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Week of January 2, 2005

Microsoft Turns Up the Volume on Speech Software: Voice Command 1.5 Now Available!

Today at CES 2005, Microsoft announced the release of Voice Command 1.5 and we wanted you to be among the first to hear the news!  The updated software includes new features that make it more convenient than ever before to access information on Windows Mobile 2003-based Pocket PC and Pocket PC Phone Editions, including:

·         New! Updated Calling Features.  Pocket PC Phone Edition users can take full advantage of incoming caller ID without ever looking down at the screen.  Incoming call information is announced as calls are received.  If you think you may have missed a call, you can simply ask “What calls did I miss?” and Voice Command will recite the time and contact information or phone number of missed calls.

·         New!  Voice Controlled Utilities.  Start ANY program in the Start menu or programs folder, such as Inbox, Calculator or Solitaire. Get signal strength, battery level, time, and day by voice.  Voice Command will even alert you when you battery is getting low so you can ensure strong battery life on the go.

·         New!  Free Upgrade.  Current Voice Command 1.0 users can obtain a free upgrade at www.microsoft.com/voicecommand.  Click on the "Product Updates" link on the right side of the page to download the updated feature set.

By providing voice-controlled access to phone status and other functions in Pocket PC Phone Editions, Microsoft Voice Command 1.5 makes devices easier for everyone to use.  For consumers who have difficulty reading a small screen or using a key pad, the award-winning software now incorporates features that provide people who are blind and visually impaired with improved voice-controlled access to phone functions on Pocket PC Phone Editions.

"We are thrilled to see Microsoft playing an innovative role in creating more accessible products for people who are blind and visually impaired," said Paul Schroeder, vice president of the program and policy group, American Foundation for the Blind.  "The Voice Command software is a highly responsive and effective means for users to access many of the telecommunications features, plus the digital music, on this device. This marks an important step forward in achieving effective voice command and control." (Source: Press Release)

Posted Friday, January 7 2005 by ChrisD
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Announcing the Release of Proporta Aluminium Lined Leather Cases and Advanced Screen Protector for the Xda Mini/HTC Magician/i-mate JAM/Qtek s100/MDA Compact.

Proporta is proud to unveil Alu-Leather protective cases and an Advanced Screen Protector for the Xda Mini/HTC Magician/i-mate JAM/Qtek s100/MDA Compact.

As with all Proporta cases the Alu-Leather Xda Mini/HTC Magician/i-mate JAM/Qtek s100/MDA Compact case is custom designed specifically for this model so holds the device securely in place whilst providing access to its unique features.

Crafted from classic soft black leather with contrasting white stitching the Proporta Alu-Leather case is both stylish and elegant. However the beauty of the case does not end there, enclosed within the leather is a sheet of aluminium that adds extra protection, thus making the case ideal for those who wish to benefit from the security offered by an Aluminium case but want the look and feel of a Leather case.

With both the Flip and Book style a secure magnetic closure system ensures the case is held shut as needed. There is a fully removable credit card module and space for MMC/SD cards with internal storage slots.

Both styles benefit from a hidden magnetic attachment system that is ideal for use with a vehicle docking mount. In-case access is provided to the devices functions, such as synchronisation port and stylus and Proporta have integrated a removable system to the Flip type case that allows the case to be attached to a belt if you so choose.

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Also available for the Xda Mini/HTC Magician/i-mate JAM/Qtek s100/ MDA Compact is an Advanced Screen Protector that can be removed, washed and replaced as required.

The protector is made from a new ultra high quality plastic that does not impair the clarity and brightness of the screen or decrease the functionality of the stylus. Included with each Advanced Screen Protector is a lint free cleaning cloth and application kit for ease of use.

All Proporta branded products can now be registered for a LifeTime Warranty at www.proporta.com/lifetime and all purchases are covered by Proporta’s “never argue” money-back guarantee. If for any reason or no reason at all you are not completely happy, Proporta will refund you in full or offer you a replacement – whichever you prefer.(Source: Press Release)

Posted Friday, January 7 2005 by ChrisD
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New Accessories Shipping from Pocket PC Techs

Pocket PC Techs are also shipping a new 3.5mm Stereo headphone adapter for the iMATE PDA2k/O2 XDA III/Qtek 9090 Series.
This adapter converts the proprietary 4 conductor Pocket PC Phone Jack to a 3.5mm standard stereo headphone jack while enabling the internal microphone. The adapter cable is approximately 7" long.

We are also shipping a new  WriteSHIELD™ AG & C2 Screen Protector for the:

HTC Magician
iMate JAM Series
Qtek S100 Series
XDA Mini Series
As well as a new Lil' Sync Pro that is compatible with the following systems:

Audiovox SMT5600 Series
HTC Typhoon Series
iMate JAM Series
Motorola MPx200 Series
Qtek S100 Series
RIM Blackberry 6200 Series
RIM Blackberry 7200 Series
RIM Blackberry 7510 Series
Sony Clie UX40 Series
Sony Clie UX50 Series
XDA Mini Series

Headset Adapters  3-in-1 Stylii  Lil' Sync WriteSHIELD (Source: Press Release)

Posted Monday, January 3 2005 by ChrisD
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Microsoft at 2005 International CES

Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005

The Digital Experience 2005. Microsoft teams will participate in a Digital Experience press reception 7--10 p.m. at the Mirage Hotel. Representatives from the Microsoft Mobile and Embedded Devices team, Tablet PC team, Portable Media Center team, Windows Digital Media Division, Smart Watches for MSN® Direct team and Windows Digital Imaging team will demonstrate the latest in Microsoft technology for the consumer.  (Source: Microsoft Website)

Posted Monday, January 3 2005 by ChrisD
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50% off Street Duel: Underground Racing PROMOTION

Street Duel: Underground RacingPixelogic Ltd (www.pixelogic.co.uk) are running a special New Year promotion on Street Duel: Underground Racing for Pocket PC. They are offering an full 50% discount until the end of January for purchases made through their online store - that's $10 off the normal price. At the checkout just enter the promotion coupon code HAPPYNEWYEAR and get your copy for just $9.99.

Street Duel:Underground Racing is the new 3D driving game and PocketPC Awards Winner 2004. Based on the dark street racing subculture, the game involves racing over rooftops, performing spectacular jumps, and smashing through traffic in the pursuit of winning the ultimate performance supercar.


- Full screen 3D graphics.
- Proper physics engine with rigid body dynamics and accurate collision detection.
- Drive 9 different vehicles each with their own unique handling characteristics.
- Perform handbrake turns and lurid powerslides, complete with skidmarks, suspension, tyresmoke, brakelights, etc.
- Over 32 races and challenges.

Full details are available from the game's web page: www.pixelogic.co.uk/pages/street_duel.html  (Source: Press Release)

Posted Monday, January 3 2005 by ChrisD
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