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Week of July 18, 2004

Microsoft "Mobile and Embedded" annual revenue surges 58%

"Microsoft has released financial results for the fourth quarter and the fiscal year ending June 30, 2004. Fourth quarter revenue for the Mobile and Embedded Devices segment was $70 million versus $44 million for the same period last year, an increase of 59 percent. For the fiscal year, embedded revenue increased 58 percent over last year from $156 million to $247 million. Quarterly operating loss for the segment dropped from $68 million last year to $42 million this year for a decrease of 62 percent while annual loss went from $277 million to $224 million or 24 percent less. The Mobile and Embedded Devices segment includes Pocket PC, SmartPhones, Handheld PC, other Mobility, Windows embedded device operating systems, and MapPoint and accounted for 0.67 percent of the company's total revenue." (Source: WindowsForDevices)
Posted Saturday, July 24 2004 by ChrisD
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E-mail access on the road with handful of palm-tops

"One advantage of Wi-Fi over smart phones can be faster connection speeds. Wi-Fi access points are typically linked to high-speed Internet lines, while cellular carriers often provide data transmission speeds that are closer to those of dial-up.

Pocket Outlook is the default e-mail program on the X30 and other Pocket PC devices. The program is easy to use and can provide access to personal e-mail accounts as well as corporate mail systems (using the POP3 or IMAP4 protocols). Web-based e-mail applications designed for the smaller screens of mobile devices, like those from Yahoo (wap.oa.yahoo.com) and MSN (mobile.msn.com), can be opened by using the devices' Web browsers, another e-mail alternative for travelers. Like other new Pocket PC devices, the X30 models come with new, faster processors from Intel, at prices ranging from $280 to $350, and the latest version of the Microsoft mobile operating system. The OS, Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition, adds new features like landscape mode and the stronger Wi-Fi encryption method known as WPA." (Source: Thomas J. Fitzgerald New York Times, International Herald Tribune)
Posted Saturday, July 24 2004 by ChrisD
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Big review of AnexTEK SP-230


I can compare the AnexTEK only with T-Mobile MDA I and II, having reviewed no other pocket devices with an integrated GSM/GPRS module. I would say the AnexTEK is closer to MDA I rather than II. Except for the size and battery life, it lags behind MDA II in all respects - real performance, memory size, quality of display, absence of Bluetooth, software, audio features... No, the AnexTEK is not a bad device and shows no substantial weaknesses yet it will satisfy only not very discerning users. Considered the high price, it does not deserve more points, unfortunately. It does offer a few innovative features but that is not enough. :: The final rating is 83% " (Source: Pavel Koza, PDAGold)
Posted Saturday, July 24 2004 by ChrisD
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Audiovox PPC4100 Pocket PC Phone



Posted Saturday, July 24 2004 by ChrisD
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Tradewinds - coming this August from Astraware and Sandlot Games

"Tradewinds will let players captain their own flotilla of ships to exotic locations and trade goods with merchants to make a tidy profit. The aim of the game is to become famously rich, whether by careful trading, by sending scurvy pirate dogs to the bottom of the sea, or maybe a mix of both! While their ships are being repaired players can also relax on shore leave with a round of brews at the local alehouse where drinks (and game tips) are always on tap.

"This is the title trading game fans have been waiting for," comments Howard Tomlinson, CEO of Astraware, "with gameplay moving as quickly or as slowly as they like, take time to consider strategy or race to acquire wealth and glory. The choice of characters means they can play as an honest trader, a smuggler, or even rule the waves and out-gun the pirates – all at their own pace." (Source: Press Release)

Posted Saturday, July 24 2004 by ChrisD
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Windows CE 5.0 Web Download - GO GET IT!!!

"Windows CE 5.0 "RTM" Evaluation kit is now available as a web download - go get it folks...

Evaluation Software - Download

The English RTM version of Windows CE 5.0 is now available for download via the Windows Embedded Introductory Kit.

