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Friday, 30.03.07
PHOTOVIEW: Vodafone 1210/VDA IV Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:04 CET under 08 - Reviews

Released earlier this year, Vodafone's latest business smartphone - the Vodafone 1210/VDA IV (the name depends on your local Vodafone subsidiary) is an interesting option for a business user who wants to get more out of his mobile phone. Made by AsusTek, the Vodafone 1210/VDA IV is a triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE (without support for the North American 850 MHz band) and singleband UMTS phone, running on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone Edition. The Vodafone 1210/VDA IV is powered by a Intel/Marvell PXA270 at 312 MHz which is pretty unusual today where TI's OMAP CPU dominates the Smartphone market. The 2.2" color LCD supports QVGA and the device has 128 MB ROM and 64 MB RAM which can be extended through microSD cards. For sure it's sporting Bluetooth (even if it is v1.2 only) but leaves WiFi. Unlike most HTC phones, the Vodafone 1210/VDA IV features a 2.5 mm size stereo earphone jack.

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PHOTOVIEW: Motorola MOTO Q9h Windows Mobile Standard Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:31 CET under 08 - Reviews

Unveiled during last year's 3GSM World Congress, during this years 3GSM World Congress Motorola finally announced the long awaited UMTS version of its Motorola Moto Q - the Motorola MOTO Q q9 which was again publicly previewed at this week's CTIA Wireless in Orlando, Florida.
Running with Windows Mobile 6 Standard, this sleek and robust device is packed with power, functionality and offers a cool design that satisfies the appetite of gadget lovers, business professionals and even fashion conscious consumers.
The MOTO Q 9h is more than just a device - it's - according to Motorola - a statement of power and personality. Its precise and compelling form factor highlights the devices' visual appeal and feel. Within its lean form lies quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as UMTS and HSDPA for lightening fast speed and immediate downloading capabilities WiFi is left, unfortunately. With advanced imaging functionality, it's sporting a 2 megapixel camera on the back while it a second camera for video is left, and integrated stereo Bluetooth wireless technology the MOTO Q 9h is a mobile revolution at your fingertips:

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Thursday, 29.03.07
UNVEILED: eXpansys reveals the UBiQUiO 503G Pocket PC Phone Edtion
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

eXpansys, the brand-owner of UBiQUiO just unveiled its latest UBiQUiO  Windows Mobile Pocket PC, the UBiQUiO 503G. Running on Windows Mobile 6 Professional, the 503G is UBiQUiO's first quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE triband UMTS/HSDPA device. That and the quick 520MHz Intel (Marvell) processor, Stereo Bluetooth and WiFi makes the UBiQUiO 503G indeed an interesting devices.
Additionally, it's sporting 256 MB of ROM which means you can store a larger number of mobile applications directly onto the device and if you want to store a large number of files, then you can simply plug in a microSD card, up to 2GB in capacity:

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UPDATE: Minimo for Windows Mobile got a major Update
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:33 CET under 01 - General News

Doug Turner, father of the Minimo project, recently announced the availability of Minimo 0.2, which can be seen as a major milestone, even if it is v0.2 only.
Minimo is a small, simple, powerful and innovative, web browser for mobile devices, which is based on Mozilla technologies. to produce a highly usable web browser for Windows Mobile smartphones. Minimo 0.2 now includes best available support for modern web standards including Javascript and AJAX, social bookmarking, tabbed browsing (something the Internet Explorer Mobile still lacks), RSS support as well as Widget and Extension support!

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SURVEY: Proporta asks for your Feedback
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:12 CET under 01 - General News

For 10 years now, Proporta has been listening to its customers and reviewers in order to perfect their case design, and deliver the best service possible. Two main designs of the Alu-Leather Case have dominated the product so far, the case with the Side Grip, and the design using a Pouch.

Preferences differ from person to person…some people favor style over protection, some like constant access to their keyboards, and some prefer everything to be securely covered up.

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UPDATE: Hudson Mobile released Phone Dashboard 2.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Hudson Mobile recently announce the launch and availability of Phone Dashboard 2.0, the leading utility for Windows Mobile-based Pocket PC Phone Editions.
Phone Dashboard helps save you money because it keeps you from going over your monthly minutes. Phone Dashboard also saves you time by allowing you to easily view, sort and export your calling history for expense tracking. With release 2.0, Hudson Mobile extend Phone Dashboard to track SMS and MMS message usage as well as call usage.

Other new features include more options to customize your phone plans including flexible weekends and call rounding and improved logging, usability and performance. Now more than ever, Phone Dashboard gives you a complete picture of your phone usage.

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MULTIMEDIA: i-mate unveils more information about its new X-Stream Hardware and Service
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:33 CET under 01 - General News

First time previewed during last month's 3GSM Congress, during the CTI Wireless i-mate unveiled more information about it's new X-Stream concept, which includes the X-Stream Digital Media Hub (DMH), which is a Windows Media Center Edition PC and LCD TV in one and the X-Stream Dock, a smart docking station for i-mate's new range of Windows Mobile smartphones.
The X-Stream DMH gives any-time any-place access & control of all your video, music & work files. The X-Stream DMH replaces many of the units found in the connected home and is the perfect example of technology convergence with integrated widescreen HDTV, HD-DVD, Personal Video Recorder (PVR), CATV receiver, DSL modem & wireless router all contained in a minimalist sleek frame that will fit into any interior, whatever the décor.

