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Week of September 4, 2005

HP iPAQ hw6500 Series Audio Adapters Shipping

Pocket PC Techs are pleased to announce that we are shipping two new audio adapters for the HP iPAQ hw6500 Series. The PPCPADPT11 adapter converts the proprietary 4 conductor iPAQ jack to a 3.5mm standard stereo headphone jack and enables the unit's built-in microphone. The perfect hands-free solution for the car.

The PPCPADPT14 adapter provides 3.5mm stereo audio output, has a 2.5mm STD headset jack and an answer button. Now you can use your favorite 2.5mm STD headset with your system.

European customers will be able to order through our Authorized Reseller, Expansys.com. http://www.expansys.com/p_ppctech.asp  This will save the customer international customs & shipping fees, and shipping time.(Source: Press Release)

Posted Saturday, September 10 2005 by ChrisD
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Microsoft warms up voice software plans

"What they want to do ultimately is own the interface," says Irwin Lazar, an analyst with Burton Group. "They want to provide that client on the desktop, the mobile phone, the softphone regardless of the back-end [voice] system."

Microsoft also is positioning its infrastructure software to support voice. For example, it will use Active Directory as the repository for identity and attribute information, including phone numbers, and a future version of Exchange as a unified message store for voice mail.

In addition, a mobile version of Office Communicator, expected in beta in the coming months, will extend the client's VoIP and call-control features to mobile devices.  (Source: John Fontana, Tim Greene, Phil Hochmuth, Network World)

Posted Thursday, September 8 2005 by ChrisD
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Buried in Barcodes, Utilities Firm uses SYWARE's Visual CE 9 to Mobilize Information Between Utilities and the Field, Rapidly Convert Paper-Based Processes Into Mobile Applications

CAMBRIDGE, MA, U.S.A. --September 7, 2005-- SYWARE, Inc. announced today
that utilities services firm SL-Serco tapped SYWARE's Visual CE 9 to
mobilize information between utilities and the field, rapidly convert
paper-based or PC processes into mobile applications. With over 100,000
installations, SYWARE's Visual CE 9 software enables individuals and
companies of all sizes in all industries to develop and deploy mobile Pocket
Access applications. SYWARE's Visual CE 9 Pocket PC Database and PDA
development software product, and its integrated products for wireless
synchronization and remote printing, allow complete and robust mobile
applications to be implemented. SYWARE requires no programming to develop
robust applications on Windows Mobile PDAs.

SL-Serco has provided services including meter installation and reading,
customer support and safety services for utilities for over 35 years.
SL-Serco reads 50,000 water meters every month. The firm also installs water
meters for cities. One project called for the firm to install 16,000 water
meters in just one city. Other projects require SL-Serco to install up to
450 meters a week. After the meter is installed, workers in the field have
to process large numbers of barcodes. Paper-based and manual processes were
the norm. There is a virtual "sea" of numbers and barcodes that must be
managed during the water meter installation process. Each meter has a unique
set of barcodes that has to be processed. Prior to SYWARE's solution, the
sheer volume of barcodes that must be identified and processed was enormous
and could contribute to human error. SL-Serco needed a reliable, easy-to-use
and cost-effective solution for managing and processing a large number of
barcodes. A joint solution that uses SYWARE's Visual CE 9 software in
conjunction with an RFID scanning device enabled SL-Serco to scan barcodes
electronically to provide faster, more accurate processes to help eliminate
human error when working in the field. The new solution virtually eliminates
field representatives from having to navigate through paper-based forms to
service customer sites, as SL-Serco uses Visual CE 9 to do all of this work
with electronic dropdown forms. SL-Serco's customer-specific data can be
downloaded, collected, displayed, modified and automatically synchronized.
As a result, the Visual CE 9 enabled SL-Serco to mobilize information
between utilities and the field, rapidly convert paper-based or PC processes
into mobile applications.

"We welcome the opportunity to combine SYWARE's Visual CE 9 software with
other technology vendors' hardware to address a booming RFID marketplace,"
said Sy Danberg, President, SYWARE, Inc. Large retailers such as Wal-Mart
and Home Depot are reportedly making plans to require their suppliers to
start equipping arriving pallets and cases with RFID devices soon. Venture
Development Corporation, a market research and strategy firm specializing in
the RFID industry, estimates that the RFID industry will grow at a five year
compound annual growth rate of 22.6%, putting the market size at about $2.7
billion in 2007. The interest in RFID has reached an all-time high, and
large retailers and CPG firms like Wal-Mart, Gillette, and Procter & Gamble
are stepping up the timetable for broader adoption of the technology.

"Using Visual CE in conjunction with RFID reader cards enables companies to
quickly implement cost-effective, easy-to-use mobile RFID scanning
solutions," said Sy Danberg, President, SYWARE. "This allows companies to
significantly improve the speed and efficiency of all their mobile data
entry processes, whether in inventory control, government, transportation,
aerospace and in many other markets," Danberg added. (Source: Press Release)

Posted Wednesday, September 7 2005 by ChrisD
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LingvoSoft Dictionary 2006 - new generation of dictionaries!

Livingo Dictionary 2006Known for making innovative Translating Dictionaries, Phrasebooks for Travelers and FlashCards language learning games for over 45 languages, LingvoSoft is the leader in the field of portable language tools for all major platforms.

