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Week of April 22, 2007

Menlow, MIDIA, and the future of Windows Mobile

How does this impact on Windows Mobile? First, Intel's doing this on its own - the Origami concept (Intel processor and chipset, Microsoft Windows) looks like its dead in the water. Intel's looking at Linux primarily, although Vista is still in the picture. Secondly, the increased power efficiency and smaller space requirements in Menlow mean that even with current battery tehnology, you can have a viable x86 device in the same form factor as PDA designs. And that means future UMPCs/MIDs have the potential to be truly pocketable - no more compromises in terms of processing capability and software compatibility, yet portable in the true sense of the word. Intel's working Menlow prototype - pictured above - shows the kind of possibilities that we can expect from 2008 onwards. If you had a choice (price notwithstanding), which would you prefer? Is this why Microsoft appears to be 'dumbing' down Windows Mobile and positioning it more as a smartphone OS?  (Source: Nurhisham Hussein , Pocket PC Thoughts)


Posted Saturday, April 28 2007 by ChrisD
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GottaBeMobile InkShow: PhatPad sync with a Windows Mobile device

Today's InkShow is an extension of the InkShow from a couple of weeks ago on PhatPad.  The last Show was an overview of using PhatPad on the TabletPC specifically.  This InkShow is going to cover using the Phatpad application on a Pocket PC Device, Treo 750, and syncing the notes with a Tablet PC.    (Source: Matt Faulkner, GottaBeMobile.com)
Posted Thursday, April 26 2007 by ChrisD
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Will the virtual BlackBerry backfire on RIM?

However, it could also prove a risky strategy for RIM, as Jason Langridge, Microsoft's mobility business manager for Europe, pointed out in his blog;

"This is an interesting move as it does provide a great opportunity for Lotus Domino or Groupwise users to utilise Windows Mobile devices with their backend infrastructure.  It also underpins Windows Mobile as the platform beyond email and may prove somewhat dangerous to RIM as customers have a very easy path to then switch to native Exchange Direct Push."

In other words, it might provide firms with a painless way to switch from the costly BlackBerry Enterprise Server over to Exchange Server, which includes wireless capabilities at no extra cost.  (Source: Daniel Robinson, IT Week Blogs)


Posted Thursday, April 26 2007 by ChrisD
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BoxWave Accessories: Pocket PC Batteries Released

Boxwave announces the following Pocket PC batteries:

Audiovox PPC-6700 ElectraSpan Extended Battery
HTC P3300 ElectraSpan Extended Battery
Fujitsu Pocket LOOX 710 Standard Capacity Battery
Fujitsu Pocket LOOX N500 Standard Capacity Battery


Audiovox PPC-6700 Electraspan High Capacity Extended Battery released!

The Extended Battery for your Audiovox PPC-6700 extends your device's talk and use time! It is a high capacity rechargeable lithium ion (Li-Ion) battery that is specifically designed for your device. Perfect for busy people on the go, and for those who use their phone and data heavily. Now you can extend the use of your device between charges!

BoxWave’s ElectraSpan High Capacity Extended Battery not only provides a high capacity of power, but also conveniently includes a battery cover that is specifically designed for your device.

Get yours today!

Compatible with:

Alltel PPC6700
Audiovox PPC-6700
HTC Apache
Sprint Audiovox 6700
Sprint PPC-6700
UTStarcom PPC6700
Verizon VX6700


HTC P3300 Electraspan High Capacity Extended Battery released!

The Extended Battery for your HTC P3300 extends your device's talk and use time! It is a high capacity rechargeable lithium ion (Li-Ion) battery that is specifically designed for your device. Perfect for busy people on the go, and for those who use their phone and data heavily. Now you can extend the use of your device between charges!

BoxWave’s ElectraSpan High Capacity Extended Battery not only provides a high capacity of power, but also conveniently includes a battery cover that is specifically designed for your device.

Get yours today!

Compatible with:

Dopod P800W
HTC Artemis
HTC P3300
T-Mobile MDA Compact III


BoxWave's Standard Capacity Battery released for the Fujitsu Pocket LOOX 710!

