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Week of October 24, 2004

Laridian's PocketBible(r) wins Best Software Award from Pocket PC Magazine

PocketBible, Laridian's Bible software for Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs, has been declared a winner of Pocket PC Magazine's Best Software Award in the category of Bible Software for the fourth consecutive year. The Best Software Awards are sponsored by Pocket PC Magazine to honor companies that produce outstanding software and to help users select software that best suits their needs. (Source: Press Release)
Posted Friday, October 29 2004 by ChrisD
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PhatNotes 4.5.2 released; wins Pocket PC Best Software Award for the 4-th time

PhatNotes 4.5.2 Lite, Standard, and Professional Editions - the new release of PhatWare’s award-winning notes organizer - is now available. With many powerful features, such as rich text editing and formatting, file attachments, hyperlinks between notes, multiple notes database support with tree-like views, hierarchical notes organizer among others, and many awards (including Pocket PC Magazine Best Application Awards for four consecutive years) PhatNotes is "THE program to have"* for any Pocket PC user! Our newest version now has an added feature which supports Pocket PC 2003SE full-VGA devices, allowing renaming of notes databases and featuring new updated graphics.

New features in PhatNotes 4.5.2:

* New customizable toolbars on Pocket PC
* Authoring date can be modified from the main menu without opening the note
* Reminder can be set, modified, or removed from the main menu without opening the note
* When creating task/appointment Pocket Informant is used if present (requires Pocket Informant 5.2.1 or later).
* 50% zoom added in the note editor
* Content-sensitive help button added to all dialog boxes
* Updated graphics and documentation/help

As it was announced at the CTIA WIRELESS show this week in San Francisco, PhatWare's PhatNotes has won "Best of Category" honors in Pocket PC Magazine's Best Software Awards 2004 competition for the fourth consecutive year, meaning that PhatNotes has been recognized as "Best of Category" each year since the awards program’s inception!

"More than 400 products in 65 different categories were nominated in the Pocket PC portion of the awards this year," said Hal Goldstein, Exec Editor, Pocket PC magazine, "PhatWare's two category winners, CalliGrapher and PhatNotes, are examples of the exceptional software available to Pocket PC users."

For a complete list of categories and titles, visit http://www.PocketPCmag.com/Awards

Existing users of PhatNotes can find the upgrade policy at http://www.phatware.com/support/upgradeinfo.html

For more information about PhatNotes, to download a 30-day free trial, or to purchase a copy, please visit http://www.phatware.com/phatnotes (Source: Press Release)

Posted Friday, October 29 2004 by ChrisD
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Proporta Release Four New Cases and an Advanced Screen Protector for the hx 47xx

Following in the footsteps of the HP iPAQ rz17xx and 4350, PDA specialists, Proporta have launched two new Alu-Leather Cases (Flip and Book), a Crystal Case (as nominated for the PDA Essentials Accessory Award 2004), a Silicone Skin Case and an Advanced Screen Protector all for the HP iPAQ hx 47xx.

Alu-Leather Cases

Hand made to fit the exact measurements of the hx 47xx both the Flip and Book type incorporate the practical and stylish combination of a soft, black leather exterior and the unique Proporta ‘Screen Saver System’ – the leather is backed up with a tough, aluminium lining ensuring the cases are as protective as they are attractive.

All the usual features have been included - such as MMC/SD card storage, optional and removable belt clips, secure closure system, removable credit card module and PDA attachment system. The cases are ideally suited for use with the company’s growing selection of in vehicle GPS navigation solutions (www.proporta.com/gps) as they are compatible with the Proporta in-vehicle docking system.

Crystal Case

As with the Proporta Alu-Leather Cases, Proporta Crystal Cases (image of 41xx shown) are created to perfectly fit the contours of the hx 47xx. With individual cutouts for access to ports, this case, made from polycarbonate plastic is extremely functional and leaves your PDA on display so it’s also ideal for use with GPS (www.proporta.com/gps).

Silicone Skin Case

A new entry in the extensive Proporta case lineup, the Silicone Skin Case (image of Xda ii shown), provides a high level of shock resistant protection to your hx 47xx in a case that’s just a few millimetres thicker than your PDA. It’s the perfect case for the user who doesn’t want a case at all.

