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Wednesday, 29.11.06
COOPERATION: Verizon Wireless partners with YouTube for Mobile Video access
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:26 CET under 01 - General News

Not sure how I should describe it, as innovation or rip-off but YouTube and Verizon Wireless announced yesterday, that in early December, its video entertainment service will be available to people on Verizon Wireless mobile devices. In its first strategic mobile distribution agreement, YouTube will enable Verizon Wireless V CAST consumers to access a selection of YouTube videos from their mobile phones exclusively for a limited time.
In this landmark arrangement, YouTube will deliver a sampling of the most popular videos to Verizon Wireless' V CAST subscribers in the United States. With the largest community for online video entertainment, YouTube's move into the mobile space will enable a new audience of mobile users to enjoy entertaining videos virtually whenever and now wherever they want.

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Friday, 24.11.06
LEAKED: First HTC Cavalier photo hits the Web
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I wrote about HTC's Excalibur UMTS- follower, the HTC Cavalier, last week the first time and now, Italian website SoloPalmari published the first photo of the HTC Cavalier, together with some specs. While for me, the Cavalier looks a little bit like a different Excalibur ID, I have no doubt that SoloPalmari is right since they haven't failed too often in the past. Nevertheless, like the HTC MTeoR, also this version of the HTC Cavalier hasn't have a front facing camera for UMTS video telephony. All the rest looks - as I said - like a slightly modified Excalibur:

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CUSTOMIZATION: Spb Software House Releases Spb UniThemes 2.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb Software House yesterday unveiled Spb UniThemes 2.0 – the improved technology for changing Pocket PC look-and-feel. Every UniTheme is a complete set of skins for all skinnable standard applications, like Calculator, Dialer and Windows Media Player as well as Spb's own Pocket PC applications, all designed in one style.
With new 2.0 version Spb Software House proposes 6 new and updated UniThemes with smart installers and improved Windows Mobile 5 support.

One of the biggest Pocket PC disadvantages is the different look and feel of standard programs like Calculator, Dialer or Windows Media Player. These programs are the most used standard utilities – but they have entirely different appearance in color and in the way the buttons are represented. It gives the users an uncertain feeling when using the device. Such inconsistent look and feel is one of the reasons that people tend to choose other devices with different operating systems.

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Thursday, 23.11.06
PREDICTIONS: Agere Systems 10 predictions about the Cell Phone Industry in 2007
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:24 CET under 01 - General News

As the year 2006 winds to a close, Roman Polz, Senior Manager of  Agere Systems' Mobility Division suspect a key question on all our minds: "What will happen in the wireless industry in 2007?"
Roman makes ten predictions and while I wouldn't agree to all of them, they are a great starting point for further discussions and thoughts how the mobile industry might goes on in 2007, what the customer expectations are (or not) and how we might start (or already continue) to use our mobile devices in 2007.

Prediction Number 1: CD-Quality Music Will Be The Killer Cell Phone Application
Within four years compact disk (CD)-quality music is going to be on more than half the entry-level cell phones used around the world. Music will be the killer application on cell phones measured by consumer use and revenue-generated by handset makers and wireless service providers.
For substantiation of this prediction consider the iPod's enormous success. People will pay for good-sounding music, including hundreds of their favorite songs, easily accessed by simply pressing a button. And these music cell phones will store hundreds and later thousands of songs, which is plenty for the average music fan.

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Wednesday, 22.11.06
PIM: Birdsoft released eXtreme Agenda 2.0 for Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Birdsoft, well known for its Secure Wallet, today announced the release of version 2.0 of eXtreme Agenda, a best selling Personal Information Manager for your Windows Mobile Smartphone.
eXtreme Agenda is another great Personal Information Manager for the Windows Mobile Smartphone which features enhanced Schedule, Task, Notes, Search and Contact views with complete customization and great high-end features found only on other platforms.
In addition to replace your Pocket Outlook for Windows Mobile Smartphones, Birdsoft also added Secure Wallet as a view in eXtreme Agenda. The wallet uses 256-bit Blowfish Encryption to securely store your personal information. Advanced features like password masking, category filtering, and a safety timeout are included.

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ANNOUNCED: GIGABYTE Communications unveils the GSmart i120 Pocket PC Phone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

GIGABYTE Communications today announced the GSmart i120, the elite designer PDA phone featuring Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 3.0. In terms of product design, GSmart i120 highlights a modern retro accent with metallic silver frame. The GSmart i120, with its metallic silver frame and piano black numeric keypad, introduces a modern art deco accent to the luxury design concept of PDA mobile phone.