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BETA: Microsoft Live Labs previews Deepfish Desktop-like Mobile Browser
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:52 CET under 01 - General News

Yesterday at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference (eTech), Microsoft's Live Labs unveiled a new mobile technology, called Deepfish which is designed to offer mobile users quick and convenient Web browsing that more closely resembles the experience of browsing the Web on desktop computers. Deepfish is a lightweight client application that leverages a powerful server side technology for delivery of content such as web pages to a Windows Mobile device. Content is displayed in a familiar desktop format that requires no additional work by the content or site author. Sounds familiar? Yes, indeed it seems to work similar to Bitstream's ThunderHawk solution which is also a client/server combination.

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Wednesday, 28.03.07
LINK: PocketPCItalia.com previews the Toshiba Portégé G500 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

PocketPCItalia.com has published a complete preview of Toshiba's new Windows Mobile Smartphone, the Portégé G500, which was announced during the last 3GSM World Congress.
This Windows Mobile-based slider smartphone marks Toshiba's comeback into the Windows Mobile market and it sure is a successful comeback as the first of the two new models Toshiba will launch in 2007.
The Toshiba Portégé G500 features a 2 megapixel on the backside and VGA front camera for video calls, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, biometric fingerprint recognition sensor that also serves as a directional pad with selection function as well and for sure UMTS. According to PocketPCItalia.com the G500 "is a neat piece of hardware that features great specs all stuffed into a relatively tiny housing":

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FIX: Microsoft provides Vista Windows Media Player 11 sync fix for Windows Mobile 5
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:38 CET under 01 - General News

Finally Microsoft provides a fix (automatically via Windows Update) for a Windows Media Player/Windows Mobile 5.0 and Windows Mobile 6 problem which appears, if you try to synchronize content from Microsoft Windows Media Player 11 to a Microsoft Windows Mobile 5-based device with AKU 2.3 or a later AKU. After the device connected, only the internal storage on the phone is available in Windows Media Player as a synchronization target; external memory is completely left which means you can not auto-sync your media library to your memory cards:

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SATISFIED: Opera builds momentum on Windows Mobile smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:28 CET under 01 - General News

Opera Software today announced the growing momentum for its Opera Mobile Web browser on devices running the Windows Mobile operating system. Major manufacturers, such as HTC and Toshiba, are including Opera on their handsets to provide their customers with a superior mobile Internet experience. Meanwhile, end-users are eager for better browsing on their mobile phones, resulting in a download increase of more than 50 percent on Opera's website from February 2006 to February 2007.

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PLACE-SHIFT: Honestech Introduces MY-IPTV Anywhere Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:51 CET under 01 - General News

Honestech, Inc. announced today the release of Honestech's MY-IPTV Anywhere Mobile product. MY-IPTV Anywhere enables users to access and view their favorite television programming from anywhere in the world on their mobile phone, any Windows Mobile-based WiFi PDA device and any computer with an internet connection.
MY-IPTV Anywhere Mobile includes Honestech's original MY-IPTV Anywhere PC server and player software and new mobile player software for mobile and handheld devices. It also includes MY-IPBOX, an external USB 2.0 TV tuner device.

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Tuesday, 27.03.07
CONNECTIVITY: Bluetooth SIG announces Bluetooth Version 2.1 + EDR [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:07 CET under 01 - General News

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) today announced at CTIA Wireless 2007 details of a new specification which will continue the evolution of the short-range wireless technology and enhance the consumer experience.
The Bluetooth Core Specification Version 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) will soon be ready for members to develop products that take advantage of numerous enhancements. The new version of the specification adds improved pairing which makes the initial connection of Bluetooth devices easier for all users by reducing the number of steps in the pairing process. This enhancement will appeal to Bluetooth technology's broad range of users, from the technically savvy to the technically adverse.

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SERVICE: MSNBC.com launches Multimedia on Mobile for Windows Mobile smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:11 CET under 01 - General News

MSNBC.com today launched its Multimedia on Mobile news product. Developed in partnership with Action Engine Corporation and uVuMobile, Multimedia on Mobile offers consumers a rich news and entertainment experience on mobile devices. After downloading the product to Windows Mobile smartphones, you can find and save your favorite video, photo and article - including NBC News video from "Today" and popular slideshows from MSNBC.com including "The Week in Pictures" - and easily share content directly through SMS and E-Mail.

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UNVEILED: HTC S720 Windows Mobile Smartphone shows its face
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:21 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During the CTIA Wireless, which is currently happening in Orlando, Engadget Mobile and Mobility Site got its hands on the HTC S720 - HTC's CDMA version of the HTC Vox aka HTC S710.
While both devices are running on Microsoft's Windows Mobile Smartphone platform, the S710 was announced to be released with Windows Mobile 6 while the (so far not officially announced) S720, Engadget Mobile and Mobility Site got in its hands, is currently running Windows Mobile 5 only. Other differences are, that the S710 is a GSM/GPRS/EDGE quadband smartphone while the S720 sports CDMA's EV-DO standard. Not sure why the S720 became so squarish but I like the Vox ID more:

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ENTERTAINMENT: Mercora Launches M v2 – a Social Music Player and Radio for Mobiles
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:52 CET under 01 - General News

Mercora, Inc. today announced the worldwide launch of Mercora M v2, the industry's first and only social music player and mobile radio service for 3G-enabled Windows Mobile smartphones.
M v2 is a personalized digital radio which includes over 100,000 high-fidelity music channels searchable by artist, genre and subgenre, and might makes the M v2 the virtually largest radio service available on any mobile device. In additions M v2 allows wireless users to browse and listen to music libraries stored on their home PCs or optionally on Mercora servers means no side-loading or synchronization is required. With the M v2, consumers can use their mobile devices to discover and listen to music, playlists, and listening histories from up to five of their friends and family, anywhere in the world.
M v2 offers one-click access to constantly updated and popular podcasts from CNN, MLB, NCAA, NPR and other established news outlets which provides users with continuous access to breaking news and information.

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INTERFACE: Microsoft's ZenZui aims to change the way people use Mobile Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:13 CET under 01 - General News

Microsoft yesterday announced the launch of ZenZui, an independent company with the mission of transforming the way people engage, consume and interact with Web content through a revolutionary mobile user experience and information ecosystem. ZenZui's Zooming User Interface, a technology patented by Microsoft, was initially developed by the Microsoft Research lab in Redmond, Wash. Microsoft's IP Ventures helps startups and growing companies speed their time to market through access to Microsoft innovations. ZenZui worked with IP Ventures to acquire the technology and assistance in securing venture capital funding to help launch its company.

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UPGRADE: E-TEN announces Windows Mobile 6 upgrades to Glofiish Pocket PC Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

E-TEN Information Systems has announced that it will offer owners of its own-brand Glofiish X500 and M700 Pocket PC Phones the ability to upgrade to Windows Mobile 6, the latest platform for mobile devices. E-TEN is currently working to deliver a series of language-localized ROM updates that will allow owners of Glofiish X500 and M700 Pocket PC Phones to upgrade their devices to Windows Mobile 6.
The Glofiish X500 and M700 Pocket PC Phones offer all-in-one connectivity for consumers and professionals on the move. Both handsets include support for GSM, EDGE, Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth and include a 400MHz Samsung CPU and 128MB of Flash ROM.

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UPGRADE: Palm announces global Treo 750 Upgrade to Windows Mobile 6
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following Microsoft's pre-announcement at the 3GSM WorldCongress last month, Palm today confirmed that an update to the Windows Mobile 6 Professional operating system will be available for Treo 750 smartphone customers around the world. The Treo 750 is available from carriers in the United States, Europe and Asia and remains a key part of Palm's international expansion strategy to make Treo smartphones available to more customers. For AT&T customers, the update also will facilitate High-speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) capability - allowing faster data-download speeds on 3G/UMTS/HSDPA networks.

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Monday, 26.03.07
UPGRADE: Cingular confirms Windows Mobile 6 Upgrades for its latest Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:24 CET under 01 - General News

During CTIA Wireless, Engadget Mobile got the word from Cingular, sorry at&t, that the U.S. American carrier plans to release Windows Mobile upgrade for the Palm Treo 750, as well as the Cingular 8525 (aka HTCHermes) and the Samsung BlackJack. These updates are planned to be distributed as downloads for current owners and in future, Windows Mobile will be pre-installed on all further devices launched in 2007.
According to Engadget Mobile's information, the Samsung BlackJack update should arrive at Cingular by May 26; with an expected eight week period for testing, bug fixing and network approval which means the final version could become available late July this year. No word on timing for the other two devices.

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LEAKED: HTC Panda Windows Mobile Pocket PC shows its face
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Have you ever heard of the HTC Panda? No? Doesn't matter, because now you can see another unknown HTC Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition. We've just received two photos of an engineering sample and as it looks, the HTC Panda is the real successor of the HTC Alpine. Running on Windows Mobile 5.0 (or maybe 6.0 if not released yet), the HTC Panda is powered by a Samsung CPU at 400 MHz and features a 3.5" TFT display and is expected to sport 256 MB ROM and 64 MB 128 RAM. However, unfortunately the Panda seems to be a pure 2.5G device by supporting triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE only (while leaving 850 MHz support). On the other hand, the device is expected to feature WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0. Last but not least, the device features a 2 megapixel camera:

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UNVEILED: HTC announced the HTC Shift - HTC's first UMPC [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:50 CET under 01 - General News

No, the HTC Shift is not a Windows Mobile device but a full featured UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) but it comes from HTC and even more important - it's wireless by supporting triband UMTS/HSDPA as well as quadand GSM/GPRS/EDGE, WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0.  Unlike many other UMPCs, HTC's Shift features a keyboard and sports a 7" 800x480 touchscreen only, 1 GB of RAM and a 30 GB HDD.
Along with the touchscreen, you can navigate with a tiny Synaptics touchpad on the right-hand side of the screen where also a fingerprint reader is located. On the upper left corner of the device, the Shift features a 1.2 megapixel webcam. So far, HTC hasn't comment on the CPU or graphics chipset, but only said, that the HTC Shift will be powerful enough so run Windows Vista's Aero user interface. And yes - all this runs on Microsoft's Windows Vista Business, not Windows Mobile OS!