Individual cut outs give access to stylus and ports without compromising functionality or protection. The screen is also fully viewable and can be used at all times.

Advanced Screen Protector

Proporta have also introduced Advanced Screen Protectors for the new hx 47xx. Each Advanced Screen Protector includes an application card and a screen cleaning cloth, allowing the protector to be applied, removed, cleaned and reapplied as often as required.

In the competitive screen protector market, Proporta are putting their ‘money where their mouth is’ by offering a refund or replacement to anyone who doesn’t agree that these are the best screen protectors on the market. (Source: Press Release)
Posted Friday, October 29 2004 by ChrisD
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O2 XDA III 3-in-1 Stylus & Headset Adapter Shipping

Pocket PC Techs are pleased to announce that we have released and are shipping an enhanced 3-In-1 Stylus for the iMATE PDA2k/O2 XDA III/Qtek 9090 Series.

We are also shipping a new 2.5mm Mono Headset/3.5mm Stereo headphone adapter for the iMATE PDA2k/O2 XDA III/Qtek 9090 Series. The adapter provides 3.5mm stereo audio output, has a 2.5mm STD mono headset jack and an answer/mute button.  Now you can use your favorite 2.5mm STD headset with your system.

Overview: Headset Adapters:  3-in-1 Stylii: (Source: Press Release)

Posted Friday, October 29 2004 by ChrisD
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Dell Axim X50 Series WriteSHIELD Shipping

Pocket PC Techs are pleased to announce that we are shipping a WriteSHIELD™ C2 Screen Protector for the Dell Axim X50v Series. We are also shipping WriteSHIELD™ AG & C2 Screen Protector for the Dell Axim X50 Low & Mid Systems. (Source: Press Release)
Posted Friday, October 29 2004 by ChrisD
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Astraware and PopCap announce a dazzling December with Bejeweled 2

Astraware and PopCap announce the most highly anticipated PDA game ever - Bejeweled 2.

Bejeweled 2, the sequel to the biggest selling PDA game of all time, Bejeweled, will make its handheld debut less than a month after PopCap's PC version and will retain all the features of its bigger brother, including four standard play modes, classic, action, endless and the all-new puzzle mode. Additionally, five special bonus modes are unlocked as players progress through the various standard modes.

"Bejeweled 2 will take the Bejeweled phenomenon to the next level, and will become our flagship PDA product moving into 2005." said Howard Tomlinson, Astraware CEO and self confessed Bejeweled addict. "It is nearly four years since the first Bejeweled for PDA launch captivated players and allowed them to take their addiction with them as they go. Bejeweled 2 takes that even further, with new modes, a fantastic new look, and Hyper and Power Gems to add an extra level of play to those who crave more strategy to their game."

"Astraware have done a terrific job porting Bejeweled 2 to the PDA," said Jason Kapalka, Creative Director and co-founder of PopCap. "They have consistently outdone themselves with their conversions of our games, both in technical areas and in retaining playability, all on devices with dramatically fewer resources than a PC."

With all new graphics, stunning background images, in-game transitions and cutting-edge effects Bejeweled 2 is sure to captivate both the die-hard Bejeweled fan and new players coming to the Bejeweled experience for the first time.

Astraware have ensured that PDA owners everywhere will be able to experience Bejeweled 2 at its best, with versions for Palm OS(R) and Windows Mobile(TM) for Pocket PC available at launch, these will be followed later in 2005 by Windows Mobile(TM) for Smartphone and VGA Pocket PC versions.

Bejeweled 2 will be available to pre-order from October 27th 2004 for Palm OS(R) and Windows Mobile(TM) for Pocket PC devices at Astraware's website, http://www.astraware.com, and will be released in December 2004. Preview screenshots are available at http://www.astraware.com/preview (Source: Press Release)
Posted Thursday, October 28 2004 by ChrisD
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Resco, spol. s r.o., winner of six awards at The Fourth annual Pocket PC magazine Best Software Awards 2004

Organized by: Pocket PC Magazine ( www.pocketpcmag.com)

The winners were announced: at the San Francisco CITA show, on October 26, 2004, at Pocket PC magazine booth.

