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Week of September 18, 2005


CommonTime Ltd, award winning developer of mobile Notes messaging and application development solutions, has announced the arrival of mSecure PDA, a solution that provides multi-layered physical security for the data and contents of PDAs and Smartphones

The leading provider of mobile enterprise software for Notes/Domino enabled companies, has produced the total security solution for wireless mobile devices, a pre-requisite in today’s ‘on the road’ culture.  

CommonTime™ mSecure PDA addresses business and IT mobility security objectives by providing a high performance, cost effective on-device security solution.

Secure PDA reduces risk by protecting against leakage of sensitive enterprise data whether by accident or malicious intent and offers protection against legal liability, corporate espionage and financial loss, via remote removal of confidential data from lost or stolen devices. Reliable and automatic data protection is ensured through enforcement of on-device security policies, and remote data destruction if device is lost, stolen or subject to misuse.

CommonTime™ mSecure PDA leverages the market leading CREDANT Mobile Guardian security product, integrating it into a single central management console that facilitates cost-effective and simple management for all aspects of an enterprise mobility solution.

“With Secure PDA, we are combining security to protect data that resides on mobile devices with our own trusted security. This enables us to protect mobile data against loss or regulatory breach; whether due to accident, negligence, or malice,” said CommonTime CEO Nigel Mackrill. CommonTime™ provides security and productivity leading enterprises deserve.”

mSecure PDA is one component of mSuite, the most complete, integrated mobility solution on the market.  To take the first step in trying mSuite in your enterprise please go online here:-
http://www.commontime.com/mSuiteDownload.aspx  (Source: Press Release)

Posted Thursday, September 22 2005 by ChrisD
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Smart Box Design Rolls Out Farkle, the Classic Dice Game, for Windows Mobile Handhelds and Adds New Features to Palm OS Version

Smart Box Design  is pleased to announce the release of its Farkle dice game for Windows Mobile devices and a free update for Palm OS users. Like most games of chance and skill, Farkle’s attraction stems from players hoping to beat the odds and roll a high scoring combination. Farkle, which earned rave reviews by journalists and gamers alike after its Palm OS launch, will now provide users of both major PDA and smartphone platforms the chance to enjoy this classic dice game whenever and wherever they want.

Farkle is an enormously popular game throughout the world. Players roll a set of six dice for points and can continue rolling the dice as long as their roll continues to yield points. Any non-scoring roll is called a Farkle and the player forfeits their turn and any points accumulated during that turn. Players must gauge the risk of rolling again after setting aside scoring dice and decide whether to “bank” their points or risk them for a potentially higher score.

Farkle offers players an opportunity to challenge friends or compete against a variety of “intelligent” computer opponents with a wide range of personalities—from cautious to daring—that will determine the level of risk each opponent is willing to take when deciding just how far to push their luck.

     The “artificial intelligence” of the Farkle opponents was praised by PC World Magazine in its review of the game.  The reviewer enjoyed being able to select from a number of AI opponents, each employing a different level of risk in its game-playing strategies.

     The just-released Windows Mobile and Palm version offers a new game variation: players cannot pass to the next player if they choose to keep all of the dice as rolled. This additional variation adds a new strategy to the game by having the user consider the benefit of keeping all the dice and chancing another roll (and therefore a possible Farkle) or keeping fewer dice with a lower score and passing.

     “We have been thrilled by the response to our WordPop! game from the Windows Mobile market, and we’re excited to deliver another title to that platform,” said Todd Sherman, president of Smart Box Design. “Farkle is unlike any other game being released for Pocket PCs, and those who are looking for something different to play will enjoy Farkle.”

