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Week of February 13, 2005

10 Things I Want from My Next Pocket PC

The PDA is not dead, despite what the Armageddon of PDA prophecies have said. The PDA is alive and kicking in different forms and shapes but alas not selling in the same way as back in the old-16-gray-shades-screen-days. The PDAs need to regenerate and adapt to the market and reinvent themselves. If I could give Pocket PCs a push in what I regard as the right road, then this is the list that I would have them fulfil...(Source: Filip Norrgard, PDA Gold)
Posted Thursday, February 17 2005 by ChrisD
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LingvoSoft special: be the first to know and save 25%!

LingvoSoft is giving away 500 discounts on its software for all major platforms. Popular software dictionaries, FlashCards language learning applications, and top-rated travel software are all selling like hot cakes.

As you order any software item, a cool 25% discount is automatically added to your shopping cart. Buy a second one and get it at 25% OFF, too!

Seize this opportunity while you are ahead - catch one or more of the 500 discounts! (Source: Press Release)

Posted Wednesday, February 16 2005 by ChrisD
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SyncNotes.com has just released their latest client for the Pocket PC

SyncNotes PPC is a full-featured rich client that is designed to operate in a "not always connected" mode and will run on any device powered by the Pocket PC Operating System. You can use it to create, view, modify and delete notes and even send notes to other users. Changes to your notes are stored locally on your PocketPC and are synchronized online when you have an active Internet connection. An intuitive notes list interface presents all this functionality directly along with a full screen mode to view and edit a note in more detail. And you can have all this functionality at your fingertips while you're on the move!

There's also a desktop client available, and WAP support for mobile phones. Check it out at http://www.syncnotes.com. (Source: Press Release)
Posted Wednesday, February 16 2005 by ChrisD
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MyCnknow Inc announces the release of new version of Pocket PC Mp3 player - Lyrics Magic v1.25.

Lyrics Magic v1.25Now it can search and download the latest lyrics from Internet automatically.

Lyrics Magic is an excellent MP3 player for Pocket PC which can show lyrics simultaneously.

For those who like listening to music, it is a great mp3 player. It also supports Rmp, Mp2, Mpa, Ogg, Wav, Playlist(m3u,pls) file. For those who like to see the lyrics at the time of listening to the music, what only need to do is to put the same-name lyrics files(Lrc) into the same folder of music files. (Source: Press Release)

Posted Wednesday, February 16 2005 by ChrisD
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GiveMePower Corporation Ships Next-Generation PowerCAD CE Mobile/Wireless Design and Digital Blueprint Management Software

CALGARY, Alberta – February 16, 2005. GiveMePower Corporation (OTCBB:GMPW), a provider of next-generation computer-aided design (CAD) and graphics development software for Windows® mobile, wireless and desktop computing, announces immediate availability of its new PowerCAD® CE 5.5 line of mobile/wireless CAD and digital blueprint management software. Optimized for “anytime and anywhere” use on the latest Windows Mobile® handheld PCs, Pocket PC cell phones and tablets from leading vendors such as Dell and HP, three new PowerCAD CE 5.5 solutions provide major gains in productivity for design, construction, engineering, facilities management, GIS, manufacturing and related industries.

“Approximately 20 million users around the world use desktop CAD to create and manage billions of digital drawings that are used to construct and manufacture virtually any man-made product or structure,” said Bill Walton, president and CEO of GiveMePower. “Our new PowerCAD CE 5.5 mobility solutions extend our lead in being able to provide full-power, AutoCAD-compatible processing directly in the field. Anyone who needs to view, create, update and collaborate on industry-compatible drawings can now mobilize operations with no change to their existing CAD infrastructure.”

Showcased alongside Intel in 2004 at two trade conferences, and profiled by Microsoft in a recent enterprise mobility white paper, PowerCAD mobile and wireless CAD solutions are gaining popularity as the system of choice for companies looking to increase productivity, improve communications and reduce costs on their projects. Customers range from small and medium size businesses, to major corporate and government enterprises such as AT&T, General Dynamics, Maytag, Penn State University, the United States Postal Service and multiple branches of the U.S. Military.

