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Week of October 5, 2008

Handmark Wins Seven Smartphone & Pocket PC Magazine Awards, Demonstrating Best-in-Class Game Development

Astraware®, the Handmark® Games Studio, today announced it has won seven awards as part of the Smartphone & Pocket PC Magazine 2008 Best Software Awards.

The Smartphone & Pocket PC Magazine 2008 Best Software Awards celebrate the very best software for Windows Mobile® smartphones and PDAs as voted for by a panel of industry experts including Microsoft® representatives and influential bloggers.

“I’m proud of the team as this validates our leadership and creativity in the smartphone gaming space,” said Cassidy Lackey, VP of Handmark Studios. “We are excited to continue extending the award-winning Astraware titles and mobile gaming development expertise onto other smartphone platforms in the future.” The winning games and their categories are:

Astraware Boardgames - Pocket PC Board Games
Astraware Casino - Pocket PC Casino Games
Bejeweled 2 - Pocket PC Color Matching
GTS World Racing - Pocket PC Racing Games
Bookworm - Pocket PC Word Puzzles
Bejeweled - Smartphone Color Matching
Bejeweled 2 - Smartphone Puzzle Games

All of these award-winning games can be purchased from www.handmark.com, www.astraware.com or on-device via the Pocket Express® Extras store (www.pocketexpress.com).  (Source: Press Release)

Posted Saturday, October 11 2008 by ChrisD
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Windows Mobile Registry Settings

Over the years I have been gathering Windows Mobile registry settings. Here is the largest list of registry settings for Windows Mobile! The registry settins are organized into the following sections:

Registry Calendar
Registry Input
Registry Messaging - Inbox
Registry Network
Registry Pocket Internet Explorer
Registry Storage
Registry System
Registry User Interface

Also, please feel free to contribute your own registry settings to the Wiki!  (Source: Chris De Herrera, Pocket PC FAQ)

Posted Friday, October 10 2008 by ChrisD
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Motorola's MOTO Q™ 11

For mobile professionals and consumers who want a fully featured smartphone complete with a QWERTY keypad for fast messaging¹, easy access to email¹, location services¹ and multimedia applications, the MOTO Q 11 delivers all of this at an affordable price.

A Feature-Rich Smartphone

The slim MOTO Q 11 with integrated WiFi¹, is ideal for people who want a high-speed connection for Internet browsing. The built-in WiFi uses Boingo Mobile to automatically connect the Q 11 to thousands of WiFi locations worldwide. Use the optimized keyboard for fast and easy messaging¹ on-the-go and the integrated GPS¹ for navigation support for popular applications like Google Maps™. Equipped with Windows® Mobile 6.1, the Q 11 enables users to personalize their homescreen and synchronize all contacts, calendar items and email, just like being on a computer. When making calls, connect with compatible Bluetooth enabled stereo devices² and you can keep your hands free for other tasks.

Advanced Imaging that Represents Your Style

Use the 3 megapixel camera to capture high quality photos and video and then store them on an optional memory card for easy upload to a PC or to your favorite social networking sites.  (Source: Motorola Website)

Posted Wednesday, October 8 2008 by ChrisD
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INTERVIEW: Steve Ballmer on the Cloud, Google, data centres and the cult of Apple

CIO: Why has Microsoft developed Zune?

Ballmer: At the end of the day, one of the big trends is that all content is going digital. And if we don’t have the software and services that are useful, helpful and valuable for the consumption of music and video, we are sort of not really a player.

Now, we built the Zune hardware with the Zune software - and what you’ll see more and more over time is that the Zune software will also be ported to and be more important not just with the hardware but on the PC, on Windows Mobile devices, etc. (Source: Martin Veitch, CIO.co.uk)

Posted Wednesday, October 8 2008 by ChrisD
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Writing custom GPOs for SCMDM 2008

One of the most powerful things about Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager (SCMDM) is the ability to manage all of your Windows Mobile 6.1 or above devices through Active Directory (AD) Group Policy Objects (GPOs). A large percentage of the corporate market is already using GPOs to manage their desktop, notebook and server environments.

The GPO technology was introduced in Windows 2000 Server. Before that there were System Policies in Windows NT 4.0. There is already a fair amount of documentation and knowledge around extending GPOs to your own needs. But here I will go into some aspects more important around making use of SCMDM and supporting Windows Mobile in an enterprise running AD.

In this article I will go through how you can extend your own GPOs to have additional settings not available out of the box in the default Windows Mobile GPO template supplied by Microsoft in SCMDM 2008. I will expect that you already know how to access and use the default SCMDM GPO settings.  (Source: MNielsen, Enterprise Mobile Blog)

Posted Tuesday, October 7 2008 by ChrisD
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