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Week of October 23, 2005

MobiForms 2.1 Mobile Development Tools Now Released For Sybase

he team at MobiForms are proud to announce the release of MobiForms 2.1. MobiForms now runs with Sybase SQL Anywhere and supports multiple data types from different database suppliers. MobiForms 2.1 improves support for Oracle Server and Oracle Lite. MobiForms also supports the Sybase jConnect and iAnywhere JDBC drivers.

MobiForms is a rapid application development tool for building mobile applications for Windows CE, Pocket PC, EPOC/Symbian and Palm based PDAs. MobiForms revolutionises the creation of mobile applications by reducing development time from days to minutes with the intuitive MobiForms drag and drop interface.

MobiForms gives you the power of a whole army of unrelenting Java programmers by automating the development process and removing the need for the application developer to know a single line of Java. With MobiForms an application that would traditionally take days to write in Java or C++ can be built in minutes.

MobiForms helps you develop professional applications for asset collection, field service, inspection, market research, site surveys, stock control and workshop management.

The latest release can make a local database unnecessary. Instead, you can read and write to any ASCII file format like Excel CSV using the MobiForms simple MobiScript language. With MobiScript you can also call other programs like bar code scanning software. The MobiForms development environment has additionally been improved with a colour palette and font chooser so that you can apply attributes directly to buttons, check boxes, fields, labels and lists. (Source: Press Release)

Posted Saturday, October 29 2005 by ChrisD
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VITO Voice2Go to rival Microsoft Voice Command after a month on the market!

Voice2Go            VITO Voice2Go has been only one month on the market and has already become not
only one of the best-sellers but also a real rival of such giant as Microsoft Voice Command.

            Both Microsoft Voice Command and VITO Voice2Go have common functions and strive to
simplify managing Pocket PCs hands-free. With any of these programs users can call up their
contacts, start applications, i.e. control their Pocket PC without using stylus and buttons.
All they need is simply to say a command and let VITO Voice2Go or Microsoft Voice Command work
for them.

            This basic functionality can still be extended in case of VITO Voice2Go. This
application gives you some more functions not supported in Microsoft Voice Command.

            First of all it works with complex macros that you can assign to a single voice
command. It means you don't need to go over with all the tedious stylus tapping every time you
want to open your favorite web site for example.

Another thing Voice2Go has to offer you is to tell you who is calling. To enable this option
you need to record a voice command. In fact, you will need to do it for every command you are
going to use. And here we come to the third advantage of Voice2Go over Voice Command.

VITO works with any language whereas in Voice Command you can give commands only in English
given you have native pronunciation. It means with Voice2Go you have greater freedom and wider

Some take it as a disadvantage that you need to create a record for every command you want to
perform in VITO Voice2Go. Actually in Voice Command the problem remains as you still need to
find and read all the command you will use, which takes some time, right?  Then you can never
be sure that a next new program you are going to install on your Pocket PC will be recognized
by Voice Command. Voice2Go stores carefully all the commands you have taught it.

            As VITO Voice2Go takes more personal approach to its users it becomes especially
popular all around the world. Here is what people say about it:

    - Kirk Masterson (http://pocketnow.com):
 "VITO Technology has released a product with powerful features, and great potential."

    - Karl Koeniger  (http://www.kkoeniger.at):
            "VITO Voice2Go is one of the few applications on my MDAIII I won't go without
anymore. Despite its (easily understandable) English interface voice commands themselves are
possible for any language where they show great performance."

    - Helmut Hackl (http://www.pocket.at):
            "Meanwhile I have almost all possible voice commands recorded and already use
Voice2Go on everyday basis - on iPAQ hx4700 with Nokia N90 Smartphone (connected via
Bluetooth) and also on iPAQ hw6515 Phone Edition Pocket PC). Highly recommendable!"

    - Scritto da Nemesys (http://www.x50v.it):
"The software meets our expectations, it recognizes vocal commands correctly, even in tough
situations. We like the Macros function, which allows us to give specific commands to various

Since 1999, when it entered the Windows Mobile and Symbian software market, VITO Technology
has developed a wide range of software solutions for mobile multimedia, communication, GPS
navigation including various utilities.