Highlights of the Company’s new PowerCAD CE 5.5 Viewer™ ($99), PowerCAD CE Classic™ ($249) and PowerCAD CE Pro™ ($495) mobile software systems include:

• Support for Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition devices, including Dell’s new Axim® X30/X50 series handheld PCs, and HP’s new iPAQ® hx2000, hx4700 and h6300 series Pocket PCs and Pocket PC cell phones (h6300 service from T-Mobile®)
• New 1-button emailing from any location for fast and easy communications between the field and office
• Unique XpressUpdate system ensures instant access to the latest program enhancements over the Internet
• Enhanced reading and writing of AutoCAD-compatible DWG® and DXF® files from R12 to R2002 formats
• New DWF® web-ready file exporting, with free DWF viewer available with Pro version
• Enhanced Bluetooth® wireless support in Pro version for improved in-field productivity using optional wireless hardware such as Leica’s DISTO™ Plus portable lasers, hands-free wireless headsets, etc.

PowerCAD® CE 5.5 products are part of GiveMePower’s complete family of CAD Anywhere™ 2D and 3D design, viewing and mobile/wireless collaboration solutions – each designed to save time and money in the office, in the field, or on the shop floor on any Windows® computing platform. (Source: Press Release)

Posted Wednesday, February 16 2005 by ChrisD
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Proporta release the ideal gadget for those who misplace things… the Freedom Keepsafe.

Employing state-of-the-art radio technology, the Freedom Keepsafe adopts a ‘parent and child’ system to ensure items such as mobile phones, PDA’s, Smartphones,  laptops, wallets or MP3 players are not left behind lost or out in the cold.

Simply by attaching the small and unobtrusive ‘child’ unit to the item of value and having the ‘parent’ unit in your pocket you will be alerted if the distance between the two units goes above 6 metres (20 feet). The beeping alert will also raise the alarm against possible theft.

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The light and slim design of the Freedom Keepsafe makes both the ‘parent’ and ‘child’ easy to use without hindering the functions of the unit you want to protect. Complimented by a long battery life, the Freedom Keepsafe is a secure, effective way to keep track of valuable items on a day to day basis.

As always, all Proporta purchases are covered by the company’s “never-argue” money-back guarantee.  If for any reason or no reason at all, you are not completely happy, Proporta will refund you in full or offer you a replacement – whichever you prefer.

You can register all Proporta branded products for a Lifetime Warranty at www.proporta.com/lifetime. (Source: Press Release)

Posted Wednesday, February 16 2005 by ChrisD
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Socket Introduces World's First V.92 SDIO 56K Modem for Pocket PCs

Portable Data Communications Tool Provides Fast and Reliable Internet Access

Socket Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT), the Mobile Connection Company, today announced availability of its SDIO 56K Modem Card. The Socket SDIO 56K Modem Card transforms a Pocket PC with an SDIO slot into a portable data communications tool, enabling Pocket PC users to access the Internet with any available analog phone line.

As the latest addition to Socket's modem offerings, the Socket SDIO 56K Modem Card includes new speed and features to provide mobile users a fast and reliable alternative where broadband or Wi-Fi connections are unavailable. The Socket SDIO 56K Modem Card features V.92 technology that boosts upstream data rates between the user and Internet Service Provider (ISP) to reduce upload time for large files and email attachments. V.92 uses higher data compression ratios, which increases the data throughput speed to up to twice as fast as other V.90 only modems.

"As the leader in Mobility Friendly Solutions, Socket is committed to providing next generation connectivity products for handheld devices that are reliable and easy to use," said Vanessa Lindsay, product marketing manager at Socket Communications. "Whether the SDIO 56K Modem Card is used as a primary modem, or used as backup when Wi-Fi hot spots or high-speed Internet connections are not available, it is an invaluable tool for Pocket PC users that need to stay connected."

The Socket SD Modem supports a variety of advanced features including Quick Connect, Modem-On-Hold and Caller ID. A V.92 feature, Quick Connect reduces dial-up connection time by up to 50 percent by remembering phone line characteristics and storing them for later use. The modem also automatically signals the Pocket PC whenever incoming calls arrive, allowing the user to answer without dropping the Internet connection. With type-2 Caller ID, the modem displays information for an incoming call if the phone is already connected to another caller.

The modem supports V.44 data compression that allows greater compression of downstream data, particularly HTML, resulting in speeds 20 percent to 40 percent faster than current modems. In addition, the modem features link and data LEDs along with an internal speaker for monitoring connection status.

Supported Standards and Protocols

… ITU-T V.92 and V.90 56K flex data modulation
… Hayes AT commands
… Supports V.44 for improved data compression
… Asynchronous and full-duplex
… Automatic or manual answer and origination
… Standard error correction and data compression tools
… Auto-step downward compatibility for connection
… Fax transfer rate up to 33.6 kbps
… Class 1 fax command set

The Socket SDIO 56K Modem Card is compatible with most Pocket PCs, including Asus MyPal 730, Dell X50, HP iPAQ 17xx, 19xx, 211x, 221x, 24xx, 27xx, 39xx, 41xx, 43xx, 47xx, 515x, 51xx, 555x, 545x 631x, Symbol MC50. Additional information is available at: http://www.socketcom.com/product/MO7200-558.asp.

