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Week of July 25, 2004

Users petition for Windows Mobile upgrades

"In response to recent announcements from HP and Dell that there would be no Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition upgrades for their older devices, several disgruntled users have begun online petitions to try and convince the companies to change their minds. The HP petition, addressed to HP's CEO, calls for a "reasonable commercial Windows Mobile 2003 Second edition for Pocket PC upgrade service or software package" for the HP iPAQ h19xx, h22xx, h38xx, h39xx, h41xx, and h5xxx series devices. As of this writing, there are approximately 5600 signatories. A similar petition addressed to Dell currently stands at just under 3000 signatures." (Source: Larry Garfield, Infosync)
Posted Thursday, July 29 2004 by ChrisD
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Broken Scenario, Episode 1: That Darn "X" Button

"Since the first Pocket PC OS was shown to a group of MVPs in late 1999, we've all been complaining about the broken functionality of the "X" button. We've ranted, railed, begged and pleaded. We've made T-shirts mocking the "X" button. We've calmly explained scenario after scenario where a true clue button is needed. We've pointed out the fact that all OEMs bundle their own task switcher/killer applications, so maybe, just maybe, this is something the companies selling Pocket PCs want to see. We've told them stories about how one of the top questions new users ask is "How do I close applications?" and "Where do I get a program to help me switch tasks?". Almost five years later, nothing has changed, and we've all but given up. Still, I figured it couldn't hurt to tell one more story to reinforce what a broken scenario the "X" button is." (Source: Jason Dunn, PocketPCThoughts)
Posted Thursday, July 29 2004 by ChrisD
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Motorola Announces A780 Linux SmartPhone and MPx220 Pocket PC SmartPhone

"Motorola MPx220 Pocket PC SmartPhone

Motorola MPx220

The MPx220 seamlessly merges the familiarity and power of the desktop and the pocket-ability of a mobile phone, making this the ideal productivity tool to take your office on the road around the world.

“The new Motorola MPx220 is the ultimate device for globe trotting professionals and busy people who want to stay connected without compromising style or high-tech phone features,” said Michael Tatelman, vice president and general manager, MOTOPro Products, Motorola Inc. “Once you’ve experienced the MPx220, whether it be e-mail synchronization, moving to the latest hits with the built in MP3 player or even recording your own piece of history using the mega-pixel camera, the Motorola MPx220 is your ideal companion." (Source: Bargain PDA)

Posted Wednesday, July 28 2004 by ChrisD
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Innovative NavPoint(TM) Solution Brings Cursor Functionality and Advanced Interface Options to iPAQ Users

"Synaptics(R) Incorporated (Nasdaq: SYNA), a leading developer of interface solutions for mobile computing, communications, and entertainment devices, has developed a new touchpad interface solution for the HP iPAQ hx4700 Pocket PC.

The NavPoint touchpad solution replaces the HP device's five-way mechanical button with an interactive capacitive sensor. In addition to replacing button functionality, the NavPoint also offers unique navigation controls, including short and long distance scrolling features, tapping, and mouse-like cursor navigation.

"The NavPoint solution offers users improved functionality and versatility in accessing and managing today's richer content in handheld devices," explains Francis Lee, President and CEO of Synaptics. "We are pleased to work closely with a company such as HP that emphasizes innovative technology in their device designs."

For more information, or to view a demonstration of the NavPoint solution, visit http://www.synaptics.com . For more information on the NavPoint equipped HP iPAQ Pocket PC, visit http://www.hp.com/ipaq . " (Source: Press Release, PRNewswire)
Posted Wednesday, July 28 2004 by ChrisD
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IntelliGolf® 7.1 Ships with Embedded GPS for Navman PiN, Garmin iQue, and Wins "Best Mobile Software" Award

"Karrier Communications, leaders in sports enhancing software, today announced the shipment of its latest IntelliGolf® version 7.1 golf scorecard software for Palm Powered handhelds™, Microsoft® Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs, Smartphones, and Windows PCs. IntelliGolf v7.1 adds support for embedded GPS on the Navman™ PiN Pocket PC, the Garmin® iQue handheld, 5-way navigation on Palm OS™ devices (e.g. Treo 600 smartphone and Tungsten handhelds from PalmOne, etc.), GPS baud rates to 115,200, new wagering enhancements, and Dual-Sync capabilities for Windows Mobile devices. Additionally, IntelliGolf was just awarded "Best Mobile Software" for Y2004 in the Lifestyle category at this year's Handango conference based upon its recent support of Bluetooth, GPS, and all seven S's of golf. IntelliGolf 7.1 is immediately available via resellers listed at www.intelligolf.com. SRP: $29.95/$39.95.

"We are honored to have received the "Best Mobile Software" award for Y2004 at this year's Handango conference," said Craig Schmidt, President and CEO of Karrier Communications. "Coupling this Award with the shipment of IntelliGolf 7.1, and its support of the Navman PiN and Garmin iQue, really rounds out the software."