Having set its goal as achieving the excellence of performance VITO Technology has been making
every effort to empower mobile devices by its software to increase their functionality. The
case with VITO Voice2Go is one of the best examples of sincere efforts that came true and
realized into a product capable of rivaling such giants as Microsoft Voice Command.
(Source: Press Release)

Posted Friday, October 28 2005 by ChrisD
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SecureGSM™ Pro now available for purchase!

SecureGSM has announced the immediate availability of SecureGSM™ Pro for Windows Mobile communicators.
SecureGSM™ is a first-to-market software-only application designed to eliminate eavesdropping and interception concerns on public GSM networks. 

“The release of SecureGSM™ Pro is the culmination of our ground breaking work in securing communication on the GSM network” said Roman Korolik, Managing Director, SecureGSM.

SecureGSM™ Pro is a software-only application designed to secure conversations and messaging, in real time, over the public GSM network to Military Grade standards.

SecureGSM™ software products run natively on Microsoft Windows Mobile enabled Communicators without affecting their original functionality.

Designed to provide industry sectors such as Banking, Research and Development, Share Market & Stock Exhcange, Government Departments and many other B2B and B2C sectors, with Military Grade security, SecureGSM™ Pro is a real step forward in the crypto phone market.

“SecureGSM puts mobile communications security within reach of many businesses and consumers at a level previously unavailable,’ added Mr. Korolik.

More information is available at the SecureGSM web site: www.securegsm.com  (Source: Press Release)

Posted Friday, October 28 2005 by ChrisD
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Fast Swapper HalloweenBallShooter.com (authors of 15+ games for Pocket PC) are happy to present our gift: "Fast Swapper Halloween Edition"

It's a special "Limited Edition 2005" of our popular freeware game with a lot of new features:

1. Counter of available moves
2. The 'Hint' button.
3. Music switcher
4. Halloween's spirit and Witches' mood

This is your FREE of charge - it's our gift!

Here you can download the game: http://ballshooter.com/fastswap/http://ballshooter.com/fastswap/ (Source: Press Release)

Posted Friday, October 28 2005 by ChrisD
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E-TEN M600 Review (Swedish)

During the Monday afternoon October 24, Sphone.se received an interesting telephone call from Christian Hallberg, CEO for the Swedish distributor of E-TEN-produkter - GadgeTec Ltd. He told us that Europe's perhaps two first units of the mock-up E-TEN M600 presently exists in Sweden, and that he intended to let Sphone.se to review them first!

This is of course big news, and the not only for Sphone.se, without for the whole world then the review and the mound the dissolved pictures with bigest probable becomes the definitely first. Self-evidently, we did accepted his offer.

A meagre day and night later we recieved the unit in GadgeTecs offices in Gothenburg, and the expectations are high. With ourselves has we apart from five digital cameras moreover an E-TEN M500 to use as reference. At 10:47, Tuesday October 25, 2005, we saw the first time an E-TEN M600. The staff only have seen the unit on a few small pictures to that few to amuse the is not big, the is gigantic. (Source: Sebastian Mandrean & Makan Amini, SPhone.se)

Posted Friday, October 28 2005 by ChrisD
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PPCLINK Mobile Software has just released Mobitools - Essential tools for Pocket PC version 3.3

MobiToolsMobitools is a small application but includes rich features as: Power Off, Screen Off, Soft reset, Task manager, Battery & Memory status, Screen capture, Smart launcher, Quick cleaner, Access control panel components, CPU Controlling and quick access to best English dictionary.

The main changes in the new version are:

  • Fully Compatible with Windows Mobile 5.0
  • Support Square screen devices
  • Pocket PC Screen capture
  • Smart monitoring recent used applications
  • Show tooltips of all controls in the menu
  • Powerful launcher
  • Screen Off
  • Quick access to system settings
  • Quick access to Lexisgoo English Dictionary
  • Show recent used applications list
  • Show most frequent used list
  • Configurable main menu’s components
  • Please find more info about the program and upgrade offer at: Mobitools's homepage You can download 14-day full function trial version at the download page: Download page (Source: Press Release)

    Posted Wednesday, October 26 2005 by ChrisD
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    Astraware Sudoku - now for Windows Mobile(R) for Pocket PC and Smartphone and multi-language support for all platforms

    Following the huge success of Astraware Sudoku for Palm OS(R), Astraware is excited to announce that the game is now available for Windows Mobile(R) for Pocket PC and Smartphone including 240x240 'square' screen resolution and Windows Mobile(R) 5.0 support. In addition to the release of the game, we have created a dedicated website for Sudoku players from total beginners to complete experts at http://www.windowsmobilesudoku.com.

