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Week of October 21, 2007

Oxford Dictionaries – Intelligent Translation on the Move

Paragon Software (SHDD) is proud to announce the release of famous English dictionaries for Palm OS and Windows Mobile from world-renowned Oxford University Press. Users will be able to enjoy comprehensive Oxford dictionaries based on the quality and reputation of traditional English translation.  

The Concise Oxford English Dictionary, the most popular dictionary of its kind, contains over 240,000 words, phrases, and definitions. It is noted for its clear, concise definitions as well as its comprehensive and authoritative coverage of the vocabulary of the English-speaking world.

The Concise Oxford Thesaurus is a treasury of the language and a perfect tool to improve the writing style. It contains over 365,000 alternative and opposite words, ideal for use in word games and puzzles, that helps to choose the right word for every occasion, and gives new synonyms for tired old words.

Oxford Russian Dictionary contains 185,000+ references, 290,000+ translations including thorough coverage of modern idioms, British, American English and regional Russian dialects alongside with numerous illustrative examples.

These extensive Oxford word bases work under powerful SlovoEd engine. It helps to find the necessary translation 100 times faster than using a paper dictionary as well as enriches the comprehensive Oxford’s content with the following features:

Paragon Software and Oxford University Press have combined their efforts to supply users with authoritative and feature-rich dictionaries for Palm OS and Windows Mobile-based devices.

For more information about Oxford dictionaries, please visit http://www.penreader.com or check from PDA or communicator http://penreader.mobi   (Source: Press Release)


Posted Thursday, October 25 2007 by ChrisD
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Celebrate Halloween with a special spooky version of Astraware Solitaire!

Astraware invites you to celebrate Halloween with a special spooky version of Astraware Solitaire.

Astraware Solitaire - Halloween Edition includes all the features of the highly-acclaimed standard edition but with the addition of a brand new Halloween card back set and a more eerie default color scheme. Select your card back from a choice of werewolf, vampire, pumpkins, bats, mummy, witch, ghost, or spider!

Astraware Solitaire includes 12 of the most well-known and best-loved card games in one easy-to-use pack. Each game offers customizable gameplay so you can play to your favorite set of rules, along with easily changeable color themes, backgrounds, card backs and fronts. It's available for smartphones and PDAs running Palm OS(R) or Windows Mobile(R) and is compatible with a wide range of devices across both platforms.

The Halloween Edition of Astraware Solitaire will be available for a limited time only with a special $5 discount off the regular price. Registration codes for the standard version will work in the Halloween edition and vice versa, so owners of Astraware Solitaire can download this special version for FREE!

To download a trial or to buy, visit http://www.astraware.com/solitairehe.  (Source: Press Release)


Posted Thursday, October 25 2007 by ChrisD
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Microsoft's Mobile Device Manager Is No BlackBerry Killer

Windows Mobile? Oh, it's used in a lot of devices. In fact, Ziff Davis Enterprise even has a site, Windows for Devices, that does nothing but cover this field. It's just that those devices have never sold all that well in the PDA field, where it's RIM and Nokia slugging it out. Why should it be any different this time?

The answer: There isn't any reason. In fact, if you look closer at the news, there's every reason to expect that Microsoft has come much too late to this market to do anything except fail.

First, the software itself, which will enable technology administrators to send applications to phones, control security and simplify device management, won't be out until the first half of 2008. That's Microsoftese for the last quarter of 2008, if everything goes right.  (Source: Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, ZDNet) 


Posted Wednesday, October 24 2007 by ChrisD
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Palm Announces Compatibility with Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 Coming for Treo 750 Smartphones

IT Professionals Gain Comprehensive, Secure Mobile Management and Access Solution for AT&T Treo 750 Smartphone Deployments

SAN FRANCISCO, CTIA Wireless Show, Oct. 23, 2007 – Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM) today announced that it will make the Palm® Treo(TM) 750 smartphone compatible with Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008, delivering increased security and easier phone management, as well as access to information on the corporate network. IT professionals will be able to confidently manage large Treo 750 deployments with features such as policy enforcement, inventory and reporting, and software targeting.

Mobile Device Manager is a comprehensive management solution that enables efficient control of Windows Mobile phones, such as the Treo 750 smartphone, by providing reliable, low-cost consistent manageability within a company's existing Microsoft infrastructure.

"Increasingly, businesses turn to smartphones to provide tools to enhance their mobile productivity – whether it's accessing contacts, calendars or line of business applications," said Pieter Knook, senior vice president of Mobile Communications Business at Microsoft Corp. "Palm's support for System Center Mobile Device Manager will help IT departments make the most of their Microsoft mobile investments in three strategic areas: security management, Windows Mobile phone management and access to information."