"We are thrilled that the IntelliGolf software now includes embedded support for the Navman PiN," said Nick Maire, Vice President, New Business and Global Strategy of Navman. "The PiN's discreet, lightweight GPS antenna combined with the power of the Pocket PC platform makes an ideal combination for golfers worldwide."

"We believe IntelliGolf is a "must-have" application for the many golfers using Palm Powered devices, including myself" said Larry Berkin, director of developer marketing for PalmSource. "We are excited to see IntelliGolf v7.1 supporting five-way navigation and embedded GPS on the Garmin iQue. This provides an even better user experience and further leverages the ease-of-use of Palm OS."

"Each year our Top 200 software developer partners (out of 11,000) are invited to attend the Handango Partner Summit," said Randy Eisenman, President and CEO of Handango. "At this year's Summit, we honored IntelliGolf as 2004's "Best Mobile Software" product in the Lifestyle category, chosen by a select panel of industry-leading editors and analysts. Congratulations!" (Source: Press Release)

Posted Wednesday, July 28 2004 by ChrisD
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The New HP IPAQ Pocket PCs!

The new HP iPAQs that were announced today include:

  • The hx4705 - Designed for Business with a 4-inch VGA resolution LCD
    screen, a 624MHz processor, 64 MB RAM, 128 MB rom, integrated touchpad, built-in 802.11b Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and CompactFlash and SDIO slots. It uses Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition.
  • The h6315 - HP’s first Pocket PC Phone, with quad-band GSM/GPRS, built-in 802.11b WiFi and Bluetooth, integrated VGA quality digital camera, a 200MHz processor, 64 MB RAM, 64 BM ROM, SDIO slot, a 3.5-inch LCD screen, and an attachable mini-keyboard. It uses Windows Mobile 2003.
  • The rx3100 - HP's Consumer Pocket PC is being debuted as the “Mobile Media Companion” because it can play music on other PCs as a remote control, and it comes with 64MB of RAM, built-in 802.11b Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a 3.5-inch LCD screen, an SDIO slot, and software for wirelessly browsing your music, photo, and video collection from anywhere in your home and so you can use the rx3100 as a universal remote control. It uses Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition.
  • The rx3700 - The high end "Mobile Media Companion", the rx3700 has the same media and universal remote software as the rx3100, a 400MHz   processor, 56 MB RAM, 96 MB flash, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a 3.5-inch LCD screen, and an SD expansion card slot, but also has a built-in 1.2 megapixel digital camera. It uses Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition.
  • The rx3415 - The low end "Mobile Media Companion", the rx3400 is similar to the rx3700, 52 MB RAM, 4 MB flash and a 300MHz processor. It uses Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition.
  • The rz1715 - Their mid end entry level Pocket PC, the rz1715 only has a 203MHz processor, 35MB of storage (21mb flash), a 3.5-inch LCD screen, an SD expansion card slot, but no WiFi or Bluetooth. It uses Windows Mobile 2003.
  • The rz1700 - And lastly, the rz1700 is their new entry-level Pocket PC, with a 203 MHz processor, 25MB of storage (10mb flash). It uses Windows Mobile 2003. (Source: Pocket PC Talk)

  • Posted Monday, July 26 2004 by ChrisD
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    HP iPAQ h6315 Pocket PC – Phone Edition Specifications

    1.Phone Receiver11.Inbox Button
    2.GSM/GPRS LED Indicator12.5-Way Navigation Button
    3.Bluetooth LED Indicator13.Charging/Communications Port
    4.WLAN LED Indicator14.Microphone
    5.Power Button with Charging/Notification LED15.Contacts Button
    6.Volume Up Button16.Phone Send Button
    7.Volume Down Button17.Soft Reset
    8.SD Expansion Card Slot18.Voice Record Button
    9.Camera Button (on select models)19.Headset Connector
    10.Phone End Button20.Antenna
    " (Source: HP Website)
    Posted Monday, July 26 2004 by ChrisD
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    HP iPAQ h6300 Review

    "The iPAQ h6300 is probably one of the most advanced Pocket PC phones available in the market today. Since I have been using this iPAQ for some time I was able to put it through the paces and really get a feel of the unit. In our review we will go over four different elements of this phone such as design, wireless definitions, software included, and functionality. " (Source: Dave's iPAQ)
    Posted Monday, July 26 2004 by ChrisD
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    Buyers flock to buy the latest mini computers

    "Microsoft, which provides the Windows Mobile operating system to several manufacturers, is also in the process of introducing a qwerty-keyboard device, called the Pocket PC.

    "I see a lot more interest in qwerty, particularly as people decide the combination of a phone and messaging is critical," said Suzan K. DelBene, vice president for marketing at Microsoft's mobile division.

    Cellular executives believe that a market previously limited largely to business travelers and technology enthusiasts will broaden as networks add digital audio and video entertainment services to their offerings." (Source: John Markoff, New York Times, San Mateo News)

    Posted Sunday, July 25 2004 by ChrisD
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