    Sudoku is a logical puzzle game, originally created in puzzle books and then made available in countless newspapers worldwide. The grid is 9 cells high by 9 cells wide and within the grid are 9 boxes each featuring 9 cells. The object is to fill in the numbers 1-9 in each row, column and box, but they must only appear in each one once. Many people are put off by seeing a grid with numbers in it, but in fact the puzzle doesn't require any arithmetic at all - just deduction and logic, and with the inbuilt assistance in the game and the aid of our accompanying website, everyone can play Sudoku.

    Astraware Sudoku is suitable for players of all abilities and features include 6 levels of difficulty, pencilmarks in a choice of styles, optional completion and tracking of pencilmarks, for touch-screen devices a unique and innovative notepad which enables players to make handwritten notes and sketches overlaid upon the grid, and an advanced hint system to assist you by highlighting areas where progress can be made without giving away the answer.

    Astraware Sudoku includes a selection of inbuilt puzzles of varying difficulty for you to evaluate. After registration the game will allow a range of additional pre-built puzzle packs to be added. These extra packs are already available free of charge from http://www.windowsmobilesudoku.com. Astraware Sudoku includes a puzzle creator which will generate literally billions of true Sudoku puzzles, all of which are solveable by logic alone. It also includes a puzzle solver, so you can input any Sudoku from a newspaper or book and Astraware Sudoku can show you the solution or give you hints to help you play along.

    Astraware Sudoku for Palm OS(R) has also been updated to incorporate some of the features requested by our customers. In addition, all versions of Astraware Sudoku now support multiple languages; English, Spanish, German, French and Italian. The game will automatically detect the system language.

    Astraware Sudoku is available for Palm OS(R) and Windows Mobile(R) devices with a regular price of $19.95. For an introductory period Astraware Sudoku for Windows Mobile(R) will be reduced to just $9.95. The discounted price on the Palm OS(R) version will also be extended, so get your copy now at this great low price. (Source: Press Release)

    Posted Wednesday, October 26 2005 by ChrisD
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    Ultimate Bowling Fighter - Windows Mobile(R) for Smartphone and VGA-enhanced Pocket PC released

    Following the recent release of Ultimate Bowling Fighter, Astraware and Gamazura are pleased to announce additional versions of the game for Windows Mobile(R) for Smartphone and VGA-enhanced Windows Mobile(R) for Pocket PC handhelds.

    Ultimate Bowling Fighter is a non-stop round-the-world bowling tournament for your handheld. Select your character to battle against international opponents, unlock new challengers and locations and display your special skills as you attempt to become the Ultimate Bowling Fighter. Choose from Ryo - the skillful Japanese warrior; Kelly - the all-American bowling heroine; Jose - the smooth Spanish hustler; or Maya the bootylicious Brazilian diva and challenge the others to a duel on the bowling lane.

    The game features 3 play modes: Solo - for a simple one-off challenge or to develop your skills; Tournament - where players travel to international locations and battle against a range of opponents to unlock extra features; and Multiplayer - play against your handheld or 2, 3 or 4 friends!

    Ultimate Bowling Fighter features fast-paced game play, fun 'Strike' and 'Spare' effects, and realistic stereo sounds.

    Ultimate Bowling Fighter is available for Palm OS(R) and Windows Mobile(R) devices priced $19.95. Download your copy from the following links:

    Windows Mobile(R) for Pocket PC - VGA-enhanced graphics: http://www.astraware.com/download/ubfvga-ppc-v1-00.exe
    Windows Mobile(R) for Pocket PC - QVGA graphics: http://www.astraware.com/download/ubf-ppc-v1-00.exe
    Windows Mobile(R) for Smartphone: http://www.astraware.com/download/ubf-wmsp-v1-00.exe
    Palm OS(R): http://www.astraware.com/download/ubf-palm-v1-00.zip
     (Source: Press Release)

    Posted Wednesday, October 26 2005 by ChrisD
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    Jackpot Casino which was earlier available only for Dell Axim x50v/x51v has recently been released for other Pocket PC devices.

