NSC and AideRSS Deliver Innovative Mobile News Solution
Groundbreaking mobile software provides fast and easy access to news, podcasts and weather information
NSC today introduced FetchIt 1.2, a free news reader and media player for Microsoft Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone devices. FetchIt is blazing fast, easy to use, and features an elegant user interface that is designed to help mobile users access and share news, podcasts and weather information.
The latest version of FetchIt includes AideRSS's PostRank™ technology, which streamlines navigation and helps users save time by finding the most interesting news stories.
"FetchIt is the most powerful, innovative and easy to use mobile news reader available," said Jeff Preston, NSC's CEO. "We are redefining the way people find and digest information on their mobile devices.”
The incredible performance of FetchIt, combined with its easy-to-read user interface and super-threaded design, lets users download RSS feeds, listen to podcasts, view weather forecasts and read news all at the same time. FetchIt includes innovative features like the Speed Reader, Real-time Search and Channel Radar that simplify navigation and help users find and read news faster with improved comprehension.
FetchIt is also the first mobile software application to include AideRSS's PostRank technology that lets users personalize and visualize their news. PostRank filters news feeds and ranks each story, helping users find the most relevant information, and dramatically reduces the bandwidth and storage requirements of the application, which can save users time and money.
"We were extremely excited to work with FetchIt and integrate PostRank with the latest release," said Ilya Grigorik, CTO of AideRSS. "Users are going to quickly realize how powerful a mobile news reader it is, and how they can enhance the experience further with PostRank".
Pricing & Availability
FetchIt 1.2 is available immediately as a free download at www.nsctech.com for all Microsoft Windows Mobile 5 & 6 Pocket PC and Smartphone devices. The software requires a minimum of 16 megabytes (MB) of RAM, 4 MB of storage space and a network connection. Existing users will receive updates seamlessly through FetchIt's Software Update feature, which automatically checks for updates. (Source: Press Release)
The iPhone needs a big red X like Windows Mobile, errr, better I mean
From what I can gather using the iPhone it appears that the memory model is similar to that of Windows Mobile. We've long groused at Microsoft that when you click the red X to close a program in Windows Mobile that the app doesn't in fact close, it just goes into the background. While I'm no expert on the iPhone my observations is it appears to be working the same way. When you hit the home button to leave a program it looks like the program is still taking up memory even when it's closed. I've seen the iPhone get unstable like described without even running an app from the App Store. Try opening up several tabs in Safari with a few of them containing web pages with a lot of data and you'll almost certainly get kicked out of the program. This tells me that what we're seeing is that the iPhone gets unstable when it starts running out of memory, and it's pretty recreatable a situation. So maybe it's not the apps from the App Store so much as the way the iPhone handles memory. If that's the case then it would behoove Apple to make sure that big programs actually close when you leave them and not just pause. (James Kendrick, jk On Thje Run)
Posted Thursday, July 17 2008 by ChrisD
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Mobile browsing gets a makeover Opera Mobile 9.5 beta is released
Opera Software today released the much-anticipated, first public version of Opera Mobile 9.5 beta. A powerful foreshadowing of what is to come, this beta takes mobile browsing speed and features to a new level, complete with visual effects and a new look. Download the new beta from http://www.opera.com/products/mobile/.
Opera has changed the face of its mobile browser in this beta release. As with the latest version of Opera Mini, Opera Mobile 9.5 beta now defaults to page overview mode, allowing the user to view the entire Web page and instantly recognize the Web site. With panning and zooming options, the user is able to focus on specific page content. Opera also introduces a sleek, new user interface for easier navigation.
"Our fans have been eager for the release of Opera Mobile 9.5 since it first appeared at the Mobile World Congress this year," says Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. "We are now answering the call of the people and delivering what we proudly proclaim to be our best Opera Mobile browser to date. It is a totally new user experience."
Developers go cross-platform
With developer needs at the heart of this first beta release, Opera Mobile 9.5 includes several features to enable easier development on the mobile platform.