With its modern retro design concept, GSmart i120 further fulfills the mobile luxury demands of elite users. GSmart i120 features sophisticated applications and mobile entertainment features. Powered by Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 3.0 Push E-Mail technology, GSmart i120 keeps elite mobile users connected with real time E-Mail while traveling worldwide. GSmart i120 may provide efficient and speedy mobile internet access via WIFI or triband GSM/GPRS. Also, users may enjoy multiple entertainment features, such as Mobile TV and TV recording. In fact, GSmart i120 supports three popular TV standards worldwide: NTSC/PAL/SECAM. Furthermore, users may watch and may record their favorite TV program or game while traveling on-the-go.

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RELEASE: i-mate announced i-mate PDAL Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In addition to the i-mate JAQ3, during the GITEX exhibition in Dubai, i-mate also announced the launch of the i-mate PDAL, another Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition from i-mate. The i-mate PDAL boasts GSM/GPRS/EDGE and WiFi b/g connectivity and Bluetooth 1.2 (with support for A2DB stereo) for excellent data download rates and a truly satisfying push E-Mail experience, that extends to attachments for opening and real-time working.
In addition, this stylish and compact device is one of the lightest PDA's in the marketplace has has a 2.5" color display and a five direction-control button. The PDAL has the option of portrait or landscape orientation so applications can be viewed to the user's preference. Presented in a sleek black and silver casing, with stylishly curved corners, the PDAL delivers a satisfying touch screen experience from its resilient and vibrant touch screen. Last but not least the PDAL boasts a 2 megapixel camera for photo and video recording.

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HOT: O2 Asia unveiled the O2 Xda Flame Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During this week's GITEX exhibition in Dubai, O2 Asia unveiled its latest Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition, the Xda Flame.
The Flame isn't just another Pocket PC Phone Edition, sporting Windows Mobile 5, GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS (which is confirmed while HSDPA is rumored only); no - the Flame might set new benchmarks since it's featuring a 3.6" VGA screen, running on an Intel XScale PXA270 CPU at 520 MHz and sporting a NVIDIA GoForce 5500 GPU graphics chip for enhanced graphic capabilities.
In addition, the Xda Flame is also featuring 2 GB of ROM, WiFi b/g, USB On-The-Go, a 2 megapixel camera, SRS Mobile HD surround sound and TV-out support!

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Monday, 20.11.06
LAUNCHED: HTC officially announced the HTC P4350 aka HTC Herald Pocket PC PE
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

HTC, the world's leading provider of Windows Mobile devices, today launched the HTC P4350 - better known as HTC Herald - which will be released throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa in early December.
Complementing existing HTC devices, the HTC P4350 is just 17mm thick and features a semi-automatic sliding full QWERTY keypad. The slim and compact form factor hosts a large internal memory - 128 MB ROM and 64 MB RAM, ensuring the handset delivers a full "office in your pocket" experience for business users on the go.

Especially designed for easy messaging, the HTC P4350 features Windows Mobile 5.0 Direct push E-Mail technology, internet browsing, and synchronization with Microsoft Outlook Calendar, Contacts, Pocket MSN, and a TI OMAP 200 MHz application processor. The ability to work on applications in the Microsoft Office suite such, as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and view PDF documents, makes editing a breeze. Multimedia-wise, the HTC P4350 is sporting a 2 megapixel camera for photos and videos.

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OFFICIAL: E-TEN announced the glofiish M700 Pocket PC Phone Edition with Keyboard and GPS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Just a few weeks ago, E-TEN captured headlines with two landmark announcements; the launch of a new consumer brand for Pocket PC Phones and accessories, glofiish, and the release of one of the world's thinnest all-in-one communications devices, the glofiish X500.
Today E-TEN brings to market the glofiish M700, a full-featured communications device optimized for rapid messaging and high mobile productivity. The glofiish M700 is set apart from traditional Pocket PC Phones, which rely on a touch screen and stylus for data input, by giving users the ability to enter contact details, write SMS text and E-Mail messages, or create and edit office documents while on the move more efficiently using a full-key QWERTY keyboard. Designed to achieve the right balance between ergonomics and size, the glofiish M700 incorporates a sliding mechanism to allow the keyboard to be covered when not in use, while EL backlit keys extend usability to almost any setting.

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LEAKED: Order Placed for Apple iPhones
Posted by Thomas Chan - at 09:49 CET under 01 - General News

According to Red Herring, report says Taiwanese contract manufacturer called on to build Apple cell phones. Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs may actually be able to pull off a splashy iPhone announcement at Macworld by January.