Pricing and Availability

The Socket SDIO 56K Modem Card is available immediately through Socket's worldwide distribution channels and has an MSRP of USD $119. The product is also available directly from the Socket website at www.socketcom.com.

Socket also provides CompactFlash and Cordless modems to meet the varying needs of today's mobile professionals. Additional information about Socket's range of 56K Modems is available at: http://www.socketcom.com/product/56k.asp (Source: Press Release)

Posted Monday, February 14 2005 by ChrisD
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Crazy Daisy - it's blooming good fun!

Crazy DaisyAstraware is pleased to announce the release of Crazy Daisy, a brand new game for Palm OS(R) and Windows Mobile(TM) for Pocket PC handheld devices.

It's time to get some 'flower power' with Crazy Daisy. Spin the flowers to match the colored petals and watch them pop! Match bigger petal combinations and score super bonuses. Crazy Daisy has three modes of play; Arcade where you compete against the clock to match petals before time runs out; Endless mode, a relaxing game just perfect for a Summer's day in the garden, and Puzzle mode - take your time, plan your moves and maximise your score. As you progress different colored petals increase the challenge and make petal combinations the key!

Crazy Daisy has a cute pop soundtrack and the garden insect sound effects congratulate you as you score combos and bonuses. Crazy Daisy is available from the Astraware website at http://www.astraware.com with a special launch discount available to all visitors to the site. (Source: Press Release)

Posted Monday, February 14 2005 by ChrisD
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Government Housing Agency Taps SYWARE, Inc.’s Programming-Free, Visual CE 9 Software for Windows Mobile and Pocket PC Devices for Housing Inspections SYWARE Simplifies Operations and Improves Productivity- Wherever Inspectors Need to Work

SYWARE, Inc., announced a major county government housing agency in Maryland has successfully implemented and used the company’s Visual CE software to rapidly create, deploy and easy-to-use feature-rich database applications without programming on any Windows Mobile Pocket PC or Windows CE device- wherever they need to work. Before, inspectors navigated through sheets of paper for each unit inspection. Today, government housing inspectors simply click on electronic tables to complete reports in seconds to simplify their workloads. Municipalities use the Visual CE product line to easily transmit and track information regarding the status of operations in the field while reducing the amount of paperwork that is typically involved in the process. Housing office inspectors also use SYWARE on their Pocket PCs to simplify the data collection process and document information in the field. Information can be collected on the handheld and uploaded to the inspector’s PC or downloaded from the PC to the inspector’s handheld.

“Housing inspectors traditionally fill out pages of paperwork for each unit inspection, since this is a requirement of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,” said William Bogen, an IT Manager at a government housing agency in Maryland. “By combining the Pocket PC in conjunction with the power of SYWARE’s Visual CE software, we can dramatically simplify operations and improve productivity by reducing the drudgery of paperwork people have to cope with on a daily basis. We have found that even our non-technical users could use SYWARE’s product with ease,” said Bogen. “These devices, coupled with SYWARE’s software, definitely make life easier for housing inspectors, and this has enabled our department to ensure our legacy system is updated regularly. This is important, especially when the government comes in for an audit,” Bogen added.

As a result, developers and non-technical users, in a wide variety of markets can use Visual CE 9 to mobilize information between the enterprise and the field to rapidly convert PC or paper-based processes into fully mobile applications 10x faster than other market alternatives. User-specific data can be downloaded, collected, displayed, modified and automatically synchronized.

“The Visual CE product meets the specialized needs of municipalities, including a wide variety of other market verticals, to provide seamless access to essential information on or offline, at any time or place,” said Sy Danberg, President, SYWARE, Inc.

Pricing & Delivery
Visual CE 9 applications can be created for any Microsoft Windows Mobile, Windows CE, or Pocket PC handheld. Visual CE Lite Edition is priced at $19.99. Visual CE Personal Edition, with full forms design, relational database, and synchronization capabilities, is priced at $129. Visual CE Professional Edition includes all the features of Personal Edition and royalty-free distribution rights and it is available for $399. Visual CE Enterprise Edition it is priced at $599 and includes all the features of the Professional Edition plus SYWARE’s Report CE software and an mEnable (wireless connectivity) license. To evaluate or purchase SYWARE products, visit: <http://www.syware.com/lp/visualce/>
(Source: Press Release)

Posted Monday, February 14 2005 by ChrisD
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