BoxWave's Standard Capacity Battery is designed specifically for your Fujitsu Pocket LOOX 710!  The Standard Capacity Battery serves an excellent primary replacement battery.  When you're on the go and don't have time to charge your Fujitsu Pocket LOOX 710, bring along BoxWave's new Standard Capacity Battery as a spare battery!   It is a rechargeable lithium ion (Li-Ion) battery that is specifically designed for your device.

Compatible with:

Fujitsu Pocket LOOX 710
Fujitsu Pocket LOOX 718
Fujitsu Pocket LOOX 720


BoxWave's Standard Capacity Battery released for the Fujitsu Pocket LOOX N500!

BoxWave's Standard Capacity Battery is designed specifically for your Fujitsu Pocket LOOX N500!  The Standard Capacity Battery serves an excellent primary replacement battery.  When you're on the go and don't have time to charge your Fujitsu Pocket LOOX N500, bring along BoxWave's new Standard Capacity Battery as a spare battery!   It is a rechargeable lithium ion (Li-Ion) battery that is specifically designed for your device.

Compatible with:

Fujitsu Pocket LOOX N500
Fujitsu Pocket LOOX N520
Fujitsu Pocket LOOX N560  (Source: Press Release)


Posted Thursday, April 26 2007 by ChrisD
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Can you code? Enter and win!

Palm Developer Network is kicking off the Treo™ Windows Mobile® Challenge Contest
at
MEDC 2007 (Booth# 207) in Las Vegas, Nevada April 30th – May 3rd

Enter and win an exciting prize package as we search for the hottest new Windows Mobile applications that run on Treo™ 700w, 700wx, 750, and 750v smartphones! Utilize Palm’s ease of use with Windows Mobile’s feature-rich mobile experience to showcase your application at its best.   (Source: Palm Website)


Posted Wednesday, April 25 2007 by ChrisD
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Battery Pack Pro On Sale Today

Battery Pack Pro was 24 euros- today only 5 euros!!
http://pocketland.net/gutscheine.php
We must be going bananas.   (Source: Press Release)


Posted Wednesday, April 25 2007 by ChrisD
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Windows Mobile 6 Product Reference Guide Now Available!

We've been releasing a number of documents and whitepapers that cover the enhancements in Windows Mobile 6.  

The Windows Mobile 6 Product Reference Guide however is the one place where all the enhancements are documented in detail.  The document is big (12MB) but it is the  premier reference for what's new.

You can download the document from HERE  (Source: Jason Langridge's Weblog)


Posted Tuesday, April 24 2007 by ChrisD
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Microsoft Patent Reveals Future Multi-Component Gaming System

With Microsoft’s ever expanding reach into consumer electronics and software to power them, the company’s next goal may be to have a wide array of devices work together to perform a single goal – and if this patent application is of any indication, video games could where we may first see it.

For example, Microsoft’s multi-component game system could incorporate PDA or other mobile devices running Windows Mobile as a communication tool, or simply as a secondary mini-display. The Zune could be a source for video game custom soundtracks, or as another small screen. Perhaps where the most potential will be, however, is in a relationship with the PC. With the proposed system’s ability to band together processing capability and memory capacity, Microsoft’s next-generation console could be one with true hardware evolution possibilities.  (Source: Marcus Yam, Daily Tech)


Posted Tuesday, April 24 2007 by ChrisD
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HTC to Provide FREE Upgrade to Windows Mobile 6

HTC have released their plans to provide FREE upgrades to Windows Mobile 6 for their messaging focussed devices.  This includes the the HTC Advantage, the HTC TyTN, the HTC S620 and the HTC P4350 as well as the HTC P3300. 

The updates will be released starting end of April and via their Website

You can read the press release from HTC HERE (courtesy of www.solopalmari.com)(Source: Jason Langridge's Blog, www.solopalmari.com)


Posted Tuesday, April 24 2007 by ChrisD
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Spb Software House Releases Spb Phone Suite

April 24, 2007 — Spb Software House, the leading Windows Mobile software developer, releases Spb Phone Suite, a collection of all the main phone features you've been missing on your Windows Mobile device.

The number of Windows Mobile devices with phone functionality is growing every day. Almost every Windows Mobile 6 device recently announced include phone functionality. Windows Mobile Professional is still not a perfect platform for phone devices, however, lacking such cornerstone phone features as profiles, call filtering, and missed call notifications.