The Mac maker has placed an order for 12 million iPhones to be built by a Taiwanese contract manufacturer, according to an analyst citing reports from Asia. Hon Hai Precision, whose customers include Apple, Cisco, Dell, Nokia, and Sony, has received the order, according to a Taiwan media report cited by UBS Investment Research.

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Saturday, 18.11.06
ANNOUNCED: i-mate officially released the JAQ3 Pocket PC Phone Edition at GITEX 2006
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In line with the strategy of offering more mid-range Windows Mobile devices that appeal to a wider audience at a lower price point, i-mate announced the previously leaked i-mate JAQ3 during the GITEX 2006 in Dubai. The JAQ3, which is based on a TechFaith Wireless reference design, is a dedicated messaging phone that boasts the many familiar applications of Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC.

Designed with user preferences in mind, its full QWERTY keyboard, five navigation buttons and scroll wheel allow for easy navigation and use of services including E-Mail, the JAQ3 definitely competes with the Palm Treo 750. Furthermore, the landscape 2.4" colored touch screen supports the use of the stylus as an increasingly popular means of accessing and writing E-Mail and messages.

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Friday, 17.11.06
RUMOR: HTC to release a HTC Excalibur Smartphone UMTS follower early next year?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Smartphone Thoughts has posted information today, that HTC is expected to launch a HTC Excalibur Smartphone follower and Samsung SGH-i600 Smartphone competitor early next year, namely January.
This new Windows Mobile-based Smartphone is codenamed "Cavalier" and is expected to have even better specifications than the Samsung BlackJack. Smartphone Thoughts is mentioning a 400 MHz Samsung CPU as well as quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and triband UMTS/HSDPA plus WiFi 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 2.0 for sure.
Further features of the HTC Cavalier should be 128 MB ROM, 64MB RAM, 2.4" QVGA screen, 2 mega-pixel camera and a 1050mAh battery all packed into a package that's just a little larger than the Excalibur.

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Thursday, 16.11.06
GADGET: Microsoft and Melitta announced the Smart & Brew Coffee Maker with inbuilt SPOT
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:37 CET under 01 - General News

Sure it's a kind of off-topic but since it is Microsoft SPOT-related (and we haven't heard too much from SPOT during this year) and because I'm an addicted coffee drinker, it's a kind of on-topic as well. Anyhow, it's good enough to be posted here. :-)
Just in time for the holidays, the Melitta Smart Mill & Brew with MSN Direct has officially hit retail stores. The first coffee maker to display real-time weather information incorporates Microsoft Corp.'s Smart Personal Objects Technology (SPOT).

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UTILITY: Microsoft released Voice Command 1.6 for Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:30 CET under 01 - General News

Yesterday, Microsoft released a new version of its Voice Command for Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone. Voice Command transforms your Pocket PC or Smartphone into your own virtual personal assistant, letting you use your voice to look up contacts, make phone calls, get calendar information, play and control your music, as well as start programs. Voice Command makes it easier and more convenient than ever to take your digital lifestyle with you wherever you go.
Because Voice Command has state-of-the-art speech technology, you will never have to prerecord important phone numbers or use difficult commands to access the information that you need. Simply select one of the many commands that is most natural to you and let Voice Command do the rest. You can even ask, "What can I say?" at any time to help find an appropriate command. After you successfully install Voice Command on your Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 powered device, register your product so that you can get the most from the Voice Command program, future releases, and exciting offers for upgrades and accessories.

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REMOTE: Orb announces partnership with 3 enabling 3 customers to MyCast Digital Media
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:00 CET under 01 - General News

Orb Networks and the 3 Group today announced a global partnership giving 3's 13.5 million customers mobile access to the digital media stored on their home PCs. The announcement was made today as part of Hutchison Whampoa's global X-Series from 3 launch, which unveiled the true power of mobile broadband.
Working together, 3 and Orb Networks have customized Orb's MyCasting service specifically for 3 customers and the 3 network.
The new service, called "Orb on 3" gives 3 customers the ability to enjoy all of their home music, videos, photos, and TV, anywhere they go on any device -- be it on their mobile, PDA or lap top. Orb on 3 simply streams a person's own content from their home PC to any device with a Web browser and a media player.

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PLACE SHIFT: Sling Media and 3 Group to deliver exclusive new Mobile TV Service
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:54 CET under 01 - General News

Wow, that's a surprise. Was I ranting last week which European UMTS carrier might be the partner, Sling Media might announce a partnership with, Sling Media announced today a partnership with the 3 Group. Both companies announced today that they are partnering to give customers access to their home TV channels on their mobile handsets. The announcement was made today as part of Hutchison Whampoa's global launch of the X-Series from 3, which unveils the true power of the internet on mobile broadband.

