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Week of August 15, 2004

Monster-Mod: How To Wear Your Computer, Part 3

"Time and money are running out. Can Cyrus Peikari complete his building of the ideal "wearable PC" in time for his PowerPoint presentation, and without resorting to spending his pocket change?" (Source: Cyrus Peikari, InformIT) Cyrus' design is using a iPAQ h5555 as the computer! - ChrisD
Posted Friday, August 20 2004 by ChrisD
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Product Review: T-Mobile Pocket PC 2003

"Since the T-Mobile Pocket PC 2003 is designed to run on T-Mobile's GSM/GPRS network, data speeds are slow compared with smartphones that run on CDMA or EDGE-capable networks. However, owners will be able to use the device to access the Internet when traveling in more than 130 countries."

"On a scale of 1 to 5, I give this cellular-enabled PDA a 3.0 rating. "(Source: Mark Long, WirelessNewsFactor.com)

Posted Thursday, August 19 2004 by ChrisD
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Ecuity completes national rollout of Smart Call, mobile Voice over Internet Phone (VoIP) service, includes a virtual PBX

"To introduce new users to Smart Call's capabilities, Ecuity is offering a trial of 100 free minutes. Business users or consumers can test drive the Smart Call service by visiting the Ecuity Web site, http://www.ecuity.net to sign up for a free trial of 100 minutes of talk time and a no charge download of the TeleSym software onto a laptop or Pocket PC-compatible device.

King Cole, Ecuity's president, said, "We believe that Smart Call is the most convenient, versatile and easy to use mobile VOIP available for both businesses and consumers because it connects callers to any regular or mobile phone worldwide. As the first company to offer this service to the millions of mobile workers using laptops as well as Pocket PC-compatible devices and PDAs, we are delivering on our promise to our customers to provide the most powerful, secure and easy-to-use broadband telephone service available today." (Source: Press Release, PRNewswire)
Posted Thursday, August 19 2004 by ChrisD
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Handheld Net-Centricity

"The PFED hardware is manufactured by Tallahassee, FL-based Talla-Tech, a wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Tadiran Communications, which is under subcontract with General Dynamics C4 Systems. Booz Allen Hamilton developed the software.

Features include a PCMCIA card slot, harsh-environment-sealed dome, remote GPS antenna port, military GPS (PPS and SAASM) fill connector, and an external battery adapter. It is centered on an Intel Xscale 400 MHz processor with a Windows CE operating system. The current version is based on the 3970 Hewlett-Packard iPAQ pocket PC series, with newer ones based on the 5550 series.

The price of the PFED ranges from $1,600 to $2,500 depending on its configuration. The total cost of one system, including the modem, dome and other elements, is in the $8,000-$9,000 range, according to Weiss.

While the device is turned on, the life of the PFED’s internal battery varies, depending on the intensity of use. It may range from four or five hours to more than 12 hours if use is very limited." (Source: Patrick Chisholm, Military Information Technology)

Posted Wednesday, August 18 2004 by ChrisD
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Product Review: Toshiba 2032 Pocket PC

"Mobile business workers can connect to their desktop PCs over conventional POP3 or IMAP4 e-mail servers. Most road warriors will appreciate the fact that Toshiba's wireless PDA integrates the Pocket PC editions of the same familiar business-software programs that they already use." (Source: WirelessNewsFactor.com)
Posted Wednesday, August 18 2004 by ChrisD
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"Our much hyped 3D racing game, Flux Challenge has just been released. After almost a year of continuous development, the game is now available for purchase.

"Flux Challenge is our new, revolutionary 3D racing game for the Pocket PC. This unique racer revolves around a world of magnetic-levitation tunnels. While originally designed for mass transportation, it soon spawned many underground ship-racing circuits and eventually became one of the largest international championship sports. Take control of one of these magilev ships, and become the international champion!"