Always ahead of the pack, LingvoSoft has just released four new translating dictionaries Pocket PC in French and Dutch. These essential language solutions are remarkable tools that are here to help you out with your business dealings, studies or when you travel. The talking versions can even speak all the words from their massive databases aloud in French or Dutch! Now that's something to shout about!

Super convenient and super effective, these applications are easy to use and provide enhanced compatibility with the latest Pocket PC platforms, virtual keyboards, practical user manuals, and a whole lot more. They are part of a series of advance dictionaries for Pocket PC that can already speak in Spanish and German and will be expanded in late September to include Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Greek, and Japanese!

For more details visit http://www.lingvosoft.com/news/2982/

To view the whole set of LingvoSoft dictionaries visit our Web site http://www.lingvosoft.com/  (Source: Press Release)

Posted Wednesday, September 7 2005 by ChrisD
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LodeRunners Pack 1.51 by Ballshooter Games

LodeRunnerLodeRunner is really simple and addictive - you help the bounty hunter collect all the treasures, while avoiding (and preferably destroying) the evil guards who are trained to kill.

LoadRunner comes packed with 50 amazing and challenging levels and many artifacts:

* Shovel - dig away in any direction!
* Puncher - these walls won't stop you!
* Step-ladder - get ready to climb!

Plus, there is a fully featured soundtrack for Lode Runner that will make your gaming experience that much richer.

X-MAS LodeRunner is a real Christmas tale!

It comes packed with 40 snowy levels that makes your gaming like in Christmas Fairyland where you are to guess many riddles. You will see a lot of X-MAS backgrounds and hear several original soundtracks.

Make a present to yourself -- buy them together, we guarantee you much more pleasure!

Pdatopsoft.com - Palm, Pocket PC, Windows CE, EPOC(Symbian), Smartphones, RIM and Windows Mobile software at www.pdatopsoft.com. New submissions daily! (Source: Press Release)

Posted Tuesday, September 6 2005 by ChrisD
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Socket Communications Delivers Industry First CF RFID Reader-Scan Card with Combined Bar Code and RFID Technology

Unique Multi-Functional Device Supports Both Technologies with a Single Plug-In Accessory for Pocket PC-Based Applications  

Socket Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCKT), an innovative provider of mobile productivity products, today announced the availability of the CF RFID Reader-Scan Card Series 6. Designed for Pocket PCs or other mobile devices running Windows Mobile software, the CF RFID Reader-Scan Card is an industry first, and combines both RFID and bar code technology within the same CF housing, enabling users to scan bar codes and read/write to high frequency (13.56MHz) RFID tags with a single, affordable mobile device.

"By 2010, the RFID technology market is expected to triple from what it is today," said Peter Phillips, vice president of marketing at Socket Communications. "Both bar code and RFID technologies will co-exist for several years to come and the CF RFID Reader-Scan Card offers an easy solution where both bar codes and RFID tags are used. This truly unique multi-function device is backed by Socket's reputation for reliable, easy-to-use energy efficient products that increase the productivity of mobile workers."

To meet the rapidly growing demand for the use of RFID technology as a replacement of and/or supplement to bar codes, the Socket CF RFID Reader-Scan Card combines the functions of Socket's CF Scan Card for bar codes and the CF RFID Reader Card. Unlike large, bulky, ruggedized expensive data collection devices from other auto ID vendors, the CF RFID Reader-Scan Card scans linear bar codes and reads and writes to high frequency (13.56MHz) RFID tags, enabling users to support both technologies with a single plug-in accessory for Pocket PC-based applications. Dual functionality is supported by SocketScan keyboard wedge software, which sends the RFID tag and/or bar code data to any Windows application as virtual keystrokes. The product is ideally suited for data collection implementations requiring both technologies, or for companies seeking ways to future-proof solutions with a migration path from bar codes to RFID.

"At St. Clair Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, Socket's bar code scanners have done a great job to significantly reduce medication errors, streamline workflow and improve patient safety over the past eighteen months," said Tom Ague, executive vice president and chief operating officer at St. Clair Hospital. "To maximize the effectiveness of our VeriScan medication verification system, we wanted to utilize the re-usable read/write capabilities of RFID to improve patient and nurse identification. The nurse now logs into the VeriScan application more rapidly by using the RFID tag on her ID badge to authenticate. With RFID on the patient wristband, the nurse scans the patient without needing a direct line of sight to the bar code. With the same device, the medication's bar code is then scanned to ensure the right patient is receiving the right medication and dose via the right route of administration at the right time. Bar codes aren't going away -- since it is not yet cost-effective to use RFID tags on packaging for consumables such as medications. We see the dual-scanning capability of Socket's CF RFID Reader-Scan Card as a very effective approach."

The CF RFID Reader-Scan Card is available with either a Class 1 laser (model 6M) that is extremely safe for patient care applications or a more powerful Class 2 laser (model 6P) for more demanding scanning requirements. A single software developer's kit (SDK) supports all Socket Auto ID products, making it easy for developers to incorporate support for any and all products in their applications, and allows end users to use the Socket Auto ID product that best addresses their needs.


Socket's CF RFID Reader-Scan Card Series 6 is supported on Pocket PC 2003 (Windows Mobile) and soon to be released Windows Mobile 5.0.

Pricing and Availability

Socket's CF RFID Reader-Scan Card Series 6 will be available September 12, 2005 through Socket's worldwide distribution channels with an MSRP of $729 (version 6M) and $799 (version 6P).  (Source: Press Release, Business Wire)

Posted Tuesday, September 6 2005 by ChrisD
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