This is the first time that Sling Media has partnered with a major mobile operator and signifies the increasing consumer demand for the Slingbox and the increasing focus on mobile TV services that deliver a truly personalized one-to-one experience to the customer.

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COOPERATION: 3 Group announces Mobile Broadband partnerships with Sling Media, Orb and others
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:30 CET under 01 - General News

Hutchison Whampoa Limited today announced the global launch of the X-Series from 3. The X-Series from 3 marks the beginning of the internet via mobile broadband and heralds a new way of doing business for mobile network operators. It will extend several of the core applications and uses of the broadband internet to the mobile handset, with a new pricing model. The X-Series from 3 will be supported by the leading internet companies, cutting-edge handsets from the world's leading mobile manufacturers and premium customer service.

Customers will be able to make unlimited calls from their mobile using Skype, watch their home television via their mobile using Sling, access their home PC remotely using Orb and have access to the best of internet and messaging services from Yahoo!, Windows Live Messenger and Google.

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Wednesday, 15.11.06
WIRELESS: Mobis announced Just Mobile RoKy² Fabric Bluetooth Keyboard [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:56 CET under 01 - General News

Mobis Technology, a leading manufacturer of mobile accessories, today presented the  "Just Mobile RoKy²", a fabric Bluetooth keyboard for mobile devices. The Just Mobile RoKy², a lightweight and flexible 63-key QWERTY format keyboard with full size cursor keys was designed for mobile computing devices and uses Bluetooth connectivity, is 100% fabric, water-repellent and comes with a mobile phone/PDA stand.
With a pair of AAA battery allows you up to 10 hours of usage.
It's compatible with most of today's state of the art mobile devices including Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and Smartphone, Palm PDAs, RIM BlackBerrys as well as Symbian S60 and UIQ mobile phones.

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CONVERGENCE: Orb to enter the Mobile "YouTube" market with OrbThis for Video Communities
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:47 CET under 01 - General News

With the recent relaunch of Orb 2.0 aka Orb MyCast, the folks at Orb Networks had way more in mind then just relaunching the PC interface based on Web 2.0/AJAX technologies. No, in future the new frontend interface and backend structure allows the Orb user to make Orb MyCast an even better and personalized experience then it was before by adding dynamic content.
The first was a simple RSS feed fetcher (nearly standard for all start pages today) but now, Orb Networks reached the next level of customization and enabling mobility by enhancing Orb MyCast to playback (or better stream) YouTube, Google and Dailymotion videos on mobile devices like mobile phones and PDAs.
While YouTube has the mobile enhancement on its agenda for next year or so, Orb users can start right now and it couldn't be easier.

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Tuesday, 14.11.06
ANNOUNCED: T-Mobile UK launches the MDA Compact III aka HTC Artemis
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After T-Mobile Germany and O2 UK's Xda Orbit announcement, now also T-Mobile UK announced the launch of the MDA Compact III (better known as HTC Artemis), the second mobile device available from a UK mobile operator with built-in GPS satellite receiver.
Available with CoPilot Live 6 satellite navigation, the MDA Compact III makes dedicated navigation systems redundant, with turn-by-turn voice instructions, detailed street mapping and powerful route calculation for navigation in-car or on foot. With its integrated jog wheel and touch screen, the device makes it easy to enter a destination and follow the comprehensive door-to-door directions. web'n'walk customers will be able to take advantage of free real-time traffic alerts and avoidance, delivered directly into CoPilot via the T-Mobile GPRS network.

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CUSTOMIZATION: V2R announced availability of Photo Dialer for Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following V2R's earlier release of Photo Dialer for Windows Mobile Smartphones, Vision to Reality today announced the launch of Photo Dialer for Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Editions.
Photo Dialer is a plugin for the Pocket PC's Today screen that allows you to quickly call your favorite contacts straight from the Today screen without opening Contacts or the dial-pad.
Photo Dialer shows you a configurable list of contacts with their photos.  You can scroll through Photo Dialer by using the left/right function with the D-Pad or alternatively use the stylus. In the sleep mode the application shows small thumb nails of your favorite list.

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COOPERATION: Vodafone UK and Yahoo! to launch advertising on mobile devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:47 CET under 01 - General News

Vodafone and Yahoo! have formed a strategic alliance to pool their expertise to create an innovative mobile advertising business that will enhance the customer experience on mobile phones while providing both companies with a new revenue stream.

Yahoo! will become Vodafone's exclusive display advertising partner in the UK. Yahoo! will use the latest technology to provide a variety of mobile advertising formats across Vodafone's rich and varied content services. Yahoo!'s sales force and technology team will work with Vodafone to derive benefit from mobile's unique advertising opportunities while delivering the best possible experience for both consumers and advertisers. Vodafone and Yahoo! intend to roll out the initiative in the UK in the first half of 2007.