Evaluation Software – Media (CD or DVD)

If you would rather purchase the Windows CE 5.0 Evaluation software on CD or DVD, then visit the Windows Embedded order site

Windows CE Test Kit – stand alone download

This kit is a collection of tests and tools that can be used to help verify the stability, reliability, and quality of a platform or device running Windows CE 5.0.

eMbedded Visual C++ 4.0 Service Pack 4

Includes down level support for Windows CE .NET 4.0 – 4.2 as well as support for Windows CE 5.0." (Source: Mike Hall's Weblog)

Posted Saturday, July 24 2004 by ChrisD
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DDH Software Announces HanDBase Reporter for Palm OS & Pocket PC Handhelds

"Many HanDBase users have been looking for a report writing application that would allow them to print their HanDBase information directly from their PDA. Using HanDBase Reporter they can now design and print custom invoices, patient records, sales orders, equipment logs, receipts, survey results or anything else needed, right from HanDBase.

Wellington, FL (PRWEB) July 23, 2004 -- DDH Software, Inc. today announces the release of its newest HanDBase add-on product, HanDBase Reporter for Palm OS and Pocket PC.

Many HanDBase users have been looking for a report writing application that would allow them to print their HanDBase information directly from their PDA. Using HanDBase Reporter they can now design and print custom invoices, patient records, sales orders, equipment logs, receipts, survey results or anything else needed, right from HanDBase.

HanDBase Reporter is a tool designed to allow the HanDBase user to create custom templates that will be filled-in with data collected and stored in HanDBase, when printing via an infrared, Bluetooth, WiFi or a serial port connection. The templates may contain typesetting information such as italics, bold, centering, tables, lists, etc.

“We created HanDBase Reporter for our vertical market clients in the Healthcare, Service, Auditing, and Sales fields, to name just a few, to be a practical solution for printing mobile reports. Most of our clients purchase our HanDBase software as a solution to collect data out in the field. The idea of enabling them an efficient means for printing custom reports, invoices, and the like is just a natural extension of what their already doing with HanDBase,” said Paul Hoffman, DDH Software’s VP of Sales.

HanDBase Reporter comes in two pieces: Report Templates Manager and Report Templates Printer. The first is an application that allows the user to design templates using an integrated editor; all templates in the device can also be administrated in that same program. The second is mostly transparent to the end user; it becomes active whenever a user chooses to either Print Record or Print Records within HanDBase. If multiple report templates are available for the active database, the user is given the option of which templates to use and then the printing begins.

Currently supported platforms are the Pocket PC (Microsoft Windows Mobile 3.0 and above, on ARM based devices) and PalmSource PalmOS (version 3.5 and above). Reporter includes all the software components for either of the platforms to function, which includes printer drivers developed by Bachmann Software from their PrintBoy Enterprise Edition.

The user that will be creating the templates should have basic knowledge of HTML (HyperText Markup Language). Database development and data type knowledge of HanDBase is required.

PalmOS Edition

    - PalmOS version 3.5 and above.
    - At least 400KB of free RAM on device for basic installation.
    - 600KB of free RAM for complete installation, plus 35KB per printer driver.
    - HanDBase for PalmOS version 3.0k and above.

Pocket PC Edition

    - Microsoft Windows CE version 3.0 and above.
    - An ARM based processor in the device.
    - 1.2MB of available memory on device.
    - HanDBase for PalmOS version 3.0j and above.

Using HanDBase Reporter you now have the ability to take your business right to your customers and to create the hard copies of your important documentation.

Pricing of HanDBase Reporter retails for $19.99

To find out more about or to buy HanDBase Reporter go to http://www.ddhsoftware.com/hanDBase_reporter.html " (Source: Press Release, PRWeb)

Posted Friday, July 23 2004 by ChrisD
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Upgrade Your i-700 To Windows Mobile 2003

"Verizon Wireless launched this model in March of last year running Pocket PC 2002 Phone Edition. For a long time there was no official word on whether an operating system upgrade would be released. Finally, this spring, a message quietly appeared on Samsung’s developer web site promising a Windows Mobile 2003 upgrade." (Source: Mobile9, CNET News)
Posted Thursday, July 22 2004 by ChrisD
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Will Smartphones Replace the Laptop?

