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Week of February 19, 2006

Bogle 411, Free app from WebIS

berry 411Here is a free app from us. Its based off this: http://www.thebogles.com/blog/projects/berry411/

Berry 411 gives you instant access to yellow pages, white pages, Google, movie times, weather, encyclopedia, and Froogle results. The results are formatted to fit the screen.

It requires Compact Framework 2.0:

Its the exe. Just copy it to your PPC and run it.
http://download.pocketinformant.com/Bogle/PocketBogle.exe

You can get the Compact Framework 2.0 from Microsoft here:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...&displaylang=en   (Source: Press Release)

Posted Friday, February 24 2006 by ChrisD
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People-OnTheGo Launches 'Blackberry, Treo or Pocket PC: Virtual Test Drive' on Google Video to Help Users Select Handheld Devices

People-OnTheGo has launched its “BlackBerry, Treo, or Pocket PC: Virtual Test Drive” on Google Video to help users see the devices in action and make an informed decision about which device is best for them. This free 30-minute video is an example of how Google Video and similar platforms are enabling the broad distribution of quality training programs, allowing users to get educated initially at no cost, and then decide if additional paid training is necessary.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 23, 2006 -- Millions of business users today are faced with the need to stay connected while on the go, consolidate technology, and increase efficiency, but are overwhelmed when it comes to selecting the right device. People-OnTheGo has launched its “BlackBerry, Treo, or Pocket PC: Virtual Test Drive” on Google Video to help users see the devices in action and make an informed decision about which device is best for them. This free 30-minute video takes the user through in-depth demonstrations of these devices, including the more advanced features such as e-mail composition, e-mail attachments, advanced phone handling, and overall usability issues.

“Google Video is a great platform to make training available to a broad audience” says Pierre Khawand, Founder and CEO of People-OnTheGo, a San Francisco based productivity-training company. “It is likely that more professional training programs will be using the Google Video platform to reach broader audiences by offering some free training, and then, users who need the next level of training will self-select and purchase the additional training”. Following this model, People-OnTheGo is offering the “BlackBerry, Treo, or Pocket PC: Virtual Test Drive” free of charge on Google Video (video.google.com), and then users who see the video and are interested in the next level of training, can either purchase the complete handouts package in PDF format at a nominal price, and/or join one of the more live virtual workshops or Web self-paced classes that People-OnTheGo offers on the topic.

The People-OnTheGo “BlackBerry, Treo, or Pocket PC: Virtual Test Drive” workshop was created to help users address the complex issues involved in selecting a device. “In this economy of mass production, mass distribution, and little time for a meaningful personal consultation in the retail store, we need more in-depth education, and expert demonstrations,” said Deborah Bonner, President of Golden Rule Training, who has recently acquired a handheld device. Users seek help in determining selection criteria and getting first-hand experience with capabilities, as well as with the usability issues.

Patti Frey, sales and business development professional at Thomson, decided to take the “BlackBerry, Treo, or Pocket PC: Virtual Test-Drive” before heading to the retail stores. The workshop, which is now offered as a Web self-paced session, lays out a methodology for formulating selection criteria and rating each of the devices based on the user’s specific needs.

“Getting into the details and seeing the devices in action was most effective for me” added Patti Frey after attending the online workshop and ultimately deciding on the BlackBerry 7100. Joni Stone, from Tropical Vacations Travel, found the device comparison and demonstrations that used real-life business scenarios quite helpful, and chose the Treo 650. Glenn Millar, a partner at EWS Real Estate Investments, indicated that “the workshop was highly informative, well-organized, easy to understand and perfect for helping me -- a non-techy -- make a decision on which product to buy”.