The Treo 750 smartphone combines the Palm experience of a multifunction mobile phone with email, messaging, web browsing, organization software and a robust application portfolio.(1) It's also a five-band world phone(2) running Windows Mobile with Direct Push Technology(3) for Exchange email, calendar, contacts, and tasks. The Treo 750 smartphone, running on the AT&T next-generation 3G network, features Palm's exclusive usability improvements, such as threaded chat for text messaging, Today Screen enhancements and improved voicemail controls.

Mobile Device Manager builds on the core set of security and management features available on the Treo 750 smartphone and brings advanced capabilities for Windows Mobile to the System Center family of IT management solutions, including the following:

• A Mobile VPN that provides security-enhanced access to corporate data (for example, intranet, line-of-business applications) behind the firewall, so users can get to more of the information they need while away from their desks;

• Security-management features, such as support for Active Directory, for expanded protection of sensitive corporate information and policies for more control; and

• A single device-management solution for Windows Mobile for easily distributing software and managing phones.

"The Treo 750 smartphone is a powerful combination of Microsoft's robust mobile operating system and Palm's hallmark ease of use," said John Hartnett, senior vice president, Global Markets and Windows Business Unit, Palm, Inc. "Adding compatibility with System Center Mobile Device Manager makes it easy to manage thousands of devices throughout a company and enables a competitive total cost of ownership. The Treo 750 blends seamlessly with a company's growing infrastructure, and IT professionals gain the tools they need for improved manageability, device security and access to business-critical information."

Availability

The Palm Treo 750 smartphone will support Mobile Device Manager through an update starting in the second half of calendar 2008.   (Source: Press Release)


Posted Tuesday, October 23 2007 by ChrisD
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Microsoft Introduces New Technology and Partners to Accelerate Business Smartphone Adoption

Company Adds to World’s Fastest Growing Mobile Operating System with First-Ever Mobile Management Server and New Service Partnership to Meet Expanding Corporate Smartphone Needs

Oct. 23, 2007 SAN FRANCISCO – Seeking to catalyze large-scale adoption of mobile smartphones by corporate customers, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled several strategic offerings to help people and businesses better embrace mobile technology. The company announced its first dedicated mobile device management server and a strategic new business partnership to complement the growing success of Microsoft’s Windows Mobile operating system and help more businesses take advantage of mobile solutions for their employees.  

“People expect to be able to do more and more with their mobile phone,” said Steve Ballmer in his keynote address today to the Cellular Technology Industry Association of America. “We’re building on our expertise across servers, operating systems, and services to deliver Windows Mobile-based experiences that bridge the things people want to do at work and at home.”

Responding to customer needs beyond mobile email and calendaring, Microsoft introduced the Microsoft® System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008, a new mobile-dedicated server that helps companies manage Windows Mobile phones similar to Windows laptops and PCs. With Mobile Device Manager, companies can deliver new applications to phones over the air, as well as connect people via Mobile VPN (virtual private network) to more securely access critical data like expense reports or customer information. 

To help more businesses purchase and manage mobile phone deployments, Microsoft announced a strategic partnership with Enterprise Mobile, a new mobile enterprise service partner created by Corporate Software founder and PC-reselling pioneer Mort Rosenthal. Enterprise Mobile will build, deploy and manage custom-made solutions that will work with a variety of mobile operators and phone manufacturers. 

Microsoft, “removed at request of partner”, marking more than 30 Windows Mobile phones that have been announced this year. Available XXXX. The AT&T Tilt and other Windows Mobile 6 smart devices to be introduced by AT&T later this year also will support Mobile Device Manager. Other recently launched phones in the US include the HTC Advantage, Mogul by HTC from Sprint , Touch by HTC from Sprint, , T-Mobile Wing, Verizon’s Motorola Q9m, Verizon’s Samsung i-760, Verizon Wireless SMT5800 and Verizon Wireless XV6800.  

Windows Mobile is expected to be the fastest growing mobile operating system over the next five years according to the analyst house IDC. 

Industry Shows Broad Support for Mobile Device Manager

AT&T announced today that it will support Mobile Device Manager for business customers next year, and Sprint has also announced it also will enhance its portfolio of Windows Mobile phones in 2008 to support Mobile Device Manager. Additionally, new phones or updates to support Mobile Device Manager are expected to be available beginning the second quarter of 2008 from HP, HTC, i-mate, Intermec, Motorola, Palm, Inc. and Samsung. Additionally, service partners including Avanade, EDS, Getronics and HP have announced support for Mobile Device Manager. 

