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Week of March 4, 2007

Microsoft's Mundie: Consumers driving tech trends

WILLIAMS: So do you see Microsoft doing something like Apple's iPhone in the future?

MUNDIE: Well, Microsoft has been in the phone business for years. What do you think that thing is (pointing to a cell phone on the table)? That does more than an iPhone does today and it's our 7th generation.

The difference is that we've been coming at the smart phone and the Pocket PC class of phones by starting from the enterprise level where historically, a lot of that market was.

I would say arguably, we're probably better prepared to continue not only to serve that marketplace but also transfer it over to the high-function, high-fashion phone world. (Source: David E. Williams, CNN)


Posted Friday, March 9 2007 by ChrisD
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Socket Mobile Unveils New Handheld Computer for Business Mobility Market

Company to Leverage Existing Reseller Channels to Target Small to Medium Deployments

Socket Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT), dba Socket Mobile, Inc., an innovative provider of mobile productivity products, today unveiled its new handheld mobile computer specifically designed to make essential business mobile productivity solutions possible and affordable. The company’s extensive line of mobile data collection and networking connectivity peripherals combined with the new handheld make Socket a one-stop supplier of mobile computing hardware systems.

The new Socket SoMo™ 650 is built to address the market that exists between consumer-oriented PDAs and heavy duty industrial devices. The sleek, durable device uses a touch screen and is based on the Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system to ensure the highest level of mobile application compatibility and gives workers a familiar computing environment. The SoMo 650 handheld computer’s flexible design enables ease of customization and integration with Socket and third party peripherals and information systems – extending the lifecycle of the product and reducing total cost of ownership. The company will launch a new extended, multi-year service warranty on the device as well as on many of its higher-end peripheral products.

“Mobile computing systems available today do not meet the mobility needs of small- to medium-sized companies or many business units within larger enterprises,” said Kevin Mills, president and chief executive officer of Socket Mobile. “Currently companies need to choose between devices that are often too costly and over featured or inexpensive and under featured, which results in mobility solutions being overly difficult to justify and deploy. The SoMo 650 is designed to change all of that, since it’s designed and developed for the currently underserved business mobility market.”

Socket Mobile plans to leverage more than 100 value added reseller partners to target current and prospective customers seeking cost effective mobile computing solutions to deliver applications for inventory control, sales force automation, patient tracking, asset management and merchandising. The company’s primary focus will be on the healthcare, automotive, life sciences and retail markets in which workers have a need for efficient data collection, real-time information management and applications in the field.

“The business mobility market represents approximately 10.9 million organizations and 69 million mobile workers. However, with penetration of mobility solutions at only 25 percent, most organizations still rely on manual, paper-based systems that contribute to greater error frequency and highly inefficient processes," said David Krebs, director of the Mobile & Wireless Practice, Venture Development Corporation.

“With the Windows Mobile operating system, Socket Mobile is helping its customers attain an easily deployable, manageable solution that increases mobile productivity,” said Chris Hill, group product manager at Microsoft Corp. "Windows Mobile brings a familiar experience to the small screen, helping mobile professionals stay connected to important data wherever they are."

Features and Pricing
The SoMo 650 includes the following features and applications:

The SoMo 650 is the first in a family of handheld computing products Socket will rollout in 2007 and is available through Socket distribution channels, resellers and vertical industry partners in the U.S. as well as selected countries in Asia Pacific and Europe with an MSRP of $648. Socket is on track to ship the SoMo 650 during the second quarter, starting with limited production in April and mass production in May. The handheld computer will be available in various packaged configurations that may include a wall charger, docking cradle and carrying case.

For more product information visit: http://www.socketmobile.com/products/handheld-computer/somo-650/  (Source: Press Release)


Posted Thursday, March 8 2007 by ChrisD
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SBSH PocketBreeze 5.2 released! Featuring new Contacts tab, Windows Mobile 6 compatibility and much more!

We are pleased to introduce to you today the all new PocketBreeze 5.2 update release! After several months of development and testing the new version is finally here!

SBSH PocketBreeze 5.2 introduces a new integrated contacts tab, completely redesigned options section with a much more user friendly interface, new skinning abilities, Windows Mobile 6 compatibility, new option to sort tasks with appointments based on their reminder and much more!

Some PocketBreeze 5.2 Highlights

Integrated Contacts Tab - A new contacts tab is now integrated in to PocketBreeze providing a more seamless experience. This new tab provides newly created features such as multiple alphabets support, contact photos, easy control and dialing with one hand navigation and much more.