"Even so, Microsoft is pushing hard to get a bigger piece of the action in the smartphone market. Just a few weeks ago, Dutch carrier KPN began selling Sierra Wireless' Voq professional phones using Microsoft OS at US$121 in Europe. The phone will debut in the U.S. on the AT&T Wireless' network at $200-$400.

But the software giant is still a long way from making a dent in the smartphone market, primarily because too many handset manufacturers are shunning Microsoft. "The battle is between Symbian , Palm , RIM (BlackBerry) and Microsoft," says Gold. "Microsoft's biggest problem is that most phone manufacturers are scared of Microsoft, and don't want to use their system for fear Microsoft will seize control of the market, as it did in the PC market." (Source: Pam Baker, Wireless NewsFactor)
Posted Thursday, July 22 2004 by ChrisD
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ASUS MyPAL A716 Series 64MB to 128MB Upgrade Available

"We are pleased to announce that we have developed and released a 64MB to 128MB upgrade for the ASUS MyPal A716 Series Pocket PC.

This memory upgrade does NOT require our proprietary driver and is fully recognized by the OS (119MB Available for system vs 55MB for the std 64MB unit). This unit uses BGA memory, so stacking is not available and 128MB will be the maximum capacity.

The SRP of the upgrade is $159 including 2nd day return shipping (USA only).

As always, this upgrade is not supported by ASUS and will void the warranty On the unit. We do offer a 90 day warranty on the upgrade and motherboard Of the unit.

ASUS MyPal A716 http://www.pocketpctechs.com/Services.asp?type=asus7

European customers will be able to order and ship through our Authorized Upgrade Center, Expansys.com. The mainboards will be upgraded by us. We currently have several shipments per week between Expansys and PocketPCTechs.com


This will save the customer international customs & shipping fees, and shipping time." (Source: Press Release)

Posted Wednesday, July 21 2004 by ChrisD
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Isotope244 Graphics announces new Pocket PC game

"Isotope244 Graphics announces a new game in development titled Acky’s XP Breakout which will be available for the Pocket PC soon. The goal of the game is to make your way through action filled levels by hitting a ball around with a reflective pad. The game will be one of the first to support high resolution displays of 480x640.

Acky’s XP Breakout features many graphical effects not common to many Pocket PC games including particle effects, object morphing, and alpha blending. The game will run on any ARM or X-Scale Pocket PC and will require 5 MB of memory. It will be released in many languages including English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese.

Acky’s XP Breakout will be available directly from the Isotope244 Graphics website at http://www.isotope244.com, the price has yet to be determined. A Desktop PC version is already available. Isotope244 Graphics is well known in the Pocket PC community from its previous release of Atomic Cannon Pocket." (Source: Press Release)
Posted Wednesday, July 21 2004 by ChrisD
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SYWARE Announces mEnable 2.0 wireless software

"mEnable® 2.0 is First Pocket PC Software to Provide Dual Mode Choice of Wireless Access to Enterprise Data:'Sometimes Connected' or 'Always Connected'

New software handles complexity of enterprise environment with flexible architecture that provides complete and timely information to mobile professionals

Cambridge, MA (July 21, 2004) SYWARE, Inc., a leading developer of intuitive database tools for business and personal productivity, today announced mEnable® 2.0, the company's wireless software that provides mobile users with interactive, real-time access to enterprise data. The new version of mEnable allows users to run Visual CE® database applications on their handheld and directly connect to any ODBC-enabled database residing on a corporate server. With Visual CE, flexible forms and powerful databases can be created quickly and easily.

mEnable 2.0 allows developers to create data-driven applications that wirelessly connect Windows, Windows CE, and Windows Mobile Pocket PC devices with corporate servers in one of two ways: 'Sometimes Connected' or 'Always Connected.' In 'Sometimes Connected' mode, when the network is available, users read from and write to the enterprise server. When coverage is lost, they work locally. When coverage is restored, the local and server databases are synchronized and users resume working against the server. In 'Always Connected' mode, users have continuous, real-time access to server data. This allows interaction with large, complex databases that are beyond the capability of a handheld device.