“For AT&T, success in the mobile space means making powerful solutions available to business through which they can mobilize their workforces and the Windows Mobile platform delivers service offerings which provide our customers with a robust and differentiated experience,” said Kent Mathy, president, Business Markets Group, from AT&T.  “By supporting Mobile Device Manager on several levels  – including by making our entire Windows Mobile 6 portfolio updatable to Mobile Device Manager and ensuring that those smart devices are compatible with AT&T’s network and other wireless data services – we are building upon our long and successful alliance with Microsoft to provide businesses with a compelling mobile solution.”

“System Center Mobile Device Manager will enable our enterprise customers to manage their Windows Mobile-based HTC devices in the same way they manage PCs and laptops and, at the same time, be able to help their businesses use a greater variety of wireless applications more securely,” said Peter Chou, chief executive officer of HTC Corporation.  “HTC will make a Mobile Device Manager software update available for the AT&T Tilt and HTC TyTN II starting in Q2 of 2008 with additional device updates to follow so that customers in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region will be able to take advantage of all the capabilities their mobile phone has to offer.”

The new server, a first for the Mobile Communications Business at Microsoft, is expected to be available in the first half of 2008.

Enterprise Mobile to Provide End-to-End Support for Custom Business Mobility Needs

To help deploy Mobile Device Manager and Windows Mobile as part of custom, end-to-end mobile solutions, Microsoft is also working with Enterprise Mobile to make it easier for businesses to purchase, deploy, manage and support mobile phones. A new mobile enterprise channel - and Microsoft Gold- partner, Enterprise Mobile has been working with Microsoft and customers on early pilot programs and offers a complete service solution for developing, delivering and managing solutions based on the Windows Mobile platform. 

“Mobility is the future of business,” said Mort Rosenthal, CEO of Enterprise Mobile. “The Windows Mobile platform and System Center Mobile Device Manager coupled with mobile operator and device maker partners are the core elements of a strategic solution. At Enterprise Mobile, we can help businesses develop and actualize a solution tailored for their needs.”

Mobile Device Manager Enhances Management, Security and Access to Data

Mobile Device Manager is a single solution for managing Windows Mobile phones that addresses business’s needs to manage complex environments by enabling IT departments to:

·  Manage device inventory: Mobile Device Manager allows businesses to use a single window to inventory and manage all deployed Windows Mobile phones saving time and providing more insight into mobile resources.

·  Add and provision Windows Mobile phones: A scalable architecture means there is room to grow as your organization does, eliminating the need to supplement with additional solutions and a self-service device enrollment model gives IT professionals a simple way to provision phones.

Server Helps Secure Windows Mobile Phones

Mobile Device Manager offers new features and tools to help IT professionals control and protect sensitive corporate information on Windows Mobile phones.  As security remains a top priority, Mobile Device Manager helps businesses:

·  Improve security management using Active Directory and Group Policy: Organizations can set and control policies in a single environment, similar to desktop and laptop management.

·   Set up Windows Mobile phones according to organization-specific needs: IT administrators can configure rules for any number of their Windows Mobile phones to meet organizational requirements such as managing communications and camera functionality.

·   Increase on-device security: Mobile Device Manager uses file encryption on the phone to protect data such as email and calendaring, My Document Folders and the Microsoft Internet Explorer Web cached directory.  When combined with storage card encryption enabled by Windows Mobile 6, IT administrators have complete data encryption capabilities.

Server to Give Mobile Workers Access to the Data They Need

Using the new Mobile VPN, Mobile Device Manager provides security-enhanced access to data behind the corporate firewall, opening up a world of possibilities for businesses to offer a variety of line of business and productivity applications available for Windows Mobile such as Flowfinity, Formotus, Microsoft Dynamics Mobile, Mobitor, Pyxis and SAT. Built specifically for performance and security important to IT departments deploying a variety of mobile applications for Windows Mobile, Mobile Device Manager will enable: 

·  Access to information with the performance users expect: Session persistence and fast reconnect features help users stay productive even if they encounter data connectivity issues across cellular and Wi-Fi networks.

·  Increased protection with authentication of both user and phone: This unique architecture can bring peace of mind to IT administrators by providing a single security-enhanced point of access for all mobile application traffic.

·  Support standards based architecture in diverse mobile environments: The Mobile VPN architecture is built on industry standards such as OMA DM, IKEv2 and others, providing IT professionals with more flexibility to extend the capabilities of Windows Mobile phones.