     A free trial version is available at http://www.smartboxdesign.com/farkleppc.html It can be purchased for US$14.95. (Source: Press Release)

Posted Thursday, September 22 2005 by ChrisD
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Six Companies Save Money Using Windows Mobile

A recent IDC study found the following direct benefits for companies that deployed a Windows Mobile solution:

* They paid back their costs in 4.3 months
* Their one-year return on investment was 129%
* Employee satisfaction was higher and turnover lower
* More efficient management and improved security
 (Source: Microsoft Website)

Posted Wednesday, September 21 2005 by ChrisD
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Orange launches SPV M5000 3G smart phone

Mobile phone network Orange today launched in the UK, France and Switzerland its anticipated take on the HTC Universal clamshell form-factor smart phone, the SPV M5000.

As Orange's first 3G-enabled PDA, M5000 will become the flagship model of the company's business-oriented Signature device line-up, a range of corporate-oriented handsets from a range of manufacturers and aimed at volume buyers. According to Orange, the Signature phones provide a consistent user experience and ease of management, regardless of manufacturer, price or form factor. That, it said, results in reduced deployment costs.

The M5000's casing operates like a mini Tablet PC - from a traditional table form-factor the screens opens and swivels round to site above the device's QWERTY keyboard. It runs Windows Mobile 5.0 with an Orange-customised front-end. The display is a 3.8in, 640 x 480, 65,636-colour job. There's a 1.3 megapixel camera for photos, along with a more basic, front-mounted version for 3G video calls. (Source: Tony Smith, The Register)

Posted Wednesday, September 21 2005 by ChrisD
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The Newest LingvoSoft Pocket PC Dictionary Now Speaks Greek!

LingvoSoft continues to expand its titles for Pocket PC with new releases and updates. Among the most recent developments is the Talking Dictionary 2006 English – Greek for Pocket PC which offers advanced BST Text-to-Speech synthesis of both English and Greek! Of course it’s also available in a non-talking version if you prefer something a bit quieter. But that’s not all; the latest 2006 releases also include talking and non-talking solutions for French-Arabic, French-Polish, and English-Czech language pairs.


Known for producing some of the most sophisticated and powerful language tools for Pocket PC, LingvoSoft has recently been nominated for its talking translating dictionaries by Pocket PC Magazine. We are confident that you will find these applications unique blend of sophisticated features and ease of use a winning combination.


Click here http://www.lingvosoft.com/news/3005/ to learn more about the newest titles for the latest language pairs. (Source: Press Release)

Posted Tuesday, September 20 2005 by ChrisD
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Astraware announces Windows Mobile(TM) 5.0 support for several games

Astraware, a Microsoft(R) Certified Partner Company, is excited to announce that several of their games have now been updated to support devices running Windows Mobile(TM) 5.0.

A total of 11 games have been updated to support Windows Mobile(TM) 5.0 for Pocket PC handhelds, with 4 of these titles also supporting Windows Mobile(TM) 5.0 Smartphone devices.

"With the new devices released, we wanted to ensure that early adopters can still play their favourite Astraware games," said Howard Tomlinson, CEO of Astraware. "We've updated each of the titles, and all have been signed so that you can be sure that they'll work well."

The titles which have been updated are:

Bejeweled - Windows Mobile(TM) 5.0 for Pocket PC and Smartphone,
Crazy Daisy - Windows Mobile(TM) 5.0 for Pocket PC and Smartphone,
Bzzz! - Windows Mobile(TM) 5.0 for Pocket PC and Smartphone,
Super Slyder - Windows Mobile(TM) 5.0 for Pocket PC and Smartphone,
Bejeweled 2 - Windows Mobile(TM) 5.0 for Pocket PC,
Shape Shifter - Windows Mobile(TM) 5.0 for Pocket PC,
Pixelus - Windows Mobile(TM) 5.0 for Pocket PC,
Zuma - Windows Mobile(TM) 5.0 for Pocket PC,
Tradewinds - Windows Mobile(TM) 5.0 for Pocket PC,
Text Twist - Windows Mobile(TM) 5.0 for Pocket PC,
Super Wild Wild Words - Windows Mobile(TM) 5.0 for Pocket PC.