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Monday, 13.11.06
OFFICIAL: Cingular and Samsung announced the Samsung BlackJack aka SGH-i607
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, Cingular Wireless, Samsung and Microsoft unveiled the BlackJack (we knew so far as the Samsung SGH-i607), a robust, slim smart device packed with the power and functionality desired by business customers and consumers alike. With the BlackJack customers can get rich entertainment features, powerful business applications and the familiar look and feel of Windows Mobile 5.0, turbo-charged by Cingular's 3G-enabled BroadbandConnect service in an ultra-sleek design. This ultra thin, 3G device features a fully integrated QWERTY keyboard with a large high-resolution QVGA color screen.

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LAUNCHED: O2 Asia released the Xda Stealth Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Last night I received an E-Mail from O2 Asia where the Asian arm of O2 announced the immediate availability of its latest Windows Mobile Pocket PC, the Xda Stealth.
The new Xda Stealth combines the best of PDA functionality with the handy form factor of a slider phone. Business or pleasure, the Xda Stealth manages both with dazzling ease.
The Xda Stealth is featuring Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition and is powered by an Intel XScale PXA272 processor at 416 MHz. It's supporting triband GSM/GPRS at 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz as well as Wireless LAN 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 1.2.

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PHOTOVIEW: O2 Xda orbit GPS Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:24 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following O2 Germany's earlier announcement to release the HTC Artemis during this fall as the O2 Xda orbit and O2 UK's outlook to launch it in November as well, here we go with some preview photos of the O2 Xda orbit which looks slightly different to the standard HTC Artemis.
Like the HTC Artemis reference design, the Xda orbit is also running Windows Mobile 5.0 and featuring GPS as the highlight (together with a FM radio, which is also used for dynamic traffic information) but unlike T-Mobile's MDA compact III, the O2 Xda orbit also includes W-LAN b/g (something T-Mobile Germany left for some reasons). Other features are the full range of 2.xG connectivity with GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth 2.0 (including support for A2DP Bluetooth stereo) as well as a 2 megapixel camera. The Xda orbit will also features HTC RollR (Trackball/Trackwheel combination) for easy viewing and navigation through the menus:

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Saturday, 11.11.06
SPECULATION: Is the Slingbox coming to a Mobile Operator near you soon?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:07 CET under 01 - General News

According to a statement of Sling Media CEO Blake Krikorian at the Web 2.0 conference, the company behind the Slingbox has done some European deals to show place-shifted TV on mobiles here but has also tied up with a big mobile carrier in the U.S. which will be announced soon.
No further information were given yet but the U.S. carrier might be one of the few which is carrying Windows Mobile devices already (Cingular or T-Mobile are rumored here) since the required Slingplayer is available for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and Smartphones already.

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Friday, 10.11.06
RSS READER: HubDog for Windows Mobile Smartphones released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

So far available for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs only, Société Radio Numérique (SRN) finally released a Windows Mobile Smartphone client for its HubDog service as well. Hubdog combines a streamlined RSS reader, a podcast player, a unique media search engine and channels that can be shared among community members.
Hubdog allows you to download news, radio, music and video podcasts, blogs and any RSS feed onto your Windows Mobile device so you can read, listen or watch it at the time and place that best suits you.
Now HubDog also enters the Smartphone devices which makes it an even better service.

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SYNC: Mark/Space releases major update to Missing Sync for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:43 CET under 01 - General News

Mark/Space, Inc. announced yesterday a major upgrade to The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile, the company's software for synchronizing Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs and Smartphones with computers running Mac OS X. New version 3.0 adds several new important features for users, including synchronization of notes and voice memos, Word and Excel documents, Safari bookmarks, iPhoto albums and iTunes playlists.

The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile is the only Mac sync product that supports Windows Mobile 5 devices, including HP iPAQs, the HTC TyTN, Motorola Q, Palm Treo 700w/wx, the new T-Mobile Dash and many others. The Missing Sync also supports devices running Windows Mobile 2002 and 2003, allowing Mac users with any of these products to connect and synchronize personal information, such as contacts, calendar events, tasks and notes.