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UNVEILED: HTC announced the HTC Advantage X7501
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following HTC's earlier HTC Advantage X7500 announcement, HTC today announced the HTC Advantage X7501; a powerful mobile office device that lets you work wherever and whenever you want. Powered by Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 with Direct Push Technology, you have the office tools you need while on the road. Attach the QWERTY keyboard and easily type up documents, E-Mails and messages. The huge 5-inch VGA display provides you more than enough room for surfing the Web and viewing documents. The X7501 is sporting HSDPA/UMTS (2100 MHz for Europe, 850/1900 MHz for USA) as well as quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE for all regions. In addition, the X7501 includes WiFi b/g and Bluetooth.

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ROM: Samsung U.S. released a ROM Update for the SGH-i607 (BlackJack) [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Samsung has recently released a software update for its BlackJack Windows Mobile Smartphone, which Samsung recommends to install. Please note, this isn't a Windows Mobile 6 upgrade but should enhance roaming capabilities, especially internationally.
In addition, there are cosmetic user interface changes (several icons have been changed) contained within the update. The update will take about 10 minutes to complete if the system is already set up.

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STEREO: Parrot announced the MK6100 Hands Free A2DP enabled Bluetooth Car-Kit
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:01 CET under 01 - General News

Following last week's posting about the new Windows Mobile 6 hands free Bluetooth profile compatibility, during last week's CeBIT, Parrot, one of the global leaders in wireless mobile phone peripherals, announced the new Parrot MK6100, a hands free car kit with the capability to play MP3 files on your car's speakers from any Bluetooth Stereo (A2DP) source, e.g. mobile phones or a MP3 players. It follows on from last year's announced Parrot MK6000, the industry's first hands free "musikit" launched in September 2006 and now includes a removable antitheft OLED display for viewing phonebook and music file information, a new feature in Parrot's music in-car kit range.

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Friday, 23.03.07
SOFT LAUNCH: Winamp goes Mobile with with Winamp Remote Beta
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:53 CET under 01 - General News

Any Winamp user out here? If so, you might be interested in Winamp's latest soft launched, which AOL (now the parent company of Winamp) soft launch today for its Winamp media player called Winamp remote (Beta). In partnership with Orb, Winamp remote lets anyone with a mobile phone or Windows Mobile smartphone access the music collection stored on the home PC (similar to what Orb's MyCast service also delivers).

First, users needs to install Winamp and Winamp remote, the remote access software for Winamp that was already available before this announcement. Then, users point their mobile browser to winamp.orb.com to access the songs in their Winamp library at home. The service supports multiple mobile music playback codecs including 3GPP, Real, Windows Media and Flash.

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PREVIEW: Windows Mobile 6 Hands Free Bluetooth Profile Implementation
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:17 CET under 08 - Reviews

Since I got the first Bluetooth enabled devices into my hands, back in 2001, I'm a big fan of the idea to connect devices wirelessly to share files, information and more. However, I was never a big fan of the way Microsoft supported and implemented Bluetooth in the past. Became it native for Windows XP PCs not until the release of the Service Pack 2, also the Windows Mobile implementation was weak but became not better until the Windows Mobile 5 AKU 1.1 was introduced.
Sure, the basic functions even worked before with Windows Mobile 2003 but if you have a look into the support for other features like the hands free profile - it was a sad story. But anyway, it looks like this will change with the commercial introduction of Windows Mobile 6 later this spring.

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Thursday, 22.03.07
LEAKED: HTC Kaiser Press Photo hits the Web
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Now, even if not announced so far, the HTC Kaiser becomes more official, especially because this photo looks like a leaked press shot of the HTC Kaiser (which is expected to be released as HTC P4540).
To to bring the Kaiser back into your mind - it's the HTC Hermes follower which is expected to be released anytime mid of this year. Like the Hermes, also to Kaiser is featuring a slide-out keyboard. However, if it is opened, the screen can be flipped.
Feature-wise the Kaiser is expected to run with Windows Mobile 6 Professional for Pocket PC Phone Edition and as another highlight it's featuring GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA as well as Bluetooth 2.0 and WiFi b/g:

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CONVERGENCE: ZyXEL enters the Windows Mobile market with its new V660 VoIP Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

ZyXEL Communications UK today announced the UK launch of its converged WiFi/GPRS/GSM quad-band V660 Windows Mobile Smartphone with built-in VPN support. The phone will enable SMBs and consumers to make and receive calls whether via voice over wireless LAN (VoWLAN), fixed or mobile through one single device, whilst also providing access to E-Mail, web, and instant messaging services.
As of today, the V660 is powered by Microsoft Windows Mobile Edition 5.0 and combines form and function with its 1.9-inch display. The mobile phone also includes a 2.0 megapixel camera, video and MP3 player, 64 MB on-board memory, a microSD expandable memory slot for further storage capacity and comes with Skype software pre-installed.

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REVIEW: Pocket PC Techs Lil' Sync Accessories
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:21 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following my earlier review of the Pocket PC Techs Lil' Sync Penguin Charger, now I want to follow-up with a review of some accessories you can use with Pocket PC Techs' handy charger, to make the traveling experience an even better one.
While the Lil' Sync Penguin Charger is just a charger, Pocket PC Techs has some fine accessories in program which can be used with its charger. This includes the Lil Sync Airline Power Adapter as well as the Lil' Sync Pro Retractable Sync-N-Charge Cable and the Lil' Sync Pro Duo Mini-5 Adapter.