Your quick reference guide to new Opera Mobile 9.5 beta features:
Faster – Opera has always been among the fastest browsers — if not the fastest — available. Opera Mobile 9.5 beta continues this fine tradition with improved performance over Opera Mobile 8.65.
Pan and zoom – Just like Opera Mini, Opera Mobile 9.5 beta defaults to full Web page viewing and allows users to pan and zoom into their desired content easily.
Improved user interface – Opera has completely renovated its mobile UI. Cleaner and more intuitive, the new UI is designed for quick and easy navigation.
Opera Dragonfly – Use your Opera desktop browser to debug sites on your mobile phone through the Opera Mobile 9.5 debug menu.
Improved standards support – Opera Mobile 9.5 is the most standards compliant browser available, and the company remains steadfast in its commitment to make the Web accessible for all.
Save pages and/or images – With a click, simply save pages to your phone.
Review Opera Mobile 9.5 beta 1
A comprehensive reviewer's guide to Opera Mobile 9.5 is available at http://www.opera.com/press/reviews/mobile/. (Source: Press Release)
Posted Thursday, July 17 2008 by ChrisD
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Paragon Software Group Releases InterKey 3.0, the Multilingual Onscreen Keyboard for Windows Mobile Devices
Fast and Accurate Text Input by Hand or Stylus in 36 Languages and 60
MOSCOW, Russia – July 15, 2008 - Paragon Software Group, a leading software developer of productivity, security and educational applications for mobile devices and desktop PCs, releases InterKey 3.0
– a multilingual text input application for Windows Mobile Pocket PC. Due to large and fingertip-friendly keys, text input by hand or stylus becomes effortless, and typing foreign languages on a standard
keyboard is fast and accurate. The program is available in two editions – InterKey 3.0 Standard and InterKey 3.0 Professional with word autocompletion function.
With the key zooming function, users no longer have to closely follow
what they are typing. The selected key appears larger on the screen
and the character is only typed when the user releases his finger. If
the wrong key is touched and an incorrect letter is zoomed on the
screen, all the user has to do is slide his finger or stylus to the
proper key and keep on typing.
InterKey 3.0 features include:
• Multilingual layouts – the handy onscreen keyboard contains 60
national layouts that allow users to write in 36 languages and to
quickly switch between languages.
• Several text input options – users can switch to the standard
keyboard or use keys large enough for finger typing.
• Precise input – the zooming key feature reduces mistypes by zooming the keys being touched.
• Special keystrokes known as gestures (space, uppercase, and
others) allow all the advantages of a standard keyboard, such as quick entry of uppercase, preceding character erasing, and other important functions.
• Word completion function (available in the Professional Edition) allows frequently used words to be typed more quickly and easily by implementing the dictionary structure, and by auto-completing frequently used words. All new words, once entered, will be automatically added to the word database.
• New ergonomic layout design of the onscreen keyboard is an extra plus to the already easy to use working schema and rich functionality of the program.
The InterKey 3.0 Standard Edition is available for 24,95 USD and the InterKey 3.0 Professional edition – for 34,95 USD via download from http://www.penreader.com.
Supported languages: Albanian, Belarusian, Belgian, Brazilian, Bulgarian, Canadian Multilingual, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, French Canadian, German, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Latin American, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Swiss French, Swiss German, Turkish, Ukrainian, US Dvorak. (Source: Press Release)
PhatWare Releases PenCommander 2.1 for Tablet and Ultra-Mobile PCs
New version of PenCommander has been optimized for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and features improved performance and reduced memory footprint.
Mountain View, CA (PRWEB) July 15, 2008 -- PhatWare Corporation has announced today the release of PenCommander 2.1, the software application that features a powerful scripting technology which allows to use pen to control Microsoft Windows based Tablet and Ultra-Mobile PCs. The new version features an improved user interface for Visual PenCommander, a tool which provides an Integrated Development Environment (IDE)-like environment for creating and testing PenCommander scripts; significantly reduced memory footprint; and improved support for Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 1.