The alternative is a web browser-based application. Programming this same kind of functionality into a Pocket PC-based web browser would be extremely difficult, if not impossible. Pocket Internet Explorer does not afford the same flexibility and is slow. Alternatives like JavaScript are also slow and significantly more complicated.

mEnable 2.0 runs on any LAN, WAN, or Internet connections using the TCP/IP protocol. The network can be based on local Ethernet, Internet protocol, 802.11 wireless LAN, or Bluetooth for short-range wireless in conjunction with a cell phone's long-range capabilities.

"The ability to interact with live server data provides compelling benefits for mobile users and their organizations," said Sy Danberg, President of SYWARE. "But businesses need to be productive at all times. mEnable delivers the flexibility they need to provide complete and timely information to mobile professionals. For some companies, it makes sense to use 'Sometimes Connected' mode, such as when users go into a building or structure that the network can¹t penetrate, or if they are in a rural area where coverage isn't available. For other companies, it makes sense to use 'Always Connected' mode, such as when working with large, inventory databases."

>From Manufacturing to Retail Applications

When using mEnable 2.0 in 'always connected' mode, a local data cache on the handheld device is not required. If a retail department store has a large number of SKUs to keep track of, it may not be possible to store all the data locally on the device. Processing inventory items may be much quicker with a high bandwidth 'always connected' interface to the corporate server where employees can get real-time access to centralized data.

But many companies work in a 'sometimes connected' world. For example, the corporate network of a major aircraft manufacturer is designed to provide plant engineers with reliable real-time access to the server. However, engineers crawl in and out of planes all day. Once they get inside, coverage is often lost. A 'sometimes connected' application allows them to take their handhelds into the plane and enter data as they work, then makes that data available to the server as soon as the connection returns.

Flexible Forms & Easy-to-Use Databases

mEnable 2.0 works in conjunction with any ODBC-enabled software, including SYWARE's Visual CE, the award-winning forms and database development software for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs. Visual CE¹s drag-and-drop customization enables the rapid creation of database and forms applications by programmers and business professionals alike; no programming is required. Users simply decide what information is needed, then drag and drop controls to create custom electronic forms.

Visual CE's flexible forms designer provides complete control over the form creation process. Text, numbers, and pictures can be placed anywhere on the screen. Applications can draw from a complete set of controls: drop down lists, labels, edit boxes, note boxes, check boxes, radio buttons, command buttons, lookups, grid control, and more. Font control, device-based printing, timestamps, Digital Ink (scribble), and calculated fields are also supported. Additional features include support for color, data filtering, wild card searches, password protection, and calculations across records.

Pricing & Delivery

mEnable 2.0 runs on the full spectrum of mobile, Windows-based PCs, from handheld units to tablets to laptops, including Windows XP-powered Tablet PCs, Windows Mobile Pocket PCs, and all devices running Windows CE, Windows 9x, Windows 2000, Windows NT, and Windows XP.

mEnable 2.0 will ship during Q3 2004. The software is priced at $499 for the mEnable SDK plus 10 run-time licenses. The mEnable SDK packaged with 100 run-times is $1999." (Source: Press Release)

Posted Wednesday, July 21 2004 by ChrisD
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Socket Releases Industry’s First RFID Development Kits with CompactFlash RFID Readers for Pocket PCs

"Developer Kits Accelerate Time-to-Market, Aid in Learning About RFID,and Complement Socket’s Existing Bar Code Scanner Product Line

Newark, CA– July 21, 2004 — Socket Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT), the Mobile Connection™ Company, announced the availability of SocketReader™ Development Kits for its Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) product line as part of an ongoing strategy to help value added resellers (VARs), systems integrators (SIs), and Auto ID software developers implement RFID technology into their mobile solutions using Pocket PCs. Consistent with the previously announced schedule, Socket’s existing Auto ID developer community will now be able to begin development and pilot deployment of applications that support reading of and writing to ISO15693 and ISO14443 industry standard tags and smart labels.