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REVIEW: Pocket PC Techs Lil' Sync Penguin Charger
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:20 CET under 08 - Reviews

Travelers know the problem - an AC charger for the mobile phone, another one for the PDA and a third one for the MP3 player and it can becomes even worse if you also need another one to be used in the car, for instance to use your Windows Mobile device as a navigation kit. For travelers and any others with multiple devices, the Pocket PC Techs Lil' Sync Penguin Charger is a handy solution to get rid of carrying multiple chargers because Pocket PC Techs latest Lil' Sync Penguin Charger is a standard AC adapter and automobile adapter in one. And if your device can be charged through the USB port of your PC, it can be also charged with the Lil' Sync Penguin Charger!

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Wednesday, 21.03.07
UNVEILED: Lenovo ET600 Windows Mobile Pocket PC shows its face
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

With its brushed metal exterior, the new Lenovo ET600 Windows Mobile Professional Pocket PC looks like a winner since it strikes the balance between design and functionality.
Powered by a TI OMAP750 at 200 MHz, the ET600 features 64 MB RAM and 128 MB ROM which can be extended with microSD card, as well as triband GSM/GPRS, Bluetooth 2.0 and a 2 megapixel camera. Last but not least, the ET600 is running Windows Mobile 6 Professional - for sure.

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Tuesday, 20.03.07
LEAKED: First HTC Kaiser Photos hits the Web
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

We've heard quite a bit about HTC's new Windows Mobile Professional Pocket PC Phone Edition, the HTC Kaiser and now the first real photos hits the web.
Basically, the Kaiser is the follower of the HTC Hermes but like with the Wizard/Herald update, the Kaiser is expected to be thinner as well as it should gets an improved feature-set including a 3 megapixel camera, GPS, GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA & HSUPA plus WiFi and Bluetooth and for sure it's running on Windows Mobile 6. Interesting is the keyboard mechanism which seems to array the display as well as it seems to just slide out:

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LINK: RSS on the Go - A look at Web-Based Mobile Aggregators
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:25 CET under 01 - General News

Web Worker Daily published an interesting and useful comparison about today's available web-based RSS feed readers.
As the author mentions, you can read RSS/Atom feeds through desktop applications, browsers and even via E-Mail applications like Outlook. The challenge is that most of these feed readers require you to pick one method and stick with it. If you're in a feed-reading mood and you're not at the computer that has that desktop application or a full browser, then what?

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UTILITY: Adisasta releases WinMobile Zip version 3 for Windows Mobile Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Adisasta Software today announced the release of WinMobile Zip version 3 for Microsoft Windows Mobile Pocket PCs. New in this version, in addition to standard zip archiving operation, is that WinMobile Zip now supports viewing and extracting of a wide range of archive formats including ISO, CAB, ARJ, LZH, GZ, Z, DEB, CPIO, TAR, RAR, BZIP2, CHM, RPM and SIS.
WinMobile Zip version 3 is extremely easy to use. It features user friendly multi-tab interface allowing intuitive single-handed operation using softkeys and hardware navigation buttons. WinMobile Zip version 3 has a distinctive dual-folder design that enables user to copy, move, extract or compress files from one folder to another in a breeze.

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SERVICE: Yahoo! launched Yahoo! oneSearch for the Mobile Web
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:59 CET under 01 - General News

Yahoo! Inc. has expanded the reach of the popular new Yahoo! oneSearch service to the Mobile Web in the United States. Yahoo! oneSearch reinvents search to give consumers exactly what they want on their mobile device - instant answers. The innovative search service that initially launched in Yahoo! Go for Mobile 2.0 is now accessible on more than 85 percent (according to M:Metrics, December 2006) of mobile phones through the mobile Web and is also available through the gamma version of Yahoo! Go for Mobile 2.0. The service leverages Yahoo!'s deep experience, investment and expertise in search on the desktop as well as relationships with leading content providers to deliver an un-matched search experience to consumers.

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Monday, 19.03.07
UPDATE: Syncdate released SmartphoneNotes 2.1 with support of Windows Vista
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Finally, one of my all-time favorite Windows Mobile Smartphone (Standard) applications got the long awaited update to work with Windows Vista again: Syncdata SmartphoneNotes.
Even with the release of Windows Mobile 6, Microsoft left support of Outlook Notes which means if you are using this handy digital "Post-it's" as much as I do, you cannot sync them with your Windows Mobile Smartphone device because there is no application on Windows Mobile Smartphones like it is available for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs. Thankfully there is this handy application which jumped in to close the gap.

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Thursday, 15.03.07
UNVEILED: E-TEN Glofiish X800 HSDPA Pocket PC Phone Edition premieres at CeBIT 2007
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

At CeBIT 2007, E-TEN has released details of the company's next Pocket PC Phone which is to be launched in the second quarter 2007. The upcoming Glofiish X800 will deliver three significant innovations that make it the first of a next-generation of Glofiish devices.
High-speed connectivity via HSDPA Offering always on connectivity and speeds that are comparable to fixed-line connections such as ADSL, HSDPA, an updated 3.5G mobile technology, improves mobile communications with faster downloads to make surfing the internet and checking E-Mail more enjoyable. Additionally, HSDPA makes it easier for Glofiish X800 users to access advanced mobile services including VoIP, streaming video, and video calling.

