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Week of August 17, 2008

Final Issue of Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine published early November 2008

Final issue of Smartphone & Pocket PC will be published early November, 2008. It will be a "Super Resource Guide"  -- the best of Smartphone & Pocket PC

New "Knowledge Bundle" offered to Windows Mobile users

Premier issue of iPhone Life at newsstands starting September 8 will be sent to Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine subscribers.

For 11 years, Thaddeus Computing has published a magazine based on Microsoft’s mobile Windows operating system. The final scheduled issue of Smartphone & Pocket PC will be available to subscribers and at newsstands in November, after which Thaddeus Computing will suspend publication. Suspension means that there are no plans to publish future issues. However, the door is left open for a sponsor or buyer to work with Thaddeus Computing to produce additional issues.

Publisher, Hal Goldstein states that “it is with great regret I make this announcement. We made the decision because of the difficulty of reaching new Windows Mobile smartphone customers, and the lack of advertising sponsorship from Microsoft, phone companies, and OEMs. We are a very small, self-funded magazine publishing company, and we did not make this decision lightly.

The good news:

Thaddeus Computing sees a strong future for Windows Mobile. Microsoft sold almost 20 million Windows Mobile phones in its last fiscal year. There are some very cool new devices coming out. In addition Microsoft has committed to make future versions of its operating system much more fun and user friendly. The decision to switch to the iPhone O.S., was a business decision, based mostly on the difficulty of cost-effectively informing new Windows Mobile users about the magazine. Thaddeus Computing estimated that less that 1% of new Windows Mobile users even heard of the magazine.

Publisher Hal Goldstein says: “Feel free to E-mail me your comments, angry or supportive or in between at [email protected] .”  (Source: Press Release)

Posted Friday, August 22 2008 by ChrisD
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7 wannabe iPhone killers

These copycats also have touchscreens, built-in music players, a high-speed 3G network and, unfortunately, power-hungry batteries. Can they dent iPhonemania? 

Windows Mobile 6.1 represented 3 of the 7!

XPERIA X1 (Sony Ericsson)
Diamond (HTC)
Omnia (Samsung Electronics)

(Source: CNN/Fortune)

Posted Tuesday, August 19 2008 by ChrisD
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SoftMaker Office 2008 for Windows CE now in public beta

A 100% compatible Microsoft Office replacement for mobile devices

Windows CE did not die with the old Handheld PCs but experiences a roaring revival with 99 Dollar laptops, modern cell phones, and mobile internet devices (MID) such as NVIDIA's Tegra platform. No surprise then that SoftMaker Software GmbH, makers of the multi-platform office suite SoftMaker Office, did not abandon Windows CE, but remains staunch in its support of Windows CE. SoftMaker announced the public beta of SoftMaker Office 2008 for Windows CE today.

There is a market for mobile computers apart from the regular Windows notebook computers, and a new battle is shaping up between mobile Linux and Windows CE there. SoftMaker intends to play an important role in the market for mobile office software as it is the sole provider of a fully Microsoft-compatible office suite for Windows CE.

SoftMaker Office 2008 for Windows CE comes with the Word-compatible word processor TextMaker 2008, the Excel-compatible spreadsheet PlanMaker 2008, and the new PowerPoint rival SoftMaker Presentations 2008. All three programs are designed as drop-in replacements for their Microsoft Office counterparts and are able to flawlessly read and write the Microsoft Office file formats.

"Up until now, manufacturers of Windows CE computers could not provide an office solution to their customers that had the ability to seamlessly create and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files without losing formatting or content, nor have customers had access to an office suite that provides feature-for-feature compatibility with Microsoft Office. SoftMaker Office 2008 for Windows CE is changing all of that," said Martin Kotulla, CEO of SoftMaker Software GmbH.

Effective immediately, SoftMaker is making a free-of-charge beta version of SoftMaker Office 2008 for Windows CE available from the company web site at http://www.softmaker.com  (Source: Press Release)

Posted Monday, August 18 2008 by ChrisD
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New Papyrus 2.0 for Smartphone is now available!

SBSH Mobile Software announced today a new exciting Papyrus for Windows Mobile Standard major update to version 2! SBSH Papyrus 2 for Smartphone is an innovative time management application packed with top quality tools designed to help you bring the most out of your Smartphone!

Papyrus 2 brings a handful of new exciting features: Search View for PIM items searching; Advanced filters management; Automatic attendees notifications, Auto-adopting design to match your device look&feel, Popup selection effect for optimized display, complete PNG graphics support and much more! Papyrus 2 brings a new powerful back-end engine that ensure the fastest experience for the pro user!

SBSH Papyrus 2 Highlights

All new Search View - Introducing extremely effective search functionality for your PIM items! Use the new Search View from any chosen view to easily browse through your different items!

Innovative & powerful new tools - Automatically email change notifications and appointment invitations to appointment attendees; New Pop-out Effect on all different views for better data display for today's events, Active timeline display, New professionally designed built-in category icon store with PNG format support and much more!

Redesigned interface - Featuring the next generation of user-interface with automatic adoption to your Windows Mobile look and feel and easy to navigate dialogs! Additionally, Papyrus 2 includes especially designed features to take advantage of any screen orientation Smartphone!

Papyrus 2 for SP offers a myriad of new features and improvements! More information about the new features implemented with this new release can be found on our forums at the following URL:

Upgrade Details

Users who registered Papyrus 1.x before May 1st 2008 are entitled to upgrade to the new version for only $7.95. User can complete the upgrade to the new version at the following URL:

* Full upgrade details will also be emailed to all our registered users within the next 48 hours.

Users who registered Papyrus 1.x after May 1st 2008, including, are entitled to upgrade for free. Users entitled for a free upgrade will receive an email including free upgrade information within the next 72 hours.

Because this is a major version release we recommend to uninstall the latest version before installing the new one.

Pricing and Availability

Papyrus 2 costs $24.95

Papyrus can be purchased using the SBSH Online Store using the following URL:

Our German users can register Papyrus using Pocketland localized store at the following URL:

Downloads and Support

SBSH Papyrus 2 trial version can be downloaded at the following URL:

For any additional questions/suggestions we invite you to post at our forums:
Click here to enter SBSH forums

Or you can contact our support team with any inquery at the following URL:
http://www.sbsh.net/support.php  (Source: Press Release)

Posted Monday, August 18 2008 by ChrisD
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