    As before, the game pack contains four games: blackjack, roulette and two slot machines.

    The game supports Pocket PC 2000 (ARM CPU), Pocket PC 2002/2003, Windows Mobile 2003, Windows Mobile 2003 SE, Windows Mobile 5.0 and requires at least QVGA (240x320) screen resolution. VGA-enhanced edition is also available.

    Free trial download

    qVGA version

    true VGA edition

    For happy owners of Dell Axim x50v/x51v HW-accelerated Intel 2700g version

    More information and screenshots can be found here

    The full version costs $15.95 and is available at Clickgamer
    http://www.clickgamer.com/moreinfo.htm?pid=3212  (Source: Press Release)

    Posted Wednesday, October 26 2005 by ChrisD
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    Windows Mobile 5.0 Comparisons

    Quick comparisons of  Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC, Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition, and Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone to help you figure out what device is best for you. You can sort these comparisons by any column! (Source: Chris De Herrera, Pocket PC FAQ)
    Posted Tuesday, October 25 2005 by ChrisD
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    Pocket DB Pro Edition (SH3) 3.2.003: Discount 30% off! Only 34.40$!

    Pocket DBPocket DB is a database program designed for the new generation of Windows CE-based color Pocket PCs, specifically the Casio E-115, 125, EM-500 Compaq iPaq H363XX,, and HP Jornada 54X Series. Pocket PCs. The program should also work on the other color Pocket PCs of the same category.

    Using Pocket DB, you can create/remove new tables, indices, add/remove records on your Pocket PC. Data can be accessed under both "Grid View" and "Record View" modes. You can search for data using one of three different search modes: "Whole Field", Start of Field", and "Any Part of Field".

    Advanced users can issue SQL statements directly to the ADOCE engine to have total control over their tables using joining, linking, indexing, multi-level sorting, etc. DDL (Data Definition Language) commands on table operations, index operations, and universal operations are also supported.

    The Professional Edition of Pocket DB includes a desktop application called PocketDBUtils that allows you to transfer Microsoft Access tables to/from the device. Using PocketDBUtils, you can export tables and queries from Microsoft Access to your mobil device, add/edit/update the tables, and import them back to Access at a later time.  (Source: Press Release)

    Posted Tuesday, October 25 2005 by ChrisD
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    BeetzStream SmartRss for PPC gets Today Screen Support!

    BeetzStream SmartRss for PPC gets Today Screen support! The Today Screen items shows the number of new articles in your subscription and rotates the new article titles.

    BeetzStream SmartRss for Smartphone is also updated along with the PPC version. Now you can set the number of retries before failing a podcast download on both platforms.

    BeetzStream SmartRss is a Rss reader and Podcast manager, available on both Pocket PC and MS Mobile SmartPhone platforms. Please visit www.BeetzStream.com for details.  (Source: Press Release)

    Posted Tuesday, October 25 2005 by ChrisD
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    Being all thumbs gets painful

    Business executives and tech-savvy consumers are increasingly using BlackBerries, Treos, Sidekicks and other devices with miniature keyboards designed for thumb-tapping to stay connected while on the go.

    And that has some ergonomic and hand experts worried about injuries from overexertion.

    "If you're trying to type 'War and Peace' with your thumbs, then you're going to have a problem," warned Alan Hedge, director of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Laboratory at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. (Source: CNN)

    Posted Monday, October 24 2005 by ChrisD
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    PhatWare has released CalliGrapher 8.1

    PhatWare has released CalliGrapher 8.1 – the first upgrade to CalliGrapher 8.0! Version 8.1 includes performance and usability improvements and support for square screen devices. The upgrade can be downloaded from the PhatWare web site and is free for users of v8.0 and users of CalliGrapher 7.5 who purchased the product between March 21 and September 1, 2005.

    CalliGrapher 8.0 is the next generation of PhatWare’s award-winning handwriting recognition software for Pocket PCs. Version 8.0 added support for Windows Mobile 5.0, a new SIP called Write Pad and a Statistical Analyzer, a feature that learns the user’s writing habits by accumulating information about the words the user writes and automatically fixes common recognition errors when enough data is collected. (Source: Press Release)

    Posted Monday, October 24 2005 by ChrisD
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