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ROAMING: Vodafone announces new flat-rate data roaming tariff
Posted by Arne Hess - at 06:24 CET under 01 - General News

That's definitely something not only business travelers will enjoy but also European tourists, roaming around through Europe in the summer holidays. At its CeBIT press conference, Vodafone today announced that customers in Europe will be able to surf the internet, check E-Mail and access their business network when roaming abroad for a flat rate fee of only 12 Euro (excluding VAT) for every day of use. The tariff will be available to Vodafone customers with mobile-enabled laptops from 1 July 2007 and will significantly lower the cost of data roaming for business customers and consumers alike.

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Wednesday, 14.03.07
UNVEILED: O2 Germany announced the HTC Elf as O2 Xda nova
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The second Windows Mobile Professional smartphone (Pocket PC Phone Edition), O2 Germany announced today, is its own version of the HTC Elf which O2 will launch as Xda nova. Like the O2 Xda terra, also the Xda nova is powered by Microsoft's new Windows Mobile 6 and the Xda nova features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as Bluetooth 2.0 and W-LAN b/g and is O2's new entry-level Windows Mobile device for consumers. Powered by a TI OMAP CPU at 200 MHz, the Elf is sporting 128 MB ROM and 64 MB RAM which can be extended with microSD memory cards. The 2.8" screen supports up to 65k colors and the digital camera supports 2 megapixel:

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UNVEILED: O2 Germany announced the HTC Herald as O2 Xda terra
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During its press conference, O2 Germany announced the launch of its own version of the HTC Herald which O2 Germany will call O2 Xda terra.
While the HTC Herald is in the market for some time already, O2 is going to launch the Xda terra with Windows Mobile 6! Now that's a word and I wonder what the other carriers, which have the Herald in program already, are going to do now.
All the other features are staying the same like featuring a semi slide-out QWERTZ (keep in mind it's the German version) keyboard, supporting quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE (even if O2 Germany isn't supporting EDGE in its own network). as well as the Xda terra is sporting a 2 megapixel camera on the back:

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THOUGHT: Could the Place Shift Technology replaces Hotel TVs in Future?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 02:15 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Okay, this is a view into the future but I would like to discuss it with you here. Since I've arrived in Seattle, I haven't switched on my hotel TV a single time but I have running my home TV via different place shift technologies (Sling Media Slingbox, ASCII Express WebGuide and Orb MyCast) and I wonder if hotel TVs will face the same future hotel telephones faced already. I mean, take it serious, since we have such a mobile phone penetration and virtually every traveler is carrying one, when do you made a phone call from the hotel phone the last time? And I'm not talking about room to room conversations which is cheap because it's free but I'm talking about long distance calls. I haven't done it for maybe the past 8 years or so but the phone is just occupying space on the table now.

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Tuesday, 13.03.07
TOOL: Microsoft released Windows Mobile Device Emulator 2.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:09 CET under 01 - General News

Following Microsoft's earlier launch of the Windows Mobile 6 SDK, the Windows Mobile team has now released the Microsoft Device Emulator 2.0, which is the second publicly released version of the Device Emulator for ARM-based Devices. This emulator is also being released with the Windows Mobile 6 SDK and the Adaptation Kit (AK) releases of Windows Mobile 6 and Windows Embedded CE 6.0.
Device Emulator 2.0 release contains the same executables and DLLs as the 1.0 release that came with Visual Studio 2005. This version of the Emulator has upgraded performance and some new features and will replace the emulator installed with Visual Studio 2005.

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ROADMAP: What's new at HTC for 2007?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 02:10 CET under 01 - General News

Looks like DigiTimes Taiwan got some decent information about the 2007' HTC Windows Mobile devices roadmap. At least the, always well informed, news site posted some further information, what HTC plans to release (which doesn't means we will see it a) launched in our countries and b) launched in the time frame DigiTimes tells us). So according its sources, HTC (High Tech Computer) expects to ship up to 2.4 million handsets in the second quarter of 2007, up from the up to 2 million units it shipped in the first quarter. These estimations were revealed by a Taiwan-based handset component makers.

The planned launch of three new Windows Mobile Standard and Professional smartphones, the HTC S420 , P4550 and P3450, as well as the later to be released P6500, P5500 and S730, will help drive shipments for the second quarter, the sources indicated.

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Monday, 12.03.07
MESSAGING: Mundu released Mundu IM for Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

There is a new Windows Mobile Smartphone compatible instant messaging client in town, this time from Geodesic, an innovator in mobile communication applications, which today launched version 4.0 of its market leading product Mundu IM. Marking a significant step forward in improving the mobile communication experience, Mundu IM V4 is the most comprehensive mobile instant messaging product in the market. Mundu IM gives users the exclusive ability to cross-conference friends, colleagues and family across AIM, MSN, and Yahoo IM services through a single chat window on Windows Mobile Smartphone platforms.