As more users look for handheld devices, and as features, plans, and usability factors become more complex, users need a framework for their decision making process. Companies like People-OnTheGo (www.people-onthego.com) provide that framework and help consumers and professionals avoid costly and less than optimum handheld purchases. Google Video and similar platforms are enabling the broad distribution of such training programs, allowing users to get educated initially at no cost, and then decide if additional paid training is necessary. (Source: Press Release)


Posted Thursday, February 23 2006 by ChrisD
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OtterBox 1910 Rugged Case Review and OtterBox 3600 Rugged Case Review

Recently I have had a chance to test the OtterBox 1910 rugged case ($129.95)with the HP hw6500 Pocket PC and the HP hw6900 Pocket PC.  The OtterBox 1910 case is a special case designed to work with 6500 and 6900 series Pocket PCs.  The case is especially rugged and it is water resistant, dust resistant and drop resistant.  The case is not much larger than the hw6900 so you will still be able to hold it easily.

With the OtterBox 3600 rugged case (Armor by Otter, $99.95) you can protect just about any Pocket PC.  I tested the OtterBox 3600 case with the i-mate Jasjar, one of the larger Pocket PCs. The 3600 case will hold a device that is smaller than 6.75 x 3.60 x 1.125 inches.  The case is designed to be water resistant to 3 meters, dustproof and drop resistant.  I found the case was long and wide (8.5 x 5.25 x 2.4 inches) so users with small hands will appreciate the neoprene strap on the back which will allow them to hold it.

Check out the videos showing the capabilities of the OtterBox cases!  (Source: Chris De Herrera, Pocket PC FAQ)


Posted Wednesday, February 22 2006 by ChrisD
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Conduits Technologies, Inc. Announces Pocket Player 2.7 for Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone and Pocket PC

Conduits Technologies, Inc., announced today the release of Pocket Player 2.7, an alternative music player for Windows Mobile 5 Pocket PC and Smartphone, supporting the latest media player standards and formats. Pocket Player aims to satisfy consumers who demand more from a media player on a mobile device. The new version introduces new platform compatibility, track metadata (tags) support, Podcasts, new audio format support and additional plugins.

PLATFORM COMPATIBILITY

Pocket Player is now fully supported on all Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone devices, as well as Smartphone 2002, 2003 and 2003SE. All Windows Mobile 5 Pocket PC devices are also supported, including the Treo 700w. A new interface ("skin") for Pocket Player is now available in nine variations for all platform screen sizes, including landscape, square and high-resolution displays.

NEW INTERFACE

Pocket Player's interface has been redesigned owing to user feedback. In the middle of the screen, a larger playlist and visualization area is now shown. At the bottom of the interface, the common playback controls are featured, as well as the equalizer display. By popular request, the equalizer area has been reduced, and tapping on the equalizer will pop-up a new equalizer panel, to adjust the equalizer, or pick a new preset.

At the top of the screen, the current song Title is displayed along with the Artist, Album and Genre. When streaming radio, the current Title is displayed alongside of the current Radio Station. This information comes from the new metadata engine built into Pocket Player 2.7.

TRACK METADATA

Pocket Player now reads all metadata ("tags") in various tracks. For any tracks loaded into it, Pocket Player will read any ID3v1, ID3v2, WMA or Vorbis Comments information embedded in the track. Pocket Player's auto-scanning "Local Content" functionality (which finds all media on your device) works with this database to keep an always up-to-date roster of all files and metadata. Unlike Windows Media Player, there is no need to manually update your track library.

All types of tag information are found, including textual information such as Artist, Composer and Song Title, numerical information such as Track Number and Bitrate, and binary information such as embedded album Artwork. The tags are kept in a database available to plugins for developers to take advantage of via queries.

AUDIO FORMATS

Pocket Player also sports new playback features for WMA and WAV files. Purchased WMA tracks are now natively handled by Pocket Player, instead of relying on device-dependent components. Tracks that have been purchased through a number of music services such as Napster or Wal-Mart can be played back within Pocket Player. For rental tracks, Pocket Player also supports playback on Windows Mobile 5 devices and those with Windows Media Player 10 available. WAV playback support has been improved, and Pocket Player can now play PCM, GSM, G.711 (u-Law and A-Law), IMA-ADPCM, and MS-ADPCM files. These new compression types are common in many email-based voicemail systems.