Two versions of Socket’s Development Kits are available. The first is a single-function CompactFlash RFID reader plug-in card priced at $1,995, and the second is a multi-function CompactFlash RFID reader plus a laser bar code scanner for $2,495. The software element of the development kit is based on the same programming standards used by the well-established SocketScan™ SDK that supports Socket’s family of bar code scanning products. Socket’s SDK is designed to accelerate the time-to-market, enhance or shorten the learning curve for developers, or enable existing Socket developers to educate themselves about the exciting new possibilities for RFID solutions. Included in the Development Kit is a selection of RFID tags based on the Tag-It, ICode, PicoTag, LRIS12 and ‘my-d’ 13.56MHz tag protocols.

“The availability of affordable plug-in CompactFlash RFID readers for Pocket PCs allows companies to begin supporting this exciting technology while maintaining the flexibility to adapt to new application and user requirements as implementation progresses” said Kevin Mills, president and CEO of Socket.

Consistent with Socket’s core expertise, SocketReader™ products are based on Socket’s Mobility Friendly™ CompactFlash card peripherals, and supplements Socket’s existing line of laser and imager-based bar code scanner products. Future RFID products may include an SDIO card version as well as a similar family of products supporting the evolving 900MHz EPC-Global standard and related tag protocols. Socket has historically developed products that conform to established communication and interoperability standards and it will continue to follow this practice as it strengthens its RFID product line.

Socket has posted an RFID technology brief/position statement on its website at www.socketcom.com/support/learn.asp which provides additional information. More information on RFID technology is also available by visiting the RFID Journal website at: www.rfidjournal.com. Single-function development kits will be shipped within 30 days of receipt of order. Developers who require further information or wish to order should complete and submit the Developer Application at www.socketcom.com/product/rfidqualform.asp." (Source: Press Release)

Posted Wednesday, July 21 2004 by ChrisD
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All new MetalStyli.com launched today

"Custom metal styli for Palm, Pocket PC, Tablet PC and Smartphone devices

Metal Styli offer aluminium, steel and copper styli for a large selection of devices as well as customised styli in silver, gold and platinum." (Source: Press Release)

Posted Wednesday, July 21 2004 by ChrisD
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iAdminMobile.com Releases Mobile Management Pack for Microsoft Internet Information Services

"iAdminMobile.com today announced it has released the Microsoft Internet Information Service (IIS) Mobile Management Pack for iAdmin Mobile. This new Mobile Management Pack delivers new capability to iAdmin Mobile, the company's award winning mobile systems management and administration tool. With the addition of the IIS Mobile Management Pack, user's of iAdmin Mobile will be able to administer their company's IIS assets and perform many administrative functions such as starting and stopping IIS WWW and FTP sites, View site statistics, and backup or restore the IIS metabase.

"We are very excited to add IIS management functionality to iAdmin Mobile," said J.R. Brown, Founder and CEO. "We plan to continue to grow our mobile systems management offerings dramatically this year, IIS management is a good start." (Source: Press Release)
Posted Wednesday, July 21 2004 by ChrisD
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Orange Compass, presents a new brand of products Metro m-Subway® and Rosetta® for mobile devices


The new m-Subway® guides will help you move like duck to water either the underground is your favourite way of public transport or you are planning to travel abroad.

The m-Subway® guides display 4 useful features:

Once loaded in your mobile device you will install it in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian or Portuguese.


Rosetta is a powerful conversation guide will help you when travelling abroad.

Rosetta ® provides m
ore than 500 useful phrases for all types of situations and is organized into 16 categories to find exactly the phrase you need.

Once downloaded in your device you will be able to install Rosetta® either in English, French
or Spanish.

Rosetta® available: Rosetta English-French®, Rosetta Spanish-English® and Rosetta Spanish-French®.
" (Source: Press Release)

Posted Wednesday, July 21 2004 by ChrisD
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PocketPCTechs' WriteSHIELD Premium Screen Protector Line Enhanced

"Fountain Valley-based PocketPCTechs Inc. announced that they have released a new series of their world-renowned WriteSHIELD(TM) Premium Screen Protector line. The new WriteSHIELD(TM) C2 Screen Protector Series is a crystal-clear screen protector, which still blocks 99 percent of ultraviolet rays that could damage the LCD while allowing greater than 90 percent light transmittance from the LCD.