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Friday, 09.03.07
RUMOR: Is the Motorola MOTO Q q9 coming to AT&T
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

There's not too much to say except that Engadget Mobile received a grainy (looking) Photoshop rendering which shows a Motorola MOTO Q q9 with an AT&T logo on the back.
For sure, we have seen live photos of a Motorola MOTO Q q9 with a Vodafone logo before as well (but haven't heard any official announcements yet) so it might be just a Motorola rendering for a AT&T presentation, how such a customized device can look like.
Some might think now, that it doesn't makes sense for AT&T to launch another keyboard-styled Windows Mobile Smartphone (the previously mentioned SMT5700) together with the Motorola MOTO Q q9, on the other hand, the SMT5700 seems to support 2.75G (EDGE) only, while the q9 supports UMTS as well as HSDPA so both devices definitely targets two different markets with (I'm sure) different price points.

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CONFORMITY: AT&T's latest Windows Mobile Smartphones passed FCC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like AT&T is also looking for different manufactures then HTC, at least an AT&T branded Windows Mobile Smartphone passed the FCC tests.
While the overall look and feel reminds on an HTC Excalibur and the keyboard reminds on the Motorola Moto Q, AT&T's SMT5700 is manufactured by Chinese Amoi.
Not too much is known yet, except that the QWERTY-equipped Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone features a 2 megapixel camera, a microSD slot, ant it seems that it left UMTS but supports EDGE only:

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Thursday, 08.03.07
CEBIT: GIGA-BYTE Communications presents Mobile TV GSmart Widows Mobiles at CeBIT 2007
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

GIGA-BYTE Communications Inc. (GBC), a leading Taiwanese mobile phone manufacturer, today announced that it is presenting its latest DVB-T, DVB-H, DAB and T-DMB enabled Windows Mobile based devices, the GSmart t600, and GBC's first 3.5G/3G PDA phone, the GSmart q60, at CeBIT 2007 later this month. The multi-function GSmart phones from GBC are about to impress the audience for the mobile industry featuring the most prominent.
GSmart, the brand GBC creates, is the leader in mobile TV application plus technology on Windows Mobile platform with great success in the world. GBC introduced the first PDA phone featured with complete analogue TV roaming application in 2006.

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PATCH: Update your Windows Mobile and PC to support the new Daylight Saving Time
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:47 CET under 01 - General News

Since we are coming closer the new Daylight Saving Time date, I thought it's a good idea to post a reminder here again. The U.S. Congress has changed the dates for Daylight Saving Time (DST) in the United States starting in 2007 and Canada has adopted similar DST dates. These changes could cause clocks and Microsoft Outlook calendar appointments on Windows Mobile-powered devices to display incorrect times for March 11 - April 1, 2007 and October 28 - November 4, 2007 and again in subsequent years. You can find more information about the exact dates and potential impact in the Changes in DST section.

To make sure your appointments on your Windows Mobile devices are accurate, you'll need to update your device. If you regularly synchronize your device with your PC, you'll need to update Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Outlook as well.

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Wednesday, 07.03.07
CONVERGENCE: Ateksoft released major Update of WebCamera Plus for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:24 CET under 01 - General News

Ateksoft has recently released a major update (version 1.05) of WebCamera Plus which transforms any support Windows Mobile Pocket PC or Smartphone to Web-Camera by connecting your mobile device to your PC, you can make your device a high-resolution web-camera.
WebCamera Plus works through any connection - from USB to  ActiveSync, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPRS and 3G - to be used as web-camera in many programs incl. Skype, MSN/Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, Virtual Dub and many others. Last but not least it allows to capture the device screen and transmit videos to the connected PC.

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VERTICAL: Socket Mobile unveils new Handheld Computer for Business Mobility Markets
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Socket Communications, Inc. today unveiled its new handheld mobile computer specifically designed to make essential business mobile productivity solutions possible and affordable. The company's extensive line of mobile data collection and networking connectivity peripherals combined with the new handheld make Socket a one-stop supplier of mobile computing hardware systems.
The new Socket SoMo 650 is built to address the market that exists between consumer-oriented PDAs and heavy duty industrial devices. The sleek, durable device uses a touch screen and is based on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC operating system to ensure the highest level of mobile application compatibility and gives workers a familiar computing environment.

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ALTERNATIVE: Jataayu released public Beta of jB5 Web Browser for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Jataayu Software announced yesterday the launch of a community site aimed at taking mobile browsing to the next level. The community site is Jataayu's attempt to bring together individuals with an abiding interest in mobile browsing. Jataayu's endeavor is to make the vision of ubiquitous mobile web access a reality - by enabling its Truly Mobile browser -jB5 with ART technology - on the widest range of feature phones. The site offers beta versions of Symbian and Windows Mobile Smartphone implementations of jB5 - encouraging anyone and everyone to try out and use jB5 on their phones (while the free Beta download requires a registration)! It provides a forum for avidly discussing the Mobile Web, browsing and where it's headed, the latest advances, what they would like from jB5 and for sharing comments, feedback and suggestions on actual user experience with jB5.

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FEED READER: Ilium Software released NewsBreak 2.0 for Windows Mobile smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:04 CET under 01 - General News

If you read RSS feeds on your Windows Mobile devices, you might be interested to hear, that Ilium Software recently released NewsBreak 2.0 for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and Smartphones. Beside being Windows Mobile 6 compatible already, NewsBreak 2.0 adds some features enhancements as well, including full support for audio, video, image and attachments - meaning NewsBreak 2.0 is a Podcatcher now as well, allowing you to listen your favorite podcasts, watch vidcast, and view attached files and images - straight from the feed reader. In addition, individual download criteria for each channel that supports podcasts allows you to schedule downloads when and how you want them to being download.