Special handling for Podcasts is also included in Pocket Player 2.7. Pocket Player now automatically detects Podcasts, a web-delivered feed of audio files, and the "Auto-resume" functionality is enabled for these files. In this manner, you can keep Auto-resume disabled for your normal music tracks (where Auto-resume is usually not desired), but always pick up where you left off with your Podcast listening. Podcasts are also available as a separate item in the Browser plugin, explained below.

PLUGIN EXTENSIONS

Pocket Player now features several new bundled plugins. The "Browser" plugin offers a menu-driven navigation interface (common to many dedicated music players) to browse all the content on your device. This plugin leverages the new metadata database, to allow you to open or enqueue tracks by Artist, Album or Genre. The list of current playlists on the device is also available, as is a list of Podcast files, grouped by their publisher.

Other plugins that use track metadata are included. The "Media Properties" plugin produces a list of tags for a given file. The "Search Content" plugin lets you find a specific set of tracks that match search criteria. Finally, the "Filter Content" plugin lets you use the Local Content playlist, and it will skip over tracks that don't meet your criteria.

The DSP plugins have also been expanded. In addition to the Bass Boost and Variable Filters plugins, a new Chorus plugin is included. All DSP plugins alter any audio that is independent of the equalizer and other settings. A redesigned Album Art visualization plugin works in tandem with the metadata scanner, and can find both embedded artwork and external artwork references. Source code and a new Pocket Player Software Development Kit (SDK) for many of the plugins are available from the Conduits website.

AVAILABILITY

Pocket Player 2.7 for Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone is available as a free trial from http://www.conduits.com/products/player/ where the user can download and evaluate both products unabridged for 30 days.

For current registered users of Pocket Player 2.X for Windows Mobile Pocket PC, the upgrade is seamless! Simply install the new version of  Pocket Player for Windows Mobile Pocket PC on top of your current 2.X version, and the product will automatically upgrade. For new customers, Pocket Player for Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone are both available for $19.95, from http://store.conduits.com/.

More information, including a complete list of skins and features, can be found at the Conduits website at
http://www.conduits.com/products/player/. (Source: Press Release)


Posted Wednesday, February 22 2006 by ChrisD
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Atomic Cannon Pocket and Acky’s XP Breakout Updated

Isotope 244 is pleased to announce that Atomic Cannon v2.5 and Acky’s XP Breakout v2.5 have been updated for the Pocket PC and is available from their website. This scorched earth inspired classic is the ultimate artillery duel with 85 weapons of mass destruction! Both games have won numerous awards including the BEST SHOOTING GAME and BEST ACTION GAME of 2005 by Pocket PC Magazine.

The updates include numerous additions and fixes, including full support for Windows Mobile 2005 VGA Pocket PCs and square screen devices. A new feature in Atomic Cannon called PowerSave can DOUBLE the battery life of your Pocket PC while playing the game. Various graphical enhancements were made such as enhancing all backgrounds and adding a graphical representation of shields around your tank.

Enjoy the free demos, available at www.isotope244.com, with original musical scores, stunning sound effects, and classic game play that will bring you back to the good old days.  (Source: Press Release)


Posted Wednesday, February 22 2006 by ChrisD
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Windows Mobile How-To Hands on Labs

If you learn by doing, these step-by-step hands-on labs are great ways to learn about Windows Mobile, Visual Studio, .NET Compact Framework, and SQL Mobile. Each lab includes sample code and a step-by-step instruction manual that will guide you through a specific development scenario. (Source: Microsoft Website)
Posted Tuesday, February 21 2006 by ChrisD
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More Windows Mobile(R) 5.0 compatible titles at Astraware, including Chuzzle for Smartphone

Astraware is pleased to announce that a further selection of our classic games have now been updated to be compatible with Windows Mobile(R) 5.0.