More titles will be released with Windows Mobile(TM) 5.0 support over the coming months. These updates are free to existing registered owners of these games. Visit Astraware - http://www.astraware.com to download the updated versions. (Source: Press Release)

Posted Tuesday, September 20 2005 by ChrisD
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RMRDiet (PPC) - Diet/Weight/Exercise Tracker 1.0 by RMR Software.

RMRDietRMRDiet (PPC) - Diet/Weight/Exercise Tracker 1.0: Discount 30% off! Only 24.95$!

RMRDiet is a powerful three-in-one program to help you manage your Diet, Weight, and Exercise programme. Using your personal details and activity level, the program calculates the optimum energy requirements to meet your desired weight loss target. By recording food consumption selected from a comprehensive database of 6000 food items you can visually monitor your energy and nutrient intake against daily targets. A second module allows you to record your Weight and graph it against your projected target weight. In the third Exercise module you record your activities selected from a supplied database. You can then graphically balance your energy input and expenditure. (Source: Press Release)

Posted Tuesday, September 20 2005 by ChrisD
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Dell, Palm Ready New PDAs

Dell, which is based in Round Rock, Texas, is expected to introduce an updated version of its Axim X50v that will offer optional VOIP (voice over IP) technology and run on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system.

Dubbed as the X51v, the device's dimensions will reportedly remain the same as Dell's current X50v, which markets for $424, including a 3.7-inch display.  (Source: Matt Hines, eWeek)

Posted Monday, September 19 2005 by ChrisD
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Sprint Launches Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone

The Sprint PPC-6700 is a CDMA handset with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard plus a 1.3 megapixel camera and EV-DO, WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities.

The PPC-6700 is rumored to be manufactured by Taiwanese ODM (original device manufacturer) HTC, based on that company's Apache reference platform. (Source: WindowsForDevices, eWeek)

Posted Monday, September 19 2005 by ChrisD
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Astraware celebrates International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Avast me hearties!!! Monday 19th September is International Talk Like a Pirate Day and the Astraware Team has decided to embrace the theme wholeheartedly. ARRR!

We've dressed the office with palm trees and parrots and we're bracing our mainsails and shivvering our timbers for a fine rum ole time! To share the festivities with you, we're making two top pirate-themed titles available with a special discount for one day only.

Blast the pirates with a full broadside from your cannons or lure them on to the reefs in Seven Seas for Palm OS(R) and Windows Mobile(TM) for Pocket PC and Smartphone. In Tradewinds you can build your empire through swashbuckling sea combat and trade! Achieve the ultimate rank of Tai Pan or become the renowned Pirate King, Gossamer. Tradewinds is available for Palm OS(R) and Windows Mobile(TM) for Pocket PC. This one-day discount offers both titles with 10 pieces of silver off the regular price, making Seven Seas $4.95 and Tradewinds $9.95.

Here's a word from our very own tyrannical pirate captain, Redbeard Tomlinson: "Arrr, now's yer chance to get a bit piratey - and if we don't get at least an Arrr out of ye, it'll be twelve strokes of the cat and no internet access for the rest of the day! A-harrr."

For a fantastic example of 'Review Like a Pirate', check out James Sweet's swashbuckling review of Seven Seas:http://www.smartgamer.org/reviews/sevenseas/.

To avail yourself of these rum discounts, visit http://www.astraware.com or to get in on the fun, check outhttp://www.talklikeapirate.com.  (Source: Press Release)

Posted Monday, September 19 2005 by ChrisD
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New Pocket PC Software product -- CompactDBA

CompactDBA is the first .NET application written for the Pocket PC Operating System that contains SQL Server Monitoring, Diagnosis, and full capabilities of Microsoft's SQL Server native tools such as ISQL and Enterprise Manager in a Cell Phone or PDA. For more information please review web site www.compactSQL.com There is a streaming video live demonstration of CompactDBA.

Pocket PC Thoughts did a review of CompactDBA last Thursday.  (Source: Press Release)

Posted Monday, September 19 2005 by ChrisD
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