Paste to Outlook Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As good as the Windows Mobile Smartphone platform is, it lacks some features like Office Mobile (to create and edit documents) as well as the availability to copy/cut/paste texts from one to another application. This is where Orneta's Scissors Mobile jumps in by adding the missing editing capabilities to Outlook Mobile. Edit documents easier while managing E-Mail productively. You can copy a section of one E-Mail message to forward to a colleague; copy information between your tasks, contacts, and messaging with ease; even move information between Outlook Mobile and third party applications. Enhance Outlook Mobile by adding the missing editing capabilities with Scissors Mobile.

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Monday, 02.10.06
AWARD: Pocket PC and Smartphone Magazine announce 2006 Award Finalists
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 18:40 CET under 01 - General News

Smartphone and Pocket PC Magazine have announced the finalists for the 2006 Best Software Awards. Head on over to check it out, there's some great software listed, like Agile Messenger, Skweezer, Papyrus, and more.

It's nice to see developers who put some much time and effort into creating great software for the platforms we use. Now if only someone would get off their duff and develop a full office suite for Windows Mobile Smarpthone Edition :).

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