Sixteen games including Bejeweled, Tradewinds and Zuma, were made available for Windows Mobile(R) 5.0 last Autumn, and now a further 9 games have been updated. These classic titles are those most requested for update by Astraware customers:

Alchemy for Windows Mobile for Pocket PC(R) and Smartphone

Atomica for Windows Mobile for Pocket PC(R) and Smartphone

Chroma Games for Windows Mobile(R) for Pocket PC

Bookworm for Windows Mobile(R) for Pocket PC

Mummy Maze for Windows Mobile(R) for Pocket PC and Smartphone

Seven Seas for Windows Mobile(R) for Pocket PC and Smartphone

Tip Top for Windows Mobile(R) for Pocket PC and Smartphone

Fruit Frolic for Windows Mobile(R) for Pocket PC and Smartphone

Mars Needs Cows for Windows Mobile(R) for Pocket PC and Smartphone

As with all Astraware titles, registered owners of these games can get the updated version for free. See the full range of Windows Mobile(R) 5.0 compatible titles at http://www.astraware.com/wm5.

We're also pleased to announce that Astraware's version of the popular PopCap PC game, Chuzzle, is now available for Windows Mobile(R) for Smartphone. The game was released for Palm OS(R) and Windows Mobile(R) for Pocket PC in December, but breeding the special tiny Chuzzles required for Windows Mobile(R) for Smartphone has taken a little longer to perfect.

Chuzzle features 4 highly addictive game modes, a bonus unlockable Bechuzzled game and special trophies to mark your Chuzzle achievements. To get your copy visit http://www.astraware.com/all/chuzzle  (Source: Press Release)


Posted Tuesday, February 21 2006 by ChrisD
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Xrgomics launches TenGO v2.0!

Fast typing just got a fresh new look

Xrgomics (pronounced Zer-gore-mix), officially announced the launch of the new TenGO v2.0 for the Pocket PC (WM2003 and WM5 OS). With a fresh new look and a new second TenGO Nano layout, Xrgomics continues to utilize the successful TenGO engine, with its QWERTY design of 6 large main alphabet keys.

The main power of the TenGO design is the ability to reach fast typing speeds with very little learning as it is essentially the same as typing on the normal keyboard except for the larger and fewer keys. This can be seen in the TenGO Girls video now downloadable on their product website
TenGO is now available for download with free 30-day full trial version. The registered version costs $24.95. (Source: Press Release)


Posted Monday, February 20 2006 by ChrisD
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SBSH Mobile Software, iLauncher updated to version 2.3

SBSH iLauncher updated to version 2.3. Featuring New Menu Replacement, Captions Support, D-Pad Navigation and much more!

iLauncher 2.3

iLauncher new major version was released today, version 2.3 offers lots of new features and changes, including New menu replacement, shortcut captions support, D-Pad navigation, look and feel customization options and much more!

iLauncher 2.3 highlights

Captions Support - Optionally include captions below shortcuts, activate captions only for certain tabs (designed especially to support document tabs type), control captions display style and lots of additional caption configurations.

Complete D-Pad Navigation - New D-Pad support added allowing to fully control and navigate between iLauncher shortcuts and tabs using the D-Pad alone.

New Menu Replacement - Add shortcut icons to the "New" context menu options on your Today screen, including an optional shortcut icon that will pop-up the actual "New" context menu. While this feature will work on all OS versions, it was designed especially to meet with Windows Mobile 5 OS users needs after the removal of the New context menu from the Today screen with the Windows Mobile 5 OS.

Look and Feel Customization - New color and font settings were added with the new version. Allowing the user to fully customize iLauncher's display.

More information about the new features and changes that were implemented with this new release can be found in the following URL:
http://www.sbsh.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=9208

Pricing and Availability

iLauncher 2.3 costs $9.95

iLauncher can be purchased using the SBSH online store powered by Handango in the following URL:
http://minibrand.handango.com/minibrand/basket.jsp?addItem=112807&siteId=1223

Additional distributors are available on our site in the following URL:
http://www.sbsh.net/products/ilauncher/index.php?page=purchase  (Source: Press Release)


Posted Monday, February 20 2006 by ChrisD
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