PenCommander enables a pen to be used to call up commands that can control Tablet PCs and UMPCs in almost limitless ways, such as editing documents, inserting often-repeated text into documents and launching applications. Scripts are executed by writing a PenCommand name on the application's input panel. PenCommander is recognized as the best tool for entering repetitive data, accessing frequently used applications and documents, inserting time, date and signature, and overall extending Tablet PC functionality and user's productivity. It provides a simple and fast way to access functions that typically take longer to complete.
PenCommander has passed all required tests and is certified for Windows Vista.
"We are excited about the newest improvements made to PenCommander and are continuously working to improve its quality and the user experience," said Stan Miasnikov, president of PhatWare Corp. "Our goal is always to provide our customers with the best."
PenCommander 2.1 can be purchased for a reduced price of only $24.95 directly from the PhatWare Web site or any of PhatWare's network of authorized retailers. It is a free upgrade for all existing users of PenCommander. For more information about PenCommander 2.1 or any of PhatWare's other productivity solutions for mobile and desktop computing, visit www.phatware.com. (Source: Press Release)
Palm and Sprint Introduce the Treo 800w Smartphone
Latest Windows Mobile Treo from Sprint Provides a Fast, Feature-rich, Out-of-the-box Experience
Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM) and Sprint (NYSE:S) today introduced the Palm® Treo(TM) 800w, Sprint's newest smartphone with Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. Designed for business users who depend on their smartphones for high-speed productivity on the go, the Palm Treo 800w operates on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network(1) and comes out of the box with support for EV-DO Rev. A data speeds, WiFi for data and GPS capabilities.(2)
The Treo 800w is Palm's most business-friendly phone yet. IT departments can simplify infrastructure and lower costs with a direct connection to Microsoft Exchange Server, giving users up-to-date email, contacts, calendars and access to other productivity applications. Palm designed the Treo 800w for easy-to-use mobility with a full QWERTY keyboard, five-way navigation and one-touch buttons to the most-used applications, making it a smartphone people want to use.
EV-DO Rev. A, WiFi for Data and GPS
As Sprint's first smartphone to ship immediately with EV-DO Rev. A network support, the Treo 800w offers customers the ability to quickly browse the web and send and receive emails – even those with large attachments – at broadband speeds. The vast majority of Sprint's Mobile Broadband Network has been upgraded to EV-DO Rev. A technology, providing Treo 800w users blazing-fast speeds on the nation's largest mobile broadband network (based on covered square miles). The Sprint Mobile Broadband Network (inclusive of data roaming) reaches more than 246 million people, 16,022 cities and 1,506 airports and brings customers instant gratification so they can work fast and on the go. With EV-DO Rev. A, peak network download data rates increase to 3.1 Mbps and peak upload data rates increase to 1.8 Mbps; average download speeds improve to 600 kbps to 1.4 mbps and average uplink speeds increase to 350-500 kbps.
Palm's WiFi hardware and software innovations make it easy to get online fast and manage network connections and power usage. The one-touch WiFi button provides a clean, uncluttered WiFi experience that gets Treo 800w users rapidly connected at home, in the office or in WiFi hotspots.(2) It includes 802.11b/g WiFi and built-in Internet Explorer Mobile, which means faster, more secure access to web-based data.
With integrated GPS and Palm software enhancements, the Treo 800w smartphone offers maps, point-to-point directions and point-of-interest (POI) searches for locations such as restaurants or stores.(3) POI search is available directly from the Today Screen and is integrated with contacts, giving customers one-touch access to the places they want to go. Treo 800w also supports Sprint Navigation for turn-by-turn directions as well as other popular third-party location-based services applications.