"Users will now have a choice between our WriteSHIELD(TM) AG (Anti-Glare) Premium Screen Protector Series or the WriteSHIELD(TM) C2 (Crystal Clear) Premium Screen Protector Series," said Leonard Wesson, CEO of PocketPCTechs Inc. "We highly recommend the WriteSHIELD(TM) AG for users that need the Anti-Glare feature, such as end-users working out in the sun or in their automobile. The WriteSHIELD(TM) C2 Series is primarily for end-users that need true color representation, or work indoors where glare is not a problem."

"I am a long time advocate of the WriteSHIELD(TM) AG Premium Screen Protector, which I feel is the best screen protector product out on the market," said Dale Coffing, Pocket PC Evangelist from PocketPCPassion.com. "This is not only due to the merits of the product, but because of its bundled complete accessory package and the solid company that manufactures and supports it.

"How do you improve on the WriteSHIELD(TM) AG screen protector? I feel it's at the top of its class because of its durability, bubble-free installation and anti-glare features. However, some people like the high-gloss look of the original screen even though it shows fingerprint smudges. Welcome to the family, WriteSHIELD(TM) C2 Premium Screen Protector Series. The same long-lasting quality protection of the original, but now with crystal-clear qualities, that makes it almost impossible to tell anything is protecting the screen. I have been using mine for a couple of weeks now and I have to admit that the C2 clear look is becoming addicting...in a word: Wow! It works as well as the original with absolutely no loss of screen brightness. There are going to be a ton of people happy to see this new product and I must say that I am one of them."

Further information can be found at http://www.pocketpctechs.com. The WriteSHIELD(TM) AG & C2 Pocket PC Premium Screen Protectors are available in Standard two packs for $26.99 or Deluxe two packs for $36.99. The WriteSHIELD(TM) AG Tablet PC Premium Screen Protectors are available in single packs for $59.99 or two packs for $99.99. The WriteSHIELD(TM) Premium Screen Protectors can be purchased directly from PocketPCTechs.com or through any of their resellers, including Handheldcanada.com, Mobileplanet.com and their worldwide distributor, Expansys.com. " (Source: Press Release, Business Wire)

Posted Wednesday, July 21 2004 by ChrisD
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eWallet 4.0 review

"This version shows how a software already best in its category can get better. Ilium Software's eWallet, the secure (128bit key RC4 encryption) password and sensitive information keeper program for Windows Mobile Pocket PC, Smartphone, Windows based PC and Palm OS gets a new version with nested categories, unlimited categories (Palm) and record level synchronisation (Windows Mobile) and we think they're worth the upgrade.

To start, eWallet, even in its previous versions, is one of the few true multi-platform software available for handhelds. I first used eWallet a few years ago, when I bought my second Palm device, at that time a 3COM Palm Pilot 5000 (yes, I had one before it, the US Robotics Pilot). The software already had versions available on the handheld and the desktop, with Hotsync providing record level synchronisation. Since then, and after a few handhelds, I've moved to the Windows Mobile world, and the first software to be added to my library was eWallet. When I bought a Windows Mobile Smartphone, eWallet was again the first software to be installed on my new device." (Source: Geekzone)
Posted Tuesday, July 20 2004 by ChrisD
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Citrix GoToMyPC Gives Samsung's Mobile Pocket PC Phone Users Secure, Anytime, Anywhere Desktop Access; Mobile Workers Have Entire Desktop in the Palm of Their Hands

"Mobile professionals looking for the ultimate mobility solution, can now access their entire desktop PC using Samsung's SPH-i700 Microsoft(R) Windows Mobile(TM) Pocket PC Phone with Citrix(R) GoToMyPC(R) from Citrix Online, a division of Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTXS). Available through Verizon Wireless, the combination of the i700 and GoToMyPC allows users to view and control their entire PC desktop, unlike other handheld remote solutions that offer only limited access to calendar and e-mail.