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COOPERATION: HTC and Yahoo! announce Strategic Mobile Partnership
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:57 CET under 01 - General News

HTC (High Tech Computer) and Yahoo! today announced a new strategic global partnership to preload and distribute Yahoo!'s industry leading services on millions of HTC devices.
Yahoo! services, including Yahoo! Go for Mobile 2.0 and Yahoo! Mail will come pre-loaded on many of HTC's smart devices. The recently launched Yahoo! oneSearch, an entirely new search experience designed to give consumers instant answers on their mobile devices, will also be included.

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Tuesday, 06.03.07
LAUNCH: Xda Atom Life jumpstarts the Philippines
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 18:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I was lucky enough to be invited to the local launch of O2's latest product for Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Set in the Orchidarium and Butterfly Pavilion in Manila, the attendees were treated to a dinner during the launch of the Xda Atom Life. This also gave me the opportunity to have a chat with Mark Billington, CEO for O2 Asia Pacific and Middle East.

"Many customers across the region still regard the PDA-phone as a business tool," said Mark Billington. "We certainly put a dent in that fallacy when we launched the Xda II mini - demonstrating that PDA-phones can be beautiful with lifestyle applications...

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Monday, 05.03.07
SPECULATION: Softbank Mobile to launch Toshiba and HTC Windows Mobile 6 smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:00 CET under 01 - General News

According an article from DigiTimes, Japanese Softbank Mobile is likely to be the first Japanese mobile operator to launch Windows Mobile 6-based smartphones from Toshiba and HTC, starting in the second quarter of 2007, according to market sources.

According to the article, Softbank Mobile plans  to launch the Toshiba G900 and another not yet named smartphone from Taiwanese HTC (High Tech Computer).

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UTILITY: CNetX released Flash Format for Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

CNetX today announced the availability of the first Windows Mobile Smartphone release of Flash Format, the popular storage card management utility already available on Pocket PC and Handheld PC devices. As it was the case when the Pocket PC edition was first introduced in 2001, Flash Format for Smartphone is the first utility to provide Smartphone users with a full set of information and easy to use tools to keep their storage cards in optimal conditions.
The Smartphone Edition of Flash Format implements a renewed Smartphone compliant user interface, with animated icons and soft-key menu providing easy access to all tools and information.

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Friday, 02.03.07
UNVEILED: E-TEN to showcase its first Windows Mobile 6 3G Pocket PC Phone at CeBIT 2007
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, E-TEN Information Systems announced, that it will stage early demonstrations of its newest Pocket PC Phone Edition at the upcoming CeBIT international trade show in Hannover. The new handset which is scheduled for release later in the year under E-TEN's own-brand, Glofiish, will be the company's first handset to feature 3G connectivity.

E-TEN's latest Windows Mobile professional smartphone is based on the recently announced Windows Mobile 6 software platform which offers new and richer ways to edit documents and E-Mails, improved usability, and more powerful mobile functions. The new device will be the first from E-TEN to support 3G connectivity – HSDPA/UMTS.

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INCOMPATIBLE: Slingplayer Mobile isn't working with Windows Mobile 6 yet
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:14 CET under 01 - General News

Following the earlier posting, that Sling Media is working on a Windows Mobile 6 compatible version of its Slingplayer Mobile, and my rant that the current Slingplayer Mobile should work with Windows Mobile 6 anyway, I have to take it back but have to confirm instead, that the current available SlingPlayer Mobile versions are incompatible to Windows Mobile 6.
While everything seems to start normal with the "Locating", "Connecting" and "Starting" notifications, the player fails to start the stream with a "Unable to connect to Slingbox" error message:

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Thursday, 01.03.07
DEVELOPING: Windows Mobile 6 SDKs available for Download now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:03 CET under 01 - General News

Not that I'm a software developer at all but I know many of you are and therefore I'm happy to let you know, that Microsoft released the latest Windows Mobile 6 SDKs (with a download size of 150.6 MB - 538.8 MB, depending on the selected download components) for touchscreen (Windows Mobile Professional formerly known as Pocket PC and Pocket PC Phone Edition) and non-touchscreen (Windows Mobile Standard formerly known as Windows Mobile Smartphone) devices today.
Using the Windows Mobile 6 SDK you can test your application using the emulators in the Windows Mobile 6 SDKs. The SDKs together with Visual Studio 2005 mean you have everything you need to build and test applications for both Windows Mobile 5.0 and Windows Mobile 6.

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UPDATE: Teksoft released Bluemusic 2.0 for Windows Mobile smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:50 CET under 01 - General News

Teksoft recently announced the launch of Bluemusic 2.0 which should dramatically increase the Bluetoooth functionality of Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs and Smartphones. With Bluemusic you can connect your (mono) Bluetooth headset and enjoy listening to your favorite MP3's, Podcasts or Audio Books directly from your Pocket PC without using any cables! Or you can use Skype for Pocket PC with your Bluetooth headset. Bluemusic makes everything more convenient and extends the use of of the current Bluetooth implementation on Windows Mobile Pocket PCs.

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