Redesigned Options Section - The PocketBreeze Options section has been completely redesigned, making it much more user friendly. The new design is also easier to use with one-handed navigation and fully supports square screen devices, providing a much better user experience!

Windows Mobile 6 Compatibility - PocketBreeze 5.2 is fully compatible with the new Windows Mobile 6 OS. This provides the opportunity of upgrading to a new device with confidence that PocketBreeze will continue to work on the new device.

Many Other Enhancements - New professional graphics that enhance your today screen, ability to sort tasks with appointments based on their reminder, new skinning capabilities, popup monthly calendar improvements and much more!


We invite you to read more about the new version changes and free upgrade details for PocketBreeze 5.X registered users at the following URL:  http://www.sbsh.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=16052 
- Click here to read more about PocketBreeze 5.2
- Special Friends&Family Discount - Click here to register PocketBreeze 5.2 for $10.95 (retail $19.95)  (Source: Press Release)

Posted Thursday, March 8 2007 by ChrisD
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A6.Times 1.2 now released

Alien6 Technologies is proud to present the new and improved news aggregator, A6.Times 1.2. Known for his newspaper-like display, A6.Times is a user friendly news reader for your Windows Mobile (Pocket PC and Smartphone) device that supports all known Web content syndication formats and versions (RSS, Atom, RDF).

A6.Times 1.2 adds other new and exciting options:

- Listen, watch and manage media objects (known as podcast or enclosures).
- Ability to create and manage bookmarks on your favourite news.
- Share news by email.
- Save any images included in your news.
- Increased overall performances.
- And many more new options…

A6.Times sets itself apart from other similar software with a unique user interface that organizes information into sections, just like a traditional newspaper does.

Synchronize it anytime and then bring it with you wherever you go. And, unlike ordinary newspapers, it fits in your pocket.

A6.Times. The best way to get news about your world.

Info: www.alien6tech.com  (Source: Press Release)


Posted Wednesday, March 7 2007 by ChrisD
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Mobile development has never been easier.

BasicPPCBasic4ppc new version includes many awaited features including:

- Access FTP server for uploading and downloading files.
- GPS support. Including methods for converting between UTM and Lat/Lon and between different datums.
- Registry access.
- RAPI functions. Access the device from the desktop.
- Hardware keys support.
- Prevent the device and the backlight from suspending.
- Launch applications at a specific time or event.
- Decimal type - Supports very large and very accurate numbers.
- ToolBar control - Enhances the menu bar with images.
- ContextMenu - Shows a menu when the user taps and holds over a control (right clicks on the desktop).
- Changing fonts and changing text alignment.
- Bitwise operations like BinToDec, GetBit, SetBit and more.

More information can be found here: www.basic4ppc.com  (Source: Press Release)


Posted Wednesday, March 7 2007 by ChrisD
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Olive Tree Bible Software Releases Ryrie Study Bible Notes for Palm OS and Pocket PC

Olive Tree Bible Software has recently released the Ryrie Study Bible Notes from Moody Publishers, another very useful Bible study tool that can be installed with the BibleReader™ software on Palm OS or Pocket PC Handheld devices.

Olive Tree Bible Software has recently released the Ryrie Study Bible Notes from Moody Publishers, another very useful Bible study tool that can be installed with the BibleReader™ software on Palm OS or Pocket PC Handheld devices.

The Ryrie Study Bible Notes are an accumulation of Charles C. Ryrie's years of Bible study, teaching and writing. Anyone who is seeking help in understanding the scriptures will find these study notes a very useful tool. Along with extensive verse-by-verse notes on the scriptures (10,000 explanatory notes in all), users will also find: a synopsis of Bible doctrine which provides a concise and easy-to-understand outline of the major doctrines found in Scripture, comprehensive outlines of each book, and an index to the principle subjects covered in the notes.

Now available for use with Olive Tree's Palm or Pocket PC BibleReader™ software, these notes can also be used together with any of the Olive Tree Bibles, so the Bible student can look up the study notes on specific passages as they read through the scriptures. Visit www.olivetree.com for more details on this and many more Bible study resources for your PDA or Smartphone.   (Source: Press Release)


Posted Tuesday, March 6 2007 by ChrisD
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GolfTraxx Releases Latest Software for Pocket PC's and Windows Mobile Devices

GolfTraxx (http://golftraxx.com) latest software release for Pocket PC's and Windows Mobile devices now selects the appropriate club for you to hit, based on your game, after determining the remaining distance to the target. "GolfTraxx users can always update the club selection GolfTraxx makes," said Frank DeBenedetti, founder of GolfTraxx, "but initial reports are that GolfTraxx gets it right 80-90% of the time, after users have configured GolfTraxx for their clubs. More importantly, automatic club selection means that most shots can be played with just two clicks on your PDA device. This makes far easier to use on the course without holding up play."