Robust Business Productivity Features
Companies looking for more control, centralization and security will find the Treo 800w an attractive choice. It connects directly with Exchange Server 2003 SP2 or 2007 and works within a company's existing Microsoft infrastructure, eliminating costly middleware or the maintenance of additional servers. The Treo 800w extends business capabilities by providing a familiar Microsoft Windows experience while on the go to keep employees productive. With thousands of applications available for Windows Mobile, businesses can extend mobility beyond email to optimize business processes whether in sales or out in field.
The Treo 800w comes fully equipped with easy-to-use professional email. Microsoft Direct Push Technology is available out of the box and gives users connected to a Microsoft Exchange Server fast, automatic wireless updates from their email, calendar, contacts and tasks.(4) Users can download email attachments to view and edit Microsoft Word and Excel files, view PowerPoint and PDF files, and open ZIP files.
The Treo 800w is compatible with Microsoft's System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008, which delivers increased security and easier smartphone management as well as access to information on the corporate network via mobile VPN. IT professionals can confidently manage large Treo 800w deployments the same way they would expect to manage PCs with a low-cost, reliable solution that fits seamlessly with their existing IT infrastructures.
The Palm Experience on Windows Mobile 6.1
"Palm is adding a unique stamp to the Windows Mobile experience with the Treo 800w,” said Stephane Maes, vice president, product marketing, Palm, Inc. "It's an easy-to-use feature-packed smartphone that will keep users happy, empowered and productive.”
In addition to Palm's WiFi and GPS enhancements, Palm innovations on top of Windows Mobile include:
• Today Screen enhancements -- call, text, email, perform a web search and map a contact's address, all directly from the Today Screen;(5)
• Dial from the Today Screen -- enter the contact name, select the number and dial. Add text or picture speed dials for one-touch calls to family and friends, or use the physical or touch screen number keys to dial the number directly;
• Voicemail controls -- VCR-like icons, such as rewind, delete and fast-forward, for easy navigation;
• Ignore with text -- ignore a call quickly by sending a text message, such as "In a meeting” or "Can't talk right now”;
• Superior phone and call management -- dedicated mute, speakerphone, conference calling icons, or dial any number in an email or webpage, all with just one touch; and
• Palm ease-of-use features -- hard buttons for email and calendar, a five-way navigation button and on/off ringer switch.
Exclusive Sprint Content and Services
"Sprint recognizes that businesses must stay productive and competitive with quick, always-accessible information and assistance for their own customers,” said Michael Hahn, vice president of device operations for Sprint. "With instant access to email, messaging services and the web on the nation's largest Mobile Broadband Network, Sprint provides its customers the mobile tools they need to increase productivity and improve competitiveness now.”
In addition to the valuable business-friendly features delivered through Palm and Windows Mobile 6.1, new business applications are being created through Sprint's newly launched Professional Developer Program and with tools such as the Titan platform for Windows Mobile 6.1 devices. A growing community of application developers who may previously have focused on desktop services are now finding it easier to generate services that can perform on both the desktop and mobile devices.
Treo 800w customers can leverage the speed of the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network to access Sprint content, including:
• Sprint TV® allowing users to watch live TV or video-on-demand with full-motion video or catch the latest news, sports, weather, entertainment and movie trailers on the go.(5) Choose from more than 50 live television channels and watch programs such as CNN mobile, FOX sports and E! Entertainment; access NFL Network and special programming via Sprint Exclusive Entertainment.
• Sprint Navigation delivers turn-by-turn voice-guided and on-screen driving directions, 3-D moving maps similar to an in-car navigation system or personal navigation device, as well as local search, intelligent traffic alerts and one-click rerouting.
• Pocket Express to retrieve customized, up-to-date web content such as sports, weather, news, money and movie information with the push of a button.
• Sprint IM extends instant messaging to the Treo 800w with access to Yahoo! Messenger, AOL's AIM® service and MSN Messenger.(5)
Pricing and Availability
The Treo 800w is available today for consumers and businesses at Sprint Stores, online at www.sprint.com or www.palm.com, and through Sprint or Palm's B2B sales organizations. It will be available for $249.99 after discounts and rebates with a two-year contract.