GoToMyPC's PocketView feature provides fast, easy and secure access to a computer desktop -- including all files, applications, network resources, and even non-Web content -- from a PDA running Microsoft Windows Mobile or Microsoft Windows CE 4x. Designed with ease of use in mind, its real-time screen-sharing interface provides an intuitive remote desktop usage experience. Features include scaling, image rotation for landscape viewing, and one-click scrolling to enable faster movement around the desktop. GoToMyPC on the i700 is extremely intuitive to deploy and use, no special IT support or training is required.

"Samsung's commitment of providing the best mobile enterprise devices in the market is furthered by the GoToMyPC solution that enables mobile professionals to work from anywhere while having full access to their desktop PCs from their i700," said Peter Skarzynski, senior vice president of Samsung's wireless terminals division. "The i700 is the ultimate productivity tool because it puts your office in the palm of your hands."

Bullet-Proof Security

GoToMyPC's Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) with 128-bit keys provides a protected platform for the highest levels of security, whether for accessing desktop and network resources, preparing presentations, or modifying documents. Security features also include one-time passwords, end-to-end user authentication, screen blanking, and mouse locking of the host computer. And since data accessed over the i700 never actually resides on the handheld device, users don't have to worry about the potential loss or theft of their PDAs.

"We're confident that this solution will drive greater demand for the i700 PocketPC," said John Greathouse, senior vice president of strategic alliances for Citrix Online. "Mobile professionals who need 24/7 anywhere, anytime handheld access to their desktop can do so in a highly secure environment with the i700 and GoToMyPC. Security is of utmost importance to Citrix Online and it is especially significant for wireless devices such as the i700."

Samsung customers who wish to experience GoToMyPC with the i700 can do so through the device's Pocket Internet Explorer Web browser over the Verizon Wireless NationalAccess data network." (Source: Press Release, Business Wire)

Posted Tuesday, July 20 2004 by ChrisD
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Ilium Software Releases eWallet 4.0 for Windows Mobile, Adding New Organization, Synchronization Features

"Ilium Software, makers of Simple Software for a Simpler Life, today announced the availability of Ilium Software eWallet(R) 4.0, the new and most advanced version yet of the company's multiple-award winning software utility for Microsoft Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs, Smartphones, and Windows operating systems. Incorporating many new features, including nested categories, shareable wallet files, and exciting new SyncPro(TM) technology, eWallet makes secure storage and organization of credit card numbers, passwords, health information, PINs and other confidential data easier and simpler than ever.

Leading the list of upgrades in Version 4.0 is SyncPro, a new two-way synchronization technology that allows users to simultaneously update information between their Windows PC and Windows Mobile-based Pocket PC or Smartphone. Nested categories, another improvement, supports the creation of subcategories within categories. Similar to Windows file management structures, nested categories enable users to organize personal information more intuitively--for example, by creating subcategories for personal and work-related credit cards--with complete password protection as needed.

"eWallet 4.0 gives people a number of unique and desirable new tools to take charge of their most important personal information," said Kenneth Morse, President and CEO of Ilium Software. "eWallet leads the field in performance, ease of use, and security. And now with Version 4.0, we've added even more of the conveniences our users have been looking for."

"In designing Windows Mobile, Microsoft sought to create a platform that would inspire our industry partners to create exciting and innovative applications for use on mobile devices," said Julie Wymetalek, manager of the Mobility Partner Advisory Council at Microsoft Corp. "We congratulate Ilium Software on the launch of eWallet version 4.0, which provides new ways for users of Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs and Smartphones to be productive."

New Toolbar, Password Hint Option

Several upgrades in Version 4.0 enable users to navigate eWallet faster. An updated toolbar makes it easy to access eWallet features; in Pocket PC, eWallet now supports the landscape orientation that is a part of Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition. eWallet 4.0 also includes a helpful "password hint" feature, allowing users to create a hint that reminds them of their password when they wish to open the wallet or any password-protected categories or files.

To make sharing eWallet information easier in a workgroup environment, eWallet 4.0 gives users the opportunity to post files in a directory on a network. The first user can write to the file, while others have read-only access.

