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Week of February 3, 2008

Tradewinds 2 gets first release for Windows Mobile(R) Standard smartphones

KEELE, Staffordshire, UK & BOTHELL, Wash, USA - February 6th, 2008 - Astraware(R) and Sandlot Games(R) are pleased to announce a new version of Tradewinds 2 for Windows Mobile(R) Standard devices alongside an update to the existing Palm OS(R) and Windows Mobile(R) Professional versions.

The first release of Tradewinds 2 for Windows Mobile(R) Standard devices supports both QVGA and QVGA landscape smartphones, and the 5-way control system has been optimised for non-touchscreen devices to make it easier to navigate map, port, and combat screens in the game. The Palm OS(R) and Windows Mobile(R) Professional versions of Tradewinds 2 have also been updated to include these enhancements which further improve the playability for users who prefer to use key controls instead of the stylus and touchscreen.

Tradewinds 2 is a fun Caribbean trading adventure featuring 20 ports to explore and trade in, pirates to battle and defeat and fun missions to complete for honor and reward. Players can select from a choice of 4 characters to play as, with an additional unlockable character and a Custom Character Creator to offer many hours of additional play. Tradewinds 2 includes two modes: Story Mode where players undertake tasks to complete a set of missions; and Free Trade Mode where the aim is to trade goods and build your fortune.

Tradewinds 2 is available for download for Palm OS(R) and Windows Mobile(R) smartphones and PDAs from http://www.astraware.com/tradewinds2. To enjoy fully-featured, unlimited play players can purchase the game for $19.95.  (Source: Press Release)

Posted Friday, February 8 2008 by ChrisD
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HanDBase 4.0 Released!

We are so excited to share that HanDBase 4.0 is finally here! So what's new with 4.0? There is so much new that it's best to read the full list of improvements for each PDA, Smartphone and Desktop platform here: http://www.ddhsoftware.com/whatsnew40.html

HanDBase 4 is the result of several years of development and while it certainly couldn't contain every requested feature, it contains a great number of the most requested features.

HanDBase is nearly 10 years old, and despite our license policy of 1 year of included free upgrades, most users have received free upgrades all throughout these years. While we'd love to continue this practice, we have the need to recoup some of the large development costs we incurred these past few years bringing this new product to you. After careful consideration, we decided to charge just USD$14.99 for the upgrade. Additionally, as you can see from the features list, so many features were added to the Forms capability, we felt it was a great time to offer you a special discount to upgrade to the Professional version if you are using the Standard or Plus versions. Whereas the cost to upgrade from these packages is $19.99, we've made it so that if you upgrade to Professional now, you'll get the 4.0 upgrade and the Professional upgrade both- a 15.00 savings. Please note, this is a limited time offer.

Of course, we honored our license agreement which says that you get a year of free upgrades, so anyone who purchased in the last 365 days should already find in their account a version of HanDBase4 to match what they purchased previously. Also, anyone active in a service agreement gets this upgrade for free as well.

Edmund Burke once said "Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it." We learned quite a few things from the 3.0 release we had a few years ago, some of those were hard lessons about the logistics of such a large upgrade to such a large group of people at once. One of those lessons was that HanDBase is used in many workplaces, and as such, there are often people who are not interested in updating right away- they realize that despite the beta testing there may be bugs that slip past the initial release. For this reason, we are keeping HanDBase 3 actively available on our site- in fact, we just released a version 3.75 update coinciding with the 4.0 release. If you decide not to upgrade, you'll still be able to download the current 3.x release for, at minimum, one year. But we hope you'll upgrade to version 4- if you do, you'll have access to download both version 3.75 and 4.0 in your account so you can switch back and forth if necessary. HanDBase v3.75 can read the databases created and used by HanDBase 4.0; though it does not support all the new features in these databases, it was designed to skip those features gracefully.

We've been working towards this day for a long time at DDH and are very excited to share this new release with you, our loyal customers. We sincerely thank you for all your patience and continued support. Without it, we can't continue to make these types of advances in our software's usefulness. I sincerely hope you'll find you can increase your productivity and mobility with HanDBase v4 and welcome your feedback.(Source: Press Release)

Posted Wednesday, February 6 2008 by ChrisD
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Smart mobile device shipments hit 118 million in 2007, up 53% on 2006

- Apple takes third place in global hardware market in Q4

Singapore and Reading (UK) - Tuesday, 5 February 2008 For immediate release

Annual highlights

- Converged device shipments (smart phones and wireless handhelds) rose 60% to hit 115 million in 2007
- Shipments of handhelds fell 47% to 3.0 million, from 5.6 million in 2006
- APAC is the largest region by volume - 47.9 million units in 2007, ahead of EMEA at 45.9 million
- North America is growing fast - shipments doubled to 20.9 million, from 10.3 million in 2006
- Nokia remained global market leader, shipping 60.5 million smart phones
- RIM shipments grew 112% year-on-year to 12.2 million, strengthening its second place position
- By OS provider, Symbian leads on 67% share, followed by Microsoft on 13%, with RIM on 10%