The Pocket PC Best Software Awards 2004 was the fourth season of this prestigious competition organized by the American Pocket PC Magazine.

The Pocket PC Magazine has created several categories for software applications intended for Pocket PCs using the Microsoft Mobile platform.

Hundreds of applications from software developers from all over the world were nominated in these categories. The Pocket PC Magazine appointed a jury consisting of 84 members — mainly experts from different areas of the Pocket PC world, such as authors of Pocket PC academic literature, correspondents of the Pocket PC Magazine, of the Microsoft Pocket PC MVPs and employees of the most significant websites devoted to Pocket PC. This jury has then selected one winner in each category, who received the Pocket PC Best Software Award 2004.

The final award ceremony took place during the Francisco CITA international show on October 26, 2004, at the Pocket PC magazine booth.

A total of 11 Pocket PC products manufactured by the Slovak company Resco were nominated in the competition. Six of them became the overall winners in their respective category.

“Resco continues its tradition of producing great Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone software for end users and developers . This year the Pocket PC magazine independent Board of Experts gave six Resco applications prestigious its ‘Best Software Award’, www.PocketPCmag.com/awards

Hal Goldstein, Exec Editor/Publisher Pocket PC magazine

“The Pocket PC magazine Best Software Awards is an important event for all mobile software product developers,” said Radomir Vozar, head of the enterprise solutions division. “We are extremely happy, that besides the other categories, this year we were also able to succeed in the category of mobile application developer tools and components.”

About Resco Explorer 2003 for Pocket PC

This application has all the standard file/folder manipulation features that you need in a file explorer. You can copy or delete files, create folders, search for files or folders, view a file's properties, and sort and filter your listings. Includes the following modules: file encryption, ZIP compression, built-in viewer, network browser, registry editor, and FTP add-in. (Product page)

About Resco Keyboard PRO for Pocket PC

Gain the ability to write text faster: in addition to the unique system keyboard, there are additional numeric layouts. These include a “writing calculator” for typing numbers or numerical expressions. It also has a special keyboard for fast insertion of frequently used phrases. (Product page)

About Resco SystemToys for SmartPhone

A set of 2 tools: a battery monitor and a task manager. The battery monitor is a small utility that displays the state of your battery, internal memory, and storage cards. The task manager makes it easy to close your Smartphone applications or switch to any running application. (Product page)

About Resco Explorer 2003 for SmartPhone

This application has all the standard file/folder manipulation features that you need in a file explorer. You can copy or delete files, create folders, search for files or folders, view a file's properties, and sort and filter your listings. Includes the following modules: file encryption, ZIP compression, built-in viewer, network browser (Product page)

About Resco Grid Control

ActiveX grid designed specifically for mobile platforms. Provides the features known from desktop versions. It allows you to leave the first row (column) static while scrolling the others, to adjust column as well as display graphics in the cells.(Product page)

About Resco AdvancedList .NET

Flexible alternative for ListView and DataGrid controls. Control displays list of data connected rows using defined templates for displaying each row. Written in fully managed code, VS.NET design-time support. (Product page)(Source: Press Release)

Posted Wednesday, October 27 2004 by ChrisD
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The Complete Word Study Bible For Handheld PDA’s Is A Great Asset For Bible Study

"This essential Bible study product from Olive Tree Bible Software, The Complete Word Study Bible from AMG Publishers (Advancing the Ministries of the Gospel), is designed to make the original languages of the Bible accessible to every student of the Word of God on their Palm OS or Pocket PC devices. Based on The Complete Word Study Old Testament and Complete Word Study New Testament, the lexicons identify the words of the Hebrew text of the Old Testament and the Greek text of the New Testament by the placement of Strong’s numbers and grammatical codes in line with the English text. The notes, definitions, and grammatical codes are then conveniently displayed in a split screen which the user can view without loosing his or her place in the text.

The Complete Word Study Old and New Testaments are the result of 46 years of research by the editor, Dr. Spiros Zodhiates. They are revolutionary products containing an exhaustive amount of Bible study research material in single book formats. Available now in the King James Version, the text of Scripture comes alive as you research important information about each Hebrew or Greek word within these volumes.