DANVILLE, CA (PRWeb) March 5, 2007 -- GolfTraxx (http://golftraxx.com) latest software release for Pocket PC's and Windows Mobile devices now selects the appropriate club for you to hit, based on your game, after determining the remaining distance to the target. "GolfTraxx users can always update the club selection GolfTraxx makes, said Frank DeBenedetti, founder of GolfTraxx, "but initial reports are that GolfTraxx gets it right 80-90% of the time, after users have configured GolfTraxx for their clubs. More importantly, automatic club selection means that most shots can be played with just two clicks on your PDA device. This makes far easier to use on the course without holding up play."

The GolfTraxx database contains hole-by-hole information for over 21,000 courses in across the globe, several hundred of which already contain GPS coordinates, and all of which can be downloaded to PDA devices via GPRS or WIFI access. Free course data is an integral part of the GolfTraxx voice-enabled, 100% open standards Golf GPS solution for Garmin Ique, TREO, Palm One, Palm LifeDrive, Windows Mobile, Pocket PC, and Windows Mobile 5.

GolfTraxx offers a course mapping guide http://pdazip.com/MappingCourses.pdf , through which golfers can quickly and easily map their favorite courses using Google Earth, then submit the Google Earth .kml file to GolfTraxx for addition into the GolfTraxx on-line database and credit towards free GolfTraxx gear.

Once coordinates have been added to the GolfTraxx database, GolfTraxx users can then download the course directly to their device and receive yardages to reach (and to carry) each of the targets mapped for a particular hole in a single click. GolfTraxx' competitors use difficult to understand abbreviations for these additional targets and force their customers to scroll through a list of these waypoints one-by-one to find the appropriate waypoint for a particular hole.

In a single click from the main Play Golf menu, GolfTraxx accurately calculates golf shot distances anywhere in the world where the GPS can capture coordinates, then selects the appropriate club for the player. A professionally recorded female voice tells you the distances to multiple targets on every hole… including front, center and back of each green and distance of the previous shot. In another single click from the same menu, users receive distances to-reach and to-carry any other waypoint on the hole. GolfTraxx captures the club used and lie for each shot.

"Ease of use is critical to the GolfTraxx long-term strategy, since speed-of-play is so important to the sport," said Frank DeBenedetti, founder of GolfTraxx. "For us, that translates into minimizing the number of clicks required to play any shot. In our latest release for Pocket PC and Windows Mobile, the required clicks/shot has been decreased by nearly 80% to just 2 clicks. We challenge any of our competitors to make the same claim. In addition, GolfTraxx now provides an up-to-the minute scorecard, plus statistics such as greens-in-regulation, putts/hole, putts/GIR, and a scoring breakdown/hole (eagles, birdies, pars, bogeys, worse). And of course, GolfTraxx still makes all visually verified hole-by-hole GPS coordinates available for FREE download… usually on the same day the course is submitted, while our competitors charge a recurring annual fee for the data, or charge separately per course. Our belief is that GPS coordinate data should be available for FREE, but most of our competitors do not even supply the actual coordinates, even after you have paid for the courses. Google Earth data is also far more accurate than our competitors' data since it does not rely on manually collected GPS points. As a result, our customers now enjoy far greater ease-of-use, accuracy and far lower cost-of-ownership, through FREE access to hole-by-hole scorecard data and FREE GPS coordinate data for direct download to their PDA."

GolfTraxx offers FREE downloads of trial versions of the software for Palm One, TREO 650, TREO 700P, TREO 700W, Palm LifeDrive, Windows Mobile, Garmin Ique, and Pocket PC on their website. GolfTraxx offers FREE downloads of over 20,000 course scorecards in their on-line database directly to PDA devices. GPS coordinates are already included with hundreds of these courses for FREE to all GolfTraxx users. GolfTraxx' competitors require their customers to purchase courses separately. GolfTraxx offers various bundled solutions between $79.00-$599.95. If you already have a bluetooth GPS receiver, or all-in-one Windows Mobile device GolfTraxx can be purchased stand-alone for $29.00.  (Source: Press Release)


Posted Tuesday, March 6 2007 by ChrisD
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