Q4 highlights - converged devices

- Converged device shipments rose 72% year-on-year in Q4 2007, the highest growth seen all year
- Nokia and RIM retained their number one and two positions
- Apple achieved third place despite its limited geographic coverage, with 7% share
- APAC converged device shipments rose 23%, EMEA 79%, and North America 222%
- Symbian leads with 65% share, ahead of Microsoft on 12%, RIM on 11%, Apple on 7%, and Linux at 5% 

Highlights from the Canalys research...

The latest market data from analyst firm Canalys shows how much the converged device market (all smart phones and wireless handhelds) has grown over the past year. These, typically high-end, devices represented around 10% of the global mobile phone market by units in 2007, with annual growth of 60% making them one of the fastest growing segments of the technology industry. Year-on-year growth climbed every quarter throughout 2007, to reach a peak of 72% in Q4.

Worldwide converged smart mobile device market Market shares Q4 2007, Q4 2006

Vendor            Q4 2007             Q4 2006           Growth

                Shipments   Share   Shipments   Share   Q4'07/Q4'06

Total          35,522,360  100.0%  20,667,200  100.0%    71.9%

Nokia          18,802,480   52.9%  11,114,630   53.8%    69.2%

RIM             4,046,860   11.4%   1,829,260    8.9%   121.2%

Apple           2,320,840    6.5%           -          0.0%       NA

Motorola        2,301,260    6.5%   1,463,090    7.1%    57.3%

Others          8,050,920   22.7%   6,260,220   30.3%    28.6%


Source: Canalys estimates, copyright canalys.com ltd. 2008 Converged smart mobile device market: smart phones and wireless handhelds (Table should be viewed in a monospaced font; graphical version available from web site)

Apple's entry into this market in 2007 with the iPhone sparked a lot of media attention and speculation about how much it could disrupt the status quo and take share away from companies such as Nokia, RIM, Palm and Motorola. "When you consider that it launched part way through the year, with limited operator and country coverage, and essentially just one product, Apple has shown very clearly that it can make a difference and has sent a wakeup call to the market leaders," said Pete Cunningham, Canalys senior analyst. "What it must demonstrate now is that it can build a sustainable business in the converged device space, expanding its coverage and product portfolio. It will also need to ensure that the exclusive relationships that got it so far so quickly do not prove to be a limit on what it can achieve. Apple's innovation in its mobile phone user interface has prompted a lot of design activity among competitors.

We saw the beginnings of that in 2007, but we will see a lot more in

2008 as other smart phone vendors try to catch up and then get back in front. Experience shows that a vendor with only one smart phone design, no matter how good that design is, will soon struggle. A broad, continually refreshed portfolio is needed to retain and grow share in this dynamic market. This race is a marathon, but you pretty much have to sprint every lap."

Canalys estimates that Apple took 28% share of the fast growing US converged device market in Q4 2007, behind RIM's 41%, but a long way ahead of third placed Palm on 9%. This was also enough to put Apple ahead of all Windows Mobile device vendors combined, whose share was 21% in the quarter according to Canalys figures. In EMEA, where the iPhone officially launched part way through the quarter in only three countries, Apple took fifth spot behind Nokia, RIM, HTC and Motorola, but ahead of several established smart phone providers such as Sony Ericsson, Samsung and Palm.

For the full year 2007, as in 2006, the Asia Pacific region was the biggest in volume terms for converged device shipments. Apple has of course not yet launched the iPhone in the region, and many vendors who are successful in other parts of the world, such as RIM and Palm, have also made relatively little impact there so far. Nokia continues to lead in the region, with more than 50% share in converged devices, ahead of Japanese smart phone vendors Sharp and Fujitsu. Motorola, despite enjoying fourth place, has seen its Linux-based smart phone shipments in the region fall 28% from their high in 2006.

"The mobile Linux opportunity remains just that - an opportunity," added Rachel Lashford, manager of Canalys in APAC, "Total Linux-based phone shipments in 2007 were almost flat on 2006. There is still too much fragmentation and not enough momentum for any single open standard around which the energy of developers, manufacturers and operators can coalesce."

Nokia's recent announcement of its intention to acquire Trolltech will no doubt have raised questions among some of Trolltech's mobile phone producing partners about their Linux implementation strategy going forward. Meanwhile Google's Android initiative, like others before it, remains an idea yet to turn into viable commercial products widely accepted by both mobile network operators and the mass market. Although off to a slow start, Canalys expects Linux will account for a significant proportion of mobile phone shipments within the next few years.