Users need 12 MB of available RAM and Palm OS or Windows Mobile (PocketPC) operating systems.

Handheld computer and PDA users can download the The Complete Word Study Bible and free BibleReader software from the Olive Tree website -- www.olivetree.com. The Complete Word Study Bible retails for $39.95. It is also available in Christian bookstores and retail outlets throughout the United States.

Olive Tree offers free downloads of a number of Bibles from their website. They also provide online manuals to help the user to learn how to easily navigate within the application and how best to use the tools available to obtain optimum use of the program." (Source: Press Release)
Posted Tuesday, October 26 2004 by ChrisD
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New Lingvosoft.com Launched - Get a feel for the new look of LingvoSoft!

"Come into the warm, sunny realm of LingvoSoft products, they are made to make the world come closer to an understanding, helping people communicate and take in its diversity. Experience the bright and comprehensive design of our online software outlet. The products you’ll find here will help you learn, translate, and speak foreign languages.

The catalogue is built for YOUR convenience, it is easy to locate the software items you want, for any of the four platforms (Palm OS, Pocket PC, Symbian OS, and Windows).

www.lingvosoft.com means great service sections, such as Free Downloads, Online Dictionaries, Gift Center, Forum, and Support.

We are proud of our new creation, enjoy it!

About Lingvosoft.

LingvoSoft™ is a registered trademark and an ECTACO division delivering translation software." (Source: Press Release)

Posted Tuesday, October 26 2004 by ChrisD
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SYWARE Introduces SerialLink 2.0 for Windows Mobile Handhelds; Partners with Semtek to Speed Development of Card Swipe Applications

"SYWARE, Inc., a leading developer of intuitive database tools for business and personal productivity, today announced SerialLink 2.0, the newest version of the company's serial port integration software for Microsoft® Windows Mobile Pocket PCs. SerialLink allows developers to quickly and easily integrate serial input devices into their Pocket PC and Windows CE applications, whether managing inventory, conducting market research, or making reservations. The latest edition includes support for Semtek's iSwipe, a three-track magnetic stripe card reader for Compaq iPAQ handhelds that can be used in a variety of retail or enterprise applications. SerialLink 2.0 can also now pre-pend and post-pend characters in a string, such as adding an or character as a start-of-input or end-of-input signal. The software can be set to pre-pend and post-pend letters, digits, special characters, linefeeds, carriage returns, and tabs.

"SerialLink expands the capabilities of Windows Mobile devices by supporting a variety of serial-enabled input devices, including bar code scanners and magnetic stripe card readers," said Sy Danberg, President of SYWARE, Inc. "The software requires no device modifications, no programming, and best of all, is one-third the cost of other keyboard wedges. We are especially pleased to be combining the strength of our application development tools with Semtek's innovations in transaction card products."

"Our goal is to help developers take advantage of the tremendous number of emerging opportunities in mobile card processing." said Dennis Mos, Director of Sales and Marketing, Semtek Innovative Solutions Corporation. "iSwipe is enabling new applications in a range of industries and SerialLink is a simple, cost-effective solution for all types of portable data applications. Bringing the two together is a winning combination for the mobile commerce market."

Pricing & Delivery

SerialLink applications can be created on any Microsoft Windows Mobile, Windows CE, or Pocket PC handheld. The software is available immediately at http://www.syware.com and is priced at $49 for a single-user license or $500 for a pack of 100 licenses." (Source: Press Release)
Posted Tuesday, October 26 2004 by ChrisD
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Business On-the-Go Gets Done Faster, Easier With Introduction of New Pocket PC Device Available Exclusively From Sprint

"Heavy-Duty Data Device Features Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 Software and Will Eventually Be Offered in Both Camera and Non-Camera Versions

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint (NYSE: FON) is truly enabling mobile professionals to have an office in their pocket with the Sprint PCS Vision(SM) Smart Device PPC-6601, the much-anticipated, full-color Sprint PCS Phone featuring Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 software and embedded Bluetooth(R) Wireless Technology. Marketed by Audiovox, the PPC-6601 will be available early next month exclusively through Sprint business channels for a suggested retail price of $629.99. Later this year, Sprint plans to offer another version of the device, the Sprint PCS Vision Smart Device PPC-6600, which will include an embedded VGA-quality camera with flash and video capability. This second version of the device will be offered nationwide in all Sprint sales channels, including Sprint Stores and online at http://www.sprintpcs.com .

