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Sunday, 10.07.05
PREVIEW: Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphones to support HID Keyboard Bluetooth profile natively
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:24 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following the previous Windows Mobile 5.0 Bluetooth HID test with a Pocket PC, today I had the chance to test a Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone, if and how the Bluetooth HID profile for keyboard is supported with Smartphones also (or if it is supported with Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PCs only).
As before with the W-Fi tests, it's a reference design I'm not allowed to talk about nor I'm allowed to make and publish photos, so I can not provide you a photo of the device, together with the Think Outside Bluetooth keyboard but screenshots only which are public now anyway (since Microsoft announced Windows Mobile 5.0, previously known as "Magneto").


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Friday, 08.07.05
PREVIEW: Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PCs to support HID Keyboard Bluetooth profile natively
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:06 CET under 08 - Reviews

As we've heard this week on Microsoft's Tech Ed Europe 2005 conference, Windows Mobile 5.0 will natively support the Bluetooth HID profiles with support of Bluetooth keyboards and I can prove it does! :-)
I've tested the HTC Universal with my Think Outside Bluetooth keyboard and both pairs easily through Microsoft's native Bluetooth stack:


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COMPETITION: Motion Computing released the LS800 Tablet PC computer - a Universal killer?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:53 CET under 01 - General News

Motion Computing, a leader in ultramobile computing and wireless communications, yesterday unveiled the LS800, the most compact Tablet PC available running Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005. The new slate Tablet PC, approximately the size of a paperback book, is small enough to slip into a lab coat pocket or attach to a tool belt and is optimal for highly mobile professionals in industries including route sales and service, manufacturing and healthcare. The LS800 slate Tablet PC provides enhanced connectivity and security features, ergonomics and durability for uncompromised productivity.


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Sunday, 06.03.05
REVIEW: Think Outside Stowaway Universal Bluetooth Keyboard for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:21 CET under 08 - Reviews

For some days now, Think Outside is publicly offering the Windows Mobile drivers for their Stowaway Universal Bluetooth keyboard and even if it sounds a kind of weird to use a Smartphone with an external keyboard, there are some good reasons to do so.

The Think Outside Stowaway Universal Bluetooth keyboard combines some of the most favorite technologies I prefer to use and therefore it is even more interesting for me to use it: Bluetooth (the technology I believe into to connect devices) and Think Outside's award winning foldable design which makes their keyboards so handy.


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Saturday, 19.02.05
PREVIEW: Think Outside Bluetooth keyboard driver for Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:04 CET under 08 - Reviews

Think Outside Inc, maker of the Think Outside Bluetooth keyboard and mouse which currently works with Windows Mobile Pocket PCs, Palms and Symbian devices, recently announced it will be releasing a beta version of a new driver for Windows Mobile Smartphone within the next 30 days.

This new driver will support the most popular Windows Mobile Smartphone devices including the Motorola MPX220 and HTC Typhoon/Feeler series (aka i-mate SP3 and SP3i, Audiovox 5600, O2 XphoneII, DoPod 565 and Qtek 8010). The driver will also work with its installed base of Bluetooth keyboards.


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VIEW: Caribe virus went wild in Cannes
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:09 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Last week in Cannes, during the 3GSM World Congress, many devices were infected by the Caribe virus, as some online magazines confirmed too. The Caribe virus is a worm virus that infects mobiles running on the Symbian OS, including some manufactured by Nokia, Siemens and Sony Ericsson.

Once infected, it begins a continuous search for other Bluetooth devices to send itself to. As a result - if your device is infected - your battery life is significantly reduced, in some cases by up to 50%. The good news is, it's not sending any premium SMS in the background so you are not damaged in terms of financials but anyway - the Caribe is a kind of "proof of concept" for me which clearly shows viruses works on mobile devices and unlike PC viruses, the distribution mechanism is a different since it is using Bluetooth which most modern devices includes.


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Saturday, 04.12.04
REVIEW: Think Outside Bluetooth Travel Mouse
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:31 CET under 08 - Reviews

For a couple of days now, Think Outside is shipping their latest Bluetooth enabled accessory - the Bluetooth Travel Mouse and right before I left my home for the M?s conference, I received my one. Just in time to give it a reality test how it works with my Bluetooth enabled Pocket PC and Notebook. With Think Outside's Stowaway Travel Mouse you can now easily navigate your PDA just like you do with a Desktop mouse! No more lost styli or hard-to-remember keyboard shortcuts as well as a more convenient and native way to navigate.

The mouse itself is an optical mouse which means you don't have to clean up the ball inside every couple of weeks and therefore it's also working on most surfaces.


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Tuesday, 28.09.04
BUSY DAYS: Argh, our day has 24 hours only
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:30 CET under 06 - Site News

As you might have seen, the update frequency of PPCW.Net is low again and let me explain why Carlo and I are not that active right now: Carlo got some great orders (you might remember that he is a professional photographer in the Philippines and therefore he is also working for Smart and made the Smartphone photos for them). Right now he is doing some great stuff for the Pocket PC development in the Philippines as well as he has a regular job.

I for myself still working for a European carrier (on some UMTS stuff and more, nothing I'm allowed to talk about) which isn't the problem at all since I'm working for them 14+ hours only. But in my spare time, where I'm normally working on PPCW.Net I'm currently working on my 4th Pocket PC book (thanks Microsoft for such a update frequency which allows me to write one Pocket PC book per year) as well as I'm working with Calin on some great PPCW.Net changes you will notice later next months.


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