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Thursday, 09.11.06
SURFACED: Motorola Q 'Norman' Windows Mobile Smartphone appeared on the Web [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Is this the rumored and long awaited Motorola Q Pro, the UMTS/3G version of today's Motorola Q? Hungarian website has published infos and photos of a so far unseen Motorola Q code named "Moto Q Norman". The Norman has a brand new black design (but still featuring the QWERTY thumb keyboard, for sure) and the keys seems to be bigger and flatter now. More shortcut keys can be found at the bottom of the keyboard, including shortcuts to media player, camera, calendar, contact list and volume control.
The back of the Smartphone revealed the Vodafone logo! Other than the keyboard changes, the Norman is expected to sport a 2 megapixel camera, mini USB connector and should get Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile for Smartphone Edition (whatever it means):

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CUSTOMIZATION: V2R Home Screen Editor for Windows Mobile Smartphone released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:06 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Well, for Windows Mobile Pocket PC users, this is an easy to do task but not for Windows Mobile Smartphone users - basic customization of the Homescreen. Because the Smartphone Homescreen is defined in XML there was no easy to use application available (on Smartphones) to rearrange, add or hide Homescreen items but users either had to edit the Homescreen XML definition file or did this on the PC with extra applications. That's where V2R's Home Screen Editor comes into the game which is an easy to use tool that allows you to customize the Home screen on Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphones.

With V2R Home Screen Editor you can add or remove all standard or 3rd party plug-ins, you can rearrange them in the desired order. Additionally you can add new themes or modify existing themes towards your needs.

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LINK: WiFi Did You Do That? Or why Microsoft left W-LAN Sync out of ActiveSync 4
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:00 CET under 01 - General News

Accept it or hate (or both, as I do) it but since the introduction of Microsoft ActiveSync 4, which is the required version for Windows Mobile 5 devices, ActiveSync isn't supporting PC sync (not Server-sync) over WLAN anymore. As a matter of fact it means that Pocket PCs and Smartphones can be synced by a (USB) cable connection or (Bluetooth) wireless connection only since Microsoft dropped the W-LAN support in favor of increased security.
While many users (including myself) dislike it, Mike Calligaro from the Windows Mobile division tried to explain it in depth why Microsoft left it and how the future might looks like. Definitely worth to read:

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WIRELESS: Runcom wants to make mobile WiMax a PnP technology for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:40 CET under 01 - General News

On Monday, Runcom Technologies, a technology company pioneering OFDMA based silicon solutions for User Terminals and Base Stations that comply with the IEEE802.16e-2005 standard for WiBro and Mobile WiMax applications, disclosed at the WiMax World Conference in Boston, that they have recently signed a collaboration agreement with Microsoft to develop Windows Mobile compatible drivers for the Runcom solution based on their WiMAX chipset with the goal of making Mobile WiMax a mass market technology with "Plug and Play" capabilities.
Runcom solution will allow users of mobile devices running the Pocket PC platform of Windows Mobile 5.0 to connect to Mobile WiMax networks simply by inserting Mobile WiMax CF or USB card without the need to install or download any drivers.

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Wednesday, 08.11.06
SYNC: Razer 7echnologies' ACiD Sync keeps your PC synchronized with Memory Cards
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:50 CET under 01 - General News

A few months ago, Ed Hardy of, wrote an editorial asking for a simple application that could keep his folder on his computer automatically synchronized with a folder on a memory card in his handheld or Smartphone.
A developer read this and went out and wrote one for Windows Mobile. It's called ACiD Sync and even though it's still a beta it works really well.
ACiD Sync is a file synchronization utility designed to work with Windows Mobile based devices. These devices include Windows Mobile Pocket PC's, Smartphones and some Treo mobile phones as well as the new Motorola Q series.

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Tuesday, 07.11.06
POWER: Proporta USB Mobile Device Charger recharges Mobile Devices without Wall Sockets
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:27 CET under 01 - General News

We all know the problem, the battery life of our new power-hungry mobile devices is far away what we need or expected. We all know how annoying it is when your device runs out of battery when you need it the most - the phone call you had to make, the 3 hour flight you are on with no book to read or that deal breaking E-Mail that you had to send, not to mention reading the::unwired online while you are commuting.
Well, a solution for this problem might be Proporta's new USB Mobile Device Charger which allows you to charge any device, whether it be your PDA, mobile phone or MP3 player when you are nowhere near a wall socket, laptop or PC.

The Proporta USB Mobile Device Charger, basically a battery, charges from any standard USB port (so it works with all Proporta power/charging products in your car, home, office) and stores an impressive 3400 mAH of power for when you need it.

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Monday, 06.11.06
RAFFLE: Win a copy of Doug Berrett 's WebGuide 4 for Windows Media Center Edition and Vista
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:34 CET under 01 - General News

Okay, I'm not raffling software too often and if I do, I want to make sure it's a) something useful and b) of high quality! Doug Berrett's WebGuide 4 for Microsoft's Windows XP or Vista Media Center Edition is both - useful and of high quality and Doug was kind enough to donate three copies for the::unwired readers I'm going to raffle today.