Closing the gap between a company’s current systems and policies and Windows Mobile, Mobile Device Manager builds on the core set of security and management features provided by Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and the comprehensive deployment, updating and asset management capabilities of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007. More information regarding System Center Mobile Device Manager can be found at www.windowsmobile.com/mobiledevicemanager.  (Source: Press Release)


Posted Tuesday, October 23 2007 by ChrisD
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Touch Commander Software Promises iPhone's or TouchFLO's "Touchy-feely" Experience for PDA and Smartphones

Like any luxury item, the iPhone is very expensive. However if you don't have a few spare hundreds to get one, you can still get something really special for just a small fee. This thing is called Touch Commander. Once installed, it provides the fingertip control for more efficient, natural touch screen navigation.

MobilityFlow.com today announces Touch Commander, a unique application for controlling PDA and smartphones by recognizing and responding to the touch and sweep of a finger across the screen. With Touch Commander in place, you get a one-touch access to phone calls, emails, SMS messages, calendar, appointments, applications and other commonly used content.

The "touchy-feely" effect provided by Touch Commander is much the same as the finger touch scrolling, browsing and spinning a three dimensional interface by the finger in the Touch phone by HTC TouchFLO or Apple iPhone. Touch Commander is customizable, letting you configure many of its settings. Another nice touch in the program is support for any model of PDA powered by Microsoft Windows Mobile 5 or higher. But the biggest specialty, of course, lies in the price, which is nothing compared to the prices of the hi-end phones.

Touch Commander makes a good antidote to the iPhone or TouchFLO envy. As the old English saying goes "If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with." You can resist the Apple charmer's curves and touchy-feely navigation if you install Touch Commander. It'll make even an old school PDA look and feel so much stylish and fresh!

Pricing & Availability

Touch Commander runs on Microsoft Windows Mobile 5 and upwards and requires .NET Compact Framework 2.0. Licensed customers are entitled to free technical support by email and minor upgrades. Additional information on the product, as well as its no cost, evaluation copy is available from http://www.touch-commander.com.

About MobilityFlow.com

Founded by IT-Specialist, Vyacheslav Bogdanov in 2006, MobilityFlow.com develops, publishes and markets innovative software for PC, mobiles and smartphones worldwide. For more information about MobilityFlow and its products, please visit http://www.mobilityflow.com/.  (Source: Press Release)


Posted Tuesday, October 23 2007 by ChrisD
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Pocket dbExplorer 3.0 released

PhatWare Corp. is pleased to announce the new major version release of Pocket dbExplorer 3.0 - a system utility that allows users to manage Windows Mobile system and application databases that contain vital device information such as system settings, contacts and appointment lists, emails, and more.

With Pocket dbExplorer, users can browse, view, copy, edit, transfer between devices via infrared, and export databases located in the Microsoft Windows device object store or in a mounted database volume file (VOL). Pocket dbExplorer now supports CEDB and EDB database formats and works on both Standard (non-touch screen) and Professional (touch screen) Windows Mobile based devices. Pocket dbExplorer also allows backup and restoring of one or more databases as well as system registry settings to a file. Further, any database can be exported in comma or tab separated text file.

Pocket dbExplorer 3.0 works on Pocket PC and Smartphone devices based on Windows Mobile 4.2 or later and is available now at the list price of $19.95. Registered users of any previous version of Pocket dbExplorer can upgrade for only $9.95. For more information, to download a 30-day free trial version, or to purchase Pocket dbExplorer, please visit http://www.phatware.com/hpcdbex.html  (Source: Press Release)


Posted Monday, October 22 2007 by ChrisD
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VITO AudioNotes - Reliable Recorder!

One button recording for Smartphones

22 October, 2007 – VITO Technology releases a new version of the bestselling program VITO AudioNotes – Windows Mobile mp3 and wav recorder. The new version loads much quicker. A new code for detecting calls makes it possible to record calls on most WM 5.0 & 6.0 Smartphones correctly. Quick Record that allows one button recording is now available for Smartphone users.

Now call auto record function works more precisely and identifies the contact name on most Windows Mobile 5.0 and 6.0 devices correctly. So call records have the same name as corresponding contact.

VITO AudioNotes loads quicker than ever as contacts loading is not necessary anymore. Besides, the list of recordings is loaded simultaneously with other functions of the program.

Another important feature in the new version is when Calls auto record is ticked the program continues recording calls even after you exit AudioNotes.

In the new version Smartphone users can start recording with a single button press. All none HTC Smartphone users can assign recording to speed dial (Quick Record in Start). Lucky HTC Smartphone users can use this function either as speed dial or as Pocket PC users do (Menu>Recording>Quick Record) by assigning one of the available buttons.

VITO AudioNotes is available for $ 19.95 at http://vitotechnology.com. Updates are free for customers who purchased VITO AudioNotes within a year’s time.  (Source: Press Release)


Posted Monday, October 22 2007 by ChrisD
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