Pricing, Availability

eWallet 4.0 is available now for Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs and Smartphones (including Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition devices) as well as for Windows PCs running Windows XP. The product, which has received top reviews from the Pocket PC Magazine Best Software Awards, Handango, PDA Magazine, Mobile Computer User Magazine, and Handheld Computing Magazine, is now available for $29.95 from the company website, www.iliumsoft.com and from select retailers and distributors worldwide." (Source: Press Release, Business Wire)

Posted Tuesday, July 20 2004 by ChrisD
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Tapwave “Zodiac” Handheld Gaming PDA

" The modern PDA has given rise to a new level of handheld games. Usually equipped with a better processor, more memory, more storage, and 16-bit full color screens, the modern PDA has allowed adults to play games that are more complex and sophisticated. So is the market ready for a hardware platform that is more advanced than previously available and designed for the adult gamer? Tapwave believes so." (Source:  PDAToday)
Posted Monday, July 19 2004 by ChrisD
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"Bluefire Security Technologies announced today that it is adding virtual private networking to its Bluefire Mobile Firewall Plus solution. The VPN offering represents an integral step toward achieving the company’s vision of delivering a comprehensive mobile security solution that solves today’s handheld security problems and addresses tomorrow’s wireless threats with centrally managed, multi-layered software.

"In reaching out to our customers and partners, we saw a clear desire to take better advantage of the promise of wireless," said Mark Komisky, CEO of Bluefire. "However, many organizations cited security as the primary factor in delaying their wireless handheld deployments. By enhancing our Mobile Firewall Plus offering with VPN, we’re helping them achieve that goal by protecting wireless data in transit and on the device. We’re also capitalizing on the opportunity to deliver what others in the mobile security space cannot - the world’s first fully integrated VPN and firewall solution designed expressly for handheld devices."

Bluefire’s VPN feature will help ensure that mobile enterprises maintain the privacy and integrity of in-transit data by creating a secure tunnel between sender and receiver. Just as in traditional network security, users will be able to leverage the complementary nature of VPN and firewall technologies to secure and filter information entering and exiting their wireless network via handheld devices." (Source: Press Release)

Posted Monday, July 19 2004 by ChrisD
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Ectaco Partner Voice Translator review

"If you’ve ever watched Star Trek, you’ve seen the “Universal Translator”—a magical device that makes it so everyone, including aliens from far off galaxies, speak in English. While this may seem the work of science fiction writers, today on the Pocket PC, such programs are closer than you may think. Enter Ectaco’s Partner Voice Translator, a slick, although expensive, piece of software designed with the world traveller in mind. Filled with pre-programmed phrases, the Translator was created to hear phrases spoken into your Pocket PC and then translate them into another language, all at the touch of a button. Sound too good to be true? Read on to see how the Partner Voice Translator stacks up." (Source: PDACorps, Geekzone)
Posted Monday, July 19 2004 by ChrisD
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AZO Takes Measure of WLANs

"Azo Technologies' VisiWave Site Survey gathers WLAN RF data and produces visually compelling survey reports, making it an indispensable tool for WLAN consultants and administrators.

VisiWave uses a Navigation Unit connected to a WLAN-enabled Pocket PC to correlate users' X-Y coordinates with wireless characteristics such as signal-to-noise ratio, receive errors and TCP round-trip times. This information is exported to a PC, where users can generate 2-D and 3-D graphs of the radio environment." (Source: Andrew Garcia, EWeek)

Posted Monday, July 19 2004 by ChrisD
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CoPilot Live v4 – Australia (Adelaide)

"Review covers first experiences with CoPilot Live version 4 portable in-car navigation software with Bluetooth GPS on a XDAII. Likes are wireless BT connection, voice driving directions which are only provided when needed, portability for walking, fast determination of new route and high level of detail in screen and voice directions. Dislikes are incorrect turn restrictions, quirks in map scrolling and zooming and initial BT COM Port problems." (Source: ricebubbles444, Mtekk)
Posted Sunday, July 18 2004 by ChrisD
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