To receive the best value and experience the full capabilities of the device, customers must subscribe to a pricing plan offering unlimited data. Customers can choose from Everything plans for individuals ranging from $69.99 per month for 450 voice minutes and unlimited data or the Talk/Message/Data Share plans for families starting at $129.99 per month for 1,500 voice minutes (shared between two lines) and unlimited data. Sprint also offers its signature Simply Everything plan offering both unlimited nationwide voice and data services for just $99.99 per month. Customers may also choose one of Sprint's Individual Talk Plans and add on the $30 per month Pro Pack to take advantage of data capabilities. (Source: Press Release)
iWindowsMobile Communication Suite now to Include Winterface
Special offer for SPB Mobile Shell users
VITO Technology releases iWindowsMobile Communication Suite v 1.05. The Suite contains #1 finger-friendly contact manager FunContact, unique texting application SMS-Chat, zooming onscreen keyboard ZoomBoard, and now outstanding mobile shell Winterface instead of GoodWin! The price is $39.95, not $70 when purchasing separately.
With iPhone 3G out rocking the market even the users of the foremost flagship Windows Mobile devices may feel they are a tad behind progress. iWindowsMobile Communication Suite proves that Windows Mobile still can impress its users. Taking the best from iPhone interface the four applications included in iWindowsMobile Communication Suite build on the strengths of Windows Mobile and greatly enhance its standard interface.
Instead of putting on the usual marketing blurb, let me quote independent customer reviews from Handango for each product from iWindowsMobile Communication Suite.
FunContact (5 stars): “This really puts the default contact manager to shame. Even the souped up HTC Touch Contacts app looks pretty poor compared to this…”
SMS-Chat (5 stars): “…Look no further, bought this within 10 minutes of downloading. Brilliant, clear to view and does exactly what is says. Really useful for keeping track of conversations with different clients.”
ZoomBoard (5 stars): "The zoom modes really make it easy to make sure that you are hitting the right letter on your screen board!"
Winterface (user comment at MyTodayScreen): “This thing simply rocks! It is responsive and attractive, it’s clearly the start of something big…”
iWindowsMobile Communication Suite is available at http://iwindowsmobile.com for $39.95. The users of SPB Mobile Shell get a 30% discount during this week on the Suite and on Winterface - Mobile Shell of next generation. (Source: Press Release)
SpeedScript 2.0 enables even faster text entry on touchscreen devices
The new, much improved version of the award-winning text input software enables even faster and more user-friendly text entry on mobile phones and PDAs that run Windows Mobile
SpeedScript AG, one of the world’s leading companies in text input on touchscreen devices, has released a new version of its multi awardwinning software of the same time. The new SpeedScript 2.0 represents a further technological leap in the area of efficient, fast and user-friendly text input on Windows Mobile devices operated via a touchscreen. The patented SpeedScript method for text input is based on the fact that in almost all languages (e.g. German, English, French or even Japanese), at least half of all characters in a sentence consist of vowels (a, e, i, o, u) and spaces on average. SpeedScript allows you to write these 5 vowels and spaces in an extremely efficient and direct way with just one stroke of the touchscreen. Using SpeedScript, you can enter the word “locate” for example with just three strokes of your pen. This is a saving of over 50% compared with the conventional Windows Mobile keyboard, which requires you to make 7 moves for the same word and search for the next key (6 times for ”locate” and once for the following space).
The new SpeedScript 2.0 comprises lots of new features and substantial improvements compared with the previous version:
· Supports more than 30 languages: text input with all language-specific characters in the most important European languages (incl. Russian and Ukrainian) as well as in Hebrew
· QWERTY keyboard layout for ease of use
· SpeedScript’s own SMART keyboard layouts, optimized for the 7 most popular languages for even more efficient and faster text input
· Special SMART keyboard layout with large keys for text input with fingers
· Animated and interactive tutorial/learning program explaining all the key SpeedScript functions in just a few minutes
· Integrated program to enable SpeedScript to run automatically whenever you start your Windows Mobile device
The new SpeedScript 2.0 for Windows Mobile is available from August for € 29.95 and can be purchased directly from SpeedScript (www.speedscript.biz) or Handango (www.handango.com).