Why is WebGuide4 so useful? Well, pretty easy - it integrates into the Microsoft Windows XP/Vista Media Center Edition and gives you, from virtually every web browser, access to your Media Center including the EPG (electronic program guide). While accessing is nice you can even schedule a recording, remotely and I've just used it a bit during the past weeks since I was heavily traveling. Having a Media Center PC at home is great, you can record and playback your stuff later but if you are not at home to schedule your recordings it's just useless. With WebGuide 4 and my Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and Smartphones I can access my EPG anytime from everywhere to schedule a recording, doesn't matter where I'm.

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PIM: Developer One released Agenda One for Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:05 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Developer One has been working harder than ever to bring you the best time management solution for your Windows Mobile Smartphone and recently released Agenda One for Windows Mobile Smartphone.
It all started more than a year ago with the launch of Windows Mobile 5. Developer One set out to create an application that was entirely focused on ease of use. When you're on the go, you need more than great features. You need something that just works. It's all about helping you do even more with less effort.
Agenda One for Windows Mobile 5 Smartphones was designed with you in mind! From the moment you launch Agenda One, you'll see why it's different. It all starts with an ease of use you've never experienced before on a Windows Mobile Smartphone.

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SYNC: Synchronize GoogleCalendar with Windows Mobile OTA
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:50 CET under 01 - General News

I wasn't using Google's Calendar too much yet, especially because I wasn't able to sync it with my Windows Mobile devices over the air (OTA) but it looks like a solution is available now, to keep mobile phones (including Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and Smartphone) synchronized with GoogleCalendar, thanks to free Beta which is such an OTA synchronization service for GoogleCalendar.
All you need is to download the client, install it on your Windows Mobile 2003 or 5.0 Pocket PC or 5.0 Smartphone , create your  GoogleCalendar, create your Beta account and hit the sync button on your mobile device to synchronize your GoogleCalendar and the calendar on your mobile device.

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COOPERATION: Vodafone signs new terminal platform agreement with Microsoft
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:33 CET under 01 - General News

Vodafone has signed an agreement with Microsoft to develop software to enable the speedy and cost-effective roll out of new services on mobile phones. Under the terms of the agreement, Vodafone and Microsoft will work in close co-operation aiming to ensure that Vodafone applications and services are tightly integrated with a Windows Mobile experience, resulting in improved mobile phone functionality as well as an enhanced mobile experience for customers. The Microsoft platform will complement Vodafone's existing terminal platform portfolio.

As the platform proposal with Windows Mobile embraces the wider Microsoft developer community, Vodafone anticipates an increase in the breadth of applications and content created for mobile phones. The partnership will also enable Vodafone to access Microsoft's considerable expertise to help speed up convergence between mobile devices and computers. Additionally, it is expected to reduce time to market for new products and encourage customers to new services.

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LAUNCH: Cingular releases the Cingular 8525 Pocket PC Phone Edition aka HTC Hermes
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

We have seen the Cingular 8525 on the Net already but it took a little bit longer for Cingular to release its own version of the HTC Hermes but finally, the U.S. carrier launched it.
Cingular Wireless business customers are now on the wireless fast track with today's introduction of the first UMTS/ HSDPA-enabled PDA in North America - the Cingular 8525 Pocket PC. The Cingular 8525 gives customers access to a variety of corporate data and applications - and personal E-Mail and a wide range of entertainment capabilities - at wireless broadband speeds on a popular form factor. Adding to the power of the Cingular 8525 is its operating system - Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 with Direct Push Technology - which allows users to retrieve their information in the familiar environment found on most desktop computers.

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Friday, 03.11.06
RELEASE: SmarTone-Vodafone, Palm and Microsoft launched the Palm Treo 750v in Hong Kong
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

SmarTone-Vodafone, Palm and Microsoft yesterday announced the launched of the new Palm TreoTM 750v for the Hong Kong market. The new Treo 750v, in Hong Kong exclusive to SmarTone-Vodafone, combines phone, E-Mail, messaging and web applications(1) in one single device, which is extremely easy to use. This smartphone features the powerful Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition with Palm's enhancements that enables Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint Mobile applications, as well as PDF viewer. With a compact design that fits comfortably in the user's hand, the smartphone offers customers a 5-way navigator designed for true single-handed operation and a touch screen for stylus input.