Thanks to a team of hard working reviewers we've also managed to get nine reviews from the leading Pocket PC sites for this launch, which you can find at the Flux Challenge Page (www.fluxchallenge.com)." (Source: Press Release)
Posted Tuesday, August 17 2004 by ChrisD
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Tempo Beer Industries Completed Rollout of Retalix Solution for Its Sales Force in Israel

"Retalix Ltd. (Nasdaq:RTLX) announced today that Tempo Beer Industries, Israel's second largest beverage manufacturer and the local franchisee of Pepsi Cola, Bacardi Breezer and Heineken Beer, has successfully completed rollout of Retalix's Mobile Supply (RMS) product with its sales force, consisting of 100 sales representatives and sales managers across Israel. The RMS product provides a comprehensive solution for Tempo's sales force needs, with a Pocket-PC based application providing full connectivity to Tempo's central marketing and operational systems. The RMS implementation is a milestone in the reorganization of the company's sales division, which was completed six months ago. The RMS is also in use by other major Israeli manufacturers, suppliers and distributors. Raffi Baharav, Vice President Sales & Marketing in Tempo, commented, "The RMS system allows the sales people to present their customers with the most updated promotions, apply a certain promotion and instantly calculate the discounted order value." Baharav added that, "by receiving the agent's orders immediately, in real time, instead of at the end of the day, Tempo can achieve optimal control of the sales, collection and operational flows and systems." Barry Shaked, Retalix CEO, stated, "I believe Tempo will derive great value from implementing our RMS system, through increased revenues and better centralized control of its sales activities. Retalix and its subsidiary, StoreNext Israel, provide comprehensive enterprise-wide solutions, which enable retailers to realize a new level of data synchronization and visibility, and support successful collaboration between retailers and suppliers." (Source: Press Release, BusinessWire)
Posted Tuesday, August 17 2004 by ChrisD
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Securing Your Pocket PC

"Busy executives and tech toy aficionados don't leave home without them - their Pocket PCs, that is. The ability to quickly check e-mail or pull up a Web site while on the go is invaluable, but what about the security implications of connecting to your home or office network with a mobile device? This article discusses security for handheld computers running Pocket PC/Windows Mobile 2003 operating systems." (Source: Deb Shinder, WindowsSecurity.com)
Posted Tuesday, August 17 2004 by ChrisD
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Gold Standard Wins Statewide Award for Government Technology Leadership

"Leveraging wireless technology, Gold Standard's eMPOWERx application integrates Preferred Drug Lists (PDLs) and the Company's critically acclaimed Clinical Pharmacology drug information and interaction screening tools with real-time, patient-specific medication histories. It operates via a secure, wireless integrated Pocket PC/PCS phone to give participating healthcare providers point-of-care access to in-depth, patient-specific drug information and also provides electronic prescribing capabilities.

Within six months of implementing eMPOWERx, Florida Medicaid realized:

-- A significant reduction in severe drug interactions.

-- Cost savings estimated at $750 per provider, per month.

-- Reduction in Medicaid prescription drug fraud and abuse.

The program initially involved 1,000 Medicaid physicians and has since expanded to 3,000 physicians representing about 25 million prescription transactions per year.

"This emerging technology does more than arm healthcare providers with a patient care system that improves outcomes, it also facilitates cost savings by reducing fraud and abuse within the Medicaid prescription drug program," said Governor Bush in an Aug. 10 AHCA release on the availability of the additional eMPOWERx PDAs to Florida Medicaid providers. "I applaud the Agency for finding such innovative partnerships that will improve services and help reduce costs." (Source: Press Release, BusinessWire)

Posted Monday, August 16 2004 by ChrisD
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Mobility: Potholes, Red Lights, One-Way Streets

“We wrote all the client-side software in C++ and Visual Basic,” said Rick Cobello, director of information solutions at Stewart’s, describing a form-based application it developed for Compaq iPaq handheld computers running Pocket PC that store managers now use to place orders.

“They use drop-down menus for item selection,” he said, rather than a system that involved scan cards. “Because of the way the paper-based system worked, our drivers picked up the sheets for the store’s next order as they dropped off the current order. So they were guessing” at their inventory needs. He said the new system reduced order turnaround to 24 hours from three days.

According to Cobello, Stewart’s developers also were challenged by a lack of communications; none of the stores had broadband connections, so a dial-up solution had to be developed. “Each of the iPaqs has to dial with its own internal modem; I think we’re using the last of the iPaqs that can do that.” (Source: Edward J. Correia, SD Times)
Posted Monday, August 16 2004 by ChrisD
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Monster-Mod: How To Wear Your Computer

"With a general design in mind, Cyrus Peikari begins pulling together the pieces of his "wearable PC." Good thing his suit has lots of pockets." (Source: Cyrus Peikari, InformIT)
Posted Sunday, August 15 2004 by ChrisD
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