Lashford continued: "Rising consumer interest in having a rich, high-speed browsing experience on a mobile device, and the demand for visually sophisticated navigation and location applications will attract more companies into this arena. Flattening mobile data costs, and the advertising-funded possibilities generated by location-based services, will help reduce usage barriers. Improvements in the underlying technologies and innovation in user interfaces will lead to more usable devices. All these factors will help push the high-end mobile phone and smart phone segments forward. Meanwhile supply-side concerns around time to market and build and support costs will drive the industry to look for economies of scale. Mobile Linux can have a big part to play in this future, but at the moment the maturity of the other mobile operating systems puts them a long way ahead."

In Q4 2007, Canalys estimates that Symbian had a 65% share of worldwide converged device shipments, ahead of Microsoft on 12% and RIM on 11%. By region, Symbian led in APAC and EMEA with 85% and 80% shares respectively, while in North America RIM was the clear leader on 42%, ahead of Apple on 27% and Microsoft at 21%.

About the Smart Mobile Device Analysis services...

The shipment estimates discussed in this release come from the market-leading Canalys Smart Mobile Device Analysis Worldwide service.

Canalys' globally consistent smart mobile device product segmentation and definitions are used by vendors the world over to provide a coherent view of the total market for smart phones, handhelds and wireless handhelds. Clients receive quarterly market updates, regular reports, trends presentations and forecasts, and direct access to the Canalys analysts. Canalys offers services looking at the smart mobile device markets by country in Asia Pacific, North and Latin America and EMEA, as well as providing global market overviews. It also has services focusing specifically on the rapidly developing markets for mobile navigation and Linux-based mobile phones, and survey-based analysis of consumer and enterprise attitudes and preferences toward mobile applications, products and services. More information is available from www.canalys.com.  (Source: Press Release)

Posted Tuesday, February 5 2008 by ChrisD
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Threaded SMS finally on Windows Mobile!

SMS-Chat 4 February, 2008 – VITO Technology releases much expected SMS-Chat on its brand-new web site http://iwindowsmobile.com that brings threaded SMS to your Windows Mobile device. SMS-Chat is designed to give you total control over text messaging. Finger friendly interface and sparkling looks with animated menus result in extremely convenient and appealing user experience. Manage your mobile texting with a flick of a finger!

A huge SMS fan? Then you are sure to know that SMS-Chat is something the whole Windows Mobile community was longing for. Even if you send short messages just once in a while to congratulate your friends, you’ll soon find out SMS-Chat is a perfect solution for you.

SMS-Chat is a Windows Mobile SMS messenger that organizes your SMS correspondence into threaded SMS conversations. Isn’t it great to have a separate chat for every contact with whom you exchange short text messages, just like in your IM client? You can easily follow a conversation scrolling thru a chat with a finger: all messages are grouped by date. Chats with the most recent message always appear at the top.

Moreover, SMS-Chat presents a number of useful features like multiple SMS messaging, resending, forwarding and deleting messages (you can also delete the whole chat). Imagine how easy it is going to be to congratulate all your friends at once next time holidays come around. You send a single message to all of them and watch replies in separate chats.
The contact search is simplified with a filter that helps you find a contact in seconds by typing its name or number. You can also enjoy scrolling contact list with a finger.

SMS-Chat is available for $14.95 at http://iwindowsmobile.com. SMS-Chat supports English, German, French, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew.

VITO Technology Inc. is known for its high-tech products in the field of Windows Mobile and Symbian software, GPS navigation and custom projects. Introduced in the present article SMS-Chat is an SMS messenger that brings threaded SMS to Windows Mobile.  (Source: Press Release)

Posted Monday, February 4 2008 by ChrisD
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New Product: Sprite Archie – Never lose an SMS message again.

Sprite Archie V1 is now released.

What is Sprite Archie?
Sprite Archie monitors your SMS and Call activity and logs this activity to email so that you can refer back to it at any time.

Why should you care?
    * Never lose SMS messages again. - Automatically archives each sent or received SMS message
    * Export your SMS and Call activity before changing phones. - Flexible format - text, csv or xml
    * Easily analyze your call activity - or compare to your operator billing record.
    * Meet data retention compliance requirements - No more un-managed messages
    * Convenience - Search for messages or call history items from the comfort of your desktop

Product Features
    * SMS Messages - archive to email immediately or on a daily or weekly schedule
    * Export SMS or Call activity for a date range to file - text, csv or xml format -
    * Customizable templates for emails
    * Supports all Windows Mobile phones running WM5 or WM6 (except Palm Treos).

Price $14.95 Use coupon: SAFEB085 to get an immediate $5 discount. (Source: Press Release)

Posted Sunday, February 3 2008 by ChrisD
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