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Thursday, 02.11.06
THOUGHT: Symbian S60 vs. Microsoft Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 04:18 CET under 09 - Thoughts

These past couple of weeks I've had the opportunity to use a Symbian Series 60 phone for the first time. If you're interested my review of the Nokia E70 is linked below. Because I come from a Windows Mobile background there was definitely an adjustment that needed to be made in order to get the most out of the S60 operating system. Throughout the process I couldn't help but compare it to my normal OS, Windows Mobile Smartphone Edition (on the Cingular 2125), so I thought it might be nice to write up a comparison review between the two.

Before I get too far into this I do want to say right off that there isn't going to be a clear "winner". Both operating systems can meet most of the needs of smartphone users. There are definitely differences though. So, without further ado, let's get started.

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Wednesday, 01.11.06
UNVEILED: Dopod to release a multimedia version of the HTC Artemis called M700
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I've never heard about it nor I've seen it on any roadmaps but according to Chinese site PhoneDaily, HTC has a media version of the HTC Artemis in the pipeline which is to be released by Dopod as Dopod M700.
While the M700 (code name unknown) leaves the GPS functionalities, the memory is increased "enormously" (for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs) and it still features the HTC's RollR concept with the Trackball and Track Wheel in one, replacing the D-Pad and joysticks normally used for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs.
While the device ID reminds on the Artemis, it's slightly changed and comes along in a silver shiny housing:

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LINK: MoDaCo reviews the i-mate SPL Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In September, Dubai based i-mate announced the launch of the i-mate SPL Windows Mobile Smartphone for the North American marked and Paul at MoDaCo got his hands on one of i-mate's latest Smartphones.
The i-mate SPL is a Motorola SLVR-looking device that should attract professionals who want a stylish device plus the benefits of the Windows Mobile platform.
For business or pleasure, it's got what it takes for users who want the functionality and features of an affordable Windows Mobile powered device. The i-mate SPL is a GSM/GPRS tri-band device featuring 128MB ROM/64MB RAM, 65k 2.2" color LCD screen, MiniSD memory card expansion, integrated antenna and Bluetooth compatibility.

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PREVIEW: Samsung SGH-i600 aka BlackJack Windows Mobile UMTS and HSDPA Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:36 CET under 08 - Reviews

As I've previously posted, two weeks ago I had my first 5 minutes with a Samsung SGH-i600 UMTS and HSDPA Windows Mobile Smartphone, also known as BlackJack now, which is expected to be released end of this year. This week I had my second 10 minutes with the same device, Samsung's UMTS/HSDPA follower of the SGH-i320.
Beside being Samsung's first UMTS and HSDPA enabled Windows Mobile Smartphone, the highlight of the SGH-i600 is its BlackBerry-styled thumb-keyboard which mostly addresses business customers.
Sporting Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone, the i600 supports triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, singleband UMTS and HSDPA, W-LAN b/g and Bluetooth 2.0 with stereo support for A2DP and printing protocols.
It includes 128 MB ROM and 64 MB RAM which can be extended using microSD memory cards. It measures 113x59 x11.8 mm and has a 2.3" QVGA landscape TFT screen, supporting the Windows Mobile typical 65k colors. On the backside, the device features a 1.3 megapixel camera and on the front it has a second QCIF+ camera for UMTS video telephony.

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STEREO: Motorola to launch new Bluetooth Music-enabled Hands-free Car Kit T605
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:47 CET under 01 - General News

Following Parrot's earlier announcement to launch a Bluetooth car kit with support for Bluetooth stereo (A2DP and AVRC), yesterday Motorola announced to add mobile music to the in-vehicle experience with the introduction of the new Motorola Automotive Music & Hands-free System T605. With this new car kit, drivers have one seamless solution that offers access to digital music and phone calls directly through a compatible car sound system.
Leveraging hands-free, headset and Bluetooth stereo profiles, the T605 pairs with a compatible Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone and a separate compatible Bluetooth-enabled music source for crystal clear connectivity and entertainment.

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NAVIGATION: Orange launches off-board GPS navigation system for mobile phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:53 CET under 01 - General News

Orange Business Services today launched a new GPS navigation application to be downloaded on to a range of mobile devices – including smartphones and PDAs from Nokia, Sony Ericsson, BlackBerry and Orange's Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and Smartphones – providing its business customers with a real-time, cost effective solution.
Powered by Webraska, a leading provider of GPS navigation solutions, Sat-Nav from Orange can be used when walking, cycling or driving. Rather than having a specific device just for this application, Sat-Nav from Orange works on a range of mobile devices making it a cost effective business investment. All maps and live traffic updates are held on a central server and are downloadable from the internet via WiFi, 3G, GPRS or the Orange EDGE network onto the mobile device. This saves precious memory space and ensures that maps and points of interest are always up to date.

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