Spb Software House is known for the development of technology that extends the Windows Mobile platform. Spb Pocket Plus, for example, extends the classic Pocket PC functionality and was the best selling Pocket PC application in 2005 and 2006 (according to Handango's reports). Spb Mobile Shell improves Windows Mobile usability and is the current best selling Pocket PC program at Handango. Now comes Spb Phone Suite that pushes the envelope of the Windows Mobile platform by improving Pocket PC phone functionality.

SPB Phone Suite

Profiles
Profile switching is so much a cornerstone feature of any phone that it is very strange that this feature is still lacking from the Professional version of Windows Mobile. Spb Phone Suite profiles not only control phone setting but also WiFi, Bluetooth and backlight level seetings. Spb Phone Suite uses automatic profiles to automatically switch your profiles based upon the situation, like when your headset is plugged in, or your car kit is connected, or you are in a meeting that you previously marked in your calendar as "busy", or you can manually configure a preset time.

Missed Call Notifications
Spb Phone Suite gives you the option to have sound notifications upon missed calls or unread SMS messages. This feature helps you not miss your important calls.

Reject and Send SMS
Unexpected calls can be really annoying during meetings. With Spb Phone Suite you can immediately send an SMS with predefined text with just two taps after you reject a call.

Photo Speed Dial
With Spb Phone Suite you can place your most frequently used contacts right on the Today screen. Spb Phone Suite comes with more than 50 avatars a user can use for photoless contacts.

Call Filtering
Call filtering is based on the idea of white and black lists. The call filtering feature has been specially designed for ease of use. This way a user can add unwanted people to the black list with just a few taps.

Other Features
There many other features like photos in the call log, the wireless manager, and the Today plug-in, etc., that altogether improve the phone experience and make Windows Mobile almost a perfect platform for modern phone devices.

Pricing and Availability

Spb Phone Suite is currently available in English, German, French, Italian, Russian, Traditional Chinese, Czech, Polish, Dutch, Japanese and Thai languages. Spb Phone Suite is compatible with Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition and Windows Mobile 6 Professional devices. A free 15-day trial can be downloaded, or Spb Phone Suite can be purchased for 19.95 USD, from www.spbsoftwarehouse.com.  (Source: Press Release) 


Posted Tuesday, April 24 2007 by ChrisD
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Release Resco Explorer 2007 for Pocket PC

Faster, more stable, richer, and a more dominant release of Resco Explorer meets the world.

Bratislava, Slovakia | April 23, 2007 — Resco, a leading provider of end-user mobile applications, announced today the availability of a new release of the best selling application — Resco Explorer 2007.

Shortly after introducing the first version of Resco File Explorer, it became the most popular file manager application for Pocket PC devices. Since then we are constantly improving this application to achieve full customer satisfaction in the long run. Resco Explorer 2007 makes the best application on the market an even better one.

Besides being an easy and well arranged file manager, Resco Explorer 2005 offered also ZIP compression, built-in viewer, registry editor, file association, network browser, FTP-add in, quick search, sending files via Bluetooth or IRDA, strong file encryption, Today Plugin, recycle bin and many more.

Explorer 2007 continues in the footsteps of Resco Explorer 2005, improving its features and adding many new ones. File Types Highlighting, Status bar, and customizable startup folder makes managing files even easier as before.  Users will also appreciate improvements in the field of networking, ability to view encrypted files with built-in viewer, running application manager in Today Plugin and dozens more.

"Resco Explorer wins our Best Software Awards File Manager category year after year after year, and with each upgrade it just gets better." 

Hal Goldstein, Executive Editor,
Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine

"Resco Explorer 2007 fulfills all the needs you will ever have when it comes to file managing on the PocketPC. Quicker, slicker, and smoother than the other competitors out there. The first program I always install on a new PDA is Resco Explorer, without that program my hands are tied.“

Mikael Johansson

Pricing and Availability

The latest version costs USD 29.95 and can be found at: http://www.resco.net/pocketpc/explorer/default.asp.