SpeedScript 2.0 for Windows CE and Windows XP/Vista (Tablet PCs) will be available at the end of Q3 2008. (Source: Press Release)
Extend the Life of Your MC35 with OtterBox
The perfect solution for industrial users, warehousing staff, field service, transportation, enterprise users and government workers, the OtterBox 1950 safeguards for various professional applications or everyday personal use. Cases include three layers of protection:
· First, slide on the thermal formed protective clear membrane to safeguard screen and keyboard against scratching as well as dust and dirt* (layer optional depending on the level of ruggedization desired)
· Second, snap together the hi-impact polycarbonate shell
· Finally, wrap the silicone skin over the device to absorb bump and shock
“The Motorola Symbol MC35 provides workers with an all-in-one solution, but harsh environments require extra protection and that’s where the new OtterBox case comes in,” said
The 1950 accommodates MC35 devices with both standard and extended batteries and included with the case is a holster-style belt clip for convenient carrying, MSRP $49.95.
Accessories include a Vehicle Mount Kit, which snaps on to the standard MC35 vehicle mount to hold the OtterBox case, and a protective Pod cover. The Pod accommodates the SDiD™ 1210/1212 Low Frequency RFID reader from Wireless Dynamics Inc. By inserting the SDiD™ 1210/1212 into the SD slot, the case with Pod1 Kit provides protection for both the MC35 and the SDiD™ device, enabling a mobile, portable and rugged RFID interrogation solution.
Customers also have the option to purchase an accessorized case, the OtterBox 1951, which provides users with the MC35 case, a holster-style belt clip and the Pod1 Kit, MSRP $59.95.
“Working with OtterBox, the accessory Pod to the OtterBox 1950 allows Wireless Dynamics to offer a ruggedized portable RFID solution a reasonable cost,” says Michael Loh, VP Engineering of Wireless Dynamics Inc. “The rugged RFID platform using Wireless Dynamics SDiD™ device with the Symbol MC35 by Motorola, provides powerful mobile capabilities to rough environments and applications like warehouse track and trace, field process and asset management, and animal identification.”
· OtterBox 1950: includes MC35 case and holster-style belt clip
· OtterBox 1951: includes MC35 case, holster-style belt clip and Pod1 kit (Kit 180)
· Pod1 kit (Kit 180): 4 part protective snap-on cover attachment for Wireless Dynamics SDiD™ 1210/1212 Low Frequency RFID SD Device, comes with Pod and silicone to accommodate the Pod, MSRP $19.95.
· Vehicle Mount (Kit 186): Snaps on to the standard MC35 vehicle mount to accommodate the OtterBox case, MSRP $14.95.
· OtterBox 1950:
· OtterBox 1951:
· 1950 Pod1 kit (Kit 180): clear
· 5.28 x 2.98 x1.34
· 6.55 x 2.98 x1.34 (with Pod1 Kit)
Weight (Case Only):
· 2.6 oz
· 3.2 oz (with Pod1 Kit)
About Wireless Dynamics Inc.
Wireless Dynamics Inc. is a leading provider of NFC and
About Otter Products:
Founded in 1996, Otter Products, LLC. is highly respected in the design and production of rugged and now semi-rugged cases to safeguard technology and other valuables.
Built upon fundamentals of hard work, creativity and perseverance, Otter Products is a powerhouse of innovation, manufacturing quality cases with a 100 percent lifetime guarantee.
OtterBox, never out of its element!
*Case NOT fully protected against water. Will provide some added protection against drop, bump and dust. NOT intended for protection against water intrusion. (Source: Press Release)
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