"Sprint is pleased to launch a product that extends our collection of Smart Devices and underscores our commitment to being a leader in solutions for the mobile workforce," said Harry Campbell, president - Emerging and Mid Markets, Sprint Business Solutions. "The PPC-6601 and PPC-6600 combine empowering software, compelling wireless voice and data capabilities, and an easy-to-handle form factor to create a device powerful enough to truly unleash business professionals from their desk without sacrificing productivity."

Powered by the Intel(R) XScale(TM) 400 MHz processor, the PPC-6601 offers 128 MB of memory and has the most capacity of any other Sprint wireless device, allowing users to view, create and edit documents; send and receive email or text messages; browse the Web; and listen to news, music and other audio clips faster and easier than ever before. Slimmer and more compact than other Sprint Windows Mobile-enabled Pocket PC devices of the past, the PPC-6601 offers both Portrait and Landscape viewing modes and multiple data-input methods, including a slide-to-hide Qwerty keyboard for easy management of documents and email. The removable lithium ion battery provides up to 3.6 hours of continuous digital talk time or up to six days of continuous digital standby time.

"The PPC-6601 really is the next generation mobile device," said Philip Christopher, president and CEO of Audiovox Communications Corp. "Built with business applications in mind, the Qwerty keyboard and removable battery are just two of the many features, which when paired with Sprint's advanced wireless service, enable professionals to virtually carry office capabilities in their pocket."

Operating on the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network, the PPC-6601 replicates the familiar look and feel of a Windows-based PC with a full suite of standard Windows Mobile-based applications, including Microsoft Pocket Excel, Outlook, Word, Windows Media Player, Microsoft ActiveSync and MSN Messenger. With embedded Bluetooth(R) Wireless Technology, the PPC-6601 automatically synchronizes with other Bluetooth-enabled devices and has a built-in SD I/O slot, which accepts SD (Secure Digital), MMC (MultiMedia Card) and SMMC (Secure MultiMedia Card) memory cards for viewing pictures and sharing large data files between other devices with SD I/O.

"The new Sprint PCS Vision Smart Device PPC-6601 combines the power and flexibility of the Windows Mobile software platform, the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network, and the quality of Audiovox to deliver to business customers a powerful mobile device experience," said Suzan DelBene, corporate vice president of marketing for the Mobile and Embedded Devices Division at Microsoft. "This device demonstrates that the marriage of innovative hardware, flexible software and a dependable network can enable business customers to be more productive and have seamless access to their most essential information."

Business and personal wireless email for the new device is provided by Sprint PCS Business Connection(SM). Interfacing seamlessly with Microsoft(R) Exchange and Lotus Domino data, Sprint PCS Business Connection extends wireless access to the messaging and calendar applications today's wireless workforce demands -- securely and conveniently. The PPC-6601 also supports Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync(R) for over-the-air synchronization of email and calendar information with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003.

Packaged applications include Handmark Express and AudibleListener(R). Users will enjoy a 30-day free trial of automatic and on-demand delivery of news, weather, sports, movies, maps and more with Handmark; and Sprint customers can receive $50 cash back with a 12-month subscription to audio books, audio magazines, newspapers, radio programs and more with audible.com(R) at http://www.audible.com/sprint/ppc6600 . Additional content is accessible at the Sprint PCS Software Store via on-device links and online at http://sprint.handango.com . (Source: Press Release, PRNewswire)
Posted Monday, October 25 2004 by ChrisD
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CRM unplugged: SFA finally ready to go wireless

"At the beginning of the month, Best Software, in Irvine, Calif., a division of The Sage Group plc, also joined the mobile party by introducing SalesLogix for Pocket PC.

SalesLogix for Pocket PC is based on Microsoft's .NET framework and offers contact management, handwriting recognition and activity management. It starts at $295 per user. " (Source: Barney Beal, SearchCRM.com)
Posted Monday, October 25 2004 by ChrisD
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