Application is provided in English language.  (Source: Press Release)


Posted Monday, April 23 2007 by ChrisD
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Windows devices could mimic BlackBerrys

RIM already offers a BlackBerry Connect e-mail application that can run on devices with other platforms, including Windows, Symbian and the Palm-based variation of the Treo from Palm Inc. The company is developing the new BlackBerry virtualization software to run on multiple platforms as well but declined to say which one would be released next.

Because the BlackBerry emulator is being written for Windows Mobile 6.0, the newest version of Microsoft Corp.’s platform, it won’t be compatible with most existing Windows-based handhelds without an upgrade of the operating system.

So far, makers of Windows-based smart phones have introduced few models running on 6.0, but the numbers are expected to increase over the course of this year. Microsoft says there are more than 140 handsets running on version 5.0, including smart phones.  (Source: Associated Prss, CNN)


Posted Monday, April 23 2007 by ChrisD
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Seth Fogie reveals Windows Mobile application security weaknesses

Airscanner VP Seth Fogie recently spoke at the prestigious Shmoocon security conference. To say the least, it was an eye opening experience. Among other things, Seth gives a live demonstration of how to bypass Windows Mobile code signing security using buffer overflow examples.

Pauldotcom released a post-conference interview with Seth Fogie here (audio only). This podcast is a must-download for anyone with a serious interest in Windows Mobile security:
http://hydrogen.oshean.org/pauldotcom-SE-sethfogie.mp3

Seth's slides from the presentation are available here:
http://www.airscanner.com/pubs/shmoo2007_conference.pdf

A free download of the complete video from Seth's Shmoocon talk is available upon request. Note that is for advanced/expert users, and it is a very large download (170MB).  (Source: AirScanner)


Posted Monday, April 23 2007 by ChrisD
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PhatWare releases PhatPad 4.2 for Windows Vista and Windows Mobile

PhatWare Corporation, a leading provider of software products and professional services for mobile and desktop computers, announces the release of PhatPad 4.2, the next generation of the company's award-winning notes organizer for Microsoft Windows-based Tablet, Desktop and Windows Mobile powered Pocket PCs and Smartphones, which is “Certified For” Windows Vista.

PhatWare Corporation, a leading provider of software products and professional services for mobile and desktop computers, announces the release of PhatPad 4.2, the next generation of the company's award-winning notes organizer for Microsoft Windows-based Tablet, Desktop and Windows Mobile powered Pocket PCs and Smartphones, which is “Certified For” Windows Vista.

PhatPad allows users to draw pictures, jot notes, or put a mixture of pictures and typed text on a virtual scratch pad. The program uses new digital ink technology, which provides a very smooth ink flow, so it feels like writing on an actual piece of paper. While working with the note editor, PhatPad offers standard editing commands in addition to a customizable pen palette and variable pen width.

 With the certification of PhatPad, PhatWare continues to show its strong support for Microsoft’s efforts to provide PC users with consistent user experience among certified software products  
PhatPad 4.2 is the second PhatWare product to be Certified for Windows Vista (PhatWare PenCommander being the first). The certification is yet another step in PhatWare’s continuing participation in the Windows Vista certification program which has been created to help customers instantly recognize applications that have met a higher standard for reliability, security, and compatibility.

"With the certification of PhatPad, PhatWare continues to show its strong support for Microsoft’s efforts to provide PC users with consistent user experience among certified software products," said Stan Miasnikov, president of PhatWare Corporation. "PhatPad is our second product to be certified for Windows Vista as we strongly believe that by participating in the Microsoft certification program we let our customers know that our products provide the highest quality Windows Vista experience possible."

In addition to Windows Vista, PhatPad works on Windows 2000/XP desktops, and on Windows Mobile based Pocket PCs and Smartphones. PhatPad has also been certified with the “Designed for Windows Mobile” logo.

PhatPad Pricing and Availability

PhatPad 4.2 is available now at the list price of $39.95. A free 30-day trial version of PhatPad 4.2 can be downloaded from the PhatWare web site at http://www.phatware.com/phatpad. PhatPad 4.2 is a free upgrade for all registered uses of PhatPad 4.X. All other registered users of any previous versions of PhatPad can purchase the latest version for a special upgrade price of $24.95.   (Source: Press Release)


Posted Monday, April 23 2007 by ChrisD
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